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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:10

PUNK IN DRUBLIC - Interview with The Last Gang

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-Greetings from Canada, eh. Who are we talking to and what are you most famous of infamous for?
Brenna & Robert. Brenna is known for being large marge from Pee Wees big adventure because she is a beast of a driver. She drives about 95% of thetime the road, the van and herself are one. Robert is always grinding away and working on what we are doing next.
-What first got you into Punk Rock?
R: It’s sounds very cliche saying this but I mean it when I say it but what got me into Punk and music in general was the feeling of finally belonging to something when I was growing up. When I had nowhere to turn to music was always there for me so I just hope I can put back what I took out.
-Brief origin of your band.
B: We all knew each other from the OC punk scene and as the band took form and integrated new members we all fell into place pretty naturally. I think I asked Robert to join at a local punk hangout Johnny’s Saloon. 
-Describe your sound for people who have been living in igloos.
B: I read on a tour poster once that we were “Joan Jett with balls” and I rather like that, so I’ll stick to it. 
-What was the genesis of the  Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival?
B: Beer is good. Punk is fun. Beer makes punk extra rad. So let’s all get drunk and watch some punk bands. 
-What makes Punk in Drublic such a unique event? What can people expect if they check it out?
B: Its kinda like a giant backyard party with all of your friends and favorite bands. Except for a red cooler full of PBRs and a grill, you have tasty craft beers and delicious food trucks. It’s fucking rad. 
-Anything special planned for your performance at the Canadian Punk In Drublic shows?
R: We may bust out a couple songs we have not played live, we are not 100% sure yet. One thing different from us doing PID this time around compared to last is that people will be seeing one more live member which is our close friend Ken who used to Tour Manage us. For those of your who came out to the last PID you probably saw him play “Karla” with us when Brenna would jump into the crowd. We figured he this sounds great why don’t we add another guitar payer live. It was never really planned but just happened.
-Are you a fan of craft beer? What are some of your favorite ones? 
R: Personally I love the Einstock White Ale.
-Who are some of the breweries involved? Are they mostly Canadian breweries for these dates or are there American breweries as well?
R: We are not so sure who will be there, but we do plan on trying a few.
-I'm assuming there will be some awesome food available as well? Anything people should definitely chow down on at the festival to help soak up the alcohol?
B: Im crossing my fingers they’ll have tator tots. Or potato tacos. Or really anything potato related. 
-Any hangover cures you can share that work well for you?
B: Stay extra hydrated. Then a Bloody Mary next morning. 
-What other bands are playing with you that people should be stoked to check out??
R: Every band on this bill is amazing and different but we are all part of that same punk rock family.
-There seems to be some cool Canadian punk bands on the bill as well. Do you have any favorite Canadian punk bands form the past?
R: Propagandhi, Alexisonfire, The Real Mckenzies, The Flatliners, Old Wives.
-What do you like best about Canada, or about playing shows in Canada?
B: Poutine for days. Plus Canada feels like a second home. 
-Any extra-intoxicated tales to share from previous Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festivals?
B: Sean and I actually snuck our way into the PID in Huntington Beach and backstage without any tickets. We met Mike for the fist time and he recognized us right away. We ended up drinking free beer backstage the rest of thenight. 
-Anything else you would like to promote?  
B: Our latest video for Believe In ThePoet just came out a few months ago. Check it out here on YouTube 
-Final words for Canadian fans of Punk and Beer?
B: I wanna see all of you dancing and singing along with us! Let’s have all thefun!
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Friday, 01 March 2019 00:00

Download Festival Japan - March 21, 2019

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Download Festival Japan - March 21, 2019


By Ryan Dyer

With festival season being months away, you may be chomping at the bit to have a full days’ experience seeing top-tier metal acts. Well, March is full of activity as well, with Britain’s long running Download Festival making its first appearance in the land of the rising sun, Tokyo Japan, on March 21. The festival joins Australia’s double Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, also in March, with many of the acts playing all three festivals.

