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Antillectual release documentary-style video series for track “Change the Standard”

Dutch melodic punks Antillectual have recently released a 5-part video series for their song “Change the Standard” off 2017’s ‘Engage!’.

The band is known for their environmental and social awareness, and the video continues their reputation. The five short documentaries show five different entrepreneurs and how they are “changing the standard” in their field of work. The videos feature the Nevel Artisan Ales Brewery, Bietenrood farm, Fairtrademerch clothing and screenprinting, Just Like Your Mom tour support & catering and Velocity bike logistics.

You can check out the five mini-documentaries below.



Album Review: Spanish Love Songs – “Schmaltz”

When it comes to building a world, details matter. Whether the world exists in a movie, a book, or even a song. Details are what make us feel the heat of an ember or the exuberance of youth. Even in punk, lyrics are enriched by the tics and specific imagery of a time and place. It gives weight to a slice-of-life, enough so that by the time the last note fades away, we feel like what was just sung to us happened, that it is cemented in reality, as part of our world as it is the world of the song.

LA’s Spanish Love Songs fill their sad sack anthems with the tiniest details, and by the last song, Schmaltz feels as lived-in as an old sneaker, and might just be 2018’s first great album.

As far as punk rock goes, this is the sort that captures me immediately. I pride myself on liking a lot of different punk, the stuff that barks and snarls, sneers or moans. Hardcore, crust, pop punk, a little emo, a little post, but my favorites these days are the result of introspective and eloquent songwriters that can match poetic lyrics to big singalongs. Stuff like the Menzingers, Red City Radio, and now— Spanish Love Songs, a band that’ll likely draw comparisons to the former, but manages in the end to carve out an identity of their own with Schmaltz.

Spanish Love Songs’ music is personal, so personal it hurts. It reminds me of how I felt the first time I heard Against Me! That feeling of did they really just say that? There’s strength in that sort of abandon, and Spanish Love Songs is benching above their weight. Opening song, “Nuevo” is a quiet track driven by piano chords courtesy Meredith Van Woert, rich in top-notch imagery, sung in an affectatious Greg Barnett-esque croon by Dylan Slocum. Slocum sings, “And I can’t help but laugh at these edge kids I used to mosh with at church hardcore shows, getting blasted on Pabst and burning holes into the wall with their Parliaments.” You immediately have a sense of time and place, but in the end, Slocum doesn’t shy away from prying open old wounds, “Well fuck, I’m miserable, which means it’s me that hasn’t changed.” Simple and direct, no bullshit. Schmaltz is filled with these sorts of lines, ones we’ve said to ourselves in our darkest moments, and Spanish Love Songs fits them to a melody and forces us to sing along. It’s the unique sort of confrontation that feeling-forward punk thrives on, recognition and acceptance of us at our worst.

The music itself is great, with memorable and energetic fretwork. “Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations” begins with a guitar line that explodes out of thin air, while the song also introduces a melody that becomes a motif throughout the album, a smart move that makes a record tangibly cohesive, beyond something more ephemeral like thematics. It also introduces some speed, which is always much appreciated in a subgenre often critiqued for its mid-tempo emotional jams.

“The Boy Considers His Haircut” is my clear favorite from the album, a song that takes minutiae and reveals it to be symptoms of a greater angst. It has great screamlong melodies throughout the song, without ever dipping into a strict verse-chorus structure. The aversion to, but not total rejection of, traditional song structure reveals another parallel between Spanish Love Songs and The Menzingers—the effect is a strong one though, making each song feel natural, like it’s growing off of itself in new and organic directions.

There’s too many great songs on Schmaltz to talk about individually, but the number of highlights could very well be the same as its tracklisting, as each new listen offers something new to appreciate. That’s the depth the songwriting brings to the album; there’s a lot to unpack and Spanish Love Songs craft their music to make sure you want to unpack it, even when it hurts, even when it’s just a mirror to our discontent.

5/5



Homeless Gospel Choir release video for “1983”

Derek Zanetti, otherwise known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, has released a music video for “1983”, the 8th track off of his most recent album ‘Normal’. He will also be on tour this summer with Frank Turner, Lucero, and The Menzingers. You can check out the video and his tour dates below.

Zanetti’s last release was ‘Normal’ in 2017 via A-F Records.



Swiss Army (alternative-punk) releases music video for “Paris Mountain”

Pittsburgh Alternative/ Punk band Swiss Army have released a music video for the title track off their upcoming full-length debut “Paris Mountain” and you can check it out below.

A-F Records will be releasing the album for the band on April 27.

Brandon Lehman, Swiss Army’s lead vocalist, describes the album as:

a real place from my childhood. Symbolically, it stands as an obstacle, or maybe for some, a goal of wealth, class, opportunity. The debut full-length record is a collection of stories about love, growth, privilege, terror, told through honest lyrics and the loudest guitars possible. “

Swiss Army’s last release was a self-titled EP in 2016.



Spanish Love Songs release music video for new song “Bellyache”

L.A. grouch punks Spanish Love Songs have premiered a music video for their new song “Bellyache” and you can check it out along with the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

The tune is off their upcoming album Schmaltz due out March 30th on A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). It’s the first new album from Spanish Love Songs since the 2015 release of Giant Sings The Blues.

If your a fan of The Weakerthans check these guys out.



Spanish Love Songs release new track ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’

Los Angeles based grouch rockers Spanish Love Songs, have released a brand new track. ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’ is the second single from the band’s upcoming album Schmaltz, out March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU).

