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Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy announce ‘Hella Mega’ tour

The announcement of the ‘Hella Mega’ tour has caused ripples of excitement in the music world this week. If you haven’t seen, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer have announced a co-headlining tour in Europe, the US and Canada for next summer. Speaking on Zane Lowe’s show about the tour, Billie Joe Armstrong said: “It’s kind of a Green Day idea. And we talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like throwback to Monsters Of Rock Tour. There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer and now we’re stoked.”

The Interrupters, who seem to be going from strength to strength, have been announced as support for the US and Canada dates.

The dates for the whole tour can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Senses Fail release video for “Bastard Son”

 

Senses Fail have re-recorded and re-released their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams. It’s out now via Pure Noise. To mark the release, they’ve made a video for “Bastard Son”.

Have a watch of it below – and read a commentary on why they’ve re-recorded these old tracks.



Finding September (pop punk) release video for “Hostage”

San Antonio pop punk quarter Finding September have released a video for their latest single “Hostage”. The track is the first new offering since last year’s History EP.

Have a watch below.



Turnover announce new LP “Altogether”

Turnover have announced they are to release a new album, Altogether, on November 1st via Run For Cover Records. Pre-orders are up now – plus the band are streaming two tracks from it, “Much After Feeling” and “Plant Sugar”. 

Check both tracks – and upcoming dates – below.



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.



Album Review: Good Grief – “Square One”

The pop-punks from the Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan are back, Good Grief bringing what could be the best pop-punk release of the year in mini-album Square One. From the moment the mini-album begins, with an emotional spoken-word acoustic track reminiscent of how After Tonight began their iconic first-and-only album, there’s this special feeling surrounding it.

The boys in Good Grief have this incredible energy, which is translated into their music. As soon as the intro ends we’re brought into the track “Forever,” a pop-punk banger, complete with bright guitar work and gang vocals that just beg to be sang along with. The ending line of “I spend another night alone” slows things down to a brief sombre moment, but the energy is kicked right back up again with “Canvas.”

“Canvas” is another impressively crafted pop-punk gem, with some tasty melodies bringing us towards the shining center of the release. “The Paul,” followed by “Rotting In My Chest,” strikes me as quite probably my favorite pop-punk tracks in quite a long time. The Paul hits the ground running, leaning on the easycore influence quite a few Japanese pop-punk bands have. Yastin’s delivery of “This is my life!” hits hard in the middle of “The Paul,” then a final “YEAH” to finish off the track brings that intense energy up to boil.

“Rotting In My Chest” is everything you could want from a pop-punk song, calling on early Knuckle Puck and Real Friends with an iconic sound they grab hold of and make their own in a beautiful way. It’s one of those tracks that you can’t help but have on replay all day. “I hope you remember” stands out as that line you can’t help but sing along with, brings back how their track “Home” from a previous EP stood out as that endlessly singable tune.

Following that killer midsection is a nice reprieve, a gentle acoustic track in “Delete.” The flow of the mini-album is pretty spot on, and winds down with “Delete” into the finale of “Wasted Miles,” beginning with twinkly guitars but quickly working into their sound, making a nice bit of contrast. The flow of the track has the aura of some punkier emo tracks with the dips and rises, ending with passion, looking back on past mistakes.

Japanese pop-punk is a beautifully flourishing scene at a local level, with a lot of creativity and expression shown through the bands that work incredibly hard to build the very scene they love. In influence the scene sits somewhere around the Defend Pop Punk era, but drawing on elements of easycore, emo, and hardcore, Japanese pop-punk is creatively growing impressively. Good Grief always bring quality in catchy and emotional punk music, but Square One marks a step forward from there, honing their skills and putting together something really special. Don’t sleep on this!

Square One releases on September 8th. You can stream the mini-album below.



Teenage Bubblegums release video for “In Limbo”

Italian rock trio Teenage Bubblegums have release a video for “In Limbo”. The track is taken from their upcoming record of the same name, out 13th September on Monster Zero Inc. It is the follow up to 2016’s Days Of Nothing.

