Have a watch below.
Have a watch below.
Dylan Slocum is tired. Spanish Love Songs are on the penultimate date of a two-and-a-half week jaunt around the UK and Europe with Ducking Punches. Today they have driven to my home town of Milton Keynes, UK from Antwerp, Belgium. Delays on the Eurostar train on top of the usual rigours of road life seem to be catching up with the band’s singer so it was extremely gracious that he took the time to have the following conversation.
Check out the interview below.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM (PST) by rick delaney
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.
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:11 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
London, UK based podcast The Wasting Time Podcast episode 17 has been released. This episode’s guest is Dylan Slocum of Spanish Love Songs, who was visiting as part of the band’s first UK and European tour.
You can download the episode from the usual platforms, or direct from the podcast website.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:59 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
L.A. punks Spanish Love Songs have released a new video for their song “The Boy Considers His Haircut”. The song comes off the band’s latest release Schmaltz was released in March of this year. The video features some cake eating and what appears to be a rousing party, however the man-eating the cake doesn’t seem to be a part of said party. It’s pretty par for the course for the grouch-punks.
Give the new video a watch below where you will also find a full list of tour dates.
As mentioned above, Spanish Love Songs released the top-shelf album Schmaltz earlier this year and are now zipping around North America in support of the new album.
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 1:43 PM (PST) by otter272
LA punk band Spanish Love Songs have released another video from their session with Live From the Rock Room! This time around they’ve performed “It’s Not Interesting” from their new LP Schmaltz which was released in March via A-F Records.
Check out the video below.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3:54 AM (PST) by otter272
Los Angeles punk band Spanish Love Songs have a new video out for their song “El Nino Considers His Failures.” The video is their performance of the song at Chicago’s Live From the Rock Room!
The song comes from their most recent album Schmaltz, which was released on March 30 via A-F Records.
You can watch the video below.
See the tour dates below.
The band recently released Schmaltz via A-F Records in March.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:37 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
When it comes to building a world, details matter. Whether the world exists in a movie, a book, or even a song. Details are what make us feel the heat of an ember or the exuberance of youth. Even in punk, lyrics are enriched by the tics and specific imagery of a time and place. It gives weight to a slice-of-life, enough so that by the time the last note fades away, we feel like what was just sung to us happened, that it is cemented in reality, as part of our world as it is the world of the song.
LA’s Spanish Love Songs fill their sad sack anthems with the tiniest details, and by the last song, Schmaltz feels as lived-in as an old sneaker, and might just be 2018’s first great album.
As far as punk rock goes, this is the sort that captures me immediately. I pride myself on liking a lot of different punk, the stuff that barks and snarls, sneers or moans. Hardcore, crust, pop punk, a little emo, a little post, but my favorites these days are the result of introspective and eloquent songwriters that can match poetic lyrics to big singalongs. Stuff like the Menzingers, Red City Radio, and now— Spanish Love Songs, a band that’ll likely draw comparisons to the former, but manages in the end to carve out an identity of their own with Schmaltz.
Spanish Love Songs’ music is personal, so personal it hurts. It reminds me of how I felt the first time I heard Against Me! That feeling of did they really just say that? There’s strength in that sort of abandon, and Spanish Love Songs is benching above their weight. Opening song, “Nuevo” is a quiet track driven by piano chords courtesy Meredith Van Woert, rich in top-notch imagery, sung in an affectatious Greg Barnett-esque croon by Dylan Slocum. Slocum sings, “And I can’t help but laugh at these edge kids I used to mosh with at church hardcore shows, getting blasted on Pabst and burning holes into the wall with their Parliaments.” You immediately have a sense of time and place, but in the end, Slocum doesn’t shy away from prying open old wounds, “Well fuck, I’m miserable, which means it’s me that hasn’t changed.” Simple and direct, no bullshit. Schmaltz is filled with these sorts of lines, ones we’ve said to ourselves in our darkest moments, and Spanish Love Songs fits them to a melody and forces us to sing along. It’s the unique sort of confrontation that feeling-forward punk thrives on, recognition and acceptance of us at our worst.
The music itself is great, with memorable and energetic fretwork. “Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations” begins with a guitar line that explodes out of thin air, while the song also introduces a melody that becomes a motif throughout the album, a smart move that makes a record tangibly cohesive, beyond something more ephemeral like thematics. It also introduces some speed, which is always much appreciated in a subgenre often critiqued for its mid-tempo emotional jams.
“The Boy Considers His Haircut” is my clear favorite from the album, a song that takes minutiae and reveals it to be symptoms of a greater angst. It has great screamlong melodies throughout the song, without ever dipping into a strict verse-chorus structure. The aversion to, but not total rejection of, traditional song structure reveals another parallel between Spanish Love Songs and The Menzingers—the effect is a strong one though, making each song feel natural, like it’s growing off of itself in new and organic directions.
There’s too many great songs on Schmaltz to talk about individually, but the number of highlights could very well be the same as its tracklisting, as each new listen offers something new to appreciate. That’s the depth the songwriting brings to the album; there’s a lot to unpack and Spanish Love Songs craft their music to make sure you want to unpack it, even when it hurts, even when it’s just a mirror to our discontent.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 3:02 AM (PST) by Johnny X
The tune is off their upcoming album Schmaltz due out March 30th on A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). It’s the first new album from Spanish Love Songs since the 2015 release of Giant Sings The Blues.
If your a fan of The Weakerthans check these guys out.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:25 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
L.A. grouch punks Spanish Love Songs are streaming their new song “Bellyache” off the upcoming album Schmaltz. It’s hard not to enjoy this tune, it finds a perfect mix of loud and mellow all that same time. The band has also announced a tour which gets under way April 11th and will stretch until May 19th.
Give this gem a listen below and be sure to check out the poster above for a show near you.
Schmaltz is set to be released March 30th on A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). It’s the first new album from Spanish Love Songs since the 2015 release of Giant Sings The Blues. If your a fan of The Weakerthans check these guys out.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:21 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Los Angeles based grouch rockers Spanish Love Songs, have released a brand new track. ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’ is the second single from the band’s upcoming album Schmaltz, out March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU).
Head down below to check out ‘Beer & Nyquil (Hold It Together)’.
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 3:39 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:55 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Los Angeles’ Spanish Love Songs have announced their new album Schmaltz will be released on March 30th through A-F Records (US) and Uncle M Records (EU). Check out the cover art and tracklist below, and stay tuned for streams of new songs.
This will be the band’s second full-length, following their 2015 debut Giant Sings The Blues. They recently released the Buffalo Buffalo EP, which features a couple songs that will appear on Schmaltz. You can give that a listen here.
SkyTigers claim to hail from "parts unknown" and that could apply as much to their genre distinction as it could to their regional origins. Citing influences from Motorhead to Iron Maiden the thrash/metal influence is obvious from the get go but the vocals and overall delivery feels distinctly punk rock, perhaps in the vein of Comeback Kid. They're raw, fast, angry, and in terms of their new EP "Disasterbation," they're free. If you're looking for something to listen to next time you want to destroy something this is for you. Give the album a listen and snag it for free on bandcamp.