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15 DIY Punk Labels That You Should Be Paying Closer Attention To (part 3)

Posted by Prairie Punk on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM (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 2nd installment in a 3 part series (read part 1, read part 2) 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!

 

11. It’s Alive Records

Who: Adam Ali in Southern California 2004
Where: Southern California
Genre Specialty:  Pop-Punk (from modern gritty pop-punk to the classic Ramones influenced pop-punk)
Latest Releases From: Plow United, The Capitalist Kids, The Creeps, The Manges, Hi Ho Silver Away!
Latest Signing:  Oldfriends (Whittier, CA)

Catching up with label owner Adam Ali:
What Makes It’s Alive Records Unique: “There are a lot of record labels that release a bunch of the more modern day gritty pop punk sound like The Dopamines or Dear Landlord. There certainly hasn’t been a shortage of record labels over the years that release a bunch of the classic pop punk sound in the vein of the Ramones like Teenage Bottlerocket or The Manges. I don’t think there have ever been many that have had a dual focus on releasing both styles. I think It’s Alive Records is pretty unique in that it does focus on both of those styles of pop punk.”

What’s Next For The Label: “The most immediate future includes releases by a lot of newer bands including Oldfriends (California), Pool Party (Florida), Skinny Genes (New York) and The Turkletons (Minnesota). Beyond that we have plans to release what will likely be the last record by The Varsity Weirdos (New Brunswick) and hopefully a new album from The Dopamines!”

Check out all It’s Alive Records releases.

 

 

12. Red Scare Industries

Who: Owned and operated by former Fat Wreck Chords employee Toby Jeg.
Where: Founded in San Francisco, but now based in Chicago.
Genre Specialty:  Pop-Punk
Latest Releases From:  The Copyrights, Direct Hit!, Sam Russo, Elway, Nothington
Latest Signing: Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio)

Catching up with owner Toby Jeg:
What Makes Red Scare Unique:  “We re-located (from SF to Chicago) right when the label was taking off.  So we have roots in the Bay Area scene, but we also are now fully immersed in the Chicago and Midwest.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t feel many labels have done that.  I’m thinking that I am ready for yet another move too!  These Winters are brutal.  Who wants to start a commune in Southern Oregon?  Hello?  We try and operate like a collective too.  I know some labels have tried to do that so it’s not entirely unique, but we have a real family/unity vibe that you don’t always see so much these days.  I guess it comes with the socialism, right?  I’ve also been joking that I want Red Scare to be the first multi-generational record label.  Wouldn’t it be hilarious if my grandkids were still putting out music?  The obvious flaw is that record labels won’t exist in the future, but still, it’s fun to think about.  I guess I also need children for that to work too.  Damn…”

What’s Next For The Label: “Well, we have new releases out now from The Copyrights and our big 10-year compilation.  That’s taking up most of my time now, but coming next is a new one from local Illinois thunderpunks, The Brokedowns.  Also coming is a new release from Derek Grant, which is gonna be really neat.  He’s the guy that plays drums in Alkaline Trio and people are gonna be pretty surprised by this solo debut.  It’s kinda like Prince and Ryan Adams and some Americana and some New Wave.  It’s wild, man.”

Check out all Red Scare releases here.

 

 

13. Oi! The Boat Records

Who: Owned and operated by Max Campbell and Joe Yakimicki of The Gestalts
Where: Lafayette, Indiana
Genre Specialty:  Oi!
Latest Releases From:  The Old Firm Casuals, Hooligan, Oxley’s Midnight Riders, Anger Flares
Latest Signing: Justice Blocc

Catching up with label owner Joe Yakimicki:
What Makes Oi! The Boat Unique: “I’m not sure how unique this makes us, but Oi! The Boat Records was started (and continues to be) a label run by 2 guys (Joe and Max) who’ve played in a number of punk bands (Brassknuckle Boys, Bastards Choir, Hudson Falcons, Gestalts) here in the middle of Indiana in a relatively small city. We started in a corner of my dining room and, over 3 dozen titles later, have upgraded to Max’s entire dining room. Outside of a couple 12 inches, we have hand assembled every record we have released. We do the majority of the design work, web design, pack and ship every order and don’t really have any distribution. But, we have managed to put out a ton of records we love with really great bands stretching from San Francisco to Dublin and on to Tokyo and a bunch of places in between.”

What’s Next For The Label: “We’ve got a few represses and releases out for press right now: A new split with midwest street punk/oi legends The Brass Tacks with the Virgin Whores from MN. A new split with VICTORY and Sweden’s Oi! darlings The Cliches. This one’s a co-op with our at Randale Records nestled in the Germany’s black forest. We’ve just signed on a new band from Colorado City called Justice Blocc that we are extremely excited about. Great new band! I’m working on a little music video for them right now and we have their debut ep out for pressing (7″) right now. We already released their ep digitally– a turn of events put them on a surprise 2 week tour, so we decided to get something out for people to hear! The vinyl will happen this fall… and will be followed by MORE from them as soon as we can!

