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DS Exclusive: Rob Taxpayer (The Taxpayers) premieres new video and talks Song of the Week Club anniversary!

Rob Taxpayer is an artist’s artist. This is a man who continuously creates. Whether it be the many exciting, volatile, and ambitious records he’s made with The Taxpayers, or the accompanying novel to God Forgive These Bastards: Songs From the Forgotten Life of Henry Turner, Rob Taxpayer is constantly busy making something. He’s punk in the most classical sense—an individual with a developed perspective and DIY to the bone—following his muse in and out of the strict boundaries punk sets for itself, and redrawing the borders as he sees fit.

Rob’s latest project is the Song of the Week Club, in which he releases a new song every week. August 20th, today, is the anniversary of this insane, impressive project. To commemorate this event, we’re premiering the video for “Gary, Indiana”—a song about Janus, the Roman God of Change “taking Gary, Indiana into her car and carrying the city towards whatever new birth is coming for the post-industrial midwestern city.” 

As an added bonus, Rob sat down with us to talk about the Song of the Week Club, songwriting, his new video, and everything else he’s doing. Check below to see the video and read what Rob has to say about all the cool stuff he’s working on these days.



New Music: Mercy Union (feat. members of The Scandals, Gaslight Anthem and more) – “Chips and Vics”

Here’s another one that means a lot to us, gang. It’s the debut single from Mercy Union, a band who should look familiar even if you’ve probably not seen them yet. The band consists of (L-R above, photo by Greg Pallante) Rocky Catanese (Let Me Run), Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem, Bottomfeeder, Wax Bottles), Jared Hart (The Scandals) and Nick Jorgensen (Hollow-Eyed), and came together as Hart was woodshedding music for a second solo album. Instead, it turned into something new and different and awesome. Check out the band’s first single, “Chips and Vics,” right here.

“Chips and Vics” appears on Mercy Union’s forthcoming debut album, The Quarry, due out October 19th on Mt. Crushmore Records. Pre-order bundle options are available here. And stay tuned…we’ll have more on Mercy Union in the near future.



New Music: Viva Death (Face To Face’s Scott Shiflett) debuts “Ready To Go” from upcoming album, “Illuminate”

We’ve been waiting on this one for a looooong time, and all of a sudden, it’s here!

But first, a history lesson. Viva Death started as a baritone-guitar driven project spearheaded by Face To Face’s Scott Shiflett and Trever Keith. The lineup on the band’s first few albums (2002’s Viva Death and 2006’s One Percent Panic) was filled out by Shiflett’s younger brother, Chris, the omnipresent Josh Freese on drums and producer extraordinaire Chad Blinman (Face To Face, Saves The Day, The Get Up Kids and more). 2010 brought the project’s third release, Curse The Darkness, but also had turned into a labor-of-love project between Blinman and the elder Shiflett, who played virtually all of the instruments on that go-’round.

In the years since Curse The Darkness, Face To Face has obviously become much busier again and Shiflett and Blinman live on opposite coasts, so Viva Death took a back seat. They came together a while back to record a brand new album, and the fruits of their labor are finally upon us. The new album is called Illuminate, and it is due for release on October 26th. Pre-orders are available at all the normal outlets here, and you can check out the album opener “Ready To Go” below!



Get Married (Indie Punk, CA) Stream Album “Songs for the Sleepless”

California’s Get Married are allowing fans to stream their entire latest album, Songs for the Sleepless. The record features 12 tracks of what the band refer to themselves as “slacker pop.” Its release is being handled by Wire Tap Records and Asian Man Records.

You can listen to all of Songs for the Sleepless below. It’s the first music from Get Married since earlier this summer when the band released a single titled Living Room.



Uglybones (Punk, IL) Stream Latest Album “Sunshine”

The Chicago-based punk rockers of Uglybones have been decent enough to let you stream their entire latest album for free. The effort is titled Sunshine and features nine tracks of raging noise from the four-piece. You can listen to it below.

The previous release from Uglybones was the 2016 full-length Growing Concerns.



Heart A Tact (Melodic, Germany) Stream Two Tracks From Forthcoming Album “Connect the Disconnected”

German melodic punk band Heart A Tact are allowing fans to stream two tunes from their recently announced album Connect the Disconnected. Along with the group posting teaser tracks “Pressure” and “Break Me, Try It”, Heart A Tact also announced that pre-orders of the album are now available from Melodic Punk Style. The record itself will be released on September 14, 2018.

You can listen to “Pressure” and “Break Me, Try It” below and pre-order Connect the Disconnected here.



Jacob Horn Trio (Ska, IL) Stream Latest Album “Why Though?”

Illinois-based ska(ish) band Jacob Horn Trio has just released their latest full-length album. The effort is titled Why Though? and features 12 tracks of what the band themselves describe as “Chicago horn rock for fans of music.” You can listen to the full album below for free. That said, if you like it, you should definitely buy it!

The previous release from Jacob Horn Trio was their two track EP Because.



Bet Your Life (Melodic, Canada) Stream Single “Getting Out of the Pigeon Game”

Bet Your Life has just released a new single. The track from the Canadian melodic three-piece is titled “Getting Out of the Pigeon Game.” It’s the first new music from the group since they released their 2017 single “Rural Juror.”

You can listen to “Getting Out of the Pigeon Game” below.



Copout (Punk, Israel) Stream New EP “Nothing’s Gonna Change”

Israeli three-piece punk rock outfit Copout are allowing fans to stream their entire new EP. The effort is entitled Nothing’s Gonna Change and features four tracks from the band. The previous release from Copout was the 2015 EP Spray Paint.

You can check out Nothing’s Gonna Change in full below.



Thrice release lyric video for new track “Only Us”

Thrice are to release “Palms”, the follow up to the 2016 LP “To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere”, on September 14th via Epitaph Records. Ahead of the album, the band have released a lyric video for the synth based single “Only Us”. You can have a watch below.

Various pre-order packages for the album are up now.



I Against I release video for new track “Hey” ahead of album

 

Long-time Dutch punks I Against I have released a video “Hey”, the first track from their upcoming White Russian Records album “Small Waves”. The album is out on October 5th and is their first full-length in thirteen years.

Pre-orders are up now. You can have a watch of the video below.



Bayside announce “Acoustic Volume 2” album

Bayside have announced that they will be releasing “Acoustic Volume 2″, a follow up to 2006’s “Acoustic”. The album will be out on September 28th via Hopeless Records.

The record features one brand new track, “It Don’t Exist,” in addition to ten re-imagined versions of songs from across the band’s discography. The band have released a video for “It Don’t Exist”, which you can watch below. Pre-orders are up now.



New Found Glory release video for “Barbed Wire”

New Found Glory have released a video for “Barbed Wire”. The track is from the deluxe edition of their album “Makes Me Sick” (“Makes Me Sick Again”). The band have released a limited version of the album that you can order now on red splatter vinyl. 

You can have a watch of the video below.



Anti-Flag release video for acoustic version of “American Attraction”

Pennsylvania political punks Anti-Flag are to release acoustic album “American Reckoning”on September 28 via Spinefarm Records. Ahead of the album, the band have released a video for “American Attraction”, which you can have a watch of below.

The song originally featured on last year’s “American Fall” record. 



Sick Of It All to release new album “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!”

NYHC legends Sick Of It All have announced that their 12th studio album, “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!”, is to be released on November 2nd. The band have previewed the album artwork, which you can see below. No advance tracks have surfaced yet, but as soon as they do, you’ll be the first to know…

This will be the band’s first new release since 2016’s EP “When The Smoke Clears”.