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Versus The World stream new song “A Brooklyn Rooftop,” add dates to upcoming tour

Santa Barbra based pop-punk act Versus The World (featuring members of The Ataris and Lagwagon) have premiered a new song titled “A Brooklyn Rooftop,” and added dates to their summer tour. Check out the track and updated tour itinerary down below.

Versus The World’s new album Homesick/Roadsick is set to be released on April 7th through Kung Fu Records. It will be the band’s first full-length in 3 years, serving as a follow-up to 2012’s Drink. Sing. Live. Love.



Versus The World and Strung Out announce European tour

Santa Barbra based pop-punk band Versus The World (featuring members of The Ataris and Lagwagon) and Cali punk veterans Strung Out have announced they will be touring Europe this summer. Check out all of the dates/locations below.

Versus The World’s new album Homesick/Roadsick is set to be released on April 7th through Kung Fu Records. Strung Out’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta. was released earlier this week on Fat Wreck Chords.



The Vandals stream cover of Jacko’s “I’m An Individual”

The Vandals have released their cover of Mark “Jacko” Jackson’s novelty song “I’m An Individual,” which can be streamed below.

The song was recorded for the Australian Soundwave 2015 Compilation, released exclusively in Australia. According to the band, the song will “be released along with several other tracks dealing with that part of the world as an EP.” More details on this EP to come.

The Vandals haven’t released a proper album since 2004′s Hollywood Potato Chip, so we’ll take anything we can get.



Versus The World announce new album “Homesick/Roadsick,” stream new track dedicated to Tony Sly

Santa Barbara punk act Versus The World (featuring members of The Ataris and Lagwagon) is back in action, and they’re planning on releasing a new record titled Homesick/Roadsick this April 7th through Kung Fu Records.

To celebrate the announcement, they’re streaming a brand new track titled “The Santa Margarita,” dedicated to the gone but certainly not forgotten Tony Sly. Give the song a listen and read what vocalist/guitarist Donald Spence had to say about it below.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more news on Homesick/Roadsick come to light. The album serves a follow-up to Versus The World’s debut full-length Drink. Sing. Live. Love., which was released in 2012 through Viking Funeral Records.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: The Vandals’ Christmas Formal in Anaheim, CA (12/19/14)

What can I say? I wait all year for my favorite holiday tradition, The Vandals’ Christmas Formal. It’s a special time of year when these Orange County punks put on one of the best holiday themed events you will ever see. This year’s show, featuring support from a reunited Assorted Jellybeans (original lineup) and Skapeche Mode, was no exception. This is one tradition that gets better with age.

This year marked the 19th annual Christmas Formal, held as usual at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. Concertgoers adorned in festive sweaters, dresses, and hats gathered to kick off their holiday celebrations (I personally pull out a fire-engine red wig for the occasion every year). In addition to the option to buy speciality Christmas Formal tshirts, ornaments, and socks, The Vandals also set up a makeshift photo booth with props like wigs, puppets, and cutouts of their faces. As I noted with their 4th of July show, The Vandals always commit to a theme!

This was my 6th Christmas Formal in a row and it has become one of my favorite days of the year ever since I moved to Southern California. The stage is always decorated with giant inflatable lawn ornaments suspended from the ceiling (typically a snowman and a revolving carousel), lights, presents, balloon sculptures (this year was a tree and a candy cane), and a fireplace backdrop. This year, they also added a snowman piñata, which a lucky audience member got to smash while on stage.

Brooks Wackerman from Bad Religion filled in on the drums for the absent Josh Freese.  I think I’m about 50/50 between seeing Josh and Brooks for the Christmas Formal, but both help put on a great show. As always, the set included the entire Oi To The World Christmas album as well as fan favorites.

