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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,


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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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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)


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.

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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.


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.”


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)


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


*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)


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…


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.


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”!


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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