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Action Rock 'n Roll

by Fred Wilson

A cocktail of tight guitar riffs, thumping rhythm tracks and action-packed, story-telling lyrics.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Action Rock 'n Roll
3:39 album only
2. Good Impressions
4:52 album only
3. Cocktail Bar
4:28 album only
4. Powerful Aphrodisiac
3:25 album only
5. Jake's Woman
3:33 album only
6. I Know The Devil
3:40 album only
7. Zed
4:14 album only
8. Tricked
4:56 album only
9. Night Train (Live)
3:20 album only
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Album Notes
Fred Wilson was formed in Los Angeles circa 1999, when vocalist/guitarist Jason Gajda, bassist Bryan Dobbs, guitarist Weston Radcliffe and drummer Ward Poulos decided to combine their collective musical force into a unique style of music that would be known as "Action Rock n' Roll." Since then, the group's sound has evolved into a cocktail of tight guitar riffs, thumping rhythm tracks and action-packed, story-telling lyrics that leave you wanting to hear them again and again...

Fred Wilson has been inspired by a wide variety of artists such as the Beastie Boys, Cake, Tom Waits and even Massive Attack. But take a listen to their debut album "Action Rock 'N Roll," and you will discover that they have a sound that defies traditional genres and is truly all their own.




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Get your action on!
One of the most original bands out there! Hey, the members invented their own genre of music, how much cooler can they be?
The tunes are rock with an awesome (and even dance-able) beat, with clever lyrics (some that will make you crack up with laughter)!
This cd is a must have in your collection. You can get your rock on, and your action on, all at once.
Hey, why not get your "Action Rock 'n' Roll" on?

Jon Renaut

Catchy, high energy, great lyrics
If you like Cake, you'll probably like these guys, too. They have a similar quirky, offbeat style, great tongue-in-cheek lyrics. I don't mean that they are Cake clones, because they definitely aren't. I was hooked the first time I listened to the title track, and the rest of the cd is great, too.

My only complaint is that the drum and bass could have used a little more kick. The music at times seems a little dominated by the singing and the guitar, and I would like to see more balance. This is really a minor issue, though, and probably is mostly just personal preference.

Anyway, listen to the cd. I think it's great, and I think you'll love it.

Kicks Ass!!!!
CD is top notch--original, intelligent, fun, rockin, creative and full. Why isn't this band HUGE? Some of the most original rock and roll being produced today. We need more CDs from Fred. This CD is a mere tease...

bob revai

rock on fred wilson
tight playing by the band...terrific lyrics...I see a major label deal in the near future...don't quit guys...keep on rocking...

Music Connection - 4.13.03

KROQ might want to pounce on Action Rock N Roll
This pop-rock four-piece have got "Action Rock N Roll." a tune that some of us feel is a radio-ready hit that KROQ might want to pounce on. Catchy, clever, sardonic lyrics set to a lurching beat add up to an infections neo-novelty number. The other two songs we demo'd are strong and serve to shade in the band's smart-ass sweetness. "Good Impressions" drives home just how good singer Jason Gajda is, while the Badly Drawn Boy-ish "Cocktail Bar" offers wry look at Hollywood lowlife.
Production - 8
Lyrics - 7
Music - 8
Vocals - 7
Musicianship - 7

AOL Local City Guide 01.05.2003 - Garrett Kamps

Loud, surly, and full of hooks...a band worth checking out
First off, there's no one in this band named Fred Wilson. Composed of vocalist/guitarist Jason Gajda, bassist Bryan Dobbs, guitarist Weston Radcliffe and drummer Ward Poulos, Fred Wilson is named after, well, some guy named Fred Wilson apparently. But while their name may be pedestrian, their music is not. Inspired by the likes of everyone from the Beastie Boys to Cake to Tom Waits, the band plays a brand of music that they've dubbed Action Rock, which, in truth, is kind of a synonym for frat rock. Loud, surly, and full of hooks, Fred Wilson songs swagger through tripped out guitars, call-and-response choruses, and beefy rhythms that make for some good old-fashioned party music.
What separates their tunes from the latest 'Jock Jams' compilation, however, is the polished musicianship and widely varying styles. Neither Limp Bizkit, nor Third Eye Blind, nor 311, the band manages to embody the best elements of all three but still create something all its own. You may have never heard of Fred Wilson but nonetheless, he's a band worth checking out.


Absolutely Infectious!
Pardon me while I get my ring on and my medali-on. This album explodes at you from the get go with the title track and then phonically mesmerizes you with the rest of it's intelligent, catchy song writing and tight, funky rock and roll. This album was my "next favorite album" from the second the first track finished. The album is non-stop fun, with fantastic songwriting: I doubt you'll be able to get the lyrics of "Zed" out of your head for hours after you've heard it. Their sound is all their own, a completely fresh take on rock to my ears, which makes the album a jewel of a CD to own. "Action Rock 'N Roll" is a must for anyone looking for something new that simply rocks out loud.


Thank a deity, ROCK IS NOT DEAD!!!
You can pick up on many musical influences on this disc but Fred Wilson melds them into something all their own. From the opening track that offers up REM beaten into submission by Faith No More to track 3 starting as brash Soundgarden softened by Soulhat at THE COCKTAIL BAR. track 4 tosses Ween, Big Chief, King Missle and Kid Rock in the musical blender and comes up with a POWERFUL APHRODISIAC. The rock stutter of JAKE'S WOMAN and IN WALKED ZED just needs to be heard. The live Surf/Spy closer of NIGHTRAIN would segue with CAKE's DISTANCE. If you like your collection now, you'll love it with this disc. Buy It!

Shane Tobin

Real rock for real men
This album rocks head to toe. It's as much an attitude as it is a state of mind. It's about going full throddle, no holds barred. Think Burt in Sharky's Machine or Bronson in Death Wish. That's the kind of attitude this album takes. But the album also has it's softer side reminscent of some of Eastwood's character's penchant for jazz. Tough but also not afraid to show emotion. I know that I've not mentioned any other musicians/bands in describing this album but too often bands are pigeonholed by such trite thinking. I believe this should give you more than enough info to go on. The world needs heroes and Fred Wilson is ready.