On the heels of a six-month world tour including 110 shows, 21 countries, and almost 50,000 miles traveled, Franz Nicolay presents his third full-length, 'Do The Struggle.' The multi-instrumentalist and former member of World/Inferno Friendship Society, Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz carnies Guignol, and who also was a touring member of agit-punks Against Me!, paired up with producer Oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter sound world to create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger. 'Do The Struggle' is 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 anthemic Pogues-meets-Arcade Fire of 'The Hearts Of Boston,' the Smithsian jukebox weepie 'Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?,' the Orson Welles-quoting pop-punk of 'Frankie Stubbs' Tears,' the gorgeous country ballad 'Take No Prisoners,' and the show-stopping orchestral march 'Joy,' which includes a setting of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova that leads into a pitch-black, album-closing lock groove. 5 stars: "Challenging, clever and more than a little unsettling... this is an album that cannot come recommended highly enough." - The Arts Desk 8/10 "Heart-warming, impassioned, and damn near essential." - Rocksound "Franz Nicolay is a grown-ass musician. He's a monster lyricist and a virtuoso showman. Like Peckinpah or Degas or Cather, Nicolay's art is near relentless - the listener is advised to be patient and pay attention. Like Jonathan Richman or David Berman, his perspective covers 360 degrees: he doesn't miss a nuance or mix a metaphor. But he's also a genius with melody, fusing together punk polkas and klezmer discos and Appalachian show tunes into something catchy and charged...It's perfect. It's close to getting The Times They Are A-Changing during the Civil Rights Movement, Orozco murals during the Mexican Revolution. Consider this a valuable document as well as one of the best albums of the year...Essential listening." - Ninebullets.net 8/10 "Epic...Each lyric sounds like it could very easily be an old proverb or taken straight out of an old sea shanty...An incredible release." - Hit The Floor Magazine 7/10 "'Stories For Society's Sinners' might be a fitting title for Franz Nicolay's collected works so far...sharp, witty lyrics...grounded in realism as convincing as early Springsteen...His complete honesty is refreshing." - AU Magazine "Nicolay's quick tongue delivers a treasure chest of tea-stained fables and faded moments...bouncing between styles and syllables with a whiplash speed." - Impose 4/5 "Sad, wild folksongs from the unconventional multitalent." - Rolling Stone Germany.
On the heels of a six-month world tour including 110 shows, 21 countries, and almost 50,000 miles traveled, Franz Nicolay presents his third full-length, 'Do The Struggle.' The multi-instrumentalist and former member of World/Inferno Friendship Society, Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz carnies Guignol, and who also was a touring member of agit-punks Against Me!, paired up with producer Oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter sound world to create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger. 'Do The Struggle' is 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 anthemic Pogues-meets-Arcade Fire of 'The Hearts Of Boston,' the Smithsian jukebox weepie 'Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?,' the Orson Welles-quoting pop-punk of 'Frankie Stubbs' Tears,' the gorgeous country ballad 'Take No Prisoners,' and the show-stopping orchestral march 'Joy,' which includes a setting of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova that leads into a pitch-black, album-closing lock groove. 5 stars: "Challenging, clever and more than a little unsettling... this is an album that cannot come recommended highly enough." - The Arts Desk 8/10 "Heart-warming, impassioned, and damn near essential." - Rocksound "Franz Nicolay is a grown-ass musician. He's a monster lyricist and a virtuoso showman. Like Peckinpah or Degas or Cather, Nicolay's art is near relentless - the listener is advised to be patient and pay attention. Like Jonathan Richman or David Berman, his perspective covers 360 degrees: he doesn't miss a nuance or mix a metaphor. But he's also a genius with melody, fusing together punk polkas and klezmer discos and Appalachian show tunes into something catchy and charged...It's perfect. It's close to getting The Times They Are A-Changing during the Civil Rights Movement, Orozco murals during the Mexican Revolution. Consider this a valuable document as well as one of the best albums of the year...Essential listening." - Ninebullets.net 8/10 "Epic...Each lyric sounds like it could very easily be an old proverb or taken straight out of an old sea shanty...An incredible release." - Hit The Floor Magazine 7/10 "'Stories For Society's Sinners' might be a fitting title for Franz Nicolay's collected works so far...sharp, witty lyrics...grounded in realism as convincing as early Springsteen...His complete honesty is refreshing." - AU Magazine "Nicolay's quick tongue delivers a treasure chest of tea-stained fables and faded moments...bouncing between styles and syllables with a whiplash speed." - Impose 4/5 "Sad, wild folksongs from the unconventional multitalent." - Rolling Stone Germany.
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Do the Struggle
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On the heels of a six-month world tour including 110 shows, 21 countries, and almost 50,000 miles traveled, Franz Nicolay presents his third full-length, 'Do The Struggle.' The multi-instrumentalist and former member of World/Inferno Friendship Society, Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz carnies Guignol, and who also was a touring member of agit-punks Against Me!, paired up with producer Oktopus, of the innovative New Jersey industrial/hip-hop group dälek, to move beyond the singer-songwriter sound world to create a dark, explosive, and cinematic opus of personal and political anger. 'Do The Struggle' is 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 anthemic Pogues-meets-Arcade Fire of 'The Hearts Of Boston,' the Smithsian jukebox weepie 'Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?,' the Orson Welles-quoting pop-punk of 'Frankie Stubbs' Tears,' the gorgeous country ballad 'Take No Prisoners,' and the show-stopping orchestral march 'Joy,' which includes a setting of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova that leads into a pitch-black, album-closing lock groove. 5 stars: "Challenging, clever and more than a little unsettling... this is an album that cannot come recommended highly enough." - The Arts Desk 8/10 "Heart-warming, impassioned, and damn near essential." - Rocksound "Franz Nicolay is a grown-ass musician. He's a monster lyricist and a virtuoso showman. Like Peckinpah or Degas or Cather, Nicolay's art is near relentless - the listener is advised to be patient and pay attention. Like Jonathan Richman or David Berman, his perspective covers 360 degrees: he doesn't miss a nuance or mix a metaphor. But he's also a genius with melody, fusing together punk polkas and klezmer discos and Appalachian show tunes into something catchy and charged...It's perfect. It's close to getting The Times They Are A-Changing during the Civil Rights Movement, Orozco murals during the Mexican Revolution. Consider this a valuable document as well as one of the best albums of the year...Essential listening." - Ninebullets.net 8/10 "Epic...Each lyric sounds like it could very easily be an old proverb or taken straight out of an old sea shanty...An incredible release." - Hit The Floor Magazine 7/10 "'Stories For Society's Sinners' might be a fitting title for Franz Nicolay's collected works so far...sharp, witty lyrics...grounded in realism as convincing as early Springsteen...His complete honesty is refreshing." - AU Magazine "Nicolay's quick tongue delivers a treasure chest of tea-stained fables and faded moments...bouncing between styles and syllables with a whiplash speed." - Impose 4/5 "Sad, wild folksongs from the unconventional multitalent." - Rolling Stone Germany.