The Figgs’ Pete Donnelly: New and Old Music

December 17th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
The Figgs

The Figgs (Pete Donnelly, center) @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/20/13

Photograph by Jason Spiro

The Figgs are rolling into town again this weekend for their annual holiday homecoming concerts at the Low Beat in Albany (Friday) and Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs (Saturday).

And if you’re looking to buy some last-minute Christmas gifts, Figgs’ bassist Pete Donnelly has got some suggestions for you…

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He’s just released a new seven-song EP, American Town, featuring the track, a heartfelt rocker that explores issues related to inequality and the American dream. “I feel like this song wrote itself, but it’s a song based in the tradition of protest songs and folk music,” says Donnelly. “I was trying to find the identity of the Americans who feel under attack — which appears to be everybody these days. We feel like we’re supposed to be in an era of progress, but sometimes it feels like we’re in an era of regression. As far as race, economy and class, there are very few people who don’t feel abandoned or under-represented in some way.”

And digging deep into the vault, Donnelly has also just re-issued Another Day on You, which was originally released in 1999 as a limited-edition cassette-only album. The newly released CD edition not only features remastered versions of the original 10-song collection, but also an additional 16 bonus recordings that he made between the years 1995-1999.

Oh, and one more thing. Here’s a special holiday gift from Donnelly to you – a free download of his 2012 Christmas song – “Merry Xmas This Year”

The Figgs are back in Nippertown this weekend for a pair of shows with Blockhouses, led by former Figg Guy Lyons. On both nights Lyon will join the Figgs to perform their 1994 album “Lo-Fi at Society High” in its entirety. They’ll be at the Low Beat in Albany at 8pm on Friday ($10 in advance) and at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Saturday ($10 at the door; $15 if under age 21).