10 Punk Songs That Will Make Your Week (curated by Dying Scene editor Gina Venz)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week’s installment comes to you courtesy of editor Gina Venz.

Discover some new tunes, and see if Gina managed to cover every possible punk sub-genre, below.

1. The Hex Bombs – “None Shall Be Forgotten”

The Hex Bombs have been one of my favorite bands of the past couple years, and this new track is a perfect example of their streetpunk sound.  Bonus points because Mike McColgan of the Street Dogs backs them up on vocals on this song.

2. Yellow Stitches – “Manchester Party”

If you’re an oi! fan, check this band out right now.  You won’t be able to help singing along, and I love this song’s nod to the strong skinhead scene in New Hampshire.

3. A Minor Revolution – “Born Free”

I would call A Minor Revolution  a punk band with horns, more than a ska band.  They put on a great show, and this song has always been one of my favorites because of its strong libertarian, anti-establishment sentiment.

4. OC45 – “Strong Coffee”

If you haven’t heard OC45 yet, get on it!  Their prolific touring schedule pretty much guarantees that you’ll see them in your city sometime soon, and you’ll want to learn some songs so you can sing along.

5. Hounds & Harlots – “Divisadero”

I can’t even remember how I got into Hounds & Harlots (though I think it has something to do with Noi!se), but I love how Greg can belt out a song.  Their vocals are incredibly solid, while still packing a streetpunk punch.  This song talks about the long stretches on tour and having a place to call home.

6. Matt Charrette – “City Streets”

I decided to switch gears here to folk-punk.  I could have chosen from about 1,000 artists, but Matt stands out to me because I have seen him develop his sound over the years and could not even believe where he ended up when he released this album a couple months ago.  It combines the best of the “guy with a guitar” sound and mixes in some incredible musicians to round out the sound.  I love his gruff voice and the ultimately positive message of this song.

7. Ana Sapphira – “Dust Heart”

This song is kind of a departure from what I normally listen to, but they sucked me in the first time I saw them with their incredible live performance (check it out here) and this song in particular drew me in because of the lyrics (“Raise up your head/bury your dead/or die with them”), reminding you to let go of your shit before it consumes you.

8. The Liabilities – “Grow Up, Twos Up, or Fuck Off”

Ska?  Kinda.  Punk?  Definitely.  Irreverent?  Hell, yes.  I discovered this band while writing a post for Dying Scene, and I was instantly hooked.  They combine great riffs and catchy ska breakdowns with funny-as-hell lyrics that will probably offend everyone you know.

9. The Atom Age – “Bad Girls Go to Hell”

These guys played Boston a couple years ago and I somehow lost track of them until recently, which was a big mistake.  They remind me a bit of The Bones and basically just rule.

10. The Slaughterhouse Chorus – “The Wagon”

Choosing just one song from this punk/country/Americana band was almost impossible.  They are all so good, and you should check them all out.  I picked this one because of the brilliantly witty lyrics, where you kinda think they’re talking about one thing, but it may be something else.  I love Chris’s gritty voice, and on a personal note, I saw these guys play on my first night in Albany, which led to some lifetime friendships and even more great music.

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