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The Pullmen announce new album “Going Dark,” stream new track “We’ll Never Be A Part Of It”

Just because it’s been a year or so since we last heard from California folk punks The Pullmen doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy.

The band announced plans for their debut full-length release. It’s called “Going Dark,” and that’s the cover art over at the left.

“Going Dark” is slated for release on vinyl in Europe on October 9th through Beast Records. It’ll be available on vinyl (hopefully) the following month in the States, though if you pre-order the album here now, you’ll get the digital download on the EU release date.

To get you pumped for the release, The Pullmen are streaming the brand-new song “We’ll Never Be a Part of It” for your listening enjoyment. Check it out below.



Rocky Votolato premieres music video for title track of newest album “Hospital Handshakes”

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato has just released a new music video for the title track of his newest album “Hospital Handshakes”.

Have a look at the stop-animation music video below.

Here’s what Rocky had to say about the making of this music video,

I’ve always wanted to make a stop animation video and this was such a fun process of experimentation and creative collaboration…Sloane Alexandra White is an incredibly talented young director from Portland and a creative force of ideas and inspiration. I was drawn to her work with shadow puppets and think she did a great job of capturing a creepy haunted darkness to visually accompany the themes and vibe of the song.

You can also have a look at a little photo gallery/show review that esteemed colleague Jason Stone recently did of Votolato’s performance in Allston, Massachusetts here.

Rocky is currently on an extensive US tour with Dave Hause, dates and locations of which can be seen below.

“Hospital Handshakes” is Votolato’s eighth studio album and was released this past April through No Sleep Records.



Frank Turner releases lyric video for new track – “Mittens”

Frank Turner has released another new track off his upcoming album, this time in the form of a lyric video. Check out “Mittens” below.

The song is track number six on Turner’s new album, Positive Songs For Negative People. The album is due out August 7th, and you can pre-order it right here.

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



Forest Pooky and Peter “Blackie” Black announce split EP “European Tour 2015″

Acoustic punk musicians Forest Pooky and Peter “Blackie”Black (formerly of the Aussie band The Hard On’s) have just announced a new split EP, “European Tour 2015″. Check out a preview of the album below.

Blackie and Forest will depart on a 7 week long European tour in support of Europe Tour 2015.  Dates will take place in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK. The full tour listing is expected soon.



Steady Hands stream new EP in full

Steady Hands (the side project of Sean Huber of Modern Baseball fame) have released a full stream of their new EP Tropical Depressions, which you can give it a listen here.

Tropical Depressions will be released on July 28, 2015 via Lame-O Records. You can pre-order yours here.



Sledding With Tigers stream new song “Retirement”

California folk-punk group Sledding With Tigers are streaming a new song titled “Retirement”. The song comes from their upcoming album, Come On and Slam, and you can give it a listen below.

Come On and Slam is, of course, Sledding With Tigers’ concept album based around the 1996 sports comedy Space Jam, and will officially be released July 28, 2015 via Antique Records and is available for pre-order here.



City and Colour announce “If I Should Go Before You” release date, track list, fall US tour

City and Colour have announced their new album “If I Should Go Before You,” which is set for October 9th release through Dine Alone Records.

You can check out the track list below as well as a list of US tour dates for this fall.



City and Colour tease new 9 minute track “Woman”

City and Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire’s solo project) have uploaded some of their first new material since 2013. The group posted a 2 minute teaser of a new upcoming track called “Woman”. The full 9 minute song was premiered on Beats 1, a popular radio show hosted by Zane Lowe. Green also posted the lyrics to this song on his Facebook page, which you can check out here. Head on over here to give the track a listen.

C&C announced that they have in fact finished tracking their next full-length. The highly-anticipated album will serve as a follow-up to their last album The Hurry And The Harm, which was released in 2013 through Dine Alone Records.



The Weakerthans break up

Canadian folk rock band The Weakerthans (fronted by former Propagandhi bassist John K. Samson) have announced that they are calling it a day. Read drummer Jason Tait’s confirmation statement (or rather Tweet) below.

The Weakerthans’ last album, Reunion Tour, was released back in 2007 through Epitaph Records.



Beans on Toast announces UK tour

English folk singer, barefoot troubadour, and cult legend Beans On Toast has announced an upcoming tour of the UK. Check out the dates and locations below.

His latest album, titled The Grand Scheme of Things, came out in March of this year through Xtra Mile Recordings.



Steady Hands announce ‘Tropical Depressions’ EP; stream title track

Steady Hands (the side project of Sean Huber of Modern Baseball fame) have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled Tropical Depressions. The EP will be released on July 28, 2015 via Lame-O Records. They are also streaming the title track, which you can check out here.

You can pre-order Tropical Depressions through Lame-O Records here.



Gallant Ghosts offering debut EP “Wheels” for free download

Wisconsin folk-punk act Gallant Ghosts are offering their debut EP Wheels for name your own price download on Bandcamp.

You can check it out below.

Wheels was released on July 5, 2015.



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.