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Pouzza Fest: Direct HIt, The Old Wives, Fire In The Radio

Nick Woods, Dix, The Whole Band


By on May 5th, 2017 at

 

 

On May 19th, dirty punks will make their annual pilgrimage to downtown Montreal for the 7th annual Pouzza Fest. Three days of fatty foods, cheap beers, friends, adventures and music spread across numerous venues – the festival is not to be missed.

Last week we caught up with The Real McKenzies and Worst Days Down to discuss the upcoming festivities and we continue our coverage for the festival by chatting with three more bands playing this year.

Read on below to hear what Direct Hit, The Old Wives and Fire In The Radio have to say about Pouzza Fest.

And don’t forget to pick up tickets to the festival here.

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Pouzza Fest 7: Real McKenzies and Worst Days Down

Paul McKenzie and Ben Sir

Pouzza Fest
By on April 26, 2017 at Email

 

 

For the seventh year in a row, downtown Montreal is preparing to be overtaken by punks from all over the world as Pouzza Fest rolls into town. With over 150 bands from Lagwagon and The Flatliners  to The Bombpops, Iron Chic, and The Homeless Gospel Choir alongside Rvivr and Red City Radio – there’s a little bit of something for everyone there.

Leading up to the festivities on May 19th, we will be releasing a series of interviews with bands playing the festival. Each band will be tackling ten questions about the festival, giving advice to new attendees, retelling their favourite stories and generally just getting excited for the three day extravaganza!!

We kick off the series featuring interviews with Paul McKenzie of The Real McKenzies and Ben Sir of Worst Days Down.

Without further ado, we bass the baton over to Paul McKenzie to lead the way.

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Worst Days Down

Worst Days Down

Ben Sir

Gunner Records
By on April 7, 2017 at Email

 

 

Worst Days Down are no stranger to the road.  The band, which features current and former members of The Old Sins, Audio Rocketry, Fire Next Time and many more, has cut their chops touring across the cold winter backdrop of Western Canada.

Now, just as their sophomore album, Elsewhere, became available – the band took their live show further abroad and joined label mates and fellow Edmontonians Owl By Nature for a European tour to support the album.

We caught up with founding member Ben Sir to ask about the tour, the ever growing Edmonton punk scene and, of course, his obsession with manatees.  Read More…

Hard Core Logo

Hard Core Logo

Al Nolan


By on March 9th, 2017 at A Random Taco Bell in Toronto

 

 

En route to a Taco Bell minutes from a rehearsal space in Toronto, Al Nolan describes the hecticness and chaos that has only recently become his life. A month ago the 47 year old punk rocker landed a gig playing the notorious Joe Dick in a theatre production of Hard Core Logo.

“It’s like being on tour. I’m eating like shit. Destroying myself to live, it’s awesome,” he laughed. “I’m loving every second of it though.”

After ordering himself a “slayer,” a seven-layer burrito, Nolan took time out of his busy schedule to explain how he landed himself in this incredible opportunity.

“Honestly I can’t even believe I’m talking to you about this,” Nolan began. “I was sitting around at home trying to figure out where I was going to get my next meal, figuring out where I was going to get my next bag of weed and now I’m here working, recreating this role that I have supposedly been method acting for about twenty five years.”

Adapted from the Canadian film based on the novel of the same name, the plot follows the Hard Core Logo band on their last epic tour in the name of a good deed – fundraising for the legendary Bucky Haight.

Hard Core Logo DVDDespite the production set to open March 9, Nolan hastily accepted the lead role in a handoff from musician Ben Rispin, who had to back out to be involved with a film commitment. Nolan was a shoe-in according to Rispin, with director Ron Jenkins and the rest of the performers wanting him to do it.

“So I was like fuck ok, I’ll give it a shot,” he said.

Nolan is well known in the Canadian punk scene for being the lead singer of alternative legends An Almighty Trigger Happy. Originally playing under the name “Trigger Happy” the group started making waves in the scene in the early 90s. He was a theatre nerd as a teen, he explained, but hasn’t been exercising his acting skills. In order to learn the lines rapidly, Nolan watches the movie twice before bed, reads the comic book, reads his script, and was working his way through the novel by Michael Turner, who also wrote lyrics to new songs written by Joey Shithead of D.O.A..

“I go to sleep saying the lines and I wake up singing the songs,” said Nolan. In between rehearsing almost twelve hours a day, he’s jamming with An Almighty Trigger Happy.

“It’s kind of like doing eight shows in one day” he explained, his voice gritty and hoarse from practise.

Nolan says the other performers have been incredibly patient and kind since he’s started. After throwing a tantrum brought on by stress and a mic stand that wouldn’t stay in place, the punk rocker-turned-actor had a funny revelation after his apology. The other actors reminded him they’re acting – but he’s a punk rocker.

“Which is really kind of funny hearing someone say that, because where I am from is well even if you act like a punk rocker you could be considered a loser, or if you act like a rock star you can still be a loser as well.”

After spending a few weeks living and breathing Hard Core Logo, Nolan has begun to question whether art imitates life, or life imitates art.

“I’ve had to pull myself away sometimes just because things got a little too familiar and it kind of freaked me out a bit, but it was kind of cool though,” he said.

Eventually in the play it’s revealed Joe Dick put together the Hard Core Logo tour under false pretenses for one last shot at glory.

“As dumb as this sounds, it’s a story about a family. It’s a story about people’s purpose being either taken away, or false purposes, or hiding behind certain things that they thought would protect them for the longest time. It’s about getting passed on things, it’s about outgrowing people. Which I find kind of interesting. I can’t help but apply my own situation to it.”

It’s not exactly An Almighty Trigger Happy‘s story, but Joe Dick’s character has become too close for comfort at times for Nolan.

“We had gotten back together a few times,” Nolan said of Trigger Happy. “But some people’s habits got in the way, mine included, other people’s included. We never got to successfully get the right kick at the can that we wanted.”

Following a hiatus in 1999, the band has taken stabs at getting back together throughout the millennium. However the passing of guitar player Mark Gibson in 2013 when there had been talk of getting back together again made things more complex for the band. Since performing again, Almighty Trigger Happy has done so in Gibson’s honour.

“I’ve done some real super soul-searching with regards to this role and then going through the play myself,” said Nolan. “Sometimes I end up drifting off and being reminded of how much of a dick I’ve been and how much of a dick someone else has been and how you could have resolved it instead of just being so – you’re just young and you’re kids and you’re in an explosive kind of music that really doesn’t allow compromise or discussion – it’s fuck you or fuck off – and there’s no compromise about it.”

Described as “half play- half punk show,” the blood, sweat and tears of Nolan and the rest of the theatre group promises a unique experience.

Previously performed in Vancouver and Edmonton by other actors, Nolan mentioned that perhaps if it’s that good of a run, there might be a chance to take Hard Core Logo Live on the road. For now audiences only have until March 26 to catch a new way to experience this cult favourite at The Cave above Lee’s Palace.

   
Nothington

Nothington

Jay Northington, Chris Matulich

Red Scare Industries
By on February 22, 2017 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Nothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.


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MUTE

Jean-Philippe Lamonde

Bird Attack Records
By on November 7th, 2016 at JH Sojo, Kesse-Lo (Leuven, Belgium)

 

 

With Remember Death, MUTE released one of the most anticipated skate punk records of the year. Lead single Fill The Void quickly became a fan favourite and it wouldn’t surprise us if the album reached a few end of year lists come December. Just like you’ve come to expect from the Québec four piece, Remember Death is a fast record with melodic songs that are packed with guitar solos. During MUTE’s European tour, we had the chance to sit down with lead singer and bassist Jean-Philippe Lamonde and talk about the band’s first release in 5 years.


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Useless ID

Useless ID

Ishay Berger

Fat Wreck Chords
By on November 4th, 2016 at Email

 

 

After over twenty years together, Useless ID are no stranger to the road. Hailing all the way from Haifa, Israel, the band has grown to become one of the most successful Middle Eastern punk bands ever. They never let that success get to their head though and instead stay focused on delivering solid music that actually means something to them. They carried on their tradition with State of Burning – the band’s eighth studio album that came out this past July.

Wanting to waste no time promoting it, the band instantly jumped back on the road and soon saw themselves playing through Canada with labelmates Pears and NOFX. We emailed them just before to learn more about the album, the tour, and their musical ideologies.  Read More…

   
Normandie

Normandie

InVogue Records
By on August 5th, 2016 at Nuneaton, UK

 

 

Since making the change from metalcore to alternative-rock in 2015, Swedish four-piece Normandie have been enjoying a wealth of new experiences. Back in March this year the band released Inguz, their first full-length album with their new sound and recently, in support of the album, the band landed in the UK to play their first ever headlining tour on the island. We had a chat with the band at their show in Nuneaton to find out more about their change in style, the reaction to the new record and the band’s future plans.

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Trophy Lungs

Trophy Lungs

Kelly, Kevin, David and Brendan

Bearded Punk Records
By on August 16th, 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Trophy Lungs, a Boston based pop punk act, released one of the most exciting debut albums of 2015. The band sadly played their final show last week. We didn’t know this at the time of the interview during Brakrock Ecofest in Belgium, so we’ll publish our talk with the band as our way to give these Boston punk rockers the goodbye they deserve.
 

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Public Animal

Public Animal

Ian Blurton

Yeah Right! Records
By on Oct. 16, 2016 at E-Mail

 

 

Toronto rockers, Public Animal are releasing their sophomore album, Palace Arms on October 28th. We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Ian Blurton via email to find out what to expect from the new album.

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The Proletariat

Richard Brown / Peter Bevilacqua / Don Sanders

SS Records
By on 4th October 2016 at E-mail

 

 

 

proletariat-tour-16-riAfter more than three decades in the wilderness, the legendary Boston punk band The Proletariat have finally reunited. Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight will be joined by guitarist Don Sanders (from the Idle Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows later this year. The reunion coincides with the reissue of the bands debut album from 1983, Soma HolidayThe Proletariat also appeared on the legendary, and highly influential, compilation This is Boston Not LA in 1982 and released their second and final album, Indifference, in 1985. They will be playing a handful of shows towards the end of the year and they are planning further shows and festival appearances in 2017. Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Don Sanders took some time out from the preparations for their upcoming reunion shows to talk to The Punk Site Read More…

Apologies, I Have None

Apologies, I Have None

Josh Mckenzie

Uncle M Music
By on September 21st, 2016 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 
London’s Apologies I Have None have just released their highly anticipated and already acclaimed sophomore record Pharmacie. Josh Mckenzie, songwriter and only remaining founding member took the time for a chat as the band was about to kick off their European tour in Antwerp, Belgium. We talked about London references on Pharmacie, the secrets to the Apologies, I Have None wall of sound and expectations from the new album.

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SikTh

SikTh


By on 31st July, 2016 at Y Not Festival, Derbyshire, UK

 

 

SikTh released their iconic debut album The Trees are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild in 2003 to an audience that wasn’t quite ready for what it heard. Combining mesmerisingly complex and technical musicianship with a double whammy of vocal powerhouses, SikTh helped contribute to the birth of a tech-metal uprising in the UK alternative scene. The band’s second album Death of a Dead Day was equally impressive, turning up the heaviness while maintaining the complex arrangements, but it wasn’t enough to hold the six-piece together and in 2007, SikTh pressed pause on the band.

In 2014, the band reunited to play a show at the UK’s Download Festival and having rekindled the creative flame, soon announced a reunion, followed by the released of new EP Opacities – the band’s first piece of new music since 2006. Prior to the band’s headlining slot at Y Not Festival, we caught up with vocalist Mikee Goodman, bass player James Leach and drummer Dan Fjoord to discuss the circumstances leading up to the reunion and the future of the band.

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Antillectual

Antillectual

Willem Heijmans, Riekus van Montfort, Toon van Kouteren

Bird Attack Records, Redfield Records, Fusa Records, Waterslide Records
By on August 16th, 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Antillectual are one of the torchbearer bands for political punk in Europe. Their most recent effort Engage! is only a couple of weeks old, and is their sixth album already. One of the good things about Engage! is that it’s packed with fresh ideas and songs about hot issues, thus avoiding a pitfall of the genre: hitting the same nail over and over again. We had a talk with the Dutch punk rockers on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Brakrock ecofest. There really couldn’t have been a more fitting moment for a chat about Engage! and the songs on it, about European politics and about taking the stage at Punk Rock Holiday for a second time.

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Rusty

Rusty

Scott McCullough


By on Sept. 9, 2016 at Email

 

 

Toronto’s famed Bovine Sex Club is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year and all year long they’re doing the Bovine’s 25th Anniversary Series. September 16th will see them host the legendary Rusty as they prepare for a new album this year. Joining them will be An Almighty Trigger Happy, Pink Wine, Blackdog Ballroom and Killer Virgins. Tickets are $15 at the door, 19+ to get in. 

We caught up with guitarist Scott McCullough to see what he remembers most about Canada’s most infamous underground punk venue. Read More…

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Louise Distras

Louise Distras

DIY - Self Released
By on 11th September 2016 at via e-mail

 

 
 
It is little surprise that Louise Distras is already garnering comparisons to charged songstresses Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, but this British indie songstress is already a woman in a league of her own. Taking inspiration from Nirvana, Queen and The Beatles, Louise Distras channelled her anger, hopes and fears into anthems of love and fury for yet another let down generation with the release of her critically acclaimed debut Dreams from the Factory Floor. Louise agreed to talk to The Punk Site ahead of the release of her new single, Aileen, which is due for release on the 30 September 2016

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Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls

Lucinda Livingstone & Conor Dawson

Wiretap Records & Bearded Punk Records
By on August, 16th 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Kamikaze Girls is a UK based two piece who play a unique blend of punk with ingredients from all kinds of genres. The songs often have poppy choruses but they’re emotional, raw and noisy in their own way. The love singer/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone has for fuzzy noises and guitar pedals is no stranger to this sound. Their debut EP Sad is one to watch out for and will be released through Wiretap Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (Europe) in September. Thematically it tackles issues of mental health the band has struggled with in the past: “We wrote it when we weren’t having a very nice time and every time we play it we feel better about it” says Livingstone. We had a chat with Kamikaze Girls’ Lucinda Livingstone and Conor Dawson about their upcoming release, Riot Grrrl and how it was like to play the Fest for the first time.

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Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44 & UK Subs

Beki And Steve Straughan

Angelic Upstarts, Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44, UK Subs, Holy Racket, Symbient, The Last Gang
By on July 2016 at e-mail

 

 

 

Beki and Stephen Straughan are possibly the hardest working couple in punk rock at the moment, Beki is active in Chaos 8, Stephen, also known as Steve Racket, is active in Hi Fi Spitfires and the Angelic Upstarts, and has recently become the guitarist for the UK Subs, as if that wasn’t enough both of them are in Loaded 44. I managed to catch them in a rare quiet moment to get an insight into what the future has in store for us from this industrious couple.

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Medictation

Medictation

Hugo Mudie

Paper + Plastick Records
By on July 14th 2016 at Phone

 

 

Super group Medictation are going on their first ever tour this summer across Ontario and Quebec. We caught up with lead singer, Hugo to talk touring rituals and why we wants to play baseball with you.

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Mean Jeans

Mean Jeans

Billy Jeans

Fat Wreck Chords
By on June 17, 2016 at Email

 

 

 The Mean Jeans are no strangers to partying. In fact, the Portland three piece never stop and now with Tight New Dimension hitting the airwaves – I doubt they ever will.

We caught up with guitarist and vocalist Billy Jeans to discuss their unique way of approacing Fat Wreck Chords, the new album and the importance of having fun. Read More…

   
Alex Martel - Amnesia Rockfest

Amnesia Rockfest

Alex Martel


By on April 23, 2016 at Phone

 

 

Eleven years ago, Alex Martel wanted more bands to come through his small town of 900 people in Northern Quebec. What started with a handful of bands and five hundred attendees, has grown into one of the biggest rock festivals in the world.

From June 23rd to 26th this year, Montebello, Quebec will once again be hosting the annual Amnesia Rockfest with the likes of Blink 182, The Used, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41, Billy Talent, Rise Against, Korn, Ice Cube, A Day To Remember,Twisted Sister, Lamb Of God and NOFX among countless others. 

We recently caught up with the ambitious founder, Alex Martel, to see how far the festival has come over the years. Read More…

Wasted Potential

Wasted Potential

Danny Kidd

Get Party!
By on May 3rd, 2016 at Email

 

 

London, Ontario’s Wasted Potential are playing Montreal’s 6th annual Pouzza Fest later this month. I talked to lead singer Danny Kidd (who is quickly becoming one of my favourite people) to talk about what the fest means to the band.

