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DS Exclusive: Zen man saves stories for stage, an interview with T.S.O.L. front man, Jack Grisham

Photo by: Danielle Nicol

 My best buds and absolute American heroes in Noogy just ended a 6-day Texas stretch with legendary punk band, T.S.O.L., who is currently on tour promoting their 2017 release, The Trigger Complex. I hit Andre (Noogy) up wondering if it would be at all possible to set up an interview with the man who has become one of my idols – novelist, singer, and American demon – Jack Grisham. He and Anthony hit me back a few nights later from San Antonio, in between sets of rocking out with Piňata Protest and Dead 77, to let me know it was on. I was already planning to roadie the show at Three Links (Dallas), and the conceptualization of this conversation began to dawn on me. Did you read the book? (American Demon) Jack Grisham’s nuts! I knew right away that we were going to be best friends. Read that story below. [short read: 1 minute/ long read: 20 minutes]



The Burnt Tapes (punk rock) announce full length and release video for ‘Yuzi’

London band The Burnt Tapes will release their debut LP “Never Better” on February 22, 2019 via Wiretap Records (US) and Lockjaw Records (UK/EU).

Lead singer Phil Georgoulopoulos said the following about the album’s lead single “Yuzi”:

“Yuzi is about putting the puzzle of yourself back together after the end of a relationship you thought defined you. That’s kinda the theme throughout our songs in many ways, and the video ties in a lot of those themes but mainly its about finding a place where you can finally find some peace.”

Watch the video below.

The band (originally from Greece) have worked tirelessly on the UK scene over the past few years and it’s encouraging to see them doing so well. They have honed their sound and their live show has gotten stronger and stronger. Expect to see some big tour announcements from them soon.



Brian Fallon to play at Van Morrison tribute concert

Brian Fallon will be joining the likes of Shawn Colvin and Josh Ritter to play a Van Morrison tribute concert at Carnegie Hall on March 21st. Brian Fallon has, in the past, referenced how he steals Bruce Springsteen’s moves who in turn steals Van Morrison’s moves.

Brian Fallon’s second full length ‘Sleepwalkers‘ came out in February this year.



The Pink Spiders (rock n’roll/power pop) announce tour and release video for ‘Capital F’

After just coming off their run with The Smoking Popes, The Pink Spiders have announced a headlining tour this January and have released a new video for Capital F. Coming to prominence with their major label debut in 2006, The Pink Spiders have been active off and on over the years. Their most recent full length ‘Mutations’ came out earlier this year.

The video is worth a look and the song is super catchy. Check it out, along with the tour dates, below.



The Movielife announce tour playing two classic releases in full

The Movielife have announced their Spring 2019 headlining tour in which the band will perform releases ‘Forty Hour Train Back To Penn’ and ‘The Movielife Has A Gambling Problem’ in full. The tour will begin in New York in March. Travis Shettel of Piebald will provide support on the entire tour.

The Movielife began playing again with their original lineup in 2015 and released a full length ‘Cities In Search Of A Heart‘ in 2017.

Dates can be seen below.



Punk in Drublic Festival coming to Europe!

NOFX are bringing their Punk In Drublic festival to Europe in May 2019. Marketed as a ‘music and craft beer festival’, Punk In Drublic began in 2017 on the West Coast of the US. NOFX and Bad Religion will headline a very strong lineup this time around, other acts include Millencolin, Anti Flag, The Interrupters, Lagwagon and Less Than Jake.

This is particularly good news for anyone in the UK planning to attend Slam Dunk Festival. Punk In Drublic will have its own stage at both the Hatfield and Leeds dates. Slam Dunk 2019 already has one of the best lineups of its thirteen year history.

The announcement was made on the NOFX FB page. Check out the dates and locations in the poster above.



DS Exclusive: Fastfade (ffo: old Blink 182, Lagwagon) stream new album, “Happy If You Aren’t”

STTOOOKKKAAAGGEE!!… Oh, sorry. Is this thing typing? My cat just crossed the keys – a Cheshire cat – and out the front door. No worries, though. This band seems perfectly capable of chasing after it.

Fastfade are a group of well-meaning young F.S.P’s (fast sloppy punks) out of London kicking some cool palm-mutes and starry-eyed riffs, aggressive basslines with big-band breakdowns, and a drummer who, as far as my drummer fetish is concerned, kind of does it for me with his sped up, pop-punk simplicity. With sophistication in simpatico skate punk delivery, Fastfade can go “boo boo da, boo boo da” on the snare drum of my heart all day long, and maybe/maybe not, I let them get away with it.

