Christian D and the Hangovers
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Christian D and the Hangovers

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"Rockabilly HQ reviews Shake it or Leave it"

...suddenly Track 1, Vampire Rocker, rips out of the speakers as if some demonic sect had summoned something which Buffy will have to deal with once it's blazed a trail of carnage through the nighttime streets of Toronto.

Once the guys have you firmly by the throat, the release their grip a little with the second track. The whole CD, in fact, makes you sit up and take notice, with each rich, pounding rhythm, they crescendo they way through to, what is in my opinion, their magnum opus The Cramps' Cornfed Dames. - Rockabilly HQ

""Shake It ...Or Leave It!" Review"

"Shake It or Leave It!" showcases the Hangovers upbeat rootsy Rock over a compact 12 song, 35 minute set, short and sweet without any filler.... Two of the best songs on the album stake out new territory. Opener "Vampire Rocker," storms out of the gate in a fury of pounding drums, fiery guitars and yelped vocals, a horror-themed number with a Psychobilly edge. And "Mr. Handsome" is an unexpected change of pace, a sinister serial killer tale featuring some great tremelo-fueled twangy guitar." - Blue Suede News # 89 Winter 09/2010

"Wildy's World gives Shake it or Leave it 4 stars!"

From the dark underbelly of Toronto, where urban cowboys moonlight in the psychobilly clubs comes Christian D And The Hangovers. Mixing early rock n roll with punk, country and lots of beer, Christian D And The Hangovers do for rockabilly what Big Rude Jake does for big band music. After the well-received Life Gets In The Way EP, released in 2008, Christian D And The Hangovers had to go full length to build on their legacy. Build on it they have with the dynamic Shake It...Or Leave It! This is an album you can't put down.

Shake It...Or Leave It! opens with the demented surf rock of "Vampire Rocker", capitalizing on the current vampire mania inspire by Twilight and fed by shows such as True Blood. Christian D has a post-punk Big Bopper persona that works well in the fast and loose musical arrangements presented here. "Life Gets In The Way" is pure early rock n roll, complete with backbeat and snappy melody line. On "Shimmy Shorts" Christian D is part Elvis, part Jerry Lee Lewis and part Phil Ramone, barreling his way through an entertaining and danceable bit of rock n roll. Christian D And The Hangovers get down to some pure rhythm and blues on "Good Woman", celebrating his woman's best traits even while deriding his own.

"Sleep My Life Away" is a catchy call to get up and go; a rough musical sketch that works in spite of the messy arrangement. On "Child Of The East Coast", Christian D digs into a country/rock sound that's appealing and seems to fit him well as a vocalist. "Baby Jane" is a raucous bit of early rock n roll likely to inspire fits of dancing, and features some of the cleanest guitar work on the album. "Hot Mess" seems like it should be destined to become the theme song of a movie of the same name. Once again, Christian D And The Hangovers manages to craft an incredibly catchy tune from a rough musical sketch that's highly appealing. "Hillbilly Heroin" is dark and catchy, but can't hold a candle to "Cornfed Dames", a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the talents of the fairer sex. Mack Black sits in with Christian D And The Hangovers on the closing number, "Dime A Dozen", a highly entertaining tune that will certainly not be the lead-in for the next NOW conference.

Christian D And The Hangovers aren't into pithy nuance; Shake It...Or Leave It! has the bad-boy feel of early rock n roll updated for today without pushing the envelope too seriously. Rock musical arrangements are the order of the day in support of entertaining, hip-shaking songs that are likely to cross generational boundaries in appeal. This isn't the refined sound of The Stray Cats, but a slightly rougher musical feel that's likely closer to the rough demos you might have heard out of 1960's mainstays such as The Beatles, Chuck Berry or even Dick Dale. If that sort of music is in your wheelhouse, then you're bound to appreciate Christian D And The Hangovers.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5) - Wildy's World


Shake It ...Or Leave It! -2009

Life Gets In The Way E.P.- 2008



"From the Rawk music collective of Toronto's psychobilly nightlife comes a full-force, cow-punk movement known as Christian D & the Hangovers. The Hangovers kick their own brand of artfully crafted rockabilly into full overdrive when they hit the stage or studio, beating up every eardrum and instrument in their path. Drinking meets death (as they often do) and hillbilly meets downtown in a sonic party where lyrical loose women are the cheerleaders. You'll boogie, you'll laugh, you'll fear, and if you’re lucky, you won't remember a thing the next day!"

The new CD "Shake it or Leave it" is 12 tracks of pure rocking fun. From the straight up driving of Vampire Rocker to the country tinged Child of the East Coast, from the 50's inspired Baby Jane to the gothic murder ballad Mr. Handsome, the Hangovers proudly display their influences all over this disc. There's a Cramps cover, Cornfed Dames paying respects to the last king of rock and roll.

Accomplishments to date:

Shake It or Leave It hits number 5 on the CJAM Windsor Folk/Roots/Blues
For the Week Ending: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Number 21 @ CHUO Ottawa For the Week Ending: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CD Shake It ...or Leave It! debuts at #14 on CHMR 93.5 MHz - St. John's
Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CD Shake It ...or Leave It! debuts at #26 on CIUT 89.5 MHz - Toronto
Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

First non- Ottawa band selected to play the Ottawa music Festival - O-Town Hoedown, Sept 2009.

Play the Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Festival in Montreal with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.