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.
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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.
Roll and Go is a sprawling, crazy melange of folk-punk-polka-klezmer-sea shanty madness. We call it “Cluster-Folk.”
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.
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.
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!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.