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The Adicts release video for “Fucked Up World”

English punk legends The Adicts have released a music video for “Fucked Up World”, which can be viewed below.

“Fucked Up World” is taken from the band’s latest alum And IT Was So!, which was released last November via Nuclear Blast Records.



The Adicts Stream Video “Picture the Scene”

Legendary British punk band The Adicts are streaming their latest video for a tune called “Picture the Scene”. It will feature on a forthcoming record titled, And It Was So! which is due for release on November 17 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be the first the band release on the label, their previous effort being the 2012 effort All the Young Droogs on DC-Jam Records.

Check out “Picture the Scene” whilst you wait for the full album release, below.



The Adicts detail new album “And It Was So!”

English punk legends The Adicts have announced that their eleventh album called And It Was So! The record is due out on November 17, 2017 via Nuclear Blast in U.S. and Arising Empire in the U.K.

You can check out the album art and track list below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



The Adicts sign to Nuclear Blast, to release new album

U.K. punk legends The Adicts have signed to Nuclear Blast in U.S. and Arising Empire in the U.K. The band will release their eleventh album through both labels this Autumn, with their first single, “Picture The Scene” digitally on September 1st.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.

 



Day Three: Punk Rock Bowling 2017 (Vegas)

The day before ended in Bad Religion, one of the greatest bands the scene has to offer, continuously kicking it until they kick the bucket. And Day Three was the end of it all, the final day for the punks to don their denims and get out into the sun, to dance and sing and hug their new friends. Day Three felt like a long farewell– a little less hectic, a bit more casual, and still a helluva lot of fun.

Press and VIP lines were a breeze and I got in with no problem at all. To give the new venue credit, each day steadily improved. This is also fair time to mention everything that was happening at the fest that weren’t people with guitars, bass, and drums. Vendors packed the left side of the venue with shirts, hats, records, CDs, tote bags, wallets, necklaces, patches, stickers, with a dozen etceteras. Always a sick reminder that there is not only a cool world out there of punk stuff, but there are also people out there creating it. Doc Martens might have had the most inspired festival booth, featuring big piles of deflated beach balls up for the grabbing. By the end of the night, there were over twenty being pushed around in the pit. I’m not a big fan of Doc’s, mostly because they don’t fit my feet, but even I could admit it was a pretty sly move.

Onto the music! The first band of the day was The Quitters. I was actually pretty stoked to hear them based on the recommendation of DS lens-jockey Cricket Fox. They played first, so there was nowhere near a big crowd (and also, the festival starts a bit earlier on the last day, so you know, folks might be sleeping or something like that), but they rocked it. They played an old school kind of punk rock, stuff that is snotty and fun without being pop punk, and loud and shouty without being hardcore. Its the sort of music that if you wanted to create the original ink drop from which all of punk bled out of (ruining some fine parchment in the process), this would be at the tip of the fountain pen. A real cool blended sound of forty years of music, from Descendents to Refused. Their beats were surprisingly danceable too, as even the security guards were breaking characters and nodding along. The Quitters are awesome, check ‘em out when you get a chance.

Roadside Bombs played next. I would describe their sound as a sort of a throwback thing, like a ‘77 punk amalgam with a bit of classic rock thrown in there. It wasn’t too bad, not really my thing, but I thought they performed well. The next band, Wolfpack might get the award for most interesting bio of the weekend. I was watching them intently, mystified by what I read in the pamphlet: they’re a Melbourne not-for-profit band. Crazy, right? Looking at their bandcamp page, they say they’ve raised $26,000 for charity. Even weirder, and maybe cooler, depending on your predilections, is that the band is led from the back by the drummer. Aside from their tax status, they were pretty dope, playing a pretty riffy style of metal-infused hardcore punk.

