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
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
An eerie tale of time travel and (possible) mistaken identity, “is it you” is a duet by The Witch and The Burro. The duo – comprised of Vic Ruggiero and lauren napier – filmed the spooky scenes in a haunted house in Baker City, OR. In between tour dates and plague pauses, they search for ghost towns amongst desert landscapes. “Is It You?” captures that feeling in both spirit and narrative.
So join the fortune teller and the wolf man, the witch and the burro…. They will embark on a tour – yet to be formally announced – in the new year, so keep an eye out. Lauren has just released The Mourning Moon Hangs Quietly – an intimate live recording offered on cassette by This and That Tapes. Vic is on the road with his band, The Slackers, (possibly) coming to a town near you.
Zürich Rockabilly Icons THE HILLBILLY MOON EXPLOSION Reissue 3rd Album & Release Special 7” Vinyl!
Los Angeles, CA – When last we heard from Swiss rockabilly phenoms The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, they had just inked a deal with U.S.-based label Cleopatra Records to reissue their first two albums, the incredible 2002 debut album, fittingly entitled Introducing The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, as well as the sophomore effort, Bourgeois Baby. Now comes the third album, the exquisite All Grown Up, which is being released on both CD in a slick digipak as well as on a limited-edition PURPLE SPLATTER vinyl in gatefold jacket. Originally released in 2007, All Grown Up, as the title suggests, shows the band maturing in both their songwriting and arranging talents, offering a diverse palette of blues, ska, jazz and early rock stylings.
And for an extra special holiday treat, the band has prepped a rockin’ RED & WHITE splatter 7″ featuring the lead-off track “Chick Habit” from their debut album backed with a gorgeous ballad “Many Tears Ago” from Bourgeois Baby. Makes for a perfect stocking stuffer!
All Grown Up Tracklist: 1. Walk Italian 2. Need You to Stay 3. Live the Life 4. The Long Way Down 5. Putty in Your Hands 6. Brown Eyed Boy 7. Tornado 8. House of Bamboo 9. Somebody Changed the Lock 10. All Grown Up 11. Oh Oh Mojo 12. Little Lil 13. Midnight Track 14. Moonshine Song
Los Angeles-based, all-female punk band The Linda Lindas have released the riff-laden power punk single “Nino.” The track, written for vocalist and guitarist Bela’s cat, is taken from the band’s forthcoming 2022 studio release.
On the band’s 2020 self-titled EP, Bela wrote a song about her siamese cat “Monica.” However, her cat Nino wouldn’t leave her alone until he got a song too. It is finally Nino’s time to shine. According to the band, “if you listen carefully there is a real-life, remarkably talented cat named Lil Dude playing piano on it. (We have the footage!) Enjoy!”
“Nino” follows the viral smash hit “Racist, Sexist Boy,” and “Oh!” which was featured in the trailer for the Netflix series “The Chair” starring Golden Globe winning actress, Sandra Oh.
ABOUT THE LINDA LINDAS Formed in 2018, The Linda Lindas first played together when former Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Kristin Kontrol invited them to take the stage to play covers for Girlschool LA (a music and ideas festival focused on connecting and empowering women-identified artists, leaders, and voices). After forming their own band and playing DIY gigs around Los Angeles, they were asked to open for punk icon Alice Bag and for seminal riot grrrl band Bikini Kill at one of their 2019 reunion shows at the Hollywood Palladium. In time, the band began writing their own material, including a song featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary The Claudia Kishi Club.
The Linda Lindas released their self-titled, self-released debut EP in 2020 showcasing their high-energy and heartfelt brand of punk, naming Jawbreaker, The Go-Go’s, and The Alley Cats among their inspirations. Months later, they appeared in a key scene of Amy Poehler’s Moxie!
In May 2021, The Linda Lindas’ set at the Cypress Park branch of the L.A. Public Library was streamed as an AAPI Heritage Month event (the band members are Asian American, Latinx, or both). The bands blistering performance of “Racist, Sexist Boy,” amassed over four million views on Instagram, and earned major praise from the likes of Hayley Williams, Questlove, Flea, and members of Rage Against the Machine and Sonic Youth.
The Linda Lindas are Eloise (vocals, bass), Mila (vocals, drums), Bela (vocals, guitar), and Lucia (vocals, guitar).
Gregor Barnett, guitarist/co-vocalist for The Menzingers, announces his debut release Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave due out digitally and on CD February 18 via Epitaph Records. The album will be available on vinyl March 18.
Written and recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave is a sonic departure from Barnett’s more punk-leaning work with The Menzingers, drawing on the gritty, off-kilter Americana of Tom Waits or Warren Zevon as it faces down loss and doubt in search of relief and redemption. “It was this perfect storm,” says Barnett. “The band couldn’t tour, I was going through a really difficult time, and I was stuck at home watching my family struggle with illness and death and hardship. The only thing I could do was write my way through it.”
“Writing’s always been my way of making sense of the world,” Barnett explains treating his early lockdown writing sessions as something akin to therapy, a place to process his anxiety about his family’s health and wellbeing and the grief that came with the passing of his grandfather. “I was writing because it felt good to write,” he adds. “But once I got three or four songs together, I began to realize that there was a story there and that I should be documenting how I felt as I made my way through this really challenging chapter.”
After working on demos and mapping out the project in his home studio in Philadelphia, Barnett brought the songs to longtime collaborator and producer Will Yip (Mannequin Pussy, Quicksand) for a two-and-a-half-week recording session. Barnett also enlisted Yip to play drums and brought in his Menzingers bandmates Eric Keen to play bass, Joe Godino to add percussion, and Tom May to take the record’s cover photo. The result is ten vulnerable and stripped-down tracks that serve as a reminder to cherish the ones we love and the connections we have with them in what precious little time we’ve been given.
Today, Barnett shares the title track, “Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave,” in which he takes a look at the ritual of laying flowers in memory of the deceased; “It’s a beautiful way to honor the people we’ve lost, but I think a lot of times we forget to appreciate our relationships with those people while they’re still here,” he explains. “I wanted this song to be a celebration of life and what we have before it’s gone.”
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DON’T GO THROWING ROSES IN MY GRAVE TRACK LISTING 1. Oh Lord, What Do You Know? 2. Driving Through the Night 3. The First Dead Body I Ever Saw 4. No Peace of Mind to Rest 5. Talking to Your Tombstone 6. Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave 7. Hurry Me Down to Hades 8. Anthem For the One I Love 9. At a Greyhound Station, Desperate 10. Guest In Your House
In celebration of the record, Gregor Barnett will hit the road next spring beginning February 24 in Ashbury Park, NJ. Tickets are on sale Friday, November 12. For more information, visit https://gregorbarnett.com.
GREGOR BARNETT TOUR DATES 2/24 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents 2/25 New York, NY Mercury Lounge 2/26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s 2/27 Boston, MA Sonia 3/1 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee’s 3/2 Cleveland, OH Mahall’s 3/4 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen 3/5 Detroit, MI The Sanctuary 3/8 Nashville, TN The End 3/9 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade 3/10 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 3/11 Richmond, VA The Camel 3/12 Washington, DC Songbyrd
Everything you see and hear was done DIY by the band with a little help from their friends. The EP was produced and mixed by James Kirsch ( https://www.jameskirschmusic.com/ ), mastered by Arran Dutt, and the awesome cover art is by the very talented Bobbi Abbey.
