It’s Not Dead Festival Returns To California For 2017

It's Not Dead 2017Old 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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Mild In The Streets

Fat Wreck Chords

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4.5/5




Who doesn’t love a Fat Wreck Chords compilation, they were a great way to hear new bands, and tracks from upcoming releases, for next to no money, as a bonus there were always a few exclusive tracks thrown into the mix. Along with Epitaph Records Punk-O-Rama series they were responsible for introducing a new generation of fans to some amazing bands. This time round things have changed as this compilation has been done with a different approach, Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is, in case you hadn’t guessed, a collection of songs from bands and singers from the Fat Wreck Chords stable who have traded in their amplifiers and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars.

This sixteen track compilation is a lengthy affair and content is so varied that you can’t summarise the album, so i’m going to a whistle stop tour of Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged. Tony Sly, of No Use For A Name, opens the album with a soulful piano led version of Under The Garden and The Swingin’ Utters deliver an excellent foottapping country version of Fruitless Fortunes featuring slap bass and violin. Stacey Dee delivers a melancholy number, Everything Is Beautiful, this is one of the songs that is exclusive to this album and to anyone familiar with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this number will come as something of a surprise, this is juxtaposed against Sam Sadowski, of Closet Friends, who delivers some sore throated acoustic blues.

Going acoustic won’t come as a surprise from everyone on this compilation, for Old Man Markley it’s practically second nature, they deliver a mellower version of Guts ‘N Teeth. For others the acoustic approach doesn’t change anything apart from the volume, it clearly doesn’t matter if you take Anti-Flag’s electric guitars away as they remain as angry and political as ever, Israeli punks Useless ID retain their own sound, they keep the character of their hard edged pop punk intact and Matt Skiba delivers a sinister version of Alkaline Trio‘s Continental. Karine Denike bring a touch of fifties glamour to proceedings, this couldn’t be further away from the Dance Hall Crashers upbeat ska if it tried and Get Dead deliver some stripped down punk rock

We’re on the final leg of the tour now, Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape delivers a mellow acoustic number, American Steel bring some upbeat acoustica that features a mournful accordion break and Laura Jane Grace brings a great number that carries a restrained version of the fury that inhabits Against Me‘s output. The closing trilogy of songs continue to deliver, Russ Rankin brings us a heartrending tale of the loneliness of the road and the toll it takes on relationships, Uke-Hunt do a cover of Olivia Newton John‘s Xanadu, this is rather excellent, like an unplugged Me First And the Gimme Gimmes, and for it’s grand finale the album ends with an epic symphonic version of one of my favourite NOFX tunes, The Decline, personally I wish Fat Mike had done vocals over this rather than just an instrumental but it’s a faithful and bombastic end to an excellent compilation.

Compilations are usually a mixed bag but there is little to dislike on here, the versions are all original and unique takes on songs we have come to know and love, the original tracks don’t feel like they were ideas that were rescued from the wastepaper bin. This, as with every other Fat Wreck Chords compilation, is an essential purchase, if you’re a fan of any of the bands that appear on here I doubt that you’ll be disappointed with new versions or the original material. Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged brings something new to the table on almost every track, the album spans so many genres and styles that it never gets dull, buy this and mellow out for an hour or so.

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is available for download and on CD, Vinyl and Coloured vinyl here

Coercion 96 Release Live And Learn Lyric Video

Coercion 96Coercion 96 is a heavy and a genre defying band with four decades of musical influences ranging from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Killing Joke to punk rock icons TSOL, Agent Orange and Bad Religion. They were riginally formed in 1996 by members of the bands Good Riddance, Fury 66 and The Lonely KingsCoercion 96 has recently reformed after a twenty year hiatus and has completed recording a four song EP entitled Exit Wounds, this is due out on July 1st 2016 on Bird Attack Records.

