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Borderlines – “Keep Pretending”

Keep Pretending - Borderlines

Release Date: July 21, 2023 Record Label: Hey Pizza! Records Release Type: AlbumBandcamp Link: Listen on Bandcamp

10 years in the making, Portland, Maine pop-punks Borderlines‘ debut album Keep Pretending will keep your feet tapping and heads nodding for the entirety of its 12 song tracklist. If laid back, catchy pop-punk is what you seek, you’ve come to the right place.

Keep Pretending is out now on Hey Pizza! Records, Mom’s Basement Records, and Memorable But Not Honorable Records. Listen to the album below and get it on vinyl here, CD here, or cassette here.

For fans of: The Methadones, The Copyrights, The Gamits, etc.

DS Album Review: Noise Brigade – “The Mess Inside Of Me”

To say that I’ve been following this band for a while would be an understatement. Once upon a time, I was a drummer for an awful pop-punk band from Anchorage, Alaska fronted by Noise Brigade’s own vocalist/guitarist Nathan Nelson. I had a breakdown in a random Qdoba and broke up the band, but luckily Nathan […]

To say that I’ve been following this band for a while would be an understatement. Once upon a time, I was a drummer for an awful pop-punk band from Anchorage, Alaska fronted by Noise Brigade’s own vocalist/guitarist Nathan Nelson. I had a breakdown in a random Qdoba and broke up the band, but luckily Nathan found Noise Brigade. More than a decade later, rehoming from Anchorage to Portland, several lineup changes, and departing from their label, this band has put themselves back out there independently with The Mess Inside Of Me and emotional expression is at the forefront.

The EP opens with the single “Fiberglass” which showcases everything I love about this band. The guitar riffs and chugs into the verse, Doug’s lyrics providing a landscape for Nathan’s chorus, everything coming together to form the conceptual fiberglass that chokes the song’s narrator with emotion. Lines like “I still turn my head at the scent of your perfume” and “I’m mortified and suffering, if I see you there I back away” cover a wide swath of feelings that come with unrequited love. The song fades down to a simple repeated concept, “I wanna be with you, I wanna be with you, there’s nothing I can do.”

“Jackie” showcases a dynamic build to a chorus that reveals the EP’s name, “Figure out all our wants and needs cause you clean the mess inside of me”. The song plays out like a lullaby with earworm guitar/synth riffs that fades out into my favorite track “Panic Bloom” which kicks in aggressively. The song is quickly tempered by the soft lilt of Doug’s vocals over twinkly guitars but by the chorus we’re “getting the message loud and clear” as the lyrics suggest. The bridge goes hard, starting as a whisper we hear, “I’ll fuck up my own life, I’ll fuck up” as it builds to a shredding scream before giving way to the chorus one last time.

As the sound of a calm indie-emo intro washes over you as if from a distant radio we get “Asteroid Blues” which blows in like a cold breeze. The chorus laments, softly and almost child-like, about a wound that we’re not sure ever heals, “I scrape my knees, pulling rocks out of my hands and let it bleed, cover up the wound and set me free.” This song makes me feel like a kid again, whether it’s from the lyrics making me feel like I’m hiding something from my parents or the reverby noodling something about this song is doing it for me.

What do you really expect from someone when you ask, “How’s it goin’?” We get “Cope”, a track of the two singers comforting one another over their shared feelings of isolation, failure, and former glory. This song verbalizes the intense imposter syndrome that can grow in your mind, “How did we get here, how do we get out, does anybody want me around?” and these thoughts can grow if you’re a mess inside, very thematically relevant. Anyone who has been in a band long enough will feel the lines “I wanna be on top of the world again, I wanna feel like I’m worth it to all my friends”.

The closing track “Same Pain” echoes the emotional sentiments of the entire EP. Despite the mental anguish of where you’ve been, it’s nicer to have people around you that share the same pain. “Don’t tell me it’s not over, don’t take away my hope, I wanna feel the sunshine, I wanna know, I wanna know I’m not alone.” The song closes instrumentally after an anthemic swell and I wish there was more, but that’s probably a good thing. This collection of songs doesn’t overstay its welcome: it’s emotionally poignant and showcases everything I love about this band. If you’re absolutely hurting for more Noise Brigade, don’t worry, not only do they have a decent catalog, but the two singers have started up a podcast detailing their musical history and all the growing pains of a working band called “Mustard In A Ketchup Packet: Stories From A Band That Tried”.

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DS Exclusive: Borderlines premiere music video for new single “How Many Hours”, from upcoming LP “Keep Pretending”

Portland (Maine, not Oregon) pop-punks Borderlines are gearing up to release their debut album Keep Pretending, and Dying Scene is stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of the awesome new single “How Many Hours”. Check out the music video below! Here’s some very important information Borderlines would like you to know: “How Many Hours […]

Portland (Maine, not Oregon) pop-punks Borderlines are gearing up to release their debut album Keep Pretending, and Dying Scene is stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of the awesome new single “How Many Hours”. Check out the music video below!

