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Welcome back to Answer That and Stay Fashionable, where every week 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 punk bands do you think are underrated / deserve more attention?”

You can read our answers below.

Welcome back to Answer That and Stay Fashionable, where every week 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 are your favorite opening lyrics to an album?”

You can read our answers below.

10 things you probably didn’t know about Mr. Chi Pig (SNFU)

Posted by Justin Zipprich on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM (PST)

If you’re familiar at all with hardcore punk act SNFU you’re probably also aware that their front man, Mr. Chi Pig, is a pretty eccentric fellow.  But even we didn’t realize just how crazy this dude’s life has been until we decided to do this story.  Check below for 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mr. Chi Pig.

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (7/13/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

For those that don’t know Dying Scene has a record label; Dying Scene Records.  How could we not?  With so many new bands and new releases that come across our “desks” every day its not all surprising that from time to time we come across a gleaming gem we can’t help but want to get more involved with.  If by some twist of fate that gem doesn’t have a label representing it we’ll offer up our services to the band in the hopes that we can get their music out in front of as many potential fans as possible.  We’re not motivated by profits – DS Records bands keep the rights to their music and they decide how much they want to sell their music for, in most cases that’s $0.  No, we do it strictly because we f’ing LOVE the music.  If you’ve ever spent hours making a mix tape or playlist for somebody you barely know just because you want to share something that moves you then you know the feeling.  Anyway, I found one of those albums recently and this last week I was proud to start sharing it with the world.  If you missed it I encourage you to check out the first single from our latest signing, Some Nerve’s, upcoming album.  It’s more hardcore than our previous signings so when you give it a listen I must insist you do two things if you’re going to fully appreciate it.  1)  Before you press play, turn your headphones/speakers up to full-volume.  Not half-volume, not even 75%.  I mean full fucking blast – because you are just cheating yourself with anything less.  2)  When that first first verse kicks in at full volume (see requirement #1), imagine yourself blasting full speed straight down a mountain on a freshly waxed snowboard.  Picture riding a blazing comet that has just exploded from a bursting sun at 10,000 lightyears per second.  Close your eyes and through this song vicariously smash every piece of furniture in your living room in a fit of adrenaline fueled rage.  If you do these two things I absolutely guarantee you will love the rest of this album.  I’m excited to share it with you.

Dave
Head Honcho:
DyingScene.com
Dying Scene Records

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. Tommy Ramone, the last original member of  The Ramones passed away at 62.

2. Since you all have total hard-ons for Bad Religion, here are ten facts on lead singer Greg Gaffin.

3. Parker Cannon of The Story So Far punched a security guard in Montreal who got too rough with a crowd surfer. Things like this shouldn’t happen in Canada.

4. Rise Against streamed their new album, The Black Market.

5. In total douche news, some total douche broke into Emily’s Army’s practice space and stole their gear. What a douche.

6. Here’s a documentary on Dropkick Murphys playing Boston House of Blues.

7. Atreyu are scheduled to play this year’s Knotfest. Yes, that is “Knot,” as in “Slipknot.”

8. Fat Mike is still working on that punk rock musical. I really hope he wins a Tony.

9. MxPx are streaming their entire Acoustic Collection. How are they still a band? It’s 2014.

10. Riot Fest has been forced to change their Colorado venue because Colorado residents are a bunch of whiny hippies.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Continental - Millionaires

“Granite City punk n’ roll act Continental (featuring original Dropkick Murphys guitarist Rick Barton) are prepping to release their new full-length entitled Millionaires on October 14th through East Grand Record Company.”

The Best of the Worst – “Frenemies”

“New Jersey ska-punk maniacs The Best Of The Worst are gearing up to release their long-awaited new EP Natural Born Haters on July 22nd through Anti-Authority Records.”

The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Holiday Song”

“Derek Zanetti, the one man folk-punk act known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, is gearing up to release his debut full-length I Used To Be So Young on July 15th through A-F Records. ”

Up For Nothing - Responses

Our friends in Brooklyn punk act Up For Nothing have decided to change things up a bit and released a brand new acoustic EP entitled Responses on the 4th of July.

