Vancouver’s Dreadnoughts are back with its third album, Polka’s Not Dead. What is interesting about The Dreadnoughts is it actually do play polka-influenced punk rock.
Picture fast, raucous punk rock with accordion, violin and mandolin played on top of it.
The bands website states: “The Dreadnoughts aren’t just a band, they’re an advocacy group, ruthlessly promoting the idea that folk and punk music form a perfect union.”
While this is a pretty apt description, the problem is this has been done before (Flogging Molly, Real McKenzies, Gogol Bordello), but fans of this style of music will find The Dreadnoughts worth listening to.
While it isn’t unique, it is done extremely well. You can’t help but want to dance. It is just excellent party music, and the bands live show would be something else. It sounds like the band is having the times of its life playing on this album.
If you are a fan of any of the more ska-influenced punk bands, think Mad Caddies Rock the Plank, then give The Dreadnoughts a listen. You won’t be disappointed.