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Cousin Boneless (street folk) stream new track “Pretty Cemetery” off upcoming album “Posession”

Street folk punks Cousin Boneless have just announced their new album “Posession” to be released on June 7, 2018. The act is now streaming one song off the album for a teaser titled “Pretty Cemetery.”

Check out the new track below, and pre order the album (digital or vinyl) here.

DS Exclusive: MCKC Premieres New Song “Baker”

Today we get to show the other side of a songwriter we’ve championed on Dying Scene. Casey Keele of the band Wicked Bears (who’s latest album “Tuning Out” was in Dying Scene owner Dave Buck’s Top 10 of 2017) – has been writing songs and playing basement and living room shows as MCKC for almost a decade. Today we’re featuring his new song “Baker,” a folky, organ driven track off of his new EP “IS OK”, slated to be released on April 14th through Hidden Home.

Keele had this to say about the track:

“Baker is a solitary town located in the Mojave Desert of California. It’s one of the only cities you’ll pass as you drive from Barstow to Las Vegas. This song is an imagining of what it would be like to live there.”

You can hear the new track below. Pre-order “IS OK” at, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street).

DS Exclusive: The Goddamn Gallows premieres “Down With the Ship” from upcoming LP

The Goddamn Gallows are releasing their sixth album, “The Trial,” on March 23rd via Sailor’s Grave Records. Their sound is somewhere between “hobocore” and “americana-punk,” fusing rockabilly, psychobilly, punk, bluegrass, and metal. Sounds like a party.

We’ve got an exclusive stream of “Down With the Ship” off the upcoming album. Vocalist/guitarist/banjoist Mikey Classic had this to say about the track:

“‘Down With the Ship’ is about the world slowly sinking into shit. A world where our leaders take advantage of the workers and pit us against each other. A world where they want to put walls up and the people down. A world where our votes don’t count. And also it’s about being eaten by sharks.”

Sounds about right. Check out “Down With the Ship” below, and look for “The Trial” on March 23rd!

Chris Hahn band premieres new single ‘Symphony Of Degenerates’

Portland based three piece Chris Hahn Band has released a brand new single. ‘Symphony Of Degenerates’ is the first new stuff from the melodic punk ensemble since 2016. It will be featured on the band’s up and coming full length ‘The View’ out March 15th.

Head down below to check it out.

DS Photo Gallery: Lucero Out-Heckle the Heckler in Hartford, CT (w/Jake La Botz)

After a couple of consecutive unfortunate show cancellations late last week, the good ship Lucero fired its well-traveled engines back up in Hartford, Connecticut, last Saturday, resuming a late winter tour that was initially paused on Thursday so that frontman Ben Nichols could fly to Arkansas for his grandmother’s funeral. The band had every intention of cancelling only that night’s show in Rhode Island and reconnecting in New Hampshire on Friday, only for Mother Nature to intervene in the form of a powerful winter storm that left Nichols unable to fly north and his bandmates rarely able to leave the confines of their tour bus for the better part of two days. The band finally reassembled as their full Voltron at the relatively new, 600-ish capacity Infinity Music Hall for what was by all accounts the band’s first headline gig in the capital of the Nutmeg State — we’re pretty sure they played Hartford on the Warped Tour in 2011 — which seems pretty remarkable for a band that’s spent twenty years earning a reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in the game. Much to the delight of all but one show-going knucklehead, the band seemed eager to get back into the swing of things as regularly as possible, making for a memorable, if slightly abridged, evening.

