Now before I start on the new album I again have to state that Richie is not just a sit back drummer, since the last Ramones show in 96 he has profusely pushed himself to beat his prior limits and raise standards for drummers not only within his genre but around the world. and if you take a moment to watch him at what he does both within and without the Ramones you may get a moment of "wait... How on earth did he do that?"and then re watch until your heart's content or green with envy at his talent.
What Richie has done with his new album "Entitled" is collect some equally talented artists, taken Punk/Rock added a pinch of Metal and dragged it kicking and screaming into the modern world. Even if the styling is not of your preference it is still so easy to enjoy.The song structures are so enticing, just as you reach a point of assumed understanding of each song it waves relevant but awesome (literal meaning rather than slang) changes, changing the entire direction and projection of the track.
The guitar work (bass and lead)is blinding, again completely relevant but exciting as when a phrase ends you're clenching your fists for another hit. The vocals are the ribbon on the package of this finely, well thought revolution and rebirth of Punk.
But how about Richie himself? It's the pulse of every high or raging moment where we needed to stand up and say "Listen to Me!" and all those moments where the fight for the freedom we want/deserve matters. The combination of Richie's vision, wonderful mastering and raw, pure talent amongst the other talents in this project leave both it and the band Entitled to a long and fruitful reign in the evolution of Punk/Rock well, c'mon... It's RICHIE RAMONE! the beat drives, encourages, empowers and fuels the fire to push against whatever walls hold us in. And lastly, Richie's band, also includes Tommy Bolan (Warlock), Clare Misstake (Antiproduct), and Ben "Wah" Reagan (The Fedderz).