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Sleep In (NJ pop-punk) streaming new EP “Tension & Release”

Sleep In have made their new EP available to stream a few days ahead of its June 23rd release. You can check it out over at PunkNews.

The EP is the band’s debut release on Black Numbers. They’ll be touring through July with Fossil Youth. You can find the dates below.



DS Exclusive: American Pastime (Pop Punk) Debuts Video For “Sonny Boy” From Upcoming Album

Birmingham, Alabama’s premiere pop punk act, American Pastime has a new album on the horizon and they were generous enough to debut one of the first singles, exclusively here at DS for our loyal readers! True southern gentlemen, those guys! The track (in video form) comes from the upcoming album A Sinking Feeling out on June 30th via Wilhelm Records (you can preorder here). If you’re a Magic City local, head over to the band’s Facebook page for more details on their record release show at the end of the month and then go support your local scene! As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to incessantly stream the single, “Sonny Boy”, below and wait patiently by our mailboxes!



Good Grief announce new EP “HOME”

Pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan Good Grief have announced they will be releasing a new EP titled HOME. You can find the tracklist below.

Home will be Good Grief’s second EP, following their debut EP No Perfect, which was released on December 18, 2016. The 3 track EP is set to drop on August 11, and will feature the track “Pavements” from their 3-way split with KICKASSRAY and See You Smile.



Music Video: A Better Hand (Minnesota Pop-Punk) – “So Long Goodbye”

Minneapolis, MN based pop-punks A Better Hand have premiered a music video for the track “So Long Goodbye.” You can watch it below.

“So Long Goodbye” is taken from the band’s recently released EP The Longest Drive, which was released on March 12. You can find the stream for the EP below the video.



Music Video: Trash Boat – “Tring Quarry”

UK pop-punk act Trash Boat have premiered a music video for their track “Tring Quarry.” You can watch it below.

“Tring Quarry” is taken from their latest album, Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through, which was released on June 17th via Hopeless Records.



DS Exclusive: Oh the Humanity! (pop punk) streams new album, “Tired Ears”

Boston punks Oh The Humanity! are on the verge of releasing a 5-track EP called Tired Ears, and you can stream it in full below.

Tired Ears will be released on June 30th via Ocelot Records.  Oh the Humanity!  will be heading out on tour this fall, including a performance at FEST.  They also have plans to release a split EP with their Ocelot labelmates, The Hideout, so keep an eye out for that this fall.

If you like what you hear, you can pick up Tired Ears as a digital download or as a limited edition 10″ here.

 



Album Review: The Dopamines – ‘Tales of Interest’

Quit your job, shred your bills, and toss out all that Perrier in your fridge. The Dopamines are back with a brand new full length album to remind you that maybe life isn’t all that great but at least alcohol exists. After a five year wait between albums, Tales of Interest carries a lot of weight on its shoulders, but in true Dopamines fashion the band doesn’t really seem to care for the expectations that others have set for them.

Tales of Interest is a darker album. While The Dopamines’ lyrical themes have always struck a chord with the jaded and jobless, the glossy production and brevity of the music added an air of humor to them before. Here, the guitars are heavier than they’ve ever been before, and though it’s not uncommon to hear tones like this coming from a midwestern punk band, it’s new for The Dopamines and it lends a more sinister feeling to lines like “I’ve got so much more drinking to do, mistakes that I’ll consequently blame on you” (“The King of Swilling Powers I, II, III”) and “Sometimes I just want to pull out a gun and shower you all in my brains” (“Business Papers,” a re-recording of the band’s contribution to The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore).

That’s not to say that Tales of Interest is a completely new version of The Dopamines. The album’s second half contains a handful of songs with the classic Dopamines structure (“Pavlovian Fixtures,” “Open Letter,” “Expect the Worst”). They’re just played by a band with more experience and confidence in their abilities, and willing to experiment. “Kalte Ente” is an instrumental tune, “The King of Swilling Powers (Part I, II, III)” is three and a half minutes long, and “083133” contains a harsh breakdown, all things that the Dopamines haven’t done before. The band even recorded the album as a four piece (although they’ve toured and played shows with a second guitarist in the past, they officially added Rad Girlfriend Records founder / Raging Nathans guitarist Josh Goldman to the lineup a few years ago)- another first for the band.

Change isn’t something we might not have wanted from The Dopamines, but it’s certainly something that they needed. Another Expect the Worst or Vices this is not, and Tales of Interest is all the better for it.

4 / 5 stars

RIYL: The Copyrights, Dillinger Four, Rivethead



The Lilllingtons sign to Fat Wreck Chords

Ladies and gentlemen, The Lillingtons, legendary midwest punkers, have signed to Fat Wreck Chords.

The band recently released the Project 313 EP through Red Scare, and will be releasing a new full length trough Fat Wreck later this year. You can catch them (with me) at The Fest in October.

These guys are legendary, and their signing to Fat Wreck is well deserved and very cool news. If you can’t wait for more Lillingtons, check out a stream of the Project 313 EP here.



