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Avem

A punk band for the birds from the Idyllic Countryside of Southern Ontario.

Be Like Max

Be Like Max is a ska/punk collective from Las Vegas, Nevada who has been endlessly touring the United States since their inception in 2010. Recently, they have expanded internationally to Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, Canada and Brazil

Chixdiggit

Chixdiggit is a Canadian pop punk band formed in Calgary, Alberta.

Contests: Hey Western Canada! Win tickets to Punk In Drublic in Edmonton and Abbotsford

Punk In Drublic came back swinging this year, taking the hybrid punk rock festival and craft beer expo on the road in Europe and the US. Earlier this summer, we even had word that organizers Fat Mike and Cameron Collins had Western Canada in their bleary-eyed sights! Here at Punknews we love a good party, and given the geography in question we dialled up our Canuck-focused offshoot Some Party to jointly offer a pair of free tickets for both the Edmonton and Abbotsford shows. Each date features headliners NOFX, Descendents, PUP, Strung Out, and Voodoo Glow Skulls – with some local flavour kicking things off. Edmonton (September 3) includes an appearance by veteran Alberta pop-punkers Chixdiggit! and new upstarts Real Sickies, while Abbotsford (September 4) ropes in the BC hardcore/punk acts Modern Terror and Rest Easy! You can click below for more details, or cut to the chase and enter now!

Debt Cemetary

Fast Punk from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
FFO: Belvedere, No Trigger, Strike Anywhere

DS Exclusive: Debt Cemetary debut video for their cover of NOFX’s “Eat The Meek”

Happy Friday, gang! We’ve basically been back in business for a whole week at this point. Time flies, right? To celebrate, we’re bringing you the debut of a pretty fun new video. It comes to us from Toronto’s Debt Cemetary, and it’s for their cover of the NOFX classic “Eat The Meek”! Here’s what Debt […]

Happy Friday, gang! We’ve basically been back in business for a whole week at this point. Time flies, right?

To celebrate, we’re bringing you the debut of a pretty fun new video. It comes to us from Toronto’s Debt Cemetary, and it’s for their cover of the NOFX classic “Eat The Meek”!

Here’s what Debt Cemetary founding frontman had to say: “NOFX has gone above and beyond with songs that they’ve covered (ie, the Rancid BYO split) and we just wanted to show them that we really appreciate the effort put into those covers.”

Check out the video below, and check out Debt Cemetary’s band page for more info! The band will also be out on the upcoming Mute/Handheld tour in Ontario. Details here!

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DS Exclusive: Sic Waiting announce new album, “A Fine Hill To Die On,” debut video for “Uncommon Veins”

Super big news day from the Sic Waiting camp! First and foremost, the So Cal punk vets have announced a brand new album. It’s called A Fine Hill To Die On, and it’s due out on November 4th. Thousand Islands Records is handling the release in the US and Canada, with Pee Records and Lockjaw […]

Super big news day from the Sic Waiting camp!

First and foremost, the So Cal punk vets have announced a brand new album. It’s called A Fine Hill To Die On, and it’s due out on November 4th. Thousand Islands Records is handling the release in the US and Canada, with Pee Records and Lockjaw Records teaming up for the Australia and EU/UK versions respectively. Pre-orders are available here – get on it!

To whet your appetite for what’s to come, the band have also unveiled a lyric video for the lead single. It’s a track called “Uncommon Veins” and we promise you – it rips! Check it out below!

The Cameron Webb-produced A Fine Hill To Die On is Sic Waiting’s first full-length since 2015’s Derailer.


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DS Exclusive/Show Gallery: La Armada

Story and Photography by Meredith Goldberg Back on July 25th, La Armada kicked off a mini tour in Chicago at The Burlington in support of its most recent record, Anti-Colonial Vol. 2. I caught up with founding member, and guitarist, Paúl Rivera, after the show to discuss, influences, legacies, and what drives them musically and otherwise.  La […]

Story and Photography by Meredith Goldberg

Back on July 25th, La Armada kicked off a mini tour in Chicago at The Burlington in support of its most recent record, Anti-Colonial Vol. 2. I caught up with founding member, and guitarist, Paúl Rivera, after the show to discuss, influences, legacies, and what drives them musically and otherwise. 

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La Armada was first formed in 2001 by grade school friends in the Dominican Republic: guitarist Jonathan Salazar, guitarist Paúl Rivera, bassist Mani Marte, and drummer Eric Urrea. Casper Torres has been on vocals for the group for a decade and is from Puerto Rico. “We have been going to play shows in Puerto Rico pretty much since we were 14 or 15 years old, so we all knew each other and grew up as friends,” says guitarist Paúl Rivera.

