RANCID’S NEW ALBUM ‘TROUBLE MAKER’ OUT NOW

Rancid’s ninth studio album Trouble Maker is now in stores. Trouble Maker was produced by Rancid’s longtime producer and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz. Watch previously released videos of the band performing singles “Telegraph Avenue” and “Ghost of a Chance” or head over to Rancid’s YouTube channel for more performance videos from every song on the album!

Listen to Trouble Maker now:

http://open.spotify.com/album/0IJ8KmhJausnsCjUvgM5vY

Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century. Back in 1991, after the demise of their much beloved first band, Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible — start an even better band. Thus, Rancid. Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their first album Rancid in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined the band, because… well, are you going to tell him he can’t? The result, in 1994, was Let’s Go.

In 1995, Rancid released the classic platinum selling …And Out Come The Wolves. You still remember when you first heard it. They followed with the even more ambitious Life Won’t Wait in 1998, and in 2000, Rancid released another album entitled Rancid, just to see if anyone was paying attention. After Indestructible in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify Rancid’s current line-up. They subsequently released the albums Let The Dominos Fall (2009) and Honor Is All We Know (2014).

Through it all, Rancid has remained fiercely independent, never losing their loyalty to community or each other. Their music confronts political and social issues, while balancing personal tales of love, loss, and heartbreak with attitude. Rancid gives their listeners a community where everyone can belong. By carrying on the traditions and spirit of the original punk rock bands that came before, Rancid has become a legend an inspiration to punk bands that have come after.

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys will be co-headlining From Boston To Berkeley Tour, kicking off July 27 in Bangor, ME and wrapping August 26 in Southern California. Each night will culminate with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys on stage together for a joint encore. Additionally, Rancid will tour this summer with Green Day in the UK and perform at select European summer festivals. Worldwide tour dates listed below.

Rancid Trouble Maker Track List:

1.      Track Fast

2.      Ghost of a Chance

3.      Telegraph Avenue

4.      An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker

5.      Where I’m Going

6.      Buddy

7.      Farewell Lola Blue

8.      All American Neighborhood

9.      Bovver Rock and Roll

10.  Make it Out Alive

11.  Molly Make Up Your Mind

12.  I Got Them Blues Again

13.  Beauty of the Pool Hall

14.  Say Goodbye to Our Heroes

15.  I Kept a Promise

16.  Cold Cold Blood

17.  This is Not the End

18.  We Arrived On Time (bonus)

19.  Go On Rise Up (bonus)

 

Tour Dates with Green Day and European Summer Festivals:

6/9/17 Switzerland, Greenfield Festival

6/11/17 France, Paris, Download Festival

6/12/17 Luxembourg, Rockhal

6/14/17 Italy, Lucca, Piazza Napoleone

6/15/17 Italy, I Days, Monza Park

6/16/17 France, Clisson, Hellfest

6/17/17 Austria, Novarock Festival

6/18/17 Hungary, Budapest, Sportarena

6/21/17 Sweden, Gothenburg, Scandinavium

6/23/17 Germany, Hurricane Festival

6/24/17 Germany, Southside Festival

6/28/17 UK, Belfast, Ormeau Park

6/29/17 Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

7/1/17 UK, London, Hyde Park

7/3/17 UK, Sheffield Arena

7/4/17 UK, Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

7/7/17 Spain, Madrid, Mad Cool Festival

7/8/17 Spain, Resurrection Festival

 

From Boston To Berkeley North American Tour Dates with Dropkick Murphys:

7/27/17 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

7/28/17 – Montreal, QC – ’77

7/29/17 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach

7/30/17 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

7/31/17 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

8/2/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

8/3/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier

8/4/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage

8/5/17 – Boston / Brockton, MA – Brockton Fairgrounds

8/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk

8/8/17 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

8/9/17 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion

8/11/17 – Denver, CO – Sculpture Park

8/12/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair

8/13/17 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre

8/15/17 – Vancouver, BC – UBC Thunderbird Arena

8/16/17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center

8/18/17 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Avila Beach

8/19/17 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium

8/20/17 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek

8/22/17 – Chandler, AZ – Rawhide Event Center

8/24/17 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park In The Park

8/25/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

8/26/17 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater

Rancid – Promo Photo – Credit Anthony Marchitiello

 

For more information on Rancid, visit:

Website: www.rancidrancid.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rancid

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rancid

Instagram: www.instagram.com/rancid/

YouTube: www.youtube.com/rancid

Spring Heeled Jack – New Release

I’m pleased to report that one of my long time favorite ska bands is back at it with new music. Sound Salvation, the first new material in nearly 20 years will be premiered at the “CINCO DE JACKO RECORD RELEASE FIESTA LOCO !!” … I seriously wish I could attend.

