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DS Photo Galley: Street Dogs’ 11th Annual Wreck The Halls w/The New Darkbuster and Jesse Ahern

Much like their punk rock big brothers, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, working class Boston punk band Street Dogs have carried on the tradition of playing annual hometown holiday shows. The 2016 installment of Christmastime Street Dogs gigs, dubbed Wreck The Halls, featured the band playing four consecutive nights at the same venue (Boston’s Brighton Music Hall) for the first time ever. Only the opening acts varied from night to night (Matt Charette and the Truer Sound on night one, The All Out on night two, Jesse Ahern and the Roots Rock Rebel Revue on the penultimate night, and Ascend/Descend for the finale). In another unique twist, all four shows were billed as co-headlining affairs with the newly retooled classic Boston punk band Darkbuster playing full sets before Street Dogs closed each night. And if you’re more than a little familiar with both bands, you’re no doubt aware that this meant Street Dogs guitarist Lenny Lashley and drummer Pete Sosa pulled double-duty, assuming their respective roles as frontman and drummer for The New Darkbuster each night as well.

 

Headlining four shows in the same venue over four consecutive nights may have its benefits in terms of gear set-up/breakdown, etc., but is no doubt arduous for more than a few reasons, particularly when it comes to generating unique setlists that don’t let up in intensity level while giving each night’s respective crowds the feeling that they witnessed something unique. Yours truly was present and accounted for at night three, which featured the Street Dogs set kicked off in traditional “Irish punk” fashion by a pretty rousing and well-received performance by a step dancing troupe from a local dance studio. (Editor’s note: there was a noted connection between the step dancers and founding Street Dog frontman Mike McColgan, but yours truly missed that part.)

Street Dogs proceeded to dive head-first into a headline set that did a pretty decent job of mixing songs from across their catalog. It’s been noted on this site in the past that the more recent additions to the band (Lashley and Matt Pruitt on guitar, Sosa on drums) have reinvigorated the longtime core of McColgan and bassist Johnny Rioux, who had rather famously announced what turned out to be an abridged hiatus a few years ago before announcing the new lineup. Now in their third decades in the punk world (and halfway through their second decade as bandmates), McColgan and Rioux rarely stayed in the same place for very long, jumping around the stage and playing to the crowd with the energy of a band half their ages, yet with the sort of professional stage presence that comes only with having reached ‘crafty veteran’ status.

Pruitt and Lashley ably man their respective sides of the stage, the former doing so with more forceful energy than I’ve seen him play with as a member of Street Dogs at any point. There’s a bit of what seems to be a natural yet unspoken, or even unacknowledged, chemistry between the two guitarists, as they play most parts in lock-tight connection without much in the way of demonstrable interaction at any point in the set. Perhaps that’s all by design, as it gives McColgan and Rioux a chance to roam around the crowded stage that also contained the aforementioned Charette on mandolin and Rioux and McColgan’s FM359 collaborator Hugh Morrison (from deep in the heart of Texas) on accordion on this particular night.

What wasn’t included in the set at least on this night (and, according to reports, on any of the four nights) was brand-new material from the album the band recently finished recording. It’ll mark their first full-length in almost seven years by the time it’s released (and obviously their first full-length with 60% of the present lineup), and given that the material is essentially completed, teasing an obviously accepting hometown crowd with a song or two would have probably made an already vocal and rowdy crowd elevate even more. But perhaps that’s biased, fanboy wishful thinking on my part.

It’s probably no secret to readers of this site (or at least those of you that are still with me through this post) that I’m a rather large fan of Darkbuster in the recent and prior incarnations and am a card-carrying #teamlenny member (some of you will get that). And yes, I get the whole history of the band and where they fit in the Boston punk lexicon and the level of abject chaos that made Darkbuster fahkin’ Dahkbustah, kehd. So as such, it’s virtually impossible to place the new incarnation of the band in the proper context. That said, I acknowledge being among the ranks that in many ways finds “The New” Darkbuster equally to if not more enjoyable than the historical lineups. Sure Lashley is not only the only original member but the only one who can be considered a member of the Boston punk history books (Sosa and guitarist Halston Luna hail from Texas, bass player Ruben Lipkind calls Buffalo, NY, home), but what this lineup lacks in chaotic energy it makes up for in…well…professionalism and genuinely enjoyable fun. It’s genuinely fun to see Lashley doing well and having fun diving back in to the Darkbuster catalog. The set on this night all but avoided most of the band’s most recent release (last year’s No Revolution, though there’s a story there too…), pulling heavily from the more “classic” albums, 1999’s 22 Songs You’ll Never Want To Hear Again and 2005’s A Weakness For Spirits, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd, who were so revved up that they took to singing along to songs that weren’t even being played yet (a not-uncommon event at local Darkbuster shows). Yahtzee!

