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If you dig new wave punk rock in the vein of The Epoxies or Phenomenauts then we have a treat for you! Buffalo's Creepozoid is a new band formed by the singer and drummer of Seven Thirty Seven (another band we did a band spotlight on) and a couple other dudes from other bands. In their own words, "all members wanted to record, experiment and try something new, this is the result." "This" being their debut 3 song EP "Invasion Of The Brains" which you can stream in full and download for free on their bandcamp.
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Also, the tour has now doubled in size, to accommodate the overwhelming demand. In addition to the previously announced shows, the bands will play four more dates. Check the full, updated list of shows below, along with a video announcement from Joey and Chris Flippin of Lagwagon.
Tickets for the previously announced shows, along with the second London show are already on sale. The three remaining new shows go on sale right here this Friday.Add to My Radar
Transmission.Alpha.Delta. is set to be released on March 24th through Fat Wreck Chords, serving as a follow-up to 2009′s Agents of the Underground. The band will be supporting the release on their upcoming US tour.Add to My Radar
It might seem like Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish were just on the road together for a whole bunch of North American tour dates (because they were), but that’s not stopping them from getting right back out there late this spring!
Based on the overwhelming success of their six-week tour this winter, LTJ and RBF will head out for another six weeks-or-so in May and June. The jaunt kicks off May 7th in Tempe, Arizona, and runs through June 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (March 27th), but pre-sale bundles are available here today. Support on this tour will come from The Interrupters and Ballyhoo; head below to see the full rundown.
Less Than Jake released their latest album See The Light in November of 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar
Anyone who was worried that they would have to wait another seven or eight years to hear some new music from Western Addiction can rest easy. Just a little over a year after the release of the Pines EP the band is already back with a brand new 7-inch, I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be. Containing three new songs, this 7-inch shows no indication that the band plans on slowing down anytime soon.
The title track, which features guest vocals from Serpent Crown’s Dara Santhai, is a pounding, balls-to-the-wall rock tune, with a heavy riff that wouldn’t sound out of place in a large arena. We’re talking AC/DC big sounding here. Fortunately, the lyrical content is more grounded and focuses on the harsh reality that your life won’t end up the same way that you might have hoped or imagined when you were younger.
The next two tracks tone down the big riffs in favor of a more hardcore approach: “Cold-Hearted Maceration” is fast, and bass driven, while “Clatter and Hiss” is even more stripped down and raw, and wouldn’t sound out of place on an early 80’s DC compilation. (“Clatter and Hiss” is labeled as a demo to be re-recorded for Western Addiction’s next LP, but it sounds so great here that hopefully it won’t change too much).
I’m Not the Man That I Thought I’d Be is only three songs and clocks in at under ten minutes. But as everyone knows, quality over quantity, and Western Addiction succeeds on that front. It goes hand-in-hand with Pines and should tide fans over until the band finally releases their long-awaited second full length album.
4 / 5 – Listen to it below.
RIYL: Black Flag, The Bronx, New Mexican Disaster SquadAdd to My Radar
I’m not the greatest interviewer in the world; not by a long shot. My Dying Scene Radio co-host, Bob Noxious, is far superior. Constantly talking over people and trampling guests with my idiotic blather, I am still learning how to deliver the question and then shut the heck up. I’m definitely aware of my own idiocy. Still, there’s some good that comes with being a good talker. For instance, I managed to talk my way into a press pass and an interview with Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia, last Friday, (the 13th, coincidentally), prior to the first stop on the band’s east coast tour at The Bowery Electric in New York City.
I asked Blag about his band’s excessive use of nicknames, the extent of their DIY operation (“Why not hire a lowly assistant to respond back and forth to assholes like me?), and whatever happened to his now defunct punk rock podcast, Radio Like You Want. Without breaking character, Blag quips about his band being somehow linked to Islamic Fundamentalism, while boasting about being tall and having a large penis. So, whatever your opinion of my bumbling style – I do somehow manage to elicit interesting banter. Well, you tell me.
Checkout the full video interview below.Add to My Radar
Strung Out‘s 8th album “Transmission.Alpha.Delta” is finally ready to drop and it sounds every bit as good as you remember them and even sees the band adding a modern touch to an ageing era’s take on the melodic punk rock we’ve come to know and love.
The record has been long delayed and highly anticipated since Strung Out announced the pending release waaaaay back in 2012. The band has covered a lot of ground across its many releases ranging from fast skate punk, melodic pop punk and even incorporating metal and hardcore styles amongst it all. The thing is, you never really know which side of the band you’ll see with each new release. Luckily “Transmission.Alpha.Delta.” rewards listeners with a familiar-yet-new experience of fast, melodic and powerful music and it sounds great!
The opening track “Rats In the Walls” is a strong opener with familiar leads and riffs over the melodic skate punk rock that has made them a legacy band. The drums are bright and crisp and the guitars are typically up front and super tight. The syncopated palm muting, solo’s and lead breaks just shred and the bass keeps the low end in tow. It’s a great set up for what is to follow.
Vocally Joson Cruz is sounding as confident as ever, favoring less of the coarse styles of earlier works and leaning toward melody and movement instead. There’s some terrific backing vocals and “Black Maps” contains some great guitar work with cool harmonies and a very tidy solo in the middle reminding us that this band is never content to settle on just four chords and a punk beat. The years of playing are evident here.
