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Brakrock announces first 10 bands

brakrockBrakrock Ecofest, the yearly punk rock festival in the Belgian town Duffel, announced the first 10 bands for it’s 2018 edition. The festival will be held on the 7th and the 8th of August and the line up will include: Satanic Surfers, D.R.I., The Lawrence Arms, SNFU, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Queers, Mute, This Is A Standoff. Check out the full roster on Brakrock’s facebook page or website.

Early Bird tickets for Brakrock are available through the festivals website: brakrock.be

 

 

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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Voodoo Glow Skulls - Southern California Street Music

Voodoo Glow Skulls

Southern California Street Music

Victory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Voodoo Glow Skulls were one of those bands that I always heard about, was always interested in, and yet never actually checked out their stuff. Other than a few compilations here and there, the actual music of the band failed to hit my ears at all. I can’t really say why, they were just never a band that I went out of my way to find. Either way, I knew they were a ska band that has been around for well over a decade; and I love ska, so when I saw the cover of Southern California Street Music staring back at me from a recently opened envelope I was stoked.

I excitedly ripped off the plastic wrapper and threw the record into my CD player, expecting to hear a knee pumping ska record… boy was I disappointed.

It’s not that it wasn’t a knee pumping ska record; it’s just that I couldn’t stand the vocals. Frank Casillas’ pipes are strong and normally a type of vocals that I would like. However, for me, the vocals didn’t fit the ska beat and I couldn’t help but think that Casillas’ vocals would be better in a skate-punk band ala Pennywise – particularly since I heard a heavy Jim Lindberg resemblance in them. This created a massive obstacle for me to overcome. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get into the record. I sat through the record and then tossed it away, rather disappointed with what I was expecting to be a great ska release.

Then some reviews starting popping up about the record. Reviews which were praising the musical merits of the release and I decided to brave the bullet and listen to the CD again. This time I went in with a new frame of mind as I was set to ignore the vocals and instead focus in on the music behind them to see if I could find some semblance of happiness within the release. So I looked past the vocals on my second listen, listening to the music behind it and I was impressed. The music was gritty and fast, a great ska punk sound that got your blood flowing. The horns blared through my headphones and the upstrokes got my feet taping on the bus. With more distortion than most ska, the beat was hyperactive and not one song lacked any spunk. So as Southern California Street Music made its way through its twelve tracks I starting thinking that these guys would be a lot of fun to hear live because there I could look past the vocals and just dance with the beat.

Then the strangest thing happened. As the record progressed and I was focusing intensely on the music, I slowly let the vocals slip in past my blockage; and well, I didn’t mind them as much. While they still weren’t what I expected, I started to like them. The rough vocals fit with the distorted ska punk beats. The harsh delivery worked well with the serious subject matter and it was the vocals that really made the songs memorable on tracks like Morning Air Raid Sirens, Home Is Where The Heart(ache) Is and When The World Stops Turning. So on my third listen I put away all my notions and listened to the songs again, vocals and music combined and I couldn’t help but feel that it had grown on me.

The vocals, while not the regular ska vocals, fit well. The music is energetic and upbeat; and while I can’t accurately compare it to any previous releases, Street Music has caught my attention despite a sloppy start and I’m sure I’ll play the record again in the future.

So my recommendation is this: if you like ska, check it out; but don’t dismiss it after the first listen because it will grow on you and then it’ll be worth it.

Tours: Voodoo Glow Skulls

Voodoo Glow SkullsLong running ska-core act Voodoo Glow Skulls has announced a string of tour dates.  The band continues to support their lastest release, Break The Spell, which was released in January 2012 on Smelvis Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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The Flatliners: 10th Anniversary Tour, Destroy To Create On Vinyl

FlatlinersAs they prepare to leave for their 10th Anniversary Tour, The Flatliners‘ debut album Destroy to Create will be released on vinyl through Fat Wreck Chords. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell had this to say about the release:

“Ever unearthed an old drawing you did as a child at your parent’s house? Ever gone back and read the weird shit people wrote in your High School year book? Feels odd doesn’t it? You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, but for some reason, you can’t help but laugh. Well this November, we will be releasing our first album Destroy to Create on vinyl for the very first time ever. The lovely folks at Fat Wreck Chords have reluctantly agreed to allow our die-hard fans to finally snatch up these songs on a piece of wax. And we think it’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the band’s 10th Anniversary.”

You can pick up a copy of the record here. You can also listen to a track from the album here.

After their 10th Anniversary Tour through Canada, The Flatliners will head to Austrailia with Good Riddance, Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and A Willhelm Scream.

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Authority Zero Announce Tour With Voodoo Glow Skulls; Release New Live Album On January 31

Authority ZeroAuthority Zero will hit the road with Voodoo Glow Skulls for the “Black Coffee White Knuckles” Tour across the US in January 2012.  The band has also set January 31, 2012 as the release date for their new live album Less Rhythm, More Booze on Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge’s  Viking Funeral Records.  Frontman Jason DeVore comments: 

We’re excited to be hitting the road with our good friends the Voodoo Glow Skulls for a tour around the US in early 2012. We did a trek together in 2011 and had a blast, so we’re back for round two. We’re also excited to release our second live album and DVD fittingly titled ‘Less Rhythm More Booze’ during this upcoming tour. On our first live album (‘Rhythm and Booze’), we completely re-wrote songs off of our first two albums and this time we rewrote tracks off of our latest two albums 12:34 and Stories of Survival in the same distorted manner. To record we just threw a big party in our hometown of Mesa, Arizona, let the good times roll, and captured the audio and video for a CD/DVD release.” 

Authority Zero are set to enter the studio in April 2012 to record the follow to their critically acclaimed 2010 studio album, Stories of Survival for summer release. Fans can view the video for Authority Zero’s latest single, Big Bad World, online at.

VooDoo Glow Skulls Leak Two New Songs

Longtime So Cal ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls have posted two brand new songs titled “Police Knocking On My Door” and “My Girlfriend Is A Chola” track called Haunt Youon their Reverbnation page.

No word on where the song will be officially released. The band last released Southern California Street Music in 2007 on Vagrant Records.

Second Voodoo Glow Skulls Song: Jump The Gun

Voodoo Glow SkullsSoCal’s ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls have released a second new song online following the release of Haunt You back in August.

This new song is called Jump The Gun and can be heard here. No word on what these new songs will officially be released on.


New Voodoo Glow Skulls Song: Haunt You

Voodoo Glow SkullsLongtime So Cal ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls have posted a previously-unreleased track called Haunt You on their MySpace page.

No word on where the song will be officially released. The band last released Southern California Street Music in 2007 on Vagrant Records.


Video: Voodoo Glow Skulls – Dead Soldiers

Veteran ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls have released a stop-motion video for a new song called Dead Soldiers. The video can be seen below.

Dead Soldiers will appear on an as-yet-untitled new album from the band. Read More…