"The 65’s have managed to maintain their original style while incorporating new, experimental pieces. Strike Hard!’s meaningful lyrics are accompanied by basic melodies, gravely vocals and a great deal of heart and soul."
"Artfully blending a hard-crunching full speed ahead sound with a smart and thoughtful sensibility, this bang-up indie rock outfit deliver the best of both worlds with this stellar debut album. "
"You’ll definitely hear a nod to classic 80’s bands like Husker Du and Moving Targets in their approach (and even some of 90’s UK punks Leatherface in Joe Vocaturo’s gravelly vocals) and like those aforementioned bands, these guys have the tunes to back it up."
“Best new releases of 2011”
"...a delightful mix of styles. Loud and quiet, acoustic and electric, the 65′s are equally at home in coffee shops and rock clubs."
“NJ/NY band the 65’s put out a terrific debut last year called STRIKE HARD (Dromedary Records). If you dig the crunchy sounds of bands like Superchunk or Husker Du then this band will be right up your alley.”
"With its sonic guitars, melodic basslines, power drumming, and distinctive vocals, The 65’s debut album Strike Hard! (released earlier this year on Dromedary Records) comes across as an amalgam of college-rock’s brightest moments, incorporting elements like the throaty angst of the Replacements, the roiling guitars of Husker Du, and the jangling melodies of R.E.M."