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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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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!

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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]

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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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Video Premiere: TreeHouse! – “Prayer for the Day”

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Reggae jam rockers TreeHouse! out of Myrtle Beach, SC, have collaborated with The Pier for the exclusive premiere of the new music video for their upcoming single “Prayer for the Day.” Produced by Kuli Productions, the video highlights the pristine Carolina coastline that the band calls home, and sends the message to count each day as a blessing.

Watch: “Prayer for the Day” – TreeHouse! [Pre-order on all platforms at]

“Prayer for the Day” was recorded alongside Spiritual Rez lead singer Toft Willingham (co-producer/recording engineer) at 9B Studio in Milford, MA. TreeHouse! frontman Jeremy Anderson sees the song as a graduated sequel to their 2013 hit-single “Blessings,” which recently surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify. 

“Prayer for the Day” will be available for download and streaming on all outlets beginning Friday, June 22nd. Pre-order for the single is available by visiting the TreeHouse! website linked below. TreeHouse! will also be supporting the single with their “Prayer for the Day” tour, which kicks off on June 21st in Atlanta, GA. 

Speaking about the inspiration for the track, Anderson says, “I woke up one morning with this line in my head. It’s nothing fancy or complex. It’s just an approach to giving thanks in a simple and straightforward way. It felt like a song that already exists, and I felt like it should exist. At least for my own sake, and as my own mantra.”

The music video for “Prayer for the Day” features TreeHouse! jamming out on their hometown beaches in South Carolina, The video also follows the story of a young aspiring surfer, portrayed by 13-year old surfer Cam Davis, who is dealing with a less-than-ideal home life. Following the message of the song, the boy remains hopeful and eventually finds a mentor, played by drummer Justin Heter from Electric Soul Pandemic, who helps him achieve his surfing dreams.

Anderson finishes by adding his own personal positivity and optimism, saying, “Let’s be thankful for all the little things, as they add up. In this  time of cynicism, it’s important to openly express our hope and faith with intention and without fear or doubt.” We can also be optimistic for more new TreeHouse! music in the near future, with Anderson revealing that “a new album is on the horizon.” For now we’ll enjoy the new single and music video for “Prayer for the Day.”

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Interview: The Interrupters

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Los Angeles, CA based ska-punk band The Interrupters announced during a live performance at Back To The Beach Festival that their third studio album, Fight The Good Fight, would drop on June 29th, 2018 via Hellcat Records. Not only was I excited by the unexpected announcement, but I was scheduled to interview the group back at their trailer 30minutes following this live performance.

The band consists of brothers Kevin, Justin Jesse Bivona who play guitar, bass drums respectively with lead-vocalist Aimee Interrupter belting out her signature punk raspy vocals. They broke out onto the scene in 2014 under the guidance of Tim Armstrong of Rancid with Hellcat Records releasing their debut self-titled record, followed by 2016’s Say It Out Loud.

When I met the band, they were still reeling from their live-set as the brothers were in their full matching suits while Aimee was dressed in all black from head to toe. This was the Tuesday before “She’s Kerosene” single and music video came out. Additionally, the Mad Caddies had just announced that they were doing a ska-punk cover album titled Punk Rocksteady that features Aimee Interrupter on 2 songs. With about 15 minutes to talk, we did our best to touch on a number of topics and they were gracious with every request. [This is a condensed transcription of our discussion.]

Interview: The Interrupters

The Pier: So the new album, Fight The Good Fight, drops June 29th, how many songs are on the record?
Aimee: TWELVE! TheInterrupters_FightTheGoodFight

The Pier: Are there any guest appearances for this one?
Kevin: OH YEAH! We have a song called “Got Each Other” featuring Rancid and we get a verse from each Rancid member. Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman Lars Frederiksen. It’s a really fun track. It’s a like a street-punk unity song.

Jesse: We were also able to sneak Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert in there on vocals, too.

Kevin: Yeah, he’s singing on the chorus with us, he counts us back in after a break. Yeah, so we got all of the members of Rancid on a track so we’re stoked!

How would you describe this album in contrast to the previous two? How was the record recorded?
Aimee: That’s a good question…

Kevin: We are definitely keeping the ska going, but also trying to develop our songwriting a little bit. Tim Armstrong produced this record as well and it was all of us in the studio at all times. He brought a Studer 24-track tape machine in there.

