Once again Canada asserts its dominance in the melodic/skate punk scene by churning out yet another awesome new up and comer for us to keep on our radars. Family Meeting is a Toronto 5 piece consisting of scene veterans from bands like Overtime Heroes and IVS, and proudly claiming to be 1/5 Australian. The band just wrapped up recording their debut EP “No One Cares ‘Til Your Dead”, which from the musicianship and production quality feels more like a 3rd or 4th release from a tenured Fat Wreck band than a self funded first effort. At least that’s my impression after listening to the album’s first song “It’s Turbo Time” 5 times in a row. If you dig gang vocals and tight, technical dual guitar riffage than I suggest you check them out below.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:51 PM (PST) by Chase Vegas
Ontario once again delivers a fantastic new melodic punk act to the international punk community! Mystery Weekend aren’t just another drop into the oversaturated melodic Canadian punk scene though. The pop-punk act seem to draw heavy influences from more progressive, metal/punk acts like early Coheed & Cambria or Protest The Hero but remain more heavily rooted in punk rock. The three piece recently released their debut album Surprise! and you can stream it in its entirety below.
*update: I just found out this is the side project of Protest The Hero singer Rody Walker so guess that explains the Protest The Hero influence. #worstinvestigativejournalismaward
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:18 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Grand Rapids’ The Bloody Lips play lo-fi, female fronted, hardcore music that is guaranteed to make you want to smash every piece of furniture in your living room or slam dance in a pit until your own lips are bloody. The band consists of Kole and Taylor from The Lippies and Josh from The War Between/Cosmonaut and his wife Krystal on vocals.
They recently released their debut full-length “B-Side Noise” and its definitely worth a listen. Do so here.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:08 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Swedish skate punk act Bash Brothers recently released their debut EP as a precursor to a full-length that they have in the works. It’s a bit more metal tinged than some of the more well known Swedish skate punk you may be familiar with, and a little rougher around the edges, but they have potential. If you consider yourself a European skate punk connoisseur you’ll want to add these guys to your radar. Give the EP a listen below.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:56 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Austria’s Blizzcreeps might not be the best decision makers (they spent a year and a half deciding on cover art for this album) but they sure know how to record great music. Punk rock with doses of straight up rock ‘n roll influence, they sorta remind me of Green Day if Green Day went a little more lo-fi and leaned a little more on the heavier side of rock. I’ll probably change my mind on that description by the time I get through the next song so do us both a favor and just stream their debut release “One” below and make your own call.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:20 AM (PST) by bob9746
I’ve officially made my first great new band discovery of 2017 and now you’re about to as well. Heavy Heart plays gritty pop-punk in the vein of Sainte Catherines meets Dead Bars complete with dueling vocals and gang choruses. They’ve just released their debut full-length “Distance” and while I’m only halfway through it I have yet to run across a song that I thought was skippable. Plug your earphones in and head over to bandcamp to give the album a listen. If you like what you hear, it’s free to download.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
If you like your punk rock melodic and rough around the edges, we’ve got a new band for you to check out. Seattle, Washington’s Reinstated have been around for less than a year, but with a lineup featuring three former members of Shift Man Shift, they already have an extremely refined sound. You can listen to the band’s debut EP Eleven Minutes on 11th Street and download it for free on their Bandcamp page.
OK so this one sort of feels a little like cheating because they’ve been around since 2011 but to be fair, I hadn’t heard of them until now and they do have a brand new singer that sounds quite a bit different than their last. Cause A Riot hales from Finland and if you dig the sound of their fellow countrymen in Distral you’re going to love these guys too because they share the same singer and same musical stylings; hardcore-punk/melodic-hardcore. The band seems to have recently added Distral’s Simo Timonen to pick up vocal duties for their upcoming EP and from what I’ve heard, its going to be a banger. Stream a new song titled “Disconnected” below for a little taste of what’s to come.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:53 PM (PST) by Johnny X
When this one showed up in my inbox today it came with the one liner: “Vandalism feel at home somewhere between Propagandhi and Raised Fist. Hardcore-Punk with complex song structures.” Intriguing, but I typically need to hear it to believe it. Two songs in I am totally sold. To paint a more accurate picture I’d say this German 4 piece leans more towards Raised Fist vocally with some definite Propagandhi influences in the instrumentals. You know the drill though. Don’t take my word for it. Stream the band’s new full-length “Kings & Beggars” below and judge for yourselves.
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2:46 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
Finland may be known for its multitude of metal bands, but here’s one Finnish punk band you really should be listening to. Fladderpuck have been described as “Very Good Riddancey,” and I completely agree with that sentiment. Very fast, in your face, and to the point, with a palpable sense of angst and purpose, you can “feel” the music as much as you hear it. Listen to and/or download their latest album, Kings & Beggars, for free/name your price below. I’d recommend a certain track, but they’re all pretty damn good. As a bonus, you learned a new hockey term; Fladderpuck: Swedish ice hockey terminology for a shot that is fluttering through the air.
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM (PST) by Johnny X
How the hell is this the first I’m hearing of this band? I’d love to tell you Buffalo’s horror-punk act The Anti-Bodies are new to the scene but alas it looks like they’ve been jamming for at least a few years and I’m ashamed to not have brought them to your guys’ attention sooner. Think heavily Misfits influenced punk rock with female vocals and great production quality. I dare say they’re going to give The Creepshow a run for their money as leaders of the female fronted horror-punk scene. The band has just re-released their self-titled full-length with new artwork and better promotion (guess its working!) and you can stream it below.
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:04 PM (PST) by Johnny X
I’ve been running DS for 7 years now so its rare that I come across something as unique as Shore Leave‘s debut EP “Guilt Free Novelty Songs”. Not sure how to qualify this Seattle band’s sound so I won’t bother but I will tell you their genre spanning song “Redneck Radio” is quite worthy of a little attention. Featuring chugging electrical guitars, banjos, violins, accordions, trumpets, organs, bells and even a tuba this song is as fast as it hilarious so plug those headphones in, crank up the volume and enjoy below.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Alright all you fans of melodic and passionate punk rock, we got a new band for you to check out who should be right up your alley. Hope Street hails from Perth, Australia and plays a style of punk rock that seamlessly blends the old with the new, taking equally from old school ’77 style punk and street punk, as well as some modern melodic hardcore elements. The band recently released their new EP Rebel Hearts and you can check it out below.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM (PST) by bob9746
Equal parts reggae rocksteady and street punk, Parisian punk act The Mercenaries are poised to release their debut full-length “Rocky Road” on November 11th. I’ve only heard one track from it but I think it’s safe to say this is now my most anticipated album of the season – it’s that good. If you fell instantly in love with Rancid’s “I Wanna Riot” the first time you heard it, you’re also going to love The Mercenaries track “Night Call”. Give it a listen below.
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:54 PM (PST) by mumistrunk
OK punk enthusiasts, here’s a new group to check out if you fancy yourself a fan of gritty yet melodic punk acts a la Sainte Catherines. Raincheck hales from Lyon and the fivesome are clearly not new to the scene as this debut sounds better than most band’s 2nd or 3rd release. Anywho, stop reading and start listening below.