Barsuk Records is proud to reissue Rocky Votolato’s classic 2006 album Makers on August 19th. This 10th Anniversary reissue marks the first time Barsuk has released the album on LP format, and the first time it’s been pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl with a newly designed gatefold sleeve. In celebration of the anniversary, Votolato is announcing a nationwide tour in which he’ll play Makers in its entirety.
Over the course of the last 15 years, Rocky Votolato has produced some of the most powerful music to come out of Seattle, an impressive canon anchored by earnest, lyrical songwriting, and delivered in a unique indie-folk-punk style that has evolved out of the Pacific Northwest music scene he was raised in. He has matured over the course of eight increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.
Makers’ title, whether it references a vague existential preoccupation or perhaps a certain brand of American whiskey, captures the mood of its 12 songs perfectly. Take half an hour in a dim room with this album at the end of a hard day, and read the lyrics while you sip your beverage of choice; it may break you down a little at first, but it will lift you up in the end.
Critical Acclaim for Rocky Votolato’s “Makers”: