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The Scratches (Skate Punk, OH) release video for “I Can’t Hear You”

Columbus, OH skate punk/pop punk trio The Scratches have released a video for “I Can’t Hear You”, a track from their upcoming EP “Pull The Plug”. The EP is out August 3rd, with the title track also streaming via the band’s Bandcamp.

Have a watch of “I Can’t Hear You” below.



MxPx release video for new track “Rolling Strong”

Following recent video “Let’s Ride“, MxPx have released another video for “Rolling Strong”. Both tracks are from their upcoming, eponymously titled full length. The album was crowdfunded (with the campaign still ongoing) and various merch packages are now up ahead of this month’s release.

Have a watch of the video below.



Another Astronaut(pop-punk) stream single “Parkway”

Bronx, NY’s Another Astronaut are streaming a new single “Parkway” featuring guest vocals by Danielle Minch of Behind the Facade.

They last released Arrested Development in December of 2017.

Check out the stream below.



Odd Robot stream new song “West Coast Girls”

Fullerton, CA-based punk band Odd Robot have a new single out titled “West Coast Girls.” It is from their upcoming release Amnesiatic, which is scheduled to be released on August 3 via Wiretap Records.

Amnesiatic is the follow-up to their 2017 debut LP A Late Night Panic.

Stream the single below.



Dear Youth (pop-punk) stream new EP “You Could Wish Me The Best”

Montreal pop-punk band Dear Youth have released their new EP via Anchor 84. The EP, You Could Wish Me the Best was released on June 29 and is their debut with Anchor 84.

You can stream the EP below.



Dial Drive continue Summer Riot Tour

Orlando punks Dial Drive are continuing on their tour, Summer Riot which will wrap up on July 8. The boys are touring in support of their new EP “Viva Le’ Jit” (A Jam Records) which began in Orlando and will wrap up in Nashville, TN.

Check out the flyer above for dates and make sure to grab some tickets if they’re heading to a venue near you.



Album Review: Goldfinger – “The Knife”

John Feldman took some heat for The Knife. Many referred to it as the first John Feldman and Friends album rather than the seventh Goldfinger album. Feldman, the only remaining original member of the band, is now joined by Mike Herrera of MxPx, Phil Sneed formerly of Story of the Year, and, on the album anyway but not usually in concert, Travis Barker of blink-182. That’s a hell of a super group Feldman put together following his messy breakup with original drummer Darrin Pfeiffer the year before.

Feldman does more producing these days than he does performing, and he hit the biggest-of-times producing and co-writing blink-182’s Grammy nominated California. Some have complained that the songs on The Knife sound too much like California rejects. It’s easy to imagine Feldman hanging on to drum tracks from unfinished Blink songs and deciding to use them for himself, particular on “See You Around”, a slower song which actually features Mark Hoppus singing the second verse but is otherwise the most forgettable song on the album, and “Put The Knife Away”, one of the strongest songs here, and what would have been among the strongest song on California.

Still, there are plenty of us simply happy to have a new Goldfinger album, no matter who is playing now.  A lot has changed since Goldfinger’s gritty debut-album back in 1996, so indicative of mid-90s punk, very similar to Dude Ranch, really, as far as style and production-quality goes, minus the ska-influence of course. Feldman looks exactly the same as he did in the “Here In Your Bedroom” video, though his voice twenty-one-years earlier is almost unrecognizable.

The Knife opens with “A Millions Miles”, taking off at ludicrous speed just as “Mind’s Eye” kicked off the self-titled album once upon a time.  The brief second verse morphs into an upbeat ska feel before hitting the chorus again – “Where did my life go? I just can’t hold it back no more” – followed by a barrage of whoas to take us out; at 2:05, “A Million Miles” is a great opener.

“Get What I Need” is the kind of song the Goldfinger purists are looking for – a straight-forward ska song with horns a-blasting and lyrics filled with nostalgia, drug references, and f-bombs. Later on, “Who’s Laughing Now” is another throwback representing what was so great about ska’s far-too-brief time in the mainstream sun – more horns, more breakneck lyrics, reinventing a line from a classic children’s song (“ashes, ashes, we all fall down”), heys and more whoas, and a pretty sick “This is not the end-o” breakdown.

