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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

Lodi, a small borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, is just over two square miles. There’s not much to suggest the small village would be the birthplace of a world famous, blood-soaked form of music known as horror punk. Legendary acts The Misfits, Samhain and Danzig have origins in Lodi, and something monstrous indeed lurks there. Enter Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein!

Doyle’s first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983’s “Earth AD/Wolf’s Blood.” The poster child and originator of the genre spent the past few years unleashing an evil noise on an unsuspecting world: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s first release, “Abominator,” and its follow-up, “As We Die,” by his eponymous band, Doyle. Released on Doyle’s label, Monsterman Records, “Abominator” and “DOYLE II: As We Die” are sonically thick and lyrically evil slabs of metal that find Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. These albums are not some punk guitarist gone metal – it’s the roaring return of one of extreme metal’s original architects to his blood-splattered drawing board.

Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of the most talented and respected vocalists of the century, Doyle’s new project needed a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama’s Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who’s sand-blasted scream opens the record. The evil doesn’t relent until the ending growl of “Hope Hell Is Warm,” the album’s defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, clean vocals. Alex’s live performances are unforgettable, disturbing and strangely addictive – a perfect complement to the already mammoth stage presence of Doyle. The unmistakable sound of Doyle’s signature Annihilator guitar cuts through every tune like a sonic fingerprint. The Annihilator’s tone is sharp as a butcher’s knife in the wrong hands and just as nasty – fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away. These albums serve as an unrelenting ride into the darkest corners of your mind. Take heed! These mad men with a sinister sound are on the loose, roaming the streets and headed to a town near you!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein as he crisscrosses the nation on his As We Die World Abomination Tour 2018. In the interview, Doyle offers an inside look at his life on and off-stage, the challenges he faced along the way and what lies in store for him in 2019.

Back in the day: Glenn Danzig and Doyle

The music you’ve been a part of creating played a big role in many people’s lives. How did music first come into your life?

My mom was a ‘50s kid. She had all the 45s like Dion and The Belmonts, Elvis, The Ronettes, ‘50s and ‘60s Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and all that shit. When we were kids, we listened to it. Then we started buying our own stuff like David Bowie, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, Queen and all kinds of crazy shit. I just got deeper into it from there and have always been listening to music.

Eventually you went from music fan to musician. What made you pick up the guitar?

My brother bought me a guitar for my eighth grade graduation. Glenn Danzig showed me two bar chords and Jerry showed me the two notes on the low strings. That’s pretty much all I still know!

You mentioned your brother, Jerry Only. Was it always brotherly love or more of a sibling rivalry?

Back then it was more of a brotherly love thing, but now it’s not. Now there’s issues for some reason.

You started playing professional at 16 years old. When did you come into your own as a performer?

I don’t know, man. I guess pretty much from the beginning.

Fair enough. I know you don’t want to focus too much on your past with The Misfits. However, I want to ask about the staying power of the band’s music. What is it about the band’s music that continues to resonate generation to generation?

Great songs, great singer, great imagery and great performances. That’s what a band is. It’s not about arpeggios, G-clefs and sweeps or sitting in your room being a technical guitar nerd. It’s about great songs! That’s what I tell everybody who asks me if I have any advice for bands starting out — “Yeah, learn how to write and arrange great songs. Get a great fuckin’ singer, a great look, perform great and have a great fuckin’ name!”

They call it the music business for a reason. What are some lessons you learned early on that impacted your career?

Trust no one!

So true, man! So true! You launched your own label, Monsterman Records, a few years back. What inspired that move?

I record the albums myself with all of the equipment I had bought and now I’m sponsored by those companies because I told them I used them and now they give me the stuff for free. Tascam, for example, is pretty awesome. I record them at home instead of paying the money, which is like $1,000 per hour, for a studio. Doing it this way, it’s only like $50 electric each month at your house! [laughs] Ya know, what are ya going to do? We figured if we put it out ourselves, we could keep all the money. We might take this third one to a label, maybe Nuclear Blast or Century Media. We’ll see who wants it!

A lot of times people end up with an album in their hands and don’t put much thought or value on how it got there. What does it take a project like yours to stay on the rails and move forward in this day and age?

The industry has changed as to how everyone has a computer in their hand and they want instant gratification. These people have grown up illegally downloading music and it’s totally destroying the whole business for the musicians. Ya know, it takes a lot to write a song. These people want more songs, but they are not paying for them, so how do we pay for them? I had one guy complain to me because I wouldn’t take a picture with him outside in the middle of winter after I had just got off stage from a show. I had no shirt on and was trying to get to the bus. Somehow, I’m a scumbag because he paid $20 for my record. I said, “Do you know how much my copy of that record cost me? I still haven’t made any money on it. Go fuck yourself!” I mean, I’m supposed to get sick, so I can’t perform for the next group of people? If I take a picture, 10 more people will walk up and want a fucking picture. Use your fucking head, ya know. That’s why we do meet-and-greets because everyone is illegally downloading music. Then they complain about the meet-and-greet. People these days want everything for fucking free. They don’t understand the cost to the artist. It’s like Spotify jerkin’ us off for fractions of a penny per play! Go fuck yourself, man! If you can’t give us a dollar per fucking song, then you shouldn’t have it. They should police the internet so that if you illegally download a song, it’s a $10,000 fine. I mean, if you had a motorcycle factory and I came in and took one, what would that be? It would be a crime. This is our fucking product. I had someone say the other day, “Why don’t you pay back the fans a little bit and post pictures of the band? The fans are what made you.” I’m like, “No. Wrong. My art and what I did is what made the fans.”

With that said, what is the best way for us as fans to support you and keep this project moving forward?

Stop illegally downloading everybody’s music. Pay for it. I pay for everything. All of my friends’ records, I buy. You don’t think I can get a pile of Arch Enemy records for free? [laughs] I go to the store and I buy it! I mean fuck! If you want more, pay for it!

How do the meet-and-greets factor in?

