Groezrock kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack’s Zac Lomas will be on-location in Europe for one of the best festivals in 2014. 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 at Groezrock. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of the festival this weekend as well!
The Los Angeles skate punk legends rarely make it into the multitude of posts on PropertyOfZack, but when May 2nd rolls around and NoFX perform their seminal album Punk in Drublic in full at Groezrock it’s going to be hard to ignore the legacy that these four joking clowns have created. Whether you breathe old school punk or are coming to Groezrock for pop-punk all stars like The Wonder Years, it would be a huge mistake not to catch NoFX close out day one with what may be one of the best punk albums of the past twenty years. And if you’re not into the music then at least enjoy the myriad amounts of shoes, drinks, and possibly rotten fruit that will inevitably be thrown at lead singer Fat Mike, because, after all, that’s the only proper behavior at a NoFX show.
Plain and simple, there wouldn’t be pop-punk without the Descendents and if that’s not enough to get you to catch their set at Groezrock then I suggest you look up some videos of Descendents shows in the 80s to get a real understanding of the passion these guys bring to every live performance. Not only is Milo Aukerman still one of the most charismatic frontmen in the history of punk, but his cohorts are also some of the tightest musicians in the world, with Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, and Bill Stevenson all (No, ALL!) capable of hitting every note with a precision not often seen in the realm of punk. Catch these guys while you can and join the lucky group of people who can proudly boast about the religious experience that is the Descendents live in concert.
Not only have these Pennsylvania natives just released their fourth studio album Rented World, but they’ve also been viciously cutting across every roadway the world has to offer in the past year bringing their boisterous performances to as many people as possible. I’m never one for using superlatives since absolutes do seem to be impossible in such an imperfect world, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that The Menzingers put on the best live show out of any band I’ve seen in the past year. There is something pure and unadulterated about the raw power and passion that the Philly-via-Scranton quartet injects into every set, something that makes you feel like you’re being told the truth and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Coming off the wave of excitement resulting in 2012’s Self-Entitled, legendary punk rockers NOFX spent the majority of 2013 recharging their batteries, playing a handful of one-off festival dates while promoting a slew of Fat Wreck releases that all made splashes of their own. Now, as 2013 peters out and 2014 looms large on the horizon, Fat Mike and company pull one last trick from up their sleeve with their latest EP/single Stoke Extinguisher.
Depending on whether one purchases the vinyl or CD version of Stoke Extinguisher, one either receivesa two-track vinyl single or a seven-song CD EP loaded with re-released singles and Christmas tunes. The main crux of this release lies in its title track, “Stoke Extinguisher,” which is the only song on the record that is actually new.
“Stoke Extinguisher” is a prime example of the old Harlan Howard adage that all a musician truly needs to write a great song is “three chords and the truth.” And while one’s political leaning might alter whether or not NOFX truly espouse “the truth,” it’s certainly hard to deny their mastery of the three chords part of that saying. The song finds its way nicely into the NOFX skate punk style, but with an added edge of vitriol coming not only from Fat Mike’s notably rougher vocals, but also the menacingly dark chord structure of both El Hefe and Eric Melvin.
On the flip side of the record is “The Shortest Pier,” a cover adopted from the recently released Tony Sly benefit album, for all the NOFX fans out there that didn’t get to hear the band’s adaptation of Sly’s work. For those with the CD version of Stoke Extinguisher,this is where the Los Angeles quartet stuff your stocking with two singles from the past couple years and two songs directly off of Xmas Has Been X-ed.
It’s disheartening to love a band who reach mainstream success and are no longer, for some reason, able to release good or great quality music. It just seems to happen sometimes. Whether it’s recent Weezer releases, Green Day’s triple release last year, or any number of others, it seems to be a syndrome some bands just can’t shake. Noisey have published an article called The Weezer Paradox that takes a look at that very syndrome. Read a part of the piece below after the jump.
What Being In A Band Is Really Like
Laura Jane Grace has tapped Fat Mike of NOFX and Atom Willard (ex-Angels & Airwaves, Rocket From The Crypt) to record bass and drum parts, respectively, for Against Me!'s new album. Check out tweets from Laura Jane below after the jump.
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Trailin’ T. Mills
Banquets on NOFX
The Industry With Jesse Cannon
Crime In Stereo - 89 North Tickets [Ended on April 26th]
To Paint The Sky - “Burn Away”
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting this PropertyOfZack feature today with Travis Omilian of Banquets. The band will be releasing their new self-titled album on May 7th via Black Numbers, and it can be pre-ordered here.
In this week’s feature, Travis discusses his love for NOFX. Travis starts the feature from the first time he ever heard (and of course fell in love with) NOFX. Travis explains how NOFX always has felt different to him than other bands, and how NOFX became a large influence on the music he both loved and wanted to make. Listen to songs by NOFX on Spotify here and check out what Travis had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Travis Omilian of Banquets:
I first heard and fell in love with NOFX in the summer of 1994. It was a pivotal year for punk rock and at 12 years old I was still finding myself. Everyone in the world, or at least my middle school, made their parents buy them the “Dookie” cassette tape and went on and on about the trivial surroundings of it. “Did you hear the hidden song?” They even played “When I Come Around” at the 7th grade dance. It was massive. I listened to it a lot while I played video games and did my homework, but looking back my connection was loose at best. It wasn’t until I heard “Punk in Drublic” that I fully dove in to music and punk in general.
There was a weird off-brand music show that had a “Smash, or Trash” showcase for new music videos. This was my first exposure to NOFX. They premiered the video for “Leave it Alone”, and while I thought it was cool, a 12 year old in 1994 didn’t have much access to finding more information. I recognized the name NOFX from the cd collection of my friend’s older brother. After a month of begging, I convinced him to make me a cassette copy of one of their cds. I’m not sure how that cassette tape held-up for so long, as I didn‘t buy my own copy of the CD until 2 years down the road.
From the first palm-mutes of Linoleum, it felt very different from the rest of my records. I became obsessed with it. Fat Mike’s voice grabbed me. The words that a 12 year old could pick out without the aid of a lyric sheet were the end all, be all, for me. And yes, I admit it, when my parents weren’t home I would crank the hell out of “Perfect Government” and blurt out obscenities at the top of my lungs along with Fat Mike. It was young love and it only grew stronger as the years went by.