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“We discovered punk, hardcore and metal pretty much in the mid 90’s when internet service became available in the Dominican Republic. Metal is more known in the DR, and we enjoyed it but never really identified with the lyrics and imagery.”

Rivera continues, “Punk came more natural because we were feeling a lot of the same discontent they would be singing about, especially because during that time we were on the tail end of a  dictatorship state and on route to a Neo-liberal pseudo dictatorship.” 

Growing up in the DR, the band members were exposed to music at very young ages. “Music is always around in the Caribbean. Our first form of musical love was what was around, merengue, salsa, and Bachata. But once we discovered Spanish punk, American metal, and so on that’s when it became an obsession. “

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However, that obsession did not cause the band to entirely separate from the music of its native region. Rather, it fused the multiple genres to create its own unique sound. 

“When you are young and on the island you kinda rebel against the music your parents listened to, when you grow up and become an immigrant there is a yearning for it and those are the rhythms we try and incorporate into the heavy genres we participate in.”

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While La Armada has always had much to say with its music, Rivera notes the group has one strong, recurring theme, “Anti-Colonialism. Which we explain is just not in the historical context of large nations extracting the wealth of the global south. We also lump up what we call “neocolonialism” into this motto, which we define as all external forces that have an influence over masses of people, like news, information, social media, ads, product placements, etc. 

Rivera adds: “A lot of these things are destroying our sense of worth, the environment and each other, but we consume it daily because it’s wrapped up as entertainment. It’s hard to know right now what is more dangerous, the physical or the digital sword.”

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I also asked Rivera what are some of the bands and sounds most influential, to La Armada. “Musically it’s all over the place. Spanish Punk rock like La Polla, Escuela de Odio, and more. American Hardcore like Bad Brains and Sick of it All, the island music we grew up with like merengue and bachata. Canadian, melodic Punk like Propagandhi, classic metal bands. And on and on.” 

Turning to the way the band operates, Rivera says, “As a band model, we take a lot from the DIY hip hop scene. Limited Merch drops, live sampling, owning your own masters, etc.”

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From Burlington Bar’s stage, band members spoke repeatedly about pursuing your art and how artists need to really go after it. Rivera expanded on that post-show.

“We’re just at point where we’ve been doing this for so long and are now in our mid and late 30’s that anything other than being the absolute best version of the band wouldn’t be worth it.”

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He also noted, “As a small, DIY band that literally carves out any traction or momentum against all odds, we have made our peace with just putting the work in and trusting that the rest will take care of itself.”

Rivera explains, “Basically, if we’re going to do something, we are really going to go for it. Otherwise, none of us really have time for hobbies. For example, our album roll out consisted of 6 singles, 5 music videos and different pieces of visual art. All made in collaboration with artists from the Caribbean diaspora across the world. That was a big effort, but that was the only way we were going to do it. All or nothing.”

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Of course, La Armada found itself affected by the pandemic. Rivera addresses this:

“First off, we were lucky that everyone remained healthy, employed and nobody had immediate family affected by it. However, artistically it was rough. We were used to being on tour for 3 to 4 months out of the year and all of a sudden that was taken away from us. It felt like you lost your identity.”

He continues, “We were also planning on heading back out on some tours that coincided when COVID first hit so, we got left holding a bill for goods we had purchased for tour, which also completely sucked.”

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Rivera recognizes that despite difficulties, the group members might have been luckier than many others.

“A lot of bands and artists went through the same and much worse situations. Somehow, we made it to the other side and are now able to look at things differently, as in, simply doing the work is the reward.” 

That work includes the new La Armada record. 

“Our new record is Anti-Colonial Vol. 2 – It is the follow up to 2017’s Vol. 1. We wrote it and recorded it during the pandemic in 3 different spurts at the studio because things kept getting canceled because of Covid protocols.”

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Still, Rivera stresses the importance of remaining positive:

“It was a difficult time to do art, but it was the only way to keep the band going and maintain some sense of inspiration going.”

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The band has played sporadically thus far in 2022. “This year we had our Chicago release show in February, a weekend in the Midwest in March and now are now touring again in longer spurts.”

The “longer spurts“ began with this particular night at Burlington Bar, where family, friends and fans wished them safe travels and hopes for a good time out on the road. 

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That road will take them across North America. “We are first doing the eastern US and Canada for 3 weeks during August, then we take a 3-week break and follow that up with 3 more weeks out west for shows with Propagandhi, Tørsö, and headliners of our own.”

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La Armada is represented by: Thousand Islands Records for Canadian distribution, Lockjaw! Records for UK and EU distribution and our own Mal De Ojo Records for the US and Latin America.

More photos below!

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