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Rory-We’re Up To No Good

October 1, 2006

Band Name: Rory

Album Name: We’re Up To No Good, We’re Up To No Good

Best Element: Tremendous musicianship and energy

Genre: Power Pop/Pop Punk

Website: www.roryrock.com

Label Name: 111 Records (111records.com)

Band E-mail: band@roryrock.com

Rory’s We’re Up to No Good, We’re Up to No Good, a full-length follow up to their 2004 EP Always Right As In We Are, is proof that they are here to stay.

There is pretty much nothing to complain about on this album. This record was produced, in part, by none other than Mark Hoppus from Blink 182, so it is to be expected that it would sound crisp and clean. Rory’s music, in and of itself, is just so unbelievably catchy and fun that you can’t help but find yourself singing along and jumping up and down around your living room.

Rory’s style is similar to that of Taking Back Sunday, but better. Taking Back Sunday could take some notes from Rory on how to keep music in this vein new and exciting. We’re Up To No Good, We’re Up To No Good shows that Rory has tremendous musicianship and an even more tremendous amount of energy. Each track has a remarkable level of intensity, and a point and purpose, from start to finish. It never starts to sound stale or tired, it simply hooks you in and keeps you excited.

The highest points on here include the remake of “Deja Vroom”, previously released on Always Right As In We Are. As if that song wasn’t already awesome enough, Rory gave it a new name, “Deja Vroomier”, and put a new version on We’re Up… with cleaner production but the same intensity that it had from the beginning. Another high point on this album is “Doin’ Lines of Conga”. The strings in the intro were a nice touch and further demonstrate Rory’s musical diversity. “The Adventures of Me & Me” is also an amazingly fun track, for reasons that cannot be fully explained unless you’ve heard it.

Also not to be missed is Rory’s live show, which is equally as fun and entertaining as their music. According to 111 Records website, they will be touring this fall on the I Am 111 Tour along other 111 Records bands Mashlin, This Day And Age, Rookie of the Year and Inkwell, so be sure to watch for them coming to a venue near you.

-Andrea Caruso

Sunshine131@gmail.com

Rory-Always Right As In We Are

September 1, 2005

roryBand Name: Rory
Album Name: Always Right As In We Are
Best Element: High energy, catchyness
Genre: Poppy indie-rock
Website: http://www.roryrock.com
Label Name: 111 Records (http://www.111records.com)
Band E-mail: band@roryrock.com

111 Records seems to crank out a limitless amount of great music, and Rory is no exception. This is a band that is quickly making a name for itself in the Orlando, FL area, and with good reason: they are a solid, enthusiastic, talented group of people who have come together with the purpose of making outstanding music.

The title of this CD (Always Right As In We Are) is the perfect description of the music. There is nothing wrong with this five song CD. It is addictive in every sense of the word. It is catchy from start to finish, with incredible hooks that you can’t help but get stuck in your head and keep singing to yourself all day. When it ends, you can’t help but hit the “repeat” button on your CD player to keep the experience going. The song names are interesting as well; with songs titled “This Could Have Been a Dance Dance Revolution, But Now It’s Just A Dance”, and “Packed More Trunks Than a New Jersey Mob”, you can’t help but be intrigued even before you hear the music.

All humor aside, the music itself is superb. They have a style that could be described as Taking Back Sunday meets Hot Rod Circuit, with high-energy riffs and catchy sing-along lines in each song. It is always obvious when a band’s members all have a passion for the band, and Rory exemplifies this. There is no weak link- they all have a passion and intensity for their music.

If you haven’t heard of Rory yet, you will hear of them soon enough, as this is a band destined for greatness. But why wait for that? If this style of music is your thing, you should not walk, but run, to your nearest record store or go to the Smartpunk.com website and get this CD now. You won’t be disappointed.

-Andrea Caruso
starryblueskye24@aol.com

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of bands that are trying to make the next step in their careers.

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