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Peter Hook

Peter Hook talks his current tour, the legacy of Joy Division, and physical media

Peter Hook is on tour RIGHT NOW in North America with his band The Light. The group is playing ALL of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer AND are doing a opening set of New Order hits! It's kind of a big show.

Because Hooky and crew are tearing it up stateside, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to the famed bassist about the tour, Joy Division, conflict in New Order, his session with Gwen Stefani, the death of physical media, and more! You can check it out below.

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Evie, Amanda, and Jen of Tits Up talk their 'Greatest Tits' EP, Tits Out show, and more

Evie, Amanda, and Jen of Tits Up talk their 'Greatest Tits' EP, Tits Out show, and more

You’d better watch out for Liverpool based punks Tits Up. They are loud, they are funny, and they kick a whole bunch of ass. The band started this year off with a bang when they released their debut EP Greatest Tits out into the world on New Year’s Day, chock full of infectious hooks, catchy melodies, and raw punk spirit. After a short hiatus, the band returned with their ripping new single “Gaffa”. Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with bassist and vocalist Evie, drummer and vocalist Amanda, and their new guitarist Jen over Zoom for their first interview where they discuss recording Greatest Tits, the importance of humour, their upcoming Tits Out show, the DIY scene in Liverpool, censorship, abortion rights, and so much more. Read the first ever Tits Up interview below!

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DFL talk the reissue of 'Grateful...' and their upcoming European tour

DFL talk the reissue of 'Grateful…' and their upcoming European tour

Raw 'n' ragged hardcore punkers DFL just re-released their third album, 1997's Grateful… on SBAM and Say-10 records! It's a triumphant moment for the group because, back in the day, they broke up just before album release!

But now, some 25 years later, A reformed DFL (with original members Tom Davis (vocals) and Monty Messex (guitar) as well as newi-sh members Jordan Jacques (drums) and Patrick Sullivan (bass)), are going on a Euro tour to salute the LP and play some classic hits… as well as some new stuff from the fantastic YRUDFL !.

So, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to the entire band about the reissue and upcoming tour. You can check it out below.

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The Methadones

The Methadones talk their legacy, the state of punk, and new music

The Methadones have been a staple in the punk rock scene for many years. Led by lead vocalist and guitarist Dan Vapid, the band has produced some of the greatest albums of the genre. The band has recently reunited to play a series of high profile shows, including the upcoming Punk Rock Raduno in Bergamo, Italy. Punknews' Jason Baygood recently had the chance to speak with the guys to discuss the current state of the band. You can check it out below.

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Nerf Herder

Steve Sherlock (Nerf Herder)

Steve Sherlock of nerd punk band Nerf Herder has an erudite personality, making him both lighthearted and sincere, but in a geeky sort of way. That’s definitely the best way to describe the drummer, who phoned in to chat with Punknews while on lunch break from the art department of the Southern California skateboard company he works at.

Punknews' Rose Eden spoke with the founding member about the re-issuing of American Cheese, the difference between Nerd Core and Nard Core, how Mark Hamill ended up in one of their videos, and what’s been keeping the band going after nearly twenty five years.

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Blag Dahlia talks the Dwarves 'Young and Good Looking' Tour

Blag Dahlia talks the Dwarves 'Young and Good Looking' Tour

What a lot of people don't know is that after 1993's Sugarfix and before 1997's Young and Good Looking, the Dwarves were in self-destruct mode. The band was without a label, everyone hated them because they (falsely) claimed that their guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed was knifed to death in Philly, they were broke, and frankly, the gang just wasn't getting along.

But then, like the plot of an overblown blockbuster movie, when things were at their worst, the band regrouped and cut a record that not only revived their entire careers, but set them in the pantheon of punk rock legends - The Dwarves are Young and Good Looking. The record found the band embracing a pop aestetic, all while keeping their hardcore raw power, which resulted in an album that was super jacked up and nasty, but also fun to listen to.

And now it's been 25 years. To celebrate, the band is on tour playing

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Chris Rest talks the new RKL 'Live in a  Dive' LP

Chris Rest talks the new RKL 'Live in a Dive' LP

Fat Wreck Chord’s tenth installment of its Live In A Dive series features legendary early SoCal punk band Rich Kids on LSD who have unearthed tracks from their archives for the 17 track live album, ones that were recorded over thirty years ago and never previously released to the public.

In order to get the scoop on the release, Punknews' Rose Eden sat down with iconic guitar player Chris Rest of RKL,Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, (among others) and the sole constant member of Rich Kids on LSD to talk about the band’s early influences, getting snubbed by the punk media, tour life in the 80’s, and his biggest regrets.

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Casey Cuff and Core Bee talk all things Tarantula Tapes

Casey Cuff and Core Bee talk all things Tarantula Tapes

Based in Barrie, Ontario Tarantula Tapes is an independent cassette label with a community feel. Started by Casey Cuff and Core Bee in the summer of 2020 as a way to help out their local punk scene, the label has expanded to include underground punk bands from all over Canada. They have put out some absolutely stellar music in their two years as a label including releases from bands including Future Girls, Gutser, Boring Girls, Viola Swamp, B.A. Johnston, Witch Island, and Audio Visceral. They've also relased amazing music from their own bands The Speed Humps and Heavy Petter and Casey’s band Angry Spells. With a DIY and artist focused approach to releasing music, it is clear from the outset that Casey and Core care deeply about what they do and the bands they work with. Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with both of them over Zoom to talk about the origins of Tarantula Tapes, running a label, the importance of community, the magic of cassettes, and much more. Read the interview below.

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Boring Girls

Carolina Plano of Boring Girls talks the band's new EP

Montreal punk rockers Boring Girls are one of the most furious and fun bands going right now. On their recently released third EP, Fuck You So Much, the band come out swinging with five songs that epitomize hardcore punk perfection. They are on the top of their game and play with an electric energy that never lets up. Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with lead singer Carolina Plano over Zoom to talk about the band’s new EP, tape collecting, movie samples, DIY recording, and so much more. Read the first ever Boring Girls interview below.

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Matty Grace

Matty Grace talks her new solo EP, Future Girls' new EP, & the new Cluttered/Talk Show Host split

Halifax punk artist Matty Grace never stops and never slows down. She is a tour de force of creativity and some of her projects include (but are in no way limited to) Future Girls, Weekend Dads, Cluttered, Century Egg, Modern Cynics, as well as some amazing solo work. Whether she’s revisiting a style of songwriting from 10 years ago, writing to process, creating huge anthemic hooks, or working with friends on some killer cover songs, everything she touches is filled with passion and heart. Her solo EP I Was A Fat Stupid and the new EP from Future Girls, Year Long Winter will be out on May 6 via Tarantula Tapes and Dirt Cult Records and Cluttered and Talk Show Host will be releasing their Enemy Us split on May 13. Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with Matty Grace over Zoom to talk about the upcoming releases, creative process, mental health, new projects, and much more. Read the interview below.

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GILT

Ash Stixx and Tyler Fieldhouse of GILT talk their new EP

Florida based post-hardcore band GILT are angry and they are ready to let that anger fly on their upcoming EP Conceit. Over the course of five songs, the band tackle death and grief with poetic lyrics and steller musicianship. Conceit will be out May 6 via Smartpunk Records. Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with Ash Stixx and Tyler Fieldhouse over Zoom to talk about the new EP, literary devices, touring the US and Europe, and much more. Read the interview below.

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