Dad Brains Releases Inaugural Father’s Day EP

Does having kids make you any less punk?  SoCal-based punk band Dad Brains doesn’t think so.

The Oxnard/Ventura-based quartet of punk rock dads, comprised of ex-members of notable punk/”Nardcore” bands like No Motiv (Vagrant Records), The Missing 23rd (Sessions Records), Creep Division (American hardcore/punk band that featured members of Good Riddance) and The F-ing Wrath, is releasing a self-titled EP this Friday, June 15. 

Dad Brains’ first single, Baby Jail, chronicles those sleepless nights and bleary-eyed days that all parents face after bringing a new baby home.

Im so hungover but didn’t have a drink and I feel so tired that I can’t even think. I’m so confused and feel stuck inside, I need to get outside….
baby….jail. Baby….jail is this the drunk tank? Baby Jail.
I think I need a break.

Dad Brains consists of four members:

Patrick Pedraza – Vocals
Matt Kash – Guitar
John Crerar – Drums
Craig Kasamis – Bass

We had a few question for the guys, and guitarist Matt Kash was kind enough to answer. Check out our brief interview below:

SoCal Locale: Dad Brains new EP perfectly captures the struggles and the joys of parenthood and some of the changes that come with it. Has being a dad changed the way you write, record or perform music?

Matt Kash: When we wrote this EP, Pat came over to my house on his lunch break while my kids were in school. We wrote all the songs in about an hour. We’re busy dads and didn’t have time to overthink it. Which was a good thing. The same goes for recording, I think we recorded the whole EP in 2 or 3 hours. It’s not perfect and we’re cool with it!

SCL: Speaking of performing: Will we be able to look forward to any Dad Brains shows soon?

MK: We hope so. Know any good baby sitters?

SCL: What is the main message you hope dads (and other parents) take away from your new EP?

That you don’t have to become a completely different person after you have kids. Staying true to yourself and continuing to play makes us happy and that’s important for the kids to see. We grew up singing along to punk songs about the government, our parents and the various other challenges one faces while growing up. We saw it only fitting to start a band that addresses this next stage in our lives and hopefully other dads can relate along the way!

The Dad Brains EP drops Friday, June 15th! You can buy Dad Brains merch and pick up the EP on their Bandcamp page.

KLOS, Fat Mike, & P.I.D. Present: Punk ‘N Brew Craft Beer & Music Festival!

Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival is making its way to SoCal on October 28th, and bringing the best in craft beer, food, and live music to Huntington Beach! The SoCal portion of the series, dubbed Punk ‘N Brew, offers craft beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy quality craft beer from over 100 brews, gourmet food trucks and restaurant vendors, with performances from NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Strung Out, Guttermouth, Ignite, The Dickies, D.I., and more.

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It’s Not Dead is Coming to San Manuel Amphitheater!

Excitement and anticipation are boiling over for It’s Not Dead, the inaugural punk rock festival from co-founders Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best, which takes over San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday October 10.

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All tickets are general admission and available on the festival website for $42.50, with general parking included. Kids 10 and under are free. Prices do not include ticket service fee. Tent camping is available at the adjacent Glen Helen campground.

In addition to 3 stages, jam-packed with 35 punk and ska greats such as Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX and many more, the festival will feature a Vans Old-Skool Jam, with demos by legendary skaters such as Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan and Neal Hendrix, along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, Josh Borden and BMX rider Dennis McCoy.

Additionally, the festival will host a pop-up art exhibition titled, ‘Art’s Not Dead’ and a ‘Punks Well Read’ book signing area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.

The art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene’s most acclaimed artists and photographers like Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.

The book signings, hosted by official festival bookseller Stories Books & Cafe out of Echo Park, will highlight such celebrated punk rock authors as Jeff Alulis, Jack Grisham, Cecil Castellucci, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Oriana Small and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito (Playdate).

For more on all the happenings of the festival and the full band lineup, visit http://itsnotdeadfestival.com.

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Who: You!
What: It’s Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, October 10 (Doors Open at 12:30pm)
Where: San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds

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