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The Interrupters Announce New Album ‘Fight The Good Fight’

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It’s been since 2016’s Say It Out Loud that we’ve seen a new album from ska-punk favorites The Interrupters. The Los Angeles based band made their announcement during Back To The Beach Festival that their new record, Fight The Good Fight, will drop June 29th, 2018 via Hellcat Records!

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. They’ve since toured with the likes of Green Day, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Cop Bad Cop will join NOFX, Bad Religion Mad Caddies on the Punk In Drublic 2018 Summer tour in addition to select dates on Warped Tour.InterruptersTable

The bands new single, “She’s Kerosene,” premieres with a new music video that was shot on (secret) location with direction by Tim Armstrong. The album, recorded at Shipwreck Recorders in Los Angeles, will include 12 brand new songs. One song on the album, titled “Got Each Other” features a guest appearance with vocals by every member of Rancid in Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, and they were able to sneak drummer Branden Steineckert in there on back-up vocals. The track is described as a street-punk, unity song.

The Pier had a chance to speak with the band as guitarist Kevin Bivona explains: “We’re definitely keeping the ska going but also trying to develop our songwriting and trying to grow. We had Tim Armstrong produce 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 and,” (as Aimee Interrupter adds) “– 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.”

Part of the urgency with recording to tape is the quality diminishes with each take, so its optimal to nail that first or second take which draws out that urgency and anxiety as a band to dial it in just right for the record. Whether that pressure equals a diamond of a record will be revealed on June 29th. They wrote 30-40 songs, recorded 18 to tape and decided on 12 for official release. Aimee tells The Pier: “That’s what was different from our other records was the amount of songs that we had to pick from.”

[Related: Fat Mike Mad Caddies to Release Ska-Punk Cover Album]

You’ll be able to stream the record June 29th or you can pre-order it now by clicking HERE! Be on the look out next week to read our full QA interview with the band discussing their new album as well as Aimee’s guest appearance on Mad Caddies ska-punk cover album Punk Rocksteady.

Watch: The Interrupters – “She’s Kerosene”

The Interrupters – Fight The Good FIght Tracklist:
TheInterrupters_FightTheGoodFight1.) Title Holder
2.) So Wrong
3.) She’s Kerosene
4.) Leap of Faith
5.) Got Each Other (feat. Rancid)
6.) Broken World
7.) Gave You Everything
8.) Not Personal
9.) Outrage
10.) Rumors and Gossip
11.) Be Gone
12.) Room With a View

Related Links:
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Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: KZ at In The Barrel Photo

Watch: The Interrupters – “Take Back The Power”

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Meet Vana Liya: LAW Records Newest Signing

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With only a ukulele, a vocal microphone, and a captivating voice, Nirvana Goberdhan has gone from Pepper fan to Pepper-endorsed.

Goberdhan, better known by her stage name Vana Liya, was recently signed to LAW Records, which is managed and operated by the close friends, family, and members of Hawaiian reggae/rock trio Pepper. The announcement of her signing was paired with the release of her new single, titled “Show Me.”

Vana grew up in Deer Park, New York, about 45 miles east of Manhattan. Her parents are from Guyana, at the southernmost end of the Caribbean. From early on, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall, reggae music (and, thanks to her dad, Elvis Presley karaoke). After finding punk-rock on her own, Vana’s musical worlds collided in middle school when her older brother introduced her to Sublime.  
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“I really connected with it because I liked the reggae style I grew up with, but it had the punk aspect I was into,” Vana told The Pier. “I had heard their staple songs like ‘Santeria’ and ‘What I Got’ but he put on ‘Roots of Creation,’ and that’s when I started really getting into them. From there it branched off and I was listening to Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, and Long Beach Dub Allstars.”
     
Her interest in the genre carried her to emulating her stars, at first with a guitar. After deciding a full size guitar was too big, her instrument of choice shrunk, but her popularity only grew.