Have a watch below.



Lagwagon stream “Surviving California” from new album

Lagwagon will release Railer, their ninth full length album, on October 4th through Fat Wreck Chords. Following recent single “Bubble“, the band are now streaming another track from it. Have a listen to “Surviving California” below.

Album pre-orders are up now.



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.



SIBIIR (blackened hardcore, NO) announce European tour

Norwegian blackened hardcore band SIBIIR have announced a European headline tour in support of Ropes, their second full-length album out October 4th via Fysisk Format. Inspired by the Siberia region of Russia, which the band describes as “the coldest place on Earth”, SIBIIR have received significant praise for their past releases and especially for their 2016 self-titled debut. Though they use the “blackened hardcore” label to define their unique blend of black metal and hardcore sounds, SIBIIR consistently demonstrate a passion for experimenting outside of genre confines. Check the tour poster above to see if you can catch them.

We last heard from SIBIIR when they dropped their EP Leeches back in July. Check out the title track from that release below.



DS Exclusive: Jason Cruz on Strung Out’s triumphant “Songs Of Armor And Devotion” and his Upcoming Children’s Book, “There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams”

When last we spoke with Strung Out frontman Jason Cruz, it was a couple of days prior to the release of his iconic band’s acoustic EP, Black Out The Sky. The album marked a bit of a departure, a change of pace album more than two decades into the band’s history of pioneering a blistering punk/metal hybrid. The album had been a bit delayed – its predecessor, Transmission.Alpha.Delta was already three years old and was, itself, the band’s first new album in six years at the time – and came at the end of a tumultuous two-year period that found long-time drummer Jordan Burns exiting the band, replaced by Runaway Kids’ RJ Shankle.

Fast-forward a less than eighteen months, and we caught up with Cruz again, this time on the heels of a new, fully-plugged-in full-length. On August 9th, the band released their ninth studio album, Songs Of Armor And Devotion, on Fat Wreck Chords, and from the first moments of the album’s opening track, “Rebels & Saints,” the new music finds the quintet firmly, aggressively, planting their battle flag as an ongoing force to be reckoned with nearly three decades into their career. That’s a concept that is certainly not lost on Cruz. “I think that we’re all still working class dudes. We’re still hungry. I feel like we still have to fight for every little thing that we’ve got and everything that we do. Nothing is easy for us, so I think that that in and of itself adds to the gravity and the sincerity of what we do,” he explains. “We earned the right to still be here. I think that if you’re going to do this – to do anything – you have to earn the right to keep doing it.”

Cruz notes that even with so many releases under their studded belts, the band experiences collective anxiety in the last period of time before an album officially drops, and the tone of that anxiety has shifted as much as anything else over the course of their career. “Up until the time it gets released, you’re wondering, especially with social media and everything that’s going on these days, everyone’s got an opinion and everyone feels their opinion needs to be heard, and they start throwing around how they think you should write the songs.” This forces the band – somewhat less-than-reluctantly – to pull back moreso than usual from social media outlets and to let their own collective consciousness steer the ship. It’s the quality that’s lead the band to continue producing material that’s as hungry and vital as ever. “I think that if you believe and something, do it or act it or live your life around it or just be it, and if people are inspired by it, good, if they’re not…I don’t worry about it.

Cruz’s songwriting has never been the type to shy away from sociopolitical issues, and that’s certainly no different on Songs Of Armor And Devotion given that the period we find ourselves in is ripe for commentary. However, Cruz’s songwriting is also the type that’s not going to beat you over the head with on-the-nose references. Instead, he opts for more of a storyteller’s role, allowing the listener to make her or his own connection with the music. That, of course, is by design. “I think music is more intimate than that, and the way it affects you when you first listen to something, or you first put on a CD or you have a moment…music is something so personal and intimate,” he explains.I think a problem with our generation, or just this time, is a lack of intimacy with all things, you know? Everything is so fast and mass-produced and gamma rays in your face and radiation in your face and instant gratification, but there’s no intimacy with anything anymore.

