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DPR Releases Highly Anticipated "Fools and Friends" Album

DPR Releases Highly Anticipated "Fools and Friends" Album

Danny Pease and the Regulators (or DPR if you are not into the whole brevity thing), is a bit of an enigma. Their sound is SoCal reggae/ska jam rock meets Operation Ivy fueled by ganja smoke and PBR, and yet they hail from the wooded hills and valleys of Western Massachusetts, miles from the year-round beach party their sound brings to mind. They have become fixtures in the New England festival circuit and beyond, as well as playing regular shows all over the Northeast. According to bassist Jake Curran, some of their favorite gigs to play throughout the northeast include: Strangecreek, Wormtown, Western Massive (at Gateway City Arts), Hoops and Hops, and Ziontific. Their performances are high energy, lots of fun, and full of surprises, including guests and memorable covers in addition to their 3 album catalog.

Clockwise from left: Dan Pease (rhythm guitar), Jake Curran (bass), Kenn Kosiba (vocals), Jeff Katz (lead guitar), Joe Grenier (drums & percussion), Luis "Phaze" Perez (vocals) 

Clockwise from left: Dan Pease (rhythm guitar), Jake Curran (bass), Kenn Kosiba (vocals), Jeff Katz (lead guitar), Joe Grenier (drums & percussion), Luis "Phaze" Perez (vocals) 

On September 3rd, DPR is releasing the long awaited “Fools and Friends” album, the fourth full length LP, hits the streets, and the group’s undeniable chemistry shines through in a truly new and fantastic way. This album is very fun, and consists of “party music” according to vocalist Kenn Kosiba. The album has a lot of new wave influences, and most of it started out with the guys jamming together as a band. “We didn’t try to write anything to fit any type of sound”, according to Katz, who is constantly buying new pedals and guitars and experimenting with new things. According to the band, “most songs started with [him] just fooling around.” This makes for a very interesting album, full of exciting sound effects that we have never before heard from DPR.

The album also consists of a lot of collaborations, including ska legends Friendship and Stoobaca of The Hornitz, as well as keys and accordions from Brooks Milgate, who plays organ for Jeff Katz’s side project, Glenn Yonder and the Western States. The album was recorded over the last five months at Pinetrax Recording Studios in Holyoke, MA, and the band agrees that this is probably their favorite album to date. It is very representative of who DPR is now, and they are fun-loving party guys that know how to show you a good time! According to Ken Kosiba, “DPR is just as angry and political as ever, we’re just also having a blast partying while the world burns.”

DPR's "Fools and Friends" - Album Art designed by: Joe Smith. Album Design: Matt Penza. Engineered and Produced By: Dave Pine at Pinetrax Recording. 

Make sure to catch DPR at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA on September 3rd for their album release party so you can get the full DPR experience! Be sure to grab the full album wherever you buy music and stream it on Spotify. There will be a special combo price at the door for the album and the show, and trust me, you want this album. As a fan of DPR since 2008, their style is only getting richer and their music is only getting better, and this album is proof of that.

 

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