Punk Rock Summer Nationals 2014

Punk Rock Summer Nationals 2014

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals

Tue, August 5, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$45 advance / $50 day of show

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This event is all ages

The Offspring
The Offspring
Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums) are The Offspring, one of rock's most exciting and enduring bands. The band are on tour in support of their latest album, Days Go By, with producer Bob Rock, featuring the top 10 single "Days Go By." The Offspring have performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label. Among the band's best-known hits are the rock anthems "Self Esteem," "Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."

More at:
http://offspring.com/thehistory/
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Preeminent punk band Bad Religion will release their new album True North this January 22nd on Epitaph Records. In a world still brimming with rampant anti intellectualism, inequality and oppression, the band’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent seems as relevant as ever. On their newest record, the storied band deliberately revisits and refines the powerful and melodic Southern California sound they helped to define on albums such as Suffer, No Control and Recipe For Hate.

“We went back to our original mission statement of short concise bursts of melody and thought,” co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz explains. “The intent was to record stripped down punk songs without sacrificing any conceptual density.”

The band began in the sprawling suburbs surrounding Los Angeles. As insurgent teenage punks they offered an impassioned musical counterpoint to a dystopian culture of consumerism and anti intellectualism. Founding members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley were eventually joined by Brian Baker of hardcore pioneers Minor Threat and a supremely talented drummer named Brooks Wackerman. In the following years the band was a major force in reinvigorating the modern punk movement, produced beloved international hits such as “Infected,” "21st Century (Digital Boy)" and “Sorrow” and has maintained an impassioned worldwide following of young and old who continue embrace a music that gives voice to, and celebrates, their dissent.

Produced by the band and Joe Barresi, True North celebrates the power of cogent punk in the face of personal pain and adversity. It is one of the band’s most emotionally accessible albums to date. Beneath the bristling guitars and surging drums exists one of the most cathartic works of the band’s career. “I think working within certain restrictions took away the mental aspect and let us devote more attention to conveying feeling,” co-writer and guitarist Greg Graffin says. “We all go through pain and the best elements of punk give us hope in those dark times.”

There are tracks which, as the band has continuously done throughout their career, ardently address world issues. There is the hard charging “Robin Hood In Reverse,” "Land of Endless Greed" and “Dharma And The Bomb” which features guitarist Gurewitz singing over some classic Southern Cal punk. As Gurewitz explains, "The song’s lyrics speak about the danger of radical religious movements inheriting the fruits of science (like nuclear weapons) without the benefit of its liberal traditions."

The album’s first single is a joyously propulsive anthem succinctly called “F*ck You.” As Graffin explains, “If any band should have a song with that title it should be us. It just sounds like a perfect Bad Religion song.”

Other tracks like mid tempo “Hello Cruel World” veer into a far more expressive terrain. The album’s title song “True North” utilizes a wall of guitars and charged beat to explore issues of alienation and loss informed by Graffin’s recent life experiences. “The song is written from the perspective of a kid who is running away,” Graffin explains. “He says ‘I’m out of here, I’m off to find true north.’ It’s about recognizing that you don’t fit in and trying to find a truth and purpose. Those are all classic punk themes. We still remember exactly what it feels like to be a disaffected kid in this world. And I think we were able to convey that particularly well on this album.”

