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 on-again/off-again Dying Scene reviewer Bizarro Dustin.
Discover some great new tunes, revisit some old favorites, and sing along with all of the anthems for the broken and defeated that make up Dustin’s personal picks below.
1. Green Day – “J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)”
The first thing I said to the DyingScene staff when I revived this weekly editor playlist feature was to not focus so much on well known bands or successful singles because I think this is a great opportunity to share new music. And the very first thing I’m doing with my playlist is breaking that rule. Hear me out though: “J.A.R.” is a great song. (Also, I’ve been listening to the Angus soundtrack a lot lately so I’ve been listening to this song more than almost everything else in the last week)
2. Booji Boys – “Ripper Too”
Where did this band come from and why did I only hear about them for the first time last December? In case you also missed the boat on them in 2017, Booji Boys play loud and fast lo-fi punk rock. They put out two LPs and an EP last year and their name is a direct Devo reference. I kind of hope I never learn anything else about them, because the music is so chaotic and beautiful that it speaks for itself. [Editor’s note: I’m not sure why Spotify lists this song’s title as “I’m a Ripper Too” but according to the band’s Bandcamp page, the title is just “Ripper Too”]
3. Worriers – “My 85th Rodeo”
I think that some of my favorite songs are the ones that worm their way into my head and I’ll start humming them without even realizing it. The entirety of Worriers sophomore effort, Survival Pop was full of songs like that. “My 85th Rodeo” has one of my favorite choruses from an album full of choruses I can sing to myself in my head but instantly forget the title the moment I realize I’m doing it.
4. Cold Wrecks – “Therapy”
I share this song for two reasons: 1. If you are having a rough time dealing with any kind of depression, anxiety, stress, insecurity, or anything else I’m not smart enough to think of right now, maybe this song will help encourage you like it did for me. And 2. It’s super catchy and I think it should get stuck in everyone’s heads.
5. Sincere Engineer – “Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7”
Have you ever thought you’d hear a break up song about sitting on the couch, eating corn dogs, and listening to The Brokedowns? If you answered “no” but also thought that hearing something like that might be pretty cool, then is this the song for you!
6. Slotface – “Try”
Sløtface’s debut album, Try Not to Freak Out was one of my favorite albums of 2017. The album is full of blasts of energy, catchy beats, and sing-along choruses- everything that I (and, I assume, most people) want and love about pop punk. “Try” is the de facto title track, and it screams everything that I wish I could.
7. Braincoats – “I Need a Doctor”
I admit that I don’t really know much about this band. I saw at the title of their latest album, 12 Reasons for Self-Medication, and decided it sounded like something I might enjoy. The moment I heard the chorus of “I Need a Doctor” I had to start it over and study the lyrics. I hope you have the same reaction.
8. Dance Hall Crashers – “Enough”
I really tried to not include any more songs from the Angus soundtrack, but I can’t help myself. I feel like Dance Hall Crashers never got their due, and this is a great song. If you’ve ever been hurt by someone who didn’t maliciously intend to, it’s not the worst to consider their side of things and how they’re feeling.
9. Brian Fallon – “Forget Me Not”
I fully admit that I’m a die-hard Brian Fallon fanboy and that I’ll forever be biased when it comes to new music by him. That said, I wasn’t too sold on this song as the first single from his upcoming album… something just felt off. But when I heard the line “I wish I took the time to miss you,” I realized that, at least lyrically, this is the same Brian Fallon I’d always known and loved.
10. Jawbreaker – “Do You Still Hate Me?”
Okay, here’s another older tune, but have you heard that Jawbreaker is touring again? Because they are. I still can’t believe that I managed to get tickets to see them but in celebration of that, I’ve been listening to 24 Hour Revenge Therapy and I’ve been going back and forth whether I think “Do You Still Hate Me?” or “Jinx Removing” is my favorite Jawbreaker song. I picked this one because I think it’s thematically in line with the rest of my playlist, but I think I like “Jinx Removing” more.