The Dreadnoughts – Five Questions With

The Dreadnoughts

International Polka-Punks, The Dreadnoughts, have released their new album, Roll and Go

On June 24, 2022, Canadian polka-punks, The Dreadnoughts unveiled their latest album, Roll and Go.

The new album Roll & Go was written primarily by singer/guitarist Nicholas Smyth in his one-bedroom apartment in New York City at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, with a newborn infant, during the lockdown. With band members based in New York, Vancouver, London, and Edmonton, the band decided to record in the unlikely location of Norwalk, Connecticut, at the Factory Underground Studios.

After ducking and weaving through countless travel restrictions, the Dreadnoughts learned, recorded, and mixed an entire album in 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 worldwide and that all of this had to be coordinated with virtually no time.  But they got it done! The result is Roll & Go the Dreadnoughts’ fifth, and possibly finest, studio album.

Do you prefer vinyl? You’re in luck. Get the limited edition colour vinyl LP here.

Listen to Roll and Go below, and find out more about The Dreadnoughts via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey, I’m Nick from a band called the Dreadnoughts. I play guitar and accordion and sing and yell at backstage managers when there’s only Strongbow in the fridge.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

Roll and Go is a sprawling, crazy melange of folk-punk-polka-klezmer-sea shanty madness. We call it “Cluster-Folk.”

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Honestly, alcohol. I know it’s a cliche. But nothing beats sitting down with a nice glass of Barbancourt 8yr and an accordion. Bryan Adams taught us that.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, we are at the Fête des Chants de Marins near Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec on August 19. It’s going to be epic.

What’s your goal for 2022?

Make another album! Why not? It’s super easy. It’s only 185 hours of writing, two weeks in the studio, and endless back and forth about the bloody fonts on the cover. It shouldn’t be too hard!

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