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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

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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Sonic Poison Announce EP

Sonic PoisonSonic Poison, the new hardcore project featuring Ron Grimaldi (Deathcycle) on vocals, Rick Lopez (The Casualties) on guitar, Anthony Corallo (Sheer Terror, Concrete Cross,Disnihil) on drums, and Tom Clavin (Concrete Cross, Disnihil) on bass have announced their 4-track debut will drop on June 22nd. The self titled  EP will be released via Lifeline Records and ahead of the official date, the band teamed up with Noisey to premiere one of the EP’s tracks in Another Day of Misery.

Pre-orders for the EP are available here, and you can check out the stream of Another Day of Misery here.

 

Video: The Casualties – My Blood. My Life. Always Forward.

CasualtiesNYC street punks The Casualties have debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “My Blood. My Life. Always Forward” and is from their recent full length, Resistance, released last December via Season Of Mist

Watch the video below.

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Tours: The Casualties

CasualtiesNYC street punks The Casualties have announced that they will be heading out for a four part headlining tour.  The first will include a run up the east coast, the second includes support from Ghoatwhore across the western U.S., the third includes a cross-Canadian tour with support from Dayglo Abortions, and the last leg, includes several festival appearances including Punk Rock Bowling, Chaos in Tejas, and another festival TBA.  The band continues to support their latest album, Resistance, which was released last year via Season Of Mist.

Dates can be found below.

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Tours: The Casualties

The CasualtiesNYC street punks The Casualties have added some new show dates.  The band continues to support their latest album, Resistance, which was released last year via Season Of Mist.

Dates can be found below.

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Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival Announce Lineup

Punk Rock BowlingThe 15th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival released this year’s lineup featuring bands like DEVO, The Weirdos, TurbonegroU.S. Bombs, The Casualties, FLAG, Bad Religion, The Damned, D.R.I., Lagwagon, Bouncing Souls, and many more.

Punk Rock Bowling will take place May 24-27 in downtown Las Vegas, Nev., and weekend passes are currently on sale. Get them here!

Punk Rock Bowling began in 1999 as a way to bring together the independent music scene into one big annual party. Festival organizer, and BYO Records founder and member of YOuth Brigade Shawn Stern commentedo

Being fans of music ourselves, we like to take all the things we dislike about festivals and eliminate them from our event. We want this to be a big party and we want everyone to have a great time. We offer good food with vegan and vegetarian options, and our drinks are probably half the price of most festivals. We also limit the capacity so it still sounds great and because our audience are such die hard fans of punk rock, we have little to no problems in the crowd. It’s like one big family enjoying a debauchery filled weekend in Las Vegas like any normal family! Ha!”

Casualties - We Are All We Have

The Casualties

We Are All We Have

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve always considered The Casualties as an odd addition to Side One Dummy Records.  While it’s true the label is traditionally a home for punk, it has in recent years defined itself as a specialty label.  From the Gaslight Anthem’s Springsteen influence, to Fake Problems and Check Ragan’s fantastic folk-punk outings and Gogol Bordello’s gypsy musings.  In addition to being pretty original, thanks to some slick production values they all have a certain approachability.  Meanwhile, The Casualties are a straight up street-punk group with 80’s hardcore overtones.  They feel like Side One’s attempt at bringing street punk to the masses and competing with labels like Hellcat by responding to bands like Rancid or Left Alone.  Whatever the case, the marriage feels forced, and it shows on The Casualties latest release, We Are All We Have.

As always, The Casualties features vocalist George Herrera, who emulates a crusty 80’s hardcore sounds much like contemporaries the Star Fucking Hipsters.  His voice is well suited for The Casualties’ relentless, raw, aggressive politically charged punk.  In simple tracks like “Apocalypse Today” and “heart Bleeds Black” the combination feels intuitive.  But the band likes glossing up other songs despite Herrera’s natural fit.  The result is “bigger,” more anthemic compositions – the type commonly found in Bostonian acts like The Dropkick Murphys.  Typically I love larger than life, sing along choruses, but considering their history, it feels unnatural when the Casualties do it.  They feel as if they are stylistically stuck at a crossroads, unsure exactly who to align themselves with – unable to commit either way.  For a band that’s been around for seventeen years, I guess it’s about time The Casualties had an identity crisis.

