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DS Interview: Louise Distras on the eve of her first headline US tour

UK-based folk-punk singer/songwriter, and Dying Scene favorite, Louise Distras is headed out on her first string of headline shows in the US in the very near future…as in, she plays her first such gig today in Los Angeles. We caught up with Distras for an impromptu interview late last night and spun it around for publication this morning in preparation for tonight’s show. Check out our conversation below; never quite done one like this before, but we think it came out pretty entertaining!

Distras is still touring in support of her debut full length album, Dreams From The Factory Floor, which came out in the US via Pirates Press just about a year ago. You can check out her tour dates below as well, just underneath our Q&A!



Adam Pfahler says Jawbreaker are in talks of reuniting

In a recent interview, Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler revealed that he and his bandmates have been practicing together, and are considering a reunion after 20 years apart. He states:

“We’ve totally talked about it, and everyone is excited about it, but it’s gotta be right. It’s gotta be cool. It’s gotta be just right. All the money in the world isn’t gonna make that happen. Everyone’s just gotta be right there with it.”

A video of Adam discussing the possibility of a reunion can be viewed below.

Jawbreaker broke up in 1996, shortly after the release of Dear You. Although the band has never officially reformed, the members of Jawbreaker got together a year ago working on a documentary called Don’t Back Down.



Video: Interview w/ DIRECT HIT!

Bobby Pickles interviews Nick Woods and Devon Kay of the Milwaukee-based pop punk band, DIRECT HIT! @Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, FL prior to them opening for NOFX on the Hepatitis Bathtub Music and Book Tour!

Watch the video below.



DS Interview: Jim Lindberg on Wraths debut LP, new Pennywise, and remaining a punk rock dad

There comes a time in the life of many, if not most, a punk rock frontman when the tempo starts to slow a little bit, both personally and musically. The midsection starts to expand, the hair starts to grey, the beard moves beyond three-day stubble, and the shirts turn infinitely more flannel. It happens to the best of them, and the best of them do it damn well. Longtime Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg has got other intentions.

On his latest side project, Wraths, Lindberg teamed up with 1208′s Steve McCall and Chris Kranes (also of The Darlings) and Kranes’ Darlings bandmate Andrew Tyler Murphy for a dozen of the most raw, aggressive tracks he’s been a part of in years. The sound hearkens back to the early days of LA or DC hardcore; seminal bands like Dag Nasty and Scream and Dead Kennedys and, of course, Black Flag, have been bandied about in articles and press releases surrounding the Wraths project. “That was a conscious effort,” says Lindberg “We really wanted to be very raw…I think punk rock was meant to be just mic’d up and blasted out. Forget about all the after effects.” The sound is raw, aggressive…and not for everybody, as Lindberg says half-jokingly “my wife is…I wouldn’t say she’s not a fan, but I think she’s ready for me to do my acoustic record!”

Wraths hits hard and fast, as you might expect from a release fronted by Lindberg. But in a style that’s much different than the recording process in his “day job,” Wraths was recorded in effectively two one-day sessions. And yes, that was strictly by design. “It’s basically a live record, and I thought that was a really cool way to do it,” explains Lindberg. Like a lot of bands that helped usher in the glory days of the skate punk era, Pennywise spent a great deal of time crafting and fine-tuning a sound that would become extremely influential in its own right. That fine-tuning has its downside, however. “It really sucks out the immediacy and the realness of the music when you have to do it a hundred times,” says Lindberg, though he’s careful to not step on the toes of his peers. “A lot of people like that, but I just absolutely hate it…Everyone has a way they want to do things, and mine is definitely the exception to the rule.”

Lindberg’s last project, The Black Pacific, came at a time when Lindberg had stepped away from Pennywise after more than two decades fronting the pioneering skate punk band. Wraths, however, is Lindberg’s first side project after rejoining Pennywise, and came about almost by accident. As Lindberg explains: “Steve and Chris played in 1208 together and had been friends for a long time and they hooked up with Drew (Murphy) on the drums, and they probably demoed six or seven songs and asked me if I knew of any singers. When I heard it, I said I’d love to do it, so they graciously accepted my offer.”

Prior to his initial split with Pennywise, the decision to partake in a side project like Wraths may not, necessarily, have gone over well inside the band. “There’s a certain thing that can happen to bands after you’ve been doing it for about twenty years, or eight or nine or ten albums, where you just get in to this thing where it becomes automatic,” explains Lindberg. However, a quarter-century of working together and a vastly different musical landscape have combined to allow Lindberg and his Pennywise bandmates a little more in the way of creative freedom. “Fletcher (Dragge, Pennywise guitarist) did Chaos Delivery Machine, which is a great record…he did that with Jason (Page) and Justin (Thirsk), which is awesome, and he played bass on it, which is out of his wheelhouse…as long as people can be there for (Pennywise) and play shows, why not” do a side project that might breath new life into their main band, Lindberg suggests.

