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American Television – “Scars”

Scars - American Television

Release Date: September 22, 2023 Record Label: Smartpunk Records Release Type: LPBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

American Television delivers a unique, yet familiar brand of fast-paced, melodic punk rock and, with the release of Scars, has continued to sharpen their songwriting skills with a socially conscious sentimentality and an infectious intensity.
FFO: Off With Their Heads, The Copyrights, Green Day, Masked Intruder

You can pre-order Scars on Bandcamp, or directly from SmartPunk.

Album Credits:

Steve Rovery – Guitar & vocals

Jerred Lazar – Lead guitar & backing vocals

Edwin Wikfors – Bass

Bryan Flowers – Drums

All songs written and performed by American Television, all rights reserved

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Ben Green at IVAKOTA

Except Death Defier & The Creek

Engineered and mixed by Pablo Cabrera at Analog Approach

Mastered by Jesse Cannon at Cannon Found Soundation

Album Art:

Illustrations by Rockets Are Red

Photos by James Walker

Borderlines – “Keep Pretending”

Keep Pretending - Borderlines

Release Date: July 21, 2023 Record Label: Hey Pizza! Records Release Type: AlbumBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

10 years in the making, Portland, Maine pop-punks Borderlines‘ debut album Keep Pretending will keep your feet tapping and heads nodding for the entirety of its 12 song tracklist. If laid back, catchy pop-punk is what you seek, you’ve come to the right place.

Keep Pretending is out now on Hey Pizza! Records, Mom’s Basement Records, and Memorable But Not Honorable Records. Listen to the album below and get it on vinyl here, CD here, or cassette here.

For fans of: The Methadones, The Copyrights, The Gamits, etc.

Boss’ Daughter A May Zing Journey 2024 West Coast Tour Announced

Bossy D is hitting the coast and will be seeing many corners of Oregon and California as they continue to support Bouts with Bummers. Straight from the guys themselves: Tour! May! Oregon! California! Party! Bossy D is hitting some West Coast dates on our A May Zing Journey! Check the dates below and find full […]

Bossy D is hitting the coast and will be seeing many corners of Oregon and California as they continue to support Bouts with Bummers. Straight from the guys themselves:

???????? Tour! May! Oregon! California! Party! Bossy D is hitting some West Coast dates on our A May Zing Journey! Check the dates below ???? and find full info/tickets where available at bossdaughter.com????????

5/13 – Ashland, OR – Local 31 Pub

5/14 – Medford, OR – Johnny B’s

5/15 – Arcata, CA – Outer Space Arcata

5/16 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Arlene Francis Center

5/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building

5/18 – Ventura, CA – The Sewer

5/19 – Hollywood, CA – The Powerhouse

5/20 – San Pedro, CA – Broken Anchor Studios

5/21 – San Diego, CA – The Tower Bar

5/22 – Idyllwild, CA – Audiowild Studios

I’m certainly excited for more Boss’ Daughter this year. They are big fixtures at the Reno Punk Rock Flea Market this year alongside amazing acts like The Dwarves and The Copyrights.

Also announced recently will be their return to Gainsville in October for FEST 22, their 7th year throwing down with Floridians. So catch them on tour or at your local punk fest, they’re always a great time!

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DS Exclusive: Local Drags premiere music video for “Heard About It” from upcoming album “Mess of Everything”

Springfield, Illinois’ Local Drags recently announced their new album Mess of Everything, due out March 17th on Stardumb Records. Dying Scene is pleased to bring you this exclusive music video premiere for the new single “Heard About It”. Check out the music video below and pre-order the album here (US), here (EU), or here (Australia). […]

Springfield, Illinois’ Local Drags recently announced their new album Mess of Everything, due out March 17th on Stardumb Records. Dying Scene is pleased to bring you this exclusive music video premiere for the new single “Heard About It”.

Check out the music video below and pre-order the album here (US), here (EU), or here (Australia).

Mess of Everything was produced by Luke McNeill of The Copyrights, who also plays with Local Drags frontman Lanny Durbin in Starter Jackets. The new album gives the power pop style of the band’s first two albums a darker sheen, with more layered guitars and looser instrumentation. Still, the songs are as melodic as ever and stay true to their pop sensibilities.

Local Drags – Mess of Everything tracklist: 

1.  Keep An Eye 
2.  Heard About It 
3.  Call You Baby 
4.  Feelin In Stereo 
5.  Good For Nothin 
6.  Totally Down 
7.  Cheap Rates 
8.  On The Slide 
9.  Aloe 
10.  Better Now  

Pressing info: 

200 x Blue vinyl with black smoke 
300 x Black vinyl 
200 x CD 

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DS Interview: 75% of the Brokedowns on their Highly Anticipated 6th Full-Length, due out Jan. 20th on Red Scare

Sometimes referred to as Chicago’s best kept secret and other times called the funniest band on Red Scare, for all of us not currently living in Chicago, we know them simply as The Brokedowns. After officially closing the book on 2022 on a high note with a live show during the late hours of December […]

Sometimes referred to as Chicago’s best kept secret and other times called the funniest band on Red Scare, for all of us not currently living in Chicago, we know them simply as The Brokedowns. After officially closing the book on 2022 on a high note with a live show during the late hours of December 31, they claimed the honor of the last band of 2022 at Reggie’s Rock Club and rang in the New Year in style. Their 2023 is started off on an even higher note, however, with the release of the quartet’s 6th studio album titled “Maximum Khaki”, the band’s fourth release on Chicago label Red Scare.

Out of the gates, the group’s first single “Obey the Fumes” damn near knocks your fuckin’ teeth in. Lead guitarist Kris Megyery kicks the song off with a killer, in-your-face opening riff that sets an excellent tone for the next thirteen tracks of this quick, humorous, thought-provoking punk masterpiece.

In my opinion, this record is what a punk record should be. The songs are fast, both in tempo and duration, with only one track breaking the three-minute threshold (and even that comes in at an even three minutes). The release comes equipped with intriguing, chuckle-inducing song titles that, upon questioning with the band, have both deep and sincere subject matters. After listening from beginning to end and finding myself starting over, I fully understand the pride that these guys hold in their finished product.

