Enter the Haggis - Soapbox Heroes Review
by Sherrill Fulghum
The lads have retuned with their fifth album "Soapbox Heroes". This time the only link to their Scottish and Celtic roots is the highland pipes of Edinburgh born Craig Downie. This time the Toronto quintet has added something new to the album – keyboards played by the fiddle playing lead singer Brian Buchanan. Lead guitarist Trevor Lewington adds more of his singing and songwriting skills to "Soapbox Heroes". The band is rounded out by bassist Mark Abraham and drummer James "Seamus" Campbell . This internationally acclaimed rocking quintet broke the top 10 on the Billboard World Music Charts. "Soapbox Heroes" offers everything Haggis Heads have come to expect from this high energy band; the fast paced tunes, story songs, Trevor's guitars, Craig on his various blowy thingies, and plenty of Brian fiddling around.
Following a pattern of picking album titles from lines in a song as opposed to a song title "Soapbox Heroes" appears in the song "Cynical" and refers to the idea that some people think having an opinion about something is as good as doing something about it. While Haggis can send you looking for an empty spot on the floor to dance; a careful listen to some of their lyrics also reveals a strong social and political attitude.
Few bands can portray the excitement and energy of a live show onto a little plastic disc, but Enter the Haggis always manages to do exactly that; a high energy album from a high energy band.
Despite tours on both sides of the pond, a PBS special, an appearance on A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, and a record deal the five guys who make up Enter the Haggis are a group of down to earth fun loving lads on a musical journey and they want all their friends to come along for the ride.
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Enter the Haggis - Soapbox Heroes
Label:Untied for Opportunity
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