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Old Towns (folk) announce western Canadian tour with Snake Legs

Edmonton folk band Old Towns recently announced that they are gearing up for a Western Canadian tour with fellow Edmonton punk/alternative band Snake Legs. The tour is set to start on October 6th in Hinton, Alberta and will wrap up on October 17th in their hometown of Edmonton. Check out a full list of dates and locations below.

Old Towns released a new EP called Northey Sessions this past April as a follow-up to their 2014 EP titled Leaving Songs. Snake Legs released their self-titled EP in March.

Frank Turner teases ‘The First Ten Years’

Frank Turner has been pretty busy lately. He’s currently embarking on a US tour with Skinny Lister and Beans on Toast, supporting his new album Positive Songs for Negative People, and just last week he did not one, but two, interviews with us here at Dying Scene (you can listen to him chat with the Bobs on our podcast here or read Jay’s print interview with Turner here). And as if that weren’t enough, Turner and Xtra Mile Recordings are teasing a new project titled The First Ten Years. There are no official details regarding The First Ten Years yet although there is a webpage that’s counting down to Monday, October 5, 2015 5pm GMT, which is when the full details will be revealed. You can check that out here.

Based on the title, we can speculate that it will be some sort of compilation collection, much like Turner’s previously released albums The First Three Years (2008), The Second Three Years (2011), and The Third Three Years (2014). Of course, that’s just pure speculation and in no way a sure thing. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

You can catch Frank Turner on his full-band tour across the US through October, then across the UK through November. Check out the remaining dates and locations here.

Free Music: Andy And The Outsiders (folk punk) – “Not A Punkrock Song”

Swiss folk-punk outfit Andy And The Outsiders (side project from Andreas Dahinden, front-man of Swiss ska-punk act Huge Puppies) are now streaming two new tracks off their debut, including one song, “Not A Punkrock Song” for free download. Listen below.

The band’s debut release is called Dinosaurs Ride Ponies, and it’s due out October 10th. It covers a wide variety of styles, including folk, punk, ska, and even some indie rock.

DS Photo Gallery: Frank Turner at Newbury Comics and House of Blues, Boston, MA (9/26/15)

It’s a bit strange to view an event that takes place four thousand nautical miles as the crow flies away from an artist’s stomping grounds as a “homecoming” of sorts, but that’s essentially what it feels like when Frank Turner plays Boston nowadays. Now a decade-plus into his post-Million Dead solo career, the English folk/singer-songwriter has now got somewhere in the neighborhood of two-dozen shows under his belt in the greater Boston area. Those shows have run the “all shapes and sizes” gamut, from a drunken singalong at McGreevy’s (the bar owned by Dropkick Murphys founder and bassist Ken Casey)  to a high-energy set amongst 18,000 people at last May’s Boston Calling festival to, most recently, a pair of marathon sold out full-band shows at the 2000+ capacity House Of Blues in support of his newest album, Positive Songs For Negative People (Xtra Mile Recordings / Interscope Records).

The second of those two shows was preceded by an in-store appearance at the Newbury Comics location across the river from Boston in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. To give you an indication of the scope of Turner’s popularity in his adopted hometown, the line to obtain wristbands to the performance stretched down the location’s steep, lengthy entrance way, well over a hundred people deep…four hours before the man himself was actually due to arrive. Due to the frequently awkward setups amidst rows of media or, increasingly, Minecraft and Bob’s Burgers paraphernalia, in-store record shop appearances can be a bit of a idea that’s better in theory than in practice. Still, the enthusiastic capacity crowd for this particular event made the decent-enough layout all the more manageable. Turner started the performance with “The Next Storm,” the lead single off his latest album, and worked backwards through his catalog in one-song-per-release fashion opting for some deeper cuts rather than playing “Photosynthesis” for the 1736th time (that would come later in the evening). Ever the storyteller, Turner remained on site for a considerable time after the six-song performance, signing albums, shaking hands, hugging babies (well, a few toddlers and at least one seven-year-old) in a disarming manner that has a way of engaging even the most casual of fans. (Also, given that I’m tall and inherently mindful of that in crowded spaces, I hung way back, meaning that my better-half was on picture-taking duty for the occasion.)

