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DS Exclusive: The Toasters and Malafacha at Beat Kitchen (Chicago) Gallery

Legendary ska band The Toasters, with support from Chicago’s Malafacha, hit Beat Kitchen on February 28, 2019. The Toasters, founded in 1981, are one of the first wave of American Ska bands.

At the Beat Kitchen, The Toasters line up include frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley; Tim Karns on bass; Grillbert Covarrubias on trombone; drummer Boris Maninvelt (Upsessions Holland); Deals Olan on saxophone (Out of Control Army MX); Buford O. Sullivan on trombone (ex-Scofflaws). 

Check out the full review and all the pics below.



Tour Preview: Sammy Kay on his western US run with Seth Anderson

It’s been a little while since New Jersey-based gravelly-souled singer/songwriter Sammy Kay hit the road for a tour of any substantial length; 2017’s opening slot on The Creepshow’s run, to be precise. Kay spent the better part of the last year back in Jersey evaluating next steps. It’s an all-too common theme among artists who’ve made their way in the DIY art community to periodically take stock of how long you want to try to keep the train chugging down the track. “I had to figure me out and make sure I was alright, you know?” Kay explains. “I spent the last year figuring out what I wanted to do, whether it was keep playing and keep going, or I started working with a young man with special needs while I’m home…and you never know when’s the right time to “grow up,” per se.”

Growing up, as it turns out, can wait. Kay recently went into the studio with old pal Pete Steinkopf and laid down a new album that’s slated for release later this year (stay tuned for more on that one in the coming months). “We made this record and it’s like “okay…let’s give this one more shot. One more honest fucking try.” So that’s this year, man. We’re gonna go out a lot, play some new songs.

Right about when this story is slated for publication, Kay will be headed to Vancouver to kick off a three week run with the fine Canadian gentleman Seth Anderson (One Week Records) that’ll take them throughout the western part of the US. It’ll be Kay’s first solo acoustic run since before his last album, 2017’s Untitled, hit the streets. “I hope it’s like riding a bike!” Kay laughs. Three weeks is like my happy tour. You don’t get sick of it. You don’t get too homesick, you’re not away for too long. As a sober dude, I’m always preparing. Every show, I just have to. I’m a little nervous. I haven’t been out by myself in two years. OnceUntitled came out, we kinda just went with the band. The two or three years prior to that I was just chugging along by myself, so I think I’m more nervous to be out there without Mitch and Will and Sean or Brandon or Fernando or any of the guys that were playing, you know? But I also get to play whatever the fuck I want now!

The solo nature of these shows gave Kay a chance to dust off some songs from his catalog that haven’t been given a proper live treatment in the past. “The chords are the same,” he explains, “but some of those songs on Untitled…there’s four or five guitars playing on one part. Like, we never played “Better Days,” because it never sounded great with just two guitars. “I Believe” was just me and a guitar so we never played that. I spent the last week trying to figure out if I could play (2015’s) Fourth Street (Singers) front to back by myself, and I think I’m there. I forgot about songs completely. I guess there’s like 40 songs that have been recorded and released, and then there’s another twenty that either never got released or haven’t been released yet. I’ve been sitting in my kitchen every day just teaching myself songs that had just slipped, you know?”

When it came time to team up with a touring companion for the first run of solo shows he’s done in years, Kay feels he couldn’t have done much better than the great Seth Anderson. “I’m really grateful to spend the first run back out with Seth. I don’t know if you’ve met Seth, but he is like the sweetest person you’d ever meet,” Kay explains. “One of the reasons I genuinely love Seth, and I don’t know if he knows this, but Seth is like a husky. Huskies are always smiling, they’re just handsome puppies. Seth is a handsome puppy that’s always smiling!” 

