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Exclusive Video: Ghouls and Riskee & The Ridicule share tour diary

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM (PST)

London’s Ghouls and Riskee & The Ridicule have been on tour together in Germany and Belgium, and they put together a two-part tour diary that features music clips, interviews, and lots of banter.  You can check it out below, and find out what “the boing” is and why Neil gets the nickname “Skippy.”

Ghouls most recently released Great Expectations in October of 2014.

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I’m not the greatest interviewer in the world; not by a long shot. My Dying Scene Radio co-host, Bob Noxious, is far superior. Constantly talking over people and trampling guests with my idiotic blather, I am still learning how to deliver the question and then shut the heck up. I’m definitely aware of my own idiocy. Still, there’s some good that comes with being a good talker. For instance, I managed to talk my way into a press pass and an interview with Dwarves’ frontman Blag Dahlia, last Friday, (the 13th, coincidentally), prior to the first stop on the band’s east coast tour at The Bowery Electric in New York City.

I asked Blag about his band’s excessive use of nicknames, the extent of their DIY operation (“Why not hire a lowly assistant to respond back and forth to assholes like me?), and whatever happened to his now defunct punk rock podcast, Radio Like You Want. Without breaking character, Blag quips about his band being somehow linked to Islamic Fundamentalism, while boasting about being tall and having a large penis. So, whatever your opinion of my bumbling style – I do somehow manage to elicit interesting banter. Well, you tell me.

Checkout the full video interview below.

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Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. Worldwide, this day is celebrated with mass consumption of whiskey, beer (sometimes green), and boiled food (corned beef, cabbage, etc). Besides the boiled food, it sounds like just another day to me.

To commemorate the day, we have for you a little interview with Irish punk band Blood or Whiskey, where we discuss crowd-funding, songwriting, St. Patrick’s Day and more.

The band is performing over in Dublin today, and we wish them the best of luck!

You can read the entire interview below.

Blood or Whiskey last released “Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil” last year, and you can check out a video for their ska song “Gone and Forgotten” below.

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In case you missed it, SoCal punk legends Face To Face played a string of shows in California just after Christmas, their first US dates in quite a while. But these weren’t just any shows. Instead, they were billed the “Triple Crown” shows, and they featured the band performing their first three full-lengths (1992′s Don’t Turn Away, 1994′s Big Choice and 1996′s Face to Face) in their entirety over the course of three nights in the same venue.

Inspired by the success of those shows, the band announced a mini-tour of sorts, in which they’ll be playing the three “Triple Crown” albums over three nights in four select cities: New York, Denver, Chicago and Dallas. For the third time in his Dying Scene career, your favorite resident Face To Face fanboy traded emails with frontman Trever Keith, this time to discuss the importance of the “Triple Crown” dates, and how revisiting the old material is helping the band shape what comes next. Head below to check it out.

Face To Face released their last album, Three Chords and a Half Truth, back in 2013 on Rise Records. There are details in our interview about when you may expect to hear something new…and as always, we’ll keep you posted!

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So it’s sometime in the waning days of 1979. Somewhere in Los Angeles, a group of high school kids get together and, inspired by a love for loud, fast music and pissing people off, they do something that has happened a million times over in the years before and since; they start a band. Their sound and their anti-authoritarian message inspire a legion of similarly disenfranchised youth, and a movement was born. In spite of more than their fair share of lineup changes (and a temporary early hiatus), said band continues to inspire and provoke audiences well into their fourth decade together.

Around the same time at a high school 2700 miles away in our nation’s capital, a similarly-minded four-piece inspired by a knack for being outspoken about similar causes. That band’s star burns out in a few years, but not before leaving a legacy as one of the most inspirational sounds and messages in the world of DIY punk and hardcore music.

It’s probably no secret that the two bands loosely alluded to above are Bad Religion and Minor Threat, respectively. No matter when you first made your way into this scene, odds are pretty good that at some point, you immersed yourself in the catalog of at least one but probably both of those bands (and you probably became at least casually familiar with bands like Dag Nasty along the way).

To follow the career of Brian Baker is to essentially have followed the arc of influential American punk music. Baker was the bassist-turned-rhythm-guitarist-turned-bass-player-again for Minor Threat before their all-too-early demise in 1983. He started Dag Nasty a few years later and after that project (and a couple others) ran its course, Baker rather famously turned down a high-profile touring spot in R.E.M. to join Bad Religion after that band’s founding guitarist and co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz departed in 1994.