The meet-and-greets feed us on the road. It gives us enough money to feed everybody on the bus. Everybody who comes to the show, especially in The States, and they film it … people just sit in their house because they are too lazy to come out and they would rather just look at it on their phone, so nobody comes to the show. That’s why when we did those Misfits shows, there were no phones allowed. It was great because if everybody was filming it, nobody would go to those shows. Know what I mean?

Alex Story and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

You are currently out on the road on the As We Die World Abomination Tour. Having seen you play live in the past, I know you guys bring it every night. Alex Story is a tremendous front man. How did the two of you initially cross paths?

I just put ads out. My friend Blasko did the same for me. He didn’t tell me he was doing it, he just did it. He sent me the CD that he thought was the best, which was Alex. It’s funny because the one that I thought was the best was Alex’s too! [laughs] Then I called him up. His CD was the only one where I sat there and listened to the whole thing. Usually, I would listen to it until the singer starts and then throw it in the garbage. There were a few famous people who sent shit and their shit went right in the garbage. It’s not that they sucked, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I listened to the whole thing and every song was great. His voice is just great, and I could listen to it all day! He is a master writer. I just write musical compositions, arrange them and send them to him. I’ll write gyp sheet like, “This is the intro, don’t sing. This is the riff, don’t sing. This is the verse … This, that, whatever.” At the end I write, “Just do whatever you want!” If he wants to sing on the riff, he can sing on the riff. From there, he comes up with all the words and melodies. It comes back to me and I’m like, “Wow! This is fuckin’ great!”

What were the biggest challenges bringing your last two albums to the masses?

Promotion. I would say maybe 5% of Misfits fans even know I have a band. I don’t have the money to advertise as much as a major label would but even the major labels don’t do that much anymore. They make product and distribute it. If you are lucky, they will give you money for a tour but that really doesn’t happen anymore.

You have two albums out now that are pretty fresh. Are you currently working on new material?

Any time I’m not doing a show, I’m playing guitar and trying to write something. What’s the sense of me playing the songs off the other records? Nothing, ya know what I mean? We’ve got at least 10 solid musical compositions and three songs that are finished. We might start doing singles. Maybe do a single a month until we get about 10 and then drop two or three more and then have a whole album and put it out. Maybe make vinyl 7″ inchers with artwork and different colors. Shit like that, ya know?

Yeah, that sounds great. It’s refreshing to see someone who’s been at it as long as you have keeping things fresh. Once you get into your loop on social media, you keep things really entertaining. Kudos to you on that.

Oh cool, thanks! I try to make it funny, ya know. I want to laugh. I also like pissing people off by posting vegan things without saying anything and watching them go fucking mental! [laughs]

Tell us about you becoming vegan and the impact it’s had on you.

Alissa White-Gluz. I was dating her, and it was early in our relationship when we were in New York City scrambling around to get her back to a plane. She had to go somewhere, it was freezing out and we were starving. She said to me, “If we can’t find me something to eat, we can at least find you something to eat.” I said, “Fuck that! I will never eat something in front of you that wigs you out.” I never did! Every time we went to a restaurant, it was always a vegan restaurant and I didn’t know what anything was! I would read it and be like, “I don’t even know what the fuck I’m reading!” She would order something and every time I would take a bite, I would slowly look up at her and go, “Holy shit! This is so good!” So, I got hooked on it with the food. Then she explained to me the agricultural debacle we are dealing with and how it impacts the environment, the cancer and all the other shit that eating meat is doing to this world. We are using all the food to feed these things and they are shitting all over the place … It’s a total fuck show, man! She showed me some films on how the animals are treated. To me, being vegan is a no-brainer. If you are enlightened on what the fuck is actually happening, it makes so much sense. It’s always the guilty people who feel guilty and say, “Oh, don’t tell me what to do.” You don’t even put a caption on the picture and they say, “Don’t tell me what to do … ” or they are so brilliant and they write, “Bacon, mmmmm.” I love blocking people, man. I think my last post like that lost me 500 followers. [laughs] I have to sit there and block them but at least they’re gone! [laughs]

You put out a vegan hot sauce called Made In Hell. Knowing I would be talking with you, I picked up a bottle. This stuff is killer. We incorporated it into our entry for our annual Chili Cook Off. We won!

How good is that fuckin’ sauce, man? That’s great! [laughs] I had wanted to do that for a long time. I wanted to do it with this one guy, but he would never send the recipe to the guy who wanted to fund it. Months went by and months went by and, finally, the guy was like, “I found another person.” I said, “Alright, I’m sick of people in my life not doing what they say they’re going to do and waiting for them.” So, I went with this guy. He came down and had a couple samples for me. I said, “OK, I want to add this, this and this into this. Send me that and let’s try it.” That’s what we’re using right now!

That’s cool. This sauce is what put us over the edge. It’s got great heat and flavor.

Yeah, I love it, man. I give cases of it to my girlfriend’s mom because she cooks like crazy and she loves it. It’s a win-win! [laughs]

Your Abominator guitar became iconic over the years. Tell us about the original design and are there plans to bring replicas to the market?

You know when your mom covers your school books in a paper bag when you are a kid? Well, I had one of those and I drew this guitar on there. I was leaving high school and I remember looking at it and thinking, “I’m going to save this. This is fuckin’ cool.” So, I saved it and eventually I started fuckin’ around making guitars with one of my friends at my machine shop. I was playing a Paul Stanley Iceman at the time. I laid the Paul Stanley on the ground and held the picture up to eyeball it and it was to scale. It was perfect! I was like, “Holy shit! I drew this thing freehand at about 4″ long and it’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.” I made it and everything about it is great. It looks like you can’t sit down and play it but, in reality, it’s the most comfortable guitar you will ever sit down and play with. It just fits perfect. I have a company making one right now — a pretty big, major company. I’m going to text them on Monday after the holiday to see where the fuck we are with that prototype!

You are driven when it comes to your endeavors. Was that attribute something you developed over the years or something instilled in you at an early age?

