Today we bring thrilled to bring to you an artist on artist interview by Justin Conigliaro of Brooklyn based punk band Up for Nothing with the almighty Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds. The two sat down and spoke about the band's break up, being a band for 38 years and much more. Check it out below.
Who was the first punk rock band? Was it Link Wray & His Ray Men with the release of “Rumble” in 1958? Or was it the Stooges and their song “I Wanna Be Your Dog” in 1969? While it is definitely arguable, many agree that the punk scene that we know and love - or hate -commenced when The Damned released their song “New Rose” as a 7-inch single in 1976, helping ignite the first wave of punk rock including bands you might recognize such as The Clash, the Sex Pistols and across the pond, the Ramones who also released their first album that same year. And aesthetically, long before Alkaline Trio and much longer before My Chemical Romance, The Damned were donning DIY fashion and vampiric style while singing stories about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and being grimly fiendish.
Since that time, The Damned have gone through numerous lineup changes including the significant departure of original drummer and founder Rat Scabies who left the legendary band in 1996. Over the following years, Scabies has remained busy, bringing his percussive talents to several bands and his producing talents to a number of albums. His latest project is The Sinclairs, in which he partnered with Flipron’s guitarist and lyricist Billy Shinbone to release their superb instrumental debut album, Sparkle, on May 8th.
Over a choppy Skype connection, Scabies spoke to Punknews writer Gen Handley about his new album, what the punk scene was like in the British 60s, as well as the origins of his unique name. Check it out below.
The Homeless Gospel Choiris about to release a new album.The record is titled This Land Is Your Landfill and is due out today on A-F Records. Punknews' Eric Rosso caught up with TGC's Derek Zanetti to talk about the new release. Check it out below.
Ska/Punk legends the The Suicide Machines dropped Revolution Spring this Spring, marking the band's first release in over 15 years. Punknews's Mike Elfers spoke with singer Jay Navarro to discuss the current state of our planet, the future of ska/punk, and funemployment, all soundtracked with the fitting social commentary that orbits the band's killer revival album. Check it out below.
This week we'll be following up the Top 100 Albums of 2010-2019 with interviews with each participant, where we discuss their personal #1 picks of the decade. Today is the last of the interviews. I hope you enjoyed getting a little bit more insight into the minds of (some) of the PN staffers. We'll see you all again in ten years!
This week we'll be following up the Top 100 Albums of 2010-2019 with interviews with each participant, where we discuss their personal #1 picks of the decade. It is Thursday and we have one more day to go. Only two interviews today, but the second one is a long one.