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DS Photo Gallery: Clutch’s “Psychic Warfare” Tour Steamrolls Providence (w/Lucero)

There are some bands that you might not be otherwise familiar yet, but then you see them live and you totally get what all the fuss is about, and that said performances just kinda stick with you forever. Clutch, for me is one of those bands. We’re rounding the corner of two decades since the very first time I saw the Maryland-based quartet (at the 1997 HempFest in Boston alongside Tree and Sam Black Church, if you’re interested), and the second they took the stage at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, I was immediately transported right back to that place in time.

Now a lot has obviously changed over the twenty years since (not the least of which are hair color and waistlines, and I’m specifically referencing myself). Clutch’s sound has evolved to become a little dirtier and swampier; they’ve always been a solid live band, but now they’re downright explosive.  were a solid live band back then; they now qualify as a premier live act. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster serves as the anchor to the whole ship. Gaster plays loud, explosive style but has achieved a certain level of transcendence at his craft that he almost looks effortless; like Lebron James toying with Serge Ibaka and the Raptors in the last round of the NBA Playoffs. Tim Sult (lead guitar) and Dan Maines (bass) stay rooted to their respective sides of the stage, leaving supremely dynamic frontman Neil Fallon to roam the stage like an animal stalking his prey. Fallon is a frontman’s frontman and plays the role brilliantly, at times oscillating in performance appearance from motivational speaker to manic cult leader to all out banshee. The band launched into their sixteen song main set with “Crucial Velocity” from 2012’s Earth Rocker, while the bulk of the remainder of the main set drew primarily from their most recent album, Psychic Warfare. Longtime crowd favorite “Electric Worry” (you know, the “vamonos, vamonos” song) kicked off the two-song encore in frenzy-like fashion.

Lucero provide direct support on this leg of the Psychic Warfare tour, a bit of a change of pace sandwiched in between Clutch and “warlock rock” openers The Sword (whom I admittedly didn’t shoot or catch much of). As a longtime fan, this marked the first time I’d caught the Memphis-based quintet in an opening role after having seen them headline venues equal to (or even somewhat larger than) Lupo’s. The abbreviated (50 minutes) set in front of a Clutch crowd (and let’s be honest…Clutch fans are CLUTCH FANS) meant that Ben Nichols and the boys eschewed the acoustic portion that’s crept increasingly into their sets in recent years and focused mostly on uptempo tracks. “Can’t You Hear Them Howl,” the lead single to the band’s last album (2015’s All A Man Should Do), kicked off the set, and from that point forward the band forged ahead in all business style, covering such live staples as “On MY Way Downtown,” “Nights Like These,” “I Can Get Us Out Of Here Tonight” and “Here At The Starlite” in the process. A personal highlight was Nichols’ unaccompanied (unless you count a double shot of whiskey as an accompaniment, which I guess you could), a cappella rendition of his track “Last Pale Light In The West,” from his solo EP of the same name. Nichols joked that tracks like those that he based on Cormac McCarthy’s historical novel Blood Meridian were about all he could come up with for lullabies for his soon-to-be year-old daughter. Nichols was then rejoined by the rest of the band (Brian Venable on lead guitar, Roy Berry on drums, a particularly unanimated John Stubblefield on bass, and the inimitable Rick Steff on keys/accordion) for a rousing version of show-closing staple “The Last Song.” I mentioned before that Clutch fans are “CLUTCH FANS,” and that can ultimately be said for Lucero fans as well. They may have been largely outnumbered in this near-capacity crowd of around a thousandish, but they (we) were certainly a vocal minority.

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Freya Wilcox & the Howl stream first single from upcoming debut album

Gravelly folk-punk trio Freya Wilcox & the Howl are streaming “Nothing” off their upcoming debut album, “Tooth & Nail.” The song deals with the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with the realities of becoming an adult. In Freya’s words,

“‘Nothing’ is about the fact that we walk into adult life completely unprepared for its real challenges and I guess the bitterness that I feel knowing someone might have offered some kind of warning; though ultimately knowing no-one is really qualified to offer such.”

Ugh, sounds about right. I need a hug and a beer. But definitely don’t let that stop you from checking out the catchy song below.