You can watch the video of Live And Learn from the forthcoming EP here

Live Concert Review

Good Riddance / Off With Their Heads / Fire Next Time

Live In Vancouver (10/17/15)

The Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC




As much as I’m loathe to admit it – I’m old enough now that nostalgia plays a roll in my concert going activities. I still see new bands, but there’s a certain charm from seeing an old favourite live and that’s what happened at the Rickshaw Theatre Saturday night.

First was Fire Next Time – for most, an unknown entity; but for me, nothing will ever be more nostalgic than Fire Next Time and Audio/Rocketry. Those two Edmonton bands defined my Edmonton local punk youth as I watched them play week after week in small venues with sweaty friends.

Now I’m lucky if I see them once a year but when I do, it’s a blessing.

With a new record out on Stomp Records, the folk-punk band is picking up their game, touring more and garnering more fans – and, rightfully so. Fronted by the rough and road weary James Renton – who’s vocals could easily be compared to an amalgamation of Tim Barry and Ben Nichols with an angsty scream – Fire Next Time regaled the theatre with songs about my old hometown. While it would’ve been nice to hear River City Blues one more time, singing along with Red Lion Rampant and Rosewood Jesus just felt right.

Following them was Minnesota’s gruff punks Off With Their Heads who are, sadly, sometimes hit and miss live. Luckily for those in attendance, Ryan Young and company were in top form – barrelling through a non-stop set of self-deprecating, angsty, angry punk. Young only stopped once to condemn beer being thrown at him and otherwise kept his head down low and blasted through their bass-heavy tunes. Staring with I Hope You Know the band played through The Eyes of Death, Start Walking, Nightlife, Focus On your Own Family, Altar Boy (which they dedicated to all those who hate organized religion), Janie and Don’t Make Me Go.

The set was cathartic; a reprieve for any pent up anger as people crowded to the front to sing along to a band that will surely go down in the annals of punk history. Therefore it makes sense that Good Riddance – a band that is already in the punk history books – ended the night.

Having not toured through Vancouver since around 2003 (partly because they broke up between 2007 and 2012), Good Riddance fans were salivating at the prospect of a nostalgic kick and that’s what they got: A pure, unaltered, punk rock show.

Russ Rankin sounded spot on, spitting screaming vocals overtop Luke Pabich’s crunching guitar and Chuck Platt’s pulsating bass lines. Platt’s vocals were shot thanks to a bad sound set up the night before and you could hear it in his harmonies; a tad disappointing, but then again, punk was never about perfect harmonies.

So fists were thrust into the air. Beers were drunk. Circles were created and ran; and punk fans lost themselves in the moment. Whether it was Grace and Virtue or Mother Superior or even Weight of The World, the crowd enthusiastically sang back with Good Riddance.

Always marginally political, the band continually encouraged the crowd to vote in the upcoming election and seemed genuinely excited about the outcome.

Whether you voted or not, it was a shot of nostalgia for fans who waited a dozen years to see the band live again.

It still just blows my mind that I’ve been seeing shows for twelve years. I am old, but damn it still feels good.

Interview: Good Riddance

Good RiddanceGood 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.

Read the interview here.

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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Tours: Good Riddance / Off With Their Heads / Iron Chic / Western Addiction / Fire Next Time

Good RiddanceGood Riddance has announce plans to tour North America with Off With Their Heads, Iron Chic, Western Addiction and Fire Next TimeGood Riddance continues to support ttheir latest full length, Peace In Our Time, available now on Fat Wreck Chords.

Full tour listings are below.

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Video: Good Riddance – Running On Fumes

Good RiddanceLong running punk act Good Riddance has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Running On Fumes” from their first album in over nine years, Peace In Our Time, which dropped back in April via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Good Riddance

Good Riddance

Peace In Our Time

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4/5




After taking a nine year break between full lengths, Californian melodic punk rock act Good Riddance returns from retirement for their latest full length.  The fourteen song, twenty-seven minute album marks the celebration of a band that just can’t stay dead.  As a preliminary listen of Peace In Our Time makes clear, this is no rushed, nostalgic cash in: Good Riddance still has plenty left to give.  

