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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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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

 

Tim Armstrong Presents Avenues and Alleyways (Art Show) in LA

Tim ArmstrongTim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants) is putting on his first ever solo art show in conjunction with the Subliminal Projects Gallery, founded by Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin. The show will feature important figures in Armstrong’s life, tools of his trade, album covers amongst others. They will be presented across a number of mediums selected by Armstrong and Fairey. Both have also commented on the upcoming show:

Shepard Fairey: “Tim Armstrong’s art has a visceral lyricism and immediacy that screams “if you feel it in your guts…express it with your hands!” The D.I.Y. punk ethos of honesty and emphasis on raw instinct that is so integral to Tim’s music is clearly evident in his tremendous body of gestural and poetic visual art. I was amazed by the quality and diversity within Tim’s “Tim Timebomb” project for which he created a song and piece of art each day for a year. If Tim’s drive and proliferation in multiple mediums don’t inspire you to get off your ass, nothing will!” 

Tim Armstrong: “The first time I heard of Shepard was back in 1991 at my punk house in the East Bay, when I saw his stickers on our wall, and I’ve been a fan ever since. It’s an honor to be working with him and Subliminal on this art show. As long as I can remember, I have drawn or painted pictures. I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.” 

The show will run from  January 24 – February 22, 2014 and will feature a performance from Tim Timebomb and Friends on opening night.

 

Tim Timebomb & Friends 7″ Series

Tim TimebombAwesomely prolific, that’s really the only way to describe Tim Timebomb & Friends, side project of Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. According to the man himself:

“Tim Timebomb and Friends is a place for me to share with you some of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded with friends of mine. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music, whether I’m just sitting around playing acoustic guitar with my friends or breaking out old 45’s. I guess you could call me a music nerd. I like everything from Bob Dylan to the Ramones, to Jimmy Cliff to Cock Sparrer. I plan to bring together a great group of players to record covers as well as some originals. I hope you dig it and encourage you to pass them on.”

Songs are released digitally on youtube, and withe literally 100’s available it really is an impressive body of work. Now Hellcat Records and Pirates Press Records are joining forces to compile a series of three 7″ releases featuring a select few of these songs.

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Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life

Tim Armstrong

A Poet's Life

Hellcat Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve always been mildly attracted to The Aggrolites, their reggae/rocksteady melodies have always impressed me. However, there was always something missing in their vocal delivery. While it’s hard to explain, the vocals always turned me away from their records and onto other albums. But now I’ve solved that problem thanks to Tim Armstrong‘s wonderful debut solo record, A Poet’s Life; for you see, on A Poet’s LifeArmstrong melds with song writing ability and always unique vocal delivery together with the style of the The Aggrolites as his band on the record.

Filled with beautifully written mid tempo rock steady tracks, A Poet’s Life hones in on what so many reggae bands try to capture but fall short on. The album is a upbeat yet laid back throwback to Jamaican performers like Desmond Dekker. Every little sound and instrument is crisp and clear, working together to get the listener bopping his head and two-stepping (that is, before the hardcore kids took over the term). But while almost any reggae act can have that musical element and beat to their sound, Armstrong successfully adds his own style and flare to every song – and it is in those snippets that A Poet’s Lifereally shines.

First up is the man’s signature nasally vocals. It is those vocals that have become a signature sound in the punk scene over the past few decades and it is those vocals that bring the album to new heights. Secondly is Armstrong‘s unique writing flare and vision. The addition of DJ Odi of The Circle, along with the doubling up of Armstrong’s voice, on Inner City Violence leans a bit towards The Tranplants material, while Ritchie Stites‘ vocals on Translator constantly remind me of Reel Big Fish‘s Scott Klopfenstein when he tried to go for the weird high pitch notes – and both of those surprising guests fit and work perfectly.

Oddly enough, that’s not even the weirdest guest appearance. Do you remember the song Billy Shakespeare by Skye Sweetnam? Yeah, she’s the female singer on the single Into Action – and if you’ve heard the single I dare you to say that she doesn’t do the song justice and make it even better.

