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 installment comes to you courtesy of editor Kaylee McNeil. Discover some new tunes from Kaylee below.
1. Anti-Flag – “No Paradise”
I initially got into Anti-Flag through my university radio station, which shares CDs with show hosts such as myself to help discover new music. I had heard of the group before, but had never given them a chance. I have a love for strongly political punk groups and was attracted to their catchy but assertive sound, which I think is well-characterized by “No Paradise” (or, honestly, any other tracks on A Benefit For Victims of Violent Crime).
2. No Cash – “Skate Or Die”
Crack rocksteady is my original and truest punk love. I’ve been listening to it since I first got into punk. No Cash is one of my absolute favorites of this sub-genre.
3. The Bouncing Souls – “Olé”
I actually got into punk through exposure to ska-punk, and I think a number of tracks by The Bouncing Souls brings me back to this initial period of discovery. “Olé” is really just a fun song to listen to.
4. The Rabble – “Bored”
The Rabble is a band I wish more people knew about. They’re New Zealand-based and have gotten some hits from their release of their more widely-appealing tracks like “Friday Night”, but if you’re into something just slightly more raw I recommend digging around in their older stuff. This recording of “Bored” is a newer, more polished version of the original track which is grittier and much more my taste.
5. Descendents – “Mass Nerder”
If you’re like myself and consider yourself a synthesis of extremely nerdy but also hardcore, this song will resonate with you deeply.
6. F-Minus/Leftöver Crack – “So You Wanna Be A Cop?”
As mentioned before, I have a soft spot in my heart for crack rocksteady. In my experience, a lot of people prefer Choking Victim to Leftöver Crack, but I think the latter is a little more intense and I’m definitely attracted more to that sound. I think LöC’s lyricism is excellent in this track, and it’s an extremely catchy tune.
7. Off With Their Heads – “Nightlife”
I first heard about Off With Their Heads when they opened for NOFX last winter, which is pretty interesting because the groups have nothing in common whatsoever. If you’ve never listened to these guys, just plug in and try out this track. They’re a punk group with a hard-to-characterize sound. The singer’s voice is atypical but he really makes it work with the overall sound.
8. Rancid – “Out of Control”
One of my big pet peeves is when people claim they like a big-name punk band but really haven’t dug around to find tracks that aren’t necessarily characterized as “hits”. This is a Rancid track that peels away the ska-punk sound that they are known for in some of their bigger tracks and it’s completely gritty and raw. It’s my favorite Rancid track hands-down.
9. Operation Ivy – “Yellin’ In My Ear”
I was a ska-only girl before I was into punk. When I was in middle school, a friend handed me a burned CD (remember those?) with every Op Ivy track, and I was hooked. This is by far one of my top favorite songs by this pivotal punk group.
10. T.S.O.L. – “Abolish Government/Silent Majority”
This is probably the most well-known TSOL track, but not without reason. Once again, a very political track, but a super catchy one. Enjoy!
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