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Members of F.O.D and 7years announce split

Hans Roofthoot (F.O.D) and Matteo Caldari (7years) will be featured on a new split, coming from Bearded Punk, Inconsapevole, Morning Wood and No Reason Records. The split is due out on October 2nd of this year. There will be 10 songs, 5 from each artist on the split.

The duo will be sharing the stage with Joey Cape in his Genk and Milano gigs. The album, which is an acoustic album, has been inspired by the likes of Joey Cape, Greg Graffin and John K Samson, among others.



The Dreadnoughts announce new album “Foreign Skies”, stream single

Vancouver folk-punks The Dreadnoughts just announced their first album in 7 years. Titled Foreign Skies, it is set to release on November 10th. You can give the epic first single “The Black and White” a listen below, and pre-order the record on CD, vinyl, or digital on bandcamp.

Foreign Skies: is a World War I themed concept album. According to the band, “It’s a challenging album. Some people are going to hate how it opens. Some people are going to hate some stuff in the middle. Some people are going to wonder why we’re not singing about gin and poutine.”

The Dreadnoughts last released Polka’s Not Dead in 2010 through Stomp Records.



Frank Turner releasing new album in 2018

When responding to criticism of his posh “Campfire Punkrock” event, Frank Turner confirmed he will be releasing a new album in 2018. Turner stated that this is “just one small event among everything else I’ll be doing next year – releasing a new record, with the usual run of tours, festivals and benefit shows that comes with that.”

So if paying thousands of dollars to eat hors d’oeuvres and have campfire singalongs isn’t your thing, at least you have a new Frank Turner album to look forward to next year.

Stay tuned for more details on the follow-up to 2015’s Positive Songs For Negative People.



Album Review: AJJ – ‘Back in the Jazz Coffin’

AJJ’s Back in the Jazz Coffin was a nice little mid-summer surprise. There was no announcement about its release, and what little promotion there was for the mini-album has already taken a backseat to the band’s current tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Which is okay, because even though Back in the Jazz Coffin is a fine listen it’s not exactly essential.

Back in the Jazz Coffin is mostly notable for scaling things back. The band has stripped away most of the instrumentation and members that they’ve added over the year, leaving the duo of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, best known as the band’s “classic lineup.” This lends a slight “back to basics” feeling on this album, so if your major complaints about Christmas Island and The Bible 2 were more about the oddball production and stylistic choices rather than the lyrical content, then this collection is for you. However, keep in mind that this is still the same band that did record the aforementioned albums, so even though they’ve scaled back here it’s still slicker than the bathroom recording quality of Plant Your Roots.

“American Body Rentals” is the band’s best intro track since “The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving” off Knife Man, which is to say, rather than being a full fledged song, it’s a quick ditty that’s over in a flash but still manages to conjure up lyrically absurd images. Unfortunately, it’s mostly middle-of-the-road stuff from there. “Blood, Hatred, Money & Rage 2” and “Border Patrol (Yuma)” have some redeeming qualities: the former has some fun with words in the chorus (“blood, hatred, money and rage / that’s the food I eat / that’s the juicebox I crave”) and the latter would slide in easily somewhere between “Backpack” and “Linda Ronstadt.” The same can’t really be said for “My Crooked Leg,” which is just kind of there.

The highlight of this collection is the final track, “Fuckboi.” In true AJJ fashion, the song tells an uncomfortable tale with coming to terms about being a terrible human in the past, and having to live with that in the present. “I don’t deserve the chance to say I’m sorry but I must because I have to live with me. I have to live inside of me,” the narrator sings to a pregnant woman that he previously mistreated. It’s not easy to come to terms with realizing the awful things you’ve said or done in the past- and it’s even harder when you realize that no matter how badly you feel about it, you’ll never feel as badly as you made them feel and saying “sorry” isn’t going to be enough to heal every wound. As uncomfortable as it can make the listener feel, “Fuckboi” is AJJ at the top of their game.

Back in the Jazz Coffin will be fun to revisit occasionally, but first and final tracks aside, it doesn’t make a very big splash in AJJ’s discography. Completists and fanatics will gobble it up, but the casual listener is best off waiting for the next LP that gets the full promotional treatment instead of a single Facebook post.

3 / 5 Stars

You can stream Back in the Jazz Coffin below.

RIYL: Ramshackle Glory, Mischief Brew, Mountains Goats (circa 2002)



Seth Anderson (One Week Records) heads out on US tour

AB folk rocker Seth Anderson has announced a lengthy tour throughout the States. The One Week Records artist will be on the road most of October, leading up to FEST. Anderson joined Joey Cape’s love baby in June last year.

Head down below to check out all of Seth Anderson’s tour dates.



Bad Buka (folk/Balkan, NY) stream single “Ride”

Balkan-folk-punk, carnival-ska force, Bad Buka, have released a single called “Ride” and they’ve been good enough to let you listen to it for free. As you’d except it’s a wild one.

Check it out below.



