P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S // Portland, OR
Booking Agent- Bonnie Khandpur
Assisting Agents – Jacob Gardner and Steve Ferreira
The P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. all started one rainy day in early 2009, when five Portland drunks decided, against all reasonable judgment, to stir up some shit, make some noise, and provide each other with a good excuse to meet up for beers a few nights a week. The seminal group existed in a state of flux for a few months until the core line-up solidified, and, once the dust settled, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. began playing in earnest around their native Pacific Northwest. Now, five years later, after several European, Mexican, and North American tours, as well as a pretty big handful of vinyl and CD releases, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. continues to kick out the proverbial jams at home and abroad.
Fueled by a twin-guitar attack and guns-a-blazing vocals, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. channel the high-octane Rock And Roll spirit of bands like the Dead Boys, MC5, Poison Idea, and Hellacopters, all the while maintaining a sense of stylistic originality.
Comprised of seasoned veterans of the Portland music scene, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. (including members of hard-touring classic mainstays such as WEAKLINGS, PIERCED ARROWS, RESIST, DEFIANCE, and many more…) the members of P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. bring their collective musical histories and resumes to the table in this beer-drenched, noise-filled, no-holds-barred Rock And Roll disaster.
So the members of this group have been in PIERCED ARROWS, POISON IDEA, RESIST, DEFIANCE, DETESTATION, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, and about every band to ever come from Portland, but you shouldn’t pick up this rad little two-song picture disc because of what these folks have done in the past. P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. stands on it’s own merits. The band plays well crafted hardcore punk with a fast and dirty rock n’ roll swagger. I’m pretty sure this band has only released two other EP’s of the same format in limited quantities, so you may have to fight some collector douche bag for a copy, but it is worth it. And no, the “Cold Cold Rain” song is not a DANZIG cover.
- Brad Lambert, Maximum Rock roll #342, Nov. 2011
This is P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.’ fourth EP. It is non-stop barreling punk like the shit that the bands that they played in prior did. Punk oozes out of this single in that fast dirty rock n roll sound that bands like the HELLACOPTERS perfected. But the subject matter comes from lived experience: “Why do I sit around in the cold, cold rain?” has to be about Portland. These are the things I know is pretty obvious. NEW BOMB TURKS meets TURBONEGRO. And limited pressing, self-released, clear see-through vinyl and you have a record that is going to be a collectors’ item by next month.
- EQUALIZING DISTORT, Toronto, Canada, March 2012