I recently had the opportunity to share some words with The Reverend T. Sinister of New Jersey’s premiere Ska-Punk band Hub City Stompers and below is what he had to say about his life and coming up in the New Jersey and New York Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead Scene.
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Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:57 AM (PST) by Kelly McPunxy
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5:57 PM (PST) by Kelly McPunxy
Let it be known I am a big fan of Kyle Trocolla‘s work, I have every Two Fisted Law album and have seen TFL at least 8 times. When he came out with his solo album The Stranger in 2016 I thought it was one of the finest acoustic albums I have ever heard and this week I was totally stoked to catch up with him to chat about his most recent album The Moon USA.
Read what he had to say below.
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 4:04 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Hub City Stompers have released a video “Night Of The Living”, which premiered on the YouTube channel Blank TV. The track is taken from their recent album Haters Dozen, which came out back in April.
Have a watch below.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:58 AM (PST) by KCRaniero
Washington D.C. pop punkers The Split Seconds have released a music video for their energetic new song “Everybody’s Wrong.” Filled with raw social commentary and a throwback sound, this song is sure to appeal to fans of classic punk bands like The Clash and the Buzzcocks.
You can watch the new video below.
“Everybody’s Wrong” comes from the band’s latest album Counterfeit Reality, which was released in June via Altercation Records. The album is the band’s first release since their 2017 debut, Center of Attention.
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 5:26 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Jenny Whiskey has been playing the saxophone and singing in Ska/Punk bands for over 20 years and has garnered a reputation as one of the most accomplished and sought after sax players in the scene today. Here we were able catch up with her a little and hear about her beginnings, and what got her into her local ska/punk and skinhead scene.
Read her story below.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 9:26 PM (PST) by forrestcook
New York road warriors The Jukebox Romantics are headed back on tour with their German buds The Sewer Rats in support of their upcoming split singles album out this September on Mad Drunken Monkey Records, Creep Records, and Monster Zero Inc. This special edition 7″ packages up two brand spanking new songs from each band with some really great art by Karl Ranseier. Check out the full schedule with U.S. tour dates below.
Monday, July 16, 2018 at 10:43 AM (PST) by dropkickeith
Kyle Trocolla, who is best known for his work with Two Fisted Law and for his solo folk punk album The Stranger, has now recruited members from Two Fisted Law and Zombii for an alt-country project titled Kyle Trocolla and The Strangers. They are streaming their new album THE Moon USA, a whiskey fueled heartfelt jaunt of aggressive country rock and roll.
Check out the stream below.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 12:29 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Drawing inspirations from late 70’s bands such as The Buzzcocks, The Clash, and the Heartbreakers, The Split Seconds deliver strong songs with a raw, energetic, old-school attitude.
Counterfeit Reality is their second album on Altercation and follows their critically acclaimed debut release Center Of Attention which was released in March of 2017.
This week they deliver us a taste of what’s to come with a lyric video for the track “Where Have All The Good Men Gone” which you can enjoy below.
Catch the band on some mid west dates of this years final coast to coast Warped Tour
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:27 PM (PST) by Murderdingus
Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2:03 PM (PST) by Johnny X
It’s not often, nor are there many venues that host shows that are anywhere near as well organized and shall I say as professionally put together as the one I attended this past Friday at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick New Jersey, where I went to see home town heroes The Hub City Stompers perform with the legendary Ska outfit Bigger Thomas who are celebrating their 30th year this year.
The Court Tavern has gone through some changes over the last couple of decades from being a solid reputable venue for underground music to a weak non caring mismanaged shit hole. Now, once again The Court Tavern is under new management, and it appears that it is returning to its former glory as a very caring home for real music that seems to respect both the artists as well as the customers who come to attend it’s shows.
Upon arrival we heard the sounds of classic old school Ska filtering it’s way up the stairs from the lower level music room, this was being spun by one of two DJ’s –Selecter Judge Knott and DJ Chuck Dat of Steady Sound System who tag teamed one another with all vinyl sets of classic Ska throughout the night between band sets.
The first band to play was hardcore Oi act Damage Done, unfortunately we missed there set I’m sorry to say, but next up was a blistering and angry set by the local Oi band Dusters, who got some of the local crowd worked up and bouncing off one another in the mosh pit. Dusters have some promise, and the band was tight but the Front man was lacking in enthusiasm unfortunately giving their set the lack of the one two punch it needed to really carry the energy being delivered by the rest of the band.
