The Ike Reilly Assassination, Brett Newski

Majestic Live Presents

The Ike Reilly Assassination

Brett Newski

Wed. March 15, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15 ADV // $18 DOS

This event is 18 and over

+$3 Under 21 surcharge collected at the door (waived with valid student ID)

The Ike Reilly Assassination
The Ike Reilly Assassination
Born On Fire is Ike Reilly’s seventh studio album with his band the Ike Reilly Assassination and his first release in over four years. Born On Fire was mostly recorded at IV Lab in Chicago, IL. Reilly’s longtime friend and Assassination guitar player Phil Karnats (Secret Machines, Polyphonic Spree) worked with Reilly and the band on production and the result is a group of rock & roll songs that would be hard to put in a specific era. Reilly said his hope for the record was that it sound like it could have been made “somewhere between 1966 and 2032.”

Songs like “Live Like We’re Dyin’” and “Two Weeks of Work” reflect the influence of John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, and the electric blues scene outta Chicago that influenced Ike and inspired him to start playing blues harp as a young boy. The title track, “Born On Fire,” is an anthem for anybody who has been put down, categorized, criticized, or told by some oppressor that they couldn’t be who they wanted to be or that they couldn’t do the things they wanted to do. It’s not so much a follow-your-dream song as it is a song that says “fuck you” to anybody who tries to bridle or limit passion in somebody else.

The songs on Born On Fire traverse R&B, punk, blues, folk, and rock & roll, with soulful singing provided by The Assassinettes, dirty Farfisa played by Barrel House Chuck, and a horn section led by sax legend Mars Williams. Rage Against The Machine and E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello appears on Born On Fire and rips a searing lead on Reilly’s rock & roll ballad, “Paradise Lane.”

The guest players certainly add color and breadth to Born On Fire, but the real soul of these songs is provided by The Assassination itself. The IRA is: drummer Dave Cottini, bassist Pete Cimbalo, guitarists Phil Karnats, and Tommy O’Donnell and Adam Krier on organ and guitar. The record has a “live” feel that only a band that has been ridden hard could pull off. Born On Firecaptures a songwriter at his best, and a band that was nimble enough to serve a diverse group of songs that would require both recklessness and finesse.

David Carr from the New York Timessaid, “Ike Reilly is a kind of natural resource, mined from the bedrock of music. All the values that make rock important to people—storytelling, melody, rage, laughter—are part and parcel of every Ike Reilly show I have ever seen. One of the best touring acts in the country, Reilly’s band takes it as a personal challenge to upend and amaze every room they play in.”

Why the long delay between albums? Well, the unfortunate loss of 15 complete Reilly recordings was certainly a setback, and an ill-fated television series featuring Ike for the AMC Network kept the band out of the studio far longer than expected. Not really common reasons for release delays but not much is really common for the former doorman and gravedigger.

The Ike Reilly Assassination is:

Phil Karnats, Dave Cottini, Pete Cimbalo, Ed Tinley, Tommy O’Donnell and Adam Krier
Brett Newski
Brett Newski
Living on four continents in five years, Brett Newski has existed on the fringe of society and avoided the “American Dream” at all costs. His story is no fairy tale. He didn’t get signed to a big label early in his career. He was not endorsed by cool guitar companies or big-time management. At age 25, he took matters into his own hands by quitting all of his part-time jobs and becoming a full-time nomad, posting up in the nooks and crannies of earth and sub-letting rooms in Vietnam, South Africa, Germany and Wisconsin to write songs and recharge between tours. Newski’s sophomore LP “Land, Air, Sea, Garage” was recorded at a surf camp in the Sri Lankan jungle, and at home in Wisconsin. The album is about diving into the world with no safety net and landing on your feet. It’s a smart indie rock n’ roll record with tongue-in-cheek moments that show parallels to Violent Femmes, Jonathan Richman, Mountain Goats, early Weezer, Frank Turner, & Elliot Smith.
Venue Information:
The Frequency
121 W. Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703