Big D And The Kids Table

Big D And The Kids Table

Left Alone, The Doped Up Dollies, The Maxies

Friday, June 16, 2017

8:30 pm

Soda Bar


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Big D and the Kids Table will perform their album "Strictly Rude" in it's entirety for the 10 year anniversary!

Big D And The Kids Table
Big D And The Kids Table
Big D and the Kids Table front man David McWane has said, "There are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians." Once in a while a group comes along that makes music simply because they have no other choice – they are addicted musicians. For the past fifteen years Boston's Big D And The Kids Table has proven just that, regardless of the band's poverty. McWane describes the group as – "We're modern American gypsies," And you can feel that sense in their wildest record yet – For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious.

"The person who put it best is [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman", McWane explains. "A friend once asked him if we were a 'big band', and Kevin replied, 'I'll tell you this…they've been around for 14 years and each year they're extremely relevant.'

"Our new record is by far our best yet," says McWane. "It's a bomb! Our energy writing it was incredible. As friends, we had a blast; as musician's, we knew exactly what we wanted to craft; and as tour mates, we were all on the same page, writing songs that would make the coming tour a slaughtering battle on stage. We love energy, and that's what we packed these explosive songs with."

For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious is filled with driving ska-punk bangers, leaping off the stage thrash, seedy dub and topped off with a lot of that good ol' fashion working class, Boston bar room beer toasting anthems. It's gritty, bratty and raw – confident, witty and fun.

"I personally prefer shows where you have to prove yourself," McWane adds when asked which of the band's thousands of live performances stick out in his head. "The Warped Tours, Reading & Leads, and the Dropkick Murphys tours that we did were exciting because you had to prove yourself. The feeling is similar to when your band first starts out; you get that first-show anxiousness," he continues. "When you play shows where everyone loves you, then it turns more into entertaining—and that can be fun, but that's not where I personally come from," he elaborates. "I like the underdog shows more because they add spice and kick." Armed with a record as youth driven, honest speaking, furious and fun as For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious, Big D will undoubtedly get the opportunity in sweaty clubs all over the world, to step up to the plate and prove themselves all over again

"We want to wake up the masses with this record, remind them that they're more than just alive; and make their Mondays into Saturday nights. Lovers of our sound better get ready 'cause no one's gonna help them in the front row of this coming tour. If you wanna relax – head to the back." – says McWane
Left Alone
Left Alone
The exuberant yet repentant punk anthem that launches Left Alone's 2006 sophomore Hellcat offering is the kind of no bullshit, honest proclamation that fans of last year's highly-praised Lonely Starts and Broken Hearts have come to expect. That lead-off number, dubbed "The Sinner", is the sort of joyous chant along that has earned the devotion of punk purists throughout the globe. But as Dead American Radio unfolds, it reveals itself to be a far more adventurous, diverse and rewarding song cycle than its predecessor.

Simply put, Left Alone has concocted a stone cold classic album that artfully takes aim at corporate radio, suck ass emo bands and everything in between while incorporating elements of ska, cowpunk, pop contagiousness and old school punk. Yet according to Left Alone's guitarist, songwriter and mouthpiece Elvis Cortez, that variety which counts the efforts of saxophonist Noe, and the inclusion of Hammond organ and pedal steel wasn't necessarily a goal for the new disc.

"We were just picking up on different kinds of music and grooving on different elements," Cortez says. "My only goal was to do a record I'd be 100% happy with. Lonely Stars was recorded in like four days or some shit. This time we had a lot of time. Plus we had been on tour forever and had a lot of songs. Everything just worked out. Much like our band, it's just a bunch of weird shit that just all kind of goes together.

From a pensive heartbreaker like "Waiting For You" to the charged punk firecracker "Drunk Again", the flow of the record is somehow seamless thanks to the musical aptitude of Cortez, Noe and their rhythmic commando Ramrod (drums). With "La Pregunta," recent tourmate Patricia Day (of HorrorPops fame) joins Elvis on the quirky ska-inspired, Spanish-sung duet, while Rancid's own Tim Armstrong joins forces with the band for the upbeat, rock & roll road tale "City To City".

"I brought some songs over for Tim to check out and he really liked "City To City," so I asked him if he wanted to sing on it," Elvis says of his hit-worthy collaboration with Hellcat's founder. And he said, Yeah. So he wrote the verse he sings and he helped me arrange the song. He's so good at that kind of stuff. The guy is amazing in so many ways. It was a trip working with him.

