California punk label La Escalera Records has announced the full lineup for the 2017 edition of its annual festival, set to take place in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14-16. Bands include Hoist The Colors, Civil War Rust, Problem Daughter, The Bombpops, The Shell Corporation, and more.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
La Escalera Fest, the annual punk festival in Mexico, will be celebrating its 6th year from April 14-16 in San Diego and in Tijuana. The lineup will include Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Bombpops, Western Settings, Civil War Rust, and more. You can find the full lineup below, and more information about the dates, locations and tickets here.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The organizers of This Is My Fest have released a free sampler compilation featuring previously unreleased songs from bands like Civil War Rust, The Lucky Eejits, and Crab Legs, as well as tracks by Get Dead, Dan Potthast , Heartsounds & more.
Featuring 40 bands in total, This Is My Fest will take place in Oakland, CA from September 15th-18th. For more info and tickets, check out the festival’s website.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 3:37 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The first round of bands playing the 2016 edition of Oakland, CA’s This Is My Fest has been announced. A few bands currently on the 4-day punk festival’s lineup include Civil War Rust, The Shell Corporation, Heartsounds, and Great Apes. Check out the full list below.
Featuring 40 bands in total, This Is My Fest will take place at 4 different local venues from September 15th-18th. More info and tickets are available on the festival’s official website.
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM (PST) by milhouse
This past St. Patrick’s Day I woke up with images of green beer and boiled meats that would be in my near future. The day had finally arrived where we are all just a little bit Irish, and for some reason we choose to celebrate in sometimes the worst fashion. Not this year though, as DNA Lounge was hosting a killer night of punk rock in their intimate, upstairs venue.
Up first to the stage was The Dialetics who hail from Santa Rosa and have a classic punk rock sound with a touch of DEVO and surf. The band recently released their newest album “Through The Wall” last week and pretty much covered the entire EP during their set. You can have a listen here.
Civil War Rust is one of those bands one their way to become a household name. These guys are relentlessly touring, and drawing bigger crowds at each show. It’s gritty, it’s melodic, it’ll make you get off your seat and dance around. Hell, you can even join the band on stage if you know the words. The band’s latest release, “Help Wanted” came out this past November.
I thought I had seen Tartar Control before, but I guess I was wrong because the set that fans were treated to was something I had never witnessed before, and which you could never forget. The band consists of two Mormon missionaries and a robot who supplies the beat as well as some witty comments. Vocalist Robert Selander is all over the place – at times calm and seated as if at church, while the next moment he’s doing handstands and running around the crowd, sticking his fingers in people’s mouths checking if they’ve recently brushed their teeth. Their name is, by the way, Tartar Control. I think the photos of these guys paint the picture fairly accurately.
Headliners for the night were Druglords of The Avenues, which features Swingin’ Utters vocalist Johnny Peebucks as frontman. If you’ve ever seen an Utters show, Peebucks is on point as always, with erratic kicks and fists in the air. This is clearly “a venture apart from its more famous Swingin’ counterpart, rather than an extension or a redundancy of it”, but there’s always that built-in fanbase, and with the same singer you’ll always hear a little something of the familiar.
Have a look at all the photos from the night’s performances below.
As always, big thanks to Barry for being so rad and having one of the best venues in the city.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:57 PM (PST) by Cyco Loco
Organizers have announced the lineup for this year’s Live 105’s BFD, which will take place on June 4th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The festival includes The Offspring (who are headlining), Bad Religion, Civil War Rust, Fitz and The Tantrums, Silversun Pickups, The Naked and Famous, Borns, Wolfmother, Jake Bugg and other acts.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11:03 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Free compilations have always been the best way to make new music discoveries in the opinion of this humble punk enthusiast. Admittedly, there are a lot of shitty ones out there but the Winter 2016 comp from Wiretap Records isn’t one of them. It skews a little indie at points but there are a lot of great up and coming punk bands on here worthy of your attention including Spanish Love Songs, Civil War Rust, UnderTipper and even Dying Scene Records act Problem Daughter, just to name a few. There’s even an acoustic cover of Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t All Right” worthy checking out.
Here’s a little note from Wiretap founder Rob Castellon about the comp:
“We started doing the Wiretap comps in 2014 as a way to help promote the bands on our roster, but also sort of test the waters on bands we were hoping to work with down the line. I still actively listen to some of the samplers/comps I received in the late 90’s/00’s and like many, learned about so many new bands from them. If you don’t find at least 5 bands on here that you get excited about… there’s something seriously wrong. Bands in all genres of punk, indie, ska, post/punk, emo, etc are doing some exciting things today.”
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Civil War Rust released Help Wanted, on November 20, 2015 through Say-10 Records. You can pick it up here.
Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4:24 PM (PST) by milhouse
I began last weekend’s string of shows Friday night with a band I had never seen before, and was extremely excited to do so – Agent Orange. The band first came into my consciousness when I started playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and the band’s famous “Bloodstains” was part of the soundtrack. Those games were as influential as Punk-O-Rama, Mailorder Is Fun, Fat comps, or any other large collection of punk, in forming my love for the music I hold so dear.
DNA Lounge owner Barry Synoground is not just a business owner, he’s also a rad dude with an affinity for good music – specifically punk. The line-up last Friday epitomized that sentiment, with local Civil War Rust opening the night to a relatively full and eager crowd. I had seen the band a couple months ago with Dying Scene’s Yankee Brutal, and was excited for another raucous night. I love bands that exude passion on their sleeve, that show the drive and energy through their live performance, and Civil War Rust is just that band. The band is touring on the heels of their latest release “Help Wanted” which just came out last November (you can listen to it here). The guys really have it all – melody, grit, drops, breaks, bridges, gang vocals, and a fan-base that isn’t afraid to get their feet moving, and keep them moving, the entire set. I’m a huge fan of these guys and look forward to seeing more success from the quartet.