Day Three was all about Oi! though. Cocksparrer was headlining and they wouldn’t be the only working class punks to grace the PRB stage. This was the year of street punk and oi. Lion’s Law was the first band to start playing the style in earnest and got my attention for being from one of the least oi places I can think of– France. I thought it was pretty cool, and strangely, a natural fit for the naturally surly French accent. It also made me think about how French punk has been getting more and more attention lately with the likes of Lion’s Law, Guerilla Poubelle, and Not Scientists.

And then, in a weird sort of double feature, we had another oi band playing. This was England’s Booze & Glory, and a lot of folks were here for them. I hadn’t heard of them before the festival, but street punk and oi aren’t styles I follow very closely. I’m also not afraid to admit I’m in the minority though, because from day one I saw tons of punks rocking Booze & Glory shirts. I was starting to get the vibe that these guys were the next big thing in their scene. As far as their sound goes, I mean, I’m not sure what there is to describe. They sound like a band that wears suspenders and throws back pints of lager. The real test of mettle for a band like this is in their songwriting, what they can communicate that all the other hooligans with guitars haven’t been able to do before, or to do it now in a way that’ll communicate it to a new generation. Judging from the crowd, Booze & Glory are a torchbearer for their sound. My only issue is with the placement of these two bands on the bill, while I’m sure their audience dug ‘em a lot, it all bled together for me.

As any dude who likes melodic punk bands, the occasional Dan Yemin hardcore project, and folk punk; I also inexplicably love Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, and anything else that is crusty and patches well on flannel. And that is why I was stoked to see Discharge. The originators of D-beat, true harcore pioneers, and one of the major influences to a lot of my favorite modern hardcore. For such an old fucking band, they killed it. They had tons of energy and ran through a set that felt like a machine gun peppering of shredded solos and barked declaratives. Of all the acts of Day Three, Discharge might have been the most intense to witness.

I was warned about the Adicts before I got to Vegas. I didn’t have a lot to go on, y’ know? I was told they were great live, but I never really listened to them. I mean, I’m not a big face paint guy, bands with a huge visual presence always felt weird to me, same with bands in costume. I don’t know, it’s one of those things that never really felt right. I mean, I don’t even like the Misfits– what do the Adicts have to offer?

It’s nice to be wrong.

When the confetti cleared, the Adicts were my favorite act of Day Three. This isn’t just punk rock, it’s spectacle. While watching them play and dance; throw cards, balloons, and streamers into the audience, I experienced, what I can only assume, is pure joy. My initial worry was of a band that takes themselves too seriously, who take the imagery from A Clockwork Orange and use it as a way to secure some false sense of danger, when its really just adolescent pageantry. The Adicts know exactly what they are, they embrace the silliness– and most of all– they want you to have fun. They’re a fun band that puts on a fun show. Why else would you wear a cape made of mirrors? It’s ridiculous fun. And their music works with the show they’ve crafted. It’s singalong ‘77 style punk, the kind of stuff that got me singing along without ever hearing a word before. The Adicts are amazing, a punk rock treasure that needs to be seen to be believed.

The light was waning after the Adicts wrapped up and I was left in a bit of a state of awe. I mean, what band can really follow that up?

A lot of people have mixed feelings about Pennywise, and I guess I’d count myself in that lot. I like a couple of songs, but mostly see them as the lesser of the 90s melodic hardcore bands to make it big. A little to bro-ey for me, I guess. They have a knack for songwriting though, “Fuck Authority” is ultimately a kind of dumb, almost ritual reduction of one of punk rock’s core tenets, but even I have to admit it strikes a chord. I mean, you could also say punk rock is just a dumb, almost ritual reduction of rock ‘n roll, right? They played a handful of covers in a row, “Wild in the Streets” by Circle Jerks, “Do What You Want” by Bad Religion, in which Fat Mike jumped on stage to help with vocals, and “Minor Threat” by Minor Threat. As is the expectation, they ended their set with “Bro-Hymn” and I got to hear a couple thousand woahs all in unison. Even if Pennywise wasn’t my thing, that was just a little magic.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a punk festival without a little politics mixed with catharsis. Fat Mike appeared on stage before the final set with a statue of a nude Donald Trump. He reaffirmed his beliefs that punk rock and politics are intertwined and not to be unraveled, allowing one of the Stern daughters to be the first to take a swing at the presidential effigy. The bat was shared by various band members as each broke the statue down with more and more nasty blows, batting the president’s dick off, until finally Fat Mike beheaded him. It was a fun, albeit violent sideshow in between the musical sets and a reminder of where PRB’s heart is.

