OFFBEAT Magazine Review for Band of Outsiders

Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders

01 May 2014 — by David Kunian

The music of Mike Dillon combines many sources, yet comes out sounding unto itself. This latest report from the mind of Mike moves all over the map. Overall, it is punk rock as played by great instrumentalists, with the lead voices being Dillon’s mallet instruments and Carly Myers’ trombone. It is most reminiscent of the Minutemen with its commitment to all styles and ability to play them and of the Dead Kennedys in its attitude and phrasing. In songs like “Hand of God” and the police-state protest “Homeland Insecurity,” Dillon sounds like a raspy Jello Biafra. Even the satire of “7 AM at the Jazzfest” has a Dead Kennedys attitude. There is an anger to Dillon’s vocals that is barely controlled sometimes and righteously declaiming and furious at others....

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