Tragical History Tour/Derrick Johnston has premiered a video for “Three Two,” a track off his upcoming album, “Aphorisms.”
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:10 PM (PST) by Daron
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:31 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
I love finding new music. To this day, as a show-going, vinyl-spinning, vest-wearing punk— nothing beats finding a young band with chops to spare. Goodbye Blue Monday is the latest to enter my rotation, based on the recommendation of other internet punks, and I think I have to jump on the bandwagon. If anything, I’m downplaying it. Their EP, The Sickness, The Shame is fantastic. Three perfect pop punk bangers from a Scottish four-piece, sang with a mouth that might as well an open wound. The worst I can say is I wish there was more.
I think the key appeal of The Sickness, The Shame, at least for me, is its confessional nature. We’ve seen it before in bands like Against Me! and Off With Their Heads, where vulnerable lyrics reach a level of intimacy they force you into a recoil. Goodbye Blue Monday is in the same game, with similarly personal lyrics focusing in on frontman Graham Lough’s bipolar disorder. The concept isn’t approached as much as it is attacked, it becomes a pinata that needs to be smashed, or an effigy that needs to burned– by the time the three songs finish, it becomes a picnic savaged by wild animals. But, that’s punk for you. There’s an aggression here, a plaintive, angry cry shouting down mental illness, and it’s a thrill to join.
The songs themselves are excellent, and there being only three, a dud would stand out a lot more. The EP opens with “Fungus,” a hearty pop punk number whose first lyrics state, “If you stare at a blank wall long enough/ You’ll start to see patterns where there are none. Little flecks of paint or smears or dry rot/ Little stains of what you’ve become.” It’s extremely catchy, like all the songs on The Sickness, The Shame, showing that at the core of this misery-punk outfit, there are some real songwriting chops as well. “Take Your Pills” would probably be the single of the bunch, propelled by its opening guitar riff and declarative, shout-along title. “Choke ‘em all down, choke ‘em all down!” is the sort of lyric you can imagine on the lips of a couple hundred kids, crammed to capacity in a basement.
The EP ends with the title track. “The Sickness, The Shame” is a summation of the album’s concept, a grand rendering of life with bipolar disorder. It’s also just damn catchy, an ear worm that burrows into your brain with imagery from another life. One of the things I love most about this album, but also the title track in particular, is that these songs feel written. There are a lot of words here, and they explore their topics exceedingly well. The final product feels shaped by the words as their foundation, rather than just existing as a delivery system for a vocal melody.
The Sickness, The Shame is a triumph of songwriting as well as introspection. These are the types of bands that catch your ear and hold it tight, there’s a perspective here, something unique that can continue to grow and captivate. Goodbye Blue Monday is a band on the verge of joining the conversation, all they need now is more songs.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM (PST) by Mike Scott
Full details of all dates are below.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Perth hardcore act Drive By Killer have released their new EP Connotations, and are streaming the whole thing.
You can give it a listen below.
Connotations was released on July 21st, 2017 via Make That A Take Records.
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Chris Snelgrove, former frontman of Canadian punk act Prevenge, and Scottish folk punk Tragical History Tour are to embark on a tour that takes in Ireland and Scotland next month. The tour, presented by their label Make That A Take, takes in 9 venues across the two countries.
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:13 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Scottish skate punkers PMX have released a collection of comprising of their previously unreleased work. The record is creatively titled Unreleased, and features ten tracks from the band’s past.
You can listen to Unreleased entirely for free below. If you’re enjoying it, do the band a favour and buy a copy.
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:01 PM (PST) by rick delaney
Scottish skate punk four piece PMX have announced a European tour kicking off this May. The band will play a total of twelve dates across the continent, with supports to be confirmed.
If you’re hoping to catch PMX on the road, check out the tour poster below to see if their heading to your town.
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:20 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Tragical History Tour, the “cowpunk” solo project from Make That A Take Records co-founder Derrick Johnston, is streaming “Come On Home, Hero”, the first single taken from his forthcoming “Aphorisms” LP. Give it a listen and check out his upcoming tour dates below.
