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Album Review: Millie Manders and the Shutup – “Shutup – EP”

One of my favorite things about punk, as a genre, is when chaos is expressed through mixing different genres and creating a sound that is unique. Millie Manders and the Shutup’s new release Shutup – EP gives us a glimpse of this magic.

The album opens with a soulful raspy solo vocal but quickly explodes into a cacophony of horns which is then subsequently mixed with an aggressive lyrical delivery that is equal parts UK grime and the punk-ska stylings of Sonic Boom 6. “The Right to Life”, a song about animal rights, showcases Millie’s vocal chops. From the opening jazzy solo, to the fast as lightning rap, to the growl through clenched teeth, this track blends a lot of influences and Millie is more than capable of delivering with style.

The second song “Brave” continues to explore the boundaries between grime and punk with some fantastic instrumentation. I cannot decide which part I like most, the bass and drum lines, the slick guitar work or the jazzy horns during the breakdown. It truly is allowing Millie Manders and the Shutup to “break the walls, burn down the doors, and recreate our (their) world” in a unique way.

“Lollipops” follows this with a more straightforward punk rock jam that has infectious guitar work pushed by a driving drum line and punctuated by a very busy horn section. In a song about the refugee crisis, they display both a high degree of empathy and rage.

The last of this four song trip is “One That Got Away” and it is a more traditional ska-core ripper. Featuring the classic back and forth between metal guitar riffs and loud blaring horns, it’s a song that would be at home on a Devils Night Out era Bosstones playlist. This song showcases Millie’s outstanding rockstar voice.

My concern with this album is that there is magic in the first two songs and they seem to move away from that as the album progresses. There is a unique sound that stands out among the plethora of ska/ska punk releases this year. Even “Lollipops” seems to be a natural derivative of this formula if you want to mix up the ingredients. Then comes “One That Got Away” which from a technical standpoint is a great ska-core song as it is catchy, poppy, and has a memorable chorus that will have you singing along. But so will a lot of other albums that have been released this year. The reason you will return to this album more often is found in the earlier songs.

Shutup – EP gets 4 stars from me, mainly because of the sample size. 3 out of the 4 songs are beautifully mashed chaos that demand attention. The fourth, while still being super solid ska-core, degrades the energy of the album. I know the math does not quite add up, but the album is so excellent otherwise, I rounded up on the stars.

4/5 Stars



Hub City Stompers Reverend T. Sinister talks about his life in the Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead scene

I recently had the opportunity to share some words with The Reverend T. Sinister of New Jersey’s premiere Ska-Punk band Hub City Stompers and below is what he had to say about his life and coming up in the New Jersey and New York Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead Scene.



Sick of It All stream new track “Wake The Sleeping Dragon”

Hardcore legends Sick Of It All are going release their 12th studio album, “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!” on November 2nd via Century Media but to tingle the tastebuds and get you all going, they are now streaming their title track “Wake The Sleeping Dragon” ahead of the record. 

Check out the new digs below and let us know what you think!



Drug Church release new video for “Unlicensed Hall Monitor”

Albany native punks Drug Church (s/o to NY, fellow New York-er speaking) have just released a new video for their track “Unlicensed Hall Monitor.” 

The track comes from their third release of “Cheer” which is expected to hit the streets on November 2 from Pure Noise.

Drug Church last released Hit Your Head in 2015.

Check out the new video below!



Crooked Little Sons stream new single “Thick As Thieves”

UK thrash punk act Crooked Little Sons are now streaming their new single “Thick as Thieves” off of Black Sail Records. 

These guys’ last release was Crooked Little Cassette for their sophomore release.

Check out the new single below!



Worriers sign to 6131 Records, stream re-issue of “Survival Pop”

Lauren Denitzio’s melodic punk act Worriers have just signed to 6131 Records. In addition to the new label, Worriers are now streaming the new re-issue of “Survival Pop” with a new track titled “The Saddest Little Waffle House in Eastern Pennsylvania” and a newly mastered “No More Bad News.”

You can stream the new release here.



Wolfrik sign to Lockjaw Records

Lockjaw Records have announced that they’ll be adding melodic thrash punk act Wolfrik to the family! These guys boast a super technical, and impossible to ignore sound that offers a bit more of a palatable take on thrash for those of you that are into more melody-oriented genres. Lockjaw definitely picked up some fresh talent, and we can’t wait to see what comes from them!

These guys are now streaming their debut EP “Skeleton City,” which you can listen to here.

Congratulations, Wolfrik!



Stream new Bad Religion song “Profane Rights Of Man”

Although Bad Religion is still actively in the studio working on their new album, that isn’t stopping them from bringing us a brand new single titled “The Profane Rights of Man.” A worried look at the state of human rights in America, “The Profane Rights of Man” continues the band’s long-held commitment to incisively topical songwriting.

Listen to “The Profane Rights of Man” by Bad Religion below.

“The Profane Rights Of Man” featuring Bad Religion’s signature breakneck rhythms, mournful harmonies, and serpentine guitar work, was produced by Brett Gurewitz and mixed by Gurewitz and Joe Barresi. The timely song is based on a historical document from 1789.

