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Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag announce co-headlining US tour

California ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have announced more tour dates for their US tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second album Turn the Radio Off‘. This new leg will feature co-headliners Anti-Flag (playing their 1996 debut Die for the Government) and run from January 4th through mid February. Check out all the dates and locations below.

Reel Big Fish are playing their breakthrough album “Tun The Radio Off”  in its entirety each night of the tour, the first leg of which is in progress now with Masked Intruder, PPL MVR and Stacked Like Pancakes.

Reel Big Fish’s latest album Candy Coated Fury came out in 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.



DS Photo Gallery: The Interrupters, Bad Cop Bad Cop, The Doped Up Dollies and Mickey Rickshaw take over Boston

To refer to The Interrupters current nationwide tour featuring direct support from Bad Cop Bad Cop as “highly anticipated” would be understating things in every possible way. The seven-week run circumnavigates the lower 48, and serves as not only The Interrupters first full US headlining tour, but Bad Cop Bad Cop’s first lengthy full US tour as well. For those reasons, and I’m sure many others, the tour rightfully ranks as a giant milestone moment filled with countless smaller milestone moments in the careers of both bands. But there is something about the tour that also feels like a milestone moment for the observer. For starters, it feels like a bit of a throwback to the groundbreaking glory days of Epitaph Records and Fat Wreck Chords, respectively, a time period that formulated the punk rock listening habits of a great many of us. But more than that, and you’ll have to forgive my occasionally foggy-at-best memory, but in the recent annals of punk history (and probably the not-so-recent ones too), you’d be hard-pressed to find such a lengthy, well-received tour involving not one, but two female-fronted punk bands playing in front of such high volume crowds. To put things bluntly, the tour feels, on paper, to be important. (Check out our recent tour-previewing interview with Kevin and Aimee from The Interrupters here.)

If you’ve been following the tour via the respective bands’ social media accounts, you’re probably well aware of just how fun and positive and high energy things seem to be as the tour rounds into its second month. But just like calling the tour “highly anticipated” is an understatement of epic proportions, so to is referring to its individual shows as an amalgam of “fun” and “positive” and “high energy.” So when you add to that already stellar lineup two intense and passionate local openers (The Doped Up Dollies and Mickey Rickshaw) the net result is that the Boston stop equated to one of the better showgoing experiences of this or most any other calendar years. Touring in support of their stellar sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, The Interrupters overcame a few early-set microphone-related technical difficulties to blast through a 21-song set that left little-if-anything to be desired.

From the very first notes of set opener “A Friend Like Me,” the foursome never really took their collective feet off the gas pedal. Anchored by the rock-solid Jesse Bivona on drums, the front-of-stage trio of Kevin Bivona (guitar), Justin Bivona (bass) and of course Aimee “Interrupter” Allen on vocals served as a continuous ball of frenetic energy, endlessly dancing, bouncing back-and-forth across the venue’s rather small stage. There are very few bands going who seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs and interacting with crowds night-in and night-out like The Interrupters do. Loyalty and family are recurring themes throughout the band’s body of work, and they seem sincere in referring to their fans as part of their extended family. Another of their family members, David McWane of Big D and the Kids Table fame, joined the band on stage for a true-to-the-0riginal cover of the Operation Ivy classic “Sound System,” while all available members of the collection of opening bands joined the foursome on stage for a dance party during encore closer “This Is My Family” before posing for a now-trademark post set group shot.

As mentioned above, Bad Cop Bad Cop are providing direct support for the duration of this tour. If there were another band in the scene that can match The Interrupters level of frenetic energy and their seeming enjoyment of taking the stage and playing night in and night out, it would o doubt be Bad Cop Bad Cop. Making only their second-ever Boston stop – and their first with bass player Linh Le in the house (Masked Intruder’s Intruder Yellow filled in when the band opened up the Fat Wreck 25th Anniversary tour last year as Le was attending her best friend’s wedding), the band seemed intent on making up for lost time in front of a crowd that seemed all-too eager to welcome them back to town. Drummer Myra Gallarza, who is easily one of the more underrated pace-setters in the scene provided a stable foundation for the three-part monster of co-frontwomen Stacey Dee and Jennie Cotterill to trade riffs and three-part harmonies with the whirling dervish that is Le.

