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Manchester Punk Festival Goes Big on 2019 Announcement Number Two

It’s that time of year again. All your favourite festivals are beginning to announce which acts will grace their stages next year. This week, the stalwarts of the European calendar have each dropped big announcements; with Brakrock Eco Fest and Punk Rock Holiday snagging the likes of PEARS, Propagandhi, and Descendents amongst their huge crowd draws.

Not ones to be outdone, the UK’s Manchester Punk Festival has made its second announcement for the 2019 edition. Joining this year’s show will be a host of legendary and up-and-coming international and domestic acts.

These include the legendary Subhumans, psychobilly rockers The Creepshow, and Fat Wreck export Smoke or Fire.

You can check out the rest of the line up, plus all the ticket information below.

Manchester Punk Festival takes place in Manchester, UK, from 19th to 21st April 2019.


Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire) announces debut solo album, streams first single

Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon has announced he will release his debut solo album Another Life this September 2nd.

Smartpunk will release the record in the US, while Gunner Records will handle its European release. Pre-orders are available here and here, respectively.

If you want a taste of Another Life, the album’s first single “It All Went Black” is available to stream below.

Album Review: Smoke or Fire – “When the Battery Dies”

In case you aren’t familiar with the story behind Smoke or Fire’s debut LP, When the Battery Dies, let me give you a quick history lesson: when Smoke or Fire formed in 1998, they were originally called Jericho. They released this album in 2000, moved from Boston to Richmond, and released the Workers Union EP before being asked to change their name by a 70’s Christian rock band also called Jericho. They went as Jericho RVA for a moment before becoming Smoke or Fire. During their stint as Jericho RVA they re-released Workers Union, but for whatever reason When the Battery Dies became lost to the masses and only available to those who knew where to seek it out.

Until now, that is. With the help of Say-10 Records, When the Battery Dies has become easily available once again, and fans can get a look into Smoke or Fire’s earliest work. Given that the band have been relatively quiet since 2010’s The Speakeasy, it’s exciting to have something “new” to listen to, although it’s not exactly the same sing-along punk rock that the band is known for these days.

As one might expect, it’s most similar in structure to the band’s work on Above the City: the songs are all short and there’s plenty of gruff shouting, although there’s a rougher quality here, both in terms of production and songwriting, that puts the album’s sound equally in debt to the first Get Up Kids album as much as it does Avail.

Even though it’s it’s interesting to see how much Smoke or Fire have grown as songwriters, when it comes down to it, When the Battery Dies isn’t really that good of an album. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that it pales in comparison to what came after and what came after has been more readily available for years already. It’s a fun piece of punk rock history, but it’s really only worth repeated listens if you’ve already exhausted the rest of the band’s discography, or if you were there during the band’s Jericho days.

3 / 5

RIYL: Avail, The Get Up Kids (circa Four Minute Mile), Latterman (circa Turn Up the Punk, We’ll Be Singing)

Smoke or Fire stream ‘When the Battery Dies’

Smoke or Fire are re-releasing their debut LP, When the Battery Dies, on Say-10 Records later this year, and right now you can stream the whole thing here. You can also pre-order the LP here.

In case you need to brush up on your Smoke or Fire history: the band originally released When the Battery Dies in 2000 under the name Jericho. When another band with the same name contacted them about sharing a name, the punk act changed their name to Jericho RVA before changing it to Smoke or Fire.

Smoke or Fire released their third (and as of now, final) album, The Speakeasy, in 2010 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire) planning new solo releases, announces UK tour

Earlier this month, Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon put some live, solo tracks up for streaming on his Bandcamp page. Now, he has announced plans to release a split 7″ with Billy Liar, who he’ll soon be touring the UK with, in addition to a new full-length album.

Check out the tour dates below, and be sure to stay tuned for more details on McMahon’s upcoming solo releases.

Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire) streams 4 live tracks

Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon has released a few live tracks from a New Year’s Eve show he played in Belgium a year ago, including two SOF covers, and two originals.

Give ’em a listen below, and head over to his Bandcamp page if you wanna purchase any or all of the tracks.

Smoke Or Fire, Night Birds, Tim Barry & more to play Say-10 Records’ 7th anniversary weekend

The people at Say-10 Records have decided to break out the big guns for their 7th anniversary celebration, announcing they will be hosting a 2-night party at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia.

The shows are set to take place on the 21st and 22nd of November, and a few of the many names on the bill include Smoke Or Fire, Night Birds, Tim Barry, Spraynard, Iron Reagan, PEARS, and The Scandals.

More info on the shindig can be found on over here, and 2-day passes can be purchased from Ticketfly for the extremely reasonable price of $30, or at the door for a bit more.

Elway announce European tour w/ Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire)

Colorado punks Elway will be heading overseas next month for a lengthy European tour with Smoke or Fire frontman Joe McMahon.

Details on when and where they’ll be stopping can be found below.

Elway’s latest full-length album “Leavetaking” was released on June 25th, 2013 (digital) and July 2nd, 2013 (physical) through Red Scare Industries.

Video: Smoke Or Fire play acoustic version of “Neon Light” on Backseat Sessions

Smoke or Fire recently played an acoustic version of their song “Neon Light” in the back of Backseat Sessions’ van! You can check out the video below.

“Neon Light” appears on the band’s latest album “The Speakeasy,” which came out in 2010 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Ann Beretta announce split with Smoke or Fire

Richmond, Virginia punk act Ann Beretta have announced that they have begun to write music for an upcoming split with Smoke Or Fire.  They write:

“Ann Beretta has committed to write a few new songs for a split EP with fellow Richmonders, Smoke or Fire. More to come soon.”

The split is slated for a November release.


The Fest adds 38 more bands (The Lawrence Arms, Polar Bear Club, Smoke Or Fire, etc.)

The Fest has just announced a huge addition to this year’s lineup.  38 bands added including The Lawrence Arms, Polar Bear Club and Smoke Or Fire.

Check out the full list here.

The Fest will begin on Halloween, with a special Pre-Fest sponsored in Tampa. Click here for all the info on those events.  For the entire lineup announced so far go here.

Smoke or Fire announce European tour dates

Boston / Richmond, VA punk rockers Smoke Or Fire have just announced a large string of European tour dates for next spring. Check the full list of dates here.

Smoke Or Fire released their last album, “The Speakeasy” in 2010 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Smoke Or Fire announce October tour dates, including Fest 11

Boston / Richmond, VA punk rockers Smoke Or Fire have announced a short run of tour dates with Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder next month, and an appearance on The Fest 11.  Check out the dates here.

Smoke Or Fire released their last album, “The Speakeasy”, November 9th 2010 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) covers Descendents and Billy Bragg with Billy The Kid

Joe McMahon of Smoke or Fire fame teamed up with Billy The Kid to record 31 covers in 30 days.  You can check out a little acoustic duet coverage action of Billy Bragg’s “To Have And To Have Not” and The Descendents “We” right here.

Smoke or Fire last released “The Speakeasy” last November via Fat Wreck Chords, while Joe McMahon released a split with Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms, “Wasted Potential” last year via Anchorless Records.

Video: Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) covers The Jam’s “That’s Entertainment”

Joe McMahon of Smoke or Fire fame recorded a little solo video of him playing the song “That’s Entertainment” originally by The Jam.  He shot it with his phone tapped to the wall in his basement and it actually came out pretty good.  You can check it out and compare it to the original here.

Smoke or Fire last released “The Speakeasy” last November via Fat Wreck Chords, while Joe McMahon released a split with Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms, “Wasted Potential” last year via Anchorless Records.