DFB Punk http://dfbpunk.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 08:53:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://dfbpunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png DFB Punk http://dfbpunk.com/ 32 32 KISS, Silk Sonic, The War on Drugs, Punk Rock Bowling, David Sedaris, more https://dfbpunk.com/kiss-silk-sonic-the-war-on-drugs-punk-rock-bowling-david-sedaris-more/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 23:36:22 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/kiss-silk-sonic-the-war-on-drugs-punk-rock-bowling-david-sedaris-more/

Here’s a roundup of the latest tour news. See the Tour Dates category for more information.


War on Drugs’ North American tour begins tonight in Austin, the first of two shows at ACL Live, and will continue until February 27 when they play Tempe, AZ’s Inning Fest. They’ll be in New York to play Madison Square Garden on 01/29, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets. All dates are here.


Author and comedian David Sedaris will be on tour to support his books The best of me and A Snacking Carnival, promising evenings of “all-new stories, a Q&A session with the public and a signing session”. The tour arrives in Los Angeles on May 8 at UCLA Royce Hall and in New York on June 2 at the Kings Theater. All dates are here.


While a punk-centric festival in Vegas is announced, another is postponed:


“We have made the very difficult decision to move some February tour dates to later in the year,” Yola wrote on Facebook. “In order for everyone to enjoy Yola’s music in a safe environment and for the show to continue, we have moved the tour dates from February to September.” The tour will now kick off March 3 in Nashville. Those rescheduled dates include the New York show, which is now taking place at Webster Hall on September 20. All dates are here.


Mega-selling artists opting for residencies in Las Vegas — where fans have to come to them, not the other way around — is becoming more common practice, and the latest to do so is Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) . “An Evening with Silk Sonic” will take place at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM from February 25 until April 2. Go here for more details.


Jazmine Sullivan will be touring in support of the great Tales of Heaux, with dates starting in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day and including a show in New York at the Kings Theater on March 17. Tiana Major9 will join her for the whole journey. Go here for all dates.


Citizen is preparing to open the Turnstile tour, and One Step Closer is preparing to open the Drug Church tour, but first they will play three shows together in February in Boston, Connecticut and Detroit. All tour dates for both bands here.


KISS has announced rescheduled dates for four previously rescheduled shows from its End of the Road tour, Milwaukee, Dayton, Hartford and Raleigh. The new dates are in May, just before the 2022 edition of Welcome to Rockville. See all dates here.


Extreme metal bands Arch Enemy and Behemoth will embark on “The North American Siege 2022” tour in April and May with support from grindcore legends Napalm Death and goth metal-adjacent rockers Unto Others.


Emo-punks Prince Daddy and the Hyena have just announced a headlining tour for April and May with stacked support from Macseal, Insignificant Other and California Cousins.


Rapper LUCKI, who released the WAKE UP LUCKI EP last year with F1LTHY, will play at Webster Hall on March 5th. So far, it’s the only show we’ve seen, but stay tuned for more.


CARM (aka CJ Camerieri of yMusic) has shared a new version of “Song of Trouble.” The version that appeared on his self-titled debut solo album featured vocals by Sufjan Stevens, but this one features Maya Hawke and it’s more of a mellow, folky, acoustic guitar-fueled song. CARM is also embarking on a short US tour tonight, which will be released at Public Records in NYC on 01/26, Moroccan Lounge in LA on 01/28, and more.


As Mitski prepares for a big North American headlining tour, she will be playing even bigger venues in the UK opening for Harry Styles.


Alternative rock revivalist Poppy has postponed her fall 2021 tour, and new dates have now been announced, kicking off March 21 in Milwaukee. The new NYC show is at Webster Hall on March 30 (it was previously at Terminal 5) and the new Los Angeles date is at Novo on May 25. Go here for all dates.


Boy Harsher’s new album The runner comes out this week and their tour has been postponed to the spring, with a third show in Brooklyn added.


Massachusetts melodic punk veterans A Wilhelm Scream are gearing up for their first album in nine years, lose your illusion (due 4/14 via Creator-Destructor Records), and they will be backing the LP on an extensive North American tour in June and July.


Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo have announced they will be on indefinite hiatus after 2022, but will be touring extensively first.


Boysetsfire frontman Nathan Gray will be touring in support of his just-announced solo album, rebel songs, hitting the road with BlackGuyFawkes.


Former Wrens member Kevin Whelan released Observatory, his solo debut as Aeon Station, last year via Sub Pop. He has now announced Aeon Station’s first gig, and the band features his Wrens bandmates Greg Whelan (his brother) and Jerry MacDonald.


