CANADA'S SEMINAL FAST FOLK ROCKER
" Eugene Ripper is something of a Canadian musical survivor, having started in the early eighties with Toronto 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, 2015's Fast Folk Underground 4.0 shows him at the top of his game "
"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 and even mellowed out considerably on 2014 Fast Folk Underground III (Quiet Light) - less of the barn-burnin', foot-stompin' Ripper fans have become accustomed to, unleashing a more subdued sense of captivating musical power, one that unfurls itself through lyrics saturated in love and loss. The stylistic shift happened somewhat accidentally following the death of Ripper's father in 2009 and his mother's move into a long-term care facility where he would make regular visits to play music for her."
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."
"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)
"Few can turn a couple of chords into something majestic,
Ripper has the gift."