The Celtic punk band from the south side of Chicago is back with their sophomore release Jungle of the Midwest Sea.
This release is filled with 14 tracks of the bands Celtic Punk Rock brand of music.
Brothers Tobin ( vocals), Justin ( drums) and Kyle ( bass) Bawinkel along with Josh Robieson (bagpipes and mandolin) make up the band.
The songs found on Jungle of the Midwest Sea are filled with the Celtic sounds of the bagpipe and mandolin set against a barrage of fast drum work and even a few songs with hardcore backdrops.
What would an Irish flavored release be without a good sea chantey song and Jungle of the Midwest Sea doesn't disappoint with its opening track, "The Galley Slave."
From that melodic opener the band kicks it up in to their more familiar Celtic Punk Rock sound with machine gun fire drumming and wailing guitars along with fiery bagpipe's bellows. Layered on top of that are lead gravely-vocals and background vocal shouts that keep the passion gushing from the songs.
With 14 tracks and lasting just 40 minutes the songs are fast and furious with the occasional more melodic song offering a change of pace on the album.
The songs deal with the need to be true to your roots, to take a stand for who you are and what you believe.
Jungle of the Midwest Sea is a lively album with a lot to offer. This band has set the benchmark for any other Christian Celtic Punk Rock bands to try to attain.