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San Francisco Bay Area’s Redwood premiere single “California Sunshine” off upcoming EP “Wildfire”

San Francisco Bay Area’s Redwood premiere single “California Sunshine” off upcoming EP “Wildfire”

In preparation for their new EP “Wildfire” on Don’t Look Down Records, punk infused rockers, Redwood are premiering their single, “California Sunshine” below. With two digital EP releases under their belt, “Wildfire” will be the band’s first physical release and will be available on 12″ white vinyl. Preorders are available here.

In preparation for their new EP “Wildfire” on Don’t Look Down Records, punk infused rockers, Redwood are premiering their single, “California Sunshine” below.

With two digital EP releases under their belt, “Wildfire” will be the band’s first physical release and will be available on 12″ white vinyl. Preorders are available here.

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DS Photo Gallery: H2O, Angel Du$t and Give at the Middle East, Cambridge, MA

DS Photo Gallery: H2O, Angel Du$t and Give at the Middle East, Cambridge, MA

In support of their latest (and arguably their greatest) album, Use Your Voice, NYC hardcore vets H2O rolled through frontman Toby Morse’s birth state of Massachusetts to play before a sold-out crowd in the notoriously hot, sweaty confines of the upstairs music hall at the legendary Middle East nightclub in Cambridge. Now in their third decade […]

In support of their latest (and arguably their greatest) album, Use Your Voice, NYC hardcore vets H2O rolled through frontman Toby Morse’s birth state of Massachusetts to play before a sold-out crowd in the notoriously hot, sweaty confines of the upstairs music hall at the legendary Middle East nightclub in Cambridge. Now in their third decade as a band, and composed of some different parts than previous touring incarnations of the band, Morse and company continue to prove themselves as one of the tightest, most inspiring acts in the game.

The band’s lineup on the Use Your Voice tour is equal parts old and new, with founding members Morse and Rusty Pistachio (guitar) and longtime bassist Adam Blake joined by touring guitarist Colin McGinnis (None More Black) and special guest drummer Branden Steineckert (Rancid). Perhaps understandably, then, the band’s encore-less set was a tad on the short side (my incredibly unofficial count tallied 17 songs, though one was a cover of half of the Rancid classic “Journey To The End Of The East Bay”), but still paid a great deal of respect to classic tracks (“Guilty By Association,” “Family Tree,” “FTTW,” etc) and new songs (“Black Sheep,” “Skate!,” “True Romance”) alike.

While admittedly never the world’s largest hardcore fan, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of H2O over the last two decades, particularly because I’ve long felt that they fit right in at the more aggressive end of the mid-90’s punk music scene, and got short-changed in the process. I understand full well that I’m wading deep into hyperbole-infested waters here, but I can say without question that this particular Wednesday night was the best, tightest, and most positively inspiring set I’ve seen the various incarnations of H2O play over the last eighteen years, a show history that includes a mix of festival dates (Warped Tour) alongside opening slots for bands like Rancid and Face To Face. They’ve been a bit of a musical Haley’s Comet in terms of releasing new music for more than a decade (Use Your Voice marks their first original studio album since 2008’s Nothing To Prove, which itself was their first album since 2001’s Go), and have increasingly managed the second phase of their careers in an admirable fashion, balancing home and personal duties with the decreasingly lucrative field that is life as a “working musician.” Still, the perhaps “smarter-not-harder” approach to touring has given the band the energy and life it needs for sustainability going forward.

Support on this leg of the Use Your Voice tour came from the likes of Angel Du$t and Give. Neither band was familiar to me prior to the show (remember that thing about me not being the world’s biggest hardcore fan), but both definitely left an impression. Angel Du$t, for the uninitiated, are a Baltimore-based five-piece that features members of bands like Trapped Under Ice, Turnstile, and Diamond Youth. Their set was, in a word, ferocious; another showgoer who was also previously unaware of the band commented that he liked how “it seems like they’ve played 30 songs, because each one is like 45 seconds long.” Give, meanwhile, are  a DC-based five-piece who hearken back to the glory days of DC hardcore, if those glory years were crossed with Seattle in 1991. Fun band to watch, though the former band certainly got the crowd more whipped up than the latter did. (Editor’s note: Lowell, MA, bilingual hardcore outfit Los Bungalitos opened the show, though I missed the bulk of their set for traffic-related reasons. I blame Ben Affleck.)

Check out our photo gallery of Give, Angel Du$t and of course, the mighty H2O below.

 

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Vampires (noise punk) announce east coast Canadian tour

Vampires (noise punk) announce east coast Canadian tour

Winnipeg noise punk duo Vampires are gearing up for a 16 day long tour around Canada’s east coast this month. The tour started in Winnipeg yesterday and will end on the 16th in Montreal, Quebec. Check out the full list of dates and locations below. Vampires released Every Kind Of Light, a 4-track EP in 2014, give […]

Winnipeg noise punk duo Vampires are gearing up for a 16 day long tour around Canada’s east coast this month. The tour started in Winnipeg yesterday and will end on the 16th in Montreal, Quebec. Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Vampires released Every Kind Of Light, a 4-track EP in 2014, give it a listen below and keep an eye out for any upcoming details on these folks.

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BIGWIG frontman Tom Petta guest hosts Dying Scene Radio from the 119th floor of Johnny X’s swanky East Village hotel room

BIGWIG frontman Tom Petta guest hosts Dying Scene Radio from the 119th floor of Johnny X’s swanky East Village hotel room

This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bob Noxious and Bobby Pickles welcome BIGWIG guitarist/frontman, Tom Petta, in-studio high atop the world on the 119th floor of Dying Scene Head Honcho Johnny X’s swanky East Village, NYC hotel room. Everyone has been invited to the party, except for Bob, who is lounging at home in his […]

This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bob Noxious and Bobby Pickles welcome BIGWIG guitarist/frontman, Tom Petta, in-studio high atop the world on the 119th floor of Dying Scene Head Honcho Johnny X’s swanky East Village, NYC hotel room. Everyone has been invited to the party, except for Bob, who is lounging at home in his flippy-floppies with the Tampa Bay Lightning game thundering in the background. Like the great Wizard of Oz, Mr. “X” is finally unmasked for that of the illustrious Dave Buck. He and the Bobs speak with Tom about BIGWIG’s upcoming US/Canada tour and the imminent recording of their new album, the reasons for BIGWIG’s long hiatus (Tom’s severed finger) and having some of their original lineup back together. Episode 19’s recurring theme: Bobby’s insecure cheapshots at Bob.

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Awkward Age announce midwest east coast U.S. tour dates

Awkward Age announce midwest east coast U.S. tour dates

Tampa Bay pop-punk act Awkward Age have announced midwest and east coast U.S. tour dates. You can see where they are playing below. “We Could Be Anywhere” was originally digitally released last September.

Tampa Bay pop-punk act Awkward Age have announced midwest and east coast U.S. tour dates.

You can see where they are playing below.

“We Could Be Anywhere” was originally digitally released last September.

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Interview: Anthony Raneri addresses yesterday’s Bayside “controversy”

Interview: Anthony Raneri addresses yesterday’s Bayside “controversy”

Remember yesterday when we (and other outlets) brought to you the latest Bayside video? No? Let me refresh your memory. Yesterday, Bayside released a lyric video for their new song “Dancing Like An Idiot.” in which they called out “bullshit bands,” all of whom are, and I quote, “basically One Direction if they all had […]

Remember yesterday when we (and other outlets) brought to you the latest Bayside video? No? Let me refresh your memory.

Yesterday, Bayside released a lyric video for their new song “Dancing Like An Idiot.” in which they called out “bullshit bands,” all of whom are, and I quote, “basically One Direction if they all had throat tattoos.” The internet, in response, went gorilla cookies. In response to the outrage, Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri issued a lengthy response today. Here’s an excerpt:
Let me first be clear that I’m not intending to backtrack or soften any criticism. We meant what we said in the song and it came out as we intended and we’re proud of it and its message. Dialogues are great and important. I said what I wanted in the song, a lot of people had responses, and now I want to continue the discussion and anyone is free to respond to this should they feel so inclined.

The song is about the people responsible for being a bad influence on “kids these days”. I’ve walked around Warped Tour and heard sexist and homophobic slurs come from the stage. I’ve heard front men implore girls to take their tops off. I’ve heard not giving a fuck championed and encouraged. I do give a fuck and I want kids to give a fuck about what they do and say and become. I want to challenge people to be better and I don’t know if I am doing that but I can be proud to say that I take my responsibility seriously and try everyday to at least not make it worse.

If you’re so inclined, you can check out the whole text below. It’s an interesting read. What’s your take on the Bayside “controversy”? Either side valid, or is this whole thing “Deflategate – Warped Tour Edition”?

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Album Review: Bayside – “Cult”

Album Review: Bayside – “Cult”

The flack for Bayside is unwarranted and unjustified. They’ve always been great musicians with something more than a novelty given the voice and storytelling ability of Anthony Ranieri, who skews personal tragedies with rumblings on the music scene, to great effect. Their fervent ambition and passion kicked me into gear since Sirens and Condolences and […]

The flack for Bayside is unwarranted and unjustified. They’ve always been great musicians with something more than a novelty given the voice and storytelling ability of Anthony Ranieri, who skews personal tragedies with rumblings on the music scene, to great effect. Their fervent ambition and passion kicked me into gear since Sirens and Condolences and in assessing their past merits, the tunnel vision of ignorant fans still doesn’t simmer. At all. They’ve always been consistently making good music and as jaded as fans get, ready to throw their angst-pronged attacks at every turn and corner, it’s time to stop and take note – Cult is the fucking juggernaut of Bayside albums.

It’s melodic, punk and heavy-guitar rock, mashed up to a marvelous extent. It isn’t pretentious and this uniformity bodes well for music done with a non-complex beat. Seriously…it’s as if the band charged up with middle-fingers to haters in such a sweet, simple and powerful batch of songs. It leaves an indelible impression and the intent of the hard-rock tune in “Big Cheese” sets these wheels in motion. It’s a la Balance and Composure with drifting guitars and a loud ambiance. Ranieri’s vocals are clean, slick and so perfect to accentuate the strong instrumentation throughout. He’s never sounded better.

The rampant solos chalk up so much more technicality to the record and when spots of aggression pop up, it’s sublime to say the least. “You’re No Match” exemplifies this with epic riffing and hooks. The same applies for “Transitive Property” which is emotionally open and apparent as a plead for a loved one to stay. Remarkable and consistently charismatic – all wrapped in a grunge blanket as they pay homage to so many emo-influences along the way.

“Objectivist On Fire” offers more of a crooning Ranieri but not dispelling massive hooks, bombastic breakdowns and a spin off 90s alternative that recall their Victory days. Pop-punk fans can chart their way to “Something’s Wrong” and “The Whitest Lie” as they dial back the heaviness for good measure. The flow of all the tunes is far from erratic which hindered them on records of old but here, the arrangement is spot on. Guitarist Jack O’Shea and drummer Chris Guglielmo really get to flex their muscles on Cult, incorporating the most impressive riffs and fills to improve on the plodding, modern rock-tinged songs of ghosts past. There are above-average choruses that make such a good impression and overall, Cult is another solid addition to Bayside’s diverse catalogue. They’re worth talking about and no matter what you think or thought you knew, chalk this up in the win column because their arsenal just got a bigger piece of artillery.

4/5 Stars

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The Creepshow announces East Coast US tour dates

The Creepshow announces East Coast US tour dates

Toronto psychobilly band, The Creepshow, have announced a run of East Coast US tour dates kicking off on January 14th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Check out all the dates and locations below.  And don’t worry, West Coaster’s, the band will be heading our way in March/April.  We’ll let you know when the band posts those […]

Toronto psychobilly band, The Creepshow, have announced a run of East Coast US tour dates kicking off on January 14th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Check out all the dates and locations below.  And don’t worry, West Coaster’s, the band will be heading our way in March/April.  We’ll let you know when the band posts those dates.

The band released “Life After Death” on October 22, 2013 through Sailor’s Grave Records (US), Stomp Records (Canada), and People Like You Records (Europe) and is the first album featuring new singer Kenda “Twisted” Legaspi.

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Tour announcement: Alkaline Trio/Bayside

Tour announcement: Alkaline Trio/Bayside

Alkaline Trio are heading overseas next spring, and they’re taking Bayside with them. The bands have announced a list of tour dates in the UK and Europe next April and May. Get a full list of the dates and locations here. Alkaline Trio have less than two weeks left on their current US tour with […]

Alkaline Trio are heading overseas next spring, and they’re taking Bayside with them.

The bands have announced a list of tour dates in the UK and Europe next April and May. Get a full list of the dates and locations here.

Alkaline Trio have less than two weeks left on their current US tour with New Found Glory and H2O.

As we found out earlier this morning, Bayside have a new album coming out in February. You can read more details on that right here.

They also have a few east-coast concerts scheduled in December with Man Overboard and Modern Baseball.

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Apart From This to tour east coast of Australia

Apart From This to tour east coast of Australia

Aussie punk act, Apart From This, will be touring the east coast of Australia in October. You can check out the dates and locations here. The band released their debut album “In Gloom” in April through Hindsight Records.  

Aussie punk act, Apart From This, will be touring the east coast of Australia in October.

You can check out the dates and locations here.

The band released their debut album “In Gloom” in April through Hindsight Records.

 

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