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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (4/13/2014)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO

Is anybody else having a hard time differentiating between the music of Only Crime and Good Riddance?  It might be that I just don’t have a discerning enough ear but to me it feels like you could take any Only Crime song, sneak it into a Good Riddance album and nobody would be the wiser.  Don’t get me wrong, its not that I’m complaining.  I f’ing love Good Riddance, which to me is the same thing as saying I love Only Crime.  Which is why I was stoked to hear a song from the band’s upcoming album on Rise Records last week and doubly stoked to hear that Good Riddance will be recording again this Fall.

In other news, did anybody notice we started a Dying Scene Podcast?!  We snuck the first episode out earlier today.  It’s a little rough around the edges and a bit awkward at times but it doesn’t completely suck and they’re only going to get better as we do more.  I tasked Dying Scene writer Ben King with putting it together and I think he did a fine job.  He’s got a voice that’s perfect for NPR and ironically awesome for a punk rock podcast.  We’ve got some cool segments planned for future episodes and are open to your brilliant ideas too.  Email us!

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. We slapped together some tasty facts about Less Than Jake. Knowledge is power!

2. So Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying released a crazy-ass statement on behalf of the band. And then the actual band released an actual statement. This is a real shit show.

3. In other legal news, Steve Klein, formerly of New Found Glory is a disgusting dirtbag who should be set on fire.

4. The Holophonics recorded a rad ska cover of Lagwagon’s “Island of Shame.” You can pick it up, pick it up, pick it up for free. HAH!

5. Punk Rock super group, Only Crime, are streaming a new song.

6. Time Timebomb is back and is streaming a new song. And you thought you’d heard the last of him.

7. Green Day are streaming a formerly unreleased b-side, “State of Shock.”

8. This week your trusty DS editors dreamed up their own Punk Rock Super Groups.

9. Kill Matilda released the video for their song, “I Want Revenge.”

10. The Gaslight Anthem have finished recording their new album, no word on a release date.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Sit On It - This Breakneck Pace Is Killing Us All

This is some rad snot-nosed melodic punk, reminiscent of Warped Tours past when no one knew who the fuck Blood on the Dancefloor was. There are also gang vocals galore, if you’re into that kind of thing.

For fans of NOFX, Guttermouth and Screeching Weasel.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life

By tossing in blues riffs in favor of gang vocal breakdowns, and writing songs inspired by the 1967 Detroit Riot over singing about not being sad anymore, Fireworks have still made one of the more memorable albums in its genre. I might be unfairly biased and think it’s not as good as Gospel, but Oh, Common Life is still worth the time of day for anyone who’s like them in the past.

Nightmares For A Week/Banquets - Split

Overall, both bands step up to the plate and knock it out the park. There’s quantity yes, but so much quality also. For all rock fans, take this in and chalk one more down in the win column. Look for both bands to be making bigger strides in 2014. If this record is an indicator or a litmus test, it gauges them pretty well.
The Used - Imaginary Enemy

Overall, The Used stick to the basics and these fundamentals, as simple as they are, play off a melodic spine more than anything else. There are throwbacks to the older material but in small doses. What they did here is a step up from the last couple records but it waits to be seen if they can rekindle old magic from their first two. One can hope.

Donor – Ache Through My Bones
It’s another warm course for fans of The Hotelier and so many other emo-twinkly lovers to ingest. With each syllable, you sense the rawness and passion of what Donor wants to do and that in itself, makes it worth your while.

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Answer That and Stay Fashionable: What Is Your Dream Supergroup?

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:00 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:

“There are so many punk rockers out there that seem to know each other but never collaborate musically. Which punk rockers would you like to team up to start a band together?”

Read our responses below.

10 Things you probably didn’t know about Less Than Jake

Posted by Justin Zipprich on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM (PST)

Less Than Jake has basically ruled the ska-punk world for the last 20+ years and with their latest release, “See The Light”, they show no signs of giving up their reign.  We’re sure you’re already familiar with the band but we’re also sure there are some tasty nuggets of LTJ trivia you’re not quite yet privy to.  Check out 10 things you probably didn’t know about Less Than Jake below.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (4/6/2014)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:

Two things I’m pretty fired up about this week.  One, the free album download from The Friday Prophets is probably going to end up in my top 10 releases for the year.  The album kicks ass.  Fantastic 90s style pop-punk and I love it when there is good variation between tracks, making for plenty standouts.  Good mix of ska and even a little hip-hop/punk on a track or two.  Don’t take my word for it, just give it a listen.  Second, the track list for the upcoming A Fat Wreck documentary soundtrack.  A bunch of great non-Fat bands covering some classic Fat Wreck tunes.  I’ve heard a couple of the covers already and they all ruled.  Oh!  Jason Cruz of Strung Out emailed us just to say how much he appreciated Dying Scene and what we do.  That made my f’ing week.  Looking forward to his upcoming solo album.  And now back to your regular scheduled programming…

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. Jason Cruz of Strung Out’s side project Jason Cruz and Howl is putting out a new record.

