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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!



Hub City Stompers, Kyle Trocolla, Babe Patrol, Riverside Odds and more to play free show at Mole Mole Restaurant in Poughkeepsie

What? A free all ages show? Who does that anymore??… The good people over at Altercation Records do, that’s who!
Yes our friends at at Altercation have teamed up with Mole Mole Restaurant in Poughkeepsie, New York to deliver some kick ass punk rock, paired with some dynamite tacos, and have dubbed the show…What else? PUNK & TACOS.

Headlining this to good to be true event are the East Coast’s premiere Ska/Punk outfit, HUB CITY STOMPERS, who will be sharing the stage with KYLE TROCOLLA AND THE STRANGERS, BABE PATROL, RIVERSIDE ODDS, ZOMBII, and JENNIE ANGEL.

There will also be some interesting vendors hawking some cool music-oriented wares.

The date for this shindig is: Sunday September 15th
The time is: Noon-7pm
The Location is: Mole Mole Restaurant, 357 Hooker Avenue Poughkeepsie NY

You can check out the Facebook page for this event here.

And as my friend from New York would say- “Not for nuttin, Dat looks like a great show…and it’s effin’ free!”

So if you are anywhere near New York’s Hudson Valley on Sunday, September 15th get yourself over to Mole Mole on Hooker Avenue in Poughkeepsie for two of the best things in the world…Punk & Tacos.



DS Exclusive: Matt Pless premieres new single, “When the Frayed Wind Blows”

Paper + Plastik Records is bringing us a new EP from folk artist Matt Pless this September 13, a follow-up to the 2017 full-length Catch Me if You Can. If you’re already a fan of this long-winded young singer/songwriter then that bit of news probably arouses more than a little excitement, and if you’ve never heard of him then you’re in luck, because Dying Scene is premiering a wonderful new track off the upcoming Nero EP called “When the Frayed Wind Blows” RIGHT MEOW! It’s a song filled with wise-cracking perspective harried in the Greenwich Village tradition of American folk rock resurgence re-personified as:

“xeroxed zines, pixel memes and screen printed patches waxing philosophical mayhem on a leather jacket. It’s prophetic graffiti, stickers, pins and stick and poke tattoos, It’s self education, self organization, and selfish yet selfless all at once. It’s in the starry hungry eyes of every idealist weirdo I have met along the road, spitting in the face of injustice and hitching a ride toward a new tomorrow. It’s a wild moment in history and if you are reading this, you are probably a part of it. Call it DIY, call it folk punk, call it revolution, call it foolishness…call it whatever you want. I like to think that this is the stuff of inspirational legend, lightning in a bottle, magical liberating chaos on fire.”

That’s an old quote but it still fits, and perhaps predicates a bit of the passion Pless obviously feels about his craft. Of course, I’m of the camp that just calls it folk punk, but when it really comes down to it, “When the Frayed Wind Blows” is a tune that speaks for itself and there’s not much I can say that Pless doesn’t already punctuate conclusively.  There is no shortage of clever lyrics for excerpts with the only issue residing in the decision where to actually place that closing quotation mark. No way are this writer’s chicken peckers typing out that whole song! You can stream “When the Frayed Wind Blows” below, and enjoy!



Stray From The Path (hardcore, NY) announce new album “Internal Atomics” and tour, debut new single “Kickback”

Stray From The Path, one of the most enduring bands in Long Island hardcore, have announced their ninth full-length album, Internal Atomics, out November 1 via UNFD. Internal Atomics is ten tracks fueled by the same politically-charged passion and furious energy that have kept Stray From The Path going strong for almost two decades. Through this album they hope to provide both a release and a call to action for listeners, aiming to mobilize them against apathy, corruption, and the misplaced priorities of past generations. To that end they’re debuting “Kickback”, a single off the forthcoming album that features Counterparts‘ Brendan Murphy on vocals.

“Counterparts have been brothers to us for nearly a decade. We came up together, and we support each other in our careers,” said Stray From The Path of the collaboration. “We’re lucky to be able to have Brendan feature on our new song ‘Kickback’ and do our first tour on our new albums together. We also got to do some stupid/fun stuff with Counterparts making a mystery cover 7” and offer it with both of our albums and tickets to our tour together.”

To celebrate both bands’ new releases, Stray From The Path and Counterparts will be embarking on a North American tour together in October, immediately followed by a solo tour across the U.K. and Europe for Stray From The Path. Listen to “Kickback” and check out the tour dates below.



The Run Up (melodic punk, U.K.) release new single “Portraits”

Today U.K. punks The Run Up are premiering the first single,Portraits”, off of their new album In Motion over at New Noise Magazine. In Motion is out October 3, 2019 on Real Ghost Records (UK), Gunner Records (EU), Get Party! Records (CA), and La Escalera Records/Swamp Cabbage Records/&Vinyl Records (US). The boys from Bristol will be supporting the release with a North American tour that ends at The Fest.

Check out the tour dates and give “Portraits” a listen below.



DS Exclusive: Miguel Chen on his new book, “The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever”

One of my favorite — and also I think one of the most important — lines in Miguel Chen’s new book, The Death Of You: A Book For Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever, comes right within the first small handful of pages. Chen, is obviously best known for his role as bass player for long-running punk band Teenage Bottlerocket but is also increasingly well-known for his yoga and meditation teachings and practices, and wrote a pretty successful book, I Wanna Be Well: How A Punk Found Peace And You Can Too that came out last year. Anyway, early on in The Death Of You, page eight to be exact, Chen asks and answers the question that you might be asking out loud when you hear that the bass player of a hard-working punk rock band has written a book on essentially how to come to terms with the concept of death in a way that allows you to lead a fulfilling life. That question, as you’ve probably deciphered by now, is “why is Miguel Chen qualified to write this book?” Chen’s answer? “I’m not. Well, at least not more than anyone else.”

