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Mest announce reunion with classic lineup

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM (PST)

Chicago pop punk act Mest have announced that they are bringing with the classic lineup of Tony Lovato (lead vocals, guitars), Jeremiah Rangel (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Lovato (bass) and Nick Gigler (drums) back together for a tour. The band writes:

“Mest was formed in 1995 on the SouthSide of Chicago in a town called Blue Island by the singer Tony Lovato and his cousin Matt Lovato the bassist. After touring the world for many years and releasing 5 records the band decided to part ways in 2005. No talks of ever playing together again had taken place until a couple months ago when Matt sent a message to Tony telling him his daughter was learning Mest songs on the bass guitar and she demanded he tell him. Through that one message it lead to the conversation of what it would be like to get on stage together with the original lineup and play a couple shows. Tony and Matt then contacted Jeremiah and Nick. Moving forward with all 4 members on board Mest have decided to get back up there and do what they always did best. Put on an intense and most importantly fun punk rock show. What the future holds has not been discussed. “The only thing we know as of right now is that we want to get on stage and have some fun” Stated Singer Tony Lovato.

Select Dates to be announced….

And make sure to tag all your fellow Mest fans and friends in the post as we’ve always counted on our fans to spread the word about MEST. Thanx” 

Mest last released the acoustic album Broken Down a year ago, and their last full-length studio album, Not What You Expected, was released in 2013.

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Hit The Lights frontman takes break from tour due to infection

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM (PST)

Frontman from Ohio’s Hit the Lights, Nick Thompson, has reported that he acquired a chest infection while en route from Japan to the UK. While he receives medical attention and recuperates, he will be temporarily replaced on the tour by Fastlane’s Ben Phillips.

The following is a statement released by Thompson:

Hey everyone, it’s Nick. Tonight we had to cancel our show last minute in Nottingham due to illness. I caught some type of bug on the plane from Japan to the UK. While I got over my fever/aches over the past few days I’ve developed a chest infection that I just can’t seem to shake. Today in Nottingham I felt worse than ever, I couldn’t hit easiest notes and I began coughing up some not-so-fun stuff, including a little blood. We made a last second decision to call the show off, and we’d like to apologize to all the people who were looking forward to seeing us, the promoter, and of course, all the bands we’re currently on tour with. I’ve never had to do this before, but at this point I need to seek medical attention so the entire tour isn’t lost. I’ll be taking a small sabbatical to recover and our very good friend Ben Phillips will be taking over vocal duties for Hit The Lights for the next couple shows. Ben sang in a band that HTL has grown up loving called “Fastlane” and is more than capable of handling my vocal duties. We’ll keep everyone up to date on my situation, again, my deepest apologies, I hate to let anyone down. I’ll be returning to the mic as soon as I can, please come out to the shows and show your support for us, Light You Up, Forever Came Calling and Four Year Strong – they still bring more rock than you will ever need in one night.
Love,
Nick & HTL

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Hit The Deck festival adds more bands to the 2015 lineup

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:03 AM (PST)

The UK Hit The Deck Festival has added 11 more bands to its 2015 lineup. The latest additions include The Xcerts, Hundredth, Brawlers, and more. The festival previously announced Skindred, While She Sleeps, and Cancer Bats as headliners.

Hit The Deck is a two-day festival that takes places at multiple venues in Bristol and Nottingham, UK at the end of April.

For more information and ticket info, you can check out the festival website.

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As you’re no doubt aware (because the story damn near broke the punk rock internet earlier this evening), there was an incident at last night’s Street Dogs show at Anaheim’s House Of Blues. Long story short, a few neo-Nazi showgoers decided to disrupt the evening’s events. As you’d imagine, they were met with fierce resistance from not only the crowd but the band itself, as guitarist Lenny Lashley jumped boot-first into the crowd to help clear out the aforementioned idiots, and took a chair to the eyebrow in the process.

