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Custom of the Sea

by The Wages of Sin

Punk-rock sea shanties and Appalachian death polka
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Railway
2:27 $0.69
2. Lay Me Down
3:38 $0.69
3. The Angel's Share
2:45 $0.69
4. The Tyburn Jig
2:48 $0.69
5. Baptized By Fire
3:36 $0.69
6. Django
3:53 $0.69
7. Buccaneers (of Elliott Bay)
4:26 $0.69
8. Graveyard Blues
3:50 $0.69
9. Salty Dog Blues
2:33 $0.69
10. Heave Away
5:29 $0.69
11. Jolly Roger
3:10 $0.69
12. Dia De Los Muertos
4:43 $0.69
13. Drinkin' Days
3:18 $0.69
14. Saturday Saints
3:06 $0.69
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Album Notes
The Wages of Sin play traditional music for non-traditionalists. They mix Celtic with country with Appalachian with rockabilly with Tex-Mex with bluegrass, and follow the whole mess with a bracing shot of punk rock. Alternately rowdy and mournful, they're sure to get your feet tapping, your heart palpitating, and your liver crying for mercy. Repent, ye sinners, and be saved!


Irish Post, January 21 2006
Debut album of the year came from the Wages of Sin with the brilliant 'Custom of the Sea', mixing Celtic, country, Appalachian and bluegrass styles (amongst others), which produced classic sea shanty tales of pillaging, plundering and excess drinking. The end product being a highly catchy, full energy and extremely danceable record. that sounded inspired and fresh from start to finish and made a nice change from bands trying to sound like The Pogues.

Shite n' Onions Webzine
Billed as delivering a treasure chest of "Punk Rock, Sea Shanties & Appalachian Death Polka", Seattle's Wages of Sin do not so much fuse disparate musical elements as revel in the direct lineage of their influences. Sharp tense '50's rock & roll hooks mesh with mountain fiddle stomps in a ballsy reminder that the two styles are just a short shuffle down the holler from each other; mountain music is the raw-handed grandfather of rock & roll after all. And, of course, bluegrass and Appalachian music are the frontier offspring of the Celtic and British ballad and dance music traditions. The Wages plunder these histories with total affinity and come up with a blend as clean and warm as a mouthful of Jamaican rum.

Rue Morgue #44 April 2005:
Are you a drunk punk pirate looking for a few good drinking songs? Look no further than Seattle's The Wages Of Sin, former Spectres singer Jesse James' new act that distinguishes itself by making traditional music for non-traditionalists. On their salute to two of our favorite things here in the Drome-drink and the Devil-The wages burn through a selection of "punk rock sea shanties and appalachian death polka," relying on fiddles, violins, upright bass, mandolin and a bit of punk 'tude.-TD

The Vancouver Courier Dec. 03:
...Seattle's Wages of Sin, whose Appalachian death polka has been known to cure blindness.

Tablet Magazine #92:
[T]he Wages of Sin is f--king pirate music-from the themes and lyrics, to the sorta-Celtic acoustic sound. It's certainly worthy of rising your pint in the air and yelling "Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!" Bravo.

RocknRoll Purgatory #14:
Fronted by Jesse of the Spectres, this band combines bluegrass with Irish folk a la the Pogues, and they do it startlingly well. I think I actually like them even better than the Spectres, who are damned fine band in their own right. Acoustic guitars and fiddles keep it rustic and immediate, and they show aptitude at both boisterous barroom rousers as well as darker, more haunting songs filled with mortal trepidation... I can't wait to hear more of these guys.-BL



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Good stuff
Great CD. Pirate stuff is cool anyway. I like the double base as it gives the music more depth which adds to the folky jig thing you got going. Good danceability (new word). Fancy a UK tour? Lots of Navy history in Portsmouth (hint, hint).

Salty Dog

Avast me beauties, for tis a fine record
This CD is absolutely brilliant in all ways that a CD can be brilliant. I love it, my kids love it and my wife hates it. In essence - it is absolutely wicked! I really love Lay Me down and The Tyburn Jig and all the other songs. When Lay Me Down starts and those cymbals come in - I reckon they sound just like someone getting flogged and I think that is very very clever. Now stop reading and BUY THIS CD before I come over there and flog you. AVAST!


Too good for words
Took this CD on vacation. Normally my wife and daughter would be begging me not to play any paddy punk, but they were the ones playing this CD over and over. A great CD that gets better with each listen. Unlike most CD's there are no duds, no "just ok" songs. Every song is awesome. Buy 2, cause your wife is going to take yours for her car. Trust me.

p rampling

If there was a six star rating on cdbaby then this cd would have it,highly recommended -looking forward to next cd


Absolutely awesome
I don't know how I made it through life without the help of kick-ass pirate punk. The world is a better place now. Husband heard a few songs & instantly became a fan as well. There just aren't many bands that are THIS enjoyable, all the time, over & over again. Glad I discovered these guys!

Helen, Seattle

Fantastic CD
This is a fantastic debut cd from the WOS. I saw them at Folklife Northwest and had to get their cd. My 67 year old Mother loves them too!!** Folk/Punk at its best.

Irish Mike

Good lawd! What an amazing record. Whether you're raising a pint, the roof or a barn.....this is some truly incredible music. Get it, share it, rock it.


freaking awesome!
I found this cd while browsing CD baby, after listening to the samples I just had to buy it. Definately the best CD purchase I've made all year! I do a lot of driving, so its great to find a great new cd to listen to on the road!
Jolly Roger is my new favorite song to rock out to!


5 out of 5 stars. GREAT PIRATE MUSIC.
I loved the album. Jolly Roger being one of the best punk/Traditional Celtic/rockabilly song ever. It will definitely get your toes tapping and your arms flailing. I predict a long and wonderful career for these guys. If you do not already have the album you need to buy it TODAY!!!!!!!


New CD Out on 11/7
I just heard these guys new record will be out this Friday, 11/7.....hopefully it will be on sale here. Apparently it's called "Gringo Mariachi"....looking forward to it!
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