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Interview: The Bennies

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World’s #1 party band? The Bennies, a quartet out of Melbourne, Australia, make a strong case to claim that title. Equal doses reggae, punk, and ska, The Bennies couple their party-hard-or-die-trying mindset with clever lyricism and ear worm hooks.

We caught up with Anty (lead vocals), Jules (guitar/vocals), Bowie (drums), and Nick (bass/vocals) of The Bennies before their show in Nuremburg, Germany to chat about their new album Natural Born Chillers. Enjoying their time over in Europe supporting the new album, the group had to laugh about playing a rowdy show in Berlin, only to perform in front of literally two people the next day in Chemnitz; The highs and lows of touring thousands of miles from home.

The Bennies also discussed integrating their new bass player, the differences between the Sydney and Melbourne music scenes, and the story behind the worst show they’ve ever played. Anty also shares how he came to wear his famous (and very fashionable) leggings on stage.

Interview: The Bennies

The Pier: Let’s start with the newest member of The Bennies, your new bass player Nick. How’s it been integrating him into the band after the departure of your longtime bassist Craig?
Anty: We were talking about it earlier, it’s been a super smooth transition, real easy. No bad blood, no weirdness. We’ve known Nick for quite a while.

Nick: Yeah, my other band in Melbourne, Foxtrot, shameless plug…Our bands have been playing together for years in Melbourne, in the punk scene. So I’ve also personally known Craig, on a bass respect level. We’ve always really admired each other.The-Bennies-Credit-Francis-Hunt

The Pier: Did Craig have to show you the riffs or anything?
Nick: No, he didn’t have to. I kind of knew the songs even before I started learning them, just because I loved it.

Bowie: Nick’s gotta photographic memory. Or bass-o-graphic memory.

The Pier: Now, was it unexpected for Craig to leave the band?
Bowie: Yeah, little bit, yeah. He obviously made the call and had his reasons, but it was a bit of a shock.

Anty: We were having a band meeting to talk about what we were gonna do after this Europe tour. And he was just like: “Yeah, I’m out.” Caught us off guard a bit.

Jules: It’s one of those scenarios where, this life is awesome, but it’s not for everyone, all the time. And he put in some hard yards for close to ten years.

The Pier: On this European tour, you have only two days off between 30 shows. And you’re playing two shows in one day, in two different countries tomorrow. How do you manage that?
Bowie: Yeah, and the first day off wasn’t even a day off ‘cuz Jules did Acid, ha!

Nick: In effect, that was the hardest working day of the tour actually.

Jules: Completely rinsed me.

The Pier: So, when you guys get home what do you do?
Nick: I sell Bennies merch, haha. No, actually I just work in a warehouse and we do band distribution, it’s called Artist First. We distribute band merch for a lot of local Australian bands and international bands. Picking and packing.

The Pier: I meant more so in terms of recovery…
All: Oh yeah, haha!

Bowie: That’s a much cooler question, ha! “But what do you for a living?”

Anty: “Do you have normal jobs? What do you actually do?”

Jules: Me, mostly walk my dog. I have a quiet life, real simple man. Get back, read a book, listen to records, and pat my dog. Love my wife.

Anty: A lot of weed and nightmares. Just trying to sweat out all the bad. All the weird sleeping patterns. So weed is pretty handy for that.

The Pier: Got you. You just mentioned your dog Jules, who also gets a mention in your storytelling song “Trip Report” off the new album. I’m curious if you did that all in one take, or if there are a few alternative versions floating out there?
Anty: When we recorded that, the idea was that we’d all record a different verse without talking to the others about what it was. Just had a loose concept of what we had discussed. Jules is the longer one and probably the more free one, so that was a few different takes.

Bowie: The thing with Jules is that he had a few different characters in his story, and their names kept changing between every take. So, first it was George, then Paul, then Tom, and Peter.

Jules: I was so stoned when I was doing it.

Anty: We had to keep going back to listen to all the versions to work out what the dog’s name was.

The Pier: I was confused as to who was the dog and who was walking the dog, ha!
Bowie: Jules was confused too.