The band extends a cordial invitation for your attendance at the EP launch gig: Saturday 20th November @The Queen’s Head, Brixton, London. Facebook event: https://bit.ly/3nM5dMX%C2%A0
“The combination of visual and emotional lyrics with a wide array of instrumentation makes this one of the year’s most enjoyable albums.” – Punknews.org
“They continue to build upon the groundwork that was laid on their previous album, this time taking it a step further with their willingness to explore new stylistic territory. At the same time, they’re able to do so while still preserving the core sound that fans have come to appreciate. Additionally, singer/guitarist Dan Vapid’s songwriting proficiencies remain in top form, while the other band members, (guitarist/singer Simon Lamb, bassist/singer Dillon Dunnagan, and drummer/singer Gabe Usery) provide significant contributions throughout, which really helps to solidify ‘Escape Velocity’ as a complete record.” – Jaded In Chicago
“A warm and richly fulfilling record.” – Jersey Beat“This is an album that will have the listener impulsively electing to hit repeat over and over again. They have given us one of the best pop-punk releases heard so far this year.” – Punktuation Magazine
1. Come Find Me 2. Burning Questions 3. Middle America 4. Cyber World 5. The Talk 6. Guilt and Relief 7. Runaway Jane 8. Robots 9. Teenage Wallflower 10. Tears are Falling 11. Bitter and Sour 12. Maybe Tomorrow 13. Midnight Blue
(FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 2021) — Today Dan Vapid and the Cheats release their fourth full-length album Escape Velocity via Eccentric Pop Records. Featuring thirteen new tracks the album plays almost like a concept album, exploring themes of loss, sorrow, and redemption. It’s a personal, insightful record, musically rooted in Vapid’s classic punk rock style while also exploring and incorporating his wide-ranging musical influences.
The album is currently available as a CD-only title, as vinyl manufacturing delays are frequently running longer. Vinyl is expected to be released sometime in the spring of 2022 with cassette release available in spring via Memorable But Not Honorable Tapes.
Dan Vapid And The Cheats is a punk rock band featuring singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dan Vapid. A veteran of the punk scene who has played in influential bands such as Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, Sludgeworth, The Methadones, Noise By Numbers, The Mopes, and The Queers. The current lineup features Dan Vapid (Vocals/Guitar), Simon Lamb (guitars/vocals), Dillon Dunnagan (bass/vocals), and Gabe Usery (drums/vocals).
In 2013, they released their self-titled debut (recorded by Justin Perkins), a sophomore LP titled Two, produced by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms), a split 7″ with Masked Intruder, a split 7″ with The Jetty Boys, and made an appearance on Our Lips Are Sealed – A Tribute to The Go-Go’s. Three, the band’s third full-length and first in six years, was released in 2019 via Eccentric Pop Records. Escape Velocity was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios in St. Louis, MO., and produced by Dan Vapid and Gabe Usery.
LARS FREDERIKSEN TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO EP “TO VICTORY”
STRIPPED-DOWN SIX TRACK EP
TO BE AVAILABLE ON VINYL, CD, & CASSETTE
Emeryville, CA – LARS FREDERIKSEN, from legendary punk band RANCID will be releasing his debut solo EP To Victory on November 19. It will be available for pre-order from Pirates Press Records this Friday, October 15th.
This solo venture for Frederiksen started back on March 7th, 2020 when he sold out the landmark Oakland club Eli’s Mile High Club. Frederiksen performed a Billy Bragg-esque set. The lucky fans attending the show [which was supposed to be the first of many, including an appearance alongside Dropkick Murphys on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston] had no idea that they would be the only ones to witness this unbelievable performance for quite some time… (Thanks Covid!)
The surreal performance was treasured by the lucky few who got to see it, and has given Lars even more confidence and validation to pursue this venture. Frederiksen headed into the studio to record these tracks in the vein of his live performance – simple, raw, emotionally charged, and powerful.
“So much happened in my life starting in 2018 and is just now sorta wrapping up here currently in 2021. This entire period, especially during my mom’s passing, was a great reflection point for me and a time to dive deeper than I’ve ever been into my Pagan roots,” remarks Frederiksen.
The album has six tracks, featuring a mix of covers and songs from his other bands – each song carrying personal meaning for Frederiksen, and each a standout performance in its own right.
With three videos on the way, and touring planned for 2022, this is just the beginning of a new venture for Frederiksen.
“There will be more to come ’cause I’m not done yet. I don’t think I’ll ever be. As long as I have breath I’ll unapologetically use my voice,” he remarks.
TRACK LISTING: 1. God and Guns (The Old Firm Casuals) 2. Army of Zombies (Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards) 3. Tomorrows Girls (U.K. Subs cover)
4. Motherland (The Old Firm Casuals) 5. Comin’ Home (KISS cover) 6. Skunx (Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards)