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Watertown punk rock band Still Rings True

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AWatertown punk rock band that toured Europe last year will host a party tonight to celebrate its new album being released this month by a Los Angeles record company.

Tonight’s concert kicks off a tour for Still Rings True. Since forming in 2008, the band has played more than 400 concerts in 10 countries.

Everyone who attends tonight’s concert at the Dungeon in the Empsall building on Court Street will receive a copy of the band’s self-titled CD. The facility has a capacity of about 300 people.

The band then will travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Florida, and then back up the East Coast on a July tour. Last year, the band performed approximately 150 concerts.

Still Rings True was created in 2008 by David S. Bombard, a 2007 graduate of Sackets Harbor High School. In May, he graduated with a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“I’m currently trying to figure out a way to do both,” Mr. Bombard said of his rock ’n’ roll and pharmacy paths. “I don’t know many other pharmacists who play in a punk-rock band.”

Other members of Still Rings True are Lawrence L. LeMay II, a 2004 graduate of Watertown High School and a 2006 graduate of Jefferson Community College (bass and vocals) and Joshua R. Snyder, a 2007 graduate of WHS (vocals and guitar).

The band’s new album will be released July 30 by the independent label Anchor Eighty Four Records. It’s the band’s third full-length album.

The band’s first single, “Empty,” can be streamed via YouTube at http://wdt.me/aDdswT.

“We’re generally a pretty heavy band,” Mr. Bombard said. “We sing about things in the world we’d like to see changed, and which any punk rock band would sing about. We’re more politically conscious than anything.”

Mr. Bombard, a former member of the defunct local band Forever Falls Through, cites bands such as NO-FX, Foo Fighters, Propagandhi, Rage Against the Machine and the Sex Pistols as influences.

“It’s not like we’re trying to bring back a movement or anything,” Mr. Bombard said. “It’s more like, ‘This is music we grew up on and music we love.’”

Their new record deal came about partially because of the word-of-mouth publicity they got from playing so many concerts in a variety of different places, Mr. Bombard said.

Band members aren’t yet making a living as punk rock ’n’ rollers.

“At least we’re at the point now that we don’t have to put any personal money into it,” Mr. Bombard said. “We can go out and do this and come back to our lives at home, work and be with our families and such.”

But they are having fun with the music they love, even though at times, their message is lost in translation. Mr. Bombard recalled an episode that occurred on the band’s European tour in the spring of 2012.

“The first show we played was in Belgium,” he said. “It was a small bar packed with like 150 kids. The strangest thing was that they were singing along and going crazy. But then we were outside and trying to have a conversation. Even though they sung our songs in English, they didn’t really speak to us that well. It was really strange. But fun.”

the details
WHAT: Still Rings True kicking off national tour
WHEN/WHERE: 6 tonight at the Dungeon in the Empsall Plaza building, 122 Court St.
COST: $8 at the door. Attendees will receive a free copy of the new self-titled album by the band.
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