Canada’s legendary punk pioneers are headed back to the US with new music videos and a new mission. Joe Shithead Keithley, the godfather of hardcore, is rallying for living wages and corporate fairness on pay via the music video “Not Gonna Take Your Crap No More” from D.O.A.’s latest album, Hard Rain Falling (their 16th studio album). He also calls out the Republican candidate for president in “F*cked Up Donald.” (tour poster image below)
When Keithley set out to write the songs for the album, he used D.O.A.’s early efforts like Hardcore 81, Something Better Change and War on 45 as a bit of template, in the sense that the songs should be quick, short, and right to the point. His songwriting takes on a wide range of modern and horrible screw ups, ranging from racism, to street gangs, to war, and environmental degradation.
“Not Gonna Take Your Crap No More” is just the tip of the protest iceberg for Hard Rain Falling. “The Cops Shot a Kid” takes on the tension in America over police shootings of unarmed men, and “Warmonger” is a commentary on the scourge of war and the ever increasing blind acceptance of war as a matter of business, money, and convenience by big media, big business and big government.
D.O.A., long known for their pro environmental stance, also take a wide swing at the oil industry with “Pipeline Fever,” a track that features Keithley doing his best Johnny Rotten, “We mean it, man!” In a rather pointed manner, the band hits all the key notes on “Racism Sucks” then brings Hard Rain Falling’s self evident commentary on the state of the world full circle, by closing it out with a revved up version of Johnny Cash’s “San Quinten.”
Now, the “Men Of Action” are returning to the US for some unfinished business.