Vocalist and songwriter Greg Graffin explains, “The song is based on the 1789 document, “The Universal Rights of Man.” Since we’re a band that has a longstanding tradition of championing the enlightenment, we wanted to emphasize that our society is based on a profane rather than a sacred theological justification for human rights. In sum, the song is about Bad Religion’s belief in a secular basis for the protection of human rights for all people.”

On October 27, Bad Religion will play at the Surf City Blitz festival in Huntington Beach, CA.



Manchester Punk Festival (UK) Streams First 2019 Edition Compilation

The good folks responsible for throwing what’s rapidly becoming the UK’s flagship event have put together a sampler featuring artists that will perform at next year’s shindig. The 24 tracks have been chosen from a variety of genres spanning the eclectic lineup of Manchester Punk Festival’s 2019 edition.

You can except to hear tunes by Dead To Me, King Prawn, Doom, Consumed, Grand Collapse, The Infested, Arms Aloft, Not On Tour, Youth Avoiders, Faintest Idea, Wolfrik, Janus Stark, Incisions, The Winter Passing, Sam Russo, Eat Dirt, The Human Project, Call Me Malcolm, Screech Bats, Jodie Faster, Sallows, Tim Loud, Joe Tilston & The Embers Band, Slumb Party, Well Wisher, Svalbard, and Jenkem.

According to a press release from the festival, the compilation features “plenty of mosh” – that’s me sold then.

You can check out Manchester Punk Festival’s 19th edition of their compilation below. It’s “pay what you want” so chuck them a donation. By doing so you’ll be helping the team to continue putting on fantastic events into the future.

Manchester Punk Festival takes place in a number of venues in the UK city each April. There are still tickets for this year’s event, which will be held on the weekend of the 19th. You can pick yours up here.



The Bouncing Souls announce tour dates

The New Jersey punks comprising The Bouncing Souls have announced a December tour with special guests World/Inferno Friendship Society.

The Bouncing Souls are currently working on an album to be released next year in honor of their 30th anniversary. Their last release was 2016’s “Simplicity”, released through Rise Records.



Lost From The Start (pop-punk) stream new album, announce tour dates

Belgian pop-punk act Lost From The Start have released their new album, “Few and Far Between”, today on Bearded Punk Records. The album’s catchy instrumentals, fused with front-woman Hilde’s melodic vocals, have created a vibe that is equal parts classic throwback and fresh innovation.

Prior to their album release, the band released a music video for their single “Off The Hook” last month. You can stream the video, along with the album itself, below. If you’re into their sound, be sure to check out the dates and locations, also listed below, of their UK tour later this month.



The Eradicator (FFO: Direct Hit, Galactic Cannibal) release “The Court’s Closed on Christmas” EP

Chicago  punk outfit The Eradicator have released their new EP, “The Court’s Closed on Christmas.”

“The Court’s Closed on Christmas”, released via Stonewalled, is the band’s first musical release since last October’s self-titled album.

Head right over here to stream this incredibly unique EP. 



Tightwire (ffo: The Queers, Teenage Bottle Rocket) stream video for new single, “Six Feet Deep”

Tightwire is a Minneapolis pop-punk band that has been gracing Mid-West stages since 2016. Their debut album, “Six Feet Deep” drops this Friday, (10/16/18) on Red Scare Industries, who have played host to bands like The Lillingtons, The Copyrights and TBR. They’ve hooked-up with Dying Scene for the scoop on the band’s new title-track music video.

Six Feet Deep is a woeful love ballad… kind of, except it clocks in at a-minute-and-a-half long. It goes well with The Queers’ classic, Debra Jean, and is for anyone with a broken-hearted “DNR” tattoo.

While I can’t boast one of those, I can say that I know the feeling well, and this is easy listening music on any lonely Saturday night.  It’s old-fashioned pop-punk for wallflowers and left-overs, skeezers, steezers, and sleazers. They’ve got a few rad dates coming up with Kung-Fu Necktie, Teenage Bottle Rocket, Dillinger 4, and OWTH, to check out if they come through your town. Be sure and pick up the album when it drops on Friday and peep the first-take of Tightwire’s new video for “Six Feet Deep” with those show dates below.



The Functional Citizens (pop-punk) release new single “Game Night”

 Kalamazoo pop-punk band The Functional Citizens have released the title track from their upcoming album “Game Night”, to be released on Halloween on Smoking Cat Records.

The “Game Night” LP will be the band’s first release since their 2016 debut album “Inhuman Resources.” 

You can listen to the “Game Night” album’s title track right here, along with the album’s first single, “Critical Hit.”



Cold Wrecks (pop-punk) release new single “Crossing Sign”

Brooklyn pop-punk band Cold Wrecks have released a new single called “Crossing Sign.” Defined in the band’s own words as a song about heartbreak, this song is at once bittersweet, upbeat, and melancholy. 

Earlier this year, the band released their single “Bury Me in Gainesville.” Both tracks can be streamed right here.