Sunday, October 25, 2015

Song Of The Week: 10/25/15

Song: "Keep Us Alive"

Artist: The Briggs

Album: "Numbers"

Year: 2003

Place Of Origin: Los Angeles, California

Years Active: 2001-present


"Keep Us Alive" appears to be about holding true to your beliefs. The vocalist is trying to say that he and those who are close to him live their life by a certain code and there is a pride that goes along with following that code. Though life has brought some struggles, he has perservered through those obstacles all the while staying true to who he is and not sacrificing what he believes to achieve what he wants out of life. Looking back, the vocalist feels he's made it successfully in life because he has remained true to himself and his beliefs.

THE BRIGGS' DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2001 - "Is This What You Believe" (Northeast Records)
2003 - "Numbers" (Disaster Records)
2006 - "Back To Higher Ground" (Drastic Plastic Records)
2008 - "Come All You Madmen (SideOneDummy Records)


The Briggs were a project put together by brothers Joey and Jason LaRocca as far back as 1999. Originally they went under the moniker I Decline but by 2001, the changed their name to The Briggs. The band hails from Los Angeles, California. The Briggs' first two releases featured a street punk style much like that of the Dropkick Murphys or the Street Dogs and even some Rancid, especially Rancid side project the Devil's Brigade. Jason and Joey LaRocca both shared vocals on these albums, which featured gravelly vocals. As they got to 2006's "Back To Higher Ground", Joey began to be more featured as the main vocalist. Also, while remaining street punk, The Briggs added a little celtic punk style to their sound as well, none moreso than with their song "Madmen" from their 2008 release "Come All You Madmen", which featured celtic punk legend Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys on guest vocals. Over the years The Briggs have shared stages with the likes of the Dropkicks, Bad Religion, Anti-Flag and Flogging Molly to name a few. They have also participated in four Warped Tours. The band went on a little hiatus after 2008 as vocalist Joey LaRocca (aka Joey Briggs) focused on some solo acoustic material, but in 2012 they got back in the studio and released the single "Panic". Most recently, the band released a self-titled EP in 2015 and embarked on a west coast tour with 7 Seconds to promote the EP. The Briggs are kinda like the west coast's answer to celtic/street punk from the east coast such as Dropkick Murphys or the Street Dogs. The band really began to find their sound on the "Back To Higher Ground" album and perfected it on "Come All You Madmen". "This Is LA" is a punk rock anthem in Southern California, so much so that it is even played at the beginning of Los Angeles Kings hockey games. There's no news yet as to whether they are working on a new full length album but they have been active on the touring circuit promoting their 2015 self-titled EP.


1. This Is LA
2. Madmen
3. Panic!
4. Broken Bones
5. Devil's Playground
6. We Got The Neutron Bomb
7. Song For Us
8. Blacklist
9. Bored Teenager
10. Who Would've Thought (Rancid cover)

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