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Neighborhood Brats are back!

After breaking up over a year ago, LA punks Neighborhood Brats have announced they are back together, and are planning to release a new album, which is due for release later this year. Vocalist Jenny Angelillo to LA Weekly about their decision to bring the band back together:

“I just can’t not make music. Without it, I feel like I’m missing a limb. Like I’m wearing tight jeans without underwear. I’m just uncomfortable, and I missed the Brats. I missed George — my best friend, bandmate and writing partner.”

Guitarist George Rager also talked about direction of the band’s new album, which will be their first since 2014′s Recovery. He says it “will have a healthy dose of Chiswick-era sounding punk, like the stuff we grew up listening to, with some California punk inspiration”, while the songs will “breathe a little more, they won’t be longer than two minutes, because that’s about my attention span.”

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Music Video: Abandon All Ships – “Loafting”

Ontario electronic, post-hardcore-something band Abandon All Ships have premiered a music video for their new song “Loafting”. You can check it out below.

“Loafting” was released as a single to coincide with their reunion with the original lineup, and you can buy it on iTunes. The band broke up shortly after the release of their last album, Malocchio, which was released in 2014.

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BL’AST! stream 7″ split with Eyehategod

California punk legends BL’AST! just released a 7″ split with Eyehategod on Rise Records, which is available now digitally and on vinyl, and you can check it out below. The BL’AST! song “Cut Your Teeth” is one of the band’s first new songs in over 25 years, and ”The Liar’s Psalm” is the title track from a flexi-disc that was released with the July 2014 issue of Decibel Magazine.

BL’AST! released the two-song EP For Those Who’ve Graced the Fire! this past October, and have reportedly been busy finishing their first studio album since 1989′s Take the Manic Ride. Their 2013 release Blood! was a previously-unreleased album recorded in the 1980′s and remixed by Dave Grohl.

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Lost In Society streaming new song “I Want To Know” off upcoming album “Modern Illusions”

New Jersey punk act Lost in Society has just released a new song off their upcoming album “Modern Illusions”.

The track is entitled “I Want To Know” and you can listen to it below.

“Modern Illusions” is set to be released February 26th through Handsome Stranger Records. Pre-orders are available here.

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DS Exclusive
An Evening With The Honorable Chris Fox – Part One

From L to R: John Underwood of Dirty Kid Discount; Staff Writer AnarchoPunk; Chris Fox of Vampirates & Boss’ Daughter

Reno, Nevada gets cold as hell in the winter. So, it’s no surprise that John Underwood from the folk punk troupe Dirty Kid Discount (profiled in September’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp) was looking to get down to SoCal to avoid the doldrums of the frigid, grey confines of The Biggest Little City in the World for a few weeks to thaw out. Thus was born The Winter West Tour, which started up in Washington state in Mid-January and worked its way down the Pacific Coast before making its way back up to Reno for the finale on February 10th. Halfway through the tour, John was joined by fellow Reno resident and frontman of the up and coming punk act, Boss’ Daughter, Chris Fox. While I don’t get paid monetarily for the (exceptional?) work I do here at the Scene, I do get compensated in other ways. Getting into shows for free is a pretty cool perk, access to the press pit is a useful benefit as well. My favorite perquisite by far though is getting to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to.  Sometimes, through those connections, I even find people that I share so much in common with that we hit off pretty well. Such is the case with Mr. Fox and myself. After getting to know him through email for an article I was writing, we became fast friends. So needless to say, when I noticed that the boys had a scheduled stop in LA, I knew it was a “can’t miss” show for me. Check out part one of my hybrid show review/interview below in this DS Exclusive!

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PEARS and Such Gold announce Co-headlining North American Tour

New Orleans punks PEARS continue to prove the point that they are actually a group of rag tag hobos who only know how to live on the road, as they have just announced more tour dates. This time they will be co-headlining with New York melodic hardcore band Such Gold.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

PEARS released their debut album, Go To Prison, in 2014. Their sophomore album, Green Star, is due out April 1st on Fat Wreck Chords.

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Luca Brasi (punk) stream new song “The Cascade Blues”

Tasmanian punk act Luca Brasi are streaming a new song off their upcoming, currently unnamed, full length album that is set to be released in April.

The song is called “The Cascade Blues,” and you can give it a listen below.

Luca Brasi last released their EP Loose Threads on March 13th, 2015 via Poison City Records.

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Music Video: The Octopussys – “Don’t Call Me Shirley”

Belgian punk band The Octopussys just released a video for their song “Don’t Call Me Shirley,” which comes from their latest album Leagues Below.

Check it out below.

Leagues Below was released in May 2015 via Funtime Records.

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Exclusive Stream
Spanish Love Songs sign with Wiretap Records, premieres new song “Paper Cup”

Los Angeles based Spanish Love Songs have signed with Wiretap Records and are premiering new music today as part of the re-release of their debut album Giant Sings the Blues that was released last May.

The new song titled “Paper Cup” is part of 3 new tracks included in the new “Extended” re-release of Giant Sings the Blues. Stream the entire record over at Wiretap’s Bandcamp site, and listen to Paper Cup below. The Giant Sings The Blues re-release (Extended Version) is out and available this Friday February 12th.

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The Pomps announce new EP, stream new song, and announce tour dates

Boston’s ska-revivalist group The Pomps, (featuring members of Have Nots, Void Union, and more) have announced that they will be releasing a new EP, titled Indie Rock is Dying, via Rare Breed Recording company in early 2016.

To give you a taste of what to expect, the band is streaming a new song off the EP called “All My Guns.”  You can check that out along with the bands upcoming tour dates below.

The Pomps last released Pomps Save the Queen in 2013.

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Phinius Gage release reformation tour documentary

The fine folks over at recently put together a 13 minute documentary about Phinius Gage and their recent reformation tour.

Check it out below.

Phinius Gage released “More Haste More Speed” in 2003, “The Feeling Something’s Wrong” in 2005, “Brighton Rock” in 2006 and “Seek Out Your Foes” in 2007, before splitting soon after. You can download all of their music for free on Bandcamp.

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Boss’ Daughter release new video, announce tour dates

Reno punks Boss’ Daughter have released a new video for their song “I’m the DD today,” which comes from their debut full-length album Songs Are Songs.  In addition to the video, the band has also announced some new tour dates.

You can see the video and the tour dates below.

Songs Are Songs came out in October on Cocksmoker Chunk Records.

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