Arm Your Enemy – Vanguard (WHOA-0016)

Hold on tight, Detroit rockers Arm Your Enemy are charging on to the scene with their debut release, Vanguard.

Mixing elements of punk, indie and classic rock with layers of pop-influenced melodies, Vanguard is like a volcano, building in strength until it erupts. Vanguard displays the bands’ full range of emotions, from introspective and a bit sullen (Counting City Lights) to pissed off with a taste for vengeance (We Came for Blood).

eleased 28 January 2014
Ryan Alexia – Bass and Vocals
Keith Britt – Vocals
Matthew Edwards – Guitar and Vocals
Jay Miller – Drums
Franco Pecorelli – Guitar and Vocals

All Lyrics and Music written by Matthew Edwards;
Except Lyrics to Guilty Accusations by Keith Britt

Recorded in July and August 2013 at Rhythm 11 Studios in Chesterfield Township, MI.
Mixed and Mastered by Vin Strockis and Will D’Anna at Rhythm 11
Produced by: Vin Strockis, Will D’Anna and Arm Your Enemy

A Totally Uncomprehensive History of Punk, Volume 4 – Mix Tape Monday 10/21/13

We wrap up our journey through the history of punk with the 2000s, a time when being a punk band meant a lot more than knowing how to scowl and play three chords. With bands adding elements of folk, pop, celtic music and straight-ahead rock and roll, the definition of punk got much more hazy. It’s an interesting — and very exciting — time for punk music. Punk’s not dead, it’s just not sneering at you as much anymore.

This week we bring you a diverse mix from bands such as The Ataris, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World as well as songs from our friends in Slo Poke, Wrist Rocket, Common Rider, Break Anchor, The Wanton Looks, Few and Far Between, Cruise Italy, P.T.’s Revenge and the Mizzerables.

Whoapocalypse 2013 ALL AGES w/P.T.’s Revenge, The Mizzerables, Wrist-Rocket, Cruise Italy

The Whoapocalypse is coming, where do you want to be when it does?

Don’t worry, the world isn’t going to end, but it may feel like it if you miss this show. Could you live with yourself if you missed the premiere of The Mizzerables video for their new single, Bottoms Up? Of course not, so get to the Token Lounge in Westland on July 13.

While you’re there, you’re going to see some kick ass punk rock from Bottle Kids (Chicago), Due North, Cruise Italy, Wrist-Rocket, The Mizzerables and P.T.’s Revenge.

So get your tickets now, or spend the rest of your life listening to your friends talk about how amazing of a time you missed. Trust us, that’s not a disappointment that you want to live with.

Doors at 7:00PM music at 7:30PM SHARP!

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://whoapocalypse2013-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

ALL AGES

On the Road Again – Mix Tape Monday 3/25/13

tourposter-201303221-624x964The Mizzerables are out on tour this week, taking the east coast by storm. That made us think, why not put together the best punk songs about getting behind the wheel and taking to the road?

From songs about playing shows to road rage classics, this week’s list will remind you what it’s like to pack up the van with your buddies and hit the highway.

If you’re on the east coast and want to see some kick ass pop punk, check out the Mizzerables remaining tour dates here.

P.T.’s Revenge – Never Let Her Go vinyl release Kickstarter

Collecting music is serious business. For those who are serious about their music, it is frustrating that a lot of the raw power and subtlety of their music is lost in the often indecipherable din blasting through tiny, white earbuds.

The intricacies of a subtle key change or the penetrating beat of a great bass line are often lost on digital tracks. This is why a lot of collectors are seeking the kind of authentic sound you can only hear between the crackles and pops of an album on vinyl.

We’re not talking about a bunch of hipsters trying to out-obscure each other with finds in the $2 bin at their local thrift shop. Discriminating audiophiles looking for the throwback sound they first heard on their parents’ hifi are seeking out releases on vinyl for all their favorite bands.

With Whoa! Records’ latest release, Never Let Her Go by Detroit punk heavyweights P.T.’s Revenge, we hope to provide fans of great music on the format they seek — with a modern twist.

To make this vision a reality, Whoa! Records, with the help of United Record Pressing (who is generously offering us test pressings for certain funding levels), is seeking funding through Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a new way for artists, musicians and other creative types to find funding for their projects. For more information on how Kickstarter works, click here.

