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Paper Rifles (folk punk, UK) Stream Video for “Faith Healer” From Forthcoming Album

Edinburgh’s Paper Rifles are streaming a taste of their forthcoming record The State of it AllThe tune is called “Faith Healer” and marks a departure from the sound of previous releases, being as it features a full band. Despite the electrified influence, the track retains the melody and simplified charm of a great folk punk release. The band are yet to set a date for the rest of the album to drop.

Paper Rifles have produced a video for “Faith Healer” as well as including a b-side on their bandcamp page. You can check out both below.

 



Brian Fallon releases “Forget Me Not” video

The Gastlight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has released a music video for the first single off his upcoming album Sleepwalkers. Check out the video for “Forget Me Not” below.

Sleepwalkers is set to release on February 9th, 2018 through Island Records. Fallon will be supporting the album with European and US tours next year.



Tim Barry releases “Little Eden” music video

Tim Barry has released a new music video for “Little Eden”, taken from his latest album High On 95.

You can check it out below.

High On 95 came out in September through Chunksaah Records. We recently sat down with Tim for an interview about the LP, among other things.



Jeff Rosenstock announces West Coast US tour dates

New York’s Jeff Rosenstock has announced a new string of tour dates, this time hitting the West Coast (U.S). The tour will start on February 15th in Phoenix, AZ and will take the band up through to Santa Cruz, where it will end on February 24th. There is also a stretch of East Coast dates that starts on December 13th in Camden, CT and ends in Amityville, NY on December 16th.

Jeff Rosenstock will be joined by acts like Chris Farren and Laura Stevenson for the East Coast portion with Lemuria and ROAR joining in on the West Coast.

You can check out a full list of dates and locations below. If you are interested in winning tickets to the Long Island show on December 16th, click here.

Rosenstock’s latest album Worry was released in 2016 through SideOneDummy. He also released a split, with Skasucks, last month. 



Joey Cape to play California acoustic shows

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced a handful of acoustic shows in California slated for next February. These dates will also feature Brian Wahlstrom of Scorpios, PEARS singer Zach Quinn, and Donald Spence from Versus The World. See if there’s a show near you below.

Cape’s latest solo album One Week Record came out earlier this year.



Darius Koski releases video for “Another Man”

Swingin’ Utters guitarist and songwriter Darius Koski most recently released his folk solo album What Was Once Is By And Gone on November 3 via Fat Wreck Chords.

The black and white video for “Another Man” features Koski on the acoustic guitar in the outdoors, directed by Josh Robertson. Check it out below.

You can catch Koski doing double duty on tour, playing as both a member of Swingin’ Utters and opening the shows with his solo project.

 



Album Review: Darius Koski – “What Was Once Is By And Gone”

When Darius Koski released his debut solo album, Sisu, on Fat Wreck Chords a couple of years ago, I remember thinking that even though it was the longtime Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards guitarist and principle songwriter’s first album under his own name, it nevertheless seemed like it was a quintessentially “Darius Koski” album, full of the sort of neo-folk/Americana rooted non-traditional punk rock left turns that made the Utters and the Bastards unique in their own regards. It was solid, and different from the Utters for sure, but not THAT different to leave people confused.

What Was Once Is By And Gone, released last Friday (November 3rd, also on Fat), pushes the genre-bending theme to newer and bolder and more diverse levels. Sure there are still some Americana-based elements that would have fit nicely on Sisu; album-opener “Black Sheep” and the slow burning “Old Bones,” for example. That fact that stands to reason given that like on his debut album, the bulk of What Was Once Is By And Gone was culled from two decades of songs and song ideas Koski had in the bankThere are a handful of tracks like “Yes I Believe” and “The Observer” that seem to pay direct homage to the uptempo chugging, reverb-heavy rockabilly freight train that Johnny Cash perfected a half-century ago.

But then, of course, there are the more conceptual pieces that make What Was Once Is By And Gone not only stand apart from Sisu, but truly shine in its own right. “Imitation Tala” has has an acoustic backbone that, combined with Koski’s subdued drone, give the track a “world music” feel that reminds me of the band Three Fish, itself a side project for Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament a couple decades ago. “Stay With Me” and it’s whistle-driven melody evokes a sort of melodramatic cowboy waltz. “Another Man” might be the most straight-forward, Tim Barry-esque acoustic songwriter track that cuts deeply in its emotionally honest tale of introspection and self-doubt.

