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The Drowns (punk) stream new song “Take Me Back”

The Drowns, the new three-piece punk band from Seattle and Los Angeles, featuring members of Success, The Shell Corporation, Madcap, and The Briggs, are streaming their new song “Take Me Back.”

You can give it a listen below.

“Take Me Back” comes from the bands’ upcoming debut album, View From the Bottom, which is set to be released on August 31st via Live From the Rock Room, Bypolar Records, and 1984 Records in the US, and Gunner Records in Europe. Pre-orders are available here.



New Music: Tied To A Bear (Boston punk) debut “Denied” from upcoming album, “True Places”

Happy Monday, boys and girls! We’ve got a hell of a gift to kick off your work week. New music from Tied To A Bear!

The Boston-based four-piece, which features members of Choke Up, Wolves and the Radio and Landmines as well as solo artist Jeff Rowe, have been busy in their other projects but somehow found the time to crank out a stellar new full-length, True Places. It’s due out later this spring on Gunner Records in Europe and Gunner Records USA, and we’ve got a sneak peak for you; it’s a track called “Denied,” and you can check it out below.

True Places is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 album, Safe, Boring & Safe. Stay tuned for pre-order options as they become available! You can also check out dates for the band’s first European tour, which kicks off May 10th in Bremen, Germany, below the music player!



Album Review: Bundles – “Deaf Dogs”

Alright, I’m in a rare corner here. I get to review a band I’ve never heard of, like, ever— from across the country on the recommendation of a fellow Dying Scene writer (shoutout to my better, Jason Stone). The band is Bundles and the album is Deaf Dogs. Well, what does that mean to me? It means I have to put some words together.

Bundles is from Boston and as far as I can tell, Deaf Dogs is their debut album. And from a couple listens and onward, it’s a good one. What does it sound like? Muscular melodic punk from guys who probably dig Avail and the Gaslight Anthem, but probably more on the Avail side. Throat-shredding. Heartfelt. A little on the simple side when it comes to arrangements, driven mostly by bass heavy chugging and shoutalong choruses. I got a distinct street punk vibe here, there’s a certain shared spirit at work, but to be fair, they have about the same connection to a band like Arms Aloft too. Whether you see this as an extension of the working class anthems of street punk or an extension of the working class anthems of melodic punk, just know it’s music you could have a beer with.

The album opens with “Lorem Ipsum,” which stomps out of the stereo with a big verse hook that leads into an even bigger chorus hook. The vocals sound like they’ve been passed through a cheese grater, in the best possible way. In fact, this is where Bundles simple arrangements really benefit themselves. This is punk rock played like punk rock— it’s not reaching to push the boundaries of the genre or aiming for anything loftier than delivering good songs played with passion. With this creed in mind, rhythm, melody, and vocal performance step to the center stage.

Short is another key word for Bundles. Deaf Dogs is full of gloriously short songs. A good amount of the track list doesn’t pass the three minute mark, and a fair amount don’t push two. “TKC” uses its short run time for a raw and ragged singalong that almost reaches into hardcore territory, while, “The Dornishman’s Wife,” the longest song on the album at a whopping three minutes and twenty-eight seconds, slows the tempo but never loses the edge.

“Robots of the Uncanny Valley” is a stand out track that almost feels like an unhinged grunge tune before the whole scene shook off their punk influences to claim rock band status. It’s garage rock in its essence, the sound of people playing the sort of rock ‘n roll they idolize in their mind’s eyes. Inevitably, it comes out as loud and guitar-heavy, with plenty of opportunities for the crowd to singalong. “The State of Seattle” is the number two of the one-two punch, the next sequential track and another highlight of Deaf Dogs that flies by in under two minutes. The pendulum swings both ways though, and if I had to deliver a criticism of Deaf Dogs, it’d be one that a lot of albums like this attract— back to basics rock ‘n roll can only get you so far. Even with a good handful of great songs, a lot of them go by so quickly they’re hard to distinguish. For the most part though, the album survives the sameness sag, with songs like “Oh, Brazil,” and “The Glow” maintaining interest in the latter half.

