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Countdown To It’s Not Dead 2 – Part 1

Countdown To It’s Not Dead 2 – Part 1

One of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds, on Saturday, August 26, after a two-year break.

Presented by Vans Warped Tour mastermind Kevin Lyman, It’s Not Dead 2 goes back to the roots of punk rock with an all-out vengeance.

Headliners this year include Rancid and The Dropkick Murphys!

The guaranteed hot day in the blazing sun will also features standout performances from The Adicts, Buck-O-Nine, The Casualties, Channel 3, Good Riddance, and Love Canal – all of whom are interviewed here in our Countdown To It’s Not Dead 2 – Part 1.

Find out what to expect from the festival, current albums, stories from the road, favorite punk rock records, and a whole lot more!  Read on as we Countdown to this year’s mighty addition of It’s Not Dead 2

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The Adicts

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Monkey: Monkey, all around mess around guy based out of abnormalities
Pete: Pete Dee I play the Guitar and make sure shit gets done.

What are you looking forward to the most about the It’s Not Dead Festival 2?
Monkey: Ice cream
Pete: Putting on a great show and rockin out.

What could one expect from your live show at the It’s Not Dead Festival?
Monkey: Proof that its not dead
Pete: Well we know its going to be very hot and we hope everyone goes home happy

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Monkey: Single, Picture the Scene, it is a message from god who dosen’t exist about Salvador Dali who did exist but painted things that didn’t.
Pete:  Monkey is losing his mind hahaha but we all know that..Picture the scene a little story about surrealism. Written by Kid and I suppose that makes Kid a god. and Dali a freeky artist, A bit like us really. We are all Freaks.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Monkey: We have a new song called Why Bother with lyrics inspired by being lazy, the rest are instrumentals
Pete: Well we haven’t written the set yet. Probably play Fucked up world and Talking shit. Two new ones that we are already playing live and they are going down very well live. We shall see.  As you can see Monkey takes his Music very serious.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Monkey: No its all very very tedious
Pete: Lots of strange things happen but we keep it to ourselves…but here’s a good one fr you..Stage time was 2AM yes Two in the morning in Barcelona. Kid missed the plane because he was in the bar relaxing. Then managed to get another flight at another airport. That got delayed twice due to thunder storms…He finally arrived at the festival 15 minutes before we went on stage…Madness.

What is favorite punk rock record of all time and why…
Monkey: The Ying Tong Song by The Goons, it speaks across the generations
Pete: Hard one to answer but its certainly not The Yingtong Song by the way by Spike Milligan…One of my favs was Borstal Breakout by Sham 69 – such energy. Another I liked and can think of right now Down in the sewer by The Stranglers… another one for ya The Jam – In The City – all classics. I could name so many songs I loved so much….Some great shit came out then and fabulous bands.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Monkey: no one really wants to open…
Pete: One band we never got to play with was The Ramones and now they are no longer with us. That will never be.
And it was So.

Do you have any messages for It’s Not Dead Festival attendees this year?
Monkey: Wear sunscreen on yer old bald heads boys and girls
Pete: – It’s Not Dead Yet. and for those who are not bald or old, have a great time. Everyone have a great time and we shall be walking around and hangin out with you all. Not backstage eating bananas.

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Buck-O-Nine

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Hi, my name is Craig Yarnold and I play tenor sax in Buck-O-Nine. We’ve been based out of San Diego, California since we formed in late 1991, although a few of our members now live elsewhere.

What are you looking forward to the most about the It’s Not Dead Festival 2?
Overall, getting to see so many great bands in one day! But more specifically, getting to see some bands I’ve never seen live before, like The Buzzcocks, Channel 3, GBH and The Adicts.

What could one expect from your live show at the It’s Not Dead Festival?
Our show is going to be a huge burst of positive energy! We mostly play in smaller clubs, so when we get the opportunity to play on a bigger stage in front of a larger audience, it’s really invigorating, and I think the audience will feel it. We’ll be playing a set of our more recognizable songs as well as a few covers that seem to be crowd favorites – songs that we like to play as much as we think the audience likes hearing.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our last proper release was the album, Sustain, back in 2007, although we just recorded a Halloween song for an upcoming compilation, and we are in the process of writing and recording songs for a new release, hopefully out sometime in 2018 (no title yet). Sustain was inspired by the music and comradery of the band. We do this for fun nowadays, and the enjoyment we get out of playing music and hanging out together sustains us through good times and bad. It sounds cliché, but we’re really like seven brothers after all these years. If we didn’t truly enjoy ourselves we would have packed it in years ago.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Screaming from the Suburbs” – This is one of our favorites to play off the last album, Sustain. It basically reflects the suburban upbringing that most of us experienced. The Southern California suburbs were a hotbed for teenage angst and rebellion against the cookie-cutter makeup of the surrounding landscape of tract housing and strip malls. This led many to build backyard skateboard ramps, form garage bands, and seek out the edgy counter-culture that took root in the 1980’s and forced its way into the mainstream in the ‘90’s.

Barfly” – This is the song we usually close our set with, from our second album of the same name. The song was partially inspired by the movie “Barfly” as well as the fact that, well, we spent a lot of time hanging out in bars back then. It’s just a rowdy, aggressive ska-punk song that captures the overall spirit of our live show, and the party-like atmosphere that exists when the seven of us hang out together.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
Well, this is an old story, but it bears repeating. On one of our early tours, in Lawrence, Kansas, we were hanging out in front of the club, and this crazy guy, who I think was on acid at the time, actually made a feeble attempt to eat our tour van. There were teeth marks in the hood from it. That one always stands out, probably because we were so new to being on the road at the time and were having surreal experiences like this almost nightly. I think we ran into the guy again a few years later, and we had a good laugh about it.

What is favorite punk rock record of all time and why?
Tough question, but probably The Clash, “The Clash”. Front to back it just lashes out at you, with a raw sound and songs that are catchy anthems. It also showcases their interest in reggae, with the cover of Police & Thieves. I don’t think any other band at the time was putting their finger on that pulse, until 2-Tone came along.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
That would probably be a toss-up between The Clash and Operation Ivy. The mashup of sounds produced by both those bands are a huge influence on us as individuals, and as a band. When we first started in the very early 90’s, the only “ska-punk” or “ska-core” was Operation Ivy, who had already broken up, and Fishbone & The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who we have been fortunate enough to open for several times over the years. The Clash was probably the first punk band most of us ever heard when we were younger, and the way they mixed punk, reggae and ska, plus numerous other styles, rubbed off on so many bands that followed.

Do you have any messages for It’s Not Dead Festival attendees this year?
We’re very excited to be on this festival, and we hope that people of all ages will enjoy what we have to offer. We’re just as much fans of the bands on this lineup as anyone, and it’s a privilege to be part of what should be fantastic day of music.

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The Casualties

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Meggers. I am the drummer of The Casualties, based out of New York. I recently moved out to Austin after 39 years of living in New York.

What are you looking forward to the most about the It’s Not Dead Festival 2?
I’m looking forward to seeing at lot of old friends, meeting some new ones.

What could one expect from your live show at the It’s Not Dead Festival?
A revitalized band. We have a new singer now. David Rodriguez formerly of the Krum Bums. It’s a huge change for a band that’s been together with the same line up for over 20 years but David brings a new energy to the band. He’s an amazing front man with strong vocals and a spider monkey like stage presence.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our latest record is title Chaos Sound. At the time of writing it seemed our band and our personal lives were all over the place. We’re getting older and w