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Melodic punks Bash Brothers stream “You Are Fading Away” from upcoming full length album

Hailing from Eksjö Sweden, Bash Brothers are now streaming yet another track off of their upcoming full length, Life Lessons.

“You Are Fading Away” is the eighth track of the ten track album which is set for release on June 1, via Thousand Island Records. 

Stream the track below, and pre-order a copy of the album here.



88 Fingers Louie perform “Smart Enough to Run” on Live From The Rock Room

Chicago punk legends 88 Fingers Louie recently performed “Smart Enough to Run” on Live From The Rock Room.

You can check out that video below.

88 Fingers Louie is getting set to release their new album Thank You for Being a Friend on June 30th through Bird Attack Records.



Fableway release new video for “Left Right and Crazy” off the album “Medical Tourism”

Canadian melodic punks Fableway have released a new video for their song “Left Right and Crazy” off their most recent album “Medical Tourism”.

You can check out the awesome new video and their latest album below.



Album Review: Gnarwolves – “Outsiders”

Gnarwolves was always a band on the periphery of my vision. They were a band that came swinging hard with EP after EP (helpfully gathered in Chronicles of Gnarnia); they played skate punk with a bit more hardcore in the mix than usual, with breakdowns and melodies galore. Every Gnarwolves song had that youthful energy where you could imagine them all in a room, riffing hard, trying to make each other smile with what they could pull off. “Melody Has Big Plans,” for me, is the culmination of all their best elements– it is bleak and loud, catchy and aggressive, with earnest twenty-something yearning. Then they released a pretty great full-length that had me nodding along, but also wondering if the best days were already over.

Now, with Outsiders, I wasn’t really expecting anything. As a punk fan, I’ve learned to turn off the part of my brain that expects things. Bands change their sound, topics evolve, all that jazz. When we collectively look back on the mess that was Against Me!’s entire career and subsequent fan response and cringe, we will be thankful level heads prevail in the future. Outsiders is another step in Gnarwolves development as a band, and as a sophomore album it represents a departure from their last album, and an even larger departure from their EPs. In fact, I won’t even bury the lead: Outsiders doesn’t hit for me. It’s competent, for sure, and sometimes it does shine, but the overall takeaway for me was a lot of shrugging.

We have moved into Flatliners territory, we are hanging with the Menzingers. The latter of which I love more than most, but it takes chops to pull off what they do. Slice of life storytelling put to melody– wistful and romantic as it is, can turn to something saccharine or worse, insubstantial, in less deft hands. And that is where part of my apathy to Outsiders originates. Gnarwolves have shifted gears into something different, and that is dandy, but they are not pulling it off. There are moments where it all comes together, for sure, but for the large part, Outsiders passes by without a single moment of recognition, no connection or feeling communicated. The album leaves you struggling to remember a single song. Gnarwolves skate punk anthems have been rounded down into a grey area between the melodic punk they’re taking influence from and the aggression-forward sound that is still their basis. It results in a weird, not very satisfying twilight where the drums are fast and the guitars are trebly, rolled back on both distortion and attitude. If it were dynamic, it would work. Their first album did this, with open note stuff that chimes then explodes into ripping chordage. Here, it is all melded together into something flat and uninspired.

Which is a shame, because Outsiders doesn’t ever really fail. It’s hard to review a band when they do everything right in the execution phase. They play well, the album sounds good, it’s just what they’re choosing to do isn’t particularly interesting. For the most part, the songwriting loses its punch with the instrumentation, but there are songs that do push through and do become memorable on repeat listens. Album opener “Straightjacket” is one of them, and it succeeds through its pop punk veracity, while not necessarily saying anything too interesting. “Argument” is probably the best song on the album, and that’s because of the easy resonation of the pre-chorus refrain of “resist, resist, resist!”

I have absolutely fallen into the punk rock trap of turning on a band that didn’t deliver what I expected. And that’s why this is a hard review to write. I know that for some people, this album will work, but for me, I can’t escape just how middling it is in comparison of the energy and enthusiasm of early Gnarwolves. Their perspective used to be fresh and exciting, and on Outsiders we see it giving way to age and new ideas, but not all of them good. There are ways to age gracefully, but Outsiders makes me wonder if Gnarwolves were a band never destined to grow old.

2.5/5



X-State Ride announce breakup & final shows

Italian skate punks X-State Ride have sadly announced they will be calling it quits after 15 years.

The band posted a statement on their Facebook: “Hello dudes and dudettes, after more than 15 years of touring, making music, making awesome friends across Europe and beyond, we decided to put the word end to X-state ride. Things and priorities always change in everyone’s life so to preserve the spirit that we had when we started the band in the first place we are going to stop for good. We just wanted to say thank you to the people that always believed in us and constantly supported the riders through the years. We got 5 more last shows which are listed below so make sure to hit one to party on with us once again!

