Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Original members of The Damned reunite for UK tour

Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian in Seattle in 2018. (Cat Rose photo)

Stellar news on The Damned front today as the legendary band has announced that original members Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James will reunite for a four-date UK tour in July of 2021. 

Here's the schedule:

July 9

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

London, United Kingdom

July 16

O2 Academy Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

July 17

O2 Academy Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom

July 18

O2 Apollo Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Photo flashback: Cheap Trick strikes 10

Rick Nielsen, Daxx Nielsen and Robin Zander in action. 

So, we've finally been given permission from Cheap Trick's management to share two of Cat Rose's photos (with watermarks) from this ripping show on Aug. 28, 2015, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. They opened for Peter Frampton.

“We are the one and only — with no substitutes — Cheap Trick,” Rick Nielsen shouted to the crowd at one point during the energetic set, which featured the guitarist flicking copious picks to fans and giving the throng a thumbs up after nearly every song.

They rolled through "Come On, Come On," "Big Eyes," "Lookout," "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me," "Dream Police," "Stiff Competition" and much more on the most-rockin' eve.

Daxx and Robin.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Circle Jerks' 'Group Sex' rages on 40 years later with Trust Records reissue


By Andy 

"NUTS!" is one way Keith Morris emotes his feelings about how the Circle Jerks' "Group Sex" album has withstood the test of time.

"I personally am in awe over the attention our album gets this far out from its original release back in 1980," the band's animated singer told us in an email this week.

While the pandemic put a hit on the CJs' 40th anniversary reunion plans this year, Trust Records has helped keep the band's legacy alive with a reissue of that classic punk platter. Our original copy my brother purchased in 1980 is scratched to hell, but still delivers the angst and rage 1,000-fold.

The new edition has been given the remaster treatment and will include five bonus tracks from the band's initial rehearsal in 1980, a deluxe 20-page booklet jam packed with rare photos, flyers and testimonials, and a reprint of a 24-page CJs fanzine from 1980 with pre-orders. Visit

At the age of 14, I first encountered the CJs at the Starwood in Los Angeles at my first punk gig. It was a night I'll never forget.

When Morris and the CJs hit the stage, I was amazed at how the band raged while playing so tight. Guitarist Greg Hetson and bassist Roger Rogerson jumped up and down and drummer Lucky Lehrer shredded away with a wild look on his face. Morris had his usual beer in hand and was as manic as I thought he would be on stage -- turns out my grade-school buddy Tony Ford (who often collected the donations at church sporting engineer boots and a leather jacket) was right.

To top off the CJs' set, brother Ed hopped up on stage, ran across it and dove into the crowd during "Paid Vacation."

Morris fills us in on the raucous band's beginnings.

"When we first started, our situation had us skipping out on the learning to crawl and walking bits and going directly to a swift paced run. Everything was moving fast and we didn't have time to dwell upon the events that were happening to us. The CJs were just going for it!," he said. 

And then they began wearing out their shoes and boots at a blistering pace on the punk scene.

"Writing songs and booking gigs equated to spinning heads, and the recording process for 'Group Sex' went by so quickly that we had no idea as to what we were doing," he added. "Roger, Greg, Lucky and I had absolutely no thoughts towards us helping to create a blueprint for a genre of music."

Our original copy from 1980.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Adolescents unleash cover tunes on 'Russian Spider Dump'

Tony from the Adolescents. (Cat Rose photo)

It's covers time for the Adolescents, who tackle 15 classics on their upcoming album "Russian Spider Dump" (political post part 2 for TSHIT this week). 

On the Kung Fu Records/Cleopatra Records Oct. 23 release, the Adolescents let loose on tunes by Middle Class ("Home is Where"), the Simpletones ("I Like Drugs), the Germs ("Lion's Share"), the Flyboys ("Crayon World") and more.

It's available on both CD and colored vinyl at

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Ukeage Boy: Milo goes political with RebUke tunes

Milo Aukerman sans ukulele. (Cat Rose photo)

In a 2019 interview with this blog, Milo Aukerman discussed how he played acoustic guitar around his home while his daughter joined him on the French horn.

That's a far cry from the Descendents tuneage he's used to knocking out, but how about going all ukulele on us?

About a month away from an ultra-crucial election, Aukerman has released three politically charged solo tunes under the RebUke moniker on "45... not a LP." Check it out at Fat Wreck Chords will unleash the vinyl and the digital product is in Epitaph Records' hands.

When we last spoke to Aukerman, he was writing new Descendents songs, but these ones have now made their way into the RebUke realm as the election nears.

"I’ve spent most of my punk rock life avoiding the temptation to write political songs; it always seemed like politics is the obvious go-to subject of punk and thus not of interest to me. Unfortunately, after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, I find myself virtually unable to write songs about anything else," Aukerman said today on the Fat site. "If you believe, like me, that 45 is not a LP, we ALL need to VOTE to make that a reality. Only then can we hope to see a return to sanity, a turning of the page. These songs are my personal attempts to turn the page on our national nightmare…if only I could will it through music."  

