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Winter Tour Dates
Epitaph Records is pleased to welcome surf-punk band The Frights to its roster. The San Diego-based band features Mikey Carnevale (vocals/guitar), Richard Dotson (bass), Marc Finn (drums) and Jordan Clark (guitar).
Today, The Frights share their new song “Valentine’s Sux.” With its sticky melody and bouncy rhythm, the sing-along-ready breakup anthem touches on everything from bummer dinners at Benihana to bad barber-shop-quartet-related life decisions.
“‘Valentine’s Sux’ was really fun to write mainly because I was in the middle of writing our next record,” says Carnevale. “I’d been on that every day for a long time, so it was a good break to write something funny. Is this what is feels like to be Weird Al? Just constantly happy? So sick.”
On February 14, The Frights will headline The Fonda Theatre in L.A. for a special Valentine’s Day show celebrating the release of this track. Thee Commons will join as support.
Formed in 2012, The Frights made their debut with 2013’s Dead Beach EP and released their self-titled full-length later that year. Their sophomore album You Are Going To Hate This arrived in 2016, debuting on the CMJ Top 200 chart. Produced by FIDLAR’s Zac Carper, You Are Going To Hate This earned acclaim from outlets like Brooklyn Vegan (who praised the title track as a “super catchy blend of Weezer, SoCal pop punk, and Burger-y garage rock”).
“We couldn’t be more excited to start a new path with Epitaph,” says Carnevale. “Some of our favorite bands have been on this label and it seems pretty bizarre that we’re joining them. Super, super stoked.”
March 9 Las Vegas, NV – Eagle Aerie Hall
March 10 Phoenix, AZ – Flying Burrito Fest
March 12 Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
March 13 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
March 14-16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 17 Dallas, TX – Trees
March 19 New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA
March 21 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
March 22 McAllen, TX – Yerberia Cultura
March 24 Houston, TX – In Bloom Festival
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HEADLINING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1999, The Lawrence Arms have remained unchanged since day one. Sure, the band’s brand of anthemic punk has evolved over their nearly two decades together, but at the core of it all, they’re still just three guys who like to play music together. In honor of the band’s 19 years in the game, on March 30, Fat Wreck Chords will release We Are The Champions Of The World, a 29-song best-of album that chronicles the band’s steady evolution over the past two decades.
Culled from the band’s entire discography, which includes their releases on Asian Man Records, Epitaph Records, and FAT, We Are The Champions Of The World serves as both a retrospective and an introduction to the Chicago institution. The tracklist was handpicked by the band—bassist-vocalist Brendan Kelly, guitarist-vocalist Chris McCaughan, and drummer Neil Hennessy—in order to show how these three friends went from making gritty, lo-fi records to becoming some of the sharpest songwriters in all of punk.
Oh, and just so we’re totally clear here, it’s not a greatest hits album.
“I think you have to have hits to make a greatest hits,” says Kelly, “So we approached the song selection in an attempt to be indicative of our evolution, rather than focus on our ‘hits,’ of which, frankly, there are none.” Instead, We Are The Champions Of The World showcases every part of the band’s storied career, from their 1999 debut album A Guided Tour Of Chicago, all the way up to 2014’s Metropole. “In the end, I’m super grateful for the collective experience and history of being in this band with two guys I have known forever and love dearly and are my fam,” says McCaughan. “I guess that’s what this record kind of means and reaffirms for me.”
With liner notes written by both Kelly and McCaughan, the pair reflect on how each song came to be, sharing anecdotes about what inspired them to put pen to paper. But of course, they aren’t trying to tell you what the songs are actually about, because what’s the fun in that? “I don’t think that it’s cool to be prescriptive in song meanings because that leads to the erroneous conclusion that the song has one meaning: the songwriter’s intent,” says Kelly. “In truth, songs have no meaning until a listener connects with it and imbues it with what it means to them. I did offer a few of my interpretations of Chris’s songs, and vice versa, because even though I play and sing on his songs, I didn’t write em, so I’m interpreting them along with any other listener.”
McCaughan shares that perspective, noting that the band wanted to shed light on their creative process without ruining the mythology fans had built up. “I’ve never been able to really explain or pinpoint exactly what songs I’ve written are about anyway—so I guess that lowers the risk of potential disappointment for people who like our band reading the liner notes and being like ‘Damn, I used to love that song but it’s actually about Tide Pods or the Milwaukee Bucks,’” says McCaughan.
