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Slam Dunk (North) 2019 – Live Review

This year’s Slam Dunk festival took place at two locations, the northern event in the beautiful Temple Newsham Park on the outskirts of Leeds, the southern date at the similarly picturesque Hatfield House Park near London.  What the aristocratic owners of these large country estates would make of the Slam Dunk attendees descending on their properties, I’d love to know!  Being punkers of a certain age, my wife and I had to plan our attendance with military precision – depositing our three kids with their grandparents, stocking up on supplies for a couple of nights of freedom from behaving like responsible adults and heading north with the Friday afternoon motorway traffic.  We spent the night before Slam Dunk North in nearby Sheffield with friends before heading to the show bright and early on the Saturday.  After negotiating our way through housing and industrial areas we arrived at the festival along with a few thousand other music fans.  With the smell of cheap cider in the air and the lunchtime sun shining, we made our way in and headed to the far side of the site to Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic stage.  The line up had spent the last few weeks winding its way through Germany, Spain and France with the two Slam Dunk dates in the UK capping off this run through Europe.

We got to the stage just in time to catch the end of openers, The Bombpops, set.  They ripped through I Can’t and Jerk from 2017’s Fear of Missing Out, ending on Dear Beer from last year’s EP.  The band were super tight and I was disappointed not to have caught the whole set, hopefully they’ll be back this side of the Atlantic soon.

Next up were Anti-Flag, a band I’ve lost touch with over the past decade having previously enjoyed their output.  They launched into Die For Your Government, much to the appreciation of the assembled crowd and played a solid set spanning their twenty years plus of releasing music.  Despite it being around 1pm they managed to incite a giant circle pit during Broken Bones, after reminding us “Brothers and sisters, if someone falls down, we pick them back up”.  We were then treated to a couple of their poppier songs (Turncoat and This Is The End) before Fuck Police Brutality, a song written twenty two years ago that is as relevant now as it ever has been.  The set was rounded out with Cities Burn, American Attraction, Press Corpse and finally, singalong favourite Brandenburg Gate.  Having not really checked in with the band for a while I had been slightly ambivalent about checking them out however their performance, positivity and set list were all top notch.

Santa Barbara sextet, the Mad Caddies, then took the stage to share some reggae/ska punk love with the masses.  Despite lead singer Chuck not getting any sound out of his monitor for the early part of their set, the boys were sounding great.  The crowd was skanking and grooving along from the opening trumpet refrain of The Dirge to the last notes of oompah thrasher All American BadAss.  Personal highlights for me were Road Rash, Weird Beard and the cover of Propagandhi’s Nation States from last summer’s Punk Rocksteady album.

Keeping the ska punk vibe going, The Interrupters followed next.  My main exposure to the Bivona brothers and Aimee Interrupter is from my wife and nine-year-old daughter playing them in the car and around the house.  I’ve always appreciated their Hellcat inflected tunes and was looking forward to seeing them in person.  Friend Like Me got the crowd moving nicely and they went on to play Take Back The Power, On A Turntable, She’s Kerosene and She Got Arrested amongst others.  It could have just been me but it did feel like the energy in the crowd dropped a few songs into the set but this was by no means a reflection of the effort being given by the band.  They finished with This Is My Family adding a slightly prolonged singalong finale to the song which I could have done without but, overall, I was pleased to have caught The Interrupters live.

I first saw Lagwagon in 1998, headlining a show which also had NUFAN, Strung Out and Swingin Utters on the line up, a few months before Let’s Talk About Feelings came out.  I have a lot of time for this band and I waited patiently to see them for the fourth (fifth?) time while my compadres foolishly opted to hit the bar and food stalls.  Their set list focussed mainly on their mid to late nineties albums with Violins, Sleep, Razor Burn from Hoss; Alien 8 and Making Friends from Double Plaidinum and Change Despair, May 16 and After You My Friend from ‘Feelings.  Cog In The Machine got an airing from 2014’s Hang, I had been hoping for a few more from this album but they had played a lot of those songs when they played London last year so I wasn’t too disappointed.  With close to thirty years under their belts, it’s no surprise Lagwagon are consistently excellent live, with plenty of choreographed shredding and general tom foolery thrown in for good measure.  The rain started to fall as the set drew to a close, so after four and half hours at the Punk in Drublic stage I took a wander to find food, toilets and buy a long overdue round at the beer tent.

Millencolin played next however I opted to visit the Dickies stage to check out Saves The Day, a band my wife and I saw on our first sort of date in 2002.  I lost touch with the band’s music after Stay What You Are and was gambling on them playing songs from their first few records to make it worth my while straying from the Punk in Drublic stage.  They kicked off with At Your Funeral and Chris Conely’s vocal was instantly joined by the (slightly aging) crowd, transporting me back to when I was a wide eyed 20-year-old.  From there they played a string of songs from post SWYA albums and with a heavy heart I bid them farewell in order to line up more drinks and get a decent vantage point for Less Than Jake.

The rain had been falling steadily by the time Gainesville’s favourite sons bounced onto the stage.  They treated the decidedly damp crowd to all the classics (Jonny Quest, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads, History Of A Boring Town, Nervous In The Alley, Gainesville Rock City etc) along with a couple of newer tunes.  At one point the, slightly terrifying, LTJ mascot came on stage with a toilet paper gun and papered the front few rows which is not something I’ve experienced at a show before but it was pretty amusing.  Less Than Jake are one of those bands that you can never see too many times and seeing some of their newer songs played in and amongst their older stuff gave a slightly different perspective on them, which was great.

The penultimate act was Bad Religion, whose seventeenth studio album, Age Of Unreason, dropped a month ago.  We were treated to four songs from their latest offering (Lose Your Head, Chaos From Within, Do The Paranoid Style & My Sanity).  The rest of the set was a tour de force, stretching back to the very beginning (Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell from 1982’s How Could Hell Be Any Worse?) with good representation from their entire catalogue.  Crowd pleasers like 21st Century Digital Boy, Sorrow, Stranger Than Fiction and Fuck You all kept the crowd moving as the rain continued to fall.  These guys continue to put out great music and impress live and it was heartening to see punks of all ages rocking out to these legends.

I sacrificed the end of Bad Religion’s set to catch a few songs from The Menzingers back on the Dickies stage.  An ill-advised, uphill sprint across the festival site left me lightheaded as I arrived halfway through Mid-Western States.  I just about caught my breath as they started Casey and I stuck around long enough to hear The Freaks and Lookers before heading back to the Punk In Drublic stage for headliners, NOFX.  I’ve been a fan of The Menzingers since 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and have seen them a few times playing club shows and they are always a good time live.

So back to the Punk In Drublic stage for NOFX and the rain finally stopped.  The guys came on stage and proceeded to spend what felt like five minutes chatting shit to each other and the crowd.  Just as the fans started to get restless, they let rip with Seeing Double At The Triple Rock and Six Years On Dope.  They played a set punctuated with long periods of conversation and shit-housery which at times elicited shouts of “Get on with it” from the crowd, but most should know by now that this is standard practise for Mike et al.  To be honest, I was thankful for the chance to catch my breath a lot of the time!  We were treated to Linoleum, Don’t Call Me White, The Brews and Perfect Government from the album from whence the stage took its name, along with Bob (from White Trash..), Kill All The White Man (from the Longest Line EP), Eat The Meek and Murder The Government (from So Long…).  I was really pleased they played I’m So Sorry Tony because Mr Sly should be honoured at every opportunity and they closed the set playing a cover of We’re Only Gonna Die by Bad Religion which was excellent.  NOFX have been through a lot of shit in their personal lives over the years but it’s nice to see them on stage, annoying each other, supporting each other and still fighting the good fight.

Previous Slam Dunk line-ups have always had a few bands that piqued my interested but the inclusion of the Punk In Drublic tour made it a no brainer, here’s hoping it become a permanent fixture moving forwards.

Photo Credits

The Bombpops – Jen Razavi

Aimee Interruptor, Joey Cape, Roger Lima, Greg Graffin – FuckinClairPhotos

NOFX – Jade Greenbrooke



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival announces Portland Date

Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival recently announced it’s first 2019 US date will take place in Portland, OR on July 12th at Portland Meadows.

The festival will feature NOFX playing The Decline in its entirety with Baz’s Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Bad Religion, MXPX, Anti-Flag, The Last Gang, and Mean Jeans.

You can get all the details here



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival (Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver)

It seems like there’s more and more beer/music festivals popping up these days. Sabroso Craft Beer & music Festival sets itself apart from the herd by adding a pinch of Latin flair to the mix. Not only are there taco and burrito trucks, there’s full on luchador wrestling matches boot! If that’s not enough, there’s also a ton of rad bands who take the stage once everyone’s bellies have been filled with comida y cerveza! At the Denver stop, we were treated to quite a few heavyweight acts including Bad Religion, |Strung Out Black Flag and The Offspring and none of them disappointed. Check out the full write up and gallery, below!



Stream Bad Religion’s new album “Age Of Unreason”

Bad Religion’s seventeenth studio album, Age of Unreason, is out today on Epitaph Records and is currently streaming in entirety on YouTube. The political punk band’s latest offering is obviously influenced by the Trump years, and channels the band’s feelings on living in these tumultuous times.

It is Bad Religion’s first album since 2013’s release of True North, and their first with new members Mike Dimkich (guitar) and Jamie Miller (drums).

You can listen to a stream of the brand-new song “The Approach” below and the rest of Age of Unreasonhere .

Purchase the album from the band’s official site.



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 14

Well, how about that! The guys took a break from their “busy” lives and graced us with a new episode of Dying Scene Radio! Guess they couldn’t be bothered to find an awesome band to interview but they’re back nonetheless. Not only are they back, they brought a ton of music from new and emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover with ’em! But, but, but, wait it gets better (or worse depending on how you look at it) they’re also covering some of the most noteworthy scene news from the last few weeks so you don’t have to scour the internets. ‘Tis a dark and dangerous place, that internet. All of that and more in Episode 14 of Dying Scene Radio! Check it out, below!



Watch Bad Religion perform at The Roxy, including the “No Control” album in full

California punk legends Bad Religion performed what appeared to be a special show at The Roxy theater in West Hollywood last Friday, April 5th.

There, the band showcased not only some of their well-known material, as well as stuff from their long-awaited upcoming album Age of Reason, but celebrated the 30th anniversary of their iconic album No Control by playing the album in its entirety.

In case you didn’t go, you can now watch some fan-filmed footage of this special show below.

Age of Unreason will not only be Bad Religion’s first full-length studio album since 2013’s True North, but their first release with Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.



Bad Religion release new song “Do the Paranoid Style”

California punk legends Bad Religion are streaming another new track from their long-awaited new album Age of Unreason, which arrives on May 3rd via Epitaph.

This song is called “Do the Paranoid Style” and you can now listen to it below.

Age of Unreason will not only be Bad Religion’s first full-length studio album since 2013’s True North, but their first release with Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.



Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause, Beach Rats and more confirmed for Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2019

Summer festival season is rapidly approaching in the United States, and for the second year in a row, legendary photographer (and underrated bluesman) Danny Clinch has got himself a good one in the works. It’s called Sea.Hear.Now, and it takes place quite literally right on the beach in Asbury Park. This year’s festivities are going down on September 20th and 21st, and while the festival’s larger headliners include Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers, it also includes a steady diet of punk-friendly musical fare, with bands like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause and the Mermaid, Beach Rats and the incomparable Joan Jett and the Blackhearts scheduled to take the stage. Check out the full lineup, including details on the festival’s surf competition, on the tour poster below.

Ticket info for Sea.Hear.Now is available right here.



Warped Tour announces 25th anniversary shows

Just when you thought The Warped Tour was gone forever, the punk rock circus has announced some select dates for their 25th Anniversary shows.  The festivities will be taking place June 8th in Cleveland, OH, June 29th and 30th in Atlantic City, NJ, and July 20th and 21st in Mountain View, CA.  The lineup varies slightly from city to city, but includes a mix of old and new bands that were on the tour throughout it’s 25 year history.  Some of these bands include Anti-Flag, The Aquabats, Bad Religion, Big D and the Kids Table, Blink 182, Less Than Jake, The Offspring, Reel Big Fish, and many more.  You can check out all the details here.



Epitaph announces Record Store Day releases

Epitaph has announced their upcoming releases for Record Store Day, which takes place on April 13th.  The label will be releasing Bad Religion – My Sanity 7″, The Menzingers No Penance b/w Cemetery’s Garden 7ThricePalms – Deeper Wellsand Justin Courtney PierreOpen Mic At The Lo-Fi: Vol. 1.



Bad Religion announce new album “Age Of Unreason”

California punk legends Bad Religion have announced their new album, Age Of Unreason, which is set to be released on May 3rd via Epitaph.

The band is streaming the first song off the album, “Chaos From Within,” which you can feast your ears on below.  You can also peruse the track list while you listen.

Bad Religion last released True North in 2013.



DS Exclusive: The Live Music Year In Pictures (Anarchopunk)

Oi!!!! Here’s some facts, Jack:  2018 is (almost) over. I didn’t manage to shoot as many shows this year. I moved from my home in Los Angeles to the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado. I got a new kitten. I bought a new car. I started a new job. Now, here’s some stats, Jill (I didn’t want anyone to feel left out):  Despite all of that, I still shot well over one hundred sets from about twenty-five different shows/festivals. Moral of the story:  I’m fucking tired.

Check out a gallery of some of my favorite pictures from 2018, below!



Bad Religion Announces Release Date Announcement for New Album

As many of you will already know, melodic punk stalwarts Bad Religion have a new record on the way. We reported as such in November. At the time, however, we were given no indication what the time frame would be for the release.

It has since emerged that the legendary group will make an official announcement about when the album will be released in January 2019. The band’s guitarist, Brett Gurewitz, announced the announcement to LA radio station KROQ last week. The title of the record is unknown for now but it is expected to feature recent single “My Sanity”.

The release will be the 17th album by Bad Religion and their first full-length effort with guitarist Mike Dimkich from The Cult and drummer Jamie Miller of …And you will know us by the trail of dead.

The previous release from Bad Religion 2013’s True North. 

(Edit: “Previous original release”.)