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DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Musink Fest 2017 – Day 1 (Costa Mesa CA, 3/17)

Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals

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!



Tickets on sale for Punk Rock Bowling (Asbury Park)

Alright East Coasters, tickets are officially on sale for the 2017 installment of Punk Rock Bowling East at Asbury Park. Snag those suckers here!

The two-day festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park takes place June 10th and 11th. The Saturday lineup includes The Specials, Dillinger Four, The Explosion, PUP and more, while the Sunday lineup features headliners NOFX playing alongside the likes of heavyweights like the Buzzcocks, Leftover Crack, the Pietasters, (the New) Darkbuster, Bigwig and more. You can see the full lineup up above.



Lineup Announced for Punk Rock Bowling East (NOFX, Buzzcocks, The Specials and more)

The lineup for the 2017 installment of Punk Rock Bowling East has been announced, and it’s a legend-filled doozy!

The two-day festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park takes place June 10th and 11th. The Saturday lineup includes The Specials, Dillinger Four, The Explosion, PUP and more, while the Sunday lineup features headliners NOFX playing alongside the likes of heavyweights like the Buzzcocks, Leftover Crack, the Pietasters, (the New) Darkbuster, Bigwig and more. You can see the full lineup up above.

Single-day tickets for PRB-East go on sale March 3rd, but two-day passes are on sale this Friday (February 17th) right here!



7″ REVIEWS: NOFX – “HEPATITIS BATHTUB” and “OXY MORONIC”

I’m trying to keep emotion out of this. I saw on the Fat Wreck Chords website that NOFX was releasing a brand new 7″ called Hepatitis Bathtub featuring similar artwork to that of their book of the same name. The item description on the Fat Wreck Chords website gave no information other than the track listing, but since this was less than two months following the release of their best full-length studio album at least since 2006 I assumed that this new record consisted of First Ditch Effort rejects. Of course I’d recognized the title “Nothing But A Nightmare”, a Rudimentary Peni cover song that was performed on NOFX’s 1995 live album, but I’d thought the band must have re-recorded it, as they had laudably re-recorded “Hold It Back”, another 1980s track, a few years ago. Songs “Young Drunk and Stupid” and “Death of a Friend”, judged by their titles, seemed spot on with other First Ditch Effort song topics, as well as prominent themes in their collective autobiography.

But no, this record does not consist of new songs, or even of new recordings of old songs. Rather, these songs were recorded in 1987 “in a basement in Omaha”, before NOFX signed with Epitaph Records and long before El Hefe was a member of the band. To be fair, I did find a press release on the Fat Wreck Chords website from a few weeks prior to the release date that described the Hepatitis Bathtub EP as consisting of a “recently unearthed, crazy old NOFX recording to go along with the crazy old stories in the book.” So, while this information wasn’t, and still isn’t, in the item description on the Fat website, had I done a little more research I wouldn’t have felt as let down the first time I gave it a listen after receiving my pre-order in the mail.

For those yet to delve into the first chapter or two of NOFX’s career, be aware that Fat Mike and Company weren’t very good in the 1980s. Liberal Animation (1988), the band’s debut LP, may be hard to listen to but compared to the earlier stuff it’s pristine. The recording quality on Hepatitis is poor, but if we can look the other way for Operation Ivy, then we can forgive NOFX, too; it’s the songs that matter most. But severely lacking in NOFX’s early work are melodies. The band was stylistically more hardcore-punk back then, but on the occasion Fat Mike attempted a melody he too often paralleled the guitar riffs and bass lines, rather than having a distinct vocal melody with instrumental accompaniment. This is evident at times on each Hepatitis song, particularly “Too Mixed Up” and “Nothing But A Nightmare”, the latter of which is longer than I’d previously known it to be (I admit I’m not familiar with the original version); the band must not have thought the song was worth playing in full on I Heard They Suck Live (1995).

Now, I feel like I know kind of a lot about NOFX . Still, Maximum Rocknroll, a compilation of pre-Epitaph NOFX recordings, is one NOFX record I’ve had trouble spending much time with. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the compilation that upon seeing the track listing for Hepatitis Bathtub I didn’t recognize the titles “No Problems” and “Too Mixed Up” from Maximum Rocknroll. The versions are slightly different, but that would have gone unnoticed, too, had I not looked it up out of sheer curiosity. This “new” EP’s bright spot is “Young Drunk and Stupid”. It’s impossible to make out the lyrics, but the overall composition has by far the most depth, and would most benefit from a re-recording a la “Hold it Back”. All in all, this new release of old material is a disappointment.

Also released sporadically throughout the fall, and on various colored vinyl, was the Oxy Moronic 7” single, dubbed “Original Demos #3” by Fat Wreck Chords. With the album version on side A and a demo version of the same song on side B this record struck me as a cop-out money-grabbing gimmick, but I overpaid for it on eBay anyway.

