T.C. Costello / Press

“To the tune of an accordion, guitar and some light chimes, you stop reading and start going on the journey with our author. From the meth labs of Indiana, to the southern US, to Russia, to the middle of the ocean you are with our songwriter. On this voyage you witness human rights abuses, lechery, theft, and homicide. You’re laughing the entire time, though. An intriguing part about this adventure is getting to see the horrific traumas that are sung about and being able to chuckle at the circumstances that surround them.”

“T.C. Costello’s cheeky Irish folk-punk is filled with energy and shout-along choruses reminiscent of the Dropkick Murphys but with a more refined vibe. Beneath the bluster is a barroom Balkan-Weimar swing like Tom Waits getting his Gogol Bordello on.”

“Described as landing in the punk rock and world music genres, Costello is rather left of field. Hew plays the accordion and little known instruments like the national instrument of Laos – the marxophone. Singing in a gravelly voice that’s an octave or two sweeter than someone like Tom Waits, the singer-songwriter plays baroque and carnival flavored songs. Costello must be winning over locals as he keeps returning to Wilmington to play.”

Brian Tucker - Star News online

“World music with a punk punch is odd enough, but when it's played on an accordion, a 1920s marxophone, or Laos' national folk instrument, the khaen, that takes things to another level.”

“Taking the Eastern-European Gypsy influence which has slowly been permeating it’s way into our current musical climate, with the lyrical bite of Jello Biafra and the silly-to-be-silly tone of The Frogs Costello crafts a bevy of unique songs on his album simply entitled “Mistakes”. If Franz Nicolay formerly of The Hold Steady got rip-roaring drunk, I would expect something of this nature to occur.”

“T.C. Costello Twenty-First Century Scum Accordion punk? Accordion punk! Costello’s cantankerous tunes are dark, dirty and humorous: See “F#!k Off, My Fellow Man”; “Yuppiemandias.””

“T.C. Costello breaks the traditional singer-songwriter mold, opting for the accordion or the khaen, an ancient bamboo instrument from Laos, as much as the guitar and eschewing traditional folk and blues styles for a diverse range of influences that includes The Dead Kennedys and centuries-old Korean love songs. Simply: There’s no one else in town remotely like him. He releases 21st Century Scum tonight”