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The Menzingers announce August shows with Iron Chic, Rozwell Kid, and Ramona

The Menzingers have announced some East Coast August tour dates with Iron Chic, Rozwell Kid, and Ramona.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

The Menzingers latest album After the Party was released in 2017 through Epitaph Records.



Album Review: Iron Chic – “You Can’t Stay Here”

One of the things I look forward to the most about Christmas and the New Year is reading the year end lists that get posted on various music sites. I always discover a release or two that I’ve missed which helps brighten what can sometimes be a dreary start to the year. You Can’t Stay Here by Iron Chic was one of these, I checked it out in early 2018 a few months after it’s release in the previous October and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since.

These guys have been around a few years now, this is their third release and first on SideOneDummy. They play a compelling brand of melodic punk rock which ranges from gruff beardcore to a lighter, poppier sound and touches on some emo-esque introspect as well. They’re a five piece who aren’t afraid to crank up the distortion and also throw in some samples, a bit of synth (if my ears don’t deceive me) and a female vocal pops up a few times to great effect. We get eleven songs here however the way each song segues into the next makes the album feel like one epic piece of music rather than eleven separate servings.

This record was written in the wake of the death of their former guitarist Rob McAllister and lyrically this album takes us on a journey through grief, nihilism, religion and finally what feels like acceptance. There are some pretty dark themes however they are delivered in such exceptional style that it helps the listener accept or process the messages within. The album kicks off with a couple of upbeat rockers, opening with 20 some seconds of distortion which gives way to a nice jangly riff before the band kick in with a hearty scream to boot. The lyrics are incredible throughout, it’s definitely an album to be enjoyed with headphones on and a lyric sheet in front of you. Track three, and title track, takes the foot off the pedal slightly with an intro that swells and builds over the course of a minute before a multi-layered wall of sound crashes down on you during one of the more emo points of the record. Let’s. Get. Dangerous. picks us up with a bright little riff and the song is a poppy antidote to the previous offering (“we both know life is temporary” simultaneously reassuring and demoralising us). Thunderbolts! comes next with some soaring back-up vocals during the chorus that bring to mind several Samiam songs – high praise indeed. Planes, Chest Pains and Automobiles rocks along nicely, painting a bleak but often realistic view of life (“Here on Earth, Where we serve our terms, And it hurts like hell, But we do it well)”. This leads into a meandering intro to next song Golgotha which was one that immediately grabbed my attention on my first run through the album. It’s a mid-tempo affair which takes us on an emotional rollercoaster and, for me, this song is all about the vocals and the lyrics. I’m pretty sure I listened to this song four or five times back to back just to learn the words and understand what the song was saying. It’s epic. This is followed by another couple of melodic rockers, Invisible Ink again bringing to mind Astray era Samiam. Ruinous Calamity starts out with a solo acoustic vibe before the full band kick in. I can imagine that when this is played live, there are a number of sweaty strangers in front of the stage, many with beards, arm in arm screaming the words towards the microphone. And I bet that feels pretty fucking great as well. To Shreds, You Say, the album closer, provides a great summation of the lyrical theme (“It’s been a long hard year, Started fine but it ends in tears, One down, We’re that much deader, This one ain’t shaping up much better”) and is an absolute belter to finish on. It rips along at a great pace and provides what feels like closure, although on close inspection the lyrics are a fairly even split between hopefulness and resignation. Regardless, it’s a fitting end to an exceptional record which these boy can be proud of.

4.5/5 Stars



first round of bands announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6

The first round of bands have been announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6 and for yet another year, Fest will not disappoint. The three day punk festival, now in its 17th year, takes place in over 20 venues in and around Gainesville, FL.

Lagwagon is set as a headliner and will perform “Let’s Talk About Feelings” in its entirety in honor of its 20th anniversary. Cursive, a band it took many years to get to perform at Fest, is set to perform at both Pre-Fest in Ybor and Fest. Other headliners include Piebald, Iron Chic, Dead To Me, Tim Barry, and RVIVR among many, many others.

As for breakups, Fest is set to be the final sendoff of Ontario, CAN natives Crusades. In existence since 2009, the band plans to party two last times in Gainesville, with two shows slotted in two smaller venues.

This years lineup also includes the reunion of California’s Audio Karate who are taking the stage for the first time since 2007.

