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Here’s A Thing! The New Adventures of The Offspring Is Your New Favorite Scripted Podcast

Did you know that in their spare time, SoCal punk band The Offspring fights crime alongside Wu-Tang Clan alumni Redman? No? Well, get with the program! The New Adventures of The Offspring is a scripted, episodic fan-fiction podcast that follows the epic adventures of Dexter Holland, Noodles, Greg K, Pete Parada and Redman who form the science research/crime fighting team, The Offspring! Tune in each week as they clash with inner-city gangs, super villains, the Punk Rock Council of Science and each other as hilarity ensues. Sure, it sounds a little weird, but it’s monumental fun. Lending their vocal “talents” to the series are members of various punk acts including Moonraker, Computer Class and Dollar Signs, but the podcast also features regular guest spots, so you never know who’s gonna show up! The first four episodes are already up on iTunes so get yo’ binge on!


MxPx heading to the studio to work on new album

Bremerton punk icons MxPx have released news to fans that they are taking a break from touring to head back to the studio for a new album.  It’ll be the first new release since 2012’s “Plans Within Plans”. No word on when the new album might be released, but exciting news from MxPx none the less.

For a little taste of “Far Away” from “Plans Within Plans” check out the video below.



Svetlanas and 57 cancel remaining dates on Barb Wire Dolls tour

So as you may have picked up on if you checked out our photo gallery from the Barb Wire Dolls headline show in Somerville the other night, that show turned out to be the last night the Greek rockers would be joined on the road by Russian ex-pats Svetlanas and South Korean duo 57.

The night after the show Somerville, MA, the tour made it’s way up Interstate 93 to Manchester, NH. Details from what happened after are still in the “emerging” phase, but it seems a Granite Stater proudly wearing Nazi paraphernalia made his way out to the show. Svetlanas tried to get the staff at the venue, Jewel Nightclub, to take action, and when they failed to do so, the band refused to play. Here’s the statement the band made via social media at the time:

WE DON’T TOLLERATE NAZI PEOPLE AT ANY SVETLANAS SHOW.

For this reason we just cancelled tonight show at Jewel Night Club in Manchester, NH.

Any venue’s owner / promoter hosting a punk show it’s fully responsible for the presence of people wearing nazi symbols of any kind and any band should take a position. We did it.

KEEP IT REAL

From there, things seem to have devolved between the international touring partners. Due what they felt was a lack of support from the headlining Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas chose to drop off the remaining twenty dates of this lengthy US tour. Again from the band via social media:

TOUR IS OVER

After the recent events, the countless pubblic and private death threats posts and not receiving, one more time, the support we need from the band we are touring with that refuses to take a clear stand against nazism, WE ARE FORCED to stop this US tour for deep and unresolvible devergences.

We apologize with our fans and supporters but we do have to keep a clear position against ANY kind of violence and discrimination.

Go back to school to learn history kids.

This is SVETLANAS and if you don’t like it GO FUCK YOU SELF

Barb Wire Dolls played in Manchester as scheduled and played again last night in Providence, Rhode Island, as their forty-date tour winds its way south, eventually circling back to Los Angeles. In the early hours of this morning, they released the following statement about the events that followed the Manchester incident that culminated in both Svetlanas AND 57 dropping off the tour:

ANNOUNCEMENT: In the last 7 years we’ve played hundreds and hundreds of shows in lots of countries and we’ve never had any issue with discrimination or hate at our shows…until last night. Let it be known that we don’t tolerate discrimination or hate at our shows because we’re all about sharing the music with good loving vibrations. We’re very saddened to hear that both supporting bands, SVETLANAS and 57, have left the tour as of tonight because of circumstances that happened at last night’s show that involved discrimination and hate from someone we don’t know who attended the show, and because we were contracted to play the show, we still did. We’re very sorry that we didn’t back up the Svetlanas as they told us that we should cancel the show and leave, but at that time we were given false information from others at the venue and not until the today did we find out the full truth…but thats no excuse. We apologize to them. We wish both bands the best and all of our remaining shows will go on as usual – and we’re doing our best to spread more love into this world. It needs it now more than ever.

