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Direct Hit! cover hymn “There is a Fountain Filled With Blood”

Fat Wreck quartet Direct Hit! are streaming a cover they performed of the old hymn “There is a Fountain Filled With Blood”. Shot for The Milwaukee Record, fans can take a listen and enjoy the video over at the publication’s website.

Direct Hit’s previous latest material was their 2016 full-length, Wasted Mind.



Video: Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) joins NOFX for performances of “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope” and “Linoleum” in Japan and California

Roger Lima, bass player for Florida based ska-punk band Less Than Jake, recently joined NOFX on stage for separate performances of old classics, “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope”, and “Lineolum.” You can see Lima take Eric Melvin’s place at Musink (California) for “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, and “Six Years on Dope”, as well as at Punkspring 2017 (Japan) for “Linoleum.”

You can check out all of the clips, uploaded directly to Lima’s YouTube channel, below.

NOFX released their 13th full-length album First Ditch Effort in October through Fat Wreck Chords. It was their first LP in four years, following 2012’s Self Entitled. Less Than Jake’s recent EP, Sound the Alarm, was released on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records.



Album Review: The Bombpops – ‘Fear of Missing Out’

The Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO, is a pseudo-psychological phenomenon that describes the anxiety that one feels when they’re worried about not being present when something big or fun goes down. It’s likely a side effect of the rise of social media and our ability to consistently see and read about every fun thing that we weren’t there to witness. The Fear of Missing Out is also the title of The Bombpops’ newest collection of songs.

The latest band to make the jump from Red Scare to Fat, The Bombpops are armed with sunny hooks and sugary choruses, going all out on their first album for the label, which also happens to be their long-awaited debut full length album. The final result is a short and sweet, tightly crafted Orange County pop punk record.

Most of the album hits all the right notes you want to hear from Californian pop punk: catchy choruses, harmonized vocals, lyrics about enjoying the weather, it’s all here. First single, “CA. in July” epitomizes a lot of what people expect to hear from a punk band out of Southern California. That’s not to say that it’s all Green Day worship here: “Sweet for Sorrow” with its melody and vocal harmonies is reminiscent of Bad Religion, if Bad Religion played pop punk. “Jerk” takes a Weezer-ian approach; the verses have a heavy, kind of grungy sound while it’s chorus is straight up pop, and “I Can’t” is a thrashy in-your-face hardcore number that lasts all of 54 seconds. The Bombpops might not be the first pop punk band to show range and combine outside influences with their sound, but they do it in such a charming way and they easily join the ranks of the bands that did it before them.

Fear of Missing Out was released in February 2017, and astute readers may notice that this review has come a few months after then. One might even think that I, the reviewer, missed out on this record when it first came out and I’m only playing catch up now. “FOMO” might be a real thing that people feel, but fortunately when it comes to recorded music you can always go back and hit “repeat” as many times as you need. There’s no missing out here.

4 / 5

RIYL: Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Teenage Bottlerocket, Lipstick Homicide



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Musink Fest 2017 – Day 1 (Costa Mesa CA, 3/17)

Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals

While Musink Fest may not be mentioned among the top tier festivals, the three day SoCal punk rock fest and tattoo convention (and car show!) which is the brainchild of Blink 182‘s Travis Barker, has been gaining in popularity lately with that band lineups getting better and better every Spring. This year, the festival celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with what was arguably the best overall lineup in it’s history. So good in fact, that we called in our best coyote to smuggle AnarchoPunk across the southern border into Orange County just to cover it. Check out his review and photo gallery of Day One acts NOFX, The Vandals, Lagwagon and A Wilhelm Scream below!



Frenzal Rhomb announce new album and Australian tour

Aussie punk-rock legends Frenzal Rhomb have announced that they will release their new album Hi-Vis High Tea on May 26th through Fat Wreck Chords. The follow-up to 2011’s Smoko at the Pet Food Factory includes 20 tracks and was recorded once again by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pre-order it here.

Along with the dates for an upcoming Australia tour, you can find the track listing of Hi-Vis High Tea, as well as the video for a new song called “Cunt Act”, below.



Fat Wreck announces No Use For A Name demos 7″

The good people at Fat Wreck Chords have the latest installment in their Original Demos. Set to release on May 5th, the 7″ will feature previously unreleased demos of No Use For A Name‘s “Justified Black Eye” and “Sidewalk” which were found on 20-year-old reels in Fat’s tape archive.

Head over here to pre-order the 7″.

This will be No Use’s second posthumous release since frontman Tony Sly passed away in 2012. They last released a reissued version of their best-of album All the Best Songs.



DS Interview: Nick Woods (Direct Hit!) talks new Direct Hit! album, “Domesplitter” reissue, Galactic Cannibal, and more

In a wide, wide world of sick bands doing sick things, Direct Hit! is at the top of the heap, banging out killer albums like clockwork. I was lucky enough to catch up with frontman Nick Woods on all sorts of juicy subjects including plans for a new Direct Hit! album, the Domesplitter reissue, potential for a new Galactic Cannibal LP, lyrics, and our Dying Scene head honcho’s claims that he “discovered” Direct Hit!.

Read all about it and more in the interview below.

Domesplitter will hit the streets April, 14th courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords.



