The Traveling ILLS release new music video “Rain On My Parade”

Photo: Shayna Hahn Billy Bragg once lamented the near impossibility of mixing "pop with politics" over twenty years ago, but Santa Cruz-based rockers The Traveling Ills seemingly have no problem tackling the very serious issue of the California drought in their latest music video "Rain On My Parade." It's an acerbic depiction of society's wasteful ways, comparing an inebriated night out on the town with our often careless consumption of the resources around us. After all, the patrons of this bar aren't getting plastered off booze: they're downing water like there's no tomorrow. The song itself is a straight-up hip-shaker [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Benders Happy Hour with Wild Eyes, War Cloud, The Traveling Ills

Wild Eyes Noise Pop Happy Hour 2: The Re-Drinkening. With an aching liver and a head still thumping from the previous night's show, I braced myself for another evening of heavy rock n' roll courtesy of Bender's. Looking at the packed bar I could see this crowd was a much different breed: Studded jackets, neck tattoos, Death and Electric Wizard patches, caveman facial hair, pierced noses, lips and eyes. Things were gonna get loud. Earplugs are for the weak. War Cloud kicked things off with colossal riffs that would make Jimmy Page smile and drum fills that would make Keith [...]

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