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Album Review: The Brokedowns / Direct Hit! – ‘Making a Midwesterner’

With each passing year, it seems like more and more Record Store Day releases are, to be blunt, kind of lame. Since its inception, labels have caught on to the fact that people will buy records made in limited quantity regardless of its content or whether there’s any demand for it in the first place, completely missing the point of trying to highlight the format in the first place. This leaves us with far too many RSD exclusives that are made specifically to be bought and re-sold at ridiculous prices rather than emphasizing the music and the way it can be listened to.

Thank goodness for Red Scare Industries.

For RSD 2016, the label released Making a Midwesterner, a split 7-inch between The Brokedowns and Direct Hit!– two bands that perfectly encapsulate the state of modern pop punk from the American Midwest. (Okay, so Red Scare is (probably) not the only label, punk or otherwise, that put out proper RSD releases this year. Shut up.)

The split begins with two new tracks and a cover of Toys That Kill’s “Runnin’ the Front” by The Brokedowns, continuing their hot streak from two years ago. If you missed their (fantastic) 2014 album, Life Is a Breeze, these three bangers are a good of a place as any to play catch up. Combining the upbeat nature of The Copyrights or the Dopamines, the gruff shouts of Dillinger Four, and the self-loathing of… well, all of those bands (plus more), The Brokedowns alone are enough to make a Midwesterner.

Side two sees Direct Hit! contributing two new tracks that kind of bridge the gap (so to speak) between the supernatural themes of their previous work to their newer drug-centric songs. “Chemical Ability” doesn’t directly mention the apocalypse, but there are references to hooded men and mutations, linking it to the Hell-on-Earth setting of 2013’s Brainless God (and to a lesser extent, last year’s More of the Same compilation*), while “Avert Your Eyes” tells the story of an alcoholic (or at least someone in a perpetual state of drunkenness), leading up to the rest of the trip that makes up their latest album, Wasted Mind. The only thing that these songs are missing is a well-placed “Fuck You! Get Pumped!”.

Record Store Day might be yet another holiday becoming co-opted by big corporations to get people to spend money on things that they don’t need, but as long as the little guys like Red Scare have something to say, there’s still hope. And Making a Midwesterner is proof of that.

4 / 5

*This is unrelated to the review, but it’s worth mentioning: if Domesplitter counts as a full length album despite being made up of previously released material that was re-recorded, then More of the Same really ought to have been considered Direct Hit!’s third full length because it’s the exact same thing.



Direct Hit! and Tenement announce fall tour

Wisconsin’s Direct Hit! and Tenement have announced they will be touring together this November, with most of the shows taking place in the Midwest. Check out the tour dates below.

Direct Hit!’s latest LP Wasted Mind released in June through Fat Wreck Chords. Tenement’s rarities compilation Bruised Music Vol 2 came out in April on Grave Mistake Records.



Music Video: Direct Hit! – “Promised Land”

Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! have released a music video for their song “Promised Land,” and you can check it out below.

The band’s latest album Wasted Mind was released on June 24th through Fat Wreck Chords. Their west coast tour with PEARS kicks off tomorrow.



PEARS & Direct Hit! announce west coast tour

New Orleans’ PEARS and Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! have announced they’ll be joining forces for a west coast tour this August. See if they’re stopping near you below.

PEARS’ latest album Green Star was released on April 1st through Fat Wreck Chords. The same label released Direct Hit!’s Wasted Mind on June 24th.



Direct Hit!’s “Wasted Mind” available to stream in its entirety

direct-hit-wasted-mindMilwaukee pop-punkers Direct Hit! are set to release their new record “Wasted Mind” on June 24th, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords. However, if patience isn’t your thing, you can stream the entire album right now on Uproxx here.



Direct Hit! perform new song “Forced to Sleep” in studio

Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! recently stopped by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel studios to perform one of their latest singles, “Forced to Sleep.”  The tune will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Wasted Mind and was originally released this past April. You can watch the in studio performance here.

Wasted Mind will be released on June 24, 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords, serving as a follow-up to 2013′s Brainless God. Head here to pre-order the LP.



Direct Hit! premiere music video for new song “Was it the Acid?”

Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! have premiered a music video for a new song titled “Was it the Acid?,” which will appear on their upcoming album Wasted Mind. Check it out below.

Wasted Mind is set to release on June 24th through Fat Wreck Chords, serving as a follow-up to 2013′s Brainless God. Head over here to pre-order the LP.



Direct Hit! release music video for new song “Paid in Brains”

Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! have released a music video for a brand new song titled “Paid in Brains,” which is taken from their upcoming album Wasted Mind. Check it out below.

