THE VANDALS

THE VANDALS

The Interrupters, Indian School

Fri, July 3, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA

$20.00

This event is all ages

THE VANDALS
THE VANDALS
Orange County punk veterans the Vandals trace their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene, but didn't really make much of an impact as recording artists until the '90s. By that time, their snide, terminally juvenile humor and catchy punk-pop had done a great deal to set the tone of Orange County's thriving punk and ska scene. Clear spiritual forefathers of bands like the Offspring, blink-182, and Less Than Jake, the Vandals took their cues from early punk comedians like the Dickies and the Descendents, ratcheting up the wiseass factor and delighting in dumb, lowbrow jokes. Sometimes satirical and mostly silly, the Vandals also remained staunchly independent for their entire career, releasing records on a variety of punk indies that afforded them financial and creative control. What was more, their steady lineup from 1989 on afforded them a degree of stability uncommon in punk circles. Solid career management allowed the Vandals to thrive up into the new millennium, over two decades after their formation. – Steve Huey, All Music

We couldn’t have said it any better than that guy. With 11 full length studio albums in the rear view mirror, and all the EPs, singles, comps, DVDs, “best ofs”, etc. that go with that kind of a catalog, the Vandals have been taking it easy lately, selecting only the “most fun” occasions to play, often limited by drummer Josh Freese’s touring schedule as a member of Weezer, Devo, and Sting. It has actually become more of a men’s club than anything else. With the same 4 guys playing together for over 21 years, it’s just good fun to get in a tour bus, or on a plane, and go play some of the goofiest punk rock ever recorded for loyal fans across the globe. Recent performances include Red Rocks, Warped Tour dates, Groezrock Festival in Belgium, PunkAfoolic Festival in Japan, Edge Fest in Las Vegas, Bamboozle in California, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, and a regular trip to Hawaii for shows on Oahu and Maui.

Like the man said above, it wasn’t until the mid 1990s when the Vandals turned pro and started recording and touring the world full time with bands like No Doubt, Offspring, NOFX, Pearl Jam and dozens of headlining tours in the U.S., Europe, the UK, and Japan. During this period, the Vandals prospered from being accepted by the Warped Tour culture and the explosion of punk rock fans that arrived in 1994. The Vandals are actually featured in the film “1994” about this era of punk music.

Of course, the Vandals had a rich history before this flurry of activity, appearing in Roger Corman’s “Suburbia,” Penelope Spheeris’ “Dudes,” and currently featured in the documentary “We Were Feared” about the legendary Orange Country night club The Cuckoo’s Nest.

In 2004 a bit of controversy began to surround the Vandals when they were first sued by the Hollywood trade publication “Daily Variety” for “trademark counterfeiting,” “misuse of a font,” and other such trumped up absurd charges in connection with their release “Hollywood Potato Chip.” Christmas of that year found the Vandals performing for the troops at forward operating bases in war torn Iraq. In response, the European concert circuit organized boycott’s of the Vandals February 2005 European tour and the band was almost ripped to shreds by an angry Greek mob in Athens, shutting down the Vandals attempted performance, and their lucrative European career. “It was over: over-night actually,” said bassist Escalante, “but we doubled down and went to Afghanistan to entertain the troops again the first chance we got, and we would do all of it it all over again the same way, despite the costs.”

2010 found the Vandals being sued again by the Daily Variety but this time the Vandals one, and the Daily Variety was sold and taken off the news stands. Yay!

2012/13 have the Vandals playing more shows than previous 5 years combines, in our heads, include Soundwave 2013 Australian Tour with Metalica, Slayer, Linkin Park, and Blink 182.

July 2013: The Vandals are in the studio recording jam after jam for release in 2014.

Personally, the singer still owns an alcohol distribution company, the guitarist still scores films and works on the children’s shows Aquabats Super Show and Yo Gaba Gaba. The bass player is still a radio host and record label owner, and the drummer is still a famous drummer.
The Interrupters
The Interrupters
Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the L.A.-based ska-punk four-piece hit the studio with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.

Undeniably fun but urgent in message, Say It Out Loud finds The Interrupters backing their 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled yet melody-heavy sound with lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election. “Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and
that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album,” notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.

Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker’s Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud achieved its vital feel thanks to what Kevin describes as a “totally organic, GMO-free process” that relied on raw live performance. True to The Interrupters’ unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the album kicks off with “By My Side,” a fist-pumping but tender tribute to outcast solidarity (sample lyric: “After all the stupid things we did/Our hearts are still beating”). The band keeps it intimate and openhearted on songs like “On a Turntable,” whose snarling guitar riffs and growling vocals pay homage to the life-saving power of music. “‘On a Turntable’ is partly about how whether things are good or bad in your life, there’s always a song for what you’re going through,” Kevin points out. Meanwhile, on tracks like “She Got Arrested” (a gritty look at the impact of domestic abuse) and “Jenny Drinks” (a painfully detailed glimpse into the realities of addiction), The Interrupters shift perspective and bring some unforgettably poignant storytelling to their songwriting.

Throughout Say It Out Loud, The Interrupters also embed fiery social commentary into their lyrics, with “Babylon” calling on the people to “conquer the system of control” and “Media Sensation” tearing apart media-controlled narratives. Another fierce meditation on media responsibility, “Phantom City” has Armstrong lending his vocals to a darkly charged take on today’s constantly-plugged-in culture. And rounding out Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters’ unstoppably upbeat spirit, from “The Prosecutor” (“a song about good conquering evil,” according to Aimee) to “The Valley” (a bouncing ode to the band’s homeland) to “You’re Gonna Find a Way Out” (a rowdy anthem inspired by The Specials’ “A Message to You, Rudy” and featuring Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes, Roger Lima, Peter “JR” Wasilewski, and Buddy Schaub).

Forming The Interrupters in 2012, Aimee and the Bivonas first crossed paths when the brothers’ former band Telacasters shared bills with her on a summer 2009 tour. Through the years—in which they’ve hit the road with bands like Rancid and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, in addition to taking the stage at such festivals as It’s Not Dead and Soundwave—The Interrupters have forged a
formidable bond that deeply informs their music. “Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes,” says Kevin. “That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about.”
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Venue Information:
The Glass House
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
http://www.theglasshouse.us/