2. Dave Gregg of DOA and Real McKenzies passed away. We’re sad to see you go, Dave.

3. AFI played an April Fool’s joke on everyone. But the real April Fool’s joke is that AFI is still together. Just kidding. Please don’t hate me.

4. Boston-based OC45 debuted a video for “Robbery” and announced a string of tour dates.

5. We did some internet sleuthing and discovered that Rancid will release Honor Is All We Know on June 10.

6. Europe, you better start poppin’ that champagne because Lagwagon is headed your way this summer.

7. The initial lineup announcement for The Fest is freaking ridiculous. Pack your bags! Buy your tickets! Get a Halloween costume!

8. The Offspring’s Dexter Holland talked to OC Weekly about the making of Smash, which came out TWENTY years ago. TWENTY!

9. Masked Intruder will release M.I. on May 27. Aw yeah.

10. A Wilhelm Scream announced more U.S. tour dates.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Shitty Weekend - Shit Week

Shit Week is pure, unbridled energy– it expands and combust, spilling out of the song structure like some kind of sonic napalm. Its a throwback that doesn’t need to be called a throwback to be appreciated, harnessing the spirit of fun and youth that punk rock has always had in its heart and unleashing it through the lens of a new generation with new aesthetic values.”

Get Involved! - Silk Cuts

“It’s akin to the earlier works of AFI but with a more precise sound cultivated by rampaging guitars. Get Involved! is definitely a loud breath of fresh air from guys we’ve known for years. Their reps still can’t diminish how potent Silk Cuts is and how much punch it packs, no matter what you think you know about them. It’s a lot to take in in a short space of time and proves very therapeutic if you wanna blow off steam.”

Bad Cop/Bad Cop - Boss Lady

“The old adage about time flying by when you’re having fun definitely relates when listening to the Boss Lady EP as it’s seemingly over just like that. Short enough to leave you craving more and long enough to leave the impression you may just have found a new favorite band.”

The Bare Minimum - Hit After Hit

“There’s been something of a melodic skate punk renaissance (for the lack of a better term) as of late, and The Bare Minimum easily has what it takes to be at its forefront. Hit After Hit is proof of that. Don’t sleep on these guys, that’s all I can say.”

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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:

“Are there any bands that you think broke up before their prime? How about bands that you think should have broken up sooner?”

Read our responses below.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (3/30/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:


So I went to India for 2 weeks, hence the absence of this humble chief editor’s pointless ramblings as of late, but things seem to have gone smoothly whilst I was away and I’m happy to diving back into the mix.  Was very pleased to see that My Life In Black In White have returned from their hiatus AND that The Rebel Spell are planning a new album.  Both those bands are largely unappreciated in this beloved scene of ours but both were influential in my decision to start Dying Scene in the first place – I wanted to give bands like theirs a little more exposure.  Also very excited to see that “A Fat Wreck”, the Fat Wreck Chords documentary in the works, has far surpassed its goal on Indiegogo with still a month to go!  Looking forward to that film.  Their gonna have a pretty rad soundtrack too – a couple DS Records bands are even going to be featured on it covering some Fat Wreck credits.  Namaste.  Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. Dave Brockie of GWAR passed away. He’s throwing angels into the meat grinder now.

2. We premiered Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One’s new video.

3. Travis Barker is keeping busy while Blink 182 “gets their shit together.” Great, now he has more time to work on that Pulitzer Prize-winning books he promised us.

4. Fat Wreck Chords started an Indiegogo campaign for a new documentary. That shit’s already fully funded, so the rest of your donations will go toward getting Fat Mike a decent haircut.

5. There is a rad new documentary out called, “Trying It At Home.” It’s got interviews with Frank Turner and Jeff Rosenstock and you can download for one of those name-your-price deals. Don’t be a douche and download it for free, throw some money their way.

6. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are streaming a cover of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

7. EVERYBODY CALM DOWN, THE MENZINGERS ARE STREAMING A NEW SONG.

8. We sent our trusty photographer to snap Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Bad Cop/Bad Cop in Hollywood.

9. Your DS staff writers talked about their favorite bad albums. Mine is Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, AKA the soundtrack to my freshman year of high school.

10. If you are like me and totally forgot the Descendents were playing Musink, you can watch a video of their full set.

 

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

DeeCRACKS - Beyond Medication

This is some sweet-ass Australian punk, perfect for skateboarding. Jam out to it in the car on your way home from work and it’ll melt your cares away.

For fans of Groovie Ghoulies, Plow United and Off With Their Heads.

Jason Guy Smiley - The Blue Eagle

Twelve years of being in a band called “Midget Fan Club” can really take a toll on a guy. Smiley serves up folky, blue collar, PBR-chugging goodness on his solo debut.

For fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Hot Water Music and The Lawrence Arms.

