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DS Interview: Strike Anywhere’s Thomas Barnett discusses political climate, punk politics and new material

Strike Anywhere’s vibrant and prescient style of political hardcore has been around for nearly two decades now. Their last release was in 2009 but the songs still ring as true as ever; if not even more than when they were written. I was lucky enough to catch up with singer Thomas Barnett at the final show of their short run with A Global Threat and War On Women to talk about the politics of punk, how age and experience shape your view on the music that changed your life growing up and the current political climate. You can read the whole interview below.

Strike Anywhere’s last record was “Iron Front” in 2009.

Greg Graffin talks about the next Bad Religion album

Houston Chronicle recently conducted an interview with Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, who talked about songwriting, the state of American politics, and his future plans, which include his next book and the next Bad Religion album. Video clips from that interview can be viewed below.

Asked in the interview when Bad Religion fans can expect a new album, Greg replied:

“Next year. You know, Brett and I will start writing some more, but…you know, these things are not like the water faucet. You can’t just turn on hot water. It’s very, you know…it’s a struggle to write quality, and if we didn’t have a legacy of quality, we wouldn’t be sitting here today. So, it’s…you know, it’s been three years and some people wonder, ‘Why can’t you put out a new record every year?’ ‘Cause it wouldn’t be very good.”

The new Bad Religion record will be the band’s first studio album since 2013′s True North, and their first one with new members Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.

Stream new Moonraker (punk) LP “Fail Better” & read interview with drummer David Green

Out of sunny Southern California (Santa Clarita to be exact), the melodic punk trio Moonraker is making waves and catching attention in the punk community. The band has released a hefty catalogue of music, all leading up to this Friday (10/14/16), which marks the release date of their highly anticipated debut LP “Fail Better”, being put out through Felony Records. The new record is a follow up to their “String Theory” EP, released in 2014.

I was able to catch up with drummer and founding member David Green about the new LP, the band, and all the bullshit that life throws your way from time to time.

Check out the full interview and stream “Fail Better” in its entirety below.

DS Interview: Shawna Potter of War On Women discusses political climate and show ettiquette

War On Women shows tend to straddle the line between protest and punk show. They exploded onto the scene in 2011 with their 10-inch “Improvised Weapons” and in the last year put out their eponymous debut full-length to thunderous applause from the punk rock community. Malamute sat down (figuratively) with singer/lyricist Shawna Potter and discussed, among other things, the band’s popularity in and outside the punk scene, sexism in Lord Of The Rings and punk show etiquette. You can read the full interview below.

War On Women’s last release was their self-titled full-length in February 2015.

An Afternoon With Monty Messex of Dead Fucking Last

Dead Fucking Last

The last time legendary SoCal hardcore act, Dead Fucking Last released new material, most of you were still in diapers. After releasing Grateful, way back in 1997, the boys went on hiatus and stayed there for nearly twenty years. When we heard that they were making a comeback a few years ago, we were giddy. So, when a request popped up in our inbox to interview them, we couldn’t turn it down! Unfortunately, the only available staffer was AnarchoPunk, so he was the lucky schmuck that got to meet up with founding member and guitarist, Monty Messex for a chat in the shadows of DTLA, in the Silver Lake neighborhood. Check out the full interview below!**

**If reading isn’t your thing, you can also listen to the full interview on this week’s episode of DyingScene Radio**

Dropkick Murphys to release two new albums next year

In a recent interview, Dropkick Murphys bassist/vocalist Ken Kasey revealed that the band has finished two new records to be released next year, the first to be released in the first in the first week of January and the second to be released six months later.

You can listen to the rest of the interview here.

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

Interview: Take This Bird And Shove It Festival organizers, Jesse Tucci and Chris Caton

Photo courtesy of Vera Velma Hernandez, IG: @vicious_velma

The city of Philadelphia is quickly gaining recognition for its booming and creative punk scene. What is often an ignored city, Philly’s punk roots go back decades and the scene continues to grow deep under the shadows and in the underground. Take This Bird And Shove It Festival is one of the many explosive punk music festivals that calls Philadelphia home, and it’s now in its second year. I got the chance to talk to the festival’s founders and organizers, Jesse Tucci and Chris Caton. Through their eyes, we get a peak into what’s going on behind the scenes of one of the city’s most beloved weekend long shows.

Keep reading after the cut.

Noodles says The Offspring hope to have new album finished by the end of the year

Vorterix recently conducted an interview with The Offspring guitarist Noodles, who revealed that the band has about five or six songs done for their long-awaited new album, and they hope to have it finished by the end of the year. You can watch the interview in its entirety below.

