Today we’re stoked to bring you the premiere of the first music video from Los Angeles based Spanish Love Songs. It’s for my personal favorite song of theirs, “Concrete” taken from their debut full-length Giant Sings The Blues. Check it out along with the band’s upcoming West Coast tour dates below.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 3:04 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Whoa now… can you believe we’re already nearing the end of June? 2016 is just about half over! They say time flies when you’re having fun, but they also say fruit flies like bananas. [Editor: You're fired.] Your usual Hidden Gems of Bandcamp host, Anarcho Punk, is taking the month off, but that didn’t stop us from sending someone else into its digital depths just for you. So to help you cope with the months rushing by, we’re bringing you some (hopefully) brand new acts for your earholes. [Ed: No, seriously. Get out.] You can find June 2016′s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp below.
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Today, June 20, 2016, marks the first official day of summer. Check your phones (we know you don’t own a physical calendar), if you don’t believe us. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk music: lots and lots of great stuff has been released in the last six months. Like, loads of stuff. So much that we can’t keep up with everything! And we want you to tell us your favorites to highlight the best of 2016 so far.
How it works is simple: tell us your five favorite punk (or punk-related sub-genre) albums released between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. (Only albums released for the first time- if an album got a physical release in February 2016, but was digitally released in November 2015 it doesn’t count!). We’ll tally up the votes and release the results in July. After that, we can argue over which albums deserved to be placed over what really made the cut. Simple, right?
Submit your five favorite albums below.
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
One of the many joys of this gig is getting to meet awesome people from all over the world who have a passion for this Scene as much as me. Not that I’m bursting at the seams with punk pride or anything, it’s just that I grew up in a small town where people weren’t like me. So, I always embrace the chance to meet like minded individuals. One such individual sent me an unsolicited Facebook friend request a year or two ago (see, some people actually find me charming). I passively watched my daily feed fill up with his posts about incredible shows he was putting on at his venue or promoting some band that no one had ever heard of with the fervor of a six year old on Christmas morning. I didn’t even realize for months that this guy was in Logan, Utah until we started interacting a little more. ”How is there such an active scene in B.F.E, Utah?” I thought to myself. What is this kid? The Johnny Appleseed of punk, spreading seeds of the scene throughout the Cache Valley, nurturing them with all his might in hopes that they will one day bear fruit? Well, the short answer, surprisingly is yes! This Johnny AppleScene (no?) has been proving for years, that the DIY ethos that makes our community so great can get shit done against heavy odds and under unlikely circumstances. Now, it’s time for our community to show that the same self sufficient, “circle the wagons” attitude can keep this small but thriving scene in Northern Utah alive. If you are a punk at heart, you will really want to give this one a read. Check out more on this story and find out how you can help below!
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11:47 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Relative newcomers to the UK punk scene Hot Mass have given fans the opportunity to stream their debut album Nervous Tensions just before its official release date on the 7th June 2016. The record features ten heart-felt anthemic punk rock stomp-a-longs that will excite fans of Husker Du and classic Social Distortion and is released through All In Vinyl, Brassneck and Waterslide records.
You can check out the exclusive to Dying Scene stream below but support your scene and buy a copy on the 7th if you enjoy it.
Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
As you should already be aware of by now, Southern California-based hardcore punks Stay Wild are three weeks away from releasing a brand new EP, livelearnlove, through Panic State Records (street date: June 24th).
Today, we’re stoked to premier the a brand new video from that very album. It’s for a track called “Victim/Champion,” and you can check the video out below.
Here’s what the band has to say about the song:
“It’s strange how often I personally think of this song. Not in a conceited manner, but as reassurement for myself. It reminds me that I have control over my life, helps me stay motivated and keeps me from getting hung up on my mistakes and uncertainty. Everyone experiences their own hardships in life. Failure, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, stress and so on. Sometimes it’s hard to live without understanding who you are, why you’re here, why you do what you do and what you will go on to do.Victim/Champion is about positivity and hope, enduring those tribulations and adapting to what you’re left with. If an experience completely shatters you, try to build a better you with the pieces and let it remind you that can always overcome adversity. It’s not always easy, but what options do you have?”
The livelearnlove EP is the follow up to Stay Wild’s last EP, Pacemaker. If you like what you hear, stay tuned for livelearnlove pre-order details as they become available, and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below the video.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Nanticoke, PA easycore/pop-punk quartet Send Request has released the official music video for their new single “Anymore” right here on Dying Scene. The band shot the video in their friend’s house where they plug-in and unleash the infectious track confronting a frustrating situation with an optimistic attitude.
“The majority of the song’s meaning is about how I started to feel distant from the rest of the band,” says vocalist Andrew Blank. “Everyone started working full-time and we were barely even seeing each other. I knew everyone felt passionate about the band itself, but no one was able to meet up and at the time the complacency frustrated me.”
