The Menzingers: After the Party Tour

Originally from Pennsylvania, The Menzingers formed in 2006. This punk band includes members- from left to right- Joe Godino on drums, Eric Keen on bass, with Greg Barnett and Tom May on vocals and guitar.

With the release of their latest album, After the Party, The Menzingers are currently on tour. Over spring break, I saw them play at The Glass House in Pomona, CA.

Here’s a video of The Menzingers playing “I Don’t Wanna be an Asshole Anymore” at The Glass House

https://youtu.be/7yVs1wZO8LY

And their latest hit, “Bad Catholics” from After the Party

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It’s Not Dead Fest 2015 & 2017

   

Over 20,000 people attended the It’s Not Dead Fest on October 10, 2015. With an epic lineup that included Bad Religion, NOFX, The Descendents, and so many more bands, the fest brought back punk from the 90’s. I got to see Less Than Jake and The Bouncing Souls for the first time.

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Most people believed that the It’s Not Dead Fest was a one time event but, just recently, Rancid front man- Tim Armstrong- and lead singer of The Dropkick Murphys– Ken Casey- announced this month that their bands would be headlining the 2017 It’s Not Dead Fest. This time around, the fest seems to be more focused on ska-punk groups like The Interrupters, Buck-O-Nine, and Mad Caddies. Tickets for the fest are selling fast, so get them while you can! http://itsnotdeadfestival.com/splash/

Flogging Molly

Of the many bands that followed in The Pogues‘ footsteps, Irish punk band Flogging Molly formed in 1997. From the smoggy streets of L.A., this seven-piece band began to perform in a local pub called Molly Mahone’s. By 2002, the band released their debut album–Swagger– and took their gig on the road as they began touring.

Flogging Molly is fronted by Dublin native, Dave King, and his wife Bridget Regan who is the band’s fiddle player. Alongside them are guitarist Dennis Casey, bassist Nathan Maxwell, drummer George Schwindt, Matt Hensley on accordion, and Bob Schmidt on mandolin. While on tour in 2oo8 to promote their album Float, King married Regan.

Last St. Patrick’s Day, I had the chance to see Flogging Molly perform at the Irvine Amphitheater. Their show was amazing, with so much energy, and they even included a bar onstage for VIP fans. Here’s a video from that night, as Flogging Molly played their last song “If I Ever Leave This World Alive.” https://youtu.be/pgNXK6ZB_Io?t=5s

St. Patrick’s Day with The Pogues

In the spirit of a belated St. Patty’s Day, I’m jumping a few years ahead to 1982, when The Pogues banded together. By meshing the spirit of punk with the traditional sound of Irish folk music, The Pogues attracted a fan base from their London hometown.

After playing in punk band, The Nips, Shane MacGowan teamed up with tin whistle player Spider Stacy and recruited former Nips member, Jim Fearnley, to play guitar. These three initially formed The Pogues. Over time, they added bassist Cait O’ Riordan, drummer Andrew David Ranken and Jim Finer on banjo.

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Joe Strummer and The Clash

Before he was singing ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ with The Clash, Joe Strummer had formed a smaller punk band a few years prior, known as The 101ers. 

After two years together, and one major single- “Keys to Your Heart,” Joe Strummer disbanded from the group. With inspiration from The Sex Pistols, Strummer joined Mick Jones, Terry Chimes, and Paul Simonon in 1974 as The Clash. By 1977, with the release of their self-titled album, they gained commercial success in the U.K but it wasn’t until early 1980 when the band became popular in the U.S. with the release of London Calling. Continue reading “Joe Strummer and The Clash”