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Deforesters release video for “A Song For The Reptoids Of Denver International Airport To Sing”

Toronto punks Deforesters have a new video for “A Song For The Reptoids Of Denver International Airport To Sing,” and you can watch it below.

You can find the song on Deforesters’ self-titled 4-track EP, which you can grab for free here.



Album Review: Banquets – ‘Spit at the Sun’

Banquets are at it again for one last round. Seemingly out of nowhere, the NJ quartet announced their dissolution, but not before releasing Spit at the Sun, their final length album. So how does a band follow up an album as strong as Banquets, while also creating a worthy swan song? By doing exactly what they’ve always done.

In spite of the fact that the album catches the bands during their final moments, Spit at the Sun has very few moments of finality. In fact, the only sign that the end is nigh is reflected in the album’s artwork itself: a speaker that’s been stabbed with a knife. The music is far from dead, however, and the songs are just as heavy hitting as they’ve always been. Tracks like “Hell, Hello” and “No Rome” see the band in top, chorus-heavy shape, and even the more experimental (so to speak) songs like “Stop Signs in a Ghost Town” and “Lucky Lighter” have the signature Banquets sound mixed with the changes in tempo and song structure.

For better or for worse, Banquets stick to their guns throughout Spit at the Sun but its lack of innovation is overshadowed by its success as a last act. It has just enough punch to win over some new fans who are late to the party, but all-in-all it’s an album for the longtime and faithful fans: Spit at the Sun is an enjoyable way for Banquets to go. So put the album on repeat, pour one out for the band, and hock a loogie into the center of the solar system. It’s what they would want.

4 / 5

RIYL: Junior Battles, Nightmares for a Week, Luther



Banquets stream new album “Spit at the Sun”

New Jersey’s Banquets are currently streaming their third and final album Spit at the Sun in its entirety, and you can give it a listen here.

Spit at the Sun is set to be released on October 9, 2015 through Black Numbers.



Banquets stream new song “Lucky Lighter”

New Jersey’s Banquets have released a stream of a new song titled “Lucky Lighter,” which you can listen to here.

“Lucky Lighter” will appear on Banquets’ third and final album Spit at the Sun, which is set to be released on October 9, 2015 through Black Numbers.



Typesetter premiere video for new song “Death Cycle”

Chicago’s Typesetter have released a video for a previously unreleased track, titled “Death Cycle,” featuring tour footage. You can check out the video below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.



Album Review: Make War – “Make War”

Have you ever had a friend who went through a break up? Like, a really bad break up? One so bad, that it was literally all they  talked about for the next month? At first you probably felt bad for them, and lent a helpful ear to hear all about the loneliness and the heartbreak; but, after the seventh night in a row of watching them cry over their beer, you probably just wanted to roll your eyes and say “Jesus Christ, get over her (or him)!”  Well, in their self-titled, debut LP; Make War has dedicated nine songs to being the punk-rock equivalent of that kind of guy.

The album actually starts pretty strong, with the opening track, “Bloody Faces” delivering a short burst of folky guitar riffs, while the vocals move at a slightly faster pace than the melody, delivering this sense of angry desperation. The song also works particularly well because it has some nice contemplative lyrics, with clever lines like “forget about tomorrow, the car will turn into a pumpkin, and I’ll turn into a frog”. That said, because it’s so short, it almost feels like the band is trying to get it out of the way, so that they can focus entirely on the real meat of the album.

After the opening, every song that follows is a breakup song. Now, it’s not inherently wrong for an album to stick to a single theme, but in this case most of the songs end up blending together. “Just Listen To The Songs” definitely sounds nice, but there’s a weird over-saturation effect; the guitar’s rhythm is so frantic, and the drums beats are so continuous, that they start to drown each other out. The same thing happens in the fourth track, “Shorter Days and Longer Nights”, where the melody is bland to the point of barely being noticeable.

Fortunately, as the album proceeds, the instruments are given a little more room to breathe. “When The Poison Flows” has a nice rhythm, with an electric guitar working in tandem with an acoustic one, starting with a slow and contemplative pace before steadily building to something fast and triumphant.  “Another Way To Let You Go” is another stand out track, with its guitar solos sounding like riffs from some angry, amped-up country blues.

