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Erik Herzog (Bad Astronaut) passes away

Erik Herzog of Bad Astronaut. Photo by Gwendolyn Lee

According to a statement released by the folks at Fat Wreck Chords yesterday, Bad Astronautdrummer Erik Herzog has passed away. In addition to joining Bad Astronaut after the death of their founding drummer Derrick Plourde, Herzog was a longtime staple in the Santa Barbara music scene.

Our sincerest condolences to Erik’s family and bandmates.



The Business frontman Micky Fitz succumbs to cancer

Mickey Fitz – The Business

Because 2016 hadn’t quite stepped on our collective throats enough after repeatedly knocking us down, there’s a super sad story to report to close out your Thursday evening. While the band has yet to announce anything official via social media, news is trickling in from across the the pond that Michael “Micky Fitz” Fitzsimmons, frontman from genre-defining Oi! band The Business for the better part of the last four decades, has succumbed to cancer. Fitz was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph gland a year ago and had undergone both surgery and radiation to treat the illness. We’ll pass along official word from the band when it comes along, but for now, our condolences go out to Micky’s family and friends.

Rest in power, Mick!



The Offspring’s post-”Smash” albums removed from Spotify

Recently, all of The Offspring‘s albums on Columbia Records have been removed from Spotify. No reason has been given, but it may be due to the fact that the band sold the rights to their Columbia catalog to Round Hill for $35 million earlier this year. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the situation come to light.

The only Offspring releases that remain on Spotify are their first three studio albums (including the 1994 classic Smash), as well as the 2014 EP Summer Nationals, and their recent single “Coming for You”.

The Offspring recently announced they will be hitting the studio soon to start recording their long-awaited new album, rumored for release early next year. It will be the band’s first studio album since 2012′s Days Go By.



Tour Annoucement: Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&Wolves Announce Dates With Burns Like Fire

Fresh off of a wildly successful European Tour, North Carolina post hardcore punkers, Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&Wolves have announced another, albeit shorter, east coast tour which kicks off in December. The guys get a little lonely on the road, so they’re bringing Athens, Georgia punk rock outfit, Burns Like Fire along with ‘em (bring ear plugs boys, Rion snores).  Because the lads just couldn’t leave us empty handed until the tour sets off, they also sent along a music video clip they put together while on the aforementioned Euro tour. Check it out, along with the tour dates and stops, below!

Wolvesx4′s last studio album, The Cross And The Switchblade, was released in in September via Wiretap Records (US) and Gunner Records (EU) and is now is now available on 12” LP



David McWane (Big D + The Kids Table) publishes first novel, “Kringle”

Well here’s a fun little story just in time for the holidays (and yes, I’m mindful that this is not a place that people usually frequent for “fun little holiday stories,” but we think you’ll dig this one).

David McWane, frontman for long-running Boston-based band Big D & The Kids Table, has published his first novel. It’s called “Kringle: The Story of a Young Toymaker,” and it’s published under the moniker “D.P. McWane.” Here’s the official blurb about the book:

A young carpenter starts a new life in a small New England town where he makes toys for an unscrupulous boss. He meets a single mother and helps her sons’ gang, The Airlords, build “Buck Rogers spaceships” looking sleds to race. They expose the boss’s sham and on Dec. 24th he delivers toys to every child so they can “feel fortunate, even if it’s for just one day”. Along the way he earns the love of the single mother and sons.

“Kringle” is officially available for purchase today. You can order it in hardcover here or in soft cover here, and we’re told it’ll be available on Amazon in the near future. Pick it up, and stay tuned; we’ll try to pick Dave’s brain about it in the next week or so and report back!



Clowns (Australia, punk) announce local supports for their January 2017 tour

Aussie punk band Clowns have announced the bands that will join them at each of their domestic shows this January. Accompanying the four-piece on the “Dead In Summer Tour” will be a host of local acts. More information can be found below.



Slam Dunk Festival (UK) adds Less Than Jake, Don Broco and Bowling For Soup to their 2017 lineup

The travelling show that is the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival has added another group of bands to its lineup. Joining the likes of Enter Shikari and Cute Is What We Aim For will be Less Than Jake, Don Broco and Bowling For Soup. There are also still plenty of other bands to be announced for the event which takes place in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield on May Bank Holiday weekend.

 

 



Manchester Punk Festival (UK) announce Clowns, Black Star Dub Collective and The Murderburgers (among others)

Manchester’s now annual gathering of punk rockers has announced yet more bands for their April, 2017 edition. The Manchester Punk Festival lineup now features the likes of Clowns, Black Star Dub Collective, The Murderburgers, Thee Infidels and The Human Project.

The lineup’s rapidly turning into something truly special and the full list of new additions, ticket details and other important festival information can be found at either the MPF Facebook page, or official website.



The Offspring hint at 20th anniversary celebration of “Ixnay on the Hombre”

The Offspring posted a picture of a dog wearing an Ixnay on the Hombre hat on their Facebook page, writing “Someone’s ready for a big anniversary next year…” This post suggests that the band will be doing something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their fourth record Ixnay on the Hombre next year. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the situation come to light.

Originally released on February 4th, 1997, Ixnay was the follow-up to The Offspring’s 1994 breakthrough album Smash, and their first release on Columbia Records.

The Offspring recently announced that they will be hitting the studio soon to start recording their long-awaited new album, rumored for release early next year. It will be the band’s first studio album since 2012′s Days Go By.



