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Video Premier: Continental – “Home On The Range”

Brand new video from Boston-are rockers Continental to kick off your work week. The video from the Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys) and son fronted four-piece is for the track “Home On The Range,” the  title track from their upcoming full-length release. Check out the debut of the video below.

“Home On The Range” is due out next month on the band’s new label home, Rusty Knuckles Records. Four songs will be available tomorrow (May 24th) on iTunes. Check out the band’s upcoming concert schedule down below the video, and stay tuned for “Home On The Range” pre-order info!



Continental adds more tour dates with The Tossers

Continental hails from Quincy, on the outskirts of Boston, MA, but you’d hardly know it thanks to their prolific touring schedule.  The band just announced that they are hitting the road again this spring, and some dates will include Celtic punk act The Tossers.  You can check out the newly-added dates below.

Continental most recently released Millionaires last October via East Grand Record Company.



The Tossers and Continental team up for US tour

Do not adjust your screen, boys and girls: this  is a new story. Chicago celtic-punks The Tossers (pictured above) and Boston-area punk-and-rollers Continental [featuring Rick Barton (FM359 and formerly Dropkick Murphys) alongside his son Stephen] are teaming up once again for a run of US tour dates. The tour kicks off in Springfield, IL, on February 27th and finishes off in Atlanta on St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the full rundown below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records. Continental released their sophomore album, “Millionaires,” last year via East Grand Records,



DS Interview: Rick Barton opens up on writing new Continental music, early Dropkick Murphys days, and being the best man he can be

Rick Barton is always searching.

The longtime veteran of the Boston punk rock scene finds himself on the perpetual quest to be the best man that he could be. To be brutally honest, this quest has come with its fair share of trials and tribulations. As Barton sings on “Busted,” which appears on his band Continental‘s upcoming album Millionaires,  he may have “been dumb more times than (he has) been smart.” And yet, with age of course comes wisdom. The original Dropkick Murphys‘ guitarist has taken his lumps over the years, but seems to continue to learn from his mistakes from an unlikely source: Facebook?

Boston-area music fans may know of the maelstrom that Barton created in a serious of rather opinionated posts on the social networking site last Spring (the details of which will not be discussed here…ask around). “Anybody can do whatever the hell they want,” Barton recounts. “That’s the one thing I learned about my debacle on Facebook; anyone can do whatever they want, I don’t even care. I just know that I have to do what I have to do for myself.”

And that’s what Barton continues to do. Dying Scene caught up with Barton a few times over the last week or so to discuss Continental’s upcoming album, to get a little bit into his history as a songwriter, particularly with Continental and Dropkick Murphys, and to discuss his goals for his current project (which, as you should know, features his son Stephen on bass). The result, as to be expected, was as straight-forward, honest and compelling as you’d expect. Barton continues to wear his heart on his sleeve, which we generally celebrate as a scene. Unless, of course, that heart makes us uncomfortable, which is on us, not on him. Check out our conversation below!



Album Review: Continental – “Millionaires”

Millionaires marks the second full-length studio album from Continental, perhaps best known as the  project fronted by former Dropkick Murphys’ guitarist Rick Barton and featuring his son, Stephen, on bass. As Rick and I discusses during an interview last year, the band’s first album, 2012’s All A Man Can Do, grew out of a decade’s worth of material that he had been perpetually writing and recording.

While All A Man Can Do was certainly a solid album, it’s an understatement to note that a lot of bands are capable of putting out a solid debut album, particularly with such a deep well from which to draw. The trick for any band, and the area in which so many fall short, is to pen a follow-up that build’s off the band’s earlier sound, establishes an identity, and creates a compelling reason for listeners to come back. For any of you were concerned that ol’ Barty and the gang may have lost a couple miles an hour off their respective fastballs (or, worse, that they should stick to painting houses), rest assured that Millionaires, the band’s sophomore album, is better in almost every way than what came before it.

Fans looking for Continental to become Dropkick Murphys Lite will be sadly let down, as Continental occupies more of the Wilco/Frank Black and the Catholics end of the spectrum. Album opener “She’s Gone” has the sort of sound that makes it a quick staple in the band’s live set, an uptempo, riff-driven rocker about a love gone by. Track’s like “She’s Gone” are textbook examples of Rick Barton’s songwriting wheelhouse circa 2014. The big, swampy guitar riff reminds me of the opening track to the last Chris Wollard + The Ship Thieves album (and if you’re aware of my love for the latter band, you’ll understand that that’s high praise). “21st Century” follows and, after stumbling initially out of the blocks, quickly picks up speed and becomes one of the album’s stronger tracks.