Pennywise will remain busy on the road for the bulk of the remainder of the year, and Lindberg will squeeze a few smaller runs with Wraths into the cracks that his chaotic schedule allows. And while Wraths might be a more aggressive album than Lindberg has been involved with in years, that doesn’t mean the acoustic record isn’t coming down the ‘pike. “I’m glad to have a little reprieve from that before I do that. But I guarantee you that the next time we talk, I’ll be in a flannel with a beard and an acoustic. I’ll just try not to make it suck!”

Check out our full interview with the great Jim Lindberg below, and pick up your copy of Wraths’ debut LP here!



DS Interview: Rob Taxpayer (The Taxpayers) on new album, punk ethos, and dream gig

The Taxpayers were the first band to ever convert me live. I saw them with Bomb the Music Industry! and the Sidekicks at the now defunct Backspace many years ago. It was a night to remember. The band ripped through their set, but also taught us dances and threw blow-up animals into the pit to be knocked around. They showed me what a good live band was supposed to be, while proving that serious and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Taxpayers can have it both ways, and seeing them do it so successfully has made me a lifelong fan. The night, the stage, the show is for fun. The album is for art. A band can have both– and the Taxpayers regularly do.

Big Delusion Factory is their latest in a long series of wonderfully intricate punk albums and I was lucky enough to sit down with vocalist/guitarist Rob Taxpayer to discuss that and much more.

Click here for full interview.



It’s a Double-International Episode of Dying Scene Radio w/ Chris Fox LIVE from somewhere in France and Bobby Pickles talking smack atop a volcano in Costa Rica; Spotlight Interview: Chuck Coast, Ayahuasca Costa Rica

This week on Dying Scene Radio, it’s a double-international episode! Bobby Pickles conducts his end of the podcast from the courtyard area of a Hostel on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, while Chris Fox orchestrates his half of the show from somewhere in France with the help of his beer-producer, Jesse Williams. SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: Ayhuasquero Brother, Chuck Coast of Ayahuasca Costa Rica. Plus, a brand new Boss’ Daughter track!

Special commentary from St. Augustine punk act Kid You Not.

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Sunny on the Causeway – Stop Snitchin’
Mug – Misery Guts
Backdrop Falls – Flesh and Bones
NOFX – Hepatitis Bathtub
Stay Wild – Trigger Warning
The Brass – You Know Who You Are
Useless ID – We Don’t Want the Airwaves
Kid You Not – When Life Gives You Lemons, Say Fuck The Lemons And Bail
SugarEater – Baby, You’re A Drag
Boss’ Daughter – Weak Week
The Barren Marys – Sober
Interview w/ Chuck Coast (Ayahuasca Costa Rica)
Colorsfade – Everyday That Passes
PEARS – Chemical Smile (Everclear cover)
Backyard Superheroes – Netflix & Chill
Direct Hit – Forced To Sleep
Black Bolt – Kurf’s Up
Special Victims Unit – Kill Your Pimp
Captain Trips – Faux News

Look, I know we’re late on this (about 2 weeks out). The Descendents have since announced a new record, Blink released first new track with Skibba – but for all the semi-latest headlines and new music, check it out below.



Sick Of It All’s Lou and Pete Koller interview about tattoos

Sick Of It All‘s Pete and Lou Koller sat down with Beyond the Ink recently and talked about tattoos. There is also an article with the video in French that you can check out here. For those of you who don’t speak French, there are some great live photos of SOIA as well as pictures of all of Pete and Lou’s tattoos.

You can check the video out below.



NOFX to release new album in June

photo by Ben Garcia

As you may recall, NOFX just recently finished recording and mixing their long-awaited new album. Following that, they streamed one new song a few days ago (“Hepatitis Bathtub“) and released the 7″ EP Sid and Nancy last Saturday, which was Record Store Day. Now, NOFX frontman Fat Mike has revealed that the still-untitled new album will be released in June:

“Our new album is I think our most personable album yet. For me it was like peeling off my skin. The new album which will come out in June is the first album that I wrote and recorded a lot of while I was using drugs. In the past I have always gone into the studio and recorded sober. What I found while working on this album was that I cared more. After I would do a line I became extremely focused on making whatever song I was working on the best it could be. A lot of this came from not only writing the book but also from when I was working on the “Home Street Home” musical. With a musical you can’t put in one word that’s not needed as you have 2 hours to tell an entire story. You can’t waste a word. You will definitely be able to tell the influences of the book and the musical on this new album.”

Nearly four years have passed since NOFX released their most recent studio album Self-Entitled through Fat Wreck Chords.



