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DS Exclusive: Derek Zanetti (Homeless Gospel Choir) on new album, the importance of punk rock and working with Frank Turner

Derek Zanetti, aka The Homeless Gospel Choir embodies everything that makes punk great. He is a punk musician to the core who embodies a D.I.Y punk aesthetic where every song drips with authenticity and truth. He is that rare artist who can deliver a more affecting, relatable message in one single line than most bands manage on an entire album. His vulnerable lyrics and almost painful honesty often deal with his own mental health issues yet he can also be almost cruelly self-deprecating and uproariously funny. Similarly, his music is overtly political, following a proud tradition of folk-punk musicians such as Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Davey Dynamite etc who use their voice to address the injustices, inequalities and general intolerance that sadly infects modern society.

Since releasing his 2010 debut album “Some People Never Go Anywhere”, Zanetti has built a dedicated following both in his native Pittsburgh and further afield. 2014’s “I Used To Be So Young” garnered him a degree of critical acclaim as well as some famous fans in the shape of Frank Turner and former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. New album, “Normal” features the same poignant, soul-stirring lyrical nous you would expect but also showcases a greater mastery of song craft as songs move from folk-punk to Americana to anthemic pop punk in the form of “Crazy”, “1983” and the defining and triumphant “Normal”. A beautifully succinct statement to the world about what it means to suddenly find yourself part of the all encompassing, life-changing scene that is punk rock.

Before Zanetti embarks on a huge tour with Beach Slang and Frank Iero and the Patience, Dying Scene had the chance to talk with the always gracious and engaging Zanetti about the “Normal” album, the influence of folk-punk great Frank Turner, working with Frank Iero as well as why the very ideals that punk embodies still coarse through his veins.

Check out the interview below.



Album Review: The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Normal”

Next time you’re at a show, look around. What do you see? Does everyone look the same as you? Does everyone look like they’ve got everything worked out? Well the truth is no one does. Everyone has the same neurosis, fears and hang-ups. Everyone gets scared. Everyone feels unhappy or lonely sometimes. The one thing you all have in common is the reason you find yourself crammed together in that dark room with the sticky floors and the unmistakable smell of stale sweat and spilled beer. That band or singer that’s just about to take the stage. Think about that rush as the lights dim, and the crowd whistles and cheers. That’s what unites us all because – We. Are. Punks.

A simple, unifying message that forms the basis of the anthemic centerpiece of the title song from the Homeless Gospel Choir’s epic new album. On “Normal”, Derek Zanetti, the man behind The Homeless Gospel Choir offers a precise, succinct statement to the world about what it means to suddenly find yourself part of the all encompassing, life-changing scene that is punk rock. The electric, bright and bouncy pop-punk masterpiece, “Normal” will undoubtedly be the most important song of someone’s adolescence. The song that makes them finally understand that they aren’t alone. They will find solace and inspiration, as Zanetti did, when someone uttered the same immortal and timeless words to him: “You’ll never be normal/ because you’re a punk”. Probably the simplest, most honest and soul-stirring lyric of the year. For the rest of us with adolescence a distant memory it’s a reaffirming nostalgia trip to when you exhausted your first punk album on whatever outdated format you owned it. A song that so eloquently sums up why you’re here and why you’re reading this.

Every lyric on this album describes a life lived and is equally as relatable as “Normal”. Whether it be the acoustic, folk punk of “Depression” which serves as an anthem for those who find themselves in their 30s with life not quite turning out as they hoped, to the free-wheeling pop-punk of “Crazy”. With a fuller sound,  featuring a crisp, lead guitar line from Frank Lero, on “Crazy”, Zanetti brutally honestly details his exasperated attempts to properly express himself with the song, appropriately sounding like the valve loosening on his own personal, emotional pressure cooker. “Everyone” is a sparse yet equally affecting song as Zanetti channels his inner Billy Bragg to balance politically astute yet droll observations on how the world is made up of individuals but how every difference should be valued and treasured.   

Musically, “Normal” sees Zanetti painting with a varied palette, unafraid to incorporate a variety of musical styles. From the slow burning, Frank Turner-esque folk of “Don’t Know” through to the Americana of “Sometimes” and the rousing melancholy of “Alright”. Every song feels like it’s own separate vignette, with it’s own self-analysis, drama and most importantly wit. It is this even-footed ability to judge sharp humor and intelligent observation that makes this the defining album that it is. The same is true of the more recognizable pop-punk songs such as  “1983”, a fist-raising, rocker that shares a lot in common with the hook filled, anthemic self-deprecation of Pup. Once again the song finds Zanetti sitting idly at life’s crossroad, frustrated and hamstrung by his own perceived lack of progress in life.  

“Normal” is one of those rare albums that manages to stir and amuse, with songs that impress on the listener with issues that are instantly relatable. They highlight the insecurities that are in all of us that, more than anything else, bind us together. With that in mind, next time you’re at a show maybe you should take the time to talk to someone nearby. After all, you’ll definitely have at least one thing in common.

4.5/5 Stars



The Homeless Gospel Choir stream new album ‘The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal’ in full

Pittsburgh, PA’s political folk punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir is streaming its brand new album in full. ‘The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal’ won’t be out until tomorrow (18th of August) via A-F Records, but is already up for streaming.

The album contains some great guest vocals by the likes of Frank Turner and Frank Iero. You can pick up a copy here or buy one from the band itself on one of the following tour dates below.



Coffee Project brew up video for “Wasted Love”

Acoustic punk duo Coffee Project, the side project featuring Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Savage Brewtality’s Jake Crown, have made their video for “Wasted Love” available for your streaming pleasure. Check it out below.

Formed as an outlet for the two musicians to write and record songs that might not fit with their main projects, Coffee Project released their 1st EP Wasted Love on July 16th through A-F Records.

If ska-folk didn’t exist before, it does now. And, it sounds good…there’s an elemental quality to the stripped down production and bareness of the sound. Catch them at this year’s Fest.



The Homeless Gospel Choir release music video for “Crazy”

The Homeless Gospel Choir have released a new music video for the song “Crazy”. Watch it below.

Derek had this to say about the song:

“Crazy is a song about me and my feelings. Sometimes you try to explain the weird shit that’s going on inside of your head, heart & life to other people and you can’t make sense of it. This song is a journey of that. I was very fortunate to have my dear brothers Frank Iero & Dave Watt collaborate with me to make this song and video so special”.

The Homeless Gospel Choir will release their new album “Home” on August 18th via A-F Records.

You can check them out later in the year when they begin their European tour.



The Homeless Gospel Choir announce tour with Beach Slang, Dave Hause & The Mermaid and release date for “Normal” August 18th

This is going to be awesome! The Homeless Gospel Choir (one of my favorite live acts) is going on tour with Beach Slang and Dave Hause & The Mermaid! But that’s not everything! The new album for The Homeless Gospel Choir, “Normal” is due out August 18th via A-F Records!

Tour dates, and the music video for “Normal” can be found below.



Nightmarathons (punk) announce Midwest tour

Steel city punk rockers Nightmarathons are heading out on a short Midwest tour in support of their latest release and you can check out the dates and locations below.

The band’s self titled EP was released in May via A-F Records.



New Music: The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Everyone”

More new music from The Homeless Gospel Choir for your Sunday morning. Today, we’ve got a new lyric video for the track “Everyone,” and you can check it out below.

“Everyone” is the latest song to be released from the upcoming album “The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal.” It’s due out August 18th via A-F Records, and you can find pre-order information here.



The Homeless Gospel Choir detail album “The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal”

Pittsburgh’s folk punk solo act The Homeless Gospel Choir are to release new album “The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal” via A-F Records. You can pre-order it here.

Details of the album are below.



Coffee Project release “Wasted Love” EP

Gainesville, FL acoustic punk act Coffee Project released their new, 4 song EP.,‘Wasted Love’, last Friday (16th June) via A-F Records.  The duo, comprising Jake Crown (Savage Brewtality) and Buddy Schaub (Less Than Jake) have the EP for sale on their Bandcamp.

You can have a listen to the whole EP below.



The Homeless Gospel Choir premiere new track ‘Why?’

Pittsburgh’s folk punk solo act The Homeless Gospel Choir released a new track. ‘Why?’ is the B-side of the protest singer’s up and coming 7″ “Normal”, out June 9th via A-F Records. You can pre-order it here.

The Homeless Gospel Choir is out on the road now, with the likes of Listener, ’68, Zach Quinn (Pears) and Early Riser. Head down below for full tour dates and a listen to ‘Why?’.



Coffee Project premiere new song ‘Wasted Love’

Gainesville, FL acoustic punk act Coffee Project has premiered the title track to its new EP. ‘Wasted Love’ is the band’s first new release since 2012 and will be out on June 16th, 2017 via A-F Records. The EP is already available for pre-order right here.

Head down below to stream ‘Wasted Love’.



The Homeless Gospel Choir premiere video for “Normal,” recreating Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”

If you watch only one video today, make it this one. The Homeless Gospel Choir’s new video for “Normal” is a shot-for-shot remake of “Ironic.”

The new anthem is the title-track off the upcoming 7″, coming out on June 9th on A-F Records. Check it out over at NPR Music.



The Homeless Gospel Choir release new video for “Normal”

The Homeless Gospel Choir out of Pittsburgh, PA have just released a new video for their track, “Normal.” Directed by Doug Helmick, the video is a shot by shot recreation of Alanis Morissette’s video for “Ironic.”

This is also the title track to their 7 inch vinyl which is due for release on June 9, via A-F Records. 

Check out the video below.



Lawn Care (emo/punk) sign to A-F Records, release new video

Legendary punk label A-F Records have announced the signing of Pittsburgh emo-punks Lawn Care. The label will be releasing the band’s upcoming album “Replacement Therapy” on July 21st,  and it can be pre-ordered here.

To promote the release, the band has released a music video for their song “Disarming Smile.” You can watch that video below.