There was a time years ago when a Lucero show had the potential to go off the rails for a variety of reasons, many of which centered around the dysfunctional family dynamics that are present in any group of males working together, particularly when there’s alcohol involved. There’s less alcohol involved nowadays, meaning that a 2018-era Lucero live show has become less volatile but no less unpredictable for the band or the fans. No two sets are the same as Nichols calls shots that balance his instincts with feedback from an audience that’s generally rather lubricated in their own right, meaning his bandmates (Rick Steff on keys, John Stubblefield on bass, Brian Venable on guitar and Roy Berry on drums) have got to react on the fly. On this particular night, the Memphis-based quintet kicked their headline set off with crowd favorite “The Last Song” from their 2002 full-length, Tennessee. In this writer’s experience, this particular song has many times been reserved for later in the evening given the crescendo it builds to, so its early appearance was a welcome change of pace right off the bat. From there, things went in typical free-form fashion, with the band choosing to stick with the same album for the similarly crowd-pleasing singalong “Chain Link Fence” before taking the opportunity to showcase some brand new material. You see, Lucero have been hard at work on a follow-up to their last full-length, 2015’s All A Man Should Do, for a while now, and have slowly been working through some newer songs on stage in recent months (a trend that’s fallen by the wayside across the musical spectrum in the age of YouTube). Nichols’ pointing out that they were going to play a few new tracks, however, didn’t sit well with one particularly vocal gentleman at stage right who made his opinion rather well known early on.

The net result proved, for the young man, to be a fail of epic proportions, as a defiant Nichols led the band through four consecutive brand new songs – including the live debut of a song that seems to be called “Cover Me” which might be the strongest of an already strong bunch – until said young man made his way to the exit. The bulk of the crowd seemed mindful of the special nature of seeing so many new tracks played in order, heckler be damned. There seemed to be nary a hiccup, as the new tracks seem to fit naturally in the Lucero lexicon. I’ll shy away from specific spoilers except to say that “Cover Me” and “To My Dearest Wife” and “Everything Has Changed” sound like songs that were written by 2002 Lucero but performed by 2018 Lucero. Trust me, that’ll make sense when you hear them.

Most of the remainder of the set found the band calling on an ever-expanding number of audience favorites. “Texas & Tennessee,” “All Sewn Up,” “It Gets The Worst At Night,” “Nights Like These” and “On My Way Downtown” made requisite, raucous appearances. When he wasn’t at the mic, Nichols spent a greater-than-average amount of time pacing the stage, giving the impression of somebody who was working through a bit of a cathartic experience. Steff was his typically stoic, stabilizing self on stage left, and his stage-right bookend Venable’s understated leads seemed dialed in. I’ve said before on these pages that Berry is one of my favorite drummers to spend time watching, and that was still true on this evening. There’s in improvisational quality to his playing that’s in line with the rest of the set; just because you’ve heard him play “Tears Don’t Matter Much” a dozen times doesn’t mean you’ve ever heard him play it the same way more than once. Stubblefield left the stage at one point to get seasick over the side of the boat but somehow didn’t miss a beat holding down the low end (and that’s obviously not true, but it’s an inside joke that only he and probably mu wife will understand and I’m mostly just seeing if he’s reading this). The Nichols solo track “Loving,” penned for his filmmaker brother Mike’s film of the same name, seemed especially fitting as played on what happened to be the eve of an Oscars ceremony for which it was robed of even a nomination. “I Can’t Stand To Leave You” off 2012’s Women & Work was a personal favorite, as it’s the first time I’ve actually heard them play it.

But without question, no song was more poignant and heartfelt than “The War.” Accompanied my the multi-instrumentally talented Rick Steff on accordion, the song finds Nichols telling the stories of his World War II-veteran grandfather’s time as a member of the US Army. Many of those stories were told to Nichols over the years by the very grandmother whose funeral he had just returned from, giving the moment a special, albeit heavy, weight. Heckler aside, the only sour note of the evening was the venue’s hard 10:45pm curfew, meaning the band that’s capable of some fairly long sets had to cut things off at around 90 minutes or so. Nit-picking, I know.

