"Tail Light Rebellion, you say? Why Yes. You'll find odd bits of writing, pictures, and of course, poetry set to music. It's what had me down this particular rabbit hole in the first place, after all. And it keeps me bent ever onward to the horizon.
Everything I wrote for The Swaggerin' Growlers started exactly the same way: a pair of heavy boots, an acoustic six string, and my ragged voice, belting out bar room poetry to whoever would listen. The Growlers had many different members over the years, and this one notion has the steady constant: There are many a party where it would just be me, pounding on the floor, singing at the top of my lungs. Those moments are very much a part of me - sacred and real. About the only difference is I've got a couple of drums (Cajons) that I sit and play instead of pounding on the floor. That shit gets hard on your goddamned knees after a while.
This recording is me returning 100% to my roots. For years, I've wanted to put these songs out like this; I've wanted to put them out how I wrote them, as folk songs. They're dirty street folk songs, meant to be played in every living room and basement and bar room possible. Six Strings and Gasoline was the name of my journal; My manic, desperate, and utterly driven attempts to capture all the madness I've been fortune enough to see. It's my attitude on life. So it was only fitting to use it for the name of the album.
Currently, I'm rounding out the last few dates of my first Tail Light Rebellion tour, and it's been a wild and amazing time. I'm truly blown away by the love and support and the dancing and laughter that I've seen on this run. Can't stop, Won't stop.
So? Here it is. Below is a bandcamp link, which does it's x number of free downloads a month, and below that, a pay pal donation button. Download away. If you dig this, toss me a couple of bucks and share it. I've been doing this for something near 10 years now, I just want these songs to be heard. Any money tossed my way will either go to a) keeping me on the road or b) putting this out on Vinyl / Compact Disc / Cassette / 8 Track
The music and lyrics on this recording were written by me, Jonny Swagger (Jonathan Natale for all you lawyer types) between the years of 2004-2012. I played every instrument, recorded, mixed, and mastered the audio This album was recorded in a basement of an apartment building in Hyde Park, Boston, MA from October 1st 2013 to Nov 13th 2013 - Much thanks to the McCarthy clan This album was mixed and mastered in a wide variety of locations on the road, with notable locations including Griffin Sullivan's House, The Mischief Brew Compound, & The World Famous Milestone, to name a few ASCAP member. All Rights Reserved. Personal use and electronic sharing is permitted, commercial usage or duplication requires licensing. The short of it: Sound wants to be free and shared, but I'll be damned if you make money off my work and I don't."
“Roppongi” is the second EP released in 2013 by the band from Brisbane Fox’n’Firkin. Although the band was recently formed, bassist Max Vass and mandolin player Adrian Kay are not newcomers, since they had formerly played with Sled and Mutiny Bay. I have not said “sadly defunct” bands because I feel that there is a sound and attitude that links all of these bands. In other words, it could be said that Sled and Mutiny Bay are previous incarnations of Max and Adrian's project.
Obviously, Fox’n’Firkin "Roppongi" go one step forward and their Celtic punk rock kicks ass: four mandolin driven anthems, with excellent guitar work and amazing backing vocals. “Over This” is a little bit slower than the other numbers but quite enjoyable, “Roppongi” is an upbeat song with a ska part, “1788” is a Mutiny Bay meets Flatfoot 56 song and “Craddle to the Grave” is the main song on the EP. Remember that the band has recently released a video for this song.
Fox’n’Firkin “Roppongi” is an excellent addition to any Celtic punk collection: Australian folk punk with a pedigree.
1 - Over This 3:11 2 - Roppongi 3:24 3 - 1788 2:03 4 - Craddle to the Grave 3:25
The Indulgers "Whiskey tonight" Release date: 30 April 2013 Running time: 50:25, 14 tracks
The Indulgers were quite active between 200 and 2006. The quintet from Boulder , CO, released 6 albums during that period: “In Like Flynn” (2000), “Tan & Black” (2001), “Celtic Tiger” (2002), “High Road to Heaven” (2002), “Chase the Ghost” (2004) and “Out in the West” (2006). No studio albums were issued after that period, so their brand of Celtic Rock with a Western twist could be new to younger audiences.
Pat Murphy (drums) and Chris Murtaugh (bass) are no longer in the band, but the core of the band is still alive and kicking: songwriters Damien McCarron (vocals, guitar) and Mike Nile (vocals, guitars, tin whistle, mandolin) together with fiddler Renee Fine.
Standouts on the album are the single “Whiskey Tonight”, the instrumental “Doin’ Fine”, the catchy number “Story Rory” and “It’s You” and “Hold on to You”, a couple of tracks with the classic sound of the band.
If you are an old fan of the band, you’ll love “Whiskey Tonight”. And if they are new to you, you’ll appreciate their distinctive sound an attitude.
01. Whiskey Tonight 3:13 02. Ceili Mor 3:32 03. It's You 3:28 04. Hold On to You 2:47 05. Story Rory 3:18 06. Lady Jane 3:27 07. New Lease On Life 3:44 08. Man of All Seasons 5:26 09. Doin' Fine 3:37 10. Roll This Stone 3:36 11. The Cure 3:00 12. Dreaming of You 3:40 13. Big Storm Rising 3:48 14. Dublin Day 3:42
The Black Shamrocks are the Band of December. Two of their songs were included in our latest sampler. Those songs were written by the band, but their first EP have some covers. All the tracks can be downloaded for free from Sonicbids (have a look at the bottom to download the tracks).
The band is writing new material for their debut album. We will be talking with them soon, stay tuned for an interview!
Amy Showalter - Lead Vocals Blake Micale - Lead Guitar/Mandolin Don Teschner - Fiddle/Mandolin Andrew James - Bass Dave Alston -Tin Whistle/Pipes Peter McGowan - Accordion/Irish Bouzouki Carl Thomson - Drums
The Black Shamrocks have recently completed their first EP with legendary, Grammy Award winning producer, David Z. Containing both studio tracks and live tracks, this EP allows you to discover 4 songs produced in the studio, and 4 songs taken from a recent live show, showing that they do play like you hear on the studio tracks, only better! Hearing their live tracks allows you to experience the energy of the show, as if you were there with your Guinness in hand! Included are the first 2 original tracks from the band, the rebel anthem "We Are The 99!", and "Here's to You, Bartender!", their tribute to that most important Pub employee, the Bartender!
Darvra's Wave "The Witches Recall" Self-released Release date: 4 November 2013 Running time: 42:17, 10 tracks “The Witches Recall” is the brilliant debut album by Irish-Londoners Darvra’s Wave. Peter Heffron (lead vocals and guitars), Josie Simmons (tin whistle, sax, clarinet & recorder), Antonia Pagulatos (fiddle) and Joshua Law (drums) together with guest musicians Justin McConville (backing vocals and electric guitar), James Gavin (fiddle and bodhrán), Sean Parsons (banjo) and Matthew Nervin (box) have recorded this 10 track CD that has been produced and arranged by Peter and Josie. I’m sure that fans who enjoy Celtic folk music with a pop/rock twist will love this album.
To put it in a nutshell, Dardra’s Wave have put together the best elements of bands such as 4 Men and a Dog, Capercaillie, Goats Don’t Shave, The Waterboys or Goats Don’t Shave. The final result is a true gem. The tracks that stand out: “Joy to You” (amazing Celtic pop with a Beatles twist), “Think Twice” (a song with O’Carolan flavour and lyrics about the Troubles in Belfast), “Anthony” (sounds from the other side of the pond), “The Witches Recall” (based on the “Johnny Jump Up” tune) and “Back of Beyond” (great intro with the wolf, the waves and the bell on this instrumental number ).
However, above all, you should check out the kick-ass set of tunes: “Don’t Kit the Kat” (Lúnasa goes Celtic rock) and “Sack of Spuds” (a track to file together with pub sessions albums like “Music at Matt Molloy’s”)
Darvra’s Wave were our Band of October 2013. This was only a small milestone on their career, since their music will be soon appreciated by bigger folk and rock audiences.
01 - Joy to You 3:56 02 - Don't Kick the Kat 3:33 03 - Think Twice 4:48 04 - Sack of Spuds / Grogans 3:46 05 - Anthony 4:54 06 - Song for Dave 4:30 07 - The Cat Song 4:49 08 - The Witches Recall 3:34 09 - Back O'beyond 3:19 10 - Think Twice (Bonus Track) 4:48
Black Water County and Walk The Night release their version of The Pogues awesome Christmas song "Fairytale Of New York" in support of the brilliant charity 'John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation' - helping young people achieve their dreams and ambitions. Released shortly for download via all major internet retailers.
Knifefight! is a Folk/Punk/Black Metal group from Cologne and Leipzig, Germany. Four DIY punks from Germany and the Netherlands who play Folk songs.
They play their own version of traditional music, influenced by punk rock energy, good times and poetry. Knifefight! is about folk songs, friendship and good times. Their music is influenced by old-time songs, murder ballads, story-telling and upbeat punk tunes. They play traditional songs and their own songs. The lyrics cover topics such as anger, forgiveness, heartbreak, the apocalypse and death. They play and have played in the streets, in living rooms, on stages, in theatres, cinemas and anywhere you want them to play.