Hearing frontman Russ Rankin back in his element is every bit as rewarding as fans would expect.  Sure, in his time off he’s done the solo thing and flirted with unconventional chords in Only Crime, but Rankin’s synergy with his bandmates of approaching thirty years makes for a chemistry like no other.  

Peace In Our Time boasts plenty of ear grabbing, first pumping melodies that scream 90’s punk rock.  The usual comparisons to No Use For A Name, Bad Religion, The Descendents and even Pennywise fully apply as Good Riddance survey the now aging scene that they once had a hand in creating.  Time has done nothing to dull the quartet’s coarse edge as opener “Disputatio” rips open with buzzing riffs and burgeoning bass that leads the call for political upheaval.  Soaring vocal harmonies and punchy, sky high guitar solos leading the way as “Contrition” juxtapose such moments against the abrasive, pseudo spoken word delivery of Descendents-esque follow-up “Take It To Heart.”  “Half Measures” delves forcefully into Generator-era Bad Religion while “Grace And Virtue” channels more of a tuneful The Empire Strikes First vibe.  On the other end of the spectrum, “Dry Season” flirts briefly with throat ruining hardcore, infusing an ongoing barrage of jarring riffs and Sean Sellers’ quick snapping drum blasts.  For the shortest studio album of their career, Good Riddance makes the most of their fleeting runtime, presenting Peace In Our Time as a varied exemplar that makes good on their decorated career.

As should be clear, Good Riddance’s return to the studio is a resounding success.  Infectious melodies, sweeping harmonies and that edgy, unapologetic attitude makes Peace In Our Time a best case scenario.  Good Riddance clearly hasn’t let time fade their memory or dampen their talents, and that’s all fans really need to know.  

Good Riddance Full Album Stream

Good RiddanceLong running punk act Good Riddance has launched a full album stream of their upcoming first new full length in nine years.  The disc is titled Peace In Our Time and is due out April 21, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Give the full disc a whirl here courtesy Exclaim.

Good Riddance Announce Canadian Shows

good riddanceReunited Santa Cruz, California punk/hardcore group Good Riddance have announced two Canadian dates. The group released their debut on Fat Wreck Chords back in 1994 and their final album in 2007 when they decided to take a break. They reunited in 2012 with the intent to play sporadic shows together.  

Both of the dates will be at the Pawn Shop in Edmonton, Alberta. The first date, May 2, sold out quickly, but a second show the following night has just been added. Tickets for the second show can be picked up here. 

The Pawn Shop recently featured an exclusive Canadian appearance by The Menzingers and has announced a 2 night exclusive Cro Mags exclusive appearance. More info about the Cro Mags shows can be found here.

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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.

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Good Riddance -Remain In Memory: The Final show

Good Riddance

Remain In Memory: The Final Show

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4/5




On May 27th, 2007 Santa Cruz punk rock legends Good Riddance played their final show to a sold-out hometown crowd. It was the final chapter in the band’s illustrious career and Fat Wreck Chords were there documenting every moment of it for the band’s first ever live release. But with it being the band’s final performance before they put the band to rest (none of this hiatus stuff), Remain In Memory: The Final Show seems to be so much more than just a regular live CD.

With a total of thirty songs, Remain In Memory is more comprehensive than most live shows tend to be as they’ve taken tracks from almost every single one of their releases from the past twelve plus years. It cumulates for a emotional retrospective look at Good Riddance’s back catalogue instead of just a focus on their recent releases. In fact, their two newest albums – My Republic and Bound By The Ties of Blood and Affection – give us the least amount of material in this best-of collection with only two songs from each. This enables them to pad out the set with tracks from all six of their albums, their EP and even some extremely rare 7inch material.

The wide variety of songs transforms the release from just a live CD to a best-of or greatest hits collection but a collection that will appeal to both old and new fans. Normally greatest hits are useless for fans because they already own every song. Remain In Memory avoids that pitfall and is able to entice the old school fans to buy it too because its not just a repackage collection of songs they already own, instead it’s a newly recorded version of them that is still able to give a birds eye view look at their whole career.