Wasted Mind releases on June 24th through  Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the band’s first album in 3 years, serving as a follow-up to 2013’s Brainless God.



Video: Interview w/ DIRECT HIT!

Bobby Pickles interviews Nick Woods and Devon Kay of the Milwaukee-based pop punk band, DIRECT HIT! @Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, FL prior to them opening for NOFX on the Hepatitis Bathtub Music and Book Tour!

Watch the video below.



It’s a brand new Episode of Dying Scene Radio feat. Bobby Pickles and his crew of ragtag misfits, and Elena Venetia LIVE from Delaware (why?); SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: DIRECT HIT!

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles is joined by his ragtag crew of misfits: TONE LO-KI & Piazza (not the famous baseball hall-of-famer); as well as Elena Venetia LIVE from Delaware. It’s a motley crew of “eegits” talking medieval rape, unrepressed anger, and spinning new tracks by Blink -182 and Masked Intruder. SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: DIRECT HIT!

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Blink-182 – Bored To Death
Beartooth – Loser
The Run Around – A Voice
Thrice – Black Honey
Masked Intruder – Take What I Want
Future Idiots – Eyes Of Mine
Heart Attack Kids – Deaf Dogs
Wicked Bears – Piazza, L.A. Dodger
Tiny Moving Parts – Common Cold
Death by Stereo – Neverending
Less Thank Jake – Suburban Myth
Bitch Queens – Again, Again & Again
BAND SPOTLIGHT: DIRECT HIT!
Direct Hit! – Artificial Confidence
NO//LIARS – Catalyst
Sniper 66 – Messiah
The Gap Year – Under Your Tongue
Ethan 103  – Punk Rock Fashion Police
State Line Syndicate – Borrowed Time
Brash Hounds – Bobby Fischer
D.O.A. – Fucked Up Donald
The Taxpayers – Easy Money

Here all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!



DS Photo Gallery: NOFX, Direct Hit! and Mephiskapheles, Boston, MA (4/28/16)

We’ve all no-doubt heard the news that circa 2016, bands can’t rely on album sales to comprise more  than a sliver of their total earnings, and are this relegated to earning the bulk of their collective paychecks from the road. When a band has career longevity that stretches north of thirty years and isn’t actively plugging a new album, that can make for interesting decisions when it comes time to tour; take the easy way out and sleepwalk through a greatest hits set? Take a night…or two…or three… in each city and play your “best” (read as: best selling) album…or two…or three… in order each night? Join forces with a couple other aging bands that also don’t have new albums out for a national summertime touring nostalgia-fest?

NOFX obviously, and thankfully, chose a bit of a different option. Alongside former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jeff “Penalty” Alulis, the band (including former members) penned The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a captivating collection of tales from their entire career-to-date –funny, serious, sad, fucked up, heart-wrenching, and all things in between. (Editor’s note: full review to follow in the coming days.) In support of the book, the band hit the road for a joint book-signing/club show tour that featured stops at the Harvard Book Store and Paradise Rock Club in Boston, respectively. Dying Scene wasn’t in attendance at the former (stupid day job and stupid traffic), but was at the sold-out latter for a performance that can really only be described as “stellar”…and not just “stellar for a punk show.”

It’s no secret that part of the allure of a NOFX show is that there’s always the realistic chance that things careen dangerously off the rails. This particular evening, however, say the band rip through more than two dozen songs (I won’t bore you, just check the setlist here) and, in the process, sounds probably the tightest that yours truly has ever seen them play. Inimitable frontman Fat Mike seemed to take notice of how just how solid the band were, joking that he was going to take a drink every time he made a mistake, and getting through four or five songs in a row without needing to drink, only to ask the band to play a harder song so that there was a chance he’d screw up so he could finally drink. Hyperbolic stage banter, perhaps, but the band and current touring keyboard player/backup vocalist Karina Denike (whom you should be familiar with) seemed especially engaged (not always a given) and in good spirits.

Well, until the fight, that is. Toward the end of the evening, a fight broke out in the crowd on guitarist/tromboner/occasional vocalist El Hefe’s side of the stage. While fights are not entirely rare at punk shows by any stretch of the imagination (seriously, read The Hepatitis Bathtub…), and while the details of what exactly happened remain a bit fuzzy (though it does appear it was a “long-haired dude versus a skinhead”), it’s worth nothing that not only had yours truly not experienced a “band stops and takes their instruments off” kind of donnybrook for a quite a while, even Fat Mike noted that that he hadn’t seen such a thing in quite some time. Still, the band were able to regroup and finish out the show in fairly epic fashion, as Mike took his bass back off and sang most of his parts in “Kill All The White Man” from the crowd. While the show and the setlist did a pretty solid job of spanning the duration of NOFX’s career, it also did a pretty solid job of avoiding “greatest hits setlist” territory, and even featured a few tracks from their upcoming full-length, the as-yet-publicly-untitled album due out on Fat Wreck this summer.

