The Castor Troys – Legends Never Die

The Castor Troys - Legends Never Die

8/10

I’ve always pondered the expression “balls to the wall.” What are we talking about? Testicles? A tennis ball? It’s a weird expression, and yet I think it’s the perfect one to describe Legends Never Die, (released November 9th, 2018) the latest from Hamilton, ON four-piece punk rockers, The Castor Troys. These guys are balls to the wall…I mean, look at the album cover! That skeleton is fucking driving at the speed of light! The energy level on this EP is off the charts. It slows down for no one and has got this reviewer right fired up and energized.

Legends Never Die gets by on its attitude alone. It’s a short one at just six songs and seventeen minutes, but that’s all The Castor Troys really need to get their point across; very punk rock. “We Are One” is all you can ask for in a punk rock song. With ripping guitars, fast rhythm, catchy group vocal chorus, aggressive lyrics, you can’t ask for anything more. It is very reminiscent of The Offspring or Pennywise, and the alt-punk flavour of the mid nineties. “Watch The City Burn” is more of a classic rocker, maybe with a little southern vibe to it. It had me thinking of Ram Jam’sBlack Betty,” at least at the start. It showcases lead vocalist Aaron Walsh’s storytelling capabilities as he spins a yarn about Hamilton and his seeming irreverence for it.

The Castor Troys never stray too far from their formula, as each of the six songs rip around the same BPM. But I guess I should have seen that coming from the album cover; that car is not slowing down! It’s a fantastic formula, though, so I see no harm in running it into the ground. The great thing about punk fans who like fast-paced music is that they will most likely never grow tired of it. As long as there’re people out there who love to rip it up in the pit, drive their cars 100 miles per hour, and get lit on whatever their poison is, The Castor Troys will have no problem finding success.

Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Kate Erickson

About Lee Ferguson 81 Articles
What’s there to say about Lee? He is a lifelong Montrealer. He loves to eat in the shower and spend time with his pet Sam the Crow. Most of all, he loves music! Rarely seen without headphones in his ears, he is constantly seeking out new artists and genres, but always falls back on his love for 90’s rock and 80’s pop. Lee has been playing drums for over 15 years in a number of Montreal rock bands and is currently drumming for the alt-rock, punk/grunge-tinged band, Urban Spells. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Concordia University in 2007. So while he’s read just about every Shakespeare play, he promises to never quote any of them in social situations unless, of course, there is an attempted murder of the heir to the throne, then he’ll go all Shakespeare on everybody’s ass.

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