Bluegrass punk band Old Man Markley will release their sophomore album, Down Side Up, on March 5th via Fat Wreck Chords. The band’s full-length follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed debut Guts n’ Teeth was produced by NOFX frontman Fat Mike, and will be available for pre-order soon. As a fan of their first album and EP, I’m looking forward to this!
Old Man Markley are not your run-of-the-mill band. They’re not a traditional bluegrass band, nor are they a typical punk band. Instead, the band meld elements of both styles into a cross-pollinated “newgrass” amalgam that has resulted in a boot stomping good time for fans around the world.
Rounded out by Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo, vocals) and Katie Weed (fiddle, vocals), Old Man Markley roared onto the scene in 2010. Their unique blend of punk rock sensibilities, ear for pop melodies and deeply rooted love for bluegrass caught the ear of Fat Wreck Chords, who released OMM’s debut album, Guts n’ Teeth, in 2011. Over the next few years, the band found themselves scootin boots on stage with the likes of Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, The Reverend Horton Heat, NOFX, The Descendents and Against Me!.
After two years of relentless touring and winning over thousands of fans, Old Man Markley returned to the little house in Southern California where it all began to record their follow-up, Down Side Up. NOFX frontman Fat Mike and singer/guitarist Johnny Carey shared production credits.
“With the support of Fat Mike, we went out on a limb with this album,” says Carey. “We didn’t restrict our creativity and can’t wait for the world to hear the variety on our album.”
A more cohesive unit than ever before, Old Man Markley overflows with a passion for their craft and for each other that is both audible and infectious as their instruments dance between seamless harmonies in what will surely be one of the year’s most unique and catchy albums.
Follow Old Man Markley’s newgrass movement at http://www.oldmanmarkley.com/.
Down Side Up Track List:
1. Blood on My Hands
3. America’s Dreaming
4. Come Around Here
6. So Much More
7. Hard to Understand
8. Beyond the Moon
9. Hand Me Down
10. Up Side Down
12. Train of Thought
13. Too Soon for Goodnight