Speaking of three-part harmonies, direct local support came by way of The Doped Up Dollies, a trio that rather famously started as supporting vocalists for David McWane and his band of Boston ska veterans, Big D and the Kids Table, before branching out as a unique, standalone act. The Dollies bill themselves as a three-piece act that play a “fusion of hopscotch/double dutch, ska, reggae, blues and soul,” and backed by a band that I’m pretty sure consisted of eighteen parts (honestly, I lost count but I think there were a total of nine members on the small club stage), including McWane himself, the trio of Brie McWane, Sirae Richardson and Erin McKenzie (pictured in that order above) present one of the more unique newish acts in the game. The variation in styles keeps the band from being pigeonholed, and allows them to fit in perfectly in myriad settings, and they proved to be a fantastic sonic change of pace on this particular bill without sacrificing much, if anything, in the way of overall energy.

Mickey Rickshaw, another stage-crowding local band (I’m relatively convinced that there are 8 of them, but again, the stage was small enough that I might have lost one or two or seven of them), opened the show off with about as frenetic a set as you can get. The band play an unapologetically fast and loud blend of Celtic punk that somehow, because of their energy level, make that occasionally well-worn sound seem fresh and vibrant. In a scene, particularly locally, that can seem crowded and redundant, Mickey Rickshaw have rather quickly made a name for themselves as the cream that has risen to the top.

Check out our full photo gallery below!



Crabhammer stream “To Protect and Swerve”

Ska/punk outfit Crabhammer are now streaming their new tune “To Protect and Swerve”. Please enjoy the hardcore breakdown. It’s lovely.

Check it out below



David McWane (Big D And The Kid’s Table) stars in short film “We Gotta Eat” (streaming for Halloween)

Big D vocalist David McWane has starred in a spooky short horror flick, titled “We Gotta Eat”. McWane stars alongside Brian Mcdonald and Ryan O’Connor in his latest  “happening” which has been directed by Craig Shannon.

If you’re not out trick or treating, pumpkin carving or eating candy apples tonight, why don’t you check it out below.



New Music: Big D + The Kids Table/Doped-Up Dollies release split flexi single

A couple of first-rate Boston bands covered a couple of legendary Boston bands for a new split, and we couldn’t really be more stoked.

Big D and The Kids Table and the Doped Up Dollies teamed up for the split, which features the former covering the mighty Sam Black Church’s “Infernal Machine” and the latter covering the inimitable Morphine’s “Early To Bed.” It’s available in digital download and limited-edition flexi-disk through Paper + Plastick‘s Rare Breed Records imprint. Click here to purchase your own, or click here to stream the release online!



The Brass Action (ska) covers Rancid’s “Old Friend”

Vancouver ska-punks The Brass Action released a cover of Rancid‘s “Old Friend,” and you can check it out below, and download it here for free.  The Brass Action credits Rancid with inspiring them and influencing their sound.

The Brass Action’s last release was the album No Soundcheck, which came out in August of 2015.



Voodoo Glow Skulls announces West Coast tour with Buck-O-Nine and The Porkers

Skacore legends Voodoo Glow Skulls have announced a run of West Coast tour dates with Buck-O-Nine and Australian ska-punk band The Porkers.

The tour begins in the new year, and travels up and down the West Coast of the US, covering California, Nevada, Seattle, and Portland.

You can have a look at all the tour dates and locations below.

Voodoo Glow Skulls’ latest album “Break the Spell” was released through Smelvis Records in 2012.



Burn It Up (Formerly Mrs. Skannotto) stream new album “Toys”

Rochester, NY ska band Burn It Up (formerly known as Mrs. Skannotto) are streaming their new album Toys.

You can give it a listen below.

Toys was released on October 14th, 2016.



Big Brother (Toronto, ska-core) release new album “Ministry of Plenty”

Candian ska-core three piece Big Brother have released their latest full-length via Unknown Records. “Ministry of Plenty” features fourteen chugging numbers and can be enjoyed below for free.



