DS Interview: Svetlanas’ Olga discusses their exile from Russia

Posted by Joe Grimm on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:23 PM (PST)

As of September 2014, the Russian hardcore punk act Svetlanas have been banned in their homeland due to their anti-government stance and political commentary, not to mention their ever growing popularity…not only is the sale or possession of their music unlawful in Russia, they are also now no longer allowed to return to their country and are considered enemies of the state.

I was recently able to have a brief conversation with Olga of Svetlanas, who was kind enough to answer a few questions on the subject. The full interview can be read below.

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The phrase 'punk rock' was first used in a May 1971 issue of "Creem" to describe garage rock band Question Mark and the Mysterians.

Dorm Patrol (easycore) stream new album “Alleycat Blues”

Posted by Johnny X on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:36 PM (PST)

Swedish easycore act, Dorm Patrol, are streaming their new full-length album titled “Alleycat Blues” in full and you can give it a listen below.

The album was officially released on March 28th and is a follow up to 2013′s “Big Apple, 3AM”.

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If you dig the melancholy themes and emotionally charged vocals of bands like Run, Forever and Elway (but mostly Run, Forever) then you’re going to love Los Angeles 4 piece Spanish Love Songs.  The band just released their debut full-length “Giant Sings The Blues” and I recommend you stream it below (don’t miss the song “Concrete”).

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Album Review: Sincerely Grizzly – “Halves”

Posted by Seaniam on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 4:33 PM (PST)

South Australian outfit ‘Sincerely Grizzly’ have put together an outstanding full length debut titled ‘Halves’. Seriously…it’s really impressive. The band (a three piece) incorporate twinkly-emo  guitar parts and big melodic instrumental passages (a-la-post rock) but in-between all this musical noodling is a punchy little pissed-off emo band bashing away for good measure!

It is quite impressive on the first listen through as the bold tempo changes and sing/scream delivery hit all the right marks. Fans of Piano’s Become the Teeth & Touche Amore will get down with this right away ..however.. this band does not sound like they are merely mirroring their influences. That’s easy to say when the Aussie accent is so prominent but this is quite unique and indeed creative enough within the screeming-sad-band genre to be something honestly worth giving your attention.

The songs each vary in length (from 3-9mins) but there’s a lot on offer within each song. At times the track appears to have ended only to return surprisingly after a moments silence whereas at other times the tempo/style changes are drastic enough that it’s hard to tell if it’s even the same song! These twists and turns are just as fun as the instantly and familiar straight forward heavy bits.

Released locally in December 2014, possibly the worst time in the year to put out a record whatever country you’re from, many may have overlooked this gem or not even heard about it all.. so now is your chance to make up for that serious deficit in your musical life!!

3.5 / 5 Stars

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Four Year Strong finish recording new album

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM (PST)

According to recent reports, Massachusetts pop-punks Four Year Strong have finished recording their new album. The currently untitled release will be their 5th full-length album, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s In Some Way, Shape, or Form.

We’ll keep you posted as more details come to light. The band last released an EP titled Go Down In History in July of 2014 through Pure Noise Records, and they will be touring the US with The Story So Far, Terror and Souvenirs later this year.

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Say Anything frontman Max Bemis made two big announcements earlier this week. In addition to revealing his side-project Two Tongues, which also features Chris Conley of Saves The Day, plans to have a new full-length record out this year, he also announced Say Anything’s next album is slated for a 2016 release!

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on these two releases come to light. Two Tongues last released their self-titled album in 2009 through Vagrant Records, and Say Anything’s Hebrews came out on June 10, 2014 via Equal Vision Records.

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New York pop-punks Gone By Friday have made their new EP Quarter Life Crisis available for streaming, and you can give the entire thing a listen below.

Quarter Life Crisis is set to be released on March 31st, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s Noisetank. Pre-orders are available on their Bandcamp page.

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Vancouver skate-punk act Ellesmere have launched a new sale in their merch store to help pay for their upcoming studio time.  To help motivate you they’re offering to give away a previously unreleased song with larger purchases.  Here’s what they had to say:

“We live! And we are immensely excited to be heading into the studio this May to finally record some new tunes! In the mean time how would you like to get your ears on an unreleased b-side from the Bail City EP? We just updated our online store with all the merch we have left. If you spend $25 or more we will email you the un-released (and most likely never-to-be released) b-side from Bail City (WARNING: don’t let the kiddies listen). The more money we make the more studio time we can get to make this next release the best it can be!”

The band plans to head into the studio May 8th to record the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2013 debut EP “Bail City” which came out through our very own Dying Scene Records.  You can/should stream it here.

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From First to Last to release “Dead Trees” next month

Posted by ChrisDude on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM (PST)

Recently reunited post-hardcore act From First to Last have announced that they will release their anticipated new album Dead Trees on April 28th, 2015 via Sumerian Records. Pre-orders are available here.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Dead Trees come to light. It will be From First to Last’s first studio album since 2010′s Throne to the Wolves.

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Show Review: Altercation Punk Rock BBQ 2015

Posted by Neeson on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM (PST)

So how do you take a miserable fucking day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

You grab an umbrella, a raincoat, or wrap yourself up in a trash bag and make it over to the 5th annual Altercation Punk Rock BBQ where hundreds of punks show up year after year regardless of the unbelievably shitty weather to hear some great bands and grab some beers and BBQ.

This fifth year of punk rock fun sponsored by Altercation Records was again held at Vortex in Austin Texas and coincided with the SXSW Music conference where thousands of bands and music types from all over the world converge for a week of meet and greet music industry madness, and where anybody who is anybody in punk rock makes their way over to the BBQ that the folks over at Altercation Records throw every year…“What more could you ask for? We have the best fans and the best scene in the world! Look at all these people coming out in the rain to see these bands…and zero assholes, it’s great, just great!” exclaimed Altercation Records co-owner and party host JT Habersaat.

Despite the downpour hundreds of punks descended on the Vortex to check out this years show. Upon arrival there were over 80 people lined up waiting to get in, and even with the rain they just kept coming. This years line up consisted of 12 bands although a few had cancelled due to family emergency, illness, or the rain. But being that it was the Altercation Punk Rock BBQ and there is always a flood of bands who come down to Austin every year eager to play SXSW, those slots were quickly filled and the show went off without a hitch.

With high energy performances by The Sharp Lads who donned dresses and Halloween masks. Alt country by The Grizzly Band, Killer street punk sets by Sniper 66, Riverside Riot, and Three’s Away, along with some old school hardcore punk by fan favorites Two Fisted Law, and a truly stellar set by the American roots band Blackeyed Vermillion the Altercation Punk Rock BBQ once again turned out to be a well balanced meal of punk rock fun with a little something for everyone. This was my favorite event of SX and personally look forward to making it back next year, hopefully under dryer and less muddy conditions.

Below are a few photos of this years event taken by Dave TV, to show you what you missed or remind you of what you experienced.

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Teenage Bottlerocket stream entire new album “Tales From Wyoming”

Posted by Johnny X on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM (PST)

Teenage Bottlerocket‘s eagerly-awaited new album Tales from Wyoming doesn’t come out until next week but you don’t have to wait until then to hear it.  Give the entire album a listen below!

Tales From Wyoming will drop on March 31 through Rise Records.

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Yorkshire Rats cover “All His Suits are Torn” by NOFX

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM (PST)

Yorkshire Rats frontman Don Mercy recorded a great cover of “All His Suits are Torn,” which appears on the 1997 NOFX album So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes.  You can check it out below.

Yorkshire Rats released the album Sea of Souls earlier this month on Indelirium Records.

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