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Show Review: Two Fisted Law’s final show with Jukebox Romantics & Lost In Society (August 12, 2017)

Eventually everything comes to pass, even we as humans will reach the inevitable end and have to face our own mortality…I have often wondered if it would be better to go quickly and silently without any notice of my own end. Or if it would be better to know ahead of time and be able to get all of my affairs in order, say good bye to all my loved ones, enjoy the pleasures of my favorite meals or films one last time and I don’t know maybe have one last party before my eventual demise.

Bands for the most part break up or give up after an internal dispute over art, or money or some personality conflict. And although it may not always come as a surprise to the band members themselves it often is a surprise to the world and to the fans. Well this Saturday I was able to witness a spectacle of punk rock love and brotherhood few have ever been able to experience…After over fifteen years of cross country tours, numerous lineup changes, on stage fistfights, and hundreds of drunken booze soaked practices and shows the boys from Two Fisted Law decided to call it quits in early spring of this year. Professionals that they were they kept every date they had booked on their calendar during 2017 and added one more…The Official Final Show which could not be held in their hometown of Danbury Connecticut due to the closing of their local venues Cousin Larry’s and The Heirloom Arts Theater so was held in neighboring New Milford Connecticut at the surprisingly large and well equipped Fast Eddies Billiards.

Upon arrival I was able to catch the last few frantically fast paced songs by Danbury locals and longtime Two Fisted Law friends Social Standards. The speed and aggression of their front man made me kick myself for missing most of the set and reminded me of my own mantra about always checking out every band at a show.

Next up in the lineup was a crowd favorite The Jukebox Romantics who quickly whipped everyone into a frenzy with front man Mike Terry screaming anthemic vocals to an audience of well-versed fans who sang along to every song while shaking fists into the air while slamming into one another…between songs the band would crack jokes and trade insults while sharing Two Fisted Law stories with the audience, this performance alone was worth the hour and a half drive I had to get to New Milford for this show.

After The Jukebox Romantics left the stage Asbury Park New Jersey’s Lost In Society who have just completed a tour with Face To Face and soon leave for tour with Unwritten Law took the stage and unleashed a super tight set of fast paced pop punk songs that again had the entire place dancing and singing along song after song as front man Zach Moyle leaped all over the stage like a man possessed…It was a truly exceptional performance and I can see why these guys are so popular at the moment.

After Lost In Society had finished the feel of anticipation grew as did the crowd which pushed out of the band area of the venue and crept into the main bar and pool playing sections of the club. In attendance was a who’s who of Northeastern punk bands including members of Damn Broads, Cry Havoc, Enziguri, The Lost Riots and others I’m sorry I recognized but could not identify.

It was now about 11:45 pm Two Fisted Law took the stage and current front man Lance thanked everyone for coming out and thanked the band for having them adopt him into the family and the set began…it was tight it was loud and it was fast as they blazed through song after song Lance screaming into the microphone as if his head was about to burst right off of his neck.

In between every other song Lance or Kyle would tell a little anecdote from a past show, or share some love for someone in the room, they thanked the opening acts all of whom have shared in the long and proud history of Two Fisted Law both on and off the stage. Then maybe 25-30 minutes in Lance invited Big Jym the previous and longtime front man up on stage to do a duet, and both men laid into 3-4 songs together the crowd going completely insane then Lance left the stage and the show continued on with Big Jym singing more fan favorites, another pause and the original drummer Matt Rosenzweig, original bassist Dave Haug and original Guitarist Ricky Foster took the stage with much adulation from the crowd of longtime fans they all shared a couple of jokes and insults back and forth and then Ricky sang a never before performed on stage song from the very first inception of the band from some 15-16 years ago before they all went back into the full show with Jym on vocals and the old lineup still in place the band rocked for over two hours in total playing possibly every song off of every release they had done…and in the end every member got on stage including once short term member Mike Terry of the Jukebox Romantics. Kyle Trocolla then again gave a short thank you speech to all in attendance and explained how the song Late Nights And Bar Fights Was indeed written for, and about, every fan who ever made it to any of their shows, they all shared a shot of whiskey and saluted one another and the crowd and then they all…5 Guitarists, 2 bassists, 2 drummers on 2 drum kits, and 2 front men all playing and singing in unison belted out that song. And they tore the house down…I have seen many great shows, I have seen many touching moments on stage, and I will say that as of today this one song at this one show, with everyone onstage playing their hearts out, and managing with all the booze and emotion to be so fucking tight and deliver the wall of sound that they delivered with that many people on stage playing together was bar none one of the greatest moments in punk rock history and I only which everyone in our world was able to experience that one song…It was truly the thing legends are made of.

R.I.P. Two Fisted Law.

Check out photos from the show by Just Vibe below.



