Redd Kross NEUROTICA – 35th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION June 24th 2022 from MERGE RECORDS!

Merge to reissue a remastered version of Redd Kross’ legendary Neurotica this summer with bonus material

Merge Records is thrilled to release the 35th anniversary edition of Neurotica, the 1987 power pop and alternative rock opus by Redd Kross, on June 24, 2022. The reissue contains the original album, remastered by JJ Golden (Pearl Jam, Thee Oh Sees), as well as 12 previously unreleased demos from the era (rediscovered recently in the archives of the band’s original A&R guy, Geoffrey Weiss).

This special edition of Neurotica will be available worldwide on a single CD as well as 2–LP-the album on translucent turquoise, the demos on translucent orange-housed in in a slick gatefold jacket. Exclusive to the Merge store is a new Neurotica t-shirt, which can be purchased on its own or bundled with the vinyl or CD. Redd Kross completists should check out our Neurotica superbundle that includes both formats of the album plus the t-shirt at a discount.

Today, the remastered version of Neurotica is available on digital service providers for the first time:

Listen to & pre-order the reissue of Neurotica by Redd Kross now

Redd Kross photo by Scarpati

In some ways, Neurotica can be viewed as a This Is Your Life-esque document of what brothers Jeff McDonald and Steve McDonald had been working towards creatively since starting Redd Kross in their Hawthorne, CA, living room circa 1978. The songs quake with punk rock fury, no doubt about it… I mean, how could they possibly have shaken off all that untamed energy of their early years (the Red Cross years, one might call them) after it helped build such a strong foundation for Southern California hardcore punk & DIY culture (and, arguably, indie rock as a whole) alongside bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Descendents? But that fury is only one part of the Neurotica formula. To find the other parts, you’d have to go back to the early- to mid-’70s when the McDonalds, then adolescents, lived for nothing but Saturday morning cartoons, sugary cereals, bubblegum pop singles and Beach Boys LPs, Partridge Family TV specials, and the bombastic arena-rock guitars of acts like KISS and Cheap Trick. Whereas classic ’60s/’70s radio and pop culture schmaltz served as fodder for most self-respecting punk rockers of the time to sneer at (even if they secretly were fans), it formed a tremendous part of the Redd Kross DNA. The band wore these influences on their day-glo sleeves and didn’t really care who was offended. They decontextualized the macho and sometimes saccharine sounds of classic rock, celebrating its bombast without ever giving in to its pretentious pitfalls. They played what sounded good to them. If, along the way, they just so happened to convince you that those David Cassidy singles on your AM radio are actually kind of great and subversive in their own way, that was just an added bonus.

This unabashed appreciation of the “uncool” (at least in punk rock terms) made Redd Kross, and Neurotica, shine so brightly in the 1980s. Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman told Entertainment Weekly in 1993: “Neurotica was a life changer for me and for a lot of people in the Seattle music community. For [a band] to embrace something so unapologetically crass and packaged—there was something really punk about doing that then.” Redd Kross’ undeniable pop earworms and raucous live shows would set the tone for a generation of young punks (e.g., Kurt Cobain, Paul Westerberg, even Merge Records’ and Superchunk’s own Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance), letting them know that writing something melodic, silly, hooky-even happy-is OK. You can write a chorus that your own mother could hum along to and still be considered the baddest band on the fucking planet.


Also available LTD. ED. of 400: Neurotica [Amoeba Records Exclusive AUTOGRAPHED Red/White/Clear Swirl Vinyl] (LP)

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Updated UK/EU 2022 Dates

Hey, Kross Kids –
We were really hoping we could make the rescheduled European dates happen in March/April 2022. But due to unforeseen circumstances we unfortunately have to cancel the tour. These dates are not being rescheduled at this time, they are CANCELLED. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.
But do not despair too much, as we hope to see all of your beautiful faces on our triumphant return to the stage in 2023!
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Much Love, Redd Kross

 

 

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Merge to reissue Redd Kross’ self-titled debut EP on June 26, band reschedules big European tour

The special 40th anniversary edition of the Red Cross EP, which includes the band’s six-song eponymous debut and adds five contemporaneous extra tracks, is the most comprehensive document to date of the extraordinary birth of Redd Kross. Red Cross is out June 26; pre-order on 12-inch EP and CD in the Merge store, or wherever records are sold, including the independent record shop near you.

In a single 12-month period, Jeff and Steven McDonald, two adolescent brothers from Hawthorne, CA, went from posing with cheap guitars and singing into hairbrushes in front of their bedroom mirror to recording in world-class studios and performing live at punk shows/riots that are still being pondered and written about for their pioneering cultural relevance within the Southern California punk landscape.

