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Flogging Molly

The social and political awareness that drives Flogging Molly’s music is never more prominent than in their upcoming new release LIFE IS GOOD – a strikingly powerful album and it arrives at a strikingly key time. The sixth studio album by the renowned Celtic-punk rockers now in their 20th year is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: Politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.

Descendents

Every Descendents album is an event. Formed in ‘78, the band’s first releases have proven historic, and all the ones since have only further refined the Descendents concept. Punk, pop, buzzing, summery, heartfelt, defiant, adolescent, and wise all at once -- the Descendents sound never gets old. And while fans got the band’s full story in the acclaimed documentary, Filmage, it’s been twelve years since there’s been new Descendents music. Finally, here comes their long-awaited next LP, Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Bad Religion

Acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band Bad Religion have released a new album entitled Age of Unreason. Since the group’s formative years innovating their iconic fast and melodic sound, the band has steadfastly advocated for humanism, reason, and individualism. Today, as these values are in decline, and nationalism and bigotry are on the rise, Bad Religion’s message has never been more essential. Age of Unreason delivers a powerful and inspired rejoinder - a political and deeply personal treatise on all they believe in.

The Devil Makes Three

With six studio albums and almost 20 years under their belt, longstanding Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three (TDM3) continues to write, tour, and play as hard as ever they have.

Consisting of frontman and main songwriter Pete Bernhard on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cooper McBean on acoustic guitar, banjo and harmony vocals, and welcoming stand-up bassist and harmony vocalist MorganEve Swain (Brown Bird, The Huntress and Holder of Hands), TDM3 is known for dark, literary music rooted in the troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll.

Broilers

A German punk band whose influences range from Oi!, ska, and rockabilly to no-frills hard rock and revved-up pop, the Broilers hail from Dusseldorf and began playing together in 1992. The group was founded by singer and guitarist Sammy Amara and drummer Andreas "Andi" Brügge, who were only 12 years old at the time. Inspired by the Clash, the Sex Pistols, and German funny-punk band Die Toten Hosen, the two chose the name the Broilers because it had "oi" in it, and they slowly expanded into a full band with the addition of guitarist Pascal Goßen in 1994, and bassist Ines Maybaum in 1995. In 1996, the teenage punks recorded their debut EP, a three song release titled Schenk Mir Eine Blume (Give Me a Flower), and a year later, the Broilers dropped their first full-length album, Fackeln im Sturm … Arme Lichter im Wind (Torches in the Storm ... Poor Lights in the Wind). In 1998, Goßen left the band, and Michael Menke took over on guitar. As the band gained prominence on the European rock scene, they toured steadily and continued to record, releasing Verlierer Sehen Anders Aus (Losers Look Different) in 2000 and Lo Fi in 2004. During this period, Menke dropped out of the lineup, and Ronald "Ron" Hubner became the band's new guitarist. In 2007, the Broilers signed with the People Like You label, and released Vanitas, which found the band moving away from punk into a more straightforward rock sound. As the group's sound became more accessible, they expanded to a five-piece with the addition of a keyboard player, Christian "Chris" Kubczak. In 2011, the Broilers released Santa Muerte, which became their commercial breakthrough, rising to number three on the German album charts. The band launched a successful live tour in support, which led to a 2012 concert album, Santa Muerte Live Tapes. 2014's Noir was another major success for the group, rising all the way to number one on the German charts. The Broilers left People Like You to form their own label, Skull & Palms Recordings (distributed by Warner Music Group) in a bid for greater freedom. The group launched Skull & Palms with the 2017 release [Sic!], which once again took the Broilers to the top of the German charts.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFXmain-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

Mongol Horde

Möngöl Hörde is an English hardcore punk band formed in 2012. The group features Frank Turner on vocals, Ben Dawson on drums and Matt Nasir on guitar. Turner and Dawson are both former members of hardcore punk outfit Million Dead. Frank Turner is now best known for his solo folk-punk material, and Matt Nasir is part of his backing band, The Sleeping Souls.

The Bunny Gang

The Bunny Gang is stepping into 2017 with a new batch of songs and the same fervent energy and inspiring sound that has made them an explosive act since their start in 2009.

On the tide of the Bunny Gang’s dub-inflected, punk rock rhythms rides an upbeat reggae sound pumping with heavy bass, drums, organ, trombone and hard-edged guitar, with lyrics that stare down global issues, political turmoil and social concerns while exploring parts of bandmembers’ own lives.

AUTHORITY ZERO

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique signature blend of anthemic melodic-punk and reggae to the masses. A lot has changed in the 20 plus years since the band got their start and they’ve found a way to persist and thrive in today’s ever-changing music world. “It’s been a long trek”, says Jason Devore (singer and longest running member of the band) as he recollected on the band’s past. The band was formed in the mid 90’s in Mesa, AZ by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations. After a few years, they refined and established their sound: a mix of SoCal punk with reggae and ska tendencies. With the release of their debut album A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum quickly and they’ve since spent their fair share of time on the road, having toured extensively with such acts as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly and many more. In recent years Authority Zero has gained momentum internationally, spending time on the European festival circuit as well as stints in Japan, Australia and even Russia. They’ve released a total of 5 full length studio albums (most having seen spots on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart), and their music has been featured in numerous video games, tv shows and movie soundtracks throughout the years. The band’s many successes have been accompanied by a few bumps in the road (as to be expected for any group that’s been around over two decades) including a slew of line-up changes, music industry letdowns, and most recently having their van, trailer and equipment stolen while on tour in Texas. Their secret to the longevity is simple: keep it pure and believe in your music.

THE CHERRY COKE$

THE CHERRY COKE$ was formed in Tokyo in 1999.
A 6-member folk punk band representing Japan.
In 2007, participated in "GREEN 17 Tour" held by Flogging Molly.
In 2017, they made their first appearance on "Salty Dog Cruise" as an Asian band.
Please enjoy the unique sound that combines Irish and Japanese that will be addictive once you listen!

Punk Rock Karaoke

The original deal since 1996. We play....YOU sing! Pick a song,we give you the lyrics.We call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.

Simple...we have sign up sheet at venue. Pick your song,we give you lyrics.When your song is called,come up and join the band! No, we can't play every punk song from 1867 to present day. We hand pick our favorites from 1983 back to when dinosaurs pogoed along side with the punchers.

The Attack brings punk back to the basics: short, fast-riffing songs about the social, music, and media-driven politics of today. The simplicity of punk has been lost on a divided underground driven more by fashion and ruled by icons that have become the same rock stars the punk movement rebelled against in the Seventies. Across the country everything punk, from all ages shows to Facebook pages, has become a popularity contest that defies the original intent of the alternative music scene. The Attack is ruled by a DIY ethos and driven by a goal: to re-unite the punks and skins and hardcore kids under the same underground flag. The Attack's lyrics are true "shot from all sides" anthems. The Attack never panders to one political party or music scene, forming an opinion, agenda and sound of its own.

Brogue Wave

Brogue Wave is a high-energy band of misfits based out of Southern California. We play Celtic folk, traditional Irish tunes with a bit of old timey music for good measure - one unholy union.

Our name was given birth to on the Salty Dog - a ship filled with great musical souls somewhere in the blue waters of the Caribbean. A chance wave hit - sending Tim and his pipes flying. Matt said "rogue wave!" The ship said “Why not!?" So we are Brogue Wave, and we want to see you soon.



4 NIGHT CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Nov 5 - 9, 2020








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FLOGGING MOLLY

FLOGGING MOLLY

LIFE IS GOOD

The social and political awareness that drives Flogging Molly’s music is never more prominent than in their upcoming new release LIFE IS GOOD – a strikingly powerful album and it arrives at a strikingly key time. The sixth studio album by the renowned Celtic-punk rockers now in their 20th year is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: Politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.

For singer and lyricist Dave King, it may be the lyrical couplet contained within the surging “Reptiles (We Woke Up”) that points toward the album’s central theme. “We woke up,” sings King, “And we won’t fall back asleep.”

“The thing is, there are things changing,” says King. “That’s why I wrote that line, ‘Like reptiles, we’ll all soon be dust someday.’ It’s quite scary, especially for somebody who has children these days–bringing up family in this environment of who’s welcome and who’s not welcome. I’m talking about the cultures in America and the UK–especially American immigration.

Life Is Good thus serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them. And, significantly, it also serves as notice that the time for action is now.

And people are indeed taking action, adds King, which is a crucial point.

“I think especially with things like government–I think we all tend to fall asleep a little bit when it comes to other people that are making decisions for you. I think we should be the ones influencing the government to make these decisions. It’s a great thing that we’re now taking to the streets again. And it’s a positive thing.”

Imagery abounds on Life Is Good, and one of the most memorable images might be found in “Adamstown,” the saga of a planned community west of Dublin that came to a halt in mid-construction a decade ago when the Irish economy crashed–and left little more than a ghost town in its place.

