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The Dreadnoughts stream first track off upcoming album

Canadian folk-punk icons The Dreadnoughts have slipped back into the studio and announced a new album is on the way, like the warm spring weather eases the sap from the maple tree, The Dreadnoughts ease us into winter with an offering of their whiskey-fueled, maple-coated Canadian folk-punk. The first single off the upcoming album Into The North, is the sea-fairing sing-along “Joli Rouge”. As is always the case with a new track from The Dreadnoughts, pour a nice glass of something hard and enjoy.

Check out the new track below.

This is the first new music from The Dreadnoughts since 2018’s Foreign Skies B-Sides EP.

The Dreadnoughts Stream Album “Foreign Skies”

The Dreadnoughts are allowing fans to stream their entire full-length Foreign Skies for free. The record is concept album based on World War I. It’s a sombre retrospective about the horrors of war. It was released to coincide with Remembrance Day and physical copies can be ordered at the folk punker’s Bandcamp page where the group left the message:

“This album is a tribute to all the people who lived through the First World War, and to those who did not.”

You can check out Foreign Skies in full below.

The Dreadnoughts announce new album “Foreign Skies”, stream single

Vancouver folk-punks The Dreadnoughts just announced their first album in 7 years. Titled Foreign Skies, it is set to release on November 10th. You can give the epic first single “The Black and White” a listen below, and pre-order the record on CD, vinyl, or digital on bandcamp.

Foreign Skies: is a World War I themed concept album. According to the band, “It’s a challenging album. Some people are going to hate how it opens. Some people are going to hate some stuff in the middle. Some people are going to wonder why we’re not singing about gin and poutine.”

The Dreadnoughts last released Polka’s Not Dead in 2010 through Stomp Records.

10 Punk Drinking Songs (to bring you to the floor)

Even though St. Patty’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we doubt that will keep some of you from going out and going hard. If you need a little help kick-starting your engine for today’s festivities, we’ve compiled a list of ten punk rock drinking songs to help you get lubed up. Check them out in no particular order here.

Drinking twice as long? Check out last year’s list here. Enjoy your night, be safe, and remember: you drink, you drive, you spill.

The Dreadnoughts release new live video for “West Country Man”

Vancouver Canada folk-punk rockers The Dreadnoughts stopped in Toronto on their recent Canadian tour and filmed a live concert video with the folks at Blanket Fort.

“West Country Man” was recorded live at Toronto’s Hard Luck Bar in January 2013 and you can watch the video for it right here.

The Dreadnoughts can next be seen in their hometown of Vancouver B.C. at the St. Patrick’s Day concert on March 16th.

“Polka’s Not Dead” the band’s most recent album, was released in 2010 on Stomp Records. Check out a Dying Scene review of that album here.

The Dreadnoughts announce first show post-hiatus

After a hiatus of more than a year, Vancouver folk-punk outfit The Dreadnoughts have announced their first show with The Prowlers and East End Radicals as support. The band announced their hiatus in August of 2011, explaining that they were “each off to get educations or start jobs or explore the world on [their] own.”

The Dreadnoughts will return on January 3, 2013 at Mavericks in Ottawa.  For more information, check out their Facebook event page here.

Book Review: “This Place Is Awesome – A Strange, Funny, Drunken, Sad, Noisy Week with The Dreadnoughts”

The word, awesome has become quite possibly one of the most commonly used words in Canadian conversation.  It is in fact so common in our dialect that from time to time its proper meaning can get misplaced and at times even misinterpreted.  Gone are the days of using awesome to describe the pinnacle term of excitement and born is its placement to describe events filled with mixed emotions and at times, sheer awe.

Such is the case with Adam PW Smith‘s premier book, This Place Is Awesome – A Strange, Funny, Drunken, Sad, Noisy Week with The Dreadnoughts.  It’s a one week personal documentation of life on tour with notorious Vancouver gypsy-cider-polka punk band, The Dreadnoughts and the consumption of gallon after gallon of cider.

Weighing in at fewer than 150 pages, This Place Is Awesome may come across as a quick read to the seasoned book lover but it is ultimately the content inside which really resonates a chord inside the mind of the reader.  The charm of this book is that between the stories of drunken shenanigans and lack of clean accommodations lies some very insightful looks into the life of this band and its members.

