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DS Exclusive: Avoid One Thing debut “Better Left Alone” from upcoming album, “Right Here Where You Left Me”

We’ve got a real, genuine treat for you today that, as a lifelong Boston-area resident and scene-adjacent member, I’m fired up to be able to…new music from Avoid One Thing!

We last heard from the highly-regarded side project featuring Joe Gittleman (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Amy Griffin (The Raging Teens, Darkbuster, Jittery Jack) and John Lynch (The Neighborhoods) all the way back in 2004 with the release of their sophomore album, Chopstick Bridge. After more than a decade-and-a-half of good times and bad times and all things in between, the band’s long-awaited third album is finally upon us. It’s called Right Here Where You Left Me, and it’s due out a mere two days from now (Friday the 13th) on Big Rig Records.

To give you a taste of what’s in store, we’re bringing you the brand new track, “Better Left Alone.” Here’s how Gittleman himself sums up the song’s theme: I don’t know if this song’s apology will ever reach its target or be accepted. I hope so.” Check it out below!

Pre-order’s for Right Here Where You Left Me are available here; you can also check out the album’s title track right here! You can also snag tickets to the album release show coming up November 16th at Boston’s Great Scott right here on Friday!



United Defiance release video for new single “Cool Kids Club”

Cali punks United Defiance have released a new single, “Cool Kids Club”, via new home Thousand Islands Records, They’ve released a video for it, which you can watch below.

The band embark on a short Canadian tour this month – details are also below.



Festival Review: Catching 350 Fest and Catching Up with The Punk Rock Doc

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

350 Fest V took place a couple of weeks back, August 23-25, 2019 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Headliners included Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones; and Naked Raygun. Included amongst the many others playing, were Suicide Machines, The Eclectics, Airstream Futures, The Repellants, Tight Night, 88 Fingers Louie, an acoustic set by Anthony Reneri of Bayside, Zebrahead, The Menzingers, Lucky Boy Confusion; and The Bollweevils.

Relive it or find out what you missed by checking out the pics and a full write up below!



DS Exclusive: Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers Reflects on his Journey from Belfast to Chicago; and the role of Political Punk in the Era of Trump

Stiff Little Fingers, out of Belfast, Northern Ireland was amongst the first wave punk bands, and among those with a lasting impact. Their debut album, the seminal Inflammable Material celebrated its 40th Anniversary earlier this year.  The album features a trilogy of angry, political songs. S.L.F. founder and lead singer Jake Burns still has a bit of that same early anger in him and is hitting the road again as Stiff Little Fingers readies itself for another tour. The tour, entitled “40 Years of Inflammable Material,” celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the band’s debut album of the same title and they will be playing said record in its entirety. The first leg, well the US leg, takes them across the nation from October 1st in Phoenix, AZ and ending on the Flogging Molly Cruise with Burns’ friends and fellow Chicago residents in Pegboy.

Speaking of Chicago, Burns’ journey from his youth in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland to his adopted home, the Windy City, was one of the subjects we recently discussed. Read the entire interview below.



The Penske File stream new track “Copper Sky”

Burly City natives The Penske File are streaming their latest song “Copper Sky”. No word yet on whether this is a part of a larger project, but coming off the heels of their 2018 masterpiece Salvation, one can only hope. The new track features that maple-coated vocal sound we’ve come to love, as well as the raw guitar sound that can only be acquired through some long, cold nights, floating through the endless misery of a Canadian winter.

Check out the new track below.

As mentioned above, The Penske File’s latest release was Salvation back in 2018. Unlike George Louis Costanza, The Penske File is definitely Penske material, so do yourself a favor and give them a listen.



The Run Up (melodic punk, U.K.) release new single “Portraits”

Today U.K. punks The Run Up are premiering the first single,Portraits”, off of their new album In Motion over at New Noise Magazine. In Motion is out October 3, 2019 on Real Ghost Records (UK), Gunner Records (EU), Get Party! Records (CA), and La Escalera Records/Swamp Cabbage Records/&Vinyl Records (US). The boys from Bristol will be supporting the release with a North American tour that ends at The Fest.

