There’s nothing quite as sickening as the “kick to the gut” that is Tax Season. It’s a rare time of year where the poor get fined for not having enough money while the rich get tax breaks and corporate exemptions out the wazoo, almost like some sort of Orwellian Negaverse where all social rationality is reversed. If you’re a perturbed member of the proletariat who got pilfered by porcine politicians, don’t let it get you down. You know we got you! Our team has scoured Bandcamp for the best punk rock at the most affordable prices and returned with six lesser known acts that are sure to put a smile on your ears (ed: WTF, guys?). This one’s for all of those that were born and bred in the brier patch like us! So, check out April’s selection of hidden gems below!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:58 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Cameron Wilgosh, guitarist and backing vocalist for Winnipeg pop-punk act, Kids & Heroes, has launched a new recording project, Brash Hounds. Today, we’re excited to premiere the first single from Brash Hounds called “Bobby Fischer.”
You can stream it below.
Brash Hounds will release more music soon. The single is being released through Little Red Car. Little Red Car is a newly launched digital label launched by Jordan Voth of Winnipeg pop-punk act, Elder Abuse as a way to spotlight local musicians. The single will be released for download through Bandcamp on April 29th.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:50 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Today we’re stoked to premiere a brand new music video from Chicago punk act The Run Around. The tune is called “A Voice” and its a fantastic working man’s punk rock anthem falling somewhere between Dave Hause and Bouncing Souls. Check out the video and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
Front man Jason Fein had this to say about the song:
“Our Guitarist/Brother, Jeremy Kitt, passed away suddenly almost 2 years ago. The song and video is in tribute to him and his life.
“A Voice” appears on the band’s debut full-length “Reckless Ones”, released in January.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:37 PM (PST) by Johnny X
If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, or like me you just love the classic sound of 90′s style pop-punk then this is gonna be right up your alley. Los Angeles based pop punk act, State Line Syndicate have just released a music video for their tune “Borrowed Time” and you can check it out in all its pop-punk cheesy goodness below.
“Borrowed Time” appears on the band’s most recent full-length, the aptly titled Go Back to the 90′s, which was released last April (stream it here).
State Line Syndicate will be at The Whisky a Go Go w/ The Barb Wire Dolls May 2nd and hitting the road for a few dates in June w/ Richie Ramone. Check out the dates and locations here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:52 AM (PST) by Lauren Mills
We’re stoked to team up with Portland punk act The Brass, to premiere the music video for their song “You Know Who You Are.”
You can watch it below.
The Brass released their debut EP “Armsreach” on October 10, 2015 via Snatchee Records
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:04 PM (PST) by Nick Harrah
Interviewing The Jasons is way different than talking to any other band. The phone rings at (close enough to) the agreed upon time, you pick it up, say hello, and you hear two dudes with faux-Jersey accents yelling “FUCK YOU!!!” in your ear.
Yup, that’s The Jasons.
Inspired largely by their love of the Ramones, with more recent nods to Ben Weasel, G.G. Allin, and the Dwarves, this band of Jason Voorhees-themed, stalking and slashing mommy loving mongoloid brothers from Crystal Lake, New Jersey are here to say not much else, really. They hope their version of “Red Blooded American punk rock” speaks for itself.
But, if you want to get them started, you can ask them about the punk rock scene these days.
Following up on 2014’s Stalk and Slash Summer, which found Jasons V (vocals/guitar), 3D (bass/vocals), Hollywood (lead guitar) and Hell (drums) playing beach blanket bingo and going to Manhattan, V and 3D were more than ready to discuss their third D.I.Y. release in as many years, Get Fucked, set to drop March 31, with Dying Scene.
Check out the entire interview below.
*photo credit: Bryan Flowers
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:37 AM (PST) by Jonathan Lyte
Canadian punk rockers Red Arms have released a brand new music video for their song “Hindsight” and Dying Scene has the exclusive stream right here just for you. This track is one off of their debut 7″ titled Let Every Nation Know. If you like the sound of feel good tunes and just want to have some nice jams to take you through your day then these guys are the ones to help you do that. You can check the video and the new release out below.
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM (PST) by milhouse
This past St. Patrick’s Day I woke up with images of green beer and boiled meats that would be in my near future. The day had finally arrived where we are all just a little bit Irish, and for some reason we choose to celebrate in sometimes the worst fashion. Not this year though, as DNA Lounge was hosting a killer night of punk rock in their intimate, upstairs venue.
Up first to the stage was The Dialetics who hail from Santa Rosa and have a classic punk rock sound with a touch of DEVO and surf. The band recently released their newest album “Through The Wall” last week and pretty much covered the entire EP during their set. You can have a listen here.
