Music
S. T. Manville (Blakfish) releases covers album, “Somebody Else’s Songs”

“Somebody Else’s Songs” is the debut release from UK singer/songwriter S. T. Manville. The release is a collection of covers, with the ex-Blakfish man taking on the likes of The Get Up Kids, Green Day, blink-182, Weezer and The Offspring in reworked alternative/folk styles.

The release comes in advance of further, original material from Sam, and is available to stream in all the usual places in full from today.

The background of the release is available as a free ebook from S. T. Manvile’s website here.

Check out “Somebody Else’s Songs” using the player below.

 

 

 



Music
Alexisonfire release new single, “Complicit”

Alexisonfire have followed up their recent single “Familiar Drugs” with a brand new song called “Complicit”.

The band will play London’s Alexandra Palace on June 1st 2019.

Check out the track using the player below:

 


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Album Review
Dangers Of Love – Dangers Of Love

Now and again a release appears from nowhere and clears out all the cobwebs. Dangers Of Love’s debut, self-titled EP is one of them. Channeling The Replacements, The Clash, Sharks and even Oasis across the six tracks, the band – led by Great Cynics’ Giles Bidder in brilliant songwriting form – have delivered an absolute belter with this release.

Opener “Holsten Pills Blues” kicks things off in with a brilliant riff then two minutes of snotty, middle fingers up, melodic punk tracks. The dynamic shifts and harmonies throughout “Why Would You Run” keep the energy up before the release (and band’s) eponymous number deliver the big highlight. “Dangers Of Love” has everything that’s great about indie, punk and (yes) britpop in three minutes of magic, and is one of the best songs to come out of the UK scene in a long time.

The back half of the six tracker keeps up the fine work, with a Get Cape, Wear Cape-esque vocal delivery on “Hyperactive Imagination” telling the listener they can “tell them to fuck off” in a big singalong moment for a band on release one. Even with the gloom in the subject matter of “Aries”, Dangers Of Love keep it energetic, and by the time “She’s Coming Over” closes the EP down a two minute long blast of throwback (almost street punk) refrains, the release is screaming out for another play.

Dangers Of Love have done something really brilliant with this release. It’s snotty, angry, raw at the same time as being positive, uplifting and fun, and hopefully it gets the attention it deserves and leads them onto an album. An absolutely essential release.



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All Better (Pop Punk, Brighton UK) have released a video for their new single “Weird”

Brighton pop punks All Better have released a video for their new single “Weird”. The track is taken from their forthcoming second EP “How It All Worked Out”. The EP is released on the 14th of June via Real Ghost Records.

Check out the video using the player below. The band will be appearing at Bristol’s Booze Cruise this weekend with the likes of Cultdreams, Weatherstate and many more.



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DS Exclusive: The Problem Addicts premiere upcoming “Bad Breaks” LP

Breaking: Florida band, The Problem Addicts descend upon America with their new LP, Bad Breaks. Yes, we are aware this is probably the least bizarre news story you’ll hear come out of Florida today… Fully.

Bad Breaks releases tomorrow on A Jam Records but The Problem Addicts have been mindful enough to think Dying Scene readers ought to get a little taste of it first. It’s “Lonely nights and bad breaks, hospitals and heart breaks,” and goes well, with Murderburgers, early Alkaline Trio, and No Use For A Name.

The band was previously reviewed at Dying Scene (here) by my colleague Daron and honestly, I don’t think I could have said it better myself. “Me like good much, too.” With dope ass album art by Brian Burkes, Bad Breaks was produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Goings at Killian Studios. Get a load of the new record below, and swing by the band’s bandcamp page to purchase your own digital album. 


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DS Exclusive: Lovesick Bombs – “Breakfast Of Champions”

This one is a little out of the ordinary for the pages of Dying Scene, and I think that’s what makes it pretty cool. Allow us to draw your attention to a project called “Drawing Music.” It’s billed as a “unique art and music series that brings together a collection of visual artists and high spirited rock and roll musicians” toward the shared goal of creating a song and an art project that visually represents that song, resulting in a “fun listen and interesting look that combine to tell familiar stories to those who grew up pursuing rock n roll or art as their passion in live.”