The rockabilly-infused “Punk Rock Girl” and the rollicking good time that is “Fun Fun Fun” are other examples of well-crafted, not-too-polished rock songs that, again, are Barton’s recent trademark. And while those songs may be among the album’s highlights, Barton has also polished his mid-tempo crooner game. “Busted” starts simply, just Barton’s baritone accompanied by a lone acoustic guitar. As the band joins in, we find our songwriter at perhaps his most vulnerable on the album.

As a songwriter, the elder Barton is at his best when he turns the mirror inward. At 53, Barton has long made a name for himself as being more than willing to speak his mind and boldly emblazon his heart on his sleeve. On “Busted,” he acknowledges that he has, at times, been “dumb more than (he has) been smart.” The line about having “never dealt with consequences/I can’t think of one for instance” is rich with double meaning. As the song builds toward it’s anthemic chorus, Barton seems to be coming closer to a little bit of ever-elusive clarity and serenity, becoming more and more comfortable not only in his own skin but in allowing other people to exist in theirs.

Perhaps the largest steps forward on Millionaires are in Barton’s vocal chops and on the younger Barton’s ability to build a stable bottom end. The elder Barty’s baritone is unique and able to occupy several ranges, some more expertly than others. Whether it’s the low end of the range, like in the opening lines of “Busted,” or the carnival-barker-esque qualities he portrays in songs like “Wasted” and “Millionaires,” Rick’s voice is stronger than it’s been in quite some time. The introspective lyrics and the elevated vocal game, in my opinion, began in early-2014’s FM359 project that features Barton alongside fellow former Dropkick Murphy Mike McColgan and the latter’s current bandmate Johnny Rioux (see: “I Saw The Light“).

While Millionaires is certainly not flawless (the opening couple lines in “She’s Gone” seem a little clunky, “21st Century” and it’s slow start, the lack of a bona fide lead single), it more than raises the proverbial bar from All A Man Can Do, and will hopefully be the kind of album that is able to elevate the band from part-time in-between-painting-jobs status to full-time working band status (if that’s, in fact, what the goal is), or at least helps convert the descriptors that low-level rock journalists (like yours truly) use for the elder Barton from “former Dropkick Murphys guitarist” to bona fide Continental frontman.

 

 



DS Exclusive: Continental (ex-Dropkick Murphys) stream upcoming album “Millionaires”

Granite City punk n’ roll act Continental (featuring original Dropkick Murphys guitarist Rick Barton) are prepping to release their new full-length entitled Millionaires on October 14th through East Grand Record Company. But you’re not gonna have to wait another second to hear it because we’re streaming the entire record right now!

Give Millionaires a listen below, and head over to the label’s Bandcamp page to pre-order a copy of the album on your format of choice – it’s available digitally, on CD, and on vinyl, and they even have signed test pressings available!



The Tossers and Continental announce West Coast tour dates

Chicago celtic-punks The Tossers (pictured above) and Boston-area punk-and-rollers Continental (featuring Rick Barton of FM359 and formerly Dropkick Murphys alongside his son Stephen) are teaming up for a run of West Coast tour dates this fall. You can find the full rundown below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records. Continental will be announcing a follow-up to 2012’s East Grand Records release “All A Man Can Do” in the very near future. We’ll bring you more info on that and some headlining tour dates as soon as we’re allowed!



Continental stream “1000 Miles” from upcoming 7″

Continental (spawn of The Dropkick Murphys) have announced a new 7″ record, to be released in early March by East Grand Record Company. They are currently streaming the first song on the album, “1000 Miles”.

You can listen to it here.



DS Feature: FM359 Record Release Party review and interview (Rick Barton, Johnny Rioux and Mike McColgan)

FM359’s Johnny Rioux, Mike McColgan and Rick Barton. Photo (c) Jo M. Wood

Avid followers of the band Pearl Jam are no doubt aware that by the mid-1990s, the band was in the throes of a sort of internal crisis of faith. The highest highs of their popularity found them at the apex of what, in hindsight, was an all-too-rapid ascent into the cultural stratosphere. Enter Neil Young.  The rock icon recruited Pearl Jam to play his annual fundraising Bridge School Benefit and to serve as his backing band on his 1995 Mirror Ball album and corresponding tour. The band credits Young’s influence with teaching them to not worry about what other people thought, to make music that they like playing, and that if they weren’t enjoying the process, to just stop for a while.