In order to clarify their point — that it wasn’t just about the Nazi that showed up in Manchester but about the lack of support they felt from their headlining tourmates, Olga Svetlanas and crew posted the following statement about an hour ago:

Reading all these comments and understanding the meaning of our post is being modified or misinterpreted we think it’s time to make it even more clear.

The main reason for us to stop this tour is:

We don’t want and can’t continue to support on or off the stage a band that after a long face to face talk says everyone including nazis are welcome at their show and that an SS skull patch is just an opinion.

We have found many divergences with Barb Wire Dolls during this tour but this is the highest reachable level for us and we cannot accept it.

Their subsequent excuses looks like a pathetic trying to hide the dirt under the carpet and we are glad to announce the S.Korean band 57 decided to leave this ambiguous tour as well.

For better or worse, this story hits fairly close to home for some of us here at Dying Scene, especially yours truly. Obviously we’ve seen and shot both Barb Wire Dolls and Svetlanas a bunch over the years and have gotten to know some members of both bands in person and over social media in the recent past. We were also obviously present at what turned out to be their last show together. But more than that, I was born and raised in southern New Hampshire. I spent years working my day job in Manchester, a stone’s throw from the Jewel Nightclub. I started my show-going career as a New Hampshire-ite (rest in peace The Elvis Room), and I’ve gotten to know some of the people trying to reignite some semblance of a scene in the Granite State. I still return there for shows as much as I can. To say that I’m surprised that a Nazi-adorned show-goer would show up to a club in Manchester, or anywhere else in New Hampshire frankly, would be a lie; I’m saddened, but not surprised, for reasons that I won’t go into now.

It’s 2017. Nazis shouldn’t be a thing. Nazi apologists shouldn’t be a thing. Creating a safe space for hatred at shows because there are “good people on both sides” shouldn’t be a thing. We’ve literally fought wars about this…like three-quarters of a century ago. As shitty as it is for Svetlanas and 57 to have had to deal with, props to both bands for taking a stand. More on this as it develops.

(Editor’s note: All statements are copied directly from each respective band’s social media platforms.)



The Copyrights announce new string of shows

The Copyrights have just announced a short string of shows in early December. What better way to kick off your holiday spirit.

The Chicago, IL punks have been kicking around the underground scene and are the hot tamales of the punk scene. The Copyrights released their latest album, Report, in August 2014 through Red Scare Industries

Check out the shows below.



New DIY Label Voted Best Records Announces Re-release of Albums From Boss’ Daughter, Vampirates & More

Reno, Nevada’s premiere DIY punk label, Voted Best Records announced that they are reissuing a ton of incredible albums as well as adding a number of new releases to their catalog in the coming months. Among the noteworthy re-releases are Muffstache, Planet Stupid and Pizza/Beer by Vampirates, the complete discography from skate punks Boss’ Daughter as well as albums from The Backup Razor, Sucka Punch and The Randy Savages.

In addition to those classics, the label will also be releasing new titles! The first two new albums being released by the label are both from the illustrious Mr. Chris Fox. A special six track EP of Fat Wreck Chords covers titled Portly Formed will be released in conjunction with the long awaited solo LP from the Reno based skate punker on November 14th (track listings for both below).

Head over to the label’s Bandcamp page for the full catalog listing and keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on more upcoming releases! 

 

Chris Fox – Solo LP
Drink About Someone
Sleep
Alone
Drunken Smiles
Untitled
Thirteen
Training Season
Embrace Impermanence
This Song
I’m The DD Today
This Merch Is A Pipebomb
Something About Nothing
Stupid Chords, Stupid Words, Stupid Song
Chris Fox – Portly Formed EP
Stand (Good Riddance)
Glad (Swingin’ Utters)
10 West (Mad Caddies)
Pacific Standard Time (No Use For A Name)
California Sun (Dead To Me)
Smile To All My Friends (Lagwagon)


Sciatic Nerve to donate 100% of merch proceeds to victims of the Sonoma County wildfires


In the wake of the recent, disastrous wildfires in their hometown of Santa Rosa, CA, veteran punk collective Sciatic Nerve has announced plans to donate 100% of proceeds from their online merch store to the relief effort and residents who’ve suffered monumental loss that has left many homeless and without basic necessities. Those wanting to help out can visit the store here.

