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Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged

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Who doesn’t love a Fat Wreck Chords compilation, they were a great way to hear new bands, and tracks from upcoming releases, for next to no money, as a bonus there were always a few exclusive tracks thrown into the mix. Along with Epitaph Records Punk-O-Rama series they were responsible for introducing a new generation of fans to some amazing bands. This time round things have changed as this compilation has been done with a different approach, Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is, in case you hadn’t guessed, a collection of songs from bands and singers from the Fat Wreck Chords stable who have traded in their amplifiers and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars.

This sixteen track compilation is a lengthy affair and content is so varied that you can’t summarise the album, so i’m going to a whistle stop tour of Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged. Tony Sly, of No Use For A Name, opens the album with a soulful piano led version of Under The Garden and The Swingin’ Utters deliver an excellent foottapping country version of Fruitless Fortunes featuring slap bass and violin. Stacey Dee delivers a melancholy number, Everything Is Beautiful, this is one of the songs that is exclusive to this album and to anyone familiar with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this number will come as something of a surprise, this is juxtaposed against Sam Sadowski, of Closet Friends, who delivers some sore throated acoustic blues.

Going acoustic won’t come as a surprise from everyone on this compilation, for Old Man Markley it’s practically second nature, they deliver a mellower version of Guts ‘N Teeth. For others the acoustic approach doesn’t change anything apart from the volume, it clearly doesn’t matter if you take Anti-Flag’s electric guitars away as they remain as angry and political as ever, Israeli punks Useless ID retain their own sound, they keep the character of their hard edged pop punk intact and Matt Skiba delivers a sinister version of Alkaline Trio‘s Continental. Karine Denike bring a touch of fifties glamour to proceedings, this couldn’t be further away from the Dance Hall Crashers upbeat ska if it tried and Get Dead deliver some stripped down punk rock

We’re on the final leg of the tour now, Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape delivers a mellow acoustic number, American Steel bring some upbeat acoustica that features a mournful accordion break and Laura Jane Grace brings a great number that carries a restrained version of the fury that inhabits Against Me‘s output. The closing trilogy of songs continue to deliver, Russ Rankin brings us a heartrending tale of the loneliness of the road and the toll it takes on relationships, Uke-Hunt do a cover of Olivia Newton John‘s Xanadu, this is rather excellent, like an unplugged Me First And the Gimme Gimmes, and for it’s grand finale the album ends with an epic symphonic version of one of my favourite NOFX tunes, The Decline, personally I wish Fat Mike had done vocals over this rather than just an instrumental but it’s a faithful and bombastic end to an excellent compilation.

Compilations are usually a mixed bag but there is little to dislike on here, the versions are all original and unique takes on songs we have come to know and love, the original tracks don’t feel like they were ideas that were rescued from the wastepaper bin. This, as with every other Fat Wreck Chords compilation, is an essential purchase, if you’re a fan of any of the bands that appear on here I doubt that you’ll be disappointed with new versions or the original material. Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged brings something new to the table on almost every track, the album spans so many genres and styles that it never gets dull, buy this and mellow out for an hour or so.

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is available for download and on CD, Vinyl and Coloured vinyl here

Interview: Old Man Markley

Old Man MarkleyOld Man Markley are a relatively new band on the Fat Wreck Chords roster, but they quickly became one of the most recognizable with their unique blend of punk rock and bluegrass music. They have toured extensively around the world, covering North America multiple times, rising from openers (for legendary groups like NOFX, Reverend Horton Heat, The Descendents…) to become a sought after headlining act.

The band are currently on the road, working their way up the west coast into Canada and across. The group recently released their 4th 7″, the exciting Stupid Today. Thepunksite.com took some time to speak with Joey Balls (Garibaldi), bassist and vocalist with Old Man Markley as he begins the latest road trip.

Read the interview here.

