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Introducing No Affiliation Records

Put on your Suns jerseys and pink jail-issue underwear and get ready for No Affiliation Records. They’re a new label out of Phoenix, Arizona. They’ve signed their first band, First or Last, and will be releasing an EP in early 2018.

No Affiliation counts Paul Levesque (sorry, not that Paul Levesque) of Fare Game, The Letmedowns, and ex-LightSpeedGo, Mike Brockman and Bill Marcks, formerly of Authority Zero, in its ranks. That’s a pretty damn solid pedigree.

If you can’t wait for that EP to get pressed, you should check out FoL’s most recent EP below. Solid stuff if you’re a fan of the Fat Wreck sound. You can grab it for five bucks at bandcamp.

I haven’t been this hot and bothered about something coming out of Arizona since I hooked up with a returning snowbird last spring.



Templeton Pek debuts new single ‘Sirens’

UK punkrockers Templeton Pek are back with a spanking new single. ‘Sirens’ is the first track from a yet to be named released out on Drakkar Records somewhere next year. We already can’t wait for that one!

Templeton Pek is also heading out on a fun little European tour. For full dates and the new track, check down below.



No Quarter (5-piece punk) stream new album “Freedom”

Australian 5-piece punk rock band No Quarter are streaming their newest album, Freedom, in full worldwide. The release is skate punk, up tempos, mid tempos, and heavy sounds rolled in to one rocking record. It is 12 tracks for any punk fan.

You can listen to the full-length below.

Freedom serves as a follow-up to the band’s 2010 album, Lodestar. 



Bat$hitcrazy stream new EP “EP.2”

California garage punk band Bat$hitcrazy recently released a brand new EP titled EP.2. The new release is 3 tracks of heavy, grungy, punk music with a grit similar to Nirvana and old school punk rock.

You can check the full release out below.

The new EP is out on Basement Records and follows the band’s EP.1, which was released in July of this year.



The Smudjas (punk) stream two new singles off upcoming EP “What We Have Is Today”

Berlin punk rock band The Smudjas are streaming two new singles off of their upcoming EP, What We Have Is Today. The songs are titled “Different Lines” and “Dance & Revolution,” making for two songs out of a total of seven that we can all listen to ahead of the full release.

You can check the tracks out below.

The full release is out on December 2nd, 2017 through Adagio830 Records.



GBH premiere “Liquid Paradise (The Epic)” ahead of new album

Classic UK punks GBH have released another song from their upcoming album, “Momentum.” The album will release this Friday via Hellcat Records.

Check out the song below!

Always cool to see some of the older bands from the UK (or anywhere, for that matter) like GBH and The Adicts still active.



PUP recording a new album?

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.”



Vicious Mistress Records drops Punk in the Streets Volume 4 comp; real big, real cheap

Our friends in Connecticut, Vicious Mistress Records, have released a 17 track comp for just two bucks on bandcamp. Damn Broads, Enziguri, and The DUIs are just a few of the bands included.

Head over to Vicious Mistress’ bandcamp page to buy it, and preview it in the stream below!

Best band name for the comp is currently between Jodie Faster and Police Shit. Shitizen is a runner-up.



Warped Tour kind of sort of ending after 2018

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced that 2018 will be the final Warped Tour, except for some sort of anniversary thing in 2019. You can check out the official statement at Warped’s site. Kevin also did an interview with Billboard that has some pretty interesting bits of Warped history and Lyman’s takes on ticket sales and demographics.

I went to Warped once, in 2000 at the Metrodome parking lot in Minneapolis. It was a great way to see a lot of bands I probably wouldn’t ever have a chance to see any other way (hurray being a teenager in the upper Midwest!). Green Day after “Nimrod,” before “Warning,” Suicide Machines, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt (meh), Long Beach Dub All-Stars, AFI, NOFX, Millencolin, and fucking Lit. Holy shit, remember Lit? Pretty sure the front man had a hissy fit when he broke a string. Goddamn. I feel like I need a shower. Anyway.

I never felt an urge to go back. As a teenager with a shitty attitude (I was a unicorn, I know), I didn’t want to be around a bunch of other shitty teenagers. And the older I get, I still don’t want to be surrounded by shitty teenagers. Plus, I’m too busy defaulting on my student loan payments by spending my money avocado toast and buttchugging whiskey or whatever the hell your angry uncle will say about millenials next week.

Regardless of my feelings, this is still a bummer. Warped was a great way for kids to see bands they wouldn’t otherwise get to see (re: midwest). Though the tour is apparently not pulling in teens like it used to, it’s too bad some kids won’t get that chance. But who knows, maybe the final tour and whatever goes down in 2019 will pull in enough to make it viable again, or maybe someone else will take over.



