While Musink Fest may not be mentioned among the top tier festivals, the three day SoCal punk rock fest and tattoo convention (and car show!) which is the brainchild of Blink 182‘s Travis Barker, has been gaining in popularity lately with that band lineups getting better and better every Spring. This year, the festival celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with what was arguably the best overall lineup in it’s history. So good in fact, that we called in our best coyote to smuggle AnarchoPunk across the southern border into Orange County just to cover it. Check out his review and photo gallery of Day One acts NOFX, The Vandals, Lagwagon and A Wilhelm Scream below!
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 6:23 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Aussie punk-rock legends Frenzal Rhomb have announced that they will release their new album Hi-Vis High Tea on May 26th through Fat Wreck Chords. The follow-up to 2011’s Smoko at the Pet Food Factory includes 20 tracks and was recorded once again by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pre-order it here.
Along with the dates for an upcoming Australia tour, you can find the track listing of Hi-Vis High Tea, as well as the video for a new song called “Cunt Act”, below.
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:33 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The good people at Fat Wreck Chords have the latest installment in their Original Demos. Set to release on May 5th, the 7″ will feature previously unreleased demos of No Use For A Name‘s “Justified Black Eye” and “Sidewalk” which were found on 20-year-old reels in Fat’s tape archive.
Head over here to pre-order the 7″.
This will be No Use’s second posthumous release since frontman Tony Sly passed away in 2012. They last released a reissued version of their best-of album All the Best Songs.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
In a wide, wide world of sick bands doing sick things, Direct Hit! is at the top of the heap, banging out killer albums like clockwork. I was lucky enough to catch up with frontman Nick Woods on all sorts of juicy subjects including plans for a new Direct Hit! album, the Domesplitter reissue, potential for a new Galactic Cannibal LP, lyrics, and our Dying Scene head honcho’s claims that he “discovered” Direct Hit!.
Read all about it and more in the interview below.
Domesplitter will hit the streets April, 14th courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
When Western Addiction plays, it’s like discovering punk rock for the first time. They’re hardcore. They’re SoCal. They’re loud and angry, snide and fun; they blend the spectrum of punk into a catchy, moshable behemoth. It’s been twelve years since since their last full-length though, and now we finally have our follow up. Tremulous is a testament to Western Addiction’s songwriting and musicianship as much as it is a personal album and a declarative statement of what punk rock can be.
While it serves as a suitable shorthand, calling Western Addiction a hardcore band is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not totally unfair, as they do draw the core of their sound from the genre, but there’s something more pure that Western Addiction is reaching for. They are a punk band. They’re a distillation of everything punk rock can be, with background vocals, chugging guitars, screamed dissent, and unrelenting speed. They’re real talent though is combining all of these elements and being more than just a pastiche. Through and through, Western Addiction has their own sound, their own idiosyncrasies that make their music their own. On Tremulous, they introduce more ideas to the mix, as well as maximizing the potential of others. The spaghetti-western licks have taken on a Burdette-borne neocrust tinge, the drums are as insistent as ever, and the vocals still deliver couplet after couplet of emphatic rebellion.
“Clatter and Hiss” opens the album, a classic rager, propelled by riffs and chugging chords. I don’t know how they do it, but Western Addiction imbue the age-old punk vocab with new life. When the guitars palm-mute their way through a progression, you feel like you’re on the verge of something violent, they’re a work of tension. The drums and bass are on the same page, with danceable beats filling even the quieter parts of the song with a nervous energy. Tension and release are a hallmark of their talent– they know when to hold back and they know when to explode.
Tremulous’ greatest strength is that it’s good all the way through. There’s no bad songs here, and the band understands how to write an album. Not all aggressive bands can do this. You have to have the hooks, or else chance it blurring into one angry chord progression. Songs like “Honeycreeper,” a slower, jammier track with a catchy chorus gives the album a bit of texture and keeps the album from sagging in the middle. The relative prominence of vocal melodies on Tremulous is one of the most noticeable instances of growth since Cognicide. They’re tasteful and subdued compared to other Fat Wreck acts though, and do well to add, not subtract from the band’s forward momentum.
The album ends with the most daring song Western Addiction has done to date. A slow song– sung– all the way through. “Your Life is Precious” is a heady breather, a reminder why we’re all involved in this punk rock nonsense in the first place, anchored by a line that’ll touch most any of us: “it doesn’t sound good like music in a record store.” I think that’s where the album’s tell truly is. Music is weaponized art, punk rock is a degenerate’s paintbrush and canvas– an alphabet to spell personal turmoil. Tremulous is a lot of things, but to me, it’s an album for and about the lovers of song; as politicized and angry as it can be; as gut-wrenchingly personal; as loud, brash, and downright fun— it’s a gift to those of us who use music as a bookmark for pages in our lives. For the weirdos and misfits who know how good music in a record store sounds.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:54 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:41 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! will be releasing a live 7″ titled Live from WMSE for Record Store Day 2017. Limited to 250 copies, it will feature live recordings of “Paid in Brains” and “Was it in the Acid?” from the band’s 2016 appearance on local radio station WMSE 91.7 FM.
Check out the live recording of “Was it in the Acid?” below.
Direct Hit!’s latest album Wasted Mind released in June, 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 3:08 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
According to a recent post on their Instagram page, Wyoming pop-punk veterans Teenage Bottlerocket have returned to the Blasting Room and are recording a new album. All we currently know about the record is that it’s slated to release this summer through Fat Wreck Chords.
Teenage Bottlerocket last released Tales from Wyoming in 2015 on Rise Records. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the band’s new album come to light.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:35 PM (PST) by Chase Vegas
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are now streaming the song ‘City of New Orleans’ from their upcoming album “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits” to be released April 7th on Fat Werck Chords. Check it out below.
This is their first release since “Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!”, which was released in 2014.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:58 PM (PST) by jaystone
Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has released another song, and this one is near and dear to the heart of yours truly. It’s a track called “Pony,” and it’s a cover of the Tom Waits classic of the same name. Waits’ version appears on his 1999 masterpiece, “Mule Variations,” while CJ’s version appears on his upcoming full-length, “American Beauty.” Check it out below.
But wait…there’s more! CJ Ramone also announced a pantload of US and European tour dates that’ll keep him busy from mid-April through mid-July. The North American run features support from NY punks Big Eyes. Check out the full rundown below (under the video).
“American Beauty” is due out March 17th on Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:43 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:02 PM (PST) by jaystone
“Two Devils Will Talk” marks The Real McKenzies’ eleventh full length, and their first one since 2015’s “Rats In The Burlap.” It’s due out this Friday, March 3rd, on their longtime label home of Fat Wreck Chords.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:41 PM (PST) by jaystone
Double dose of rad Face To Face news for your Hump Day Evening!
First and foremost, the band announced a little bit of new music. Specifically, they’ve got a new seven-inch hitting the streets on May 7th through their label home, Fat Wreck Chords. The double A-side release features “Say What You Want,” from their latest full-length, Protection, on one side and a new track, “I, Me, Mine” on the other. The latter track was recorded during the Protection sessions, but just didn’t quite fit on the album stylistically. Stay tuned for pre-order info in the near future.
Last, but most certainly not least, the SoCal punk vets are hitting the road in the States at long last! Dubbed the “Econo Live ’17” tour, the 23-date run finds the band recreating the vibe of their now legendary original Econo Live tour twenty years ago, where they”jumped in a van and performed in very small clubs across the US.” There is a VIP upgrade option that includes an intimate acoustic set pre-show, tour-exclusive merch, and more. The jaunt kicks off May 3rd in Bakersfield and runs through June 10th in Chicago. Tickets are available now; check out details here, and check out the band’s full itinerary below.
Protection was released last May on Fat Wreck Chords.
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:48 AM (PST) by villagebrown
Wisconsin pop-punks Direct Hit! are the latest group to perform on Live from the Rock Room, a live off the floor monthly podcast based in Westmount, IL. On this edition of the show, the group performs their song, “Forced to Sleep”, which is a track off of their last album, Wasted Mind. You can check the video out below.
Wasted Mind was released in June through Fat Wreck Chords.