Joining Touché Amoré across all dates will be London, Ontario punks Single Mothers and Fort Lauderdale, Florida based hardcore band Gouge Away.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:32 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
California punk icons Pennywise have announced a European tour that will take place next month and in August. The tour includes mostly festival appearances, and headlining gigs with The Offspring, Face to Face, Good Riddance, Teenage Bottlerocket, PEARS and Not on Tour.
Tour dates can be see below, or in the poster above, and tickets and more information are at this location.
Pennywise released the compilation album, Nineteen Eighty Eight, in May of last year via Hardline Entertainment. They have been working on a new album for sometime, which is tentatively due for release later this year and will be their first since 2014’s Yesterdays.
Well, it was Day Two, and I was already worn the fuck out. Menzingers played the night before and because of my inane sleep schedule, I got home at three am, then woke up at eight-thirty. Just my luck. But, whatever your level of sobriety or awakeness, Punk Rock Bowling waits for no man.
And besides, this was the big day of the festival for me. My OG heroes, Bad Religion, were headlining. Back when I was still wet behind the mohawk, Bad Religion were the ones who shepherded me into the club– there is no missing Bad Religion, so sleep be damned, I was out in the door.
As for the logistics, Day Two was a step in the right direction for all of us press folks. Most of yesterday’s issues were ironed out and we were ready to party. Security was a little harsher than I remember last year, but only a week after the Manchester attack, it’d have been hard to believe there wouldn’t be changes. Too many of those little things though, and it also starts becoming harder and harder to believe that anything really can be punk rock. It’s a reminder that music and subculture are powerless, no matter how dressed up and resilient it pretends to be in the wake of tragedy. A debate for another day– on to the music.
The Venomous Pinks opened the day with some fast, woah-oh filled punk rock. Kinda hardcore, kinda poppy– like an all female version of Night Birds without the horror and surf lyrical focus. With a little research, I found out that they are apart of the same SquidHat Records family as The Quitters who opened on Day Three. The more you know. Following up The Venomous Pinks were another smaller act, (this is the portion of the day where bands no one’s heard of play, and folks skip for gambling or drinking– which is a shame, because for me, punk rock is absolutely about these young bands injecting new blood into the genre) Ten Can Riot hail from Dallas with a lead singer who doesn’t sound Texan in the least. It’s fast epifat-style jams with some aussie-fied vocals. The crowd wasn’t big, but the folks who were there were receptive to the set and I thought they conducted themselves well enough to keep an eye on in the future.
Lost In Society were a pretty big surprise for me. I had heard a little about them before the festival, I’d heard some good things about their last album, but as is usually the case, I hadn’t actually listened to them before. Seeing them on the stage, I got the lowkey hype surrounding them. They are a tight young band with some big hooks who know how to work the crowd. They brought in everyone who might have just been nodding along with their finale– playing the song “Not Afraid” and teaching the audience its call and response chorus of “Nice to meet you/ FUCK YOU TOO!” Fists were raised and words were sung, it was an awesome end to the set.
I’ll be honest here. I fucking hate celtic punk. It’s corny as hell roleplay for guys who want desperately to belong to a different culture, or it’s corny as hell roleplay for guys who want to engage in a caricature of their own culture. Basically, it’s almost never cool. So, you can probably say The Real Mckenzies aren’t my thing– they have the celtic schtick with the tempering measure of being from Nova Scotia.. It’s almost never cool, but fuck it, I can say it was at least fun. The Real Mckenzies had a sense of humor and looked to be having as much fun as the audience was. They brought things down and gave a surprising (for me, at least) ode to the recently deceased Chris Cornell. It’s nice to see these old guys rocking hard and having a good time while being conscientious of what happens outside of the insular world of punk rock.
The Dickies are one of those old school bands that sound like the Ramones, kinda like the Spits from the days before. They hail back from the early days where punk and garage rock were almost synonymous. Catchy, but not really my thing again. Crowd dug it, but I can’t be into everything, you know? They played their set and I nodded along and let the kids who were into have at it. Sometimes that’s all you can do.