Stuck Lucky (Ska-Punk) stream 3 songs off upcoming self-titled album

Nashville, TN ska punk act Stuck Lucky are streaming three new songs of their upcoming self titled album, which is set to be released on November 18th, 2016 via Community Records.

You can listen to “Ever So Gently,” “Light In The Dark,” and “The Tilt” below.

The band’s last album, Their Them, was released in December, 2012 through Community Records.



DS Interview: Kevin and Aimee from The Interrupters discuss “Say It Out Loud,” their first US headline tour and working with some cool friends

Last week in Santa Barbara, The Interrupters kicked off a lengthy US headlining tour — their first — that’ll keep them on the road for a total of seven-and-a-half weeks. This comes on the heels of the California-based four piece releasing their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, earlier this summer; an album that, if you haven’t heard it, you should make sure you check out before you finish that “Best of 2016” list. The band have breathed new life — infectiously fun life — into a scene that had become a bit stale by injecting a lock-tight brand of ska-punk that hasn’t been played this well in a decade-and-a-half.

Dying Scene caught up with Aimee “Interrupter” Allen and Kevin Bivona, the frontwoman and guitar player respectively, for an engaging conversation a couple days prior to leaving for tour. If you’re even peripherally familiar with The Interrupters body of work, you’re no doubt familiar with how prevalent the themes of family and unity are in their work. Look no further than tracks like “Family” and “A Friend Like Me” from their self-titled debut album or “By My Side,” the lead single from Say It Out Loud, for first-hand proof of that.

It doesn’t take much in the way of conversation with any of the band members to realize just how genuine those themes are. When Aimee joined up with the three Bivona brothers (twins Justin and Jesse man the bass and drums, respectively), to form the band, what could have been a tricky-to-navigate situation felt, in fact, pretty natural. “Kevin and I had already been writing music together for a year when the twins came in,” says Aimee, before confirming that the twins do, in fact, seem to have their own language (which is fairly apparent if you’ve had conversations with the two): “the twins definitely have their own communication and chemistry far beyond anything you can imagine and are pretty much a single unit when it comes to the drums and bass.”

The hard work that the band spent on the road, particularly over the last year, paid off when it came time to record the follow-up to the self-titled debut. Say It Out Loud is more cohesive, more energetic and more instantly enjoyable than even their first album was. “I think that just playing together live, going out there and playing songs and just being together and figuring out who we are as a band really helped us have a really strong foundation of what we were about,” says Allen. The infectious, high-energy feel is by design, continues Bivona, as the band used the input gained from crowd reactions at their live performances as a barometer when it came time to fine-tune tracks for Say It Out Loud. “With the second record, we would always be like “let’s try this background vocal” or “it would be great if we could get the crowd to sing this with us.” Just trying to keep it high-energy and fun.”

As you’re no doubt aware, the band holed up in the studio with Tim Armstrong (as Allen calls him the Fifth Interrupter) and made the most of what, in hindsight, seems a very brief amount of time to piece the new album together. “Top to bottom, we only spent like maybe six days (recording the music for Say It Out Loud),” explains Bivona, eventually sounding amazed at his own words. “We did vocals over the course of the next two weeks maybe, including background vocals. And we mixed in a month. When I say it out loud, it seems like a long time, but it wasn’t that long in terms of the actual hours put in!”

Armstrong not only lent his professional expertise to the process, inspiring life and impromtu jam sessions when ideas seemed to have become stagnant, but he was also the consummate professional when it came time to take advice from the band. Armstrong contributes vocals to the Say It Out Loud track “Phantom City,” a bit of a darker, mysteriously gritty sound than has been the band’s proverbial bread-and-butter. “Once it comes down to him singing on an Interrupters song,” says Bivona of the inimitable Armstrong, “he is totally willing to take as much input from us as we’re willing to give. Obviously, when Tim’s going to sing on one of your songs, you’re like “dude, do whatever you want!”  But he’ll be like “lyrically, what do you think of how I’m doing it?” He wants it to be good and he wants us to be happy in the end.”