LochNesz "Dance the Jawbreaker Jig" Release date: 23 November 2013 Running time: 37:08, 10 tracks + 1 bonus track
Hungary has a burgeoning Celtic punk scene. Paddy and the Rats and Firkin, are its biggest ambassadors, but younger bands are following in their footsteps. Lochnesz, the sextet from Budapest, released an interesting EP last year showcasing the songwriting of different members. A new drummer and a new guitarist have joined the crew and they have just released a kick-ass album. The lads know that Paddy and The Rats and Firkin have a strong identity, great singers, brilliant musicians and a strong stage presence. Therefore, they have worked really hard to find their own place and one can say that the effort has paid off.
The songs have been written by different members (accordionist Marcell, piper István, fiddler Gergely and former guitarist Péter) but the final result is a well-balanced album. The three songs from their previous EP (two pirate numbers and a “complaint” about the missus) have been re-arranged and re-recorded. Apart from those, there is a song from The Dubliners repertoire, “Down by the Glenside” (yes, a band doesn’t need to cover the same old standards), Dave King’s vocal influences on “Jawbreaker Jig”, more pirates lyrics like “Have Another Whisky” and its Hungarian version “Johet met egy whisky”, songs based on traditional tunes such as “Howling Wind (Tam Lin)” and “Have Another Whisky” or on Robbie Burns lyrics like “The Gud Ale", and a Bastards on Parade sounding song “Never Say Goodbye”.
The band is really tight, with a top-notch rythm section, excellent piping, amazing fiddling and fantastic guitar work. Check out the following tracks: “The Gud Ale” (drums, pipes and fiddle), “Down by the Glenside” (fiddle, drums and, above all, electric guitar), “Have Another Whisky” (drums, pipes, accordion and fiddle), “Never Say Goodbye" (vocals, pipes and electric guitar), “Why is the Rum Gone” (bass, drums, accordion and fiddle) and “Monster” (banjo, fiddle)
LochNesz have done a fantastic job. This album was a challenge and they have succeded in catching the fans attention. Don’t make comparisons with Hungarian Celtic punk heavyweights; just listen to LochNesz songs and have fun. Besides, their music can be downloaded for free!
01 - O Gude Ale 3:11 02 - Jawbreaker Jig 2:58 03 - Down by the Glenside 3:29 04 - Have Another whisky 3:01 05 - The Howling Wind 3:53 06 - Dust from the Road 3:51 07 - Why is the Rum Gone? 3:40 08 - Monster 3:16 09 - My Sweet Betty 2:59 10 - Never Say Goodbye 3:20 11 - Johet met egy whisky (Bonus track) 3:02
Here's the official video for "The Curse of Blackbeard Lavoie," off 'Miles To Go Before We Sleep.'
Shot on Halloween night 2013 at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, the video captures the spirit of Hoist the Colors annual Halloween performance, and the passionate fans who dress up and sing along with them year after year.
The clip was produced and directed by Let 'Em Have It! Productions, the Southern California production house best known for its work with Street Dogs, Alien Ant Farm, and Hawthorne Heights.
Calico Jack "Panic in the Harbour" (2013) Self-released Release date: October 5th, 2013 Running time: 24:26, 4 tracks Calico Jack was a pirate captain operating in the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century. Nowadays, Calico Jack is a band from Milan (Italy) playing folk metal. The band ‘s line-up is Giò (lead vocals), Melo (lead guitar), Toto (rhythm guitar), Ricky (bass), Dave (fiddle) and Caps (drums). Apparently they try to merge metal from the 80’s and the current Scandinavian metal. I’m not a metal diehard fan, but I guess that they would be closer to Skyclad (the line-up is similar) or Alestorm (Scottish pirate metal) than to the viking and pagan metal bands.
I have particularly enjoyed the two drinking songs on the EP, the opening track “Where Hath th’Rum Gone” and “Grog Jolly Grog”, since the fiddle plays a more important role than on the other two songs. “House of Jewelry”, a song about the places pirates visit when they are at harbours, would be more classic metal and the closing track “Deadly Day in Bounty Bay” is a little bit long, but I have enjoyed the part that runs from the beginning to minute 2:40. It’s a kick-ass intro part featuring fiddle and guitar with a British folk rock twist.
The EP is available for free at the band’s site, but hard copies are available for 5 Euros + shipping costs.
01 - Where Hath th' Rum Gone? 4:17 02 - House of Jewelry 6:13 03 - Grog Jolly Grog 5:19 04 - Deadly Day in Bounty Bay 8:34