The virtual homecoming party continued back in Boston proper several hours later at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street, an occurrence made ever the more chaotic by the fact that the struggling-yet-recently-encouraging Red Sox were playing at Fenway Park which, for the out-of-towners, is directly across the too-narrow street. Turner kicked his nearly two-hour-long set off with “Get Better,” the lead single from Positive Songs For Negative People. While obviously a new track, “Get Better” has proven to be an instant crowd favorite. The twenty-two song main set included a healthy dose of PS4NP to be sure, but did a pretty solid job of keeping old-school fans and more recent converts happy (“Song Of Liberty” and “Dan’s Song” had found their respective ways out of most Turner setlists in recent years, but both made appearances on this night). It takes an unique type of performer to engage 150 people at an in-store and 2200 people at a sold out concert hall in similar fashion, but Turner seems to have it all figured out, weaving between stripped down acoustic numbers (if “Josh’s Song” doesn’t punch you in the stomach every time, you have no soul) one moment and leaving the instrumentation to his stellar Sleeping Souls bandmates (Ben Lloyd on guitar, Tarrant Anderson on bass, Matt Nasir on piano and mandolin, and the ever-so-gentlemanly Nigel Powell behind the drumkit) allowing him to draw from his hardcore frontman days the next.

Hard-working, and hard-playing, six-piece UK folk act Skinny Lister provided direct support on this night, as they’ll do for the duration of Turner’s six-week tour. At least in these parts, Skinny Lister have developed a well-deserved reputation for providing exactly the type of high-energy set that is capable of not only warming a crowd for an opener such as Turner (or the Dropkick Murphys, or Flogging Molly, as they’ve done on multiple occasions) but of earning their own legion of converts. It’s tough to really boil down a Skinny Lister performance into a few hundred words: equal parts English folk music, sea shanty, and rum-soaked singalong. The 45-minute set included three separate band member crowd surfing appearances, including Michael Camino, who seems to have perfected the art of crowd surfing while playing the double bass without killing himself or anyone else. It really is a sight to behold, as is singer Lorna Davis’ constant ball of motion.

Beans On Toast, the alter-ego of British singer-songwriter Jay McAllister, kicked the evening off almost promptly at 6:30pm, getting off to a brief false start for technical difficulty-related reasons. Beans On Toast is a criminally-underrated songwriter; honest, thought-provoking, witty and uncomfortably funny. He might not necessarily look the part, what with his oversized outfit and lack of shoes, and he may have been playing a slightly larger stage than he’s used to in these parts, but McAllister’s storytelling was quick to win over the Boston crowd which can be notoriously fickle (we’re not quite Philadelphia, but we can be close at times). McAllister and Turner are old chums (it was Beans On Toast that convinced Turner to play the acoustic guitar a decade ago), and the former even joined the latter’s set as dance instructor during “Recovery,” which, when typed out, seems like a “you had to be there moment.” There are still plenty of dates left on the Positive Songs For Negative People tour; do yourselves a favor and “be there.”

Check out our photo gallery below.

Handsy Jim & The Horny Four (Folk) stream new album “Touch Feely”

Madison folk-punk act Handsy Jim & The Horny Four just streamed their debut EP “Touch Feely” on Bandcamp. Combining seven depressingly hilarious songs about alcoholism and loneliness, it’s well worth a listen. Best of all, it’s available for a price of your choice. Check it out below.

Will Tun and the Wasters release new album on Riot Ska Records

The U.K.’s Will Tun And The Wasters have just released their latest album, The Anachronist’s Cookbook on Riot Ska Records.

You can check out all 12 of the Celtic-inspired ska songs below.

Music Video: Fable Cry – “You Ain’t My Baby No More”

Spooky and theatrical gypsy punk act Fable Cry have released a video for their song “You Ain’t My Baby No More,” and you can check it out here.

“You Ain’t My Baby No More” comes from the bands latest album We’ll Show You Where The Monsters Are, which was released on August 25th, 2015.

