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Foreign Skies

by The Dreadnoughts

Foreign Skies is a folk-punk concept album, a loud, diverse, sprawling tribute to those who lived through the First World War. Loud guitars and crashing drums combine with folk dances, sea shanties and European polkas.
Genre: Metal/Punk: American Punk
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1. Up High
4:09 $0.99
2. Foreign Skies
5:03 $0.99
3. Daughters of the Sun
4:55 $0.99
4. Amiens Polka
2:50 $0.99
5. The Bay of Suvla
2:24 $0.99
6. Anna Maria
4:46 $0.99
7. Jericho
2:06 $0.99
8. Black and White
2:33 $0.99
9. Gavrilo
4:37 $0.99
10. A Broken World
1:45 $0.99
11. Black Letters
4:00 $0.99
12. Back Home in Bristol
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Album Notes
The Dreadnoughts began to play folk-punk in 2007 with a single goal: to make enough money at shows to cover the cost of shots of Fireball Whiskey at Vancouver’s notoriously seedy Ivanhoe Hotel. Ten years on and counting, they can boast of four studio albums, two EPs, and hundreds of unforgettable live shows spanning the globe. They’ve blended punk rock and a bunch of European folk traditions with a power and range that few other groups can match. And it’s been a blast.

“The Dreadnoughts' set,” writes upvenue.com, “can be summarized in one word: outrageous.” Indeed, a world-touring metal band—who must remain nameless—recently confessed that they would never take the Dreadnoughts on tour with them, because each night they would be terrified of getting blown off the stage by their opener. They’re exaggerating a little bit, but if there’s one thing this band is proud of, it’s their live show, which follows the first (and only) rule of punk rock: keep it chaotic. There are no scripted intros. There is no choreography. No pre-prepared sound effects, light shows, or “how’s everybody doing tonight?” Only six loud-mouthed extroverts aiming a series of punked-up folk dances at the audience… sometimes after an entirely unnecessary amount of liquor.

The new record—a concept album called Foreign Skies—has been called a “sprawling masterpiece” by… well, the band. But they are very sure that other people will tend to agree, once they hear it. It is a multi-genre, historically themed, folk-punk tour de force which leads the listener through the various stories, emotions and themes associated with the First World War. A sea shanty morphs into a Balkan dance. A Klezmer romp fades down into a Queen-esque symphonic ballad. A Viking War chant crescendos into a German polka, and then again into pure punk-rock song that hearkens back to Bad Religion and The Descendants. These are stories of love and loss, war and strife, redemption and sorrow. For the Dreadnoughts, who normally only write songs about how much they love gin and scrumpy cider… this is new territory. But someone had to do it. Right? Right.

So buy a record, see a show, spread the love… and who knows, maybe one day the band will be able to afford entire bottles of Fireball.

Media Quotes/Reviews:

“Their blend of punk rock with elements of folk, polka, and the occasional sea shanty is one that is truly unique. You’ll find bands that experiment with some of these elements and influences, but nobody is able to pull all of them off with such skill as the Dreadnoughts… who show just what punk rock can be, and what it can become.” –Boringestblog, “Up For Review”

“I love The Dreadnoughts. I think, for the live show... bands get into this, "Let's use lights and big letters and backdrops to make us look awesome on stage." But these guys just come out with their fiddles and guitars and whatever and they just play the shit out of their instruments… so they don't need all this glamour and strobe lights to make them look way more awesome than they are, you know. I really appreciate it. I think it's really raw, and really honest and a lot of fun, and I think that's what music is supposed to be about.” –Sarah Blackwood, Walk Off The Earth

“The Dreadnoughts are a complete racket, as the Vancouver, BC natives blend rough-around-the-edges street punk with polka beats and a bevy of Irish folk instrumentation, creating a chaotic vein of Celtic punk that surpasses the traditional style heavyweights like Flogging Molly and the Real McKenzies …. Folkloristic music still has the staying power to be the life of the party, but the Dreadnoughts are doing us all a favour by giving it just a little kick in the ass.” (Brad Schmale, Exclaim! Magazine)

“There remains, at least to this writer’s knowledge, only one place in this world that one can go to witness a grown man in a full bunny suit hit Timbits into a crowd of people with an eighteen inch dildo... if this sounds like something you would enjoy witnessing, I remain fairly certain a Dreadnoughts show is the only place to go” (bucketlistmusicreviews.com)

“The removal of polka as a category from the Grammy Awards in 2009 marked the spiritual death of a genre…[but] even with that now defunct Grammy forever out of grasp, I think it’s safe to say that as long as The Dreadnoughts are at the helm, polka couldn’t be more alive.” (thepunksite.com)

“Their music swirls like the opening sequence of Beetlejuice on amphetamine.” (punknews.org)

“They were the first local band that blew me away, full stop. They reminded me of how much I love Vancouver, no matter how far I roamed from home… they will live on in the hearts of every fan who ever bought an album or a disc, a tee shirt, or even just enjoyed a cider while watching them in a bar.” – Krystal None, concertaddicts.com

“Many other bands that style themselves "Celtic Punk" are derivative at best, and third rate ripoffs at worst. There are, however, some notable exceptions, bands that have flown under the critical and commercial radar, while managing to be among the best in the genre. The Dreadnoughts are one of those bands.” (Sputnik Music)

“Punk rock is dead, has been for a long time, but The Dreadnoughts have hauled that corpse into a German restaurant, served him a Guinness and taught him to dance a Tarantella and the Hora, all the while watching pirate movies. This disc is super… I can't believe I'm not listening to it right now.” (top review on Amazon.com)

“I described this band to friends as 'If Mumford & Friends with balls'.” (Semi-literate reviewer on Amazon.com)



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