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Nick Oliveri pushes back release date for solo album “Leave Me Alone”

Nick Oliveri ― known as the bassist for Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator,The DwarvesBL’AST!, Moistboyz and many artists ― has announced that he has pushed back the release date of his upcoming solo album Leave Me Alone, which was supposed to be released in September. The album’s release date is now October 28th through Schnitzel Records. No reason was provided for the near month-long setback.

Last month, Oliveri streamed his solo track “Human Cannonball Explodes”, which features a guest appearance by former Ween guitarist Dean Ween.



Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Dwarves and Flatfoot 56 announced for Riot Fest 10th anniversary show

Well lookie here, folks. Riot Fest’s tenth anniversary celebration seems to be a gift that keeps on giving…to native Chicagoans, anyway.

The lineup has just been announced for a new Riot Fest show, set to take place in November at the Concord Music Hall. Headlining the gig will be the one-and-only Screeching Weasel, with support from the equally legendary Dwarves and The Queers, as well as someday-legendary Flatfoot 56. This is apparently Ben Weasel and Company’s last show of the year, so jump on it. Details here.



Dexter Holland and Blag Dahlia talk shit about punk rock

The Offspring have been quite busy recently, and has just finished up a little tour with some up-and-coming bands The Vandals, Bad Religion, and Pennywise.

At their stop at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, Offspring vocalist/guitarist Dexter Holland sat down with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia to talk shop about their lives in the punk rock world.

The first installment of the two-part interview (conducted by Punk Rock Theory) can be heard below, where the guys rip on TSOL, share their mixed feelings about playing large shows, and talk about their struggles becoming famous, among other topics.

Stay tuned for part two coming in the next few days, and head here to view some live shots from the bands’ Boston tour stop.



Album Review: The Dwarves – “The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll”

Drugs, fornication, depression, disturbing descriptions of death, immolation, gore, pediphilia, devil worship. And that’s just the first three songs.

Yes, The Dwarves are back. That band of gleeful scum punks with their bleak messages of all things offensive and inane. And like a fine wine that has spoiled and turned to vinegar, The Dwarves particular mix of overtly catchy pop punk and overtly disgusting content is on full display with their newest release The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll.

I’ve been listening to The Dwarves on and off for over ten years. Ever since their 2000 release Come Clean came out on Epitaph Records and the song ‘Better Be Women’ appeared on the compilation Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 5. It was a somewhat deceitful introduction to the band. ‘Better Be Women’, while containing their now trademark mix of hardcore punk and pop sensibility, was also a silly song about making sure there would be girls at the party the narrator was attending. Picking up the album, on the other hand, with it’s anthems of rape, sodomy and murder, was a slightly more intense lyrical experience. But I’m used to The Dwarves now. And as often as I’m disgusted by them, I’m also intrigued. After all, rock & roll, and particularly punk rock & roll, was never meant to be a safe haven. Just ask The Sex Pistols.

On The Dwarves Invented… you get about half an album’s worth of angry hardcore punk and half an album’s worth of more poppy buzz saw punk. With a few of the songs, like album opener ‘Hate Rock’ straddling the line in between.

‘Hate Rock’ is, like many of the album’s tunes, a song who’s content is laid out in the title. If rock music doesn’t feature all things disgusting, The Dwarves (and guest vocalist Dexter Holland of The Offspring) don’t want anything to do with it.

A couple tracks later, ’Trailer Trash’ is a pop love song about someone falling love with a ‘nymphomatic fiend’ from a trailer park. It’s the catchiest song on the album and if not for its inventive sexuality, could easily be a song you wouldn’t bat an eye at being on the local rock radio.

‘Kings of the World’ with its opening line ‘hail you sons of satan’ is actually my favourite song on the album for its sheer razor sharp melody and killer hook in the chorus.

‘Sluts of the USA’ is another supremely catchy song about, well, being a slut of the USA. It’s got some great gang vocals by what I can only guess is a throng of blond bimbos.

‘Armageddon Party’ is about anticipated excitement at the end of everyone. It’s got another great hook in its chorus.

‘Fun To Try’ is about how fun it is to try everything, yes everything, at least once. It’s actually comparatively tame, lyrically, compared to the rest of the album. It’s sunny soundscape, with it’s Beach Boys hooks and surf guitar, make it one of the funnest songs on the album.

Elsewhere, the genuinely disturbing songs ‘Bleed Alright’, ‘Dead On the Floor’ (again, literally about finding a girl dead on the floor after a party), and ‘Get Up & Get High’ are examples of The Dwarves more straightforwardly aggressive side. In line with the kind of garage punk hardcore they were releasing at the beginning of their recording career.

The band is as good at these songs as they are at the poppy ones (although I prefer the poppier ones myself). It does however give the album a nice musical variety.

To say The Dwarves aren’t for everyone is an understatement. They’re like torture porn movies. They’re aimed at a particular audience who revel in the darkness they provide and to repel and even anger the rest of the masses is seen by the band as a compliment and a victory. But the great enigma of the band has always been that they are actually accomplished musicians with refined pop sensibilities. Which is a natural progression for a band who’s been together since the mid-80’s.

They do nothing new with Invented… but add another chapter to their scuzzy history. And while the album is typically short, with 15 songs blazing by in less than half an hour, it’s also filled with songs that will please fans. Newcomers? Well, if you like your steak rare, consider The Dwarves the equivalent of taking a bite out of a cow’s ass while it’s grazing peacefully in the fields.

