Released on February 17, 2015
Since taking the Canadian Punk League by storm in 2006 and delivering a string of clutch singles, the Isotopes have garnered a reputation as wily and relentless underdogs. Pioneers of the baseball punk genre, the club’s gritty, no-bargain brand of 100% juice-injected baseball-themed punkrock has earned them faithful legions of fans and Juiceheads worldwide.
In 2012, after more than 20 line-up changes, the Isotopes finally hit their stride, filling out a full road schedule including a Canadian tour with Off With Their Heads, appearances at Ottawa Explosion and PouzzaFest, and chalking up Ws at home VS legends like the Queers, Hanson Brothers, Zeroes, Methadones, Teenage Bottlerocket, Chixdiggit, Pennywise, Swingin’ Utters, Agent Orange and Richie Ramone. It was the club’s first .500 season and 2013 was on course for a repeat, when the ‘Topes were hit with a season – and possibly career-ending blow that saw Evan October and Dallas Duststorm ejected and banned from the USA for touring without green cards.
Down for the count but never out, the original bad boys of summer took 2014 to dust off and rebuild, releasing a singles compilation, The First Four Seasons on 643 Records and Red Scare Industries, and inking a deal with Canadian heavy-hitter, Stomp Records to release their debut full length in what projects to be a contending 2015 campaign.
Speed: check. Guts: check. Steroids, chicks, God shout-outs, Espanol: check, check, check, check. Evan October and his all-star Isotopes line-up featuring Trevor Uppercutz of Nervous Talk on drums, Vlad Zak of The Real McKenzies on bass, and a special pinch vocal appearance by hall-of-famer, Blag Dahlia of The Dwarves, are back to deliver hit after hit of pure baseball punk gold on Nuclear Strikezone. With more pop than George Brett’s Louisville Slugger, and a tip of the cap to punk legends like the Adolescents, Dickies, Buzzcocks, and of course – the Ramones, Nuclear Strikezone hammers the Isotopes’ classic old-school pop punk sound, and gives Juiceheads world-wide a new soundtrack for socking dingers all season long.
“In an over saturated genre full of plenty of unnecessary filler, The Isotopes manage to stand out, both because of their love of baseball and their well crafted songs.” – Punksite
“…a wonderful introduction to Vancouver’s the Isotopes and I’m happy to add it to my collection.” - Beatroute