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Due to pressing snafu punk rock group Zex (punk) ends up on Beyonce’s “Lemonade”

It’s not everyday this Dying Scene writer gets a chance to talk about Beyonce, but here’s my chance! Canadian punk group Zex suddenly found themselves connected to one of the largest musical acts in the world this week when it was discovered that mispressed vinyl led to a good portion of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” albums A side contained a number of super rad punk rock songs. It turns out there was an error in Germany where the album was pressed and five songs from Zex’s recent release “Uphill Battle” somehow made it onto the Beyonce album. Zex however is taking the newly found fame in stride. “It adds to the daily circus that is Zex I mean this is a regular Monday for us. It’s always one weird thing after the other”.

For those of you who want to check out the latest from Zex check it out below. For those looking for Beyonce, flip it to the B side.  



Sciatic Nerve (members of Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, Western Addiction and Cobra Skulls) release debut video

Sciatic Nerve, comprizing members of Swingin’ UttersNothingtonWestern Addiction and Cobra Skulls, are to release their debut album on October 13th via Anxious and Angry Records. The self-titled offering is up for pre-order now.

The band’s debut video, “Sciatic Nerve” (funnily enough) is below.



ROAM release video for new track “Alive”

With the upcoming release of their second album, “Great Heights & Nosedives”, via Hopeless Records on 13th October, ROAM have revealed another new song, “Alive”, in the form of a new video. 

Alex Adam (Guitar/vocals) on the track: “Alive came together as a culmination of a couple of songs we were working on when writing our new album. Lyrically it sums up the record and defines our lives as a band. The song is really about the last year of our lives, but also a commentary on life in general. It’s about the countless times we got robbed on tour, certain relationships fraying and ending and the way we always seem to make it out by the skin on our teeth in every one of those situations. In general, life is all about highs & lows but it’s the way we deal with them that defines us. Sometimes life’s gonna throw constant shit at you and you feel like you’ll never see the other side of it but making sure you keep your head up and move through it is what’ll help you make it out alive.”

You can watch the video below.



Album Review: Hot Water Music – “Light It Up”

Before Hot Water Music was a band I loved, they were a band I wanted to love. From the outside looking in, there’s an undeniable something about the band’s output that makes you wish you were a part of it. Maybe it’s the minor cult of personality surrounding Chuck Ragan– Hemingway-styled man’s man and gravel-throated troubadour. It could be the name too, Hot Water Music— a name shared with a short story collection by Charles Bukowski. Then, of course, there’s the music itself. At once groove-based, experimental, airy, and tightly interlocked– then also, inherently singable, loud and anthemic. With so many ideas making up the core of Hot Water Music, it’s easy to forget that the actual core of the band is four people: Chuck, Chris, George, and Jason. And more than anything, how each member irreplaceably contributes is what makes all the difference.

I have fond memories of Fuel for the Hate Game, it was my first Hot Water Music album, and as music cliches go, it’ll probably always be my favorite. I had already heard Fugazi, so I at least had a band to namecheck against its post-hardcore approach to melody and rhythm. “Turnstile” the most unabashed punk banger on the album, reeled me into the new waters, and soon the rest of the album followed. By the time Exister came out, I felt like a seasoned fan, rolling around in the muck and excitement of a new Hot Water release.

Well, we’ve come to the end of one release cycle and entered a new one. Fittingly, it’s time to write one of my favorite collections of words: Hot Water Music is back. Light It Up wants you to know from the get-go that it is a Hot Water Music album, both a continuation of what they’ve been doing years and a sonic scrapbook. Before you even start spinning, the album artwork hearkens back to the wonderful and abstract cubism of Scott Sinclair’s art. Then, there’s also the fact that this album, for the first time since Fuel for the Hate Game, is totally produced by the band. For better or worse, this release carries with it the same weight as a self-titled album. Hot Water Music wants you to know they’re back, and across Light It Up, they’re exploring everything that makes them unique.

