The mateys over at Booze Cruise booked one of Europe’s most exciting festival line-ups of the year. RVIVR, The Lillingtons, Not On Tour, Timeshares, Ray Rocket, Make War and many more will all be appearing at the festival that has actual boats for venues. Hands up if you’re excited as hell right now!
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1:46 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
With Groezrock skipping an edition this year, a lot of Belgian punks are still on their knees thanking the music gods for Brakrock Ecofest. The cosy little happening has really earned it spot amongst Europe’s leading punk summer festivals, with a line-up that keeps getting more impressive year after year.
For the 2018 edition Brakrock has already announced The Lillingtons, Satanic Surfers, The Flatliners, The Lawrence Arms, D.R.I, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Authority Zero, The Queers, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Venerea, This Is A Standoff, The Bombpops, Mute and Adhesive… and there’s still 12 more names to follow!
Brakrock takes place on the 3rd and 4th of August 2018 in the beautiful town of Duffel. Head down below for a nice overview of the full line-up.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:07 PM (PST) by jimmygord
Fest week is finally here and I’m pretty much beside myself. All of my exhaustive preparation (that I discussed in a previous article) is coming to fruition. Although I’ve never attended The Fest, so I could be completely unprepared for the debauchery that is likely to ensue, I feel that I’ve given myself a good chance to survive. After months of research, hours of listening, and a proprietary winnowing process that I’m not at liberty to discuss, I’ve narrowed my must-see bands down to the 10 you see below. Who’s on your list?
1. Sinai Vessel: Stumbled upon these guys when I was doing my FEST research. Reviewed Brokenlegged for DS. It’s one of my top albums of 2017. I can’t wait to hear it live. Friday. 10:30pm. Rockey’s.
2. Hum: My only fear on this one is that it’s going to be super crowded. I hope I’m wrong. I’ve seen HUM a few times. They are an old Favorite. I’m amped to hear anything off of Downward is Heavenward, especially The Inuit Promise. Saturday. 12:30am. 8 Seconds.
3. Tartar Control: First heard of these guys off of one of The FEST comps. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I grew up on irreverent punk like The Dead Milkmen and King Missile, and these guys have taken the torch and run with it. Their shtick is like Book of Mormon meets PeeWee’s Playhouse on an acid trip. Friday. 8:20pm. The Wooly.
4. Grade: Hadn’t thought about these guys in years. Got into them around 2000 in the Emo/Screamo heyday. After revisiting their catalog, I am super amped to see them live. This reunion is a can’t miss. Saturday. 5:00pm. 8 Seconds.
5. Typesetter: Caught Typesetter opening for Against Me, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I’m really rooting for these guys. They are amazing musicians writing amazing songs. They bring it live and they seem to be playing 200 shows a year. That kind of work ethic will pay off for them! Friday. 11:20pm. Rockey’s.
6. The Dirty Nil: Don’t call them punk rock, it’s just rock. I missed these guys at Riot Fest and I’ve regretted it ever since. Some tough conflicts in this timeframe, but I’m determined to correct my past mistakes and catch the whole set. These guys stumbled out of the same garage as The Replacements and their revved-up guitar attack will be perfect to jump start your day. Saturday. 2:10pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.
7. The Lillingtons: I’m a huge fan of Kody Templeman’s work in Teenage Bottlerocket. And if you like TB, you’ll like The Lillingtons. The new record got five stars from DS and I can’t wait to hear that stuff. But they have to play All I Hear is Static!!! Friday. 12:50am. 8 Seconds.
8. Superchunk: I go way back with these guys. Seen them probably 10 times. The last time I saw them was at Riot Fest and they were one of the strongest sets that year. I’m expecting them to close out the main stage in epic style. Sunday. 8:00pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.
9. Iron Chic: I backed into these guys in a bizarre way. Got into RVIVR after catching them in DC. Then looked into Latterman. Started listening to IC to prep for The FEST and I’m like “these guys sound a lot like Latterman.” There’s good reason for that as IC lead Phil Douglas was in LM. Long story short, they’re a can’t miss. Sunday. 6:40pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.
10. Extinction AD: A person cannot live on Indie, Shoegaze and Emo alone. Every once in a while you need some metal. Where have these guys been!! They’re like the second coming of Iron Maiden crossed with Pantera!!! I will not miss this set even if I end up getting taken out on a stretcher. Saturday. 6:50pm. 8 Seconds.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2:33 PM (PST) by jimmygord
I have to admit something, and it’s not easy. I’m addicted to preparing for The Fest. A cure might be hopeless but I’m hoping that my story can help other like me – first time Fest goers looking for answers to some of the weekend’s logistical questions.
First things first. Lock down your tickets. Then I would suggest locking down your accommodations. The more I deal with the fest, the people, the website, the more I realize that it is meticulously organized and curated. More on that later, but I suggest that people stay in the hotels dedicated to the fest. The Holiday Inn is supposedly located right in the middle of the action. The whole thing is booked by Fest attendees and will thus be an absolute free-for-all during the entire event. I’m not sure I can handle that type of commitment. I booked at the Wyndham. Another Fest hotel that is supposedly a little more chill. Once again I have no frame of reference on this and we shall see. I should also mention that the Holiday Inn has some kind of Flea Market thing happening. I’ve got it pictured where venders and bands can sell merch and other trinkets that would appeal to Fest-goers. Once again, I’m not sure about this. Pure conjecture at this point.
