In 2007, Dreadnaught recorded the theme song for New Hampshire Public Radio's flagship morning program, "The Exchange." The music has been a staple of NH airwaves and beyond ever since, but we've never actually released the entire track. Haven't had…
Who we are:
Bob Lord (bass), Rick Habib (drums), Justin Walton (guitar)
Where we are:
New Hampshire and Maine
When we started:
What we like:
Long beach walks, argyle, odd meters, fishing, Allen's Coffee Brandy
We played a ton of gigs and made a bunch of records and then in 2017 I think we blew a gasket or something because we released the album HARD CHARGIN', which led Relix to call us "the country’s best ‘pure’ prog-rock combo." That was nice because most people wondered why there were three tunes on the record all named "That's The Way That You Do It."
Why we make music that sounds like this:
It made sense at the time.
Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk," out on April 1, 2019
A concerto for violin featuring Vit Muzik, out in 2020
"Country-rock, avant-garde blues, prog-funk, experimental rock - any and all of these labels are accurate, yet each only begins to brush the surface of the band's style."
(All Music Guide)
"Imagine Phish after each member of the band downed seven Red Bulls. Or, King Crimson, but more intense. Or, Dream Theater, though with more fusion and jazz. Then, add them all together, hit turbo, and you might come close to the beauty that is Dreadnaught, but probably not."
"Five songs that blend dazzling musicianship and the band’s trademark sense of humour."
(DPRP's Something For The Weekend)
"Dreadnaught’s seemingly endless talents and eccentricities have not only stood the test of time, but continue to grow."
"Dreadnaught come out fighting with fuzz bass, heavy guitar, and roaring rhythms. I haven't heard this kind of fury since the glory days of 'Nucleus' era Anekdoten."
(Albums Under The Radar)
"One of the best-kept secrets of the whole U.S. progressive rock scene."
(Dutch Progressive Rock Page)
"A gentle warning, however: this EP may not be quite so enjoyable for listeners who prefer the simpler compositional aspects of progressive rock music, as it should be stressed that Dreadnaught’s deliverance of weird rock is by no means an understatement."
"A very good mess."
"The sound of terror."
"This is Art. This is the realization of a dream. This is intention and ambition married to execution and creativity... This is lights-off, lying on your bed, staring into the blackness stuff. Or something to have weird sex by. Your call."
"Talk about nuts - who else would have the stones to kick off their CD with a reference to Isaac Asimov ("R. Daneel Olivaw") by bouncing tinkling ivories over a thudding industrial beat? Or to name a song after a feisty freshwater game fish ("Northern Pike”), haul out that industrial beat and layer it over with whimsical harmonica, twangy blues guitar, and zippy strings? Gots to be Dreadnaught."
Rick Habib (drums, percussion, vocals)
Bob Lord (bass guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Justin Walton (guitars, piano, organ, keyboards, saxophone, vocals)
Chris Dow (flute on track 2, 6)
Andy Happel (violin on track 9)
Jonathan Wyman (“solo” on track 7)
And special appearance by:
A veritable shitload of analog effects pedals (all tracks)
Produced by Dreadnaught
All music and lyrics composed and arranged by Dreadnaught, except track 1 (lyrics composed by Dreadnaught, Jay Taylor, and Geoff Logsdon)
All tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, except track 4 (recorded and mixed by Chris Chase at 1130ft)
Product design and graphics by Brett Picknell
Gettin' Tight With Dreadnaught
Have A Drink With Dreadnaught
Single, 2019, Red Fez Records
LP, 2017, Red Fez Records
GETTIN' TIGHT WITH DREADNAUGHT
EP, 2015, Red Fez Records
HAVE A DRINK WITH DREADNAUGHT
EP, 2013, Red Fez Records
HIGH HEAT & CHIN MUSIC
2LP compilation, 2007, Big Balloon Music/Red Fez Records
PUCKA PUCKA WITH DREADNAUGHT
Digital EP, 2006, Red Fez Records
Only intermittently available
LIVE AT MOJO
2LP, 2005, Horizons/Comet Records (Italy)
MUSICA EN FLAGRANTE
LP, 2004, Big Balloon Music (USA) and Quixote (Europe)
Reissued in 2006 by MALS (Russia)
THE AMERICAN STANDARD
LP, 2001, Red Fez Records
Reissued in 2006 by MALS (Russia)
UNA VEZ MAS
LP, 2000, self-released
LP, 1998, self-released
Cassette, 1996, demo
Dreadnaught She Wrote
Join us on Saturday August 17 at The Press Room in Portsmouth NH for DREADNAUGHT SHE WROTE, a 1980s party featuring vintage TV theme songs, canapes, and a couple of drinks on us, why the hell not. With special guest Powermoneycake performing THE NIGHTFLY by Donald Fagen in its entirety and a cameo appearance by our old pal, comedian Juston McKinney.