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Misgiver announces east coast tour

New York hardcore band Misgiver has announced a string of east coast tour dates. You can check them out below.

The band last released Loathing April 21st via We Are Triumphant Records.


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Institute (anarcho-punk) stream new song “Cheerlessness” off upcoming album “Catharsis”

Austin punk rock band Institute are streaming a new song called “Cheerlessness.” The song is set to appear on their upcoming full-length called Catharsis, which is scheduled for release on June 9th through Sacred Bones records. You can give the song a listen below.

Catharsis will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2014 EP titled Salt.


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Album Review
Album Review: Ceremony – ‘The L-Shaped Man’

Everything dies. This is what makes Life splendidly yet painfully gorgeous.

Ceremony have made a clean break from what you knew them to be. A new creature is born – one cribbed in beautiful woe and broody melodies on The L-Shaped Man. Their thrashy pedigree and the thunderous, harrowing nature of their older stuff is simply dead and in these ashes, a nuanced sound rises, one rife with a quiet intensity of say, New Order and Joy Division. But in all its shoegaze and mellow Brit glory, I’d have to peg Interpol as the sound that this album sticks to the most.

The ferocity of Ceremony finds itself channeled into a darker, ambient post-punk arena where love is outgrown and emerges as a distant memory. This is the heart of the story here and it’s not a subtle tale. Tracks like “The Understanding” and “Your Life In France” remonstrate this. Soothing picky guitars and lull-worthy keys create a contemplative and crooning affair that you’d do well to disconnect from the aggression in your life. After all, this is a record for broken hearts and one to pass the time by forgetting about the steel-nerves and aggressive pastures Ross Farrar once walked. His words and emotions are an open book – brooding, volatile, hurting, frustrated, pained and chomping away at his inner-fuel. You feel his energy dissipate with each note played as he gets as personal as can be, informative and macabre. The malaise, caution exercised and dark view of Farrar’s world are breathed to life with such a succinct capability that when his reality sets in, it feels as if it’s your own.

“Can You Measure The Loss?” is a line from “The Separation” and it’s tear-inducing. Dark and depressive on a record void of any light whatsoever. That’s the effect of true love shattered. There’s no relief on The L-Shaped Man. It’s bleak and exposed but in these naked moments, every ounce of catharsis comes to life. The visceral nature of the record is invigorating and it’s a dramatic shift that you don’t want to end because you’ve put aside and cast asunder any past notions of the band as you ingest a message on loss. One we’re all susceptible to. When producer, John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt) extracts the cavernous, echoey and vulnerable feel of those old Joy Division and New Order albums, tracks like “Root of the World” dim the twilight, haze your world and bring the curtains down with soft chords and a sunset melody; all styles that musically form a cinematic blanket over your eyes. A wool that you’re afraid to lift. A veil you hope would protect you from what inevitably happens. Grappling with this pain is what makes Ceremony’s fifth full-length their most thought-provoking to date. It’s a catchy and wistful musical statement I enjoyed listening to but one that I can’t imagine they enjoyed making.

Swim in it while you can. Soak it in. After all, nothing lasts forever.

4.5 / 5



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Random Cover Song: Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers / Ramones – “Chinese Rocks”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s song is “Chinese Rocks,” which has been performed by both Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, and the Ramones. The song has a bit of a convoluted history: it was primarily written by Dee Dee Ramone with contributions from Richard Hell (something that both Ramone and Hell agreed upon), but when it was time to record the song the rest of the Ramones vetoed it so Dee Dee gave the song to Hell, who was then still a member of The Heartbreakers. Even after Hell left the group they continued to play it and recorded it for their debut (and only) studio album, 1977′s L.A.M.F., falsely crediting the song to Thunders and Heartbreakers drummer Jerry Nolan in addition to Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Hell (future pressings of the album would go on to credit the song to three of the Ramones, but not Hell).

The Ramones recorded their version for their 1980 album, End of the Century, with the title being changed to “Chinese Rock,” and a slight alteration in lyrics, removing Dee Dee’s name from the opening lines. You can listen to both versions of the song below, and read more about the song’s history here.


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Morgan Herrell (Hard Girls) streams new solo EP

Morgan Herrell of Hard Girls and Classics of Love has released a new solo EP titled Packet. You can listen to the four song release below, or purchase it digitally on Herrell’s Bandcamp page.

Herrell released Packet on May 15, 2015. It is the follow up to his solo album of home recordings and demos, Open the Door.


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Full Album Stream: The Channeling – ‘Via Spiricom’

California horror punk act The Channeling (featuring former members of Intro5pect and Leftover Crack) have released a stream of their upcoming album, Via Spiricom. You can check it out below.

The Channeling will release Via Spiricom on June 4, 2015 via GC Records. You can pre-order your copy from the band here or from the label here.


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Bike Tuff stream new single

Bike Tuff has released their brand new single, “Colorado.” While the band previously released the single’s title track, the band has also made the b-side, “Cesspool on the Potomac” available to stream. You can listen to both songs below.

The “Colorado” single was released on May 19, 2015. It is the first track to be released off the band’s as-of-yet untitled sophomore album. Bike Tuff self-released their debut album, Into Shore, on April 15, 2013. You can check it out at Bike Tuff’s Bandcamp page.


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Code Orange announce US and European summer tour

Pennsylvania’s Code Orange have been tapped as one of the acts for this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The band will be playing alongside acts such as Slayer, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada, and more, as well as making appearances at other shows and festivals. You can check out the list of planned dates and locations below.

Code Orange’s last release, I Am King, came out on September 2, 2014 via Deathwish Inc..


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Diamond Youth stream new album

Diamond Youth released their debut full length, Nothing Matters, earlier this week. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can stream it below, and if you like what you hear you can purchase it for $5 here.

Diamond Youth released Nothing Matters on May 19, 2015 through Topshelf Records.


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Winter Break offer self-titled album for name-your-price download

Punk trio Winter Break released their self-titled debut earlier this week but if you haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet now is your chance! The band has released their album as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp. You can stream it below, or download it here.

Winter Break released Winter Break on May 19, 2015 through Asian Man Records and Lauren Records.


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Music Video: We Are the Ocean – “Holy Fire”

British rock act We Are the Ocean have released a music video for their single “Holy Fire” and you can watch it below.

“Holy Fire” appears on the band’s latest album, Ark, which was released on May 11, 2015 via Hassle Records.


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Upinatem stream new song “Homework”

Idaho-based skate punk act Upinatem have released a stream of another new song off their upcoming album, Groundhog Years. The new song is called “Homework”, and you can give it a listen below.

Groundhog Years is due for release on June 1, 2015, and will serve as the follow-up to 2008′s Democracide. The band last released a live album, Same Songs Only Shittier, in 2010.


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