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Donots

German punk rock band formed in 1993, from Ibbenbüren.

DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (The Kimberly Steaks, Too Bad Eugene, The Odorants & More)

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:

Scottish punks The Kimberly Steaks are batting leadoff this week, with their 2023 album Big Noise getting its long awaited physical release! It’s available on two vinyl color variants – split blue/pink and clear wax – from Brassneck Records in the UK and Bloated Kat Records in the US. You can also get the album on cassette from Cat’s Claw Records in the UK and Punk Rock Radar in the states. This is one of the best records released last year – highly recommended pickup!

And hey, if you’re gonna head over to the Punk Rock Radar store to pre-order that Kimberly Steaks cassette, you might as well grab a copy of this bad ass new record from French skate punks Fast Lane! Incomplete…All Fine is due out on March 1st; check out one of the tracks below and get it on yellow and/or blue colored vinyl here.

On the last Record Radar, we told you about the new Strung Out record Dead Rebellion, coming April 5th on Fat Wreck Chords. For those who missed out on the color variants exclusive to the label and band webstores, I have some good news – another color variant has popped up! Limited to 300 copies, this “coke bottle green” variant is exclusive to European indie stores. You can get it here.

I’ll admit I’m a bit late to the party on this record, but it’s awesome and I wanna show it some love regardless. Finnish pop-punk band The Odorants are back with their first new album in 17 years! This is my introduction to the band and quite the introduction it is. Love Songs Never Die is a fantastic record. If you’re in Italy or Europe, your best option to grab this record is probably hitting up the Striped Music webstore. For my fellow Americans, our friends at Mom’s Basement did have this up on their store, but it sold out. I’m sure they’ll restock at some point but if you’re impatient Barnes & Noble of all places has it in stock for $28.99 with free shipping. Don’t sleep on this record!!!

Good things come to those who wait, and in this case that good thing is Asian Man‘s 2nd pressing of the Common Rider – Last Wave Rockers reissue! It’s limited to 1,000 copies on random colored vinyl and will probably be sold out very soon, so quit dilly dallying and grab your copy here.

Massachusetts punk veterans The Prozacs‘ latest EP We Scream has been released on vinyl, with their 2004 Monsters Night Out EP tacked on the B-Side. You can get it on black, coke bottle clear and/or red colored vinyl here.

You may recall that 10×10″ box set NOFX released last year, featuring demos and acoustic versions of songs from their alleged next album Everybody Else is Insane, which at the time was supposed to be released in November, 2023. As if all the different color variants of this box set that in excess of $150 each weren’t enough to make you collector nerds sweat, there’s now an all black vinyl version the set (sans box) up on the Fat Wreck webstore. This one’s only $101 for 10 songs, though. Can’t beat that value.

I guess Interscope has a subscription service where you pay $45 and get one (1) exclusive record each month (doesn’t seem like a very good deal to me but I digress). This month’s record is Blink 182‘s 2003 self-titled album, limited to 2,500 copies on clear vinyl with embossed cover art. If you just want this record, I think you can subscribe for the month and cancel after you get it in the mail. You can do that here.

Frank Turner‘s got a new record called Undefeated coming out May 3rd. Check out the lead single below and get the record on violet or black colored vinyl with a bonus 7″ here. If you’re in the states and wanna save a few bucks, you can get the violet colored LP without the 7″ here or from any other indie record store.

After a 22 year wait between their debut LP and sophomore effort, fans of Santa Cruz punk vets Too Bad Eugene should be pleased to know the wait for album #3 won’t be nearly as long. Battle Scars, the follow-up to 2022’s Distance, is due out March 8th on People of Punk Rock Records. Check out the bad ass first single below and pre-order the record here.

The pride of Germany Donots will finish us off this week, reissuing their 2001 album Pocketrock for the first time ever! They’re 3 years late for the 20th anniversary, and 2 years early for the 25th anniversary but hey, better late than never! Or early… I guess. Anywho, go here to get it on 180g red vinyl with a bonus CD included.

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!

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Duchamp

European melodic punk band fronted by Donots singer Ingo Knollmann

Ten Underrated Punk Bands That Should Be On Your Radar

Since Dying Scene rose from the grave a few months ago, I’ve made a concerted effort to put a spotlight on underrated punk bands you likely, potentially, perhaps haven’t heard of before. It seems like you guys have enjoyed that, so why not keep the party going? Here’s another list of ten lesser known bands […]

Since Dying Scene rose from the grave a few months ago, I’ve made a concerted effort to put a spotlight on underrated punk bands you likely, potentially, perhaps haven’t heard of before. It seems like you guys have enjoyed that, so why not keep the party going? Here’s another list of ten lesser known bands that should be on your radar and in your ear holes!

