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Album Review: The Royal They (garage punk) – “Foreign Being”

The Royal They may not be tearing up the airwaves nationwide but New York knows it has a homegrown treasure going on in the Brooklyn based 3-piece, and in the immortal words of New York hip-hop legend Cam’Ron “you can fool the rest of the world, long as New York know.” The group has been packing rooms within northern Brooklyn’s DIY garage rock scene and they are primed to blast off into the general lexicon of rock ‘n roll due to their flawless mix of garage, punk, and indie to create a sound that is equal parts aggressive and angelic.

Their January 2018 release Foreign Being is a magnificent listen from start to finish. It comes on extremely abrasive with their tune “C.N.T.” a track that goes from dark and heavy too fast and loud. The group’s frontwoman and guitar player Michelle Hutt puts on quite a vocal performance on the album’s first track going high and loud without ever shrieking. “Sludgefucker” comes on next which keeps going with the fast and loud guitars, but the shift in vocal performance makes this tune come off a lot more in the vein of indie rock than punk. It really highlights the power of their lead singers voice to determine the overall direction of the group’s sound.

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The Royal They performing at Pet Rescue in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Not to take anything away from the other two fabulous musicians in the band Darrell Dumas and Rick Martinez on guitar and drums respectively because they both delivered spectacular performances on Foreign Being, but the voice on Hutt is truly transcendent.

The album’s third track “Flying Naked” is by far the longest, coming in at more than a minute longer than anything else on the record. The Royal They use all of that time to let the suspense and intrigue build before they tear it all down with one of their signature heavy breakdowns. “Pandemic” is another heavy and loud one but they never get so loud that Hutt’s voice isn’t the focus of the track. She really does have an incredible set of pipes to be able to wail over her exceptionally talented albeit heavy-handed band mates.

The record takes a distinctly indie turn following “Pandemic” as it goes into the significantly lighter tunes “Veritas,” “Needler,” and “Waiting Game.” They still bring the hard and heavy guitars and they start using feedback and fuzz almost like an instrument of its own. But the songs really allow the prettiness of Hutt’s voice to shine through in a way that the earlier tracks just did not.

“Say Less” is the album’s eighth song and for my money, it is the undeniable hit. Of every track on the record “Say Less” is the one that really allows all of the different influences that have affected The Royal They’s music to gel together to make for an outrageously raucous punk tune that still allows for Michelle’s gorgeous voice and the indie/pop punk aesthetic that keeps The Royal They from jumping headfirst into punk rock.

“Leech” comes on strong with a driving drum riff which breaks into a power cord laden anthem complete with call and response gang vocals. They follow that up with “Gullethead” and “Weekender” to round out what is a tremendous effort by a band on the rise in the Big Apple.

4.5/5 Stars



THICK (punk) releases video for “Girlie”

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THICK at Palisades in Bushwick, Brooklyn, winter of 2016.

New York punk three-piece THICK released a brand new video on January 18th for their tune “Girlie” and it’s the group’s first new track since October of 2016. “Girlie” is a kick-ass song that uses some pretty intense vocal harmonies to sell the chorus and it translated into an even more kick-ass video complete with lighthearted shenanigans, headbanging and a group of incorrigible ladies reaping havoc all over New York City.

Check out the video below.

THICK has quite a few New York area shows coming up in the next few months, so now is the time to see them on the cheap before they start selling out venues nationwide.



The Royal They (NY Punk) stream new album “Foreign Being”

New York punks The Royal They are streaming their new album Foreign Being.

You can give it a listen below.

Foreign Being was released on January 13th, 2018 via King Pizza Records.



DS Exclusive: Narcos Family Band (Garage Punk) Premiered New EP “Pink Blues”

Philadelphia’s Narcos Family Band is the heaviest band you’ve never heard of. The abrasive seven-piece employs element s of punk, metal, hard rock, and garage to make for one of the most noticeable sounds of the new year. But why should I tell you about it when they can put it so much better Themselves:

“Narcos Family Band is the Philly Rock n Roll cult you’re already a part of. Rot-gut, dope-smoked, gutter-fuzzed Punk that makes people want to root through the trash in search of treasures unknown to humankind. Welcome to the Family.”

Their ridiculously heavy 4-song E.P. Pink Blues will be available for purchase and download on Dec. 31 but can be streamed right now exclusively at Dyingscene. And just click here here to get a pre-order of the limited edition pink and blue cassettes.



The Mad Doctors (punk) stream new single “Yuengling Malmsteen”

Brooklyn, New York’s The Mad Doctors have got to be the hardest working band in the big apple. It seems like they just can’t go a week without a gig, a release, or getting up and out of NYC for tour dates all over the North East and beyond.

Just yesterday Seth Applebaum, Josh Park, and Greg Hanson released another new single with “Yuengling Malmsteen,” which is their beer soaked side of a split 7” with fellow Brooklynites Heavy Traffic. The new tune came on Aug. 11 along with an announcement of the opening of vinyl pre-orders which will be available Sept. 22.

“Yuengling Malmsteen” is the right sort of track to hit the booze hard to, and then to hit someone else. It’s the sort of song that you can envision a liquor fueled barroom brawl between gargantuan bikers and dangerous punks going down in your local dive. Give it a listen below.



Album Review: The Mad Doctors / Sun Voyager – Split 7 “

Brooklyn based cassette tape magnate King Pizza Records are cruising into the summer with a luscious sampling of new music including the two year old label’s first vinyl ever, the Mad Doctors / Sun Voyager Split 7”.

It’s obviously not a long listen but there is a whole lot going on in the six minute and 34 second run time of Mad Doctor’s drummer, Greg Hanson’s, pet project’s first offering of tracks on wax. Each band selected one of their heavier tunes for their vinyl debut, and the two tracks fit together quite smoothly to make A coherent EP, exhibiting the intended direction of boutique label.

The record’s side one is The Mad Doctor’s side and their track “Rusty Knife,” dives right in with pounding drums and shrieking guitars, joined shortly by lead singer Dr. Seth Applebaum’ fuzzed out vocals, the track is a fuzzed out mix of punk and hard rock. The band has a tongue and cheek medical theme around their music and live shows, and during their live performances, the band makes a habit of dressing in lab coats, rubber gloves, and surgical masks. The medical theme also bleeds into the recorded tracks, a la lyrics about a surgeon cutting into patients with the titualr rusty knife.

Side two belongs to Sun Voyager, named after A Winnebago model. Their side of the record falls into the vein of psyche rock, with more droning and reverb laden vocals and heavier break downs than side one. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent Phoenix based psyche rock gods DESTRUCTION UNIT, minus two guitars and about three layers of distortion. Sun Voyager’s sound isn’t quite as punk as their label mate The Mad Doctors, they certainly match them blow for blow in heavyness.

The recordings were done with a little more attitude than expertise, but that’s exactly what King Pizza Records is going for. The Split 7” may not be the most technically proficient rock ‘n roll tracks ever recorded, but they are some of the fuzziest and funnest.

3.5/5 Stars