Action Decision and Spanner - History Lessons

“Montreal punks Action Sedition and UK ska-punk act Spanner released their split 7-inchHistory Lessons July 1st through a handful of labels, including Rebel Time Records, Iron Column Records, Jobsworth Records, Maloka Records, and Riot Ska Records.”

ALBUM REVIEWS

Versus You - Moving On

“Given the long break in recording, it’d be easy to expect the band to deliver a big and explosive return. Moving On doesn’t make any grandiose statements, but it does provide catchy choruses that will bring you back to the Warped summers of yester-year. Consider pop punk successfully saved.”

Hi Ho Silver, Away! - Chore

“Hi Ho Silver, Away! have a raw, DIY sound that feels rare in this day and age of professional home recording technology. Even ten years ago it was a regular complaint that punk bands “sounded too good”, so it’s refreshing to know that there are still bands who remember how to record an album with minimal overdubs or additional instruments that can’t be performed live.”

Everybody Row - The Sea Inside

“Cliched? Frustrated? Vital? Yes, to all. This band doesn’t dabble in limits and as audacious as they get, their emo-arpeggios fill the screechy void that we need. Volcanic, mesmerizing and raw best describe their themes and messages to me. They may be obsessed with trebly, bass-ridden foundations but with such genius guitarists and a don’t-care attitude, this brand of snarling, pulsating and pulverizing music is too good to ignore.”

osoosooso - osoosooso

“This is the most fun record of the year. It has an indie, DIY feel but the melody is so poppy and so sweet, even if you hate the genre, you can’t help but be drawn to its mainstream catchiness. It’s an archetype of the billboard draw this self-titled packs yet will no doubt fly below the radar. I can’t point to many bands who do pop-punk as good as this.”

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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:

“What punk albums are looking forward to in the second half of 2014?”

You can read our answers below.

Alright, you all should know who Greg Graffin is.  As the lead singer of Bad Religion its hard not to have some cursory knowledge of the dude but I guarantee there is plenty you still don’t know.  To help educate you we’ve put together a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Greg. Expand your knowledge below.

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Answer That and Stay Fashionable: Which Punk Fest Would You Choose?

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, July 3, 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:

If you had the opportunity to one and ONLY one punk rock festival around the world, which one would it be and why?

Read our responses below.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (6/29/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

Hey punk fans, here’s what I found interesting this week.  Initiating long winded rant… Deep breath… Here we go…  Class of 86 is a solid band to add to your radar for any fans of technical sounding melodic thrash punk a la A Wilhelm Scream.  Leftovers take the award for best skate/pop-punk discovery of the week with their new album “Dumber”, which they’re offering as a free download.  Austrian pop-punk act DeeCracks did an awesome cover of the Bee Gees front man Robin Gibb’s 1983 song “Juliet”.  Speaking of pop-punk, Mike TV is an absolute must check out band for fans of the more bubble gum, traditional variety.  On the grittier side of pop-punk, I seriously dug the Priceduifkes song “GetWood City” off the split they did with Direct Hit. I am incredibly excited for the new Big Wig album that is in the works.  You can bet your ass I’m going to try to talk them into releasing it on Dying Scene Records.  For those of you bummed out about the demise of Have Nots I urge you to turn your attention towards Stray Bullets which is also fronted by Jon Cauztik and features that same street punk meets ska sound.  Dare I say it, from what I’ve heard of their upcoming album, they might be better than Have Nots.  My more metal centric alter ego is fucking pumped Darkest Hour have finally announced their new album - August 5th, baby!  My folk-punk side is digging the new Roughneck Riot song they did acoustically and the Migre Le Tegre album.  The Murder Party/Antilogical split was pretty sweet too and worth a listen.  Great week in punk once again.  Rant over.

- Dave

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. You think playing in a punk band is all free beer and blow jobs? Think again.

2. Yeah, Ian MacKaye invented Straight Edge, but there’s a lot more to the man behind the black X’s.

3. Tim Armstrong performed a surprise show at the Amnesia Rockfest. How pissed would you be if they were all his Tim Timebomb songs?

