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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:26 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Ah, baseball. The classic game that brings families together. Is there anything more iconic of America’s more positive aspects? Perhaps The Simpsons, depending on which seasons you’re talking about. Fittingly enough, The Isotopes (who hail from the Great White North, it should be noted) bring these two American pastimes together. Named after Springfield’s minor league team, The Isotopes write sweet and catchy pop punk tunes about one thing, and one thing only: baseball.
Imagine if the first two Riverdales albums had the same glossy production as Masked Intruder, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Isotopes’ latest album, 1994 World Series Champions (for those who are too lazy to look it up: the title is a reference to the fact that there was no World Series in 1994, thus there was no team to win the championship). Only one song on the album passes the two and a half minute mark, with only a third of remaining nine tracks breaking two minutes at all. There are several references to the Sandlot, former major league players, and not wanting the season to end. On the punk end of the spectrum, the album begins with a slight Germs reference (“What We Do Ain’t Secret”) and ends with a Black Flag-like chant, if Black Flag weren’t so rigid (“Sandlot Party”).
Is it gimmicky? Yeah, it most certainly is. But that doesn’t stop it from being any less fun. Pop punk is rarely about reinventing the wheel, and is more about catchy sing-along tunes. The Isotopes know exactly what they’re playing at, and they don’t hide it at all.
4 / 5
RIYL: Riverdales, The Hextalls, Masked Intruder
French Canadian punk act Boids are streaming their latest creation “Demo Bag”. The latest release is the third from Boids, and the first since 2015’s “Superbafrango”.
You can give the new release a listen here.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:09 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
You can listen to ‘Painful Reminder’ below.
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:59 PM (PST) by Double J
The Isotopes recently released a music video for their song “Legend of George Brett”. They are currently in the middle of a European tour, finishing up at the end of this month.
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:44 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Montreal’s Lost Love have released a new video for “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even”. The track is taken from their current full length, “Comfortable Scars”, out on Stomp Records. The album came out back in April of last year.
You can watch the video below.
New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Sammy Kay is just about to release a brand new album. It’s technically untitled, and it is due out this coming Friday (April 7th). In anticipation of the release, however, the album is available for streaming in all its glory, check it out here.
This is what Sammy Kay himself had to say about the album: “I wanted to keep the past in the past, and to not forget that I’m forever changing as a songwriter, growing and constantly pushing myself forward. I feel the songs on this record show exactly that. Me and the boys are real excited to get back on the road and are really stoked to show you all the new songs. We’re all so proud of LP3, and can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:40 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
This track is taken from the band’s upcoming album 1994 World Series Champions, which is set to release on April 14th through Stomp Records.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:29 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Revolving all-star team Isotopes have announced a brand new album. Their baseball themed ‘1994 World Series Champions‘ will be out April 14th through Destiny Records (UK / EU) & Stomp Records (CA / US).
Over the years Isotopes has included members from the Real McKenzies, Exploding F**k Dolls, Vibrators, DOA, Nervous Talk, and Dee Cracks, none of whom have played every show. If you’d like to see one of the line-ups play live in Europe, check below for full tour dates.
The song comes from their latest album “Burn Into The Earth” which was released on June 2, 2015 via Stomp Records.
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM (PST) by villagebrown
Toronto based punk rockers Brutal Youth premiered a new music video for their song “Hostile Work Environment” today. It is a short, but epic exchange between adult and rebellious, take-no-hits youngin’. If you want to see an adult get some comeuppance for knocking down a kid’s ice cream, then watch this video and all of it’s glorious satisfying revenge.
You can check it out below.
Brutal Youth’s latest album “Sanguine” was released on September 23rd through Stomp Records.
Monday, September 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM (PST) by Supermartinguy
Canadian punks Brutal Youth have just released a stream of their brand new album “Sanguine” on New Noise Magazine. Head here to check out what Paul Carr called “one of the best albums of the year, and click here to give Paul’s glowing review a read.
Sanguine is set for a proper release on September 23rd through Stomp Records. It will be Brutal Youth’s first full-length in 3 years, following 2013′s Stay Honest. Digital pre-orders are available here.
Since their second album, 2013’s Stay Honest, Brutal Youth have spent 3 whole years honing their punk craft through a cycle of constant touring and the storming Bottoming Out EP. All of this hard work has sure as hell paid off. Biding their time between full length releases was a fine idea because the wait has been well worth it. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you one of the albums of the year.
This may sound like a bold claim but this is an album filled with melodic hardcore hooks, pop punk sing-a-longs and a surprisingly large amount of emotional heft. “I. Denial” starts proceedings off deceptively slowly with swirls of atmospherics and a spoken word sample. It’s like the band are taxiing for take off and boy do they take off. A muscular hardcore riff and frenzied drumming burst out of the mix that are so powerful they could bring down abandoned buildings. This combined with some catchy ‘woah oohs’ and a shout along chorus of ‘You’ve got to hold on to what you’ve got’ get things off to a storming start. It’s all uphill from here. “The King” is pure punk rock alchemy. An ascending and descending muted riff gives way to a powerful, life affirming chorus. This song and “Thick as Thieves” are the kind that make you glad to be alive. Moments like these are the reason we listen to punk in 2016.
Previous criticisms of the band have noted that previous albums have been a little overstuffed with similar sounding hardcore tracks and an over reliance on ‘woah oohs’ to keep things moving. That is certainly not the case with Sanguine. Even the straight hardcore songs contain subtle differences, whether it be a prominent bass riff, such as on “Bargaining” or a slowed down bridge. “Spencer Street” even begins with a shredding classic metal solo. The ‘woah oohs’ are used sparingly across the course of the album which means that when are they are employed, such as on “Rogue Thoughts”, the songs stand out rather than get swallowed up. The variety on show makes the moments of pure hardcore all the more satisfying. “II.Anger” has a stalking hardcore riff that could melt paint. There are obvious similarities with hardcore heroes Kid Dynamite, 7seconds and even Gorilla Biscuits but Brutal Youth are certainly their own band.
By condensing the album to 14 songs Brutal Youth have made a tight and impactful record. It’s a notable progression from Stay Honest but loses none of the power and fury of that album. They have settled on their own sound with beauty, chaos, noise and emotional weight knitted skillfully together. Whatever they hoped to achieve with Sanguine they have and then some.This is clearly an emotional record for vocalist Patty. The whole album is framed around the 5 stages of grief which gives the album real substance. Nevertheless, it certainly doesn’t come across as a concept record. Lyrics such as those on penultimate track “Todd Serious” are imbued with a sense of pain and loss. However, it is clear that this album is a cathartic experience for him. Aptly titled closer “V.Acceptance” suggests he is ready to move on with the line: ‘I love you and I miss you/Thanks for the memories’. Don’t let the often emotional lyrics put you off though. This is an album to set the pit ablaze.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 2:31 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Canadian punks Brutal Youth have released the music video for their song “The King.”
You can watch it below.
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket