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Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:30 PM (EDT)
In what will clearly be a shock to the punk rock community, Masked Intruder have been found not guilty of the recent spree of van break-ins. During a drama filled emergency preliminary hearing, the band's attorney, Joshua S. Frank, showed that the band could not have possibly committed the recent series of van break-ins because, at all times during the break-ins, Masked Intruder were actually serving time in county jail for unrelated burglary offenses. In fact, the band just happened to have been released from prison a few minutes before being picked up again.
In an even more shocking turn of events, the real perpetrator was discovered during the hearing. During the hearing, Old Man Markley was in the public seating area and kept yelling, "Lock 'em up! Lock 'em up!" Finally, the bailiff went to remove Old Man Markley from the courtroom. During the scuffle, a collection of items fell out of Old Man Markley's pockets including four brightly colored masks, switch blades and a complete set of plans establishing how Old Man Markley intended to frame Masked Intruder for the crime in order to corner the market on themed pop-punk. Anyway, as Old Man Markely was handcuffed and dragged out of the court house, Old Man Markley was heard shouting, "... and I would have gotten away with it to, if it wasn't for you meddling punks!"
Posted by adame on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
The FBI has announced a number of arrests in a recent series of van break-ins targeting punk rock bands. The suspects, who are now in federal custody, include all four members of Fat Wreck Chords band Masked Intruder, along with the band's sidekick/mascot/hypeman Officer Bradford. All five have been charged with multiple counts of grand theft, while Officer Bradford faces an additional charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
The band's attorney, Joshua S. Frank, Esquire, released a statement exclusively to Punknews.
You can click Read More to see the statement.
Hard Girls are the latest in a string of bands to have their van broken into today, joining The Menzingers, Teenage Bottlerocket (twice), Pears and Arnocorps. This van break in marks the sixth in 24 hours. Investigations are being conducted by police who have just released a statement in which he said that the thefts are part of what they describe as a “crime spree.” The police release states:
Hard Girls have also released a statement announcing how upset they are by the loss of possessions from their van. They stated:
The band haven’t yet announced that they are taking donations. As it seems to be punk bands exclusively who are being targeted, please be on the lookout and make sure to keep your van locked up safely!
More bad news for Teenage Bottlerocket. While filling out paperwork at a police station in Savannah, Georgia in relation to their van being broken into last night, the band again found themselves the victims of a burglary. As all four band members were in the police station filing out forms, burglars saw that their van was left unattended and broke into it.
While there was not much in the way of musical equipment left to take, the suspect or suspects, who remain at large, were able to make off with a number of personal items. Among them, a notebook containing lyrics to the songs from Tales from Wyoming as well as the wallet of drummer Brandon Carlisle which contained some cash as well as his driver’s license. Of the incident Carlisle had the following to say:
A knife, which police are identifying as a switchblade, was found at the scene. Additionally, two empty pizza boxes were found left inside the van. Police are yet to identify any suspects in this case, as there were no witnesses to the crime aside from a homeless man who states he was asleep at the time of the incident. We will keep you posted with any updates related to the incident and any crowd-funding efforts the band may put together to recoup their losses.
Well, it looks like the trend is continuing. Arnocorps' van was also broken into, only hours after Teenage Bottlerocket's van, Menzingers' van and PEARS' van. The bands believe there may be a connection but no link has yet been established. Amps and instruments were stolen along with 12 pairs of aviator sunglasses and a several dozen boxes of stogies. No clues have yet emerged but traces of red, yellow, green and blue fibers were found, suggesting pieces of masks or badly dressed frat boys. Arnocorp's only comments were:
The band is also starting an IndieGoGo fund to raise funds to match the equipment and "truly priceless" memorabilia stolen. The fund is currently called "Your Money, Give Them To Us" and is already exceeding current donation goals.
The police are investigating and are particularly interested in the scraps of extremely colorful cloth found, and are calling for anyone with information to please contact them.
Last night on their way to their Gainesville, Florida show with Teenage Bottlerocket, PEARS’ van was broken into and robbed. The band stated:
You can click read more to see a list of things that were stolen from the band.
Early this morning, the Menzingers van was burglarized. The band had just wrapped up a short run of headlining dates last night and were in North Carolina when the robbery occurred. Thankfully tour manager Scott Bell was able to briefly apprehend the individual in the midst of the crime. While nothing was stolen due to Bell's involvement the suspect was able to escape after a brief encounter.
Sadly this is not the first time the band has faced a break in as they have had not one but two in the past. We have a quote from guitarist/vocalist Tom May below.
Late last night, Teenage Bottlerocket's van was robbed outside of Savannah, GA. The band, currently on tour with PEARS, were staying overnight after a show in Fayetteville, NC with a show planned in Gainesville, FL the next night. Guitarist/vocalist Ray Carlisle stated:
Teenage Bottlerocket’s most recent album, Tales From Wyoming, was released yesterday. In a bit of goodwill, several bands, most notably Crash and Attack and Old Man Markley, condemned the break-in and offered to help get TBR back on their feet. The status of their show at Loosey’s in Gainesville, FL with PEARS is unknown at this time.
Adam E. here with four new reviews. Today on the way to work I was rear-ended by a fellow commuter. He told me that it was the fault of his GPS, which presumably told him to accelerate while everyone else was stopped. I know you're all concerned, but worry not, I'm unhurt.
Today's reviews are:
Posted by johng on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EDT)
This summer there will be a tour of four diverse acts. Say Anything is taking Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hard Girls on a month-long trip. You can see the dates below.
Mischief Brew have released a track from their upcoming LP, This is Not For Children. The track is called "No Candlesticks" and you can hear it below. The new album is out on Alternative Tentacles Records on May 23, 2015.
You can click Read More for the tune.
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