It’s that tone of self-deprecation, of not taking himself all that seriously, that weaves its way through all of Chen’s written work – and all of Bottlerocket’s music for that matter – that makes it so compelling and relatable. However, it’s also, frankly, not exactly true. Chen, you see, has experienced what some might believe is more than his fair share of painful and untimely deaths in his life. As you probably know, Chen lost his mother to cancer when he was sixteen years old and lost his sister in a tragic car accident less than a year later. Then, as you definitely know, he lost his best friend and Teenage Bottlerocket brother-in-arms Brandon Carlisle four years ago. The bakers’ dozen years in between found checking most of the boxes on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance; sex, drugs, rebellion and rock and roll, followed by intense periods of yoga and meditation that have found him in a much, much different place by the time Carlisle’s death came around than he was in as a teenage.

And now with The Death Of You, Chen is trying to impart some of his immense and profound wisdom on the rest of us. The book finds Chen teaming up with the same writing partner (Rod Meade Sperry) and publisher (Wisdom Publications) as the first go around, which resulted in a much quicker turnaround this time than the few years that went in to I Wanna Be Well, even if he had this idea kicking around far in advance. “(Writing a book about death) was actually in the back of my mind for years and years,” explains Chen. “Before I came to these practices and this connection with myself, I really kind of felt like a victim of death, of these losses that I had faced. My mom died, my sister died, life was fucked, why was this happening to me?” Eventually, as chronicled in I Wanna Be Well and previously discussed in our last conversation here, Chen began practicing and ultimately instructing in both yoga and meditation, offering him a deeper perspective not only on death as a concept. “As I got to the other end of it through these practices and saw how different my life was because of those events,  I had to be honest with myself that it wasn’t all bad,” he says, adding “I mean yeah, it was heart-breaking and tragic and I wish I had those people back in my life, but because of what happened and when it happened, I was able to live a more free existence. It freed me up to be like, “well, this happened, and this is real, so what am I going to do with the time that I do have?” It really drove me to pursue the band and music, and to make a life for myself that I was happy with, you know?

Like with I Wanna Be Well before it, The Death Of You contains a mixture of first-person storytelling, education of the reader about certain concepts, and a handful of practices aimed at getting you and I to learn by doing. For it’s not just the idea of death that Chen wants us to be comfortable accepting; it’s how to deal with all varieties of deaths we might be presented with, up to and including our own eventual shuffling from off this mortal coil. This includes a meditation practice toward the end of the book that implores the reader to envision just what’ll happen to them when their time is up. “The status quo is to just never think about death at all, and just kind of move forward,” says Chen. “You counteract that with the extreme on the opposite end, right? So, we’re going to do the exact opposite. We’re going to fucking not only think about death, we’re going to think about our death and we’re going to think about it in explicit detail. And I think by then having explored both ends of the extreme, we come to find where our spot in the middle is.” It’s not for the faint of heart, but it can prove a fruitful experience nonetheless.

The Death Of You has an official release date of September 17th. You can pre-order it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Indiebound, or if you’re luck enough to live in one of these fine cities, you can pick it up at the Teenage Bottlerocket’s merch table on the Fat Wreck tour that’s going on now. Head below to check out our full Q&A!



Fabled Mind (skate punk) release video for ‘Before The Slaughter’

Fabled Mind is a new Danish punk rock band featuring members of Forever Unclean, Stream City and Kill The Rooster. The band recently debuted their new video for ‘Before The Slaughter via SkatePunkers. Drawing inspiration from the 90s and early 00s, Fabled Mind set out to write songs that are a blend of hardcore and pop punk. There is no word on an official release from Fabled Mind in the near future, but it’s worth keeping an eye out.

The video can be found below.



Social Distortion Announce 40th Anniversary Show

Punk rock legends Social Distortion will celebrate their 40 year career this October 26th in Orange County California at the FivePoint Amphitheatre. The event, which is billed as ‘Sounds From Behind The Orange Curtain’, will feature performances from an eclectic line up, picked by Mike Ness and his bandmates. Appearing will be Joan Jett, The Distillers, The Kills, Frank Turner, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Black Lips, Plague Vender, Bully and Mannequin Pussy.

Tickets can be purchased here.



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 17 feat. Special Co-Host Jenna Enemy from The Von Tramps

Heeeeeeey! We were just starting to wonder about the guys over at Dying Scene Radio and here they come, sauntering along…and with a friend, no less! On Episode 17 of the official podcast of Dying Scene, the lads somehow managed to get the endlessly talented Jenna Enemy (The Von Tramps / #femaletomdelong) to join them for some rootin’, tootin’ shit shootin’! But just because the boys have a guest doesn’t mean they’re gonna forget about the totally tubular tunes from new and emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover and the noteworthy scene news that you were probably too lazy too read! They’re just going to have a third person giving their shitty opinions on stuff!! You can never have too many shitty opinions, right!??!? Check it all out below!



The Run Up (UK) Announces US Tour in Support of New Album

Bristol, UK punks The Run Up have announced a US tour in support of their new album in motion which releases on October 3rd (preorder here). Along the way, the lads will be teaming up with Michiganders,  Foxgrave for mostly the West Cost stops and Tennessee emo punks, Rough Dreams for the Eastern half of the country. All dates and stops are listed on the kick ass tour poster above, dummies! So, get out to one of them and show our guests a good time!