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Well, this is probably the most awesome story we’re gonna post all week! California skate punk super-group Implants just got a little more super, announcing that Matt Riddle (who you may know as the original bassist for Face To Face, or from his time with No Use For A Name, or Pulley) is their new bassist! He will make his debut as a member of Implants on March 21st at Brick By Brick in San Diego.

Riddle will be filling the shoes of former bassist Chris Del Rio, who recently parted ways with Implants on amicable terms and has since formed a new group called Fairvale. Matt will likely not be appearing on the band’s upcoming EP, however, as it was announced Strung Out’s Chris Aiken was tracking bass for the record in late January.

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Okay, so we all know Tom DeLonge has been labelled a bit of an odd duck over the last handful of years (decades?). To say that the now-former Blink-182 co-frontman (and present Angels & Airwaves frontman) has become a bit of a “UFO nut” is akin to saying former bandmate Travis Barker is a bit of a tattoo guy. You’ll recall that DeLonge penned a “children’s book” entitled “The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve” a couple years ago. He launched the Strange Times website a couple years prior, serving as a home to “very latest in reported UFO activity and conspiracy-theory related events.”

Just prior to his recent highly publicized departure/non-departure/okay-it-really-was-maybe-a-departure from Blink-182, DeLonge sat down with Paper Magazine for a lengthy interview that goes pretty far down the tin-foil-hat rabbit hole. A couple highlights:
…You have to understand, I’ve been involved in this for a long time. I have sources from the government. I’ve had my phone tapped. I’ve done a lot of weird stuff in this industry — people wouldn’t believe me if I told them. But this is what happens when you start getting on an email chains with hundreds of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and different universities around the country, and you start outing seniors scientists from Lockheed Martin talking about the reality of this stuff, guys that hold 30 patents, guys that work underground out in the Nevada test sites in Area 51…

On having his phone tapped:
Yeah, yeah I did. For quite some time. Years ago, there was somebody who was gathering 150 hours of top secret testimony specifically for Congressional hearings on government projects and the US secret space program. People from NASA, Rome, the Vatican, you name it, they’re all on there.

On whether his safety was in jeopardy:
They (the government) do weird stuff. At the time I didn’t know it, but the person I was dealing with was being awoken in the middle of the night with clicking and buzzing noises and falling on the ground vomiting, every morning at 4 a.m. I know now that those are artifacts from mind-control experiments, where the same technology that we use to find oil underground, we can zap somebody at the same frequency that the brain operates on, and it can cause some really horrific things to happen.

On spaceships:
One time I remember bringing up a very specific craft that I believe we’re building, in secret, to emulate the phenomenon that our government has been observing for decades. … I went through the whole thing, and this engineer looks at me, this guy is 70 years old, and he goes, “You better be real fucking careful about what you’re talking about.” And I go, “Okay, so I’m close.” And he goes, “I’m not fucking kidding with you. You better be really fucking careful.” And he calls me up the next day and he goes, “I’ve had calls about you. If someone comes and asks you to get in their car, don’t fucking get in the car.”

It’s a fairly compelling, or at least entertaining, read; you can scroll through the whole thing here. Seems there are a few schools of thought here. First, Tom’s completely lost his mind and is too far gone to come back to real life. Second, Tom’s imbibed in his fair share of pharmaceutical-grade hallucinogenics over the years…and is too far gone to come back to real life. Third, though, is that Tom’s right. What if it’s that? What if Tom’s right? We’re all pretty quick to dismiss the supernatural rantings of a madman…but what if the madman is on to something totally next-level? What do you think…column A, column B or column C? Something else entirely?


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Interview: Anthony Raneri addresses yesterday’s Bayside “controversy”

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:53 PM (PST)

Remember yesterday when we (and other outlets) brought to you the latest Bayside video? No? Let me refresh your memory.

Yesterday, Bayside released a lyric video for their new song “Dancing Like An Idiot.” in which they called out “bullshit bands,” all of whom are, and I quote, “basically One Direction if they all had throat tattoos.” The internet, in response, went gorilla cookies. In response to the outrage, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri issued a lengthy response today. Here’s an excerpt:
Let me first be clear that I’m not intending to backtrack or soften any criticism. We meant what we said in the song and it came out as we intended and we’re proud of it and its message. Dialogues are great and important. I said what I wanted in the song, a lot of people had responses, and now I want to continue the discussion and anyone is free to respond to this should they feel so inclined.

The song is about the people responsible for being a bad influence on “kids these days”. I’ve walked around Warped Tour and heard sexist and homophobic slurs come from the stage. I’ve heard front men implore girls to take their tops off. I’ve heard not giving a fuck championed and encouraged. I do give a fuck and I want kids to give a fuck about what they do and say and become. I want to challenge people to be better and I don’t know if I am doing that but I can be proud to say that I take my responsibility seriously and try everyday to at least not make it worse.

If you’re so inclined, you can check out the whole text below. It’s an interesting read. What’s your take on the Bayside “controversy”? Either side valid, or is this whole thing “Deflategate – Warped Tour Edition”?

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Propagandhi still actively writing new songs for next album

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:53 PM (PST)

Back in July of 2014, we let you all know Propagandhi were working on some new songs for their next full-length album. Yesterday, the band revealed via Facebook that, seven months down the line, they’re still actively working on music for the album. Five days a week, to be precise:

“We’ve been practicing 5 days a week working on new tunes and they are going great! We’ve had a few of our best jams ever in the last couple weeks, if all continues as planned this next record is going to be a really good ‘ern!”

If they keep going at their current pace, I’m assuming we’ll have a new 69-track follow up to their 2012 Epitaph debut Failed States within the next week or so. But I’ll wait ’til the band makes an official announcement before jumping to conclusions.

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Dead Rejects (NJ skacore) fundraising for new album

Posted by strumz on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM (PST)

New Jersey skacore act Dead Rejects have launched an Indiegogo campaign to cover recording costs for their fifth album, Could Be Worse. You can check out the campaign details right here.

Dead Rejects released their last album, This Is Killing Me, on June 24, 2014.


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Manchester Punk Festival adds more bands to the lineup

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:52 AM (PST)

TNSrecords, Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones have announced several more bands that are part of this year’s Manchester Punk Festival line-up. These include Atlas Losing GripApologies, I Have None, Creeper, The Murderburgers, and more. Check out the full lineup on the poster above!

These bands will be joined by the previously announced bands: headliners The FilamentsStand Out Riot, the Stupids, Vanilla Pod, Roughneck Riot, Bear Trade, Tosserlad, the Domestics, Acid Drop, 2 Sick Monkeys, Jenkem, Sombulance, Dead Neck, the Restarts, Wonk Unit, Crazy Arm, Almeida, Fair Do’s, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Great Cynics, Throwing Stuff, Wadeye, and more, bringing the total number of bands to 47.

The festival will be held on April 17-18, 2015 in Manchester, England, across two stages on Saturday at Sound Control, and supporting gigs at various smaller venues. For more information, check out the festival’s website.

Tickets are available from TNSrecords webstore, individually or in different bundles.

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Senses Fail and Man Overboard announce split EP

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM (PST)

New Jersey-based post-hardcore act Senses Fail and pop-punks Man Overboard have just announced that they will be releasing a split EP together, which is slated for release on March 3rd. A track is expected to be released by Senses Fail tomorrow, February 3rd.

Senses Fail released their fifth album, Renacer, in March 2013 via Staple Records. They recently signed to Pure Noise Records, and have just finished recording their sixth album, which is slated for release this summer. The latest release from Man Overboard was their acoustic EP, Passing Ends, which was released in October via the band’s own Lost Tape Collective.

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Franz Nicolay announces collaborative 7″, releases artwork

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4:20 PM (PST)

Franz Nicolay (formerly of World/Inferno Friendship Society and The Hold Steady) has just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming 7″, which features two non-album tracks. The artwork is displayed above.

The 7″ features Andrew Seward (ex-Against Me!) on bass, Ara Babajian (Leftover Crack) on drums, and Yoni Gordon on guitar, serving as an appropriate follow-up to Franz Nicolay’s January 19th release of To Us, The Beautiful, which featured the same artists in its tracks.

The pending 7″ will be released on March 14th via Make-That-A-Take Records. Ticket and 7″ bundles are available here, for those that are considering seeing the group in Dundee this spring.

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The Used guitarist Quinn Allman has just announced he will be taking a temporary leave of absence from the band. While The Used is on tour, Allman will be replaced by Saosin guitarist Justin Shekosk. The band had the following to say about the temporary lineup change:

We are saddened to announce that Quinn will be taking a temporary hiatus from the band for the next year.

Quinn is a vital part of the group and ee wish him the best in his upcoming endeavors and look forward to the day he rejoins us on the road.

We are thrilled, however, to share that Justin Shekoski of Saosin will be filling in for Quinn as we hit the road this year! Justin has been a close friend to all of us for many years and will help make this tour a memorable one!

The Used

The Used last released “Imaginary Enemy” in April 2014 via Hopeless Records. They will soon be hitting the road with Every Time I Die, check the tour dates out here.

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The Octopussys tease new album

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8:48 AM (PST)

Belgian punk band The Octopussys have released the teaser for a new album expected to be released later this year. Check it out below and we will keep you posted as more details come to light.

The band’s debut album, Face the World, was released in 2011 via Funtime Records.

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L7 announce reunion shows and documentary

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM (PST)

A month ago, we reported that legendary female-fronted alternative punk act L7 had been teasing plans for a reunion with the original lineup. This time, the band announced that they will be playing their first shows with the original lineup in 19 years at Azkena Rock Festival in Spain on June 19th and Hellfest in France the day after. More shows are expected to be announced soon.

L7 currently have no plans to release new material or embark on a full-scale tour, but they have announced that a kickstarter campaign has been set up for the upcoming documentary L7: Pretend We’re Dead. No release date has been set, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on the documentary come to light.

L7 broke up in 2001 after six albums, and the original lineup last performed together in 1996, when bassist Jennifer Finch left the band.

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Yesterday, as some of you may recall, news broke that Tom DeLonge and Blink 182 would be parting ways indefinitely. DeLonge initially denied the reports, posting a short statement in an attempt to discredit the press release announcing his departure. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker then took part in an interview with Rolling Stone, officially confirming he was no longer part of the band.

Now, DeLonge has come forth with a statement much lengthier than the one he released yesterday afternoon. If you wanna check it out, the whole thing can be read below.

As always, we’ll keep you all posted on any future developments surrounding this story.

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San Francisco-based vinyl manufacturer Pirates Press has just made an incredible announcement. The company is getting ready to receive the world’s first new vinyl pressing machine in over 30 years, and while many have been phasing out of vinyl, Pirates Press saw the resurgence of popularity in wax, and is now positioned to be at the forefront of production. Last year, Pirates Press made about 2.5 million records, and with the addition of this new machine, hopes are to double that number.

While the majority of products share a punk/metal theme, Pirates Press gained their foothold in the industry working with large labels like Sony and Warner Brothers to manufacture their records. The early success of Pirates Press allowed the founders to create a label under which to release their favorites musicians. The result is Pirates Press Records, which has been integral in the promotion of some of the most successful punk bands around. Many of us are familiar with their recent releases from Street Dogs, Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, Bishops Green, and more. Additionally, every year the company holds a huge anniversary party, celebrating success, friendship, unity, and of course music! The label is going into their 11th year, and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down, in fact they are on their way to cementing their place in the annals of punk history.

The machine will be received by GZ Media in the Czech Republic, one of the industry’s largest vinyl manufacturers and a strong partner with Pirates.

Pirates Press founder Eric Mueller recently sat down with independent media KQED for a little interview to discuss this momentous occasion, and what the future holds for Pirates Press. Check it out here.

Today’s been quite an emotional roller coaster for Blink 182 fans. It all started when word got out that guitarist/vocalist and founding member Tom DeLonge had parted ways with the band, and Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba would be filling his shoes for the foreseeable future. Shortly after the news broke, DeLonge released a statement of his own, saying he “never quit the band,” and that he “was on a phone call about a Blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in.”

Now, bassist/vocalist/co-founder Mark Hoppus and longtime drummer Travis Barker have come forth with their own side of the story, announcing that DeLonge is, in fact, no longer a member of the band. Hoppus stated the following regarding Tom’s departure:

“For the past two years, we’ve been working with a bunch of different labels to try and get a record deal because the three of us collectively decided that we wanted to make a record with a partner. A few months ago, Travis has this festival that he is co-owner of and presenting and he asked Tom and I if we would play and we said, “No problem.” At the end of December, we were finalizing our record deal and on Christmas Eve, all three of us signed the deal. We had been talking about where we wanted to record, what producers we want to use, what day we want to start. This is all through e-mail. I don’t think either of us have spoken to Tom in person in months, but everything’s been moving positively.

We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely. There’s a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, “Tom. Is. Out.” Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.”

And Barker had this to say about Tom denying he and the band had split:

“I think he’s just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before. It was always, “We’re going to record an album,” then “Tom refuses to get into the studio without a record deal.” So everyone does hella amounts of work to get a record deal and now Tom isn’t part of Blink-182. It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful. You don’t even have the balls to call your bandmates and tell them you’re not going to record or do anything Blink-related. You have your manager do it. Everyone should know what the story is with him and it’s been years with it. When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”

Right now, it looks like DeLonge is gone for good, considering Hoppus himself described Tom saying he was quitting the band as “a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it.” But anything’s possible, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any future developments surrounding this crazy story.

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Tom DeLonge now claims that he never quit Blink 182

Posted by hayley on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM (PST)

So a few hours ago, we posted the earth shattering news that Tom Delonge had quit Blink-182 and that the band would be touring with Matt Skiba as a temporary replacement.

Well now apparently Tom Delonge is claiming that he never actually quit the band. In a somewhat (very) bizarre instagram post, he had the following to say:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs

I’m just as confused as you are. We’ll keep you guys updated once more details come to light. Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled “Dogs Eating Dogs” in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records.

UPDATE: Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have confirmed DeLonge is no longer a member of the band, and that his retaliatory statement was false. More info here.

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