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Lost Love and Empty Lungs touring UK and EU in November

Canada’s Lost Love and Northern Ireland’s Empty Lungs will be touring through the UK and EU together throughout November and into the wee early days of December. You can find the tour dates for the pair of indie-punks below.



Bucky Harris release track from upcoming record “In Sheep’s Clothing”

Montreal’s folk-infused punks Bucky Harris have released “Ruckus” from their upcoming record “In Sheep’s Clothing.” The song is a folked-out version of the same song from their July 2016 “Three Wolves” album.

You can stream the new version below, and head over to their bandcamp page to buy “Three Wolves” or pay what you want for their first EP, “Seateeth.”



Album Review: The Hideout – “There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes”

Massachusetts based pop punkers The Hideout drop an album rich with melodic pop punk melodies, clamorous guitars and a clear objective to provide the narrative for everything life throws at us. This is an album shaped by the hard won battles of life that addresses the hopes, fears and disappointments we all share. All delivered with a sense of fun that keeps the blood pumping and the feet moving.

Opener “Midnight society” sees the band click into fifth gear from the outset. The pacy, distorted power chords and ringing clean riff may be familiar but provide proof that this is a band who recognize how to write a tight, pop-punk tune. “Everyone Sucks” displays the same nous for melody but ups the ante further with a rousing chorus that stands as one of the best of recent years. It’s the kind of song Blink used to knock out for fun. It serves as the perfect rallying cry for anyone done over or stepped on who is looking for the motivation to stand up for themselves. “Numbskull” is a bruising rocker with a more hardcore edge, as the band slam their instruments with all the power and fury they can muster. What the band don’t do is throwaway with many of the songs sincerely addressing weightier issues. “More Yesterdays, Less Tomorrows” and “Death Dealer” act as the emotional ballast to the album, giving it depth and substance. World weary lines such as “Feels like I’m holding a ghost in it’s shell and “I’m fighting to stay present” are delivered with thought provoking poignancy recalling the power and passion of The Wonder Years.

Understanding of dynamics and how to manage tempo is evident on “Trash Panda”. It starts at a slower pace with ringing, single picked notes before igniting into a fierce punk tune with fire in it’s belly, like a predator stalking its prey before going in for the kill. It’s reminiscent of early The Menzingers and would sit perfectly on Chamberlain Waits. “Birds, Ball & Chain ramps up the ‘woah woahs’ and sees some clever vocal interplay. “Forget It” rides deep into a storm of choppy guitar while “Ghost Stories” features a riff that kicks like a horse bursting with the power and intensity  of a band as unpredictable and exciting as Knuckle Puck. The album finishes with “Coppertooth”, a song primed and ready to take the pit down. It’s the kind of song that takes all those worries about the bills that are mounting up, that relationship that’s fizzling out or that asshole boss that’s giving you a hard time, wraps them into a tight ball and tosses them over the side of a building. All that matters is the relationship between the listener and the words being howled until the throat goes hoarse.

“There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes” is pure undiluted pop punk. Uncut and unfettered, it’s raw, unpredictable and bursting with humanity. With a keen understanding of dynamics the band know when to hold back before going for the jugular with a chorus ready to superglue itself to your soul. It’s the perfect album for anyone trying to figure out their place in this complicated and confusing world in which we live………….. and then decide it doesn’t really matter anyway.

4/5 Stars



DS Exclusive: Oh the Humanity! (pop punk) streams new album, “Tired Ears”

Boston punks Oh The Humanity! are on the verge of releasing a 5-track EP called Tired Ears, and you can stream it in full below.

Tired Ears will be released on June 30th via Ocelot Records.  Oh the Humanity!  will be heading out on tour this fall, including a performance at FEST.  They also have plans to release a split EP with their Ocelot labelmates, The Hideout, so keep an eye out for that this fall.

If you like what you hear, you can pick up Tired Ears as a digital download or as a limited edition 10″ here.

 



Oh The Humanity! announce new EP “Tired Ears”, stream single “Sinking”

Massachusetts melodic punks Oh The Humanity! have announced their new EP Tired Ears will be released on June 30th through Ocelot Records.

Check out the first single “Sinking” below, and head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the 10″ EP.

Tired Ears will be the band’s first release since their 2014 debut album Carry Me Home.



Music Video: Lost Love – “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even”

Montreal punks Lost Love have premiered a music video for their track “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even.” You can give it a watch below.

The track comes from the band’s latest album, titled “Comfortable Scars,” which dropped on April 22, 2016.



DS Exclusive: The Digs stream new EP “Kinetic”

Boston punks The Digs have a new 4-track EP coming out on March 17th via Ocelot Records, but you can check it below before you hear it anywhere else.  Kinetic packs a big punch in 4 distortion-heavy songs, from the anthemic “Continuum” to the swanky “San Dimas.”

Kinetic will be available everywhere on March 17th, and you can pick it up here.  The Digs’ last release was their debut full-length, Manic, which came out in November 2015.



The Digs announce new EP, stream new song – “Laces”

Boston punk rockers The Digs are putting out a new EP, and they’re giving you a first listen to a new song, “Laces,” right now. Check it out below.

The song is track three off the upcoming EP, Kinetic, which is due out March 17th.

Kinetic serves as a follow up to the band’s debut full-length, Manic, which they released in November 2015.