“I started making minute long Instagram snippets in late 2016. Before I had a mic, I was actually recording videos on my bathroom floor because of the acoustics,” Vana tells The Pier. “My first repost was from Pepper – they shared an old cover I did of “Tradewinds” back when Instagram videos were only 15 seconds. From there I gained a little bit of a following and then I got noticed by bands like Rebelution, 311, and Dirty Heads.”

Yesod Williams, drummer for Pepper and LAW Records partner, told The Pier the LAW family is lucky to have Vana: “I instantly took note of how sweet and soulful her voice was,” Williams shares. “One key factor was we met at one of our meet and greets in Long Island, NY and she was so genuine. Sky is the limit for her in my opinion, it’s an honor to be a part of the process.”

Vana’s live show consists of her original music and a mix of covers from her favorite bands in the scene. One she loves playing is “Bowl For Two,” from The Expendables’ 2004 album Gettin’ Filthy.  

“When you play it in front a reggae crowd they automatically recognize it and start singing along. But also when people who aren’t familiar with the song hear it, they know what it’s about and they start to chuckle – it kind of brings the crowd together,” Vana said of the Expendables hit.

Outside of reggae, Vana told The Pier her biggest influences are Dallas Green of City Colour, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie, and Ingrid Michaelson.

Currently, Vana is busy touring and putting together an EP, centered around her single “Show Me.”  The track features Vana, backed by guitar, keys, bass, and drums by Tosh Peterson. The single was recorded at Greg Shields’ (Kash’d Out) studio in Orlando, FL, and produced by Joshua Saldate.  Shields and bandmate Nick Gudzan helped Vana with writing.

Just a year ago, Vana Liya only dreamed of touring with her favorite band Pepper. As of today, that dream doesn’t seem too far off.

Watch: Vana Liya – “Show Me”

Related Links:
Vana Liya Official Website
Vana Liya Facebook
Law Records Website

Article By: Aidan Leddy

Watch: Vana Liya – “Bowl For Two” (The Expendables Cover)

Watch: Vana Liya – “Too Much” (Pepper Cover)

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Fat Mike and Mad Caddies To Release Ska-Punk Cover Album

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California ska-punk band Mad Caddies are set to release Punk Rocksteady, a 12 track record of punk songs covered in ska style that will officially drop on June 15th, 2018. The album will be released through Fat Wreck Chords and features a songlist hand-picked by Fat Mike and covered by the Caddies with guest appearances by members The Interrupters The Skints.

The only song currently available for streaming is their take on Green Day’s “She.” The album can be pre-ordered through Fat Wreck Chords and will be available in CD, LP Digital format on June 15th, 2018. mad-caddies

Chuck Robertson, vocals and guitar for the Mad Caddies, said this of the record: “We wanted this to be a cohesive album that, even if you are not a fan of punk, you could throw on and enjoy. We had a grand vision that we needed to have four-to-six sounds on here. We needed to have traditional ska, super horn-heavy dancehall songs, reggae, SoCal stuff, and we needed to have something new and weird that we could make our own.” “This has been one of [Fat Mike’s] dream projects for a long time,” added guitarist Sascha Lazor.”

Punk Rocksteady re-frames the past 40 years of punk history into a lighter tone of new perspective. “If the song’s good, it can be played in any genre and do the song justice,” says Robertson. The album was recorded entirely at Motor Studios in San Francisco, CA, under the “spiritual guidance” of Fat Mike. It includes covers of Misfits, Descendents, Rancid, Propagandhi, Bad Religion, Green Day, Against Me!, and more.

Sascha Lazor, guitar/banjo for the Mad Caddies, said “This has been one of [Fat Mike’s] dream projects for a long time.” He went on to say that reworking the songs into original takes caused more band introspection than would be expected. This so called “fresh perspective on writing songs” could hopefully lead to new original Caddies soon.

Bass player Graham Palmer told The Pier that the record will also feature guest vocals by Aimee Allen of The Interrupters and Joshua Waters-Rudge of The Skints. Aimee and Josh are both featured on the Operation Ivy cover of “Sleep Long,” while Aimmee is also featured covering NOFX’s “She’s Gone.”

2018 is year 23 for the Mad Caddies, who have been touring and recording since the mid 1990s. In that time, they have accumulated 6 studio records and 2 live albums. Their music is some of the most unique in the ska-punk world, with influences stemming from folk, jazz, latin, hardcore punk, and soul.

Mad Caddies – Punk Rocksteady Track List:
MadCaddies_PunkRockSteady1.) Sorrow [Bad Religion Cover]
2.) Sleep Long (ft. Aimee Allen 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 Allen) [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]

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

Related Links:
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Mad Caddies Website
Mad Caddies Facebook

Article By: Aidan Leddy

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The Hip Abduction’s First Single of 2018

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Based out of St. Petersburg, FL is a six-piece musical collective known as The Hip Abduction who have released their first single of 2018 with the drop of “Come On Get Up.” While details on a new album are not available, the new single shows promise to an evolving sound from the groups 2016 full length of Gold Under The Glow.

How do you describe The Hip Abduction? They sum it up as an independent alternative tropical pop outfit. Myself, personally? I just call it original wanderlust feel good music. The type of music you play shirtless on your way to go parasailing, sky-diving or falling in love during the summer. It instigates adrenaline exhileration, like the need to have it during or following the album. Hell, the group formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.

The Hip Abduction includes David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson The-Hip-Abduction-band-2017-2-WEB_credit-Dylan-Melcher-png(baritone and tenor sax), Sean Fote (keyboards), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and John Holt III (kamale ngoni, guitar, vocals).

Their new song, produced by Kenny Carkeet (formerly of AWOLNATION), is a dance track titled “Come On Get Up,” meant to get you off your feet to shake off the negative feels from heartbreak. This is not a stagnant reproduction of what they’ve released over 3 albums but a natural progression from where they left off. That doesn’t mean its a great, groundbreaking new addition to their repertoire, either. Don’t let me oversell it, but in looking at their body of work, this song is telling in that its not them trying to make another version of their most popular tracks. I’d likened them to a newer generation John Brown’s Body, giving wings to progressive roots music with their electric and authentic musicianship.

Front-man David New details the new song, saying: “At some point in life, there’s a good chance you will get your heart broken and or break the heart of someone you love. Either way, the after effects can tear you down to your core. This song is about going thru that. The song is a wish for both sides. The process of turning grief into catharsis by returning to the earth to find yourself.”

[Related: Cali-Roots Festival 2018 Artist Line-up: A Look at Who To See Live]

The single comes at a perfect time as the group plans to perform at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado before visiting California for the first time this May when they play the 9th Annual California Roots Music Arts Festival. You can find all of their upcoming tour-dates below. You can stream their music to your preference or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: The Hip Abduction – “Come Alive”

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Review: Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro

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Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro
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Track Listing:
1.) Corduroy 
?2.) The Comedown
3.) Happy Sad
4.) Confidence
?5.) Knees
6.) Rage
?7.) She’s Always Right
8.) Frostbite
9.) Overgrown
10.) Bones
11.) Flowers and Booze
12.) Man You Were Looking For

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: March 9th, 2018
Official Website: Ocean Alley Website

Artist Background:
Ocean Alley is a 6-piece out of Australia that merges reggae and psychedelic rock. The Sydney-based band typically balances back-and-forth between dreamy, laid-back songs and dark, gloomy jams. Prior to the group’s sophomore release Chiaroscuro, Ocean Alley had racked up well-deserved hype from their debut album Lost Tropics (2016) and two EPs Yellow Mellow (2013) and In Purple (2015). The Aussie band carries their studio success on to the stage, delivering chilling live performances night in and night out. Ocean Alley makes their first trip to North America in spring 2018, performing at California Roots Music Arts Festival, then continuing a headlining tour across the US and Canada.

