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Photo Gallery: Cock Sparrer at Backstage Bar (PRB club show 5/25/14)

One of the most memorable moments of the Punk Rock Bowling weekend was being able to see Cock Sparrer in a much more intimate environment than normal – the energy of a small show versus a festival setting is truly night and day.

Our good friends at Pirates Press Records set us up with entry to the ‘surprise’ show, and the performance was incredible. Being surrounded by good friends and familiar faces as one of the most talented and enduring punk acts took the stage was probably the best ‘midway point’ to the weekend that anyone could ask for.

Cock Sparrer had just headlined the PRB main stage the night before, but if you talk to any fan they’ll tell you they could see ’em seven nights in a row and never tire. I have never left a Sparrer show disappointed; bruised, bloodied, shirtless, and limping – but never disappointed.

The set began (in frequent typical fashion) with “Riot Squad” – the sirens indicate shit is about to kick off. Staying hard the band followed with “Watch Your Back” before “Working”, “Sussed”, “Teenage Heart”, and “What’s It Like To Be Old”. The band really hit the mark with the songs they played – covering most of my favorites including “AU” and “Argy Bargy”. Many songs were repeated, and the band finished the night with the almost obligatory encore of “England Belongs to Me” and “We’re Coming Back”.

Have a look at some of Cock Sparrer’s ‘surprise guest’ set below, as well as the opening bands NASA Space Universe and The Forgotten.

Thanks again to Eric (PPR) and Brian (BCS) for thinking of me!



The Old Firm Casuals (ft. Lars from Rancid) to release new full-length this year

According to a recent post on their Facebook page, Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen and the rest of the guys in The Old Firm Casuals are planning on releasing a new, 13-song album sometime within the next few months.

Nothing else has been announced as of yet but we’ll keep you all in the loop as more details on the record come to light. Hopefully this doesn’t have an impact on the release of that new Rancid album we’ve been waiting for.



The Old Firm Casuals (ft. Lars from Rancid) announce European tour dates

Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen’s side project The Old Firm Casuals will be heading out on a two-week European tour this summer. Details on when and where they’ll be stopping can be found below.

The Old Firm Casuals last released a 7-inch entitled Never Say Die in January through Oi! The Boat Records, who also released the band’s double LP For the Love It All on April 27th, 2013.



Oxley’s Midnight Runners (featuring Lars Fredricksen) to release debut 7-inch “We Are Legion”

You may not have heard of Oxley’s Midnight Runners, but you have sure as hell heard of their lineup:  Lars Fredricksen (Rancid, Old Firm Casuals) has teamed up with Mike from The Fatskins, and Jeff and Dave from 90 Proof and Boot Party.  The Phoenix-based oi! band is set to release their debut EP, We Are Legion, on Oi! The Boat Records this May.

You can check out a brief preview of what’s to come below.



The Prowlers streaming new song “Voisin de la Terreur”

Canadian oi! band The Prowlers are streaming a new song entitled “Voisin de la Terreur”

You can check it out below.

The song will appear on their upcoming split with the Angelic Upstarts, which is due out on May 30, 2014 through Insurgence Records.



EP stream: Bad Assets and 1592 stream “This is City” split

Detroit Oi! band Bad Assets and reggae punks 1592 are streaming their “This is City” split.

You can give it a listen below.

“This is City” is slated for a May 10th release.



Anger Flares (street punk) are stream “Fighting for Survival” from upcoming release.

Japanese street punk band, Anger Flares are streaming the track “Fighting for Survival” from their upcoming debut CD entitled “On The Street Again”, which is being released on record store day via  Oi! the Boat Records.

You can listen to it below.

To preorder the album or check out a few more tracks go here.



Oldfashioned Ideas (oi!) announce update for new album, stream new song

Swedish Oi! band Oldfashioned Ideas‘s new full length album titled Don’t Believe A Word They Say has been delayed, but is slated for an April release through Contra Records.

