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GOLDFINGER Release First Album in Nine Years

Los Angeles’s legendary ska punk band GOLDFINGER has just released their long awaited album The Knife via Rise Records. After nine years of producing and writing music for other artists, Goldfinger is proud to be back with 13 tracks of their very own for their first time since the release of their 2008 album, Hello Destiny… 

The Knife features a host of special guests including guest vocals from Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, 311 lead-singer Nick Hexum, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert (“Get What I Need”) on guitar, Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun on drums (“Orthodontist Girl”), and ONE OK ROCK’s Takahiro Moriuchi, amongst others.

Goldfinger The Knife

Additionally, this week Goldfinger frontman, John Feldmann, was honored with the “Influencer Award” at the Alternative Press Music Awards, held at the Keybank State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. Feldmann was celebrated for the prolific and far-reaching presence he has built with Goldfinger as well as his prowess as a producer, most recently Blink-182’s highly successful comeback record California in 2016.

As Feldmann’s breakthrough project, Goldfinger continues to build on a highly regarded legacy where they have been considered one of the forerunners and most well-known bands of the Third-Wave ska/punk movement of the late ’90s. Their 1996 self-titled debut went gold and was named one of Alternative Press’ “Ten Albums That Defined 1996” in 2006. AllMusic said, “no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut”, calling it “irresistibly catchy, creative, and hopelessly endearing.” 1997’s Hang-Ups reached

#85 on the Billboard 200, and the single “Superman” was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the generation-defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogame. After six full-length albums and over a decade of touring, Goldfinger amassed an international fan base drawn to the band’s penchant for big choruses, attitude, and creativity of seamlessly fusing punk rock, ska, skate punk, and various other genres.

Goldfinger and Feldmann’s influence is set to expand with the release of The Knife, a new record reflecting the revolution and resurgence for the legendary band. This is echoed in the band’s revamped lineup, featuring MXPX’s Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year’s Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182’s Travis Barker plays drums on the album, making the album a fitting collection from different corners of the punk world and further showcasing Feldmann’s ability to draw from and synthesize influences into a cohesive, character-infused collection of talent and art.

Goldfinger is playing select dates on Warped Tour this summer, along with a handful of additional US dates in September. All dates are posted below, and more are in the pipeline for this Fall. You can hear The Knife today on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, MerchNow, and Amazon Music.

Tour Dates

August 4 – Warped Tour – Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA)

August 5 – Warped Tour – Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy (San Diego, CA)

August 6- Warped Tour – Fairplex (Pomona, CA)

September 9 – The Rave (Milwaukee, WI)

September 10 – Wayback Pointfest  (St. Louis, MO)

September 11 – Concord Music Hall (Chicago, IL)

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.
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