by Caitlin DeWeese, edited by Erik van Rheenen
We can all agree Masked Intruder succeeds mostly on gimmicks and charm. While some seem to think that somehow diminishes the amount of enjoyment one can get out of the band’s music, I beg to differ.
The band tours nearly constantly, and if you haven’t caught a live Masked Intruder set yet, you might be crazy. The energy of the band is astonishing, though it may be necessary to credit the band’s resident hype-man, Officer Bradford, for some of this energy. How many bands do you know who send a dude in a cop stripper costume into the crowd to dance and love on everyone? Just one: Masked Intruder.
So yeah, I’m a fan. I’ve been listening to their debut self-titled album a lot, and was stoked to hear about the second full-length finally coming to fruition. M.I. dropped on May 27, thanks to Fat Wreck Chords who, let’s be honest, hasn’t put out anything terrible in a long while.
M.I., like the self-titled, is chock full of super clean punk riffs and laden with sugar-sweet vocals about breakin’ free. In true Masked Intruder style, the album clocks in at concise 30 minutes, which is perfect for my pitiful attention span.
by Jesse Richman, edited by Erik van Rheenen
If you really think about it, Santa Clause isn’t just a benevolent fat guy with bad fashion sense and some weird pets/transportation, he’s an expert at home invasion. The man sneaks down chimneys at night, sack in hand — odds are pretty good that those presents under the tree December 25th are just cover for whatever’s going into that sack that other 364 days of the year. And who better to soundtrack such shenanigans than pop-punk’s leading hoodlums, Masked Intruder!
The 2013 Fat Wreck Chords Tour is here with Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, and Get Dead, and we’re stoked to have all of the bands together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Summer is officially over here in Florida, The unbearable heat takes the backseat to “kinda hot” during the day and ” I almost can wear this hoodie” at night. This time of year people are less crazy, yelling less often and generally drunk later. This is my time to ratchet up the coffee consumption and it’s also the time to listen to less reggae but not quite the middle of winter when I listen to blast beat death metal. This time of year calls for music that’s like a jolt of the blackest coffee, it’s the time of year to look forward to next summer already. Summer is officially over in Florida and it’s ok by me. - Vinnie Fiorello
Bi**lly Bragg - Richard
Always open a mix with a tug on the heart strings. Billy is untouchable.
The Menzingers - Good Things
I never will not listen to this song. It’s stuck with me since I
saw them play it love months before “on the impossible…” came out.
Arcade Fire.- Reflektor
New jam. It’s too long. But I don’t care. The band is loved by many and I am one of them.
Dead Kennedys.- Straight A’s *Song is not on Spotify
This song connected with me so much at 15. It made me want to make songs that connected with people the same way.
The Clash - Jimmy Jazz
Most underrated track on London Calling. It was always my favorite. A controversial pick for sure.
The Marked Men - A Little Time
It’s turning fall. But this song sounds like Indian summer.
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
Everyone should listen to Muddy. If you don’t own some sort of collection of his, do yourself a favor and get one.
Tilly and The Wall - Chandelier Lake
I heard this song once the other day. I’ve always liked tilly and the wall, but I really loved this track.
The Flatliners - Drown In Blood
Chris’ voice on this record is amazing. He told me he wrote some of this song on our Australian tour last year which is rad.
Worlds Scariest Police Chases – Americunt *Song is not on Spotify
In the studio with these guys, numerous times they pushed my comfort level with their lyrics on the line of challenging and PC’ness or offensiveness. But they always came out on the side of hilarious and taking the piss out of ourselves. I can’t wait for this record to be released and see how the world reacts to their insanity. - Chris #2
It’s near Halloween so I’ve been listening to a lot of dark and creepy stuff lately.
Those Poor Bastards – Deep in the Mud
I’ve been listening to a lot of Those Poor Bastards lately. They are from Madison, Wisconsin and they actually wrote the song Pills I Took, that Hank Williams III covered on his album Straight to Hell. My favorite song by them is probably either Deep in the Mud or Drown in the River.
Nick Cave – The Curse of Millhaven
Another guy who’s real creepy and fun to listen to around this time is Nick Cave. One of my favorite songs of his is the Curse of Millhaven because it’s about a girl who seems… interesting.
Murder City Devils – Idle Hands
The Murder City Devils are always good creepy punk rock. It also seems like there’s always a rumor that they are back together and coming out with a new album soon. I really hope that’s not just a rumor. One of my favorites from them is Idle Hands.
Alkaline Trio – Private Eye
Private Eye by Alkaline Trio is another great tune. They are nice and creepy and that one actually has something to do with crime.
Riot Fest Chicago kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack has never been more excited for a festival. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Chicago. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of Riot this weekend as well!
Fall Out Boy
You know how when you’re a kid (or a full blown adult, whichever) and you find a band that you really connect with, you start to fall in love with the places that they sing about, the hometown that they’re from, the physical location and context from which they hail? There’s a reason hometown and homecoming shows are so special for bands, and Fall Out Boy is by no means an exception.
The first comeback show (which happened the same day the reunion was announced) was at the tiny Subterranean in Wicker Park; the first week of the mid-size club tour they did was concentrated in the Midwest, hitting the Riviera Theater in Chicago by day three. And even though time and careers have flung the members far and wide across the country when it comes to where they set down their luggage, Chicago is the city that will forever be the origin point for the band. Chicago is their home, Chicago is so two years ago, and Chicago will easily be losing their minds for FOB when they headline Riot Fest Friday night in the city that gave rise to them. - Adrienne Fisher
After more than 30 years defining the So-Cal sound, Bad Religion have reached that point where their greatness seems to be taken for granted. True North, the band’s 16th(!) studio release, has been hailed as a “return to form,” but frankly, so has every album the band’s issued since their 2002 reconciliation with founding guitarist/songwriter (and Epitaph Records head honcho) Brett Gurewitz.
The truth is, Bad Religion know their strengths — skate punk tempos and shreddy guitars topped with vocalist Greg Graffin’s trademark rapid-fire hyper-intellectual lyrics, all sweetened with the act’s famous “oozin’ ahhs” harmonies — and they’ve done well to stick by them all these years.
They still spit hot fire live too. Every young punk act at Riot Fest would do well to catch Bad Religion’s performance, just so they can understand how high the bar’s been set. You don’t last this long without being great, and if there’s one thing we can be pretty sure Bad Religion will never do, it’s coast. - Jesse Richman
Ocean Avenue just recently notched its birthday, so while the album is still eleven years too young to crack open a Pabst Blue Ribbon at Riot Fest, Yellowcard’s set should still mark a pretty spectacular birthday bash for their most celebrated album to date.
On tour with Thursday’s Geoff Rickly, Yellowcard has been underplaying their breakthrough record, reserving it for an understated acoustic set (a nod to their recent reimagining of Ocean Avenue) while saving the full-blown, full-band experience for “the hits.” Not so at Riot Fest: Yellowcard will dive into its set headfirst with all its instruments blazing, and that’s the kind of Yellowcard we’ve come to know and love.- Erik van Rheenen
Masked Intruder’s gimmick might be a great attention-getter, but a gimmick can only get you so far. Fortunately, the band’s self-titled debut album is a surprisingly fantastic burst of undeniably catchy Gilman Street-style ’90s pop-punk — it may have been reissued by Fat Wreck just this year, but you’d be forgiven for mistaking the LP for a long-lost Lookout! release.
Less Than Jake Announce New Record ‘See The Light’
The Red Scare Tour is off to a great start so far, and PropertyOfZack is happy to have Masked Intruder, Sam Russo, and Elway together for a new Playlist in celebration of the tour. Check out their Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Descendents – Caught
I can relate to this song because it?s all about getting caught red handed when other people get away with all sorts of stuff. Even though it?s like what some people think of as red handed is more like just a coincidence or whatever.
Nirvana - Territorial Pissings
I always liked Nirvana but when I heard Nothington do a cover of this song it blue my mind. After all Nirvana was just another great punk band essentially.
Too Many Daves - Dudes Room *Song is not on Spotify
If I ever finally get the girl of my dreams to love me back I hope she lets me have a dudes room just like the one in this song. Cause, you know, that would be cool.
Frank Turner - Four Simple Words
Frank Turner writes real good songs. This one is all about dancing and romance and stuff. If only he had written something about pizza in it too it would probably be the perfect song.
