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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM (PST) by liathdavis
The infamous Punk Rock Bowling festival has just dropped a book in celebration of their 20 year anniversary! For $35 on pre order you can relive years worth of memories, good times, and the festival that started out with a couple of friends. With cover art by Shepard Fairey, and stories, art, and antecdotes from icons like Cock Sparrer, NOFX, and The Buzzcocks.
You can pre order a copy here, or pick one up at the Golden Nugget PRB Booth at the festival over May 25th to 28th.
The day before ended in Bad Religion, one of the greatest bands the scene has to offer, continuously kicking it until they kick the bucket. And Day Three was the end of it all, the final day for the punks to don their denims and get out into the sun, to dance and sing and hug their new friends. Day Three felt like a long farewell– a little less hectic, a bit more casual, and still a helluva lot of fun.
Press and VIP lines were a breeze and I got in with no problem at all. To give the new venue credit, each day steadily improved. This is also fair time to mention everything that was happening at the fest that weren’t people with guitars, bass, and drums. Vendors packed the left side of the venue with shirts, hats, records, CDs, tote bags, wallets, necklaces, patches, stickers, with a dozen etceteras. Always a sick reminder that there is not only a cool world out there of punk stuff, but there are also people out there creating it. Doc Martens might have had the most inspired festival booth, featuring big piles of deflated beach balls up for the grabbing. By the end of the night, there were over twenty being pushed around in the pit. I’m not a big fan of Doc’s, mostly because they don’t fit my feet, but even I could admit it was a pretty sly move.
Onto the music! The first band of the day was The Quitters. I was actually pretty stoked to hear them based on the recommendation of DS lens-jockey Cricket Fox. They played first, so there was nowhere near a big crowd (and also, the festival starts a bit earlier on the last day, so you know, folks might be sleeping or something like that), but they rocked it. They played an old school kind of punk rock, stuff that is snotty and fun without being pop punk, and loud and shouty without being hardcore. Its the sort of music that if you wanted to create the original ink drop from which all of punk bled out of (ruining some fine parchment in the process), this would be at the tip of the fountain pen. A real cool blended sound of forty years of music, from Descendents to Refused. Their beats were surprisingly danceable too, as even the security guards were breaking characters and nodding along. The Quitters are awesome, check ‘em out when you get a chance.
Roadside Bombs played next. I would describe their sound as a sort of a throwback thing, like a ‘77 punk amalgam with a bit of classic rock thrown in there. It wasn’t too bad, not really my thing, but I thought they performed well. The next band, Wolfpack might get the award for most interesting bio of the weekend. I was watching them intently, mystified by what I read in the pamphlet: they’re a Melbourne not-for-profit band. Crazy, right? Looking at their bandcamp page, they say they’ve raised $26,000 for charity. Even weirder, and maybe cooler, depending on your predilections, is that the band is led from the back by the drummer. Aside from their tax status, they were pretty dope, playing a pretty riffy style of metal-infused hardcore punk.
Day Three was all about Oi! though. Cocksparrer was headlining and they wouldn’t be the only working class punks to grace the PRB stage. This was the year of street punk and oi. Lion’s Law was the first band to start playing the style in earnest and got my attention for being from one of the least oi places I can think of– France. I thought it was pretty cool, and strangely, a natural fit for the naturally surly French accent. It also made me think about how French punk has been getting more and more attention lately with the likes of Lion’s Law, Guerilla Poubelle, and Not Scientists.
And then, in a weird sort of double feature, we had another oi band playing. This was England’s Booze & Glory, and a lot of folks were here for them. I hadn’t heard of them before the festival, but street punk and oi aren’t styles I follow very closely. I’m also not afraid to admit I’m in the minority though, because from day one I saw tons of punks rocking Booze & Glory shirts. I was starting to get the vibe that these guys were the next big thing in their scene. As far as their sound goes, I mean, I’m not sure what there is to describe. They sound like a band that wears suspenders and throws back pints of lager. The real test of mettle for a band like this is in their songwriting, what they can communicate that all the other hooligans with guitars haven’t been able to do before, or to do it now in a way that’ll communicate it to a new generation. Judging from the crowd, Booze & Glory are a torchbearer for their sound. My only issue is with the placement of these two bands on the bill, while I’m sure their audience dug ‘em a lot, it all bled together for me.
