Boston ska/punk rockers HAVE NOTS are excited to announce their sophomore album Proud will be released on May 3rd via Paper + Plastick Records. Boasted as one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2011, AbsolutePunk is offering eager fans a taste of the new album with a FREE MP3 download of the song “Louisville Slugger”. The band is currently energizing crowds on the West Coast supporting Street Dogs, and will be announcing more tour dates shortly.
Proud is a punk record with hints of ska that would fit snuggly in a collection between Operation Ivy’s Energy and The Clash’s self-titled album. “At the core, we’re sticking to our loud, fast, danceable ska influenced punk rock, but we’re also letting other influences shine through a little more,” comments Have Nots drummer Steve Patton. “Reggae, country, hardcore, pop punk, rock n roll, all of that. It’s like if Cocksparrer, Peter Tosh, Teenage Bottle Rocket, Social Distortion, Kid Dynamite, The Clash, Billy Bragg and Paul Simon had a ska baby.”
Fueled by thought provoking lyrics and the clean/gruff vocal interplay of Matt Pruitt and Jon Cauztik, Proud reflects on topics such as love (“The Years”), loss (“Anywhere But Here”), growing up without selling out (“Proud”), getting old without growing up (“All Or None”), personal accountability for the economic recession (“Freedom of Recession”), and neglect of the US soldiers (“The Brink”). “Jon wrote the song ‘Proud’ about his dad who passed away fifteen years ago,” reveals Patton. “It’s about growing up, and being who you want to be, and the roads you take to get you where you are. When we were trying to decide on a name for the record we tossed around a couple of different ideas, but ultimately decided that, since we were proud of this record, and of the work that we’ve done as a band to get us where we are today, Proud would be a fitting title.”
Recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Matt Drastic (Blacklist Royals, The Dopamines), and mixed by Stephen Egerton (Descendents/ALL), Have Nots recorded Proud at Drastic Sound in the late summer of 2010. The band spent the year touring with Dropkick Murphys (also playing one of their wild St. Patty’s Day hometown shows), Street Dogs, and Swingin’ Utters, to name a few, as well as a set at Chicago’s Riot Fest and their first European tour. Proud is the band’s follow up to their well-received debut, Serf City USA, which is available on vinyl and as a FREE download from Paper + Plastick.
Have Nots remaining tour dates
Mar 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Beauty Bar *
Mar 16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *
Mar 17 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues *
Mar 18 – San Diego, CA @ The Shakedown *
Mar 22 – Tulsa, OK @ Reverb w/ The Dirty Mugs
Mar 25 – York, PA @ The Waterways’ Blue Room
* with Street Dogs