However, even when the instruments do keep things a little varied, there’s still the remaining problem of Jose Prieto’s croaking vocals. Now, most punk bands aren’t exactly renowned for their front-men’s gifted pipes, but there’s just something particularly grating about the singing throughout Make War. The problem is that Prieto just takes himself so damn seriously, whispering half the verses like they’re some kind of terrible secret, then screaming the other half like he’s just been tasered in the crotch. This is made more irritating when the lyrics just don’t have the same gravity their performance seems to be giving them. The worst offender is probably “Sweet Little Nightmares”, which roars the phrase “and I hope that you fucking get what you deserve” like it’s some deep revelation, when really it’s just kind of mean and nasty. Once again, it’s not necessarily wrong when an album wallows in bleak sadness; but, a skilled songwriter, like Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Sean Bonnette, knows how to lighten the load with a healthy dose of self-awareness. With Make War, there’s just a complete inability for the lead singer to see himself as anything other than the victim.

My biggest hope with Make War is that maybe its Prieto actually did just go through a breakup, and really needed to get all this stuff out of his system. There’s some talented musicianship at play, and even the lyrics do shine at points, like in “Cheers To Your”, where love is beautifully portrayed as some kind of cosmic force. But it ultimately feels like maybe the band’s members just didn’t have enough self-confidence to extend their reach, spending nine tracks accomplishing what could have been done with one.

2.5 / 5 Stars



Banquets stream new song “Backwash”

New Jersey’s Banquets have released a stream of a new song titled “Backwash” which you can listen to here.

“Backwash” will appear on Banquets’ third and final album Spit at the Sun, which is set to be released on October 9, 2015 through Black Numbers.



Make War stream self-titled album

Brooklyn folk punk act Make War (formally Sad and French) have released a full stream of their upcoming self-titled record. The album is an electric version of the band’s self-titled release from when they were known as Sad and French, and you can give it a listen here.

The album is slated to be released this fall. Sad and French was released in May 2014 via Black Numbers.



Typesetter announce European tour

Chicago’s Typesetter have announced a run of European tour dates this fall. Some dates will be with Petrol Girls.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.



Banquets stream single “Hell, Hello” off upcoming album “Spit At The Sun”

New Jersey’s Banquets have released “Hell, Hello,” the first single off their upcoming album Spit at the Sun, which is set to release on October 9th through Black Numbers. You can check it out here.

Spit at the Sun will be the band’s third and final full-length release, serving as a follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album.



Banquets release teaser video for final album “Spit at the Sun”

New Jersey’s Banquets have released a teaser video for their upcoming Spit at the Sun, which is set to release on October 9th through Black Numbers. You can check it out below.

Spit at the Sun will be the band’s third and final full-length release, serving as a follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album.



Banquets (NJ punk) announce final album, “Spit At The Sun”

Bittersweet news from the Banquets camp today.

The Jersey punks have announced plans to release their third album. It’s called “Spit At The Sun,” and it’s slated for an October 9th release date via their label home, Black Numbers.

The bittersweet part? “Spit At The Sun” will not only be the band’s third album, but it’ll also be their final album. Yours truly did the official Dying Scene review for their debut album, “Top Button, Bottom Shelf,” and still listens to it regularly. Stellar album. Anyway, stay tuned for pre-order options for “Spit At The Sun.”

 



Make War premiere new song “Against The Rules” off upcoming self-titled album

Brooklyn folk punk act Make War (formally Sad and French) have premiered a song titled “Against The Rules”off their upcoming self-titled album and you can check it out here! The band re-recorded Sad and French’s acoustic self-titled album for Make War’s debut.

The album is slated to be released this fall. Sad and French’s self-titled debut album was released in May 2014 via Black Numbers.



MakeWar (formerly Sad and French) stream new song “Against the Rules”

Brooklyn folk punk act MakeWar (formally Sad and French) are streaming their new song “Against the Rules” off of their self-titled debut album. Give it a listen here!

MakeWar recorded the previously acoustic Sad and French LP as a full electric three piece, due to be released this fall on Black Numbers in the US, and Gunner Records in Europe. MakeWar is planning a Fall US and European tour as well as a new full-length, expected to be released late 2015/early 2016.

 



Typesetter announce US tour dates with The Howl

Chicago’s Typesetter have announced a run of US tour dates supported by The Howl.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Typesetter released their debut album, Wild’s End, on October 14, 2014 through Black Numbers.