“Anymore” follows up the band’s 2015 EP Make Your Move, a release that Weekender called “a veritable toxicity of benevolent bubblegum that will literally turn your bad day on its ear; the stuff’s that enjoyable.” Fun fact: The record featured a cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag”.
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 1:21 PM (PST) by AcademicHeadbanger
It has been many years since we’ve heard anything from Crash Romeo, but that looks like it is about to change as the band is eyeing a new studio album to be recorded later in 2016. Along with the new record, the band is announcing a special 10 year anniversary show, where they will play their debut album “Minutes to Miles” in its entirety.
As far as those of you pop punk fans, you won’t want to miss this reunion! The show will be August 27th 2016 at the Crossrooads in Garwood New Jersey.. $10.00 advance tickets (can be purchased through ticketfly.com), $12.00 at the door.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 7:21 PM (PST) by Robolitious
I remember buying Big D & The Kids Table’s “Good Luck” from a local record store at age 15 and finding inside the ten year anniversary Asian Man Records mail order catalog. In this catalog there was a letter from label founder Mike Park explaining that they were not a big label. He said he ran it out of his parents’ garage, had one phone line with no call waiting, one computer, and two employees (his mom being one of them). This blew my mind and was my simple little introduction to DIY ethics. So when I got the chance to interview the man behind the label himself, it was no small deal to me.
I got to sit on a couch and drink a beer while Mr. Park walked his dog around his neighborhood on a very windy day in San Jose, California. While there were several moments in our interview that I could barely hear him due to the weather, this was still the best interview I’ve ever done and a dream come true for me. Read it below.
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 3:27 PM (PST) by milhouse
Last week, San Francisco punks Bum City Saints premiered the first material from their upcoming new self-titled album in the form of a music video for their song “Bullets Not Bailouts”.
Today, DyingScene is happy to announce the exclusive stream of a new track from the upcoming work.
The song is entitled “Do You Remember” and you can check it out below.
“Bum City Saints” is set to be released June 3rd through Pirates Press Records and serves as follow-up to the band’s 2014 EP “Ride The Storm”, also released through Pirates Press.
Additionally, the guys have just solidified their record release show party – which is set for June 17th at the Oakland Metro Operahouse, alongside punk legends Total Chaos.
The band will be releasing some other tracks from the new album in the following weeks so be sure to check back as updates develop.
Hey, hey! Whaddaya say! It looks like we all made it to the month of May! With 2016 incessantly kicking us in the proverbial nuts, we’ve found ourselves celebrating the mundane things in life more often these days. Simply surviving from month to month has become a noteworthy accomplishment. But regardless of how tough things get, faithful readers, rest assured that we’ll be here to provide new hears for your ears every month for as long as we are drawing breath. So, pop your headphones in, forget about the real world for a few minutes and enjoy these six, slick bands that we’re betting you haven’t heard of in this month’s edition of (to be read in an epic, movie trailer voice) Hidden Gems of Bandcamp below!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
UK-based folk-punk singer/songwriter, and Dying Scene favorite, Louise Distras is headed out on her first string of headline shows in the US in the very near future…as in, she plays her first such gig today in Los Angeles. We caught up with Distras for an impromptu interview late last night and spun it around for publication this morning in preparation for tonight’s show. Check out our conversation below; never quite done one like this before, but we think it came out pretty entertaining!
Distras is still touring in support of her debut full length album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, which came out in the US via Pirates Press just about a year ago. You can check out her tour dates below as well, just underneath our Q&A!
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM (PST) by mitchattitude
Leeds based folk-punk Andrew Cream is getting ready to release his anticipated debut album Self-Portrait on the 8th of June through his own label ‘Scene Better Days‘ and in support of this is releasing a new single ‘Violent Minds’.
To support his new album, Cream will also be hitting the road in support of Self-Portrait.
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:28 PM (PST) by jaystone
German garage/punk rock act No Fun have premiered a music video for their song ”Cheesecake.” It’s available to watch in the Western Hemisphere for the first time today, exclusively on Dying Scene. Check it out below!
“Cheesecake” appears as No Fun’s contribution to four-way split entitled Great Thieves Escape (cover rt is above). The split also features Such Gold, Walk The Plank, and Harker. The seven-inch will be released next Friday (May 27th) via Flix Records and No Panic! Records; get your copy here.
No Fun’s last album, How I Spent My Bummer Vacation, was released on September 18th, 2015 via Concrete Jungle Records.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
The band cites influence from the older generation of alternative front-runners such as Senses Fail and Taking Back Sunday to the current crop of usual suspects including Set Your Goals and The Story So Far. This melting pot of inspiration is evident with their combination of hook heavy breakdowns and raw, unwavering delivery.
“If I Had A Say…” was released in January and available to stream and download on bandcamp.