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Exclusive: Jason Cruz spills surprising details on new Strung Out EP “Black Out The Sky”

Last week word quickly spread through the interwebs that California punk legends Strung Out had begun working on a new album titled “Black Out The Sky”. Beyond that, details were largely nonexistent, but luckily for you DS readers we were able to get the full scoop directly from singer Jason Cruz himself.

What we learned is as exciting as it is unexpected. Basically, this isn’t going to be your standard Strung Out release. For one, it’s going to be acoustic. Yeah. Second, its apparently going to be some of the band’s “darkest” work to date. Intriguing! Here’s exactly what Cruz told us:

“Strung out is currently working on a 5-7 song EP entitled “Black Out The Sky” set to release early summer 2017 on Fat Wreck Chords. BOTS will be a collection of acoustic songs written with a loose theme to match the title. To simply call it an ‘acoustic album’ would not be doing it justice and it very well may be our darkest release yet.

Never writing same record twice – yet at the same time staying true to our fans has always been our priority as a band. We do not plan on abandoning our signature sound but with the way things are now, this record may be the perfect remedy in a world where everything is turned up to eleven. We are confident fans of Strung Out will not be disappointed.”

We’ll keep you posted as progress is made on the album and with any luck we’ll convince the band to let us premiere a song early for you guys. Stay tuned!

Strung Out’s last album Transmission.Alpha.Delta was released in early 2015 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Lineup Announced for Punk Rock Bowling East (NOFX, Buzzcocks, The Specials and more)

The lineup for the 2017 installment of Punk Rock Bowling East has been announced, and it’s a legend-filled doozy!

The two-day festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park takes place June 10th and 11th. The Saturday lineup includes The Specials, Dillinger Four, The Explosion, PUP and more, while the Sunday lineup features headliners NOFX playing alongside the likes of heavyweights like the Buzzcocks, Leftover Crack, the Pietasters, (the New) Darkbuster, Bigwig and more. You can see the full lineup up above.

Single-day tickets for PRB-East go on sale March 3rd, but two-day passes are on sale this Friday (February 17th) right here!



Strung Out begin work on new album, reportedly titled “Black Out the Sky”

California punk legends Strung Out announced on their Facebook page earlier today that they have begun work on their follow-up to 2015’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta. The band writes:

“Well it has begun! Are you ready for something new? We are working on something and it’s gunna be something very special. Stay tuned.”

According to Melodic Punk Style, the new album will be called Black Out the Sky, and will be produced by Kyle Black, who produced Transmission.Alpha.Delta. There is no word on a possible release date at this time, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Strung Out record come to light.



Watch this fan made video for Tony Sly’s “Toaster In The Bathtub”

Fat Wreck Chords recently uploaded a fan made video for Tony Sly’s song “Toaster In The Bathtub.”

You can check it out below.

“Toaster In The Bathtub” comes from Tony Sly’s 2010 solo record 12 Song Program.



The Flatliners to release new album “Inviting Light” on April 7th

Toronto punks The Flatliners have some good news for all of us. The band will release a brand new full-length album on April 7th called Inviting Light. This will be their first record with Rise Records, produced by Peter Pablo and Derek Hoffman.

On the topic of the new album, frontman Chris Cresswell explains:

Inviting Light is about trying to keep up with life around you but also wading through the potential bullshit of people thinking that a digital landscape is more important than their friends. It’s inevitable that you’re fighting for people’s attention now, whether you’re a band or an individual, and there’s not as much value placed on face-to-face human interaction as there is in elevating the profile.

He adds, It’s exciting for a band to be 15 years into their existence and have this. It’s a refreshing thing.

In light of this announcement, the group is streaming a brand new song called “Human Party Trick”, which you can listen to below while you check out the sweet looking cover art and track list. There is currently a pre-order happening for the album – you can check that out here and reserve your copy now.

Inviting Light will serve as a follow-up to the band’s recent 2-song EP, Nerves (debut Dine Alone Records release), as well as their 2013 album, Dead Language. 



