by Christian Hamilton | February 12, 2015 4:59 pm
Over thirty years, dozens of lawsuits, and hundreds of hours of bird watching later, The Dead Milkmen are still crafting irreverent music thats as relevant as ever. Such a twisted notion was proven with the Philadelphia quartets latest full-length, Pretty Music For Pretty People (out now via Quid Ergo). Now The Dead Milkmen are setting its sights towards the West Coast with an April tour.
Renowned for their satirical approach to punk rock, The Dead Milkmen will kick off their first West Coast tour in nearly three years at Vancouvers Fortune Sound Club on April 17 before coming to an end at L.A.s Troubadour on April 25. A full list of dates for The Dead Milkmens West Coast tour can be found below.
Were very excited about playing out West for our fans – both old and new – and being able to play some of the new album tracks along with the old favorites, says drummer Dean Clean of the tour. Although the trouble is, I bet the minute we get back to Philly well hear from someone in Seattle or L.A. say Hey guys! How come you never play out here?! It never fails!
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 Austins 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. Its still sardonic, punky-spirited rock with some eclecticism, notes Alt Press, while Punk News declares that, They have taken their classic sound and expanded it a bit, making a modern, yet instantly recognizable album by the masters of punk rock satire.
Dates for The Dead Milkmens West Coast tour:
04/17 Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, BC
04/18 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
04/19 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
04/21 Harlows Sacramento, CA
04/22 Slims San Francisco, CA
04/24 Belly Up San Diego, CA
04/25 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
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