The South Bay Punks will drop new album, Holding Out, on September 17.
Deviates third album, Holding Out, is a seven-song blast of SoCal punk rock, new and old. There’s a combination of recently written tunes alongside tracks from the early 2000s ill-fated original attempt at a third album. Deviates latest work fuses that melodic aggression that put the band on the cusp of stardom their first go-around. Now they’re back with the more intelligent and mature approach that only decades of life experience can provide.
The release of the Cameron Webb produced, seven-song album coincides with a run of west coast shows with Pennywise.
The band have released the first single and music video Wasted available now on all streaming services.
Twenty years ago, Deviates were considered “the future of punk rock.” They encapsulated everything that was right about Southern California’s late ’90s/early 2000s punk scene. They seemed poised to explode after consecutive summers on the Warped Tour and the success of Time is the Distance, their sophomore effort.
A year later, they weren’t even a band anymore. “At the time, it seemed like being a part of the future of punk rock required devotion to being in a touring band for life, which wasn’t really what I think we had intended or what we thought it was gonna be,” says lead singer Brian Barbara. “When we started the band in 1994, we didn’t think that it would be anything. We were just kids playing the music we listened to, and punk rock was the soundtrack to our lives. By the time it evolved and grew to where we were putting out records, life had changed, and we were ready to lay it down. We didn’t know if that would be forever or when we’d pick it back up again.”
As it turns out, 2021 is the year Deviates pick up their instruments again. Now they’re back with a renewed fire inside of them.
“Twenty years later, you think you’ll never do it again, but I honestly never stopped writing and never stopped documenting music — and it always ended up going back to punk rock,” Barbara says. “I was 16 when we started this, and I’m 42 now, but there’s always been this common thread for Deviates, which is that we’ve always been representative of the crowd that we play in front of. Twenty years later, the heart behind this hasn’t changed.”
While Barbara and the band look and sound slightly different now than they did in their early 20s, they’re still fueled by the same rage that fired them up before their 2002 breakup. They’re jumping right back into the spotlight this fall with shows featuring the likes of Pennywise and Dead Kennedys, and they’re more appreciative than ever of the friends, fans, and overall scene that continued to support them through their multi-decade hiatus. Tour dates and tickets for upcoming shows are available Here.
Wasted is out now on all streaming services. Listen/download HERE.
Pre-order Holding Out Limited Edition bundles HERE.
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