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Useless ID Perform Bridge City Sessions

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID recently performed “Land Of Idiocracy” for the Bridge City Sessions.  The band last released State Is Burning back in July via Fat Wreck Chords.

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Interview: Useless ID

Useless IDAfter over twenty years together, Useless ID are no stranger to the road. Hailing all the way from Haifa, Israel, the band has grown to become one of the most successful Middle Eastern punk bands ever. They never let that success get to their head though and instead stay focused on delivering solid music that actually means something to them. They carried on their tradition with State of Burning – the band’s eighth studio album that came out this past July.

Wanting to waste no time promoting it, the band instantly jumped back on the road and soon saw themselves playing through Canada with labelmates Pears and NOFX. We emailed them just before to learn more about the album, the tour, and their musical ideologies. 

Read the interview here.

   
Useless ID

Useless ID

Ishay Berger

Fat Wreck Chords
By on November 4th, 2016 at Email

 

 

After over twenty years together, Useless ID are no stranger to the road. Hailing all the way from Haifa, Israel, the band has grown to become one of the most successful Middle Eastern punk bands ever. They never let that success get to their head though and instead stay focused on delivering solid music that actually means something to them. They carried on their tradition with State of Burning – the band’s eighth studio album that came out this past July.

Wanting to waste no time promoting it, the band instantly jumped back on the road and soon saw themselves playing through Canada with labelmates Pears and NOFX. We emailed them just before to learn more about the album, the tour, and their musical ideologies.  Read More…

   

Video: Useless ID – Without A Choice

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a music video for the song “Without A Choice.” The track is lifted from their new album, State Is Burning, which dropped back in July via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Video: Useless ID – We Don’t Want The Airwaves

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a music video for the song “We Don’t Want The Airwaves.” The track is lifted from their new album, State Is Burning, which is due out July 1, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Lagwagon Tour

Lagwagon / Useless ID / Versus The World

Club Academy, Manchester, UK

19th July 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Lagwagon 2016Summer has made it’s belated arrival in Manchester as Lagwagon, Useless ID and Versus The World roll into town, it’s hitting boiling point in the city and everyone has spilled outside the pubs and bars that populate the area, regardless of this temptation we are headed into Club Academy. Thankfully the venue lies in the basement of the University, which at least offers some respite from the heat. The music being played prior to the first band seems to be an odd choice, we get a selection of 70s and 80s disco, but to hear a, slightly drunk, member of the early evening crowd hollering It’s Raining Men almost makes it tolerable… almost. 

Versus The World 2016Versus The World, the only band on tonight’s bill who aren’t signed to Fat Wreck Chords, open tonight’s proceedings, sadly they open to a sparse crowd. Versus The World, whose line up includes members of Lagwagon, The Ataris and Antifreeze, play their set regardless and they start to bring in a few stragglers. The Californian five piece play their hard edged variety of pop punk to those who have forsaken the early evening sunshine. Versus The World play an energetic set that is a fine opening to tonight’s show, whilst their sound may not be original concept it is delivered with an admirable level of commitment and enthusiasm.

Useless ID July 2016Prior to Useless ID taking the stage the random selection of music continues, for some reason we get treated to Lynard Skynard‘s Freebird before Useless ID take the stage. Useless ID are touring in support of their impressive, and in my opinion their best album to date, State Is Burning. The Israeli quartet wake up the venue with their intense brand of melodic hardcore, they play a set that, whilst mainly culled from their latest release, is interspersed with a selection of songs from their past glories. Apparently Manchester is as “hot as Haifa” tonight, despite this Useless ID play a energetic set in the now oppressive heat.

The harmonies that inhabit their material areUseless ID July 2016 present live, and everything about this band just screams commitment, impressively they sound even better live, and believe me I loved State Is Burning. Useless ID leave the stage and you can see the sweat dripping from the microphone which underlines just how much they’ve put into tonight’s short set. The only issue I have with Useless ID tonight is that their set just isn’t long enough, a band of this calibre deserve more than half an hour, and their set is over in an impressive, but all too short instant. On the basis of tonight I would recommend catching Useless ID live if you get the chance.

Lagwagon 2016The crowd has swelled during Useless ID‘s set, whilst by no means sold out the Club Academy now has a healthy and enthusiastic crowd that are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lagwagon. The Bonanza theme tune rings out from the PA and this signals that their arrival is imminent, tonight they are playing their classic Hoss album in full. A small but enthusiastic mosh pit immediately forms, and more impressively remains in place throughout the set. Even the Californian’s are struggling with tonight’s unrelenting heat, Joey Cape informs us that this is the hottest stage that Lagwagon have ever encountered in the UK.

