Influential South Bay punk rock band Deviates have released 'Holding Out,' their first new album in 20 years. The 7-song album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb, and coincides with a run of west coast shows with Pennywise Oct. 7-9 and Nov. 5th. Deviates have also announced a December 11th headline show, which fittingly was the site of their last show two decades ago. Special guest openers include Cigar, the Line, and Hoist The Colors. Tickets for the show are now available at www.deviatesband.com.
Twenty years ago, Deviates were considered “the future of punk rock.” The South Bay band encapsulated everything that was right about Southern California’s late ’90s/early 2000s punk scene, and they seemed poised to explode after consecutive summers on the Warped Tour and the success of Time is the Distance, their sophomore effort.
A year later, they weren’t even a band anymore.
“At the time, it seemed like being a part of the future of punk rock required devotion to being in a touring band for life, which wasn't really what I think we had intended or what we thought it was gonna be,” says lead singer Brian Barbara. “When we started the band in 1994, we didn’t think that it would be anything. We were just kids playing the music we listened to, and punk rock was the soundtrack to our lives. By the time it evolved and grew to where we were putting out records, life had changed and we were ready to lay it down, and we didn’t know if that would be forever or when we’d pick it back up again.”
As it turns out, 2021 would be the year Deviates picked up their instruments again — and now they’re back with a renewed fire inside of them.