NOFX’s new song “Oxy Moronic” is an addictive punk rock anthem about the highs and lows of big pharma, from their upcoming album “First Ditch Effort.”
Big B, aka Bryan David Mahoney, is a man of puzzling contradictions. He’s white, as all three of his real names suggest, but his main musical influences are reggae and rap. On his upcoming album he complains about our lazy, video-game-addicted fast food nation in spite of being 330 lbs. with a tattoo of the grease-chain icon Big Boy–burger in hand–inked on his belly. In an interview with Vegas radio station X107.5 Big B claims that post-911 America rejected his old band 187, and yet, I’m almost positive he has nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. Sounds like an excuse to me, Big B. You’re a hard one to pin down.
You might recognize Big B as a cast member of A&E’s Inked, one of his side jobs. He also paints cars. All of the glitz and colors that would naturally pour from someone covered in tattoos who paints vehicles on the side as he struts down the glittering Sin City Strip come out on his upcoming record, “Fool’s Gold,” a rap/rock/reggae product that sounds like a hybrid of 311, ICP, and LFO. Although I guess I’d classify him as a rapper if I was forced to pick a title, Big B never quite raps, or sings, or rock and roll yells: the lyrics are delivered in a sort of lazy, angry growl. But not actually angry, it’s more like an exuberant guy at a college party who is fake-angry for fun.
Album collaborators include Pink, Butch Walker, Slightly Stoopid, the Dirty Heads, country artist Colt Ford, and members of NOFX and Pennywise. Penny-wise the album’s producers must have been stocked: the sound is very tight, polished and professional and the invisible players behind the curtain sitting in and guest semi-stars alike play nicely together. Here and there throughout “Fool’s Gold” you’ll hear chord changes strangely reminiscent of the Beatles, sunny Kinks nods and Beach Boys turnarounds—unexpected and welcome additions.
The songs have a lot of variety to them, designed with all audiences in mind, as long as those audiences are drinking and under thirty-five. Hip hop beats and scratches meet acoustic and electric guitar hooks. Pop choruses meet pop rap mixed with radio friendly alt-rock. At times the beats and melodies are catchy in a lighthearted, summery kind of way. Riding on a boat on a lake in a small town drinking very cheap beer music, appropriately placed on said background seafaring set list in between Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock and Afro Man. Other times the mood goes deep and introspective. Those with ink in their skin and thug in their souls gaze out their windows and think about the state of the world too, people.
If you, like Big B, have a dinner plate sized logo of an automobile manufacturer tattooed on your belly (in Big B’s case, Cadillac, but any make will do) this record might be for you. Or, if like Big B, you consider yourself “High Class White Trash,” an older album title of his, you just need to wait about a month. If you want help knowing how long that is, start counting the daily empty Busch cases you throw in your front yard: once there are thirty more out there than when you started counting, you’re golden to go snag Big B’s new album, out on Surburban Noize Records, and have yourself a Rasta-tinged, punk speckled, pop sprinkled, hootenanny of a bumpin’ party.
CATCH BIG B ON THE CABIN BY THE SEA TOUR WITH DIRTY HEADS AND THE EXPENDABLES THIS SUMMER
Hot on the heels of his new video for “Here Comes The Lightning”, Las Vegas hooligan Big B has premiered the previously unreleased track “Progress” featuring Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 on Popmatters.com. “Progress” was recorded during the sessions for Big B‘s new album, Fool’s Gold, but wound up not making the final cut. Fool’s Gold is scheduled for a July 9th release on Suburban Noize Records and is currently available for pre-order here.
“When we finished recording ‘Fool’s Gold’, I had all these left over tracks that didn’t fit in anywhere on the album, but they were still great songs. I wanted let fans hear the tracks that didn’t make the cut, as a thank you for all their support over the years,” said Big B.“This album is just me growing up a little bit musically. I think I’ve evolved as an artist, and I know every album has been different, but I think people are starting to finally see it.”
Fans can catch Big B with The Dirty Heads and The Expendables on the Cabin By The Sea Tour throughout June and July.
BIG B TOUR DATES:
06/21 – Austin, TX – The Belmont
06/22 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
06/23 – Jacksonville, FL -Free Bird Live
06/24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
06/25 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
06/26 – North Myrtle Beach, FL – House of Blues
06/28 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
06/30 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
07/02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
07/08 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
07/09 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
07/11 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
07/12 – Denver, CO – Exdo Event Center
07/15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/16 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
07/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
07/24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert
07/26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
07/28 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
August Ruins was forged right in PMM’s hometown of Pittsburgh coming up from the “underground armed with motivation, a message, and a melody”. AR was founded in May of 2009 forming randomly through craigslist ads, and ever since has found success with an explosive sound, combining the speed and melody of California punk with the technicality of modern metal. (On first listen one of our reviewers, Melisa, said they sound like Green Day meets A Day to Remember). August Ruins has been described as fist in the air punk rock, with blistering guitar solos and pounding double bass, combined with catchy choruses, melodic back up vocals, and “an all around passion that illuminates from each member of the band”. With elements of hardcore, metal, and melodic punk music August Ruins is sure to find many fans.
Their latest EP “Headlines” includes some crusty gems like “You Decide” and “Gone Forgotten” with posh punk melodies reminiscent of NOFX, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory and a hint of old-old My Chemical Romance. As August Ruins builds their reputation locally and nationally they will certainly gain an audience among old school and new school punks. But, they certainly have enough elements of hardcore and metalcore to also win those prone to that genre(s) as well. This is an exciting up and coming band that has a ton of potential to break out of Steel Town and hit everytown. Keep them on your radar to make more headlines very soon.
Mike Sebula – Bass Guitar / Lead Vocals
Eric Sebula – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Reggie Little – Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
Kory Caldarelli – Percussion
“Headlines” Produced and Recorded by Brian Mcternan and Mike Schleibaum at Salad Days Studio! On Sale Now. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/headlines-ep/id523654028
After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.
Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.
RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.
A wide array of confirmed talent is on tap for RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, including RISE AGAINST, IGGY & THE STOOGES, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE OFFSPRING, A DAY TO REMEMBER, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, GOGOL BORDELLO, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, DROPKICK MURPHYS, NOFX, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, ALKALINE TRIO, AWOLNATION, THE PROMISE RING, GWAR, AUGUST BURNS RED, FRANK TURNER, BUILT TO SPILL, LESS THAN JAKE, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, FISHBONE, NOBUNNY, A WILHELM SCREAM, SCREAMING FEMALES, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, DEALS GONE BAD, WHITE MYSTERY, LARRY AND HIS FLASK, THE STORY SO FAR, JAPANTHER; and the first show for a reunited CHIODOS (original line-up) as well as a reunion for SLAPSTICK.
More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.