The stories and events that took place over this fateful week are certainly worth your attention for the entertainment value alone.  Tales of youthful hearts who full well know that this path doesn’t lead to early retirement so they live each day to the fullest following the creed of the legendary Joe Strummer who once said, “Give it all you’ve got or forget about it!”

Realistically, I could fill this review with quotes and Coles notes from the book itself but while I have your attention I want to highlight what I loved as opposed to sadly attempting to re-tell the same stories that you will hopefully soon enjoy.

So here we go…

I am familiar (and impressed) with the live music photography work of Adam so when this book hit my lap I wasn’t too sure what to expect.  A creative mind can generally beautifully merge writing and art but this was in my mind a diary of a week with a bunch of drunken punk rockers.  The worst was feared – would I be subject to monotonous stories of death defying live shows and projectile vomiting or would it go beyond that?

Well friends, it goes way beyond that. This Place Is Awesome is a picture perfect portrayal of a life well lived.  The Dreadnoughts found the map to success and they are sailing for the treasure it reveals through hard work, passion and the sheer love of good music.

This book highlights the route one should take down the path of life.  Sounds crazy doesn’t it …but its true:

Seek higher education, fall in love, hunt and gather all of the music you love from all parts of the World. Grab your like minded friends, make your own unique music, share said music abroad, have the time of your life, enjoy the alcoholic fruit of life and make your own history.  Finally, relax and move on.  It’s quite simple really.

In closing, hats off to Adam PW Smith for an excellent well written portrayal of a true to form band living in the moment.  Void of shameless album plugs and sugar coated glory; This Place Is Awesome will hopefully become a mandatory staple in the music industry survival guide.  God knows we need it!

DS Exclusive Interview: Adam PW Smith talks about heading overseas with The Dreadnoughts

In 2009, Vancouver photojournalist Adam PW Smith took off with fellow Vancouver folk-punk band The Dreadnoughts for their first-ever European tour. Last month Adam put his experiences, in the form of tour diaries and pictures, into a debut book called “This Place Is Awesome: A Strange Funny Drunken Sad Noisy Week with The Dreadnoughts.” Adam recently sat down with Dying Scene to talk about the tour, as well as some info and an excerpt from the book, which can be purchased here.

DS: What made you decide to leave home for a week to follow a band like The Dreadnoughts on an overseas tour?

APWS: It was a combination of factors, but primarily it was because the boys are all friends and I love their band. I’d been documenting them for almost three years at that point – I have literally thousands of photographs of them playing live. They have been steadily gaining attention and fans for some time and I wanted to be there if and when things started to really lift off the ground for them.

DS: Have you done similar things with other bands? If so, how does this tour compare to others? If not, would you consider doing it again, and with what bands?

APWS: I’ve done little trips – two or three days – with various bands and in various capacities. When I was younger I would go along as a roadie. But I’d never done a “real” tour. One of my strongest influences and inspirations as a photographer is a book that Penny Smith did many years ago called “The Clash: Before and After”. It’s sadly out of print, but if you find it in used bookstore, buy it. I own two copies so that I can lend one out without worrying about losing it. The book is just photographs of The Clash on their first American tour. It’s not photographs of groupies and orgies and drugs, it’s them getting out of the tour bus in Manhattan, or sitting by the pool in a very modest hotel, or backstage getting ready to go on. It completely opened my eyes to the difference between what people -think- it’s like to be a band on tour, and what it’s really like. I’ve always been fascinated by that.

I can say with some degree of confidence that The Dreadnoughts were touring at the hard end of the spectrum. There was almost nothing in the way of creature comforts. In a world were being a “punk” band has lost most of it’s meaning, these guys were doing it in the real DIY tradition.

Would I do it again? Yeah, but I’m picky. That’s true about live music in general – I have high standards. A band has to have real presence and energy on some level for me to feel satisfied. There are hundreds of bands in Vancouver but I would only consider going on tour with a very small group of them. But I would go in a heartbeat with any of them if the opportunity arose.

In fact, I went on tour with The Dreadnoughts again (proving that the mind’s capacity for remembering pain and suffering is approximately 18 months) this past July. I met up with them in Poland and spent nine days traveling the country with them. This time around they had a driver and accommodations every night. The accommodations were frequently shoddy hotels on the outskirts of town, but just having those two things to count on made the experience completely different. Instead of stills I shot the whole thing in HiDef, which is where the video for Polka Never Dies came from (watch that video here). When I get the chance I’ll go back to the 42 hours of footage I shot to see if I can make some kind of a documentary out of it.