Poke Da Squid - I Honestly Had Higher Expectations

Ska-ish Washingtonians, Poke Da Squid are bringing out some serious gang vocals and circle pit anthems.

For fans of NOFX, Streetlight Manifesto and Codename: Rocky.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Butcher Knives - Misery

“Each song on the album has perfectly selected samples from Tal Galfsky and each track gives you a sense of punk, middle eastern sound, Spanish elements and an urban landscape. I would totally recommend adding this album to your collection especially because you will be hard-pressed to find a similar style group of musicians. Not bad for a debut.”

Reverend Horton Heat - Rev

“It all about where the music takes you and when you listen to this album you may find yourself driving a 1950’s hotrod, windows down and beautiful women everywhere. Give this album a listen and if you love it like I do.”

La Dispute - Rooms of the House

“It’s not even a concept record but more an anecdote. In fact, it’s an experience which is what they do so well. There’s the old-school nuance yet the steps forward the band wants to take. There are little sprinkles of wordspeak placed from time to time but overall, the direction they’re going in is profound as usual, but seems more certain a sound. It’s still part of The Wave but seems more self-assured.”

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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:

“It seems pretty common that no matter how good a band is, eventually they will release at least one album that is not well-received by their fans, becoming a stain on an otherwise flawless discography. What’s your favorite ‘bad album’ by a great band?”

Read our responses below.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (3/23/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 9:56 PM (PST)

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. We rounded up some trivia on the late, great Joey Ramone.

2. AFI I guess are trying to rediscover their roots and have formed a straight edge hardcore band. This is some circle of life stuff, man.

3. Duane Peters is missing. Again. Somebody needs to put a bell on that guy.

4. Fat Wreck Chords have begun pre-orders for the new Me First and the Gimme Gimmes album.

5. Some of your DS writers talked about who their favorite former punk bands are.

6. Here’s a video of NOFX playing 924 Gilman St.

7. Gogol Bordello are going on a six month-long world tour.

8. Punk rock super group, Only Crime have a new video out.

9. Black Flag announced their first tour with Mike Vallely on vocals.

10. The Aquabats published the dates for their 20th anniversary tour. We’re getting old, you guys.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Arrows and Stones – “Inside Your Head.”

Oregon emo act Arrows and Stones are gearing up to release their new EP “The Things We’ve Called Home” on May 3rd. Head over here to pre-order a physical or digital copy of the 6-song EP.

For fans of Saves The Day, Transit and Man Overboard.

The Bare Minimum – “Sheets in the Wind”

Toronto punk act The Bare Minimum are gearing up to self-release their debut album, Hit After Hit next week digitally and on CD through their Bandcamp page.

For fans of Dropkick Murphys, NOFX and Street Dogs.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Review: Chuck Ragan – Till Midnight

“It’s the perfect, communal-led outro to a nearly flawless album that could easily go on for well longer than it does. It shows that, while love might be all we need, we can truly build something beautiful if we all pull in the same direction before it’s too late.”

Nai Harvest – Hold Open My Head

“For Nai Harvest a formula has been constructed and rarely deviated from; be deliberate, and mournful.”

Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is

“The album is a brave attempt to touch on every aspect of what made them TBS while also scraping new elements and playing off older influences from each album. It’s not close to their debut two oldies and it pans out more like New Again, but that doesn’t take away from its quality. It’s poetry in motion. It’s a mature diary indeed. One that’s grasping your hand, clasping it tightly and then tugging at your heartstrings. It’s their most honest, lay-it-bare, passionate and raw output to date. And this is one record where toning back the punk worked pretty well. ”

Good Graces – Volume II

“Good Graces pens music that is best heard in a beer-soaked basement somewhere. It is impossible to pin down a single influence on their music, or pigeonhole them into a specific sub-genre, but maybe it is better off that way. Volume II is an EP that will slowly slip its way into your daily rotation.”

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10 Not-So-Well-Known Side Projects by Well-Known Punks

Posted by Justin Zipprich on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM (PST)

Who says you can only be in one band? Side projects are a great way for rock stars to try a new sound while not compromising the reputation of their main band and for this, we are eternally grateful. Check out 10 side projects you might not have know about that were started by some of your most beloved punks below.

Add to My Radar   Add to My Radar

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (3/9/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:

What up, punk fans.  Today I write to you from you from Dubai, a place very decidedly devoid of punk rock I assure you.  As I type this, however, I’m jamming out to one of my latest favorite discoveries (thanks to Dylan), The Greatest Sons.  A good dose of 90s-esque punk rock from Canada.  Oh, Oh!  I whilst talking about new bands, I would be remiss if I also didn’t tell you about Flanders72 who I discovered last week while mining for stories for you folks.  They sound like Pinhead Gunpowder (Billie Joe Armstrong’s relatively unknown side project during the early years of Green Day) except Flanders72 might write better songs.  I’ll let you judge for yourselves though here.  Fletcher Dragge from Pennywise texted me out of the blue yesterday just to say hello and that he hopes I’m “doing well”.  As much as I’d love to pretend I’m good buds with Fletcher I have no doubt he’s reaching out because they’re getting ready to announce some big news from the Pennywise camp and are hoping to start lining up press and interviews around a new album with Jim back behind the mic.  Keep an eye out for news on that front in the next few weeks.  And now back to your regularly scheduled, programming…

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. We have an awesome new column! Every week you guys get to ask us punk rock questions and give you some punk rock answers. It’s called Answer That And Stay Fashionable (HAH!) and we’re doing it every Friday for your reading pleasure.

2. We found a video of Donald Duck clips pieced together to the tune of NOFX’s “All Outta Angst.” I hate the internet sometimes.

3. Warped Tour continues to be the favorite child who ultimately let me down. I thought you were better than this, Warped Tour.

4. Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers, is streaming a new single and announced a small string of West Coast tour dates.

5. The Gaslight Anthem announced some tour dates too and they’re probably nowhere near where you live.

6. Punk Rock Holiday added Bane, Implants, Gnarwolves and a few other bands to their lineup. Punk Rock Holiday: The only cool thing about Slovenia.

7. Heavy Montreal announced a very heavy lineup including Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax and The Offspring. Yeah, Canada!

8. Sum 41 fans can sleep easy – the band is working on new music AND looking for a new drummer.

9. AFI, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park are going on tour this summer. We only posted the tour dates so you know which days you should get the hell outta town.

10. Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete “The Pete” Steinkopf has a new band.

 

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Dugout – “Distance”

This track is fresh off of Dugout’s upcoming Pop Punk record, Where There Used To Be Meaning. The album hits the internet on March 21. For fans of Fireworks, Man Overboard and The Wonder Years.

The Capitalist Kids – “Body Snatchers”

“Body Snatchers” is off of The Capitalist Kids’ next album, At A Loss, due out on April 1. I can almost guarantee you’ll be listening to this keyboard-heavy jam in your car all week. For fans of Heads Will Roll, Alkaline Trio and Nerf Herder.

The Mugwumps - Mutation In The Family

These guys are from Austria and this album is delivering some seriously upbeat pop punk. Perfect for camping trips, ladies’ nights and drinking alone by yourself with your dog. For fans of Descendents, NOFX and Masked Intruder.

ALBUM REVIEWS

The Traders - Too Young…So Old

“As a lot of albums do, the sustained blast that is the first half of Too Young… So Old gives way to a more subdued, poppy second half. The record features an acoustic track, as well as stuff that is a lot cleaner and melodic. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who’s still mourning the demise of the Sainte Catherines, digs Glass and Ashes, or really wishes Motorhead was on No Idea.”

Morning Glory - War Psalms

War Psalms is the product of a band with a vision. That vision is doing what the band wants to do. And there’s nothing more punk than that. You don’t like it? Well… you know what Kire would have to say about that.”

John Creeden / Jesse Lebourdais – Home

Home is a warm and heartfelt folk punk 7″ about the hardships of the road life by two rising stars in the Canadian punk scene: Ontario’s Jon Creeden and Jesse LeBourdais, formerly of the Vancouver skate punk band Cambridge.”

The Big Leagues – So Far To Go

“So Far To Go lacks a true hook and substance. It could easily get misplaced among the overabundance of Man Overboard and A Day To Remember-esque tunes that seem to be churned out in bulk these days. However, the clean production style of the EP allows for the instrument tones to shine through, while still retaining a small sense of rawness, which is something that most albums are lacking, and happens to be So Far To Go’s saving point.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (3/2/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM (PST)

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:

Man, a lot of cool shit happening in punk right now.  Plenty big stories to dissect but I’m not gonna talk about any of them cuz I’m still reeling from how f’ing awesome the Dave Hause show in Echo Park was last night!  I seriously dig both of his albums but they just don’t do his live show justice.  Got goosebumps multiple times, no joke.  Anyway, “One Last Struggle” by The Class War Kids came up on my iPod today and I forgot how much loved that tune.  Wanted to share that with you guys today.  You should listen to it here.  Oh, and the newer song “A Ride With The Devil“ by Five O’Clock Devil (a band actually still together) was really firing me up today too. Shot some interview questions over to Thomas Barnett about his new project The Great Collapse so hopefully we’ll have that interview up for you this week.  I’m mostly excited to see what he has to say about the future of Strike Anywhere.  Now go read some of the stories you missed below… – Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. Me First And the Gimme Gimmies covered “Straight Up” by American treasure, Paula Abdul. What’s that song where she dances with a cartoon cat? Bring back MC Skat Cat.

2. This just in: Social Distortion will never break up. So even your children will have those horrible skull drinking a martini tattoos.

3. Green Day are putting out an album of demo songs. It’s called Demolicious.

4. Wattie Buchan from The Exploited had a fucking HEART ATTACK ON STAGE. I don’t care how punk you are, you guys need to remember to take your baby aspirin every day.

5. Off With Their Heads, All and Reno Divorce have announce Punk Rock Bowling club shows. Some of the DS crew will be there, so come buy your favorite editor (me) a beer.

6. The Misfits are working on a new album. Those guys are like 90. I hope they’re taking their baby aspirin too.

7. Rancid are filming a music video for an untitled song off their new album. Does this mean Tim Timebomb is on hiatus? BUMMER.

8. In even more Rancid news, Tom May from The Menzingers covered Rancid’s “Corazon de Oro.” Which is Spanish for “Heart of Gold.” Knowledge!

9. Jason Cruz from Strung Out is painting works of art that resemble songs off of the band’s new album. Something about a punk rock Picasso. I don’t have the energy for this joke.

10. As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis pleaded guilty to hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife. And steal the Declaration of Independence. Wait. What.

 

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

Et Tu Brute – “Abacus”

This Chicago -based band is set to release their EP, Risk, on April 15. Risk will serve as a follow-up to Et Tu Brute’s last EP “Not In Our Stars,” which was released in early 2013 and is available for free download on Bandcamp. For fans of early Alkaline Trio and The Wonder Years.
August Premier – “Exit Strategy”

Another group from Chicago, August Premier, are streaming a track from their Rebel Without Applause EP. For fans of Thrice and Rise Against.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Kevin Seconds - Off Stockton

“The album tells the man’s personal story beautifully, and you can’t help but relate. Kevin still keeps the 7 Seconds vibe alive with ‘Broken And The Bend’ with lyrics like ‘We’re fighting people with our voices and our fists, but none of expect much victory tonight.’

Because Kevin is careful to keep the vibe consistent, I am confident that any fan will be happy to have a copy of this LP in their collection.”

Comeback Kid - Die Knowing

“For a band that originally started as a side project for a couple members of hardcore act Figure Four, Comeback Kid have eclipsed that band and then some. Not just in their following and the respect of their peers, but by producing a body of music which is, at this point at least, one of the best among currently active hardcore bands. I know there are those who would disagree, but for my money, every new Comeback Kid album has been better than the last. And ‘Die Knowing’ is their best group of songs yet. Their total asphyxiation, if you will.”

Creative Adult - Psychic Mess

“A band that tries something different without really trying that hard. You can’t ask for more and definitely, the horizon looks bright for Creative Adult.”

The Shell Corporation - Mandrake

“If you knew the old sound of the band, and then listened to this, you’d be able to spot how much they improved and how much new intricacies are slipped in.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (2/23/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM (PST)

 

A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO:

Before we get started I’ll tell you that I’m listening to a melodic punk band from Belgium called Flatcat.  Until 10 minutes ago I wasn’t aware of their existence but I was sucked in by their song “Newborn Sun” and 3 songs later I’m still pretty impressed.  But I digress.  What I really want to talk about is this new punk band fronted by Thomas Barnett of Strike Anywhere and supported by members of Comeback Kid and Rise Against.  This hardcore-punk dream team is called Great Collapse and my enthusiasm for hearing Thomas behind the mic again was tempered only slightly by my concern for what this means for the future of Strike Anywhere.  Don’t worry, I’ve already shot a review request over to the band so we can get to the bottom of things ASAP.  Stay tuned, and in the meantime, give Great Collapse’s first streaming song a listen here (my 2 cents:  It’s good but maybe a little too long, and doesn’t really sound much different than Strike Anywhere – was sorta expecting something maybe a little more hardcore focused). – Johnny X

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

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

1. The memory of Tony Sly will live on forever because Kevin J Wells is writing a book about the departed singer.

2. Strike Anywhere’s Thomas Barnett has formed a super group with members of Comeback Kid and Rise Against. But do they have capes?

3. I hope you’re ready to visit wonderful, exotic SLOVENIA. Because their Punk Rock Holiday lineup for this year is bitchin’.

4. There is a recital in the works that’s going to be a tribute to Southern California’s punk bands which actually looks super cool. See you nerds there.

5. Two former members of Pussy Riot were detained in Russia because something was apparently stolen from somewhere in their hotel. Putin, you are such a douche.

6. Emmure is getting hella sued by their former guitar player over some song called, “Bring A Gun To School.” In other news, I am suing all of them over such a stupid song title.

7. Warped Tour continues the promise of being a total suck fest. Guys, it’s not even fun after you turn, like, 19. It’s just sunburns and sweaty little weirdos with bad haircuts. We were the sweaty little weirdos once. Now we’re the jerks who stand at the back of the venue.

8. Joey Cape has given Lagwagon’s new album an expected release date of October, 2014. Which is totally around the corner.

9. Travis Barker’s eloquent and articulate (HAH!) is due out June 24. That’s rude of me. I bet he’s a smart guy. I really shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. (HAAAH!)