You can check out the full lineup to both Pre-fest and Fest below, along with several other details.

The next wave of bands are set to be announced June 11.



10 Songs to Jumpstart Your Week (curated by DS editor Bizarro Dustin)

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 DS editor Bizarro Dustin.

Discover some great tunes, and get your shuffle on with Dustin’s playlist below.



DS Editorial: The Ten Acts I’m Going to Catch at FEST 16

Fest week is finally here and I’m pretty much beside myself. All of my exhaustive preparation (that I discussed in a previous article) is coming to fruition. Although I’ve never attended The Fest, so I could be completely unprepared for the debauchery that is likely to ensue, I feel that I’ve given myself a good chance to survive. After months of research, hours of listening, and a proprietary winnowing process that I’m not at liberty to discuss, I’ve narrowed my must-see bands down to the 10 you see below. Who’s on your list?

1. Sinai Vessel: Stumbled upon these guys when I was doing my FEST research. Reviewed Brokenlegged for DS. It’s one of my top albums of 2017. I can’t wait to hear it live. Friday. 10:30pm. Rockey’s.

2. Hum: My only fear on this one is that it’s going to be super crowded. I hope I’m wrong. I’ve seen HUM a few times. They are an old Favorite. I’m amped to hear anything off of Downward is Heavenward, especially The Inuit Promise. Saturday. 12:30am. 8 Seconds.

3. Tartar Control: First heard of these guys off of one of The FEST comps. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I grew up on irreverent punk like The Dead Milkmen and King Missile, and these guys have taken the torch and run with it. Their shtick is like Book of Mormon meets PeeWee’s Playhouse on an acid trip. Friday. 8:20pm. The Wooly.

4. Grade: Hadn’t thought about these guys in years. Got into them around 2000 in the Emo/Screamo heyday. After revisiting their catalog, I am super amped to see them live. This reunion is a can’t miss. Saturday. 5:00pm. 8 Seconds.

5. Typesetter: Caught Typesetter opening for Against Me, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I’m really rooting for these guys. They are amazing musicians writing amazing songs. They bring it live and they seem to be playing 200 shows a year. That kind of work ethic will pay off for them! Friday. 11:20pm. Rockey’s.

6. The Dirty Nil: Don’t call them punk rock, it’s just rock. I missed these guys at Riot Fest and I’ve regretted it ever since. Some tough conflicts in this timeframe, but I’m determined to correct my past mistakes and catch the whole set. These guys stumbled out of the same garage as The Replacements and their revved-up guitar attack will be perfect to jump start your day. Saturday. 2:10pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.

7. The Lillingtons: I’m a huge fan of Kody Templeman’s work in Teenage Bottlerocket. And if you like TB, you’ll like The Lillingtons. The new record got five stars from DS and I can’t wait to hear that stuff. But they have to play All I Hear is Static!!! Friday. 12:50am. 8 Seconds.

8. Superchunk: I go way back with these guys. Seen them probably 10 times. The last time I saw them was at Riot Fest and they were one of the strongest sets that year. I’m expecting them to close out the main stage in epic style. Sunday. 8:00pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.

9. Iron Chic: I backed into these guys in a bizarre way. Got into RVIVR after catching them in DC. Then looked into Latterman. Started listening to IC to prep for The FEST and I’m like “these guys sound a lot like Latterman.” There’s good reason for that as IC lead Phil Douglas was in LM. Long story short, they’re a can’t miss. Sunday. 6:40pm. Bo Diddley Plaza.

10. Extinction AD: A person cannot live on Indie, Shoegaze and Emo alone. Every once in a while you need some metal. Where have these guys been!! They’re like the second coming of Iron Maiden crossed with Pantera!!! I will not miss this set even if I end up getting taken out on a stretcher. Saturday. 6:50pm. 8 Seconds.



Iron Chic streaming new album “You Can’t Stay Here”

Long Island punks Iron Chic released their new album You Can’t Stay Here today through SideOneDummy Records. Give the album a listen below, and pick up a copy here.

The record follows the band’s 2013 full-length The Constant One.



Iron Chic streams new song “Planes, Chest Pains, and Automobiles”

Long Island punks Iron Chic are streaming a new track called “Planes, Chest Pains, and Automobiles” off their upcoming album You Can’t Stay Here, out October 13th via Side One Dummy Records. Give it a listen below.