The Varukers release video for “Bullets, Bombs & Bodies”

UK punk legends The Varukers have released a video the song “Bullets, Bombs & Bodies”. The video is just as you imagine a Varukers video would be; lots of protesters throwing stuff at coppers! It also contains lyrics. Watch it below.

This is the second track the band have released a video for off their new album Damned And Defiant. The album is out now and you can buy a copy here.



UP TO YOU stream new two track ‘Demo 2017’

Kanazawa, Japan based blend of melodic punk and emo, UP TO YOU, are streaming a new demo, titled Demo 2017. You can listen below.

The new two track demo was released on November 13, and follows their latest EP release Under Your Feet which was released on December 25, 2016. You can stream the EP here.



Album Review: Direct Hit!/ Pears – “Human Movement”

Splits are an underrated release. Too often they get lumped in as inessential marketing tools, rather than legitimate installments in two band’s sagas. They’re overshadowed by full-lengths, but make no mistake, a good split has the potential to go down as a classic. Think of the iconic Faith/Void release from Dischord, or all of those amazing BYO Records releases (especially the Leatherface/ Hot Water Music one)– there’s a rich history in regards to the punk rock split and it offers a unique experience. This is the place where bands can try new things and experiment, and maybe that’s just because of the nature of the split, but the truth is: sometimes it’s easiest to be weird when you think no one’s looking.

Human Movement is split between pop punk darlings Direct Hit! and nouveau-skate animals Pears. Their common language is hardcore and choruses– the former that encroaches on Direct Hit!’s sugary concept albums, and the latter that punctuates Zach Quinn’s machine-gun bursts of syllables. Together, they bring together both and play off each others strengths, making Human Movement one of those rare splits that can follow the conversation between Green Star and Brainless God.

Direct Hit! opens Human Movement with the hardcore banger “You Got What You Asked For.” While Direct Hit! has always been adept at the genre, usually throwing one or two screamers in per album, here they deliver on the intensity– with quick stabs of guitar, high tempo drums, and pissed-to-hell vocals. Immediately proceeding, in a moment of minor perfection, they switch gears into the opening of the next song, “Blood on Your Tongue,” with sugary sweet bell synth and pop punk melodies. It’s one of those tangible moments on the Direct Hit! side of Human Movement where you can see the fun the bands are having, and as the record spins, it becomes infectious– from the big melodies of “Open Your Mind,” the new classic “Shifting the Blame,” and their cover of Pears’ “You’re Boring.”

The latter deserves special attention, as one of the best parts of any split is hearing the bands cover each other songs. Direct Hit! attacks “You’re Boring” with so much gusto, you’d swear they were trying to claim it for their own. It stays pretty close to the original, with the biggest difference being some extra pop punk zeal on the chorus. To close out their side of the split, Direct Hit! strike straight hardcore again with “Nothing,” a fast shout-along track with an intense and dreamy bridge.

Pears open their half with “Hey There, Begonia.” It’s on the catchier side of their core sound, with the same fast moving riffs you’d expect and an interpolation of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey.” Again, Human Movement is about bands having fun, and they work it into the bones of their music.

“Mollusk’s Mouth” is a faster song with a lighting fast harmonized lyric section that caught my ear. It alludes to one of the best things about Pears– their creativity and ambition in punk rock is so often realized through the collective talent of their members. These guys can play, they can sing, and they can write songs like no other. Riffs fly, vocal rhythms change from hardcore spitting to soaring melodies, but it never leaves the realm of adult playtime. In “Misery Conquers the World” they incorporate “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” with a chorus of children booing. Pears is the sound of goofing off.

Pears cover Direct Hit!’s “The World Is Ending” off Brainless God— well, kinda. What they do is actually a lot cooler. They meld in “Buried Alive,” the other hit from Brainless God as well as Masked Intruder’s “Heart-Shaped Guitar.” It’s surprising, weird, and hilarious, and shows Pears in all their glory– showing off and having a little fun. “Never Now” opens with some heavy-ass dissonance before transforming into the sort of thing the band is primarily known for: fast flying lyrics and a singalong chorus. It differentiates itself with the chugging breakdown, showing Pears once again swallowing up more genre influences like a fat and hungry punk rock anaconda.

Human Movement is the sort of the split you want to see released. How often do you get two high profile bands doing this sort of thing anymore? Not very often. Both Pears and Direct Hit! represent the finest of a certain kind of modern punk, established acts who continue to take risks and try and make their music as interesting as possible, all while playing in the chords and melody sandbox. Human Movement is a testament to catchy-punk devotees, a monument to all the wonderful things you can do with rhythm, melody, and words. But, it is also fun, plain and simple. Pears and Direct Hit! play well together, but when they compete, they both win.