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Belvedere

Belvedere

Steve Rawles

BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE), No Reason, and Lockjaw Records (UK).
By on April 23, 2016 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

Belvedere were one of the biggest Canadian bands to come out of the 90’s skate punk scene. They toured extensively, not only across the country, but into far reaching international territories. They showed up on Warped Tour when it was largely based on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph skate punk bands, released four albums, built a strong following and then suddenly disappeared. After a quiet return to live shows a few years ago, including the large Groezrock festival in Belgium, the band is back with a new album and plenty of live dates to showcase their new songs and lineup. After a recent hometown show playing with Propagandhi, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Rawles about their triumphant return to the stage and studio.

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The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Adam, Luke and Brett

Red Scare Industries
By on March 18th, 2016 at Dordrecht, The Netherlands

 

 

After almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

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Medictation

Medictation

Graeme Philliskirk and Hugo Mudie

Paper + Plastick Records
By on Jan. 30th, 2016 at E-mail

 

 

 

Several years in the making, Medictation are a unique Trans-Atlantic project born from the ashes of Montreal’s The Sainte Catherines and Sunderland’s Leatherface. While both projects were laid to rest in 2012, the seeds of this musical combination began to sprout. Now, just over three years later, the fruits of that labour is finally available for general consumption through the fine folks at Paper + Plastick Records in the form of Warm Places.

We had a quick little conversation with Graeme Philliskirk and Hugo Mudie to discuss how this odd-ball collection of musicians formed Medictation.

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Reel Big Fish

Reel Big FIsh

Aaron Barrett

Rock Ridge Music
By on November 13th, 2015 at Het Depot - Leuven, Belgium

 

 

Reel Big Fish is one of those bands that appeal to large audiences, both within and outside of the punk rock community. They’re loved by die-hard fans, ska kids and punk rockers. Hell, you could play their songs in preschool and get the toddlers skanking.

The band got “mainstream big” with a few solid hits during the 90’s and early 00’s. That’s when I, and probably most of you reading this, got to know Reel Big Fish. These days the band releases their material independently, “Candy Coated Fury” (2012) being the last studio album to have come out.

So when I got the chance to sit down with Aaron Barrett, the face and only remaining founding member of the band, I finally got to ask him about being Sell Out‘s on MTV and about his favourite Beer. I even asked for some fashion advice.

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The Nils

The Nils

Carlos Soria


By on October 1st, 2015 at Phone

 

 

Formed in 1978, Montreal’s The Nils have been around the block a few times. They grew up in the punk scene, helped mold it, define it and become a staple in the Canadian punk history textbooks.

Despite their lengthy career, that doesn’t mean they’re anywhere close to slowing down. No, The Nils are still going strong. Touring, releasing new material and helping promote the punk rock ethos. Front man Carlos Soria gives us the lowdown on the band’s history, the evolution of the style that he loves and holds so dear to his heart and tells us exactly what the band has coming down the pipeline.

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Night Birds

Night Birds

Brian Gorsegner

Fat Wreck Chords
By on October 1st, 2015 at Phone

 

 

New Jersey’s Night Birds have been making a name for themselves over the last year with their Fat Wreck Chords debut album, Mutiny At Muscle Beach. Right now they’re in the middle of a tour with label mates Dillinger Four and they show absolutely no sign of slowing down.

We caught up with front man Brian Gorsegner earlier this month to learn how the tour is going, what his own personal escape is and what Night Birds have in the works over the next couple months.

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The Atom Age

The Atom Age

Asian Man Records
By on October 1st, 2015 at Email

 

 

Oakland’s surf-punk act The Atom Age are currently criss-crossing the States in support of their new Asian Man Records album, Hot Shame. We caught up with them while they had a few minutes of down time in Minneapolis to ask them a few questions over email about the album, the tour, and Star Wars versus Star Trek.

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Naked Raygun

Naked Raygun

Jeff Pezzati

Riot Fest Records
By on August 24, 2015 at Phone

 

 

Last week Long Beach, California was taken over by the first annual Hi Fi Rock Fest, a day of classic punk that will surely become a staple in the Festival circuit for years to come.

Just before the festival began, we caught up with one of the main attractions of the evening: Naked Raygun and discovered just what it is that keeps them going for thirty plus years.

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Good Riddance

Good Riddance

Russ Rankin

Fat Wreck Chords
By on September 18th, 2015 at Phone

 

 

Good Riddance released their long awaited album Peace In Our Time earlier this year. They’re now embarking on a North American tour. We caught up with lead singer, Russ Rankin, to see what the band had been up to since they stopped touring five years ago.

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