Hi friends! I hope some of you were able to catch Gezan on their west coast tour a few weeks back. Gezan is the 3rd Japanese band I’ve helped tour the USA (Killerpass and Four Tomorrow before them) and their 3-week itinerary was the most ambitious of any of the bands yet. I spent so much time trying to help iron everything out for the tour that I forgot to post anything about it here! Thanks to all of my friends up and down the west coast who helped set up shows and take care of Gezan. You know who you are! Another big thanks to any PNP friends and phamily who went to the shows and rocked out with one of the weirder bands in punk.
The above video is of Gezan playing at my favorite spot for shows in SJ, Trash House. My good friends in Windbreaker, including former members of Bradbury (buy their 7″ from me, please!), played their first show opening for Gezan, so check them out below!
Music and PNP-related stuff has been on the backburner for me a little bit while readjusting to life in LA, but I’m grateful everyday to be part of the DIY punk community, and being able to introduce my American and Japanese damies to each other is always a treat.
Jason Thinh made a small but distinct mark on the Bay Area punk scene in the early 2000′s as the driving force behind the introspective yet vibrant pop-punk band Short Round, and as a member of the socially-conscious ska band The Chinkees. He relocated to Athens, GA searching for a new perspective on life and struggled with issues of identity and separation, losing the impulse for songwriting before eventually embracing it again as a mechanism to make sense of said issues.
Written and recorded over a 4-year period from 2012-2016, Thinh’s first album under the MARATHON STATES moniker is a deeply personal affair, one that confronts questions of change and anxiety, but still occasionally references his favorite comics, television, and music. And while there may be some discrete lyrical shout-outs on I Want A Warning to Thinh’s favorite bands and records, the instrumentation not so discretely takes cues from the big, angular guitars of Sleater Kinney and Bangs, and the heart-on-sleeve desperation of Jawbreaker. Old California friends Max Feshbach and Morgan Herrell (Hard Girls) provide the record’s dynamic rhythm section, with additional contributions from Georgia friends Sam Paulsen (Man or Astroman?, We Versus The Shark) and engineer Joel Hatstat (Bomb The Music Industry, Cinemechanica).
Here’s a new video from DINERS for all of you to watch. If you don’t watch it your life will be incomplete. After you watch it, go mark these Diners tour dates on your calendar:
7/3: Phoenix, AZ – @ The Trunk Space ***Tour Kickoff***
7/5: San Diego, CA – @ Che Cafe
7/6: San Luis Obispo, CA – @ Crossroads
7/7: San Francisco, CA – @ Sylvan Annex w/The Yellow Dress
7/8: Santa Clara, CA – @ Chromatic Coffee w/Shinobu, The Albert Square
7/9: Santa Barbara, CA – @ Biko Garage
7/9: LA or anywhere, help!
New video from PNP amigo and pun heavyweight, Hank Richardson. You might remember him from past Bay Area bands like Lemon Party and Yulia. The song featured in the video, “Favorite Singer”, is available now on a 2-song cassingle from Suitors Club Records. Pick up a copy for yourself, NOW!!! Fans of pun badboy Kyle Pellet will be excited about his awesome cover artwork as well.