And what a career it was. Remain In Memory sees them ripping through songs like Heresy Hypocrisy and Revenge, One For The Braves, Think of Me, Yesterday’s Headlines, Salt, Credit To His Gender (with guest vocals from Tilt’s Cinder Block), All Fall Down, Steps, Pisces/Almost Home and, of course, Mother Superior. They also throw in some rare tracks like Guns from their split with Ignite and Not So Bad from their Gidget 7inch. It reminds the listener of what great songs they’ve written and has the potential to get people to go out and pick up some old releases that they may be missing – I know I want to pick up A Comprehensive Guide To Moderne Rebellion after hearing the songs live.

As for the sound quality of the recording itself, there’s nothing to complain about. The sound is crystal clear, Russ Rankin’s vocals are strong despite playing three massive nights in a row and there’s just enough rawness left in the recording too. The crowd plays an integral part in the recording but is controlled enough thanks to the great mixing job by the Blasting Room’s Jason Livermore that it makes the crowd just integral and not overwhelming. Just listen to Mother Superior to see how it is lifted to new heights with the crowd passionately singing along.

Good Riddance can walk away from the stage proudly with Remain In Memory which is a live CD, a greatest hits compilation and a reminder of how good punk rock can be.

Good Riddance - Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities

Good Riddance

Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities

Fat Wreck Chords

Rating: 4/5




After a fruitful fourteen year run, Good Riddance closed up shop in 2007.  One of a handful of bands to lay claim to being one of Fat Wreck Chords most consistent regulars (right up there with Lagwagon andMad Caddies), the often underrated group disbanded amicably, leaving a healthy catalogue spanning seven full lengths and a sizeable spread of EPs and splits.  Conscious that everyone may not be privy to these expanses, the folks at Fat Wreck convinced the band to consolidate their most rare and least known works for one last book-closing send-off to the Good Riddance chapter in Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities.

Complete with liner notes consisting of vocalist Russ Rankin’s thoughts and ramblings, the compilation offers a bit of everything that made Good Riddance what it was.  Strong likenesses draw upon a legacy of 90’s skate-punk, melodic hardcore, and just good old-fashioned punk rock.

A whopping eight songs originate from the band’s earliest years in both an unreleased demo recording (some songs were re-reorded during future releases) and since out of print Gidget 7”.  Fans will embrace the songs for documenting the fiery rebellion of a young startup still navigating melodies in a search for their trademark sound.  Highlights include the structurally simple “Little Man,” in which Rankin admits to trying to “out syllable Bad Religion,” their early attempt to shed light on societal illusions circa Disneyland in “Tragic Kingdom,” and a the reduced tempo of their uncharacteristically slow critique on daily America values in “Patriarch.”  Roughly recorded and scratchy as hell, long time fans will no doubt relive their earliest memories with a deserving nostalgia.

Other tracks get pulled from compilation recordings and stand alone singles.  Opener “Stand” originates from the 1997 label compilation Physical Fatness, and enjoys a far cleaner production along with the pronounced guitar leads that came to define Good Riddance as they matured as a unit.  While some may think jumping between eras and releases (the compilation doesn’t follow a linear structure) could feel disorienting, that they play off one another so well is a compliment to the group’s base continuity.  With that in mind, many of these rarities lend themselves to their own uniqueness.  A couple songs from their finalMy Republic recording sessions prove unlikely highlights.  For instance “All Mine” sounds like a collaboration with The Descendents, featuring the angry spoken word style of Milo Aukerman and disjointed guitar work circa Stephen Egerton, and the steady drum work and harmonies of “Great Experiment” feel as if pulled from current day American Steel as per Rankin’s spot-on descriptor.

