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Review: NYE 2012 with Toxic Reasons at Radio Radio 

click to enlarge BRYAN MOORE

I walked in smiles all up and down, just in time to see Ricky Rat's Pack doing a bang-up version of the Sex Pistol's "I'm a Lonely Boy." I could tell right away - this was gonna be good.

By the time Creeping Charlie and the Boneyard Orchestra took the stage, it was a full-on let it all hang out part-ay. Debuting a new drummer, Devon Ashley, The Creeping Charlie boys sounded as good and just motherfucking badass as I've ever heard them. Ashey's timekeeping skills bring an oddly tight, yet loosey-goosey vibe that fits the band to a tee. Emerald Eric Grimmett was good and liquored up and ready to rock. His lead singer, Shelby Kelley was intensely unhinged. Songs like "Jezebel" and "I'm Becoming American" made it clear that this line-up could do some damage in this city if they want to.

Dan Glenzig, as usual poured some gas on the fire with some good ol' fashioned Misfits and AC/DC tunes. Danny Thompson is just the right guitar slinger to bring in a new year; if you got Danny on board, then you know it's gonna be a good year. And sure enough, after the obligatory countdown 2013 kicked off with a classic set from Toxic Reasons.

I think Tufty, Bruce Stuckey and J.J Pearson are at their peak. They effortlessly rocked out the classic stuff, like "Friends" and "Drunk & Disorderly." A handful of new tunes were hard and fast enough to make it clear a new album is a good idea. The band was it it's best on two songs. "Jah War" locked in a deep reggae groove, and "Ghost Town" took that groove and beat our asses with it. Of particular note was J.J.'s completely reckless singing.

If this show was any indication, we're in for a year of good tunes, tasty buds and cool vibes. It's gonna be a good year.

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