But the biggest perk for diehard fans of The Lawrence Arms will be the five previously unreleased songs included on We Are The Champions Of The World. Taken from recording sessions that spawned the band’s classic 2006 album Oh! Calcutta!, these five songs have been in the vault for over a decade. “They didn’t make the cut because they just didn’t fit in the structure of that album, which ended up being very focused and thematic,” says Kelly. Some of these songs never made it past the demo stage, but even so, they show how tightly focused the band was during this period, with even the scraps left behind sounding vital and potent. “I hadn’t heard these songs in over ten years,” says McCaughan. “I’d basically forgotten they existed at all, so listening back to a few of them was initially like stepping into some strange portal—then as soon as I heard them again my memory filled out.”
And for fans who have been aching to see the band play live again, We Are The Champions Of The World will see the band touring in support of the album throughout 2018. Not only will they be hitting parts of the United States they haven’t been to in years and they’ll even be heading back to Europe for some festival dates this summer. It’s been a while since The Lawrence Arms have hit the road, and We Are The Champions Of the World is the catalyst for the band to get back in the van and spread their unique brand of merriment. And maybe, if all goes well, a new Lawrence Arms record will follow. “I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s pretty astounding that people still care that we do this,” says Kelly. “And as long as that’s the case, we’ll keep making new music.”But for now, We Are The Champions Of The World serves as a celebration for The Lawrence Arms, a band that’s never tried to fit in one specific box and, as a result, have succeeded on their own terms. “We just do our best to do us—be human, transparent, and not take ourselves too seriously,” says McCaughan. “At the core, this is what I love about our band.” That’s the reason why The Lawrence Arms are champions of the world, even if they’ve still yet to write an actual hit.
4/4 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
4/5 – Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
4/6 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/7 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/9 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
4/12 – Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Banner Pilot)
4/27 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
5/1 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
5/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
5/6 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
All shows with Red City Radio and Sincere Engineer. (Except Chicago which has Banner Pilot instead of RCR)
1. On with the Show
2. Great Lakes/Great Escapes
3. Alert the Audience!
4. 100 Resolutions
5. The Devil’s Takin’ Names
6. Beautiful Things
7. Quincentuple Your Money
8. The Slowest Drink at the Saddest Bar on the Snowiest Day in the Greatest City
9. Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, God.
10. Right as Rain Part 2
11. Seventeener (17th and 37th)
12. Chapter 13: The Hero Appears
13. The Ramblin’ Boys of Pleasure
14. Light Breathing (Me and Martha Plimpton in a Fancy Elevator)
15. Like a Record Player
16. You are Here
17. Boatless Booze Cruise Part 1
18. Brick Wall Views
19. Sixteen Hours
21. An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstance
22. The Northside, the L&L and Any Number of Crappy Apartments
23. Porno & Snuff Films
25. The Rabbit and the Rooster
26. Catalog *
27. Black Snow *
28. Laugh Out Loud *
29. Warped Summer Extravaganza (Turbo Excellent) *
PREVIOUSLY OUT OF PRINT, REMIXED AND REMASTERED!
Following up their recent full length “The Real Enemy”, there has been a lot of interest in NOi!SE’s back catalog, much of which is out of press. Pirates Press Records is really excited to fill that void, bringing you this remixed and remastered version of the Washington based powerhouse’s debut LP.
Originally released in 2014, and now long out of print, “The Scars We Hide” is a huge part of what put this band on the map. Start to finish, the album solidified the band’s sound – pairing those rivitting drums, insane basslines, and great leads with a true verbal assault.
Coming off their first jaunt over to Europe, and countless local shows and weekenders, NOi!SE is at the top of their game – and while touring full-time pretty much off the table due to family obligations and Matt Henson’s role in the US Army, they are excited to announce a series of upcoming shows and mini-tours for 2018.
12. The Future Is Waiting
With no signs of slowing down, The Last Gang is ripping into 2018 with their debut FAT full-length, Keep them Counting. Set to be released on March 2nd, the album features 10 punk infused tracks showcasing their diversity, from infectious riffs to punky ballads. The opening track “Sing for your Supper” is the kind of palm-muted ripper that made Rancid famous, with a bouncing bass line, a huge hook, and airtight songwriting that’ll get stuck in your head for years to come. The rest of the album is no less throttling. From the jump, the album whips up a frenzy, shifting directions on a dime but never losing sight of The Last Gang’s pop-indebted ethos.
You can pre-order the album right now via your favorite digital music site, and in doing so, you’ll get to download the first single –”Sing for your Supper” – immediately. Even better, watch them perform it in their new video! You’ll be able to catch them live, as they’ve announced a flurry of shows which include dates with The Lillingtons, Good Riddance, and Propagandhi!
01/29/18 San Diego, CA at Soda Bar w/ The Lillingtons
01/30/18 Fullerton, CA at Slidebar w/ The Lillingtons, The Bombpops
01/31/18 West Hollywood, CA at Viper Room w/ The Lillingtons
02/03/18 Las Vegas, NV at The Beauty Bar w/ The Lillingtons, The Bombpops
03/02/18 Ventura, CA at The Garage w/ Good Riddance, A Vulture Wake *
03/03/18 San Francisco, CA at Slim’s Good Riddance, The Last Gang
03/15/18 Portland, OR at Analog Theater w/ Good Riddance
03/16/18 Seattle, WA at El Corazon w/ Good Riddance,
03/17/18 Vancouver, BC Canada at Venue Nightclub w/ Good Riddance
05/02/18 Lindau, Germany at Club Vaudeville w/ Propagandhi, Iron Chic
05/04/18 WELS, Austria at SBÃ„M Fest 2
Keep Them Counting tracklisting:
1. Sing for Your Supper
2. Blood Drunk
3. Salvation for Wolves
4. Strange Fruit
5. Nobody’s Prostitute
6. Affairs to Remember
7. Believe in the Poet
10. Secret Sounds
Photo By: Billy Beans Kingrock Photo
Long Island’s Oso Oso have just signed to Triple Crown Records! Triple Crown will be reissuing the indie punk band’s critically acclaimed 2017 album The Yunahon Mixtape, which can be heard now on Spotify, Apple Music, and across all streaming platforms. The band has also just released a music video for their song “Reindeer Games” off of that record. The video can be seen now via Triple Crown Records.
Oso Oso is on tour now with Tiny Moving Parts and Mom Jeans. A full list of dates can be found below.
Oso Oso is the latest project of Jade Lilitri out of Long Beach, New York. After a couple of early records, the band self-released their first fully realized album The Yunahon Mixtape on Bandcamp in early 2017. Despite this low key release, the album quickly gained traction across the scene, winning over both fans and critics with it’s diverse, recognizable knack for memorable choruses and instantly relatable lyrics. In 2018 the band was signed by Triple Crown Records, who plan to reissue The Yunahon Mixtape in advance of new music coming soon.
A quote from Jade Lilitri on signing to Triple Crown Records can be found below.
“Can you even believe it? As a fan of music, it’s super exciting to be working with a label that not only has a collection of so many releases I love, but is also engaged and working with exciting young bands who are doing it today. As an artist, it’s beyond exciting to have this kind of backing to allow you to grow/explore and just reach a new potential in what Oso Oso can create. I’m generally stoked on all ends.”
The Yunahon Mixtape Tracklisting
1. The Cool
2. Reindeer Games
3. The Walk
4. The Bearer Of Truths
5. Get There (When You Get There)
6. Great Big Beaches
7. Shoes (The Sneaker Song)
8. The Slope
9. The Secret Spot
10. The Plant Mouth
11. Out Of The Blue
Praise For The Yunahon Mixtape
“Lilitri is as much of a student of his influences as he is a fan, understanding the exact methods that make the sound of this music hit a certain way at a certain age and linger in the years to come.” – Pitchfork
“The best old-school ’00s indie album of 2017” – Uproxx
” that perfect balance between words, wisdom, and musical endeavour” – GoldFlakePaint
JAN 25 – St Paul, MN – Amsterdam Hall
JAN 26 – Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin
JAN 27 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
JAN 28 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
JAN 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
JAN 31 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
FEB 1 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
FEB 2 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
FEB 3 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
FEB 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
FEB 6 – Richmond, VA – Camel
FEB 7 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
FEB 8 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
FEB 9 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
FEB 10 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
FEB 11 – Hamden, CT – Ballroom at the Outer Space
FEB 13 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
FEB 14 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
FEB 15 – Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
FEB 16 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
FEB 17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
FEB 18 – Nashville, TN – The End
FEB 20 – Dallas, TX – Dirty 30
FEB 21 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
FEB 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
FEB 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hi-Hat
FEB 25 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
FEB 27 – Portland, OR – Analog Theater
FEB 28 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project
MAR 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
MAR 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
MAR 4 – Kansas City, MO – Bottle Neck
Generally a bit behind the curve here at good ol’ Upstarter, I’m just now getting around to listening to Sleepwalk Me Home, the late 2017 release from The Jukebox Romantics. As wise wise people have espoused for millennia before me, better late than never.
