We imagine that Wednesday night shows are hit or miss in most places, but in Los Angeles, the prospects are even more bleak. However, every once in awhile, there comes a lineup so good that even Humpday can’t put a damper on the turn out. This was one of those shows, drawing an impressively sized crowd that even drew fellow punk artists, with members of Get Dead and True Rivals among the audience. Hell, Dying Scene even had two staffers in the bouse for this one! Read the review and check out the photo gallery (nearly a month after the show…really, AP?) from this incredible mid-week performance below!
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Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:25 PM (PST) by jaystone
Awwwwwwe yeah, boys and girls! New music from The Lillingtons is finally (almost) here.
It’s not much to go on, but the Wyoming-based pop-punk trailblazers have unveiled a thirty-second teaser video for what is being dubbed “Project 313,” featuring a snippet of what appears to be the title track to whatever the release of the same name ends up becoming (EP, 7-inch, full-length, etc).
The only other info we learn is that Project 313, which we’re assuming is not the soundtrack to the remake of the 2006 crime drama of the same name, is due out in June 2017 on Red Scare Industries. Check out the teaser below!
The only other material The Lillingtons have released since their 2006 full-length The Too Late Show was the song “Pyramids” that was released on Red Scare’s 10th anniversary compilation.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:49 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Heads up US! MakeWar (Red Scare) is gearing up for a good run of dates through some of the more Eastern states. Joining them are A-F Records‘ own Worship this!. Full tour dates for this sweet combo can be found below.
MakeWar’s last release ‘Developing a Theory of Integrity’ was undebatebly one of our favourite releases of 2016.
San Francisco punk rock band Nothington will be heading out for a few gigs in late March and early April. The shows will be supported by Western Settings, The Bombpops, Success, and Druglords of the Avenue. To check out the dates, please click below.
Nothington’s latest album was In The End which was released earlier this year through Red Scare Industries.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:51 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Washington DC’s, Breakin’ Even Fest 2 recently announced their full lineup for May 5 & 6th @ Songbyrd DC, and this year it’ all ages!
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Six years doesn’t seem like a long time unless that period is devoid of new music from San Fran punk rockers Nothington, then it can seem painfully slow. Even though their last album, Borrowed Time (released in 2011) is incredibly infectious and has sky high replay value, it was time for something new. Well, our prayers were answered and they’ve finally returned with a brand new album, In The End which released digitally last week. In advance of the physical copy release this Friday, the Bay Area boys sent us a track from the LP to stream exclusively for Dying Scene readers! The single, “End Transmission” features the signature, rugged vocals of Mr. Northington, blended with impeccably written melodies and unadulterated, classic punk rock riffs. AHHHHH! That’s the good stuff! Get your fix, below.
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:54 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
You can watch the video below.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:46 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
San Francisco melodic punks Nothington have given us the first taste of their upcoming album In The End, premiering a music video for a brand new track called “The Lies I Need.” Additionally, the band just added some west coast shows to their 2017 tour itinerary.
You can check out “The Lies I Need” and the west coast tour dates below.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 5:42 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Developing a Theory of Integrity is proof that Red Scare is a punk rock tastemaker. They’re what Fat Wreck was to the scene in the 90s, standing alongside the greats of No Idea and Epitaph as labels with a specific vision of what punk rock should be. I mean, this is a release I only listened to because I saw it announced on Red Scare’s website; one year ago, I’d never heard of MakeWar— now, they’re one of my favorites of the year. See? Tastemakers.
That isn’t to shift all the credit of this release from the artist to the label, but it does bear to mention the “Red Scare Sound.” MakeWar fit in with the lineage just fine, playing heartfelt melodic punk with huge hooks and cherry songwriting. They also have an interesting story, being a band of South American immigrants. But, front and center of Developing a Theory of Integrity are the songs, and it’s the anthemic choruses, with all their wistful and resistant energy that give this release it’s legs.
MakeWar’s lyrical topics aren’t new. Being a twenty-something living an extended and booze-filled adolescence is a well-tread melodic punk trope. But, as with anything, it’s all in the approach. Songwriter Jose Prieto has a knack for imagery that makes his songs about more than just fuck-ups fucking up. And what makes it all work is that he captures the youthful enthusiasm of drinking and partying with friends, and lets tomorrow’s regret creep right along side the empty cans and high-fives. The opening lines of the first track, “Matador Pool Party,” set up the juxtaposition: “Summer is showing her feet, at my doorstep but not coming in. Creeping with sunny flares out my window, while pissing all over the streets.” Even within the scene-setting, Prieto opens us up to the summer and all it’s positive associations, while never letting it become too idyllic.
“Ode” might just be the anthem of the year for me, with perhaps one of the most-singalongable hooks in beard punk history. “I can’t fall asleep, so many demons inside of me, I hope they die, with this shot of whiskey,” is destined to be communally screamed and toasted at live shows for years to come. “Sallie” is another tune made for weekend nights with it’s rallying cry of “fuck nine to five!” With lines like these, Developing a Theory of Integrity coalesces into the ultimate cut-loose album. It’s unapologetically relatable, attacking its cliches with as much gusto as poetry.
It’s bands like MakeWar that keep me in the fold. Every once and awhile, a new songwriting talent emerges and reminds you why you stick around in the first place. It all comes down to recognition. It’s that epiphany in a song, when you’re bobbing your head and you hear that exact couplet that you needed to hear at that exact time. It’s when you recognize a feeling, given muscle and bone through art. Developing A Theory of Integrity is a collection of feelings, as genuine and loud as they come.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 4:46 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
According to a recent Facebook post from Red Scare Industries, Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons are in the studio recording new music. They did not specify whether the band’s working on a full-length or an EP, but we’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.
After reuniting for Riot Fest in 2013, The Lillingtons have continued to sporadically play reunion shows. Since releasing their last album The Too Late Show in 2006, the only new music they have put out was a song called “Pyramids” on Red Scare’s 10th anniversary compilation.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 2:40 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Chicago punks The Brokedowns were recently featured on Live from the Rock Room, where they performed the song “Born on the Bayou, Too!” live.
You can check it out below.
The Brokedowns released a kick-ass record, Life Is A Breeze, at the end of 2014. According to some German magazine, they’re working on a new record that will be out sometime this year.
Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM (PST) by Johnny X
You know what they say; “Best Of… lists are like a box of chocolates”. When Red Scare Industries co-founder Tobias Jeg asked if we wanted to publish some Top 10 lists from Red Scare artists on Dying Scene I said “Hell, yeah!” but I definitely had no idea what I was going to get.
What follows is a schizophrenic compilation of the “Best ‘Whatevers’ of 2016” according to some of the lovable characters from your favorite Red Scare bands. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
San Francisco punks Nothington have announced details for their long-awaited new album In The End. The record, which has been in the works since 2014, will be released on February 17th, 2017 through Red Scare Industries.
You can listen to the album’s first single “Cobblestones,” and check out its tracklist below. The band also just added more dates to their European tour. Those can be found below as well.
In The End will be Nothington’s first album in nearly 6 years, following 2011’s Borrowed Time. Head over here to get your pre-orders in.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PST) by Kendra S
On the eve before Thanksgiving, The Falcon took one last flight before calling it a day, donning their hoods and being placed back in their mews (yeah okay, so I may have Googled some falcon facts or whatever). The four-piece played their last show for the foreseeable future at the Metro in their – kind of – hometown of Chicago. Joining them to round out an amazingly strong lineup were Wisconsin’s Arms Aloft and comedian Kyle Kinane along with Chicago locals, Typesetter.
As all great Metro shows go, the pre-party drink-a-thon started next door at GMan, a bar owned and operated by Metro. For those of you not from the Chicagoland area, GMan is the equivalent of the music scene’s Cheers. There is rarely a time when I cross the threshold without instantly recognizing a few faces; tonight was no different. As I grabbed my Tito’s and soda, I noticed an eight top of friends on one side of the bar and as I walked into the newly remodeled back room, there were about twenty more. The chatter mostly pertained to holiday plans, right wing gun toting uncles and a headcount of how many Malort shots everyone would be doing before the night’s end. I took that as my cue to leave and walk over to the venue.
