Crooked Jacks streaming demo version of new song “Departed”

Canadian punk band Crooked Jacks are streaming a demo of a new song called “Departed.”

You can check it out below.

The finished version will appear on an upcoming split.

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Popes of Chillitown announced as UK tour support for Voodoo Glow Skulls

London ska/dub/punk band Popes Of Chillitown will be touring the UK with ska-core veterans Voodoo Glow Skulls this January. You can check out the list of dates and locations below!

Popes Of Chillitown are working on new material as a follow up to their album titled To The Moon, which was released in May of this year.

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Jet8 (ska) release new album titled “Music Industry Sucks”

Czech Republic ska act, Jet8, have released a new full length album titled Music Industry Sucks and you can check it out below!

This album is a follow up to their 2013 EP, Bear in Mind.

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Harker streaming new EP “A Lifetime Apart,” announce U.K. shows

Brighton punk/rock group Harker are streaming their new EP “A Lifetime Apart” in its entirety through Bandcamp. In addition to streaming the EP, they’ve announced some U.K. shows.

You can check out both items below.

The EP was released on November 30th through Paper + Plastick Records and No Panic! Records.

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Aiden add dates to final UK tour

Seattle punks Aiden have added dates to their final UK tour this January. Additionally, the band will be filming a live DVD as they wrap up the tour. Check out the full list of dates and locations below!

The band released their final studio album, Aiden, in October 2015 and you can download it here.

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General News
Crossbone Fest announces 16 bands for 2016 lineup

Crossbone Fest has just announced 16 of the bands playing the 2016 edition, including headliners The Copyrights . The announcement includes German garage/punk rock act No Fun, Boston’s Dan Webb and the Spiders, and Chicago’s Sass Dragons.  You can check up the full lineup (that has been announced thusfar) below.

The DIY punk festival will be taking place March 18-19 2016 at JH The Basement in Houthalen, Belgium.

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Music Video: In Evil Hour – “Predators”

British melodic hardcore act In Evil Hour have premiered a music video for their song “Predators”. You can watch it below.

“Predators” is taken from Evil Hour’s latest EP Built on Our Backs, which was released last July, and is available for streaming on their Bandcamp page.

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Evening Call stream new EP “Restore” in full

Belgium hardcore act Evening Call just released a new EP called Restore, and you can stream it below.

Restore is the follow-up to Evening Call’s self-titled EP, which was released last June.

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Sixteen Scandals stream new album “Create // Destroy” in full

Canadian punks Sixteen Scandals are streaming their new album Create // Destroy in its entirety. You can listen to it below.

Create // Destroy will be released this coming Friday, December 4th.

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Album Review
Album Review: Pentimento – ‘I, No Longer’

Inside The Sea was the EP that really shifted Pentimento from the tried and tested waters of pop-punk into more aggressive and snappy territory. While their new album, I, No Longer, is much softer and delicate in terms of musical pace and rhythms, it still feels like an organic growth plotted from said EP. What’s most recognizable is that the punk aspect of the band is mostly gone and they’re focused on an alternative style that really feels like a mash-up of two of my favorite bands, Jimmy Eat World, and newcomers, Sorority Noise. What ensues is a deeply personal and connective album that shows the maturity of friends that rarely misses the mark, no matter how they temper or ignite their sound.

Most of the songs feel like breakup songs or at least the dissolution of relationships. Melodic hooks and alternative riffs, as I mentioned above, lead the formative display of Pentimento’s quiet-to-loud dynamic on so many tunes. Twinkly and telling a la what Jim Adkins and JEW do. “Stuck Forever” and “My Solution Is In The Lake” are prime examples of this – morose, catchy and made for long road trips where your most vulnerable and pensive mindset emerges. While the lyrics seem bleak and brooding, they do pack a lot of optimism and remind me of Sorority Noise’s Joy Departed from earlier this year. “Gateway” signifies this and in fact, quite a bit of the back end off I, No Longer follows this route.

Depressive jams but like I said, spots of hope off Jeremiah Pauly’s lyrics (and on-spot, clean and polished delivery on the mic). Overall, it’s a drastic shift for a band that’s clearly looking to the near future with much more introspection and contemplation which punk just doesn’t seem to fit at the moment. But rest assured, when they need to rough it again, they can. And pretty fucking well. Recommended.

3.5 / 5

Listen to I, No Longer, below

Band Spotlight
Introducing Midwest Punk Act: The Distractions (full-album stream)

Melodic punk fans looking for a combination of Midwestern pop-punk sensibilities and 90′s nostalgia, get stoked cuz I’m handing you this little gem on a silver platter. South Bend, IN based punk band, The Distractions have just released their second full-length “Union” through Smoking Cat Records and if you haven’t heard of them yet, don’t worry, neither had I until just now. That’s no reflection on their talent though. I guarantee you’ll dig them 30 seconds into the first track so plug your headphones in and get listening below.

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The Gap Year (brazilian melodic punk) releases new video for “Power to Decide”

Brazilian melodic punk act The Gap Year has released a music video for their song “Power to Decide”. The song is off of their debut EP “Over Some Power Chords” which was released in April of 2015.

You can check out the video below.

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