Well, growing up, I started working at my dad’s shop when I was about 6 years old. He was a working machine! He makes me look like a fuckin’ pussy! [laughs] Work, work, work, work, work all the time. It’s all about hard work and that’s where I learned that from.

What lesson can we take from your journey as an artist?

God, I don’t know. I guess … Just dare to be great, man. I’m a perfectionist, ya know. When I’m doing something, I have to make it perfect. For example, when I’m mixing a record, I will mix it for a year! [laughs] That’s what happened with the last one. I just kept mixing and thinking, “This is not it. This is not it.” I think it comes down to giving it all you’ve got, all the time. Right now, we just landed at the next venue. I’m going to do my sit-ups. I’m going to go in there and work out. Then I’m going to do soundcheck, put the clown suit on and fuck these people up! I mean, my day is planned out to the second. It’s go, go, go, go! You can’t just sit around and do nothing and expect something great to happen.

What can we expect to see from Doyle in 2019?

We’re working on festivals from Europe, some of the bigger ones. Hopefully, we get some of those. We’re also looking into Japan and South America. Hopefully, with Japan, that would include Australia and all of those areas. We would love to do that, plus Latin America and Mexico. We’re also trying to get our singer pardoned so he can go to Canada because those shows are off the hook as well. I think we are done with the United States for a while. This tour was almost too many venues and we’ve cut a lot of them out as we go because we don’t even fit on the fucking stage. We want to play better venues or open for somebody huge, ya know what I mean. We will probably start on DOYLE III as well. We will probably start on that and I’m thinking we will drop a couple of singles. I don’t know, we will see!

That’s great to hear! Thanks for your time today, Doyle. I’m looking forward to everything you have coming our way and we will be out here spreading the word!

Thank you, man. Bye-bye.

For all the latest news, tour dates and merch, visit Doyle’s official website at www.officialdoyle.com. Follow the continuing adventures of Doyle on social media via FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube

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CKY Release “Wiping Off the Dead” Music Video

CKY Release “Wiping Off the Dead” Music Video

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have released a brand new music video for their track, “Wiping Off The Dead” from their most recent LP, The Phoenix. Directed by Dave Causa, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their current release.

“Our good friend Dave Causa filmed us rehearsing for our UK tour last summer and the end result was us making a badass music video,” says drummer Jess Margera. “It was filmed before we ever played a single show for the release of our album. Thank you, Dave, and thank you CKY alliance! Enjoy this great video from the archives.”

CKY is headed back out on the road this summer on a co-headlining run with SLAVES and additional support coming from Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am. Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages are available now. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more. The band will also be doing highlighted performances on select festival dates such as Lollapalooza, Sturgis bike rally, Psycho Las Vegas, and Blue Ridge Rockfest!

CKY released The Phoenix last summer via Entertainment One (eOne). The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

The band initially released the “Replaceable” single earlier last summer exclusively via SiriusXM’s OCTANE channel, “Head For A Breakdown” via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that. All can be streamed below.

Last October, CKY released a music video for the single “Head For A Breakdown,” directed by The Costa Sisters. The video was shot in and around London during the band’s near sell-out run earlier last year. Previously, their music video for “Replaceable” was released exclusively via LOUDWIRE and produced/directed by JOFFco.

07/18/2018 Thornville, OH @ Gathering of the Juggalos*
07/20/2018 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall*
07/21/2018 Huntington, WV @ V Club*
07/22/2018 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East*
07/24/2018 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live*
07/25/2018 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage*
07/27/2018 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
07/28/2018 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
07/29/2018 Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
07/31/2018 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
08/01/2018 Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
08/02/2018 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
08/03/2018 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza*
08/04/2018 Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
08/05/2018 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
08/07/2018 Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center
08/08/2018 Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
08/09/2018 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
08/10/2018 Sturgis, SD @ Iron Horse Saloon (formerly Easyriders Saloon)*
08/11/2018 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
08/12/2018 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre*
08/14/2018 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
08/15/2018 Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
08/16/2018 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
08/18/2018 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas*
08/19/2018 Tempe, Az @ The Marquee
08/21/2018 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Backroom
08/23/2018 Dallas, TX @ Trees
08/24/2018 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
08/25/2018 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
08/27/2018 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
08/29/2018 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts
08/30/2018 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
08/31/2018 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
09/01/2018 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
09/02/2018 Concord, VA @ DeVault Vineyards

*=No Slaves

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Dark Star Pictures Picks Up Rights To Punk Rock Biopic ‘The Icarus Line Must Die’

Dark Star Pictures Picks Up Rights To Punk Rock Biopic ‘The Icarus Line Must Die’

Dark Star Pictures has acquired all North American rights for punk-rock thriller The Icarus Line Must Die. Dark Star will release the film theatrically in June of 2018 with July home video release. The Icarus Line Must Die made its world premiere at the 2017 Nonplussed Fest (Opening Night Feature) and went on to screen at Highland Park IFF (Winner Best Feature), Chicago Movies & Music Festival (Special Jury Award), and San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Dark Star Pictures President Michael Repsch negotiated the deal with Bridge Independents’ Bill Straus and writer/director Michael Grodner.

Described as ‘the greatest rock group of the 21stCentury’ (The Guardian) The Icarus Line, led by Joe Cardamone, are widely considered pioneers of the Los Angeles post-hardcore music scene. The Icarus Line Must Die uses this musical prowess as a backdrop for a tense thriller plot that blends fact and fiction. The film also sees appearances from several notable musicians of the LA underground scene including Ariel Pink, Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and author Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight). In the spirit of the music The Icarus Line Must Die utilizes an original soundtrack including performances from Pink Mountaintops, Together Pangea, The Icarus Line, RETOX, Obliterations and Annie Hardy of Giant Drag.

A graduate of the USC Film School, Michael Grodner has directed numerous music videos that have won awards at festivals and on MTV. The Icarus Line Must Die, which he produced with Josh Crockett, Kristin Slaysman and Joe Cardamone, is his feature film directorial debut.

