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DS Exclusive: Thirsty Guys premiere new single, “Bad Chemistry”

Thirsty Guys are a brilliant young ska/punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey featuring members The Best of The Worst, and Hub City Stompers. They’ve got a new album on the way which promises to take you “on a wild ride through the mind of vocalist / keyboard player Joe Scala, as he belts out 10 tracks about quarter life crises, scene drama, depression, and other fun topics not usually synonymous with our favorite Hawaiian shirt stained genre. The songs sway back and forth between the dance-able ska that you’d no doubt be sweating to in a New Brunswick basement, and speedy punk with traces of technical hardcore… a small tip-off that you’re listening to the same guys who’ve been pushing the boundaries of ska-core for over a decade.”

Parched hits digital shelves with vinyl ready to ship on or around August 16 courtesy of Bad Time Records, (featuring “coke bottle green”, and “oxblood in milky white” variants) as well as Choke Artist Records. (Featuring red with black splatter) Pre-orders are available here, and on Thirsty Guys Bandcamp page.

Dying Scene is happy to give these guys (and gal: guest vocalist Liz Fackleman) the premiere treatment today with their brand new happy/sad, dance-y personal crisis song “Bad Chemistry”. It’s a “beacon of our wrecklessness”, Scala sings along a surf-y skank rhythm made all-the-better by an adventure-game-esque synth-laden bridge and Fackleman’s contributions. Stream “Bad Chemistry” below.



DS Exclusive: For The Record (ffo: Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish) premiere new EP, “The Mess They Call My 20’s”

Here’s a new one for all you happy dancers out there, filled with quirky tunes, and timeless scenarios, replete with an energy not uncommon to the genre (Third Wave) and stuffed to the brim with gooey brass goodness like a crispy cheese stick ready to burst hot lava all over the roof of your totally expecting but super impatient palate. It’s time to shake off those skankin’ boots and hit the dance floor with a little one-two one-two, and if you get knocked down, just skank on up again. That’s just the mess they call “life”.

Here’s a new dish from central Cali ska-punkers, For The Record, all about those coming-of-age years that I like to call “second puberty”. It can be a confusing time for a young rudey, with so many falling victim to the pizza plague third-wave ska resurgence of the 90’s. (Which of course led to the oft-not discussed pepperoni shortage of the early-’00s.) For The Record are a new era sextet of true believer practitioners attempting to keep the sounds fresh going into the 2020’s… and yeah, you’re seeing this clearly. That’s 3x the 20’s.

The Mess They Call My 20’s is due out tomorrow (7/19/19) on Manic Kat Records, but the band wanted to reach out and give all you Dying Scene homies a nod and a shake before then so you can go and tell all your friends about this super-cool, awesome-dope jam that you were in on a day early because you’re a super-cool-awesome spaz-matic uber-music-dweeb. (Like me.) The Mess They Call My 20’s is the band’s second EP in as many years and showcases “a melting pot of expression and enthusiasm developed over eight years and three promising records.” Fondu-bitably… I know, I know. I’m so cheezy.

Stream The Mess They Call My 20’s below.  



Reel Big Fish announce autumn UK tour

Ska legends Reel Big Fish, who are best known as one of the bands to come of the third wave of ska, is touring the UK this autumn, playing a string of dates with Lightyear and [spunge]. You can see the tour dates below.



The Brass Action (ska) release video for “Disposable Razors”

British Columbia ska act The Brass Action have released a stellar new video for their song “Disposable Razors” off of the band’s latest release Brouhaha. The video features a middle-age-ish man out skankin’ about the town. Literally. Awesome!

Check out the video for yourself here.

The Brass Action released Brouhaha back in April of this year. If you’re a fan of The B-Sharps or Mustard Plug, you will no doubt enjoy these guys.



Album Review: The Aggrolites “REGGAE NOW!”

The Aggrolites have returned with their sixth studio album REGGAE NOW! a continuation of their unique brand of funky soulful skinhead reggae. This organ driven “dirty reggae” has almost never felt so tight and cohesive as what they put on display here.

“Pound for Pound” opens the album with a self-promotional dance number. “Boss of hot sauce or what else it may be, Aggro is Aggro stylistically” Jesse toasts over a classic Aggrolites rhythm so steady you could use it to set your watch. This upbeat rocksteady style gets revisited on several tracks, as “Groove Them Move Them” and “Aggro Reggae Party” are sure to be quick additions to summer party playlists. While songs “People Win” and “Help Man” deliver on a more classic Aggrolites sound, where the vocals are delivered with a little more power. Focusing more on delivering the story than harmonizing with the instruments. “Help Man” has the “Countryman Fiddle” style of storytelling that is extremely popular with fans, especially in a live setting.

REGGAE NOW! has The Aggrolites showcasing more of their soulful side. The first track to do this is “Say or Do” which sounds like it was directly lifted off an Alton Ellis album. It has the steady rhythm but the vocals sound poured directly from Motown and displays a deeper sense of emotion. “Love Me Tonight” follows with a beautiful love song that showcases some delightful vocal harmonies. Even the final track, the instrumental “Shadow Walk”, puts some emotion in a dub track.

Speaking of instrumentals there are several to be found here, as what would a roots reggae album be without at least a couple. However, other than “Shadow Walk” and “15 or 50”, these tracks do not do enough to differentiate themselves from the rest of the album. They are most certainly very danceable and may sound better in a live setting but here they tend to blur into the other songs without carving their own space. It makes for a serene playlist for the background, but does not quite draw the attention as some of the other songs found here.

The Aggrolites have always sounded like a punk band trying to play a traditional rocksteady reggae sound, where they would loosely incorporate many different styles of music into a unique blend they dubbed “dirty reggae”. On REGGAE NOW! they have fully evolved into a world class reggae band with a tight incorporation of jazz, funk, and blues. One could almost forget the “dirty” aspect to this sound as the music is as bright and clean as the Caribbean origins of the genre.

4/5 Stars



Uncle Djuzeppe & the Mob Release New Video for “Drama Queen”

New York City ska punks Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob have released a video for their song “Drama Queen.” The song has some strong gypsy punk vibes and came out in January.

You can watch the video for “Drama Queen” below and download the song for free over at UD&TM’s Bandcamp page.

 



The Bar Stool Preachers announce summer tour dates

Brighton ska-punk outfit The Bar Stool Preachers have announced some new summer tour dates to take place after their supporting run on the Bouncing Souls30th Anniversary Tour.

You can check all of their upcoming dates and locations below.

The Bar Stool Preachers are gearing up to release Grazie Governo on August 3rd, which will be the first new release from the Preachers since 2016’s Blatant Propaganda.



Fireball announce Fuelling The Fire UK Tour with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger

Fireball have announced that their “Fuelling The Fire UK” tour will take place in September 2019, with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger topping the bill.

Also appearing will be Thieves Of Liberty and DJ Matt Stocks, with special guests and competition winners to be announced closer to the time.

Tickets are on sale this Friday (7th June) for the rather good value price of £15.

Check out the full list of dates below.



The Aggrolites release video for “Pound For Pound”

The Aggrolites, who recently released their album REGGAE NOW! via Pirates Press Records have released a video for a track from it. You can watch “Pound For Pound” below.

You can order physical copies of the record from the label now.



Sublime With Rome release new album “Blessings”; announce tour dates

Ska-punk trio Sublime With Rome have released their latest album, Blessings and debuted the first single, “Light On” today during an exclusive YouTube unveiling. The album is available to stream and purchase here.

In support of Blessings, the band will be heading out on a summer tour with support from Soja, as well as hitting some festivals along the way.

You can hear “Light On” as well as find all the tour dates below.



Announcing the Cranking & Skanking Fest 2019 in Pawtucket, RI

Featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Buck-O-Nine – plus many others yet to be announced, the 2019 Cranking and Skanking Fest is shaping up to be something special for ska punk fans. It will be held on August 10th at The Met Courtyard in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The festival will also feature food vendors and free craft beer tasting. To purchase tickets, click here.

 



Check Out the Video for “Kelly’s Missing” by Codename Colin (UK Ska)

Perfect for every band who has ever been asked to pay to play a venue, UK ska band Codename Colin have taken their anti-pay to play song, “Kelly’s Missing” and turned it into a fun video. You can watch the video, and check out the band, below.



Stream The Interrupters acoustic version of “Gave You Everything”

The Interrupters recently recorded an acoustic version of “Gave You Everything” and made a stylized lyric video to go along with it. You can check out the video below to enjoy the softer side of the ska-punk band. (Yes, it’s really good, by the way.)



The Pomps (Ska, MA) stream new song “Autopsy”

Massachusetts ska act The Pomps are streaming their new single, Autopsy.”  

You can give it a listen below.

The Pomps last released the single “P.A.D.D.” last month.  Before that was their 2017 Alternate America EP.



The Skints tour the US to promote new LP

London reggae/punk exports The Skints are promoting their recently released album Swimming Lessons with West Coast tour this month and into June. A full list of dates is below.

The band released Swimming Lessons this month and it’s the first release since 2015’s FM.