We haven’t announced this, but hey, this seems like an okay time to do so. We are teaming up with the Godfather of Oi!, Garry Bushell, to compile a new record with some of the best current and upcoming Oi! /Streetpunk bands of today. Sort of a continuation of his compilations from the early 80s that introduced the world to the music he named “Oi!”.

Check out all Oi! The Boat Records releases.

 

 

14. Altercation Records

Who:  Founded in 2005 and Owned and Operated by Travis Myers and J.T. Habersaat
Where: Offices in New York and Austin
Genre Specialty: Anything punk related, from ska punk to country punk to hardcore and pop punk.
Latest Releases From: The Grizzly Band, The Obvious, The Sharp Lads, Svetlanas, New Red Scare
Latest Signing: The Grizzly Band

Catching up with label co-owner Travis Myers:
What Makes Altercation Records Unique:  “I would have to say Altercation is unique in that we aren’t looking to sign any bands, we just stumble across bands that we think are undeniably good and have to be heard, and then if everything fits we invite them to join us… And I guess what I am trying to say is we really believe in the artists we work with and almost feel it our duty, or maybe a calling, to get the word out about how awesome they are. I think most small labels will agree we aren’t in it for the money because none of us are making any real money… But when confronted with a band who is just fucking wow! and who we think has something to offer the world we take them on. We also only release a handful of records each year so we can keep the quality up. I don’t understand labels big or small that want to do dozens or even scores of new releases every year, it almost seems counter productive to have so many active bands on one label, in that you can only spread the love and attention so far before it’s just to thin to mean anything.”

What’s Next For The Label:  “We just recently released a new full length “Lost And Found” by our most recent signee’s The Grizzly Band, a country leaning punk outfit out of Houston TX that is just dynamite live and has to be heard. We have 2 new releases coming out from former KGB Agents Svetlanas out of Russia, the first is a 7” Split with the Adolescents that should be hitting the streets in mid January, and the second is an EP produced by Blag Dalia of the Dwarves. That one should be out in spring sometime… Our Brooklyn boy’s The Sharp Lads will also have a new full length out in Spring, and Two Fisted Law will be releasing a new full length in Spring/Summer 2015 as well. Also be on the look out for a new solo acoustic record from Kyle Trocolla sometime in 2015… There are other things on the way but really to soon to announce them yet…albums, tours, fests etc. but I can tell you to be sure to mark your calendars for the 6th annual Altercation Punk Rock BBQ which I believe will be Sat March 21st in Austin. That my friends is a good time!”

 

 

15. Dying Scene Records

Who:  Dying Scene Records is owned and operated by DyingScene.com founder Dave Buck.
Where:  Los Angeles, California
Genre Specialty:  Angsty Punk Rock
Latest Releases From:  Stray Bullets, Some Nerve, EllesmereYankee Brutal, A Dying Regime
Latest Signing:  Stray Bullets

Catching up with label owner Dave Buck:
What Makes Dying Scene Records Unique:  “One of Dying Scene the website’s major focuses has always been the discovery of amazing up and coming punk acts, and the sharing of those discoveries with a like minded audience.  There’s no profit in it.  We do it because we fucking love punk music and we want to share what we love with those that share our passion.  Dying Scene Records is just a natural extension of that.  It’s an outlet for giving more attention to those extra special gems we come across that haven’t yet found a label to call home.  Like the website, the motive is passion, not profits. The bands on DS Records maintain 100% of the rights to their music, and its left entirely up to them as to how much they want to charge for their albums, if anything at all.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t also point out that the label’s direct access to the DyingScene.com audience and the site’s industry contacts provide quite a unique marketing opportunity for the bands on DS Records.

What’s Next For The Label:  “I guess there’s no reason not to admit that I’ve been trying really hard to convince Stabbed In Back to put out their new full-length on DS Records.  They haven’t released it yet but I’ve heard the tracks.  Its an amazing progression from their previous material and I can honestly say it would be one the best releases in punk this year, assuming of course that they agree to let me (or anybody for that matter) put it out.  I’ll also let slip that DS Records has been approached by a certain 90′s punk staple that will be recording a new album soon and against all common sense and good judgement have asked DS Records if we’d be interested in putting it out.  Yes, you know who they are, and no, I can’t tell you yet – we’re just in the preliminary talks but if they decide to go our way I think fans of the label and the kind of music we’ve been putting out will be very stoked.”

Check out all Dying Scene Records releases.

Though I may not be nearly as important as Dying Scene founder David Samuel Buckmaster, I am still pretty important.  Okay, I’m probably not but that’s beside the point!