Album Review: Travis James & the Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists / Diego Galvan- ‘Hostility // Heartbreak

As long as I have known the enigmatic Phoenix folk-punk Travis James, he has been threatening to retire from songwriting and performing, and yet still here he is with a fresh new offering in the form of a split EP with his co-conspirator Diego Galvan. The two crusty buskers have been carrying on a social media bromance for more than a year now, so it makes perfect sense that they’d decide to band together for a team-up record.

Hostility/Heartbreak is a noisy little 8-song album where both James and Galvan lay bare some raw emotions, and it really shows through on their well recorded (for folk-punks) EP.

The record starts off very punchy as most James recordings tend to with the track “Enough.” The song is upbeat and drum-driven with Aaron Hjalmarson turning in a stellar percussion performance while James’s brilliantly simple lyrics make it meaty enough to grasp on to. “I’m setting out to prove that I’ve got nothing to prove, and I’ll prove it, don’t assume it’s got something to do with you,” says James in the track’s chorus as his almost supervillain-like cackle rises above the thunderous cacophony made by his Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists.

But as punchy as “Enough” is, the fiercest fighter on the record might just be the the third track “Like it or Not,” where James seems to shed his persona as the Penguin of Punk and takes on a sound best described as the Oogie Boogie Man of Anarchy. The track is a huge accordion-driven show tune, brought to life by TJAAA’S own Voldemort of the keys Mark Sunman and delivered masterfully. The song also satisfies James’ tradition of having a waltz on every album.

Galvan brings a little less of the World Inferno/Friendship Society side of folk-punk and a whole lot more of the Johnny Hobo side. There is much less musicality and far more lyrically driven tunes banged out on an acoustic guitar. While James is an over-the-top cartoon character when he is inside of his songs, Galvan is as much an everyman as one can possibly be.

The Heartbreak side of Hostility/Heartbreak is a pretty minimal piece of music. It’s just Galvan on guitar and vocals, some percussion, and a female backing vocalist, but it’s beautiful in its simplicity; the young punk really shows off some songwriting chops and a knack for arranging a great pop song.

This first taste of Galvan comes off as an homage to his folk-punk forebears, but it also hints at tremendous upside for a young artist who is just getting going on his musical path.

4/5 Stars



This Wild Life release North America summer tour dates

Alternative indie pair This Wild Life have announced their North American summer tour which will span from July 1 to August 5. Tickets officially go on sale May 12, at noon local time.

The duo’s most recent release was “Low Tides,” released on September 9, 2016 through Epitaph Records.

Check out the dates below.



Days N Daze release music video for “Wholesale Failure”

Houston’s Days N Daze have released a music video for their song “Wholesale Failure.”

You can check it out below.

“Wholesale Failure” comes from the bands’ latest album Crustfall, which was released on March 23rd, 2017.



A Great Notion (Folk Punk) release new album “Responsibilities…”

UK folk punks A Great Notion have released a new album. “Responsibilities…” is out on Cambridge UK punk label Aaahh!! Real Records and sees the project expand to a trio. The album is out digitally now.

You can have a listen to the album below.



Quin Galavis streaming new single ‘question’

Texas based folk act Quin Galavis dropped a new track. ‘Question’ is the first single from the singer-songwriter’s up and coming full length ‘Battery Line’, out june 16th via Super Secret Records.

You can stream ‘Question’ right here.



Watch: AJJ perform “Junkie Church” at SideOneDummy HQ

AJJ, who will always-and-forever remain better known as Andrew Jackson Jihad, are among the myriad artists putting out special releases for Record Store Day today. Specifically, the Arizona-based quartet are slated to drop Decade of Regression: Live at SideOneDummy, and have now debuted the video performance of that album’s version of “Junkie Church” for your viewing enjoyment. Check it out below.

“Junkie Church” originally appeared on AJJ’s latest album, last year’s “The Bible 2,” obviously released on SideOneDummy.



Ducking Punches (folk-punk) release “Fun Fun Fun” music video and 2017 tour dates

Folk-punk act Ducking Punches just released a music video for their song “Fun Fun Fun,” off their 2016 release “Fizzy Brain.” Check it out below along with the band’s upcoming UK/ Euro tour dates.