His cohort Gurewitz adds, “I think we both really responded to the challenge of writing short and fast songs on this record. The constraints set us free. Like moves in a game of chess, there are really as many variations as there are stars in the galaxy.”
Pennywise
Pennywise
In November 2012 Southern California's raucous punk heroes Pennywise announced the return of the band's original vocalist, Jim Lindberg.
The band had this to say about Lindberg's return, "We're happy to announce that Jim is rejoining Pennywise and we're all looking forward to playing music together again. 2013 will mark the band's 25th Anniversary.
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history with songs like the raging "F*** Authority," "Alien" and the band's now legendary ode to brotherhood and departed friends "Bro Hymn."
Along with the announcement of the band's return to their classic lineup of Randy, Byron, Fletcher and Jim, two shows for January 2013 were announced at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, each selling out in a matter of minutes.
As the original Pennywise lineup continues preparing their first new material in six years for release in 2014, they will finish up 2013 with a return to The House of Blues in Las Vegas on November 23rd offering their musical history to one and all.
The Vandals
The Vandals
Orange County punk veterans the Vandals trace their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene, but didn't really make much of an impact as recording artists until the '90s. By that time, their snide, terminally juvenile humor and catchy punk-pop had done a great deal to set the tone of Orange County's thriving punk and ska scene. Clear spiritual forefathers of bands like the Offspring, blink-182, and Less Than Jake, the Vandals took their cues from early punk comedians like the Dickies and the Descendents, ratcheting up the wiseass factor and delighting in dumb, lowbrow jokes. Sometimes satirical and mostly silly, the Vandals also remained staunchly independent for their entire career, releasing records on a variety of punk indies that afforded them financial and creative control. What was more, their steady lineup from 1989 on afforded them a degree of stability uncommon in punk circles. Solid career management allowed the Vandals to thrive up into the new millennium, over two decades after their formation. – Steve Huey, All Music

We couldn't have said it any better than that guy. With 11 full length studio albums in the rear view mirror, and all the EPs, singles, comps, DVDs, "best ofs", etc. that go with that kind of a catalog, the Vandals have been taking it easy lately, selecting only the "most fun" occasions to play, often limited by drummer Josh Freese's touring schedule as a member of Weezer, Devo, and Sting. It has actually become more of a men's club than anything else. With the same 4 guys playing together for over 21 years, it's just good fun to get in a tour bus, or on a plane, and go play some of the goofiest punk rock ever recorded for loyal fans across the globe. Recent performances include Red Rocks, Warped Tour dates, Groezrock Festival in Belgium, PunkAfoolic Festival in Japan, Edge Fest in Las Vegas, Bamboozle in California, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, and a regular trip to Hawaii for shows on Oahu and Maui.

Like the man said above, it wasn't until the mid 1990s when the Vandals turned pro and started recording and touring the world full time with bands like No Doubt, Offspring, NOFX, Pearl Jam and dozens of headlining tours in the U.S., Europe, the UK, and Japan. During this period, the Vandals prospered from being accepted by the Warped Tour culture and the explosion of punk rock fans that arrived in 1994. The Vandals are actually featured in the film "1994" about this era of punk music.

Of course, the Vandals had a rich history before this flurry of activity, appearing in Roger Corman's "Suburbia," Penelope Spheeris' "Dudes," and currently featured in the documentary "We Were Feared" about the legendary Orange Country night club The Cuckoo's Nest.

In 2004 a bit of controversy began to surround the Vandals when they were first sued by the Hollywood trade publication "Daily Variety" for "trademark counterfeiting," "misuse of a font," and other such trumped up absurd charges in connection with their release "Hollywood Potato Chip." Christmas of that year found the Vandals performing for the troops at forward operating bases in war torn Iraq. In response, the European concert circuit organized boycott's of the Vandals February 2005 European tour and the band was almost ripped to shreds by an angry Greek mob in Athens, shutting down the Vandals attempted performance, and their lucrative European career. "It was over: over-night actually," said bassist Escalante, "but we doubled down and went to Afghanistan to entertain the troops again the first chance we got, and we would do all of it it all over again the same way, despite the costs."

2010 found the Vandals being sued again by the Daily Variety but this time the Vandals one, and the Daily Variety was sold and taken off the news stands. Yay!

2012/13 have the Vandals playing more shows than previous 5 years combines, in our heads, include Soundwave 2013 Australian Tour with Metalica, Slayer, Linkin Park, and Blink 182.

July 2013: The Vandals are in the studio recording jam after jam for release in 2014.

Personally, the singer still owns an alcohol distribution company, the guitarist still scores films and works on the children's shows Aquabats Super Show and Yo Gaba Gaba. The bass player is still a radio host and record label owner, and the drummer is still a famous drummer.
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019
http://www.terminal5nyc.com/