(For the full interview, click here.)

The Dreadnoughts tour diary “This Place Is Awesome” published by photographer

It’s not very often that there are notable books to tell the punk rock community about, but this one looks like quite the interesting read, to say the least.

In 2009, Vancouver photographer Adam PW Smith joined folk punk favorites The Dreadnoughts on their first-ever European tour to document firsthand the experiences of a touring punk band through journaling and photography.

The book’s release coincided with the release of the band’s latest music video, which you can find right here. The book will be available on by sometime in the next month, but is currently available on

The Dreadnoughts release “Polka Never Dies” music video posthumously

Shortly after announcing a band hiatus, Vancouver folk/punk favorites The Dreadnoughts have now released a music video for their song “Polka Never Dies,” the title track of the band’s 2010 album. You can watch that video right here.

“Polka’s Not Dead” is the 4th studio album by the band, and was released late last year on Stomp Records. Check out a Dying Scene review of that album here.

The Dreadnoughts announce hiatus, talk about the ups and downs of the music business

Vancouver folk/punk act The Dreadnoughts have just unfortunately decided to go on hiatus.  They’ve posted a very insightful blog post about their journey as a band as well as a lot of insightful points regarding the ups and downs of the music industry and being in a touring band.

I highly suggest all of you guys read it here.

Earlier this year, the band released an EP entitled, “”Uncle Touchy Goes to College.” The band’s last full-length album was 2010’s “Polka’s Not Dead” on Stomp Records.

The Dreadnoughts go “full monty” onstage, at least one fan did not like what she saw (hilarious)

Those who regularly attend punk shows have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to onstage antics. So when you hear something about the Vancouver folk/punk act The Dreadnoughts stripping on stage, you don’t pay much attention to it.

However, at least one disgruntled fan showed her aversion to the band’s public display of nudity, and decided to send an email to the band showing her disapproval. The band, open to criticism, posted the email and their response on their tour blog.  It’s pretty entertaining and it reads as follows:


I watch you guys play in Jasper, AB at the Downstream Bar the other night. Lots of talent! However, you drank way too much during the two sets. The second set was awful. Taking off all of your clothes was disgusting. Usually I like guys in speedos but I was disturbed. Plus there was 90% males at the bar. It was a bad decision. You shouldn’t do that at your next show. At least some of you covered your genitals with your instruments but the larger guy was too much to handle. Thought you might want to know from a girls perspective. If the second set never happened or you can promise it won’t happen again I will spread the word you are worth seeing.”

The band also posted their “unedited” response on the blog:

“Dear Kelly,

We are thrilled, capital-t Thrilled at your offer to “spread the word” about our fledgling group in the huge, bustling metropolis of Jasper, Alberta. As everyone knows, Jasper, Alberta is where Nickelback got their start and we cannot wait to follow in their mighty footsteps. We will of course make any and all changes to the show that you request. However, you should know that if we had a nickel for every time a woman thought our bass player was “too much to handle,” we would have more money than Nickelback!

Your friends,

The Dreadnoughts”

The Dreadnoughts embark on European tour

Canadian folk-punk act The Dreadnoughts are about to take off for their European tour. The tour, which will take them across 10 countries and an estimated 11500 km, will last around a month. Check out the dates here.

This tour is in support of the band’s latest album, Polka’s Not Dead, released in 2010.

The Dreadnoughts announce Eastern US tour dates with Mad Sin

Vancouver Celtic punks The Dreadnoughts have announced a short run of dates on the East coast of the US with German psychobilly punk act Mad Sin. Check the tour dates here.

The band’s latest album “Polka’s Not Dead” was released Sept 28th on Stomp Records.

We All Fall Down Radio interviews The Dreadnoughts, plays 11 new songs

Vancouver Celtic punks The Dreadnoughts appeared on our favorite Russian-Canadian hosted online punk radio show We All Fall Down.  The band discusses their new album “Polka’s Not Dead” between tracks from the coming release and you can stream it all right here.

“Polka’s Not Dead” will be released Sept 28th on Stomp Records.