...Eugene Ripper - Canadian Punk Rock Survivor, Fast Folk Pioneer, Multimedia artist, rock and roll songwriter, poet, singer songwriter, guitarist, electric acoustic rockabilly punk folk rock and roll words and beats anti folk, spoken word, video - Eugene Ripper...
Sep 16 - Montreal, petite marche
Sep 17 - Toronto, imperial cafe
Sep 29 - Vancouver, off the rail brewery
Oct 01 - Edmonton , black dog (matinee)
Oct 01 - Edmonton, blakbar (evening)
Oct 02 - Calgary, ironwood
Oct 13 - Saskatoon, bassment
Oct 14 - Winnipeg, times change
Oct 22 - Toronto, Seller's Books
Oct 27 - Lyon, Kraspek Myzik
Oct 28 - Karlsruhe, Scruffy's
Oct 29 - Karlsruhe, Scruffy's
Oct 31 - Burghausen, Mathilda
Nov 02 - Leipzig, Stoned
Nov 03 - Munich, Kooks
Nov 04 - Salzburg, Narrens Castle
Nov 05 - Klagenfurt, Wohnzimmer
Nov 06 - Feldbach, Glam
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 that continues to this day featuring a synthesis of punk,folk,roots and rock. 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.
The title track coupled with two companion tunes " Matador " and " Ballad of The Hangman " represents a collaboration with Halifax based production team Charles Austin/Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Aqua Alta). At the heart of the work is a nine minute spoken word, beat driven, sonic dedication to the memory of Ripper's musical friend and collaborator Walter Kuhr, a New York based composer, bandleader and accordion guru who passed away in 2015 after battling cancer.
Also featured on the platter are four songs from 2015's Fast Folk Underground 4.0 EP recorded with producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan). Notable bit: Billy Ficca (Televison) appears on " Queen Street 1987 " playing drums and bongos.
" Matador " (from the album "Altercool" )
" Vincent's Lament " (from the album "Altercool")
live version video recorded in Berlin
" Ballad of the Hangman" (from the album "Altercool")
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"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." Pop Montreal
"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 is altered significantly on this thoughtful and poetically intense fifth album - lovely stuff." New Canadian Music
"Few can turn a couple of chords into something majestic,
Ripper has the gift." Ottawa Citizen
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