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DS Exclusive: Joey Cape talks Lagwagon’s plans for Punk Rock Bowling, FEST 17 and beyond

This should come as not exactly breaking news, but this coming weekend in Las Vegas marks the twentieth installment of Punk Rock Bowling. Created by Stern Brothers of Youth Brigade fame two decades ago, the annual bacchanalian celebration of all things punk rock has grown into a much larger festival than it originally started out as. Yet somehow it has remained true to the the spirit of the scene that spawned it. It remains a must-see destination for punk rockers from not just around the country but around the world. Like, for example, Joey Cape.

The solo artist-slash-Scorpio-slash-Gimme-Gimme-slash-Lagwagon-frontman is not only pulling double duty at the event this year (he’s headlining a solo gig on Friday alongside Tim Barry – limited tickets still available here – and Lagwagon headlines the sold-out Fat Wreck Chords showcase on Saturday), but he’s been in attendance for all but a small handful of Punk Rock Bowling weekends over the last two decades. And while it’s long been a compelling event for Cape even if he’s not playing, he remembers having misgivings in the earliest years about if the concept would take off. “I’ll be honest, I remember the first year or the second year, thinking that “this isn’t going to last!” I didn’t know that it would work. I was definitely skeptical,” he explains. While Vegas has long attracted people from across all walks of life and garnered a well-earned reputation for glitz, glamour, and debauchery, there was something about the derelicts taking over and throwing a bowling party that might be too much for even Sin City to handle. “I just imagined with all those people, that I was going to enjoy (the first installment of PRB) because it was definitely going to be the first and last one of those, you know!” Cape credits not only the Stern brothers for running a great ship, but the location itself for creating a unique environment that keeps the festival working. “It’s all in one area, and it’s in Vegas, which is just the built-in best possible platform. You throw a stone in any direction and there’s a bar or something else to do that’s wild and fun. That place has always been an escape for adults; like a Disneyland for adults. So you couple that with this kind of music, and there’s the simple absurdity of it that works for people.

There are a handful of milestone events coming rapidly down the ‘pike for Lagwagon this year, although when your band has been in existence for such a long time, there are seemingly no shortage of such milestones to celebrate. The band’s highly-regarded fourth album, Double Plaidinum, somehow turned twenty last year, while its stellar – albeit shorter – follow-up Let’s Talk About Feelings reaches the same milestone this year. Once Cape and his Lagwagon cohorts return from a fairly lengthy European tour in August, there are plans in the works to hopefully celebrate both albums in a meaningful way, and to tie them into an even larger and more meaningful milestone: 2019, you see, marks Lagwagon’s thirtieth year as a band. Kinda.

Within the band, we kinda go “is it ‘88 or ‘89?” explains Cape. “There was a band in ‘88 that I wasn’t in that was the band I joined. When I joined the band (Section Eight), I started writing songs for the band, and it was enough of a revamp. I like to think (it was) ‘88, but it’s funny, the one other member that was in the band before me, Chris Flippin, The Big Bitch, prefers ‘89.” Because of the somewhat nebulous origin of the band’s initial formation, the band have blown by several milestone anniversaries in the past – their 25th anniversary roughly coincided with the Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary tour a few years back, though even that tour came around the label’s actual 26th anniversary – but whatever timeline you go by Cape and his bandmates seem to realize that this milestone is an important one. “You have anniversaries that you’re married every year, and the tenth anniversary of a marriage is a big deal, so the thirtieth anniversary of a band should be celebrated! That’s five assholes trying to get along! And they’re not even having sex!”

Some plans to celebrate the band’s coinciding milestones are still taking shape, but we do know that Lagwagon will perform Let’s Talk About Feelings in its entirety at Fest 17 in Gainesville this coming October. Album-specific shows and tours have become more of the norm for bands of all genres over the last handful of years, and while that might give one initial pause to jump into that fray, there is a special lure to events like that if they’re done the right way. “I love doing it because I think there is a historic time-stamp that coincides with the release of an album,” Cape explains. “We obviously come from a generation where sequence and the entire album matter and have their own feel. That still matters to us, being old men in a day and age where singular songs and Spotify are the norm. I think there’s something really cool about doing it with a band. It takes playing a whole record to really revisit that vibe and that feeling and that climate that the band was in.”