Band member Chris Matulich said:

“All of us grew up together in Santa Rosa and it’s been devastating to see entire neighborhoods lost in the fires. We have all contributed and donated to the relief effort as individuals, and we wanted to do something together as a band to allow others to give back to the community that gave us so much in the past.” 

 



Iconic Minneapolis punk venue Triple Rock closes; this is my eulogy

The Triple Rock, owned by Erik Funk of Dillinger Four and his wife Gretchen Funk, will be shutting down for good after November 22nd. The bar was opened in 1998, and the music side in 2003.

Shows will continue until the bar closes for good, with acts including Craig Finn of the Hold Steady/Lifter Puller, the Dead Boys, Swingin’ Utters, Western Settings, and tonight, Rozwell Kid. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a final Dillinger Four show.

Check out the Star Tribune for more details and comments from Erik Funk. You can see the statement from Triple Rock and NOFX’s “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock” video below.

To put it eloquently, this is a giant fucking bummer. One of my first shows there was Against Me! in, 2004, I think. My most recent show was The Murderburgers with Rational Anthem, City Mouse, and 83 Wolfpack. I lost count of how many times I saw Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, and Banner Pilot there.

Dillinger Fourth of July was always the best. You don’t know fine dining until a shirtless, drunk Paddy Costello starts passing out hot dogs and lit cigarettes in the middle of a set. The last D4th of July I went to was in 2016, where I caught The Brokedowns and was instantly a fan.

With no barricades and the stage only a few feet off the ground, it will forever be one of my favorite venues. Most bands I saw mingled, bought drinks for fans, and sold merch themselves. Maybe that’s not so uncommon in other places, but for a kid from a small town in the sticks of southern Minnesota, it was pretty fucking cool. Before I started going to the Triple Rock, I had only been to Warped Tour in 2000 (my first and last time), the legendary First Avenue, and The Quest (Fuck those columns!). Beyond house shows, I had never been exposed to anything so intimate.

Going to the Triple Rock showed me that the people that made the music I loved were just normal people. Billy Morrisette of Dillinger Four gave me a couple of free drinks because I played his (and my) favorite Clash song on the jukebox. I met Paddy at Grumpy’s in NE Minneapolis. We shotgunned cans of Francis Ford Coppola’s champagne out back. He forgot his knockoff Aviators at the end of the night, and I tried to return them the next time I saw him at the Triple Rock, and he told me to keep them. Yes, it’s all incredibly stupid, and yes, I’m dropping names. It doesn’t make me special. And that’s the point. These were just normal (I use that word very, very loosely) people. They made a thing I loved, and I could approach them. We could relate. The people that made the music I loved had time for a naive, wide-eyed kid fresh off the farm town. Fuck yeah.

The Triple Rock was a haven for me during one of the worst times of my life. I never had a bad time there. I saw a lot of great local bands that are no longer around, but still have a place in the giant CD book I’ve been lugging around from car to car since the early 2000s. Pretty Boy Thorson, The Fuck Yeahs, The Goddamn Doo-wop Band, Choke Cherry, Bastard Saint, Cardinal Sin, who knows who else. Hopefully some of the other smaller venues up here can pick up the slack, or maybe something new will come out of this. Either way, the Triple Rock will be sorely missed, but I’m grateful for the memories and all the people I met there, from performers, to staff, to other fans, and even that weird dude walking by out front that tried to sell me flowers at the Murderburgers show.



Check out the new hardcore and punk inspired web series “The Lowlands”

Here’s something different for you all to check out.  Matt McIntosh, known for his work with Hatebreed, Deathkiller and The Eventide, has created a new web series called “The Lowlands.”  The series is set in 1985 New England and follows the travails of a group of teenage friends in and around the burgeoning hardcore-punk movement of the era.  It features the cut-and-paste aesthetic and era-specific music that typified 1980s underground culture.  You can check out the first 4 episodes below.