I can’t say that I’ve listened to the band before. Well, I could say it, but it probably wouldn’t be truthful. If I have though, it was maybe on a comp, or I thought it was Blink 182 or something. With that said, the band captures the finer points of pop punk, namely being poppy, whilst being punk rock. Seriously though, 10 tracks, mostly under the three minute mark, stemming from a peppy rock trio? This is entirely up my alley.
The band lists Alkaline Trio and The Bouncing Souls as influences and I can definitely hear them, but I really pick up a Blink vibe. Maybe it’s in the way they sound so SoCal sardonic, despite being from downstate NY (I initially suspected this was a secret code for New Jersey) No matter. They sound good. They sound especially good if you like pop punk.
It’s funny, to me at least. My “reviews” have rather devolved to the point of, “here’s my opinions about things while I’m listening to this new (to me) music) I don’t know that it is expressly helpful to anyone at this point. I hope that it is.
The takeaway here: Pop punk. Good. Fast. Fun. New!
Swirl is currently from sunny Southern California with half the band in Temecula and the other half in Pasadena.
Swirl was born in the Pacific Northwest. A little town called Mukilteo, WA. The current incarnation which has been together for 9 years now. In fact, we were kind of “put together” by Claude Schnell (former keyboardist for Dio). He was looking to record with a band that needed a guitar player and he asked if I would be willing to write with them so we could record together. It never got that far. Shortly after I joined up I recruited Shane and Alfred for Swirl.
Who are you and who does what in the band?
I am Duane “DT” Jones- guitar player. My brother Brian “Bam Bam” Jones is the drummer. Alfred Ramirez is our lead singer and Shane Carlson plays bass in the band
How would you best describe the sound?
With as many diverse musical interests as the members of Swirl have I honestly don`t know how else to describe our sound other than “it’s in the name”. We each bring our own influences to this band to create what you hear.
However, in 2017 The Huffington Post did a review and stated “they sound like an amalgamation of Slipknot and AC/DC”. Very flattering indeed as those are two very good bands with incredible careers. I have also read “…an interesting and diverse band to check out, as they combine the best of the past 20 years of American Rock/ Hardrock” which personally I think sums us up pretty succinctly.
I encourage you to give us a listen and judge for yourself at http://www.swirltheband.com/
Dream rock moment (real or not)?
Great question. Standing on stage at Wembley Arena, playing to a sold out audience where Swirl is the headliner and as we are getting ready to start the first chorus of our latest single, “The Lift” the power goes out on the electric guitars causing a delay in the performance. Strangely enough the microphones still work, but not the electric instruments. Before we lose the moment entirely and ruin the night the band gets handed acoustic guitars and we sit on the edge of the stage playing “The Lift” while the entire crowd sings the song back to the band! Yeah that would be my “it can`t get any better than this” moment.
Still got day jobs?
Well my “day job” is coaching football. As of this interview the season is over so I can put all my energy into promoting Swirl.
Brian is a drum instructor so he is “behind the kit” all day anyway.
Alfred has a night job, but Shane still has his day job….for now.
None. If I did it I had a reason. Not saying it was the best of reasons, but clearly I thought it was the way to go at that time. None of us are getting out of here alive so might as well have some fun right?
“The Lift” Lyric video- https://youtu.be/xaBMGg0ACYo
Illicitor is a 3 piece punk/hardcore band born out of the ashes of prolific Las Vegas favorites: Holding Onto Sound. Their debut album arrived December 2017.
I was somewhat familiar with Holding Onto Sound (HOTS). I spent a little time listening to their music, an interview, and a review. I have also seen them perform live in the past, so I was excited to hear about illicitor. Stripped down 3-piece punk rock born from some familiar faces and voice. Thus far the self-titled debut does not disappoint.
The core of the nine tracks are uptempo punk rock with some hardcore aggression. There are some departures from the formula with track 4. The Body and The Dirt with its acoustic guitar and vocal intro, climbing into full arrangement and eventual insistence on a complete sonic uprising. For a trio, the soundscape is quite full. Studio magic goes a long way, but then again so does competent musicianship, none of which are in short supply on this release.
The band ticks a lot of boxes on my list of favorite rock and roll features: fast paced, trio, clear vocals, short tracks with a bit of grit. If you’re of a similar mind, and I know that you are, check out illicitor. I have no doubt that you will dig the hell out of them.
Nothing on the album gives me cause to be overly critical, but nothing can be completely perfect I suppose. There is a bit of psychedelic guitar noodling that I could probably live without, but overall a solid debut from Las Vegas’ illicitor.
Zabi Naqshband – bass, vocals
Bob Gates – guitar, vocals
Micah Malcolm – drums