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 Dying Scene Album Review: Forever Unclean – “Best”

Let’s give some love to the Danish punk scene. For years, the scene has become more and more noticeable and we have a lot of bands to thank for that. In September ‘19, when I was going through an insomnia-filled three days, I decided to go on a deep dive and that’s when I discovered […]

Let’s give some love to the Danish punk scene. For years, the scene has become more and more noticeable and we have a lot of bands to thank for that. In September ‘19, when I was going through an insomnia-filled three days, I decided to go on a deep dive and that’s when I discovered this band, and that might have been the second best thing to happen to me in that year. But let’s get on with this review. Back in January of 2022, a Danish skate-indie-punk trio called Forever Unclean released their first full-length LP via Nasty Cut Records (EU), Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK), and Hidden Home Records (US), consisting of 11 tracks. If you’re already familiar with Forever Unclean, they are pretty known for their short and one-worded title tracks, which we were introduced to on their EP’s Float, Woof, and Shreds. And that, much to my joy, is still the case with Best.

With Best, I took a different approach than starting from the top with “Dream.” When I first heard the record I decided to put it on “Shuffle” like some daredevil. The first song I heard, was “Kold” sung in the band’s native language Danish, and it became a favorite from the first guitar riff before the vocals come in. While it could fool one and sound uplifting and energetic, the lyrics do put another spin on the song. “Jeg er ligeglad nu”, translated to English “I don’t care right now”.  I’ll admit, speaking Danish myself, I do think it’s nice to see the band dabble in Danish, knowing that it might only be appreciated by their Danish fans. But they took a chance and it definitely paid off.

Next up is Mandy, a cute love note to someone special. “I really need a break from reality with you, with you”, this song is unbelievably catchy from the first verse, and then picks up its pace around the 30-second mark, once again showing off how the three-piece work so well together, from the supporting vocals laying a good background to Lasse’s raw, impressive vocals. This could become a fan favorite in no time. I’ll even go as far as saying, this song should be pushed a lot more; send it to someone you love next Valentine’s Day or Anniversary.

“Smile” is the penultimate song on Best, and opens with Leo’s carefree and rapid drumming. I find this song might be where he shines through, yet the way Lasse and Troels complement the drumming, with their talents on the guitar and bass, gives me at best, ‘90s grunge vibes towards the end, probably why it deserves a mention. While I love punk, getting that hint of grunge from anyone has me hooked when I pick it up.

While I could give a track-by-track review of the record, I believe you need to check it out yourself and not get too influenced by a review. I’ll say this: the record packs punch after punch and you’ll only be glad you heard it. Even from listening to their previous material for three years, it’s very clear how these guys have grown into the band and with each other, the raw emotions transferred in the lyrics, while the instruments play some more uplifting music go with them. Throughout the record, you will are met with short songs, but they pack a lot and there’s no dropping the ball on this record. The trio does know how to properly mash genres, borrowing from the early ‘90s rock, and fast-paced pop-punk, and showing how not all indie music has to be quiet and can take a punch to it. The emotional display that we are met with on the album really benefits the band lyrical-wise, as a few bands before them haven’t been shy of showing a different emotional range on their records. Forever Unclean does it differently, with shorter and more packed songs with lyrics that make you reflect since I could ask them if they were doing a lot of self-reflecting while writing.

From the first listening, I knew this record was going to be on my top ten AoTY List, and I’m glad to say it still is even with all the releases that came this year.

If you want to catch them, they are supporting ALLDEEPENDS and Sewer Cats on selected dates, starting already Friday, November 18th in Copenhagen!

