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5 Awesome Albums You Need To Listen To Before Finalizing Your 2022 AoTY Lists

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As we near the end of 2022, music critics, publications, and fans alike are busy putting together their year-end lists. Did your favorite band put out a new project that you love? Did you discover a new artist altogether? Whatever tops your list will surely fill you with a sense of nostalgia for the music year that was. Sometimes, however, some truly excellent projects need to be revisited. Before The Dying Scene contributors put out any year-end list, some projects we did not cover throughout the year deserve some love! Without further ado, here are five punk/punk-adjacent albums released in 2022 that you may have missed.

The Chats: Get Fucked

Ironically, the first artist covered in this collection is one many readers have likely already checked out. That’s okay, though, because the only criteria we’re going off of is whether Dying Scene covered their 2022 release. And we didn’t.

The Chats are a garage punk-y band from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The band has made a name for themselves in their short career with a viral hit in their pocket; their 2017 single “Smoko.” The song and its accompanying music video have been listened to and viewed millions of times, making it a track with mainstream success that few new punk bands have experienced now in recent times. They’ve built on this acclaim and continued their string of releasing solid material with their 2022 release, Get Fucked.

Get Fucked continues in the style the Chats have made their trademark early in their career. The hallmarks of this style include sneering, bratty vocals, straightforward garage guitar riffs, and simple yet catchy songwriting that harkens back to early British punk bands while still not sounding dated. Clocking in at under 30 minutes, this is no-nonsense pub rock/garage punk that makes for a fun listen. If you haven’t already checked out Get Fucked, start with the single 6L GTR.

Chat Pile: God’s Country

While the Chats’ Get Fucked oozes fun and charisma, God’s Country by Chat Pile (not to be confused with The Chats) switches gears into abrasive and disgusting cacophony (This is a compliment of the highest order).

Chat Pile, hailing from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a self-described noise rock outfit that some music media lumps into the sludge metal category. Whatever you want to call it, Chat Pile burst onto the scene in 2022 with the release of their debut album God’s Country. While the band formed in 2019 and released EPs after that, their 2022 debut served as a real coming-out party. God’s Country was met with critical acclaim, currently at 87% approval on Metacritic.

Don’t trust the critics; take this record on a spin yourself. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but for anyone that enjoys noisy, unvarnished, and brutal rock music, this record may be for you.

While the instrumentation provides much of the mood, and truthfully this record would still be enjoyable if you only treated the vocals as sonic texture, a dive into the songwriting serves as horror itself. The vocalist of Chat Pile, under the pseudonym Raygun Busch, described the themes in God’s Country as ranging from homelessness to a 1974 mass murder of six restaurant employees in Oklahoma City. If you missed God’s Country and are intrigued, check out the opening track for the record “Slaughterhouse.”

Fresh: Raise Hell

In July of 2022, Brighton emo/indie/pop punk rockers Fresh released their new record, Raise Hell. Before the release of Raise Hell, Fresh was perhaps best known for their 2021 single “Girl Clout,” an anthemic indie rock track about disingenuous performative feminism in the punk and overall music community. The star in this track is the simultaneously emotionally vulnerable and biting songwriting and vocal performance of Kathryn Woods.

Raise Hell is a natural follow-up to the path set forth on that 2021 single as Fresh comes through with an 11-track suite of melodic emo/pop punk/indie rock tracks. (Full disclosure, this is not my favorite style of music, but Raise Hell has proven to be something that continues to draw attention and re-listens.)

Each track comes with at least a few moments of clever songwriting, a fun riff, or something in the overall composition that seems to transport you to the emotional place the song is trying to evoke. This means that even if one song is not one’s favorite on the album, something still makes it stand out. Check out their single “Why Do I,” and if you’re into it, consider giving the record a listen!

Petrol Girls: Baby

Throughout punk rock history, much of the excellent material is born out of anger, anxiety, or isolation from society. It’s unfortunate that the genre often reaps its most memorable moments from the unjust actions of society, but that is something that comes with the territory. Baby, the new full-length record by UK/Austria-based hardcore band Petrol Girls, is now a vital part of this tradition.

Hardcore/Post-Hardcore/Riot Grrrl act Petrol Girls have always been incredibly politically active, specifically on feminist issues. Still, the developments around women’s reproductive rights over the last couple of years seemed to light an even greater fire for the band. Baby is the band’s rawest, most vitriol-filled, and angriest project. While the disdain is palpable, the songwriting is always well-crafted, with much thought put into it. On many songs, albums, or pieces of media that deal with political or social issues, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being ham-fisted. This trap never reveals itself on Baby as the issues at hand are of grave importance and are treated as such.

The music matches the message, too, as, in a similar way to the aforementioned God’s Country, this record is not necessarily a pleasant listen. The math-rock and post-hardcore influences that have always been present in their work show up in even greater abundance. The texture is like sandpaper on many songs, providing a perfect backdrop to the vocal performance and lyrics, which take center stage. A short-form review like this can’t do justice to this project’s depth and gravity. If you missed out on Baby, do yourself a favor, acquaint yourself with the single “Preachers,” and listen to the whole album.

Soul Glo: Diaspora Problems

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the term “rap-rock” used to be cause for apprehension. There are, of course, some stand-out successes, but for the most part, you knew you were in for something that was likely tacky, aesthetic over substance, and not a great listening experience. This trend has recently changed with several artists, such as Show Me the Body, Slowthai, and City Morgue, producing a much more palatable and harmonious fusion of the genres. Another such artist at the forefront of this effort is Soul Glo, who released an excellent project, Diaspora Problems, in 2022.

Soul Glo is a trio from Philadelphia that has quickly risen to be one of the punk landscape’s most exciting and unique voices. They are simultaneously a hardcore band and a rap outfit. They deal with serious themes like racism and consumerism but also love to inject absurdist humor.

Soul Glo has built a lot of momentum since their formation in 2014, and Diaspora Problems feels like the culmination and crowning achievement of this moment in their career. As their first release on Epitaph Records, this is likely the most prominent platform the band has ever had. The record is abrasive, hardcore, and at times features production reminiscent of a classic east-coast hip hop (think Public Enemy’s classic It Takes a Nation of Millions…) style but updated and outfitted to the unmistakably punk leanings of the group.

Much like Baby from Petrol Girls, the songwriting themes on this record are too nuanced and in-depth to cover in this kind of short format, but do yourself a favor and check out Diaspora Problems, along with their single “Driponomics (Featuring Mother Maryrose).”

Wrapping Up 2022

We hope you discovered some new bands or excellent projects released in 2022 through this collection. Obviously, there are far more than just these five albums that may have slipped through the cracks for some people. Let us know your favorite albums from 2022 that may have yet to get the press or hype they deserve!

While this was just a quick summary of some of these projects, it is impossible in this format to give them the in-depth analysis they deserve, so please consider checking out the ones that intrigue you.

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Black Valley Moon

Started in 2019 by Down By Law guitarist Sam Williams, Black Valley Moon is a guitar-centric, garage rock band. A unique musical blend of surf, rockabilly, horror punk, indie pop and goth, the band released ‘The Baleful Sounds Of Black Valley Moon’ LP and ‘Spectral Melodies’ EP as an instrumental trio before joining forces with vocalist Ray Vega. With Ray up front, they released the 3 song ‘Vampirella’ ep. Their first vocal-fronted full-length, ‘Songs From The Black Valley’, was released in the Winter of 2022. With an aesthetic and lyrical focus on drive-in horror movies and comic books, Black Valley Moon are on a quest to bring their brand of retro-inspired tunes to the world live. One show at a time.

Dentist

Band pic by: Nick Kiefer

Dentist comes from the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their sound combines the freedom of the beach atmosphere and the urgency of the city into a fuzzed out, surf punk-tinged brand of indie pop with hooks and infectious melodies to spare. The ethereal vocals of Emily Bornemann are countered by the sometimes aggressive, but always addictive sounds of Justin Bornemann on guitar and Matt Hockenjos on drums. 

         Dentist formed in 2013, built around the songwriting partnership of Emily and Justin. The pair had been writing songs and performing together in various ways since their first meeting at the legendary punk hangout, TGI Friday’s. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which Pandora described as “a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzy, California-styled, indie pop jangle and sun dappled garage rock crunch.” 

         Dentist released their sophomore album, Ceilings in the summer of 2016 via Little Dickman Records to critical acclaim.  The band began touring regularly and Dentist’s notoriety continued to grow along the way. During this time period Dentist received praise from the likes of Stereogum, Noisey, Flood Magazine, and Collide and were also named one of the top bands at SXSW 2018 by The Mercury News and NPR’s Sound Opinions.  

         Dentist released their third album Night Swimming in July of 2018 on Cleopatra Record. Their strongest release to date, the album was described by The A.V. Club as having, “tight chemistry, killer hooks, and a distinctive sound that’s both lo-fi and retro-pop smooth.”  Following the release, Dentist embarked on a month long tour across the country. Dentist has been on bills with many national acts.  The list includes Television, A Giant Dog, White Reaper, Modest Mouse, Laura Stevenson, Mrs. Magician, Death by Unga Bunga, GYMSHORTS, River Boat Gamblers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Spider Bags to name a few.  In the fall of 2019, Dentist joined fellow Asbury Park duo Brick + Mortar on a 5 week US tour. They released the single “Someone Like You,” which was featured on Taco Bell’s ‘Feed the Beat’ website. 

