Posts Tagged ‘Cringer’

This week’s guest is none other than Kamala Parks! Fans of the Berkeley punk scene would no doubt be familiar with her work. Not only was she the drummer for bands like Kamala And The Karnivores, Cringer, Naked Aggression, The Gr’ups, etc. but she was also one of the key people in starting The Gilman Street Project; the iconic punk rock DIY venue that gave such bands as Green Day and The Offspring a place to play before they were launched into the mainstream in 1994. This inspiring interview has Kamala opening up about her involvement in the Berkeley punk scene from booking shows in her hometown to touring Europe – all before she was 20 years old. She tells of working with the likes of Green Day and The Offspring as well as the story behind the Screeching Weasel song, Kamala’s Too Nice. This interview is really something special. If this doesn’t make you want to get up and start making things happen, I don’t know what will. We all need a Kamala in our lives to show us that anything is possible. I hope you enjoy the show which you can listen to right now by clicking on THIS LINK. Don’t forget to subscribe by clicking on the link on the left.

Enjoy these bitchin’ tunes:
Cringer – Petrograd
Cringer – Pay To Play
Cringer – Rain
Cringer – Triangle Pt 2
The Love Songs – All Branches, No Trunk
The Pathogens – Johnny Hit & Run Jenny
Screeching Weasel – Kamala’s Too Nice
Citizen Fish – Next Big Thing
Kamala And The Karnivores – 29 Degrees
Heartless Folk – Coffin Nail
Subhumans – Supermarket Forces
Cringer – Signals

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Episode 114

Michele and Damo are back with the first show of 2017. We had a bit of a break over the Christmas and New Years period but now it’s time to get back into the swing of things and we talk about The Lookouting event that we both attended as well as play some tunes by some of the bands that played there. It was quite a hootenanny and you can hear all about it on this episode. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK and you can subscribe to all the shows by clicking that link over there on the left. ROCK!

Enjoy tunes by:
Horror Squad
Mr T Experience
Tilt
Black Cat Music
Nuisance
Cringer
Monsula
Pansy Division
Squirtgun
The Love Songs
Hard-Ons
Hospital Job
Clowns
Direct Hit!

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Tonight was the first show of The Lookouting’s four day punk rock extravaganza held at the famous 924 Gilman St venue. A venue I have always wanted to step foot in and experience the punk rock collective of the Berkeley punk rock scene. You see, growing up in little old Adelaide, I read about these kinds of places in the pages of Maximum Rock N Roll and always wondered what it would be like to actually be there. In 2009 I came close and got a photo outside the venue but there were no shows on that Tuesday and so that was the extent of my time there. Now, five years later and I am here for what is one huge walk down memory lane, seeing a whole heap of bands I grew up listening to the records of.

Upon arrival I was greeted by Alex, the man who put this whole show together. He gave me my wristband and we had a chat and it was all awesome. I then saw my buddy, Bobby, bass player extraordinaire for The Sorority and El-Presidente for Turbojugend’s Oakland chapter. It was great to see him again as it had been a while. It seemed that word had spread pretty fast that a guy from Australia was coming to these shows and everyone who I either met or just randomly talked to me knew who I was. This was so surreal to me but these were my people and for the first time in a while, I felt no anxiety in this crowd. I feel anxiety around so many people but this was different. Everyone was so nice and the atmosphere inside 924 Gilman St was everything I always believed punk rock should be.

So here I am, standing at the merch booth checking out what’s on sale when I see all the books by the RESEARCH Publishing company. Way back in the day these guys released a book called Incredibly Strange Films. This book, along with the Psychotronic Encyclopaedia of Film, were bibles to me in my hunt for the weird, the strange and the truly bizarre b-movies of years passed. Now, here I was talking to the guy who put this book out. He couldn’t believe someone in Australia read his books. Like most things I have found in life, you never really know how far your art reaches unless someone tells you they read, saw, heard it.

I was purchasing a reissue of the Kamala And The Karnivores 7″ that originally came out on Lookout Records in 1989, and my original has gone walkies so another was needed when this woman comes up to me and asks if I was the guy from Australia. I replied to which she introduced herself “hi, I’m Kamala!” My Brain did a back flip as this woman has drummed on some of my favourite punk singles, namely the records of Cringer. (For those who don’t know Cringer’s music, I wholeheartedly recommend picking up their Greatest Hits Vol. 1 CD if you can find it. It’s well worth it.) Kamala was absolutely adorable and was just super nice. We chatted, I got her to sign some records and exchanged details as I really want her to come on the show and talk about her life in punk rock and playing in Cringer, Naked Aggression, and Kamala And The Karnivores who were playing this event tonight.

I also met Larry Livermore; the guy who started Lookout Records. I bought both of his books and we had a short chat about Australian punk heroes, The Hard-Ons. I am always super stoked to hear when people in the USA like The Hard-Ons or any of our other great punk bands but namely The Hard-Ons cos they’re the best band ever and they deserve all the recognition in the world for being the legends they are. If you’re reading this and have no clue about this band, I suggest you head to YouTube and check out the album Love Is A Battlefield. Trust me, you’ll love it.

