Punk rock legends DESCENDENTS; one of the most loved bands of any genre to have generated over several decades of popular music are headed back to Australia in 2013.
This time they’re bringing a cross-section of the punk rock’s finest with them for massive shows with good vibes and fun times. Descendents + Bouncing Souls + Frenzal Rhomb + Bodyjar = music lovin’ guys and gals all over Australia will be positively giddy with delight. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth; get ready for the must see gigs of the summer.
DESCENDENTS have one of the most enduring legacies of any punk rock band in history. They’re the kind of band that stirs an all-consuming adoration in their fans, many of which have Milo’s unmistakable cartoon likeness tattooed across their limbs.
Their first ever Australian tour back in 2010 caused near panic as punters of all ages scrambled for tickets and viewing spots to witness live performances of classic tracks “I’m The One”, “Coffee Mug”, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” and “Everything Sucks”. It became immediately apparent that Descendents captured the hearts of multiple generations of punk fans with their tales of adolescent discontent and their grip refuses to loosen with age.
Asbury Park, New Jersey's BOUNCING SOULS celebrated their 20th birthday in 2009, continuing to be every bit as scintillating on-stage as they were through the 90's and into the 00's. Their last trip to Oz was in 2010 alongside buddies Hot Water Music, where they fronted to a set of sold out shows with their adored and extensive catalog of heartfelt punk anthems.
FRENZAL RHOMB are still offending audiences and impressing punters off the back of their AIR and ARIA nominated 8th album Smoko at the Pet Food Factory, which was recorded at the Blasting Room, in the US in the capable hands of Descendents’ very own Bill Stevenson. Ten years and eight albums deep, Frenzal are in the finest form of their career.
BODYJAR returned to Aussie stages last year into the warm arms of the Australian music-listening public after a brief hiatus. Smashing out a series of rad shows, the Melbourne lads launched the first ever vinyl release of their classic 1998 album No Touch Red by playing it in full and mustering a bevy of Aussie punk rock royalty to help them celebrate.
The Descendents 2013 punk rock adventure will take over Australia for four gargantuan shows in five days. This line-up is a once in a lifetime chance for punk rock lovin’ folks of all persuasions. Like some extraordinary Voltron, these four superpowers combined will form a powerful tour de force of punk rock.
In-depth Biography Fueled by "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing and food," the Descendents sprang up during the halcyon days of the Los Angeles punk scene; fusing the blind rage of hardcore with an unexpectedly wry, self-deprecating wit and a strong melodic sensibility which set them distinctly apart from their West Coast brethren, they gradually emerged as one of the most enduring and adored bands of their time. Formed in 1979, the Descendents' first lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Frank Navetta, vocalist/bassist Tony Lombardo, and drummer Bill Stevenson; initially sporting an edgy power pop sound inspired by the Buzzcocks, the group issued a debut single, "Ride the Wild," and then promptly vanished from sight.
When the Descendents resurfaced in 1981, they were a four-piece fronted by vocalist Milo Auckerman, a beloved figure within the hardcore community who infused the group's identity with both unmitigated teen angst and a healthy dose of goofball humor. Amid a relentless, caffeine-powered touring schedule, the Descendents found time to record the 1981 EP Fat, a collection spotlighting both Auckerman's affection for fast food ("Weinerschnitzel," "I Like Food") and distaste for parental guidance ("My Dad Sucks"). A year later, the group issued their debut LP, Milo Goes to College; despite the considerable levity of tracks like "Bikeage" and "Suburban Home," the title was no joke -- Auckerman was indeed headed off to study biochemistry, and when Stevenson joined the ranks of Black Flag, the Descendents went on sabbatical.
In 1985, the group re-formed, with SWA alum Ray Cooper replacing Navetta on guitar; after the release of the more pop-flavored album I Don't Want to Grow Up, ex-Anti bassist Doug Carrion assumed Lombardo's duties. A sunnier perspective informed 1986's Enjoy!, as evidenced by the inclusion of a cover of the Beach Boys' "Wendy," but after 1987's All, the group split again; after Stevenson formed a new group, also dubbed All, the only Descendents products to appear for a number of years were a pair of live releases, 1987's Liveage! and 1989's Hallraker. Somewhat surprisingly, Auckerman and Stevenson re-formed the Descendents in 1996 with All bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton; in addition to mounting a tour, the group recorded a new album, Everything Sucks. Following the tour, Auckerman once again returned to his life in the chem lab until 2004 when the guys were back with two new releases, both issued on Fat Wreck -- February brought the EP 'Merican, and the full-length Cool to Be You followed a month later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi