A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (5/18/14)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

So I’m excited for the new album from The Creeps that was announced this week and I thoroughly enjoyed discovering Swedish melodic punk act Lapdog via their new 2 song digital EP.  Was glad to see Epitaph sign Joyce Manor and I got a kick out of the acoustic punk Bruce Springsteen comp – definitely worth the free download.  Dug the new Holy Mess song and I how You Blew It! doesn’t blow the “You Blue It” Weezer covers EP. More than anything I’m amped up on the new band we signed to Dying Scene Records and have had a hard time forcing myself to listen to anything other than their kickass album.  Definitely going to be the hardest thing DS Records has put out to date.  Soon as we get the cover art wrapped up I’ll be able to tell you who it is so stay tuned.

– Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. Remember Sid Vicious? Of course you don’t. Read up on him here.

2. Sid Vicious’ Canadian doppelganger, Deryck Whibley, of Sum 41 almost drank himself to death, so listen to what he has to say.

3. Bad Religion are set to tour with Pennywise and The Offspring. Admission is free if you bring tennis balls for all of their walkers.

4. Meathead and steroid enthusiast, Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Daying was sentenced to 6 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

5. Riot Fest Chicago is going to be off the fucking chain.

6. The track list for this year’s Warped Tour Compilation was announced. Would you guys just shut up already? I get it. You hate it.

7. Jonas Nydesjö is a composer who turned Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come into an orchestral masterpiece.

8. Here’s a free compilation that’d made up of a bunch of folk punk bands covering Bruce Springsteen. Which is kind of like having your toddler recreate the Sistine Chapel.

9. Here’s an article from 2012 that’s tells you why the hell May 16 is known as Lagwagon Day.

10. Global Affront streamed “Kill A Republican” off of their upcoming album. Please do not take their advice seriously.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Marius Paxcow – Grand Theft Audio IV

Future Idiots guitarist/vocalist Marius Paxcow is gearing up to release a solo album composed of nothing but covers of songs, both punk and non-punk. The album, entitled Grand Theft Audio VI, comes out on May 20th but you don’t have to wait another second to get a taste of some of the Blink-182 covers that are gonna be on it!

All Eyes West and Easy Creatures – 7″ Split

Chicago punks All Eyes West and Philadelphia rockers Easy Creatures are gearing up to release a split 7-inch this spring through Jump Start Records.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!

“Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are a fun band. And Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! is a crazy fun record. Look past the concept and silliness surrounding it, there are some seriously talented musicians at work. It’s a shame that for the most part it’ll be disregarded and swept under the carpet in favor of more serious releases, because this might just be one of the most competent records released this year.”

Jason Cruz and Howl – Good Man’s Ruin

“In an era when it’s common for the lead singer of a punk band to go solo, it’s easy for fans to tire of the seemingly endless sea of side projects and to wind up just tuning them all out. You really shouldn’t ignore Jason Cruz and Howl though. Good Man’s Ruin is a solid debut, and deserves to be listened to. Despite what the band name suggests, this isn’t just some acoustic project formed solely to play the Revival Tour. Jason Cruz and Howl is a full blown band doing their own thing, and it just so happens that the members also play in punk bands.”

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

Christmas Island further codifies the wide boundaries of Andrew Jackson Jihad’s sound and might just be their best record to date. With heart and humor to spare, the band transforms affliction and despair into something beautiful and pure. The song ‘Linda Ronstadt’ said it better than I ever could: ‘I can’t handle astounding works of beauty, I think I like my pretty pretty ugly.'”

Goddamnit – How To Take The Burn

“There’s a lot about How to Take the Burn that sounds good, and all the right pieces are definitely there, they just don’t all come together as cohesively. At least not this time around: with a little tweaking, Goddamnit could very well be on their way to releasing their own landmark album to be held in high regard by punk rockers twenty years from now.”

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