Aimee: That was new, that was really exciting because it has a certain urgency and a lot of it is just 1 take! 1-take vocal, I’m singing live with the band, and produced old-school; It really captured some magic.

Kevin: There’s a certain discipline and anxiety that comes with that because you buy a reel of tape and there’s 30minutes on it. When you’re in Protools, you can play the song 10 times and be like “#8 was the best!” This one was like: “We played it twice. Alright, was the first one better or the second one?…. Uh, let’s do one more take” And they’re like: “Alright, which previous take do you want to record over?” And it’s like Wow, that’s keeping it real! [haha]

Justin: With the tape, if you keep going back and recording over it, the quality diminishes. So we’re trying to keep that tape fresh by nailing the takes on these songs.

The Pier: What’s Tim Armstrong like as a producer or mentor to the band?
Kevin: The cool thing about Tim producing all of our records, is he’s not just a great producer, he’s like a great band-dude who was in Operation Ivy, he’s in Rancid and these are bands that we love. So it’s like having another band member. He could be a band psychiatrist. He just knows the deal! So if we’re ever having any issues, he’s just like: “Well, this is kind of how I’m seeing it from over here, as a band-guy” and it’s really good to have that angle.

Aimee: Yeah, we call him the fifth Interrupter.

The Pier: So there are 12 songs, were there any songs that got cut from the record?
Aimee: Well we wrote like 30 or 40 songs…

Kevin: Yeah, we recorded 18 songs to tape and decided on 12 for the record. We like to keep stuff for later, you never know…

Aimee: And that’s what was different from our other records, was the amount of songs that we had to pick from.

Kevin: Yeah, it was competitive on the songs with this one, which makes it something that we’re really proud of.

The Pier: What studio was the album recorded out of?
Kevin: Shipwreck Recorders out of Los Angeles, CA.

The Pier: I was talking with Mad Caddies recently there’s a lot of excitement regarding their ska-punk cover record “Punk Rocksteady” produced by NOFX’s Fat Mike. Aimee, I understand you’re on a couple of songs? How did that go down?
AimeeInterrupter_Live_KZ_InTheBarrelPhotoAimee: I am! Mike said he was in the studio with Mad Caddies and I was like “Hey, if you need any vocals, I love Mad Caddies, I love you, and I’d love to do that.” So they hit me up and they had me come dow. I didn’t know which songs I was doing, but ended up doing NOFX’s “She’s Gone” and Op Ivy’s “Sleep Long.”

The Pier: Yes! And the Op Ivy song includes Josh Waters Rudge from The Skints. It’s a fun discussion among us fans about the potential of The Interrupters The Skints on a tour or studio collaboration, and to know that you are both on the “Sleep Long” cover — could that lead to a future collaboration or tour?
Aimee: We love The Skints. We hope so. I hope it can lead to a show or a cluster of shows. We have a band-crush on them.

Each band that we’ve interviewed lately, when we ask them about any up and coming ska-punk bands, the first name that comes up is The Interrupters. So we have to ask you the same question — who are some ska-punks bands that The Interrupters suggest?
Aimee: South Central Skankers – They’re not like new, but they’re awesome! [Haha]

Kevin: Then our friends from Oceanside, CA, Oceanside Sound System, they been around for a little bit, but they’re awesome!

Jesse: Los Angeles has a nice little ska scene, too. I like the Delierians – they just played Coachella.

Kevin: We’ve been lucky enough to play with all sorts of bands, all over the place. Punk ska. Bet On Red from Boise, ID is another great band!

The Pier: Well thank you so much for the time — congrats on your new record, Fight The Good Fight, dropping June 29th via Hellcat Records and we look forward to talking again, soon!


Watch: The Interrupters – “She’s Kerosene”

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Interview By: Mike Patti
Photos By: KZ of In The Barrel Photo

Watch: The Interrupters – “Title Holder” (Lyrical Video)

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Interview: Mad Caddies

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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 features guest appearances by Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters and Joshua Waters Rudge of The Skints. 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, No Use For A Name and more, all to be released via Fat Wreck Chords.

Wanting to touch about the creative approach of that record, in addition to new material, The Pier had a chance to speak with guitarist Sascha Lazor and bassist Graham Palmer for about 35 minutes following their set at Back To The Beach Festival. What you’ll read below is a condensed version of our discussion — To read a breakdown of the record, click HERE!

Interview: Mad Caddies

The Pier: Pretty exciting with Punk Rocksteady coming out June 15th — How did this project come together with Fat Mike Mad Caddies making this album a reality?
Sascha: It’s been a party conversation for a long time about doing it. Just one of those things that we talked about forever whenever we’d see each other, under the influence. [haha] Eventually, it worked out with timing.

The Pier: How do you come up with a track-list or songs that you want to cover with a cover album? How difficult or fun was that?
Sascha: We started going over our favorite bands and songs. I would name something, the band would name something, Mike would name something and certain songs would obviously work. The simpler the song, the better it works. Certain bands were trickier. Like we knew we wanted to do a Bad Religion song, but Bad Religion songs have a lot of chords and a lot of melodic movement and they’re not the easiest to turn into ska or reggae. So songs by Green Day are really easy, Snuff was easy because its 4 chords. But songs that have like 4 or 5 chords that move are a little bit more difficult.

So we would just go through bands that we wanted until we found songs that sounded good done reggae or ska, or in the case of the Misfits song ”Some Kinda Hate,” a more soul kind of vibe.

The Pier: You mention how some songs work and some songs didn’t, were there any cover-songs that didn’t make the album cut?
Sascha: We did a cover of Agent Orange’s “Bloodstains” and that was a klezmer balkan reggae kind of vibe that didn’t make the album. One of my favorite bands is Snuff and there were about 10 songs that could have worked. We had about 8 conversations, just about Snuff alone. And we finally picked ”Take Me Home” for the album. I did another version of a Snuff song that I really liked that I’d like to put out at some point. And then there’s an Agent Orange song that I’m not sure what will happen to it, but it’s recorded.

The Pier: How long was the project from concept to creation? When did the wheels start moving forward on this?
Graham: Mike mentioned it years ago, but really, it started last October. Mike called us and said: “You guys are doing this, I’m producing it and I’m going to make sure it happens!” It ended up taking about 4 months around the holidays. We did the pre-production and original recording in Motor Studios in San Francisco and that process was about 3 weeks, but we had it done and tracked by February 2018.

Sascha: Yeah, but we did it right between Thanksgiving Christmas and it’s the worst time of year to do a record around the holidays.

The Pier: So you have Aimee Interrupter of The interrupters Josh from The Skints featured — How did it come together with getting them on the album? Were the songs picked for them or were they thought of after the song was recorded?
Graham: Aimee was Mike’s idea. She came down and was like “What songs do you wanna do?”

Sascha: We knew we wanted to get some guests on the album and get some different bands involved. The Interrupters are awesome and Aimee’s voice is amazing, which worked great for the NOFX song, ”She’s Gone.” And then we did an Op Ivy song — Originally, Mike said No Op Ivy or Rancid songs because you can’t do it justice and I was like, Bullshit! So we picked an Op Ivy song that’s one of their punk songs, ”Sleep Long,” not one of their ska songs. And that song, when we started thinking about it, just made sense. The song DavidNorrisMadCaddiesBack2Beach4-28-18-(4)has a lot of lyrics on the verses and it’s a super fast punk song. When we re-did it, it came out more like The Specials “Ghost Town,” and kind of dark. We were like “This would sound really good on the verses with a cockney accent.” And we started thinking who we could get. We know The Skints, we’ve toured with them a couple times and had just gotten off a tour with them. So we texted Josh and told him we’re doing this Op Ivy song and asked if he wanted to do vocals and he said: “Yeah!”

So the song has Josh from The Skints, Aimee from The Interrupters and it’s also got drummer Jon Asher from The Expanders which is one of the best reggae bands in Los Angeles; so that’s like an all-star song. Its really cool to have all 3 of them on one song.

The Pier: Very cool! Any other guest appearances featured on the album?
Sascha: Fat Mike is on there a couple of times, singing. He does a couple of cameos that I think people will get a kick out of. Once they hear the song and the part and what he sings…

Graham: It started out as a joke but we ended up keeping it. [haha]

Sascha: It’s on the Propagandhi song, we’ll just say that… We also have this amazing musician, our buddy named Bazz who’s worked with Mike on his Cokie The Clown project, he played saxophone and keyboards on a lot of songs.

The Pier: Has revamping these covers made you see writing music from a different perspective?
Sascha: It did for me personally, yeah! Definitely! Especially trying to take songs like Bad Religion — I went through about 5 Bad Religion songs trying to make it reggae and a lot of them don’t work because there’s too much movement and there’s a lot of reasons for that. Mike actually taught us a lot about tempos in songs and when melodies sound good and at what tempo. Certain things that I kind of overlooked my whole life that Mike showed me.

The Pier: How would you describe Fat Mike to people that don’t know him personally?
Sascha: He’s awesome. He’s pretty much how you see him on stage, just slightly more amp’d up, but that’s pretty much how he is. He kind of says what he means, doesn’t hide anything, whether that’s hemorrhoids or whatever! He gets pleasure out of seeing people looking shocked, I think. [haha]

Graham: He wants to work; you know? I mean he likes to have a good time, but he wants to work and expects things out of people.
Sascha: He is a hard worker and he has a reputation for partying, but people don’t see that he can party harder than people half his age and wake up the next morning and get shit done. That’s the reason why he’s been so successful and continues to put out music and get into so many other projects that he has going. That’s something that a higher power gives you that you can’t learn. You either have that or you don’t and most people don’t.

The Pier: Totally! Tell me about the cover-art for Punk Rocksteady. Who designed that and how did that come together?
Graham: Sascha had some general ideas and Fat Wreck Chords has a guy that sort of put our ideas to paper and we kind of went back and forth. We wanted to do something that had both reggae aspects and punk rock aspects. So obviously the color scheme is reggae with the sound system and then there’s the punk rock lettering and the kidnap safety pin kind of thing.

Sascha: Someone at Fat Wreck Chords suggested the title. We were just trying to think of what’s punk and what’s reggae, and Punk Rocksteady is just simple and it completely works. If only the album went as smooth as the cover did! [Haha]

The Pier: Where are you guys are with recording new original material?
Sascha: Well Chuck has been writing tons of songs. We all have tons of songs and that was our original intent was to work on those, and then this opportunity came up with Punk Rocksteady and kind of sidelined original material. Realistically, I’d like to have something out by winter time. We’re not trying to focus on a full album, we’re just trying to focus on 1 EP. It shouldn’t be that difficult to finish and put out, but our focus has been Punk Rocksteady the last couple of months. As far as material, we have tons of it, some of which I haven’t even shown the band yet!

The Pier: How has working on Punk Rocksteady influenced the songwriting for new material?
Sascha: Yeah, I typically don’t write complete songs. I come up with ideas that the band will expand on and I have a lot more ideas now from this cover record. I mean the bands been around for 20+ years and we’ve only ever done 2 or 3 covers in our entire career.

The other thing I was going to say too, Punk Rocksteady is coming out in June. We’re going to be doing some remixes of Punk Rocksteady. Scientist, the dub producer, is going to remix a song or two, I’m going to remix a song or two and we’re going to do a 4 song EP and just put it out digitally. Just keep the momentum going. I’d say August – September. We’re definitely going to do Green Day’s “She,” Op Ivy’s “Sleep Long,” NOFX’s ”She’s Gone,” and maybe one more.

The Pier: That’s incredible! I’m excited for the album, much less a remix of the covers! Last question before I set you guys free. Graham, I understand you have a winery that you started about 6 years ago – Will you guys be issuing in a Mad Caddies signature wine?
Graham: You know we’ve talked about it for years and we certainly should! We have a local brewery, too, that we’re involved with and we’ve done some co-sponsorship type of things and we wanted to get a beer out in time for Punk In Drublic tour but it didn’t happen. But alcohol and music go hand in hand, so why not?

The Pier: Thank you so much for the time fellas, we look forward to Punk Rocksteady dropping June 15th and it seems like this will only be the catalyst for new Mad Caddies material to come.


Watch: Mad Caddies – “She’s Gone” (NOFX Cover)

Related Links:
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Mad Caddies Website
Mad Caddies Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: Mad Caddies – “She” (Green Day Cover)

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Zander to Release EP, Drops New Single ‘Sunshine State’

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Perhaps a more under-the-radar solo artist, the Florida-based reggae-pop Zander has been working behind the scenes to generate momentum and put the finishing touches on new music that he will be packaging up in the form of an EP entitled Sunshine State of Mind. The album is slated for a June 22 release and Zander has recently dropped a single from the forthcoming record, fittingly titled “Sunshine State.”
Zander has been releasing music since 2015, and the music has historically been in the form of singles. Sunshine State of Mind will be the first release not via singles, and it is expected that Zander will continue to tour as often as possible. In addition to popping up in venues across the US, he’s also had the opportunity to play in Australia, Latin America and the Carribean – most recently serving as the supporting act for The Wailers.