“It had a huge negative connotation to it,” King says of the eerie, unfinished settlement. “But now it’s starting to turn again, people are starting to move there, businesses are starting to open, and there is hope.”

Thematically, hope and inspiration are a major part of “The Hand of John L. Sullivan,” a rollicking track about the legendary “Boston Strong Boy” who was the first ever heavyweight champion of gloved boxing from 1882-1892. Sullivan was a hero to many, and his story has a cultural significance that fits squarely within the story Flogging Molly want to tell with Life Is Good.

“He came from an immigrant family to Boston, and they brought their family over to try to make the best possible world for them,” says King. “We live in an environment right now where that doesn’t seem to be what should be allowed to happen, you know?

Recorded in Ireland and produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Joe Chiccarelli (U2, the White Stripes, Beck), Life Is Good is by any measure a formidable return from Flogging Molly, an assessment with which Dave King fully agrees.

“It’s been a tough few years for a lot of us in the band. Dennis (Casey, guitarist) lost his dad, I lost my mother, and there have been certain issues, pertaining to sentiment, in a lot of the songs. But we just try to do the best we can. We’ve always had fun getting together and coming up with the new songs, and it’s still that way.

Here we see what’s uniquely distinctive about Life is Good, as the gravity and weight of these themes never overshadow the sheer fun and exuberance felt in each song. For the message is delivered and built on the backs of boisterous and barreling live touring.

“We’re known for our live shows,” says Dave King. Writing albums has always been a vehicle for us — it’s been a means to get people onto the dance floor. And that’s kind of the way we’ve always approached it, no matter what.”

“The one thing we are is a positive band,” adds Dave King. “When people come and see our shows, it’s a celebration–of life, of the good and of the bad. And we have to take the good and the bad for it to be a life.”

FLOGGING MOLLY IS: Dave King (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bodhran), Bridget Regan (Violin, Tin Whistle), Dennis Casey (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar), Bob Schmidt (Banjo, Mandolin), Matt Hensley (Accordion, Piano, Concertina), Nathen Maxwell (Bass Guitar), Mike Alonso (Drums, Percussion).

LIFE IS GOOD
June 2, 2017
Vanguard Records

www.floggingmolly.com

THE CHERRY COKE$

THE CHERRY COKE$

THE CHERRY COKE$ was formed in Tokyo in 1999.
A 6-member folk punk band representing Japan.
In 2007, participated in "GREEN 17 Tour" held by Flogging Molly.
In 2017, they made their first appearance on "Salty Dog Cruise" as an Asian band.
Please enjoy the unique sound that combines Irish and Japanese that will be addictive once you listen!

AUTHORITY ZERO

AUTHORITY ZERO

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique signature blend of anthemic melodic-punk and reggae to the masses. A lot has changed in the 20 plus years since the band got their start and they’ve found a way to persist and thrive in today’s ever-changing music world. “It’s been a long trek”, says Jason Devore (singer and longest running member of the band) as he recollected on the band’s past. The band was formed in the mid 90’s in Mesa, AZ by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations. After a few years, they refined and established their sound: a mix of SoCal punk with reggae and ska tendencies. With the release of their debut album A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum quickly and they’ve since spent their fair share of time on the road, having toured extensively with such acts as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly and many more. In recent years Authority Zero has gained momentum internationally, spending time on the European festival circuit as well as stints in Japan, Australia and even Russia. They’ve released a total of 5 full length studio albums (most having seen spots on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart), and their music has been featured in numerous video games, tv shows and movie soundtracks throughout the years. The band’s many successes have been accompanied by a few bumps in the road (as to be expected for any group that’s been around over two decades) including a slew of line-up changes, music industry letdowns, and most recently having their van, trailer and equipment stolen while on tour in Texas. Their secret to the longevity is simple: keep it pure and believe in your music.

Now, 23 years since the band’s inception, the future remains as bright as ever for Authority Zero, consisting of singer Jason DeVore, bassist Mike Spero, guitarist Dan Aid and drummer Chris Dalley (also in Pulley and Implants). Eager to move forward, the inspired new line-up started working on a batch of songs that will become the band’s sixth full-length record. “We’d gone through a couple members during the writing process the last few years, so we’ve kind of written this record twice. We had about 12 or 13 songs put together, a couple of the guys took off and we kind of had to start from scratch with what we did have from songs I had or Mike [Spero, bassist] had written, and build off of that,” says DeVore. They did their homework before rushing in to record the new tunes. “We really did honestly have more pre-production and a grasp on what the songs were going to sound like before we went in [to the studio] in a long time. This time things were really well put together,” says DeVore.

