"We've finally become the band that we've always threatened to be," says singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti, calling, as ever, from the road. With the Supersucker odometer clicking on three decades this very year, the self-proclaimed Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World is marking the occasion with a loud, resounding Suck It. Off the blocks, this 12th studio album from the band showcases a ruthless, get-it-done trio that sounds rebuilt from Motorhead parts, with a singer-bassist transmuting Lemmy's mojo to rasp "You said to grab it / Just hook or stab it / And now I gotta have it - All of the time."
"Once we tapped into that vibe, we really ran with it," Eddie says of All the Time, which opens an album he and core 'Suckers Marty Chandler (guitar) and drummer Chris Von Streicher (drums) recorded early this year at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, TX, cutting all ten tracks in four days. "And it sounds great," says Eddie. "There's not a lick I wish we could have back."
One upside to putting 30 years of work in: You get better. One downside: Few around you do. The History of Rock n' Roll begins by lamenting a key knowledge gap among youngsters: "The difference between what sucks and what's good" - going on to illustrate the latter with an exuberant chorus: "Like Rocket From The Crypt / And the New Bomb Turks / Let's hear it for the Hangmen / Yeah they know how it works..." The list goes on: "How 'bout Zen Guerrilla man / They were fucking killer / And I am just amazed / Every time I see the Bell Rays." In the tradition of "Dancing in the Streets" or "Land of 1,000 Dances," the rhyming list song flips a crank's tirade into a roll call of fallen heroes: "Don't forget Danko and the Didjits / And the motherfucking Dwarves man / Yeah the Dwarves!" Eddie Spaghetti says it's all from the heart. "I had the line in my head for a long time - 'a footnote to an anecdote in the history of Rock n' Roll,'" he recalls. "I'm happy it came off snarky and crotchety but at the same time, celebratory about all these great bands that I really love, wish everybody else loved, and get bent out of shape that they don't."
By rights, Eddie Spaghetti should be way more than bent out of shape. Three years ago, he packed his wife Jessica, their sons Quattro and Zeke, and daughter Elvis into an SUV pulling a 29-foot Argosy Airstream, setting out from Seattle to spend a year as a family on the road - a year that was ended eight days later by a patch of black ice in Oklahoma. "That turned everything upside down," Eddie says of the crash, which was swiftly followed by a diagnosis of throat cancer and put the uninsured sometime country singer on a blue-collar trajectory from trailer to ICU room in just under six months. With his family living out of a minivan, Eddie got treated at City of Hope in Los Angeles, spending four days intubated and another six months fed by a tube before clawing his way back to Rock n' Roll. "I'm back, for sure," he says now. "It was a rough one though."
Since this is the first batch of Supersuckers released since then, some come from genuine darkness. "Everything happens for a reason" begins the track Dead Inside. "What a stupid thing to say." Four-on-the-floor cowbell and singsong chorus turn this telegram from the abyss into what Eddie rightly calls "a pop song. Back when bands used to have hits, this one could totally be a hit." The Worst Thing Ever describes the bottom in these same straight-shooting terms, the kind you hear throughout the Supersuckers oeuvre-giddily trashy paeans to hooch, Satan, or deviant sex in offhandedly-witty light verse.
This has been more or less their métier since the group of high school buddies from Tucson first moved to Seattle in 1990, signing with Sub Pop and becoming grunge's sole country-music dabblers, going so far as to back up Willie Nelson on the Tonight Show. On Suck It, Eddie's forays into country are reflected solely in the bluesy nod of Cold, Wet Wind. Otherwise, their expansive hardcore-band aesthetic came through time-tested Supersucker methodology: "writing songs in hotel rooms, dirty back stages, and all the shitholes we're always play at," says Eddie, whose fleet pen and nimble wit aren't to be overlooked-the gifts of a NSFW James Thurber or an inhalant-abusing Dorothy Parker.
"If somebody is a carpenter for 30 years, they're gonna be a fucking good carpenter, you know?" says Eddie. "So it shouldn't be such a surprise that a band just gets better over time and I really genuinely believe that we have," he says. And near-death experiences aside, Eddie says "It's really sort of a miracle. I mean, who does anything for 30 years anymore?" On this summer's 30th-anniversary tour, the band will play songs from Suck It, some country faves, and two of their Sub Pop records in its entirety.
As a whole, Suck It brings to mind that old friend who's awesome to hang out with even if his life is in the shitter. "I tend to do my best work when I'm feeling good," Eddie says. "I don't tend to channel dark stuff into my Rock n' Roll, but it makes for a more interesting record. I've come to realize what we do is not for everyone, but I still feel like we have hit songs. This one sounds like it's coming from dudes in their 50s who've been doing it for a long time and have this stupid hope that someday somebody will hear our song and make it popular like it oughta be. Because that is the truth."
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2018 has had no shortage of talented new musicians from all over the world. We're breaking down our Top 10 favorites, both new and not-so-new but definitely not old...
10. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS "Cup Of Destiny"
9. GOAT GIRL "The Man"
8. MOTORCADE "Recover"
7. LET'S EAT GRANDMA "Hot Pink"
6. PRIEST "Call My Name"
5. ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER "Talking Straight"
4. THE CHATS "Do What I Want"
3. YUNO "No Going Back"
2. CZARFACE & MF DOOM "Phantoms"
1. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays"
Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, the duo known as Let's Eat Grandma from Norwich UK, have been amassing critical acclaim for their semi-spooky electronic pop dreamscapes ever since they released I Gemini back in 2016. Their band name is taken from a grammatical joke meant to emphasize the importance of comma placement.
With their teen years waning, their new album I’m All Ears reveals just how well they have managed artistic growth and personal development. As Flood Magazine writes, "The album is a tumultuous and playful ride that leads back to hopeful moments—recording sounds of shattered glass, nodding to the chaos of a pub, the recording of a Nokia ringtone, and even a cat’s purr."
I’m All Ears is available now via Rough Trade Records.
This is the first in a series of features entitled "Old Music Friday." Why? Because most new music stinks!
Over 20 years ago, a virtually unknown singer / songwriter named Johnny Polonsky released his debut album "Hi My Name Is Johnny" on American Recordings. This masterpiece included 10 tracks, each of which could easily stand alone as a single. The album showcased Polonsky's ability to craft the perfect Pop Rock song.
Immediately after the record's release, Polonsky and his band toured as the main support act for Frank Black on his "Teenager Of the Year" tour. He was also featured on the 1996 Lollapalooza summer tour on the 2nd stage.
According to his bio, Polonsky was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Wilmette, Illinois. He began writing, recording and self-releasing homemade cassettes as a teenager, under the name The Amazing Jonny Polonsky. Using the 411 public phone records, Polonsky was able to reach and befriend musical heroes of his such as guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), and Pixies singer Frank Black/Black Francis.
Polosky would go on to release 7 albums with his fifth full length record, Fresh Flesh released in January 2018. It was recorded with his live band in two days at Rick Rubin's studio, Shangri La Studios, in Malibu CA. It features guest performances by vocalist Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age), and drummer Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus (band), Love and Rockets (band), and Tones on Tail.
Front Line Assembly has leaked a new track from the WarMech album, this time with electronic music go-to site Resident Advisor. You can stream the track here.
Front Line Assembly founder Bill Leeb is joined on WarMech by Jared Slingerland, Sasha Keevil, Craig Johnsen, and the late-great Jeremy Inkel on a tour de force 12-track full-length album that is as much electronic masterpiece as it is a game soundtrack gold join head of arsenal Bill Leeb. WarMech ranges from industrial to ambient to techno, and will blow the minds of fans of the earlier AirMech soundtrack, as well as long-time fans of Front Line Assembly.
The album will be released on June 22 via Toronto-based Artoffact Records. A double vinyl, including black and greasy-mess versions follows in August, just in time for the band's European tour. The vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve designed exclusively by Dave McKean, and you also get a collectable, branded download card. CD digipak version also available.
AirMech Wastelands expands the AirMech universe through experiencing the journey from a scavenger to a commander in the war against the machines. After global conflict erased countries and borders, automated armies continued their mission by restoring production of WarMechs to finish their directive.
Front Line Assembly will be on the road this August and September in Europe with Die Krupps. As they return to North America, the band will be performing at all three Cold Waves Festival in NYC, Chicago and LA!
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY: Bandcamp / Facebook
ARTOFFACT: Bandcamp / Facebook
Round Eye, the experimental, sax wielding, freak punk outfit have accrued a loud and controversial name for themselves since forming in 2012. The Shanghai based group have as of late been a crucial force in bridging a wide gap between the eastern and western hemispheres of DIY punk rock. Along with blazing a trail all over the globe they've played host to visiting western punks and some legends as well sharing stages with acts such as The Fleshtones, MDC, Mike Watt + The Missingmen, D.O.A., The FUs, The Boys (UK), Paul Collins Beat, M.O.T.O., Ceremony, Iceage, and eastern notables such as P.K.14, SMZB, SUBS, Hang on the Box, and during a mainland tour of China with UK punk legends The Boys, they were forced to literally move the tour underground after being banned by the Ministry of Culture for lewd artwork on a tour poster. VICE Magazine documented one of their 'bunker' gigs in Beijing in glorious baijiu filled detail.
The band has drawn comparisons to the Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Dr. Feelgood and The Fall but have more often fallen into a category all their own. Last summer Round Eye performed at Taiwan's biggest music festival Spring Scream and toured Europe and the UK (a 60+ date tour) supporting Monstervision. Now they've set their sights on the US...
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NOTHING return with their third installment, Dance On The Blacktop. The next chapter of NOTHING's story pulls from all corners of life in its contents. Stories of self loathing, self destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, "insignificant" role in Domenic Palermo's vision of the universe are met with his poised amusement and tranquil hysteria being one himself. All of this told through the eyes of a recently diagnosed Palermo suggesting he is dealing with the early stages of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a neurodegenerative disease found in people with serious head injuries. And as they packed themselves in a coffin-sized NYC apartment for 23 days to demo songs it became clear that the ripple effect left upon his psyche from dealing with these newfound symptoms would leave its mark on the material.
NOTHING sought out celebrated producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to help accentuate the band's love for all sounds 90s, from rock to shoegaze to pop realms and on both sides of the pond. The next month was spent tracking at the historical Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY with newly appointed bassist Aaron Heard. As days moved by, Palermo spewed songs of heightened confusion, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and chronic battles with physical pain- a result of his unstable past and more recent illness. These themes, spoken in a lush angelic language are juxtaposed against the band's now signature apocalyptic, reverberating wall of shimmering sound, all captured beautifully by Agnello and the open room.
"Zero Day", the album's lead single, debuted today via Stereogum who caught up with the band to discuss the making of the album, its themes, concepts and more for their most recent Cover Story. Palermo further explains "Zero Day refers to the amount of difficulty a person faces when attempting to close the door on all sense, meaning, or value when thinking on our existence is hard to put in words, but to me it has always been the latter. I've laid awake countless nights contemplating human life, its hostile uselessness, and why I'm one of the few who choose to see it that way yet manage to move onward. So I suppose in that sense Zero Day is a song of paradoxical enlightenment". Read all about it here.
Dance On The Blacktop
August 24, 2018
1 - Zero Day
2 - Blue Line Baby
3 - You Wind Me Up
4 - Plastic Migraine
5 - Us/We/Are
6 - Hail On Palace Pier
7 - I Hate The Flowers
8 - The Carpenters Son
9 - (HOPE) Is Just Another Word With A Hole In It
NOTHING Live Dates:
9/07: Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel $
9/08: Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop $
9/09: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups $
9/11: Detroit, MI - The Shelter $
9/12: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall $
9/13: Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
9/14: Lawrence, KS - Record Bar #
9/15: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
9/18: San Jose, CA - The Ritz #
9/19: San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
9/20: Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater #
9/22: San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
9/23: Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge #
9/25: Dallas, TX - Club Dada ^
9/26: Austin, TX - Mohawk ^
9/27: Houston, TX - Secret Group ^
9/29: Atlanta, GA - Masquerade ^
9/30: Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall ^
10/05: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^
10/06: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
10/07: Boston, MA - The Sinclair ^
$ w/ Culture Abuse, Smut
# w/ Culture Abuse, Big Bite, Smut
^ w/ The Swirlies, Big Bite, Smut
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"The bold souls at Ripple Music, Kozmik Artifactz, Twin Earth Records and DHU Records have come together across continents to make it happen, and a 500-copies-pressed 2LP four-way label sampler split featuring all previously unreleased tracks and versions is the result. I shouldn’t have to tell you this is something special, something that doesn’t happen every day, and something that might not happen again." - The Obelisk
Two US-based labels, Ripple Music and Twin Earth Records, join forces with two European-based Lables, DHU Records and Kozmik Artifactz to bring forth a double album of epic proportions, something so massive it could only have it's own monolith, Skull Mountain. Each Label showcases one full album side of it's signature sound, each song previously unreleased or unreleased mix. The entire album mastered to perfection by Tony Reed at HeavyHead.
Inside the gatefold, Tarot cards display the four element theme of Skull Mountain with each Label represented by it's own signature element, Ripple-Water; Twin Earth-Earth, DHU- Fire, and Kozmik- Air. Accordingly, each label has a limited amount of vinyl available in it's own signature elemental color, Ripple-Blue, Twin Earth - Green, DHU-Red, and Kozmik- Clear
Only 500 of these stunning 2xLP albums were pressed, with each label only having 125 in it's signature color. Once they're gone, they're gone. Preorders start Tuesday May 29 at 9pm CET, 12 noon PST. Available at Ripple Music, Twin Earth Records, D.H.U Records, and Kozmik Artifactz.
An epic introduction into the worlds of North American and European heavy music. A monumental journey to Skull Mountain
The Watchers - Starfire (Cosmic Nebula mix)
Kingnomad - Dewer's Hollow
Blackwulf - The Tempest (Black Tide mix)
Vokonis - Celestial Embrace
Side Twin Earth
Alastor - Blood on Satan's Claw
Kabbalah - Abomination
Starts that Move - Give It All Away
Haunted - Crossmoth
Disenchanter - More Evil Than Thou
Dawn - Day of the Lord
Witch Ritual - Drawing Down the Moon
Youngblood Supercult - Sticky Fingers
The Heavy Eyes - Home
Devil Electric - Devil's Bells
Red Spektor - Devil's Keeper
Hair of the Dog - My Only Home
"You Need An Ass Kickin' Right Now" is the first video from D.O.A.'s new album Fight Back. Canada's legendary punks have always delighted in sticking it to pompous and despicable characters, so this new video carries on their fine tradition of defiance and irreverence.
"In our modern world that is stuffed with ever increasing episodes of racism, sexism, greed and warmongers, it's time say enough is enough, time to fight back," said Joe "Shithead" Keithley, the fearless leader of D.O.A.
In "Ass Kickin'" he takes on callous and tragic characters like: Kanye, Putin, Harvey Weinstein, Xi Jingping, Trump, and many more. "My only regret is that the song is only one minute and 20 seconds long, so we ran out of time to include more," concluded Keithley.
D.O.A., the pioneering punks who set the bar high for punk and basically invented hardcore, are ready to rip it up on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. Their new album is called Fight Back and they are embarking on a worldwide tour to support this impressive new effort. The "Men of Action" are ready to take on all opposition and lay down a punk rock path of wild music and free thought. Their rough and ready line up is led by the godfather of Hardcore, Joe Keithley (guitar, vocals) he is more than ably accompanied by the manic rhythm section of
Paddy Duddy (drums) and Corkscrew (bass).
Early reviews indicate that Fight Back is the most innovative D.O.A. album since War on 45. D.O.A. has always been right on the pulse of what's going on in our screwed up world. Fight Back deals with what we have left, which in a lot of ways, is not much.
"When you really think about it, income inequality and disparity is at the root of a lot huge problems, like environmental degradation, war, sexism and hate" said Keithley who has been fighting the good fight for the last 40 years. It's why he's made TALK - ACTION = 0 his lifelong mantra.
