Uglybones has released the third song, “Pliers”, off their upcoming Sunshine LP, out on Don’t Panic Records August 15, 2018. Sunshine is looking more and more like a monster sophomore LP from the Chicago unit. Digital/Cassette/CD pre-orders are available below, and you can stream “Pliers” here
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Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PST) by forrestcook
NEW! Hardcore straight out of the windy city, rabble-rouser band UGLYBoNES‘ single “Headcase” is hot off the press and coming at you exclusively from Don’t Panic Records and Distro. They’ve been called “the rowdiest band in Chicago”, and these self proclaimed “four best friends who have ruined each others lives” have put together a new album, Sunshine, which will be dropping on August 15 with a release party set for August 17 at the Galaxy 2.0 club in Chicago. There last album, Growing Concerns, was released in 2016.
This will be the band’s premiere full-length with Don’t Panic Records, and they’ve decided to channel their creativity and frustrations into more of a narrative this time around. “We wrote this album thinking about a single day in someone’s life and the feelings that person may have throughout the day. Everything from unnerving confrontations to folding laundry,” band members admitted in a statement, and although the subject matter may at first appear mundane, the resulting broadcast is almost certain to cause a riot. The synapse seizing rhythm and tick-tick time-bombing progression of the first single “Headcase” is perfect for any crowd destroyer. With a crushing vocal delivery from Lev, who’s clearly seeing red with his daily honey-do list, the track ensures each listener a spastic and transient trip into the heart of the circle pit. For fans of Bane and Comeback Kid, give “Headcase” a listen below.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Up and coming skacore act The Kreutzer Sonata has a new album coming out on Wednesday via Don’t Panic Records & Distro and the Chicago based quartet wanted DS readers to get an exclusive first listen to the final single before it hits the streets! To celebrate the release of the fifteen track LP, The Gutters of Paradise the boys will be hosting a record release party sometime later in March, (follow them on Facebook for more details) so go out to support your local scene if you live in there in The Windy City. That’s it! Get to streaming the final single “Old Glory”, below!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Windy City skacore/hardcore act, The Kreutzer Sonata has been around for about six years now but they only have one full length to their credit over that time. That’s all fixin’ to change in a few months when the crusty quartet releases their sophomore LP The Gutters of Paradise via Chicago based punk label Don’t Panic Records. If you’re as impatient as us, you’re probably having a problem waiting another few months to get those gnarly new tunes in your ears. Well, don’t worries, faithful readers! You’re dedication is about to be rewarded because, today we’re excited to debut the first music video from the upcoming album! Stream “October Kids”, exclusively here at Dying Scene, below!
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:42 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Our friends over at Don’t Panic! Records & Distro have banded with podcast crew Friskie Morris and Friends, and punk blog Change the Rotation to bring the brand spankin’ new music festival ‘All Hands On Deck’ to the Chicago area (as well as infinity and beyond) which will be held at Cobra Lounge on October thirteenth and fourteenth.
So far we have Davey Dynamite & the Salt Creek Duo headlining Friday night (the thirteenth) and The World/Inferno Friendship Society slotted to headline the festival on Saturday night (the fourteenth).
Making appearances on Friday will be the local punks Fitness, The Breathing Light, and Won’t Stay Dead with one act TBA. Saturday we can expect Bombflower, The Bigger Empty [ex Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes], The Cell Phones, The Kreutzer Sonata and 3 more acts TBA.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:50 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Chicago’s local label Don’t Panic Records will be hosting a fifth anniversary party July 21. The event will take place at the Burlington Bar and will feature Davey Dynamite & The Salt Creek Duo, The Cheap Dates, Shots Fired! Shots Fired! and Pylons.
For more information on the event you can slide on over to the event page. If you happen to be in the neighborhood be sure to pick up some of the Don’t Panic 5th Anniversary sweet potato and habanero hot sauce.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:16 PM (PST) by iamtheflood
Chicago punks Fitness are releasing their second album Puppet Show at the end of the month, and it is going to be awesome. You’re gonna love it, and to prove that to you (yes, you) the band is streaming “Road Lizard,” the first song off the album for your listening pleasure. Fitness was last heard on their highly acclaimed self titled EP. It was also awesome.
