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Album Review: Bars Of Gold – “Shelters”

Evolving from the seminal Bear vs Shark and Wildcatting, Bars Of Gold have been quietly building up a following since their debut “Of Gold” was released in 2010, and they follow up their excellent 2013 LP “Wheels” with “Shelters”; the first album they’ve issued exclusively through Equal Vision (despite reissuing their back catalogue through the label recently).

Here, the band perfect the light work they’ve made in the past of throwing genres in a blender, crafting an urgent, accomplished sound across a nine track album that rarely hands over a track that clocks in at less than four minutes. Despite taking heavy influence from jazz and post rock, “Shelter” is a punk album at heart, with versatile, accomplished instrumentation cycloning around the fits and starts of sonic anxiety from Marc Paffi’s elastic vocal.

Bars Of Gold are yet to etch out the same cult status of the members’ former outfits, but here they proves they deserve all of the same plaudits. From the frantics of “Madonna” and “$20”, to the delicacies of “Montana” and “G”, the band have created a varied, complex collection of meandering twists and sharp turns, surpassing and building on everything they’ve put together to date.

“Shelter” is an album that’s been well worth waiting six years for. It’s a pleasure to listen to and a marvel to explore at greater depth, and there’s should be little doubt that it’ll introduce Bars Of Gold and their back catalogue to a sea of new listeners. For those that enjoy their music off-the-wall, raw and passionate; this is for you.

4/5 Stars



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 14

Well, how about that! The guys took a break from their “busy” lives and graced us with a new episode of Dying Scene Radio! Guess they couldn’t be bothered to find an awesome band to interview but they’re back nonetheless. Not only are they back, they brought a ton of music from new and emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover with ’em! But, but, but, wait it gets better (or worse depending on how you look at it) they’re also covering some of the most noteworthy scene news from the last few weeks so you don’t have to scour the internets. ‘Tis a dark and dangerous place, that internet. All of that and more in Episode 14 of Dying Scene Radio! Check it out, below!



Stage times announced for Slam Dunk Festival

For anyone heading to Slam Dunk Festival in the UK at the end of May, the stage times have been announced. There’ll be some tough decisions to make as this is one of the most impressive lineups the festival has had in it’s relatively short history. Slam Dunk Festival will take place in Leeds, UK on May 25 and Hatfield (near London) UK on May 26.

Here are clash finders in regards to stage times for Leeds and Hatfield.

 



Big Nothing (melodic punk) debut ‘Real Name’ from forthcoming album

Brooklyn Vegan is premiering a new song ‘Real Name’ from the debut album from Big Nothing. The band is made up of Spraynard singer/guitarist Pat Graham, Liz Parsons of Casual, Matt Quinn of Crybaby and Chris Jordan from Young Livers. They released their self-titled debut EP via Asian Man Records in 2017, and are now about to release their first full-length album ‘Chris’ which is out May 10 on Salinas Records.

If you were familiar with their more punk sounding EP, you will notice that this is in a slightly different direction. Check out the ‘Real Name’ below.



Memphis based HEELS sign to Altercation Records

Memphis Tennessee based punk duo HEELS has signed to Altercation Records.

HEELS is the combined effort of Joshua McLane and Brennan Whalen. A two-piece band from Memphis, TN. They started as a stripped down acoustic outfit in 2015. Over the course of the last few years they have evolved into a fast paced electric punk outfit with a more heavy and melodic sound. Equal parts ragers and conversationalists, HEELS writes pop songs for a dying planet.”

Altercation Records co-owner Travis Myers had this to say about the signing;

“My partner in Altercation Records, funny man JT Habersaat discovered HEELS while on tour and wouldn’t stop talking about them. Then one day I received a demo for “Good People Even Do Bad Things” and after one listen I was sold as well, and I knew we had to sign them.”

“Good People Even Do Bad Things”, will be released this summer and will be a ten song monument to better days. With gritty undertones throughout, each song weaves through punk, Americana, and rock n’ roll. Each will tell a different story and each song will make the author look worse than the last.



Exclusive Interview: Success is never realized with Houston and The Dirty Rats, Confessions of a DIY band with world record aspirations

Houston and The Dirty Rats is out to set a record. They’ve recently applied to Guinness for the category of “Longest Documented DIY Tour” – or something like that :) – in reference to their current tour, of which they should be right around the halfway mark, dubbed “The Dirty 100” or “100 shows in 100 days” tour.  I stopped by and spoke with the band as they came through Dallas, at the only place left for a cheap drink in Deep Ellum, Reno’s Chop Shop. We all met up and decided to chat it up for a bit in the bed of my truck parked right out back. It was a beautiful night with a near-howling wind that spoke just enough to rustle up the sensors in my phones microphone a bit, The city was wide awake on a Thursday and there were plenty of folks that took interest in our little motley anomaly in the bed of a truck in back of Renos.