Now, The Bouncing Souls. For me, the Souls were the first big band of the night, and the crowd supported that observation. Everyone was up front for the Jersey boys. I’m a rare breed it seems– there’s an interesting phenomenon with this band, there are the people who don’t care for them, and then there’s the folks that are die-hards (and there are a lot of die-hards)– I’m just a casual fan of the band, not a know-every-word fan. I always wonder what it is about the Souls that bring people together in such an intense way. Maybe it’s that bouncy mix of carefree fun and occasional insight that can take the right psyche and turn one into a True Believer. Either way, of the one other time I’d seen them, this was definitely them at their best. Singer Greg Attonito was genuinely animated and engaged with the set. The energy was good and they ripped through a setlist of singalongs for an adoring audience.
Choking Victim was one of the reasons I made Punk Rock Bowling an unmissable event. One could argue, if you’ve seen Leftover Crack a handful of times, you’ve basically seen Choking Victim. And to be fair, every time I’ve seen Leftover Crack, they’ve made sure to play “500 Channels,” so there is some truth there. But, c’mon. It’s Choking Victim. If you even like them just a little bit, you wanna be able to say you saw them. I was happy to see they got just as strong, if not stronger response than the Bouncing Souls. There was a moment when I looked around and saw all the punks shuffling back and forth, excited as Stza and co. walked on stage and realized: everyone is here for Choking Victim. The front of the stage was packed with punks, for a moment the entire festival ground became part of the crowd. There was no disappointment, they instigated and antagonized with their music (and made sure I got to hear “500 Channels” for a fourth time), with Stza introducing a song dedicated to the police at the venue, about killing cops. It’s not Punk Rock Bowling, and it’s definitely not Choking Victim without a little authority baiting.
The weirdest part of the day wasn’t so much a disappointment as just a bum note. What the fuck was up with Fidlar? They’re fine folks, I’m sure. They play some garage rock/hardcore/ surfy indie rock amalgam, and I know some of the younger kids are into them. They have a little bit of inherited pedigree as one of the members is the son of a member of TSOL. But, no matter what they take from the sounds of punk rock, there is something off about them. It’s like an impression of punk rock rather than an honest interpretation. The crowd agreed too. It was weird seeing so many open spaces in the pit, people looking around, bored and confused at what these rich kids in costume were peddling. Yeah, they had all the moves– they rolled on the stage to play solos and they screamed into mics, but it never felt right. This is punk for kids who go to Coachella. It felt out of place at Punk Rock Bowling.
But, even the weirdness of Fidlar couldn’t really quell the energy of the evening. Bad Religion was going to play. The one band everyone has in common. The gateway band that survives the initial waves of growing taste. Bad Religion are a hard band to grow out of. The crowd moved in a rush toward the stage as the opening notes of “American Jesus” rang out. There was a lot of discussion over what they would open with at Punk Rock Bowling, among the guesses were “True North,” “Against the Grain,” and “Do What You Want” (mine), but Meredith (photographer extraordinaire) and Jeff (friend of Dying Scene, and all around chill dude) nailed the selection. What could me more iconic and rousing to bring the punks together for a headliner? When I’d seen Bad Religion before, they played pretty solid ninety minute sets, so it was actually kind of nice to see a shorter, crisper stage headlining set, about fifteen minutes shorter with a more casual sense of kinship and fun. For Bad Religion, it felt like their thousandth victory lap, and they’re still smiling past the finish line. The set had one extremely notable moment, when NOFX singer/bassist Fat Mike ran on stage in a dress and high-jacked Jay Bentley’s bass to play with the band on “We’re Only Gonna Die.” That’s why you go to Punk Rock Bowling, folks. It’s those kind of moments that you can’t get anywhere else.
They closed with “Fuck Armageddon… This is Hell” as per usual, a song that has become their own “Bro Hymn” over the years. The great thing about Bad Religion though is that they have so much good material to work with, that whatever comes before that is sure to be great. To list all the songs they played would be a challenge (and fucking boring), but you got hits like “Supersonic,” “Generator,” “Los Angeles is Burning,” “Do What You Want,” “Suffer”: whatever they play, it’s gonna be good.
The fest was a-raging that night and despite the weird misstep with Fidlar– who should’ve traded spots with the Bouncing Souls and played earlier in the night– I had to admit it was one of the best lineups of PRB I had ever seen. Choking Victim, Bouncing Souls, and Bad Religion are three pretty huge bands, and I managed to see ‘em all in an evening. That’s killer.
Check out what happened in the photo gallery below and stay tuned for our final installment in our drunken recollections of the beauty and madness that is Punk Rock Bowling!
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:21 AM (PST) by jaystone
Even if you didn’t make it out to Vegas for this year’s installment of Punk Rock Bowling last weekend, social media probably alerted you to the fact that NOFX‘s Fat Mike joined Bad Religion on stage for a spirited rendition of the punk rock pioneers’ legendary track “We’re Only Gonna Die.”
There’s really no other introduction or build-up needed; head below to check out audience-shot video of the occasion (uploaded by fan Meredith Cunningham).
Legendary punk rockers Descendents will be spending a little over a week in Europe starting this Friday as they continue to tour in support of their latest release, 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate
You can check out all the dates and locations below.
Hypercaffium Spazzinate was released in July, 2016 via Epitaph Records.
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:25 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin recently offered Las Vegas Weekly an update on the band’s long-awaited new album. Although he didn’t give much information, Greg stated that the band is “definitely gearing up for a new album”, and added, with a laugh, “Our fans are getting itchy.”
We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Bad Religion album come to light. It will be their first full-length studio album since 2013’s True North as well as their first with Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:19 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Connecticut emo/rock act The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are streaming a cover of Blink-182‘s track “We Built This Pool.” You can listen to it below.
The song follows the band’s consistent jokes surrounding the track and the lyrics on social media, and originally comes from Blink-182’s latest album California.
“The new Propagandhi record is finished and being mastered at The Blasting Room, we have no doubt that it’s a great one! This summer, while we’re waiting for it to be released, we’ll be playing a few shows. One of those will be in Wiesbaden with our friends from Useless I.D. and La Armada! We’ can’t wait to see those bands and partake in some serious rocking! Have a good one, everybody!”
There’s no word yet on a title and release date for the new album, but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:30 PM (PST) by iamtheflood
Punk rock veterans Off With Their Heads recently stopped by to see the fine folks at Live! From the Rock Room and proceeded to rattle the walls, playing “Come Find Me,” “Eyes of Death” and “Jackie Lee.” This video is a good way to kill 10 minutes if you have 10 minutes that need to die.
The band was last heard on last year’s acoustic album Won’t Be Missed. Check out the Live! video below.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8:45 PM (PST) by Daron
Canada’s Obey The Brave have premiered a video for “Drama” off their upcoming album, “Mad Season.” The album will be released on June 2nd.
Check out the video below and admire how those ballerinas stay so calm in the face of metal.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:15 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced a full-scale U.S. tour which will take place from July to early September, and will wrap up with an appearance at the Ohana Fest in Dana Point. The dates and locations are below.
Social Distortion are reportedly intending to hit the studio this fall to begin recording their long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new record come to light.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Alternative indie pair This Wild Life have announced their North American summer tour which will span from July 1 to August 5. Tickets officially go on sale May 12, at noon local time.
The duo’s most recent release was “Low Tides,” released on September 9, 2016 through Epitaph Records.
Check out the dates below.
Bad Religion last released the holiday album Christmas Songs in 2013. The band has been promising a new album, which will be their first since True North (also released in 2013) and their first with Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new record come to light.
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.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:48 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Low Teens came out in September, 2016 through Epitaph Records.