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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 we’re kicking things off with Dying Scene founder and head honcho Dave Buck.

Discover some great new tunes, and find out what makes him tick by streaming Dave’s personal picks below.

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15 DIY Punk Labels That You Should Be Paying Closer Attention To (part 1)

Posted by Prairie Punk on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM (PST)

These days starting a punk record label is about as easy as starting a band.  Scratch that.  It’s easier.  A quick perusal of the Dying Scene database shows that there are nearly 1,000 punk labels in our system alone, and those are just the ones that managed to catch our attention.  The big dogs like Epitaph, Victory, Rise, and the like will always have the means to get your attention whether you’re interested or not but of the hundreds of smaller DIY labels out there, which ones should you be paying closer attention to?

Lucky for you guys, we’ve become experts in this field and have decided to put together a list of labels that we think are worthy of your attention.  Below is the 1st installment in a 3 part series that highlights some of the best DIY punk labels in the scene today.  Get to know them and discover some great new bands along the way!

 

1. Cyber Tracks

Who:  Owned and operated by El Hefe of NOFX, and his wife Jen Abeyta.
Where: Los Angeles, California
Genre Focus:  Melodic Punk & Hard Rock
Recent Releases From:  Margate, Implants, Counterpunch, This Legend, Warner Drive
Latest Signing: Ten Foot Pole

Catching up with label co-owner Jen Abeyta:
What Makes Cyber Tracks Unique: “We like to consider ourselves a “boutique” label, and are very focused on trying to keep it that way, even though we have a lot of really awesome things in the works, and lots of cool things to come in the near future. My husband and I are business partners, and it just doesn’t get better than that! We want our company to be family owned, and honest, as well as release (what we believe to be) the raddest music around. Our motto is “for artists by artists” and we split the profit of music sales (both physical and digital) evenly 50/50 with the band. We don’t take any of their publishing or writing (or their merch etc). We want to give artists a chance as well as teaming up with the bands as a partnership (we try to keep the family environment with our bands as well)…we tried to create a foundation that is fair and genuine. We just want everything to be awesome for everyone involved, and release great music for the fans. We are very particular in what bands we sign. Most people assume that we are strictly a “punk rock label” whereas, we are actually open to many genres of music, and we hope to cater to lots of different markets, not just punk music.”

What’s Next for the Label: “We have a lot of amazing releases mapped out currently, so right now we just want to focus on getting these releases out and giving them the proper attention they each deserve. We are very excited about getting Ten Foot Pole into the studio and start recording their new record, which is expected early to mid 2015. After that, we will probably just let the universe guide us into our next label venture. We like to play things by ear!”

Cyber Tracks Webstore

 

 

2. Pirates Press Records

Who: Founded by Eric Mueller in 2005
Genre Focus:  Street Punk and Oi!
Where: San Francisco, California
Genre Focus: Street Punk
Most Recent Releases From: Cock Sparrer, Street Dogs, Noi!se, Harrington Saints, Bishops Green
Latest Addition to the Pirates Press Family: The Workin’ Stiffs

Catching up with Eric Mueller:
What Makes Pirates Press Unique: “We try and keep PPR to be mainly a collectors label – not just another punk label that releases a ton of titles, or lots of full lengths. We’ve definitely put out full lengths, but we prefer putting out highly collectable formats, and special editions of things, which in many ways, helps the other labels releasing a majority of the full lengths. We try to focus on unique products and projects, and bands who become office favorites – which in our office tends to be (but is certainly not limited to) streetpunk and Oi!”

What’s Next For The Label: “We have a LOT of things in the works, but here’s a short list:

The Pirates Press 10th Anniversary Party – Big festival in SF on OCT 24-25th; featuring Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, and Street Dogs.

We’ve just made a series of collectible 7” DJ boxes to hold around 50 singles. We’re very close to announcing these up for sale – for our diehard collectors to house all the craziness in one place. One will be for the subscribers to house their Under One Flag Singles Series 7’s, one will be a more generic “Pirates Press Records” one, and we have a few more that we’ll announce later in the year.

