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Sweatpants Party (punk, Austria) release music video for “I Hate Pineapple”

Austrian punk act Sweatpants Party have released a new music video for their song “I Hate Pineapple.”

You can check it out below.

“I Hate Pineapple” comes from the upcoming Punk Rock Raduno Vol. 4 compilation that will be released later this summer on Monster Zero.



Voice of Addiction announce east coast tour dates

Chicago-based Voice of Addiction have announced some east coast tour dates happening later this summer.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Voice of Addiction last released The Lost Art of Empathy in July 2017.



Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers release music video for “Boarding House”

Alt-country punk favorite Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers just released a video for their cover of American Pinup’s “Boarding House.”

You can check it out below.

Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers’ version of “Boarding House” comes from their 2018 record, The Moon USA, which was released via Altercation Records.



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.



A Fistful Of Vinyl release new session and interview with The Homeless Gospel Choir

Our friends over at A Fistful of Vinyl have released some new videos with Pittsburgh, PA political folk punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir.

The session includes a half hour interview as well as performances of four songs.  You can check that all out below.

The Homeless Gospel Choir last released Normal in 2017 via A-F Records.



Russian Girlfriends announce new album, stream new video

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have announced they will be releasing their new album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, on June 21st via A-F Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the band has released a video for “Coke,” which you can check out below.

Russian Girlfriends last released a split with Redbush in September 2018.



Acid Blood (punk, Sweden) announce debut album, release new video

Swedish punk act Acid Blood have announced their debut self-titled album will be released on June 14th via Janml Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the album, the band has released a music video for the title track, which you can check out below.



The Penske File get their van and all their gear stolen in Montreal

I really, really, really hate writing stories like this, and I’ve had to way too often.

The Penske File, who are incredibly nice dudes not to mention a juggernaut of a live band and whom we just saw lay waste to the Nick Alexander Stage at Frank Turner‘s Lost Evenings III last Friday, had their van stolen outside a club in Montreal yesterday. To make matters worse, all of the trio’s gear – and we do mean all of it – was inside the van when it was parked outside a club BEFORE the band’s performance at Pouzza Fest. Here’s the rundown of what was inside:

List of stolen stuff
– Gibson SG
– Fender Telecaster
– Fender Jazzbass
– Taylor Acoustic Guitar
– Vox AC30
– Fender guitar amp
– Traynor bass head 
– Custom UDrum Drum Kit
– Cymbals
– Snare
– Drum Hardware
– Guitar cables and pedal boards
– Banner
– 3 passports
– $500 USD cash
– Personal bags
– iPad

This is just about the worst case scenario for any band, let alone a band full of DIY road warriors. If you’re able to help, there’s a GoFundMe with some more information here.

The Penske File’s latest album, Salvation, was released last year on Stomp Records.

(CORRECTION: This story initially indicated that the fellas gear was stolen after their gig. This was incorrect, and the result of yours truly misreading a post on another band’s social media. This means that The Penske File had all their shit stolen BEFORE they played at Pouzza, and had to borrow all their gear and play a set under the weight of the fact that literally all of their shit got stolen. Bravo, fellas. Sorry for the error on the first draft.)



Death Before Dishonor announce new album “Unfinished Business”

Death Before Dishonor have announced they are to release a new album on 26th July. Unfinished Business is an 8 song affair, recorded at Zeuss Studio (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie) and scheduled to come out on long time label Bridge Nine Records.

No advance tracks or pre-orders are up yet, but check out the track listing below.



Album Review: Abolitionist – “Ugly Feeling”

It’s no secret that Portland’s Abolitionist has decided to call it quits, bringing to an end a lifetime that’s spanned eight years and (if their bandcamp is to be believed) eight releases. This was a band, that for me, seemed omnipresent in Portland’s punk rock scene. A dark sounding amalgam of hardcore and everything else, directed more by its political vision than any concrete sonic leaning. Sometimes this worked for me, sometimes it didn’t—but Abolitionist were always a band that’d pique my interest. Where others were writing party songs to sing along drunk to, Abolitionist were always pushing their ambition. This is the band that seemed to be churning out concept albums at a point—always writing, always working, always with something to say. Ugly Feeling is their swan song and on it they take their sound further than they ever have before, combining a love for Fugazi with their political perspective, going out with a bang.