As any dude who likes melodic punk bands, the occasional Dan Yemin hardcore project, and folk punk; I also inexplicably love Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, and anything else that is crusty and patches well on flannel. And that is why I was stoked to see Discharge. The originators of D-beat, true harcore pioneers, and one of the major influences to a lot of my favorite modern hardcore. For such an old fucking band, they killed it. They had tons of energy and ran through a set that felt like a machine gun peppering of shredded solos and barked declaratives. Of all the acts of Day Three, Discharge might have been the most intense to witness.
I was warned about the Adicts before I got to Vegas. I didn’t have a lot to go on, y’ know? I was told they were great live, but I never really listened to them. I mean, I’m not a big face paint guy, bands with a huge visual presence always felt weird to me, same with bands in costume. I don’t know, it’s one of those things that never really felt right. I mean, I don’t even like the Misfits– what do the Adicts have to offer?
It’s nice to be wrong.
When the confetti cleared, the Adicts were my favorite act of Day Three. This isn’t just punk rock, it’s spectacle. While watching them play and dance; throw cards, balloons, and streamers into the audience, I experienced, what I can only assume, is pure joy. My initial worry was of a band that takes themselves too seriously, who take the imagery from A Clockwork Orange and use it as a way to secure some false sense of danger, when its really just adolescent pageantry. The Adicts know exactly what they are, they embrace the silliness– and most of all– they want you to have fun. They’re a fun band that puts on a fun show. Why else would you wear a cape made of mirrors? It’s ridiculous fun. And their music works with the show they’ve crafted. It’s singalong ‘77 style punk, the kind of stuff that got me singing along without ever hearing a word before. The Adicts are amazing, a punk rock treasure that needs to be seen to be believed.
The light was waning after the Adicts wrapped up and I was left in a bit of a state of awe. I mean, what band can really follow that up?
A lot of people have mixed feelings about Pennywise, and I guess I’d count myself in that lot. I like a couple of songs, but mostly see them as the lesser of the 90s melodic hardcore bands to make it big. A little to bro-ey for me, I guess. They have a knack for songwriting though, “Fuck Authority” is ultimately a kind of dumb, almost ritual reduction of one of punk rock’s core tenets, but even I have to admit it strikes a chord. I mean, you could also say punk rock is just a dumb, almost ritual reduction of rock ‘n roll, right? They played a handful of covers in a row, “Wild in the Streets” by Circle Jerks, “Do What You Want” by Bad Religion, in which Fat Mike jumped on stage to help with vocals, and “Minor Threat” by Minor Threat. As is the expectation, they ended their set with “Bro-Hymn” and I got to hear a couple thousand woahs all in unison. Even if Pennywise wasn’t my thing, that was just a little magic.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a punk festival without a little politics mixed with catharsis. Fat Mike appeared on stage before the final set with a statue of a nude Donald Trump. He reaffirmed his beliefs that punk rock and politics are intertwined and not to be unraveled, allowing one of the Stern daughters to be the first to take a swing at the presidential effigy. The bat was shared by various band members as each broke the statue down with more and more nasty blows, batting the president’s dick off, until finally Fat Mike beheaded him. It was a fun, albeit violent sideshow in between the musical sets and a reminder of where PRB’s heart is.
The final act of the mainstage was the exclamation mark in Oi!– scene veterans Cock Sparrer took up their instruments as the air cooled and the festival marched into night. That’s one thing that bears mentioning: at night, Vegas is beautiful. The air is tolerable and the neon gives the city an otherworldly glow. At Punk Rock Bowling, it is a signal for the second half of the day for some, but for everyone in the crowd, it is an invitation to come closer. Cock Sparrer played one of the best sets I’d seen that weekend for devotees and casuals alike. The age old band came out to play old favorites and stuff off their new record Forever. As cliche as it is, they seemed like the kinda guys you’d wanna have a beer with– funny, humble, and talented old school punks. They played a host of tracks that I couldn’t help but singalong to on my first time. If I discovered anything at this Punk Rock Bowling, it might have been a new appreciation of what the best working class punk can do, bring people together and bind them in less than three minutes.
Maybe it was the beer, maybe it was because we were at the end, but this was when I started getting sentimental. I saw a crowd full of people, ages five to sixty-five, and they were singing along and dancing, smiling and laughing. I watched the song “Because You’re Young” become an affirmative anthem for generations of punks, young and old, as they looked back at the road they took in life and let their smiles broaden together. When the set ended, I was smiling too. All the denim, ink, and piercings unloaded into the streets and I saw a community. There was chatter about what they just saw, who they’re seeing next, and when they’ll fly out. Folks threw handshakes and hugs and promised to see each other next year.
