15 Punk Songs to Help You Through Your 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. I decided to use a photo of my cat Ozzy because I don’t really like pictures of myself.

These are some songs I’ve been into lately. 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. The Figgs – “Wait on Your Shoulders”

I’ve always been a sucker for poppy sounding music put to morose lyrics. I’ve not sure why but those songs stick to me like glue. I started this playlist with a song by The Figgs. They are a powerpop band and we don’t cover them at DS, but this is the only form of rebellion I have in my nervous, sheltered existence so let me have it.

2. Off With Their Heads – “I Am You”

Everyone reading this knows who Off With Their Heads are. They’ve been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Everything I’ve felt, Ryan has put into words better than I ever could. If you haven’t listened to his podcast, Anxious & Angry, drop everything you’re doing and check it out. Be honest, it’s Monday and you weren’t planning on doing anything productive anything anyway were you?

3. Tight Bros – “Relocate Me”

The song is on a split with a sick pop-punk band from Texas called The Capitalist Kids. They’re great. You should give it a listen.

4.  Mischief Brew – “Bury Me in Analog”

No matter how many times I listen to “Bury Me in Analog” it never gets old.

5. Bangers – “The Trousers of Time”
Bangers are an English indie-punk band. Their new record “Bird” is brilliant.

6. Onsind – “Dissatisfactions”

This song means a lot to me because it articulates the struggle faced by sufferers of depression or any other form of mental illness. Do I face this alone or do I suck it up and admit that I need help? After a while, your anxieties and tendency to ruminate over your troubles becomes exhausting. As the song says,” So sick of fighting with your fickle fucking brain / This inner dialogue is driving you insane / But worst of all you feel mundane / A boring list of old complaints / You know the score, you’ve played the game” The song also illustrates the proverbial fork in the road. Do you keeping going at it alone, or do you suck it up and admit that you need help? The latter takes a lot of guts because it’s frustrating to admit you can’t handle it on your own. It makes you feel powerless, scared and uncertain, but you keep at it anyway. I think this song hits the nail on the head for me.

7.  Mr. T Experience – “Fucked Up on Life”

MTX Lyricism is great. I spend a lot of time by myself and have trouble connecting with others so this song hits home.

8. The Capitalist Kids – “Beginner’s Finish”

Short, sweet and to the point.

9. Break Anchor – “I’m Sorry”

Break Anchor’s new record is brilliant. I love this tune. My friends give me crap for apologizing too much, so it’s kind of a fitting track. I love the little ska breakdown in the song. Fist pumping goodness.

10. Smoke or Fire – “Loving, Self-loathing”

Smoke Or Fire called it quits after releasing their third album “The Speakeasy” and I was bummed because I believe they’re one of the better and overlooked Fat Wreck bands! They occasionally play one off gigs, but usually not in my area. Their singer Joe McMahon plays a lot of solo shows, but I figured the window for me ever getting to see Smoke or Fire play live had closed! Wrongo! It turns out they’re playing this year’s Fest, so I’ll get to see them play live after all. I’m stoked! I hope this *sparks* more shows and a new album.

11. The Shell Corporation – “Organize The Committee”

I might be a tad biased because Jan is one of my best friends and one of the most amazing people I know. He inspires me and brightens my day every day. The Shell Corporation are a great band. To really get them, you must see them live because kill it. This is my favorite song by them. It’s from their “Time & Pressure” EP and is probably their most mellow song. Their latest LP is also killer though.

12. Dead Mechanical – “Into a Wall”

More people should listen to Dead Mechanical.

13. The Gamits – “Spec”

I love this song so much. It reminds me of Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot.” I love this song because it describes how I feel about the universe. It’s no secret that The Gamits are my favorite band. Stoked to finally see your beautiful faces and give them hugs.

14. Plow United – “Lighters”

One day I wanna hang out with Plow United. That band rules so much. It’s hard to pin down a favorite tune by them because they have a lot of great ones.

15. AFI – “The New Patron Saints and Angels”

I know AFI is a polarizing band in out community but I love them. I want to end this on a positive note. This song rules because it makes me think of my BFF Johnny, who brings so much happiness and positivity in my life despite me being a bummed out kid most of the time.

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