Following the success of their Punk Rock Christmas compilation, released in 2015, Cleopatra Records have announced a new version in time for the coming holiday season. The imaginatively-titled Punk Rock Christmas 2 will feature cover versions of festive tracks by a host of punk rock legends and rising stars.
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Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:14 PM (PST) by rick delaney
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
B & W Photos courtesy of Adan Cedillo / Flier by Kaia Bellanca Beggs
David Tejas is the new lead singer of The Casualties now for two years running. He’s been on tour alongside the The Casualties for fifteen years with his other band Krum Bums, and his newer project Starving Wolves. Huzzah for the new guy! Read that story below.
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2:40 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Cleopatra Records is streaming their latest installment in the Punk Rock Halloween compilation department Punk Rock Halloween 2. Featuring the likes of The Vandals, Pulley, Down By Law, Tsunami Bomb, and a whole host of other amazing bands covering some of your favorite Halloween classics.
Check it out below.
Cleopatra Records released Punk Rock Halloween back in 2017. Featuring an all-star cast of bands this is a must listen.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
WHAM! POW! SHAZAM! Your friendly neighborhood crime fighters here at Dying Scene are stoked to bring you the debut full-length from BAT!, the gothabilly super-trio featuring members of Nekromantix, The Brains, Rezurex and Stellar Corpses.
Bat Music For Bat People features fifteen original tracks and five psychobilly-infused covers including their renditions of Danzig (“Mother”), the king of surf Dick Dale (“Misirlou”), The Damned (“Love Song”), Gloria Jones (“Tainted Love”), Portugal. The Man (“Feel It Still”), and Panic! At The Disco (“Say Amen” (Saturday Night). Here’s what the mysterious fellas had to say:
“With my psychic Bat vision, I knew the night of the Blood Moon was our time to record the album,” Blue Bat recalled.
“Everyone meet me at my radioactive recording studio in the Batcave,” ordered Green Bat.
“This is gonna be the best album ever! Hey, can somebody pick me up from the Spearmint Rhino,” asked Red Bat.
Check it out below, gang!
Buck-O-Nine has returned with their first album in over twelve years. FunDayMental finds the ska veterans doing what they do best, combining a wide variety of ska and punk elements into a catchy amalgam. A ska-malgam if will. (Nothing like a cheesy ska pun to get things going.)
The album opens with a bouncy punk ode to nights out with “Paint the Night Red” featuring just a small hint of the ska to come. It is definitely more punk than the rest of the album, but it is also a nice acknowledgement of the band’s roots. They return to this ska influenced punk with “Monday Morning” later in the album.
Coming from a band who came to prominence in the nineties ska scene it’s hard to believe there’s no horns until song two, as “Top of the World” is the first of several songs that showcase a two-tone soul, complete with bouncy bass lines and steady rocking brass sections. This up tempo rude sound can also be seen on “Don’t be Afraid” and “Tuff Rudeboy”, while the title track “FunDayMental” showcases a slower vibe. The best of this English influence is the closer “Dust it Off” which features a call and answer between slow driving brass and a bright guitar. It has an infectious groove that will keep your toes tapping.
This album features a couple of highlights, the first being “With You I Can” a love song that has a bright summer day feel to it. It is an optimistic slow stomp with a upbeat brass line. “Cold was my soul but my heart was made of gold, I rolled upon you and it changed my world” they deliver in this playful love song that makes you believe that “With you I can accomplish anything”. The second highlight is “YaYa” a rocksteady reggae jam written about grandkids. A more unique subject matter in a world that overtly tries to avoid the negative thoughts of aging, this song has a warm and happy feeling that almost makes me look forward to seeing my own grandkids.
