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Brakrock Ecofest announces second wave of bands

Europeans rejoice Brakrock Ecofest has announced the second wave of bands. With Groezrock taking a small hiatus this year Brakrock is more than picking up the slack. Joining the already robust lineup will be The Vandals, The Menzingers, Union 13, TSOL and many more.

Brakrock takes place on the 3rd and 4th of August 2018 in the beautiful town of Duffel. Head over here to the festival website for a an overview of the full line-up.

 

 



T.S.O.L., Voodoo Glow Skulls, Reagan Youth & more playing Punk Against Trump Festival

A festival simply called the Punk Against Trump Festival has been announced. It will take place June 9-10 at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. The lineup includes T.S.O.L., Voodoo Glow Skulls, Reagan Youth, The Dwarves, and Lower Class Brats, among others.

OC Weekly says the festival will also be “bringing together a number of grass roots organizations to attendees to educate festival attendees on everything from DACA to voter registration”.

Tickets are available here.



DS Photo Gallery: Bouncing Souls with TSOL and Rebuilder, Cambridge, MA (12/7/17)

The Bouncing Souls kicked off a quick, long weekend run of shows in the northeast by playing a sold-out show at the Sinclair in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. It was the Jersey punk rock veterans’ third time to the Bay State this year, but their first time headlining here in a couple years (editor’s note: the Souls supported Frank Turner at a one-off show back in February and the Rancid/Dropkick Murphys “From Boston To Berkeley” tour in August), bringing their devoutly loyal fanbase out in full force.

The quartet came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders, ripping straight into the one-two punch of crowd favorites “Hopeless Romantic” and “The Gold Song.” If you follow our Instagram feed, you may recall that I posted mid-set that it was the third time I’ve seen the Souls this year — I missed the Rancid/DKM show but I was at the Frank Turner gig and I finally made the trek to Jersey for Stoked For The Summer — and it was hands-down the best sounding show of all. Save for a couple technical difficulties primarily during “Satellite,” — see the confused look on frontman Greg Attonito’s face in the picture above — that remained the case throughout. The other two shows were enjoyable, for sure, but there’s something about how an uptempo, melodic four-piece punk band’s sound translates better in the confines of a 500-ish capacity club than in a hockey arena or an outdoor beachfront stage.

It’s tough whittle down a couple of highlights from a set that didn’t really have an low points. Bassist Bryan Kienlen and new-ish drummer George Rebelo play just about as tight and heavy as anybody in the business while guitarist Pete Steinkopf’s trademark Les-Paul-through-Marshall-stack sound somehow plays much bigger than one might expect a single-guitar attack to resonate. Attonito has always been the type of frontman that leaves the mic stand behind and relentlessly paces the bulk of the stage, and the fact that he’s a new parent — his first son was born just five weeks ago — didn’t seem to leave him any worse for the wear. There was a near non-stop parade of crowd surfers throughout the Souls’ hour-plus set (including at least a dozen trips over the barricade by one particular shirtless, luchador-masked patron), which was not a foregone conclusion at the beginning of the evening given that particularly greyish-haired nature of many of the fans — myself included first and foremost — of the band who are rounding the corner on their thirty year anniversary soon. Particular high points included the opening one-two punch, “These Are Quotes From Our Favorite ’80s Movies,” Attonito trying to dig for Boston-area locations in a site-specific version of “East Coast Fuck You,” a spot-on and unexpectedly surprising cover Avail’s “Simple Song,”the goosebump-inducing singalong that “Gone” has become, and a guest appearance on vocals from Street Dogs frontman Mike McColgan on the classic “True Believers.”