Jules: I’m glad we captured the confusion.

Anty: It’s funny, it’s the strangest song that we’ve written. And particularly off the new one, it’s the weirdest song. We had no idea how it would be received, but anyone who has listened to the album always comments on that song. I think we learn a bit from it as well. It’s a bit weird and a bit strange, but it reflects our personalities really strongly. And I think that’s what people like about our band. So it’s a lesson we learned from writing that song.

The Pier: So, we’re here in Germany now, and you guys have also been to the States, Japan, China, really all over. When you’re planning tours, do you go to places where you know you have fans, or just where you think would be cool to play a show?Anty: Really a bit of both. America is really hard for us. We just haven’t been able to make that really work yet. It’s been tough, particularly because it’s a long distance from Australia. Japan is something we’ve been building up, we’ve been there a few times, but we definitely saw it as like, “Let’s go to Japan ‘cuz it’s rad.” Europe, it’s unreal fun, but we’re still really building a thing, so it kinda made sense to come back.

The Pier: You see some of these bands from Australia, like Sticky Fingers or DMA’s, come to the US and they’ll get a quarter of the crowd they’d have at home, or have to play much smaller venues.
Anty: Yeah, you hear heaps of stories like that. Our friends the Dune Rats, they’re really big at home, and I think they do well over here in Europe as well. I was speaking to them recently about America, and I think they’ve decided they’re just not gonna go do it anymore. There’s no point.

Bowie: New York is pretty kind. We really struggle with the West Coast. In California. That was real tough. We’ve got some friends in New York, and it was pretty friendly. Played a cool couple of gigs.

Anty: We played the worst gig we’ve ever played in New York actually. We talk about this one a bit because it makes us feel a little better. But man, we had two shows in one night in New York. One of them was called the Aussie Barbecue, all Aussie bands playing. That was awesome, and we had a really good show. Lot of people came down, and it was later in the night.

But before that, we had to play in this coffee shop for this showcase thing. And unless you work really hard to promote those showcases, it’s hard to get people to come watch you, and you actually don’t play for anyone. So we played to the other band, who didn’t really watch us. They stood outside and smoked ciggies. So we’re in this room by ourselves, and they didn’t serve beers or anything like that. All of us coming down really hard. We’d all got up at 6 o’clock in the afternoon because of the night before. So we’re in this coffeeshop, and all they have to offer us to drink was coffee. So hungover. We soundchecked. I went and vomitted, then we played and it was just…

Jules: The only thing we had in our heads was…One of the spirits of The Bennies is, “Fuck it we’ll throw some beers at it, and it’ll be fine.” All we need is a couple fuckin’ beers. We get there and they’re like, “Latte?” Are you fuckin’ kidding me man, haha! 

Bowie: America doesn’t even do a good coffee. You can’t even get a latte there. Only black, like, “You want a cup of Joe?” No, no, I want a fuckin’ latte!

Anty: Sitting there and all we could hear was cups on saucers. So Jittery.

Jules: It sucked. Although, it’s a great reference point to…You know, wherever we are, and it kinda gets a bit tough sometimes. You get tired. But I think of that fuckin’ place, and at least it’s not there. That fuckin’ place, with that band outside smoking their cigarettes. Walking out on us. A real hit to the pride. Humbling.

Bowie: We’re in one of the biggest artistic hubs in the world, and no one came to watch us, ha!

Watch: Natural Born Chillers – “Get High Like An Angel”

The Pier: You guys are from Melbourne, which seems to be putting out a ton of great music right now. What is the difference between the Melbourne music scene and the Sydney scene?
Bowie: The difference is poker machines and liquor licensing laws. If you hone in on it.

Anty: And Sydney’s fucked.

Bowie: Sydney has a really weird entertainment industry. It’s only poker machines and sports bars. All the music venues have shut down. It’s such a shit scene.

Jules: It really does fuckin’ suck.

Bowie: It’s so hard to make ground there. Nobody goes to watch music.

