Assassinwear @ MerchSmerch

Assassinators, Tomrades, Low Lifes, Graffiti Nationals..!!

We’re excitedly awaiting the drop of the DGA 246 album later this month, but to hold us over here’s MerchSmerch. This beautiful site was built by the Empress of design Sue Glass. SooJ has created a plethora of Assassinwear and badges and buttons for the upcoming teenage insurrection. Take a stroll and see if there’s something that speaks to your inner assassin

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TOMMY DOUGLAS TUESDAYS

Join me every Tuesday in April for Tommy Douglas Tuesdays. I’ll be live streaming on my Ron Hawkins Facebook page. Songs , stories and stubble. Will I be wearing pants? Who knows. I will definitely have sleep in my eyes.

Show starts at 8pm till… the pandemic is over.

See ya there. xo RJH

LOW HOME INVASION!

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!

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DGA DAKOTA RESIDENCY

For any RH and The DO GOOD ASSASSINS fans out there… christmas comes early!

We will be playing the first three Tuesdays in December at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto.

It’s an early show (7pm – 9pm) and is all ages, so don’t forget to bring your l’il assassins along as well.

AGITPOP

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.”

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Album Gatefold – Strike

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.”

DISARM ALBUM RELEASE LIVE REVIEW:

Lowest of the Low – AGITPOP Release Party at The Danforth Music Hall

Light… End… Tunnel

Well, it was a journey. A true journey! But after a few months the final touches have been added to the new Lowest of the Low record Do The Right Now! Stay tuned, we’ll be keeping you posted on developments and release dates.

 

JANUARY TOUR WITH BLUE RODEO

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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.

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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

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