are all names for a new wave
of earnest, authentic rock that draws its roots from The Clash, Billy Bragg
, The Pogues, Social Distortion and Bruce Springsteen. In England, its best represented by Frank Turner
, the former singer of hardcore band Million Dead.
His anthemic songs about life on the margins of fame
and the power of rock and roll
have made him famous in England, leading to an upcoming show at Wembley Arena.
He follows in the footsteps of British folk-punk pioneers Leatherface
In America, the folk punk scene is lead by Against Me!
, Hot Water Music
, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Against Me! went from political punk
to renouncing strident politics
as they gained popularity, with last year's major labor debut White Crosses
polarizing fans. Songs like Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
, We Laugh at Danger (And Break all the Rules)
and Reinventing Axl Rose
are still classics. Hot Water Music
pioneered the gruff hardcore favored by many Orgcore bands, and their song Trusty Chords
is an oft-covered anthem. In 2008, lead singer Chuck Ragan started the Revival Tour
, which lets folk punk artists tour together and play acoustic music. It's hosted singers like Chuck, Frank Turner, Against Me!'s Tom Gabel, Lucero's Tim Barry and Dave Hause.
New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem
gained attention with their punky debut Sing Or Swim, featuring the anthemic Drive
and the Joe Strummer tribute I'da Called You Woody
. Their second album, The '59 Sound, attracted the attention of Bruce Springsteen, who performed the title track with them in Hyde Park.
Gaslight Anthem's move away from punk continued with last year's American Slang
and lead singer Brian Fallon's new band The Horrible Crowes
, who embrace a more Tom Waits style sound. Still, their success has inspired other New Jersey bands like Blacklist Royals
and Titus Andronicus
) as well as Minneapolis' Off With Their Heads
. They've also shared members with country-punks Lucero
(The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo).
Philadelphia's The Loved Ones
are starting to gain some ground, with lead singer Dave Hause
working with former Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay
(who also briefly toured with Against Me!) and touring with Frank Turner
. The pastoral but intense Defiance, Ohio
and the 'emo Springsteen
' Jason Anderson
both celebrate folk-punks' egalitarian roots by offering several albums up for download and constantly playing intimate shows.
In Australia, Poison City Records
releases folk-punk albums by local bands like Jen Buxton
, The Smith Street Band
and A Death In The Family.
They also put an annual Weekender
in Melbourne for Australia's folk-punk community. In Sydney, Isaac Graham
is getting notice for his sweet voice and for releasing a split with Frank Turner.