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Album Review: Medictation – “Warm Places”

I never got into the Sainte Catherines, they were always on my radar but they never quite sunk my battleship. In recent years though, I have become a big ‘ol obnoxious fan of gruff-palm-muted-punk heroes Leatherface. They are one of those rare mergings of interesting music, hooks, and lyricism that turns you to a zealot. Medictation reached my ears by virtue of being the last project of the late Leatherface guitarist Dickie Hammond, who, joined with members of the Sainte Catherines form the lineup for this one-off supergroup.

Warm Places serves as a wonderful, but perhaps unintended tribute to Hammond, because, by virtue of its overall similarities to the Sainte Catherines sound, his guitar playing is the sole, and soul, takeaway. Its the contrast that makes this a new entity. Otherwise, it is a pretty standard tread through modern punk territory, without songwriting that is distinguished enough to make it rise above what the rest of the genre has to offer.

The album begins with “Memories of Youth,” which is actually one of the best songs on Warm Places. It has a cool discordant riff that opens it up before alternating into chugs and arpeggios. The music itself is one of the strongest elements of the album, with plenty of dynamic changes. It very rarely feels like a trek through samey verses and choruses. “Fishing” is another cool song, with another cool riff coupled with jittery energy.

If it was all sonics, Warm Places could be a lifetime favorite. Of anything I’ve heard recently, the sound is immediately interesting and makes a receptive listener out of even the most passive music fan. Fantastic arrangements and great playing throughout aren’t enough in the face of lifeless melodies. Perhaps necessarily, the fretwork is the only element of this album that really pops.

Warm Places is one of those albums that is going to be purely for fans, for others it’ll be curio, or a prominent goodbye to a great punk musician. Those who love it will love the Sainte Catherines as much as Leatherface, and effortlessly put in the time for the hooks to come alive and the words to assume meaning. For others, it’ll be a good album that didn’t have the nerve to be great.

3.5/5



Brogues (Shawn Gardiner, ex-Morning Glory) releases “Heartbeat RPM” from upcoming debut album, “Heart + Song”

Cool new release coming down the ‘pike, kiddos. It’s from Brogues, which started as a solo project for Shawn Gardiner, formerly of Morning Glory. Brogues’ debut album, “Heart + Song,” will be released on May 20th through Paper + Plastick Records. It’s not yet available for pre-order, but stay tuned.

In the meantime, Brogues are streaming the new track “Heartbeat RPM” on Paper + Plastick’s bandcamp page right here; in addition to appearing on “Heart + Song,” the track appears on P+P’s 2016 Spring Summer Sampler, which is available for free download right here.



The Ataris announce “So Long, Blue Skies” Australian tour

Southern California pop punk veterans The Ataris have announced a five-date Australian tour, where they will play songs from their 1999 classic Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits and 2003 album So Long Astoria. The dates and locations are in the picture above, and ticket details are available here.

The Ataris have reportedly been finishing up their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007′s Welcome the Night. It is not known when it will be released, but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.



Video: Riverboat Gamblers frontman punctures lung and breaks ribs after crowd fails to catch his “trust fall”

Mike Wiebe, singer of the Texas native punk band Riverboat Gamblers, attempted a “trust fall” at the band’s recent SXSW performance. Unfortunately things didn’t work out (seriously no one caught him). Wiebe suffered from broken ribs and a collapsed lung. This of course didn’t stop the singer. He finished the rest of the set before making a trip to the hospital. All future shows have been cancelled but the band will resume playing once the singer is healed.

A video of the incident can be seen below.



Class of 86 release teaser for new 7″

Minneapolis skate punks Class of 86 have posted a short teaser for one of the songs that will be featured on their upcoming 7″.  You can watch the brief clip here.

The band’s most recent release was Future On Fire, which came out in 2014 through Paper + Plastick Records.

 



Fallen From the Sky streams new album, “Rebuilder Vol. 1″

South Florida punks Fallen From The Sky have released Rebuilder Vol. 1 today, and you can stream it here.

The album was released as part of Paper + Plastick Records‘ new Sound of the Skull series, and you can find out more about that here.  The band actually wrote the songs 6 years ago, and Fallen From The Sky’s Ryan Loughney had this to say about the effort:

“It’s been a long time coming, but these songs mean the world to us. We recorded them almost 6 years ago, and it’s amazing for them to finally see the light of day. Recording with Shaun Lopez (Far, Crosses, Deftones) was an incredible experience, and he really brought the best out of us. Even now, we feel these songs stand up to the test of time and hope the world feels the same.”



