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Brie McWane, Dave McWane, Erin MacKenzie dish on The Doped Up Dollies

The lovely Brie McWane, Dave McWane, and Erin MacKenzie (all of Big D & The Kids Table) were kind enough to share some insider info and answer a few questions about their new project The Doped Up Dollies for us Dying Scenesters!

Front-lady Brie had this to say about her hopes for the music:

“We want our listeners to take a positive outlook from this record. The world can be a dark and negative place sometimes and we wanted to present an outlet to our listeners and find strength within themselves. You need to make your own sunshine sometimes and put out that PMA!”

Stay in the loop and check out the full scoop on The Doped Up Dollies recording process, musical influences, and aspirations below!

You can stream their first single “Make Your Own Sunshine” here.



DS Interview: Versus The World on new album “Homesick/Roadsick” and the perils of maintaining ‘supergroup’ status

The internet, including Wikipedia (which we are STILL banned from), will tell you that supergroups never work out. However, that fact falters in the face of Versus The World. Featuring members of the Ataris and Lagwagon, the California act churns out melodic anthems and serves as a reminder that heavy songs can still sound fun. The band exemplifies this in their third studio effort Homesick/Roadsick, a sucker-punch of an album that gets catchier with every listen. We were able to catch up with frontman Donald Spence before he embarks on an extensive European tour with the rest of our crew.

You can read the full interview below.



Ice-T talks about Body Count’s remake of Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized”

Body Count frontman Ice-T talked to Team Rock Radio about their remake of the Suicidal Tendencies classic ”Institutionalized”, explaining:

“We did Institutionalized to pay homage to Suicidal because they were the first band out of the west coast rocking the Dickies, the bandanas and having that west coast look. When we first came out, most of our fans were Suicidal fans. They migrated to our shows. So we did their song and we were happy that they liked it. Nothing but respect for Suicidal.

I liked the record because it was more of a rant than a song. With a lot of punk rock back in the day, you always tried to get some kind of point across. Michael was kind of just saying, ‘I’m just going through it as a kid. Mom is telling me I’m on drugs, all I want is a Pepsi.’”

Body Count’s version of ”Institutionalized” is taken from their latest album Manslaughter, which was released over exactly a year ago. The original version is taken from Suicidal Tendencies’ iconic self-titled debut album from 1983.



DS Exclusive: Sal Medrano of Rebuilder on “Rock And Roll In America,” and building a band in the current punk scene

There comes a time in the life of many a local band when the inevitable “shit-or-get-off-the-pot” decision presents itself. There are seemingly limitless potential catalysts for such a decision: excessive drinking and drugs, fights over who wasn’t pulling their weight at load in/load out, band members getting married, band members having kids, people bring unable to tour due to day jobs or unwilling to tour due to lack of motivation, and on and on and on. For now-defunct Boston punk band Dead Ellington, that moment came by way of a principle member moving across country. Says former frontman Sal “Ellington” Medrano: “In a nutshell, my best friend at the time and band member Jason (Caira) wanted to move to California… We we made the band right after high school together. He gave me a date that he was leaving and said I could not book anymore shows past that. I was thinking that, well, if we can’t be a band past then, then I guess I don’t really have much of a choice.”

In fact, Medrano did have a choice, albeit a bit of an imperfect one. “I could try to start another band, or I could just not be in a band at all,” says Medrano. The latter seems a tad unrealistic for someone who has been in and around the Boston scene for as long as Medrano. But the fracturing of a band, of any relationship really, can force one to contemplate some rather existential issues.  ”Not being in a band anymore was, at the time, a very strong option,” Medrano comments rather directly. “I could just not throw my money into this anymore and not stress myself out with everything that comes along with it. But I kind of enjoyed it too much to just not do that.”

Medrano had already had a batch of songs written that were a little different than his previous Dead Ellington efforts. Committed to seeing his ideas through, Medrano contacted some of the various one-time members of Dead Ellington for his new project. But while many of the names and faces would be the same, their roles, and ultimately the vibe, would be very different. In addition to tackling vocal duties as he had in Ellington, Medrano, a drummer by trade, decided to pick up a guitar. “I said I’d suck it up and play guitar in this band,” Medrano says, only half-jokingly. “There’s plenty of people who are awful at guitar who are in bigger bands, so I can be awful at guitar and be in a band as well!” He enlisted the help of one-time Dead Ellington drummer Craig Stanton, though Stanton had no real desire to man the drumkit in the new project. Instead, Stanton, who’d been writing ideas of his own on guitar for a while, joined as essentially a co-guitarist and dual vocalist. Bass playing duties would be handled by Dan Carswell, who’d learned bass specifically to join Dead Ellington on their last tour dates. Still in need of a drummer, for their first batch of songs, Medrano and company turned to Rick Smith who, while a drum instructor, was perhaps best known in Dead Ellington circles for his keyboarding duties. However, Smith had no lingering desire to join as a full-time drummer. Who was left to turn to? Former Dead Ellington bass player and admittedly, says Medrano, “the best guitar player any of us know,” Brandon Phillips.

And so it was that Rebuilder was born.