         The beginning of 2020 was full of promise, but it took a hard turn that no one expected. Instead of making music that reflected on the depression that set in during lockdown, Dentist decided to work on an album that would inspire them and their listeners to hang in there and look forward to better times ahead. Dentist’s 4th album was released in September 2022 via Cleopatra Records. Goldmine Magazine boasted, “intense power-pop excitement.” New Noise Magazine vowed, “their strongest album yet.” The Punk Site declared, “easily this trio’s most accomplished, catchy and engaging album to date.” Glide Magazine added, “all sorts of ’90s power-pop vibes.” In addition, their most recent single “New Dress” was added to Spotify-curated playlist Fresh Finds: Rock. In October, the song “Spilled Coffee” was licensed by Hulu for their new show Power Trip. In September 2022, Dentist performed at Sea Hear Now Festival on the beach in New Jersey along with Green Day, Stevie Nicks, Boy George & Culture Club, My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr. and others. In 2023, they plan to tour, including a West Coast run in the Spring. 

Destroy Boys Band

Destroy Boys

Destroy Boys are a female-fronted garage punk rock band formed in Sacramento, California.

Diablogato

Founded in 2014 by two punk rock war horses and two rockabilly hellions, Diablogato play a style of music that’s not quite punk and definitely not rockabilly.It’s a revved up greasy garage stomp that has a swampy swing and a voodoo twang.

DS Band Spotlight: Introducing Dutch pop-punks Lone Wolf; new album “Haze Wave” out now on Stardumb Records!

Welcome back to the Dying Scene Band Spotlight! Our latest installment brings us to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where we meet Dutch “post-pop punk” band Lone Wolf! They have an awesome new record called Haze Wave out now on Stardumb Records. If you like songs about the overwhelming existential dread of daily life tinged with bubblegum pop […]

Welcome back to the Dying Scene Band Spotlight! Our latest installment brings us to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where we meet Dutch “post-pop punk” band Lone Wolf!

They have an awesome new record called Haze Wave out now on Stardumb Records. If you like songs about the overwhelming existential dread of daily life tinged with bubblegum pop hooks, you’ll wanna check this record out. Songs like “Ready to Break”, “Meet Me in the Middle”, and “Terrible Heartache” will have you bouncing around while simultaneously on the brink of tears. Quite the dichotomy, isn’t it?

Anyway, this record kicks ass and I haven’t heard enough people talking about it. Check it out below and buy the LP here (US) or here (EU). Also, Lone Wolf will be paying us a visit here in the states this fall; catch them on their east coast tour and at The Fest! Dates are below.

See Lone Wolf on tour!

Sep 15 MJC Lillebonne – Nancy, France
Oct 19 Faces Brewing Co. – Malden, MA
Oct 20 The Broadway – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 21 The Skid Row Garage – York, PA
Oct 22 Pie Shop – Washington, DC
Oct 27 Fest – Gainesville, FL

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DS Exclusive: Check out New Jersey punks Sally Draper’s new music video for “Dance Like No One Is Watching (No One’s Watching Anyway)”

Happy hump day, folks. Today we’re gracing you with another wonderful exclusive premiere, this time from the pride of Edison, New Jersey, Sally Draper! These guys just put out a bad ass new record called American Dream and we’re debuting the music video for “Dance Like No One Is Watching (No One’s Watching Anyway)” (that’s […]

Happy hump day, folks. Today we’re gracing you with another wonderful exclusive premiere, this time from the pride of Edison, New Jersey, Sally Draper! These guys just put out a bad ass new record called American Dream and we’re debuting the music video for “Dance Like No One Is Watching (No One’s Watching Anyway)” (that’s a song off the record btw).

Check that shit out below and then head over to Sally Draper’s Bandcamp to listen to the rest of the album and perhaps purchase it on CD (or get the digital download). That shit’s only 5 bucks, you’d be a fucking idiot not to buy one! Are you a fucking idiot? Of course not!

Sally Draper is Recommended If You Like: Chinese Telophones, Toys That Kill, Spraynard, the Grabass Charlestons, etc. etc. etc.

This premiere is brought to you in part by Punk Rock Radar. If you’d like your band’s music video to be premiered by Dying Scene and Punk Rock Radar, go here and follow these instructions. You’ll be on your way to previously unimagined levels of fame and fortune in no time!

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