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Hub City Stompers sign to Altercation Records, announce full length album ‘Haters Dozen’

New Jersey ska punks Hub City Ctompers have just signed to Altercation Records and are planning for a full length album release in the spring of 2018 titled “Haters Dozen.”

According to front man Revered T. Sinister, “Hub City Stompers is truly amped to be joining the Altercation family…HCS has it’s ear to the streets and is ready to kick ass, and we’re glad to join a label with the same motives in mind.”

In addition, co owner of Altercation Travis Myers said, “The good Reverend Sinister and I go back a number of years now, I have personally always been a big Hub City Stompers fan, and I’m proud to say that all of us at Altercation are honored to be collaborating with them on this release…So get ready world for Hub City Stompers, Haters Dozen, hitting the streets with a vengeance in the spring of 18, its sure to be another killer ska classic for people who hate ska!”  
The full length will be the outfits sixth full length release, and seventh release overall.


Rancid’s Tim Armstrong to appear in film “I’ll Be Around”

Rancid singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong will be joining the large ensemble cast for underground writer/director Michael Cuenca’s “I’ll Be Around”. Armstrong wil be playing ‘Drew’, a bouncer for the principle music venue featured in the film.

The film follows a group of bands, fans, hopefuls, struggling creatives and wanderers who are connected through a series of events over the course of a day at a small post-punk music festival. It’s based on Cuenca’s own experiences as a musician as well as his journey as a guerrilla filmmaker.

Directed by Michael Cuenca, the film is being independently produced via a Seed & Spark campaign and it is sponsored by The Film Collaborative, the first non-profit committed to distribution, education, and facilitation of independent film.

It is not the first time Tim has tried his hand at acting, he made a guest appearance in an episode of The X-Files last year.



Australia’s Small Town Heroes renamed The Faim

Perth, Australia’s Small Town Heroes post the question: What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot.

The band has chosen the name The Faim, a euphemism for hunger, to replace their original name. The band posted on their new Instagram account to explain the change:

 Our sound is evolving and the passion to keep moving forward is something we’ve always focused on. The word FAIM means Hunger and we felt it truly represents our ever growing and undying passion for music.”

The band has no release date yet for their debut record, but is currently working with Jon Feldmann of Goldfinger on their debut LP due out soon. Check back for more info.



88 Fingers Louie announce Tropical Trainwreck Tour of California/Hawaii

Legends of the scene 88 Fingers Louie have announced their intentions to tour California and Hawaii next January. They’ll be joined by Sic Waiting, a veteran melodic hardcore band hailing from Oceanside, CA. We’ve listed the dates below, and included the tour poster.



Due to pressing snafu punk rock group Zex (punk) ends up on Beyonce’s “Lemonade”

It’s not everyday this Dying Scene writer gets a chance to talk about Beyonce, but here’s my chance! Canadian punk group Zex suddenly found themselves connected to one of the largest musical acts in the world this week when it was discovered that mispressed vinyl led to a good portion of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” albums A side contained a number of super rad punk rock songs. It turns out there was an error in Germany where the album was pressed and five songs from Zex’s recent release “Uphill Battle” somehow made it onto the Beyonce album. Zex however is taking the newly found fame in stride. “It adds to the daily circus that is Zex I mean this is a regular Monday for us. It’s always one weird thing after the other”.

For those of you who want to check out the latest from Zex check it out below. For those looking for Beyonce, flip it to the B side.  



Kevin Devine joins Brand New as touring guitarist

According to a recent post on his Instagram page, New York singer/songwriter Kevin Devine has joined Brand New as a touring guitarist. Devine says he’s excited about the opportunity, and that his solo work will be “quieting down” for a while.

Kevin released his full-length album Instigator in 2016. Brand New just put out a new record titled Science Fiction last month.



New book: “Urban Styles: Graffiti In New York Hardcore”

“Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore”, is the debut book from author Freddy Alva. The book is a tribute to some of the most vibrant and gritty street culture New York has ever produced. The book is focused around the hip-hop and hardcore scene in the 80’s and 90’s. Through a series of in-depth interviews with graffiti writers, bands, crews, and historians, Urban Styles examines both the sociological and artistic impact that an outlaw movement of visual art and visceral music had on a generation of disenfranchised youth. The book also includes over 180 vivid photos, most never seen before, tracing the lineage of kids from the hardcore scene and the influence hip-hop and graffiti had on them. The book covers mainly well known NYHC bands such as Murphy’s Law, Burn and Frontline.

“Urban Styles” is a unique tale of two very similar factions of subculture, it is also a study in sociology and youth culture. It is a story about New York City and its boroughs; it is the preservation of a culture and a history many have dedicated their lives to, and it celebrates a time when the city was a wild playground for some of the art form’s greatest visionaries.



