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DS Photo Gallery: The Interrupters christen Boston’s newest venue, Big Night Live, with Skinny Lister and Sharp/Shock

The Interrupters brought the tail end of their headline tour in support of their most recent album, Fight The Good Fight, through Boston early last week. It was landmark night for a few reasons, not the least of which was brought on by the constant upward trajectory of the headline act over the better part of the last half-decade. You see, the festivities took place at a venue called Big Night Live. When the show was initially announced, legions of local fans immediately took to the comment sections of their social media page of choice to ask the same question: “What the hell is Big Night Live?” The answer, as it turns out, is a brand-spankin-new 1500-capacity venue located immediately in front of the TD Garden (home of the Bruins and Celtics) in what was, until very, very recently, the players’ parking lot (and, if you rewind the tape far enough, the still-not-100%-completed building that is home to Big Night Live occupies roughly the same footprint as the old, legendary Boston Garden).

A quick scroll through the upcoming calendar for Big Night Live reveals a lineup that includes the likes of Rick Ross and Lil Jon and Black Starr and something called Lil Dicky, but for this night, the doors opened to BNE’s first rock concert in the form of the four-piece (five if you include touring multi-instrumentalist Billy Kottage) first family of California ska/punk. The venue is longer than it is wide and, while it’s all one level, is tiered several times from the front to the back, meaning there aren’t many bad sight-lines in the middle third of the floor. Due to a handful of behemoth support girders, however, the same can’t be said for the far left and right wings. Still, everything was new and sparkling clean (oh, and the bathroom had one of those dudes that hands you a paper towel, which is a weird thing at a punk rock show), and the light show was a non-stop assault on the senses, perhaps better suited for the band’s 2020 run of stadium shows supporting Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

From a sound perspective, this may far and away been the best I’ve heard The Interrupters sound over the course of the half-dozen shows I’ve taken in over the last few years. There’s a reason the band’s trajectory has continued in a seemingly unstoppable upward direction. Their energy and positivity are infectious, with every song, whether it be their own anthems like “By My Side” or “A Friend Like Me” or “She’s Kerosene” or their scalding-hot covers of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” or Berlin’s “The Metro” becoming a sing-along dance party of its very own. Brothers Kevin (guitar) and Justin (bass) Bivona somehow manage to find the time to contribute backing vocals in spite of non-stop trading sides of the stage. The force of nature that is frontwoman Aimee Interrupter spent probably as much time at the barricade and leaning into the crowd (and, at one point, circumnavigating the entire cavernous venue, gold-covered wireless mic in tow) as she did singing and dancing from stage, her voice sounding as strong and crystal-clear as ever. Jesse Bivona even took a couple minutes to blaze through a part-tribal groove, part-Neil Peart drum solo, the likes of which are few and far between at a punk show. As it turns out, maybe The Interrupters were the perfect band to break in what will, in all likelihood, be more of a dance club than a rock hall.

Support on this run came from everyone’s favorite English sea shanty singalongers, Skinny Lister. The six-piece are another band that’ve been on a slow, steady upward path over the past half-dozen-or-so years on this side of the Atlantic. Much like The Interrupters, Skinny Lister are a constant ball of collective family energy centered around a dynamic frontwoman, Lorna Thomas. And while there might not be a flagon full of rum shared amongst the band’s members this time out – Thomas and her husband, lead vocalist/guitarist Dan Heptinstall are expecting in the new year! – there’s still more than enough good-time energy to go around. The packed house in attendance were willing participants in the start-to-finish singalong festivities.

Kicking things off on this run – and so technically the first band to officially play Big Night Live (Steve Aoki technically kicked things off the night before but that’s different) were Sharp/Shock. The LA-by-way-of-UK – or is it UK-by-way-of-LA, I always forget how that works – trio are tight and punch and melodic as hell. To my knowledge, it was their first Boston-area show, and a solid number of people showed up early enough to take in their crisp melodies, even singing along to tracks like “I Don’t Want To Be A Millionaire” and “Troublemaker.” As I’ve mentioned before, Boston can be a little fickle when it comes to newcomers and to punk rock bands of a certain style, so this was a super welcome sight!

Check out our full photo gallery below! As I mentioned above, it was mostly fog machines and swirling, strobe lights, making a tough row to hoe for a rank amateur like yours truly. Still…enjoy!



Grade 2 release “Graveyard Island”

Isle of Wight, UK street punk trio Grade 2 have released their third album, Graveyard Island, out on Hellcat Records. You can have a listen now.

Full details of their upcoming UK/Euro tour are below.  



Grade 2 release video for “Tired Of It” and detail US tour

Isle of Wight, UK street punk trio Grade 2 are to release their third album, and Hellcat Records debut on October 11th. Ahead of the release of Graveyard Island, they’ve put out a video for a track from it, “Tired Of It”.

The band play the US throughout October to support the album, with dates on both sides of the country. Watch the video and check the tour info below.



Watch The Interrupters perform Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”

Hellcat Records has shared a video of The Interrupters‘ live studio recording of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”. The band have been performing the track as part of their live sets recently and took time to video themselves performing at Ship-Rec Studios in LA.

Have a watch below.



Grade 2 sign to Hellcat to release LP

Isle of Wight, UK street punk trio Grade 2 have signed to Hellcat. The band are to release their third album, Graveyard Island, via the label on October 11th. The album was produced by Tim Armstrong himself.

To mark the announcement, a video for the title track from the album has been released. Have a watch below.



Rancid Announce Fall Tour Dates

Legendary punks Rancid have announced a handful of shows later on this year. Hitting the road in September, Rancid will be joined by some pretty legendary company this time out, as Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and The Aquabats will be joining Rancid at various stops on this run of shows.

Check out the full list of dates below.

Rancid latest release was Trouble Maker back in 2017. Pennywise dropped Never Gonna Die last year. 



Rat Boy announce first North American tour

In support of his fresh album “Internationally Unknown,” Rat Boy (Essex, UK) has just announced his first ever headlining tour of North America. The album was published earlier this year off of Hellcat Records.

This is their debut album, and tour of the US.

Check out the dates below!



Stream The Interrupters acoustic version of “Gave You Everything”

The Interrupters recently recorded an acoustic version of “Gave You Everything” and made a stylized lyric video to go along with it. You can check out the video below to enjoy the softer side of the ska-punk band. (Yes, it’s really good, by the way.)



New Video: The Interrupters – “Gave You Everything”

Get fired up, kids. The Interrupters dropped a brand new video for your pre-Valentine’s Day viewing enjoyment. It’s for the track “Gave You Everything,” which is my personal favorite track from their latest album, Fight The Good Fight. Check it out below!

Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third full-length, came out last June on Hellcat Records.



Tim Armstrong forms “fictional” side project punk band Landfill Crew, stream first single

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with Rancid member side projects, particularly Tim Armstrong’s. The latest is Landfill Crew, a fictional animated punk rock band set in the 1980’s. Describing it Tim writes:

I play one of the characters named Bagga and my friend Tippa Lee plays the character Hux. Tippa Lee is one of my favorite Jamaican vocalists that has been recording reggae music in Kingston since the early 80s. J Bonner animated the videos and helped develop the characters. Hope you guys enjoy this 4 song EP as much as we do.”

The aforementioned self-titled EP is being split released via Hellcat Records and Pirates Press and you can stream the title track below.



Punk Rock Bowling announces daily lineups / Club shows

Punk Rock Bowling just published their weekend itinerary. Each day is spread evenly with legendary punk acts and fast, loud newcomers sure to keep you up all night until you’re begging for sweet continental relief. Who’s up for mimosas? Ticket sales here and club show fliers below.



Rat Boy (ffo: Transplants) stream new music video, “Don’t Hesitate”

Punk Rappers, Rat Boy, have released a music video for their new single “Don’t Hesitate” off the upcoming album, Internationally Unknown, which was produced by Tim Armstrong and drops January 25 on Hellcat Records. Check out that video below.



Punk Rock Bowling 2019 Lineup Announced (Rancid, Descendents and a Crap-Ton More)

We’re six months out from the 2019 installment of Punk Rock Bowling, so you know what that means…it’s lineup announcement time!

As you can see from the epic poster above, the festival, now in its 21st year, takes place in Las Vegas next Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 27th). The lineup is as strong as ever, with headline performances from Rancid, Descendents and The Specials and it seems to me that it’s a deeper lineup this year with a heavier nod toward the classics than the early announcements of the last couple of years. There also don’t seem to be many – if any – repeats from last year at first glance, meaning it’ll be a totally new experience with a seemingly endless run of bands young and old, big and small (shoutout to my pals in Street Dogs and Louise Distras for getting the call to go back and for local buds Radiator Rattlers for getting their first crack at the PRB goodness). Head here for full ticket info, and start saving your pennies!



The Interrupters (ska) full acoustic performance

The Interrupters recently performed an impressive acoustic set (including a cover of ‘Be My Baby’) for ALT 98.7 FM.

Check out the entire show below.

The Interrupters released their third studio album “Fight the Good Fight” on June 29th via Hellcat Records.



Rat Boy (hip-hop-punk-rock) streams “Chip On My Shoulder” off upcoming album “Internationally Unknown”

If you missed the news earlier this week, Essex based punk hip hop act Rat Boy announced that he’ll be releasing his new album “Internationally Unknown” on Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat Records. Armstrong is co-producing the album with Rat Boy and here’s what Mr. Boy had to say about the collaboration:

“I wanted to do this completely differently because ‘SCUM’ took so long, and I was learning the whole way through making it,” says RAT BOY. “I wanted to make something more personal and raw, which reflected me more. I was trying to find that sweet spot between hip-hop and punk, and Tim really understands that stuff. I’ve never really spoken to anyone else who love hip-hop and punk like I do.”

You can stream “Chip On My Shoulder,” a new track from the forthcoming album below.