Kontusion is the new collaborative death metal project from guitarist/vocalist Mark Bronzino (Mammoth Grinder, Iron Reagan, Ghostemane) and drummer Chris Moore (Repulsion, Coke Bust, The Rememberables), and they’re releasing their self-titled debut EP on March 25. They will also be on tour this spring.


Death metal band Undeath will release their second album in April and also have live shows coming up: they’ll be opening a few shows for metalcore/deathcore veterans The Acacia Strain in Worcester, Amityville and Albany in March, just before playing hardcore at Louisville festival LDB Fest. They also play day two of the Modified Ghost Festival in Vancouver (5/20) with Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Bodysnatcher, Frozen Soul and “guests”.

From punk rock to perogies: Ottawa’s House of TARG aims to survive COVID https://dfbpunk.com/from-punk-rock-to-perogies-ottawas-house-of-targ-aims-to-survive-covid/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/from-punk-rock-to-perogies-ottawas-house-of-targ-aims-to-survive-covid/ Paul “Yogi” Granger opened the House of TARG as a place he and his friends would call home in 2014.

DIY club owner Paul “Yogi” Granger didn’t get into the club business to make a fortune. He opened the House of TARG in order to have a cool place to host parties and perform live music.

Born in Ottawa 48 years ago, Granger was a rock musician playing gigs with his band Ukrainia; a sound technician, directing shows in Zaphods and Babylon; a producer, recording groups; and he threw monthly parties at his Main Street recording studio.

It was then that in 2014, basement space became available on Bank Street at the corner of Sunnyside Avenue.

He and his partners, Mark McHale, Kevin Berger and Blake Jacobs, saw the opportunity to consolidate all of their projects into one centralized club hub.

“We originally got the place in 2014 because we had punk rock parties every month at my recording studio on Main Street and the space was too small,” says Granger. “I’ve thought about owning my own house since I was 20. I knew I wanted to create a place that was fun and different from other clubs. I really liked the atmosphere of the club.

Named after the 1980 arcade game, in the years since, the House of TARG has earned a reputation as a favorite spot to regularly see bands like The Dayglo Abortions, Said The Whale, Big Wreck, Ian Blurton and Dilly Dally.

As if running a punk club wasn’t hard enough, Granger struggles to keep the House of TARG afloat throughout an ever-changing series of COVID restrictions.

But Granger’s anarchic imagination and DIY ingenuity helped save his COVID-ravaged club. He’s canceled live music for the time being and in its place is pushing perogies, both frozen for home and hot for takeout.

Half-Ukrainian and half-British, Granger added perogies to the menu at the House of TARG both as a tribute to his Ukrainian heritage and to give the club a unique flavor.

“Perogies started out as our niche that set us apart a bit from the rest,” he says. “Now they are the busiest part of the business. Temporarily I hope.

Orders can be placed on the House of TARG website.

In addition, it turns to the family, with events like puppet plays and cabaret. He also has a cheap date promotion with perogies and a pinball machine for $10. He also books groups for late spring. He teamed up with San Francisco artist Dirty Donny Gilles on a record he recorded at his studio in Low, Quebec.

Granger describes House of TARG as part of the Disneyland and CBGB nightclub in the heart of Old Ottawa South. There’s a stage for concerts, wall space for art, an arcade for 20 vintage pinball machines, 25 arcade games, and a kitchen where the house specialty is perogies.

From the start, the venue was designed as a place where musicians and artists of all persuasions could relax and even create. Granger and company didn’t exactly follow a business plan.

“The club isn’t a big money maker,” he admits, “but I’m a master at breaking even. It sucks to be broke, but I don’t care if I’m full of money. I’m not good at making money, but I’m good at making fun.

“I haven’t done a live show in two years because we have more important things to sort out,” he says. “I’m a punk, metalhead, jazz lover, club owner, producer and I take care of my parents. I’m far from rich, but I have a good life.

