With the recent release of the pretty sweet documentary Baseball Punx, I had the opportunity to interview Steve Sladkowski of PUP and Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers. The interview focuses on the similarities between punk rock and baseball, and the general social impact both have on modern-day society.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
It’s America’s favorite pastime, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and Sandy Koufax. These are some of the more notable names who have shaped America’s game. Baseball is as American as apple pie. Punk rock on the other hand is like pop music’s bastard brother. Joey Ramone, Joe Strummer, Greg Graffin, and Henry Rollins are some of the names that helped shape punk rock. So is it possible that a parallel might be drawn between the high-priced spectacle that is the world of professional sports and the down and out DIY of the punk rock world?
Baseball Punx is out to draw that parallel, while sports doesn’t always find itself embraced in the alternative world of punk music. The comparison’s however that could be drawn between the two are undeniable. Admittedly, million dollar contracts, chartered jets, and luxury motels might be a far cry from tour vans, greasy bars and strangers couches. However underneath all that baseball is among the more progressive pro sports leagues. Embracing LBGTQ players and fans alike baseball has done an admirable job of trying to end the homophobic, macho, misogynistic attitudes that are unfortunately still present in many locker rooms around the world. At the same time baseball doesn’t try to silence the players and fans from voicing their displeasure with the state of politics or the injustices of modern-day America.
Likewise it could be said that it wasn’t long ago the punk rock scene was just as full of homophobic, macho, misogynistic attitudes that make the sports world an uncomfortable place for those with alternative lifestyles. However over the years the punk scene has grown up and become a much more all-inclusive space, while also still being the conscience of America as well as the voice for the voiceless.
The ups and downs of America can be tied to both baseball and punk rock. You may have noticed that punk rock is suddenly making an impact in the music world for the first time since that Bush fella was president, and that’s no coincidence. While the NFL faces criticism for players kneeling for the anthem and the NFL turning it’s back on those players MLB has shown support for players who wish to make a “statement”, and while there is still backlash MLB isn’t blaming those players for decreased ratings.
Having more than ninety years on punk rock baseball has clearly had more time to change with the times. While both have grown and become more inclusive there’s still lot’s of work that needs to be done. But as a person who grew up in the homophobic, macho, misogynistic world of highly competitive sports, my escape from that world was punk rock and I never looked back, but now that I have I’m happy to see that the world of sports is starting to come into the 21st century. Just as I’m happy to go to a punk rock show and see people of all shapes, colours and lifestyles.
Baseball Punx does a great job of drawing the many comparisons I’ve outlined above, it’s a great piece. It’ll make you think, the people and bands in the documentary do a great job of giving us insight into why they enjoy baseball and even love it in some cases, but it also shows us how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Do yourself a favor and check it out below and be sure to check out the Baseball Punx website here. Besides how many of you know who Scott Radinsky is and why he’s the most awesome pitcher to have towed the rubber in MLB?
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST) by gunnar
Ever wonder what the folks who 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 exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s playlist is brought to you by staffer gunnar.
You know, Spotify makes a good discover weekly playlist, but sometimes you want something a little more targeted to what you like. If you’re reading this you probably looking forward to this playlist, so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. I rather dislike Monday, just as a concept, so here are a few songs to help you push through your work week: check it out below.
PUP seems to have revealed that they are starting work on a new album. Yesterday the band tweeted, “starting pre-production on a new record tomorrow?”
So there you go? I don’t know? Here’s a link to the tweet so you can ask them yourself?
Their last release was 2016’s “The Dream Is Over.”
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:01 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Solid reminder! (Fans of the latest Brand New album better pay attention.) The widely respected emo rockers are topping an incredible bill at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA on the 9th of September. The High & Low festival hits out hard with a line-up that also consists of Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Best Coast, PUP, Kevin Devine and many more.
Head down below to check out the full line-up.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 1:08 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
The kings of the music video have been at it again. Canadian sweethearts PUP just released one of the coolest music videos ever. Seriously! You can now join the dudes on a virtual trip as their tourmanager and go through all kind of wacky adventures, just by heading down below.
‘Old Wounds’ is a single from the bands’s last album The Dream Is Over, which came out May 2016 on SideOneDummy Records.
Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:29 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Epitaph band The Menzingers have announced their intentions to tour the UK in 2018. They’ll be joined on the road by PUP and Cayetana, hitting up six dates across England, Ireland and Scotland. You can take a look at the run below.
The Menzingers latest release was After Party which came out earlier this year.
The festival is September 9th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, CA. Music acts include Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara, PUP, Best Coast, and more. Check out the fest’s event page on Facebook!
You can watch it below.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:14 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Toronto punks PUP have announced they will be playing a handful of shows this spring. Most of the tour runs through the eastern US, and it will wrap up at Pouzza Fest in Montreal.
Check out the tour dates below to see if the band’s stopping in a city near you.
PUP’s latest album The Dream Is Over came out last May on SideOneDummy Records.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM (PST) by Paul Carr
I admit, I’ve been out of the game a while. I grew up, had kids and musically treaded water for a couple of years. Then in 2016, I found pockets of time to listen to the odd track, then the odd ep and finally I found the time to throw myself fully back into the punk pool. What became clear was that after a couple of years with my finger off the pulse, I had an insatiable desire for the music I love. I was hungrier than ever and 2016 saw plenty of great new music to satisfy my appetite. So below are my picks. They mean more to me than just a list of records, they signify a year of rediscovery.
Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 5:13 PM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
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.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
It’s been a big year for me. I’ve gone to a bunch of shows, I made it out to my first ever Punk Rock Bowling (and finally met Head Honcho Dave), and I got my first pro-paid short story bought up by an indie publisher. 2016 has been alright by me. Now, what do we have in terms of music this year? Well, if there’s anything I learned, it was that I am essentially a boring, dyed-in-the-wool melodic punk dude. I got the beard, the glasses, the flannel; I love the Menzingers and Hot Water Music. Just look at my top three albums this year, I am a predictable beast. But, I think that’s okay. I’ve embraced my own cliches and have realized that if there’s one things I like, it’s throaty vocals and singalong anthems.
With that said though, there were a couple other genres that represented themselves for me this year that I absolutely fell in love with, so maybe those horizons aren’t set in stone quite yet. Maybe 2017 will tell a new story. Click here for my best albums of 2016.
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 12:32 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
The new video stars Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, and will really hit animal lovers right in the feels. The video shows a stray dog going on tour with a younger version of the band, and singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock says the song itself is about his chameleon, who died while the band were writing their latest record. “Losing a friend is something so many of us have had to deal with, which is why I think this video is so powerful,” said Babcock.
The song comes from PUP’s latest full-length, The Dream Is Over, which came out in May via SideOneDummy Records.