Need a playlist for your special lover today? Western Addiction has you covered with not one but 2 Valentine’s Day Spotify playlists! ♥
Here’s Jason from Western Addiction setting up his playlist:
“I realize that a list of “love songs” may sound unusual coming from us considering I’m usually screaming at people, but I’ve actually been thinking about this playlist for quite some time. The only two criteria for the selections were that they would have to resonate with someone who has a working knowledge of punk and it has to elicit a certain “feeling.” Maybe that’s love, who knows. There is some old, some new, and some necessary clichés. Play this for someone special and let me know what I forgot. We wrote our first “love song” called “Red Emeralds” that’s on the new record and we can’t wait for you to hear it.
WA vous aime,
Chad from Western Addiction on his playlist: “Love songs don’t need to be soft and cheesy, though. Here’s a punk rock V-Day playlist”.
Make sure you check out Western Addiction’s new album – Tremulous – OUT ON March 10th!
The Bombpops’ debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out, is out today! Head to Bandcamp, Spotify, or Apple Music to listen to the entire album. Then, snag your copy here! Or better yet, grab one from the band at one of their California record release shows. Read a stellar review or two, then dive into an interview with co-frontwomen Jen and Poli, who give the rundown on how they arrived at FAT. Now, let’s bring it all home by watching their infectious, vivacious, and downright energetic video for their first single “CA in July.”
Direct Hit fans, get pumped!!! On April 14th, we’ll be re-releasing the band’s debut album, Domesplitter. After countless emails, tags, and comments, we’ve heeded your call, and repressed their very first full-length album, complete with brand new (much improved) art! Front-man Nick Woods gives you the rundown:
Domesplitter is the first full-length album we put out. It’s an ‘album’ in the sense that it runs for about a half hour, but really it’s just a compilation of 10 tunes we’d already posted on the internet in the couple years leading up to its original release. The handful of people who knew and cared about our band at the time picked the tracklist out by voting on these slips of paper we mailed with SASEs before we’d even put out a real record. So really, this wasn’t even ‘original’ when it first came out, which makes it pretty fucking derivative now. But if you’re looking for wholly pioneering and groundbreaking punk rock from DH at this point, something’s probably wrong with your brain. Either way, after we signed up with Fat a lot of people started asking us if we’d ever put these tunes back on vinyl again. So that’s what we’re doing here. I still think a lot of these songs hold up. The rest make for great embarrassment fodder when we’re onstage. Show how cool you are by yelling “Living Dead” at us instead of “Free Bird.” We will never play it.Direct Hit are rolling out with Bowling For Soup this April. Don’t miss it!
What can we say; we love CANADA. Our love affair with bands across the border runs deep. Heck, we admit it…we googled “how to move to Canada” when He Who Must Not Be Named descended to the throne. What say you, Mr. Trudeau? Do you like punk? Anyway, enough lamenting our national tragedy and onto loud, uplifting, soul-fortifying rock ‘n’ roll: The Dirty Nil!
Fresh off a global tour and a JUNO Award nomination, Hamilton, Ontario rock ‘n’ roll trio The Dirty Nil have announced the forthcoming release of Minimum R&B. Comprised of eleven tracks from the band’s stellar singles and EP’s, this collection plays like a greatest hits album. FAT will be your source for Minimum R&B in the U.S. and Dine Alone Records will handle it in Canada and the rest of the sane world.
This month, The Dirty Nil will be kicking off another tour across Canada with Billy Talent and Monster Truck, followed by a string of European dates with The Menzingers and The Flatliners. All the dates and info can be found here!
Today, Brooklynvegan is premiering a brand new Bombpops song: “Be Sweet.” Culled from their debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out (out this Friday), this infectious song is what The Bombpops are all about. “Be Sweet” holds a special place for The Bombpops, as the lyrics were written by their dear friend, the late Brandon Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket. Here’s what vocalist/guitarist Jen Razavi had to say about how the song developed:
Back in 2010, we were partying in a hotel room with Brandon and Ray Carlisle. There was a guitar in the room, and Brandon was showing us an idea he had for a song. He had written it for his wife, but he told us we should play it and change the lyrics to “getting rad with my boyfriend.” He wrote down all the lyrics on 4 sheets of hotel notepad paper. Since then, the melody and the chord progression were forgotten, but I still had the lyrics. We wrote the song in the studio and used every single lyric that Brandon had written down. The song is an homage to Brandon and Teenage Bottlerocket. Our producer, Chris Fogal, had the idea to title the song “Be Sweet,” as that was Brandon’s saying. We’re really thrilled this song made the record. Brandon was an outstanding friend to us, and we miss him dearly.
If you’re coming to San Francisco, be sure to check out Western Addiction’s guide to SF on the Punk Rock Theory website.
Chicken from Dead To Me is interviewed on Razorcake’s podcast. It’s a good one!
Mean Jeans Midwest tour starts tonight in Chicago!
Direct Hit recommends their tips for touring! Watch it here.
Western Addiction just got added to the Descendents show in Santa Cruz!
Bombpops are interviewed on Inertia. Have a look!