“OK To Burn” Direnotes Review is up!

A grateful toast to Keith Ham of Direnotes for the solid review of Ok To Burn…and to Charley’s 33’s and CDs for making it possible! Nice way to start a Monday…thanks mucho!!!

REVIEW: Duke City Riots – OK to Burn EP

Band: Duke City Riots
Album: OK to Burn
Genre: Experimental Rock
Albuquerque, New Mexico

My wife happens to reside in the mountainous city of Albuquerque in New Mexico (a.k.a. Not Quite Real Mexico But Getting There). So, naturally when I’m somewhere completely unknown and unbelievably temperate – I gravitate towards places familiar.  It took me a while but I managed to find a rather good record store not too far from where she’s at. And here I find DUKE CITY RIOTS ‘OK to Burn‘ sitting there with ‘FREE’ written on its shrink wrap. To say the least, I was confused and expecting something entirely awful to be given out free. I mean, I’ve heard some unbelievably bad bands at least sell their CD’s for a few bucks with moderate success – why was this free? Answer is: I have no idea.

You see, DUKE CITY RIOTS is not even close to bad. Granted, I’m not expert in the realm of rock or that particular scene but as someone who delves into a genre where people scream and yell for a hobby – I have to say that ‘OK to Burn‘ provided the break I needed with a sufficient irony in its lyrics to feed my relentless cynicism. Also, these guys really know what they are going for and don’t really bother to bombard you with over-the-top technicality or anything – the simplicity really shines here. There is a sort of Rockabilly sensibility to this EP as well, so expect some really decent anthem’s to come out of ‘OK to Burn‘ – especially with the song ‘Monagability (Women on the Beach)‘ which even the band seems to know is the main highlight of this EP.

DUKE CITY RIOTS is for those who crave something new in the tired little niche they call Rock (real rock, not Pop-rock). You aren’t going to get solo’s and you aren’t going to get anything overtly over the top but you’ll get something incredibly fun with ‘OK to Burn‘. And, personally, this shouldn’t have been free – I’m almost ashamed to have not supported these guys with a purchase! Stuff like this belongs on the shelf.

-KEITH J HAM-

One of us has REPRODUCED!!! It’s a glorious day!

We’re gonna take a quick break from finishing up our album to introduce the newest member of the DCR family, miss Skye Bella Haworth…born on Monday, August 11th! Congrats to the proud parents, Shannon and Sherry…now get back to work, guys!!

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Success at The Vault! A huge thanks to our Fans

A huge thanks to all who came out to the Vault last Saturday…we really appreciated it! Big thanks to Evan Woodward, The Shadow Men and Normtrout for joining us…it was a great night of music! 

Up next, a couple very special shows…and to those who’ve requested an earlier start time, we’ve been listening!

First, we return to The Vault for a night of Rockabilly on Saturday, September 13th…lineup coming soon…and surprises too!!

Finally, on Saturday November 8th, we’ll be throwing our CD Release Party!!! It also goes down at The Vault, and we’ll be joined by our good friends The Lymbs and our new pals Beard!! Hell yeah!!! Don’t miss this show…more to announce…details coming soon!!!

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OK TO BURN Now Streaming on Jango!

The NMMA-nominated OK TO BURN is now streaming on Jango.com! It’s super easy to sign up, and it’s free…hear great new music based on the artists that you like… check it out! 

The New Mexico Music Awards Rocked

A hearty round of applause to Jose and Kathy Ponce for putting together a stellar event…the New Mexico Music Awards were a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next year! Congrats to Man No Sober for winning the Best Rock CD award, and to Man Full Of Holes for winning a number of categories…you guys deserved it! Was great to meet so many friendly people, including the guys from The Lymbs…we’re stoked to do a show with you guys! Props to everyone who was nominated…I’m sure you feel as honored as we do. A final thank you to John Wall, Jason Blum and Steve Brittenham for playing major roles in our project…you guys are the best. Loved meeting Mrs. Wall as well…great catch, John…cheers to you all!

Photo: Here’s the band at the New Mexico Music Awards with the mighty John Wall. Photo courtesy of Jon Hamilton.

Some Wicked Lap Steel: Alex McMahon in the Studio!

Huge thanks to Alex McMahon from Wildewood for joining us in the studio…playing some wicked lap steel on a few brand new songs from the upcoming release. Amazing work from brother Alex…can’t wait to share it with you! Check out his band if you get a chance…the new release is really impressive.

Photo by Jon Hamilton.

A Blast at The Vault!

A huge thank you to Steve, Olga and Aaron of The Vault for having us last night…and to the awesome gents from The Rocketz, Fire To The Rescue and Method Blank…you all kicked ass! We met some great people and we had a blast! Special thanks to our friends that made it to the show…thanks for supporting local music and the great venue that is The Vault! We’ll see you again soon!

Monogability is a Staff Pick on Clowdy.com

A huge thanks to cloudy.com for showing us some love…sweet!!!

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OK TO BURN nominated for Best Rock CD at the NMMA’s!

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Just woke up to some amazing news…looks like our debut EP, OK TO BURN, has been nominated in the Best Rock CD category for the New Mexico Music Awards!! What an honor…can’t believe it! Huge thanks to John Wall for his great ear and stellar guidance…and to Steve Brittenham for his awesome contributions as well!

Rock with us Live at The Vault May 15th!

Ok, friends…we’re thrilled to announce our next show…Thursday, May 15 at The Vault, here in Albuquerque…opening for psychobilly legends The Rocketz from Los Angeles!! Join us if you can…this will be a great night!! See you there!