The band entered Fort Collins, Colorado’s legendary The Blasting Room Studio (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) in December of 2016 to start work on yet-to-be-named new album with producer/iconic punk drummer Bill Stevenson (of Black Flag/Descendents fame) at the helm. The process was unique: the whole Blasting room team (Stevenson, Andrew Berlin and Jason Livermore) worked on the record cooperatively, resulting in a highly efficient synergy they’ve developed though years of refinement. DeVore describes the process: “It was really cool. It was like a one stop shop where they are consistently working on the record in 5 different rooms. When one piece is done with the drums, it moves on to editing. While that’s happening you are working on the bass guitar or the guitars and getting all those tracks done with Andrew. It just keeps on moving around and around in a big circle to keep the process moving. They’ve got their formula and it’s works really well.” The band also stayed at the studio for the three and a half weeks during these marathon recording sessions. DeVore fondly reminisced on the process: “It became like the bat-cave ‘cause you didn’t really know what day it was, or what time it was or anything ‘cause you’d go out in the morning first thing and the next time you went out it was dark again. It was cool in that regard but it also messed with your head a lot. It was a brilliant process; we had such a good time out there. Bill would be there tracking vocals with me for 13 hours straight and he’d stick around and drink beers with me after in the kitchen and just tell stories, ya know? It was pretty cool, man … and a different experience than I’ve ever had.” Stevenson enjoyed working with the band as well: ”Authority Zero proved to be a perfect fit with The Blasting Room. They showed up with great songs and we had the very best of times hanging out together—and just as much fun sharing our creative perspectives during the arrangement and recording process, all of which resulted in a really cool record.”

DeVore describes the direction of the new material: “It’s really going to be an exciting album. It’s a combination I think of The Tipping Point [released in 2013] meets the first album A Passage in Time. It’s really taking a step back to take a step forward—in the sense that you get a little more of what you feel like a lot of the kids that have been around for a long time have been missing out on a little bit, I think. There’s also some stuff on there that some people won’t have heard before I think as well … they’ll be like ‘that’s what band again?’ There’s a couple of surprises on there too that might throw people back a little bit—but in an exciting way. I’m pretty excited man. We’ve done about 15 tracks and we’re debating if we are going to use all 15 or hold off on a couple for bonus tracks.” The band shared an advance mix of the new record with longtime friend Jim Lindberg (singer of Pennywise) who liked what he heard: “Authority Zero are a great American band. They bring it every night they play and on every album, and this one is no different. It's melodic hardcore at it’s best. Authority Zero bring it. Always.”

The new album will be released via Jacksonville, Florida’s Bird Attack Records, who is quickly developing an extensive roster of both up-and-coming and established acts in the skate/melodic punk genre—a perfect fit for Authority Zero. “I talked to [Bird Attack] a little bit at Music for Cancer in northeast Canada, they had some stuff going on there. Our biggest conversation was really out in Europe. We did some interview stuff with them and spoke a bit about the possibility of working together. As time went on and as the record started coming together, they stayed in contact and seemed somewhat more adamant than any other options that were coming about. They were excited to work with us as a band, and to me that’s the main thing you want to hear from anyone who’s a label these days—that they’re actually excited to put out the record and and care about it as much as you do. They showed a real desire to help us out, do the best they can with the record as far as the push goes, and get it out to the most people they can. That was a real exciting thing and it was always a thing we turned back to,” says Devore.

Authority Zero and Bird Attack are aiming for a summer 2017 release for the upcoming album that will be shortly followed by a full US tour, the first for the band in a while. Subsequent international touring is being planned as well to support the new album for Europe, Japan and possibly South Africa. DeVore is looking forward to it all: “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen or come up but hopefully all sorts of fun things.”

DESCENDENTS

DESCENDENTS

Every Descendents album is an event. Formed in ‘78, the band’s first releases have proven historic, and all the ones since have only further refined the Descendents concept. Punk, pop, buzzing, summery, heartfelt, defiant, adolescent, and wise all at once -- the Descendents sound never gets old. And while fans got the band’s full story in the acclaimed documentary, Filmage, it’s been twelve years since there’s been new Descendents music. Finally, here comes their long-awaited next LP, Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Descendents’ first Epitaph Records release since Everything Sucks in 1996, Hypercaffium Spazzinate began taking shape after the band ended an extended hiatus to play live in 2010. Though still tight, they lived apart: singer Milo Aukerman -- whose cartoon rendering famously serves as the band’s logo -- was now living in Delaware, bassist Karl Alvarez and founder and drummer Bill Stevenson were in Colorado, and guitarist Stephen Egerton had settled in Oklahoma. So the album came to life over three years as the band sent tracks back and forth, occasionally meeting up in Karl and Bill’s adopted hometown of Fort Collins. Adopting such a protracted process meant not having to rush things, allowing for some of their sharpest songwriting yet.

