Here's a new punk act for you to add to your radar. Splitfist hails from Milton, Ontario and the fivesome play a an aggressive brand of punk rock that calls to mind the vocals of The Flatliners' Chris Cresswell against a slightly more pop-punky backdrop. The group's debut 2 song EP "Knuckle Dragger" is catchy as hell and if its any indication of what's to come from these guys in the future I think we're going to be hearing a lot more of these guys. But don't take my word for it, stream their new EP here where you can also download it for free.
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According to Examiner.com, the new album from Glenn Danzig’s eponymous band Danzig is due for release in the fall of next year, and his long-awaited full-length covers effort is due in March. He has also been working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. Asked if there is any other musical ground that he is interested in covering, Glenn replied, with a laugh:
“No, probably ‘Danzig Sings Elvis’ will be about it. I’m pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label. So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect Danzig to sound like and hopefully they’ll like the product when it comes out. That’s really all that I do.”
Danzig (the band) last released Death Red Sabaoth in 2010 through Evilive Records.Add to My Radar
Today marks the first anniversary of the day AFI released their latest album Burials, which was their first album in four years. In a recent interview, AFI guitarist Jade Puget was asked if the band has started working on their next album yet, he replied:
“Yeah, a little bit. We’re actually in the process of doing a new Blaqk Audio record right now. We’re pretty far along with that so once that’s done, we’ll move back to AFI.”
Puget’s new project XTRMST (which features his AFI bandmate Davey Havok) will be releasing their self-titled debut album on November 18, 2014 through Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records.Add to My Radar
DS Exclusive: Joey Cape on Lagwagon’s new album “Hang,” remembering Tony Sly, and being a bitter old man
Once upon a time not long ago, the future seemed very much unclear for Lagwagon. The seminal California punk band played occasional tours and festival shows, but the members each had what seemed to be increasingly-mounting outside obligations (perhaps most notably frontman Joey Cape also had his own increasingly busy solo career, he and drummer Dave Raun staying active in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, former bassist Jesse Buglione leaving the band and being replaced by Joe Raposo, and Chris Rest joining No Use For A Name). Though they never officially went away, there were no plans to record any new material after the band’s 2005 ode to late-drummer Derrick Plourde, Resolve.
But a funny thing happened on what seemed to be the road to Hiatus-ville (or at least ‘Extended Break-town’). The band embarked on a lengthy tour in support of their 2011 Putting Music In Its Place boxed set. Somewhere on that run, the creative juices got flowing again. According to Cape, “something happened during that period of time where I felt like we kinda got re-fired up. A lot of synergy and chemistry came back into the band through that process.” Over the ensuing several years, Cape would begin writing new music specifically for Lagwagon. In spite of nearing the quarter-century mark fronting the band (and his own half-century mark on this planet), the music that Cape found himself writing was arguably the most aggressive, heavy music of his career. “It seems to me like it’s heavier than anything we’ve ever done!” He continues: “I think it’s a matter of where the band is now. We always try to make records that are appropriate to the collective personality the band has at the time. We all grew up on different kinds of music, metal and punk and rock and really heavy stuff. I think that most of the guys in my band prefer the really heavy stuff.”
But it wasn’t just angry music Cape was composing; the lyrics he found himself writing were also amongst the angriest of his career. “But the basic, central theme of the record is just my view of the world that I live in now, that I’m raising my daughter in. This is just a series of rants that (you’d hear) if you were my pal and hung out at the pub with me on a Wednesday night.” Fatherhood may have softened Cape in some ways, but it’s also made him more frustrated in the world around him. “I think it’s a bit cheesy to say that ‘we’ve got to hold on to hope,’ you know, because I honestly don’t have a lot of hope. That said, I’m dealing with what I’m dealing with, so how do I make the best of it.”
The result of Cape’s frustration and, perhaps, lack of hope is Hang. Due out October 28th on their longtime label home of Fat Wreck Chords, Hang is a dozen of the heaviest, most earnest songs that Lagwagon have recorded to wax. While much of the material is no doubt focused on society’s woes, there’s also an ode to the band’s longtime friend and touring partner Tony Sly, whose 2012 death rang loudly throughout all corners of the scene. While you might expect “One More Song” to be a mournful, acoustic number, in reality, it’s anything but. “I had no intention of writing a song for Tony like this because I just didn’t feel in this case that words or melodies or anything would really suffice. I didn’t feel like anything would be deep enough or good enough to represent anything that I wanted to say or feel. And I didn’t for a long time, but that song just kinda came out of the blue one day. I just couldn’t deny it, I had to do it.”
