Let’s go back in time to the skinny tie era of Power Pop (before people even knew the term) in 1980. And a little known New Jersey band, Ambulance had a single “It’s All Up To You” early that year on Sing Sing Records. And even Richie Ramone helped play drums on that track. Much like our friends Buddy Love, these gents have returned decades later to re-tell the tale of Ambulance.
If you are a fan of that old school garage power pop, SW Miller (guitar), Bobby Padula(drums) and Alan Rigoletto (bass) deliver the raw energy and enthusiasm. The original tracks are great – and mixed in with the new stuff. I’ll give Miller credit, his guitar playing and song composition are spot on. Unfortunately his vocal sounds like Bob Geldof with a sinus cold and the attempted harmonies on “Tonight” made me cringe. There are several good new tracks here like,”Not Fighting Fair” and “Believe In You.” But I had difficulty getting past those vocals. Fans of the early punk/new wave era however will not be disappointed.