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The Honeymans

"Plugged Up" CD

Sudden Death Records

Genres: Celtic punk, ska punk

Sudden Death
PO Box 43001
Burnaby BC
V5G 3H0

Jul 28 - Aug 3 2003

Plugged Up is a live album from crazed Celtic/ska/fiddle punkers The Honeymans. Among the chaos, you get a wide array of original tunes, traditional songs, and instrumental fiddle solos. A moment doesn't go by where you don't feel like getting up and skanking around the room.

Personally, I really dig the instrumentals on Plugged Up a lot. They offer the greatest challenge to the band - instrumental music can easily become boring - but they do them with passion and sheer skill. The complex rhythms and fiddle / guitar interplay is amazing. The talent needed to play them is obvious, and the fact that The Honeymans can keep everything danceable and funky despite the complicated nature of the songs is astounding. The songs with vocals are also great. A tune like "Stoplight" is spunky and fun, maintaining the upbeat flow while still remaining melodic and catchy.

This album is a must for fans of ska, Celtic-punk, and even just punk music in general. The Honeymans are masters of their genre; soon their name will be right up there with biggies like The Dropkick Murphys et al. As far as live albums go, Plugged Up is about as good as you can get.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 20 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]