No Fun At All cancel tour dates, postpone new album following assault allegations (UPDATE: Festival organizers release statement)

Swedish skate punk band No Fun At All has cancelled all of their upcoming tour dates, and postponed the release of their new album Seventh Wave. The news comes after Sick of it All guitarist Pete Koller alleged that his wife was physically assaulted by NFAA frontman Ingemar Jansson backstage at the Brakrock festival this […]

Swedish skate punk band No Fun At All has cancelled all of their upcoming tour dates, and postponed the release of their new album Seventh Wave. The news comes after Sick of it All guitarist Pete Koller alleged that his wife was physically assaulted by NFAA frontman Ingemar Jansson backstage at the Brakrock festival this past weekend in Belgium.

Koller’s wife Mei-Ling who is a guitar tech for Sick of it All made an Instagram post, stating that the singer “came off stage looking for something during his set, claimed that all my stuff was his, he pushed me when I didn’t move, then he picked me up from behind and we started to fight”.

No Fun At All responded to the allegations with a statement of their own, in which they acknowledge the incident did occur, but that it was due to an “enormous misunderstanding” and that “there were altercations, but in no way as condemnable as those described by the other party”. The band also alleges that when Brakrock staff gave Jansson the opportunity to apologize to Mei-Ling Koller following their set, “she chose to hit him instead”.

One thing both sides agree on is that there were multiple witnesses present. However, no third parties – festival organizers included – have stepped forward to substantiate any of the claims made by either side. We will keep you posted if and when that changes.

No Fun At All was slated to release their seventh studio album through SBÄM Records at some point this year. The record label has stated they are keeping tabs on the situation, and will “make the appropriate decision” when they have all the facts straight.

Update: Organizers of the Brakrock festival have issued a statement regarding the incident on their Facebook page, which you can read below.

Mei-Ling Koller’s statement:

No Fun At All’s statement:

Brakrock festival organizers’ statament:

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Dying Scene Announces Resurrection Show in Los Angeles

Our first round of ‘Resurrection Shows’ were a smashing success and raised juuuust enough money to keep the site up and running for a whole year in it’s current state. Hooorraaaay! Bad news though, is that it’s current state still isn’t fully functional. Boooooooo! #fuckgutenberg Since there’s still quite a lot of work left to […]

Our first round of ‘Resurrection Shows’ were a smashing success and raised juuuust enough money to keep the site up and running for a whole year in it’s current state. Hooorraaaay! Bad news though, is that it’s current state still isn’t fully functional. Boooooooo! #fuckgutenberg

Since there’s still quite a lot of work left to be done to get us ‘up to snuff’, we’re going back to the panhandling game. For our next round of shows, we’re kicking things off in Los Angeles (Tarzana to be exact) at Corbin Bowl! So, grab a friend, go early and bowl a game, drink some drinks and donate some of them hard earned dolla billz to a good cause while jammin’ out to some extra tasty tunes from Casuist, The Calidoras, Raptors and Moonraker!

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Dying Scene Presents – Artists Beyond the Chords: Chris Shary

When art and music collide! “Artists Beyond the Chords” is a Dying Scene series highlighting stories from various visual artists in the scene. Our first installment showcases the work and wisdom of Chris Shary. Chris Shary is one of the hardest working artists, who’s been a hard hitting staple in the punk community for decades. […]

When art and music collide! “Artists Beyond the Chords” is a Dying Scene series highlighting stories from various visual artists in the scene. Our first installment showcases the work and wisdom of Chris Shary.

Chris Shary is one of the hardest working artists, who’s been a hard hitting staple in the punk community for decades. Based out of Stockton, California, Shary is also a dedicated drama teacher, father, husband, and self-proclaimed dork. He truly does it ALL (pun intended). Best known for his depiction of “Milo” (Descenedents), his works have also supported the likes of ALL, The Damned, Devo, Blink-182, The Meatmen, Circle Jerks, 7 Seconds, The Dead Milkmen, Agent Orange, Melvins, The Lillingtons, Chemical People, Masked Intruder, and so many more. His output ranges from album art, concert flyers, t-shirts, specialized merch items, and even action figures. With such an impressive resume, one might think it’s all done for notoriety, but deep down he’s just a huge fan expressing his undying love for music. 

Shary’s artistic journey began when he was first able to hold a crayon and pencil, but really became serious at the tender age of 6. At 17 years old, he started creating pieces for different bands and has been going strong ever since. He often teeters between different portraiture styles such as vibrant pop-art induced color blocking and black and white sketch realism. His current art-weapons-of-choice are pen and ink, mainly sharpies, but he recently started working with acrylic paints again. Consistently creating is key to his process.

“I try and draw every day, but I do a lot of thinking prior to starting commissioned work, or if I am getting ideas together for a band I want to work with. I walk my dog for a half hour every morning right when I wake up and that’s time I devote to thinking of ideas of what I might create,” said Shary.

Another way he searches for ideas is by experiencing live music. Oftentimes you can catch him at some of the biggest shows snapping shots for his latest creations. Not many can rock a phone camera in the photo pit without getting a boot from security, but he has clout, and for good reason. 

“I use the photos as reference when I’m working,” Shary explained, “but it also connects me with bands on a much closer level.”

As far as his true artistic motivation, Shary does not look outside of his own home. Family comes first, and it lives in the heart of each piece he creates. 

