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Album Review: Filthy Hearts “Beyond Repair”

 

If you are a fan of the late 90’s, early 2000’s brand of Midwestern whiskey soaked pop punk like Dillinger Four, Dear Landlord, or Off With Their Heads, Denver’s Filthy Hearts newest album Beyond Repair, out now via Hidden Home Records, will most definitely be in your wheelhouse. It is honest and emotional, a catharsis masked behind gritty guitars and sing-along choruses.

“Every day I’m trying to be better than I used to be” is the very first lyric that greets us in the album opener “Ambulatory” and it sets the tone for the entirety of this album. Aggressively delivered self reflection followed with a catchy chorus of “Ambulatory, sick of being so fucking mean… tired of being bitter about everything” is the exact type of self awareness that makes this album so intriguing. The idea of self improvement while being acutely aware of your faults is an idea that everyone can get behind.

“Drinking Wells (is the Best Revenge)” is the type of desperate poetry that is only found at the bottom of the bottle, a way to find some chemically induced false courage in self confidence. This lack of confidence gets revisited in “Hiding Behind the Volume” which soon becomes real confidence once the “music takes my soul, and I forget about the past… the music makes you smile, and I know it’s not just me, and it’s time to go and have some fun.” Perhaps an indication that confidence may not need to be chemically induced. The idea of doing something you do well, as a means to overcoming the nemesis of overthinking, is a confidence booster, especially when there is the positive reinforcement of a crowd full of people have fun with you.

However Filthy Hearts must believe in delayed gratification because before they fully deliver on the fun time premise, they break your heart with a massive tempo break in “Voted Best City to be Lonely”. An almost acoustic number, that has an electric build and features a bassline that attempts to vibrate the sadness into your soul. The whiskey inspired poetry is moved to the forefront once again as “we both took a bottle of shots, and keep drinking till the dark takes you in. Hearts will remain empty tonight” they lament while the guitars develop an intensity that sucks you into the feeling of despair presented.

Immediately following this sadness is “I’ve Never Skanked a Day in My Life” a fun little blitzkrieg of a song. Encouraging us to clap our hands or stomp our feet and sing along, as a way to have fun and not think about tomorrow. “Get out of your mind and have a good time, It’s the only thing we can do better”

There are a few songs that cover the idea of finding things to do better or at the very least finding a way to escape from the way you think about problems, such as “Desire”, “Dreams of Youth” and the break-necked “Seasons”, but none better than ”Career Day” where they encourage you to run away from the machinations of the daily grind at a thankless job because “There’s a better life out there for you and me, a life off the clock, out of this machine.” The outro of “I want to run away” is delivered with such conviction and despair that it is chill inducing.

The album ends with “And I Don’t Even Have Kids” which evokes thoughts of a small bar packed to capacity with the entire crowd desperately singing along. By far their most political song, it comes across as a punk rock State of the Union, complete with back and forth vocals, driving and pulsating guitar work, sing along “woahs” and a giant middle finger to the “greedy selfish fucks” in our government. It almost seems that amongst the self reflection presented on this album, the environment we live in could be creating the very sense of sadness and despair presented.

On Beyond Repair Filthy Hearts deliver honest barrel-aged punk as they take the classic Midwestern sound and mix in a touch of hardcore and skatepunk. The result is an intrinsic experience best enjoyed sung out loud in a club full of your friends, a beer in one hand and a raised fist in the other. It is most certainly one of the years strongest albums and is most likely going to be on on some year end lists.



Video Premiere: Rational Anthem stream “Through Being Punk”

Florida to Iowa punks Rational Anthem are streaming their latest music video in support of their record, It’s Only Permanent, out November 1 on A-F Records. The new single is called “Through Being Punk” and it’s for anyone who’s ever thought about packing up their bags and moving far off to some remote region where even dyingscene.com can’t get a hold of you.