A punk show, a party, a community– built from the ground up to rumble every year, to bring old and new together, to close distances– that was Punk Rock Bowling 2017.
Full slide-show below.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Billed as a Mystery Show the headliner for this Day Two Club Show was listed only as “Special Guests” along with the named opening acts Giuda, True Rivals and Drakulas. Despite knowing some of the people playing the show, I was never able to get anyone to spill the beans, so I was still in the lurch even after getting inside the poorly lit venue. Shortly after taking my seat in the corner, all was revealed by a slightly inebriated oracle who was sitting next to me as I got my camera ready for the shoot. “Did you hear who the special guest was yet? ” I asked doing my best to awkwardly make small talk. “Hell yea!” he retorted ecstatically. “Fucking Cock Sparrer!!! Woooo-hoooo!!! Want a beer?!?” Gotta love Punk Rock Bowling! Check out the show review along with an awesome photo gallery of all of the incredible acts below!
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Punk Rock Bowling is right around the corner, and it’s not just shows stacked on top of more shows. It’s a whole three day weekend of punk related events. If you’re going to Vegas this year but fear a severe case of pit fatigue between the main stage lineups and late night club shows, give your eardrums a break and check out our list of “7 Things To Do At Punk Rock Bowling That Don’t Involve Moshing” below.
Cock Sparrer are now streaming new song, “Contender” off the full length album “Forever,” out April 21st via Pirates Press Records. You can listen to the song below, and buy a physical copy on the label webstore.
“Forever” is the first album since 2007 release, “Here We Stand,” making it the sixth career album in 45 years from the UK punk legends.
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 4:23 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:50 PM (PST) by Double J
Legendary UK punk band Cock Sparrer have released a brand new video for their new song “One By One.” You can check it out below. This is the first track released from their upcoming LP “Forever!”, which will be available April 21st through Pirate Press Records. The record will be available tomorrow, April 11th, for pre-sale from Pirate Press’ webstore.
“Forever!” marks Cock Sparrer’s first record in nearly a decade. You can catch Cock Sparrer at this years Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival. Details can be found here.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:59 PM (PST) by jaystone
Legendary Oi! punk pioneer Cock Sparrer snuck up on us this week with some news on a brand new album!
It’s called Forever, and it’ll mark not only their first release on Pirates Press Records, but their first studio full length in a decade. What’s more? We’re not going to have to wait very long to get it in our collective hands. Pre-orders for Forever launch next Tuesday (April 11th), and the album itself is due out April 21st digitally and April 24th in physical formats.
Want a taste of what’s to come from the British legends? Head below for a quick teaser, and stay tuned for pre-order info.
Cock Sparrer’s last release was 2007’s Here We Stand, which was released on Captain Oi! Records.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:50 AM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Not surprisingly, the three biggest acts (Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Cock Sparrer) are spread out over the three nights, with a slew of additional acts each day. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can pick up 3-day passes ($125) or single-day passes ($50) here.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:35 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Alright, punk fans, it’s officially official. The 2017 lineup for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas has been finalized and publicly announced. I’m too lazy to type it all out so just take a gander at the poster above and start mentally cataloguing who you’re most excited to see.
Still to come are the announcements about the after hour club shows but we’ll post those as soon as PRB starts releasing them.
Punk Rock Bowling takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th-29th) and is the one festival each year that the Dying Scene staff flies, drives, hitchhikes or crawls from the various basements across the globe that they reside in to meet in person. Keep an eye out for us in our snazzy Dying Scene t-shirts and be sure to tell us how much our site sucks.
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 1:46 PM (PST) by Johnny X
2017 is nearly upon us and you know what that means. Exactly. Time to start planning for Punk Rock Bowling! The long running punk festival has announced the first round of headlining bands for its 2017 installation in Vegas. Here’s the official announcement:
“19 years and counting and we are more excited than ever to announce just a glimpse of this years lineup featuring the Godfather of Punk Rock, the eternal misfit and saboteur of all convention, the 2017 Grammy nominee (and rightly so) Iggy Pop!!
And if that’s not enough, coming all the way from the East End of London, the working class heroes and one of Punk Rock Bowlings all time favorites, the pioneers of Oi!, the one and only Cock Sparrer!!
And let’s take our hat off to Pennywise who after 28 years is a household name in punk rock circles (and circle pits) and we welcome them back to PRB, with Jim Lindberg at the helm (finally!)
Top that all off with The Bouncing Souls, hot on the heels of their new album Simplicity, Hardcore punk legends Discharge, and many more bands to be announced. This is just a preview of what is going down in 2017, stay tuned for more.”
Snag tickets here.
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 1:48 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Rebellion Festival will take place in Blackpool, UK August 4th-7th, 2016.
They have announced that their line-up will include FLAG, Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned, Fear, The Exploited, Cockney Rejects, Peter Hook and the Light, The Dickies, Discharge, G.B.H., Dictators, Slaughter & The Dogs, Anti Nowhere League, UK Subs, The Outcasts, Evil Conduct, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Infa Riot, Reagan Youth, Argy Bargy, Spizz Energi, Abrasive Wheels, Dirtbox Disco, The Members, The Defects, Anti Pasti, Lions Law, Booze & Glory, Hagar The Womb, The Vibrators, Channel 3, 999, Major Accident, The Varukers, Drongos For Europe, The Crack, Here and Now, Razors, The Ejected, Komintern Sect, Rust, Demob, Bar Stool Preachers, Splodgenssabounds, London, The Ramonas, In Evil Hour, Anti-Social, The Cundeez, Sensa Yuma, The Bleach Boys, Geoffrey Oicott, Anthrax UK, Brassick, Cress, Fire Exit, Contempt, Jericho Hill, System Of Hate, Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions, Reazione, Foreign Legion, Army of Skanks, Addictive Philosophy, Monkish, Slagerij, Revenge of the Psychontronic Man, Criminal Mind.
You can find more information about the festival here.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM (PST) by Johnny X
This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bob Noxious interviews New Orleans punk rock darlings, PEARS, and Bobby Pickles interviews Cock Sparrer (Pronounced: SPERRA in American) prior to their first NYC show in 15 years. Fresh off a one week hiatus, the two Bobs don’t miss a beat with two interesting conversations, plus Bobby makes a total ass out of himself by mispronouncing the band’s name consistently throughout their entire exchange – watch the Full Video below.
THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Off! – Meet Your God
Good Riddance – Shiloh
The Queers – Uncouth
Dead On A Friday – Early Grave
PEARS – Victim To Be
Entropy – Shark Sandwich
Spanner – Banner Regime
COCK SPARRER INTERVIEW 1
Cock Sparrer – Because You’re Young
Out Of Order – Stuck In The Mud
69 Enfermos – Numbers
Anchor – Losing Faith
COCK SPARRER INTERVIEW 2
Cock Sparrer – Take ‘Em All
This week’s sponsor is FAT ENZO.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM (PST) by milhouse
2015 is nearly upon us, and as visions of upcoming concerts dance through my mind, I reflect on the year that has passed. I think about the concerts I was able to attend, and those that slipped through the cracks. The new friends made, the old friends re-acquainted, the massive heaps of beer, bruises and cuts, hangovers, lost voices, and of course the photos – without which many memories may have gone by the gutter. My photos are like my children, and having to choose favorites just seems so unfair, but there are clearly some standouts.
The year’s first show featured a Dying Scene favorite, Chuck Ragan, with some other incredible moments over the year including joining Bum City Saints for a studio session in February, the annual trip to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling in May, Pirates Press‘ 10th Anniversary shows in October, interviewing Blood or Whiskey in November, and more that I’m sure I’m leaving out. To my surprise and delight, I was able to see one of my all-time favorite bands, Cock Sparrer, four times this year, as well as having the opportunity to present Colin with a framed concert print of himself. Outstanding! Swingin’ Utters, La Plebe, Lagwagon, and others were among many bands whom I would get to see multiple times over the course of 2014.
I have narrowed down my collection to 30 of my favorite shots that I took during 2014, and some of the winners include Nihilist Cunt, Bishops Green, Anti-Nowhere League, Cock Sparrer (of course), Bum City Saints, Street Dogs, Laura Jane Grace, The Adicts, Angelic Upstarts, Total Chaos, and more. Have a look at a year in concert pictures below. Above shot not included in the 30 is PPR owner Skippy stage-diving at an after-party Cock Sparrer show – epic.
Big thanks to Skippy of PPR, Ian of Chapter Eleven, Jay from DS, Alberto from La Plebe, and everyone else who helped make this year amazing!!