Friday, September 27, 2013

Poochamungas - Block Party: A CD Review

CHICAGO -- Led into action by a real-life, full-time Chicago firefighter, kindie rock band Poochamungas is all set to blaze a trail on the national scene with the September 17 release of their second kids'/family CD,Block Party!

Block Party! follows hot on the heels of Poochamungas' NAPPA award winning debut album, Mud, Mommies and Mayhem, continuing the band's tradition of "musically diverse, rockin', angst-free music."  There's nothing pretentious about this group.  Block Party!cooks up a down-home, musical celebration with friends and family.  This CD is about fun and sharing good times, pure and simple.

The straightforward, uncomplicated musical charm of Block Party!harkens back to Poochamungas' firehouse origins, when John Joyce, a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Fire department, teamed up with fellow firefighter Pete Cunningham to see how far they could go with their musical talents.  The pair had always enjoyed each other's company since their days together in the Chicago Fire Academy, and their mutual love of music soon began to consume a big part of their lives.  In 2008,Poochamungas was born!

Block Party! revs up the fun-o-meter with "Around the World," a bit of rocking '50s style topped off by a driving honky tonk piano reminiscent of early Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley, followed by a great action song about bike riding, "Till the Sun Goes Down."  In contrast to the driving intensity of the first two numbers, "My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)" is a kind of hometown, Americana nostalgic reverie of neighborhood good times from the perspective of a young parent -- something of a rock 'n' roll Rockwell.  Another highlight, reflecting the band's firehouse connection, is a spiffy rhythmic ode to the fire truck, "Big Red Fire Engine/Truck." 


Highlights - Summer/Fall 2013

July 28                 Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival, Chicago IL
August 10            Peanut Butter & Jams for Kids, Kenosha, WI
August 25            St. Helen's Carnival, Chicago, IL
September 21      Voce, St. Louis, MO
October 31           Trunk or Treat, Chicago, IL
November 16        World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA

My Review:

Block Party is the second CD to be released by the group, Poochamungas, yet when I received it to review, it was the first time I had heard of them. Well let me say, I will be getting their debut CD for my children and home daycare in the near future. 

Block Party is a fun CD for the entire family. I have even found myself singing a few of the songs to myself throughout the day:) With sing-along songs and fun, educational lyrics, everyone in your house will be dancing and singing along in no time flat! Our fave songs from the CD are My Little Ballerina (with two girls in the house, this is not a surprise), Places You Go, My Favorite Summer Day, and Till The Sun Goes Down. I am so glad that we have added this to our already big children's music collection and I know it will be listened to for a while yet! It's style will suit many different listeners needs and I love that about any CD, since we all are diverse in our listening likes and dislikes. 

I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Block Party online when it releases October 8th!

***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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