DS Staff Picks – Top 10 Albums of 2014 (vdubowner)

Posted by vdubowner on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM (PST)

Hey folks, I’m Bruno and I’ve been contributing stories on Dying Scene since last year. Before I joined DS my music repertoire consisted mostly of bands I first heard about 20 years ago. I wasn’t even trying to get to know new bands or stay up to date with the scene. So in my case 2014 was all about catching up and making great discoveries. In fact, I’ve been so impressed by some releases from new and less known bands that I had to give them a spot on my list, I even ended up kicking out some releases by well known veteran acts. Like it or not, here’s my top 10 below.

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Even though Lemmy is best known as the lead singer and bassist for Motörhead, he was in The Damned for a very brief moment.

Social Distortion announce spring European tour

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM (PST)

Southern California punk legends Social Distortion have announced a European tour that will take place in April and May 2015, with support from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas and guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham‘s solo band. The dates and locations of the tour are below.

Social Distortion recently announced plans to enter the studio to work on a new album, which will be their first since 2011′s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, but did not indicate a release date.

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Album Review: Lost Love – “Sparkles”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM (PST)

Do you like your punk rock explosive and exciting? What about punk with a healthy sense of melody? And lastly, do you enjoy punk with choruses to shout your heart out along to? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to check out Lost Love and their debut album Sparkles.

The Montreal quartet kicks things off with “Rooftops/Fireworks”, which is explosive, melodic, and delivers on the catchy chorus that was previously alluded to. It also happens to lay down the groundwork for the entire album which generally follows the same structural formula. There’s a moment roughly halfway through “Rooftops/Fireworks” when the band declares “nothing’s left except sincerity”. A simple statement, but it’s a powerful one and could very easily be the album’s motto. Lost Love hasn’t been around for too long, but Sparkles captures them doing what they know how to do best: playing their hearts out.

Which leads me to the most remarkable thing about Sparkles: the originality of the song compositions. Sure, the songs follow an archetypical verse-chorus-verse set up, but Lost Love largely avoids sounding exactly like the bands that (presumably) influenced them. This melodic style of punk rock has been around for at least twenty years (though I’m sure that’s up for debate), so it’s common for today’s bands to take a couple of albums to really find their own groove. However, this isn’t much of a problem for Lost Love. Sparkles fits in comfortably with other punk albums without blatantly mimicking Goddamnit.

Is Sparkles a wholly original punk rock album? Not exactly. Is it a sincere punk rock album from a young, up-and-coming band worth paying attention to? Most definitely. You can give it a listen below.

4 / 5

RIYL: The Draft, The Sainte Catherines, American Steel

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Elder Abuse stream new song “Better Off Dad”

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)

Winnipeg punk act Elder Abuse (featuring former members of Daggermouth) are streaming a new track titled “Batter Off Dad,” and you can give it a listen below.

The song will appear on the band’s upcoming split with Anchorless, which is set to be released in early 2015 through State of Mind Recordings.

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Pat “The Bunny” Schneeweis of Ramshackle Glory has released a new solo album titled Probably Nothing, Possibly Everything, which he will be touring in support of this coming January.

You can give the 10-song album a listen and find details on the aforementioned tour below. If you wanna copy of the record, it’s available both digitally and physically on Bandcamp.

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Less Than Jake to release “American Idle” 7-inch

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)

Gainesville ska-punk staples Less Than Jake have announced they will be releasing their song “American Idle” as a 7-inch single, featuring a previously unreleased b-side titled “Late Night Petroleum.” The single is set to come out on January 20th through Fat Wreck Chords.

“American Idle” originally appeared on the Less Than Jake’s 2013 full-length album See The Light, which was also released through Fat Wreck. The band will be touring the US around the 7-inch single’s release early next year with Reel Big Fish and Authority Zero.

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Oh The Humanity! offer free download of new song “Stay Pissed”

Posted by jokerx324 on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM (PST)

Massachusetts punks Oh The Humanity! have released a politically charged new song titled “Stay Pissed.” Here’s what the band had to say about the track, which you can stream and/or download for free below:

“In the spirit of the movement to organize against police brutality and misuse of power we decided to record and release this song on its own. Like some of us, you or someone you love may have been brutalized, harassed, intimidated, or disrespected by a law enforcement official. The very people whose job it is to protect us. This isn’t to say that all Cops are bad or evil, they aren’t, but now is the time to make our voices heard and let the world know that we aren’t going to take abuse from our protectors anymore. Here’s our contribution.”

Oh The Humanity! released their debut full-length Carry Me Home earlier this year. If you wanna check that out, it’s available to stream/purchase on their Bandcamp page.

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SoCal punks Fozzy’s Hero are streaming a new song titled “Lessons Learned,” and you can give it a listen below.

The band’s upcoming album Successfully Set For Failure is set to be released in January through VLE Records.

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Reel Big Fish stream festive new EP “Happy Skalidays”

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM (PST)

California ska veterans Reel Big Fish are streaming their festive new EP Happy Skalidays in its entirety! Grab some hot cocoa and give the 6-song EP a listen below.

In case you haven’t already heard, the band will be touring the US with Less Than Jake and Authority Zero early next year. Their latest full-length album Candy Coated Fury was released in July 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.

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New Hampshire’s A Minor Revolution are offering their latest EP Consexual Sense, along with their new split with The Digs up for free download! You can stream and/or downloaded both releases below.

Both Consexual Sense and the split EP were released this year through Ocelot Records. Physical copies are available for purchase on the label’s Bandcamp page.

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Anti-Flag announce more 10th anniversary shows for “The Terror State”

Posted by Ramones999138 on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM (PST)

Anti-Flag have added more shows to the tour they will be embarking on in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 4th full-length album The Terror State early next year. Joining them on select dates will be Such Gold, The Homeless Gospel Choir, and A Wilhelm Scream.

You can check out the tour dates and locations below.

Anti-Flag last released a career-spanning compilation titled A Document of Dissent on July 22nd through Fat Wreck Chords. They started recording a new full-length album last month.

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Of Mice and Men announce ‘Restoring Force: Full Circle’

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM (PST)

Of Mice and Men have announced that they will be re-releasing their latest album, Restoring Force, early next year. The deluxe edition, now titled Restoring Force: Full Circle, will feature new artwork, three new songs and an acoustic rendition of “Feels Like Forever”. It will be available on February 24, 2015 and you can pre-order your copy here.

Of Mice and Men released the original Restoring Force on January 28, 2014 through Rise Records.

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