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Album Review: Pennywise - Yesterdays (2014 LP)

Pennywise have been around for ages and it’s amazing to think that they have been one of the influential bands that have shaped the punk rock scene of today. For their music to still mean something, says a lot about their reputation. Being a band for over twenty years and having eleven studio albums, this is not only a reflection of their career longevity but it also shows their genuine commitment as musicians. Last year, they released their album Yesterdays with former and original vocalist Jim Lindberg after Zoli Téglás departure as lead singer of two years due to back injury. With punk bands like Green Day and The Offspring hitting the mainstream attention and signing with major labels, Pennywise chose to stay with Epitaph Records. Truth be told, you don’t need a major record deal to speak your mind through your music.

Festival Review: Vans Warped Tour - Ellis Park, Adelaide (09.12.13)

If you were one of the millions of kids who cut their teeth on pop-punk and skate-punk in the late nineties and early-to-mid 2000s, the Vans Warped Tour was pretty much hallowed ground. I distinctly remember following the coverage of the American Warped Tours every year in high school, drooling over the line ups, following Buzznet blogs, watching videos and reading interviews. It was my dream to go over and follow the tour for myself at some point, although I'm not sure how I thought I was going to afford it.

Photo Gallery: Vans Warped Tour Part Three - Exhibition Park, Canberra (06.12.13)

Vans Warped Tour headed to Canberra's Exhibition Park on Friday where we caught the full line-up. Here's the third and final part to our Canberra gallery. Gwendolyn Lee brings us these photos from the pit at the Kevin Says stage where The Summer Set opened the stage and The Offspring headlined.

Photo Gallery: Vans Warped Tour Part Two - Ellis Park, Adelaide (08.12.13)

The Used

This year's Vans Warped Tour line-up was so huge, we couldn't fit it all in one gallery. Here is part two of how the day unfolded at the Adelaide stop. Kerrie Geier brings you these shots.

Festival Review: Vans Warped Tour - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (29.11.13)

Friday saw the first Australian leg of the Warped Tour since 2002, bringing with it the weight of punk rock folklore. On entry to the RNA Showgrounds, festival goers were welcomed by 35 degree heat, the smell of vinyl tents and one big-arse half pipe. I settled in for a long day in front of the outdoor stage which played host to the more punk end of Warped’s musical spectrum; with the indoor stage leaning towards metalcore. As more of the band shirt brandishing masses rolled in there was an anticipatory buzz of expectation. The crowd comprised largely of a generation who’d made a yearly ritual of staring longingly at the US tour’s line-up and now finally came their chance experience the legendary festival for themselves.

Photo Gallery: Vans Warped Tour - Barangaroo, Sydney (01.12.13)

The 2013 WARPED Tour stopped by Sydney on the weekend and brought out the punks, the hardcore heads and rock fans from every genre in between out to Barangaroo for a day of killer tunes. Mikki Gomez was there for the AU and brings you these snaps.

the AU interview: Greg K of The Offspring (California)

The Offspring were only in Australia earlier in the year on the monster Soundwave tour that had many fans revisiting some classic moments of 90s punk rock throughout the day and night. Come November however, the original pranksters (had to be done) are coming back through on the 2013 Warped Tour. Bassist Greg K tells me about the band's 2013, splitting time between touring and family life and how touring an album differs from back in the day to now.

Parkway Drive, The Used and more feature on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour announcement!

The line up for the highly anticipated, AJ Maddah-driven, Vans Warped Tour has been announced tonight, with Byron legends Parkway Drive set to lead the charge. The event, returning after more than a decade out of the scene, Warped is set to get circle pits around the country hyped up and sweaty. After months of rumours, leaks and speculation, the 2013 festival will feature the following bands from Australia and around the world.


Live Review: The Offspring - The Palace Theatre (06.03.13)

Disproving the idea that anything old ‘ish’ isn’t worth the effort, The Offspring played a sold-out, packed-to-the-rafters Sidewave show at Melbourne’s Palace Theatre. Unlike their Soundwave shows, this was an ‘anniversary edition’ three part set, beginning with a full performance of their album Ignition, which was first released in all it’s fine punk glory in 1992.