Redd Kross incubated alongside such SoCal luminaries as Black Flag, Descendents, and the Minutemen, and this new 11-song collection—which includes a live track recorded in 1979 at “The Church,” the infamous Black Flag birthplace in Hermosa Beach, CA—puts in proper perspective the McDonald brothers’ contribution, at the ridiculously precocious ages of 12 and 16, to that area’s punk scene.

 

Redd Kross will return to their natural habitat this fall, bringing The Party to stages all across Europe for the first time since the release of last year’s Beyond the Door and their first extensive tour of the continent in over two decades. They will also celebrate their 40th anniversary with a hometown show at the Regent Theater on July 26. Get your tickets and reserve your copy of Red Cross today!

Redd Kross on tour:

Jul 26 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater

Sep 24 Cologne, DE – Yard Club at Kantine

Sep 25 Copenhagen, DK – Stengade

Sep 26 Stockholm, SE – Debaser

Sep 27 Oslo, NO – Krosset

Sep 29 Malmo, SE – Plan B

Oct 02 Berlin, DE – Hole 44

Oct 03 Hamburg, DE – Headcrash

Oct 05 Epinal, FR – La Souris Verte

Oct 06 Paris, FR – Petit Bain

Oct 07 Antwerp, BE – Kavka Zappa

Oct 08 Brighton, UK – The Albert

Oct 09 London, UK – The Lexington

Oct 10 London, UK – The Lexington

Oct 11 Bristol, UK – Exchange

Oct 13 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

Oct 14 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

Oct 15 Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute

 

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THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES VINYL-ONLY REISSUES OF REDD KROSS’ PHASESHIFTER AND SHOW WORLD AVAILABLE MARCH 27

Third Man Records is excited to announce reissues of Redd Kross‘ two beloved 1990s albums, Phaseshifter (1993) and Show World (1997). The 180-gram vinyl-only reissues, which come on the heels of their amazing 2019 album Beyond The Door and after 40 years as a band, will mark the first-ever North American vinyl pressings of either album. Look out for the reissues via Third Man and in indie record stores on March 27. Pre-order Phaseshifter HERE and Show World HERE.

The band will also headline day 1 of Third Man’s two-day party during SXSW in Austin, TX — find more information about the party HERE.

Brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald formed Redd Kross (originally Red Cross) in Hawthorne, CA in the late ‘70s. Rumor has it that the band name was inspired by a prop from the 1973 horror film The Exorcist. Their first show was opening for Black Flag and they released their debut record the mythical Posh Boy EP in 1980 when they were just 17 and 13 respectively. The Posh Boy EP features Black Flag’s 2nd singer, Ron Reyes, on drums and founding member of Circle Jerks, Greg Heston, on guitar. 1982 saw a line up change and the release of Born Innocent, a high water mark of American Punk Rock. Containing nods to Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Linda Blair, Lita Ford and breakfast cereal as well as a killer cover of Charlie Manson’s “Cease To Exist.” Redd Kross loves pop culture.

The brothers have kept Redd Kross going through the decades (and line-up changes), releasing 8 studio albums and a slew of EPs and singles. They have also stayed busy with side projects, production gigs and even occasional acting jobs. What are Redd Kross? Punk Rock? Psychedelia? Heavy Metal? Bubblegum? Power Pop? Whatever they are they are 100% Redd Kross, the catchiest of catchy, chock full of hooks, melodies and harmonies, impossible to not smile and sing along…..maybe even dance. Their live show just keeps getting better. Redd Kross are one of those rare bands who would be equally at home in a dark punk club and on stage at the Enormodome.

Phaseshifter

The McDonald brothers are joined by drummer Brian Reitzell, guitarist Eddie Kurdziel (R.I.P.) and keyboardist Gene Fennelly on 1993’s Phaseshifter. Redd Kross leaves the ‘60s and ‘70s pop culture references at the door (well, most of them) and brings their strong melodies, dreamy harmonies, psychedelic punk/bubblegum metal to the front, tearing through 12 new Redd Kross tunes. Every track is a full-on Redd Kross gem, with standouts like “Crazy World,” “Dumb Angel,” “Pay For Love” and “After School Special.”

 

Show World

Phaseshifter line-up intact (Gene Fennelly would soon move on, but plays all the keyboards on the recording), Redd Kross came back at us with amps turned up and smiles on their faces on 1997’s Show World. The album starts off with a spot on cover of The Quick’s L.A. power pop classic, Pretty Please Me, and sets the tone for yet another killer album by the thinking person’s good time band.

Like all RK albums before and since, this one is all killer, no filler, with special highlights Stoned, Vanity Mirror, One Chord Progression and the absolutely sublime Follow The Leader.

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