“We can’t wait to unleash The Icarus Line Must Die upon the masses” said writer/director Michael Grodner.  “We’re thrilled to partner with Dark Star Pictures on the release of our film.”

Synopsis: The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of notorious punk bad boys The Icarus Lineas he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. With a new record completed and a major label deal within sight, Joe fights to keep his band, his relationship and his life from completely falling apart.

“The Icarus Line Must Die is an extremely unique film that taps into the core of the LA underground music scene, giving audiences an unrelenting look into that world” described Michael Repsch, President of Dark Star Pictures. “All the while structured around a compelling thriller narrative with a No Wave sensibility” he continued.

Dark Star will be hosting a premiere screening and an after-party featuring performances by several of the bands from the film on June 20 that the Regent Theater in Los Angeles, leading into the theatrical rollout beginning June 22nd.

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CKY Unveil Dates For Summer 2018 Co-Headlining Tour With Slaves

CKY Unveil Dates For Summer 2018 Co-Headlining Tour With Slaves

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) are hitting the road this summer, as they announce a co-headlining tour with the post-hardcore outfit SLAVES. Support on this tour will be coming from Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am. Drummer Jess Margera offers a statement:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.”

He adds, “We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching  Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages will be available Friday at 10AM local time. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more.

Last October, CKY released a music video for the single “Head For A Breakdown”. Directed by The Costa Sisters, this was the third music video from the band’s latest LP The Phoenix. The video was shot in and around London, the UK during the band’s near sell-out run earlier last year. Previously, their music video for “Replaceable” was released exclusively via LOUDWIRE and produced/directed by JOFFco.

The band initially released the “Replaceable” single earlier last summer exclusively via SiriusXM’s OCTANE channel, “Head For A Breakdown via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that. All can be streamed below.

CKY released The Phoenix on June 16, 2017, via eOne Music. The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

JULY
27 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
28 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
29 – Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
31 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

AUGUST
1 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
3 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza*
4 – Louisville, KY @ Diamonds
5 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
7 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary
8 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
9 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
10 – Sturgis, ND @ Iron Horse Saloon*
11 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
12 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre**
14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
15 – Seattle, WA @ Revolution
16 – Portland, OR @ Dantes
17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas*
19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
21 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
23 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
24 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
25 – San Antonio, TX @ ACMH
27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bazaar
31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

SEPTEMBER
1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

* CKY ONLY ** NO SLAVES

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PSYCHO LAS VEGAS: Danzig To Perform ‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill’ In Its Entirety!

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS: Danzig To Perform ‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill’ In Its Entirety!

The metal-god myth himself Danzig will be joining the already-stacked lineup headed to the desert this August for Psycho Las Vegas. Performing Danzig III: How the Gods Kill in its entirety, this appearance is another addition to Psycho’s history of hosting mind-blowing, head-banging headlining performances. This will be the only performance of this album in the US this year. Tickets are available at this location >

Seattle doom duo Bell Witch has also been added to the Paradise Pool Pre-Party (August 16), joining Wolves in the Throne Room, Elder, Dengue Fever, Fireball Ministry, and Toke. Following the release of their highly acclaimed, 84-minute single-track album Mirror Reaper last fall, a sludgy sunset poolside set is now anticipated on the horizon — tickets are limited!

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS 2018
AUGUST 17-19
DANZIG ***
DIMMU BORGIR **
HELLACOPTERS
SUNN O))) **
GODFLESH **
WITCHCRAFT
ENSLAVED
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
HIGH ON FIRE
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
RED FANG
ZAKK SABBATH
CHURCH OF MISERY
TINARIWEN
GOBLIN
CKY
VENOM INC
EYEHATEGOD
VOIVOD
BORIS
COVEN
INTEGRITY
PALLBEARER
WITH THE DEAD *
MONOLORD
LUCIFER *
ACID WITCH
S U R V I V E
DOPETHRONE
BIG BUSINESS
UNEARTHLY TRANCE
MUTOID MAN
TODAY IS THE DAY
HELMS ALEE
SPIRIT ADRIFT
BATUSHKA
PRIMITIVE MAN
DVNE
ALL PIGS MUST DIE
EIGHT BELLS
WORMWITCH
INDIAN
NECROT
HOMEWRECKER
BRAIN TENTACLES
CLOAK
BLACK MARE
MAGIC SWORD
UADA
TEMPLE OF VOID
DREADNOUGHT
WOLVHAMMER
ASEETHE
DISASTROID
FORMING THE VOID
VENOMOUS MAXIMUS
GHASTLY SOUND
HOWLING GIANT
KING BUFFALO
NIGHT HORSE
THE MUNSENS
GLAARE

*= Exclusive US Performance
**= Exclusive West Coast Performance
***= Exclusive Album Play

PARADISE POOL PRE-PARTY – AUGUST 16 – TICKETS LIMITED
BELL WITCH
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
ELDER
DENGUE FEVER
FIREBALL MINISTRY
TOKE
HAUNT

DJ SETS BY:
ANDREW W.K.
NICKE ANDERSSON (ENTOMBED/HELLACOPTERS)
JOHANNA SADONIS (LUCIFER)
JENNIE VEE (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL)

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In its third annual takeover of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Psycho has without a doubt claimed the throne as one of the world’s premier destination festivals in the US. This year will feature art exclusively designed by the legendary Dirty Donny Gillies, best known for his work with Metallica, Stern Pinball, Vans and more.

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Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage is the ground-breaking classic rockumentary about the origin of punk rock. The film will be coming to select theaters in mid-November, and will also be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray + DVD package.

“High Times is pleased to finally uncover and restore this extraordinary, vintage film – D.O.A.,” said High Times owner and CEO Adam Levin.

The vision for the film can be attributed to two people: Tom Forcade (the founder of High Times magazine) and filmmaker Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise). The production centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the US, which ended with the group breaking up. Forcade and Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars during their seven-city U.S. tour.

Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of all shapes and colors, the film makers captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak (which includes the now famous footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) along with rare interview and concert footage of the late seventies punk rock music scene.

As John Holmstrom, Founding Editor of PUNK Magazine, writes in his liner notes:
“D.O.A., the original 1950 film noir and A Rite of Passage’s namesake, was about a dead man walking who wanted to get revenge on his killers. This aptly describes D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage, which was made by a man who killed himself a few months later, who wanted to get revenge on his tormentors: corporate and government control of rock music and youth culture.”

For Holmstrom’s complete story, go HERE.

With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, along with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, this iconic documentary is now available for the first time ever on disc!

Screenings:
11/15-11/16 – Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar
11/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hollywood Theater
11/17 – Dallas, TX – Texas Theater
11/21 – Baltimore, MD – Parkway Theater
11/29 – Iowa City, IA – FilmScene
12/1 + 12/3 – Boston, MA – Brattle (Cambridge, MA)
12/4 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
12/11 – Nashville, TN – Belcourt
12/18 – Maitland, FL – Enzian
1/3 – Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse
1/12 – Tulsa, OK – Circle Cinema
1/12-1/14 – Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum
1/15 – San Francisco, CA – Alamo Drafthouse
1/15 – Denver, CO – Alamo Sloans Lake
1/18 – Louisville, KY – Speed Museum

Bonus Materials:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
– Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– 12 page booklet with liner notes written by John Holmstrom, founding editor of PUNK Magazine
– ‘Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was’ – A feature length documentary about the making of D.O.A. A Rite of Passage produced by award-winning filmmaker (and former MTV Senior Producer) Richard Schenkman (HD)
– Reversible artwork
– 2-Sided Poster included
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Limited Edition Retro ‘Video Store Style’ Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)
– Rare Sex Pistols photo gallery

Pre-order at MVDshop.com

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Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Green Day – Photo by Murray Bowles

Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 2017 and exclusive one night only showings and week long runs in cities across North America in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour. More than 60 theaters have already been booked with more to come.  See below for the current list and check  https://eastbaypunk.com/  for regular updates.  In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theatres to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour.

The feature documentary had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF DOCFEST on May 31st followed by a sold-out two week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco in early June.

Written and directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day and Pat Magnarella, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK  is narrated by Iggy Pop and  features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool (Green Day), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Jello Biafra & East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat), Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman & Lars Fredricksen (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz & Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) , Michael Franti (Spearhead, Beatnigs) and interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene.

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

Theatrical Dates as of 7/12/17

Montreal, Canada – 7/25/2017

New York, NY – 7/28/2017

Red Bank, NJ – 7/29/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – 8/3/2017

Dallas, TX – 8/3/2017

Yonkers, NY – 7/29/2017

Berkeley, CA – 8/4/2017

Chico, CA – 8/6/2017

Houston, TX – 8/7/2017

Seattle, WA – 8/9/2017

San Jose, CA – 8/10/2017

Salt Lake City, UT – 8/10/2017

Sebastopol, CA – 8/11/2017

Denver, CO – 8/11/2017

Kansas City, MO – 8/12/2017

Cedar Falls, IA – 8/16/2017

Cedar Rapids, IA – 8/16/2017

Iowa City, IA – 8/16/2017

Elk River, MN – 8/16/2017

Oakdale, MN – 8/16/2017

Rochester, MN – 8/16/2017

Nashville, TN – 9/4/2017

Shakopee, MN – 8/16/2017

Waite Park, MN – 8/16/2017

Cape Girardeau, MO – 8/16/2017

Des Peres, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Charles, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Louis, MO – 8/16/2017

Austin, TX—9/10/2017

Bellevue, NE – 8/16/2017

Lincoln, NE – 8/16/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/16/2017

Columbus, OH – 8/16/2017

Pickerington, OG – 8/16/2017

Appleton, WI – 8/16/2017

Ashwaubenon, WI – 8/16/2017

Madison, WI – 8/16/2017

Menomonee Falls, WI – 8/16/2017

Oak Creek, WI – 8/16/2017

Huntington, NY – 7/29/2017

Chattanooga, TN – 8/18/2017

Indianapolis, IN – 8/19/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/20/17

Maitland, FL – 8/21/2017

Cincinnatti, OH – 8/23/24

Addison, IL – 8/30/2017

Bloomington, IL – 8/30/2017

Country Club Hills, IL – 8/30/2017

Gurnee, IL – 8/30/2017

Orland Park, IL – 8/30/2017

Philadelphia, PA – 8/302017

Chapel Hill, NC – 8/31/2017

Buffalo, NY – 8/31/2017

Coconut Creek, FL – 9/2/2017

Avondale, AZ – 9/7/2017

Mesa, AZ – 9/7/2017

Tempe, AZ – 9/7/2017

Moreno Valley, CA – 9/7/2017

Redlands, CA – 9/7/2017

Denver, CO – 9/7/2017

New Orleans, LA – 9/8/2017

Tampa, FL – 9/13/2017

Phoenix, AZ – 9/14/2017

San Antonio, TX – 9/14/2017

Winchester, VA – 9/16/2017

Los Angeles, CA – 9/18/2017

San Diego, CA – 9/18/2017

For more information on the film please visit: https://eastbaypunk.com/

About Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day’s follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band’s rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot.  Green Day’s 12th studio albumRevolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The band is currently on their Revolution Radio World Tour. www.greenday.com

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners.  An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog,Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017.  For more information visitwww.abramorama.com

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Concert Review: Punk Rock Bowling Invades Asbury Park, Takes No Prisoners!

Concert Review: Punk Rock Bowling Invades Asbury Park, Takes No Prisoners!

“This music ain’t your fuckin’ industry!”, screams Fat Mike of NOFX as they close out the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. The lyrics to “It’s My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite” ring throughout the crowd as bodies bounce off of one another. Their set is only about halfway finished but it was at this exact moment that I realized how great of a weekend it had been. Despite a few minor setbacks, the weekend went exactly as planned, and it was filled with good tunes and great people.

More punk than you can shake a stick at!

The Punk Rock Bowling and Music festival began in 1999. The festival was put together by the Stern brothers from LA punk band Youth Brigade. It’s a three day music festival and bowling tournament that encompasses all things “punk rock”. Along with the main festivities there are pool parties, poker tournaments, afterhours club shows, and more. All of this takes place within walking distance of one another. If that isn’t enough, in more recent years the festival has toured and takes place in three different locations: Las Vegas, Denver, and Asbury Park; each location with their own unique lineup. I had the honor and privilege of checking out the Asbury Park show. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Bowling Tournament but from those I spoke to at the festival, it was an unforgettable time. I will definitely have to remedy this next year! As for now, join me as I walk through my time at the Asbury Park Stone Pony Summerstage for Punk Rock Bowling (Jersey Edition)!

DAY 1

My fiancée and I arrive in Asbury Park around 10:30 AM, doors aren’t until 2 but we wanted to explore a bit as it was our first time in the area. I must say, if you’ve never been it’s definitely worth the trip. The boardwalk is full of unique shops, bars, and even a small waterpark for the kids. What did trip me out is that it costs $8 to go onto the beach. You have to pay to go onto the beach? Growing up near multiple beaches in Maryland and Delaware I just wasn’t used to this situation. That being said, if you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Now, onto the show!

While the doors supposedly opened at 2 there was a line full of guest list folks (myself included) that were being refused entry. Nobody showed up to check us in until 2:30, at this point the first band, The Vansaders, have already started (SORRY GUYS!). Everyone with a photo pass is getting checked in, however, all of our “plus ones” are being told to wait. Long story short, we didn’t get into the venue until about 3:20.

By the time we were let into the venue we were well into band number 2, The Ravagers, set. These Baltimore natives serve up a brand of tunes that I can only describe as “the Misfits if they kept making phenomenal punk rock and loved Troma films”. I believe I saw the guys describe it as “cemetery punk” at one point and I fuckin’ love it! This was my first time hearing them but I can’t wait to see where they go from here. They have two albums out right now that are available here: https://ravagers.bandcamp.com/ . Being involved with the horror community like I am and can see that there is a definite audience for these guys. I pray that they reach that audience soon because I can’t wait to see what the future holds. If you’re in the Baltimore area, they have a show at the Metro Gallery on September 16th.

Here was my most anticipated moment of the trip, finally getting a chance to see Crazy & The Brains live. If you haven’t heard these guys, go and seek them out now! Their catchy punk with a xylophone, which they’ve deemed as “Party Punk” is extremely addicting and you’ll be forever changed when you put them on. Vocalist, Chris Urban has an energy that is indescribable. This isn’t the angry punk band out to prove a point, this is an upbeat, dare I say, happy punk band ready to party and dance their assess off. They want to have a good time and they want you to have a good time. Support these guys and you won’t regret it! I got a chance to talk to both Urban and ,xylophone player Jeffrey Rubin after their set. It was loud so I didn’t get a chance to chat for long but they were the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. They love the scene and love the vibes they’re bringing into it. Hoping they play some more shows locally because driving out to see the Jersey natives is gonna cost a lot of gas money…but totally worth it. Check these guys out!

The next band up was New York’s own, The Templars. Honestly, I know very little about the Templars except that they are a Long Island “Oi!” band that is beloved by the community. I will say, I got introduced to them real quick! For the untrained ear, The Templars sound like they’re right out of the British Punk scene. First sound that came to mind, and it’s been noted by many others, is Cock Sparrer. It may have been my first time seeing them but it definitely won’t be my last.

Next up on the bill was PUP, a Toronto based “punk” band. I’m going to be upfront and honest, PUP was not my thing. Going into the show I grouped PUP into the hipster pseudopunk acts that surround the Vans Warped Tour stages in modern day. After the show…they definitely gained my respect. While the tunes may not be my thing, I respect their ability to put on a kickass show and lead the crowd in one of the largest singalongs of the day. Let’s be honest, me not leaving as a fan is not effecting this bands humongous fan base. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll put on a PUP record and smack myself in the face for being so dumb. Hey…I may just be being stubborn. You’d never know if I was listening to “The Dream is Over”, an incredible album by the band, right this very moment. You’ll never know!

The award for “band that got me to stash my camera and hop in the pit” goes to The Explosion. Holy hell did these guys bring back memories. I remember jamming out to “Black Tape”, the band’s second full length, in the backseat of my parent’s car while on the way to the beach. So you know damn well that as soon as “Here I Am” kicked on my ass was in the crowd! Originally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, I credit these guys for being part of the “punk boom” in the late 90’s/early 00’s. At the time, due to the popularity of bands like Green Day and Blink, record companies were scooping up as many punk bands as they could find. Sadly the band broke up in 2007 but have been performing various reunion shows in recent years. Hopefully the love they received at this show will kick start them into making some new tunes!

Now here’s a band I haven’t heard from in awhile, Dillinger Four. It’s tough to discuss Dillinger Four because D4 doesn’t even care about D4. I mean that in the best way possible. These four gentlemen, from Minnesota, haven’t put out an album in almost a decade and turn down countless tours and festivals. It’s actually a miraculous thing that they performed…but damn was I psyched! These are four regular dudes, with regular day jobs, hopping on stage and playing phenomenal tunes that influenced an entire generation of punk kids. D4 never ceases to amaze me live, even if we’ve all given up hope for a new album.

Now, if you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would be seeing legendary funk/soul artist Charles Bradley in Asbury Park at a punk festival I would’ve laughed you out of the building, but damn was it pulled off with excellent execution. The best set of the entire weekend goes to Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. This was not just a concert, but an experience. Throughout the entire set you could feel each and every emotion shared on stage. The pain Bradley feels inside and the joy felt when it was discovered he was cancer free, this was a night to be remembered. Charles Bradley is a legend, there’s nothing else to say. When you’re finished reading this, go find out where he’ll be next and go there. Immediately.

