Fear the Working Man

Fused in Manhattan's underbelly, Fear the Working Man originated with the goal of bringing family and friends together for a Rock and Roll experience. Before the first studio session ended, however, a whole new vision took form. Incorporating Rock, Blues, Psychedelic, Hip-Hop and pretty much anything/everything else, FtWM now prides itself on its diverse soundscape and progressive nature. Lyrically, you can expect anything from brokenhearted blues to politically charged satire to existential angst (typically with a surrealist twist). Sonically, you can expect anything.

When Brandon Pfeltz met Mike Perrie Jr. serving time on the chain gang in the red mountains of Maryland, the two immediately hatched a plan for escape. Mike, serving a life term for bank robbery had a family and a home, while Brandon, a free-drifting ragamuffin chained up for prostitution had a beloved dog to look after.

One cold night in October, the two escaped from their bondage by painfully gnawing away at their chains using only their teeth and made a run for the border. Eventually, the two crossed paths with legend Woody Guthrie, who in exchange for a place on their boxcar, taught them to play the guitar and make shadow puppets. After a fight erupted over a gambling debt and an empty flask of whiskey, the three parted ways. Finally making it home to his family, Mike was dismayed to find that they'd be eaten by a wild black bear. Coincidentally, Brandon soon learned that his dog, his one true love, passed away heroically slaying the bear that had ravaged Mike's wife and children. After a long mourning period filled with sad songs and sappy poetry, they decided to embark on an adventure, setting out from Schucks Road in Maryland, to find some sort of meaning in a world full of heartache. They grew beards in remembrance of their loved ones, and for years, they've made their living traveling from town to town, spreading their songs to any listener that they can, willing or not.

Southern-bred and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Angie Atkinson's music career began when her marriage ended and it seemed like it was time to do something new. Angie grew up in Mississippi, a city girl at heart who brought the country with her when she moved to New York in 2009. Angie combines her metropolitan sophistication with her grassroots realness to create an alt-prairie-pop-rock sound that is uniquely her own. Whether playing acoustically on her ukulele or with her powerhouse band of incredible musicians backing her, Angie's vocals and lyrics cut through the bull malarkey and straight to the heart. Also she looks pretty damn good in her Daisy Dukes.



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