If you thought punk-rock was a music made by and for angry young men, think again. Though they're older and perhaps wiser than most of their contemporaries, the Circle Jerks are still full of venom.
In fact, having regrouped recently to record a new studio album, "Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities," for the first time this decade, members of the band - who are all well into their 30s - say they've gained a new perspective on their rage."As you get older, you get a little more worldly, see more things and have more stories to tell - a few more things to be angry about," vocalist Keith Morris said in a recent interview. "That's the basis for our music, our satire and our anger towards a lot of things."
The Circle Jerks are funneling that anger musically on their current U.S. tour, which has them headlining a Tuesday, Aug. 8, show at Club DV8, 115 S. West Temple.
The new album, which features both L7's Suzi Gardner and former teen-pop nightmare Debbie Gibson singing - or screeching, more appropriately - backup vocals on a cover of the Soft Boys' song "I Want to Destroy You," also shows the band trying to evolve, bass guitarist Zander Schloss said.
"We've become more melodic and experimental, but I'll always have that aggression and teenage angst," Schloss said. "It's fulfilling to get up and jump around and play loud. With the Jerks, it's easy to get into the mindset - the socio-political, humorous aspect of the band. We're the forefathers of all this, the innovators. We have the same mentality as we've always had. We play what we feel."
Morris agreed, saying the band's intensity is up on the new recording: "It's an internal intensity - like a fire."
Seattle punk-rock act the Lemons will open the show, which also includes Southern California punk-rockers Unwritten Law, at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance from Modified Music, Raunch and the Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake, Crandall Audio in Orem and the club itself during business hours.