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Descendents rework early songs in new album – 9th & Walnut

9TH & WALNUT

Out Epitaph Records on July 23th

Formed in L.A.’s South Bay in 1978, Descendents began as a power trio featuring bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, and guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008). The band recruited vocalist Milo Aukerman in 1980 and began establishing themselves as major players in the Southern California Punk movement. Over the years, the band has sustained a potent chemistry and shared vision, further cementing them as punk legends.

In 2002, the original four-piece lineup — Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo, Bill Stevenson, and Milo Aukerman — got back into the studio to finally record their first-ever songs. The songs were written by the band from 1977 through 1980, before recording the Fat EP (1981) and the Milo Goes to College LP (1982). Put simply, this is the Descendents’ earliest material, representing a “lost” pre-MGTC album. Most of these songs have not been heard—until now.

Every element of Descendents’ genre-creating sound is here: Stevenson’s hyper-caffeinated surf-beats, Lombardo’s intrepid bass, Navetta’s crunching attack, Aukerman’s impassioned, infinitely relatable singing—and all those great melodies and harmonies. There are classic punk rave-ups (“Sailor’s Choice,” “I’m Shaky”), antisocial bursts (“You Make Me Sick”), and the kinds of poppier gems the band would, very soon, put on the map (“Mohicans,” “Nightage”).

“9th & Walnut is where our first practice room was, in Frank’s sister’s garage,” Stevenson recalls. “His brother and sister lived there, and “The Pagan Babies”, Frank’s band with his brothers, played there too. Some of these songs were written when Frank was only 14 years old.” When the band reconvened to record them, it was just like the earliest days: “We just fell right into our old mode. It was so natural.”

Also included are freshly recorded versions of the MGTC outtake “Like the Way I Know,” Descendents’ debut tracks “Ride the Wild” and ”It’s a Hectic World” (heard here for the first time with vocals by Milo), and the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over”—given the full Descendents treatment.

9TH & WALNUT TRACK LISTING

  1. Sailor’s Choice
  2. Crepe Suzette
  3. You Make Me Sick 
  4. Lullaby 
  5. Nightage
  6. Baby Doncha Know
  7. Tired of Being Tired 
  8. I’m Shaky 
  9. Grudge
  10. Mohicans
  11. Like the Way I Know 
  12. It’s A Hectic World 
  13. To Remember 
  14. Yore Disgusting 
  15. It’s My Hair 
  16. I Need Some
  17. Ride the Wild
  18. Glad All Over (Dave Clark Five cover)

Pre-order ‘9th & Walnut’ HERE:

Descendents are vocalist Milo Aukerman, bassist Tony Lombardo, late guitarist Frank Navetta, and drummer Bill Stevenson.

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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. When not attending gigs across Scotland and UK, I cover local and national race meetings. Shooting video and recording bands, either live or in my home studio, also keeps me busy. I love the challenge of capturing the essenceof events that I’m involved with. Music is my passion, being a musician, engineer and photographer, I love to understand the technical side but use that to capture the essence of the performance. I am not a click and shoot kind of person, I like to research my subject and do my best to express how the artists would want to be portrayed. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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