Bands

Groups and artists playing Pouzza 8

The first batch of bands is being announced daily on our Facebook page as part of our Pouzza Advent Calendar.

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A Wilhelm Scream
A Wilhelm Scream
New Bedford, MA

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A Wilhelm Scream

How does one gauge the success of a band pushing the envelope of a genre that receives little to no credit by the mainstream media? In the case of A Wilhelm Scream, the answer is “Who cares?” – As a band playing punk rock for over a decade, members Trevor Reilly, Nuno Pereira, Nick Angelini, Brian Robinson and Mike Supina haven’t focused on success, image or whatever bandwagon a group can jump on to get their music into the ears of listeners: It’s the ideal of music from an honest place, playing to the kids who want to hear more than a simple love song, or want an opinion rammed down their throats.

Despite operating just below the radar A Wilhelm Scream have carved out a reputation as one of the best live bands around, bolstered by their staggeringly rich albums of ultratechnical melodic punk rock firestorms. Playing 250+ worldwide shows each year, the band posses a work ethic best described as ‘heroic’.

Arms Aloft
Arms Aloft
Eau Claire, WI

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Arms Aloft

To better understand Arms Aloft you need to get to know their homeland, The Great Lakes. No no, not Chicago or Cleveland or Detroit, these punk weirdos are from THE NORTH. Half the band hails from Minneapolis and the other two lumberjacks are from Eau Claire, WI. Up in that neck of the woods the people wear large bricks of cheese upon their heads in a display of provincial unity. Ya sure, ya betcha. Well, these kids were destined for more than a life of ice-fishing and drinking Rhinelanders at the sawmill, so they started a band and caught people’s attention with their leftist message and raspy melodies. And on “What A Time To Be Barely Alive” they have 12 songs that take rootsy punk (like Billy Bragg and early Gaslight Anthem) and blend it with the personal politics of bands like The Clash and Dillinger Four. Plus, the cover art has a herd of swine busting out of a pigpen. Ain’t that some shit?

Brixton Robbers
Brixton Robbers
Montréal, QC

City Mouse
City Mouse
Riverside, CA

Dead Broke
Dead Broke
Toronto, ON

Empty Lungs
Empty Lungs
Belfast, NI

Hate It Too
Hate It Too
Québec, QC

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Hate It Too

Hate it Too started out in 2008, by the banks of the St-Lawrence River in Trois-Pistoles, Québec. The band, which at first was only a hobby for a couple of high school kids, turned out to be a more serious project as 2010 began.

In the summer of 2012, the band moved to Québec City and recorded their first release: “It’s About Time”, which came out in November later that year. The EP consisted of the quartet’s best tracks since its inception.

At the dawn of 2013, the Québec City outfit started working on its first full length record. It took nearly two years – and a bass player change – for the band to start recording its first effort, Purple Mountains. The debut album came out on August 18th, 2015.

Hate it too is currently promoting the album across the Province of Quebec and is looking forward for new opportunities to get their music heard around the globe. Purple Mountains, as well as the EP, has sold many copies in different places in Europe, Asia, South America and of course North America. They shared the stage with talented acts such as Gob, Bigwig, Seaway, Old Man Markley, The Brains, Mute, A Wilhelm Scream, Dance Laury Dance, Sandveiss, Cobra Skulls, The Hunters, and the list goes on.

Jesse Lebourdais and the Long Winter
Jesse Lebourdais
Vancouver, BC

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Jesse Lebourdais

Based out of Vancouver, BC but with a heart from a small town, Jesse LeBourdais has spent the last 5 years putting rubber to pavement and fingers to chords. Constantly on the move, he has played hundreds of shows across thousands of kilometres with little more than a guitar, his voice and a will to endure all there is to encounter. Songs steeped in the folk traditions of storytelling and fuelled by the raw emotion of punk rock lead to shouted heart-felt lyrics of life, and boot-stomping melodies that you hold in your bones.

Jesse and his band – the Long Winter – began recording his 4th full length album “GRIEF INTENSITY FRIENDSHIP” in the fall of 2016 with legendary Engineer/Producer Jesse Gander at Vancouver’s Rain City Recorders. Recorded mostly live-on-the-floor and mixed with mostly analogue gear, the result is his most cohesive and sonically driven collection of songs to date. 12 songs borne out of the pain of loss, the strength of friendship, and the excitement of things to come.

Les Happycuriens
Les Happycuriens
Repentigny, QC

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Les Happycuriens

Les Happycuriens, c’est un impressionnant groupe québécois de ska 100% francophone. En effet, en jumelant des mélodies très accrocheuses à des textes autant absurdes que lucides, le groupe lanaudois propose une musique festive dégageant un rafraichissant sentiment de bonheur et de joie de vivre. Concocté à partir d’influences reggae, jazz, rock et populaire, le mélange musical peut facilement rappeler des groupes comme Les Colocs, Yelo Molo et The Planet Smashers.