Dr Beardface and the Spaceman release new video for “Shrink Rap”

Philadelphia rock band Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman have released a video for “Shrink Rap”, taken from last month’s album “Here For The Scraps”, out on Altercation Records.

You can watch it below. The album is up on Bandcamp now.



The Split Seconds release new video “Half Of The Time”

Washington DC pop punks The Split Seconds have released a video for “Half Of The Time”, a track from the band’s full length “Center Of Attention”, which came out on Altercation Records back in March.

You can watch the video below.



Lost In Society perform “Kid” for “Live From The Rock Room”

New Jersey’s Lost In Society recently swung through Mike Felumlee’s Rock Room outside Chicago for a live recording session. Check out the video of their performance of the track “Kid” right here.

“Kid” appears as one-half of a flexi single released to coincide with their current tour, which kicked off with a few nights with Face To Face a few weeks ago. You can order the limited edition flexi here.



Lost In Society stream tracks from upcoming 7″

New Jersey’s Lost In Society are releasing a 7″ flexi single to coincide with their upcoming tour. The single includes the songs “Kid” and “True.” You can stream it and check out their tour dates at Brooklyn Vegan and preorder the limited edition flexi here.

So red, so shiny.



NJ Alt-punks Lost In Society stream new music, announce shows with Face to Face

Asbury Park, NJ three piece Lost In Society have just released two new tracks dubbed, “Kid” and “True,” as well as announced a run of shows with punk rock staples, Face to Face.

The May 12th release of the vinyl flexi (which will contain both new tracks) is a follow up to the 2016  release of Modern Illusions. Both new tracks were recorded with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls.

You can stream the tracks here, and make sure to check out the show dates below.



Lost In Society announce new 2 song 7″

Lost In Society have announced a limited edition, red transparent 7″ flexi vinyl. The release includes two new songs, “Kid” and “True”, which were recorded with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls. The flexi will be released May 12th, and can be pre-ordered through the band’s merch store.

The band embark on a lengthy tour alongside the release – including a short run with Face To Face. Full dates are below.



Music Video: The Split Seconds – “Is This What I Get?”

DC’s The Split Seconds have released a brand new video for their song “Is This What I Get?”

You can check it out below.

“Is This What I Get?” comes from the bands’ latest album Center Of Attention, which was released on March 10th via Altercation Records.



Festival Review: The 7th Annual Altercation Punk Rock BBQ

Saturday March 18th at Kick Butt Coffee in Austin Texas, Altercation Records delivered another incredible day of punk rock fun at the 7th annual Altercation Punk Rock BBQ.

I have been lucky enough to experience the last 4 years of this event held each year in Austin during the South By Southwest Music Conference, and I have to say it is probably my favorite punk event after PRB, although it in no way compares size wise to major events like PRB or The Fest, the people at Altercation know how to throw a party! First off It’s free admission for all ages, there is free BBQ and free Beer for a limited time, this usually last for the first hour or so, during the first two sets, of which there are usually 10-12 sets of amazing bands, half of which are brand new up and comers, others are gritty road warriors who have been at it for years and usually there is at least one old classic band or figure like Cheetah Chrome, Fishbone, or Sylvain Sylvain…This year there were no classic punk acts, I don’t know maybe they are getting harder to come by? This year the venue also changed from the Vortex to a smaller indoor venue called Kick Butt Coffee, at first I was suspect of a punk show of this size in a coffee house, but Kick Butt Coffee is an actual venue with a stage and a full bar.

The place steadily filled and by the 4th set it was mobbed with the crowd spilling out into the parking lot, first up were The Glory Holes out of Memphis who do an all gay oriented Ramones styled pop punk that is really fun…Second to hit the stage was Heels who are a really awesome duo who are sort of like Lucero on speed…followed by New York City’s Jukebox Romantics who always put out a killer performance and this day was no different than the last few times I have seen them, super high energy take no prisoner punk rock…The next band up was a new one on the Altercation label who’s name it took me a minute to figure out; Dr. Beardfacé And The Spaceman, which if you don’t immediately get it is a hybrid of two television characters, Dr. Beardfacé from Scrubs, and Dr. Spaceman from 30 Rock.This band was new and interesting to me, the front woman Kerrie Trube has a really rich voice which during some songs really stood out, I think we will be hearing more from them in the future as their sound and live performance matures…After that was another new band on the Altercation roster The Split Seconds from Washington DC, this might be my favorite new act of 2017, The Split Seconds are a pop punk/retro punk band who have a fresh new sound yet still pull on my spirit of 77 heart strings, I really liked this set…They were followed by The Hangouts who reunited for this show, I love The Hangouts, I have seen them maybe 4 times and they are always great and I was stoked to see them reunite for this show…Next was Boston’s OC45 who do straight up Boston style punk rock, and they do it very well with lots of fist pumping whoa oh’s…American Pinup returned this year and as always delivered a phenomenal set, I don’t know if there is a better voice in rock & roll than Lauren West? This woman I adore…I felt bad for the next band up having to follow American Pinup but Houston’s Grizzly Band did not disappoint by any means, and truly rose to the occasion with a killer alt country set of their own, This is a band that you just have to see live at least once before you die…Mind Spiders were wow, these guys have a post punk garage rock vibe all their own…Then came From Parts Unknown out of Dallas whos Upright bass fueled set was breakneck and furious…And last in the lineup up was F Woods of Mercury Radio Theater form Philadelphia PA who brought solo guitar quirk to the BBQ which was unsurprising considering his regular touring alongside of The Dead Milkmen.

