If I had come across this band a little sooner I might have signed them to Dying Scene Records. Instead I’ll just have to content myself with introducing them as my favorite pop-punk discovery of the year. Heart & Lung hale from Cleveland, Ohio and recently self-released their debut full-length “You Wanna Know The Truth?”. I’ll let the music speak for itself (stream below) but if I had to give an elevator pitch on the band’s sound I’d say, “Think a little more sentimental, sincere Direct Hit!.” If you’ve only got time for one song I’d recommend the album’s title track – it gave me goosebumps. Now stop reading this and start listening!
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Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:21 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5:27 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
The main reason I love writing for this site is because I get to work on articles like this one: where I get to feature an absolutely rad band I just found. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Dead Wells.
Check out their debut EP stream below.
Hailing from the mecca of the midwest, Chicago, Dead Wells play a blistering, melodic style of cruncy, mid-western punk rock with pop informed chorus hooks. The band describes themselves as “good dudes who like bad beer”, but need to add “good band” to complete their bio. I really enjoyed this record.
Fans of The Dopamines and Off With Their Heads will dig their sound. Hell, one of the songs is titled “Keepin’ it Kodos.” Simpsons references are always welcomed and appreciated.
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6:51 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Not often we hear something from a completely unknown group that absolutely blows us away. Believe us, we listen to a lot of punk– and news flash: not all of it’s good. But 24 Hour Punks, discovered through a lucky click on bandcamp, is incredible. Think fast, intense melodic punk that lands somewhere between hard-hitting 90s skate and Cock Sparrer. It’s a powerful concoction for a debut EP.
Even better, there’s a story behind it. As the band’s name suggests, Why We Fight was written, rehearsed, and recorded in 24 hours. All proceeds go to charity organization AMMF.
We’re not kidding! Check out the three song EP and listen to 24 Hour Punks raise the bar here.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
If you dig your pop-punk with a good dose of folky vibes and dueling male/female vocals then I’ve got a new band for you to lend your earballs to. Oregon’s Dumb Luck just released a two song EP titled The Neighbors and you can stream both tracks below. What’s better, if you dig what you hear you can download the release for free.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:33 PM (PST) by Daron
Full disclosure: I pre-ordered VVomen’s debut EP immediately after listening to the three songs they have up on bandcamp. I’m having a hard time pinpointing this band’s exact sound, which is a good thing. Yeah, I said early At the Drive-In and HWM, but there’s something else in there I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe some Gunmoll? Definitely some light Jawbreaker. I don’t know, and it’s going to drive me nuts.
But really, that doesn’t matter, because this band sounds great. There’s speak/shouting and singing, plenty of melody, and when I think things are mellowing out, they push me down and kick me in the head.
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5:10 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
If you’ve never heard of Debt Neglector, now’s the time to check them out. They’re a relatively new punk band hailing from my home state, sunny Florida. Most notably, their lineup features former New Mexican Disaster Squad bassist Alex Goldfarb. The band’s debut album Atomicland releases August 18th through Smartpunk Records. I highly recommend giving the title track a listen here.
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:15 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Checking my email is one of my least favorite parts of my daily routine. Half of my inbox is spam and the other half is spam about boner pills. Sifting through the Dying Scene inbox, on the other hand, is awesome. Sure, we get a lot of junk sent our way, but there always seems to be a diamond in the rough. Cook Bag is one of those diamonds. They sent us a link to their new single “June 4th”, and a few seconds into my first listen I knew this melodic punk band from Boston was something special. There’s something so familiar about their sound, but I can’t put my finger on it. I highly recommend checking out the track on bandcamp (it’s free to download as well).
Once again Canada asserts its dominance in the melodic/skate punk scene by churning out yet another awesome new up and comer for us to keep on our radars. Family Meeting is a Toronto 5 piece consisting of scene veterans from bands like Overtime Heroes and IVS, and proudly claiming to be 1/5 Australian. The band just wrapped up recording their debut EP “No One Cares ‘Til Your Dead”, which from the musicianship and production quality feels more like a 3rd or 4th release from a tenured Fat Wreck band than a self funded first effort. At least that’s my impression after listening to the album’s first song “It’s Turbo Time” 5 times in a row. If you dig gang vocals and tight, technical dual guitar riffage than I suggest you check them out here.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM (PST) by Chase Vegas
Ontario once again delivers a fantastic new melodic punk act to the international punk community! Mystery Weekend aren’t just another drop into the oversaturated melodic Canadian punk scene though. The pop-punk act seem to draw heavy influences from more progressive, metal/punk acts like early Coheed & Cambria or Protest The Hero but remain more heavily rooted in punk rock. The three piece recently released their debut album Surprise! and you can stream it in its entirety below.
*update: I just found out this is the side project of Protest The Hero singer Rody Walker so guess that explains the Protest The Hero influence. #worstinvestigativejournalismaward
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:18 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Grand Rapids’ The Bloody Lips play lo-fi, female fronted, hardcore music that is guaranteed to make you want to smash every piece of furniture in your living room or slam dance in a pit until your own lips are bloody. The band consists of Kole and Taylor from The Lippies and Josh from The War Between/Cosmonaut and his wife Krystal on vocals.
They recently released their debut full-length “B-Side Noise” and its definitely worth a listen. Do so here.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:08 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Swedish skate punk act Bash Brothers recently released their debut EP as a precursor to a full-length that they have in the works. It’s a bit more metal tinged than some of the more well known Swedish skate punk you may be familiar with, and a little rougher around the edges, but they have potential. If you consider yourself a European skate punk connoisseur you’ll want to add these guys to your radar. Give the EP a listen below.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:56 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Austria’s Blizzcreeps might not be the best decision makers (they spent a year and a half deciding on cover art for this album) but they sure know how to record great music. Punk rock with doses of straight up rock ‘n roll influence, they sorta remind me of Green Day if Green Day went a little more lo-fi and leaned a little more on the heavier side of rock. I’ll probably change my mind on that description by the time I get through the next song so do us both a favor and just stream their debut release “One” below and make your own call.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:20 AM (PST) by bob9746
I’ve officially made my first great new band discovery of 2017 and now you’re about to as well. Heavy Heart plays gritty pop-punk in the vein of Sainte Catherines meets Dead Bars complete with dueling vocals and gang choruses. They’ve just released their debut full-length “Distance” and while I’m only halfway through it I have yet to run across a song that I thought was skippable. Plug your earphones in and head over to bandcamp to give the album a listen. If you like what you hear, it’s free to download.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
If you like your punk rock melodic and rough around the edges, we’ve got a new band for you to check out. Seattle, Washington’s Reinstated have been around for less than a year, but with a lineup featuring three former members of Shift Man Shift, they already have an extremely refined sound. You can listen to the band’s debut EP Eleven Minutes on 11th Street and download it for free on their Bandcamp page.
OK so this one sort of feels a little like cheating because they’ve been around since 2011 but to be fair, I hadn’t heard of them until now and they do have a brand new singer that sounds quite a bit different than their last. Cause A Riot hales from Finland and if you dig the sound of their fellow countrymen in Distral you’re going to love these guys too because they share the same singer and same musical stylings; hardcore-punk/melodic-hardcore. The band seems to have recently added Distral’s Simo Timonen to pick up vocal duties for their upcoming EP and from what I’ve heard, its going to be a banger. Stream a new song titled “Disconnected” below for a little taste of what’s to come.