Old and new-school punk rock fans demanded it, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has delivered, It’s Not Dead, one of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, is returning to Southern California this summer, after a two-year break. It’s Not Dead will once again invade the Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds on Saturday, August 26, with another massive line-up of bands on four stages.
Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here
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A Wilhelm Scream
, Channel 3
, Down By Law
, Dropkick Murphys
, Good Riddance
, It's Not Dead Festival
, Kevin Seconds
, Mad Caddies
, Runaway Kids
, The Casualties
, The Exploited
, The Flatliners
, The Interrupters
, The Selecter
, The Toasters
, U.S. Bombs
, Voodoo Glow Skulls
Influential American punk band Down By Law are due to release their first new material since 2012’s Champions of Heart. The record, Revolution Time features 7 new songs in addition to 3 stripped down covers of the bands own influences in Stiff Little Fingers, Thin Lizzy and Elvis Costello. Revolution Time is due to drop on June 30th via Dry Heave Records but ahead of the official release you can stream New Autonomy here.
The band are also embarking on their first UK tour in over 10 years later this summer, check below for full dates:
Champions at Heart
DC Jam Records
Down By Law hit their peak back in the 90’s when they were releasing a brand new album every other year or sooner through Epitaph Records. Since then, the aging punk rockers have scaled back considerably, releasing one album of new material over the past decade before settling down for a brief hiatus. But as the saying goes, you can’t keep a good band down. Four years after breaking their hiatus, the band returns with their seventh studio album, Champions At Heart.
As one might expect from a band having made a career of living outside of the spotlight, not much has changed since the 90’s aside from their aging outlooks. Much like fellow alumni act The Bouncing Souls,the most notable difference is a more relaxed pace. With front man Dave Smalley somewhere in his 40’s now, the urgency of youth has been replaced with the steady hum of nostalgia. Songs like “Punk Rock United” reminisce fondly upon a career of touring and the global friends and fans making up the punk rock community. “Every tattoo, every show, it’s a way of life we call our own, one life, one fight, one future tonight” Smalley sings with pride. For better or worse, the band revisits this sentiment both in “Warriors United,” “Rebels and Angels,” and “Misfits United,” which are clearly aimed at their early audience.
Generally the band plays a safe set with a few standout exceptions. For instance, “Homicide” plays like anything lifted from a classic Pennywise record, “Tiny Answers” combines graded pedal work with acoustic guitars and steady rhythms, and “Perpetual Sorrow” marries a rougher vocal style with an emotively in tune message. While not particularly innovative, they certainly do “pop” from the framework across the course of the disc.
In the end, Down By Law follows the same formula they always have, making Champions At Heart a solid, albeit predictable entry in the four-piece’s catalogue. With the songs emphasizing early 90’s melody, the album runs its course as an easy listen. So while Champions At Heart might not leave too much of an impact, and all the songs aren’t terribly memorable, it’s certainly fun while it lasts.
The Atom Age will be heading on tour this month in Canada with headliners Down By Law, in support of their sophomore album titled The Hottest Thing That’s Cool. This album was released by Asian Man Records last May. The band will be completing their U.S. tour a day before they begin this upcoming tour.
Check out the tour dates below.