FRANZ NICOLAY - DO THE STRUGGLE
FRANZ NICOLAY - Do The Struggle
Label/Vetrieb: Xtra Mile / Soulfood
Franz Nicolay is that multi-instrumentalist and man-about-town peddling a modern vaudeville with full-throated songs and stories shamelessly strident, stentorian and more than a little sentimental. He’s been a member of cabaret-punk circus World/Inferno Friendship Society, world’s best bar band the Hold Steady, gypsy-Balkan carnies Guignol, founded the outlaw orchestra Anti-Social Music, has been an occasional touring member of agit-punks Against Me!; and recorded or performed with everyone from Leftover Crack to Bruce Springsteen.
For his third LP ‘Do The Struggle’– out on 24th August 2012 – Nicolay worked with producer oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter soundworld to create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger, and about balancing the impulse to run away from trouble and the reality that it is the terrible things that happen to us that shape our personalities. With the help of Guignol rhythm section John Bollinger (drums) and George Rush (bass, tuba) and guests including Ezra Kire (Leftover Crack, Morning Glory), ‘Do The Struggle’ stitches together the anthemicPogues-meets-Arcade Fire of ‘The Hearts Of Boston’;the Orson Welles-quoting pop-punk of ‘Frankie Stubbs' Tears’; the gorgeous country ballad ‘Take No Prisoners’; theshowstopping orchestral march ‘Joy’and theSmithsian jukebox weepie ‘Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?’ which will be the single preceding the album release out on 30th July 2012. Currently on a worldwide tour including a month of shows along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, in Mongolia, and in Beijing; Nicolay will be making festival and headlining appearances in the UK in August.