4.5/5

 



Bike Notes (melodic punk, Scotland) stream new song “May 9th”

Edinburgh Scotland Melodic Punk act Bike Notes, which features members of The Murderburgers and The Walking Targets, are streaming their new song, “May 9th.”

You can give it a listen below.

“May 9th” comes from the bands upcoming debut EP, Sun Dances, which is set to be released later this month on Struck Dum Records.



DS Photo Galley: Swingin’ Utters with Western Settings, Darius Koski and Duck & Cover (Boston, MA)

For the first time in what I think was about five years, Swingin’ Utters played a headline show in Boston this past Sunday evening (their last two trips through this area were on a tour with Lagwagon three years ago and as part of the massive Fat Wreck 25th Anniversary tour the following summer). Though the lineup has changed AND it was an unseasonably cold mid-November night AND the Patriots were throttling the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football at the time, the old school punks came out in droves for the occasion and met the band with what seemed like a throwback vibe.

It was announced just prior to this tour that the Utters are putting out a sort of double-album greatest hits compilation, Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun, on December 8th through Fat Wreck Chords, and the setlist on this particular night seemed to be culled from some of the earlier half of the band’s career. Sure “The Librarians Are Hiding Something” and “Alice” from their most recent couple of post-hiatus albums made welcome appearances, but this seemed like a night for the old guard. Luke Ray has served as a steady breath of fresh air behind the drum kit for the last couple years, and he’s now got his Sciatic Nerve bandmate Tony Teixeira (Nothington/Western Addiction/Cobra Skulls) as his rhythm section counterpart, having taken over for Miles Peck earlier this year. Jack Dalrymple also sat this particular run out, meaning longtime Utters partners Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski and the new recruits are playing aggressive and lean as a four-piece. In spite of the moving parts throughout the years, the Bonnel and Koski and company remain one of the most esteemed bands in the scene and, truthfully, songs like “No Eager Men” and “Five Lessons Learned” and “Pills And Smoke” and, of course, “”Windspitting Punk” sound just as earnest as ever.

Western Settings are providing direct support on this run. The band have been on a steady climb over the last few years, and with good reason. Their 2015 album, Yes It Is, released digitally here at Dying Scene, remains high on my personal favorites list, and the band has only gotten better in the two years since. Boston can be a bit of a finicky place for out-of-town bands to play, but the four-piece San Diego-based Jawbreaker-meets-Replacements outfit did an admirable job on their first trip through the Bay State. If a band can obviously play with passion and intensity and works up a sweat on their own, dimes to dollars says they’ll win over a crowd that is obviously interested in the headliners, and that seemed the case on this night, as they were increasingly well-received as their 45-minute set moved forward.

Doing double duty on this tour, Swingin’ Utters guitarist and principal songwriter Darius Koski is also serving as support. It’s the first time he’s really hit the road as a solo artist, especially outside California, and he enlisted the help of fellow Utters Luke Ray on drums and Tony Teixeira on bass to fill out some of the instrumentation that appears on his two solo albums, 2015’s Sisu and this month’s stellar What Was Once Is By And Gone (both released on Fat Wreck) and that would have been missed were he playing strictly solo and acoustic. A personal highlight was the short set’s closer, “Another Man,” which appears as the last song on the newest album in stripped down acoustic format, but was given a revved up, electric reworking for this tour.

Boston’s own Duck & Cover were well-deserved local openers for this particular show. There’s been a bit of a garage rock undercurrent in the local scene for the last handful of years that bands like Duck & Cover and The Warning Shots and Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and even Continental and others have been a part of, and that’s been a welcome addition to a seen that has obviously had its fair share of ska-punk and “working class” Celtic punk bands over the last two decades. Made up of members that might look familiar from bands like The Black Cheers and the Acrobrats and Bang Camaro, bands like D&C show that mixing a little Guns & Roses with your Clash and Ramones records is not bad thing.

Head below for our full photo gallery from the evening!



The Offspring announce vinyl reissue for “Ixnay on the Hombre”

O.C. punk veterans The Offspring have announced that a 20th anniversary limited edition of their fourth album Ixnay on the Hombre will be released on December 15th by Round Hill Music.

The band states, “We are happy to announce that on December 15th Round Hill Music will release a 20th Anniversary limited edition of Ixnay On The Hombre on Vinyl. It will feature 180g opaque gold vinyl, a textured jacked with gold foil print, a matte custom printed sleeve and a heavyweight insert printed with gold foil and suitable for framing. Pre-order information will be announced this week…”

The Offspring recently stated that their long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By is expected to be released next year. The band might also be releasing a new EP.