The duo don’t necessarily have a plan for what order they’ll play in, and their meeting up with a bunch of seriously talented musicians along the way, so every night has the potential to become pretty memorable, and Kay’s excitement about what’s in store over the next three weeks is genuine and palpable. “I’m grateful just to play my guitar,” Kay states. “My new thing about touring is, whether you’re going out by yourself or with a band, you might as well hang out with people who’s songs you want to hear. Like we met up with Ricky and the Western Settings guys two years ago at Pouzza and I listen to them all the time. I’m stoked to play with Ricky, and Brian Wahlstrom. Nick from Stay Wild – who are this really great, positive, political hardcore, kind of like nobody has really done great and well since Strike Anywhere – is doing a bunch of California shows. JD Wright came up on my Instagram feed, and man, I don’t know why that dude’s now a household name. Nowhere Bound in Texas are another killer band I’ve never gotten to see. I’m just trying to play with bands that I like and love and the cooler the lineup, the cooler the memory. It’s a little bit of a pain in the butt, but some of those shows, like Chicago with JD and 6’10”…I ain’t forgetting that one for a while! I just saw Bryan McPherson got added to the Phoenix show. We’re playing Kevin Seconds’s venue in Sacramento. Jesse up in Vancouver and Aaron Rev in Seattle, and then we go to Portland and it’s Sean Taylor from Angry Lisas. It just goes. Every day there’s a cool band that I love or somebody from a band that I’ve been wanting to see but have never been able too.”

This run of shows also includes a handful of stops Kay has not played before, which is somewhat rare given the amount of time he’s spent on the road, adding to the “every day is something different” vibe. “I haven’t played Hesperia (editor’s note: I had never even heard of Hesperia prior to this tour announcement). I haven’t played Bakersfield. I don’t think I’ve played El Paso in four or five years. I don’t think I’ve ever played Oklahoma City. I know that every time we try to play Tulsa, it’s been cancelled! Bakersfield is going to be a cool, proper house show…like the grown up style, not the punk rock style. Reno is going to be a fucking blast; last time I played Reno I won $400 off of $40 on blackjack, and then the stupid bar we were sitting at had the stupid touch screens on the bar…lost it all! Lost every dime!”

Kay and Anderson’s tour run kicks off Tuesday in Vancouver and runs through February 24th in Appleton, Wisconsin. Head below for the full rundown, including where you’ll find them alongside a number of special guests.

Kay’s untitled last album was released back in 2017 on Stomp Records. He’s got a new one on deck that is killer, we promise. Anderson’s One Week Records debut came out back in 2016.



The Penske File announce European tour

Canada’s The Penske File have announced the dates for an upcoming tour of Europe.  They are touring in support of their album Salvation that came out in April via Stomp Records.  The tour kicks off in September and runs through early October.   See the tour dates below.



The Penske File release video for “Last Chance”

Canadian punk rock band The Penske File have released a new video for their song “Last Chance” off their most recent LP Salvation. Watch the video below.

Salvation was released in April via Stomp Records.



The Isotopes release cover of “Centrefield”

Vancouver baseball themed punks The Isotopes have released a cover of John Fogerty’s “Centrefield”. The track is available to buy via the band’s Bandcamp. You can have a listen below.

The band released “1994 World Series Champions” last year through Stomp Records.



The Penske File release video for “Golden Futures” from Bridge City Sessions

Ontario-based punk trio The Penske File recently recorded a session with Bridge City Sessions. The first video from that session has been released. “Golden Futures” comes from their recent Stomp Records release, Salvation, which was put out in April.

Watch the video below.



Lost Love (melodic pop punk) stream new album “Good Luck Rassco”

Montreal pop-punks Lost Love are streaming their upcoming album Good Luck Rassco, which is set to be released May 25th on Stomp Records and Guerrilla Asso.

You can give the album a listen here.

This new album will be the first since 2016’s Comfortable Scars.



Lost Love (melodic pop-punk) announce new album streaming new song “Clay Turris”

Montreal pop-punks Lost Love have announced they have a new record in the works. The new album titled Good Luck Rassco will be released May 25th on Stomp Records and Guerrilla Asso.

The band has released the first track off the new album and you can check it out below.

This new album will be the first since 2016’s Comfortable Scars. If you enjoy some Weezer you’ll enjoy these guys so check them out.



Album Review: The Penske File – “Salvation”

The Penske File don’t play folk punk, so much that they play punk for, well, folks.

You know, the riff-raff, people like you and me who work shitty jobs, earn what they can, and live their life under-the-radar. Blue collar, working class, salt-of-the-earth. Their new album Salvation is a refreshing reminder of what the genre can do with earnest earthiness. This is punk rock, electric and loud, made from a working class perspective that drops the cosplay and goes for the gut. There’s no posturing here, Salvation is authentic folk punk, whatever you want that to mean.