Many of the parts may be pre-existing, and they may have taken a bit of a circuitous route in coming together, but the reception Rebuilder (with Smith providing keyboard duties whenever possible) has already been different than the reception to Dead Ellington’s seven-ish year run ever was. How different? “It’s night and day,” says Medrano (pictured above in the American flag shirt alongside his Rebuilder bandmates at the Rock And Roll In America release show). So different, in fact, that “it’s really one of those things where I wish that I stopped doing Dead Ellington a long time ago. I think I was not able to look at the band and see that it wasn’t working.” Now in their third year as a band, Rebuilder have already put out an EP (plus a bonus Christmas EP), opened for the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Frank Turner, booked a few of their own tours, made appearances at the Pouzza and Skate & Surf Fests, and booked shows at this year’s Fest in Gainesville. Their debut full length, Rock and Roll In America, was just released via New Jersey’s Panic State Records, and strong enough that it can only serve to propel the band forward.

It takes less than one full listen to realize that RNRIA was written and recorded as an album, rather than as merely a collection of a dozen-or-so songs that sound okay together. One of the bigger differences between Dead Ellington and Rebuilder are the the lyrics themselves. Frequently one for being nothing if not honest, Medrano admits that in Dead Ellington, the goal was to write more for what it was assumed people wanted to hear. In Rebuilder, that level of pretense has disappeared, finding Medrano and Stanton writing their lyrics more for themselves, as a way to process their own issues. Though the two wrote their respective lyrics separately, you’d never really know it by listening to the album, as the words and their voices blend seamlessly.

If you’re of a certain age and thus grew up in the modern Golden Age of American punk music, you’ll no doubt recognize some familiar themes. Depression. Anxiety. Alienation. Being an outcast. The same energy that launched legions of Lookout Records and Fat Wreck Chords bands a generation ago. “I wasn’t really a popular kid growing up, I kinda just stayed home and played drums all day,” says Medrano in a sentiment that’s been echoed by millions. “You find music that speaks to you, really,” he continues. “I remember when I first listened to NOFX, they were the first punk band I ever heard. And for as goofy as it is, there are themes in there that are just about growing up and being alienated. I think that’s why I gravitated towards punk rock. And I think that’s always been why I wanted to play music.”

And yet, somewhere along the line, the themes that essentially fed the punk movement for so long seem to have gotten lost in the crowd somewhere. “I don’t see a bunch of teenage kids starting bands anymore,” says Medrano. “When I walk in to a Guitar Center, they’re selling either more towards EDM or just not selling really cool shit at all. A lot of teenagers that aren’t starting a lot of bands and that aren’t putting their heart and effort into it because there isn’t any real role model.” Rebuilder in general, and Rock And Roll In America specifically, are a big step in the direction of taking some of that back. While there’s an earnest, at times startling, amount of sincerity in the vocals both on record and particularly in live performances, Medrano and company are careful to not take themselves too seriously, as evidenced by even the quickest of looks at their Bill Murray (formerly Bill Cosby) -adorned merch, or Medrano’s Instagram page. “I do think we’re really lucky to do what we’re doing, even though we’re definitely not making a living doing it,” says Medrano.” “Just the fact that this record is out and that people like it is a big deal to us. It’s a big deal to me because I’m always, like, ‘if I die tomorrow, will I leave anything behind that’s having any lasting effect?’ The fact that this is out and will always be out makes me very happy.”

Head below to check out our discussion in full. We cover a lot of ground, from the Dead Ellington years to the state of the Warped Tour, to singing a song with a chorus that includes “anything’s better than New Jersey” to a bunch of kids in Asbury Park, to a virtual how-to on getting involved in bands and making connections in your scene, even if your own scene doesn’t have its own Dropkick Murphys or Mighty Mighty Bosstones to guide the way.

Rock And Roll In America was released June 2nd on Panic State Records. Get it here.



Noodles talks about new Offspring album and “Coming for You”

In a recent interviewThe Offspring guitarist Noodles offered updates on the band’s long-awaited new album, revealing that the making of their follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By is slowly coming together. He states:

“We’re kind of in and out of the studio infrequently, actually, right now. We’re hoping to get back in, but we’re doing a lot of one-off (performances).”

Noodles also said that their new single “Coming for You”, which was released last January, is expected to be on the new album. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Offspring album come to light. The band last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which featured covers of songs originally by Bad Religion and Pennywise.



Bad Brains’ Dr. Know talks about Woodstock sessions

Washington, D.C. hardcore icons Bad Brains entered a studio in Woodstock, New York yesterday to record a new EP in front of an audience of 60-70 people, with Jamaican singer Jesse Royal filling in for H.R. The EP will be part of a series of similar recording sessions called The Woodstock Sessions. About these sessions, guitarist Dr. Know told Fuse:

“It’s gonna be like a gig, but a recording gig. It’s great to have participation with the audience, to get a little feedback. “Did you like that solo guys?” [Laughs]“

Dr. Know was also asked if he plans to work with H.R. in the future, he simply responded, “Only Jah know.”

Bad Brains have not released a statement whether H.R. is out of the band, or will be involved in the recording of their next studio album, which will be their first since 2012′s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on H.R.’s status with Bad Brains come to light.



Social Distortion to release new album next year?

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness apparently told the German website Krone that their long-awaited new album should be ready for a 2016 release, which will be their first since 2011′s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Ness also said that the record might be a sequel to their 1992 classic album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Social D record come to light. The band recently wrapped up a European tour by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their iconic self-titled album. They continue to celebrate this anniversary when they tour the U.S. this fall.



DS Exclusive Interview: Rob Lind (Ramallah, Sinners & Saints) talks music, family, and more

On Friday, we brought you the first installment of our interview with Rob Lind (if you missed it, you can read it here).  If you read it, you now know where Rob has been for the past 8 years, and what led him to take such a long hiatus in the first place.

Now, find out where his music is taking him, as he talks about the brand new split between Ramallah and Sinners & SaintsBack from the Land of Nod, which was released this past month on State Line Records.  Read the full interview below.

Sinners & Saints will be playing their first club show in 11 years on Friday, May 29th, in Cambridge, MA.  You can find more info on that here.



DS Exclusive Interview: Rob Lind (Ramallah, Sinners & Saints) is back and has a whole lot to say

Many of you have heard the music of Rob Lind (Ramallah, Sinners & Saints, Blood For Blood), but the world has not heard from him for nearly a decade, as he withdrew from the scene to sort out his personal demons.  Now, Rob Lind is back, with a Ramallah/Sinners & Saints split EP and at least one show scheduled, and he wants to tell you where he’s been.

You can check out the first part Rob’s first U.S. interview in 8 years below, and stay tuned for Part 2, in which Rob will delve more into songwriting, the bands, and his creative process.

Rob’s hiatus will officially end when he takes the stage with Sinners & Saints on May 29th at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA with  The Old Edison, Nick and the Adversaries, and Death & Taxes.



Interview: Kevin Seconds (7Seconds) and KJ Jansen (Chixdiggit) discuss Pouzza Fest

Kevin Seconds of 7Seconds fame and and KJ Jansen from Chixdiggit! recently sat down with Raw Cut Media to discuss Pouzza fest.

You can check it out below.



Dennis Lyxzén talks about new Refused album “Freedom”

Rolling Stone recently conducted an interview with Refused singer Dennis Lyxzén, who talked about the band’s reunion, their anticipated new album Freedom, and the future. About the new album, Dennis states:

“People have these expectations and beliefs that they pin on us. There are some fans who have lived with The Shape of Punk to Come for their entire lives and have decided that’s all we are. But now it’s time for us to decide what we want our legacy to be. And this album is a good start-over, so to speak.”

Freedom, which is due for release next month via Epitaph Records, will be Refused’s first new material since their seminal 1998 album, The Shape of Punk to Come.



DS Interview: Chris Dos (Anti-Flag) discusses American Spring, the future of White Wives, and activism

There is no argument that punk’s roots come from rebellion and revolution. It started as a movement to bring about change and spark activism. Long-standing political punks Anti-Flag, have a strong voice in this, and throughout their discography cover ground that ignites controversy and begs civilians to speak out against authority.

As the group gears up for the release of their 10th studio album, American Spring, we were able to chat with bassist Chris Dos about the meaning behind the album title, how to become an active member of your community, and his other project White Wives.

The full interview can be read below.



Billie Joe Armstrong talks about the next Green Day album

In a recent interviewGreen Day guitarist and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong talked the band’s next album, but is not sure when it will be released. Asked about the demos longtime producer Rob Cavallo mentioned nearly two weeks ago, Billie stated:

“I’ve got, like, four or five songs right now. I’m gonna take it really slow. I’m just gonna make sure every moment is inspired and that we have something that’s really special to us. And right now with the songs that we have, it’s going in the right direction.”

Green Day last released a trilogy of albums, entitled ¡Uno!¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, in 2012 on Reprise Records.



Suicidal Tendencies working on new music

In a recent interview, Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Dean Pleasant revealed that the band has been working on new music for a possible compilation release. He states:

“Yes, as a matter of fact, we have a few songs we are working on now maybe some compilations in the future. Yes, we have Europe tour coming in a few cool dates in the United States also we will be playing on a cruise ship for the first time that should be fun.

Suicidal Tendencies last released 13, their first album in 13 years, in March 2013. Later this month, the band will be touring Mexico and Europe.



Noodles talks new Offspring album and songwriting process

The Offspring guitarist Noodles recently spoke to Telegram about the band’s next album, stating that they will enter the studio whenever they can. He also said that The Offspring don’t have a deadline for the next album, but hope it will be released in the near future. About the songwriting process, Noodles states:

“Before, we couldn’t really afford to spend all of our time in the studio. Dexter would usually write [songs] in his truck and them we would get together and hash them out. Now, it all ends up being written right in front of the microphone, and we change it there. It’s still pretty organic.”

The Offspring last released the Summer Nationals EP in August 2014, which featured covers of songs originally by Bad Religion and Pennywise. Their latest full-length studio album, Days Go By, was released in 2012 on Columbia Records.