Finnish shred factory One Hidden Frame have graciously allowed fans to stream their latest full length, Harmful Content, in its entirety. The release has been handled by Bird Attack Records and it comprises of nine tracks of tech-y, fast skate punk. It’s an absolute must-listen for fans of the likes of Strung Out, and Propagandhi.
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Monday, March 20, 2017 at 12:32 PM (PST) by rick delaney
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:12 PM (PST) by Catherine Dempsey
The Voltage Lounge is one of my favorite venues in Philadelphia, simply because they’re known for having top-notch shows. I have wonderful (but fleeting) memories of seeing bands like Leftover Crack and The Virus, both of which I count on my list of some of my favorite shows I’ve ever attended. So naturally I was pretty psyched when I heard about this event featuring a lineup that’s, dare I say, perfect.
I’ll never get tired of seeing Posers play shows. The Philly band has an attitude on stage that is truly addictive to watch. Singer Jade Anna appears to be deeply distressed, peering off into the distance as she delivers a mighty vocal performance. But just as often, she can be seen in the audience, microphone in clenched fists, shouting and writhing on the ground. Meanwhile, guitarist Rory Cain, bassist Johnny Mick, and drummer Collin Russert are keeping everything under control with an impressive confidence and sense of urgency as they power through a mixed set list of old, recent, and not-yet-released tracks. One of these new tracks, apparently called “I Think Therefore I Am A Mess,” is an aggressive attack from start to finish, featuring some pretty hostile screaming from Anna and frantic guitar and bass work. Whatever direction this band is going in, I like it. I’m in for the ride.
Next up was Crazy and the Brains. This band knows how to get a crowd moving, dancing, jumping: who cares. They also have a xylophone player and he performs with such gusto that it’s something that everyone should see. One of the most enjoyable tracks to hear live was “Good Boy” which was quickly followed by “Brain Freeze.” Singer Christoph Urban rocked his signature gold chain along with a pair of suspenders that he only wore half-way, his energetic movements causing them to slip. Jeffrey Rubin is prone to breaking sticks for his xylophone and glockenspiel, so he can be seen throwing them erratically into the audience.
Wyldlife was absolutely phenomenal. The band takes influence from garage rock, indie rock, power pop, and punk to make for a sound that is almost guaranteed to get you bouncing around. They also ooze a classic New York coolness, all clad in leather jackets, some in polka dot shirts, and hair all in disarray. Frontman Dave Feldman crashes around the stage in a way that makes me imagine a scenario where Pete Doherty starts a punk band (which would be great). Their energy is all fun and games, often playful. Tracks like “Saturday Night” and “First Time’s the Worst” had the crowd bouncing against each other like mad atoms. Drummer Stevie Dios is manic in his playing and full of aggression, but he’s also graceful in his speed- I haven’t seen a drummer play so well in a long time. I can’t wait for Wyldlife to come back to Philly. They play an unforgettable show.
Next up was Paul Collins, best known for his work with The Nerves, The Beat, and The Breakaways. This was just him with his guitar, and that was all he needed. Each track seamlessly flowed into the next. “Stand Back” was one of the most fun tracks of the night, delivering a healthy dose of power pop that had crowd members rocking into each other all the way through to one of the last tracks, “Don’t.” Finishing off with “Walking,” everyone at the front of the stage was singing along wholeheartedly as Collins sang back at them with an equal amount of energy. His solo tour is something you should check out if he’s coming to a town near you.
Finally, Protex took the stage, the Northern Ireland band’s first time playing in Philadelphia in over 30 years. The 1st wave punk band is easy to love, and their performance is just as catchy. This second generation of Protex managed to bang through thirteen songs in quick time and they’re no spring chickens – they know these songs like they were born to. “Strange Obsessions” was an absolute blast to hear live and sent most of the crowd into frenzy. Aidan Murtagh is an absolutely wonderful frontman and has great energy on stage, not once faltering in his vocal delivery throughout.
This was such a great mix of old and new in the world of power pop punk brought together in one fantastic night. To all the bands that played, I thank you.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:58 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The first round of bands playing the 2nd edition of It’s Not Dead Fest has been revealed. The lineup for the California punk festival currently features Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buck-O-Nine, Good Riddance, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, and more.
Check out the full list of bands included in the first announcement below.
It’s Not Dead Fest 2 is set take place on Saturday, August 26th at the Glen Helen Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets will be available through the festival website starting Monday, March 20th at 9am PDT.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:41 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Fallen Not Forgotten is the band’s second EP. It follows their 2014 debut Man Up and Die Alone.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:20 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Sell The Heart Records have premiered some songs from their upcoming compilation album Everybody Wants Somewhere: A Tribute to Fugazi. Check out contributions from Screw 32, Great Apes, and more below.