The Vandals, dressed in matching red and green suspenders, opened with “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S” followed by “My First Christmas (As A Woman).” They played most of Oi To The World at the top of the show, minus “Hang Myself From The Tree” and “Oi To The World,” which are both saved for the encore. This is also a chance to see Joe Escalante sing lead on “Here I Am, Lord.” The Christmas portion of the show closed with “Christmastime For My Penis,” complete with the tradition of the tuba being played to interrupt Dave Quackenbush as he sings. For the rest of the regular set, the band played fan favorites like “People That Are Going To Hell,” “Live Fast, Diarrhea,” “The New You,” and “Happy Birthday To Me” before closing with “My Girlfriend’s Dead.” The encore allowed Warren Fitzgerald, as usual, to command the audience’s attention with his renditions of “Hang Myself From The Tree” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” while also destroying the balloon sculptures and humping the balloon Christmas tree. The night ended with the entire crowd singing along to “Oi To The World” while pumping their fists in the air.

There are few things in life that make me happier than The Vandals’ Christmas Formal. It was a dream come true to shoot the show and you can check out the full gallery below. Nothing is gonna ruin my Christmas and I’ll see you next year!



The Vandals offer free download of new song “It’s Got To Be Ska” from Reggie Watts mockumentary

The Vandals recently recorded a goofy new song titled “It’s Got To Be Ska” for a mockumentary on Reggie Watts that aired on IFC last week. Hea over here to give it a listen, and download the track for free by clicking here.

I’m gonna take a wild guess and say this song isn’t going to be appearing on the new Vandals album that has been in the works for a while now, but I could be wrong! Either way, their last album was 2004’s Hollywood Potato Chip.



Kung Fu Records releases Bigwig’s “Stay Asleep” on vinyl in celebration of its 15th anniversary

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Bigwig‘s 1999 sophomore album Stay Asleep, the fine people at Kung Fu Records are releasing the album on vinyl for the first time ever on October 28th!

Pre-orders are available here (black vinyl), and here (limited clear w/ black splatter). Be sure to act fast if you want one of the colored LPs because they’re almost sold out.

Bigwig’s latest album Reclamation was released in 2006 through Fearless Records. They’ve been working on a new record, but it has no set release date.



Fexet signs to Kung Fu Records, announce debut album “The Airport Guys”

Netherlands based punk band Fexet have been signed to Kung Fu Records, and will release their debut full-length album Fexet Presents: The Airport Guys on October 23rd. Check out a music video for the first single “Way Back Home” below.

Fexet Presents: The Airport Guys was produced by René van der Zee (Cooper) and mixed by Bill Stevenson ( Descendents/ALL/Only Crime/Black Flag), and is comprised of 13 tracks in a half hour time.

Fexet last released State of Mind EP in 2012 through Shortcut Records.



10 things you probably didn’t know about Josh Freese (Vandals, and so much more)

You can’t be following the punk scene for any significant amount of time and not heard the name Josh Freese dropped at least a few times.  Not just known as the drummer for The Vandals, this dude has also hit the skins in a LOT of big name acts including Devo, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, The Replacements, Weezer, Sublime With Rome and even Guns N’ Roses. He’s also acted as a session drummer on releases by The Offspring, Bruce Springsteen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Ween, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Tenacious D and many other artists.

For some extra punk creds expand your knowledge on a few more things you probably didn’t know about this prolific drummer below.



Bigwig, Ignite, Sick Of It All & more to play East Coast Tsunami Fest 2014

The lineup for the 2014 edition of East Coast Tsunami Fest, which is set to take place from September 26-28th at Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania, has been announced! Bands on the huge lineup include Bigwig, Ignite, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, and many others.

You can check out the full lineup below, and pick up 3-day passes and single-day tickets over here.



Video: Joe Escalante (The Vandals) rides around on a unicycle during The Offspring’s intermission

This is fantastic. At a recent Summer Nationals show during The Offspring‘s intermission, The Vandals bassist Joe Escalante went ahead and rode around on stage on a unicycle!! Head over here if you wanna see Joe nearly break his neck.

The Summer Nationals Tour, featuring The Vandals, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and The Offspring, is currently making its way through the US. Dates and locations can be found here.



Brooks Wackerman to fill in for Josh Freese in The Vandals on “Summer Nationals” tour

Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman announced on his Facebook page that he will be filling in for Josh Freese in The Vandals when both bands embark on the Summer Nationals tour, which begins on Tuesday, with The Offspring and Pennywise. Wackerman wrote:

“i’m starting the summer nationals tour(U.S.CANADA) this tuesday with bad religion. You can also find me playing with “the vandals” an hour before..the old double dippy”

Freese has not explained why he will not tour with The Vandals. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the situation come to light.