Album Review:
At first glance Chiaroscuro, the title of Ocean Alley’s sophomore album, may seem like some bizarre, unpronounceable gibberish. Those who actually paid attention in art class, may recognize chiaroscuro as an Italian term that describes the interplay of light and dark, and its ability to create the perception of depth. The title is fitting for an album that swivels back-and-forth between songs of bubbly exuberance and bleak depression. Ocean Alley has an uncanny ability of seesawing between dark and light, often times within the same song.

Ocean Alley originally took their music in a darker direction on their seriously impressive 2015 EP In Purple. However, their debut album Lost Tropics (2016) underwhelmed as an entire collection of music, and proved the band still had room to grow. Chiaroscuro feels exactly the opposite. The 12-track album showcases their breakthrough psych reggae rock sound, honed songwriting skills, and their overall band cohesion.

Chiaroscuro begins with a dark, eerie and enchanting, one-minute guitar intro on “Corduroy.” Entering his hazy conscious, Baden Donegal (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) sings, “Feels like we’re floating…This is just a space town, soon we gotta come down.” Relying on an Ocean Alley signature, the song finishes with a thunderous guitar solo, which leads into the appropriately named song “The Comedown.” The track perfectly encapsulates those hungover, next day blues with its deliberately slack pace. “Happy Sad,” a 5-minute hit from the album, slowly builds itself up, before ending in a passionate outburst.

“Confidence,” one of the lead singles off of Chiaroscuro, is almost comically shallow in its lyricism. “It’s all about confidence baby, she was a confident lady, and I know she’s driving me crazy,” rhymes Donegal. But putting that aside, “Confidence” has an inescapable catchiness. It’s a song you simply can’t avoid coming back to. 

A repetitive theme in Ocean Alley’s lyrics is the idea of finding solitude. On “Knees,” Donegal sings, “Cuz’ I’m only a man, and I think I need some time to breathe.” “Knees” is that track that you underestimate upon first listen, but later come to realize its impassioned beauty. On “Overgrown,” Donegal pleads for his isolation once again, singing, “So please, let me be, on my own, overgrown.”

Chiaroscuro is rounded out by other top tracks like “Frostbite” and “Flowers and Booze.” The former stokes the imagination of a dark, psychedelic winter, while the ladder is a rosy song that marks the most upbeat number on the album. The only track I could never fully get behind was Chiaroscuro’s closer “Man You Were Looking For,” a slow, acoustic ballad lacking the zest that exists throughout the rest of the album.

Chiaroscuro exhibits the group’s superb interplay with one another, and their ability to convey themes of darkness in a genre often riddled with false positivity and canned “good vibes” lyrics. Musically, Ocean Alley has created a winning formula: fiery, heartfelt vocals, riveting guitar fills and solos, reggae-inspired organs, and a top-class rhythm section. Chiaroscuro largely maintains the reggae rock essence that they first came up on if they expand on the formula above, we could be watching the development of one of the next major reggae rock bands around.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Winters

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

Watch: Ocean Alley – “The Comedown”

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311 Announce ‘Never-Ending Summer’ Tour with The Offspring

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Perhaps one of the most anticipated summer traditions is none other than what is historically referred to as 311’s Summer Unity Tour. Full steam ahead following their epic 311 Day, the Omaha-native rock favorites have revealed that they’ll be hitting the road for the Never-Ending Summer Tour alongside The Offspring with support from Gym Class Heroes.

Thematically, the tour headline works flawlessly – set aside the fact that “Never Ending Summer” was one of the more pleasing tracks from 311’s Uplifter in 2009, but they’ve also been longtime pioneers of Summer gatherings. And although the banner won’t read 311 Unity Tour, it will still certainly feel that way. This year marks the 19th consecutive year of 311 hitting the road for a Summer headlining tour, each year seemingly bigger than the last. The tour will span 29 dates, kicking off July 25 in Mountain View, CA and wrapping on September 9 in Wichita, KS. 311-Offspring-Tour-Banner

2017 proved to be quite the banner year for 311. The band released their 12th studio album Mosaic, which charted on the US Billboard 200 at #6, marking 311’s 10th consecutive Top 10 debut. Following a huge tour supporting the new record, the band played shows well into late 2017, and are still reeling from the monumental 311 Day 2018 which featured a behemoth 86-song set-list across two performances. Fans traveled far and wide from all 50 U.S. States and 17 countries to catch the show for a total of 12,000 tickets across the sold-out performances. Simply put, 311 shows are far from your run-of-the-mill rock concert. Couple that with the fact that 311 has been doing this for nearly 30 years, and the argument can be made that they’re in their own league of live performances.

The Offspring aren’t strangers to a healthy tour regimen by any stretch, either. Sure, its been a while since their musical inception in 1984 and when they stormed onto the scene with the glory that was Smash in 1994. However fast forward another 24 years, and they seem to still be firing on all cylinders. The Offspring has confirmed that they’re putting the finishing touches on their 10th studio album and first since 2012’s Days Go By – confirmations surfaced that they’ve finished tracking their drums in February, and that they’re once again working with acclaimed producer Bob Rock on the record (who also produced 311’s Uplifter and Universal Pulse in addition to Metallica, Bush, and many others). The Garden Grove, CA natives have also toured with 311 prior – most recently the 311 Summer Unity Tour in 2010.

Following the tour, the belief is that 311 will head back to the studio to make a huge dent and potentially complete their new album and follow-up to Mosaic. Word on the street is they have a healthy batch of songs already written, and The Pier was informed that 311 is once again working with the same tandem from their previous release – longtime 311 producer Scotch Ralston and Goldfinger frontman and studio guru John Feldmann. We might get more news sooner than later, so check back again soon at The Pier for more details.

Watch: 311 The Offspring – Never Ending Summer Tour

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Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: 311 – “Creatures (For A While)” (Official Music Video)

Watch: The Offspring – “Self-Esteem” (Official Music Video)

Watch: Gym Class Heroes – “Papercuts” (Official Music Video)

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Tomorrows Bad Seeds Release Music Videos Ahead of ‘Illuminate’

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Ahead of their new album, Illuminate, which is expected to feature 12-14 tracks, Hermosa Beach, CA natives Tomorrows Bad Seeds have dropped another single entitled “Trinity.” They’ve released a music video for the song in addition to a video for the single “Frequency” that dropped last month.

Much to our liking, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds has developed a steady habit of feeding our ears with new singles over the past few years. “War Letter” debuted in 2016, and last year they brought us “Tell Me Mary” in tbs2addition to “No Matter What” – it has not yet been confirmed, however each of the tracks are expected to be on their new album Illuminate due later this Spring. Their new full-length album (and first since 2012’s The Great Escape) is also expected to include their most recent addition “Frequency.”

[Related: Tomorrows Bad Seeds Return with New Single “Frequency”]

Similar to its recent predecessors, “Trinity” is more pop-reggae in nature, while adding hip-hop elements throughout the track. TBS offered up some insight behind the thematic meaning of the song:
“Trinity is a comeback song. Like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes into a new more mature body paying respect to life and love. Life is the mission and love is the message. The message is living life over everything respecting each other and remaining humble in this concrete jungle.”

The music video was shot to capture the street side of Hermosa Beach and at the Roadium in Gardena, CA where frontman Moi Juarez spent lots of summers helping his father sell at the swap meet. As for “Frequency,” the music video is shot completely in a blue-grey scale for more of an artistic approach capturing what appears to be studio sessions from Island Empire Studio in Carson, CA — it was confirmed that they have been working with Chaz “Rox” Toney for their new record.

