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NOFX - First Ditch Effort Tour

Cabooze and AEG present

NOFX - First Ditch Effort Tour

Pears, Useless ID

Sat, November 12, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$29.00 - $30.00

This event is 18 and over

NOFX
NOFX
NOFX were formed in Berkeley, California, USA, in 1983. Immediately, it was obvious that they were one of the few bands on the hardcore scene to embrace humorous lyrical fare to genuinely amusing effect. The original trio of Fat Mike (b. Mike Burkett; vocals, bass), Eric Melvin (guitar, vocals) and Erik Ghint (b. Erik Sandin; drums), was joined by guitarist Dave Cassilas in 1987. They set their agenda with their debut EP for Mystic Records, The P.M.R.C. Can Suck On This. Afterwards, they addressed accusations about being on this most unfashionable of labels (which was completely injudicious in releasing material by any hardcore band that came its way) with the So What If We're On Mystic! EP. It was via a contract with Epitaph Records and the Ribbed album that No FX became a productive unit in terms of worldwide sales. New guitarist Steve Kidwiler featured on both S&M Airlines and Ribbed, the latter a blemishless collection of genuinely funny songs, notably the male-hygiene-bonding epic, "Shower Days". The full musicianship and clean production only helped to illuminate their witty, everyday intrigues, with lyrics written by Fat Mike, a graduate of San Francisco University. El Hefe (b. Aaron Abeyta; guitar, trumpet) replaced Kidwiler in 1991, making his debut on The Longest Line EP. With the breakthrough of acts such as the Offspring and Rancid, No FX, significantly older than either, became a mainstream act by the mid-90s, though in truth they had not altered musical direction since their inception. Instead, each album offered increasingly savage witticisms and a disciplined but flexible musical attack, able to vary pace from anything between outright thrash and ska. The band have also released several EPs and albums on Fat Mike's own Fat Wreck Chords label.
Pears
Pears
The story of PEARS is not exactly an incredibly long one: The hardcore punk band came together just over a year ago, in early 2014, after its members had kicked around the New Orleans punk scene for long enough before finally wising up and realizing they were meant for each other. However, it is a story that is remarkably fast-paced: The band's first demo, …In Diapers, was released days after their first practice. The band's 10-song debut album, the absolutely electrifying Go To Prison, was written over the course of 14 hours and recorded a mere five weeks after the band formed. Really, there's no way PEARS should be as good as they are—something frontman Zach Quinn fully realizes. "The big secret is that me and a couple of the guys were in a band called the Lollies for a few years," Quinn says. "That band broke up, we took some time away from each other and then just tried to do it right this time. I guess we really kind of lucked out. We didn't make the same mistakes—the same mistakes being really too fuckin' drunk to do anything."
Of course, coming out of the NOLA scene, it's tough to be anything but debaucherous.

"The city is so decadent, it's a great place to be a piece of shit," Quinn says. "There's plenty of punk rock. Not a lot of it is very good, but everybody's having fun." It's that anything-goes attitude that informs Go To Prison, an album that straddles the line between in-your-face hardcore and sugar-sweet traditional pop-punk that's surprisingly lighthearted. It's evident in their logo (some might call it an homage to Fear; "I haven't heard from Lee Ving's lawyers yet," chuckles Quinn), all the musical easter eggs scattered throughout the record (including references to Descendents and Suicidal Tendencies), plus an absolutely ripping cover of the Ramones' "Judy Is A Punk" that is one whole second shorter than the original (a feat we didn't even think possible). But just because the album comes off as humorous at times doesn't mean PEARS don't take themselves seriously. "I definitely take what we do very seriously, but it doesn't mean it ain't funny," Quinn explains. "Humor is an aspect of everything. People without a sense of humor are either dead or lying. There's humor in everything if you know where to look." Take, for example, the band name. "The name 'PEARS' came from this really terrible mushroom trip I had," he admits. "I ate way too many mushrooms and things just got really bizarre. Pears and bananas became archetypes for everything that is good and pure and everything that is terrible and shitty—pears are the terrible and shitty things. After that bad trip, pears became slang between me and my friends for bullshit: 'That shit's pears.' I suggested the band name, and everybody thought that was dumb, but I talked 'em into it." The band were lucky enough to befriend Off With Their Heads frontman Ryan Young, who loved the band so much he put out Go To Prison on vinyl on his own label, Anxious And Angry, last year. Since then, PEARS have been on the road nonstop, supporting the likes of the Dwarves, the Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket and Strung Out, all leading to the re-release of Go To Prison on Fat Wreck Chords on July 24th. That's no excuse to stop working, though: While their first album might finally be hitting a record store near you this July, the band will be back in the studio recording its follow-up with none other than Fat Mike in the producer's chair. ("I never thought anything like that would ever happen," Quinn says of Mike's interest in his band. "I remember buying The Decline when I was 12—it's really weird that I have anydegree of separation from that.") While 2015 might be the busiest year of PEARS' short existence thus far, it's clear 2016 has potential to be even bigger.

"Honestly, what we have done up to now, I hadn't even dreamed of," Quinn admits. "I'm not gonna stop climbing. I wanna see how insane this can get. We've always said the last thing we'll do as a band is play North Korea. Then we'll be done. That's the ultimate goal—even if we sneak in and play to nobody. I don't care. I can't wait to see what I get to do."
Useless ID
Useless ID
While celebrating their twentieth year as a punk band in 2015, Useless ID were determined to make a strong, back to their roots, explosive punk rock record that would sum up their frustration, anger, love and hope. What they endeavored to create is a defining Useless ID album: State Is Burning.
For over two decades, Useless ID has been writing, recording and touring all over the globe. No college, no military service (nearly mandatory in Israel), no careers, just doing what they love. Doing what they felt incredibly lucky to be doing, never resting, never complacent, and never making the same album twice.
Like most bands with this type of longevity, Useless ID has seen highs and lows, luck and the total lack of it, walking hand in hand at every turn. From basements to arenas, from tour buses to long walks with gear on their backs; from producing albums in torn up studios in Israel to making albums at The Blasting Room in America, Useless ID has experienced it all.
With their first new album in four years, Useless ID wanted to share their world with the rest of the world. Four friends, four punks, who have been through it all together, coming from such an unusual place. Guitarist Ishay Berger says, "State Is Burning is a love letter to punk rock. It's our 'fuck off' to the closed minded, racist, orthodox state of mind. It's also our statement against greedy, hateful, harmful and criminal politicians that still walk proud and in power." Guitarist Guy Carmel adds, "We wanted to start dealing more with other issues, less personal and more global. It all made sense coming from this place (Israel) that the media has so much to say about but half of the time doesn't even know or understand at all."
Vocalist and bassist Yotam Ben Horin, who has spent the past couple years recording and touring his solo acoustic music, talks about his approach to State Is Burning: "I reverted back to the records I grew up with and listened to them endlessly and obsessively; all the early Bad Religion records, Descendents, Propagandhi, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, and NOFX. With more emphasis on the lyrical content, the goal was to write the best punk record we could possibly write. We took a more urgent approach this time and relied on our instincts. If it had a good energy, felt explosive or could go over well live, we kept it."
State Is Burning marks Useless ID's return to fast, energetic, galloping, youthful punk rock—hardcore punk rock—the music they originally fell in love with and what formed the basis for starting the band in the first place. Ishay continues, "Our band is more obsessed with this music than ever, collecting every album from every corner of the world, keeping in touch with the local scene and totally happy to be a part of the worldwide hardcore scene. We're ready as we ever were to go out and share our world with everyone, keeping in mind that this music is more than just music, it's our life."
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404
http://www.cabooze.com