Like a fine wine, semi-legendary Milwaukee punk band Dairyland Youth has grown better, more nuanced and more complex with age. They’ve been on the rack since 1987, just waiting for that special occasion to be uncorked.
This August, Dairyland Youth will make their triumphant return to South Korea. Three years prior, as part of the groundbreaking “Youth in Asia” tour of Japan and South Korea, DY played in front of a crowd in excess of 20 in Busan. On Saturday, August 3rd — with award-winning filmmaker Sean Clark documenting every movement — Dairyland Youth will play the Busan International Rock Festival in front of a crowd in excess of 20,000. Pop that cork!
What has caused such a huge groundswell of support? Perhaps it’s their much-anticipated new EP, “Vengeance.” It could also be the videos DY has released from their first album in over 15 years, “Re:Volting” — the moody, atmospheric “105.9” and crowd favorite “Monkey Repellant Pants,” produced by renowned photographer, director and stop motion animator Sylvain Dumais. Then again, their headlining shows at the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival and MSE Fest, along with their “proud display of pure punk” (Third Coast Digest) at Summerfest — “The World’s Largest Music Festival” — might have something to do with it. And you can’t exclude the “incendiary live show” (Daegu Pockets Magazine) exhibited nightly during their “Youth in Asia” tour, either.
However, I think we all know the real reason. After more than 20 years of playing alongside bands such as Green Day, The Offspring and NoFX and being compared to bands as disparate as “Sonic Youth… Husker Du… and The Lemonheads” (The Shepherd Express), the world has finally caught up with Dairyland Youth.
Consider this your cordial invitation to catch up and join the party as we uncork a bottle of classic Dairyland Youth. Drink in the rumbling potency, punky hooks and chiming, mumbled melodies that define the band’s long revolution.