Authority Zero BTTN

Authority Zero

Broadcasting To The Nations

Bird Attack Records

Rating: 4.5/5




Ever since their formation back in 1994 Authority Zero have been consistently delivering their patented mix of punk rock, melodic hardcore and ska, and whilst that is still very much the case a few things have changed over the years, Jason DeVore is the only ever present member of the band and they have a new record label, their fifth to date. Authority Zero have now released their sixth studio album via the esteemed Bird Attack Records imprint, the album was released yesterday, 2nd June 2017, and is now available on splatter vinyl, CD and digital formats and it’s release will be followed by a full US tour with international tours, including Japan and Europe, to be announced later this year.

From the opening blasts of classic melodic hardcore, First One In The PitReconcilation and Destiny And Demise, you get a good feeling about Broadcasting To The Nations as these are a perfect trio of short sharp shocks to open proceedings, if Broadcasting To The Nations had carried on in this vein I wouldn’t have complained, but the title track brings an urgent ska influenced element to the album, and it’s followed by the mellower ska of Summer Sickness, something that punctuates and permeates the full tilt punk rock of Broadcasting To The Nations perfectly. The album somehow manages to shift up a gear at the half way mark, Bayside and Sevens are perfect slices of punk rock and Revolution Rock builds on this with a politically charged frantic blast of ska, every single track on Broadcasting To The Nations hits the spot and the album bows out on a high with the superb duo of tracks, One Way Track Kid and No Guts No Glory.

After more than twenty years I feel that Authority Zero have produced the best album to date, everything on the album is perfectly balanced, the decision to put Bill Stevenson, of Black Flag and Descendents fame, at the helm has doubtlessly contributed to this. To put it simply Broadcasting To The Nations is one of the best punk albums you’ll hear this year, the competing influences of melodic hardcore, punk rock and ska are perfectly mixed and balanced on this impressive album. I have always found that difficult and challenging times inspire the best punk rock, if that is the case then Broadcasting To The Nations is an album that is very much a product of it’s time.

You can order Broadcasting To The Nations via Bird Attack Records here

Descendents Announce Exclusive UK Headline Show

Descendents London June 17Descendents have announced their return to the UK with a new show scheduled for Sunday 4th June at the 02 Brixton Academy in London. The band played a series of shows in Latin America last December playing classics and new tracks from their latest album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, that was released last summer via Epitaph Records.

Hypercaffium Spazzinate can be purchased and streamed here

Tickets will be available from this Friday at 9am GMT here

The Dollyrots Release Descendents Cover

dollyrots-nwyAs if the pressures of recording a new album before Kelly Ogden gives birth to their second child wasn’t enough, The Dollyrots have found time to continue to release pay what you can downloads of new songs, in this case an acoustic cover of the Descendents classic Nothing With You.

You can still pledge to The Dollyrots, as yet untitled, sixth album, and in typical fashion for this band there is a stunning array of limited edition and once in a lifetime goodies and merch on offer

Nothing With You can be downloaded here and you can pledge to the new album here

Descendents Release ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ Today

Descendents BandLegendary Californian punks, Descendents celebrate the release of their much anticipated new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate today on Epitaph Records.

You can read review of Hypercaffium Spazzinate here

You can order Hypercaffium Spazzinate here

Descendents HS


Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Epitaph Records

Rating: 4.5/5




the Descendents are a legendary punk band, I probably don’t need to tell you that, without them we would probably be looking at a very different punk scene than the one we all know and love. Whether it’s the pop punk of Blink 182, or the harder edged sounds of the likes of NOFX, Pennywise and Face To Face, the Descendents have had a massive influence on the direction American punk has taken. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is the Descendents much anticipated new album, their first Epitaph Records release since Everything Sucks in 1996, and their first new material since 2004’s Cool To Be You. The Descendents trademark mixture of punk and hardcore has always been performed with a perfect pop sheen, and Hypercaffium Spazzinate is no exception

Hypercaffium Spazzinate veers smoothly between melodic hardcore, punk and pop tinged punk, and even occasionally into full blooded hardcore, without batting an eyelid. The opening duo of songs, Feel This and Victim Of Me, dispel any doubts you may have had about this album in the first three minutes, these two songs are exhuberant hardcore influenced blasts that carry their trademark melody. My personal favourites on this album are On Paper, Without Love and Shameless Halo but that’s not to do the rest of the album a disservice, there isn’t a single weak track amongst the sixteen cuts that populate Hypercaffium Spazzinate. All the Descendents hallmarks are present throughout the album, the harmony driven choruses, the ridiculously catchy songs, the mesmerising guitar hooks and the astute lyrical content, in fact everything you could possibly want from a new Descendents album.

This isn’t just a great comeback album, it’s a truly great Descendents album, this has without doubt been the most eagerly anticipated punk album of 2016 to date, and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. The Descendents have influenced the way punk developed, almost four decades later they’re still showing us the way things should be done. This is one of the best albums you’ll hear this year and will be amonst my personal highlights come the end of 2016, very few bands who have been around this long produce albums that are this good. The Descendents are on the road at the moment, including a rare UK appearance where they are headlining the opening night of the Rebellion Festival on the 4th August, if you are lucky enough to be going to Rebellion this year I would ensure you catch the Descendents set.

Pre-orders for Hypercaffium Spazzinate are available here

You can visit the Descendents website here

The Epitaph Records website is here

Details of Descendents New LP, Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Descendents HS

Descendents have finally announced the details of their much anticipated new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, which is set for release on July 29th via Epitaph Records, and a new song Victim of Me is available now. This is their first Epitaph release since Everything Sucks in 1996, and their first new material since 2004’s Cool To Be You. The Descendents will be returning to the Europe this summer for some festival appearances, including a prestigious headlining slot at the UK’s Rebellion Festival.

Pre-orders for Hypercaffium Spazzinate are available here:

Read More…

Punk Versions Of Classic Video Games Surface

PunktendoA talented person with too much time on their hands has created versions of classic NES games that contain popular punk icons. The games are playable on your browser and feature such titles as Super Mikey Erg! (Super Mario Bros.) and Milo Fu (the Descendents‘ icon goes Kung Fu). 

Other games currently available on the Brooklyn artist’s site Punktendo include NOFX‘s Fat Mike, The Misfits’ Glenn Danzig and the ever lovable criminals Masked Intruder. 

If you have time to waste, you can check the games out here. 

‘Filmage’ – Descendents/All Documentary Launches Pre Orders

FilmageFilmage, a new film that documents the 30 year career of punk/hardcore legends Descendents and All has launched pre orders, despite not yet having an official release date. Through a series of interviews with the band and peers, combined with a huge archive of live footage, the film attempts to tell the quite amazing story of these two bands and how the perseverance and passion of drummer Bill Stevenson has kept the fire burning through all those 30 years. 

The film was written and directed by Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour and can be pre ordered here

Punk Rock Bowling Announce First Wave Of Bands

punk rock bowlingThe legendary Punk Rock Bowling festival has announced it’s first wave of bands set to play between May 23rd and May 26th in Las Vegas. The festival, now in it’s 16th year, will see Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX headline alongside a number of other bands.

You can see the full list below.

The festival, which is made up of three nights of festivals, four nights of club shows and a two-day bowling tournament will be selling three-day festival and VIP passes from February 1st, single-day tickets from February 22nd and club show tickets from March 15th on their official website.

Read More…

Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL Screening Dates

filmageA handful of new screenings have been added for the recent Descedents/ALL documentary,  Filmage: The Story Of Descendents/ALL. The feature-length documentary, directed by Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour, has been doing the festival circuit lately.

Dates and the trailer are below.

Read More…


New Photos: Lucero, Make Do And Mend, Anberlin, Knucklhead and Riot Fest Toronto


After fixing a little bug in our media gallery, we’re back with a vengeance and have posted a ton of new photos for you to devour.

We’ll start out West in Denver, Colorado as Mike Fajardo captured an intimate Lucero acoustic show at Illegal Pete’s in April. You can check out those pictures here.

Heading up North, Chris Wedman has been busy up in Calgary, Alberta and recently snapped some photos of Anberlin, Make Do and Mend and Knucklehead with The Hockey Fight.

And finally we hit up the East Coast as our resident Toronto photographer got some images of Riot Fest Toronto last year featuring the likes of NOFX, Descendents, Andrew WK, Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake here.

Descendents - 'Merican



Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4.5/5




They formed over 25 years ago. They’ve had breaks spanning over half a decade. They are the pioneers of pop-punk. And, they are back! It’s been 8 years since we last saw a release (Everything Sucks) by these guys. But we can forget that all, because the bottom line is: The Descendents are back!!

The five song EP (4 listed songs plus a bonus track) is just a glimpse of what is to come from the band, as they plan to release a new full length album, Cool To Be You, later in the year. ‘Merican does not let us down in any way whatsoever. In fact, it remind us easily of what pop-punk should truly be! Quick, catchy songs, with vocals that get driven into your head but never being obnoxious. Of course, the production quality is amazing, having been produced by drummer Bill Stevenson.

The Descendents were one of the bands that started the punk revolution back in the late ’70s. They may not get quite as much respect as they deserve, but one thing is certain: Milo is back from college and ready to rock and roll! And I, for one, am on the edge of my seat waiting to see their full length release Cool To Be You.

As I Lay Dying Announces Bill Stevenson As Producer For Next Album/Tour

Grammy nominated San Diego metal act, AS I LAY DYING, announce Bill Stevenson as producer for their next album this May! Bill Stevenson has played drums for both the Descendents and Black Flag and is one of the most highly renowned producers. Stevenson’s production credits include work on records by Rise Against, NOFX, Propagandhi, The Casualties, Anti-Flag and many more. As I Lay Dying will record this spring with the album release date expected in the second half of 2012. Follow the band’s official twitter account @ASILAYDYINGBAND for track titles, album art, new music, behind-the-scenes video, and more will be revealed as they are made available. The new album will serve as the official follow up to 2010’s successful The Powerless Rise.

AS I LAY DYING will play the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival; the world’s largest touring heavy musicfestival. The festival will kick off on June 30th in San Bernardino, CA. Tours dates can be found below.

Read More…

The Descendents


Bill Stevenson and Milo Aukerman

Fat Wreck Chords
By on October 8th, 2011 at Congress Theater - Chicago, IL



The Descendents are one of the most beloved bands of their kind. They’re often cited as a major influence by other bands, their records have stood timeless to fans old and new, their recent return to playing live shows has resulted in thousands of tickets sold and sold out gigs, and they have shown you can grow up without necessarily growing old. ThePunkSite had the great pleasure of speaking with vocalist Milo Aukerman and drummer Bill Stevenson before their performance at the 4,000 person capacity venue, Congress Theater, during Riot Fest Chicago. Milo and Bill discussed playing in a band with grownup responsibilities, battling a brain tumor, what the future holds, and what a gnarly trip this past year has been. Read More…