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DS Interview: Mark Stern on putting together nineteen years of Punk Rock Bowling

In a lot of ways, Punk Rock Bowling has become the little festival that could. What started as a small, festival and scratch bowling tourney between labels and scene friends has grown to over a thousand bowlers and seemingly as many bands spread across venues of all shapes and sizes in three different states on back-to-back-to-back weekends. Steering the shop the whole time has been the same dynamic duo, brothers Shawn and Mark Stern (pictured above), whom you probably know are also the longtime core members of seminal punk band Youth Brigade and co-founders of BYO Records.

The 2017 edition ranks as probably the biggest yet, with Iggy Pop headlining Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend, The Vandals and Face To Face taking over Denver last weekend, and NOFX and the Specials and a handful of club shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Asbury Park, New Jersey. We caught up with Mark Stern to discuss just what goes in to such a mammoth undertaking, some highlights from Punk Rock Bowlings past, and maybe a hint at what’s in store for the big 20th installment of PRB next year. Check it out below!



Punk Rock Bowling Festival Vegas: Day One – FLAG, The Exploited, Subhumans, The Bronx, Youth Brigade, NO!SE, JFA

Saturday, or Day One as its known, began with a phone call from DyingScene head honcho Mr. Buck reminding me of my bowling requirement, and my near miss of the shuttle to the alleys. Punk Rock Bowling was officially underway, and I was already tired – how does that happen. Bowling every year is a moment of pure embarrassment for the Dying Scenesters, who historically never make it past the first round. This year, with the addition of a new bowler, the team did relatively well, and even moved on to the second round – something we didn’t figure out until Monday night. The shuttle ride back to the Golden Nugget is always the highlight of the bowling adventures, as the tiredness has dissipated making way for drunken (and sometimes drug fueled) debauchery. The shuttle driver had the radio on and Styx’s classic “Come Sail Away” started playing and, for a bunch of punks, we all started singing like a scene out of Wayne’s World – it was quite the moment and the mood was set for a day in the sun, with the main stage festival commencing momentarily.

The main stage began not only on time, but a few minutes early and I had missed the first three songs of JFA. Bowling and other preparatory duties prevented the DyingScene crew from getting to the festival earlier, but once arrived it was game time. I’m shite at these show reviews, especially when there’s seven bands to go through. Let the photos do the talking. Despite approaching AARP eligibility, JFA still rocks with tireless energy, and frontman Brian Brannon bounces around stage, often involving fans in the vocal duties. I feel like the band should have played a little later in the day, or weekend, but the band killed their set despite the thin, still growing crowd.

After a little liquid refreshment I was back in the photo pit for NO!SE. The Seattle street punk band has gained quite the following over the years and it’s no doubt why – the guys rock. Great stage presence, ripping guitar and classic vocals are the recipe for success and these guys nailed it.

The beloved Stern brothers with the help of John Carey and Joey Garibaldi (aka Joey Balls) took to the stage next for Youth Brigade. Despite what has been said about the brothers, the guys still rock and their music transcends any politics. I just wish bands would wait to play my favorite songs until later in the set, as it is very difficult to jam out to “Modest Proposal” and photograph at the same time. Watching Joey Balls perform though is a beautiful sight to see – not only is the guy super nice and friendly, but he plays one of the most wickedest bass I’ve seen lately.

The Bronx is one of those bands that has kind of slipped through the cracks for me, although I have been a big fan of their alter-ego Mariachi el Bronx. The guys played a great set although I couldn’t recall any highlights from the performance.

Out of all the bands on the main stage bill, Subhumans was the one I was most excited to see – and also the band I’ve seen the most times. They never get old – literally – I don’t know how Dick Lucas is still alive, and as spry as he is. Another band that performed one of my favorites too early. As “No” came on for their second song, I put the camera down and began to sing along – that song is just soo good. Other standouts were of course “Work-Rest-Play-Die” and the obligatory finale “Religious Wars”. I am very thankful for the handful of very talented and honest photographers I have been able to work alongside, as they allow me to drop my gear for a bit and dance around like times past. Big thanks to Anthony Constantine of PunksInVegas for that one.

I remember seeing The Exploited for the first time years ago at Rebellion in England and thinking, wow – I just saw the fucking Exploited. Crazy. I was equally excited this time around, and although details of their set are a bit hazy, the cuts and bruises were testament to my enjoyment.

FLAG is a band that is a must see, if only for the show that you’ll be treated to. With the legendary Keith Morris manning vocals and Chuck Dukowski’s relentless energy, the band still knows how to rock it after all these years.

Have a look at all the photos from day one below, and stay tuned for more photos in the following days.



Punk Rock Kids – The Next Generation of Punk Rock Bowling

In following with our previous Punk Rock Bowling photo galleries of fans (‘Punk Rock Love’ and ‘Faces of PRB’), we have our newest submission – this time with the ‘Next Generation – The Kids of PRB’. Year after year, festival after festival, there seems to be more ‘knee-highs’ running around.

This is not a bad thing, as it is imperative to have a new generation onto whom to pass the torch of rebellion and punk rock. These little munchkins are a rare breed, and have gotten off to a great start.

As the tide turns and the days pass by, we all get older, but the punk never dies.

You can have a look at all the young kids of Punk Rock Bowling below.



New Youth Brigade album in the works

It’s been 17 long years since Youth Brigade released their last album, but in an recent interview with Sacramento News & Review, guitarist Brian Hanover stated there is a new album in the works and the band will begin writing soon:

“They’ve mentioned wanting to do another record, and it seems like a good time to start writing.”

Youth Brigade’s last studio album To Sell the Truth was released in 1996. The band began a U.S. tour yesterday.