California punk veterans TSOL were provided direct support on each of the three dates on this particular jaunt of shows. Much like how I said above that the Bouncing Souls sound translates better in a venue like Sinclair than it does in a larger hockey arena, the squelching-guitar led early 80s hardcore sound that TSOL helped pioneer probably translates better in a smaller club setting without a barricade between the stage and the fans, much like it did when they played here last year at the Middle East. Frontman Jack Grisham has always had one of the more outspoken, dark humored personalities in the scene – look no further than perhaps the band’s biggest hit, the ode to necrophilia that is “Code Blue” – though I will admit that some of his trademark off-color banter sounds not only incredibly dated but, frankly, uncomfortable in the current climate, not unlike rewatching classic stand-up bits by Andrew Dice Clay might. The core of the band still sounded tight, as you’d imagine given that Ron Emoy and Mike Roche have been Grisham’s wingmen for the better part of the nearly four full decades of their existence (editor’s note: total ignorance on my part, but I’m not sure who’s playing drums now that Chip Hanna isn’t involved). The bands fans — and there were more than a few in attendance — totally still dig the classic sound and seemed to warm up as the set went on.

Local favorites Rebuilder kicked off the show in fine fashion. Plans for their first-ever European tour might have gone belly up last spring, but it’s still been a pretty great year for the five-piece; they released a stellar EP, Songs From The Massachusetts Turnpike, on Panic State Records a couple months ago, toured the west coast for the first time, played a bunch of shows back this way with Dead Bars, did a session for Mike Felumlee’s “Live From The Rock Room,” and continued to grow their fanbase by sharing the stage with acts like Dropkick Murphys, Frank Turner, Bombpops, and Red City Radio. The Souls show proved to be a pretty great cap on the year, and in their typical good-natured, tongue-in-cheek fashion, they made sure to include “Le Grand Fromage,” their middle-finger to the Souls’ home state of New Jersey, right smack in the middle of their set.

Head below for the full photo gallery from the evening!



TSOL announce 2018 west coast tour

California punk veterans TSOL will be touring the west coast in early 2018. The two-week run will see the band supported by Downtown Brown. Check out the tour dates below.

TSOL’s latest album The Trigger Complex was released in January on Rise Records.



TSOL announce California shows, set to play first EP and “Dance With Me”

California punk band TSOL have announced some January shows in California in which they will be playing all the songs from their first EP as well as from their classic album Dance With Me.

You can check out those dates and locations below.

TSOL last released The Trigger Complex on January 27th, 2017 via Rise Records.



T.S.O.L. release music video for “I Wanted to See You”

California punk legends T.S.O.L. have released a music video for “I Wanted to See You,” taken from their new album The Trigger Complex. You can check it out below.

The Trigger Complex came out on January 27th through Rise Records. It is the follow-up to 2009’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Free Downloads.



T.S.O.L. releases lyric video for “Satellites”

California punk legends T.S.O.L. have released a lyric video for their new song, “Satellites,” and you can check it out below.

The song will appear on the band’s new album, The Trigger Complex, which comes out tomorrow (January 27th) via Rise Records.  This will be T.S.O.L.’s first album since 2009’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit Of Free Downloads.



New Music: T.S.O.L. – “Satellites” from upcoming album, “The Trigger Complex”


So Cal punk legends T.S.O.L. are streaming another new track from their upcoming album, “The Trigger Complex.” It’s called “Satellites,” and you can check it out here.

“The Trigger Complex” is the band’s eleventh studio album, and their first release since 2009’s “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads.” It’s out on Rise Records this coming Friday (January 27th); pre-orders are still available here.



T.S.O.L. sign to Rise Records, stream new song “I Wanted To See You” from upcoming album “The Trigger Complex”

So Cal punk legends T.S.O.L. have announced plans for their long-awaited 11th studio album. It’s called  “The Trigger Complex,” and it’ll mark not only their first release since 2009’s “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads,” but their first-ever release on their new label home, Rise Records. Here’s iconic frontman Jack Grisham on the album, rather apropos of recent political events:

“It’s a great time to be making music; to have a voice that can be heard. I’m glad that things look bleak. Political turmoil breeds strength as well as strife. This record allows us to remind people that they aren’t alone. We’re here.”

