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Pennywise stream “Won’t Give Up the Fight” off upcoming coming album

Pennywise is streaming “Won’t Give Up the Fight” off their upcoming album, “Never Gonna Die.” It will be their first album with original vocalist Jim Lindberg since 2008’s “Reason to Believe.”

Check out “Won’t Give Up the Fight” below!



The Lawrence Arms stream “We Are the Champions of the World” best of

There goes my night. The Lawrence Arms are streaming their massive twenty-nine track “We Are the Champions of the World” best of collection.

You can stream it below and buy it for $12 at bandcamp while I sit here and relive the soundtrack to the last fifteen years of my life.



Red City Radio premiere video for “Rebels”

My favorite thing to come out of Oklahoma since Sonic Drive-In, Red City Radio, has premiered their video for “Rebels.”

“Rebels” is off their new EP, “Skytigers,” which our editor Carson Winter a well-deserved five stars.

Check out the video below!



Obstructionist (Minneapolis punk) release “The Invisible Hand” single

Minneapolis melodic punks Obstructionist have released their second single, “The Invisible Hand.” Obstructionist takes their influence from bands such as Bad Religion, NOFX, No Trigger, Black Flag, and sweet, delicious, PEARS.

You can check out “The Invisible Hand” below, and be sure to check out their first single “Blue Skies Fade” at bandcamp. If you’re super rad, you can throw them a buck for both songs. And if you’re super rad and local like I am, you can catch them at Caydence Coffee & Records in St. Paul, Saturday, April 7th at 7 pm.



Hummer stream new album “Budweiser and Butter”

UK punks Hummer are now streaming their new album “Budweiser and Butter.”

The eight track release follows up their last release of “Work. Home. Bed.” in July of 2016.

Check out the new album below.



Indonesian Junk stream songs “Tonight,” and “Slow Down”

Milwaukee punks Indonesian Junk are now streaming their new songs “Tonight,” and “Slow Down” via Rum Bar Records.

Check out the new release below.



Album Review: Spanish Love Songs – “Schmaltz”

When it comes to building a world, details matter. Whether the world exists in a movie, a book, or even a song. Details are what make us feel the heat of an ember or the exuberance of youth. Even in punk, lyrics are enriched by the tics and specific imagery of a time and place. It gives weight to a slice-of-life, enough so that by the time the last note fades away, we feel like what was just sung to us happened, that it is cemented in reality, as part of our world as it is the world of the song.

LA’s Spanish Love Songs fill their sad sack anthems with the tiniest details, and by the last song, Schmaltz feels as lived-in as an old sneaker, and might just be 2018’s first great album.

As far as punk rock goes, this is the sort that captures me immediately. I pride myself on liking a lot of different punk, the stuff that barks and snarls, sneers or moans. Hardcore, crust, pop punk, a little emo, a little post, but my favorites these days are the result of introspective and eloquent songwriters that can match poetic lyrics to big singalongs. Stuff like the Menzingers, Red City Radio, and now— Spanish Love Songs, a band that’ll likely draw comparisons to the former, but manages in the end to carve out an identity of their own with Schmaltz.

Spanish Love Songs’ music is personal, so personal it hurts. It reminds me of how I felt the first time I heard Against Me! That feeling of did they really just say that? There’s strength in that sort of abandon, and Spanish Love Songs is benching above their weight. Opening song, “Nuevo” is a quiet track driven by piano chords courtesy Meredith Van Woert, rich in top-notch imagery, sung in an affectatious Greg Barnett-esque croon by Dylan Slocum. Slocum sings, “And I can’t help but laugh at these edge kids I used to mosh with at church hardcore shows, getting blasted on Pabst and burning holes into the wall with their Parliaments.” You immediately have a sense of time and place, but in the end, Slocum doesn’t shy away from prying open old wounds, “Well fuck, I’m miserable, which means it’s me that hasn’t changed.” Simple and direct, no bullshit. Schmaltz is filled with these sorts of lines, ones we’ve said to ourselves in our darkest moments, and Spanish Love Songs fits them to a melody and forces us to sing along. It’s the unique sort of confrontation that feeling-forward punk thrives on, recognition and acceptance of us at our worst.

The music itself is great, with memorable and energetic fretwork. “Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations” begins with a guitar line that explodes out of thin air, while the song also introduces a melody that becomes a motif throughout the album, a smart move that makes a record tangibly cohesive, beyond something more ephemeral like thematics. It also introduces some speed, which is always much appreciated in a subgenre often critiqued for its mid-tempo emotional jams.

“The Boy Considers His Haircut” is my clear favorite from the album, a song that takes minutiae and reveals it to be symptoms of a greater angst. It has great screamlong melodies throughout the song, without ever dipping into a strict verse-chorus structure. The aversion to, but not total rejection of, traditional song structure reveals another parallel between Spanish Love Songs and The Menzingers—the effect is a strong one though, making each song feel natural, like it’s growing off of itself in new and organic directions.

There’s too many great songs on Schmaltz to talk about individually, but the number of highlights could very well be the same as its tracklisting, as each new listen offers something new to appreciate. That’s the depth the songwriting brings to the album; there’s a lot to unpack and Spanish Love Songs craft their music to make sure you want to unpack it, even when it hurts, even when it’s just a mirror to our discontent.

5/5



Youth Avoiders stream new album “Relentless”

Parisian punk act Youth Avoiders are streaming their new album Relentless.

You can check it out below.

Relentless was released on March 30th via Destructure and Build Me A Bomb Records.



Crooked Little Sons release music video for “Fick”

Rock ‘n’ roll infused punk band Crooked Little Sons have released a music video for their single, “Fick.”

You can check it out below.

“Fick” was released on March 23rd, 2018.



Topsy Turvy announce Canadian tour dates, stream two new songs

France’s Topsy Turvy’s have announced some upcoming Canadian tour dates in support of their latest split EP with Useless ID.

You can check out all the dates and locations, as well as Topsy Turvy’s songs from the split, below.

The Useless ID/Topsy Turvy split was released on January 20th via Ratgirl Records and Jerkoff Records.



La Escalera Records announce La Escalera Fest 7, stream fest sampler

California punk label La Escalera Records has announced the full lineup for the 2018 edition of its annual festival set to take place in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico from May 17th-20th.  Bands playing include PEARS, Pity Party, Success, Western Settings, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Rayner, and much more.

You can check out the full list of bands above, as well as a sampler featuring 36 of those bands below.



Wonk Unit (punk) streaming new song “Day Job Wanker”

London-based punks Wonk Unit are streaming their latest single “Day Job Wanker”. It’s a short throwback to mid-nineties pop-punk.

Check out the new song below.

No word on whether this is a part of something larger in the future. The latest release for Wonk Unit was Christmas in a Crackhouse, which was released in December.



Guerilla Poubelle (melodic) and Good Friend (punk) announce European tour

Red Scare Industries label mates Guerilla Poubelle and Good Friend will be heading out on tour across Europe. The tour begins April 19th in London and wraps up April 30th in France.

Check out the full list of dates above and check out the latest release from Guerilla Poubelle below.

Guerilla Poubelle’s latest release was La Nausée, released in December of last year it’s a must listen. 



Punks In Pubs podcast new episode (featuring Justin Schlosberg) released

The excellent Punks In Pubs podcast has reached its tenth episode. The newest instalment is an interview with Hell Is For Heroes‘ Justin Schlosberg. You can subscribe to the pod on any of the usual podcast platforms, or have a listen via SoundCloud.

More info on the episode is up on the podcast website. It is a fortnightly pod, with new episodes out on a Sunday.



New Bad Religion album coming this summer?

According to a German website, California punk icons Bad Religion will release their long-awaited new album this summer, which they began work on last February. The release of the follow-up to 2013’s True North coincides with the band’s summer European tour.

No further more information has been given, but we’ll keep you posted when more details surface. In addition to being the first album from Bad Religion in five years, the record will be their first with Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.