Fast Folk Underground III
21 May 2014
Torn Again: Folk Punk Hero Eugene Ripper Returns to NYC with Bowery Electric Residency
“Toronto’s underexposed gem Eugene Ripper has been honing his unique brand of fast-folk with a punk rock ethos since the early ’90s. Don’t miss a chance to be transported to his noir universe.”
(New York, NY)The MuseBox today announced that seminal Canadian punk folk artistEugene Ripper will bring his Fast Folk Underground to New York Citys Bowery Electric on Wednesday, June 4, as he kicks off a monthly residency. Ripper, who is considered one of Canada’s most respected and storied modern rock performers, has been refining his energetic post-modern folk musings since the early 1990s. Still on tour in support of 2013sFast Folk Underground III (Quiet Light) Ripper continues to earn the respect of both fans and critics. The Montreal Gazette describes Rippers music as hard-strummed acoustic folk music with the intensity of punk, and raves that Fast Folk Underground III (Quiet Light) shows him at the top of his game.” All of Rippers releases are available on his official website, while tickets for Rippers return to New York City are available on the Bowery Electric website.
Ripper’s status in the Canadian rock scene is legendary. His gritty roots can be traced back to his first band, Stark Naked and the Fleshtones, who built a solid fan base in the 1980s via relentless touring. As the 1990s arrived, Ripper went solo and made a splash on the international scene with the release of his first solo album, 1993s Fast Folk Underground.
Later that year, Ripper returned to the stages of The Mariposa Festival and also joinedThe Great Canadian Party at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, where he shared the main stage with The Tragically Hip, Bare-naked Ladies, and The Violent Femmes. Rippers performance at The Mariposa Festival included the intriguing blend of storytelling and high energy that has become his trademark: “His neo-acoustic tales of near death, trains, outlaws, love gone bad, and freedom merge with an acute case of intense live energy. Ripper arrives somewhere between John Prine and The Ramones. (Vancouver Province)
While living in New York City in the late 1990s, Ripper wrote and recorded his second album, Faster Than You Think, with Televisions drummer, Billy Ficca. While living in New York City, he was an active member of the East Village anti-folk scene. A highlight of this era was his third engagement at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto in 1995. Ripper led the way on a stage that featured the cream of The New York City anti-folk scene. A move back to Canada (for family and kin) galvanized Rippers focus on that scene as he continued to produce albums and tour in support of the work showcasing his wide range of sonic expertise: “Volleying between punk, folk and rock Ripper jumps all over each style, stealing from one and reshaping another until he comes up with a unique sound and vibe all his own.” (Now Magazine)
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