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Nathen Maxwell is in a pretty good place.

While no doubt better recognized for the job he’s had for effectively half his life (bass player of Flogging Molly, of course), things are finally ramping back up in the Maxwell-led Bunny Gang camp. The band put out an album in 2009 (White Rabbit, SideOneDummy Records), toured a bit, wrote and recorded a follow-up album entitled Thrive in 2012 and then…well…the waiting game began.

Two years, several band members and a new record label (Hardline Entertainment) later and Thrive is set to finally see the light of day. With obvious Clash-influeced reggae-dub-punk influences, the album centers on a “one love” vibe that was inspired at least in part by the documentary with which it shares a name (more here). And yet, it’s not ALL peace and love, as the album points continuously to the circular nature of war profiteering and the conflicts that, hopefully, won’t be our demise.

We caught up with Nathen a week prior to the September 23rd release of Thrive to talk about the holdups behind the album’s release, the balancing his Flogging Molly and Bunny Gang sides, and answering the all-important question: “what is punk rock?”. We also spent some time discussing the controversial documentary that gave Thrive its name, and whether or not it gets hard to keep up the “one love” mantra in an ongoing war cycle. Check out our chat below.

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I recently had a brief and somewhat confusing interview with Svetlanas front woman and ex KGB Spy Olga. It may seem a bit convoluted but when speaking to someone as frightening as Olga is, one may find it easier to just listen and take notes.  Although she may only be about five foot two inches tall she tends to dominate the room and the conversation with a commanding presence, and a thousand yard dead pan stare that lets you know she is in control.  Also note that this interview is verbatim hence her answers are in somewhat broken English and not poor grammar on my part. Which I felt added to the character of the story and this very interesting woman (helps if you read her answers in your head with a Russian accent).

Check out the interview below.

Svetlanas most recent album “Tales From the Alpha Brigade” was released last summer through Altercation Records.

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DC Fallout frontman Scott Hallquist recently talked to Bird Attack Radio about the music scene, the band’s latest album Objector, and more.

You can listen to the full interview here (you have to use something besides Firefox to hear it).

DC Fallout self-released Objector on November 12th, 2013. You can stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp.

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Guitarist Zach Blair of Rise Against was recently interviewed by Florida Today. In the interview he discussed their new album “The Black Market,”Pete Townshend and more.

You can read the interview here.

The Black Market was released on July 15th through Interscope Records. It serves as a follow-up to 2011′s Endgame.

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Joey Cape, Chris Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom perform on “Improv4humans”

Posted by vdubowner on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM (PST)

Lagwagon‘s frontman Joey Cape, Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners) and Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios) recently stopped by “Improv4humans,” a weekly improvised comedy podcast hosted by comedian Matt Besser. They witnessed some funny sketches, played live music as an experimental band, and talked about Joey’s label One Week Records.

If you have about an hour to kill you might want to give the podcast a listen below.

You can catch Joey Cape, Chris Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom on their ongoing One Week Records tour.

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When asked in a recent interview about the possibility of new 88 Fingers Louie music being released, guitarist Dan Wleklinski (aka Mr. Precision) said there has “been some talk” about new music being recorded, but nothing in currently set in stone.

You can watch the full video interview below, courtesy of our friends at Blank TV.

We’ll keep you all posted if we hear anything about a new 88FL release of some sort.  The legendary punk band got back together late last year for a reunion show at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall, and they have since played a few more shows in the US and Canada.

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NOFX’s Fat Mike talks about “Backstage Passport 2″

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, NOFX frontman Fat Mike offered details about the long-awaited sequel to Backstage Passport, a series documenting the band’s life on the road. When asked what was in the works, Mike said:

“We have Backstage Passport 2, which is coming out. We’re working on a deal with Netflix, which should be very cool, exclusive Netflix content. We had Backstage Passport 1, where we went to countries no one ever goes to, snorting ketamine and ecstasy in Singapore, which you’re not supposed to do, Israel, Russia, Indonesia, Philippines. We got in a lot of trouble and made no money. It was a disaster, but it was a lot of fun. This one is more about South America and making up all the shows that got canceled in the riots and also about me being — I’m not gonna say a drug addict, ’cause when I’m off tour I don’t do drugs, but an excessive drug user, and you get to see me at my worst. It was probably the worst night of my life as far as behavior, it was in Monterey, Mexico. It was all on film.”

