Collective Concerts Presents
The Real McKenzies, Raygun Cowboys
410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1K2
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Goleta, California's Lagwagon first burst on the scene way back in 1988 playing a unique brand of speedy, highly technical pop-punk that made them one of the most influential punk bands of the 90's. The first band ever signed to Fat Wreck Chords and the definitive act on the label, Lagwagon were pioneers in creating the now-famous 'Fat Wreck sound' with their speedy drums, guitar virtuosity and undeniable melodies. They've influenced hundreds of thousands of kids, been around the world more times than Ferdinand Magellan and twisted and redefined themselves over the course of a career that spans almost twenty-five years. Now, Fat Wreck Chords has decided to take Lagwagon's five classic full lengths from the 90's, (92's Duh, 94's Trashed, 95's Hoss, 97's Double Plaidinum and 98's Let's Talk About Feelings) and give them the truly classy update they deserve. Get stoked because on November 22, Lagwagon is releasing five of the coolest gifts a band has ever given their fans. These 5 reissues are destined to redefine what constitutes a truly awesome redux.
Here's how it came to be: When the time came for Fat Mike to honor the legacy of one of the most long running and influential bands on his label, Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape straight up rejected the idea of a greatest hits collection based on the very simple premise that there's so much more to a band's legacy than their hits. All a greatest hits collection does is make it the only place future generations will ever go to find out about a band. Joey and the boys instead decided to go the opposite route and really expose the evolution of Lagwagon by sprucing up and expanding their classic records, digging through their basements and old friends' closets, and compiling all the unreleased songs, b-sides and demos and packaging them with each corresponding album. Over the course of the five records, we're talking about 34 previously unreleased tracks, and these aren't just crappy boombox demos, either. Many of these bonus tracks are among Lagwagon's finest songs, awesome tunes from those original recording sessions that have been lost until now. We're talking songs that aren't only for diehard Lagwagon fans, but unearthed hits for anyone who likes good punk rock. However, not ones to shy away from everything that made Lagwagon the force to be reckoned with that they are today, the boys also included some of the more interesting/weird demos. According to Joey, "Some of it's pretty embarrassing…we wanted to reveal the band's evolution, our history. We chose to be completely transparent about it. We went for quantity. We decided we weren't gonna trim any fat and just put everything a fan would want to hear on there." The results are perhaps the most definitive collection of work from any band ever, a remastered and cohesive step-by-step look at the visionary band's evolution.
However, the guys in Lagwagon didn't stop at the remastering and the inclusion of over thirty unreleased songs, many of which were remixed to meet today's sound standard. In the three years it took to unearth the 'lost tapes' that contain all those rarities, the Lagwagon guys were also able to find all the old photos from the original packaging of those first five albums as well as never before used photos and use high resolution scanners and good cardstock to make beautiful gatefold sleeves for all the high quality vinyl and CD re-releases. The vinyl, as well as the CD's will still feature the classic packaging, just updated.
As if that wasn't enough, Lagwagon decided to up the ante further. Even though all the albums are available individually on CD, LP and digital download, and all the previously unreleased material will be available from iTunes, if you want it all, you can get the limited edition vinyl or CD boxed set, entitled Putting Music In Its Place, which includes a high quality poster, a DVD and even an exclusive re-press of the the first ever, long out of print Lagwagon 7"!
Speaking of starting engines, Lagwagon is gonna be touring again on these reissues, getting 'back on the wagon' so to speak (heyo!) and kicking things off with a special show in San Francisco on December 17th at Slim's. The celebratory show will feature past members of the band returning for a "one night only" performance. Lagwagon will be touring the rest of the world beginning early 2012, so don't miss 'em when they hit your town. With 141 songs (!) being polished up and set loose on the world, expect some real dusties alongside all your favorites. Come for the classics or come for the stuff from 2008's awesome I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon, or just come out to see five dudes who pioneered a sound do it the way it's meant to be done, for the love of the music and the fans. Now, who's got a smoke for the Caper?
The Real McKenzies
The Real McKenzies are
Louis "Aspy" Cao Mahia
It I can be said, without any exaggeration, that The Real McKenzies are a national treasure.
Founded in 1992 by the larger than life, punkrock poet laureate, Mr Paul McKenzie, this merry band of miscreants has spent a quarter century circumnavigating the globe to bring the McKenzies gospel to an ever-adoring throng of rebels, scallywags and ne'er do wells. There are not many bands that can boast of a twenty five year career as staggeringly adventurous, wildly tempestuous and utterly death-defying as The Real McKenzies. It would be a serious mistake to write them off as just another Celtic punk band. They are an unstoppable juggernaut of touring mayhem. A ferocious troupe of insanely talented minstrels, storytellers and entertainers melding traditional acoustic and electric to create a sound like no other. Their list of accolades is long. From sharing the stage with the likes of NOFX, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Metallica and Shane McGowan to appearing in film, books and video games to signing with the legendary Fat Wreck Chords, their story continues to astound.
And now, to celebrate their landmark twenty-fifth anniversary, The Real McKenzies return with their 10th and very best long-player to date. And that's not hyperbole. This is an absolutely monumental giant of an album. "Two Devils Will Talk" is fourteen tracks of pure, unbridled audio bliss. The songs are rebellious, poignant and achingly heartfelt with an extra helpings of Scottish charm and wit to boot. The recurring and very timely themes of Two Devils Will Talk are hope, perseverance and living your life to it's fullest. Opening track "Due West" is an anthemic epic about moving forward and never looking back, while "Seafarers" is a rollicking tale that deals with accepting the fact that you can't change how the waves roll, only how you roll through them. There's even a glorious cover of Stan Rogers' "Northwest Passage" and a spectacular reworking of "Scots Wha Ha'e" (one of the first ever Real McKenzies recordings). "Two Devils Will Talk" sees a resilient, triumphant and defiantly hopeful band at the very top of their game.
You may be asking yourself; how do I get in on what will surely be the party of the century? Well, fear not true believers, The McKenzies' ship will be embarking on massive tours across the USA , Europe and Canada to bring the celebration to a stage near you in 2017. So raise a glass, raise a fist, or better yet, raise a little hell for twenty-five years of The Real McKenzies, and yet another one for many more happy years to come!
Raygun Cowboys are a Psychobilly rock n roll band from Edmonton Canada. The Cowboys play high energy Badass rockabilly that gets people on the dance floor from the first to last song. The band started in 2000 playing local shows and quickly became the go to band to support touring acts. In 2005 the Cowboys released their first recordings on the Zombie Night in Canada 2 compilation and released their debut Underworld Boogie in 2006. Fallowing this the band did two tours of western Canada and In 2007 added a horn section to the traditional 3 piece rockabilly line up.The addition of a Trumpet and Trombone to the line up gave the band a unique sound thats gained them rave reviews everywhere they played. In 2008 the Rayguns recorded a new album and signed a deal with Stumble Records, they fallowed this with two tours of Canada in 2009. Over the past four years the band has also played some of the best festivals in Canada including North Country Fair, Folk on the Rocks, Beaumont Blues Fest, Hotrod Hootenanny and the Salmon Arm Blues and roots festival. In 2010 the Rayguns did a three week tour of Europe in the fall gaining them new fans from all over the continent. In 2011 the band backed up rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson at the Edmonton folk festival and began recording their third full length album in the fall. The band recently did a west coast tour of the United States and played the Ink n Iron Festival in long beach California. The bands new album "Cowboy Up" Will be released in Canada and around the world in September 2012, fallowed by a European tour in spring 2013!!!