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

Joey Balls

Fat Wreck Chords
By on 04/05/2014 at Email

 

 

Old Man Markley are a relatively new band on the Fat Wreck Chords roster, but they quickly became one of the most recognizable with their unique blend of punk rock and bluegrass music. They have toured extensively around the world, covering North America multiple times, rising from openers (for legendary groups like NOFX, Reverend Horton Heat, The Descendents…) to become a sought after headlining act.

The band are currently on the road, working their way up the west coast into Canada and across. The group recently released their 4th 7″, the exciting Stupid Today. Thepunksite.com took some time to speak with Joey Balls (Garibaldi), bassist and vocalist with Old Man Markley as he begins the latest road trip. Read More…

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

Stupid Today 7"

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Old Man Markley have been perfecting their blend of bluegrass and punk attitude over the past few years. After the release of their second full length, the phenomenal Down Side Up, the group has continued to tour heavily. The group has made a tradition of releasing 7″ records dispersed throughout their career and they continue with Stupid Today. Like on their three previous vinyl releases, the album contains two tracks, one of which is an original and the other a cover. 

The title track to the release kicks things off with a familiar bluegrass sound. Until John Carey’s recognizable voice kicks in, the song could easily be mistaken for an Old Crow Medicine Show or Devil Makes Three number. But once he starts singing, the band picks up the tempo and the song changes noticeably. The mid tempo song is a catchy number, full of female harmonies, shout outs and John Rosen’s banjo picking. It is an entertaining listen that will feel familiar to fans of the band.

The surprise is their cover of NOFX’s Reeko. While the root of the original can be heard, Old Man Markley make the song their own. The mournful melodies and Katie Weed’s fantastic fiddle add to the atmosphere of the song. The song starts with a fast pace and is fractured by a surprising spoken word recitation of lyrics from NOFX‘s Perfect Government. When they return to Reeko, the song is slowed way down to a simple swagger. Of all their covers so far, this is easily the most engaging. 

As 7″s tend to be, Stupid Today is over quickly. Luckily both of the tracks are great and warrant repeated listens and will keep listeners flipping the album steadily, wearing deep grooves into both sides. Old Man Markley have an easily identifiable sound, but they still manage to keep things fresh as they continue their whirlwind release schedule. They comfortably straddle the line between folk music and punk music and their entertaining music showcases the strengths of their willingness to stretch musical boundaries. 

Old Man Markley Announce New 7″

Old Man MarkleyOld Man Markley has announced details for a brand new two-song 7″ called Stupid Today.  The EP is scheduled for release on May 6, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Bassist Joey Balls describes the title track and accompanying NOFX cover:

“[It’s] a song about reluctantly riding the relationship roller coaster. Fat Mike coined it our ‘Burt Bacharach song’. I think it’s a compliment?… Reeko is our latest punk rock cover. In the original version, NOFX plays the first half slow and punks up the second half of the tune. We added an intro (very ‘Herojauna’-esque), did the verses fast and end the song slow and folky. There’s another NOFX song paid tribute to within this cover (a cover within a cover), just so NOFX fans really get how much we love NOFX.”

Artwork for the 7″ was created by Chris Shary (Descendents, Snuff).  Pre-order and album details can be found here.

Interview: Old Man Markley

Old Man MarkleyStill sweating from their energetic set just minutes before, Old Man Markley‘s banjo player John Rosen sat down backstage at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom to discuss the constant evolution of the unique punk meets bluegrass band. As the sound of Nekromantix‘s thunderous bass flooded through the venue, Rosen spoke fondly of their retrofitted tour bus Fiona, the trials and tribulations of travelling with a Chihuahua in tow; but more than that he also opened up about the motivation behind some of his more personals songs, his constant battle with narcolepsy and the fact that, until he joined Old Man Markley, he rarely ever even listened to punk.

Read the interview here.

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

John Rosen

Fat Wreck Chords
By on January 8th, 2013 at Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC

 

 

Still sweating from their energetic set just minutes before, Old Man Markley‘s banjo player John Rosen sat down backstage at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom to discuss the constant evolution of the unique punk meets bluegrass band. As the sound of Nekromantix‘s thunderous bass flooded through the venue, Rosen spoke fondly of their retrofitted tour bus Fiona, the trials and tribulations of travelling with a Chihuahua in tow; but more than that he also opened up about the motivation behind some of his more personals songs, his constant battle with narcolepsy and the fact that, until he joined Old Man Markley, he rarely ever even listened to punk.