The band will be accompanied on this UK/ Euro tour by Safe Gigs For Women who will be promoting their cause with friendly chats and merchandise.

To pick up a copy (physical or download) of Fizzy Brain, click here.

Fizzy Brain” was released via Xtra Mile Recording and serves as a follow-up to 2014’s “Dance Before You Sleep.”



Tragical History Tour (“cowpunk”) streams new single “Come Home, Hero”, announces tour dates

Tragical History Tour, the “cowpunk” solo project from Make That A Take Records co-founder Derrick Johnston, is streaming “Come On Home, Hero”, the first single taken from his forthcoming “Aphorisms” LP. Give it a listen and check out his upcoming tour dates below.

The “Come On Home, Hero” single will be released on Friday 14th April 2017 and will be available as a limited edition one-sided white flexi vinyl 7″, as a three track CD single and as a digital download through MTAT and Aaah!!! Real Records. All versions include b-sides “Even Cowpunks Get The Blues” and a cover of “Change” by Billy Liar.



Davey Dynamite (DS Records, folk-punk) offers free download of acoustic version of “Holy Shit”

If you somehow missed it, Chicago folk-punk artist Davey Dynamite digitally released “Holy Shit”, one of the best punk albums of 2016, in December – stream it or download it for free here if you don’t believe me. Now, four months after its release, Davey is offering a free download of an acoustic version of the entire album. You can stream it below and if you dig it you can snag it for free on bandcamp.

You can order “Holy Shit” on tape through No Time Records and pick yourself up a vinyl copy through Don’t Panic Records & Distro.

If you’re new to Davey Dynamite he is as political as he is emotional and one might say he is the folk-gone-electric lineage of O Pioneers! and Against Me! born anew in the vein of Chicago punk rock. “Holy Shit” is his first fully-plugged in album and it was released digitally through our very own Dying Scene Records on December 20th.



The Pukes perform “What Should I Do?” on Live From The Rock Room

Milwaukee surf punks The Pukes recently performed “Predisposition” on Live from the Rock Room, and 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.

The band released their most recent album, The Revenge of The Pukes, in August 2016.



DS Exclusive: Birote the Musical (Folk Punk) Premieres “Christmas Boy The Vietnamese Wonder” From New LP “Bulldog”

The folk punk scene in The City of Angels is stacked with all sorts of awesome acts. Today, we’re proud to present you with one of our favorite bands from that extraordinarily deep pool of talent. Birote the Musical, from San Dimas, plays a unique, experimental brand of aggressive, foot stomping folk. The trio has been around for about five years now and has become a staple of the scene when not on tour. We caught them at one of LA’s (in)famous backyard shows a year ago and instantly fell in love with their chaotic, rustic style. So, we got in touch and begged them to send us a track to stream, exclusively for Dying Scene readers and although begging shouldn’t be rewarded, they were kind enough to comply! The song, “Christmas Boy The Vietnamese Wonder” is from their second LP Bulldog which was released late last year. Give it a listen, below. We’re pretty sure you’re gonna dig it!



Dollar Signs stream new EP “Life Is Ruff”

Charlotte based folk-punks Dollar Signs are currently streaming their new EP “Life Is Ruff” via the band’s Bandcamp page. You can listen to it below.

“Life Is Ruff” was released on March 28 through the band’s own label Possum Heart Records. Dollar Signs are also touring in support of their new EP, you can find the tour poster, dates and locations here.



Human Kitten (Folk-Punk) announces 2 upcoming companion EPs

Ocean City, Maryland folk-punk artist Human Kitten has announced he will be releasing 2 EPs simultaneously by the end of summer. The EPs will be titled “New Game” and “Game Over.” You can find tentative tracklists for both releases below.

Elijah Llinas, the singer-songwriter behind Human Kitten, recently theorized that his most recent album release, “I’m Afraid of Everything,” may have been the last release under the name Human Kitten. However with the announcement of these two EPs Elijah stated: “HUMAN KITTEN ISN’T OVER. I’m currently aiming to simultaneously release a pair of two 7-song companion EPs by the end of the summer entitled “New Game” and “Game Over,” that will explore beginnings and endings, expectations and realities, pasts and futures, and all of the parallels they end up creating… Now I just have to start recording. See ya on the other side.