L.A. ska band The Interrupters have announced a co-headlining tour with SWMRS.
The Interrupters last released Say It Out Loud via Hellcat Records in June of last year.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
L.A. ska band The Interrupters have announced a co-headlining tour with SWMRS.
The Interrupters last released Say It Out Loud via Hellcat Records in June of last year.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:12 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
For 40 years Montreal has had one of the most beloved and dedicated punk scenes not only in Canada, but the world (if you don’t believe me look at the history of Rockfest). The Canadian scene often gets passed by and overlooked, sure we have great bands, great venues, but it’s cold up here and understandable that bands may want to avoid Canadian winters. So it’s fitting that July 28th Montreal is set to host “77 Montreal”. A one day festival with a historic lineup that will feature Rancid, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Vandals, Madball, The Bouncing Souls and many more.
The festival will take place at the historic Parc Jean-Drapeau, a location that was once the site of the Canadian migration to Warped Tour every summer. “77 Montreal” is hoping to recreate some magic, hoping to bring 40 years of punk rockers together to celebrate the scene in Montreal.
As a Canadian and a fan of punk rock I can honestly say we all owe Quebec a thank you, without them we wouldn’t have poutine, Celine and punk rock. Do yourself a favor if you’ve never checked out a show in Montreal, go see “77 Montreal”.
You can find more information for the festival here.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
If you’re of a certain age and you’re even a casual hanger-on to the punk community train, you no doubt spent your fair share of hot, sweaty summer days baking under the sun at a suburban fairgrounds or amphitheater parking lot for the touring punk rock summer camp that is the annual Warped Tour. Tastes changed over the years and the classic mid-1990s “EpiFat” sound started to have less and less of a presence atop the list of Warped Tour headliners, though there has been a bit of a resurgence in the last small handful of years.
And so it was with great fanfare two years ago that the lineup for the first-ever It’s Not Dead Fest was unveiled. The debut festival took place as a one-off in San Bernadino, California, featuring a veritable who’s who of punk rock heavyweights: Bad Religion, Descendents, NOFX, Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Less Than Jake and on and on and on. So where did the idea of such an impressive event come from? None other than the brain of Warped Tour founder and consistent figurehead, Kevin Lyman. “(The idea first came up) about December, and I thought I really wanted to do something,” says Lyman in his traditional rapid-fire cadence. “I started putting it out there, and the first couple of days — trust me, I get impatient sometimes — but the first couple of days it didn’t really seem to be going anywhere.” It was upon reaching out to the show’s major acts that things started to come to fruition, and quickly. “And everyone got the idea of what I wanted to do, especially the artists: Jay Bentley, Fat Mike, Fletcher (Dragge), Bill Stevenson, they all kinda got it all at once. When they’re saying that they want to do something, the agents and the managers kinda have to listen. Once I got those four bands confirmed, the rest of it took about twenty-four hours.”
The premier event, by all accounts, was a resounding success, spawning hopes among the punk rock masses — or at least of people like me — of more for the following year. A full “It’s Not Dead” tour? A Riot Fest-ish event spread across a handful of deserving markets across the country? At the very least, a similar one-off It’s Not Dead in 2016? Sadly, the year came and went without a second installment, because 2016 wasn’t quite enough of an unmitigated Dumpster fire. Alas, 2017 has seen the reformation of It’s Not Dead thanks to…the inimitable Tim Armstrong? Here’s Lyman to explain: “I wanted Rancid to play on the first one and their schedule wouldn’t allow them too. But Tim came out and played…with The Interrupters and he played with somebody else that I’m trying to remember. He played with two bands that day, and he was hanging out all day, and I said to him “Tim, it was great having you here but I would have loved to have had Rancid.” And he said, “well, hopefully we’ll get to do it again.”
When news of the pending Rancid/Dropkick Murphys nationwide co-headlining tour started to break, it seemed the perfect time to pull the It’s Not Dead machine out of the moth balls. While the roster may not be as chock full of mid-90’s staples as its predecessor was, it’s got an equally compelling UK and underground-heavy vibe to it, thanks in large part to the throwback influences of both headliners. With the announcement of the Rancid, Dropkick Murphys double-bill, groundbreaking bands like The Buzzcocks and The Selecter were quick to sign up. “That’s why I really started focusing on the UK bands this time,” Lyman says. “We got The Adicts and GBH. I don’t think, even in the days of Goldenvoice, we had all those bands on one bill together….As soon as people heard what I was doing, all of a sudden your inbox starts filling up! With AOL accounts, you know? Throwback email addresses — everyone that still has their AOL accounts you know are the old punks!”
This year’s It’s Not Dead Festival takes place in the same spot as the original: the Glen Helen Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, California. It’s a one-off again, and it’s going down August 26th this go around, just before Lyman departs to bring his daughter to college. And don’t worry, punk fans…it’s not the last go around for It’s Not Dead either. “Sometimes you have to do something for your soul,” says Lyman somewhat wistfully (at least for an older punk. “The first one kind of replenished my soul…so there will be a next one!”