Album Review: Western Addiction – “Tremulous”

When Western Addiction plays, it’s like discovering punk rock for the first time. They’re hardcore. They’re SoCal. They’re loud and angry, snide and fun; they blend the spectrum of punk into a catchy, moshable behemoth. It’s been twelve years since since their last full-length though, and now we finally have our follow up. Tremulous is a testament to Western Addiction’s songwriting and musicianship as much as it is a personal album and a declarative statement of what punk rock can be.

While it serves as a suitable shorthand, calling Western Addiction a hardcore band is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not totally unfair, as they do draw the core of their sound from the genre, but there’s something more pure that Western Addiction is reaching for. They are a punk band. They’re a distillation of everything punk rock can be, with background vocals, chugging guitars, screamed dissent, and unrelenting speed. They’re real talent though is combining all of these elements and being more than just a pastiche. Through and through, Western Addiction has their own sound, their own idiosyncrasies that make their music their own. On Tremulous, they introduce more ideas to the mix, as well as maximizing the potential of others. The spaghetti-western licks have taken on a Burdette-borne neocrust tinge, the drums are as insistent as ever, and the vocals still deliver couplet after couplet of emphatic rebellion.

“Clatter and Hiss” opens the album, a classic rager, propelled by riffs and chugging chords. I don’t know how they do it, but Western Addiction imbue the age-old punk vocab with new life. When the guitars palm-mute their way through a progression, you feel like you’re on the verge of something violent, they’re a work of tension. The drums and bass are on the same page, with danceable beats filling even the quieter parts of the song with a nervous energy. Tension and release are a hallmark of their talent– they know when to hold back and they know when to explode.

Tremulous’ greatest strength is that it’s good all the way through. There’s no bad songs here, and the band understands how to write an album. Not all aggressive bands can do this. You have to have the hooks, or else chance it blurring into one angry chord progression. Songs like “Honeycreeper,” a slower, jammier track with a catchy chorus gives the album a bit of texture and keeps the album from sagging in the middle. The relative prominence of vocal melodies on Tremulous is one of the most noticeable instances of growth since Cognicide. They’re tasteful and subdued compared to other Fat Wreck acts though, and do well to add, not subtract from the band’s forward momentum.

The album ends with the most daring song Western Addiction has done to date. A slow song– sung–  all the way through. “Your Life is Precious” is a heady breather, a reminder why we’re all involved in this punk rock nonsense in the first place, anchored by a line that’ll touch most any of us: “it doesn’t sound good like music in a record store.” I think that’s where the album’s tell truly is. Music is weaponized art, punk rock is a degenerate’s paintbrush and canvas– an alphabet to spell  personal turmoil. Tremulous is a lot of things, but to me, it’s an album for and about the lovers of song; as politicized and angry as it can be; as gut-wrenchingly personal; as loud, brash, and downright fun— it’s a gift to those of us who use music as a bookmark for pages in our lives. For the weirdos and misfits who know how good music in a record store sounds.

5/5



Western Addiction streaming new album “Tremulous” in its entirety

San Francisco punks Western Addiction have made Tremulous, their first full-length album in 12 years, available to stream in its entirety. You can check it out below.

Tremulous comes out tomorrow, March 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. It was produced by Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape and serves as the follow up to 2005’s Cognicide.



The Real McKenzies release music video for “Seafarers”

Celtic punk veterans The Real McKenzies have released a music video for “Seafarers,” taken from their new album Two Devils Will Talk. Check it out below.

Two Devils Will Talk was released on March 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. It is the band’s 11th full-length, following 2015’s Rats In The Burlap. They are currently touring Canada.



Direct Hit! releasing live 7″ for Record Store Day

Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! will be releasing a live 7″ titled Live from WMSE for Record Store Day 2017. Limited to 250 copies, it will feature live recordings of “Paid in Brains” and “Was it in the Acid?” from the band’s 2016 appearance on local radio station WMSE 91.7 FM.

Check out the live recording of “Was it in the Acid?” below.

Direct Hit!’s latest album Wasted Mind released in June, 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Teenage Bottlerocket recording new album

According to a recent post on their Instagram page, Wyoming pop-punk veterans Teenage Bottlerocket have returned to the Blasting Room and are recording a new album. All we currently know about the record is that it’s slated to release this summer through Fat Wreck Chords.

Teenage Bottlerocket last released Tales from Wyoming in 2015 on Rise Records. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s new album come to light.



Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies streams ‘City of New Orleans’ off upcoming album “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits”

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are now streaming the song ‘City of New Orleans’ from their upcoming album “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits” to be released April 7th on Fat Werck Chords. Check it out below.

This is their first release since “Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!”, which was released in 2014.



CJ Ramone covers Tom Waits’ “Pony” and announces extensive US/European tour

Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has released another song, and this one is near and dear to the heart of yours truly. It’s a track called “Pony,” and it’s a cover of the Tom Waits classic of the same name. Waits’ version appears on his 1999 masterpiece, “Mule Variations,” while CJ’s version appears on his upcoming full-length, “American Beauty.” Check it out below.

But wait…there’s more! CJ Ramone also announced a pantload of US and European tour dates that’ll keep him busy from mid-April through mid-July. The North American run features support from NY punks Big Eyes. Check out the full rundown below (under the video).

“American Beauty” is due out March 17th on Fat Wreck Chords.



Western Addiction premiere new song “Your Life is Precious”

San Francisco’s Western Addiction have premiered another track from their upcoming album Tremulous. The song’s called “Your Life is Precious,” and you can check it out below.

Tremulous comes out next Friday, March 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. Head over here to pre-order the LP.