Fast-forward more than two decades and Bad Religion remains as vital to the scene as ever. Some of the parts have changed since Baker joined; Gurewitz signed back on in 2001, Brooks Wackerman replaced Bobby Schayer that same year, Mike Dimkich officially took over for long-time guitarist Greg Hetson last year. Now in the latter part of their fourth decade, however, the band seems to show no real signs of slowing down. They’re about to depart on a US tour that features a handful of dates being billed as “Battle of the Centuries” shows. In certain locations like Boston, New York, Denver and Berlin, Bad Religion will play back-to-back nights in the same venue. Night #1 will feature a setlist comprised of songs from 1980 to 2000, while Night #2 will feature a setlist comprised solely of songs from 2000 and forward. Dying Scene had the privilege of catching up with Brian Baker to discuss the “Battle of the Centuries” shows and his roles not only in Bad Religion itself for the last twenty-one years, but the punk scene in general over the last 35. Head below to check out our conversation, and check out Bad Religion’s tour dates here.

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The time had finally come. toyGuitar and Jack and Miles and Brandon were gonna kill it! The band had performed a couple weeks before at the Fat Wreck warehouse (which I missed!) video here)), and I was super stoked to see them. I’ve been a fan of One Man Army since god knows when and Jack’s vocals are something dreams are made of.

First to the stage was San Francisco-based Clashing Steel. The band released their debut album at the show, and sampled heavily from the new work. Fast but twangy, bluesy, rocky, with a definite punk edge and lots of distortion, Clashing Steel was the perfect opener for a night of punky rock. You can check out the band’s new album here.

Dirty Denim is a band that seems to show up everywhere. The all-girl trio loves to be on stage and you can tell. I love watching these ladies rip it up! Their guitar riffs and Katie Rose’s howls and solos are awesome! Close your eyes and get taken to your happy guitar place. There’s a kind of beach noise to the band, kinda poppy and head-shaking with this kind of 50s/60s air hanging over, but there is a darker, edgier side that shines through. You can listen to some songs from their setlist here.

Tonight’s show was meant as toyGuitar’s record release show. The band’s debut album, “In This Mess”, was released a few weeks earlier (January 27th) through Fat Wreck Chords, and now was the time for the world to enjoy the beautiful sound of toyGuitar, live. I was in a state of elation when the boys took to the stage, and the set was kind of a blur of positive feelings. The band played a lot of new material from “In This Mess”, which is one of the best new albums to be released (in my opinion). As much of a fan I am of One Man Army, this is not One Man Army. The anxious guitar, melodic yet gritty vocals that have characterized Jack Dalrymple’s career don’t take a back seat at all, they are just seen in a different light, but toyGuitar is definitely a lighter version of Dalrymple’s grit and edge. It was awesome to finally see them live, and I can’t wait for the next time!

Johnny Madcap and The Distractions were the headliners for the evening, but after toyGuitar my heart was full. The band definitely has a rock-y, Elvis Costello thing going on. The music is fun, lighthearted, and easy to dance to. The band rounded out their set with their popular single “Bad Decisions”. What a great end to a positive night.

You can have a look at all of the night’s photos below.

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Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s playlist is brought to you by Dying Scene editor Lauren Mills (that’s me!). I had to use an embarrassingly goofy throwback photo because I’m running out of current photos.

This week I’m bringing you songs that have helped me through my days of unemployment, boredom and anxiety.  I apologize in advance that this list of songs is negative, but weirdly they help me through ruts as much as the uplifting tunes.

Enjoy the tunes below!

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After Cro-Mags the night before, I was quite haggard but still excited to see the legendary San Jose ska band Monkey. This was to be my third concert in as many nights, and after a restful afternoon at Dolores I was ready for a nice little evening of ska.

SF-based The Rudicals was first to hit the stage and with that blaring saxophone how could you go wrong!  When saxophone player Randy Johnson isn’t blaring on the reed he’s taking advantage of the beats and skankin around stage. I love it when the musician sets the standard and expectation of energy and movement. Twangy up-pick guitar riffs from David Simon Baker, harmonizing horns and catchy bridges made a great first impression to this local ska ensemble. It’s hard to believe that the band played their first show in 2013. I look forward to what is to come with these guys.

Aloha Screwdriver is an instrumental three-piece from Alameda, CA and I gotta admit I was a bit skeptical of what to expect going into their set. It was really cool though! There’s a definite surf-tinge, with this kind of space-age feel to it. Add some interesting costumes and lively stage presence and you’ve got the makings for a great show. Oh, and the drummer got on top of the bar with his snare to finish the night off. Brilliant.

It was time for Monkey. I had never seen the band, but being a huge fan of all things Asian Man, Monkey has been in my life for quite some time. It brings me back to that mix of ‘psycho ska’ mixed with that proper Skatalites sound. Third wave at its best!!! This is the kind of music to which I love to dance the most. Lift your head up and see a room full of smiling, positive energy and a dance floor that is literally bouncing. The band doesn’t always sing, but when they do, vocalist/guitarist Chris Meacham’s voice roars with an old-school sound the forefathers would smile at. Towards the end of their set, the band started asking for requests. I bellowed out “15th Street Ghetto Song” and the band was so surprised anybody even knew that song that they obliged!! Afterwards as I thanked them, they thanked me for requesting it – stating they had just started rehearsing that song, and it was refreshing for someone to request one of their songs instead of a cover. Beautiful end to a memorable night of great local SF Bay Area ska.

You can have a look at all shots from the night’s performances below.

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I recently caught up Maryland pop punk act BraceFace. In the interview discussed the pressures of recording album, the limitless potential of punk and what’s next for the band.

You can read the interview below.

The band released their self-titled album in 2014.

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DS Photo Gallery: Cro-Mags, Living Eyes at Thee Parkside SF

Posted by milhouse on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:33 PM (PST)

The night before was Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish. Tonight was Cro-Mags. Quite the stark contrast – I was excited to see the NYHC veterans tear up the tiny Parkside in San Francisco. Trouble at the door prevented my entry until after opening band, Domination’s, set. I finally got in at the tail end of Pure’s set, with the requirement of no-flash photography. ‘Twas going to be rough shooting.

Domination hails from San Jose, CA and plays a true sound of modern hardcore/metal. The band recently released their EP “Bonded by Misery”, which you can listen to here.

Northern California-based Pure was next to the stage. The band released a new single “Holding Strong” the night before the show, however there appears to be nothing on their bandcamp page. I’ll just drink a beer and smoke a cigarette while waiting.

Oakland’s Living Eyes was tasked with warming up the crowd for Cro-Mags, and they performed impeccably. To get an idea of what the band is all about, you can check out their track “Show Me Blood” here. At this point the venue was getting pretty full, but still room enough for me to run around with my camera. I should’ve cherished these moments ‘cuz there would be no more free movement once Cro-Mags took to the stage.

I guess I took too much fresh air, because as I attempted to get into position minutes before Cro-Mags came on, I was confronted with the reality that there was nowhere to go. The venue was literally spilling out into the merch/food area. This wasn’t going to work for me, so I pushed until I couldn’t push anymore, coming to rest in a little corner wedged between a guitar case, an amp, and a fat dude. I stayed in that spot, unable to move at all in the sardine can that was Thee Parkside. Cue drum roll, next bass line, enter John Joseph. “World Peace” began the night and it was mayhem from the first snare snap. I could’ve sworn they were going to open with “We Gotta Know”, but they saved that til the wee last song. Lost a bet, but happy I was able to see a bunch of material from “The Age of Quarrel”. A short 45 minute set was all the fans and the band could really handle, so an early, but far-from-calm, night was had.

Check out all the shots from Living Eyes and Cro-Mags below.

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Last Friday night, The Gaslight Anthem brought the 2015 leg of their Get Hurt US tour to Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. Given that no Boston date appears on this leg, the occasion called for an obscenely long rush-hour drive to The Ocean State on yet another bone-jarringly cold Friday evening in the winter that just won’t end. Yours truly hadn’t been to Lupo’s since it moved from a smaller location elsewhere in Providence damn near a decade ago. The “new” location occupies what used to be the Strand Theater, a hundred-year-old former vaudeville theater that probably hasn’t been architecturally updated a hell of a lot since it first opened (some cool old information here). Much like the city it inhabits, it’s more than a tad rough around the edges, and yet more than a little bit charming (not at all unlike Philadelphia’s Trocadero in both style and context).

Bayonne, New Jersey, street punks The Scandals got the night kicked off in raucous fashion. Perhaps it was the cold, perhaps it was the 8:30 start time, but the crowd (capacity somewhere between 1200 and 1500 depending on where you get your information, though with Lupo’s well-known penchant for over-selling tickets–seriously, check their Yelp! reviews– it’s probably close to the latter) was fairly well filled in by the time the foursome took the stage. Frontman Jared Hart led the attack, blistering through the band’s thirty-minute set in twenty-eight minutes (according to my watch). Jersey and Rhode Island aren’t obscenely far away form one another, meaning that a decent portion of the crowd was familiar with the band’s music and shouted along accordingly. Those unfamiliar also seemed pleased; more than a few near-by concertgoers commented on how the band’s newer tracks “kinda sounded like old Gaslight.” Huh…wonder why.