The final act of the mainstage was the exclamation mark in Oi!– scene veterans Cock Sparrer took up their instruments as the air cooled and the festival marched into night. That’s one thing that bears mentioning: at night, Vegas is beautiful. The air is tolerable and the neon gives the city an otherworldly glow. At Punk Rock Bowling, it is a signal for the second half of the day for some, but for everyone in the crowd, it is an invitation to come closer. Cock Sparrer played one of the best sets I’d seen that weekend for devotees and casuals alike. The age old band came out to play old favorites and stuff off their new record Forever. As cliche as it is, they seemed like the kinda guys you’d wanna have a beer with– funny, humble, and talented old school punks. They played a host of tracks that I couldn’t help but singalong to on my first time. If I discovered anything at this Punk Rock Bowling, it might have been a new appreciation of what the best working class punk can do, bring people together and bind them in less than three minutes.

Maybe it was the beer, maybe it was because we were at the end, but this was when I started getting sentimental. I saw a crowd full of people, ages five to sixty-five, and they were singing along and dancing, smiling and laughing. I watched the song “Because You’re Young” become an affirmative anthem for generations of punks, young and old, as they looked back at the road they took in life and let their smiles broaden together. When the set ended, I was smiling too. All the denim, ink, and piercings unloaded into the streets and I saw a community. There was chatter about what they just saw, who they’re seeing next, and when they’ll fly out. Folks threw handshakes and hugs and promised to see each other next year.

A punk show, a party, a community– built from the ground up to rumble every year, to bring old and new together, to close distances– that was Punk Rock Bowling 2017.

Full slide-show below.



DS Show Review: 11th Annual Amnesia Rockfest Review (NOFX, D.R.I., The Adicts and more)

If you are unfamiliar with Amnesia Rockfest now is the time to plan for next year’s festivities.

Alex Martel was only 17 years old when he had organized the 1st edition of Rockfest back in 2005 and since then his brain-child had grown into the largest music festival in Canada and one of the biggest in North America. This year marked the 11th annual Rockfest and there are no plans of stopping now.

Rockfest focuses on punk-rock as well as hardcore and metal acts, there is usually a rap group in the mix as well. In years past Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg performed, this year it was Ice Cube that had the crowd screaming “F**k the Police” but I’ve got to say the police in Montebello seemed pretty chill to me.

This small town has a population of under 1,000 residents but for one weekend out of the year the streets are flooded with tens of thousands of punk-rockers and metal-heads alike. I had arrived just about the time that the music was beginning but first things first, had to set up camp. I actually stayed at a host family’s house and camped in their yard with nearly 50 other party-goers. Now that camp was set up, I had to venture to the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello to get my press credentials.

Media check in was a couple of miles or so away from the concert (or I guess in Canada such and such kilometers away). To get to the fest I had to ride a shuttle boat and everyone on the boat was looking at their watches because we all wanted to see Against Me! As we hit the dock which was directly behind the main stage I could hear the lyrics to “Thrash Unreal”, “If she wants to dance and drink all night…” I may have missed the first half of Laura Jane Grace and her band but at least I got to see them perform and the one thing that was clearly visible from where I was standing was her smile. They appeared to be having a great time and it projected through the music and unto the crowd. Next time I will try my damnedest to be punctual but the half set I did see was amazing and fun.

