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Colorsfade – “Built From The Wreckage”
Built From The Wreckage - ColorsfadeRelease Date: January 30, 2023 Record Label: People of Punk Rock Records Release Type: Album
Quebec skate punks Colorsfade have released their sophomore album Built From The Wreckage through People of Punk Rock Records. Give the record a listen below and grab it on vinyl or CD here. Digital download is available on Bandcamp.
Also be sure to check out our glowing review of Built From The Wreckage.
DS Album Review: Colorsfade takes you to Riff City on sophomore LP “Built From The Wreckage”
If there’s one thing Canada’s really fucking good at, it’s churning out some of the finest skate punk you’ll ever hear. Quebec’s Colorsfade find themselves in elite company with bands like Belvedere and Mute, and their new album proves they have what it takes to hang with the big boys. This record checks all the […]
If there’s one thing Canada’s really fucking good at, it’s churning out some of the finest skate punk you’ll ever hear. Quebec’s Colorsfade find themselves in elite company with bands like Belvedere and Mute, and their new album proves they have what it takes to hang with the big boys. This record checks all the boxes of what I look for in a skate punk record: Great songs with big choruses ✅ Excellent production ✅ Guitars taking you on a one-way trip to Riff City ✅ Built From The Wreckage earns my preliminary nomination for Shreddiest Album of 2023.
The first few songs Colorsfade premiered off Built From The Wreckage landed them a spot on Dying Scene’s Band Spotlight. After hearing those tracks – “Complaining”, “Roll of the Dice”, and “Open Book” – I knew this was probably gonna be one of my favorite albums released this year. And now that I’ve heard the seven remaining songs, I can say with confidence this album will make my year-end Top 10 list. There isn’t a single bad song in the bunch; everything on this thing is stellar. This record is right up there with the likes of Mute’s Thunderblast and This Is A Standoff‘s Be Disappointed when it comes to technically proficient, melodic punk rock.
Built From The Wreckage is much more than a barrage of guitar riffs; yes, there is a surplus of shredding, but it’s done quite tastefully so as not to overshadow the songwriting (which, by the way, is top fuckin’ notch in its own right). The album opens with a chugging bassline on “Line In The Sand”, and slowly introduces the rest of Colorsfade’s instrumental ensemble before kicking into high gear about a minute into the song. From then on, it’s a full speed ahead. Other standouts include “Reclaiming Your Own”, “We Won’t Fall”, “Society is Crumbling”, and the penultimate “Our Time to Shine”. Really, you could throw all these songs in a hat and wouldn’t risk drawing a stinker. All killer, no filler baby!
So there ya have it folks. Colorsfade fucking rules. Built From The Wreckage is an absolute scorcher of an album. I’m tired of hearing people proclaim punk is dead, because bands like these guys (and awesome labels like People of Punk Rock Records who put these records out) continue to prove time and time again that’s just not the case. Support this band. Buy the record.
I give Built From The Wreckage 5/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
DS Band Spotlight: Introducing Canadian skate punks Colorsfade
Canadian skate punk band Colorsfade caught my eye (or ear, I guess) with their 2018 debut album In Real Time, delivering riffy, metallic skate punk in the vein of bands like This Is A Standoff, Strung Out and Much The Same. When I found out these Quebecers had a new album on the way in […]
Canadian skate punk band Colorsfade caught my eye (or ear, I guess) with their 2018 debut album In Real Time, delivering riffy, metallic skate punk in the vein of bands like This Is A Standoff, Strung Out and Much The Same. When I found out these Quebecers had a new album on the way in 2023, I quickly penciled it in as one of my most anticipated releases of the year.
Built From The Wreckage is due out January 30th on People of Punk Rock Records, and if the killer singles they’ve released so far are any indication, I don’t think we’re in for a sophomore slump. Check ’em out below and head over here to pre-order the record.
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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Ramones, Mad Caddies, Pinhead Gunpowder & more)
Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. The holiday season is finally upon us and it’s almost time to put a bow on 2022. Hopefully you’ve gotten your gift shopping done, because there’s a lot of new records to blow your money on this week! Kick off your […]
Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. The holiday season is finally upon us and it’s almost time to put a bow on 2022. Hopefully you’ve gotten your gift shopping done, because there’s a lot of new records to blow your money on this week! Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time.
We’re starting this week off with two nuggets of 80’s Ramones goodness. First up is a new 40th Anniversary reissue of 1983’s Subterranean Jungle on violet colored vinyl. This is due out on January 6th, 2023; not sure how many were pressed, but it does look like it’ll be readily available at independent record stores. Here is one of many places you can pre-order it online.