What Was Once Is by And Gone also contains a few instrumental tracks, though to they are really more vignettes than truly songs. “Tangled Chords” is a brief  hodgepodge of reverb guitar,, spoken word voice-over, and what appears to be the sound of somebody hammering a nail. “A Little Buzz” is bright and hopeful. “A Version” sounds a bit like a sad, blue carnival with it’s weaving trumpet and synthesizer melodies. The repetitive, staccato piano undertones of “Soap Opera” give the track a haunting quality that evokes feelings of a movie score. In fact, all four of the vignettes do a good job of evoking different, movie score style feelings, and that’s not an accident, as Koski has expressed an interest in dipping his toes in that water in the future.

After a relatively busy post-comeback period a few years ago (three albums in four years), things have been quiet on the new music front from the Swingin’ Utters for a little while now. And while there aren’t traditional punk tunes present on What Was Once Is By And Gone, it serves as a welcome addition to the Koski catalog and hopefully offers him enough of a repertoire to make a go at the solo artist route alongside his normal Utters duties.

4/5 Stars

 

 

 



Forest Pooky (French Folk Punk) announce 3 week tour

French folk punk act Forest Pooky announced a 3 week tour of the U.S, Canada, and Europe.

Forest Pooky will be touring with Yotam Ben Horin  and Seth Anderson .

You can check out the tour dates below.



Chuck Ragan (folk) announces solo tour dates

California folk-punk legend Chuck Ragan has announced a handful of solo tour dates in and around California.

You can see if he’s playing near you below.

The latest release from Chuck Ragan was “The Flame in the Flood” released in February 2016.



Brian Fallon (folk) releases single “Forget Me Not” and announces tour

Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon has decided to follow up his 2016 solo album “Painkillers” with a new one “Sleepwalkers”. The first single off the new album is “Forget Me Not”. The album is due to be released February 9th on Island Records.

To celebrate the new album, Brian will head out on tour with his backing band The Howling Weather and will be supported on the tour by Dave Hause, Ruston Kelly and Caitlyn Rose.

You can check out the new single and tour dates below.



Dan Cribb Streams Latest The Simpsons Cover “Canyonero”

Dan Cribb is allowing fans to stream his thirteenth The Simpsons cover, “Canyonero”. The track appears in the 15th episode of season nine, in the episode titled The Last Temptation Of Krust. It was originally sung by Hank Williams, Jr.

Cribb’s version features a cameo by Adelaide singer-songwriter Bec Stevens, as well as an old pal of Dan’s, Jackson Grealy. You can listen to “Canyonero” below.



Billy Liar announces UK/Ireland tour with Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart

Scottish folk punk Billy Liar has detailed a tour that will take in the UK and Ireland throughout November and December. The majority of the dates will be with Colorado’s Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart.

Full details of all dates are below.



DS Interview: Darius Koski (Swingin Utters) on his new solo album, “What Was Once Is By And Gone,” and hitting the road with a new Utters linuep

If you rewind the punk rock history tape back a couple of years, you’ll come across the release of Sisu, the debut solo release from Darius Koski. The album was very much rooted in Americana and marked a bit of a sonic departure for the longtime Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards guitarist and principle songwriter, though it still fit within the more diverse end of the Utters spectrum at the very least. Next Friday, Koski will release his sophomore solo album, What Was Once Is By And Gone, again via his lifelong label home, Fat Wreck Chords. This time out, Koski pushes the genre-bending element to new heights; while there is still a thread of Americana that pops up, also present are very heavy rockabilly and Johnny Cash and Nick Cave and Tom Waits-inspired sounds that each create a very different, very real mood. And that’s all by design.

I don’t want to play one style of music; I like too many things,” says Koski, who spent a dozen of his most formative years playing solely violin before eventually moving on to guitar and finding punk rock. “I just wanted to write songs, that’s basically what it came down to. I wasn’t really interested in being a virtuoso, which is all that’s about. And that’s great, but I would rather write songs than be a ripping violin player.” Still, that early experience with incredibly broad musical horizons created an early, lasting influence. “Too many things influence me and I’m interested in too many things to be a one note kind of dude, you know? So yeah, I think this one is even more all-over-the-place than the last one, for sure.”