While messages from the band have circulated on their individual social media pages over the course of the day, the band’s frontman, Mike McColgan, issued a statement through the Street Dogs’ Facebook page to discuss the incident. Here it is in its entirety:

At this time I would like to officially address what happened in Anaheim. Last night at our show in Anaheim at the House Of Blues while we were playing our song Final Transmission for a dear departed fan and friend of ours USMC Jordan Stanton when we noticed a group of Neo nazis rough housing and intimidating our fans and throwing up sieg heil salutes in the air. Their very presence, their hateful,bigoted and ignorant ideology is odious to us and completely unacceptable. We with fans, friends and the assistance of security removed them from the crowd and in the process of mitigating them out some of us sustained superficial injuries. We can attribute those injuries only being superficial in nature to the House Of Blues and their exceptional staff, our fans and our friends. After they were removed we continued with our show and finished the show without incident. In closing we submit this no neo nazis are allowed at our shows. We have always believed in equality and that all people are created equal. We will not suffer or tolerate bigotry in any manifestation. PERIOD!!!!

Respectfully Submitted,

Mike McColgan
Street Dogs

The story we posted earlier had a video from the crowd, though it was pretty dark and you can’t see much ’til the aftermath. A second video shot and uploaded by Michael Coughlin is available below, though it seems to be shot from just a hair too far away. We can confirm that Lenny was bloodied (and finished the set in Gwar-esque fashion), but has been stitched up and is otherwise no worse for the wear. It’s been said before, but it no doubt warrants repeating; good on ya, fellas!

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Green Day to be inducted to Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Fall Out Boy

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM (PST)

We’ve known since December that 1990s pop-punk stalwarts Green Day are headed to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, and now we know who will be inducting said Bay Area three-piece into said Hall of Fame. That honor(?) has been bestowed upon…Fall Out Boy. Sounds about right, I guess…

Today also brought with it the announcement that Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Peter Wolf, John Mayer and Steve Cropper will be joining Pete Wentz & Company as the other inductors, and they’ll be inducting Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and The “5″ Royales, in that order. For whatever reason, event organizers didn’t announce who’d be inducting Joan Jett and The Blackhearts into the Hall. Weird.

The 2015 Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place April 18th at Cleveland’s Public Hall, and it’ll air on HBO on May 30th.

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Calling all punkers!

Details have been announced for the fourth installment in the “Punk Aid” release series. Entitled “Punk Aid 4: Autism Speaking,” this project is raising funds to benefit the Autism Science Foundation, a non-profit aimed at researching autism without focusing funds on the “link” between vaccination and autism. The project is currently seeking submissions for what is sure to be a massive compilation. “All punk genres” are welcome; click here for info on how to submit your band’s music!

The original Punk Aid compilation, “Aceh Calling,” featured 72 bands and benefitted the persecuted punks in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. 2013’s edition, “Boston/OKC Strong” featured 117 bands and was initially put together after the Boston Marathon bombings, but later grew to include victims of the Oklahoma City tornado. Last year’s benefit for no-kill animal shelters featured tracks from 104 bands in just about every punk sub-genre you can think of. Info on both of those releases is still available here.

Epitaph Records has reported that influential punk producer Thom Wilson (who is probably best known for producing The Offspring‘s iconic 1994 album Smash) died on February 8th from unknown causes. Epitaph CEO and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz issued the following statement:

“In ’82 when I was just getting started, Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to. He was the pro in our midst who loved punk and was willing to take kids under his wing to help them sound great. His work with TSOL and the Adolescents set the bar for everything that came after, including The Offspring’s multi-platinum LP Smash, which was the best-selling independent release of all time. Thom was a friend, a teacher and a great producer. He will be missed.”

As mentioned in the statement above, most of Wilson’s production and engineering work came in the punk scene. After starting his career in the 70′s by producing records soft rock acts Burton Cummings and Seals and Crofts, he began migrating to working on punk rock records in 1981, first teaming with Stiv Bators on his Disconnected album. He also worked with T.S.O.L. on their first four releases, The Adolescents on their self-titled 1981 debut, and then went on to produce/engineer records by The Offspring, The Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Face to Face, Iggy PopThe Bouncing Souls and The Aquabats, among others.

Dying Scene sends Wilson’s family condolences.