On their previous album, 2006’s Under Attack, the band attempted to expand their sound by drawing upon reggae and dub.  It felt reasonable but entirely unremarkable.  The band continues their foray into the reggae world with two, still marginal efforts.  The worst offender is “Rockers Reggae (Working Mans Dub),” which although has a rock steady and casual vibe beneath Herrera’s crusty screams, drags on forever.  The song closes the album with essentially eight minutes of Hererra repeating “working man’s dub, working man’s dub, working man’s dub, working man’s dub…”  It’s tiresome, monotonous, and drags the album past the forty minute mark – a big no-no for thrashy street-punk unless the band has some grand aspiration – which We Are All We Have certainly doesn’t have.

Maybe I’m being a little overly harsh.  But when a band is good at doing something and they try changing just for the sake of change, it ticks me off.  It would be as if The Gaslight Anthem decided to throw in some electronic dance beats to “get with the times.”  It just wouldn’t feel right.  We Are All We Have isn’t as bad as I’ve made it out to be.  In fact, it’s more than listenable, and features a lot of really memorable moments – check out title track and you’re sure to have a good time.  Casualties fans will likely still enjoy themselves, but I just can’t help shake the feeling that The Casualties are trying to be something they aren’t.  In their stronger albums, like 2004’s On the Front Line, the band doesn’t try to do anything fancy, and the result feels right.   The Casualties originally arose to keep 80’s street punk alive and true to itself, but as of 2009 the band seems to have lost its way – either move on or stick with what you know guys.  Here’s to hoping they figure themselves out for their next release.

Casualties - Under Attack

The Casualties

Under Attack

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Time may pass, you may grow old. Your hair will change, your belly will bulge. Trends will come, trends will go. Snow will fall, and it will melt. Wars wage on and societies changes. But at the end of the day,The Casualties will always be The Casualties, and nothing can change that.

Under Attack is the New York four piece’s return to the forefront, and it follows in the same format as all their previous release. It’s straight forward, angry, street punk, topped off with Jorge’s signature growl. He spits the lyrics at you in an almost incomprehensible way. Fast, angry and venomous his vocals are strong and consistent throughout the whole album – just like they’ve always been. The biggest change in the album is the among of gang vocals present on it. While they’ve always had the chants (who can ever forget “If The Kids Are United Then They’ll Never Be Divided!“), but this time they’ve taken the chants and put them into a more prominent role in the album. They swap seamlessly from Jorge’s scowl to the gang chants that will unify and energy any fan.

Lyrically, the songs follow in the path of On The Front Line, keeping a political feel throughout it all with songs like The System Failed Us Again, VIP, Fallen Heroes, and Down On Out. They attack the government, the policies, and pretty much “the man” but they also take a look at the little problems faced everyday. On City Streets talks about the unwillingness of regular people to help out the less fortunate.Social Outcast is a call for unity between all the outcasts, misfits and misunderstood, topped off with a surprising mini guitar solo slap bam in the middle.

The Casualties are The Casualties, and they always will be. The songs are fast and intense, even their slower songs are faster then most. The vocals are angry and venomous, and the gang chants are energizing. Of course, the album falls victim to the same thing the band always does, and that’s just that the songs start to blend after a while. But there’s enough gusto and angst that you’re able to look past that; and the chants normally help separate them too. It’s a definite progress when compared to On The Front Line, but it’s still a Casualties record – so you pretty much know what you’ll be getting.