Yellowjackets star Juliette Lewis brings her punk-rock persona to life – and what to expect from the series finale https://dfbpunk.com/yellowjackets-star-juliette-lewis-brings-her-punk-rock-persona-to-life-and-what-to-expect-from-the-series-finale/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:40:20 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/yellowjackets-star-juliette-lewis-brings-her-punk-rock-persona-to-life-and-what-to-expect-from-the-series-finale/

The show’s creators, Ashley and Bart, wrote certain details into the script: at rehab, for example, she’s dressed in cashmere loungewear. But most of the time I was running with it. And once Ashley gave me the instruction to “she lives without suitcases”, it was so essential because a person who lives without suitcases doesn’t have a closet. They might have stuff in stock. And then she’s kind of a con artist, which you don’t really see in the season, but she’s a survivalist. She comes in silver, she is candle. She spends it on designer stuff. And then when she gets home, all her old things are in storage. So when she gets home and she’s on a mission, I wanted to see her slowly become kind of a teenager. We wanted Natalie’s stuff in storage to always look like she’s made herself, like she’s a punk teen in the arts and crafts genre. [Hence, the scene with her wearing] the Yves Saint Laurent safety pin necklace and torn white T-shirt.

Lewis as Natalie and Christina Ricci as MistyPhoto: Showtime/Courtesy of Everett Collection

In becoming Natalie, how did you want to imbue your own sense of style into things? Did you pull from your own closet?

When she gets home and goes back to storage, I’d definitely brainstorm, and a wardrobe would complete the vision. There’s this outfit where there’s my high-waisted Dolce & Gabbana leopard print pants, my friend’s vegan leather moto jacket, and then a t-shirt from Amyl and the Sniffers, who are among the few bands to female front from which, for me, it is the new punk that is emerging. So it was my idea to wear his Amyl and the Sniffers t-shirt. They’re from Australia and they’re a really exciting new punk band. I thought it was very Natalie. She would know what underground music is. I would sometimes bring vintage or used pieces I found on my days off, like the leopard print dress she wears in a scene with her former sponsor to make it look like she has her life together . And then when she takes out fishing nets, it’s all me, it’s not written. It’s just a little Juliette-ism and me paying homage to Madonna in Desperately looking for Susan.

In Natalie’s style and beauty moodboard, which icons were you referring to?

It was funny because every idea [Sophie and I] cast, we shared in common, as Nina Hagen, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, and Siouxsie Sioux had a big influence on hair and makeup. Nina Hagen was the fun surprise because not many people know her and she has this fierce eyeliner. There is a Blondie reference that you will see in episode 10. Marie and I literally imagined a dress totally inspired by Blondie. It was from a photograph by Chris Stein where she wears an asymmetrical one-shoulder dress. You know, classic – she’s in her New York apartment looking for disco but punk disco. I will just say that all the girls get together and go to an event, so we each had to have what our looks would be at that party. It was really fun creating this. I had never done this before.

Natalie really likes to lay down the eyeliner in thickness. Why is this her signature makeup?

It’s funny when you make up a character because the eyeliner is always the question: to draw inside or not to draw inside? That’s the question because it’s such a specific look. So, I really thought she would be eyeliner for the whole show, except once or twice she might be totally clean or run down. It was a unanimous thing with hair and makeup, all of our style choices.

Both teen and adult, Natalie’s choppy bob is epic. What inspired this style?

For the hair, it was Blondie’s perfectly tousled bob. My hair was already that way from a previous job. I think in her other life, when she’s hustling, trying to make money, she’s more polite, but once she gets home, it was definitely an intention to be deconstructed, to have looks a little more brutal. Also because she is starting to consume again. It’s this funny mixture of not giving a damn but also a little conceited or creative, one might say, expressive. She expresses herself in the visuals, whereas for some of the other characters, it’s not that important. I think it stems from not having a great sense of purpose or self, as you’ll learn where she ends up in the final episode. It’s quite dark.

The hotel room scene – doing this spiral – in episode eight was such a standout moment for Natalie, both in terms of her plot development and from a visual standpoint. Could you tell me about it?

It was so much fun because my character is slowly spending a lot of time in a hotel. So she’s aimless, and everything becomes a person, like playing dress-up. Sometimes when you create you just open up, and in being open the thought came. I knew I had to explode and smash the TV, but I wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing. I could bore people to tears, but I think about these things. [Laughs.] For me, it was about his loss of identity and self – that’s what this mask represented in all its toxic bravado and ripped posture. It’s his last attempt to discover Travis, and then I just loved the idea of ​​playing against violence by having masked it. She’s starting to go crazy, and for some reason I came up with this cold cream mask. Our brilliant makeup artist Patricia Murray had to create a perfect blend that was dense enough and read on camera. It was fun.

And what about the face mask in a nod to Dear Mum?

So that’s all my intellectual intellectualization of creativity. [Laughs.] It’s literally what lives in my DNA of things that had a huge influence on me as a kid. I loved Dear Mum. Totally a reference to Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in the 80s.