10. This year’s Musink Festival announced its lineup will include Descendents, Transplants and Gorillar Biscuits. All I care about is Descendents and that the festival is a ten minute walk from my house. Bring on the overpriced beer.

DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS

The Hex Bombs - Everything Earned

The Hex Bombs’ new album is scheduled to drop on April 15, but we’ve got it here first. They’ve got a Dropkick Murphys vibe and make you want to slam into each other at full speed. Everything Earned is up for pre-order now and you can check out the band on tour next month.

Guerrilla Monsoon - Guerrilla Monsoon EP

The UK act is streaming their five-song EP before it hits your mailbox on March 10. For fans of Title Fight, Joyce Manor, etc.

The Shell Corporation – “Trust Us”

“Trust Us” is off the band’s upcoming album, Mandrake, due out on vinyl April 1. Mandrake will serve as a follow-up to Time & Pressure, which was released back in 2012. The Shell Corporation will be on tour next month.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Life In Vacuum - 5

“This record hits and hits very hard so grasp its essence because there’s something unique and crafty here that plays off every fiber of you.”

The Hotelier - Home Like Noplace Is There

“What’s more fitting is that The Hotel Year, in their new name, seem more mature and wise. The music is on a sage-like level and it’s as potent as they could have dreamed of, I’m sure. There’s too much diversity here to miss. Grab it.

Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All

“You’re Gonna Miss It All is a great album that bleeds relatability through detail and personality. Modern Baseball mine the minutiae of millennial life for their music, and in doing so they bring to light a lot of things we’d never consider, but remain enveloped in.”

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A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (2/16/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:08 PM (PST)

As shameful as it is, some of you readers don’t actually check Dying Scene every hour of every day.  For you slackers we’ve put together a list of last week’s biggest stories to help you stay in the loop and maintain your punk cred. You’re welcome.

1. Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs went missing for a hot second, but was then promptly located. I really hope he gets the help he needs.

2. Misfits’ Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (hah!) has revealed plans to organize a Misfits reunion with all original members. It’s going to happen right after all of the original Ramones get back together for one last show at CBGB’s.

3. Hey, sad pandas. We’re you all alone on Valentine’s day? No one cares, but at least you have these great anti-love songs to play on repeat.

4. Jay Stone talked to Wade Youman on his return to Unwritten Law.

5. Hey, did you guys hear about that Warped Tour lineup? WE GET IT. YOU HATE IT. SHUT UP.

6. Fishbone have been ordered to pay $1.4 million to a woman who was injured after Angelo Moore went too hard with a stage dive. You guys really need to cool it with the stage diving.

7. Nadia and Masha are no longer associated with the Pussy Riot collective for basically losing grasp of what Pussy Riot stands for.

8. Reel Big Fish covered “Self Esteem” by The Offspring. Guess which band is more relevant! Spoiler alert: neither one.

9. Geoff Kresge’s on and off relationship with Tiger Army is apparently now off for good.

10. Blink 182 are recording new music and I promise that none of their songs are about your grandfather shitting himself.

Those were just some of the most read stories from last week, but there were plenty more little gems covered.  Let us know what what you loved, what you hated and what your personal favorite story was in the comments. If you just can’t get enough of us, follow Dying Scene on Twitter, kick it with us on Facebook and join the Dying Scene mailing list.

A Week In Punk: This Week’s Biggest Stories Recapped (2/9/14)

Posted by Kat Espinoza on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM (PST)

As shameful as it is, some of you readers don’t actually check Dying Scene every hour of every day.  For you slackers we’ve put together a list of last week’s biggest stories to help you stay in the loop and maintain your punk cred. You’re welcome.

1. The Casualties released a very wordy response to rape allegations against Jorge Herrera. Did you know that a UK study last year found that only .6% of rape allegations turn out to be false? Knowledge is power!

2. Sum 41 are working on a new album AND looking for a new drummer. I hope it sounds like All Killer No Filler. Remember that album? I’m still trying to forget.

3. Rancid posted a photo of themselves in the studio. Sorry, how is this news? I just Instagrammed a photo of my dog. Wanna report on that too?

4. Fearless Records will release the latest installment of those godawful Punk Goes 90s compilations on April 1. Good. I hope this turns out to be a joke.

5. The Mighty Fine are streaming the first single off of their upcoming album.

6. Horror Section released a video for “Killer In The Dark.” Be warned, there’s nudity, so you might want to shut the door to your parents’ guest room.

7. Against Me! announced a North American tour that conveniently neglects California. Speaking of Against Me!, go read this sweet review of  Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

8. Masked Intruder have finished recording their new album and it’s going to be SO GOOD.

9. Implants covered “Generator” by Bad Religion.

10. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, formerly of Pussy Riot,were on The Colbert Report. Fun Fact: the women are no longer members of the iconic PussyRiot, now they’re just solo activists.