Here’s some very important information Borderlines would like you to know:

“How Many Hours is the second single from our debut full-length “Keep Pretending,” out this summer on Hey Pizza Records (LP), Mom’s Basement Records (CD), and Memorable But Not Honorable (Cassette). It’s a tune about trying to let go of fear of bad decisions and living in the moment.

The video was shot at one of our favorite spots, Sun Tiki Studios at our hometown in Portland, Maine by our dear friend Cam Jones.

This album has been a long time coming for us. Some of these songs were written almost at the start of this band (2012) and some were written not long before recording. It was tracked here in Maine, mixed by Wyatt Funderburk at Nebulon II, and mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering. The artwork was done by Jon Lewis of The Dopamines.

We will have album pre-order details and a release date very soon!”

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DS Exclusive: Full Compilation Premiere – “A Future Of Bad Men – A Melvins Tribute”

We get to do some pretty cool exclusive things here at Dying Scene, and this certainly ranks among the pretty coolest! Portland, Oregon-based Black Donut Records is putting out a compilation this coming Friday (October 7th). It’s called A Future of Bad Men: A Melvins Tribute and it is, you guessed it, a tribute to […]

We get to do some pretty cool exclusive things here at Dying Scene, and this certainly ranks among the pretty coolest!

Portland, Oregon-based Black Donut Records is putting out a compilation this coming Friday (October 7th). It’s called A Future of Bad Men: A Melvins Tribute and it is, you guessed it, a tribute to everyone’s favorite sludge pioneers The Melvins! The compilation features contributions from a bunch of the bands that Black Donut founder Morey Straus has stumbled upon online in recent years, including Grizzlor, Night Goat, Bovine Nightmares and more.

A Future of Bad Men is available for pre-order digitally and on vinyl here – luckily for you, we’re streaming the whole shebang below! Check it out!

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DS Exclusive: Versus The World (Lagwagon, Good Riddance, etc.) premiere new song “The Miserable” from upcoming album “The Bastards Live Forever”

California punk supergroup Versus The World have a new record coming out this Friday on SBÄM Records, and guess what?! We’re premiering the album’s final single “The Miserable”, right now! Check it out below, along with details on the band’s upcoming tour dates. Here’s what singer Donald Spence had to say about “The Miserables”, which […]

California punk supergroup Versus The World have a new record coming out this Friday on SBÄM Records, and guess what?! We’re premiering the album’s final single “The Miserable”, right now! Check it out below, along with details on the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Here’s what singer Donald Spence had to say about “The Miserables”, which features guest vocals from Brenna Red of The Last Gang:

“The Miserable was the last thing we did for the record and it felt like a good way to book-end everything.  The lyrics were inspired by the way I had felt about the 14 month lockdown in California.  It starts frantic and dark – the minor chords give a bit of an ominous feeling – but by the last chorus it’s much bigger and brighter.  I took inspiration from Les Miserables, which I have been lucky enough to see a few times, to make the ending feel the way it does.  It was a blast to put all these weird ideas together.”

For the uninitiated, Versus The World’s lineup includes names like Lagwagon guitarist Chris Flippin and Good Riddance drummer Sean Sellers, among others. The band’s new album The Bastards Live Forever releases Friday, May 26th.

2023 US tour dates:

16.06. Long Beach @ Supply and Demand w/ Mercy Music and Love Equals Death
17.06. LA @ Permanent Records Roadhouse w/ Mercy Music and Love Equals Death
07.07. Portland @ Dante’s w/ Diesel Boy
08.07. Seattle @ El Corazon w/ Diesel Boy

2023 European tour dates:

28.07. Berlin @ Wild At Heart
29.07. Hohenstaufen @ Vert Rock w/ Urethane
01.08. Erfurt @ Tiko w/ Urethane 
02.08. Brussels @ Le Lac
03.08. Wermelskirchen @ AJZ w/ Authority Zero & Cigar
05.08. Duffel, B @ Brakrock 
06.08. Düsseldorf, D @ Pitcher w/ Diesel Boy 
07.08. TBC 
08.08. Stuttgart @ Im Wizemann w/ Pennywise 
09.08. Vienna, AUT @ Rhiz w/ Diesel Boy 
10.08. Tolmin, SLO @ Punkrock Holiday 
12.08. Rimini, ITA @ Bayfest

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DS News: J Navarro and the Traitors announce new album “All of Us or None”, premiere lead single “One Hand”

Suicide Machines frontman Jay Navarro’s two-tone ska side project J Navarro and the Traitors have signed to Bad Time Records for the release of their new album All of Us or None. Check out the lead single “One Hand” below. All of Us or None is set to release on May 19th. Pre-order the LP […]

Suicide Machines frontman Jay Navarro’s two-tone ska side project J Navarro and the Traitors have signed to Bad Time Records for the release of their new album All of Us or None. Check out the lead single “One Hand” below.

All of Us or None is set to release on May 19th. Pre-order the LP here and catch the band on tour this summer with Omnigone and Stop The Presses; tour dates are below.

Tour dates:

Jun 09 @ Hawthorne Lounge – Portland, OR (no Omnigone)
Jun 10 @ Funhouse – Seattle, WA (no Omnigone)
Jun 12 @ The Starlet Room (Harlow’s) – Sacramento, CA
Jun 13 @ Bottom of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
Jun 14 @ The Parish Room (House of Blues) – Anaheim, CA
Jun 15 @ Knitting Factory – North Hollywood, CA
Jun 16 @ Soda Bar – San Diego, CA (no Omnigone)
Jun 17 @ Moustache Bar – Tijuana, MX (no Omnigone, no Stop The Presses)

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DS News: Less Than Jake announce Welcome to Rockview Tour w/ Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters & more

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced a US tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album Hello Rockview. The Welcome to Rockview Tour runs from early July through the end of August and features support from Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, Spring Heeled Jack and the Venomous Pinks, among others. LTJ will […]

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced a US tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album Hello Rockview. The Welcome to Rockview Tour runs from early July through the end of August and features support from Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, Spring Heeled Jack and the Venomous Pinks, among others. LTJ will be playing Hello Rockview in its entirety every night.

General admission tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, March 23rd. VIP packages are available right now. Check out the tour dates below and go here for tickets.

Before the Welcome to Rockview Tour kicks off, Less Than Jake will be touring Europe and the UK. More info on that here.

Tour dates:

7/6 Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl *!
7/7 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom *!
7/8 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall *!
7/9 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews *!
7/11 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Cleveland *!
7/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *!
7/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *#
7/14 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *#
7/15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *#
7/16 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *#
7/18 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live *^
7/19 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 *^
7/20 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *^
7/21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *^
7/22 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues Orlando *^
8/11 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall $^
8/12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave $^
8/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre $^
8/15 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre $^
8/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre $^
8/18 Denver, CO @ The Summit $^
8/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot $^
8/21 Seattle, WA @ Showbox $~
8/22 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall $~
8/24 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall $~
8/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex $~
8/26 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC $~
8/27 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre $~
8/29 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre $~
8/30 Austin, TX @ Mohawk $~

* = with Voodoo Glow Skulls
! = with Pink Spiders
# = with Spring Heeled Jack
^ = with Devon Kay & The Solutions
$ = with The Toasters
~ = with Venomous Pinks

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DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Red Fang / Dinosaur Jr / Clutch (The Radius – Chicago, Il 7/29/2023)

The evening at The Radius kicked off with Portland Oregon’s Red Fang who started the night with an upbeat career-spanning set that had the entire crowd on their feet and headbanging along. The band brought it and the set was solid with very little in-between song banter except when Aaron proclaimed the band as “The […]

The crowd ready for the evening starting with Red Fang

The evening at The Radius kicked off with Portland Oregon’s Red Fang who started the night with an upbeat career-spanning set that had the entire crowd on their feet and headbanging along. The band brought it and the set was solid with very little in-between song banter except when Aaron proclaimed the band as “The Worlds Ugliest Band.”

Bryan Giles (Guitar), Aaron Beam (Bass/Vocals), David Sullivan (Guitar) and John Sherman (Drums) Red Fang Live

Next up was Dinosaur Jr from Amherst Mass. It’s always great to see the band live. They started things off with a throwback to their 1987 album You’re Living All Over Me with the song “The Lung” and then proceeded to play from their deep catalog to include “Feel The Pain”, “Start Choppin”, and the standard Cure cover (“Just Like Heaven”). The band was in fine form and switched multiple gears during the show. Hearing J.Mascis wall of sound guitars sound along with a solid backend made the night.

J.Mascis (Guitar/Vocals) Lou Barlow (Bass/Vocals) and Murph (Drums). Dinosaur Jr Live

Then it was time for Clutch. They took the stage and cranked the room up to 11, starting the night with 1998s “The Dragonfly” and letting it rip from there. They covered all the bases with both old and new songs, run through with that usual Clutch energy and extremely tight musicianship. Neil Fallon (vocals) fronts the band like a Sunday morning sideshow barker while J.P. Gaster (drums), Tim Sult (guitar) and Dan Maines (bass) hold down a solid back-end playing in and out of pocket with each other while creating nothing short of Pure Rock Fury. Always great to see them live.

Clutch. Neil Fallon (Vocals) J.P. Gaster (Drums) Tim Sult (Guitar) and Dan Maines (Bass)

Overall a memorable experience had with the bands as well as at The Radius. Very pleasant, courteous, and friendly staff. Very accommodating and I highly suggest seeing shows at this venue. Check out our slideshows below!

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