10 Punk Songs to Kickstart Your Week (curated by DS contributor gunnar)

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 playlist is brought to you by staffer gunnar.

You know, Spotify makes a good discover weekly playlist, but sometimes you want something a little more targeted to what you like. If you’re reading this you probably looking forward to this playlist, so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.  I rather dislike Monday, just as a concept, so here are a few songs to help you push through your work week: check it out below.


1. PUP – “Can’t Win”

When I learned about PUP a handful of years ago, I instantly fell in love with them. On a classic Monday, I’m never able to truly get as much as I want done, and I still have the rest of the week ahead of me. As a fresh college graduate, it certainly does feel like “I’m growing up and giving in” and that feeling sucks– but this song absolutely does not.

2. WSTR – “Ain’t Great”

Alright, so color me a sucker for some angsty pop-punk (totally gotta own that charge) all you want, WSTR comes out swinging on this album. It’s a gritty album, full of angry songs, albeit only 6 of them, this one really catches the struggle of working your ass off and feeling everything is set against you. It was a toss up between this song, and “Graveyard Shift” but “someday’s it feels like I’ve been hit by a fucking bus” is rather identifiable for most people.

3. The Flatliners – “July! August! Reno!”

Alright, so this song has a line it that when I heard this for the first time just became apart of my soul. “What do you do when doing what you love gets you nowhere?” is particularly hard hitting for me as I’m an Ultimate Frisbee player, and it’s my true love: and unlike the NFL or NBA, going “pro” wont pay my bills just yet. Though, much like The Flatliners have done, I will continue to play Ultimate and scream these lyrics in my bedroom, sidewalk, or wherever I might be at when I hear this song.

4. Direct Hit! – “Forced to Sleep”

So Direct Hit! made this song and honestly it’s not the pills that I do this with, but with coffee. It’s probably unhealthy to drink as much coffee as I do, but you win some you lose some. I think this song honestly speaks for itself, and I have a hard time describing why I love it so much, but “everyday is a nightmare” (you might this line miss if you’re not listening too closely) is an accurate feeling when you realize it’s only Tuesday.

5. The Menzingers – “The Obituaries”

I have got to admit that The Menzingers have grown on me, and it’s been a slow progression. When they put out their last album I listened to it extensively, and decided to give some of their earlier work another try. This song stuck out to me, because of the line “maybe I’m not dying I’m just living in decaying cities” is something when I first moved to Portland Maine and was feeling pretty alone I felt in my heart. This song is a bit slower than what I’m usually listening to, but sometimes that’s okay.

6. Iron Chic – “My Best Friend (Is a Nihilist)”

This song was shown to me by Spotify on one of their pre-made lists a while back, and boy was I thankful. What a ripper! Losing people in your life who are toxic is a hard thing to do, and sometimes hearing “I wont see you in hell if I get there first” is exactly what you’re looking for. Great song, and I’m super pleased to have discovered Iron Chic. It’s always good to discover new music, which I feel most people don’t do enough.

7. Less Than Jake – “Bomb Drop”

So I haven’t put a lot of ska on this playlist, an I felt it necessary to do so. You can get me to do just about anything with a good horn section, and I’ve always been a big fan of Less Than Jake. This song is one of my reminders that I have to execute my own plans, if I want something badly enough, I have to get after it. I can’t “Keep on waiting for the bomb to drop”, though I suppose in the current political climate that’s more likely then not.

8. Success – “Revolution Schmevolution”

Any other Success fans out there? I really feel like these guys don’t get enough credit! Such a great band, with a good deal of cynicism in their last album “Radio Recovery”, which is how I feel about what I love about punk rock sometimes, when it all kind of just feels fake and commercialized. Really hope to see these guys live, maybe us on the East Coast will get lucky to have them swing out this way.

9. Millencolin – “True Brew”

So this song is a bit in the same vein as the Flatliners song from earlier: I’m just going to do what I want, and I don’t particularly care what anyone thinks about it. This song feels a bit more 4-chords-esque then some the other material Millencolin has produced, but that doesn’t make this song any worse. This is another band I’m hoping to see live at some point soon.

10. Off With Their Heads – “Nightlife”

Okay so I don’t have a lot to say here, you might of noticed from the playlist that life for me hasn’t been easy lately for me, and when you have depression sometimes it’s just nice to hear someone else yelling into the microphone that they feel the same way as you.

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