More information on their final shows can be found below.



88 Fingers Louie announce new album “Thank You for Being a Friend”, stream single

After many years of anticipation, 88 Fingers Louie have announced a follow-up to their 1998 LP Back on the Streets. The Chicago punk legends will release their new album Thank You for Being a Friend on June 30th through Bird Attack Records.

You can give the album’s first single “Advice Column” a listen below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Thank You for Being a Friend are revealed. Pre-orders will be available soon on Bird Attack’s bandcamp page.



Surface Report (skate punk, California) stream debut track, “Things We Tell Ourselves”

Southern California skate punk newcomers, Surface Report, are streaming their debut track “Things We Tell Ourselves”. The band feature former members of Castoff, and if this early taste is anything to go by, are ones to watch for any fans of rapid fast melodic punk rock.

You can check out the track and see the band’s up coming shows below.



Bates Motel (Spanish Skate Punk) release music video for “For A Trick”

Spanish skate punks Bates Motel have premiered a new video for their song “For A Trick.”

You can check it out below.

“For A Trick” comes from the bands’ upcoming album High Expectations Higher Deceptions, which is set to be released on June 1st.  It will be the band’s first full-length, following their 2015 debut EP Surrender Is Not An Option.



Bash Brothers (Swedish punk) announce new album “Life Lessons”

Swedish punk band Bash Brothers have announced the release of their debut LP “Life Lessons.” The album will be released on Thousand Islands Records and Less Talk, More Records on June 1st, and it will be available on CD and as a digital download.

“Life Lessons” will be the follow-up to their debut self-titled EP. You can listen to it here.



DS Exclusive: Still Insane (Punk) Premieres New EP “Friends & Family”

Tomorrow Québec’s five piece skate-punk outfit Still Insane released their brand new EP “Friend & Family” via Thousand Islands Records. If you at all consider yourself a fan of the”Epifat” sound of the mid 90’s then you’re going to want to give it a listen and that’s exactly what you can do below.
If you dig what you hear snag yourself a download here.
“Friends & Family”is Still Insane’s first release since their 2012 debut album “Never An Off.” Catch them live at their release show May 5th with Our Darkest Days and Dutch Nuggets.


Bates Motel stream new song “Built to Last” (ft. Chris McGrath of Much The Same)

Spanish skate punks Bates Motel have premiered a new single from their upcoming album High Expectations Higher Deceptions. The track’s called “Built to last” and it features guest vocals by Chris McGrath of Much The Same.

Give “Built to Last” a listen below, and head over here to pre-order the album.

High Expectations Higher Deceptions is set to release on June 1st. It will be the band’s first full-length, following their 2015 debut EP Surrender Is Not An Option.



Fastloud (skate-punk) release music video for “Where Am I?”

Barcelona based skate punks Fastloud have released a video for their new track “Where Am I” of their upcoming EP “Walkman Returns”. Check it out below.

“Walkman Returns” is out on April 20th.



Setbacks (ft. Aaron Goulding of Pridebowl) stream new album “Oceans Apart”

International skate-punk band Setbacks (ft. Pridebowl singer Aaron Goulding) just released their new album Oceans Apart. You can give the full 14-song record a listen below.

Oceans Apart came out today, April 7th through Morning Wood Records. It’s the band’s first full-length, and the follow-up to their 2015 EP The New Frontier. Head over here to buy the CD.



Loser Points stream upcoming EP, “Ones and Zeros”

Canadian skate punks Loser Points are streaming their newest EP, “Ones and Zeros” and you can check it out below.

The EP will be the first release from the band since the 2016 LP Does Loser Points Come Here Often? Hailing from Alberta, Canada, members of Chimp Change and Booze Cruise make up the core to Loser Points.

If you like what you hear, you can download it for free on bandcamp!



Video: Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) joins NOFX for performances of “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope” and “Linoleum” in Japan and California

Roger Lima, bass player for Florida based ska-punk band Less Than Jake, recently joined NOFX on stage for separate performances of old classics, “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope”, and “Lineolum.” You can see Lima take Eric Melvin’s place at Musink (California) for “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, and “Six Years on Dope”, as well as at Punkspring 2017 (Japan) for “Linoleum.”

You can check out all of the clips, uploaded directly to Lima’s YouTube channel, below.

NOFX released their 13th full-length album First Ditch Effort in October through Fat Wreck Chords. It was their first LP in four years, following 2012’s Self Entitled. Less Than Jake’s recent EP, Sound the Alarm, was released on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records.