“You Need An Ass Kickin’ Right Now” is the first video from D.O.A.’s new album Fight Back. Canada’s legendary punks have always delighted in sticking it to pompous and despicable characters, so this new video carries on their fine tradition of defiance and irreverence.
“In our modern world that is stuffed with ever increasing episodes of racism, sexism, greed and warmongers, it’s time say enough is enough, time to fight back,” said Joe “Shithead” Keithley, the fearless leader of D.O.A.
In “Ass Kickin'” he takes on callous and tragic characters like: Kanye, Putin, Harvey Weinstein, Xi Jingping, Trump, and many more. “My only regret is that the song is only one minute and 20 seconds long, so we ran out of time to include more,” concluded Keithley.
D.O.A., the pioneering punks who set the bar high for punk and basically invented hardcore, are ready to rip it up on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. Their new album is called Fight Back and they are embarking on a worldwide tour to support this impressive new effort. The “Men of Action” are ready to take on all opposition and lay down a punk rock path of wild music and free thought. Their rough and ready line up is led by the godfather of Hardcore, Keithley (guitar, vocals) he is more than ably accompanied by the manic rhythm section of Paddy Duddy (drums) and Corkscrew (bass).
Early reviews indicate that Fight Back is the most innovative D.O.A. album since War on 45. D.O.A. has always been right on the pulse of what’s going on in our screwed up world. Fight Back deals with what we have left, which in a lot of ways, is not much.
“When you really think about it, income inequality and disparity is at the root of a lot huge problems, like environmental degradation, war, sexism and hate” said Keithley who has been fighting the good fight for the last 40 years. It’s why he’s made TALK – ACTION = 0 his lifelong mantra.
Fight Back, released on Joe’s own label Sudden Death Records, is a scathing and timely piece. Joe deals with all manner of unseemly low characters and issues. The album opens with acerbic “You Need an Ass Kickin’ Right Now,” next rips right into the startling “Killer Cops,” then smashes into the anthemic “Time To Fight Back,” which is street punk resistance at its fiercest. The album proceeds with the timely “Gonna Set You Straight” with violent and natural ease, and continues with the vitriolic “I Just Got Back From the USA.” Then, the album takes a funny twist with “We Won’t Drink This Piss” (down with bad corporate beer!) and “You Can’t Stop Me,” a song in which Joe delves into the character of Slapshot’s playing coach Reggie Dunlop (a natural alter ego perhaps).
The “Men Of Action” are returning to the US for some unfinished business.
US TOUR DATES:
5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival – Main Stage
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
6/01 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
6/02 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Lubbock, TX @ TBD
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!
US EAST COAST & CANADA TOUR DATES:
07/06 – Vancouver, BC @ First Annual Fight Back Festival, Rickshaw Theater
07/07 – Kamloops, BC @ Blue Grotto
07/13 – 07/25 – US Midwest to East Coast @ TBD w/ Kevin Seconds
08/15 – Duncan, BC @ Cowichan Theatre
08/16 – Quadra Island, BC @ The Legion
08/17 – Port Alberni, BC @ Rainbow Room
08/18 – Ucluelet, BC @ The Legion