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Album Review: Masked Intruder – “III”

Masked Intruder are one of those bands that people either love or hate, with few on the fence about whether or not they like them. I happen to be one of the people who love them, even if gimmicks aren’t usually my thing when it comes to bands. Yellow, Blue, Red, and Green did it again, though, with their new album, III, which picks up where the band left off with M.I. in 2014. What a wait – even with the “Love and Other Crimes” EP in the middle of it – but they made it worth our time.

The album is full of songs about relationships and crime, as anyone would expect from the band. Nonetheless, it is pop-punk at its finest. The album gets started right away with, “No Case,” an anthem for anyone who can say they are in no way guilty of anything they are being accused of. Which may be a theme for this band, but hey, what works… works.

“All Of My Love” is a super-catchy song that is classic Masked Intruder, as is “Not Fair,” which tells the story of how unfair it is that a girl has a boyfriend who isn’t good enough for her and she’d be better off with the guy stalking her from a treehouse. Because that’s what this band is all about – and exactly why they work so well. (And who hasn’t done something like that once or twice?)

“I’m Free (At Last)” is probably the best song about getting out of jail? A relationship? Both? that’s ever been written. It’s absolutely celebratory and a great sing-along song for anyone who is celebrating any kind of freedom in their lives.  Likewise, “Gimme Parole” is a song just begging for that break for being over a girl. Is the song about literal parole? Figurative? Does it matter? Not in the slightest. The song is catchy and fun and a single minute of nothing other than pop punk perfection.

Each song segues perfectly into the next and there’s not a weak link among the twelve songs that make up III. For a band only on their third full-length release, this is quite an accomplishment. Most bands have at least one annoying or subpar song, but not Masked Intruder.

This is the punk rock I grew up on – only taken to the next level. Lots of love, lots of heartbreak, lots of innocence, lots of crime… a bit of stalking… and total fun. Even they know they sound like The Queers and all the Lookout! bands of the 1990s – mixed with more rock and even doo-wop influences. The band says they are influenced by everything from the Mr. T Experience and Misfits to Journey and Boston. This should not work, and yet it does. Carried by harmony and driving punk rock music, this is far and away an album that can be considered a triumph for the band.

This is one of my favorites of 2019, thus far, and probably still will be at the end of the year. There’s not a bad song on the whole album, so it is most certainly going to be on heavy rotation, where it belongs. Nonetheless, I’ll do my best not to use it as an instructional guide to life, lest Office Bradford comes looking for me.

You can stream the album below to hear what I am talking about and decide for yourself. Great? Or GREAT?

4/5 Stars



DS Photo Gallery: The Interrupters with Masked Intruder & Rat Boy (The Ogden Theater, Denver)

For me, Friday April 5th 2019 was a night of excitement, curiosity and comfort. Ska superstars, The Interrupters were here in The Mile High and having seen them perform many times before, there’s s sense of comfort and familiarity that I feel every time I catch one of their live performances. On the flip side of that coin, I had never had the chance to see the legendary antics of Fat Wreck alum Masked Intruder before. Many fables have been told of their highly interactive and massively entertaining sets, the lore alone enough to pique my interest. So, I was more excited than I normally am for a show, just to add this specific feather to my cap. I also had some curiosity mixed in as the opening act, Rat Boy was in from the UK and other than knowing that Tim Timebomb had taken the young act under his wing, I knew nothing about them. INTRIGUE!! So, I grabbed my trusty Nikon and headed down to The Ogden Theatre to the punk rock shooooow! Check out the full review and gallery below!



New Video: Masked Intruder – “All Of My Love” from upcoming album III

Brand new Masked Intruder song and video are now available to get at least two and maybe more of your senses fired up on this Hump Day. The track is called “All Of My Love,” and you can check it out below.

“All Of My Love” is the latest track to be released from the masked ones’ upcoming full-length, III, which is due out March 1st on Pure Noise. Check out pre-orders here.



Masked Intruder share ‘Please Come Back’ from upcoming album!

Masked Intruder, have released another song from their upcoming album, ‘III‘. The record, to be released via Pure Noise Records on March 1st, was produced by Roger Lima of Less Than Jake as well as Mike Kennerty who plays guitar in The All-American Rejects.

‘Please Come Back’ is a fun upbeat pop punk song in major, which is available to stream below.



Brakrock Ecofest (Belgium) Announce New Headliners and More for this Summer

Belgium’s environmentally-conscious punk rock extravaganza, Brakrock Ecofest, has just announced two new headliners for its summer 2019 edition. Joining the bill will be Masked Intruder who will have just released their latest full-length album III, and all-round legends of the scene Pulley. Also included in the line up is Catalan skate punk unit Blowfuse.

Unfortunately, Brakrock has had to announce recently that California speed merchants Pour Habit will no longer be performing due to the band parting ways.