You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813172175608675/

THE MENZINGERS SHARE VIDEO FOR “AFTER THE PARTY”

PHILADELPHIA PUNK BAND NOW ON NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR

(Photo Credit Charles Wzresniewski)

Today marks the premiere of the video for “After the Party,” the title track from The Menzingers’ latest album. The Philadelphia punk band’s fifth full-length, After the Party was released last month to much critical acclaim.

Directed by Kyle Thrash, “After the Party” unfolds as a frenetic short film following a young couple through Dairy Queen parking lots, trashed apartments, house parties, motel rooms, pool halls, and rooftops. The video’s gritty yet romantic sensibility perfectly captures the spirit of the song—a bittersweet anthem that Menzingers singer/guitarist Greg Barnett has described as “mundane moments etched behind eyelids that culminate into meaningful realizations, and of course give way to the beautiful trifecta of Sex! Drugs! Rock n Roll!”

Watch the video for “After the Party” here:

Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party offers a raw yet nuanced look at getting older but not quite growing up. In a five-star review, Blurt praised the album as “one of the best punk records you’ll hear this year.” Also hailing After the Party as the band’s best album to date, Blurt noted that The Menzingers “have been progressively growing from their fiery, aggressive earlier years into something more reflective and introspective, while never compromising energy or attitude.”

AFTER THE PARTY TRACKLIST:

1. Tellin’ Lies
2. Thick as Thieves
3. Lookers
4. Midwestern States
5. Charlie’s Army
6. House on Fire
7. Black Mass
8. Boy Blue
9. Bad Catholics
10. Your Wild Years
11. The Bars
12. After the Party
13. Livin’ Ain’t Easy

The Menzingers are currently on tour in support of After the Party, with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid opening up.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES:

Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 24 Orlando, FL – The Social (Sold Out)
Mar 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Mar 26 Tampa, FL – The State Theatre
Mar 28 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mar 29 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (Sold Out)
Mar 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
Mar 31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Apr 01 Boston, MA – Royale (Sold Out)
Apr 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

For more information on The Menzingers, visit:

Everything Sucks 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Descendents Everything Sucks Gets 20th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Reissue Out May 5th
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Descendents Everything Sucks. This remastered edition is a vinyl lover’s dream; pressed on 180 gram vinyl and including a 7” with 2 rare bonus songs. The packaging features deluxe embossed cover art featuring the beloved Milo cartoon. The deluxe vinyl will be available on May 5th and can be pre-ordered at: http://flyt.it/everythingsucks

This album marked a reunion for the band back in 1996 with the line- up that has remained solid ever since, featuring singer Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton. Everything Sucks features punk classics, “I’m The One” and “Everything Sux.” Descendents are touring throughout 2017 in support of 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

LP Track Listing:

Side A

  1. Everything Sux – 1:30
  2. I’m The One – 2:15
  3. Coffee Mug – 0:34
  4. Rotting Out – 1:57
  5. Sick-O-Me – 1:45
  6. Caught – 1:48
  7. When I Get Old – 2:29
  8. Doghouse – 1:47
  9. She Loves Me – 2:33

Side B
10.   Hateful Notebook – 2:24
11.   We – 2:36
12.   Eunuch Boy – 0:19
13.   This Place – 1:17
14.   I Won’t Let Me – 3:07
15.   Thank You – 4:31

Bonus 7” Track listing:
Side A

  1. Lucky – 3:10

Side B

  1. Shattered Milo – 2:58

DESCENDENTS TOUR DATES
4/6            Santa Cruz, CA                   The Catalyst
4/21          Detroit, MI                           The Fillmore
4/22          Milwaukee, WI                     The Rave
5/3            Edmonton, AB                     Union Hall
5/6            Calgary, AB                         MacEwan Hall
7/21          Salt Lake City, UT               The Complex
7/22          Denver, CO                         Fillmore Auditorium
8/4            Charlotte, NC                      The Fillmore
8/5            Norfolk, VA                          The NorVa
8/24          Vancouver, BC                    Commodore Ballroom
8/27          Garden City, ID                   Revolution Center
9/7            Montreal, QC                      Metropolis
9/8            Toronto, ON                        Rebel
9/10          Providence, RI                    Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
9/22          Houston, TX                        House of Blues
9/23          Austin, TX                           Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/6          St. Louis, MO                      The Pageant
10/7          Chicago, IL                          Riviera Theatre
10/20        Lake Buena Vista, FL         House of Blues
10/21        Atlanta, GA                         The Masquerade
11/3          Kansas City, MO                 Uptown Theater
11/4          Dallas, TX                           Gas Monkey Live!
11/17        Cleveland, OH                    House of Blues
11/18        Grand Rapids, MI                20 Monroe Live
12/1          Baltimore, MD                     Rams Head Live!
12/2          Sayreville, NJ                      Starland Ballroom
12/15        Tempe, AZ                          The Marquee
12/16        Las Vegas, NV                    Brooklyn Bowl

