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 that’s as relevant as ever. Such a twisted notion was proven with the Philadelphia quartet’s latest full-length, Pretty Music For Pretty People[1] (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 Vancouver’s 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 Milkmen’s West Coast tour can be found below.

“We’re 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 we’ll 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 Earth’s 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 MTV’s 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 wasn’t 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 2011’s 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. “It’s 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 Milkmen’s 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 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA –
04/24 – Belly Up – San Diego, CA –
04/25 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA –


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