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Sharp/Shock Release ‘Troublemaker’ Video

Sharp Shock UETroublemaker is the third video from Sharp/Shock‘s debut album, Unlearn Everything, that was released earlier this year on Alkaline Trio‘s label, Heart & Skull Records. Sharp/Shock‘s sound is exactly what you might expect from a band who grew up on bands like The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers, and now are submersed in the California sun and the sounds of The Descendents and early Green Day. Sharp/Shock are currently on tour supporting The Interrupters and SWMRS. Unlearn Everything can be ordered here and via digital platforms

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The Regrettes Confirm US And UK Tour Dates

Regrettes FYFFThe Regrettes outspoken frontwoman Night is known for her lyrics about smashing patriarchy and rejecting societal norms and her bashful, blunt attitude is reminiscent of Debbie Harry and Joan Jett, drawing listeners in to the band’s infectious and unapologetically honest punk-driven pop songs. Set to perform at Riot Fest 2017 and The Growlers Present Festival 6, The Regrettes upcoming dates also include a North American and UK dates with SWMRS and a US tour with The Interrupters. You can order The Regrettes debut LP, Feel Your Feelings, Fool!, via The Regrettes website here and stream the album via Spotify here

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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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Green Day Feb 17

Green Day / The Interrupters

Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

6th February 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’m not usually a fan of arena concerts, I tend to find they lack they the atmosphere and intimacy of the small to mid sized venues, add to this that these enormous venues aren’t usually designed for live music, they are better suited to Disney on ice or sports events, along with the inflated bar and merchandise prices and the ridiculous queues for absolutely everything, you potentially have a recipe for a disappointing and expensive evening. But I must make it clear that I’m in no way blaming the bands for this state of affairs, there is no way that Green Day could appear at any other venue in Manchester and play to everyone that wanted to see them, and on the basis of tonight’s crowd I’d guess there were still a fair few disappointed fans, so the choice is to simply to put up with the downside of these shows, or stay at home, and as I’ve missed the last few tours by Green Day I’m taking the former option.

Green Day are touring in support of, Revolution Radio, their twelfth studio album, and a release that has marked something of a return to form for the band, this epic tour is covering three continents, countless countries and tonight is the penultimate night of the first European leg of the tour, one that has covered pretty much all of Western Europe, and for me there is a added attraction to this section of the tour as Green Day are accompanied by The Interrupters, a band I’ve wanted to catch live ever since I heard their triumphant sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, that for me was one of the best albums to be released in 2016. As it’s an early start for their set the only sensible option is to brave the rush hour traffic, and the typically damp Mancunian weather, and head down to the Manchester Arena to ensure I catch them.

There is a fine selection of well chosen tunes covering the last forty years of punk belting out in the arena, everything from seventies UK punk acts such as The Clash and Elvis Costello, through to harder edged American acts such as Bad Religion, which marks a promising start to the evening prior to the opening set by The Interrupters. The three Bivona brothers that make up three quarters of the band, who are clad in matching monochrome outfits, and vocalist Aimee Interrupter take to the stage, whilst the arena is nowhere near full, a healthy crowd has had the good sense to turn up early to catch tonight’s support act. From the opening number, A Friend Like Me, it’s clear that The Interrupters are going to make a lot of friends tonight, the sound is perfect for their set and their enthusiasm and energy shines out from the opening chords.

Despite not having played venues of this size before The Interrupters seem at home on the cavernous stage, their set is a riotous high energy snapshot of their career to date, with a few well chosen covers thrown in, Too Much Pressure by The Selecter and Operation Ivy‘s Sound System, that highlight their influences. My personal highlights from the set were By My Side, She Got Arrested and Media Sensation, all of which appeared on last years stunning sophomore album, Say It Out Loud. The Interrupters capture the spirit of the original two tone movement like no other band that I’ve encountered, the hyperactive quartet swiftly garner an enthusiastic reception from the Green Day faithful with their short set of ska infused punk, a set that for me is all too brief, as this is a band that you need to see live if you get the chance.

The Manchester Arena is packed by the time Green Day are due take to the stage, after the welcome of selection of punk tunes the epic Queen single Bohemian Rhapsody emerges from the PA, and it receives a response from the crowd that is straight out of Wayne’s World, this was followed by the Ramones classic Bliztkrieg Bop, which is accompanied, for some reason, by a cheerleading drunken pink bunny, that I strongly suspect was Tre Cool, warming the crowd up, before the ominous strains of Ennio Morricone‘s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly ring out indicating that Green Day‘s arrival is now imminent. I’ve previously seen Green Day at this venue, back on the Warning tour, a tour which was marred by many of the pitfalls I highlighted earlier, any concerns I may have had about history repeating itself were swiftly laid to rest by Green Day.

