Search Results for "Folk"

Killing Kuddles stream new album “Sinking Ship”

Georgia folk-punks Killing Kuddles are back with a new EP titled Sinking Ship, which has a more much more rock ‘n’ roll-heavy feel than their previous work.

Give it a listen below, and head over to All Looks No Hooks Records’ webstore if you wanna buy the EP.

Sledding With Tigers announce “Space Jam” themed album, stream track “Take It From Me, Michael Jordan”

California folk-punk group Sledding With Tigers are very excited to announce their “Space Jam” themed album, “Come On And Slam” will officially be released July 28, 2015 via Antique Records and is available for pre-order here.

Sledding With Tigers mastermind Dan Faughdner had this to say:

“Halfway through this process, I think I really started to regret ever telling anyone that I would write an entire concept album about Space Jam, but now, I’m actually pretty stoked on it. I think I might be the only person self-centered enough to take the plot of a 90s children’s movie, and end up writing a bunch of songs that are secretly about myself. I really hope people like it, but the most important part is that my friends and I had a ton of fun making it.”

You can stream the first single “Take It From Me, Michael Jordan” here.

EP Review: Steady Hands – “The Libertines”

Have you ever burned out on your go-to punk genre and decided to listen to something else for a bit? Recently, I chose to branch out and try some different genres as a Punk Palate Cleanser. A friend who is into progressive and indie-punk recommended Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball. It wasn’t too long into my musical jaunt that I realized that perhaps the Indie side of the pool was a little too deep for me. However, before pulling the rip cord, I stumbled upon a link for Steady Hands the side folk punk project of Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber and more specifically his sophomore  album The Libertines. Ever since, it has become a regular on every single one of my playlists.

The recurring theme of this four song EP released in early 2013 in a very broad sense, is getting  back to your roots. He reaches beyond just remembering back to childhood, although that is also a strong motif, but also delves into his roots musically, genealogically and ethnically. Each song is a vignette, loosely related to one another, that paints an overall picture of this personal odyssey. It’s not an actual narrative with a defined plot like Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life, but that’s because the trek into one’s past isn’t as tangible as a life event like death or finding love. It doesn’t have a script that it can follow. Even though it’s not a cohesive story with established characters, you still walk away with a clarity and understanding of what the author intended.

The first leg of his journey, “I Swear Like a Sailor” opens as any great exploration does, with a sense of travelling and as the name would suggest, it is littered with nautical themes: “Tell the crew to get ready, they’re in for the ride of their lives. Holding your arms as I stare into your Dramamine eyes. I saw this storm coming, I watched it damn near every night.”  As harsh as the North Atlantic Ocean can be, it pales in comparison to how turbulent an expedition into one’s past can be. Mistakes, regrets, deaths, the things pushed back in the recesses that scare you the most., these are all things that keep a weaker person from diving back into their past too deeply. But thinking back through history, every epic sojourn has been painful and arduous. Personal discovery is no different.

The second track feeds off of this tumult a little more with “Footsteps.” It focuses on the protagonist’s childhood and his absent father who worked extremely hard and as such couldn’t be around enough for his family. It goes deeper into the latter parts of his father’s life and the gradual decent into illness and further on to death. From that death, it impacts him greatly and he comes to realize how hard working and proud his father was and that he carries that lineage with him.

Next up is the title track “The Libertine.” Our protagonist has now landed in his family’s homeland of Ireland. As someone who doesn’t get home much, I can tell you that there is a certain fervor that comes with returning home after a long absence. Being surrounded by safe, familiar places and people can energize you in a way that other places just can’t. I take it by the author’s lyrics that Ireland causes quite a bit more of this fervor than my trips back to NC. “You can cut out my heart, bury into the ground. It will burn these bodies, keep sinking on down. ‘Till it reaches the garden and passes through hell. And it keeps on still beating through this ancient town.”

