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DS Exclusive: Derek Zanetti (Homeless Gospel Choir) on new album, the importance of punk rock and working with Frank Turner

Derek Zanetti, aka The Homeless Gospel Choir embodies everything that makes punk great. He is a punk musician to the core who embodies a D.I.Y punk aesthetic where every song drips with authenticity and truth. He is that rare artist who can deliver a more affecting, relatable message in one single line than most bands manage on an entire album. His vulnerable lyrics and almost painful honesty often deal with his own mental health issues yet he can also be almost cruelly self-deprecating and uproariously funny. Similarly, his music is overtly political, following a proud tradition of folk-punk musicians such as Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Davey Dynamite etc who use their voice to address the injustices, inequalities and general intolerance that sadly infects modern society.

Since releasing his 2010 debut album “Some People Never Go Anywhere”, Zanetti has built a dedicated following both in his native Pittsburgh and further afield. 2014’s “I Used To Be So Young” garnered him a degree of critical acclaim as well as some famous fans in the shape of Frank Turner and former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. New album, “Normal” features the same poignant, soul-stirring lyrical nous you would expect but also showcases a greater mastery of song craft as songs move from folk-punk to Americana to anthemic pop punk in the form of “Crazy”, “1983” and the defining and triumphant “Normal”. A beautifully succinct statement to the world about what it means to suddenly find yourself part of the all encompassing, life-changing scene that is punk rock.

Before Zanetti embarks on a huge tour with Beach Slang and Frank Iero and the Patience, Dying Scene had the chance to talk with the always gracious and engaging Zanetti about the “Normal” album, the influence of folk-punk great Frank Turner, working with Frank Iero as well as why the very ideals that punk embodies still coarse through his veins.

Check out the interview below.



Billy Bragg releases new single “Why We Build the Wall”

Folk-punk icon Billy Bragg has released a new single titled “Why We Build the Wall”. This is a cover of a track originally by American singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell.

You can give it a listen below.

Bragg’s latest studio album Tooth & Nail came out in 2013. He premiered another single titled “The Sleep of Reason” earlier this year.



Days n Daze Announce tour dates

Houston’s Days N Daze have announced tour dates in support of their latest release “Crustfall”. Check out the full list of dates below.

The tour will kick off on September 1st and will last for around a month. Check the band’s facebook page for updates on dates that are waiting to be announced.

“Crustfall” was released on March 23rd, you can listen to it here.



Early Riser premieres “pop up” video for ‘Find Me for the Waltz’

Brooklyn based Folk punk ensemble Early Riser has premiered a brand new video. ‘Find Me for the Waltz”s visual representation became a fun love letter to VH1’s late, great Pop Up Video show. Definitely head down below to check it out.

Early Riser’s debut LP ‘Currents‘ came out earlier this Summer via Anchorless Records and A-F Records



Human Kitten (Folk-punk) streams first track “Stuck Neverlasting” from upcoming album

Ocean City, Maryland folk-punk artist Human Kitten is streaming a new track titled “Stuck Neverlasting.” You can listen to it below.

“Stuck Neverlasting” is the first track from Human Kitten’s upcoming album Velvet Waltz. Initially his next release was planned to be 2 companion EPs, however now the ideas have been combined to be a single album release. Velvet Waltz is set to be released on October 31.



Gogol Bordello streaming new album “Seekers and Finders”

Gogol Bordello‘s new album Seekers and Finders came out today, and is available to stream. You can give the full 11-song LP a listen below.

Head over here to grab your copy of Seekers and Finders.



Adam France (Burn Burn Burn) and Well Okay release split “Nothing Mattress”

Adam France of Seattle’s Burn Burn Burn, Well Okay, and Zombiecock has released a split via Tiny Dragon Music and OldGrowth Productions.

The four track release is pretty hot, gravelly acoustic goodness. You can check it out in the stream below, then be sure to head over to bandcamp to throw money at these fine gentlemen.



Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers announces Song Of The Week Club

This is something cool that all you fans of Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will enjoy.  Rob Taxpayer has announced that he is starting up a Song Of The Week Club.  Here’s Rob explaining what it’s all about:

“It’s called “Song of the Week Club”. It’s basically where I send you a song I’ve been working on every week. Sometimes I might tell you how I wrote it, what it’s about, and the chords, which might be interesting to those of you who are thinking about getting into songwriting.

It’ll be through the platform Patreon, because I’m not terribly computer savvy and can’t figure it out on my own.

I generally write and record a demo song every other night, and only about 5% of those songs end up being songs we use for Taxpayers albums. I’ve been getting sad that nobody hears these songs except for me and the cats, and I thought that this would be a nice way to connect with the world on a more regular basis than the once-per-year-album the Taxpayers usually put out.”

You can sign up for this club over at Patreon for just 5 bucks a month!



Mixtape Saints (UK, Folk Punk) release new single “Heartbreak Radio, Cars and Rain”

Birmingham, UK based folk punks Mixtape Saints have released new single “Heartbreak Radio, Cars and Rain”. The single is out on Disconnect, Disconnect Records and promises to be the first output ahead of a busy period for the band. Speaking to DS, bassist Mark said this on the track: “We’re delighted to be sharing new music & excited to keep the momentum going in terms of playing shows & recording/releasing more new music starting with the split 12″ with Wolvesx4”. More news on the split as it comes out.

Have a listen to the track below.



AJJ (folk punk) are streaming their latest EP “Back in the Jazz Coffin”

Folk punk quartet AJJ are allowing fans to stream their latest EP release. Entitled Back in the Jazz Coffin, the record is the seventh studio effort from the band. It features five tracks of introspective acoustic punk music, and is available to stream in its entirety below.



The Homeless Gospel Choir stream new album ‘The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal’ in full

Pittsburgh, PA’s political folk punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir is streaming its brand new album in full. ‘The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal’ won’t be out until tomorrow (18th of August) via A-F Records, but is already up for streaming.

The album contains some great guest vocals by the likes of Frank Turner and Frank Iero. You can pick up a copy here or buy one from the band itself on one of the following tour dates below.



Coffee Project brew up video for “Wasted Love”

Acoustic punk duo Coffee Project, the side project featuring Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Savage Brewtality’s Jake Crown, have made their video for “Wasted Love” available for your streaming pleasure. Check it out below.

Formed as an outlet for the two musicians to write and record songs that might not fit with their main projects, Coffee Project released their 1st EP Wasted Love on July 16th through A-F Records.

If ska-folk didn’t exist before, it does now. And, it sounds good…there’s an elemental quality to the stripped down production and bareness of the sound. Catch them at this year’s Fest.



Live Nude Girls (Boston Folk Punk) stream new album “Make Mama Proud”

Boston Folk Punk act Live Nude Girls are streaming their latest release Make Mama Proud.

You can give it a listen below.

Make Mama Proud was released on July 28th, 2017.



Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball) streams “Gold and Green”

Slaughter Beach, Dog (the folk project of Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame) is streaming “Green and Gold”, a track from the newly announced record “Birdie”, out October 27th on Lame-O Records.

Pre-orders for “Birdie” are available now physically and digitally via Lame-O Records, in the UK/Europe via Big Scary Monsters, and in Australia via Cooking Vinyl. You can listen to “Green and Gold” below – and check on the Fall tour that has been announced.



No folk punk allowed! UK denies visas for Serbian punks; they retaliate with a rather amusing protest song

Apparently the UK government has no interest in allowing Serbian punk act The Worldly Savages to play their folk noise at our lovely festivals. In trying to stop the spread of folk punk, the government saw it fit to deny visas to half the band members! It is not the first time I’ve heard of bands having problems this year; who knows how ridiculous it will become after Brexit!

The band is scheduled to play Boomtown Festival this coming Friday; the good news is they will still be playing, the sad news is that it will be a stripped down version with half the members left behind in Serbia!

Well the band was not too happy about the situation and took to youtube to protest UK visa restrictions. You can check the rather amusing video for “21st Century Racism” below. It’s actually very catchy and raises a good point about border controls.