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Album Review: The Playbook – “All I Am Is What You Left Behind”

The Playbook are a fantastic but largely unknown pop-punk act from Melbourne, Australia, and tomorrow they will be releasing their debut album All I Am Is What You Left Behind. The band previously released a three track self-titled EP back in 2015 as their first release with vocalist Laura D’Urbano, featuring a new spin on their sound and some great steps forward for the band. Going into this debut album I was hoping this sound would further be developed and the album would be full of quality tracks like the EP, and it definitely didn’t let me down.

All I Am Is What You Left Behind shows musically The Playbook are growing, with a great catchy sound, fun up-tempo tracks, and some great lines peppered throughout. The themes of the album follow the general pop-punk flow of relationships lost and feeling out of place, but doesn’t feel obnoxious in doing so. The whole band providing backing vocals at times feels very nostalgic of late 2000’s pop-punk, and the layering of vocals on tracks like “Falling Short” and “Something To Live For” add a great element to the band’s sound.

An early track on the album, “Sleep State,” lights up the first half of the album beautifully. The track has a bitter and angry spark to it with some great rhythms leading to a very nice acoustic section, building into the always welcome gang vocals. Right on from here we go into “Regardless…”, a gentle acoustic track that serves as an opener for “Reach.” An incredibly strong section of the album building very well to the anthemic line “Regardless, you’re gutless” which just begs to be yelled out at a live show.

“The Law of Motion” has a wistful ballad aura around it, featuring cello and violin sections to create a nice lead up to the ending section of the album. The track transitions straight into the up-tempo “Visions Once Golden,” with a similar theme of loss but showing the more pop-punk side of the band. The track features great tempo and sonically some of the best sounds the band has made. Whilst The Playbook sit comfortably in the pop-punk genre lyrically, musically they infuse elements of melodic hardcore in similar to how bands such as The Story So Far or fellow Australians Trophy Eyes do in a very sonically pleasing way.

“Something To Live For” is a faster and harder track than most of the rest of the album, moving into that melodic hardcore leaning sound the band’s previous EP touched on. The track features a great dynamic between Laura D’Urbano’s ranged voice and some background yells. A very quick but effective track to lead into another slow builder in “Resolutions Like Fireworks.” The track name is amazing, and the song follows that quite well. The common theme of loss of love seems different on this track, much more sorrowful and self reflective, a permanent loss focused in on as opposed to a breakup. A moving song as the penultimate track on The Playbook’s debut album.

There’s still a lot of growth left in The Playbook, after getting a new vocalist it took a little while for them to find the direction they wanted to go in, but this album is a great sign of them finding just that. They’ve got a very solid pop-punk mixing with melodic hardcore sound on the album, with some stand-out impressive moments, and from here their sound needs to keep developing until they fully find their own unique place. All I Am Is What You Left Behind is set to drop tomorrow, February 12th, but you can listen to the singles “Reach,” “Locked Away,” and most recently “Visions Once Golden” below.



DS Exclusive: The Scutches Premiere Video for “Worth Enough” From Upcoming Album Negatory

 

Veteran pop punkers, The Scutches are ringing in the Spring with a brand new album and to celebrate the impending release, the Long Island lads have made a music video for the first single “Worth Enough”. The album, titled Negatory, will mark the quartet’s eighth studio release, not counting various splits and singles and will be distributed with the help of Oregon punk label Something To Do Records (preorders coming soon). While you wait, stream the brand new video, exclusively here at Dying Scene, below



Southpaw (pop punk) streaming new album “White Lighter Myth”

Michigan pop punks Southpaw are streaming their new album “White Lighter Myth”. I was particularly impressed with the track “Camouflage”, very pleasing sound.They are also currently out on tour with Sleeping With Sirens, Set It Off and The Gospel Youth.

Check out the new album and the remaining tour dates below.

This is the third release for Southpaw, the first since 2017’s “Whatever Happens”. If your a fan of the Penske File or Yellowcard these guys are a blend of those two pleasant sounds.



Oh See Demons (Norway, pop-punk) stream upcoming album “Personal Issues”

Norwegian pop-punks Oh See Demons release their debut album, “Personal Issues”, on February 23rd. The record will be released on 12” vinyl and digital platforms. 

Ahead of the release, the band are offering three of the songs from it on their Bandcamp page. You can also have a listen to the tracks below.



Harker stream upcoming album “No Discordance”

Brighton punks Harker are streaming their debut album, “No Discordance”, which is out on February 9th via Disconnect Disconnect Records. Pre-orders for the vinyl, CD and cassette pressings are available via the band’s Bandcamp.

You can listen to the album over at Already Heard. A list of upcoming dates is below.



