Debuting in 2010 with the release of their “For Better, For Worse” single on a Fat Wreck Chords compilation, Old Man Markley quickly made a name for themselves as one of the San Francisco punk label’s most exciting new signings, immediately bringing their hyper-energetic live show to a slough of high-profile tour dates supporting the likes of NOFX and The Reverend Horton Heat.
Featuring members of Youth Brigade and Angel City Outcasts, the LA supergroup has pioneered their genre, trending away from what one may regard as the typical Fat sound, and breaking new ground with a tasteful blend of pop, punk and American folk songs delivered by a high energy seven-piece bluegrass ensemble, complete with banjo, fiddle and washboard.
Since the Better/Worse slab, the band has kept extremely busy, releasing five subsequent records for Fat, including two full-lengths and three more singles, for a total of six releases in four years, which includes their brand new 7-inch single, featuring an original number, “Stupid Today,” on the A-side and a cover of the NOFX tune, “Reeko,” on the back.
“We love doing covers,” states OMM backing vocalist/autoharpist, Annie DeTemple via phone as she runs pre-tour errands less than 24 hours before her and the gang are due in Las Vegas for a performance at the city’s legendary Punk Rock Bowling event. “The challenge is to make them our own without ruining them for fans of the originals, because those are our fans, too, and we love those songs as much as them.”
With their new record in tow, Old Man Markley is set to embark on their first North American headlining tour, which includes stops in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, as well as a few markets uncharted by most touring punk bands in recent years. Don’t miss out on the best punk bluegrass party around.
Catch Old Man Markley at the Pawn Shop (Edmonton) on June 18 and at Ship & Anchor (Calgary) for Sled Island on June 19.
By Evan Wansbrough