If you ask your average man on the street what his favourite 7 piece folk-punk band from Reading with a drummer named “Buttons” is, he would almost certainly say Smokey Bastard.
Their irreverent, raucous live shows have earned them a cult following in the UK and Europe since the release of their first album Propping Up The Floor last year.
The new album Tales From The Wasteland will be released on November 7th on Bomber Music with the single “Yuppie Dracula” out on October 3rd. Traditional folk, played by punks and banged out way faster than it really should be, they have quickly fixed a reputation as one of Britain's hardest working and, though they'd never admit it, most musically proficient bands.
Not one to sit on the laurels, the new album ups the standard and is full of melodies to rival their rustic musicianship. A bastardised (of course) mix of Flogging Molly, Bellowhead and every record ever made by those rare hippies who also had an Exploited record at home, this is something for the folkies and the punks in equal measure.
Smokey Bastard are touring with Crazy Arm and Great Cynics, playing the following dates:
Smokey Bastard December Tour:
10th London, Underworld (with Random Hand, Dirty Revolution)
14th Southampton, Joiners Arms (with Crazy Arm, Great Cynics)
15th Manchester , Star & Garter (with Crazy Arm, Great Cynics)
16th Bradford, 1 in 12, (with Random Hand, Crazy Arm, Great Cynics)
17th Reading, Blagrave Arms
18th London, The Windmill (with Crazy Arm, Great Cynics, Above Them, Katie Raine)
20th Nottingham, The Maze (with Crazy Arm, Great Cynics)