4/5 Stars – Give the album a listen below and let us know what you thought of it in the comments!



Video: The Queers play “Kicked Out Of The Webelos” and “White Minority” with Blag Dahlia

It seems Richie Ramone wasn’t the only punk legend to join The Queers on stage during their recent show at The Roxy!

Felony Records has posted a sweet multi-cam video of Blag Dahlia from The Dwarves taking over on lead vocals for “Kicked Out Of The Webelos” and Black Flag’s “White Minority.”

Check the video out below.



Nick Oliveri streams solo track “Human Cannonball Explodes”

Nick Oliveri ― known as the bassist for Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator, The Dwarves, BL’AST!, Moistboyz and many artists ― is streaming the song “Human Cannonball Explodes”, taken from his upcoming solo album Leave Me Alone, which is due for release in September on Schnitzel Records. The song features a guest appearance by former Ween guitarist Dean Ween.

You can listen to “Human Cannonball Explodes” below.



The Dwarves stream new album “The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll”

The Dwarves are streaming their long-awaited new album The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll in its entirety. Head over here to give the record a listen.

The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll is set to be released on August 19th through Recess Records and Greedy Records. Pre-orders are available here.



Live video: The Dwarves full set in Long Beach

Chicago punks The Dwarves recently played a show in Long Beach, CA, and the fine folks at Felony Records were kind enough to record the band’s entire set. Check out the video below.

The set is from the band’s show with The Queers, Masked Intruder, and Atom Age, which you’re pissed you didn’t go to on July 16th at Alex’s Bar.

The Dwarves have a new album, titled, Invented Rock N’ Roll, due out next month (August 19th) on Recess Records.



OFF! announce US tour with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss

Before heading overseas to tour Europe in the fall, California hardcore punk super-group OFF! will be hitting the road for a US tour this summer! Bad Antics and Gay Kiss will be opening for them every night, and The Dwarves will also be appearing on select dates.

And I suppose it’s also worth mentioning Melvins drummer Dale Crover will be filling in for Mario Rubalcaba on this tour. You can check out full details on when and where the band will be stopping below.

OFF! released their latest full-length Wasted Years on April 8th through Vice Records. The album served as a follow-up to their 2012 self-titled record, also released on Vice.



The Dwarves push back release date for new album “The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll”

Chicago punk weirdoes The Dwarves have pushed back the release of their upcoming album The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll from July 8th to August 19th for unknown reasons (most likely delays at the pressing plant).

The good news is the album’s lead single “Trailer Trash” is still up for streaming, and you can give it a listen below.

Recess Records will handle the release of The Dwarves Invented Rock n’ Roll, which will serve as a follow-up to 2011’s The Dwarves Are Born Again. The band will be supporting the record with a west coast tour and some shows down in Australia this summer/fall.



The Dwarves announce Australian tour dates

The always interesting Chicago punk act The Dwarves have announced some tour dates in Australia this October.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

The band has an upcoming album Invented Rock N’ Roll, which is due out next month (July 8th) on Recess Records.  They are also hitting the road next month for a string of west coast shows with The QueersMasked Intruder, and The Atom Age. Check out those dates/locations here.



Videos: Dwarves, Anti-Nowhere League, and Slackers at Punk Rock Bowling 2014

Whether or not you were able to make the trip to Vegas this year for PRB, you can relive the magic by watching live videos of the performances!

Our friends over at Felony Records did an awesome job capturing many of the sets at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas. Check out videos of The Dwarves, Anti-Nowhere League, and The Slackers below!



The Dwarves stream new song off upcoming album “Invented Rock N’ Roll”

The always interesting Chicago punk act The Dwarves are now streaming a new song off their upcoming album. Listen to “Trailer Trash” below.

The song is off the band’s upcoming album Invented Rock N’ Roll, which is due out next month (July 8th) on Recess Records.

The Dwarves are also hitting the road next month for a string of west coast shows with The QueersMasked Intruder, and The Atom Age. Check out the dates/locations here.



Fat Wreck Chords hints at next signing, can you guess who it is?

So Western Addiction is making their Punk Rock Bowling debut tonight at the Beauty Bar in Las Vegas where they’ll apparently be premiering a new song during their set.  To get you fired up, singer/guitarist Jason Hall put together a PRB Spotify playlist and this is where things get interesting.  According to Fat Wreck Chords, one of the bands on the playlist has been signed to the label but Fat has yet to announce it.

Naturally, being the journalistic super sleuths we are, we’d be remiss if we were to leave this mystery unsolved.  So, we’re donning our thinking caps, firing up Spotify, plugging in our headphones and hitting the web to tackle this quandary one possibility at a time.

Check out our analysis and see if you agree with our conclusion below.



SLC Punk! sequel to begin shooting next month

It has apparently been confirmed that the long-awaited sequel to the 1998 cult favorite film SLC Punk! will begin shooting in Salt Lake City next month. According to writer/director James Meredino, the film will feature original cast members Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal and James Duval reprising their roles as Sean, Heroin Bob, Eddie and John the Mod, respectively.

Also, a big “concert scene” is slated to film on June 20th in SLC, and features appearances by Screeching Weasel and The Dwarves. More info is available here.