On top of all of that, the one shining quality that makes the album so spectacular is the carefully crafted companionship between Armstrong‘s vocals and The Aggrolites‘ music. They successfully work off one another, each letting the other take control of the song at the needed moments so it never becomes overwhelming and it’s constantly maintains the same momentum.

Anyone who likes ska, this one’s for you. Anyone who likes reggae, this one’s for you. Anyone who likes rocksteady anthems, this one’s for you. It shows why Tim Armstrong is a musical legend and is more than just one more page in his already impressive resume. It shows what can be done if you’re not afraid to wear your influences on your sleeve and mix those in with your own musical ideas. Basically, this album is great.

Tim Timebomb and Friends – Journey To The End Of the East Bay

Tim ArmstrongRancid frontman Tim Armstrong has posted yet another new song under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends.

Just as he has down in the past, the newest song from Tim is a re-imagined version of a classic Rancid tune as they tackle Journey To The End of the East Bay from their landmark album, … And Out Come The Wolves.

The song can be heard below.

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New Songs From Tim Armstrong

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include tracks by the names “Bridge Of Gold,” “Harry Bridges,” “Adina,” “The Letter,” and “Indestructible,” “Up To No Good” and “Dark As A Dungeon.”

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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New Songs From Tim Timebomb and Friends

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include tracks by the names “Indestructible,” “Oh Hollywood,” “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It,” “Chasing The Night,” “If Teardrops Were Pennies” and “We Did Alright.”

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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New Songs From Tim Timebomb and Friends

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include tracks by the names “I Ain’t Gone Yet,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” “Rocket 88,” “Too Much Pressure,” “Lip Up Fatty” and “Save It For Later” (all covers but the first).

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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New Songs From Tim Timebomb and Friends

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include tracks by the names “30 Pieces Of Silver,” “Sixteen Tons,” and Skeleton Crew.”

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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Two New Songs From Tim Timebomb And Friends

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m Going Down” and Bob Dylan‘s “Buckets Of Rain.”

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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Tim Timebomb and Friends New Songs

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong is streaming three new songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.  The new additions include “Trouble” featuring Pink, a cover of Sangri La’s “Heaven Only Knows” and a cover of The Ramones “Swallow My Pride”.

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

Listen to the newest additions below.

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Tim Timebomb and Friends Unveils Numerous Songs

Tim ArmstrongRancid‘s Tim Armstrong has been slowly releasing songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.

The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others. 

He’s been releasing a new song every day since October 29th, all of which can be streamed here.

Give 'Em The Boot (A Film By Tim Armstrong) [DVD]

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Give 'Em The Boot (A Film By Tim Armstrong) [DVD]

HellCat Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Everyone knows of the great punk compilation series called Give ‘Em The Boot that gets released every couple of years through Hell-Cat Records. There’s been four now, and each one gives the listener a right kick in the ass. Well, here we have another disc to add to that collection, but instead of being your regular audio CD, this one comes in the form of a DVD with twenty six live performances from Hell-Catbands between 2000 and 2004. The footage was filmed all around the world; some in the States, some in Japan, Canada, Ireland, UK, and even France. It was all put together by the label owner and Rancidlead singer, Tim Armstrong in a nice compact DVD for your viewing pleasure and although he did quite a good job compiling it all together, there are still a few things that stick out when watching it.

The first thing that is plainly evident is the abnormally large amount of Rancid performances in the show. Out of the twenty six performances, twelve of them are of Rancid, which is quite a large portion of them. For Rancid fans, this will be heaven, but for others, this may become annoying. But luckily, they didn’t keep the twelve songs all looking the same. There are a couple acoustic tracks, including a great version in Seattle of Roots RadicalNo Fun with none other than Iggy Pop and Knowledge sang with the help of AFI‘s Davey Havoc. That’s not all Havoc did either, right after the little duet with Armstrong they go into the final clip of the DVD with Rancid closing a concert in France. A few seconds into Radio, Davey Havoc runs on stage and takes the mic from Armstrong to finish the song with them, and its things like those that keeps the DVD entertaining throughout.

The second thing you notice is the weird way that Armstrong decided to display the live performances. While a few of the clips are in full color and very vibrant, most of them are cut down to the use of two shades: black and white. This really takes away some of the viewing pleasure of the DVD. Its seems to be lacking the right image to keep you watching. Sure, it works for a few bands – most notably Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros with Rudie Can’t Wait – but for the rest it seems to bring their sections down. Yeah, you can still tell what’s happening, but its not nearly as clear as it could and should be.

But once you get pas those two things, the only thing that matters are the bands, and if you like Hell-Cat Records, then you’ll like this. with songs from bands like Dropkick Murphys, Horrorpops, The Transplants, Tiger Army, US Bombs, Nerve Agents and F-Minus, they DVD goes through most of the label’s roster and even throws in some slight behind the scenes footage too.

It’s not the best DVD ever, but it does get the job done. Maybe if there was a better image and more diversity in the bands, it would received a higher grade; but for not, its just a run of the mill DVD for Hell-Cat fans.

 

Tim Armstrong Announces RockNRollTheatre Album

Tim Armstrong has announced that the tunes and and first full episode of his RockNRollTheatre series can now be downloaded for $5.  Armstrong writes:

“Hi Everyone, We’re releasing our first episode of RockNRoll Theater, titled Dante, in it’s entirety, plus a record with me singing songs from different RockNRoll Theater episodes that we’re working on.  RocknRoll Theater is 100% DIY, so if you guys actually buy it for $5 dollars, instead of file sharing, I would be stoked. Thank you for your support.”

The 14 song album can be downloaded here.

 

   

Tim Timebomb's Rocknroll Theater (Rancid and AFI)

Tim TimebombTim Armstrong of Rancid has posted the first episode in his new webseries, Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater. The first episode entitled “Dante” is available online and brings the 14th Century epic poem Dante’s Inferno, roaring into the 21st century with a new take on greed and corporate corruption. “Dante” stars AFI frontman Davey Havok, guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and actor Robert David Hall known for his work on CSI. 

Homage to the classic American Musicals, each episode in Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater  features extensive song and dance numbers with hard-hitting rock musical songs and rousing dance numbers all wrapped in a dark edge all written by Armstrong. Armstrong explained:

“I’ll play music til the day I die, and this takes everything in an exciting new direction. I love collaborating with other artists and all I want to do is continue to make these episodes.  That’s the spirit of the project.”

You can watch the episode here.

Tim Timebomb’s Rocknroll Theater (Rancid and AFI)

Tim TimebombTim Armstrong of Rancid has posted the first episode in his new webseries, Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater. The first episode entitled “Dante” is available online and brings the 14th Century epic poem Dante’s Inferno, roaring into the 21st century with a new take on greed and corporate corruption. “Dante” stars AFI frontman Davey Havok, guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and actor Robert David Hall known for his work on CSI. 

Homage to the classic American Musicals, each episode in Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater  features extensive song and dance numbers with hard-hitting rock musical songs and rousing dance numbers all wrapped in a dark edge all written by Armstrong. Armstrong explained:

“I’ll play music til the day I die, and this takes everything in an exciting new direction. I love collaborating with other artists and all I want to do is continue to make these episodes.  That’s the spirit of the project.”

You can watch the episode here.

Listen To We Did Alright From The Premiere Episode of Tim Armstrong's Musical

Rancid Tim Timebomb’s ROCKNROLL Theater, presented in partnership with VEVO, is an atmospheric, noir musical, with first class actors and killer dance numbers. The first episode, called “Dante”, features AFI frontman Davey Havok, actor Robert David Hall and Rancid‘s own vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen.

Click here to listen to We Did Alright.

Listen To We Did Alright From The Premiere Episode of Tim Armstrong’s Musical

Rancid Tim Timebomb’s ROCKNROLL Theater, presented in partnership with VEVO, is an atmospheric, noir musical, with first class actors and killer dance numbers. The first episode, called “Dante”, features AFI frontman Davey Havok, actor Robert David Hall and Rancid‘s own vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen.

Click here to listen to We Did Alright.