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Seminal Southern California Punks CH3 Return with New Album; new track streaming

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Seminal Southern California punk rock band CH3 have announced the August 18th release of ‘Put ‘Em Up’, their first complete album of news songs in over 15 years. A new song titled “Not That It Matters” is now streaming exclusively on OC Weekly magazine and below.

The album announcement is timed with the long-running band’s appearance at this weekend’s Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, NV (Sat. May 27 @ Beauty Bar) where they will play alongside The Mr. T Experience.

CH3 is also one of the dozens of acts scheduled to perform at It’s Not Dead 2 on August 26 in San Bernardino, CA. In between festival dates, the band will play a series of shows in Denver, CO, El Prado, NM and Albuquerque in June. See dates below.

May 27 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV (Punk Rock Bowling)
Jun 23 Streets Of London Pub Denver, CO
Jun 24 Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership El Prado, NM
Jun 25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Aug 26 Glen Helen Amphitheater formerly San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA (It’s Not Dead)

Contemporaries of fellow So Cal punks Social Distortion, Bad Religion, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, etc., CH3 has been steadily touring the world since first forming in Cerritos, CA in 1980.

With ‘Put ‘Em Up’, CH3 has delivered a career-defining album. Written and recorded in the wary post-election days of 2017, the collection of 10 songs are connected as a tightly focused novella, a ‘concept album’ by nature of the timeframe and frame of mind that it was recorded in.

A timely and urgent commentary on current events, with lyrics inspired by the clean, visceral, and cinematic writings of Jim Harrison (“Legends Of The Fall”), some of the songs reference back to the band’s earlier political works such as “Manzanar”, as those concerns seem more relevant than ever.

Other songs deal with the politics of the heart and themes that have become a trademark of the bittersweet CH3 songbook.

The music remains refined punk with traces of classic ’77 Brit to 80’s hardcore, power pop rock, which combined, make up the CH3 sound.

‘Put ‘Em Up’ was produced by Jay Lansford (Agent Orange) and features artwork by esteemed artist Lucky Nakazawa. The album will be released via all digital retailers and on vinyl through TKO Records.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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