Zombies and Dinosaurs Everywhere- MC Lars

MC Lars. Photo Credit: Nick Karp.

MC Lars. Photo Credit: Nick Karp.

The oddity subgenre of nerdcore was once again represented at this year’s Vans Warped Tour, as Bay Area native MC Lars has made his way to bring his upbeat style of rhyming that a new breed a fans have grown to appreciate, as he is about to drop his latest album The Zombie Dinosaur LP.

He is excited to be taking part of this tour once again and shows immediately how excited he is to be part of this tour. “This is my third full summer. I always come to see it. Shout out to Kevin Lyman. One of the things is awesome is his nephew Evan is a big supporter. So that helps. Any time I get asked to do it, if I can I’d do it. There’s nothing like it and it’s so crazy. This year’s there’s so many new artists. It’s so weird to be like ‘oh yeah I’ve been doing this since 2011.’ It’s dope.

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On previous Warped Tours, he has collaborated with Weerd Science, the hip hop side project of Coheed and Cambria drummer Josh Eppard. The two of them had collaborated on recordings in the past and he shared his thoughts on his earlier years on the tour with him.

My man Josh [Eppard] – he’s back in Coheed and Cambria. We’re thinking about doing more stuff together. That was really fun working with him because he’s such a great rapper, a great lyricist and a good guy. He’s crazy but I think all brilliant artists are crazy. Did you hear his Red Light Juliet II? Check it out. It’s great.

I think Warped Tour showed the Coheed guys he’d gotten his life back together. This tour’s so hard that if you could do it, it’s symbolic.”

Sticking to subjects ranging from video games and pop culture than the hard streets, MC Lars has lit up crowds over the years with his much talked about style fusing his vast knowledge of pop culture and literature with his laptop style hip hop. He talks about his upcoming album.

The record is called the Zombie Dinosaur LP and it comes out October 6th. So it’s kind of like the mythical beast, dragons, [and] dinosaurs. The album has a lot of mythological references. I’ve been at this since 2003. I’ve seen the whole world change. I’m still lucky I get to do this. I feel like the Zombie Dinosaurs are like the dragon. I relate to that.

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Creating a style he calls “post-punk laptop rap,” he began in the Northern California pop punk circuit where he started performing his style of music. While his style was not always embraced at first, he found that over time, laptops became an integral part of a live band’s sound, whether they liked it or not.

Yeah I was early in the laptop game. I opened for the Dead Milkmen back in the day and the fans were like ‘yo! You can’t have a laptop on stage! That’s not punk!’ Now there’s not one band that doesn’t have samples at Warped Tour. It’s a prominent part of the set. It’s kind of weird. I called it post punk laptop rap, which now sounds like an antiquated genre but I still own it. It’s fun.

Another aspect behind MC Lars is that since his early days, he has released all of his music through his own label Horris Records, aside from distribution help in select overseas territories. While many have been swayed over time by bigger labels to sign, he has done things his way.

That’s a great question and I really appreciate you asking and saying that. My story’s kind of different. I played in punk and hardcore bands in the 90s. I went to college and studied English and I was able to go to the UK for an Oxford program to study Shakesphere. I’d always done rap to open for my punk band, but I met a bunch of indie and punk bands over there that I became friends with that led to finding a really cool manager and all of these things happening. It all came from being friendly and being like ‘yo I’d like to work with you and the fact that in 2003 or 2004, doing ironic smart nerdy rap was still a novelty. YouTube hadn’t killed off that whole thing. I was able to do it without a label and I was a big proponent of giving my stuff away for free, which I still am. Now everyone does that and with streaming you kind of have to give away your music.

I was on the forefront of that being that I uploaded my stuff on torrent sites to get download ratios to get beat programs. I see it having longevity as a DIY artist. It’s a four piece thing – great records, good touring, a piece of mind and your social media. You can’t let your social media take over everything. You need to make that 25% of your time. I kind of had balance. I’ve been lucky but I’ve also worked very hard. I can’t believe that this is my fourth record.

