AllMusic.com writes: “In fact, based on how hooky the songs are, how thrilling the performances are, and how great it all sounds, this may be the band’s best record yet. If only every band that came back from years of inactivity, came back this strong.”
“Among the 10 songs here, not one is anything less than searingly catchy. The hooks are utterly shameless, like early-’70s bubblegum, and that can’t be an accident. These guys know exactly what they’re doing, and we’re lucky that they’ve decided to do it again. So even if it’s utterly and completely out of step with 2012 indie, Researching The Blues arrives right on time”. – StereoGum – album of the week
Official video for “Stay Away From Downtown” by Redd Kross. From the album ‘Researching the Blues’, out August 7, 2012 on Merge Records.
Directed by Jeff McDonald and Dave Markey.
NPR Music writes: “Stuffing 10 songs into 32 minutes, the album just sounds like a big, brash, vital, immaculately produced blast of rock ‘n’ roll. Brothers and core members Steven and Jeff McDonald got their start playing this sort of stuff when they were kids a whopping 34 years ago — they once opened for Black Flag at a party for middle-schoolers — but Redd Kross couldn’t be farther from a dinosaur act in 2012.
Power-pop signposts abound throughout the album, from Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub — the latter could’ve fit “Dracula’s Daughter” onto Bandwagonesque and no one would have minded — but Researching the Blues never delves into nostalgia. Who has time, when you’re having this much fun blowing kids half your age out of the water?”
Redd Kross — “Researching the Blues”
Well, now. Yay for the return of Redd Kross, who are finally releasing a new studio album, some five years after they got back together to play a bunch of festivals and etc. The album’s called Researching the Blues, and it’s out in August — this is the title track, and it’s available for free download via SoundCloud.
Pitchfork Breaks the news: Redd Kross Sign to Merge for New Album Researching the Blues is their first record in 15 years
Although the band has played several reunion shows since 2006, the last album from Los Angeles punk institution Redd Kross came out in 1997. So it’s taken 15 years, but the band has announced a new album, Researching the Blues, out August 7 on Merge. The album was recorded with the same lineup that appears on 1987’s Neurotica: brothers Jeff McDonald and Steven McDonald (also of OFF!), Roy McDonald, and Robert Hecker.
The band is set to headline the HoZac Blackout Fest in Chicago on May 19 and play the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on May 18. More tour dates will be announced later this year.
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