Zander’s sound is self-described as music that “vibrates with colors of reggae, pop, funk and rock, and is all about living life on the upbeat and in the moment.” His most recent track from his forthcoming EP is a light, vibrant track that exudes a steady drum beat and ukelele strumming, coupled with a jazzy sax and deep bass-line. A worthy addition to your summer playlist, see for yourself by firing up the track below:

Zander – “Sunshine State”

If this track is any indication of what Zander’s Sunshine State of Mind EP will sound like, then chances are high this will serve as a stepping stone of what’s to come in the future. Zander was featured on the lineup for Reggae Rise Up Florida earlier this year, and seems to keep a healthy touring regimen so check back soon for any tour announcements.

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Article By: Brian Glaser

Listen: Zander – “Be Here”

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Video: The Movement – “Loud Enough”

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The Movement has followed up the release of their latest single “Loud Enough” to now be accompanied by a music video directed by Abel Okugawa in Charlottesville, VA. The song is the 3rd single released by the band since 2016’s album drop of Golden. This song is expected to be on their upcoming record that front-man Joshua Swain tells The Pier he hopes to have out this fall. See what else Josh shares about new music in our latest discussion with the band by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Interview: Katchafire

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With over 20 years as a band under their belt, Katchafire has eyes on cementing their place in reggae music history. The all-Maori band out of Hamilton, New Zealand deliver their fifth studio album, and first in over seven years, with the appropriate title Legacy. Katchafire’s instantly recognizable brand of sweet and smooth reggae has embedded itself in the hearts and ears of music fans around the world.

We recently chatted with Katchafire frontman Logan Bell to discuss the band’s new album, their influence on music in their homeland, as well what they hope to achieve in the next 20 years as a band. Bell also shared his itch to get back in the studio and continue making new music.

On Legacy, Katchafire tapped into their expansive musical network of family and friends to create an album that is both classic and progressive. Bell talks about what it took to bring the final product together, and why he’s hopeful to put out more and more Katchafire tunes in the near future.

Interview: Logan Bell of Katchafire

The Pier: Let’s start with the new album Legacy. It seems like classic Katchafire on the surface, but is there something particular to you that sticks out as different from previous releases?
Logan: Yeah you’re right, I think it’s a natural progression. The boys have taken a bit more of a risk. This time we used not only the musicians within Katchafire, but some of our great and talented friends we’ve met over the years that we’ve done collaborations with. Some Grammy Award winning, and nominated producers, mixers, engineers and artists. I think that would be the big stick out and change for me.

The Pier: Seems like you also used the talk box quite a bit as well.
Logan: Yeah, I think that was a common theme coming in. Over the last couple of years we’ve had a new guitarist come in and replace my father by the name of Wiremu Barriball, a very talented young man. And he started introducing talk box to our live show a couple of years back. It’s just been a natural progression for the writing of this album. The guys have been sort of like, “What does this song need?” And you know, we’re quite partial to the old talk box.Legacy---Katchafire---Art

The Pier: Going back to those musicians outside of Katchafire, we specifically noticed that nasty saxophone solo on the song “I Can Feel It A Lot.”
Logan: Haha! Yeah. There’s a lot of Dean Fraser and his mate Dwight (Richard) on the horns. Dean Fraser is probably one of the most recognized saxophone players in the reggae game. We’ve got him and his bro Dwight on a lot of the tunes. Also, I have to mention our California-based horn section, which is Rafael Postel, Tony Peebles. And I have to give thanks to our New Zealand-based horn section, which is Mr. Thabani Gapara and Christian (Mausia). We’ve got musicians in every country these days!

The Pier: We know Katchafire has been trying to put this album out for sometime now. Is there any reason in particular the release got pushed back to summer 2018?
Logan: I think mainly due to our schedule. We have a pretty thick touring schedule. Sort of more than a lot of other bands that I know. That’s no excuse, it’s just hard to find a bit of momentum after coming home from touring eight or nine months of the year. Only having a few months at home you want to divide up the time with family and still remain productive. So yeah, the schedule and just not being home enough really. 