Kicking the evening off at 8:00pm sharp was the mighty Jake La Botz. Very much the quintessential renaissance man, La Botz has been one of the more underrated folk-Americana songwriters in recent memory. He frequently tours solo, though this run opening for Lucero finds La Botz fronting a trio, with Brad Tucker (upright bass) and Phil Leone (drums) serving as the rhythm section, providing a bit of depth and foundation for La Botz’s soulful stories and imaginative guitar riffs to shine. If you’re not familiar with La Botz’s catalog, last year’s Sunnyside is as good a place as any to start, as the tracks featured were particularly well-received by the devout Lucero crowd.

Head below for our full photo gallery from the highly enjoyable evening!

Half Man streams new full-length “Room To Grow”

Austin based acoustic indie folk-punk act Half Man has released his highly anticipated sophomore record titled, Room To Grow. Filled with new perspectives from being on the road, personal hardships, and Texas life, Half Man has given us an 8-track album that will make us think about the people we are and the places that we want to go. Simply put – it is sad but inspiring in every song.

If Americana with a mix of folk-punk is your poison, then this is the album for you. You can stream the full thing below.

Half Man last released The Great Blind Ambition in 2016.

Jason Guy Smiley (acoustic, Florida) announces new album “They Can’t All Be Winners”, streams new track

Jason Guy Smiley, formerly of Midget Fan Club, recently announced a new album titled “They Can’t All Be Winners”, due out March 23. ‘Twice as Tall’, the second track off the album, can be listened to below

This is Smiley’s first release following 2017’s “Boys of Bummer” EP.

Five Minute Major (folk-punk) stream new album “City Of Strangers” (FFO Get Dead)

If you’re a fan of the acoustic folk punk stuff in the vein of Fat Wreck act Get Dead (but on the slightly more mellow side) then here’s a new release that’s worth your time.

Montreal’s Five Minute Major put out “City Of Strangers” in January and you can stream the whole thing below.

Tragical History Tour premiere video for “Three Two,” taking pre-orders for new LP

Tragical History Tour/Derrick Johnston has premiered a video for “Three Two,” a track off his upcoming album, “Aphorisms.”

You can pre-order the LP from Make That a Take Records and check out the video below!

The Lab Rats (UK Folk Punk) stream new song “Stop This War”

UK Folk Punk act The Lab Rats are streaming a new song from their upcoming album Utopia.

You can listen to “Stop This War” below.

Utopia is set to be released tomorrow, February 28th, via No Time Records.

Frank Turner streams the title track from upcoming album “Be More Kind”

Frank Turner is streaming the title track from his upcoming album “Be More Kind”. The full length is out May 4th via Xtra Mile RecordingsPre-orders are up now. 

The song follows recent single, “1933“. You can have a listen to it below.

Jake And The Jellyfish release new album “Long In Winters”

Leeds, UK folk-punk band Jake & The Jellyfish have released their third album, “Long In Winters”. The nine song record is the follow up to 2015’s “Dead Weight” and has been pressed on green vinyl, with orders up now.

You can listen to the album below.

Sincere Engineer perform “Candle Wax” on Live From the Rock Room

The always great Sincere Engineer paid a visit to The Rock Room, and we are all better for it. Sincere Engineer released “Rhombithian” in October, 2017.

Watch them perform “Candle Wax” below!

Tall Tale (melodic punk) stream single “The Storyteller”

Melodic punks Tall Tale, featuring members of (now broken up) Rusty Things and folk punks Wolf Harbor, are now streaming their new single, “The Storyteller.”

The single comes off of their upcoming EP, “So Long: The Prelude” which is officially hitting the streets on March 3. The act will celebrate their first EP with a release show (same day) at Three Sheets in New Haven.

You can stream the track below.

The Survivalists (folk-punk) release new album “Everything Is Awful”

Ontario based folk-punk duo The Survivalists have released a new album, “Everything Is Awful”. The album is released on Californian label No Time Records, with the CD version shipping with an RPG game (yep really). Details on the label Bandcamp

You can have a listen to the album below