If "City To City" is an instant classic that deserves to be an airwave favorite, Cortez recognizes that the likelihood that it and the other winners like on Dead American Radio like the reflective, energetic "Every Night" and the terrestrial (a.k.a. testicle) radio critiquing title track will be heard by the masses is slim. People think that bands get popular out of being good, and it's just not true, Elvis proclaims. I've always known it to be pretty much a money thing. It's like the rich gets richer and radio is the worst example of that. For a band it sucks because there's so much good stuff that should be on the radio but it never gets the chance because maybe their label can't afford it or just chooses not to buy into it. I've always felt that if a song is good enough, it shouldn't matter what label it's on, but that's not the way it works.

If corporate radio still sucks, Left Alone's frustrations with the medium haven't kept the quartet from excelling on Dead American Radio. It's funny because somehow these songs wound up being some of the catchiest I've ever written, Cortez marvels. And some of the songs ended up sounding like they could be at home on the radio. But I didn't sit down with that in mind. We just jam and then put the ideas together, it's never a plotted out thing with our music.

It's amazing then, to consider that this big, bombastic sounding record was produced on a modest budget before mastering. A testament to Cortez's skills as a producer, he says the band just took our time and did what we always wanted to do. We did the drums on reel to reel analogue and dumped them into Pro Tools. I borrowed a Gretsch and a bunch of Les Pauls and different amps and cabinets. And Ramrod got a new, high end drum set and all of this equipment and we focused on the sound as much as the songs and it really worked out well.

Of taking Left Alones music to a new level, Elvis acknowledges, We could do the whole hardcore thing, and I started with it, but I'm more about melody and textures. That's everything for me. We feel really good about this record. The whole band is excited. I can finally say that from start to finish, I feel so complete with this thing. It feels like we hit it out of the park. When I listen to the record we made, I'm like, Fuck yeah!

If defying convention seems to be protocol for Left Alone, Cortez confirms this notion when he speaks of a recent House of Blues gig in L.A. with Hellcat labelmates Tiger Army. We both had pedal steel guys! the frontman laughs. It's like totally out of context for punkers with Mohawks. The soundman was like, You have a saxophonist, a pedal steel player and an organist and you're a punk band with Mohawks? What are you guys doing?

But despite the group's willingness to try new things, the men of Left Alone are still ardent punk purists a disdain for a certain popular rock subgenre. Hence the delightful, revivalist kick in the ass known as I Hate Emo.

On the 2004 Warped Tour it started for us,Elvis confesses. It was like attack of the clones. Emo bands they look the same, they play the same, they talk the same. So the song started as a punk rock song called Fuck Emo. And the chorus was like, Yeah, I said it. I said it. And then we did the Warped Tour Barbecue and all these emo bands would look at me like I was an asshole. And maybe I was.

I guess with me, I don't give a fuck what music looks like or how it's packaged,Elvis says, in spite of his band's own eye-catching Boombox-centric album cover. As long as its good and genuine, it will shine through and people will catch on. If you play your shit with balls, and truly have some balls, it will shine through.

Summing it all up, Elvis Cortez decrees, We're no Hot Topic band. That's for sure.
The Doped Up Dollies
The Doped Up Dollies are a 3 piece singing group not unlike the Surpremes. Founded by Big D and the Kids Table frontman David McWane in 2008.

The Doped Up Dollies' first recorded with Big D and the Kids Table on the 2009 release of 'Fluent in Stroll' - A first for the band; a style very different from any of their other previous records. Fluent in Stroll is a mixture of hop scotch, double dutch schoolyard rhymes, reggae, and soul. This style is known as Stroll, a genre invented by Big D and the Kids Table.

The Dollies were a staple addition to Big D's set on the Vans Warped tour in 2009 and a full US headlining tour later that year.
In December of 2009-January 2010, The Doped Up Dollies traveled across seas with Big D to the UK on a 3 week supporting tour for Reel Big Fish.

The Dollies continued to tour with Big D and the Kids Table until the summer of 2010 in support of bands like State Radio and Flogging Molly.

In 2011 The Doped Up Dollies appeared again on the release of Big D and the Kids Table's record 'For the Damned, the Dumb, and the Delirious." Holding down back up vocals to songs like " Stringers" and " Roxbury."

In October 2012 Big D and the Kids Table featured the Doped Up Dollies on a Booze Cruise in NYC playing "Fluent in Stroll" in its entirety.

