HOB & CS presents
The Interrupters + SWMRS
1055 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CACA, 2583
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the L.A.-based ska-punk four-piece hit the studio with Rancid's Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.
Undeniably fun but urgent in message, Say It Out Loud finds The Interrupters backing their 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled yet melody-heavy sound with lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election. "Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and
that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album," notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.
Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker's Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud achieved its vital feel thanks to what Kevin describes as a "totally organic, GMO-free process" that relied on raw live performance. True to The Interrupters' unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the album kicks off with "By My Side," a fist-pumping but tender tribute to outcast solidarity (sample lyric: "After all the stupid things we did/Our hearts are still beating"). The band keeps it intimate and openhearted on songs like "On a Turntable," whose snarling guitar riffs and growling vocals pay homage to the life-saving power of music. "'On a Turntable' is partly about how whether things are good or bad in your life, there's always a song for what you're going through," Kevin points out. Meanwhile, on tracks like "She Got Arrested" (a gritty look at the impact of domestic abuse) and "Jenny Drinks" (a painfully detailed glimpse into the realities of addiction), The Interrupters shift perspective and bring some unforgettably poignant storytelling to their songwriting.
Throughout Say It Out Loud, The Interrupters also embed fiery social commentary into their lyrics, with "Babylon" calling on the people to "conquer the system of control" and "Media Sensation" tearing apart media-controlled narratives. Another fierce meditation on media responsibility, "Phantom City" has Armstrong lending his vocals to a darkly charged take on today's constantly-plugged-in culture. And rounding out Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters' unstoppably upbeat spirit, from "The Prosecutor" ("a song about good conquering evil," according to Aimee) to "The Valley" (a bouncing ode to the band's homeland) to "You're Gonna Find a Way Out" (a rowdy anthem inspired by The Specials' "A Message to You, Rudy" and featuring Less Than Jake's Chris DeMakes, Roger Lima, Peter "JR" Wasilewski, and Buddy Schaub).
Forming The Interrupters in 2012, Aimee and the Bivonas first crossed paths when the brothers' former band Telacasters shared bills with her on a summer 2009 tour. Through the years—in which they've hit the road with bands like Rancid and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, in addition to taking the stage at such festivals as It's Not Dead and Soundwave—The Interrupters have forged a
formidable bond that deeply informs their music. "Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes," says Kevin. "That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about."
SWMRS is Cole Becker (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Max Becker (lead vocals, lead guitar), Joey Armstrong (drums, backing vocals), and Sebastian Mueller (bass, backing vocals). The band emerged in early 2015 through the dissolution of previous project Emily's Army. In the grand tradition of punk rock, Cole Becker and friend Joey Armstrong formed the band before even learning to play their instruments, after watching the movie School of Rock at age eight. Drawing influence from seminal pop-punk acts like The Ramones and The Clash, the Beckers and Armstrong released two full-length records and a handful of EPs before graduating high school. The band toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Pennywise, Rise Against, The Aquabats, Gerard Way, and Soundgarden, and appeared at Reading and Leeds festivals, Warped Tour, and Soundwave, before pursuing a new musical endeavor with a broader sonic palate. The new band solidified its lineup as Max Becker made the switch from bass to lead guitar and Armstrong taught friend Sebastian Mueller to play the bass. SWMRS attributes the emotional lyrical content and slicker production of their new material to diverse influences ranging from Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest to Pavement, Weezer, and Nirvana.
Have you ever heard the inarguable sound of what materializes when you let fate direct the future? What if that sound was influenced by twenty years of British and American punk cultures colliding? For the members of Sharp Shock, growing up with the bands that defined music with an honesty and passion that can be rarely found in modern times, cleared a very obvious path for what they wanted to do with their own lives. Sometimes in music, the storybook tale of determination, sacrifice and despair can be thrown around hastily. To some, those three things describe a reality that very few can truly understand, and for the members of Sharp Shock, they are only a few attributes that make up their unique story.
Having all played in bands from a young age, the work ethic it takes to move your life around the world just isn’t something that most people possess. Playing in garages to arenas and back again, sleeping on floors and in vans for the better part of the last fifteen years, they found their way to Southern California and were pushed only by that dream so many end up letting slip away.
Singer/Guitarist Davey Warsop (Beat Union, Suedehead) and bass player/vocals Dan Smith (The Dear & Departed) are UK exports. Smith by way of New Zealand and also widely known for his achievement in the tattoo world, they both moved to California in the early 2000’s without knowing each other. Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites/Suedehead), a San Diegan drummer raised on a healthy diet of Reggae, Ska and a West Coast view on that same upbringing, would end up completing this trio perfectly. Despite their different geographical beginnings, they quickly realized they were all very much from the same place. “The timing couldn’t have been better” says Smith. “As the story goes, both myself and Korey reached out to Davey by way of text message, coincidentally within a minute of each other, suggesting we start something. We hadn't even met, so i think Davey saw that as some kind of synchronicity, perhaps too much of a coincidence for him to ignore. Then before we knew it, we were already in the studio recording”.
It was only a matter of time before the hiatus they were all experiencing and this coincidence would essentially bring them together. Musically, it is exactly what you might expect kids schooled early on The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers would sound like. Then, submerse that in the sun drenched beach cities of Southern Californian surf,skate and punk culture and the sounds of The Descendents or early Green Day and you will find Sharp Shock. The way the band formed can only be described as organic and after some time away from playing and being rather disheartened with the machine of the music industry and not knowing where they fit in, they all agreed to take much more of a DIY approach this time. Warsop, having produced and engineered countless records over the years at Hurley studios shortly after moving to the US, was a key piece in the productivity of self producing the debut album. “We tracked the majority of this record live, to keep the performances honest and fun. Like our name suggests, we’re trying to keep everything about this band direct and to the point. From the songwriting being short and snappy, to us being a trio…we don’t want to overcomplicate anything.” says Warsop. Sharp Shock had their first record under their belt within a very short amount of time and it would be no surprise if a second wasn’t too far away. “This feels like it did when i was covering my favorite bands in my garage as a kid. We are doing only what we know…and doing it from the heart” say Smith.
Unlearn Everything will be released via Heart & Skull Records this summer.