Bands

Groups and artists playing Pouzza 8

Headliners

Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish
Orange County, CA

Bio

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.

Face to Face
Face to Face
Victorville, CA

Bio

Face to Face

Whoever said that you can’t go home again never told face to face. The melodic punk institution, who will celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band throughout 2016, return to Fat Wreck Chords—the same label who released their classic debut Don’t Turn Away—for their ninth full length studio album, Protection. As Trever Keith explains, this wasn’t coincidence.

“The decision to go back to Fat was a no brainer,” he says. “We knew we wanted to make a more back-to-basics punk rock record, something more like our early days. Fat Wreck Chords was an obvious choice. After 25 successful years in punk rock, it’s a label that speaks for itself. In lots of ways it feels like coming home.” Protection draws from the energy and passion of face to face’s early records but is filtered through Keith’s unique worldview as a true “lifer” in punk rock, someone whose songs have influenced an entire generation of bands. The result is an urgent and powerful 11-song effort that borrows from the melody and angst of the band’s early days with lyrics that are thoughtfully written from the perspective of a “40 something” veteran punk rocker, from “Double Crossed” and “Say What You Want” (Keith’s personal favorites) to the vicious barb “14:59” and the emotionally moving “Bent But Not Broken.”

“‘14:59’ is a commentary on Western culture and its obsession in the past few decades with reality-based fame that comes for people who have no skill other than just being famous. I think it’s disgusting. I hate it,” Keith remarks. “‘Bent But Not Broken’ is about people who aren’t willing to listen to opposing viewpoints because they are so mired in their own beliefs, they can’t see they are bent.” There’s even a rare burst of motivational positivity in “Keep Your Chin Up.” Credit can be shared with Bill Stevenson, who in addition to being Descendents’ erstwhile drummer, has produced classic albums and fan favorites from NOFX, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag and more. face to face worked with him at his studio, the Blasting Room, and the results exceeded everyone’s expectations. Amazingly, Stevenson is the first outside producer face to face has worked with in nearly two decades, as the band usually self-produces their work, but Keith said the partnership was nothing short of incredible. “It was a fantastic experience,” he says. “Bill was great to work with. I met Bill on the Warped Tour something like 15 years ago, but we never really had spent time together until now, and we hit it off great.”

With that trust in place, it allowed face to face to spend less time in the control room and more time focusing on their performances and on the songs themselves, resulting in what feels like an instant classic from the first listen. “This is the first time where [bassist] Scott [Shiflett] and I were willing to take a reduced role [in production],” Keith says. We were laid back, open minded, and open to suggestions. Bill’s influence on the song arrangements and background vocals was key in giving the record the sound that it has. Not every idea Bill had ended up being used, but we certainly listened to everything that Bill, Jason Livermore and Andrew Berlin had to say and I think it’s a better record for it.”

Since returning from their self-imposed hiatus in 2008, face to face has been on a tear, touring worldwide and writing tons of new music; Protection is their third full-length in five years, outpacing the output of many of their peers and devotees alike. face to face still has a lot to say, and the band has no plans on slowing down. “To celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band in 2016, we plan on re-releasing special edition vinyl copies of our early albums, plus playing as many shows as possible to promote Protection,” Keith says. Why does the band continue to work so hard when so many others are content to coast through their careers? Because Keith knows face to face isn’t just an outlet for him to vent his frustrations—it’s also a safe space for thousands of fans who need his songs in their lives. “I love the idea that our music can take people out of the grind of their daily lives for a little while and that we can connect emotionally,” admits Keith. “It’s an awesome and powerful thing.”

Anti-Flag
Anti-Flag
Pittsburgh, PA

Bio

Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag’s new studio album, American Fall, follows 2015’s well-received American Spring. With Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden on board as co-producer, the band has intensified their signature anthemic style with bigger melodies, tighter songcraft, and thicker guitars.

American Fall is bold – both musically and politically – and Anti-Flag’s time is now.

With Anti-Flag, a new album is always a call to arms and a call to action that reminds listeners to question everyone and everything, including the current administration.

“The politics of distraction influences people to lose focus on what makes a positive impact on their lives and the world,” the band said about the new album. “It encourages people to make choices that are not in their best interest and reduces society’s ability to make progressive change.

“The American Fall is our rejection of this harmful distraction. At this crucial moment in history, we must focus on pushing past the status quo to create a better and more just world. We reject the proliferation of exploitation, racism, bigotry, and socioeconomic injustice that dominate the policies of Donald Trump, just as we renounce the neoliberal status quo that came before him.”

Dead Fucking Last
Los Angeles, CA

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Dead Fucking Last

Dead Fucking Last

Thus we go bravely onward.

To put you in the picture – as Elvis Costello once said in a rare flash of wit – DEAD FUCKING LAST is the name applied with astute euphonic accuracy to the four man unit, which was consciously created, deliberately disciplined, and beyond doubt was bound to things for which mortals have, since two wood clubs and a monkey skin bought one stone axehead, been engaged in a ceaseless, relentless quest. 

As I never try to better quotes from Scottish geniuses, here, abruptly, is where the introduction ends.

MU330
MU330
St. Louis, MO

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MU330

Weezer Ska? MU330 plays an amazing collection of ska, rock, punk, and just good stuff you’ll want to sing along to. They have a high energy live show that you can’t miss!

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’.

Grimskunk
Grimskunk
Montréal, QC

Bio

Grimskunk

Grimskunk, le groupe mythique psych-rock-punk indépendant montréalais est de retour avec leur nouvel album « SET FIRE! »

Enregistré par Gus Van Go et Werner F (Priestess, Vulgaires Machins) à Sydney en Australie, la suite tant attendue de « Fires under the road » est avant tout un voyage à l’autre bout du monde, ou la spontanéité et l’instinct ont été mis de l’avant tout au long du processus créatif. Puisant dans leur histoire riche d’influences et d’ingéniosité, l’album capture l’énergie et l’émotion brute de l’esprit Grimskunk; un tourbillon de colère et d’outrage punk, mêlé à l’idéalisme quasi-hippie de ceux qui osent rêver.

Comme toujours, le groupe s’est laissé imprégner et inspirer par leur environnement « Down under ». On y trouve l’artiste invité aborigène Tjupurru, qui joue de son « didjeribone » (Instrument de musique qui est le croisement d’un Didjeridou et d’un trombone) sur les pièces « Falling into shadow » et « Set fire to the nation ». La touche australienne est bien distinctive sur l’album, elle nous suggère un son obscur, effleurant l’ambiance de transe.

Visuellement, la pochette de l’album a été créée par l’artiste aborigène Gambirra Illume. L’œuvre combine le style et les thèmes traditionnels de l’art aborigène avec un côté sombre et punk à l’image des paroles engagées pour lesquelles Grimskunk a toujours été reconnues.

SET FIRE! a été enregistré avec une approche « old-school »; une batterie vintage des années ’70 comportant une grosse caisse de 26″, des amplis de guitares des années ’60 et des micros rares typiquement australiens. Le tout, trouvé sur place dans une chasse aux trésors frénétique à Sydney! Le résultat est le fusionnement du pysch-rock des années ’70; partant de l’orgue sinistre de Joe Evil, suivis des rythmes sauvages du nouveau batteur Ben Shatskoff et des guitares hurlantes qui mettent en évidence l’urgence de l’énergie. Les paroles engagées du punk viennent compléter la formation; c’est un mélange entre l’enfant bâtard de Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd et The Clash en version accélérée!

S’attaquant sans relâche à la bêtise humaine et aux maux de la société, l’album est un appel aux armes urgents pour la paix, une révolution du cœur; à rejeter le climat actuel d’étroitesse d’esprit et d’intolérance, se débarrasser de l’apathie pour créer un avenir meilleur!

Histoire:
Sur une période supérieure à quinze ans maintenant, le groupe Grimskunk a prouvé à tous qu’on ne pouvait l’arrêter, offrant un mélange de « rock hybride » à tout les oreilles croisant son chemin. Restant toujours intègre envers leur musique, Grimskunk est devenu l’un des groupe rock les plus influents au Canada. Après plusieurs disques indépendants et la faillite du distributeur Cargo, le groupe s’est finalement retrouvé sans distributeur et sans système de support pour sa tournée. À la place de déclarer forfait et de travailler de neuf à cinq comme beaucoup de groupes canadiens indépendants de la fin des années 1990, Grimskunk a créé sa propre maison de disque, les Disques Indica, en 1997. En plus de remplir un vide dans l’espace musicale Canadien, cela a permit au groupe de signer d’autres artistes locaux, européens et américains rencontrés en tournées.

Au cours des années, Grimskunk s’est autofinancé pour plus de 30 tournées en Europe et en Amérique. Le groupe a accumulé une impressionnante liste de contacts au cours de rencontres avec d’autres groupes et organisateurs de festivals. Mieux connu pour ses performances en spectacles, l’énergie et l’intensité du groupe a été, au cours de son histoire, le catalyseur de leur renommé. Sur la route, le réseautage avec les autres groupes et l’appréciation de la persévérance du groupe a permis à Grimskunk d’être respecté de l’industrie et des fans.

Frankie Stubbs
Frankie Stubbs
Leatherface
Sunderland, UK

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Frankie Stubbs

The biography from Frank is not a big secret. He is the leader from Leatherface. One of this bands what changed my life. He is one of the reason, why I have a label. The acoustic songs are special for Sounds of Subterrania, but Leatherface is the main task. Leatherface formed August 1988.

With a penchant for bad horror films, the odd mask made of leather and a novel called ‘leatherface’ about a highway robber with romantic inclinations the band was born. – are a rare treasure in contemporary music – a good old-fashioned punk rock band who are neither near-sighted nor necrophiles. But, boy, do they take some getting used to. Frankie Norman Warsaw Stubbs’s voice — well, untutored would be kind. Yet once you’ve got used to it, it’s as affecting as, say, Bob Mould’s or Jake Burns Stiff Little Fingers.Over All this years recorded Frankie with Leatherface 8 regulary longplayers and very many and more 7″, split releases and compilationtracks.
When you have luck, can you listen the acoustic songs after a show. However, caution! Frankie is not a campfire hippie.

Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
playing "Hail Destroyer"
Toronto, ON

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Cancer Bats

“No more bull shit…” asserts singer Liam Cormier of CANCER BATS.

“That was our declaration for this whole album,” he says when speaking about the band’s fifth studio recording Searching For Zero. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is the CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

“We were coming out of what was a really heavy year for all of us, with a lot of challenges, non-stop touring and the deaths of people really close to the band. Us dealing with all of that and how that’s taken its toll,” explains Cormier about the headspace he shared with his band mates – drummer Mike Peters, guitarist Scott Middleton, and bassist Jaye Schwarzer – surrounding the album’s composition.

As such, the 10 tracks that comprise Searching For Zero, produced by Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Slipknot, At The Drive In, Glass Jaw, Blood Bothers and The Cure), marks a new extension of the band’s already staple sonic components – the urgency and intensity inherent in Cormier’s vocals,Middleton’s sometimes sludgy, sometimes raging riffage, and the grimy, gritty,heavy-hitting rhythm section of Peters and Schwarzer, are all present. However, the album boasts a more raw and organic tonal signature than any previous Bats collection, with melodic elements not only musically but also vocally, which Cormier largely credits to their producer and their metal idols.

Robinson brought a bare-bones aural aesthetic to the material, capturing a sound that unites the thrashy metal-tinged hardcore of their previous releases with a meaty lo-fi intensity, found only in their live shows amongst the sweaty masses.The other change was brought out by the band’s love and admiration of Black Sabbath, whom they cover extensively under their alter ego, Bat Sabbath.

“In learning all those Sabbath songs, I ended up having to figure out how to really sing” says Cormier, laughing. “Then it was Ross really pushing me to use that new voice I had discovered.”

As a result, Searching For Zero is impressive in its polarity – simultaneously the most melodic yet menacing CANCER BATS release, incorporating the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau.

“With all of these things we’ve had to deal with this past year, we were all at the point of saying “No More Bull Shit,” we’ve dealt with everything, nothing is standing in our way,” Cormier explains. “We’ve found our absolute zero, where there can no longer be a negative, and from that point, everything moving forward can only be positive.”

That positivity –that willingness to change what you can and let go of the rest – is the source of resolution. “There are real reasons we do this,” Cormier says assuredly. “We love being in this band, and we love the people that were lucky enough to share this with.”

Nowhere is that more evident than a CANCER BATS show, where band, fans, and unsuspecting bystanders unite under a banner of raised fists and banging heads. The energy is as undeniably infectious as the music itself and has helped the band hold its own on club and festival stages around the world.

Searching For Zero comes from a place of heavy contemplation for its creators, and at times, that contemplation grew grim and dark. But the end result is an acceptance of the realities that come with pursuing a passion, leaving CANCER BATS with a reinvigorated drive to do right by themselves and the people that have followed them this far.

“We think of the kids that have been with us the whole way,” Cormier states. “And we’re going to make sure that nobody ever regrets buying an album or getting a tattoo of our band put on their bodies for the rest of their lives, we’re all in this for the long haul.”

Get Dead
Get Dead
San Francisco, CA

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Get Dead

There aren’t a lot of bands like Get Dead around these days. Instead of worrying about gimmicks and trends, this fivesome from San Francisco, California have always focused on the music and that’s evident with every passion-filled note they play. Get Dead started out performing together in 2007 after their respective bands called it quits and eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band’s first full-length, “Bad News”, as well as their new full-length, “Honesty Lives Elsewhere”, and released both records on his label Fat Wreck Chords.

We Are Wolves
We Are Wolves
Montréal, QC

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We Are Wolves

The now mythic trio, We Are Wolves, presents an honest and uncatchable sound; a bit like celestial lightning hitting a sacred mountaintop. Mainly inspired by visual arts, they paint a post-punk landscape, scattered with analog trees. Their primitive approach remains true to their animal of predilection: untamable. Disciples of rock and electronica – it’s at the junction of those two movements that We Are Wolves made their den.


Le désormais mythique trio We Are Wolves impose une musique honnête et libre comme la foudre céleste sur la montagne sacrée. Habités, ils peignent un paysage post-punk ponctué d’arbres analogues. Toujours, leur son primitif est fidèle à leur animal totem : indomptable. Disciples du rock et de l’électronique devant l’éternel, c’est à la jonction du punk et de l’électro que les loups ont fait leur tanière.

Chixdiggit!
Calgary, AB

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Chixdiggit!

Twenty-five years after forming a band based on t-shirts they made before ever picking up their instruments, Calgary’s Chixdiggit still sounds like catchy summer tunes blasting from car windows. Specializing in three-minute songs that stick in your head for the next three weeks, Chixdiggit has always been more riff than raff. In spite of nearly three decades of a fluid band line-up anchored by singer/guitarist KJ Jansen, their enthusiastic brand of post-punk pop is neither faded nor jaded.
Jansen makes use of personal pronouns to draw the listener into stories we have all lived, memoirs of summer flings, infatuation, flirting at day jobs, catalogue models and feeling a bit mystified by life. The tales are charming without being corny, unselfconscious and even a bit cheeky, a cheekiness which gives a lot of space to insert a tongue. Some truths are laid bare with humour, and others are knocked unconscious with it. Wrapped up in unshakable melodies and hooks to rival an elementary school hallway you find parody so close to home that it lives in your back yard.
With a Fall tour and a sixth album being released by Fat Wreck Chords in September 2016, fans of the band have much to look forward to. 2012 is the title of the new album that highlights a full year of the band on tour. It’s an exhilarating experience from start to finish that leaves you feeling like you were right there with them: around the world and back again. All in just under 25 action packed minutes!

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.

This Is a Standoff
This Is a Standoff
Calgary, AB

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.

Barn Burner
Barn Burner
Reunion show
Montréal, QC

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Barn Burner

With the volume, technicality and intensity that embodies heavy metal and the overarching catchiness and longevity of stoner and classic rock, Barn Burner capture a signature sound that cannot be easily placed or categorized. Cultivating the principles of partying and the ever lasting might of the riff, Barn Burner creates a live atmosphere that render an audience incapable of standing still. Whether it is giving your best friend a well-deserved swill of beer or lovingly smashing the bottle over his head to the sound of a ruthless riff, Barn Burner will fulfill the demands of its listeners. Having finished their second record and follow up to the critically acclaimed Bangers, Barn Burner are prepared to unleash something more fierce…

The Creepshow
The Creepshow
Montréal, QC

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The Creepshow

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!
For the past 12 years The Creepshow have been smashing the whole damn world in the face with their brutaltastic mélange of punk, country, psychobilly and good old-fashioned rock n’ roll. They’ve toured the world, sold a metric shit-ton of records, garnered millions of video views and blown the faces off a ga-zillion fans. The Creepshow has performed in more than 50 countries and shared the stage with Rancid, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Tiger Army, Sham 69 and Reverend Horton Heat just to name a few… But the road to infamy hasn’t always been paved with accolades and sold out shows. Over the years, the band has been fraught with innumerable hardships along the way. From robberies and wrecks to line-up changes and countless personal obstacles, the band has lived through it all. And they always come out on top. With the debut of their first album “Sell Your Soul” in 2006, The Creepshow was immediately catapulted to the forefront of the bourgeoning international psychobilly/punk scene and opened the door for them to bring their eye and ear scorching live show to the four corners of the earth. The release of “Run For Your Life” (2008 Epitaph/Stomp), “They All Fall Down” (2010 Epitaph/Stomp) and “Life After Death” (2013 Stomp/Sailors Grave) further cemented the band as one of the most impressive, critically acclaimed and well-respected touring acts out there.