You can pledge as little or as much as you like to assist with this project. At each funding level, starting with $5, there are rewards that include everything from your name appearing on the liner notes to limited edition versions of the record.

Already available digitally and on CD, by seeking financial backing on Kickstarter, we hope to bolster the release of Never Let Her Go with an option for vinyl collectors. The pressing would include a limited run of 100 records on white vinyl and 400 on standard black.

We recognize that vinyl is largely for collectors and many of those who buy the record still want to be able to listen to the music on their computers, iPods, smartphones, Zunes (do people still own those?) and what-have-you, each record will include a coded card that allows the purchaser to download the album digitally. We don’t want them to have to compromise, so because we know that they appreciate a higher-quality sound, all digital tracks are available in high definition formats.

Vinyl has been surging in the last few years and now we want to become a part of what we think is a great way to collect music. Because we are still a very small label (but growing!) with limited resources, we would like to fund the vinyl version of this record with your help. By helping us fund our vinyl releases, you will help us be on more solid financial footing, allowing us to dedicate more resources to promoting our current releases and recording more high-quality music in the future.

It is an exciting time for Whoa! Records and P.T.’s Revenge. Back together after nearly ten years apart, P.T.’s Revenge’s Never Let Her Go is the band’s first release since 2002.

P.T.’s Revenge recently headlined a Whoa! Records reunion show, playing to a packed house, the proceeds of which went to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit. More than $700 and 400 pounds of food were raised at the show and will help Gleaners provide more than 2,000 meals to hungry men, women and children in southeastern Michigan.

We’re doing our best to be good members of the community, so we’re hoping for a helping hand so we can continue to do good work and keep putting out great music.

You can find the link to the Kickstart project page here.

Whoa! Records raises $700, 400 pounds of food for Gleaners Community Food Bank

The 2011 Whoa! Records Benefit Show, the first in what will hopefully become an annual tradition, was an overwhelming success! With all of your help, we were able to have a rocking time while raising over $700 and nearly 400 pounds of food for Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.

Well over 200 fans showed up to watch the P.T.’s Revenge, Slo-Poke, Wrist-Rocket, Blindshot and Ten Ninety Dec. 30 at Small’s in Hamtramck. Those of you attending the show were asked to bring $6 or two cans of food. Many of you brought entire bags of food, and in doing so, helped us exceed all of our wildest expectations. Because of you, many Detroit families won’t go hungry.

Keeping it all together wasn’t easy, and there are many people – Mike, Melody, Jeff, Anthony, and everyone else working at Small’s that night – that kept the whole thing running smoothly.

We would also like to thank Liquid Chaos Tattoos, Jeff Gaydash and InkAddict for donating items for the raffle.

Most importantly, a big thanks goes out to all the fans for showing up to watch some great bands and to support a very worthy case.

Photos by Anna Murray (except Kevin’s, someone took that, we don’t know who):

Never Let Her Go full album now available at the Whoa! Store

Never Let Her Go – the latest EP from P.T.’s Revenge – is now available at the Whoa! Store on Bandcamp. You can order CDs and digital downloads, along with T-Shirts and Hoodies. Go get it!

Never Let Her Go by P.T.’s Revenge Pre-Orders Now Available!

Good morning everyone! You can now pre-order your copy of the latest P.T.’s Revenge release, Never Let Her Go, at the Whoa! Store. All pre-orders include an immediate download of the track “Coo Later Bye.” Full album downloads and shipping of CDs will begin next Tuesday, 12/27/2011. There are also a number of bundle packages with T-Shirts and copies of Save the Drama included. The bundles will begin shipping 1/3/2012. A portion of the proceeds from all album sales will go to Gleaners Community Food Bank through 12/30/2011, the night of the Whoa!Records benefit show at Small’s.

P.T.’s Revenge is Back

I’m extremely excited to announce our latest release on Whoa! Records. When I revived this label one thing was certain – we had to have a new P.T.’s Revenge release. Having been friends since grade school with the Sierzega brothers, we discovered together, and ended up becoming a part of, the amazing Detroit punk scene during the ’90s. P.T.’s Revenge became a staple of the scene, and it was the first band that I became involved in releasing records with by making cassettes and inserts and selling them at shows. Ultimately, they inspired me to start my own band, and we all set off on a wild journey, meeting and playing with a number of our idols and experiencing things that a kid could only dream about. These are some great guys and some of my best friends in the world. The process of making this record has been possible with the help of a number of friends. I’d like to thank Joe Novak for helping write the following about the release and being a large part of making this Whoa! Records revival happen.