As stated above, Jesse Ahern and the Roots Rock Rebel Revue provided opening duties on this night. For the uninitiated, Ahern has been performing as a solo folk/punk/Americana troubadour since early this decade and has more recently been playing with the support of a full five-piece backing band. The parallels between street punk and true American folk have been explained other places by people well smarter than this writer, so Ahern’s Springsteenian roots rock sound not only sounds right at home in a punk rock club but was particularly well received by a blue collar, working class, pro-union crowd.

Check out our full photo gallery below!

 



Watch: Street Dogs perform “Johnny Come Lately,” “Anti-XMas” and “Pedestal” to promote Wreck The Halls

We’re getting to the end of the calendar year, so that can only mean one thing…it’s time for the Street Dogs‘ Wreck The Halls celebration. Now in its 11th incarnation, this year’s Wreck The Halls takes place over four nights (December 15th – 18th) at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, and in a bit of a twist, each night is billed as a co-headlining show with Street Dogs’ guitarist Lenny Lashley’s “other band,” The New Darkbuster.

To help promote the event, Mike McColgan and Lenny Lashley sat in at Boston-based radio station RadioBDC and played three acoustic tracks: “Pedestal,” the Steve Earle cover “Johnny Come Lately,” Lashley’s “Anti-XMas.” Check out the video below. While you’re at it, head here to see where you can pick up some of the limited remaining tickets for the WTH shows (Note: December 17th is sold out).

Street Dogs last released a 10-inch split with Noi!se in April 2014 through Pirates Press Records. They’re putting the finishing touches on their first studio full length since 2010 in the near future; stay tuned!



DS Photo Gallery: The New Darkbuster, The Warning Shots and CJ Ramone, Cambridge, MA

There hasn’t been an awful lot said publicly about the rise and fall and rebirth of the once-mighty Darkbuster, save for a few words here about this time a year ago when the band played what were initially billed as “reunion shows.” A funny thing happened on the way to the reunion, however, and we were left with a completely retooled lineup backing longtime frontman Lenny Lashley. The result was less of a booze-infused potential disaster of a live show and a more of a tight, focused, high energy punk rock battering ram. The retooled lineup (the core of which consists of Halston Luna on guitar, Ruben Lipkind on bass, and Lashley’s Street Dogs bandmate Pete Sosa on drums) played a few shows in the greater New England area last year and spent a month on the road in support of Dropkick Murphys earlier this year.

There is much, much more to be written as to the Darkbuster back story (by me? Maybe?), but as you can see above, we’re now calling the Lashley-led outfit The New Darkbuster (hopefully just temporarily). The band, who will co-headline the Street Dogs annual Wreck The Halls series of shows in Boston in a few months, played a one-off show in Cambridge a little while back, and as is typical whenever a Boston punk rock vet rallies the troops for a hometown show, the night felt like a sort of Punk Rock Olde Home Day. As to be expected, the band ripped through an hour-ish long set that crammed songs from throughout its catalog (including 2015’s ten-years-in-the-making No Revolution), running the sonic spectrum from blistering Oi! and street punk (“Bomb,” “Punk Rock’s Not Dead,” to gritty, horn-infused nouveau-reggae (“Rudy,” a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” The Good Ship (new) Darkbuster was joined on vocals by another of Lashley’s Street Dogs bandmates, frontman Mike McColgan during “Stand And Deliver,” and “Cheap Wine And Cigarettes,” each of which has a home high up in the pantheon of classic Boston street punk songs.

Direct supprt came from none-other than CJ Ramone (meaning that New Darkbuster drummer Pete Sosa pulled double duty on the evening). Now on the other side of fifty, Ramone still ably demonstrates why he was widely, and rightly, credited with injecting fresh life into the legendary founding punk band from which he adopted his name when he joined them more than a quarter-century ago. Ramone did an enjoyable job of peppering his set of mostly solo tracks from his excellent solo albums Reconqusita and Last Chance To Dance with classic Ramones staples like “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy Is A Punk,” and “Glad To See You Go.” We’ll have more with CJ around the release of his forthcoming third studio album, due out in early 2017 on Fat Wreck.

Local support came from The Warning Shots, the latest and (in my correct opinion) greatest project from Mark Lind (Ducky Boys, Sinners and Saints, a crapload of other bands). The five piece (with Lind on vocals, Rich Crimlisk and Nick Repassy on guitar, the inimitable “DiLo” on bass, and new recruit Luke Mangini on drums) have perfected a sort-of balls-out hybrid of street punk and good, old-fashioned G’N’R-style rock-n-fuckin-roll. In spite of being a new-ish band, the bulk of the outfit has been around in some fashion for a long enough time that they more than hold their own on a stage with local and national punk rock legends.