June 11th 2013 Big D and the Kids Table set out to record a double release to appease the tastes of all of their fans by releasing a Ska- Punk style record called STOMP and a Stroll style record called-of course- STROLL. Stroll features the Dollies on almost all tracks and for the first time solo tracks! The song "What I Got" is for the first time, a Dollies only single. This album also for the first time offers TWO duets - The track "Tell Me Why" sings of a silly young love performed by Doped Up Dollies veteran, Sirae Richardson and David McWane. Mcwane also duets with singer, Brie Finn on the track 'Drink Me Down".

Future touring for the Doped Up Dollies and a possible solo record are being discussed as you read this!
The Maxies
The Maxies
Since their debut in 2007, The Maxies have secretly expanded their plot for world domination in the name of Greenland. This group of masked super villains have wreaked havoc across the United States and Japan, bringing audiences to their knees with their diabolical mix of power pop and punk music. Their second full length album, "Nuuk 'em All" will be unleashed upon the world by Rock Ridge Music on April 22, 2016. Intelligence agencies around the world are on notice.

In their hometown of Nuuk, Greenland, they became renowned as the best band in the world with their hit EP "Goin' Clubbin'," (2011) and their first full length record "Greenland is Melting" (2012). As their circle of influence grew, they released split EPs with legendary American singer songwriter and seminal power pop artist Paul Collins (The Beat) (2013) and Japanese sensations The Kingons (2014).

The band got together originally as a vocal interpretive dance group called "Ice Ice Baby" from the mean streets on the ghetto side of Nuuk. Fronted by lead singer Maximum Maxie, they were known as the Greenlandic Boyz II Men. Later, their mutual love of Opera and Broadway musicals lead them to take a turn as a Phantom of the Opera-themed metal band. They found that the masks kept them from being worshipped only as sex symbols, and let the fans focus truly on the music. After the unfortunate death of original guitarist Android Maxie in a bobsled accident, the band was distraught. They started an organization called MAD-BS (Maxies Against Drunken- BobSledding). Bringing in their old friend All the Way Jay as a replacement, they decided to get away from the darkness and death of their old sound and become something patriotic and bright. They adopted the Greenlandic national flag’s colors of red and white and shifted their sound to pop punk. Satisfied with their dominion of their homeland, they would have rested idle, a secret to the rest of the world.

But then, one day, Aaron Barrett, singer from Reel Big Fish, found himself stranded in Greenland after an emergency landing coming home from a vacation. He found the largest, drunkest beast of a man in the bar who was performing the greatest Ramones karaoke the world had ever heard. They struck up a relationship bonding over their love of The Beach Boys, The Clash, The Specials, and Right Said Fred. This man, Maximum Maxie, introduced Aaron to the rest of the boys. Immediately, he took them out on tour.

Their stage act is a wild theatrical comedy. Amidst a blizzard of hysterical rage, one will hear offensive jokes and clever puns about seal clubbing, global warming, and touting of their sponsorship by PITA, the bread company (not to be confused with PETA). They highlight important social issues through comedic ignorance. Their inflammatory comments have won them many fans who get it, but have led to their banishment from all Disney-owned venues and the city of Tucson, Arizona. Yes, this is actually true. Both the Mouse and the Sheriff of Tucson have politely requested that the band never return.

Traveling with their polar bear buddy Bi-Polar Bear Tom, they continue to club their way to the top of the charts. Aaron Barrett took such a shine to them, he produced their record with the same team he uses on Reel Big Fish recordings (the infamous Pot o' Gold Studios in Orange, California), going so far as to lend a hand on guitar and backing vocals himself. The next phase in their evil plot will be completed as soon as "Nuuk 'em All" is released this April. After a year of pouring their hearts, souls, and booze unto this record, they are finally ready to share it with the world. It's filled with catchy sing-along choruses, witty lyrics, sweeping guitar solos, and lots of slapstick antics that are so sweet, you'll need to see a dentist or you'll get a cavity. Men, women, children, and others will love this record. It's truly an album of love songs for the perpetually inebriated.

Coming soon to a town near you, ringleader and vocalist of the Maxies, Maximum Maxie (under his US Passport name Matt Leonard), will be bringing All the Way Jay (Jason Hatfield), Mad Maxie (David Alarcon), Donny D-Bauchery (Donavan Martin), Chrissy Pissy (Chris Graue), Cli-Maxie (Josh Hatfield), and of course everyone's favorite mascot, Bi-Polar Bear Tom (no passport). Catch them quick before they're deported!
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104