Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week we’re featuring Dying Scene feature writer, VivaLaLexy.
Check out what makes her tick in his playlist below!
I have to preface this by saying that I’m sure you already know most, if not all of these bands, but I wanted to go with an Amnesia Rockfest theme, so these are all groups who will be playing their in the next few days. It’s my favorite festival and possibly my favorite event ever, I’ll be departing for it in just a few hours! (Yes, Bad Religion is playing and although they are immensely influential I didn’t put them on my list this time, bite me. Also I understand that technically these aren’t all punk songs, but they’re all in the realm of punk.)
Rancid – “Django”
This is kind of an obscure Rancid song and I’ve accepted that I will never see it live. As much as I love so many of their tracks, this one pumps me up more than any other. Check out “Django” off their “Indestructible” album.
Gogol Bordello – “Dig Deep Enough”
There are a few bands I feel extremely deeply connected to, and Gogol Bordello is in my inner circle without a doubt. At this point I’ve seen them live more times than I can count on two hands, but they never lose their magic. Their most recent album “Pura Vida Conspiracy” was everything I could’ve wanted it to be. This group reminds me of all the beautiful mystery in the world and the power within us all, “Dig Deep Enough” is an example of that.
Bigwig – “A War Inside”
Seeing this band live at Rockfest last year was a dream come true. They were a bucket list band that I thought would forever remain there, but I got lucky. Chances are, if you’re reading Dying Scene you have a streak of non-conformist and “A War Inside” off Bigwig’s “Reclamation” album embraces that, plus it has killer lead guitar lines.
Big D & The Kids Table – “Shining On”
I have to go with a classic when it comes to this group. “Strictly Rude” is an album that has many plays in my music library, it has been a go to of mine whenever I’m needing to feel at peace. No other song sticks out to me quite like “Shining On;” I would listen to it for hours delivering Calzones and I’ve even performed it as a drag king.
Mad Caddies – “Dangerous”
Mad Caddies are a group that inspires me. I feel as though they are underrated as a ska / punk band, but I fully appreciate any group that has managed to stay relevant for 20 years without losing their unique edge. Their most recent album is decidedly less punk than some of what they’ve put out in the past, but “Dirty Rice” is still an absolute pleasure to listen to. “Dangerous” is a great track to bump if your life is feeling a bit claustrophobic.
Suicide Machines – “Islands”
This song is one of the very first songs I was introduced to as a young punk and it will always be a favorite. I was lucky enough to catch this group play the full “Destruction By Definition” album on a recent tour and although it was a small crowd, I went nuts when they played “Islands.”
Voodoo Glow Skulls – “Here We Are Again”
This will be my second time seeing this band live and if their stage antics are anything like the last time I saw them, I’m sure to be satisfied with their performance. I always keep their “Baile De Los Locos” CD in my car and pop it in when I’m starting to get bored of my other music. Ska-core type music is some of the best to mosh to and I could certainly get down to “Here We Are Again.”
Propagandhi – “Fuck The Border”
Yep, Propagandhi is playing a festival show. On Thursday they are removing all sponsors in order to have Propagandhi play the show. If intense political punk gets you going, or if you’re pissed off about anything at all, give a listen to “Fuck The Border” off Propagandhi’s “Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes.”
Descendents – “Suburban Home”
It’s pretty universally accepted that “Milo Goes To College” is a quintessential punk album. This track is so simple but the melody of the chorus sucks you in and begs you to sing along. I’m sure I’m not the only one among us who has had to deal with “Suburban Home” people who simply can’t comprehend the idea of not wanting two kids, a white picket fence, and 60” TV.
Say what you may about this group, but their tunes have gotten me through some tough spots and that can never be undone. “The Science Of Selling Yourself Short” has been a go to tune for me since I was seventeen; we all know what it’s like to feel like a useless fuck up at moments and this song is an “Anthem” for that.