Punk & Hardcore
With Joe Hansen
Seminal punk/post-punk innovators Wire have announced the upcoming release of a new full-length album. Entitled Silver/Lead, the record will be released Friday March 31 on the band’s own Pinkflag record label. Although most well known for their perfect trio of albums in the 1970s, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154, the band has regrouped periodically since then, mostly becoming more active in the past decade with new releases and frequent tours.
Southern Californian goth punks TSOL have announced the upcoming release of a new full-length. Their first since 2009’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Free Downloads, the new album titled The Trigger Complex is out now via Rise Records.
Folk/pop punk icon Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry!, has released a download only live album. Recorded live in New York late last year, the album captures a solo acoustic set with tracks from Rosenstock’s whole back catalogue. All proceeds from sales and donations will go to The Immigrant Defense Project, a charity which aids immigrants in facing discriminatory laws and challenges that they face. The album is available now via Rosenstock’s own Quote Unquote Records webpage.
United Nations have released a new single. Entitled Stairway to Mar-a-Lago, proceeds from download sales of the single will be given to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The single is available to download now from the band’s Bandcamp page. United Nations last released The Next Four Years full-length in 2014.
New Jersey punk rock legends The Bouncing Souls have also released a charity benefit single, with all proceeds going towards the Indigenous Environmental Network. Entitled Battleground, the track features the band performing and writing on a much more political level than previously seen in the band’s 25+ year career. From the band: “The song Battleground was inspired by recent events at Standing Rock and the ongoing attacks on human rights all over the world. It's a call to everyone to stand up for our collective rights, for kindness and respect for all people and the Earth. A portion of the profits of each download will be donated to www.ienearth.org an organization created to “educate and empower indigenous people to address and develop strategies for the protection of our environment, our health, and all life forms -the Circle of Life.”
Los Angeles ska punks The Interrupters have been announced as the national support on Green Day’s upcoming tour. Formed in 2011, the band has received a worldwide cult following and received support and guidance from fellow punk rock icon Tim Armstrong, guitarist/vocalist of Rancid and formerly Operation Ivy. Green Day and The Interrupters will play Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6 at Rod Laver Arena.