And I’m glad I did! “Oxy Moronic” is one of the stronger songs on an album filled with strong songs, but to see where it came from is fascinating. The demo version bears the same title and the occasional lyric – although “Oxy Moron” is uttered repeatedly, not “Oxy Moronic” – but otherwise it sounds like a completely different song. While faster, the demo is simply not as clever melodically or lyrically as the final product, and, for what it’s worth, the production quality of a demo is never as good as the studio version, though this track still blows the Hepatitis Bathtub EP out of the water. If only someone could provide a detailed step-by-step description of how the First Ditch Effort version came to be. Maybe for their next book.

In summary: NOFX still good, Hepatitis Bathtub EP bad, Oxy Moronic 7” interesting.

 



NOFX stream video for “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”

NOFX are streaming a video for their previously released track “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”. The song was originally featured as part of the band’s 7 Inch Of The Month Club in 2005. You can watch the video below.



DS Exclusive: 2016 – A Year in Pictures (Jay Stone)

2016 might have been a multitude of suck for myriad reasons, but the music scene — and the live music scene in general — was nowhere on that list. Your friendly neighborhood Dying Scene editors continue to travel far and wide to try to not only take in as much local and national live music as possible, but to show you first-hand what we’ve been up to.

Because everybody loves year-end wrap up posts (you do still love year-end wrap up posts, right?) your photographer friends decided to pour through the thousands of photos we took this year and pare them down to highlight some of either the best ones, or our personal favorites. For yours truly, shows ran the gamut this year, from neighborhood bars and Elks Lodge basements to sold-out 2500 capacity nightclubs and, of course, the Warped Tour (I know, right?). The highlights were almost too numerous to name, although seeing The Falcon twice, The Loved Ones, Bob Mould, Chuck Ragan a few times, Descendents, NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, Lucero (twice), Against Me!, The Interrupters (twice), Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Scandals a few times, Brian Fallon a few times, Cory Branan four times (in four states!), Laura Jane Grace and Off With Their Heads acoustic in the same year is pretty damn great, and only scratches the surface, really.

Also, for the second year in a row, I think I saw The Scandals’ Jared Hart more times in one year in one form or another than I’ve seen anybody else in a given year, although I may have topped that by probably seeing Rebuilder more times than I’ve seen my own mother. Sorry, ma!

Anyway, check out the gallery below, and stay tuned for more cool concert moments in 2017!



DS Staff Picks – Hopeless Romantic’s (Meredith) Top 10 Albums of 2016

It seems like just yesterday I was putting together my 2015 list, but alas, here we are again at the end of another year. 2016 was a great year for new albums and it was harder than usual to put together this list, but I guess I shouldn’t complain about too much good music. Check out the soundtrack to my last rollercoaster of a year below.



The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake and more to play PUNKSPRING 2017

The main lineup for next year’s PUNKSPRING, Japan’s annual punk-rock festival, has been announced. Appearing will be The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake, Brahman, MONOEYES, Zebrahead and more. This coming PUNKSPRING is set to be the final.

The festival has two dates, the first is March 25 at Kobe World Hall, Kobe. The second is in Tokyo on March 26, at Makuhari Messe 9-11 Hall. Tickets will be available to purchase here from the 28th of January on. Check out the fest poster below.



Lineup announced for 2016 MUSINK festival

The 10th annual MUSINK festival, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 17, 18, and 19, 2017.  The festival features music, a tattoo convention, and a classic car show at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It is billed as the country’s largest tattoo and music festival.

This year’s lineup includes Bad ReligionNOFXThe UsedPennywise, and more.  You can see the lineup as it currently stands below.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the Costa Mesa area, you can find ticket info here.



NOFX releasing two new 7″s

NOFX have announced they will be releasing two new 7″s this holiday season.

One is a 4-song EP titled Hepatitis Bathtub, which according to Fat Wreck’s press release is a “crazy old NOFX recording that was recorded in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska in 1987.” The other is a 7″ single for “Oxy Moronic,” which features a “radically different” demo of the track.

Pre-orders for these 7″ releases are available here and here, respectively.

NOFX released their 13th full-length album First Ditch Effort in October through Fat Wreck Chords. It was their first LP in four years, following 2012’s Self Entitled.



Nardwuar Vs. Fat Mike (for the 7th time)

Canadian celebrity interviewer and musician, Nardwuar the Human Serviette, interviewed NOFX bassist and vocalist “Fat Mike” Burkett for the 7th time in Vancouver, BC – a few weeks ago.

It’s pretty awesome how Nardwuar always presents obscure vinyl, and comes up with obscure references and questions to go with them.

