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Moonraker announce new album “Lanterns,” premiere music video.

Southern California’s Moonraker have announced their sophomore record Lanterns which will be released September 14 via Tiny Dragon Music. Digital and vinyl pre-orders are available here.

To coincide with this announcement they have released the video for the first single “To the Gills”.

Check out the video below.



Album Review: Former Member – “Old Youth”

There was a time where I would reject everything that I considered a side project. In my young, dumb, and narrow mind, there could only be one true outlet for an artist’s work, and whatever got passed around to the other projects were leftovers. None More Black, ironically was one of my favorite bands, and as strict minds do, I ignored my own hypocrisy by never getting into Kid Dynamite. I know longer hold those weird standards with music, thankfully—I know people can grow and change and what they want when they’re twenty isn’t going to be what they want when they’re thirty and so on and so forth. So, when I heard None More Black singer Jason Shevchuk had a new band and a new album, I didn’t balk—I just thought to myself: I wonder where Jason’s at these days.

Former Member has that same distinctive sense of melody, those same gravel-coated vocal cords. It’s stripped down and methodical; a melodic punk two-piece. Shevchuk handles guitar and vocals while producer-extraordinaire Will Yip plays drums. This is a true supergroup of punk rock talents, an intimate marriage of two people who love making music. But funny enough, the fact that this is a closed circle, with only two members, makes the band all the more respectable. This doesn’t sound like two scene vets cashing in on their respective credibility. Old Youth has enough great songs and personality to earn its renown on its own.

“Cold Open” has one of the best melodies I’ve heard in a long time, enough that it’s almost always bouncing off the insides of my skull. It’s mid-tempo, gruff, and beautiful; the sounds of punks growing up and growing into what they’ve learned along the way. In this case—songwriting. Shevchuk shows us he’s still got it, and he may not have even reached his peak yet. And there’s not just strong melodies, but there’s a lot of them. The song pushes into new territory effortlessly, with melody building on top of melody, with support and counterpoint from Shevchuk’s own guitar.

Old Youth actually has a diversity of sounds on it. “Double Scoop of Trouble (Looking for a Cone)” is a sort of bluesy hard rock song that reminds me of something straight out of the ZZ Top catalog. As the song progresses though, it takes on a more punk identity, especially with its chorus. “Root Notes” is another highlight, instantly arresting with its big catchy hook—bridging the gap between gospel and melodic punk. “What fools we are, doesn’t matter how cool we are,” is sure to be one of the most singable lines of the year.

“Goat of Dover” ends the album, at times both bouncy and melancholy. It’s a great way to sum up what we’ve seen in the past from None More Black, Kid Dynamite, and LaGrecia and now with Former Member, we see the sensibility carried into the present and hopefully the future. Old Youth is a collection of songs that prove that punk doesn’t have to burn out or fade away.

4/5



Demolition Derby Compilation streaming four new songs including new track from Scumbag Millionaire

Italian based Retro Vox Records is streaming four new songs off of their upcoming compilation album Demolition Derby. Featuring two songs each from Scumbag Millionaire, Black Gremlin and King Mastino. The compilation will be released September 20th, and can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp.

Check out the new songs below.

This album features some of the best international punk acts not in North America so do yourself a favor and give it a listen.



The Fallout (punk) streaming new EP “Raise Your Flag and Other Anthems”

Hamilton based punks The Fallout are streaming their new album Raise Your Flag and Other Anthems. The four song EP aptly named Raise Your Flag and Other Anthems is chalk full of singalongs and anthemic music that will have you chugging the maple syrup before you realize it’s 9 AM and it’s probably not wise to chug maple syrup. This beauty is to be released through Rebel Time Records.

Cap the syrup and check out the new EP below.

This is the first new music from The Fallout since 2007’s Dismantlement. If you’re a fan of Anti-Flag or The Bouncing Souls these guys combine the angst of Anti-Flag with the anthemic genius that is The Bouncing Souls, so do yourself a favor and check these guys out.



La Dispute announce tenth anniversary edition of their debut, fall tour dates

La Dispute are releasing a 10th anniversary edition of their debut Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. Coming out on their original label, No Sleep Records, it features re-amped guitars from the original recordings, a new mix, and re-imagined artwork. Pre-orders are available here and the album will be available November 9.

They have also announced a fall tour of the US with Circa Survive that is booked to kick off in October.

Check out a video for the new version of “Castle Builders” and all their tour dates below.



Swingin’ Utters stream “Undertaker, Undertake”

West coast punk stalwarts Swingin’ Utters are to release new album, “Peace and Love“, on August 31 via long time home Fat Wreck Chords.Following first advance track “Human Potential“, the band are streaming “Undertaker, Undertake”.

You can have a listen to below – and pre-order the album from the label.



The Adolescents are streaming unreleased track “Mama Madonna & Me”

Tony from The Adolescents

The Adolescents, who released their new album, “Cropduster”, last month via Concrete Jungle Records, have teamed up with New Noise Magazine to offer unreleased album sessions recording “Mamma Madonna & Me” via flexidisc with this month’s issue.