The “Come On Home, Hero” single will be released on Friday 14th April 2017 and will be available as a limited edition one-sided white flexi vinyl 7″, as a three track CD single and as a digital download through MTAT and Aaah!!! Real Records. All versions include b-sides “Even Cowpunks Get The Blues” and a cover of “Change” by Billy Liar.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Scottish melodic punks Goodbye Blue Monday are streaming their new EP The Sickness, The Shame.
You can give it a listen below.
The Sickness, The Shame appears to be Goodbye Blue Monday’s first release, but we are already looking forward to hearing more from them. The EP was released by Make That A Take Records on February 24th, 2017.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Although you still have to wait til tomorrow to hear Goodbye Blue Monday‘s new EP, The Sickness, The Shame, you can check out one of the new songs now. Go listen to “Take Your Pills” below, and head on over here to pick up a copy. The band is donating all proceeds of the sale of the EP to the Samaritans organization.
The Sickness, The Shame appears to be Goodbye Blue Monday’s first release, but we are already looking forward to hearing more from them. The EP will be released by Make That A Take Records.
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:39 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Those lovely people at Scotland’s Make That A Take Records have released a compilation called “Make Yer Ane Comp VII”. The record features a whopping forty tracks from the likes of The Murderburgers, Black Volvo, and PMX.
You can have a listen to the full stream below.
Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 5:07 PM (PST) by PGAitken
Stonethrower appear to have a fine alchemical balance between all of their elements. It is immediately apparent when listening to “Swells/Repels” – their first release – that no one instrument leads the music but that it is instead the result of the dynamic interplay between all of them – including the vocals. Vocals can be an extremely important and often overlooked instrument in a lot of music. Stonethrower show an impressive understanding of the flavours brought about by each of their instruments, and they put these together in an intoxicating way. I had my suspicions after first hearing their track Tracing Paper on the Gold Mold Spring Sampler 2016 that they were a band who incorporated and utilised the vocals heavily in their song-writing; this may seem like an obvious thing to do, but I believe that many bands leave their vocal work until the end, tacking them onto a finished piece of music. This suspicion was vindicated when I received Swells/Repels on CD the other day, as the CD itself was lovingly wrapped in an A4 piece of paper containing all the lyrics.
Stonethrower are a four-piece band based in Dundee, Scotland – a particularly cultural city from whence a great many respected artists have emerged. In my experience, a lot of people used to listen to “heavy” music, but their tastes moved on and they no longer enjoy it, apart from perhaps in that which they used to know. I have continued to enjoy such “heavy” music, but did allow it to pass me by for a number of years. Stonethrower are a band whom I feel have brought me up to speed, encompassing the better elements of all of the older stuff that I used to listen to, packaged with everything that I missed and brought together a remarkably mature and well-formulated release.
Stonethrower do not evade classification, it seems that if you try hard enough you can classify anything for better or worse, but they certainly exceed the expectations of whatever classification you could hope to work them in to. I found their EP very moreish, perhaps because it flows quite naturally to me, whilst still maintaining its ability to throw curveballs and defy expectation. I have listened to their dynamic, emotional and hard-hitting EP a number of times and it has not ceased to be a joy or to get my head-banging. They bring the best out of a number of sub-genres and use that recipe to put together something truly memorable. I expect to see a lot more out of Stonethrower and cannot wait to see them live.
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 9:18 AM (PST) by rick delaney
The lovely, generous folks over at Make That A Take Records have released a compilation celebrating their ten year anniversary. “Ten Years of Cowpunk” features twenty-four tracks from the label’s bands. There’s a lot of variation here, with tracks coming from a plethora of artists such as PMX, Sink Alaska and Franz Nicolay.
You can listen to “Ten Years of Cowpunk” below.
Friday, August 26, 2016 at 9:51 AM (PST) by villagebrown
UK emo-punks Terrafraid and Western, MA punks Modern Lives have released a split EP together on Make That A Take Records. The 4-song split is everything dream-pop, emo, and punk combined into one massive EP, with material showcases both sides of the world and the things they have to offer. You can give it a listen below.
For Terrafraid, this EP will follow their 2014 album, Despondent. For Modern Lives, this will serve as a follow-up to their 2015 EP, Gloom.