D.O.A. guitarist/singer/founder Joe Keithley always has a lot to say. A run for political office in Canada 2013 was his attempt to gain his say in government but it also spurred the veteran punk rocker to decide to start winding down the Vancouver band considered the pioneers of hardcore.
The group continues its farewell tour Sunday at House of Rock. Joining them are Ese and Bomb Hoarder. Doors are at 8 p.m.
In a 2013 interview with Blurt magazine, Keithley explained his latest run for office (a loss for him) and his decision to wind down D.O.A. “I think musicians have a lot to say and that’s one of the reasons they got into it in the first place. Besides the love of music, that’s really what drives you in the first place, right? The Clash are an absolutely great example.”
Twice he ran for office provincially, an equivalent to a state election, and ran once for office in his hometown.
“With the first three I never really thought I’d get elected; I was really just making a point more than anything else, right? But this time I thought I would win the nomination and I thought I would get elected, but obviously that has not happened. I may or may not (run again). .. But I don’t know about that. I’ve got a lot of stuff I’m working on musically and media-wise, so we’ll see what happens,”Keithley said.
The farewell tour isn’t a final goodbye as Keithley still intends to record music. But it could be your last chance to see D.O.A. as the five scheduled shows in Texas are the band’s first in 15 years, and Keithley remains adamant about trying new things. “I want to do some music in some different styles, perhaps a bit of an R&B album and perhaps a bit of a jazz album. I really think that what happens is that people when they get to be between 50 and 60, you really start to lose your vocal chords, so I’m just going to try and record whatever I can over the next 10 years and then live off the fat of the land.”