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Kids In Control

Band_Members Mike – Vocals Juzzy- Bass/Vocals Jordz- Guitar/Vocals Dan- Lead Guitar/Vocals Tos- Drums Hometown: Melbourne, AU Record Label: Independent A Pop Punk band from Melbourne, Australia are spreading their infectiously catchy and fun flavor of Pop Punk to ears around the globe! Formed in 2013, Kids In Control are ready to take on the world …

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Drastic Park

Band_Members John Stokes (Vocals, Guitar) Chris Tannahill (Bass, Vocals) Jordan Ley (Drums) Hometown: Melbourne, AU Record Label: Independent Drastic Park is a 3-piece Punk Rock band from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Growing up in the late 90s and early 00s, the boys from Drastic Park are all about creating music that pays unashamed …

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EL West

  Members Vocals/Guitar – Bryant Powell Guitar – Thomas Brenneman Bass – Ricky Powell Drums – Marty Welker Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Record Label: Unsigned Hailing from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, El West creates a soundscape with ambient, yet driving instrumentals, and powerful operatic vocals. Soaring highs and heartfelt lows allow listeners to emotionally and …

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Band Members Vocals – Jonathan Russell Guitar – Adam Albright Bass – Scott Koizol Drums – Devin Lebsack Hometown: Hollywood, California Record Label: EMP Oakland, CA punk/metal/rock and roll outfit Dopesick is a fresh name for many, but the band’s history is an extensive and harrowing tale. There is no way to tell the story …

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Band Members Dennis – Vocals Shawn – Vocals, Guitar, Piano Patrick – Guitar Jake – Guitar Shane – Bass Jeremy – Drums Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina Record Label: Revival Recordings Positive Mental Attitude. This is the mantra that is not only a driving force for Raleigh, North Carolina based Alesana, but also a way of …

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Lethal InJektion

Band Members Jonathan Russell (Vocals) Jacob Ryan “The Raskal” (Vocals) Jesse Espich (Guitars) Lawrence McIntyre (Guitars) Bobby Hutchinson (Bass) James Ringstrom (Drums) Hometown: Tucson, AZ Record Label: RuffLife Recordz Lethal Injektion the newest Nu Metal sensation, based out of Tucson Arizona and exploded on the scene in January of 2016. The band was put together …

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Band Members Joe David Kyle Matt Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Record Label: Suretone Records If you’re not pissed off, then you’re not paying attention. Heavy music is alive and DED is bringing back the aggressive spirit that is authentic to the genre. “There is an honesty and a “fuck you” about hard core music that I …

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  Band Members Trenton Valenzuela – Vocals John Oeinck- Guitar David Davis – Guitar Kyle Hernandez – Bass Dwight Dixon- Drums Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona Record Label: Unsigned Sinshrift’s sound can be described as Melodic, Aggressive, and Infectious. They employ the necessary tools to have a successful sound without becoming cliché or compromised. The group has …

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Far Away Stables

  Band Members Brendan Sheargold – Vocals Mitchell Grace – Guitar + Vocals Tim Byles – Bass Nick Palmer – Guitar Cam Bury – Drums Hometown: Sydney, Australia Record Label: Unsigned Sydney’s Far Away Stables are poised to release their debut album ‘Between Rage and Serenity’ into the world on Friday May 12th. After having …

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Band Members Dave Naruszewicz – Vocals Evan Seidlitz – Vocals/Keys Shawn Patterson – Guitar Mark James Klepaski – Bass Russell Ray – Drums Hometown: Los Angeles Record Label: Unsigned In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago-based group, Heart-Set Self …

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Lions Lions

Band Members Vocals : Joshua Herzer Guitar : Brandon Davis Guitar : Isaac Vigil Bass: Christian Pulgarin Drums: Derek Vautrinot Founded 2008 in Boston, MA Record Label: Unsigned Contact Email: Management: Brandon Davis Email : Publicity: Wendy Ford Email: Booking USA: Brandon Davis Email: Booking UK/EU: Laurin Rutgers Email: Lions …

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Gold Steps

Band Members Liz Mauritz – Vocals Zach Duarte – Lead guitar Cam Lamothe – Rhythm guitar Da Vid – Bass Roger Steadman – Drums Hometown: Austin, Tx Record Label: Unsigned The heart of Texas is pumping with the pop-punk palpitation of Austin’s Gold Steps. Formed of transplants finding their way in music and life, the …

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Her Name Echoes

  Band Members Vocals/Joseph Demirjian Bass/Peter Cortés Guitar/Qusai Asaad Guitar/Billy Shank Drums/Ryan Kemmer Hard rock from Tucson, AZ. Members consist of Joseph Demirjian (Singer), Billy Shank (Guitar), Qusai Asaad (Guitar), Peter Cortés (Bass), and Ryan Kemmer (Drums). The band was started in Summer of 2015 after three members of The Getaway Mile (Tucson, Punk Rock) …

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Band Members JP LaChapelle (Vocals)  Bran Panic (Guitars) Jeff Jenkins (Bass) Cody Taylor (Drums) Genre: Nu Metal / Alternative Rock Hometown: Montreal, Canada contact:   Interview: About Impressum Powerful, Inspiring, Huge and Moving. KEYCHAIN is pushing the boundaries of its genres to bring the world something completely breathtaking. Combining the elements of Metal, Alternative, …

