September 29, 2015
D.O.A. is back with a vengeance! It looked like Canada's legendary punk pioneers were going to hang it up, as Joe Shithead Keithley, the godfather of "hardcore" sought political office, but that didn't happen this time so the political world's loss is the music world's gain. D.O.A. has a brand new album, Hard Rain Falling, out now on Sudden Death Records, and a tour in the works.
To come up with Hard Rain Falling, Joe, Paddy Duddy (drums) and Mike Maggot (bass) took inspiration from D.O.A.'s early classics: Something Better Change, Hardcore 81 and War on 45 and made the songs quick, short and right to the point. With anthems like "The Cops Shot a Kid," "Punk Rock Hero," "Warmonger," "Kicked In The Teeth" and "Racism Sucks," they take on environmental destruction, racism, street gangs and warmongers. There's even a cover of the reggae classic "Johnny Too Bad." Just what's needed from what some people call Canada's protest band. "The way I look at it, if D.O.A. is going to be relevant in these tough times, we have to stick to our roots and really stir things up," says Keithley, "we're still doing our best to change this god damn old world for the better."
The first video from D.O.A.'s new album is Pipeline Fever, a funny and sarcastic look at the impending environmental disaster that will happen if oil companies manage to get their way and litter Canada and the USA with pipelines to move Canada's "dirty oil": Bitumen. The oil industry is eager to maximize profits by proposing not one pipeline for Bitumen from Alberta, but four in total: Northern Gateway, the Kinder Morgan expansion, Keystone XL and Energy East. "Canada is in the middle of an election and a big issue is oil pipelines, I, like most Canadians say transporting bitumen is a disaster waiting to happen, let's work on alternative clean energy," Keithley said. "Apparently PM Stephen Harper has learned nothing from BP's Deepwater Horizon 2010 Gulf of Mexico massive oil disaster, he cares nothing for our irreplaceable environment and future generations."
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