The festival has yet more bands to reveal and this will be happening on May 1st.

You can find out everything you need to know about the 2019 edition of Brakrock Ecofest at the official website where there are also the beginnings of day splits.



Masked Intruder to release new album “III”, premiere video for new song “No Case”

Masked Intruder, the ski-mask clad, punk rock felons from Madison, Wisconsin have announced details surrounding their escape from prison and upcoming album, III, their third full-length and debut release on Pure Noise Records. They have also released the first single and music video for “No Case”, which can be seen along with the band’s upcoming tour dates withe The Interrupters below.

For the new album, the band – Intruder Blue, Intruder Green, Intruder Red and Intruder Yellow – recruited lead producer/engineer Roger Lima (who also plays bass in Less Than Jake) as well as co-producer Mike Kennerty (who plays guitar in some band called The All-American Rejects) and recorded the album at Lima’s studio, The Moat House in Gainesville, Florida.

“Our songs aren’t just about the feelings and situations that they describe but they’re supposed to hopefully help other people think about and reflect about their own situations,” Intruder Blue summarizes.

III looks to be slated for release on March 1st. Pre-order it from the band’s website.



Masked Intruder’s Officer Bradford to release new swimsuit calendar

Masked Intruder’s very own Officer Bradford will be releasing a swimsuit calendar! The calendar features 12 scandalous photos of Officer Bradford in skimpy swimwear. All the proceeds go towards Planned Parenthood and will be available from Stupid Rad Merch Co.

Love and Other Crimes (their last released album) came out in 2016 on Pure Noise Records

 



DS Photo Gallery: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (w/ Masked Intruder and PEARS), Boston, MA

America’s favorite punk rock lounge act supergroup coverband, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, brought the East Coast leg of their tour in support of their greatest hits album, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits (April 7th, Fat Wreck Chords), through Boston late last week, their first area appearance in close to seven years. The touring lineup of the Gimmes has been a bit of an ongoing, evolving thing over the years, and honestly that’s one of the things that keeps the band fun and compelling as a live act. On this particular run, founding Gimmes Spike Slawson (vocals, occasional uke hunter), Joey Cape (guitar) and Dave Raun (drums) were joined by longtime touring Gimme Scott Shiflett all but taking over his kid brother Chris’s spot on lead guitar and Bad Religion’s Jay Bentley manning Fat Mike’s bass player battle station.

The Gimmes are always a fun time, and this particular night was no exception. One could imagine a situation in which a revolving cast of punk rock characters in their third decade as a recording and touring cover band (side note: the “Denver” 7-inch came out in 1995 and that doesn’t seem real) would have the occasion to go through the proverbial motions, but that hasn’t been the case. Bentley and Shiflett especially displayed an awful lot of playful stage interplay throughout the set, the latter using the opportunity to flex his mighty, mighty lead guitar skills that obviously get overlooked in his normal role as Face To Face’s bass player for the last few decades. Spike Slawson has long since outwardly embraced the role of schticky, occasionally raunchy lounge act crooner, so much so that you sometimes lose sight of the fact that the guy can actually, really, genuinely sing to a degree that he’s made a handful of other people’s songs sound like his own. The ukulele-led rendition of Madonna’s “Crazy For You” from 2014’s Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA! is a perfect example, though it’s worth noting that Madonna didn’t actually write the song either, so at this point it’s just as much Slawson’s as hers. But I digress. Long story short, Boston can be a bit of a notoriously finicky place for punk bands to play. On this particular night, Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s haven’t put out a new studio album (Greatestest Hits notwithstanding) in three years and still headlined in front of more Bostonians at the packed-to-the-rafters 1100-ish capacity Royale nighclub than they have played for in any of their past headlining gigs here in at least a decade, and that’s a pretty awesome thing.

Masked Intruder and PEARS provided direct and opening support in that order. The crowd at Royale turned out in larger capacity for PEARS than I have ever really seen at that particular venue, notorious for their early start times (can’t keep the EDM crowd waiting…), which was inspiring for a band that’s got a more raw, aggressive, throwback punk rock sound than many of their peers. Frontman Zach Quinn performs as though he’s from a bygone era, his banshee-like wailing and shirtless, sweat-covered pacing around the stage creating the impression of a caged animal chomping at the bit to be released.

Masked Intruder seem to be a perfect fit for any lineup that includes Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s. They might have a schtick of their own going, but it’s a really, really good one. Intruder Red was not behind the drum kit on this particular run — he’s in jail, naturally — but the band seemed to miss nary a beat with Lipstick Homicide’s Luke Ferguson taking up drum duties. Masked Intruder are a fun band who seem to take their role as a “fun band” seriously, without taking themselves too seriously. Blue and Green lead most of the high energy charge, having perfected personas as pseudo-New York tough guy common street criminals, at least until roughly the set’s halfway point, when Officer Bradford gradually loosens up and strips down, at which time the whole thing has the potential to devolve completely. Again, it’s schtick, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s all very well done.