This is one for the snotty-nosed and broken-hearted – fourteen tracks of progressive pop punk blending the best of those great bands we’re all so comfortable with under the covers, but when it comes to date-night, “Yeah, they were good until Dookie came out.” Relax. Fastfade is all “Netflix and chill.” No reason to be antsy. These are the golden daze. Backing vocals are on point throughout, with moments of power-pop undertones reminding us that skateboarders get to have friendships and girlfriends too, sometimes, like that night you went to bed with Tell All Your Friends and realized that the back-and-forth was actually pretty pleasant… Maybe it was just beer goggles. Songs like “Naked Attraction” are supplemented with All-esque inspired riffage, where happy/poppy tunes capitulate to themes of overthinking, loneliness and being a fucking weirdo. “These days in between/ strung out on caffeine/ making sense of what don’t make sense to me.”

Fastfade is coming of age. Hell, if they ever make it stateside, these boys are going to need a friendly liaison at the bar. I know you’ll be there when the time is right. Their new album, Happy If You Aren’t, releases December 14 on Umlaut Records and is available here for pre-order. You can stream that album below, and if not… then why not just help me kill myself, then? ‘Cause that’s what’s gonna fucking happen. Gawd. WTF!? Peace.



New band alert!! The Blanche Davidians (ffo: Propagandhi, Forus) release stellar debut track

New melodic skate punk band out of Fort Worth, TX, The Blanche Davidians, just released the first single “Alex Jonestown Massacre” off their upcoming EP, Placeholder, on Tier Two Records. The EP is being kept shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that it is slated for an early 2019 release, sometime before Spring… and we’ve got this cool new track to listen to below. Enjoy!



See the top albums of the year from some Fat Wreck Chords bands

Some members of various Fat Wreck Chords bands recently sat down with Brooklyn Vegan to talk about their favorite albums of the year.  Check out the lists from members of Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds, Direct Hit, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes here.



Squarecrow (melodic punk) release music video for “Grazie Millie”

San Diego melodic punk band Squarecrow have released a music video for their song “Grazie Millie.”

You can check it out below.

“Grazie Millie” comes from the bands’ latest album, Before the Sun Catches Us All, which was released on June 8th, 2018 via La Escalera Records.



Bud Bronson And The Good Timers (Melodic Punk) release music video for “We Are The Champions (Of The Basement)”

Denver melodic punks Bud Bronson And The Good Timers have released a music video for their song, “We Are The Champions (Of The Basement).”

You can check it out below.

“We Are The Champions (Of The Basement)” comes from the bands’ latest album, Between the Outfield and Outer Space, which was released on October 12th via Snappy Little Numbers.



America Steel announce new 7″ “State Of Grace”

San Francisco punk act American Steel have announced they will be releasing a new 7″ EP, State Of Grace, on February 22nd via Fat Wreck Chords.

You can check out the title track, and the other song from the record, “Should Have Died Young (Playing Rock and Roll),” below.  You can pre-order the release here.

The band’s last album, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts, was released in 2009 via Fat Wreck Chords.



Panhandler (emo/pop-punk) stream new album “Wherever That Is”

Swedish emo/pop-punk act Panhandler are streaming their new album, Wherever That Is, which was released on December 8th via Trash Crusader Records (Europe) and Whisk and Key Records, (Australia).

You can give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, the band is offering the whole thing as a pay what you want download.

Panhandler last released There Goes The Neighborhood in July 2016.



Inside All Silk Mastering House With Ed Hall (Egos At The Door): Interview, Live Session Premiere

We spend a lot of time covering music here at Dying Scene and not so much looking at the people behind the sounds. Today, we’re going to buck that trend with an interview with mastering engineer and owner of the All Silk Mastering House, Ed Hall.

Ed has spent most of his life in and around the DIY punk scene in the north of England. He’s probably best known as guitarist with the recently disbanded, hugely underrated techcore proggers, Egos At The Door. With Egos, Ed has travelled across Europe and America, allowing him to build a strong network of contacts from the international punk scene.

His latest venture involved the creation of a sonic fantasy lab in an undisclosed location in Colne, Lancashire in the north of the UK. Ed was kind enough to share his experiences setting up the All Silk Mastering House, which has been a complete DIY effort. From construction and decorating, through to fitting the space out with all the necessary gear and, of course, the mastering itself, Ed handles the entire process. He’s an inspiration to all those who long to cast off the shackles of the daily grind and chase their dreams but lack the gusto to take that initial plunge.

Below, you’ll find an interview with Ed, as well as an exclusive look at his latest project – a regular live session from the All Silk Mastering House floor itself. We’ve also thrown in an example of Ed’s recent work with UK garage punks SWEARS’s latest single, Space Invaders.



NinetyNine (Hardcore, DE) release video for “As One”

German hardcore exports NinetyNine have released a video for “As One”, a track from their upcoming EP Wasteland, released on Dead Serious Records on January 25th.

Have a watch below.