Rick Barton and his comrades in FM359 appear to be musical kindred spirits, taking a page from Neil Young’s playbook. “At this point in my career, I don’t care what the fuck I play, as long as I like it. You know what I mean? I’m over that whole fear of if it’s going to fit in to something,” Barton explains. “Don’t be worried about what people think of what you write, because that’s going to hold you back from so much.”

Barton, Johnny Rioux and I gathered for an impromptu chat amongst the straight-outta-Fenway-Park seats that line the wall of the basement of McGreevy’s, a sports-themed Irish bar in Boston co-owned by Dropkick Murphys’ bassist Ken Casey. FM359, which features Rioux and Barton on guitar, Mike McColgan on vocals, Hugh Morrison (of Murder The Stout) on accordion and, on this night, Jamie Walker on guitar as well, had just finished their inaugural set, playing as part of a record release event in honor of their debut full length, Truth, Love & Liberty (Pirates Press Records), the brick-and-mortar (and painted Dropkick Murphys mural) providing a noteworthy (if not a tad ironic) backdrop.

All but the most casual observers of either the punk scene in general or the Boston music scene more specifically will undoubtedly appreciate the tangled layers of subtext in the paragraph above. McColgan and Barton, for the uninitiated, represent half of the original Dropkick Murphys lineup, and Rioux worked as Barton’s guitar tech. McColgan left in 1998 after the release of the band’s debut full-length, Do Or Die, to be replaced by Al Barr, formerly of The Bruisers (for whom Rioux played guitar). Barton, meanwhile, made his departure in 2000 prior to the release of Sing Loud, Sing Proud.  The Dropkicks’ timely alignment with the Red Sox successful run in the mid-00s (not to mention a certain Scorcese film) catapulted the band into the mainstream, effectively making McGreeveys “The House That Tessie Built.”

McColgan and Rioux went on to found Street Dogs, while Barton has played in bands like Everybody Out! and, most recently, Continental (in addition to producing the last Street Dogs full-length). FM359 marks a musical departure for sure, with their traditionally raw, distorted guitar street punk sounds traded in, in favor of acoustic guitars, accordions and the occasional tin whistle. But perhaps the biggest difference is the deeply personal, introspective nature of the lyrics.

“All hell was breaking loose personally,” says Rioux. Though the album was recorded at his house, it was done so amidst his actively separating from his wife. “We did it in my studio, and my wife and I were going through a separation, and I didn’t know if I was even going to be allowed in the studio,” he continues. “It would be sort of an on-call situation, like, ‘things are a little rough right now, let’s hold off tracking for a little bit.’ (The situation) also affected the songwriting to a degree.” McColgan agrees: “(This album is) the most fearlessly introspective songs we’ve ever done, literally cutting our arteries open on this one. And when I got up there and I sang tonight, I’m channeling that.”

For a band that has effectively never played together, even in the studio, the performance on this night was stellar, and universally appreciated by the capacity crowd (which featured McColgan and Rioux’s fellow Street Dogs Lenny Lashley and Matt Pruitt amongst many notable Boston scene staples) who’d ventured from all points on a Wednesday night to catch the unique performance.  “I thought tonight was great because it felt exactly how it started,” Rioux said. “Just in that shitty room in my garage with acoustic guitars, you know what I mean? It was a perfect record release… a little rough around the edges, which is good, I think.” “It’s hard to just have basically one jam and go play…but I think it adds to the show,” adds Barton. “I give myself a B+ on my performance, and if we just went on tour from now until like Sunday night, just around New England, by Sunday night, the thing would be clicking on all cylinders and I’d feel fucking great.”

While the future may be a tad on the uncertain side for the FM359 project going forward, the band and crowd alike on this evening seemed to view the evening as a celebration, a welcome sign of hopeful things to come. McColgan and Rioux will always have their punk roots planted firmly in the Street Dogs, just as Barton will long have a home with his Continental project (which also includes his son, Stephen, on bass). But if Truth, Love & Liberty, and the energy and ease with which the band performed on this evening are any indication, FM359 have the chops to be anything but a one-off project.