SKIN OF TEARS

Formed in 1991, Germany’s Skin of Tears plays a refreshingly unique brand of ska-infused skate punk. They’ve released six full-length albums, with their latest effort Fake My Day being one of my favorite records of the 2010’s. Frontman Toto Löhnert has quite the penchant for writing awesome guitar riffs, and his vocals are a perfect fit for the band’s fast-paced, melodic sound. If you like 90’s skate punk, Skin of Tears needs to be on your radar. Start with Fake My Day, and work your way backwards from there. 2001’s Out of Line is fantastic as well.

FLAG ON FIRE

Hailing from my wonderful home state of Florida, Flag On Fire made a strong first impression on me (in a good way!) when their debut album Practically the Best You’ve Ever Been released in 2017. If you’re a fan of Authority Zero or Pulley, or you just like melodic punk with a harder edge, these guys are right up your alley. Check ‘em out!

FRIENDS WITH THE ENEMY

Australia’s Friends With The Enemy have been around for over a decade, but their newest album Divide & Conquer is their most polished and well produced release to date. This record is fantastic and sees the band continuing to evolve their technical, metallic melodic punk sound. This is one of my Top 10 albums of 2022.

SYMPHONY OF DISTRACTION

If there’s one thing California’s good at, it’s pumping out some of the finest skate punk on the planet. Sacramento’s Symphony of Distraction keeps that tradition alive, playing lightning fast punk songs with witty lyrics and a surplus of melody. Just imagine if Slick Shoes never found Christ and you have a pretty good idea of what Symphony of Distraction sounds like. They’ve released four records (including one earlier this year!), but my favorite is 2018’s Horse.

7 YEARS BAD LUCK

Austrian punks 7 Years Bad Luck are the second band on our list to have eclipsed the 20 year mark. Their 2017 LP Great, Big, Nothing delivers melancholy pop-punk that harkens back to Reactionary era Face To Face, mixed with a dash of The Copyrights. It’s a crime that these guys only have a little over 100 monthly listeners on Spotify. Let’s change that, folks!

DUCHAMP

Duchamp may be a 2020’s baby, but don’t be fooled: the members of this band are grizzled punk rock veterans. The band lead by Donots singer Ingo Knollmann cites Kid Dynamite, None More Black and Dag Nasty as some of their influences. I can definitely hear bits and pieces of each of those bands in Duchamp’s sound. Slingshot Anthems is a stellar record that flew under a lot of people’s radars (including mine), and it definitely deserves your attention.

FULLCOUNT

Quebec City’s Fullcount takes cues from their bigger Canadian brothers in Belvedere and Mute, playing technically proficient, riffy skate punk that goes toe-to-toe with those bands. They’ve released two full-length albums, with 2018’s Part of the Game being the most recent. These guys are players and this is some high quality shit, folks! I can’t recommend Fullcount enough.

SACK

You’ve heard of Teenage Bottlerocket, you’ve heard of the Lillingtons, but have you heard of SACK? If you’re looking for raunchy punk songs about the joys of binge drinking and general debauchery, SACK is the band for you. The band has the same general feel as TBR and the Lils, but Kody Templeman puts down the guitar and presents a more theatrical persona akin to that of Guttermouth‘s Mark Adkins. Their new record Ripper! is pretty fuckin’ good.

REAL SICKIES

Edmonton’s Real Sickies have been on a roll lately, having cranked out three records in the last three years. The COVID lockdowns couldn’t even stop them from writing and recording an album in just seven days! Their 2021 LP Love is for Lovers is their best work yet. This is some top notch pop-punk. European friends: catch the Real Sickies on tour with the Real McKenzies this winter!

NERDLINGER

Look, another Australian band! There must be something in the water down under. Melodic punk, pop-punk whatever you wanna call it, Nerdlinger is all of that and more. Their 2018 album Happy Place has a little bit of everything: some songs are slow and mellow, others are obscenely fast. Track #8 “Sunny Days” is my favorite song on the album, and it’s a prime example of both sides of the band’s sound. Check that shit out and stay tuned, because I hear they’re working on a new record as we speak.

Thanks for joining us! Hopefully we were able to help you discover some awesome new bands you hadn’t heard of before.

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