Steve Jackson (center) and The Pietasters (Photo courtesy the band)
The Pietasters reissued Willis, their 1997 record from Epitaph/Hellcat, on colored vinyl for Record Store Day 2019. Stephen Jackson and the band next perform at Braustomp 3 at DC Brau Brewery on Saturday, Aug. 3. Buy your tickets online now.
Mickey McCarter of Parklife DC recently sat down with Steve over quite a few drinks to chat about the Secret History of The Pietasters. Along with our own Miyun Park and The Pietasters bassist Dave Vermillion, we discussed the ’80s DC music scene that shaped The Pietasters, some of Steve’s greatest memories in The Pietasters, and what comes next for the world’s most hyper ska band. Hilarity ensued.
Al Jourgensen fronts Ministry on stage. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
“Holy shit!!! What the fuck is this?!? Some kind of funky electronic heavy metal punk rock? This is the strangest music I have ever heard. I either hate this shit or this is my new favorite band. And what the hell is on the cover of the album?!?.”
You can ask yourself the same questions that 12-year-old me asked when you see Ministry perform their classic material at a Wax Trax! reunion show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, April 15.
The Zombies perform at 9:30 Club on March 23, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
The Zombies Continue Banner Year
If the “Modfather” hands you one of his all-time favorite albums and tells you to listen, it would behoove you to do so.
Paul Weller helped transform the sound of British rock during the 1970s with his former punk rock-new wave band The Jam and later with The Style Council in the 1980s. When he’s not recording new music on his own (his 13th solo album “A Kind of Revolution” drops May 12) or performing live, you can find him at a record store collecting vinyl like it’s his job. His musical appetite is varied and oftentimes obscure, but always on point, so it’s no surprise a critically acclaimed commercial flop like Odessey and Oracle (misspelling courtesy artist Terry Quirk) is at the top of the tastemaker’s list.