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When last we caught up with Chuck Ragan, he was in the midst of a grueling run of thirty-seven shows in thirty-seven days on last year’s Revival Tour. While things on the tour seemed to be firing on all cylinders, there was at least some amount of trepidation about the amount of constant balancing that needed to be done in order to keep such a hectic schedule going: “I’ve got a ton of plates spinning, and I either need to start carefully taking them off those points, or they’re all gonna start crashing.”

Fast-forward a year, and though still busy, a more-relaxed Ragan was able to carve out some downtime and recharge the batteries. “ I feel it revived me in a lot of ways. I’ve had a lot of time at home the past six, seven months.” As we’ve discussed here previously, that more relaxed, hopeful attitude of gratitude translates loud and clear on Till Midnight (SideOneDummy Records), Ragan’s fourth solo studio album.

Forgoing his typical Revival Tour plans, 2014 finds Ragan and his Camaraderie lineup (longtime collaborators Joe Ginsburg and Jon Gaunt, plus David Hidalgo Jr. on drums and Todd Beene on pedal steel) co-headlining a tour with The White Buffalo (Jake Smith). Touring ” a little smarter rather than harder” is the name of the game this time out. Despite the amount of work that needs to be done before tour kicks off later this week, Ragan was able to carve some time out of his schedule for a chat about his partners (the White Buffalo and Social Distortion‘s Jonny Two Bags) for the upcoming tour, the differences in the writing and recording processes between Covering Ground (Ragan’s last album) and Till Midgnight, and maybe a hint at an acknowledgement of Hot Water Music‘s twenty-year anniversary. Check out our full interview below.

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Today Los Angeles’ favorite all-female pop-punk band Bad Cop/Bad Cop is releasing “Boss Lady”, their debut 7-inch on Fat Wreck Chords.  To help celebrate the occasion we’ve teamed up with Fat to give away a signed poster and copy of the record to one lucky winner.  We’ll also select two runner ups who will get the 7-inch sans signature.

To enter just fill out the form below!

Enter To Win!

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DS Video Premiere: Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One – “Hooligans”

Posted by jaystone on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM (PST)

Today, we are honored to bring to you the brand new music video from Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One!

The video is for the track “Hooligans,” which comes from the former Darkbuster frontman and current Street Dogs guitarist’s debut solo album, “Illuminator.” It was filmed in a handful of Boston-area locales, including the South Shore Music Hall in Quincy and the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain. Check it out below!

“Illuminator” was a joint release via Pirates Press Records and Panic State Records, and hit the streets last June. Check here or here to get your own vinyl copies.

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DS Photo Gallery: Flogging Molly at The Fox Theatre in Oakland 3/14/14

Posted by milhouse on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM (PST)

Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I was lucky enough to find myself watching some amazing bands perform in the SF Bay Area. Saturday night saw the nine band extravaganza at Thee Parkside (write-up coming soon), but Friday kicked the weekend off right with Flogging Molly‘s annual Green 17 Tour stop at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA.

The first band to the stage was Johnny Mad Cap and the Distractions. I was late to the show and I regretfully missed their set, but you can check out some shots from their performance here, from fellow pit photographer Alan Snodgrass.

Next to play was Jerry Hannan and The Mad Hannans. Flogging Molly always has great bands opening for them, getting the crowd and energy ready for the main event. I caught the latter part of the set but it was awesome. Really killer guitars.

La raison de la saison was Flogging Molly. The annual Green 17 Tour is something I look forward to every year, and their set definitely fulfilled my fix. The band never disappoints, with endless energy and quintessential style and sound. It is a beautiful thing to witness. Dennis, Bob, Dave and Bridget, Nathan and Matt, and George to round it out, this band keeps on delivering. No frills, just class. Talent.

Check out all the shots from the bands’ sets  —>> (Jerry Hannan and The Mad Hannans and Flogging Molly).

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Welcome back to Answer That and Stay Fashionable, where every week various members of the Dying Scene team will take a question posed by you, the readers, and pour their hearts out in regards to all things punk rock: from favorite records and show experiences to embarrassing purchases and fashion styles. If it’s punk, it’s fair game.

This week’s question:

“Sometimes punk bands will begin making music that’s very un-punk, but still manages to be pretty good. Who’s your favorite punk band that stopped playing punk?”

Read our responses below.

Answer That and Stay Fashionable: What Was Your First Punk Album?

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PST)

Welcome back to Answer That and Stay Fashionable, where every week various members of the Dying Scene team will take a question posed by you, the readers, and pour their hearts out in regards to all things punk rock: from favorite records and show experiences to embarrassing purchases and fashion styles. If it’s punk, it’s fair game.

This week’s question:

“What was your first punk album?”.