FunDayMental rounds out with a couple of remakes of some Buck-O-Nine classics “Irish Drinkin’ Song” and “My Town”. The first song takes the original and makes it more of a group sing along as the verses feature layered vocals. This effect takes away the confessional nature of the original but most likely makes it more like the live versions where the crowd provides the supporting layers in the vocals. It is unclear if this remake was really needed, however the updated version of “My Town” is very well done. Opening with a not-so-subtle nod to rocksteady legends Toots and the Maytals, the song does not stray far from the original with a distinctly fun nineties style ska punk feel. However when viewed from the perspective of this album which feels a bit heavier with songs about love and growing old and was recorded by band members playing their parts in different states, it comes across as a wishful throwback to days where listening to music and hanging out with your friends was the most stressful part of the day. “As time ticks by I never stop to ask and never wonder why my soul is sound, I’m in my hometown”
FunDayMental is very close to being a top notch album but it feels like there is a lack of cohesion. The harmonies in the vocals and brass, the gang sing a longs, and in some cases the guitar work, all feel a bit patchwork at times. Ultimately it is a little distracting and the album quality suffers a little, however I am very excited to see these songs played live. Buck-O-Nine definitely know how to write some quality ska tunes, hopefully they can clean up the recording side on their next release.
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:35 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Third-wave California ska-punk pioneers Buck-O-Nine have just released Fundaymental on Cleopatra Records. It’s their first album in 12 years and marks the band’s sixth studio album since their conception in ’91. Fundaymental has been years in the making with each of the seven members making ulterior individual contributions to bring these fourteen-tracks to life, where “do it yourself” finds new meaning when your rhythm section is spread across the country and the guy singing the songs lives 100 miles away.
Dying Scene caught up with that guy via telephone call from Dallas to L.A. His name is Jon Pebsworth, and like pretty much all the rest of the band members, he’s been there since the beginning. Jon says the main thing to take away from Fundaymental is “Come out to the show. Put your worries aside, and have fun for a night.” and Buck-O-Nine after all these years? “Let it go!” The secret is trust, and this singer says he has loads of that, as well as respect for each member of his septet. He keeps the process fun and easy, and collaborations are chilled and inclusive.
“People leave. Even our drummer Steve, he’s the original drummer. He left the band in I think like ’99 or something like that and then he came back about six or seven years ago. So, it’s basically the same group of guys minus the bass player that did all of the first three records, which is pretty cool. Our bass player who is in the band now, Andy, has been in the band for about nineteen years.” Fun fact: Andy Platfoot is also the creative talent behind Buck-O-Nine’s music videos of late… the more you know.
As for the art on Fundaymental, “Steve did the cover and then the back cover, and then Jonas, our guitar player did all the graphic design and put it all together.” Fundaymental was recorded, monitored and produced by trumpet player Tony Curry who utilized F.B.I. spy tactic technological wizardry to hack his band member’s computers and record demos remotely. “Like I said, everybody’s got their little job that they do.”
“Our drummer recorded all the drums in a proper studio and stuff like that. It was a really weird process, but it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of learning as we were going. We were kind of like, ‘This is so trippy. We’ve never even been in the same room together playing these songs – which on all the other records that we’ve done over the years, we were just in a rehearsal room somewhere in San Diego playing the songs together and working them out that way. This was different but it was the only option we had. We just really, really wanted to do it, so we made it happen.”
When you find something you love, you’ve got to let it shine… I mean, something to that effect… I know that’s not right. You’ve got to be a peacock, right? “I went through some work things a few years ago working at this company, and I was trying my best to be like, ‘I’m into it. It’s cool.’ You know? ‘Let’s do this!’ And finally, after a couple of years I was just like, ‘You know what? Fuck this! And fuck this place! And fuck this job! I’m fucking out of here, dude.’ You know? Like, ‘I’m gonna’ go back to what I do. This isn’t me.’ So, that’s really kind of what its about. It’s really kind of a message to yourself, you know? A lot of my songs are like that where it’s like a pep talk almost for yourself. It’s a healing and process where you are talking yourself back into being positive and cool, and not dealing with bullshit. You know? For the most part that’s what it’s kind of about, and the references like ‘going back to the bar’ and ‘hanging out hooligan style’ is just a part of getting away from that negative shit to me, because that shit’s cool and fun.”
Jon and I had a great chat. It was super fun talking about ska in the 90’s, and the components of a talented band who tries to keep it in the family. Jon gave me the ins-and-outs of the new album Fundaymental. (available here) I got to meet his dog Barney, and we even talked about Mike Park a little bit behind his back. Find these conversations and more below, you young dead scenesters. Have a great day!