Civil War Rust is one of those bands one their way to become a household name. These guys are relentlessly touring, and drawing bigger crowds at each show. It’s gritty, it’s melodic, it’ll make you get off your seat and dance around. Hell, you can even join the band on stage if you know the words. The band’s latest release, “Help Wanted” came out this past November.
I thought I had seen Tartar Control before, but I guess I was wrong because the set that fans were treated to was something I had never witnessed before, and which you could never forget. The band consists of two Mormon missionaries and a robot who supplies the beat as well as some witty comments. Vocalist Robert Selander is all over the place – at times calm and seated as if at church, while the next moment he’s doing handstands and running around the crowd, sticking his fingers in people’s mouths checking if they’ve recently brushed their teeth. Their name is, by the way, Tartar Control. I think the photos of these guys paint the picture fairly accurately.
Headliners for the night were Druglords of The Avenues, which features Swingin’ Utters vocalist Johnny Peebucks as frontman. If you’ve ever seen an Utters show, Peebucks is on point as always, with erratic kicks and fists in the air. This is clearly “a venture apart from its more famous Swingin’ counterpart, rather than an extension or a redundancy of it”, but there’s always that built-in fanbase, and with the same singer you’ll always hear a little something of the familiar.
Have a look at all the photos from the night’s performances below.
As always, big thanks to Barry for being so rad and having one of the best venues in the city.
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 12:10 PM (PST) by jaystone
(All words by Gina Skidz; all photos by Jay Stone.)
I can’t start a review of anything related to Brian Fallon without the caveat that I am a huge fan of everything he’s done, from Gaslight Anthem to the Horrible Crowes, to his new music, which he plays under the name Brian Fallon and the Crowes. I came into the show with great expectations (yeah, that pun was intended), and left feeling like Fallon has hit his mark, blending soulful Springteen-esque melodies with the Americana imagery that grabbed me in the early Gaslight days.
The show kicked off with opener Jared Hart, who made his name as frontman of New Jersey punk band The Scandals. I’ve seen him play locally a bunch of times, so it was at once gratifying and terrifying to see someone I like so much up on the big stage at Boston’s Royale. Jared did not disappoint, focusing on his new solo album, Past Lives & Pass Lines, and belting out a series of amazing songs. Although he is based in Jersey, he’s a staple of the Boston punk scene, and part of the way through his set, he called out his friends in Boston’s Burning Streets, and some off-the-cuff banter broke up his otherwise focused set. This was the first of two times we’d see Jared that night, as he now backs up Brian Fallon in the Crowes, playing guitar and creating some sweet vocal harmonies. He stood out on his own on stage, but did a hell of a job supporting Fallon as well.
The second opener was Minneapolis indie/folk singer Austin Plaine. Backed by a full band, he brought a country twang to the punk party as he performed songs off of his self-titled debut album. If you want to get a feel for his sound, I think the best song I heard was “Houston,” a narrative-driven, upbeat song in the vein of Kasey Anderson.
The crowd was pretty huge throughout the show, and both openers enjoyed a big crowd up front during their sets, but it seemed like the capacity quadrupled by the time Brian Fallon took the stage. The floor was jammed front to back, and the upper balconies of this former theatre were packed, too.
Fallon kicked off his set on a sad and slow note, with “Last Rites,” an older song that was the intro to his debut album with the Horrible Crowes from back in 2011. I developed a hard music crush on Fallon years ago, thanks in part to his engaging, humble attitude on stage, and this night was no different, as he launched into a story of the real origination of “Elsie,” which actually came from a British comedian’s routine, and joked that this wasn’t the sort of thing he’d ever bother telling Rolling Stone. From there, the set heated up, with the new track “Nobody Wins,” followed by “Go Tell Everybody,” and “Painkillers.” Three songs was about as far as Fallon could go without another story, as he joked about stopping at Newbury Comics and Boston-based t-shirt label Johnny Cupcakes earlier in the day, and being surprised to find neither records nor cupcakes. ”Who makes cds these days? Apparently I do,” he bantered, as The Crowes’ Painkillers had just been released that day.
Before playing the creepy/sexy “Sugar,” he confirmed that the song is about being a pervert. Ah, well, still a great song. The set finished up with the new tracks “Honey Magnolia” and “Steve McQueen,” and then Fallon let slip the cryptic and tantalizing fact that they always leave one good song off of each record (so, that means there should be 5 or 6 never-released gems out there at this point, right?!). They then played “Hearts and Daggers,” which he plans to release on Record Store Day.