Check out the video below.



Listen to Fat Mike’s commentary for NOFX’s “First Ditch Effort”

NOFX bassist and vocalist “Fat Mike” Burkett has provided fans with a running commentary for his band’s latest release “First Ditch Effort”.

You can check it out over at Fat Wreck Chords‘s official website or on Spotify.



Album Review: NOFX – “First Ditch Effort”

Everyone has their own unique story of the first time they heard NOFX. For me, I heard “Dinosaurs will Die” on Purevolume.com at age 12. At first I didn’t quite get it, but it grew on me and a few months later I picked up War on Errorism at Fred Meyer of all places (this was sort of toward the middle-end of the ‘punk rock is commercially successful’ phase we witnessed in the mid-00’s [see: Vans Warped Tour]). WOE is probably in my top 10 or 15 favorite records of all time now, and over the years the band has continued to put out stand out material. So when I heard that Fat Mike (of all people) was going sober, I was curious how it would affect their music. I don’t do drugs, I don’t care about drugs, I drink way less than all of my friends – but it seemed like such a big part of their music and his personality that it couldn’t go unnoticed in the music, right?

Well, turns out that he wasn’t sober during the making of the album, but completed 85 days of sobriety around that time. Also, he’s doing the whole “moderation” thing nowadays. So with that said, a lot of the songs on the album deal with sobriety, but they also touch on other dark corners of Mike’s life. Of course musically NOFX is still NOFX. They still have their trademark mix of slop and pop and while some might worry that they’re “maturing”, don’t fear! The subject matter is more honest, but they’re still written like you would expect NOFX to write them. It’s still counter culture, still challenging, and still a punk rock album.

First Ditch Effort has some of the best songs NOFX have ever written, in my opinion. It’s notably catchy but also aggressive when it needs to be, keeping you on your toes most of the way through. “6 Years on Dope” is one of their most aggressive opening songs since “It’s My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite.” Melvin’s yell on that song is better than ever (even better than on “The Separation of Church and Skate”, which is possibly my favorite NOFX song of all time) and is a clever ode to the drug abusing life Fat Mike (and his fellow band members) lived prior to this release. “Happy Father’s Day” begins with a sweet “Sadie”-esque riff, and quickly hits the 90’s skate punk territory that NOFX is so famous (or infamous) for. “Sid and Nancy” is a great piece in which Fat Mike theorizes about Nancy Spungen killing Sid Vicous instead of the other way around, similar to a Courtney Love-Kurt Cobain conspiracy theory. The first seven songs on the album are particularly catchy actually, whether it’s the NUFAN-ish “I Don’t Like Me Anymore” or “I’m a Transvest-lite”, which is a confessional tune about Fat Mike’s cross dressing that reminds me a lot of “Quart in Session.” I don’t have much to say about “I’m So Sorry Tony,” besides that they nailed the NUFAN-ish chord progression and the ending sound clip made me really sad.

Of course NOFX has always been known for their puns – is there a punnier band in punk rock? This usually works well for them, but they may have overdone it on “Oxy Moron”.

My three least favorite songs on the album were “Ditch Effort”, “Dead Beat Mom“, and “Generation Z”. “Ditch Effort” and “Dead Beat Mom” aren’t bad, they just didn’t really resonate with me. And as much as I really wanted  to like “Generation Z”, the spoken word ending just came off as a little overly cheesy for me.

All in all First Ditch Effort is definitely a stand out record, but what else would you expect from Mike, Smelly, Melvin, and Hefe. Well done guys, and hooray for punk rock in 2016!

4/5 Stars



Fat Wreck Chords documentary “A Fat Wreck” coming to Blu-ray & DVD

The retail release date for Fat Wreck Chords documentary A Fat Wreck has finally been announced. The film which has been screening in theaters and festivals across the world for the past year will be coming to video on demand, Blu-ray, and DVD on November 22nd.

Pre-orders for the physical release are available here, and digital pre-orders are coming soon. If you somehow have no idea what A Fat Wreck is, check out the the trailer below.

If you’re going to be in Gainesville for The Fest later this month, the documentary will be screening at various venues throughout the weekend. For more info on that, head over here.



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 1 (NOFX, Refused, Off With Their Heads, The Specials and more)

We know you’ve been waiting patiently, boys and girls, but the wait is finally over!

Dying Scene was lucky enough to have boots on the ground at the Chicago installment of this year’s Riot Fest. We covered as much ground as we could, and chronicled some pretty intense performances throughout the course of the epic three-day festival. Today, we bring you coverage of day one, which included NOFX, The Specials, Refused, Off With Their Heads, and Dillinger Escape Plan. Check out our full gallery below, and stay tuned for coverage of days two and three in the very near future!