NOFX as you may know already is one of my favorite groups of all time and this year they were to play Punk In Drublic from beginning to end. Yeah, well did you really expect the boys not to stray from this plan? El Hefe claimed “I didn’t get the memo” and the show started with “72 Hookers” which they announced as the first track from Punk In Drublic. Hey it’s a good way to weed out the posers from the die-hards. When the band attempted to play Scavenger Type they admitted they hadn’t rehearsed it, so instead they played these crowd favorites: Murder The Gov’t, Six Years on Dope, Fuck The Kids, Seeing Double At Triple Rock, Sticking In My Eye and Franco Un-American. So did they play Punk In Drublic in its entirety? You decide, either way they put on a fun show as always and everyone enjoyed themselves even though the band got sidetracked; I mean it’s NOFX we’re talking about here.

I’ll admit I haven’t really listened to Sum 41 that much over the years but seeing them live in Canada has changed my mind a bit. Not that I didn’t enjoy the tunes that they did with Iggy Pop because I did but it’s the pop-punk tunes that I tend to stray away from. However, I have to say they honestly killed it on the main stage and I have a new-found respect for the band. I am also really digging their new single “Fake My Own Death” which was just released with a video that takes aim at pop-culture, memes and emoji’s.

There were many acts that I regrettably had to miss because I have not perfected the act of being in two places at once yet. When it came to a point that I had to choose between Rise Against and DRI, I had to go with DRI. No offense to Rise Against but I have never seen DRI and I had to witness “Acid Rain” live. I believe I made the right choice. DRI has been around since 1982 and Kurt Brecht and Spike Cassidy are still rocking hard. They’ve been through a series of bassists and drummers over the years but I would say they sound better than ever.

Out of all of the groups that I had the chance to see English punk act The Adicts, were the highlight for me. According to one of the band’s stage managers they have been together for 41 years now. This particular gig was Monkey’s birthday and because of this the band sung happy birthday and presented a cake on stage. The set took place on one of the two Tony Sly stages and thanks to Tony Hawk’s Underground all of the kids in the crowd were singing along with “Viva La Revolution”. When the band played “Joker In The Pack”, Monkey tossed an entire pack of shiny purple backed playing cards into the crowd; I didn’t find the joker but I did pick out the 6 of diamonds.

For the last three years Tony Sly has been remembered and honored at Amnesia Rockfest. In 2014 there was a single Tony Sly stage and last year and this year there were two stages dedicated to the late musician. There also was a performance by No Use For A Name Tribute Band and Cokie The Clown ended the two days of performances with an acoustic version of “I’m Sorry, Tony” singing the lyrics “from coast to coast let’s raise our drinks and give a toast to Tony Sly”.

On the way back into the U.S. of A. my driver Russ and I were dreading the border patrol because they are usually pricks but surprisingly the officer at our window actually had a personality. “Where are you coming from?” He asked. “Amnesia Rockfest” was our response. Then what came out of his mouth just made the trip complete, he says “did you rock out with your cock out?”

“Yes, Yes we did!”



The Adicts announce North American tour

U.K. punk legends The Adicts have announced an upcoming tour of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada this June.  You can find all of the dates below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



DS Photo Gallery: The Adicts, La Plebe, Screaming Bloody Marys at The Fillmore SF (1.24.16)

I wrapped up my string of shows last weekend in proper fashion, with performances by two of my favorite bands, The Adicts and La Plebe. Opening the night was local rock ‘n’ roll/punk band Screaming Bloody Marys.

I had never heard of the openers before, however they put on a pretty good set, with frontwoman Angelique X Stacy bellowing to the crowd. The stage presence was on point – energetic, intense, with a little tinge of burlseque (without all the risque).