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Avant Garde

Cory LaQuay and Joey Wilson got their whirlwind start in music in the post hardcore band A Skylit Drive. Both LaQuay and Wilson were original members since the beginning with the band’s first release, an the EP titled “She Watched The Sky” (2007). Together they went on to record 3 full lengths with the band, …

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  There’s something about vocalist Tiana Woods’ voice that captivates and ensnares the senses, not letting go until the final lyric is sung. New Transcendence Formed in Los Angeles in early 2010 as ‘Living Eulogy’, the name VARNA was taken from the street that the hard rock trio’s rehearsal studio was located on and most …

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Hailing from Ottawa, ON., Vesuvius brings forth an identity that cannot be disclosed within one particular genre of music. Since their formation in early 2015, the band began working on a blueprint that encompasses a vast expanse of musical influences and intends on defying the millennial archetype of what the youth of today deem to …

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The lost gallery: 47 stunning APMAs photos you’ve never seen

The lost gallery: 47 stunning APMAs photos you’ve never seen

The Rise And Fall Of Lookout Records: Year Of The Weasel

Read an excerpt from the new(ish) book, Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout Records, a musical history book chronicling the story of Lookout Records and the label’s bands, written by Kevin Prested. This chapter focuses on the band Screeching Weasel. 


Aside from Green Day, one band was becoming synonymous with the world of Lookout from every perspective and on every level throughout the 1990s, influencing not only the world of punk, but also the way the label would operate and thrive—Screeching Weasel.

John “Jughead” Pierson (Screeching Weasel, The Mopes, Even In Blackouts): “We were struggling on a tour, and then one day we had a show in Philadelphia at some dingy bar called The Flame. I thought, ‘oh my god, no monitors, no audience, just another day,’ and then hundreds of people showed up and were singing our songs. All because of the release of My Brain Hurts on Lookout”

The first incarnation of the band came together between co- workers Ben “Weasel” Foster and John “Jughead” Pierson.” They teamed up with drummer Steve “Cheese” Dubick, making a trio with Foster on Bass and vocals. But lacking the ability to play both bass and sing, the bass duties were handed over to Vince “Bovine” Vogel. This lineup recorded the self-titled full-length vinyl for Chicago’s Underdog Records.

The debut was a raw experiment, speedily recorded for a grand total of around $200. There are traces of the melodies that would become prominent in later works, and the recording served the band well locally. With most tracks barely hovering over the minute mark, the debut was an energetic attack of crude four-chord punk tunes. As they evolved as a band, Screeching Weasel attempted to disown their early output shortly after its completion, with Ben Weasel citing the recording as being unrepresentative of the legacy created by future releases.

John “Jughead” Pierson (Screeching Weasel, The Mopes, Even In Blackouts): “In really early interviews with Screeching Weasel I loved sharing my influences. Ben would say the Ramones, and I would say Queen and Jethro Tull. I liked that dichotomy. I liked the Ramones too and Circle Jerks and Angry Samoans and Adrenalin O.D, but I didn’t want us to be pigeonholed. I love punk rock, but it made more sense to incorporate all my influences and to try to start over and do something different—which was Screeching Weasel’s intention in the 80s.”

Warren “Fish” Fischer (from The Ozzfish) quickly replaced Bovine after the self-titled debut, and they recorded a second album—which was, in the eyes of some, the band’s first real album—Boogadaboogadaboogada, reissued later as (LK 62).

Shortly following the recording of the second album, Steve Cheese was replaced by Brian “Vermin” Mcquaide. Fish didn’t last very long in the ranks either, but Screeching Weasel was getting stronger and finding its sound, as much as the constant lineup changes made the band appear unstable.

Dan “Vapid” Schafer (Screeching Weasel, Sludgeworth, Riverdales, The Mopes): “I was asked to audition as a singer in a hardcore band called Generation Waste. Screeching Weasel and Generation Waste did a show together in 1987 and I caught a ride back to Chicago in Ben’s car because he, John, and I all lived in neighboring suburbs. On the ride home, Ben played some new [Screeching Weasel] demos and I was really into them. I remember really liking the song ‘American Suicide,’ and thought it was better than anything that the other local bands were doing at the time. I became a big fan of Screeching Weasel and knew they were on to something. Soon after that, Generation Waste was in the studio trying to make a record and it was just a disaster. Not too long after the band was done, Warren Ozzfish left and Ben needed a new bass player for the band. Ben and I were likeminded about the kind of music that we wanted to play, and we were from the same area. I was just learning bass, but he let me in anyway.”

With the new and improved lineup, the band headed back into the studio to record the first release with what became its classic nucleus— Weasel, Jughead, and Vapid—then known simply as “Sewercap.” The six- track 7” EP Punkhouse was released 1989 on Limited Potential Records (later repressed by Ben Weasel, and again by Selfless Records)—and showcased the pop edge emerging from the band.

Dan “Vapid” Schafer (Screeching Weasel, Sludgeworth, Riverdales, The Mopes): “When I joined Screeching Weasel in 1989, the band had done just one tour prior. We played locally a few times at a place called McGregor’s, but my first actual tour with the band was in Ben’s car and we had no equipment. We just packed our guitars and some merch, and left for the West Coast. Our first show of the tour was in Corvallis, Oregon and it took about 40 hours to drive there. Our next show was at Gilman Street. On the way there, we blew a tire. We brought the tattered tire on stage that night. Jesse from Operation Ivy and Jake from Filth had spiked their hair and were in the pit. The next show, we traveled up to somewhere in Northern California and played a show with Green Day. Screeching Weasel and Green Day stayed at Larry Livermore’s house that night.”

Not surprisingly, after the tour, Screeching Weasel broke up. Vermin and Vapid kept busy with another melody-edged band, Sludgeworth. Ben Weasel went on to form The Gore Gore Girls while playing guitar for a new Chicago outfit, The Vindictives. Screeching Weasel appeared to be history.

Two years later in 1991, a one-off Screeching Weasel reunion was organized with plans for the profits to go towards debts incurred by the band. With a successful return under their belts, the conversation turned towards putting the band back together. Everyone was in agreement except for drummer Brian Vermin.

Brian Vermin (Screeching Weasel, Sludgeworth): “I declined because Sludgeworth was moving along nicely and I had a lot of input on what Sludgeworth did. In Screeching Weasel you just rode in the backseat while Ben drove. Screeching Weasel was going a very Ramones route, and truth be told…I hated the Ramones. I did my first tour with Weasel when I was sixteen! So at age eighteen I ruled the universe in my little brain, I got a taste of self-induced success—as far as Chicago punk goes—and didn’t want to just ride along.”

The band recruited Dan “Panic” Sullivan behind the kit. Ben Weasel moved full time to vocals, with the bass player brought in from The Gore Gore Girls, Dave “Naked” Lally, while Vapid moved over to second guitar.

The songs that would become Screeching Weasel’s third album, My Brain Hurts (LK 50), were conjured up through cooperative sessions between Weasel and Vapid. Jughead received only one writing credit, for the re-recorded Punkhouse song. “Fathead.”

Lawrence Livermore offered a record deal for the new release, remembering his encounter with Ben when the band played at Gilman Street with Operation Ivy in 1988. Ben wanted to drop the Screeching Weasel legacy into the ocean and start afresh with a new name, but the Lookout contract stipulated that the new release would use the publicity from the Screeching Weasel moniker and feature new songs written for the band, as well as the inclusion of the older track “I Wanna Be a Homosexual.” Livermore had previously made an offer for Boogadaboogadaboogada— losing out to the already committed Roadkill Records—but the offer was accepted this time.

John “Jughead” Pierson (Screeching Weasel, The Mopes, Even In Blackouts): “I remember Lawrence taking Ben and I out for pizza, the decision to keep the name the same seemed to become a bigger deal with hindsight. We promised the song ‘I Wanna Be a Homosexual’ to Bruce LaBruce, it wasn’t left off as has been claimed. We chose to give it exclusively to Bruce. We knew it was a good song. Lawrence almost cancelled the deal based on this, but it went through. Most of those songs were just Ben and Dan [writing] with no pressure. It was much more organic back then. Once we got everyone together…it was already established that it would indeed be Screeching Weasel.”

Dan “Vapid” Schafer (Screeching Weasel, Sludgeworth, Riverdales, The

Mopes): “I remember thinking in a small way that the band had made it—

Screeching Weasel was the first band outside of the east bay to have signed to Lookout Records. We had stopped in San Francisco in the summer of 1991 while on tour to record My Brain Hurts with Andy Ernst at Art of Ears Studio. I thought it was cool to record in a city other than Chicago, where all these bands from the East Bay and other Lookout bands were recording.”

Andy Ernst, along with Livermore, produced the sessions that would lay down some of the band’s timeless classics. With a consciously pop-edged sound, the band hit a winning formula in the classic lineup’s finest moment. The record took off, leaps and bounds beyond their others, and provided a platform for the band to establish a career. Following My Brain Hurts, the band replaced Dave Naked with another new bass player, Scott “Gub” Conway. Conway continued with the band for two tours and the recording their next full length, Wiggle (LK 63).

Scott “Gub” Conway (Screeching Weasel, Even in Blackouts): “Dan Panic and I were roommates and previous band mates in Ivy League. I was going to roadie and drive them for a tour. Things worked out that I would play bass as well. Everyday we were having a good time in my book. I always got along with everyone. There was always someone who wanted to try and argue with Ben. They would try but they always would make themselves look like an ass. I think for everyone at that time things were not so “P.C.”—you were not so concerned about saying the right thing to not offend someone. There were no publicity machines pushing shows and records for punk rock. You had MRR and a dozen local fanzines as your PR. Your local promoter was contacted on a payphone. Better bring a map, there was no GPS and definitely no big label advances. We were doing this on our own, with our own finances, building networks from friends. The world we lived in was falling into destruction and we were all pissed off. With that in mind there was a real sense of humor invoked as well just to keep our sanity.”

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