We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Direct Hit! album come to light. Their latest album, Brainless God, was released in September 2013 through Red Scare Industries.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky
Eradicator, a brand new punk band featuring three members of Direct Hit! (Nick Woods, Danny Walkowiak, and Steve Maury) and a member of Galactic Cannibal (Andy Slania, along with Woods and Maury), have announced that their debut, self-titled, 5-track, 10″ EP will be released in October 2015. You can stream the band’s first song, also titled “Eradicator,” below.
The band is technically a new project from Slania, with Direct Hit! serving as his backing band, but we’ll keep you updated as more information about them, as well as the EP, comes forth.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:43 AM (PST) by vivalalexy
The lineup has been announced for this year’s Memphis Punk Rock Fest, notable acts include Direct Hit!, PEARS, Stuck Lucky, Random Conflict, Pezz, and Pallbearers. Check out the full list of performers below.
The festival will take place June 5th through 7th and spans across four different venues in Memphis, TN. Tickets will be available for purchase here starting tomorrow, April 30th.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:03 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
In fall 2013, Direct Hit! unleashed Brainless God, a pop punk concept album about the apocalypse, unto the world. It was really good, and deserved all the praise that it received. You probably even listened to it yourself. But this review isn’t about Brainless God, the album. For more on the music, you can read Carson’s review here. This review is for the limited edition vinyl box set version of Brainless God released approximately a year after the album’s original release. Included in this box set is the album on 12-inch vinyl (audiophiles, don’t worry, it sounds great), a lyric sheet, Brainless God, the comic book, and Brainless God, the movie, on DVD.
As to be expected, the comic and DVD are the meat of this set. As a concept album, Brainless God is fairly straightforward in its storytelling, although it’s not always entirely clear who is saying/singing what in the album’s second half. The comic and the DVD both put their own spin on the story, particularly in their presentations of the finale, although overall they work together to help fill in the gaps where character dialogue and roles are concerned. Neither provide any additional dialogue to add more storytelling depth, although the songs already cover so much of the narrative that having the visuals to aid is satisfying enough.
Due to differences in budget, the comic has a wider range to work with when it comes to the supernatural aspects of the story, which gives it a slight edge over the movie. The comic’s artwork is equally beautiful and chaotic, matching Direct Hit!’s music perfectly. The Direct Hit! faithful may recognize the work of illustrator Eric Baskauskas, who also provided the artwork for the “Caroler” single and the Direct Hit! / Priceduifkes split EP. Meanwhile, the DVD presents the tale through a grainy filter to give it a low budget horror movie feel. Even with the minor differences, both mediums add new layers and dimensions to an already rich story.
The biggest fault with this collection is the packaging… mostly that it lacks an actual sleeve for the album itself. Sure, the cardboard box that it comes in nice and sturdy, making it great for shipping and handling purposes but it’s not ideal when it comes to introducing the record to the rest of your collection. Home project enthusiasts can most likely find an easy solution to this problem, but the rest of us idiots are left jacket-less and stuck with a box to be placed somewhere else. The lyric insert also feels a bit redundant considering that the comic contains all of the lyrics as well. I know: boo hoo, a band enhanced the experience of listening to their music, how awful that I can’t keep it with the rest of my records.
Minor gripes aside, this is a pretty great box set that adds even more to what was already an amazing album. It’s not all that common for pop punk bands to release a concept album, let alone a cohesive one that works. Direct Hit! not only did that, but they went the extra mile by releasing this set. Unfortunately this box set was a limited pressing of 300, so if you missed out, hopefully you know a guy. Just be sure he’s not carrying an ether-soaked towel before getting into his car.
Comic: 4.5 / 5
Movie: 4 / 5
Packaging: 3 / 5
Overall: 3.8 / 5
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM (PST) by vivalalexy
Devon Kay, guitarist of Direct Hit!, recently sat down with Punks in Vegas and performed acoustic versions of “Yeah, Dude, I Feel Ya” and “One Outta Two” from his band Devon Kay & The Solutions. Check out the videos below.
