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Album Review: Forever Unclean! – “Woof”

Objectively, Woof is a pretty dope cd. Tho, it’s hard to not have personal biases, right? When I first listened to this cd, I was like: “I dunno…the vocals are kinda…well…” The singer doesn’t really hold back. Musically, it’s in that Flatliners and Against Me vein…and it’s definitely contained within that locus…how do I put this?…Forever Unclean fits into that genre. If you are enthralled with that subcategory of Punk, you’ll probably like them. If you hate it cuz it’s mostly derivate garbage, you might like Forever Unclean because they aren’t from the USA. I’m not saying that all nationalism is toxic. It just seems that American bands take potential and wash it down the fame drain and bands from other countries tend to not have that option because their countries don’t treat famous people like infallible gods.

These dudes are from Denmark…and ever since I read The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen, I’ve had a greater respect for anything Nordic. Forever Unclean seems to have a lot of potential and as much as I don’t like trusting my intuition (because Punk has crapped all over hope for so long), I wanna allow myself to dig them. The singing has grown on me, a bit. Woof sounds like it was recorded in a studio but the engineer didn’t really know what to do except point mics and hit record. 311’s Music sounds this way. Like it was half-assed cuz they really didn’t know what to do with it…and they hoped that half-assing it would allow it to be everything it is, not what it is in the mind of idealistic musicians. (Take it as a compliment.)  Nothing is really obfuscated or aggrandized and it’s not burdened by clarity. I checked out some of their old stuff and Woof sounds like a logical progression. Everything is tighter, it sounds better, the songwriting is maturing.

But yeah, it’s definitely subgenre-specific. It’s obvious they pay attention to how other bands write their songs and kinda take more than bit of inspiration from them. They definitely seem to have their own ideas on music, but aren’t really doing anything outta left field, so to speak. Like I said, the vocals take some getting used to. They’re kinda wacky and high pitched…initially they brought to mind Boy Hits Car, Billy Talent, and even Coheed and Cambria…but it’s not all high singing. He does a lot of the growl/half-scream-yell/ooah-aaaooo stuff that seems to be popular these days in certain circles.

Anything I can really say about what didn’t tickle my fancy, so to speak, is most-likely obvious to Forever Unclean. Fitting into a genre isn’t a sin. Singing somewhat like other people isn’t terrible…especially if you sing on key. Lyrically, it hit home with me…we deal with similar crap…humans do. They aren’t loquacious, but pithiness is good. Woof seems like the cd you could blare outside while weeding the yard or having a bbq and it would aggravate your neighbors. “Confounding delinquents!” It’s melodic, but wacky….aggressive but not aggressive enough to really make your douchey neighbors ask you to turn it down or call the cops on ya.

So I suppose I like Woof…I guess I like Forever Unclean. Apparently, they spell their name with an exclamation point at the end. So it’s Forever Unclean! Currently, it’s 7:36am, so I’m not ready for an exclamation point.

[Later on]
It’s now 3:54pm. I was thinking about Woof as I was mowing the lawn and I thought about Forever Unclean! as a subgenre-specific band…and how it seems like bands leave the fan empty when they land a decent deal and start touring and end up changing their style cuz they get old, have kids, or lose that angst cuz they fulfilled their purpose by getting on a label…that kind of shit leaves us fans almost on the rebound. Like when we get broken up with and wind up dating someone just like our ex. (Phenomena, am I right?) Anyway, I wonder if Forever Unclean! simply fills a hole gouged out of me by those bands similar to them that totally crapped the bed. Is it bad to be the rebound? Surely, many people have met their eventual spouses on a mere rebound. Many children were born because of rebounding. Then again, lots of times that rebound just serves as a reminder of loss. It’s not uncommon to hear of an emotional connection to music. What is a relationship if not guided by emotions? Hmph. Heck, it seems lots of genre-specific bands just serve to pick up the slack cuz bands get big and do things we just don’t expect. I mean: Brand New did it…and there are bands that sound just like their earlier works…and only their earlier works. ALSO, when bands start out, lots of the time they’re just kinda doing whatever until they find their sound. So like: I guess all that really matters is any given cd. Not a discography. Not a genre. Just a single collection of songs…as a snapshot of a time in history. Sure, that gives way to a lot of philosophical uncertainty…uncertainty that many may not even pick up on…but like: If you, a punker, were stuck listening to Forever Unclean!’s Woof, you’d hate it way less than getting stuck listening to Pop garbage. For that moment, you’d feel okay knowing that it could be a lot worse. Even if that sentiment is ubiquitous these days and it seems to sit on chests and eat away at civility like a cancer…well, I dunno…perhaps the optimists are right. Everything is 100% awesome.

Personally, I’d give this cd a 3.4 out of 5. Not a 68%, mind you…cuz that’s almost failing by Melvindale standards. I figure 3 is in the center of 5. [1,2,3,4,5]  Three is the center number. It means neutral. Anything larger than 3 is enough to make me smile. And, like you, I hate music with a passion…because I love music with a passion. (Crap, I’m ranting.) Just listen to the cd and decide for yourself. All you can really gain from any sort of review is if someone hated it or not. I hate Woof very little. It ended better than Alkaline Trio’s My Shame is True.

3.5/5 Stars



Wicked Bears (Pop Punk) Announce Tour Dates in Celebration of Vinyl Re-release

Salt Lake City’s Wicked Bears have announced a tour in conjunction with their 2017 album “Tuning Out” being pressed to vinyl. The release is coming through Hidden Home Records, La Escalera Records, Dopey Goat Records, and Def Cow Records.

