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Sounds Like: The Hold Steady!, the Saints ..., Jesse Malin
Label: Stay Gold
RICHARD BACCHUS & THE LUCKIEST GIRLS Former D Generation guitarist Richard Bacchus has a healthy respect for the Bowery-bred bite of old-school punk. His ringing Thunders-style guitar has a patina of grime, and the songs have a chunky power that recalls hooky, hard-rock mavens Cheap Trick.
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“Richard Bacchus cut his teeth on the swagger of James Williamson during Raw Power and Johnny Thunders “Born Too Loose.” He then teamed with Jesse Malin to found D Generation in 1991, revisiting gritty New York street punk and infusing it with hooky anthemic. They arrived just in time for the underground’s coming-out party (sponsored by Nirvana) and parlayed that into a pair of major-label deals. Their second album, 1996’s No Lunch, perfectly mixed grimy glam and punk brawn. It led to tours with KISS, the Ramones and Social Distortion. Bacchus jumped ship before their 1999 swan song, Through the Darkness. For a time, he started a band (Vazquez) with Sami Yaffa (of Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls) and then self-released released the 2005 solo disc, The Bicycle Diaries. Songs from both efforts wound up on 2007’s Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls debut, the Yaffa-produced Jet Black & Beautiful. While it indulges more flavors—from the shimmering “Waiting Around” to the se”