The group are currently working on their new EP “Nothing’s Cool Anymore,” which is set to be released later this year.
Wisconsin pop-punk group Direct Hit! and New Orleans hardcore punk act PEARS have just announced a short tour together in the United States in the first half of December. You can view dates and locations for the tour below.
PEARS self-released Go To Prison on June 24th. Direct Hit!’s Brainless God was released in September 2013 through Red Scare Industries.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Brainless God was released in September 2013 through Red Scare Industries. The band recently put up ‘pre-orders’ (for the lack of a better term) for the Brainless God vinyl boxset, which you can find here.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Late last night, Direct Hit! made their debut television appearance on the late night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly. Frontman Nick Woods sat down to discuss a bit of his songwriting mentality, his bandmates, and the way that he views the people who attend his shows. You can watch the interview below.
Direct Hit! released their sophomore album, Brainless God in September 2013 via Red Scare Industries. The band recently put up ‘pre-orders’ (for the lack of a better term) of the Brainless God boxset, which you can find here.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Direct Hit! and The Front Bottoms are listed among the musical guests on Last Call With Carson Daly this week. DH! will be appearing on the show tonight (Wed. October 1st) and the latter will be on tomorrow night (Thurs. October 2nd).
For those who don’t watch Last Call With Carson Daly regularly, the show airs on NBC at 10:35 PM Pacific / 12:35 AM Central / 1:35 AM Eastern. More info can be found here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM (PST) by vivalalexy
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
It was announced back in July that Mixtapes would be going on an indefinite hiatus following their appearance at The Fest 13. Now they’ve announced 4 more shows they will be playing with Direct Hit!, Lipstick Homicide, and Elway on their way to Gainesville.
Details on all of the shows the band has coming up this fall can be found below. They seem to be unsure if they’re ever going to play again after this, so if you’re a Mixtapes fan and you wanna catch ’em live one more time, now’s the time to do it.
Mixtapes released their second, and as of now, final, full-length album Ordinary Silence on June 25th, 2013 through No Sleep Records.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
I have a deep appreciation for small, local venues that put on consistent, quality shows. Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California is one such venue. Recently, I was able to check out Good Riddance, Direct Hit!, The Bombpops, and Stop Breathing on a Saturday night at this LB gem. I am sure the rest of the sold out crowd would agree with me in saying that this was an amazing opportunity to see a lineup of great bands in an intimate setting. Personally, I had seen Good Riddance at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, but had unfortunately missed the chance to see them the last time they played a small venue in LA. It was worth the wait.
I arrived early since I knew I wanted to stake out a position to take photos. The show started with Stop Breathing as the crowd started filing in. Stop Breathing is a punk/hardcore band out of Oxnard, California who set the tone for the night with their high energy and powerful melodies. This theme would run throughout the evening.
Next up were The Bombpops, one of my favorite up and coming bands. Even with some technical difficulties early on, they tore through their set with catchy melodies and lyrics. I love seeing talented, powerful female musicians in the punk community, and the ladies of The Bombpops bring an energy to stage that is hard to match. If you’re looking for some new pop-punk with edge, check out The Bombpops!
Direct Hit! followed the Bombpops and also faced some technical difficulties. Even though this caused the band to nix one of their guitars, it did not slow them down. I know many of our other editors listed Direct Hit! on their “Top Albums of 2013,” but I hadn’t really gotten into them before this night. I can say one thing – they are definitely an act you need to see live. Their show was so energetic, you may have thought they were closing out the night. They commanded the small stage as if they were playing to a large stadium or festival. The crowd was nearly at capacity at this point and the energy was palpable.
It was finally time for the main event. Good Riddance came out no holds barred and rocked the stage for over an hour. The crowd went crazy – dancing, moshing, and singing along (you can actually check out a video of the full set right here). The band tore through crowd favorites like “Salt,” “United Cigar,” “Weight of the World,” and “Texas,” among others. Bands like Good Riddance bring such a force to the stage and you can feel the passion of both the band and the fans in the air. From my observations, there were probably many people in the LA/Long Beach area who lost their voice that night from screaming so loudly.
