The brand-new album from Minnesota’s Off With Their Heads, Be Good, is currently available on all the major platforms and streaming as well. A quick note on this album: it’s certain to end up on a lot of people’s best of 2019 lists – it’s that good. Don’t believe me? Check it out below.
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 7:39 AM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 9:10 AM (PST) by jaystone
Any week that allows you to take in multiple shows on a headline tour featuring one of the most iconic punk rock bands of a generation is about the best kind of week you could ask for. And so it was last week when yours truly got to take in not one but two shows on Bad Religion‘s tour in support of their seventeenth (!?!?!) studio album, Age Of Unreason, which dropped back in May on Epitaph Records. If you check this site with any regularity, you’ll know that the first of those shows was the Roadblock Festival in East Providence, Rhode Island, an all-day, outdoor festival show that the iconic Bad Religion closed out. And while a great time was had by all that day, at least from a sentimental standpoint, there’s nothing quite like getting to see one of your favorite bands at a club on your own home turf. You see, a sixteen-year-old Jay Stone would attend his first punk rock show over April vacation of his junior year of high school. It was The Gray Race Tour, and it featured Bad Religion headlining with support from Dance Hall Crashers and Unwritten Law, and the local stop took place at Avalon Ballroom on Lansdowne Street in Boston, and while Avalon isn’t there anymore, it’s since been combined with a couple other local clubs and turned into the House Of Blues, and if you couldn’t guess where I’m going already, this particular show took place at House of Blues and so we’ve made a giant punk rock full circle.
Support on this leg of Bad Religion’s US tour came from Dave Hause and the Mermaid. We’ve obviously been big fans of Hause’s solo career over the last however-many years, and have seen him perform truly solo, accompanied by his brother, and fronting full four- and five-piece bands. So it was a bit of an unexpected surprise (that’s redundant, isn’t it?) to catch the band as one of only a couple shows they were playing as a trio, as Hause’s brother/co-writer/guitar hero Tim was on a scheduled vacation – millennials, man. As he has on each run for the last few years, Kevin Conroy joined on drums while Matt Olsson – normally a drummer whom you may have seen play with the likes of Brian Fallon or Frank Iero – assumed bass duties while the trio blazed through an uptempo set that, if you squinted just right, hearkened back to the early days of The Loved Ones. Hell, they even threw a “cover” of “Jane” in for good measure. While he obviously missed having his brother and right-hand-man on stage, Hause looked like he was having fun prowling the stage and filling in the missing sonic pieces.
Bad Religion hit the stage shortly after 9pm (quick aside – I know it’s passe to say because it’s not, like, supporting the local scene or whatever, but I’ll be damned if a doors-at-7, show-at-8, two-band weeknight bill isn’t the absolute bee’s knees) and immediately dove in to “Them And Us” which, of course, appears in its original form on the aforementioned Gray Race, which I’ll pretend forever was a shoutout to the symmetry yours truly pointed out above. This was my first Bad Religion show of the Jamie Miller On Drums era, and while I have long-since planted my flag atop the “the Brooks Wackerman Era Is The Best Bad Religion Era” hill…Miller can flat out play. He served as the proverbial gas pedal as the band powered through the corners of a twenty-seven-song set that featured songs from more than a dozen albums from the band’s legendary catalog. Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich took turns trading lead guitar licks, Jay Bentley bounded around stage providing thunderous basslines and copious oozin-aahs — talk about guys that look like they’re having fun at this stage of their careers — and Greg Graffin was, well, Greg Graffin. He’s one of the most iconic figures in the annals of punk rock history for a reason, pacing the stage as equal parts poet, professor, and punk rock choir leader. Graffin did spill the beans that next year, Bad Religion will mark their 40th anniversary with another lengthy tour and a book chronicling their legendary career, and it started dawning on me that if one were to try to compose a list of American rock acts that have been are as consistent and vital as Bad Religion have been since the dawn of the Ronald Reagan era, that list might include Bruce Springsteen and…um…hang on a sec…
Anyway, head below to check out our photo gallery from the evening!
Monday, August 5, 2019 at 3:27 PM (PST) by jaystone
The last weekend in July marked the maiden voyage of a new New England-based punk rock experience. It’s called the Roadblock Festival, and it took place outside at Bold Point Park in East Providence, which serves as Rhode Island’s largest outdoor concert venue and comes complete with views of the Narragansett Bay and the sunset over the state capital. It’s not the best run venue, but my personal feelings about staff communication deficiencies aside, it’s a pretty picturesque place to take in a punk rock show when the weather cooperates. This particular show featured a diverse lineup, food trucks, wrestling, and a late-arriving crowd that allowed show-goers the opportunity to spread out and seek a little shade from the midsummer sun.
For traffic and parking-related reasons, we arrived shortly after our beloved Rebuilder took the stage. They band were playing with a bit of a retooled lineup; with co-frontman Craig Stanton out of town, Sal Ellington and bassist Daniel Carswell were joined by regular drummer Brandon Phillips on guitar and vocals and by Choke Up’s Harley Cox filling in on drums. It was a high-energy, well-received set that was certainly worthy of taking place later in the afternoon. They were followed out of the chute by a back-to-back pair of legendary acts: Cro-Mags and HR from Bad Brains. Technically speaking, the former was “Cro-Mags JM,” the John Joseph/AJ Novello version of the influential NYHC band. HR performed a half-hour set of punk-infused reggae songs with a band that was heavy and airtight in spite of a relative few shows under their collective belts.
