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Tightwire (punk) premiere video for new song “AYL” off upcoming Red Scare comp

Are you listening?  Minneapolis pop-punk act Tightwire wants to know in their brand new track “AYL” which we’re stoked to premiere in the form of a music video for you loyal readers. Check it out along with the band’s upcoming tour dates with Masked Intruder below.

Here’s a quote from the band about the track that I couldn’t be more on the same page with:

I was sitting at my neighborhood bar yelling, “Are you listening?!” at some friends. They weren’t, so I wrote a song that has nothing to do with that situation. It speaks more on my frustration with people being unable to properly communicate with each other. Just because you don’t see eye to eye with someone doesn’t make them a bad person. Stop being a judge-y prick. Listen to each other, try to understand, and move forward from there. At the end of the day we’re all going to die, so fuck it, be pleasant to each other. Or don’t. I don’t really give a shit.

“AYL” is just one of many previously-unreleased songs to appear on “Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers,” a compilation celebrating the label’s 15th anniversary. This is the first new music from Tightwire since 2018’s debut album “Six Feet Deep.”

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DS Exclusive: Sicko (Red Scare pop-punk) premiere lyric video for “The Sprinkler”

Do you guys remember Sicko, the pop-punk band from Seattle who had their heyday in the mid 90s? You might if you’re over 35 and the rest of you should get familiar by checking out their back catalog available digitally through Red Scare.

Anyway, for the pre-initiated, you’ll be pleased to know that Red Scare just released an anthology/”best-of” album “In The Alternate Timeline” containing 19 remastered songs, hand-picked by the band, and I couldn’t be more pleased to bring you a lyric video from one of said tunes. Being “old” and into punk for 25 odd years I can proudly say I owned every Sicko record when I was but a youngster. Join me in my fandom by scoping the lyric video for “The Sprinkler” along with some of the band’s rare(!) upcoming gig dates below.

Oh, and here’s a cool little story about the footage from the band themselves:

Once, on a warm spring evening long ago, 3 pop punkers drove their beloved touring van onto the island of Manhattan, through the streets of Greenwich Village, and played a show at a club called Coney Island High (15 St. Mark’s Place?). We had a lot of fun playing to an at-the-time rare enthusiastic audience. Was that Alan Rappaport from Popkid Records swinging from the overhead pipes while we played? Watch the video and you be the judge. That was quite a display of youthful energy and abandon, looking back on it now. The truth is New York scared us: the size of it, the all-hours press of people, the lack of identifiable traffic lanes, movies like Escape from New York… it was all too much for 3 tense provincials just stepping out into the world. In the event, New York held surprises for us and our misconceptions: an 11pm parking ticket, cafes full of happy chatting people at 2am, and some of the friendliest, kindest, warmest punk rockers we would meet in a 10,000 mile tour across America. We’re looking forward to seeing a few of you again, old friends. Come down to Gold Sounds in Brooklyn, hear the sounds of your youth (ours too!), share your old stories and do-you-remember-when with us a bit. This time we’re leaving the van at home! Love, Sicko.



New Video: Sincere Engineer – “Dragged Across The Finish Line” from upcoming Red Scare anniversary comp

Well this is pretty awesome. Chicago’s (but really all of ours, right?!?) Sincere Engineer has dropped a brand new video. It’s for a new track called “Dragged Across The Finish Line,” and I’m pretty sure it’s about every single 5k road race I’ve ever run. Anyway, check out the video below, fellow human trash cans!

“Dragged Across The Finish Line” is featured on the upcoming Red Scare Industries 15th anniversary compilation alongside other ass-kicking bands like The Bombpops, Ramona, The Copyrights, The Lippies and more! Pre-order it here!



Red Scare to release comp with unreleased Brendan Kelly, Broadway Calls, Sundowner and more

Red Scare Industries is celebrating their 15th anniversary with the release of “Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers,” a compilation featuring new, previously-unreleased songs from Brendan Kelly (covering The Lillingtons), Broadway Calls (covering The Menzingers), the first new Sundowner song in years, the first new Lippies song since they reunited, as well as tracks by Sincere Engineer, The Copyrights, Elway, The Bombpops, Tightwire, Ramona, MakeWar, Billy Liar, and more. Here’s what the label says:

Fifteen years?!? Now that Red Scare has overstayed its welcome for a decade and a half, we figure we better celebrate it… ‘cuz no one else will! We’ve got the label’s past, present, and future represented on this album: fifteen Red Scare artists with fifteen brand new, unreleased songs. Good ones too! The keen observer will recognize some Red Scare covers in the mix. That, along with some cool artwork/liner notes and a bonus poster with the vinyl make this a pretty sweet package. Needless to say, it requires a lot of support from listeners and the underground music community to last this long, and these fifteen hits are the best way we can repay y’all. Crank it or spank it, comrades.

