[Cover photo credit to Jeff Crespi]

New Jersey Punk/Americana outfit Jon Caspi & The First Gun have shared their 5-song EP Raise ‘Em High! & Other Delights, via Fake Chapter Records. The EP includes the new version of their barroom sing-along song, “Raise ‘Em High!”, featuring Jesse Malin on vocals, and Dez Cadena (Black Flag, The Misfits) on guitar.

The single was released last month alongside a special-made beer of the same name by New Jersey’s Alternate Ending Beer Co, which the mayor of Aberdeen, NJ made the official beer of Aberdeen Day.

“Raise ‘Em High!” was originally released almost a decade ago on the band’s 2013 album Sucker, and became a staple of their live shows. A couple of years ago, WFMU DJ, Jonesey (Sundays from 12-3pm), chose “Raise ‘Em High!” as his official 2pm toast song which prompted a large Facebook group where people post selfies of themselves toasting each other to the song.

One of Jonesey’s listeners just so happened to be rock singer-songwriter, Jesse Malin. In 2017, Dez Cadena became a fan and friend of the band, soon joining them on tour and in the studio recording new material.