Dusters set ended and more classic Ska was delivered by the DJ’s who did a really remarkable job of setting the mood for the evening.
Next to take the stage was Bigger Thomas, and by this point the room was approaching capacity as front man Roger Apollon who as always was dressed to kill, stepped up to the mic and began slaying us with all our favorite Bigger Thomas tunes getting the crowd skanking like crazy to BT classics like Ska In My Pocket and I Can’t Remember My Name by the end of this set the place was packed and the energy was high.
Hub City Stompers took the stage and kicked it off with a new song called Hub City Stomp which started off slow and cool then erupted into a full fun fast blast of horns and front man’s Reverend T. Sinisters unique vocal stylings, which immediately worked the crowd into a frenzy… after playing a couple more new ones off the bands upcoming 6th full length album Haters Dozen mixed in with many classic fan favorites they brought up Coolie Ranx of The Toasters and The Pilfers, who joined them for another new song entitled Distance Water which they dedicated to the late great Roy Radics of the Rudie Crew who also appears on the recorded version of the song, a couple more songs through the set and the band starts up a Ska cover of Fugazi’s Waiting Room, during which another Ska legend is announced to be in attendance, and who do they bring up on stage next? The Legendary King Django gets up, and Reverend Sinister hands the mic over to him and he spontaneously raps something fantastic that seemed to say something about him having a head cold and the only cure was attending a Hub City Stompers show and receiving some kind of Devine intervention from the good Reverend T. Sinister, at this point Coolie Ranx also returned to the stage and the three of them did a back and forth with one another, all during the constant beat of Waiting Room. This one song was reason enough to come to this amazing show and I am so happy I caught this trio in action.
The set ended with the bands signature Hub City Stompers which is actually an Inspector Seven song written by Sinister twenty years ago before forming HCS and taking the name. There was then the obligatory rush to the merch table as the bands all passed out their sweaty hugs to one another and shared a shot and a beer. Thus another great and forever memorable show night came to an end in New Jersey.
Thank you Court Tavern for being cool once again and putting on a truly memorable night of entertainment. We will return.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:01 PM (PST) by liathdavis
The boys are playing tonight in New Orleans at the House of Blues, and then will head off to Houston, TX and beyond.
In addition, any “Sleepwalk Me Home” album purchased between now and the end of the tour will automatically be entered to win a custom Darkhorse/ Jukebox Romantics snare drum. Purchase an album and a chance to win here!
Check out the dates below.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4:05 AM (PST) by Kelly McPunxy
This past Saturday I took a trip down to one of my favorite punk rock dive bars Connie’s Ric Rac which resides in one of my favorite party cities Philadelphia Pennsylvania to catch one of my favorite newer bands The Split Seconds who I had missed at their New Jersey date on Thursday due to work and wasn’t up for the trip to Brooklyn the next night so we hoped in the car and headed down to Philly for a cheesesteak at Pat’s, some beers and some killer punk rock.
I am sorry and a bit ashamed to say I missed the opening act because I hate to be that girl who only shows up for the headliner, and I am also sorry to say the second band on the bill was so weak and unforgettable that I won’t tarnish their name in this review in case they’re still new, and turn out to be great in a year or two. But I will rave, yes rave about the direct support for this show. A new band (For me anyway) who call themselves Riverside Odds.
Riverside Odds killed it, they absolutely killed it with a nonstop barrage of fast aggressive punk tinged rock and roll that would have made Lemmy Kilmister jump to his feet and yell for more. Riverside Odds do Rock & Roll fast and hard with lots of back up whoa oh’s and fist pumping singalongs about drinking, and brawling in their great hometown of Philadelphia. I can’t wait to see these guys again and if you get the chance I say don’t miss it.
Next up was the band we had come for. Washington D.C.s The Split Seconds who I am also happy to say absolutely killed it, which is good because they had a tough act to follow, but follow them they did with an amazing 40 plus minute set of 70’s style raw power, the only glitch was getting the vocals right during the first song but Connie’s sound man was on point and had them sounding sweet before the start of the rest of the set where they played most of our favorites off of last year’s release “Center Of Attention” plus several new songs off this Summers upcoming release, “Counterfeit Reality” and as usual front man Drew Champion looked almost as good as they sounded in his polished boots and button down shirt.
Yes the Split Seconds brought the noise and made the hour plus long drive well worth the trip, and hearing their new songs being previewed at this show was a real treat for us and left me dying to get my hands on the new album out sometime this Summer I believe.