Check out our photo gallery from the evening below.



Dropkick Murphys announce more dates and supporting bands for 20th anniversary tour

Last week Boston Celtic punk icons Dropkick Murphys have announced that they will embark on a tour next year celebrating the 20th anniversary of their formation.  Today the band has announced all of the current dates for that tour.  They have also announced that they will be joined by fellow Bostonian’s Darkbuster, as well as psychobilly favorites Tiger Army, who will be touring in support of an upcoming album.

You can check out the full list of dates and locations below.  Tickets will be on sale November 27th, and you can pick those up at the Dropkick Murphys website.

Dropkick Murphys last released Signed and Sealed With Blood in 2013 through their own label Born & Bred Records.  Tiger Army last released Music From Regions Beyond  in 2007 on Hellcat Records.  Darkbuster last released No Revolution in August on Pirates Press Records.



Live Video: Darkbuster perform “Stand & Deliver” with Mike McColgan (Street Dogs)

In honor of today being Veteran’s Day, I thought this would be the perfect time to share one of the highlights of my show-going year. Back in August, Lenny Lashley and a retooled Darkbuster lineup performed a handful of sold out shows in Boston/Cambridge, and in the process, performed a particularly rousing rendition of the classic Darkbuster ode to the United States Armed Forces, “Stand And Deliver.” They were joined for the occasion by Lashley’s fellow Street Dog, the inimitable Mike McColgan (himself, obviously, a veteran of the United States Army). Check out the video below (which I didn’t shoot — Mike Janeiro did — though I did take the picture above), and we hope you all had a happy Veteran’s Day.

Darkbuster released the seven-years-in-the-making album “No Revolution” back in August on Pirates Press Records.



Darkbuster stream new album “No Revolution”

Boston punk veterans Darkbuster are back in full force and streaming their new full-length album titled No Revolution.

Give it a listen below and head over here to check out our review and photo gallery from their recent reunion show!

The album was released on CD August 7th and will be out on vinyl September 4th via Pirates Press Records. It serves as a follow-up to 2005′s A Weakness For Spirits.



Show review: Darkbuster plays secret show in Boston with OC45, Rebuilder, and Blood Stained Brindle

Picture this:  you’re in a beloved local band, you haven’t played a show this decade, and you decide to announce 2 shows that immediately sell out.  What would you do?  Well, if you’re Boston’s Darkbuster , you would quickly announce a one-off show at a small venue, call yourself P. Diddler and the Fearsome Foursome, and watch as that immediately sells out, too.

Last night, Darkbuster (or rather, P. Diddler) kicked off a short string of reunion shows in support of their new and long-awaited album, No Revolution.  Before taking the stage for the next two nights at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, Darkbuster played to a sold-out crowd at a much smaller venue.  Read all about it, and check out a fan-submitted video, below.



Darkbuster announce new album “No Revolution”

After a lengthy period of inactivity, Boston punk veterans Darkbuster are back in full force, and they’re gearing up to release a new full-length album titled No Revolution!

The album will release on CD August 7th and on vinyl September 4th via Pirates Press Records, who say it’s “a record that can be loved and appreciated equally by a fourty-something who knows every single classic Darkbuster tune and has seen them a hundred times, or a fresh-cut teenager who hears them for the first time.”

Check out the full tracklist for No Revolution below, and stay tuned for more details on the follow-up to 2005’s A Weakness For Spirits.



Darkbuster announce more US reunion shows, postpone EU dates

Good news for New England-based Darkbuster fans! Temporary bad news for European Darkbuster fans!

First, the good stuff. The Boston punk veterans previously announced their first shows in six years, set to take place in their hometown (and nearby Cambridge) in early August. They’ve now added an extra show, this time at The Met in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The show goes down August 8th; tickets available here on Wednesday at noon. Opening acts haven’t been announced yet, but given that the Boston-area shows contain the likes of Slapshot, The Have Nots, Burning Streets, Yellow Stitches, The Scandals and Rebuilder, we can assure you they’ll be pretty solid. Stay tuned.

Okay, now the bad stuff. Darkbuster had previously been rumored/announced (depending on where you get your news) as openers for Slapshot’s upcoming tour of the European Union. Darkbuster have unfortunately put their EU plans on hold, though Slapshot will still be taking the trip across the pond. Details somewhere on here.

Stay tuned for even more Darkbuster news in the coming days (like…who’s in the current lineup)!



Pirates Press releases “Oi! This is Streetpunk! Vol. 5”

Oi! fans can check out a new compilation from Pirates Press Records, as Oi! This is Streetpunk! Volume 5 was released earlier today.

The 15-track comp features up-and-comers, as well as favorites like DarkbusterVictory, and Antagonizers.  You can stream the comp here, and get yourself a copy and a patch here.