DS Interview: Frank Turner on “Positive Songs For Negative People,” touring the US with his old mates, and writing a song for a fallen friend

Frank Turner at the Boston Calling Music Festival – photo by Jay Stone for Dying Scene

Frank Turner‘s reputations as both a seemingly tireless live performer and an open and honest songwriter (and interview subject) have been thoroughly vetted on these and other pages for years. As the thirteen pages of “Frank Turner” search results on Dying Scene alone will attest to, the English folk-punk troubadour (assuming that such descriptors are still necessary at this point) has been one of the most talked to, and talked about, members of the scene. (As an editorial side note, we should probably change that bio page on this set, lest people thing Poetry Of The Deed is still his forthcoming album…)

That the songs have become a tad glossier and a little (or at times a lot) more generally accessible to a broader audience is part of the natural order of things, but it hasn’t stopped Turner from staying true to his roots as an emotional storyteller. While much of the material on his latest release, Positive Songs For Negative People (Interscope Records/Xtra Mile Recordings) stays true to the theme spelled out in the album’s title, the closing track, “Song For Josh,” is as gut-wrenching as anything you’ll find in most artists catalogs. The ode to Josh Burdette, longtime employee and public face of Washington, D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club, was written just after Burdette’s untimely passing two years ago and recorded live at the 9:30.

The Dying Scene Radio fellas caught up with Frank on the eve of his current US tour that’ll find him on the road for the next six-weeks, traversing the States with Skinny Lister and Beans On Toast. You can check out that podcast entry here. Here at the print side of things at Dying Scene HQ, we chatted with Turner about the more emotional moments on Positive Songs For Negative People, about keeping up with a relentless tour schedule and all it entails, and about what happens if he achieves the long-term happiness he seems to pine for in his songs and inevitably turns into Jack Johnson.

It’s a pretty entertaining read, and you can check it out below. While you’re at it, head here to see where you can catch Turner and his comrades on the road.

The Bobs welcome special guest Frank Turner on this week’s episode of Dying Scene Radio

This week on Dying Scene RadioBob Noxious and Bobby Pickles welcome Frank Turner by way of the interwebs to discuss his new record, Positive Songs for Negative People. The Bobs can tell full well that Frank is highly disturbed by their uncouth, American manners and hacky, tabloid idiocy – but that doesn’t stop them from getting to the bottom of things, or learning about Lester Bangs. From being hungover on the set of his new Josephine video, to performing a “nearly” spot-on American accent while proclaiming his love and admiration of the deep south, Turner stays courteous to the Bobs, even while Noxious fields him questions, which were obviously researched via wikipedia. Say hello to the punk rock Bruce Springsteen! (At least we didn’t make that the headline). Unlike Mr. Pickles, who was on TLC’s America’s Worst Tattoos - Mr. Turner does not believe in cover-ups or regret, that’s why Frank has deemed his left leg, his “stupid tattoo leg”, sporting an image of Dale Earnhardt, a kangaroo with a unicorn horn, and a brandname of canadian prescription painkillers. Episode 30’s recurring themes: Bob’s admitted rampant file sharing abuses, his exploitation of hate mail and “not so secret” admirers, plus a new genre is born: polka-funk.

Hear all the incessant blathering, plus all the latest new music and headlines, below.

Frank Turner – Josephine
Frank Turner Interview Part 1
Science Club – The Lord Will Have His Terrible Vengeance
Contra Code – Screw Tape
Frank Turner Interview Part 2
Night Birds – Left In The Middle
Hopes – Trapped
Frank Turner Interview Part 3
Sundays – Power Of One
Million Dead – Breaking The Back
Frank Turner Interview Part 4
Band Of Homeless – Drink Again
Rusty Things – The Butchers Bill
Frank Turner Interview Part 5
Three Eyed Jack – Faded Memories
The Offenders – Harsh Reality

Rusty Things stream new EP “Dinosaurs Exist Again”

New Haven swing/folk act Rusty Things are now streaming their new EP titled Dinosaurs Exist Again and you can check it out below!

Dinosaurs Exist Again was released on September 19th and serves as a follow-up to the band’s 2014 EP The Hypocritopotamus. 

Rusty Things (folk-punk) detail new EP “Dinosaurs Exist Again”, premiere new track “The Butchers Bill”

New Haven swing/folk act Rusty Things will release a new EP titled Dinosaurs Exist Again on September 19th. Personally I’ve loved just about every single song these guys have put out, which is why I’m stoked that the band decided to give us a little taste of what’s to come in the form of a stream of “The Butchers Bill”, the first track from the release. It does not disappoint and you can give it a listen below.

Dinosaurs Exist Again will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2014 EP The Hypocritopotamus. 

