Bilgemunky Radio 154 – The P-Chuck Experience


On tonight’s Bilgemunky Radio, we were joined LIVE by none other than The Pirates Charles, who kindly offered to share their new album Conquer with us in its entirety. You can buy a digital copy of the album at, or wait a month or so for the CD!

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Pirates Charles – Liberation of the Condemned (1:25)
3. Pirates Charles – GUN (3:23) Continue reading

TONIGHT! The Pirates Charles on Bilgemunky Radio

That’s right, in honor of their brand new album Conquer, The Pirates Charles will be joining me LIVE on Bilgemunky Radio tonight. We’ll be listening to the entire album, as well as chatting about the songs, the band, and other things of piratey interest. Download your digital copy of Conquer during the broadcast, as it will be officially launched during the show!

Review: Rise

Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Pirate folk rock
Rating: PG-13
Target Audience: Pirates. If you don’t love this album, you’re a poser.

A review of The Pirates Charles’ new album Rise almost seems redundant. I mean, it’s The Pirates Charles for crike’s sake! And, as always, this album is full of “almost traditional” music akin to what pirates would have listened to if only they’d thought of it. If you’ve heard their earlier albums, then you know what I mean. And if you’ve ever seen them live, then you know it even moreso. Continue reading

After Action Report: NorCal Pirate Festival

Mid-June has come and gone, and it was my great pleasure to attend the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo. Having attended this festival each of its three years, I’d love to say that I’ve witnessed it grow into something fantastic, but in this rare case no growth was necessary – never have I seen an event so much hit the ground running as this. The 2009 season proved every bit as worthy an event as its two predecessors as the waterfront park was again converted into a full-on pirate festival for two days during Fathers’ Day weekend. Continue reading

Review: The Return of David Gale

Rating: ★★★★½

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Genre: Pirate rock/folk.
Rating: R
Target Audience: Fans of pirate-rock or rough, swaggering traditional

It wasn’t that long ago that no one had heard of The Pirates Charles – primarily in that they didn’t yet exist. And yet in only a couple short years, they quickly rose from obscurity into what is arguably one of the best known, best loved, and “truest” pirate bands around. The secret is a rare blend of the traditional and new – sea shanties mixed in with just enough rock&roll to, well, rock, but not so much as to wholly modernize their music. Of course, the icing on the cake is that The Pirates Charles both look and sound the parts of true scallywags – an important factor in the evolution from sea songs to pirate songs. Continue reading

The Pirates Charles on the Radio…

Fun video, but Capt. Diggity looks entirely uncomfortable. I think the poor bloke has demonstrated that he would never have survived aboard a real pirate ship – I’m certain he pulled several muscles during this performance while restraining himself from dancing and flailing his arms about. This man definitely wasn’t built for cramped conditions.

The Pirates Charles on FHF 97.1 Free FM

Review: Live Scallywags

Rating: ★★★★☆
The Pirates Charles

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Genre: Pirate shanty-punk
Rating: R
Target Audience: Pirates. Drunken, brazen, shameless pirates.

Sometimes it seems as if there’s three kinds of music in this world – good music, bad music, and pirate music. The Pirates Charles’ album LIVE Scalliwaggs would entirely qualify as pirate music. Continue reading