It’s an album every bit as charged as the band’s iconic full-length debut, 1982’s Milo Goes to College -- or anything since. “I think one of the things that’s kept us inspired over the years is having the music as an outlet for our frustrations,” says Milo, who delivered a particularly impassioned, even aggressive vocal performance. “Having the freedom to completely blow my voice out every time I recorded was a very positive experience for me,” he says.

Personal catharsis is also a prime motivator for Bill, who names “my relationship priorities and my own faulty psychology” as his top inspirations. “In a way, putting pen to paper and getting whatever you need to get out of you is the big accomplishment—and if it happens to make the record, that’s neither here nor there,” he says.

Lyrically, Hypercaffium Spazzinate lives up to its title. It’s all over the place, taking on overprescription of ADHD medication and its damage to kids (“Limiter”), social awkwardness and romantic rejection (“On Paper”), relationships, workplace angst, and impostor syndrome (“Testosterone”). “‘Testosterone’ came from me being a fairly subdued personality surrounded by these egotistical, arrogant scientists all the time,” says Milo, who’s recently left his longtime position as a molecular biologist at DuPont. “It’s a universal thing that those are the people who rise to the top, so the song’s about me thinking I’ve got to be more like them and try grabbing for the golden ring instead of sitting there just picking my nose.”

Hypercaffium Spazzinate gets even more personal with tracks like “Feel This,” a rebellion against societal pressure to instantly numb any emotional pain. “I wrote ‘Feel This’ after my mom passed on,” says Karl, who contributed lyrics to music composed by Stephen. “Almost from the minute she died, people were trying to give my stepfather medication or get him into counseling instead of just letting him go through it on his own. In life the temptation to insulate yourself from feeling things is very strong, especially when what you’re feeling isn’t pleasant.” On the flipside, “Victim of Me” (another track co-written by Stephen) was sparked by Bill’s realization that “it was time for me to stop complaining about my life and finally start trying to fix things.”

One of Hypercaffium Spazzinate’s most heart-on-sleeve moments, “Smile” sees Milo offering a pep talk to help Bill, who was feeling down after he experienced several major health problems. “Smile” is one of several tracks here that exemplify Descendents’ unique sense of unity, like the reflective “Full Circle” and album-closing anthem “Beyond the Music.” “Most of us came from some kind of weird home life, so this band ended up being our family,” says Bill. “It’s a little different now, compared to when we were kids and all sleeping in our practice room where there wasn’t even a shower—but we still love each other’s company, and we play every show with smiles on our faces.”

Featuring the classic Milo cartoon as its cover art—this time, he’s got his head affixed to a lab flask in an attempt to “synthesize some bonus caffeine,” as Milo explains—Hypercaffium Spazzinate delivers all those good Descendents feelings their fans love. “Each time we make a record it’s almost like the first time all over again,” says Bill. “There’s a quote from Ornette Coleman about how the song is the territory, and what you do with the song is the adventure. We’re definitely still going on all these little adventures together.”

BAD RELIGION

BAD RELIGION

AGE OF UNREASON

Acclaimed Los Angeles punk rock band Bad Religion have released a new album entitled Age of Unreason. Since the group’s formative years innovating their iconic fast and melodic sound, the band has steadfastly advocated for humanism, reason, and individualism. Today, as these values are in decline, and nationalism and bigotry are on the rise, Bad Religion’s message has never been more essential. Age of Unreason delivers a powerful and inspired rejoinder - a political and deeply personal treatise on all they believe in.

“The band has always stood for enlightenment values,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “Today, these values of truth, freedom, equality, tolerance, and science are in real danger. This record is our response.”

Global unrest apparently brings out the best in a highly cognizant punk band. The songs on Age of Unreason are both furious and meticulously crafted. There is a stylistic consistency to the band’s signature sound - hard fast beats, big hooks, and rousing choruses, yet each song remains distinctive, utilizing composition, melody, and lyrics to deliver a unique narrative. There are references to contemporary events; racist rallies, Trump’s election, the erosion of the middle class, Colin Kaepernick’s protest, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, and there are homages to the literary and philosophical works that have long inspired the band.