So there you have it the complete lineup, all in all one of the best shows I have been to, I watched all 12 sets and in all honesty have to say that the Altercation Punk Rock BBQ impressed me once again, not only was every band great, but the mix of genres and the placement in the lineup kept it interesting and kept us in the audience wondering what was next…Hope I can make it to number 8



The Dwarves announce Australian tour

Punk legends The Dwarves have announced they will be touring Australia this spring. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

The Dwarves last released a split 7″ with Svetlanas in 2016 through Altercation Records. Their latest studio album The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll came out in 2014.



The Split Seconds’ Drew Champion talks about getting into punk and how it shaped his life

Washington DC’s The Split Seconds front man Drew Champion tells us how he got into punk and how it has influenced his life.

I’ve been listening to punk rock my whole life. My Dad was into The Ramones and a lot of alternative rock. I remember hearing Sheena is a Punk rocker in the car when I was a little kid and having it stuck in my head for days. Later on I got into Green Day and Nirvana because all of my friends older siblings were into that stuff. I had no idea they were singing about doing meth and heroin and stuff, I just thought it sounded cool. After I heard Blink 182’s Dammit I started playing guitar. That catchy riff and the chunky palm mutes just hooked me. I got bored of listening to the super radio-friendly pop punk after a few months and started digging down below the mainstream of punk rock. I wasn’t really into the whiny screamo stuff coming out at that time so I ended up getting into DC Dischord bands like Minor Threat and U and not U, and 70’s bands like The Dead Boys and The Buzzcocks.

Punk rock has been really important in shaping my life. The individualism in punk rock taught me to think critically and to distrust groups of people under the influence of bad ideas. The irony is that it’s often the punks whose group think I find myself rejecting. The DIY ethos of punk rock taught me self reliance. I know that nobody is going to just hand something to me and I need to make things happen myself. That’s the Ian MacKaye influence. The democratic streak in punk rock taught me to treat people without regard to race, sex, sexuality, etc. That’s pretty basic but some people seem to have a hard time with that. Finally the minimalism of punk rock taught me to reject fancy and complicated solutions when something simple and solid will get the job done. The way that Johnny Ramone approached guitar is a good way to approach life I think. Just keep it simple and go for it.

The Split Seconds’ upcoming album Center Of Attention, is set to be released on March 10th via Altercation Records.



Jukebox Romantics announce first tour dates of 2017

Upstate New Yorkers The Jukebox Romantics will spend most of March on the road, with tour dates taking them down the East Coast and across Texas.  You can check out all the dates and places below.

The Jukebox Romantics plan to head out on another tour of the U.S. and Europe later in the year, to coincide with the release of a new full-length album.  The band anticipates a release date in late spring/early summer, so we will keep you posted on that.  They released their last full-length Transmission Down on October 16th, 2015, through Jailhouse Records.



Music Video: Dr. Beardface and The Spaceman – “I Need It”

Philadelphia rock band Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman have released a video for their song “I Need It.”

You can check it out below.

“I Need It” comes from the bands’ upcoming album Here For The Scraps, which is set to be released on May 5th via Altercation Records.



Altercation Records signs Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman

Altercation Records recently announced the signing of Philadelphia rock band Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman to their label.  Don’t let the band name fool you, this female-fronted 5-piece plays a really unique combination of rock tinged with punk, rockabilly, grunge, and 1950s rock n’ roll.

You can stream their 5-track EP called Get Funke, below.  We’ll keep you posted on upcoming releases from the band as details are made available.

Oh, and by the way, there should be an accent on “Beardface,” so apparently it’s really pronounced “Beard-fah-SAY.”



Music Video: The Split Seconds – “Cutting Out”

DC pop punk band The Split Seconds have released a new video for their song “Cutting Out.”

You can check it out below.

“Cutting Out” comes from the bands’ upcoming album Center Of Attention, which is set to be released on March 10th via Altercation Records.