Closing out Day 1 was legendary ska band, The Specials. Listen, it’ll get boring going through 4 decades of phenomenal ska music, so I’m going to let you do your own research when it comes to The Specials. Just know, that you’ve heard them before and they’re fantastic! Even if you don’t think you’ve heard them before, you have. If you have any interest in current forms of ska, and the many offshoots, then you have The Specials to thank as they were a part of the “original” 2 tone, ska revival. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of The Specials and ska in general, but this was probably my biggest disappointment of the weekend. The band was on point. Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, two of the three original members, were killing it on stage; putting on a great show. Then there’s Terry Hall. I know Hall is a legend and has his own share of personal demons, but my integrity requires me to be honest with you all. He really seemed disinterested in being there, barely looking up from the microphone. As someone who works in a classroom I understand that you have no idea what is happening in someone else’s life at that point. He could’ve just been having an off day, but it was definitely noticeable on stage. That being said, as much as I love the song, I might get annoyed playing “Ghost Town” over a million times as well.

Day 1 had a few setbacks, especially in the beginning with the delays in getting in. My only hope was that these issues would be remedied for the following day and all would be well.

DAY 2

My prayers were answered and we were let into the venue by 2:15. This gave us enough time to set up shop, grab some food, and prepare for our second long day of tunes that I love and my fiancée doesn’t (teeheehee).

The day started off with a bang, figuratively and literally. The first band up was Asbury Park’s own Hot Blood. Apparently, a week or so before the show, they’re lead singer fell off of a roof. Whether or not he’s a roofer, I don’t know. That being said, the guys pulled through and put on a hell of a show. Friend, Devin Walby covered vocals for the set. Hot Blood was definitely one of the heavier bands to play the weekend; almost breaking into “core” ground. This definitely started the day off right!

Next up was a band I’m not extremely familiar with, Bigwig. Bigwig, hailing from New Jersey, has been involved with the scene since 1995. Their brand of hardcore punk mixes melodic riffs with politics in a hard hitting show that needs to be seen. Vocalist, and last original member, Tom Petta led the band through their numerous hits throughout their decade worth of discography. While the band hasn’t released an album since 2006 they’ve toured nonstop in recent years. They’re playing multiple festival shows this summer and fall including notable punk festival, FEST 16. Be sure to check these guys out when you get a chance, they won me over instantly.

The third band up on stage for Day 2 was Philadelphia’s Posers. Whew, what can I say about these guys? Fast paced, in your face, lively punk rock straight out of the east coast. Led by front woman, Jade Anna, Posers has the ability to grab the attention of even the most distracted concert goer. All eyes were on the stage as the band tore through a plethora of angry, yet melodic tunes. If stage presence means anything, and it does in this scene, then these guys win out for the day. You could feel the raw emotion as it filled the festival grounds. They weren’t afraid to put it in your face either. Case in point being when Jade comes down from the stage to let out every bit she had on the audience. Eventually “collapsing” from emotional exhaustion. These guys put on a hell of a show and I can’t wait to see them again. Cannot recommend their tunes enough!

Oh what’s that I hear? Is that the sound of a horn section?! Aww yeah! The next band up on the bill is The New Darkbuster. Don’t be mistaken, this is still the Lenny Lashley led “Darkbuster” but around the summer of 2015 the group returned with a retooled lineup and, dare I say, a tighter live show. I’m all for “damn the man” political punk rock but I’m a sucker for feel good, party punk, and you’ve won me over even more with the inclusion of a bit of ska/ska punk. From reading that you can see that I’ve always been a fan of Darkbuster and this new lineup is just as incredible. Lashley hasn’t lost a step, and how could he with his inclusion in the Mike McColgan led “Street Dogs”. The only thing I can say after their performance is…let’s get a new album boys!

The horn section remains as we move into our next act, DC’s legendary ska band, The Pietasters. Now, if you happened to read my Reel Big Fish “Turn the Radio Off” album show review then you would know that I am a huge fan of these guys; I was one of the many in the crowd. While The Pietasters may have been the least “punk” act on the bill they were sure to rock the house. Now, when you go to a Pietasters show you know what you’re getting: groovy horns, Stephen Jackson’s sweet, sultry vocals, and songs about love, dancing, and…BEER! There’s honestly not much to be said about the Pietasters because their show speaks for itself. If these guys are in your area, and they play the east coast quite a bit, get your ass out there and see them!

How do you follow The Pietasters? Well, with Leftover Crack of course! If you’ve never listened to Leftover Crack then you need to reevaluate your life. While the controversial lyrics may not be your style, the music is most definitely enticing. I’ve never heard a band perfectly blend ska, punk, and death/black metal so seamlessly. Assisted by Kate Coysh, vocalist Scott Sturgeon (Stza) cackles his way through the bands extensive library of political driven anthems. I use cackling in the best way possible, they destroyed! I considered myself a casual listener of LoC but after seeing them I completely changed that. The Explosion put me in the pit on Day 1, and LoC put me in the pit on Day 2. “Nazi White Trash”, my personal favorite, had me skanking my way round the pit, hitting everyone in sight. Friendly hitting, of course. Leftover Crack isn’t for everyone, but everyone needs to experience their sounds at least once. Do it!

And now, the return of “Jersey’s Best Dancers”, Lifetime. Listen, Lifetime’s third album became the soundtrack of my life in the early 2000’s and you can imagine my excitement when I found that the Jersey boys would be playing PRB. Might I say that they did not disappoint. This was probably the most lively I had seen the crowd to this point. The band kicked off with the intro track to the aforementioned album, “Turnpike Gates”, and we were off to the races. This was most definitely the highlight of everyone’s weekend. As of right now there is no sign of a new Lifetime album but we can only dream, right?

