Some people say, “Punk is dead.” Well, those people have not been paying attention. In addition to all the USA bands who are cranking out amazing albums, Punk is still alive and well all over the world. Case in point, “Rumkicks.” They are a new, young, hot punk band from Seoul, South Korea.
In July 2022, they had their first ever UK tour! They were even one of the many bands chosen to play the world famous Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, England.
I had the privilege of seeing Rumkicks in London when they played their show at the venue called The Half Moon. They played with local legends, Healthy Junkies.
When Rumkicks took the stage, they had this amazing energy that they kept up for the entire set. They totally embody the punk spirit. This is definitely a band you need to check out. Listen to their song, “Punk Rocker,” and you can’t help but smile and dance along.
At one point during their set, the singer wanted to speak to the crowd, but she had to take out her phone and read off the message she wanted to say because she’s not fluent in English. Despite the language barrier, the crowd was able to understand the universal language of music, love, and passion these women had for punk music. It was such an incredible night with a show I’ll always remember.
Broken Jaw‘s Nutzie Shelley declares “We wrote Purge Yourself back in 2019 and it’s more prevalent and relevant than it ever was back then. From start to finish, this album exudes adrenaline, energy, passion and tenacity, giving you, the listener, a reason to keep on listening and just a small taste of what’s to come. And if you think that’s exciting, then you need to come see us play it live!”
Broken Jaw, from the Gloucestershire, England area, are a mixture of punk energy and attitude, spliced with huge, metal mosh-inducing riffs. The band boasts two furious guitarists (John Virgo & Sam Aston), a booming bassist (Josh Hughes, who also adds pummeling backing vocals), a rabid machine of a drummer (Sean “Garth” Watkins) and a tenacious, ferocious and venomous frontman (Nutzie Shelley). They are an extremely energetic, aggressive and rowdy band, who will spark adrenaline and movement into any crowd, with their manic and crazy live show. The band signed with big hitters, The Oracle Management (owned and managed by Dez Fafara) in early 2020, to release their debut album Purge Yourself.
Canadians know how to rock – period! Sure, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and all other Canadian hockey stars can “rock” the ice rink, but, damn, Canadian rockers can take down the house too. Sold out summer stage The Stone Pony at Asbury Park, NJ just barely survived full onslaught of variety of punk rock. And if anything, we Blame Canada. Canadian rockers SUM 41 and Simple Plan just wrapped up their co-headlined North American The Blame Canada Tour 2022. So we caught up with them on hot, steamy night by the famous Jersey shore in the famous Jersey rock venue to witness one of the last shows in the tour.
Written by Andris Jansons
Night started off with very colorful performance of American band Set It Off. I was able to witness the band wrapping up their set. Some very joyous music, as colorful as the bands members themselves, and setting off many positive vibes.
Simple Plan came on stage as sun started slowly setting. With no backdrop banners, some contrasting clouds and blue sky set the beautiful natural backdrop. For a Simple Plan this tour served as a way to commemorate 20th Anniversary of their debut album No Pads, No Helmets …. Just Balls, and the band opened their set with the song taken from that album called I’d Do Anything. Other songs from album that were played were Addicted, I’m Just A Kid, The Worst Day Ever and Perfect which served as a conclusion for their set.
Bands vocalist Pierre Bouvier kept constant contact with the crowd and made quite a few references of the previous times band played in New Jersey. He even let the fans play with his balls …. Ughh, the inflated beach balls that is. Why, what did you thought? One lucky fan even received signed by Pierre beach ball. Later during I’m Just A Kid song the bands drummer Chuck Comeau addressed the crowd about pandemic and tour postponements and decided to crowd surf, but not before putting on a yellow hazmat suit with hazmat facemask, and when fans “returned” him to the stage he got disinfected with some smoke guns. A little lighthearted step back from all the stress we suffered in the last two years.
SUM 41 barged on to the stage like a Nor easter winds from the Canada in the middle of January. We, Jersey people know that all too well. Fittingly, just before the band came on the AC/DC’s TNT blasted from the speakers, just to give way for SUM 41 to blast first three songs – Motivation, The Hell Song and Over My Head (Better Off Dead). All three songs felt like one, relentless onslaught of hard-hitting punk rock with Dave Baksh shredding like a true metaller and vocalist Deryck Whibley delivering aggressive vocals. Same goes for everyone else on the band. Everyone was fully immersed in the moment and performance.
SUM 41 dedicated this tour to their 21st Anniversary of their debut album All Killer No Filler. And while they played four songs from that album, rest of the set was nicely filled with the material from most of their discography.