First band of the night was Black Cat Music. I only have the October November CD but I was still excited to see these guys and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, these guys were the perfect openers because if this was any indication of what we were going to expect over these four days, we are in for one hell of a treat. They were well loved and it was exactly what I needed to hear. I can safely say that the first band I ever saw at Gilman St was Black Cat Music. That’s not a bad way to start off a conversation.

Kamala And The Karnivores came on next with their stripped back straight up punk rock with humour and a great attitude. Hearing them all sing together on the song Black Thumb was a sweet moment and it was great hearing the songs from the original single which you should all check out. Grab the reissue on 1986’D Records.

The Criminals came on next and we’re on fire. High energy punk rock with a bassist sporting an INXS shirt. Hell yeah, Australia represent!!! These guys were tops and Jesse (vocals) spent more time in the audience than on the stage and it ruled. I don’t own their record and I feel kinda ashamed of that cos I probably need it.

The Sewer Trout Experience was a tribute show to the band Sewer Trout. These guys were a whole lotta fun and even featured Operation Ivy’s drummer, Dave Mello, on guitar and vocals. In tribute to this, someone decided to bring the electronic board game “Operation” and start flailing it around the mosh pit. Why, who cares! It was random and it was hilarious. Original vocalist Jim Maclean sadly took his own life in 2005 so this was a special homage to the music Sewer Trout had made and a perfect night for such a tribute.

Closing out the night was TILT. I’ve had their first 7″ for like 22 years and to finally see this band live was a real treat! They sounded great and it was such a fun show. The crowd was pumped, the band sounded great and Cinder Block is such an awesome front-woman. During a tune-up between songs, Cinder lead the crowd on a sing-along through Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart”. She actually did it justice and if you’re keen, it’s already on YouTube so go check it out.

After they finished, I got my TILT records signed, said my goodbyes and walked away from The Lookouting one very happy Damo. And this was just the first night. Next up, Dr Frank with Surrogate Brains and The Invalids. Let’s do it!

Episode 90

Michele and Damo return with another week of punk rock shenanigans and fun times. This week Damo gives his review of the Batman Vs Superman movie and from his experience seeing Beach Slang. There’s tour stories and all the ridiculousness you have come to expect but most importantly, there are so many great bitchin’ tunes this week! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy music by:
Old Man Markley
Silver Sun
The Plimsouls
Beach Slang
The Scarrots
Cringer
Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon
Shreen
Riverdales
Randy
Tomar Control
Rhythm Collision
Teen Machine
Ginger Wildheart

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EPISODE 55

Episode 55

The gang is back to celebrate all things 90s pop punk. Yes, that’s right, Andrew, Michele, Amy and Damo talk the 90s and it’s awesome. We play the best of the best and we find out that Amy was at THE show. Yeah, you know the one. She was there! What show? Listen and find out. Of all gigs to be at, she was at that one. Listen now to all the greatness by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy tunes by:
The Promise Ring
Guns N Wankers
Snuff
The Mr T Experience
Fifteen
The Queers
Screeching Weasel
Cringer
Parasites
Propagandhi
Pansy Division
Weston
Face To Face
Sicko
Samiam
Riverdales

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I ordered this album from a mailorder called Rhetoric Records sometime around ’97 or ’98. I heard a song on a mixed tape and instantly liked them. For those not in the know, Walker hailed from the Midwest of the USA; Indiana to be more specific, and they played some of the catchiest pop / punk tunes I had ever heard. It was quite ingenius. Sure, pop / punk was the ‘in’ thing back then and pretty much the influx of bands doing it was over the top but these guys had something else. Something about their song writing just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. And today I played this record again and it still amazes me. 12 years on, I am still playing this record and loving every minute of it. That’s a good feat for a band who were very little known. In fact, I can’t even find a single youtube clip of them. Surely someone must have some live footage of these guys somewhere that us who never got to witness them since we were geographically challenged can experience something… anything?

There’s not a lot of information on this band which is kinda sad to know. This album was released on a small Chicago label called Harmless Records. They’re probably now defunct but I sure hope the rumoured remixed double CD anthology gets released and these tracks can be put to the world again and hopefully will not be overlooked a second time around. I also still have my classic Walker t-shirt that I still wear. It has a dude carrying an amp on his back and it says “Borrowing Equipment Since 1993.” Actually, I don’t wear it that much cos it’s an XL and I wear medium’s now. Need to take this thing in. Any sewing people out there? Anyway, wow, how time flies by. But yeah, Walker. They have a full discography lsted on the band’s Myspace page which if you are at all interested in seeing what you can find, you can check it all out there. This page also delves into what the band members are doing now.

The album itself has 12 tracks of melodic punk rock bliss that includes a cover of Petrograd which was originally performed by Cringer (Lance, R.I.P.), some really moving lyrics and some kick ass dual vocal harmonies and guitar licks. It’s sugar sweet stuff! If you like melodic pop / punk, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t dig this band. This album still rates highly as one of my faves. Stand out tracks can all be heard below. Why? Cos I’m nice and uploaded these tracks for your listening pleasure. Now, do yourself a favour and hunt this down. Look for it on eBay. Collect the singles too!

And Walker dudes, if you are reading this, thankyou so much for this record. At a time when I was getting bored with the whole pop / punk thing, you guys delivered a pearler. Heaps good!