This week, Puke News premiered D.O.A.’s new music video for “Fight Back.” It compiles footage of people fighting for their rights mixed with in-studio video of the band.
“I’ll fight forever against racism, sexism, warmongers and greed,” said Joe Keithley, founder or the legendary Canadian punk bank D.O.A.
In his hometown of Burnaby, BC, Canada, Keithley ran a campaign based on affordable housings for all, help for the disadvantaged, sustainability and grassroots democracy. Facing well financed and vicious opponents, Keithley took a shoestring budget and his punk rock attitude and was elected as a city councilor. Burnaby is BC’s third biggest city and Canada’s most culturally diverse, 150 languages can be heard on the streets of Burnaby. Joe’s always been involved in politics, including organizing Canada’s first Rock Against Racism concert way back in 1979, so it just seemed like a natural progression for him to stand for election.
“When I ran it was pretty straight forward… I said housing should be a right and not a privilege and everybody’s vote has to count,” said Keithley. “I’m just using D.O.A.’s mantra: TALK – ACTION = 0 and applying it to politics. It’s been fun to get in there and kick some ass!”
Since being elected, Keithley has helped set up the first homeless shelters in the city. He is also a key member of Burnaby’s critical Affordable Housing Task Force. He has also stood up against junkets and perks to local politicians. Keithley was recently quoted as saying, “Give me some time, but I have my sight set on running for Canada’s Prime Minister, so I can help attain justice and fairness for all Canadians.”
D.O.A.’s last studio album Fight Back was hailed as their most innovative since War on 45 (1982).
It’s a scathing and timely piece in which Joe deals with all manner of unseemly low characters and issues. The album opens with acerbic “You Need an Ass Kickin’ Right Now,” next rips right into the startling “Killer Cops,” then smashes into the anthemic “Time To Fight Back,” which is street punk resistance at its fiercest. The album proceeds with the timely “Gonna Set You Straight” with violent and natural ease, and continues with the vitriolic “I Just Got Back From the USA.” Then, the album takes a funny twist with “We Won’t Drink This Piss” (down with bad corporate beer!) and “You Can’t Stop Me,” a song in which Joe delves into the character of Slapshot’s playing coach Reggie Dunlop (a natural alter ego perhaps).
The Godfathers of Hardcore continue their 40th anniversary tour in 2019 with dates in Canada, Europe, SE Asia, India, and the west coast of the US…
Friday May 17th – Spirit Bar, Nelson, BC
Saturday May 18th – Elks Lodge, Kimberley, BC
Sunday May 19th – The Drake Pub, Canmore, AB
Tuesday May 21st – The Slice, Lethbridge, AB
Wednesday May 22nd – Shepard Park, The Barn, High River, AB
Thursday May 23rd – Bo’s Bar & Stage, Red Deer, AB
Friday May 24th – The Border Crossing, Calgary, AB
Saturday May 25th – Temple- Starlight Room, Edmonton, AB
Thursday July 11th – Limelight, Williams Lake, BC
Friday July 12th – The Legion, Prince George, BC
Saturday July 13th Firehall Brewery, Oliver, BC
Tuesday July 30 – Bregenz, Austria
Wednesday July 31 – K4, Nuremberg, Germany
Thursday August 1 – Kult 41, Bonn, Germany
Friday August 2 – 1 Brakrock Eco Festival, Duffel, Belgium
Sunday August 4 – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
Monday August 5 – New Cross Inn, London, UK
Wednesday August 7 – Wild at Heart, Berlin, Germany
Thursday August 8 – Pogolos, Warsaw, Poland
Friday August 9 – Rude Boy Club, Bielsko Bials, Poland
Saturday August 10 – Ffud Festival, Sered, Slovakia
Sunday August 11 – OCCII, Amsterdam, Netherlands