The next band up was honestly the surprise of the weekend. While Charles Bradley was a strange booking decision turned masterpiece, the Buzzcocks had a very large influence on many of the bands on stage. That being said, I wasn’t quite sure of the response they would receive from the crowd. While this may seem a bit judgmental, the crowd seemed a bit too “hardcore” to appreciate one of the many originators of the genre. The Buzzcocks have been kicking ass in the British punk rock scene since 1976. With 9 albums under their belt, the latest coming in 2014, these guys haven’t skipped a beat. I felt as if I was taken back to the 70’s punk era as Pete Shelley led the crowd through four decades of punk greatness. That’s just what this was, a fantastic show put on by punk royalty. So much so that the legends went overtime, causing our headliners to come out late.

NOFX came onto the stage about 15 minutes after their set was to begin. Now, being a youngin’, this is the band that got me into punk rock. If it wasn’t for NOFX I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. Not sure if that’s saying much, but I digress. As soon as the band came out, to the “Time Warp” I might add, I knew we were in for a night of glorious debauchery. I wouldn’t have chosen a better three songs to be front and center for either. The band launched into “72 Hookers”, their commentary on suicidal bombers. Then they go right into “Murder the Government”, a song they would dedicate to our current political system. Finally, I finished my picture taken while the group launched into “Six Years on Dope”, the intro track for their newest album. Overall the set was fantastic, but it was cut almost 15 minutes short. I understand that they weren’t able to come on until late but to cut the set of the headliner was ridiculous. After viewing the setlist, about 4 songs were cut in total, including fan favorite “Separate the Church and Skate”. They put on a great show, but it was a bit disappointing to see the moment that we were all waiting for, abruptly end. There wasn’t an encore or anything. The band ended and presumably left the area. I don’t blame them, they’ve been doing this enough years to do that but it was a bit disheartening.

Despite a few setbacks on Day 1, and a shortened headlining set, this weekend was a fantastic time. I would definitely recommend the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival to all lovers of punk rock music and the culture in general. Next year I hope to generate a team early enough to join in on the bowling tournament. Not only am I a lover of music, but I’m also a pretty decent bowler. Hopefully the festival continues with three separate dates next year as the east coast has very little in terms of “punk rock music”. I’ll definitely make my way to the shows for years to come.

For more information, visit  www.punkrockbowling.com and follow PRB on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Club Shows Have Been Announced

Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Club Shows Have Been Announced

More punk than you can shake a stick at!

Punk Rock Bowling, Asbury Edition, is coming up fast! The three-day festival kicks off on June 9th and runs through the 11th. Along with the main festival lineup, there will be multiple club shows taking place after hours on June 9th and 10th.  Please note that the tickets to the club shows are sold separately but tickets to all events can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/punk-rock-bowling-music-festival-nj-tickets-32107295786#tickets

PRB 2017 Festival lineup features: The Specials, Nofx, Buzzcocks, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Dillinger Four, Lifetime, Leftover Crack, The Explosion, PUP, The Pietasters, The Templars, The New Darkbuster, Crazy & The Brains, Posers, Bigwig, Ravagers, Hot Blood, The Vansaders

Late night club shows on June 9 and 10 will take place after the festival with Uk’s Conflict, The Dwarves, Stigma, Wyldelife, Sick Of It All, Street Dogs, Italy’s Giuda, Chuck Ragan, JJ Talcum and Jared Hart

For more information, visit  www.punkrockbowling.com, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news!

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Misfits (note: the legendary punk band’s first gig took place on April 18, 1977 at CBGB in NYC), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils the latest edition to its permanent collection of historic punk artifacts…

Misfits founding member Jerry Only’s custom Devastator Bass and custom spiked leather vest—both designed by Only personally, and used at both of the Original Misfits Reunion Shows in 2016—now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland!

Jerry’s artifacts are specifically displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Blank Generation: New York/London/Los Angeles case in their Cities and Sounds exhibit. This exhibit focuses on the music scenes in various cities (Detroit/Motown, Memphis/Sun Records, etc.). The Blank Generation covers the birth and enduring legacy of punk and new wave.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says: “The Misfits have long been a favorite here at the Rock Hall among both visitors and staff. We are thrilled to add these unbelievably kickass and iconic items to our permanent collection, and are so grateful to Misfits’ founding member and bassist Jerry Only for his generosity in sharing the legacy of his genre-defining career. These artifacts will help us continue to engage, teach and inspire our visitors through the power of rock & roll.”

Jerry Only speaks about the inclusion of his vest and bass in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Fame was not my intent. It was always the creation of something so unique that others would remain in awe of its design. I am proud to walk among icons who felt the same way. We changed the world!!! I am honored to have my Excalibur…’The Devastator’ and my ‘Fiend Battle Armor’ on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… May we one day grace its halls and exhibit a full arsenal of our weapons of mass destruction. Search -n- Destroy!”

This particular Misfits Devastator bass is very rare and unique for a variety of reasons. Not only was it used at both of the historic Original Misfits Reunion shows that took place at Riot Fest on September 4th 2016 in Denver, and September 18, 2016 in Chicago, but this particular Devastator also marks the first model ever made from authentic Louisville Slugger wood—as used in their world famous line of iconic baseball bats.

“I’m also very proud that this is the first Devastator bass made from Louisville Slugger wood, which is an American institution,” says Jerry Only. “For every home run in major league baseball hit with a Louisville Slugger bat, I don’t think any one ever hit a home run bigger than I did in Denver and Chicago with this bass. It may be the concert of the millennium. The reaction from our devoted fans, the fiends, was unparalleled and their blood lust is for more…”

More info on the Hall of Fame display:
To the upper right of Jerry’s Devastator Bass is Dee Dee Ramone’s 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and to the lower right of Jerry’s Devastator is Johnny Ramone’s main guitar used from 1977-1996. Johnny himself wrote those dates on the back of the guitar upon retiring in 1996.  The black leather jacket above Johnny’s guitar is Joey Ramone’s, circa 1988. To the left of Jerry’s artifacts you can see a red Tama drumhead used by Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, c. 1988, as well as the very first Talking Heads T-shirt, worn by Tina Weymouth in 1975. The Hall of Fame’s collection also includes original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone on loan.

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