Yellowjackets is set in the 90s. How did you revisit that decade and how do you think Natalie put her spin on the style and attitude of the era?

It’s so perfect because we had to merge our two Natalies. Young Natalie is the one to whom my Natalie belongs. Every little detail, from the necklace to the leather jacket, was meant to connect the past to the present. And Sophie wears it so well. We decided early on that it was completely normal that I wasn’t blonde, that she bleached her hair in the 90s when she was a kid in high school. It made sense. Visual storytelling had so much to do with Sophie, and I want to sing her praises. We already have chemistry between us. We swapped music, and she has a very laid back nature. She was looking at me very specifically and trying to manifest this Natalie persona, and it’s just a testament to her genius. She is so heartbreaking and present. I love watching it!

Argyle Theater Presents The World Premiere of “Punk Rock Girl” https://dfbpunk.com/argyle-theater-presents-the-world-premiere-of-punk-rock-girl/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 03:39:56 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/argyle-theater-presents-the-world-premiere-of-punk-rock-girl/

The largest professional theater open all year round on Long Island, The Argyle Theater (Mark and Dylan Perlman, executive producers and managing partners; Evan pappas, artistic director), presents the world premiere of GIRL PUNK-ROCK with a book and arrangements by the Tony-nominated Long Island composer Joe iconis (Broadway Be cooler), arrangements and orchestrations by Rob rokicki (Broadway The Lightning Thief), directed and choreographed by Jennifer werner Global Partner for Book of Mormon), and in partnership with Animated McCabe Animation. It will begin its performances on January 20, before its opening night on January 22, and will continue until February 27. The Argyle Theater (34 West Main St., Babylon).

This is a new musical featuring over 20 popular songs written and made famous by artists and girl groups including Blondie, Pat Benatar, Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett, P! Nk, Gwen Stefani, and more again. Sixteen-year-old Angela Quivers is a perfectionist who never takes risks and feels like there is no place she belongs … until she meets Proxi, a teenage girl who has her. entails a world of grungy guitars, shocking secrets and strong, loud and messy emotions. . A musical about a young person who finds a community and creates her tribe, GIRL PUNK-ROCK is a boisterous celebration of all that is raw and tattered; trashy and sincere; familiar and foreign.

“We are delighted to welcome the new year with the world premiere of PUNK ROCK GIRL !, an exciting new musical from the Long Island native and contestant Tony Joe Iconis,” said Joe Iconis. Argyle Theater Artistic Director Evan Pappas. “Bringing this new musical to the Argyle stage is a real hit and I am honored that we can help bring this hilarious, quirky and empowering show to life. ”

Argyle theater owners, Mark and Dylan Perlman added, “We are honored to produce this exciting world premiere and to partner with Lively McCabe Entertainment and the incredible artists behind Punk Rock Girl! Come and be the first to see this exciting new musical! “

The cast includes Philippe Arroyo (Broadway: Aladdin), Kayla Catan, Seth Eliser, Jaylan Evans (Regional: Scottsboro Boys), Kalonjee Gallimore, Ashley LaLonde (Lincoln Center’s The black clown), Lauren Marcus (Broadway: Be cooler), Jackson mattek, Jordan Leigh McCaskill, Kelly mcintyre (National tour: A night with Janis Joplin), Nathalie Powers, Mikaela Rada, Brooke Shapiro (Regional: Hair spray), Brad weatherford.

The creative team includes musical supervision by Geoffroy Ko, Musical direction by Jennifer Paon, Associate direction and choreography by Leonard Sullivan, Scenography by Nate Bertone, Costume design by Jen Caprio, Lighting design by John Hi, Sound design by Carlos dias jr and accessory design by Steven Velasquez, The associate stage designer is Joshua Warner, The Associate Costume Designer is Anna Blazer and Heather Neil and the Accessory Assistant is Courtney Alberto. The production manager is Alison savino, with 1st Assistant manager Lea V. Pye, and 2nd Assistant Manager / CSM Shannon Stewart. The casting director is Michael cassara, ASC.

NOW ON SALE, tickets for GIRL PUNK-ROCK are priced at $ 49 to $ 77 and can be purchased online at www.argyleheatre.com or by calling 631-230-3500

GIRL PUNK-ROCK will play from Thursday to Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (performance added on Wednesday February 23 at 7:30 p.m.).