“Kamikaze Kids” opens the album with a catchy guitar line and an even more arresting opening lyric, “It’s nice to be here, and it’s cool to meet you, shaking off the dirt, that’s just something we do.” It underlines the resilience and pride inherent in their perspective while giving the kids something to shout along to. Some might take that as a throwaway compliment, but I think the song’s singability, as well as its accessibility, is actually a virtue destined to be taken for granted. It’s loud and proud and meant for the people, a piece of art composed to glue a group together with words that’ll feel good slipping from their lips. For me, that’s what a lot of this kind of music misses. The Penske File get that the roots of rootsy music is community.

And the songwriting is strong enough to cement a community. Sticky melodies, dramatic drum builds, and  tasty fretwork pop up all across Salvation. The Penske File are a talented band with excellent command over every stage of songwriting, from composition to arrangement to performance. “Lakeshore” shows some country influence, but it comes from an old well, one not often drank from. The big countrified harmonies evoke, but also transcend, Appalachian townships; hidden away from the modern world, not to be lionized, but real all the same. When the Penske File indulge in some of these more obvious folk affectations (the harmonica on “American Basements” deserves mention as well), they risk pushing themselves into a corner—or worse, an inevitable downward spiral that ends in a“Wagon Wheel” cover. Fortunately, the Penske File keep their music rooted in catchy punk rock, and the stylistic additions don’t feel like Salvation playing dress-up, but rather as a gap being bridged between two genres of commoner art.

Fans of the Penske File no doubt already know the band as formidable songwriters in a genre with an eternal hunger for songcraft. Salvation shines a spotlight on the common ground that is music, what we share between urban and rural. For the Penske File, rock ‘n roll is the new folk, and they treat punk rock as a springboard for communion, and from the path of communion, the Penske File bring salvation. 

 

4.5/5

 



The Penske File stream new album “Salvation”

Canadian punks The Penske File are streaming their new album, Salvation, in full. The album is officially out everywhere today via Stomp Records so head on below and stream it till your heart is content.

Salvation serves as a follow-up to 2017s Come What May EP.



First shot at The Penske File new music: “Last Chance”

In an era of trade wars and tariffs, the Great White North remains unafraid to export some truly good punk rock. The Penske File proudly crash over the boarder, guitars blazing and Kraft dinners aglow to ignite your stereo.

The Canadian punk rockers are streaming the new single “Last Chance” off their upcoming release Salvation, out April 8th on Stomp Records. The band previously released the EP Come What May back in October, 2017.

The new track is buoyant, raucous and infectious. It’s a great song to kick off your spring. Check it out below, and let us know what you think.



The Penske File announce North American tour

Burly City punks The Penske File have announced that they are going on a North American tour. The tour kicks off March 23rd and runs until mid May and they will be joined by Decent Criminal and Arms Aloft.

If you haven’t heard The Penske File you’re late to the party, these guys have a new album coming out April 6th and have been tearing it up around Ontario for several years now. They are finally starting to get the love they deserve. Having saw them live I’m telling you go see them, without a doubt one of the tightest band’s you’ve never heard of.

For a full list of tour dates check out below.



The Penske File (punk) announce new album “Salvation”, stream new song “Kamikaze Kids”

Canadian punks The Penske File have announced that on April 10th they’ll be releasing their new album, “Salvation” via Stomp Records in North America and Gunner Records in Europe. To get you properly pumped up they’ve premiered the new track “Kamikaze Kids”, which you can stream below.

“Salvation” will serve as a follow up to their ‘Come What May’ EP, which was released on October 6, 2017. The Penske File released their latest full-length LP ‘Burn Into The Earth’ in 2015.



The Creepshow announce 2018 Australian tour “Death at my Door”

Canadian punks The Creepshow have just announced that they’ll be shipping off to Australia for their “Death at my Door” tour with label mates and ska punks, The Resignators.

The Creepshow is fresh off of their release of “Death at my Door” in Octzober of 2017.

Check out the tour dates below, and pick up a pair of tickets here.



The Planet Smashers and Mustard Plug to tour Quebec and Ontario

It’s Tuesday that means a little maple syrup for your morning eh? The Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug and K-Man & The 45’s have announced a short run of shows through Quebec and Ontario.

In case you were unaware Mustard Plug and The Planet Smashers have been running mates for a long time on the ska scene so these promise to be entertaining shows.