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Goodbye Blue Monday (Punk, Scotland) Stream EP “Misery-Punk Ruined My Life” Ahead of Release

Scotland’s Goodbye Blue Monday are allowing fans to stream their latest EP before its release on June 29. The band will be working with Make-That-A-Take Records to bring you Misery-Punk Ruined My Life. Their previous release was The Sickness, The Shame which came out in 2017.

You can check out the three tracks from the EP below.



Thousand Islands Fest Announces Lineup

Thousand Islands Records have partnered up with Pouzza Fest to bring their second instalment of Thousand Islands Fest. It’s set to take place at Le Centre D’Art La Petite Eglise de Saint-Eustache near Montreal, QC on July 21st.

The event will benefit L’Écluse Des Laurentides, whose mission “is to help people who are socially disruptive or experiencing problems of social exclusion, isolation, poverty, marginalization or any other problem affecting their quality of life.”

You can check the whole lineup out below.



Rise Against release video for acoustic version of “Like the Angel”

Rise Against have a new album coming out in July 2018, however this is a departure from their traditional sound. Labeled The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol 1 this album features acoustical and orchestral re-imaginations of previously released songs.

Check out the chill inducing version of their classic “Like the Angel” from Revolutions per Minute below.



Consumed Premieres Video for “What Would Cliff Burton Do?” From Upcoming EP

Formed in Nottingham in 1994, Consumed gained mainstream success when they were signed to Fat Wreck Chords fir the release of Breakfast At Pappas in ’98 and Hit For Six the following year. Since the ’02 release of Pistols at Dawn  though, the quartet has gone silent on the release front…until now. A Decade of No is to be the first Consumed release in sixteen years, The six track EP, due out on July 13th will be released on CD and Vinyl thru Umlaut Records and SBAM (three exclusive, unreleased tracks from Pistols at Dawn included with every vinyl order). To celebrate the upcoming release, the band has premiered the debut video for “What Would Cliff Burton Do?”. Stream it until your ears bleed, below!



Sharp/Shock release video for “Dancing All Night”

California punk outfit Sharp/Shock have just released their video for “Dancing all Night.” The boys are gearing up for the release of upcoming album “Youth Club” on July 9 with Heart & Skull Records. 

Sharp/Shock last released Unlearn Everything on June 10th, 2016.

Check out the video below!



Fest 17 announce second wave of bands

Fest 17 has just announced their second wave of bands. Now we’ve got acts like The Get Up Kids, The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, The Flatliners, Mock Orange, Masked Intruder, Drag the River, Report Suspicious Activity, Mustard Plug, Banner Pilot, Comeback Kid, Billy Reese, Peters, DFMK, SUCH GOLD, The Fad, Mikey Erg, and more. For the full line up check here



The Problem Addicts stream new EP “Derailed”, sign to A Jam Records

Deltona, FL act The Problem Addicts  The Problem Addicts are now streaming their new EP “Derailed” off of their new family, A Jam Records! The boys recently announced that they have signed to A Jam in addition to just finishing up their East Coast tour for the new EP. 

Check out their new EP below!



Lost in Society release new video for “Fuck Boy”

New Jersey punks Lost In Society recently released a new video for their track, “Fuck Boy.” The track comes off of their most recent album Eager Heart which was released May 25th on Wiretap Records. According to the band, “This one kind of explains itself. It’s about “bro” culture and how guys will say anything to try and get what they want. It was a working title that we ended up sticking with to really drive home the point. Fuck Boys be shamed!”

Check out the live stream of the video premiere here.



Album Review: Forever Unclean! – “Woof”

Objectively, Woof is a pretty dope cd. Tho, it’s hard to not have personal biases, right? When I first listened to this cd, I was like: “I dunno…the vocals are kinda…well…” The singer doesn’t really hold back. Musically, it’s in that Flatliners and Against Me vein…and it’s definitely contained within that locus…how do I put this?…Forever Unclean fits into that genre. If you are enthralled with that subcategory of Punk, you’ll probably like them. If you hate it cuz it’s mostly derivate garbage, you might like Forever Unclean because they aren’t from the USA. I’m not saying that all nationalism is toxic. It just seems that American bands take potential and wash it down the fame drain and bands from other countries tend to not have that option because their countries don’t treat famous people like infallible gods.

These dudes are from Denmark…and ever since I read The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen, I’ve had a greater respect for anything Nordic. Forever Unclean seems to have a lot of potential and as much as I don’t like trusting my intuition (because Punk has crapped all over hope for so long), I wanna allow myself to dig them. The singing has grown on me, a bit. Woof sounds like it was recorded in a studio but the engineer didn’t really know what to do except point mics and hit record. 311’s Music sounds this way. Like it was half-assed cuz they really didn’t know what to do with it…and they hoped that half-assing it would allow it to be everything it is, not what it is in the mind of idealistic musicians. (Take it as a compliment.)  Nothing is really obfuscated or aggrandized and it’s not burdened by clarity. I checked out some of their old stuff and Woof sounds like a logical progression. Everything is tighter, it sounds better, the songwriting is maturing.

But yeah, it’s definitely subgenre-specific. It’s obvious they pay attention to how other bands write their songs and kinda take more than bit of inspiration from them. They definitely seem to have their own ideas on music, but aren’t really doing anything outta left field, so to speak. Like I said, the vocals take some getting used to. They’re kinda wacky and high pitched…initially they brought to mind Boy Hits Car, Billy Talent, and even Coheed and Cambria…but it’s not all high singing. He does a lot of the growl/half-scream-yell/ooah-aaaooo stuff that seems to be popular these days in certain circles.

Anything I can really say about what didn’t tickle my fancy, so to speak, is most-likely obvious to Forever Unclean. Fitting into a genre isn’t a sin. Singing somewhat like other people isn’t terrible…especially if you sing on key. Lyrically, it hit home with me…we deal with similar crap…humans do. They aren’t loquacious, but pithiness is good. Woof seems like the cd you could blare outside while weeding the yard or having a bbq and it would aggravate your neighbors. “Confounding delinquents!” It’s melodic, but wacky….aggressive but not aggressive enough to really make your douchey neighbors ask you to turn it down or call the cops on ya.

So I suppose I like Woof…I guess I like Forever Unclean. Apparently, they spell their name with an exclamation point at the end. So it’s Forever Unclean! Currently, it’s 7:36am, so I’m not ready for an exclamation point.

[Later on]
It’s now 3:54pm. I was thinking about Woof as I was mowing the lawn and I thought about Forever Unclean! as a subgenre-specific band…and how it seems like bands leave the fan empty when they land a decent deal and start touring and end up changing their style cuz they get old, have kids, or lose that angst cuz they fulfilled their purpose by getting on a label…that kind of shit leaves us fans almost on the rebound. Like when we get broken up with and wind up dating someone just like our ex. (Phenomena, am I right?) Anyway, I wonder if Forever Unclean! simply fills a hole gouged out of me by those bands similar to them that totally crapped the bed. Is it bad to be the rebound? Surely, many people have met their eventual spouses on a mere rebound. Many children were born because of rebounding. Then again, lots of times that rebound just serves as a reminder of loss. It’s not uncommon to hear of an emotional connection to music. What is a relationship if not guided by emotions? Hmph. Heck, it seems lots of genre-specific bands just serve to pick up the slack cuz bands get big and do things we just don’t expect. I mean: Brand New did it…and there are bands that sound just like their earlier works…and only their earlier works. ALSO, when bands start out, lots of the time they’re just kinda doing whatever until they find their sound. So like: I guess all that really matters is any given cd. Not a discography. Not a genre. Just a single collection of songs…as a snapshot of a time in history. Sure, that gives way to a lot of philosophical uncertainty…uncertainty that many may not even pick up on…but like: If you, a punker, were stuck listening to Forever Unclean!’s Woof, you’d hate it way less than getting stuck listening to Pop garbage. For that moment, you’d feel okay knowing that it could be a lot worse. Even if that sentiment is ubiquitous these days and it seems to sit on chests and eat away at civility like a cancer…well, I dunno…perhaps the optimists are right. Everything is 100% awesome.

