Signing
Between You & Me (Australian Pop-Punk) sign to Hopeless records, premiere new music video

Melbourne, Australia based pop-punkers Between You & Me have signed with Los Angeles, CA based label Hopeless Records.

To celebrate the signing, the band has dropped a music video for a brand new single titled “Overthinking.” You can check it out below.


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Video
Music Video: Crystal Lake – “True North”

Crystal Lake, a metalcore band from Tokyo, Japan, have premiered a music video for the track “True North.” You can watch it below.

The track is taken from the band’s latest album of the same name, which was released on December 2, 2016 through Artery Recordings in North America.


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Tour
Daggermouth announce Japan tour w/ Gnarwolves, Hollow Suns

Canadian pop-punk act Daggermouth have announced they will be touring across Japan this November. You can find the full tour poster, dates, and locations below.

UK grit punks Gnarwolves will be travelling to support Daggermouth, and Tokyo, Japan based punk-rockers Hollow Suns join them across the tour.


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Music
Ghost Mice announce new album, stream 5 tracks

Indiana’s Ghost Mice have announced they will be releasing a brand new album titled “Wake Up And Fight.” Along with this announcement, they’ve released 5 tracks from the 19 song LP for streaming via Bandcamp. You can listen to them below.

“Wake Up And Fight” is set to be released on August 23rd digitally, and via Plan-It-X Records physically. The album also features guest spots from several other artists and friends.


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Tour
Dave Hause announce fall tour dates with Beach Slang and Tiger Army

Singer Songwriter act Dave Hause has just announced his North American tour dates for the rest of the summer and through beginning of December for a headlining tour with Beach Slang and Tiger Army. The run is in support of his most recent release Bury Me In Philly out via Rise Records.

Hause will begin with an appearance this Saturday July 19, 2017 at XpoNential Fest in Camden, NJ.

Check out the tour dates below.


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Signing
Crow Killer (hardcore) sign to New Age Records

Salt Lake City hardcore veterans Crow Killer comprised of ex members of Aftermath of a Trainwreck, Cool Your Jets and Close Call have just signed to New Age Records.

According to Mike Hartsfield of New Age, “I’m thrilled to be working with Blake (Foard) again. We have been friends for over a decade and he’s one of the biggest contributors to the positive side of the hardcore community. Crow Killer is a reflection of that.” 

The five piece are looking at heading into the studio to record their first full length LP. We don’t know much more information regarding the release date or content, but we will keep you updated as we know.


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Interview
DS Interview: 88 Fingers Louie’s Denis Buckley discusses new album Thank You For Being A Friend

88 Fingers Louie formed in 1993 in Chicago. Now, as in earlier incarnations, 88 Fingers Louie is an often intensely personal, politically astute band. Also, the kind of band that could somehow take those two things and make them fun. When they dissolved in 1999, they were one of a handful of bands from that time period I always felt had at least another great album left in them. Thank You for Being a Friend, released by Bird Attack Records in June, proved that to be the truth. I had a chance to speak with vocalist Denis Buckley as the band was gearing up for their European tour.

Check out the interview below


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Video
Converge stream video “I Can Tell You About Pain”, invade Europe this August

Converge are back, and aren’t taking prisoners.

With the first new material since 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind, Converge and NPR have teamed to stream the video for “I Can Tell You About Pain”. The track will be one side of a digital single, partnered with the 7 minute opus “Eve”. Heavy, melodic and resonating stuff.

Europe needs to brace itself: Converge are hitting their shores starting August 18th, after ripping around Stateside. Check the tour dates and the killer video below.


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Tour
Propagandhi announce North American tour plans

Hot on the heels of their absolutely ripping single from the band’s forthcoming 7th LP, perennial Canadian raconteurs and riot-starters Propagndhi have announced their tour plans for the fall!

Providing east coast (best coast/fuck you) support will be Iron Chic, Spain’s Gas Drummers and Heartsounds. On west coast lead-off will be RVIVR and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. No matter your coast, the show will be a blast. Check out the tour dates and venues below.