Twelve songs to get your Monday rolling (curated by DS editor jaystone)

Ever wonder what the folks that run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of introducing you to some new kickass punk bands.

This week’s installment comes to you courtesy of editor Jay Stone. Once again, he was told to come up with ten songs. Once again he came up with more than that, meaning that you’re just going to have to deal with the excess. He thinks you’ll enjoy anyway. Because he’s old and still think in terms of albums, he’s sorta split this playlist up in terms of Side A and Side B. Both sides consist of material that’s right in his punk rock wheelhouse. Side A is a half-dozen songs from the greater Boston area, while Side B consists of some lesser-known side projects of some better known bands. Check out his playlist below.



Support acts announced for Darkbuster’s Boston comeback shows (Slapshot, The Scandals, Have Nots and more)

It was less than a week ago that we informed you that Boston punk vets Darkbuster would be playing a hometown comeback show in August. Since that time, a second show has been added, and both shows subsequently sold out quickly, damn near breaking the local internet in the process.

As if you needed more of a reason to trek to Boston and scalp some tickets, today brings word of the show’s openers. Support on Monday, August 3rd comes from Slapshot, Yellow Stitches, and The Damn Garrison. Meanwhile, support on night two (August 4th) will be provided by Have Nots (featuring Darkbuster frontman Lenny Lashley’s fellow Street Dog, Matt Pruitt), The Scandals and Burning Streets.

Check out the official fliers for the shows below, and stay tuned for even more Darkbuster news in the very near future!



Darkbuster announce first show in six years

For the second week in a row, we have the privilege of bringing you some pretty cool news from the Darkbuster camp. Last week, it was frontman Lenny Lashley‘s Dying Scene Session in which he premiered an acoustic rendition of “Believe In Packer,” the first new Darkbuster track in a decade (refresh your memory here).

Today’s news, as you can probably tell from the flier up above, is the first Darkbuster show since 2009! The show takes place at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 3rd. We’ll bring you more information (openers…the band’s actual lineup…) as it becomes available, but for now,  a quick recap in case you lost track of Darkbuster over the years: The band called it quits rather tumultuously not long after their 2005 album A Weakness for Spirits, and have only resurfaced in various formats a few times in the years since, most recently for an appearance at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ Hometown Throwdown in 2009.

A new song last week? A live show announcement this week? Kinda seems like maybe we’re building toward something a little bigger doesn’t it? Stay tuned…



DS Exclusive: Lenny Lashley performs “Live Like Lions” (new solo song) and “Believe in Packer” (first new Darkbuster song in a decade!)


It’s been far too long since we brought you a new installment of the Dying Scene Sessions, but we’re back in a big way today!

You may recall that Boston punk icons Street Dogs played a rather noteworthy St. Patrick’s Day show at the House of Blues in Anaheim a couple weeks back. A couple noodle-brains who fancied themselves neo-Nazis tried disrupting the show and were met with equal amounts of willpower and resolve by the band, the security and fellow concertgoers. Guitar player (and solo artist and until now former Darkbuster frontman) Lenny Lashley took a chair in the eyebrow in the process.

Earlier that very day, Dying Scene editor emeritus Tommy Landaverde had the privilege of catching up with Lashley to record a couple acoustic tracks. First up is “Live Like Lions,” a new Lashley solo number that served as the title track to a recent 7-inch released through Contra Records to mark his recent European tour.

The second is a brand-spanking-new Darkbuster track. You read that right, boys and girls…it’s called “Believe In Packer,” and it marks the first brand new Darkbuster tune to see the light of day since the band’s 2005 album A Weakness for Spirits! The band called it quits not long thereafter, and have only resurfaced in various formats a few times in the years since, most recently for an appearance at the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ Hometown Throwdown in 2009Check out both tracks below…and stay tuned for a gigantic Darkbuster announcement next week!



Serena and the RATTS (feat. music of Lenny Lashley, Joey Briggs, Darkbuster and more) gets DVD release

Here’s a pretty cool story to help wind our Hump Day to a close.

You may not have seen the movie Serena and the RATTS, but you’ve now got more of a chance to do so. Originally released on the indie and film festival circuit a couple years ago, the feature film was just released digitally (iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and the like) and on DVD, courtesy of Indican Pictures, who also brought you The Boondock Saints.

Filmed in and around Boston, the film “follows Serena, a young contract killer on her mission to take out a team of scientists who have discovered the ability to time travel.  When her adversaries prove to be exercising their new-found abilities, she must team up with an underground renegade group, The RATTS, before the course of history is changed forever.” Perhaps most importantly for punk fans, the soundtrack to the movie also includes the likes of Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, Lenny’s old band Darkbuster, Joey Briggs, River City Rebels and more. Click here to see where you can get your own copy, or check out the trailer below!