Monday, July 17, 2017

We Interrupt This Program To Bring You, The John Sally Ride

It's official! Our new record is out on the fab Kool Kat label.

Here is the press release:


The John Sally Ride was inevitable. Long time friends, with thousands of combined hours listening to and talking about music, the trio of musicians that comprise this exciting new band had been making music separately for years. The time had finally come to make a record together. It wasn't just their mutual love of The Kinks, David Bowie and Todd Rundgren. And it wasn't just that special knack of finishing each other's musical sentences. It was all of that, for sure. But, like any great band/record, it all starts with the songs and the magic that suddenly took hold of these gents when they finally hit the studio. 

John Dunbar (A Confederacy Of Dunces The Kunks), Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Milk N Cookies, Cracker) and Sal Nunziato (Pep In The Cat, The Hard Copies, Burning Wood) made a record, just like their musical heroes made records, with original music and lyrics, instruments and voices. "A New Set Of Downs" is that record. 

“Anchored by Maida’s great bass line, Dunbar makes the best of the opener ‘One of These Days You’ll Have One of Those Days,’ a very Kinks-like composition with kazoo and guitar flourishes. The steady rhythm of ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Saying Goodbye’ is another gem about an unexpected break-up. Dunbar gets stuff off his chest with ‘Your Closest Friends,’ a rant that mentions ‘If you met them now for the first time you’d hate their guts.’ And easily the catchiest tune is the single ‘Not Taking Credit’. Another big highlight is ‘The Girl You Won’t Leave Your Wife For,’ with its dense melody and harmonies in the chorus. Easily Dunbar’s most accessible work. Highly Recommended.” – 

“I've always liked the indie pop of John Dunbar. It's great melodic pop, the sort we thrive upon. ‘Not Taking Credit’ shows how Power Pop the trio could be and Dunbar's vocals lend well to that genre, but the news from the resulting album is that it is far more harmonic pop than power. Imagine a cross between The Monkees and Squeeze. The singalong shuffle of the opener, ‘One Of These Days You'll Have One Of Those Days’ emphasizes the Monkees comparison. ‘She Walks Her Dog In Pyjamas’ with its psych guitar is in Small Faces territory. ‘From Expectation To Surrender’ comes across as a sweet sounding chirpier version of The Proclaimers and it's great to hear Maida's bass lines again on ‘I Love The Girl (You Won't Leave Your Wife For)’. ‘I Love The Girl’ is almost Lindisfarne with it's almost folk backdrop. The trio have fashioned up a real feel good album to accompany the nights getting lighter. Nunziato's drumming seems to hold the whole thing together. This is great summer pop. It's hard to name a favourite track, I loved ‘Not Taking Credit’ from first listen and still do, but I'll go for ‘Your Closest Friends’, a real chipper song that sums up what the band are about. This album is a great listen and now you have your chance to confirm that.” – GREAT!! 

This is my ticket out of this godforsaken backwoods town, so click on the link and buy a CD.

And thanks for listening.

 A New Set Of Downs


buzzbabyjesus said...

Fuck The Lemon Twigs. The John Sally Ride!

I used to keep a journal.
In 1992 I made a note to keep an eye out for A Confederacy Of Dunces.
I must have read a blurb somewhere.

whattawino said...


Zippy said...

Fucking great! Congrats to both Sals and a John.

Dr Wu said...

I echo everyone's sentiments - Congrats to you and the band! I love the album!

Sal Nunziato said...

Thanks everyone!

Christine said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to the sophomore album!

Tumblingdice70 said...

Tasty songs, love it! Congrats!

Joe said...

I am ordering my copy. Looking forward to an extended listening session. joe

dogbreath said...

All I get is a speckly black screen like in the Poltergeist movies saying "This video is not available". This may well support my belief of ontological nihilism but I guess it's more likely because we're the poor cousins on the other side of the Atlantic. Oh well! Good luck with the record. Cheers!

snakeboy said...

Just ordered mine. Looking forward to some fine music.
Thanks Sal.

buzzbabyjesus said...

They tell me mine is on the way.

Bulletins From Mars Hill said...

video isn't available in Ireland.

steve simels said...

Great stuff, my friend.

And I'm giving it some plugola at PowerPop on the morrow.