Many of the tracks on Sisu were culled from years and years of songs that Koski has stored up, forming a catalog consisting of many dozens of tracks that date back close to three decades. It should go without saying that technological advances in the audio recording world have advanced many times over in the years since Koski began writing and recording, creating an interesting set of challenges when it comes time to revisit old tracks. “For a while, I was recording on – I don’t know if you remember, but those little cassette tapes? What do you do with those?” he asks, half-jokingly. As it turns out, what you do is press play on a microcassette player and record on a regular cassette tape, creating a lo-fidelity, hiss-heavy mix to try to decipher. “For the most part, I’m pretty anal about cataloging stuff because I’m just afraid of losing things. I’m totally that guy that spends a month being a month being obsessed with transferring his vinyl!”

The process was much the same on What Was Once Is By And Gone. Some of the tracks began simply as hummed notes into his iPhone, while some date as far back as the mid-1990s. Of particular note is the track “Fresh Glass of Nothing,” a song that was coincidentally written by his wife, herself an avid poet with whom he’s actually collaborated many times through out his songwriting career; the bulk of the Utters’ classic album Five Lessons Learned, for example, was culled primarily from her old poetry books. “Fresh Glass of Nothing” went a little differently, however. Back in the mid-90s, Koski had been in the market for a 4-track cassette recorder, and his wife purchased one while he was away on tour. “She was messing around with it at home to figure out how it worked,” he explains. One thing lead to another, and by the time Koski had returned from tour, his wife “had recorded two songs! Like, fully done songs, with her playing guitar, her lyrics, and her singing the melody! She’s not  a songwriter, but she had these two songs, and the other one is great too, but (“Fresh Glass of Nothing”) was, like, phenomenal!” Koski added the solo that appears on the song, but the rest of what you hear on the album is completely his wife’s brainchild.

Speaking of touring; Koski is putting down the day job plumber’s wrenches and gearing up to head out on the road as a solo artist for the first real time, as he’ll be doing double duty by opening up the Swingin’ Utters upcoming November dates. While he’s played a handful of dates acoustic and by himself, this time out he’ll have a small band backing him up, helping to fill out the added instrumentation that is so important to the sound on What Was Once Is By And Gone. While it can be hard to afford a full band to go on the road with, it is ultimately a goal of Koski’s to make touring with a backing band more of a part of his regular routine. I really, really want to try to make that happen,” he explains, “because the majority of the stuff on both of these records really has a lot of instrumentation and drums.” On the upcoming run, Koski has enlisted the help of some of his Utters brethren: “for this tour, Luke (Ray) is going to play drums and Tony who’s playing bass for the Utters is going to play bass, so we’ll be a three-piece.” The Tony in question is none other than Tony Teixiera, whom you probably know from his time in Cobra Skulls, Western Addiction, and most recently with alongside Luke Ray in Sciatic Nerve. Teixiera filled in for Utters bassist Miles Peck on their most recent tour and will be doing so again from here on out. “He’s pretty much our bass player now,” adding that Peck “just didn’t want to fucking tour any more. It’s not in him. It’s hard, man. It’s not for everybody.

Head here to see where you can catch Koski and the newly-retooled Swingin’ Utters lineup on the road, beginning next week in Arizona. Pre-orders for What Was Once Is By And Gone, which is due out November 3rd on Fat Wreck, are available at the same link. Meanwhile, you can head below to check out our full Q&A with Koski!



Monty Messex of Dead Fucking Last release solo EP, Purple Trees

Monty Messex of DFL fame has released his solo EP, Purple Trees. He describes the EP as “‘folktronica’ – a mellow mix of folk, ambient, and electronica.”

It’s definitely something I can get down to when medically treating my anxiety and “back pain.” Check out the stream below, and pick up the EP at bandcamp for less than five bucks!



Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish (Canada, punk) stream demo “Summer in October”

Ottawa-based Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish are allowing fans to stream their latest demo, Summer in October. The release features four track – two covers and two originals, and has been made public by the good folks at My Fingers! My Brain Records. The demo comes ahead of the band’s 2017 appearance at Gainesville’s “The Fest” on the Friday at 2:20pm in Mother’s Pub. One of the tracks will also feature on a soon-to-be-released LP due out in Spring 2018.

Check out Summer in October below.