Members of Greys, The Coathangers and Night Birds talk about their favorite punk movies

Members of Greys, The Coathangers and Night Birds sat down to chat about their favorite punk flicks.

Check out their list here.

Greys upcoming sophomore full-length album, Outer Heaven,  is due out April 22nd on Carpark Records (US) and Buzz Records (Canada)



Video Interview: Fat Mike talks sex, cross dressing and new book “The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories”

In a (not surprisingly) super open and candid interview Fat Mike talks to some dude from Highlark about the NOFX biographical book “NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories”. Before he gets into the book details half the interview is about the joys of cross dressing and Mike’s sex life with his dominatrix wife. Its entertaining and maybe a little alarming – is this the kinda shit I’m going to have to get into to keep my sex life interesting 6 or 7 years from now? Ultimately though its a great promotional piece for the book. He gives a couple summaries of some of the stories in it and also discloses that each band member was interviewed separately for the book, leading to a few shocking discoveries for the band themselves once it came out.

Anyway, if you’ve got 20 or so minutes its worth watching. Just try to ignore the awkwardness of the interviewee (man, I would have done such a better job conducting that interview). Check it out below.

“The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories” is available now. Pick it up on Amazon. I just did.



Dropkick Murphys’ Tim Brennan talks about songwriting process of next album

In a recent interviewDropkick Murphys guitarist Tim Brennan talked about the songwriting process of their anticipated new album, which is in the works, but explains how they are beyond the days where they feel the pressure to release music on tight schedules:

“We’ve never been the type of band who goes into the studio with loose ideas and fleshes them out during the recording process; we tend to like to have more or less a button on the songs we want to record… We still give ourselves room to move once we get the songs into the studio, but we will almost always have a fairly concrete idea of what we want to get out of the recording of specific songs.”

The new album will be the band’s first since 2013′s Signed and Sealed With Blood released through their own label Born & Bred Records.



Erik Sandin says new NOFX album is finished

In a recent interview, NOFX drummer Erik Sandin (aka Smelly) revealed that the band just finished recording and mixing their long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2012′s Self Entitled. He states:

“It’s funny; right as you called I was about to put in our new [album], which got mixed yesterday and give it a listen to. It’s mixed, it’s done, in the can, it’s getting ready to get shipped off to whoever it gets shipped off to. It sounds awesome. We used a different producer this time; we were using Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore for a long time, but we used Cameron Webb and he did a fucking phenomenal job.”

It is currently not known when the new album will be released, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on it come to light. NOFX recently played one song from the new record, reportedly titled “I’m Sorry, Tony“, which is a tribute to their late friend Tony Sly from No Use for a Name.



Bobby Pickles Interviews Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) in Gainesville at The Moat House

Check out this full (almost) video interview with Roger Lima (bassist/vocalist) of Less Than Jake. The conversation takes place at Lima’s recording studio, The Moat House, located in Gainesville, Florida. Lima will to be featured on the next episode of Dying Scene Radio.



DS Interview: New Jersey punks The Jasons talk new record “Get Fucked”, PC Punk and more

Interviewing The Jasons is way different than talking to any other band. The phone rings at (close enough to) the agreed upon time, you pick it up, say hello, and you hear two dudes with faux-Jersey accents yelling “FUCK YOU!!!” in your ear.

Yup, that’s The Jasons.

Inspired largely by their love of the Ramones, with more recent nods to Ben Weasel, G.G. Allin, and the Dwarves, this band of Jason Voorhees-themed, stalking and slashing mommy loving mongoloid brothers from Crystal Lake, New Jersey are here to say not much else, really. They hope their version of “Red Blooded American punk rock” speaks for itself.

But, if you want to get them started, you can ask them about the punk rock scene these days.

Following up on 2014’s Stalk and Slash Summer, which found Jasons V (vocals/guitar), 3D (bass/vocals), Hollywood (lead guitar) and Hell (drums) playing beach blanket bingo and going to Manhattan, V and 3D were more than ready to discuss their third D.I.Y. release in as many years, Get Fucked, set to drop March 31, with Dying Scene.

Check out the entire interview below.

*photo credit: Bryan Flowers



El Hefe talks about new NOFX album

NOFX guitarist El Hefe was recently interviewed by Ultimate-Guitar.com, where he gave an update on the band’s long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2012′s Self Entitled. Here’s what he had to say:

“We are in the middle of recording a new album. We’re getting close to the end. I have a few more tracks I need to record myself. I don’t know when the release date is for that because we’re still in the process and we’re going back and changing things. But yes, there will be a new album sometime soon. I’m sure Far Wreck Chords will announce when a release date is set.”

Speaking of new music, NOFX are releasing a new 7″ next month called Sid & Nancy on Record Store Day (April 16th) through Fat Wreck Chords, which will include two demos of songs that are expected to appear on the new record.