Stay tuned for more on Let’s Talk About Feelings and Double Plaidinum plans in the ramp-up to Lagwagon’s 30ish anniversary in 2019. And who knows..maybe we’ll even get new music before 2019 is up: it has, somehow, been four years since the release of their latest full-length, Hang, after all. “We’ll probably get back in the studio by the end of the year or the beginning of next year, so we are going to actually follow through,” says Cape. “After we made Hang, everybody agreed and said “let’s stop doing this bullshit, let’s get right back on the horse after tour.” Between touring for Hang and touring for Fat Wreck’s 25th, anniversary, that “tour” lasted for a couple years, however. Cape jokes: “we toured for like two years, and at the end of two years it’s like “alright, I’ll see you guys NEVER! I love you guys, but fuck you!!

Head below to read our full chat with the Joey Cape. We caught up over the phone on the eve of “Lagwagon Day,” and a long, winding, fun conversation ensued, ranging from details on the band’s history to tidbits about new solo material. And let us know if you’re in Vegas for PRB or Gainesville for Fest!



Album Review: Lagwagon – “Hang”

Ok, so Hang is four years old at the time of writing this but considering there was a nine year gap between this and Lagwangon’s last full length offering I think I can cut myself some slack. I started listening to these guys around the release of Hoss in 1996 and was a pretty avid fan through to Lets Talk About Feelings which came out in 1998. Those two releases (and Double Plaidinum which came between them) leaned more heavily on the melodic side of the melodic hardcore genre, with nods to their heavier, more metal infused first two albums. The band then went quiet for five years while members pursued other musical endeavors, singer Joey Cape’s new band (Bad Astronaut) taking an even poppier direction. With 2003’s Blaze, the band’s metal sound from their debut and sophomore releases (Duh 1992 and Trashed 1994) was more prevalent and the record failed to make much of an impression on me. In the intervening 15 years (fuuuuuuuck) Lets Talk About Feelings has been my go to record from Lagwagon. From that opening chugging riff on After You My Friend to the bittersweet melancholy on penultimate stormer May 16 the album is pretty much perfect all the way through.

Fast forward to 2018 and in preparation for the upcoming Menzingers / Lagwagon / Lawrence Arms show in London in August (not to mention Bad Cop Bad Cop and The Lillingtons) I’m filling in the blanks in my Lagwagon education. Resolve (2005) was written in the aftermath of the suicide of their friend and former drummer Derrick Plouride and lyrically is, understandably, influenced by that tragic event. Musically the album is a mix of melodic and heavier songs and it’s actually a really great addition to their catalogue which is quickly integrating itself into my current playlist.

Which brings me to their most recent, albeit now four year old, offering – Hang. It opens with Burden of Proof, a one-minute Joey Cape acoustic number which sees the first reference to the album’s title (“I see you hanging by your noose. Delivered, divine excuse”) of which there are several more throughout the album. As this subdued number fades out, second track Reign kicks in at breakneck speed, Cape’s vocals switching from mellow and melancholic to aggressive and angry and Lagwagon are back in style. There’s a really cool call back to a lyric in the opener (“It’s a sonnet. There’s no way to put a ribbon on it”) and the aforementioned “hanging man” so if you weren’t following the song titles you could assume the two openers were actually just one song. It’s an absolute belter and I’d love to see them open a set with these two songs back to back. I think the crowd would verily loose their shit! Made of Broken Parts starts with a super metal riff and chugs along nicely with a breakdown in the middle before further nods to the album title (“We can’t hang so we must hang. Can’t hang on so we disconnect”). Following song Cog in the Machine continues the more metallic bent and lyrical theme (machines, parts etc) and keeps the album flowing nicely. Poison in the Well is less overtly metal influenced, although does have a meandering guitar solo in the middle before returning to it’s previous fast pace. Obsolete Absolute starts with the sounds of typewriter before a rumbling bass line leads us into several minutes of an enjoyable rocking instrumental which is then joined by a spoken word narration of things which are becoming obsolete. Around two and half minutes in, the drum tempo increases and a pick slide delineates a shift in the song. Cape’s urgent vocals combine with fast tempo guitar work and it quickly turns into one of the stand out tracks on the album. We hear more about our friend “swinging…on the tree” and the spoken word narration returns to great effect, it really is an exceptional six minutes of music. Western Settlements starts with a relatively pedestrian but enjoyable chugging riff and beat before the drums and bass strip away to leave the guitar to accompany Joey Cape’s sombre vocal which comes in (“A hell of a thing. Hanging a man. Taking everything he has. And all he’ll ever have”). Then the rest of the band kick in again and we’ve got another belter on our hands. Burning Out in Style, opens with a bright vocal over a pulsing guitar and we get one of the most melodic tracks on the release. It’s a fucking corker too, exposing the mundanity and emptiness that lies beneath the shiny façade that some people portray themselves with. One More Song starts with a piano intro underneath a gentle vocal from Joey and is a poignant tribute to the much loved and sadly missed Tony Sly. It references a song Joey heard Tony working on the week before he died which becomes a metaphor for wishing he was still with us. It’s another slice of pure melodic perfection and a fitting tribute to the great man. Following song, Drag, is a reworking of one of Cape’s acoustic numbers, discussing his addiction to nicotine. It’s a little heavier than the previous two tracks without returning to the more metal sound from earlier in the album. You Know Me continues in the same musical vein, a mid tempo rocker which discusses how disconnected we are from each other despite the devices we now have that in theory could bring us closer together. Album closer In Your Wake is a bit of a blend of all the musical styles and themes from the album. It rocks along nicely then builds to a climax, only to slow down to a super poppy repeated refrain (“Inside your head”) over acoustic guitar and a slower drum beat which then itself builds, the full band kick in and we’re told “Your next to hang” over some breakneck speed classic ‘Wagon.

