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Codename: Rocky - New Single: New Album


June 07, 2024

Codename: Rocky Announces New Album 'Foundation' and Releases Single Featuring Brenna Red

By Ace Hartmann | Racketeer Broadcast Association  | 

SoCal Ska-Punk veterans Codename: Rocky have announced their new album "Foundation," set to drop on all streaming platforms on Friday, July 19th, via Wiretap Records. As a prelude to the album, Codename: Rocky will release the second single, "Killing The Chemist," featuring Brenna Red of The Last Gang, this Friday, June 7th.

Justin Picon, the band's frontman, shared the inspiration behind the song. "The song was inspired by my sister-in-lawcover-1.png (2.20 MB) Christina and her husband Jeff, a Marine who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I wrote the song in 2016 when Christina was diagnosed with breast cancer. I used Jeff's war experience as a metaphor for Christina's battle with cancer. I'm thrilled to share that Christina has since beaten cancer and is now in remission."

Picon also explained the collaboration with Brenna Red. "When we were demoing the song, I felt like it was missing something. I thought, ‘What better way to honor a strong, badass woman than to add a strong, badass woman to the track,’ and instantly Brenna came to mind. Working with her was great, and she absolutely crushed it in the studio."

Brenna Red's contributions extend beyond "Killing The Chemist," as she also provided background vocals for the entire new EP. Additionally, Bruce Zebal from Empired contributed to the background tracks, and the guitar solo on "Killing The Chemist" was performed by Picon's father, adding a personal touch to the track.

Earlier this year, Codename: Rocky released the single "Little Devil," featuring guest vocals from Tahlena Chikami, lead singer of Bite Me Bambi. "Little Devil" will also be included in the upcoming album "Foundation."

Codename: Rocky originated in a garage in Pico Rivera in 1998, quickly establishing themselves in the Southern California punk-ska scene through relentless live performances. The band, consisting of ex-members from notable ska and punk bands like Channel Six, Low Pressure, and Cry Havoc, released two records, "No Time to Waste" and "Infinity," which became classics.

After a hiatus in 2005, the band reunited in 2012, leading to the release of the single "Mile Markers" and the 2016 album "Reboot." Despite the departure of original singer/songwriter Daniel Torres in 2017, Codename: Rocky continued with Justin Picon as the new frontman and Matthew Montoya on guitar.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band used the downtime to write new material, culminating in their 2021 studio sessions with producer Paul Miner. In 2022, they signed with Wiretap Records, releasing the EP "Blueprint," their first new music in over six years.

Fans can look forward to the release of "Foundation" on July 19th and the single "Killing The Chemist" featuring Brenna Red this Friday. Codename: Rocky will also be touring the US with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, with European tour dates to be announced soon.

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