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Live Concert Review

NOFX, Anti-Flag, Old Man Markley, Brendan Kelly

Live (October 14 & 15, 2011)

House of Blues - Chicago, IL
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This October, NoFX brought 2 nights of debauchery, booze, and don’t-give-a-fuck punk rock to the Chicago House of Blues. After almost 30 years of playing, the band—all in their mid-40s—can still sell out a venue (2 nights in a row, at that!), make a crowd laugh, and somehow perform while being out-of-their-mind drunk/high. Singer/bassist Fat Mike even made a daring, face-first stage dive onto the concrete floor the first night; ah hell, he’s even more punk than me… It just goes to show that after years of being professional punkers, NoFX is still relevant in today’s scene.  

Brendan Kelly started off the evening with a half-hour set consisting of songs by The Lawrence Arms and The Falcon along with some new original tunes that will likely be on his upcoming solo record. The first night, a kid heckled Kelly for most of his set, calling him a pussy—probably because he thought acoustic guitar is not punk rock. Songs like “The Devil’s Takin’ Names” and “The Unicorn Odyssey” had a decent amount of concert-goers singing along. Kelly talked about how shitty all the music is in children shows his kids watch, so he decided to write his own kid’s song. Kelly’s take is more a depraved song about a dirty old men abducting people and chipping away at their bones, not your typical toddler fare. Kelly also performed a hardcore tune he claims he wrote when he was thirteen about dicks— it was a typical night with Brendan Kelly.

Old Man Markley was next; they’re a punk bluegrass band with 8 members including both male and female vocalists and instruments ranging from the mandolin, autoharp, banjo, fiddle and washboard. OMM was definitely the most energetic band of the evening, and had a huge dance pit going at the Friday night show. I know this is an awful comparison, but since I rarely see bands like this, I felt like I was watching the grown-up Disney Country Bear Jamboree, with much better songs of course. The band seemed to win the hearts of the crowd when they busted out a kazoo and encouraged circle pits. 

About ten years ago when I was 15 years old, I was a big fan of Anti-Flag. In fact, I could probably still sing you all the songs from New Kind of Army and Die for Your Government, but I would definitely consider them one of those bands that you kind of grow out of as you grow up. To my surprise, Anti-Flag is still as popular as ever, even with kids that are old enough to vote. They’re just as good live with the same amount of energy they had ten years ago.

Anti-Flag played a few songs off their major label records, but a good chunk of their set consisted of favorites like “Fuck Police Brutality,” “Underground Network,” along with a cover of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” which was a big hit. On Friday night during the last song, drummer Pat Thetic brought his bass drum into the crowd and played on the floor surrounded by fans—pretty fantastic. Overall, it is really impressive that they still look and play the way they did ten years ago; it must be because they avoid all those delicious animals and beers, being vegetarian/vegan and straight-edge.

NoFX played two completely different shows Friday and Saturday night. It might have something to do with Fat Mike’s admittedly drug-addicted, alcoholic lifestyle, but with as fucked up as he was Friday, it made for an entertaining show nonetheless. Friday, NoFX played all of their classics, including “Linoleum,” “Leave It Alone,” “Murder the Government,” “Stickin’ In My Eye,” and more. Great, great set list. The only problem was that Mike’s singing was not the best… and I guess there are a lot of words to remember in “Mattersville,” so who can blame him for forgetting a few lines? Their set also started at midnight on Friday, opposed to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, so not only had the band overindulged in drugs and alcohol, but the crowd had as well…at least with booze. The floor was violent—pits would pop up all over the place from one drunk-ass deciding he needed to start crashing into everyone around him. Needless to say, it was a mess and it’s doubtful anyone even noticed Mike was skipping a few words. The only event that made it apparent that Mike was at his crashing point was when he fell off the stage during their last song “Theme from a NoFX album.” One second he was singing onstage, the next he went falling face-first into the floor with mic and bass in hand. I have to applaud him for finishing the song from the floor of the House of Blues, though.