Green Day open with a rousing Know Your Enemy, with Billie Joe Armstrong engaging the crowd from the off, these days Green Day are augmented by three additional musicians, providing additional guitars and vocals, and in the case of Jason Freese pretty much everything else, there are impressive pyrotechnics, that I can feel the heat from from my stage right position, circle pits appear early in the set and there are rabble rousing speeches for freedom, and of course against the baffling election of Donald Trump. The set covers much of Green Day‘s three decades and twelve studio albums, although much of it is drawn from the classic albums Dookie and American Idiot, and of course their latest album, Revolution Radio, but it includes material from the majority of their releases, including a few numbers from their 1991 sophomore album, Kerpunk.

It was pleasing to hear Billie Joe Armstrong make a plea for people to stop filming the concert, not for copyright or ego reasons but encouraging people to live in the moment rather than filming it, a sentiment I wholeheartedly endorse, there was a brief reduction following this appeal, but it was sadly shortlived. Their set veers between the epic numbers, that are designed for arenas, and their upbeat punker material, and even a rather self indulgent extended medley that was comprised of King For A Day and compositions by George Michael, Lulu, Monty Python, The Undertones, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, whilst this might indicate a shift away from Punk, their decision to include a cover of Operation Ivy‘s Knowledge in their set, the second time this influential band has been covered tonight, indicates they are not as far removed as some would have you believe.

For their first encore they return with two tracks from what is regarded by many, myself included, as their best album, American Idiot, the title track from that LP and Jesus Of Suburbia are riotously received, before Billie Joe Armstrong returns on his own for a final downbeat acoustic encore. Green Day played an impressive two and a half hour set, they were so good tonight I almost forgot how much I dislike the Manchester Arena, and there is no higher praise I can think of. This was at it’s heart a rock show, but Green Day have retained enough of their roots to make it a punk rock show. I leave the arena to further vintage punk strains and the inevitably huge queues. By the time I actually exit the venue half the stage has already been dismantled by a small army of roadies, and when I eventually step outside, and finally get to have a cigarette, the roads surrounding the venue are flooded with a sweaty and delirious horde who are slowly making their way home in the chilly Manchester night.

Everything about tonight’s show, apart from the venue, was perfect, from the pre show music and The Interrupters flawless opening set onwards, throughout their set Green Day had the capacity crowd in the palm of the hands, from the opening chords of Know Your Enemy through to the delicate closing chords of the inevitable final encore, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life). I got the impression that this is a band that is still loving playing live, and importantly they are a band that still believes that rock n’ roll still has the capacity to change the world for the better. Green Day have kept there political rage, if anything it’s even more prominent now following recent unfortunate developments in US politics, yes they can be a little self indulgent in places, but what’s the point of playing an arena show if you can’t have fun with it?

Green Day will be returning to Europe later this year, as well as further legs that will cover Oceania and North America, and on the basis of tonight’s show this is a tour that you really don’t want to miss.

Tre Cool visited Manchester’s Cat Café whilst he was in the city, you can read about his visit here 

The Punk Site review of The Interrupters 2016 album, Say It Out Loud, can be found here

The Interrupters website can be located here

Green Day‘s official website can be found here

The Interrupters Confirm UK Tour Dates

Interrupters SIOLHot on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, that was produced by Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and released in July 2016 on Hellcat Records, LA based ska-punk quartet  The Interrupters have announced a run of UK headline shows following their prestigious support to Green Day on their arena tour in February

The Punk Site review of Say It Out Loud can be read here

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Louise Distras On Kerrang! 30th Birthday Tribute To Green Day LP

k-green-day-dec-16British firebrand singer songwriter Louise Distras is a part of Kerrang! Magazine’s 30th birthday tribute album to Green Day. American Superhits is out today and available with this weeks issue of Kerrang! Louise Distras had this to say about her appearance on American Superhits

I chose ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ because it’s one of my favourite tracks from ‘Nimrod’. It’s a classic Green Day track that got me through being bullied at high school, so me and my band decided to keep our cover original and fun. Green Day’s music is a big inspiration to me and I’m honoured to be a part of their 30th birthday tribute!