As I said before, it was worth the wait to see Good Riddance live in a small venue. With the promise of new music on the horizon, I hope this opportunity will come my way again soon! Check out our full gallery from the show below!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Oklahoma City punks Red City Radio have just announced they and Direct Hit! will be playing a Northeast / Southern US tour dubbed the Waffles Or Die Tour this October! Dates and locations can be found below.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM (PST) by Midwest Punk
This is likely the last “review” that will ever by written for a Galactic Cannibal show, because the Milwaukee punks are officially done, over, no more, kaput. But before packing it in, they decided to go out with a bang with one last show, a Punk Rock Grillout at Borg Ward in Milwaukee, with Direct Hit!, Population Control, Jetty Boys, Soup Moat, Foreign Laws, Manger Danger, and Skategoat.
Not being from the Milwaukee area at all, I had never been to Borg Ward, and I had no idea what I was in for. In short, it was a dump. Ceiling tiles were missing, there was only one “bathroom”, the “stage” consisted of either one of two seemingly random spots where gear was set up, mic stands were held up with tape (if they stayed up at all), the vocals were hard to hear at times, it was hot as hell with no air moving through… and it was all perfect. This is exactly how I like shows to be; no gates, no big stages, no backstage where bands can disappear to once they’ve done their thing. It was all up close and personal, and is exactly what I’d want from a Galactic Cannibal show. As for the show itself, it’s everything I have come to expect from DH!/GC, plus so much more. With that being said, read the full review and check out the photo gallery below.
I’m not going to lie, I was a little late to this. I apologize for that, and I’m ashamed. But hey, I drove a long way to get there, and my wife and I had never had the chance to see Milwaukee, so we did some exploring and grabbed some food and beer before the show. When we got to the venue, I had to drive around the block a few times to make sure I was in the right place. But after looking into the alley behind the address, I could tell I was. A whole bunch of punks were standing around outside, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer, and there was a tent set up where Galactic Cannibal frontman Peter Woods was grilling up burgers and hot dogs.
I caught a few songs from most of the opening bands, who all had some great energy, but I’ll admit, it was mostly too hardcore for this pop/skate-punk fan (please, feel free to ridicule me or whatever). The first band I was really looking forward to was Jetty Boys. This was my first time seeing them, and they did not disappoint. They ripped through their set, barely stopping for anything. Singer/guitarist Drew Fredrichsen even played part of one song from on the toilet. Fast, poppy, catchy, describe it how you will, it was a fun set for sure.
For many, the main attraction was Galactic Cannibal, it being their last show and all. That being said, they played right in the middle of the whole night, which really seemed to fit perfectly with the band’s short-lived career. Once they were set up, Peter Woods walked up to me and said simply, in a voice that gave the impression he was in some sort of a trance, “I will run into you.” He then proceeded to say the same thing to three or four more people next to me at the front of the “stage”. It turns out he was not lying one bit, because as soon as the music hit, it was chaos, with people smashing into me from behind, and Woods coming from my front. It was great.
When it came time for Direct Hit! to start, the room was basically empty, but that didn’t last long. People outside quickly gathered around all sides of the “stage” for what is always a great show. Jetty Boys bassist Eric Mahnke filled in on bass, and Steve Maury played guitar, with Devon Kay out on the road with one of his other (awesome) bands, The Fur Coats. Direct Hit! shows are usually a blur for me, and this one was no different. At the end of the set, I usually can’t tell you which songs they played when, but I can tell you I had one of the greatest times ever at a show. I’ve seen the band play live five times now, and it seems like each time I see them, it’s the best set I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen them live, do yourself a favor and make sure you don’t miss them the next time they’re anywhere near you (or in my case, nowhere near, but still close enough). Galactic Cannibal drummer (and gracious host of the show) Ryan Bollis stole the show at the end of set, charging in from the crowd, stealing the bass drum and throwing it onto the floor, then kicking over the rest of the drum kit. What a way to end a great night!