Starting Dec. 20th you can pre-order the band’s new EP, Never Let Her Go, at the Whoa! Records store at http://store.whoarecords.net, which will include an immediate download of the track “Coo Later Bye.” The record will release on Dec. 27th though the Whoa! store and Jan. 3rd through other online retailers.

A new site for the band, www.ptsrevenge.com,will launch on Dec. 20th. The site will include updates on the band, music and photos. Also be sure to follow P.T.’s Revenge on Twitter at @pts_revenge and to check out their Facebook page.

— Mizzi


How the heck are you supposed to describe a band when all they will say about themselves and their sound is that it is “honest”?

Well, you can take a look at them, listen to the music and let it all speak for itself.

On second thought, don’t look, just listen.

For Detroit punk outfit P.T.’s Revenge, it’s not what you wear, it’s what you believe, and they believe their blend of pop-punk, hardcore and straightforward, good old American rock and roll will blow you away.

The five guys from the west side of Detroit recently returned to the studio to lay down their first new tracks since 2002. The new EP, entitled Never Let Her Go, features three never before recorded songs and one reworked tune from their 1998 release. Never Let Her Go will be released on Whoa! Records Dec. 27th.

“It was great being back in the studio with the guys,” said drummer John Kay. “It all came together effortlessly and quickly, the way it should be.”

The band features brothers Jeff and Kevin Sierzega on bass and vocals respectively, Matthew Edwards and Chris Doerr on guitar and Kay on drums.

Drawing on such diverse influences as Bouncing Souls, 311, Green Day, Less Than Jake, Poison, The Misfits and NoFX, P.T.’s Revenge’s unique sound combines elements of pop punk, hardcore and straight forward rock and roll to produce infectious hooks and anthemic choruses. They take pop punk where it dares not tread, giving their music a sincerity and edge not usually seen in that brand of punk music.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, P.T.’s Revenge was at the forefront of the Detroit scene. They toured with punk heroes the Suicide Machines and were regulars at iconic Detroit venues St. Andrew’s Hall, the Shelter and the Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre), playing alongside punk and ska luminaries H20, Sum 41, New Found Glory, the Toasters, Goldfinger, Bowling for Soup, Reel Big Fish, Bif Naked and Anti-Flag, among others.

After experiencing some initial success, the band split in 2002 and the members went on to success with other projects.

Frontman Kevin Sierzega went on to join Nashville-based punk outfit Teen Idols and later formed Bullets to Broadway.

Edwards now fronts Arm Your Enemy. In 2002 he played guitar on, and with Kevin Sierzega contributed vocals to, Common Rider’s (former Operation Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels and former members of Screeching Weasel) release This is Unity Music.

Kay earned his Audio Engineering degree at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. From there he founded Stu Stu Studio in Livonia, MI and now engineers several artists in rotation on Detroit’s top alternative rock station. In spite of his busy schedule, he still finds time to kick it behind the drums for rock acts Bat on Fire and The EEKS.

The new EP isn’t the only big news for P.T.’s Revenge. The band will be joining some of their former Detroit punk peers for a Whoa! Records reunion show Dec. 30th at Small’s in Hamtramck. Along with P.T.’s Revenge, the show will feature Ten Ninety, Slo-Poke, Wristrocket and Blindshot.

Kay promises the show is going to rock your socks, among other items of clothing, off.

“We rock so hard that it’ll blow the sleeves right off your shirt,” Kay said. “That’s why I never wear them in the first place.”

Doors are at 8 p.m. at Small’s in Hamtramck and admission is $6 or two cans of non-perishable food. The show is all ages and all proceeds go to Gleaner’s Community Food Bank in Detroit.

Starting Dec. 20th you can pre-order Never Let Her Go on the Whoa! Records store at http://store.whoarecords.net, which will include an immediate download of the track “Coo Later Bye”. The record will release on Dec. 27th though the Whoa! store and Jan. 3rd through other online retailers.


Chicago-based Whoa! Records is an independent record label focusing on punk and rock music. Other artists include About the Mess, J. Lee, Slo-Poke and Wrist-rocket.

— Joe Novak