Keeping the energy flowing, and the local blood playing, next to the stage was Oakland-based The Atom Age (whom DNA owner Barry is a huge fan). The band released their latest album “Hot Shame” last summer and of course played their hit song “It’s A Mess”. I first saw the band six years ago, and since then I have witnessed a true development as the guys have really come into their own. Rocky, punky, funky, with a saxophone that reverberates through the entire venue. Guitarist/vocalist Peter Niven has become somewhat of a punk heartthrob it seems, as female fans woo over his every move.
The main event had finally arrived – Agent Orange. I was so excited to see the band and as they took to stage and opened with “Miserlou”, I know I was in for one treat of a set. If you could pick a handful of albums that really defined and drove punk back in the day, and have remained influential to this day, “Living In Darkness” is one of those albums. The band knows it, and samples heavily off the 1981 release, including “Too Young To Die”, “Everything Turns Grey”, “No Such Thing”, and of course “Bloodstains” to name a few. The band is timeless and sounds just as good today as they did 35 years ago. Seeing these guys was a real treat and definitely an early highlight to the year.
Have a look at the night’s photos below.
Thank you to Barry, Peter, Alan, and everyone else who contributed to this awesome night.
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Civil War Rust most recently released Extra Virgin Olive Oi!, a collection of covers, back in February.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:39 PM (PST) by milhouse
The first Friday of October brought me to the streets of Oakland to check out Dying Scene favorites Yankee Brutal, Australia’s The Decline, and local heroes Civil War Rust at the intimate bar/venue Night Lights off Broadway. There was immense traffic due to the SF Giants game that night, so by the time I rolled up to the venue, local band/openers Drunk-Dial had just finished their set.
Sacramento’s Yankee Brutal is in the process of recording a new album, however the bulk of the band’s set was sourced from their highly-acclaimed debut album “The Everlasting Greed”. The band loves playing fast – like, as fast as they can. Sometimes this leads to some beat/rhythm problems, but the band always manages to quickly get back on point. The guys began their set with the opening track “Facedown”, and it was mayhem from the first chord. Some of my other favorites played include title track “Everlasting Greed”, “Revolt”, “Modern World”, “United Strangnant”, and more. It had been a couple years since I had seen these guys live, and it was really nice to see how they’ve progressed. The heat in the upstairs venue was now near reaching a boiling point, just in time for a set break and the opportunity for everyone to run downstairs and catch some fresh air before the Aussies took the stage.
Next up was Perth, Australia’s The Decline. This was my first time seeing these guys and it was a great performance. The band recently released their newest LP “Resister”, this past June through Pee Records, and their setlist was comprised mainly of the new tracks. “Giving Up Is A Gateway Drug”, “Camberwell Street”, and “Underworld Tour” are just some of the tracks which showcase the band’s grit yet melody. At times out of control, at times melodic and ‘poppy’, The Decline does well in blending several styles into a cohesive sound. The band even graced our eardrums with a little NOFX cover!
Civil War Rust were the headliners for the night, bringing the loud, fast-paced, energetic and sometimes frantic night of punk to an end. The fans were loving the set, and by the end of it were up on stage sharing the mic with the band. These guys represent the best things in modern punk – great breaks, ripping guitar riffs, driving bass lines, and gritty yet melodic vocals. Listen to a track like “Mayday”, and you’re convinced. The guys have a great stage presence too, not afraid to raise a guitar in the air or trash around on stage. I always appreciate bands that set the energy level for the fans. One of my highlights of the night was when the band covered one of my favorite Cock Sparrer songs “Take ‘Em All”. Colin & co. would be proud. Civil War Rust has a new album in the works, entitled “Help Wanted”. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Have a look at all of the night’s photos below. Thanks to Wesley, and the boys in Decline, for a memorable night.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM (PST) by Johnny X
This Is My Fest is a a three day/four night punk festival springing up out of Oakland on September 9th through the 13th. You can check out the lineup and snag yourself a pair of tickets right here.
To promote the festival, the organizers are offering a sampler for free download. It features great bands like Western Settings, Dead Bars, Civil War Rust and much more!
You can check it out below and I recommend you do – the Civil War Rust song is a brand new, unreleased track and it kicks ass!
To stay updated on the festival can follow their Facebook page.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM (PST) by The Torchbearer
This Is My Fest II is a a four day punk festival set to take place in Oakland/Berkeley from September 10th through 13th. The festival will feature bands like Civil War Rust, The Shell Corporation, Tartar Control, Dan Potthast, Dog Party, Western Settings, and many more.
The organizers have also released a free compilation featuring most of the bands on the bill, including new songs from Civil War Rust and Swingset Showdown. Check it out below.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
La Escalera Records will be turning 4 this year, and to celebrate the label will be throwing a birthday bash / show on May 3, 2015 at the Til Two Club in San Diego, CA.
Confirmed acts for the show include Bastards Of Young, Civil War Rust, Black Dots, Western Settings, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Caskitt, DFMK, and Dudes Night, as well as reunion performances by Vena Cava and Breaker Breaker One Niner.
More information on the event can be found here.
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:26 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Just two weeks after releasing a 2-song covers EP titled Extra Virgin Olive Oi!, Bay Area punks Civil War Rust have released a cover of John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves.” You can give it a listen below.
The band’s currently working on new full-length album, and they’re aiming for a late 2015 release. Their latest record The Fun and the Lonely was released in 2012 through All for Hope Records.