“Spanish Days” – as the name suggests contains some Spanish/flamenco moments (however brief) that contrast really well against the group vocals and key change in the chorus! It’s little things like this which shows you the level of investment the band has in the music.
“Tesla” is riffy and a little more “a la Twisted by Design-era” than some of the other songs, an element fans will be familiar with from a band that has made a name for themselves for incorporating techy and metal idea’s into the mix. Note: see the last track “Westcoasttrendkill” for an even finer example!!
On the flip side “Nowheresville” could’ve been lifted off “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues”. Old school FatWreck/Pop Punk fans..start here! Great vibes!
The only criticism I have of this record is that after about 5 or 6 songs I’m ready to hear something else because it all starts to feel like stuff I’ve heard before. The band is getting better at their craft, there’s no doubt about that, but on “Transmission.Alpha.Delta” they haven’t necessarily broken new ground. Nothing here has me hooked or jonesin’ for what might come next like those first few albums the band put out. For me, “Transmission.Alpha.Delta” feels predictable and a little formulaic… even for Strung Out, coming across as a little safe compared to releases from some of today’s other acts (A Wilhelm Scream, Such Gold, Anchors).
Having said that, this 12 song record showcases a little bit from most of the different Strung Out eras so most fans of the band are going to lap this up! The material will no doubt come alive on stage and would be well worth seeing performed live. Hats off to Fat Wreck for finally getting this out to us because more Strung Out is still better than none!
Earlier this week, part one of new a docu-series on the creation of NOFX frontman Fat Mike’s (s)hit musical Home Street Home hit the web. Today, part two of “The Making of Fat Mike’s Punk Rock Musical” has gone up, and you can check it out below.
In addition to being a theatrical stage production, Home Street Home was also released as an 18-track concept album featuring performances from Fat Mike and NOFX, as well as late No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly, Frank Turner, and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio (and, as of January, Blink 182), among others. Head over here to read our review of the record.Add to My Radar
Teenage Bottlerocket have released a music video for yet another new song from their highly-anticipated upcoming album Tales From Wyoming, but this time it’s not a love song, or even one about a haunted house. This time, it’s a Minecraft-inspired track titled “They Call Me Steve.” Yep, you read that right, and you can check the video out below.
Tales From Wyoming is set to be released on March 31st through Rise Records. The album will serve as a follow-up to Teenage Bottlerocket’s last full-length Freak Out!, which was released in 2012 on Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar
Celtic punk veterans The Real McKenzies are gearing up to release their upcoming album “Rats In The Burlap” next month (April 7th) through Fat Wreck Chords, but what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with the release of a new track from the upcoming work?!
The new song is entitled “Yes”, and you can have a listen here.
“Rats In The Burlap” serves as follow-up to the band’s 2012 “Westwinds” release. The band will be touring in support of the album from early March through the end of May.Add to My Radar
The punk rock musical will have an initial run of only ten performances at the Z Space in San Francisco, California on February 20-22, February 26-March 1, and March 5-7. You can purchase tickets here.Add to My Radar
If you’re not aware of Canada’s The Flatliners, you’re missing out. They are one of the best punk rock bands to come out of North America in the last fifteen years. 2013’s Dead Language was (in my opinion) a masterpiece, and I always wondered why the record’s opening track “Resuscitation of the Year” wasn’t a single. Well, recently Fat and the band announced they would be releasing it as such, on a 7” which contains a Dead Language B-side on the other side entitled “Fangs.”
If at this point you haven’t heard the song “Resuscitation of the year,” it’s one of the best in the band’s discography and definitely one of the best punk rock songs released in 2013. The song, which is on the A-side of the 7”, is a super fast, upbeat skate punk-ish tune, which is at times very reminiscent of NOFX’s Punk in Drublic. To reiterate what I said before, it’s probably one of the best punk rock songs to come out in the past ten years.
The B-side “Fangs” is more of a hardcore tune, but equally skatey (think bands like Off! or Jealous Again era Black Flag). While it’s definitely a good song (the Flatliners rarely do any wrong), tonally it seems to be completely different than the A-side track, and personally I didn’t think the two songs complemented each other as well as the band or I may have hoped. Where as the first song is a bit faster and poppier, the second is heavier and much darker sounding.
All of that said, I’m going to give this a 4/5. Both songs on the EP were good, and The Flatliners are an amazing band. Huge Flatliners fans will love this, and if you’re a vinyl collector who’s not a fan but is interested, this 7” would be a good place to start.
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Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape and Swingin’ Utters guitarist Darius Koski sat down together recently for a joint interview on Exclaim TV. In the video, they read and answer questions that were submitted by the bands’ fans. Check it out below.Add to My Radar
Hold on to your butts, because Strung Out has released a stream of the second single off their long-awaited album Transmission. Alpha. Delta. The song is called “Spanish Days” and you can give it a listen below.
The band will be touring North America in support of the release this spring. La Armada will be joining them on all dates, and Masked Intruder and Red City Radio will provide support on the first and second halves of the tour, respectively.Add to My Radar