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The Human Project (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Announce Canadian Tour Dates

Political shredders The Human Project have just announced an eight date Canadian Tour. The four-piece melodic punk unit will perform their first gig on the continent in Guelph, Ontario on May 10 before hitting up a string of shows across Ontario and Quebec, culminating at the almighty Pouzza Fest a week later.

The latest release from The Human Project was the 2018 full-length, Clarion Call – without doubt one of the sub-genre’s finest albums of the year.

You can check out the full list of tour dates below.


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Antillectual release “Truth Hits Everybody” (The Police Cover)

Antillectual have released the third instalment of their ongoing singles series, this time opting to release a cover of The Police. The track, “Truth Hits Everybody”, is out now in all the usual places.

Antillectual guitarist Willeme explains the decision to put covers in with their own material in the series:

“We wanted to experiment and record other people’s music. Most of the bands we grew up on are still around or reunited, but we didn’t feel like covering bands that are still active. It was much more interesting to go back one more generation and find early punk songs with a modern melodic vibe to them. Truth Hits Everybody was the first song that came to mind. From the first time I heard it, it felt like something that would match with our own style very well. Not surprisingly the song appeared to be in a key we use a lot ourselves.”

The video for the track is shot in Antillectual’s hometown Nijmegen and was inspired by The Pomusic video for So Lonely, also from The Police’s debut album Outlandos d’Amour from 1978. That album was also the inspiration for the artwork of the single, created by Andy Dahlström (Satanic Surfers’ bass player). The audio is recorded by the band’s sound tech, Emiel Thoonen. Mixing and additional instruments are done by Menno Bakker who also recorded Antillectual’s debut album Silencing Civilization and many legendary Dutch punk bands such as Undeclinable Ambuscade, NRA and Seein’ Red. Carl Saff (Iron Chic, Touché Amore, Small Brown Bike) did the mastering of the track.

Check it out below.


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Setbacks (Skate Punk) release “Just Words” featuring Dennis Jagard of Ten Foot Pole

Multi-continental skate punks Setbacks have released a new single called “Just Words”, featuring the talents of Dennis Jagard from Ten Foot Pole.

The track is taken from their forthcoming album “Ded Reckoning”, which is available to preorder now via Morning Wood and People Of Punk.

Check out the video for the track here.


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DS Exclusive: Urban Outfielders (Baseball Punx) Premiere “Where Did He Go (Tito)” In Tribute to Former Bandmate

Baseball punkers Urban Outfielders are releasing their new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” tomorrow (March 22nd) on all major streaming platforms. The single comes from their new EP, Out of This World, which is slated for release on April 22nd. You can hear the single one day early at Dying Scene exclusively, though!

The song serves as a tribute to their fallen outfielder and bandmate, Tito Rogers. Rogers disappeared tragically last year in a flash of light after leaving the dugout earlier than advised. The band believes extra terrestrial motives may be at play here.

Out of This World will be out on April 22nd via Hidden Home Records. Listen to the new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” below.


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Video Premiere: The Take (Oi, Hardcore) premiere “The Elitist”

New York hardcore and oi punk veterans, Will Shepler, (Agnostic Front, Madball) Scott Roberts, (Biohazard, Spudmonsters) and Carlos Congate (45 Adapters, Urban Noise, Legion 76) have joined forces to create the next highly anticipated New York sensation, The Take… I know, right? This shit is fucking titillating.

Shepler, a drummer of legend, is back on the scene after a long hiatus, in which time he’s gained a family and a degree. He never rejoined Agnostic Front after their initial breakup in ’93 due to increasing obligations with his other legendary hardcore band Madball, except briefly when occasioned to fill-in. After Madball, Shepler’s focus fell on his family, respectively, playing in smaller circumstantial acts, and still somehow finding time to go to shows. He says now, however, that he’s ready to let music retake a more prominent role in life, and he’s bringing it back with the help of these other fine gentlemen to their other family.

That’s you and me, young scenesters, and today is your lucky day.

We’re bringing you the first look at The Take’s debut music video for “The Elitist”.

“The Elitist” was directed and put together by noted videographer – legendary in his own rights – Drew Stone, known for the documentary The New York Hardcore Chronicles, as well as producing videos for a host of reputable musical acts including Run-DMC, Vanilla Ice, and Insane Clown Posse.

