Dirtbag Republic to release new album ‘Tear Down Your Idols’ in spring 2021
Canadian rockers Dirtbag Republic consisting of lead vocalist Sandy Hazard, guitarist Mick Wood and Mike Federici, bassist Dave Worden and drummer Ed Nijjer will be releasing their third studio album Tear Down Your Idols via Shock Records / Vanity Music Group in the spring of 2021.
Head First Entertainment‘s press release indicates (with slight edits):
“Vancouver based sleaze soaked punk rockers Dirtbag Republic will release Tear Down Your Idols in Spring of 2021.
The quartet’s third album, Tear Down Your Idols will be the first release in their new partnership with Shock Records / Vanity Music Group. The single, “Wannabees” will precede the album with a digital release on 8 January 2021.
Produced by frontman Sandy Hazard and guitarist Mick Wood at both The Woodshed and Hazmat Studios, Tear Down Your Idols was mixed by Tim Neuhaus at EarArt Music and mastered by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem, Danko Jones, Billy Talent) at HBomb Mastering and is a ten song tour de force of melodic mayhem with a strong focus on writing memorable hooks and strong melodies while staying true to their Dead Boys meets Hanoi Rocks gutter collective.
Tear Down Your Idols sees Dirtbag Republic become a quintet in the true sense of the word with permanent fixtures in the form of second guitarist, Mike Federici (Stars Unhinged), new bassist Dave Worden (previously with Young Gun) and drummer, Ed Nijjer. “The plan was to become a touring unit but 2020 got in the way,” Hazard remarks. “The band was ready to roll for live shows right when the pandemic hit but we decided to focus our downtime on writing songs for our next album instead.”
As for the album’s title, Hazard tells it like it is: “It comes from a few different angles, actually. People like to discover a band and hang onto them dearly when they are lesser known. If they suddenly blow up and become wildly popular, they get a stigma attached to them and people like to “tear them down” a notch or call them a sellout. Another instance I’ve noticed is when you see some of the classic bands from the ’80s who have had either health problems or are not regularly active live. Some of them sound like their expiration was due long ago and are just trying to milk their legacy.””
Dirtbag Republic‘s “Pandemic Blues” single: