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DS Staff Picks: Carson Winter’s Best of 2018

There was no greater highlight in my year than going to Fest. Folks like me, the unpaid soldiers of DIY fortune—we write about punk rock all year around. We talk about what we like, what we don’t like. We wrap it all up in superlatives; we conjure up images of sweaty clubs and throat-shredding anthemics. Sometimes we use the right weapons for the job, sometimes it’s perfunctory dialogue—the punk rock journalist’s toolbox of favorite words. But, Fest was something special. It brought all those things we say to life, it made good on all of the promises of punk and then some. For one wonderful weekend, I found myself howling Menzingers’ lyrics in the arms of new, sweaty friends; caterwauling from body to body over beer-soaked floors. There were a lot of great albums released in 2018, but make no mistake: for me, The Fest made music vivid again. 
It reminded me that punk is a stone that’s ever rolling, and it’s the community that does the pushing. The best-of’s last year inspire the best-of’s this year, and the cycle continues in perennial inspiration as audience becomes artist and artist becomes audience. The notion of DIY keeps the punks creating, and it means that there will always be fresh, exciting takes on our favorite genre. In 2018, tons of new or at least new-to-me acts caught my ear and a good amount of them ended up on this very list. Whether it was rollicking mental health ballads or blue-collar fuck-yous, there was something to love.
So, here’s to more music, dive bars, and sweaty singalongs. Another year in the books, and another to look forward to. Click here for my picks.

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Mustard Plug announce West Coast tour

Ska warriors Mustard Plug continue to skank on. The band has announced a run of West Coast tour dates, including the 16th annual run of Midwestern holiday shows.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Mustard Plug last released Can’t Contain It back in 2014, and continue to tour North America and beyond like a ska Santa that delivers tidings and good cheer all year round. 

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Bayside (pop-punk) release video for acoustic version of “Sick, Sick, Sick”

New York pop-punk veterans Bayside have released a video for their acoustic version of “Sick, Sick, Sick”. The acoustic version of “Sick, Sick, Sick” comes off of the band’s most recent release Acoustic Volume 2 which was released earlier this year. This is a spectacular song and in this writers opinion even better when performed acoustically.

You can check out the stirring rendition of “Sick, Sick, Sick” below.

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Bankrupt (punk) streaming brilliant new holiday tune “Happy New Year”

Hungarian punks Bankrupt are streaming a delightfully punk rock holiday song “Happy New Year”. Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than a great original holiday tune. Bankrupt doesn’t disappoint with “Happy New Year”, it’s delightfully angry yet cheerful and full of spirit, regardless of its tone.

Enough yule tide cheer, check out the song for yourself below.

This is the first new music from the Hungarian punks since Paranoia, Panic, Propaganda was released in October. 

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Off The Avenue (pop-punk) streaming new song “Nothing To Say”

Buffalo natives Off The Avenue are streaming their new song “Nothing To Say”. There is no word on this is a part of a bigger project, but if so, count me in!

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new music from Off The Avenue since their single “On The Edge” last year. If you’re a fan of Punchline 13 or Duckfeet, these guys remind me of both. 

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The Donald Trumpets (Ska) streaming new single “Coping Mechanisms”

Australian ska outfit The Donald Trumpets are streaming their new single “Coping Mechanisms”. The new song comes off of the band’s upcoming EP, no name or release date has been announced for the new album.

Check out the new song below.

The forthcoming EP will be the first release from the upstart Aussie ska unit. If you’re a fan of The B-Sharps or Mustard Plug you will get a kick out of these guys.

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Adrenalized (Skate Punk, Spain) Stream “Operation Exodus: Part Two” From Forthcoming Album

The Spanish shred-factory that is Andrenalized are allowing fans to stream a track from their forthcoming album, Operation Exodus. The tune chosen to tease the new release goes by the name “Operation Exodus: Part Two” and, true to form, is chocked full of phat riffage, soaring vocal melodies, and drum tracks that are best described as muy rapido. 

Operation Exodus is scheduled for release on La Agonia De Vivir Records on January 31, 2019.

If you can’t wait that long, check out “Operation Exodus: Part Two” below.

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Symphony of Distraction Stream “No Apologies” Ahead of Split Release with 69 Enfermos

Symphony Of Distraction are allowing fans to stream a new song entitled “No Apologies”. The track comes from the band’s upcoming split record with Brazilian melodic punks 69 EnfermosThey Came From Faster Space will be available on December 21st via Morning Wood Records.

Check out “No Apologies” below.

The previous release from Symphony of Distraction was this year’s comeback album, Horse. The last work from 69 Enfermos was the 2017 full-length, A Place to Call Home.

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Senses Fail to Change Lyrics in Rerecording of “From the Depths of Dreams”

New Jersey-based post-hardcore group Senses Fail have announced that they will be changing some of the lyrics to their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams. The decision was made after the band’s vocalist raised issues with some of the lyrical content via the official Senses Fail Twitter account:

Later, the band announced that they would be altering another classic track from their catalogue, “Bastard Son”:

To justify the decision, the band then stated the following:

However, many fans were not impressed with the decision by an artist to change their own artwork…

For now, there is no indication when the rerecording of From the Depths of Dreams will be released but from it was stated on the band’s Twitter account that only the drums need to be put down at this point. The previous record from Senses Fail was the 2018 full-length, If There Is Light, It Will Find You.


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Forever Unclean (Melodic, Denmark) Stream Video for “Words”

Melodic Danish punk band Forever Unclean have just released a music video for one of their tracks. The tune is called “Words” and the visuals were filmed and edited by Nick Manuell whilst the band were out on tour in Australia. The track is off of the Forever Unclean’s latest 7-inch EP, titled Woof.

You can check out the video below.

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Bad Religion Announces Release Date Announcement for New Album

As many of you will already know, melodic punk stalwarts Bad Religion have a new record on the way. We reported as such in November. At the time, however, we were given no indication what the time frame would be for the release.

It has since emerged that the legendary group will make an official announcement about when the album will be released in January 2019. The band’s guitarist, Brett Gurewitz, announced the announcement to LA radio station KROQ last week. The title of the record is unknown for now but it is expected to feature recent single “My Sanity”.

The release will be the 17th album by Bad Religion and their first full-length effort with guitarist Mike Dimkich from The Cult and drummer Jamie Miller of …And you will know us by the trail of dead.

The previous release from Bad Religion 2013’s True North. 

(Edit: “Previous original release”.)


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DS Exclusive: Zen man saves stories for stage, an interview with T.S.O.L. front man, Jack Grisham

Photo by: Danielle Nicol

 My best buds and absolute American heroes in Noogy just ended a 6-day Texas stretch with legendary punk band, T.S.O.L., who is currently on tour promoting their 2017 release, The Trigger Complex. I hit Andre (Noogy) up wondering if it would be at all possible to set up an interview with the man who has become one of my idols – novelist, singer, and American demon – Jack Grisham. He and Anthony hit me back a few nights later from San Antonio, in between sets of rocking out with Piňata Protest and Dead 77, to let me know it was on. I was already planning to roadie the show at Three Links (Dallas), and the conceptualization of this conversation began to dawn on me. Did you read the book? (American Demon) Jack Grisham’s nuts! I knew right away that we were going to be best friends. Read that story below. [short read: 1 minute/ long read: 20 minutes]

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