The track “End of History” is an exhilarating burst of guitar-driven punk that, in true Bad Religion style, neatly wraps up dissent and a catchy chorus with a healthy dose of political philosophy. The verse - "utopia is an opiated dream / what we want is an open society / one torn and frayed at the edges / with pages of imperfect changes / and every hallmark of rationality" - offers an antidote to the nostalgia and malaise afflicting politics today in the critical rationalism of philosopher, Karl Popper. The line “sweet children, Locke's burden” additionally references 17th century philosopher John Locke, regarded as the “Father of Liberalism.

Utilizing another historical reference, the album’s hyper-charged title track “Age of Unreason” offers a timely play on Thomas Paine’s book, The Age of Reason. Mostly remembered as one of America’s founding fathers, Paine was an advocate of scientific, social progress and a persecuted critic of organized religion. Co-songwriter and lead singer, Greg Graffin, explains, “Paine’s work is highly relevant to what’s happening today. As a band, we have always talked about the irrationality of religion and flown the banner of the enlightenment. Paine actually risked his life for those beliefs.

Fast forward to today and see the man who received the presidential seal denying science and using lies to divide people. It seems more an age of unreason.”

The song “Chaos From Within” examines the current border wall controversy with the lyrics, “Threat is urgent, existential, with patience wearing thin, but the danger's elemental, it’s chaos from within.” As Graffin says, “Throughout history, walls have been used as protection to keep the barbarians out, But it seems to me that the truly barbaric aspect of a civilization is the chaos that comes from within.”

Bad Religion first came together in the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles. As intellectually minded young punks, they injected their primal sound with melodic hooks and soaring multi-part choruses as well as a philosophically critical world view. Instead of addressing customary topics of teen alienation and generalized oppression - they wrote about evolution, religion, the natural world, science, world history, and the enlightenment. Founding members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, and Jay Bentley were eventually joined by guitarist Brian Baker of hardcore pioneers Minor Threat, and most recently by guitarist Mike Dimkich and drummer Jamie Miller.

Age of Unreason is Bad Religion’s 17th studio album and was coproduced by Carlos de la Garza. Since the band’s formative days in the burgeoning punk underground, they have amassed a world wide following and penned numerous hit singles including “21st Century (Digital Boy)” but now, at a point when many artists might be content to release something merely serviceable, Bad Religion has delivered a timely work of immense power. Age of Unreason is one of their very best. Society’s step backward has propelled the legendary band decidedly forward. There is an elevated craft in the way the song “Candidate" vividly evokes the current president, “I am your candidate, I am bloody lips and makeup. I'm your caliphate, opioids and mutilation, a celebrity and my name is competition.” Another track entitled “The Approach” pointedly addresses the possible demise of democracy with the lyrics, “There’s a moral and intellectual vacuum and you're right to be lookin' askance, philosophically moribund, revolution hasn't a chance.”

Age of Unreason is an album that reveals as much about the band as their targets. Amidst the justifiable outrage, there is an underlying introspection and a reaffirming of beliefs. For Gurewitz. “Lose Your Head” is an intensely personal song about surviving volatile times by focusing attention inward. It marries his passion for science with a lifetime of contemplative practice. "I ain't superstitious but hey, do you know a good exorcist? / despite darker tendencies I've always had a strong bias to exist / and while recent developments seem like bad news for humanity/self-pity is always a case of mistaken identity / don't lose your head before you lose your head" According to Gurewitz the song "grapples with today's deeply troubling political events" in the context of two of his main interests: cognitive science and Buddhist philosophy. "Particularly the Buddhist concepts of "no self" and "mindfulness of death" which in practice can heighten one's compassion for others and an appreciation of life."

Age of Unreason is both a dire warning and a testament to resilience. The overall message being - seek truth about the world and oneself. As Graffin, who holds a PhD in the history of science, says, “When I saw all these headlines about how terrible our world had become, I started doing a lot of reading. I read about the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and I started to recognize that this is a pattern of history and something we should never venture into, there are ample warnings against it. Every school child should know this but it’s hard to get people to read about these things. Maybe this album can help. Because right now, with social media, we are just playing a version of kill the guy with the ball.”

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

With six studio albums and almost 20 years under their belt, longstanding Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three (TDM3) continues to write, tour, and play as hard as ever they have.