NOFX’s latest full-length album Self Entitled was released in 2012 through Fat Wreck Chords. They released the EP Stoke Extinguisher that same year.

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Zebrahead’s Ali Tabatabaee talks about “Way More Beer” and next album

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM (PST)

In a recent interviewZebrahead frontman Ali Tabatabaee talked about the band’s decision to fund their upcoming live DVD Way More Beer on PledgeMusic. He states:

“It is crazy, but we have some of the best fans in the world. We honestly didn’t think it was going to go that quickly or do so well, but we’re so stoked. When we first started talking about it, we wanted to do something, especially for our fans. We wanted to give them something [so they could] experience our live show, and we thought, ‘Well you know, let’s record something when we’re on tour,’ and it happened to fall in Cologne, Germany.

We wanted them to experience being on tour with us and seeing us play live, especially because we don’t play the U.S. too often. As soon as we started talking to the people at Pledge, they really helped us get everything in order and helped us go throughout the process. It’s been a very positive experience, and obviously, a percentage of the proceeds go to Children’s Hospital in Orange County, which is a huge, huge thing we’re really happy about. So it’s been a very positive experience for us.”

Ali also talked about the next Zebrahead album, which will be the follow-up to last year’s Call Your Friends, “Yeah man, we’ve been in the studio all week. Today, actually, is our first day off. We’ve worked on over 50 ideas, so we’re starting to get deep into the new album I think the songs are a little dirtier and a little heavier on guitar, but we are just starting out and that’s the direction the songs have organically gone to, so well see how it turns out. But right now, they’re pretty rocking. Everyone is really excited, so we are stoked to do this last tour and come home and focus on it.”

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Glenn Danzig talks about Samhain reunion, next Danzig album

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, Glenn Danzig talked about the reunion of Samhain, the band he was involved in after the Misfits‘ initial breakup in 1983, and offered an update on the next Danzig album, which will be the band’s first since 2010′s Death Red Sabaoth. Asked what made him bring Samhain back together to celebrate the the 30th anniversary of their debut album Initium, Glenn replied:

“We got an offer from the people at Riot Fest for a Samhain show. It just came out of the blue. They were doing their ten-year anniversary and they were doing the ten essential albums and they wanted Samhain to be a part of it with Slayer and Jane’s Addiction. A lot of bands. Just the fact that they would include the Samhain ‘Initium’ record as one of ten essential records, that’s pretty cool. So I talked to Steve in London and they were like, “Yeah let’s do it.” So we’re going to perform the whole ‘Initium’ record front-to-back. I think that’s the first time we’ve ever done it.”

On the long-awaited new Danzig record, Glenn stated, “I’m working on that right now. It seems like time slips out of your hands. You wake up and 2-3 years have passed. Danzig did a lot of touring on this last record, I think more touring than I’ve ever done before. It was spaced out over X amount of years but I think it’s time to sit back a little after these shows in the fall and try and get everything I’ve been doing out.”

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Rick Barton is always searching.

The longtime veteran of the Boston punk rock scene finds himself on the perpetual quest to be the best man that he could be. To be brutally honest, this quest has come with its fair share of trials and tribulations. As Barton sings on “Busted,” which appears on his band Continental‘s upcoming album Millionaires,  he may have “been dumb more times than (he has) been smart.” And yet, with age of course comes wisdom. The original Dropkick Murphys‘ guitarist has taken his lumps over the years, but seems to continue to learn from his mistakes from an unlikely source: Facebook?

Boston-area music fans may know of the maelstrom that Barton created in a serious of rather opinionated posts on the social networking site last Spring (the details of which will not be discussed here…ask around). “Anybody can do whatever the hell they want,” Barton recounts. “That’s the one thing I learned about my debacle on Facebook; anyone can do whatever they want, I don’t even care. I just know that I have to do what I have to do for myself.”

And that’s what Barton continues to do. Dying Scene caught up with Barton a few times over the last week or so to discuss Continental’s upcoming album, to get a little bit into his history as a songwriter, particularly with Continental and Dropkick Murphys, and to discuss his goals for his current project (which, as you should know, features his son Stephen on bass). The result, as to be expected, was as straight-forward, honest and compelling as you’d expect. Barton continues to wear his heart on his sleeve, which we generally celebrate as a scene. Unless, of course, that heart makes us uncomfortable, which is on us, not on him. Check out our conversation below!

