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Agent Orange keeps punkin’ 30 years deep

Punk rock tends toward a “live fast, die young” ethos. But with more than 30 years under their spiked belts, Agent Orange doesn’t subscribe to the standard, continuing to play fist-pumping California skate punk at less-than-discerning decibels. The seminal punk rock band returns to the South Shore this month, playing Whiskey Dick’s next Monday.

“Punk to the core, yet with audible influences from early heavy metal and surf rock, Agent Orange formed in Fullerton, California at the end of the ‘70s, with vocalist/guitarist Mike Palm, bassist James Levesque, and drummer Scott Miller,” according to a biography by John Bush on the punk band’s Myspace page. “The first Agent Orange record, released in 1981 on Posh Boy Records in the midst of Southern California’s already hectic hardcore community, cemented their reputation as one of the best skate-punk bands around the area. Two EPs during the next few years were all the band released until 1986’s This Is the Voice, for Restless/Enigma. A much less energetic LP with brighter melodies and an emphasis on vocal audibility, it was also Agent Orange’s last for quite awhile, except for a 1990 live record. The group was resurrected later in the decade, touring the world and recording the 1996 LP Virtually Indestructible. In 2000 Cleopatra released Greatest and Latest, a collection of songs from Agent Orange’s catalog re-recorded by the band with three new songs, which was later reissued in 2004 on the Anarchy Music label under the title Blood Stained Hitz.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2013 01:51PM Published Jul 17, 2013 02:53PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.