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Parisian pop-punks Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have announced a new album, which will be released on May 19th and will be titled Get Lost, Find Yourself.

The group most recently put out Pardon My French in June 2014 via Fearless Records.

CNCC recently announced that they will be headed out on tour in May with Ohio’s Hit the Lights, Southern California’s Forever Came Calling, and Seattle hardcore act To the Wind. You can check out the dates and locations for that tour here.

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Hundredth’s new album is mixed and mastered

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:41 AM (PST)

South Carolina hardcore band Hundredth announced on their Facebook page that their upcoming album has been mixed and mastered. As expected, fans were more than excited and the band teased that a single will be released soon. We will keep you posted as more information comes to light.

The band recently signed to Hopeless Records and this full length album will be released sometime this year.

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Save Your Breath streams final song

Posted by Gina Skidz on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 12:21 PM (PST)

Here’s some bittersweet news for fans of Save Your Breath, the British pop-punk band who announced their breakup last year:  the band has posted their final song.  You can check out “Promises” below, or download it here.

Save Your Breath went on a farewell tour of the U.K. in January, and they say of the decision to post one last song, “We wanted to capture the final lineup of the band on record, and have something to remember the times we spent together.”

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Airport Novels stream debut EP “Honesty” in its entirety

Posted by vdubowner on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:20 AM (PST)

Kansas City pop-punk outfit Airport Novels have released their debut EP entitled “Honesty” and also made it available to stream in its entirety.

Check it out below.

The band last released a 2-track demo last year which is available for free download on Bandcamp.

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Seaway have van broken into…again

Posted by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM (PST)

Once again, Canadian pop-punk act Seaway had their van broken into, but this time fortunately the damage wasn’t as bad as last November. The van’s window had been smashed in, but all that was stolen out of it was the GPS (unlike last time when the band’s gear and personal belongings had been stolen).

Instead of setting up a fundraiser like previously, the band just encourages fans to purchase merchandise from their All In store.

Seaway last released their EP “All In My Head” in November 2014 via Pure Noise Entertainment.

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NOFX postpone South American tour

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM (PST)

California punk icons NOFX have announced they will be postponing their upcoming South American tour due to an “urgent family matter”. In a Facebook post, the band stated:

“It is with regret that we are forced to postpone our upcoming South American tour due to an urgent family matter. This is a personal situation and we appreciate your understanding and our need for privacy at this time. We are working to find a time when we can make up the dates and will have information soon. Thank you for your understanding.

- NOFX”

The tour was set to kick off this Friday in Mexico City (not South America), before continuing on to Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. We’ll be sure to keep you posted if and when the band reschedules the shows.

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It is with the deepest regret that I write this story informing you that Todd Serious, the singer of Vancouver punk act The Rebel Spell, passed away on Saturday (March 7th) due to injuries sustained in a tragic rock climbing accident.  The band just posted the following message on their FB account:

“It is our deepest regret to inform you all that on Saturday, March 7th, we lost our good friend and lead singer Todd Serious, also known as Todd Jenkins, in a tragic rock climbing accident. Todd influenced our lives in a way that is beyond comprehension. This is completely sudden and unexpected and we’re still processing what has happened. We’re taking a few days to figure it all out. This is pretty heavy for all of us, and a lot of people are still finding out so if you’re letting others know, please be respectful.

According to a news post on a local NBC channel website the accident took place at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Rebel Spell put out what many of us at Dying Scene considered one of the best punk albums of 2014 in September and I personally have been a huge fan of their music since the day I discovered them on MySpace 6 or 7 years ago.  They were one of those fantastic bands that weren’t getting covered on any other site at the time that would eventually inspire me to start Dying Scene in the first place.  Todd’s death comes as personal blow to many of us, I’m sure, and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his friends, family and band members.

You can stream the The Rebel Spell’s last couple albums on bandcamp.

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Riverside, California-based melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights have released a mini-documentary called “Damage/Recover,” which talks about their van accident earlier this year. You can check out the 10 minute video below.

The band’s most recent album, The Concrete Flower, was released in September of 2014 through Pure Noise Entertainment.

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