Dillinger Four are from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They formed in 1994. In terms of importance, they are to the ‘90s and ’00s what Black Flag was to the ’80s (without the Grateful Dead worship). It’s not only what they are, a great band, it’s what they’ve helped inspire, build, and represent. They’re an earthquake. They’re the Redd Foxx mixed with the Chalmers Johnson of punk rock.
NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND
Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They’re on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone’s actually listening, and have a particular stool with their ass-print permanently worn in. But most importantly, they’re storytellers, historians of low-culture, grizzled raconteurs that can effortlessly shake-out a cocktail of true facts and utter bullshit until it becomes as intoxicating as their “usual.”
Bug Fix is what it would sound like if the guitarist from Red Pens and the guitar player from Birthday Suits played really concise, clamorous, short, fast punk songs with the drummer from Selby Tigers.
Max Timander says he’s not yet sick of articles focusing on how young he is, so let’s start there. Only a year after his high school band, Stereo Confession, cracked our 2014 Picked to Click list, the barely legal singer and guitarist brought Cherry Cola, his solo moniker, out of the shadows. It’s not every day you see a teenager with that kind of drive and passion for anything besides getting high.