Johnny Bonnel of Swingin' Utters talks PRB 2018, latest comp

Johnny Bonnel of Swingin' Utters talks PRB 2018, latest comp

Swingin’ Utters have been a “must-listen” Fat Wreck band since their inception. The band’s sound is so varied that with each new release that it is totally up in the air as to what direction they will go in next. And that is pretty clearly shown with their most recent release 2017’s Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun , a thirty-three track compilation that spans the Utters’ decades-long career. Other than that, the band has been relatively quiet aside from the release of Darius Koski’s solo album What Was Once Is By And Gone earlier this year. But Swingin’ Utters will be performing at Punk Rock Bowling 2018 (Pssst… we’re sponsors!) and at a few other places in California (see the full list of shows below) this coming May. So we thought now would be a good time to catch up with one of the members. Contributing editor Ricky Frankel talked with lead vocalist Johnny Bonnel about the band’s latest compilation, his song-writing style, what it’s like working with Lars Fredriksen of Rancid in the studio, Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and more. Read or listen to their conversation below or on iTunes.

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Oliver Ackermann of A Place to Bury Strangers

Oliver Ackermann of A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers is one of the most creatively noisy post-punk bands out there. Goth-influenced baritone vocals recall the ghost of Ian Curtis, carried in on a wave of pummeling, eardrum-scraping fuzz guitars recalling the best of the best shoegaze bands Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Podcast producer, Best Midwestern co-host and occasional reviewer and interviewer Greg Simpson sat down with the band’s guitarist and lead vocalist Oliver Ackermann digitally via Skype once again (he spoke with him about their last album, Transfixiation, in 2015) to talk about the band’s brand-new aural assault, Pinned. Read the interview below or listen via iTunes.

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Peter Hook on conflict, Substance, and long lost songs

Peter Hook on conflict, Substance, and long lost songs

Peter Hook has survived. After years and years of legal battles with his former New Order bandmates, everything is settled and finished. When he first started touring behind Joy Divison and New Order's music, there was some boo-hoo-hooing on the Internet. But you know what? No one's making sour faces now. Why? It's because Hook and his band the light have proven themselves time and time again by touring non-stop, kicking out incendiary, raw, explosive versions of the entire JD catalogue and most of the ND discs. That is to say, the Hook and the Light versions of these songs are punk as hell- even the dance stuff! Hook has persevered and it's a damn good thing he did.

In fact, right now, he's crossing the USA and playing the entirety of both Substance releases- that's right, all of the JD tracks AND all of the NO tracks. So, to see how Hook's victory march is going, Punknews' John Gentile rang him up to talk about the Substance albums, his mental space these days, and the concept of never not finishing a song, even if you don't like it. check out the interview below.

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Punk Rock Bowling bands give us their best bowling tips!

Punk Rock Bowling bands give us their best bowling tips!

Punk Rock Bowling is this month in Vegas, baby! (We're sponsors!) And, while a lot of people focus on the punk rock aspect, perhaps these days, the bowling side of the equation is somewhat overlooked (in lieu of the boozin', gamblin', and debauchery of Sin City.) But every year, the festival hosts a for-real-deal bowling tournament where amateurs compete for that most glorious of all prizes, the PRB bowling trophy!…and some cash, too. To that end, we asked a bunch of bands, including Hot Water Music, Rise Against, Rats in the Wall, The Dwarves, The Last Gang, and more for the their bowling tips to help you prepare for this most sacred contest. Check out the inside tips below!

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DJ Bonebrake of X talks Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and more

If you have done your punk rock history homework, then you know about X. The band was (and still is) a major force that pioneered the LA punk scene, starting in the late 1970’s. The band’s album Los Angeles still makes “top punk albums” lists consistently to this day. X recently celebrated their fortieth anniversary and will be playing the main stage at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas this year (Pssst… we’re sponsors!). Contributing editor Ricky Frankel caught up with the band’s drummer, DJ Bonebrake, to talk about the early LA punk scene, the band’s connection to the show Children’s Hospital, his work with The Germs and Joe Strummer respectively and much more. Read or listen to their conversation below or on iTunes.

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Washington DC bands on Ian's Influence

Washington DC bands on Ian's Influence

It's hard to overstate the influence of Ian MacKaye on the punk rock scene. To that end, to get a taste of Ian's reach, staffer Chris Kanner spoke to a few contemporary DC bands about what Ian MacKaye means to them. Check out the interviews below.

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Out Live Death

Out Live Death

Out Live Death bring an endearing sound to today’s hardcore punk world. They aren’t a heavy mosh-laden hardcore band, nor are they cut from the uber-melodic punk fabric. Out Live Death exist somewhere between those sonic worlds because that in-between sound is what they connect with as musicians. They deftly navigate a sound that is at once angry and antagonistic, and just melodic enough to get heads bopping. They just released their first full-length, Has the Past Taught Us Nothing?, on State of Mind Recordings. It is, simply, a tour-de-force of social and political angst steadied by a sound cultivated from both the early New York and California hardcore scenes. Mike Musilli sat down with Paul, the singer, and Paulie, the drummer, on a cold snowy March afternoon to talk about the new record and more.

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Steve Ignorant on live records, Crass, and saving lives

Steve Ignorant on live records, Crass, and saving lives

Steve Ignorant is a punk rock champion - though, being the kind of guy he is, he’d dismiss the title as mere flattery. A founding member and vocalist of Crass, Ignorant was substantial in not only kicking off the anarcho-punk movement itself, but helped forged a sound and line-of-thought that reverberates through punk through this very day.

Yet, when Crass stopped, Ignorant kept moving forward with bands like Schwarzenegger and Stratford Mercenaries, and even performing with Conflict. Now, he’s got two active groups- the acoustic Slice of Life and a jacked-up, all out punk attack collaboration with Paranoid Visions. The later pair just released 1977220174U ‎, a live album from Rebellion Fest 2017 that includes Ignorant covering songs from throughout his discovery as well as a few well placed covers.

Because the record just came out, and because Ignorant and Paranoid Visions as bringing a similar set to Punk rock Bowling this year in Vegas (Pssst… we’re sponsors), Punknews’ John Gentile Spoke with Steve about the new LP, Hip Hop, and saving people’s lives. Check it out below.

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