Check out the tour dates and give “Portraits” a listen below.



Social Distortion Announce 40th Anniversary Show

Punk rock legends Social Distortion will celebrate their 40 year career this October 26th in Orange County California at the FivePoint Amphitheatre. The event, which is billed as ‘Sounds From Behind The Orange Curtain’, will feature performances from an eclectic line up, picked by Mike Ness and his bandmates. Appearing will be Joan Jett, The Distillers, The Kills, Frank Turner, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Black Lips, Plague Vender, Bully and Mannequin Pussy.

Tickets can be purchased here.



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 17 feat. Special Co-Host Jenna Enemy from The Von Tramps

Heeeeeeey! We were just starting to wonder about the guys over at Dying Scene Radio and here they come, sauntering along…and with a friend, no less! On Episode 17 of the official podcast of Dying Scene, the lads somehow managed to get the endlessly talented Jenna Enemy (The Von Tramps / #femaletomdelong) to join them for some rootin’, tootin’ shit shootin’! But just because the boys have a guest doesn’t mean they’re gonna forget about the totally tubular tunes from new and emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover and the noteworthy scene news that you were probably too lazy too read! They’re just going to have a third person giving their shitty opinions on stuff!! You can never have too many shitty opinions, right!??!? Check it all out below!



The Run Up (UK) Announces US Tour in Support of New Album

Bristol, UK punks The Run Up have announced a US tour in support of their new album in motion which releases on October 3rd (preorder here). Along the way, the lads will be teaming up with Michiganders,  Foxgrave for mostly the West Cost stops and Tennessee emo punks, Rough Dreams for the Eastern half of the country. All dates and stops are listed on the kick ass tour poster above, dummies! So, get out to one of them and show our guests a good time!



Western Settings premiere video for “Big” off upcoming full-length ,”Another Year”

Western Settings are all set to put out their second full-length album, Another Year, this Friday, September 6 on A-F RecordsAnother Year will be a follow-up to their most recent EP, Old Pain, which was released all the way back in 2016, and produced by Tyson Annicharico (Chicken) of Dead To Me, as is Western Settings’ soon-to-be released LP. Pre-orders for that are available here.

Western Settings is already in the middle of a 16-date North American run, and to mark this particular occasion in the band’s existence they are releasing a new music video for the as-yet unreleased, and arguably strongest single on the album, “Big” – and they are premiering it right here for all you famous, healthy undying scenesters. Get a load of the new video, “Big” below, and be sure to check out the tour flyer (also featured) to see if you can catch these guys in your town on their current and ongoing tour.



Hans Gruber and The Die Hards release video for “The Ballad of Burro the Man”

Austin punks Hans Gruber and The Die Hards have released a video for their song “The Ballad of Burro the Man”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Hans Gruber and The Die Hards 2, which was released back in August on Paper + Plastick Records. The video is a throw-back to the spaghetti Western days, with the hero riding his noble steed across a rugged Western landscape, where our beloved hero is suddenly struck with a mental flashback to happier times perhaps. Singing with his comrades and grabbing a spin with a fair maiden.

Alright maybe it’s not all that deep, but it’s a pretty awesome song and video, so check it out below.

As mentioned above Hans Gruber and The Die Hards just released Hans Gruber and The Die Hards 2 a few weeks back, so giddy-up on out there and give it a listen pardner.



United Defiance (punk) signs to Thousand Islands Records and release teaser video

Cali punks United Defiance have signed on to Thousand Islands Records, just in time to hit the studio to record their new album. To celebrate the new union the band has released a teaser video for their upcoming single “Cool Kids Club”. In addition to all of this awesome news, United Defiance has announced a quick run of Canadian shows.

Check out the teaser video here and tour dates below.

