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Ivor Hanson of D.C. Hardcore Legends The Faith

Ivor Hanson of D.C. Hardcore Legends The Faith

Name the most iconic DC Hardcore bands and The Faith are sure to be near the top of that list. While the band only lasted a few years, they left an indelible mark on the scene, and on punk as a whole, with their iconic Subject to Change EP and the titanic Faith/Void Split LP. (You can tell a lot about person by looking which side of that record is more worn). Aside from those two releases and a demo released about ten yeas ago, there isn't a whole lot more Faith material out there…

Until now! The band recently found a live recording of them playing their third ever show… at CBGBS!… opening for the Bad Brains! And let me tell you, the record does not disappoint. It's fast, it's furious, it's emotional, it's what early hardcore is all about. And it's also out via Outer Battery records right now as Faith - Live at CBGB's.

To learn a little bit about this recently discovered treat, Punknews' John Gentile spoke to drummer Ivor Hanson about the release, his early days in SOA, and what it's like to look back and hear your younger self! Check it out below.

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Mad Caddies

An Extended Conversation with Chuck of the Mad Caddies

The Mad Caddies have been taking their show on the road from the Santa Ynez Valley to venues around the world for the last quarter century. Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, they’d be in the middle of their 25th anniversary tour of the U.S., Europe, and Oceania. Instead, lead singer Chuck Robertson sat on his lawn with a cup of tea and chatted on the phone with Punknews staffer Tyler B. for nearly an hour on topics ranging from Katy Perry and the Mad Caddies to the racist history of cannabis stigmatization.

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Get Dead

Get Dead on their new album

In the wake of a global pandemic and changes to the way we look at everything, one thing we can always count on is punk musicians bringing us tunes that challenge the status quo. From the Rock against Bush comps, to MDC's "Trumpf" songs, and basically everything Jello ever did, punk has questioned those at the top. Get Dead have just released Dancing with the Curse , which follows the history of punks combating the powers that be. Punknews' David Wilkins just sat down with the band's Sam King to chat about the new album, the president, the youth, and more.

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Milo of the Descendents on his new EP, Trump, and Ronnie James Dio

Milo of the Descendents on his new EP, Trump, and Ronnie James Dio

Milo of Descendents is on the attack. As you know, a VERY, VERY important election is just three weeks away. Milo, like many of us, feels that democracy itself is at stake. To express these thoughts, he has released an EP under the name RebUke- it is three uke-tunes blasting Trump and it rocks. That's out now via Epitaph and Fat.

To get the low down, Punknews' John Gentile spoke with Milo about the new EP, Trump, how cool Dio is, and the future of the Descendents.

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D.O.A.

Joe Keithley on the inspiration behind D.O.A.'s new video, corruption, and Trump

Earlier this year, D.O.A. released Treason, an album that directly addresses the upcoming U.S. Election. Pretty much every track, like "All the rpesdient's men," "Treason," and the "Fucked up Donald" re-cut directly comment on the great orange one. There is a lot on the line, people. To that end, Punknews' John G spoke to D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley about the album, the video for "All the president's men," and Trump. Check it out below.

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The Menzingers

Tom of the Menzingers talks the band's new album

The Menzingers were set to embark on tours across the globe throughout 2020 following the release of last year’s Hello Exile. Unfortunately, all those plans were ground to a halt as exile became the new norm in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With time on their hands and a new album with a title a little too eerily relatable, the band set out to reimagine their latest offering in the vein of their On The Possible Past release. Punknews’ Eric Rossso caught up with co-vocalist and guitarist Tom May on their acoustic reimagining of that album titled From Exile, the unique process of socially distant recording, and the legendary Fucked Up Frankies tape.

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David Bason talks about his band Barfbag

David Bason talks about his band Barfbag

Barfbag is the band headed by David Bason, a figure that seems to lurk on the edges of music discussion, but somehow seems to elude the spotlight. Who is this Shadowy figure? Punknews' Gen Handley was finally able to catch up with Bason to talk about Barfbag…and Morrissey? Check out the interview below.

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Baz on Nofx's "The Decline - live at Red Rocks"

Baz on Nofx's “The Decline - live at Red Rocks”

In April, at the height of initial coronavirus shutdown in America, Fat Wreck and NOFX released a live recording of The Decline. The release featured the Denver Orchestra and a composer and recent credit on a slew of Fat Mike connected projects, Baz. Baz is a French composer, jazz drummer, and punk rocker. Recently, Punknews’ Eric Rosso caught up with Baz to discuss the release, his relationship with Fat Mike, and what it’s like to be on stage with NOFX and an orchestra. Or as Fat Mike eloquently puts it, “We got a fucking bassoon. Does Bad Religion have a fucking bassoon?”

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Jet Fuel Chemistry talk their new album

Jet Fuel Chemistry talk their new album

Up and coming Dublin-based hard rock/metal band Jet Fuel Chemistry are about to release their debut EP. Doing so in lockdown (albeit partial) is a bold move, but the band are keen for people to hear what they’ve been working on. Punknews staffer Sam Houlden spoke to bassist Lorcan Macken and vocalist Dan Cusack about the release.

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Naked Raygun

Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati on his new solo EP

The great quarantine of 2020 has rendered most of the human race desperately grabbing at new hobbies or long desired projects in an attempt to shine some light through the monotony. This includes Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati, who dedicated some days of stay-at-home orders to tie a few loose ends, and release two EP's of solo material that he has been tinkering with for years. The result is a bizarre, fun, collection of tunes that venture all over the place, but never waver from Pezzati's keen vocal melodies. Punknews' Mike Elfers recently spoke to Jeff on the phone about the release of the first solo EP, the future of Naked Raygun, and the unadulterated truth of running a raccoon animal rescue out of your own house in the middle of a pandemic.

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Monty Messex reflects on 25 years of DFL's 'Proud to Be' LP

Monty Messex reflects on 25 years of DFL's 'Proud to Be' LP

Today marks the 25th anniversary of DFL's Proud to Be LP!

When the album was originally released, the band had just migrated from the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label to Epitaph, and were ready to cut an album that, while quickly recorded, became one of their definitive statements. Released at the height of pop punk slickness, Proud to Be was a rough, raw, ragged hardcore record. While it threw back to the damaged geniuses of the late '70s and early '80s, the record sounded distinctly fresh when it was released. The strange thing is that the record rocks so hard that it sounds timely, or even timeless today. This record kicks!

To that end, Punknews' John Gentile spoke guitarist Monty Messex about the album and its meaning to him today. You can check out the record here and you can read the interview below!

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