The last founding band of the hardcore punk genre, Dead On Arrival (D.O.A), will be performing a one-night show on Jan. 11 at the Hilo Town Tavern as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. Joining them on the bill will be Waikoloa’s El Sancho and The Cutthroat Brothers. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and showtime is 9:30 p.m. Ticket info below.
D.O.A. is one of the oldest original punk bands still performing. First founded in Vancouver in 1978 by Joey Keithley, Chuck Biscuits and Randy Rampage the band went on to gain success in their hometown and in San Francisco.
Fast forward 40 years, 16 different band members, 17 studio albums and 4,500 shows on five continents later, Keithley still leads the band he helped found as lead vocalist and guitarist along with Paddy Duddy on drums and Mike “Maggot” Hodsall on bass.
Keithley remembers first getting into punk rock back in 1976 and began playing it shortly after, at first with a short-lived punk band called The Skulls. A big inspiration for himself and a lot of the early ‘new wave punk movement’ in Vancouver came from a show put on by legendary American punk band The Ramones, then relatively unknown.
“I got into music kind of for the sheer thrill of getting people excited, making them go crazy at shows and I also really liked the politics of (punk),” Keithley said. “I think that was a real pertinent thing, I was really into the counterculture.”
A big part of the reason he’s still into music is its ability to change the world. Keithley said that music is a universal language that promotes kindness, understanding, and healing rather than hatred, greed, and racism. Music also has the ability to inspire people to support causes or events, which is why the D.O.A. motto has long been “talk minus action equals zero.”
D.O.A. has put on about 300 shows for political causes including environmental rights, women’s rights and Indigenous rights, including forming the first Vancouver chapter of Rock Again Racism back in 1979. Now as a city councilor, Keithley continues to champion these concerns and others including affordable housing, projects to assist the homeless and environmental issues like Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.
The band will be playing a selection of songs from their most recent album Fight Back and a collection of their greatest hits including songs from their second album Hardcore 81. The band’s great live music reputation is part of what he believes has led to their enduring appeal to audiences of all ages.
Openers El Sancho are nestled somewhere between Screeching Weasel, the Descendants and Radio Birdman in the punk-rock-o-sphere. All four members share vocal duties and have found themselves in a variety of other bands over the years like Giant Haystacks, Your Mother, Banned in Kona and many others. The venomous garage-punk, swamp-rock sounds of The Cutthroat Brothers lay down conjure bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps, Eagles of Death Metal, and The Hives.
If You Go… Have A Good Show!
Event: DOA w/ El Sancho and The Cutthroat Brothers
When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
Where: Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe Street, Hilo
Doors: 8:30 p.m Show: 9:30.p.m.
Cost: $23 Advance + s/c / $30 Door
Info: 21+ – No Minors – ID Required