Kind of a two for one review here. We have two album from Virginia Beach based The Fighting Jamesons on the slate. First up is their self titled debut studio album, The Fighting Jamesons (obviously), which introduces the band to the Celtic-punk world. The influences here are The Pogues and The Tossers and they wear these influences loudly’n’proudly though with such an aggressive trashy guitar sound that gives the band its own uniqueness. Of the eight tracks on the album there are three standard (Irish Rover, Tell Me Ma and Drunken Sailor) though I have to admit that I needed to check on the authorship of a couple of the originals thinking they were standards (Ghost Ship Baltimore and Johnny On The Island) – a compliment indeed.
Live from the Capital is The Fighting Jamesons’ just released live album which basically takes the above and adds a mix of new originals and standards and rips the heads of an appreciative audience. Of the two albums the band are better in the live environment (as they should be) but still the studio is a fine effort.