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Less Than Jake announce European summer tour

In addition to touring North America with Reel Big Fish for the next two months, Gainesville ska-punk staples Less Than Jake have announced they will be heading overseas for a lengthy run of European shows this summer! Check out the full tour itinerary below.

Less Than Jake released their latest album See The Light in November of 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. They have since released 7″ singles for two tracks from the record – “Do The Math” and “American Idle.”



Joey Cape ranks his favorite Lagwagon albums

Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape recently did a pretty cool interview with Noisey in which he ranks Lagwagon’s albums from least favorite to most favorite and provides some pretty cool insight as to his justifications along the way.  For any Lagwagon fan its a fantastic read and I recommend you check it out right here.

Lagwagon last released Hang on October 28th through Fat Wreck Chords. It was the band’s first full-length album in nearly a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2005′s Resolve.



Banner Pilot release music video for “Dead Tracks”

Minneapolis punks Banner Pilot have released a music video for their song “Dead Tracks,” taken from 2014′s Souvenir. You can check the video out below.

Souvenir was released last April through Fat Wreck Chords. Banner Pilot’s currently touring Europe, and they have been working on a follow-up to the album for a few months now.



Swingin Utters parts ways with drummer Greg McEntee

California punk stalwarts Swingin’ Utters have announced that their drummer, Greg McEntee will be parting ways with the band.

Greg has released the following statement:

Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.

Swingin’ Utters last released Fistful of Hollow in 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords. The album served as a follow-up to 2013′s Poorly Formed.



NOFX, Lagwagon announced for “Fat Wrecked for 25 Years” celebration in Japan

If you’re like some of the more senior members of the Dying Scene staff, your personal foray into this crazy punk rock world overlaps completely with the existence of Fat Wreck Chords. As a result, 2015 is a pretty special year, as it marks a quarter-century since the first Fat Wreck release hit the streets!

To honor the occasion, the Fat Wreck crew will be embarking on what we think will be a series of pretty cool events. The first of those to be announced is being dubbed “Fat Wrecked For Twenty-Five Years,” and conveniently enough features the two very first bands to release albums on Fat Wreck, NOFX and Lagwagon. The gig takes place in Japan on November 23rd. No further information is available for now…but stay tuned! Meanwhile, check out the “Fat Wrecked for 25 Years” announcement video below.



Chris Cresswell (Flatliners) and Ian Graham (Cheap Girls) announce tour

Chris Cresswell, front man of The Flatliners, has added some US dates to follow his previously announced Canadian dates with Ian Graham (Cheap Girls). Check out the full list below to see if they’ll be playing near you.

Chris’s solo album was originally released digitally on May 16, 2014 via Joey Cape’s (Lagwagon) label One Week Records. It was later released on vinyl through Fat Wreck Chords.



Album Review: Darius Koski – “Sisu”

Darius Koski (of Swingin Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards) follows in a long line of punk rockers turned singer-songwriters.  But where a lot of his contemporaries come out sounding like a punk playing folk songs, Darius fully embraces his folk and country influences.  The end result, Koski’s debut solo effort Sisu, feels like a fully realized folk album with a punk rock edge.

The first song “Fond Of, Lost To,” is a perfect introduction to the album, and to the style of Darius’ solo material.  Acoustic guitar chords truck along with brushed drum beats and standup bass, all behind another guitar playing a riff that you will likely be humming all day.  The vocal style is soft and earnest, with just a hint of grit, and the end result is as catchy as any Swingin Utters song.  This track also introduces a more country tinged sound than what you’ll find on a Filthy Thieving Bastards record, something that is found throughout the whole album.

Koski explores many ideas and experiments with many different sounds throughout the album.  “Listen!” uses slide guitar and harmonic backing vocals to give it a traditional country sound.  “The Sound of Waves” leaves the listener feeling like a trip to the beach is needed, while “Paper Tigers, Plastic Lions” will make you want to find a haunted carnival.  And while every song sounds different, the whole album still flows together.

Sisu has a lot of high points, but not every song really grabs my attention.  Songs like “Empty Thing” and “Contacts and Contracts” seem like filler and I feel like the album would still have been great, maybe even better, if a few songs were cut from the list.  They’re not bad songs, they just don’t seem to really add anything to what is laid out by stronger tracks like the ones mentioned above and “So Help Me.”

Overall, Sisu, is a strong debut album for Darius Koski as a solo act.  It showcases a lot of different styles and influences in the 15 tracks he has put together over the last decade. Fans of the Filthy Thieving Bastards will surely find something to love here, but any fan of country tinged folk punk would likely also enjoy this one.

4/5 Stars



Album Review: Good Riddance – “Peace In Our Time”

“Peace In Our Time”, the highly anticipated new album from Santa Cruz’s punk icons Good Riddance, sounds ready to attack from the moment you spin it up.  The album’s opening track “Disputatio” is a war cry, with battle drums and lowdown river dragging bass guitar that will rattle your speakers and steel you for the onslaught ahead. You know 25 seconds in, and again at 37 seconds, that Good Riddance is interested in only one thing: picking up right where they left off.

With “Contrition”, one of their catchiest songs in years, and subsequently “Take It To Heart” one of their heaviest, three cuts in you start to think you might be listening to the best album of the year. Then “No Greater Fight” and the unbelievably toe tapping “Shiloh” blaze by kicking up a cloud of punk rock dust, and by the time “Dry Season” and “Year Zero”’s full fisted gut punchers send you to the Thesaurus in a way you thought only Bad Religion songs could, you fucking know you’re listening to the best album of the year.

Thematically, “Peace In Our Time” features some of the same timeless and, unfortunately, very relevant challenges to the listener to take a stand for peace in a peace-less time. To stand up for what is right, for equality and the right to live free. And that goes for human beings and animals alike, by the way. There are also more internal rumination’s, such as on “Washed Away” and the poppy “Grace and Virtue.” There are more mature thoughts and feelings explored and much of the anger toward the failed state is more analytical and less flash bang rally cry than before. But fuck, these guys are growing, their kids are growing, their world is growing, it would just ring false if they were still writing as if this was the year “Ballads From the Revolution” came out.

Typical of Good Riddance “Peace In Our Time” is also a brief little record. 14 songs that come and go in about the time it would take you to watch a “Modern Family” episode on your DVR. Most songs clock in around the two minute mark and not a single one is able to prolong its life long enough to grab three. But I don’t mind. Not only is this a tried and true operating procedure for this band, but the brevity actually helps sell the point they’re trying to make. Get in, hit ‘em with everything you’ve got, get the fuck out again.

Musically, this record sounds great. It was recorded at the new superstar studio of punk excellence The Blasting Room, in Ft. Collins, Colorado, by those magicians of paper sharp production, Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. “Peace In Our Time” is a lug nut of tightness, highlighting the instrumental prowess of Luke Pabich, Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers and the gritty sheen of Russ Rankin’s vocals, both individually and as a whole. Does it sound live off the floor? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like a band in a studio perfecting their sound. Which is also fine. If I want to hear the live versions of these songs, I’ll keep an ear to the grindstone as far as their tour dates are concerned.

I hate comparing records to other records. I’m a strong advocate for judging a record on its own laurels, not the laurels of the records that came before it. With that said, I like all of Good Riddance’s albums. They’ve never released something that I thought was less than stellar. That also doesn’t mean I can’t have fav’s. Like most people, I think “A Comprehensive Guide To Moderne Rebellion” is Good Riddance’s best effort. Would I piss myself if the band (or label) handed the master tapes over to Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore and had them beef the sound up a bit. Have “Moderne’’ be ‘’Moderne’’ but sound like ‘‘My Repulblic’’? Yes, I would piss right into my pants. But I’m not comparing this to that or to anything else. And as a record of its own accord, “Peace In Our Time” is great.

So forget the naysayers, forget the ‘aging punks’ comments, forget the last show or the hiatus or the reunion. This is Good Riddance, the same Good Riddance we know and love, the same Good Riddance we wanted this to be. And this is a Good Riddance record. And it fucking rules. You can go ahead with the microphone drop now Russ, you’ve earned it.

5/5 Stars



Bad Cop / Bad Cop reveal cover art & tracklist for debut album “Not Sorry”

Los Angeles pop-punks Bad Cop / Bad Cop have revealed the cover art and tracklist for their debut album Not Sorry, which is set to be released on June 16th through Fat Wreck Chords. The cover can be seen above, and the tracklist can be found below.

Not Sorry was produced by Fat Wreck owner/NOFX frontman Fat Mike, and it will serve as a follow-up to band’s 2014 Boss Lady 7-inch. Those of you on the west coast can catch Bad Cop / Bad Cop on tour with Good Riddance right now.



Good Riddance stream “Peace In Our Time,” first new album in 9 years

Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance are currently streaming their upcoming album “Peace In Our Time,” which is set for April 21st release through Fat Wreck Chords.