Youth Brigade announce new guitarist, U.S. winter tour

California punk legends Youth Brigade have announced that they have hired Brian Hanover (Union Hearts, Hanover Saints, Whiskey Rebels) as their new guitarist. In addition, they have announced a winter U.S. tour, which takes place from mid-December to early January. The band writes:

“We’re stoked to announce our winter dates, and bring in the holidays with all our friends around the country. 

With the addition of our buddy Brian Hanover on guitar (Union Hearts/ Hanover Saints/ Whiskey Rebels), we will be saying farewell to the new year and our bassist extraordinaire Mike Carter who will be leaving us after this run to pursue his other amazing bands Stop Breathing and No//Se. 

So come out and celebrate and help us see Mike off in true Youth Brigade fashion!!”

Youth Brigade’s last studio album, To Sell the Truth, was released in 1996, and there are rumors that they have been working on a new album.



DS Photo Gallery: Youth Brigade at The Uptown – Oakland, CA (2/15/13)

Youth Brigade. Fuckin’ Youth Brigade. Still kickin’…still rockin’ just as hard as ever, and man what a show.

I’ve only been lucky enough to see Youth Brigade once before, and let me tell ya, the energy these guys bring to the stage rivals that of bands half their age.

The setlist was heavy on older songs, my favorite being “Modest Proposal”. You can check out a little stop-motion video of shots from the live set here, as well as take a look at all the still photos here.

Youth Brigade has couple more tour dates with the legendary Cockney Rejects (photos from their set coming soon), so head here to see where you can find them.



Cockney Rejects announce US tour with Youth Brigade

UK Oi! staples Cockney Rejects will be embarking on a two week US tour with Youth Brigade starting on February 14th in Reno, Nevada.

Check out the dates and locations here.



The Adolescents announce Winter tour dates with Youth brigade

Starting December 7th, The Adolescents will be embarking on a month-long tour of the US with Youth Brigade.

Check out the dates and locations here.

The Adolescents released their latest album, The Fastest Kid Alive, last year on Concrete Jungle Records.



Video: Shawn Stern sings Youth Brigade song “We’re In!” with Old Man Markley

Here’s another video of a cool moment at last weekend’s Punk Rock Bowling festival.

During a poolside Old Man Markley performance Shawn Stern of Youth Brigade joined the band onstage to sing the classic Youth Brigade song “We’re In” aka “Old Punks Don’t Die”.  It was pretty rad and you can check out a video for it here.



Live Videos: Bouncing souls and Youth Brigade full sets at Troubadour (Los Angeles)

Here’s some good news for us lame, non-Californians who weren’t able to catch the legendary Bouncing souls and Youth Brigade when they played 4 nights in a row at Troubadour in Los Angeles, earlier this year. We have found videos of both bands complete sets at the show and decided to share them with you, the awesome readers of Dying Scene.

You can check out both videos of the bands’ full sets here.

Bouncing Souls will start recording a new full-length album next January. Their last full-length was 2010′s “Ghosts on the Boardwalk,” and the band’s last actual release was a live album, called “For All The Unheard,” which you can check out more info on here.

Youth Brigade haven’t released any new material since their 1996 album, “To Sell The Truth,” but keep your fingers crossed for new material from the band.



Tour: Youth Brigade (US)

Seminal California punk band Youth Brigade have announced a dozen new US tour dates for this fall, including their stop at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida, and a stop at Fun Fun Fun in Austin, Texas. Check out the tour dates here!

Youth Brigade haven’t released any new material since their 1996 album, “To Sell The Truth,” but keep your fingers crossed for new material from the band.



Iron Chic, Youth Brigade, Smoke Or Fire, Polar Bear Club and more added to The Fest 10

The annual Gainesville, Florida punk festival, “The Fest,” has announced more bands for next years line up. The bands include Youth Brigade, Smoke or Fire, Lemuria, Polar Bear Club, La Dispute, The Soviettes, Paul Baribeau, Burning Love, RVIVR, Rehasher, The Bomb, Ampere, Good Luck, Fake Problems, and Iron Chic. More band announcements are expected for June.

The Fest occurs October 28th-30th.



Moms everywhere go bananas after violence breaks out at Youth Brigade / TSOL gig in LA

Wow, crazy stuff! LA Weekly reports that violence broke out outside a Youth Brigade / TSOL gig at the Key Club last night, which eventually led to the shutting down of Sunset Blvd and a hospital visit for one unlucky patron.  Not surprisingly it all started with a scuffle between bouncers and concert goers but when police officers were called in they were met by flying rocks and bottles from an angry mob. Eventually everything calmed down but to me the best part of this story began today in the comments of the LA Weekly story itself.  Moms are FREAKING OUT.  A hilarious virtual argument on the evils of punk rock ensues after this is left as the first comment:

“punk shows should be banned. careless and disrespectful punks are always getting into fights.”

The comment string is well worth a read if you need a good laugh.  Check it out here.



The HandMe Downs recording new album, streaming new song, going on tour

Detroit based punk rock band The HandMe Downs have posted “Lights Out,” a brand new track from their upcoming album, on their website.

The band is heading out on tour in November where they will be sharing the stage with Youth Brigade, and friends The Jukebox Romantics.  Check out the dates and locations here.



It’s official: Youth Brigade will tour Europe

Over a month ago, Youth Brigade announced that they would be touring Europe this fall. Well, it’s been confirmed now and the trip to Europe is set to kick off next month. Along with the shows, the band will be bringing their film “Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records.”

The band hasn’t released any new material since 1996’s “To Sell the Truth,” but rumor has it that the band has been working on a new album.

Check out the dates and locations here.