“The title of this song pretty much sums it up.” Bassist/vocalist Chris Hembrough has to say about the new single. “One of the things I’ve grown super tired of in regards to punk rock is the marriage between the music and how celebrated it is to be depressed and apathetic. I thought that was cool for a long time. It showed people you were punk. I came to realize it doesn’t have to be that way.”

He leaves us with an enlightened perspective to ponder while a guy in an Undertaker shirt superstitiously taps the various paintings of his favorite venue’s art collection. “I want to be happy, healthy, and take good care of myself. I want people around me to do well and do great things. A lot of the punk scene sells you on this dumb notion that staying angsty and sad is all just a part of it. Fuck that. As far as that stuff goes, I’m through being punk, but playing and celebrating punk music will always be a passion of mine. Put on a Tony Robbins tape and join a jazzercise class. Being happy is cool.” Sounds good. Stream “Through Being Punk” below



Agnostic Front discuss the recording of “Get Loud”

Agnostic Front release their 12th studio album, Get Loud, via Nuclear Blast on November 8th. Following the recent release of first single “Spray Painted Walls“, the band have uploaded a video discussing the recording of the album.

Have a watch below. Album pre-orders are up now.



Left Behind release new track “Outside The Body” ahead of album

West Virginia’s Left Behind are streaming a new track ahead of their upcoming Pure Noise Records album No One Goes To Heaven. “Outside The Body” is the sneak peak of the record that is out on November 15th. Pre-orders are up now.

Have a listen below.



The Damned to part with ways with drummer Pinch

The Damned are to part ways with drummer Pinch (Andrew Pinching) after two decades.

The drummer made this statement regarding the decision: “After 20 years with The Damned it’s time for me to move on. Having just fulfilled a dream playing Madison Square Garden, the upcoming London Palladium show seems like an obvious stepping off point for me. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some heroes and play shows with legendary bands and amazing characters. I send my love to my band mates past and present as well as everyone in the Damned organization and wish them all the best for the future. Up the Punks. Pinch”

His last show was last night (October 27th) at the London Palladium.



Red Kross announce 2020 European/UK tour

Californian legends Red Kross have announced a lengthy European and UK tour for 2020. The month long stint sees them start in Netherlands on April 2nd and finish in London May 2nd. They are touring new LP Beyond The Door.

Full details of the tour are below.



Versus You (melodic punk) release music video for new single “Your Only Song”

Listen up melodic punk fans, I’m here to tell you about a new single from Versus You, one of Luxembourg’s best punk bands, which might also be Luxembourg’s only punk bands, but that’s beside the point. These guys can hold their own with their European, Canadian, Australian, and US counterparts and “Your Only Song,” their latest single, is the proof. Check out the video below

The new single is the band’s first releases since their full-length “Worn And Loved,” released in March, 2019.



D.R.I. to play two Hawaiian shows in February

Crossover thrash icons D.R.I. have announced its first shows of next year’s world tour, which will kick off with two shows at the Anna O’Brien’s club in Honolulu on February 7th and 8th, making it the first the first time since 2011 that the band has performed in Hawaii.

According to their official website, D.R.I. will tour also South America with Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich in March, followed a month later by a tour of Australia; dates are currently to be announced for the time being.

D.R.I. last released the EP But Wait…There’s More! in 2016 via Beer City Records. They have reportedly been working on a new full-length studio album, which will be their first since 1995’s Full Speed Ahead.



Social Distortion to enter the studio in January

Southern California punk veterans Social Distortion haven’t released anything new since their most recent full-length record Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes back in 2011. However, that’s about to change as the band will soon begin pre-production of their long-awaited new album and start recording it in January for a 2020 release.

Frontman Mike Ness explains to OC Register:

“We’re scheduled loosely to go into the studio in January. But after this October show, we get back into pre-production and the good news is that in the last 15 years, there’s songs that didn’t get used but feel like they’ve just been written, there’s new songs and I think we came up with 23 songs right now. I have to go through those and pick the best 12 or pick the ones that work best together. The other good news is that we might shock everyone and put two records out in two years. People aren’t going to know how to act.”

The follow-up to Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes will reportedly be released on Epitaph, and will be only the eighth full-length studio album by Social D, who have been celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band.



DS Exclusive: Love Like Fiction Stream Debut EP, “Summer Daze”, with Track-by-Track Breakdown

Ahoy, pop punk lovers! Dying Scene is back atcha’ with new music that amounts to a clever misdirection maybe, but never a waste of time. Love Like Fiction are streaming their debut EP, Summer Daze, for fans of unique lyricism and skillful harmonious melodies. Pop punk and emo fans are sure to love this new six-track EP. Love Like Fiction draws some pretty definite inspiration from bands like New Fond Glory, but with perhaps a Boy’s Night Out approach. They’ve shared the stage with such notable acts including Sum 41 and SWMRS. The new self-released EP is available now on all major streaming services.

Below they’ve included a track by track breakdown for each song on the EP. Enjoy!



DS Photo Gallery: Face To Face, Lagwagon and Makewar – Boston, MA

The nine-headed punk rock monster that is the Face To Face and Lagwagon tour made its way to Boston’s legendary Paradise Rock Club over the Columbus Day weekend. Both bands are touring in support of new Fat Wreck Chords releases; Face To Face’s Live In A Dive entry dropped October 18th while Lagwagon’s Railer Rollerbladed into the skate parks on October 4th. As has come up repeatedly in my circle lately, Boston can be notoriously fickle when it comes to showing up for left coast, 90’s-style EpiFat bands in this day an age – one of the downsides of it being a gentrified college town, for sure – but let us make no mistake about it; the punks came out to play on this night.

Newly-minted Fat Wreck signee MakeWar opened off this particular gig, and it marked the trio’s last night on the tour. What a breath of fresh air they are. Just a hair over twenty years ago, I saw Face To Face play a show locally on the ill-fated Ignorance Is Bliss tour and vividly remember being captivated by the sound coming from that tour’s direct support, No Motiv. This kinda reminded me of that. Huge hooks, soaring melodies, and passion and fire in spades. It gives hope that what I guess, at this point, is the next generation is more than capable of carrying the punk rock battle flag well into the future. Stay tuned for their Fat Wreck debut, Get It Together, next month; it’s a killer.

Lagwagon and Face To Face have been trading off headline duties for the duration of this tour and Face To Face drew the honors on this night, so Lagwagon was next out of the chute after MakeWar. The iconic quintet kicked things off with the Railer track “The Suffering” before immediately rewinding the clock about a quarter-century for “Weak.” The twenty-song set was fairly representative of the band’s lengthy catalog, with 1995’s Hoss and the new album seeing the most tracks included. There is of course that neurobiological thing where people always want to hear the music they related to most when they were younger, but I think the new material was pretty well received; “Surviving California” and “Bubble” certainly saw their share of crowd-surfers. I suppose that stands to reason, as Railer is in many ways a throwback album that hearkens back to the skate punk glory days of the mid-90s with a but through the filter of a collecting that’s got the wisdom that comes with not being 25 year old kids anymore. (Side note: 2014’s Hang became one of my favorite albums upon first listen and only say “The Cog In The Machine” included on this setlist but whatever.) God knows the band musically still fire on all cylinders in a live setting.

And then, of course, there’s Face To Face. To SoCal band are the band I’ve seen the most: this marked my 20th F2F show since their spot opening for No Doubt and Weezer twenty-two years ago. Like Lagwagon, their own most recent studio full length, 2016’s Protection, also was credited by many as being a bit of a return to form from a sonic perspective. As such, the set on this night – and this tour, as I understand, featured a couple Protection tracks peppered in amongst the traditional “classics” primarily from Big Choice, Don’t Turn Away and the self-titled album. However, based on what I think can be described as the unexpected success of their 2018 acoustic EP Hold Fast, the band also included a trio of songs in the middle of set that found frontman Trever Keith trading in his Les Paul (itself a return to form from the Gretsch’s he’s been playing the last handful of years) for a Gibson acoustic for reworked versions of “Blind,” “Keep Your Chin Up” and “All For Nothing.” As always, the depths of the band’s musicianship were on full display both in the foreground – the in-your-face lead bass playing of Scott Shiflett – and in the background – the wildly underrated percussive stylings from Danny Thomson. Lead guitar player Dennis Hill has been a bit of a high-energy shot in the arm in recent years, at one point diving atop the crowd while still wielding his Telecaster.

