Unless you've spent the past three-and-a-half decades co-habiting with several million grains of sand under a rock, it's highly unlikely you'll be unaware of the Violent Femmes. Having formed in 1980 as punk gave way to new wave (or post punk as it's since come to be known), the Milwaukee trio - despite employing several drummers along the way, they've always remained a trio - released one of the most thrillingly captivating debuts of that decade three years later. Undoubtedly a fore bearer for all things lo-fi and slacker, 'Violent Femmes' set its creators up for a long standing career that brought in eight more long players until the band's acrimonious split in 2009 after bass player Brian Ritchie's now infamous lawsuit against guitarist and main songwriter Gordon Gano over selling their best known song ('Blister In The Sun') for a television commercial.
Nevertheless, the passing of time can be a great healer and four years later the duo reunited with yet another new drummer Brian Viglione for a series of shows culminating in the writing, recording and release of the Violent Femmes ninth record, 'We Can Do Anything'. That this would prove to be Viglione's final contribution to the band was perhaps inevitable, and at the start of this year it was announced he'd been replaced for the scheduled run of live dates to promote the album.
Of course, one thing about having such a strong legacy associated with your first record is that every subsequent release thereon after will find itself compared to it. And while there's no doubt the Femmes have an impressive body of work in their canon, that debut ranks as a hallmark of perfection and as a result, has become something of an albatross around Gano and Ritchie's collective necks.
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Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
Continue reading: Riot Fest 2013 Brings Classic Punk To Chicago This September
'Inglourious Basterds' actress Diane Kruger and her boyfriend 'Dawson's Creek' star Joshua Jackson enjoy a dance at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival during The Violent Femmes' live set. The recently reunited rock band can be heard playing their song 'Kiss Off' from their 1983 self-titled debut album.