Direct support on this run was provided by none other than recent Fat Wreck signees Direct Hit!. The Milwaukee-area four-piece were on-point, leading the crowd through a blistering set that included songs from their own upcoming Fat Wreck release, “Wasted Mind” (due July 24th). Direct Hit! don’t present as a band that takes themselves too seriously, however they do appear to take seriously the fact that they’ve become the latest signing to Fat Wreck and the honor that comes with not only sharing a label but sharing a stage with an act that they’ve looked up with for years and years. Made for a particularly fun and inspiring set.

The album’s first act, Mephiskapheles, kicked things off in throwback fashion. Their trademark NYC Satanic ska-core sound certainly isn’t like anything that’s come since, and may have presented as a bit sonically overwhelming for those that aren’t familiar with their place in the genre.

Check out our full photo gallery below.



Direct Hit! debut video for “Artificial Confidence” AND announce tour dates with Problem Daughter and PKEW PKEW PKEW

Double whammy of a Direct Hit! story for your Wednesday afternoon!

First and foremost, the Milwaukee punks debuted yet another video from their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords debut, “Wasted Mind.” The acid-trip of a video is for the track “Artificial Confidence,” and you can check it out here.

Second and secondmost (is that a word?), the band announced a run of East Coast tour dates that’ll keep them busy through the middle of this coming July. Direct Hit! will be taking pop-punkers Pkew Pkew Pkew and Dying Scene Records‘ own Problem Daughter along for the ride. Check out dates below.

As you’re probably aware by now, “Wasted Mind” is due out July 24th.



DS Photo Gallery and Show Review: NOFX, Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, & Bad Cop/Bad Cop (Los Angeles, 4/16/16)

You’ve probably heard that NOFX has a new book out, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, and that it recently made it on the New York Times’ best seller list. You may have also had the chance to check them out on their current book signing (and show) tour promoting their newest endeavor into combining the literary and punk rock worlds.

I was lucky enough to catch their LA show at the Belasco Theater with support from Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. This was an unforgettable night of music, friends, and fun as NOFX celebrated their thirty-plus years as a band and the stories they have shared for the world to read.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop opened the show proving why they are one of the strongest new(er) acts on the Fat Wreck roster. The band played a set of songs off their nearly-a-year-old debut full-length, Not Sorry, intermixed with an older song or two. It was a real bonus to see them on the LA date before they headed to Europe for their spring tour, including a spot at Groezrock.

Mean Jeans hit the stage next and I became an new fan. Having not listened to them much before, their Ramones-inspired sound instantly caught my attention and made me dance along. I love still being surprised by music and discovering new artists and look forward to what they will do next.

Direct Hit! came out swinging, ripping through their set to an increasingly excited crowd. This was my first time seeing them in a bigger venue and they really command the stage with their energy and enthusiasm. It’s evident they are excited to be on the Fat Wreck roster and touring with bands like NOFX.

Lastly, the moment the crowd had been waiting for – Fat Mike, El Hefe, Melvin, and Smelly took the stage to celebrate the release of their book and their love of playing music. There was a different air about this show, as if it was finally like they were able to not only share their music, but their experience as a band and as friends. With NOFX, you never know what the night will hold, as they have more than enough music to play a different set every night. The band played old favorites, setlist staples, and a few newer tunes over their hour-plus set. As always, the crowd sang, danced, moshed, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Shooting these bands and shows are always a ton of fun – check out our full gallery below!



Direct Hit! release music video for new song “Chemical Ability”


Direct Hit!
 have released a music video for their new song “Chemical Ability.” The track will appear on Making a Midwesterner, the band’s upcoming split EP with The Brokedowns. You can watch the video below.

Making a Midwesterner will be released on Record Store Day 2016 via Red Scare Industries. Direct Hit! will also release their third full length LP, Wasted Mind, on June 24, 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Direct Hit! stream new song “Forced to Sleep”

Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! are streaming a brand new song titled “Forced to Sleep”, which is taken from their upcoming album Wasted Mind.

You can listen to the song below.

Wasted Mind releases June 24th on Fat Wreck Chords. The band’s last album Brainless God came out in 2013 on Red Scare Industries.