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Introducing Skate Punk Act: Chump (full EP stream)

So technically this is a little bit more of a “re-introducing” spotlight piece as Belgium’s Chump actually got their start around 2001. They kicked around the scene for a bit until 2005 then disappeared. Until now. Pulling influences from exactly where you’d expect a European punk act from 2001 to pull from, Chump isn’t reinventing the wheel when it comes to melodic skate punk, but they are churning it out with passion and talent, doing the sub-genre serious justice. Give their new EP “Welcome To The Punk Rock Family” below – it’s got one of the best instrumental, intro tracks I’ve heard this year.



Listen: Members of Big D And The Kids Table form sax infused post hardcore band “Cuidado”

Are you a fan of Big D And The Kids Table? Do you also like heavier music? If so then stop what you’re doing, plug your headphones in and check out Cuidado, a new band featuring members of Big D and the Kids Table, DREXEL & The Doped Up Dollies. Labeled as ‘Panic-Rock’, it can be described as Beastie Boys punk w/ bass & baritone saxophones.

Stream their debut release “Don’t Wreck My Attitude” below.



Introducing Folk Punk Act: The Killigans (FFO early Flogging Molly)

Do you guys remember when Flogging Molly put out music that made you want to dance a jig and mosh at the same time? Fast and aggressive enough to satisfy your rebellious soul yet folky enough to provide a depth sometimes lacking in more traditional punk rock? Those were the days. And I thought they were over until I stumbled across The Killigans. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska of all places, this six-some channel folk-punk as if they were spawned from the back of a gypsy caravan in the heart of the Old Country. Playing together since 2004, how they escaped my notice until now is beyond me, but let’s not dwell on that. What’s important is that they just released a new full-length titled “Dance On Your Grave” and I’m here today to tell you it is well worth a listen. Do so here.



Introducing new Skate Punk act We Found A Map

We’ve got an awesome new skate punk band for you to check out.  Hailing from Southern California, We Found A Map plays classic So-Cal skate punk with some pop-punk hooks.  You can check out their debut EP …To The Haunted Arcade below!



Introducing Jacob Horn Trio (Chicago IL, Ska-punk)

The best part of writing for this site is discovering interesting new artists, and today grants me that exact opportunity. Meet Jacob Horn Trio, from Chicago, Illinois!

The 6 piece ska-punk trio has made 2 tracks available for streaming from a forthcoming LP due later this year. I was immediately surprised by the depth of the sound in the two tracks. The band’s bio notes they draw inspiration from ska and soul, and there is a hint of Motown in their lush combination of horns and guitars; complimenting Horn’s distinctive and emotive vocals.

Check out the tracks “Because” and “Catastrophic” below, and let us know what you think!



BAND SPOTLIGHT: DESZCZ (CRUST-HARDCORE/POLAND)

Deszcz is neo-crust/dark hardcore hailing from Poznań, Poland. Kuba, Wojtek and Michał barged into the scene with guns blazing with their debut album titled “Rain Keeps Falling” in 2014.  Their second self-titled LP was one of the best crust releases of 2017 and also the album that made them known to a wide spectrum of extreme music fans.

The band released its third full-length endeavour titled “III” a week ago, displaying a remarkable progress in terms of quality both in composition and production, especially considering the fact that the time gap between their last two releases is less than a year. Combining dark, melodic neo-crust guitars with relentless d-beat drumming may be the backbone of their music but they don’t limit themselves to that pattern. By incorporating hardcore and metal elements, mid-tempo bridges and interludes and utilising the double vocals in the best way possible, they create heavy, distorted ambience filled with raw emotion and rage. Check out “III” below and keep these guys in mind. Something big is going down here.



BAND SPOTLIGHT: CHAIN CULT (POST-PUNK/GREECE)

Chain Cult is a new post-punk trio from Athens, Greece. These guys self-released their self-titled demo a few days ago and it will soon be available on tape. The band plays a dark shade of post-punk with a lot of groove and interesting lyrics. Check the album out below and get your body moving.



Introducing New Hardcore Act: Sick Minds (Full EP Stream)

If you’re on the lookout for a new hardcore band to check out and you miss the vocal stylings of Comadre then we’ve got a special treat for ya. Boston’s Sick Minds are relatively new to the scene but their individual members are no rookies. Self described as “For Fans Of: Comeback Kid, Modern Life is War, Bracewar”, I might just say they sound like the old lead singer of Comadre formed a new band with members more influenced by straight forward hardcore-punk. But you know the drill by now, just give their debut EP “Lose Your Grip” a listen below and make your own distinctions.



Band Spotlight: MEH (Mindless Empty Hardcore)

 Ladies and gentlemen, get acquainted with Meh.

Mindless Empty Hardcore, (aka meh) hail from the arctic tundra of Montreal, Quebec and sing in English! Check out their debut EP below.

The band’s sonic approach is simple: energetic, old school East Coast hardcore, stripped down and pumped out loud. Although only 6 tracks long, the band’s nihilisitically self titled debut EP absolutely drips with aggression and rings of disconnection. The track “Anti-Punk” reflects their discontent and acrimony rather beautifully, and should be featured at many of this years most fashionable weddings.

Fans of Sick Of It All, The Cromags, Circle Jerks and The Germs will hear the DNA of those pioneers in this 4 piece. I’m looking forward to more of meh, and I bet you will be too, once you listen. Or, whatever.



Band Spotlight: Bed Of Wasps (Hardcore punk/UK)

Bed Of Wasps are a hardcore punk band hailing from Dundee, UK. They have released two EPs (“Plagued”, “Heartless”) in the previous years and one more titled “Self” a few days ago. While their music is rooted in hardcore punk and d beat, they incorporate black metal and crust elements in their songs, inducing the relevant atmosphere as well.

“Self” contains 3 tracks and it’s an abrupt 7-minute facepalm contemplating on the subject of self-awareness. Check it out below and make sure you check their kick-ass older stuff as well.



Band Spotlight: Nieviem (UK/Skate Punk)

Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year.  Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There.  The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90’s skate punk.  If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.



BAND SPOTLIGHT: NAILBOX (CANADA/HARDCORE)

Nailbox is a fairly new band from Ontario, Canada specializing in hardcore/metalcore with a few touches of hardcore punk. They have released the single “U.S. Effigy” last year and an EP titled “To Clear My Conscience” last March. A week ago they released their new self-titled EP independently. Their music is pretty much straight-forward, in-your-face, U.S. hardcore with plenty of ground-smashing breakdowns and distorted guitars.

The new EP has five songs following the style I described above, with some sweet punk groove added in the song “Indico State”. Raw emotions and face-spitting attitude all over the place, just like you hardcore kids like it. Pretty good stuff in general, check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Children of Terror (Indonesia/ Metallic Hardcore)

Children of Terror come from Malang, Indonesia and do not fuck around. They were formed in 2006 and have released a demo (2008), a full-length album titled “Retrospective” (2016) and an EP titled “Kaliyuga” this year. The core of their music consists of all the classic hardcore elements i.e. agressiveness, mid-tempo rhythms and earth-shattering breakdowns. Their lyrical themes revolve around inner struggle, depression, humanity, spirituality, philosophy and hardcore attitude and pride.

Children of Terror’s latest offering, “Kaliyuga”, was released last September and it’s a turnpoint for the band’s sound progress, drawing inspiration from a wide range of influences, from grindcore/powerviolence to sludge, without losing their identity. You can check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Offensive Mindset (Canada/Crust)

Offensive Mindset hail from Montreal, Canada and deliver some pretty straightforward, aggresive anarcho-crust punk to bang your heads and trash your room. These guys have been around a couple of years but they released their first full-length album titled “Legacy” digitally and independently, a few days ago.

“Legacy” is comprised of eight bullet-like songs, aimed straight to the heart of the system. Mid-tempo punk filth laced with a tasty punk ‘n roll groove and fucking awesome vocals. Definitely worth listening and strongly recommended for the die-hard fans of the genre. Check it out below.



Introducing Spanish Melodic Punk Band: Radio Station (Free EP Download)

Hailing from Badajoz, Spain, Radio Station is a new band with an old school sound. The five-piece plays straight-forward, rough-around-the-edges melodic punk that harkens back to the 90’s. If this sounds appealing to you, then their debut EP, appropriately titled 1st EP, is a must-listen. Head over to bandcamp to check it out and download it for free.