WhilstLagwagon July 2016 the crowd tonight is smaller than Lagwagon are used to playing to, I doubt they’ll encounter a more dedicated crowd on this tour, the mosh pit expands throughout the set until it occupies most of  the floor, with sweaty die hard fans throwing themselves around with admirable abandon. Once Hoss has been played in full we get a crowd pleasing encore or two including two of my favourite Lagwagon songs, May 16, and Falling Apart. What really comes across during Lagwagon‘s set is that they clearly love what they’re doing, this is just as well as they have now been around for more than a quarter of a century.

Lagwagon 2016On the hottest day of the year in Manchester, in a venue that resembles a building site, where the main bar was shut and despite the truly awful selection of songs inbetween the bands, a respectable crowd still attended on what was a very close, sweaty and humid night. For those who opted for an evening outside the pub and a few cold beers instead of attending tonight’s show, I understand your reasoning, but you made the wrong choice. There’s nowhere I would have rather been in Manchester tonight, although I will admit that some air conditioning would have been a welcome addition.

Lagwagon 2016You can visit the Versus The World bandcamp here and their facebook page here

You can visit Useless ID‘s website here and order the State Is Burning LP here

You can visit Lagwagon‘s website here and order the Hang LP here

You can visit Fat Wreck Chords here and  Kung Fu Records here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, he will be launching his website soon, you can visit his Instagram account here

You can read thepunksite.com‘s reviews of  Versus The World‘s Homesick/Roadsick LP here, Useless ID‘s State Is Burning LP here and Lagwagon‘s Hang LP  here

Useless ID

Useless ID

State Is Burning

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve made no secret and offered no apologies for my lukewarm enthusiasm towards Israeli punk mainstays Useless ID.  Their efforts have always struck me more as a love letter to the punk bands of the early 90’s – Bad Religion, The Descendents, No Use For A Name, NOFX – than an original spark.  More like mechanical re-creations of Tony Sly’s legacy than original works standing the test of time.  But in their twentieth year as a unit, and with the release of their eighth full length, State Is Burning, the band is forcing me to change my tune.

State Is Burning is Useless ID’s most passionate and genuine output – ever.  The twelve-track record is unquestionably the quartet’s masterwork and will be remembered as their lasting contribution to the punk scene.  In other words, I’m hooked and will be listening to State Is Burning for decades to come.

As for what made for such a powerful shift? Unrestrained passion – the type front man Yotam Ben-Horin explored previously in his recent acoustic adventure, but this time plugged in, unapologetic, and in your face.

State Is Burning aspires to the days of sub-thirty minute classics that trim the fat and concisely play to the bare essentials.  While Useless ID had a bad habit of letting repetition get the best of them, not a single chorus or verse on State Is Burning outstays its welcome.  For instance, opener “Land of Idiocracy” rattles through a barrage of jarring riffs and melodic chorus in a mere 59 seconds, but feels more complete and purposeful than past songs three or four times that length (and that’s not even the shortest track).  Accelerating at a breakneck pace with the rumbling bass and vicious snapping of drummer Gideon Berger, follow up “Stopwatch” sets up State Is Burning as a passionate political statement, moving from throaty roar to articulate mission statement characteristic of similarly aggressive Bad Religion tunes. 

The beauty of State Is Burning can be summed up in songs like “Creation” and “Genetic.”  “Creation” finds a catchy beat and assults it from every angle.  Melodic at its core, the band weaves through tempo shifts, belted choruses, full-on instrumental retreat and the type of “woa-oah” accompaniment that moves an audience to its feet. Likewise, “Genetic” barrels forth unapologetically, fueled by resentment and distrust, and culminating in an instrumental climax unlike anything else State Is Burning has to offer.  Others like “Without A Choice” thrive on angular riffs, a la The Descendents, and even classically Useless ID tracks like “Nightshift” thrive in the context of the album. “Detune” captures the magic of Lagwagon in a slow moving, dampened intro that viciously explodes into a masterful whirlwind of Joey Cape and Fat Mike.  And of course, be sure to check out the nifty little ode to the Ramones, “We Don’t Want The Airwaves,” (which made a recent appearance on an EP of the same name) for a little something on the lighter side.  That’s right, no filler here folks, just track after track of new surprises.

While the aforementioned influences have always served as a guiding light for Uesless ID, they’ve typically felt, impressionistic  – that is until now. State Is Burning frames Useless ID as the punk rock powerhouse they’ve always aspired to be.  With fire in their veins and fists raised to the sky, even naysayers can’t deny this passionate display from newly crowned punk rock royalty.  Consider me a convert.