Band delivered a hard-hitting punch for the night as crowd was going off in the pit and crowd surfers came forward like ocean waves crashing the Jersey beach.
Both Canadian bands are now scheduled to travel to Europe for better part of September and October, and later SUM 41 will join Offspring for their Australian Tour.
Feat. Headliners Black Flag, Madball, Secondhand Serenade & Every Avenue
What started as a meme created by Modern Day Escape bassist and songwriter William Wenz about hosting a festival in a Denny’s parking lot turned to reality as he created the WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FESTIVAL alongside co-founder/director and artist manager Mal Levy.
The inaugural event will take place in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 at the 3,000-capacity venue Rockstar Bar – Concert On The Green. The festival will highlight independent-focused acts that represent a who’s-who of the past and present rock, metal, punk and emo scene. The 2022 lineup will include headlining performances from punk rock icons Black Flag, legendary NY hardcore group Madball, emo rockers Secondhand Serenade and pop punk band Every Avenue plus more than 50 bands across two outdoor stages and one indoor stage over both days.
Following each day of the festival, there will be an official afterparty indoors in collaboration with Come As You Are Events with guest DJ sets and surprise performances from musicians including Social Order, Chris Donothon (The Medic Droid), Alesana and Michael Vampire (Vampires Everywhere). The afterparties will be 21+ only and ticketed separately from the festival, $25 for a single night pass or $40 for both nights. Purchase admission for either and/or both nights HERE.
“Through the power of the internet, what started only as a humble meme has blossomed into such a beautiful lineup of artists both big and small,” says WENZ. “Defying even our own expectations, it has been a joy for us and the fans to watch the When We Were Hungry festival grow into a delicious piece of history!”
LEVY adds, “This festival is all about bringing people together–merging amazing legacy acts with the next generation. We quite literally went from a meme to a dream, and now an epic reality that is When We Were Hungry. This is our gift to you!”
“We are excited to be returning to Las Vegas to play the When We Were Hungry Festival at Rockstar Bar with Unwritten Law, The Dickies and so many more,” says MIKE VALLELY, vocalist of Black Flag. “We’ll be kicking off our 2022-2023 tour at this show, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get things started.”
Every Avenue lead vocalist and pianist David Strauchman commented, “It’s an honor to be invited to play the When We Were Hungry Fest and share the stage with so many amazing artists. Every Avenue hasn’t played a show on the West Coast since 2012, so needless to say I’m stoked to be asked to play these songs a decade later. The WWWH team has done an awesome job of bringing together a wildly diverse lineup that the fans are going to love. Can’t wait! It’s going to rock!”
HELLOGOODBYE vocalist Forrest Kline “When We Were Hungry has brought together a truly insane and sweeping lineup, including the first full band hellogoodbye set in Vegas in years. Cannot wait to let loose with y’all!”
“Looking at this killer line up, we’re not only craving to play in Vegas for the first time in over a decade, but also salivating at the thought of sharing the stage with all these amazing bands,” adds the Las Vegas-based pop rock band THE HIGHER’s guitarist Reggie Ragan. “It’s a feast fit for Vegas.”
The 2022 WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FESTIVAL line-up (in alphabetical order) is as follows (as of 8/3/22): 408, Across The White Water Tower, Alesana, All At Once, Along Came A Spider, Anarbor, Artificial Aliens, Beyond Unbroken, Black Flag, Cloud Construction, College Radio, Doll Skin, Dropout Kings, Every Avenue, Eyes Set To Kill, FDS, Fight From Within, HELLOGOODBYE, Hope Dies Last, Madball, Makeout, Mark Rose (Spitalfield), Mest, Mighty Vices, Modern Day Escape, Obsolete Man, Original A.S.D., Osatia, Outsiders, Ovtlier. Palisades, Picturesque, Rookie Of The Year, Saving Vice, SAYWECANFLY, Scarlett O’Hara, Secondhand Serenade, Sinshrift. Social Order, Spirits, The Bunny The Bear, The Dead Rabbitts, The Dickies, The Higher, The Medic Droid, Thirst, Tickle Me Pink, Tiny Moving Parts, True North, Unwritten Law, Vampires Everywhere, Violent New Breed, Voodoo Glow Skulls, VRSTY and We Were Giants.
Single day tickets for WHEN WE WERE HUNGRY FESTIVAL are on sale now for $80 and weekend passes are available for $150. 18+ only. Purchase tickets and exclusive online festival merch now at www.whenwewerehungryfest.com. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a list of on-site food and merchandise vendors and charity partners.