Reno, Nevada’s Cobra Skulls have already kicked off a massive celebratory tour in honor of recently released American Rubicon, their third full-length on Red Scare Records. They’ve gained mixed feedback for the new album just as they’ve attracted mixed crowds to their shows. Punk, rockabilly, folk and more all combine for a sound that dodges sweeping labels and keeps a variety of listeners hooked. Cobra Skulls show no signs of slowing down. Vocalist Devin Peralta and Stephanie Thorton recently talked about the new album, tour, his reaction to a mixed fanbase, politics, and goals for the band once the current hectic schedule subsides.
Some of you youngsters may be not be familiar with them, so let me bring you up to speed. Punk rock in the 90’s was pretty much dominated by the So-Cal sound. You know, the aggressive skate-punk stuff. But there was a small group of bands like Mr. T Experience, Jawbreaker, and J Church that were doing something a little different and more insightful with their punk rock. Sicko is one of those bands, and they were a HUGE favorite of mine as they were from my home state of Washington.
People were paying insane amounts of money for their outta print CDs, so we figured we’d do our part and bring you their entire catalog via the wonders of digital distro. I highly recommend you check out these records, Sicko was a super catchy, super fun band and I will always remember them fondly. In a strange coincidence, today is my birthday, and I can’t think of a better gift to myself and to the rest of the punk community than to bring some of this music back into the light. All four full lengths: “You Can Feel The Love In This Room”, “Laugh While You Can Monkey Boy”, “Chef Boy-R-U-Dum”, and “You Are Not The Boss Of Me!”.
You can find all the reissues on iTunes here.
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Sum 41 guitarist and vocalist Deryck Whibley recently posted an update on the progress of the band’s forthcoming album.
Things are going very well with us right now. still writing and recording demos. We’ve got a bunch of great ideas and we’re in the process of putting all these ideas into complete songs. The most important and exciting, but also somewhat time consuming, is trying to find a producer we think will fit this record perfectly. We have a long list of people that we’re meeting and hope to finally pick someone soon. As soon as we do I’ll let you all know. Thanks.
The Swellers, who are preparing for the September 29 release of their Fueled By Ramen debut Ups And Downsizing have released a video containing tour footage from the first half of 2009. The band will begin a tour with Paramore on the day the album is released.
Stu McKillop of the currently-on-hiatus Daggermouth has started a new band called In Bear Country. McKillop handles vocals for the band, which has posted three new songs on their MySpace page. The band has a few shows planned in Western Canada in September.
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Avail‘s Joe Banks and two of the band’s former members – Chuck McCauley and Erik Larson – have started a new band called Freeman, appropriately named after the new band’s vocalist.
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We’re stoked to bring you an exclusive new video from Canada’s Moneen. The video for the song, “Hold That Sound,” comes from the band’s highly anticipated new album, The World I Want to Leave Behind. The album is due out September 15, 2009. The Brampton-based quartet recorded the twelve tracks in January at Rattlebox Studios in Toronto with Brian Moncarz and Grammy award-winning David Bottrill (Tool, Silverchair, Placebo, Muse) at the producer’s helm.
The organizers of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest have announced the lineup for the 2009 edition of the festival.
Some of the highlights include 7 Seconds, Coalesce, Coliseum, Danzig, DEATH, Destroyer, D.R.I., Face To Face, Flipper, Fucked Up, Gorilla Biscuits, HEALTH, Les Savy Fav, Lucero, MC Chris, Melt Banana, Mika Miko, Mission of Burma, No Age, Off With Their Heads, Of Montreal, Reign Supreme, Riverboat Gamblers, Russian Circles, Shonen Knife, Street Dogs, The Cool Kids, Jesus Lizard, This Will Destroy You, Times New Viking, Torche, Why?, Young Widows, Youth Brigade,
Also of note is that the Danzig performance is likely to be the only 2009 show from the veteran musician.
Former Good Riddance guitarist, Luke Pabich, has started a new band called Outlie-Acoustic. The band has not released any info on planned releases, but they have posted three new acoustic songs, which can be streamed on their MySpace page.
Good Riddance called it quits in 2007 after 21 years of playing together. Their final performance was documented on 2008’s Remain in Memory: The Final Show.
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BYO Records has begun teasing the band combinations on their upcoming Let Them Know boxed set via an e-card. This week they revealed Pennywise covering 7 Seconds‘ “We’re Gonna Fight,” Youth Brigade covering SNFU‘s “Misfortune,” Nothington covering One Man Army‘s “All The Way,” Wednesday Night Heroes covering Stretch Marks’ “Foreign Policy” and 7 Seconds returning the favour to Youth Brigade by playing “Sink With California.” The songs appear on the LP that accompanies the set.
Let Them Know: The Story Of Youth Brigade and BYO Records features a DVD release of the full-length documentary Let Them Know, directed by Jeff Alulis (Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls, NOFX‘s Backstage Passport). The aforementioned double LP, is a 31 track audio compilation of bands covering songs from the BYO catalogue. The LP and DVDs will come packaged with a full-color, hardcover coffee table book further celebrating the label’s history.
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Gogol Bordello have announced plans for a new live DVD and CD titled Live from Axis Mundi. Due out October 6, 2009, the set will feature footage from two sold-out nights at Irving Plaza in New York City filmed in 2007. The package features live performances of “Start Wearing Purple,” “Ultimate,” “Not A Crime” and “Baro Foro” as well as music videos for “Start Wearing Purple,” “Not A Crime,” “Wonderlust King,” “American Wedding,” bonus chronicles and extra tracks.
It will also feature a CD of previously unreleased tracks including “Stivali E Colbacco” from the Super Taranta! sessions, the “Troubled Friends” from the Gypsy Punk sessions, “Roumania,” a demo of “60 Revolutions” and an instrumental version of “Immigrant Punk.” The CD also features six tracks from the band’s BBC sessions, recorded on BBC-Radio 1’s “In The Company Of (with Colin Murray)” in March 2008.
Canadian prog-metal/punk outfit Protest the Hero have posted a trailer for their first DVD due out this fall. The two disc set is titled Gallop Meets the Earth and is due out September 15, 2009. It will feature footage of the band’s sold-out headlining concert at the Sound Academy in Toronto from December 2008 and a number of bonus features and hidden content.
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