EXCLUSIVE: Bryan McPherson’s “Song From The Moon” is a haunting folk-punk epic

photo: EA Zimmermann

Chances are, if you’ve seen Dropkick Murphys in the past few years, you’ve seen Bryan McPherson. The singer/songwriter has been a fixture on Dropkick tours for some time now, winning over crowds with his unique take on Americana and folk-punk. His new album, Wedgewood, showcases everything he’s learned throughout the past few years, both musically and in life experiences. Take, for instance, “Song From The Moon,” a haunting, seven-and-a-half-minute stream-of-consciousness folk number that could’ve easily been the soundtrack for the Sons Of Anarchy finale. McPherson explains:

“I was sitting at a table in the apartment I was living in in Berkeley, California, when this song struck me. It just started pouring out of me. The moon was very, very full and resting on the hills in the East Bay. I remember my girlfriend was picking me up and we were going to meet friends but I had to keep writing the song so I just sat there on my phone feverishly typing it in with my thumbs. When it was done, I practically collapsed. It’s one of those sorts of tunes.

It took me two years to figure out how to perform it and to figure out what the hell it was about. I can say now that it’s about revolution.The Occupy movement was happening and I was involved in that, and studying revolutionary figures and musicians.We live in a world where everything is a copy of a copy of a copy. An illusion, a construct for social control, masking reality. It’s about the enslavement of people through religion and capitalism and it’s about your own spiritual revolution. It’s about doubt and faith and God. I didn’t write it, the moon did.”

Wedgewood comes out June 10 and can be pre-ordered here.

Catch Bryan McPherson on tour this summer with Louise Distras:

6/11 Portland, ME at Matthew’s Pub
6/12 Boston, MA at The Midway Cafe
6/13 New York, NY at The Map Room at Bowery Electric
6/14 Asbury Park, NJ at Russo Music
6/16 Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie
6/17 New Brunswick, NJ at The Court Tavern
6/18 Trenton, NJ at Mill Hill Basement
6/19 Syracuse, NY at Gorham Brothers Music
6/20 Oswego, NY at The Barn
6/24 Newport, KY at The Thompson House (Heaven Room)
6/25 Indianapolis, IN at Sabbatical
6/26 St. Ann, MO at The Waiting Room
6/27 Chicago, IL at Reggies
6/29 Laramie, WY at Gusty Gully
6/30 Fort Collins, CO at The Forge Pub
7/1 Salt Lake City, UT at The Garage
7/2 Colfax, CA at The Colfax Theater
7/3 Santa Cruz, CA at The Crepe Place
7/5 Oakland, CA at The Nightlight