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Act Your Rage

"Inspired and passionate…garage rock enthusiasts who enjoyed Is It Now? will find Act Your Rage to be equally spirited and equally engaging."
— Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

"Young people, listen up. Your elders are kicking your ass. What are you gonna do about it? While you're swooning over Miley Cyrus' pop syrup and going gaga for Lady Gaga's robotic techno trash, The Doughboys, who came of age in the '60s and reunited in 2000 after 35 years apart, run them over with a bluesy garage-rock machine that kills called Act Your Rage. Every song is rock solid and the hooks are sharp. Brash and confident, they plow through tough, early Stones-style anthems "I'm Not Your Man","Break Out" and "Turn Your Love On Me" with sweaty energy. Slash-and-burn guitars, primal rhythms and the wrenching blues harp and brass-knuckle vocals of Myke Scavone — remember him from Ram Jam's "Black Betty"? — all combine to make Act Your Rage a combustible rock 'n' roll fuel."
— Peter Lindblad, Goldmine, World’s Forgotten Boy
"The 'Boys have produced a groovy album of Sixties soundalike songs. Go have a listen all you hepcats, it's really quite charming."
— Hecklerspray
"In the case of The Doughboys, Act Your Rage has given them a forum to once again exercise their parental rights by humbling their followers with their decisive command over both factions of their unique professor/student relationship."
— Blitz Magazine
"Act Your Rage should come as no surprise after the blast that was 2007's Is It Now?. Plenty of old dogs know lots of tricks, after all. This is a better, more well-rounded album than its predecessor with enough kinetic energy to light up half the Jersey shore. Still firmly planted in the mid-'60s but sprouting new blossoms two generations later, it's a template to show the kids how. The Doughboys continue to stage the greatest comeback since the Pretty Things."
—, Australia
"Hot from New York comes to the streets Act Your Rage, full of original music, like a lash of rage, direct to your jaw... these veterans give 16 tracks of all they've got, without fear."
— Alberto Lozano Ruiz, EL CALLEJON DEL HAMBRE, Spain
"Guitars over-drive, the bass plays dark 'n' dense, maracas shake, the drum's track and the vocals have one definite chip-across-your-shoulder-blade snarl about them. Yes, recklessly reminiscent of that long-lost daze when rock knew how to roll and the music business operated out of hallways after all the grown-ups had gone home, THE DOUGHBOYS' soft-no-more release builds most ably upon their IS IT NOW? legacy …and then some. Sure, Kinks are duly kovered ("It's Alright") and even those Moodies get deep-blue'd on "Tuesday Afternoon," most amazingly. But the real bright star throughout is the great big rumpus-room racket Mike, Gar, Richie and Myke seem to so effortlessly summon with one mouth harp swung behind our backs. Warning: This is a REAL band. Making REAL music. A rarity in A.D. oh-10, perhaps, but proof utterly positive that no matter what the time or 'tude, there's never anyplace better than the present to Act one's Rage, ok? Listening still, and you should too."
"Act Your Rage is the sound of 5 old friends having a booty party of fun, leaving egos aside, playing each others` songs and living inside each members` inspirations. Lead off track "Break Out" is pure `65-era Sonics and The Remains - and is so damn good it can stand next to the strongest of trax from those bands. Yet, the record is not a mid-60s post-Beatle fest, although it spends some time in that era with some song bringing up the spirit of The Animals - this is a survey of sounds from this decade pushing into the 70s with the spirit of The Flamin` Groovies and even NRBQ sneaking in. It`s raw rock `n roll with heavy melodies, sweaty spunk spirit and a slow steady groove of attitude done by long time professionals who are at ease with their talents and reasons for still creating so many years on. The 16 songs here encapsulate so much of what makes rock `n roll a salve on modern-day angst and life`s sometime burdens - and then letting the light shine in and erase all heavy `n hard memory. Bless the boys, the Doughboys."
"Governed by stomping rhythms, the wheezing howl of a honking harp and growling vocals, here's a song that recalls the finest hours of cherished bands like The Animals, The Pretty Things and The Shadows of Knight. The Doughboys are right on the dough (pun intended) when it comes to writing and playing traditional garage rock. Their timing, instinct and overall feel for the music is real. Hooray for The Doughboys!"
— Beverly Paterson, Lance Monthly
"I have loved The Doughboys since the first moment I first heard them in 2007. In my not so humble opinion Act Your Rage is one the greatest garage rock albums ever made. It has all the kaleidoscopic vision of Flowers by the Rolling Stones and all the mind bending charm of Psychedelic Sunrise by The Chesterfield Kings."
— Scott Herold, Rock The Cause
"Barbaric! Neanderthalic! The New Doughboys Album Is Here!! The Doughboys are a no-nonsense band, born around 1964 from the gnarly union of garage rock, punk, and all things rock 'n' roll. Utilizing simple chord structures (most bands would give their left nut to get this sound), you're bound to hear the cross-pollination of musical genres both past and present. But the cool thing with The Doughboys is trying to figure out who influenced who. Besides a concrete connection with The Rolling Stones, there are connections with The New York Dolls, The Animals, and a splash of glam rock, among others. Whoa! I'm listening to "Carmalina" and I'm transported back to The Stones' "Love in Vain," or "Angie." The Doughboys work out the sway, swagger, and mojo that Mick and the boys put into these two blues numbers and then some. Listening to "Carmalina," you get that feeling you get sometimes when listening to a new piece of music. The melody and lyrics sound so perfect, so instantly familiar, that it seems impossible that it didn't exist before. I got that feeling several times while listening to and vibing out (you don't wanna see me 'vibe out,' trust me) to Act Your Rage. This is one of the best, most well crafted rock 'n' roll albums I've heard in a while! Some of the edges have been smoothed out, but you don't want your CD player to melt now, do ya?! The Doughboys depict love - and especially rock 'n' roll - as a dangerous but ultimately liberating leap of faith that is as necessary as air. This is the eternal element of freedom. Myke Scavone sings with bluesy grit all though Act Your Rage, and along with Richie Heyman on drums, Gar Francis\ on guitar/vocals, Mike Caruso on bass/vocals, and Willy Kirchofer on guitar, they build peaks and valleys throughout the album with cutthroat precision. But on "Queen City," which is a barrelhouse, piano fueled rocker (ace keyboardist and long-time member of The Strawbs John Hawken lends his talent), they add a new dimension to their musical arsenal. Along with Ike Ejiochi on sax, and Taylor Mandel on trumpet, they create a boogie-woogie rock 'n' roll number that's Fats Domino-worthy! Then they get right into "Twelve Bars & I Still Have the Blues." The hair on your neck will rise, as a drum beat steadily grows into hard knocks, as if there were some sort of menacing source trying to break free from inside the snare. Playing unassailable melodic garage punk rock for over four decades, this tight and talented band from Plainfield, NJ is not one of those recycled bands that try to make a come-back on their past. The Doughboys play down-to-earth, strong accessible rock 'n' roll, period! And if you try to dissect it more than that, you'll loose the vibe. I saw them at Asbury Lanes earlier this year, and live, as well as on record, you can twist, jump, mosh, crowd surf, shimmy and shake to their music, but you definitely won't be able to stand still!
— Phil Rainone,
"The Doughboys play classic rock a la Kinks. Through the grit of Scavone's vocals is a classic rock and roll sound, and the tell tale hooks on Heyman's penned "Why Can't She See Me?" are a welcome treat here. Scavone does some excellent Mick Jagger styled blues on "Carmalina" and the Animals-styled "It's Alright" are just a few of the gems here. The tinkle of the piano and saxophones on "Queen City" are fun to listen to, but the songwriting on Heyman's tracks match the band's bar room sound with equal intensity on "I'm That Kind Of Man." For more muscle listen to the awesome "I'm Not Your Man" and Gar Francis' hot guitar licks. the melody is front and center. Very nice."
— Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic
"Crossbreed the greatest hours of The Shadows of Knight with The Chocolate Watchband, The Rolling Stones and Paul Revere and The Raiders, and that's the world The Doughboys reside in. Picking up precisely where Is It Now? left off, Act Your Rage, needless to say, stands to be yet another electrifying exercise in the fine art of garage rock glory…consistently catchy and dangerously contagious. Exploding with energy and action, The Doughboys are keen songwriters, as their material retains the pulse and mood of sixties garage rock while at the same time splashing the genre with a fresh coat of paint. Witty, wild and rocking to the max, Act Your Rage moves and grooves with feeling."
— Princeton Record Exchange
"When I first heard this song on Sirius Satellite Radio, I thought the Rolling Stones had released another good hit! If you are behind a driving wheel, this song will make you want to keep driving, even after having passed your destination exit. Check this song out all of you who like a good kick ass rock n roll song."
— 3Mpro, fan
"I purchased I'm Not Your Man yesterday. Man does this song rock!!!! Right from the get-go the opening guitar riff grabs you and never lets go. It may be called "I'm Not Your Man", but if you love rock and roll it's definitely your song!"
— Jim Blaney, fan