Head below to read our full conversation with Lyman. In the interest of full disclosure, we talked quite literally just before Lyman headed out for the first date of Warped Tour, so the recent Dickies controversy hadn’t taken off yet. Sorry. Anyway, scoop up tickets to It’s Not Dead 2 here!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 9:16 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:46 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
East Bay punk veterans Rancid are streaming two new tracks from their upcoming album Trouble Maker. They are called “Farewell Lola Blue” and “Say Goodbye to Our Heroes”, and you can check them out here.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 1:32 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Rancid has released a video for another new song called “Telegraph Avenue.” Like the video for “Ghost Of A Chance” we shared a few weeks ago, the new video features the band getting together to play the song in a garage.
You can check it out below.
“Telegraph Avenue” comes from the band’s upcoming album Trouble Maker, which is set to be released on June 9th via Hellcat/Epitaph Records. It will serve as a follow up to 2014’s Honor Is All We Know.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1:55 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Lots of news coming from Rancid today. The California punk legends announced that they will be releasing their new album Trouble Maker on June 9th via Hellcat/Epitaph Records. They also released a video for the first single “Ghost Of A Chance.”
You can check out that video, along with the new albums’ track listing, and all of the bands’ upcoming tour dates below.
Rancid’s last release was Honor Is All We Know in 2014.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:48 AM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Two videos of Rancid performing live at this year’s Lollapalooza in Brazil and Argentina, which took place last weekend (March 25th) and last night (March 31st) respectively, have been posted on YouTube, and in case you missed either show, you now get to watch them in their entirety below.
Rancid released “Silence Is the Only Rule“, their first song in two years, last November, and have a new album in the works, which will be their first since 2014’s Honor Is All We Know. The band will be on tour this summer with Green Day in Europe and Dropkick Murphys in the United States.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) by jaystone
For the last fifteen-or-so years, Massachusetts-based Celtic punk icons Dropkick Murphys playing a string of hometown shows has become as synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day as their musical forebears Mighty Mighty Bosstones doing a similar thing has been with Christmastime. As the band’s popularity has increased, so too has the size of venues at these St. Patrick’s weekend shenanigans, and the last two years have featured dates at the Agganis Arena, the state-of-the-art, 7200-capacity hockey rink located on the campus of Boston University. For many bands, the tendency on such a large stage might be to play “just the hits” in order to cater to the casual fans, but Dropkick Murphys, as it turns out, are not one of those bands. Say what you will about their level of “Tessie”/”Shipping Up To Boston”- inspired fame, but Dropkick Murphys have long been conscious or remembering the fans that’ve been there since the days when the clubs they played would fit within the confines of the stage of the Agganis (case in point: yours truly first saw the Dropkicks in August 1997, when they played in between the Mr. Rogers Project and The Pietasters at the Living Room in Providence).
A confetti cannon (seen above) and the instrumental “Lonesome Boatman” from the Dropkicks’ latest release 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory (released January 6th on their own Born & Bred Records) introduced the band to the stage before they proceeded to launch into their 2007 hit “State Of Massachusetts.” If I can take a minute to inject myself into this story, here’s where I publicly apologize to Ken Casey & Company. I think it’s important to point out that I count myself as one of those hometown fans that’s been hypercritical (unfairly so) of the band over the last dozen post-“Tessie” years, though that’s strictly a musical critique; their tremendous fundraising and community work and their ongoing penchant for giving local bands a break is not only beyond reproach but is ultimately the stuff to which all bands should aspire. But I’ll tell you what…since the 90 minute set that began with the opening tenor banjo riff on “…Massachusetts,” yours truly has been not only back aboard the Good Ship Murphys, but more than a little embarrassed about having jumped off in the first place.
The setlist on this night, as on most nights, was pretty varied and all-encompassing. Sure 11 Short Stories… was well represented, but so too were earlier albums like Do Or Die, Blackout and The Warrior’s Code on songs like “Boys On The Docks,” “Time To Go,” and, of course, the latter album’s title track, which is a shoutout to local boxing legend “Irish” Micky Ward who was, of course, in attendance. What’s perhaps most impressive about a Dropkick Murphys set circa 2017, aside maybe from their ability to keep a crowd constantly fired up, is the level of sheer musicianship among the group’s core. Ken Casey is, by his own admission, not the world’s most astute bass player, but he’s also their unquestionable heart-and-soul. Drummer Matt Kelly and principle frontman Al Barr are about as quietly strong-up-the-middle as you’ll find. Like the band as a whole, the trio of Tim Brennan, Jeff DeRosa and Kevin Rheault (longtime tech who’s filling in for James Lynch on this run), however, don’t get nearly enough credit. At any given time, the three trade off between guitar, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, tin whistle and keyboard duties, rarely manning the same battle station for more than two or three songs in a row. The seamless nature that things seem to run in that regard is really awesome, in the literal sense of the word.