Overall, Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities sits as a worthy self-tribute and final send off for fans who might have not been ready for Good Riddance to throw in the towel.  Combined with Rankin’s entertaining commentary, and a track listing few outside of the band’s inner circle will have experienced, Good Riddance has crafted a send-off that can sit proudly alongside Fat Wreck Chords’ growing collection of retrospectives.  A fan essential

Good Riddance and More Added To Pouzza Fest

Pouzza Fest 2013The third set of bands have been announced for the third annual Pouzza Fest set to take place in downtown Montreal from May 17th to 19th, 2013.

Added to the growing lineup is Good Riddance, Plow United, Mu330, Jersey, Chris Creswell (The Flatliners), A Whilelm Scream, Random Killing, Glocca Morra, Candy Hearts, The Beatdown, Daylight and more. They join the previously announced group of bands including New Found Glory, The Ataris, MXPX, American Steel, Masked Intruder, Make Do and Mend, Audio/Rocketry, Aspiga, Braid, Teenage Bottlerocket and Buck-o-Nine.

The full list of bands can be seen here.

Presale tickets will be available until February 1st for the price of 60$. They will be 75$ after that date. More bands will be announced soon.

The Flatliners: 10th Anniversary Tour, Destroy To Create On Vinyl

FlatlinersAs they prepare to leave for their 10th Anniversary Tour, The Flatliners‘ debut album Destroy to Create will be released on vinyl through Fat Wreck Chords. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell had this to say about the release:

“Ever unearthed an old drawing you did as a child at your parent’s house? Ever gone back and read the weird shit people wrote in your High School year book? Feels odd doesn’t it? You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, but for some reason, you can’t help but laugh. Well this November, we will be releasing our first album Destroy to Create on vinyl for the very first time ever. The lovely folks at Fat Wreck Chords have reluctantly agreed to allow our die-hard fans to finally snatch up these songs on a piece of wax. And we think it’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the band’s 10th Anniversary.”

You can pick up a copy of the record here. You can also listen to a track from the album here.

After their 10th Anniversary Tour through Canada, The Flatliners will head to Austrailia with Good Riddance, Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and A Willhelm Scream.

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Good Riddance To Reunite

Good RiddanceAfter a five year break Good Riddance has announced that they will be reuniting for a series of yet to be determined live shows.  The band explains their decision:

“Since that final show I have been asked countless times about getting back together and playing again. I never really considered it an option, seeing as how we’d played our final show (“final” being the key word) and all. When I would ask these people why they wanted us back the most common answer was “The songs! We miss the songs!”

As it turns out we miss them as well.

After nearly five years, Good Riddance has decided to perform as a band again. The number of shows, when and where and all the other specifics have yet to be determined but for those of us who really missed the songs and those of you who maybe never got to see the band play, there will be Good Riddance shows in 2012 and perhaps beyond.”

Read the full announcement here.


Stream Good Riddance's Capricorn One

Good RiddanceSpinner is hosting a new stream of Good Riddance‘s new compilation album, Capricorn One. The release, which was released on Tuesday on Fat Wreck Chords, compiles all their singles as well as some b-sides and other rarities – including six previously unreleased tracks. All the songs on the album have been digitally remastered by Jason Livermore of Blasting Room (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) fame. Good Riddance split up in 2007 after more than two decades together.

The record can be streamed here.


Good Riddance To Release Rarities And Singles Comp

Now defunct punk group Good Riddance are gearing up for an after the fact release.  The album will include a collection of rarities and singles called Capricorn One. All tracks will be all remastered by Jason Rivermore of The Blasting Room.  The comp will even include six previously unreleased tracks.  The album will see release July 6, 2010 on Fat Wreck Chords.

The release will include a track by track commentary by lead vocalist Russ Rankin:

“Now that we are finished we felt it would be cool for our fans to be able to check out these hidden or obscurely released snapshots of our band during the apex of it’s existence. We hope they bring back fond memories for our fans and that, even if just for a moment, they can be transported back to a different time and place.”

Good Riddance

Good Riddance

Russ Rankin

Fat Wreck Chords
By on November 1st, 2003 at Red's - Edmonton, Alberta



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