“There’s nothing I really regret on [the record],” said Megyery. “At this point I’m usually like ‘Fuck it’s coming out in a few days, this sucks.’ But not with this one, that’s a good feeling to have.”

Keep scrolling for all kinds of cool stuff: music videos for “Obey the Fumes” (which coincidentally was done over a Zoom call as well) and “Samurai Sword Decontrol”, info for their record release show January 28th at the Burlington in Chicago, and the full Q&A with Eric, Kris and Mustafa. Cheers!

Header Photo by Meredith Goldberg

(Editor’s note: The following has been edited and condensed for clarity’s sake because a good chunk of this interview was just four guys shooting the shit.)

Dying Scene (Nathan Kernell NastyNate): So first off, congrats on the new record. I know it’s not technically out yet as of this intervew, but I’ve listened to it several times and I love it guys. How long has this been in the works, I know your last release 2018?

Kris Megyery (KM): Yeah I think we started recording in February but we did the bass tracking March 7th 2020. So pretty much we started recording right before the pandemic and then we finished it up like last summer.

So you started recording back in 2020, but are these songs a lot older than that?

Mustafa Daka (MD): I remember, Kris, we recorded for like a split or something and you were like hey while we are at it, let’s just like demo all these songs you had just shown us, so like there’s a kind of a real rough recording of all those songs like a year earlier so like 2019?

KM: Right yeah it was that Copyrights cover song for the Red Scare comp. And my idea was to try to record a whole album that we’ve never practiced once and I thought it would go awesome *laughs*. And we did, we recorded that Copyrights song and then we just like live recorded the whole album and I remember during the session being like ‘holy shit this is gonna work’, like we just did the whole album in like a couple hours. And then we got home and listened to it and we were like ‘oh this is a turkey’. *laughs* So we went back like a year later to perfect them.

So I always like to ask this with new releases, did you just kind of collect these songs over time after your last release or was it like ‘alright let’s write another record’ and you just sat down wrote songs and recorded?

KM: Yeah the way we operate as a band for at least the last 10 years since I’ve had kids is pretty much just like whoever writes a song, like me or John, we make demos with the song and then everyone kind of learns it from the demo, like we don’t “get in the lab” *laughs* or spend tons of time. Like this shit all goes really fast because it has to. So it wasn’t over time and we never do that over time. Usually like we don’t even think about recording anything until we have a chunk of songs. There’s never like we’re just knocking around one song like normal bands do. Normal bands are like ‘hey let’s work on this one song and it slowly grows’, where us it’s like we binge it all man*laughs*.

MD: I will say, it’s been funny that Kris, since you’ve had kids, you are real quick to just hit us with like a bunch of demos and some of it’s like a Casio drum kit and everything or sometimes it’s just like the drums that he’s got laying around that he micd up. But you’ll hear his kids all over it, so I think it’s awesome. Where you have kids that might kind of get in the way of your being able to write and record demos, Kris kind of just combines those two times together so it’s like ‘well I’m gonna hang out with these kids, they may as well get involved’ *laughs*.

KM: Where a normal person would be parenting, I’m demoing *laughs*.  

So does this record kind of have a theme, I know like with your last release you tackle like some of the thrills of living in the Midwest. Does this have any kind of main theme or does each song kind of have a different theme?

KM: Well a lot of our songs are like political in nature I guess. The last one was actually a lot more personal songs about like growing up and shit, and a lot of like bummer songs. The year we wrote that album like we had a bunch of people close to us die in like one short period of time, so that’s a bummer record for me. But this one is definitely more about just the cultural nightmare we’re all going through, living in our country and you know all that stuff, all that groovy shit.

Where’s the name of the record come from, Maximum Khaki?

KM: So the word khaki, I kept using as this like reference to just like the banality of evil, like bland evil, not referencing like the soldiers, but referencing the accountants who are making the atrocities happen. And when I would write a song I would have the word khaki written in there. It probably started from that Charlottesville rally you know where everyone was wearing khakis, probably stemmed from that. I think John brought it up, he’s like ‘there are like 6 songs where you mentioned khaki’. So khaki was used as a reference to just like bland cruelty. And we were going to call the record “Khaki Majesty” and right before we started making artwork for it the Slow Death from Minneapolis who we’re friends with announced their new album “Casual Majesty”.

MD: I think I told those dudes, I was like ‘you know we’ve got an album coming out called “khaki majesty”, but yeah not anymore’.

KM: I didn’t blame them or anything, but they definitely heard from our attorneys *laughs*.

MD: Yeah I don’t talk to those guys anymore *laughs*.

I know your artwork for the album always comes into question, what drew you to Ryan Duggan for this record cover?

KM: We love him. He did the album “Species Bender” and we love that record cover of ours. And we’ve always loved everything he does and he does with his artwork what I think we’re trying to do as a band, which is like be funny but not be overtly funny; be kind of very subtly funny. And he probably doesn’t want to be connected to us that way *laughs* But it just always makes me smile, always makes me giggle and always makes me think in a nonlinear way, so kind of a no brainer [to go with him]. He’s always been like doing posters and stuff like that around Chicago, and in the last 10-15 years he’s really developed a reputation. He’s got a really unique style.

So starting with “Obey the Fumes” that’s a kickass opener, that’s an awesome opener you guys put out. Walk me through kind of the meaning behind that because I know you said it was about breaking bad habits in one of the press releases, but can you dive in a little bit deeper maybe?

KM: Yeah, initially, like in my head what I see is like an 80s beer commercial where you’re working in a factory, you wipe your brow, you crack open a cool Coors. But in our like dystopian hellscape that we live in, it’s like glue. So you go to your job, and in this case the protagonist of this song goes to a job where he gets skull-fucked by demons every day, and he just wants to crack open a nice thing of glue and fuckin’ cut loose. But that’s the funny version, but it’s like about trying to break bad habits, specifically drinking, like negative drinking habits in a culture where it’s everywhere.