Bad Cop / Bad Cop robbed twice in 24 hours; fans launch campaign to get band on Saturday Night Live

As you have read about all-too frequently here on the pages of Dying Scene, touring bands have a tendency to get their gear stolen at an alarmingly high rate. In what might be a bit of an unprecedented turn of events for California punks Bad Cop/Bad Cop, the band got robbed twice in the same 24-hour period earlier this weekend…

Early yesterday morning, prior to the San Antonio stop on the band’s nationwide tour in direct support for The Interrupters, the band’s van got broken into. While the bulk of their gear stayed tucked away in the trailer, co-frontwoman Stacey Dee’s computer and Takamine acoustic/electric guitar are among the items that have now gone missing. That’s a picture of the guitar below, in case any of our San Antonio-based readers might be lucky enough to stumble upon it.

The band posted about the theft on their various social media pages, and some considerate fans came to the rescue, donating the band some money to help with the purchase of a new guitar and computer. Upon hearing of the band’s unfortunate turn of events and learning of the generosity of a few of their fans, another San Antonio showgoer proceeded to steal co-frontwoman Jennie Cotterill’s purse, complete with the band’s (and Jennie’s personal )money, Jennie’s prescription glasses, her house keys, and more. People suck. If you’re so inclined, you can throw Jennie and the band a few bucks via PayPal to jencotterill@hotmail.com.

In other, lighter BC/BC news, you may recall a few weeks ago when we ran a pretty in-depth and personal interview with Stacey Dee; if not, read it here. Anyway, in talking about future goals toward the end of our chat, Dee mentioned the idea of wanting to get her band on Saturday Night Live someday. A rather ambitious fan took up the cause, and started Facebook and Twitter campaigns geared at accomplishing exactly that. Click the appropriate links to help the campaign pick up speed; the band could certainly use the positive turnaround!



Janky Fest (Los Angeles) Adds Dead Fucking Last to Line Up, Opening For The Dwarves

LA based indie music blog Janky Smooth is celebrating it’s two year anniversary with the inaugural Janky Fest in Downtown Los Angeles on November 18th. The festival will be headlined by Chicago punk legends The Dwarves with veteran SoCal hardcore act Dead Fucking Last just added to the line up to open for them! The festival starts at 3pm, ending around midnight and features over a dozen incredible local bands. The location is currently set for LA Space Camp’s ‘Outer Space’ but  as with anything in Smog City, there may be last minute changes so check their website before heading out! If you’re in SoCal , you gotta get out to this one. $10 admission and $2 tall boy PBRs?!? Insane!!!



Great Lakes, Fucko and more to play Planned Parenthood benefit in Bosotn

It’s no secret that the incoming Presidential administration spells more than just impending doom for a great number of  individuals, groups, and organizations across all walks of life. We’re only a little more than a week removed from the disastrous election results, and already a great number of punk bands and scene promoters have sprung into action to help raise funds and awareness in support of some of the causes that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. As we here at Dying Scene get word of some of these benefits taking place in our respective communities, we’ll pass the message along!

Planned Parenthood, for example, is one organization that’s come into the Trump Administration’s crosshairs, what with his repeated statements about completely defunding the nonprofit reproductive health organization. Boston punks Great Lakes USA (pictured above) are teaming up with fellow Boston punks Fucko, one-man Brooklyn-based “campfire soul” act Yoni Gordon and somewhat difficult-to-label Planet of Adventure for a Planned Parenthood benefit show that’ll take place at Great Scott in Boston’s Allston neighborhood. Details of the show can be found here, and if you can’t make it out but you still want to help, you can donate to Planned Parenthood at this location!



New Zealand band The Recently Deceived (punk) Stream ‘Summertime’

Even if the city of Hamilton, NZ is more well-known for its cows, student bars and infectious diseases, it is also home to a number of dedicated, underground bands. One such band is The Recently Deceived.

Forming in late 2014, The Recently Deceived have been steadily crafting their art and have played various shows with other local and international acts.

Between juggling work, family and beer commitments, the band has put together its debut EP, “Use Your Head”.

The EP is a delectable platter of punk rock-influenced tunes, from the passionate ballad ‘Mayday’ to crowd favorite ‘Summertime’, it gives a taste of what can be expected from the band’s energetic live shows.

The EP will be released on Friday December 2nd and you can stream the track ‘summertime’ below.



Manchester Punk Festival (UK) announces Strike Anywhere as Friday headliner

The lineup for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival is going from strength to strength with latest addition Strike Anywhere. The Virginia five-piece will round off the Friday evening’s show in style, joining the likes of Paint It Black and Belvedere for a truly spectacular weekend of live music in the city of Manchester, UK. However, Strike Anywhere are not the only festival announcement this week. I have it on good authority that there will be another wave of bands added to the MPF lineup this coming weekend.

The festival will take place from April 20th- 22nd, 2017. Make sure to keep up to date with all the latest Manchester Punk Festival news by following their Facebook page or website.

 

 



GWAR share Kickstarter for comic book series “Orgasmageddon”

Virginia’s GWAR have announced the second phase of their Kickstarter campaign for their 4-issue comic book series, Orgasmageddon. The campaign raised $32,000 in the first phase, with massive demand calling for a second. The new campaign also includes an exclusive t-shirt design, signed art, limited edition rare pins, and other merch items from the band themselves.

The story follows the band as they trudge through the past after being trapped in time, killing and creating the expected amounts of gore as they tear through human history. The outer space group also incorporates their 1990s side project “X-COPS” and SAWBORG DESTRUCTO (their infamous nemesis) into the story line, calling for an intense and fast paced reading experience for comic lovers alike.

You can check out the Kickstarter here and view all of the extra perks they have set up for contributors. It officially closes on November 25th, so get in on the action while you can!

GWAR last released “Battle Maximus” back in 2013 through Metal Blade Records.