Mike ‘Maggot’ Hodsall (from left) is the bassist for the legendary Vancouver based hardcore-punk band Dead On Arrival (D.O.A.) alongside founding member and vocalist Joey Keithley and drummer Paddy Duddy. D.O.A. is coming to Williams Lake on July 11 for its first-ever lakecity show in their 40-year long career. Photo submitted.

D.O.A. set to bring punk rock to the Limelight

Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary band live in Williams Lake

The last founding band of the hardcore punk genre, Dead On Arrival (D.O.A), comes to Williams Lake next week for a one night show at the Limelight Theatre.

Brought to the lakecity by Even Catalano and Shock Collar Records, D.O.A. will be performing on July 11 with doors opening at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Joining them on stage will be a selection of pulse-pounding B.C. bands including Kootenay based ska-punk band NewTronBomb, the all-lady punk band No Big D and Evil Twin, a Williams Lake-based high energy rock’n’roll band. Admission for this licensed night of energetic and quality music is $20 at Red Shreds and at the door.

“This is not a show to miss. D.O.A. has been a band for 40 years and this will be their first time rocking the Cariboo,” Catalano said. “It’s an honour to put on the show for them.”

D.O.A., as Catalano observed, is one of the oldest original punk bands still performing today. First founded in Vancouver in 1978 by Joey Keithley, Chuck Biscuits and Randy Rampage the band went on to gain success in their hometown and later down in San Francisco.

Read More: B.C. punk pioneer Randy Rampage had a ‘heart of gold’

Fast forward 40 years, 16 different band members, 17 studio albums and 4,500 shows on five continents later, Keithley still leads the band he helped found as lead vocalist and guitarist along with Paddy Duddy on drums and Mike ‘Maggot’ Hodsall on bass. Now a Green Party city councillor for his hometown of Burnaby, Keithley said the politics have always been important part of his, and by extension D.O.A.’s, music.

Keithley remembers first getting into punk rock back in 1976 and began playing it shortly after, at first with a shortlived punk band called The Skulls. A big inspiration for himself and a lot of the early ‘new wave punk movement’ in Vancouver came from a show put on by legendary American punk band The Ramones, then relatively unknown.

Unable to sell enough tickets, they ended up giving them away to a few hundred people like Keithley who came out and realized “that is what punk rock is.”

“I got into music kind of for the sheer thrill of getting people excited, making them go crazy at shows and I also really liked the politics of (punk),” Keithley said. “I think that was a real pertinent thing, I was really into the counter culture.”

A big part of the reason he’s still into music is its ability to change the world. Keithley said that music is a universal language that promotes kindness, understanding and healing rather than hatred, greed and racism. Music also has the ability to inspire people to support causes or events, which is why the D.O.A. motto has long been “talk minus action equals zero.”

Along the way, Keithley said D.O.A. has put on about 300 shows for political causes including environmental rights, women’s rights and Indigenous rights, including forming the first Vancouver chapter of Rock Again Racism back in 1979. Now as a city councillor, he continues to champion these concerns and others including affordable housing, projects to assist the homeless and environmental issues like the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

On the music side of things, however, Keithley is happy to still be able to play alongside Duddy and Hodsall in addition to his political career. Both are former members of the ACDC tribute band BCDC and are experienced musicians in their own right, Keithley said.

Read More: Catalano brings in alternative circus band Blackberry Wood on June 1

He’s excited for the upcoming performance in Williams Lake as, funnily enough, he observed, D.O.A. has never played in Williams Lake before marking a first in the D.O.A.’s four-decade career. Keithley plans to live up to the reputation of driving people crazy with D.O.A.’s punk rock sound at the concert.

“D.O.A. we’re one of the originators of punk rock. We didn’t write the book on it but we donated a bunch of chapters to the book of punk rock,” Keithley said.

The band will be playing a selection of songs from their most recent album Fight Back and a collection of their greatest hits including songs from their second album Hardcore 81. The band’s great live music reputation is part of what he believes has led to their enduring appeal to audiences of all ages.

“D.O.A. we’re a Canadian institution or we should be institutionalized, it’s one or the other,” Keithley joked.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo air attack officer reports from Australia

“We are flying a lot, bombing fires anywhere from four to nine hours a day”

Retired teacher, coach set to release new book, Rugby Rivals

Rugby Rivals is targeted at youth aged 10 to 13, and tells the story of 14-year-old Sam Brewer

All Carlton Cards stores closing in the coming weeks

Schurman Retail Group stores across North America will close, including 79 in Canada

WL Fire Department responds to smouldering at Mackenzie Ave. business late Wednesday afternoon

As of 4:30 p.m. RCMP were on site directing traffic toward Second Avenue

LETTER: Heartfelt thanks for everyone who helped when my wife suffered a heart attack in Walmart

After spending 63 days in the hospital Fern could finally go home for a weekend

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Prices for recreational marijuana in B.C. down from a year ago

New inflation figures show gasoline, housing and certain kinds of food cost more

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

Most Read