The Interrupters: Showcasing their strongest writing yet on ‘In the Wild’

The bandmembers were already music industry vets when they formed the Interrupters in 2011 after vocalist Aimee Interrupter met the Bivona brothers (guitarist Kevin, bassist Justin, and drummer Jesse) backstage at a show she and the Bivonas’ band the Telecasters were playing. Previously, Aimee had appeared on the Hairspray soundtrack, sung on Jimmy Cliff and Sublime with Rome records, and released a solo album in 2009. Meanwhile, Kevin Bivona was an in-demand studio engineer, and Justin and Jesse Bivona played in Sugar Ray’s live band.

Working together, they dug deep into their ska-punk roots and soon caught the ear of Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, who invited the Interrupters to contribute to his solo project Tim Timebomb and Friends. Afterward, they played live shows with Armstrong and also appeared on his recordings. Armstrong repaid the favor by signing them to Hellcat Records, and the band released two singles in 2013, “Liberty” and “Family.” Both were produced by Armstrong, as was the group’s full-length debut, 2014’s eponymously titled The Interrupters. In demand as an opening act, the group hit the road to play with bands like Rancid, blink-182, and Bad Religion. A song from their album, “Take Back the Power,” was featured in commercials and video games, and played over the end credits of Michael Moore’s 2015 film, Where to Invade Next.

The Interrupters and Armstrong soon returned to the studio to record the band’s second album, Say It Out Loud, which was released in June 2016. They toured the world afterward as headliners and as support to Green Day, as the album reached several Billboard charts, including Heatseekers and Top Rock Albums. The group’s next LP, 2018’s Fight the Good Fight, was again produced by Armstrong, with Tom Lord-Alge doing the mixing. Recorded directly to tape, the set captured the band’s live sound, which had been honed to a fine point by seven years of playing shows. It also brought the Interrupters yet more critical and commercial attention, spawning the single “She’s Kerosene,” which hit number four on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. Soon after the album’s release, the band joined the Warped Tour for the summer. The concert album Live in Tokyo! arrived in 2021 and captured the group during their 2019 appearance at Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festival. 2022’s “In the Mirror” marked the first single from the Interrupters’ new LP, In the Wild, released today!

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Music researcher with an unhealthy passion for music and music festivals. Former studio owner, semi-functional drummer and with a fairly good collection of old analogue synthesizers from the 70's. Indie rock, post rock, electronic/industrial and drum & bass (kind of a mix, yeah?) are usual stuff in my playlists but everything that sounds good will fit in.
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