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Blue Intruder of Masked Intruder was interviewed on the Rocket From Russia podcast. During the interview they discussed the band’s latest album, stealing Chixdiggit and more.

You can check it out here.

Masked Intruder’s new album M.I. was released on May 27th through Fat Wreck Chords. The band will be touring in support of the record all year long.

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Pennywise already working on next album

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM (PST)

Even though Yesterdays is only one week old, Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg recently told Daily Breeze that he and guitarist Fletcher Dragge have been working on new songs for their next album. He explains:

“We’re not talking about what’s next at the moment. We just want to enjoy the moment, enjoy playing on the tour. I have some new songs, Fletcher probably has some songs. When it feels normal and right, we’ll start playing and putting them out. You never want to feel like you have to put out a record. It should be, “I wrote this song and I really love it and I want to play it with you guys.” That’s the time to record new songs.”

Yesterdays was released last Tuesday on Epitaph Records, and is their first album with Lindberg since 2008′s Reason to Believe. To support Yesterdays, Pennywise will take part in the Summer Nationals tour with The OffspringBad ReligionThe Vandals, and Stiff Little Fingers. After that, they will tour Europe with Rise Against.

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After much speculation (and apparently some very false starts), Mark Hoppus confirmed in a recent interview that Blink-182 will begin writing and recording their long-awaited new album after their summer tour.

Blink-182 last self-released an EP entitled Dogs Eating Dogs in December 2012, after parting ways with Interscope Records. Their last full-length studio album, Neighborhoods, was released in September 2011.

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Jim Lindberg talks about “Yesterdays” and his reunion with Pennywise

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM (PST)

In an interview with L.A. Weekly, Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg talked about his reunion with the band, and their latest record Yesterdays, which is technically a proper album, but contains previously-unreleased songs written by their late bassist Jason Thirsk. Asked what inspired him to rejoin Pennywise, Jim replied:

“I just wanted what was going on to stop. You can’t have a song like “Bro Hymn” which is about friendship, unity, and sticking with your friends and then have a total fracture in the middle of the band. Unfortunately, we started having our problems when e-mail became the primary source of communication. That’s the worst way for bands to do business. We learned the hard way but I think we’ve hugged it out.”

Jim also talked about what inspired the band to revisit unreleased songs and put them on record, saying “These are the songs I fell in love with when [guitarist Fletcher Dragge] asked if I wanted to try out for Pennywise [in 1988]. These songs are from when we didn’t care about anything except playing backyard parties and having fun. It’s very unambitious.”

Yesterdays was released last Tuesday on Epitaph Records, and is their first album with Lindberg since 2008′s Reason to Believe. To support Yesterdays, Pennywise will take part in the Summer Nationals tour with The OffspringBad ReligionThe Vandals, and Stiff Little Fingers. After that, they will tour Europe with Rise Against.

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Video: take a virtual trip to the record store with Mikey Erg

Posted by david on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM (PST)

The folks at Punk Rock Pravda recently caught up with the illustrious Mikey Erg (The Ergs, Star Fucking Hipsters, Worriers, etc.) while he was record shopping at In Your Ear Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While sorting through the shop’s bins, Mikey shows off and discusses around 20 albums that he finds, explaining why they pique his interest.

His picks range from punk legends like Naked Raygun and the Bush Testras, to pop stars like Madonna and Stevie Wonder, and a number of artists you’ve probably better heard of in between (including one who had Simpsons/Futurama creator Matt Groening do their cover art).

Check the video out below.

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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way reflects on his career in the band and lists some of his solo influences in a recent interview which you can check out below.

The group broke up about a year ago and Way has been working on his debut solo album “Hesitant Alien” which is planned for release in the fall. Listen to his first single “Action Cat” here.

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This past April marked 20 years since The Offspring released their third album Smash, which broke the band into the punk rock mainstream, and remains the best-selling independent record of all time. To further commemorate the occasion, guitarist Noodles talked to Ghetto Juice about the 20th anniversary and success of Smash. When asked if it was safe to say that Smash “put the Offspring on the map”, Noodles stated:

“When we were recording Smash, Ignition had sold 50,000 copies and the first record probably a thousand so we were hoping to do more than 50,000 with Smash. What was cool about that is it changed our lives. What we did for a hobby and fun became what we did for a living at that point and we all got to quit our day jobs and do this full time. We also decided to stay with Epitaph and do it independent and spend a lot of our own money and use a lot of our own resources for promotion, which was kinda unheard of at the time, especially for a record this big. A lot of bands once they start getting big, they switch to a major label and use the label’s resources. It’s also the number one most selling independent record of all time and given what the internet has done to music sales, it will probably stay that way!”

Noodles also offered his opinions on going from a local band with an underground following to a platinum selling band after Smash. He stated, “Yeah, wow! Because the first ten years, we didn’t really have a fan base. I don’t think we ever drew more than 50 people and then Smash came out and changed it all. All of sudden we were drawing hundreds and then thousands. What was cool about the punk rock scene at the time during the early 90s after Nirvana was we started getting more and more of the surfers, skaters and snowboarders. Epitaph was really smart in lending a lot of our songs to those sort of videos and not just us but Pennywise, Bad Religion, Rancid and NOFX. I think that music just kinda worked with those sorts of videos. It was cool to see all the extreme sports guys, it wasn’t just punkers with mohawks, it was boarders!”

The Offspring are currently unsigned, but have reportedly been working on new material with producer Bob Rock. Their last studio album, Days Go By, was released in June 2012 on Columbia Records. The band will release a special edition of Smash in mid-August on their former label Epitaph Records.

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Pennywise members talk about “Yesterdays”

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:27 AM (PST)

In an interview with OC Weekly, Pennywise members Jim Lindberg and Fletcher Dragge talked about the band’s “new album” Yesterdays, which contains newly recorded and previously unreleased tracks written by their late bassist Jason Matthew Thirsk, and is due for release on Tuesday (July 15th). About the direction of the album, Jim stated:

“We were definitely more of a melodic hardcore band back then, in the style of 7 Seconds and Descendants. There’s a lot of cool bass lines going on and a lot more melody than we had on later albums. Going back to these songs kind of opens the door to say, ‘Hey, we played this style of music when we were starting out; there’s nothing wrong with opening it up a little bit.’”

On the recording sessions of Yesterdays, which took place at a studio in Hermosa Beach, Fletcher said, “We just got in a room and said, ‘Fuck it, we’re playing these old songs; we’re having fun’.”

To support Yesterdays, Pennywise will take part in the Summer Nationals tour with The OffspringBad ReligionThe Vandals, and Stiff Little Fingers. After that, they will tour Europe with Rise Against.

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Atreyu members talk about their reunion, tease plans for new music

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM (PST)

Atreyu members Brandon Saller (drums) and Dan Jacobs (guitar) recently spoke to Loudwire about the band’s reunion, which they describe as “a fresh start”. Asked how the reunion came together, Jacobs replied:

“Discussions probably began about eight months ago. We all had dinner one night in Huntington Beach and figured out that we had an urge to make more music. It was that simple. We talked about some options and things grew really fast.”

When asked if a 10th anniversary celebration for their second album The Curse was in the cards, Saller mentioned that Atreyu does not have a label, but teased plans for some new music, “We’re starting to think about little things we might do but those won’t be a focal point. If we do anything at all like that it’ll just be a piece of the puzzle. We’re not looking to promote anniversaries or anything just yet, this is a fresh start for us and we really just want to have fun and pick up where we left off before making any concrete plans. We don’t even have a label yet, but I’m guessing that’s going to change pretty soon. Because we do want to make new music. And so we will.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Atreyu last released Congregation of the Damned in October 2009 on Hollywood Records, and went on hiatus two years later. They hinted at the possibility of a new song a year ago, but nothing came to fruition.

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Guttermouth announces live album in interview with Bird Attack Radio

Posted by Jonathan Lyte on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM (PST)

The members of Guttermouth  were recently interviewed by the folks down at Bird Attack Radio. Mark Adkins, Geoff Armstrong, and Justin Vanwestbroek were each interviewed and spoke about the band’s plans to release a live album this fall. They also spoke about their next full-length album, which is due to release at the end of this year or by early 2015. The interview begins at 46:19, you can give it a listen here.

Guttermouth’s last full-length release was their 2006 album Shave The Planet, which they released through Volcom Entertainment.

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The food vendors at the festival were very reasonably priced, let’s just say I ate my share of poutine. As I walked through the village I encountered a sea of punk rockers and metal heads being very courteous to everyone around and to one another. Folks had their own vending stations along with camping options set up on their lawns, it was a unique sight to see. The neighborhood laundry mat served coffee and had a line out the door charging a dollar fifty to use the bathrooms. Amnesia provided plenty of porta potties but lets face it there’s nothing like sitting your cheeks on a real toilet; supply and demand.

Anti-Flag opened the show at noon but the crowd was unlike most opening-act crowds, they were massive and receptive. I had a chance to interview Chris No. 2 later in the day and believe me the band was more than pleased with the turn-out. What a way to start the second day of the show! Joan Jett was another unbelievable artist that performed at Amnesia that day. Actually before she came on stage, the crowd was chanting “Joan Jett, Joan Jett, Joan Jett…” I turned to the photographer on my right and jokingly said “What about the Blackhearts? Everybody always forgets about the Blackhearts”. But when Joan hit the stage she introduced herself and the band as follows “We are the Blackhearts”; I thought that was pretty cool of her to acknowledge the band over herself. In my opinion Joan Jett is the godmother of punk rock music and at her age she still looks great and sounds just as good as she ever has.

A huge and unexpected highlight to the festival were the three surprise performances by Tim Armstrong. He showed up and played an all acoustic set at the Music 4 Cancer booth in town, where a small lucky crowd got to hear Tim and other musicians perform classic Rancid songs. Armstrong also joined Devil’s Brigade and The Interrupters for on stage performances as well. As I mentioned in the Part One segment I missed a lot of acts because there was so much going on at one time and I am still kicking myself in the ass for missing these performances. However, meeting and mingling with Tim Timebomb almost made up for it, almost.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were the headlining cover band, well most likely because they were the only cover band but they were very entertaining to say the least and they incorporated songs into a punk rock show that you never would expect to hear. Primus was a class act along with the other bands from the main stage that executed top-notch performances such as Billy Talent and Alice In Chains. Mötley Crüe was the headliner and man do these guys embrace the fact that they are rock stars. There were over one-hundred bands that played Rockfest and to me they were all rock stars but as soon as the Crüe approached the stage there was a police presence in the VIP areas that was nonexistent for all previous performances and all of the spots I was allowed access to during every other performance were revoked. Honestly, I didn’t care. I haven’t really been into them since the late 80′s but I do have to say they still put on one hell of a show and I have had Nikki Sixx’s riffs in my head for over a week now. The encore was “Home Sweet Home”, which for me was the journey I would be facing in the morning.

All in all it was a time I’ll always remember despite the festival name being Amnesia. My last memory of the trip was coming back to the states, which is much more intense than getting into Canada. Now for the record I do not do drugs of any kind but for some reason the drug-sniffing dog at the border really liked me. Perhaps it had something to do with me being in the crowd at the Cypress Hill concert the night before but needless to say I was questioned about drugs and searched because of that crazy prejudice dog.

Click below to check out my interviews with Jim Blowers (Implants), Johnny Kelly (Danzig), Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes), Dan “Mr. Precision” (88 Fingers Louie), and Chris No. 2 (Anti-Flag).

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Lemmy (Motörhead) talks about his future and health problems

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM (PST)

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lemmy of Motörhead revealed that one of his most frequent visitors during his recent recovery from a number of health issues — which included heart trouble, diabetes and surgery — was former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. He stated:

“He was at my house more than he’s ever been before, encouraging me. He’s a really fucking good guy.”

In the same interview, Lemmy, who is now 68 years old, said that he can foresee the day when Motörhead will spend less time touring and spend more time in the studio. He said that he will stay on the road “as long as he can,” and added, “You kind of owe it to the people that put you up here. You should deliver. But if I can’t deliver, I’m never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I’ve seen people do it, and it’s just frightful. I’m old, you know. In two years I’m 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?”

Motörhead released their latest album Aftershock in October 2013.

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Mike Vallely comments on the possibility of new music from Black Flag

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM (PST)

Even though their latest album What The… is only less than a year old, Black Flag‘s lead singer Mike Vallely recently spoke to Nashville Scene about the possibility of the band’s next release. Asked if the band has been working on new music, Mike replied:

“We are always working on music. None of it is designated as Black Flag at this point. We don’t want to hinder the creative process by designating anything as such and such. The process is more important than the destination. Everything sorts itself out. The way we work has continued to evolve in many ways, but really is basically the same as when we started the Good for You stuff.”

