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The Old Firm Casuals stream new track “Wartime Rock ‘n’ Roll” and announce EP

The Old Firm Casuals are streaming a brand new song, “Wartime Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The track accompanies an announcement that the band will release a new EP in the near future. The exact date of the new material is currently unknown but watch this space for further news.

For now, you can enjoy “Wartime Rock ‘n’ Roll” below.



NOi!SE release video for “The Real Enemy”

Tacoma, WA streetpunks NOi!SE have released a video for “The Real Enemy”. The track features Al Barr of Dropkick Murphys and is taken from the band’s album of the same name, released via Pirate’s Press Records/Randale Records back in October.

You can watch the video below.



DS Exclusive: Matt Henson talks new Noi!se, Stadium Way, US Army, family life, and much more

Anyone familiar with Matt Henson, whether through “real life” or social media or some combination thereof, will no doubt be aware that he’s one of the more compelling people in the punk rock scene. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick synopsis in runon sentence format: In addition to playing bass and handling half of the lead vocal duties for Noi!se, Matt tackles vocals and acoustic guitars for Stadium Way, is a devoted husband and father to a young son and an infant daughter, and is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army where he’s in charge of roughly a hundred soldiers.

It’s that last bullet point that has a tendency to draw the most raised eyebrows amongst the traditional “fuck the man, fuck the system” mentality of the punk rock set. To hear Henson tell it, that’s a mentality that he personally grew up with. “There’s an inclination when you’re young and you’re angry and you’re pissed off to say “fuck the man! Fuck the establishment!” And that’s perfectly normal. I was like that, and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to be angry now. I think the political and social climates that we live in right now foster an environment of anger and frustration, and if you care at all about your family or your country, you’re going to be frustrated right now.”

There comes a point in the life of many a young, nihilistic punker at which the progression of time and the culmination of one’s life experiences provides a certain amount of added perspective that forces you to broaden those those earlier views. So while you try to hold on to some of those anti-establishment principles, you also do things like “get a job” and “pay taxes” and “start a family” and “buy a car.” Or, in some cases, you join the Army. “People seem to mistake serving in the military with a blind agreement with everything that the government does,” says Hanson, stating that people assume that “essentially a robot who’s been brainwashed to follow orders and you’re completely devoid of right and wrong and your self and free thought. And that’s certainly not true.”

If you’re like Henson and you take the heart of an idealistic punk rocker and add to it all that comes along with a lifelong military career, you end up with more than enough material to pull from when trying to write music as anything more than just a hobby. “In the Army, we have a phrase “target-rich environment,” explains Henson. “Lyrically, I would say that the United States is one of the most target-rich environments on the face of the planet, if not the universe.” While the problems experienced in the United States don’t necessarily compare to some of the more rigid environments that Henson has experienced abroad, that doesn’t make our problems any less frustrating, particularly given our quintessentially American way of losing sight of the forest because of all the damn trees in the way.

“The rhetoric on both sides (is) less about fixing any of the problems and more about demonstrating how the other side is going to make the problems worse,” explains Henson in a way that will invite anyone with even a modicum of common sense to nod in approval. “It’s almost impossible to have any sort of dialog about any sort of social issue with anyone anymore because everything’s become so divisive that if you make a suggestion or a criticism in any way, shape or form, it almost has to be met with a response from the other side. There can’t be a healthy discussion about how we can fix it and what we can do. It’s more about whose fault it is and who’s making it worse.”

He continues in such a way that yours truly will pull back from editorializing and just stick to the quotes: “There’s definitely other countries that are going through much worse social upheaval and social unrest, and that doesn’t negate what’s going on here. But being away from family, more than anything, shows you what’s important. With that in mind, you look at what’s going on here and your first thought is “how is this going to affect my family”? I have a son and a daughter and the thought becomes less about how annoying this change is for me and more about how this could potentially affect my kids and my grandkids down the line.”

With that as motivation, Henson and his Noi!se bandmates (Nate Leinfelder – vocals/rhythm guitar, Jesse O’Donnell-lead guitar and Kenny Dirkes-drums) set to work on brand new material soon after the release of their last full-length, the stellar-if-underappreciated The Scars We Hide. “It was actually our goal to (get to work) quicker, because I think Nate and I are two of the most impatient people on the face of the planet as it pertains to just about everything, music especially.” Early writing sessions would get interrupted, however, by a call from Uncle Sam. For a one-year period beginning in late 2014, Henson would find himself on deployment in Korea.

But while being seventeen hours ahead might pose some challenges, that doesn’t mean that Henson and the boys rested on their laurels. “Right now, if I had a song idea, the longest I’d have to wait is until next Tuesday so that I could take it to the band,” explains Henson. “In Korea, I would have to wait until I could get into my room, get a decent recording on the acoustic, send it to them, then call them and whistle the other leads and fills and vocal progressions so that they understood what I was talking about.”

When he returned Stateside, Henson took a brief respite to recharge and reconnect with his son and then-pregnant wife, before he the Noi!se gang got right back to work. “I was home for two weeks before we started recording,” says Henson. Why such a quick decision to get back at it? “Anybody that’s got a band probably feels the same way; once it has you, it becomes such a big part of your life. You’ve got all of these things that are pent up and trying to get out.”

The result of those post-Korea writing and recording sessions was the dozen songs that will soon be revealed to the masses as The Real Enemy, the sophomore full length that finds Noi!se raising the proverbial bar while staying true to their street punk roots. “The content is a little bit darker than we normally do, but there are some subjects that have hit pretty close to home with us recently that we really, really felt like we needed to address,” says Henson.

Chief among those things is post-traumatic stress disorder, which is experienced by roughly 8% of all American adults but more than double that rate amongst Veterans. “The War Inside,” for example, tackles the subject of PTSD in rather direct fashion, opening the album’s b-side while serving as a bit of a departure. Not only does the music veer away from traditional three-chord punk, but it also features a guest voice; Aimee Allen of the Interrupters. “Aimee’s voice and perspective add an essential element to the song that I think would be lacking without her in the mix. The backing vocals that (Aimee’s Interrupters bandmates) the Bivonas provide are incredible, also.”

With any luck, The Real Enemy will garner the band more recognition than the criminally-underappreciated The Scars We Hide did a couple of years ago. “What we’re hoping is that if the availability of this record is what we think it’s going to be, and people do us the honor of picking it up, maybe people that haven’t had a chance to listen to Scars discover it and listen to the music,” says Henson. Because Noi!se are unavailable to tour for the bulk of the year for somewhat obvious reasons, connecting with fans both new and old through recorded music takes on even greater importance. “You’re just trying to get someone else to feel what you were feeling when you wrote that,” says Henson, explaining the dividends that can still be paid in spite of the band’s inability to exist as a regularly touring entity. “That’s as quantifiable a feeling as you can get, other than playing and sharing the stage with some of your musical heroes and getting a nod from them, and the validation that you’re on the right track…if our music can get other people through the same things that music did when we were kids…it’s just a good feeling for a person to be able to help someone out in any capacity.”

Head below to read the full text of our Q & A, in which we expound on a lot of the subject matter above. Oh, and stay tuned for more news from Noi!se and Stadium Way in the coming weeks!



The Old Firm Casuals release music video for “A Butcher’s Banquet”

The Old Firm Casuals have released a new video. It’s for the song “A Butcher’s Banquet.”

You can watch it below.

The song is off an upcoming 12-inch EP of the same name due out June via  Oi! The Boat Records and Randale Records.



Oxley’s Midnight Runners detail new 7-inch “Combat,” releases promotional video

Oi! group Oxley’s Midnight Runners [Lars Fredricksen (RancidOld Firm Casuals), Mike (The Fatskins), Dave (90 Proof, Boot Party), Jesus (The Warlords)] have announced that they will release their new 7-inch EP “Combat” in December through Oi! The Boat Records. You can view the cover art, tracklist and promotional video below.

You can pre-order the 7-inch here.



