Canadian Punk Pioneer
Trailblazing Fast Folk Rocker
After cutting his rock and roll teeth as a founding guitarist in first wave Canadian surf punkabilly rockers, Stark Naked & The Fleshtones, Ripper launched a solo career featuring his unique synthesis of punk,folk, roots and rock. From barbed fast' n' furious solo acoustic punk folk, rockabilly and rock n roll to imaginative storytelling atmospherics and post modern lyrical noir ballads.
It's a cool ride.
" Eugene Ripper is one of Canada's punk pioneers, having started in the early eighties with Toronto surf punk rockers Stark Naked and the Fleshtones. Ever since then he has made his way around North America, settling down in various cities, honing his "fast folk sound." Hard-strummed acoustic folk music with the intensity of punk. His latest album, 2017's "Altercool" shows him at the top of his game "
"Volleying between punk, folk and rock Ripper jumps all over each style, stealing from one and reshaping another until he comes up
with a unique sound and vibe all his own."
Now Magazine (Toronto)
"Since his time in '80s punk faves Stark Naked and The Fleshtones, Eugene Ripper has transformed himself into a top-notch alt-folk singer/songwriter. His Fast Folk Underground series has had residencies in NYC, Halifax and Vancouver. His rollicking, garage-rock influenced sound meshes significantly with thoughtful and poetically intense ballads."
New Canadian Music
"Toronto's underexposed gem Eugene Ripper has been honing his unique brand of fast-folk with a punk rock ethos since the early '90s. Don't miss a chance to be transported to his noir universe."
" Roots rock rebel summons up visions of film noir and spaghetti
western and Johnny Cash "
" Eugene Ripper has firmly cemented a place for himself at the forefront of Canada's indie underground since kicking off his long-running career in the thick of '80s punk, an influence that has remained evident in Ripper's more recent folk work"
Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
"His neo acoustic tales of near death, trains, outlaws, love gone bad, and freedom merge with an acute case of intense live energy. Ripper arrives somewhere between John Prine and The Ramones."
Mariposa Folk Festival
"One of Canada's most respected yet underexposed songwriters."
"Ripper puts spikes back in folk music."
"Few can turn a couple of chords into something majestic,
Ripper has the gift."