COVID-19 POLICY, IN FORCE IMMEDIATELY: All guests over the age of 12 will be required to show full proof of vaccination (printed vaccination card or digital proof such as NYS Excelsior Pass), OR have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering the theater and present printed proof, along with valid photo ID. All customers must wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking, per the current NYS mandate.

A story of punk rock and squatting – Kerrang! https://dfbpunk.com/a-story-of-punk-rock-and-squatting-kerrang/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:11:18 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/a-story-of-punk-rock-and-squatting-kerrang/

Get up! To wake up! We share a common fate / Relax against the system, fight for the rights of the squatters!‘Inner Lands – The Rights of the Squatters (1996).

It’s cold, beautiful Friday noon and Kerrang! waits outside a three-story office building just off a bustling London high street. We meet Distras, a punk of South African origin who has been squatting here for two years. A double door opens and a guy in a bandana, a Cyness t-shirt and an inside out cap yells at us.

Squatter is a slang term for living in a property without the permission of an owner, tenant or licensee. Many squat out of necessity and homeless, others for ideological reasons, some for both. The expression “squatter rights” often refers to Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, which criminalized police forcing unauthorized entry into an occupied building, including squats. This was canceled in 2012 and since then it has been illegal to squat in residential buildings. However, squatting in non-residential buildings – like the one we’re visiting today – is currently legal. You can even become the registered owner of property or land if you (or your friends) have squatted regularly for 10 years or more. It should be noted, however, that the police can take action if you damage the property, refuse to leave after being invited by a court, or use electricity or gas without permission.

The squat adjoins a nursery and looks like an old town hall office, the interior is full of graffiti, art, bicycles, and the haphazard belongings of the 20 people who live there. “This place has been a squat for three or four years. When I first moved in I was staying in the disabled toilet downstairs, ”explains Distras as we walk up the stairwell.

“Someone moved in and offered me this big room. I thought, I have to do something with this space. It’s not like we’re paying a lot of rent or anything! he laughs, referring to Panic Attack Studios, his music studio room on the first floor. It’s a punk refuge with instruments, amps and a mattress. “A lot of things here have been ignored [recovered from skips in the area] then repaired, ”he continues, proudly showing off a recycled audio system and high-end video camera.

Vakaris, guitarist for Distras’ hardcore band The Chain Of Panic, is the backbone of the non-profit studio. Originally set up to record their own band, the studio has since hosted other artists, including local busker Steve Broe, who had never recorded any of his music despite performing on the streets of London for decades. .

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Fans pay wacky tribute to punk rock legend https://dfbpunk.com/fans-pay-wacky-tribute-to-punk-rock-legend/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:45:00 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/fans-pay-wacky-tribute-to-punk-rock-legend/

LOS ANGELES – Dee Dee Ramone once sang that he didn’t want to be ‘buried in a pet graveyard’, but now the grave of the Ramones’ founding member and bassist has become a true wildlife sanctuary at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

What would you like to know

  • Ramones founder and bassist Douglas Glenn Colvin (aka Dee Dee Ramone) died in 2002 and was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
  • When the pandemic began, artists, musicians and fans of the Ramones Pleasant Gehman and Coyote Shivers began to feed the ducks at Dee Dee’s grave.
  • The duo created a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” called “Duckskrieg Bop” using sampled duck quacks
  • Gehman and Shivers made a daily ritual of feeding the ducks and hope the tradition will continue after them

It all started at the start of the pandemic when Pleasant Gehman and Coyote Shivers began feeding a small group of black ducks, which they dubbed the Ramones, after the iconic punk rock band. Then the word spread throughout the avian community, and now the daily feedings are like a mallard duck mosh pit.

The cemetery is home to a surprising amount and variety of winged wildlife, including swans, peacocks and geese. (Spectrum News 1 / Kristopher Gee)

“One day there were tons of them, so the number of birds we have is constantly changing,” Gehman said.

A big fan of the Ramones, Pleasant has been coming to Hollywood Forever Cemetery since the 1970s, visiting Dee Dee Ramone’s grave since her death in 2002. These days, she comes daily with her partner Coyote Shivers for food and health. feast with the birds whose numbers are increasing. .

“Basically it went from five to anywhere between 35 and a hundred a day,” Gehman explained.

But it’s not just the ducks that come. The cemetery is home to a surprising amount and variety of winged wildlife, including swans, peacocks, geese, and even resident wild cats participating in the free buffet.

Gehman said coming to the cemetery had been therapeutic for her, especially during the pandemic.

“If you’re sad or, you know, full of anxiety, like you were in the summer of 2020, it was like an instant mood change,” she said.