Consisting of frontman and main songwriter Pete Bernhard on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cooper McBean on acoustic guitar, banjo and harmony vocals, and welcoming stand-up bassist and harmony vocalist MorganEve Swain (Brown Bird, The Huntress and Holder of Hands), TDM3 is known for dark, literary music rooted in the troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll.

The band’s journey could be deemed worthy of a novel. Their self-titled 2002 debut brought early success, yielding the now-classic “Old Number Seven,” “Graveyard,” “The Plank,” and more as the band organically attracted a die-hard following through constant touring, frenetic live shows, and subsequent hit albums.

Each critically-acclaimed and beloved by fans, these releases include Longjohns, Boots and a Belt (2004), Do Wrong Right (2009) and 2014’s I’m a Stranger Here, which marked the band’s first appearance on the Billboard Top 200. TDM3’s 2016 covers album, Redemption & Ruin gained the group their second #1 bow and fourth consecutive top-five debut on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart. This pivotal album also garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, The Boston Globe and more.

The Devil Makes Three’s 2018 release, Chains Are Broken, is considered the trio’s most sophisticated effort to date, exhibiting a willingness to “push beyond [their] somewhat cult audience” (American Songwriter). Chains Are Broken continues to resonate with fans thanks to Pete Bernhard’s mature, provocative lyrics and vocals and guitar/banjo aficionado Cooper McBean’s signature style.

Over the years, TDM3 has cast an unbreakable spell on audiences everywhere from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hangout Fest, and Shaky Knees. They are currently writing a new album of original material, scheduled to be released in the latter half of 2021.

BROILERS

BROILERS

A German punk band whose influences range from Oi!, ska, and rockabilly to no-frills hard rock and revved-up pop, the Broilers hail from Dusseldorf and began playing together in 1992. The group was founded by singer and guitarist Sammy Amara and drummer Andreas "Andi" Brügge, who were only 12 years old at the time. Inspired by the Clash, the Sex Pistols, and German funny-punk band Die Toten Hosen, the two chose the name the Broilers because it had "oi" in it, and they slowly expanded into a full band with the addition of guitarist Pascal Goßen in 1994, and bassist Ines Maybaum in 1995. In 1996, the teenage punks recorded their debut EP, a three song release titled Schenk Mir Eine Blume (Give Me a Flower), and a year later, the Broilers dropped their first full-length album, Fackeln im Sturm … Arme Lichter im Wind (Torches in the Storm ... Poor Lights in the Wind). In 1998, Goßen left the band, and Michael Menke took over on guitar. As the band gained prominence on the European rock scene, they toured steadily and continued to record, releasing Verlierer Sehen Anders Aus (Losers Look Different) in 2000 and Lo Fi in 2004. During this period, Menke dropped out of the lineup, and Ronald "Ron" Hubner became the band's new guitarist. In 2007, the Broilers signed with the People Like You label, and released Vanitas, which found the band moving away from punk into a more straightforward rock sound. As the group's sound became more accessible, they expanded to a five-piece with the addition of a keyboard player, Christian "Chris" Kubczak. In 2011, the Broilers released Santa Muerte, which became their commercial breakthrough, rising to number three on the German album charts. The band launched a successful live tour in support, which led to a 2012 concert album, Santa Muerte Live Tapes. 2014's Noir was another major success for the group, rising all the way to number one on the German charts. The Broilers left People Like You to form their own label, Skull & Palms Recordings (distributed by Warner Music Group) in a bid for greater freedom. The group launched Skull & Palms with the 2017 release [Sic!], which once again took the Broilers to the top of the German charts.

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES

ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES

For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFXmain-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes—an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band—contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it’s a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other’s eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.

So, what is really left to say about punk super-group and cover band extraordinaire Me First and the Gimme Gimmes? After 7 studio albums, a live record and too many singles to count, they’ve tackled just about every genre under the sun. Be it Motown, Country, show tunes, Japanese Pop (sung in Japanese!), these seasoned punk rock pros have triumphed on every occasion in a way only the Gimmes could. With such an extensive and wide ranging catalog, where does one begin?

Lucky for you, they’ve done that work for you. Their latest effort, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, finally compiles all the best hits onto one disc! From perpetual favorite “I Believe I Can Fly” to the classic Country tune “Desperado”, to the diva sensation “Straight Up”, the hits just keep a-comin’! They’ve even thrown in some deeper cuts for the Gimmes’ most fervent enthusiasts with “City of New Orleans” and “Hats off to Larry”. With 17 of only the very best hits, Rake It In is sure to satisfy Gimmes fans from all reaches of the globe.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be on a worldwide tour in 2019 so be sure catch them live. When duty calls for one of the Gimmes to perform with their other band, rest assured a traveling Gimme will step in. The powerhouse continues and they’ll be singing ballads, showtunes, Country and Motown tunes all year long, so don’t miss it!