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Buck-O-Nine is back! As if they ever left. Their new album Fun Day Mental drops today on Cleopatra Records, but that’s not all… The guys have been gracious enough to hook Dying Scene up with the video premiere for “Tuff Rude Boy”. Here’s a fun one about being frustrated in a stupid ass job and then finally saying, “Fuck it! I quit!”
The video features exclusive live footage as well as snippets of the good times, recorded and edited in-house over the years by Buck-O-Nine bass player, Andy Platfoot. If you’ve ever wondered how a legendary 3rd-wave band likes to spend their time on the road, you can get a great glimpse at those antics in the video below. Enjoy yourselves, rudies! Cheers!
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
San Diego ska veterans Buck-O-Nine have released a video for their new song “Top Of The World,” which comes from the bands’ upcoming new album, FunDayMental, that is set to be released on April 19th via Cleopatra Records.
You can check out the new video below.
FunDayMental will be the bands’ first album since 2007’s Sustain.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:23 PM (PST) by dropkickeith
Street punk stalwarts The Casualties have released their eleventh studio album, Written in Blood. This album marks the end of the Jorge Herrera era and introduces David Rodriguez from Starving Wolves as the new voice. Where both of them engage a style of unhinged chaos being pushed to the edge of restraints, David’s vocal delivery is less raspy and a little cleaner. The difference is minimal but refreshing and could potentially open the doors to new listeners.
The album opens with the drums of war leading us in a march with blaring sirens in the background. “1312” which stands for A.C.A.B. and is an acronym for All Cops are Bastards, is an open protest of the police and their methods. It encapsulates exactly what to expect moving forward, a fury laid upon frenzied guitar licks and a call to war rhythm.
Next up is “Fucking Hate You” a blitzkrieg of anger because apparently The Casualties fucking hate you. “Ashes of My Enemies” follows with a oi-sounding tune that will imbed itself in your brain with its infectious guitar work and catchy sing-a-long chorus. This style of soaring guitar riffs overlaid with a chant along chorus is widely used on this album, most notably with “Guard Dogs”, the titular “Written in Blood”, and “Ya Basta”which is delivered entirely in Spanish.
There is a distinct fiery pit-opening chaos that permeates this album. From the classic punk rage of “Demolition” to the borderline thrash metal “Feed off Fear” to the state destroying “Smash” there is an urgent need to grab some friends and start a circle pit. However Written in Blood is not pure vitriol as “Lost” showcases a depth of emotion over trying to carry on with the loss of a loved one. Accentuated by some drastic tempo changes, the song delivers this emotion without sacrificing the albums ridiculously high energy.
The album ends as it starts with marching drums sending us off to war with the social injustices being forced upon us. “Fuck your president and Fuck your wall, Fuck your border and Fuck you All” being repeated over and over is the perfect point to end on. A direct unapologetic middle finger that blurs the lines between street punk and hardcore delivered with a fury that is unmistakably The Casualties.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:04 PM (PST) by KCRaniero
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:58 PM (PST) by liathdavis
The Casualties are now streaming one track off of their upcoming album, “Written in Blood.” The track, “1312,” is available via Cleopatra Records as an immediate download with the pre order of the album. The album is set to officially drop on October 25th.
Check out the new track below!
Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 8:13 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Luicidal ― a punk band featuring former Suicidal Tendencies bassist Louiche Mayorga ― have announced that their long-awaited second album Born in Venice will be released on October 12th via Cleopatra Records.
A press release reads, “The killer new album from Louiche Mayorga, the original bass player for Venice Beach, CA thrash punk legends Suicidal Tendencies and co-writer of that band’s most popular songs! 12 brand new tracks plus a very special Spanish language cover of the Suicidal classic “Institutionalized” featuring vocalist Ceci Bastida from the legendary Mexican ska-punk band Tijuana No! Avialble on both CD and limited edition blue vinyl!”
Luicidal last released their self-titled debut album in 2014 on DC-Jam Records.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6:03 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Check out the dates and locations below to see if they’re stopping near you.
The band’s latest album Ziezo was released in April through Cleopatra Records.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:05 PM (PST) by Malamute
“The Cage” is set to be released May 13th by Cleopatra Records and follows up ANL’s “Road To Rampton” in 2007.