Direct support on this night, as on the bulk of the month-long tour, came from The Interrupters. The ska punk quartet have been mighty busy over the last nine months or so since releasing their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud; since playing the duration of last year’s Warped Tour, they headlined full Europe and US tours of their own before heading back across the pond to open for Green Day immediately before this Dropkicks spot. It’s no secret that The Interrupters have been one of yours truly’s favorite bands to cover over the last few years, and performances like this particular one exemplify why, at least in part. The insanely talented (and yet somehow still wildly underrated) rhythm section of twin brothers Jesse (drums) and Justin (bass) Bivona keep the gas pedal floored, with Justin teaming with big brother Kevin (guitar, above) and frontwoman Aimee “Interrupter” as a three-headed ball of constant frenetic energy at the front of the stage. As Kevin mentioned when we caught up for an interview on these pages last year, the band are mindful that they’ve developed a sound product that definitely works, and if anything critical can be said of how they’ve made it work at the end of another long, successful tour run, it’s almost that they make it look TOO easy. (Oh, and they’re one of the only bands that can cover an Operation Ivy classic, “Sound System,” without sounding like a cheap, watered-down knockoff.)
Also opening this night (and most of the rest of the tour) was genuine Irish punk band Blood Or Whiskey. With all apologies to the Dublin-based sextet, a variety of communication mishaps between arena staff lead yours truly on a half-hour-long wild goose chase that resulted in me missing the entirety of their set, save for a song about frontman Dugs Mulhooly’s favorite pub back home closing down, only to be replaced by a coffee shop. Sorry lads…we’ll catch you next time around, we promise.
Head below for our full photo gallery from the Interrupters and Dropkick Murphys sets. And a special thanks to my much younger brother from another mother Nick Gold for the assist. Good on ya, bud.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:58 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The first round of bands playing the 2nd edition of It’s Not Dead Fest has been revealed. The lineup for the California punk festival currently features Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buck-O-Nine, Good Riddance, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, and more.
Check out the full list of bands included in the first announcement below.
It’s Not Dead Fest 2 is set take place on Saturday, August 26th at the Glen Helen Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets will be available through the festival website starting Monday, March 20th at 9am PDT.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:43 PM (PST) by jaystone
For all of you that have been living under a rock over the last twenty-four hours and have subsequently not been on the Internet…Dropkick Murphys and Rancid are co-headlining a North American tour this coming summer!
Dubbed the “From Boston To Berkeley” tour, the month-long jaunt kicks off July 27th in Bangor, Maine, and runs through August 26th in Los Angeles. (We’ll just let that one percolate for a minute.) If the co-headliners weren’t enough to get you out to a show, the two heavyweight bands are bringing along a handful of openers who are pretty impressive in their own individual rights. Support on the first half of the tour (through August 9th in Milwaukee) comes from The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. The second half kicks off two days later in August 11th and features support from The Selecter and Kevin Seconds. Head below for the full rundown!
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 9:01 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
California punk legends Rancid have announced they will be opening for their Bay Area comrades Green Day on the latter’s upcoming summer European tour, which includes mostly festival appearances. The dates and locations can be found below.
The European tour comes in support of Green Day’s latest album Revolution Radio, which was released last October. Rancid released “Silence Is the Only Rule“, their first song in two years, last November, and have a new album in the works, which will be their first since 2014’s Honor Is All We Know.
Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 2:43 PM (PST) by jaystone
I’m not entirely sure how, but we’ve reached the middle of December 2016 without the Earth’s core opening up and swallowing us all down into the burning fiery furnace below. That can only mean one thing; it’s time for people who spend all year pretending to be entertainment journalists to narrow down the most entertaining things of the last 365 days into bite size pieces. And in list form! This is the sixth one of these I’ve done for Dying Scene, so the intro stuff might start to get a bit repetitive. As such, I’ll spare you my normal rambling 1500 word babble and jump in to the music itself. You’re welcome.
As is usually the case, I didn’t trim my list to ten, in spite of our esteemed leader, Johnny X, instructing us to do so. What can I say; I’m not a fan of restrictions, or base ten number systems. I thought there was something apropos about reclaiming the number 16 from the giant shitstorm that was this year. I also genuinely love all of the albums in my final list, and if I were to submit this list a week from now, the last half-dozen or so might be in a very different order. I did adhere to the instructions about keeping the list Dying Scene-relevant. If you’re into expanding horizons, you should check out Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Amanda Shires’ My Piece Of Land, Sadler Vaden’s self-titled album, David Bowie’s Blackstar, Wilco’s Schmilco, and probably a bunch of other mid-tempo stuff I’m forgetting.
As always, I didn’t include EPs, split-releases or live albums in my final list, because…because I didn’t. However, you should by no means skip toyGuitar‘s Move Like A Ghost, Useless ID‘s We Don’t Want The Airwaves and Dead To Me‘s I Wanna Die In Los Angeles on the EP front. You should also check out The Darlings‘ live album, and the Bundles/Dan Webb And The Spiders split 12-inch that came out a couple months ago. Oh, and Oklahoa’s Don’t Make Ghosts put out an EP, Death Ride, that’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
I did include tracks from all of the above, and obviously all of the below, on the Spotify playlist I curated for this story…scroll all the way down for that and hit “play.”
Check out my list below.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:13 PM (PST) by Gina Skidz
L.A. ska band The Interrupters just released a video for their song “By My Side,” and you can check it out below. The song appears on the band’s outstanding sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, which was released on Hellcat Records in June of this year.
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