10 Punk Songs to Help You Through Your Mundane Week (curated by DS editor Lauren Mills)

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’s playlist is brought to you by Dying Scene editor Lauren Mills (that’s me!). I had to use an embarrassingly goofy throwback photo because I’m running out of current photos.

This week I’m bringing you songs that have helped me through my days of unemployment, boredom and anxiety.  I apologize in advance that this list of songs is negative, but weirdly they help me through ruts as much as the uplifting tunes.

Enjoy the tunes below!

1. Enemy You – “72 Hours”

To kick this playlist, I thought I’d pay tribute to Enemy You singer David Jones, who tragically took his own life recently. I hate that even when trying to pay tribute to the fallen, it eventually comes back to how it relates to myself because it seems selfish. I didn’t know him, but I was a big fun of his band, Enemy You. I’ve always thought they didn’t get the credit they deserved.  I listen to “Stories Never Told” often. When I heard the news of his passing, my heart sank and my face went numb. I hate to see people suffer so much. My stomach still aches over it. I have enjoyed hearing stories about him from friends. I hope he is at peace.

2. ToyGuitar – “In My Heads”

I put this song on here because I spend a lot of time in my head. I over analyze and worry everything. Whether it be my personal problems or the world as a whole. I wish I could help every single person out there. It may be naive but I think we’re put on this Earth to help guide each other through this life. There’s nothing I’d rather do.

3. Tenement – “Stupid World”

I discovered this band through my best friend, Johnny Wilson and was hooked instantly. They’re all over the map, but they represent everything I enjoy about music. Good song-writing and honest lyrics. This song is from their record “Napalm Dream” but they have a new release coming out called “Bruised Music.” I recommend checking out their tunes on Bandcamp.

4. The Freeze – “Makes Me Nervous”

I was late to the game when it came to The Freeze. Probably because of my age, but luckily I heard them on Youtube and feel in love. I like their psychological approach to the songs. The songs are power and raw. I started with Rabid Reaction and went from there. They have a HUGE discography. Where does one start?

5.  Brian McGree – “Ruin Creek”

You might recognize his name from bands like Plow United, Ex-Friends, The Rentiers etc. The guy never  stops pumping out solid music.  Ruin Creek is a hell of a campfire jam.

6. Los Olvidados – “Something New”

I found Los Olvidados through one of Russ Rankin’s playlists on Spotify. This song makes me want to go skate. Well, I can’t skate, so I will watch Rodney Mullen videos instead.

7. Sick of it All – “Hard Equals Freedom

Sick of it All is my favorite band of all-time. This song sums up what I love about punk rock. I was born different but through music and open arms of others, I’ve found my place. Turn no one away.

8. Distances – “Tangled Feet”

Distances is a highly underrated band from Canada. If you haven’t checked out their album “Peaks/Valleys,” I recommend checking it out.

9. The Riot Before – “Words Written Over Coffee

This song is near and dear me. I’ve always had a turbulent relationship with the idea of a higher power and religion. Where I’m from a lot of people find truth and comfort in religion. I understand it. I like the idea of community and taking care of one another. I just don’t like people taking their own beliefs and twisting into what “god” would want.  I’ve battled depression for most of my life. When people tell me believing in god and attending church would heal me. It leaves me with an empty feeling. They mean well. Over the years, I’ve accepted that it’s ok not to believe. We have each other. This song captures that message for me.

10. Jets to Brazil – “Sea Anemone”

This song gives me chills every time I hear it. It resonates with me. I like to think it’s a song about starting over and feeling a warmth overtake you. This is an appealing concept.


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