D4th of July - DAY 3 - w/ Off With Their Heads, Pegboy & More!
The Arrivals, In Defence (Farewell to Ben Crew & 10 Yr Anniversary), Neutral Boy
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Off With Their Heads
Rising punk rock band Off With Their Heads have released Home, their sophomore Epitaph Records’ release. Produced by Bill Stevenson of Decendents fame at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, Home retains all the boisterous spirit of the band's earlier efforts while sonically taking a monumental step forward. The new album embraces authentic punk rock at its core and combines melodic fast paced aggression with mid-tempo pop, while singer Ryan Young’s rough and edgy vocals and genuine lyrics create a sincerity that can only come from a hard working band that lives and breathes it every day.
“Home is about the struggles of constantly being on the move, trying to maintain relationships while being away, and not feeling like there is really anywhere to go home to anymore,” says Young. It’s about the reasons why people leave their hometowns and never go back.”
From the first track, “Star Walking", an explosive opener about things getting worse while waiting for things to get better, to the album’s first single “Nightlife” about worry-filled, sleepless nights that keep you awake, Young describes the new album as “being about how hard it is to accept change for some of us.” This is evident in the sobering track “Stolen Away” that takes a hard look at fleeting relationships while “Seek Advice Elsewhere” touches upon the importance of reflection. Young continues to say, “It’s about getting older, and not being ok with it. It is about how religion can destroy a family. Finally, it is a dedication to anyone who can relate.”
Off With Their Heads have begun to carve out their own foundation in punk rock history with their very own take on rowdy, self-deprecating, beer-drinking, working class punk rock. When it comes to touring virtually year round, it isn’t a choice as much as it’s a lifestyle for Off With Their Heads. In March, the band will once again head out on another tour in anticipation of one of the year’s most engaging punk rock records.
Something of a Chicago punk supergroup, Pegboy carried the torch for the city's classic post-hardcore sound into the '90s, albeit with a more straightforward, melodic approach. Founder and guitarist John Haggerty had been in the seminal Naked Raygun, while his brother, drummer Joe Haggerty, had played with Bloodsport and a later version of the Effigies. Vocalist Larry Damore and charter bassist Steve Saylors had both been in the Bhopal Stiffs, and teamed up with the Haggerty brothers in 1990, when all of their respective bands had given up the ghost (or were about to). Signing to Touch & Go subsidiary Quarterstick, Pegboy debuted that same year with the Three Chord Monte EP, then followed it in 1991 with their first full-length album, Strong Reaction. Later paired on a CD reissue, these two records bridged '90s punk-pop and seminal proto-alternative punkers like Hsker D, Mission of Burma, and the aforementioned Naked Raygun. Following a tour with Social Distortion, Saylors left the band, owing to a new, less flexible day job. Chicago legend Steve Albini filled in for him on the 1993 EP Fore, after which the group settled on a permanent replacement in Pierre Kezdy, another ex-Naked Raygun member who'd started his career in another early Chicago punk outfit, Strike Under (his brother John also fronted the Effigies). Kezdy debuted on the 1994 album Earwig, which was followed by a split single with Kepone. Falling silent for a couple of years, Pegboy returned in 1997 with their third album, the Albini-engineered Cha Cha Damore. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide Written by Steve Huey
In Defence (Farewell to Ben Crew & 10 Yr Anniversary)
OFFICIAL NEWS: For anyone who cares...
I, Ben Crew, have formally decided to step away from the band. I figure now is the time to do so.
That said this band has allowed me to meet and play with many of the bands I grew up listening to, release a fuck ton of records, travel the world and make friends from all different continents. I am very great full for all of it. There are so many memories. I've gotten to work with so many cool people.
I'm not dropping out of the scene. I still plan on playing with NO SKIN and other projects. Who knows... if I ever feel the itch again I might pick things back up and do a show or whatever. But right now I need to clear my head.
The current members are going to continue playing as In Defence and writing new songs. I'm totally cool with this as In Defence has always been about being able to create and experience for those involved. I have no desire to stop that for anyone else. I have no desire to cause any drama.
Usually I'm on here talking shit and making outlandish claims but rest assured that this is true. I'm not joking. I'm not trolling. I'm not doing this to fuck with anyone. I just wanted to make a public statement and let people know.
Plus I want to eat pizza again. The reign of the taco is over.
Thanks for listening. I really appreciate all of enthusiasm and support over the years!
- Ben Crew
Neutral Boy is a punk band traveling with Hell;s Belles. They double up as Hell's Belles Techs.