Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s playlist is brought to you by Dying Scene editor Drea Rose.
Discover some new tunes, and see if Drea forgot to mention your favorite east coast-based act below.
The Scandals – “Hungry”
If there’s any place to start, it’s at the beginning. Imagine an impressionable sixteen year old at one of their very first DIY punk shows, and being completely blown away by one of the bands, who then realizes that local music exists and it can be pretty great. Fast forward a few years, and that same band, The Scandals, is still releasing some top notch music, exhibit A: “Hungry”.
Good Graces- “Everything Lasts Forever”
Keeping with the same theme of beginnings. Right after I moved to good ole’ Philadelphia, I was sent to cover a basement show there for Dying Scene. Amidst the chatter and and smashing of beer bottles, I heard Good Graces , and instantly fell in love with the raw vocals and melodic guitar riffs, so much that I immediately offered to review their Volume II, EP. Unfortunately not too long after, the guys called it quits, but this song still makes it onto almost every playlist I compile.
Dogjaw – “Cats”
Dogjaw is a band featuring two ex-Dying Scene editors and they suck. So much so that exactly one year ago I released their second full length album “No One Will Ever Believe You”. When they came to me with this album, the moment I heard “Cats,” I knew I wanted to put it out.
Banner Pilot – “Dead Tracks”
I couldn’t let this list be comprised entirely of East Coast acts. Banner Pilot‘s “Souvenir” is one of the five albums I keep on my phone, which means I give it the highest regards and it is one of ‘those’ albums. You know what kind I’m talking about. Think long summer drives, late night walks, waiting at the train station, etc,. It was hard to just pick one track off this album, but “Dead Tracks” always puts me in the most optimistic mood possible.
Dear Landlord – “Walking Distance”
Everything these guys have ever put out is gold, and full of uncompromisable energy. “Walking Distance” is the song that tipped me off to Dear Landlord, and give me hopes that maybe a new record will be announced this year, maybe.
Cayetana – “South Philly”
There’s no debate that female representation has been lacking in the punk scene. Enter Cayetana, an entirely female punk act from Philadelphia that is one of the best acts in the scene currently. Front-woman Augusta Koch’s vocal style is unique, and is showcased beautifully on this song.
Goddamnit – “Citywide”
Okay yeah, the Alkaline Trio record is good, but there is another Goddamnit you should listen to. These guys are rad and are some of the nicest people I have met, and are dumb enough to let me
work with them sometimes.
Spraynard – “Spooky, Scary”
I’m only supposed to include new songs. Four years might be stretching it, but I just discovered this song recently so it’s new to me and it completely rules, therefore I am including it in this list.
The Hotelier – “Housebroken”
To be honest, I avoided listening to The Hotelier for a long time. There was so much hyper surrounding “Home, Like No Place There Is” that I almost didn’t trust it. Impossible, no way could a record be that great, right? Perhaps, but I’ve been listening to it several times a day for the past month, and as a result “Housebroken” is always stuck in my head.
Mikey Erg – “Key of C, Fix It, Fix It, Stop”
Would this list really be complete without mentioning New Jersey’s own touring power horse, Mikey Erg? Aside from being the nicest dude in punk rock, this guy writes some of the catchiest tunes that somehow prevents me from smashing my head in at my boring desk job. If you don’t know his music, (which you should, he’s probably played in your favorite band at one point), now is your chance to familiarize yourself.
Add The Scandals to My Radar