Reducers SF “Essentials” Collection: Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, we’re re-releasing their first two (out-of-print) LP’s, releasing their third on vinyl for the first time, and including a bonus 12” of hard-to-find and unreleased material. In addition to the individual releases of the three LP’s, the three will all come together with that bonus record, as a set, in a deluxe slipcase.

Two new singles by The Workin’ Stiffs, including one which is GEAR shaped!

We also have new 7” singles in the works for Bishops Green and Harrington Saints, and also a new 12” EP for Downtown Struts.”

Pirates Press Webstore

 

 

3. Eccentric Pop Records

Who:  Travis Woods and his wife Nicole.
Where:  Columbia, South Carolina
Genre Focus:  Pop-Punk (the traditional Ramones influenced kind)
Most Recent Releases From:  Parasite Diet, Horror Section, Eaten Back To Life, The Putz
Latest Signing:  Sweet Baby

Catching up with label owner Travis Woods:
What Makes Eccentric Pop Records Unique: “I think the overall attitude of the label is pretty different. Nicole and I put a ton of work into making the label fun and interesting for everyone, and we try hard to avoid a sterile “send us money and we send you a record” type vibe. We want our “customers” to feel like they are part of the family; like Eccentric Pop is a “fun, secret club” that anyone can be a part of. We interact and correspond with our regulars frequently. I’d go so far as to say that I’ve become good friends with lots of them, and I love these people. Sometimes we screen print goofy stuff at home to give away with orders, like the bright yellow “Eccentric Pop Wall Art” records we made a few months ago. Sometimes we we print up shirts and stickers and stuff to include with orders… even our bands sometimes get in on the action, like the incredible trading card set that comes with the new Horror Section/Eaten Back to Life split LP. Those were dreamed up and printed by Horror Section’s singer, Teflon Dave.”

What’s Next For The Label: “Lots of records! A mix of new releases and reissues. By the end of the year we should have the Jetty Boys “Sheboygan” LP, Kepi Ghoulie “Kepi Goes Country” LP/CD, and this December, we are releasing a remastered 25th anniversary edition of Sweet Baby’s “It’s a Girl” LP.  The album is one of my favorite records of all time, and has had such a huge impact on the music that I listen to and perform. It even comes with a bonus 7″ of 2 unreleased studio tracks and two live tracks from their very first show ever, with Dr. Frank (Mr. T Experience) on the drums! I’m absolutely freaking out over this project. The remastered audio sounds so amazing. I’m really proud to be a part of it.

We definitely don’t plan to slow down in the coming years – we’ve been running full-throttle since we put out our first record last March, and we plan to keep it that way. There are a lot of amazing projects coming in 2015!’

Eccentric Pop Webstore

 

 

4. Rebel Time Records

Who: A small collective of folks, based in Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo, who came together out of a shared love of left-radical politics and punk rock.
Where: Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (Canada)
Genre Focus:  Street Punk and Oi!
Most Recent Releases From: Born Wrong, Action Sedition, Spanner, The Class Assassins, The Rebel Spell
Latest Release: Section 4

Catching up with co-owner Rebel Time Randy:
What Makes Rebel Time Records Unique: “Rebel Time Records is one of the few North American record labels dealing specifically in politically-charged, socially-conscious, rabble-rousing political punk rock. And, notably, for the most part, the bands on the label are Canadian. We like to say that we (and the bands on the label) are all about “having a laugh and having a say.” As one reviewer noted: ‘Rebel Time and their artists always fight the good fight [and] speak of things that most if not all of the major labels are afraid of…’ Bottom line is, we deal in songs of protest and resistance/songs of love and rage and, hopefully, we’re helping to spread a message that is inspirational, incendiary and insightful/inciteful!”

What’s Next for the Label: “We should have the new album “In No Fit State” from Irish outfit Section 4 in our hands shortly…just fantastic anti-fascist Oi!/Ska/Reggae. Hoping to bring this band across the pond at some point! Also coming out in the next month or so is the newest record, “Last Run,” from The Rebel Spell. So stoked for this record!! The Rebel Spell will be criss-crossing Canada in October/November and then heading back to Europe early in the new year. Further down the road, we’re planning to put out some new and (possibly) old material from The Fallout. Classic straight-up, stripped down political punk rock out of Toronto. Patty from Brutal Youth/Class War Kids recently joined the band on bass. We’re also looking forward to working further with Montreal’s left-radical streetpunks Action Sedition and Bristol, England’s militant ska-punks Spanner. Some of our bands, including Spanner, Action Sedition, The Rebel Spell and The Fallout will be featured on a downloadable compilation that will be out late October 2014. The compilation is a benefit for our good friends at Bristol Antifa and it’s being compiled by one of our favourite labels, Riot Ska Records.”

Rebel Time Webstore

 

 

5. Bird Attack Records

Who:  Garrett Wadford is the owner and operator.  Cameron Griffith is the producer/editor of the show, and John Meloche of “This Is A Standoff “/ www.melodiccreative.com is the “unofficial” music and art director.
Where:  Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Genre Focus:  Skate Punk
Most Recent Releases From:  F.O.D., Darko, Fair Do’s, Mute, Torches To Triggers
Latest Signing:  F.O.D.

Catching up with owner Garrett Wadford:
What Makes Bird Attack Unique: “Well, our label is named after a Frenzal Rhomb song, so that’s unique, right?…No really, I started Bird Attack Punk Rock Radio, which is really a podcast, a couple years ago to expose all these insane bands I loved. I started finding all these other bands through the bands we aired and thought, hey, why not try to get their music out to the public that might never get a chance to hear these bands? That turned into the record label; people kept asking me how to get copies, so I figured I would start making it available locally. I think the fact that we focus on a specific smaller genre of fast-ass skate punk from around the world is what sets us apart. We don’t veer off that path, it has to be fast, kind of shredding, and definitely melodic; not that we don’t appreciate all different kinds of punk, we just really love all these bands with a passion and we want others to hear and feel that too. Our main focus isn’t necessarily for local USA based bands, but more for International bands to get exposure in the States; not that we wouldn’t love to take on some more local talent.”

What’s Next for the Label: “The future looks to be filled with a focus on Vinyl and Digital distribution of our building roster throughout North America. We have some really rad releases coming up this year, and we are going to have some re-releases of some of our bands on Vinyl that were previously only available through CD format. We are learning the Vinyl business and hope we can help put some unique collector editions to vinyl collectors as well as some money in the pockets of the bands, so they can afford some tours over the next 12 – 18 months with local touring bands here in the states; some pretty big names that we can’t discuss off hand, but everyone will be stoked for sure. We really just want to keep having fun, spreading the word and making really great friends across the globe.”

Bird Attack Webstore

“Lost In Nostalgia” – A Review of the Summer Nationals Tour

Posted by luke.rouda on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Getting drunk in a dirt parking lot with old friends always takes me back. The year was 2000, the place – not too far from that sun-scorched Bay Area dust bowl…

I was a budding stick-wide teenager who spent way too many days listening to Punk-o-Rama comps and any other album sent my way by those-in-the-know, but never mind that. The venue was the Fillmore, and the line-up was Tiger Army opening for Nerve Agents and AFI headlining. It was my first real punk show, and I had Psycho Mordenson as my ambassador to the scene. The place was packed with nasty East Bay Punkers squeezing out every corner. Here I was, in the thick of it for the first time, surrounded on all sides… the people looked big and tough, grimaces and sadistic grins. The music was loud enough to shake my bones, the smell of sickly sweat permeated my every pore, the shocking violence of the pit- it was all so appalling. Outrageous! It made me hunger… for more.

Fourteen years later, a bit wiser, a little more jaded, I sat sipping my vodka and beer, thinking about that show, waiting for the onset of my buzz so I could advance into this next adventure, the Summer Nationals Tour. All around me, the crowd manifested through wisps of airborne Earth. They were many. How would this show compare to that first taste, all those years ago?

This was, after all, not some awful sub-culture movement tucked away in a max-capacity club. This was Silicon Valley, the birthplace of personal binary conversion, home to billionaire geeks, the place where aspiring keyboard sorcerers were made, fragmented, and dispersed in a nanosecond. More than a few high-class European sedans were slotted amongst the automobile hedgerows.

