Born in the swamps of New Jersey, the Hudson Falcons are following a sound that can only be achieved by playing more than 1,200 shows from the Jersey Shore to Germany. The influences of the road have clearly found their way through the well-worn tires of the band van and into the Falcons’ music. More than ever, there are traces of South Texas and a little bit of heartland stomp mixing in with the New Jersey soul and swagger that has come to symbolize the Falcons and brought them a loyal following both in the United States and abroad. Cultivating a new, fuller sound that is as much Replacements as it is Ramones, the Falcons are, as always, ready to prove it all night—not just through your speakers but in the backrooms, basements, and bars of the open road.
More than a decade after Mark Linskey started the Hudson Falcons, the fire of the band’s first disc, “Desperation and Revolution,” has yet to be extinguished and, if anything, has only grown stronger. All the proof you need is on the band’s most recent disc, “Desire to Burn,” and the songs now being prepped for “Dancing Underneath the Moonlight,” due out in 2011.
While the rest of the music world tries to figure out a way to make the 21st-century music lover aware of great bands, the Falcons have followed the old-fashioned route: touring, touring, touring, repairing the van, and then more touring (“Sleep, Drive, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Repeat” is both one of their songs and a Falcons mantra). Over the years, the Falcons have made a habit of offering impassioned, straight-from-the-gut performances. Regardless of the city, the turnout, or the general hazards that life on the road brings, the Falcons come out with all guns firing when they hit the stage, never delivering a show that is anything less than heartfelt and hell-raising.