The Interrupters (Port Show Kick-Off)

The Interrupters will perform a special Sailaway Show while in port of Miami to kick-off Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise on a high note!
 
When considering Los Angeles outfit The Interrupters, take a moment to
kindly forget jargon like “SoCal punk rock” or “next wave ska” or whatever
perimeter you want to secure around them. A typical Interrupters gig feels
like going to church where all the religious iconography is taken out and
replaced with mirrors so the band and audience become one. Ignited by
frontwoman Aimee Interrupter and the Bivona brothers’ indefatigable
enthusiasm, attendees can see joy in action; discover strength in numbers;
and feel bulletproof when facing the forces that haunt them. There are no
victims or outcasts in attendance when the quartet are onstage: Transfixed
by the legendary ‘80s 2 Tone ska movement and fueled with a contemporary
energy that makes 180-bpm thrash-metallers seem positively slack, Aimee
Interrupter and the Bivona brothers Kevin, Justin and Jesse blur the
enthusiasm between band and audience in a way that’s equal parts dance
party, cardio workout and personal therapy.

The Interrupters formed in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles in 2011.
Guitarist Kevin Bivona and his twin brothers Justin (bass) and Jesse (drums)
were thrilled by the 90’s punk-rock resurgence as well as the groove,
energy, and messages found in the original 2 Tone ska bands. Prior to
meeting Aimee, the Bivonas were mainstays of Tim Timebomb And Friends,
the ad hoc band founded by Tim Armstrong, working in the studio and
backing the Rancid co-founder on tours. It was only after the Bivonas met
Aimee in 2009 and started playing together did The Interrupters know they
had a 100db je ne sais quois between them. Armstrong has been a mentor,
producer, and acted as an honorary “fifth Interrupter” with the band, offering
sage advice to parallel the band’s sweat equity.

Their self-titled 2014 debut caught on like pacific coast wildfire, bolstered
by incredible songs, Aimee’s 100,000-watt charisma, and a stage presence
 
best described as the kinetic energy of Hi-Bounce balls in human form. The
Interrupters maintained their velocity across two additional LPs, Say It Out
Loud (2016) and 2018’s tour de force, Fight The Good Fight, all issued on
Hellcat, Armstrong’s imprint via Epitaph Records. And let’s not forget the
relentless touring that included a stint on the Vans Warped Tour and various
support slots for punk-rock royalty such as Rancid, Bad Religion, Green
Day, among others.

At the start of 2020, the band’s intentions were to record a new album and
open up for Green Day’s intended summer stadium tour. But, as we all
know, things shifted, so while the world was going through the isolation and
biological fear of the pandemic and its attendant social and cultural
maladies, The Interrupters did what they did bestget on with it.

The first order of business was creating the documentary, This Is My Family,
culled from interviews, archive material, and glorious footage of the band
throwing down at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo. A compelling watch
for both hardcore fans and the uninitiated, the doc shows the intrepid team
further blurring the lines between work and play. After that project’s
completion, the band went all Fixer Upper on their LA compound, turning
the garage into a 10 X 20 home studio, and learning the finer points of home
remodeling (building, sanding, painting, etc.) via YouTube tutorials.

While previous releases were produced by Armstrong, the pandemic
significantly limited his participation with this record. Kevin Bivona took his
place in the producer’s chair as (in his words) “the accountable one,”
overseeing the proceedings, reviewing the band’s backlog of tracks,
supporting the ideas and contributions of life partner Aimee and his siblings,
as well as sorting out an abundance of ideas recorded as cell phone voice
memos. Freed from the constraints of recording schedules and the financial
pressures of expensive studio time, the record took shape organically. If
Aimee wanted to keep vampire hours and record vocals at two in the
morning, it was no problem. If lyrics weren’t flowing, Kevin and Aimee would
leave the compound on their bikes and shout ideas back and forth while
cycling through the neighborhood. The result? The most personal
Interrupters album to dateand the one all four members feel most
connected to.
 
And for good reason: The breadth of styles the band chose to pursue gives
another dimension to their fortifying, rocket-fuel-soaked ska. Into The
Wild encompasses moments that are expected (“Worst For Me,” “Anything
Was Better”), curious (the young-oldies vibe of “My Heart”), and the
positively astonishing (the guitar-free, orchestral closer “Alien”). Pandemic
be damned, The Interrupters made sure their fourth album would reflect the
love they feel for their community in both their hearts and personal playlists.
The band extended invites to local rocksteady homies Hepcat (“Burdens”),
new-school British reggae ambassadors The Skints (“Love Never Dies”) and
bona fide ska icon Rhoda Dakar from the legendary Bodysnatchers (the
gloriously propulsive “As We Live”) who trades verses with Tim Armstrong
himself.

While these details are truly exciting to hear, Into The Wild has a particular
kind of resonance for Aimee. The relative ease of the proceedings had a
profound effect on the vocalist, who felt empowered enough to embrace
much darker, personal avenues in her lyrics.

“I feel like a burden has been lifted by making this record,” she reveals. “A
huge weight is gone. If you ever want to know me, you can listen to this
record, and I can die knowing it tells my story. While we were recording, I
felt like I was healing and closing those chapters in my life. For years I tried
to, but I never could. I wasn’t ready, or I was too traumatized. Now I feel
strong enough, I’ve finally said what I’d been keeping inside for so long.
And, it feels so good.”

“Us being this close-knit family, working and isolating in our own space is
why the record’s called In The Wild,” says Kevin. “I almost felt like we were
in the woods camping, and we only had each other to rely on. Once we
started, it became our whole life and all-time fell away.” In The Wild may
not be the record The Interrupters intended to make, but it’s the one they
ultimately believe they were meant to make.

Eleven years in, four records deep, an incalculable number of road miles
logged around the world, and significant radio chart success, The
Interrupters remain committed to shaking off the ghosts, doing the work,
and uplifting their fans for some psychic crowd-surfing. We live in a world
where many bands’ level of fan investment is limited to waving at them
through an open five-inch space of tinted limo windows. By comparison,
The Interrupters are so dedicated to their mission, they’ll practically hang
on the corner with you while you wait for your Uber. For that reason alone,
you should see where In The Wild will take you.