During our thirty-minute chat, Barton, Rioux, McColgan and I covered an awful lot of real estate, from the origin of the project (a solo record for McColgan?), a debate between Rioux and Barton on the ability of artists to grind out a living wage as musicians in 2014, a fired-up Barton railing on ever-increasing commercialism in the music scene, and McColgan channeling his inner Rod Stewart. It’s a lengthy read, but we think you’ll enjoy it. Check it out below. Most of the photos scattered throughout are my handiwork. The cover photo, however, is courtesy of the great Boston-area concert photographer Jo M. Wood. Check out her gallery from that night here.



DS Interview: Mike McColgan on FM359, what’s next for Street Dogs, and his return to Boston

We last caught up with Street Dogs frontman Mike McColgan early last spring. At the time, the band had just announced that their recently-revealed hiatus was going to be incredibly short-lived. Little did anyone really know just how strong a year the band would have.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Mike again this week, and we caught him at a pretty good time. The Street Dogs capped a successful 2013 with their most successful Wreck The Halls tour to date, and his side project FM359 (with fellow Street Dog Johnny Rioux and fellow founding Dropkick Murphy Rick Barton) is readying their debut full-length (due January 15th via Pirates Press Records). We chatted about all things Street Dogs (including new music in the works!), FM359, and Mike’s recent return to Boston after some time spent in California. Check it out below.



FM359 (Street Dogs/Continental side project) readies “Truth, Love & Liberty” pre-orders

The long-awaited full-length debut from FM359 is finally upon us!

As you should already know by now, FM359 is fronted by Street Dogs‘ vocalist Mike McColgan. Joining him in this project are fellow founding member of Dropkick Murphys Rick Barton (also of Continental fame), and fellow Street Dog Johnny Rioux. The resulting collaboration has been billed as “Americana, classic rock, country, tinges of punk rock, wrapped up in an uplifting folk, or even gospel backdrop; just without all the hand clapping...” We’ve heard it, and we agree.

The band’s debut full-length, entitled “Truth, Love & Liberty,” is now set for pre-order via Pirates Press Records, the same label released FM359’s “Some Folks” seven-inch earlier this year. Click here to get yours.



Continental (Rick Barton: ex Dropkick Murphys) announces North American and European tour dates

Punk spinoff Continental, project from Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys, Everybody Out!), has announced a run of North American and European tour dates kicking off mid August in Tennessee.

Check out the dates and locations here.

Continental released their most recent album “All A Man Can Do” via East Grand Records.



Rick Barton talks Boston punk scene, painting Frank Black’s house and more

“Any kind of underground original music, no matter what it is, it’s good if people get into it and follow it. It’s kind of a dying thing, you know what I mean?”

And so began our recent interview with Rick Barton, frontman of the Quincy, MA-based Continental. The band, which also features Barton’s son Stephen on bass, is getting set to hit the road for most of the second half of 2013, while somehow finding time to record a follow-up to their 2012 debut full length, “All A Man Can Do.” Barton, who may be better known from his stint as the original guitarist for the Dropkick Murphys, took some time out of his busy schedule painting houses to talk with us about what it’s like to be in a working band, and to spend six months a year on the road.

Barton was particularly engaging when discussing the concept of being in a band with your own kid. We also discuss what’s happened to the Boston punk scene, what’s happening to the FM359 project (which features Barton teaming up with Street Dogs Mike McColgan and Johnny Rioux), and what it was like to paint Frank Black’s house. It’s a pretty entertaining, enlightening read: check it out here.



Continental announce new tour dates

Punk spinoff Continental, project from Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys, Everybody Out!), has announced a string of tour dates through the spring.  The band will start by playing support Irish favorites The Tossers (dates here), then rockabilly king Reverend Horton Heat (dates here).   It’s also looking like a summer tour is in the works with the Mahones with a huge potential date list.

Continental released their most recent album “All A Man Can Do” via East Grand Records.



Street Dogs members and Rick Barton (Continental) start new band: FM359

Street Dogs singer Mike McColgan and bassist Johnny Rioux along with Rick Barton (Continental, ex-Dropkick Murphys) have started a new side project band by the name of FM359.

The band is currently working on a full-length debut and will be announcing details and upcoming shows soon.  We’ll keep you posted.

Street Dogs fans need not fret, a new Street Dogs full-length and preceding 7-inches are planned for later this year.