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Upstart Fest 2015 Invades Brooklyn’s Grand Victory

The fifth annual Upstart Fest boasts 9 days and 8 states, and the heart and soul of this rolling punk rock circus is to highlight bands you should totally be checking out. It also featured the most eclectic group of punk rock outfits I’ve seen so far. Everything from folk-punk to hardcore was showcased and it seemed intentional. All your favorite bases were thoroughly covered.

To check out coverage of the show in Brooklyn, keep reading below.

 

 



The Fantastic Plastics (future wave) release debut music video, We Are Obsolete

Here’s an odd one. Brooklyn future-wave duo The Fantastic Plastics have just released a music video for their debut single “We Are Obsolete”. The video, which looks like an infomercial from hell, combines a funky, retro tune with a vast array of psychedelic imagery. Check it out below.

The Fantastic Plastics are due to release their debut album “Devolver” on September 18th, via Altercation Records.



American Pinup releases lyric video for “The Radio,” announces US tour dates

New York psychobilly/punk/everything act American Pinup have just released a lyric video for the title track off their latest, The Radio EP, as well as their upcoming US tour dates and you can check those out below!

The Radio EP was released August 21st through Altercation Records.



Svetlanas release split 7″ with New Cold War on Squid Hat Records

All the way from “Mother Russia,”  Svetlanas are showing the world why we called them the “most dangerous band in the world.”  In addition to a heavy tour schedule, the band has released a 4-track split 7″ with Las Vegas punks New Cold War on SquidHat Records.

The split was released on September 1st, and you can pick it up here.



The Jukebox Romantics announce US fall tour

New York punks The Jukebox Romantics have announced they will be touring the US in support of their new album Transmissions Down. All of the dates and locations can be found below.

Transmissions Down is set to release next Friday, September 11th through Jailhouse Records. Pre-orders are available on the label’s webstore.



Two Fisted Law, The Turbo ACs, Trophy Lungs & more added to Upstart Fest 2015 lineup

Two Fisted Law, The Turbo ACs, Trophy Lungs, American Television, Ray’s Occult, Hopeless Otis, and Enziguri have been added to this year’s Upstart Fest lineup. Previously announced performers include Avenue RockersCry Havoc!Two Man Advantage, Posers, Hudson FalconsOC45Lost in SocietyA Minor Revolution, Legally Fucked, Kyle TrocollaThe VibratorsThe Obvious, InCircles, and Iron Chin.

The tour runs between Portland, ME and Baltimore, MD in late September/early October. You can check out the full list of dates and locations here and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more bands are announced.



American Pinup stream new track, “Committed” off upcoming EP

 

White Plains psychobilly outfit, American Pinup, have just streamed a new track, “Committed” off their upcoming “The Radio EP.”  The track, which you can checkout below, blends some nice ska and grunge sensibilities to create an overall soothingly paced piece.

“The Radio EP” is slated for an August 23rd release, and marks the bands first release since their LP “Change Machine”, back in September 2013.



American Pinup stream new release “The Radio EP”

New York psychobilly/punk/everything act American Pinup are now streaming their latest release, The Radio EP, and you can check it out below!

The Radio EP was released this past weekend. The band’s last album, Change Machine, was released in September 2013 through Altercation Records.



Kyle Trocolla, The Vibrators, The Obvious, & more added to Upstart Fest 2015 lineup

Kyle Trocolla, The VibratorsThe Obvious, InCircles, and Iron Chin have been added to this year’s Upstart Fest lineup. Previously announced performers include Avenue RockersCry Havoc!Two Man Advantage, Posers, Hudson FalconsOC45Lost in SocietyA Minor Revolution, and Legally Fucked.

The tour runs between Portland, ME and Baltimore, MD in late September/early October. You can check out the full list of dates and locations here and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more bands are announced.



Show Review: Altercation Records’ Mid-Summer Night Scream!


Altercation Records has continued to demonstrate the staying power of true underground DIY culture over the past decade, with the Austin / New York label’s annual Punk Rock BBQ and Mid-Summer Night Scream events fast becoming some of the most ‘must-attend’ throw downs in the nation. The 2015 Mid-Summer Night Scream, held in Austin, TX at venue Holy Mountain, proved exceptional even by Altercation standards, and will hold a lasting impression in my mind for a long time to come.

Despite the 108 degree Texas heat and the bittersweet knowledge that Holy Mountain will be closing its doors over a rent raise dispute this coming October, spirits were high from the get-go. Punk rockers are not known for their promptness, but even at 6:30pm an enthusiastic crowd had arrived to catch Scream kick off band Pleasure Tide. Fronted by ex-Assjack vocalist Gary Lindsay, the band channeled fire-and-brimstone lyrics with gypsy-infused melodies to yield a potent punk rock gospel revival that had even the shyest of wallflowers singing along. Lindsay’s voice has never sounded better, a gravel-and-whiskey soaked hybrid best served on the rocks.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! mainstay The Lizardman brought his circle sideshow out of the big tent and into the club, entertaining and horrifying the crowd by putting a corkscrew through his nasal cavity and having his comedic sideman destroy a cinder block hanging from his earlobes with a sledge hammer. To say you had to be there is an understatement.

