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Pouzza Fest mini interviews (Part 2)

Pouzza Fest mini interviews (Part 2)

In continuation with our Pouzza Fest coverage, we bring to you three more mini-interviews. Pouzza Fest is a kick-ass three-day punk music festival held in Downtown Montreal, Quebec. The festival starts tomorrow and will continue until Sunday. They have about 178 acts set to perform this weekend, including a panel talk, Yoga for punks, and a baseball tournament. For more information on the festival, you can click here.

Today, we have here some mini interview responses from Boston's Save Ends, Brooklyn's Answering Machine and Paris, France Guerilla Poubelle, see below.

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BA of Sloppy Seconds on the reissue of "You Can't Kill Joey Ramone"

BA of Sloppy Seconds on the reissue of “You Can't Kill Joey Ramone”

Junk rockers Sloppy Seconds are famously fans of Ramones, drawing their genius-disguised-as-stupidity aesthetic from the Queens Foursome, as well as their love of AM pop melody. Ten years ago, they released their ode to the sadly departed Joey with the snappy "You Can't Kill Joey Ramone" 7-inch.

Since Joey's birthday is this weekend and since the release is long since out of print, the band is re-releasing the 7-inch through Failure Records & Tapes. To that end, Punknews' Tom Trauma caught up with vocalist BA for a quick chat about the re-release. Check it out below.

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Pouzza Fest mini interviews (Part 1 )

Pouzza Fest mini interviews (Part 1 )

Pouzza Fest season is amongst us! Pouzza Fest is a three-day punk party in downtown Montreal, Quebec. The festival is happening this Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th, 2019. The party will include about 178 acts from all over this globe. For more information on this weekend's festivities, you can click here.

Today we have a few mini interviews from some of the bands playing this year's festival. We have ska party band The Planet Smashers, and Japanese skate punk band Stone Leek five short questions, see below.

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Too Many Voices on their new EP, Long Island hardcore, and good books

Too Many Voices on their new EP, Long Island hardcore, and good books

Every scene has a few local gems that most people outside the area haven’t heard nearly enough about. Long Island is no different, and one of those "local gems" is Too Many Voices. The band plays melodic punk that is at once clever, engaging, and contemplative. With the release of their latest effort, Catch Me If You Can, Too Many Voices offer seven thoughtful, catchy, and well-written punk tunes that will satisfy those who like their punk full of melody and those who like their punk full of introspection. The release is a great introduction to a band that should be playing through all of our stereos at this point. So, Punkews' Miike Musilli sat down with Eric and Jeff to talk the band’s history, their recording process, and old Long Island hardcore punk.

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Fat Mike on Cokie the Clown

Fat Mike on Cokie the Clown

Last week, Fat Mike released a solo album as his alter-ego, Cokie the Clown. You're Welcome is not a fun album. It's not catchy. It doesn't "rock." In fact, it is, by far, the darkest release of Mike's career. It is also one of the boldest statements in punk music this decade.

2018 was a rough year for the NOFX founder. Following an off-the-cuff remark made by Mike at Punk Rock Bowling 2018, Nofx found that they were pariahs. Their shows for the entire year were canceled by venues and promotors. Punk in Drublic festival, which was formed in conjunction with Stone Brewing Company, severed the band from their own namesake and went on to insult and berate them. On top of that, he went through his second divorce.

You're Welcome pulls no punches- it is track after track of personal tragedy and does not come up for air during the entire run time. And, that's not to mention the video for "Negative Reel" which literally ends with Mike beating himself bloody in the face. Straight up, people are confused, challenged, and even worried. To try to understand this bold, if difficult, new work, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to Mike about the release, his mindset, and his dark days.

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East Bay Ray on the new Dead Kennedys TRIPLE live album

East Bay Ray on the new Dead Kennedys TRIPLE live album

Those whirling, tumbling, whipping riffs that are charged by spaghetti westerns, surf rock, and psychedelic garage in equal parts- that's the sound of East Bay Ray, guitarist and founding member of Dead Kennedys. Through his reverent-meets-irreverence style, the man helped formed the skeleton of hardcore punk and shattered that structure in what seemed like a singular strike. As far as punk guitarists go (and guitarists in general), this guy is heavy duty.

Perhaps as a way to show that punk is an ever changing animal, Ray has dug through the DK archives and found three complete, unreleased live shows, which represent the Kennedys in different phases. Included in the set (out April 26 on Manifesto Records), is the famed Skateboard Party live show which exhibits the band at their most crazed, during the Plastic Surgery Disasters era. Yet, just as they mastered hardcore, they broke away from it and on the third disc, The Farm, the band is recorded during their more complex Frankenchrist era, which has almost no live documentation.

Now that the set is about to be released, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to Ray about the live shows, his history, and how to make a good set list.

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Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage Bottlerocket's Ray Carlisle on how to stay rad

Teenage Bottlerocket has always been about positivity. So much so, that “rad” has become synonymous with the band because it pops up so much in the band’s lexicon, becoming a common theme in the music. It has definitely become singer and guitarist Ray Carlisle’s philosophy - a guide through tough times in life, especially recently when he his twin brother and former drummer, Brandon, tragically passed away in 2015.

Out today, the aptly titled Stay Rad! is a, um, a rad mix of silly and sentimental, with a little more sentimental as this is the first full length since Brandon’s passing. Surprisingly, you romantics won’t find has many songs about girls and relationships like past releases. Instead you have more mature (Gasp!) songs about fatherhood, the perils of social media and killing their long-time merch person.

Punknews writer Gen Handley spoke to Ray on his lunch break to talk about what it was like to make the new album, if they care about evolving or not, and how they have managed to keep politics out of their songs for nearly 20 years.

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The Coathangers

Stephanie of the Coathangers on the new album, the NRA, and death

If you listen to The Coathangers, you'll hear a gentle soul. A sort of sweetness tinged with a slight rasp and rage that calls back to the heralded soul singers. It's a sound that is wounded and enraged at once and expresses a kind of emotion that can only be heard, not read or seen. The is the sound of Stephanie Luke. Also, if you listen to the Coathangers, you'll hear a smashing boom-boom-bap the will crack your skull and mash up your ribs. That's Stephanie, too, because she plays the drums.

The trio, which also includes Julia Kugel on guitar and Meredith Franco on bass, just released their sixth album, The Devil You Know.The album finds the band refining their sound even further back into a clean spartan strike that's crisp like The Cars and huge like Gang of Four. Perhaps most surprisingly, a certain darkness and anger dwells in the album's recesses: "Step Back" has a sinister shift and ghoulish howls. "5 Farms" confronts death itself. "F the NRA" is about how whacked out the NRA is.

Because the album finds the group snatching up all manners of devils and sawing off their horns, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to Luke about the new LP, the gun lobby, and the human condition itself. Check it out below.

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