The final song in the saga, “Song For Rosemary,” explores roots beyond just the ones bound by blood or a flag. Musically, we’re shown some of the influences and genres of music that have inspired our paragon of reflection. “So to Westy, Jim Lockey, The Starters, and Stu. You gave punk rock so punk rock I gave you. To the girls down at Lockdown, I toast you every night. Hope you’re making me proud keeping this scene alive.”

A fifteen minute album that spans centuries. Through one man’s self reflection we get a view into the makings of a regular, dedicated, hard working guy. The tone of the album flows harmoniously from harder, upbeat, vocal chord shredding songs to slower, more deliberate, relaxing ballads. The different styles fit each part of the journey perfectly and reinforce the lyrics more than you find on most albums. It adds a depth that can’t be coincidental. An album that can evoke so many feelings through perfectly executed songs deserves recognition . This is mine.

4.5 / 5 – Listen below.

Jon Creeden and James Renton (Fire Next Time) announce summer “Burri-tour”

Canadian folk punk artists Jon Creeden and James Renton from Fire Next Time have announced a Canadian summer tour they have dubbed the “burritour”. You can check out the dates below.

Fire Next Time’s latest album was “Cold Hands” on Stomp Records, and Jon Creeden’s latest release was a 7″ split with Celtic punk band Farler’s Fury.

Music Video: Blackbird Raum – “Cadillac Desert”

California folk punk act Blackbird Raum have released a new music video for their song “Cadillac Desert,” which you can check out over here.

“Cadillac Desert” comes from the bands latest album Destroying, which was released on March 10th via the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club label.

Mischief Brew streaming entire new album – ‘This Is Not For Children’

Philadelphia folk-punk group Mischief Brew are now streaming their new album in its entirety. Listen to This Is Not For Children below.

It’s the band’s first full-length album since releasing The Stone Operation in 2011. Their latest EP was 2014′s O, Pennsyltucky! You can order a copy of the band’s new album from Alternative Tentacles over here.

Check out Mischief Brew’s summer tour dates/locations here, and see our review of This Is Not For Children right here.

Album Review: Mischief Brew – “This Is Not For Children”

Philadelphia folk punks Mischief Brew have always had a certain undeniable swagger to their music.  Whether leader Erik Petersen is playing with just an acoustic guitar or with a full band, the rough and ready, yet catchy blue collar anthems consistently provide the soundtrack to a good time.  With their newest release, This Is Not For Children, the band builds on what they’ve always done so well while also changing things up just enough to keep things fresh and interesting.

All of the typical Mischief Brew flare is here in spades, and as always, it’s done well.  Songs like “Two Nickels” and “Squatter Envy” pull you in quick with the type of sing-a-long folk punk songs they have become known for, and you will be calling out for the tossing of bankers and landlords in no time.  “O, Pennsyltucky!” is a slower acoustic, then electric, anthem that reminds me of some of their earliest acoustic work, and “Danger: Falling Pianos,” brings out the gypsy and swing band feel they’ve played around with before.

But the band doesn’t just stick to what they know.  “Lancaster Avenue Blues” retains their gypsy folk feel while adding a sea shanty style violin that is one of the highlights of the whole album, especially in how it mixes with the flanging guitar.  “Bad Heart” kind of has a garage rock style to it, and is probably the biggest departure in their typical sound.   Even on tracks that feel like classic Mischief Brew songs, they still manage to inject something new, like the fuzzed out guitars in “No Candlesticks.”

There’s really not anything bad going on in this release, though long-time fans might feel like they’ve already heard the best the band has to offer and may not find this album as exciting.  But that shouldn’t deter anyone from picking up a copy, as it’s still a great and catchy album, with plenty to sing along too.  If you are new to the band, this album serves as a good introduction since it’s a great overall representation of the sound they are known for, and of where they may be headed in the future.

4.5 / 5 Stars

Lucero releases music video for “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s LA” off upcoming “All A Man Should Do” album; preparing for Fall tour

Punk’s honky-tonk heroes Lucero have just announced an upcoming tour this fall in support of their forthcoming album “All A Man Should Do”, currently scheduled for a September 18th release date.

Have a look at the complete list of tour dates and locations below.

