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DS Photo Gallery: Night Three of Street Dogs Wreck The Halls 2017 with Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and A Wilhelm Scream

Last weekend marked the twelfth installment of Boston street punk veterans Street Dogs‘ annual Wreck The Halls festivities. The shows have taken a variety of shapes and sizes over the years, but remain one of the annual occasions where all of the old punks and skins and hardcore kids get together for a few debaucherous nights to celebrate the holidays and the music and the scene (oh, and to raise money and toys for a few good causes). This year, Wreck The Halls took place in a new spot, Sinclair in Cambridge, and spanned three overwhelmingly successful nights. Street Dogs guitarist Lenny Lashley’s other main project, The New Darkbuster, opened the first night (Thursday) alongside Boston hardcore act Taxi Driver, though sadly, we weren’t in the house for that night. We were, however, in the house when The Abductors and The Pinkerton Thugs came with the throwback ’77-inspired working class punk rock on night number two; check out our review and pictures here. And of course, we were back at it Saturday night when the lineup had a bit of a different feel and just might have been the best of the bunch.

Where the first two nights of the three-night affair focused on a more throwback street punk vibe, night three showed a little bit more of the range of local acts that have been influenced by – and continue to influence – the headliners. As such, Worcester, Massachusetts’ Michael Kane and the Morning Afters got things rolling on the third and final night of hall-wrecking. It’s probably easiest to classify the four-piece as a garage rock band, as the catchiest song in their set – “Old Men Die In New Suits” – owes just as much to the Replacements as it does to mid-70s Bruce Springsteen. Perhaps not coincidentally, both of those name-dropped bands had covers featured prominently in the Morning Afters’ half-hour set, including a set closing rendition of “Born To Run,” a track considered hallowed ground for most in the scene but which the band handled with expert care.

Keeping things in-state, A Wilhelm Scream from New Bedford, Massachusetts, were next out of the chute and my lord did they come to play. If you follow our instagram feed, I think I commented that of all of the bands I shot over thirty-three shows this year for Dying Scene, A Wilhelm Scream were simultaneously the tightest and the heaviest of the bunch, evoking all of the best parts of vintage Strung Out. As a matter of fact, the band play so fast and tight that they blazed through their pre-written setlist in record time, pulling a few older rabbits out of their collective hats. In what was a pretty cool moment for someone that’s an amateur photographer but more importantly a dad, a couple of the AWS guys had their grade-school age kids on stage for the occasion, including frontman Nuno Pereira’s five-year-old son, who was seeing daddy play for the first time ever. Pretty cool moment that further demonstrates what a family the scene really is.

All of this set the stage, of course, for Street Dogs, playing their final area performance of the year. After taking the  stage to the sounds of the timely, poignant Springsteen-led “This Land Is Your Land” singalong, the band came shot out of the gate on all cylinders once again, this time kicking things off with “Rattle and Roll” from their 2010 self-titled release. The followed in rapid succession with the anthemic “Up The Union,” “Punk Rock And Roll” and, of course, “Savin Hill” before coming up for air. Once again, the local working class heroes did a stellar job of mixing a few deeper cuts like the self-titled album digital bonus track “Ballad Of Detroit” into a lengthy setlist chock full of crowd-surf-inducing favorites like “Not Without A Purpose,” “Back To The World,” and “Tobe’s Got A Drinking Problem.” McColgan led the band in a particularly poignant rendition of “Final Transmission” during the set’s midway point. It’s tough to not be moved by even just reading the lyrics of a song like “Final Transmission,” but McColgan seemed to be particularly dialed in on this night, channeling something bigger than any of us.

And, because it’s a hometown Street Dogs show, there were of course some special guests in attendance. The multi-talented Hugh Morrison, who played with Street Dogs’ Mike McColgan, Johnny Rioux and Pete Sosa on the stellar FM359 album a couple years, jumped in on squeeze box for a few numbers. The band’s tour manager, Ryan Packer, who himself is a member of hardcore bands like Slapshot and American War Machine, pitched in on acoustic guitar on “Tobe’s Got A Drinking Problem.” They were also joined on co-lead vocals on “Elizabeth” by Heather Waters, the same voice who sang the original on 2008’s State Of Grace. The one-two punch of the Joe Strummer-inspired “General’s Boombox” directly into a pitch-perfect rendition of the Clash classic “Complete Control” was another particular highlight. No matter what their make-up, the Street Dogs roots have always been planted firmly into the soil that Strummer and The Clash tilled for many years, and they paid true, moving homage to the man on what was just shy of the fifteen year mark of his death. And, of course, there was the stage invasion during “Boston (Borstal) Breakout” that brought the show, and the three-day weekend, to a fitting close. To paraphrase a line from the Street Dogs classic (and personal favorite) “In Defense Of Dorchester,” no matter how far the bands branches might stretch, this town and this scene and the family that they’ve amassed here will always be firmly ingrained in their core.

Check out our full photo gallery from night number three below! Night two words and pictures are still up here.



DS Photo Gallery: Night Two of Street Dogs Wreck The Halls 2017 (w/Pinkerton Thugs and The Abductors)

Last weekend marked the twelfth installment of Boston street punk veterans Street Dogs‘ annual Wreck The Halls festivities. The shows have taken a variety of shapes and sizes over the years, but remain one of the annual occasions where all of the old punks and skins and hardcore kids get together for a few debaucherous nights to celebrate the holidays and the music and the scene (oh, and to raise money and toys for a few good causes). This year, Wreck The Halls took place in a new spot, Sinclair in Cambridge, and spanned three overwhelmingly successful nights. Street Dogs guitarist Lenny Lashley’s other main project, The New Darkbuster, opened the first night (Thursday) alongside Boston hardcore act Taxi Driver, though sadly, we weren’t in the house for that night. We were, however, in the house for nights two and three and somehow lived to tell the tale!

The Abductors got things off to a flying start on night number two (Friday). The Connecticut based outfit have spent most of their eight-year history as a four piece, but they’ve recently added none other than Ritchie Bruiser of the seminal New Hampshire hardcore band The Bruisers on second guitar, beefing up their already beefy, high-powered Oi!-infused street punk sound.

Continuing the throwback New England-centered punk rock theme of the weekend, next up to bat were none other than The Pinkerton Thugs. The four-piece have been on-again and more typically off-again over the years, but have been newly reformed around Paul Russo and recently released their final LP, 2000’s End Of An Era, on vinyl for the first time. The Pinkerton Thugs came of age in the mid-to-late 1990s, the last real formative golden era for the Boston area punk music scene, and yet somehow, according to the spreadsheet I keep from all my show-going years, I don’t think I’d ever seen them before (even though a kid I went to high school with played drums for the Thugs for a while). It took 21 years, but another one off the old time bucket list!

Which brings us to Street Dogs. After an interlude that consisted of a live rendition Bruce Springsteen covering timeless Woody Guthrie classic “This Land Is Your Land” proudly leading the show-goers in a singalong, the band came flying out of the gate with “Savin Hill,” the ode to frontman Mike McColgan’s formative stomping grounds. The Street Dogs lineup has varied a little over the years, but I’ll be damned if the roster we’ve been graced with the last four or five years (McColgan and longtime bassist Johnny Rioux backed by Pete Sosa on drums and Lenny Lashley and Matt Pruitt on guitar) isn’t the tightest and most powerful edition to date. The band obviously earned their stripes as a true blue collar, working-class punk rock band and have the pedigree to back it up, but they are also underrated as a straight-up rock-and-roll band. Sure McColgan spends a fair amount of the set at the barricade, surrounded by fans singing in unison and not only invites but takes part in crowd surfing and making old-fashioned circle pits, but there are also equal shades of Roger Daltrey and Keith Richards and Brad Delp in the way he struts and jives and belts out primal-level screams when necessary.

The setlist on this particular night was probably the deepest I’ve seen them play in this lineup, ranging from a fairly obscure early demo (“Locked and Loaded” which, I must point out, was predicted by my good friend Nick Gold in a pre-show chat) to a brand-new song, “Stand For Something.” The latter is slated to appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length, which is slated for release probably early in the springtime via Century Media, and is destined to be an instant classic, as evidenced by the volume of the people that had heard the song the previous night and were chanting the song’s singalong chorus in unison already. CJ Ramone hopped on stage to assume lead vocal duties for a rousing rendition of the Ramones’ classic “53rd & 3rd,” during the encore, and half the crowd (including the same luchador-masked crowd surfer I mentioned in the Bouncing Souls show review a couple weeks ago) hopped on stage for the set-closing “Borstal Breakout,” originally penned by Sham 69 and adapted for the Boston scene by the Street Dogs themselves years ago.

Head below to see our photo gallery, and stay tuned for our shots from the Wreck The Halls finale, featuring Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and A Wilhelm Scream! Oh…and we’ll also have more to say about that coming Street Dogs full-length coming down the ‘pike very soon!



Feed The Rhino release video for new track “Timewave Zero”

Kent, England’s Feed The Rhino are to release a new album, “The Silence”, on February 16th via Century Media. Following the first single from the album, “Featherweight“, the band have released a video for second single “Timewave Zero”.