The Bad Engrish (Denver street punk) and Anger Flares (Tokyo street punk) teaming up for split 7-inch

Pretty cool release coming up from the Oi! The Boat Records crew. It’s a split 7-inch that features three tracks from Tokyo street punks Anger Flares and two tracks from “Denver’s Most Hated,” The Bad Engrish. Pre-orders for the release are available starting at midnight tomorrow night, and come with a limited edition t-shirt that’s only available through this pre-order. Check out details here. To whet your appetite, you can stream all five songs below.



Duffy’s Cut and The Idle Gossip announce split 7-inch

Cool new release coming from the folks at Oi! The Boat Records and Contra Records. The two indie labels are teaming up for a split 7-inch that’ll feature two songs each from Philadelphia’s Duffy’s Cut and Baltimore’s The Idle Gossip.

Pre-orders for the release are available right here. Numbers are limited, so you may want to jump on it. Looks like orders start shipping October 26th; we’ll keep you posted as sneak peaks become available.



Oxley’s Midnight Runners (ft. Lars Fredricksen) currently recording their third EP

Oi! group Oxley’s Midnight Runners [Lars Fredricksen (RancidOld Firm Casuals), Mike (The Fatskins), Dave (90 Proof, Boot Party), Jesus (The Warlords)] are currently in the studio recording their third EP, which will be released through Oi! The Boat Records.
We will keep you updated as more details emerge.



Music Video: 99 Bottles – “Working Drunk”

Colorado Oi! band 99 Bottles have released a music video for their song “Working Drunk.” The tune will appear on the band’s upcoming self-titled record.

You can watch the video below.

No word yet on when 99 Bottles will release the album, but we’ll keep you posted as details become available.



Noi!se release music video for “Two Faced”

Washington punk act, Noi!se, have released the music video their song “Two Faced.”

You can check it out below.

The song appears on “Oi! Ain’t Dead Vol.3” which was released on Rebellion Records.



Victory and The Cliches (Oi!) stream new “A Smoking Split” 7-inch

Minnesota’s Victory and Sweden’s The Cliches have just released a split 7-inch titled “A Smoking Split” through Oi! The Boat and Randale Records.  It features two new tracks from each band and you can stream (and buy) it here.



The Old Firm Casuals and Evil Conduct team up for a Christmas split 7″

Oi! fans, get ready for some Christmas cheer from Evil Conduct and The Old Firm Casuals.  Although Yuletide Cheers and Oi! has been out for a while now, it’s that time of year and you really can’t miss hearing 2 of your favorite Christmas tunes sung with streetpunk flavor.

The split features Evil Conduct’s version of “Silver Bells,” and The Old Firm’s “Father Xmas.”  You can stream both tracks below.



Music Video: The Old Firm Casuals – “Election Day”

Rancid guitarist/vocalist Lars Frederiksen’s side project The Old Firm Casuals have released a music video for their song “Election Day” and you can check it out below.

“Election Day” comes from the band’s latest album This Means War, which was released in July on Oi! The Boat Records and served as a follow-up to the group’s a 7-inch Never Say Die, launchd in January.



Justice Blocc (Oi!) stream upcoming 7-inch, announce 2 week tour dates

If you’re an Oi! fan and you’re not yet familiar with Colorado Springs Oi! band Justice Blocc its time to take notice.  The band has a self-titled 7-inch coming out on Oi! The Boat Records this Winter and on August 25th they’ll be hitting the road for a 2 week tour of the Midwest.

To get you acquainted with the four piece we’re pleased to stream their forthcoming release in it’s entirety.  Listen to it below while you check out the dates and locations of their upcoming tour.



The Old Firm Casuals’ drummer Paul Rivas breaks arm, band hopes to continue European tour

Image taken from The Old Firm Casuals’ facebook page

Tough break (sorry for that) for The Old Firm Casuals. The band recently embarked on a full European tour, but suffered a setback when drummer Paul Rivas broke his arm (that’s the X-Ray above). The Bay Area oi punk band (which also includes Lars from Rancid) were forced to cancel their gig at the Punk Rock Holiday Festival in Slovenia. However, they’re hoping to continue the remainder of their tour dates with a few fill-in drummers. Check out the full European rundown here. Get well soon, Paul!

The Old Firm Casuals’ debut album, “This Is War,” is available here.