Ugly Feeling is like and unlike previous releases in equal measures. It features the same declarative vocal delivery, the same focus on heavy riffs, but they’ve corrected some of my biggest problems with their last release (A New Militance) by taking their new influences a step further. Here, the riffs and leads are given more time to breathe, which in turn emphasizes them more. Songs like “Crossroads” sound that much more sonically precise, the intensity feeling like a product of design rather than suffocation.

There’s still a range of sounds on the album though. Title track “Ugly Feeling” is a hardcore banger whose titular refrain could surely raise fists in a tightly-packed room. Whereas “The Selfish Gene” indulges in a dark and heavy riff, complimenting the album’s bitter commentary. And make no mistake, this is a dark album, and as it moves forward, it only gets darker—and the music reflects this as much as the lyrics.

Much of the album, at least to my understanding, seems to take aim at our culture and the privilege it awards to straight white males. This is an angry album. It’s disgusted with our worship of money, our own self-satisfied nature. There’s a grotesque scene in mid-album banger “Willie B. Bacon” that resonated even with a carnist like myself:

“When he was a boy, there was a pig his parents raised… but not as a pet. He used to go to the pen to visit his doomed friend. He remembers the pungent smell. He remembers the friendly noise. He remembers the coarse, fibrous hair. He remembers a feeling of loss.”

Ugly Feeling, like much of Abolitionists’ work is a concept album and as such follows a single character. Perhaps it’s fitting in “Walls,” the band’s final song (at least for awhile) that the protagonist accepts his own ignorance, admitting “he did not have a clue,” and finally, making the call to “change his ways.” It may be a little clunky, and it may be on the nose, but Abolitionist has always been about the message. Here it is, distilled down to its most basic form, a message of hope that doesn’t skimp on responsibility, an end to an ugly feeling.

This is undoubtedly Abolitionists’ best work to date, and while it’s always sad to see such stalwarts fall by the wayside, it’s nice to see them going out at their peak. Ugly Feeling is punk rock through and through, thick with commentary and heavy with riffs. Fans of the band will be pleased to see Abolitionist didn’t waste their goodbye.

 



Drunktank release lyric video for “Waste Away”

Dutch skate punkers Drunktank have released a lyric video for new track “Waste Away”. The track is from the band’s upcoming album Return of The Infamous Four, which is available for pre-order from the band’s Bandcamp now.

Have a watch below.



Grayscale release new single “Painkiller Weather”

Philly based pop punks Grayscale have released a brand new single. “Painkiller Weather” is the first new music since 2017’s Adornment. 

You can have a watch of the video for the track – and see a statement about the song – below.



Craig’s Brother Release Single “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” From New EP “Devils in the Details”

Melodic punk veterans Craig’s Brother have just released their second single from their new EP, Devils in the Details. The tune is called “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” and has been released on the 39th anniversary of the hugely destructive volcanic eruption in 1980. It pays homage to Harry Truman, a man who refused to leave his home because of some silly little thing like a volcano erupting nearby.

Devils in the Details is the first release from Craig’s Brother since their 2011 EP The Insidious Lie. Check out “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” below.



2Minute Minor (Hardcore, IL) Announce Album “Snake That Ate Its Own Tail”, Stream Title Track

Chicago hardcore act 2Minute Minor have just announced that they will release a new album this summer. Titled Snake That Ate Its Own Tail, it’s the first new collection of music from the five-piece since the 2017 effort, Blood on Our Front Stoop.

According to the band’s Bandcamp page, during the process of recording the album, there was quite a serious lineup change. Therefore, the first five tracks are with the previous lineup and the end of the record is with the new. The only two consistent members are vocalist Wiley Willis and guitarist Bob Shields.

 

The band had the following to say about Snake That Ate Its Own Tail:

“We decided to name the Album “Snake That Ate Its Own Tail” because it’s a symbol of the eternal unity of all things, the cycle of birth and death -the infinite circle that continues, a rebirth if you will. We feel that 2Minute Minor has been reborn and find this album title quite ironic; appropriate and suitable for our reincarnation of this circle of 2Minute Minor.”

The full release will be happening on July 1 but you can listen to the record’s title track below.



The Enthused (Pop Punk, Italy) Announce New Album “Compromise”, Stream Video for Lead Single

Italian pop punkers The Enthused have a new record coming out on No Reason, Lost Dog, and SBÄM Records. The effort will be titled Compromise and it will be released on May 24.

To get you lot in the mood for Compromise, the band have been good enough to put out a single ahead of its release later this week. It’s called “F*cking Up” and you’ll find it below.