Review: Headstones – Little Army (Cadence Music / Universal Music Canada)

In the more than 25 years since Kingston’s Headstones stormed the Canadian music scene with a chip on their shoulder and a penchant for no-frills rock and roll, the band has been one of the country’s most reliable acts in terms of their output and musical integrity.

Little Army, the group’s seventh full-length studio record, continues walking the same path that chart-topping efforts like 1997’s Smile & Wave and their 1993 debut Pictures of Health travelled. With the passage of time, however, there is a certain refinement and maturity the band has found, which some would rightfully argue is completely inevitable after being together so long.

But while they may have grown up in one sense, attitude is not in short supply here. With 12 tracks clocking in under the 40-minute mark, dynamic vocalist Hugh Dillon spits, sways, and more than capably sings his way through album highlights including first single “Devil’s On Fire,” the album’s title track, “Dead To Me,” and album closer “Don’t Think At All.”

If you want rock and roll, you got it. Catch the Headstones when they perform in Moncton on Friday July 28 as a part of Mud City Meltdown.