Read our responses below.

Welcome to Answer That and Stay Fashionable, where every week various members of the Dying Scene team will take a question posed by you, the readers, and pour their hearts out in regards to all things punk rock: from favorite records and show experiences to embarrassing purchases and fashion styles. If it’s punk, it’s fair game.

This week’s question:

“What made you decide to write/blog, where did you start and how’d you end up with Dying Scene?”.

Read our responses below.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Philly punks Ma Jolie in their guitarist’s car to discuss the current happenings in the Philadelphia punk scene, the band’s beginnings and what’s in store for them next.

You can read the full interview below.

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A Day In The Studio with Bum City Saints

Posted by milhouse on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM (PST)

We bring this die-hard flame wherever we may go.
excerpt from upcoming track

This past Saturday, as all you lovebugs were waking up after a hopefully successful Valentine’s Day, I headed out across the bridge for a day in the studio with Bum City Saints. A couple weeks beforehand, the guys had laid down tracks for the guitars and drums, and today was to be a day of vocals. Hot tea, honey, and whiskey flowed freely as the boys prepared for the day ahead.

Before vocals could start, the guys tweeked some of the bass lines and drum hits, which sounded awesome. Fast, energetic, with great breaks and some killer riff lines. The attention to detail that was taken was really exciting to see, and those tiny little changes really make the difference.

Guitarist /vocalist Jesper Klinghed was first to the mic, belting out pure grit with a little tinge of his (Northern) Swedish accent (don’t say Southern, whatever you do). During one especially difficult part of a song, Klinghed reminded himself that you gotta try and “be a little more Whitney Houston with it.” Now we know who he looks to for guidance.

After spending the first couple hours making tiny lyrical changes, bassist / vocalist Travis Burns was next to lay down some lines. Travis is a perfectionist and he will re-do a part over and over if he isn’t happy with it. This is an amazingly patient and tedious task; add to it the opinions of the other members of the band, and you have quite the lively session.

After a little vegan lunch break we were back at it – this time recording gang and guest vocals. The band had invited a couple of fellow band friends to aide in the endeavor including Brian Lucchesi (singer of Bloodshot and Dilated) and Alessandro Pulisci (singer of At Our Heels and owner of Ugly Owl Films). In addition to shooting video of the recording process, Pulisci also contributed individual guest vocals for a few songs.

The three of us non-band members then got together with BCS to all scream some gang vocals, which we performed with flying colors! The session began simply, with only a few ideas but as the band saw the quality of stock they were working with, they quickly expanded to gang vocals on every song, including the band’s cover of “Eye of The Tiger”. That shit was roaring, booming through the entire studio.

The band was happy, the engineer was happy, everyone was well satiated. A successful day at the studio.

Recording took place at Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, CA, with mixing duties headed by Zack Ohren. The studio is owned by Ryan Massey of American Steel and has recorded acts including Heartsounds, Civil War Rust, Hounds and Harlots, Old Firm Casuals, and more.

This upcoming work is set to be released through Pirates Press Records in the next couple months, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates surrounding album name/artwork, specific release date, and track list as they become available.

You can view the complete photo gallery of studio shots below.

Bum City Saints last released their “New Beginnings” EP last year through Pirates Press Records.

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DS Exclusive: Old Coyote Club stream new song “Medicine”

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM (PST)

Happy Valentine’s Day, DyingScenesters! Today we’re bringing you an exclusive new track from UK folk punk outfit Old Coyote Club called “Medicine”. The band plans to release the track on their debut EP, which is set to be released sometime later this year. However, you can give “Medicine” an early listen below!

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DS Interview: Wade Youman returns to Unwritten Law

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM (PST)

If I can be allowed a moment to peel back the proverbial curtain on my formative concert-going years, Unwritten Law were quite literally the first punk band I saw live. Oz Factor was hot off the presses, and the band had (along with Dance Hall Crashers) landed a fairly coveted slot opening up for Bad Religion on the latter band’s tour in support of The Grey Race. The years that followed found this particular editor proudly waving UL’s seven-pointed-star fanboy flag.

It’s no secret that many an old-time UL fan strayed from the pack with the announcement that founding drummer and co-writer of many of the better songs from the band’s early catalog had been rather unceremoniously asked to leave. Rumors of drug use and a toxic band environment spread like wildfire through the grapevine, though very few public comments on what exactly happened.

Aside from frontman/songwriter Scott Russo, the remaining names and faces have changed several times over the last decade. Late 2013, however, brought a surprising development from the UL camp: Wade Youman had returned. The band played a few trial shows late in the year, and have now just announced plans to join up with bands like Face to Face and Strung Out on the Hits & Pits tour in Australia. Wade took some time out from his pre-tour prep schedule to chat with us for a half hour about what exactly happened leading up to his departure from Unwritten Law, what he was up to in the interim, how he and Russo patched things up, and what’s in store for the future. If I can be so bold, it’s one of the more compelling interviews I’ve had the pleasure to conduct for DS. Check it out below.

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“We ain’t got no place to go, let’s go to the punk rock show!” On February 1st, I headed to Pomona, CA to catch the sold out MxPx, Allister, and Kris Roe (of The Ataris) show at The Glass House. As anyone who was young and learning about punk music in the 90s knows, MxPx is a pop-punk staple, with a career spanning 21 years. Regardless if you still listen to them regularly, they put on one hell of a show.

Kris Roe opened the show with an acoustic set. His set consisted of a variety of songs, but the crowd favorites were definitely The Ataris songs (he opened with “In This Diary” – which I am sure excited fans looking forward to the So Long, Astoria reunion tour). For me, the highlight of his set was when Mike Herrera joined him for an acoustic cover of Rancid’s “Olympia WA.” Mike mentioned that his side project (Tumbledown) has toured with The Ataris and he enjoyed being able to have Kris Roe there supporting MxPx. Regardless how you feel about either band or solo/side project, it’s pretty cool to see the bonds between different musicians and how they support one another.

Next up was Chicago’s Allister. I had never seen them live before, but they came out swinging. Their energy and pop punk melodies lit up the crowd (and the band looked like they were having a great time). If I didn’t know better, I could have sworn it was the late 1990s – as they didn’t seem as though they had lost their enthusiasm for their entire catalogue. They were a great opening act to get the crowd ready for MxPx.

I have seen MxPx more times than I can count and they are always a good time. This show was no exception. Even though the three original members do not all tour and perform together, the music is still as vibrant as always. Mike Herrera obviously enjoys performing live and interacting with the crowd. The band played crowd favorites spanning their 21 year career, including “Move to Bremerton,” “Chick Magnet,” “Party, My House, Be There,” and “Responsibility.” In the middle of the show, they slowed it down with Mike playing a series of acoustic songs – a few from Tumbledown and also the MxPx favorites “Secret Weapon” and “Cristalena.” It is obvious that MxPx has played an important role in the lives of many of their fans (this show included an on-stage proposal of longtime fans) as the sold-out crowd sang along and created several circle pits throughout the audience. Here’s to hoping they tour for another 20 years. Check out the photo gallery from the show below.

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Kevin Seconds, of the iconic punk band 7 Seconds, has been a crucial contributor to the punk scene since 1979. With one legendary band secured, Kev has kept himself busy during 7 Seconds’ downtimes with project after project – Drop Acid, Mustard, 5’10”, The Altruistics and Postively Ventilate, plus Go National and Ghetto Moments (with wife Allyson Seconds of the band Bag of Kittens) to name a few. With several splits and now his fourth release as a solo artist under way, (“Off Stockton” drops on February 18th on Rise Records) Kev is unarguably one of the steadiest workers in the business. Aside from all that, Kev and Allyson (who ran a café together for a few years) recently Kickstarted a label (Cheap As Nothing Records.) Kev also podcasts on occasion and is very active on social networking.

With such little time to breathe, Dying Scene was very grateful to Kevin for being generous with his time for this interview, and once I was done wishing a pox on him for informing me that he was couched in a warm and brightly lit café as I shivered in my snow boots, we got down to discussing his insane work ethic, manipulative pets, getting old, the celebrity mystique and more. Check out our full conversation below.

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Since releasing his debut solo album, Resolutions, in January 2011, Dave Hause has been on the move. In addition to stints on the European and US Revival Tours where he’s appeared alongside artists like Chuck Ragan, Brian Fallon, Dan Andriano, Tim McIlrath, Rocky Votolato and more, he’s carved himself quite a niche as a sought-after opening artist. Though generally accompanied by a lone guitar, Hause’s intense performance has earned him support slots for an impressive list of heavy-hitters that includes Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, The Bouncing Souls.

 Northcote

The release of his second solo effort, October 2013′s Devour, prompted Hause to try his hand at headlining a full-scale North American tour. The incredibly ambitious seventy-date jaunt features support from Canadian singer-songwriter Northcote (playing his first US dates) and finds Hause backed only by his brother Tim on keyboard and guitar. It does not require the most quantum of leaps to understand that the tour is very much a Herculean baptism-by-fire for all parties involved. And yet, night three of the tour rolled into the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge, MA,  and found the crew firing on most-if-not-all cylinders.

