With less than a month until Riot Fest and Rodeo descends on Denver once again, the after shows' ‘who, where, and when’ details emerge. Tickets go on sale this Friday for a chance to see bands from the big festival stage perform on slightly smaller stages at the Marquis and Summit in downtown Denver, and slightly south at Hi-Dive.
The cat’s out of the festival bag. This morning before the eggs were ready off the skillet, Riot Fest got out their line up news following yesterday’s cryptic teaser videos ("Been Caught Stealin" was one hint). Jane's Addiction fans should be happy to hear the band will perform the classic album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in its entirety, and the Hold Steady will break out the beloved tracks from Boys and Girls in America, with with Franz Nicolay no less, for the Denver (September 2 - 4) and Chicago (September 16 - 18) girls and boys.
The Soviettes are out on tour with Against Me!, the Epoxies, and Smoke or Fire, hitting all 50 states (yes, including Hawaii and Alaska) as well as a few Canadian cities. So basically, there's no excuse to miss this, the new generation of Fat Wreck Chords bands.
Proving the hectic nature of literally living on the road, we rescheduled the following discussions innumerable times over the course of two weeks before nailing down a couple of the Against Me! rock-n-roll gladiators.
Just ask Against Me!’s Tom Gabel. As vocalist and guitarist, he carries double the workload, and even at sea level he admits the band can get winded when they return to the stage after a week or two of rest.
“Every 17 minutes, at least six Americans lose a loved one to suicide, for a total loss of life to suicide of more than 30,000 people each year.” That’s what reads inside the cover of this 2 volume compilation of artists, coming together to contribute to The National Hopeline Network, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline network.
This compilation packs a punch while delivering badly needed money to a good cause, one that greatly affects our younger generation in addition to those that have left us before their time.
From liberal doses of personal declaration and raging (lost) love songs—to overt protest anthems, from riveting guitar work to provocative punk-ness, whilst cranking out their work through a corporate major label—the similarities are remarkable.
Against Me! is probably the best punk band to arrive on the scene since 2000. If you haven't already picked up the brilliant Reinventing Axl Rose and As The Eternal Cowboy, you've missed out. In the best tradition of the Clash, Against Me! serves up protest rock with a nod to Woody Guthrie and the folk tradition and scream-along punk that won't let you stand still.