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Another Joe – “Ready or Not”

Ready or Not - Another Joe

Release Date: February 03, 2023 Record Label: People of Punk Rock Records Release Type: AlbumBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Canadian punks Another Joe have returned with their first new record in over 20 years. Ready or Not picks up right where 2000’s Platiscene left off, delivering a heaping helping of the snotty punk rock these guys cranked out in the late 90’s.

Listen below and buy the LP, CD, or cassette here. Or if you’re a 21st century digital boy, download it on Bandcamp.

Bikini Kill

Olympia, WA

“Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90’s via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP’s, two LP’s and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released,while their first two records came out as a full length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.” — Bikini Kill

Blowfuse

Barcelona, Spain’s Blowfuse mixes melodic 90’s punk with elements of hardcore and paranoiac lyricism. The result is some of the most frenetic punk rock you’ll ever hear.

Brain Cave

Cleveland-based 90’s style post hardcore

Caitlin Edwards – “Pluto Party”

Pluto Party - Caitlin Edwards

Release Date: February 25, 2023 Record Label: Friend Club Records Release Type: AlbumBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

Caitlin Edwards of Chicago ska-punk band Bumsy and the Moochers has released her debut solo album Pluto Party. It’s a super fun record with a variety of sounds ranging from bouncy 90’s pop-punk to goofy acoustic indie rock ballads. Listen to the 10-song album below and buy it on Bandcamp.

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Civil War Rust

Civil War Rust are from Oakland.
Things they enjoy… Pop Punk from the 90’s, Burritos, Touring, Recording & Dive Bars from the 90’s

Counterpunch

Skate/90’s melodic punk rock band from Chicago, IL. Half Blackhawks fans, half Red Wings fans. We like beer, kebabs & good tunes. Featuring ex-members of We Are the Union (Paper + Plastick Records), Voice of Addiction, & She Likes Todd. Check out our pages & follow us on twitter! Merch available online at BigCartel. Cheers!  

DS Album Review: Bridge The Gap – “Secret Kombinations”

After months of hype and anticipation, Bridge The Gap have some serious expectations to live up to with their debut album Secret Kombinations. The 13-song LP was recorded at legendary Fort Collins, CO recording studio The Blasting Room. You may know the producer; I think he’s some drummer guy named Bill Stevenson? No big deal. […]

After months of hype and anticipation, Bridge The Gap have some serious expectations to live up to with their debut album Secret Kombinations. The 13-song LP was recorded at legendary Fort Collins, CO recording studio The Blasting Room. You may know the producer; I think he’s some drummer guy named Bill Stevenson? No big deal.

Secret Kombinations has all the hallmarks of the 90’s “Epifat” skate punk sound. The album serves up a heaping helping of everything from hard charging, Pennywise-ish sociopolitical anthems, to feel-good melodic punk songs in the vein of bands like No Use For A Name, Pulley, and the slightly more contemporary Chaser. Of course, there’s no shortage of whoas and oozin’ aahs sprinkled throughout the entire album.

The record starts strong with its title track, immediately followed by “Road Less Traveled”, delivering a solid 1-2 punch that grabs you right off the bat. “Over the Target” keeps things moving along at a brisk pace with its riffy guitar work and a driving, whoa-filled chorus. “Open Heart Purgery” and “My Creation” are much slower, but still manage to match the energy of the album’s fastest tracks. I’ve seen plenty of people comparing the latter to Pulley’s classic “Insects Destroy”, and I wholeheartedly agree with the comparison.

The back half of Secret Kombinations is where the band starts to really hit their stride; standout tracks include “Found in a Fire”, “Up”, and “Whippersnapper”. Lyrically, these are some of the album’s most introspecticive, personal songs. There’s a really earnest tone on these tracks that echoes NUFAN’s late-90’s output, somewhere between Making Friends and More Betterness.

This may be the band’s maiden voyage under their current moniker, but these guys are no greenhorns. Bridge The Gap’s lineup is comprised of members of long defunct Salt Lake City punk band Unfold, in which they released an album over 20 years ago. When paired with the warchest of knowledge Bill Stevenson brings to the table, that past experience pays dividends on Secret Kombinations. Bridge The Gap put their spin on the skate punk conventions of yesteryear, and the end result is an ultra-polished record with laser focused musical direction.

Super official review score: 4.25 out of 5 star emojicons ⭐⭐⭐⭐¼

Secret Kombinations releases March 24th on People of Punk Rock Records. Head over here to get the album on vinyl and/or CD. Digital download is available on Bandcamp.

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DS Band Spotlight: Introducing Baltimore’s Paperback Tragedy

A few months ago, I asked our loyal Facebook followers to recommend lesser known bands (up-and-coming, underrated, or otherwise) for me to check out. Today’s Band Spotlight highlights one of the best bands I came across amongst the hundreds that were recommended. For those who find themselves on the eternal quest to find a modern […]

A few months ago, I asked our loyal Facebook followers to recommend lesser known bands (up-and-coming, underrated, or otherwise) for me to check out. Today’s Band Spotlight highlights one of the best bands I came across amongst the hundreds that were recommended. For those who find themselves on the eternal quest to find a modern punk band that perfectly recreates that classic 90’s Epifat skate punk sound, look no further than Baltimore’s Paperback Tragedy. These guys have been around since 2006 but they’ve somehow flown under Dying Scene’s radar the entire time, but that ends today! Check out their excellent new album Threeshe! below and hit up their Bandcamp for more.

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DS Band Spotlight: Japan’s Five State Drive mixes ska and skate punk on excellent debut album

Hailing from Nagoya, Japan, Five State Drive may appear to be fresh faced greenhorns, but don’t be fooled: these guys have been cranking out breakneck paced skacore-infused skate punk for a decade now. The band’s new self-titled album is, however, their first full-length release. I’m not bullshitting you when I say penciled this into my […]

Hailing from Nagoya, Japan, Five State Drive may appear to be fresh faced greenhorns, but don’t be fooled: these guys have been cranking out breakneck paced skacore-infused skate punk for a decade now. The band’s new self-titled album is, however, their first full-length release. I’m not bullshitting you when I say penciled this into my Top 10 of 2023 halfway through my first listen. This thing is fucking killer! Think Hi-Standard meets Kemuri with hints of influence from Less Than Jake, Operation Ivy, and 90’s west coast punk. Don’t sleep on these guys.

Five State Drive has CDs, vinyl & merch available here

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