Check out our full photo gallery below, and check out upcoming Gimmes dates here.

 



Masked Intruder release music video for “First Star Tonight”

Pop-punk criminals Masked Intruder have released a new music video for “First Star Tonight,” taken from their latest EP Love and Other Crimes. Check it out below.

Love and Other Crimes came out last year on Pure Noise Records. The band will be touring Europe with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes very soon.



Off With Their Heads to play benefit play in New York with Masked Intruder

Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads have been extremely active recently. Between putting out an acoustic record, “Won’t Be Missed”, back in October, playing protests, and touring; I am surprised they sleep at all.

To top it all off, the band will be playing a benefit show with Masked Intruder, Bridge Under Fire, and Hope Is in New York’s The Vault on December 14th. They will be raising money for the Standing Rock water protectors; this is what they had to say:

“Off With Their Heads and Masked Intruder are teaming up to raise a little money for Standing Rock last night. Even though the pipeline construction has been halted, that doesn’t mean it’s the last of it. Don’t forget that Trump owns stock in the oil company and doesn’t seem to give a fuck about anyone but himself and twitter. I want to do out tiny little part to make sure Standing Rock is prepared for what comes next. Syracuse (Liverpool) NY, come and help out!”

They will also be on the road this December, check out some of the tour dates below.

Off With Their Heads’ latest studio album “Home” was released in 2013 through Epitaph Records and Masked Intruder’s EP “Love and Other Crimes” came out in July on Pure Noise Records.



Episode 54 – FEST 15 EDITION: Officer Bradford, Kevin Higuchi, Shaun Colón, Garrett Wadford, Gavin McInness, Copstabber | Dying Scene Radio

This week on Dying Scene RadioElena Venetia and pal, Patrick Rogers, join Bobby Pickles and cohort, Piazza, on this FEST 15 EDITION feat. interviews w/ Officer Bradford (Masked Intruder), Shaun Colón (A Fat Wreck), Kevin Higuchi (Antarctigo Vespucci), & Garrett Wadford (Bird Attack Records). Pickles and Piazza also touch base w/ Copstabber Dave of the filthy DC punk act, COPSTABBER, about CS’s new record “Pulled Pork” available now on iTunes and a slew of other places. Plus, Pickles speaks with Gavin McInnes (CoFounder/Vice) about politics in punk.

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Crass – Dont Get Caught (1984)
Copstabber – I Love Being a Scumbag
Splitters – Can of Gasoline
F.O.D – Crew You
Interview w/ Officer Bradford
Fastloud – Waiting for the Explosion
Colorsfade – I4NI
Sum 41 – God Save Us All (Death to Pop)
The Flatliners – Hang My Head
Interview w/ Shaun Colón
Hi-Standard – Another Starting Line
Fat By The Gallon – Shit List
Dropkick Murphy’s – Blood
Stellar West – Misery
The Brass Action – Old Friend (Rancid Cover)
Interview w/ Kevin Higuchi
The Mercenaries – Night Call
North Alone – Capo 4th Fret (exclusive Bonus Track)
Fiddlers Green – Down
Just Friends – Sad 2 See
GUTTERMOUTH – Mail Order Bride
Interview w/ Garrett Wadford
Whole Wheat Bread – Eye for an Eye
Drakulas – Neon Town
Dead to Me – I Wanna Die in Los Angeles

LISTEN TO ALL THE POLITICALLY INSENSITIVE RHETORIC, NEW MUSIC AND HEADLINES BELOW!



Reel Big Fish announce “Turn the Radio Off” 20th anniversary tour

California ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have announced a US tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second album Turn the Radio Off‘s release. They will be playing the record in its entirety each night of the tour.

Taking place this October and November, the tour will see the band supported by Masked Intruder, PPL MVR and Stacked Like Pancakes. See if there’s a show near you below.

Reel Big Fish’s latest album Candy Coated Fury came out in 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.



Masked Intruder stream new EP “Love and Other Crimes”

Pop-punk criminals Masked Intruder have made their new EP Love and Other Crimes available to stream. You can give the entire thing a listen below.

Love and Other Crimes is set to release on July 8th through Pure Noise Records. The band’s latest full-length M.I. came out in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Masked Intruder stream new song “If Only”

Masked Intruder have made another song from their upcoming EP Love and Other Crimes available to stream. Give “If Only” a listen below.

Love and Other Crimes is set to release on July 8th through Pure Noise Records. The band’s latest full-length M.I. came out in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Masked Intruder releases video for “Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt”

Those crazy masked pop-punks Masked Intruder are at it again, this time robbing a house in a video for their new song, “Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt.”  Watch it below.

The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming EP, Love and Other Crimes, which is coming out on July 8th via Pure Noise Records.  Masked Intruder most recently released M.I. in May of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.