“The Trigger Complex” will hit the streets on January 29th, but you can pre-order it right here. To whet your appetite, you can take a listen to the brand-new track “I Wanted To See You” below!



TSOL on tour with The Scandals

TSOL and The Scandals have just embarked on a tour that started yesterday. At least, The Scandals have; TSOL joins the tour tomorrow. You can check out all of the dates below.

TSOL’s last release was 2009’s “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit Of Free Downloads” and the Scandals’ last release was 2014’s “The Sound Of Your Stereo” which was recently put out on vinyl for the first time by Say-10 Records.



Pennywise announce San Diego “Three Albums, Three Nights” shows

Having just played their first round of “Three Albums, Three Nights” shows at the Hollywood Palladium a week ago, California punk icons Pennywise have announced they will be doing the same in San Diego this May.

If you’re wondering what “Three Album, Three Nights” is, it’s a thing the band’s doing this year where they play their first 3 albums – Pennywise, Unknown Road, and About Time – in their entirety over the course of 3 nights at a single venue.

For these newly announced shows at The Observatory in San Diego, Pennywise will be joined by Good Riddance, TSOL, and Youth Brigade (each playing a different night). More info and links to grab tickets can be found below.

3-day passes are also available here, and they come with colored vinyl copies of all 3 albums.



DS Photo Gallery: TSOL, Left Alone, The Croissants at Thee Parkside SF (1.16.16)

The past couple of weeks has been quite busy on the concert front, as bands are coming off the holidays rested and ready to hit the road. While I was unable to attend the first string of shows featuring Rancid, I made it up two weeks later with a little TSOL action. The band was headlining at the favorite local punk dive bar, Thee Parkside, and had Left Alone and The Croissants as crowd warm-up duty.

The Croissants is garage punk at its finest. The Sacramento-based trio plays a distorted, simple, melodic style of punk mixed with 90’s garage/indie, with a classic NorCal sound. The band is riding the heels of their latest 7-inch “We’re In The Basement”, and was a great warm-up to what was to come. Tracks like “Things Have Changed” and “Don’t Wanna Live” definitely got feet moving and hearts beating, ready for Left Alone.

I always enjoy seeing Left Alone because they mix several styles into one set. Punk, ska, a little blues and folk – the band spreads its love all over so everyone in attendance is sure to hear something they like. I became a fan of the band a whole decade ago with their release of “Dead American Radio”, and the band has solidified songs from that album as part of their most popular repertoire. Some of my favorites include “Done Wrong”, “City to City”, and of course (my favorite shirt as well) “I Hate Emo”. The band also sampled heavily off their latest album, “Harbor Area”, which came out last year through Hellcat and the band’s own Smelvis Records.

The air was ripe with sweat and beer, the room a cozy 95 degrees, and the crowd well lubricated as the SoCal legends TSOL took the stage. Quite the small stage for Jack & co. but they made do, at points sharing the space with exuberant fans. A TSOL set has become a little predictable (as the band hasn’t released much of any new material as of late), and you can bet you’ll hear a little “Love Story”, “Wasted”, “Property Is Theft”, and if you’re lucky, the fan favorite “Code Blue”. It’s incredible and a little hilarious that one of the band’s most popular song deals with the taboo subject of necrophilia – but hey, the crowd eats it up (and so do I (who can forget Punk-O-Rama II).

A great night was had – and you can view all the photos from the night’s sets below.

As always, big thanks to all the guys at Thee Parkside for a good time.



Punk Rock Bowling Festival: Day One (Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick Of It All, TSOL, Anti-Flag, Bombshell Rocks, Sniper 66)

Photos and words by milhouse and hopeless romantic

The first day of Punk Rock Bowling always begins with a meeting of hungover, yet still fresh punks – gathering for shuttles to get carted off to Sam’s Town or Gold Coast for an attempt at bowling. The Dying Scene crew never lasts very long, but it is always a fantastic time. This year, our lane mates seemed to have begun the party long before us, and ended up spilling drinks on the lane. After that, any semblance of seriousness went out the window, and the drinks started flowing a little more freely. The downside with bowling is that you are forced to miss the beginning events of the weekend, including an Infa-Riot pool party, and a free-screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington DC”.