You can watch the video below. Pre-orders for the album are up now.



Terror announce West Coast tour dates with Regulate and Dare

Los Angeles hardcore veterans Terror will be touring the West Coast next month with Regulate and Dare. The dates and are locations are below.

Terror released the EP The Walls Will Fall last April via Pure Noise Records. Their last full-length studio album, The 25th Hour, was released in 2015.



Music Video: Dr. Living Dead! – “Terror Vision”

Swedish crossover act Dr. Living Dead! have released a music video for their brand new song “Terror Vision”, which you can check out below.

“Terror Vision” is taken from Dr. Living Dead!’s upcoming fourth record Cosmic Conqueror, coming out on October 27th via Century Media.



Street Dogs announce Wreck The Halls 2017 dates

Longtime Boston punk rock heavyweights Street Dogs have announced preliminary details for their annual run of hometown Christmastime shows!

The 2017 edition of Wreck The Halls will take place over three nights — December 14, 15 and 16 — at the Sinclair, right smack in the middle of Harvard Square, Cambridge. Tickets are currently on sale, and you can snag yours right here.

No support acts have been announced yet, but stay tuned for those details, as well as a whole bunch more info about the band’s upcoming full-length release on Century Media. It’ll be their first such album to feature the retooled lineup that finds longtime core members Mike McColgan and Johnny Rioux joined by Pete Sosa on drums and Matt Pruitt and Lenny Lashley on guitars, and we caught up with the fellas a little while back for a pretty extensive discussion. Keep your eyes peeled!



Body Count release video for “Here I Go Again”

Ice-T’s renowned thrash metal six piece Body Count has just released (arguably) their most horrific and gory video to date; exploring the villanous side of humanity and disturbing, morbid imagery through artwork.

The guys will be taking the stage at Chicago Open Air on July 15th since their most recent release of Bloodlust on March 31 through Century Media.

Check out the video below.



Sick Of It All announce Asia tour

Hardcore legends Sick Of It All have announced they will be heading out on a tour through Asia at the end of the year. You can find the tour dates and locations below.

Sick Of It All is set to play Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and a full 5 dates in Japan along the way.



Caliban release video for “brOKen”

German metallers Caliban have released a video for new single “brOKen” (careful with the caps lock on that one). The track is taken from last year’s “Gravity” full length, out on Century Media.

You can watch the video below.



Body Count release video for new song “Black Hoodie”

Body Count have released a music video for another track off their upcoming album Bloodlust. Check out the video for “Black Hoodie” below.

Bloodlust is set to release on March 31st through Century Media. It will be the band’s first album in 3 years, following 2014’s Manslaughter.



Music Video: Terror – ” Kill ‘Em Off”

Los Angeles hardcore band Terror recently premiered a violently old school-style music video for their song, “Kill ‘Em Off.” The new single is one off of their upcoming EP, The Walls Will Fail. 

On the topic of the video, vocalist Scott Vogel says:

“It feels good to have some new music coming out. We thought this song would be right to release first, as the energy and vibe sums up this EP. Terror is always going to be Terror, and we’re proud to be consistent and on point with our sound. But still we are always trying to push and make sure the urgency and reality is always in everything we do.”

You can check the clip out below.

The Walls Will Fail is scheduled for release on April 28th, it will be the group’s first release with their new label, Pure Noise Records.



Terror announce US Spring Tour Dates and New EP “The Walls Will Fall”

Legendary hardcore act Terror have announced that they will tour the US this Spring with Godshate and Abuse Of Power. Along with the dates, they have also released details of their newest release, an EP entitled, The Walls Will Fall. According to the band, the record will come out on April, 28, 2017.

If you’d like to see the tour dates, take a look below.

 



Body Count stream new track “The Ski Mask Way”

Body Count continue the countdown to the release of upcoming album “Bloodlust”, due out March 31st via Century Media, with a stream of album track “The Ski Mask Way”. The track is the second to surface, following last month’s “No Lives Matter“.

You can listen to the track below.



Body Count release video for “No Lives Matter”

Following last month’s video teaser, Body Count have released the full video for the excellent “No Lives Matter”. The track is from the upcoming album “Bloodlust”, due out March 31st via Century Media.

You can watch the video below.



Music Video: Deez Nuts – “Binge / Purgatory”

Australian hardcore act Deez Nuts have premiered a music video for their track “Binge / Purgatory.” You can watch it below.

“Binge / Purgatory” comes from the band’s upcoming album titled “Binge & Purgatory” which is set be released on April 7 via Century Media Records.