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Useless ID

State Is Burning

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Useless ID have now been with us for more than two decades, the quartet formed in Haifa, Israel and despite two decades of touring and recording they have managed to retain two of the original members, lead vocalist and bassist Yotam Ben-Horin and lead guitarist Ishay Berger, who alongside Gideon Berger, the younger and noisier brother of their lead guitarist, on drums and Guy Carmel, rhythm guitarmake up the current line up. State Is Burning is their eighth studio album and their second for Fat Wreck Chords, State Is Burning follows on their Fat Wreck debut, 2012’s Symptoms.

Useless ID SIB 2State is Burning opens with Land Of Idiocracy, this is a hell of a mission statement and this bleeds into Stopwatch, it becomes clear from the outset that this is Useless ID‘s hardest hitting album to date. There’s a greater sense of urgency and anger present than on their previous albums, whilst there is a pop punk element to their music this is now firmly on the back burner and a melodic hardcore approach has taken the lead, there are even tracks on here that burn with undiluted hardcore fury.

The title track is one of the stand out tracks, and very timely given the state of politics pretty much everywhere in the world, my other personal highlight is the single that preceded this release, We Don’t Want The Airwaves, a near perfect slice of punk with more than a knowing nod to The Ramones. Let’s make no bones about this, this is Useless ID‘s best album to date. This is an album that has something for anyone who loves their punk rock, this album encompasses all the strands of our beloved genre, from old school punk rock through to hardcore all the while maintaining their trademark sound and style, albeit a more heavyweight version than we’ve previously encountered. Useless ID are a band who are clearly fuelled by global politics and the stupidity and ineptitude of those who wield power, this is not only a great album, it is one that is completely relevant to the current state of the world, the state is indeed burning and now the turmoil has a soundtrack

State Is Burning can be ordered for download and on CD, vinyl and coloured vinyl from Fat Wreck Chords here

Useless ID Full Album Stream

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new album, State Is Burning, which is due out July 1, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the album here courtesy For The Love Of Punk.  Watch for our full review in the days ahead.

 

Mild In The Streets

Fat Wreck Chords

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged

Fat Wreck Chords
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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

Useless ID – State Is Burning

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Land Of Idiocy” and comes from their upcoming new album, State Is Burning, which is due out July 1, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song below.

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Tours: Lagwagon / Useless ID / Versus The World

lagwagonLagwagon will be touring Europe alongside Useless ID and Versus The World this July and August. Useless ID will be supporting their upcoming full-length, State is Burning, which is set to drop on July 1, 2016. 

Tour dates are below.

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Useless ID

We Don't Want The Airwaves EP

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Israeli punk band Useless ID are celebrating their 21st birthday this year and they are commemorating their coming of age with new releases, their first in four years. We Don’t Want The Airwaves is the precursor to their new album State Is Burning which is due to drop this summer. The title and cover of this EP is a hefty nod to The Ramones, the sleeve also contains further hints that they are going back to their roots with Bad Religion, Descendants, Hard Skin and Talk Is Poison all referenced on the cover. They appear to be re-establishing their punk credentials but this isn’t really necessary after the last 21 years, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to remind people.

The title track is a superb bouncy pop punk track that bears all the hallmarks of classic Useless ID, this is as good as anything they’ve ever written, and it’ll come as no surprise that this track also references The Ramones. The second song is called Right Wing Killing Spree and is by far the shortest track on the EP, I readied myself for an angry hardcore blast but instead I got a surprisingly catchy acoustic protest song. With the third offering, Tension, we’re back on familiar territory, this is back to the known and is a downbeat punk rock song featuring chugging guitars and many of the traits we have come to expect from Useless ID. State Is Burning closes the EP and is another acoustic number, this one is country tinged but don’t panic, think Steve Earle or Johnny Cash rather than Garth Brooks.

We Don’t Want The Airwaves feels like Useless ID are trying to showcase their varied styles and influences with everything shoehorned into one four track EP. Like many 21 year olds they appear to want everything, and they want it now. This is a welcome return from a much loved band and I’m glad they’re back.

Useless ID Premiered New Song From Upcoming EP

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a new music video from their upcoming EP.  The song is titled “We Don’t Want the Airwaves” and will appear on the upcoming EP of the same name, which is due out May 6, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Pre-orders can be made here.

Video: Yotam – ‘Tony Sly’

Yotam-California-SoundsYotam Ben Horin, lead singer for Israeli punk band Useless ID has released a video for his track Tony Sly. The song is a tribute to the former No Use for a Name frontman who sadly passed away back in 2012. Yotam has said this about the track:

“I learned alot from Tony Sly over the years when my band Useless ID toured with No Use For A Name and when I worked with Tony on songs so this song is my thank you to Tony who shaped me musically from the first time I heard No Use so many years ago.”