By the time I got back around the fest grounds, I had missed Sounds of Threat and Success!, but was front and center in time to see Austin punks Sniper 66 rip it up (I would later see the band perform at the Plaza Pool Party).

Bombshell Rocks came out swinging and put on a great live show. Their energy pumped up the crowd as the late afternoon of the festival set in. Their melodies were infectious and got people moving in the crowd.

Anti-Flag played the main stage just a few short days before their new album, “American Spring”, hit stores. The band tore through their set with so much energy and chanting that they could have been the headliner. Posting up near Chris is always a good idea, as there is no shortage of jumps during his set (a photographer’s favorite). The crowd favorite was “Fuck Police Brutality,” which got the pit moving and middle fingers in the air.

California legends TSOL took the stage as the sun started to go down, showing the crowd that they can still put on a great live show. My favorite (as well as the crowd’s) was their hit “Code Blue”, which touches on every funeral director’s hidden desire.

Sick Of It All is the epitome of NYHC. As the sun set, these guys brought one of the most lively sets of the night. The crowd eagerly waited for them to take the stage and went absolutely wild as they tore through the night with a frantic energy.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones hit the stage with their infectious ska-core, playing fan favorites like “The Rascal King” and closing with “The Impression That I Get.” During their set, the band announced that they were the surprise guests for one of the club shows the following night, playing “Devil’s Night Out” in its entirety.

Headliners for day one were East Bay legends Rancid. To fans delight, the band performed “And Out Come The Wolves” in its entirety, and was true to the track listing, playing one legendary song after another. For many of us “older” punks in the crowd, this album was one of the first (or at least, one of the most influential) 90s punk albums that got us into the scene. Rancid proved why they are punk legends and why that album has stood the test of time. A little guest appearance from Interrupters guitarist/organist Kevin Bivona rounded out the set. I left after “Journey to the End (of the East Bay)” to get ready for the club show featuring my favorites Bishops Green, in addition to Booze & Glory, The Beltones, and headliners The Templars. Up the punx and skins!

Have a look at the complete day one gallery below.



Jack Grisham (TSOL) and Susan Dynner (Punk’s Not Dead) start film Kickstarter

Jack Grisham from California punk band T.S.O.L. and Susan Dynner from Punk’s Not Dead have teamed up to make a short film based on the song “Code Blue” from T.S.O.L.’s album Dance With Me. The film is being funded on Kickstarter, and the band has some awesome ideas to give back to those who donate, which you can do here.



Punk producer Thom Wilson (The Offspring, Bad Religion, T.S.O.L., Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion, The Vandals, etc.) dies

Epitaph Records has reported that influential punk producer Thom Wilson (who is probably best known for producing The Offspring‘s iconic 1994 album Smash) died on February 8th from unknown causes. Epitaph CEO and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz issued the following statement:

“In ’82 when I was just getting started, Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to. He was the pro in our midst who loved punk and was willing to take kids under his wing to help them sound great. His work with TSOL and the Adolescents set the bar for everything that came after, including The Offspring’s multi-platinum LP Smash, which was the best-selling independent release of all time. Thom was a friend, a teacher and a great producer. He will be missed.”

As mentioned in the statement above, most of Wilson’s production and engineering work came in the punk scene. After starting his career in the 70’s by producing records soft rock acts Burton Cummings and Seals and Crofts, he began migrating to working on punk rock records in 1981, first teaming with Stiv Bators on his Disconnected album. He also worked with T.S.O.L. on their first four releases, The Adolescents on their self-titled 1981 debut, and then went on to produce/engineer records by The Offspring, The Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Face to Face, Iggy PopThe Bouncing Souls and The Aquabats, among others.

Dying Scene sends Wilson’s family condolences.