Well this is one that’s fun to crank in the car to get your 15-year-old’s attention. Sounds great in the school pickup line with the windows down, making all the moms and the resource officer nervous. Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t intentionally embarrass my kid, ha ha. And more importantly, I wouldn’t want all the normies to mistake it for Kid Rock and think I’m a Michissippi redneck.
I’ll admit, I’m a little confused by Zac Carper transforming his band from nihilistic skate punk goofballs to whatever nu-metally shit this, but whatever. It’s still pretty fun. (Although I like the Blues Explosion version better.)
Don’t want to bury the lede here so I’ll just point out that Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist has cut his hair since the last time I saw his hippie locks at Riot Fest in 2016. Phew!
But back to the new song…
Good old Zac Carper is back with another tale about his misspent youth and fragile psyche.
Well I’m cracking one open with the boys by myself
And everybody thinks that I need professional help
But I don’t wanna think about that anymore
And just because I woke up on someone’s floor
And asked, Who the fuck am I?
I didn’t know it felt good to cry
But before you get too nervous for him he asks, “Why does getting sober make you feel like a loner?”
The video features cameos of various punk rock celebrities imbibing their favorite beverages, inclding feat. No Parents, Criminal Hygiene, Danny Bengston (Together Pangea), Kelsey Reckling (and Bocky), Cadien (Twin Peaks), The Side Eyes, Benjamin Booker, Sunny War, Matthew Zuk, Brian Rodriguez, The Frights, No Win, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake (X), Tropa Magica, Zachary “Penske” Cox, Misses Joseph Herzog, Shelly Schimek, Nate Mercereau, Culture Abuse, Barbara (@poserfeel), Alice Baxley, SWMRS, The McGinnis Family, NOBRO, Dicky Presto, Jimmy Russo, Ronald Ray-Gun, FIDIOTS, Dune Rats, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (The Hives), Matt Caughthran (The Bronx), Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), Jonah Ray and Taran Killam.
They’ve released a few covers (Beastie Boys, Nirvana since then, Pink Floyd) and a couple of originals, but I’m looking forward to the release of their third full length. Still no info on when that’s going to happen but “Are You High?” is a promising sign. It’s a little more melodic and less screamy than their previous original single, “Alcohol,” but it’s still rambunctious and obnoxious, just the way we like them.
And all my homies wanna know what I’ve been doing
I think that I knew better back when I was using
Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts.
While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most of the performers still fall somewhere along the punk rock spectrum. And even the ones who don’t play distorted guitars could be said to have a punk rock attitude. Gotta respect that.
Riot Fest sometimes gets accused of cashing in on nostalgia. Sure, a lot of the bands peaked 20 or 30 years ago (or more). But the fact that they’re still around and kicking ass is a testament not only to their survival but to our own. We should all hope we age as gracefully as the most of these artists (Al Jourgensen excepted).
Headliners this year were Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunited Jawbreaker, playing their first full show in 21 years (other than a couple warm up gigs around San Francisco last month). The headliners get the big font on the poster, but fest diehards know that the undercard is always where the action is.
It was hot and sunny when we got to the park on Friday. You never know what you’re going to get in September in Chicago, but you can usually count on at least some rain. The line to get in was down the block and security was being thorough. I heard one guy complaining that they had opened his cardboard cigarette case the wrong way and wrecked it. A woman behind me was worried she was going to miss X, who she had last seen in 1983 with the Replacements opening up for them! Don’t worry, she made it in with time to spare.
I love this band. They were definitely the highlight of Lollapalooza this year for me. This is a song from their second album, Too, and they’re on tour now so you should check them out if they come near your town. I’d love to see them in a club. “West Coast” is a super fun pop song about getting wasted and running away, a sentiment I’m sure we can all appreciate this week.
Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.
Here are Brandon’s answers:
1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?
Playing for a lot of people who would never normally come to see us and seeing other bands.
2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?
Playing while its still light out and usually festival sound sucks.
3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?
Yeah, FYF in L.A. is the shit.
4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?
Sabbath, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Angels
5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?
Whoever is having digestive problems.
6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?
SUNN Concert Bass head and 2x15″ Cab
7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?
Partying with our friend Daniel Wing.
8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?
Didn’t really pay attention to that rule.
9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?
Come and we’ll try to sneak you in.
10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.