Photo Credit: Ryan Rumpel.
Vancouver’s The Dreadnoughts have just announced a new single and live performances for St. Patrick’s Day 2022. To support the release of their new single Cider Holiday the band will be headlining two nights at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre on March 19th and 20th. The exclusive first single from the upcoming album Roll and Go on Stomp Records, hearkens back to Flogging Molly’s finest material. It’s a Celtic-punk’s tribute to the finest real farmhouse cider in the world, an extended meditation on the joys of exploration and booze.
With over 80 MILLION streams on Spotify alone, The Dreadnoughts are the biggest band you’ve never heard of. Formed in the dirty and violent back rooms of Vancouver’s infamous Ivanhoe Hotel back in ’06, they’ve been on a cider-fuelled bender across the globe bringing their furious brand of Celtic-polka-punk-klezmer mayhem to an ever growing legion of obsessed fans.
After ducking and weaving through countless travel restrictions, the Dreadnoughts managed to converge at Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, to learn, record and mix an entire album in nine days. We’ll say that again: nine days. It was a harrowing, intense experience, one made even more intense by the fact that six guest musicians were recording their own parts in six different cities around the world, and that all of this had to be coordinated with virtually no time. But they got it done. The result is Roll and Go: the Dreadnoughts fifth, and possibly finest, studio album.
The Dreadnoughts began to play folk-punk in 2007 with a single goal: to make enough money at shows to cover the cost of shots of Fireball Whiskey at Vancouver’s notoriously seedy Ivanhoe Hotel. They can boast of four studio albums, two EPs, and hundreds of unforgettable live shows spanning the globe. They’ve blended punk rock and a bunch of European folk traditions with a power and range that few other groups can match.
The Dreadnoughts aren’t really a band, they’re an advocacy group, ruthlessly promoting the idea that folk and punk music form a perfect union. They’ve been destroying stages and swilling ciders the world over, spreading their gospel to anyone and everyone who will listen.