Canadian Punk Pioneer
After cutting his rock and roll teeth as a founding
guitarist in first wave Canadian surf punkabilly rockers, Stark Naked & The Fleshtones , Ripper launched
into a solo career that continues to this day featuring a synthesis of
punk, folk, roots and rock.
Trailblazing Fast Folk
From barbed fast' n' furious acoustic
punk folk, rock n roll, sonic atmospherics, lyrical dark ballads
and beat driven spoken word,
Ripper wraps it all up in post
modern stance and punk rock ethos.
"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."
"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
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,