The Interrupters

Monqui Presents

The Interrupters

Masked Intruder, RAT BOY

Mon, April 8

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Wonder Ballroom

Portland, OR

$22.00 - $24.00

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This event is all ages

A portion of all ticket sales will benefit MusiCares

The Interrupters
The Interrupters
The third album from L.A. ska-punk band The Interrupters,
Fight the Good Fight
gets its title
from a piece of graffiti spray-painted outside the studio where they made their debut. “It’s a
phrase that’s followed us around for years, and it kind of embodies the message of this album,”
says guitarist Kevin Bivona, whose bandmates include singer Aimee Interrupter, bassist Justin
Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona. Aimee adds: “There’s a lot of darkness in the world right
now, but we’re trying to drive that out by making our music the light. We’re fighting through
everything with a smile on our faces.”
The follow-up to their 2015 album
Say It Out Loud
,
Fight the Good Fight
finds The Interrupters
delivering their two-tone-inspired, powerfully melodic, punk-fueled sound with more vitality
than ever before. Working with Rancid frontman and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim
Armstrong (who’s now produced all their albums) and Grammy Award-winning mixer Tom
Lord-Alge, Aimee and the Bivona brothers channeled that raw energy in part by recording almost
entirely to tape. “There’s a certain feeling you get from that process that you can’t really get
digitally,” says Kevin. “There’s no overthinking anything—everyone’s got to be fully present and
committed. It was definitely high-pressure, but also really fun.”
True to the album’s theme of persevering through hard times,
Fight the Good Fight
opens with
“Title Holder”—a fast-paced anthem that celebrates the notion of “taking all the bad things
you’ve overcome and turning them into a beautiful part of your character,” according to Kevin.
On “She’s Kerosene,” The Interrupters slip into a more intense but still-triumphant mood as
Aimee reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse (“I really hope when people listen to that
song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship,” she says). Aimee also brings
her fearlessly honest storytelling to “Gave You Everything,” an aching but glorious, no-regrets
ballad she describes as “a true story, and a story as old as time.”
One of the most exhilarating tracks on
Fight the Good Fight
, “Got Each Other” offers a message
of street-punk unity and features vocals from all four members of Rancid (including Armstrong,
bassist Matt Freeman, guitarist Lars Frederiksen, and drummer Branden Steineckert). “It was
always in the cards for all the guys to be on that song, but we were getting nearer and nearer to
deadline, and a few of the verses were still empty,” Kevin recalls. “We ended up having Jesse
and Justin drive up to the Bay Area in our tour van with a mini studio in the back, record Matt
and Lars, and then drive back down again. It was like the third act of
Goodfellas
, where the clock
was totally working against us, but somehow we made it happen.” In another moment of
collaboration, the brash and bouncy “Broken World” was built from a riff and melody passed on
by Billie Joe Armstrong while The Interrupters were on tour with Green Day. “Billie Joe played
us that riff and melody and told us, ‘If you guys wanna take that and make a song out of it, go for
it,’” Kevin remembers. “I think it’s the first ska song he’s ever been a part of, which is a cool
thing for us.”
Masked Intruder
Masked Intruder
Pop punk band from Madison, WI. All the band members hide their identity by wearing different color ski masks. Each member is referred to by the color of their ski mask. The band is made up of Blue (36) on lead vocals and guitar, Green (32) on guitar and vocals, Yellow (7) (aka Orange (46)) on bass and vocals and Red (62) on drums.
RAT BOY
RAT BOY
British musician from Chelmsford, Essex. His music is an amalgam of several styles, most notably hip hop and indie rock. Won Best New Artist 2016 at NME Awards.