A WORD FROM OUR HEAD HONCHO
Hey punk fans, here’s what I found interesting this week. Initiating long winded rant… Deep breath… Here we go… Class of 86 is a solid band to add to your radar for any fans of technical sounding melodic thrash punk a la A Wilhelm Scream. Leftovers take the award for best skate/pop-punk discovery of the week with their new album “Dumber”, which they’re offering as a free download. Austrian pop-punk act DeeCracks did an awesome cover of the Bee Gees front man Robin Gibb’s 1983 song “Juliet”. Speaking of pop-punk, Mike TV is an absolute must check out band for fans of the more bubble gum, traditional variety. On the grittier side of pop-punk, I seriously dug the Priceduifkes song “GetWood City” off the split they did with Direct Hit. I am incredibly excited for the new Big Wig album that is in the works. You can bet your ass I’m going to try to talk them into releasing it on Dying Scene Records. For those of you bummed out about the demise of Have Nots I urge you to turn your attention towards Stray Bullets which is also fronted by Jon Cauztik and features that same street punk meets ska sound. Dare I say it, from what I’ve heard of their upcoming album, they might be better than Have Nots. My more metal centric alter ego is fucking pumped Darkest Hour have finally announced their new album – August 5th, baby! My folk-punk side is digging the new Roughneck Riot song they did acoustically and the Migre Le Tegre album. The Murder Party/Antilogical split was pretty sweet too and worth a listen. Great week in punk once again. Rant over.
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Here’s what you missed, what you ignored and what you’re sick of reading about.
1. You think playing in a punk band is all free beer and blow jobs? Think again.
2. Yeah, Ian MacKaye invented Straight Edge, but there’s a lot more to the man behind the black X’s.
3. Tim Armstrong performed a surprise show at the Amnesia Rockfest. How pissed would you be if they were all his Tim Timebomb songs?
4. Kye Smith is back, this time playing a chronological drum cover of Blink 182 songs.
5. Here’s an interview with NOFX’s El Hefe and Mrs. El Hefe about starting their own record label.
6. This video for “Weirdo,” by Masked Intruder made me uncomfortable on so many different levels.
7. Dicky Barrett from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones turned 50 last week. That’s it. Hang up your checkered suspenders. Ska is officially retired.
8. A new Rise Against song showed up on iTunes outta nowhere.
9. Big D And The Kids Table covered the Reading Rainbow theme song. Do you guys know what Reading Rainbow is? How old are you anyway?
10. Sum 41 are working on new music. So now you have something to look forward to.
DYING SCENE EXCLUSIVE STREAMS
UK pop-punk favorites Mike TV are gearing up to release their new album Sausage Hospitalon July 7th. To hold you over ’til then, we’re exclusively streaming a new track from the record!
Boston punks Stray Bullets are gearing up to release their new album, which is tentatively titled Ghost Town Rockers, later this summer. To give you a taste of what it’s gonna sound like, we’re bringing you an exclusive stream of 3 new songs that will be on the record!
Dead Bars – Dead Bars EP
“There’s an immediacy to Dead Bars’ EP that I find really appealing. The songs are fast and catchy, and firmly rooted in the sound No Idea Records has codified as their own. But there’s a lot of bands playing pop punk, and not a lot of them doing it as well as Dead Bars. There’s personality here, aided and abetted by a sense of reckless endangerment and honest to fucking goodness humanity.”
“All-in-all Do the Math is a swell choice for a single, and ‘Connect the Dots’ is a wonderful b-side. That said… with just two songs, the physical release itself is for die-hard collectors only. For everyone else, you’d be better off seeking out “Connect the Dots” individually (might I suggest getting it directly from Fat Wreck?) and putting it on a playlist with the rest of See the Light.”