Deaf Dogs is a strong album, the kind you won’t mind raising a beer and a fist to on any given night. It’s loud, personable, and defiantly minimalist. It’s back to basics punk rock by people who think that rock music should rock.

4/5



DS Photo Gallery: Bundles Record Release Show w/Dan Webb +The Spiders, Birdwatching and Michael Kane + The Morning Afters

While those of us that make up your friendly neighborhood Dying Scene photography staff enjoy shooting punk rock shows of all shapes and sizes, there’s just something special about a bill at a small, cash-only club that’s stacked with kick ass local bands. Such was the case the weekend before last when one of our favorites, Bundles, celebrated the release of their debut full-length, Deaf Dogs. The album was released by Gunner Records earlier this month, just in time for the trio’s recent tour of Europe, and they threw themselves a barn-burner of a homecoming shindig at O’Brien’s in Boston’s legendary Allston neighborhood.

Kicking things off was Michael Kane & The Morning Afters. The foursome are based in Worcester, MA, which is roughly an hour from the city, but have long been staples of the local music scene in various capacities. When we last caught up with the foursome, they were on the big stage kicking off the third and final night of Street Dogs‘ annual Wreck The Halls festivities. While they might have axed the Bruce Springsteen cover from their set on this particular night, their unique blend of punk-infused rock-and-roll (think The Replacements) set the bar pretty high for what was to follow for the remainder of the evening. The infectious “Old Men Die In New Suits” from their 2017 Laughing At The Shape I’m In remains one of the catchier singalongs in the recent chapters of the local punk scene.

Birdwatching were up next, and are rather quickly becoming one of the most must-see bands in or around Boston. The threesome play a high-energy indie rock style that’s equal parts earnest and vulnerable. They dub themselves “nervous underdog pop,” and that seems to be pretty accurate, although perhaps not quite as accurate as how my ten-year-old sums up the sound of Birdwatching’s latest EP, Night Physics – “these guys are really good. They’re interesting, because they’re loud, but they’re not like RAH-RAH-RAH-RAH loud like a lot of other rock bands.”

Dan Webb and the Spiders were up third, and if you’ve been paying attention, you’re no doubt aware that the foursome have long been one of our favorite local acts. DWatS and Bundles put out a split 12-inch on Gunner Records a couple years ago and shared a bill at that album’s record release show at this very same venue, and so it made perfect sense to have the two team up on this night as well given how complimentary the bands sounds are. IT can be a bit tough to encapsulate the Spiders’ garage rock-based sound, as they can pull off gritty aggression and almost Beatlesian melodies interchangeably. I keep saying they’re one of the most underappreciated bands in the area, and I’m nowhere near alone in that mindset.

Which, of course, brings us to the guests of honor, the trio known as Bundles. Much like Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, we last caught Bundles on the big stage across town at Sinclair where they were kicking off the recent Hot Water Music show. Don’t get us wrong; we love watching local buds get cool opportunities like that, especially when their set goes over well, and we’ll always continue to root for more and more of those experiences. But seeing bands like Bundles damn near melt on stage at venues like Obie’s will forever be one of the more comforting things in a local scene that, like so many others, is becoming increasingly gentrified. We’ve seen Bundles and their finely-tuned quads a bunch over the years, and this is probably the most involved and vocal we’ve seen a crowd at a Bundles show, with nearly non-stop vocal involvement from audience members from start to finish, in spite of how very recently released the stellar Deaf Dogs was. Yet another notch on the bedpost in support of Boston being one of the best places for local independent music.

Head below to check out our full photo gallery, and pick up Deaf Dogs here.



Baseball Punx compilation album streaming now

Baseball Punx is a compilation album featuring Mischief Brew, Isotopes, Dead Bars and many more. It will accompany a documentary of the same name which will be released February 16th. As the name suggests the compilation consists of songs with a baseball theme, with tunes such as: “Piazza, L.A. Dodger”, “Matt Stairs” and “It Had to Be 90FT” it’s full on baseball top to bottom. The theme is flawless each song leads you down a path of baseball lore.

Grab your bat and run on over here for the compilation which is out today.