And to ring the duck dinner bell, the team created a cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” called “Duckskrieg Bop” with the “Hey! Ho! Let’s go! ”Chorus now sung in the sampled quacks of the birds themselves.

Gehman said the main voice was that of a duck they nicknamed “Loudmouth” because its quacks can be heard clearly across the graveyard.

Shivers blasts his duck punk anthem through a portable bluetooth speaker that causes the birds to waddle almost immediately.

“My theory was that if I heard that there was a party on the street, I might be interested in checking out,” Shivers explained. “But if I heard that there was a party in the street and I could hear all of my friends there, I would definitely go see it.”

Shivers said he probably gets more joy from it than the ducks, and hopes he and Gehman have started a new tradition in LA that can be passed down from generation to generation.

“Like, you know, 50 years from now there are kids and everyone, and I’ve been gone a long time, but the joy of watching the ducks walking towards Dee Dee every day continues. I would love to see that,” he said. Shivers said with a smile.

And although Gehman and Shivers have been involved in many types of creative projects over the years, Gehman said, “Coyote and I agree that this is probably the best thing we’ve ever done.”

The Ramones Ducks exploded Social media and although Gehman and Shivers fund their business mostly out of their own pockets, for them it’s a small price to pay for such joy, and as Shivers said, the Ramones and the Ducks together… what could be better?

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Styrofoam documentary explores the legacy of a punk rock legend https://dfbpunk.com/styrofoam-documentary-explores-the-legacy-of-a-punk-rock-legend/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:34:00 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/styrofoam-documentary-explores-the-legacy-of-a-punk-rock-legend/

At the start of the documentary Poly styrene: I’m a clichéCeleste Bell, daughter of former X-Ray singer Spex Poly Styrene, says, “My mom was a punk rock icon. People often asked me if she was a good mom. It’s hard to know what to say. Those words set the tone for the film, co-directed by Bell and Paul Sng, which is not so much about being a famous rock star, but rather about a young woman facing personal challenges that have affected her life as well as that of his daughter.

The story of Poly styrene: I’m a cliché (Who is currently airing in the UK and is slated to premiere in US theaters from February) is motivated by Bell’s reexamination of Styrene’s life following the singer’s death in 2011 at the age of 53 from the sequels of cancer. Through archival footage, commentary from peers and Styrene admirers, including former X-Ray Spex members Paul Dean and Lora Logic; Gina Birch and Ana Da Sliva of the raincoats; musician Thurston Moore; singer Neneh Cherry; DJ / director Don Letts; and journalist Vivien Goldman – and with her own personal recollections, Bell attempts to understand her mother as a musician and revolutionary parent (Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga provides the voice of Styrene in the narration of the singer’s diary entries).

As the film tells, the singer, born Marian Joan Elliott-Said, had a difficult upbringing, Growing up in Brixton, the young Marian, of British and Somali descent, was the victim of racism in a hostile environment and questioned her own identity, which she addressed in a poem she wrote called “Half Caste”. Being an outsider in this sense made Marian a natural fit for the British punk rock movement and led her to become Poly Styrene and form X-Ray Spex in 1976.

With her memorable bugle vocals and striking stage appearance (including outrageous outfits and braces on her teeth), Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex enjoyed a period of glory, highlighted by their now classic album. Germ-free teens and an appearance on the popular UK music television show The top of the pops.

The band cemented their place in punk rock history with their signature song “Oh Bondage Up Yours!”, Which was considered a feminist anthem with its famous opening lyrics: “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard. ”In addition to the theme of identity, the charismatic Styrene touched on other topics in her songwriting that now seem quite prescient about society, such as genetic engineering and rampant consumerism. With groundbreaking punk bands such as the Raincoats and the Slits, Styrene, as a woman of color in the male-dominated white rock world, paved the way for future rockers.

But despite her popularity as a punk rock star, Styrene struggled inside and felt insecure. Coping with the pressures of success and mental health issues, Styrene was hospitalized and wrongly diagnosed as schizophrenic. She left X-Ray Spex at the height of their prime in 1979, recorded a solo album, Translucency, who didn’t burn the charts and then joined the Hare Krishna movement. But while she researched spirituality as a member of the Hare Krishnas, Styrene still suffered from traumatic and mental health issues that also took their toll on Bell, who was a child at the time. It all came to a head when the then young Bell left Styrene to live with her grandmother, resulting in a period of separation between mother and daughter. “Creative people don’t always make the best parents. And she certainly neglected my needs at times, ”Bell said later.

