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Album Review: Tightwire – “Six Feet Deep”

Red Scare might just be my favorite label, and while others have come and gone; or, alternatively rose to prominence and kept chugging under the radar, it’s easy to see why. Red Scare was the punk label that gave us the Lawrence Arms, Menzingers, Copyrights, Direct Hit!, Arms Aloft, MakeWar and many, many more. The way I see it, it’s all B.R.S. and A.R.S, the B.C. and A.D. of turn of the millennium punk. Before Red Scare, melodic punk meant double-time drums and skate rat intensity, the stuff you’d find on Epitaph and Fat Wreck—hardcore’s singing cousin. Red Scare gathered up bands who were picking at the other 90s punk—Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, Radon, Avail, Crimpshrine. Punk rock has been melodic since the beginning, but it wasn’t until Red Scare that melodic punk (or beard punk, or orgcore, or whatever), became a codified part of our sonic landscape.

Which brings me to one of Red Scare’s latest offerings, a pop-punk band called Tightwire that I have seen almost zero buzz for. Which is, admittedly, really fucking weird. I mean, c’mon guys! This is Red Scare! They basically built the basement on this shit! Why isn’t everyone putting Tightwire on the proverbial chair and dancing it around the Jewish wedding like we did for Success? My theories run amok, and my data offers little. Six Feet Deep was released all the way back in October. Maybe it got lost in the Fest shuffle? Maybe October is just an awful month to release anything? My realest theory is that on first listen, listeners just weren’t that interested. A sad, bummer of a theory—but considering that was my first reaction, I think it holds the most weight.

Tightwire is a gooey, sticky peanut butter and honey sandwich of a pop-punk band that has hooks for days and a sense of humor as well. They belong to the Dillinger Four school of punk rock, in that their status as a band feels incidental at best. Throughout Six Feet Deep, there’s a very real feeling that maybe this band was never supposed to make it out of the garage, and we, the listeners, are just lucky and dumbfounded it happened at all. Because that’s the thing: Tightwire sounds like a catchy pop-punk band, the kind we’ve all heard ad nauseum—but after a couple listens, the hooks set in. I listened to the lyrics. I smiled, I sang along, and suddenly, I had favorite songs. A little while longer, and I had a favorite album. Another listen, and I needed to show it to people.

Tightwire’s lack of immediacy on first listen might be due to saturation of the genre (or a couple of well-loved juggernauts soaking up all the love). Deja vu is seldom welcome in music, and pop punk is a genre that wallows in it. Tightwire doesn’t exempt themselves from any wallowing, as I’d say Six Feet Deep is more rigidly traditional than other modern genre offerings like Direct Hit! and Hospital Job. There are chugging chords, sugary choruses, shimmering harmonies—and they’re propelled by drums, bass, and guitar. But the point is this: genre doesn’t make for good songs, songwriting does. And Tightwire has killer songwriting across the board.

“Draggin’ Me” opens the album with screeching atonal feedback, before galloping into its absurdly singable melody. “Told Ya” is probably my favorite of the tracks, a mid-album singalong targeted at the sort of ‘friend’ you can’t help but rubberneck as they go William Tecumseh Sherman on their own life. It has one of my favorite choruses of recent memory (“I don’t wanna say I fucking told you so, but I fucking told you so.”) and the lyrics imbue it with an irresistible smart-aleck energy. Listing favorite tracks from Six Feet Deep is an exercise in tedium, as there are thirteen tracks and all of them are pretty worthy of pontification, but if I allow myself one more, I’d like to shine a light on “Body Language” and it’s absolutely gorgeous melody—highlighting Tightwire’s harmonic prowess along the way.

Six Feet Deep is the best album I’ve heard no one talk about. Which is a shame, because although it doesn’t attempt to broaden the soundscape of pop-punk, it’s essentially a perfect, almost classical, execution of the genre. Tightwire are a deceptively competent group of musicians, and their debut stands to weather the storms of taste. Maybe not now, but someday, Six Feet Deep will be considered latter-day canon, rightly placed beside other contemporary classics.



Direct Hit! Stream Latest Music Video “Altered States”

Milwaukee-based punks Direct Hit! are streaming a music video for a tune that appeared on their 2018 album, Crown of Nothing. 