Keep an eye out for the band’s self-titled album to drop soon on Demons Run Amok Entertainment sometime this spring. Of the album, Shepler says, “The influences are from everything we grew up listening to and were a part of : oi! / punk/ hardcore / rock’n’roll, that is our roots. It’s in our soul. It’s in our DNA! We are not trying to copy something, we are just playing what is within us already and trying to give it a new voice, a fresh sound.”

The band is excited. Here’s one for the punks and skins!! Premiere the music video for The Elitist below


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DS Exclusive: Reason/Define release video for “Inferno” off recently released album “In Memory…”

Charlotte post-hardcore act Reason/Define are out to smash stereotypes in the hardcore scene. The all female post-hardcore act looks to break into the male dominated genre and take it by storm. Since being named Carolina’s 2016 Rock Band of the Year, Reason/Define has released their sophomore album In Memory… 

Comprised of lead vocalist Paolina Massaro, bassist, and vocalist Caitlin Rutkowski, guitarist and vocalist Sav Ruff, drummer Syd McVicker, and guitarist Shelby McVicker. They draw inspiration from a range of different rock groups, including Tonight Alive, Every Time I Die, State Champs, Beartooth, A Day to Remember, and Phinehas.

Reason/Define released their debut album Far From Strangers in March of 2017, and have since been playing shows in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Today Reason/Define release their captivating music video for their remarkable single “Inferno”. They recently released their album In Memory… which included eleven personally crafted and polished songs that don’t lack personality, heart, or quality. Reason/Define is thrilled to début their video for the song “Inferno”. Which you can check out below. Reason/Define pour who they are and what they stand for into their music, and it is authentically represented in visual form with this video.


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Behind The Label: Dying Scene chats with Pirates Press’s Eric “Skippy” Mueller

News of the dramatic upswing in the sales of vinyl albums over the course of the last decade – to levels not seen since prior to the digital age – should come as no surprise to faithful Dying Scene readers. While reissues of classic albums from the 1970s and ’80s tend to rule the popular charts, the punk and hardcore and metal and indie scenes are well represented in the area of sheer volume of new releases and options and variants being cranked out week after week.

Leading the charge in the vinyl revolution has been none other than dyed-in-the-wool punk rock label Pirates Press Records. Founded by Eric “Skippy” Mueller back in 2005 as the advertising arm of the vinyl manufacturer that shares its name and was started a year prior, Pirates Press has built a name and reputation as putting out some of the more special and innovative releases available, particularly under the street punk umbrella. Cock Sparrer “Essentials “boxed set? That was Pirates Press. 46-album Rancid 7-inch boxed set? Pirates Press. Noi!se 12-inch single featuring three-dozen assault rifle-style bullets milled out of the vinyl itself as a fundraiser to tackle gun violence and school shootings? Pirates Press. Playable The Ratchets hologram vinyl (yes…effing playable hologram vinyl!)? Pirates Press, of course. New The Old Firm Casuals full-length that allowed me the opportunity to chat for like an hour with the great Lars Frederiksen a few weeks ago (okay, maybe that one’s not necessarily cutting edge, but it’s my story, dammit)? You guessed it: Pirates Press.

We caught up with the one-and-only Mueller over the phone from his Bay Area, California, office a little while back and found in him a kindred spirit right from jump street; despite living in and operating Pirates Press from the Bay Area, Mueller is a native of Massachusetts and, as such, a diehard – and we mean DIEHARD – card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation. Yet his level of passion for the Red Sox is surpassed by leaps and bounds for his level of passion for the punk rock community and for giving back to a scene that’s given him so much. Case in point: his loves of punk rock and his label and his manufacturing business and his two hometowns collided last weekend when Mueller attended the San Francisco record release show for The Old Firm Casuals’ Holger Danske, left early, caught a red eye flight to Boston in time for Lenny Lashley’s gig at the in-the-shadow-of-Fenway-Park House Of Blues supporting Dropkick Murphys, complete with a hockey bag full of Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One-themed merch…then flew right back home to San Francisco.

