Music Video: Billy Talent – “Afraid of Heights”

Canadian punk group Billy Talent have premiered a video for their song “Afraid of Heights.”

Check out the video below.

“Afraid Of Heights,” due out July 29th, is the band’s first new album since 2014′s compilation album Hits, and their first batch of new material since 2012′s of Dead Silence.

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Album Review
EP Review: Dragged In – “EP I”

I’m convinced that everyone wants melody in their hardcore. When we raise our fists and complain about a band losing their edge, we’re not complaining about melody. We’re complaining about how much. The trick to good hardcore (and its more friendly and likable cousin, melodic hardcore), is to find that delectable sweet spot of raw, thrashing energy and hummable chaos. It can be a tasteful riff, or even a howled chorus, but there’s no denying– melody is as much a part of hardcore as rhythm.

For me, the best of hardcore was always the stuff that sprung out as soon as the seal was broken. It was the second and third-wavers that made their mark on me; the experimenters. I love me some Minor Threat (and while we’re at it, hum “In My Eyes,” whydoncha? See? Melody), but Dag Nasty was always the one that churned up true and honest passion. Can I Say is one of those albums that melt through your skin and become a part of you. And, throughout it, whether through vocals shouted at the edge of hoarseness, or through Brian Baker’s aggressively tuneful fretwork– there was melody.

I bring up the venerable Dag Nasty, because on my first listen to Dragged In’s EP I, I found unmistakable similarities. They had the same call and response vocal style, the same sense of strained melody, and of course, the same driven hardcore backbone. It’s not skate punk, nor is it overt Epifat worship (but strains of it are unavoidable to some extent), it hearkens back to when hardcore bands just started to stretch their musical muscles and find new ways to be loud and fast.

Toronto’s Dragged In tout members from lots of other hardcore outfits, most notable of course is vocalist Patty from Brutal Youth. At first glance, there are a lot of similarities here between the two band’s sounds, but if you look between the machine-gun rhythm and rushed melodies, there are things going on here. It seems to me that Dragged In aren’t aiming to be a typical melodic hardcore band, and it comes across in the small ways they dress their songs. The album opens with “August,” that begins with sludgy bass before launching into the old familiar attack. The song itself reminds me of a mix between Dag Nasty’s “Values Here” and anything on Bad Religion’s Suffer. But before the song ends, it returns to the sludginess and everything becomes a lot more intense. The bass propels the rest of the song as melodic leads and shouted lyrics fill in the mind and flesh of its deliciously shambling corpse.

As with all classic hardcore bands, Dragged In have a song named after themselves. “Dragged In” is filled with fast riffs and gang vocals that lend itself to the stage. Much like “Breathe,” it’s a fun song with a lot of aggression and mosh-worthy speed, but, for me, it doesn’t fulfill the potential that “August” lays out. The final song though, does. “Empty Glasses” is of course fast, melodic, and has plenty of shout-along elements, but it also uses a personal lyrical perspective to give a fresh and authentic look at straight edge rhetoric. It’s vivid from the opening lines, “Your hands marked her face/ Your life smudged her history/ Trying to drown your hate/ Fueled a torrent of misery,” and then is brought home with the refrain: “I know I’ll never find strength in the bottom of empty glasses.” Musically, the song also excels with its bridge, which features a gang vocaled chant of “Predisposed to violence, predisposed to pain, predisposed to anger, predisposed of rage,” as an ascending melody chimes in the background. The music and lyrics work together to create a meaning all its own, and from here on out the song is charged with positivity and a sense of triumph. “Empty Glasses” is a rallying cry to know our dispositions and fight their hold over us with all the fight we’ve got, and here, knowing is half the battle.

EP I is a lean and introspective piece of modern hardcore that hints at more influences than the usual associations. This is where Dag Nasty and early-Bad Religion meet a new and exciting era of hardcore where stoner, sludge, thrash, and crust aren’t dirty words. And while I would’ve loved a little more experimentation, I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a new lexicon.