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Fall Out Boy to release new album early next year

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, Fall Out Boy bassist Patrick Stump confirmed that the band’s next album will be released around early 2015. He explains:

“We don’t have an exact timetable yet. I mean, I have a two-week old son and Patrick has a baby on the way in October, so there’s a lot going on. The thing that we’ve done is…we’re basically like Tuscan Raiders, Sand People from Star Wars. We’re very mobile, our families are very mobile, and our kids can go on tour with us every summer. I don’t think that’s necessarily an issue. The other thing is that we still care about albums. I don’t think that pop culture is at a place where as a whole, it cares about new contemporary albums, but our fanbase definitely does. They really care about bodies of work, and that’s something we still aspire to. My guess is 2015 – very early 2015 – for an album. And that’s absolutely the goal; we won’t just be putting out songs, there will be an album.”

Fall Out Boy streamed a new song yesterday called “Centuries”.

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Dexter Holland and Blag Dahlia talk shit about punk rock

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM (PST)

The Offspring have been quite busy recently, and has just finished up a little tour with some up-and-coming bands The Vandals, Bad Religion, and Pennywise.

At their stop at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, Offspring vocalist/guitarist Dexter Holland sat down with Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia to talk shop about their lives in the punk rock world.

The first installment of the two-part interview (conducted by Punk Rock Theory) can be heard below, where the guys rip on TSOL, share their mixed feelings about playing large shows, and talk about their struggles becoming famous, among other topics.

Stay tuned for part two coming in the next few days, and head here to view some live shots from the bands’ Boston tour stop.

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Noodles says The Offspring have a couple of songs done for new release

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:02 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, The Offspring guitarist Noodles revealed that the band has a couple of songs done for their next release, which will be the follow-up to 2012′s Days Go By. Noodles explains:

“We already have a couple of things done — one song we really feel strongly about and want to get out there, and three, four, five songs, total, done or close to done. Trying to do it on the road it ends up being piecemeal and a little weird, so we’re going to wait ’til we get home and have a couple of days rest and then go in and do the vocals and see what happens.”

Noodles also stated that the band is exploring a variety of options for releasing new material, explaining, “I think the way the world is now, why make the fans wait for these songs we have now for two years or whatever, when we have a whole new record ready. We might do an EP now or release them as singles and eventually compile them all into a record. It’s so amazing how you can get your music to your fans now, get your ideas to your fans, your artwork or whatever. The fact that you took a shit on the bus and can tweet that and the fans will laugh — hopefully they’ll laugh. But it’s amazing how immediate everything can be now. It wasn’t like that when we started.”

The Offspring released the covers EP Summer Nationals exclusively on iTunes and Spotify via Time Bomb last month, which was released to coincide with the Summer Nationals tour with Bad ReligionPennywiseThe Vandals and Stiff Little Fingers. The band planning to self-release a new single this fall.

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Joey Cape talks about Lagwagon’s upcoming album “Hang”

Posted by Lauren Mills on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM (PST)

Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape talked to RMP Magazine about the band’s upcoming album “Hang.” You can check out an excerpt about what fans can expect from the album below.

Joey Cape: Well, it sounds like a Lagwagon album but maybe it is a little bit more focused on more guitar riffy stuff we used to do in the older days. And there’s a lot less pop on the record, it’s really aggressive and there are the lyrics I wrote over about two years’ time, which sort of make it’s a conceptual record. In loose terms, it’s kind of social commentary on now, what I see. And I’m really happy with it, I mean the most happy I’ve ever been time with any record I ever made. The whole bands is proud of the record and excited to play this record. This thing when you make a good record and you know it, you feel like you can’t wait to play those new songs. Which we’re not doing as we’re waiting to play the songs until the album comes out. It’s almost painful on this tour because maybe at a soundcheck we’re playing one of the new songs but we can’t play them in the set.

You can read the full interview here. Hang is set to be released on October 28th through Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the band’s first full-length in nearly a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2005′s Resolve.

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D.J. Bonebrake on the possibility of new X album

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, X drummer D.J. Bonebrake said that there is a possibility the iconic L.A. punk band will put out a new album, but not anytime soon. He explains:

“You never know. There’s always a possibility we’ll put out some new material, but it’s not going to be soon. We’ve talked about working on new stuff, but to actually make it happen is more difficult.”

X’s last album containing new material, Hey Zeus!, was released in 1993 on Big Life Records.

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