Notorious Punk Singer Blag Dahlia (the Dwarves) Teams Up With Ukrainian Artists The Mad Twins On New Animated Video “Contraband”
Track Features Dexter Holland (backing vocals) and Josh Freese (drums)
‘Introducing Ralph Champagne’ — Blag’s first full-length solo record of retro Americana music with a healthy dash of outlaw country, old-school crooner and modern miscreant in the mix! The LP is out now on GREEDY and distributed by MVD.
“Dahlia explores the furthest reaches of retro outlaw country, with a little sprinkle of rockabilly added to the mix — while also exhibiting a space no too far removed from his punk roots.”- Rock Cellar Magazine
Ukraine-based sister duo the Mad Twins (known in the punk scene via their animated works for artists such as Social Distortion, NOFX and Rev Horton Heat) have teamed up with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia on an animated video for the song “Contraband” off his recent ‘Introducing Ralph Champagne’ LP.
“The work started at the same time when Russian air attacks caused blackouts in Ukraine,” says the Twins.
“Contraband” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS0jBGS23aA
“Contraband” features backing vocals by The Offspring’s Dexter Holland and drums by musician Josh Freese.
What others are saying:
“Ralph Champagne, delivers a surprisingly authentic Americana set. From Rockabilly to Western to 60’s girl group to 70’s Southern California to Salsa to Country Noir, Dahlia (Champagne) moves from genre to genre like a drunk ballerina stuck on a tilt-a-whirl. Although his musical tone may have softened, his acerbic wit and punk attitude still prevail. This album gets a NSFW warning and is definitely not suited for those who are easily offended; which is another way of saying it’s wickedly entertaining.” – The Alternate Root
“Ralph Champagne will break your heart and take your girl…”- Spin
“This record is a masterpiece and is one of Blag’s best ever works.”- Punknews
“…in the pantheon of punk rock legends.” – Punknews
Order Introducing Ralph Champagne on vinyl here: https://mvdshop.com/products/blag-dahlia-introducing-ralph-champagne-lp
Blag recently released his latest novel Highland Falls via Rare Bird Lit. The book tells the further adventures of Nina West, small-town trickster and teenage object of desire. Featuring sex, drugs, violence, more sex, ice cream, Denny’s, a funeral home, still more sex, and the only music awards show that won’t put you to sleep! Watch a teaser video here: https://youtu.be/8Vr49lSIIpQ
Order Blag Dhalia’s new novel Highland Falls (along with the vinyl audiobook) here: https://rarebirdlit.com/highland-falls-signed-by-blag-dahlia
About Ralph Champagne:
During the plague year of 2020, songwriter Dahlia and vocalist Champagne joined forces with pop producer Andy Carpenter and a cast of good-looking session players to create the Introducing Ralph Champagne LP. Running the gamut of styles from outlaw country and trucker ballads to sugary euro-pop duets, rockabilly, novelty songs, and Country Trap Remixes, the record stays fresh with repeated listening.
While the DWARVES uncompromising vision of gut level rock & roll, dazzling production, and filthy lyrics have created a unique legacy spanning over four decades, RALPH CHAMPAGNE is the new libertine on the block, trading in Dahlia’s trademark punk growl for the sultry stylings of a soul-stained lounge lizard.
See the video for “Your Girlfriend” here.
“A guy who knows how to rub some people the wrong way, some the right. A guy who doesn’t believe in musical comfort zones. A guy who is completely capable of stirring things up as well as silence an entire room. Someone who doesn’t run at the first sign of trouble. If there isn’t any trouble, the guy knows when and how to create it. Kids in punk bands, you could definitely learn a thing or two from Blag Dahlia.” – Vice
“Short of G.G. Allin, it would be hard to name a punk rock band that went further to establish a bad reputation than the Dwarves.” – All Music
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