Fat Wreck Chords and Dine Alone team up to release The Dirty Nil’s “Minimum R+B”

Didn’t see this one coming, that’s for sure!

Canadian punk rock trio The Dirty Nil have announced plans for a new release, “Minimum R&B.” It’s comprised of eleven tracks from the band’s back catalog, including one song that’s heretofore never been released. In a cool twist, the album is being released by the mighty Fat Wreck Chords in the States, with The Dirty Nil’s label, Dine Alone Records, taking care of the worldwide release. It’s due out April 28th; pre-orders will be available soon, so stay tuned.

Head below to check out the tracklisting for “Minimum R&B,” plus the full rundown of The Dirty Nil’s upcoming Canadian and European tour dates, alongside bands like The Menzingers, The Flatliners, and Billy Talent.

The Dirty Nil released their debut full length, “Higher Power,” through Dine Alone last year, and released a 7-inch (“Cinnamon”/”Guided By Vices”) on Fat back in 2014!



The Real McKenzies release new video for “Due West”

Celtic punks The Real McKenzies recently announced plans for their upcoming record, Two Devils Will Talk, and they have just released a new video for “Due West,” which will be featured on the new album.  You can watch it below

Two Devils Will Talk will be released on March 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords. This will be their first release since 2015’s Rats in the Burlap.



Me First And The Gimme Gimmes announce tour dates supporting upcoming greatest hits collection

Get your best Hawaiian shirts ready, boys and girls; Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have got a busy 2017 in the works!

As you probably already know, the band were added to the lineup at this coming May’s Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. Today brings with it not only a slew of new international tour dates, but a brand-new release as well!

First things first. The new album is called “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits,” and features seventeen of the band’s favorite tracks from their seven full length releases. Check out the tracklist below. “Rake It In” is due out April 7th on Fat Wreck Chords (obviously); stay tuned for pre-order details.

Next up, as mentioned above, is a whole crap ton of tour dates that will find the five-some playing in Europe and the States a bunch between now and July 1st. A bunch of the European and American dates will feature main support from Masked Intruder, and PEARS and Together Pangea will also be making appearances. Scott Shiflett (Face To Face) will be filling in for his brother on guitar, while the almighty Jay Bentley will be filling in for Fat Mike on bass. Check out the rundown below as well!



7″ REVIEWS: NOFX – “HEPATITIS BATHTUB” and “OXY MORONIC”

I’m trying to keep emotion out of this. I saw on the Fat Wreck Chords website that NOFX was releasing a brand new 7″ called Hepatitis Bathtub featuring similar artwork to that of their book of the same name. The item description on the Fat Wreck Chords website gave no information other than the track listing, but since this was less than two months following the release of their best full-length studio album at least since 2006 I assumed that this new record consisted of First Ditch Effort rejects. Of course I’d recognized the title “Nothing But A Nightmare”, a Rudimentary Peni cover song that was performed on NOFX’s 1995 live album, but I’d thought the band must have re-recorded it, as they had laudably re-recorded “Hold It Back”, another 1980s track, a few years ago. Songs “Young Drunk and Stupid” and “Death of a Friend”, judged by their titles, seemed spot on with other First Ditch Effort song topics, as well as prominent themes in their collective autobiography.

But no, this record does not consist of new songs, or even of new recordings of old songs. Rather, these songs were recorded in 1987 “in a basement in Omaha”, before NOFX signed with Epitaph Records and long before El Hefe was a member of the band. To be fair, I did find a press release on the Fat Wreck Chords website from a few weeks prior to the release date that described the Hepatitis Bathtub EP as consisting of a “recently unearthed, crazy old NOFX recording to go along with the crazy old stories in the book.” So, while this information wasn’t, and still isn’t, in the item description on the Fat website, had I done a little more research I wouldn’t have felt as let down the first time I gave it a listen after receiving my pre-order in the mail.