My only complaint was that Fallon’s set seemed to be rushed, and there was no encore. This was no fault of theirs, however. The venue unfortunately makes most of its money catering to the world of college girls and Eurotrash better known as electronica/EDM nights. So the set ended and the crowd was rushed out, with bouncers even yelling at people who were still in line to buy merch. It’s lame, but that’s how it goes.
Brian Fallon, Jared Hart, and Austin Plaine are still on tour, and you can find the remaining schedule here, and check out the photo gallery below!
As the country thaws from the tedious, cold Winter and daylight starts seeping into the evening hours, we’re reminded that the coming months will be filled with freshness and new life as Spring slowly begins to roll in. Flowers will bloom, animals will emerge from their caves after extended lengths of time spent in slumber and the long frozen, brown earth will gently change hue to a more virile, lush green. It’s with this same sense of rejuvenation and rebirth that we present you with this month’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp! Time to spruce up that playlist a little with some fresh new tunes for your listening portals! This month, our punk rock prognosticators have returned with seven, slick, burgeoning bands that they’re betting you’ve never heard of. Check ‘em out below!
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:45 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Today we’re stoked to premiere a brand new music video from San Diego melodic punks Castoff. It’s for their song “Certain As The Sun” off the band’s new album First Step to Recovery, and you can check it out below.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5:06 PM (PST) by milhouse
Sunday, March 6th was a big day for Vacant Lot Entertainment / VLE Records, as they put on their very first Punk Rock Social, featuring local up-and-comers Blue Anarchy, Sarchasm, and SoCal’s Fozzy’s Hero, True Rivals, and headliners Sic Waiting. The heavy rains did a lot to dissuade fans from braving the weather, however the intimate crowd made the event pretty special.
First up to the stage was Oakland-based Blue Anarchy. The trio isn’t even out of high school, but they sure know how to rock. It was almost like a scene out of School of Rock. Drummer Gabriel Garza does well to help with vocal responsibilities, and frontwomen Rachel McGuire and Quinn Flannery rip it up on guitar and bass respectively. Succinct, crisp riffs, great breaks, and energy that is only reflective of a young band make these guys something to pay attention to. These guys will be doing big things so keep your eyes on them. You can listen to their latest single, “Alpha Mail”, here.
Next to the stage was Gilman regulars Sarchasm. The band hails from the Bay, and has made 924 Gilman St one of their homes. Guitarist Mari Campos heads up Insomniac Productions, which helps put on shows at the legendary venue, and the group definitely drew a crowd. Mari and the girls were playing without bassist Alex Botkin, so Mari took over bass duties while under-the-weather guitarist Isabel pushed through on the strings. The band is gearing up to release their new EP “Challenger” in June, and you can sample a few tracks here.
Fozzy’s Hero is a band that comes out with all guns blazing from the very first chord. There’s enough melodic tones to bring the band home to mom, but let’s be real – this is a punk band through and through. The band’s latest album, “Successfully Set For Failure” was released last year, and the guys spent the majority of the set ripping through the work. You can listen to that album here.
Out of all the bands playing, I was most excited to see LA’s True Rivals. These guys absolutely rock and with a stage presence to go with the sound. One-Eyed Jackson and Derik Envy’s energy can’t be contained and as you watch them bounce and jump around stage, you know these guys are at the top of their game, and having a great time doing it. This is one of those bands where the set photos really do tell the story of the energy in the house.
In a weird twist of fate, it seemed as the night went on the venue thinned out instead of filling up. The dedicated fans that stuck around were treated to an amazing, yet short set by Sic Waiting. The band recently released “Derailer”, and I was super stoked to see favorites like “Active Alumni” and “War Is The Answer” performed live. Stage presence leaves a little to the imagination, but during some of the guitar solos, we are shown how to really rip it up. The band will be doing a lot of touring this year, including a spot at the party in the desert that is Punk Rock Bowling.
Have a look at the entire night of photos below.
Big thanks to Gregg, JC, and the rest of the crew for putting on this event.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 3:40 PM (PST) by milhouse
I rushed out of work on Saturday hoping to jet over to Thee Parkside and catch my buddies in Rile 9 Collective, however I made it to the venue just in time to hear the last chord and the mic drop from Frankie Loyal. As drummer and vocalist, he sometimes feels the need to get out from behind his kit and connect closer with the audience, which he does in great fashion, while enlisting the help of wife Ramona, and full-time drummer for the Santa Cruz outfit Custom Fit.
