Somewhere between The Remains on a serious amphetamine jag and The Makers without the phony tough – guy schtick (and a lot more talent), the Forty-Fives are serious-as-a-heart-attack contenders for the trash-rock crown.’
The Forty-Fives are a hellraising, rough and tumble, rock-n-roll combo from Atlanta, GA. Here�s history�
Having started up back in 1998, guitarist Bryan G. Malone, bassist Mark McMurtry, and drummer Adam Renshaw worked tirelessly honing their sound as a trio. The band ingested and spewed all the best of early rock and roll, including Kinks and Beatles-era hooks, the explosive live delivery of the Who and the MC5, and enough smarts to make it all cohesive. A bit later, Trey Tidwell rounded the band out, playing the crazy Hammond B-3 sounds.
This formative Forty-Fives line-up would then soon be in the studio recording demos for what would become the Get It Together LP (Ng Records, 2000). After a relatively quick in-and-out to the studio netted the material they needed for the record, the band hit the road. Soon they were opening for the likes of Link Wray, Andre Williams, Wayne Kramer, Marky Ramone, The Real Kids, The Dickies, The Fleshtones, etc. Out on the trail, the local press began to issue forth seals of approval�
‘Soul-drenched, mop-top rock and roll like this has been missing from the universe for far too long. It may be a debut disc, but it already sounds like a greatest – hits package. No wonder the band calls itself the Forty-Fives.’ – Arizona Republic
‘This is the British Invasion turned on its ear, with a furiously American attitude. The Forty-Fives have rediscovered the art of the catchy ditty – and reclaimed power pop for American Musicians.’
- Columbus Alive
The band then went on to criss-cross the U.S.A. four times, stopping in at a number of studios to record new material before a brief stint at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. But choosing not to release any material from that session, The Forty-Fives ended up re-recording a number of the songs originally tracked there with Rick Miller from Southern Culture on the Skids. The result shall be the band�s sophomore effort, a raucous, rollicking grinder of a record appropriately entitled, Fight Dirty within whose 12 songs one can sample The Beatles (Hamburg-era, of course), Steppenwolf, the MC5, the Stooges and Jerry Lee Lewis. Yes, more of the glorious same for The Forty-Fives- a healthy helping of garage anthems like left hooks and jabs, not to mention the occasional kidney shot.