Anty: It’s so weird. We can do well pretty much anywhere in Australia, but Sydney we just never know what’s gonna happen. We never have any way of predicting whether we’re gonna get people there or not.

Jules: In Melbourne, we have good communities of different venues, different styles, everything. You can watch music seven days a week. There’s an infrastructure there to foster a scene. From venues that can hold 50 people to venues with 300 or beyond, but I think that’s an important factor. In Sydney it’s become so divided and fragmented, there’s not this sense of community. It’s just kinda more fending for yourself. And there’s nothing to foster the emerging talent. You don’t have a sense of community. It doesn’t mean there’s not good people, or that there aren’t great bands that come out of there, but it’s tough.

The Pier: So, do you see more bands in Melbourne supporting each other out along the way?
Jules: Yeah, it’s built on that. It’s the only way you come up, ideally finding yourself a couple bands you can put on a show together with. Make your friendships, and beyond that you can expand and explore. If you don’t have that you haven’t got shit. You really don’t. It’s so much tougher.

The Pier: Now, Anty you recently started a solo project. Are you just playing gigs, or are there any plans to put out an EP soon?
Anty: Yeah! I don’t really know. I’ve got pretty much an album recorded, but we’ll see. My solo thing is just taking old ska reggae songs and a friend of mine is remixing them for me. When this tour is finished, I’m actually gonna go to Amsterdam for about a week and stay with Geoff from Jaya The Cat. We’re gonna record an album together. Should be a lot of fun.

Jules: Heaps of sleep…

Anty: Yeah, I know. Fuck, ha! My voice will be in good nick by then.

The Pier: That would be a fun tour together with The Bennies and Jaya The Cat.
Anty: Yeah. I’ve sort of got a hidden agenda with this whole thing. I hope that connection is made and that we get to do a Bennies/Jaya tour across Europe sometime. And I’d love to bring him to Australia sometime. I think it would work so well together the two bands.

The Pier: Anty, how come you haven’t convinced the rest of the band to wearing leggings on stage yet with you?
Anty: No! I’m trying to convince them not to. That’s my steez.

Jules: We convinced him.

Bowie: I’d probably die, I reckon. Of sweat.

The Pier: When did you first decide to sport the leggings?
Anty: We played this warehouse party, and the people that threw the party were all these sort of fashion people. Real stylish, and put a lot of effort into the theme. It was a rock ‘n’ roll theme. So we’re like, “Let’s all get dressed up, glam, metal.” So we were all dressed up really funny, with tights and big perms, bandanas, fishnet tops. And afterwards I was like, “Fuck, playing in tights is fuckin’ awesome!” It’s maximum movement and it kinda looks cool. So I just kept doing it. Complete freedom of movement.

Jules: It’s real ska.

The Pier: We’ll have to test that out!
Big shout out to Anty, Jules, Bowie, and Nick from The Bennies for hanging out for a bit before their show in Nuremburg, Germany. A real genuine, down-to-earth group of guys. Do yourself a favor and check out the new album Natural Born Chillers, and be sure to catch The Bennies live next time they’re in your city. You won’t be disappointed.


Watch: The Bennies – “Dreamkillers” (Official Music Video)

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Interview by: Brian Winters

Watch: The Bennies – “Corruption” (Official Video)

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Buffett to appear on Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary

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Jimmy Buffett will appear on Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary which starts on Sunday July 22nd on the Discovery Channel. He recently spent the day filming for the show near Montauk.

Son of Jaws (working title) — “Over four decades ago, giant great white sharks off Long Island, New York gave rise to the legend of Jaws. But all those big sharks were caught and killed, and they disappeared — until now. With protection, the sons and daughters of Jaws are making a comeback. Dr. Craig O’Connell goes looking for the legendary monsters of Montauk to see if the bloodline of Jaws continues.”


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Introducing Jamaica Songstress: Naomi Cowan

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Sometimes it only takes one song to hook your interest into a new artist before further researching their background and appreciating their depth. That was the case when we heard “Paradise Plum” by an unknown artist out of Kingston, Jamaica who goes by the name Naomi Cowan.

Listen: Naomi Cowan – “Paradise Plum”

“Growing up I always loved to perform and use my voice,” Naomi tells The Pier. “When I was a kid, I was always doing one of two things; I was either singing and dancing in front of a mirror, or I was holding up a brush as if it was a microphone presenting music awards to the mirror or pretending I was on my own cooking show.”

Naomi grew up in a music household where her mother, Dr. Carlene Davis-Cowan, was an international reggae singer community builder. Her father, Tommy Cowan, was the founding member of a rocksteady quartet from the 1960’s called The Jamaicans and was later a tour manager for Bob Marley.

Naomi tells The Pier of her father: “He’s a strong songwriter and his catalog is quite extensive as a producer. He produced Jacob Miller, Inner Circle, Ras Michael’s first album. In the 80’s the 90’s he was one of the lead producers of Reggae Sunsplash which was a worldwide tour; they went to Japan, PhotoNaomiPromoPic_Leopard1Europe and all throughout the states. He was also the marketing manager for Tuff Gong and helped Bob (Marley) to establish Tuff Gong as a record label.”

It can be difficult and intimidating to pursue a field that saw so much success for your parents while maintaining your own identity. After High School, it was important for Naomi to make a statement of her own where she later pursued media production in college. She would find herself on television working both behind scenes and in the spotlight. “Because I grew up around music, it wasn’t as attractive to me as music might be to many people. And then on top of that, I was afraid too. Out of High School, I decided I wanted to do media instead and it sounded more feasible.”

Naomi admits that she is most herself while singing, even though she may have suppressed her musical side for several years. Pursuing media production and broadcasting was Naomi’s way of finding her identity that eventually led her back to where she feels at home with singing and writing music.

Naomi didn’t officially pursue a music career until 2017 when she released her rocksteady cover tribute of “Things You Say You Love.” Her dad originally wrote the song 50 years prior while performing in The Jamaicans. The production on Naomi’s version was done by Mark Pelli of Magic!, and the last time the song was covered was in 2004 by UB40.

2018 is expected to be a catalyst year for the emerging artist following the release of “Paradise Plum,” a bass driven reggae cross-over track showcasing her balance of a “bad gyal in the verse and lady on the chorus.” The song was produced by Zinc Fence Records producer Teflon, best known for his work with Chronixx.

“It’s so funny how you call it reggae-crossover because Mike, I kid you not, the file I have of that ‘Paradise Plum’ MP3 that Teflon sent over says ‘Reggae-Crossover-Dub,’ so you hit the nail on the head! My songs moving forward are definitely going to be more of that reggae-crossover vibe. Fresh sounding reggae, keeping the vocals very beautiful, catchy and poppy. ‘Paradise Plum’ is a great way to describe what my new music will sound like.”

Naomi plans to accompany her “Paradise Plum” single with a music video, followed by a mix-tape that is set to feature some special guest appearances. She has building momentum with mounting interest from producers and artists wanting to work with the now active songwriter who plans to make a splash following her first original reggae single. Stay tuned for more updates as we plan to follow her closely.

Listen: Naomi Cowan – “Things You Say You Love” (The Jamaicans Cover)

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Article By: Mike Patti

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New Ska Documentary: ‘Pick It Up!’ Set for Spring 2019 Release

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With over 100+ hours of recorded interviews and thousands of miles traveled, filmmaker Taylor Morden and his crew are working toward releasing Pick It Up! a documentary on 1990’s ska, in April of 2019.

Morden has already interviewed members of Fishbone, The Specials, Skatalites, Less Than Jake, No Doubt, Sublime, Save Ferris, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, and many more in preparation for the story. Morden has even interviewed a handful of Japanese ska bands, where the genre flourished long after its main-steam popularity in the US fizzled out.

Although the focus will be the “third wave,” the documentary is set to cover all of ska’s history, starting where it developed: 1960’s Jamaica. It will include the rise of two-tone in English cities through the 1980s, and culminate with an extensive and comprehensive analysis of the third wave. Pick It Up! will strive to “tell this story as accurately as possible, from as many points of view as possible.” Pickitup-poster2

Taylor Morden described his first path to music as “geeky,” growing up playing in the school band. As a middle school trumpet player, he always felt there was a divide between the music he could play on his instrument and the punk rock he and his friends listened to. His worlds came together when his friend let him borrow Upbeats and Beatdowns on cassette, the 1997 album from Christian ska band 5 Iron Frenzy, whom are also featured in the film.

Morden said this to The Pier about first hearing the album: “I was hearing people play these school band instruments, trombones, trumpets, and saxophones, in an entirely new way. I was 16-years-old at this point and it just blew my mind. From there, the next thing I heard was the self-titled No Doubt album, which also has a ton of horns on it. It was exponential from there; I was listening to anything I could get my hands on that was ska or ska-punk.”

From there, Morden went on to not only follow ska, but to play in the scene as well. After playing trumpet in a few local bands, Morden went on to join Pocketface, who saw mid-level fame in the thriving Japanese ska scene in the early 2000s. In the band, he met Rei Mastrogiovanni, who is the producer of Pick It Up!. The duo had the idea for the documentary in the fall of 2017 and have been hard at work ever since.

They started in Los Angeles, interviewing Darrin Pfeiffer, founding member and long-time drummer of Goldfinger. While in LA, the filmmakers also caught up with Miguel Happoldt of Sublime and Monique Powell of Save Ferris. From there they went north, catching up with Mike Park of Asian Man Records and Skankin’ Pickle, and Karina Deniké of the Dance Hall Crashers in San Francisco, and Steve Perry of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies in Portland, Oregon. From there, their network has only grown, as each artist, manager, and promoter has sent them in a new direction to more people crucial to the scene.
In addition to those mentioned above, Morden told The Pier two essential pieces of assembling the Pick It Up! puzzle have been Robert “Bucket” Hingley of The Toasters and Moon Ska Records and Christian Jacobs, or the M.C. Bat Commander, of Orange County ska band The Aquabats.

The project seems to have been timed perfectly, with a sudden resurgence of ska happening right now in 2018. In June alone, new albums from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mad Caddies, The English Beat, and third wave-newcomers The Interrupters were released or are still awaiting release.

In true DIY fashion, Pick It Up! will only be possible if funding allows. The film’s Kickstarter is aiming for $40,000 by late July 2018, a goal they are nearing closer to each day. Be sure to read more and donate to bring this Documentary to life by clicking HERE!

Follow The Pier for more on Pick It Up! as they enter the development and editing stages this summer.

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Listen: Five Iron Frenzy – “Upbeats and Beatdowns”

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Pitbull joins Buffett on stage at ‘Escape To Margaritaville’

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Pitbull surprised fans at Jimmy Buffet’s musical Escape To Margaritaville on Broadway in New York City on Friday night! During the musical’s encore Mr. Worldwide took the stage to join Buffett and the cast singing his classic hit “Margaritaville” (he took off his shoes and sang and danced along).


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Nattali Rize Discusses Her First U.S. Headlining Tour

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The global rise of Ms. Nattali Rize continues with her first US headlining tour taking place in California with dates around her performance at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, June 22-24th, 2018.

Previously a co-founder and focal point of the Australian roots reggae group Blue King Brown, Nattali Rize went solo in 2015 and is now the front woman leading a five-piece international live band from Jamaica and Australia. This is a global mash up of raw energy that has been rocking stages, touring across several continents throughout the process of crafting following the release of her debut record, 2017’s Rebel Frequency.

As heard in her music, Nattali Rize uses her voice and platform for the global shift toward Full Freedom and the movement of Truth and Justice over the systemic exploitation of the people and planet.NR_calirizing_insta_alldates_01

The California Rizing Tour; Mission 1 starts June 20th in Los Angeles, CA at the Sol Venue. Other cities will include San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara with direct support from Jamaica songstress Kelissa.