The Hideout (Massachusetts, pop punk) stream new video for “Everyone Sucks”

Massachusetts pop punkers The Hideout have released a new video from their latest release There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes. The track they’ve chosen is called “Everyone Sucks” and you can have a listen and a watch below.

There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes is currently available through Ocelot Records.



DS Exclusive Stream: The Hideout (Pop Punk) Premieres New Album “There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes”

Brigands of Beantown, The Hideout have a new album out today on DIY label Ocelot Records!  There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes keeps their signature “punctuation in the album title” theme alive but more importantly, it also marks the band’s third LP. In celebration of this stellar achievement, the guys sent us the entire album to stream for DS readers! If you’re in the Greater Boston area, head out to one of their upcoming local shows at Spotlight Tavern in Beverly on 11/26  and then on 12/3 at Thirsty-First in Lowell. Until then, you can stream the ten track LP until your ears bleed, below! If you’re so inclined, you can head over and purchase it, here and you won’t even have to fight the crowd!
The Hideout’s last release was 2012’s full length, Now Tom. Now!


The Digs (punk, Boston) release video for “Gunslinger”

Boston punk rockers The Digs have released a new music video for their track “Gunslinger”. The song is one of the first they wrote as a band and features on their 2015 album “Manic”, released with Ocelot Records.

You can watch “Gunslinger” below.



DCDR [Punk] Streams “Radio Face” Single

DCDR, the Boston-based punk rockers otherwise known as “Dead Cats Dead Rats” are set to release their latest single, “Radio Face” with Ocelot Records. The track was recorded with Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston this past summer. This will be the 55th track released by the band since pushing out their first album back in 2008.

The track will be released digitally on Ocelot Records on November 7th with the band supporting the release at Opus in Salem, MA with support from California punks, Some Kind of Nightmare and fellow Boston natives, Oh The Humanity and Mercury On Mars. You can stream/download “Radio Face” below.



Psychic Dog (Boston Punk) stream new EP “Body / Rev. Mike”

Boston punk act Psychic Dog recently released a two song EP featuring the songs “Body” and “Rev. Mike.”

Give it a listen below.

“Body / Rev. Mike” was released on September 30th, 2016 via Ocelot Records.



Bucky Harris – “Three Wolves”

Apparently, you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Really? As soon as I saw the artwork for this spiky slice of folk punk from Montreal’s Bucky Harris, I knew I’d like it. What I wasn’t expecting was to love it.

The first 3 songs zip past with total blood and thunder glory. The opening riff to “Disremember Me” gives way to a battery of frenetic drumming and distorted chords. Chest beating anthem, “The Vanishing Point” demonstrates the sheer power of Michael Wynands’ voice before “Like Scarecrows in a Storm” hits you with another emotional uppercut. With barely time to take a breath you are struck by how tight and impassioned the band is. Heart pounding drinking song “Ruckus” begs to be heard in a huddle of your best friends with beer spilling on your shoes.

“These Walls” is the first single and the album’s stand out song. It has a insistent chorus that’ll lodge in your brain like a tic in a dog’s back. If ever a song had the potential to push a band to the overground, then this is it. You’ll find yourself screaming the chorus whilst blinking back tears. There is a coarse street edge to the straight ahead punk songs that open up the album that mix the fury of The Sainte Catherine’s and the melody of The Lawrence Arms.The songs sound lived in and well hewn. They sound like they have already soundtracked many a drunken night and are hell bent on accompanying a few more. Then, suddenly, the album is given room to breath and it becomes evident just how special the band is.

Skeletal song “Sleep” sees frontman Wynand accompanied by a fragile, gently strummed electric guitar until the band add some country flourishes that turn it into something quite beautiful. The slower pace continues into “Break Us Apart” before a furious drum assault propels the song into another wild anthem. The riff on “Decanter” struts to the front adding some hard rock menace before giving way to a magnificently emotive chorus. “Catacombs” adds a rootsy, Johnny Cash feel and adds further depth to the album. Shout along anthem “Wake up” closes the album with the sound of the whole band bellowing out a life-affirming chorus. You’ll find yourself bawling along long after the music stops.

Wynand’s voice is some weapon to have at your disposal. It has a powerful clarity to it that can both raise your fist in the air and bring a tear to your eye. In that way it recalls Laura Jane Grace’s most powerful performances. The wrought, heart on their sleeve lyrics are reminiscent of bands like the Gaslight Anthem but they are no less powerful because of it. He manages to voice the struggles and joys of life while still sounding fresh.

This is a roughly hewn diamond of an album. The band bring to mind Against Me! with the street smarts of Dead to Me with a touch of Gaslight Anthem’s freewheeling Americana. However, rather than ape them, they weave the punk, folk and country stylings to create something genuinely thrilling. This is an album that begs to soundtrack good times and heartbreak.

And I was also right about the cover.

4/5 Stars



Introducing Folk Tinged Punk Act: Bucky Harris

I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for gritty punk rock sprinkled with small doses of folk rock. Think early Against Me! and very early Gaslight Anthem and I bet most of you are in the same boat. If you’re nodding your head in agreement then I’ve got a band for you to check out. Montreal’s Bucky Harris recently signed to Ocelot Records for the release of their upcoming full-length “Three Wolves” and if the entire album is as good as its first single “These Walls” then we’re all in for something special come July 15th when its released to the masses. Check out a music video for the tune and join the bandwagon below.