Band Prep: Right now I’m in band-prep stage. You might want to follow my lead on this as it will help you get a handle on the 350 plus bands that are playing The Fest. I was hoping for something a little more user-friendly from the website, but when you’ve got over 100 bands playing a day, there’s probably no “perfect way” to convey the when and where for each band. It looks like this breaks down along philosophical and/or personal-preference lines. Are you looking to stay in one spot and get the most bang for your buck? Then you will be looking at the schedule by location. If you are committed to catching at least a piece of some of the bands on your wish list, then you can break the schedule down by date and time. At this point, I found that I could no longer work with the website, I needed to get some micro-organization going. So I copied the time and date schedules and dropped them into an excel spreadsheet. I broke them up with a tab for each day. I found with a little tinkering you can get the day’s entire schedule in chronological order: my choice for the best way to get a handle on what’s happening when and where.
Phew. Okay. Are you still with me? Step one was to highlight all the bands I definitely wanted to check out. I found it useful to start here and get an idea of what the skeleton of my schedule was gonna look like. I’ve got some locks as you might guess: Against Me (performing Reinventing Axl Rose), Superchunk, Smoking Popes, Hum, 88 Fingers Louie, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Movielife, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, The Bigger Empty; you get the idea. I had a lot of other bands that I wanted to check as well, and I really want to check some of the cover shows, but I digress. Get you’re a-list, can’t-miss picks in the spreadsheet; mine are highlighted in yellow.
After the skeleton is in place, you can fill in the meat. I chose to highlight these bands in blue. I thought I knew a lot about punk music, emo, screamo, indie, etc. Maybe I do, but I’m always willing to learn more, so I made a dive into some of the bands I hadn’t heard of. Once again the spreadsheet comes in handy for this task. I use eMusic for most of my music purchases these days, so I found it most useful to check out some of the lesser-known (to me at least) bands. You can use YouTube, that would probably be better and I’ve had to resort to it a few times when the band’s music is not available on eMusic. And most of the bands are available on bandcamp as well. One thing that I’m finding as I go through the bands that are new to me: they’re all really good. I spent a day checking out bands and one after another proved to be amazing. Some of the bands I’ve been turned on to (and subsequently really want to check at The Fest): Sinai Vessel, City of Caterpillar (how did I miss these guys?), Apologies I have none, Army of Ponch, Deadaires, Tartar Control and many many more. I’ve got my b-list highlighted in blue. Once again I must tip my hat to The Fest as they obviously know their music and have assembled an amazing lineup this year. I’m thinking you could conceivably just pop into any venue and end up getting into the show happening at the time. Which would require no prep at all. Can’t have that now can we?
OK. So you’ve got your tickets, accommodations, schedule. You’re well on your way to maximum family fun at The Fest. To round out your enjoyment, definitely download the App. Take your spreadsheet and then transfer that info over to the App and it will sort your schedule by date and time. Now you are ready to go mobile! Next, you might want to check out the website. It’s loaded with goodies!! If you haven’t already, download all the Comps!! Get them in heavy rotation on your sonic delivery vehicle of choice. I’m from the old school, so I burned CDs. You might just find one of your new favorite bands in there. I had to juggle my schedule because I came across a must-see through the comp: Tartar Control. I guarantee you’ll find something in there that you might have missed. Hidden gems.
If you are insane like me, you can start planning your wardrobe, but you might not be that hardcore. I just can’t decide if it makes sense to represent for your favorite bands at the fest, or to bust obscure band Ts to give you more street cred. I could go on for days on this subject. Don’t forget your swimsuit!! There are pool parties happening at both the Wyndham and Holiday Inn. I’m guessing that will be a sight to behold.
I really could keep going and drive this whole preparation thing right into the ground, but I think I’ve already lost most of you, so to those who stayed til the end. I’ll see you on Sunday night. Teen Agers and Tiltwheel are my choices to close things out. Let’s get together and toast the fact that we survived. Cheers.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM (PST) by Operation Rescue
11 years is a long time in the music industry. For many bands, it is an entire lifetime, but for The Lillingtons it was just an opportunity to gather strength. For years, The Lillingtons flew just beneath the general radar with a rabid cult-following…until now. Stella Sapiente sees the band gather their acolytes in a campaign for hearts, minds, souls and the domination of the earth.
The dark and otherworldly echoes of “Golden Dawn/Knights Templar” open the album, with lush guitars reverberating into the shadows: equal parts dark ritual and signals from another world. Vocalist and guitarist Kody Templeman paints an aural picture of mystery, that bleeds seamlessly into “Insect Nightmares’. Buzzsaw crunch gives way to a dueling guitar riff Ronnie James Dio would solemnly flash an approving pair of horns at.