4. Kye Smith is back, this time playing a chronological drum cover of Blink 182 songs.

5. Here’s an interview with NOFX’s El Hefe and Mrs. El Hefe about starting their own record label.

6. This video for “Weirdo,” by Masked Intruder made me uncomfortable on so many different levels.

7. Dicky Barrett from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones turned 50 last week. That’s it. Hang up your checkered suspenders. Ska is officially retired.

8. A new Rise Against song showed up on iTunes outta nowhere.

9. Big D And The Kids Table covered the Reading Rainbow theme song. Do you guys know what Reading Rainbow is? How old are you anyway?

10. Sum 41 are working on new music. So now you have something to look forward to.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS


Mike TV – “Myoclonic Jerk”

UK pop-punk favorites Mike TV are gearing up to release their new album Sausage Hospitalon July 7th. To hold you over ’til then, we’re exclusively streaming a new track from the record!

Stray Bullets - Ghost Town Rockers

Boston punks Stray Bullets are gearing up to release their new album, which is tentatively titled Ghost Town Rockers, later this summer. To give you a taste of what it’s gonna sound like, we’re bringing you an exclusive stream of 3 new songs that will be on the record!

ALBUM REVIEWS

Dead Bars - Dead Bars EP

“There’s an immediacy to Dead Bars’ EP that I find really appealing. The songs are fast and catchy, and firmly rooted in the sound No Idea Records has codified as their own. But there’s a lot of bands playing pop punk, and not a lot of them doing it as well as Dead Bars. There’s personality here, aided and abetted by a sense of reckless endangerment and honest to fucking goodness humanity.”

Less Than Jake – Do The Math

“All-in-all Do the Math is a swell choice for a single, and ‘Connect the Dots’ is a wonderful b-side. That said… with just two songs, the physical release itself is for die-hard collectors only. For everyone else, you’d be better off seeking out “Connect the Dots” individually (might I suggest getting it directly from Fat Wreck?) and putting it on a playlist with the rest of See the Light.”

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Answer That and Stay Fashionable: What Are Your Guilty Pleasures?

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 4:14 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 are your guilty pleasures, punk or otherwise?

Read our responses below.

6 Harsh Realities You Should Know Before Starting A (Punk) Band

Posted by Jeff Right Up on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:17 AM (PST)

So you’ve got the itch to start a punk band.  You want to change the world and hell, the booze, drugs and occasional human sacrifice sound kinda fun too.  Once you’ve made the commitment, though, you’re going to quickly realize that if you want to have any impact whatsoever you might have to cut down on the cocaine infused sacrificial rituals and redirect that energy into other slightly more mundane things.

My name is Jeff Hanula, I play in a hardcore punk band from Chicago and I’m here to share 6 harsh realities that any aspiring rock stars should be aware of before starting a band.

1. When Starting Out Nobody Is Going to Want to Book You

So, you’ve got yourself a couple of friends and some music gear. You all love punk rock and you’ve all got an expert-level appreciation for power chords, snare hits and yelling into the microphone. You’ve got a kick-ass name, you’ve written a couple songs about the government or drinking and you’ve learned a few cover songs. You’re all set to start taking your area by storm and partying it up.

Except no one wants to book you.

Diabetic Daterape may be “totally ready” to play the next big basement show, but, because you don’t have recordings, no one has heard you and the local kids would rather see the more established acts. Unless you’re good friends with someone who trusts you enough to book your band sight unseen, you’re gonna have to fight to get your first bookings. You will be playing bars for an audience of the other bands that are just starting out, but at one of those shows eventually you’re gonna have someone there who wants to book you at a bigger show, and it’ll get a lot more fun from there.

Going into playing music with a rockstar mentality is a surefire way to make other people hate the fuck out of you. Don’t do it.

2. Merch = Time & Money

What’s more punk rock than spending money on promotional items? You’ll be spending your hard-earned cash on stickers, patches, shirts, dildos, pins, massage chairs and banners, all with your band’s name on them. You’ll also be spending a lot of time trying to get the best deals on all of these things, which can get expensive incredibly fast. You can take the DIY route on shirts and patches, but unless you know what you’re doing, they’re gonna look like they were done by an epileptic toddler, and unless your audience is into that sort of thing, you’re gonna want to provide the best product you can.

If you have any kind of merch for sale or even for free, the chances of people remembering your band the next day will be exponentially higher, especially if they have music to listen to.