Light It Up is a latter-day Hot Water Music album, so game-changing is out of the question. In this stage of any band’s career, there are few boundaries to adequately explore that don’t feel perfunctory or worse, stale. The best you can hope for from a band with a handful of classic albums is that their new stuff is what they’re excited about playing. And continuing the theme of distilling the essence of Hot Water Music– the time honored back to roots approach of latter-day album making– they have reintroduced some of the band’s old idiosyncrasies that were sadly missing from Exister. The Chris Wollard led tracks are the most obvious in these regards, as they usually are. “Vultures” verses are shouted, a throwback to the band’s own hardcore influence and “Overload” is carried by the bass fills that have been with the band since the start. On “Show Your Face,” we get to hear a more aggressive Chuck Ragan delivery than usual, with him barking the opening verse. Hearing Chuck tap into his punk side a little more on this album is a real treat, as I thought some of the most off-notes of Exister were when it felt like we got the electric B-sides of a Revival Tour jam. He actually delivers the angriest track this time around– “Sympathizer”– a mid-tempo banger with a nasty minor-key riff that punctuates lines like, “It’s safe to say you burned our bridge!” It’s an easy standout in an album full of quality songs.

“Bury Your Idols” is a Chuck Ragan-belter that begs to be screamed along to in sweaty crowds. This song and others, bring to mind that as Hot Water Music has aged, they have settled comfortably into a punk rock sound that takes as much from early Bad Religion as Fugazi. The hearty and melodic woahs that appear across Light It Up make the case well, and while I could argue it strays the band further from their core (but, I could also point to “Wayfarer” off Caution and wonder what the fuck I’m talking about in the first place), they execute everything with such gusto that it’s hard to say any one element doesn’t belong. Big woahs aren’t what I go to a Hot Water Music album for, but they make for sweaty communion in the live setting. And if anything, that might be what has guided the band from an angular post-hardcore outfit to gritty anthem-writers– it’s hard to project yourself onto twisting rhythms, but traditional songwriting is tried and true and more connective than most of us want to admit. The fact that Hot Water Music hasn’t totally bled out all of their abrasion is a minor miracle. “Light It Up” is literally a marriage between the past and present, one of their fastest tracks in a long time, filled with fast-spitting vocals and yes, a big woah chorus.

The album closes with “Take You Away,” an impassioned track with a killer lead vocal performance from Chuck Ragan and some call and response. And I think, that is essentially why Light It Up works so well. It’s not groundbreaking for Hot Water Music, but it makes good on every disparate element of their music and delivers in the spirit, if not the exact formula– it’s passionate, but also, it has integrity. It comes through in the vocal performances, the emocore-hearkening lead on “Rabbit Key,” the fluid basslines on “Complicated,” and George Rebelo’s glue like drumming that keeps so many strong voices on the same team without losing his own.

Again, I take a deep breath and say my favorite words: Hot Water Music is back. Light It Up is a record of songs that wanted to be written, an album that respects the past without slaving to it. As an entity, Hot Water Music has already made their bones, and with Light It Up, they’re telling the world they plan to keep them.

4/5



Bare Teeth (skate punk, France) stream acoustic video for “Behind the Wall”

French skate punk four-piece Bare Teeth are streaming a video for their acoustic version of “Behind the Wall”. The track appears on the group’s 2017 full-length, First the Town, Then the World both as a full band version, and the stripped back acoustic rendition which the visuals below accompany. Enjoy!



City Limits (pop punk, NJ) stream teaser track “Orange Whip” from forthcoming album “Secret Holiday”

New Jersey pop punkers City Limits have gifted fans a sneak peak at their forthcoming album Secret Holiday. The teaser track they’ve posted is called “Orange Whip” and if it manages to wet your appetite for the rest of the record, you’ll have to wait until the September 22, 2017 for it to drop.

You can listen to “Orange Whip” below.



