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Boystown - 2005 Angels With Dirty Faces

David Polemeni - vocals, guitars
John Teto - lead guitar, vocals
Bobby Guy Graziose - keyboards, vocals
Joey Sykes - bass, vocals
Nelson Williams - drums

From the same building blocks as Bon Jovi, Danger Danger and everyone's favourite Bruce Springsteen, come New Jersey brethren Boystown. Well, they've come alright. All of fifteen years later. Like many other bands from the glory daze era, older recordings have found a new lease of life through the Internet and so it is with Boystown. If I recall, these guys got a bit of spin/traction through the UK rock media toward the end of 1989. Reviews in Kerrang and Metal Forces gave this (then) unknown American band a bit of mileage, but like anything good, they disappeared off the radar before anyone could get a handle on them. However, if you lived in North New Jersey, chances are you would have heard of these guys, who come from the same era and location as a ton of other acts featured here at GLORY-DAZE. Musically, you hear a touch of Urgent, a smattering of Foreigner; the connection so obvious when you've got two guitarists and a keyboardist in the mix. However, the band which I am most reminded of is the unsigned UK outfit British Lion who released a strong set of demos similar to Boystown's material back in the early nineties. To me, the standout feature would have to be the voice of main-man David Polemeni: who expresses himself similarly to Johnny Dee (Honeymoon suite) and John Waite. A voice tailor-made for AOR if ever I've heard.

The Songs
Talking of Urgent, the comparison is written in the very first few bars of 'Something In The Way You Touch'. Also, it seems (according to the bands bio) that Klyph Black was once a member of this band! Woah! Eighties AOR is well represented with the tune 'House Of Glass', while the energetic 'Get Up' is one to set the crowds alight, with its anthemic appproach. 'Boy Inside A Man' takes on an organic style, not unlike Glen Burtnick's material. The track 'Way Of The World' was initially the track which set the band alight back in 1989. The title track 'Angels With Dirty Faces' is a pretty cool track too, anthemic yet again with huge choruses and vocal harmonies, while the last track is an add-on live rendition of 'Throw Your Hands Up'.

In Summary
According to their website, 2006 holds the promise of some new musical goodies. Let us hope that the sounds of their new effort resembles this CD. Despite the fifteen year difference, AOR hasn't changed a great deal, a point hopefully not lost on Mr Polemeni and co. Let us hope that Boystown do not follow the same path as one-time legends Diving For Pearls who have returned in 2005 with indifferent form. 'Angels With Dirty Faces' is one of the better resurrected efforts for 2005.


Track Listing:
01 Something In The Way You Touch
02 House Of Glass
03 Get Up
04 I Need Shelter
05 Boy Inside A Man
06 Oil And Water
07 Sure Thing
08 Stranger In My Bed
09 Way Of The World
10 Angels With Dirty Faces
11 Throw Your Hands Up


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:02:53
This is pretty good in places. It starts out in cracking fashion with 'Something In The Way You Touch' which is definately the best thing on show here, with 'Way Of The World' coming in a close second. Quality is pretty good also for this type of release, although the live track at the end is pretty bad and would have been better left off.
#2 | windsofmarch on August 10 2014 21:41:48
Bruce Springsteen + Urgent + UFO (Moog voice alike) + Bystander = Boystown.
Good stuff here...
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