A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:
What up, punk fans. Today I write to you from you from Dubai, a place very decidedly devoid of punk rock I assure you. As I type this, however, I’m jamming out to one of my latest favorite discoveries (thanks to Dylan), The Greatest Sons. A good dose of 90s-esque punk rock from Canada. Oh, Oh! I whilst talking about new bands, I would be remiss if I also didn’t tell you about Flanders72 who I discovered last week while mining for stories for you folks. They sound like Pinhead Gunpowder (Billie Joe Armstrong’s relatively unknown side project during the early years of Green Day) except Flanders72 might write better songs. I’ll let you judge for yourselves though here. Fletcher Dragge from Pennywise texted me out of the blue yesterday just to say hello and that he hopes I’m “doing well”. As much as I’d love to pretend I’m good buds with Fletcher I have no doubt he’s reaching out because they’re getting ready to announce some big news from the Pennywise camp and are hoping to start lining up press and interviews around a new album with Jim back behind the mic. Keep an eye out for news on that front in the next few weeks. And now back to your regularly scheduled, programming…
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about.
1. We have an awesome new column! Every week you guys get to ask us punk rock questions and give you some punk rock answers. It’s called Answer That And Stay Fashionable (HAH!) and we’re doing it every Friday for your reading pleasure.
2. We found a video of Donald Duck clips pieced together to the tune of NOFX’s “All Outta Angst.” I hate the internet sometimes.
3. Warped Tour continues to be the favorite child who ultimately let me down. I thought you were better than this, Warped Tour.
4. Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers, is streaming a new single and announced a small string of West Coast tour dates.
5. The Gaslight Anthem announced some tour dates too and they’re probably nowhere near where you live.
6. Punk Rock Holiday added Bane, Implants, Gnarwolves and a few other bands to their lineup. Punk Rock Holiday: The only cool thing about Slovenia.
7. Heavy Montreal announced a very heavy lineup including Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax and The Offspring. Yeah, Canada!
8. Sum 41 fans can sleep easy – the band is working on new music AND looking for a new drummer.
9. AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park are going on tour this summer. We only posted the tour dates so you know which days you should get the hell outta town.
10. Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete “The Pete” Steinkopf has a new band.
DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS
This track is fresh off of Dugout’s upcoming Pop Punk record, Where There Used To Be Meaning. The album hits the internet on March 21. For fans of Fireworks, Man Overboard and The Wonder Years.
“Body Snatchers” is off of The Capitalist Kids’ next album, At A Loss, due out on April 1. I can almost guarantee you’ll be listening to this keyboard-heavy jam in your car all week. For fans of Heads Will Roll, Alkaline Trio and Nerf Herder.
These guys are from Austria and this album is delivering some seriously upbeat pop punk. Perfect for camping trips, ladies’ nights and drinking alone by yourself with your dog. For fans of Descendents, NOFX and Masked Intruder.
“As a lot of albums do, the sustained blast that is the first half of Too Young… So Old gives way to a more subdued, poppy second half. The record features an acoustic track, as well as stuff that is a lot cleaner and melodic. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who’s still mourning the demise of the Sainte Catherines, digs Glass and Ashes, or really wishes Motorhead was on No Idea.”
“War Psalms is the product of a band with a vision. That vision is doing what the band wants to do. And there’s nothing more punk than that. You don’t like it? Well… you know what Kire would have to say about that.”
“Home is a warm and heartfelt folk punk 7″ about the hardships of the road life by two rising stars in the Canadian punk scene: Ontario’s Jon Creeden and Jesse LeBourdais, formerly of the Vancouver skate punk band Cambridge.”
“So Far To Go lacks a true hook and substance. It could easily get misplaced among the overabundance of Man Overboard and A Day To Remember-esque tunes that seem to be churned out in bulk these days. However, the clean production style of the EP allows for the instrument tones to shine through, while still retaining a small sense of rawness, which is something that most albums are lacking, and happens to be So Far To Go’s saving point.”