Come to think of it, you’re gonna need recordings…

3. Recording = Time & Money

So, Surgical Battering Ram is all practiced up and solid, and you’re ready to get some recordings out there. Your buddy has a “fucking rad setup” in his garage and your band goes and lays down some tracks. That sound like they were recorded underwater. With a handheld tape recorder. That’s also on fire. You may get punk points for your DIY or Die attitude, but recordings are the one investment that absolutely needs to be taken seriously. Sure, a lot of amateur engineers have worthy setups, but finding someone that knows what they’re doing and can make your band sound their best is a rare occurrence.

Needless to say, for a quality recording, you’re probably going to spend a fairly significant amount of money on it, and it’ll totally be worth it. Once you get the first copy and jam it in the car at full blast, you’ll understand.

Whether you decide to sell your music or just have it available for free download is up to you, but in my experience, especially for a band that’s just starting out, having music available for free is your best option. Anyone who wants it will be able to hear it and people are going to be more inclined to pick up your EP if it’s free, even if they’ve never heard of you. And if you utilize a site like Bandcamp, which features a pay-what-you-want option, you will more likely than not have people pay for your music out of the goodness of their hearts.

Your recordings, if they’re awesome, are capable of opening many doors for you, so they’re the one thing you should never skimp on.

4. One of You Will Have No Free Time

If you take playing in Toaster Surprise Party seriously, one of you will spend every waking moment promoting, booking shows, ordering merch, making merch and generally doing all of the mundane, not-playing-punk-rock stuff. If it’s not you, you need to make sure that whoever’s doing it knows that the rest of you appreciate their hard work; there’s nothing worse than committing all of your free time to something and not being recognized for it.

Between working, practicing with Nightmare Bathmat, playing shows, recording, writing music, promoting and handling every other non-musical task, it’s easy to see how your band’s gatekeeper has no time for anything else. Lend a hand when you can, help out with anything you’ve got the time for and make sure everyone else does, too.

Every team needs a captain, but never lose sight of a band being a team, even if that team has the occasional lover’s quarrel, because…

5. Sometimes, You’ll Hate Your Bandmates

From time to time you and your band will have arguments. Sometimes they’ll be a simple “Hey, you played that wrong” type of situation, and other times they’ll be “I will skin you alive and drown your cat, you stupid motherfucker.”

Regardless of the severity of your arguments/threats/murders, they’re gonna be a part of your band’s existence; anyone that says otherwise is a dirty liar and is NOT your friend. The thing is, being in close proximity to your bandmates for as long and as often as you will, their various quirks and eccentricities will become more apparent and bothersome, and some arguing is bound to happen. In my experience, these arguments usually blow over pretty quickly, but desperately wanting to fistfuck your drummer’s face is something you’ll either have to keep inside or deal with.

When these arguments happen, let them happen and be done with it. After you play your next kickass show, you’ll forget all about it.

6. Band Relationships Dictate A LOT

So, your band has been around for a while and you’re enjoying a moderate amount of success. You’ve got connections in a wide area, your first EP is going over really well, and you’re in high demand for shows; everything is coming up Millhouse. But what do you do when a band you’re friends with starts shittalking the scene you’re both a part of?

This kind of thing is unfortunate, but it does happen. Usually someone gets too big of a head and says things that will damage their band and their own reputation. If you talk poorly about promoters with a large sway of influence, or bands that the local scene adores, the amount of people that are going to want to play with you or book you is going to start dropping like flies.

Most of the people in my scene are hugely supportive of one another, we do what we can to help out whenever possible and we view our relationships with other bands and promoters as mutually beneficial, but when someone starts running their mouth like a jackass, working with that person is going to reflect poorly on you. You do not want to be associated with someone who has no regard for what everyone else does, and neither does your band. Don’t work with these people.

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Playing in a band and doing things the right way is not for you lazy punks. Taking the time to get your band noticed and to write quality songs is what will make or break you. Sure, drinking fifteen beers and five shots sounds like a good night, but when you get onstage and you fuck up so bad that your whole band is pissed at you for the rest of the night, you’ll see that it’s not one big party.

Stick it out, put in the work and play your fucking heart out.

