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Redd Kross is returning to Australia this November. While the other members of the band, particularly Steve McDonald working with hardcore supergroup OFF! and joining sludge lords Melvins , has somewhat overshadowed the importance of the band in recent years, their core sound and influence continues to be overlooked. Within the space of ten years the band had turned from trashy garage punk on their first record, the seminal 1982 youth trainwreck Born Innocent, to slick and polished psychedelic grunge-pop on 1993’s criminally underrated Phaseshifter. Much like tour mates Melvins, the band has drifted in and out of contemporary definitions of “punk”, yet their 35-year long career playing underground rock‘n’roll has cemented their place in the punk rock pantheon. Redd Kross will support Melvins at Gasometer on Monday November 6 and Max Watt’s on Wednesday November 8.

Canadian thrash-punks Propagandhi have announced the upcoming release of their seventh studio album. Entitled Victory Lap, the album is their first since 2012’s Failed States and their first release featuring new guitarist Sulynn Hago, who joined the band in 2016 replacing Beaver. The band released a stream of the title track from the album, featuring a continuation of the melodic metallic thrash metal sound developed on previous albums Supporting Caste and Failed States. Victory Lap is due out Friday September 29 on Epitaph.

The Armstrongs, the new band featuring East Bay punk icons Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder) and Billie Joe’s song Rey Armstrong (SWMRS) have released their debut single. Entitled If There Was Ever a Time, the single song flexidisc is available in New Noise Magazine and will be featured in the upcoming documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.

Melbourne post-punks Gold Class have announced the upcoming release of their second full length album. Entitled Drum, the record follows up the band’s well-received 2015 debut It’s You. Describing the album title, frontman Adam Curley says, “Drum is primitive. It’s physical. It’s the beat of your heart. It’s immediate. It comes from the past, but it also beckons to something in the future. It holds other dualities, too – submission and authority; repetition and propulsion. And yet at its core, it’s just something you can dance to.” Drum is due to be released Friday August 18 on Remote Control.

Florida org-core beard punks Hot Water Music have announced the upcoming release of their eighth studio album. Entitled Light It Up, the record is their first since 2012’s Exister and their first on new label Rise Records. Light It Up is due out Friday September 15.