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Good Grief, the pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, have released another fittingly sweet EP, titled Sweet, capturing the sound of the new wave of Japanese pop-punk they’re a part of. Here I’ll give a rundown of the three tracks on the EP, framing a release that I feel could be quite important in the modern Japanese pop-punk scene. (You can find a Japanese translation of the review down below as well).
The starting point of the EP is a more aggressive track titled “Blue Ink.” The track deals with the common theme of a relationship ending and the grim feelings of something missing from yourself once the good times have ended. The line “Cause I cannot forget, The way you used to paint me sky blue,” is followed towards the end of the song with the sombre delivery of “Now it’s just blue,” which leads into the most iconic moment of the song in the dramatic harmonized yell of “You can’t help me out!” is such a powerful ending to an opening track. If you haven’t already, check out the stellar video for the track here.
“Mayfly,” the second track of the EP, feels like a desperate call out into the night, with a relatable theme on past relationships but taking a more contemplative and yet lost angle than “Blue Ink.” There’s a lot of solid and catchy lines on this track, from “I’m not sure why I think it’s best, to get trapped into the bitter memories,” to the distant yelling of “I guess I’ll never talk this way again, I guess I’ll never call you mine again” that finishes off the track. An excellent mid point for the short EP.
An exciting acoustic track titled “Far” finishes off the EP, hearing Good Grief work acoustically was something I was looking forward to hearing. Seeing whether their normally melancholic yet fast and punky style could be taken down a few notches and work within a calm and twinkly acoustic setting was an interesting proposal, and they definitely did work. Rui, the vocalist from See You Smile, has a perfectly fitting feature on the track, his and Yastin’s vocals work well together over the acoustic guitars layered with interspersed piano.
The band use this EP to hone their sound, creating their most clear and well realized sound so far. Hopefully this EP leads to the band planning a full length release for this year, as I feel it could come out similar to how Mutt showed the full development of All Found Bright Lights‘ style as they found a place of their own to stand out.
Good Grief, along with See You Smile, Castaway, KICKASSRAY, All Found Bright Lights and many more, are bringing in this fusion of more modern pop-punk and punk-rock influences with the 2007-2010 era pop-punk sound in America. Sweet captures this sound excellently, however one point to make on this being a Japanese release is that it gives off a very Summer feel but was released in the midst of Winter. That being said, the tracks still have plenty of appeal in the cold months, and light a fire in the listener at times. Definitely worth your time, and a great place to start to dive into the modern world of Japanese pop-punk.
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:05 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
Abandon Ship is the band’s first release since their 2014 album Polaris, and was released on January 19th via We Are Triumphant records. The band has also premiered a music video for the track “Remember Me,” taken from Abandon Ship. You can watch the video below the album stream.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:15 PM (PST) by Daron
The band has premiered a video for “Homewreck Sick,” which will be on the upcoming EP. Check it out below!
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:45 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Chicago pop-punk veterans the Smoking Popes have announced they will be touring the west coast with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this spring. The tour is in honor of their third album Destination Failure‘s 20th anniversary. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.
Smoking Popes last released the Simmer Down EP in 2016.
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Most concept albums are serious, but Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans aren’t the most serious bunch. Their version of a concept album features 23 jingles for iconic brands such as Mountain Dew, Hot Pockets, and Totino’s.
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Hey punk fans, I recently caught up with Gob bassist Steven Fairweather and we discussed all things Gob, his radio show, Star Trek and a lot more.
You can check it out below!
Gob released Apt. 13 on August 26, 2014 through New Damage Records.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:38 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Texas pop punk veterans Bowling for Soup have just released a new music video for their new single, “Catalyst.”
The boys have also announced their UK tour which kicks off on February 9th in Glasgow– tickets are running low so make sure to pick them up soon if you are ready to jet off to one of these shows! Check the video and dates out below.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:11 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Austrian ramones-core kings DeeCracks took a break from their busy schedule, to announce the start of their next busy schedule. The threesome just signed to Pirate Press Records and announced a brand new record. Expect ‘Sonic Delusions’ out February 23rd.
DeeCracks’ last full-length album Beyond Medication was released in 2014 through Monster Zero.
Head down below to check out the tracklist for ‘Sonic Delusions’.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:50 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
What’s old is new again: 00’s pop-punk kings New Found Glory are hitting the road in support of their 2017 album, Makes Me Sick.
NFG are plotting a course across the US and bringing some old friends for the ride. Bayside, The Movielife and Ryan Key (of Yellowcard) are slated to provide support. The tour will kick off in their native Florida on May 17 at the House of Blues in Orlando, and run through June 22nd in Dallas, Texas. Check here for NFG fan-club presale info.
Makes Me Sick is the 9th studio album from the perpetual defenders of pop-punk aka New Found Glory, available through Hopeless Records.
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 3:34 PM (PST) by 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 on-again/off-again Dying Scene reviewer Bizarro Dustin.
Discover some great new tunes, revisit some old favorites, and sing along with all of the anthems for the broken and defeated that make up Dustin’s personal picks below.
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10:07 AM (PST) by Mike Scott
Minneapolis, MN based pop-punks A Better Hand have released a video for an acoustic rendition of recent single “So Long Goodbye”. The track is taken from the band’s EP “The Longest Drive“, which came out March of last year.
You can watch the video below.
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The band’s latest album Report came out in 2014 through Red Scare Industries.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:39 PM (PST) by jaystone
Well this is a bummer or rather sizable proportions.
The lovely and talented Stacey Dee, better known as one of the guitar-wielding co-frontwomen in Bad Cop/Bad Cop was just about to head out on the road for her first slew of solo acoustic dates alongside Off With Their Heads and One Week Records recording artist Seth Anderson for a jaunt that kicks off tomorrow (January 12th) in Asbury Park. If you follow Dee on social media, you’ll know that she’s been under the weather lately but had pledged to plow through in typical bad ass fashion and hit the road anyway. Unfortunately, according to a post from OWTH’s Ryan Young, Dee was suffering from an abscess of some sort that turned into sepsis and she’s now stuck in a hospital bed. Needless to say, she won’t be on the tour, and as such she’ll be without a source of income for the foreseeable future.
Being the awesome dude that is, Ryan has put all of Stacey’s tour shirts up on his Anxious and Angry webstore and is giving all the money to Dee as a way to help out. Head here to pick one – or all three – up (they’re pretty awesome!), and head here to see where you can show some love to OWTH and Seth Anderson on the road!
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:54 PM (PST) by jaystone
Make a little extra space in your coffins, Alkaline Trio fans; there’s a pretty awesome limited edition release coming your way!
If you rewind the tape to 2014, you may recall, the Trio performed a series of shows in select cities around the country in which they took over a location and ran through their eight studio albums over the course of four separate nights. It was a pretty cool concept, especially since they played the albums in a different order depending on the city, so each show had its own unique qualities.
As it turns out, the band teamed up Audiotree during their four nights at the Metro in Chicago and captured the occasion in audio and video formats. At long last, those recordings are now going to be commercially available for the first time — BUT you’ve got to act quickly!
The collection consists of just about 100 songs spread across four nights and is known, rather obviously, as Past Live, and it exists in a variety of options. You’ll not only have the option to purchase the eight studio albums individually on vinyl format, but they’re available as a vinyl box set as well. Also available are a set of four Blu-Rays, exclusive printed posters and tote bags and T-shirts and more. The vinyl box bundle options are ONLY available — we repeat, THE VINYL BOX BUNDLE OPTIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE in a limited run pre-order that extends until February 9th. That gives you four weeks to scrape your pennies together, kids. Get your grubby paws on all available options right here!