Here’s some background about the bands playing the VANS WARPED TOUR 2008 “Old School Stage:”
Agent Orange: ThisSouthern California surf-punk band began in the ‘80s and first gained attention for their song “Bloodstains” which they wrote for a local Orange County compilation album. After the compilation album, the group's then managers presented KROQ radio station D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer with a demo tape, which soon became one of his show's biggest hits. Agent Orange has had an enormous influence on the punk and hardcore scene and was one of the first bands to pioneer what would later be known as the skate-punk or skate-core scene. The band is still together today with few member changes. Their most recent album was 2003’s Sonic Snake Session.
Big Drill Car: Original members Frank Daly (vocals), Mark Arnold (guitar), Danny Marcroft (drums) and Bob Thomson (bass) have reunited for a few shows, with these dates marking the group’s first gigs in over 16 years. The last show with this line-up was June 4, 1992. This pop-punk group from Huntington Beach, CA were active from the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s. Big Drill Car released the Small Block EP in 1988 before being signed to Cruz Records and releasing two studio albums: Type Thing and Batch. The band eventually parted ways with the label and signed to Headhunter Records , who released Toured (A Live Record) and No Worse for the Wear--the band's last album--in 1995.
D.I.: This Southern California punk band features ex-Adolescents and Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer on vocals. Royer formed the group in 1982 with former Social Distortion original member Rikk Agnew. Since forming, D.I. has had many line-up changes and Royer has been the only constant member of the band. The band once broke up and reformed, sometimes with former members of The Adolescents and Social Distortion (including the Angew brothers Rikk and Alfie). During their years of touring and recording albums, D.I. influenced many of today's punk groups, including F.T.E., Face to Face, Guttermouth, Jughead's Revenge, The Offspring and Pennywise.
The Dickies: Among the first punk rock bands to emerge from Los Angeles, The Dickies were the first California punk band to appear on network television and the first California punk band to be signed to a major record label . The Dickies' style is campy and humorous. Extremely popular in the U.K. , the group had a Top 10 single with "Banana Splits (Tra La La Song)" in 1979. Many of their lyrics focus on Southern California culture, rife with references and in-jokes. Examples include: "Waterslide," "I'm A Cholo," "Manny, Moe, and “Jack" and "(I'm Stuck in a Pagoda with) Tricia Toyota." In 1988, the Dickies wrote and performed the theme music for the cult-favorite horror film Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Fear: Fear formed in Los Angeles by vocalist Lee Ving during the first wave of punk in 1977 and helped define the sound and style of LA hardcore. The band released their debut album five years later, by which time they'd honed a blistering, thrashy attack featuring Ving's outrageous, humorously offensive lyrics. His vulgarity was equaled only by his sincere love of beer. Fear gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live and the band was featured in Penelope Spheeris ' 1980 documentary on LA punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization .
The Germs: This influential Los Angeles punk rock band formed in the late ‘70s. Their 1977 single "Forming/Sexboy (live)" is generally regarded as the first punk record from Los Angeles. The band began when Darby Crash and Pat Smear decided they should start a band after being kicked out of University High for antisocial behavior. Since Darby’s death in 1980, the band reformed in 2006 with Shane West on vocals. The forthcoming film What We Do Is Secret (Peace Arch Entertainment)--starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips--documents the story of the notorious punk rock band and their charismatic leader Darby Crash. It will be in theatres August 8. In addition, The Germs Return--featuring original members Pat Smear, Lorna Doom and Don Bolles, with Shane West on vocals--will be playing various headline and festival dates this fall. For more information visit:
www.myspace.com/germsmovie or http://whatwedoissecretthemovie.com/index_alt.html . The premiere dates for What We Do Is Secret across the country are as follows: 8/8 New York, NY (Sunshine Cinema), 8/15 Chicago, IL (Music Box), 8/22 Los Angeles, CA (Nuart), Orange County, CA (Regal Irvine Six), Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square Cinema), 8/29 San Francisco, CA (Lumiere Theatre), Berkeley, CA (Shattuck Cinemas), Philadelphia, PA (Ritz At The Bourse), Columbus, OH (Gateway Theatre), Washington DC (E Street Cinema), 9/5 San Diego, CA (Ken Cinema), 9/12 Denver, CO (Starz Filmcenter), 9/26 Minneapolis, MN (Uptown or Lagoon), 10/10 Seattle, WA (Varsity Theatre).
H20: This New York hardcore band formed in 1995 after singer Toby Morse got tired of touring as a roadie for hardcore act Sick of it All. During SOIA's encores, Morse would regularly take to the stage and sing with the band. The crowd reaction was often positive and he decided to try his luck with his own band. H2O toured relentlessly opening up for almost every hardcore band that hit the East Coast, including Rancid. In 1996, H2O released their self-titled debut CD. Go—their major label debut--was released on MCA Records in May 2001 and was produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Replacements, Maroon 5). H2O recently released a DVD titled One Life One Chance. The group signed with Bridge 9 Records and released their fifth studio album—Nothing To Prove--in May, marking their first album of new material in seven years.
M.I.A.: This classic, influential, essential OC punk band will be performing classic songs and new original material at these limited engagements, marking the first time this line-up of old-school veterans has been together in 23 years. All Music Guide called M.I.A. "one of the 50 best So-Cal punk bands of the great early-'80s second wave explosion." On February 28, 2008 vocalist Mike Conley was found dead in a Chicago hotel parking lot due to a freak "slip and fall" accident. The band reunited to honor Mike with a reunion show, recruiting original 1980 M.I.A. singer Todd Sampson. For the sold out “Beautiful Noise” benefit show for Mike’s family at the House of Blues in Anaheim. These special performances--a rare opportunity for fans--also feature original guitarist Nick Adams, original drummer Larry Pearson and Big Drill Car bass wizard Bob Thomson.
T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty): When T.S.O.L.--vocalist Jack Grisham, guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche and drummer Todd Barnes--blasted onto the Orange County punk explosion in 1979 with white face paint, 6’ plus frames and blazing punk anthems, they were automatically a force to be reckoned with. Their previous band, Vicious Circle, had already established themselves in the South Bay and Orange County with large crowds and several riots at historical venues such as the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Fleetwood. With the boost of the now classic Poshboy EP that introduced the songs “Superficial Love” and “Abolish Government,” T.S.O.L. picked up where Vicious Circle left off, but with an armory full of ammunition. By the summer of ’81, the band released the highly anticipated debut full length LP Dance With Me (Frontier), which propelled the band to the highest echelon of Southern California punk status and enabled them to headline 3000+ seat venues (ala the Hollywood Palladium) with bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion and the Adolescents opening for them. The band moved on to Alternative Tentacles records, where they released the Weathered Statues EP and introduced the reggae-tinged “Word Is” alongside the blistering “Man and Machine.” With their growing popularity and first tours, the foundation began to crack. Excessiveness and things that go along with “bigness” forced changes, including the departure of Jack and Todd. Today, 10 years since their last “reunion,” the band is back to give us vintage punk nuggets like “Superficial Love,” “80 Times,” “Code Blue” and “Wash Away.”
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