Artwork by Ariana Nicolay.
It was a chilly week in March. "Fight Dirty" had finally come out. Guignol hit the road to play a punk house, a college, and a dive bar outside of Boston. We saw Chuck Schumer in a strip-mall bookstore. And we stopped off at U-Mass Lowell's venerable radio station WUML to play a live set on-air. And guess what? We played pretty good!
So for you, we offer "Guignol: Live on WUML" for exclusively digital download at guignol.bandcamp.com (where the rest of our catalog is also streaming). 8 tracks, 30 minutes, all with a nice spit-and-polish from Danny Shatzky at good ol' Vibromonk Studios.
"Fight Dirty" is now available on CD at Interpunk.
"Guignol & Mischief Brew Fight Dirty" is finally available...on cassette (!) and digital download (the cassette comes with a download coupon, so you don't have to get both), here: The Cottage Records
I've never had a record out on cassette before. Feels kinda funny.
Guignol has two songs in the soundtrack for "Con Artist,", a "docu-comedy" about 80s art star Mark Kostabi. Showing all fall at film festivals in Bologna, SLC, Denver, Glasgow, and more...
GUIGNOL & MISCHIEF BREW "FIGHT DIRTY" TOUR
See Shows page for details...__________________
September 2009:It has been, I admit, a very long time. But Guignol has returned, with a very special new full-length:
*** Guignol & Mischief Brew Fight Dirty ***
Artwork by Kana Philip
Guignol & Mischief Brew first collaborated on "A Liquor Never Brewed", a track from Mischief Brew's 2005 release Smash The Windows. Erik's Fistolo label released Guignol's sophomore EP Drink The Best Wine First the same year. Now, three years later, a long-planned full-length collaboration is coming to fruition: Guignol & Mischief Brew Fight Dirty is seven Mischief Brew songs with Guignol as backing band; six Guignol songs with Erik on guitar; a Django Reinhardt cover, and a barn-burning take on Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be They Name" (with Slavic Soul Party's Ben Holmes on trumpet). THIS IS NOT A SPLIT! It's Guignol & Mischief Brew playing together as a five-piece band. It's apotheosis anthems for the carnies, the travellers, the gypsies, jazzmen, and lowlifes; singing Turkish-flavored reveries, odes to tax evasion, dirty tricks, and mob revolution; cumbia carols, sludge-metal reels, and a funeral march at a flooded bar.
See photos from the rehearsals and sessions for Fight Dirty here...
Guignol & Mischief Brew will be doing shows together on the East Coast December 16-20, more news TBA.-----------------------------------------
January 2007: Did you hear us on the last episode of the last "Real World"? Yup. And we'll be playing on the awesome Golden Fest on Saturday 1/13 at 12:45 am. Which I guess is technically Sunday.
June 2006: Not a lot of Guignol activity recently - busy time for people's other bands. But we'll be at Narrows Center in Fall River August 17. And John's playing with Antony & the Johnsons!
Check us out in the November 2005 issue of British Elle:
NYC gypsy-punk is "Elle Need To Know" material.
Also this article in The Brooklynite
The Guignol/Nanuchka split "Drink The Best Wine First"
is now available, at shows, by emailing us here, or
for download at Interpunk.
The Mehanata "New York Gypsymania" 2-disc compilation
is out, featuring Guignol as well as Gogol Bordello,
Balkan Beat Box, Luminescent Orchestrii, Yuri Yunakov,
and many, many more. Buy it from us...
Guignol in the NYTimes! Check out Ben Sisario's
article and Nina Roberts' photo essay "Rise of the
Gypsy Punkers" from the July 7 Arts cover.
Guignol in London Times! Guignol was featured in a
Times of London story on the NYC gypsy-music scene
. Read it online here or check out the
scan with pictures of Franz and the Hungry March Band.
We are pleased to announce that Guignol will be
writing the soundtrack to the film "Showman: The Life
and Times of Ward Hall", a documentary about the life
of the famous sideshow pioneer.
Check out the trailer
Footage from the last King Gypsy Rocker Massive at the
Knitting Factory is currently the American
representative on the Sony Japan World Event Village
"Salt Chunk Mary Fight Song" will be showing up on the "Russia episode" of the MTV show "Wild Boyz" How about that...
And, course, many shows...