Next up came Portland, Maine’s Roseview, a five piece post hardcore band who are, admittedly, not my speed. A band that are my speed, The Old Firm Casuals, came next. Making their first and only New England appearance as a four-piece – lead guitarist Gabe Gavriloff joined in the four-ish years since OFC were last here, the quartet overcame a handful of bizarre, REd Hot Chili Peppers-infused technical difficulties to buzzsaw a way through forty minute set of rock solid street punk rock-and roll. In one of the more interesting musical segues of the day, they were followed by Charly Bliss, the four-piece New York-based band who were wrapping up two successful months of world touring in support of their latest synth-pop-infused release, Young Enough.
The Menzingers played the event’s penultimate set as the sunlit portion of the day’s festivities came to an end. By that point, the bulk of the late-arriving crowd had finally descended upon Bold Point Park, and Philadelphia’s beloved sons were met with a barrage of crowd-surfers and thrown beer cans from the opening tones of their hour-long set. Bad Religion closed out the night in flawless fashion. I’m frequently left in awe that a band that’s been around literally as long as a band as I have as a person (editor’s note: I turn 40 next month) can sound just as vital and important and energetic as ever. This is punk rock, not the Beach Boys or a Grateful Dead cover band (both of whom would occupy this stage in the next week), yet on their recently-released Age Of Unreason full length, and more importantly in their live show, Bad Religion keep showing the rest of us how it’s done.
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 8:16 AM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Tom May of The Menzingers is the latest guest on UK podcast ‘The Wasting Time Podcast’. With the recent announcement of their new album ‘Hello Exile’ and the release of the single ‘Anna’, Tom goes into detail about what fans can expect from the forthcoming release.
A mid-July weekend in the Cotswolds is fast becoming a near-religious experience for thousands of festival-goers. The beautiful Upcote Farm hosts a weekend of chaos known as 2000 Trees Festival (or Trees if you’ve been before), cutting off the real world (in the literal and figurative sense) for punks, indie kids and the hardcore faithful.
Read our full review below.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
Obey The Brave have released an all-new video. “Seeing Red” is the first single off the Canadian band’s new album, Balance, released on July 19th. You can watch the metalcore band’s latest offering below.
While the band is already touring in support of their new album, Age of Unreason, Bad Religion have added some additional tour dates to the US leg of the tour. The newly added dates will begin September 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrap October 6 in San Diego, CA. Tickets are on sale as of August 19th at https://badreligion.com/tour.
The new tour dates can be found below.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:15 AM (PST) by Tom Aylott
Off With Their Heads have released the title track from “Be Good”, their forthcoming Epitaph Records album – out August 16th.
Frontman Ryan Young produced the record, and had this to say about the release: “The title [of the record] is an answer to that question of what you’re supposed to do now that the world is so awful and the climate of this stupid country is so shitty. Be good, be loud—that’s sometimes all you can do, I guess, as cheesy as that sounds.”
Check out “Be Good” using the player below with all the upcoming OWTH tour dates.
Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:36 AM (PST) by Tom Aylott
Philadelphia punk legends The Menzingers have announced that they will release their sixth full length “Hello Exile” via Epitaph on October 4. The album is the follow-up to 2017’s “After The Party”.
The first single from the album, “Anna”, has been released today, and the band have also announced a UK/EU run to support the release. Check out the song and the tour dates below.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:46 AM (PST) by liathdavis
Canadian metal core outfit Obey the Brave are now streaming their new single “Cold Summer.”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Motion City Soundtrack have announced some upcoming tour dates starting on New Years Eve, and running through January of 2020.
You can check out all the dates and locations below.
Motion City Soundtrack’s last album Panic Stations was released in September 2015 through Epitaph Records.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Roadblock Music Festival will be taking place on July 27th at Bold Point Park in East Providence Rhode Island and will feature Bad Religion, The Menzingers, Charly Bliss, Old Firm Casuals, Cro-Mags, Rebuilder and more.
Not only can you see some awesome punk acts, but you can help a great cause as well. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Whiteknact PTA Operation Playground in East Providence to build a playground for handicapped students. You can grab your tickets here.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
To give you an idea of what to expect from the new album, the band has released a video for the first single, “Disappear,” featuring the wonderful Kyle Kinane. You can check it out below.
Off With Their Heads last released Home in 2013 via Epitaph.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 6:12 AM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
Scranton, Pennsylvania’s favorite sons The Menzingers have released a new single, which features two songs – “No Penance” and “Cemetery’s Garden”. Released June 14th on Epitaph, it’s a little treat from a beloved band.
Check out the two new songs below.
Massachusetts-based hardcore act Defeater have announced some upcoming fall and winter tour dates.
You can check out all the dates and locations below.
Defeater last released their self-titled fifth album last month via Epitaph Records.