The reason I was really here was for the next two bands. I am lucky enough to live in San Francisco and to be able to have an incredible number of extremely talented musicians living closeby. Indeed, I just saw Joey Cape having lunch by my house yesterday. But I digress. A band that I have grown to know and love over the years is La Plebe (who really needs no introduction). The guys are always on point with their songs, and never cease to draw huge numbers of crowds to their shows. It’s almost as if a bus of La Plebe fans gets dropped off right before their set, because as the boys take to the stage, the dancehall always fills up with eager and energetic Plebians, who dance and sing the whole night long. And with tracks like “Guerra Sucia”, “Jaulas”, “Campesino”, “Brazo en Brazo”, “Bella Ciao”, and so many more, it’s no wonder why. La Plebe is one of those bands of which I need no refresher. In fact, I’ve been privileged to see them five times in the last two months, and I would do another five if given the opportunity. New work is coming slowly for the quintet, but you can be sure that when it is, it will rock. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.

Headliners for the night were The Adicts, another one of those bands that puts on an amazing live show. Costumes, confetti, and carnival-feelings define these guys, and Monkey’s outlandish ensembles always trump the last one he wore. This time would be no different, taking to the stage looking like a punk peacock of some sort. An Adicts show is truly a party, and it seems there is never a frown in the house, until the last song. “Chinese Takeaway”, “Steamroller”, “Smart Alex”, “Ode to Joy”, “Joker In The Pack”, and many more have become part of the staple Adicts’ set, but they never get old. With their latest material out nearly four years ago, The Adicts have kind of become that predictable band with predictable set – but in this case this is not a bad thing at all. You know what you’re getting into, so get on the floor and dance!

Have a look at photos from all three sets below.

Huge thanks to Mark and the guys for helping with entry, and everyone else who made this night epic.



The Adicts announce Californian and South American tour dates

Legendary U.K. punks The Adicts have announced Californian and South American tour dates.

You can check out the tour dates and locations below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



The Adicts announce European Tour dates

Legendary U.K. punks The Adicts have announced a run of European tour dates over the next few weeks that will be their last shows of the year.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



The Adicts announce US tour dates

Legendary U.K. punks The Adicts have announced a run of U.S. tour dates that will take place this fall.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



Fights break out at The Adicts show; band cuts set short

Legendary U.K. punks The Adicts are currently touring the US after playing Punk Rock Bowling over Memorial Day weekend. This past Friday, their set was cut short when fights broke out at the show. According to reports, the crowd was rowdy from the start and began throwing cans and bottles at the band. As members of the crowd rushed the stage to stage dive, they continually interrupted the band’s set and witnesses said the band was visibly agitated. By the end of their shortened set, another fight broke out on stage and the police were called. The Adicts released the following statement on their Facebook page the next day:

“Last night’s gig wasn’t so pleasant due to certain people in the audience throwing beer bottles at us while being on stage….. We’re sorry we had to stop the show but it wasn’t our fault… it was certain people within the crowd that ended up causing trouble for everyone.”

You can check out a video from the set below.

The Adicts last released All the Young Droogs in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



The Adicts announce U.S. tour dates

Legendary U.K. punks The Adicts have announced a run of U.S. tour dates surrounding their performance at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling, which takes place during the Memorial Day weekend.

You can view the tour dates and locations below.

The Adicts are said to announce additional shows to this tour, so we’ll keep you guys posted when we find out when are where those shows take place. The Adicts last released “All the Young Droogs” in 2012 through DC-Jam Records.



Contest: Win a CD and VIP passes from The Adicts

Long running punk act The Adicts are gearing up to embark on a short tour, and we’ve got some swag to give away.

This is what we’ve got for you: a pair VIP passes for each of their tour dates (which you can see below) and a copy of their latest album “All the Young Droogs,” which dropped last year on DC Jam Records.

All you have to do is fill out the form below. We’ll notify the winners on the lucky date of Friday, September 13.

 

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Music Video: The Adicts – “Give It To Me Baby”

Long running punk act, The Adicts, have premiered a music video for their song “Give It To Me Baby” and you can check it out right here.

The song comes of the band’s most recent album, “All the Young Droogs” released last September through DC Jam Records.