Watch: Tomorrows Bad Seeds – “Trinity” [Official Music Video]

While the full track-list and official release date of Illuminate is still undisclosed, there is plenty to be excited about from the samples we’ve been able to fire up in the meantime! Much has changed over the years, including the line-up and quite naturally the sound. Moises tells The Pier: “Since our last album, there’s been a few changes. As many of you know, guitarist Sean “Chaps” Chapman is no longer a part of Tomorrows Bad Seeds so we’ve been readjusting to the new dynamics of the band. This, along with spending more time with family, has helped us expand and re-discover the love of our art.”

You can find Tomorrows Bad Seeds on their Illuminate Spring Tour alongside Sun-Dried Vibes and Roots of a Rebellion.

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Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: Tomorrows Bad Seeds – “Frequency”

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Review: Bumpin Uglies – Beast From The East

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Bumpin Uglies – Beast From The East
bumpin-uglies-beast-from-the-east1.) Could’ve Been Great
2.) City by the Bay
3.) Crazy
4.) Hard Liquor (feat. Oogee Wawa, Sun-Dried Vibes Ballyhoo!)
5.) Budtender (feat. Gary Dread)
6.) The Waiting Game
7.) All in Stride (feat. Passafire)
8.) Officer O’Herlihy
9.) Radio (feat. Tropidelic)
10.) Show Must Go On
11.) Apathy
12.) Optimism in F#

The Pier Album Rating:
Stand Out Tracks: “Crazy”, “The Waiting Game”, “All In Stride”, “Optimism in F#”
Release Date: April 6th, 2018
Record Label: Space Duck Records
Official Website: Bumpin Uglies Website

Artist Background:
Bumpin Uglies is a four piece band from Annapolis, Maryland. Their music catalog goes back to 2011, with 10 releases that include full-length albums, EPs, and one live album. Their music is a style of its own: a lyrically-driven mix of reggae, ska, punk, and rock. The band consists of Brandon Hardesty (guitar/vocals), Dave Wolf (bass), TJ Haslett (drums), and Chad Wright (keys/guitar/vocals).

Album Review:
Beast From The East wastes no time, opening with its foot on the gas pedal in “Could Have Been Great.” This riff-driven, reggae-rock song is definitely more rock than reggae, a path taken by few in this genre. The addition of Wright on keys adds a new layer to not just this song, but the entire album.

This album has something for everyone, from hip-hop to harder rock, with stripped-down ballads in between. The range on this album is a testament to the talent of this group. “Apathy,” for example, opens with an acoustic guitar, has rapped verses, and closes with an instrumental breakdown that borders on synth rock and heavy metal. Likewise, “All In Stride” rides on a tight bassline from Wolf and flourishes with guest vocals from Ted Bowne (Passafire), a mid-song tonality shift, and incredible horn work from Tropidelic’s Derek McBryde and Frank Toncar. “The Waiting Game” plays a similar hand tonality wise, with minory verses and a bright, catchy chorus.

Anyone who knows Bumpin Uglies knows one thing for sure: Hardesty knows how to write lyrics. Beast From The East is no exception to that maxim. Some of the rapping seems repetitive, but the lyrics remain fresh and topic-oriented. For a white dude from suburban Maryland, known for his acoustic guitar and harmonious voice, Hardesty has a definite flow (see his second verse in “Hard Liquor”).

The album closes with the brutally honest “Optimism in F#,” a track where Hardesty held nothing back. His level of complete introspection in this song is admirable, and opens it up as a sort of modern day, relatable anthem on hard times and pushing on.

It’s hard to talk about Bumpin’ Uglies without Ballyhoo! finding their way into the conversation. Both bands are out of Maryland, both bands mix reggae with elements of ska and punk, and the bands play together often. Howi Spangler, Ballyhoo!’s frontman, produced and is even featured on this very album (“Hard Liquor”). Musically, Beast From The East is the record that separates the Uglies from their big brother Ballyhoo!. Although the Ballyhoo! influence is still there, it’s not as patent and ubiquitous as it was on Keep It Together (2016).

Overall, Beast From The East is a solid album. Named for the many features of East Coast reggae artists (Howi Spangler, Ted Bowne, basically all of Tropidelic, Gary Dread of The Movement, Zach Fowler of Sun-Dried Vibes, and Jesse Lee of Oogee Wawa), this album is not one to overlook. Play it in your car, and play it loud; those basslines bump.

Written Reviewed By: Aidan Leddy

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Listen: Bumpin Uglies – “Hard Liquor” (ft. Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo!)

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New Ballyhoo! Single: “I Don’t Wanna Go”

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Ballyhoo!’s newest and second single of 2018, titled “I Don’t Wanna Go,” is available for streaming today, Friday April 6th. Two months after their January release “This Chick Is Wack,” “I Don’t Wanna Go” is a slight shift in genre, making the up and coming release of a full album even more exciting for longtime fans of the band.

In a recent Instagram post, Ballyhoo! said the song is about “feeling like an exhausted puppet while the people around you are reaping the benefits of your labor.”

The song is more ska-punk than “This Chick Is Wack,” which was a slow-paced, sunny-day-on-the-beach reggae song. Lead singer and guitar player Howi Spangler cites his personal hardships over the last year as inspiration for the band’s turn back to old-school rock.Ballyhoo_IDontWannaGo_Cover

[Related: Ballyhoo! Releases New Single ft. Rebelution Reel Big Fish]

“Now both of my parents are gone and a good handful of the songs touch on that in some way,” Spangler tells The Pier. “I knew that pop reggae wasn’t the right medium for that. The only way to express these emotions were to beat up my guitar and for Donald (Spangler) to slam the drums. I wanted us to rock again.”

Howi went on to say that the rest of the album follows suit, “heavy with punk rock, ska and metal breakdowns.”

“I Don’t Wanna Go” fits the sounds of Daydreams (2011) and Pineapple Grenade (2013) more than Ballyhoo!’s latest album Girls. (2017), which lacked the hard rock edge the first two embodied. Sound engineer Mike Stebe, who engineered both Daydreams and Pineapple Grenade, is behind this album as well, in part to help the band capture the same level of power.

Knowing many of Ballyhoo!’s original fans caught on years ago for their punk rock spin on reggae, Howi wanted to make sure not to alienate those fans, as he was afraid Girls. might have. He has assured The Pier that the upcoming album is classic Ballyhoo!.

Ballyhoo! is currently on tour with Fortunate Youth, a band more known for their rootsy style of reggae. Despite the obvious differences in sound, Spangler said the harder, punk-influenced sound of some Ballyhoo! songs, including “I Don’t Wanna Go,” have gone over well in concert.

“I Don’t Wanna Go”‘s single cover-art was designed by Passafire’s Nick Kubley! Spangler told The Pier to expect another single from Ballyhoo! in or before June, although no release date has been set for the full album — In the meantime, you can now stream the song via Spotify by clicking HERE!

Listen: Ballyhoo! – “I Don’t Wanna Go”

Related Links:
Ballyhoo! Website
Ballyhoo! Facebook

Article By: Aidan Leddy

Listen: Ballyhoo! – “This Chick Is Wack” (ft. Eric Rachman of Rebelution)

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Watch: Ziggy Marley – Rebellion Rises (Lyrical Video)

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Today, eight-time GRAMMY® award-winning musician and artist, Ziggy Marley, announced that on May 18th he will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, “Rebellion Rises,” via Tuff Gong Records. The announcement comes accompanied with a lyrical video for the album titled track that you can enjoy below. You can pre-order your copy of the album on vinyl, tape, CD or reserve it on your favorite streaming platform by clicking HERE!

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