Well you know. Shows cancelled for the time being. Stay safe everyone. See you soon.
Well I was pleasantly shocked by the Tsunami of response we got to this. Not that I didn’t think you’d want five guttersnipes in your home but the welcome with which you made your requests and the personal stories from present all the way back to the dark daze of the 90s were nothing short of humbling. And YES I agree with those of you who commented that AGITPOP is our finest hour (so far!). So thanks, and we’ll see you soon… ding dong!
What’s that in the sky?!
It’s the DGA searchlight.
It would seem our heroes are playing the Dakota the first three Tuesdays in Feb keeping the streets of Toronto safe for rock n’ roll once again. Come on out and support their selfless work.
Tickets available here:
Twenty-five years ago, Edwyn Collins scored the biggest hit of his career with “A Girl Like You”. Buried near the end of this international smash was a wistful lament about the times: “Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs.” Considering the current political climate, it’s pretty clear that we could use as many modern day protest songs as possible to help the good folk of Planet Earth come together and kick against the pricks.
Fortunately Ron Hawkins, one of Canada’s sharpest, most politically astute pens, has recognized the need for some new music that can educate and inspire change. The principal songwriter of beloved rock band Lowest of the Low (singer/guitarist Hawkins, drummer David Alexander, multi-instrumentalist Lawrence Nichols, bassist Greg Smith, guitarist Michael McKenzie) has trained his keen observational eye on the state of the world and has created a universal call to action railing against divisiveness and complacency. We’ll let Ron pick up the thread from there:
“It’s been a while since I felt the need to take the small p in the politics of my songwriting and capitalize it. Probably not since the 80s, when Reaganomics rankled and the threat of nuclear annihilation seemed to loom on the horizon. I spent the 90s and onwards embedding my politics in the personal stories of people trying to get through the day. I wrote about the trees instead of the forest. But with fascism on the rise again throughout the world it’s time to hit ‘caps lock’ on that P once again.”
Enter Agitpop (Warner Music Canada),the new Lowest of the Low record about revolution and redistribution… liberation, love and justice. Produced by Grammy-winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins), the album serves as a mobilizing manifesto that examines the dark clouds engulfing society then challenges the listener to make a difference. In case you were worried that all sounds like a joyless screed, rest easy: it’s also hopeful, funny and melodic as fuck.
Most notably, the lyrics are an even greater cause for celebration than fans have grown accustomed to since Shakespeare…My Butt, the Low’s venerable debut. The new album is brimming with ridiculously catchy, impassioned rallying cries for widescreen activism (“Permanent Revolution”, “The Ballad Of Late-Era Capitalism”, “New Wave Action Plan”, “The Night Of A Thousand Guns”), small-scale altruism (“Midnight Maryanne”, “Imogene”, “Seven A”, “When She Falls”) and a mixture of the two (“The Barricade”, “Love N’ Justice”, “F-Noise”, “A Thousand Lights”, “Bottle Rockets”, “Bonnie And Clyde”).
As Agitpop unfolds it reveals a multitude of deftly devised lyrical Easter eggs, alternately playful and poignant, that tip their cap to seminal recordings from the group’s major influences, as well as their own collective mythology. Trainspotters can listen for nods to The Clash, Bob Marley, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Smiths, while also encountering allusions to classic Low songs “Bleed A Little While Tonight”, “Salesmen, Cheats And Liars”, “Black Monday” and “Just About ‘The Only’ Blues”.
Back to Ron for the last word: “Songs don’t make a revolution, that’s not their job. They exist to be the oxygen we breathe or the nutrients we need to keep the blood pumping so we can get shit done. Your heart is a muscle and it’s as big as your fist.”
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What a great way to kickstart 2017 –
The DGA will accompany BR on the western swing of their Canadian tour.
Better snap up your tickets quickly, this will be sure to sell out in no time.
Jan 11 – Thunder Bay – T-Bay Community Auditorium
Jan 13 – Regina – Conexus Arts Centre
Jan 14 – Winnipeg – MTS Centre
Jan 15 – Estevan – Affinity Place
Jan 17 – Saskatoon – TCU Place
Jan 19/20 – Edmonton – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Jan 21/22 Calgary – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Jan 24 – Penticton – South Okanagan Events Centre
Jan 26 – Victoria – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Jan 27/28 – Vancouver – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Feb 3 – Toronto – Massey Hall
AUG 17, 2016
On June 23rd my merry crew hit the Horseshoe Tavern to capture myself and the DGA opening for Art Bergmann. This live performance is part of the footage we then used to create the video for Swamp.
It’s the 3rd video from my recent record Spit Sputter and Sparkle. The video is a desert dystopia, the song inspired by months of marathon Breaking Bad sessions. Haze, dilapitated shacks, skulls and snakes.
Once again a big shout out to Jill Riley, Ruby B Hawkins, Kathleen Olmstead and Tim Thompson. And this time a huge thanks to the folks at the Horseshoe Tavern as well.
Swamp is scheduled to premiere on Exclaim Magazine’s website as an exclusive feature on Wednesday, August 17th.
On June 11th the same merry band of videographers marched once again into a rented room at Artscape to embark on a second DIO (“do it ourselves”) project.
After copious amounts of face paint and a couple hours of pitch blackness, save for a single blue industrial light, we shot the footage for Till IT Kills Ya – a montage of heck of sorts, and a tribute to Kurt Cobain and the pitfalls of celebrity.
Once again I have to thank Kathleen Olmstead, Jill Riley, Ruby B Hawkins and Tim Thompson for their help, creative ideas in the heat of the moment and their willingness to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the shots in the can.
Till It Kills Ya is scheduled to be up on the site the week of June 20th.