Mueller is endlessly positive and energetic (perhaps more accurately “shot out of a proverbial cannon”), equal parts ultra-confident salesman for his cutting-edge business and, in many ways, quintessentially proud papa for a label that he literally grew out of his old bedroom. In a nutshell, it kinda works like this: Pirates Press, the manufacturer, presses products – mostly vinyl albums and mostly in the Czech Republic – for labels and products of all shapes and sizes. Revenue from the manufacturing side gets infused into Pirates Press Records, the label, offering the opportunity to put out albums for bands and projects that they personally support. And if they come up with a cool new idea or technology or color variant in the manufacturing side, they can use that first on Pirates Press Records releases, allowing an album from The Ratchets or Noi!se or Bar Stool Preachers or Lenny Lashley to effectively become a real-life business card, showing the world via the label the things that the manufacturer is able to do, thereby drawing more labels and artists and brands into the fold on the manufacturing side, and so on and so on. Mueller remains vigorously committed to putting out new and unique and innovative products on the manufacturing side of the business, using the label to showcase some of the things they’re able to pull off, and reinvesting the money earned from larger manufacturing projects into the label, helping bands he loves and respects to put out new, vital music. It’s a fascinating win-win cycle that should continue to provide constant wind into the sails of the good ship Pirates Press for many years to come

Head below to check out our chat with Skippy to find out just what goes in to pulling off some of the seemingly endless options that Pirates Press’ manufacturing arm is able to pull off, particularly their recent run on flexi vinyl and how they were able to reverse engineer new presses to expand their line, and how the label offers Mueller and his fellow Pirates to invest in a record label that offers a home for projects that they – and we – love and support!


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Boss’ Daughter stream new song Ace of BAC/DC

Reno punks Boss’ Daughter are streaming their new song, “Ace of BAC/DC”, which comes from an as of yet unannounced upcoming release.

You can give the song a listen below.

Boss’ Daughter last released Sleep in May 2016. 


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Dan Vapid And The Cheats stream new album “Three”

Dan Vapid And The Cheats are streaming their new album, Three, which was released on March 15th via Eccentric Pop Records.

You can give the album a listen below.

Dan Vapid And The Cheats last released Two in July 2013.


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Sorry Ghost (pop punk, LA) release music video for “Bumper Cars”

Louisiana pop punk act Sorry Ghost have released a music video for their latest single, “Bumper Cars.”

You can check it out below.

Sorry Ghost last released Win By Default in December 2016.



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DS Exclusive: Fallen Monuments stream new song, “It Doesn’t Mean a Thing”

Fallen Monuments is a rawkin’ little San Diego punk quartet for fans of Descendents and Strung Out that’ll get you up and moving this happy Tuesday afternoon, or I ain’t the damn Dolly Llama. Gary, Todd, Brandon, and Aaron are four old-timer best buds that whether it be through excretions of hyperintensive melodic leads or the sweet Bill Stevinson-esque bass kick snap tone, apparently secrete punk rock down to their very core. They’ve been making music together since 2016, and released the band’s debut full-length, Distance and Time, in May of last year.

To follow up on that well-received album (available here) Fallen Monuments is releasing a new EP, Experiments, which is set for release on April 2, this year of our lord, and will be again made available on the (previously linked) band’s bandcamp page for digital streaming and purchase.

“It Doesn’t Mean a Thing” is the first single off the EP, as well as the only original, where just for funsies they’ve included a couple of covers: “Overkill” by Men at Work, and “Under the Milky Way” by The Church. Of “It Doesn’t Mean a Thing”, it’s a damn-good song, and has the sounding of playability where you can listen to it on repeat for a while, or at least until you’re bashing your head on the rails and begging for …Men at Work to come on(?) Can you hear the thunder? I for one can’t wait for the rest!

“It Doesn’t Mean a Thing” talks of growing old and falling folly. It almost takes a sarcastic air with the  thematic cant of a more insightful Nelson Muntz. “It’s just so sad that it happened to you. It doesn’t mean a thing.”

I’ve listened to it like twenty times and all I hear is “Ha-Ha,” but you tell me.


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Dial Drive (Punk, FL) stream new album “Wasted Time”

Florida’s Dial Drive are streaming their new album, Wasted Time, which was released on March 8th via A Jam Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Dial Drive last released Viva Le’ Jit in January 2018.


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