So there we have it, nine years in the making and four more before I actually listened to the damn thing and it’s pretty fucking special, I wish I’d pulled my finger out earlier. It has an urgency and freshness whilst still unmistakably being a Lagwagon album which should please diehard fans and win over new ones. Roll on August!

4/5 Stars



Lagwagon to perform “Let’s Talk About Feelings” at Fest 17

As part of this year’s Fest lineup, Lagwagon will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of their 1998 record “Let’s Talk About Feelings” by performing it in its entirety. You can listen to the record, as well as purchase tickets to Fest 17 or Prefest 6, below.

Thus far, Lagwagon and an array of other bands such as Dead To Me, Red City Radio, and Iron Chic have been announced as headliners, with the second wave of band announcements coming June 11.



first round of bands announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6

The first round of bands have been announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6 and for yet another year, Fest will not disappoint. The three day punk festival, now in its 17th year, takes place in over 20 venues in and around Gainesville, FL.

Lagwagon is set as a headliner and will perform “Let’s Talk About Feelings” in its entirety in honor of its 20th anniversary. Cursive, a band it took many years to get to perform at Fest, is set to perform at both Pre-Fest in Ybor and Fest. Other headliners include Piebald, Iron Chic, Dead To Me, Tim Barry, and RVIVR among many, many others.

As for breakups, Fest is set to be the final sendoff of Ontario, CAN natives Crusades. In existence since 2009, the band plans to party two last times in Gainesville, with two shows slotted in two smaller venues.

This years lineup also includes the reunion of California’s Audio Karate who are taking the stage for the first time since 2007.

You can check out the full lineup to both Pre-fest and Fest below, along with several other details.

The next wave of bands are set to be announced June 11.



Rockfest announces lineup for thirteenth edition

Canada pull out the canned beers and get ready to eat poutine three times a day. Rockfest has announced the lineup for this the thirteenth edition of the festival and it’s pretty stout. Highlighting this years lineup: Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Weezer, Lagwagon, Streetlight Manifesto and so many more it’d be an exercise in futility to list them all. If your unfamiliar with Rockfest go, now, order tickets. Two-hundred thousand punks and metal heads descend on the small picturesque town of Montebello, Québec. If you’re a fan of punk, ska or just music in general Rockfest offers an amazing experience.

For more information on the festival check out the Rockfest website here.



Lagwagon Announce Summer European Tour Dates

Legendary California punk band Lagwagon have announced a load of tour dates throughout Europe this summer. They’ll start in the UK at Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival and hit various cities throughout the continent. Notable stops include Slovenia’s Punk Rock Holiday and Italy’s Bay Fest. You can check out the full list of dates below.

Lagwagon’s latest release was their 2014 effort Hang.



Full Lineup Announced for Punk Rock Bowling 20 Club Shows (Tickets On Sale Tomorrow)

Hey! So it’s Friday afternoon, and if you live in the Northeast, hopefully you’re not underwater or without power. Regardless of where you live, hopefully you check this post out. That’s because the full lineup of Punk Rock Bowling club shows has been announced, and not only is the whole roster awesome, but tickets go on sale tomorrow!

