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Reunions release video for title track from upcoming EP “Aching Waits”


San Francisco-based band Reunions have released a video for the title track from their new EP “Aching Waits”. The 12″ EP will be released on January 12, 2018 through La Escalera Records, with the physical version including the band’s 2016, self-titled EP too.

You can watch the video below.



DFMK announce US tour dates

Tijuana punk act DFMK have announced some upcoming US tour dates.

You can check out all those dates and locations below.

DFMK last released the 7-song EP, 7 Canciones Sobre Un Individualismo Radical (7 Songs About Radical Individualism), which was a co-release between La Escalera Records, Get Better Records and Sex Sheet Records.



Western Settings release video for “The Phenomenon”

Western Settings have release a video for “The Phenomenon”. The track is taken from their EP “Old Pain”, which was released back in April 2016 on La Escalera Records.

You can watch “The Phenomenon” below.



Problem Daughter (punk) to release “Fits of Disorganized Boredom” vinyl

Salt Lake City’s Problem Daughter are re-releasing their 2016 album Fits of Disorganized Boredom, except that this time they’re doing it on a limited run of vinyl. Like, super limited. As in only 100 hand-numbered copies. Gonna have to grab one while you can.

The album was released digitally in 2016 through Dying Scene Records, but La Escalera is doing the rad vinyl release. Props!

You can pre-order the vinyl right here, and check out Fitz and the vinyl promo video below.



Western Settings announce US/Canada tour

San Diego’s Western Settings are going out for a two-week jaunt next month, centered around the band’s appearance at Pouzza Fest in Montreal. The band will be supporting their recent EP Old Pain, which came out in 2016 on La Escalera Records. 

You can check out the EP and tour dates below, and RSVP to the tour’s Facebook page here.



Listen: Black Dots and Gentlemen Prefer Blood cover each other on upcoming split

Denver, CO’s Black Dots and Los Angeles, CA’s Gentlemen Prefer Blood have announced their new 4-song split, which is scheduled to be released on April 28th through La Escalera Records.

The split features two new songs from each band, as well as both bands covering one of each other’s songs. You can stream the two covers below.

The split is available for pre-order digitally through Bandcamp, and in various merch bundles at La Escalera Distro.

Black Dots and Gentlemen Prefer Blood will both be playing La Escalera Fest 6 in San Diego, CA. Learn more about the festival and grab tickets here.



Music Video: Nights Like Thieves – “I Collide”

San Diego pop-punk/emo act Nights Like Thieves have released a music video for their song “I Collide.”

You can check that out here.

“I Collide” comes from the bands’ latest EP, Light The Fuse and Run, which was released on March 24th via La Escalera Records.



Western Settings perform unplugged for Punk In Vegas

San Diego punks Western Settings brought out their acoustic guitars for a new Punks In Vegas session. Head down below to watch the boys perform ‘Goodbye’.

Western Settings released its last EP Old Pain just last year.



La Escalera Fest 6 announces full lineup

California punk label La Escalera Records has announced the full lineup for the 2017 edition of its annual festival, set to take place in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14-16. Bands include Hoist The Colors, Civil War Rust, Problem Daughter, The Bombpops, The Shell Corporation, and more.

You can check out the full lineup for La Escalera Fest 6 below. For additional information and tickets, visit the festival’s official website.



Despero stream new album “Somewhere Near The Bottom”

Austin, TX punks Despero are releasing their album “Somewhere Near The Bottom” on March 24th through La Escalera Records. The band features past and current members of The Anchor and The Capitalist Kids. You can stream the album in full below, with physicals up for pre-order now.



The Bigger Empty (Rock) perform “By Its Own (So What)” on Live From The Rock Room

Illinois rock act The Bigger Empty, which features Mike Felumlee of Smoking Popes, recently performed their song “By Its Own (So What)” on Live From The Rock Room.

You can check out the performance below.

“By Its Own (So What)” comes from the bands’ latest EP Lakes & Oceans Vol. 1 : Michigan, which was released on February 24th, 2017 via La Escalera Records.



La Escalera Fest 6 lineup includes Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Bombpops

La Escalera Fest,  the annual punk festival in Mexico, will be celebrating its 6th year from April 14-16 in San Diego and in Tijuana. The lineup will include Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Bombpops, Western SettingsCivil War Rust, and more. You can find the full lineup below, and more information about the dates, locations and tickets here.



Music Video: Squarecrow – “Sarasota”

California punks Squarecrow has released a music video for their song “Sarasota.”

You can check it out below.

“Sarasota” comes from the bands’ latest album Rammi Jamms, which was released on May 27th on CD/digital download through La Escalera Records.



Western Settings, Problem Daughter & Caskitt announce west coast tour

Western Settings, Problem Daughter, and Caskitt have announced they will be touring the west coast together in early 2017. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

La Escalera Records released Western Settings’ latest EP titled WS and Caskitt’s new album Old Fires New Frontier earlier this year. Problem Daughter’s Fits of Disorganized Boredom was released in February through Dying Scene Records.



