New Record, Live Shows and MORE!!!

Plague Dad, live at the Sun Tiki Studios in Portland, Maine, on Feb. 5, 2022. Photo by WillowPix.

Yeah, it’s been a while since the last post, but there’s been a lot going on.

The important thing is, there’s a lot coming up — not the least of which is a new record: a 10″, called Live At the Sun Tiki, or as we like to call it: L@ST.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: a live set, recorded live and in person at the Sun Tiki Studios in Portland, Maine, on February 5, 2022.

It’s limited to 25 lathe-cut copies, each with a different cover, and the art — from Seattle’s Bonz Fuchno — is hella cool. We’re gonna be rolling out Bonz’s covers on our Insta feed in the coming weeks, but the music itself isn’t going to be on any streaming service, or available anywhere else, for that matter – ’cause, you know, we want to be as commercially inaccessible as possible. The records will include a download code and they’ll be available for pre-order soon on our Bandcamp page, but when they’re gone, they’re gone.

We’ll be doing a record release party at the Brass Rail in Portland on Saturday, August 27, with our friends, Pine Tree Riot, and The House Flies, who headlined that infamous show at the Sun Tiki that ended up on the record. It’s gonna be a night to remember … and we’ll hold five copies of the record for the show, so if you miss out on the Bandcamp page, you can score one there.

Can’t wait for the Brass Rail show? No worries.

The folks at Mushroom Stomp Records were kind enough to have us stop by and record a set for them a couple of months ago, and it’s now officially up and running on their YouTube channel. If you’ve got a few minutes, stop by and check it out, ’cause it’s right there, below. We’re wicked proud of it, and Luke did a helluva job capturing the Plague Dad sound.

Not satisfied with mere video? Fine, come catch us live.

We’re playing in Bangor at G-Force on Friday, June 24, with River of Trees (a Mushroom Stomp band) and Peach Hat, who we were lucky enough to see at the Sun Tiki a couple of months ago. It’s gonna be a helluva show. Tickets at the door.

There’s a lot more coming up, too — including a couple of high-profile shows in Portland later this summer, a live set on USM’s WMPG in July, and maybe even a livestream or two, but more about all that later.

Stay tuned, and thanks for listening.

The new Plague Dad EP is featured in a WMPG-FM podcast, and stay tuned for upcoming shows …

Our new six-song EP dropped nearly two weeks ago now, and momentum around it continues to build — more importantly, people are still buying it over on our Bandcamp page, and for that we’re enormously grateful.

The new EP, titled, “Back In The Tree,” is a cassette-only release, in an opaque white shell with a clear Norelco case. It includes a lyric sheet, liner notes, stickers, and other cool insert stuff, as well as a digital download, too. It’s strictly limited to 100 copies, and there are still a few copies left to be had, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. There won’t be a second run.

Anyhoo, it’s been added to some Spotify playlists, and a few radio stations have started to play some of the tracks, too, but one of the things we’re most proud of is that Lorenzo, who hosts the Podcast Open Mic, gave it some serious play in the latest episode of his show.

Lorenzo was kind enough to devote an entire episode to Plague Dad last month, so to get some more positive attention from his show so soon is kind of a big deal, and we’re truly thankful for it.

You can listen to the episode, which also features a segment on Biddeford singer/songwriter/busker Jim Baumer, using the embed below.

Sure, it’s late – but it’s still Bandcamp Friday up until midnight!

Today is the day people: Bandcamp Friday, and our brand-spanking new EP, “Back In The Tree,” is now officially available. You can get it here.

Bandcamp Friday is cool because on that day, Bandcamp foregoes its usual cut of the purchase price, and the artist gets 100 percent of the proceeds. Which is better than the streaming services, who don’t pay jackola for your music. /rant

So, this EP has six tunes on it: five originals, and one cover. The physical product’s a cassette-only release – although it does come with a download code – and it’s strictly limited to 100 hand-numbered copies, in an opaque white shell and a clear Norelco case. It comes with a liner notes, a lyric sheet, a sticker, and some other cool stuff we’ll be tossing into the envelope when it ships, too.

You can find our Bandcamp page here.

And thank you for your support. It truly means a lot to us.

The Video for the first single from our new EP is now live on our YouTube channel – check it out!

The first video from our new EP, “Back In The Tree” – dropping tomorrow on our Bandcamp page.

This is the first video we’ve ever made, and we just posted it to our YouTube channel.

It’s for a tune called, “They Ran Us Off,” which is on our new EP that drops tomorrow on Bandcamp Friday. You can get it here.

What’s really cool about this video is, it was conceived and produced by Mig’s son, who’s got his own nascent production company out in Chicago. They’re credited at the end of the video.

So check it out, and please give it a like and maybe even subscribe to the channel.

We’re going to be producing a lot more video content – including a bunch of live streamed material – and subscribing to the channel is the best way to stay up on all of it.

Bandcamp Friday is just around the corner and the new release is ready to go …

The day after tomorrow is, of course, Bandcamp Friday, which means for that day, Bandcamp will forego its cut of all sales and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the artists.

The new EP from Plague Dad — cassette only, strictly limited to 100 copies, hand numbered, in white opaque shell and a clear Norelco case.

You can get it here.

And Plague Dad’s got something special for you: a brand-new EP, featuring six tracks: five originals, and one cover of a tune called Sickness, by Ted Hawkins – who, if you haven’t heard of, you’d do well to check out.

The new release is cassette-only, but of course includes a download code so you can listen on your various digital devices.

The songs themselves were recorded at Sun Tiki Studios on Forest Ave. in Portland, Maine, and mastered by Dylan Ray down in Nashville, and they sound fucking awesome. If you’ve caught a live Plague Dad show, this tape has that high-energy, Grungefolk vibe. If you haven’t seen ’em live, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

The cassettes themselves are strictly limited to 100 units, hand-numbered, in white shell nested in a clear Norelco case. They include a lyric sheet, liner notes, a Plague Dad sticker, and there’ll probably be some other cool swag stuffed into the package, too.

You don’t wanna miss this one, folks, because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Plague Dad Drops New Single on Spotify – Here’s Your Link!

So, we’re getting ready to drop a new EP next week on Bandcamp: 6 tunes – five originals and one really cool cover by a dude named Ted Hawkins – and you can get an early listen to the first single exclusively on Spotify right now! Here’s the link!

It’s called, “They Ran Us Off”, and it’s a short song – 2:43 – but powerful. It’s built primarily on a Cmaj7 chord, which isn’t something you hear every day in a folkpunk song, so if you like the tune, and you really wanna do us a solid, add it to a playlist of yours, or even (gasp!) give us a follow! That would be huge, and we’d be eternally grateful.

Frank playing They Ran Us Off

I wrote the music one late night after Mig texted me a poem he’d just written. I don’t know where it came from, we’ve not really talked about that yet, but it was clearly something he felt deeply and needed to get out there, and when I read it for the first time, it connected viscerally. I could feel the pain, the loneliness and the rejection. Maybe because I was feeling a bit of the same stuff at the same time, I dunno, but in a couple of hours I’d texted him back a rough first version that I recorded on my phone, using the voice memo tool, ’cause we’re all sophisto like that.

We polished it up a bit, made a decent recording and had it mastered, and now it’s ready for you to hear if you want. All you gotta do is hit that Spotify link, and maybe even buy the tape when it comes out on Friday, Nov. 5.

The EP itself, btw, is cassette-only, and limited to 100 copies – but don’t worry: each copy comes with a digital download, too. You’ll be able to pre-order soon – follow the blog here if you wanna stay up on all the news re: new releases, shows, lives streams and all the other cool stuff we’ve got going on.

Plague Dad Featured in WMPG Podcast!

You can listen to it here – but the backstory is pretty interesting on its own.

A couple of weeks ago, we played Porchfest, here in Portland, Maine’s Deering Center neighborhood. It was a blast, and a good time was had by all. One of the people we met there was Lorenzo, who hosts WMPG‘s Podcast Open Mic show.

Lorenzo actually caught us over two nights – I think perhaps because he was intrigued with the idea of interviewing some genuine buskers. Or maybe he just didn’t have anything better to do. Who knows.

Plague Dad busking in the Old Port in Portland, Maine.

Anyway, he caught us one night in the Old Port, in our usual spot on Wharf Alley, and originally, that was his plan for the end of it. But evidently, some of the audio didn’t come out too well, so he decided to come down the next week and catch us again to pick up the content needed to fill out the show.

Except, we weren’t there, because we were playing Amigo’s.

We got a text from him, asking where we were, an explained the situation, and a few minutes later, in he walked.

The best part is Lorenzo managed to record a good portion of our set at Amigo’s that night, and put that together with the material he got from our busking sets the week before – and the stuff from Amigo’s is pretty amazing. The crowd reaction alone was some that, as a musician, I’ve never experienced. People really enjoyed the show, an we had a great time playing.

Masked up for busking in Portland, Maine.

Beyond that, it’s the only live material that we’ve gotten recorded to date.

Bottom line, it’s well worth a listen.