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Random Cover Song: The Ataris – “I Remember You” (Skid Row)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane.  We’ll let you be the judge.

Tonight’s cover comes from The Ataris and their cover of one of Skid Row’s famous hits ”I Remember You”. The original version of the song first appeared on the Skid Row’s self-titled debut album from 1989, and The Ataris’ version is taken from the 2000 tribute album Punk Goes Metal.

You can listen to both versions of the song below.

Album Review: Mixtapes – ‘These Are Us’

During their four years as a band, Mixtapes released a lot of music. I mean, a lot. If my count is correct (and I do this every time I review a Mixtapes album), during their short time together, the band recorded two LPs, two mini-LPs, four EPs, three split EPs, two singles, and contributed exclusive tracks to at least five compilations. With so many songs out there, it might be hard for anyone who wasn’t following the band at the beginning to keep track of everything. That’s where their new compilation, These Are Us, comes in.

These Are Us gathers almost all of Mixtapes’ b-sides, covers, and splits, and packs them into a convenient, nearly hour-long package. To its credit, rather than simply throwing the songs in chronological order, the album attempts to create some kind of cohesion and for the most part it works. The band’s songwriting stayed relatively consistent over their career, which helps this compilation to largely avoid sounding like it was hastily thrown together. Thematically speaking, “A Million Bad Bands” and “Grenadine” (two unreleased songs, as far as my understanding goes) go hand-in-hand with songs like “I Was a Teenage Poltergeist” and “Coffee Party” (both from separate recording sessions themselves).

Unfortunately, These Are Us has its faults. There are some dips in audio quality during “It Can’t Get You Everything” (from their split with Jabber) and “Doin’ Laundry” (a live cover of the Nerf Herder song), that will even distract a non-audiophile, and there’s an advertisement for 2012’s The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore at the end of “Right Where to Find Me”, which is just as jarring (you’d think it would have been easy enough to get the song without the ad). The collection’s final two songs, “Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka” and “Silence, The Last Stand” are more novelty than anything else; just stuff recorded for the fun of it during the Even on the Worst Nights sessions. The former is pretty dumb, but too short to be offensive, while the latter is a completely improvised tune that gets more absurd as it goes on, but at 15 minutes long there isn’t much replay value after the first listen.

Curiously, These Are Us is missing both the joke single “To My Friends (I Stand By You)” and the band’s cover of Descendents’ “We” (released in 2014 on Animal Style Records’ Wedding split 7-inch). Presumably these omissions are due to licensing issues / trying to bury the songs, but it’s still a shame that they’re missing because: 1. This collection is so close to being 100% complete, and 2. They’re both great songs.

Missing tunes and varying audio quality aside, These Are Us is still pretty damn comprehensive. Die-hard fans probably have most of these songs already (a lot of them were given away for free when originally released), but in the event that any of these songs slipped through the cracks, now everyone can catch up while we wait for Mixtapes to come back.

4 / 5 – Download the album for free here.

RIYL: Broadway Calls, House Boat, Fireworks

The Red Owls sign to Paper + Plastick, release lyric video for “Do You Feel Any Better?”

Pop-punk ground The Red Owls (featuring ex and current members of Nightmares for a Week and The Ataris) have signed with Paper + Plastick, who will release the band’s first EP, Do You Feel Any Better?, later this year.

The band had previously released their song “Do You Feel Any Better?” but today have released a lyric video for the song, which can new viewed below.

The Red Owls are currently finalizing summer and fall tour dates. We’ll keep you posted on those.

Paper + Plastick releases free We Are the Union sampler

Paper + Plastick is giving away free introduction samplers to Detroit ska/punk act We Are the Union. Featuring three songs (one from each of the band’s full lengths, as well as one from their new EP), P+P founder (and Less Than Jake drummer/lyricist) Vinnie Fiorello had this to say about the sampler:

“If you don’t know WE ARE THE UNION then here’s 3 songs for you to get to know them. Alittle Less Than Jake, add Wonder Years, and a bit of Lifetime all rolled together. We have always loved WATU and now you have a short musical history lesson to know why.”

You can download your copy here.

We Are the Union released their newest EP, Keep It Down, on May 15, 2015 through Paper + Plastick.

Rehasher stream new song “Everybody Hates Their Job”

Rehasher (featuring Less Than Jake bassist/vocalist Roger Manganelli) are streaming the B-side to their upcoming 7″ Clock Smash! Listen to “Everybody Hates Their Job” here. And re-listen to the A-side, “Grudge Holder,” here in case you’ve missed it.

Clock Smash! will be released on June 2nd through Saint November Records, and can be pre-ordered here. It will be the band’s first release since 2009′s High Speed Access To My Brain.

Free Download: Mixtapes rarities album “These Are Us”

Paper+Plastick Records are offering a free download of “These Are Us”, a collection of unreleased songs, B sides, covers and everything else from Ohio pop-punk act Mixtapes.