The Split Seconds will be touring with the final cross country Warped Tour this Summer.
New full length Counterfeit Reality will be released on June 8th.
“Hello, we are your punk rock breakfast this morning!” shouted the singer for Mutant Love, and with that yet another Altercation Punk Rock BBQ was underway. I admittedly missed last year’s annual shindig, and was apprehensive about the new venue of Kick Butt Coffee, having grown accustomed to the outdoor fun of The Vortex in previous years. But within a few minutes of Mutant Love’s blistering opening set, any fears quickly evaporated.
Kick Butt Coffee in Austin, Texas is far and away one of the best venues I have been to in the Lone Star State, and Altercation’s move made total sense once I witnessed firsthand the new venue. Two stages meant even more bands rocking the notorious free yearly event, with larger capacity to handle the impressively huge crowd, and some of the most pitch-perfect sound I heard all week during SXSW.
After ML wrapped up I caught a relatively new Austin band called Despero, who did a great job at channeling Avail-inspired melodic hardcore. I had heard good things about this four piece after some pals saw them at Fest last year, and they more than lived up to the hype. Steadfast from Houston then delivered some blue-collar punk on the Sausage Stage, followed by the snazzy suit-wearing Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5. Mr. Lewis was all swagger and whiskey, calling to mind Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds on a bender, and by the time they finished their set I decided it was time for some quick sunlight and free brisket outside.
The Altercation BBQ has always been a top draw during the SXSW-fueled March madness, but this year the turnout was downright nuts. Fortunately, the brisket and free beer was in large supply, and a local company called Elgin Screenprinting provided some really cool print-on-demand festival shirts in the parking lot. Returning for seconds on the food meant I missed most of Fat By The Gallon and Memphis power duo HEELS, although if the crowd roar is any indication they definitely were both a favorite. I even heard rumor that Altercation Records co-owner JT hopped onstage to shred vocals for a tune, but can neither confirm nor deny this. I am pretty sure that was him running around as the ‘Devil Chef’ for part of the day though, much to the delight and horror of the younger fans.
Dr. Beardface and the Space Man from Philly had the crowd dancing from note one, and mentioned they will be on some Warped Tour dates this summer, before Blag from the legendary Dwarves showed up for his lone solo set of the weekend. Blag’s banter was hilarious, and the setlist was a Dwarves’ fan dream, ripping through ‘Let Me Show You How It’s Done’, ‘Trailer Trash’ and an assortment of other hits.
Nowherebound, which I’m told features former members of Altercation Records band Born To Lose, had the unenviable position of following Blag, but came out guns blazing. Any fan of working class punk like Darkbuster or Street Dogs would be well to search these guys out, who also had the best looking vinyl I saw all day. The Grizzly Band from Houston channeled Lucero-style country-tinged jams, and while I was unfamiliar with some of the newer songs they played the band was clearly a crowd favorite.
The Fantastic Plastics from Chicago had the most ‘buzz’ I heard all day, and I was honestly wondering what to expect of the guy in the giant white ‘fro wig and the gal in the B-52’s-inspired art-deco dress. Consider me a new FP believer. This duo absolutely owned the stage, complete with a sensory-overload live show of lights and projected images. If you at all like the White Stripes or Devo, the Fantastic Plastics are your new wet dream. Seriously, believe the hype and seek them out.
Punks On Parade, another Austin band I was unfamiliar with, closed out the show with their last set ever (or so it was announced). I was not expecting too much, since the band looked like many of the typical ‘up the punx’ mohawk outfits that seem to be everywhere these days. Shame on me, because it quickly became apparent that Punks On Parade were the real deal. Think ‘Let’s Go’-era Rancid songwriting, with a bass player and drummer that were unbelievably tight considering the lightning speed of the street anthems. The pit truly opened up for these Punks, giving them a proper sendoff and making me feel both sad and lucky to have seen their final show. All in all yet another epic year. How Altercation will top it in 2019 is anyone’s guess, but I know I’ll do my best to never miss another year going forward.
– Chloe Garcia
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:10 PM (PST) by nkernell
The Jukebox Romantics’ last release “Sleepwalk Me Home” came in late 2017 via Paper + Plastick Records.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:49 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
This is the first new album from Hub City Stompers since the January 2015 release of “Life After Death”.
Check out the track “Hey Ed” from “Life After Death” below.