Baseball Punx the documentary will be released February 16th and if you want to check out a sneak peek I’ve included the trailer below. For information on how to get your copy of the album and what’s going on with the documentary check out www.baseballpunx.com



Bundles debut video for “Lorem Ipsum,” embark on first European tour

Boston-based post-hardcore three-piece Bundles are set for a pretty raucous first half of 2018. First and foremost, the band are slated to release their debut full-length, Deaf Dogs, next month. The first single from that album is called “Lorem Ipsum,” and you can check out the lyric video below for the very first time anywhere!

Second, the band are now on the eve of embarking on their first-ever European tour. It starts tomorrow (January 19th) in Monchengladbach, Germany, and runs through February 2nd in Cologne, Germany. Check out the full rundown down below the video. There’s also a hometown record release February 16th at Boston’s O’Brien’s bar, where they’ll appear alongside Dan Webb and the Spiders, Birdwatching, and Michael Kane and the Morning Afters. Come hang out!

Deaf Dogs is due out next month on Gunner Records.



Russian Girlfriends (melodic punk) re-release album “All Around”, begin UK/EU tour

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have just re-released their album “All Around” via Gunner Records from Germany for a European edition of the piece.

To celebrate the announcement, the five part meoldic punk team have also kicked off their tour of the UK and Europe in support of the album. Check out the dates below!



Worst Days Down (punk) stream new album “Elsewhere”

Edmonton/Minneapolis punk act Worst Days Down are streaming their brand new album Elsewhere in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

Elsewhere was released March 3rd, 2017 via Gunner Records.



DS Photo Gallery: Dan Webb and the Spiders/Bundles Album Release Show (Boston, MA)

Dan Webb

A couple of yours truly’s favorite hometown bands recently teamed up to throw a record release party in honor of their new split 12-inch, and the result was one of the most enjoyable show-going experiences of the year in the local music scene.

The two bands of honor in this case were Dan Webb and the Spiders and Bundles. Their split, which you can still stream here, marks the first release on the American imprint (run by Webb himself) of German-based Gunner Records. The evening’s festivities took place at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston’s Allston neighborhood, a no-frills bar in one of the few no-frills neighborhoods left in an increasingly gentrifying city. O’Brien’s has long provided a dark, sweaty bastion for up-and-coming local and smaller national touring bands (shoutout to the great and terrible Ryan Agate), making it the perfect backdrop for the occasion.

Birdwatching

The first band out of the chute on this particular evening was Birdwatching. For the uninitiated (as I was until showtime), Birdwatching are a local three-piece who, despite being a newcomer to the scene in ever sense, seem to have perfected the sort of lo-fi, odd-time signatured indie punk sound that’s been building over the last couple years. They’ve got an album release show of their own in a couple weeks that Bundles will actually be opening, a clear sign that Birdwatching aren’t going to be “up-and-coming” for very long.

Dan Webb and the Spiders

While they very easily could have been headlining this particular show, Dan Webb + The Spiders actually played second out of the four bands on the bill. As I’ve told you before, they’re a four-piece that grew out of a one-man project, and they grab you by the scruff of the neck and forces you to pay attention, with a sound that owes more than a little bit of inspiration to the heyday of punk-infused ’90′s garage rock. On the split that this show was celebrating, tracks like “”No Excuse” pay sonic homage to Brit-pop bands, while the band bring more of an uptempo banger vibe to “Odd Combinations” and a throwback Lemonheads vibe on “Running Around” and “Inside the Cage,” though only the former and latter tracks made it into the setlist on this occasion.

No Weather Talks

Germany’s No Weather Talks played third, and marked a pleasant surprise if ever there was one. I’d admittedly not heard them…or heard of them…prior to this occasion, but they made quick fans out of myself and many others in the crowd by midway through their first song. Playing entirely on gear borrowed from Webb and his cronies, the Hamburg-based five pieced play a surprisingly tight set of tunes that are sort of a modern rock take on a classic skate-punk sound. The only band listed on their Facebook page as an influence is Samiam, and I would go so far as to say that a No Weather Talks – Samiam comparison is entirely accurate, if Samiam were fronted by a dynamic female vocalist, in this case the captivating Faye Herr.

Bundles

What can I say about Bundles that I haven’t said before? Hmmm…well…let’s see. The band consists of three dudes with questionable tastes in guitar tuners and facial hair and even more questionable penchants for quad-revealing short shorts. I kid. Not really. Well…kinda. Anyway, Bundles have become one of my favorite local live bands in relatively short order. While they band joked that they had no business closing a show after sets by the three bands that came before them, that speaks more to the strength of the bill than it does to their own prowess, as evidence by the way they plowed through their set in prototypical punk rock fashion. While the sound is still an intense version of post-hardcore, what has changed a little as the band has grown over the last year or so is the more toned-down points in some of the newer tracks (like “Welcome To The Rusty Nail” from the aforementioned split), proving that 1000mph isn’t always a necessity to get the point across.

Check out our full photo gallery from the evening below.

 



Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) announces North American tour dates

Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon has announced North American tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

Another Life was released September 2nd though Smartpunk in the US, while Gunner Records handled its European release. Orders are available here and here, respectively.



DS Exclusive: Bundles and Dan Webb + The Spiders stream upcoming split 12-inch

Dying Scene is beyond stoked to bring you the premier of the upcoming 12-inch split from two of Boston’s sincerely raddest bands, Bundles and Dan Webb and the Spiders. On a totally personal level, I had the unique privilege of catching both of these bands live in support roles before I was familiar with their recorded music, and was legitimately blown away by both, so allow me to introduce you if you’re not familiar.

Bundles are a three-piece post-hardcore (I guess…) band who, as I wrote about when I first saw them, played with such earnestness and voracity that they had plowed full throttle through their setlist and damn near ran out of songs before they ran out of time. They were one of the first new bands in seemingly forever that made me stop and actively pay closer attention than normal because I hadn’t quite seen or heard something like them in a good long while.

Speaking of which… Dan Webb and the Spiders are a four-piece that grew out of a one-man project. I was admittedly a little behind the eight-ball on these guys, as there’s long been a lot of local buzz surrounding them from people in the know. They’re another one of those bands that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and forces you to pay attention, with a sound that owes more than a little bit of inspiration to the heyday of punk-infused ’90’s garage rock.

The 12-inch split is due out tomorrow (October 18th) on Gunner Records, and marks that label’s first-ever dedicated USA-based release. Stream the album in full below, and follow the link here to pre-order physical or digital copies! If you’re in the Boston area, come hang out at O’Brien’s in Allston tomorrow night for the record release show!



Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) streaming new song “Chained to Ghosts,” announces tour dates

Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon is streaming a new song called “Chained to Ghosts” off his upcoming solo album “Another Life.”  He also announced tour dates.

You can check out the song and tour dates here.

Another Life will be released September 2nd though Smartpunk in the US, while Gunner Records will handle its European release. Pre-orders are available here and here, respectively.



Joe McMahon (Smoke Or Fire) announces debut solo album, streams first single

Smoke Or Fire frontman Joe McMahon has announced he will release his debut solo album Another Life this September 2nd.

Smartpunk will release the record in the US, while Gunner Records will handle its European release. Pre-orders are available here and here, respectively.

If you want a taste of Another Life, the album’s first single “It All Went Black” is available to stream below.



Mischief Brew’s Erik Petersen passes away

Punknews is reporting that Erik Petersen, the frontman and founder of Philadelphia folk-punk band Mischief Brew, has passed away. The band has not released a statement regarding Petersen’s passing, but we will let you know if and when they do.

Mischief Brew was getting ready to embark on a European tour later this month, but it’s safe to assume it has been cancelled.

It goes without saying that our hearts go out to Mischief Brew. We will be keeping Erik’s friends and family in our thoughts.

Update: On July 12th, the Upper Darby Police Department’s official Twitter page reported that Petersen was missing and “may be having some emotional issues.”



The Orphans (Pre-Mischief Brew) release and stream EP of “Lost Songs”

The Orphans, now known as Mischief Brew have dropped an EP of songs they recorded in the 90s as The Orphans. You can stream the EP below.

Mischief Brew’s last release was “Bacchanal N’ Philadelphia.” The Orphans last release was “Raise The Youth.”