The next night, NoFX were much more composed at the early set time of 8:30. Fat Mike proclaimed, “8:30 isn’t punk time,” and launched into songs like “Dinosaurs Will Die,” “Quart in Session,” and “Fuck the Kids.” During the hour-and-a-half set, there was a decent amount of banter from Fat Mike, but still over an hour of songs, and they were even played well!

They left a few of their classics off the set, instead playing a few more songs off their latest release Coaster. There were Mexican and Jew jokes exchanged between El Jefe and Fat Mike, as well as a few slower jams like “Orphan Year” and “Kill All The White Man.” They even played their cover of Rancid’sRadio.” For anyone who paid to go both nights, the sets were pretty different, no joke was retold, and the stage presence was completely different from one night to the next; totally worth dedicating the weekend to NoFX.

Video: Old Man Markley – Too Soon For Goodnight

Old Man MarkleyLos Angeles based bluegrass punks Old Man Markley have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Too Soon For Tonight” and can be found on their sophomore album, Down Side Up, released back in March via Fat Wreck Chords.  

 Watch the video below.

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Old Man Markley - Guts n Teeth

Old Man Markley

Guts n Teeth

Fat Wreck Chords
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A new Fat Wreck Chords signing is always a pleasure. They’re a label that has stayed consistently strong throughout their history and have launched the careers of countless punk bands. Lately though, their signings have generally been them picking up a band that already has a solid following and a few releases under their belt (more often than not, those releases were released on Red Scare Industries). It’s been a while since they’ve pulled a completely unknown band out into the limelight.

Their foray back into those unknown signings has begun with Old Man Markley – and a better showcasing of Fat Mike’s ear to the underground there could not be. For Old Man Markley are the prefectFat band without being remotely similar to anything you’d expect to hear from the illustrious label.

Instead of the signature skate-punk or pop-punk or the so called “Fat sound”, Old Man Markley are a unique and novel genre mixture of bluegrass punk. Think Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band only with more decipherable vocals and a stronger Fat punk leaning. Because yes, this still sounds like a Fat release all the way down to the production; but there’s something more here.

Featuring nine members, eight instrumentalists and vocal duties split between a total of four members, Old Man Markley have a large soundscape backing them. First and foremost they’re a bluegrass band, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they do it well. From that basis, they spice it up and add some punk rock elements to it; and everything works in harmony. From the hard hitting opener of For Better, For Worse to the straight out female led, 1940’s styled saloon cut of Do Me Like You DoGuts n’ Teeth is a unique sonic escape offering new sounds with every track. There’s the soulful acoustic title track with lyrics like “And after all underneath/ Ain’t we all just guts and teeth?/  Ain’t we all just reflections? / Moving in separate directions;” the country influenced song about songs in Song Songs (think Yesterday’s Ring with clean vocals) has such a simple lyrical topic that you can’t help but ask why you haven’t heard a theme like this before, and In A Circle Ground Round is a straight out hoe-down.

No other band has come out of the woodwork with such a unique and fresh sound in a while. Sure, it won’t be for everybody; but those looking for an escape for the mundane and unafraid to try some new styles shouldn’t hesitate to check it out. I’ve seen them being referred to as an American version of Flogging Molly; and that’s pretty accurate. Flogging Molly takes their Irish folk tradition and sprinkle in some punk, Old Man Markley have taken the American bluegrass tradition and sprinkled in some punk.

Old Man Markley - Down Side Up

Old Man Markley

Down Side Up

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

On their sophomore release, Old Man Markley strives to prove that they are more than just a novelty act. Their debut, Guts N Teeth showcased their unique blend of bluegrass and punk music and was definitely a fun listen. This time around the group have provided a mix of sounds that made their debut so catchy with tracks that show an increased focus on musicianship.