Personally, I’d give this cd a 3.4 out of 5. Not a 68%, mind you…cuz that’s almost failing by Melvindale standards. I figure 3 is in the center of 5. [1,2,3,4,5]  Three is the center number. It means neutral. Anything larger than 3 is enough to make me smile. And, like you, I hate music with a passion…because I love music with a passion. (Crap, I’m ranting.) Just listen to the cd and decide for yourself. All you can really gain from any sort of review is if someone hated it or not. I hate Woof very little. It ended better than Alkaline Trio’s My Shame is True.

3.5/5 Stars



Album Review: Tiny Moving Parts – “Swell”

So I get the nod from Dave Buck at Dying Scene…I can be the new writer. Am I geeked? Sure. Overwhelmed? Yeah. I wonder to myself, tho, how am I to write about the Punk world when it’s been such a let-down over the last forever that I’ve kinda just let myself get lost in other musical interests? As a guitarist, much of Punk and Ska and…well, that whole encompassment…it’s boring. I get the simplicity. I really do. My first Punk band was simple. I only really played power chords. But that was when I was 18…I’m 35 now. I need guitar amazingness to keep focused. I listened to a lot of Metalcore there for a while because at least those guitarists tried to play better than novicely. In my heart, I knew that Punk would catch up. But it’s like: I’d watch videos of metalhead guitarists that had only been playing a year or 2 doing advanced fretwork and then listen to Punk and it was lacking. Then, punkers were all like: “That’s not what Punk’s about. It’s about the rage…” or something like that. I’m sure you’ve all heard the arguments.

Always with the arguments!
C’mon, people.

These “pro” Punk bands don’t play in 5. I mean: Blink 182 released a song in 6/8 and it was so profound to Punk that they had to name it 6/8. This is where Punk is eventho Between the Buried and Me have been around forever. The simple song structuring is pathetic. It’s like bands don’t realize they can write songs without 3 choruses. The Punk world is so closed off to the external music world that they’re like those republicans that act like homosexulity and marijuana usage aren’t modestly prevalent.

So yeah…I kinda gave up on Punk. So many bands release a couple good cds and take a new direction. Like The Flatliners. They straight-up gave up on Ska and people act like that isn’t treason. I, as a Punk fan, was completely bruised by the willful trajectory of Punk bands that I quit listening to it. Tho, I still loved the genre. I kept looking for more and more obscure, eclectic forms. I stumbled upon Bomb The Music Industry and really liked some of that…but, once again, it went huge and Pop…by huge, I mean epic. That whole Jeff Rosenstock project seemed to blow its brains out. It was beautiful, but like The Beatles, it just makes me think: “Well, what the fuck is the point of that shit?”

Here’s to art, tho.

I ended up getting into The Front Bottoms. There was that post-Against Me thing that happened when The Menzingers were the hip thang. You remember. (I know my timeline is kinda wonky but like I said, I was sick of Punk. Didn’t pay it much attention and the attention I did pay it was sporadic, at best.) I felt like The Front Bottoms were Punk on a more visceral level than what I had heard in a long time. But, as we all found out, they just wanna record over-processed crap now. Maybe they were never Punk at all.

I wish these Pop Punk bands would realize that you can’t always play to teenage girls. Teenage girls grow up into adult women.

But, music is timeless.
So, I’m the idiot.

I listened to so many bands…trying them out…all different levels of Punk…I’d spend hours of my unemployed life clicking videos on YouTube and meandering thru Bandcamp…I was literally bingeing on music and it all sucked. Then I found Punch Brothers and was completely stupefied by Chris Thile’s talent and thought: “Well, Punk and Ska are absolutely retarded. As a musician, I have to pay attention to this. Everything else can fuck off.”

Time passed.
More time passed.

Then I seen a picture of Tiny Moving Parts. Pretty sure it was thumbnail size.  And I knew they were the ones to listen to. You can call them whatever genre you like, but they epitomize Punk, to me. The Misfits suck compared to them. Green Day sucks compared to them. Less Than Jake…well, I wouldn’t go that far.

This was back in 2013. The cd I was listening to non-stop was This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship. As a guitarist, I was like: “I love you Dylan. Thank you for doing what you are doing.” Cuz like: It’s hard to imbue advanced guitar techniques into a genre where they aren’t already being used. 2nd year metalheads can fingertap and play in 5 because it’s already been done a billion times. You have to listen to Calculating Infinity at least once as a metalhead, just like you have to listen to Dookie at least once as a punker. Tiny Moving Parts put it all together…as far as creative tapping goes. Does it sound like traditional Punk? No. I’m glad it doesn’t. We can’t usher in the next great era of Punk and have it sound like heyday Punk. Influence causes evolution.

