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by Ripped

Rock and Roll. Rhythm and Blues. Metal of the Moment. It's hard to pin down this music made by fans for fans. Insightful, whimsical, serious and silly. Get back to business with Guitar fueled, Whiskey Soaked, Bad-Ass Rock and Roll. Lights Out. Get Ripped!
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Friend Alice
2:52 $0.99
2. Swan
2:22 $0.99
3. You've Got To Change
3:57 $0.99
4. Little Girl At Home
5:06 $0.99
5. Sweet Addiction
3:17 $0.99
6. Freedom
5:48 $0.99
7. Faraway
3:00 $0.99
8. Lights Out
3:42 $0.99
9. Ripped
2:59 $0.99
10. Including My Heart
3:50 $0.99
11. Two Minutes Too Long
2:37 $0.99
12. Blood On The Sand
5:42 $0.99
13. Life's Cruel
5:41 $0.99
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Album Notes

New Jersey-based Ripped unleash their 13-track debut with both guns a blazin’. They are whiskey-soaked, guitar-fueled, bad-ass rock and roll that takes you on a musical journey through Skynyrd, Stones, Rick Derringer, UFO, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith. Assembling the talents of Steve Keller (guitar/vocals), Jack France (bass/vocals), Jeff Kelly (drums/vocals), Brian McGee (guitar), Steve Sroczynski (vocals) they create a full sound with echoes of classic ‘70s buried deep within each cut. From the start, it’s the guitars that draw you in. Like Angus and Malcolm or Perry and Whitford, these guys find their magic in the riff. The rip-shortin’ “You’ve Got To Change,” the boogie of “Sweet Addiction” and driving “My Friend Alice” pay tribute with a crosscut swagger and balls-out rhythm. They even tackle UFO’s “Lights Out” with gusto and determination (and a spot on solo) reminiscent of rock’s legendary glory days.

Vocalist Sroczynski has a gruff edge that pulls the most out of blues-edged “Little Girl At Home,” the title track “Ripped” and the more melodic “Swan.” His harmonies in “Including My Heart” and “Two Minutes Too Long” are right up there with Don Barnes or Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special. A surprise sneaks in with the Steve Miller-like “Faraway” casting a nice ‘60s vibe and allowing the record some breathing room. Our favorites come in the bass driven one-two-punch of “Freedom” and the modern edged “Blood On The Sand” both benefiting from Detroit punk elements and a twin guitar attack. The drumming on closer “Life’s Cruel” is absolutely killer. You can hear classic Iggy Pop reaching to get out. The group’s original compositions are strong, confident and memorable proving they can easily dance with the big boys. Pick up their disc at our favorite Jersey record shop, Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ as well as K-9 Kuts in Manahawkin, NJ or online from CDBaby.

Todd K Smith, Editor

(This review can be found in Issue 68)



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Born of blood, sweat and beer....
Ripped are a blues-based, hard rock band from New Jersey, USA. The band features several different vocalists. Steve Sroczynki (ex-Slaughter House) sings the majority of the songs. Steve has a slightly raspy, whiskey-soaked, rock and roll delivery. To the contrary, Jack France, who sings on the melodic "Swan" and "Faraway" features a more laid-back, cleaner approach. Finally guitarist Steve Keller sings lead on four of the albums thirteen tracks.

Ripped's sound is born from the blood, sweat and beers of trudging through the greasy clubs of the East Coast. There are tons of 1970's influences in their music. I'd be willing to bet that these guys are fans of bands like Foghat, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Rick Derringer and some of the big boys of Southern Rock. A song like "Little Girl Home" features an extended jam with some dueling lead guitars that echoes that of Molly Hatchet or The Allman Brothers. "Blood on the Sand" is another song clocking in at around five minutes which features a nice jam. I sort of wish the band would have offered more of this as a majority of the songs are short, clocking in at around three to four minutes. "You've Got To Change" has a bit of a 70's pop edge, much like Sweet or Slade. "Freedom" is a bass driven number with an ever so slight punk edge. The band's eponymous song is a hard rocker with a nice groove. The standout cut on the album is "My Friend Alice", an upbeat rocker that has a bit of swagger and pays tribute to some of the band's influences. Of course, "Lights Out" is a cover of the UFO classic hit. The band stays pretty true to the original, including all the classic Schenker guitar solos. I can imagine that a song like this would bring down the house when the band is tearing us some club.

The recording is well done for an independent band, despite having a digital, sterile drums sound. With modern technology a band can get a decent recording for relatively cheap.

Listening to this independent CD, you can hear that Ripped are a band simply that enjoys what they do. Their roots are in 1970's hard rock and they are obviously not interested in chasing trends. They are a band for those that enjoy straight-forward, guitar-based, hard rock with a definite 70's influence.