I had heard C.R. & The Degenerates’ album, Salt of the Earth, prior to the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and I was really engaged by its raw energy and grit. There’s a definitive authenticity to their music and sound. It has an edge. Listening to that album, I got the impression that C.R. Gennone and his band of degenerates really don’t give a rat’s ass if I like them or not, but I really do. I really do, and I want them to think I’m cool.Needless to say, I was excited to finally see these guys play a live set, and holy shit did they not disappoint. A lot of bands that I’ve seen come on stage and it almost seems like they’re wearing a costume of what they think rock ‘n’ roll looks like, kinda like that kid in high school that tried so hard to be cool, but he still ate his lunch alone. That wasn’t the case with these guys. They put on a great show and it looked like they weren’t even trying. Maybe they weren’t, and it all just comes that naturally to them.
My favorite track of theirs is “Iron Curtain,” specifically for the chorus, “The radio says rock ‘n’ roll ain’t cool anymore/Well who gives a shit what’s cool anymore?” C.R. and the Degenerates are totally fucking cool, and they’re making rock ‘n’ roll cool again. #CR&D2016
Be sure to check out their album, Salt of the Earth.
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