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Bankrupt (old school punk) release video for “Christmas is Canceled”

Budapest based punk act Bankrupt have just released a new video for their track “Christmas is Canceled” in light of the ever approaching holidays which are coming whether or not you want to think about it.

Check out the video below.



Where Do We Go From Here? – Thoughts On Hatred And Tolerance In Our Community

Before I go too deep into the abyss here, allow me to preface this piece by explaining, perhaps unnecessarily, that the thoughts that follow are mine. I don’t pretend to speak for anyone else on the Dying Scene staff, past, present or future.

With that out of the way, I’m going to do a bit of stating of the obvious for a second; shit, right now, is pretty fucked. The catalyst for this piece, as you might have guessed by now, is the lead up to — and fallout from — whatever took place on the Barb Wire Dolls/Svetlanas/57 tour last week that resulted in two of the three international bands jettisoning that tour just after the halfway mark. I thought it was important to clarify a few points from the initial story that broke, to shut down a few of the more quantum leaps that have been made about what happened, and to expound on a few of the points that I made personally that I think are particularly salient but that might have been lost in the noise.

Dying Scene was not present at Jewel Nightclub in Manchester, New Hampshire, last Friday when the aforementioned tour rolled through. I, myself, was present the night before in Somerville, MA, where the photo gallery you may have seen on these pages came from. (Another writer was present at, and took pictures at, an earlier show on tour.) I interacted positively with members of all three touring bands, and saw them interacting positively with one another (including Svetlanas’ drummer Diste and Barb Wire Dolls’ drummer, Crash, collaborating to help fix a broken kick drum). I enjoyed the hell out of the show. I can – and did – attest personally to the passion that both bands have for their own respective music, as both bands play just as intense whether they’re in front of a crowd of 50, 500, or 5,000. I can attest personally to how passionately Barb Wire Dolls, Svetlanas, and 57, the latter of whom totally caught me by surprise, believe in their product and their music. Based on how the night went, I strongly contemplated heading north the following evening for the show in Manchester, my old stomping grounds. In hindsight, I wish I had gone; not because I could have done anything to fix the situation that I certainly didn’t see coming, but at least to accurately quantify what did, and did not, happen.

According to statements made by both Svetlanas and Barb Wire Dolls as bands and by their individual members, there seems to be consensus that there was an individual that was wearing, at least, an SS skull patch, in addition to what seems to have been an anti-Communist back patch. Again, members of both bands seem to be at odds about a lot in the last few days, obviously, but at least seem to be in agreement about that. Both bands also seem to be in agreement that death threats were made by this individual toward Svetlanas and toward 57 following a confrontation at the show. I wasn’t there, nor were the vast majority of people reading these words. But, statements released by members of both bands who were present seem to support those facts.

I made a comment in the story I posted over the weekend that I was saddened, but not surprised, that an individual wearing an SS skull patch would show up to a show in New Hampshire. I’m not surprised, because I’ve seen it before. Not at Jewel, to be sure, as I’ve never been there. Traditionally, the show calendar at Jewel has trended to the more metal end of the spectrum, which isn’t my personal cup of tea, so I haven’t had the occasion to go. I don’t think that Jewel is a hotbed of Nazi-related activity by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve never heard rumors to the effect that such individuals hang out there, and in fact the word on the street about the place has been increasingly positive since they changed management a while back. I don’t pretend to know the identity of the patch-wearer and subsequent threat-maker in question, and by all accounts, it was an isolated, unfortunate incident that snowballed for myriad reasons. The vitriol in the comment sections here and elsewhere on the internet — I know, I know…don’t read the comments — ran the gamut from praising one band, excoriating the other (and of course vice versa), calling them fake punk, calling Svetlanas fake Russian (is that a thing) and stating that Dying Scene was going to get rolled if we continue support Commies. Gotta admit, I’m still a bit flummoxed by that last one. And all of it — all of it — misses the point. 

No, I said that I was saddened by not surprised because I’ve seen it before in other places, and in other isolated incidents. The swastika spray-painted on the synagogue that family friends in my hometown in southern New Hampshire worshipped in when we were kids were isolated incidents. The racist graffiti that would get scrawled in the dugouts of the Babe Ruth League dugouts we played in from time to time were isolated incidents. The racist graffiti scrawled on the side of a memorial to two of the first professional African-American baseball players in my old hometown was an isolated incident. The Nazi graffiti found on college campuses in Keene and Durham in recent years were isolated incidents. The racist graffiti scrawled across various locations in Concord a few years ago by a local tattoo shop owner were isolated incidents. The individuals that I’ve seen – with my own eyes – walking downtown Manchester with swastika patches, or the incident of racial hatred and subsequent retaliation by fairly well-known anti-racist group that I witnessed outside now-defunct venue in Portsmouth were isolated incidents.

You know what else were isolated incidents? Boosie Badazz last weekend. The church in Texas last weekend. Las Vegas a month ago. New York City a couple weeks ago. The Pulse in Orlando. San Bernadino. Aurora. Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. The Bataclan. The Ariana Grande show. Dimebag Darrell. They were all isolated incidents. They all happened in places that people are supposed to feel safe and to find solace from the day-to-day bullshit that we all deal with for however long we’re lucky enough to actually be alive and a part of this planet; concerts, schools, churches, movie theaters, shopping malls. The frequency with which events like those above and countless others have occurred with has left some of us – many of us – feeling desensitized; saddened but not surprised.

