Boston's Ducky Boys have always been a band that speaks to the blue-collar worker in all of us. Their songs deal with simple themes about love and life. On The War Back Home, they are continuing these themes, but their music has gotten simpler and at the same time their message has gotten more complex.
The War Back Home is stripped down, simple three-chord rock with complex messages that are heavily geared toward the working class. Beginning with "Celebrate", the first track, the band is dealing with both the war in the Middle East and the split between the haves and have-nots, addressing the idea that things are dark and getting darker.
This blue vs. white collar theme is predominant on the album. On "Bombs Away", vocalist Mark Lind sings, "Looks like it's happening again. They've brought back the Reagan Years and the Young Republicans. Still, I've got no money to my name. Ain't it funny how the rich get richer while the poor just stay the same?", and the "The Middle Children of History" quotes Fight Club and discusses the fact that the current working class has been lied to repeatedly.
That's not to say it's a dreary or depressing album. The War Back Home celebrates the working class reality without glorifying it. "Two Thieves and a Savior" is a great upbeat anthem about just getting by, and "City Girl" is a bittersweet love song about losing a girl, with the great line "I can't even drink you off my mind.
The whole album is great simple street-core, and Mark Lind's gritty vocals are the perfect vehicle for the gritty reality of working class living. The band plays simple punk rock, and even plays with a reggae beat on "Bombs Away".
If you're looking for a great album that celebrates what it means to simply get by each day, The War Back Home has it by the pound. There are no fun-in-the-sun pop punk tunes on this album, but there are songs that tell you that no matter what, it's good to just keep on keeping on. Or to quote Lind on "Outlaw", "I don't care what they say; we're alright."