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DS Exclusive: Jim Lindberg Talks Upcoming First-Of-Its-Kind BeachLife Festival, Featuring Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and More

For moer than three decades, Jim Lindberg’s name has been synonymous not only with the punk scene primarily through his work with seminal SoCal vets Pennywise, but with the surf and sea cultures in Los Angeles’s South Bay as well. And while his “day job” projects like Pennywise and Wraths are still very much active, Lindberg has now lent his talents to a different, more behind-the-scenes role in the music scene: creative director of the upcoming BeachLife Festival.

If you’re not yet familiar, allow me to hum you a few bars. BeachLife is a first-of-its-kind festival taking place in Redondo Beach, California, from May 3rd through 5th. It’s happening outdoors at Seaside Lagoon, a beachfront park right in the heart of the community. As a bonus, BeachLife will also feature more intimate, acoustic performances from some of the festival’s performers that’ll take place not on a large stage but on-board a handful of the boats that’ll be moored in the adjoining harbor. The artists headlining the festival may not be the first performers that come to mind when you hear “Jim from Pennywise is the creative director of this festival.” Instead, it features some down-right legendary artists from across the musical landscape of the last fifty or sixty years: acts like Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Bob Weir, and Ziggy Marley.

We recently caught up with Lindberg over the phone from LA, where he was helping put the final preparatory touches in the lead-up to the festival. We spoke not only about the unique position that he finds himself in as a longtime performer at festivals around the world, but about just how much work went in to getting a massive, three-day festival off the ground. It all started with Allen Sanford, a local promoter who also happens to run the Hermosa Beach club Saint Rocke. “(Saint Rocke) is only about a 300-seater, but (Sanford) also started doing these concerts on the beach for Hermosa Beach, and he had a lot of good bands come down and play for them,” explains Lindberg. “A lot of mellower stuff, like Pepper, Revolution, Everclear…bands that would get by the city council’s purview. They didn’t want any bands like Pennywise coming down and playing, that’s for sure!

After a decade of putting on such shows in Hermosa Beach, 2019 finds Sanford focusing his efforts on the next beach down the coast: Redondo. They found an ideal venue in Seaside Lagoon, essentially a parking lot located right near what used to be the renowned Fleetwood nightclub that played home to many an early Black Flag/Circle Jerks/X/Germs show nearly four decades ago. The new spot allows for an even bigger event and some bigger artists than its Hermosa Beach predecessors. When it came time to put a lineup together, Lindberg notes that even though Redondo Beach was cool with the festival coming to town, prevailing wisdom was still to tread lightly with the type of acts that would be involved. Explains Lindberg: “Once you get that keystone artist… and for our case, it became Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson – the cool thing is there’s a ton of bands who look up to artists like Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson, and once we got them to open up their schedules and take a chance with this festival, all these other artists started lining up.” Those “other artists” that Lindberg refers to includes a cross-section of artists like Grace Potter, Everclear, Slightly Stoopid, Violent Femmes, Berlin (yes, THAT Berlin) and Chevy Metal, which features Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. For Lindberg, the hope is to not only continue BeachLife for years down the road, but to bring a little more of his personal musical wheelhouse to the table. “In successive years, if we should be lucky enough to keep doing this,” he notes,”we want to get a lot more edgy bands, some punk bands, on there. We just have to ease into that with the city.”

Lindberg views the BeachLife Festival not only as a way to bring live music back to the South Bay, but to help promote a variety of causes that are near and dear to his heart. Lindberg has long championed the idea of using his platform as a means to raise awareness to issues that effect his local community and lifestyle, most notably when he  served on the Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation, a charity that’ll be in attendance at BeachLife. “Growing up at the beach and being a lifetime surfer, I definitely wanted it to be a situation where we were giving back to the beach community,” says Lindberg. “We have Surfrider Foundation involved. Also Life Rolls On, which is Jesse Billauer’s foundation for people in wheelchairs and getting them out surfing and into ocean therapy and things like that. Also, Five Gyres, which is involved with reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans, so we have all these great causes we’re working with, and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to put on a really cool festival at the beach with some really great artists and give back to the community.”

Head below to check out our full chat with the great Jim Lindberg – including what it’s like to be in the situation where you have to get the local police department on board with your outdoor festival idea, which is not necessarily the easiest task when you’re the same guy that sang “Fuck Authority.” You can also head here to check out the full rundown on BeachLife, including where to find tickets!



Album review: Vis Vires – “The Wolves EP”

Los Angeles has a new Oi band Vis Vires, which features members of The Templars, The Hardknocks, and Bovver Wonderland. The Wolves may be their debut four track EP, but they are no rookies and this album full of hardcore street punk anthems, will commandeer your attention.

