Monday, 26 August 2013 11:08

Punk Best Bet: D.O.A.

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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D.O.A.
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
Sept. 8, 8 p.m.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

As legends of the vast Canadian hardcore punk rock scene, dating back from when the three-chord noise genre was still in diapers (and, conspicuously, safety pins), D.O.A. were, of course, never dead on arrival. With a nearly 40-year career about to come to a close, the group's commitment to carrying on is itself decidedly D.O.A. Besides, they probably wouldn't want to circle back to rocking in diapers again. Nevertheless, D.O.A. has lead nothing, if not a truly impressive punk rock career trajectory that often gets credited with helping cofound the aforementioned hardcore subgenre of punk rock. Still, it can be argued that, unlike well-acknowledged contemporaries like Black Flag and The Germs, D.O.A. never quite attained household name recognition as much as the band might have deserved to. And now that the farewell tour is underway, what better way to give the boys a much-earned sendoff by hitting The Pyramid Scheme on Sept. 8 for one last go-round on the sneering, racuous wheel. Lighters in the air, y'all!

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