The comp comes out September 27 via Red Scare (pre-order digital or physical). Check out the full tracklist below.



Red Scare to put Sicko back on the map with release of best hits album “In The Alternate Timeline”

Do you guys remember Sicko, the pop-punk band from Seattle who had their heyday in the mid 90s? You might if you’re over 35 and the rest of you should start checking out their back catalog available digitally through Red Scare.

Anyway, for the pre-initiated, you’ll be pleased to know that in September Red Scare will be releasing an anthology/”best-of” album “In The Alternate Timeline” containing 19 remastered songs, hand-picked by the band. Give some of the tunes a listen below while you check out some of the band’s upcoming reunion shows.



The Reaganomics (punk) stream new demo songs from

In August The Reaganomics will be heading into the studio to record a new LP for Red Scare Industries and to get you properly stoked they’ve released a few demos, which you can stream below. Here’s what the band had to say about “The Jeff Sessions:”

“In the spirit of the live action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, we’ve decided to release some new music for free. Here’s some demos. Put it this way… these three demos are Simba. Young, eager, but rough around the edges. At some point we’ll be putting out our third LP on Red Scare, which will represent Mufasa, the ever powerful king of the jungle, of course until his brother Scar murdered him. Um, maybe the new album is Simba as an adult. Or… dare I say Nala! Shit, I don’t know. Enough nonsense.”

The band’s last album was Lower The Bar which was released in 2011 via Red Scare, although they have since released a split with the Carousel Kings in 2013.



Album Review: Ramona – “Deals, Deals, Deals!”

Deals, Deals, Deals is probably my favorite surprise of the year. I’d seen Ramona before, I’d even liked them before, but their Red Scare debut is something special. They have the songs, they have the hooks, and they have the words to make it more than just a party. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with what I actually I want from punk music. So much of it is trying to be something else—either a clone of a clone or a knowing throwback to when clones ruled the indies. Ramona is different. Ramona feels like a natural intersection of a group of close creatives; Deals, Deals, Deals is defined by songwriting before genre, and where the songs go, the sound rightly follows.

Which isn’t to say that Ramona is making music outside the confines of genre. This is melodic punk, or maybe indie punk. It’s bouncy and catchy and plaintive when it needs to be. The power chords are thick and chuggy and they form the blocky backing track to the band’s dueling vocalists. But, the fact that Ramona is a three-piece makes their music feel all the more intimate, listening to Deals, Deals, Deals, I couldn’t forget that these songs, as personal as they are, were forged from the fires of three close people. It goes a long way to capturing a certain tone, of raw conversations and comfortable clashes. 

The album opens with “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts,” which features some slice-of-life relationship storytelling delivered with emotional gusto and supported by some meaty hooks. Where a lot of pop punkish bands lose their way is with their arrangements, but Ramona dodges this common misstep with thoughtful changes in their playing, specifically their drumming. I don’t often notice drumming in a song, because I’m a rhythmless philistine, but they use it here to great effect to control the song’s dynamic. “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts” becomes a full-throated, danceable singalong with a positively insistent energy. 

On “Not Your Token,” we get to hear a really cool lyrical perspective as well as some Lawrence Arms-style duet singing between the two vocalists (who I wish I could name, but all the information I’ve found is the first names of the three members, and not what they do). The throat shredding call of, “I’m not your token, I’m a fucking person,” is the kind of punk rock line I live for. It boils down the sentiment to a single statement, direct and in your face. More structurally, the song is a grail of hooks, where the entire run time feels like a big singalong chorus. “We’ll make a difference, we’ll make it better, with or without you,” might just be punk’s logline for years to come. 