The Offspring, who haven’t put out a full-length album since 2012′s Days Go By, recently released a new song for the film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.

Pansy Division talk queerness and punk, past and present

Queercore legends Pansy Division are back at it again! With their highly anticipated upcoming album “Quite Contrary” coming out in a few days, the band’s frontman Jon Ginoli  had a chat with Alt Press and Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce from up and coming Brooklyn queercore group PWR BTTM to discuss queerness in punk. You can read the transcription below.

The band has already released two songs, “He’s Trouble” and “Blame the Bible” which you can listen to here.

“Quite Contrary” will be Pansy Division’s first full-length album in 7 years, serving as a follow-up to 2009′s “That’s So Gay”.

DS Exclusive: Rob Rufus (Blacklist Royals) talks about his upcoming memoir, “Die Young With Me”

The market for music-industry memoirs is a cluttered, albeit typically enjoyable one. There’s a bit of a standard flow to what makes most of these works successful: one-part entertainment, one-part shock value, one-part precautionary tale, one-part paean to the music that helped guide them through. Special attention is typically paid to those times when an individual crashed and burned due to their own behavior, only to have mustered up some redemption on the other side. As long as the names are somewhat familiar and the stories are lurid and riddled with enough sex and drugs and rock and roll to go around, it generally makes for a compelling and fulfilling (though not entirely ground-breaking) couple of days to dissect cover-to-cover.

If we’re using that, then, as the sort of loose framework from which many a good (or at least widely-read) rock and roll story was generated, it makes little-to-no sense for a guy like Rob Rufus to throw his trademark fiddler hat in the proverbial ring. If you’re even a casual peruser of Dying Scene and you’re not familiar with Rufus by name…well…that’s exactly the point; over the last half-dozen years, we’ve written four- or five-dozen stories about the band for which Rufus is not only the drummer but one-half of the twin-brother duo that makes up the band’s core (hint: they’re called Blacklist Royals).

Rufus’ memoir, Die Young With Me, is due out September 20th (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) and it is, by no stretch of the imagination, a standard fare rock and roll tome; the bulk of the story takes place largely between Rufus’ 12th and 19th birthdays, and a quick run through the “sex, drugs and rock-and-roll” litmus test reveals intimate encounters that rarely escalate above teenage backseat-of-mom’s car heavy petting, drugs that include names like “bleomycin” and “cisplatin” and “something called VP16,” and a rock and roll band that’s effectively unknown to the masses. Put ‘em together and what have you got? Probably the most compelling page-turner of the genre (or any true-life genre) in recent memory.

You see, the Rufus twins grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, a middle-of-nowhere town if ever there were a middle-of-nowhere town; a rest stop on the way from..well…from Louisville to Pittsburgh, I guess? Punk rock culture, or most any culture really, was virtually nonexistent. Were it not for one fateful trip the brothers took to a family reunion in Richmond, Virginia, that might still be the case. The duo spent the better part of a long weekend poring through the music collection of their cousin Anthony, who despite being only a few years older than Rob and his brother Nat, was already steeped in Richmond’s mid-1990s punk scene.

With a newfound love for punk music in tow, the brothers headed back to rural West Virginia with a new outlook on life and music…and a healthy dose of inspiration. “The best thing about punk rock to me (was) that nobody was really that good!” says Rufus with a laugh. In many ways that trip spawned a period of what has now been close to twenty years of writing and making music. “In a lot of ways,” explains Rufus, “(Die Young With Me) is a kind of love letter to punk rock music and how awesome it was for a kid from the middle of nowhere to hear anything like that.”

At first glance, the phrases “love letter to punk rock” and “most compelling page-turner of the genre in recent memory” may not realistically overlap. But then again, there’s a huge part of the story that’s been left out so far unless you’re familiar with the drugs listed above. At the age of seventeen, just as his band (then called Defiance of Authority which frontman Nat would later refer to in an interview as “pretty much the worst band name of all time”) had gotten an offer to play a week’s worth of shows on the Warped Tour (a huuuuge deal for a band of high school kids from West Virginia, or anywhere for that matter) Rufus got diagnosed with cancer; a rare, and fairly progressed cancer. “It’s called a germ cell tumor, which is basically the same makeup of testicular cancer except that it starts somewhere else in your body,” says Rufus rather matter-of-factly, at this point probably well-rehearsed in telling the details. “It was basically like a big fucking tumor in the middle of my chest.”

Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis is an unfathomable thing for most people to comprehend at any age, let alone being a 17-year-old punk rocker from Nowheresville, USA. In fact, the latter confluence of facts led to an initial inability to even get a diagnosis. The signs and symptoms were there but, as Rufus tells it, “I’d been getting progressively more sick for months, and my normal doctor was on sabbatical, and then every time I went to the doctor at a local hospital, I would see whoever was available. It was very fucking clear that something was wrong with me. But a lot of times I would go the local hospital and they would look at me, and I was in my super punk phase with big spiked bleached hair and a Black Flag shirt with a middle finger on it or whatever it may be, and they would just dismiss me.”

Once the diagnosis came, treatment came quickly and aggressively, and just in the nick of time:  “It was so bad that if I would have waited another week before getting diagnosed, I would have died. My lungs were on the verge of collapse because this tumor was so big and wrapped around my organs.” Treatment also meant shipping out of West Virginia altogether, by way of a speedy ambulance ride to Columbus, Ohio. The treatment was aggressive, about as aggressive as you’ll find for chemotherapy in a “child.” And it seemingly worked, at least for a while. Fast-forward the tape to age nineteen and the cancer would make an unfortunate, and very grave, return.

“I was first cancer-free for not even a year, or six months,” says Rufus, before explaining in detail that “the cancer came back in my hip and went in my legs and mutated. That was the only time that I really realized that they thought I was gonna fucking die. They were basically like, “well, we have this treatment that they’ve used a couple times in Japan and we can try that and we can try to make you comfortable.” And I’m like “what the fuck does that mean? I don’t want to be ‘made comfortable’!” That was a really surreal moment in my life. It was the only time through all of that that I really was like “I’m so fucked,” and that it really sunk in like that.”

Treatment for the second round of cancer involved another bout with chemotherapy, intense radiation therapy, removal of his right lung and half his diaphragm, and a series of other lengthy complications. But it also worked successfully. Now in his early thirties, Rufus has a good, if somewhat uncharted, prognosis. Before Rufus’s generation, kids with most childhood cancers didn’t really…survive. They didn’t really get better, at least not in any great numbers. “Doctors and oncologists and everybody are very aware that they don’t know what issues will come from those treatments and what issues will develop as you get older and older,” he explains insightfully. “I’m aware of all that, but I also know that there’s nothing I can do to change it other than what I’m already doing. At this point, I’m trying to enjoy my life as much as I can. I want to create as much as I can create and do my thing and have a good fucking time!”

Read this book. Seriously. It’s funny and moving and disturbing and very, very real. And the idea was helped along by a somewhat unlikely source; Blacklist Royals’ former label boss (and Less Than Jake drummer) Vinnie Fiorello. “Vinnie…was actually the first and really the only person to say “what the fuck are you doing writing these stupid fucking rock and roll songs? Your life is so much more interesting than that, and you have so much more to say than that!”

So what do you do when you have an interesting story and you finally figure out how to tell it and what to say, but you’re a punk rock drummer with no ties to the book publishing industry? You go back to your roots. “I just kind of did it like I did when I was a teenager sending out demo tapes,” explains Rufus. “I’d get books I liked and look up the author’s agent and the publisher, and I just started sending out manuscripts.”

The result is, well, it’s due out September 20th. Pre-orders are available a bunch of different places, like here. And check out our full Q&A with Rob below; it’s one of our favorites, if we can be so self-indulgent.

Box Car Racer to reunite for new album?

In a recent interviewBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker talked about the possibility of reuniting with Angels & Airwaves frontman and former Blink bandmate Tom DeLonge for another Box Car Racer album. He states:

“You know, it’s been mentioned [laughs]. That’d be cool, but it’s hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink. It was weird because at the time I was listening to Stanford Prison Experiment, Pitchfork, Quicksand, Fugazi, all these bands, and Tom [DeLonge] was like, “What the fuck is Quicksand?” He heard it and fell in love and really dived right into that whole post-hardcore genre.

We started writing and had no idea what it was going to be for. I think we were both under the impression in the beginning that it was going to be a Blink album. Then it was like, no let’s do this cool little side project, but we won’t put an album out. Then the label heard it and wanted to put it out. Then there wasn’t going to be a tour, but they were like ah, you can do this tour. It just spiraled out of control. . . But I don’t know. [Mark's] not in the band, so would it cause a lot of problems? Would it not? I have no idea. It’s something I can’t even wrap my head around just because I’m so proud of this album that we’re currently supporting. But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound.”

Box Car Racer’s only release, a self-titled album, came out in 2002 before they disbanding a year later.

DS Exclusive: Matt Henson talks new Noi!se, Stadium Way, US Army, family life, and much more

Anyone familiar with Matt Henson, whether through “real life” or social media or some combination thereof, will no doubt be aware that he’s one of the more compelling people in the punk rock scene. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick synopsis in runon sentence format: In addition to playing bass and handling half of the lead vocal duties for Noi!se, Matt tackles vocals and acoustic guitars for Stadium Way, is a devoted husband and father to a young son and an infant daughter, and is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army where he’s in charge of roughly a hundred soldiers.

It’s that last bullet point that has a tendency to draw the most raised eyebrows amongst the traditional “fuck the man, fuck the system” mentality of the punk rock set. To hear Henson tell it, that’s a mentality that he personally grew up with. “There’s an inclination when you’re young and you’re angry and you’re pissed off to say “fuck the man! Fuck the establishment!” And that’s perfectly normal. I was like that, and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to be angry now. I think the political and social climates that we live in right now foster an environment of anger and frustration, and if you care at all about your family or your country, you’re going to be frustrated right now.”

There comes a point in the life of many a young, nihilistic punker at which the progression of time and the culmination of one’s life experiences provides a certain amount of added perspective that forces you to broaden those those earlier views. So while you try to hold on to some of those anti-establishment principles, you also do things like “get a job” and “pay taxes” and “start a family” and “buy a car.” Or, in some cases, you join the Army. “People seem to mistake serving in the military with a blind agreement with everything that the government does,” says Hanson, stating that people assume that “essentially a robot who’s been brainwashed to follow orders and you’re completely devoid of right and wrong and your self and free thought. And that’s certainly not true.”

If you’re like Henson and you take the heart of an idealistic punk rocker and add to it all that comes along with a lifelong military career, you end up with more than enough material to pull from when trying to write music as anything more than just a hobby. “In the Army, we have a phrase “target-rich environment,” explains Henson. “Lyrically, I would say that the United States is one of the most target-rich environments on the face of the planet, if not the universe.” While the problems experienced in the United States don’t necessarily compare to some of the more rigid environments that Henson has experienced abroad, that doesn’t make our problems any less frustrating, particularly given our quintessentially American way of losing sight of the forest because of all the damn trees in the way.

“The rhetoric on both sides (is) less about fixing any of the problems and more about demonstrating how the other side is going to make the problems worse,” explains Henson in a way that will invite anyone with even a modicum of common sense to nod in approval. “It’s almost impossible to have any sort of dialog about any sort of social issue with anyone anymore because everything’s become so divisive that if you make a suggestion or a criticism in any way, shape or form, it almost has to be met with a response from the other side. There can’t be a healthy discussion about how we can fix it and what we can do. It’s more about whose fault it is and who’s making it worse.”

He continues in such a way that yours truly will pull back from editorializing and just stick to the quotes: “There’s definitely other countries that are going through much worse social upheaval and social unrest, and that doesn’t negate what’s going on here. But being away from family, more than anything, shows you what’s important. With that in mind, you look at what’s going on here and your first thought is “how is this going to affect my family”? I have a son and a daughter and the thought becomes less about how annoying this change is for me and more about how this could potentially affect my kids and my grandkids down the line.”

With that as motivation, Henson and his Noi!se bandmates (Nate Leinfelder – vocals/rhythm guitar, Jesse O’Donnell-lead guitar and Kenny Dirkes-drums) set to work on brand new material soon after the release of their last full-length, the stellar-if-underappreciated The Scars We Hide. “It was actually our goal to (get to work) quicker, because I think Nate and I are two of the most impatient people on the face of the planet as it pertains to just about everything, music especially.” Early writing sessions would get interrupted, however, by a call from Uncle Sam. For a one-year period beginning in late 2014, Henson would find himself on deployment in Korea.

But while being seventeen hours ahead might pose some challenges, that doesn’t mean that Henson and the boys rested on their laurels. “Right now, if I had a song idea, the longest I’d have to wait is until next Tuesday so that I could take it to the band,” explains Henson. “In Korea, I would have to wait until I could get into my room, get a decent recording on the acoustic, send it to them, then call them and whistle the other leads and fills and vocal progressions so that they understood what I was talking about.”

When he returned Stateside, Henson took a brief respite to recharge and reconnect with his son and then-pregnant wife, before he the Noi!se gang got right back to work. “I was home for two weeks before we started recording,” says Henson. Why such a quick decision to get back at it? “Anybody that’s got a band probably feels the same way; once it has you, it becomes such a big part of your life. You’ve got all of these things that are pent up and trying to get out.”

The result of those post-Korea writing and recording sessions was the dozen songs that will soon be revealed to the masses as The Real Enemy, the sophomore full length that finds Noi!se raising the proverbial bar while staying true to their street punk roots. “The content is a little bit darker than we normally do, but there are some subjects that have hit pretty close to home with us recently that we really, really felt like we needed to address,” says Henson.