Here’s what the band had to say about the release:

“…..I was at Eric’s house the other day, who is the guy that recorded and engineered all of the Mixtapes records. We were going through stuff and joking around and realized we had quite a few songs no one had ever heard,including myself more than once or twice. A few of them I thought “why on earth didn’t we put this on a record?”. Then I remembered that Weezer also didn’t put Susanne on a record and we all make mistakes. At that point I decided we should put out a free download of all of our unreleased material, rare material, splits and just things in general that might not be so easy to get anymore. After clearing it with the suits and tracking down all of the songs, in part thanks to some listeners I did it. So here it is, sequenced with artwork and ending with something very special. We are really proud of the songs and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be available if you like our band so please download it, share it, post it etc etc. The last song on this record is something near and dear to me. One day while recording “Even on the worst nights” everyone went to breakfast. I stayed behind, clicked record in the studio and put myself in the mindset of a high school non conformist goth kid. What came out was 15 minutes of completely freestyled angst that I could never repeat or pull off again, so please while listening feel my pain. But really, we are excited to release this all on one record and thanks to Vinnie for putting it out and being the best, we love you!”

Download the album for free here.

Mixtapes went on hiatus last year and released their second, and as of now, final, full-length album Ordinary Silence on June 25th, 2013 through No Sleep Records.

Jr. Juggernaut streaming new song “My Window”

Los Angeles rockers Jr. Juggernaut are streaming their new single “My Window” off their upcoming album Witch’s Hand.

You can check it out below.

“Witch’s Hand” is slated for a late summer release through Paper + Plastick. They last released sophomore LP, Wake in 2012.

We Are the Union streaming new EP “Keep It Down”

Punk/ska group We Are the Union are streaming their new EP  Keep It Down in its entirety.

You can give it a listen here.

The EP is due out  May 15th via Paper + Plastick. The band’s last album before the break was 2012′s You Can’t Hide the Sun.

New Music: Rehasher (feat. Roger from Less Than Jake) – “Grudge Holder”

Nearly two years after initially teasing plans for a new release, we’ve finally gotten a taste of what Rehasher has had up their collective short sleeves. The Gainesville skate-punk act featuring Less Than Jake bassist/vocalist Roger Manganelli is streaming a brand new track titled “Grudge Holder,” and you can check it out below.

“Grudge Holder” appears on the band’s forthcoming 7″ Clock Smash, which is due out on June 2nd through Saint November Records. Pre-orders are available on the label’s webstore.

We Are The Union stream new song “The King of Chords”

We Are the Union have released another new song from their upcoming EP Keep It Down. The new song,”The King of Chords,” is a Smash Mouth influenced ska-punk song. Stream the song here.

You can also read an in-depth interview with vocalist Reed Wilcott here, which discusses the new album’s direction and more.

We Are the Union will release Keep It Down on May 15th through Paper + Plastick. It will be the band’s first release since ending their hiatus. They last released You Can’t Hide The Sun in 2012.


Paper + Plastick Records releases free Spring Sampler 2015

Paper + Plastick Records have released a free digital sampler, featuring songs from eleven bands on the label’s roster including DwayneBreak Anchor, and We Are the Union. Check out the tracklisting and stream the Spring Sampler 2015 below, or download it here.

Free Music: The Ataris – ‘Record Store Day 2015′

The Ataris apparently decided to celebrate this year’s Record Store Day with what else, a digital release. You can download Record Store Day 2015 for free/name your price below.

The release is a collection of new songs, demos, b-sides, instrumental tracks, and one live song comprised for Record Store Day 2015. It’s available only through the band’s Bandcamp page.

The Ataris are finishing up their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007′s Welcome the Night. The band will soon be heading out on another leg of “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts” tour dates – more info can be found below.

Lyric Video: We Are the Union – “Call in Dead”

We Are the Union have released a lyric video for their new single “Call in Dead.” The track will appear on the band’s upcoming EP, Keep it Down, and you can give it a listen below.

We Are the Union will release Keep It Down on May 15, 2015 through Paper + Plastick. It will be the band’s first release since ending their hiatus.

Full Album Stream: Break Anchor – “In A Van Down By The River”

Break Anchor are now streaming their upcoming album “In A Van Down By The River.” You can now check it out in its entirety here.

“In A Van Down By The River” will be released April 7th 2015 via Paper + Plastick Records. The album can be pre-ordered here.

Blacklist Royals to make cameo appearance on ABC’s “Forever”

Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have made their television debut on the ABC detective show Forever. Intrigued? You can check out a promo video for the episode below.

Blacklist Royals drummer Rob explains the band’s involvement in the show’s plot-line, commenting, “Cuba Gooding Jr. is a punk rock show promoter and we find the body of a dead punk girl behind the stage of Trash Bar.”

Of course, when the band isn’t making TV cameos, they’re working on music. The band last released Die Young With Me last summer through Krian Music Group and has a few shows lined up, the dates of which you can check out below.