Blockhouses GREATEST HIT SONGS OF ALL TIME reviewed!
""Essential album alert!  With three singles in the books, the band returned from a hiatus this year to complete its first full-length album. And so here it is, aptly titled "Greatest Hit Songs of All Time.” This album is a power pop enthusiast's dream - full of catchy, high energy tunes that just plain rock ... A couple things are apparent about Guy Lyons: 1) he's a highly underrated songwriter and 2) he sure knows how to surround himself with incredible musicians. Peifer and Balga make up the formidable rhythm section that really drives these songs. Sometimes "power trio" is just a euphemism, but I can't think of a more fitting way to describe Blockhouses. It's clear that these songs were written not just to sound good on record, but also to be fully rocked out on stage. And while the album title is obviously tongue-in-cheek, there's some real truth to it. This thing is packed with tracks that could have been A-sides to singles ... If you wanted a textbook demonstration of how to put the power in the pop, this is it. Punchy guitars? Check. Driving energy? Check. A chorus that will be stuck in your head from the first time you hear it? Check! ... Greatest Hit Songs Of All-Time is every bit the knockout debut album I expected from Blockhouses. The songs from the singles sound better than ever, and the new material is every bit as strong. To me, the best power pop is the kind that sticks closest to the blueprint of good old rock n' roll. Blockhouses are the perfect case in point. They know it isn't necessary to reinvent the wheel. They're all about writing great tunes with memorable hooks and rocking the heck out of them ... " - Lord Rutledge, Faster and Louder

"Fronted by swatches of catchy, smooth, distort-o-chords with a snappy rhythm section and tuneful vocals to boot, Blockhouses are making their way through the northeast to stage a show in Saratoga Springs on Monday … The band - Guy Lyons with guitar and vocals, Christopher Peifer with bass, keyboards and vocals, and Jim Balga on drums – is touring in support of their debut album, "Greatest Hit Songs of All Time." - Thomas Dimopoulos, Saratoga Today

"Attention fans of blistering NYC rock and roll:  Blockhouses has some really exciting news to share with all of you.  The band will be setting up camp at Kawari Sound in Philly in early February to record a brand new album.  Pete Donnelly of The Figgs (NRBQ, Shelby Lynne, Soul Asylum) will be pushing knobs and buttons as producer."  - Jetpack

“Blockhouses just released a new single, "One More Time To Get Home" b/w "Little Sweetie". It's actually the New York City trio's third single this year, and of course it's totally killer! A band named after a fort should be rock solid, and that's clearly the point. This single delivers that perfect blend of muscular guitars and catchy melodies on a pair of high quality tracks ... an absolutely dynamite band. Check out all of Blockhouses' singles over at their Bandcamp - and let's hope for more from this band in 2015!”  - Lord Rutledge, Faster and Louder

“Blockhouses is a trio from New York City with bare-bones, lo-fi blistering pop-punk. There won't be a more rock 'n' roll party.”  - David Malachowski, Albany Times Union

“There’s a shortage of no-frills rock & roll these days, but Blockhouses are keeping the flame alive. The New York City trio recreate the time-honored tradition of classic rock & roll — following the thread that connects the early rock & roll of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to the seminal ‘70s punk of The Ramones to the garage-pop renaissance of today. It’s all about great songs with catchy choruses, lyrics that people relate to, and live punk-rock energy. The band came together in 2013 after singer-guitarist Guy Lyons — a pivotal member of The Figgs back when the hooky, brash power-pop band was on Capitol Records — pledged a return to rock & roll. Looking to carry the torch for bare-knuckle, sing-along rock, he joined forces with bassist Christopher Peifer (The Kowalskis) and drummer Jim Balga, and Blockhouses were born.”  - Jetpack

“Former Figgs guitarist, Guy Lyons parted ways with the band back in the day in order to complete his college education and start a family, but he didn’t stop writing music. During the past year or so, he’s been recording some rockin’ good demos.  It took a while for Lyons to gather together just the right bandmates, but bassist Christopher Peifer and drummer Jim Balga fit the bill perfectly.  The name of Lyons’ new rockin’ power-pop trio is Blockhouses, so keep your eyes and ears open for ‘em…  Capital Region folk might also know Chris Peifer as a former member of the Staziaks. The recording of a new release is underway – sounds killer. Stay tuned for an Albany show in early 2014.”  - Nippertown, Albany, NY

Guy Lyons Q&A with Nippertown

Christopher Peifer Q&A with Nippertown

“A bit of fantastic ass-kicking rock and roll from Blockhouses!”  - Wayne Lundqvist Ford, The Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More (Sweden)

Best of 2015:  Kirsten Ferguson’s Top 10 shows, Nippertown (Albany)

5/5 Stars, “Blockhouses” LP  - 1001 Records