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‘Bones and All’ Review: Fine young cannibals

<p>If asked to order the last few years of Luca Guadagnino’s career without any knowledge or context of his work and its production beyond the films’ plots and themes, one probably would slate his latest, Bones and All, as coming in between Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria rather than coming after the latter. It is, in short, the perfect thematic bridge between his coming-of-age tale of young adult romance and peachy exploration and his nearly three-hour exploration of […]</p>
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‘Halloween Ends’ Review: It should have ended in 2018

<p>This article contains spoilers for Halloween Ends. It’s streaming on Peacock and in theaters, so we’re fairly confident that folks who want to check this out are going to do so quickly, but let this be a warning to you. *** As with most rebootquels, David Gordon Green’s Halloween was an attempt to take the series back to basics – Real Roots Horror, as it were – and he did a pretty damn good job with it, at least in […]</p>
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‘Liam Gallagher – Knebworth 22’: Where to watch it on the big screen

<p>When was the last time we all experienced something “biblical” at the cinema? It’s definitely maybe been a hot minute, innit? Well, good news: Liam Gallagher – Knebworth 22, the feature-length documentary on the Oasis frontman’s pair of shows earlier this year at England’s largest music venue, is coming to the big screen this Thursday (November 17). It plays at a trio of local locations just after supper: AMC Loews Boston Common 19; Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place in […]</p>
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‘Say What You Want,’ but shallow pools aren’t listening to your hate

<p>Actually, shallow pools think you’re the one who lacks depth. Agitated by the idiocy of Pride protesters, the Boston band rebukes anti-LGBTQIA+ bigots with their heavy-hitting new single “Say What You Want,” released yesterday (November 15) via Equal Vision Records. The track presents Massachusetts artivism at its sharpest, enlisting Lowellian and PVRIS leader Lynn Gunn to co-write their unapologetic battle cry. The resulting lyrics snap between scathing and smug, taunting the holier-than-thou crowd with quips like “You’re calling me the […]</p>
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‘Say What You Want,’ but shallow pools aren’t listening to your hate

<p>Actually, shallow pools think you’re the one who lacks depth. Agitated by the idiocy of Pride protesters, the Boston band rebukes anti-LGBTQIA+ bigots with their heavy-hitting new single “Say What You Want,” released yesterday (November 15) via Equal Vision Records. The track presents Massachusetts artivism at its sharpest, enlisting Lowellian and PVRIS leader Lynn Gunn to co-write their unapologetic battle cry. The resulting lyrics snap between scathing and smug, taunting the holier-than-thou crowd with quips like “You’re calling me the […]</p>
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‘The Black Phone’ Review: Answer the call

<p>Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone has one hell of a logline, which is simple enough to draw one in and enticing enough to maintain their attention throughout its 90-odd minute runtime. Based on a short story by Joe Hill (the accomplished horror author who made a name for himself in the scene before it was revealed that he was the son of Stephen King), the film concerns the object of its title: A black wall-mounted rotary phone, its connection wires […]</p>
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[spunge]

Spunge (often typeset as [spunge] – lead singer Alex Copeland has joked that the brackets are in the name so that the letters do not fall out) are a ska punk band from Tewkesbury, England. Through many years of touring, Spunge have toured with or played alongside a number of UK bands; and several American bands such as Green Day, Dropkick Murphys and Reel Big Fish; and been supported on a UK tour by Bowling for Soup; the latter of whom contributed backing vocals to the song “Centerfold” on the That Should Cover It! album.

100 Demons

100 Demons is an American metalcore band from Waterbury, Connecticut. Being fans of tattoos, the band derived their name from a book of traditional Japanese tattoo artwork by Horiyoshi III. The band usually incorporates their agnostic beliefs into their lyrics. After over a decade of playing in the Connecticut hardcore scene, Deathwish Inc. announced the signing of 100 Demons to a record contract in 2003. In a press release the label was quoted as saying “Today’s 100 DEMONS encapsulate a viciousness and ravenous intensity that few could achieve.” The band then found themselves at Planet Z Studios with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) recording their self-titled album.

1000 Degrees

1000 Degrees is a Punk band from Genova, Italy. They have released 2 Albums “Back to a New Way” (2014) and “Has Already Past” (2011) for their label, IndieBox, and one EP, “A Little Beat Faster” (2009). They have toured all over Europe and are about to start a new Russian/Scandinavian tour to promote their new album. Check out the brand new video for “Sayonara”!