Nick Woods, the vocalist for Direct Hit!, had the following to say about the track chosen to release as a single:

“Devon brought “Altered States” to the table early on in the process of writing Crown Of Nothing. Lyrically, it’s a nihilist song – it’s the point at which the characters in the album’s story find themselves on the same page, and come to a bunch of bleak conclusions about humanity and the afterlife… Even though it’s one of my favorite tracks on the record, if I listen too closely I have to listen to all the rest of the tunes that follow it to remind myself of the redemption that comes from hopelessness. We shot the video pretty quickly in a single night with our pals Adam and Derek and their crew, who’ve created a lot of our media over the last few years.”

You can check out the video for”Altered States” below.



Bowling For Soup to Co-Headline US Tour with Reel Big Fish

Bowling For Soup and Reel Big Fish will be hitting the road together this summer. Starting June 19, the two bands will perform a total of 19 shows together across the US. Joining the pair at select shows will be California’s Nerf Herder and Illinois’s Mest.

You can check out the full list of dates on the tour poster below.

The previous release from Bowling For Soup was the 2016 album, Drunk Dynasty. Meanwhile, the equivalent for Reel Big Fish was 2018’s Life Sucks… Let’s Dance. 



Fintan Stack (UK, pop punk) announce dates

London based pop punk quintet Fintan Stack (featuring members of Hull punks Less Deceived, London pop punks Spineless Yes Men and solo artist Duncan Ewart) have announced some shows in March and April in the UK.

Have a look below to check the dates out.

 



Recommended Album Stream: Versus You (melodic punk) – “Worn And Loved”

There are just too many bands now. Too many albums releasing every week, everything streaming on bandcamp and spotify. We just can’t cover them all anymore. You don’t need that. What you need is somebody you trust to tell you which of the many new punk albums released every week are worth your time. Here’s one for you:

I’m not entirely sure what Luxembourg is known best for but I would not have guessed pop punk to be one of them. Versus You are here to defy that. The four-piece from one of Europe’s smallest countries know how to write catchy pop-punk songs and after the very first track of their new album “Worn And Loved” I knew the entire release was going to stand out from the pack. Proof is a click away below.

Versus You last released Times Of War/Let’s Make Love in August 2018.



New Video: Custody – “Tuesday” from upcoming Little Rocket Records split with The Phoenix Foundation

Pretty cool new video for your viewing enjoyment today, boys and girls.

It comes to us from none-other than Finnish punk rockers Custody. The track is called “Tuesday,” and according to the band, it’s about their habit of getting together on Tuesdays to carve out new music. It’s Custody’s half of a new split single with fellow Finnish punkers The Phoenix Foundation. The new release is due out today (March 14th) on Little Rocket Records; head here to get one of your very own, and in the meantime, check out the video for “Tuesday” below!



QWAM (dance-punk) streaming second song “Buy a Toy” off upcoming S/T album

Brooklyn dance-punk outfit QWAM are streaming the second song off their upcoming self-titled album. “Buy a Toy” is the second song released off the upcoming album and I must admit, while skeptical of a thing called “dance-punk”. I found both tracks released so far quite catchy.

Don’t believe me? Check out the new songs below.

This is the first new release for QWAM since the 2018 release of the Feed Me EP. If you’re a fan of The Dance Hall Crashers (minus the ska) or Zex, these guys might just be for you.



Steve Adamyk Band (pop-punk) streams first new song off upcoming album “Paradise”

Ontario-based pop-punks Steve Adamyk Band are streaming the first new song “In Death” off of their upcoming album Paradise. The new song which features a very old-school Ramones vibe will be released along with the rest of the album March 15th through Dirtnap Records.

Check out the new tune below.

This is the first new music from Steve Adamyk Band since 2016’s banger Graceland. If you’re a fan of old-school punk check these guys out, you will not be disappointed.



Postcards from the Moon (Pop Punk, TX) Stream Video for Single “Just Make Sure You’re Happy”

Violin-driven pop punk quintet Postcards From The Moon are gearing up for the release of their new record Me Without You on April 5th. To get fans in the mood for the new tunes, the band has put out a a music video for the album’s first single “Just Make Sure You’re Happy”.

You can check it out below.

Me Without You is the first new music from Postcards from the Moon since their 2017 full-length, Everything Cliché.