Casualties - Made in NYC

The Casualties

Made in NYC

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

The Casualties are a punk band, plain and simple. For some people, that makes them easy targets; because just like the emo bands of today, The Casualties aren’t playing anything overly intelligent. Fast and simple punk rock with agitated lyrics about being punk and their displeasure with the system. It’s drunk punk and some people want more than that. However, for some, The Casualties are a God-send. They aren’t attempting to be something they aren’t, instead they’re just playing fast and hard just like the punks of old; and man are they fun to scream and slam along to.

Made In N.Y.C. documents that energy and excitement at a sold out show in New York. It documents the band playing through twenty-two tracks of no holds barred punk rock including fan favorites like Punx Unite, 40 Oz Casualty, Punk Rock Love, System Failed Us Again, Criminal Class and Ugly Bastard; and most importantly it documents the love that the fans have for the band as the excitement seeps through the speakers while Made In N.Y.C. plays through.

In a way, that is one of the most astonishing features of the release: the absolutely amazing sound quality. It is by far one of the best live recordings I have heard in a while as everything is clear and loud and it feels as if you’re actually there. The crowd is perfectly distinguishable which is something so many live CDs miss and without the crowd it just sounds like a cheap studio record. Made In N.Y.C. feels like a live album and feels like a Casualties show because the most entertaining aspect of their show is shouting along with them and Made In N.Y.C. lets you do and hear just that.

However, I will admit I was greatly disappointed by the DVD portion of this release. That’s not saying that it’s bad, it’s just that I expected so much more. I was expecting an in depth look into the history and life of The Casualties as I think that a documentary about that would be rather interesting. Instead, the disc is mostly live footage to accompany the CD with some sparse features about the band splattered throughout the performance. The live footage is filmed rather well and offers a nice visual companion to the music, but I rarely watch live DVDs and was wishing for a more documentary feel to it.

Still, as a release, it’s well worth it. People who hate The Casualties and street punk anthems should stay away from Made In N.Y.C. because like all their former releases, it won’t do anything to change your mind. But fans of the band or fans of live records will enjoy it because it sounds perfect and gives a little glimpse into a Casualties live show – just don’t go in expecting a great documentary or else you will be disappointed.

Casualties - On The Front Line

The Casualties

On The Front Line

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The New York City punkers known as The Casualties are back with a new record, On The Front Line. Like their previous releases, On The Front Line gives us exactly what we need. A fast paced album which throws off energy and anger towards everyone who listens to it. A true punk rock album reminding us of the reason why many bands started playing punk in the first place.

What does On The Front Line consist off exactly? Well like most of The Casualties‘ work, it’s very vocally driven. With fast paced vocals nearing the point of screaming, reminding us of what a true punk rock voice sounds like. Albeit, sometimes I can’t understand a word Jorge (the vocalist) is saying, but even that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the song and the power behind it. Backing up Jorge is Jake and Rick. Their vocals add a little extra dimension to it all. Be it the “oohs” in the background or screaming the chorus as hard as they can, each adds a extra layer to the sound of the band. Lyrically, the band has ventured more into the political side of things compared to usually. Songs like Leaders Of TodayTomorrow Belongs To Us and Criminal Class all have political feel to them. But they still know how to party and party is what they do.

The final verdict? On The Front Line is an album for any Casualties fan. It’s exactly what you’ve come to expect from this great NYC band. A perfect album to have spinning in your CD player when your pissed off or just want to get energized a bit. It is definitely a giant leap away from most of the “punk-rock” bands around, so if you don’t know much about them, you may be surprised. But give it a twirl and you’ll get used to it.

Tours: The Casualties

The CasualtiesNYC street punks The Casualties have added some new show dates to end off the year.  The band continues to support their latest album, Resistance, which was released this past September via Season Of Mist.

Dates can be found below.

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Ex Friends Announce New EP

Ex FriendsEx Friends hailing from Philadelphia, PA are excited to announce that they will be teaming up with Germany’s venerable Yo Yo Records for Twisted Around, a new five-song EP is set to be released on January 15, 2013. The band features songwriter / bassist Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United) and noted punk artist JP Flexner on drums. Twisted Around was mixed and mastered by Arik Victor (Bouncing Souls, Kill Your Idols, The Casualties, Crime in Stereo) and is the follow-up to No Wonder We Prefer The Dark, which was released earlier this year via Paper + Plastick.