Northcote followed in full-band fashion. I’d previously only seen Matt Goud as a solo acoustic opener on Dave Hause’s Devour America tour this time last year. In my opinion, it’s not possible to blow Dave Hause off the stage, but I came away from that night thinking that Western Canada’s Goud came as close as possible. He traded the acoustic for a Telecaster for most of the set and was accompanied by a traditional guitar-bass-drum lineup that provided some added punch to Goud’s already exuberant stage presence. “How Can You Turn Around,” off the self-titled Northcote full-length, was a particular highlight, though that may be because it’s one of my favorite songs at the moment.

  

The Gaslight Anthem took the stage at around 10:30pm. This particular night marked the second night of this month-long jaunt, and was sandwiched curiously between two New York dates (one at the Webster Theatre, one at Terminal 5). TGA frontman Brian Fallon sauntered on stage looking perhaps a little worse for the wear after what may have been a hard and heavy night number one. In fact, he started with his typical between-song banter early, commenting on how he liked the venue and that Providence was cold that day and that he’d just woken up before leading the band into set-opener “The ’59 Sound.” What followed was a two-ish hour jaunt through the band’s almost decade-old catalog. Sure Get Hurt was well represented (not only by the giant upside-down heart set backdrop that filled what had seemed like a cavernous stage area) but by a handful of  tracks ranging from the sing-along chorus of “1,000 Years” to the slow burn of bonus track “Sweet Morphine.”

 

Slow burn was a recurring theme on the evening. A fair amount the set seemed to be down a few beats-per-minute from the standard tempo. Perhaps that’s by design. The slightly, maybe-not-even-noticeable, slower tempos allowed the band to pace themselves as they stretched out a set to more than two dozen songs. There are many, perhaps even within the band’s circle, who view the The Gaslight Anthem as the heirs apparent to the throne of Next Big American Rock Band that Pearl Jam picked up from Springsteen a couple decades earlier. While the uptempo punk-tinged “hits” from throughout their catalog breathe fire into the set and work the audience into a crowd-surfing frenzy, the standard down-tempo songs (“She Loves You,” “Red At Night,” slowed down versions of “Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?” and “Great Expectations”) allowed the music itself to breathe a little bit; for Alex Rosamilia’s guitar runs to weave their way into the atmosphere while still being rooted to the earth by the more rhythmic guitar stylings of Fallon and Ian Perkins. Check out the full setlist here, and check out our photo gallery of all three bands below.

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Today we bring you a special treat, premiering not one, but two tracks from Kepi Ghoulie  and the Accelerators, “Carly Simon” and “Fun in the Dark.” Both tracks will appear on the upcoming album Fun in the Dark, to be released on March 24th through Eccentric Pop Records. Check out the two songs below.

Fun in the Dark is a re-imagining of the classic 1999 Groovie Ghoulies album of the same name. While Kepi Ghoulie remains on the vocals, he is backed-up musically by Holland’s Accelerators (as well as back-up vocals provided by Sacramento’s Dog Party). This is the first in a series of re-recorded Groovie Ghoulies albums to come, the next one featuring The Copyrights providing the music for Re-Animation Festival (we’ll keep you updated on that).

“Once again, we have created a recording of a group of friends who appreciate and respect what each other does, joining forces to make a document of that relationship and the music/fun/energy it has brought forth! “

The original Groovie Ghoulies album will also be re-issued sometime in the future through Green Door. You can pre-order this new version of Fun in the Dark here or here, along with Groovie Ghoulies’ Appetite for Adrenochrome on LP and CD.

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Last Tuesday, The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco played host to three amazing bands – Authority Zero, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake. The fans turned out in droves, and the energy exuded was something you would typically see at a weekend show, not on a Tuesday night. All three bands were meant to perform together – they share a similar style of music, and there was a definite progression from band to band. Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake have split headlining duties this tour, and during their SF stop, LTJ was tasked with rounding the evening out. Brilliant!

Authority Zero plays a unique blend of ska, punk, funk, and reggae, and is one of my favorite bands to see open a night. Half-full venue? No problem. No one dancing? Not yet. Authority Zero changes all that and before they’ve wrapped up their set, the crowd has filled in, legs are loose, and everyone is warmed up. I love the band’s intros and bridges and so do fans – with jumps, kicks, skanks, fists, and woah’s abound. I would love to see some new material from these guys.