“My family is the thing that inspires me the most. My wife Lori is also an amazing artist and she is constantly making incredible pieces and kinda pushes me because of that. My son is also a big fan of the work we do, so I always want to impress him.”

Like a machine, Shary regularly posts new works on his social media accounts. Whether it’s commissioned or perfectly juxtaposed doodles for his own pleasure. Music aside, subjects range from pop culture references, memes, movies, television, and comic books. He never lets himself falter or take long breaks away from art, and strongly believes no creative person should. 

“I think the idea of an artist’s block is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. People tend to psych themselves out and then can’t get out of it. It just seems like an easy way to not work. I’m all about making things and hitting headlines. Just keep doing work and there is no need to slow down.” 

For those who want to break into the music art industry, Shary preaches the importance of repetition while remaining open and to your true self. 

“Do the work. Draw everyday and be happy to do it for yourself. No one owes you anything so be happy for whatever happens. It’s not always a quick process so do the work,” he advised. 

When asking Shary what he would like to leave Dying Scene readers with he offered a pure sentiment of kindness. 

“Be nice to each other, and try seeing things from other people’s point of view.”

View and support Chris Shary’s artwork at: 

Chrisshary.bigcartel.com

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Chris Shary’s Liner Notes

Do you have a favorite concert memory? 
One of my biggest thrills was singing “Bloodstains” with DESCENDENTS in 97. I guess one of my all time favorite shows was one with Kevin Seconds, Steve Soto and Alyson Seconds in an acoustic setting. It was insanely beautiful. 

What bands are you listening to now? 
The Linda Lindas have been an obsession lately. Just saw Bleached and fell for them. Kinda been listening to the Lemonheads a lot lately and always Jawbreaker, and DESCENDENTS of course. Saw HoleHog in Sacramento the other night and they were rad!

What song best describes you as a person? 
The theme from Shaft. At least that’s what I hear in my head a lot.

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Boss’ Daughter Hits the Road for ‘Some Air’ Tour 2022

After canceling their last tour nine days in due to catching Covid, Reno skate punks Boss’ Daughter are heading back out on the road for “Some Air Tour 2022.” The tour will find them in California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. So, if they’re coming to your ‘hood, go support ’em….but please don’t give them Covid […]

After canceling their last tour nine days in due to catching Covid, Reno skate punks Boss’ Daughter are heading back out on the road for “Some Air Tour 2022.” The tour will find them in California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. So, if they’re coming to your ‘hood, go support ’em….but please don’t give them Covid this time….

7/13 – Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
7/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar
7/15 – Tempe, AZ – Time Out Lounge
7/16 – Prescott, AZ – The Attic
7/17 – Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff Brewing
7/18 – Durango, CO – The Hive
7/19 – Moab, UT – Paddle Moab
7/20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Triple Nickel Tavern
7/21 – Fort Collins, CO – Surfside 7
7/22 – Denver, CO – Eastfax Tap
7/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Black Lung Society
8/6 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse

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Dying Scene Record Store Spotlight: Clearwater Record Shop (Tampa Bay, FL)

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store! Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown […]

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store!

Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown (a city most well known for being home to the Church of Scientology’s headquarters), the Clearwater Record Shop sets itself apart from other record stores with its heavy focus on used music. Rather than relying on distributors to supply new releases, owner Casey Brown has spent years building his inventory one record collection acquisition at a time. The store which spans two interconnected warehouse spaces boasts one of the most expansive selections of used CDs I’ve ever seen. Every time I visit, I leave with a stack of jewel cases a few feet high. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re met with hundreds of bins overflowing with discs, the majority of which are just $3.75 each (or six for $20!).

Sure, it’s hard to beat the ease and convenience of shopping online. But the Clearwater Record Shop goes toe to toe with Discogs prices, and I find that most of the time, they come out ahead. Also, I’ve yet to find a more enjoyable way to kill a few hours on my day off than thumbing through thousands of records and CDs, searching for worthy additions to my collection. It’s a visceral experience that can’t be matched by browsing an online marketplace. Finding a record like The Clash’s Combat Rock for $15, and not having to wait an eternity for USPS to deliver it is icing on the cake. My only complaint about this store is that the selection is literally overwhelming. If you’re on a budget, you might have to get a little picky as your stack grows taller.

In the cooler months (yes, we sometimes have those here in Florida), the Clearwater Record Shop acts as a host to monthly swap meets. Local record collectors and vendors are invited to set up tables in the parking lot to sell their wares. These events serve as a great meeting place for the community, and are a highlight of winter and spring for me. The first time we attended, I grabbed a few LPs, including the BuzzcocksA Different Kind of Tension ($10) and Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic ($5), along with a bunch of dollar bin CDs by the likes of the Ramones, Ozzy, and Megadeth.

It’s always a fun time shopping at this store. Casey is very personable and has created something really special here. The store has a unique, inviting old school atmosphere. The selection is great, and the prices are fair. Your dollar goes a lot further here than it does at most record stores.

If you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area, I highly recommend stopping by the Clearwater Record Shop. With two air conditioned warehouses packed to the rafters with nothing but music, music, and even more music, you’re bound to stumble upon something that suits your fancy. Or, if you lack self control like me, you’ll probably leave with a mountain of stuff that suits your fancy.

For more info, check out the store’s website, and follow them on Instagram.

Do you have a favorite local record store you’d like to let everyone know about? Of course you do! Hit us up on Facebook or Instagram and submit your own Record Store Spotlight. The more the merrier!

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