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*Jeff Hanula plays guitar and does roughly half the vocals in Chicago’s Step Right Up.  You can listen to and download for free their EP on bandcamp.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (6/22/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

So my favorite ska-punk track of the week is “Chick’s A Trip” from the upcoming The Last Slice album while the best new skate punk song award goes to Curbside’s demo “I’ve Made Amends.” Fans of raspy and raw pop-punk absolutely MUST listen to Dead Bars’ new EP and speaking of skate punk, I couldn’t be more thrilled that Good Riddance is officially working on new material.  A couple good releases for traditional pop-punk fans this week from The Putz and Laura Palmer.

In non-newsy news, we’ve stared tinkering around with a new design for the site, one that’s a little upgraded from the version my amateur ass did 5 years ago.  Gonna try to reduce clutter, make stories easier to read and hopefully figure out a comment system that will encourage you guys to comment directly on the site as opposed to through FB.  More on that to come.  For now, here’s the rest of the shit you missed…

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. Here’s a video of Rat from Discharge punching a heckler right in the face. Violence solves all of our problems.

2. Blink 182 covered the Misfits’ classic horror punk love song, “Hybrid Moments.” Jesus, I would pay any amount of money to unhear that. Seriously. Take my ears. I don’t want them anymore.

3. Alkaline Trio are playing all 8 of their albums through 4 nights in 3 cities. Excuse me. I have some plane tickets to book.

4. Here’s a medley of NOFX songs done by P.O. Box.

5. The Gaslight Anthem are touring with Against Me!, twopointeight and Jimmy Eat World. I am screaming on the inside because Against Me! aren’t playing LA.

6. Some dickhead got up onstage during a Tigers Jaw show and tried to kiss members of Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex. Brianna Collins was (justifiably) pissed. How fucking hard is it for you to understand that just because people are famous doesn’t mean they want your sweaty little hands all over them? Learn some boundaries.

7. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against talked about some of his favorite inspirational protest songs.

8. Good Riddance are working on their first album in 8 years.

9. But Ten Foot Pole is stealing their thunder – they’re putting out their first album in TEN years.

10. Speaking of new music, here’s a video of Propagandhi playing a new jam.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine – “Gutterball”

Long Island ska-punk band Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine will be self-releasing their sophomore album, Reasons to Leave, on August 1, 2014. To tide you over until then, we’re excited to bring you a stream of the first single from the album, “Gutterball”!

ALBUM REVIEWS

Calculator - This Will Come To Pass

This Will Come To Pass reminds me that there’s still a snarl at the heart of punk rock. While surely abrasive, the music is packed with enough ideas that it doesn’t just pulverize the listener with a wall of sound. While there’s plenty of exploration to be found, Calculator could have gone even further and written a record that transcended good, and landed squarely on defining.”

Blacklist Royals - Die Young With Me

Die Young With Me has rightfully earned what will undoubtedly be a long-standing spot in my regular rotation. And yet, what it may have ultimately achieved the most is having more than sufficiently planted seeds that leave me eagerly awaiting what comes next from Blacklist Royals, both live and on record. One can only hope (and I think the band would agree) that it doesn’t take four years and another lineup turnover to get us there!”

Tigers Jaw - Charmer

“Overall, Charmer is a highly recommended listen because it’s a good gauge of how far they’ve come and how much they’ve matured. Tigers Jaw has evolved for the better and I think it’s down to the non-complexity of their sound which allows the canvas for this growth – lyrically and musically.”

Tiny Empires - Weird Headspace

“I love the way Tiny Empires makes me feel. I’m hanging on every word, thrilled by every crescendo like a seventeen year old hooked on Against Me! When I’m listening to it, work and responsibility are the furthest things from my mind and I’m the same kid that got chills from the chorus of “Walking Is Still Honest. The screams reverberate through my body, and while I don’t know every word, I feel like I need to, because anything that can make you feel that good deserves to be understood.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (6/15/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

So Wizo came out with a new album and streamed it in its entirety.  That was exciting.  A Dying Scene reader told me I should check out folk punk act Rusty Things via this song and holy shit, I’m glad they did.  Not new but awesome.  Was pretty jazzed over the discovery of ska-punk act Three Cents Short via their 2 song teaser EP and pop-punk fanatic in me is seriously enjoying the Phenomenauts new album, which they streamed in full this week.  The Creeps new album “Eulogies” might be my favorite stream of the week though.  Skate punk fans should really check out Junkyard Safari’s new album.  Fat Mike was bummed that we let the cat of the bag on the musical he and his fiancé are creating before Fat Wreck could put out a proper press release on it.  Speaking of Fat, Lagwagon has officially given their upcoming album a title, which means they have to really release it, right?

