Members from the Offspring, Smash Mouth, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Street Dogs and the Briggs have joined forces as the Defiant. If We're Really Being Honest is their killer debut!
There's a feeling that sweeps over you when you hear a killer rock 'n' roll tune. It's a visceral sensation, like an electric jolt to the soul, and it's this exact sentiment that the Defiant is tapping into. With their unrivaled blend of clever, quick-witted lyrics and punk rock mastery, this band is on a mission to reignite the fires of musical camaraderie. In a world teeming with chaos, they're here to deliver more than just an unforgettable sound - they're peddling a message of peace, love, and unity.
Frontman Dicky Barrett of Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame is no stranger to the power of music, and he's got a burning passion to share it with the world. "All I've ever really wanted to do is bring people together and share a message of peace, love, and unity," he professes. "With that in mind, the music created by the Defiant could very well be some of the best I've ever had a hand in making, as well as one of the most important and thoughtful musical experiences of my career. I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Joining Barrett on this journey are some true luminaries of the punk rock world. Pete Parada, the rhythm wizard from the Offspring, anchors the beat, while Greg Camp of Smash Mouth fame shreds his guitar with unwavering passion. Johnny Rioux, the low-end maestro from Street Dogs, holds it down on bass, and Joey La Rocca, armed with guitar and keys from the Briggs, adds the finishing touches. Together, these five individuals boast a rock 'n' roll pedigree that culminates in a wild riot of melodic punk that'll shake your core.
Parada aptly describes their assembly as "an insanely solid lineup, like Murderers Row from the 1927 New York Yankees." The Defiant isn't just another project; it's a throwback to the days when albums felt like gripping novels, and songs served as integral chapters in a larger story. It's a tribute to the heartbroken, the misunderstood, the lost and found, the isolated, the fighters, the believers, the wildly hopeful, and the irrationally optimistic. "I agree with Pete," Barrett chimes in with his trademark wit, "but let's take it easy with the Yankees analogies."
Rioux highlights the diversity of the band's material, noting, "You can hear hints of the Jam, the Pogues, the Specials, and Blur. So many different influences make up this project. Those influences, along with incredible unifying and biographical lyrics, have resulted in something I'm really excited about."
When asked about the magical chemistry of their newfound musical brotherhood, Camp shares, "We have all either known each other or run into each other on the road over the years. But the moment we were all in the same room at the same time, it was like we had been buddies since birth."
For the Defiant, it's abundantly clear that the whole is indeed equal to the sum of its not inconsiderable parts. "For me, the best thing about this group is that we're so aligned on just about every aspect of our lives," says Larocca. "From our similar musical backgrounds and influences to our general life philosophies, we have much in common and a lot to share."
With their formidable talent, shared vision, and the irreplaceable Dicky Barrett at the helm, the Defiant are proving that punk rock is far from dead. Instead, it's thriving and ready to set the world on fire once again. Buckle up, dear readers, because the Defiant are about to take you on a wild, unforgettable ride through the heart of rock 'n' roll.