That was actually one of my favorite tracks off the record, do each of you guys have any favorites you’re excited for people to hear once it’s released on Friday?

MD: I love our samurai sword song, that’s probably one of my favorites and I think is the only song that I used to click track on for that whole album.

Eric Grossman (EG): I like that song yeah. “Cinnamon Kings” is probably a highlight for me.

KM: Yeah that song “Cinnamon King” is like our favorite probably. It’s only like 15 seconds long, but so much fun to play. Been playing it live for like three years, we love that one. I like it all, I think it all kind of moves really fast, it’s super short, it’s like our shortest record. It moves along pretty quick, there’s nothing I really regret on it and at this point I’m usually like ‘Fuck it’s coming out in a few days, this sucks’. But not with this one, that’s a good feeling to have.

Yeah I know guys that regret releases they put out because they do it in such a short amount of time, so I mean that’s a good feeling to have.

KM: I wanna warn the listeners, I may be wrong. You might hate this *laughs*, don’t take my word for it, I’m too closely attached to it to have a unbiased opinion.

So I gotta ask you then, some of these other titles are very intriguing. “Honk if You’re Horny” *laughs*?

KM: *laughs* Yeah real subtle.

Tell me about “Osama Van Halen.”

MD: It sounds funny to hear.

KM: It’s a real bummer, but it’s funny. But I was thinking about just like how you know Eddie Van Halen was an innovator, in a very creative way, but like Osama Bin Laden was also an innovator you know what I mean *laughs*, just in a different way. So like the chorus is about like a 4 minute mile because it took forever for people to run it, but once people ran a 4 minute mile like everybody was doing it. So once Eddie Van Halen fuckin’ busted out a power drill every jack off with a power drill could do that. But once someone does whatever fuckin’ atrocities in the newspaper every week, once you see that it makes it that much easier for the next dildo to do that.

That’s actually really cool, I wasn’t sure which direction you were gonna go with that *laughs*. So this is your 4th release over at Red Scare, I take it you’ve had a pretty good experience over there with Toby?

KM: Definitely yeah! Yeah he’s great.

MD: He sends me hoodies and shirts sometimes, and pens, it’s awesome.

EG: Lots of swag. Moose has to pay for them but he gets them *laughs*. When Moose orders it, he gets it.

MD: Sometimes I get $0.69 off and sometimes I get $4.20 off *laughs*.

So from what I’ve seen, the Chicago and Chicago suburbs, the whole scene is flourishing, makes me jealous down here because it just seems like you guys have stuff going on every night. What are some local bands that you guys want to name drop as influences or just bands you’re into?

MD: Wig, I love Wig. I love Permanent Residue, they’re fantastic. Salvation, of course Meat Wave is one of my favorite all time bands. Lollygagger‘s a great band, shit I could keep going. Oh, Avantist.

KM: I’m listening to that Stress Positions EP over and over again for the last couple weeks that’s fuckin’ kicking my head in. Obviously Meat Wave, all the bands Moose said, Wig. Yeah there’s a lot of good shit, there’s always good shit it’s the third largest city in America. Where are you at?

I’m down in Nashville.

KM: Oh yeah that’s not a place known for music *laughs*.

Speaking of locals, Deanna Belos, in “Corndog Sonnet” she named you guys. So when are you guys gonna the line “listen to Sincere Engineer” in one of your songs *laughs*.
MD: I don’t write lyrics

KM: It’s hard to work that in, I’ll figure it out. It’s a little lengthy. It’ll probably be in a super offensive song title, she’ll be like ‘hey thanks but no thanks’ *laughs*.

What about outside of Chicago, what kind of influences do you guys have?

KM: Well the obvious answer, everyone compares us to, collectively we all love Dillinger 4. That was like a huge influence for us. Fugazi’s like my favorite band of all time, that’s creeps in there a lot you know.

MD: Toys That Kill

That’s actually the one that you guys reminded me of on this last record, it’s actually in my notes for the interview *laughs*.

MD: I will absolutely rip off Toys That Kill. Jimmy will send me a text message for like whatever we put out and be like ‘oh I heard it’s great’ and I’ll be like ‘listen to this song, that’s the song I totally ripped you off’ *laughs*. I always am like thinking of Toys That Kill whenever I’m playing somehow, I just love love love those guys and I love their drums.

So your album release is on the 28th, where are you guys playing that?

EG: That’s at the Burlington, which is also pretty close to Moose.

MD: I like it because it’s pretty close to the practice spot so it’s like you just gotta pick up the gear, drive just a few blocks and go right back.

KM: Moose’s love for venues are all based on geography *laughs*.

You’re playing with Chinese Telephones, Dangerous Chairs and Permanent Residue, have you guys played with all those guys before?

KM: Chinese Telephones we haven’t played with in at least 10-12 years. And the other two bands we’ve never played with, but we’re friends with all of them. We wanted to play with bands we haven’t played with in at least a decade or never, but they’re all great super great and I’m super excited for all of them. I love them all.

What about your guy’s strict touring schedule? In one of your interviews you said out of town shows 3 a year, do you have those three out of town dates booked up yet or what’s the plan?

KM: There’s a bidding war going on, it’s like when a city hosts the Olympics because when we come to a town it brings a lot to the local economy *laughs*, the dispensaries.

MD: No we haven’t booked anything yet out of town, but we’re gonna definitely play a lot more this year hopefully. We might do as many as four shows out of town *laughs*.

EG: Yeah maybe. We’re talking about maybe.

So when did you guys form, I’ve seen a few different dates, but I’ve come up with 2002?

EG: What you define as the band as it is today was 2002 yeah. John and I have been playing together for a really long time, way before that probably ‘96 or ’97, somewhere around there. I mean we weren’t really serious about it and the band that you see today was 2002. I think that was when we first played with you Moose, right?

MD: Right, I used to watch you guys from like ‘96 and then in 2002 is when I joined the band, holy shit *laughs*.

KM: Yeah we should have changed our name when Moose joined because I feel like it all became kind of different.

MD: But I saw the first Brokedowns show, I wasn’t in the band but I think John was fourteen I was 18

EG: Yeah I think I had just joined the band at that point. I don’t know if I even played that one maybe I wasn’t in yet.

KM: But John was like a fuckin’ 7th grader *laughs*.

MD: I have a DVD that my friend’s uncle sent me and it has the Brokedowns playing like before you and I were in the band Kris. I think it was Taylors last show in the band. Kris and I weren’t even in the band at the time, Eric was but …

KM: Today those are referred to as the who gives a shit years *laughs*.

I’ve talked to a lot of guys who have either quit music or stopped for an extended period of time after doing it for so long, and I mean you guys have been at this for a while and I mean, based on the new record, it doesn’t seem like you guys are slowing down. What’s kept you guys going?

KM: We’re all very close friends and we don’t do much and even when like we were young, the band was never like the top priority. And because it’s never been the top priority, we’ve never had to like really sacrifice. It’s created a very low pressure situation you know.

MD: I always said it was like fishing buddies, but we play music together instead. It’s like when we lived together, sometimes our Fridays are Saturdays would be just going into like Kris’s garage or whatever and just playing for hours, get drunk in the process and sweat it out right.

KM: It’s just as simple as like if someone doesn’t want to do something, we don’t do it. And then the three people that did wanna do it just quietly resent them behind their back *laughs* and we vent to each other about how terrible that person.

MD: It’s always Kris, we always hate Kris.

KM: That’s funny because I always hate you *laughs*.

MD: Oh shit that’s so funny because I hate you even *laughs*.

KM: Honestly though, 21 years, like the band is old enough to legally drink now and I can’t think of an actual fight, like a single one.

EG: I don’t think so, no.

MD: Maybe something I did, probably. If we fought, it had to have been about something I wanted to do or didn’t wanna do.

KM: I love that false modesty there *laughs*.

So you guys have been referred to as the funniest guys on red scare, who’s second, who’s coming for your title right now? I saw Sam Russo a few months ago and that dude was pretty funny.

KM: Wow. We would never say we’re the funniest. Brendan Kelly is obviously insanely funny. The Copyrights are really funny, they’re super funny.

MD: Like personally those guys are funny as hell.

KM: They refer to movies as Kilmers and books as Grishams; every book’s a Grisham and every movie’s a Kilmer, that’s a good bit *laughs*. I love that bit.

Okay, last question here. I know the record’s not even out yet, but do you guys have any other upcoming plans far future maybe? I know you’re kind of known for doing splits, do you have any of those planned for the coming future?

EG: Not really, we don’t have anything planned. Got a bunch of stuff demoed.

MD: I was gonna say Kris already sent us demos for whatever we’re gonna do next, it’s probably gonna be a split.

Any bands that come to mind for doing splits?

KM: We were supposed to do one with Canadian Rifle actually, so probably them. But they recorded their songs and we never recorded ours *laughs*. So we blew that one. But there was a pandemic, in case you didn’t notice *laughs*.

Well that about wraps everything up, I really appreciate you guys taking some time and sitting down with me. Once again, congrats on the new record and good luck with the album release on the 28th.

 

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DS Interview: Caitlin Edwards on Punk The Burbs, Bumsy & The Moochers, and her debut solo record

Caitlin Edwards, the singer of suburban punk ska band, Bumsy & The Moochers, and founder of local music fest, Punk The Burbs, just released her debut solo record. We caught up with her to discuss how her new project and to reflect on past milestones, her creative process, and what’s coming up next. Caitlin Edwards […]

Caitlin Edwards, the singer of suburban punk ska band, Bumsy & The Moochers, and founder of local music fest, Punk The Burbs, just released her debut solo record. We caught up with her to discuss how her new project and to reflect on past milestones, her creative process, and what’s coming up next.


Caitlin Edwards is having a moment. Actually, it is just the latest moment she is having. As lead singer for the popular suburban Chicago ska band Bumsy & The Moochers (BATM), Edwards founded the area punk fest, Punk the Burbs, almost a decade ago. On February 25, 2023, Edwards introduced her tunes from debut solo record Pluto Party during her release show at Cobra Lounge in Chicago, IL. The first single off the independently released album is the infectiously fun “Unlucky Charm.” In addition to her vocals, Edwards played the guitar, bass, and violin. John Perrin, noted below as well, played the drums. For her live band, pictured below in this piece, it’s Tim Flynn (L) on bass, and drummer Andrew Cielo (R). Oh, and Bruce, her friend’s pup and also pictured below, is the musical mascot to them all.


MG: How did you get your start in music?

CE: “I started playing violin when I was ten. My dad always played guitar and of course I listened to a lot of rock bands then so I picked up the guitar at thirteen. I taught myself how to play guitar, but having that experience playing on the violin helped. Callous already on the fingers and all that.


MG: Who are some of your musical influences?

CE: “Most recently The Muffs, Beabadoobee, The Beths, Best Coast. Of course Green Day, Weezer, Oasis, and The Copyrights will always be bands that influence me throughout my life.”


MG: Did you have a writing partner for your solo work and is the songwriting with BATM collaborative?

CE:“Typically songs just come to me at random or just waking up from a dream. Sometimes when I’m walking around or in the shower. This goes for both projects. I could never just sit down and be like ok, gonna write a song. It just doesn’t work that way for me. Sometimes in BATM, other members will bring song ideas, chords, lyrics to the table and we’ll collaboratively write.”


MG: What’s the best show or tour you’ve ever played and why was it so special to you?

CE: “Probably Bumsy and the Moochers playing at FEST 20 last year. I’ve always wanted to play FEST. We put on our best set and the crowd was wild. So much love. For my solo project I had a ton of fun playing this recent album release show at Cobra Lounge. Once again, so much love and just having people come up to me saying they loved the album. Such an amazing feeling.


MG: Do you have any funny or interesting stories from being on the road that you can share with us?

CE: “One time Bumsy and the Moochers played in St. Louis. We stayed at the coolest Airbnb that was a loft. Had a ping-pong table, fancy showers and beds. Then we played at this tiny hole-in-the-wall bar where there was Street Fighter 2 that people could play. I must’ve played everyone in that bar and kicked their ass. Of course I was Blanka, that’s my guy. Lol. Then we played this show with mostly pop punk bands, but everyone dug us. Even one dude said, I hate ska, but I love you guys. Not really an interesting story, just a fun time on tour.”


MG: What are some of your favorite songs to play live?

CE: “In my solo project I love playing “No Kids” and “All That Fun.” They’re songs that aren’t the typical pop punk songs that I’m used to playing so I enjoy doing something different. But I also love playing “Guess Again.” Just love the energy that song brings.”


MG: How does your creative process differ from album to album?

CE: “For my solo band, I take a lot of time writing songs, adding new parts or lyrics, seeing which songs would fit in an album because it’s just me. No input from others encourages me to make sure I’m doing everything I can to make sure my songs sound good. With Bumsy and the Moochers, even when I just write a song, I’m still getting input from everyone else. At times it’s easier because you’re getting so many ideas, but at times it’s harder. Sometimes it’s hard for us to agree on something, too many cooks in the kitchen so to speak.


MG: How did you found Punk the Burbs and how has it been?

CE: “I created the Punk The Burbs Facebook group in 2014. Just wanted a Facebook for people to post shows, ads, events in the burbs since there was mostly groups for shows happening in the city. Doing Punk The Burbs every year is a lot of hard work, but I’m glad I’ve helped create more of a music community in the burbs. I’m also glad that we’ve introduced a lot of people to new bands they may have never heard before.”


MG: How much of the year is occupied organizing the fest each year? Do you have a team to help?

CE: “It really takes up most of the year to organize the fest. So much goes into it, even more when it’s Jason [Fein of The Run Around] and myself doing most of the work. We’ve had volunteers help at the fest before in the past, but that’s it. We’d love to have more help and actual employees next time around.


MG: How did you decide to do a solo record at this point?

CE: “I’ve actually been wanting to do a solo record since I was a teenager. Just never got around to it because other things were happening in life, school, other bands, you know how it goes. I finally started to get serious about a solo project in 2017. Up until 2019, I never had enough songs to do an album. With everything that happened to me from 2019-2022, I suddenly had a ton of material that would be perfect for an album.


MG: Tell us about the musicians who backed you on the record? Who produced it?

CE: “I played the guitar, violin, bass, and vocals on this record. My friend John Perrin did the drums. I knew he could do the drums exactly how I imagined them and he did! I did the production work as well. Dan Precision [Dan Wleklinski of 88 Fingers Louie and formerly of Rise Against] mixed and mastered the album. There was a few things he put in that weren’t there before. For example, the orchestral part in “Lip”, Dan came up with that. Definitely gave that song more emotion.


MG: How do you balance Bumsy, PTB and new solo work, along with your day job/life?

CE: “I actually balance it all pretty easy these days. I’ve been doing it for such a long time, it just comes naturally. If I wasn’t doing all that stuff, I’d probably get bored. Though a nice break from Punk The Burbs Fest I wouldn’t mind. I’d much rather be creating music than being on the business side of it.


MG: Along with that band release, do you have plans to our solo or will you play solo work on the same bill as BATM?

CE: ”I like to keep Bumsy and my solo project pretty separate. I’d get exhausted playing the same show together or doing a tour back-to-back. I am trying to piece together a solo weekender tour at the moment for 2023.”


MG: How did the song “Unlucky Charm” come about and was it about anything personally?

CE:  Like most people, I experience anxiety from time to time. When I was younger, it was a lot worse. I used to get panic attacks. Nowadays, I have my anxiety way more under control. Music, therapy, and loved ones helped me no doubt. That’s what “Unlucky Charm” is about. Having anxiety around you for a long time and finally not letting it hang around in your life anymore.


MG: Who directed the video for it and what was the inspiration for the video?

CE: “Justin Sostre directed the video. He’s also Bumsy and the Moochers trumpet player. Amazing musician and super cool dude. I came up with the idea. Anxiety is something that can feel like it’s always lurking, or sometimes sneaks up on you. I figured why don’t we have anxiety literally doing that, but as a creepy masked person? I always loved music videos with humor and a message. So that’s why if anything it’s meant to be a really funny video on something serious.


MG: What do you have upcoming, both as a solo artist, with the band and with Punk the Burbs?

CE: ”My solo project has two shows coming up. We’re playing at Programme Skate and sound in Fullerton, CA April 15th. [Spoke with Edwards prior to the Fullerton, CA date]. We’re also playing at the Village Theater in Davenport, IA April 28th.  


It’s a good time for Caitlin Edwards and she’s grabbing hold of the momentum via her talent, her work, and ability to have fun as well. Check out Pluto Party, as soon as you can and get yourself to a show when she hits your town, solo or leading Bumsy and the Moochers!

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DS News: The Ergs announce California shows with The Copyrights, playing “dorkrockcorkrod” in Los Angeles

New Jersey pop-punk veterans The Ergs have announced a short run of shows in California with The Copyrights. They’ll be playing the fan favorite dorkrockcorkrod in its entirety at the final stop in Los Angeles. Check out the dates below to see if they’re coming to your city. The Ergs put out a new 7″ […]

New Jersey pop-punk veterans The Ergs have announced a short run of shows in California with The Copyrights. They’ll be playing the fan favorite dorkrockcorkrod in its entirety at the final stop in Los Angeles. Check out the dates below to see if they’re coming to your city.

The Ergs put out a new 7″ titled Renovations last year. The Copyrights’ latest album Alone In A Dome was released in 2021 on Fat Wreck.

Tour Dates:

March 16 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
March 17 – San Pedro, CA @ The Sardine
March 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
March 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*

* The Ergs playing dorkrockcorkrod

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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (New Strung Out album! Reissues from Rufio, Ten Foot Pole & some other shit)

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold […]

Greetings, and welcome to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is the weekly* column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Check out the video edition of this week’s Record Radar, presented by our friends at Punk Rock Radar:

Have you heard about Strung Out‘s new record? It’s called Dead Rebellion and it’s due out on April 5th. Naturally, Fat Wreck‘s US store has already sold through its mysterious color variant. However! You can still get that variant (whatever it ends up being) from their European and Aussie stores. The band also has an exclusive (not-so-mysterious) white color variant available on their own webstore. The first single “Cages” is pretty fuckin bad ass – it reminds me a lot of Agents of the Underground, which I thought was also a bad ass record. Perhaps this is a return to form for Strung Out? We shall see.

Last week we hosted the exclusive premiere of The Carmines‘ new record Work Harder Not Smarter. Who are The Carmines? I’m glad you asked! The Carmines are a Ramonescore band featuring Slick Shoes‘ Joe Nixon on drums and Greg Togawa (also from Slick Shoes) on guitar. The singer’s name is Nate Roberts – I’m not sure if he’s in any other bands of note; sorry Nate! Anyway, this record’s pretty sweet. You should listen to it & buy it sweet blue colored vinyl from Memorable But Not Honorable if you’re in the US and I Buy Records if you’re in Europe. Fuck yeah!

Rufio’s last record, 2010’s Anybody Out There, is getting released on vinyl for the first time ever thanks to Take This To Heart Records. There are three different color variants up for pre-order here. One of those fuckers already sold out so you might wanna act fast if this one’s on your bucket list!

The very pleasantly named Puke N Vomit Records has a bunch of GBH reissues up for pre-order; three, to be precise. They’ve got snazzy new variants of Leather, Bristles, No Survivors and Sick Boys…, City Baby Attacked By Rats, and City Baby’s Revenge. Each comes in a deluxe gatefold jacket with added liner notes, posters and a bunch of other shit. They also have a 3xLP box set with all three records on red wax with a shirt and stuff. Very cool!

We’re on a hot streak here with reissues and Ten Foot Pole’s gonna keep it going with a new pressing of Unleashed, which surprisingly is the first since its original release in 1997. La Agonia De Vivir (yes I copy + pasted that) is reissuing the record with 200 copies on transparent yellow wax & 300 copies on black wax. Get it here!

Codefendants continue their reign as kings of the $20 2-song 10″ with not one, but two new $20 2-song 10″s. Well, one of these technically has 3 songs kinda sorta, and that one’s only $18. Anyway! Here’s Living Las Vegas and Prison Camp. Eat it up.

Eccentric Pop Records comes comes out swinging with their first release of 2024, a new Groovie Ghoulies 7″ featuring never-before-released recordings from the World Contact Day era. They pressed 500 copies on “marbled burgundy” colored vinyl, which you can purchase with fungible currency here.

And because I’m a smartass, lets compare the economics of this release vs the Codefendants 10″: The Ghoulies 2-song 7″ is $8.00, or $1.14 per inch / $4.00 per song. The Codefendants 2-song 10″ is $20.00, or $2.00 per inch / $10.00 per song. The numbers don’t lie, folks!

And here comes Red Scare with the most economical 7″ of them all! A brand new 4-song 7″ from Broadway Calls, and it’s only $6? How will they ever financially recover from this? I thought it cost like 700 bagillion dollars to press records now! Grab the 7″ here and catch Broadway Calls on tour with Teenage Bottlerocket next month.

It seems Rad Girlfriend Records is gonna keep doing what they’ve been doing in the year of our lord 2024, and that’s putting out an assload of records. Up first is a new album from Chicago’s Heavy Seas. Distortion Days is due out on January 26th and you can pre-order it on translucent yellow, opaque maroon, or black vinyl here. Can’t decide which variant you want? Just buy all three you fucking dumbass.

Rad Girlfriend’s 2nd new release is from Acumen, a new band featuring The Copyrights frontman Adam Fletcher. Their debut album Mark VII consists of a bunch of covers of obscure 60’s rock songs which I will not attempt to pretend I know. Get it on “seaglass”, translucent blue, or black vinyl here. Or just buy all three variants of this one, too.

Jon Snodgrass is releasing a new album called Barge At Will, which features Bill Stevenson on drums and bass. This is being released on colorful polyvinyl chloride music discs by SBAM Records in March. They’ve got white and yellow color variants available on all their webstores. The friendly canucks at Thousand Islands Records have the album on blue vinyl and black wax. Here’s a live recording of one of the songs:

And because it just wouldn’t be the Record Radar without a new variant of Green Day’s new record Saviors, here’s a new variant of Green Day’s new record Saviors. Well, this isn’t really a new variant, but it also kinda is.

The UK Indie color variant was supposed to be the same as the US Indie color variant (pink/black split), but I guess record stores started receiving their shipments and they were completely different. So here ya have it, variant #23 – pink / black marble. Banquet Records has it up on their store, I’m sure if you live in the UK you can get this from pretty much any record store within spitting distance.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you all we’re keeping track of all the variants of this record on this article here. Bookmark that page and stay tuned for variant #s 24, 25 & 26 coming soon!

Well, that’s all, folks. Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, leave us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs (or do, I’m not your father). See ya in the new year!

Wanna catch up on all of our Record Radar posts? Click here and you’ll be taken to a page with all the past entries in the column. Magic!

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DS Staff Picks: Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things of July, 2023 (Presented by Punk Rock Radar)

Hello, and welcome to the July, 2023 edition of Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things! This is the column where I, Dylan aka Screeching Bottlerocket, tell you what new punk rock albums, EPs and singles I enjoyed the most this month. This is a collaborative effort with our friends at Punk Rock Radar, with whom I’ll […]

Hello, and welcome to the July, 2023 edition of Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things! This is the column where I, Dylan aka Screeching Bottlerocket, tell you what new punk rock albums, EPs and singles I enjoyed the most this month.

This is a collaborative effort with our friends at Punk Rock Radar, with whom I’ll be doing a video version of this Best Of wrap-up each month. If you like discovering awesome new bands as much as I do, be sure to follow Punk Rock Radar on Instagram and YouTube, and keep tabs on their Upcoming Release Calendar.

Here’s our video for July (let us know what your favorite releases of the month were in the YouTube comments):

DIESEL BOY
Gets Old

Comeback album of the year? Diesel Boy returns with their first new record in over 20 years! Gets Old is on brand with nothing but fun, sarcastic, melodic punk songs. Standout tracks include “Dirty Dishes”, “The Finnish Line”, and the closing track “Two Stones”, which is a beautiful tribute to the late Tony Sly.

BORDERLINES
Keep Pretending

Portland, Maine’s Borderlines release their debut album 10 years after the band started. Keep Pretending is a laid back pop-punk record for fans of The Methadones, The Copyrights, The Gamits, etc. It kinda reminds me of Warning era Green Day a bit, but less depressing. Good driving music.

PAPERBACK TRAGEDY
8!

Dying Scene Band Spotlight alumni / Baltimore melodic punks Paperback Tragedy return with their second new record in as many years. 8! continues where Threeshe! left off with another masterclass in Epifat style rapid-fire skate punk.

THE HAERMORRHOIDS
At the Earth’s Core

Listen up, Ramonescore fans! This is the subgenre’s best album of the year. Hamburg, Germany’s Haermorrhoids rip through 16 songs in 28 minutes. No frills, no bullshit, these guys aren’t fucking around. The whole record is killer but my favorite songs are “Time Warp Incest”, “Captain Isolation”, and the title track. For fans of Screeching Weasel, The Lillingtons, Chixdiggit, The Queers, etc.

BEAT THE SMART KIDS
Hot Death

Hailing from the windy city, Chicago ska-punks Beat the Smart Kids buck the genre’s recent trends and stick to their more traditional third wave sound. Check out their new record Hot Death if you like Mustard Plug, MU330, or Skankin’ Pickle. Standout tracks include “Twist the Knife”, “Counterfeit”, and “Into the Galaxy”.

WRONG LIFE / PAPER TIGERS
Last Words of an Optimist

Wrong Life is one of The Murderburgers’ frontman Fraser Murderburger’s current projects. The band just released a new record a few months ago, so I was surprised when I saw this split with fellow Edinburgh, Scotland residents Paper Rifles pop up on Spotify. The two new Wrong Life songs on here are great, and this is my first time hearing Paper Rifles – their songs are great, too – I’ll have to check out their back catalog.

DUCKBOY
tragic love songs to study to (vol. 5)

Duckboy is kinda mysterious, I can’t find anything about them song social media, and I think it’s probably a one man band. Anyway, there are seven tracks on their debut EP but most of them are these bullshit little interludes. The three that are actual songs are pretty fucking good. I’m not a fan of this kind of “Defend Pop-Punk” style pop-punk but this is really listenable. “XXL hadron collider” is a bad ass song.

Making Friends – “Heroes Die”

“Heroes Die” is the latest single from Brighton, UK skate punks Making Friends’ upcoming album Fine Dying. This is quintessential skate punk for fans of Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, NOFX, and all the other usual suspects.

7 Years Bad Luck – “Another Life”

Austrian punks 7 Years Bad Luck return with their first new album in six years! 2017’s Great, Big, Nothing is a hard act to follow but these guys are up to the task. “Another Life” is the second single from No Shame (that’s their new record – we’ll talk about it next month!). This song reminds me a lot of Pulley’s “Hooray for Me” – I dare you to listen to it and tell me you disagree.

MxPx – “Stay Up All Night”

MxPx is one of my favorite bands of all time, so even though the leadoff single from their upcoming album Find A Way Home is a bit lackluster, I’ve gotta include it on my best of July list. “Stay Up All Night” is a serviceable, radio ready song, which is why it’s kinda confusing they chose it as the first single. Regardless, I’m excited for the new record – I think the best is yet to come.

Mustard Plug – “Fall Apart”

Mustard Plug’s got a new record on the way, too! Where Did All My Friends Go? is due out September 8th on Bad Time Records. The lead single “Fall Apart” reminds me a lot of the band’s 2007 album In Black and White. I’m looking forward to hearing more!

Judo CHOP! – “Conquer”

Death, taxes, People of Punk Rock Records putting out killer melodic punk. Judo CHOP!’s new single “Conquer” is an absolute banger. Lookout for the Aussie melodic punks’ new record coming later this year on People of Punk Rock.

Swill – “Delicate Subject”

What’s that? You thought the People of Punk Rock fellating was done? Of course not! They also went and signed a band from my home state, Jacksonville, FL’s Swill. This is the lead single from their new record Delicate Subjects, which comes out on August 18th. These guys simply do not miss.

Marked Out – “Distance”

Bakersfield, CA’s Marked Out plays early 2000’s inspired pop-punk. “Distance” is the first single from their new EP Never Enough. Recommended if you like Allister, The Movielife, Slick Shoes, etc.

The Subjunctives – “Goodbye I Will Not Miss You, You Dicks”

The Subjunctives are an old school pop-punk band from Seattle, fronted by Ean Hernandez from Sicko. This is the lead single from their sophomore album Let’s Try This Again, which is due out on September 16th. For fans of 90’s pop-punk.

Anywho, that concludes the July installment of the column. Thanks for checking it out! Keep your eyes glued to Dying Scene for all things punk rock and follow our friends Punk Rock Radar on InstagramYouTube, etc. Join us again next month!

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DS Staff Picks: Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things of June, 2023 (Presented by Punk Rock Radar)

Hello, and welcome to the June, 2023 edition of Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things! This is the column where I, Dylan aka Screeching Bottlerocket, tell you what new punk rock albums, EPs and singles I enjoyed the most this month. This is a collaborative effort with our friends at Punk Rock Radar, with whom I’ll […]

Hello, and welcome to the June, 2023 edition of Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things! This is the column where I, Dylan aka Screeching Bottlerocket, tell you what new punk rock albums, EPs and singles I enjoyed the most this month.

This is a collaborative effort with our friends at Punk Rock Radar, with whom I’ll be doing a video version of this Best Of wrap-up each month. If you like discovering awesome new bands as much as I do, be sure to follow Punk Rock Radar on Instagram and YouTube, and keep tabs on their Upcoming Release Calendar.

Here’s our video for June (let us know what your favorite releases of the month were in the YouTube comments):

LINEOUT
Andromeda

Italian melodic punks LineOut’s new “album” Andromeda is one continuous 52-minute long song, and it’s fucking bad ass. Check that shit out below and grab the record here.

RANCID
Tomorrow Never Comes

This new Rancid record is pretty solid. Nothing earth shattering or anything like that, just a solid record. Probably won’t make my end of year Top 10 list (not that you care), but I think it’s a lot better than their last two albums.

DOWNSTATER
Cruelest Defeats

Anyone who tunes into these monthly columns is probably aware of my affinity for Canadian melodic punk. Quebec City’s is the latest band to come on my radar, with their new album Cruelest Defeats, out now on People of Punk Rock Records. For fans of riffy melodic punk heavyweights like Belvedere and MUTE.

TIGHTWIRE
Head Full of Snakes

It’s hard to go wrong with Midwest pop-punk, and Minneapolis’ Tightwire prove they’re the cream of the crop on their new album Head Full of Snakes. Recommended if you like The Dopamines, Dear Landlord, The Copyrights, etc. Buy the record and see them at The Fest.

FIVE STATE DRIVE
Five State Drive

Nagoya, Japan’s Five State Drive play super fun, blazing fast skacore-infused skate punk. Their self-titled debut album is stellar. Think Hi-Standard meets Kemuri with hints of influence from Less Than Jake, Operation Ivy, and 90’s west coast punk. Listen below, buy it on compact disc here.

JAGGER HOLLY
Rivotella

Not many bands can pull of a 29-song double album, but Austrian pop-punk powerhouse Jagger Holly does just that on their brand new record Rivoltella. I can think of many 12-song albums that have more filler than this thing; it’s a beast! Too many great songs to name all my favorites. Buy the 2xLP here (US) / here (EU).

McRACKINS
Wake the Fun Up!

A Canadian pop-punk institution since 1994, the McRackins are back with their first new studio album in over a decade. If you like Screeching Weasel, The Queers, etc. this is essential listening. Stop sleeping on the McRackins and Wake the Fun Up! Listen below, get the record here.

MERCY MUSIC
What You Stand to Lose

Mercy Music‘s new album is all over the place – in a good way! Some songs remind me of the Descendents (which makes sense since this was recorded at the Blasting Room), others have more of an Alkaline Trio-ish feel… a few sound kinda like Weezer! “Love You/Need You” and “Watch Me Drown” are bangers. Get the record here.

DON’T SLEEP
See Change

Don’t Sleep is the latest project from legendary punk frontman Dave Smalley, who you may know from bands like Down By Law, Dag Nasty, and ALL. See Change is their second LP; if you like any of Smalley’s past work, you’ll dig this. I think it sounds more like Dag Nasty than anything else. Check it out below and buy it here (US) or here (EU).

DAN CRIBB & THE ISOLATED
I’ll Follow You Anywhere

Mr. Cribb used to be in an Australian punk band called The Decline (not to be confused with the NOFX song of the same name). I’ll Follow You Anywhere is the second album he has released with his current band Dan Cribb & The Isolated. Fans of More Betterness era No Use For A Name will enjoy this record. A bunch of songs feature Nick Diener of The Swellers on guitar and vocals. “What You Believe” is my favorite track.

ALL COASTED
Never Ending Puppet Show

Vicenza, Italy’s All Coasted provides a much-needed hit of Epifat inspired melodic punk rock on their new EP Never Ending Puppet Show, out now on Striped Records. Check it out below and buy the record here.

THE GREATEST SONS
When The Music Will End

I was not alerted to The Greatest Sons’ until I heard one of their new songs on Punk Rock Radar’s New Music Friday Spotify playlist. Check out their new EP! 3 songs in 9 minutes, it’s a nice little introduction for anyone else who’s never heard of these guys. They put out a full-length album a few years ago, too.

No shortage of new singles this month! Here are the ones that stood out the most (check out the Spotify playlist below for even more):

Diesel Boy – “Dirty Dishes” – Another song from their new album Gets Old, due out July 28th on SBÄM Records! This is one of my favorites on the record. Pre-order on vinyl (or CD!here (US) / here (EU).

Making Friends – “ATM” – Killer new song from up-and-coming UK skate punks Making Friends. From their debut album Fine Dying, due out later this year on these fine labels: Punk Rock Radar (US), Cat’s Claw Records (UK), Waterslide Records (Japan) & High End Denim Records (Canada).

• Chaneys – “Archangel” – The best way I can describe this is “If the Misfits were a skate punk band”. Moscow’s Chaneys put their stamp on this Samhain cover. This shit rips. Check out their Bandcamp for more like this. Start with the Brains for Friends EP.

Clowns – “Formaldehyde” – I have no clue why it’s taken me so long to check out Clowns, but I’m kicking myself after hearing their new single. This shit makes me wanna run through a brick wall! Some people tell me they’ve got a new album on the way; I’ll be catching up on everything I missed for now.

Borderlines – “F.B.T.” – The pride of Portland, Maine, Borderlines will be releasing their debut album Keep Pretending this summer on Hey Pizza Records (LP), Mom’s Basement Records (CD), and Memorable But Not Honorable (Cassette). Check out the latest single!

Acid Snot – “Amsterdam” – After going 7 years without releasing any new music, Barcelona melodic punks Acid Snot just released their second single in as many months. Check it out and lookout for their TBA record on Thousand Islands Records and Lockjaw Records.

• Evening Shadows – “Beach Queen” – Eccentric Pop Records only puts out good records. That’s a hill I’m more than willing to die on. So when they launched pre-orders for record from a mysterious new band called Evening Shadows in 2021, I didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. That record was killer and their new single “Beach Queen” is great, too! Check it out and look out for Evening Shadows’ sophomore LP.

Anywho, that concludes the June installment of the column. Thanks for checking it out! Keep your eyes glued to Dying Scene for all things punk rock and follow our friends Punk Rock Radar on InstagramYouTube, etc. Join us again next month!

Check out this Spotify playlist for for songs from all these albums, EPs, and singles (plus some I didn’t have time to type a bunch of words about):

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