“Is This Emo?” is one of the other highlights of the album for me. It’s an incredibly frank, personal song about self-perception and it reminded me of that uncomfortable frisson I first felt from bands like AJJ and Against Me! It was that sort of confrontation via talk therapy that initially pulled me deeper into the genre, and it’s bands like Ramona, with their fearless navel-gazing, that keeps me there. Deals, Deals, Deals! is filled with these trauma-narrative-cum-pop-songs, and it makes it for an involving, resonant listen. 

The album ultimately has a message of hope, as “Mambo 69” concludes: “you can build your own family, be the person that you wanna be.” Deals, Deals, Deals! uses punk rock as a vehicle for self-improvement, as a means to stare the bullshit in the eye and see it for what it is. It’s about acknowledging the worst and then striving for the best. Ramona accomplishes their goals with the finesse of scene veterans, and they do it with some of the best music I’ve heard all year. 



Billy Liar releases new album “Some Legacy”

Scottish folk punk Billy Liar has released his new album, Some Legacy, which came out via Red Scare. The Scottish folk punk mainstay has got together a band for this one and it’s available to order on vinyl or CD.

You can have a taste of the record below.



Billy Liar (folk punk) releases lyric video for “The Righteous & The Rats”

Scottish folk punk Billy Liar has released a lyric video for his new song “The Righteous & The Rats.”

You can check it out below.

“The Righteous & The Rats” comes from Billy Liar’s upcoming debut album, Some Legacy, which is set to be released on June 21st via Red Scare.



Red Scare announces Red Scare West Coast Roast tour

California punk label Red Scare Industries has announced some upcoming tour dates featuring Elway, Ramona, and Sam Russo.  You can check out all the dates and locations below.



MakeWar release “Don’t Panic” music video

MakeWar just premiered a video for “Don’t Panic” with New Noise magazine. The track tackles anxiety attacks and mental health issues, and is taken from MakeWar’s 2016 LP “Developing a Theory of Integrity” album.

The video come together at the behest of a cinematographer friend of the band, and comes while the band are working on their next release.

Check out the video using the player below.



Red Scare to release new Ramona and Billy Liar albums in June.

Red Scare has a busy summer coming up, as they’ve announced they will be releasing new albums from both Seattle-based punk band Ramona and Scottish folk punk Billy Liar this June.  We’ll keep you updated as songs premiere, but for now, you can check out the cover art, track listings, and release dates for these upcoming albums below.



Sincere Engineer (folk-punk) is heading out on tour

Chicago folk-punks Sincere Engineer is heading out for a short tour through the Midwest. Joined by Mom Jeans and Mover Shaker it promises to be some pretty stellar shows.

Check out the full list of dates below, as well as the latest from Sincere Engineer, a stirring rendition of Paul Simon’s classic “You Can Call Me Al”.

If you are unaware of Sincere Engineer here is the rundown: Sincere Engineer exists in several forms but is primarily the brainchild/working moniker of Chicago’s Deanna Belos. She released her début full-length late last year accompanied by a full band, and it landed like a welcome breath of fresh air; honest, raw and inspiring fresh air. 



Broadway Calls (pop punk) working on first album in six years!

Broadway Calls haven’t put out an album since ‘Confort/Distraction’ in 2013. That is finally going to change as the band have announced that they are going to release new material in 2020 via Red Scare. If you enjoyed big songs like ‘Back To Oregon’ and ‘Basement Royalty’ a few years back, keep an eye out for what is to come.

Red Scare will also be making their debut self-titled album from 2007 available on digital platforms on April 5th.

The band have also announced some tour dates that can be seen below.



Guerilla Poubelle (punk) release video for “Golgotha”

French punks Guerilla Poubelle have released a new video for their song “Golgotha”. Guitarist and singer Till had this to say about the new video: “Here’s our new video, we used footage for the Carpenter movie ‘They Live’ (or ‘Invasion Los Angeles’ as they named it in France, don’t ask me why!), what a delight to watch our hero finds out about capitalism and punching cops, destroying a bank and rampaging a TV station building.” The stirring video is about as punk as it comes and features the iconic Rowdy Roddy Piper, and I’m pretty sure you can’t argue with a Canadian who wore a kilt to the squared circle.

Along with the new video, Guerilla Poubelle has announced a tour through Europe with label-mates Arms Aloft.

You can check out the new video and tour dates below.

This is the first new material from Guerilla Poubelle since their acclaimed album La Nausée was released back in 2017.