The EP opens with marching drums before giving away to soaring guitars, while the lyrics build up an us-against-them attitude, as “Witch Hunt” sets the table for all the threats and injustice that face us. Where the next song “Wolves” gives us that hardcore ideology that we are in this together and our unity can ‘destroy the betrayers’ that were defined in the first song. Next up is “Vengeance” a not-so-gentle reminder that perhaps we should not betray their trust. A burner of a tune dripping with rage and showcasing a face-melting guitar solo.

The Wolves ends with a more melodic tune, “This is the End” tones down the hardcore elements and gives their street punk side a little more room to breathe. The subtle change of pace really makes this song standout on the album. It still oozes with anger but really showcases their musicianship, as each band member is given a chance to shine. From the opening drum and bass lines to the swelling guitar work punctuated by a gang chorus, this song draws you into the wolfpack and makes you want to join the fight.

While Vis Vires may not be as frantically charged as Bovver Wonderland or have the same garage buzz as the Templars, they are carving their own niche into the oi scene with a high quality blend of hardcore and street punk. If you are a fan of anthemic, tough as nails music that features soaring guitars overlayed on surgically precise drumming, Vis Vires has something you might want to check out.

4/5 Stars



Lazy Class stream new album “Interesting Times”

Polish street punks Lazy Class (ex- Warsaw Dolls & Wounded Knee) are streaming their new album, Interesting Times, which was released on December 6th via Contra Records (Germany) and Oldschool Records (Poland) for the vinyl version, and TNT Tunes for the CD version.

You can give it a listen below.

Lazy Class last released Pressure Rising in May 2017 via Spirit of the Streets records.



Lazy Class (street punk) announce new album, release three song music video

Polish street punks Lazy Class (ex- Warsaw Dolls & Wounded Knee) have announced they will be releasing their new album, Interesting Times, on December 6th via Contra Records (Germany) and Oldschool Records (Poland) for the vinyl version, and TNT Tunes for the CD version.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the new album, the band has released a video featuring three of the songs from the upcoming album.  Check out “Adversities,” “Sick Of You,” and “Made It Out Alive,” below.

Lazy Class last released Pressure Rising in May 2017 via Spirit of the Streets records.



Lion’s Law (oi!/punk) release new song – “Liar”

Paris oi!/punk band Lion’s Law are now streaming a new song, called “Liar.” Give it a listen below.

The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, From The Storm, which is out soon on Contra Records.

The album is the band’s third full-length, and their first since 2015’s Open Your Eyes.



Pennycocks (punk) premiere music video for “C’mon Gipsy” off new album “Fake Gold & Broken Teeth”

Barcelona punk act Pennycocks released their latest album “Fake Gold and Broken Teeth” 2 weeks ago and to properly put it on your radar we’re stoked to premiere a music video for it’s single “C’mon Gipsy” below. Think Pop-Punk meets 77’punk mixed meets soul punk… or just watch the damn video!

“Fake Gold and Broken Teeth” was put out as a co-production between Contra Records (Germany), Bcore Disc (Spain) and Longshot Music (US).



Sniper 66 to release new 7-inch “Buried With Your Boots On”, embark on Euro Tour

Sniper 66 out of Austin, TX is releasing a brand new 4-song 7″ via Contra Records titled ‘Buried With Your Boots On’. 4 songs about punk, love, punk, greedy politicians, and more punk… will hold you over till their next full length release due out in the spring/summer of 2017.

The release coincides with the start of their Euro Tour 2016 which kicks off in Hamburg, Germany on 9/16/16. Dates below.



Oldfashioned Ideas (Oi!) stream new album “Another Side To Every Story”

Swedish Oi! band Oldfashioned Ideas are streaming their newest album Another Side To Every Story.

You can give it a listen below.  If you like what you hear, the band is offering the whole album as a pay what you want download.

Another Side To Every Story was released on July 28th, 2016 via Contra Records.



Oldfashioned Ideas (Oi!) release video for new song “Remaining Days” off upcoming album “Another Side to Every Story”

Swedish Oi! band Oldfashioned Ideas have released a video for their new song “Remaining Days” off of their upcoming album “Another Side to Every Story”. The album is set to drop February 26th through Contra Records and is their latest since their 2014 release of “Don’t Believe A Word They Say”.

The video is pretty stripped down, but it compliments the sound well. You can watch it below



Lion’s Law release new video “In Your Veins”

French oi! punks Lion’s Law have released new video titled “In Your Veins” for you to check out below.

The song is off their recent mini-album, Open Your Eyes, released in February via UVPR and Contra Records .



Oldfashioned Ideas (oi!) announce update for new album, stream new song

Swedish Oi! band Oldfashioned Ideas‘s new full length album titled Don’t Believe A Word They Say has been delayed, but is slated for an April release through Contra Records.

You can listen to a new song called “Punks and Skins” through their new promo video below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details come to light. Oldfashioned Ideas’ last full length release was 2012’s Promises Mean Nothing, out via Switchlight Records.