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Exclusive: Love Is a Fist (ska/hip-hop) premiere new single “We Want Justice” off debut EP ‘Rebel Music’

Today we’re excited to bring you a stream of the new single by Love Is a Fist. The NYC based ska / hip hop hybrid will be self-releasing their debut EP, Rebel Music, on January 23, 2016, and you can get a taste of their politically charged anthems in the form of “We Want Justice” below.

Rebel Music will be available as a name your price download upon its release. You can find more information here.

Love Is a Fist will be making their live debut on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York, NY, with The Pandemics, Freya Wilcox & The Howl, and The Screw Ups. The show will be free and you can find more details on the show here.



Travis Barker releases autobiography “Can I Say”

Just can’t get enough Travis Barker? Who can! We’re all in luck cuz the 40 year old drummer of Blink 182 fame has just published an autobiography. You can pick it up for a measly 50 bucks right here and check out the fancy press blurb below:

Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.



Travis Barker announces details of “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums”

Good news for fans of Blink-182, or people who enjoy reading the brain-droppings of neck-tatted drummers: Travis Barker’s memoir is almost here!

The autobiography, which Barker penned with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards, is entitled “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums.” That’s the front cover over on the left.

Anyway, “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums” is due on the streets and in bookshelves on June 24th. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon by clicking here.

Blink-182 are reportedly still working on their self-released “Dogs Eating Dogs” EP, which was released in December 2011.



Travis Barker posts Transplants tour compilation video

Transplants, and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has posted a video of himself doing what he does best while on tour. The video is a compilation of various drumming footage that was taken during and before shows with Transplants.

Click here to take notes on some amazing drumming skills.



Travis Barker is working on a hip-hop album with Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is said to be releasing a hip-hop album with several notable artists including blink 182 and Transplants drummer Travis Barker, Reverend Run of RUN DMC, Doug E. Fresh, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Ashanti and Matisyahu. The album is being put together by “Partnership for a Healthier America” and “Hip Hop Public Health”, and it aims to help Americans live a healthier lifestyle with nutritious foods and exercise. Mrs. Obama will not be featured on the album itself, but she will however be making appearances in the music videos.

A release date for the album has not been given yet, but it is said to be distributed amongst schools in America after it is finished.

Click here to check out the full tracklist of the album.



Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb The Music Industry!) goes hip-hop: Nails it!

Is there no end to the musical talents of Jeff Rosenstock?  The former singer of defunct progressive punk act Bomb The Music Industry! recently provided guest vocals on a track off San Jose hip-hop/”nerdcore” group Boboso’s new album, and I gotta say, he nails it!  The song is fantastic all around, and I don’t even like hip-hop.

Give the tune “Satorial Panache” a listen right here.  Jeff sings the second verse.



Album Review: Transplants – “In A Warzone”

You can’t fault Transplants for the gap between ‘Haunted Cities’ and ‘In A Warzone’ when taking into account the workload of the individual members in other projects.

Tim Armstrong with Rancid, but even more so these days with his alter ego song avalanche Tim Timebomb & Friends. Rob Aston and his Death March hardcore project and Travis Barker with his solo stuff and his role in that little band Blink-182 nobody’s ever heard of. Besides, Transplants was never a full time gig anyway. Though never really clear whether they officially broke up or not, the band has gone on hiatus after every release, at one point cancelling a whole tour with Pennywise following the release of ‘Haunted Cities’ and a spot on the Warped Tour (back when Warped Tour was still, you know, good).

So eight years isn’t a hell of a long time when all that is taken into account. Eight years is eights years though and you’d be forgiven for wondering if a gap just shy of a decade is going to have an affect on the band’s sound. And the answer to that is no, not really.

While ‘In A Warzone’ doesn’t have that party hardy feel that made the Transplants’ first release so fun and addictive, it does sound a great deal like 2005’s ‘Haunted Cities’’ punkier moments. There’s nothing as ambitious (and, frankly, God awful cheesy) as ‘What I Can’t Describe’ or as balls out electrifying as ‘Madness’ on this record, but it has plenty to satisfy fans of both older releases.

‘In A War Zone’ is, typically for this group, a very versatile wall of sound. The sunny pop grooves of the album’s first single ‘Come Around’ give way to a guitar and piano interaction that recalls ‘Diamonds and Guns’ in ‘Something’s Different.’

Elsewhere, ‘It’s A Problem’ plays with electronic instruments, thick hip hop drum beats and features a twisted Egyptian guitar line slithering around in the back there somewhere while Rob, Tim and a guest spit fairly obvious lyrics that observe ego fuelled excesses and the dangers therein. It sounds deeper written down that it does coming out the boom box.

‘Completely Detach’ is a lyrical horror movie set against hardcore skin thumping and heavy, buzz saw guitars chewing through the tape deck. It actually doesn’t sound a great deal different than the kick off song ‘In A Warzone.’

‘Gravestones and Burial Plots’ is another hard hitting, stripped down hardcore song that features more lyrics that wouldn’t sound out of place on Danzig’s next record, if Danzig replaced all his white teeth with gold ones and strung some hefty bling around his massive neck muscles.

‘Exit the Wasteland’ is a hell of a way to cap off the record, as it’s one of the best songs in the whole bag. Catchy, bouncy, freight train fast and clocking in at just under two minutes. Whatever you feel about the rest of the album, you’ll come away from it all on a high note solely because this is the last song you’ll hear.

With such a wide range of sounds and flicks of genres in every release, one thing a band like Transplants will always have working against them is the failure to please everybody and undoubtedly disappointing somebody. People that like the hip hop, electronica stuff are going to be disappointed that ‘In A Warzone’ is punk heavy. People that like the harder, punkier stuff are going to be disappointed that there are still hip hop songs on the record. People that like it all, well, like it all. They’ll love this puppy. Besides, the Transplants don’t strike me as a band that really give a flying frying pan whether you like them or not. Take it or leave it folks. Something tells me these boys will still be able to afford to buy socks at the end of the day (is that Fructis I smell?)

‘In A Warzone’ is, more than anything, just a pure slice of energy. Tim doesn’t sound nearly as bored here as he did on the last Rancid album, Travis sounds like he’s hitting the skins harder than he has in years and Rob just gives it 110% 100% of the time. It isn’t nearly as fun as the band’s fantastic first record (self titled), but it feels more focused and unassuming than the hip hop heavy ‘Haunted Cities.’

There are even a handful of songs that sound like they came off of all three members’ other projects:

Rancid: ‘Back To You,’ ‘Any Of Them’

Travis Barker (solo): ‘Something’s Different,’ ‘It’s A Problem’

Death March: ‘Completely Detach,’ ‘Gravestones and Burial Plots’

(Thankfully, Blink-182 is not represented on this record).

At the end of the day though ‘In A Warzone’ just sounds like what it is: a dark, hard hitting party record featuring three very talented musicians having a good time. Can’t wait to see these guys on the road this summer.

4/5 Stars



Transplants stream new album “In A Warzone”

Well, it’s finally here.  Transplants are streaming their entire new album “In A Warzone” right here.  I’m only a few tracks in but I’m already thinking its better than their last.  Thankfully.

“In A Warzone” is set to be released on June 25th through Epitaph Records. Click here for full details on the band’s upcoming US tour with Rancid and Crown Of Thornz.



Transplants reveal tracklisting for upcoming album “In A Warzone”

Transplants have revealed the tracklisting for their long-awated upcoming album “In A Warzone.”

Click here to check it out, then head over here to download a song off the record for free.

“In A Warzone” is set to be released on June 25th through Epitaph Records. Click here for full details on the band’s upcoming US tour with Rancid and Crown Of Thornz.



Transplants offer new song “Come Around” for free download

A couple weeks ago, we reported on the new material in the works for The Transplants.

The band has now made a new song from the upcoming album available to download for free.

You can check out “Come Around” here.

The Transplants are set to release “In A Warzone” on June 25th through Epitaph Records.



The Transplants stream “Come Around”

The Transplants are streaming “Come around” off of their upcoming album. You can check it out here.

The band is set to release “In A Warzone” June 25th.



Transplants announce new album, release artwork

After last week’s release of their new single “In A Warzone,” Transplants have announced their June 25th release of an album with the same title.

Epitaph Records has posted a teaser video for “In A Warzone” featuring a shaky image of the new album’s artwork.

To listen to “In A Warzone” and view the artwork, click here.



The Transplants sign to Epitaph Records, offer new song “In A Warzone” for free download

The Transplants have announced this week that they are signing to Epitaph Records, will be releasing a new album in May, and uploaded a new track titled “In A Warzone” for free download.

You can listen to “In A Warzone” by clicking here, and download the track for free by following this link.

 

 



Transplants announce name and release date for new album

Following up on yesterday’s reports, The Transplants announced on their Facebook page that they have set In a Warzone as the title of their long-awaited third album, which according to Punknews.org, will be released on May 28, 2013 on their original label Hellcat Records, which released their 2002 self-titled debut album.

Almost eight years have passed since the Transplants released their last studio album Haunted Cities.



Transplants finish mixing new album

Earlier today, the Transplants announced on their Twitter profile that they have finished mixing their long-awaited new album, which is expected to be out sometime this year. They tweeted:

“Last day of mixing for new @transplantsband album. #LezzzGo”

Almost eight years have passed since the Transplants released their last studio album Haunted Cities.