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Meet Girl Fry, A Melodic Punk Band From Los Angeles

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Girl Fry is an energetic melodic punk band from Los Angeles. Punk Rock Planet had the pleasure of recently interviewing the band. Their music features strong, powerful vocals and engaging lyrics with dramatic melodies.

Their album “When You Drink, I Drink. When You Sink, I Sink” has been recently released. You can check it on their bandcamp HERE. Check out the interview below!

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1. Tell us a little about the band.

Girl Fry is owned and operates by Jessy Spino and Alex Si, based out of Los Angeles. We employ several musicians, but right now our main drummer is Justin Brown (also drummer for math rock band Feather Wolf).

2. How would you describe the music you play?

Although we’re going for latin punk, many describes us at melodic punk with a few latin flares.

3. What are you biggest musical influences, favorite bands?

Jessy: Los Hermanos, Agent Ribbons, Dresden Dolls.
Alex: Gorillaz, Against Me, Agent Orange

4. Do you think the internet has helped or hurt musicians?

It has helped music. But has probably hurt musicians who were previously making a living without it.

5. What song your band plays is your favorite and why?

Alex’s Favorite: Frankenstein. Fun to listen to, and fun to play.

Jessy’s Fav: Roadkill, because it’s super easy and I get to yell.

To find out more about this rising band, you can also visit their official website and follow them on tumblr.

Brody Dalle Performs Misfit’s Hybrid Moments

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Brody Dalle, one of the best female punk singers in recent times, performs a cover of the Misfit’s “Hybrid Moments.” While no one can compare to Danzig’s version, she does a really good job. Her naturally raspy voice is suited to the song perfectly. Although Brody Dalle was unfortunately embroiled in controversy with her messy divorce from Rancid lead singer Tim Armstrong, it shouldn’t overshadow her own talent and body of work. The punk rock world, in particular, could benefit from more female lead singers.

Jello Biafra Of The Dead Kennedys Says Punk Should Die In Video Interview

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If anyone has deep insight into what punk rock was and what punk rock has become, it’s Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the influential San Francisco based punk band Dead Kennedys. A long with Joey Ramone, Glenn Danzig, and other punk rock giants, Jello Biafra has helped create some of the most incendiary and lasting punk rock of all time.

In this sit-down interview, Jello Biafra is as candid as ever. And whether you agree with him or not, it’s definitely an interesting interview. He says such things as:

  • Even the Butthole Surfers think he’s a weird guy.
  • Punk should die, so that it can be reborn again.
  • He believes punk will always exist in some format.
  • Punk is no longer about how you dress, boy bands look like punk rockers now.
  • He’s losing money with his Alternative Tentacles record label.
  • He’s proud of what he accomplished with the Dead Kennedys, but hates what it has become.

Entire video can be watched below.

Hog Hoggidy Hog Singer George Bacon Passes Away

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Hog Hoggidy Hog was a punk rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. They were known for ska rock or “porkrock” which also incorporates local African music and culture, and were headed by lead singer George Bacon. They were an influential band in the South African alternative music scene. He apparently passed away in his sleep after playing a gig. The band Hog Hoggidy Hog released this statement about his very sad passing:

“It is with great sadness that we write this message. We have lost our brother and his memory will live on in our minds and hearts forever. All our love and condolences to Verena, Draco and family. George, you will be missed with all our hearts.”

Other details are not known, but are expected to be released at a later date. His death has come as a shock to his community, as George Bacon and Hog Hoggidy Hog are an established long-time presence. Below is a video of a live performance:

Top Five Punk Rock Love Songs

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Well it’s Valentine’s Day again, and for many people it may be a cruel reminder of the love and companionship they lack in their lives. Remember, even punks need love! While punk rock music is mostly associated with rage and rebellion, there are also songs about the inescapable issue of love, in all of its many facets. So for any punk rockers out there who are searching for love, or who already have it, here are five punk songs for Valentine’s Day.

One: “Silly Girl” by the Descendents


The Descendents could be called the godfathers of pop-punk, that spawned such mega-popular bands like Blink-182. The Descendents are still the best, creating sweet and catchy punk that makes you feel sixteen once again listening to their songs. And they weren’t afraid to sing about girls, and their relationships with them, like with “Silly Girl” that has the narrator singing about a girl who he’s deeply in love with, young love at its finest.

Two: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” by the Ramones


Johnny Ramone mentioned about lead singer Joey Ramone that his favorite songs were always the love songs, and that he was truly a hippy at heart. And perhaps the only Ramones song that is purely and undeniably a love song is “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” Joey Ramone’s iconic bleat became a soft croon as he sings about the emotion that everyone feels in their life, unrequited love. This song may cement Joey Ramone as an off-kilter sex-symbol, as Debbie Harry of Blondie once said she always found Joey incredibly sexy.

Three: “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Iggy And The Stooges


At some point, punk rock would have to dig into the darker side of love and sex. And Iggy Pop was the perfect singer and musician to do it with his masterpiece “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

Four: “Saturday Night” by the Misfits (Graves era)


Michale Graves lead the second-wave of the horror punk band the Misfits. And while Glenn Danzig undeniably was the heart and soul of the Misfits, Graves did a remarkably good job of infusing the Misfits with a new sense of youth and life. A genuinely good singer, Michale Graves created a masterpiece with “Saturday Night,” sung from the point of view of a serial killer who is is love with his victims. Infused with fifties do-wop and well-written lyrics, it’s a song that plays like a drive-in movie inside your head.

Five: “Rock & Roll” by the Velvet Underground


While “Rock & Roll” is not about two people, it’s included because it encapsulates so well what rock & roll has done for so many people, literally saving their lives and bringing meaning and a reason to live to otherwise disillusioned people. Lou Reed has always been a master lyricist and poet, and “Rock & Roll” benefits from his deft lyrics and ability to capture the thriving New York punk scene of his era.