Canadian punk band Pkew Pkew Pkew have announced the dates for their upcoming tour of Europe.
See the tour dates below.
Last year, SideOneDummy Records released Pkew Pkew Pkew + ONE.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:06 PM (PST) by steve long
New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem will be releasing a special edition of their 2008 album The 59 Sound to commemorate its 10th anniversary. It will be titled The 59 Sound Sessions and will include previously unheard versions of some of the tracks, a 60 page photo book, some unreleased material and a cover of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash.
The special edition will be released on June 15 via Side One Dummy Records.
One of the things I look forward to the most about Christmas and the New Year is reading the year end lists that get posted on various music sites. I always discover a release or two that I’ve missed which helps brighten what can sometimes be a dreary start to the year. You Can’t Stay Here by Iron Chic was one of these, I checked it out in early 2018 a few months after it’s release in the previous October and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since.
These guys have been around a few years now, this is their third release and first on SideOneDummy. They play a compelling brand of melodic punk rock which ranges from gruff beardcore to a lighter, poppier sound and touches on some emo-esque introspect as well. They’re a five piece who aren’t afraid to crank up the distortion and also throw in some samples, a bit of synth (if my ears don’t deceive me) and a female vocal pops up a few times to great effect. We get eleven songs here however the way each song segues into the next makes the album feel like one epic piece of music rather than eleven separate servings.
This record was written in the wake of the death of their former guitarist Rob McAllister and lyrically this album takes us on a journey through grief, nihilism, religion and finally what feels like acceptance. There are some pretty dark themes however they are delivered in such exceptional style that it helps the listener accept or process the messages within. The album kicks off with a couple of upbeat rockers, opening with 20 some seconds of distortion which gives way to a nice jangly riff before the band kick in with a hearty scream to boot. The lyrics are incredible throughout, it’s definitely an album to be enjoyed with headphones on and a lyric sheet in front of you. Track three, and title track, takes the foot off the pedal slightly with an intro that swells and builds over the course of a minute before a multi-layered wall of sound crashes down on you during one of the more emo points of the record. Let’s. Get. Dangerous. picks us up with a bright little riff and the song is a poppy antidote to the previous offering (“we both know life is temporary” simultaneously reassuring and demoralising us). Thunderbolts! comes next with some soaring back-up vocals during the chorus that bring to mind several Samiam songs – high praise indeed. Planes, Chest Pains and Automobiles rocks along nicely, painting a bleak but often realistic view of life (“Here on Earth, Where we serve our terms, And it hurts like hell, But we do it well)”. This leads into a meandering intro to next song Golgotha which was one that immediately grabbed my attention on my first run through the album. It’s a mid-tempo affair which takes us on an emotional rollercoaster and, for me, this song is all about the vocals and the lyrics. I’m pretty sure I listened to this song four or five times back to back just to learn the words and understand what the song was saying. It’s epic. This is followed by another couple of melodic rockers, Invisible Ink again bringing to mind Astray era Samiam. Ruinous Calamity starts out with a solo acoustic vibe before the full band kick in. I can imagine that when this is played live, there are a number of sweaty strangers in front of the stage, many with beards, arm in arm screaming the words towards the microphone. And I bet that feels pretty fucking great as well. To Shreds, You Say, the album closer, provides a great summation of the lyrical theme (“It’s been a long hard year, Started fine but it ends in tears, One down, We’re that much deader, This one ain’t shaping up much better”) and is an absolute belter to finish on. It rips along at a great pace and provides what feels like closure, although on close inspection the lyrics are a fairly even split between hopefulness and resignation. Regardless, it’s a fitting end to an exceptional record which these boy can be proud of.
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 1:13 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s playlist is brought to you by DS editor Bizarro Dustin.
Discover some great tunes, and get your shuffle on with Dustin’s playlist below.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:08 PM (PST) by liathdavis
The Casualties have just announced that they will be hitting the studio in May to start recording their new album with Bill Stevenson (Descendants, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore. Both have previously collaborated with the band on releases.
This is all the information we have as of now but we will keep you updated as we know more!
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
With the recent release of the pretty sweet documentary Baseball Punx, I had the opportunity to interview Steve Sladkowski of PUP and Rob Taxpayer of The Taxpayers. The interview focuses on the similarities between punk rock and baseball, and the general social impact both have on modern-day society.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM (PST) by liathdavis
Gogol Bordello will be joining Peter Frampton, Daryl Hall, Biffy Clyro, Car Seat Headrest, Dawes, Bleachers and others on the Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie with their cover of “Rock N’ Roll Suicide” to add to the list.
Gogol Bordello frontman, Eugene Hutz, said exclusively to The Howard Stern Show, “A brilliant music writer with mania for progress and endless shape-shifting, yet with a very strong soul presence behind all the masquerade. And with very pronounced loving kindness about him. I believe it was exactly the kind of presence that [noted spiritualist] Edgar Cayce described as supra-consciousness” in reference to the late rock legend.
The tribute will air February 9 at 10 pm on SiriusXM Howard 101.
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST) by gunnar
Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s playlist is brought to you by staffer gunnar.
You know, Spotify makes a good discover weekly playlist, but sometimes you want something a little more targeted to what you like. If you’re reading this you probably looking forward to this playlist, so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. I rather dislike Monday, just as a concept, so here are a few songs to help you push through your work week: check it out below.
Monday, January 8, 2018 at 2:51 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
You can have a listen to the track below. A reminder of the band’s West Coast dates are below too.
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:22 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
More Scared of You Than You Are of Me was released in April through SideOneDummy Records.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:37 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Words by Big D And The Kids Table front man David McWane
It was now 2003 and Big D’s van wasn’t running, so we had a lot of time off. And what better to do when your band is stranded for the summer than to make a Gangsta Rap version of your tunes? Being a fan of Rap & Hip-Hop and also loving the art of creating music, I wanted to see what it was like to put songs together in these genres. I went back to the old recording model of tempting Lammi with some beer and fun. Lammi and I spent the summer making Porch Life, a hilarious collection of Rap & Hip-hop versions of Big D songs.
However, once completed we learned harshly that not everyone has the same humor. This was the beginning of Big D pissing people off and disappointing listeners to a curiously high level. And we would be sure to continue this trend.
Porch Life got reviewed by well known punk publications. 1-star or 2-stars, that was our professional ratings for this release, followed by angry nail-breaking typed comments like ‘How could they go to Hip-hop?’. This is when it dawned on Big D that people actually took us seriously and that’s not the way to look at this band. Big D never had the goal to be famous or make it in the music industry. I always say that there are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians. Music itself has always been our payment. People showing up and having a chat with us has always been our payment. Making the band a strict business to which the mission is to write songs for the public and not ourselves hoping to cash in is simply a different person’s goals. For me, music and love are the last pure things you can carry with yourself after childhood and I am not keen on poisoning either. We made this album, for the same reason we make all of our albums – because it’s fun. To reiterate, we have never wanted to construct verses and choruses for mass appeal, rather we do it to impress each other and would rather someone passionately hate our songs than to forfeit our music to the uncreative, the unhumorous, the sophomaniac, deconstuionist, curmudgeons of this world. Yuck.
I mean to be serious for a moment, how can you give Porch Life 1-star when it has Sully B. Nuts prank phone calls sprinkled through it?
It’s no secret that Melt Banana is one of my all time favorite bands and to keep with the trend of pissing the public off we did a split 7” with them. For me this was a dream come true. It was humbling with little sparks of feeling proud flashing in my heart. Our fans didn’t really care for the release and Melt Banana fans showed their canines to us at the show we played together at T. T. The Bears in Cambridge MA. Maybe the public didn’t know that RUN DMC and Slayer played shows together or that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Slap Shot were brothers in the scene. However, to be fair not everyone lacked the understanding of why this 7” was neat. A few SKA-Punx’ers and Noise Core’ers knew the score.
My favorite music memory of all time is when I went to the back of T. T.s and Yako the singer of Melt Banana was there and she said to me, “I love your voice.”
And I know my hero would have never said that…if I had decided to cater to the masses.
Tune in next week for another Big D “Behind The Album” piece. They’ll continue weekly until all 34+ Big D albums have been covered!
PUP seems to have revealed that they are starting work on a new album. Yesterday the band tweeted, “starting pre-production on a new record tomorrow?”
So there you go? I don’t know? Here’s a link to the tweet so you can ask them yourself?
Their last release was 2016’s “The Dream Is Over.”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:50 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
California folk-punk legend Chuck Ragan has announced a handful of solo tour dates in and around California.
You can see if he’s playing near you below.
The latest release from Chuck Ragan was “The Flame in the Flood” released in February 2016.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Canadian punk rockers Pkew Pkew Pkew have released a music video for their song “Hangin’ Out.”
You can check it out below.
“Hangin’ Out” comes from the bands’ previously self-titled, now titled +One, debut album that was released on SideOneDummy in July 2017.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:27 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The record follows the band’s 2013 full-length The Constant One.
Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year. Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There. The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90's skate punk. If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.