Remember that Ramones box set that was released on Record Store Day earlier this year? The one I spent $150 on? Well… it’s back, and it’s only $90 now! I’m kinda pissed honestly, but hey, if you don’t already have this, it’s a great fuckin’ deal. The Sire Albums 1981-1989 features all six of their 80’s LPs and a bonus rarities compilation (that’s $12.86 per record btw). If you’re a sucker like me and you bought this at full price on RSD, this would still make a great gift for the Ramones fan in your life (though it, too, is not due out til January 6th). Buy here.
Fat Wreck Chords has released another 25th Anniversary reissue, this time for the Mad Caddies‘ debut LP Quality Soft Core. This has been out of print since its original release in 1997. Head over to Fat’s webstore and get it before it’s gone!
The hard working folks at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records are wrapping up their long-running Pinhead Gunpowder reissues series. The final round includes the band’s 2003 LP Compulsive Disclosure and 2008’s West Side Highway 7″. Both are available here, along with all the previously reissued records.
Continuing our theme of “old music on new colored plastic” is skate punk supergroup Implants (members of Strung Out, Pulley, Ten Foot Pole, etc.). El Hefe’s Cyber Tracks Records has reissued the band’s 2013 debut From Chaos to Order on gold colored vinyl. This is limited to 100 copies and will cost ya 40 fucking bucks!!! I’ll stick to my OG pressing… you guys can grab some lube and begrudgingly purchase your copy here.
Members of Mom’s Basement Records bands the SUCK, Proton Packs and Bad Secret have united to cover the Riverdales‘ classic self-titled record. This LP from “The Greendales” will be available on the label’s webstore Friday, December 16th. There will be two color variants (yellow and clear) of this vinyl-only release.
Our friends at Punk Rock Radar have announced a new release from German melodic punk band Astronuts. Their 2021 debut Dark Matters is getting released vinyl for the first time. I had never heard of these guys, but I’m listening to the album right now on Spotify and it kicks ass! Definitely recommend listening to a few tracks below and grabbing this on vinyl here (US) or here (UK).
I got a pleasant surprise this week when I opened up Facebook and saw Canadian melodic punks Colorsfade had announced a brand new record! Built from the Wreckage is due out January 20th, 2023 on People of Punk Rock Records. Check out the first two singles below (spoiler: they’re killer) and pre-order the LP here.
Also coming to us from north of the border is The Corps! These guys released a digital EP called From Oblivion earlier this year. Thanks to the fine people at Thousand Islands Records, it’s now being given the wax treatment. Get your copy on “green lantern” colored vinyl here.
RECORD OF THE WEEK
We here at Dying Scene are all about trying new things, so this week I’m challenging you, loyal reader, to listen to something new! This week’s Record of the Week comes from Tampa Bay’s Black Valley Moon. Formed by longtime Down By Law guitarist Sam Williams in 2019, the band’s latest album Songs from the Black Valley delivers a unique blend of surfy rockabilly with Americana flair. Check it out below and grab the LP on blue wax here.
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, 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. See ya next week!
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DS Staff Picks: Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things of January, 2023 (Presented by Punk Rock Radar)
Hello friends, and welcome to this shiny new column where I, Dylan (otherwise known as Screeching Bottlerocket), tell you what new full-length albums, EPs, singles, and miscellaneous other punk-related news snippets I enjoyed the most this month. 2023 is off to a pretty strong start for punk rock, if you ask me. There’s already been […]
Hello friends, and welcome to this shiny new column where I, Dylan (otherwise known as Screeching Bottlerocket), tell you what new full-length albums, EPs, singles, and miscellaneous other punk-related news snippets I enjoyed the most this month. 2023 is off to a pretty strong start for punk rock, if you ask me. There’s already been a steady stream of announcements coming from members of the old guard like NOFX, the Bouncing Souls, and Less Than Jake; a lot of exciting newer bands are making their mark as well. Let’s talk about it!
For those who prefer to watch a video instead of reading, I’ll also be joining my friends at Punk Rock Radar to talk about the best new releases every month. If you like discovering awesome new punk bands as much as I do, I highly recommend following them on Instagram, checking out their Upcoming Release Calendar, and subscribing on YouTube.
Here’s the video for January:
Built From The Wreckage
The first album of 2023 to earn the distinguished honor of receiving a review by me is Quebec skate punk band Colorsfade‘s new LP Built From The Wreckage. This album is all killer, no filler in the most literal sense. Extremely heavy favorite for my end of year Top 10 list.
MARK MURPHY & THE MEDS
Liverpool, UK’s Mark Murphy & The Meds released their sophomore album Monochrome and it is quite enjoyable. This is a straight up old school pop-punk record that reminds me quite a bit of One Man Army. Highly recommended listening:
ONE OF US
What the fuck’s going on up there in Canada? We’re only a month into the year and America’s Hat has put out two absolutely bangin’ skate punk albums. Winnipeg’s One of Us make a massive statement with their self-titled debut LP. No exaggeration, I think this is one of the best first albums I’ve ever heard.
Living Has Consequences
Stanis is a very good band from Italy with a kinda Satanic Surfers / No Use For A Name hybrid sound. Their new EP is excellent; fast, melodic, great guitars, and killer drums. You should listen to it!
Back to the Beginning
These guys kinda remind me of my fellow Floridians Against All Authority, except they don’t play ska… and they’re not from Florida. Anyway, Old Scars hail from Virginia Beach and their new 7-song EP Back to the Beginning is pretty fuckin’ good. Check it out if you like AAA or early Rancid:
“Ten Stories High” / “Higher Ground”
My award ? for Best Single of January goes to none other than the Bouncing Souls. The first two songs from Ten Stories High got me extremely hyped for the record. These tracks harken back to the Souls’ Anchors Aweigh era sound with big choruses and infectious hooks. I can’t wait til Ten Stories High releases in March and I can finally share my review with you fine people. Spoiler alert: the whole god damn album is just as amazing as these two songs.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it again, and again, and again. One of my favorite things about my involvement with Dying Scene has always been discovering new bands. My favorite discovery this month was Orange County, CA ska band Dropcase. These up-and-comers fuse ska with Turnstile-ish hardcore and it works really well. Check out their latest single “Accelerated” below, and lookout for their debut album coming at some undetermined point in the future.
Anyone who knows me knows Less Than Jake is my favorite band. Imagine my excitement when I found out they were in the studio recording something. They haven’t announced plans for a new full-length album, but their new vlog series “This Week in Less Than Jake” does reveal it is new music they’re working on, so that’s pretty cool:
On an unrelated note, 2023 also marks the 25th Anniversary of Hello Rockview‘s release. Considering Losing Streak got a 25th Anniversary vinyl reissue in 2021, I think it’s safe to expect Rockview will get the same treatment this year – so that’s something else my fellow LTJ enjoyers have to look forward to.
NOFX ANNOUNCES FIRST US SHOWS ON FINAL TOUR
NOFX announced the first round of US dates on their Final Tour. As far as I’m concerned, the coolest part of this news is that St. Pete, FL made the cut! They’ll be playing different albums in each city. My stop gets So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean & The Decline. Fuck yeah! Fellow Tampa Bay residents: I’ll see you at Vinoy Park in September. This should have a fun old school Warped Tour kinda feel (read: a bunch of old punx collapsing from heat exhaustion because a bottle of water costs $10).
STRUNG OUT WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
SoCal punk legends Strung Out are back in the lab working on LP # 10. I wasn’t the biggest fan of their last record, but I’m very anxious for what’s in store. Jason also has a new album coming soon from his side project Jason Cruz and Howl; we hosted the exclusive premiere for “Good Hands” music video so you should check that out.
AWESOME NEW “BAND”: DEAD ALRIGHT
Montreal’s Dead Alright is a brand new one-man skate punk band. The project is the brainchild of Brand New Lungs singer Louis-Charles Berthiaum. He already released two singles this month (both are great), and he’s going to continue to put out a steady stream of songs until a full-length album is completed and ready for release on Thousand Islands Records. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Dead Alright! For now, I recommend checking the first two singles out:
I also recently joined my friends at Punk Rock Radar to talk at greater length about some of the biggest new punk albums that are slated to release in 2023. We cover the Bouncing Souls, MxPx, Frenzal Rhomb, Diesel Boy, Strung Out, etc. and rank our excitement for each record on a scale of 1 to 10. Be sure to check that out (I can think of worse ways to kill 30 minutes ?):
That concludes this first installment of the column. Thanks for checking it out! Hopefully you learned something new that enriched your life. Keep your eyes glued to Dying Scene for all things punk rock (check out our New Releases section! I’m trying to keep that stocked with cool new shit all the time), and join me again next month for the February edition of Dylan’s Favorite Punk Albums, EPs & Things.
Here’s a Spotify playlist with songs from most of the releases we talked about:
This is awesome. Thank you.
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