An Interview with Luke Taylor of Hot Knife and Punknews Exclusive stream of "Distant Son"

An Interview with Luke Taylor of Hot Knife and Punknews Exclusive stream of “Distant Son”

Brooklyn-based punk band Hot Knife. Hot Knife formed from members of Static Radio, Spanish Gamble, and Candy Hearts about a year ago. A fairly new band to the scene, they have a new flexi disk out this fall and we premiered their brand new song titled "Distant Son" here on Punknews earlier today. Editor Samantha Barrett spoke with guitarist/vocalist Luke Taylor to talk about the song and flexi discs. The flexi is available for pre-order now on Black Numbers. You can click here to pre-order the flexi.

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Epitaph Interviews
Ryan Young on Off With Their Heads Going Acoustic, Working With His Friends and More

Ryan Young on Off With Their Heads Going Acoustic, Working With His Friends and More

Ryan Young has to be one of the hardest working people in the punk scene. He repressed Hospitals for its tenth anniversary, he has been putting out new episodes of the Anxious and Angry podcast and maintaining his label and Off With Their Heads have been touring quite a bit. He has also been working on Off With Their Heads’ acoustic album, which Punknews had the honor of premiering a track from earlier today. The title of the record is called Won’t Be Missed and it will be out on October 25, 2016 through Anxious and Angry and Epitaph Records (You can find the pre-order for the vinyl version here). So Punknews editor Ricky Frankel talked to Ryan about what went into Won’t Be Missed, the future of what Anxious and Angry will be releasing, what the band has planned for their upcoming acoustic tour and more.

Photo Credit: John Paul Allen

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Interviews
Keith Morris

Keith Morris on his new book, James Brown, and why he loves his mom

Keith Morris only stands about 5'5'', but he is a titan. You all know his resume, but as with any Homeric hero, we must recite his feats. He was a founding member of the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag and recorded the mindblowing Nervous Breakdown EP. Then, he formed Circle Jerks and recorded multiple masterpieces, including the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Group Sex. And then, when the Jerks had all but melted away, and everyone was expecting Keith to fade into the background, Keith formed punk supergroup OFF! at the age of 54 and came out swinging, releasing some of the very best, if not the best, music of his career.

And now, like any Epic champion, he has recorded his deeds in the excellent My Damage , co-written with Jim Ruland. The book focuses on Keith's adventures from being a shrimpy little kid to the founding of the mighty Black Flag to his issues with substance abuse to his return to glory with OFF! (He also talks about how fun it is to work at a pancake house.)

So, to see what makes a champion like this tick, Editor John Gentile spoke to Morris about the book, his adventures, and why his mom is a great lady.

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Pulling Double? Triple? Quadruple? Duty with Jack Dalrymple

Pulling Double? Triple? Quadruple? Duty with Jack Dalrymple

It has been about a year since Punknews Editor Ricky Frankel spoke with Jack Dalrymple. And in such a short amount of time Jack has managed to get so much done. toyGuitar’s full-length In This Mess made it on to several Punknews Top 20 lists last year. But more recently toyGuitar released their follow-up EP titled Move Like A Ghost on September 2, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords — not to mention the band has been doing a solid amount of touring lately as well.

However, just about an hour before this interview took place, Dead To Me announced that they will be releasing the I Wanna Die In Los Angeles 7-inch on October 21, 2016 also through Fat Wreck Chords. So Ricky quickly and jovially scrambled and asked Jack not only about the new toyGuitar release, but also about the new Dead To Me EP, what is going on with the band’s upcoming album American Son Of Cholo, playing Fest 15, what he and the other bands that he is a part of have been up to since the last time he and Jack talked and more.

Photo Credit: Joe Leonard , Fat Wreck Chords

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Chixdiggit!

Hockey, beer, apologies and 25 years of Chixdiggit! with KJ Jansen

Ever young at heart, Calgary's Chixdiggit! is officially old. The beloved pop-punk act has reached the 25 year mark and they're celebrating with a cross-country tour, an ambitious new record (the Rush-riffing 2012 ) and even a beer brewed in their honour. Punknews managing editor Adam White caught up with Chixdiggit! frontman KJ Jansen to talk fatherhood, the Oilers, the struggles of touring and more. You can read or listen to the interview below.

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Asian Man Interviews
Cheap Girls

Cheap Girls' Ian Graham talks rarities and b-sides

For the past decade, Lansing, MI's Cheap Girls have been pumping out catchy-as-hell rock built on a simple, but effective format. On September 16th, they'll be releasing their first compilation of selective rarities, God's Ex-Wife, on Asian Man Records. Interviewer Alex Meylink talked with vocalist and bassist Ian Graham about the process of putting this collection together and what it's like to look back at ten years of personal rock music.

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No Idea Interviews
Embracing unconventionality with A Wilhelm Scream’s Trevor Reilly

Embracing unconventionality with A Wilhelm Scream’s Trevor Reilly

A Wilhelm Scream is one of the hardest working and one of the tightest live bands in the punk scene. If you have ever been to one of their shows then you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems like they never really stop touring and never have an off night. In the studio it is clearly a group effort, but the one of the main engines behind the whole song-writing machine that is A Wilhelm Scream is guitarist and back up vocalist Trevor Reilly. Since their last album Party Crasher was released in 2013, it seemed like it was time to check in on them. So Punknews Editor Ricky Frankel caught up with Trevor Reilly to talk about his very first solo acoustic performance that happened recently, what he learned from working with Bill Stevenson, what the band is currently working on, if they have anything special planned for their performance at Fest 15 this year and a whole lot more.

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Chunksaah Interviews
Bouncing Souls

Getting stoked with Greg Attonito of The Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls have been churning out some incredible 3 chord punk tracks for over 27 years. From their 1994 release of The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle to their 2012 release of Comet , the band have 9 albums under their belt they have decided it was time to release their 10th album this week with drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music. Their 10th album is titled Simplicity will be out on July 29th on Rise Records. Punknews editor and super Souls fan Samantha Barrett spoke with singer Greg Attonito to discuss aliens, conspiracies, and the new album.

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