Jon Caspi & The First Gun Drop “Raise ‘Em High!” Featuring Jesse Malin and Dez Cadena

New Jersey punk/Americana rock outfit Jon Caspi & The First Gun shared a new version of their fan favorite barroom sing-along song, “Raise ‘Em High!”, featuring Jesse Malin on vocals, and Dez Cadena (known from Black Flag and The Misfits) on guitar. They’ve also announced a new EP titled, Raise ‘Em High! and other delights, which will feature the new “Raise ‘Em High!” and be released on October 14 via Fake Chapter Records. The single will also be coming out as a 7″ in March, 2023.

“I’m blown away by all the momentum behind the song. We originally released the first version in 2013 and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Now we have this new release with Jesse and Dez and a label and even a Raise ‘Em High! Beer with our band name on it, it’s crazy!”

“Raise ‘Em High!” was originally released almost a decade ago on the band’s 2013 album Sucker, and quickly became a staple of their live shows. A couple of years ago, legendary WFMU DJ, Jonesey (Sundays from 12-3pm), chose “Raise ‘Em High!” as his official 2pm toast song which has increased the band’s fanbase and is at the center of a large Facebook group where folks post selfies of themselves toasting each other to the song. One of Jonesey’s listeners just so happens to be legendary rock singer-songwriter, Jesse Malin.

Photo Courtesy: Jesse Malin