Appuyé par leur éclatante section de cuivres, l’énergie des Happycuriens devient hautement contagieuse en concert. La participation des spectateurs devient toute naturelle et la foule ne peut s’empêcher de taper du pied, de hocher la tête et de danser sur les airs frénétiques du groupe. Il faut savoir que les 8 musiciens chevronnés sont aussi de bons amis, ce qui rend palpable leur chimie et leur plaisir de jouer, ainsi que leur désir de partager leur musique en français.

Depuis 2008, la formation prend son envol sur la scène québécoise. Elle se produit régulièrement sur les planches des différents festivals et bars du Québec. En fait, le groupe a déjà pris part à des fêtes Nationales, l’Oktoberfest des Québécois, le Festival Feu et Glace de Repentigny, le Pouzzafest et plusieurs autres. Lors de ces événements, les musiciens ont pu partager la scène avec Les Trois Accords, Mes Aïeux, Alfa Rococo, Claude Dubois, Yves Lambert, Lagwagon et The Planet Smashers.
Ayant déjà un album et un EP à son actif, Les Happycuriens sont actuellement en production d’un deuxième album pour continuer leurs aventures sur la scène québécoise.

Mike Frazier
Mike Frazier
Winchester, VA

Mobina Galore
Mobina Galore
Winnipeg, MB

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Mobina Galore

Mobina Galore, based out of Winnipeg, MB, Canada, are a vocally aggressive power chord punk rock duo formed in 2011 by Jenna (guitar/vocals) and Marcia (drums/vocals). They are signed to New Damage Records (North America) and Gunner Records (Europe/UK).

Their latest album, Feeling Disconnected, was released on Feb 24, 2017 following an extensive tour in Canada, the States, Europe and the UK including dates at Groezrock, Punk Rock Bowling and FEST. They were nominated as Rock Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2017.

2016 found them mostly on the road; including a 16 date support tour with Against Me! in Europe and the UK following their Dec 2, 2016 release, Singles & B-Sides EP.

CBC Radio 3 naming them one of the Top 15 Punk Bands in Canada of 2015.

Their 2014 release, Cities Away, was released independently in North America in Dec 2014 and through Gunner Records in Europe in Sep 2015. The debut single “Bad Love Song” tackled the charts reaching #6 in high rotation on CBC Radio 3, was picked up by select commercial rock stations in Canada and Europe and received a placement on the YTV show, Open Heart.

They have toured numerous times in Canada, Europe, the UK and America and have showcased at Canadian Music Week, Pouzza Fest, NXNE, Big Fun Festival, Juno Fest and Golden Sound Festival and are often compared to the likes of The Distillers and L7.

Some artists Mobina Galore have opened up for include Against Me!, Propagandhi, PUP and Milk Teeth.

Molly Rhythm
Molly Rhythm
Trenton, NJ

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Molly Rhythm

This Philadelphia/Trenton based act is a multi-chick fronted eclectic, eccentric, theatrical, kicking and screaming, face melting music machine. The members have been working together in different combinations creating music in one form or another for quite sometime, spanning genres such as creepy alt rock, blues, reggae, classical, punk, classic rock, hip-hop and metal. A diverse appreciation for music coupled with such varied influences command a truly unique sound. With distinct harmonies, an insatiable drive to perform and create, you’ll not be left wanting for better entertainment or artistic stimulation.

Nervous Dater
Nervous Dater
New York, NY

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Nervous Dater

The members of Nervous Dater are originally from Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut, respectively. They all reside in the Brooklyn borough of NYC and make emotional music fueled by their mutual love of Dominos Pizza, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, brass monkeys, and general debauchery.

OC45
OC45
Boston, MA

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OC45

OC45 is an independent punk band from Boston, MA. Formed in the summer of 2011, OC45 has taken a relentless approach to touring and spent well over a calendar year traversing the highways of North America. 2017 has seen OC45’s first journey across the pond for two weeks in Europe with The Jukebox Romantics (courtesy of City-Rat Records).

OC45 has shared the stage with the Swingin’ Utters, Teenage Bottlerocket, Cockney Rejects, Youth Brigade, Street Dogs, Agent Orange, The Casualties, DOA, MDC, Koffin Kats, Hudson Falcons, Darkbuster, Big D and the Kids Table, A Wilhelm Scream, Get Dead, PEARS, La Plebe, Far From Finished, Potato Pirates, The Scandals, Sniper 66, Russian Girlfriends and many more.

Rebuilder
Rebuilder
Boston, MA

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Rebuilder

Since their beginning in 2013, Rebuilder has refused to follow the rules. Their first show was at a bar playing to no one. Their second show was playing to a sold-out crowd with The Dropkick Murphys – That’s definitely against the rules.

So what has Rebuilder been up to since the release of their debut full length “Rock and Roll in America”? Well they’ve been doing just that. The self proclaimed gnarly-punk band from Boston has piled into their van, and brought their brand of never-say-die Rock & Roll to the people. Tireless travel up and down both coasts, throughout the Midwest, and even crossing the occasional boarder into Canada and Mexico, Rebuilder has put the pedal through the floor since their inception.

Their newest release on Panic State Records, an EP entitled “Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike” ,is a fervent and rambunctious follow up to ‘RNRIA’. With power and intensity, this record widens and solidifies Rebuilder’s sonic footprint in the landscape of rock and roll, re-thinking the traditional three chord punk song and developing their own unique style. ‘Sounds from the Massachusetts Turnpike’ comes out Sept 1st and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Haverhill, MA.

Rebuilder will continue to pick up the pieces of a broken scene, and cast aside a broken system. They will soldier on, and rebuild the community of sounds that has given them so much to be thankful for.

Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild.

Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish
Orange County, CA

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Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.

Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, “Everything Sucks”, in 1995. “Everything Sucks” became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label’s president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced “Turn the Radio Off”, which marked Reel Big Fish’s first album for Mojo. “Turn the Radio Off” was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album’s release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single “Sell Out” began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song’s quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.

In 1998 the song “Take on Me” from the “Baseketball” motion picture soundtrack was released as the promotional single for the movie and once again found the band in regular rotation on rock radio and MTV in the USA.

The Album “Why Do They Rock So Hard” followed a year later, once again enlisting Oingo Boingo Bassist John Avila as producer. The album was not as commercially successful but is still regarded by many fans as the bands finest work. The band filmed a music video for “the Set up (You Need This)”, the only single released from this album.

The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive’s parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish’s first release for Jive, a more rock-oriented record entitled “Cheer Up!”, appeared in mid-2002. This album was very successful in Europe with the video for the single “Where Have You Been” receiving heavy airplay on many music video channels.
Later that same year, RBF did a song for a Rice Krispies called “Snap, Krackle, Pop-punk” which was used in 3 separate commercials. Also that year, they recorded a cover of Toots and the Maytals “Monkey Man” for the Nickelodeon movie “The Wild Thornberrys.” The single for “Monkey Man” was also released in the UK and received heavy radio play as well as the music video being put on heavy rotation on Kerrang TV.

The band’s next album, the cynical yet catchy “We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy”, was issued in April 2005. Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since the “Cheer Up!” release.

In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album”.

Barrett said of this album “We finally captured the energy, excitement and humor of our live shows that we were previously unable to create in the recording studio environment. And it all sounds really good!”

This album is very popular with RBF fans and is sometimes referred to as “the Reel Big Fish Stand-up comedy album” because of all the silly stage banter.

The band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP “Duet All Night Long” with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. “Monkeys for Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free” followed several months later, marking Reel Big Fish’s first full-length studio release since leaving Jive’s roster, and 2009′s “Fame, Fortune and Fornication” found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, the Eagles, and Tom Petty.

In 2010, the band released “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It includes a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.

On July 31st, 2012 Reel Big Fish released their 7th studio album, Candy Coated Fury (Rock Ridge Music), an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums. “This album is a lot like our first two albums. It’s got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music, and the same sarcastic sense of humor. I think these are the fastest songs we’ve done since those albums,” Aaron Barrett, founding vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter says. “We’re finally just doing what Reel Big Fish does best, and that’s what we did on those first two albums.”

“Candy Coated Fury pretty much describes what Reel Big Fish does,” Barrett says of the significance of the new album’s title. “It’s hateful, mean, sarcastic, and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs. Just about everybody knows what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. These songs could be sung by a 15 year old about his first love-gone-wrong, or by a 55 year old about a bitter divorce after 30 years. They’re bad-relationship songs that everybody can relate to.”

Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases. The record opens with the huge sing-along vocal, balmy horns, and hyperactive ska groove of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole.” The track is an exceptional distillation of Reel Big Fish’s classic euphorically-juvenile ska punk. The stately arena riffs in “I Dare You To Break My Heart” reference cock rock, new wave, and soul without sacrificing one iota of RBF’s signature simmering skank. “I listen to the Darkness a lot; it was only a matter of time till I wrote a song like this! I can’t really sing as high as that guy so this song sounds more like Kiss, if Kiss was a Motown band that played ska,” Barrett says, detailing the song’s diverse stylistic touchstones. The anthemic “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” features some of Barrett’s finest cutely cruel lyrics. “I think that is an amazing bad-relationship song,” he laughs. “I really captured the hateful love of two people who were once madly in love, but have been together so long, they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore but still say ‘they drive me crazy, and I hate this and this about them, but I love them.’” No RBF album would be complete without playfully irreverent 1980s covers. The band rounds things out ska-ifying the Wonderstuff’s “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” and When In Rome’s “The Promise.”