But we’re excited! This album we had to finish wherever we were in the world, so we just went and booked studios in Jamaica and studios in California. I think we even did some work while we were in Europe. And if it wasn’t going into the studios, it was on the tour bus doing our own production. Just on the go, using any spare moment we had, you know? Wherever we were to get it done. It’s hard to find a good two weeks of momentum in the studio to get stuff done, because you do need about that much just to get things done. 

The Pier: Katchafire tends to take on a more rigorous tour schedule in Europe and North America. What are the main differences between touring at home and abroad?
Logan: When we travel kind of far from home we like to stay as busy as possible, and productive. Man, I love it! A lot of the guys are accustomed to spending time away from home. It’s (North America) one of my favorite places to tour. I’m starting to feel at home there. Obviously the West Coast has a lot of love for Katchafire. But we’ve gone from the East to the West and everywhere in between. I always enjoy little towns that I’ve never been to. And they’re quite quirky, and they haven’t heard of Katchafire that well. Places like Jupiter in Florida. Or in Minnesota. I really like to embed myself in the landscape and know where I am, geographically, and to meet new people. 

The Pier: And Katchafire has a lot of love for Hawaii as well. They think you’re from there don’t they!
Logan: They do! I think it’s because we go there dressed in jandals and lauhalas, full Polynesian mode. Quite a seamless transition. But when we talk they go, “Oh, you guys aren’t from here. You’re our cuzzies from Aotearoa!” We really enjoy going there any opportunity we get.

The Pier: Is there anywhere else in the world you still feel like Katchafire needs to visit and play a show?
Logan: Yeah, sure. There’s a lot of place we haven’t been. Asia being a big one. We’ve had a lot of offers from there, but I think it’s been around our American or European tours. But I really want to get in there. Japan. Anywhere, really, that will take us. Obviously the boys have been working our way around the Pacific, but there’s still a lot of Pacific Islands that we haven’t been to.

Europe’s been a big one on our agenda for the last 10 years or so. It’s quite a hard, and expensive place, and very far away from us to tour. But that’s always on the campaign front. We’re looking to hit up South America again. You know, Brazil has been really cool for us. We’ve had maybe 3 or 4 tours in there over the last 7 years. That’s got a real good vibe for us.

The Pier: Brazil seems to have a really big reggae scene down there.
Logan: Yeah, Brazil’s got a huge reggae scene. We opened for a band called Natiruts over there. I mean, these guys don’t need to play anywhere else. There’s enough population in Brazil and in South America, and they’re so well loved they don’t have to go anywhere else, you know? They’re getting 10,000 people at their headlining show. Not a festival or anything, it’s just their show. It’s an amazing movement going on over there. So we’d love to tap into that. 2018 I’m hoping.

The Pier: What can you tell us about reggae’s presence back home in New Zealand? DavidNorris_LoganBell_Katchafire
Logan: Yeah reggae is absolutely huge. Still not on the mainstream scene, where it should be. But some of the biggest festivals here throughout the year are reggae ones, namely One Love. Or if they’re not reggae festivals, they’ll still have the biggest reggae bands headlining the festival. So it sort of speaks volumes. New Zealand was one of the biggest buyers of Bob Marley records per capita in the world around the 70s and 80s, so we have a huge affinity towards reggae music and its messages, and its vibe. It speaks to us. 

When Katchafire was coming through, 17 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of reggae bands around on the scene playing live or getting radio play. We sort of changed that, or helped usher in that new attitude towards the music. There was a few bands before us doing it, mainly the founders, the fathers, the Herbs. But there wasn’t a lot of belief in this music as a career path. I think we’ve helped smash that down, and change the perception around that. There’s a lot of belief for young people to get into music and to make a career path out of it. I think Katchafire has hugely contributed to that, and showing that there is a path and that it can be done.

Before us there was this stigma. Parents didn’t want my generation to get into things like arts and music because it wasn’t seen as a proper career path. But yeah, Katchafire has been pioneers ushering in that change of attitude for musicians coming through. Over the last seven years we’ve seen maybe 120+ reggae bands pop up in New Zealand. The scene is absolutely thriving and everyone wants to be in a reggae band.