Additionally, the band has just made a new song from the album available to stream. The track is entitled “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” and you can have a listen below.

Lucero last released “Lucero: Live From Atlanta” back in August, 2014.

DS Photo Gallery: Bryan McPherson and Louise Distras, The Midway Cafe, Boston (6/12/15)

Something special happened at the Midway Cafe last Friday.

The gritty, sorta-out-of-the-way bar in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston played home to both a triumphant welcoming party for an out-of-towner, and a tour de force welcome home for a native son.

UK folk-punk songwriter Louise Distras, of course, is the former. Playing just her second-ever show in the United States (following only the previous night’s tour kickoff in Portland, Maine), Distras is serving as direct support on Bostonian-turned-Californian Bryan McPherson‘s tour in support of his stellar new album, Wedgewood. The two are essentially flip-flopping roles from last month’s UK/European tour that saw Distras headlining, at times with a three-piece band. The direct support role can be an especially tricky thing, particularly in a headliners hometown, but Distras was quick to lay waste to whatever jitters may have been present, commanding the stage from note one. Boston has a thing for music that features honest, raw, working-class struggles, all of which is right in Distras’ wheelhouse, as evidenced by her own stellar new album, Dreams From The Factory Floor (Pirates Press Records). Though plagued through the first few songs by persistent technical difficulties, the dynamic Distras powered through, playing a few truly unplugged tracks and winning over fans in the process.

But the night, obviously, belonged to McPherson. Hometown crowds are generally known for their overly supportive nature, but Boston crowds can also be a notoriously fickle, vocal lot. By the time McPherson took the stage at around 11:30pm, (Hippie Hour, which preceded this show at the Midway, ran long…who’d imagine hippies would have issues with time management), the sold-out crowd was more than join the ride. McPherson cut his teeth busking in and around the Boston area, and spent some time on the road with other acoustic troubadours like Tim Barry and Cory Branan over the years. While McPherson may not be quite the name that Barry or Branan are at this point, he’s sure to meet or surpass those two (editors note: if you’re familiar with my musical tastes through reading this site, you understand that any comparisons to Tim Barry or Cory Branan are high praise and not just bandied about) in short order, based both on the strength of Wedgewood and on McPherson’s command of a crowd.

This particular crowd featured McPherson’s parents, a slew of other scene regulars, and friends McPherson has made along the way. The set was a virtual marathon, a two-hour epic slugfest that spanned McPherson’s career, focusing heavily on both Wedgewood (released on his own OFD Records) and his last album, American Boy, American Girl (2023, State Line Records). While there was plenty of banter to go around — McPherson is a Dorchester Irishman, of course — the socially conscious, politically firebrand music and the camaraderie were the focal point, particularly as McPherson made repeat visits to the venue floor to join the troops, rather than merely to rally them on. The crowd returned the favor, joining McPherson on stage for a raucous, set-closing cover of the Rancid classic, “Olympia, WA.”

Local support on this night came from local acts CE Skidmore and Time And Place. Skidmore is one-third of awesomely-named acoustic punk act Live Nude Girls, though she was essentially flying solo on this night, joined for only one song by fellow Nude Girl Aria Rad. Time And Place are a four- (and sometimes five-)piece sort of highly-enjoyable folk/punk/shanty/pub rock band along the lines of a less-drunken, Bostonian Skinny Lister. Both performed well-received sets that kicked off the show in fine fashion, getting the room fired up (figuratively of course, but almost literally based on the venue’s internal temperature) in advance of the tour mates.

Check out our photo gallery from the evening below.

Frank Turner plays stripped down session featuring three songs off new album

Frank Turner, being the nice guy he is, took some time to play a stripped down session for Punks In Vegas before his Punk Rock Bowling appearance last month. Check out the videos below.

Turner played “Love Forty Down,” “Josephine,” and “Glorious You,” all songs off his upcoming album, Positive Songs For Negative People. You can preorder the album here, and check out Turner live at one of his upcoming UK/US shows.

Frank Turner’s previous full-length release was 2013′s Tape Deck Heart, on Interscope Records.