You can have a listen to the track right here.



Suicidal Tendencies steam new track “F.U.B.A.R”

California thrash/hardcore punk legends Suicidal Tendencies will release their new album “Still Cyco Punk After All These Years” on September 7th.

The album is a re-recording of frontman Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir’s 1996 solo debut album “Lost My Brain! (Once Again)” in its entirety. “F.U.B.A.R” is track two from the album and you can have a listen to it below.



Album Review: Street Dogs “Stand for Something or Die for Nothing”

Street Dogs are back with their sixth studio album, which is also their first album in eight years, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing. For the uninitiated, Street Dogs have a working class street punk and roll sound that has never been tighter than what is on display on this album.

The title track “Stand for Something or Die for Nothing” opens up this album. A classic reminder of everything Street Dogs bring to the table, catchy super tight guitars, socio-political lyrical warnings, and gang-vocals that suck the listener right into the narrative. The topics covered are all in the same vein, generated largely by anger with the current political environment. There’s the blue collar “Working Class Heroes”, the immigration story of “The Round Up”, the warning to future generations in “Other Ones”, and the redemption of “The Comeback Zone”. With one highlight being “Angels Calling” featuring Boston rapper Slaine, who’s appearance gives this rowdy song a boost of energy and a sense of urgency. It’s a perfect way to blend genres in a way that will have you hitting repeat.

This album really shines with a couple of emotional tracks, the first being “These Ain’t the Old Days”. An ode to friends who were unable to overcome their struggles. The emotion put forth by Lenny Lashley on this track is extremely touching. The other song is “Lest We Forget”, the story of a Boston kid who moved to New York to be a firefighter and met a tragic end on September 11, 2001. This song has an energy that betrays its melancholic nature. On a first listen it’s a punk rock banger where it is easy to imagine the crowd singing along to every word. However the more you pay attention the more you will realize that this is a heart-breaker, a super catchy sing-along heart-breaker.

Most of Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is blazing punk rock and roll, however Street Dogs show off their chops on a couple of outliers. “Mary on Believer Street” sounds like a 70’s rock song complete with the high register vocals, and guitar work that sounds lifted from Keith Richards. Ironically enough, this album ends with a cover of “Torn and Frayed” off The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. It’s a faithful cover with Street Dogs soul.

“The dumbing down of America is a reason to write songs in 2018” says lead singer Mike McColgan when discussing this album, “The theme is wake the fuck up and the working class needs to unite across all colors, creeds, nationalities, genders and realize that we are being pitted against each other by snake oil salesmen and autocrats”. Perfectly described and delivered as promised.

4/5 Stars



Personality Cult’s (ffo: The Damned, Buzzcocks) S/T debut LP out on Drunken Sailor Records

UK-based label, Drunken Sailor Records just released the debut LP for power-pop/punk band Personality Cult out of NC. Give it a listen below.



Shrug Dealer (NY Skate Punk) Release New EP for Name-Your-Price

NY Punks Shrug Dealer just released their debut EP for name-your-price on bandcamp. It’s around 12 minutes long, and has been likened to Lagwagon, Satanic Surfers, and Propagandhi.

If you’re looking for a new high-energy punk band, you can listen to their self-titled debut below.



The Blankz stream new track “(I Just Want To) Slam”

The Blankz are now streaming their brand spankin’ new track “(I Just Want To) Slam” off of Slope Records. The track hit the streets today so make sure to give it a listen below!

These guys have previously released their debut 7″ “White Baby” earlier this summer.

Check it out below!



Show Review: Remember the PiÑata Protest (with The Lash Outs, How’s My Driving?, and The Vatican Press)

Photos courtesy of Benjamin Oliver Hicks En La Calle Photographer.

It was Saturday night and I hadn’t made any plans. My wife, Maeghen, was off watching Adam Lazzara swing his microphone and I’d decided to pass, but my mom had already told me she’d watch the baby for a while, and I’d seen that a few of my buds were going to the Piñata Protest event on Facebook. I’d seen Piñata once before with Brujeria and The Casualties, and remembered their set being a lot of fun. They are like the Mexican Flogging Molly, and that night was a blast, so I decided to message my friend Cody and planned to meet up with him and Zooki at Lola’s Trailor Park in Fort Worth for the show. Read that story below.



The Run Up stream new single (music video) “The Upside of Being Down”, announce new LP

Bristol, UK punks The Run Up are now streaming a new track, “The Upside of Being Down” which comes off of their upcoming LP, “Good Friends, Bad Luck.”

“Good Friends, Bad Luck” is expected to hit the streets on September 28th of this year with a special edition vinyl to celebrate the release. The new LP will be released on Real Ghost Records and Uncle M.

Check out the video below!



Molly and the Krells stream new single “Rejected”

Sydney punks and natives Molly and the Krells are now streaming their new single “Rejected.” The single follows up their last release of their debut EP, “Relationshit.”

Check out the new track below!