2019 finds Cruz not only assuming his storyteller’s role for Strung Out again by way of writing lyrics and creating artwork, as he’s now done for the bulk of the band’s releases; he’s now branching out into the world of author of children’s books! October 25th at the Copro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles, Cruz will be throwing an art show that serves as the launch for his debut book, There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams. The title was developed by one of Cruz’s daughters and inspired the central theme of the book. “It’s a simple children’s poem with some cool pictures. It’s trying to explain to a kid what dreams are.” In fact, There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams is the first of three books that Cruz has lined up. “The first one is basically a nursery rhyme or a kids’ poem with pictures. The second one is a little bit darker. The third one is a motherfucker…but that’ll wait ’til (his daughter is) a little older!

*excerpted artwork from There Are Such Things As In Your Dreams courtesy of Cruz himself*

As a songwriter, Cruz has not shied away from digging around in some dark places and exploring themes that might be awkward or strange or uncomfortable, and that won’t be different when it comes to his career as an author of kids’ books. “I am who I am in front of my daughter; sometimes I write about dark stuff, but I think at the core of everything I do is love,” Cruz notes. “I think if you read anything I write, it’s about love. I’m not a hateful person, I don’t write about hateful things. Everything I do comes from love, so naturally this book comes from love and dreams.” To that end, Cruz approached the process of creating the art and storyline for a children’s book in much the same manner that he approaches creating music, be it for Strung Out or another project like Jason Cruz and Howl. “To me, a children’s book is just like a song,” he explains. “They’ve both got rhythm, they’ve got imagery. It’s a simplified, poetic approach to telling a sorry or a thought or a theme, you know?

Head below to check out our full Q&A with Jason Cruz…or at least the first 22 minutes of our conversation before my recorder miraculously shat the proverbial bed. If you’re going to be in Southern California the last week of October, you can RSVP to the above-mentioned art show/book launch here; it’s free, and it will also feature guest artist and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero and an acoustic performance by Strung Out!

 



DS Exclusive: The Restarts debut “Black Dog” from upcoming album, “Uprising”

Happy Friday, gang!

Dying Scene are stoked to bring you some brand new music from English hardcore vets The Restarts! The East London-based trio has got a brand new LP, Uprising, due out on Pirates Press Records on October 25th. BUT because they love you, the Pirates are bringing you the debut single, “Black Dog,” today!

Here’s what Kieran Plunkett, who mans bass and vocal duties for The Restarts, has to say about the song:

The song Black Dog touches on the awareness of mental health and how it has been stigmatised. We all know people (some quite near and dear to us) who struggle with depression or other forms of mental health. With a little understanding people (who suffer manic depression and bipolar disorder) can quite easily live productive lives. It is the stigmatisation and shame that worsens the illness and increases likelihood of suicide. We have lost friends over the years to suicide and conversely know others who manage to cope with it. So the more we understand it the better chance we have to fight this.”

The term “Black Dog” was coined by the English writer Samuel Johnson and later popularised by Winston Churchill. Here’s a video explaining that analogy.

Check out The Restarts’ “Black Dog” below!

The Restarts’ recent split with SUBHUMANS was released recently via Pirates Press; get yours here. While you’re at it, pre-save “Black Dog” right here!



New Video: Sincere Engineer – “Dragged Across The Finish Line” from upcoming Red Scare anniversary comp

Well this is pretty awesome. Chicago’s (but really all of ours, right?!?) Sincere Engineer has dropped a brand new video. It’s for a new track called “Dragged Across The Finish Line,” and I’m pretty sure it’s about every single 5k road race I’ve ever run. Anyway, check out the video below, fellow human trash cans!

“Dragged Across The Finish Line” is featured on the upcoming Red Scare Industries 15th anniversary compilation alongside other ass-kicking bands like The Bombpops, Ramona, The Copyrights, The Lippies and more! Pre-order it here!