“Kelissa is great, we been working on a song together,” Nattali shares. “She’s one of the great, new generation artists out of Jamaica making great music. It feels good having a sister come on tour and having that strength within our genre and scene where its mostly male artists out there. The whole planets consciousness is shifting towards really recognizing that divine feminine energy that is coming forward and you’re going to see more of that connection and collaboration.”

With this being Rize’s first U.S. headlining tour, she wanted Mission 1 to take place in California, telling The Pier: “We found that California has been one of those places that has such a great love and support and energy around reggae music that you don’t see anywhere on the planet. If there’s a Mission 1, then there could be a Mission 2, Mission 3, 4 and 5. This is just the start.”

As for other parts of the world, Nattali tells The Pier: “In Australia, reggae music isn’t as big. In Europe it seems like people have a really deep understanding of Jamaican reggae, from the old-school days right to today and now–They’re very tuned into all of that. As far as the newer stuff goes, I feel like America is starting to really tune into whats coming out of Jamaica. It’s important to do that because Jamaica is where Reggae music has come from and we have to acknowledge the impact that this tiny island has had on the planet.”

Wherever the next Mission takes her around the world, if you’re in California you can experience Mission 1 when she hits the road with Kelissa. Stay tuned for more updates regarding new music.

Watch: Nattali Rize – “One People”

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Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Nattali Rize – “Warriors”

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11 Fabulous Fathers with Fins

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Parenting can be tough. You can often find yourself sacrificing for your children in order to keep them happy and safe. Fathers play a special role in raising children. They make us feel safe, teach us how to survive and always ready to cheer us up with laughter. These qualities make us all appreciate our fathers here on land—and under the sea is not so different. As fathers of the sea, many fish and marine mammals strive to show off their skills as daring—and doting—dads!

Emperor penguin

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While Emperor penguins have flippers instead of fins, they’re still considered one of the most popular fathers of the sea. During the early months of the year in Antarctica, male penguins fatten up to prepare for their long challenge in March. After a female Emperor penguin lays her egg, the father must protect the egg while she leaves to hunt. For four months, he must hold the egg between the tops of his feet and brooding pouch to keep it warm, enduring harsh temperatures and lack of food. Talk about dedication!


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Seahorses are another popular father. They’re a rarity in the animal kingdom because the male carries the babies. After a courtship dance, which can last as long as eight hours, the female seahorse deposits eggs in the male’s stomach pouch and which are then fertilized by the male. The male can carry as many as 2,000 eggs in one pregnancy!

Sand goby

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The sand goby is a type of ray-finned fish found in the muddy or sandy waters off Europe’s coast and is another example of gender norm reversal. After the female lays her eggs, she takes off, leaving the male goby solely responsible for ensuring the safety of their eggs.


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Arowanas, a freshwater fish found in Africa, India, and Australia, are what is known as “mouthbrooders.” After a female arowana has laid her eggs, the male scoops them all up into his mouth until they hatch. Hatched eggs are called “fry” and the father slowly acclimates them to their surroundings, letting them explore and signaling them to return when there is danger. The father has to be very careful, however—if he is startled, he can accidentally swallow some of the young!


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Found widely throughout the Pacific Ocean, pipefish are another exemplary father that take on a similar role to the male seahorse. Pipefish live in seagrass beds of tropical waters and have great camouflage to match the seagrass blades. Like the seahorse, the male carries the young in his brooding pouch and keeps them nourished until they are ready to hatch.

Hardhead catfish

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The hardhead catfish is another great father found in North American waters. They are also  mouthbrooders and can carry up to 48 marble-sized eggs. Since females produce fewer eggs than most fish, males had to adapt in order to protect their eggs in the open ocean. During the 60 days that it takes for the eggs to develop and hatch, the father completely staves off food.

Siamese fighting fish

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Siamese fighting fish, also known as bettas, got their name for their intense fatherly instinct. Male bettas build a nest of floating bubbles, coating each one with saliva so they won’t pop, for the female’s eggs. The male fights off everything—including the mother—to ensure the safety of the eggs. One might say he’s more than a little overprotective. The incubation period is short, however, with the eggs hatching after 24 to 36 hours. The male continues to protect the newborns until they are ready to survive on their own.


