Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Briggs' new effort is here and they're hitting the road

LA’s The Briggs ' Come All You Madmen hits stores today, just in time for the kickoff of their summer long stint on Vans Warped Tour.

Founded by singing guitarists brothers Jason and Joey LaRocca, The Briggs are rounded out by Chris Arredondo on drums and Ryan Roberts on bass. The Brigg’s fourth release features that tight, in-your-face sound the band has honed to perfection with six solid years of touring under their belts with the likes of Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, The Living End, and Dropkick Murphys.

The dozen blistering tracks on Come All You Madmen were penned on acoustic guitar while out on the road with Dropkick Murphys. Teaming up with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones bassist Joe Gittleman as producer, the band was determined to keep their ferocious live sound intact.

Creating a more aggressive, yet melodic and folky record, Come All You Madmen finds The Briggs at their very best.

“We figured there was no point in f**king around in making a boring, safe record,” Jason LaRocca declares, “so we turned it up a notch, pushed our own limits out of the comfort zone. We went more extreme.”

Featuring guest appearances from punk rock icons Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat), Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys) and Dicky Barrett (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Come All You Madmen erupts with explosive, anthem-like working class street punk. From the soaring guitars on the fist-pumping “Charge Into The Sun” to the hometown shout out on “LA” and the marching beats of the Irish inspired sing-along “Mad Men” and the acoustic folk offering of “Oblivion,” The Briggs continue to establish themselves as one of punk’s most respectable and memorable acts.

Catch The Briggs this summer as they tour the U.S. on the Van’s Warped Tour. The band was already recently added to the lineup for both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this August.

The Briggs recently taped a 2 song set for Fuel TV's The Daily Habit which airs June 27 and again on June 30. Check for times.

What others are saying about The Briggs' Come All You Madmen:

" The Los Angeles roughnecks yank punk back into the seedy world of crumbling concrete, broken booze bottles and urban grime where it belongs...charges forward just like any punk album worth its salt does: It gallops on a mix of power and freewheeling inhibition"-

"Table-pounding, stein-waving pub rock is good for the soul. That's enough to recommend the Briggs, but add to that lyricsthat celebrate the art of joyful rage, songs that demand audience participation and vocals that combine the best elements of old-school punk, amped-up Irish balladry, whisky rasp, and soapbox exhortation, and you've got a perfect tonic for these dispirited times."- Drum! Magazine

"On their fiery fourth album, Come All You Madmen, the Briggs play tight and they play sharp, expertly mixing sweat-filled aggression and heartfelt melody into twelve potent, fist-pumping tracks of folky, working-class punk...there's a certain vigor and freshness present that sets the Briggs apart from most of their punk brethren."- Allmusic
"Get ready to stomp your boots and pump your fists to The Briggs ' latest creation..." -Cleveland Leader

Tour Dates:

Warped Tour Dates:
June 20 Pomona, CA
June 21 San Francisco, CA
June 22 Ventura, CA
June 25 Phoenix, AZ
June 26 Las Cruces, NM
June 28 Salt Lake City, UT
June 29 Denver, CO
July 1 St. Louis, MO
July 2 Kansas City, KS
July 3 Dallas, TX
July 5 San Antonio, TX
July 6 Houston, TX
July 9 Atlanta, GA
July 10 Orlando, FL
July 11 Tampa, FL
July 12 Miami, FL
July 13 Jacksonville, FL
July 14 Charlotte, NC
July 15 Virginia Beach, VA
July 16 Washington, DC
July 17 Cleveland, OH
July 18 Detroit, MI
July 19 Toronto, Ontario
July 20 Montreal, Quebec
July 23 Boston, MA
July 24 Buffalo, NY
July 25 Camden, NJ
July 26 Uniondale, NY
July 27 Scranton, PA
July 28 Englishtown, NJ
July 29 Pittsburgh, PA
July 30 Cincinnati, OH
July 31 Indianapolis, IN
August 1 Milwaukee, WI
August 2 Chicago, IL
August 3 Minneapolis, MN
August 5 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
August 6 Calgary, Alberta
August 8 Boise, ID
August 9 Seattle, WA
August 10 Portland, OR
August 13 Fresno, CA
August 14 San Diego, CA
August 15 San Francisco, CA
August 16 Sacramento, CA
August 17 Los Angeles, CA

August 22 Reading, UK Reading Festival (with Pennywise)
August 23 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival (with Pennywise)

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