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New band Bad Optix, featuring Op Ivy’s Tim Armstrong & Jesse Michaels, premieres debut single


Operation Ivy may still be broken up, but half of the legendary punk band is getting back together.

Guitarist Tim Armstrong and vocalist Jesse Michaels have launched a new band called Bad Optix. You can listen to the group’s debut single, “Raid,” now via digital outlets.

Along with the former Op Ivy bandmates, Bad Optix includes ex-Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo.

Op Ivy was a seminal band of California’s East Bay punk scene of the ’80s, which also produced Green Day. Following the group’s brief but impactful two-year run, Armstrong went on to form Rancid alongside Op Ivy bassist Matt Freeman.

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