There is a somewhat happy, albeit bittersweet, ending to Poly Styrene’s story, as the singer and her daughter finally reconcile and become close. Before her death, Styrene made a comeback playing with X-Ray Spex at the Roundhouse in London in 2008. She also recorded what would be her last solo album, 2011. Indigo Generation. Bell went on to write a 2019 book about his mother’s life, Dayglo, with Zoë Howe, who also co-wrote the film.

Poly styrene: I’m a cliché reaffirms Styrene’s legacy as a revolutionary rock artist. It also flies in the face of musical documentary conventions in which the bigger story isn’t entirely about the music, the band’s drama, or the glamorous rock star excess, but a one-off mother-daughter relationship and complicated. Bell’s literal journey to understand Styrene as both a rocker and a flawed parent is quite powerful, if not heartbreaking at times.

Styrene and X-Ray Spex may never have achieved greater popularity and commercial success due to their untimely break-up, but they paved the way for rockers and female-led groups. “I decided that I would make sure that my mother’s artistic legacy received the recognition it deserves,” Bell said in a statement from the director about the film, and the work that resulted has certainly reached this goal and more. Hopefully this will introduce Styrene to a new generation of rebels.

For more information on the upcoming US screenings of “Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché”, co-directed by Celeste Bell and Paul Sng, click on here.

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Joe Iconis’ Punk Rock Girl Announces World Premiere Casting https://dfbpunk.com/joe-iconis-punk-rock-girl-announces-world-premiere-casting/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/joe-iconis-punk-rock-girl-announces-world-premiere-casting/

The cast has been announced for the world premiere of Punk rock girl, coming to Long Island’s Argyle Theater in January. Performances are scheduled to run from January 20 to February 27, 2022, with an official opening on January 22.

Punk rock girl is a new musical featuring popular songs written and made famous by artists and girl groups such as Blondie, Pat Benatar, Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett, P! nk, Gwen Stefani, and more. In partnership with Lively McCabe Entertainment, the show features a book and arrangements by contestant Tony Joe Iconis (Be cooler), and arrangements and orchestrations by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). Jennifer Werner directs and choreographs, with musical direction from Jennifer Peacock.

Punk rock girl is described as follows: “Angela Quivers, 16, is a perfectionist who never takes risks and feels like there is no place she belongs … until she meets Proxi , a teenage girl who takes him into a world of grungy guitars, shocking secrets, and strong, loud, messy emotions.A musical about a youngster who finds community and creates her tribe, Punk rock girl is a boisterous celebration of all that is raw and tattered; trashy and sincere; familiar and foreign. “

The cast includes Philippe Arroyo, Kayla Catan, Seth Eliser, Jaylan Evans, Kalonjee Gallimore, Ashley LaLonde, Lauren Marcus, Jackson Mattek, Jordan Leigh McCaskill, Kelly McIntyre, Natalie Powers, Mikaela Rada, Brooke Shapiro and Brad Weatherford.

The creative team is complemented by Associate Director and Choreographer Leonard Sullivan, Decorator Nate Bertone, Costume Designer Jen Caprio, Lighting Designer John Salutz, Sound Designer Carlos Dias Jr and Props Designer Steven Velasquez.



Cast Set for the Punk Rock Girl World Premiere! By Joe Iconis and Rob Rokiki https://dfbpunk.com/cast-set-for-the-punk-rock-girl-world-premiere-by-joe-iconis-and-rob-rokiki/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 18:39:04 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/cast-set-for-the-punk-rock-girl-world-premiere-by-joe-iconis-and-rob-rokiki/

Long Island’s Argyle Theater has announced the cast for its world premiere of Punk rock girl!, the new musical featuring songs written and made famous by artists and girl groups with a book and arrangements by Joe Iconis (Be cooler) and arrangements and orchestrations by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). Originally scheduled for Argyle’s 2020-2021 season, production will now run from January 20 to February 27, 2022.

The cast includes Philippe Arroyo (Aladdin), Kayla Catan, Seth Eliser, Jaylan Evans, Kalonjee Gallimore, Ashley LaLonde, Lauren Marcus (Be cooler), Jackson Mattek, Jordan Leigh McCaskill, Kelly McIntyre, Natalie Powers, Mikaela Rada, Brooke Shapiro, and Brad weatherford.

Jennifer Werner directs and choreographs the musical, which finds its themes of friendship and community as two seemingly opposing teenagers meet in a world of grungy guitars and strong, messy emotions … and the music of Blondie, Pat Benatar, Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett, P! Nk, Gwen Stefani, and more.