Video: Steady Hands perform 3 acoustic tracks off new EP “Tropical Depression”

Steady Hands (the side project of Sean Huber of Modern Baseball fame) is the latest artist to appear on the Punks in Vegas Stripped Down Sessions. Huber plays three songs from his recently released ‘Tropical Depression’ EP in a hotel room in Vegas before his set at the Punks in Vegas 4 Year Bash.

Check out the videos from the session below.

Tropical Depressions was released on July 28, 2015 via Lame-O Records.

Andy And The Outsiders (folk-punk) announce debut release “Dinosaurs Ride Ponies”, premiere “LCDT”

Andy And The Outsiders is a brand project from Andreas Dahinden, front-man of Swiss ska-punk act Huge Puppies, and on October 10th they’ll be releasing their debut full-length “Dinosaurs Ride Ponies”. The project covers a wide array of influences from folk to ska and punk to indie rock so there’s a little something for everybody on this release.

Today we’re stoked to premiere the first track off the album. It’s my personal favorite and it’s titled “LCDT” and you can stream it below.

Music Video: The Pullmen – “Photograph”

California folk punks The Pullmen have released a lyric video for their song “Photograph,” and you can check it out below.

“Photograph” comes from the bands upcoming album Going Dark, which 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.

Album Review: Make War – “Make War”

Have you ever had a friend who went through a break up? Like, a really bad break up? One so bad, that it was literally all they  talked about for the next month? At first you probably felt bad for them, and lent a helpful ear to hear all about the loneliness and the heartbreak; but, after the seventh night in a row of watching them cry over their beer, you probably just wanted to roll your eyes and say “Jesus Christ, get over her (or him)!”  Well, in their self-titled, debut LP; Make War has dedicated nine songs to being the punk-rock equivalent of that kind of guy.

The album actually starts pretty strong, with the opening track, “Bloody Faces” delivering a short burst of folky guitar riffs, while the vocals move at a slightly faster pace than the melody, delivering this sense of angry desperation. The song also works particularly well because it has some nice contemplative lyrics, with clever lines like “forget about tomorrow, the car will turn into a pumpkin, and I’ll turn into a frog”. That said, because it’s so short, it almost feels like the band is trying to get it out of the way, so that they can focus entirely on the real meat of the album.

After the opening, every song that follows is a breakup song. Now, it’s not inherently wrong for an album to stick to a single theme, but in this case most of the songs end up blending together. “Just Listen To The Songs” definitely sounds nice, but there’s a weird over-saturation effect; the guitar’s rhythm is so frantic, and the drums beats are so continuous, that they start to drown each other out. The same thing happens in the fourth track, “Shorter Days and Longer Nights”, where the melody is bland to the point of barely being noticeable.

Fortunately, as the album proceeds, the instruments are given a little more room to breathe. “When The Poison Flows” has a nice rhythm, with an electric guitar working in tandem with an acoustic one, starting with a slow and contemplative pace before steadily building to something fast and triumphant.  “Another Way To Let You Go” is another stand out track, with its guitar solos sounding like riffs from some angry, amped-up country blues.

However, even when the instruments do keep things a little varied, there’s still the remaining problem of Jose Prieto’s croaking vocals. Now, most punk bands aren’t exactly renowned for their front-men’s gifted pipes, but there’s just something particularly grating about the singing throughout Make War. The problem is that Prieto just takes himself so damn seriously, whispering half the verses like they’re some kind of terrible secret, then screaming the other half like he’s just been tasered in the crotch. This is made more irritating when the lyrics just don’t have the same gravity their performance seems to be giving them. The worst offender is probably “Sweet Little Nightmares”, which roars the phrase “and I hope that you fucking get what you deserve” like it’s some deep revelation, when really it’s just kind of mean and nasty. Once again, it’s not necessarily wrong when an album wallows in bleak sadness; but, a skilled songwriter, like Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Sean Bonnette, knows how to lighten the load with a healthy dose of self-awareness. With Make War, there’s just a complete inability for the lead singer to see himself as anything other than the victim.

My biggest hope with Make War is that maybe its Prieto actually did just go through a breakup, and really needed to get all this stuff out of his system. There’s some talented musicianship at play, and even the lyrics do shine at points, like in “Cheers To Your”, where love is beautifully portrayed as some kind of cosmic force. But it ultimately feels like maybe the band’s members just didn’t have enough self-confidence to extend their reach, spending nine tracks accomplishing what could have been done with one.

2.5 / 5 Stars