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Spanish Love Songs perform “It’s Not Interesting” at Live From the Rock Room

LA punk band Spanish Love Songs have released another video from their session with Live From the Rock Room! This time around they’ve performed “It’s Not Interesting” from their new LP Schmaltz which was released in March via A-F Records.

Check out the video below.



Aspiga announce tour of the northeast

New Jersey indie/punk trio Aspiga have announced the dates for an upcoming tour of the northeastern United States. They are touring in support of their upcoming LP Dragged Through the Years, coming out on September 7 via A-F Records.

See the tour dates below.



Spanish Love Songs perform “El Nino Considers His Failures” at Live From the Rock Room

Los Angeles punk band Spanish Love Songs have a new video out for their song “El Nino Considers His Failures.” The video is their performance of the song at Chicago’s Live From the Rock Room!

The song comes from their most recent album Schmaltz, which was released on March 30 via A-F Records.

You can watch the video below.



Spanish Love Songs announce West Coast tour

Los Angeles, CA-based punk quartet Spanish Love Songs has announced they will be making a short run of the west coast along with Dollar Signs

See the tour dates below.

The band recently released Schmaltz via A-F Records in March.



Aspiga announce release of LP “Dragged Through the Years”

New Jersey natives Aspiga have just announced that they’ll be releasing an LP on A-F Records titled “Dragged Through the Years.”

The LP will have three new tracks, in addition to a collection of remixed previously released tracks mixed by Alan Douches.

“Dragged Through the Years” is set to release on September 7, 2018 with digital copies and a limited run of vinyls that will be available as well.

The band last released a split with By Surprise on Asian Man Records in January 2016. 

We’ll keep you updated as we know more regarding the release.



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.