Strung Out / The Bombpops / Counterpunch at Lookout Lounge

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Black Heart Booking & A-13 Punk Rock present...

Strung Out - In case you just woke up from a 30-year coma (bummer for you), here's a quick primer on Strung Out: Way back in 1989, Jason Cruz got the bright idea to start a punk band with his guitar-playing buddies Rob Ramos and Jake Kiley. It wasn't the kind of plan that required much more preparation than play fast, play loud, play all the time. No one thought this high school band would become a career. Yet here we are, nearly three decades later, and Strung Out is not only still active but thriving, a paragon of punk and an inspiration to thousands of fans (and musicians) worldwide.

While Strung Out has made their name on intense, frenetic slabs of metal-influenced tech-punk, there is more to the band than meets the eye. It might come as a shock to learn the band's new eight-song release, Black Out the Sky, is an acoustic affair, but as Cruz says, it's not nearly as surprising for the band members.

The Bombpops - A band that plays taut, hooky pop-punk in the time-tested SoCal manner, the Bombpops were formed in 2008 in Oceanside, California. The band is led by guitarists and vocalists Poli van Dam and Jen Razavi, who have fronted the group through a long succession of personnel changes; according to a 2017 interview with Razavi, "We've had three drummers and six bass players." In 2010, after making their mark as a live act in Southern California, the Bombpops self-released their first EP, Like I Care. The EP was later reissued by Red Scare Industries, who also put out the second Bombpops EP, Stole the TV, in 2011. In 2012, the band made plans to cut their first full-length album with Tony Sly of No Use for a Name as producer, but Sly's unexpected death that year put the project on the back burner. A 2014 self-released single, "Can O'Worms" b/w "Breathe," introduced the band's most stable lineup, with van Dam and Razavi joined by bassist Neil Wayne and drummer Josh Lewis. But the band had to put some of their plans on hold when van Dam became pregnant and had to curtail recording and touring for a while. By 2016, the Bombpops were back in business, and with Chris Fogal of the Gamits serving as producer, the band finally began work on their first full-length album. Venerable punk label Fat Wreck Chords signed the Bombpops and released their album Fear of Missing Out in February 2017.

Counterpunch - The Chicago-based punk rock band Counterpunch formed in 2004. The lineup currently consists of Eric Hausser, Jared Rohde, Jim Margle, & Kyle Tilev.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2007 both on their own imprint, Punch It Records, along with Radtone Records in Japan. The next few years were spent performing with regional, national, and international acts in support of the release.

at Lookout Lounge


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