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REVIEWS of CHASER
"A wildly diverse act that manages to sew threads of punk, country and cabaret into an astonishingly cohesive sound... showcasing a star-powered front man in Joe Hurley".
"Hurley is cut from the same cloth as Tom Waits and Leonard Bernstein"
NEW YORK POST
"Joe Hurley is the best singer of vowels in rock since Shane MacGowan and he's got fire behind those puppy eyes"
"Unshakeable pop hooks"
NEW YORK TIMES
"Abundantly blessed with the singular Irish trait of mining beauty from dreams blasted apart by bad luck and booze, singer and chief songwriter Joe Hurley puts his coarse, whisky-stained trench coat of a vocal through a strikingly diverse array of story-songs, and somehow succeeds in keeping each tale distinct and vivid.
Heart-renders like "Not At All" & "The Ghost of Her Husband To Be" are the obvious stand-outs, but there's subtle wit in the roadhouse romps, too. CHASER is an ambitious, and quite excellent, disc."
"Receiving major raves from every paper in the tri-state area, their regular stints at Bowery Ballroom are frequently sold-out affairs. Their albums are colorful, vivid forays into a mixed world of Celtic, punk, country and R&R. But the icing on the cake is always Hurley's voice and lyrics: He puts his heart, soul, and guts into every line he sings "
- AQUARIAN MAGAZINE
"Hurley's voice is pure gold . . . Whether it's the Kurt Weill-influenced "Bedsheets of Lili Marlene," the boozy, countrified "The Ghost of Her Husband to Be," or the grubby punk of "On My Way Home," the colorful characters that spring from Hurley's head are what give Rogue's March songs their sparkle."
THE NEW JERSEY RECORD
“Like Tom Waits with his gravel ‘n’ whiskey intonations, Rogue’s March front man Joe Hurley has mastered the saloon style with a baritone that sounds as ready for the next song as for a whiskey and a beer. Picking just one song out of the dozen-plus here as the best is near impossible, but the gentle passion that's illustrated on 'If I Was an Angel" is the album's most striking composition ".
NEW YORK POST 'CD OF THE WEEK'
"We concur that the rest of the bill is indeed heroic, particularly esteemed rocker Joe Hurley's Rogue's March, a mostly rollicking but sometimes extremely delicate celtic-rock band"
"You'll hear, soon enough, Hurley's prowess as a songwriter and storyteller: The burnt-out subject of 'This Town", the lost soul in the hushed ballad "If I Was An Angel", the thief sent away in 'Clear' (based on a real-life boyhood friend of Hurley's who wound up on the wrong side of the law)"
NEW HAVEN REGISTER
"Joe Hurley is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to emerge on the New York scene in the last 20 years"
JOHN SWENSON (ROLLING STONE)
"Combining the energy of early Social Distortion and the poetic destitution of the Pogues, New York's Rogue's March travels through red-light districts, jail cells, and one-night stands with the street-savvy swagger of men who have seen it all but still feel it most of the time.; while the band is accompanied on occasion by uillean pipes, lap steel, and accordion, the fact rises more from gritty storytelling than inebriated instrumentation.
Lead rogue Joe Hurley has an oddly seductive cigarette-thick snarl ..... No doubt he is the kind of tough mug men depend on in a pinch and women worry about in the early morning hours; and that's exactly what you look for in drinking music-a singer who lets you smash chairs and sob about it later.
Rogue's March latest release, CHASER, does all that and more, offering tangos, waltzes, jigs, and laments, amid a parade of New York-flavored rock that is aggressive, direct, and defiant.
While Hurley clearly has the soul of a streetside confessor, he doesn't waste time on embellishment and pretensions. If he touches you and you bounce off the walls, so much the better".
SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
"CD Of The Week"
"With the robust vocal stylings of front man Joe Hurley, the ebullient Rogue's March is one of New York's most entertaining outfits. Their new album CHASER is a showcase of the group's diverse repertoire - from roots-punk to cabaret to western pop-rock".
"The characters who inhabit London-Irishman Joe Hurley's songs would be just as at home in an Elmore Leonard novel. Hurley and Rogue's March, recently recorded a CD on ARBAON Records called CHASER that flat out demands major label attention.
Rogue's March smacks around punk, country, torch songs, and even a bossa nova with joyful aplomb. Pay special attention to the rough, poetic imagery of "If I was an Angel" and "Madcap Tears."...
But Rogue's March will always be a punk band at heart. They tear through "Gino' Suitcase" and "This Town" with the swagger and verve of The Ramones."
IRISH AMERICA MAGAZINE
"One listen to CHASER, the second cd from Irish-scene alums Rogue's March, and you'll be struck by the vivid imagery and rough poetic qualities of Joe Hurley's songs.
Rogue's March joyfully mistreats punk, country, bossa nova, Irish-tinged ballads and beery torch songs with equal opportunity-all the while constructing tight sonic settings for the grand misfits who inhabit Hurley's songs.
Indeed, CHASER, sparked by J-F's grungy overdriven guitar that recalls Keith Richards or Johnny Thunders throughout, features a cast of characters that would be equally at home in a Charles Bukowski novel."
"Advance listens to CHASER show it to be worth the wait. Joe Hurley has that voice you know, the six pack/six-pack-a-day one that takes the sentimentality but not the sentiment out of the slow songs while keeping the humor in the rest . . . CHASER is a standout sophomore effort."
NEW YORK PRESS
"The potent mix of rock & roll, country, punk, and pop with a poetic Irish twist served up by the legendary NYC rock band Rogue's March is a delicious cocktail that I've been sipping on for months... Joe Hurley's voice, as heard on the band's brilliant CHASER, is a beautifully ragged instrument that is caked with whisky, nicotine, tar, and rust"
released January 1, 2000
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Joe Hurley-Vocals, Guitar. J-F, Guitars Dobro. Gary Johannes-Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Back vox. Chris Nappi-Bass. Kevin Mchugh-Drums.
w Joe Mcginty ( Piano Tk 4 & 6), Amy Rigby (duet on tk 13), Dennis Diken(Drums-Tk 9) Erik Dellapenna(Lap Steel Gtr Tk 11 & 13) Chris Byrne (uileean pipes TK 2) Ken Margolis (Accordion Tk 6, 7, 9, 11, 15, 16) Debbie Schwartz (vocals Tk 7) Jenifer Jackson (Vocals Tk 4) Jane Scarpantoni (Cello TK 4 & 7) Leif Arntzen (Trumpet Tk 4 & 10) Marni Rice (Castanets Tk 9) Boris Kinberg (Percussion Tk 16) Dan Prater (Bass Tk 16) Andrew Goodsight (gtr Tk 16)
Prod By James Mastro (except Tk 15 & 16, prod. by Joe Hurley)
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