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The Dirty Nil – ‘Minimum R&B’

Since the birth of punk, numerous fledgling bands have learnt their craft through the release of limited edition 7” and EPs. In this, the internet age, platforms such as bandcamp have made it fundamentally easier and more economically viable for bands and smaller labels to release these offerings and gradually build a following before launching into the critical and commercial minefield that is releasing your debut album. This is exactly the path followed by Canadian rockers, The Dirty Nil. Their phenomenal debut album Higher Power was the culmination of everything they had learnt from five years of recording and, for many, it was their first introduction to a band who are quickly forging a reputation as one of the most exciting rock bands around. Thankfully, Dine Alone and Fat Wreck Chords have joined together to offer a fascinating insight into the creative growth of the band by releasing this compilation of all of their 7”s and EPs to date. Now those who have had their appetite whetted by Higher Power  can take a trip through their history to find a band who, from the very beginning, have been making nose-bleed inducing, scuffed up, perfect slacker anthems.

Debut single “Fucking Up Young” saw the band come out swinging with a thrillingly raw and infectious single that has to rank as one of the best debut singles of the modern era. The bare bones production and the rough and ready scuzzy guitars are refreshingly gritty and authentic, coming across like an old, dusty artifact of the band’s origins. It perfectly captures that moment in time where the band threw themselves into what (for all they knew) could have been their only shot at cutting a single. The band hadn’t had to time to overthink things, just plug in and play. It helps that their sound had already been honed through years of touring as the take sounds live with stop-start, wigged out guitars and short sharp bursts of percussion. The B-side from the single “Verona Lung” is a similarly spiky, unpolished gem of an alt-rock song which combines the deceptive simplicity of Pixies and the vulnerable howl of Rivers Cuomo.

Next up comes “Little Metal Baby Fist” and “Hate is a Stone” from their “Little Baby Fist” EP – “Little Baby Fist” blends together equal parts Husker Du, The Replacements and Fugazi to leave an uncompromising, explosive punk song with a hook you could hang a T-Rex from. Their 2014 7”, “Cinnamon” b/w “Guided By Vices”, their first for Fat Wreck Chords, has a grungier feel but is anything but derivative, coming across like a lost Nirvana cover of the Vaselines from their Incesticide album. “Guided by Vices” in particular has a riff that could instantly oxygenate your blood as the band coil a classic rock n roll riff into an incendiary ball of noise.

“Nicotine”, “Beat”, “New Flesh” and “Pale Blue” all come from 2014’s “Smite” EP. “Nicotine” distorts a standard blues shuffle  while“Beat” kicks in the door, taking the classic punk sound of The Damned and views it through the prism of 80’s DC Hardcore. “New Flesh” shows a more hardcore side to the band with the band kneeling at the altar of hardcore legends Minor Threat. Original bass player Dave Nardi takes over vocal duties to scream himself inside out as the band pummel through a full throttle slab of abrasive, caustic hardcore. Closer “Caroline” is a mid-tempo waltz which sees the band combine their sound with classic 60s melodies. It builds to a swirling whirl of biting guitars with singer Luke Bentham howling and lamenting through the din.
This compilation acts as the perfect introduction for those taken in by their hook-laden, riff-heavy, fiery debut and are thirsty for more. It’s an exhilarating flick through their discography to date and after repeated listening it doesn’t feel so much a compilation as an early greatest hits record.

4.5/5 Stars



Moonstruck (Chicago grunge-punk) stream debut album “Supermoon”

Chicago grunge-punk act Moonstruck are currently streaming their debut album “Supermoon.” You can listen to it below.

If you’re a fan of Dinosaur Jr., The Melvins, and early Nirvana then I suggest you give this a digital spin!



Hit The Lights release new single “Anthem”

Ohio pop punk veterans Hit The Lights have put out new single “Anthem” today. The self-released track is up for purchase on iTunes. There is no mention (as yet) about whether a full length is to follow.

You can listen to the track below.



Have Mercy release live acoustic video for “Coexist”

Baltimore’s Have Mercy has released a video of an acoustic live performance of recent single “Coexist”, from new album “Make The Best Of It”. The record came out last month on Hopeless Records.

You can watch the performance below.



Hit The Lights tease new track “Anthem”

Ohio pop punk veterans Hit The Lights are teasing a new track. A short clip for “Anthem” is up now via the band’s own YouTube account. The song is released as a single on 15th May.