It has been a couple of years since I last saw Reel Big Fish and I gotta say it was much better than I remembered. I’ve been a fan of RBF since my wee teen years, and have watched the band progress and really solidify their presence in the ska/punk world. It’s like a trip down memory land every time the guys come into town. The band played a lot of material off “Turn The Radio Off” and “Everything Sucks”, and during “She’s Got a Girlfriend Now”, saxophonist Matt Appleton filled in on female vocals. Amazing! He sounded like a young Gwen Stefani! The band seemed to really be enjoying themselves, and it shone through in the music. There was only one thing that could make this night better – Less Than Jake.

I was as happy as a little girl as the Gainesville natives prepared to take the stage. The band was fundamental in my musical upbringing, and really holds a special place in my heart. It had been several years since I last saw LTJ, and I admit I was a bit anxious to see what their set list would offer – but I was extremely pleased with the amount of ‘old stuff’ that they played. I always prefer that bands I like perform my favorite songs later in the event, so I can get my shots out of the way. Of course, I have no say in the matter, so it’s always a balance when I’m still in the photo pit and a song like “Nervous In The Alley” comes on. Do I dance or do I shoot? Why not a little of both? Alas, three songs are up and I’m out of the photo pit, time to secure gear and head to the dance pit, where I stayed the rest of the night. To my delight, the band played a substantial amount of songs from “Losing Streak”, “Pezcore”, and “Hello Rockview”, probably some of my favorite albums of all time. The climax of the night came with the performance of “Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts”. There’s nothing as saddening as seeing LTJ and them not performing “Johnny Quest”, and there’s nothing more gratifying than when they do. It was epic and that memory will remain with me forever.

Did you know there is a PacMan cereal? And did you know that Less Than Jake created its theme song? It’s called “Do The Pacman” and it is full of childhood fun. The band announced the news and proceeded to play the song no less than three times during the rest of their set, complete with choreographed dance. I love bands that don’t get caught up on all this punk politics, and just like to have fun. You can view the song, along with dance, here.

Have a look at all the shots all three bands below.

***Big thanks to Vinnie from LTJ, Vanessa from Fat, and Snodgrass for helping me with entry for this event. Much appreciated!!***

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Darwin And The Dinosaur will be releasing a new full-length album titled “A Thousand Ships” on March 9th via No Panic! Records and today we’re stoked to bring you a premiere of the first track “Theories”.  The group of 4, hailing from Norwich, UK, play a spectacular brand of post punk, with hardcore influences. Think, Thrice, Reuben, Glassjaw and you’re close.

Check out the video for “Theories” below!

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I roll out of bed last Friday still feeling crusty from the Leftover Crack show the night before. No time to rest, as tonight is to be a party of local street punk. Custom Fit, Suede Razors, and The Workin’ Stiffs were to share the stage at the sweaty ol’ Parkside. La Plebe was originally scheduled to headline the event, however due to some personal issues, they cancelled their performance a week or so before the event. While that may have dissuaded the Plebeians, there were still three amazing bands playing, so I was sure to be there.

I have seen all three bands several times, and it’s always a reunion of sorts with familiar faces and of course many Pirates cameos. Santa Cruz, CA’s Custom Fit was first to the stage and lead singer Sabi never disappoints. Her voice is amazing! Such a refreshing sound to the scene, and holds true to that traditional street punk attitude. The stand-out moment during their set was when they played “Combat” off their 2013 untitled 12″. I was in the bathroom when the song started and I had to bolt out to catch the first kick. You can listen to “Combat” here.

Following Custom Fit was East Bay band Suede Razors. Comprised of members from bands such as Harrington Saints, Sydney Ducks, The Bootboys, and Hounds & Harlots, these guys are no strangers to the scene. Their sound is a mix of classic streetpunk/Oi! mixed with a little pub rock/hooliganism and ’60′s-’70′s guitar riffs. Another one of those ill timed moments was at the bar ordering a drink when the band began to play their new song “Passion on the Pitch”, which is coming out on 7″ next month. I had to get on the floor and throw some fists and claps! You can check out a preview of the upcoming track here.

Rounding out the night was San Francisco’s own The Workin’ Stiffs. Like a siren call, guitarist Novak started the set off quite properly, wasting no time getting the crowd moving from literally the first chord. Close your eyes and you’re transported to this era of ’80′s angst. Sharp-ass guitar riffs, driving beats, and gritty, emotionally charged vocals are what has given this band it’s staying power. The only down time you have to catch your breath is when the band stalls because they, “only have so many songs and we have to fill time!” Truth be told, the guys have been around since the mid ’90′s, and despite several hiatuses over the years, has released a plethora of music, and throughout the night sampled from a large portion of their catalog, primarily ‘the old stuff’.

You can have a look at all of the shots from the night’s sets below.

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