You can click here to stream it in the US through Pandora or here to stream it in Europe through Visions.de or here to stream it in Canada through Exclaim.ca!



The Real McKenzies release acoustic video of “Yes”

Celtic punk veterans The Real McKenzies have teamed up with Raw Cut Media to bring us an acoustic video of one of the band’s new songs, “Yes,” shot at the Place des Arts in Montreal, Quebec. Check out the rAwcousric session video below.

The song is taken from the band’s newest album, Rats In The Burlap, which was released on April 7, through Fat Wreck Chords.



DS Photo Gallery: Darius Koski record release show w/Ryan Davidson, Kemo Sabe, and Keyan Keihani Thee Parkside SF

I started my weekend off early last Thursday with the record release show for Darius Koski‘s brand new, debut solo full-length album entitled “Sisu”. Many may be familiar with Koski as longtime guitarist for famed punk band Swingin’ Utters, but what many may not know is that Koski’s musical influences are vast, and that some of the tracks from “Sisu” come from over a decade of songwriting.

Keyan Keihani was first to the stage, and gently prepared the crowd for a night of acoustic and folk. Keihani plays a soft, heartfelt mix of country, folk, and rock and it was a fitting opening act. His 2013 debut release “Eastbound” can be streamed here.

Kemo Sabe was next to warm the crowd – of which they made a quick affair. Stand up bass and ripping strings are the name of the game for this whiskey-filled trio. Fast folk-punk mixed with an energetic performance made for a stark contrast to the opener, and a bit unexpected…in a good way. There’s not much info out there on the band, but believe me I am hard at work scraping the bowels of the internet to get some more details.

I had never heard of Ryan Davidson before, but he’s friends with my friend Eric (of Camputee Press), so he was good in my book. While born and raised in Northern California, his songs definitely have a pronounced Irish/working class feel to them. I truly love the power that one voice and one acoustic guitar can have. Davidson’s emotions ooze out through his chords and his heart can be seen in his bellowing vocals. But it’s not all slow and reflective…just like classic pub-rock, there’s great hooks and tempo changes that propel you off your barstool. You can have a listen to some of Davidson’s tracks here.

The man of the hour, Darius Koski, was in rare form Thursday night. It was true delight to see Koski take the spotlight and shine. This is clearly not ‘punk’, and I’m not sure you can pin just one genre on “Sisu”. While many punk-turned-acoustic musicians may sometimes tend to get locked into the same style, Koski touches on Americana, roots, folk, country, rock, a touch of bluegrass, and more. His performance on Thursday was one man/one guitar, so many of the songs were a little more stripped-down, which was nice to see. “The Sound of Waves” was incredible to see live, to look at the passion in Koski’s eyes, and the awe of fans. But it was not all slow; “Howls from the Gale” and “Show Me The Way” kept the energy level up right til the end.

We are still streaming “Sisu” in its entirety, which you can listen to here.

Have a look at the complete photo gallery of the night’s performances below.



Video: Punk Rock Holiday 1.4 (what you missed at last year’s Slovenian punk festival)

The festival organizers for Slovenian festival Punk Rock Holiday just released a pretty cool recap video of last year’s event.  Between the green trees, beach, blue river and the bands who play this thing every year I’m going to go out on a limb and say this might be the coolest punk festival of the year.  If I lived anywhere near Slovenia I’d definitely make this an annual trip.

Anyway, the video has great music, little interview snippets and quality footage so if you’ve got 8 or 9 minutes to kill I suggest you do it below.

2015′s festival is already in the works.  It will take place on August 4-7th and has already announced a plethora of bands including Satanic Surfers, Against Me!, Mad Caddies  and more.  Check out their website for more info.



Good Riddance release music video for new song “Disputatio” off upcoming album “Peace In Our Time”

Yes!  Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance have premiered another new song off their upcoming album Peace In Our Time.  The tune is called “Disputatio” and you can check out a music video for it below.

Peace In Our Time is set to be released on April 21st through Fat Wreck Chords. Good Riddance will supporting the album with a string of record release shows across California.



Darius Koski streaming debut solo album “Sisu” in its entirety

Today marks the release of Swingin’ Utters guitarist Darius Koski’s debut solo album, entitled “Sisu”, through Fat Wreck Chords.

As a little treat to the anticipating, Koski is streaming the new album in its entirety, which you can check out below.

Darius is touring the West Coast this month, so be sure to have a look at tour dates and locations below.