Tour Announcement: Boss’ Daughter (Skate Punk) Releases Schedule for Fall Tour

Reno skate punk quartet, Boss’ Daughter (we’re just gonna count John Underwood as a full member going forward) is playing Fest 16 and you just knew they wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to tour, so they’re headed out on another massive road trip on their way down south! Check out all of the dates and stops below (or on the super rad flyer above), then get out to a live show!

*Pro Tip: If you want to hang out with the boys prior to a show, go to the Chili’s Grill & Bar closest to the venue and they’ll be there. #maximumpartytime



Tour Announcement: Rational Anthem (Pop Punk) Releases Schedule for Fest Tour 2017

Iowa pop punkers, Rational Anthem have been invited to play Fest 16 down in Gainesville, Florida and the talented trio decide to just build a tour around the trip down! Peep the incredible Simpsons inspired tour flyer for dates and stops and then head out to a show if you’re nearby!



Manchester Punk Festival announce lineup for 2018

Manchester Punk Festival has just announced the first slew of bands slotted to play their 2018 dates on April 19th through the 21st.

So far we have:

Propagandhi, Wonk Unit, The Bennies, Svetlanas, Antillectual, Mobina Galore, Uniforms, Christmas, Spoilers, The Minor Discomfort Band, Pizzatramp, Nervus, Forever Unclean, Fresh, Natterers, Rotten Foxes, All Aboard, Darko, Egos At The Door, Drones, Regret, Wolfbeast Destroyer, Captain Hotknives, Shankland, The Lab Rats, Foxes Faux, Incisions, Aerial Salad and Throwing Stuff.

Pick up your tickets here!

 



Hub City Stompers sign to Altercation Records, announce full length album ‘Haters Dozen’

New Jersey ska punks Hub City Ctompers have just signed to Altercation Records and are planning for a full length album release in the spring of 2018 titled “Haters Dozen.”

According to front man Revered T. Sinister, “Hub City Stompers is truly amped to be joining the Altercation family…HCS has it’s ear to the streets and is ready to kick ass, and we’re glad to join a label with the same motives in mind.”

In addition, co owner of Altercation Travis Myers said, “The good Reverend Sinister and I go back a number of years now, I have personally always been a big Hub City Stompers fan, and I’m proud to say that all of us at Altercation are honored to be collaborating with them on this release…So get ready world for Hub City Stompers, Haters Dozen, hitting the streets with a vengeance in the spring of 18, its sure to be another killer ska classic for people who hate ska!”  
The full length will be the outfits sixth full length release, and seventh release overall.


Rancid’s Tim Armstrong to appear in film “I’ll Be Around”

Rancid singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong will be joining the large ensemble cast for underground writer/director Michael Cuenca’s “I’ll Be Around”. Armstrong wil be playing ‘Drew’, a bouncer for the principle music venue featured in the film.

The film follows a group of bands, fans, hopefuls, struggling creatives and wanderers who are connected through a series of events over the course of a day at a small post-punk music festival. It’s based on Cuenca’s own experiences as a musician as well as his journey as a guerrilla filmmaker.

Directed by Michael Cuenca, the film is being independently produced via a Seed & Spark campaign and it is sponsored by The Film Collaborative, the first non-profit committed to distribution, education, and facilitation of independent film.

It is not the first time Tim has tried his hand at acting, he made a guest appearance in an episode of The X-Files last year.



Australia’s Small Town Heroes renamed The Faim

Perth, Australia’s Small Town Heroes post the question: What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot.

The band has chosen the name The Faim, a euphemism for hunger, to replace their original name. The band posted on their new Instagram account to explain the change:

 Our sound is evolving and the passion to keep moving forward is something we’ve always focused on. The word FAIM means Hunger and we felt it truly represents our ever growing and undying passion for music.”

The band has no release date yet for their debut record, but is currently working with Jon Feldmann of Goldfinger on their debut LP due out soon. Check back for more info.



88 Fingers Louie announce Tropical Trainwreck Tour of California/Hawaii

Legends of the scene 88 Fingers Louie have announced their intentions to tour California and Hawaii next January. They’ll be joined by Sic Waiting, a veteran melodic hardcore band hailing from Oceanside, CA. We’ve listed the dates below, and included the tour poster.