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Hey punk fans, here's my latest kick-ass discovery : The Surrogates. Based in Syracuse NY, the Pop-punk quartet have been around since 2010 and they have just released their latest EP entitled "Easier Without You". I can honestly say, it fucking shreds! Heavy guitars riffs, catchy hooks and one of my favorite features: 2 different singers! There's something about them that reminds me of vintage Face To Face... Anyway, I'll let you judge on that. Stop reading this and stream the EP here.
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We’ll keep you posted as more bands are added to Xtreme FEST ’14, which will be taking place in France on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of August. Those who are interested in getting tickets to the festival can do so right here.Add to My Radar
UK skate punk act Darko have released a studio video featuring a new song called “Seaward.” Here’s what the band had to say:
“Hey Guys! We are very pleased to announce we shall be recording a new EP in in May with Chris Coulter (Producer/Engineer). To give you guys a cheeky preview we recorded a studio session of one of the tracks SEAWARD, produced by Daly George of Drones and Shot by Sam Hopper of Trails. You can download the track for FREE on our Bandcamp page.”
You can watch the video and download the song for free below.Add to My Radar
The band most recently re-released their album “I’m Not Gonna Lie To You” through Bells on Records this past October.Add to My Radar
Jake Kiley and Chris Aiken of Strung Out will be performing, speaking, and doing a little Q&A session at Hemet High School in Hemet, California, this Friday (April 11th).
More details on the event (time, address, ticket prices) can be found on the band’s Facebook page. All proceeds will be going towards loaner guitars, strings, and music-related field trips for the school’s guitar club.
Strung Out’s currently recording a new album entitled Transmission Alpha Delta, which is set to be released sometime this September through Fat Wreck Chords, who will be putting out the band’s “Volume 1″ box set, featuring remixed/remastered versions of their first three albums - Another Day In Paradise, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues, and Twisted By Design - on April 13th.Add to My Radar
Awesome news, Strung Out fans!
The skate-punk vets have debuted remixed, remastered versions of the classic tracks “Rotten Apple,” “Ultimate Devotion,” and “Away.” Check them out here.
The reworked tracks are the versions that will appear on the upcoming Strung Out boxed set, “Volume One,” which features remixed and remastered versions of Strung Out’s first three albums, “Another Day In Paradise,” “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues,” and “Twisted By Design.” “Volume One” is due out April 15th via Fat Wreck Chords. Check out the preview trailer here.Add to My Radar
As many of you may know, Fat Wreck Chords are putting out a box set of remixed and remastered albums by California skate-punks Strung Out, in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. The label just released a trailer of the DVD included in the boxed set, titled The Good, the Bad, the Fast, and the Rad, a western-style spoof that includes live footage and interviews with the band.
Volume One of the set will be out on April 15th, but you can check out the trailer below.
Strung Out last released Agents of the Underground in 2009 on Fat Wreck Chords, of course. They are currently recording a new album entitled Transmission Alpha Delta, which is set to be released sometime this September.Add to My Radar
In addition to heading up to Canada for this year’s installment of Montebello Rockfest in June, Lagwagon will be making their way overseas for a few European shows in August! You can find details on all of the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
It’s also worth noting that the Caper has started a new label called One Week Records, through which he’ll be releasing solo albums from Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners) and Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios).Add to My Radar
I’m going to be blunt for a moment. Toronto’s The Bare Minimum play skate punk. Plain and simple. The drums pound and guitars explode through each and every song, and there are blistering leads and howling vocals that could remind your older brother of why he enjoyed punk rock in the first place before he decided to sell his skateboard and start listening to Rooney just to impress that girl he liked in 11th grade.
But I’m getting off subject here. The Bare Minimum’s debut album, Hit After Hit, lives up to its name by hitting fast and hitting hard from song to song. From the frantic, opening tones of “Party Alarm” to the Cobra Skulls-esque swagger of closer “All Is All”, Hit After Hit is the type of album that will make you want to hop on your skateboard for hours. Or I imagine that it could make someone feel that way… I’m not a skater. This kind of in-your-face punk has hints of influences from all the usual mid-90’s Epitaph / Fat Wreck Chords suspects present in the music, but endless comparisons to NOFX or Strung Out would be an injustice to The Bare Minimum.
Lyrically, the tunes on Hit After Hit touch upon plenty of subjects that could make any punk rocker shout along. Between calling out shitty DJs while borrowing lyrics from Pink Floyd (“Laptop Jockeys”) to the extermination of mankind (“Destroy the Human Race), to the feeling of alienation even within an alienated crowd (“Nerd at a Punk Show”) to the distrusting nature of politicians (“Snake Charmer”), Hit After Hit covers a lot of ground in its half hour runtime.
“Fun” might not always the first word associated with a punk rock band, but Hit After Hit is downright enjoyable. There’s been something of a melodic skate punk renaissance (for the lack of a better term) as of late, and The Bare Minimum easily has what it takes to be at its forefront. Hit After Hit is proof of that. Don’t sleep on these guys, that’s all I can say.
Hit After Hit was released on March 25, 2014. You can stream the whole album below.
NOFX’s latest full-length album “Self Entitled” was released in 2012 and they have since put out an EP entitled “Stoke Extinguisher” in late 2013. Both were released through Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar