Too Cow to Punk is a 37 track digital career retrospective from original Nashville cowpunk, Pete Berwick. I’ve reviewed Pete a few times before and I’m a big fan of his stuff – if you like your country to be outlaw with a big dose of punk rock attitude and sound then Pete’s the man. I’ve said before, that Pete Berwick is the soundtrack to a honky-tonk brawl and not only has he brought the sound but he’s packing the big city knuckledusters.
Prizefight the new single from The Peelers is now available on Spotify. The new album ‘Down & Out in the City of Saints’ out March 12th.
‘Down and Out in the City of Saints’ features 10 songs, recorded in Montreal, Dundee Scotland, and Vancouver between December 2019 and June 2020. In keeping with their more recent material, Dave Barton’s songs reflect the North American experience of the diaspora with a tip of the newsboy cap to the Quebecois narrative and the lure of Boston and New York; blending truth and fiction, glory and sport, love and loss, darkness and despair, while introducing composites of individuals, companions, friends and foes met along the punk rock journey.
1. Give Us A Roar
2. Down and Out in the City of Saints
4. Spirits Seldom Sober
5. Stick and Move
6. Rakes Around The Point
7. Glad To See The Back Of You
8. Last Glass
9. Harder They Fall
10. From Here To Halifax
We’re very excited at Shite’n’Onions castle to hear that there is a Black 47 tribute in the works. The tribute is being compiled by lead Gobshite, Pete Walsh and will be digitally released on the Valley Entertainment label. Contributions so far include:
Bangers & Mash
The Jonee Earthquake Band
and those Gobshites
So this CD has been sitting in my review pile for quite a bit and for whatever reason I wasn’t enthused about giving it a spin – I don’t know why, but I must have been judging the CD by the cover and expecting some pedestrian folk rock. Well today I finally cracked Veracity open and gave it a spin. 10 seconds into the opener, Rabbit, and my jaw had dropped and I’m totally stunned by the explosion of folk-punk I’ve just been battered about the head by. I can only describe this as the banjo kid from the movie Deliverance supping moonshine with the MacManus Gang (aka The Pogues) from Alex Cox’s Straight to Hell while raising plain ol’ hell. A great debut and I’m kicking myself for not playing sooner.
Chicago stalwarts, The Avondale Ramblers, have released a rocking cover of the late John Prine’s masterpiece, Sam Stone. The single is available on the usual digital platforms.
The Peelers have a new album out in March this year, Down and Out in the City of Saints, on Stomp Records. We at Shite’n’Onions are very much looking forward to hearing it.
Shite’n’Onions favorite Cow-punk, Pete Berwick, has just released a 45 year career spanning anthology on Shotgun Records. If you hate new Nashville county music then Pete Berwick is for you. The collection is available digitally over on bandcamp
Now from Brisbane, Australia, we have some serious DIY stuff from the Dangerous Folk – a CDR and typed up track listing. The 5 songs on offer on #1 are also seriously good old school punk with strong folk undercurrents. Check out their ode to their hometown (and the Dropkick Murphys), Shipping up to Brisbane
Rascals & Rogues is the debut album from Aussie band Medusa’s Wake. What we have here is very solid DIY folk punk with influences from both the Irish and Australian tradition as well as seafaring shanties. Fellow Sydney band The Rumjacks are an obvious comparison but these guys are not Johnny-come-latelies as I hear The Pogues, The Dubliners and especially the much missed 80s Celt-punks and Sydneysider, Roaring Jack in their sound. Looking forward to hearing more Medusa’s Wake.
Is it really 20 years!! Seriously? To me Swagger is the album that started the Celtic punk scene. Sure the Pogues were the first Celtic-punk band but there was not a real scene before Flogging Molly exploded with Swagger. Even the Dropkick Murphys were still a street punk band in scally caps back then. The 20th Anniversary Edition box set is a really nice package – Swagger as a double LP on red and white colored vinyl including the bonus Juan El Sentimental. A six track live EP on blue splatter vinyl from 2001 with mostly previously unreleased traditional stuff. A DVD of Swagger live from 2000 and various goodies – lyric book, buttons, record player pad. In all a very, very nice package.