Punk! [#587]
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Punk! [#587]

Hits & Pits round 3 is now but a memory – but what a memory! Face To Face killed it, Unwritten Law nailed it, and Ten Foot Pole were rock solid. The Casualties, unfortunately, suffered from a poor mix and played pretty sloppily; but hey, it’s The Casualties, and it’s always a good time! Believe it or not, round FOUR is already in the works and will take place in November.
Get yourself on to the interwebs right now and stream Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ cover of Christina Aguilera’s mega hit ‘Beautiful’, courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan. It’s taken from the band’s new album, Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!
Sum 41 frontman, and former Mr Avril Lavigne, Deryck Whibley, is currently in hospital being treated for alcoholism, and sadly, it’s looking pretty dicey.
So the finalised line-up for the Tasmanian leg of Up The Punx has been announced, and if it’s anything to go by, the Victorian show is going to be ridiculous! Get this: Admiral Ackbar’s Dishonourable Discharge, K-Mart Warriors, Hopes Abandoned, Public Liability, Liquor Snatch, Southpaw, Rust Proof, Substance Abuse, Lizard Punch, Foley, The Cruntburgers, Stay Down, Ironhawk, Fatty Esther, Drayfus’ Epiphany, Dead Maggies, Carcass of Humanity and In Your Honour. Crazy! Check back next issue for the long, long-awaited Victorian announcement!
Riot Fest is already looming for North American rock fans and it’s shaping up to be a doozy! September 6-7 sees the three city event kick off in Toronto, Canada, with a line-up that includes punk rock luminaries NOFX, Rise Against, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Samhain, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Lucero, Bouncing Souls, Stiff Little Fingers, Buzzcocks, Anti-Flag, Pussy Riot, All, Superchunk and Mudhoney. Impressive stuff, especially since other acts on the bill include The Cure, Wu-Tang Clan, Jane’s Addiction, Cheap Trick, Slayer and The Flaming Lips! A slightly different line-up then rocks Chicago, Illinois, on September 12-14 and Denver, Colorado on September 19-21. Yowsa!
Not so fun fact: Unwritten Law threw a tantrum at the Perth Hits & Pits show after their set was cut short by six songs due to noise pollution laws preventing the show going past midnight, so they retaliated by destroying part of the backline, including the drum kit and cymbals belonging to The Casualties. Uncool, to say the least.
More next time, kids. In the meantime, stay cool. And go to a punk rock show and buy some merch!
Written by Christopher Cruze

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