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Stream new track “Greenplates” from Americana Punkers The Slaughterhouse Chorus

After 10 years as a band, Albany Americana punkers The Slaughterhouse Chorus are calling it quits at the end of 2019. For this longtime fan that’s a hard pill to swallow. The only thing that makes it go down easier is the fact that as a parting gift the group is leaving us with a new EP , …In The Name of Progress, via Built4BBQ Records. Having heard the entire release I can attest to the fact that it represents the fellas’ best material to date and you can get yourself a taste via the new track “Greenplates” below.



DS Exclusive: Assembly of Arsonists Releases Video For ‘What Lies in Ashes’

I wish I could say I “like” The Assembly of Arsonists new video for their track “What Lies In Ashes” but that would be far too simple of a statement for such a dense subject. The video, like its architect Travis James, is frightening, clever, original, disgusting, comical, theatrical, and above all intelligent.

“What Lies in Ashes” is the second single off of The Assembly of Arsonists upcoming LP The End is Dear due for release on May 24. The album’s first single “Learning At Both Ends” dropped on April 14,

Check out the video for “What Lies In Ashes” below.



The Shabs (Folk) release video for “Tom and Philip’s Song”

South African folk punks The Shabs have released a video for their song “Tom and Philip’s Song”. The song comes off the bands most recent release Can You Hear Us at the Back, which came out earlier this year. The video is a throwback to the fun and struggle of starting a band in your teenage years.

Check out the new video below.

As mentioned above The Shabs released Can You Hear Us at the Back earlier this year. If you’re a fan of The Dreadnoughts or Ramshackle Glory you will also enjoy these guys.



The Slaughterhouse Chorus set to release one final EP, pre-orders for “…In the Name of Progress” available now

After 10 years as a band, Albany Americana punkers The Slaughterhouse Chorus are calling it quits at the end of 2019. However they plan on going out with a bang with one last EP, …In The Name of Progress, brought to you by Built4BBQ Records. ...In the Name of Progress will be the band’s first release since 2014. Pre-orders for that album are available here… also available in vinyl.



Stoj Snak (Folk, Denmark) Streams New Video For “Apex Predator”

Danish folk punk songwriter Stöj Snak has released a new video for the track “Apex Predator”. It’s featured on the artist’s forthcoming release, a split with portable punks Speed Dinosaurs titled The Mass Extinction EP. The full record will be out at the end of this week, April 19, via TNS Records and 5FeetUnder Records

The video tells the story of a modern caveman hunting for frozen food. It was created in the band’s typical DIY spirit from royalty-free photos overlaid with simple hand-drawn animations by Stöj Snak frontman Niels Højgaard Sørensen.

You can check out “Apex Predator” below.



Assembly of Arsonists (Piano Punk, AZ) Stream Teaser Track from New Album “The End is Dear”

Piano-driven folk punkers Assembly of Arsonists are allowing fans to stream a track from their recently announced full-length album. The effort is titled The End is Dear and will be released on May 24 this year. It’s the first new music from the four-piece since their 2017 split with Diego Galvan, Hostility/Heartbreak.

For now, you can listen to “Learning at Both Ends” to get you in the mood for the album dropping next month below.



Sincere Engineer (folk-punk) is heading out on tour

Chicago folk-punks Sincere Engineer is heading out for a short tour through the Midwest. Joined by Mom Jeans and Mover Shaker it promises to be some pretty stellar shows.

Check out the full list of dates below, as well as the latest from Sincere Engineer, a stirring rendition of Paul Simon’s classic “You Can Call Me Al”.

If you are unaware of Sincere Engineer here is the rundown: Sincere Engineer exists in several forms but is primarily the brainchild/working moniker of Chicago’s Deanna Belos. She released her début full-length late last year accompanied by a full band, and it landed like a welcome breath of fresh air; honest, raw and inspiring fresh air. 



Frank Turner and Xtra Mile Announce Opening Slot Competition for Lost Evenings – Boston

Well this is a pretty cool opportunity if you’re in the Boston area (because we don’t have enough cool things going on here)!

As you probably know by now, the great Frank Turner will be holding the third installment of his Lost Evenings shows in Boston, Massachusetts, in a couple months. The four-night run of sold-out shows at House Of Blues features a different theme each night. The final night, May 19th, has been dubbed the Xtra Mile Night, and finds Turner teaming up with his long-running UK-based label hosting a handful of Xtra Mile Recordings vets like Against Me!, Skinny Lister and Trapper Schoep as openers. They’ve also announced a contest that will allow a kick-ass opening band a chance to kick the festivities off. Think you’ve got what it takes? Head here to find out how you and your band can enter!

Turner recently wrapped recording sessions for his eight studio album, which will serve as follow-up to last year’s Be More Kind.



Folk Punk Split: Stoj Snak and Speed Dinosaurs Announce “The Mass Extinction Split” EP

Denmark’s Stöj Snak and play-anywhere UK uke-punks Speed Dinosaurs have announced a split EP. The effort is called The Mass Extinction Split and will feature a total of six tracks – three from each band.

To get fans in the mood for the EP’s release on April 19, both bands have offered up one tune apiece early. You can check out “Fracking” by Speed Dinosaurs and “Drink From the Well” by Stöj Snak below

The most recent new music from Speed Dinosaurs was The Singles Collection in December of last year. Meanwhile, Stöj Snak released the 1,000 Daisies EP in September. 



Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic releases video for “My Meds”

Canadian acoustic-punk act Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic has released a video for his song “My Meds”. If you’re unfamiliar with Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic, he is sort of Canada’s more maple-covered version of Beans On Toast. The thoughtfulness of Beans On Toast but with a french twist.

Take a peek at the new video below and be sure to check out Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic’s Bandcamp page here to keep up with all his latest releases.

“My Meds” comes off Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic’s latest release 2018. As I said above if you’re a fan of Beans On Toast you will thoroughly enjoy the ninja-acoustic punk of Chainsaw Bitch Acoustic.



Album Review: Crywank – “Wearing Beige On A Grey Day”

crywank_wearing_beige_on_a_grey_dayCrywank are an anti-folk/folk-punk act based in Manchester who have just released their latest album Wearing Beige On A Grey Day, and they’re one of the most important voices in the genres today. With their encapsulation of depression and anxiety, combined with incredible creative imagery and unique wordplay, Crywank have consistently created haunting and addictive music. Wearing Beige On A Grey Day is the band’s sixth full length album, and third studio album.

Wearing Beige On A Grey Day takes the Crywank sound, often slightly understated and at times rather haunting, and adds new instrumentals and layering with some ominous brass on the tracks “I’ll Have Some In A Bit” and towards the end of “Unassimilated Normie.” The multilayered instrumentals combine quite well with the backing of moody acoustic music that’s akin to their first album James is going to die soon. There’s signature peaks of emotional explosion, something Crywank do quite well, notably in the almost deranged moments during “Drippy Droopy Pidgeonhole.”

The band has always had some incredibly strong lyrical work from James Clayton, both in writing and his emotion fueled performances. This album is no exception, with Clayton finding even more provocative angles to approach discussion of his own mental space as well as those around him. There’s a heartbreaking relevance to the album, with unique and strong imagery and metaphor combining to make a relatable experience. There’s new ground tread with “Blood,” separating from, yet still keeping relevance with, the general concept of the album; about not being able to feel alright. Blood discusses tragedy and society’s insistence on glossing it over, redirecting blame and to forget rather than find respect for those involved. James’ incredibly powerful lyrics are in full force for the entirety of the album, and here the lines carry real weight; “This is not a call for guilt, this is just a request for respect, the blood may not be on our hands, but we sleep in their beds, oh we sleep in their beds.”

The album feels a lot more directed than their previous, Egg on face. Foot in mouth. Wriggling Wriggling Wriggling. The more compact runtime gives a more solid concept to build around. It’s also nice to see the band has kept up with their trend for uncomfortable hand drawn album art. From front to back Wearing Beige On A Grey Day is terrific, another step forward for the ever growing Crywank.

You can give the album a listen down below.



Frank Turner finishes new album

Frank Turner recently announced that he has finished recording his eighth studio album with producer Catherine Marks. He tweeted:

“It’s a wrap! Just finished tracking album 8 with the incredible @cjmarks. Keeping the details close to my chest for now, and we have yet to mix, but very excited to have a sprawling experimental bunch of songs in the bag. Should be out later in the year!”

The new album will be the follow-up to Be More Kind, which was released last May via Xtra Mile Recordings.



New Video: Bryan McPherson – “Ghost of My Hometown”

Boston, Massachusetts native son Bryan McPherson has unveiled a new video, and this one is near and dear to our hearts for a few reasons. It’s for a track called “Ghost of My Hometown,” and it was filmed in and around McPherson’s old Dorchester neighborhood by none other than yours truly! McPherson and I caught up a couple months back before he made his annual migration to California and filmed guerrilla-style over the course of a couple of weekends. Check out the end product here!

“Ghost of My Hometown” appears on McPherson’s upcoming crowd-funded full-length, Kings Corner, which is due out imminently on McPherson’s own OFD Records.



The Shabs (Folk Punk, South Africa) Stream Album “Can You Hear Us At The Back”

South African folk punk duo The Shabs are allowing fans to stream their latest collection of music. The record is titled Can You Hear Us At The Back and features 12 tracks that are sure to delight fans of Ramshackle Glory or Defiance Ohio. 

You can check it out in its entirety below.

The previous release from The Shabs was the 2015 EP, DEJA.



Album Review: AJJ – “Ugly Spiral: Lost Works 2012-2016”

B-side and rarities compilations can be hit or miss. On the one hand, they’re a way to collect and gather non-LP tracks into one place, which is particularly great for non-obsessives who don’t track down every out-of-print 7-inch or promotional flexis with demos. On the other hand, because these songs are from a number of recording sessions, putting them together in one place can give the final product something of a disjointed feeling. AJJ’s Ugly Spiral: Lost Works 2012-2016, released last summer on SideOneDummy, largely avoids the latter while gathering a number of unreleased songs, a handful of non-LP singles, and alternate takes.

As the title implies, these songs only span a four year gap. Specifically, they come from a four year gap in which the band released Christmas Island and The Bible 2– two albums that have a fairly similar sound in a discography that is overall varied from album-to-album. In fact, one of the unreleased songs is the title track from Christmas Island and it sticks very closely to that album’s aesthetic. Opening track, “Space & Time,” similarly sticks to the optimistic side of AJJ shown on The Bible 2 with declarations of “I’m close enough to happy to say that I won’t throw my memories away.”

Out of all of the songs here, the one that sticks out the most is the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut.” AJJ has recorded plenty of covers in the past (many of which have made their way onto the band’s previous rarities collections Rompilation and the digital only Rompilation 2) but this is the first one that really feels surprising because Pink Floyd hardly seems like the type of band AJJ would cover. And yet they do an admirable job- you can tell it’s not the band’s usual style but it doesn’t feel out of place even on a collection of songs that are from a handful of different sessions.

Like almost any other b-sides compilation, Ugly Spiral isn’t likely going to turn on new listeners (or win back any former ones) but it still provides access to unreleased songs and a way to tide over fans while the band gears up for their next proper studio album.

4 / 5 Stars