All Eyes West proved no-shows, although Dallas’ punkers Fat By The Gallon cranked out the high-energy jams that have secured them opening slots for legends like NOFX and Bouncing Souls. Avenue Rockers, fresh off performing at Punk Rock Bowling Fest, continued to keep the energy high with their Operation Ivy-vibe of ska/punk. Members of local rising street punk band Sniper 66 were spotted in the circle pit, as was the divine Miss Genocide from Burning Angel.com.

The Dirty Charley Band added nice outlaw country flavor to the Scream, mixing songs about the devil and bad women gone worse, while College Station, TX outfit Girl Band channelled a modern-day Runaways. Blue-haired siren Nikki was impossible to look away from, and the band was clearly having a blast delivering their bubblegum punk and sending out a shoutout to ‘the fine art of finger banging’.

Word of mouth was high for ASS, and they did not disappoint. This was my first time seeing the band and will not be my last, as they absolutely dripped energy from the minute they took the stage until the last wringing guitar chord. ASS thrashed like heirs to the Suicidal throne, rocking out with abandon to songs about classic pastimes such as pizza, drugs and wizards. I was impressed to say the least.

Altercation Records’ The Grizzly Band delivered the goods as usual, wringing country-tinged rock from a sweat-drenched Lucero towel. These bearded gents are clearly bound for some next-level stages, having recently provided support for Nashville Pussy and The Supersuckers, so seeing them in the intimate confines of Holy Mountain felt like a true treat.

If there’s a heavier Texas band than Sabbath Crow I have not heard it. Looking like the extended family of The Devil’s Rejects, this power trio absolutely destroyed the Holy Mountain stage. Their cowboy-hat clad guitarist was jaw-dropping to watch, his hands pummeling his guitar with such speed and dexterity it almost seemed comical. The crowd was ecstatic for Crow, and the bar was clearly raised.

Blues Meanies’ vocalist Billy Spunke was up to the task. A Chicago legend, Spunke reunion with the Meanies for 2014’s Riot Fest drew HUGE crowds for good reason. He is a dynamo to watch, and new post-punk project All The Way Korean was impossible to turn away from. Shrouded in smoke and dense red light, Spunke shouted and clawed his way through each song like a demon-possessed, sunglasses-clad preacher.

Finally it was time for USSR import The Svetlanas to play. I had seen the band perform half a set at SXSW a few years back, and was in short amazed. Word of the band has clearly spread like wildfire, as the crowd was wall to wall even at 1 am in anticipation of the band, who are in the US to perform on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. Singer Olga Svetlana appeared like a female version of Iggy Pop in his primal prime, setting a poster of Putin on fire before the roaring crowd and then diving headfirst into hardcore anthems like “I Must Break You” and “Revenge”. The band recently completed a month of support for The Dwarves and it showed – a well-oiled thrash machine, Svetlanas were simply unstoppable, with bodies constantly flying from the stage into the pit like crash test dummies.

By ignoring trends and completely bypassing the usual cultural trappings of corporate sponsorship that seems to dominate so many other ‘punk’ festivals, the Altercation Mid-Summer Night Scream felt like a true underground music event for the fans – diverse, high-energy and uncompromising, and a great reminder of why so many of us were drawn to the genre in the first place. How Altercation will possibly top this year’s Scream in 2016 is a question I’m glad I am not responsible for answering.

Photo’s by Dave Prewitt



Two Fisted Law release music video for “The Ballad Of Forgotten Souls”

Connecticut punks Two Fisted Law have a new video out for their song “The Ballad Of Forgotten Souls.” Check it out below.

The song is the second track on the band’s upcoming new EP, Brother’s Keeper, which is due out Friday (August 14th) on Altercation Records. You can stream the whole five-track EP here.



New Red Scare release music video for “Kamikaze”

New York punks New Red Scare have a new video out for their song “Kamizake.” Check it out below.

The video was recorded at the band’s show at Snapper Magee’s in Torrington, Connecticut. The track is off the band’s album, Waiting For A Spark, which came out in 2013 via Altercation Records.



DS Exclusive: Two Fisted Law stream upcoming EP “Brother’s Keeper”

New England punk outfit Two Fisted Law have just announced that they’ll be releasing a brand new EP titled “Brother’s Keeper” on August 14th and today we’re very pleased to bring you a stream of all five of its heavy and rhythmic tracks. Check it out below!

Brother’s Keeper is being released via Altercation Records, and is a follow-up to their self-titled album released last February.



Upstart Fest announces first round of bands to 2015 lineup

The first group of bands have been announced for the 5th annual Upstart Fest. Looks like we can expect to catch Avenue Rockers, Cry Havoc!, Two Man Advantage, and Posers while more bands will be announced soon. The tour runs between Portland, ME and Baltimore, MD in late September/early October.

You can check out the full list of dates and locations below and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more bands are announced.

 

 

 



Upstart Fest 2015 announces dates, locations, and first wave of bands

The dates, locations, and first wave of bands have been announced for the 5th annual Upstart Fest. The tour will run from September 24th to October 4th and you can check out the full list of dates and locations below.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when the bands are announced.