Head down below to check out ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’.



A-F Records sign Swiss Army, announce debut full length “Paris Mountain”

A-F Records has just announced the signing of Pittsburgh Alternative/ Punk band Swiss Army. The band also announced their label and full-length debut “Paris Mountain”, due out April 27.

Brandon Lehman, Swiss Army’s lead vocalist, describes the album as:

a real place from my childhood. Symbolically, it stands as an obstacle, or maybe for some, a goal of wealth, class, opportunity. The debut full-length record is a collection of stories about love, growth, privilege, terror, told through honest lyrics and the loudest guitars possible. “

The album art and track list can be found below.

Swiss Army’s last release was a self-titled EP in 2016.



Mike Frazier and Tom Lofgren release new track ‘So Called President’

Punk troubadours Mike Frazier and Tom Lofgren have teamed up to bring you a new political charged track ‘So Called President’. Both artists decided to make this song “pay what you want” to help raise money and awareness for DACA ( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). They’ll also be donating a percentage of the proceeds to the National Immigration Law Center.

Check out ‘So Called President’ below and maybe donate a couple of buckets for the good cause.



Spanish Love Songs release video for new song “Joana, In Five Acts”

Los Angeles’ Spanish Love Songs have released a music video for a track off their upcoming album Schmaltz. Check out the video for “Joana, In Five Acts” below.

Schmaltz is due out on March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU).



Spanish Love Songs announce new album “Schmaltz”

Los Angeles’ Spanish Love Songs have announced their new album Schmaltz will be released on March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). Check out the cover art and tracklist below, and stay tuned for streams of new songs.

This will be the band’s second full-length, following their 2015 debut Giant Sings The Blues. They recently released the Buffalo Buffalo EP, which features a couple songs that will appear on Schmaltz. You can give that a listen here.



Mike Frazier and the Dying Wild releases video for “Read My Rights,” announces tour dates

Winchester, VA’s Mike Frazier and the Dying Wild has released a music video for his song “Read My Rights” off his upcoming album Elegy.

You can view the video, description, album details and artwork below.

Elegy is due out on November 17, 2017 through A-F Records.



Day Jobs sign to A-F Records, releasing 7″

Detroit party punks Day Jobs have signed to A-F Records and will be releasing their debut 7″ on December 1st. Coinciding with the announcement, they’ve also premiered a music video for a new song called “Quit Your Day Jobs”. Check that out below, and head over here to pre-order the 7″.



DS Exclusive: Spanish Love Songs premiere ‘Buffalo Buffalo’, sign to A-F Records and Uncle M Records

Big news day today for Dyingscene homies Spanish Love Songs. LA’s favourite grouch rockers not only announced their signing to A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU), but also dropped a brand new EP. As the icing on the cake, title track ‘Buffalo Buffalo‘ even comes with a shiny new video, which we are very proud to premiere for you today. Frontman Dylan Slocum about the new songs:

“The songs on Buffalo Buffalo give a quick glimpse of where we’ve been for the past few years — falling in love while it feels like the world’s imploding, getting too old to be young dudes in a band, and trying real hard to stay positive. They’re also a glimpse of what’s to come, and we hope people love them as much as we do.”

If you’re just as excited as us to hear these songs live, be sure to catch the band on one of their upcoming West Coast tour dates with Ducking Punches or at pre-Fest and Fest in Florida. In the meantime, head down below to catch new tunes, a brand new video for ‘Buffalo Buffalo’ and SLS’ upcoming party dates.



A-F Records sign Mike Frazier and detail upcoming album “Elegy”

A-F Records have signed Winchester, VA’s Mike Frazier and the Dying Wild and have detailed the folk-punk’s label debut, “Elegy”. The 9-song full length is out on 17th November, with pre-orders available now.

You can listen to lead single, “San Francisco”, below.



Album Review: Coffee Project – ‘Wasted Love’

If you’re not familiar with Coffee Project, let me give you a quick introduction. The duo hail from Gainesville and include Buddy from Less Than Jake and Jake who used to be in Rehasher. Imagine catchy and fast pop punk on an acoustic guitar, then add a trombone. Then imagine that every terrible band you’ve ever heard try something like this wasn’t terrible and were actually awesome. That’s basically Coffee Project. Their bandcamp says they “play upbeat catchy singalong acoustic songs that feel more like a punk rock show and less like a coffee shop gig” and that description is pretty accurate it seems.

That said, Coffee Project is truly one my favorite bands I feel I don’t hear enough from. Their new 7”, Wasted Love, which is out now on A-F Records (the label owned by Anti-Flag) comes off as a simple break up record upon seeing the artwork and hearing the title track. But I’m not sure that’s a fair analysis.

See, what I like about this record is that it reflects a breakup from multiple angles, not just the direct heartbreak and sad songs. It talks about frustration with social media, handling anxiety, and how the rest of the world may be perceived from someone who has just lost love, not just one’s inner feelings of grief.

It’s not my favorite thing the band has ever done, but there’s not a ton for me to analyze with only four short songs. They do a good job, as usual, of combining folk elements with punk energy without sounding like a typical folk punk band. It doesn’t feel like a release I can compare to their others, it just sounds like a continuation of what Coffee Project does.

Regardless, I’m going to give this a 3.5/5, (can I give them a 75%? C?) but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. I just wish it was longer and I had more to digest.

Go see Coffee Project at Fest this year, you won’t regret it. Listen to Wasted Love below, and please consider supporting the band and label.