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Manchester Punk Festival Goes Big on 2019 Announcement Number Two

It’s that time of year again. All your favourite festivals are beginning to announce which acts will grace their stages next year. This week, the stalwarts of the European calendar have each dropped big announcements; with Brakrock Eco Fest and Punk Rock Holiday snagging the likes of PEARS, Propagandhi, and Descendents amongst their huge crowd draws.

Not ones to be outdone, the UK’s Manchester Punk Festival has made its second announcement for the 2019 edition. Joining this year’s show will be a host of legendary and up-and-coming international and domestic acts.

These include the legendary Subhumans, psychobilly rockers The Creepshow, and Fat Wreck export Smoke or Fire.

You can check out the rest of the line up, plus all the ticket information below.

Manchester Punk Festival takes place in Manchester, UK, from 19th to 21st April 2019.

 



The Rackatees (skate punk) stream new EP “Withdure”

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new music from skate punk band The Rackatees (their last release, which came out in 2016, was a split with Lysolgang) but they made the wait worthwhile.

Their new release called “Withdure” has great melodies, great energy and some kind of fucked up turtle on the cover! Listen to the 4-track EP below.



Rehasher (Roger from Less Than Jake’s side project) begin first European tour

Do you know about Roger Lima Manganelli’s‘s side project bandRehasher? The bassist/co-singer of Less Than Jake will be heading to Europe with the rest of the gang in Rehasher for the first time this week. They’ll be playing all dates with up and coming UK pop punk band Eat Defeat and you can find the dates and locations below.

Rehasher put out their last album, “Make The Noise” in 2015.



JSR (punk rock) stream new single ‘Empty Towers’

JSR from Denver, Colorado, have released a new song called ‘Empty Towers’. Formed in 2008, they cite the likes of Billy Bragg, Smoking Popes and  The Replacements as influences. You can definitely hear some of that going on in this song, along with pop punk/skate punk influences. Song is streaming below.

They released an album It Roars (to be available digitally soon) via Motorcycle Potluck Records in the summer. 



U.S. Bombs announce new album “Road Case”

California punk veterans U.S. Bombs have announced they will be releasing their new album Road Case on November 23rd via Slope Records.

You can check out the track listing below.

U.S. Bombs last released their Clash Tribute 7″ in December 2017 via Slope Records.



Propagandhi to play Brakrock Ecofest 2019

The fine folks at the Brakrock Ecofest have announced that Canadian punk legends Propagandhi will be joining in on the 2019 festivities.  They join the three previously announced bands, The BenniesThe Dopamines and Pears.

Brakrock Ecofest 2019 will take place on August 2-3 in Duffel, Belgium.



Hulit Bullet (punk, Isreal) stream debut album “Ways To Have Fun”

Israeli punk act Hulit Bullet are streaming their upcoming debut album, Ways To Have Fun.

You can give it a listen below.

Ways To Have Fun is set to be released on December 10th via Punk & Disorderly Records.



DS Photo Gallery: Jawbreaker, Naked Raygun; and Smoking Popes at Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

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Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on the north side of the city played host to three heavy hitters Sunday November 4, 2018. The bill provided fans a bit of relief from near constant coverage running up to the midterm elections. There more than a few “I Voted” (early in those cases) wristbands, politically motivated t-shirts and buttons visible. But for the most part this show would promise a a time-out from the heavy 24 hours news cycle.

The crowd proved that they were among those undeterred by heavy rains. They were too interested in watching Jawbreaker, a beloved headliner returning to Chicago roughly a year after the city played host to the band’s reunion at Riot Fest 2017. There had been more than a little grumbling about the ticket prices for this show when it was first announced. However, it appeared those in attendance in short order decided that shelling out north of $40 was well worth it.  Surely seeing two groups of favorite sons, Naked Raygun and Smoking Popes from Chicago’s tight knit punk rock community helped.

Speaking of tight knit, this show did draw a strong representation of aforementioned community. Spotted in the crowd, but not a complete list by any means I’m sure, were members of Pegboy, The Bollweevils, Death and Memphis; and The Usuals.

Smoking Popes

The Smoking Popes launched into a set of both old tracks and new tunes from “Into The Agony,” the band’s first full length album in many years. Lead singer Josh Caterer dedicated “You Spoke To Me,” off their third album, 1997’s “Destination Failure,” to Jawbreaker, as the song was written about Blake Schwarzenbach himself. Caterer described how fortunate he felt to be on same bill as one of his musical inspirations.

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Naked Raygun is routinely described as legendary. And despite any hesitation about that word from its founder and lead singer Jeff Pezzati, it is so frequently used one may come to believe that is actually part of the band’s name.

There had been rumors that due to heath and other concerns, this show would be Naked Raygun’s last live performance. Jeff Pezzati dispelled those rumors and assured me they will in fact continue playing live shows.

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Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

Bill Stephens, of Naked Raygun, in a lighthearted moment, sticks his tongue out at photographers shooting from the pit below.

Pierre Kezdy, Naked Raygun’s longest running bass player is presently battling cancer and was not in attendance on stage or in the crowd. But his spirit was nonetheless felt and it was seen, on one of the most popular items at Naked Raygun’s table: a t-shirt featuring a full-bodied portrait of Kezdy.

 

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Returning to Naked Raygun’s performance on this night, Pezzati’s bandmates, drummer Eric Spicer, Bill Stephens on guitar and bass player Fritz Doreza, in their respective roles matched Pezzati’s vocal strength and powered through almost two dozen songs. Highlights including “Home of the Brave, “Peacemaker,” “Vanilla Blue,” the perhaps fortuitously named “Treason,” on which Eli Caterer of The Smoking Popes guested on stage. And of course “Rat Patrol” with its frenzy inducing “Whoah oh oh oh oh oh.” 