You can listen to a new song called “Punks and Skins” through their new promo video below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details come to light. Oldfashioned Ideas’ last full length release was 2012’s Promises Mean Nothing, out via Switchlight Records.



Rile 9 Collective stream debut 7-inch “To Walk In Truth”

Los Angeles Oi! band, Rile 9 Collective are streaming their debut 7-inch “To Walk In Truth.” Rile 9 Collective’s influences include bands such as Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, and Evil Conduct, so if you dig bands of that nature, then this 7-inch is right up your alley. You can stream and/or purchase the 7-inch below.

Rile 9 Collective released To Walk In Truth on March 5th through Chapter Eleven Records.



The Prowlers (Oi!) stream new song “Oi! Against Racial Prejudice”

Canadian oi! band The Prowlers are streaming “Oi! Against Racial Prejudice” (originally by The Street Troopers) off of their upcoming album On The Run.

You can listen to the track below.

On The Run is set for a late-April release date. The Prowlers last released the Hate Us EP in August, 2012 on Insurgence Records.



Cover Art Battle Winner (January 28th): Booze and Glory

Congratulations to London oi! veterans Booze and Glory, whose new album “As Bold As Brass” won last week’s Cover Art Battle, which featured new releases from The Lawrence ArmsThe Bruce Lee Band, and The Gaslight Anthem, with a whopping 62% of the vote!

As always, don’t forget to click here and get your vote in for this week’s Cover Art Battle, featuring new releases from Diamond YouthFrank TurnerCayetana, For Today, and Caliban.

Congrats again to Booze and Glory! You can check out the band’s new music video for “Only Fools Get Caught” below. If you like what you hear, make sure to head over to Interpunk and pick up a copy of “As Bold As Brass.”



DDC (Drink and Destroy Crew) streams new EP “Fists of Fury” in its entirety

Atlanta, GA based Oi! band Drink and Destroy Crew (DDC) has just made their new EP available to stream in its entirety.

“Fists of Fury” was just released, and you can listen to all eight tracks here.

DDC will be having their record release party on February 19th in their hometown, with support from Hudson Falcons and Magoo’s Heros.



Bad Assets (Oi!) and Best Idea Ever stream split 7-inch “Bad Idea”

Detroit Oi! band Bad Assets and Detroit punk act Best Idea Ever just released a split 7-inch called “Bad Idea” on East Grand Record Company and you can stream the entire thing below.



The Old Firm Casuals (Lars from Rancid) stream new 7-inch “Never Say Die”

As a part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Major League Soccer team the San Jose Earthquakes have tapped Oi/Streetpunk act The Old Firm Casuals (featuring Rancid‘s Lars Frederiksen) to write their new theme song. The track, titled “Never Say Die”, features back up vocals recorded by former and current members of the Earthquakes and will make its live debut at the Earthquake rebranding party on January 30th.

To coincide with this Oi! The Boat Records has released a 7-inch featuring 2 versions of the song and you can stream it below.

The Old Firm Casuals last released a double LP titled For the Love It All on April 27th, 2013 through <a Oi! The Boat Records.



DS Interview: Booze And Glory on their new album, the state of the UK Oi! scene, and England’s World Cup chances

In this writer’s opinion, if there’s one area of coverage that we might fall behind on here at Dying Scene, it’s in the oi! movement, particularly overseas. Enter: Booze & Glory. The London-based four-piece are back with a retooled lineup and a brand new full length, As Bold As Brass. Released yesterday (January 28th) in the States via Sailors Grave Records, the album consists of a baker’s dozen of the catchiest, booziest UK oi! tunes this side of the Cockney Rejects.

In anticipation of the release of As Bold As Brass, we caught up with singer/guitarist Mark for a chat about the new lineup, the influence of politics (both fascist and anti-fascist) in the UK oi! and punk scenes, the fact that the video for their track “London Skinhead Crew” has almost three million YouTube views, and what the heck a West Ham is. Oh, and I get scolded on soccer! Check out our full interview below and while you’re at it, check out the band’s newest video, “Only Fools Get Caught” right here. Oi!