A bit more than halfway through we breaked for their set, and I was thrilled with the band’s performance, and stage presence. I mentioned to Houston that he was lucky to have such a great rhythm section, and that the Dirty Rats throughout the night had expressed a level of brotherhood and comraderie that made me extremely excited to write about them. We talked about the usual stuff: DIY ethics, running your own label, dreams of being signed, ungodly amounts of malt-liquor consumption, and of course the 100 shows in 100 days. It’s a bit of a read but I’ll be damned if we didn’t just make the most adorable little punker quartet you ever did see. Also, if you or any of your friends are in a band, there’s about a 50% chance that it gets a shout in this piece as a bunch of our favorites get a mention.

This conversation was a blast and I’m stoked I got to relive it again in transcription. From my table to yours young scenesters. Here’s a band that’s going places. Read the interview below.



Ten Foot Pole announce new album, tour dates

Ten Foot Pole have announced that they will be releasing their new album, Escalating Quickly, on May 10th via Thousand Islands Records.

The band has also announced some tour dates to promote the new album.  You can check out all of those dates and locations below.

This will be the first time the veteran punks have put out new music since Setlist in 2017, which was released via Cyber Tracks and featured two new songs. The last full studio album was Subliminable Messages back in 2004.



Pacific Ridge Records stream “A Tribute to Senses Fail”

Pacific Ridge Records are streaming their new compilation, A Tribute to Senses Fail, in its entirety.  The album features twenty-three bands ranging stylistically in performative execution of twenty-three Senses Fail fan-favorites.  You can give it a listen below.



Punk Rock Bowling makes more club show tickets available

Punk Rock Bowling has announced that they have moved some club shows around and made more tickets available to give everyone a chance to catch their favorite acts in the club settings.  You can see all the details of what was moved around below, and get your tickets for those still available here.



Charger (punk) streaming first song “Victim” off upcoming album

Charger is the new side project of Rancid’s Matt Freeman and they are streaming the first new song “Victim” off their upcoming self-titled début album. Due out May 10th via Pirates Press Records. The first taste of Charger features a very familiar sound, with the signature Rancid bass lines everyone has come to love. However, the lyrics and rest of the music is a much edgier and fast paced sound than we’ve heard from Rancid in years.

You don’t have to take my word for it, you can check out the new song below.

As mentioned above, this is the début release for Charger. If You’re a fan of older Rancid, you will love this new song. 



Dead Bars (punk) streaming second song “Freaks” off upcoming album

Seattle punks Dead Bars are streaming the second song “Freaks” off of their upcoming album Regulars. The new album is set to drop on May 3rd, and it is one of those under the radar, new releases you want to miss out on. These guys have that great mix of gravely vocals and shout-along choruses. It’s definitely not a sound a city like Seattle is known for (they’d probably fit in better among their peers in Jersey, Richmond, Gainesville, or even the bay area), so a lot of the album is about not being accepted. 

You can check out the new song below.

The last release Dream Gig came out back in 2017. Dead Bars have a sound that reminds me of a more gravelly version of The Menzingers. 



OFF! announce new documentary

California punks OFF! have announced that they are working on a new documentary called Watermelon: A Sci-Fi Punk Rockumentary. The trailer for the upcoming film, shows just how dysfunctional the band has become, and how getting old and touring can take a toll on both the music and the band. The official description of the film reads: “The movie, which began shooting in 2016, continues in Los Angeles five heartbreaking years after OFF! have disbanded. Keith’s hopes of landing the girl of his dreams are crushed when diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction threatens his last chance at romance. An infomercial promising powerful long-lasting erections lures Keith down a strange path to an eccentric doctor running a Brain Development Agency.” 

Check out the trailer for the new film here.

OFF! have also announced that a coinciding album will be released with the documentary. The bands last release was Wasted Years back in 2014. With punk rock veterans Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Buzz Osborne and Joe Keithly all appearing in the film, at the very least it promises to be entertaining.



Boss’ Daughter (punk) streaming “One Big Guessing Game” off 7Seconds tribute album

Reno punks Boss’ Daughter are streaming their contribution to the 7Seconds tribute album. “One Big Guessing Game” came off the 1999 release Good to Go. Boss’ Daughter does a great job of adding their unique sound to this 7Seconds classic. The tribute album Destroy All That Tradition which came earlier this year.

Check out the Boss’ Daughter version “One Big Guessing Game” below.

This is the first new release from Boss’ Daughter since 2018’s Ace Of BAC/DC. 



Four Bands Unite on Split, “Bridging Oceans” Feat. Music from Shames, Nerdlinger, Down Memory Lane, and Bare Teeth

Four bands from around the world have teamed up to release a split EP. Bridging Oceans will feature three tracks from France’s Bare Teeth, Canada’s Down Memory Lane, Shames from Japan, and Aussie punks Nerdlinger.

Helping with the release will be an equally global roster of labels – Attractive Records, Thousand Islands Records, Disconnect Disconnect Records, and Pee Records. The full EP will be available from April 26.

For now, however, you can check out one track from each of the contributing bands Bridging Oceans below.



PUP (Punk, Canada) Stream Latest Album “Morbid Stuff”

Toronto-based PUP are allowing fans to stream their entire latest album. The effort is titled Morbid Stuff and it can be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube. You can also pick up a physical copy from the band’s merch store.

The previous release from PUP was the 2016 full-length, The Dream is Over.