Frank Turner details double disk album “Positive Songs For Negative People,” releases video single “The Next Storm”

Frank Turner has announced that his new album Positive Songs For Negative People, will be released worldwide on August 7. He has released the music video for his new single “The Next Storm” and the album’s tracklist. Pre-order the album here.

You can check out both items below.

His last full-length Tape Deck Heart was released in 2013 through Interscope Records.

Rusty Things finish new EP “Dinosaurs Exist Again”

New Haven swing/folk act Rusty Things have released some details regarding their new upcoming EP. According to the band they have finished recording and are currently mastering it for a summer/early fall release. The EP is set to have 5 full band songs on it and will be called Dinosaurs Exist Again. Following this release, they will also be putting out a 2-song acoustic release, stay tuned for details on that.

Dinosaurs Exist Again will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2014 EP The Hypocritopotamus. A release date and album art will be made available soon, we’ll keep you updated on the whole thing.

No Sleep Records streaming new compilation “Summer of The Reaper”

The other day we reported on No Sleep Records‘ upcoming summer sampler compilation entitled “Summer of The Reaper”.

Today, the label has made the entire comp available to stream which you can check out below.

The 23 track comp features artists such as Grey Gordon, Moose Blood, Lee Corey Oswald, Somos, Rocky Votolato, Ghost Key, Waster, and more.

Additionally, the No Sleep will be giving away a pair of tickets to this summer’s Warped Tour to a randomly chosen winner.

Old Coyote Club calls it a day, releases acoustic version of “Rosary Beads”

Bad news for you  Old Coyote Club fans. The UK folk punk act has just announced plans to call it a day. The band posted the following message on their Facebook page stating:

The last couple of years have been absolutely incredible being part of occ, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. We’ve decided that due to all the other things we’ve got going on it’s best to put the Club to rest. Just want to shout out everyone involved and who helped us in any way possible, we had a blast and truly loved every minute of it! So as a thank you and a final send off, feast your ears on this, its a new acoustic track that we ran through in the studio a couple of months back, enjoy.
Peace out,

As a final send off, the band has just released an acoustic live version of the track “Rosary Beads” which can be seen below. Old Coyote Club previously released “The Serotonin Hustle” earlier this year.

Punk Rock Bowling: Night Two – Laura Jane Grace and Frank Turner (Bunkhouse)

By now, you should have seen our Day 1 recap from Punk Rock Bowling 2015. After Rancid finished their incredible set, the DyingScene crew split up to cover a number of the club shows. I had the pleasure to shoot the show at The Bunkhouse that night, featuring Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!) and Frank Turner. I am a huge fan of both artists and I had been looking forward seeing them at a more intimate venue.

The Bunkhouse has both an indoor and outdoor stage. The main acts took the outdoor stage after the festival was over, and the crowd hoped the rain would hold off long enough for us to have our punk rock afterparty. Laura Jane Grace was accompanied by Against Me!‘s drummer, Atom Willard, for a set that included many AM! favorites. LJG talked with the audience, giving some context about why/how she wrote some of the songs, and absolutely killed the show. Those of you who were at PRB last year may have seen Against Me! on the main stage, and I honestly can’t say which way is better. I love a great Against Me! show, but the stripped down rawness of an acoustic set was the perfect way to end such an amazing day of friends, bands, and punk rock.

Frank Turner is truly one of the most gifted modern-day songwriters out there. He has such an ease about him – I could listen to him talk for days. The anticipation is high for his upcoming album, but in the meantime, he treated the crowd to a lengthy set spanning his career and a few covers. Those of you who have read his new book know he likes to play songs such as “Ballad Of Me and My Friends” in smaller settings, and this show was no exception. Most notably, in addition to his original songs, he was joined on stage by Bad Cop/Bad Cop‘s Stacey Dee to cover NOFX’s “Lori Meyers,” a last-minute decision between the two that ended up being a highlight of the night. He closed his set with his cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” which is a personal favorite (both versions). In my opinion, there was no better way to end Day 1 of PRB 2015.

Check out the full gallery from this club show below!