The Catalyst



Lagwagon, Death By Stereo, Lonely Kings

Sat, March 2, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$20 in advance / $24 at the door

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over


On November 1st, Southern California's raucous punk heroes Pennywise announced the return of the band's original vocalist, Jim Lindberg.
The band had this to say about Lindberg's return, "We're happy to announce that Jim is rejoining Pennywise and we're all looking forward to playing music together again. 2013 will mark the band's 25th Anniversary.
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles, a neighborhood with a rich punk rock history, Pennywise began in 1988. The band would go on to amass an international following through relentless touring and a melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth. The group has solidified their place in punk history with songs like the raging "F*** Authority," "Alien" and the band's now legendary ode to brotherhood and departed friends "Bro Hymn."
With two instant sell out shows at the Legendary Hollywood Palladium scheduled for January 18 and 19, Pennywise are set to tour the west coast in February and March!
Goleta, California's Lagwagon first burst on the scene way back in 1988 playing a unique brand of speedy, highly technical pop-punk that made them one of the most influential punk bands of the 90's. The first band ever signed to Fat Wreck Chords and the definitive act on the label, Lagwagon were pioneers in creating the now-famous 'Fat Wreck sound' with their speedy drums, guitar virtuosity and undeniable melodies. They've influenced hundreds of thousands of kids, been around the world more times than Ferdinand Magellan and twisted and redefined themselves over the course of a career that spans almost twenty-five years. Now, Fat Wreck Chords has decided to take Lagwagon's five classic full lengths from the 90's, (92's Duh, 94's Trashed, 95's Hoss, 97's Double Plaidinum and 98's Let's Talk About Feelings) and give them the truly classy update they deserve. Get stoked because on November 22, Lagwagon is releasing five of the coolest gifts a band has ever given their fans. These 5 reissues are destined to redefine what constitutes a truly awesome redux.

Here's how it came to be: When the time came for Fat Mike to honor the legacy of one of the most long running and influential bands on his label, Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape straight up rejected the idea of a greatest hits collection based on the very simple premise that there's so much more to a band's legacy than their hits. All a greatest hits collection does is make it the only place future generations will ever go to find out about a band. Joey and the boys instead decided to go the opposite route and really expose the evolution of Lagwagon by sprucing up and expanding their classic records, digging through their basements and old friends' closets, and compiling all the unreleased songs, b-sides and demos and packaging them with each corresponding album. Over the course of the five records, we're talking about 34 previously unreleased tracks, and these aren't just crappy boombox demos, either. Many of these bonus tracks are among Lagwagon's finest songs, awesome tunes from those original recording sessions that have been lost until now. We're talking songs that aren't only for diehard Lagwagon fans, but unearthed hits for anyone who likes good punk rock. However, not ones to shy away from everything that made Lagwagon the force to be reckoned with that they are today, the boys also included some of the more interesting/weird demos. According to Joey, "Some of it's pretty embarrassing…we wanted to reveal the band's evolution, our history. We chose to be completely transparent about it. We went for quantity. We decided we weren't gonna trim any fat and just put everything a fan would want to hear on there." The results are perhaps the most definitive collection of work from any band ever, a remastered and cohesive step-by-step look at the visionary band's evolution.

However, the guys in Lagwagon didn't stop at the remastering and the inclusion of over thirty unreleased songs, many of which were remixed to meet today's sound standard. In the three years it took to unearth the 'lost tapes' that contain all those rarities, the Lagwagon guys were also able to find all the old photos from the original packaging of those first five albums as well as never before used photos and use high resolution scanners and good cardstock to make beautiful gatefold sleeves for all the high quality vinyl and CD re-releases. The vinyl, as well as the CD's will still feature the classic packaging, just updated.

As if that wasn't enough, Lagwagon decided to up the ante further. Even though all the albums are available individually on CD, LP and digital download, and all the previously unreleased material will be available from iTunes, if you want it all, you can get the limited edition vinyl or CD boxed set, entitled Putting Music In Its Place, which includes a high quality poster, a DVD and even an exclusive re-press of the the first ever, long out of print Lagwagon 7"!

