D.O.A., one of Vancouver’s first punk bands, bids farewell

D.O.A. Vancouver band photo

D.O.A. at the Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, June 4 2011. Photo credit: Jordana Muelleur photo

Second show added!

Vancouver has a long and storied history of punk. Inspired by UK bands like The Clash and Sex Pistols, groups like the Subhumans, Young Canadians and the Modernettes helped initiate the first wave of North American punk rock bands during the late ’70s/early ’80s.

But none has survived to tell the tales for as long as D.O.A. Led by the decidedly left-leaning Joey Sh*thead (aka Joey Keithley), the band has lived through numerous lineup changes and musical trends.

However, the time has finally come for even this venerable institution to call it a day, and D.O.A. have announced a farewell tour that kicks off with a hometown show at the Rickshaw Cabaret Friday Jan 18.

And it’s recently been announced that a second show at the Rickshaw, on Jan 19, has just been added.

D.O.A. formed in 1978. The trio’s first release was the reactionary “Disco Sucks” EP. Thirty-five years and 14 studio albums later, including the most recent We Come in Peace, Keithley has announced he will seek the  New Democratic Party (NDP) nomination in the suburb of Coquitlam, British Columbia.

This move towards politics is no surprise. Keithley and his cohorts have played benefits for causes such as anti-racism, education, anti-globalization, anti-war, OXFAM, First Nations rights, anti-censorship and environmental causes among many others.

“I’ve been working on trying to change Canada and this world into a better place from outside the system for the last 35 years,” Keithley said in a press release. “Now I will do my utmost to effect that change from inside the system. That’s why I am running for the only progressive party, the NDP.”

D.O.A. has already said farewell to Eastern Canada with shows in the fall 2012. Besides Vancouver, the 2013 dates of their farewell North American tour include more shows in B.C. as well as in Alberta and California. But the Vancouver show promises to be special, with former band members joining the current lineup for classic old D.O.A. cuts.

Show: D.O.A. at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings), Jan 18 & 19 2013
Tickets: www.northerntickets.com 

Reviews for D.O.A.’s We Come in Peace:

“Always a fiercely political band, D.O.A. have upped the ante here by jumping headfirst into the fray of the messy and chaotic sh*t-storm that is today’s less-than-stable worldwide political environment, tackling the financial crisis, the Occupy movement, shady dealings by top officials, systemic bigotry, and other important issues – both those that have been ripped from the headlines and those that have been culled from buried stories and the underground press.” – The Impaler

“When it comes to hardcore, few bands have stood the test of time as well as D.O.A. have. They’ve managed to remain politically relevant in an age where other bands have lost their edge and their venom. It would not be a D.O.A album if it were not a narrative on the current affairs in the world. He’s Got A Gun throws a catchy, old-school vibe to back up lyrics that concern school shootings” – WRUV Reviews

“It is one of their best in the past 10 years, which is no mean feat. If you are going to sample some good old-fashioned punk, this is the best album in the genre in 2012.” – Jeff Lowe, Amp Magazine

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