When it comes to the struggles of the wandering
troubadour, Slaid Cleaves knows the perils of that life from top to
bottom. He's sung on the street for his supper in Ireland and Boston,
played in Punk and Roots Rock bands for little or no return and fixed his
own van on the road.
The band’s national profile has grown
steadily over subsequent albums, while Dropkick Murphys have become
hugely popular in the band’s hometown of Boston. The city has been
celebrated in a number of the group’s songs, most notably “I’m Shipping
Up to Boston.”
Violent Affair reportedly came together to fill a local Street
Punk niche no one else was filling — “We felt like if you wanted to
hear a certain type of music, go and play it,” lead vocalist Dave
Williams wisely said in a 2012 interview.
Like former bandmate Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham has also developed another side,
another strength, in the eight solo albums he’s been releasing since
1997’s Escape From Monster Island. He’s a forcefully evocative
singer/songwriter whose deeply gruff, soulful voice is reminiscent of
If brevity is a virtue, Warm Soda should be up for some sort of musical sainthood. The Oakland, Calif., quartet’s debut album, the recently released Someone Like You,
clocks in at just more than 27 minutes but its 12 tracks quiver with
unbridled Pop/Punk intensity.
The Punknecks’ bio doesn’t mince words. Calling themselves
“Punky Tonkers,” Jason Punkneck is from Nashville while Polly Punkneck
is from Kansas. The duo, along with their drummer Nick Punkneck, are
apparently known for “a rowdy show of drinking, drugging, Jesus, smokin’
pot and living between heaven and hell.”
You don’t often hear the terms “Crunk” and “Christian” in
the same paragraph let alone the same band description, but Family Force
5 has accomplished the rare feat of combining Rap, Punk, Hardcore,
Funk, Metal and Dance beats with a Christian perspective.
These days, it’s hard enough for a Punk band to remain a
cohesive unit for 26 months, let alone 26 years. But guitarist Chris
Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky have managed to keep Propagandhi
active and relevant since launching the band in 1986.