I knew I was going to miss the openers The Quitters and TV Static, and according to friends, they were both great sets. But I was incredibly excited to see for the first time hardcore punk group Bonecrusher. The guys hadn’t played Thee Parkside for over a decade, and all the aging punks ready to let fists fly was testament to the excitement in the air.
It was pretty cool seeing members of Suede Razors, Roadside Bombs, and more getting down in the pit – age is just a number. Bonecrusher played an incredible set, and except for the occasional pause to catch breath and tune, it was energy non-stop from the get-go. During “The Fight”, fans almost took the chorus a little too literal and there was almost bloodshed on the dance floor. Cooler heads prevailed, and the band reminded everyone that “The Fight” is against ‘the man’ and ‘institution’, not each other. Other hits included “Angry Youth”, “The Price You Pay”, “Wrecking Crew”, “Gotta Believe”, and so many more. Incredible set and great night of hardcore punk.
You can have a look at photos from Bonecrusher’s set below.
Big thanks to Frankie and Audra for help with the show.
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:58 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
On the 27th of February in the year of our lord 2016, the greatest anarchopunk artists of our generation converged on West Hollywood, California at a dank, dusty, little venue for what would become one of the most amazing punk rock shows in the past decade. This is a written and pictorial memorialization of the the events that unfolded at The Troubadour that evening. Read it below!
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM (PST) by milhouse
***This photo gallery/review is a little delayed due to some hood rat piece of shit that decided to pepper spray me while waiting to go home after the show, so my vision was impaired for a day or two.***
A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite venues DNA played host to an incredible night of punk and politics with co-headliners Anti-Flag and Leftover Crack, with support from War on Women, Blackbird Raum, and Homeless Gospel Choir.
With the exception of Homeless Gospel Choir, I was familiar with all the bands on the bill, and was super excited to see how the night played out.
One man, one guitar – Homeless Gospel Choir is exactly what you need to kick off a night like this. Powerful, reflective, political, gritty, melodic, and a little light-hearted – Derek Zanetti did well to win over the crowd and get the juices flowing for the rest of the night.
Next up was Blackbird Raum. The band fits very well with Leftover Crack, and the sextet is so full of energy it makes your head spin. Washboards, banjos, stand-up bass and more set this band apart from the average. And with dual male/female vocals, the band’s sound is quite unique. The folk-punk sound and community is alive and well here on the West Coast, especially here in Northern California, and the band drew quite the crowd of smelly punks dancing and singing along.
War On Women made it on the cover of the last issue of New Noise Magazine, and it’s no wonder why. The members are no stranger to the punk scene, coming from some heavy hitters in the East Coast punk game. The self-described ‘co-ed, feminist hardcore band’ does well to get the crowd moving, but not too much to where they miss the political undertones of some of the tracks. Frontwoman Shawna Porter is in your face with an aggression only akin to other hardcore bands. The crowd ate it up and was lubed and ready for Leftover Crack to take to the stage.
There’s no such thing as Leftover Crack so they say. This is a band I never tire of seeing. The guys have their ups and downs, and everyone has their opinion of them, but I absolutely love the music and the message. When guitarist Chris Mann came to stage donning a angry baby mask, I knew it was going to be an incredible set. The diversity of a Leftover Crack show is a sight to see – young and old, punks and squares, drunks and straight-edge kids alike dance along to the catchy yet sometimes dark tunes of the C-Squat rockers. The band always samples a little bit from their Choking Victim catalog, including one of my favorites, “500 Channels”. In true LOC fashion, the band always touches on politics, and being that it was Super Tuesday, the guys had a lot to say about the current state of affairs in our country. Politics aside, the band rocked the house, inviting members of Blackbird Raum and other friends to share the stage to close the set.
Finally to the stage was the Philadelphia veterans Anti-Flag. Get your pens and paper ready, as there will be a lecture, and you are expected to take notes – there will be a test at the end of the set. Despite the numerous breaks for political rambling, Anti-Flag has always been a favorite of mine to see live. Chris #2 is like a bouncy ball, just bouncing around stage, jumpkicking and throwing hands in the air – it’s a great stage presence. Justin Sane still hits all the marks and does well to get the crowd to sing along with him. Big thanks to Barry Synoground who invited me to the soundbooth to shoot from there – the pit was pretty rowdy and lacked protection for little ol photographer me. Although, I was back sidestage as the set rounded out, and Chris #2 joined fans in the middle of the pit with his guitar. Super intimate and great moment to be a part of. There’s no wonder why Anti-Flag has been at it for 20 years and selling out venues left and right.
Have a look at all the photos from the night below.
Huge thanks to Barry and Alan, as well as Noah and crew for a great night at a great SF concert institution.