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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.



Introducing Folky-Pop-Punk Act: Dumb Luck (free EP download)

If you dig your pop-punk with a good dose of folky vibes and dueling male/female vocals then I’ve got a new band for you to lend your earballs to. Oregon’s Dumb Luck just released a two song EP titled The Neighbors and you can stream both tracks below. What’s better, if you dig what you hear you can download the release for free.

The Neighbors was co-released via Secret Pennies Reocrds and Diet Pop Records on July 21st. You can purchase the 7-inch vinyl here.



Introducing VVomen: post-hardcore like early At The Drive-In had a beautiful baby early Hot Water Music

Full disclosure: I pre-ordered VVomen’s debut EP immediately after listening to the three songs they have up on bandcamp. I’m having a hard time pinpointing this band’s exact sound, which is a good thing. Yeah, I said early At the Drive-In and HWM, but there’s something else in there I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe some Gunmoll? Definitely some light Jawbreaker. I don’t know, and it’s going to drive me nuts.

But really, that doesn’t matter, because this band sounds great. There’s speak/shouting and singing, plenty of melody, and when I think things are mellowing out, they push me down and kick me in the head.

The EP will be released on Friday, July 21st. You can check out the Northern California four-piece’s preview of “Moving On” at bandcamp, and a video for “Cadence and Carousel” below



Orlando punks Debt Neglector announce debut album, stream first single

If you’ve never heard of Debt Neglector, now’s the time to check them out. They’re a relatively new punk band hailing from my home state, sunny Florida. Most notably, their lineup features former New Mexican Disaster Squad bassist Alex Goldfarb. The band’s debut album Atomicland releases August 18th through Smartpunk Records. I highly recommend giving the title track a listen here.



Introducing Melodic Punk Band: Cook Bag (Free Music)

Checking my email is one of my least favorite parts of my daily routine. Half of my inbox is spam and the other half is spam about boner pills. Sifting through the Dying Scene inbox, on the other hand, is awesome. Sure, we get a lot of junk sent our way, but there always seems to be a diamond in the rough. Cook Bag is one of those diamonds. They sent us a link to their new single “June 4th”, and a few seconds into my first listen I knew this melodic punk band from Boston was something special. There’s something so familiar about their sound, but I can’t put my finger on it. I highly recommend checking out the track on bandcamp (it’s free to download as well).



Introducing New Melodic Punk Act: Family Meeting

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 here.



New Band Alert: Mystery Weekend channel older Coheed & Protest The Hero in their unique brand of pop punk

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



The Bloody Lips (ex The Lippies) stream debut album “B-Side Noise”

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.



Bash Brothers (Swedish Skate Punk) stream debut EP

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.



Introducing Punk Act: Blizzcreeps (full album stream)

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.