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Going OFF! / Cat Rose Unseen Photos

Since most of 2020 has been a bust for shows, we've dug into some of Cat Rose's unseen photos of the mighty OFF! These were taken at three different gigs in Seattle over the last six years. Fucking raging!!


Saturday, September 19, 2020

From the vault: Die Kreuzen at Roadburn (NL) in 2013 / Cat Rose photos

Why not make it a Die Kreuzen hat trick, eh?

Milwaukee's paint-peeling, brain-rattling rippers recently got some ink in Decibel magazine and had their early demos from 1981-82 given new life by, so we'll jump into the ring with some mostly unseen Cat Rose photos from the band's blistering set at the Roadburn Festival's Afterburner gig on April 21, 2013 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

On the demos, you've got singer Dan Kubinski, drummer Erik Tunison, bassist Keith Brammer and guitarist Brian Egeness. In the live pics, there's Jay Tiller on guitar in Egeness' spot.

Check out the demos at

Monday, September 14, 2020

Fu Manchu honors Peart with its version of 'Working Man'

Fu Manchu released its version of Rush's classic "Working Man" today in tribute to the late drummer Neil Peart, "The Professor," who passed away on Jan. 7, 2020.

The San Clemente, CA rockers recorded the tune in January 2020 and all proceeds will benefit Brain Tumor Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Peart's memory.

According to a Fu Manchu social-media announcement today: "Members of our band and our manager were in the audience on August 1, 2015 when this was the final song played by Neil, Geddy and Alex. We are forever grateful for all of the music and memories. Thanks to Carl Saff for donating his mastering services and to David Medel for donating his art services. Thanks to Jim Monroe for the studio time, engineering & mixing hook up. Thanks to Meg and everyone in the Rush family. Thanks to John Raso for going the extra mile to help us get this out."

The digital only release (for now) can be purchased at

Fu Manchu in action in Seattle, 2017. (Cat Rose photo)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

'Brace Yourself' for Seized Up's forthcoming album / Interview

(Photo courtesy of Keith Wells)

By Andy

I can envision Clifford Dinsmore smashing that blue plastic milk crate to bits all over again.

But this time it involves 10 times more anger than before, with his roaring vocals threatening to level anything in his way.

The former raucous scenario occurred in the summer of 1986 when Bl'ast! raged through its set at some club in New Haven, CT, during a gig with Corrosion of Conformity, DRI and locals Evil Dead. At that wild moment, I rushed forward to unleash a long-winded scream into the microphone.

Fast-forward to today and Dinsmore is still pummeling away as the singer of Seized Up, which formed in Santa Cruz, CA, last year and also features a formidable cast of Fast Asleep guitarist Danny B., Good Riddance bassist Chuck Platt and The Distillers drummer Andy Granelli.

A trio of shows rattled some heads when bands could still plug in. Come Oct. 9, Seized Up's debut record "Brace Yourself" will bust through the doors on Pirates Press Records.

Here's an email interview with Dinsmore about what's brewing in the Seized Up camp.

(Photo courtesy of  Rob Coons)

** How did you guys all get together? Was it something on the wish list for a while or did it just happen organically?

I was really into Fast Asleep, and when I went to see them, they broke the news to me that the band was done. Chuck and Danny said they were forming a new project and wanted me to sing. Shortly after, they recruited Andy and the chemistry really gelled and mutated into Seized Up.

**The sound is obviously ultra-fierce. What's it like when you strap on the instruments and let loose? A pretty cathartic experience?

Like I said, the chemistry is really there, so when we unleash these songs, there's definitely no holding back. It's balls to the wall all the way!

**What are you dealing with lyrics-wise? What needs to be addressed with an apocalyptic backdrop of noise these days?

With the release date being so close, I don't want to take away from the impact by disclosing anything. However, I will say that the lyrics definitely reflect this fucked-up time period in a very appropriate way.

**How did the shows go when they were around? Wild stuff? How did the crowds react? 

Well... we've only played 3, great time to start a band, right?!!?  The shows we did get to play were complete mayhem and totally off the hook and we're really looking forward to getting back out there.

**We've heard the unhinged, glorious "Manic Decompression," what's your reaction when that song blasts back at you? 

Well, it is what it is... complete "no holds barred," out-of-control hardcore in its purest form. If you like that song, the full length is definitely gonna knock you on your ass.

**Do you feel you captured your sound well in the recording studio? What are people in for when they hit the play button?

For sure! Paul Miner did a great job and really captured our sound. We were really well rehearsed and went in there ready to throw down! We did the whole thing in 3 days. Andy was on tour with The Distillers and only had one day to do all his drum tracks...11 fucking songs in one day and he nailed it. I think people are going to enjoy this record... kind of a beam of light in an otherwise dark and dismal time period.