The album kicks off with a rousing number anchored by John Rosen’s banjo, Blood on My Hands. While the song is still played at high speed, listeners will definitely notice the emphasis on Rosen’s folk styling, Katie Weed’s fiddle and Alex Zablosky’s mandolin. The follow it up with a slower pace on Rehearsal, which again brings to light how much the band has progressed instrumentally. The album goes back and forth between break neck bluegrass jams and mid tempo ballads, with the occasional twist thrown in, such as kazoo breaks and the fiddle laden waltz of album closer Too Soon for Goodnight. Ryan Markley and Joey Garibaldi add interest and keep the rhythm on washboard and washtub bass, while Aaron Higgins adds balances to the folk with some fine drum beats.  The ladies have their moment to shine as well, with Annie Temple stepping up to the mic to showcase her sweet voice on Upside Down and Come Around Here, with Katie providing harmonies. The band fit somewhere between Old Crow Medicine Show and Only Crime in your record collection, both alphabetically and musically. This is most obvious on America’s Dreaming, an upbeat folk song with a left leaning political bent to the lyrics. Of course, despite the focus of this review on the evolution of the band into more mature territory, it should be noted that their breakthrough hit For Better, For Worse (and its’ accompanying video) captured listeners attention with its humor. John Carey doesn’t disappoint. The catchy tune Beyond the Moon contains the lines “don’t wanna lose my mind like Gary Busey did, once upon a time he was the same as you and me. If I lose my mind like Gary Busey did, promise me you’ll be around to keep me company,” with backing music that can only be described as whimsical. There is a lot here for long time OMM fans here, with lots of room to attract new listeners.

The band has built a strong following touring with punk bands like NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, but they also played Stagecoach with the legendary Ralph Stanley and placed well on the Billboard Bluegrass charts in 2011. The regular fans of the Fat catalogue will love the energy on this album, but it should also catch the ear of fans of roots bands like Devil Makes Three.  As a whole, the songs show a maturity that should leave the staunchest bluegrass purist sitting up and taking notice, while expressing enough attitude to appease the punk crowd.

Old Man Markley – Train Of Thought

Old Man MarkleyLA bluegrass punks Old Man Markley have debuted a brand new song titled Train of Thought on CMTEdge.com.

You can listen to it below.

The track appears on the band’s anticipated new album, Down Side Up, which is due out on March 5th via Fat Wreck Chords

Bassist/vocalist Joey Garibaldi talked about the song saying:

“”Train of Thought” is a cargo car of ideas let loose on the tracks. The fiddle lines soar like scenery viewed through a train window, the guitar drives the song forward, and the music flies full-speed ahead, just like life…it reminds us, above the beautiful rush of sound, to remember to slow down and look around. Smell a rose. Watch a train go by. Take the scenic route.”

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Old Man Markley – Rehearsal

Old Man MarkleyLos Angeles based bluegrass punks Old Man Markley have debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Rehearsal” and isdeom their upcoming sophomore album, Down Side Up, set for a March 5, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.  

Give the song a listen here.

The septet’s full-length follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed debut Guts n’ Teeth was produced by NOFX frontman Fat Mike, and will be available for pre-order soon.

 

Old Man Markley Finish Sophomore Album

Old Man MarkleyLos Angeles based bluegrass punks Old Man Markley will release their sophomore album, Down Side Up, on March 5th via Fat Wreck Chords.  

The septet’s full-length follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed debut Guts n’ Teeth was produced by NOFX frontman Fat Mike, and will be available for pre-order soon.

After two years of relentless touring and winning over thousands of fans, Old Man Markley returned to the little house in Southern California where it all began to record their follow-up, Down Side Up.  Fat Mike and singer/guitarist Johnny Carey shared production credits, the latter of which commented:
With the support of Fat Mike, we went out on a limb with this album. We didn’t restrict our creativity and can’t wait for the world to hear the variety on our album.”