Textbook releases new album, “On the B Side”

Chicago pop-punks Textbook have released a new album called On the B Side (Best of 2000-2015 today, and you can stream it here.

As the name suggests, the album is a collection of b-sides, and Textbook’s Rick Uncapher comments: “Some of these songs date back to the beginning, and others are more recent, but this collection is a great introduction to the band. We’ve been doing it a long time and we’re thrilled that Paper + Plastick is breathing new life into the songs.”

Paper + Plastick is releasing this album as part of their new series, The Sound of the Skull.  The label will combine digital releases, limited edition resin skulls, and USB drives.  You can get your hands on all the goodies here.



The Bennies (Australian ska-punk) announce European tour dates

Aussie ska-punk band  The Bennies have announced a bunch of European tour dates that’ll keep them pretty busy from the middle of April through the middle of May. Check out the full rundown below.

The Bennies will be touring in support of their latest album, Wisdom Machine: A Journey Into The Mind Of…The Bennies, which is set to be released on March 25th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Fallen From The Sky stream new song “Drifting”

South Florida punks Fallen From The Sky are streaming a new song called “Drifting,” and you can check it out below.

“Drifting” comes from the bands upcoming release Rebuilder, Vol.1 , which is set to be released on March 4th via Paper + Plastick Records.  It will be the second release in the labels “Sound of the Skull” series.



Music Video: The Bennies – “Detroit Rock Ciggies”

Aussie ska-punk band  The Bennies have released a video for their song “Detroit Rock Ciggies.”

Check it out below.

“Detroit Rock Ciggies” comes from the bands’ upcoming album Wisdom Machine: A Journey Into The Mind Of…The Bennies, which is set to be released on March 25th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Textbook premiere music video for “Just One Of Those Things”

Hey oh, pop-punk fans! Who wants to see a brand new music video from “Textbook”? Good answer. Check out the premiere of “Just One Of Those Things” below!

For the past 15 years, the Chicago band has been crafting their own brand of Midwestern pop-punk inspired by bands like The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Superchunk, The Lemonheads, Guided By Voices and many more. To celebrate the band’s 15th year, comes the record “On The B-Side (Best of 2000 –2015)”. This collection of songs spans the entire Textbook catalog and features 16 re-mastered tracks including guest spots by Chicago punk legends Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) and Dan Vapid (Methadones, Screeching Weasel, Riverdales), an unreleased acoustic version of the song “Dear You, Dear”, and a cover song by the UK band Chillerton.

On The B-Side (Best of 2000-2015), is due out March 4th on USB key with a limited skull, as part of Paper + Plastick‘s “Sound of the Skull” series. The bundle will be available right here once it’s released.



Textbook streaming new track – “Outside”

Chicago pop-punk group Textbook are now streaming a new track off their upcoming release, to celebrate 15 years as a band. Listen to “Outside” below.

The track comes from On The B-Side (Best of 2000-2015), which is due out March 4th on USB key with a limited skull, as part of Paper + Plastick‘s “Sound of the Skull” series (that’s a weird sentence, right?). The bundle will be available right here once it’s released.



Protagonist release live video of “Hideaway”

Melodic punks Protagonist have released a live video rendition of their song “Hideaway,” as part of a Static TV Session. You can view the video below.

The song originally appeared on their EP “Jean Jackets In June” which came out last year.



Textbook to release “On The B-Side (2000 – 2015)” through Paper and Plastick

To celebrate their 15th year as a band, Chicago pop-punks Textbook have unveiled “On The B-Side (Best of 2000 – 2015)”. This collection of songs spans the entire Textbook catalog and features production by Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms), John Agnello (Dinosour Jr., Motion City Soundtrack), and Mike Haigler (Wilco, Neko Case).

These 16 songs are re-mastered, feature guest spots by Chicago punk heros Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) and Dan Vapid (Methadones, Screeching Weasel, Riverdales), and includes an unreleased acoustic version of the song “Dear You, Dear” and a cover song by the UK band Chillerton.

The record is part of Paper and Plasticks “Sound of The Skull” series and will be available digitally on a USB and crucially accompanied by a limited edition resin skull. The record will also be available on all digital outlets on March 4th.

Check out a teaser video below.



The Bennies will release “Wisdom Machine” on Paper + Plastick Records

Aussie ska-punk band  The Bennies has announced that their latest album, Wisdom Machine: A Journey Into The Mind Of…The Bennies, will be released in North America and the U.K. by perennial punk label Paper + Plastick Records.  You can preview the track listing below.

Paper + Plastick will also be a co-sponsor of The Bennies’ tour of the U.K., which kicks off in May.  You’ll also find the poster for that below.