I had the pleasure of travelling with the fine folks of The Overjoyed to a little festival in the east of Germany. You can read what I thought of it below.
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.
Rise Against’s new album Wolves was released on June 9th.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:47 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Memphis Punkfest has released the lineup for this year’s festival. The 5th installment of the festival will feature more than 50 bands and runs June 1-4th. The festival will take place at 8 different venues and will include a food truck metal fest, a food drive and more.
Milwaukee’s Dummerfest has announced its lineup for this year’s show. Held in June, 2017 the event will host: Off With Their Heads, Negative Approach, PEARS, Typesetter, Direct Hit!, Brokedowns, Avenues, The Copyrights, plus many more who will be announced in the coming weeks.
If you’d like to get a ticket for the show, just visit the festival’s event page for all the necessary details.
New Orleans punks PEARS have announced they will be touring Europe this summer. The tour kicks off in Denmark on July 21st and will wrap up on August 13th in Italy.
Check out the dates and locations below to see if they’re stopping near you.
PEARS’ sophomore album Green Star came out in 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11:08 AM (PST) by jaystone
America’s favorite punk rock lounge act supergroup coverband, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, brought the East Coast leg of their tour in support of their greatest hits album, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits (April 7th, Fat Wreck Chords), through Boston late last week, their first area appearance in close to seven years. The touring lineup of the Gimmes has been a bit of an ongoing, evolving thing over the years, and honestly that’s one of the things that keeps the band fun and compelling as a live act. On this particular run, founding Gimmes Spike Slawson (vocals, occasional uke hunter), Joey Cape (guitar) and Dave Raun (drums) were joined by longtime touring Gimme Scott Shiflett all but taking over his kid brother Chris’s spot on lead guitar and Bad Religion’s Jay Bentley manning Fat Mike’s bass player battle station.
The Gimmes are always a fun time, and this particular night was no exception. One could imagine a situation in which a revolving cast of punk rock characters in their third decade as a recording and touring cover band (side note: the “Denver” 7-inch came out in 1995 and that doesn’t seem real) would have the occasion to go through the proverbial motions, but that hasn’t been the case. Bentley and Shiflett especially displayed an awful lot of playful stage interplay throughout the set, the latter using the opportunity to flex his mighty, mighty lead guitar skills that obviously get overlooked in his normal role as Face To Face’s bass player for the last few decades. Spike Slawson has long since outwardly embraced the role of schticky, occasionally raunchy lounge act crooner, so much so that you sometimes lose sight of the fact that the guy can actually, really, genuinely sing to a degree that he’s made a handful of other people’s songs sound like his own. The ukulele-led rendition of Madonna’s “Crazy For You” from 2014’s Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA! is a perfect example, though it’s worth noting that Madonna didn’t actually write the song either, so at this point it’s just as much Slawson’s as hers. But I digress. Long story short, Boston can be a bit of a notoriously finicky place for punk bands to play. On this particular night, Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s haven’t put out a new studio album (Greatestest Hits notwithstanding) in three years and still headlined in front of more Bostonians at the packed-to-the-rafters 1100-ish capacity Royale nighclub than they have played for in any of their past headlining gigs here in at least a decade, and that’s a pretty awesome thing.
Masked Intruder and PEARS provided direct and opening support in that order. The crowd at Royale turned out in larger capacity for PEARS than I have ever really seen at that particular venue, notorious for their early start times (can’t keep the EDM crowd waiting…), which was inspiring for a band that’s got a more raw, aggressive, throwback punk rock sound than many of their peers. Frontman Zach Quinn performs as though he’s from a bygone era, his banshee-like wailing and shirtless, sweat-covered pacing around the stage creating the impression of a caged animal chomping at the bit to be released.
Masked Intruder seem to be a perfect fit for any lineup that includes Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s. They might have a schtick of their own going, but it’s a really, really good one. Intruder Red was not behind the drum kit on this particular run — he’s in jail, naturally — but the band seemed to miss nary a beat with Lipstick Homicide’s Luke Ferguson taking up drum duties. Masked Intruder are a fun band who seem to take their role as a “fun band” seriously, without taking themselves too seriously. Blue and Green lead most of the high energy charge, having perfected personas as pseudo-New York tough guy common street criminals, at least until roughly the set’s halfway point, when Officer Bradford gradually loosens up and strips down, at which time the whole thing has the potential to devolve completely. Again, it’s schtick, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s all very well done.
Check out our full photo gallery below, and check out upcoming Gimmes dates here.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:37 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
As if the main lineup and club show lineup of Punk Rock Bowling couldn’t get any more stacked, a new club show was just announced featuring PEARS, Direct Hit!, and Dying Scene favorites, Problem Daughter.
The show will take place at 10pm on May 27th in Las Vegas at Hogs N Heifers Saloon. The show will also serve as a benefit for Love Hope Strength Foundation.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12:50 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
New Orleans punk act PEARS recently made a record store day 7″ available as a digital release. Check out “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song” below.
PEARS’ sophomore full-length Green Star was released on April 1st through Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5:26 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
New Orleans four-piece I’m Fine have premiered a song from their upcoming album Never Knowing Best, which was recorded with James Whitten (producer of PEARS‘ Go to Prison) and PEARS guitarist Brian Pretus.
The track’s called “Burma,” and you can check it out below.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Your favorite molotov cocktail waiter, AnarchoPunk here with my Album of the Year List for 2016! For those unfamiliar with my work, I write the monthly Hidden Gems of Bandcamp piece and manage the Exclusive Premieres and sometimes, you may even hear me on DS Radio doing band interviews. On last year’s AoTY list, I cheated a little bit and included EPs. I’ve held myself to a higher standard (yuck!) in 2016 and limited my selections to LPs only. With that being said, I did include a brief list of my favorite EPs because there were so many rad short albums too. Astute readers will notice a few big names like NOFX, Blink 182 and Descendents missing from my annual list. Good observational skills! With a ton of superb younger acts filling up the ranks, it wasn’t difficult finding bands to replace some of the bigger names who released slightly disappointing albums this year and it took me awhile to whittle it down to just ten records.
So, without further fanfare, check out my Top Ten Albums of 2016 below!
Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 5:13 PM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
It seems like just yesterday I was putting together my 2015 list, but alas, here we are again at the end of another year. 2016 was a great year for new albums and it was harder than usual to put together this list, but I guess I shouldn’t complain about too much good music. Check out the soundtrack to my last rollercoaster of a year below.
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:02 AM (PST) by rick delaney
As if Belgium didn’t already offer enough festivals for the punk rock fan already, they just had to go and make at least one 2017 trip to their small nation completely unavoidable by adding yet another. Brakrock Eco Festival will be celebrating their fifth year as a festival with a truly amazing lineup. The artists announced so far include but are not limited to: 7Seconds, 88Fingers Louie, Real Mckenzies, Chixdiggit, DOA and Pears.
We think you’ll agree that the lineup is already starting to give Groezrock a run for its money. You can check out the full list of artists and get information about the festival at their official website.
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:06 AM (PST) by villagebrown
PEARS frontman Zach Quinn was a recent guest and performer on an episode of Bridge City Sessions. Shot in two separate clips, Quinn performs “Infinite Sigh”, a track off of his solo One Week Records, as well as a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”
You can watch both videos below.
The solo record was released earlier this year, with a re-release that came on November 11th.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:10 PM (PST) by GellmanB
The album was released earlier this year on Joey Cape‘s One Week Records.
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