The line-up was promising- Stiff Little Fingers, Vandals, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Offspring headlining. We missed the openers, The Story So Far, but made it in time to see the tail end of Stiff Little Fingers. The stage was erected in a paved parking lot outside the tiered grass of the actual amphitheater, and the pit was already frothing as we entered.

Despite the credentials of the scheduled performers, the scene had a decidedly “alternative” bite. Corporate telecoms whored themselves in the merch tents, music branded attire proclaimed allegiance to bands like Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and Marilyn Manson, and a banner flying above the stage notified all in attendance what radio station they should tune to.

But who cares? The music was good, and the feeling was there. Bobbing up and down through the pit was a cardboard sign inked with permanent marker reading “MOSHING PLEASE” as The Vandals pumped “Now We Dance”. Indeed.

Speaking of the pit- I’d categorize it as rough, but fair. Multigenerational, as well. Regardless, there was trust, and anyone that came looking for a beating would get one, that much was sure. No security interference, just crowd surfing, shoving, and circle pit pandemonium.

Best set of the show went to Bad Religion, with the zealots swapping bruises like frat houses STDs.

When the sun was gone, the light show began as The Offspring played Smash, just as promised. The songs sounded damn near perfect, just like the album. And perhaps it was my encroaching sobriety, but I felt as though this technical proficiency was had at the expense of a better “show”, a minor deficiency in the very thing that makes live music so appealing. The crowd, however, seemed to disagree given the level of rapture I witnessed, even after the Smash banner had fallen and the newer songs were played.

On balance, I think it was Pennywise’s Fletcher who said it best- the whole thing was like an “old-school Warped Tour”. Hell, even Fat Mike, who had been lurking stage right all day, came out to play bass for an extended version of Bro Hymn. These were the bands that had laid the first bricks of the now infamous live music behemoth. If it weren’t for the paunchy, white-haired lead singers, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been transported two decades into the past. And for this particular reporter, dear reader, I knew the relapse was complete on the car ride home, covered in a thick layer of disgusting punk sweat, ears ringing, body broken.

Thank God for opiates.

Until next time,

LR

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (8/24/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

What up, punk fans.  Here’s what I thought was especially cool this week.  Loved the Bruce Lee Band track off their upcoming album featuring Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels.  And speaking of punk rock superstars, the Mikey Erg song off his upcoming split with Warren Franklin was a real gem.  Oi!/Street Punk fans should definitely check out a stream of the upcoming Justice Blocc 7-inch, particularly the song “It’s Nothing New”.  The Misgivings streamed my favorite melodic punk song of the week off their upcoming EP.  In the world of melodic hardcore I really dug Capsize’s new song “This Song Made Me Think Of You” but the free EP from Hopes is a can’t miss for true melodic hardcore fans.  Austin punk act Buried Cities released my favorite straight up punk rock culture music video of the week.  I was stoked to discover folk-punk act True North through their new EP and I can’t seem to get enough of the new Parasite Diet album - fans of “Oldies” influenced, harmony infused pop-punk are definitely gonna want to check them out.  But that’s just what I was into.  Read below to see what most of you readers were checking out.

Til next week,
Dave
DyingScene.com

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 list of ten things you didn’t know about Josh Freese.

2. Remember what I said about Dave Brockie’s sweet viking funeral? Here’s a video.

3. Greg Hetson joined Pennywise on stage for some cover songs.

4. Joey Cape talked about his record label.

5. Hot Water Music are set to embark on a 20th anniversary tour.

6. Watch this video of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes live in Paris.

7. There’s another punk rock super group.

8. Anti-Flag released a song to benefit the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund.

9. Rise Against announced US tour dates.

10. Gerard Way, formerly of My Chemical Romance released his first solo song.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Darko – “Atlas to Atlantis”

UK skate punks Darko will be releasing their brand new EP “Sea Of Trees” on September 9th through Lockjaw Records (UK) and Bird Attack Records (US).

Justice Blocc - Justice Blocc 7″

f you’re an Oi! fan and you’re not yet familiar with Colorado Springs Oi! band Justice Bloccits time to take notice.  The band has a self-titled 7-inch coming out on Oi! The Boat Records this Winter and on August 25th they’ll be hitting the road for a 2 week tour of the Midwest.

Horror Section/Eaten Back to Life – Split

Horror pop-punk partners-in-crime Horror Section and Eaten Back To Life are gearing up to release their new split LP titled Split In Two on September 4th through Eccentric Pop Records.

Empty Lungs - From Russia With A Lack Of Love

Belfast pop-punks Empty Lungs are gearing up to release a new 2-song EP titled From Russia With A Lack Of Love on August 20th through Jobsworth Records.

Sink Alaska – 7″ EP

Scottish punks Sink Alaska are planning on releasing a new 7-inch on September 1st through Make-That-A-Take Records.

ALBUM REVIEWS

 NONA - Through The Head

“Unfortunately, the major downside to this re-release is that it doesn’t contain a whole lot of goodies for anyone who caught the album when it originally came out. Audiophiles might rejoice at the new mixes, but for the most part this re-release is really for the folks who missed the train the first time around. Imagine if Lemuria or Cheap Girls never polished their respective sounds and continued to push out lo-fi pop hooks left and right with the distortion turned all the way up, and you’ve got an idea of what to expect from this album.”

Rise Against – The Black Market

“All things considered, The Black Market could have been a trainwreck of an album, but instead it settles into the comfortable groove laid down by its predecessors. Unfortunately in the process of settling into that familiar territory, the album drowns in lyrical aimlessness (C’mon guys, where is the rage? Even Endgame had the lyrically powerful “Make It Stop (September’s Children)”), an abundance of recycled ideas and way too many 4 minute songs. So is The Black Market a disaster? No. Is it a disappointment? Most definitely.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (8/17/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM (PST)

What up, peeps.  Here’s what I thought was interesting this week.  The Radicals caught my attention for their gruff punk release “One For The Ditch”.  Ottawa skate punk act Sidelines blew me away with the riffage in their new song “Any Bet”.  ”Dear Grace”, a new song off the upcoming F.O.D. album is definitely my favorite free track download of the week.  The Timmys streamed a really solid straight up punk tune from their upcoming album.  I’m not really sure how I feel about Fat signing CJ Ramone… Just seems so… un-Fat like.  I f’ing love the song “Cancer Plants” on the new High Titles album.  My favorite hardcore discovery of the week was Revivalist and their new song “Free“. Best ska-punk discovery of the week was Wasted Daze.  And the BIGGEST NEWS OF THE WEEK is that Dying Scene Records released the debut full-length from Texan hardcore punk act Some Nerve and you can download it for FREE.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. The tracklisting for the hot new Rancid tribute album was published. I’m kinda bummed, I was hoping it would be 18 different covers of “Ruby Soho.”

2. Trash Talk bassist, Spencer Pollard, chucked beers at a drone that was taking photographs of the band’s set until he managed to knock it out of the air. Aren’t those things expensive? Someone’s gonna get sued.

3. Dave Brockie from GWAR passed away earlier this year, but that didn’t stop him from have the most punk fucking rock funeral I have ever seen in my life.

4. Here are some photos and a review of a show with The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals. Spoiler alert: they’re getting old.

5. Someone mashed up the Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want” with footage of the muppets and it’s mesmerizing.

6. The Gaslight Anthem did a studio session for Walmart. Let that sink in. What a bunch of phonies.

7. The Offspring have a new video out. It was really hard for them to film because the transportation buses for all of their retirement homes had to coordinate their schedules to get them to the shoot.

8. Lagwagon streamed a clip from a new song. But it’s only 15 seconds long.

9. There’s a new Yellowcard song. Is it “Ocean Avenue?” No? Then I don’t care.

10. Bearded Punk put out a free compilation called Now I Wanna Beard Your Dog with bands like PUP, Nothington and The Bennies. You should download it just for the rad album art.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

The Timmys – “Death Grip”

We’re ecstatic to premiere “Death Grip”, a brand new song form Midwest punk act The Timmys!  The tune will appear on the band’s upcoming EP Dude, Girl slated for release September 2nd.

Violent Affair – “Trapped Like Rats”

Oklahoma City punk band Violent Affair have a pretty exciting new project in the works.  See, they’re going to release… well, I’ll just singer Dave Williams explain it:

“Since our last release “The Cockroach Theory” we have been on the road a lot. During that time we have written and recorded a lot of new music for a project we are calling “Anthems Of Defiance In A Dying World” which we want to release in a series of five seven inches that all follow the five stages of grief.”

Roboter - Memories & Scars

Flav Giorgini from Squirtgun and Dave Wright of More Amour have teamed up to form an acoustic duo called Roboter, and they’re putting out their debut EP titled Memories & Scarson August 19th through Round Dog Records.

The Grizzly Band – 3 tracks from Lost And Found

Altercation Records Alt-Country/Punk act The Grizzly Band has released it’s second full length entitled “Lost And Found”.  If your not already familiar the band delivers solid punk and roll tunes that lean heavily toward country without ever leaving their punk roots far behind.

ALBUM REVIEWS

ASTPAI - Burden Calls

“Sometimes new ground doesn’t need to be broken. If nothing else, Burden Calls is a consistent album that keeps true to the sonic approach that ASTPAI has cultivated over the past decade. There is some great punk rock to be found here. Seriously, go listen to “Careers”. If Dead Language didn’t quite hit the mark for you, or if you’ve been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for a follow up to C I V I L W A R to be released, Burden Calls might be exactly what you need to fill the void.”

Nowhere - Cancer

“Dischordant music set to personally post-apocalyptic lyrics such as “Oh, we’re gutter lovers/In this piss stink darkness/With backs against the wall/Finally something to lean on” paint pictures. The problem is it’s somewhat of a Walmart quality landscape painting when what I want out of my dark, brooding art is more Picasso. It’s not that I think there’s no potential here, because there is. A lot.”

The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt

“As far as breaking out of the mold goes, Get Hurt is pretty successful. Rather than play it safe, the band takes some risks this time around resulting in an album that doesn’t just come off as an extension of previous work. Unfortunately in the process of climbing out of the niche that the band has carved for themselves, the final product is a little uneven. The sequencing is partially to blame, as the energy abruptly shifts a few too many times during the album’s middle, but even in another order there just might be too many ideas crammed into these twelve songs (sixteen, if you include the deluxe and iTunes bonus tracks) to give it a perfect flow.”

The Tim Version - Ordinary Life

Ordinary Life has its problems– it sags hard in the middle, despite its great songwriting, and feels a little too homogenous at times. At forty-four minutes, this is a long punk album, and when the needle lifted, I never quite felt it earned all of those minutes. Which is a shame, because there are a handful of great songs here– some of them could guiltlessly be called anthems– but it doesn’t leave you thinking about the high points it has interspersed throughout it, it leaves you     thinking about all the monotony between the high points. The Tim Version have always been a good band, but never have been a great ‘album band.’”

The Copyright – Report

“If you’re already a fan of The Copyrights then this album will absolutely reinforce that love you feel; And if you’re not a fan after giving Report a listen then you likely never will be. There are lots of great punk bands around just now and to this writer The Copyrights are amongst those leading the charge. In a world where so much is going wrong it’s great to listen to albums like Report and forget about it all for a while; taking in the constant stream of melody, hooks and harmony, it’s a tried, tested and now improved band formula that has invigorated another fourteen tracks in The Copyright’s already impressive arsenal.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (8/10/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM (PST)

Hey, dudes! We’re back after a brief hiatus, traveling the world, partying hard and working our day jobs. But enough about us, let’s make fun of some news stories.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones got some help from Jimmy Kimmel this week.

2. New Found Glory are streaming a new single off of their upcoming album Resurrection due out later this year. Let’s just hope it’s nothing like that Radiosurgery disaster. Oh and they have a video for that song out too.

3. The Misfits are embarking on a horror punk world tour. Aren’t they exhausted? They’re, like a hundred years old, man. Rest those old man bones.

4. Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky) streamed a cover song off of an upcoming split EP.

5. Anti-Flag have a fresh new song out. Anarchy! Smash the system! Buy bondage pants with your lunch money!

6. Here’s a video of The Offspring, Pennywise and Bad Religion live at the Stone Pony in New Jersey. Typical Jersey. They still think it’s 1995.

7. The Mad Caddies are still a thing and they added more dates to their North American tour.

8. The Hookline Riot have launched a new shirt to raise funds for the Tony Sly Music Foundation for Kids. Good for you, Hookline Riot!

9. Super cool singer-sonwriter, Jenn Fiorentino, has an acoustic cover of The Flatliners’ “Monumental.”

10. There’s a weird new “punk rock super group” called Dead Men Walking. It’s got people from The Damned, Stray Cats, The Alarm, The Living End, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Fred Armisen from SNL.  That’s so weird, right? It’s weird.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

The Ray Gradys - If You’re Buying, I’m Drinking

Former Morning Glory drummer Early Gates’ punk band The Ray Gradys digitally released their new EP If You’re Buying, I’m Drinking.

Jobseekers - Jobseekers

If you like your punk rock fast and loud, you’re gonna love our exclusive stream for the day. The Dublin punks in Jobseekers are getting ready to release their new self-titled EP on July 28th through Jobsworth Records.

Union 13 – “First Day of Promise”

Los Angeles hardcore punk veterans Union 13 just put out their first release in a decade – an EP appropriately titled Ten Years Of Silence – through Hella Mad Records.

The 4130s - One For The Road

UK punk act The 4130s just released their new full-length album One For The Road through 13 Stitches Records.

The Hip Priests - Black Denim Blitz

English punk rockers The Hip Priests are gearing up to release their new album Black Denim Blitz on August 11th through Self Destructo Records.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Big Eyes/Post Teens – Split

“The sides aren’t equal though. Big Eyes’ half is probably the stronger– dominating with its 60’s pop sounding fuzz-punk. There’s an undertone of youth here. It sounds like music you could hear playing on a beach filled with kids that party a lot harder than you ever thought was possible. The catchy refrain of ‘It’s Not Fair’ (‘It’s not fair, it’s not fair, it’s not fair.’) is like a twee tantrum set to the Ramones’ buzzsaw attack.”

Dikembe - Mediumship

“They flex their less noisy muscles and do throw little temper tantrums here and there on the album which ideally could have worked if done much, much more. But still, you can’t shake the feeling of wasted potential. Is it a bad record? No way. Is it good? Well, yeah but not all that impressive, given the high standard Dikembe’s usually associated with. It does feel free-flowing in its passion and raw emotion a lot but still, you need to come better strategically and stir the pot a bit. In other words, don’t go back to the drawing board — just go back to the basics of Broad Shoulder and Chicago Bowls.”

PEARS - Go To Prison

“PEARS’ melodic sensibility isn’t the only thing that sets them apart from many other modern hardcore punk bands, though. They actually know how to play their instruments, and they play them very well – all of the instrumental work on Go To Prison is on point. The extremely high production value on the record also leads me to believe the band knows an engineer who actually knows what he’s doing. It’s easily one of the most well-produced debut albums I’ve ever heard.”

Anti-Flag - A Document of Dissent: 1993 – 2013

“However, as impressive as the tracklist is, A Document of Dissent doesn’t really offer much incentive for longtime fans to pick it up. Most greatest hits packages include one or two brand new songs, or at the very least new recordings of old songs, but none of that makes it on here. Sure, it’s said that every track has been given a remastering courtesy of Mass Giorgini, but by the time you make it to the tracks pulled from The Terror State (roughly a third of the way into the album) there really isn’t much of a sonic difference.”

Andrew Cream/Don Blake – Split

“If this split release was a first date it would be an enjoyable and memorable one. Andrew Cream takes care of your softer side, wining and dining you with his signature take on acoustic punk, leading you to ponder where the relationship is actually going. While Don Blake will tease and flirt with you before running off leaving you with nothing left than an irresistible urge to chase after them for more of the same. Both would definitely get a second date and should have full albums out later on in the year.”

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Dying Scene Countdown 002: The Week of 08/04/2014

Posted by ben.king on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM (PST)

Hey folks! Check out the new part of the Dying Scene Podcast. We count down the top 10 tracks of the week, voted by your clicks! This week we’ve got The Gaslight Anthem, A Wilhelm Scream, Union 13 and more!

Check it out below!

Subscribe to the podcast here, and we’re also available in iTunes & on Stitcher. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook as well! You can also email us too! dyingscenepod@gmail.com

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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