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Cardinalfish are the last mouthbrooders on our list. They are only found in the tropical waters off the coast of the Banggai Archipelago, a group of islands in Indonesia. Unlike other mouthbrooders, the females release an egg mass close to the male which the male then fertilizes before taking them into his mouth. During the incubation period, the male sometimes open his mouth to rotate the eggs, keeping them clean and ensuring they have enough oxygen.

Sea spider

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Surprisingly, Sea spiders are dutiful fathers that can be found all over the world. After fertilizing a female’s eggs, the male collects them all and secretes a substance to attach them to one of his appendages called an oviger. He carries the eggs with him until they hatch and are able to survive on their own.


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Found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the lumpsucker is our most adorable dad. In order to attract females, male lumpsuckers build nests to show off their great parenting skills! Once a female selects his nest, she will lay up to 350,000 eggs and then return to her independent lifestyle. The male lumpsucker then fertilizes the eggs and protects them from predators and keeps them well oxygenated during their four to eight week incubation period.


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Our final father figure has even had a movie dedicated to his resilient parenting instincts. The clownfish is a careful caretaker, fanning the water to give his eggs oxygen and keeping them clean. Their paternal instincts are so strong that even a bachelor clownfish will care for eggs from a different nest.

Regardless of whether they’re losing sleep over an energetic newborn or facing freezing temperatures to keep their egg warm, fathers of both land and sea deserve our thanks and appreciation this Father’s Day.

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Album Premiere: Mad Caddies – Punk Rocksteady

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Tomorrow, Mad Caddies will release their new album, Punk Rocksteady via Fat Wreck Chords. The record is a cover album with Rocksteady versions of 12 classic punk-rock songs. Before that album is made available to the world, you can stream it in its entirety, exclusively at The Pier.

Mad Caddies is a 6-piece punky reggae-ska band from Santa Barbara, CA that have been playing under the name since 1995. For more than 20 years, Mad Caddies have created original material with 6 studio records, a couple of EPs and Live albums. On June 15th, they will add a cover-album to their repertoire with the 12 track Punk Rocksteady record that shows the band re-framing the past 40 years of punk history into a lighter tone of new perspective.

The album was recorded entirely at Motor Studios in San Francisco, CA, under the “spiritual guidance” of NOFX’s Fat Mike. It includes covers of songs by Misfits, Descendents, Operation Ivy, Propagandhi, Bad Religion, Green Day, Against Me!, Snuff, Lagwagon, Bracket, and No Use For A Name.

Album Premiere: Mad Caddies – Punk Rocksteady (Full Album Stream)

We had a fantastic interview with the band as they discussed the concept album in detail, including the addition of guest appearances by Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters, Joshua Waters Rudge of The Skints, Jon Asher of The Expanders as well as Fat Mike — You can read the full interview by clicking HERE!

Own Your Copy By Clicking HERE!

Mad Caddies – Punk Rocksteady Track List:
MadCaddies_PunkRockSteady1.) Sorrow [Bad Religion Cover]
2.) Sleep Long (ft. Aimee Interrupter Joshua Waters-Rudge) [Operation Ivy Cover]
3.) She [Green Day Cover]
4.) …And We Thought That Nation-States Were a Bad Idea [Propagandhi Cover]
5.) She’s Gone (ft. Aimee Interrupter) [NOFX Cover]
6.) AM [No Use For A Name Cover]
7.) Alien 8 [Lagwagon Cover]
8.) 2RAK005 [Bracket Cover]
9.) Some Kinda Hate [The Misfits Cover]
10.) Sink, Florida, Sink [Against Me! Cover]
11.) Jean Is Dead [Descendents Cover]
12.) Take Me Home (Piss Off) [Snuff Cover]

Related Links:
Fat Wreck Chords Website
Mad Caddies Website
Mad Caddies Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

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Video: Ted Bowne of Passafire – “Roller Skates” (Steel Pulse Cover)

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The Pier is honored to publish Passafire’s Ted Bowne covering “Roller Skates” by Steel Pulse. We’ve noticed Ted has been posting a lot of awesome music videos and covers. We reached out asking if we could premiere one of his videos and sent us the video you see below. We used this as an opportunity to catch up with Ted for an update on Passafire, his new recording studio in St. Pete, FL called The Lizard Lodge and more! Read our full interview with Ted by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Cleanup the Don

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This blog post was written by Lisa Erdle and Kennedy Bucci, Ph.D. students in the Rochman Lab at the University of Toronto.

