EP Review: Old Man Markley – Stupid Today

OldManMarkleyStupidTodayOld Man Markley are a Punk/Bluegrass band from Los Angeles, California and a part of the Fat Wreck Chords family. Formed in 2008, they are named after washboard player and ex-Angel City Outcasts drummer, Ryan Markley.

A difficult thing to do in today is create a sound that’s unique. But Old Man Markley have done exactly that, with a tone that resembles a super band of The Waterboys and NOFX. That being said, it is quite fitting that the first track on their new two-track EP Stupid Today is a cover of NOFX’s “Reeko” from their Punk in Drublic album. They mix it up by playing the first half of the song with a fast tempo and then slow it down in the second half. It is one of the rare occurrences that a cover really does the original justice whilst spinning a new style on to it. The use of a fiddle, washboard, and autoharp bring some great new sounds to the punk tone, as do the straight up Californian Punk vocals from frontman/guitarist John Carey.

The second track is the title track, “Stupid Today,” which, after a slow intro with the drums and fiddle, quickly picks up into an easy listening- yet incredibly danceable- track with a bluegrass beat and punk structure and vocal style. Complete with banjo breaks and vocal harmonies from start to finish, it is track that will make you get out of your seat and embarrass yourself with a nice country jig. The only downside of the EP is that it is only two tracks long. Stupid Today is out May 6th and can be preordered from Fat Wreck Chords here, you can check out their tour dates below.

Rating: 8 Slices out of 8 

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Catch Old Man Markley on tour in the US this year:

05/06/14 Little Rock, AR at Juanita’s
05/07/14 Tulsa , OK at Mercury Lounge
05/08/14 Oklahoma City, OK at Bricktown Music Hall
05/09/14 Dallas, TX at Three Links
05/10/14 Ft Worth, TX at Aardvark w/ Micky & His Motor
05/11/14 Corpus Christi, TX at House Of Rock
05/13/14 Midland, TX at Blue Max
05/15/14 Flagstaff, AZ at The Museum Club
05/17/14 San Diego, CA at Soda Bar
05/25/14 Las Vegas, NV at Fremont Country Club PRB
05/29/14 Chico, CA at El Rey Theater w/ Reverend Horton Heat
05/30/14 Petaluma, CA at Mystic Theatre w/ Reverend Horton Heat
05/31/14 Oakland, CA at The Uptown w/ Reverend Horton Heat
06/12/14 Vancouver, BC Canada at The Biltmore Cabaret
06/13/14 Victoria, BC Canada at TBA w/ Fire Next Time *
06/14/14 Whistler, BC Canada at Garibaldi Lift Company
06/15/14 Kelowna, BC Canada at Fernando’s w/ Fire Next Time *
06/16/14 Rossland, BC Canada at The Flying Steamshovel
06/18/14 Edmonton, AB Canada at The Pawn Shop
06/19/14 Calgary, AB Canada at Ship & Anchor Sled Island Music
06/21/14 Winnipeg, MB Canada at Park Theatre
06/27/14 London, ON Canada at Blackshire Pub w/ Miracles *
06/28/14 Guelph, ON Canada at Van Gogh’s Ear w/ Miracles *
06/29/14 Hamilton, ON Canada at Absinthe w/ Miracles *
07/02/14 Kingston, ON Canada at The Mansion w/ The Stanfields *
07/03/14 Montreal, PE Canada at Divan Orange w/ Stanfields *
07/04/14 Ottawa, ON Canada at Mavericks w/ The Stanfields *
07/05/14 Toronto, ON Canada at Fort York Toronto Urban Roots Festival *
09/19/14 Murrieta, CA at Town Square Park GET SHAMROCKED

 

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