The Donnas - Take Me to the Backseat
Dude. It?s the Donnas singing about wanting to do it in the backseat. That?s awesome! I would definitely take the Donnas to the back seat.
Dwarves - Better Be Women
What?s a party without some broads at it? Honest and straight to the point. That Blag guy sounds like a real nice dude.
Smoke or Fire - Neon Light
This song is really hard to get out of your head once it?s in there. And that?s not such a bad thing. It?s weird how just listening to a song can make you feel like you just got your heart broken again.
Teenage Bottlerocket - Cruising for Chicks
TBR has a lot of great songs. Some are heartfelt songs about love and some are just cool. This one is kind of both. Or at least it?s just really cool.
Tight Bros – Particles
This is a really weird song. It?s really romantic… I think.
Direct Hit! - In Orbit
This is another really romantic song. It?s also about getting away from people. Man, if I could blast off into space after a heist I?d never get caught. Not that I ever did or would do that. - Intruder Green
Tim Barry - Thing Of The Past
I’m on tour with Tim right now and this is a tune we’ve been duet-ing a bit. Tim’s the most inspiring person I’ve ever met, and this song for me is a true anthem for anyone on the edge, it’s so full of soul and heart - a total liberator. I choose this one because it gets me going every night and I know whenever I hear it in future I’ll be reminded of a time I felt lucky, invincible and free.
Jason Isbell - New South Wales
Jason has just released an album called Southeastern and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the greatest records of all time. This is a song that grabbed me on first listen because the lyrics are so clever, the line about cocaine costing twice as much a gold in particular had me laughing and singing along and marvelling at the pure wisdom of the man. Makes me think of home.
Bangers - The Mitigation Committee
The best fast band in the UK. This song is Bangers at their best, Roo has a way with words that sum up maybe everything you’ve been struggling to get your head around for months in one line.
Throwing Stuff - Steve’s Job *Song is not on Spotify
The finest hardcore band since Minor Threat. Fuck casual Friday’s.
Great Cynics - Feeling In My Throat *Song is not on Spotify
A fist pumping sing along to get you out on your board, bike or feet and to grab whatever’s dragging you down and frisbee it into the sea. This song for me is Giles getting down with things he hasn’t addressed in song before, and taking a huge lyrical step - it’s brave, heartfelt, naked and true like music should be, and I can never listen to it once I always play it over and over.
Jimmy Islip - By Land, By Sea *Song is not on Spotify
I toured Europe with Jimmy recently and almost got him to a Reeperbahn tattoo shop to get the lyrics to this song with me but he must’ve sobered up at the last minute because I still have bare calves. A traditional song about a man at war and a man at home that makes me think of poppy fields and a good friend.
ACDC - Kicked In The Teeth *Song is not on Spotify
I listen to this song almost every single day of my life. It makes me want to crash my car off a mountain.
Lucero - Texas And Tennessee
I’m in love with the new acoustic Lucero stuff - this song is so full of truth and pain and it’s so personal I almost feel guilty listening to it. Ben’s a classic rock songwriter in my opinion, and this is him at his lyrical best and most cryptic.
Chuck Ragan - You Get What You Give
Chuck Ragan changed my life. He’s one of the most generous and kind people I know and Covering Ground is an album that I find something new in every time I listen to it - it’s a classic album. This song gives me the power and the will to keep on keeping on.
Cory Branan - Sweet Janine
The most moving song I’ve ever heard. - Sam Russo
Neko Case - Star Witness
Neko Case is my favorite artist to listen to in the van. She’s got the most amazing voice. I can listen to her entire discography on repeat while driving and never get sick of it. This song is the best example of her truly refined songwriting and musicianship.
David Bazan - Hard To Be *Song is not on Spotify
After playing and listening to loud punk rock all day long, you kind of feel like listening to something that’s a bit easier on the ears without skimping on the blasphemy. That’s why “Hard to Be” is the perfect song for post-show hangs.
Osker - Anchor
The greatest punk band that nobody ever gave a dog-dick fuck about. This is my favorite track off of Idle Will Kill, an album that ruled so hard, the band had to break up to prevent attempting to top it.