Which brings us to the epic new album “Death At My Door” set for a September 2017 release. Ten tracks of raging, bloodcurdling and raucously rebellious fury showcase the very best from this roadharderned group of beautiful misfits. The haunting vocal stylings of Kenda Legaspi soar seamlessly over Chuck Coles’ buzzsaw sharp guitar lines and the ragtime gospel organs/keys of the Reverend McGinty; all the while held together by the hard-driving stand-up double-bass slapping rhythms of Sean McNab and the impossibly violent percussive assault of Sandro Sanchioni on drums. From the defiant and empowering “Sticks & Stones” and the incredibly anthemic “Til Death Do Us” to the circle-pit inducing “Tomorrow May Never Come” and the eerily heartwrenching ballad “My Soul To Keep”, Death At My Door is a diverse and addictive album from a genre-defying band who are at the very top of their game… Don’t sleep on this one, because you never know what’s waiting for you just outside your door.
For fans of Rancid, Distillers, Bombpops, Social Distortion, Tiger Army, Dropkick Murphys.

Astronautalis
Astronautalis
Minneapolis, MN

Bio

Astronautalis

Once you find out that Astronautalis was born to a Texas train man with a nose crooked from bar fights and a pretty Kentucky girl who ran away from home at 17 to become a photographer, it becomes clear that he didn’t stumble into the life of a drifter, he was born into it. With a poet uncle who lived off horse betting and hitchhiking, grandfathers who were spies, sailors, and test pilots, and over 500,000 miles of touring under his own belt, you have to wonder where the tales in Astronautalis’ music end and the life of Andy Bothwell begins. Currently settled (for now) in Minneapolis, by way of Seattle, by way of Dallas by way of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Bothwell has spent almost every waking moment of the last 7 years, on the road, playing shows, earning scars, collecting/giving tattoos, grinding out a cult like fan base, and living up to his proud, storied, and whiskey soaked blood line.

Having started in music over 15 years ago as a battle rapper, Astronautalis’ roots are planted firmly in hip-hop. However, the sounds and styles on his albums are an animal not so easily caged, and his latest release, “This Is Our Science” is no exception to that tradition of wild genre bending. Like previous records Bothwell uses that limitless approach to aid in his vivid storytelling, but where “This is Our Science” takes a turn from tradition, is in the subject matter itself. While previous records read like historical fiction, documenting the lives of the bygone, the footnotes, and the forgotten, “This is Our Science” is pure autobiography. While there are flash references to scientists from the Age of Enlightenment and old dead French mountaineers, these ghosts serve merely as parallels, rest stops in the story of the last 7 years of Bothwell’s romance with the road.

To help shape this memoir, Bothwell called in help from the cadre of musical friends he has made in his travels across 4 continents, and created a sound as diverse as the cast that behind it. Once again under the guidance of Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan, St. Vincent), “This is Our Science” finds rock darlings like Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Radical Face, (Electric President), members of Midlake & The Riverboat Gamblers all waltzing in time to the work of P.O.S. (Rhymesayers), Alias (Anticon/Sage Francis), Cecil Otter (Wugazi), Lazerbeak (Doomtree), and more of indie hip-hop’s finest. The resulting album is the full realization of everything Bothwell has been chasing after for 7 years. Neither a rap record, nor a rock record, it is a work that finally captures the vein popping intensity and high melodrama of his famous live shows. All the while, maintaining the steadfast literary tradition and masterful storytelling of his previous studio albums.

From the pounding drums and thick synths of the record’s opener, “The River, The Woods”, the roots in rap are clear. But, that foundation quickly crumbles as the choir swells on the dark electronic gospel of the title track, “This is Our Science”. After the banging funeral dirge of “Thomas Jefferson” (featuring Doomtree rapper Sims), the record blazes into the thick of Bothwell’s vagabond life with heart breaking road ballad of “Measure the Globe”. While songs like undeniably catchy, “Contrails” (featuring Tegan Quin) and the epic rock anthem, “Secrets On Our Lips” carry an astounding pop sensibility, there is something unnerving behind those big choruses and driving drums. In fact, there is something hiding behind every corner of this record, and much like the road Astronautalis traveled to make it, there is no map, no guide book, no way to prepare yourself, all you can do is press on forward and see what is waiting for you just around the bend.

Such Gold
Such Gold
Rochester, NY

Bio

Such Gold

Such Gold formed in 2009 in Rochester, NY – a region steeped in tradition for quality punk and melodic hardcore bands, and DIY ethic. The band quickly released a demo, followed by a series of EPs and split 7”s on labels like No Sleep and 6131 Records.

In 2012 the band released their full-length debut “Misadventures” via Razor and Tie, produced and engineered by the renowned Steve Evetts (Kid Dynamite, Saves the Day, Snapcase). The LP reached #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and brought the band instant acclaim with both the hardcore and pop-punk scenes.

As with any budding group there were a few bumps in the road during the band’s formative years, including the departure of a series of founding members. Vocalist Ben Kotin seized the opportunity to fill the void on guitar which sparked a new creative element in the band, and a musical push into new territory. Kotin, guitarist Nate Derby and bassist Jon Markson recruited drummer Matt Covey (formerly of Shai Hulud) to re-develop Such Gold as we know them today.

2014’s “The New Sidewalk”, produced and engineered by the infamous duo of Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, Rise Against, Propagandhi), was the first release to feature the modern lineup and a more complex and intense Such Gold. Their new incarnation saw a further exodus from the band’s earlier pop-punk tendencies and found them identifying more with the music they grew up with—fast, riffy, technical and forward-thinking punk and angular, dissonant math rock.

In 2016 the band re-released 2010’s “Pedestals” EP as a re-mixed, re-mastered collection featuring the original release, plus b-sides from the era, on Bird Attack Records – a label founded by the band’s long-time friend Garrett Wadford.

“We met Garrett several years ago while playing a festival in Costa Rica and have stayed good friends ever since,” guitarist Nate Derby says. “It’s been great to watch him grow Bird Attack Records into a record label synonymous with quality punk music and I think he’s long since proven to us that Bird Attack is a worthy home for our band.”

The resilient group has spent equal amounts of time touring both domestically and abroad with the likes of Strung Out, PUP, The Story So Far, PEARS, Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream, the Flatliners, Millencolin and more.

Not to be slowed down, Such Gold prepares to release their jarring new EP “Deep In A Hole”. This 5-song musical exploration shows off their superior ability to combine catchy melodies and arrangements with a mastery of harmonic color and wild textures. The result spans the bands’ sonic past, present and future via their new home at Bird Attack Records. Produced and engineered by the band’s own Jon Markson, and mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, “Deep in a Hole” is Such Gold at their best – doing things their own way.

Mutoid Man
Mutoid Man
New York, NY

Bio

Mutoid Man

Stephen Brodsky is a Descendent of punk/hardcore. Member of Cave In & Mutoid Man. Previous bands include Converge, Kid Kilowatt, New Idea Society, Octave Museum, Pet Genius, The Holey Moleys. Sonic hobbyist of “mid-fi” recordings (somewhere between high & low fidelity).

Ben Koller drums for Mutoid Man. He is also the drummer for Converge, All Pigs Must Die , Kill or Be Killed. He has also previously recorded/performed with Cave In, Acid Tiger, United Nations and many others.

Nicholas Cageao is the bassist in Mutoid Man. When he is not touring, he can be found working front of house as the sound engineer at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY.

Obey the Brave
Obey the Brave
Montréal, QC

Bio

Obey the Brave

In the years since the phrase, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” was first attributed to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it’s become something of a tired cliché. But to an underground band like OBEY THE BRAVE, relentlessly touring the world’s clubs, against obstacles great and small, the maxim still carries the weight of reality. Like the best of the heavy metallic hardcore bands in rock music history, OBEY THE BRAVE embodies Nietzsche’s stark sentiments with furious musical determination.

OBEY THE BRAVE churns out anthems of empowerment born of adversity. It’s the songs that embolden the spirit and exorcise personal demons, whether in the pit or on a day’s commute. Songs like “Raise Your Voice,” “Full Circle,” and “Get Real” are quintessential metalcore bangers.

Mad Season, the band’s diverse and defiant third album, arrives after the most turbulent period of the group’s career. Yet as vocalist Alex Erian puts it with appropriately blunt eloquence: “We’re back stronger than ever.”

Since forming just a handful of years ago in their native Canada, OBEY THE BRAVE has toured the world alongside fellow modern metalcore genre standard bearers like The Amity Affliction, Whitechapel, Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, Emmure, All Shall Perish, We Came As Romans, and Miss May I, forging meaningful relationships with each audience, show after show.

A series of hardships and obstacles followed the release of the group’s well-received sophomore album, Salvation (2014), which built upon the early promise Young Blood (2012). Both are albums full of raw crunch, sincere attitude, metallic bite, and unadulterated adrenaline. The group weathered two lineup changes, a string of bad luck with an overseas promoter, and a series of false starts in the studio before finally emerging with Mad Season, the band’s most focused, ambitious, and urgently visceral album thus far.

Songs like “Drama,” “The Distance,” and “Rest in Peace” (one of two Mad Season songs delivered entirely in the band’s native French) are packed with power derived as much from real life emotion as huge power chords.

Named for the tumultuous period of its creation, Mad Season is a truly collaborative effort musically and lyrically. Joining shortly into the touring cycle for Salvation, Terrence McAuley (guitar) and Cory Wilson (bass) gelled instantly with original members Erian, John Campbell (guitar), and Stevie Morotti (drums). McAuley also served as co-producer, alongside engineer and mixer Dean Hadjichristou, who has worked with Obey The Brave’s fellow Canadians Protest The Hero and labelmates Parkway Drive.

When it came time to record vocals, Erian reunited with longtime collaborator Antoine Lussier, whose Ion Dissonance bandmate, Kevin McCaughey, guests on “The Distance.” “RIP” features French Canadian rap group Loud Lary Ajust, capturing the party element the band often brings in the live setting.

“Drama” boasts a guest appearance from Steve Marois of Erian’s other band the semi-recently reformed deathcore pioneers Despised Icon.

“I grew up in the death metal scene but Obey The Brave has always been my outlet to explore other aspects of my musical roots and passions,” Erian explains. “Now that Despised Icon is back, I have that outlet for really heavy extreme music, so I can explore with Obey The Brave even more now.”

Mad Season demonstrates a true artistic evolution for the band. Part of that progression includes the introduction of singing vocals alongside the genre’s traditional screaming. This isn’t “emo” crooning, however; it’s much more akin to the raspy declarations of Rise Against and old-school punk.

“We stepped out of our comfort zone with this record,” Erian says. “We didn’t want to put out the same record three times in a row. I spent an entire year trying to perfect my singing. There’s still a lot of screaming on the album, but it was really important for me artistically to try something different and give it my all. It’s very exciting to try to reinvent yourself.”

A mission statement of sorts for OBEY THE BRAVE is right there in the title track: “We all want it / it’s our passion / we’re all lost in the right direction.”

“Sometimes when you’re facing these obstacles, you’re like, ‘why am I still here? Why am I doing this in the first place? Should I get back to the regular nine-to-five and try to get some security?’” Erian confesses. “But this is who I am. This is what I do. This is who we are. We just can’t help ourselves. That’s why ‘though we may feel ‘lost,’ we are lost in the right direction.”

Ultimately each and every step along the way for OBEY THE BRAVE has been worth it, because indeed, “that which does not kill us…” Or to quote another fitting well-known proverb: “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“In a weird twisted way I’m thankful for everything it took to get this record made because it all tested our commitment to the band and we’re still here, you know, we’re still swinging,” says Erian. “The bottom line is, we put so much of ourselves into Mad Season and the music speaks for itself.”

Slingshot Dakota
Slingshot Dakota
Bethlehem, PA

Dan Potthast
Dan Potthast
Santa Cruz, CA

Bio

Dan Potthast

“Dan Potthast is a living legend. Don’t fuck with him. His influence on punk and ska bands runs deeper than you could possibly imagine. He is a songwriting and performing genius and has toured all over the world.. USA, UK, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, and even Mars. Listen to any of the countless albums he has released with MU330 or as a solo artist, and you will certainly agree that he is an unstoppable lyricist and a master of melody.”

– Dan Potthast

Arms Aloft
Arms Aloft
Eau Claire, WI

Bio

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?

PKEW PKEW PKEW
Pkew Pkew Pkew
Toronto, ON

Bio

Pkew Pkew Pkew

Punks and jocks haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. The in-group/out-group dynamics of each haven’t been very forgiving to the other. Luckily, the Toronto punk rockers in PKEWPKEWPKEW (sometimes stylized as PKEWx3) don’t subscribe to one or the other- they’re more interested in the transitional space in between.

That’s the space the band inhabits on their self-titled debut record. It’s being rereleased through SideOneDummy Records under a new name: +One, so titled for the extra track it will include. On Bandcamp, the debut is tagged with the following: beer, pizza, punk, skateboarding, Toronto, and being broke. These are the topics that comprise a 22-minute flurry of unbridled guitar-punk glory; every fist-pumping whim is indulged, and no anthemic melody is underused. The compact runtime is a statement itself; rather than sketching out meandering tracks with occasional hooks, PKEW makes songs that are hooks, from start to finish. They position pop’s steadfast belief in glossy generalities against head-bashing bar-chord guitar rock.

But this is all tied together with Mike Warne’s acerbic lyrical wit: “We don’t make much money/That should come as no surprise/We got drunk before we left so we wouldn’t have to spend much tonight,” he says on “Before We Go Out Drinking.” This isn’t air-headed, young-forever pop-punk; it’s exists in the real world, where hangovers happen and bones get broken. The boys in PKEWPKEWPKEW are pragmatists, after all: “Let’s order a pizza, I gotta eat something before I throw up,” they bellow on (you guessed it) “Let’s Order A Pizza.” It’s less a triumphant declaration of affection for boozing, and more a cross-eyed, ‘Oh shit, I drank too much and I have to be up at 7AM for work tomorrow.’

Warne appreciates the duality. “Sports dads really like us because we sing about depressing shit and baseball, and 18-year old kids like us because we sing about drinking and pizza,” he says. Some people miss the underlying truth and beeline right for the shithead, beer-guzzling, pizza-vacuum angle. Warne doesn’t mind; he’s just stoked people are having a good time. But he reminds, “There’s definitely a depression that goes along with pretty much all of it.”

In this way, PKEW is a reflection of life, warts and all: the gleeful, unhinged enthusiasm of their instrumentals, papercut with the underlying, honest realism of Warne’s lyrics. It’s also a stab at the breezy, coded hypermasculinity that colors much of pop-punk. In their drunken haze, misogynistic punk dude-bros might miss that PKEW are actually laughing at them behind the thunderous riffs. “We’re definitely there to make fun of it,” Warne asserts. That playful angle is at the root of his writing. “It’s just easier to write songs if you want them to be a little funny and very blunt. Once you take it too seriously, you’re writing songs that are just super vague about relationships or something.” He adds with a laugh, “That’s probably a good reason why we’re not gonna be on the radio.”

It all loops back to their passions: music and sports, and the desire to extricate the problematic dogma that both are plagued by. “Music people and sports people not getting along is weird and lame,” Warne declares. He grew up in Stouffville, which he calls it a typical “little hockey town.” He escaped from there on the weekends to play in a band in Toronto- which nobody in Stouffville cared about. “No one thought that was cool at all,” Warne says. “I had a weird view of that really early on.”

Working a desk job in a boring office helped guide Warne’s sharp eye for the realities of life. It’s also where PKEW began, with songs “mostly making fun of work.” He pestered a work buddy into commiserating with him. “I’d ask him to tell me to write about something,” he explains. “I’d sit at my desk at work and I’d write lyrics and I’d write what I thought the chords might end up being.” They’d return to Warne’s place to record it in Garageband. “The first night we did it, we made ‘Asshole Pandemic,’” he laughs. They burned it to a CD, went to a bar and made the DJ play it. PKEW was born, in suitable fashion.

Of course, life in a band is not all victories. Warne feels he’s always chasing something. “There’s always this light on the horizon of cool things that are coming,” he explains. PKEWPKEWPKEW reminds us that that light comes and goes; to quote Tim McGraw in Friday Night Lights, “It’s an ugly fact of life.” But we’re here. We might as well write a good punk rock song about it.

There’s more light on the horizon, and PKEW aren’t giving up. There’s work to be done: “We gotta get a Madden sponsorship,” Warne deadpans.

Brixton Robbers
Brixton Robbers
Reunion show
Montréal, QC

Junior Battles
Junior Battles
Toronto, ON

Bio

Junior Battles

Did you ever see that episode of the original Twilight Zone where the journalist had the haunted typewriter? It worked like this: He’d sit down, type a made up story and the next day that shit would really happen, giving him the ultimate scoop on all his dumb journalist friends. Pretty good episode, actually. Well, there’s a band of kids from Ontario called Junior Battles who seem to have that same kind of thing going on right now, minus the typewriter. It’s almost like one of ‘em has a genie crammed up their ass or something.

Take the story of their success for example: One night, they’re sitting around wildly dreaming about being able to put a record out on Paper and Plastick and the very next day they get an email from P&P overlord, Vinnie, out of the blue, asking if they want to do a record. Next, they asked for the best bio in the world and hey! What do you know? Anyhoo…these canucks are more than just Kreskin-like predictors of the future, they’re also ushering in the bold new era of what can only be referred to as post-beard rock, playing heartfelt, angular pop punk that reminds you of your favorite bands without being derivative, and they’re bringing it to you people with Idle Ages, their full length debut, coming out on P+P on June 28. You heard it here folks!

The Beatdown
The Beatdown
Montréal, QC

Bio

The Beatdown

They call it Northern Reggae…A one-hundred proof blend of raspy rocksteady, sizzling soul, surf swagger and punkrock pedigree shaken (not stirred) with a double shot of the roughest roots reggae your ears have ever tasted. Pour it into a highball glass over some ice-cold lyrics and you’ve got The Beatdown’s latest full-length offering “Walkin’ Proud”. Following hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut, “Walkin’ Proud” is an apologetic collection of thirteen hard driving, soulful bangers coming straight from the gut. The album was recorded almost entirely live off the floor, capturing the raw live energy, urgency and unmarred production that has made The Beatdown an established underground favorite with fans and newbies alike.

Formed in the mean, cold streets of Montreal, The Beatdown rose from the ashes of the late, great One Night Band after their untimely demise in the winter of 2009. Although only together for 3 short years, this intrepid four-piece gang of hoodlums have played more than 300 shows in 15 countries. They’ve appeared at such renowned festivals as Festival d’Ete (CDN), Victoria Skafest (CDN), Rebellion Fest (UK), Mighty Sounds (CZ), SCENE Fest (CDN), POP Montreal (CDN) and many others. They’ve shared the stage with an eclectic mélange of bands including Walk Off The Earth, Fishbone, Black Crowes, The Skatalites, The Slackers, Madball, UK Subs and The Creepshow just to name a few.

This is the real thing kids. Tough as nails, catchy as hell and good to go; The Beatdown are Walkin’ Proud.

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2 Stone 2 Skank
2 Stone 2 Skank
Longueuil, QC

A Wilhelm Scream
A Wilhelm Scream
New Bedford, MA

Bio

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’.

After the Fall
After the Fall
Albany, NY

Bio

After the Fall

Albany, NY’s After The Fall will be expanding upon a decade-long career of punk rock with the release of its fourth studio full-length record, Unkind, on March 19, 2013 via Paper + Plastick Records.

The band – consisting of vocalist / guitarist Mike Moak, guitarist Tyler Paige, bassist / vocalist Will Savage, and drummer Chris Millington – recorded Unkind in its hometown with producer Tim Lynch. The record was mixed and mastered by The Descendents’ Stephen Egerton.

Serving as the follow-up to the Eradication LP, After The Fall’s newest release showcases a sound with more depth than the band has ever had before. With two other full-lengths under the band’s belt (2005’s Everything and 2009’s Fort Orange), the group has honed and perfected its craft and Unkind proves to be its most impressive work.

Airstream Futures
Airstream Futures
Chicago, IL

Anti-Flag
Anti-Flag
Pittsburgh, PA

Bio

Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag’s new studio album, American Fall, follows 2015’s well-received American Spring. With Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden on board as co-producer, the band has intensified their signature anthemic style with bigger melodies, tighter songcraft, and thicker guitars.

American Fall is bold – both musically and politically – and Anti-Flag’s time is now.

With Anti-Flag, a new album is always a call to arms and a call to action that reminds listeners to question everyone and everything, including the current administration.

“The politics of distraction influences people to lose focus on what makes a positive impact on their lives and the world,” the band said about the new album. “It encourages people to make choices that are not in their best interest and reduces society’s ability to make progressive change.

“The American Fall is our rejection of this harmful distraction. At this crucial moment in history, we must focus on pushing past the status quo to create a better and more just world. We reject the proliferation of exploitation, racism, bigotry, and socioeconomic injustice that dominate the policies of Donald Trump, just as we renounce the neoliberal status quo that came before him.”

Arms Aloft
Arms Aloft
Eau Claire, WI

Bio

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?

As One Man
As One Man
La Baie, QC

Astronautalis
Astronautalis
Minneapolis, MN

Bio

Astronautalis

Once you find out that Astronautalis was born to a Texas train man with a nose crooked from bar fights and a pretty Kentucky girl who ran away from home at 17 to become a photographer, it becomes clear that he didn’t stumble into the life of a drifter, he was born into it. With a poet uncle who lived off horse betting and hitchhiking, grandfathers who were spies, sailors, and test pilots, and over 500,000 miles of touring under his own belt, you have to wonder where the tales in Astronautalis’ music end and the life of Andy Bothwell begins. Currently settled (for now) in Minneapolis, by way of Seattle, by way of Dallas by way of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Bothwell has spent almost every waking moment of the last 7 years, on the road, playing shows, earning scars, collecting/giving tattoos, grinding out a cult like fan base, and living up to his proud, storied, and whiskey soaked blood line.

Having started in music over 15 years ago as a battle rapper, Astronautalis’ roots are planted firmly in hip-hop. However, the sounds and styles on his albums are an animal not so easily caged, and his latest release, “This Is Our Science” is no exception to that tradition of wild genre bending. Like previous records Bothwell uses that limitless approach to aid in his vivid storytelling, but where “This is Our Science” takes a turn from tradition, is in the subject matter itself. While previous records read like historical fiction, documenting the lives of the bygone, the footnotes, and the forgotten, “This is Our Science” is pure autobiography. While there are flash references to scientists from the Age of Enlightenment and old dead French mountaineers, these ghosts serve merely as parallels, rest stops in the story of the last 7 years of Bothwell’s romance with the road.

To help shape this memoir, Bothwell called in help from the cadre of musical friends he has made in his travels across 4 continents, and created a sound as diverse as the cast that behind it. Once again under the guidance of Grammy nominated producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan, St. Vincent), “This is Our Science” finds rock darlings like Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Radical Face, (Electric President), members of Midlake & The Riverboat Gamblers all waltzing in time to the work of P.O.S. (Rhymesayers), Alias (Anticon/Sage Francis), Cecil Otter (Wugazi), Lazerbeak (Doomtree), and more of indie hip-hop’s finest. The resulting album is the full realization of everything Bothwell has been chasing after for 7 years. Neither a rap record, nor a rock record, it is a work that finally captures the vein popping intensity and high melodrama of his famous live shows. All the while, maintaining the steadfast literary tradition and masterful storytelling of his previous studio albums.

From the pounding drums and thick synths of the record’s opener, “The River, The Woods”, the roots in rap are clear. But, that foundation quickly crumbles as the choir swells on the dark electronic gospel of the title track, “This is Our Science”. After the banging funeral dirge of “Thomas Jefferson” (featuring Doomtree rapper Sims), the record blazes into the thick of Bothwell’s vagabond life with heart breaking road ballad of “Measure the Globe”. While songs like undeniably catchy, “Contrails” (featuring Tegan Quin) and the epic rock anthem, “Secrets On Our Lips” carry an astounding pop sensibility, there is something unnerving behind those big choruses and driving drums. In fact, there is something hiding behind every corner of this record, and much like the road Astronautalis traveled to make it, there is no map, no guide book, no way to prepare yourself, all you can do is press on forward and see what is waiting for you just around the bend.

Attic Salt
Attic Salt
Springfield, IL

Audio-Visceral
Audio Visceral
Vankleek Hill, ON

Bio

Audio Visceral

Audio Visceral is all about earnest, catchy, energetic punk rock. The music is raw and upbeat; the songs are short and bittersweet. Influenced by everything from surf to hardcore, the members of A/V are all veterans of the Ontario underground/punk rock scene.

Steve Beauchesne, formerly of Constable Brennan, handles guitars and lead vocals. Focussing on driving rhythm instead of extravagant guitar solos, his guitar playing is refreshingly simple and catchy, and his bracing vocals transition seamlessly from melancholy to silly to rage-filled. The fingers of Kevin James (formerly of Bender and The Almighty Trigger Happy) stroll deftly all over his bass strings, providing propulsion and structure to the hooks. The entire commotion is pushed from behind by the frenetic drumming of Gary Doherty (formerly of The Almighty Trigger Happy and Headcramp).

Audio Visceral’s debut recording, Cildce Bihaver (pronounced Childish Behaviour), was released on Sudden Death Records in early 2016. Produced by Ian Blurton (Public Animal, Change of Heart), Cildce Bihaver slams you with 10 snotty, poppy punk tunes in under 22 minutes. No ballads here, every song is meant to bob heads and bend ears

Avenues
Avenues
Milwaukee, WI

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Avenues

Avenues is a punk rock quartet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin which originally formed in January of 2006 by Vin Smith after parting way from 52Metro. After a few member changes, Avenues current lineup came together in 2009.

Members of Avenues have played countless shows and venues across the country and participated in nationwide tours with The Vans Warped Tour and Lollapalooza in previous bands. Avenues have played well-known festivals such as Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festivals, Summerfest and in September of 2015 Envol Et Macadam in Québec City, Canada with Bigwig and Rise Against. Avenues have shared the stage with notable punk acts, Buzzcocks, Bob Mould, Masked Intruder, Strung Out, 88 Fingers Louie, Pulley, Red City Radio, Teenage Bottlerocket, Less Than Jake, Direct Hit!, Mustard Plug.

In the fall of 2011, Avenues headed west to Los Angeles, California to record their EP “NOHO” with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Davey Rieley at godaveygo studio. With that album the band signed a publishing deal with Los Angeles, CA based Gas Can Music and then were added to the roaster of Chicago, IL based Stayposi Records in which they released “Postcards From Ann Arbor,” in 2013.

Avenues released their 5 song EP “Creep Show,” in April 2015. Later in August 2015 they re-released the EP on 10″ vinyl with 2 bonus songs, Hipster 101 and THRASHER via Los Angeles, CA based indie label Wiretap Records. The bands last two albums were both recorded at Atlas Studio in Chicago, IL with well know punk producer Matt Allison, know for recording such acts as, (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers and Masked Intruder).

Bad Skin - Photo: François Rosa
Bad Skin
Laval, QC

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Bad Skin

The band was created by the founder Tamara (Dope) in 2014. Always passionate about music, she was looking to express her rage at the injustices that surround her. She decided to create a band in her own values and 100% composed of Montreal feminine images. In spring 2014, in Montreal, the young girl decides to illegally display posters in all corners of Montreal. Two weeks later, she received the calls of Guitarist Cloée Morissette and Bassist Lea Duval. The Band was almost complete only one member, and the most important was missing, the drummer. Five months later, drummer Caroll-Ann Joseph took her place in Bad Skin. Red lips and pants full of holes, this female band came together in the Montreal music scene re-living Punk rock and projecting a rebel attitude against societal norms. The meaning of “BAD SKIN” against the pressure of everyday advertising to people of all ages to achieve perfection, which is an impossible road to follow. Individuality is best achieved by being true to yourself!

Le band à été créer par la fondatrice Tamara (Dope) en 2015. Depuis toujours passionnée de la musique, elle recherchais à exprimer sa rage envers toutes les injustices qui l’entourais. Elle a donc décidé de créer un band à ses valeur et 100% composé d’images féminines montréalaises. Au printemps 2014, à Montreal, la jeune femme à décide d’affiché illégalement des affiches dans tous les coins de Montréal. Deux semaines plus tard, elle reçu l’appelle de Guitariste Cloée Morissette et Bassiste Léa Duval. Le Band était presque complet il ne manquais que le morceaux le plus important, la batterie. C’est cinq mois plus tard, que Drummer Caroll-ann Joseph pris place dans Bad Skin. Rouge à lèvres et pantalons troués, ce band féminin pris place dans les scènes québécoises dans les années 2000 en fessant revivre le Punk rock toute en projetant une image rebelle et à l’encontre des normes de la société. La signification de «BAD SKIN » proteste la pression que la publicité à envers les gens de tous âges et la perfection, qui selon est impossible à atteindre.

The Nude Dogs
Bad Waitress
Toronto, ON

Bad Words
Bad Words
London, ON

Barn Burner
Barn Burner
Reunion show
Montréal, QC

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Barn Burner

With the volume, technicality and intensity that embodies heavy metal and the overarching catchiness and longevity of stoner and classic rock, Barn Burner capture a signature sound that cannot be easily placed or categorized. Cultivating the principles of partying and the ever lasting might of the riff, Barn Burner creates a live atmosphere that render an audience incapable of standing still. Whether it is giving your best friend a well-deserved swill of beer or lovingly smashing the bottle over his head to the sound of a ruthless riff, Barn Burner will fulfill the demands of its listeners. Having finished their second record and follow up to the critically acclaimed Bangers, Barn Burner are prepared to unleash something more fierce…

Bat Boy
Bat Boy
Richmond, VA

Better Now
Better Now
Fort Worth, TX

BHATT
BHATT
Québec, QC

Birds of Paradise - Photo: Caroline Perron
Birds of Paradise
Montréal, QC

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Birds of Paradise

Birds of paradise est un trio folk/acoustique rafraîchissant constitué des trois musiciennes de formation Olivia Sirois, Florence Théoret et Lauri-Anne Francoeur. C’est en mariant leurs timbres de voix uniques et leur jeu particulier qu’elles arrangent de façon pétillante et colorée des chansons du répertoire populaire et interprètent leurs compositions originales.

Amoureuses du temps des Fêtes, elles proposent également une formule a cappella de pièces qui illumineront vos festivités hivernales.

Blurry Eyes
Blurry Eyes
Montréal, QC

Bobby's Oar
Bobby’s Oar
Seattle, WA

Boids
BOIDS
Montréal, QC

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BOIDS

BOIDS: hard-core-pop-core-punk is the name of the game. Stepping on heels and putting their elbows on the table, the band pumps out pumped up punk rock anthems with influences that they proudly wear on their cutoff sleeves… bands like The Ramones, Nomeansno, Minor Threat and all the others they cut their collective teeth on. When they’re not busy working on their downstroke or lighting off bottlerockets indoors, BOIDS feel most at home living the van-life: having had the supreme pleasure of playing direct support to The Real McKenzies across Canada and the US as well as supporting The Brains from coast to coast in Canada. For their next trick they’ll be heading out as support for CDN-punk icons GOB, while dually sporting a shiny new record.

Brand New Lungs
Brand New Lungs
Montréal, QC

Brixton Robbers
Brixton Robbers
Reunion show
Montréal, QC

Brtual chérie - Photo: Martin Blondeau
Brutal Chérie
Montréal, QC

Brutal Youth
Brutal Youth
Toronto, ON

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Brutal Youth

Brutal Youth is what you’d get if a runaway train packed full of explosives made love to Tony the Tiger. These Weird Al aficionados play manic, 120 second, punk rock anthems peppered with sucker-punch hooks that’ll leave you toothless before you even know what hit you.

Energetic, raw, honest, heart on sleeve punk rock, Brutal Youth have been causing a ruckus for the last 6+ years. Formed in 2010, the band hit the ground running and recorded their first brutally fantastic album, “Spill Your Guts”. Shortly thereafter the group uprooted themselves from their hometown of St. John’s, NL and moved to Toronto. After settling in to their new digs, Brutal Youth gained attention locally with their lightning-fast sets and blood-soaked high-intensity performances. Fast forward 6 months and we find them on the road travelling across Canada, as well as playing shows across the U.S. In a flurry of songwriting the band recorded a split 10″ with Montreal locals Tightrope, which was released in Feb 2012 (My Fingers! My Brain! Records). Never content to rest, Brutal Youth headed back into the studio once again in Oct 2012 to record their sophomore album “Stay Honest” which dropped April 2013 coupled with a celebratory tour.

With the success of Stay Honest, Brutal Youth began once again writing and recording between clusters of shows and came up with the 7″ “Bottoming Out” (Paper+Plastic 2015) paired with a month of tourdates across Europe before once more stepping into the studio to record their 3rd full length album “Sanguine” set to be released through Stomp Records. More touring saw the band head overseas once more for a second tour of Europe followed by a homecoming where they were invited to play Pouzzafest with NYHC giants Sick Of It All and the inaugural Asbury Park edition of the Punk Rock Bowling festival. They’ve shared the stage with Descendents, Cock Sparrer, The Ste Catherines, The Creepshow, Off With Their Heads and the new album is mastered by the famed Mass Giorgini (Rise Against, Anti Flag, Alkaline Trio). With the imminent release of “Sanguine”, Brutal Youth have become an unstoppable juggernaut of explosive face-smashery set to level the musical landscape.

Brutal Youth is like a gun, just point them at whatever needs to be destroyed.

Bucky Harris - Photo: Danny Doyon
Bucky Harris
Montréal, QC

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Bucky Harris

Bucky Harris plays a mixture of punk, rock and folk to create their distinct sound. They have toured Quebec, Ontario and the United States. They have had the pleasure of playing such festivals as Pouzza Fest, Rockaganza and Buckfest.

Burly Wood
Burly Wood
Montréal, QC

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Burly Wood

Rock-grunge-punk Montreal based band formed by four guys who met in 2015 with the ambition to simply create good music. Obviously inspired by the bands some of the members used to be in (Pif Paf Hangover, Apple blue, PL Mafia, Seven days not a week), Burly Wood became what their first EP, « Watch it burn » is: heavy but also melodic and groovy music. Recorded in the Montreal’s Mixart studio in october 2016, by the magic fingers of Greg Smith, then mastered by the legendary Ryan Morey, that 8 tracks masterpiece really shows what Burly wood is: a blend of many influences that is most likely to be listened to around a fire, in a rock show or in your car while road-tripping around the world!


Groupe de rock-grunge-punk de Montréal formé de quatre gars qui se sont donnés rendez-vous en 2015 afin de faire de la bonne musique. Évidemment inspiré des différents héritages musicaux de chacun des membres (Pif Paf Hangover, Apple blue, PL Mafia, Seven days not a week), Burly Wood a pris forme pour devenir ce que leur premier EP, « Watch it burn » présente: de la musique lourde mais à la fois mélodique et entraînante. Enregistré au studio montréalais de « Mixart” en octobre 2016, par les doigts magiques de Greg Smith, puis masterisé par le légendaire Ryan Morey, cet opus de 8 titres représente réellement ce que Burly Wood est: un mélange de plusieurs influences qui s’écoute aussi bien sur le bord d’un feu, dans un show rock ou encore à l’intérieur de votre voiture lors de votre prochain road trip !

Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
playing "Hail Destroyer"
Toronto, ON

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Cancer Bats

“No more bull shit…” asserts singer Liam Cormier of CANCER BATS.

“That was our declaration for this whole album,” he says when speaking about the band’s fifth studio recording Searching For Zero. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is the CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

“We were coming out of what was a really heavy year for all of us, with a lot of challenges, non-stop touring and the deaths of people really close to the band. Us dealing with all of that and how that’s taken its toll,” explains Cormier about the headspace he shared with his band mates – drummer Mike Peters, guitarist Scott Middleton, and bassist Jaye Schwarzer – surrounding the album’s composition.

As such, the 10 tracks that comprise Searching For Zero, produced by Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Slipknot, At The Drive In, Glass Jaw, Blood Bothers and The Cure), marks a new extension of the band’s already staple sonic components – the urgency and intensity inherent in Cormier’s vocals,Middleton’s sometimes sludgy, sometimes raging riffage, and the grimy, gritty,heavy-hitting rhythm section of Peters and Schwarzer, are all present. However, the album boasts a more raw and organic tonal signature than any previous Bats collection, with melodic elements not only musically but also vocally, which Cormier largely credits to their producer and their metal idols.

Robinson brought a bare-bones aural aesthetic to the material, capturing a sound that unites the thrashy metal-tinged hardcore of their previous releases with a meaty lo-fi intensity, found only in their live shows amongst the sweaty masses.The other change was brought out by the band’s love and admiration of Black Sabbath, whom they cover extensively under their alter ego, Bat Sabbath.

“In learning all those Sabbath songs, I ended up having to figure out how to really sing” says Cormier, laughing. “Then it was Ross really pushing me to use that new voice I had discovered.”

As a result, Searching For Zero is impressive in its polarity – simultaneously the most melodic yet menacing CANCER BATS release, incorporating the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau.

“With all of these things we’ve had to deal with this past year, we were all at the point of saying “No More Bull Shit,” we’ve dealt with everything, nothing is standing in our way,” Cormier explains. “We’ve found our absolute zero, where there can no longer be a negative, and from that point, everything moving forward can only be positive.”

That positivity –that willingness to change what you can and let go of the rest – is the source of resolution. “There are real reasons we do this,” Cormier says assuredly. “We love being in this band, and we love the people that were lucky enough to share this with.”

Nowhere is that more evident than a CANCER BATS show, where band, fans, and unsuspecting bystanders unite under a banner of raised fists and banging heads. The energy is as undeniably infectious as the music itself and has helped the band hold its own on club and festival stages around the world.

Searching For Zero comes from a place of heavy contemplation for its creators, and at times, that contemplation grew grim and dark. But the end result is an acceptance of the realities that come with pursuing a passion, leaving CANCER BATS with a reinvigorated drive to do right by themselves and the people that have followed them this far.

“We think of the kids that have been with us the whole way,” Cormier states. “And we’re going to make sure that nobody ever regrets buying an album or getting a tattoo of our band put on their bodies for the rest of their lives, we’re all in this for the long haul.”

Charlie Bit My Finger
Charlie Bit My Finger
Malderen, BE

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Charlie Bit My Finger

Charlie Bit My Finger is a 5-piece pop/punkrock band with lots of melodic riffs, straight-forward drums and clean vocals.
They remind you of punkrock from the ’90s. A mix from Millencolin, New Found Glory and Bouncing Souls.

Chixdiggit!
Calgary, AB

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Chixdiggit!

Twenty-five years after forming a band based on t-shirts they made before ever picking up their instruments, Calgary’s Chixdiggit still sounds like catchy summer tunes blasting from car windows. Specializing in three-minute songs that stick in your head for the next three weeks, Chixdiggit has always been more riff than raff. In spite of nearly three decades of a fluid band line-up anchored by singer/guitarist KJ Jansen, their enthusiastic brand of post-punk pop is neither faded nor jaded.
Jansen makes use of personal pronouns to draw the listener into stories we have all lived, memoirs of summer flings, infatuation, flirting at day jobs, catalogue models and feeling a bit mystified by life. The tales are charming without being corny, unselfconscious and even a bit cheeky, a cheekiness which gives a lot of space to insert a tongue. Some truths are laid bare with humour, and others are knocked unconscious with it. Wrapped up in unshakable melodies and hooks to rival an elementary school hallway you find parody so close to home that it lives in your back yard.
With a Fall tour and a sixth album being released by Fat Wreck Chords in September 2016, fans of the band have much to look forward to. 2012 is the title of the new album that highlights a full year of the band on tour. It’s an exhilarating experience from start to finish that leaves you feeling like you were right there with them: around the world and back again. All in just under 25 action packed minutes!

Chuck Coles
Chuck Coles
Toronto, ON

City Mouse
City Mouse
Riverside, CA

Colonel Sun
Colonel Sun
Montréal, QC

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Colonel Sun

Colonel Sun. A time machine? Unlikely. A midlife crisis? Perhaps.

Either way, Colonel Sun is the brainchild of Montreal-native Scott Cook (formerly Dead Days, Ablyss, Bodyjarr). On the edge of abandonment, Scott realized that he had a few more stories to tell. So, armed with his guitar, his voice, and his laptop, he took a journey through a mind full of memories, anecdotes, and sarcasm. To Scott’s surprise, this journey culminated in an invasion of sorts—a suburban invasion, in fact—and, in the blink of an eye, a musical battle plan had been laid. Proudly, Scott promoted himself to Colonel. However, he quickly realized that an invasion of this scale could not be fought alone. Enter longtime comrades Mishka Stein and Robbie Kuster (of Patrick Watson) as well as Simon Angell (of Thus Owls). Without hesitation, this fearless trio assumed their stations and the four brave soldiers entered the battlefield…

Now, Montreal-based Colonel Sun is a rock n’ roll band, inspired by music that is charged by feel and emotion. Compared to bands such as Mudhoney, Failure, and Helmet, Colonel Sun clearly runs on fuel from the ’90s. However, the members’ collective musical background is so eclectic that the band’s dirty-rock edge is, at times, polished by musically-progressive overtones.

Complainers
Complainers
Montréal, QC

Copper Crown
Copper Crown
Toronto, ON

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Copper Crown

Formed in early 2015, Copper Crown is a Toronto-based 5-piece ensemble. After spending months piecing together a refined sound, emanating from individual backgrounds in soul, punk, rock, ska and metal music, the band held their first show in their condemned jam house for a (now annual) Halloween bash, and proceeded to play shows all around Toronto and the GTA. The band recorded their debut EP over the winter months for release in the spring of 2016.

Copper Crown’s style is not easily defined beyond the broad label of “alternative rock”; the bandmates take pride in writing individual parts directed by their own, unique backgrounds in music, which results in a lot of surprising outcomes; such as the dancey ska rock tune “The Messenger” which has a hard rock breakdown, or the 50’s style crooner “Irene” and its unexpected punk rock interlude.

“While most bands are happy blending into the crowd, others try to blaze their own musical trail, only to fail miserably. Copper Crown is the exception, creating a truly unique listening experience which is nothing short of amazing, considering that this is their first release. It is usually easy for me to drawn comparisons to other bands when doing reviews, but with Copper Crown, I cannot… Copper Crown melds several styles of rock and ska in a way that feels natural and never forced.” – Ska-BOOM.com

Copper Crown has headlined the legendary Horseshoe Tavern as well as The Silver Dollar Room, and has played at many other classic Toronto venues such as Lee’s Palace, The Opera House, Sneaky Dee’s, and The Bovine Sex Club. They are regularly booked for shows out of town in Barrie, Hamilton, Guelph, Oshawa, Peterborough, Kingston, Burlington, and Buffalo, New York. A few notable acts that Copper Crown has played with include: Mad Caddies, The Toasters, The Creepshow, Chris Murray (of King Apparatus), and Five Alarm Funk.

Cory Call
Cory Call
Denver, CO

Curt Murder
Curt Murder
London, ON

Cut Up
Cut Up
San Francisco, CA

Dan Potthast
Dan Potthast
Santa Cruz, CA

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Dan Potthast

“Dan Potthast is a living legend. Don’t fuck with him. His influence on punk and ska bands runs deeper than you could possibly imagine. He is a songwriting and performing genius and has toured all over the world.. USA, UK, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, and even Mars. Listen to any of the countless albums he has released with MU330 or as a solo artist, and you will certainly agree that he is an unstoppable lyricist and a master of melody.”

– Dan Potthast

Danny Rebel & the KGB
Danny Rebel & the KGB
Montréal, QC

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Danny Rebel & the KGB

DANNY REBEL & THE KGB return from the nether regions of the Galaxy to ensure the Human race can DIG the new sights & sounds. HEAL, Brother, HEAL!

BLASTOFF!

5 men on a mission, 5 men who have collided together to create a sound unlike any other. A sound designed to enlighten those who are HIP to the fact that it’s alright to love Punk as much as Reggae, Soul as much as Gypsy Revival, Bang! as much as Boom!. A style formed on the basis that pushing the envelope is a necessity, not an outcome.
5 men who want nothing more than to travel far & wide to bring people the sound they’ve created. Through tireless efforts in the fields of Style & Substance, Danny Rebel & The KGB have been, since 2006, systematically crossing off places on the map as “Conquered” or “To be conquered”. Your city is NEXT.

Their crowning achievement of their work comes in the form of their debut full-length, BLASTOFF!, recorded & produced by Dub scientist Victor Rice. An album that spans sixteen tracks and three continents, available Summer 2012 on Stomp Records, is all you’ll need to convince yourself deep down that you were, are, and always will be a part of the KGB. So fly your flag, get on the dance floor, and let loose! When faced with the prospect of the future, the KGB are quick to reply:

“We’ve traveled back in time from the future to ensure that all is BANG!, life is BOOM!, and the universe continues to be 300% DYNAMITE!”

Day Jobs
Day Jobs
Detroit, MI

Dead Broke
Dead Broke
Toronto, ON

Dead Fucking Last
Los Angeles, CA

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Dead Fucking Last

Dead Fucking Last

Thus we go bravely onward.

To put you in the picture – as Elvis Costello once said in a rare flash of wit – DEAD FUCKING LAST is the name applied with astute euphonic accuracy to the four man unit, which was consciously created, deliberately disciplined, and beyond doubt was bound to things for which mortals have, since two wood clubs and a monkey skin bought one stone axehead, been engaged in a ceaseless, relentless quest. 

As I never try to better quotes from Scottish geniuses, here, abruptly, is where the introduction ends.

Deadweights
Dead Weights
Ottawa, ON

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Dead Weights

Dead Weights started in 2010 and has played a significant amount of local shows and basements since conception. A lot of beers have been drank. A lot of strings have been broken.

Future plans for a new record, more long drives, and too many hangovers.

Deadends
Deadends
Graz, AT

Death by Dingo
Death by Dingo
Montréal, QC

Debt Neglector
Debt Neglector
Orlando, FL

Déjà Mort
Déjà Mort
Rimouski, QC

Dig It Up
Dig It Up
Montréal, QC

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Dig It Up

Since 2008, Dig It Up has been turning strangers into best friends, dead cities into great adventures and created thousands of memories (some good, some not so good) of the shit show we like to call DIG IT UP.

DIG IT UP is made up of a bunch of old friends who value the good times, all the while trying to ensure that they put out interesting, engaging and hard hitting music. This band has always been about “what can we get away with next?”, a mentality of keeping the party going, expanding on their experiences together and trying to get the entire world to head bang with them. Since the first practice in a basement until their last show together, they will always strive to bring out the “I’m going to have a crazy night!” in everyone, the band included.

With only a few releases under their belts (EP, split 7″) Dig It Up has been fortunate enough to share the stage and tour in the US and Canada alongside greats like 7 Seconds, A Wilhelm Scream, Frank Turner, None More Black and The Sainte Catherines. In addition, they were invited to perform at both FEST 8 and FEST 10 in Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Alternative Press featured them in their annual 100 bands you need to know issue. Deciding that it was time to record a proper release, the boys enlisted the help of producers Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Alexisonfire) and Marc-Andre Beaudet (The Sainte Catherines) to help make said record. After pulling some levers and turning a bunch of knobs and then bleeding and sweating all over those knobs and levers, Dig It Up’s first album, Manners, is the masterful result of that incredibly intense session.
Manners is a collection of 11 diverse songs that need to be played loud and fast. They’re songs that were written to be experienced live at a sweaty show in a bar or basement and were recorded with that in mind.

Baby Doll
Doll Baby
Richmond, VA

Dollars for Deadbeats
Dollars for Deadbeats
Munich, DE

Dr. Beardface & the Spaceman
Dr. Beardfacé & the Spaceman
Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. Beardfacé & the Spaceman

Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman is a high-energy rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Influenced by punk and alternative to 50’s rockabilly and doo wop, Dr. Beardfacé blends elements of these influences with clever lyricism to deliver solid punk and roll songs that are easy to drink to, fun to dance to, and impossible not to sing along to.

Since forming in 2013, Beardfacé has seen local success playing some of the top venues in Philadelphia and has toured extensively playing alongside bands such as Barb Wire Dolls, The Queers, The Fantastic Plastics, Molly Rhythm, The Jukebox Romantics, American Pinup, OC45, and more. The band has also received positive press and reviews from various music outlets such as Dying Scene, That Mag, BlankTV, and Rock Era Magazine, as well as airplay on 93.3 WMMR, 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes, 93.5 WZBH, Goldie’s Garage Show on Sirius XM Radio, UK’s Amazing Radio and many other FM and online radio stations.

In 2017, they completed their first SXSW tour, and released their first full length LP “Here for the Scraps” through NYC/Austin based Altercation Records. Currently, they are playing shows throughout the US and recording their second full length album, set to release early 2019.

Their live show is explosive, incredibly fun, and not to be missed. Make sure you catch Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman when they roll into your city.

Duotang
Duotang
Winnipeg, MB

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Duotang

Duotang is Rod Slaughter on bass/vox and Sean Allum on drums. Pure and simple.

Formed in the summer of 1995, this 2-piece powerhouse’s brand of upbeat mod-rock and post-punk quickly carved out an impressive notch in the Canadian indie music scene. In March of 96′ (just one short year later) Duotang signed to famed Vancouver independent record label (and good buds) Mint Records. Over the next 5 years, Duotang released three critically acclaimed albums: Smash the Ships & Raise the Beams (1996), The Cons and the Pros (1998) and The Bright Side in 2001. All three topped the Canadian campus and community radio charts and allowed Duotang to tour extensively across Canada, the United States and Europe. They shared the stage across Canada with The English Beat, landed the cover of Exclaim magazine and in 2002, won the Prairie Music Award for Best Video for “The Evidence Comes From All Directions”.

In 2002 the duo decided to take a quick break from their 7 year whirlwind career – a break that somehow ended up lasting for 12 years. In December 2014, at the request of Mint Records, they reunited for a wild anniversary show in Vancouver and followed it up with a sold-out hometown show in Winnipeg. With renewed vim, vigor and crop of new songs, the duo went on to play to capacity crowds at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Calgary’s Sled Island, NXNE and Edmonton’s UP&DT Festival.

And now, filled with a renewed passion and 15 years of pent up artistic creativity, comes Duotang’s latest offering “New Occupation” dropping this fall on Montreal’s Stomp Records (that’s us). Opening with a tongue in cheek ode to the reunion, “Nostalgia’s a Vice” the 12 track album is the group’s best material to date. Other notable tracks include the sing-along “Karma Needs to Come Around”, the rocking “Bastard Five” and the mod-influenced “A Suitable Distraction”. Simple, honest and extremely charming, Duotang’s new album marks a dramatic return to form from this exceptional Canadian band.

Ellen and the Degenerates
Ellen and the Degenerates
Brooklyn, NY

Emmett O’Reilly
Toronto, ON

Empty Lungs
Empty Lungs
Belfast, NI

Face to Face
Face to Face
Victorville, CA

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Face to Face

Whoever said that you can’t go home again never told face to face. The melodic punk institution, who will celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band throughout 2016, return to Fat Wreck Chords—the same label who released their classic debut Don’t Turn Away—for their ninth full length studio album, Protection. As Trever Keith explains, this wasn’t coincidence.

“The decision to go back to Fat was a no brainer,” he says. “We knew we wanted to make a more back-to-basics punk rock record, something more like our early days. Fat Wreck Chords was an obvious choice. After 25 successful years in punk rock, it’s a label that speaks for itself. In lots of ways it feels like coming home.” Protection draws from the energy and passion of face to face’s early records but is filtered through Keith’s unique worldview as a true “lifer” in punk rock, someone whose songs have influenced an entire generation of bands. The result is an urgent and powerful 11-song effort that borrows from the melody and angst of the band’s early days with lyrics that are thoughtfully written from the perspective of a “40 something” veteran punk rocker, from “Double Crossed” and “Say What You Want” (Keith’s personal favorites) to the vicious barb “14:59” and the emotionally moving “Bent But Not Broken.”

“‘14:59’ is a commentary on Western culture and its obsession in the past few decades with reality-based fame that comes for people who have no skill other than just being famous. I think it’s disgusting. I hate it,” Keith remarks. “‘Bent But Not Broken’ is about people who aren’t willing to listen to opposing viewpoints because they are so mired in their own beliefs, they can’t see they are bent.” There’s even a rare burst of motivational positivity in “Keep Your Chin Up.” Credit can be shared with Bill Stevenson, who in addition to being Descendents’ erstwhile drummer, has produced classic albums and fan favorites from NOFX, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag and more. face to face worked with him at his studio, the Blasting Room, and the results exceeded everyone’s expectations. Amazingly, Stevenson is the first outside producer face to face has worked with in nearly two decades, as the band usually self-produces their work, but Keith said the partnership was nothing short of incredible. “It was a fantastic experience,” he says. “Bill was great to work with. I met Bill on the Warped Tour something like 15 years ago, but we never really had spent time together until now, and we hit it off great.”

With that trust in place, it allowed face to face to spend less time in the control room and more time focusing on their performances and on the songs themselves, resulting in what feels like an instant classic from the first listen. “This is the first time where [bassist] Scott [Shiflett] and I were willing to take a reduced role [in production],” Keith says. We were laid back, open minded, and open to suggestions. Bill’s influence on the song arrangements and background vocals was key in giving the record the sound that it has. Not every idea Bill had ended up being used, but we certainly listened to everything that Bill, Jason Livermore and Andrew Berlin had to say and I think it’s a better record for it.”

Since returning from their self-imposed hiatus in 2008, face to face has been on a tear, touring worldwide and writing tons of new music; Protection is their third full-length in five years, outpacing the output of many of their peers and devotees alike. face to face still has a lot to say, and the band has no plans on slowing down. “To celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band in 2016, we plan on re-releasing special edition vinyl copies of our early albums, plus playing as many shows as possible to promote Protection,” Keith says. Why does the band continue to work so hard when so many others are content to coast through their careers? Because Keith knows face to face isn’t just an outlet for him to vent his frustrations—it’s also a safe space for thousands of fans who need his songs in their lives. “I love the idea that our music can take people out of the grind of their daily lives for a little while and that we can connect emotionally,” admits Keith. “It’s an awesome and powerful thing.”

Fire Next Time
Fire Next Time
Edmonton, AB

Bio

Fire Next Time

Fire Next Time are a punk band that plays folk songs and it’s no coincidence that its spirited concerts are so often described using religious language. They have made a pilgrimage of sorts, from upstarts who just wanted to play music to stalwarts influencing their peers. Throughout the course of their three full-length albums and the Bend Like a Northern Light EP, Fire Next Time have shared the stage with greats such as Murder by Death, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners and Pulley. The boundless energy and countless hours its members have devoted is paying off. Fire Next Time has Cold Hands under its belt and is taking it on the road. Having earned their reputation as a tireless crowd favourite through relentless cross-country touring, Fire Next Time also boasts a back catalogue steeped in the rich musical and literary traditions of punk, peripatetic folk music and grim narrative songwriting a la Townes Van Zandt scoring a Cormac McCarthy adaptation with Henry Rollins’ blessing.

Cold Hands is courageous in its resolve to break new ground. It executes an array of musical ideas so seamlessly that moments of calm are all the more compelling for what might follow. “When the bones have cracked and the flesh and fat have all been torn away, know I’m on my way,” sings Renton in “Hounds of Belgravia.” That kind of visceral storytelling is the record’s backbone, complemented with a bevy of instrumental flourishes, including a guest violin appearance from Vancouver musician Tegan Ceschi-Smith on “Temptation and the Journey South”, “I Follow Stars, Not Dreams II” and the albums final song “Hounds of Belgravia”.

Five Knuckle Chuckle
Five Knuckle Chuckle
Orangeville, ON

Frankie Stubbs
Frankie Stubbs
Leatherface
Sunderland, UK

Bio

Frankie Stubbs

The biography from Frank is not a big secret. He is the leader from Leatherface. One of this bands what changed my life. He is one of the reason, why I have a label. The acoustic songs are special for Sounds of Subterrania, but Leatherface is the main task. Leatherface formed August 1988.

With a penchant for bad horror films, the odd mask made of leather and a novel called ‘leatherface’ about a highway robber with romantic inclinations the band was born. – are a rare treasure in contemporary music – a good old-fashioned punk rock band who are neither near-sighted nor necrophiles. But, boy, do they take some getting used to. Frankie Norman Warsaw Stubbs’s voice — well, untutored would be kind. Yet once you’ve got used to it, it’s as affecting as, say, Bob Mould’s or Jake Burns Stiff Little Fingers.Over All this years recorded Frankie with Leatherface 8 regulary longplayers and very many and more 7″, split releases and compilationtracks.
When you have luck, can you listen the acoustic songs after a show. However, caution! Frankie is not a campfire hippie.

Get Dead
Get Dead
San Francisco, CA

Bio

Get Dead

There aren’t a lot of bands like Get Dead around these days. Instead of worrying about gimmicks and trends, this fivesome from San Francisco, California have always focused on the music and that’s evident with every passion-filled note they play. Get Dead started out performing together in 2007 after their respective bands called it quits and eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band’s first full-length, “Bad News”, as well as their new full-length, “Honesty Lives Elsewhere”, and released both records on his label Fat Wreck Chords.

Ghost Town Remedy
Ghost Town Remedy
Nashville, TN

Gilbert et les amis de Tom
Gilbert et les amis de Tom
Montréal, QC

Good Looking Friends
Good Looking Friends
Brooklyn, NY

Greg Laraigné
Greg Laraigné
Montréal, QC

Grimskunk
Grimskunk
Montréal, QC

Bio

Grimskunk

Grimskunk, le groupe mythique psych-rock-punk indépendant montréalais est de retour avec leur nouvel album « SET FIRE! »

Enregistré par Gus Van Go et Werner F (Priestess, Vulgaires Machins) à Sydney en Australie, la suite tant attendue de « Fires under the road » est avant tout un voyage à l’autre bout du monde, ou la spontanéité et l’instinct ont été mis de l’avant tout au long du processus créatif. Puisant dans leur histoire riche d’influences et d’ingéniosité, l’album capture l’énergie et l’émotion brute de l’esprit Grimskunk; un tourbillon de colère et d’outrage punk, mêlé à l’idéalisme quasi-hippie de ceux qui osent rêver.

Comme toujours, le groupe s’est laissé imprégner et inspirer par leur environnement « Down under ». On y trouve l’artiste invité aborigène Tjupurru, qui joue de son « didjeribone » (Instrument de musique qui est le croisement d’un Didjeridou et d’un trombone) sur les pièces « Falling into shadow » et « Set fire to the nation ». La touche australienne est bien distinctive sur l’album, elle nous suggère un son obscur, effleurant l’ambiance de transe.

Visuellement, la pochette de l’album a été créée par l’artiste aborigène Gambirra Illume. L’œuvre combine le style et les thèmes traditionnels de l’art aborigène avec un côté sombre et punk à l’image des paroles engagées pour lesquelles Grimskunk a toujours été reconnues.

SET FIRE! a été enregistré avec une approche « old-school »; une batterie vintage des années ’70 comportant une grosse caisse de 26″, des amplis de guitares des années ’60 et des micros rares typiquement australiens. Le tout, trouvé sur place dans une chasse aux trésors frénétique à Sydney! Le résultat est le fusionnement du pysch-rock des années ’70; partant de l’orgue sinistre de Joe Evil, suivis des rythmes sauvages du nouveau batteur Ben Shatskoff et des guitares hurlantes qui mettent en évidence l’urgence de l’énergie. Les paroles engagées du punk viennent compléter la formation; c’est un mélange entre l’enfant bâtard de Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd et The Clash en version accélérée!

S’attaquant sans relâche à la bêtise humaine et aux maux de la société, l’album est un appel aux armes urgents pour la paix, une révolution du cœur; à rejeter le climat actuel d’étroitesse d’esprit et d’intolérance, se débarrasser de l’apathie pour créer un avenir meilleur!

Histoire:
Sur une période supérieure à quinze ans maintenant, le groupe Grimskunk a prouvé à tous qu’on ne pouvait l’arrêter, offrant un mélange de « rock hybride » à tout les oreilles croisant son chemin. Restant toujours intègre envers leur musique, Grimskunk est devenu l’un des groupe rock les plus influents au Canada. Après plusieurs disques indépendants et la faillite du distributeur Cargo, le groupe s’est finalement retrouvé sans distributeur et sans système de support pour sa tournée. À la place de déclarer forfait et de travailler de neuf à cinq comme beaucoup de groupes canadiens indépendants de la fin des années 1990, Grimskunk a créé sa propre maison de disque, les Disques Indica, en 1997. En plus de remplir un vide dans l’espace musicale Canadien, cela a permit au groupe de signer d’autres artistes locaux, européens et américains rencontrés en tournées.

Au cours des années, Grimskunk s’est autofinancé pour plus de 30 tournées en Europe et en Amérique. Le groupe a accumulé une impressionnante liste de contacts au cours de rencontres avec d’autres groupes et organisateurs de festivals. Mieux connu pour ses performances en spectacles, l’énergie et l’intensité du groupe a été, au cours de son histoire, le catalyseur de leur renommé. Sur la route, le réseautage avec les autres groupes et l’appréciation de la persévérance du groupe a permis à Grimskunk d’être respecté de l’industrie et des fans.

Guilhem
Guilhem
Lost Love
Montréal, QC

Hard Pass
Hard Pass
Brooklyn, NY

Hate It Too
Hate It Too
Québec, QC

Bio

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.

Heart Attack Kids
Heart Attack Kids
London, ON

Bio

Heart Attack Kids

Heart Attack Kids, a high voltage rock and roll duo born in 2013 in the Forest City consisting of Jared Ellul playing Guitar/Vox and Nathan Stock on Drums. With guitars sounding 100 feet tall and drums second to thunder, the band’s powerful, high energy sound will make audiences believe there are 5 people playing instead of two. Heart Attack Kids released their first full length album, No Future, in 2016 with Toronto Label, Underground Operations and have been continuously touring since 2015 with no signs of slowing down.

Hey Sugar
Hey Sugar
Reunion show
Montréal, QC

Hitch & Go
Hitch & Go
Québec, QC

Bio

Hitch & Go

Hitch & Go is an energetic Pop/Punk band from Quebec City, Canada.

A band composed of 4 artists from a friend-inspired environment, H&G takes ordinary parties, brings people together and has one heck of a good time doing it.

Hitch and Go writes all of their music and lyrics, records independantly with local recording engineers, promotes networking and visuals are all home sourced.

Hospital Job
Hospital Job
Springfield, IL

Hot Knife
Hot Knife
Brooklyn, NY

Inhalants
Inhalants
Toronto, ON

Bio

Inhalants

Inhalants are some pretentious fucks from Ontario.

Ivan Rivers
Ivan Rivers
Toronto, ON

Jason Guy Smiley
Jason Guy Smiley
Gainesville, FL

Jesse Lebourdais and the Long Winter
Jesse Lebourdais
Vancouver, BC

Bio

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.

Jo Bergeron
Jo Bergeron
Québec, QC

Julius Sumner Miller
Julius Sumner Miller
Calgary, AB

Bio

Julius Sumner Miller

Because sometimes you just say fuck it. Sometimes a bunch of musicians can just hang out, drink beer and play good punk rock with their friends because it fucking rules. What comes after that is all icing on the cake. In a world bursting with whitewash garbage, gimmicks, and branding, Julius Sumner Miller delivers the straight goods. With no one to impress and nothing to apologize for this Calgary Punk Rock crew plays fast, hard and devoid of bullshit. Drawing inspiration and a name from the badass life of Julius Sumner Miller (remember the crazy professor on “The Hilarious House of Frightenstein”) JSM embodies the alternative, DIY persona. Having been recruited by friendship, and sharing a common love of fast riffs and cheap beer JSM is set to lay waste to all those who oppose the healing power of punk rock. Steady yourself.

Junior Battles
Junior Battles
Toronto, ON

Bio

Junior Battles

Did you ever see that episode of the original Twilight Zone where the journalist had the haunted typewriter? It worked like this: He’d sit down, type a made up story and the next day that shit would really happen, giving him the ultimate scoop on all his dumb journalist friends. Pretty good episode, actually. Well, there’s a band of kids from Ontario called Junior Battles who seem to have that same kind of thing going on right now, minus the typewriter. It’s almost like one of ‘em has a genie crammed up their ass or something.

Take the story of their success for example: One night, they’re sitting around wildly dreaming about being able to put a record out on Paper and Plastick and the very next day they get an email from P&P overlord, Vinnie, out of the blue, asking if they want to do a record. Next, they asked for the best bio in the world and hey! What do you know? Anyhoo…these canucks are more than just Kreskin-like predictors of the future, they’re also ushering in the bold new era of what can only be referred to as post-beard rock, playing heartfelt, angular pop punk that reminds you of your favorite bands without being derivative, and they’re bringing it to you people with Idle Ages, their full length debut, coming out on P+P on June 28. You heard it here folks!

K-Man and the 45s
K-Man & the 45s
Montréal, QC

Bio

K-Man & the 45s

K-Man & The 45s, where Ska meets Rock and Roll. This Canadian 5 piece band from downtown Montreal is as heavily influenced by old school ska as it is with classic rock n roll. With a fantastic horn section playing catchy melodic lines and blazing solos over an energetic rhythm section, they switch naturally from ska to rock and punk, with surf sounds often not far behind. They draw influences as much from 2 tone bands such as The Specials and The Beat as they do from The Ramones and The Cramps.

These road dogs have now just finished up their 3rd full length album, the self-titled K-Man & The 45s, recorded and mixed by Alex Giguere (The Beatdown) and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire and mucho more). The 12 song album features many flavors of ska, beginning with the rocking stomper They Gotta Know, a Sci-Fi movie hit, Space Thriller and even a cover of Montreal legends, The Kingpins, Party in Ja. (given to K-Man as a birthday gift from writer and frontman Paddy Walsh).

K-Man & The 45s has always felt more comfortable on the road than at home. They have toured the country countless times playing coast to coast. They’ve also shared the stage with a million bands including: The Slackers, Big D and The Kids Table, The Satellites, The Original Wailers , The Planet Smashers, The Brains and I could easily fall in to simple name dropping here and go on and on. No stranger to the festival scene they have headlined The Ottawa Ska festival, The Montreal Skafest, Music For The Masses and headlined a bunch of others including NXNE, KOI music fest, Festival de la Gibelotte… you get the idea.

K-Man says he is more proud of this album than any other he has ever done. Moving forward means playing live as much as possible. K-Man & the 45s will be in a town near you shaking the floor boards with mad skanking good times!

Kali Masi
Kali Masi
Chicago, IL

Bio

Kali Masi

Kali Masi is a punk rock band from Chicago’s ever-ripening music scene. Kali Masi is clever and cathartic, offering melodies sculpted around angles and curves that will pull even the most jaded punks in from the back of the room. Their singles Jejune and Sputter showcase the bands aggressive and meditative roots while foreshadowing the sure-fire full-length Wind Instrument to be released in 2017.

Kevin Bogart
Kevin Bogart
Boston, MA

Late Night Munchies
Late Night Munchies
Québec, QC

Bio

Late Night Munchies

Des cuivrettes qui pèttent et de la disto sale, des riffs reggae et swing, du bon vieux punk rock et du ska toutes générations confondues, en autant que ça lève!

Laureate
Laureate
Montréal, QC

Lauren Spike
Lauren Spike
Toronto, ON

Layden and the Lion
Layden and the Lion
Santa Rosa, FL

Bio

Layden and the Lion

Add gritty vocals, true life lyricism, catchy riffs, and a solid live band and you get Layden and the Lion. Based out of South Louisiana and Florida this man is sure to impress the listening audience both musically and visually. Heavily influenced by the sounds of Lucero, Against me!, and Alkaline Trio, as well as many other bands/genres blended together to create their sound. Releasing his first 6 song EP “Lost And Lonely With Everything” Layden and the Lion display passion for writing songs that everyone can relate too, whether it be an uptempo feel good song, to a mid tempo lyrically dark song, to a laid back acoustic song about the struggles of day to day life. Layden and the Lion is not trying to reinvent the wheel….. they’re just keeping the wheel rolling.

Le Yikes Surfclub
Le Yikes Surfclub
Philadelphia, PA

Les Costauds
Les Costauds
Montréal, QC

Bio

Les Costauds

Groupe qui répends la joie de vivre en mettant au goût du jour des succès de Bernard Minet, des Musclés et les génériques du Club Dorothée.

Les Happycuriens
Les Happycuriens
Repentigny, QC

Bio

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.

Lost Love
Lost Love
Montréal, QC

Bio

Lost Love

Lost Love is a yound melodic pop-punk four-piece from Montreal. Formed in early 2013, the band has toured relentlessly through Canada and the USA. They’ve shared the stage with some seriously awesome bands like Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket, PUP, The Ataris, Jeff Rosenstock, Make Do And Mend, DeeCracks and The Queers.

Twenty-sixteen is shaping up to be a busy year for Lost Love. They’re releasing their second full length “Comfortable Scars” slated for an April 22nd release on Stomp Records (digital + cd). The good folks from Ocelot Records will be handling a super limited edition vinyl run released at the same time. Comfortable Scars captures Lost Love doing what they do best: playing honest pop-punk with their bleeding hearts pinned proudly on their denim sleeves. The album features 11 addictive songs that speak about making peace and finding comfort with painful moments from the past.

To support the album, Lost Love is embarking on an epic worldwide tour spanning 4 months. Starting in Canada late April, followed by Europe for May-June and ending in the USA through July-August….Crazy bastards.

For fans of Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms and The Weakerthans.

“They’re rough-cut and pouring their hearts out, but with a neat grit and unpolished finish that borders perfectly with the DIY/indie mission statements.” – Punknews

“Do you like your punk rock explosive and exciting? What about punk with a healthy sense of melody? And lastly, do you enjoy punk with choruses to shout your heart out along to? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to check out Lost Love.” – Dying Scene

LAVAL
lΛVΛl
Montréal, QC

Marc Alan
Marc Alan
Austin, TX

Mike Frazier
Mike Frazier
Winchester, VA

Mike Moak
Mike Moak
After the Fall
Albany, NY

Mobina Galore
Mobina Galore
Winnipeg, MB

Bio

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

Bio

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.

Morgan
Morgan
Valleyfield, QC

Motherhood
Motherhood
Fredericton, NB

MU330
MU330
St. Louis, MO

Bio

MU330

Weezer Ska? MU330 plays an amazing collection of ska, rock, punk, and just good stuff you’ll want to sing along to. They have a high energy live show that you can’t miss!

Mutoid Man
Mutoid Man
New York, NY

Bio

Mutoid Man

Stephen Brodsky is a Descendent of punk/hardcore. Member of Cave In & Mutoid Man. Previous bands include Converge, Kid Kilowatt, New Idea Society, Octave Museum, Pet Genius, The Holey Moleys. Sonic hobbyist of “mid-fi” recordings (somewhere between high & low fidelity).

Ben Koller drums for Mutoid Man. He is also the drummer for Converge, All Pigs Must Die , Kill or Be Killed. He has also previously recorded/performed with Cave In, Acid Tiger, United Nations and many others.

Nicholas Cageao is the bassist in Mutoid Man. When he is not touring, he can be found working front of house as the sound engineer at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY.

Nervous Dater
Nervous Dater
New York, NY

Bio

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.

Nightmarathons
Nightmarathons
Pittsburgh, PA

Bio

Nightmarathons

Formed in the winter months of 2016, Nightmarathons melds varying punk, post punk, and first-wave emo influences to create their own unique take on melodic punk rock music. Their first recorded effort, a self-titled EP out May 5th on A-F Records and Between the Days records, is an echo of nostalgia, conjuring up that old feeling that you felt back in 2001 in that elks lodge right before those first chords rang out and changed your life forever.

Nightmares for a Week
Nightmares for a Week
Kingston, NY

Oakhearts
Oakhearts
Montréal, QC

Obey the Brave
Obey the Brave
Montréal, QC

Bio

Obey the Brave

In the years since the phrase, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” was first attributed to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it’s become something of a tired cliché. But to an underground band like OBEY THE BRAVE, relentlessly touring the world’s clubs, against obstacles great and small, the maxim still carries the weight of reality. Like the best of the heavy metallic hardcore bands in rock music history, OBEY THE BRAVE embodies Nietzsche’s stark sentiments with furious musical determination.

OBEY THE BRAVE churns out anthems of empowerment born of adversity. It’s the songs that embolden the spirit and exorcise personal demons, whether in the pit or on a day’s commute. Songs like “Raise Your Voice,” “Full Circle,” and “Get Real” are quintessential metalcore bangers.

Mad Season, the band’s diverse and defiant third album, arrives after the most turbulent period of the group’s career. Yet as vocalist Alex Erian puts it with appropriately blunt eloquence: “We’re back stronger than ever.”

Since forming just a handful of years ago in their native Canada, OBEY THE BRAVE has toured the world alongside fellow modern metalcore genre standard bearers like The Amity Affliction, Whitechapel, Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin, Emmure, All Shall Perish, We Came As Romans, and Miss May I, forging meaningful relationships with each audience, show after show.

A series of hardships and obstacles followed the release of the group’s well-received sophomore album, Salvation (2014), which built upon the early promise Young Blood (2012). Both are albums full of raw crunch, sincere attitude, metallic bite, and unadulterated adrenaline. The group weathered two lineup changes, a string of bad luck with an overseas promoter, and a series of false starts in the studio before finally emerging with Mad Season, the band’s most focused, ambitious, and urgently visceral album thus far.

Songs like “Drama,” “The Distance,” and “Rest in Peace” (one of two Mad Season songs delivered entirely in the band’s native French) are packed with power derived as much from real life emotion as huge power chords.

Named for the tumultuous period of its creation, Mad Season is a truly collaborative effort musically and lyrically. Joining shortly into the touring cycle for Salvation, Terrence McAuley (guitar) and Cory Wilson (bass) gelled instantly with original members Erian, John Campbell (guitar), and Stevie Morotti (drums). McAuley also served as co-producer, alongside engineer and mixer Dean Hadjichristou, who has worked with Obey The Brave’s fellow Canadians Protest The Hero and labelmates Parkway Drive.

When it came time to record vocals, Erian reunited with longtime collaborator Antoine Lussier, whose Ion Dissonance bandmate, Kevin McCaughey, guests on “The Distance.” “RIP” features French Canadian rap group Loud Lary Ajust, capturing the party element the band often brings in the live setting.

“Drama” boasts a guest appearance from Steve Marois of Erian’s other band the semi-recently reformed deathcore pioneers Despised Icon.

“I grew up in the death metal scene but Obey The Brave has always been my outlet to explore other aspects of my musical roots and passions,” Erian explains. “Now that Despised Icon is back, I have that outlet for really heavy extreme music, so I can explore with Obey The Brave even more now.”

Mad Season demonstrates a true artistic evolution for the band. Part of that progression includes the introduction of singing vocals alongside the genre’s traditional screaming. This isn’t “emo” crooning, however; it’s much more akin to the raspy declarations of Rise Against and old-school punk.

“We stepped out of our comfort zone with this record,” Erian says. “We didn’t want to put out the same record three times in a row. I spent an entire year trying to perfect my singing. There’s still a lot of screaming on the album, but it was really important for me artistically to try something different and give it my all. It’s very exciting to try to reinvent yourself.”

A mission statement of sorts for OBEY THE BRAVE is right there in the title track: “We all want it / it’s our passion / we’re all lost in the right direction.”

“Sometimes when you’re facing these obstacles, you’re like, ‘why am I still here? Why am I doing this in the first place? Should I get back to the regular nine-to-five and try to get some security?’” Erian confesses. “But this is who I am. This is what I do. This is who we are. We just can’t help ourselves. That’s why ‘though we may feel ‘lost,’ we are lost in the right direction.”

Ultimately each and every step along the way for OBEY THE BRAVE has been worth it, because indeed, “that which does not kill us…” Or to quote another fitting well-known proverb: “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“In a weird twisted way I’m thankful for everything it took to get this record made because it all tested our commitment to the band and we’re still here, you know, we’re still swinging,” says Erian. “The bottom line is, we put so much of ourselves into Mad Season and the music speaks for itself.”

OC45
OC45
Boston, MA

Bio

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.

Oh My Snare!
Oh My Snare!
Montréal, QC

On the Cinder
On the Cinder
Buffalo, NY

Bio

On the Cinder

On The Cinder is a three piece Punk Rock/Melodic Hardcore band from Buffalo, NY. Fanboys of fast and technical hardcore. Connoisseurs of sweaty, chant along punk rock anthems. Basement dwellers shouting our way to the next big adventure.

PKEW PKEW PKEW
Pkew Pkew Pkew
Toronto, ON

Bio

Pkew Pkew Pkew

Punks and jocks haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. The in-group/out-group dynamics of each haven’t been very forgiving to the other. Luckily, the Toronto punk rockers in PKEWPKEWPKEW (sometimes stylized as PKEWx3) don’t subscribe to one or the other- they’re more interested in the transitional space in between.

That’s the space the band inhabits on their self-titled debut record. It’s being rereleased through SideOneDummy Records under a new name: +One, so titled for the extra track it will include. On Bandcamp, the debut is tagged with the following: beer, pizza, punk, skateboarding, Toronto, and being broke. These are the topics that comprise a 22-minute flurry of unbridled guitar-punk glory; every fist-pumping whim is indulged, and no anthemic melody is underused. The compact runtime is a statement itself; rather than sketching out meandering tracks with occasional hooks, PKEW makes songs that are hooks, from start to finish. They position pop’s steadfast belief in glossy generalities against head-bashing bar-chord guitar rock.

But this is all tied together with Mike Warne’s acerbic lyrical wit: “We don’t make much money/That should come as no surprise/We got drunk before we left so we wouldn’t have to spend much tonight,” he says on “Before We Go Out Drinking.” This isn’t air-headed, young-forever pop-punk; it’s exists in the real world, where hangovers happen and bones get broken. The boys in PKEWPKEWPKEW are pragmatists, after all: “Let’s order a pizza, I gotta eat something before I throw up,” they bellow on (you guessed it) “Let’s Order A Pizza.” It’s less a triumphant declaration of affection for boozing, and more a cross-eyed, ‘Oh shit, I drank too much and I have to be up at 7AM for work tomorrow.’

Warne appreciates the duality. “Sports dads really like us because we sing about depressing shit and baseball, and 18-year old kids like us because we sing about drinking and pizza,” he says. Some people miss the underlying truth and beeline right for the shithead, beer-guzzling, pizza-vacuum angle. Warne doesn’t mind; he’s just stoked people are having a good time. But he reminds, “There’s definitely a depression that goes along with pretty much all of it.”

In this way, PKEW is a reflection of life, warts and all: the gleeful, unhinged enthusiasm of their instrumentals, papercut with the underlying, honest realism of Warne’s lyrics. It’s also a stab at the breezy, coded hypermasculinity that colors much of pop-punk. In their drunken haze, misogynistic punk dude-bros might miss that PKEW are actually laughing at them behind the thunderous riffs. “We’re definitely there to make fun of it,” Warne asserts. That playful angle is at the root of his writing. “It’s just easier to write songs if you want them to be a little funny and very blunt. Once you take it too seriously, you’re writing songs that are just super vague about relationships or something.” He adds with a laugh, “That’s probably a good reason why we’re not gonna be on the radio.”

It all loops back to their passions: music and sports, and the desire to extricate the problematic dogma that both are plagued by. “Music people and sports people not getting along is weird and lame,” Warne declares. He grew up in Stouffville, which he calls it a typical “little hockey town.” He escaped from there on the weekends to play in a band in Toronto- which nobody in Stouffville cared about. “No one thought that was cool at all,” Warne says. “I had a weird view of that really early on.”

Working a desk job in a boring office helped guide Warne’s sharp eye for the realities of life. It’s also where PKEW began, with songs “mostly making fun of work.” He pestered a work buddy into commiserating with him. “I’d ask him to tell me to write about something,” he explains. “I’d sit at my desk at work and I’d write lyrics and I’d write what I thought the chords might end up being.” They’d return to Warne’s place to record it in Garageband. “The first night we did it, we made ‘Asshole Pandemic,’” he laughs. They burned it to a CD, went to a bar and made the DJ play it. PKEW was born, in suitable fashion.

Of course, life in a band is not all victories. Warne feels he’s always chasing something. “There’s always this light on the horizon of cool things that are coming,” he explains. PKEWPKEWPKEW reminds us that that light comes and goes; to quote Tim McGraw in Friday Night Lights, “It’s an ugly fact of life.” But we’re here. We might as well write a good punk rock song about it.

There’s more light on the horizon, and PKEW aren’t giving up. There’s work to be done: “We gotta get a Madden sponsorship,” Warne deadpans.

PL Mafia
PL Mafia
Montréal, QC

Bio

PL Mafia

Ensemble depuis 2003, PL Mafia est un groupe ska-punk francophone de Montréal. Avec ses prestations festives, le groupe s’est rapidement fait connaître sur la scène alternative québécoise par sa passion, son acharnement et l’énergie brute de ses spectacles. Le groupe s’est produit en concert plus de 150 fois avec plusieurs grandes têtes d’affiches (The Suicide Machines, Streetlight Manifesto, Big D and the Kids table, etc.) et ce dans 3 pays différents.

Positive Charge
Positive Charge
Ottawa, ON

Bio

Positive Charge

This band started in 2014, under the name Pistols At Dawn, and has since been through a few changes. In 2015, shortly after we started recording a full-length album, we parted ways with a good friend and valued contributor, and our 5-piece band became four. Moving forward as such, we’ve continued playing shows in & around Ottawa, and have since finished recording that album. We will be releasing it in the summer of 2017, under the name Positive Charge, and we couldn’t be more excited to share to with you.

Potato Rocket
Potato Rocket
Calgary, AB

Pseudo - Photo: Ken Robinson
Pseudo
Toronto, ON

Punchline 13
Punchline 13
Montréal, QC

Bio

Punchline 13

PUNCHLINE 13 was created by Sly Rawk. He is joined by Jason Caballero, Hugo Larouche, Dave Marti and Yan Boudreault. ln February 2015, they released their first full-length album, Cut The Rope. The album has been one the best rock Canadian sellers on iTunes Canada. First single ”Home” has received high spins on many major radio stations and Its video received high rotation on Much, MuchLoud and MusiquePlus. This song is also playing at the BELL center during the Montreal Canadiens and been chosen as the game opening on TVA Sports.