On December 12th, 2014 RBF released their first Christmas Album, A six song, digital only album entitled “Happy Skalidays”. This album includes 4 classic Christmas songs and 2 RBF originals.

Reel Big Fish continues to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.

Sincere Engineer
Sincere Engineer
Chicago, IL

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Sincere Engineer

Deanna Belos has been a fixture in the Chicago punk scene since she was in Junior High, attending shows, singing along, and raising hell in general. But she was more than just a face in the crowd, Deanna was a radiant friend to all, and at some point she picked up a guitar and made a different contribution the Chicago underground scene: her own music under the name Sincere Engineer. Over the last couple years we’ve encouraged her to keep writing songs and she surprised us all by assembling a great band and recording an impressive album. Her debut, “Rhombithian”, was produced by Matt Jordan (You Blew It!, Dowsing, etc.) and pairs the sounds of Chicago punk and the youthful Midwest “emo revival” movement. No one is more excited about music than Sincere Engineer, and Deanna plans to play a lot of shows and bring her infectious energy to the rest of the planet in support of “Rhombithian”.

Small Stresses (Photo: Mike Moinihan)
Small Stresses
Detroit, MI

The Horny Bitches
The Horny Bitches
Montréal, QC

The Penske File
The Penske File
Burlington, ON

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The Penske File

For many years, “The Penske House” in Burlington, ON was known as the place to go for the after-show party. A place where several dodgy music videos have been filmed and where countless bands have slept….A place where eating a scorpion and chugging through a chandelier happened at least once. It also just so happens to be the place that Travis (Vox, Guit, Harmonica), James (Bass, Vox) and Alex (Drums, Vox) of the Penske File call home. More importantly, it’s where these three young men became brothers and banded together to make some seriously awesome music.

Following hot on the heels of two critically acclaimed EPs and several massive stretches of international touring, Burn Into The Earth attacks the listener with a sonic authenticity and passion that perfectly captures the ferocious spirit of the band. These 10 epic tracks were produced with the help of long time friend and prolific recording engineer Steve Rizun (Flatliners, Motorleague, Junior Battles). Meanwhile, with a touch of harmonica, and the warm, welcoming pop sensibilities, The Penske File feel like an all-inclusive band for misfits, romantics, workers and intellects alike. On tour, everywhere, forever.

For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Regan, Frank Turner, Hot Water Music

This Is a Standoff
This Is a Standoff
Calgary, AB

Tsunami Bomb
Tsunami Bomb
Petaluma, CA

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Tsunami Bomb

Forming in 1998 in the town of Petaluma, CA., Tsunami Bomb was the brain child of bassist Dominic Davi and keyboard/vocalist Oobliette Sparks. Wanting to combine influences from the darker punk of Northern California scene, with the classic Southern California hardcore, Tsunami Bomb set itself apart from it’s fellow bands early on with energetic and dynamic live shows, dual female vocals, and atmospheric synths that helped quickly build a fiercely loyal fan base.

Fast forward to 2016, where due to fan demand Kung Fu Records has collected the early, now out-of-print and rare E.P.’s into a 14 track LP collection, “Trust No One”. On the heels of this announcement, the original TSUNAMI BOMB line-up of Davi and Sparks, along with long time drummer Gabe Lindeman, have reunited with the help of vocalist Kate Jacobi to support this new release.

After a string of sold out shows around the US and festivals appearances such as the Vans Warped Tour and Remember The Punks, this rejuvenated Tsunami Bomb shows no signs of slowing down, with the band spending most of 2017 writing songs for a brand new album.

War on Women
War on Women
Baltimore, MD

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War on Women

War On Women is a co-ed feminist hardcore-punk band. Formed in Baltimore, MD in 2011, W.O.W. use driving riffs and in your face vocals that attack the listener both sonically and lyrically, penning catchy and confrontational songs that touch on rape culture, street harassment, the gender wage gap, transphobia, and other vitally pertinent social issues.

In 2015, W.O.W. released their debut self-titled full length (recorded in collaboration with J. Robbins at Magpie Cage) on Bridge Nine Records and have been touring relentlessly ever since, with dates in the US, UK, and Western Europe sharing the stage with such bands as the Refused, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, Boy Sets Fire, Jello Biafra, RVIVR, Iron Reagan, Dismemberment Plan, and Shai Hulud.

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