You clicked on this post because you wanted to listen to some fine compositions of the punk rock and ska-punk variety recommended by one of Dying Scene’s prestigious editors, correct?  Well, you can do so below.

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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’s playlist is brought to you by Dying Scene editor Lauren Mills (that’s me!).

For this week’s theme I decided to pick songs that make me happy. Upbeat songs aren’t the only ones that put me in a good mood. Sometimes somber songs can be cathartic and make you feel less alone in life. Discover some great new tunes, and find out what makes me tick by streaming my personal picks below.

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15 DIY Punk Labels That You Should Be Paying Closer Attention To (part 2)

Posted by Johnny X on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 1:51 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 2nd installment in a 3 part series (read part 1) 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!

6. One Week Records

Who: Owned and operated by Joey Cape of Lagwagon.
Where: San Francisco, California
Genre Specialty:  Solo Acoustic
Recent Releases From: Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios), Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners), Jo Bergeron, Betty And The Boy
Latest “Signing”: Betty And The Boy

Catching up with owner Joey Cape:
What Makes One Week Records Unique: The artist is invited to live at the Cape family home in San Francisco for one week in which they eat, drink, sleep, record and produce 10 songs of passionate music that are an honest representation of the artist’s creativity. The recordings are exclusively acoustic and digitally released. “I have no desire to be a traditional label that releases physical copies or signs bands,” says Cape. “I see One Week as something like a BBC Session and not as a competitor to other labels, if anything we are a subsequent promotional tool as a “one off” for their artist. The artist can record whatever best suits their current situation; their bands music stripped down, covers, really anything they choose. The artist is also allowed to produce vinyl from the session with anyone they choose. We only ask for one copy and possibly a nod.”

What’s Next for the Label: When asked whether the sessions will one day get amped up a bit or if they’ll stay exclusively acoustic the Capester replies,”Maybe some day, but for now, yes, acoustic only. I have neighbors of course, and the studio is sound designed, but not to the extent of being for drummers or loud amplified instruments.”

Check out all One Week Records releases

 

 

7. Jailhouse Records

Who: Dave Johnson
Where: Hampton, Virginia
Genre Specialty: Hardcore & Street Punk
Recent Releases From: Tenebrae , Violent Affair, Symbol Six, Special Duties, The Pinkerton Thugs
Latest Signing: Special Duties

Catching up with Jailhouse Dave:
What Makes Jailhouse Records Unique: “It’s not really unique honestly, I know that’s probably not the answer people want to see, but I grew up with labels like BYO, TKO, Punkcore, Prank, Profane and Existence etc. They all put out the kind of music I was into, and here we are years later, kind of doing the same thing they were. I guess the unique part about what we do is putting out music that a lot of labels abandoned in the 2000′s. After the demise of a lot of the labels in the 90′s and early 2000′s, we kind of became the default outlet for a lot of bands that were left with no place to call home. Street punk went through a fad, and when it stopped being a fashion statement, and stopped lining shelves of Hot Topics and such, a lot of bands were homeless, and ended up with us. From the beginning I wanted to stick to my guns, and only put out music that I wanted to put out. When the whole pop punk explosion happened, we had a chance to capitalize on a lot of that, but I simply am not a fan of most of those types of bands. We had a lot of chances to pick up bands that are now on FAT and such, and part of me sometimes thinks “man maybe I should have picked up that band when I had the chance,” but all in all I made a choice to stick to what I know and love. And I wouldn’t feel right supporting releases and bands that I wasn’t totally stoked about. There really isn’t many labels out there doing what we do nowadays, so I feel we made the right decision. Hardcore and street punk are starting to make a comeback as far as kids being into it, and going to shows, and getting back into the essence of punk rock, which is the non PC, rebellious, anti establishment culture. I think bands singing about proms, and farts or whatever ridiculous silly crap those pop punk cookie cutter bands sing about nowadays is finally starting to give way, and things are getting political, aggressive, loud and dangerous again.

What’s Next For The Label: “Jeez, so much stuff! Symbol Six has been on a roll lately. They are kind of a diverse change for the label, and I was a big fan of those guys growing up. I was into the Mystic/Posh Boy type stuff, and when they hit me up, I was stoked. They definitely stick out like a sore thumb as far as the rest of our roster goes, but they are as punk as it get’s, and we’re looking forward to a continued relationship with those guys. Finally got the Tenebrae/Panzerbastard split coming out. Tenebrae is one of the best bands I’ve come across in a very long time. I’d hate to use the term “Supergroup” but it’s a band of legendary musicians. You got Mark from the Unseen, Craig Silverman from Slapshot/ Agnostic Front/Only Living Witness, Rob from Blood For Blood and Ramallah, just every single person in that band are legends in their own right. Kinda humbling to be dealing with a band like that. I’m really hoping they hit the road next year. We got a ton of records coming out, and pretty much every band on the label is touring relentlessly in late 2014 and into 2015. There’s not really enough time or space to even get into details of what’s coming up, but 2015 will undoubtedly be the best year we’ve ever had!

