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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Cave In is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in Methuen, Massachusetts. The group went on hiatus in 2006, later reforming in 2009.
Okay, so we should start with a big, giant mea culpa here. Last summer, as some of you may remember, Dying Scene helped put on a series of shows around the country to help mark the resurrection of the site. We had shows in Denver and LA and Brooklyn and Chicago and, of course, the Boston area. At the latter of those, local legend D-Tension helped us mark the occasion with his Secret Rock And Roll Band. It marked a bit of a stylistic departure for D, who has not only been a staple voice on the local radio waves for years but has made a name for himself primarily in the world of hip-hop production.
D-Tension’s rock and roll project finally put out their debut full-length, Tales From The Pub, earlier this year via Red On Red Records and we totally spaced putting it in our “Release” section here at the site. UNTIL NOW! You can check out Tales From The Pub down below or order it straight from his bandcamp page. It’s super fun, and it’s chock full of D’s trademark wit and street wisdom but in a raw, rock-and-roll format. Oh, and he played all the instruments! Check it out…great stuff, D-Tension!
Founded in 2014 by two punk rock war horses and two rockabilly hellions, Diablogato play a style of music that’s not quite punk and definitely not rockabilly.It’s a revved up greasy garage stomp that has a swampy swing and a voodoo twang.
Dinosaur Jr is the loudest band you’ll ever see live, probably. They were formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1985. Originally called Dinosaur, the band was forced to change their name due to legal issues.
The band was founded by J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and Murph (drums). Creative tension led to Mascis firing Barlow, who later formed Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. His replacement, Mike Johnson, came aboard for three major-label albums. Murph eventually quit, with Mascis taking over drum duties on the band’s albums before the group disbanded in 1997. The original lineup reformed in 2005, releasing five albums thereafter.
Mascis’s drawling vocals and distinct guitar sound, hearkening back to 1960s and 1970s classic rock and characterized by extensive use of feedback and distortion, were highly influential in the alternative rock movement of the 1990s.
downtalker is a Boston-based post-punk disco project rooted in recovery, chronicled by struggle, and nurtured by love. A result of 20 years of collaboration and friendship between Massachusetts natives Darin Thompson (lead vocals, synth, bass, guitar) and Justin Mantell (synth, guitar, bass, backing vocals), 2021 debut album Post Junkie Selfish Millennial Single Father Field Notes landed in Brooklyn Vegan’s Year in Review series. In September 2023, with an overall sound now augmented by Matt Freake (drums, percussion, backing vocals), downtalker released two kinetic new dance-minded singles – “All My Friends Are Dead” and “Watch Your Heart Break” – via the resurrected Iodine Recordings, with their debut show arriving a week later, opening for Fiddlehead’s highly-anticipated record release party at Royale. More new music is set to come, opening up the creative world of downtalker and the difficult, yet hopeful, stories of addiction and recovery contained within.
Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. They’ve incorporated bits of Celtic punk, street punk, Oi!, hardcore and folk music over the years to fine-tune a sound that is quintessentially Dropkick Murphys.