Chief among those things is post-traumatic stress disorder, which is experienced by roughly 8% of all American adults but more than double that rate amongst Veterans. “The War Inside,” for example, tackles the subject of PTSD in rather direct fashion, opening the album’s b-side while serving as a bit of a departure. Not only does the music veer away from traditional three-chord punk, but it also features a guest voice; Aimee Allen of the Interrupters. “Aimee’s voice and perspective add an essential element to the song that I think would be lacking without her in the mix. The backing vocals that (Aimee’s Interrupters bandmates) the Bivonas provide are incredible, also.”

With any luck, The Real Enemy will garner the band more recognition than the criminally-underappreciated The Scars We Hide did a couple of years ago. “What we’re hoping is that if the availability of this record is what we think it’s going to be, and people do us the honor of picking it up, maybe people that haven’t had a chance to listen to Scars discover it and listen to the music,” says Henson. Because Noi!se are unavailable to tour for the bulk of the year for somewhat obvious reasons, connecting with fans both new and old through recorded music takes on even greater importance. “You’re just trying to get someone else to feel what you were feeling when you wrote that,” says Henson, explaining the dividends that can still be paid in spite of the band’s inability to exist as a regularly touring entity. “That’s as quantifiable a feeling as you can get, other than playing and sharing the stage with some of your musical heroes and getting a nod from them, and the validation that you’re on the right track…if our music can get other people through the same things that music did when we were kids…it’s just a good feeling for a person to be able to help someone out in any capacity.”

Head below to read the full text of our Q & A, in which we expound on a lot of the subject matter above. Oh, and stay tuned for more news from Noi!se and Stadium Way in the coming weeks!

Noodles talks about new Offspring album

EMP Live TV recently conducted an interview with The Offspring guitarist Noodles, who talked about the status of the band’s long-awaited new album, which is likely due for release next year.

In the interview (which you can watch below), he revealed that The Offspring have finished 5 or 6 songs for the new record, and will re-enter the studio after their ongoing world tour is finished. He also says one of the reasons the album has been so long is because he’s been “lazy”, and added that frontman Dexter Holland just had a baby and is getting his PhD done.

The Offspring, who haven’t put out a full-length album since 2012′s Days Go By, recently released a new song for the film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.

Episode 50 | Dying Scene Radio – Feat. Millencolin

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles ventures to Madeira Beach, Floridumb, where he and his ragtag crew of misfits (i.e. Piazzo The Clown and the illustrious Ben Coletti) podcast in very close proximity to a 60 gallon cooler stocked with “blue water” (i.e. Bud Light). Elena Venetia joins the conversation from NYC, where she has zero difficulty expressing her empathy for the recent passing of Mischief Brew frontman, Erik Petersen.

BAND SPOTLIGHT: MILLENCOLIN - Pickles and his cast of drunkards bumble through the single worst interview ever conducted on DSR (recorded: May 22nd 2016 in St. Petersburg, FL).

INTRO by DS staff writer, AnarchoPunk. Plus, new music by GuttermouthThe Bouncing Souls and Little Bags (3/4ths of PEARS).

Mischief Brew – Roll Me Through The Gates Of Hell
Traverse – Lifelines
NEON BONE – I Can’t Let Go
Guttermouth – Old Man
Mike Frazier – Parrot King
Zebrahead – Who Brings a Knife to a Gunfight
Little Bags – Fishes Give A Fuck
The Bouncing Souls – Writing on the Wall
Burn Burn Burn! – Chasing Hornets
Bucky Harris – These Walls
Bottomfeeder – Flux Capacitor
Reverie – Anxiety
The Manx – American Business Activity
Islander - Think It Over
Interview w/ Millencolin
Millencolin – Balanced Boy
The Midlife – Lavender
Total Bummer – I Swear To Drunk I’m Not God
Spirits – Eyes of Love
Poison Idea – Calling All Ghosts
The Old Ironsides – Alone Tonight
Stick To Your Guns – Universal Language
…Whatever That Means – I Can’t Take It
Skinny Lister – Wanted
Mischief Brew – Thanks Bastards!

Hear all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!

Big Drill Car singer on the possibility of full-fledged reunion

No Echo recently caught up with Big Drill Car frontman Frank Daly to talk about his musical career, personal life and the current status of the band, of which he commented:

“The status of Big Drill Car today is, well, I’ll put it like this: the Big Drill Car has a non-operational registration right now. That’s not to say never, but it is to say not today.”

Big Drill Car, who broke up in 1995, reunited for several shows in 2008 and 2009, and again last January for the benefit show Dondopalooza in Costa Mesa.