The cover looks like a Tim Burton movie, but there’s nothing macabre about “Tijuana Sunrise”, one of the singles used to promote The Knife, a slower ska-reggae song, with a great lead-trombone line and a full horn section later on. More nostalgia-themed lyrics here, though now Feldman is focusing on the not-so-good moments, that some things aren’t as good as they used to be – “I’ve been drinking to forget just how good it was, I was drinking with you, then I’m drinking ‘til noon, now I’m drinking by myself”. “Don’t Let Me Go” is the album’s mellow song, a slow and beautiful reggae song again featuring tip-top trombone-playing and possibly Feldman’s best singing ever.

Time for some complaints, though: “Am I Deaf”, the first song released from The Knife back in 2013, sounds far too much like turn-of-the-century Good Charlotte and Sum-41, which personally I can’t stand. “Orthodontist Girl” is only a so-so song without taking into account the freakin’ weird lyrics, i.e. “with your gloves on, it’s like you’re inside me, yeah, it turns me on.” “Liftoff” isn’t a bad song, but it’s way out of place, sort of a reggae song but too overproduced to recognize as one. The lyrics are clever, though, and Nick Hexum guest sings, which is kind of cool because 311 always recorded a reggae song or two for their albums, but overall it doesn’t seem like it belongs. And speaking of lyrics, the chorus for “Say It Out Loud” contains the weakest lyrics on the album – “say it out loud right to my face”, over and over and over again – and the song in general sounds like a poor man’s version of Weezer’s“(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I want You To”, only with a terrible sax solo in the latter half.

As for the ho-hum songs – the good but not overwhelmingly fantastic – I would include “Beacon”, which has possibly the strongest lyrics but musically is, well, ho-hum, and I’d also categorize “Mila” here, a cute song about Feldman’s daughter (remember that Hello, Destiny’s bonus track was “Julian”, about his other kid). Oh and “See You Around,” too, which I earlier described as forgettable because it’s the one song I always forget about.

Still, I say if you can get over the massive lineup overhaul and get past the similarities with the last blink-182 album, this album has more highlights than lowlights. I mean, “Put The Knife Away” is about as strong a pop-punk song as I’ve heard in many, many years, and might be the strongest song on the album. I’m not sure. The Knife has several contenders.

4/5 Stars



Harker announce tour dates, release new music video

Brighton punks Harker have announced some summer tour dates with Austria’s Astpai.  To go along with this news, the band has also released a new music video for their song “Black Dog,” which comes from their debut album, No Discordance.

You can check out the video and tour dates below.

No Discordance was released on February 9th via Disconnect Disconnect Records.



The Living End release video for new song “Don’t Lose It”

Australian punks The Living End have released a lyric video for their first single “Don’t Lose It” off their upcoming album due out later this year.

The Living End last released Shift in 2016.

Check out the video below.



Babe Patrol (melodic punk) streams new EP “Rich and Bored”

New York City-based melodic-punk outfit Babe Patrol have released a new EP titled Rich & Bored and you can stream the entire thing below.

The EP is the follow-up to their 2017 full-length Roughed Up



MxPx release video for new track “Let’s Ride”

MxPx have released a video for “Let’s Ride”, a track from their upcoming, eponymously titled full length. The album was crowdfunded (with the campaign still ongoing) and various merch packages are now up ahead of this month’s release.

You can have a watch of the video below.



Encapsulated Records Stream Sampler “Quarter Hour of Power”

Missouri-based Encapsulated Records are streaming a 14 track sampler of minute-long (give or take a few seconds) tunes. On Quarter Hour of Power, you can expect to hear music from Fister, Horror Section, Chalked Up, and Better Days. The complete roster of bands span an eclectic range of punk rock’s sub-genres meaning there’s something for everyone on this release.

You can check out Quarter Hour of Power below.



For Heads Down (Melodic Hardcore, Germany) Stream Tracks From Forthcoming Full-Length “Resurgence”

German melodic hardcore group For Heads Down are allowing fans to stream a few tracks off their forthcoming album “Resurgence”. The release is penned for July 20, 2018 and is being handled by Melodic Punk Style.