United Defiance last released Safe At Home back in 2018 on the now defunct Heliarc Records.



The Offspring members sued by bassist Greg K.

The Offspring bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel, who has been absent from performing with the band for several months, has filed federal lawsuit against two of his bandmates  vocalist/guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman  alleging trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the rights to the Offspring name.

The court document in its entirety is available for download at this location.

Although The Offspring have neither responded to the lawsuit nor released a statement regarding Greg’s current status as a member of the band, he is still listed as a member on both The Offspring’s Facebook page and their official website. During his absence from touring, Greg was initially filled in by No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and currently stepping in for him is H2O guitarist and Offspring touring member Todd Morse.

Along with Dexter and Noodles, Greg is one of the three members to appear on all of The Offspring’s albums since their 1989 self-titled debut. It’s not clear if he did actually perform bass on the band’s long-waited upcoming tenth studio album, which will be their first since 2012’s Days Go By and is expected to be released later this year or next year.



DS Photo Gallery: Benny and The No-Goods and The Mizzerables Host Joint Record Release Show

Reggie’s, a popular near Southside venue on S. State St. in Chicago, has two performance rooms: The Music Joint and the Rock Club. On Thursday August 27th, both sides of the venue were rocking with terrific punk music. Many of the attendees — including many of the performers it seemed — went from room to room and back. I was able to document both, as fortunately, the timing was such that there was not much overlap. Set up in one room occurred whilst performances occurred in the other.

The Music Joint, the smaller of the performance rooms, on this night hosted a two-in-one record release show. Benny and the No-Goods recently released its sophomore album, Nothing’s Cool, while The Mizzerables’ newest release is entitled, Whatever…This Sucks. In addition to a similar attitude, at least in terms of record names, the two groups have Joe Mizzi in common. Joe is, of course, the founder of The Mizzerables, as if that was not apparent by its name. He also plays guitar for Benny and the No-goods shows because in the studio, it is a one-man band. Shortly after their sets at Reggie’s, both Benny and Joe discussed with me how they felt the show went, their new: albums; and upcoming projects.

Meredith Goldberg (Dying Scene): How did you feel the show went? Joe pulled double duty of course. Both as frontman of his own band The Mizzerables and as second guitarist for Benny and the No-Goods live band.

Joe Mizzi: Aside from getting a scolding from afar by the Reggie’s staff for somewhat mockingly requesting the crowd to do some damage to the tables that were left surrounding the stage, I’d say it all went pretty well! I mean, Damian May, the singer of The Exceptions, one of my favorite ska bands from Detroit was there… so ya know. We got in and got out quick so people could go next door and see some little band called The Lillingtons, my wife tells me they’re a whole thing haha.

Benny NoGood: “This show was a great time. Joe (second guitarist in BATNG) had a record release for his main band, The Mizzerables, so we were a natural addition to the show. We opened the night to a solid crowd, and almost immediately, I broke a string, Justin had a problem with the DI box, Dom broke a bass drum pedal, and I knocked my mic stand over, so it was definitely a punk rock show. We had a great time, and the other bands on the bill were all amazing across both shows. Butchered (Chicago) just blew me away. Their intensity is just through the roof, and they’re a bunch of nice dudes. Saw tons of great friends who I don’t often get to hang with, too, so the vibe all night was just outstanding.

 


MG: Were you able to catch any of the bands playing on the other side of Reggie’s, in the Rock Club?
BNG: I’ve been friends with Mike from Amuse for a bit over a decade now, and I just love those guys. The Lillingtons were, of course, a big reason a lot of people were there, and they didn’t (do they ever?) disappoint.

JM: I didn’t watch that Lillingtons that night was selling records but saw them the next night haha.


MG: Is it true Benny that Benny and the No-Goods is a one-man band?

BNG: Yes, as far as recording goes, it’s a one-man show. both albums were just me, that may change on the next one, as the lineups seem to be pretty solidified at this point.

