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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.



Matt Skiba says he hopes to become permanent member of Blink-182

In a recent interview, Matt Skiba talked about the possibility of becoming a permanent member of Blink-182, stating that he thinks recording a new album with the band would “seal the deal.” Here’s an excerpt from the interview with Alternative Nation:

When I spoke to Travis last month, he described the process as very positive and even considered writing an album with this new lineup. What are your thoughts on that idea?

I think that’s a great idea and it’s something we have discussed. I’m pleasantly surprised to see Travis mention it to you guys. It’s something I would be very excited to do and I’ve known the Blink guys for about fifteen years and we’ve become good friends. Playing songs I haven’t written with Mark and Travis is a blast, so to go in and create music with them would be amazing.

As of now, do you view yourself as a permanent member of the band?

I think it’s too soon to know. I’m about to go on an Alkaline Trio tour for a couple months. There’s some time and some things that those guys need to figure out before we can start saying I’m a permanent member. But that is a hope of mine. If we’re discussing recording an album, I think that seals the deal. But, we shall see, only time can tell.

In case you’re wondering why Matt Skiba is involved in Blink-182, it’s because the band parted ways with longtime guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge on not-so-amicable terms earlier this year. Those out of the loop can find more info on the situation here, here, and here.



DS Interview: Skinny Lister on “Down on Deptford Broadway,” the US/UK folk punk scene, and much more

It probably goes without saying that one of the gigantic perks of a “job” like amateur punk music journalist is getting to discover brand new bands. Typically this happens by way of emails of links to Soundcloud or Bandcamp or Youtube pages, but bands tend to make the most impact when you can discover them live. Such is the case for Skinny Lister. Admittedly unfamiliar with them prior to their opening slot on Flogging Molly‘s Green 17 tour a couple of years ago, they were quick to win the audience (myself included) over with a captivating performance and an infectious energy (particularly on the part of co-frontpersons(?) Daniel Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas and the latter’s brother, Maxwell) that damn near matched the evening’s headliners. The sing-along heavy set (which featured some rather memorable crowd-surfing by the double bass player Michael Camino) ranks on the short list of best live performances I’ve had the privilege of witnessing.

The two years that have passed since that installment of Green 17 wrapped have featured the English pub rockers perform successful stints at SXSW and on the Vans Warped Tour, as well as a high profile opening slot on the road with Dropkick Murphys. Their sophomore album, Down on Deptford Broadway, is due out tomorrow (April 21st) on Xtra Mile Recordings, and is an enjoyable step forward from their debut, Forge & Flagon. We traded emails with singer/guitarist Daniel Heptinstall to chat about the new album, and the experiences entailed in making a fairly quick leap from English pub band to big-time, international tour life. Check our chat out below!



Bad Religion’s Jay Bentley on the 25th anniversary of “Against the Grain”

Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley recently spoke to Yahoo! about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the band’s iconic record Against the Grain. He states:

“We were literally doing a new album a year back then. When Suffer turned 25 in 2013, I thought, “Man, that’s amazing.’ Then No Control turned 25 and we didn’t even talk about it. I thought that was kind of sad. And now, Against the Grain’s going to be 25. It’s kind of weird.”

Then Jay added, “Everybody has their own idea of what was the most important album. I think Suffer, No Control, and Against the Grain all seem to be sort of this package deal for a lot of people. Those three records came out within three years and I think they illustrated who we were and what we were doing as a band. Against the Grain turning 25 is sort of an indication of the end of that era.”

Against the Grain was originally released on November 23rd, 1990 through Epitaph Records, and became Bad Religion’s biggest selling record, selling more than 100,000 copies. It is also notable for the inclusion of “21st Century (Digital Boy)”, which would be re-recorded for the band’s 1994 breakthrough album Stranger Than Fiction; it was that version that became a hit and made Bad Religion famous.

Bad Religion recently announced that they will enter the studio around this fall to begin work on a new album, which will be their first since 2013′s True North, and their first with Mike Dimkich, who replaced longtime guitarist Greg Hetson last year.



Mike Ness talks about his upcoming book and new Social Distortion album

In a recent interview, Social Distortion founder and singer Mike Ness revealed that he has a few projects in the works, such as a new Social D album, his next solo album and an autobiography. About his upcoming book, Ness stated:

“When the book does come out, it’s not [gonna be] your stereotypical rock book. It’s more about my struggle to become a man at 52 years old , and I am still trying to figure that out. So much of your adult life is shaped and defined by the time you are 12 years old. You bring stuff with you that you don’t even know you have. You don’t have a lot of tools in your tool box, and so I have had to learn along the way. Fortunately I have a family and we are close, and we can talk about things.”

Ness also talked about the musical direction of the long-awaited new Social Distortion album, explaining, “I am still kind of figuring that out myself. I’ve written some great root songs that could very easily have been on the last record. But I wouldn’t say I’ve gone back to the punk roots so much. Part of me wants to play around with some primitive garage, dirty grooves, like early Sonics or Kinks, because I love that style of music and there are good melodies, so I don’t know.”

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011. The band will tour Europe next month by celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic self-titled third album.



Kurt Brecht talks about new D.R.I. EP

In a recent interview, D.R.I. frontman Kurt Brecht offered some details regarding the band’s anticipated new EP, which is due for release this year on Beer City Records and will be their first release with new drummer Brandon Karns, who replaced longtime member Rob Rampy last year. Brecht states:

“We just recorded a new EP that has three new songs and two re-recorded ones from years ago. We don’t have a name for it yet and still no release date planned, but it will be released on Beer City records. We also have a few other new songs, and we’ve been working in our new drummer, Brandon Karns, who joined us last summer.”

D.R.I.’s last full-length studio album, Full Speed Ahead, was released in 1995. Starting this Wednesday, the band will be touring the U.S., and then they will spend the summer embarking on a European tour.



DS Interview: Svetlanas’ Olga discusses their exile from Russia

As of September 2014, the Russian hardcore punk act Svetlanas have been banned in their homeland due to their anti-government stance and political commentary, not to mention their ever growing popularity…not only is the sale or possession of their music unlawful in Russia, they are also now no longer allowed to return to their country and are considered enemies of the state.

I was recently able to have a brief conversation with Olga of Svetlanas, who was kind enough to answer a few questions on the subject. The full interview can be read below.