Recommends: The Venomous Pinks “Vita Mors”

All roads have to lead to the highly-anticipated full-length album from The Venomous Pinks. After years of grinding it out in the punk scene and being highly valued by its top bands, it is finally their time to shine in the spotlight with Vita Mors coming out on June 3, 2022 on SBĂ„M Records.

If you haven’t seen them touring with famous bands around the country or listened to their previous EPs, then you are in for a ride. The Venomous Pinks have been around since 2012 and hail from Mesa, AZ. Drea Doll, Gaby Kaos, and Cassie Jalilie make up this 3 piece band and they definitely have something new to bring to the table. They write songs, make music, create merch, host podcasts, the list goes on. They are hustlers that have earned their way to the top of this musical food chain.

Vita Mors has a lot of power and support behind this album. It was recorded at Maple Sound Studios and produced by Cameron Webb and Linh Le. They also had a lot of help from the punk community with additional gang vocals and guitars. I will save all the production info for when you read the liner notes because you are in for a treat. But what does “Vita Mor” truly mean? It translates to “Life and Death”. This seems fitting for the past few years and covers a lot of the themes laid out within this album.

The Venomous Pinks give you the best of everything they do in this full-length. They give all types of punk genres: skate, street, pop-punk, and so much more. They have such a range of musical styles that it just glides between each song. The gang vocals were purposeful and well placed in songs such as No Rules and We Must Prevail. There are also light-hearted tracks such as We Do it Better, which utilizes lyrics from the famous Annie Get Your Gun musical. If Green Day can make a punk musical then we can bring the musical into punk.

Even with the slick guitar riffs and technical drum work that drives this album, there is so much more under the surface. Vita Mors is about the good things in our daily lives but also what we have lost and the battles will continue to fight. Ballads such as Broken Hearts Club and Apothecary Ailment are songs about loss whether that be in love or addiction. Throughout this album, there is also a deep demand for change in the status quo and how this world isn’t working for us. It was especially good to hear a song like Todos Unido on a current punk album, especially in a country that is not in our favor but we continue to fight for our existence and our community. Despite the battles and the loss, Vita Mors remains hopeful about continuing to fight those outside forces and the ones within.

If you like these bands you will enjoy The Venomous Pinks: Bad cop/Bad cop, The Last Gang, Alice Bag, Fabulous Disaster, The Drowns, Get Dead.

Track Listing:

1.) Mercy

2.) I Really Don’t Care

3.) No Rules

4.) We Do it Better

5.) Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

6.) Broken Hearts Club

7.) Apothecary Ailment

8.) Hold On

9.) Todos Unidos

10.) We Must Prevail

Links for The Venomous Pinks: Bandcamp, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube, Spotify.

Pre-order Information: Vita Mors Vinyl

Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival: Forth Worth

I was super pumped that this tour was even considering coming to Austin. This city has a small but great punk scene, it just doesn’t attract major punk tours like other cities. Unfortunately, there were a lot of sad punks here since the venue decided to pull out of the deal two days before. Whatever your opinion on the matter is, real life happens and everyone lost out on a fun Cinco de Mayo.

Except there was a bit of hope to be had. Let me just start out with why I love punk bands and their devoted fan base. The festival decided that if you lost out on the Austin date that the next tour date was available to ticket holders. They also upped the ante by allowing a free plus one. Did I mention that included a beer tasting as well? If this was some other major label band they would have just refunded the money or rescheduled with some public statement. And yes, there were some issues with tickets and other details. If you were able to take that sweet deal it was definitely worthwhile.

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I was one of the lucky ones from Austin. Plus we got to bring some extra friends that couldn’t afford a ticket or couldn’t make the original date.

The set up was interesting and was at the Panther Island Pavillion park in Fort Worth. You get drink tickets for beer tastings from vendors which set up before the music begins. You get 10 tastings which are equal to about 2 full beers. The selection was half local and half national brewers. It was tough drinking in the hot Texas sun but it was fun hanging out the all the fans before a show. Here’s the lineup:

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Punk in Drublic Fest

The first act I caught was the Mad Caddies. I have seen them previously but they are an old favorite. I was excited that they played a couple of new tracks for an album that takes punk songs and makes them ska style. They did a cover of “She” by Green Day which was very fitting for this band. I skipped The Interrupters just because they open for every Hellcat Records tour and I have seen them a thousand times. They are a good band but find them a bit redundant.

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Mad Caddies at Punk in Drublic 2018

The highlight was seeing Bad Religion play Suffer front to back. That is one of the most quintessential punk albums of all time. You could literally see Fat Mike sing the entire album word for word from the side of the stage. That album cover, those lyrics, are absolute perfection every time. They also sprinkled some hits from their vast discography. I honestly have to say they are the highlight of this festival. I think Fat Mike also finds ways to book them on any tour or festival he curates since he feels the same.

 

 

 

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NOFX Punk in Drublic Festival 2018

NOFX is still NOFX. The small banner and they sometimes can play the songs they write. I think they have an interesting setlist these days. I think they tend to stick to newer albums rather than their hits. I do enjoy First Ditch Effort quite a bit, so this isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. This wasn’t their best set but I am glad that things are on the up and up for NOFX as far as trying new things such as this festival and camp. Here are some highlights from this date and looking forward to September.

 

*** Note from the Editor:

I previously wrote this review before their comments at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas. I was at the festival and will cover the subject in a future piece. Stone Brewery pulled their sponsorship and NOFX was pulled from the remaining festival dates. On their website, they also took off the postponed Austin date.