You can watch the clip below.



AFI premiere new video for “Hidden Knives”

AFI’s newest video is for “Hidden Knives,” off their most recent album, “AFI (The Blood Album).”

You can see the new video at Alternative Press.



The Dollyrots premiere video for “Saturday Morning”, announce show dates

Los Angeles punk duo The Dollyrots just dropped a new video for their track, “Saturday Morning” and dropped some dates for when you can catch them live next.

The most recent release coming from this pair was their 2016 release of the live album/DVD, Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles. 

Check out the video and show dates below.



Rozwell Kid premiere lyric video for “UHF on DVD”

Indie punk act Rozwell Kid have released a lyric video for their song “UHF on DVD”

You can check out the video below.

“UHF on DVD” comes from the bands’ upcoming album, Precious Art, which is set to be released on June 23rd via SideOneDummy.



The Dirty Nil stream new singles compilation “Minimum R&B”

Ontario rockers The Dirty Nil are now streaming their new singles compilation “Minimum R&B” at Brooklyn Vegan. You can listen to it here. The compilation is being released by Dine Alone Records/Fat Wreck Chords on April 28th.

“Minimum R&B” is the follow up to their debut full length “Higher Power.” You can read a review about that record here.



New Music: Ratboys debut “Control” from upcoming full-length, “GN”

Chicago-based post-country/indie-rock (?!?) duo Ratboys, who are delightfully awesome, have got a new full-length coming out in a couple of months. It’s called GN, and it’ll be released through Topshelf Records. And while it’s not due out until June 30th, the band have debuted the lead single, a wonderland of sonic goodness that they call “Control,” and you can check it out below.

Pre-orders for GN are available in myriad formats by clicking right here.



Eat Your Heart Out sign to Fearless Records, release EP and announce tour

Newcastle, Australia based alt-rock/punk-rock band Eat Your Heart Out have signed with Fearless Records, and with it released their EP “Carried Away” and announced an Australia tour. You can find a stream of the EP, the tour poster, dates and locations below.

In regards to their signing with Fearless, the band had this to say: We are absolutely over the moon to announce we have signed to Fearless Records and are now apart of the Fearless Family. To have the opportunity to be on the same record label as so many of the bands that inspire us and to work with people so honestly passionate about music feels like a dream come true. We are excited for everyone to hear ‘Carried Away’ and to come with us on this journey as we see what happens next! Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in us, we wouldn’t be here without you!



Have Mercy stream new track “Baby Grand”

Baltimore’s Have Mercy are streaming another new song, “Baby Grand,” from their upcoming album, “Make The Best Of It”. The record is out this Friday, April 21st, on Hopeless Records. The song follows last month’s video “Coexist“.

You can stream “Baby Grand” below.



The Juliana Theory detail 20th anniversary tour

Pennsylvanian emo exports The Juliana Theory have announced they are to embark on a tour to mark their 20th anniversary.

A full list of dates – along with a lengthy statement on the reunion and decision to play the tour from vocalist Brett Detar – are below



AFI announce tour with Circa Survive


AFI have just detailed a tour (via their twitter) in support of their recent AFI (The Blood Album) full length. The dates are a joint headline affair, with Circa Survive. The tour support is Citizen.

Full details of dates and poster are below. Tickets go on sale April 21st.



Exploding In Sound Records announces “Live at Shea Stadium” benefit comp. (Big Ups, LVL UP, Ovlov & more)

As you’ve probably heard, Brooklyn-based DIY recording venue/show space Shea Stadium has fallen on hard times, having recently been forced shut down a month ago after a series of violations issued by the city.

Shea Stadium founder Adam Reich and his team are working diligently to get the space back up and running — totally legally this time — to resume their eight year run of offering the scene a space where bands could put on, and record, and get paid for, their live performances. As such, they launched a Kickstarter campaign geared at raising the funds necessary to help Shea Stadium complete renovations, combat legal fees, and come into compliance with myriad codes and regulations. Featured amongst the Kickstarter options is a compilation curated by Exploding In Sound Records that consists of performances from two dozen different bands recorded live at Shea over the last eight years. Included are bands like Big Ups, LVL UP, Ovlov, Washer, Palehound, Krill and a bunch more. Get the full details at the Kickstarter page here and help get Shea back up and running.