Victory Lap drops on September 29th, through Epitaph Records. As an added bonus, the album will be the first to feature the new guitarist and one time fan in the crowd, Sulynn Hago. That’s worth the admission price right there…how many of us dream of being picked up as an axe for our favorite band?


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Album Review
Album Review: The Orwells – “Terrible Human Beings”

The Orwells. I have to admit I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for these guys. They went to my High School’s rival, York in Elmhurst, Illinois. Well they weren’t much of a rival, we basically whooped up on them, so maybe that’s why I’m pulling for them. Who knew that a small-town Illinois band could channel the Troggs and The Kingsmen bashing out like they’re plugged in next to a Beetle in a 1960s garage? They may not be in orbit, but The Orwells have definitely left the stratosphere. I first caught their act at the Spillover fest in Dallas TX. They made quite an impression. Singer Mario Cuomo strutted onto the stage like a rock and roll diva: blond tresses, poofy shirt straight outta Seinfeld, and 1970s-era 4 inch heels; which to me indicated that these guys did not give a fuck. A point that was driven home when they tore down the 30-foot velvet curtains precipitating an onstage melee. So they had the attitude, they had the swagger; but could they back it up? I have to admit, after that show, I was not convinced. I bought their record “Remember When” anyway and it passed the “What is this” test; which means when it came up on the Ipod, I would say to myself “What is this?” A good sign. I had it on heavy rotation going forward. Let me throw into the mix that these guys are signed on to play Riot Fest this year. And I am anxiously awaiting their set. With all that history, I felt primed to take on their major-label sophomore effort, “Terrible Human Beings.”

When it comes to comparisons, I think most often these guys get lumped in with the Strokes. I’d say that’s fair. They have a garage/surf sound that could also remind you of Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, or Fidlar. As I drove through the flats of west Oklahoma for work, I had this record on repeat. Was that a bad thing? Definitely not. Was it a great thing? Not really. Given the hype around these guys and the fact that “Remember When” is pretty solid, I figured this album would blow me away. It didn’t. What about the tunes? “They put a body in the bayou” opens the record with a hypnotic jangly riff that pretty much personifies their surf style. Track two, “Fry,” picks up the tempo and provides corroboration for any Strokes comparisons out there. “Creatures” brings a sultry slinky riff into the mix and for some reason the song reminds me of novelty 60s garage tunes like “Flying Purple People Eater.” The one song that redeems this entire album in my opinion is “Vacation” great hook, incendiary lyrics, it’s the whole enchilada. “Turn off your television, your permission kills civilians, no one can feel your vision, they’re on vacation masturbating.” That certainly paints a picture. On “Black Francis” the band attempts some kind of homage to the Pixies. I failed to make the connection. “M.A.D” and “Buddy” display the Orwells’ ability to craft a catchy tune, but like pop rocks candy it quickly dissipates. Of the remaining tunes on the record, “Last Call (Go Home)” is the only one I found worthy of repeat listens.

The quick and dirty: IF you’re a fan of surf rock, you’ll dig this album. It’s a solid representation of the genre. If you are a person just looking for a great record, look elsewhere. Check out The Orwells’ “Remember When” and work your way up from there. I’m still anxious to see these guys at Riot Fest. Maybe they’ll reignite my interest in “Terrible Human Beings.”

2.5/5 Stars



Video
Dearly Divided release lyric video for “Maybe”

California melodic punks Dearly Divided have released a new lyric video for their song “Maybe.”

You can check it out below.

“Maybe” comes from the bands’ upcoming album So Much For New Beginnings, which is set to be released next month via Felony Records and Morning Woods Records.


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Music
Blind Man Death Stare (punk) steam new album “It’ll Grow On Ya”

Melbourne, Australia punks Blind Man Death Stare are streaming their new album It’ll Grow On Ya in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

It’ll Grow On Ya will be officially released tomorrow, July 26th, 2017.


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