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"X EP"

“What a gas, take three well-schooled young musicians, put them in the renowned Sabella Studios in Roslyn Heights, and let the assembled talent’s creative juices flow. The result is this four-song EP by The Criminal Bogies, who let us peek at so many pop music influences on this fine debut that it’s impossible to list them all here – and they only make the band original and fresh.
Heaven forbid, there’s whistling – yes Burl-Ives-style whistling – on the uproarious second track “3 Years Apart,” but that’s only a little of the fun to be found on this disc (which we aren’t sure is commercially available at the present time). Recorded by Jim Sabella, this sonically excellent quartet of tracks reveal a band that’s a little ska, a little jam band, a little classic rock, and completely impossible to pigeon hole. This exceptionally tight trio – Tony Cresser on bass, drummer Cesare Papetti, and guitarist and lead vocalist Cliff Piraino – offers a lot of energy in an effort punctuated with delightfully bad language, a great rhythm section, and youthful exuberance. Lyrically, this EP debut is smart while being sharp, and whimsical without being silly. It’s pretty heady stuff for a band so youthful.
Known by many as the house band at Bay Shore’s Da Funky Phish, the trio’s music has prompted many a dancer to get up and shake it in the club’s infamous dark environs. Likewise, these four tunes – the aforementioned “3 Years Apart,” “Wrong Way,” “A Few Simple Things,” and “Never Made a Mistake” – will likely start many an impromptu booty bump in more enclosed environs.
For more information on The Criminal Bogies, log onto, where a list of upcoming live shows can be found.”
-Syl Nathan, Goodtimes Magazine (New York), October 2007
- Goodtimes Magazine (New York)


X EP (recorded at Sabella Studios in Roslyn, NY)



The idea to form The Criminal Bogies came as the members of their band learned about the arduous art of part writing in their high school Music Theory class in 2002. Inspired by the likes of Sublime, FooFighters, The Beatles, and Stone Temple Pilots, The Criminal Bogies play a combination of ska, reggae, and alternative and hard rock. They have played both acoustic and electric shows at many venues on Long Island and New York City, including Once and For All Café, Mulcahy’s, Starbucks, The Nutty Irishman, The Brickhouse Brewery, Eastender’s Coffeehouse, Cool Beanz, Da Funky Phish, The Annex, and Kenny’s Castaways. In 2004, the band was fortunate enough to open for Stroke 9 and Sugar Ray at SUNY Cortland. While the band does enjoy playing covers that get the audience involved in their performances, they also enjoy writing their own songs which they can share with other musicians and listeners. In 2007, the band completed their first EP, simply titled X, which contains four of their catchiest tunes, including “Never Made a Mistake”. Syl Nathan of Good Times magazine wrote that the band “offers a lot of energy” and that “Lyrically, this EP debut is smart while being sharp, and whimsical without being silly. It's pretty heady stuff for a band so youthful.” The Criminal Bogies are fueled by a desire not just to play music, but to play their music in front of a live crowd who will enjoy what they’re hearing.

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