Born Innocent: The Redd Kross Story Documentary Debuts October 2023 in Barcelona and London!

An update from Director and Producer Andrew Reich:

Hello beautiful people!

It’s been a busy September. We locked the edit. Mindbomb Films finished the motion graphics. Ashley Woods at The Mill has begun the color grading. Henry Bellingham at  Konsonant Music + Post  has started the sound mixing. And tickets have gone on sale for the first festival screenings!

The first screenings will be at the in-Edit Festival in Barcelona.  Here is the link for tickets. Screenings are Friday, October 27th at 9:00 and Saturday, October 28th at 6:45. I will be at both screenings to do an intro and Q&A. Spanish backers, please come and say hi! I’d love to meet you.

Next up is London and the Doc’n Roll Festival.  Here is the link to buy tickets to the screening on Sunday, October 29th. British backers, please buy tickets! If we sell out this screening, they will add another one. I will be at this one as well to do an intro and Q&A. British backers, please come say hi!

As for all of you Americans, there will be two additional American festivals before the end of the year. They haven’t announced the schedules yet, so I can’t tell you details yet, but soon.

The next update will include the poster, we’re just making a final tweak to it.

Hope to see some of you at these screenings. Thanks for continuing to believe in the film. I know you’re going to love it!

Andrew

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Turned Out A Punk talks with Jeff and Steven

Turned Out A Punk’s gots the hits! Today on the show Damian is joined by the coolest sibling in punk: The McDonald Brothers! Steven returns to the show, after his first godly appearance on the show 8 years ago, and this time brings his older brother Jeff along for the fun. Listen in as the three discuss Redd Kross’ journey from reluctant Black Flag teen proteges to becoming one of the World’s greatest rock and roll bands! THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED

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Also, don’t forget to grab the fantastic reissue of Redd Kross’ godly “Neurotica” LP, out now on Merge!

Also, check out the repost of Steven McDonald’s show defining first appearance on TOAP! (the episode before this one in the feed)!

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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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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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Celebrate The Life of Kim Shattuck: Create A World Without ALS

We will be performing at this event on March 15th in honor of our dearly departed sister in arms @kimshattuck. It promises to be an amazing musical afternoon of friends and family. All proceeds go towards building a world free of ALS. It’s an all ages show, so bring the kids! Goldenvoice presale tickets on sale 1/23, venue tickets on sale 1/24. We will see you there, much LOVE. ?

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