The production also has musical direction by Jennifer Peacock, set design by Nate Bertone, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by John Salutz, sound design by Carlos Dias, Jr. and prop design by Steven Velasquez. . Leonard Sullivan is associate director and choreographer. The management team includes Alison Savino, Leah V. Pye and Shannon Stewart. The cast is by Michael Cassara.

For tickets visit ArgyleTheater.com.

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For a brief period, Dancing Waters brought the best of punk rock to San Pedro – Daily Breeze https://dfbpunk.com/for-a-brief-period-dancing-waters-brought-the-best-of-punk-rock-to-san-pedro-daily-breeze/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:43:20 +0000 https://dfbpunk.com/for-a-brief-period-dancing-waters-brought-the-best-of-punk-rock-to-san-pedro-daily-breeze/

San Pedro’s Dancing Waters nightclub takes its name from an indoor waterfall that was installed by its owner when he turned the old bowling alley into a nightclub in 1969.

The Streamline Moderne structure, 1331 S. Pacific Ave., was designed by architect William Durr and opened in 1940 as the Pacific Bowling Center. Lot owner Nick Pericich was granted a permit in August to erect a $ 19,000 building on the site. (A story in the San Pedro News Pilot put the cost of the new facility at $ 60,000.)

The eight-lane bowling alley was owned and operated by Louis Pesce and Joe Ivelia, who were also the owners of the 20th century lanes at 476 W. Fifth St. In fact, Pesce’s 5-year-old son Richard rode the first. Ball in the new aisles at the opening of the Pacific Bowling Center on November 2, 1940.

More than 2,000 people, according to the News Pilot, blocked off the building on opening day, which included a match between a local bowling team and a visiting team sponsored by cowboy movie star Roy Rogers. (The locals won.)

The bowling alley operated until 1969, when new owner Al Cordiero took over, converting the building into a dance club. His plans included a 16-foot-high and 22-foot-long wall upon which an indoor waterfall would cascade over man-made boulders, often highlighted by colored lights. He named his club Dancing Waters.

From the start the club offered live music, most often popular Mexican bands such as Los Freddy and Los Yonic playing banda music, although large traditional groups also appeared.

Cordiero tried out several different formats, even converting the club into a disco on wheels at one point in the late 1970s. Scenes from Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull” involving Jake LaMotta’s nightclub were tours to Dancing Waters.

In 1981, music promoter Dennis McBride approached Cordiero with the idea of ​​producing “new music” shows at his club, according to Craig Ibarra’s gist of “A Wailing of a Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro. Punk and More 1977-1985 ”(End Fwy Press, 2015).

Cordiero accepted the idea and the first such show took place on June 12, 1981, titled by The Minutemen of San Pedro, with the Salvation Army and the Slivers also playing.

Regular punk concerts did not begin to be scheduled at the club until the beginning of the following year. The Minutemen returned in February, followed by Wasted Youth and Social Distortion.

When the Cramps, Legal Weapon, and the Meat Puppets performed Dancing Waters on May 7, 1982, Cordiero began to realize that this “new music” drew large and often unruly crowds. Hundreds of people started to descend on his club and he had to increase security.

As spring turned into summer, the roster of bands playing at the club started to look like an early 1980s punk rock who’s who: TSOL, the Vandals, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, the Last, 45 Grave and heavyweights Bad Religion, Black Flag, and Minor Threat all played there during this time.

But the neighbors were not happy with the associated problems brought by some fans of the music. Local owners complained about the out-of-control crowds, graffiti, underage drinking and the general chaos surrounding the wild and woolly shows.

A perk for the Harbor Free Clinic featuring the Blasters, Salvation Army and Minutemen on August 21, 1982, appears to have been the last show of its kind at Dancing Waters. Cordiero had grown weary of the problems associated with the bands and their fans, and announced his intention to turn Dancing Waters into a country-western bar called Country Falls.

This never happened, but the club stopped booking punk rock concerts after 1982, although they continued to book pop and metal bands and run special events. Guns N ‘Roses, Megadeth, Stryper, Blue Oyster Cult, and Armored Saint all performed there.

In recent years, the club, which changed its name to The Waters Club, has re-emphasized banda, norteno and other popular forms of Mexican dance music. The Cordiero family sold the club, renamed La Zona Rosa, in 2000. On January 29, 2020, a tribute to Al Cordiero was held at Godmother’s Saloon in San Pedro.