“Resurgence” will be the first recordfrom the group since the 2013 effort Storm Warning. According to For Heads Down’s bandcamp, their latest material should excite fans of Andrenalized, Much The Same, and A Wilhelm Scream.

You can listen to three of the tracks from “Resurgence” whilst you wait for the full release below.



Album Review: Turnspit – “Desire Paths”

Holy Crap this year has totally gotten away from me.  It’s almost half over and I feel like I haven’t done a damn thing but work, sleep, and drink.  I was supposed to review Creeper Eternity in Our Arms.  I dunno.  I think enough has been said about that album.  I tried to put pen to paper but could find no motivation.  It didn’t help that during my listening I said to my wife “Don’t these guys remind you of Alkaline Trio.”  She replied, “They remind me of Meat Loaf.”  Ooof.

I don’t know whether it’s Trump in the Whitehouse or what, but it’s just hard to get motivated to do anything.  And nothing is moving me from my inertia.  Finally a beacon of hope.  Midwest Punk Fest in my home town of Bloomington IL.  While going through some of the bands, I stumbled upon Turnspit.  I know Turnspit because they are on Dodgeball and Mike Felumlee of Smoking Popes (Alkaline Trio, Bigger Empty, etc.) is associated with that outfit.  I’ve been meaning to give this a listen and now I’ve got a good reason!  So I start my first review of the year with a band that is playing Midwest Punk Fest and also happens to have a fairly new record, Desire Paths.

Turnspit is a four piece out of Chicago.  They play catchy pop punk alternating between female (Gillian McGhee) and male (Jason Swearingen) vocals.  Dan Tinkler (Drums) and Bradley Davis (Bass) provide the rhythm.  The first thing that will catch your attention as you spin Desire Paths is Gillian McGhee’s powerful voice.  You have to put it up there with the best and I just can’t pin it down who she reminds me of.  Is it Karen O?  Natalie Merchant?  Patti Smith? Erica Freas (RVIVR)?  I’m torn, but safe to say she’s in good company.

Let’s get to the record.  The opener Irish Name puts Gillian’s powerful wail on full display.  She’s hitting some notes here and without losing any musicality.  Should pique most folks interest.  It also has that jump you’d expect from Chicago punk.  That jump probably resulted from the production at Atlas Studios, a Chicago institution.  I’m not sure if the mighty Matt Allison was on the boards for this, but it has that bite and super clean production that he is known for.  No doubt Atlas allows the best of Turnspit to shine through on Desire PathsBreath Taking pops up next and it reminds the listener that Turnspit has two distinctly different vocalists.  This dichotomy really intrigues me because, as Gillian can be sharp and biting, Jason is gruff and low.  Walk Away makes you want to get up and dance, it hearkens back to 80s power pop, you’ll catch the Natalie Merchant vibe previously noted.  Apologies, I have so, so many features both vocalists.  The interchange really works for the song and should get you in the feels if you’ve ever had a rocky relationship.  The title track, Desire Paths, allows Jason to show his vocal chops and you can play the game of who he reminds you of here, Ryan Young, Chuck Ragan?  Skin puts forth an important message about sexual abuse and female empowerment.  I applaud Gillian for having the guts to open up about these issues.  Home is run no more shows Turnspit knows how to bring the punk.  Given gives Jason a chance to open his heart in a jumpy acoustic number.  I don’t need to describe every song on the record!  If you are still reading, go to Dodgeball Records website and give it a listen!

The songs on Desire Paths come strong from beginning to end.  It’s eminently listenable and each track has its own identity.  Turnspit does a great job of keeping to the genre without becoming formulaic.  Desire Paths currently holds a spot in my top 10 of 2018.  Give it a spin.

4/5 Stars



New single from Dan Cribb and The Isolated “Run Away”

Anyone following Dan Cribb lately will know he is busy with his The Worst Tribute Ever album of Simpson’s covers. However in between writing and demoing he managed to find himself alone and writing. It was during this moment of isolation where “Run Away” was born.

This is the first original music from Cribb since 2015’s split release with Alkaline Trio’s Derek Grant.

Check out this therapeutic pop-punk gem below.