Music Hall of Famer Bob Rock produces Northern Avenger
By Mandy Rodgers
Set to drop Nov. 18 on Sudden Death Records, Northern Avenger teams Vancouver
band D.O.A. and Vancouver
producer Bob Rock to make music. The record celebrates the band’s 30th anniversary of hardcore punk music after many changes and evolutions with the
group and music industry.
Founding members, frontman Joey Shithead Keithley (Canada’s
Godfather of Punk) and bassist Randy Rampage, are featured on Northern Avenger alongside drummer Floor
Tom Jones, who fills in for Chuck Biscuits after his retirement in 1999. Keithley
owns Sudden Death Records and is the only member of D.O.A. to stay through the
entire history of the group and authored the book, I Shithead…A Life in Punk.
According to the band’s label, Keithley “formed D.O.A at the
beginning of the punk movement, and the band quickly earned a reputation as
troublemaking road warriors, and in 1981 made the term hardcore their own,
pushing it into the common vernacular.”
Northern Avenger will travel back to D.O.A.’s beginnings, before the band influenced the future
of music like Green Day, Nirvana and Offspring.
The album is available for streaming at http://pscomputing.ca/streaming.