What The… was released on December 3rd, 2013 via SST Records, and was Black Flag’s first album after a 28-year absence.

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NIGHT ONE (Thursday)

So I ended up taking the bus from Albany, NY to Montreal and eventually a second bus to Montebello, Quebec. I didn’t want the responsibility of driving home due to lack of sleep and the potential of still being intoxicated from the previous night so I allowed Greyhound to take the wheel. I gotta say, I’ve never witnessed so many mohawks sticking up over the seats on a bus before as I did on the way to Amnesia; I imagine it’s probably not that common of a sight. As we pulled into town I witnessed the main street in Montebello being completely taken over by my people “the punks”. Actually the first band member I ran into that night was Mark Adkins of Guttermouth, off to a good start!

It was Thursday night when I arrived, which was the night prior to the concerts, this way I could set up my camp and be prepared for the first day of festivities. By the time I got all checked in and figured out where to camp it was completely dark. I usually stay in a nearby hotel on these adventures but all of the hotels have been booked for a year in advance, so I was getting the full experience. Thanks to my neighbor campers for helping me put up my tent and for providing me with beers. There were two stores in town that you could purchase beer or cigarettes at but because over 200,000 people were in attendance (as reported by Amnesia Rockfest earlier this week), the lines to get into these places were lengthy. So for my first night I hung out with my fellow campers and crashed out pretty late but way earlier than the next two nights.

DAY ONE (Friday)

Damn, morning came fast but I had to get my ass up and hike my way to the show. The streets were mobbed and all I wanted was a cup of wake the fuck up. Surprisingly, there was a nearby eatery that wasn’t too packed so I got a cup of Joe to go! Now in order to get my press credentials in time for the first act, Streetlight Manifesto, I had to go a mile or so down the road (kilometers in Canadian) to the Chateau. The nice folks at Amnesia sent a van to pick me up and bring me there, they also brought me back to the concert site on a boat, which was pretty refreshing to feel the lake breeze on a day that felt like 100 degrees. Once inside the grounds I happily enjoyed hearing Streetlight, which I feel was the perfect way to set off the festival, “Ska-style”.

Honestly, I missed a lot of acts that I really wanted to see but there were five stages and very often at least three of them were playing simultaneously. I also had to spend a lot of time at Auberge Montebello in the media center, which I certainly am not complaining about because I got to meet some of my favorite entertainers. They say you can’t be in two places at once but at Amnesia it was more like you can’t be in ten places at once.

NOFX certainly was one of the best performances and Fat Mike and El Hefe were hilarious as always. They were making cracks on Five Finger Death Punch calling them Five Finger Death Cunt and making hand gestures trying to form a punch with five fingers using both hands. Besides the comedy portion of the show they actually played really well and the show was pretty awesome. My first big highlight of the weekend was being invited on stage to watch from behind while NOFX was performing. I also hung out with Eric Melvin for a couple of hours sharing personal experiences as parents. I opted not to take the media approach in this case and just enjoyed the conversation.

As the night progressed I had utilized my photo pass to get in the photography pit to take pics of Alkaline Trio, Weezer, Blink 182 and my favorite night-time act Suicidal Tendencies. The guys in Suicidal were amazing and they wouldn’t stand still, which made it difficult for me to capture a really good picture. The show was intense and during the last song the band invited members from the audience to come on stage and crowd surf on stage (literally on stage). Security decided that they may need back up to make sure everyone was returned safely to the audience but the new security, not knowing what the performing band’s singer looked like, accidentally shoved him into the crowd. It was pretty comical and there were no hard feelings shown once they realized he was in the band.

To quote Ice Cube “I got to say it was a good day”

Check out some quick video interviews I did on day with Chris No. 2 (Anti-Flag), Johnny Kelly (Danzig), Dan “Mr. Precision” (88 Fingers Louie), Jim Blowers (Implants) and Sebastian Ducap (Slaves On Dope) below.

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Alternative Press caught up with the guys in The Bouncing Souls for a quick video interview at Bonnaroo to discuss their plans to work on new music with their new drummer George Rebelo, Hopeless Romantic turning 15, and the band itself turning 25 this year.

Check it out below if you’ve got a few minutes to kill.

The Bouncing Souls’ latest full-length album Comet was released in 2012 through Rise Records & Chunksaah Records. Their split with The Menzingers entitled Shocking Split came out last November.

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