Toronto's Pkew Pkew Pkew are buzzing. The band's new full-length Optimal Lifestyles has been unleashed on Dine Alone Records, and fans are finding a striking emotional depth that the band's beer-soaked party punk only hinted at in the past. Writer Graham Isador cornered vocalist Mike Warne to chat about the album's themes, hopping record labels, the sage advice of Craig Finn, and more.Read more
The Record Farm in Logansport, Indiana will be celebrating its third anniversary on Saturday, March 16th at the State Theatre of Logansport! Indiana punk legends Sloppy Seconds are the headlining, and will be joined by Harley Poe, Clownvis Presley, Brother O’ Brother and The Tentakills. Punknews is one of the sponsors of the event and Punknews' own Tom Trauma is very excited about the party. So, he sat down with the record store/label heads and got the story of their intertwining history. Check it out below!Read more
Late last month as the polar vortex was making its presence known across a large portion of North America, Punknews editor Jeff Sorley held a web-chat based interview with two members of Edmonton, Alberta thrash punks Wolfrik: Dylan Toews (vocals) and Mark Seifeddine (guitar/vocals). Included over the short chat were the weather, the upcoming vinyl release of their late-2017 debut EP, as well as their upcoming UK/EU and eastern Canada tour and, of course, the Oilers.Read more
Last fall Hamilton trio Flesh Rag released Inside Your Mind on Schizophrenic and Loose Lips Records. The record took the Ontario band's rust belt punk'n'roll and cast it off into space. Adrift in the void of trash sci-fi and illicit substances, the band's well-honed Stooges-worship had a complete psychedelic freak-out. Vocalist/guitarist Matthew Ellis spoke with us about three songs from the new record.
Today Punknews and Some Party team up to launch a new feature. We'll be bringing in some cool underground bands and breaking down three of their favourite new tunes.Read more
Big Scary Monsters is a happenin' record label out in Oxford, england. They've put out releases by a TON of bands including The Get Up Kids, Beach Slang, Modern Baseball, , Minus The Bear, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, Caspian, Balance and Complsure, Cursive, The Fall of Troy, Andrew W.K., Joyce Manor, Gnarwolves, Bear vs Shark, and more. They've got a lot planned for 2019, so Punknews' Sam Houlden met up with label head honcho Kev Douch to talk about running a bigger, small label.Read more
In the past several years many nostalgic punk rock bands have rediscovered themselves and decided to hop back in the van (or plane) and get back into the studio as of late. Coming out of Vancouver, Canada, Punknews' Dan Donald had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Daggermouth’s guitarist Kenny "The Loose Cannon" Lush. Lush is known for many things, but they chew the fat over his experience as a professional wrestling champ and as a Canadian punk rock veteran returning to the stage and slugging it out in 2018.Read more
Having dealt with the death of the leader Oderus Urungus over the past few years, GWAR have now licked their wounds and released Blood of the Gods, a powerful comeback album that hunkered down on classic metal riffage and even threw in a little bit of 80s style Judas Priest metal. Now that the band has rebuilt itself with the additions of Pustulus Maximus on guitar and the bestial Blothar on vocals, they've been touring across the world, killing weak humans, doing drugs, and just generally being obnoxious. And no doubt, the world is in a state of chaos even without GWAR's helpful hand. So, Punknews' John Gentile caught up with Pustulus to see how the guitarist and mass murderer was feeling.Read more
This May musician Drew Thomson, the frontman of London, Ontario's Single Mothers, released a new EP as The Drew Thomson Foundation on Dine Alone Records, featuring a style quite unlike the caustic punk he's known for. It was followed up later this year by Through A Wall, a surprise new Single Mothers LP that features some of that band's hardest-hitting material to date. Writer Graham Isador met up with Drew in Toronto to discuss the dichotomy between the two projects.Read more
Mikey Ireland is a lifer in the underground. Between cutting his teeth playing guitar in I Am the Avalanche, singing and playing guitar in Pass Away, and owning/operating his bar Three-Diamond Door in Brooklyn, it’s a wonder he’s still moved to create outside of those projects. And yet he just released his first EP as Spirit Houses, a subdued acoustic project he’s been developing for some years. The EP, Two Passing Ships, is an introspective and melodic powerhouse. Ireland, as Spirit Houses, skillfully combines the traditional elements of solo acoustic acts with complementary instrumentation in creating a record that is sure to engage a wide palette of listeners. Two Passing Ships is available on all streaming platforms, and the vinyl is available for preorder via Suburbia Records. Punknews' Mike Musilli sat down with Mikey to talk the new record, lyrical inspiration, and touring with old friends.Read more
In the early 90s, punk rock was going through a transformation, it was becoming increasingly difficult to categorize and fit into that studded box. One of the first bands to stray from the traditional path was Chicago’s Smoking Popes. Their crooning mix of punk rock, indie rock and pop was innovative as it was catchy. The band is experiencing a re-energization as of late, reuniting with their original drummer for the first time in 20 years and releasing their eighth studio album, Into the Agony, on October 12.
Lead singer and guitarist Josh Caterer spoke to Punknews interviewer Gen Handley about the anticipated comeback, the terrific new album as well as his obsession with Judy Garland.Read more
5 long years have gone and a lot has changed for Los Angeles based solo artist Divided Heaven. With the release of their newest effort Cold War and the addition of a bassist and drummer. Divided Heaven transformed themselves into a full fledging punk three piece, writing heartfelt songs with a punk edge. Editor Samantha Barrett sat down to chat with singer/guitarist Jeff Berman on the band, the new album, dreams and what they have been up to.Read more