The tribute album is set to release on April 30th, and you can pre-order it here. Ptroceeds from this release will be donated to Taking It To The Streets, a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth in San Francisco.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:40 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
This track is taken from the band’s upcoming album 1994 World Series Champions, which is set to release on April 14th through Stomp Records.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:19 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
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.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:33 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
When Western Addiction plays, it’s like discovering punk rock for the first time. They’re hardcore. They’re SoCal. They’re loud and angry, snide and fun; they blend the spectrum of punk into a catchy, moshable behemoth. It’s been twelve years since since their last full-length though, and now we finally have our follow up. Tremulous is a testament to Western Addiction’s songwriting and musicianship as much as it is a personal album and a declarative statement of what punk rock can be.
While it serves as a suitable shorthand, calling Western Addiction a hardcore band is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not totally unfair, as they do draw the core of their sound from the genre, but there’s something more pure that Western Addiction is reaching for. They are a punk band. They’re a distillation of everything punk rock can be, with background vocals, chugging guitars, screamed dissent, and unrelenting speed. They’re real talent though is combining all of these elements and being more than just a pastiche. Through and through, Western Addiction has their own sound, their own idiosyncrasies that make their music their own. On Tremulous, they introduce more ideas to the mix, as well as maximizing the potential of others. The spaghetti-western licks have taken on a Burdette-borne neocrust tinge, the drums are as insistent as ever, and the vocals still deliver couplet after couplet of emphatic rebellion.
“Clatter and Hiss” opens the album, a classic rager, propelled by riffs and chugging chords. I don’t know how they do it, but Western Addiction imbue the age-old punk vocab with new life. When the guitars palm-mute their way through a progression, you feel like you’re on the verge of something violent, they’re a work of tension. The drums and bass are on the same page, with danceable beats filling even the quieter parts of the song with a nervous energy. Tension and release are a hallmark of their talent– they know when to hold back and they know when to explode.
Tremulous’ greatest strength is that it’s good all the way through. There’s no bad songs here, and the band understands how to write an album. Not all aggressive bands can do this. You have to have the hooks, or else chance it blurring into one angry chord progression. Songs like “Honeycreeper,” a slower, jammier track with a catchy chorus gives the album a bit of texture and keeps the album from sagging in the middle. The relative prominence of vocal melodies on Tremulous is one of the most noticeable instances of growth since Cognicide. They’re tasteful and subdued compared to other Fat Wreck acts though, and do well to add, not subtract from the band’s forward momentum.
The album ends with the most daring song Western Addiction has done to date. A slow song– sung– all the way through. “Your Life is Precious” is a heady breather, a reminder why we’re all involved in this punk rock nonsense in the first place, anchored by a line that’ll touch most any of us: “it doesn’t sound good like music in a record store.” I think that’s where the album’s tell truly is. Music is weaponized art, punk rock is a degenerate’s paintbrush and canvas– an alphabet to spell personal turmoil. Tremulous is a lot of things, but to me, it’s an album for and about the lovers of song; as politicized and angry as it can be; as gut-wrenchingly personal; as loud, brash, and downright fun— it’s a gift to those of us who use music as a bookmark for pages in our lives. For the weirdos and misfits who know how good music in a record store sounds.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM (PST) by villagebrown
New York pop-punk band Remnants are streaming a new song called “Old Haunts” over on their Bandcamp page. This is a hard-hitter from the group and an all around classic pop-punk tune that all fans of the genre can enjoy. You can listen to it below.
The band last released their self-titled EP in 2015.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:49 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Heads up US! MakeWar (Red Scare) is gearing up for a good run of dates through some of the more Eastern states. Joining them are A-F Records‘ own Worship this!. Full tour dates for this sweet combo can be found below.
MakeWar’s last release ‘Developing a Theory of Integrity’ was undebatebly one of our favourite releases of 2016.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:37 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Head down below for some solid punk ‘n roll.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:09 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
LA based C.C. Potato is streaming its debut album ‘The Upper Decker’. The guys also recently released a couple of videos starring Andy Dick. If you’re curious for those head over to the band’s youtube channel here.
The Upper Decker is available for you to check out over at and bandcamp and just here below.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 2:48 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
It’s not always easy to judge a band by its first demos. Especially if they sound like they are (and actually are) recorded in someone’s basement.
It’s very obvious though, that recently formed Detroit, MI party punks Day Jobs have a real gift for writing poppy, fast hooks. I can already see myself slamming PBR’s while catching these dudes at FEST. If you’re up for some Dillinger Four / Kid Dynamite inspired tunes, you can head down below to listen to Day Jobs ‘Work Sucks’ demos.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:47 PM (PST) by Chase Vegas
UK punk rockers Hot Mass are streaming a previously unreleased track titled “Flatman”. This song is one of the B-sides to their album Nervous Tensions.
You can give “Flatman” a listen below.
Nervous Tensions was released June 7th through Brassneck Records.