Check out all Jailhouse Records releases

 

 

8. Shield Recordings

Who:  Run by Gert-Jan and Fieke out of a little room (filled with records) in their home.
Where:  Tilburg, The Netherlands
Genre Specialty:  Melodic/Skate Punk
Recent Releases From:  Harsh Realms, Wank For Peace, Sweet Empire, Not Scientists, The Windowsill
Latest Signing:  Pacer, Irish Handcuffs and Rivershores

Catching up with label owner Gert-Jan:
What Makes Shield Recordings Unique: “At the end of 2014 Shield Recordings exists 10 years, we think that is kind of unique (at least we never thought we’d make it that long)! Next to that we’ll have a huge distro which we’ll bring as much shows and festivals as possible. Our main goal is to release as many records from awesome bands as possible, while having as much fun as possible.”

What’s Next For The Label: “Right now we have 2 releases coming up in the next month or so: Harsh Realms – PØLP CD/LP/Digital (early October) and Wank For Peace – Fail Forward CD/LP (early October). Next to that we’re working on 3 more releases which all should be out before the end of the year, so keep an eye out for more info about these!”

Check out all Shield Recordings Releases

 

 

9. TNS Records

Who: The label is run by Bev and Andy (from the band Revenge of the Psychotronic Man) who added, “We also have a lot of help from loads of different people in all aspects of what TNS does, and we really couldn’t manage without them.”
Where: Manchester UK
Genre Specialty: All Kinds of Punk (from hardcore to ska)
Latest Releases From:  Officer Down, Wonk Unit, Braindead, The Franceens, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man
Latest Signing: Roughneck Riot

Catching up with label owner Andy:
What Makes TNS Records Unique: “I’m not sure we are particularly unique in our ethos and approach. I think we have a lot in common with lots of other DIY labels, in that we only release music we love, it’s all done in our spare time alongside other commitments and it’s completely not-for-profit. I think the things that make us a bit different are the different strands to the label and the eclectic mix of sounds we’ve released. TNS was originally started as a fanzine/band night in 2003 by myself and a few others. We decided to turn TNS into a label after many drunk conversations, as it’s always best to follow through with those great ideas you have in the pub! Our first label release was in 2008. Alongside the label we have live gigs and a stage at a festival, a paper/online fanzine, an extensive vinyl/CD/zine distro and an occasional radio show. We also have a real mix of sounds from bands on the label, which are all loosely in the punk spectrum. So we’ve released music as diverse as really heavy hardcore, some ska and dub, some folk music and even a tiny bit of more dancey stuff alongside the more fast paced punky stuff.”

What’s Next For The Label: “We celebrated 10 years of TNS in April 2014, with our biggest live event to date, which was an amazing weekend of gigs. We also hit the 30 release mark at the start of the year. Both of these are milestones we never expected to reach, so I guess, after reflecting on these things, we will just carry on doing what we do. As long as we are still excited about hearing new music, we can’t see a reason to alter things too much. So all the different strands of the label will carry on, but we will continue to tweak things in order to improve everything that we do. We will also be doing another big all-dayer/weekender next year, which will take a slightly different format, and we are already quickly approaching release number 40, which is pretty exciting.”

Check out all TNS Records releases

 

 

10. Death To False Hope Records

Who: Scotty Sandwich (of Almost People) and Jonathon Minor (of Stage Fright Therapy)
Where: Durham, North Carolina and Clemson, South Carolina
Genre Specialty:  Indie Punk
Latest Releases From:  Not The Bees, City Limits, Kinder Words, The New Warden, Jack’s Smirking Revenge
Latest “Signing”:  We don’t “sign” bands. The last few bands we have been pushing are: Dogs Eyes, Bad Korea, Down With Homework, The New Warden, Kinder Words, Not the Bees and City Limits

Catching up with label owner Scotty Sandwich:
What Makes Death To False Hope Records Unique: “We have over 180 free albums available for download/stream, including but not limited to early releases/demos from: Mixtapes, Masked Intruder, Arliss Nancy, Elway, Captain We’re Sinking!, Gates, Hold Tight, Candy Hearts and more. Watching these bands grow has had such a positive effect on the label, and I think it really helps attract talented acts and push bands to work harder. We are really proud to see that demos we helped promote helped bands be able to put out records with Red Scare/Fat/P+P/Jump Start/No Sleep.

What’s Next For The Label: “Right now we are prepping for our 5th DTFH Records Fest which will take place May 1/2 in Durham NC. I am also in the early stages of an offshoot label that will be releasing vinyl for a new band featuring Joel from ExFriends/Plow United but at this point I can’t say any more than that.

Check out all Death To False Hope releases

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.”

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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.”

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“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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