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Goldfinger announce California shows with The Suicide Machines

Ska punk vets Goldfinger have just announced two shows in San Diego and Anaheim, California on August 31 and September 1. The trio will be playing with The Suicide Machines, Buck-O-Nine, and Suburban Legends. 

Goldfinger last release their album “The Knife” in 2017 on Rise Records.



Album Review: Goldfinger – “The Knife”

John Feldman took some heat for The Knife. Many referred to it as the first John Feldman and Friends album rather than the seventh Goldfinger album. Feldman, the only remaining original member of the band, is now joined by Mike Herrera of MxPx, Phil Sneed formerly of Story of the Year, and, on the album anyway but not usually in concert, Travis Barker of blink-182. That’s a hell of a super group Feldman put together following his messy breakup with original drummer Darrin Pfeiffer the year before.

Feldman does more producing these days than he does performing, and he hit the biggest-of-times producing and co-writing blink-182’s Grammy nominated California. Some have complained that the songs on The Knife sound too much like California rejects. It’s easy to imagine Feldman hanging on to drum tracks from unfinished Blink songs and deciding to use them for himself, particular on “See You Around”, a slower song which actually features Mark Hoppus singing the second verse but is otherwise the most forgettable song on the album, and “Put The Knife Away”, one of the strongest songs here, and what would have been among the strongest song on California.

Still, there are plenty of us simply happy to have a new Goldfinger album, no matter who is playing now.  A lot has changed since Goldfinger’s gritty debut-album back in 1996, so indicative of mid-90s punk, very similar to Dude Ranch, really, as far as style and production-quality goes, minus the ska-influence of course. Feldman looks exactly the same as he did in the “Here In Your Bedroom” video, though his voice twenty-one-years earlier is almost unrecognizable.

The Knife opens with “A Millions Miles”, taking off at ludicrous speed just as “Mind’s Eye” kicked off the self-titled album once upon a time.  The brief second verse morphs into an upbeat ska feel before hitting the chorus again – “Where did my life go? I just can’t hold it back no more” – followed by a barrage of whoas to take us out; at 2:05, “A Million Miles” is a great opener.

“Get What I Need” is the kind of song the Goldfinger purists are looking for – a straight-forward ska song with horns a-blasting and lyrics filled with nostalgia, drug references, and f-bombs. Later on, “Who’s Laughing Now” is another throwback representing what was so great about ska’s far-too-brief time in the mainstream sun – more horns, more breakneck lyrics, reinventing a line from a classic children’s song (“ashes, ashes, we all fall down”), heys and more whoas, and a pretty sick “This is not the end-o” breakdown.

The cover looks like a Tim Burton movie, but there’s nothing macabre about “Tijuana Sunrise”, one of the singles used to promote The Knife, a slower ska-reggae song, with a great lead-trombone line and a full horn section later on. More nostalgia-themed lyrics here, though now Feldman is focusing on the not-so-good moments, that some things aren’t as good as they used to be – “I’ve been drinking to forget just how good it was, I was drinking with you, then I’m drinking ‘til noon, now I’m drinking by myself”. “Don’t Let Me Go” is the album’s mellow song, a slow and beautiful reggae song again featuring tip-top trombone-playing and possibly Feldman’s best singing ever.

Time for some complaints, though: “Am I Deaf”, the first song released from The Knife back in 2013, sounds far too much like turn-of-the-century Good Charlotte and Sum-41, which personally I can’t stand. “Orthodontist Girl” is only a so-so song without taking into account the freakin’ weird lyrics, i.e. “with your gloves on, it’s like you’re inside me, yeah, it turns me on.” “Liftoff” isn’t a bad song, but it’s way out of place, sort of a reggae song but too overproduced to recognize as one. The lyrics are clever, though, and Nick Hexum guest sings, which is kind of cool because 311 always recorded a reggae song or two for their albums, but overall it doesn’t seem like it belongs. And speaking of lyrics, the chorus for “Say It Out Loud” contains the weakest lyrics on the album – “say it out loud right to my face”, over and over and over again – and the song in general sounds like a poor man’s version of Weezer’s“(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I want You To”, only with a terrible sax solo in the latter half.

As for the ho-hum songs – the good but not overwhelmingly fantastic – I would include “Beacon”, which has possibly the strongest lyrics but musically is, well, ho-hum, and I’d also categorize “Mila” here, a cute song about Feldman’s daughter (remember that Hello, Destiny’s bonus track was “Julian”, about his other kid). Oh and “See You Around,” too, which I earlier described as forgettable because it’s the one song I always forget about.

Still, I say if you can get over the massive lineup overhaul and get past the similarities with the last blink-182 album, this album has more highlights than lowlights. I mean, “Put The Knife Away” is about as strong a pop-punk song as I’ve heard in many, many years, and might be the strongest song on the album. I’m not sure. The Knife has several contenders.

4/5 Stars



Goldfinger release video for “A Million Miles”

California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger have released a new music video for “A Million Miles”, off their latest album “The Knife”. You can have a watch below.

“The Knife” came out in 2017 through Rise Records. It’s their first album since 2008’s “Hello Destiny”.



Fat Mike Announces “Camp Punk in Drublic” Festival with N

Nofx’s Fat Mike has announced the first edition of a new music festival. The event is called Camp Punk in Drublic and will be a three day celebration of punk rock, craft beer, and general debauchery. It will be held on the first weekend of June, from the Friday through until Sunday in Legend Valley, Thornville, OH.