The CD also features Waterparks, Roam, Beach Slang, Andy Black,  As It Is, Hellions, Milk Teeth, Puppy, The Interrupters, The Xcerts, Candy Hearts, With Confidence and Twin Atlantic

Tours: The Interrupters / Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Interrupters Band PicThe Interrupters and Bad Cop/Bad Cop have announced that they will be heading on tour together this Fall. The Interrupters will be supporting their latest full length, Say It Out Loud, which was released earlier this year via Hellcat Records whereas Bad Cop/Bad Cop continues to support their debut album, Not Sorry, which came out back in 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords.

Tour dates are below.

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The Interrupters Release Two Songs From ‘Say It Out Loud’ Album

Interrupters Band Pic

Los Angeles based ska punk band The Interrupters have released their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, this week on Hellcat Records. The album packed with snarling guitar riffs and growling vocals that pays homage to the life saving power of music, Say It Out Loud is undeniably fun and urgent in message. Backing their modernized two tone tinged, guitar fueled, melody heavy sound are lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the presidential election.

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Interrupters SIOL

The Interrupters

Say It Out Loud

Hellcat Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

This is Los Angeles based quartet The Interrupters second album, this sophomore release follows in the footsteps of their impressive self titled debut. This bears all the hallmarks of The Interrupters ska fuelled punk hybrid, this is an infectious and relentlessly upbeat album from start to finish. The opening track By My Side breaks into a joyous dance floor filling song which sets the tone for Say It Out Loud. This is immediately followed by one of the highlights of this release, She Got Arrested, a track which makes The Interrupters stance on domestic violence clear, a theme that’s revisited on Control, and that’s one of the many wonderful things about The Interrupters, they can convey serious political and social points, but achieve this with an infectious beat.

It’s no surprise that Tim Armstrong makes an appearance on vocals on this album, on the track Phantom City, I’d have been more surprised if he didn’t make an appearance. He is also responsible for production on this album, it was recorded at his studio, and at Travis Barker‘s Opra Studios, and they couldn’t have made a finer choice of person to have at the controls. He clearly understands and loves this band, he has captured the energy and passion The Interrupters bring to their live shows, and his touches and guidance have consolidated the Interrupters sound. You can hear the influence of Rancid on The Interrupters, but that isn’t to say that they are in anyway copying that band. Whilst Rancid are controlled fury with the punk element to the fore, The Interrupters let the beat lead the way.

This is a positive, upbeat and defiant album which is as good as pretty much anything else you’ll hear this year. There are common themes throughout the album, but the overriding theme is unity to those that you love and a healthy spirit of rebellion. There are many bands out there fusing ska with punk but I can only think of a few who manage to do it with the panache that The Interrupters have managed on Say It Out Loud. They have managed to make an album that has built on their excellent debut, Say It Out Loud will undoubtedly be in my top ten for the year come the end of 2016. This is a perfect merging of ska and punk, melding the finest elements of both genre’s with seemingly effortless style.

Say It Out Loud will be released on June 24th 2016 via Hellcat Records

 

The Interrupters – By My Side

INTERRUPTERS Say It Oud Loud color band photoSka-punk group The Interrupters has premiered a music video directed by Tim Armstrong.  The video features the song “By My Side,” which is set to appear on their upcoming album, Say It Out Loud, due out on June 24, 2016 via Hellcat Records

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Tours: Bad Religion / Snuff / The Broadway Killers / The Interrupters

Bad ReligionSeminal punk rock band Bad Religion has announced that they will be heading to Europe for a tour with support from Snuff, The Broadway Killers and The Interrupters.  The long running band last released True North back in 2013 via Epitaph Records.

Full tour dates are below.

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The Interrupters Announce Debut Release With Hellcat Records

The InterruptersLA ska band The Interrupters will release their debut album on August 5 through Hellcat Records.

The first track from the self titled debut, Family, features a guest appearance from Tim Armstrong. Guitarist Kevin Bivona got to know Armstrong when he was touring as The Transplants keyboard player in 2005. The material on the debut album was created by the band and Armstrong and recorded in a few days. The band toured as an opening act for Rancid and The Transplants in 2013 and regularly collaborate with Armstrong on his Tim Timebomb & Friends project. 

You can stream Family here. Full track listing for the forthcoming self titled album can be seen below. Read More…