The album will be available on digital and 7 inch vinyl formats with the latter being limited to 500 copies on various colorways. The band and label have teamed up with AMP Magazine for an exclusive song premier for “Punk Rock Wedding, Punk Rock Divorce.” Stream the song here. Stay tuned for additional Ex Friends news, including details on pre-orders, album art and more streaming songs.

The Casualties Full Album Stream

NYC street punks The Casualties have debuted a full album stream of their brand new album.  The album is titled Resistance and is due out September 25, 2012 via Season Of Mist.  The band is currently on tour with Nekromantix.

Listen to the full album below.

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Casualties – My Blood. My Life. Always Forward.

NYC street punks The Casualties have debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “My Blood. My Life. Always Forward” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Resistance, due out Deptember 25, 2012 via Season Of Mist.  The band is currently on tour with Nekromantix.

Listen to the song below.

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The Casualties Sign To Season of Mist Records

The CasualtiesAfter five albums on SideOneDummy Records, New York’s street punks The Casualties have signed to Season of Mist Records.

“We are joining the dark forces of Season Of Mist Records! We’re more then honored to bring our blend of hardcore-street-thrash-punk to the battle to keep heavy music alive! We have a new album ready and we will see you all on the road everywhere in the world soon!” 

They recently completed recording their Season of Mist debut album at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with producer Zeuss (Municipal Waste, Madball, Hatebreed). Full album details will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

The Casualties will co-headline this summers’ Tonight We Unite! tour alongside Nekromanti. The tour will also include Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, and more. 

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.

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Tours: The Casualties (Australia)

CasualtiesNew York band The Casualties will make a short run to Australia in September for a total of three shows. The band is gearing up to tour in Europe, but will play three shows in the East Coast starting in Buffalo, NY on June 24th.

The dates are below.

The band’s latest release For The Casualties Army (Side One Dummy) was released in 2010, and is a collection of greatest hits.

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SideOneDummy Releases Casualties “Best-Of” Album

CasualtiesSideOneDummy Records have released a compilation of The Casualties songs titled “For The Casualties Army.

The release is available for download today at iTunes, Amazon, Shockhound and anywhere else you can download music digitally. The album includes 28 tracks that span from 2001′s Die Hards to 2009′s We Are All We Have. If you decide to download it from iTunes you will also get 2 bonus videos.

SideOneDummy Releases Casualties "Best-Of" Album

CasualtiesSideOneDummy Records have released a compilation of The Casualties songs titled “For The Casualties Army.

The release is available for download today at iTunes, Amazon, Shockhound and anywhere else you can download music digitally. The album includes 28 tracks that span from 2001′s Die Hards to 2009′s We Are All We Have. If you decide to download it from iTunes you will also get 2 bonus videos.

New Interview: The Casualties

The casualtiesThe Casualties are one of those veteran punk bands that have been around forever. Formed in 1990 in the streets of New York, the band has seen it all and lived through it all over the past two decades. 2010 saw them returning to theVans Warped Tour for yet another ride on the punk rock summer camp. I sat down with guitarist Jake Casualty on the first day of the tour to see what he was looking forward to over the next 51 days.

Read the interview here.

The Casualties

The Casualties

Jake Casualty

SideOneDummy Records
By on Juen 25th, 2010 at Carson, California

 

 

The Casualties are one of those veteran punk bands that have been around forever. Formed in 1990 in the streets of New York, the band has seen it all and lived through it all over the past two decades. 2010 saw them returning to the Vans Warped Tour for yet another ride on the punk rock summer camp. I sat down with guitarist Jake Casualty on the first day of the tour to see what he was looking forward to over the next 51 days. Read More…