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The Dreadnoughts


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    The Cruel Wars
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    Sleep Is for the Weak
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    Old Maui
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    Randy Dandy-Oh
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    Roll Northumbria
The Dreadnoughts began to play folk-punk in 2006 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 aren't really a band, they're an advocacy group, ruthlessly promoting the idea that folk and punk music form a perfect union. They've been destroying stages and swilling ciders the world over, spreading their gospel to anyone and everyone who will listen.
The new record—a concept album called Foreign Skies—has been called a “sprawling masterpiece” by… well, the band. 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.


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