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The Mad Splatter stream new LP

Philly Pop Punkers The Mad Splatter are streaming their new LP “The Rows” via Moms Basement Records.

This is the first release on Moms Basement Records since August of this year.

You can stream the LP here.



The Snarks stream new EP “Dickin’ Around with The Snarks”

Indiana Garage Punk act The Snarks are streaming their new EP on Bandcamp now.

This is the first release from The Snarks in over a year, with their last release “It’s Like Carpe YOLO, Man” which came out in February of 2016.

You can stream the EP here.



Anti-Flag post vegan Thanksgiving guide via PETA

Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag have teamed up with PETA to film a video about organising the perfect vegan Thanksgiving. Justin Sane and Chris No. 2 from the band worked with chef Roberto Martin to cook a proper, all-vegan holiday spread.

You can watch the video and read about why they did it on PETA’s site now.



DS Show Review: FEST 16 Gainesville Day One

The night before the Fest, my wife and I sat out on the patio at the Wyndham Gainesville and enjoyed the delicious brews we grabbed at HourGlass Brewing on our way up. We sipped wistfully and gazed into the trees. I broke the silence, “Honey, tomorrow there are going to be people swinging in those trees, and running naked in the courtyard.” Obviously I had a slightly exaggerated sense of the debauchery that was to ensue, but only slightly.

I think we rolled out of bed on Friday morning around 10. We grabbed some coffee and got ourselves moving. Other than the bands that we wanted to see, we really didn’t have much of a plan or any idea what to expect. The first crisis of the day arose as I was getting dressed. I had decided to wear my The Spits shirt because I thought it was appropriately obscure and it’s yellow which would help keep the sun off of me on what was supposed to be a warm day. As I went through my luggage, I couldn’t find the shirt! I didn’t pack it!! Now what? Noise by numbers? Might give me some Chicago cred but too obscure. Desaparecidos? Naw. The Appleseed Cast. A band I like and have seen? Check. Obscure? I guess. Old shirt? Check. So I went with it.

After slamming a pineapple drink by the pool to the not-so-smooth sounds of Jason Guy Smiley, we decided to head over to the Holiday Inn and get our wristbands. The combination of people, confined space, and flea market atmosphere overwhelmed my senses and although I wanted to shop around, my agoraphobic side told me to get back out in the open air. We managed to fight though the cars and people. Made it to a parking structure and dumped the car. We lucked out with the parking situation. Not too expensive and close enough to the action to drop off any shirts, records, etc. that we accumulated.

The absolute best thing about the fest is the proximity of the different venues. You are never more than a five minute walk from any show. After grabbing a bite, we decided to check out A Wilhelm Scream. We beat the rush. Got our first of about 40 wrist bands, and looked to grab a beer. Eventually I would succumb to the masses and drink the more reasonably-priced PBR, but I started with the Swamphead IPA, which was actually pretty good. Caught a little A Wilhelm Scream and then cut for one of the first Mystery Shows of the weekend. Teenage Bottlerocket at High Dive doing Total in its entirety.

I’ll spare you the suspense. TB crushed it. High Dive is a great venue and I would recommend to future FESTers to see as many shows there as you can. If the choice is between High Dive and 8 Seconds, definitely take the Dive! After catching all 3 TB sets at FEST, I have to say I love these guys. Total was amazing!! They dropped “Skate or Die” and a few others to close out the set. Oddly enough, this was our second set of the fest and it stole the show. We wouldn’t know that until 40 bands later.

I wrote a piece about how to do the FEST, which was odd, because I’d never done it before. Still I had a philosophy in place, and that was to see as many bands as possible. We often had to make tough decisions and cut out early on some good sets, but I wanted to be on the move. So that explains how we hit The Flatliners, caught a bit of DAGS! (bought their record), saw some of Ratboys (not enough), and then hightailed it over to The Wooly to catch Tartar Control. These guys are awesome, the act is hilarious, and they just bring it 100%.

Next we hit Durty Nelly’s to catch The Bigger Empty. This is Mike Felumlee’s (Smoking Popes) other band, where he gets to come out from behind the kit and show off his boyish good looks. Great set from these guys. We moved on to catch Ghouls at Rockey’s where we hung on to catch the beginning of Sinai Vessel. My wife is a bad person and she really wanted to see The Lillingtons at 8 Seconds. We were worried that at one point people would just pick a spot and we wouldn’t be able to get into certain venues. So we cruised out of Sinai Vessel (very sad about that) and went to Pegboy at 8 Seconds.

Certainly Pegboy can turn your mood right around. They sounded great and hearing the songs off of “Strong Reaction” really brought back some mems. But 8 Seconds wasn’t full, and our fears of being shut out were unfounded, so we cruised back to Rockeys to catch Typesetter. Great set by them and afterward I got to catch up with Caleb Cordes of Sinai Vessel. I should mention that I had yet to get a shout out on my shirt and was questioning my choice to wear it. Then I met Caleb and he said “nice shirt.” I told him that SV reminded me of Appleseed Cast. He told me that he worked with Chris from AC on Brokenlegged. That totally blew my mind. The shirt was vindicated!!

FEST has a magic quality, maybe it’s the music, or something in the PBR that acts as the fountain of youth. At this point in the evening, we needed all the energy we could get. We were determined to catch The Lillingtons, so we went back to 8 Seconds and grabbed a couple of PBRs to pep us up. We arrived to the sounds of 88 Fingers Louie. I heard mixed reviews on their sound, but they definitely overcame the limitations of 8 Seconds better than most. I thought they sounded great. I could listen to Mr. Precision play all day. After we drained our PBRs, The Lillingtons came on. We hung on as long as we could, but had to cut out early. I don’t think they played our fave tune “All I hear is Static” so at least we didn’t miss that. We got some much-needed sustenance at the local Taco Bell, and then retired to our room for the evening, pretty amped to crash out so we could get up and do it all over again.