Armstrong’s involvement with the band has not only sparked a slew of “what’s it like to work with Tim” questions from reporters and fans not unlike myself, but has spawned a fairly noticeable number of people who write the band off as a project, or, as a follow up to the similarly composed Distillers of the late 1990s. Whether the band is mindful of that feedback (unfair feedback, in this writer’s opinion) depends on when you asked them about it. I think that when we started out we paid more attention to it,” starts Bivona, before Allen quickly adds that she is not one to pay attention to the commentary. I don’t know what the fuck anyone is saying about us, good or bad. I read the articles about us, but I don’t look at comments.” Instead, the band focus their energy on their family, which includes their ever-growing fanbase, seeking to keep the energy and the audience participation at live shows high, creating an immensely enjoyable experience for all parties involved.

As should be fairly apparent, it’s not just four (five??) Interrupters that compose the band’s family. Guest appearances abound in the band’s videos (see above), on its albums and at live shows. Less Than Jake, for example, appear almost in their entirety on a track on the new album, the by-product of a seemingly chance four-hour jam session inspired by last year’s It’s Not Dead Fest. As Bivona tells it, “Less Than Jake was staying at a hotel literally a mile-and-a-half away from our house and we were working on the record. I hung out with a couple of the guys the night before, and I said “hey, do you think we can put something together and maybe have you guys come over and give a listen and see if you like it?” And next thing you know, they’re all at our house, and we worked on “You’re Gonna Find A Way Out” all in a night’s work.” 

The band also lent their skills to the upcoming full-length from Washington-based street punk band Noi!se, specifically on “The War Inside,” a heart-breaker of a song that tackles the all-too-real issue of soldiers returning home from foreign battlefields only to be faced with a much scarier and more prolonged war of their own: PTSD. While Allen herself is not a former soldier, the issue of PTSD is still all-too real, and lead to perhaps her most haunting vocal duties to date. “I have PTSD, so I get it,” says Allen rather matter-of-factly. “I have all the love in the world for the United States military. Twenty-two soldiers kill themselves every day, and we’ve got to do something. Anything, really. We’ve got to help stop this shit, and the only tool that we have…or that I have…is music!”

The Interrupters tour kicked off last week in Santa Barbara and runs through November 26th in San Diego. Head here for the full rundown to see where you can catch them! In the meantime, check out our full three-person Q&A session below!



Burn It Up (formerly Mrs. Skannotto) release music video – “Time Capsule Overdose”

Rochester, NY ska band Burn It Up (formerly known as Mrs. Skannotto) have a new music video out for their song, “Time Capsule Overdose.” Watch it below.

The song is off the band’s upcoming new album, Toys, which is due out next week (October 14th). You can pre-order the album right now on the band’s Bandcamp page, right here.

Toys will be the band’s first full-length album under the Burn It Up name. They last released the album Outlier as Mrs. Skannotto in 2014.



Music Video: Something to Do – “Don’t Take That Shit from Anyone”

Milwaukee ska outfit Something to Do have premiered a music video for their song “Don’t Take That Shit from Anyone”, and you can watch it below.

“Don’t Take That Shit from Anyone” is taken from Something to Do’s latest album Not Making a Sound, which was released a month ago, and you can snag a copy of it here for just $10.



Less Than Jake kicking off UK/Europe tour

Less Than Jake lands overseas today to start off their “Fueling The Fire” tour in Bristol with a sold out show. Tagging along on tour is The Skints and Mariachi El Bronx.

The UK stretch is only eight shows, and then it’s on to the rest of Europe with Big D and the Kids Table 

Check out the tour poster for dates, or buy tickets here.

 



Atterkop (ska-punk) stream new track “If We Stop We Die” off upcoming debut album “Liber Abaci”

Bristol punk/hardcore/ska outfit, Atterkop have released the 2nd tune from their upcoming debut album “Liber Abaci”. The tune is called ‘If We Stop We Die” and its an “ode to activists and individuals who are striving to make this world a better place and will never relent.” Give it a listen below.

“Liber Abaci” is being released on 1st October 2016 on CD / LP / Tape / Digital across a number of labels and distros in Europe and North America.