Every Time I Die stream new song “Glitches,” announce UK winter tour

New York hardcore act Every Time I Die have made another track from their upcoming album Low Teens available to stream, and announced they will be touring the UK this December.

Give “Glitches” a listen and check out the dates and locations below.

Low Teens is set to release on September 23rd through Epitaph Records. The album serves as a follow up to 2014′s From Parts Unknown.

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Music Video: The Wonder Beers – “Geezers”

British punks The Wonder Beers have released a music video for their song “Geezers,” and you can check it out below.

The track is taken from the band’s new album of the same title, which came out on July 1st through Lockjaw Records. You can stream and buy it here.

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Dog Party stream new song “O Brave New World”

Sacramento sister duo Dog Party are streaming a new song titled “O Brave New World,” taken from their upcoming album ‘Til You’re Mine.

You can give the track a listen below.

‘Til You’re Mine releases on August 5th through Asian Man Records. Pre-order the LP here.

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Shonen Knife announce fall US tour

Osaka, Japan pop-punk band Shonen Knife are heading back to the US for a tour this fall in support of their new album, Adventure. Check out the dates & locations below.

Shonen Knife have released more than 20 studio, live, and compiliation albums in their 35 years. Before 2016′s Adventure, their previous full-length release was 2014′s Overdrive.

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General News
Nothington announce end to hiatus

San Francisco punk band Nothington appear to be ready for a comeback soon. The band announced via Facebook that their hiatus is “nearly over,” posting the following statement:

“Hello world. Our hiatus is nearly over. We will be announcing some things very soon. Thanks for supporting our band all these years, we will be seeing you in the not so distant future. Cheers!”

There’s no word yet on what exactly that means, but it’s at least some promising news! We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.

Nothington’s last album Borrowed Time was released in 2011 via Red Scare Industries. They apparently have a new album recorded, and were expecting to release it a full year ago, but didn’t. Still, there’s no word on what the band’s impending announcement could be. Stay tuned.

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New music video from Revenge Of the Psychotronic Man – “I Wanna Be A Spaceman”

UK thrash punk band Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man are now sharing a brand new music video for their song, “I Wanna Be A Spaceman.” Watch it below.

The track comes from the band’s latest album, Colossal Velocity, which is out right now on TNSrecords. Grab a copy for yourself right here.

Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man are taking the show on the road in the UK at various times throughout the next few months. Check out the full list of dates and locations below the video.

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The Cut Ups (punk) release new music video – “End Of The Road”

UK punk/rock group The Cut Ups have a new music out for the song “End Of The Road,” and you can check it out below.

The track is off the band’s upcoming LP, The Nerves, which is due out later this year on Banquet Records. The track also appears on the band’s new single, also named End Of The Road, which you can pre-order right now, right here.

The Nerves will be the fourth LP from The Cut Ups, and their first full-length release since 2012′s Building Bridges, Starting Here.

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Descendents stream new album “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”

After many years of waiting, we finally have a new Decendents album to listen to! The California punk legends have made their new record Hypercaffium Spazzinate available to stream, and you can feast your ears upon the entire thing below.

Hypercaffium Spazzinate releases on July 29th through Epitaph Records. It’s the band’s first LP since 2004′s Cool to Be You, and their first on Epitaph since 1996′s Everything Sucks.

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Sick Of It All & Comeback Kid announce short fall tour

Sick Of It All and Comeback Kid have announced they will be playing a short run of shows together this September. The 5-date tour will stop in select parts of the Midwest and Northeast US.

Check out the dates and locations below.

Currently celebrating their 30th anniversary, Sick Of It All released their latest album The Last Act of Defiance in 2014 via Century Media. Comeback Kid’s Die Knowing came out in the same year on Victory Records.

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Cold Collective, Neutral Territory, Rebuilder plan weekender

Three Boston bands have come together for a weekender. Cold Collective, Neutral Territory, Rebuilder will be hitting the road in August.

You can check the dates and listen to their recent releases below.

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