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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Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Manchester Punk Festival Volume 11 Released Via Bandcamp

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the second volume of the compilations that precede the festival, that will feature all of the bands that are appearing in 2017, has been released. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume Eleven features Shot, The Toasters, Edward in Venice, The Deadites, Nosebleed, AOS3, A Great Notion, Crywank, Thee Infidels, The Human Project, Stoj Snak, Brightr, El Escapado, Nervus and Black Star Dub Collective . The previous ten volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale now for £30 and are available here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume Eleven as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Announces Latest Acts For 2017

mpf-oct-16The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the next wave of bands that will be descending on Manchester for MPF2017. Canadian skate punk legends Belvedere will be returning to the UK for their first show in over five years, German tech-punkers Money Left To Burn, Danish singer-songwriter Stoj Snak and German ska-core kings BrainDead have also been added to the party. Grand Collapse and Petrol Girls will both be playing to add some fire to the performances, along with bands including Faintest IdeaMaid Of Ace and a rare appearance from AOS3 to get you moving.

Early bird tickets sold out in 24 hours, general tickets are on sale now for £30 and are available here

Further announcements and offers for MPF17 can be viewed below

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Manchester Punk Festival Announces First Bands For 2017

mpf-17-1-0Philadelphia’s Paint It Black will be playing their first UK show in seven years at Manchester Punk Festival 2017. Paint It Black and its members embody what the festival is all about in terms of supporting grassroots music, keeping things ethical and addressing serious issues through music and community. Featuring members of other legendary bands such as Kid Dynamite, None More Black, Ceremony & Lifetime, Paint It Black are one of the most important and influential hardcore bands around. This will likely be one of two shows Paint It Black play in the UK. In addition to Paint It Black the Manchester Punk Festival also proud to welcome another legendary band in the form of New York’s The Toasters. This band have been a stalwart in the ska-punk scene for as long as most of us have been alive and it’s an honour to have them as part of the festival.

The rest of the first round of confirmations are below

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The Toasters - One More Bullet

The Toasters

One More Bullet

STOMP Records

Rating: 3.5/5




I really don’t think, at this point, that The Toasters need an introduction. After 25 years of defining and redefining American ska, they’ve pretty much done all that they can with the genre without resorting to the addition of pop punk hooks and metalcore breakdowns. So where does that leave their newest arrival One More Bullet? Well, to be completely honest, more of the same. However, by no means is this a negative thing at all, as this could quite possibly be their best release since 97’s Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down. Now, that’s quite a large statement for one person to be making, I’m sure, however this album has the balls to back up my claims with 12 solid tracks and absolutely no filler whatsoever.

Musically, this is all gold. The experience The Toasters possess is immediately apparent, as they’ve perfectly fine-tuned their approach to ska so that not one aspect overpowers another. There’s a significant use of horns and keyboards, but it doesn’t drown out the vocals and other instruments. One More Bullet opens up with “What A Gwan” with shouted vocals and a sense of playfulness from both vocalists. This type of playful bombastic energy is used throughout the entire album, only slowing the tempo at parts where it’s nessecary. Tracks like “Run Rudy Run Redux” and “One More Bullet” show this. The rest of them are just plain fun to sing along to, especially “El Chopo“.

Lyrically, The Toasters cover a wide variety of topics, littered with sarcasm and wit, ranging from CCTV, bootleg shops, politics and on my personal favourite track “You’re Gonna Pay”, all the people in the music industry who’ve done them wrong over their lifespan as a band. All sung from Hingley’s expert vocals.

There isn’t much to be said about One More Bullet that hasn’t already been said on previous Toasters albums. I will say that I’ve found my summer album. This makes me want to dance. I’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t say the same.


Brooklyn Rocksteady Documentary Now Available for Download/Streaming

BrooklynA documentary about the 80’s/90’s Brooklyn ska scene is now available for both download and streaming online.  Brooklyn Rocksteady: The Roots, The Scene & The Culture was produced by Samuel Gursky and funded via crowdsourcing website kickstarter. 

The film explores the ska/rocksteady scene between 1981 and 2011, and features never before seen studio footage as well as live clips and interviews with some of the time’s most notable acts such as The Slackers, The Toasters, The Pietasters and The Forthrights.

The film can be streamed on youtube, downloaded (name your price) or ordered on DVD here.

Stream: Mrs. Skannotto – Free Speech Zone

Rochester N.Y.’s ska punk band Mrs. Skannotto is streaming a new song titled Free Speech Zone right now at Listen to the song here!

Free Speech Zone is the fourth track off the band’s brand new and upcoming album All These Evolutions set to release Feb. 26, 2013. Mrs. Skannotto hope to start a 2013 tour along with this release. Right now, the band is on tour with The Toasters. Check out the remaining tour dates below.

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Tours: The Toasters (30th Anniversary)

The ToastersNext year, the legendary New York ska act The Toasters will celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band. Considered by many to be one of the first American bands in the third wave ska movement, The Toasters are though to be the longest running ska band in the States.

Formed in 1981, the band has released a total of ten albums with their most recent being 2007’s One More Bullet. Next January they will kick off the first leg of their thirtieth anniversary tour with additional dates to be announced for Summer and Fall 2011 soon. The current set of announce dates can be seen below.

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