For more information on Descendents, visit:
http://www.descendentsonline.com
https://www.facebook.com/thedescendents/
https://twitter.com/descendents

NEW RELEASE: THE SLACKERS “REDLIGHT” 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION COMES WITH 3 BONUS TRACKS!

Long out-of-print, this classic sophomore album by one of the greatest ska bands ever has been given the proper 20th anniversary treatment. This is a must-have for any Slackers fan, regardless of whether you own the original or not. Having been remastered for vinyl, and pressed on 180gram vinyl, “Redlight” has never sounded as good; and with a two-color foil stamped cover, exclusive art-print insert, and lyric sleeve, it’s never looked so good!

Originally released by Hellcat Records in 1997, this album truly solidified the Slackers’ iconic sound, blending ska, reggae, soul, jazz and dub, seamlessly, with the passion and integrity that the band has embodied for over 25 years.
TRACK LISTING:
A Side
1. Cooking For Tommy
2. Watch This
3. Married Girl
4. I Still Love You
5. Solider
6. Fried Chicken / Mary, MaryB Side
1. You Must Be Good
2. Redlight
3. Tin Tin Deo
4. She Wants To Be Alone
5. Rude And Reckless
6. Come Back Baby

Bonus Digital Tracks:
1. When I Find A Place Where I Belong
2. Calypso Jazz (Iron Bar)
3. Come Back Baby (Glen Adams Mix)

THE SLACKERS’ TOUR DATES:
March 10 – Riverside, CA – Romanos
March 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Skankin Reggae Festival
March 12 – Oakland, CA – Skankin Reggae Festival
March 22 – New Smyrna, Fl – Beachside Tavern
March 23 – Jupiter Beach, FL – Guanabanas
March 24 – Miami, Fl – Churchills
March 25 – Orlando, Fl – Beacham
March 26 – Jacksonville, Fl – Jack Rabbits
March 31 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box
April 1 – Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
April 5 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
April 6 – London, ON – Rum Runners
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
April 9 – Syracuse, NY – Funk & Waffles
April 22 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
April 26 – Yuma, AZ – Alement
April 27 – Phoenix, Az – Crescent Ballroom
April 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
April 29 – El Paso, Tx – Rockhouse Bar
April 30 – Tuscon, Az – 181 Toole
May 2 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 19 – Montreal, QC – Pouzza Fest
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling
June 16 – Boston, MA – Boat Cruise
June 23 – New York, NY – Rocks Off Cruise

Wanna Write For Upstarter?

On a damn near continual basis I wish that I could do more to raise awareness for the bands and music that I, that we, love. Alas, I am just a one man show. One man with a day job.

Long story short, I’m looking for content contributors.

I can not pay you, but your soul shall reap the rewards of a life well lived. Your name will be shouted, and guts festooned about the halls of Valhalla.

So, for reals, if you fancy yourself a writer, or if you just wanna promote your scene, hit me up. I’m not hyper critical.

All I ask is that you keep it roughly to the format of “not mainstream”

Cheers,
Jerry Actually

WEAK13 release new music video for “Obey The Slave

British underground post punk band WEAK13 have released a new music video for their song “Obey The Slave” from their 2016 album They Live. The music video was filmed in a real English magistrates court and revolves around a theme of law and order. The song raises questions about authority and activism with thought provoking lyrics and proudly shouts “Don’t start a revolution. Have a revelation and share. Wake up”. Check out the video below.

The band is currently preparing to record their second as yet untitled studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry, England. Speaking to the website, frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend revealed “We were so impressed with the engineering by Stewart on the They Live album; it’s important news that we’ll be able to work with him again and we know already that he’ll do the new material the justice it deserves”. The They Live album contains the song “Obey The Slave” and is only available from weak13official.com

WEAK13 – OBEY THE SLAVE