Short/Fast/Loud: Bony Macaroni – “Bony Macaroni”

Here at Dying Scene, we’ve been talking a lot behind the scenes about how to maximize our content—not only covering more, but covering better. We’ll be making some changes to our output in the coming months, and the end goal will be to provide our writers with more opportunities to write in-depth reviews, editorials, and interviews. Part of this is adapting our review format—there is simply too much out there to cover and full-length reviews just aren’t time effective. That doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of longform reviews (we’d rather die), only that when we do them, we’ll be investing more in them and treating them as we would a feature. For the rest, we want to cover the multitude of bands that are working hard out there but might get squashed under the great wheel of the album submissions game. Short-form reviews—as short and loud as punk itself—will be a way for us to cover more while still providing honest, dependable feedback. Let us know what you think of the new format, we plan to roll out capsule reviews as they accumulate from here on out.

The Netherlands’ Bony Macaroni is a new-to-me band that caught my ear almost instantly. Pop punk is a perennial presence in the punk scene, and boy, have we seen it go through its paces. From The Buzzcocks to the Ramones, from the Descendants to Green Day, from Direct Hit! to Off With Their Heads—with dozens of permutations in between. Bony Macaroni is closer to the Remo Drive, Graduating Life, Modern Baseball strain—sad and introspective, unrepentantly boyish in demeanor, with a hint of folk punk brashness—and deeply indebted to emo. 

EP opener, “Piece of Shit,” is sure to grab most listeners with its bouncy melody and self-deprecating lyrics. “Doom” is dynamic, with arpeggios and soft woah-ohs that explode into a rousing chorus. Bony Macaroni has some killer songwriting throughout its five songs, culminating in the melancholy “Bony the Philosopher.” Coupled with exuberant energy, Bony Macaroni’s five songs go a long way. 

Check out: “Piece of Shit,” “Doom”



Recommended EP Stream: Drawing Dead (Ramones-Core)

There are just too many bands now. Too many albums releasing every week, everything streaming on bandcamp and spotify. We just can’t cover them all anymore. You don’t need that. What you need is somebody you trust to tell you which of the many new punk albums released every week are worth your time.

Enter Milan, Italy’s Drawing Dead, a four-piece punk outfit who just put out a self-titled 7-inch via One Chord Wonder Records that is absolutely worth a spin for any fans of Ramones influenced pop-punk. Try it out below.



Harker (melodic punk) stream new song ‘Flex Yr Head’

Harker have premiered a new song entitled ‘Flex Yr Head’ via Substream Magazine. This is the first new music from the band since their debut full length ‘No Discordance’ came out last year via Disconnect Disconnect Records and Wiretap Records.

Substream describe the song as sounding like Goldfinger or Blink-182. Not entirely sure about that one, this comes across more in the vein of The Loved Ones in much the same way as their previous release. Give the tune a listen below.



Natalie Sweet (ex-The Shanghais) streams new solo album “Oh, By The Way…It’s Natalie Sweet”

Former lead singer of The Shanghais, Natalie Sweet, has released her debut solo album, Oh, By The Way…It’s Natalie Sweet.

You can give it a listen below.

Oh, By The Way…It’s Natalie Sweet was released on February 18th via Surfin Ki Records.



DS Exclusive: The Murderburgers stream new album, “What a Mess”

Ever-touring Scottish pop-punk band, The Mudderbuggers have a new album, What a Mess, releasing March 15 in a spiffy little bundle, through Umlaut Records. Pre-orders for that are available here. It’s also being made available on vinyl through Asian Man (USA), Brassneck (Europe), and Waterslide Records (Japan), and we’ve got that album streaming in-full for you, below. What do ya’ know? Care for a gander?



DS Exclusive: A Page Unturned (ffo: Yellowcard, Set Your Goals) premiere new song, “One Light”

Here’s a slow jam for all you starry-eyed young scenesters. A Page Unturned are a talented trio of L.A. up-and-comers featuring Japanese implant, Yoshihiro Imae on guitar and keys, bringing some interesting Reggie and the Full Effect type melodies. He’s come together with bass player/lead vocalist Damon Porras, showcasing in harmony and disposition, and an all-out synchronous Ryan Sebold on drums providing the beat. You can catch them playing shows around southern Cali, or carrying-on their rawkin’ shade of pop punk back home to Japan. They even opened for Unwritten Law last October. (RAD!)

Today, they are self-releasing “One Light”, the band’s second single follow-up to their self-titled debut 3-track EP. (All of which are available here.) This one’s not so hectic, but I dare say the energy is still in it. Give it a listen below. I bet it’ll suck you in. Enjoy!