MORTARS stream “Basement Songs” EP

Tennessee country-punk outfit MORTARS are streaming their latest EP Basement Songs. The release features one live session, and three studio tracks. It’s the first music from MORTARS since 2016 and their +TV+ EP.

You can listen to Basement Songs below.



DS Exclusive: Derek Zanetti (Homeless Gospel Choir) on new album, the importance of punk rock and working with Frank Turner

Derek Zanetti, aka The Homeless Gospel Choir embodies everything that makes punk great. He is a punk musician to the core who embodies a D.I.Y punk aesthetic where every song drips with authenticity and truth. He is that rare artist who can deliver a more affecting, relatable message in one single line than most bands manage on an entire album. His vulnerable lyrics and almost painful honesty often deal with his own mental health issues yet he can also be almost cruelly self-deprecating and uproariously funny. Similarly, his music is overtly political, following a proud tradition of folk-punk musicians such as Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Davey Dynamite etc who use their voice to address the injustices, inequalities and general intolerance that sadly infects modern society.

Since releasing his 2010 debut album “Some People Never Go Anywhere”, Zanetti has built a dedicated following both in his native Pittsburgh and further afield. 2014’s “I Used To Be So Young” garnered him a degree of critical acclaim as well as some famous fans in the shape of Frank Turner and former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. New album, “Normal” features the same poignant, soul-stirring lyrical nous you would expect but also showcases a greater mastery of song craft as songs move from folk-punk to Americana to anthemic pop punk in the form of “Crazy”, “1983” and the defining and triumphant “Normal”. A beautifully succinct statement to the world about what it means to suddenly find yourself part of the all encompassing, life-changing scene that is punk rock.

Before Zanetti embarks on a huge tour with Beach Slang and Frank Iero and the Patience, Dying Scene had the chance to talk with the always gracious and engaging Zanetti about the “Normal” album, the influence of folk-punk great Frank Turner, working with Frank Iero as well as why the very ideals that punk embodies still coarse through his veins.

Check out the interview below.



Billy Bragg releases new single “Why We Build the Wall”

Folk-punk icon Billy Bragg has released a new single titled “Why We Build the Wall”. This is a cover of a track originally by American singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell.

You can give it a listen below.

Bragg’s latest studio album Tooth & Nail came out in 2013. He premiered another single titled “The Sleep of Reason” earlier this year.



Days n Daze Announce tour dates

Houston’s Days N Daze have announced tour dates in support of their latest release “Crustfall”. Check out the full list of dates below.

The tour will kick off on September 1st and will last for around a month. Check the band’s facebook page for updates on dates that are waiting to be announced.

“Crustfall” was released on March 23rd, you can listen to it here.



Early Riser premieres “pop up” video for ‘Find Me for the Waltz’

Brooklyn based Folk punk ensemble Early Riser has premiered a brand new video. ‘Find Me for the Waltz”s visual representation became a fun love letter to VH1’s late, great Pop Up Video show. Definitely head down below to check it out.

Early Riser’s debut LP ‘Currents‘ came out earlier this Summer via Anchorless Records and A-F Records



Human Kitten (Folk-punk) streams first track “Stuck Neverlasting” from upcoming album

Ocean City, Maryland folk-punk artist Human Kitten is streaming a new track titled “Stuck Neverlasting.” You can listen to it below.

“Stuck Neverlasting” is the first track from Human Kitten’s upcoming album Velvet Waltz. Initially his next release was planned to be 2 companion EPs, however now the ideas have been combined to be a single album release. Velvet Waltz is set to be released on October 31.



Gogol Bordello streaming new album “Seekers and Finders”

Gogol Bordello‘s new album Seekers and Finders came out today, and is available to stream. You can give the full 11-song LP a listen below.

Head over here to grab your copy of Seekers and Finders.



Adam France (Burn Burn Burn) and Well Okay release split “Nothing Mattress”

Adam France of Seattle’s Burn Burn Burn, Well Okay, and Zombiecock has released a split via Tiny Dragon Music and OldGrowth Productions.

The four track release is pretty hot, gravelly acoustic goodness. You can check it out in the stream below, then be sure to head over to bandcamp to throw money at these fine gentlemen.



Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers announces Song Of The Week Club

This is something cool that all you fans of Portland/New Orleans folk-punk group The Taxpayers will enjoy.  Rob Taxpayer has announced that he is starting up a Song Of The Week Club.  Here’s Rob explaining what it’s all about:

“It’s called “Song of the Week Club”. It’s basically where I send you a song I’ve been working on every week. Sometimes I might tell you how I wrote it, what it’s about, and the chords, which might be interesting to those of you who are thinking about getting into songwriting.

It’ll be through the platform Patreon, because I’m not terribly computer savvy and can’t figure it out on my own.

I generally write and record a demo song every other night, and only about 5% of those songs end up being songs we use for Taxpayers albums. I’ve been getting sad that nobody hears these songs except for me and the cats, and I thought that this would be a nice way to connect with the world on a more regular basis than the once-per-year-album the Taxpayers usually put out.”

You can sign up for this club over at Patreon for just 5 bucks a month!