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Make Do and Mend announce Europe/UK tour with Apologies, I Have None, Daylight and Chain of Flowers

Hartford, CT punks Make Do and Mend have announced a monthlong string of tourdates in Europe and the UK with Apologies, I Have None, Daylight, and Chain of Flowers.

You can check out the dates here.

Make Do and Mend released their last album, Everything You Ever Loved, last year on Rise Records.

Album Review: Hot Water Music- “Live in Chicago”

Not too long ago I saw Hot Water Music live for the first time in my life. It was as thrilling and cathartic as the band’s fans would have us believe, but with it came that sense of concrete awareness that it not only happened, but it happened to me. I walked away from the event with a sense of weighty knowingness, assured of the fact that I had just collected a new and treasured memory.

Maybe I like Live in Chicago so much because it reminds me of that sweaty night, but screaming along to “Remedy” with beardos in the pit isn’t necessarily a prerequisite to appreciation. The truth is, Hot Water Music is an amazing live band with a great catalog and Live in Chicago captures them at their best, playing their best.

It took me a long time to make peace with the concept of a live album. I admittedly held a certain dislike for the form. The live album, to me, has always been a poorly recorded consolation prize of songs you already knew. For a lot of bands it’s way of putting out a place-holder release before new music is pressed, like a contrived attempt at maintaining a fluid and consistent discography. Recently though, my mind has been changed. Being a grown-up that goes to shows I’ve since discovered the magic of live performance, but besides that there is a more obvious rallying point. The age old Hot Water Music fan will love Live in Chicago as it’s an accessible reminder of their favorite bands performance prowess. But what about the new fan, or even the punk who doesn’t know he’s a fan yet? What the live album has to offer is a starting point. Jumping into a band with such an established discography can be intimidating, and I’ve been there myself many times. Live in Chicago offers songs cherry-picked across Hot Water Music’s career, with all of their changes in sounds and progression through the years as a moot point– all of it falling into the cohesion of the here and now. Live in Chicago is a greatest hits album in a way, but it’s one that validates it’s own existence. It’s not a cash grab. For some, it’s a record of a memory, for other it’s an introduction.

The recording was taken on February 1st and 2nd, 2008 in Chicago. These dates were in the midst of Hot Water Music’s reunion, and being five years old obviously lack tracks from Exister. The majority of the songs played are from their middle period, with A Flight and a Crash being the most represented, followed by No Division and Caution. Although they do cover a chunk of older material, with a good showing from Forever and Counting, I was a bit disappointed to see a measly two songs from my personal favorite, Fuel for the Hate Game. In all fairness though, I painstakingly researched the setlist and cross-referenced them with their album of origin and only felt (very mildly)  jilted after I saw the numbers. Listening to Live in Chicago in the moment, I only felt the enthusiastic curiosity of an adventurer, hearing each song as if I had never heard it before.

The DVD included in Live in Chicago is also a real treat. It features a live video recording, with excellent sound quality of the second night Hot Water Music played in Chicago. The video offers the listener a couple of songs not included on the live album, adding a little more incentive to sit down and watch. What I found most compelling was actually watching Hot Water Music perform. You get a sense of their technicality and precision listening to them, but actually seeing them play, fret notes, and sing gives a whole other perspective. I found myself walking away with a new sense of respect for Hot Water Music, admiring the complexity of their musical division of labor and just how necessary every member is to their sound.

I’m a Hot Water Music fan, and accordingly I love this release. And for someone like me, who doesn’t go to shows too often, this is a nice reminder of the energy music can create. Live in Chicago is an excellent addition to any fan’s collection and a great starting point for the unconverted, but more so, it’s an incredibly enjoyable collection of songs played with the emotion and intensity every punk expects from his or her music.

Listen: Hot Water Music live in Brooklyn, NY

When Hot Water Music played a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, last month, was there to do some recording. They posted the four tracks — “Drag My Body,” “The Traps,” “Paper Thin,” and “Manual” to Soundcloud. Check them out here.

Hot Water Music released Exister, their first studio album in eight years, in May 2012 on Rise Records.

Video: Hot Water Music – “Remedy” (Live in Pittsburgh)

Click here to see a high-quality video of Hot Water Music video playing their song “Remedy” on a tour stop in Pittsburgh.

The track comes from the band’s 2002 Epitaph release “Caution.” They most recently released “Exister” in 2012 via Rise Records. Check out a DS review for that here.

WROS Fest 2013 Lineup announced: Hot Water Music, Strung Out, Pulley and more

Some pretty awesome show news if you live in South America. The WROS Fest has just announced the dates and first lineup. The fest will take place in October in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Bands featured include Hot Water Music, Strung Out, Pulley, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, MxPx, Less Than Jake, Belvedere and The Flatliners.

The entire lineup, dates and any information one will need can be found on the festival website here.

Make Do and Mend cover Jets to Brazil’s “Cat Heaven”

Hartford, CT punk rock band Make Do and Mend has released a cover via SoundCloud of Jets to Brazil’s “Cat Heaven.”

You can hear the cover and view their European tour dates by clicking here.

Frank White (gravelcore) returns from 2 year hiatus, streaming new song “Blood And Bone”

Detroit, Michigan’s gravelcore-punk act Frank White have returned from a 2 year hiatus with new music and shows planned. The band promises a new release in the spring, but in the mean time you can check out a new song called “Blood And Bone” here.

You can also catch the band on March 15th at a new DIY show space, called The P.A.N. Shop, in Warren, Michigan.

Live Video: Hot Water Music – “Paper Thin”

Hot Water Music have released a live video from the recently released Live in Chicago album/DVD.  The video is of the band performing “Paper Thin”, which originally appeared on 2001’s A Flight and a Crash.

You can watch it right here.

Hot Water Music released Exister, their first studio album in eight years, in May 2012 on Rise Records.

Hot Water Music release “Trusty Chords” live video

Gainesville, Florida punk rockers Hot Water Music have released a live performance video of their song “Trusty Chords,” which you will find on their recent “Live in Chicago” album. Check it out here.

The new live album and DVD dropped on January 15 via No Idea Records.

Hot Water Music release “Live In Chicago” album (full album stream)

Seemingly out of nowhere Hot Water Music released their “Live In Chicago” today, January 15, 2013 on No Idea Records. This raw, unpolished collection of live songs was recorded over a period of two nights at the monumental The Metro in Chicago, IL on February 1st and February 2nd in 2008.

The 2CD+DVD combo includes 30 Hot Water Music classics, spanned over 90 minutes and an 80-minute DVD featuring 24 songs from the second night (some not included on the audio CDs). In addition, the audio recordings will be available on limited edition color vinyl and include a digital download card. Six colors of vinyl are being pressed and will be limited to 550 per run. The logo color on the cover will match the vinyl – blue, red, yellow, green, purple, white.

You can stream “Live In Chicago” in its entirety along with the never before seen video of “Remedy” taken from the live DVD, which can be seen here.

Hot Water Music released their last studio album Exister in May 2012 on Rise Records.

Make Do and Mend stream b-side “3/4”

Connecticut gravelcore punks Make Do And Mend are streaming a b-side titled “3/4”. The song appears on the Lucky 7-inch single.

You can listen to it right here.

“Lucky”, the single of which “3/4” is a b-side of, appears on the band’s second studio album, Everything You Ever Loved, which was released last June via Rise Records.

Music Video: Hot Water Music – “Drag My Body”

Hot Water Music have released an official music video for their song “Drag My Body”. The song comes off of the band’s 2012 album Exister.

You can watch the video right here.

Hot Water Music released Exister in May 2012 on Rise Records.

Album Review: Man the Change – “Defeated”

Man the Change shout their lyrics at the edge of hoarseness– never being too concerned whether they take on a melody or simply hang in the air. Defeated isn’t delivered as an anthemic collection of songs filled with this-towns and fuck-the-mans, it’s an album of quiet introspection delivered as loudly and cathartically as possible.

Man the Change is a fast, emotional band that plays gruff, heartfelt post-hardcore with a hint of catchiness. So, at this point we all know that means they sound like Hot Water Music and Leatherface. Defeated is appropriately filled with heavy guitars that thrash buzzsaw chords and alternately melodic leads that accent more than they lead. The drumming is versatile and powerful, equally convincing at mid-tempo as it is at blistering hardcore speed. Man the Change have a bit more of a pop punk influence than most of their peers, but it’s subtly incorporated and adds rather than subtracts from their sound. One of the best things to say about Man the Change is that they are able to so easily form a homogenous sound from so many disparate influences, with some bands there’s always a feeling of compartmentalizing, but Man the Change incorporate it all as a whole.

The first song on Defeated is “Val Killed Her,” which explores nostalgia soaked memories and longing. A melodically strong track, the song really hits its stride near the end with harmonies and blast beats abound. “Journeyman” features dual vocals that play off each other nicely, but it’s reverby bridge feels a little trite. That quiet sense of muted instrumentation combined with that slightest amount of echo is perhaps the cheapest way to synthesize intimacy in a song. It’s so obviously a stab at a let’s-get-real-here moment, even its relative briefness can’t save for its laughable inclusion. The title track is by far the best on Defeated, starting off slowly with an intertwining bass and guitar part before entering into a rousing staccato strumming pattern. “Defeated” features the strongest singing performance on the EP and its gang vocaled refrain is stunning in its blood pumping intensity.

Defeated is kind of what you’d expect to get from a band that named themselves after a Hot Water Music song. It’s aggressive, introspective, and musically interesting punk rock that is sure to please fans of the style. It doesn’t break boundaries and certainly doesn’t surpass its influences, but it’s a solid release with moments of terrific power and unquestionable musicality.

DS Staff Picks – Top 10 Albums of 2012 (Jay)

Howdy gang!

It’s that time of year again. Time for entertainment journalists, amateur and professional alike, to put on our self-important hats and present you, dear readers, with our thoughts on the year that is coming to a close. I find “Best of the year” lists to be rather insulting due to their very existence being overwhelmingly subjective by nature, so here are my thoughts on my favorite music of 2012.

By all accounts (or at least by my own accounts), 2012 was a solid-not-stellar year for music. 2011 contained a lot of albums that are still in regular rotation in my collection; 2012 has had a small handful that have maintained a spot in my regular rotation since their release (Exister and Handwritten especially), a few more that took a little while to grow on me (which is always a good thing), and a larger handful that, while solid, are almost interchangeable in their spots on this list. Also, as per usual, I’ve kept my list here exclusively to bands that we cover here at Dying Scene. If you’re interested in a wider palate, don’t sleep on Acts by RNDM, Drugs N Hymns by Rocco Deluca, Neck Of The Woods by Silversun Pickups, Mutt by Cory Branan, Silver Age by the immortal Bob Mould, Blunderbuss by the inimitable Jack White and The House That Jack Built by Jesca Hoop.

Alright, enough rambling. Here‘s my list…and by all means, use the comment section to remind me how much it sucks.

Make Do And Mend release music video for “Disassemble”

Connecticut gravelcore punks Make Do And Mend have premiered a music video for their song “Disassemble” and you can check it out right here.

“Disassemble” appears on the band’s second studio album, Everything You Ever Loved, released last June via Rise Records.

Make Do And Mend have a run of European tour dates to follow their dates in Canada/Northeast US with Seahaven and Young Statues. Check the dates out here.