Fight Back, released on Joe's own label Sudden Death Records, is a scathing and timely piece. Joe deals with all manner of unseemly low characters and issues. The album opens with acerbic "You Need an Ass Kickin' Right Now," next rips right into the startling "Killer Cops," then smashes into the anthemic "Time To Fight Back," which is street punk resistance at its fiercest. The album proceeds with the timely "Gonna Set You Straight" with violent and natural ease, and continues with the vitriolic "I Just Got Back From the USA." Then, the album takes a funny twist with "We Won't Drink This Piss" (down with bad corporate beer!) and "You Can't Stop Me," a song in which Joe delves into the character of Slapshot's playing coach Reggie Dunlop (a natural alter ego perhaps).
The "Men Of Action" are returning to the US for some unfinished business.
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D.O.A. was formed amidst a whirlwind of controversy and upheaval. In 1978, three guys fresh out of high school from the backwaters of Canada's suburbs heard about the punk rock revolution. In February of that same year the band formed and started playing shows. They soon realized that there were no record deals coming in any time soon.
Keithley (aka Joey Shithead) who was working towards being a civil rights lawyer before he found punk rock, concluded that the band had to take the "do it yourself" approach long before DIY became a popular concept. He formed a fledging record label called Sudden Death Recordsand the label released D.O.A.'s first snarling slab of vinyl, the Disco Sucks 7" EP.
Disco Sucks soon became an underground hit and the band started touring from Vancouver to their newly adopted "home base" of California five to six times a year. In 1980, Keithley coined the term "hardcore" and the band soon released their landmark album Hardcore 81. The album became a hit, the hardcore movement took off, and D.O.A. pushed that expression into common vernacular.
Over the last four decades, D.O.A. have released 17 studio albums, sold over a million albums, and played 4,000 shows on five different continents. The band's albums, shows, and attitude have won over three generations of fans and influenced the likes of Green Day, Nirvana, Offspring, Henry Rollins, David Grohl and The Red Hot Chilli peppers, to name a few. Keithley has also written two books: I Shithead: A Life in Punk and TALK - ACTION = 0.
From day one, D.O.A. has helped organize and lead hundreds of benefit concerts and protests for good and just causes like environmental issues, women's rights, food bank benefits, and First Nations' rights. They have organized protests and stood against war, racism, weapons proliferation, and countless other causes.
Keithley has been called a cultural politician, trying to change the world from outside the system. He's currently running for Mayor of his home town of Burnaby, under the Green Party banner, attempting to change the system from inside. Keithley and the band were also ardent supporters of the Occupy Movement, realizing this was a step towards equality in our world. He is always looking for a way to push "grassroots democracy" and like his idol Pete Seeger, he and the band won't give up.
When the band takes their wild, unbridled show live show on the road, it's a must see, because it's a chance to see one of the last real punk rock bands that gets out there, kicks ass, and tells it like it is. It's a perpetual atmosphere of chaos, veering out of control, but somehow, at the last minute, D.O.A. manages to reign all of it back in. And in an indescribable way, you are not quite the same person afterwards.
D.O.A. - Forty years and going strong! Follow Joe and the D.O.A. gang on Twitter and on Facebook
Portland rockers RED FANG have announced a Kerrang! sponsored US Fall headlining tour with support from Big Business, Monolord (select dates), and Dead Now. The tour begins September 7th at Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC, travels through 17 cities and ends September 28th in Indianapolis, IN. All confirmed tour dates are available below.
Additionally, RED FANG recently finished successful South American and Australian/New Zealand tours. The band is also scheduled to perform at additional North American Summer festivals Heavy Montreal and Psycho Las Vegas.
Watch RED FANG’s hilarious, animated music video for “Not For You” directed by Balázs Gróf that was recently named one of the top 5 music videos of the year by Revolver Magazine. Watch the full video at this location.
Watch a full collection of previously released RED FANG music videos HERE.
Stream RED FANG’s discography on Bandcamp HERE.
RED FANG’s latest album Only Ghosts is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
RED FANG Tour Dates:
--- All Dates Sep 11 - 28 w/ Big Business & Dead Now ---
^ Red Fang Only
# w/ Monolord and Dead Now, No Big Business