On their debut ep A Heap O Livin', The Beggars have distilled the essence of the garage movement in just four tracks of stripped-down, retro-fied, invigorated rock. The make the best use of vintage instruments like a Farfisa organ and Rickenbacker twelve-string electric to create a sound that reminds me of heyday bands like The Archies, The Kinks or Paul Revere & The Raiders. But The Beggars go a step further and infuse their music with the energy of "New Wave" punkers like The Cure & The Clash, especially on track four, "Right On Time". Most importantly, they've captured the verve that's been missing from "modern rock" and spawned the backlash known as "garage" in the first place.
All four gems on this ep are brash, uncut and vibrating with enough energy to make even most cynical music critic (a'hem) smile just for the pure joy of listening. "A Heap O' Livin'" by The Beggars is a must-have, feel-good, shake your ass in your Underoos™ CD for troubled times. Buy this ep and just let it repeat.
- Mitch Phillips
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See The Beggars LIVE:Sat. May 3rd - The New Way Bar in Ferndale (with Kilkenny)
Sun. May 11th - The Lagerhouse in Detroit (with Kilkenny)
Fri. May 30th - The Berkley Front in Berkley