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FM359 (Mike McColgan, Rick Barton and friends) are back in the studio!

We’ve been sitting on information about this announcement for a little while now, but since it’s Facebook official, we’ll go ahead and spill a few of the beans. FM359 are back!

The band’s frontman Mike McColgan (above, right) has posted a few pictures of he and guitar player Rick Barton (above, left, most recently better known from Continental) holed up with producer Andrew Dickson (above, center) at the latter’s studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where they’re hard at work on a follow-up to their 2014 debut, Truth, Love & Liberty. Yes, that’s right, it’s somehow been more than five years since the duo teamed up with McColgan’s fellow Street Dog Johnny Rioux (who’s currently out on the road as part of another fellow Street Dog’s band, Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One) and a few friends for the release of that album, which mixed folk rock, classic rock, and very traditional (read as: Revolutionary War-era) Americana sounds for one of the most unique albums of that particular year.

A little bird told us that McColgan and Barton and their eventual filled-out lineup are hoping to put out their new album later this year, and to play a handful of shows, probably on the East Coast, when the time comes. Stay tuned, boys and girls!

Truth, Love & Liberty was released on Pirates Press Records in January 2014.


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!

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.

Cover Art Battle (January 14th): Mustard Plug, Backtrack, FM359 & more


Last year, we got started on the Cover Art Battles a little late! This year, we’re starting right on time so there will be a battle for Cover Art Of The Year come late December / early January!

This week’s battle, the first of many to take place this year, features new releases from Mustard Plug, You Blew It!Backtrack, and FM359 (featuring members of Street Dogs, Dropkick Murphys & Continental).

Check out all of the artwork for these releases and cast your votes in the poll below!

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FM359 streams new album “Truth, Love & Liberty”

FM359 are streaming their upcoming full-length debut in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

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,” was released today via Pirates Press Records, the same label released FM359′s “Some Folks” seven-inch earlier this year. Click here to get yours.

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.

FM359 (Street Dogs americana side project) streams new songs

Back in February Street Dogs singer Mike McColgan and bassist Johnny Rioux along with Rick Barton (Continental, ex-Dropkick Murphys) announced that they had started a new side project band by the name of FM359.  In March McColgan said the band had a bunch of songs recorded and that they were planning on releasing them sometime this year or early next.  Then that was it.  No word since.  Until today.

Looks like the band has started a facebook page featuring what appears to be their debut release’s album cover art (left) and a little description of the band’s sound: “a humanitarian (non-religious) GOSPEL Americana (punk) rock sound.”

You can stream a couple of their songs (“Some Folks” and “When The People Check Out”) below.

It’s a little confusing as to what their debut release will be (full length? 7-inch?) but it looks like it will be released via Pirates Press.

Pirates Press announces 9th Anniversary Weekend (Street Dogs, FM359, Harrington Saints, etc)

Pirates Press Records has announced their 9 year anniversary and they’re throwing a huge weekend party to celebrate. On November First, Second, and Third they will be taking over Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, and bringing Street Dogs, FM359 (Street Dogs side project), Harrington Saints, NOI!SE, The Ratchets, Custom Fit, Druglords of the Avenues, Downtown Struts, Sydney Ducks, Bishops Green, and Lenny Lashley’s Gange Of One all to one stage.

Check out all the details here.