MONGOL HORDE FEATURING FRANK TURNER

MONGOL HORDE FEATURING FRANK TURNER

Möngöl Hörde is an English hardcore punk band formed in 2012. The group features Frank Turner on vocals, Ben Dawson on drums and Matt Nasir on guitar. Turner and Dawson are both former members of hardcore punk outfit Million Dead. Frank Turner is now best known for his solo folk-punk material, and Matt Nasir is part of his backing band, The Sleeping Souls.

The band made their live débuts at free shows in London and Leeds in the two days before the band played on the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

Their self-titled debut album was released on 26 May 2014.

The band played four shows in early 2018, their first shows together in three and a half years. The setlist included two new songs and two Million Dead covers.

In June 2019, the band announced two new songs could be downloaded with any purchase from their store, as well as a US Tour for December that year. In July the band played at 2000 Trees Festival, their only UK performance in 2019.

THE BUNNY GANG

THE BUNNY GANG

The Bunny Gang is stepping into 2017 with a new batch of songs and the same fervent energy and inspiring sound that has made them an explosive act since their start in 2009.

On the tide of the Bunny Gang’s dub-inflected, punk rock rhythms rides an upbeat reggae sound pumping with heavy bass, drums, organ, trombone and hard-edged guitar, with lyrics that stare down global issues, political turmoil and social concerns while exploring parts of bandmembers’ own lives.

With their self-proclaimed “Revolution Rocksteady” sound, the Bunny Gang carries on a lineage of rebel music that runs from Trenchtown through 1977 London and onto the stage of their incendiary live shows, where Nathen Maxwell brings the same passion he exudes as bass player in Flogging Molly when he takes center stage as The Bunny Gang’s frontman. He is joined by longtime bandmates Kyle Hernandez on bass and keyboardist Levi Garrett. Seasoned ska all-stars Keith Larsen on trombone and drummer Nick Dolan came on board with guitarist Brad Stroz to round out the line-up.

With two full-length albums to their credit, and fresh tracks in the works, the Denver-based Bunny Gang has toured the states and internationally with a simple mission to share their music, connect with their fans and bring a celebration of life that endures long after the show is over.

They will be on a U.S. tour with Less Than Jake and Pepper beginning in February, culminating with performances on the Salty Dog Cruise in the Bahamas over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

FLOGGING MOLLY

PUNK ROCK KARAOKE

OUR STORY

The original deal since 1996. We play....YOU sing! Pick a song,we give you the lyrics.We call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.

Simple...we have sign up sheet at venue. Pick your song,we give you lyrics.When your song is called,come up and join the band! No, we can't play every punk song from 1867 to present day. We hand pick our favorites from 1983 back to when dinosaurs pogoed along side with the punchers.

THE ATTACK

THE ATTACK

The Attack brings punk back to the basics: short, fast-riffing songs about the social, music, and media-driven politics of today. The simplicity of punk has been lost on a divided underground driven more by fashion and ruled by icons that have become the same rock stars the punk movement rebelled against in the Seventies. Across the country everything punk, from all ages shows to Facebook pages, has become a popularity contest that defies the original intent of the alternative music scene. The Attack is ruled by a DIY ethos and driven by a goal: to re-unite the punks and skins and hardcore kids under the same underground flag. The Attack's lyrics are true "shot from all sides" anthems. The Attack never panders to one political party or music scene, forming an opinion, agenda and sound of its own.

FLOGGING MOLLY

BROGUE WAVE

THE BAND OF MISFITS

Brogue Wave is a high-energy band of misfits based out of Southern California. We play Celtic folk, traditional Irish tunes with a bit of old timey music for good measure - one unholy union.

Our name was given birth to on the Salty Dog - a ship filled with great musical souls somewhere in the blue waters of the Caribbean. A chance wave hit - sending Tim and his pipes flying. Matt said "rogue wave!" The ship said “Why not!?" So we are Brogue Wave, and we want to see you soon.

MEMBERS:
Guitar/vocals:
David Lally. Fiddle: Patric Petrie. Accordion: Matt Hensley. Pipes, low whistle, bodhran, vocals: Tim Foley. Drums: Jordan McKinley.