The Pier: Tunes of I is a local one that caught our ears recently.
Logan: Oh yeah! We’re talking about maybe taking them on the road with us in Australia. That would be cool.

The Pier: Last year, Katchafire celebrated 20 years together as a band. What is the aim for Katchafire over the next 10 or even 20 years?
Logan: To be honest, we do see ourselves being one of those, dare I say it, iconic bands. We want to be a Steel Pulse. We want to be a UB40. In 30 years we want to be a household name and reggae legends. It’s where we’ve adjusted our goals to, you know? We’ve seen ourselves playing the same circuit as these bands now, in California and Europe. Same festivals. Rubbing shoulders, and opening up for them when they come here. So our goal is becoming more achievable. We’ve adjusted our goals along the way, and will continue to do that.

We’re hoping to get nominated for a Grammy for this album. I think the boys have gotten back on the saddle so to speak. It’s been seven years since our last album, but finishing up this album we really had a great time, and felt that love again for the studio. The boys have a renewed vigor for that and want to quickly get back into the studio. Get working on our next studio album, so that people aren’t waiting so long. Maybe a year, maybe two, but we’ve got the bug back!

The Pier: We’re glad to hear it, Logan! Thanks so much for taking time to chat about the new album and all things Katchafire. We also share your excitement for the rest of world to hear Legacy.

Related Links:
Katchafire Official Website
Katchafire Facebook

Interview by: Brian Winters
Live Photos by: David Norris

Watch: Katchafire – “Addicted”

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Stone Brewing Drops NOFX & Punk In Drublic After Offensive Joke

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San Diego craft brewery Stone Brewing has severed all ties with punk band NOFX after members of the band shared a joke Sunday night about the Las Vegas shooting in October that left 58 dead.

At The Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday night, NOFX members Eric Melvin and Fat Mike Burkett had the following exchange on stage:

Melvin: “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you’re in a country band,” to which Burkett replied: “At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”


The incident they were referring to was from October 1st, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured. We’re just barely 8 months removed from that incident where Burkett’s remarks were said in the very location where the incident occurred.

Stone Brewing brewed the NOFX-themed beer “Punk in Drublic,” which was marketed to fans and beer drinkers alike as a hoppy lager. They were also a main sponsor of the “Punk In Drublic” festival tour that has already completed 5 of its 6 dates. Camp Punk In Drublic, set to take place this weekend in Ohio, is still scheduled to run as planned, just without the sponsorship of Stone Brewing. In addition, NOFX along with Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes, in which Mike plays bass, will no longer perform at Camp Punk in Drublic. The bands will be replaced by The Descendants and The Vandals, respectively.

Stone Brewing released this statement in response to the incident:
“We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer. We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what’s right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis “had.” That sponsorship is now canceled. At this moment, there is Stone NOFX Punk In Drublic Hoppy Lager in the marketplace that was brewed by Stone Brewing. It’s done already. Know that NOFX does not earn any money from the sale of the beer. Nevertheless, to try our best to make some good come out of these awful comments, we have decided that we will donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides post Route 91 trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding. We have cancelled any future rebrews of this beer. We apologize to the fans of the beer itself, but know that we make this decision out of respect to all. Punk rock is cool. These callous comments were the furthest thing from it.”
NOFX posted this caption to their Instagram, attached to a simple band logo that read: “I can’t sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was shitty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks. So we decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in-depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

Mark Stern and Shawn Stern, founders of Punk Rock Bowling, issued the following the statement via their Instagram: “In light of NOFX’s comments during their performance at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, we would like to offer a formal apology to those in attendance, the City of Las Vegas, the victims, and the families of 10/1.

Las Vegas is home to the Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival, and we do not condone the statements made from our stage on Sunday night. We take the safety of our festival goers seriously and want to relay that, there is nothing funny about people being shot and murdered, ever.”

With NOFX Fat Mike recusing themselves from the upcoming Punk In Drublic events, in addition to the loss of their signature Punk In Drublic beer and sponsor in Stone Brew, it’s uncertain where the band will go from here with their Punk In Drublic themed initiatives. We’ll update this writing as the group issues a more formal statement addressing their comments and future.

Related Links:
NOFX Website
NOFX Facebook

Article By: Aidan Leddy
Photos By: David Norris

Listen: NOFX – “There’s No ‘Too Soon’ If Time is Relative”

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