Members of Yankee Brutal form new band Knocked Down, stream new songs

Chris and Tony of Yankee Brutal have started a new pop/skate punk band Knocked Down.  They recently released a self-titled debut EP, and are streaming some of the songs from that release.

You can listen to “I Want To Believe,” “See You In The Crowd,” and “33” below.



DS Interview – Bad Cop/Bad Cop On “Warriors,” The First Great Punk Album Of Trump’s America

In the wake of the disastrous results of last year’s presidential election in the United States, there were more than a handful of people who took solace in the fact that at least having a sexist, xenophobic, probably racist, certainly narcissistic megalomaniac at the helm of our nation would make for some good, old-fashioned angry protest punk rock. Now that we’re at about six months P.E. (post election), we’re starting to see the musical fruits of that fateful national decision and learning that that solace was not hollow by any stretch of the imagination. With the recent release of the their sophomore album, Warriors, Bad Cop / Bad Cop are among the first out of the gate in the punk rock Trump era and have set the bar incredibly high for those that will follow in their footsteps.

The California-based four-piece all-female “freight train of ‘fuck yeah!’” that is otherwise known as Bad Cop / Bad Cop were on a nationwide tour with The Interrupters in the lead up to, and immediate aftermath from, the aforementioned election. Knowing that they were due to head into the studio immediately upon completion of tour, it became obvious pretty quickly exactly what direction the new album would take. Says Jennie Cotterill, one of the band’s two guitarists/lead vocalists and principal songwriters, We kind of made a conscious decision to make this more meaningful than fun — not that there’s anything wrong with fun — but we wanted to really talk about issues that were important to everybody.”

If the question of what to say was pretty apparent from the beginning, the question of how to say it was a little trickier. While the pull for a punk rock band might be to attack an administration in a relentlessly in-your-face manner, the Bad Cop / Bad Cop crew opted to try to pull people in toward at least having conversations, rather than just pushing them away. Says Cotterill: “the reaction to this extreme situation is extreme. But then, when you go extreme, you lose people in the middle.” While the punk scene was still in its infancy forty years ago when Joey Ramone poked some tongue-in-cheek fun at the certain faction within this little world that seems hell-bent on simply being against everything, though that element still remains. “We talked about…how are we going to do this and what are we going to say, because we don’t want to alienate people,” says Cotterill. “Having productive conversation is more important than just saying “I’m against you!” Once there’s a physical line, that’s where people stop listening, and I really don’t care to do that.”

And let’s face it; we’ve all got friends (or parents, or friends’ parents, or at least that one uncle) whose beliefs remain about as diametrically opposed to our own as possible, in spite of what should be overwhelming commonality.  “(As we were writing) I kept thinking about this one friend that I have that is real right thinking,” explains Cotterill’s co-frontwoman and partner-in-crime, Stacey Dee. “We grew up together, and I won’t give up on this guy because at the end of the day, I know we get along. We’re coming from the same fucking place in life. I know that his search is one of health and positivity and happiness, so at the end of the day, you can’t be fucking hateful when you’re positive and happy.” And while a more in-your-face approach might be appropriate for some — Bad Cop / Bad Cop favorites and co-Warped Tourmates War On Women for example — there’s room at the table for different approaches. Says Cotterill: “War On Women is great if you’re woke, but there’ a lot of people that aren’t woke… I think that our platform is hoping to rope the unsuspecting listener into a conversation.”

With that in mind, the band recruited their frequent producer Davey Warsop (Dave Hause, Foo Fighters), took a little creative input from their label boss, the one-and-only Fat Mike Burkett, and put out the first truly defining album of the Trump presidency. While’s it’s got an obvious progressive bent to it, to call it a political album is a bit of a mistake. “No one political belief will sum up who you are as a human being on this planet,” says Dee. Like her fellow sisters-in-arms, Dee takes seriously her role as a conduit for change and for building bridges. “The truth is, entertainment is going to be the way to reach across the aisle, because people on the other side that are going to be racist or whatever are going to see something in somebody, whether it be an actor or a musician or whatever, and they’re going to say “fuck, I can’t deny that. I like that person.”

Cotterill and Dee alike have seen the tide shift at its most basic level, taking note of positive changes even though they might be slow to come to pass. Cotterill remembers a sense of bewilderment when marriage equality first came on the ballot in California in 2008.  “(At first) I was like ‘of course it’s going to pass because people aren’t that awful.’ And then it didn’t pass and I was crushed. But then Iowa passed it (the following year)…And we think we’re the ones that are so progressive.” By the time the California Supreme Court finally overturned Proposition 8 five years later, the tide had long-since turned and a clear majority of California voters were in favor of same-sex marriage protections. “Really conservative people felt that it was a victory (the first time around),” says Cotterill, quickly pointing out that “everybody else was like “I never thought about it until right now.”

