"Releases like this are needed, and if they are loaded with quality, as is the case, all the better." - Ruta 66
"Gallows Birds are the international pop-punk surf rock and roll super group the world needed." - Lord Rutledge
"One song in and I’m thinking of the QUEERS with even more BEACH BOYS influence. On the off-chance that means nothing to you, think pop punk with a heavy side of surf. If the QUEERS wrote songs mostly about girls, GALLOWS BIRDS also write songs about the beach and cars/scooters. It’s catchy and for sure well done." - Maximum Rock N Roll
"The music is a great mix of Sixties Mod sensibilities, Beach Boy styled vocal harmonies and simple but highly effective Ramones-style three-chord punky pop. Think of The Nerves, add a chunk of The Who (from their early days) and stir-in a decent helping of The Descendents." - Fear And Loathing Fanzine
"The mixer is full of surf sound, punk, new wave and west coast music. The result is a refreshing pandemic cocktail lasting more than twenty minutes." - Alt Country Forum
"A global pandemic album somewhere between Beach Boys , Ramones , Graham Parker and The Feelies with really great songs! For me, Quaranteenage Kicks is going up and down on heavy rotation. If you miss this album, you ride a recumbent bike and think a Lambretta is ice cream!" - Pretty In Noise
"Brilliant discernment and not just because of the title!" - Voix de Garage Grenoble
"Almost Californian surf-punk approach sitting well atop vocal harmonies and a vintage sound that pays plenty of homage without showing its age!" - Uber Rock
"Quaranteenage Kicks is an album most obviously inspired by the early Beach Boys. With the dark cloud of a pandemic hanging over him, Woods found joy in creating a universe where little matters beyond girls, cars, surfing, and sunshine. Other influences at play include the Ramones, Lookout! Records garage pop combos like The Hi-Fives & Smugglers, and even some old new wave pub rock (the band covers both Graham Parker and Wreckless Eric's band the Len Bright Combo). Kicking off with the upbeat "Back to the Beach", this album wastes little time setting a tone. This is a high-spirited rock and roll record with a heavy pop-punk influence. These are songs that will make you feel good." - Faster And Louder
"I'm totally in love with My Lambretta by The Gallow Birds!" - Morten Henriksen, The Yum Yums
"What a killer single! Definitely one of the best things I've heard all summer, and I am excited to hear more from Travis and friends!" - Lord Rutledge, Faster And Louder
"OMG, as a huge Graham Parker fan I have to say this is the greatest cover of one of his songs ever! May even eclipse the original version!" - Scott Hudson, The Ledge @ Real Punk Radio
"This is how it's done. How can you possibly go wrong with a song about Lambrettas and a Graham Parker cover? Both an energized, revitalized, sound in the right direction. Still plenty of Summer left for this one to be blasting!" - Boris Boden, The Secret Weapon Radio
"Both songs are great." - Diego RJ, El Sotano
For fans of Lookout! era bands like The Hi-Fives, The Smugglers, The Phantom Surfers, and possibly MTX or if you like your cocktail shaken with a bit of Ramones, Beach Boys and Graham Parker than this one's for you...
Picture it: Pandemic, 2020. The bars are closed. Offices are shut down. Anxieties are high. In Wilmington, North Carolina, Travis Woods (Eccentric Pop Records) is spending his days with some old friends - the Beach Boys, Ramones, the Everly Brothers, the Dickies - and dreaming about riding his Lambretta down to the beach to soak up some sun like he used to be able to do.
But the beaches are off limits and the Lambretta's been under a tarp since last summer. So he picks up a guitar and begins writing some new tunes - summer tunes, beach tunes. Tunes inspired by girls, scooters, surfboards, the Beach Boys, the Ramones. Before long, there's a whole record's worth, written and recorded to a click track. Glenn Welman, himself quarantined at home in Johannesburg, South Africa, records some drums tracks, and sends it off to yet another restless quarantiner - Richie Holes (Goin' Places) in New York for vocals.
Before long, from cities across the globe, the three have completed a a full LP - Quaranteenage Kicks. A collaboration among three friends, thousands of miles apart, who have never once met in real life. It's the perfect summer soundtrack to chase away those quarantine blues.
released October 16, 2020
Gallows Birds (on this recording) is:
Travis Woods - Guitars
Richie Holes - Vocals
Glenn Wellman - Drums
recorded mostly on a digital 4 track during the pandemic quarantine of 2020.
all songs written and arranged by travis woods, except #3 by graham parker, #6 by eric goulden, and #10 by brian wilson.
vocal arrangements by Richie Holes
Rum Bar Records is turning into one of the absolute best labels for real rock and roll these days, if you haven't gotten hip to that trip. It's the boss sound from the Boss-town." - Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland WFMU
supported by 10 fans who also own “Quaranteenage Kicks”
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, easily.
effortlessly on a par with X's vintage catalogue, "Alphabetland" is a solid testimony of a band as vibrant, creative and urgent as ever. Honestly, it's THAT good. Strongly recommended. ramblinerikk