Speaking of starting engines, Lagwagon is gonna be touring again on these reissues, getting 'back on the wagon' so to speak (heyo!) and kicking things off with a special show in San Francisco on December 17th at Slim's. The celebratory show will feature past members of the band returning for a "one night only" performance. Lagwagon will be touring the rest of the world beginning early 2012, so don't miss 'em when they hit your town. With 141 songs (!) being polished up and set loose on the world, expect some real dusties alongside all your favorites. Come for the classics or come for the stuff from 2008's awesome I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon, or just come out to see five dudes who pioneered a sound do it the way it's meant to be done, for the love of the music and the fans. Now, who's got a smoke for the Caper?
Death By Stereo
Death By Stereo
Since their inception in 1998, DEATH BY STEREO has been balancing consciousness and chaos with their unique genre-bending amalgam of hardcore, metal and punk. Previously, the band released their last five studio records via Epitaph, Indecision and Serjical Strike Records.

DBS, as they are known by many of their loyal followers, have assembled a worldwide fan base built upon a seemingly endless international tour schedule, with enough passport stamps to make many of their contemporaries jealous. They have shared the stage many times over with the likes of Slipknot, AFI, Serj Tankian, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rise Against, just to name a few. They have headlined some of the biggest and best festivals around the world (Germany's "With Full Force", Belgium's "Grozerock", U.S.'s "Warped Tour" and Colombia's "Rock Al Parque"). Having toured in over 20 countries is an accomplishment few bands of any stature can lay claim to.
Lonely Kings
Lonely Kings
The Lonely Kings have been carving away at success in the hardcore/punk scene since 1993. Originating in Grass Valley, CA the band soon moved to Santa Cruz, CA where a strong local following in a tough scene brought them interest from more than a few record labels. In 1998 Fearless Records heard the Lonely Kings and wanted to release their first full-length album. A deal was made and in 1999 WHAT IF? was released.
Recorded with producer Jim Goodwin (Face to Face, Voodoo Glow Skulls), WHAT IF? showcased the intense melodic style of the Lonely Kings and announced to the world that the Lonely Kings were here. Virtually a collection of all the best material the band had accumulated over the years WHAT IF would go on to be a classic with many of their ever increasing fans.

After a year of non-stop touring the Lonely Kings decided it was time to take a break and go back into the studio. The decision was made to release a split EP on Cold Front Records with Divit (Nitro Records) another up and coming Bay Area punk band. Shortly thereafter they found themselves back on the road touring relentlessly.

In 2001 the Lonely Kings entered the studio with producer Cameron Webb (Danzig, Orgy), and 13 great new songs. The Lonely Kings transformed their sound into a new blend of post hardcore that still had the classic "LK" feel of love and loss to it. Within weeks of leaving the studio they immediately returned. Once again with Cameron Webb this time to record 4 more songs for Sessions Records for a split CD with their close friends Jetlag.

This time the band found themselves with two great new albums and a desire to tour the world. Playing and touring with bands such as Juliana Theory, At the Drive In, A.F.I., Papa Roach, Swingin' Utters, Lagwagon, Sublime, Saves the Day, Hot Water Music, Alien Ant Farm, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, Death By Stereo, and even a brief stint on the Vans Warp Tour helped LONELY KINGS spread their sound and reach even larger audiences than they had previously. The next step was to take on the world. Having played the continental United States several times they first went to Hawaii for a week of packed shows.

The Lonely Kings desire to spread their music around the world didn't end there. They packed their bags and headed for a 5 week headlining tour of Europe. Having found they actually have a larger fan base in Europe they made the decision to return. Early 2003 packed with another US tour, writing new songs, adding a second guitarist and once again more time in the studio.

The Lonely Kings will be taking a new CD with them on their next voyage, a European Tour with support dates for the Misfits and the UK and headlining tour of Germany. The Rise Records 6 Song EP entitled Ides Of March is due out May 20th.

With the current line up of unique players the Lonely Kings have hit the sweet spot of their careers. Drums are operated by the maniacal, Moonesque-stylings of Jason Wilkinson. Jason and Jake, the singer and primary songwriter, have been playing music together for a decade, forming a unique bond. The most recent additions, Jon on Bass and Casey on Guitar, have played together for many years and add a crushing intensity to the pack. The LONELY KINGS combine all of their forces to always work to be the best band they can be. Never content with mediocrity, the LONELY KINGS are coming to conquer your town soon.

Having played and toured with bands such as Juliana Theory, At the Drive In, A.F.I., Papa Roach, Swingin' Utters, Lagwagon, Sublime, Saves the Day, Hot Water Music, Alien Ant Farm, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, Death By Stereo, and even the Vans Warp Tour. The Lonely Kings have spread their sound and have become a household name in the Punk Scene.

Check out the Lonely Kings and be prepared to be conquered.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060