I’ve had labels distribute my stuff and get on board and help me spread the word, but I’ve never been signed to a label. I see so many artists who did sign to labels, some did very well but most of them have day jobs now. They didn’t sell that 500,000 they needed to sell, which in this genre of hip hop, punk and post hardcore, that’s a hard number to hit. It’s an adventure. You’ve probably seen a lot of bands on their way up and their way down. Labels can be great but most of the time it doesn’t work.

As the summer progresses, MC Lars will be staying busy by dropping another single and he is excited by the outcome from being on this tour.

Later this summer, my song ‘TriForce’ comes out, which is about growing up under the metaphor of Zelda. It’s all footage from my tour with MC Chris last year. Then I have three or four more videos coming out.

I’m really excited to have this album finally come out. I’ve been working on this for a year and a half. It’s really good. The ‘Dragon Blood’ song we’re playing this summer. We’re spreading the word.

Warped has taught me that being positive and working hard has concrete results. So props to this whole festival – I’m stoked to keep coming back.

By Rei Nishimoto

Faith No More, Motorhead, Rancid, etc Confirmed For Riot Fest Chicago 2015

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The Chicago Riot Fest 2015 will be happening on September 11-13, 2015 at Douglas Park. More artists are expected to be announced, including one more headliner who has yet to be announced.

No Doubt
Faith No More
Iggy Pop
Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Motörhead
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Tenacious D
Billy Idol
Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix)
Alkaline Trio
Coheed And Cambria
Taking Back Sunday
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Drive Like Jehu
Merle Haggard
Flogging Molly
Slightly Stoopid
L7
Alexisonfire
Thrice
The Dirty Heads
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
The Academy Is… (performing “Almost Here“)
The Lawrence Arms
Kongos
Cypress Hill
Echo & The Bunnymen
Bootsy Collin’s Rubber Band
The Devil Wears Prada
Yelawolf
Pennywise
The Airborne Toxic Event
Manchester Orchestra
Eagles Of Death Metal
Anthrax
De La Soul
The Damned
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
New Politics
Mayday Parade
Jimmy Cliff
Against Me!
Babes In Toyland
Ok Go
Bayside
Mest
Andrew W.K.
Desaparecidos
The Joy Formidable
The Dead Milkmen
Atreyu
Fidlar
Millencolin
American Nightmare
Swervedriver
Lee Scratch Perry
Gwar
Less Than Jake
The Expendables
Living Colour
The Thurston Moore Band
Morgan Heritage
Lifetime
Benjamin Booker
Fishbone
Death
Doomtree
Hum
Tarrus Riley
Mariachi El Bronx
Civ
Joyce Manor
Every Time I Die
The Movielife
The Dwarves (performing “Blood Guts And Pussy“)
Tommy Stinson
Steve Ignorante & Paranoid Visions
Real Friends
The Dear Hunter
Kevin Devine
Mustard Plug
The Ataris
Jo Mersa
Into It. Over It.
Alvvays
The White Buffalo
Black-Am-I
Skip Marley
Knuckle Puck
Post Mallone With FKI
Jazz Cartier
Marmozets
Modern Life Is War
Fit For Rivals
Barb Wire Dolls
The Coathangers
Flatfoot 56
Teenage Bottlerocket
Prayers
CHON
Counterpunch
Have Mercy
Speedy Ortiz
Superheaven
White Mystery
Foxing
Direct Hit!
Main Attrakionz
Ground Up
Skinny Lister
Beach Slang
Cayetana
Alex Wiley
Heems
Dirty Fences
Blis
Sleep On It
The Brokedowns
Meat Wave
Psalm One
Northern Faces
Dreamers
Souvenirs
Elway
Indian Handcrafts
Skating Polly
Signals Midwest
Modern Chemistry
Faulkner
Pears
Gateway Drugs
Tasha The Amazon
Foxtrott
Twin River
Clowns
Indian School
Die Selloutz
The Municipal Drainage Project
Special performances will also be made by The Rock-Afire Explosion and the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.

