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Band Spotlight: Nieviem (UK/Skate Punk)

Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem, is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year.  Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP, The Hope Is There.  The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90s Skate Punk.  If that sounds right up your alley, then give it a listen below!



BAND SPOTLIGHT: NAILBOX (CANADA/HARDCORE)

Nailbox is a fairly new band from Ontario, Canada specializing in hardcore/metalcore with a few touches of hardcore punk. They have released the single “U.S. Effigy” last year and an EP titled “To Clear My Conscience” last March. A week ago they released their new self-titled EP independently. Their music is pretty much straight-forward, in-your-face, U.S. hardcore with plenty of ground-smashing breakdowns and distorted guitars.

The new EP has five songs following the style I described above, with some sweet punk groove added in the song “Indico State”. Raw emotions and face-spitting attitude all over the place, just like you hardcore kids like it. Pretty good stuff in general, check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Children of Terror (Indonesia/ Metallic Hardcore)

Children of Terror come from Malang, Indonesia and do not fuck around. They were formed in 2006 and have released a demo (2008), a full-length album titled “Retrospective” (2016) and an EP titled “Kaliyuga” this year. The core of their music consists of all the classic hardcore elements i.e. agressiveness, mid-tempo rhythms and earth-shattering breakdowns. Their lyrical themes revolve around inner struggle, depression, humanity, spirituality, philosophy and hardcore attitude and pride.

Children of Terror’s latest offering, “Kaliyuga”, was released last September and it’s a turnpoint for the band’s sound progress, drawing inspiration from a wide range of influences, from grindcore/powerviolence to sludge, without losing their identity. You can check it out below.



Band Spotlight: Offensive Mindset (Canada/Crust)

Offensive Mindset hail from Montreal, Canada and deliver some pretty straightforward, aggresive anarcho-crust punk to bang your heads and trash your room. These guys have been around a couple of years but they released their first full-length album titled “Legacy” digitally and independently, a few days ago.

“Legacy” is comprised of eight bullet-like songs, aimed straight to the heart of the system. Mid-tempo punk filth laced with a tasty punk ‘n roll groove and fucking awesome vocals. Definitely worth listening and strongly recommended for the die-hard fans of the genre. Check it out below.



Introducing Spanish Melodic Punk Band: Radio Station (Free EP Download)

Hailing from Badajoz, Spain, Radio Station is a new band with an old school sound. The five-piece plays straight-forward, rough-around-the-edges melodic punk that harkens back to the 90’s. If this sounds appealing to you, then their debut EP, appropriately titled 1st EP, is a must-listen. Head over to bandcamp to check it out and download it for free.



Band spotlight: KNOCK OFF – UK street punk

It’s been a good long time since I heard street punk I could behind. KNOCK OFF delivers straight-forward, pissed off street punk heavily influenced by the early 80s UK scene. They’re angry, bitter, disillusioned, and catchy as hell. If you’re a fan of some of the bands they’ve supported, such as Buzzcocks, UK Subs, and The Business, and beer bottle-fingered dudes in denim taunting well-meaning gang members to come out and play, you should definitely check them out.

Their latest album, “Like a Kick in the Head,” is available on vinyl for the UK and Europe here from Step-1 Music. A US version will be available from the Longshot Music store at Pirate Press some time later this month. The CD is available at the band’s site, and a digital version at their bandcamp page. You can check out the stream from bandcamp below.



Band Spotlight: Paroxysm (Canada/Crust)

Paroxysm is a d-beat infused crust group, hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. The Canadian quintet combines relentless d-beat drumming with crust guitar riffs, creating brutal sonic attacks and invoking a dark, sinister atmosphere. The band’s music is fast and aggressive while the throat-ripping vocals pass judgement on patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism and the political status quo in general. These guys also seem to be especially fond of cats, which is something always checked below “pros” in my list.

The band released a demo titled “Open Wounds” in 2016 and has returned a few days ago with its self-titled, first full-length album that was released in digital and vinyl format via a constelation of d.i.y. labels (Anomie Records, Chainbreaker Records, Doomed Society, Echoes from Beneath, Path to Oblivion Records). You can listen to the new album in full below.



Band Spotlight: Dangerface (Norway/Punk)


Ladies and gentlemen; get acquainted with the boys from Norway’s Dangerface.

Hailing from the town of Stavangar (which sounds like a bitchin’ viking final resting place, or hidden realm of Asgardian warriors), Dangerface combine a disharmonic, low gain guitar attack with vicious speed and gritty vocals that get to the goddamn point with no emotional ambiguity. The band claims The Bronx and Gallows as influences, while fans of The International Noise Conspiracy and Refused are going to detect DNA from those acts in the snarly, low fidelty assault of Dangerface.

The band is putting together their deubt LP, poised for a release sometime around March of 2018. Until then, check out “Wolves”, “Broken Man” and “Get Loud” on the bands Bandcamp page. Below is my personal favorite, “Wolves”. Comment, and let us know which track you’re into.



Band Spotlight: Introducing Service Delay

Guys and girls, I’m happy to introduce to you Toronto’s Service Delay!

A 5 piece hailing out of the arctic tundra of Toronto, Service Delay kick out some midtempo, crowd rousing and groovy punk rock with some seriously catchy vocal harmonies.

Fans of The Menzingers and their ilk are gonna pick up what these guys are putting out, and dig it. There’s an honest earnestness about the band’s introspective and self-depreciating lyrics…you quickly get the impression these guys are out for fun and don’t put themselves on any pedestals.

Check out the band’s brand new single “Cavities” on their bandcamp.



Band Spotlight: Timekeep – Indonesian sadcore

Timekeep is not something I ever thought I’d be listening to. Specifically, Indonesian melodic hardcore, though the band prefers to describe themselves as “sadcore.” I can dig it.

Their debut single, “Suite,” starts off mellow with clean, jangly guitar and stream-of-consciousness vocal delivery that I’m into. A minute into the song, and it’s clear they’ve got a lot more energy than they’re letting on in the intro. I always feel like I’m awful at comparing bands to one another, but this kind of reminds me of early Dag Nasty or Rollins-era Black Flag, but with a more 90s epi-fat sound in the harder parts. The lyrics and vocals are angsty (I don’t mean that as an insult) and like I mentioned, delivered with a stream-of-consciousness, raw feel.

The band lists their influences as Comeback Kid, More Than Life, Casey, and more. They’re currently planning their debut EP.

You can find “Suite” iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. I recommend going straight to their bandcamp page and throwing them a buck. I’m really looking forward to that EP. Check out “Suite” below.



Band Spotlight: The Hybrids

Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Hybrids.

Their stock in trade: bouncy rhythms, chunky guitar and gnarly two part harmony. Keen pop-punk ears may hear the distinct efforts of Kody Templeman (of Teenage Bottlerocket and The Lillingtons) on guitar and backing vocals. Templeman previously fronted the band in 1994.

The debut LP When It’s Over will be available soon on Clearview Records. Lead single “A Million Minutes” is everything pop-punk should be. Fast, a little snotty, and fun. We’ll have more details on a release date when they become available.

To tide you over till the release, check out the single below, and let us know what you think in the comments!



Hillview (members of Ten Foot Pole & Union 13) streaming three new songs

If you haven’t heard of Hillview yet, they’re a new melodic punk band from Los Angeles featuring Ten Foot Pole bassist Chris Del Rio and Eddie Carrasco of Union 13. They recently released three brand new songs titled “Find the Way”, “Pictures of You”, and “No One Else to Blame”.

The band describes their sound as “Hard hitting. In your face. Melodic Punk”, and these songs definitely deliver on that promise. Think a little heavier, faster Ten Foot Pole… I recommend giving all three tracks a listen here.



Introducing Tragically Under-Covered Pop-Punk Act: Heart & Lung (full album stream – highly recommended)

If I had come across this band a little sooner I might have signed them to Dying Scene Records. Instead I’ll just have to content myself with introducing them as my favorite pop-punk discovery of the year. Heart & Lung hale from Cleveland, Ohio and recently self-released their debut full-length “You Wanna Know The Truth?”. I’ll let the music speak for itself (stream below) but if I had to give an elevator pitch on the band’s sound I’d say, “Think a little more sentimental, sincere Direct Hit!.” If you’ve only got time for one song I’d recommend the album’s title track – it gave me goosebumps. Now stop reading this and start listening!



Band Spotlight: Chicago, IL’s Dead Wells (Punk Rock)

The main reason I love writing for this site is because I get to work on articles like this one: where I get to feature an absolutely rad band I just found. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Dead Wells.

Check out their debut EP stream below.

Hailing from the mecca of the midwest, Chicago, Dead Wells play a blistering, melodic style of cruncy, mid-western punk rock with pop informed chorus hooks. The band describes themselves as “good dudes who like bad beer”, but need to add “good band” to complete their bio. I really enjoyed this record.

Fans of The Dopamines and Off With Their Heads will dig their sound. Hell, one of the songs is titled “Keepin’ it Kodos.” Simpsons references are always welcomed and appreciated.



Introducing: Charity Supergroup 24 Hour Punks – ‘Why We Fight’

Not often we hear something from a completely unknown group that absolutely blows us away. Believe us, we listen to a lot of punk– and news flash: not all of it’s good. But 24 Hour Punks, discovered through a lucky click on bandcamp, is incredible. Think fast, intense melodic punk that lands somewhere between hard-hitting 90s skate and Cock Sparrer. It’s a powerful concoction for a debut EP.

Even better, there’s a story behind it. As the band’s name suggests, Why We Fight was written, rehearsed, and recorded in 24 hours. All proceeds go to charity organization AMMF.

We’re not kidding! Check out the three song EP and listen to 24 Hour Punks raise the bar here.