Good Riddance

Good Riddance (11:00 PM)

A Wilhelm Scream (10:00 PM)

Bad Cop/Bad Cop (9:15 PM)

Spanish Love Songs (8:30 PM)

Thu, April 16, 2015

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Good Riddance - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Good Riddance
Good Riddance formed sometime in the 1990's, depending on who you ask. Four scrappy punk kids in Santa Cruz who could hardly contain their love for Bad Religion, as can clearly be heard on their debut, 1995's For God And Country. But things moved forward fast for GR and they became one of the most important bands among the punk/melodic hardcore scene for the next decade. They boast massive album sales that number in the six figures, and they managed to accomplish that while staying true to the underground and remaining on an independent record label. They toured harder than any band in the scene, but by 2007 they had disbanded. They burned bright and they burned out.

But they're back. Back with their core lineup and their first album in eight years, Peace In Our Time.

“We didn't want to be a band who overstayed our welcome,” said frontman Russ Rankin about their decision to dissolve all those years ago. He adds, “Everyone was becoming increasingly busy with other, non-music careers, families, etc.” The curse of the punk rocker, right? Well, not so fast. One thing that you need to know about Good Riddance is that these guys are lifers. Rankin put it simply, “We missed playing the songs.” They had no choice but to return to the music because it was part of their DNA.

And their resume is worth noting. The band has been very humble about their activism, almost to the point of being bashful about their contributions towards the community. Russ won't even discuss his vegan lifestyle or his compassion towards animals, but he's been committed to that for decades now. There's also the fact that the band has been donating proceeds from their album sales to various charities: Food Not Bombs, Santa Cruz AIDS Project, the Cabrillo College Music Department, Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter, and more. By now you've probably guessed that Good Riddance has a leftist message to go along with their urgent music. True, but they also back up their words with actions and money to the causes they believe in.

Let's talk about them in today's terms and in regards to this new full length. Good Riddance is, as we say in the biz, “a critic's band”. As in, they have the respect of their peers and those in the know. They're students of the genre who draw from real punk rock influences and their songs come from a very sincere place. It all culminates for the band with Peace In Our Time: on the album opener, “Disputatio”, you can hear dark and thrashy hardcore reminiscent of their contemporaries Paint It Black; then maybe some aggressive melodic punk à la Bad Religion on “No Greater Fight”; Black Flag's hefty, discordant HC on “Dry Season”; and definitely some of The Descendents on “Washed Away”. But make no mistake, Good Riddance has cultivated their own sound from this diverse set of influences and that's probably why their old-school fans have stuck with them. If die-hards need a reference point for Peace In Our Time, think about their high water mark efforts like Comprehensive Guide... or the hardcore staple, Operation Phoenix.

This new album is essentially the very best of GR distilled down to one LP, and it will no doubt get the attention from a lot of old fans, HC devotees, and punk enthusiasts alike. They're already booked to play Europe's Groezrock, one of the biggest punk festivals in the world. There will also be an obvious hometown record release show in Santa Cruz, where they have been selling out countless shows over the years. Good Riddance will be ramping up some activity, and with hardcore music seeming neutered and confused in 2015, Peace In Our Time will mark a triumphant return for a band that the underground scene needs more than ever.
A Wilhelm Scream - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
A Wilhelm Scream
How does one gauge the success of a band pushing the envelope of a genre that receives
little to no credit by the mainstream media? In the case of A Wilhelm Scream, the answer
is “Who cares?” – As a band playing punk rock for over a decade, members Trevor
Reilly, Nuno Pereira, Nick Angelini, Brian Robinson and Mike Supina haven’t focused
on success, image or whatever bandwagon a group can jump on to get their music into
the ears of listeners: It’s the ideal of music from an honest place, playing to the kids who
want to hear more than a simple love song, or want an opinion rammed down their
Despite operating just below the radar A Wilhelm Scream have carved out a reputation as
one of the best live bands around, bolstered by their staggeringly rich albums of ultratechnical
melodic punk rock firestorms. Playing 250+ worldwide shows each year, the
band posses a work ethic best described as ‘heroic’.
A Wilhelm Scream is:
Nuno Pereira – Vocals
Trevor Reilly – Guitar, Vocals
Brian Robinson – Bass, Vocals
Mike Supina – Guitar
Nick Angelini – Drums
Bad Cop/Bad Cop - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
“Shove your labels / we’ll flip your tables / and we won’t apologize / for causing a scene.” – Bad Cop/Bad Cop, My Life
The lyric above is essentially a mission statement for Bad Cop/Bad Cop, who prove that the best way to battle sexist stereotypes about women in bands is to play well, and to play hard.
With catchy hooks, three part harmonies, and a drummer who fires her guns harder than most of her male compatriots, Bad Cop/Bad Cop bring to mind the ‘90s heyday of chicks who actually rocked, from the snarl of The Distillers and synchronized vocals of Dance Hall Crashers to the guitar prowess of The Muffs and wry lyrics of Lunachicks.
All hailing from different parts of the U.S., the foursome met in Los Angeles while playing in bands like Compton SF, The Radio Sweetheart, The D’Maggs, The City, Angry Amputees, and Cunt Sparrer. Eventually realizing that their combined talents and influences would be greater than the sum of their parts, they launched the band in 2011 and quickly became the big sisters of the DIY punk scene, about which Jennie says “We have been so lucky to participate in such a supportive, inclusive, and active scene [with] great people working together and encouraging each other.”
After playing at the “Lilith Bear” party during San Francisco Bear Pride 2013, they were supported and encouraged by an unlikely audience member: NOFX’s Fat Mike. “After our set, Mike approached and said he liked all the songs and decided then that he was going to do something with our band. I almost crapped myself, and the rest is history,” says Dee
With a self-released 7” in 2013, the “Boss Lady EP” released on Fat Wreck Chords made its way onto numerous top 10 lists in 2014. Bad Cop/Bad Cop are looking forward to the release of their first full-length album, produced by Fat Mike, out on Fat Wreck Chords 2015.
Spanish Love Songs - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Spanish Love Songs
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change