Down Side Up

Down Side Up

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by Old Man Markley
     
 

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Old Man Markley are not your typical bluegrass band; in fact, they're hardly a bluegrass band at all, being as much an acoustic-based punk band as anything else. Using fiddles, autoharps, washboards, and banjos sure makes them seem like an old-time string band, but then, well, they're not, at least not exactly. With a sound that seems always full tilt and ready to… See more details below

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Old Man Markley are not your typical bluegrass band; in fact, they're hardly a bluegrass band at all, being as much an acoustic-based punk band as anything else. Using fiddles, autoharps, washboards, and banjos sure makes them seem like an old-time string band, but then, well, they're not, at least not exactly. With a sound that seems always full tilt and ready to jump the tracks, Old Man Markley are the result of genres merging in the 21st century, and they play with the kind of verve, passion, and abandon that punk brought into the world, but they have bluegrass precision too, catching perhaps the best of both worlds. Down Side Up is the band's second full-length, and it roars into things right out of the gate with the explosive opener, "Blood on My Hands," then hardly shifts gears through the bullet-fast "Blindfold," the romping "So Much More," and the blistering "Hand Me Down," sounding at times like Phil Ochs fronting a thrash metal band armed only with fiddles and banjos and with the throttle down all the way to the floor. If this is progressive bluegrass, and in a way it is, then it's bluegrass with drums and mosh pit aspirations, and the only direction is harder and faster, all the way to the end of the track line, where one can only hope things don't fly right off the cliff and into the great punk dancefloor in the sky.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
Label:
Fat Wreck Chords
UPC:
0751097079225
catalogNumber:
707922
Rank:
102008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Old Man Markley   Primary Artist
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Chris Hesse   Egg Shaker
Roger Rivas   Organ
Alex Zabolotsky   Mandolin
Katie Weed   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Ryan Markley   Tambourine,Washboard,Egg Shaker,Group Member
Annie DeTemple   Autoharp,Vocals,Group Member
John Rosen   Banjo,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Group Member
John Carey   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals,Melodica,Guitjo,Group Member
Kathryn Nicole Nockels   Sousaphone
Joey Garibaldi   Bass,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Fuller   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Fat Mike   Producer
Jason LaRocca   Producer,Engineer
Chris Hesse   Drum Engineering
Old Man Markley   Producer
Reuben Cohen   Mastering
Alex Zabolotsky   Artwork
Katie Weed   Composer,Lyricist
Annie DeTemple   Composer,Lyricist,Art Direction
John Rosen   Composer,Lyricist
John Carey   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Joey Garibaldi   Composer,Lyricist

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