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You can hear "All Nite Long" right here on this site as well as "Mamma Said." We are about to release "Eyes Everywhere," our first single.

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The Ferndocks are an original band that combines rock
'n' roll, alternative, blues, country and New Wave in their songs. Their tunes are distinguished by harmonica hooks that echo Chuck Berry and Keith Richards as much as they do Magic Dick and Little Walter. Andiy's
cryptic keyboards give The Ferndocks a garage-band feel at times, which is counterbalanced by the Hendrix-like guitar of Brian. Rob is a poetic singer influenced by everyone from Lou Reed and John Lennon to the Morrisons: Jim and Van. He has hitchhiked America and Ireland, blowing harp, and played in Asia as well. In their former band, The Urban Squirrels, Rob and Andiy have opened shows for Average White Band, Leon Russell, The Wailers and others. Rob himself has played a handful of shows with Henry Gray, Howlin' Wolf's piano-player, as well.

Here's a recent review of The Ferndocks published in their hometown newspaper in Rochester, N.Y., and written by Jeff Spevak of the Democrat and Chronicle.

'The Ferndocks, who play Saturday at Monty's Krown, are original rock and soul. "Harmonica driven," Cullivan says, which he makes certain of, since he's the harmonica player. He says they've been compared to "early Rolling Stones," although there are no recordings of what Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sounded like as 3-year-olds. "Somebody made a joke that we sound like the Doors meets U2 as a Canadian tribute band."

There are no actual Ferndocks in the band. "It was a word my uncle used to use," Cullivan says. "It was sorta the 'whatchamacallit' of words. Like, 'I left the Ferndock at the office.'"

The Ferndocks have one song, "Joy," that Cullivan calls "countryish," although no one dies in it. "It's about heartache, though."

"'Hotshot' describes "a guy I knew who went to jail. 'Eyes Everywhere' is about the Patriot Act, a humorous yet dark take on the war on terror."

And finally, he offers "Hitler," addressing New York state's anti-smoking laws. The chorus is "Hitler was a vegetarian."

Which is true. Cullivan sees a parallel between Hitler's megalomania and the fresh air of our bar rooms.

Of course, Cullivan smokes. So "Hitler" is completely self-serving.'