The room was bare but slowly filling up as Typesetter took the stage. While I’ve covered a number of shows at Metro, I have never been on the photography end of the coverage. Ready to pop my photo cherry, I plodded into the photo pit with my camera out and ready to go. “You can’t have that,” a staff member told me as I passed. “No flash.” He was pointing at my external flash. Ladies and gentlemen, we have just reached the first panic inducing obstacle of the evening. I removed the flash, politely thanked him (always be kind to the venue staff!) and began to pray. Dear Annie Leibovitz – wait you’re not dead. Either way, please don’t let me fuck this up too badly without a flash. After some setting adjustments, I started to see images on my display screen again, hoped for the best and started to calm down.
After frequenting as many shows per week as I possibly can cram into schedule, I have somehow mysteriously never seen Typesetter in the four plus years since I’ve moved back to Chicago. This is not for lack of effort on their part either; they’re always playing. But I was finally able to witness what my friends have been raving about. The five piece plays indie rock that may border on shoegaze. (Complete disclosure: I’m too old to understand what that definition means anymore). Ferocious and melodic, Typesetter plowed through their set as a strong opener for the night.
Arms Aloft was next on the bill for the evening. While the band may still be slightly under the radar throughout most of the country, they have been playing and cultivating a decent sized fan base here in Chicago for years. Their latest LP entitled What A Time To Be Barely Alive was released earlier this year to rave reviews. It’s the perfect commentary on the state of our existence, especially with the results of the recent presidential election. Their set consisted of a decent mix of old and new. But that didn’t seem to matter to the crowd, who were shouting along to every word.
I had previously interviewed Kyle Kinane a week before this show and before he even had joined the tour. The one thing that came across loud and clear was his concern for what could go wrong when being strangely slotted between two musical acts. How would the energy of the crowd hold up? How would the audience feel about just standing around while he paced on stage? His concerns started to meld with mine. How do you actively photograph someone who isn’t moving much? What if all my photos look the same? How do you write a review of a comedian? (Note: apparently, you just talk about your fears and pose a lot of questions to waste line space!). But as soon as Kyle came onstage, all of that went out the window. I thought he was hilarious, as always, and the audience seemed to agree. He even shot down a drunken heckler with the greatest of ease as he joked that he would love to be able to just break into a song and drown out the drunk at that exact moment. All in all, I think that the change in pace of the lineup was well received.
The room went dark. I could no longer see the back of the crowd as I looked beyond the barricade from the photo pit. Someone tried to start up the “Hen-nes-sey” chant before the band was even on stage. Too soon, bro! Too soon. But, it was finally time for The Falcon. The four-piece super-group took the stage to Star Wars’ “The Imperial March”, which was a strangely fitting choice. The band members were introduced just before they rapidly broke out into “Sergio’s Here”, the latest single from Gather Up the Chaps. “War of Colossus”, “If Dave Did It”, “The Routes We Wander”, “You Dumb Dildos” “Unicorn Odyssey” and “They Angry Cry…” also made appearances on the set list. Should I go listing song after song? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Just click around on your iTunes and pretend you were there. That song? Yeah, I’m pretty sure they played that one.
Brendan explained to the crowd that the whole of the band was either sick or fighting off terrible colds. The stage presence did seem a little forced in comparison to the other times I had seen The Falcon throughout the year. But that had little impact on the actual performance of the songs. If a sick and somewhat hoarse Brendan Kelly can power through “Hasselhoff Cheeseburger”, then you can do anything. The audience didn’t seem to take note either, as they screamed along to songs about drinking, blacking out, cocaine and black teeth. As the set ended, the band dismounted the stage and infiltrated the audience as ‘You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon played in the background. They rallied up the audience for one last conga line that became so long that it snaked its way through one door of the Metro and out another. Although it was a party trick that I had seen at their previous shows, it still hadn’t gotten old and somehow it remained the perfect last hurrah of The Falcon… at least for now.
Check out our full photo gallery from the evening’s festivities below!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Based in Newcastle, England but originally hailing from Derry, Ireland this talented young trio just released their debut, ten track LP Ride the Storm, via Red Scare Industries. Somewhere between power pop and Celtic punk, the lads categorize their unique sound as “Lion Hearted Rock ‘n Roll”. To welcome the arrival of the album, the boys sent us a track to stream for our devoted readers and we ain’t gonna lie kiddies, this one shreds! Check out the incredibly infectious single “Daniel O’D and the Moonshiners” below, then go order the rest of the LP, here!
Good Friend‘s last studio album was their self titled EP, released in 2012.