Wasted Mind releases on June 24th through Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the band’s first album in 3 years, serving as a follow-up to 2013’s Brainless God.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 3:55 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Bobby Pickles interviews Nick Woods and Devon Kay of the Milwaukee-based pop punk band, DIRECT HIT! @Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, FL prior to them opening for NOFX on the Hepatitis Bathtub Music and Book Tour!
Watch the video below.
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:50 PM (PST) by Bobby Pickles
This week on Dying Scene Radio, Bobby Pickles is joined by his ragtag crew of misfits: TONE LO-KI & Piazza (not the famous baseball hall-of-famer); as well as Elena Venetia LIVE from Delaware. It’s a motley crew of “eegits” talking medieval rape, unrepressed anger, and spinning new tracks by Blink -182 and Masked Intruder. SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: DIRECT HIT!
THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Blink-182 – Bored To Death
Beartooth – Loser
The Run Around – A Voice
Thrice – Black Honey
Masked Intruder – Take What I Want
Future Idiots – Eyes Of Mine
Heart Attack Kids – Deaf Dogs
Wicked Bears – Piazza, L.A. Dodger
Tiny Moving Parts – Common Cold
Death by Stereo – Neverending
Less Thank Jake – Suburban Myth
Bitch Queens – Again, Again & Again
BAND SPOTLIGHT: DIRECT HIT!
Direct Hit! – Artificial Confidence
NO//LIARS – Catalyst
Sniper 66 – Messiah
The Gap Year – Under Your Tongue
Ethan 103 – Punk Rock Fashion Police
State Line Syndicate – Borrowed Time
Brash Hounds – Bobby Fischer
D.O.A. – Fucked Up Donald
The Taxpayers – Easy Money
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Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:01 PM (PST) by jaystone
We’ve all no-doubt heard the news that circa 2016, bands can’t rely on album sales to comprise more than a sliver of their total earnings, and are this relegated to earning the bulk of their collective paychecks from the road. When a band has career longevity that stretches north of thirty years and isn’t actively plugging a new album, that can make for interesting decisions when it comes time to tour; take the easy way out and sleepwalk through a greatest hits set? Take a night…or two…or three… in each city and play your “best” (read as: best selling) album…or two…or three… in order each night? Join forces with a couple other aging bands that also don’t have new albums out for a national summertime touring nostalgia-fest?
NOFX obviously, and thankfully, chose a bit of a different option. Alongside former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jeff “Penalty” Alulis, the band (including former members) penned The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, a captivating collection of tales from their entire career-to-date –funny, serious, sad, fucked up, heart-wrenching, and all things in between. (Editor’s note: full review to follow in the coming days.) In support of the book, the band hit the road for a joint book-signing/club show tour that featured stops at the Harvard Book Store and Paradise Rock Club in Boston, respectively. Dying Scene wasn’t in attendance at the former (stupid day job and stupid traffic), but was at the sold-out latter for a performance that can really only be described as “stellar”…and not just “stellar for a punk show.”
It’s no secret that part of the allure of a NOFX show is that there’s always the realistic chance that things careen dangerously off the rails. This particular evening, however, say the band rip through more than two dozen songs (I won’t bore you, just check the setlist here) and, in the process, sounds probably the tightest that yours truly has ever seen them play. Inimitable frontman Fat Mike seemed to take notice of how just how solid the band were, joking that he was going to take a drink every time he made a mistake, and getting through four or five songs in a row without needing to drink, only to ask the band to play a harder song so that there was a chance he’d screw up so he could finally drink. Hyperbolic stage banter, perhaps, but the band and current touring keyboard player/backup vocalist Karina Denike (whom you should be familiar with) seemed especially engaged (not always a given) and in good spirits.