On May 6th, 2018, we led our first annual Cleanup the Don inland coastal cleanup to remove trash along the Don River, keep trash out of Lake Ontario and raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution. Students and researchers from the University of Toronto joined forces with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the International Coastal Cleanup and Paddle the Don, an annual event organized by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) where local residents can canoe and kayak down the Don River.

The Don River is Toronto’s most urbanized watershed and is widely enjoyed by citizens and tourists alike. On any given day, one can see a wide variety of activities in the expanse of parkland in the ravines around the Don River. Cyclists, walkers, runners, anglers and others use the trails alongside the river, which is located a short walk from Toronto’s downtown core. But, it is also a river with plastic pollution throughout.

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At six locations, spanning over 10km of the Don River, teams collected 210 kg of trash, nearly half of which was recycled. Volunteers found many common items such as plastic packaging, coffee cups, plastic bottles and plastic bags. However, we were surprised to find a few unusual items like a vacuum cleaner, a toboggan and Venetian blinds! By number, cigarette butts were the most common item collected during the cleanup, and nearly 2000 were sent to be recycled. Despite their small size, they can be particularly harmful in the environment due to the toxic chemicals they contain.

While some pollution may originate from park-goers, wind and rain also carry plastic debris from land into rivers, lakes and oceans. And piece by piece, the pollution adds up.

Scientists estimate that between 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean from land every year due to mismanaged waste. Plastic can also enter the environment as microplastic—small plastic less than 5mm in size. Canada is taking steps through the microbead ban, which will eliminate microbeads in personal care products (like toothpaste and facewash) as of July 1, 2018. However, policy does not yet address other sources of microplastics, such as microfibers that shed from textiles or synthetic rubber dust from tires.

This year Canada holds the presidency of the G7. As part of its efforts to protect our oceans, Canada has indicated its intentions to support international policy for a zero-plastics-waste charter. At the national level, Canadians have recognized work is also needed to address single-use plastic, increase recycled content in plastic products, and to increase the national recycling rate.

There are many ways we are working to tackle the plastic pollution problem, and we encourage others to do the same:

  1. Avoid single-use plastic items: Using environmentally-friendly items such as stainless steel or glass straws and reusable water bottles, shopping bags and utensils, can help divert waste from landfills and the environment.
  2. Improve recycling at home: By learning better recycling habits, we can prevent recyclable products from ending up in a landfill. While the list of “recyclables” varies depending on where you live, there are often resources available to help. Where we live, the City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard identifies the proper bin to put your waste.
  3. Get involved in your community: Joining a cleanup in your area, (or leading one!) can help reduce plastic in the environment. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and International Coastal Cleanup have resources to help organize cleanups, as well as track and report data.

As we continue to lead cleanups, we are hoping to gain valuable information to answer questions such as: Do patterns of waste change over time? Will accumulation of litter in the Don River decrease as “waste literacy” in this watershed improves? We also hope that the data we collect can help provide a better estimation of plastic sources and increase scientific knowledge to inform effective policies to prevent further plastic pollution.

There is still a long way ahead to achieve zero-plastic-waste in our city and others, but our first cleanup showed us that the people care about the plastics problem and are willing to help. Over the next year, we have exciting plans to reduce waste entering Lake Ontario and increase waste literacy in our city. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Keep an eye out for future cleanups and activities from the University of Toronto Trash Team by following the Rochman Lab on Twitter. And follow Lisa and Kennedy on twitter to see more about their research.

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