When Googling the Transplants, look past the laundry list of surgical options for hand re-attachment and scroll down to the photo of two bearded punk rockers backed by one heavily tattooed, backward-hat wearing drummer.
With the dueling vocals of “Skinhead Rob” Aston and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong backed by the syncopated beats of Blink-182’s Travis Barker, the band’s new album, In A War Zone, packs a punk punch with healthy dose of necessary defiance.
While the album’s title track offers a healthy dose of straight forward punk rock, songs like “Come Around” beckon a pop-inspired sing-along. The trio slides effortlessly into “Something’s Different” taking the band into an unexpected exploration of hip-hop followed several tracks later by the hyper-produced “It’s A Problem,” which is quickly balanced by a barrage of traditional power punk.
In A War Zone, the band’s third full-length, is scheduled for release June 25 supported by an 18-stop tour mostly concentrated on the East and West Coasts (besides Detroit). Sorry fly-over states; you’ll get no love this time around.
Transplants Tour Dates:
June 11 – Detroit @ The Fillmore
June 12 – Toronto @ Echo Beach (w/ SOIA, Adolescents, Madball, Crown Of Thorns)
June 15 – Montebello @ Rockfest (Rancid plays the 14th)
June 16 & 17 – Boston @ House of Blues
June 19 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
June 20 & 21 – NYC @ Terminal 5
June 22 – Philly @ Electric Factory
June 23 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
July 11 & 12 – Seattle @ SODO
July 13 & 14 – Vancouver @ Commodore
July 16 – Edmonton @ Shaw Conf Hall
July 17 – Calgary @ MacEwan Hall
July 19 & 20 – SLC @ The Depot
July 21 – Las Vegas @ House of Blues
July 23 – Tucson @ Rialto Theatre
July 24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
July 26 – Hollywood @ The Palladium
Aug 2 & 3 – San Francisco @ The Warfield