Album Review: Caskitt – “Old Fires New Frontier”

“Old Fires New Frontier”, the second full length album from San Diego three piece Caskitt, is bound to create a rift in punk rock, or at least make waves. Some of us asked for Caskitt, and we were given Rise Against, where as others asked for a new At The Drive In record and were given Caskitt. Is it straightforward punk rock? Is it post-hardcore? Is it neo-shoegazing-melodic-emo-crossover? Lucky for Caskitt, punk rock has never been opposed to churning out and bending genres. “Old Fires New Frontier” doesn’t fit anywhere… but that isn’t a bad thing. Caskitt borrows from a handful of other bands, all of which can be picked out unmistakably at times. As aforementioned, Caskitt is a three piece, and a unique one at that. Fronted from the back by Drummer/Vocalist Matt Caskitt, and backed up by the boys up front, guitarist Steffen Long and bassist Jesse Hernandez. Now, a brief word or two about the record:

The albums first track “Blinders” couldn’t be a better choice for the opening track. A heavy hitting, thrashy intro, almost reminiscent of something you’d hear from one of the “Big Four” bands immediately sets the tone for the record: heavy. The lone verse of the song is a commentary on conformity and society’s propensity to blindly follow the mainstream. The song caps off at 1:40, with the repetitive chorus “Take those blinders off”. Simple, and to the point. “Blinders” seamlessly transitions into the title track “Old Fires New Frontier”, a look at the topic of immigration and America’s false claim to be the great melting pot, calling out the opposition by stating “You’re on the wrong side of history.” We take a turn with track three, “Serendipity City”, trudging into love song territory. This is where we first question Caskitt’s direction. This song is ripe for sad, sixteen year old girls that miss their boyfriend. It’s a song you’ve heard before, you know, the one about being far away from the one you love. Then again, Matt Caskitt even fesses up in the song “I was never good at writing love songs”. Steffen Long’s solid riffing throughout the tune is clearly the highlight of this song. Track four “Hang my head” takes us back into social commentary, shining a light on America’s youth, and the bitter future ahead. With a satirical undertone, the lyrics point out serious problems, fantastic for any Propagandhi fan, but unlike most propagandhi songs, you won’t find any catchy hooks in this one. As it’s tough to really grab ahold of, you may end up skipping this one. Our next song “Crimes” starts out with a flanged-out, psychedelic guitar intro. The guitar is shortly joined by ghostly, moaning vocals. It’s at this point that I wanted to immediately skip the track, but I didn’t have to… the song was over. Am I just a narrow minded, punk rock elitist? Quite possibly (most likely), but I certainly didn’t sign up for this. We’re then taken into track six, a far cry from that last artistic effort; “Short Shorts” takes a poignant look at rape and abuse. It’s a heavy song with a heavy subject matter. Highlighted by female harmonies and backing vocals, I’d much rather say this is a poetic stance on an important subject. The song ends with the lines “boys will be boys will be boys will be boys. Don’t believe that lie, it’s just fucking noise”, an explicit order, not to be taken lightly. Track seven “Someone Somewhere” stays on course, commenting on the vicious circle of poverty and unemployment that so many struggle with these days. Apart from the Radiohead-esque intro and whimsical indie breakdown, the song is solid. It makes a good point and is relatively easy to sing along to. When listening to track eight, “Niemolers Regret”, I initially thought I might have been listening to the wrong record. The intro, once again, tries to throw you off with something that is incredibly far from punk, and I’ll even go as far as to say that you aren’t crazy if you mistake this for a Fun song (the “Some Nights” guys)… yeah. Unsurprisingly, the song transitions into a heavier format. Ironically, by following in Fun’s footsteps, something magical happened: Caskitt created somewhat of a sing-along. Easily the album’s catchiest song, and once again politically charged, this tune is my one “don’t skip” of the record. Our next song, “Empty Chairs” seems to be a personal story about the loss of a close family member. The passion can be felt through the lyrics, but is also reflected through the sound. Though the instruments are cranked up, the tone can be more likened to the emo genre as opposed to punk or hardcore. Unfortunately relatable to many, the lyrics will still strike a chord with most listeners. “Villains” and “Devil in the Moonlight” are the next two tracks (ten and eleven, respectively). We’ve reached the end of the record and we’re given two songs that we’ve already heard; fluctuating melodies that have no actual direction, and heavy, fuzzed out instruments. Maybe they’d make good background songs when you’re folding your laundry, but other than that, cap it off at “Empty Chairs”.

There’s absolutely no denying that the musicianship is spot on. With strong vocals, tight drumming, pounding bass and stellar guitar, skill is certainly not lacking. Though, despite the talent at hand, “Old Fires New Frontier” slightly misses its mark melodically, but the passion for social commentary and personal reflection is clear and present. These guys aren’t faking it. Caskitt is still a young band, based out of a great city, and it will be with time that the sound will grow out of its identity crisis… or perhaps it will continue on its schizophrenic path, further molding an identity that says, “Fuck uniformity”, which may be exactly what we need. Either way, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Caskitt, and I for one would love to hear what they have to offer next.

3.5/5 Stars