Head below to read our full, in-depth conversation with Cape. It’s a long one, we’ll admit, but it finds the always good-natured Caper in an honest, thoughtful and increasingly candid mood. Be sure to check out Lagwagon on the road with Swingin’ Utters and This Legend later this fall; full tour details here. Who knows…maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch Hang start to finish!Add to My Radar
In an interview with Lubbock, Texas’ KFMX, Social Distortion frontman and guitarist Mike Ness revealed that the band plans to be back in the studio a couple days a week to work on their anticipated new album, which he hopes will be released next year. He also revealed that he has been working on a solo album, which will be his first since 1999′s Under the Influences. You can listen to the interview below.
Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011.Add to My Radar
“I am hoping that we can get this thing out by summer, but we will see.”
Asked if the recording sessions of the album have begun, DeLonge replied, “We actually have our very first big writing session coming here in the next few weeks where we’ll get together and lay down our first tracks.”
We’ll keep you posted as more details regarding the new Blink-182 album come to light. The band self-released an EP titled Dogs Eating Dogs in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records.Add to My Radar
Flatliners frontman Chris Cresswell performed “Birds of England”, “Merely a Man”, and “Aside” (Weakerthans cover) in a great little acoustic session for Renaissance Recordings. Check out the video below (it also includes an interview with The Riverboat Gamblers’ Mike Wiebe).
The folks at Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will be putting Chris’s solo album out on vinyl this October 14th. The album was originally released digitally through Joey Cape’s One Week Records, but this will be the first time it’s available on wax.Add to My Radar
Frank Iero, the man of many projects which share little in common but his name has treated the punk world to near-perfectly tracked album in his debut release “Stomachaches” under the solo project moniker FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration. Emotions run high in these lyrics, which is no surprise, considering that their composer was in crippling pain for the majority of the recording process.
Said to be kept in their rawest form possible, Iero took the album out for a test drive this past autumn on a month-long tour with The Used and Taking Back Sunday, and has been finding them very well received.
Frankie was cool enough to spare DS some time prior to his wrap-up headlining show at Metro Gallery in Baltimore to discuss fathers, zombies, trolls and oh yeah, a little bit about music as well. His interview is below (and can also be viewed on video here.)Add to My Radar
While at Riot Fest in Denver last month, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes‘ frontman Spike Slawson recently caught up with the folks at New Noise Magazine (or maybe vice versa) for an expectedly entertaining video interview. As expected, they talk about the Gimmes’ latest album, “Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA!” as well as Slawson’s own Uke-Hunt project (which put out one of the more underrated albums of the year in my opinion). Check out the interview below.
“Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA!” was released on May 13th, while the Uke-Hunt full length was released June 10th. Both appear on Fat Wreck Chords.Add to My Radar
In a recent interview, Travis Barker revealed what his plans for the new year are, stating that his priority is finishing a memoir, and then his next solo album, which will be his first since 2011′s Give the Drummer Some, followed by the long-awaited new Blink-182 album, an EP he’s working on with Hospin and a Transplants covers album.
Blink-182 last released the EP Dogs Eating Dogs in December 2012, and have reportedly been back in the studio recording their long-awaited new album for a 2015 release. The Transplants’ latest album In a War Zone was released last year.Add to My Radar
In a recent interview, Rome Ramirez revealed that Sublime With Rome will enter the studio in December to begin the pre-production phase of their long-awaited second album, which is expected to be released next year. He states:
“We’ve been putting together a couple song ideas. We go into the studio in December to start pre-production, putting all these ideas into songs and knocking away at it.”
The new Sublime With Rome album will be the band’s first since 2011′s Yours Truly, and their first one without drummer Bud Gaugh, who has been replaced by Josh Freese.Add to My Radar
Such Gold bassist Jon Markson was recently interviewed by AMH Network. During the interview, he discussed the band’s upcoming album The New Sidewalk, line-up changes, pleasing fans, and more.
You can read it here.
The New Sidewalk is set to be released on November 10th through Razor & Tie Records.Add to My Radar
Vancouver punk rockers The Rebel Spell were interviewed. During the interview they discussed their latest album “Last Run,” animal rights and more.
You can read it here.
The Rebel Spell released Last Run on September 30, 2014. It follows their previous album, It’s a Beautiful Future, which was released in 2011 via Rebel Time Records.Add to My Radar
Toronto hardcore group Fucked Up recently sat down for an interview with Dirty Laundry TV. You can listen to the band talk about Coachella, dad rock, and fellow Canadians the Arcade Fire in the video below.
Fucked Up released their latest album, Glass Boys, on June 3, 2014 through Matador Records.Add to My Radar
I recently caught up with The Murderburgers frontman Fraser Murderburger. During the interview, we discussed his record label Round Dog Records, new songs being worked on for The Murderburgers, his new musical project with Flav Giorgini of Squirtgun called The Phase Problem and loads more.
You can read it below.Add to My Radar