Northcote

Northcote (real name Matt Goud, formerly of post-hardcore band Means) may have been a rookie at performing in the States, but his intense, heartfelt singalongs quickly won over the sold-out crowd. If you’re reading this and find yourself thinking that the name Northcote sounds familiar but can’t quite place why, even money says that it’s from this cover of the track “Worry,” as performed by Dave Hause and the inimitable Chuck Ragan. Goud would join Hause during the encore portion of the evening for a particularly rousing cover of the track that featured added backing vocals by a surprisingly large portion of the crowd.

Hause book-ended his main set in perfect, albeit perhaps predictable, fashion opening and closing with “Damascus” and “Benediction” in occupying the same roles in this set that they occupy on Devour. The tracks serve as perfect stage-setter and story-closer to album and live show alike. The eleven tracks that came in between pulled from Hause’s two solo releases; no Loved Ones songs or covers (save for a few lines from perennial crowd-favorite “Trusty Chords”). This left Hause’s material to stand on its own merits. And stand on its merits it certainly did.

It’s no doubt cliche to refer to an artist as wearing his or her heart on their respective sleeve, yet the cliche seems to fit here. While both Resolutions and Devour find Hause performing with the backing of a full band, his years on the road as an opener and Revival comrade have forced him to strip down arrangements. While his sound has straddled the traditional singer-songwriter and American rock-and-roll worlds, Hause’s past as a punk rock frontman affords Hause the ability to feed on and draw from the crowd in true symbiotic fashion.

Dave Hause and little brother Tim. Good that they can “spend more time” together.

Joining Dave on tour this time out is his little brother Tim. Though fifteen years Dave’s junior and without the road-tested chops of his big brother, the younger Hause provided depth and texture, filling out the sound and providing some elements that would be tough for the elder Hause to replicate on his own (particularly on the Devour tracks). As is the case with the alternate versions of many of the Resolutions tracks that were re-recorded and re-issued as a series of 7-inches in 2012, the stripped down live versions of tracks like “Autism Vaccine Blues” and “Great Depression” do, in my opinion a more accurate job than their studio counterparts of portraying the raw aggression that the subject matter calls for.

Devour found Hause getting more explicitly personal, pulling back the curtain on loves had and loves lost, particularly as he made his way to his mid-thirties. When I reviewed the album for this very website, I commented on how Hause came across as needing a hand from the sort of sympathetic, optimistic friend that he presented as at times on Resolutions. What I didn’t take into account, however, was the intangible catharsis of the live performance. As is part and parcel with a Hause live performance, much energy was spent making sure that the audience felt as vital to the energy level of the show as he, himself did. Not that he necessarily had to work that hard to whip the Cantabrigian (look it up) crowd up, as the crowd at the show, which was sold out close to a month in advance, proved willing and able participants on this particular night. The encore was brought to a close with a move that was equal parts tip of the cap to the audience and to scene veteran Tim Barry as Hause stepped off the stage and performed the uplifting “C’Mon Kid” with more than a little help from the crowd.

A seventy-date tour may sound daunting to the faint of heart. And while the Cambridge show fell on the first Saturday of the nearly three-month run, the ability to pack a venue in a town that’s not your own (and to do so several weeks in advance) bodes well for what’s to come. If you’re able to make it to a show, and let’s face it, with seventy North American dates, there’s sure to be one near you, don’t hesitate. Hause has an all-too-rare ability to play to the people in the back and to sing to you, no matter where in the venue you are.

As a bonus for Hause fans, you can check out my pre-show sit-down with Hause below. As was the case in our first chat almost a year ago, we covered a lot of ground this time out. Of particular interest are how exactly one ramps oneself up for such a marathon headlining tour, the lyrical and stylistic turns found on Devour, what it’s like to have your twenty-year-old brother on the road with you, and drawing influences from outside the punk world. Oh, and recording with Chuck Ragan. Check it out. And thanks to my better half for taking the only usable pictures of the night!

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In this writer’s opinion, if there’s one area of coverage that we might fall behind on here at Dying Scene, it’s in the oi! movement, particularly overseas. Enter: Booze & Glory. The London-based four-piece are back with a retooled lineup and a brand new full length, As Bold As Brass. Released yesterday (January 28th) in the States via Sailors Grave Records, the album consists of a baker’s dozen of the catchiest, booziest UK oi! tunes this side of the Cockney Rejects.

In anticipation of the release of As Bold As Brass, we caught up with singer/guitarist Mark for a chat about the new lineup, the influence of politics (both fascist and anti-fascist) in the UK oi! and punk scenes, the fact that the video for their track “London Skinhead Crew” has almost three million YouTube views, and what the heck a West Ham is. Oh, and I get scolded on soccer! Check out our full interview below and while you’re at it, check out the band’s newest video, “Only Fools Get Caught” right here. Oi!

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