Comprising the line up will be many Fat Wreck favourites plus a few other legendary punk rock bands. These will include: Nofx, Rancid, Goldfinger, Pennywise, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, Face to Face, and many more. There will also be various other attractions such as flea markets, funfairs, and camp fire stories from the likes of Jello Biafra, Eric Melvin, and Mike himself.

Fat Mike had the following to say about his new venture:

“The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong, because everything is already wrong. Punk rockers don’t really know how to camp. They know how to wear hoodies, drink, and lean on each other… 

“…Let me be clear: A rabbi, a priest and a few thousand punk rockers go camping in Ohio…Sorry, no punchline. But there will be 17 great bands, 2 mediocre bands, and 5,000 kegs of beer. What could possibly go wrong?”

If you’re interested in attending the first Camp Punk in Drublic, head over to the official website to check out all the details.



Goldfinger release “Tijuana Sunrise” video

California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger have released a new music video for “Tijuana Sunrise”, off their latest album The Knife. Check it out below.

The Knife came out in 2017 through Rise Records. It’s their first album since 2008’s Hello Destiny.



Dying Scene Radio Special Edition- Punk In Drublic Festival – Band Spotlight: Hilltop Rats and John Feldmann of Goldfinger

In this special edition of Dying Scene Radio, we sent the boys down to Orange County for the SoCal leg of Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic Festival. Luckily, they left the free beer lines long enough to meet up with Washington punks, Hilltop Rats to talk about what it’s like to be shorn by Guttermouth and the perils of working in a porno distribution warehouse, among other things. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest (although we doubt it wasn’t), Bob also managed to snag a quick interview with the always dapper Goldfinger front man, Mr. John Feldmann as he made his way to the stage! All of that and much more below, in this special episode of the official podcast of Dying Scene!



Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival Rescheduled

The Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival previously scheduled for Saturday October 14th at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA has been rescheduled for Saturday October 29th.  The reschedule is due to concern over air quality and crowd safety in Concord due to ongoing wildfires in the surrounding areas.

All tickets for the previously scheduled performance date will be honored at the rescheduled date on Sunday, October 29th. For those unable to attend the postponed date, refunds are available at the original point of purchase.

Because of artist availability, the lineup has been changed to include NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Get Dead, and more to be announced.



Goldfinger announce Midwest and West Coast dates

Goldfinger have announced a Fall tour of the Midwest and the West Coast.  A portion of the dates will be supporting NoFX and Bad Religion – the band have booked some headline shows around those gigs. The string of shows kick off September 9 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI and conclude October 15 at Booney Field in Sacramento, CA. The tour will promote  their recent album “The Knife”, out via Rise Records.

A full list of dates in below.



Goldfinger stream new album “The Knife”

Goldfinger‘s new album The Knife was released today, July 21st, through Rise Records. The album is streaming is available to stream on Spotify. Head over here to give the record a listen.

The Knife is Goldfinger’s first LP in nearly a decade, following 2008’s Hello Destiny. The band will be touring in support of the record this summer. See if they’re playing near you below.



Goldfinger stream new song “Tijuana Sunrise” from upcoming album “The Knife”

California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger have premiered another song from their upcoming album The Knife. The track’s called “Tijuana Sunrise”, and you can check it out below.

The Knife is set to release on July 21 through Rise Records. It will be the band’s first LP in nearly a decade, following 2008’s Hello Destiny.



Goldfinger announce first new album in nine years, stream new track ‘Put The Knife Away’

Wowzers! Los Angeles (ska) punk legends Goldfinger just announced their first new album in nine years. ‘The Knife’ will be out July 21 via Rise Records and you can start pre-ordering right here, right now.

The album news went accompanied by a brand new track called ‘Put The Knife Away‘. Head down below to check it out.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Musink Fest 2017 – Day Two (Costa Mesa, CA 3/18)

Travis Barker with Goldfinger

In sharp contrast to Day One’s lineup, Day Two of the SoCal tattoo convention and music festival saw an influx of emo fans who came in droves to see post-hardcore acts like The Used, Story of the Year, Glassjaw and Hell or Highwater. The drunk, overweight, geezer punks that had filled the fairgrounds the prior afternoon were now replaced with young, well coifed, (better smelling) punks of all sorts. Also included in the ‘Emo Day’ lineup was veteran ska punks Goldfinger who definitely helped to cut the angst a little. Check out all of this and more as Anarchopunk continues his coverage of Musink Fest 2017, below!



Goldfinger begin working on first album in 9 years

As of late, California ska-punk veterans Goldfinger are in the studio working on their first album in years. No further more information has been revealed, but Nick Hexum from 311 revealed on Instagram that he is doing guest vocals on the new record.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the Goldfinger record come to light. The band has not released a full-length studio album since Hello Destiny in 2008.



Travis Barker teases new music from Goldfinger, Blink 182 and Transplants

Travis Barker recently appeared on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show to talk about this year’s edition of his annual music and tattoo festival Musink. During the interview, Barker mentions he and John Feldmann recently began recording a new Goldfinger album, Blink 182 have recorded 13 new songs for a deluxe edition of California, and a Transplants covers album is on the way.

Check out the full interview below, and stay tuned for more info on these releases.



Blink-182 working on new album with John Feldmann

As of late, Blink-182 have been in the studio recording their long-awaited new album, which is expected to be released later this year. Not many details have been given, but Mark Hoppus recently posted a picture of the band on Twitter with John Feldmann from Goldfinger, which indicates that he’s the producer of the new album. Hoppus writes:

“In the studio for 14 hours today and drank so much coffee I’ll never sleep again.”

Blink’s new record will be their first with new guitarist/vocalist, Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, who joined the band following their not-so-amicable split with Tom DeLonge.