Those were just some of the most read stories from last week, but there were plenty more little gems covered.  Let us know what what you loved, what you hated and what your personal favorite story was in the comments. If you just can’t get enough of us, follow Dying Scene on Twitter, kick it with us on Facebook and join the Dying Scene mailing list.

Note:This is an emotional, incredibly biased review of Transgender Dysphoria Blues, done by a genderqueer person who happens to also really love Against Me!.  If that bothers you or makes you uncomfortable, don’t read it.

When I was 14, I discovered David Bowie.  With his make-up, costumes and guitar he gave me “Life on Mars?”, “Changes”, all of Ziggy Stardust and “Rebel Rebel”.  For me, Bowie was something to believe in – strange and wonderful, and seemingly describing someone like me in the lines of his songs.  At 15, I connected to The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”, and The World/ Inferno Friendship Society’s “Jerusalem Boys” in a way I couldn’t put my finger on.

When I was 16 I went to a picnic to celebrate the beginning of summer and it was there that I met some people who would eventually become my best friends.  In retrospect it now seems fitting that when I met them they were playing a song by what was eventually to become my favorite band.  That song, of course, was “Baby, I’m an Anarchist” (isn’t that how everyone starts liking Against Me!?).  Like hearing Bowie for the first time, I felt a sense of belonging between those notes and melodies, and as we swam and played in the dirty river that runs through my town I found myself singing along with the others,”….you left me all alone, all alone”.

Two years later, the singer of Against Me, Laura Jane Grace, announced that she had come to the same realization that had been slowly growing inside of me for years. She said that she’d write an album about it.  Imagine that, the lead singer of a little closet-case trans kid’s favorite band turns out to have been a closet trans person herself all along? So, since then, I’ve waited patiently for the songs I was sure I would want to hold onto as I hurdled myself out of the closet. By the time “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” was released, I had already been open about my identity for a year and on hormones for months.

As I’m sure you’ve surmised, I have a special attachment to this particular album and artist in no small part due to my own gender identity issues.  A good friend of mine refers to me as “the world’s anomaly”- I’m a transmasculine genderqueer person.  I’m sort of a guy, sort of a girl, and sort of neither. Even as the testosterone I put into my body deepens my voice and changes my shape, I drape myself with an excess of jewelry and make up.  A misfit among misfits, I’ve always been drawn to the glam, punk and goth scenes, but even there, I’ve scarcely found myself reflected.

The album’s (almost) title track “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues”, kicks things off with considerable energy for a song about the feelings of inadequacy and otherness that come with gender dysphoria. As Laura sings “..and you know it’s obvious, but we can’t choose how we’re made”, I feel a twinge in my own bound chest, knowing that I’ll never really pass for a boy or a girl; my mix of features makes it hard for people to put me into a specific gender category and they often choose the wrong one. No one will ever know what to make of me unless I tell them. But, the acknowledgement of unhappiness is empowering – so often people pretend that their circumstances are of no consequence.  Hardly bluesy, the first track is an exhilarating declaration.  It’s the first time you went out dressed as yourself, the first time you were “sir”-ed instead of “ma’am”-ed, or vice versa.  The feeling of excitement at being seen by others as you see yourself is echoed in the mosh-ready riffs of this song.

I’ve known enough “True Trans Soul Rebel”s (the title of the album’s second track) for the lyrics about walking in the dark, and the feelings of being betrayed by fate to ring familiar.  The song brings me back to summer nights spent with one of my oldest and best friends, discussing life and how we navigated it as not-quite-boys. Just as coincidental as my favorite band being led by a trans person, one of my oldest friends came out as genderqueer around the same time I did. The kid who started out as our younger tag-along in high school, and turned out to be one of the best people I’ve ever known, recently followed suit. All three of us have spent innumerable nights, both together and apart, wading through our dysphoria and depression with no destination in site or in mind.  Even though the song itself is rather fast and pop-y, a sense of sadness pervades it. The minor chords accentuate the contemplative lyrics about uncertain futures, and the life that could have been.  The only problem I’ve found with this track is that it’s previous incarnation, the acoustic version on the True Trans EP, set the bar so high. The sentiments of the song are more at home in the slow and sorrowful chords of the original version than the quick electric ones of the album.

My favorite track on the album, the third, is more universal than many on the record, but it touches a special part of my queer heart. “Unconditional Love” is a rolling, steady march through feelings of desperation.  Enticing and as strong as the self destruction the lyrics allude to, the beat of the drums make this song the catchiest. The main chorus “Even if your love was unconditional, it still wouldn’t be enough to save me” can be read as either pure self-deprecation, or a rejection of the idea of needing salvation.  Personally, the second interpretation seems more appealing. The world that I live in is convinced of my need to be “fixed” or “saved” from myself.  They can’t wrap their heads around the fact that my actions are my salvation.  I’ve been told that “I just need therapy”, that I’m mistaking my gender identity for “another issue”, and that I could be a “normal person” with a little assistance. The truth is no amount of “unconditional love” would change a thing about me or what I do. The main theme of the song, that “a person can’t be changed by someone else”, is both a lamentation of that fact and a celebration of the freedom that comes with it. If the first song on this album is the coming out, this track is the recognition of the everyday challenges and realities of being a trans person.

“Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” reminds me what this album is really about; more than simply being a concept album about being transgender, it’s more specifically a story about a trans woman who survives by doing sex work.  From the ferocity of the opening guitar riffs to the harshness of the vocals, “Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” is unmistakably a song of anger and desperation. The lines “What’s the best that you could hope for? Pity fucks and table scraps… a bullet in the head and a bullet in the chest”, speak to the poverty and violence that too much of the trans community experiences – we have unemployment and murder rates disproportionately high for our population. From start to finish, when I listen to this track I can’t help wanting to fall to my knees in a scream of anger and revolt.

FUCKMYLIFE666” with its power-rock melody seems to pour vinegar on the wounds of my past relationships and reminds me of the envy I feel when I see the ease and confidence of my cisgender male friends. But with lyrics like “I don’t have the heart to match the one pricked into your finger”,  it also recalls the comfort of those friendships – my best friend really does have a heart on his finger in the form of a faded tattoo. Looking at him, and all the other boys I once painted and patched jackets with, inspires hope for what could be, and a bit of remorse for what never will.  Their friendship may never bring me the flat, unmarred chest that I long for, but I wouldn’t be here to daydream about it if it wasn’t for them. The lyrics allude to another person to whom the album’s protagonist compares themselves and forms a bond with. The song as a whole deals with the ideas of permanence,  strength (or lack there of), and identity. Grace questions whether a person can be the same when their exterior seems to change completely, and whether the struggle to change is worth suffering in an existence that is “made to be destroyed”.

The middle of this record is all love and sadness until it arrives at “Black Me Out”. I first heard the song in the Nervous Energies video and was immediately floored by Grace’s passion while playing it.  I was intrigued by the mischievous, knowing look she gave the camera in the last seconds of the clip.  Although the studio version is lacking some of the raw quality of the acoustic, it finishes the album off quite nicely. “Black Me Out” is a rejection of the things we’ve been given, the statements we were always told were true, and a reclamation of autonomy.  The strong musical build up, in combination with the vulnerability of lyrics like “I don’t want to see the world that way anymore, I don’t want to feel that weak and insecure” make this a tune of pure but conflicting emotions of loss and freedom. As I hear those words I think of all the “firsts” I’ve had – the first time I came out to someone, the first time I called the hormone clinic, the first time I went out in boyish attire. This song reminds me of the feeling of finally claiming my own autonomy and finding strength. Standing alone, the song is about forsaking typical mentalities, and throwing off those who seek to control you. Within the context of the album it retains those qualities, but takes on another meaning.  ”As if there was an obligation, As if I owed you something” becomes a statement of freedom from the expectations of what one should do based on what others see on the outside. The very last verse, “Full body high, I’m never coming down…”, immerses me in the feelings of anticipation that come right before diving into something unknown, something frightening, but with the possibility of being wonderful.  ”Black Me Out” is a song of internal revolution, a resolve to never let the world define you, even if it means leaving behind all the things and ideas you had held onto in the past.

In this album I hear songs about myself and songs about my friends.  In my “dysphoria’s reflection” I still sometimes see the girl I never wanted to be. I’ve been so stuck on the soft features of my face that I was struck with utter disbelief the first time someone told me that I “looked like a boy just then”.  Although not every detail lines up, my ability to relate to Grace’s sentiments are undeniable. For each line about depression, there’s one of connection. It’s the connections, to music, words, and those around us that gives a person the courage to keep going.

We love the music that we do because it is a part of ourselves.  When we connect with a song it becomes an extension of who we are, defining us and helping to articulate the feelings inside us that make us who we are.  It provides acceptance in a way we can’t quite explain.  For me, this album is a case of being at the right place in my life at the right time, allowing me to connect directly if not literally with the words Laura belts out at me from my speakers.  However, this album does not belong only to those of us with non-traditional hormone balances; these are songs for anyone who wants to live their life in a way they know to be right, despite what others might think.

At 20 years old, I still cling to my Bowie, the songs of sorrowful boys in revolt that peppered my earlier years, but now I have some additions.  I have Defiance, Ohio’s “Anxious and Worrying”, I have Amanda Palmer, Ghost Mice, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and finally, I have Transgender Dysphoria Blues.  I’ll play “Black Me Out” after “All the Young Dudes”, and “Dead Friend” after All We Got Is Each Other, and I’ll think about how music is more than sound waves, more than the money you may or may not have paid for it – music is what it means to the ears it falls upon. Music is an act of defiance.  It’s a search for meaning and its a cry of desperation.  Music is a statement of love, a rebel yell, and the companionship of a friend.  Music is a declaration of who we are and sometimes, it gives us the strength to become the person we’re meant to be.

 ~For B.

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