Ken Dirschl

Ken Dirschl

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‘Plan For Conquest’ is currently playlisted on 20 campus radio stations across Canada, and the single ‘Some Men’ is receiving airplay on a dozen commercial stations. The word is out: Ken Dirschl delivers the goods on his accomplished debut album and at his compelling live performances.

Biography

Armed with a ‘Plan for Conquest’ singer/songwriter Ken Dirschl is taking his brand of earth-flavoured rock’n’roll to the world. Conceived in a Quebec cottage and recorded at home in Toronto in a roof-top “tar-paper shack”, the former front man of maverick Toronto rock group Gasoline has spent the last two years concocting the powerful anthems that occupy the sonic landscape of his first solo album, ‘Plan for Conquest’. Moving effortlessly from bittersweet ballad to inspired epic to straight-ahead rocker, Dirschl’s voice travels gracefully over the terrain, morphing chameleon-like from scene to scene.

Working with legendary producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Ashley MacIsaac, Spirit of the West, Rheostatics) who provided drums and mixing duties, Dirschl covered the remaining musical bases himself; recording, singing and playing all the parts that make up the whole of this remarkable album. Although various styles abound, country and blues influences are predominant throughout, and have prompted comparisons to artists such as Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Blue Rodeo.

Prior to the creation of ‘Plan for Conquest’, Dirschl honed his musical talents with Gasoline for six years, touring on their own and opening for established acts like The Tea Party, The Headstones, Junkhouse and Jeff Healey. After the band’s demise in ’97, Dirschl maintained a steady pace, playing solo shows and writing and recording constantly for another year, before finally deciding he was in need of a break. Unable to deny his passion for long, however, Dirschl began assembling equipment and sketching out the ideas for a ‘do-it-yourself’ album that ultimately became ‘Plan for Conquest’.

After the lengthy recording and mixing process was completed, renowned Juno-award winning graphic artist Antoine Moonen (The Tea Party, David Usher, Econoline Crush, Killjoys) added his contribution, helping Dirschl package his musical compilation with an impressive design that represents the various themes of the songs

Now with finished product in hand and a steadily-growing loyal fan base behind him, Ken Dirschl is ready to take ‘Plan for Conquest’ out of the woodshed and into the world.

Lyrics

Some Men

Written By: Ken Dirschl

Some men like to haggle
Some men like to crawl
Some men like to feel the weight of their back against the wall.

Some men like the battle
Some men like the win
Some men like to roll with the punches and take it on the chin.

Some men get you laughing
Some men keep you on your toes
But I don’t give it nothing ‘cause there’s one thing that I know
I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.

Some men read the Bible
Some men watch the News
Some men get their kicks out of the Saturday cartoons.

Some men bring you diamonds
Some men drive fast cars
Some men wish you were a supermodel or a porno movie star.

Some men make a fortune
Some men don’t know where it goes
But that is not important ‘cause there’s one thing that I know
I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.

As a matter of fact I’m fine
I’d kind of like to take my time.

Some men want good service
Some men do as they’re told
But that don’t make me nervous ‘cause there’s one thing that I know…

I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.
I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.
I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.
I will still be standing when you’re done with all of those.

Garden Of Earthly Delight

Written By: Ken Dirschl

Every time I open my eyes I’m struck deaf, dumb and blind
Every time I climb up that mountain I come crawling down again
But every time I see your eyes I know I’ll be alright
‘Cause you’re paradise, a garden of earthly delight.

Every time I trade in my soul I get lead for gold
Every time I let love come first I get burned and burned
But every time I see your eyes I know I’ll be alright
‘Cause you’re paradise, a garden of earthly delight.

Someday maybe we’ll be facing off
‘Til then baby you’re all I have got

Now the stage is set for the world, my battle flag’s unfurled
When you’re standing in my wings I can take on anything
And every time I see your eyes I know I’ll be alright
‘Cause you’re paradise, a garden of earthly delight.

Every time I see your face I know I’ll be okay
‘Cause you’re a desert beach and I’m a castaway

Every time I get those blues she fixes up my attitude
And breaks my mood and blows those fears away

Every time I see your eyes I know I’ll be alright
‘Cause you’re paradise, a garden of earthly delight.

One Night With The Irish

Written By: Ken Dirschl

She was born in the city to die in a slum
Of bathtub Madonnas and porcelain guns
Left behind land of whom you are a daughter
But you wear their disease like a badge of honour

God in heaven what have I done?
Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run.
Mother Mercy where have I been?
One night with the Irish and I’m in love again.

I danced to your corner, we talked about art.
You had that distracted, bored kind of want.
We drank all their liquor, the best that they had.
Necked all the way home in the back of the cab.

God in heaven what have I done?
Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run.
Mother Mercy where have I been?
One night with the Irish and I’m in love again.

Those old insurrections, the body of lies
The wickedest words for the thorn in your side.
And I am caught under the spell of your eyes…

I drank from your bottle, shared your last smoke
We talked revolution, justice and hope.
I laid my soul bare on the floor of your kitchen
And I swear by the morning I’ll kick the addiction.

God in heaven what have I done?
Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run.
Mother mercy where have I been?
One night with the Irish and I’m in love again.
One night with the Irish and I’m in trouble again.

Discography

- 'Plan For Conquest': 12-song album, released 2004
- 'Some Men': single released to AC, Hot AC and Rock Radio as of January 10, 2005 - receiving light and medium rotation on ten stations so far
- 'Plan For Conquest' playlisted on 25 campus stations so far.
- 'One Night With The Irish' and 'Siamese Twins' on regular playlist at Radio IO

Set List

ONE NIGHT WITH THE IRISH
SOME MEN
SISTER LOVE
WOMAN
YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE
FADE INTO BLACK
SIAMESE TWINS
PLAN FOR CONQUEST
GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHT
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FARTHER AND FASTER
FOR REASONS UNEXPLAINED