The pride of New Bedford, Massachusetts, AWS has made a name for themselves playing fast, hard melodic punk for nearly two decades.
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I can confidently say this is the best punk event held in Music City at least since I began calling here home in 2013. Held at the notorious Further Farms just a short drive from downtown, and judging by the fact that event shirts, water and food had all sold out just halfway through the event, expectations were shattered and we had ourselves a party. All eight bands playing completely kicked ass, over 50 vendors set up camp and drew a crowd I would guess numbered well over a thousand people, and Denver-based nonprofit Punk Rock Saves Lives was swabbing people left and right for their bone marrow registry. Beer was drank and fun was had!
Indianapolis native Mike Muse of Amuse kicked things off with a solo acoustic set after the other 2/3 of a Amuse were unable to make it. Nonetheless, the acoustic set was a great precursor for what was to come. To close, the boys in SecondSelf hopped up to join Mike for a much needed and well-timed Skate or Die cover, much to the pleasure of the continuously growing crowd.
SecondSelf has solidified themselves as one of my local favorites over the past several years; they’re a great bunch of dudes that play hard, fast, killer punk rock, what more could you ask for. These dudes have something really cool going, and for Nashville punk rock’s sake, I hope it continues. I’ve caught these guys live more than almost anybody, and Nate’s guitar solos still nearly melt my face off on the regular.
Sugar In The Gas Tank were a somewhat last minute addition to the NPFM, but they offered a nice change of pace with their early 2000s blink 182-esque brand of pop punk. Their catchy riffs and upbeat tempo gave me flashbacks to my younger Warped Tour days and showed me a side of Nashville punk that I hadn’t seen in years, but was glad to have present.
I’ve caught Tank Rats a few times over the years, most recently a few months back opening for the Cryptics. And man do these guys bring some damn energy! The Tank Rats brand of Nashville street punk was on full-display with this awe inspiring performance. From the start of their set on, the atmosphere picked up and our Music City party was in full-swing, thanks in large part to the absolute mayhem that these guys brought to the stage.
Stuck Lucky holds a special place in my heart. They headlined the first punk show I ever attended in Nashville, and from then on, I’ve followed along to any local show these guys are a part of. A masterful blend of ska and punk that I have trouble drawing similarities to, and, like a fine wine, these guys have only gotten better with age.
Their mastery was put on full display during their set, which involved trombonist Will Carter hopping down in the crowd and straddling a stuffed banana mid-song.
Flummox was a great representation of the sheer diversity that the Nashville punk scene encompasses. We had West Coast skate-punk well represented by Secondself, pop-punk by Amuse and SITGT, ska by Stuck Lucky, and oi! by Tank Rats. Flummox was weird, but in all the best ways, and it’s hard to pin them down to any one genre.
Breaux! was the first of two acts that I was especially excited to see for the first time. I don’t know how I had never heard of these guys, but their performance made me reminisce about seeing A Wilhelm Scream in Nashville a few years prior. Lead singer Price Cannon entertained the shit out of the steady crowd that continued to fill the market, and they were an excellent predecessor for the punk rock mastery that was to follow, A Vulture Wake.
Now we’ve reached the main event, the band that I had been dying for years to see ever since I stumbled across Chad Price’s One Week Record in 2018, A Vulture Wake. When I found out about guitarist Dan Wleklinsi’s tenure in early Rise Against, this only added to my anticipation. To put it bluntly, these dudes know how to rock and exceeded everything I had expected.
There’s not too much to be said about this type of performance other than I would recommend these guys to anybody asking for a great punk show to see. Wleklinski can shred the hell out of the guitar, and I was in awe of Chad Price’s vocals for their entire set. If anything, look at that dude’s hair; worth the price of admission in and of itself.
Attached below are any other photos I got from the show (these make up the tiny percentage that did not come out as complete garbage). Feel free to peruse at your own leisure and I hope to have many more of these galleries up in the coming months. Cheers!
Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! In the unlikely case that you missed me last week, I offer my sincere apologies. I was out of town for my birthday so the Record Radar went on a very brief hiatus. Anyway, I’m back and a lot of exciting stuff seems to have happened while I was gone. So this week we’ll be playing a little catch up. Let’s get into it!
DustyWax Records is giving Pulley‘s 60 Cycle Hum a 25th Anniversary reissue. This is the first time this melodic punk classic will be in print since its initial release in 1997. If you live in Canada, you’ll want to pre-order here. For my fellow Americans, Thousand Islands Records still has some copies available on their webstore. And our European friends can get it here.
Anti-Flag‘s The General Strike is getting a 10th Anniversary reissue (how the fuck was 2012 ten years ago?). This is limited to 2,000 copies on red vinyl, with new artwork and two “previously unreleased” tracks. Pre-order yours here.
FACT CHECK: These songs were, in fact, previously released! They were on a digital EP that was given away to attendees of the band’s tour in support of The General Strike. It hurts me to say Anti-Flag is fake news.
Fat Wreck Chords continues their 25th Anniversary reissue series with the Teen Idols‘ self-titled debut LP. Original pressings of this record are very hard to come by; the cheapest on Discogs right now is $72 after shipping. This reissue is on half black/half yellow vinyl, not sure how many copies were made. We’re late to the party and this is sold out in the US and Europe. If you want this slice of 90’s pop-punk perfection, the only place you can still get it is Artist First Australia.
Also from Fat: a new pressing of Dillinger Four‘s Situationist Comedy, I would assume in honor of its 20th Anniversary, though they don’t market it as such. Anywho, this has been out of print for a while, so good news for anyone who’s been wanting it. Head over to their webstore to get your hands on this one.
A bunch of Rancid records are back in print on vinyl for the first time in a while. This includes both of their self-titled albums, …And Out Come the Wolves, Life Won’t Wait, and Indestructible. Oakland’s own 1-2-3-4 Go! Records has all of these in stock and your order ships for free if it’s over $75. So if you wanna grab a few of these, head on over to their webstore.
Now that all the new releases and reissues have been covered, here’s what I’ve been listening to! My awesome mom got me a bunch of records for my birthday – The Adolescents‘ self-titled album, The Flatliners‘ Inviting Light (I wasn’t crazy about this record when it first came out, but I’ve listened to it about three times now and I’m really enjoying it), the latest from Joey Cape and Face to Face, and Millencolin‘s True Brew. I also finally got the Walmart Exclusive(!!!) pressings of Green Day‘s American Idiot and International Superhits I ordered a few months ago. I’m still debating whether I want that new blue variant of Dookie.
And 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, 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. See ya next week!
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