The Vandals are reportedly planning on releasing new music sometime this year. They have not released an album since 2004’s Hollywood Potato Chip.



Biffers sign to Kung Fu Records for re-release of debut album “Whoa!”

Italian pop-punk act Biffers have signed to Kung Fu Records with plans to re-release their awesome 2013 debut album Whoa! on August 5th, with European tours following shortly after. Here’s what label owner Joe Escalante had to say about signing the band:

“They posted an amazing song right on our page. They made it very easy for us. Biffers are one of those bands, like the Ramones, with the ability to break down a genre, and build it back up again with an innocence and simplicity that was somehow lost along the way as others in the field have taken punk rock for granted. The result is a happy re-interpretation of punk rock where each song hits you like a shot of Galliano, which by no coincidence is distilled and bottled in Biffers’ hometown. This album is a drinking game waiting to happen!”

Trust me, Joe’s not bullshitting you when he says this band’s great. If you haven’t heard Whoa! already, listen to it below and be sure to pick it up on vinyl or whatever Kung Fu releases it on in August.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: The Vandals in Pomona, CA (7/3/14)

If there’s one thing a fan of The Vandals knows, it’s that they commit to a theme. Anyone who has been to one of their legendary Christmas Formals has witnessed spinning inflatable reindeer, snow globes, and Dave Quackenbush’s tuxedo tshirt. The Xmas Formal is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

This past July 3rd, The Vandals kicked off the 4th with their “Independence Eve” show at The Glass House in Pomona, CA. Danger Friends USA and Voodoo Glow Skulls opened. Thanks to LA traffic, I made it halfway through the Glow Skulls’ set, but they were full of energy and the crowd was enjoying their kickoff to the holiday weekend.

Throughout the week leading up to the show, The Vandals had been advertising different contests on their Facebook page. Some lucky fans were allowed to arrive early and help decorate the venue for the night (red, white, and blue adorned the bars, stairways, and stage – AND every attendee was handed a small American flag before The Vandals’ set) while a few other fans had their submissions for a lyric contest read on stage (fans were given the chance to rewrite a portion of “Anarchy Burger” and the winning lyrics were incorporated into the song). It’s things like this that make it feel like you are watching your friends just have fun on stage. Throughout the show, the band bantered back and forth and seemed to just genuinely like being up there playing music with each other (even with Quackenbush’s insistence that they just wanted to go home). As an added bonus, Josh Freese was on the drums, fresh off of a tour with Devo!

The band killed it during their set. Any night that opens with a rendition of “America, Fuck Yeah!” from Team America: World Police guarantees that the rest of the night is going to be awesome. The Vandals did not disappoint. They repeatedly asked the crowd for requests and often presented two options and let the cheers decide which song they would play next. Fan favorites included “Cafe 405,” “Take It Back,” and “NIMBY.” The band also cranked out “43210-1,” “The New You,” “People That Are Going To Hell,” “I’ve Got An Ape Drape,” “And Now We Dance,” and “Lady Killer” before ending the regular set with “My Girlfriend’s Dead.” For me, the real highlight was hearing them play “Happy Birthday To Me” live – as well as “Oi To The World” in July (how many more months until the Xmas Formal?!). The encore included both “I’ve Got A Date” and the Queen cover “Don’t Stop Me Now,” both with Warren Fitzgerald on vocals.

I always look forward to a Vandals show and they never disappoint. Luckily, I will be able to see them on the Summer Nationals tour next month. I just hope to hear some new music from them before the end of 2014 – and maybe they’ll play some of it live at the Xmas Formal! Check out the full photo gallery from the Independence Eve show below!



Random Cover Song: The Vandals – “Poison” (Alice Cooper)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Tonight’s cover comes from The Vandals, who covered the Alice Cooper classic “Poison”. Their cover version of “Poison” is taken from the 1993 compilation album Welcome to Our Nightmare: A Tribute to Alice Cooper, a tribute album by various artists dedicated to iconic singer. The original is taken from Alice Cooper’s 1989 album Trash.

You can listen to both versions of “Poison” below.