“Tuning Out” made Dying Scene Founder Dave Buck’s Top 10 Albums of 2017. You can see the tour dates and the release video below.



Watashi Wa Dance Party Release New Video for “Really Over”

San Diego powerhouse Watashi Wa Dance Party have released a music video for their single, “Really Over,” which you can view below.

The song comes from their upcoming EP “Skate Pop Suicide,” coming out on Hidden Home Records on May 18th. You can pre-order the EP here.



MCKC streaming new EP “IS OK”

SLC feel-good homie MCKC is streaming their latest EP, IS OK, in full, track by track. The official release is April 14th (tomorrow), however, MCKC has put it up for streaming ahead of its worldwide drop date.

You can stream the full thing here.

Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street)



DS Exclusive: MCKC Premieres New Song “Baker”

Today we get to show the other side of a songwriter we’ve championed on Dying Scene. Casey Keele of the band Wicked Bears (who’s latest album “Tuning Out” was in Dying Scene owner Dave Buck’s Top 10 of 2017) – has been writing songs and playing basement and living room shows as MCKC for almost a decade. Today we’re featuring his new song “Baker,” a folky, organ driven track off of his new EP “IS OK”, slated to be released on April 14th through Hidden Home.

Keele had this to say about the track:

“Baker is a solitary town located in the Mojave Desert of California. It’s one of the only cities you’ll pass as you drive from Barstow to Las Vegas. This song is an imagining of what it would be like to live there.”

You can hear the new track below. Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street).



Wicked Bears (Pop-Punk) announce West Coast Tour

Salt Lake City pop-punks Wicked Bears are touring in support of their new album Tuning Out which came out on October 13th. You can give it a listen here. The band will be playing 11 dates this month:

11/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Garth Haus
11/12 – TBA
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
11/14 – TBA
11/15 – Pomona, CA @ Characters
11/16 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Beach Club
11/17 – Woodland, CA @ The Stag
11/18 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman 
11/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
11/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court


Wicked Bears stream new album “Tuning Out”

Salt Lake City pop-punks Wicked Bears released their new album Tuning Out today through Hidden Home Records. Give the 10-song record a listen below.

If you like what you hear, support the band by grabbing a copy of the album. It’s available digitally on bandcamp, and on CD and cassette here.

They’ll be playing an album release show tonight at The Beehive Social Club. Go here for more info on that.



Wicked Bears Premiere New Video for “Reebok Classics”

Salt Lake City’s favorite pop punk band Wicked Bears have released a karaoke-style lyric video for the second single off their forthcoming album, Tuning Out.

The song is called “Reebok Classics”, and the video features, well, Reebok Classics.

Pre-order Tuning Out here and view the video below!



Video Premiere: Wicked Bears (SLC Pop Punk) “2049”

Dying Scene is proud to premiere the brand new lyric video for “2049,” the first single from Wicked Bears‘ forthcoming album Tuning Out. It features flying cars, satellites, and lots of words (because it’s a lyric video).

Fans of Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket and the like will eat this up. Take a look below! Tuning Out is slated to be released October 13th via Hidden Home Records.



Wicked Bears to Release Full-Length Album on October 13th

Salt Lake City pop punk band Wicked Bears announced the release of their first full-length album, “Tuning Out,” on October 13th through Hidden Home Records.

To celebrate, the band is doing a release show at the Beehive Social Club in SLC with fellow Hidden Home band Pop Warner and locals Cat Ghost Formerly Known as Ghost Cat and Sunsleeper.

No other details have been announced yet but you can stream the band’s last release, a self-titled EP, here.



Provo Punks Pop Warner Stream EP


Utah beard punks Pop Warner are streaming their new self-titled EP in full, available tomorrow through Hidden Home Records.

The band has a sound refreshingly familiar for fans of older No Idea Records releases, giving a new take on the style Gainesville vets Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike created over a decade ago. Who knows – maybe next year you’ll be able to find them on the Fest lineup!

You can listen to the EP below. CDs and tapes can be found at Hidden Home’s webstore or purchased from the band directly on their upcoming west coast tour (see dates below).



Hidden Home Records Release Label Compilation

Boise record label Hidden Home Records have released their first label compilation for pay-what-you-want download on bandcamp. The compilation is entitled “Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 1” and features Union Stockyards, Destroy Nate Allen, Wicked Bears, and more.

You can listen to the compilation below.



Union Stockyards announce double EP re-release through Hidden Home Records

Winnipeg punks Union Stockyards have announced the re-release of 2014’s TRACKS EP and last year’s self-titled EP on a limited edition cassette through Hidden Home Records.

The cassette is entitled Two Things at Once and the artwork was designed as a tribute to the Descendents release of the same name. You can watch the Promo Video below.



SKiTTiSH iTZ Stream New Album “BACK TO REALiTY”

Idaho Skate punkers SKiTTiSH iTZ are streaming their new album BACK TO REALiTY. Check it out below.

BACK TO REALiTY is the band’s final album and was released on July 22, 2016 via Hidden Home Records.



SKiTTiSH iTZ (pop-/skate-/ska-punk) streaming new album – ‘Back To Reality’

Boise pop-punk/skate-punk/ska-punk act SKiTTiSH iTZ are now streaming their new album, Back To Reality. Listen to the whole thing below.

Back To Reality is the fifth and final album from SKiTTiSH iTZ. It was officially released last month (July 22nd) through Hidden Home Records.