Save One (pop punk, Canada) stream Brain Damage EP

Canadian pop punk four-piece Save One are allowing fans to stream their latest EP for free. Entitled Brain Damage, it features four tracks of fast, fun, and infectious pop punk .

Brain Damage is the latest release from Save One since Sitting on a Bench Waiting for a Bus which dropped earlier this year. Take a listen to the band’s most recent material below.



Satanic Surfers begin recording first album in 12 years

Swedish skate punk veterans Satanic Surfers recently announced that they have begun tracking down their first studio album in 12 years. Not many details were given, but the band posted pictures from the studio on their Instagram page, with one of them reading, “New album in the making”.

Satanic Surfers released their last album Taste the Poison way back in 2005 through Bad Taste Records.



Riptides streaming new album “Canadian Graffiti”

Ottawa pop-punks The Riptides are now streaming their new album Canadian Graffiti. You can give the record a listen below, and buy it on vinyl here / digital here.

Canadian Graffiti was released on September 12th through Something To Do Records. It’s the band’s first album in 8 years, following 2009’s Tales From Planet Earth.



DS Exclusive: Eat Dirt (UK Punk) Premieres Video for “Dead.” From Debut Album

This London based punk rock collective features members whose identities have been kept a secret over the course of their first year as a band, but we’re told all of them have been in some pretty big bands prior to embarking on this new endeavour. Following Brexit, in late 2016, and the subsequent spiralling maelstrom of political idiocy and rising tensions throughout the UK and abroad, Eat Dirt was born and they were not happy! The quartet’s debut four track EP, EAT DIRT – I, is a raging, visceral blast of uber-aggressive, no frills punk rock which clocks in at a tidy five minutes. Today, we’re pleased to premiere the newest music video from that fantastic freshman album! When asked about the video for the track “Dead.” the lads explained, “The song is about jealous people, and lazy people, and people who refuse to help themselves. The video is made up of clips mocking the behaviour of evangelist preachers who pray on the weak, they’re subhuman scum who manipulate and steal from the people they claim they’re trying to help.” So, stop being a loaf and put your peepers on the video, exclusively here at Dying Scene, below!



Telethon premiere newest video for single off their upcoming album, “The Grand Spontanean”

Milwaukee’s Telethon continue their march toward their new album, “The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told in Five Acts,” with a video for their latest single, “Succinct, the Optimist.”

As we covered in July, the thirty-track concept album will feature guests such as Roger Lima of Less Than Jake and Chris Farren, among others.

Check out the new video below and prepare yourself for a rad pit-stained keyboard solo.



Grievances release preview tracks from upcoming album “Late Bloomers”

Canada continues their slow invasion to the south with Grievances hotly thrusting downward from London, Ontario into the placid nethers of Lake Erie. I mean, that’s how I’d do it anyway.

Ahem. Grievances have released two tracks from their upcoming album “Late Bloomers,” which will be released on October 6th via Chisel Records. You can check out “Obscurity” and “I Want to Die” below, and preorder the album for nine shiny Trudeau Dollahs at bandcamp.



Free Compilation from Boripunk Asso: Sampler #14

Belgian punk label and festival organization Boripunk Asso are streaming their 14th compilation album which you can listen to below. The album contains 22 tracks from various bands and genres but don’t worry it is mainly punk! Give it a listen or download it for free as it’s a good way to discover new bands!



Sordid Ship (punk) stream new self titled album

Last year we introduced you to French punk act Sordid Ship . The band are now streaming their new three track release which you can listen to below. This self titled album is the follow up to “Cocaine Offshore” which came out in August 2016.



Johnny Automatic (Punk) perform “She Said” Live From The Rock Room

More videos coming from The Rock Room tonight! Next up is Johnny Automatic performing “She Said”. The track is taken from their last album “Robots, Machines and Weapons” which was released back in November 2014. Check it out below.

The band will be opening for punk legends The Vibrators on September 22nd at Brauerhouse Lombard, Illinois. It is part of The Vibrators last US tour. You can get more info here.