Chicago’s Fitness is a band that hit me out of nowhere. We get a handful of band’s like that every year, the sort that send you reeling with a name you’ve never heard and a sound you’re glad you had. In this case, the connection was Don’t Panic Records, who handled the vinyl of the fantastic Davey Dynamite release last year. Fitness’ Puppet Show is a six song EP, a youthful and scrappy concoction of pop punk with tons of guitar leads, self loathing, and sing a longs.
Puppet Showgrabs you from the first song, immediately familiar and simultaneously new. If you sniff around, you can hear the influences, but none of them ever quite come to define their sound. The first one that came to mind for me was Hot Water Music, who’s dueling guitar leads became an oft-copied sonic idiosyncrasy, but Fitness don’t play it with the same post-hardcore edge. When Fitness plays them, they have a more electric, less serpentine and melancholy feel. It’s this pop sensibility that signals Fitness as more than a band of Gainesville acolytes. They don’t have that droney edge, that sense that they ended up writing singalong songs through mad scientist potion mixing, deconstruction and rebuilding. No, Fitness has a knack for pop songwriting, strong melodies are the glue that holds their songs together, and in this sense they sound a bit like Junior Battles or Problem Daughter. But, Fitness is propulsive, more straight-ahead than either of those– when a song gets out of its cage, it rampages.
Album opener “Road Lizard” is a good example of this: guttural vocal delivery, guitar leads flexing at each other over an insistent beat. It has its own mix of energies, and it always comes as a surprise, that the vocals are as raw sounding as they are. Separated from the rest of the track, they could’ve been from a hardcore band– that’s how much snarl they put on the words. But with the instrumentation’s bouncy energy, it becomes this airy and energetic brand of pop punk.
There’s a difference between good playing and good songwriting. One of them allows a band a spot on bills, it sounds tight live but doesn’t stick with you for the drive home. The latter keeps the songs stamped on a time and place, we grow on them and they grow on us. Fitness has a cool sound, but what they also have is songwriting chops to spare. Puppet Show reminds me of the Dead Bars EP, in that is expresses a sharp and consistent songwriting vision, with defeatist lyrics met with triumphant melody. “Roseanne’s Bar”’s 60s pop chorus starts with the line “Call me a liar, call me pathetic…,” sounding like a Phil Spector penned Nirvana song. These are the types of decisions that make the sort of inward-focused punk that has become popular in the last ten years stick, rather than remaining a competent copy of a copy. The best airings of grievances come with a hook, a recognition in the crowd that as you sing along, there’s a kindred spirit out there, a conversation between artist and audience where the response is: me too.
To sum it all up with a thesis logline: Puppet Show is a great EP from a band poised to do a lot more in the future. They’re exciting, there’s a sense of urgency to their music that’s infectious, enough aggression to sell the venom in the lyrics. Each song is an experience, with busy leads that bounce off each other like billiard balls on break, full throated singalongs begging to be shouted back; songs that come out swinging, gloves in the air and a pep in their step, hungry for connection.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Chicago’s Fitness might be my favorite new band discovery of the season. Gritty, angst fueled punk rock fused with incredibly melodic with crafty, dual guitars. The band will be releasing a new six track EP titled Puppet Show and Fitness via hometown label Don’t Panic Records and we’re very pleased to bring you a stream of its first single. Crank the volume up and give Pauly’s Shore below.
Don’t Panic Records & Distro is pressing a run of 300 7″s with 100 on violet vinyl and 200 on traditional black. Pre-orders are available now.
Fitness will be playing a release party at the Downstairs at Subterranean in Chicago on May 27,2017.
Puppet Show And Fitness releases mid April and is the band’s first release since their 2015 debut self titled EP.