Naked Raygun

Oh and a photographer’s note: After the first three songs were completed Pezzati glanced down into the photo pit when he noticed the security signaling for the shooters to leave the pit and indicated to them with “he stays, she stays…” and so on. When the security again signaled for us to leave, Pezzati once again took a moment to tells the security, “they stay.” This was not the first time, Pezzati has advised security that the photographers stay for the entire set. It’s always appreciated by those of us documenting the show.

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Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes guests on a couple of Naked Raygun songs.

Jawbreaker’s reunion at Riot Fest 2017 whet their fans’ cravings for more shows. Headlining the annual festival weekend apparently also whet the band’s own appetite to play together more often. Jawbreaker kicked off its set with West Bay Invitational and filled it with some of its best songs, including “Jinx Removing,” “Chesterfield King,” “Kiss The Bottle,” and “Accident Prone.” Their energetic performance challenged the crowd to keep up.

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By the end of the night, many the show attendees straggled out of the Uptown venue and up to the “L” red line platform just across the street, shoulders hunched with exhaustion and clothes soaking wet. But it was hard to tell if that was more due to the rain outside or sweat earned inside by leaning into a solid punk rock bill top to bottom, working to match the energy expelled by those on stage. Just your average Sunday night in Chicago, IL.

 

 



The Bare Minimum (hardcore) release video for “Hollow Animals”

Toronto based hardcore act The Bare Minimum are back with a video for their song “Hollow Animals” and Health Canada is stressed. The psychedelic video features extra arms, prisms and a mullet (probably what’s got Health Canada in a tizzy). The song comes off the band’s recently released Where the Busses Don’t Come EP  released earlier this month.

Check out the new video below.



Quitters (pop-punk) streaming new single “Better Off Dead” off upcoming album

French pop-punks Quitters are streaming the first single “Better off Dead” off of their upcoming album Singing Like Nobody’s Listening. Scheduled to be released in early 2019, this is an album you don’t want to sleep on.

Check out the new single below.

This is the first new music from Quitters since the 2017 release of Good Night Memories.



Down Memory Lane (punk) streaming new EP “Release”

Montreal punks Down Memory Lane are streaming their new EP Release. The new six song EP is being released through Thousand Island Records. With six other tracks “Coming Soon” and the message: “You can try again or wait a few months” we may be spoiled with six more tracks to this already stellar EP in a few months? Let’s hope so!

Check out the six new tracks that you can play below.

This is the first new music from Down Memory Lane since the 2017 release of Vice Cache. If you’re a fan of 90’s inspired punk rock you will thoroughly enjoy Down Memory Lane.



Main Line 10 release video for “Phoenix”

Spanish melodic hardcore export Main Line 10 have released a video for “Phoenix”. The track is from the band’s most recent album, The Fox, which came out back in April.

Have a watch below.



Album review: Amber Lamps – “On the Lamb”

Astoria, NY’s Amber Lamps have released their second EP On the Lamb, which is a follow up to 2017’s Plaidypuss. The easiest label to use is pop-punk, as there is plenty of it, however it is delivered with a groovy soulful twist that makes this album stand out.

On the Lamb opens with “Wanderlust” a song that immediately grabs your attention with a hard driving intro that is reminiscent of early punks that started with a pop influence, it would not be a far stretch to see a song like this on a Green Day album. The lyrics “it still makes me happy to come back home” fit perfectly because there are a lot of bands attempting to expand the boundaries of genres and push punk to extreme limits, but it is nice to come back home to a place where punk is fast, emotionally gritty, and infectiously catchy.

This soulful and raucous style of pop-punk is further explored with songs like “Trophy Beer” and “This Just In” but perfectly nailed in the album closer “Hindered Spirits.” A small step back in the tempo opens the song up to a sound that is more akin to Hot Water Music but without the gruff. The comparison continues with more emotionally vulnerable lyrics. “I don’t have a keeper when it’s all said and done, I’m just a hindered spirit on the run. Is this a mistake, if it is, then it’s mine to make as my life goes on and on and on” is an intrinsic look into the nature of relationships. How is the singer hindered? Does the use of “spirit” imply alcohol or the fear that we are doomed to be alone as the obstructive force? Given the way the line is sung and the way “on and on” is repeated, especially in the outro, makes me believe it is the lonely nature of an empty eternity that forces the singers mistakes.

Throughout this album there is some great instrumentation at work, the shiny example of this is “Catastrophe.” Heavy bass and drum lines give it a bluesy vibe that is further accentuated by a very solid guitar solo and makes it a slow dance diversion from the rest of the album. The other deviation from their driving punk sound is the acoustic “Sola Catuli.” The song is an emotional look at the downfall of a relationship and perhaps sets the table for the mistakes and fear of being alone mentioned in “Hindered Spirits”, making it an effusive one-two punch to end the album.

Coming in at around 18 minutes long, the only real complaint is that On the Lamb is too short. It explores a groovy but gritty side of pop-punk that will certainly have you coming back for more.

4.5/5 Stars



Millie Manders & The Shutup release video for “Lollipops”

Norwich, UK based ska punks Millie Manders and the Shutup have released a video for “Lollipops”, a track from their recently released, EP “Shutup”, which came out back in September. The video follows single “One That Got Away“.

Have a watch below.



Drones release video for “Anchors”

London, UK punks Drones have released a video for “Anchors”, a track from their album “Exiled”, which came out back in March via Lockjaw Records.

Have a watch below.