The retro vibe continues with “Night Visions”. Deep chorus effects evoke a dark-wave feel, while the gothic horror of the lyric “recurring nightmares cloud my mind, eradication of mankind” weave a Lovecraftian atmosphere of intrigue and foreboding. The band then powers into “K6” and “Zodiac”, more up-tempo, driving tracks. “Pursuit of Pleasure” has one of the most fun choruses I have heard in a while: simple and inescapable like a black hole.
“London Fog” opens with a riff and tone that evoke The Misfits “London Dungeon” with reverence, without feeling like a lift. “Cult of Dagon” is a dis-harmonic, synth powered acid trip followed by “Villagers” and “The Walker”: tracks that maintain the macabre atmosphere while revving the intensity and beats per minute back up. “They Live” shows the band at its absolute best: galloping drums leading scorching guitars in a harmonic race into the unknown. Dual guitars rip into leads that would bring Thin Lizzy to tears. The album closes with the same speed and strength with punk rock/80’s metal hybrid “Drawing Down the Star”, then fades out enigmatically.
Just from the opening riffs of Stella Sapiente, you quickly appreciate the band’s evolution as musicians from their Ramones-core origins. Effects are used to establish mood and emphasize the music brilliantly. The album radiates a dark, mysterious energy while keeping the speed and seriousness of The Too Late Show. This record may be The Lillingtons crowning achievement to date: showcasing a band at the peak of its songwriting ability pushing its own boundaries. This record isn’t a reinvention, its an evolution. My only real complaint is the length: like a dream, the record is over before you’re ready to wake up.
Stella Sapiente is available now through Fat Wreck Chords.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:24 PM (PST) by steve_kingston
Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons premiered their new album “Stella Sapiente” on Uproxx.com. The album is the band’s first full length release in 11 years! Back in 2001 the band broke up but came back in 2006 and released “The Too Late Show”, then all went quiet again until this year. Previous releases have been about horror B-Movies, spies and sci-fi; “Stella Sapiente” covers topics such as the Illuminati, secret societies, the occult, conspiracy theories, and astrology. Give it a listen below.
The album will be released on October 13th via Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Holy shredders Batman, The Lillingtons just dropped a brand new track! ‘Zodiac’ is the second single of the band’s up and coming Fat Wreck Chords debut ‘Stella Sapiente’. That one won’t be out until the 13th of October, but all you impatient punks can head over here for a pre-order.
Check out ‘Zodiac’ below.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:25 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
We’ve gone way too long without The Lillingtons. Reason enough for the band to spoil us a little bit. The guys just announced a brand new album called ‘Stella Sapiente’, out October 13th via Fat Wreck Chords. (Holy hell right?) Pre-order for that one can be found here.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting a brand new shredder called ‘Insect Nightmares‘. Have a listen below NOW.
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:42 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Head over here to grab tickets.
Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:51 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 4:21 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
These guys are legendary, and their signing to Fat Wreck is well deserved and very cool news. If you can’t wait for more Lillingtons, check out a stream of Project 313 below.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:08 PM (PST) by Daron
The new EP, their first release in 11 years, will see a digital release on this Friday, June 2nd, and the 7″ will be out on June 9th from our glorious comrades at Red Scare Industries.
Check out the video at Riotfest!
Okay. Look. I said if you should only watch one video today, that it be this one. Then I said you should watch the new Hot Water Music video too. Well. Watch this one too. And you know what? I’m not sorry. Watch them all. You owe it to yourself.
See? Don’t you feel better? I thought so.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:38 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
“Rubber Room” is taken from the band’s upcoming EP “Project 313,” set to release on June 9 via Red Scare Industries. This will be their first new release since 2006’s The Too Late Show.
Our stalwart comrades at Red Scare Industries have plenty going on lately.
If you haven’t heard, Nothington put out their new album, “In the End” in February, and everyone (including myself, and I’m a pretty cool dude, just ask my high school English teacher) thinks it’s great. It’s easily one of my favorites in years.
Red Scare also released a 7″ for the single “Cobblestones” from the new album for Record Store Day. They still have some copies left at the Red Scare webstore.
Speaking of buying rad music that your brain needs, Red Scare has unfurled their mighty bandcamp page, where you can pre-order The Lillingtons upcoming EP, Project 313. It’s their first release in 11 years and is due out in June. The teaser has me.. teased. Check it out below.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:25 PM (PST) by jaystone
Awwwwwwe yeah, boys and girls! New music from The Lillingtons is finally (almost) here.
It’s not much to go on, but the Wyoming-based pop-punk trailblazers have unveiled a thirty-second teaser video for what is being dubbed “Project 313,” featuring a snippet of what appears to be the title track to whatever the release of the same name ends up becoming (EP, 7-inch, full-length, etc).
The only other info we learn is that Project 313, which we’re assuming is not the soundtrack to the remake of the 2006 crime drama of the same name, is due out in June 2017 on Red Scare Industries. Check out the teaser below!
The only other material The Lillingtons have released since their 2006 full-length The Too Late Show was the song “Pyramids” that was released on Red Scare’s 10th anniversary compilation.