Head below for our full photo gallery.



Victims of Circumstance announce new album, “Five”

Good news for fans of Florida five-piece punk band Victims Of Circumstance…2020 will bring new music!

The band announced plans for a new album, which’ll be their fifth full-length. The appropriately titled Five is due for release on January 17th via Financial Records. According to the band, it marks a bit of a maturation from their ska-punk roots. “Our sound has evolved over the years and we’re drifting more into becoming a band that just plays kickass music with ska elements,” adds saxophonist Jay Atheney. “This new album definitely sounds like us, but we didn’t set out to ‘make a ska album’ and I think that shows.”

Stay tuned for more on this one in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the band have scheduled an album release show on November 9th at The Attic in Ybor City. Head here for details!



DS Exclusive: Ett Dödens Maskineri Premiere Lyric Video for “Leviatan”

If you’re a fan of loud fast Swedish hardcore then Ett Dödens Maskineri is the next band to add to your radar. Today Dying Scene is proud to premiere this killer new lyric video set to the imagery of humanitarian disassociation. Swedish lyrics to the tune of humanist ideology, the denunciation of demagogues, and a revulsion at catalytic ethnocentrism clouding a society based on fear and distress clamor with a ruthless form of crust punk sure to set any circle pit to motion, and any questioning mind to wonder for compassion amidst “Sweden’s Humanitarian Ruins”.

Sveriges Humanitära Ruiner is the new EP out on Suicide Records, released October 17. It’s available on streaming services with order info available here soon. Stream the new music video for “Leviatan” below. (ffo: NOFU, Discharge, (Late) Falling Sickess)



Manchester Punk Festival announces first set of bands playing in 2020

Manchester Punk Festival will return for it’s sixth year in 2020. The three day event has grown each year in a bid to be the UK’s answer to Fest. The first round of bands announced for 2020 are The Flatliners, Belvedere, Random Hand, Christmas, ONSIND, Warwound, Broadway Calls, Natterers, Molisma, China Shop Bull, Roughneck Riot, Forever Unclean, Daves, Eastfield, PMX, Fresh, Dangers of Love, The Deadites, Misfortune Cookie, The Menstrual Cramps, Oi Polloi, Chewing on Tinfoil, Knife Club Don Blake, Bootscraper, Gibberish, Blind Man Death Stare, The Foamers, Byenary, Me Rex, Chloe Glover, Mollusca and The Lab Rats.

Tickets are already available here.



Yellowcard file lawsuit against rapper Juice Wrld

In a bizarre story this week Yellowcard, who enjoyed some mainstream success in the early 2000s, are suing rapper Juice Wrld for $15 million! The defunct florida quintet have argued that Juice Wrld’s song ‘Lucid Dreams’ uses ‘melodic elements’ from track ‘Holly Wood Died’ from the 2006 album ‘Lights And Sounds’.

According to the complaint, “The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording directly misappropriates quantitatively and qualitatively important portions of Plaintiffs’ Original Work in a manner that is easily recognizable to the ordinary observer. The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording are not only substantially similar to the Original Work, but in some places virtually identical…The high degree of objective similarity between the Original Work and the Infringing Work extends well beyond the possibility of coincidence and could only reasonably be the result of an act of copying.”

Have a listen to the two tracks below and see if you think Yellowcard have a case. Basically, the chorus in ‘Lucid Dreams’ is the same melody as the verses in ‘Holly Wood Died’. $15 million though?