Taking place at the Makuhari Messe Stadium in the Chiba prefecture, the full day festival, presented by Live Nation and Creativeman Productions, will showcase 10 major rock and metal acts. This marks the first major metal festival in Japan in over a year as Loud Park, Japan’s long running two-day festival, was put on hold during 2018.


Judas Priest

The immortal rock gods Judas Priest make their second return to Japan in a year. Still in support of their latest album, Firepower, the 40-year veteran band have something of a spiritual connection with Japanese audiences since they first toured and released their classic Unleashed in the East live album and are sure to deliver another legendary performance to be talked about for years to come.


Slayer take their final world tour to Japan, meaning this is the final time the thrash legends will unleash hell in Tokyo. Recently playing Loud Park, before their retirement announcement, the experience this time is set to be cathartic and possibly emotional, as fans are sure to throw all of their memories of the band into one last circle pit during their undisputed classics “Angel of Death”, “Hell Awaits” or “War Ensemble”. It could very well be raining tears instead of blood.

Sum 41

Canada’s anthemic punk/pop group Sum 41 are also no stranger to playing Japan, with Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley recently reminisced about doing mushrooms while the drug was legal back when the band first started while touring the country. About the Download festival, he states, “It’s going to be a great place, in Japan, for Download. The level of enthusiasm from the Japanese fans is the craziest out of anywhere in the world; everyone is enjoying themselves together.”


Satanic phenoms Ghost make their return to Japan. The band, in support of their fourth album Prequelle, bring their flair for theatrics to the big stage at Download, and will show just why they are on a meteoric rise to the top of the rock world. In just a few years, it could very well be Ghost who are headlining the festival.


Bay Area thrash veterans Anthrax are no strangers to Japan, with guitarist Scott Ian being a self proclaimed Japanamaniac and the band playing the country numerous times since the ‘80s. He weighs in on the festival, “When you see the brand - Download, you know it’s going to be huge, it’s going to be great. There are some festivals, where people know the name, and know it’s a rock festival. Even if it was just us, Slayer and Ozzy, it would be earth shattering.”

Arch Enemy

Tried and true melodic-death road warriors Arch Enemy will once again tear it up on a Japanese stage. On momentum from their recently released Covered in Blood covers album, Canadian growler Alissa White-Gluz and her Swedish cohorts have a devastating track record of hair raising performances and are sure to put on a clinic of brutality at Download.


The Grammy winning rock act Halestorm, in support of their latest album Vicious and fronted by Lizzy Hale, are known to play over 250 shows a year. This stop at Download Japan will further strengthen the band’s reputation as a live rock and roll machine and have Japanese fans hailing the storm.

Man with a Mission

“Who are those guys in wolf masks?” many inquisitive fans may ask when looking at the lineup photos for Download Japan. Surely, Little Red Riding Hood would be no match for this foursome. The Japanese rock/dance band has provided soundtracks for various anime, movies and games and is setting the already illuminated Shibuya on fire - soon, the world will join it.


Swedish metal act Amaranthe is difficult to classify, as the band shares three vocalists, each with a distinct style of singing. From death to power metal to even pop style choruses within songs, you are bound to get a buffet out of Amaranthe, and out of the 10 act lineup, this band could probably give you a sample of each subsequent band on the bill.

Like a Storm

New Zealand rockers Like a Storm will take the opening slot at Download Japan, meaning concert goers who arrive when the gates open will be treated to an early morning didgeridoo wake up call accompanied by monster riffage. The highest charting New Zealander band in American Rock history has toured with the likes of Korn and Alter Bridge, and will chalk up Download Japan as another show for their legacy.

The final lineup was not without its changes, as the aforementioned Ozzy Osbourne had to drop out of all festival appearances in the next few months including Download Japan due to medical advice from his doctor after getting pneumonia. However, in the case of Download Japan, the news of Ozzy’s cancellation was announced days before the festival unveiled its final two bands in the lineup, Judas Priest and Ghost, which eased the blow.

So during Spring Break, hop on a plane and experience Download in Japan.

More information can be found at www.downloadfestivaljapan.com/en

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