For those yet to delve into the first chapter or two of NOFX’s career, be aware that Fat Mike and Company weren’t very good in the 1980s. Liberal Animation (1988), the band’s debut LP, may be hard to listen to but compared to the earlier stuff it’s pristine. The recording quality on Hepatitis is poor, but if we can look the other way for Operation Ivy, then we can forgive NOFX, too; it’s the songs that matter most. But severely lacking in NOFX’s early work are melodies. The band was stylistically more hardcore-punk back then, but on the occasion Fat Mike attempted a melody he too often paralleled the guitar riffs and bass lines, rather than having a distinct vocal melody with instrumental accompaniment. This is evident at times on each Hepatitis song, particularly “Too Mixed Up” and “Nothing But A Nightmare”, the latter of which is longer than I’d previously known it to be (I admit I’m not familiar with the original version); the band must not have thought the song was worth playing in full on I Heard They Suck Live (1995).

Now, I feel like I know kind of a lot about NOFX . Still, Maximum Rocknroll, a compilation of pre-Epitaph NOFX recordings, is one NOFX record I’ve had trouble spending much time with. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the compilation that upon seeing the track listing for Hepatitis Bathtub I didn’t recognize the titles “No Problems” and “Too Mixed Up” from Maximum Rocknroll. The versions are slightly different, but that would have gone unnoticed, too, had I not looked it up out of sheer curiosity. This “new” EP’s bright spot is “Young Drunk and Stupid”. It’s impossible to make out the lyrics, but the overall composition has by far the most depth, and would most benefit from a re-recording a la “Hold it Back”. All in all, this new release of old material is a disappointment.

Also released sporadically throughout the fall, and on various colored vinyl, was the Oxy Moronic 7” single, dubbed “Original Demos #3” by Fat Wreck Chords. With the album version on side A and a demo version of the same song on side B this record struck me as a cop-out money-grabbing gimmick, but I overpaid for it on eBay anyway.

And I’m glad I did! “Oxy Moronic” is one of the stronger songs on an album filled with strong songs, but to see where it came from is fascinating. The demo version bears the same title and the occasional lyric – although “Oxy Moron” is uttered repeatedly, not “Oxy Moronic” – but otherwise it sounds like a completely different song. While faster, the demo is simply not as clever melodically or lyrically as the final product, and, for what it’s worth, the production quality of a demo is never as good as the studio version, though this track still blows the Hepatitis Bathtub EP out of the water. If only someone could provide a detailed step-by-step description of how the First Ditch Effort version came to be. Maybe for their next book.

In summary: NOFX still good, Hepatitis Bathtub EP bad, Oxy Moronic 7” interesting.

 



Western Addiction stream new song “Taedium”

San Francisco punks Western Addiction have premiered a new song titled “Taedium,” which features guest vocals from Propagandhi‘s Todd Kowalski. You can give the track a listen below.

The band’s upcoming album Tremulous is set to release on March 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-orders are now available on the label’s webstore.



PEARS stream new song “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song”

New Orleans punk act PEARS recently made a record store day 7″ available as a digital release.  Check out “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song” below.

PEARS’ sophomore full-length Green Star was released on April 1st through Fat Wreck Chords.



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes added to Punk Rock Bowling lineup

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are the latest band to join the lineup for the 2017 edition of Punk Rock Bowling. The Las Vegas punk festival’s current lineup also includes Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Bouncing Souls, Choking Victim, and many others.

For more info, head over to PRB’s website.

The Gimmes last released Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! in 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Useless ID perform for Bridge City Sessions

Useless ID are the latest artist to perform for Bridge City Sessions. The band played “Land of Idiocracy” and “Stopwatch” as their live offering. Both tracks are from last year’s “State Is Burning“.

You can watch the session below.



Denizen Records stream compilation “Punk Against Trump”

Denizen Records have released an anti-Trump compilation. The record features twenty-two tracks of political punk rock and hardcore from the likes of Dwarves , Second In Line, and OC45.

You can enjoy the full compilation below.



NOFX stream video for “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”

NOFX are streaming a video for their previously released track “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”. The song was originally featured as part of the band’s 7 Inch Of The Month Club in 2005. You can watch the video below.