Well, until the fight, that is. Toward the end of the evening, a fight broke out in the crowd on guitarist/tromboner/occasional vocalist El Hefe’s side of the stage. While fights are not entirely rare at punk shows by any stretch of the imagination (seriously, read The Hepatitis Bathtub…), and while the details of what exactly happened remain a bit fuzzy (though it does appear it was a “long-haired dude versus a skinhead”), it’s worth nothing that not only had yours truly not experienced a “band stops and takes their instruments off” kind of donnybrook for a quite a while, even Fat Mike noted that that he hadn’t seen such a thing in quite some time. Still, the band were able to regroup and finish out the show in fairly epic fashion, as Mike took his bass back off and sang most of his parts in “Kill All The White Man” from the crowd. While the show and the setlist did a pretty solid job of spanning the duration of NOFX’s career, it also did a pretty solid job of avoiding “greatest hits setlist” territory, and even featured a few tracks from their upcoming full-length, the as-yet-publicly-untitled album due out on Fat Wreck this summer.
Direct support on this run was provided by none other than recent Fat Wreck signees Direct Hit!. The Milwaukee-area four-piece were on-point, leading the crowd through a blistering set that included songs from their own upcoming Fat Wreck release, “Wasted Mind” (due July 24th). Direct Hit! don’t present as a band that takes themselves too seriously, however they do appear to take seriously the fact that they’ve become the latest signing to Fat Wreck and the honor that comes with not only sharing a label but sharing a stage with an act that they’ve looked up with for years and years. Made for a particularly fun and inspiring set.
The album’s first act, Mephiskapheles, kicked things off in throwback fashion. Their trademark NYC Satanic ska-core sound certainly isn’t like anything that’s come since, and may have presented as a bit sonically overwhelming for those that aren’t familiar with their place in the genre.
Check out our full photo gallery below.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM (PST) by jaystone
Double whammy of a Direct Hit! story for your Wednesday afternoon!
First and foremost, the Milwaukee punks debuted yet another video from their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords debut, “Wasted Mind.” The acid-trip of a video is for the track “Artificial Confidence,” and you can check it out here.
Second and secondmost (is that a word?), the band announced a run of East Coast tour dates that’ll keep them busy through the middle of this coming July. Direct Hit! will be taking pop-punkers Pkew Pkew Pkew and Dying Scene Records‘ own Problem Daughter along for the ride. Check out dates below.
As you’re probably aware by now, “Wasted Mind” is due out July 24th.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
You’ve probably heard that NOFX has a new book out, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, and that it recently made it on the New York Times’ best seller list. You may have also had the chance to check them out on their current book signing (and show) tour promoting their newest endeavor into combining the literary and punk rock worlds.
I was lucky enough to catch their LA show at the Belasco Theater with support from Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. This was an unforgettable night of music, friends, and fun as NOFX celebrated their thirty-plus years as a band and the stories they have shared for the world to read.
Bad Cop/Bad Cop opened the show proving why they are one of the strongest new(er) acts on the Fat Wreck roster. The band played a set of songs off their nearly-a-year-old debut full-length, Not Sorry, intermixed with an older song or two. It was a real bonus to see them on the LA date before they headed to Europe for their spring tour, including a spot at Groezrock.
Mean Jeans hit the stage next and I became an new fan. Having not listened to them much before, their Ramones-inspired sound instantly caught my attention and made me dance along. I love still being surprised by music and discovering new artists and look forward to what they will do next.
Direct Hit! came out swinging, ripping through their set to an increasingly excited crowd. This was my first time seeing them in a bigger venue and they really command the stage with their energy and enthusiasm. It’s evident they are excited to be on the Fat Wreck roster and touring with bands like NOFX.
Lastly, the moment the crowd had been waiting for – Fat Mike, El Hefe, Melvin, and Smelly took the stage to celebrate the release of their book and their love of playing music. There was a different air about this show, as if it was finally like they were able to not only share their music, but their experience as a band and as friends. With NOFX, you never know what the night will hold, as they have more than enough music to play a different set every night. The band played old favorites, setlist staples, and a few newer tunes over their hour-plus set. As always, the crowd sang, danced, moshed, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Shooting these bands and shows are always a ton of fun – check out our full gallery below!
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:55 AM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Direct Hit! have released a music video for their new song “Chemical Ability.” The track will appear on Making a Midwesterner, the band’s upcoming split EP with The Brokedowns. You can watch the video below.
