Ride the Boogie - Ride the Boogie
Record Label: Longhair Illuminati Recordings
Release Date: February 5, 2008
The band, Ride The Boogie is a good example of how the Vans Warped Tour and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the powder-blue bus with white puffy clouds on it that follows the Warped Tour for a few weeks each summer, can be used as vehicles that bring musicians together to form entirely new music entities. This is where Ride the Boogie’s story begins at the 2002 Vans Warped Tour in Denver, Colorado when musicians Adam Tymn and Glenn Pinson were joined on the Lennon Bus by Kevin Burwick and Billy Pena, who were then playing in the punk revival band, Arkham. It was during the songwriting sessions in the recording studio on the bus that Ride the Boogie’s music began to manifest into the garage rock/psychedelic funk hybrid that smears across the band’s self-titled debut release today. Their music has retro rock embers that hark of early Rolling Stones influences, and psychedelic funk clasps reminiscent of ‘70s Tex Mex patterns liken to Santana. Produced by Ride the Boogie and Mike Troolines, the album feels like ‘70s psychedelia with contemporary funk rock fringes.
One of the most pleasurable tracks on the album is the mysterious sounding “Catch Phrase” which optimizes Tymn’s tenor pitch and theatrical accents that he places on select syllables. The result draws out a Jim Morrison (of The Doors) sounding dramatics. Some songs are a bit more bland than others like “Skipped through a Towne” and “D is for Chet,” which trail with nomadic like roaming and calming rock swags, but the songs that beat with a livelier pulse include “Big Ass Bass” and the steamrolling guitars of “Flat Out First Gear.” A garage rock phraseology coats tracks like “Hop along Chastity” and “Naughty Corner” with wall to wall jangly percussions with a soft rock chassis. The warm psychedelics of “Miss Perfect” project a soothing aura, while the rhythmic vibrations of “All Night” generate a gyration reminiscent of Wolfmother. The smoky Tex Mex piping of “Mustache Riders” and “Mexico” have a retro rock intonation reflective of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and loosely coiled chords liken to Santana.
Ride the Boogie’s album isn’t for everyone, but it certainly has a place in American pop culture right between The Doors and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band’s music has a ‘70s rock vigor with tweaks of modern soft rock stitched in the nooks and crags of psychedelic fuzz. Most importantly, it is the type of music that the band likes playing and first discovered when they got together on the Lennon Bus at Vans Warped so many years ago.