Get Better Records release “A Benefit Comp To Help Pay Medical Bills For Those Activists Fighting Against Fascism & Racism”

Get Better Records have put together an enormous compilation for a great cause. A Benefit Comp To Help Pay Medical Bills For Those Activists Fighting Against Fascism and Racism features a whopping 119 tracks of heavily politicised punk music from artists such as Anti-Flag, BOAK, ASTPAI, and many others spanning a massive selection of sub-genres.

For more information about the cause, and to have a listen to the full compilation, check below.

 

 

 

 



Jawbreaker trying to write new music

Following a screening of the new Jawbreaker documentary last night in New York City, frontman Blake Schwarzenbach participated in a little Q&A session. When asked whether the band has any plans to release a new album, he said they are “trying to” write new music.

Jawbreaker’s last album Dear You was released 22 years ago, so to say fans have been patiently waiting for a new record would be an understatement. The band reunited earlier this year and will be playing Chicago’s Riot Fest next month.



Zachary Gontard (Dear Landlord) charged with third-degree murder

Zachary Gontard, singer of Dear Landlord, has been charged with third-degree murder for selling the heroin that killed 23 year-old Andrew Logan Jennings. Investigators linked the two through Reddit comments on Jennings’ cell phone. Another man, Pierre Cooley, has also been charged in the murder. The autopsy revealed the victim passed from a combination of heroin and fetanyl and was found in his St. Louis apartment.

Gontard’s bail is set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

For more information, click here.



Grab a beer and a mic and get practicing! The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition!

I spent the last 6 years living in Asia. I love the continent and i’m sure it won’t be long before I find myself back there. However, the one thing I do not miss is their passion for karaoke! So I’m glad I am not the one who has to sit through hours of punk fans belting out their best efforts for this one! Although i’m sure it would certainly be better than suffering through endless Asian love songs.

Anyway, The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition; calling on fans to upload videos of themselves covering their song “Indoors” onto youtube. Winners will receive 2 show passes and a prize pack. There will be 3 winners which will be announced on September 8th. You can find more information on the band’s facebook page.

So get a few drinks in you (I find this usually helps with karaoke) and give it your best shot! You can download the instrumental version of the song here.



RVIVR announce four dates for September

I love RVIVR. “Bicker and Breath” was probably my favourite release of 2014 and if you have never heard it before then stop what you’re doing right now and listen to it here. While i’m stuck here in rainy England, you lucky folks in the US have the chance to catch them playing a handful of shows next month:

September 12th – Olympia – Obsidian – More details TBA
September 16th – Chicago – Riot Fest at 12:15 on the Roots Stage.
September 19th – Long Island TBA
September 20th – Brooklyn TBA

You can check the band’s site for updates. I am happy to hear they are writing a lot of new music and I hope it isn’t too long before they hit the studio!



Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers announces Song Of The Week Club

This is something cool that all you fans of Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will enjoy.  Rob Taxpayer has announced that he is starting up a Song Of The Week Club.  Here’s Rob explaining what it’s all about:

“It’s called “Song of the Week Club”. It’s basically where I send you a song I’ve been working on every week. Sometimes I might tell you how I wrote it, what it’s about, and the chords, which might be interesting to those of you who are thinking about getting into songwriting.

It’ll be through the platform Patreon, because I’m not terribly computer savvy and can’t figure it out on my own.

I generally write and record a demo song every other night, and only about 5% of those songs end up being songs we use for Taxpayers albums. I’ve been getting sad that nobody hears these songs except for me and the cats, and I thought that this would be a nice way to connect with the world on a more regular basis than the once-per-year-album the Taxpayers usually put out.”

You can sign up for this club over at Patreon for just 5 bucks a month!



Dan from Much The Same (skate punk, Chicago) diagnosed with cancer

Dan O’Gorman, guitarist and vocalist for beloved skate punk band Much The Same has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. According to a Facebook status from the band, he will be starting chemotherapy in September and will be undergoing surgery at a later, unspecified date. Whilst words from the Much The Same camp are ones of optimism, such medical procedures do not come cheap and donations towards the cost of Dan’s care are being accepted via a dedicated GoFundMe page. Below is an excerpt from the band’s statement on the matter: 

 

The salary of a high school teacher / punk rocker isn’t terribly helpful in situations like this… Thanks in advance for supporting Dan in whatever way you’re able. Please let him know you’re rooting for him.

 

Naturally, Dan will be unable to make the South American tour dates scheduled with Face to Face this October, and as such Much The Same have recruited John Feliciano to fill in on guitar duties. In addition to this tour, Much The Same have been making good progress towards a new album, largely penned by Dan himself. They hope to continue to work on this as and when Dan’s health allows his further contributions.

 



Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (punk, NC) and The Run Up (punk, UK) announce US tour

North Carolina mouthful Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves have announced a US tour with UK punk band The Run Up. The pair will hit up nine dates together in October, 2017, culminating in a run of appearances at The Fest in Florida. If you’d like to catch any of this set of shows, you can check out all the information you need on the tour poster below.

The latest release from Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves was the 2016 full-length The Cross and the Switchblade and for The Run Up it was the late 2015 EP Scared of Everything.