Fat Wreck Chords release Swingin’ Utters and Old Man Markley 7-inches

Fat Wreck Chords released two 7-inches this week, one from Californian punk band Swingin’ Utters, entitled The Librarians are Hiding Something;and the other from bluegrass-punk outfit Old Man Markley entitled Blood on My Hands.

Both releases are available for instant streaming via Fat Wreck’s website. Old Man Markley is currently on tour in the US, and Swingin’ Utters are finishing a few dates in southern California before they prepare to hit Australia early next year with Dropkick Murphys and Frank Turner.

 

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Old Man Markey Debuts New Song Live

Old Man MarkleyWhile performing at this year’s rendition of the annual Punk Rock Bowling event, folk punkers Old Man Markley played the brand new tune “Too Late For Goodnight.”  The band is currently gearing up to enter the studio for a follow-up to last year’s Part Shack EP (Fat Wreck Chords).

Watch the live footage below.

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Tours: Old Man Markley / The Aggrolites / Street Dogs

Old Man MarkleyOld Man Markley has announced that the blue-grass punks will be heading out on tour with dates with The Flatliners and The Aggrolites and Street Dogs.  The band last released their Party Shack EP in 2011 on Fat Wreck Chords.

The tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: NOFX

NOFXNOFX has announced that the pop punk veterans will be hitting the road as the clock strikes midnight and 2011 comes to close.  The 2012 tour that starts on New Years Eve in Las Vegas and will feature  support from Old Man Markley for the duration of the tour.  Rotating guest acts will including Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, Ellwood, and Pulley.

Full tour listings can be found below.

 

 

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Stripped Down Session: Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley have stopped by PunksInVegas to record two acoustic songs for their Stripped Down Sessions.

The band performed Guts’n’Teeth and Do Me Like You Do from their Fat Wreck Chords debut album, Guts’n’Teeth.

The performances can be seen below.

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Old Man Markley Announces Party Shack 7″

Old Man MarkleyCountry and bluegrass outfit Old Man Markley has announced a brand new two song 7″.  The vinyl is titled Party Shack, and will include the title track and accompanying tune “The Holidays.”  The EP is due out out September 20, 2011 via their current home on Fat Wreck Chords.  Joey Balls discusses the content inspirations:

““Party Shack” is an homage to Johnny and Annie’s house, the affectionately coined OMM Manor. Inspired by many parties (as you may have guessed), topics like hiding booze in major appliances, trash debris filled beer lakes, and overcrowded sleeping quarters are covered. The B side features a cover of One Man Army’s “The Holidays.” Enjoy!”

Pre-orders can be made here.

Old Man Markley Announces Party Shack 7"

Old Man MarkleyCountry and bluegrass outfit Old Man Markley has announced a brand new two song 7″.  The vinyl is titled Party Shack, and will include the title track and accompanying tune “The Holidays.”  The EP is due out out September 20, 2011 via their current home on Fat Wreck Chords.  Joey Balls discusses the content inspirations:

““Party Shack” is an homage to Johnny and Annie’s house, the affectionately coined OMM Manor. Inspired by many parties (as you may have guessed), topics like hiding booze in major appliances, trash debris filled beer lakes, and overcrowded sleeping quarters are covered. The B side features a cover of One Man Army’s “The Holidays.” Enjoy!”

Pre-orders can be made here.

Interview: Old Man Markley

Old Man MarkleyOld Man Markley have the distinction of being arguably the most experimental punk group on Fat Wreck Chords. Their blend of punk and bluegrass music has earned them attention in all sorts of musical circles. We caught up with Ryan Markley (washboard) and Aaron Higgins (drums), with a little input from the shy Katie Weed (fiddle) on their tour bus during a recent stop in Edmonton, AB. It must be noted that not only were they very welcoming hosts, but they have what may be the most amazing DIY modified tour bus I have ever witnessed.

Read the interview here.

New Photos: NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Old Man Markley, Chuck Ragan

NOFXOn this nice Saturday afternoon, we’re pleased to bring you a smorgasbord of new photos from a variety of punk bands as they passed throughout the great white North that we call Canada.