CHICAGO: FIRST WAVE of lineup announcements for Riot Fest & Carnival are here!TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!…

Posted by Riot Fest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rancid, Motorhead, Anthrax, Testament, etc Confirmed For 2015 Riot Fest Denver

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The 2015 Denver Riot Fest will be held at the National Western Complex on August 28-30, 2015, and the first lineup announcement has been released. A second announcement with two more headlining acts and additional acts are pending.

Modest Mouse
Pixies
Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle)
Iggy Pop
Tenacious D
Ice Cube & Special Guests (performing Straight Outta Compton Remix)
Run DMC
Rancid (performing …And Out Come The Wolves)
Motörhead
Flogging Molly
Coheed And Cambria
Drive Like Jehu
L7
Explosions In The Sky
Kongos
Cypress Hill
Alkaline Trio
Thrice
Cold War Kids
The Airborne Toxic Event
Iration
Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band
Yelawolf
Babes In Toyland
Anthrax
The Damned
Eagles Of Death Metal
The Might Might Bosstones
GZA
Ok Go
De La Soul
Testament
Desaparecidos
The Dead Milkmen
Nada Surf
The Lawrence Arms
Reverent Horton Heat
Andrew W.K.
Gwar
The Black Lips
The Get Up Kids
American Nightmare
Bayside
Swervedriver
Millencolin
The Vandals
Less Than Jake
The Joy Formidaable
Doomtree
Cloud Cult
7 Seconds
OFF!
Benjamin Booker
Joyce Manor
The White Buffalo
Post Malone With FKI
Jazz Cartier
Teenage Bottlerocket
The Bunny Gang
Speedy Ortiz
Pup
Beach Slang
The Hotelier
Prayers
Fit For Rivals
Direct Hit!
The Moth & The Flame
Elway
Main Attrakionz
Cayetana
Broadway Calls
White Mystery
Skating Polly
Souvenirs
Northern Faces
Dreamers
Pears
Meat Wave
Rozwell Kid
Sleep On It
Faulkner
Gateway Drugs
Daye Jack
Indian School
The ‘Rock-afire explosion and ‘Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue‘ will also be making special appearances.

DENVER: FIRST WAVE of lineup announcements for Riot Fest & Rodeo are here! More headliners and bands to be announced…

Posted by Riot Fest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Dead Milkmen Book West Coast Tour

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The Dead Milkmen will kick off their first West Coast tour in nearly three years, promoting their Pretty Music For Pretty People, out now via Quid Ergo. Watch the video for “Pretty Music For Pretty People” here.

Formed in the early 80s, shortly after the Earths crust began to cool, The Dead Milkmen first took the underground punk scene by storm with their debut album, Big Lizard in My Backyard, an album described as, the greatest cultural achievement of our time… by the band itself. The following years found the Philadelphia group invading the mainstream with albums like Eat Your Paisley and Beelzebubba, even catching MTVs attention with quirky hits like “Punk Rock Girl” and “Bitchin Camaro.”

Then by 1995, The Dead Milkmen did what any self-respecting band on the rise to fame would do: disband. It wasnt until reuniting to perform at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2008 that The Dead Milkmen gained a second wind, leading to the release of 2011s The King In Yellow. But the creative juices kept flowing (ewwwwww) and lead to the band recording what would become the critically acclaimed, Pretty Music For Pretty People.

Dates for The Dead Milkmens West Coast tour:
Apr 17: Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
Apr 18: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Apr 19: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr 21: Harlows – Sacramento, CA
Apr 22: Slims – San Francisco, CA
Apr 24: Belly Up – San Diego, CA
Apr 25: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

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