They worked with Jason Livermore and Bill Stevenson (RISE AGAINST, DESCENDENTS – All, ANTI-FLAG, ALKALINE TRIO, LAGWAGON…) at the legendary BLASTING ROOM studio on their new single, Let’s Forget (feat. Paul Cargnello). This brand-new song is now available on all internet and mobile platforms.

The boys teamed up with RAFFY to record two new versions of their single ‘What Will You Do?’ (A bilingual (French & English) version and an original English version). This title is certainly the most mainstream song from their first full-length album ‘Cut The Rope’. With a powerful rock energy, awesome pop hooks and a 50’s Doo Wop Rock N’ Roll vibe, this single will surely hook up lots of new fans.

P13 recently worked with Kyle Black (All Time Low, Paramore, New Found Glory, 5 Seconds Of Summer, State Champs, Hit The Lights…) on their brand new single ”We Will Light A Fire”. This new summer ‘Pop Punk – Rock’ anthem will surely have you jumping around in no time!

The influences are ranging from ‘Skate Rock’ (Pop Punk) such as THE DESCENDENTS, DOUGHBOYS, WEEZER and GREEN DAY to some ’80’s hair metal’ such as MÖTLEY CRÜE and POISON to finally flirt with the 50’s by way of BUDDY HOLLY, EDDIE COCHRAN, CHUCK BERRY and ELVIS PRESLEY. This may explain the intensity and the “Arena Rock” vibe of their live performances.

They’ve toured with bands such as PENNYWISE, FACE TO FACE, THE ATARIS, MUSTARD PLUG, ANTI-FLAG, UNEARTH, MILLENCOLIN, RESET and have been on the VANS WARPED TOUR for two consecutive years (2014-2015), Pouzza Fest (2014-2015), CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (2015, 2016 & 2017), International des Montgolfières in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Music4Cancer, Music4Cancer All Stars tour (with ALL, AUTHORITY ZERO, CIGAR…) and countless other festivals.

Ramona
Ramona
Seattle, WA

Bio

Ramona

Ramona is an East Coast band living on the West Coast. Diego (guitar/vox) and Abby (bass/vox) went to college together in Boston, Mass where they played music for a short time until Diego moved to Seattle. After a few years back in her native Philadelphia, Abby moved to Seattle to start up a new band with Diego where they met Shannon (drums) who they instantly knew was a perfect fit and had moved from New York City a few years prior. Armed with a few songs from their college days, they got to practicing and writing; quickly gathering a following with their high-energy live show and “stick to the roof of your mouth” hooks. Now they’re tired all the time and bicker frequently as they win over crowds around the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by everything from hardcore punk to hip-hop to indie-pop, they play an upbeat brand of sad tunes perfect for dancing and shouting along.

Rebuilder
Rebuilder
Boston, MA

Bio

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

Bio

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.

Resilient
Resilient
Philadelphia, PA

Bio

Resilient

A femme-driven Philly band was born completely by accident out of the ashes of several other projects after a series of life-altering events. The members would eventually call themselves Resilient.
The array of influences within this band is so wide; it could quite possibly transcend the equatorial diameter most likely more than once. While they refuse to allow themselves to be defined by any one style, there is an apparent affinity for grunge, punk, and prog-pop styles in their multi-layered musical arrangements.
Resilient has not just been a band. It’s been a place of truth, hidden strength, artistic euphoria, and a testament to the fact that music has ultimately propelled and empowered each member to overcome nearly anything among the spectrum of life’s challenges.

Rock n Roll Television
Rock n Roll Television
Montréal, QC

Royal Red Brigade
Royal Red Brigade
Regina, SK

Bio

Royal Red Brigade

Royal Red Brigade delivers an explosive brand of Punk Rock N’ Roll from the cold, dead heart of the Canadian Prairies. They are influenced by classic bands of punk, garage and rock lore, as well as by the innovative, genre-defying spirit of contemporary incarnations like the Bronx, The Murder City Devils, and the Hives. Their musical catalogue: Out of the Trenches (2010), Give into the Violence (2012), and Seasides (2014), demonstrates a variety of dynamic, dark sonic atmospheres. From frantic to frightening, the band’s recorded works exhibit depth and diversity, anchored by the band’s truly unified and distinct sound. Equally energetic on stage, Royal Red Brigade also have extensive touring and live show experience, having embarked on multiple national and international tours, and with appearances at festivals such as Montreal’s Pouzza Fest in 2013, and a headlining spot at Saskatoon’s Omfest in 2014. They have also supported many notable acts at home, including DOA, The Flatliners, SNFU, Cobra Skulls, and many more. The band truly values authenticity, both in the creative expression of song, and in the communities that cultivate subversive art forms. Backed only by independent label support and a vicious DIY drive, Royal Red Brigade are ready to enact their plans for world domination. Destroy!!!

Rules
Rules
Hamilton, ON

Bio

Rules

Writing this in the 3rd person seems weird.
We’re Rules. Ben, Chuck, Adam & Alex. We all played or currently play in bands like The Saint Alvia Cartel, Organ Thieves, The Penske Files, Say Yes, The Video Dead etc. We started this band on a whim last summer while hanging out at Alex’s place in Burlington. We’re super excited to start recording and sharing our music with our friends.

Sammy Kay
Sammy Kay
Asbury Park, NJ

Bio

Sammy Kay

Hailing from New Jersey, singer/songwriter SAMMY KAY has lived the kind of romantic life that can only be found in song. With the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows, KAY returned to his home state after years in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, as well as traveling the world playing in and working for a myriad of bands (Gaslight Anthem and Bouncing Souls among them). Somewhere along the road in his extensive travels, he penned this deeply introspective new record. Pure, unadulterated New Jersey punk rock soul music, plain and simple. The Untitled record is a step away from his last, FOURTH STREET SINGERS, but shows all the growth after the last few years of heavy traveling. A larger sound with themes of growing up, sorrow and hope shine strong within these 10 songs.

Our old friend and collaborator Mr Kay sums it up best himself:
“This record stands the strongest in my eyes. Writing-wise, I wanted to keep the past in the past, and to not forget that I’m forever changing as a songwriter, growing and constantly pushing myself forward. I feel the songs on this record show exactly that. Me and the boys are real excited to get back on the road and are really stoked to show you all the new songs. We’re all so proud of LP3, and can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

School Damage
School Damage
Toronto, ON

Bio

School Damage

School Damage’s gritty but melodic style of punk rock is a mix of raw hardcore energy and Ramones- four chords worship. The songs start and stop on a dime while dripping enough piss and vinegar to leave you dehydrated and thirsty for more.

Sean Patrick Carney
Sean Carney
Providence, RI

Set It Back
Set It Back
Montréal, QC

Shirley
Shirley
Montréal, QC

Sincere Engineer
Sincere Engineer
Chicago, IL

Bio

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”.

Sister Munch - Photo: Kate Hoos
Sister Munch
Brooklyn, NY

Slingshot Dakota
Slingshot Dakota
Bethlehem, PA

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

Spoilers
Spoilers
Canterbury, UK

Bio

Spoilers

Hailing from the compost heap of England. This Kent based 4 piece features members, Dan Goatham (7 Day Conspiracy, Southport), Ben Davis (More Than Normal), Stuart Randall and Leon Packer. Quite simply long-time friends from their local music scene, this story gets its start when Dan leaves UK punk legends SOUTHPORT. Approached by the other 3 members in turn with a view to starting a new band after hearing some earlier demos filled with new and original song ideas. Less than 30 minutes into the first practice SPOILERS was born. With catchy vocal melodies mixed with riffs that are just as at home now as they would be in the early Snuff period all played with an energy that rivals China Drum and Gorilla Biscuits in a fist fight with Osker. SPOILERS are the type of act that will let you believe they are pop punk band then without notice slap you in the face with some melodic hardcore.

Stay Inside - Photo: Nick Karp
Stay Inside
Brooklyn, NY

Steve & Ginie Jackson
Steve & Ginie Jackson
Montréal, QC

SteveO & the Crippling Addictions
SteveO & the Crippling Addictions
Philadelphia, PA

Bio

SteveO & the Crippling Addictions

SteveO, formerly of The Holy Mess, with occasional help from Tim Browne of Elway.

Still Insane
Still Insane
Québec, QC

Stuck Lucky
Stuck Lucky
Nashville, TN

Bio

Stuck Lucky

There was a time when we were not a band, but then that time ended and we were a band. We are still this band and shall continue in this fashion until we are not.

Stuck Out Here
Stuck Out Here
Toronto, ON

Such Gold
Such Gold
Rochester, NY

Bio

Such Gold

Such Gold formed in 2009 in Rochester, NY – a region steeped in tradition for quality punk and melodic hardcore bands, and DIY ethic. The band quickly released a demo, followed by a series of EPs and split 7”s on labels like No Sleep and 6131 Records.

In 2012 the band released their full-length debut “Misadventures” via Razor and Tie, produced and engineered by the renowned Steve Evetts (Kid Dynamite, Saves the Day, Snapcase). The LP reached #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and brought the band instant acclaim with both the hardcore and pop-punk scenes.

As with any budding group there were a few bumps in the road during the band’s formative years, including the departure of a series of founding members. Vocalist Ben Kotin seized the opportunity to fill the void on guitar which sparked a new creative element in the band, and a musical push into new territory. Kotin, guitarist Nate Derby and bassist Jon Markson recruited drummer Matt Covey (formerly of Shai Hulud) to re-develop Such Gold as we know them today.

2014’s “The New Sidewalk”, produced and engineered by the infamous duo of Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, Rise Against, Propagandhi), was the first release to feature the modern lineup and a more complex and intense Such Gold. Their new incarnation saw a further exodus from the band’s earlier pop-punk tendencies and found them identifying more with the music they grew up with—fast, riffy, technical and forward-thinking punk and angular, dissonant math rock.

In 2016 the band re-released 2010’s “Pedestals” EP as a re-mixed, re-mastered collection featuring the original release, plus b-sides from the era, on Bird Attack Records – a label founded by the band’s long-time friend Garrett Wadford.

“We met Garrett several years ago while playing a festival in Costa Rica and have stayed good friends ever since,” guitarist Nate Derby says. “It’s been great to watch him grow Bird Attack Records into a record label synonymous with quality punk music and I think he’s long since proven to us that Bird Attack is a worthy home for our band.”

The resilient group has spent equal amounts of time touring both domestically and abroad with the likes of Strung Out, PUP, The Story So Far, PEARS, Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream, the Flatliners, Millencolin and more.

Not to be slowed down, Such Gold prepares to release their jarring new EP “Deep In A Hole”. This 5-song musical exploration shows off their superior ability to combine catchy melodies and arrangements with a mastery of harmonic color and wild textures. The result spans the bands’ sonic past, present and future via their new home at Bird Attack Records. Produced and engineered by the band’s own Jon Markson, and mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room, “Deep in a Hole” is Such Gold at their best – doing things their own way.

Taking Meds
Taking Meds
Rochester, NY

Talk Me Off
Talk Me Off
Richmond, VA

Talk Show Host
Talk Show Host
Toronto, ON

Bio

Talk Show Host

Talk Show Host is an indie punk trio from Toronto, Canada. The band has been playing together since 2015 and has two EPs under their belt. Their 2016 release, Perfectly Competent, earned a 7/10 review from Exclaim! magazine and drew comparisons to Green Day, Against Me! and Bob Mould.

Teenage X
Teenage X
Toronto, ON

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Teenage X

Teenage X is the band you blare at an excessive volume from your car radio, the band blasting from the speakers at that house party you’re still recovering from, the band that draws you from the back of the bar to the edge of the stage just to be closer to the sound, spit and swagger.

“The band is a self styled punk anthem generator and makes no bones of its rock lineage.”

– Gasoline Magazine

The Anti-Queens
The Anti-Queens
Toronto, ON

The Beatdown
The Beatdown
Montréal, QC

Bio

The Beatdown

They call it Northern Reggae…A one-hundred proof blend of raspy rocksteady, sizzling soul, surf swagger and punkrock pedigree shaken (not stirred) with a double shot of the roughest roots reggae your ears have ever tasted. Pour it into a highball glass over some ice-cold lyrics and you’ve got The Beatdown’s latest full-length offering “Walkin’ Proud”. Following hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut, “Walkin’ Proud” is an apologetic collection of thirteen hard driving, soulful bangers coming straight from the gut. The album was recorded almost entirely live off the floor, capturing the raw live energy, urgency and unmarred production that has made The Beatdown an established underground favorite with fans and newbies alike.

Formed in the mean, cold streets of Montreal, The Beatdown rose from the ashes of the late, great One Night Band after their untimely demise in the winter of 2009. Although only together for 3 short years, this intrepid four-piece gang of hoodlums have played more than 300 shows in 15 countries. They’ve appeared at such renowned festivals as Festival d’Ete (CDN), Victoria Skafest (CDN), Rebellion Fest (UK), Mighty Sounds (CZ), SCENE Fest (CDN), POP Montreal (CDN) and many others. They’ve shared the stage with an eclectic mélange of bands including Walk Off The Earth, Fishbone, Black Crowes, The Skatalites, The Slackers, Madball, UK Subs and The Creepshow just to name a few.

This is the real thing kids. Tough as nails, catchy as hell and good to go; The Beatdown are Walkin’ Proud.

The Creeps - Photo: Martin Blondeau
The Creeps
Ottawa, ON

The Creepshow
The Creepshow
Montréal, QC

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The Creepshow

What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!
For the past 12 years The Creepshow have been smashing the whole damn world in the face with their brutaltastic mélange of punk, country, psychobilly and good old-fashioned rock n’ roll. They’ve toured the world, sold a metric shit-ton of records, garnered millions of video views and blown the faces off a ga-zillion fans. The Creepshow has performed in more than 50 countries and shared the stage with Rancid, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Tiger Army, Sham 69 and Reverend Horton Heat just to name a few… But the road to infamy hasn’t always been paved with accolades and sold out shows. Over the years, the band has been fraught with innumerable hardships along the way. From robberies and wrecks to line-up changes and countless personal obstacles, the band has lived through it all. And they always come out on top. With the debut of their first album “Sell Your Soul” in 2006, The Creepshow was immediately catapulted to the forefront of the bourgeoning international psychobilly/punk scene and opened the door for them to bring their eye and ear scorching live show to the four corners of the earth. The release of “Run For Your Life” (2008 Epitaph/Stomp), “They All Fall Down” (2010 Epitaph/Stomp) and “Life After Death” (2013 Stomp/Sailors Grave) further cemented the band as one of the most impressive, critically acclaimed and well-respected touring acts out there.

Which brings us to the epic new album “Death At My Door” set for a September 2017 release. Ten tracks of raging, bloodcurdling and raucously rebellious fury showcase the very best from this roadharderned group of beautiful misfits. The haunting vocal stylings of Kenda Legaspi soar seamlessly over Chuck Coles’ buzzsaw sharp guitar lines and the ragtime gospel organs/keys of the Reverend McGinty; all the while held together by the hard-driving stand-up double-bass slapping rhythms of Sean McNab and the impossibly violent percussive assault of Sandro Sanchioni on drums. From the defiant and empowering “Sticks & Stones” and the incredibly anthemic “Til Death Do Us” to the circle-pit inducing “Tomorrow May Never Come” and the eerily heartwrenching ballad “My Soul To Keep”, Death At My Door is a diverse and addictive album from a genre-defying band who are at the very top of their game… Don’t sleep on this one, because you never know what’s waiting for you just outside your door.
For fans of Rancid, Distillers, Bombpops, Social Distortion, Tiger Army, Dropkick Murphys.

The Filthy Radicals
The Filthy Radicals
London, ON

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The Filthy Radicals

Formed in Shelburne On. sometime in 2006 by Kyle Jewitt(Vocals, Guitar) and Chode(Bass). The band went through several drummers(Seth, Mike) before settling on Jackson Cronmiller Of London thrash/punk band Get Down! in July 2008. With the core lineup in place the band set about playing all over Ontario as well as recording. Dan Price(Get Down!) joined on lead guitar in July 2009, recorded and played on their debut album(Please Stand By…) and parted ways with the band in October 2010. Mike Pollard augmented this by joining on rhythm guitar from January 2011 to January 2013. Andrew Denure took over on Lead Guitar In December 2012 and the band has played with this lineup ever since. The band first relocated to London On. from July 2008 to September 2013, and since has been based in Toronto. They have shared the stage with greats Morning Glory, Reagan Youth, Mad Caddies, The Casualties, Stupid Stupid Henchmen, Mad Conductor, Dayglo Abortions, The Matadors, Rebel Spell, Flatfoot 56, The Brains, Mustard Plug, Single Mothers, St. Alvia, Baptized In Blood as well as local greats Ghetto Blaster, Corporation, Panama Red, Bet Your Life, Big Brother, Chainsaw Lobotomy, The New Revolutionaries, Starbucket, Stiff Wires, U, Jettison Commitment, Knife The Wolf, Brave The Wild, Bring Down Whitey, and many many many more over the last 6 years. The band is currently writing a full length album follow up its Life Or Debt 7″ and playing shows in and around Toronto. Stay filthy my friends

The Headlines - Photo: Mike Heider
The Headlines
Malmö, SE

The Horny Bitches
The Horny Bitches
Montréal, QC

The Jukebox Romantics
The Jukebox Romantics
Orange & Westchester County, NY

The Mad Murdocks
The Mad Murdocks
Whitby, ON

The Murderburgers
The Murderburgers
Edinburgh/Glasgow, Scotland

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The Murderburgers

The Murderburgers are a high-energy melodic three piece punk rock’n’roll band from Scotland who deal in lightening quick anthemic intelligent pop-punk bangers. Formed in 2007 by lead vocalist and guitarist Fraser, The Murderburgers have grown from gobby Ramones-esque young punks into arguably Scotland’s finest ever punk rock export.

Spending endless months on the road on both sides of the Atlantic, including playing the legendary Gilman Street in Berkeley, California and surviving near-death experiences in mainland Europe during 2012, the band have built their reputation on the strength of their dedication, passion, hard work and sheer talent, not to mention being armed with some of the finest hooky pop-punk anthems this side of early Green Day. With an unrivalled work ethic, they have wracked up over nine hundred shows across the globe since their formation, making for razor-sharp live shows bursting full of blood and guts, mixed with typical dry Scottish humour.

The Murderburgers’ latest full length album “The 12 Habits Of Highly Defective People” was released at the start of October 2016 on Asian Man Records/Round Dog Records/Waterslide Records right before the band’s first ever tour of Japan. The album was recorded and produced by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios in Chicago. The line-up on the new record consists of Fraser on lead vocals and guitar, Zack from Dear Landlord on guitar and vocals, Masked Intruder’s Yellow and Red on bass and drums, and Adam Fletcher from The Copyrights/Dear Landlord on additional vocals.

Most unhappy when not on tour, The Murderburgers are a relentless punk rock juggernaut that lives to be on the road. Their infectious pop-punk bluster deals with the universal issues; life, death, depression, poverty, mental illness, hope; wrapped up in an explosive ball of anxiety and chaos, delivered at 200 miles per hour whilst channeling the spirit forefathers The Ramones and The Queers. The Murderburgers represent all that is great about Scottish punk rock and are a band that we are truly proud to see taking over the world.

It’s Burger Time.

Derrick Johnston (Make-That-A-Take Records)

The New Trust
The New Trust
Santa Rosa, CA

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The New Trust

Josh Staples (of The Velvet Teen), Sara Sanger & Julia Lancer formed The New Trust in early 2003, first as a vehicle for a handful of short, upbeat & dark, punk-tinged-pop-songs penned by Staples, but over the years have evolved TNT into a true collaborative vision of the three. Darker, starker, and more quixotic than ever, The New Trust’s sixth album, “Upset The Tides” emerged from writing retreats to Lancer’s new home in Michigan, where the band would focus on completing a few songs at a time, perform them throughout the Midwest, and then return to Northern California to perform & record with friend and engineer, Jack Shirley (Comadre, Loma Prieta, Joyce Manor). The new album is reminiscent of the band’s beginnings – with ten songs in just around 30 minutes – but stylistically more lush and thoughtful, with recurring melodies and themes abound, surely reflecting the directions in which the group has grown in regards to both both their art and lives.

The Peelers
The Peelers
Montréal, QC

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The Peelers

The Peelers were formed in North Glengarry County in Eastern Ontario Canada in 1999, and are now based out of Montreal. The band has evolved to become one of the most notorious Celtic punk acts in Canada. Glengarry has always been a hub of Celtic culture, and original members immersed themselves in this legacy from youth. Separated from New York State by the St. Lawrence River, it was originally settled by Gaelic immigrants who chose the name Glengarry in memory of home. The Peelers bow the rules of tradition, with their blend of punk rock & traditional Irish music.
Over the past 17 years the band has performed at pubs, clubs, festivals, theatres, arenas, alehouses’, snowboarding championships, barrooms, beer gardens, cocktail lounges, inns, public houses, saloons, and taverns throughout North America. The current lineup has performed, or shared bills with every major act in the genre.

For eighteen years, The Peelers have contributed to the growth of the Celtic Punk genre in North America. In 2002 the band debuted the album ‘Boots and Suits’. In 2004 the band released ‘Liquordale’. That album was subsequently named Album of the Year by Boston based Shite n’ Onions, considered the online bible for Celtic punk rock enthusiasts. After a hiatus, a brand new 13 track album, entitled ‘Palace of the Fiend’ was released on January 3rd, 2017. It was recorded in five different studios, located in Montreal, Toronto, and Casablanca, Morocco.

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

The Right Here
The Right Here
Minneapolis, MN

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The Right Here

The boys in The Right Here have been writing music for 40-something-year-old moms for nearly 4 years, though their Facebook metrics strongly suggest they have been less than successful. They believe in following dreams, America, and hope.

The Riptides
The Riptides
Ottawa, ON

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The Riptides

The Riptides are a punk rock band from Ottawa, Ontario. They’ve been a fixture in the Canadian underground scene for quite a few years (read like over a decade) and have brought their blend of Ramones, Black Flag and Clash-inspired anthems to live audiences & airwaves on both sides of the border.

The Riptides have been able to tour Canada and the U.S. with such cult underground legends as The Dwarves, The Queers, The Methadones and Moral Crux. More importantly; The Riptides are able to call many of these bands their good friends.

Over the years, The Riptides have evolved into a hybrid force of fast & furious energy-driven, fist-raising tunes, and a mix of sing-along, glue-sniffing bubble-gum anthems – all wrapped-up in blood, sweat and a couple of chords.

The Riptides play punk rock with no gimmicks attached.

“Hang Out” was recorded by Mass Giorgini at Sonic Iguana (Rise Against, Anti-Flag, Screeching Weasel, etc.), and he has ’em sounding better than ever. These Canucks are dialed in, with guest lead vocals from the legendary Joe King (The Queers) on a song to boot. Gabba gabba eh!

The Sentries
The Sentries
Ottawa, ON

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The Sentries

The Sentries are building a place where Ska music will never die. They strive to maintain the original vibrations spread through Jamaica from the towering sound systems that made the people move and groove. Our connections to the land are distant; but we have been moved by the music, and with a incredibly wide range of personality and musicianship, we bring the music back to life with every performance.

The Sentries recently released Horseman EP is the culmination of nearly five years of effort; We’ve been playing shows and experimenting with our lineup the entire time. They’ve had the pleasure of playing with nearly 20 different Ottawa musicians; we relish the opportunity to join with local talent.

The Sentries have played with greats; they’ve had the opportunity to play with Ska megastars like The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Reel Big Fish, The Planet Smashers, Uke-Hunt, The Beatdown, and so many more. Members of The Sentries have gone one step beyond, and truly offer a great opportunity to Ottawa; an entire night dedicated to the sounds of Ska and Reggae called Voice of the People, happening monthly in one of Ottawa’s hottest new venues.

With their first release out, The Sentries are looking forward. They’re charging onward with new originals, and won’t stop releasing real Ska music. They can’t wait to start getting the country moving, one show at a time.

The Sex'prymes
The Sex’Prymes
Montréal, QC

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The Sex’Prymes

Lépopée commença avec l’ascension au trône du chevalier Benjamin ”Benneboy” Trudel Bureau en remplacement du roi Richard XXX dans la place royale. Benneboy étant un homme de bonne foi fit aussitôt de Christophe ”Christoboy” Pepin, un cultivateur cultivé cultivant la culture, son fidèle bras droit. Le règne fut bref mais apporta la joie et la sérénité au royaume SEX (C’est le nom du royaume LÀ!). Cependant, le goût pour l’aventure se manifestait de plus en plus chez Les deux souverains à un point tel qu’il décidèrent de crisser le royaume là pour aller explorer les ailleurs. Au premier jour de leur périple, ils croisèrent Guillaume ”Datuboy” Datugan, vendeur de melons et d’ananas clandestin et lui parlèrent de leur projet d’exploration. C’est alors qu’ils remarquèrent un instrument de musique dans son carosse à fruits. Instrument qui s’avéra être une bass. Chris et Ben, étant des guitaristes extrêmement talentueux virent aussitôt une occasion de pousser leur musique plus loin. Après l’avoir entendu et ayant été instantanément convaincus, ils firent aussitôt de Datu leur bassiste. De leur promenade ils croisèrent plusieurs personnages étranges tels que Kev ”Kevenboy’ Goyette le sorcier qui Leur donna la quête d’aller amuser le préfet déprimé dans son antre. En s’y rendant, ils firent la connaissance de victoria ”Victo/Toto” Richardson une jolie jeune pirate rouquine déchargeant des barils de rhum en chantant une chanson au refrain très accrocheur. Intrigués, ils lui firent la demande pour rejoindre leur mission et elle accepta volontiers à condition de l’aider à décharger le coffre au trésor du royaume ”STONE” car il était bien connu que ce royaume calculait ses trésors au poids. Le petit regroupement chercha aussitôt quelque chose pour ouvrir le coffre car il laissait échapper une odeur que certains membres connaissaient très bien et appréciaient particulièrement. Ils entendirent au loin un marteau frappant une enclume avec un rythme régulier. Ils suivirent le bruit et aboutirent à une petite forge bien entretenue d’ou sortait une odeur agréable et étrangement similaire à celle du coffre. Alexis ”Alexboy” Fréchette, le forgeron les accueillit cordialement avec une grosse pizz au bacon pis de la bière noire en fût en les écoutant faire leur demande. À la question d’Alexis: faites-vous de la musique? Le groupe hésita à répondre sachant que les chevaliers Bieber détestaient la musique de qualité et ne voulaient pas s’attirer d’emmerdes. Alexis leur montra aussitôt le drum qu’il avait dans sa remise et leur fit une démonstration qu’ils ne surent refuser. Après ouverture du coffre, le groupe mangea une poutine géante et repartit vers sa quête chez le préfet. Après avoir pénétré son antre nommée ”Kekpart”, ils firent un numéro très mouvementé et bruyant de musique avec beaucoup d’inspiration. Ressortant de là le sourire aux lèvres, le préfet les invita à revenir n’importe quand. Ils se mirent aussitôt à chercher un nom, ce ne fut pas facile car Chris et Ben, voulant dur comme fer garder le nom de leur ancien royaume, se montrèrent réticents à la proposition de Victo de prendre le nom de son bateau ”The Primery”. C’est pourtant au beau milieu d’une heure de discussion que Datu fut illuminé. Ses yeux s’agrandirent et il prononça… THE SEX’PRYMES!

The Skudfux
The Skudfux
Montréal, QC

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The Skudfux

The SkudFux are…OH NO, not another punk rock band from Montreal! You bet!! They’re a damn good hot new punk rock band from the awesome city of Montreal. Their debut studio recording “Cheers”, is a collection of 17 pure, raw, catchy-trashy, strongly melodic, rock-riffed anti-establishment modern day original punk songs. And if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, read on!

The guys have been listening to Punk music since their early days of high school where they met. With a collective hatred of commercial rap and EDM, and a passion for the loud, aggressive trashy tones of old school and new school punk, The SkudFux started writing their own music. Their goal: Revive loud, live, real music, and send the dancing DJ posers back to where they belong: your aunt’s and uncle’s cheesy wedding receptions. “Ya but what do the SkudFux have to say?” Their songs touch on a diverse range of subjects, from personal addiction to the current state of the music industry; from corporate greed to questions of existence. IT’S LOUD, IT’S LIVE, IT’S REAL!

What’s going on right now? Well, the guys are going to be driving across the country early 2017 to hook up with some of their heroes on the west coast. There will be a bunch of gigs along the way (amazing news coming soon!!!!) to complete their first officially unofficial cross country tour/road trip, to promote “Cheers” and have a BLAST doing it. Dates and locations will be announced soon, so sign up to the mailing list for all the latest details, and follow them on social media for a host of crazy antics.

The Translaters
The Translaters
St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC

The Up Up Ups - Photo: Vicious V Photography
The Up Up Ups
Philadelphia, PA

This Is a Standoff
This Is a Standoff
Calgary, AB

Timeshares
Timeshares
Philadelphia, PA

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Timeshares

Formed at the tail end of 2009, NY’s Timeshares have always done things by themselves, pouring their lives and hearts into their songs and working hard – really, really hard – on doing it all themselves.

Townes Cosentino
Townes Cosentino
Beacon, NY

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Townes Cosentino

Will Romeo is no stranger to underground music, fast, loud and aggressive in nature. Surpassing the five-year mark fronting punk rock torch-bearers Gameday Regulars, whose shows spanned East Coast USA through Canada with an unforgettable, explosive energy, it was time for a drastic shake up in inspiration for the husky-voiced frontman. A
natural shift occured while sifting through his daily listening of more subdued indie, americana and folk rock, which lead him to an acoustic guitar in hand and a handful of songs described as “writing themselves.”

No need of overthinking—and if they came to be so effortless and without deliberation, why not record them with this immediacy as well?

It was in this spirit of separation from the more customary brotherhood of being in a band, hashing out songs in a rehearsal room (something he’s still fond of, he wants to be clear), which lead him to follow this new found solitary muse in Townes Cosentino. What you hear on his first release, an EP entitled A New Kind Of Hell, are four songs telling a story about overcoming loss. The sound reminds you of pulling off the highway into a small town, where secrets aren’t kept too close. Lyrically, Will knows with Townes Cosentino he is without a guard up—of his own nor guarded by friends, other than a singular electric guitar weaving in and out of each song throughout the EP, courtesy of Tyler Pursel of Philly punk band Goddamnit. No loud amplifiers nor crashing drums to shield a song’s intent.

Trashed Ambulance
Trashed Ambulance
Red Deer, AB

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Trashed Ambulance

Formed in 2014 in Red Deer, Alberta, Trashed Ambulance has survived too many member changes and hangovers but there is no end in sight for this gang of miscreants. With an LP, 2 EP’s and another full length in the works, keep your ear out for these dudes in 2018!

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.

Two Houses - Photo: Maryam Hassan
Two Houses
Chicago, IL

Typesetter - Photo: Sam Porter
Typesetter
Chicago, IL

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Typesetter

Typesetter is a band from Chicago, IL. They are influenced by punk, indie rock, shoegaze and noise rock. Since 2012 the band has played 250+ shows in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Vic Alvarez
Awkward Age
Tampa, FL

Walt Hamburger
Walt Hamburger
Neenah, WI

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Walt Hamburger

Walt Hamburger used to be best known for his work in The Hamburgers, a punk rock trio on My Brother Stole My Records (MBSMRecords). That all changed in 2014 when Walt signed with One Week Records and Barely Standing Records (2015). Now Walt’s has gained international attention as a solo act as well as locally playing with Walt Hamburger & The Young Guns. You may also know Walt for his time in Honor Amongst Thieves, Obvious Man Hands, Caution To The Wind, Babes In The Wood, The Gumchewers, Mike Pilz & The Delayed Reactions, 3 Foot C**t, League of Concerned Scientists, Lobot’s Task, The Where’s Marys, Endless Days Sleepless Nights, or Thief.

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.

Wasted Potential
Wasted Potential
London, ON

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Wasted Potential

Born in the backrooms of London, ON – littered with pizza boxes and beer cans, OSAP loans and amp tubes is Wasted Potential. Made up of members from bands that no longer matter – but once held great promise the very make up of the bands past gives light to the name – a reality so many musicians face – to put everything in and getting nothing back. But that may have changed with this group of seasoned local heroes, going against the grain of their very own name – as a powerhouse mix of attitude, talent and a live show that envelopes the audience into the fold of the angst-y anxiety ridden world of front man Danny Kidd – usually wasted, these guys are doing anything but wasting their potential.

We Are Wolves
We Are Wolves
Montréal, QC

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We Are Wolves

The now mythic trio, We Are Wolves, presents an honest and uncatchable sound; a bit like celestial lightning hitting a sacred mountaintop. Mainly inspired by visual arts, they paint a post-punk landscape, scattered with analog trees. Their primitive approach remains true to their animal of predilection: untamable. Disciples of rock and electronica – it’s at the junction of those two movements that We Are Wolves made their den.


Le désormais mythique trio We Are Wolves impose une musique honnête et libre comme la foudre céleste sur la montagne sacrée. Habités, ils peignent un paysage post-punk ponctué d’arbres analogues. Toujours, leur son primitif est fidèle à leur animal totem : indomptable. Disciples du rock et de l’électronique devant l’éternel, c’est à la jonction du punk et de l’électro que les loups ont fait leur tanière.

Wine Lips
Wine Lips
Toronto, ON

Wordplay
Wordplay
Toronto, ON

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