First up are two bands from the Fat Wreck Chords roster: NOFX and Old Man Markley live in Winnipeg on June 27th. Those pictures can be seen here and here respectively.

After that, we’ll jump back a week and unveil some photos of Dropkick Murphys also live in Winnipeg right here.

Lastly, we head West a bit as Chris Wedman followed Chuck Ragan around Alberta as he played a few one off shows during his tour with Dropkick Murphys. During some days off, he stopped by for some intimate shows in Edmonton and Canmore. You can see those fantastic photos from the two nights here.

 

 

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

Ryan Markley, Aaron Higgins, Katie Weed

Fat Wreck Chords
By on June 29th, 2011 at Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

Old Man Markley have the distinction of being arguably the most experimental punk group on Fat Wreck Chords. Their blend of punk and bluegrass music has earned them attention in all sorts of musical circles. We caught up with Ryan Markley (washboard) and Aaron Higgins (drums), with a little input from the shy Katie Weed (fiddle) on their tour bus during a recent stop in Edmonton, AB. It must be noted that not only were they very welcoming hosts, but they have what may be the most amazing DIY modified tour bus I have ever witnessed. Read More…

Tours: NOFX/Anti-Flag/Old Man Markley

NOFXNOFX and Anti-Flag have announced a northeast tour this October with support by Old Man Markley.  The tour also includes two make-up dates with The Bouncing Souls from prior shows that were cancelled in Charlotte, NC and Norfolk, VA earlier this year.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Video: Old Man Markley – Song Songs

Old Man MarkleyBluegrass punks Old Man Markley recently performed a stripped down version of “Song Songs” on their tour bus outside of the Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas for Punks in Vegas “”Stripped Down Sessions.”  The track comes from their recent full length, Guts ‘N Teeth, released early this year on Fat Wreck Chords.

The song was captured on video, to watch it click here.

Fat Mike Plans To Write A Musical

Fat MikeLast week, news broke of NOFX writing a hardcore album to be released on 10″ vinyl, well it has also been discovered that Fat Mike plans to create a serious musical.

Fat Mike has been a fan of musical theatre since he was a kid.  Tonight at 8 pm EST, you can tune into punkradiocast.com for a phone conversation with Fat Mike and Steven Blaquart that details his plans for the muscial as well as other topics ranging from Old Man Markley , hapiness, pride, and socialism.

Tours: NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, Old Man Markley (Canada)

NOFXFor the first time since 1994, NOFX have announced plans for a full scale Canadian tour. The tour kicks off in St. Johns, Newfoundland bringing the band the farther east in North America than they have ever been.

Dubbed The Great White NO(FX)rth Tour, the tour will also feature two Fat Wreck Chords acts: Teenage Bottlerocket and Old Man Markley.

The dates are below. For the cities in which NOFX are playing two nights, the band promises different sets each night.

On top of that, NOFX will also be releasing a hardcore covers record coming out on Fat Wreck Chords this summer.

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Stream: Old Man Markley – Guts n' Teeth

Old Man MarkleyAMP Magazine is currently hosting a full album stream of the new album from Old Man MarkleyGuts n’ Teeth. The album was released last week through Fat Wreck Chords.

Head to AMP’s main page to check it out. The player is located on the right-hand side of the site, a little bit down the page.


Old Man Markley: Guts n’ Teeth

Old Man MarkleyFat Wreck Chords have posted a new MP3 of Old Man Markley‘s new track, Guts n’ Teeth. The track is set to appear on their Fat Wreck debut, also called Guts n’ Teeth, which will be released next week on January 18th, 2011.

The song can be downloaded here.


Video: Old Man Markley – For Better, For Worst

Fat Wreck Chords‘ newest signee, Old Man Markley, has debut their video for “For Better, For Worse” exclusively on Altpress. The clip was directed by Blake Benham and Nic Hill and can be seen below. The band will be embarking on tour with NOFX later this month.

Old Man Markley will be releasing their debut Fat Wreck Chords release, Guns & Teeth, on January 18th.

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