Yotam is on tour with Joey Cape, check out the full list of dates and the video for Tony Sly below

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Useless ID – Dissolve

Pop-punk act Useless ID is streaming a new entitled “Dissolve” song from their upcoming reissue of The Lost Broken Bones, which dropped last week via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song here courtesy Substream Magazine.

Video: Useless ID – New Misery

Useless IDUseless ID has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “New Misery” from their recent full length, Symptoms, which was released earlier this year via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video here courtesy AltPress.

Useless ID Frontman To Release Solo Album

Yotam Ben-Horin, frontman of Useless ID, is releasing his debut solo album, Distant Lover, on October 3 through Hardline Entertainment. According to Ben-Horin, the album has given him “another artistic outlet to explore new musical territory and emotional depth”. His solo material has already garnered comparisons to Elliott Smith, Brian Wilson and Death Cab For Cutie.

Ahead of the album release, the first single, Into The Blues, can be streamed here.

Fat Wreck Chords Label Tour 2012

Fat Wreck Chords has announced details for the Fat 2012 tour featuring Lagwagon, Dead To Me, The Flatliners and Useless ID. The dates will hit the Midwest and East Coast of the U.S. as well as Eastern Canada.

Tour dates can be found below.

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New Interview: Useless ID

Useless IDOver here in North America, it’s rare that you discover a band from Isreal but Useless ID have found a way to breach that barrier for close to two decades now. Since forming in 1994, the quartet has released seven full length albums and toured the world over. Symptoms, their latest album, was just released on Fat Wreck Chords and they are currently touring heavily in support of the release. First with an Eastern Canadian tour and then they will head overseas with Lagwagon.

We shot guitarist Ishay Berger an e-mail before the tour began to pick his brain about the tour, the new album and the band’s recent line-up change.

Read the interview here.

   
Useless ID

Useless ID

Ishay Berger

Fat Wreck Chords
By on May 24th, 2012 at Email

 

 

Over here in North America, it’s rare that you discover a band from Israel but Useless ID have found a way to breach that barrier for close to two decades now. Since forming in 1994, the quartet has released seven full length albums and toured the world over. Symptoms, their latest album, was just released on Fat Wreck Chords and they are currently touring heavily in support of the release. First with an Eastern Canadian tour and then they will head overseas with Lagwagon.

We shot guitarist Ishay Berger an e-mail before the tour began to pick his brain about the tour, the new album and the band’s recent line-up change. Read More…

Tours: Useless ID (Canada, China, Europe)

Useless IDIsrael’s Useless ID has announced a string of future tour dates.  The tour includes dates in China, Europe, and Canada.  The band continues to support their recent Fat Wreck Chords debut, Symptoms.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Video: Useless ID – Before It Kills

Useless IDIsrael’s Useless ID have debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song ” Before It Kills” from the band’s upcoming full length.

The album, titled Symptoms, is due out on February 14, 2012 and is the band’s first release with Fat Wreck Chords.  The band previously released The Lost Broken Bones in 2008 through Suburban Home Records.

You can watch the video here courtesy AltPress.

Useless ID: New Misery

Useless IDIsrael’s Useless ID have teamed up with Alternative Press to unveil New Misery – a brand new song from the band’s upcoming full length.

The album, titled Symptoms, is due out on February 14th and is the band’s first release with Fat Wreck Chords. The band previously released The Lost Broken Bones in 2008 through Suburban Home Records.

You can hear the song here.

   

Useless ID Signs With Fat Wreck Chords

Fat Wreck Chords has signed long running punk rock act Useless ID.  The band will be releasing a brand new full length entitled Symptoms on February 14, 2012.  Fat Mike notes his enthusiasm: 

“After being friends with and touring with Useless ID (terrible name for a band) for many years now, I decided to sign the Jews to Fat Wreck. Not because of those reasons, but because they made a kick ass record with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. nuff said.”

The cover art for Symptoms can be viewed below.

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Useless ID Set To Enter Studio

According to a recent news feed update, long running pop punk group Useless ID gearing up to head into the studio by writing new material now that their recent tour of Japan tour has ended.  The band writes:

“These days we are working hard on writing songs for the next Useless ID record to be recorded at the Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore Jan/Feb’ 2011 and to be released around summer time 2011 more updates soon!!!”

The new work will serve as the band’s seventh studio full length.  Further information as it develops.