Street Punk Icons THE CASUALTIES Ride The Storm On East Coast U.S. Tour! Los Angeles, CA – When last we caught up with street punk legends, The Casualties, they had just released a brand new “live in the studio” album recorded in 2019 called Until Death – Studio Sessions on which the band unleashed their fury on some of the biggest songs from their extensive catalog, songs such as “Unknown Soldier,” “We Are All We Have,” “Punk Rock Love” and more! The band then followed that up with a nationwide tour with Strung Out just before the world was engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can’t keep a good punk down so the band regrouped at the end of 2021 and launched a new tour called All Out Tour, which was rapturously received by the pit-starved punk rock faithful. Now, The Casualties have returned for the inevitable sequel! Bigger and better than the previous iteration, All Out Tour II features a rested and rejuvenated Casualties line-up plus two special guests, Rotten Stitches and Stolen Wheelchairs. Whereas the first All Out Tour focused primarily on the western half of the U.S., Part II finds the Four Horsemen of the Punk Rock Apocalypse galloping deep into the eastern states. So get ready to join the pit – it could be your last!
TOUR DATES: Feb 08 – Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, OK Feb 09 – 1867 Bar – Lincoln, NE Feb 10 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA Feb 11 – Sounds Of The Street Festival – Chicago, IL Feb 12 – The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI Feb 13 – Legends – Cincinnati, OH Feb 15 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH Feb 16 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY Feb 17 – Empire Underground – Saint Albans, NY Feb 18 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA Feb 19 – QXT’s Night Club – Newark, NJ Feb 20 – Our Wicked Lady – Brooklyn, NY Feb 22 – The Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall – Virginia Beach, VA Feb 23 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA Feb 24 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL Feb 25 – Las Rosas – Miami, FL Feb 26 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL Feb 27 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
So I had a chance to check out “We Are…” the sophomore album by Gothenburg Sweden’s very own DIY punk rock band Rotten Flag. Trying to put this band into a category was a little difficult, and I landed on Punk. They are a punk bands punk band. Picture Cock Sparrer and Angelic Upstarts with a splash of Ramones for good measure. This album is twelve short tracks of simple riffs and alternating vocal stylings that range from hoarse growling to a semi-melodic tone that will keep you invested.
Boasting a somewhat apolitical stance with the first track Oxymoron Stereotype, you’ll get the impression that they’d rather spend the short time given to each song (averaging well under two minutes) discussing the more important things in life like drinking, doing drugs, and having promiscuous sex. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But they do take a more political stand later in the album with the songs When We Attack, and Damnation. The song The Evil of Religion sounds exactly like you’d expect from the title.
This album embodies that classic punk attitude of railing against conformity and giving the middle finger to authority figures with a shit eating grin. It’s the kind of punk your parents tried to warn you about. Rotten Flag clearly doesn’t give a shit about your PC sensibilities, so if you’re easily offended by a little off-colour language then this might not be a great choice for you. Personally I find it refreshing. They seem like they’d be either the most fun guys at the party, or the most terrifying.
All in all, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable album. My personal favourites include We Are…, You Didn’t Hear It On The Radio, and Do You Wanna Be My Anarchy. I will definitely be looking for the LP when it finally comes out, and will be keeping an eye on these guys for their third album. And considering that their first release “the band from the pubs” came out in December 2021 I Will be expecting something possibly in early 2023 or so. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part though.
Keep up the good work guys!
The album will be released on streaming platforms on January, 31st 2022, with a vinyl release to follow as production allows.
Revolutionary Philadelphia hardcore band, Soul Glo is thrilled to announce their fourth studio album Diaspora Problems due out digitally on March 25. The album will be available on vinyl via Secret Voice, expected to ship late 2022. Pre-orders are available now, here.
Today, the band shares the first glimpse of the forthcoming album with “Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)),” a hardcore whirlwind of justified rage, spinning like a verbal circle pit with a steady drumbeat and swirling guitars. Lyrically, Soul Glo examine the disposability of Black art and its creators and the mental anguish of having “big big plans” in a time when a future is not guaranteed. “Many artists feel as though time is a consistent adversary when it comes to the production of their work,but there is a population of people within this group who fear even more the probability of their time permanently coming to a close before they can enjoy the fruit of their labor,” explains the band. “Many Black artists who reach superstar status do so posthumously or have a limited amount of time to establish their legacy.” Throughout the track, Soul Glo breakdown genre walls blending hip-hop, hardcore, and punk channeling the flow of Migos and Three 6 Mafia mixed with the hardcore likings of Warthog, Converge’s You Fail Me-era, and screamo cacophony akin to City of Caterpillar.
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Conceptualized over the course of 2016 to 2021, Diaspora Problems was recorded in an unfinished warehouse and the band’s practice space during the hottest parts of summer 2021.
The self-produced albumexplores an artist and individuals’ self-doubt and self-hate, past traumas that can only be worked out in adulthood, financial instability and how it affects an artist, the effects of institutional and state violence, and the power of community that delivered Soul Glo through each struggle the band has endured from their inception and before. Soul Glo’s lyrics are uncompromising, written to raise awareness of social justice issues, and designed to make you look inward.
Diaspora Problems is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a bright future for Soul Glo, as well as a forecast for what the band is capable of musically. Hardcore punk is at the precipice of a sonic revolution as a higher variance of people find room for themselves and the expression of their lived experience within the genre. More and more people will be injecting a cultural identity and offering a narrative previously unheard and/or underappreciated by punk rockers and kindred spirits the world over. Diaspora Problems is not aiming to be the only album like it that exists, but instead one of many entries in a new dawn for rock music.
Soul Glo is Pierce Jordan (vocals), Ruben Polo (guitar), GG Guerra (bass, vocals, programming), and TJ Stevenson (drums).
DIASPORA PROBLEMS TRACKLIST 1. Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?) 2. Coming Correct Is Cheaper 3. Thumbsucker 4. Fucked Up If True 5.Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future)) 6. Driponomics (ft. Mother Maryrose) 7. (Five Years And) My Family 8. The Thangs I Carry (ft. Bearcat) 9. We Wants Revenge 10. John J (ft. Kathryn Edwards and Zula Wildheart) 11. GODBLESSYALLREALGOOD 12. Spiritual Level Of Gang Shit (ft. Mckinley Dixon and Lojii)
Soul Glo will hit the road with Circa Survive and Tigers Jaw in North America starting February 6 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. January 7 – February 5 dates have been postponed, reschedule information coming soon.
SOUL GLO TOUR DATES with Circa Survive & Tigers Jaw 2/6 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution 2/8 St Petersburg, FL Jannus Live 2/9 Orlando, FL House of Blues 2/11 Atlanta, GA Masquerade 2/12 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore 2/13 Richmond, VA The National 2/15 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom 2/16 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom 2/18 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts 2/19 Detroit, MI The Majestic 2/20 Toronto, ON Opera House 2/22 Montreal, QC Fairmont Theatre 2/23 Albany, NY Empire Live 2/25 Boston, MA House of Blues 2/26 Hartford, CT The Webster 2/27 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel 3/1 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 3/2 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live 3/4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer 3/5 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
East Bay, CA — January 6, 2022 — CHARGER has premiered their music video for “Rolling Through The Night” over at Revolver – which is the first single from their highly anticipated new record Warhorse. The incredible animated video was created by Ben Clarkson (Jimkata, Death Angel). The album, along with bundles, new merch, and a limited edition 7”, are now available for pre-order on Pirates Press Records’ webstore and will be available in local record stores on March 18th, 2022.
The band says “The song is essentially about living ‘Wild and free I’m riding on the wind, numb to fear or pain.’ A feeling of invincibility and living your life to just go out and own every night and get into whatever you can find.”
The powerhouse trio consists of McGee, Matt Freeman (Rancid, Operation Ivy) singing and playing bass, and Jason Willer (UK Subs, Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School of Medicine) who drums and sings too.
After months of being locked away writing new songs, the band went into Atomic Garden Studios in Oakland for two weeks to record, Warhorse is the follow-up to the band’s previous releases on Pirates Press Records – their debut self-titled EP and two singles “Watch Your Back” and “Stay Down.”
When thinking of a way to create a forceful first impression for the new record, the band knew they wanted to work with Clarkson to create a video that would get everyone talking. “For the video, we really liked Death Angel’s video for ‘Aggressor’ by Ben. We reached out to him and talked about a more metaphorical approach, and so we mentioned something about a flying car. He said ‘how about a flying pterodactyl over a river of blood?’ and that’s all we needed to hear. Ben went and did his thing and created a great story encapsulating that feeling of invincibility into what we think is a kick-ass video where our guy’s face melts off as he rides his pterodactyl and becomes one with the universe. We think. Anyway, it’s fucking awesome,” adds guitarist Andrew McGee.
(L to R: Matt Freeman, Jason Willer, Andrew McGee)
Formed in 2018, Charger was very much a musical challenge between a few lifers in the punk scene who wanted to push each other to dig deep into their shared roots, influences, and musical passions, to create something truly exciting. As a result, Charger’s music feels indebted to the giants, but not reliant on them. There is plenty of space for growth and innovation within this decades-old blueprint of how to make someone’s heart race and blood pump.
The new album Warhorse is now available for pre-order along with a limited edition 7”, bundles that include a bag of (incredible) CHARGER COFFEE, and new merch like a skateboard deck, shirts, and a hoodie. All of this is available on the Pirates Press Records’ webstore.
Charger is: Matt Freeman – vocals/bass Jason Willer – drums/vocals Andrew McGee – guitar/vocals