The Palatines (Face to Face meets Teenage Bottlerocket) announce “Death From Below”, release video for “Mina Doesn’t Know”

Face To Face plus Teenage Bottlerocket. Doesn’t that sound like a great f’ing combo? If not, please proceed to the next story. If you’re intrigued, I highly recommend you take a moment to add Texas pop-punk trio The Palatines to your radar right after checking out the music video to their new tune “Mina Doesn’t Know” below.

The track will appear on the band’s upcoming, debut full-length “Death From Below”, which you can pre-order on the group’s bandcamp.

 



We Were Sharks release video for new song “Hotel Beds”

Ottawa pop-punks We Were Sharks have released a music video for a new song titled “Hotel Beds”. Check it out below, along with dates for their US tour that kicks off tonight.

The band’s new album Lost Touch releases on February 23rd through Victory Records.



The Wonder Years announce new album “Sister Cities”

The Wonder Years have announced their new album Sister Cities will be released on April 6th through Hopeless Records. You can check out a teaser video for the record below.

The band’s last studio album No Closer to Heaven came out in 2015.



Video: Mike Herrera performs acoustic version of “Dead Man Walking” Live from the Rock Room

Mike Herrera of MxPx/Tumbledown is the latest musician to appear on Live From The Rock Room. In this video Herrera performs an acoustic rendition of Tumbledown’s song “Dead Man Walking.” You can watch the video below.

Live from the Rock Room is an ongoing webcast started by Smoking Popes drummer, Mike Felumlee, in which he has bands stop by his tiny studio just outside Chicago to play music and chat.



DS Exclusive: At Face Value Premieres Video for “Cinderella” From Upcoming EP

Baltimore, Maryland’s At Face Value (formally just Face Value) has a new album coming out later this Spring and to get you hooked, they sent over the debut music video from the upcoming EP Ivy & Echo. When we asked the lads about the video for the song, bassist Grayson Ross told us “’Cinderella’ was our first jab at writing a lighthearted party song. We came to a consensus that most of our songs are pretty sad or angry, so we wanted to mix it up. In the past, any attempt at writing a ‘merry’ song, seemed so cheese-ball. So, I started with the line ‘Tonight I’ll be, out back kicking it with old friends, listening to every song you can’t stand’. From there it formed into this loose story about getting over a negative situation through friendship. The name ‘Cinderella’ is an inside joke because I kept confusing our interim song title, ‘Skippity-BAM-BAM’ with ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’, which is how we got to ‘Cinderella’. We wanted a sort of Cinderella story with the video. We had a parkour gym location with Walmart animal mask, and just combined these in a cauldron with a hint of “The Wiggles” and what came out was this crazy, wonky, fast video.” Check it out below!



You Vandal premiere new video for “Collapse”

Gainesville’s You Vandal have premiered a new video for “Collapse,” a single off their most recent album, “I Just Want To Go Back To Hell.”

Check out the video below along with some February and March tour dates for the south and midwest US!



Chicago pop-punk trio This Obsession signs to Wiretap Records, premieres new song from upcoming album

This Obsession, my new favorite best-kept secret in pop-punk has signed with Wiretap Records are premiering a lyric video for “Deep Water,” a single off their upcoming album, “A Confrontational Effort.” The album is slated to have a digital release on March 16th, and was recorded at Bombshelter Studios with Dan Precision of 88 Fingers Louie and Rise Against.

You can check out the lyric video for “Deep Water” below. The song will be available on Spotify this Friday, February 2nd.

I’m pretty damn excited to hear more from This Obsession. This song definitely gave me flashbacks to From Here to Infirmary/Good Mourning-era Alkaline Trio, which brought on further flashbacks to being in the throes of my horrible, horrible puberty. If you like what you hear, head over to bandcamp to preorder the album!



The Murderburgers release video (Live from The Rock Room) for “Stackers are Awesome”

The Murderburgers have just released their new video for “Stackers are Awesome,” on Live from The Rock Room in Westmont, Illinois.

The band’s latest album The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People came out in 2016 through Asian Man Records and Round Dog Records.

Check out the video below!



El Topo Goes Loco (Belgium) announces full line-up

Belgium ska/punk festival El Topo Goes Loco has announced its full line-up. As every year the tiny town of Mol, Belgium gets to enjoy some of the finest horned and non-horned acts out there. Including, but not limited to, The Bombpops, Mark Foggo’s Skasters, Not Available, Darko and Lotus. Pre-sales are available here with no extra service costs.

Head down below for the full line-up.



DS Exclusive: DeeCRACKS debut video for new track, “Standing On My Head”

Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Your friends at Dying Scene are stoked to bring you the exclusive debut of Austrian Ramones-core kings DeeCRACKS brand new video. It’s for a track called “Standing On My Head,” and you can check it out below!

“Standing On My Head” is the first track on the upcoming DeeCRACKS album, Sonic Delusions, which is slated to hit the streets and/or your inboxes on February 23rd via the kind folks at Pirates Press. It marks their first full-length album since 2014’s Beyond Medication, which was released on Monster Zero.