MG: Benny, please tell us how it came about that Joe joined the band as a live player at second guitar; as well as the other live band members

BNG: I put word out that I was trying to put together a Chicago-based lineup, and Joe was the first to volunteer. We’ve been friends for several years, and this was a good opportunity to hang out more and finally play music together. Justin was next and came with the recommendation of Mike Muse from Amuse. I’ve known Mike forever, so I trust his opinion, and it’s worked out great. Dom came on-board immediately following, and it’s just been great playing with these guys. They’re all such outstanding players and people.

MG: Joe, was it hard to pull double duty?
JM: Not hard and of course it’s fun to play on stage more!

MG: And Joe, please tell me about making The Mizzerables new record, “Whatever…This Sucks.”

JM: The album itself came together really quick. I’m a “bursty” writer where I’ll get a bunch of songs and then break for a while rather than write every day like a Tim Armstrong says he does. With this album I went back to basics and focused more on melody than fancy guitar parts or riffs and listened to a lot of music I grew up listening to while writing it. Some comparisons we’ve heard are Methadones, Green Day and Descendents which pretty much nails on the head what I was listening to.

We recorded the album with Dan from 88 Fingers Louie last year. Recording the album was with Dan was great and this record would not be what it is without him. However, we did it in January/February and it was brutally cold. When we started vocals, it was pretty rough on my voice with how dry it was. I was literally bringing gallon jugs of water to the studio and I would tear through at least one each day. Somewhat smartly though, we recorded different songs at different times of the day to take advantage of the added rasp from the dryness as the day went on and I think that really played well.

MG: Benny have you always been political as a musician and in your life? “Nothing’s Cool,” features a song called “Donnie” about Donald Trump.

BNG: With Donnie, I just really fucking hate that guy and what he’s done to decency, discourse, the environment, women, the LGBTQA community, standards of governance, our standing in the world, and so much more. Honestly, just fuck him. There’s not even a nice way to talk about him without speaking the vulgar truth, so fuck it I don’t hold back, and didn’t in the song, either. It’s basically a rundown of his disgusting proclivities.

Beyond that, I feel like the arts and music community has a responsibility to use our voice and platform, however small, to speak to power. I get, and appreciate, that some bands are just focused on making fun music, and I do that with this band, for the most part… that said, there is still the drive to speak out I also tend to include an environmental message on all of my releases, and this one is no different. I hide it in the context of our bombs and pollution and destruction of the environment waking Godzilla in my song “Gojira”, but the message is there, and is delivered pretty plainly.

MG: What’s up next for you both?

BNG: Just to continue playing shows and supporting the latest album. I will probably, if pattern follows, release another project in the spring/early summer of 2020. We’ll see where things stand then.Re

JM: Winter is upon us again so we will be playing shows locally and around the Midwest for the next few months.
We’ve done the winter tour before and boy, we don’t have luck with vehicles in the cold. And let’s just say we aren’t the most mechanical bunch. In the meantime, I’ve been posting a bunch of cover songs that inspired the album and I plan to do more with those over the winter. In the spring next year we plan to spread our wings so to speak. No details yet, but I’m sure we’ll blast dates all over the interwebs when we have them. And some breaking news, we have already started discussions about recording 2 or 3 more songs in the coming months. I think what we are going to do is pretty exciting and we’ll have more on it soon!

Please check out photos from both shows at Reggie’s on this evening below!



The Eradicator (squash-punk, IL) streams new video for “Imma Be Me”

Chicago-based man of mystery and diehard Kids in the Hall fan The Eradicator has released a new music video for his single, “Imma Be Me”, off his upcoming album Peak Eradicator, out October 4 on Stonewalled and Say-10 Records. Does Illinois’ favorite squash punk finally find true squash enlightenment? Watch the video below to find out.

This track is the first new music from The Eradicator since 2018’s The Court’s Closed on Christmas EP.