While the bulk of Warriors consists of material aimed not only at the current political system but the overarching nature of American society circa 2017 as well, there are still a handful of moments that are not merely a little more personal, but that are personal in a way that is stomach-punchingly honest and raw and without any shred of pretense. Album closer “Brain Is for Lovers,” for example, deals head on with Cotterill’s feelings surrounding the suicide of a longtime friend and former band mate. The chorus of “Brain…” relays a sentiment that’s not overly common in songs that are ultimately about grief and loss and remembrance. “(That song) was about someone who was a really good friend of mine and committed suicide about a year ago and I was so worked up about that song that I couldn’t even talk about it,” explains Cotterill. Dee, herself the author of another of the album’s more powerful and personal tracks, “Retrograde,” (more on that in a minute) sounds particularly proud of her Cotterill’s work on “Brain Is For Lovers”: “It was gnarly! But where we got to in the end, and the way that Jennie pushed through, her voice is fucking killer! She was pissed that she had to do it, but it came out fucking great. Sometimes you have to see the forest through the trees!”

Oh, so about the above-mentioned track, “Retrograde.” Frequent readers of these pages may recall last year’s in-depth sit-down we had with Dee in which she opened up about her battles with drug addiction and her subsequent journey out of that particularly dark era of her life. This made for a notoriously difficult experience when it came time to write music after finding sobriety: “As I got older and as I got sober over the last couple years, my writing hasn’t been like it used to be. I was predominantly negative, and negative stuff comes out when you’re negative.” Album-opener “Retrograde” reclaims Dee’s place as a songwriting powerhouse, telling the story of a woman grappling her own demons in kick-ass, unapologetic fashion. It’s also a song that Fat Wreck co-founder Erin Burkett is particularly fond of: “To me, it’s about finding your inner strength, and re-inventing yourself.  Stacey wrote this about her battle with drugs and alcohol; however, addiction takes on all forms. Sometimes being addicted to behaviors or people can be just as damaging, and the only way to overcome any of it is to realize, that all the power is yours.  No one else is going to fix you.”

Fat Wreck Chords, the label founded by Burkett and her now-ex-husband Fat Mike more than a quarter century ago remains a pillar of the independent music community in large part because of the family environment that they’ve created and fostered over that period of time. As all too many people know, it can be devastatingly painful to watch a family member struggle their way through an active addiction. Burkett elaborates on this particular situation: “I have to say that I am so proud of Stacey. She was in a very dark place on our FAT 25 year anniversary tour, and the band ended up having to leave the tour, possibly breaking up for good. Over the years, we have put a lot of band members through rehab, but it’s up the individual to do the work. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Looking yourself in the mirror and not liking what you see is a very hard thing to overcome. Stacey has come back better and stronger and pissed off and ready to change the world. These four woman have really gelled as a band, and found their voice together. It’s awesome.”

The tide may be turning in a more positive and encouraging direction both for the band and for society as a whole again, but as the Bad Cop/Bad Cop ladies note, it won’t do so without education and hard work. That we’re at a point where a group of four women who are not, as Cotterill states it, “twenty-anythings,” is a bit of a light in the darkness in and of itself. “For people to like us as women in our thirties and forties is fucking killer,” explains Dee. “We definitely have something to say and stand by, and I think we have to lead this revolution!”

Warriors was obviously released last Friday (June 16th) on Fat Wreck. Bad Cop / Bad Cop are playing the duration of this year’s Warped Tour, which also kicked off last Friday in Seattle; head here for info on your local stop!

Head below to check out our email exchange with the one-and-only Erin Burkett and the text of our far-reaching and in-depth chat with Dee and Cotterill below!

 



Off The Avenue release first of Live Basement Sessions videos

Off The Avenue, the new pop punk project formed by Seven Thirty Seven frontman Mike Geraci, have announced a series of live session videos. The first of the 3 planned, monthly offerings is for “On The Edge”, the band’s debut single.

They have promised a cover and a new track will make up the next two sessions. You can watch this one below.



The Split Seconds release new video “Half Of The Time”

Washington DC pop punks The Split Seconds have released a video for “Half Of The Time”, a track from the band’s full length “Center Of Attention”, which came out on Altercation Records back in March.

You can watch the video below.



Patent Pending release video for “Wasted/Wake Me Up”

New York pop punks Patent Pending have released a video for “Wasted/Wake Me Up”, the mash up track (Tiesto’s “Wasted” and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”) from last month’s covers album, “Other People’s Greatest Hits”. Frontman Joe Ragosta on the track: “It’s very common and very easy for people to overlook EDM music. We wanted to make these two songs rock so people who would much prefer rock to EDM could hear these tremendous melodies and catchy sing along parts it in a more familiar way.”

You can watch the video below.



Landspeeder (Illinois, “Ewok ‘n’ Roll”) stream latest EP “Hard Merchandise”

Star Wars themed pop punkers Landspeeder are allowing fans to stream their latest EP, Hard Merchandise. The release features six tracks of rebel music, inspired by all things intergalactic.

You can enjoy it in its entirety below.



Broadside stream new album “Paradise”

Virginia pop-punk band Broadside have made their new album Paradise available to stream in its entirey. You can give the 11-song record a listen below.

Paradise was released today, June 16 through Victory Records.