Category Archives: Punk Rock

News from the Punk Rock music scene.

The Get Up Kids (West Coast)

The Get Up Kids have announced a run of West Coast dates in late January and early February. The band is hitting the road in support of their upcoming, self-released new album. The record is titled There Are Rules and is due out January 25, 2011. The band reunited with producer Bob Weston who previously collaborated with the band on 1997’s Four Minute Mile.

The album is the first full length from the band since 2004’s Guilt Show though the band compiled an album’s worth of EPs on 2010’s Simple Science.

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Milo Aukerman of the Descendents talks Science, DIY, future tours

Milo Aukerman of Descendents granted a rare interview to talk about a variety of subjects including his career in science, DIY and what kind of performances can be expected from the legendary band in the future. When asked about the punk rock era of the original run of the Descendents versus today, he said this:

You have to remember, this was before the corporate record labels took all the fun out of it. There was a naivete to the scene, meaning that bands played gigs partly just to hang out with friends, partly just to get exposure, but never with any idea to get on Billboard top40 or anything. This lack of expectation for “commercial success” meant that bands could experiment, and it seemed like every new band that came out would sound completely different than anything else. I mentioned the amazing shows with Black Flag, Minutemen, etc.; aside from the jawdropping music that these guys were making, they were our buds and really looked out for us, booking us on their shows and urging us to record our stuff. It was not only a musical breakthrough but a new model for music production (i.e. the DIY ethic), and I feel incredibly fortunate to have taken part in it.

He also talks about future touring plans:

The idea is to NOT halt my career at all; I have no plans to “go on tour” per se. The Australian shows are what I would call “one-off,” and that’s likely the only way the Descendents will operate from now on (i.e. occasional shows here and there). Currently, we are “cramming for the exam,” getting ready for the Aussie shows. For me, the most important thing is strengthening my voice so I don’t blow it out after the first show. Going home early would totally suck. I’m limited by how much time off I can get from my job. Do not expect any comprehensive tour, but just a smattering of shows here and there.

Find the entire interview here.
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Glassjaw releasing new 7-inch through pizzeria

Glassjaw will be releasing a new 7-inch today, exclusively through Mario’s Pizzeria in Seaford, New York. The band is inviting fans to visit the restaurant and order the “The Glassjaw” to get the “7-inch Personal Pizza” for $11.11.

No word on the contents of the 7-inch, though the band has released two new songs in the last few months which would fit on a 7-inch; “Stars” and “You Think You’re John Fucking Lennon.”

Check out the pizza ad here.
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Warner buys (rest of) Roadrunner Records

Warner Music Group has announced that they have acquired the rest of Roadrunner Records. The major label took a majority stake back in 2007, but has purchased the remaining outstanding shares in the metal and hard rock label. Roadrunner CEO, and founder, Cees Wessels said this:

Since joining the Warner Music family, we have enjoyed some of our greatest creative and commercial successes as a label. Most importantly, we have retained our unique identity while also expanding our horizons, thanks in part to the tremendous expertise and experience we can tap into as part of the Warner Music family and the relationships we have built with our Warner Music colleagues around the world. I am very proud that Roadrunner is now a fully-fledged stable mate of such iconic labels as Atlantic, Warner Bros. Records, Elektra, Asylum and Rhino, and I believe that we are in this position thanks to our team’s hard work and consistently original approach over the years.

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No Trigger to release “Be Honest” in December

No Trigger No Trigger have set a title, release date and label for their recently promised new 7-inch and first new release since 2006’s Canyoneer. The record is titled Be Honest and is due out December 14, 2010 via Mightier Than Sword. Check out the artwork here.

The band also recently promised a new full length with a label to be announced.
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Tours: The Riot Before (Europe)

The Riot Before have confirmed more European shows in support of their new album, Rebellion.

The band has also released a donation based download of a B-side from Rebellion entitled “Blank Slate.” All money raised from the download will go to support the organization These Numbers Have Faces. You can go to the charity’s website to download the song and hear a personal message from guitarist/vocalist Brett Adams about their decision to donate the song. Find that here.

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…And You Will Know us By The Trail of Dead to release “Tao of the Dead”

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will be releasing their seventh full length on February 8, 2011. The record is titled Tao of the Dead and will be the second on their own imprint, Richter Scale Records. The album comes almost exactly two years after the February 2009 release of The Century of Self .

The band will of course be touring in support of the new album, kicking things off in Europe at the end of March on a co-headlining tour with Rival Schools and then heading out in the US at the end of April – dates to be announced shortly.
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Balance and Composure: “Rope,” “Only Boundaries” (acoustic)

Balance and Composure Balance and Composure recently recorded a pair of acoustic videos for Click here to watch a clip of “Rope,” from the band’s split with Tigers Jaw, and head here to watch them perform “Only Boundaries,” the title track from the group’s 2009 EP.

B & C are currently on tour with Bayside, Senses Fail and Title Fight.
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