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The Rhythm Surf Monkeys deliver old-fashioned, bluesy rock on new album
(Published: February 19, 2016)

The Rhythm Surf Monkeys may sound like a funny name for a band, but their music is anything but. After their successful debut album Highway 9, the Maryland-based rock band is back for some good ol' down-to-earth rock music by way of their latest album, Reinvented.

Reinvented is filled with classic rock tunes that speak of themes that the working man can relate to, like pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and taking charge of your life. It's nowhere more evident than in the album's title track, where Megan Wheatly's powerful vocals evoke female rock ballads of old as she sings about how it's time to change for the better after a "love gone wrong." "Time has come, I'm second to none," Wheatly sings matter-of-factly. "I'm reinvented."

Songs like "Paid My Dues" and "Pen of Cowards" showcase the strength in frontman Jim Hiltz's songwriting. A rousing rock track, "Paid My Dues," features Toni Sciuto's emotional vocals and superb guitar work in a powerful song about moving forward, while "Pen of Cowards" has Steve Kilgallon singing with subdued rage about cowards who hide behind "manufactured aliases" before it channels Metallica through dramatic and blazing guitar solos.

While all this American rock is all well and good, the Surf Monkeys are anything but one-note. The bluesy grooves of tracks like "I Forgot Who I Am" will have you bobbing your head to its slick bass line and brass accompaniment, while "The Old Soldier" fills you with patriotic zeal as a rolling military drum line underscores this reverent song that salutes veterans of war.

It's rare to find an album you'd want to listen to from start to finish, but that's what the Rhythm Surf Monkeys have achieved with Reinvented. With powerful themes and even powerful music, it's the kind of rock album that grips you and doesn't let go.

More Information: http://www.jimhiltzsongwriter.com

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