KILL LINCOLN, the DC-area ska-punk outfit recently released their latest album Can’t Complain. The album celebrates their first new music in five years. I had the opportunity to sit down with drummer Tyler Rodgers to learn more about the sudden new music and how the band is coping with the recent missed face time with fans.
Following in the footsteps of bands like Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, and We Are The Union, KILL LINCOLN blends no-bullshit ska-punk with addictive rock anthems, throwing in the energy of a basement hardcore show for good measure.
Their recklessly fun punk ethics collide with quality musicianship, sounding like the bastard son of Kid Dynamite and Streetlight Manifesto.
If you’re not circle-pitting then you’re probably screaming along, and humming the horn lines while you’re nursing your hangover the next day. Mixing in elements of hardcore, skate punk, and pop-punk, there’s something for everyone…as long as everyone likes it fast and fun.
That fast-driving fun is what makes the mood at KILL LINCOLN shows and what just so happened to drive some of the inspiration behind the new album. “Our band had dispersed throughout different parts of the country and with COVID our planned rehearsals, shows and tours had been cancelled. We weren’t making music and we weren’t playing live shows. Because we couldn’t play our music face-to-face we collectively felt we owed our fans (and ourselves) some new music at the very least.” Rodgers shared.
“When the pandemic hit, Mike and Food went into the studio and started writing and this album is the result. We had plans to kick off the album with a tour and album release party in DC but of course that couldn’t happen. Either way, our fans have been amazing online and the overall response to the record has been positive.”
In addition to live streams, giveaways and social media trivia KILL LINCOLN has also used their platform to push social justice causes and encourage fan interaction. “Ska is social and vocal and we speak out. We wanted to use our platform to allow our fans to have a voice as well.” Rodgers explained.
The album is available for pre-order as a second pressing vinyl through their record label, Bad Time Records, or to stream on most stream services.
Check it out here.