Your Humble Servant,
 Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. We’re having a contest! Click here to enter to win a copy of Uke-Hunt’s debut album on vinyl along with the “Prettiest Star” 7-inch and a badass Uke-Hunt poster.

2. We got Ian Graham of Cheap Girls to talk to us on the latest installment of the Dying Scene Podcast.

3. You can’t mosh at Warped Tour anymore, so you should just stay home and complain about that too.

4. Rise Against are streaming a new song.

5. This week on Answer That And Stay Fashionable: We insult our entire readership by talking about the bands we think are overrated.

6. Fat Mike is writing a punk rock musical. I really hope he casts Liza Minelli as the lead.

7. Here’s ALL’s full set at Punk Rock Bowling 2014.

8. Body Count (Ice-T’s band) covered “Institutionalized” by Suicidal Tendencies. It is now the new theme song for Law & Order: SVU.

9. Here’s a random cover song by Jesse Stewart.

10. Here’s a tracklist for the American Idiot tribute album. Oh wait. I don’t care.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Bracket – “She’s My Eraser”

After 8 years of not releasing a full-length album, the Californian pop-punk veterans in Bracket are getting ready to put out a new album entitled Hold Your Applause, which is said to be their “most diverse (and all over the place)” record yet.

Dead Rejects - This Is Killing Me

New Jersey skacore act Dead Rejects are just a few weeks away from releasing their new album This Is Killing Me but you’re not gonna have to wait another second to hear it! We’re streaming the entire thing – beware: face melting may ensue.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Say Anything - Hebrews

“Bemis talks about past afflictions and finding stability in life. That in itself gives a lot of meat to Hebrews but it’s the musical variety that makes it even more compelling. It’s not typical of Say Anything but at the same time, it’s conventional in that it sticks to their brand of narrative. Themes of acceptance and life coming full-circle are the major drawing points here and Bemis really reams into the listener with his words. If you think they lost their edge, think again.”

Victims of Circumstance - No More Heroes

“Picking things up right where their last record Acupunkture left off, No More Heroes delivers even more of the catchy, fast-paced, horn-driven punk many have grown to expect from Victims Of Circumstance. And as always, there are a few bouncy ska songs thrown in for good measure.”

Annabel/Dowsing - Split

“As far as gripes go, there aren’t many to be had as the four songs on tap do tend to run together with a positive trait. Seamlessly so. These bands are not quite there yet, but there’s no doubt that big things loom. This split screams how much promise lingers.”

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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:

There are lots of bands that the entire scene seems to love like Hot Water Music or The Lawrence Arms that I can’t stand. What bands do you think are over-hyped in punk today?

Read our responses below.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (6/8/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 6:47 AM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

HOLY SHIT!  This has been a HUGE week for new music discovery!  Deep breath.  Here goes…  My favorite folk-punk song of the week is Old Towns’ “Leaving Songs” but the music video for The Decline’s “A Smiling Beast, A Crying Angel” prompted me to check out their entire new album and I am LOVING it.  Fans of Roughneck Riot, or any punk rock with folky overtones, need to give it a listen.  The skate-punk fan in me is really digging Moovalya’s new EP “Sixer” and the new Straightline song “Retrogressive” while on the more contemporary punk side I gotta say the new Hi ho Silver, Away album is absolutely stupendous – its pissing me off that there’s not official release date.  The intro song for the new EP from The New Outcasts is the best punk song under 45 seconds I’ve heard in many years.  For that matter, the entire release is pretty solid.  Wonderboy’s 2 song EP is leaving me dying to hear a full-length.  Any fan of World’s Scariest Police Chases should definitely check out the equally ridiculous/awesome band Ted Dibiase And The Million Dollar Band’s debut full-length.  If you consider yourself ska-punk enthusiast you are completely blowing it if you don’t give the free comp put out by PacificSoundSystem a listen.  I’m embarrassed to say that they might have done a better job finding epic off the radar ska-punk bands/songs than we did with our own “Skaface: Evolution” comp.  If you’re a super huge Mixtapes fan, especially the ones where Ryan sings you’ll want to check out his new side project Youth Culture.  If you dig Americana-punk ala Gaslight Anthem like me you’ll probably wanna check out the new release from Blacklist Royals.  Oh, and the new Dwarves song is awesome!

Phew!  OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

- Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about. 

1. Pennywise put out a new song called “Violence Never Ending.”

2. OG Sum 41 members, Deryck Whibley and Dave “Brownsound” Baksh had a heartfelt little reunion.

3. Here’s a bunch of photos of adorable and super punk couples at Punk Rock Bowling.

4. People couldn’t seem to stop fighting at The Adicts’ gig last week, so the band cut their set short. They don’t have time for your bullshit.

5. Just so you don’t think we’re a bunch of saps – we photographed normal people at PRB this year too.

6. Here’s a video of a dad taking his son to his very first punk show.

7. Our trusty Jason Stone interviewed Gord Taylor from Real McKenzies.

8. Lagwagon are hard at work on their new album.

9. Speaking of Lagwagon, Fat Wreck is working on a documentary about them.

10. Larry and His Flask had all of their stuff stolen. These stories always bum me out for so many reasons.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Victims of Circumstance – “Strength”

Florida ska-punk veterans Victims Of Circumstance are gearing up to release their new highly anticipated new album No More Heroes on June 14th. We’ve got the exclusive stream of its first single!

Suede Razors – “Rubies and Pearls”

Only a few months after putting out their debut 7-inch, San Francisco pub rock act Suede Razors (featuring members of Harrington SaintsSydney DucksHounds & Harlots, and more) are gearing up to release another 7 inches of wax entitled Bootboy Anthems.

Dead City Riot – “Progeny of the Great Censorship”

Connecticut ska-punks Dead City Riot released their new album A World Into Dust yesterday and we’re stoked to be bringing you all the exclusive stream of a brand new song from it!

Better Things – “Killing Ghosts”

Vermont pop-punks Better Things are gearing up to release their new EP These Roads Lead To Nowhere on July 15th. And to get you stoked for the release, we’re exclusively streaming a new track from it!

ALBUM REVIEWS

DeeCRACKS - Beyond Medication

“If you like bands on the more ‘punk’ side of the pop-punk spectrum (not the shit high school kids are listening to and going to the Warped Tour for), I highly recommend you give DeeCRACKS a chance. They’re a phenomenal band and Beyond Medication is a great record for a new listener to get started off on.”

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A Few (Relatively) New Bands at PRB

Posted by luke.rouda on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM (PST)

Note: because PRB hosts several bands stretching all the way back to the fucking 80’s, we’re taking a little creative license with the word “new” here

Bad Cop/Bad Cop
This four-piece, all female ensemble kicks a lot of ass. PRB attendees were treated to a double dose of their punchy energy, first on the main stage and later at Punk Rock Karaoke. The songs are catchy, quick and the point, sweeping up the listener before they even know what hit them. The vocals are a knockout, and song structure is well balanced and tight with all excess fat trimmed away. It’s a sound that’s both fresh and experienced. BC/BC recently released a 7” entitled Boss Lady on Fat Wreck Chords, so go pick it up.

Masked Intruder
Where does love end and the felony begin? That is the subject matter for this incognito four piece, which turns syrupy sweet pop punk into pogo-friendly tales of longing from the far side of a restraining order. Hilarious, fun, and offensive. What’s not to love? Go buy their new album M.I. or they’ll fucking rob you. No, seriously.

Cerebral Ballzy
Hailing from the east coast, CB gives up a classic New York hardcore sound that grinds your ear holes into mush. Undaunted by the sweltering heat, the boys destroyed themselves at PRB, ripping out anxious songs of rebellion and distrust of authority without a single fuck to give. It’s music of annihilation with a hook for insurrection. Look for their new album Jaded & Faded later this month.

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