We tread into murky waters sometimes in the punk rock world because, at the core, the scene is rebellious, especially in the northeast; let’s not forget that some people’s patron saint of all things punk rock, GG Allin, was not coincidentally born and subsequently laid to rest in New Hampshire. It’s a home for the homeless, a beacon for those who feel disenfranchised. It’s confrontational. It encourages you to fuck authority and confront bullshit and question the answers. Hell, one of the things I praised about the Svetlanas gig in Somerville last night was how aggressive and brazenly in-your-face Olga is. That’s part of the draw, and part of what makes them the most “dangerous band in punk,” just like it was part of the draw to have a Korean band and an outspoken ex-Russian band touring the USA – Donald Trump’s USA – with a band formed by natives of Greece. Confrontation and provocation are not uncommonly part of the deal, and that’s fine. 

So if a band or any of its members or an audience member or a club owner or a movie theater patron or a church patron feels a little spooked by somebody or something at the place they go – we all go – to find solace and support and shut off the outside world for a while, that’s important, and it’s valid and for god’s sake it happens all the time in all walks of life, and so you can’t blame them anyone for getting spooked. 

Look, gang; we’re all in this together – showgoers, band members, promoters, club owners, photographers, soundboard operators, stage crew, bartenders, coat check staff. We have an obligation to stand up to hatred, bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia. We have an obligation to look after each other and to take care of each other and to keep giving voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless and to be a beacon for the disenfranchised. We have to talk to each other and listen to each other and more importantly go to bat for each other by speaking the fuck up and shining a light on the intolerant bullshit. That’s the only way this all works. Shit’s fucked, but it doesn’t have to be.

Peace and love

-J



L7 to release new single next month

Female alternative/punk rock legends L7 just recently announced that they will be releasing another single, which will follow-up last month’s “Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago“, which was their first song in nearly 20 years. The single currently doesn’t have a name, but it will be released on December 15th.

L7, who broke up back in 2001 but reunited 14 years later, haven’t released a full-length studio album since 1999’s Slap Happy.



Music Video: Pussy Riot – “Police State”

Russian punks Pussy Riot have released a music video for their new song “Police State”.

You can watch the video below.



Rites (punk) stream new album “Misery Is Company”

Dutch punk act Rites are streaming their new album Misery Is Company which is out now on Cult Culture Records. You can listen to it below.

This is the bands latest release since 2015’s Inner Plauges vocalist Lousia said the new album is coming from a slightly differnet perspective:

“Our previous EP ‘Inner Plagues’ was more about the way the world affects us and our mental attitude, while ‘Misery Is Company’ is more about how we effect the world”



Raised As Wolves stream new song “Don’t We All”

Australian melodic punks Raised As Wolves are streaming their new track “Don’t We All”. Give it a listen here.

The band will be kicking off a short tour this Friday which includes a date alongside Aussie favourites Clowns. You can check out the full list of dates below.

NOVEMBER
10th – The Last Chance, Melbourne 
15th – Rad Bar, Wollongong
18th – The Record Crate, Sydney 
19th – Schooner Or Later Harbour Cruise, Sydney with Clowns



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!


Dying Scene Radio – Episode 3 – Band Spotlight: People Corrupting People

In this installment of the new and improved Dying Scene Radio, Anarchopunk heads down to the beach to meet up with Colorado’s only Orwellian punk band, People Corrupting People to smoke some weed, talk about their new EP Loan Shark and frolic in the sun! While we don’t typically endorse frolicking, we let it slide this once for a chance to talk to the Mile High Punks. If that don’t wet your whistle, how’s about we rustle ya’ up some noteworthy news stories and some blazing hot new music?? All that and more in Episode 3 of Dying Scene Radio, the official podcast of Dying Scene!! Links below!



Finnish festival Provinssi to celebrate its 40th anniversary

Legendary festival Provinssi will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and will host a three-show fest from June 28th-30th, 2018 at Törnävänsaari in Seinäjoki, Finland. Playing at the festival are The Offspring, Asking Alexandria, Prophets of Rage, Volbeat, Arch Enemy and several other bands.

More information on the festival is available right here.



Anti-Flag release video for “Liar”

Pittsburgh punk veterans Anti-Flag have released a music video for their song “Liar” which came off their brand new album “American Fall.” Check out the video below.

“American Fall” was officially released November 3rd via Spinefarm Records.



Low Derive (Punk, Italy) stream new song “Lies”

Italian punks Low Derive are streaming their new song “Lies,” which comes from the bands upcoming album Breakup.

You can give the song a listen below.

Breakup is set to be released tomorrow, November 8th.  It follows their 2015 EP, Nora.



Tarantula (Punk, Chicago) stream new EP “Weird Tales of Radiation and Hate”

Chicago dark punk/hardcore act Tarantula are streaming their new EP Weird Tales of Radiation and Hate.

You can give it a listen below.

Weird Tales of Radiation and Hate was released today, November 7th, via Deranged Records.



Empire Me (German Melodic Punk) stream new EP “Where Are We Going Anyway”

German melodic punks Empire Me are streaming their new EP Where Are We Going Anyway.

You can give it a listen below.

Where Are We Going Anyway was released on November 4th, 2017.



Arising From sign to Thousand Islands Records

Montreal melodic punk act Arising From have signed to Thousand Islands Records.  The band is working on new material that should hopefully see a release next year.

In the meantime, the label is streaming Arising From’s debut self-titled EP, originally released in June, and offering it as a pay what you want download.  You can check that out below.



The Wraith (hardcore) streaming cover of “I Turned Into a Martian”

California hardcore act The Wraith are streaming their cover of the Misfits classic “I Turned Into a Martian”.

You can give the song a listen below.

The Wraith released their latest EP in January of this year entitled “Shadow Flag”.