The collective of contributors has been bestowed the name Lovesick Bombs by the project’s curator, John Redmond, himself a veteran of early 2000’s Bay Area skate punk band Secondshot. The third installment of the Lovesick Bombs project is available right here for the first time today. It’s called “Breakfast of Champions,” and it’s described by its creators as telling the story of “an attempt to patch things up with one’s significant other after drinking too much and saying all the wrong things. The partner in the dog house hopes that maybe the thing that caused the problem could also help be the solution. So a plea is made to have a “Breakfast of Champions” (booze brunch) together in order to have some laughs and get over last night’s train wreck behavior.”

Check out the video for Lovesick Bombs’ “Breakfast of Champions” below!



Album Review
Album Review: Doaks “Scaredy Ghost”

Cleveland’s DOAKS debut album Scaredy Ghost was released towards the end of 2018 with a unique sound that was self described as “a punk rock B-52’s”. This comparison is not without merit, as they have a driving rhythm section, soaring female vocals combined with a grounding male vocal presence and a subtle synth-pop influence. Where they differ is that DOAKS has a darker more serious feel and drops the quirky nature of the B-52’s in favor of a heavier pop punk vibe.

“Total Nightmare” is the album opener and greets us with an ominous syncopated guitar with quiet vocals combo. This quickly expands into a bass and drum heavy pop punk jam with Chelsea’s soaring vocals laid on top. It is one of the catchiest songs on the album and just like a real nightmare it will haunt you when your done listening.

“I Just Want to Drink” follows with a bouncy punk rock blast about the annoying bar culture that interferes with the ability to simply go out and have a drink. From here on out the album steers away from the punk side, not with a reckless abandon but there is a change in the influences and styles as we progress.

The first distinctly different song is “Not a Whore” which opens with a synthetic drum sound and droning lyric delivery. It has a slower, slightly more minimalistic Shiny Toy Guns feel where the music is on the sludgey side and the vocals bounce back and forth between rumbling and soaring. The original comparison to the B-52’s is at its highest with “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” a synth driven jam where Jeremy’s vocals are at the front and Chelsea’s floats ambiently above it. It is heavier and darker but kicks off with a bright keyboard lick.

DOAKS showcases their ability to write some indie rock gems with songs like “I Gotta Go”, “I Must Be a Fool” and “Because I Said So” all of which feature some catchy hooks and are super danceable. However the pinnacle of their indie stylings is the album closer “Waiting All My Lifetime” which has distorted guitars playing with a heavy bass line and the vocals fade in and out creating a sound that is reminiscent of early 90’s Garbage.

Scaredy Ghost is an intriguing listen as they pull influences from a wide variety of styles. This keeps the album from getting stale with repeat listens as there is always something that will catch your ear and either make you dance or grab a beer and chill. DOAKS have promised us new music in 2019 and I am definitely looking forward to more.

4.5/5 Stars


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Watch Teenage Cavegirl’s (garage punk) new video, “Space Girl”

Austin, Texas’ own Teenage Cavegirl are releasing Candy Cigarettes, their first full-length album, on June 1st. To whet your appetite for this unique, female fronted garage punk duo, the band have released a video for “Space Girl,” the first single off the record.

Watch “Space Girl” below.


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Tour
Some Kind of Nightmare announce summer tour

Eternally touring punks Some Kind of Nightmare are taking a few days off between the end of their winter/spring tour before starting their summer tour on May 26th.  They’ll be traveling the country through August 17th, so be sure to catch them if they are in your area.

You will find the flyer for the show and tour dates below.


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Watch the new Cry Havoc! (Hardcore) video, “Onslaught of the Mind Parasites”

Connecticut hardcore band Cry Havoc! have a new album coming out, No Good Deed Left Unpunished, this Saturday on Die Hipster! Records and have released a video for the single “Onslaught of the Mind Parasites”.

Check out the video below.


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Yoda Rising (Hardcore, France) release “Empty Your Mind” video

With a new EP, Lies and Greed streaming on Spotify, it is a great time to check out some French Hardcore with Yoda Rising. Their new video, for the first single off their EP, “Empty Your Mind” can be seen below.


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Release
Stream Thirsty Curses (Folk Punk) “Get Lost” EP

Raleigh, North Carolina folk punk/alt-country act Thirsty Curses have just released a new EP, Get Lost, and you can listen to a stream of the four-song EP below.


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