Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dead Kennedys Celebrate 40th Anniversary With New Live Triple Disc Set

In the mid-seventies, a rebellious brand of music was born and named "punk." It was the anti-music establishment that went against ever other type of music that was ruling the airwaves at the time. This raw, quick and energetic brand of sound was ruled by some of the biggest bands in the world, like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and Black Flag. But one particular punk band from the seventies has continued to keep the spirit of punk alive. In 1978, from San Francisco, came the Dead Kennedys and their hardcore sound that would rival the punk music coming from Europe. They released only four studio albums before disbanding in 1986, but in 2001, the Dead Kennedys would reform and continue to perform live across the world.

To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Manifesto Records is preparing to release a 3-CD set of live music titled "DK 40." This live set will showcase the full power of Dead Kennedys during their initial run through the eighties. Each disc contains it's own separate live performance, with two of shows from 1982, and another one from 1985.

In 1982, the Dead Kennedys were one of the premier punk bands in the world, as they showcased their explosive sound with a tour through Europe. Highlights of these sets include the fury of "Riot" and "Chemical Warfare," along with their well-known classic "Holiday In Cambodia." The band seemed to still have chip on their shoulder as they continued to carry the torch for punk music. While  some punk bands went on to achieve commercial success, the Dead Kennedys stuck to their roots and built up their following with their shows. The sound on these first couple discs is nice and loud and in-your-face, as if you were in the crowd during these performances.

The third disc of the set features the band in their home city of San Francisco, performing at The Farm in 1985. This 16-song set featured songs like "Jack-O-Rama" and "MTV Get Off The Air," from their most recent album "Frankenchrist." The sound on this disc seems the most polished of the three, as if it was professionally recorded for a possible release one day. They seem the most comfortable performing for their home crowd, as the band would split up less than two years later. 

The Dead Kennedys are keeping their 40th celebration going with a dozen live shows lined-up in Mexico, Brazil and Germany over the next couple of months. To find out more about their new live release "DK 40," please visit manifesto.com/dead-kennedys.

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