Anyway…each new Tiny Moving Parts cd is better than the last. In the good way. They always show an intellectual progression. I don’t know about you, but I need that. Not just lyrically. But compositionally, too. Now with Swell, the guys have come to the level of “we’re obviously going to be legends…you watch.” The tapping part in Feel Alive where the vocals are: ‘I want to feel alive all the time’ is the most beautifully poignant section of music I have ever heard…and I have listened to Oh My Darling Clementine by The Sweptaways on repeat for well over an hour. I watched the playthru for Feel Alive and the guitar part isn’t particularly hard, as far as tapping goes…but the entirety just leaves me speechless.

I like the line in Smooth It Out that goes: ‘I will starve myself, I will do anything to help’. In this time of great political uproar, I doubt any politician would go that far for their country. The honesty of Tiny Moving Parts is like nothing else. I could quote them for days, pointing out just how genuine they are…I think they show a vulnerability that people are terrified of. The mask of Punk…yeah, it’s all bullshit. All the belligerent philosophizing…bullshit. What I take from Swell is peace and an undeniable energy that fuels me to live life more receptively. I could sit here and type up a treatise about the musicianship of the entire band. No, they aren’t Prog and they do tend to stay within reach of common structuring but it seems they don’t need to be anything other than their own expectorating catharses, so to speak. Liike 311, they do so much with the few minutes they do take for a song that any musician cannot argue their talent.

Swell sounds really good, too. From a production standpoint, it’s dope. They put effort into it, but didn’t saturate anything too much. They just presented the songs they wrote. I hope they keep that for the rest of their career. And if they do wind up getting sonically meh, I hope I don’t hear it. I hope I’m deaf to any kind of over-producing.

I know Swell came out like 5 months ago. But it’s about the only thing that’s really new to me as far as Punk goes (much love to Days N Daze). Surely, I’d like to find myself deep in the scene. I’d like to start going to concerts again. I know that sometimes you gotta see a band live before you really get em. I lack perspective. It’s cool, tho. Voids are there to be filled.

5/5 Stars



FIDLAR unveils Pink Floyd cover video for “Have A Cigar”

LA punks FIDLAR cover Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” in a way only they can…

Dr. Dre gets his say. They’ll buy you a new liver… “and by the way, which one’s Fidlar?”

Check out this sick rendition below.



On the Cinder release new video for song “Soapbox”

Super-awesome skate punk road warriors On the Cinder from Buffalo, New York have taken a short and deserved break from intensive touring to bring you a new video for their song “Soapbox”, which was released on their debut album The Fight Against Ourselves, while also teasing fans with talks of a new album set to release this fall.

The song itself is an ankle-breaker of biting-down skate riffs and angry chants entwined with harmonies ripping at a culture of impetuousness.

The video is somewhat of a drummer’s revenge… Watch what happens when a bunch of goofballs make a movie below.



The Hemlocks (punk) stream debut album “Valid”

Rhode Island punks The Hemlocks are streaming their debut album Valid. With a strong focus on LBTQA+ issues, feminism, and mental health, these punks blend a lot of genres. Think David Bowie meets Laura Jane Grace as the Eternal Cowboy, emotionally vulnerable with a rage that bubbles just below the surface.

Be sure to check out the stream below.



The Bastard Suns announce summer tour dates in the Southeast

Hot off a spring tour, America’s favorite punk/ska/Irish drinking/bluegrass band The Bastard Suns have announced that they will be continuing on to the Southeast for the summer. Check out the tour dates and the tour artwork below.

Their last release is Long Live Song in 2013.

 



Squarecrow (melodic punk) stream new album “Before the Sun Catches Us All”

San Diego melodic punk band Squarecrow are streaming their new album Before the Sun Catches Us All on La Escalera Records. This is the band’s follow up to 2016’s Full Length Rammi Jammi and their split 7-inch with Seattle rockers Four Lights from last year.

Check out the stream below.