Iron Chic last released The Constant One in 2013 via Bridge Nine Records.



Iron Chic premieres new song ‘A Headache With Pictures’

Long Island punks Iron Chic have premiered a brand new track. ‘A Headache With Pictures’ is the second single from the bands upcoming full length ‘You Can’t Stay Here’, out October 13th via Side One Dummy Records.

Head down below ASAP to check out ‘A Headache With Pictures’.



Iron Chic premiere video for new song “My Best Friend (Is a Nihilist)” off upcoming album

Long Island’s Iron Chic have given us our first taste of their upcoming album You Can’t Stay Here. The band just released a music video for a new song called “My Best Friend (Is a Nihilist)”, and you can check it out below.

You Can’t Stay Here is due out on October 13th through SideOneDummy Records. Iron Chic last released The Constant One was released in 2013 on Bridge Nine Records.



Get Party! Records streams new compilation “Friends & Family at Pouzza 2017”

London, Ontario record label Get Party! Records just released a new compilation featuring 18 bands set to appear at this years Pouzza fest.  The list includes bands on Get Party! as well as some friends of the label including Iron Chic, Caffiends, Brutal Youth and more.  You can listen to the whole thing below.



Iron Chic to release new album on SideOneDummy Records

Long Island punks Iron Chic just announced they have inked a deal with SideOneDummy Records and plan on releasing a new album through the label later this year. Before that, they’ll be playing shows in the US and Europe, which you can find more details on below.

The band also announced Broadcaster‘s Jesse Litwa as their new guitarist. He’ll be filling the shoes of founding member Robert McAlister, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year.

Iron Chic’s latest full-length album The Constant One was released in 2013 through Bridge Nine Records. We’ll keep you posted as more info on their new album surfaces.



Breakin’ Even Fest announces lineup (Loud Boyz, Iron Chic, Timeshares, etc)

Breakin’ Even Fest has finalized their lineup for the 2-Day DC music festival happening at Songbyrd DC March 4 & 5.

March 4 (Day 1) will be headlined by Loud Boyz who have gained popularity in DC for their combination of punk, hardcore and garage rock, which Vice’s Noisey describes as “the kind of music meant to be blared from the rooftops.”

March 5 (Day 2) is closed out by an amazing trifecta of Iron Chic (Bridge 9), Timeshares (SideOneDummy) and Slingshot Dakota who just announced their new full length “Break” coming out on Topshelf Records.

Other acts performing include Lilac Daze, releasing a new album in 2016 via The Black Numbers. Curse Words, who recently completed recording with Don Zientara, widely known for his work with Fugazi, Minor Threat, Dag Nasty & More @ Inner Ear Studios. American Television, who is headed to Developing Nations to record their 2nd EP with Kevin Bernsten at the end of January.

The full lineup and pre-sale info can be found below.

Additional information and ticket options can be found on the fest’s website.



The Holy Mess offer catalog for “name your price” to benefit Rob McAllister’s family

Philadelphia punks The Holy Mess are offering up everything on their Bandcamp page for free/name your price download today (January 14th). Head here to check it out.

All money raised will go toward helping out the family of now former Iron Chic guitarist Rob McAllister. As you have probably heard, McAllister recently passed away.

The Holy Mess currently have seven releases available on their Bandcamp page, including one of my favorite albums from the past few years, 2014’s Comfort In The Discord.



Memorial page set up to help family of the late Rob McAllister (ex-Iron Chic)

As you’ve probably all heard by now, former Iron Chic guitarist Rob McAllister passed away last weekend. The Long Islander left behind not only his partner, Marissa, and his daughter, Ramona. In McAllister’s honor, his family has set up a memorial fundraiser page that will benefit not only Marissa and Ramona, but the his entire belovd Long Island punk and hardcore communities. If you’ve got a few bucks laying around, this seems like a pretty worthy cause; check out the fundraiser page here.



Iron Chic added to three shows on Dillinger Four/Night Birds tour

Long Island punk group Iron Chic have been added to the Philadelphia and New York stops of the upcoming Dillinger Four and Night Birds tour.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Iron Chic last released their EP Ys on September 22nd.  Dillinger Four haven’t released an album since 2008′s Civil War, released through Fat Wreck Chords.  Night Birds are about to release their Fat Wreck debut Mutiny At Muscle Beach, on October 2nd.