There are a total of 17 shows spread across a variety of venues over the four day festival. There are almost too many awesome acts to mention without leaving anybody out, but featured performers include Lagwagon, Joey Cape (solo), Tim Barry, Laura Jane Grace, Darius Koski, Fishbone, 7 Seconds, The Aggrolites, Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere, Agnostic Front, Dillinger Four, and so many more. Advance tickets go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, March 3rd) at Noon Pacific (3pm Eastern), and general public tickets go on sale at 4pm Pacific (7pm Eastern). Click here for all your ticket info!



Joey Cape (Lagwagon) release live video from 350 Brewing Company

Joey Cape, frontmant of Lagwagon, now has a video out of his live performance at the 350 Brewing Company.

His last news included that he and Brian Wahlstrom will be playing a few shows across the Canadian providence of Alberta in March. The three-date run will see the Scorpios bandmates supported by Seth Anderson and Ben Sir.

Check out the video below!



A Vulture Wake (Good Riddance, Lagwagon, etc.) stream new song “Running Back Home”

Punk supergroup A Vulture Wake are streaming another song off their highly-anticipated debut album The Appropriate Level of Outrage. The track’s called “Running Back Home”, and you can check it out below.

For those who aren’t in the loop, A Vulture Wake features Chad Price of ALL and Drag The RiverLagwagon/RKL bassist Joe Raposo, Good Riddance drummer Sean Sellers, and former Authority Zero guitarist Brandon D. Landelius.

The Appropriate Level of Outrage releases on January 31st through Bird Attack Records. The album can be pre-ordered here.



Rebellion Fest 2018 line up announced

Folks in the UK have a pretty rad fest to look forward. Next year’s Rebellion Fest in Blackpool has The Exploited, Lagwagon, and Cockney Rejects headlining. Other highlights include Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Svetlanas, The Queers, UK Subs, and the Adolescents.

Check out the full line up (it’s massive!) at Rebellion’s website.



Lagwagon doing…things?

Punk rock legends Lagwagon have fans puzzled and excited all at once. The band posted a mysterious photo on their Instagram. Shortly after the mysterious message the band announced they will be joining Flogging Molly’s “Salty Dog Cruise”. Was that the big news or is it possibly a new album? A Tour? Who knows, but if the boys from Lagwagon say 2018’s going to be “Bananas” best bet something awesome is in the works.



Lagwagon hinting at plans for 2018

California punk veterans Lagwagon just posted a picture of the band members playing with their phones, with bananas on the ground, on their Facebook page. The caption reads, “Coming 2018!!! Lagwagon shit’s bananas”. This indicates that the band is either planning to release a new album or go on tour next year. We’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.

Lagwagon’s latest album Hang was released in October of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Flogging Molly announce 2018 Salty Dog Cruise

Celtic punks Flogging Molly have announced the lineup for next year’s Salty Dog Cruise, which will be sailing from April 20th to 23rd, 2018 on the Norwegian Sky to Key West and the Bahamas. Joining Flogging Molly are The Offspring, The Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, Mad Caddies, Punk Rock Karaoke, Beans on Toast and more.

Tickets are on sale now, with more information available here.

Flogging Molly last released Life Is Good, their first album in six years, last June on Vanguard Records.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Musink Fest 2017 – Day 1 (Costa Mesa CA, 3/17)

Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals

While Musink Fest may not be mentioned among the top tier festivals, the three day SoCal punk rock fest and tattoo convention (and car show!) which is the brainchild of Blink 182‘s Travis Barker, has been gaining in popularity lately with that band lineups getting better and better every Spring. This year, the festival celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with what was arguably the best overall lineup in it’s history. So good in fact, that we called in our best coyote to smuggle AnarchoPunk across the southern border into Orange County just to cover it. Check out his review and photo gallery of Day One acts NOFX, The Vandals, Lagwagon and A Wilhelm Scream below!



Lagwagon, The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and more among first wave of Pouzza Fest bands

The first batch of bands has been announced for the 2017 installment of Montreal’s Pouzza Fest, and it’s already a pretty great one. Leading the charge none other than Montreal’s adopted son Joey Cape and his pals in the almighty Lagwagon! Also announced are heavy hitters like The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Mustard Plug (performing “Evildoers Beware”), The Slackers (performing “Redlight”), Red City Radio, and more.

Pouzza Fest takes place May 19-21 in various Montreal venues. Check out the full rundown here.