Behind The Album: “The Gipsy Hill” ep & “Look What You’ve Done…” (2002)

Words by Big D And The Kids Table front man David McWane

Good Luck had been officially released through Asianman records by Mike Park. Mike offered us the first and only generous act for Big D. He fronted us plane tickets to go on our first U.K./Europe Tour, booked by Ian at Hidden Talent Booking. Big D started writing music on tour and you can hear raw recordings of us doing just that on the Gipsy Hill EP. Gipsy Hill is in South London and it is where we stayed on the floor with our TM / Driver / Life Teacher Ben Corrigan. On these tours we made friends with people who we are still friends with today: Lightyear, P.O. Box, Sonic Boom Six, The Foamers, Mad Skat, 5 Knuckle, Random Hand (Marcia from The Skints), Hard Skin and more. We toured hard during these days – about 250 shows a year.

When we returned to the States we decided to record somewhere new, so we saved up all our touring profits (which wasn’t very much) and headed to The Outpost with Jim Siegel. Jim had recorded most of all the classic Boston hardcore bands and The Dropkick Murphy’s. This was the big time for Big D. We had written way too many new songs after Good Luck, so we decided to record an EP in order to free up ideas as well as capture sonically the special time in our lives in the U.K./Europe. STOMP records in Canada agreed to put out the Gipsy Hill EP and even helped us film with Rej our first music video for The Difference. We had a blast with Matt, Mike and all of the STOMP records family and of course with Rej from 123-Punk. These shows in Canada were explosive. We were at our wildest.

Along with the Gipsy Hill EP we recorded three different tracks for a split release with the U.K. band 5 Knuckle called Look What You’ve Done.… This split has the original recording of L.A.X, which wasn’t physically available to the States until our next full length release.

When I think about these times I feel that Good Luck represented touring the United States and the farmlets across it, while the Gipsy Hill EP / Look What You’ve Done represent, Canada, England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and more. It represents cold squats, cigarette butt floors for sleeping, new friends, tasty big beers, yummy food, heartbreakingly beautiful hospitality, fist fights for being an American, a sprinter for a home, the birth of poetry for me and beautiful friendship.

The question I was often asked on these excursions of self discovery was – ‘American’s need more culture, why don’t more Americans come here?’ My answer then is what I still say today – ‘American’s can’t afford it, they’d loose their jobs and health care; Only fortunate Americans can afford culture’.

So I will leave you with this…

…if you are young or if you are old, own very little and go see Your World.

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Tune in next week for another Big D “Behind The Album” piece. They’ll continue weekly until all 34+ Big D albums have been covered!



Live Video: G.A.S Drummers – “Yours To Discover”

Spanish punk rock band G.A.S Drummers were recently in the studio with School House Live where they recorded and filmed a live version of their track, “Yours To Discover.” The video was recorded and shot in one day on the heels of the band’s Canadian tour, where they did shows with Propagandhi and Iron Chic.

You can watch the video below.

G.A.S Drummers last release includes their 2013 full-length, We Got The Light. 



Stinky (Hardcore, FR) release video for “Storm Surge”

French hardcore punk band Stinky have debuted a new video on YouTube channel Blank TV. The video is for “Storm Surge”, the second track from their new album “From Dead-End Street“, which came out last month. 

You can watch the video below.



Story Of The Year stream new track “Miracle”

Story Of The Year are streaming “Miracle”, a track from their upcoming album “Wolves”, out on December 8th. The album is being released as a result of the band’s PledgeMusic campaign, which is still active.

You can have a listen to the track below.



The Fly Downs release debut EP “Pockets Out”

Ottawa, ON pop punks The Fly Downs have released their debut EP, “Pockets Out”. The self-released, six song affair is up for download for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp now.

You can have a listen to the EP below.



The TiPS announce new EP “Come Closer”

German reggae/punk trio THE TiPS have announced that they are to release a new EP, on Long Beach Records. “Come Closer” will be released February 2nd next year, on CD and digitally. 

You can watch the EP teaser below – and check out upcoming dates.



Jaya The Cat release new album “A Good Day For The Damned”

Amsterdam, NL (via Boston)’s ska/reggae exports Jaya The Cat released their new album “A Good Day For The Damned” last Friday (November 17th), through Bomber Music, The release is back by extensive touring throughout Europe and the UK over the coming months. Full details are up now.

You can have a listen to the album below. Various vinyl pressings are up for order now from the band’s Bandcamp.



Gogol Bordello release live video for “Did It All”

Gogol Bordello have released a live video for “Did It All”, the album opener from their recent “Seekers and Finders” LP. The live performance has been released to mark the band’s December UK headline tour.

You can watch the footage, filmed at the Capitol Theatre in NY back in August, below.



New Heart stream new song “One Less Chain”

Indianapolis hardcore band New Heart are streaming a new song titled “One Less Chain”. It’s the band’s first track featuring their new singer Hayden French. Check it out below.

New Heart will be releasing a new album in 2018 through Blood & Ink Records.



Thanx 4 All The Shoes stream new song “One Pen, One Book”

Italian melodic punks Thanx 4 All The Shoes have premiered a new song off their upcoming album Another Ride. You can give “One Pen, One Book” a listen below.

Another Ride is due out on November 25th through Disconnect Disconnect Records.



HiGH stream new album “Evil Gene”

New Orleans punks HiGH just released their new album Evil Gene through Wiretap Records. You can give the record a listen below, and grab the limited edition LP here.

The band will be playing some shows in support of the release soon; dates are below.