Making a Midwesterner will be released on Record Store Day 2016 via Red Scare Industries. Direct Hit! will also release their third full length LP, Wasted Mind, on June 24, 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:39 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! are streaming a brand new song titled “Forced to Sleep”, which is taken from their upcoming album Wasted Mind.
You can listen to the song below.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 5:15 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! are the latest band to ink a deal with Fat Wreck Chords. According to the label’s press release, the band will have a new album out by summer. Also of note is the band will be supporting NOFX on their upcoming US tour – dates/locations below.
Here’s what Direct Hit! frontman Nick Woods had to say about signing with Fat:
“Fat Wreck defined my opinion of what ‘punk’ meant when I was an insecure teenager in the Midwest. So I guess in a lot of ways, as someone who still cares about music 15 years later, the label’s helped define my outlook on life in general. It’s incredible for me to be able to say our band is a small piece of that foundation now.”
Direct Hit!’s latest studio album Brainless God was released in 2013 through Red Scare Industries. We’ll keep you posted as more details come to light on their Fat Wreck debut.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 3:53 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The official list of releases for this year’s edition of Record Store Day has been unveiled. Among notable releases included on the list are a brand new 7″ from NOFX titled Sid & Nancy, a split 7″ from Direct Hit! and The Brokedowns, a 7″ single from Ignite, and a vinyl reissue of Anti-Flag‘s Live Acoustic At 11th Street Records.
Record Store Day falls on April 16th this year. More info on participating record stores is available here.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 8:20 PM (PST) by jaystone
Super rad pre-holiday news for fans of Direct Hit!!
We’ve known for a little while now that the Milwaukee pop-punks have had a brand new full-length album in the bag and waiting for release. While details are still vague at this point, we’ve at least finally got a taste of what’s to come. The band posted a sub-one-minute teaser video today to whet our appettites, and it’s pretty…well…mysterious, to say the very least. Check it out here.
We’ll keep you posted on the new material as news becomes available. Direct Hit!’s last new full length was 2013’s “Brainless God.” They did put out an album of remixed/remasterd tracks called “More Of The Same” back on August 21st through Red Scare Industries.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 8:09 PM (PST) by jaystone
Chicago-based pioneering post-punk veterans Naked Raygun have announced a small run of three shows that’ll take place in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Lombard, respectively in early December. The band will play a different set each night, and all nights will feature brand-new material from their forthcoming full-length, due out in 2016!
Naked Raygun will be joined each night by Milwaukee’s Direct Hit!…as if you needed more of a reason to take in one of the shows! All tickets will be on sale this coming Friday (October 16th) at noon Central; get more details here, courtesy of the good people at Riot Fest
Oh…and stay tuned for more news about Naked Raygun’s as-yet-untitled release, which’ll be their first full length since 1990’s “Raygun…Naked Raygun.”
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:45 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Milwaukee pop-punks Direct Hit! have unveiled their newest project: a hot sauce! Called Domesplitter, the new sauce is a collaboration between the band and Soothsayer Hot Sauce and will made using moruga scorpion peppers. According to Soothsayer, the sauce will be ready for sale by this year’s Fest.
Musically speaking, Direct Hit! last released their re-recorded compilation album, More of the Same (Satanic Singles: 2010-2014), on August 21, 2015 through Red Scare Industries, and have a brand new LP on the way as well.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:37 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
More of the Same (Satanic Singles: 2010-2014) is set to release on August 21st through Red Scare Industries. Direct Hit! also recently finished recording a new LP which will serve as a follow-up to 2013’s Brainless God.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6:15 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Wisconsin pop punks Direct Hit! have released a stream of a newly re-recorded version of “Say Whatever,” which you can listen to here. As you may already know, this version of a song has been re-recorded by the band’s current line up and is set to be released on the band’s upcoming “fake new album,” More Of The Same (Satanic Singles: 2010-2014).
Direct Hit! latest full-length release was September 2013′s Brainless God, also on Red Scare.