“I never doubted that I’d get back into it at some point – I just needed a break,” explains Ten Foot Pole frontman and founding member Dennis Jagard. “Once you’ve experienced a crowd singing along to the songs you wrote, it’s hard to imagine just walking away from the chance to do it again.”
Influential SoCal punk rock staple Ten Foot Pole will be releasing their first album in ten years on Cyber Tracks in 2015. But first, they’re getting back into the swing of things by doing what they do best – perform. Their US and Canadian mini headline tour kicks off at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL on July 15th then circles around the American Midwest and Northeast concluding at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ.
“It’s too early in the process to limit or define what’s going to come out, but I think it’s safe to say that fans can expect candid, sincere, honest and outrageous lyrics matched with some aggressive music, a few well-placed stops, and generous helpings of pick slides and feedback,” describes Jagard. “I think a good song works regardless of genre, so I just try to write whatever comes to mind.” Jagard has teamed up with drummer Chris Dalley (Pulley, Implants), bassist Chris Del Rio (Implants), and guitarist Keith “DJ” Divel (Swindle, Red Devil Squadron) to help create their newest collection of punk rock sing-alongs.
Ten Foot Pole was founded in 1983 and got their start under the moniker Scared Straight releasing an album and a 7-inch. Ten Foot Pole self-released their debut album Swill in 1993, which would eventually lead to a record deal with Epitaph Records. Their discography includes six albums (Swill, Rev, Unleashed, Insider – Epitaph Records, Bad Mother Trucker – Victory Records, Subliminable Messages – Go-Kart Records), a split EP with Satanic Surfers, and numerous appearances on compilations. Past members include vocalist and Major League Baseball pitching ace Scott Radinsky and drummers Jordan Burns (Strung Out, Pulley) and Tony Palermo (Papa Roach, Pulley, Unwritten Law). Their seventh studio album will be released in 2015 via Los Angeles-based Cyber Tracks, which is owned and operated by El Hefe of NOFX and his wife Jen. Catch them on tour this summer!
July 15 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
July 16 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
July 17 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
July 18 Belle Pub – Belleville, ON
July 19 Rockaganza! Festival – Drummondville, QC
July 20 The Dover Brickhouse – Dover, NH
July 22 Bogies – Albany, NY
July 23 The Legendary Dobbs – Philadelphia, PA
July 24 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
July 25 The Grand Victory – Brooklyn, NY
July 26 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Photo by Denise Borders