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New Music: Ramallah – “The Last Gasp Of Street Rock N’ Roll”

It’s been an awfully long time since we were graced with a new album from White Trash Rob and the gang, but Ramallah are finally back! The Boston hardcore vets released a firebrand new EP called The Last Gasp Of Street Rock N’ Roll yesterday via Sailor’s Grave Records. It’s an eight-song shot across the bow of those folks who somehow haven’t quite figured out that we’re living in dire straits right now. Check it out here.

Ramallah’s last release was The Truth…It’s Colder Than A Morgue Slab And Harder Than A Coffin Nail,” which was a stand-alone single in 2016. Their last true album was 2005’s Kill A Celebrity.



Brainflakes (UT) Release New Single, “Clay’s Achin'” (FFO Polar Bear Club, Make Do & Mend)

Utah gravel-punks Brainflakes have released a new song called “Clay’s Achin’.” The single is from their upcoming EP “Someone, Somewhere,” out November 1st on Hidden Home Records.

You can pre-order the EP on cassette now. Listen to the single below.



Psychotic Reaction (ffo: MC5, The Sword) announce October tour

An acid-laced blues punk quartet out of Norman, OK, Psychotic Reaction has just announced the final leg of their stacked three month tour. Check out those dates below.

 



Riot Fest 2019 Day 3: Bikini Kill, Teenage Bottlerocket and…The Village People Close Out The Weekend With Help From Others

Words by: Fredric Hall
Photos and additional words by: Meredith Goldberg

For the third and final day of 2019’s Riot Fest festivities, punk sets were, again, on the small side. Still what’s there ain’t too shabby. Against Me! Had an awesome set, playing both “Reinventing Axl Rose” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” start-to-finish, while singer Laura Jane Grace was belting out every song with her unique voice that forces you to pay attention. A particular high point was “Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” with its driving, distorted bass line and disturbing lyrics. At one point, someone in the crowd held up a sign saying “You Are My Hero”, a good indicator of the effect the band had on the crowd.

Against Me!

 

Dave Hause & The Mermaid

Frankie Iero and the Future Violents

 

Sincere Engineer

Perhaps the most curious event to take place at Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary staging in Chicago was a Wall of Death during The Village People’s performance of their most famous tune, “YMCA.” The song has long been a staple at basketball games of all levels and in all communities despite its lyrical content often understood to refer to the YMCA as a gay hook up spot in the 1970’s. Yet on Day 3,  fans young, old and looking to represent virtually every demographic at Riot Fest joined in forming the 4 letters in the title. And per an organized Facebook event, many took part in a Wall of Death in the center of crowd. For the uninitiated, a Wall of Death is basically a move within a circle pit where a large group of people back off and then at the same moment run toward each other. The event even took the life of a photographer’s sunglasses (though not the DS photog’s sunglasses, whew).

The Village People

 

The Village People fans spell out Y.M.C.A.

Patti Smith had her brand of a slow burning performance later on. Now I know the organizers don’t pick out acts all willy-nilly and Patti Smith is a legend in the genre. However, I’m sure there is a good size of the attendees who have no idea who is she and her contributions to the punk genre. And I guess Smith knew this because she really brought it on stage. While not “punk” in regards to modern tastes, there was a energy about it that exuded a punk attitude, even with covers like Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experience”(with some “Third Stone of the Sun” thrown towards the end) and Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning”. She did close the set with “Gloria” which really brought the crowd to its knees.

 

Bikini Kill

Finally, we got Riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, the headliners for the final evening of the festival. Though Kathleen Hanna sang most of the set, she did occasionally switch over to bass, while the rest of the band traded instruments for certain songs. Seriously, they did so many times I couldn’t keep up. Declaring “We’re a feminist band. And we’re headlining a festival” they blazed through songs like “Reject All-American” with the abrasiveness and in-you-face attitude that put them on the map for almost thirty years.

Bikini Kill

If you’ve made it this far, so you might have the impression Riot Fest is straying from it’s punk roots. Well, here’s the thing: I get that festivals like Riot Fest have to carter towards different demographics to stay afloat. To me, this year was more of a history lesson. Teenage punks with Op Ivy back patches on their vests now got to hear Patti Smith and Bikini Kill. They also got to see Slayer which is always a treat (and also played right after Rise Against). So, this is a chance to see all kinds of genres. Limiting yourself to one thing is narrow-minded and stupid. In the end we all need to go beyond our boundaries and explore what’s out there.

Ween

 

Teenage Bottlerocket

 

Please check out the rest of our images from the final day of Riot Fest 2019 below:



DS Exclusive: South Class Veterans (Oi) premiere “Squared Away” off upcoming “Hell to Pay” LP

This week has been stacked. Between playing catch-up on premieres and getting my 40 hrs on some remodel, I somehow managed to gain a local community radio DJs favor, who hooked me up with free Bad Religion tickets – then home for a late night writing session, before waking up early to get the kids to school and back off to work again. It almost slipped my mind that Municipal Waste was tonight. Those were $10 tickets son! I’d picked up a few but the couple friends I invited couldn’t make it… So I brought the kiddos, and the eldest (11) straight DOMINATED the pit, crowd-surfed, and only high-fived the lead singer. (or so he tells me… I can’t believe I missed it!) No biggie though. The point? It’s another late night, and tomorrow is another early morning, but then… it’s the WEEKEND! I don’t have to work. I’m not playing a show. I get to clean, and relax!!!!!!

And what better way to celebrate a long week (or month) then with some good oi music? Albeit, the song “Squared Away” isn’t about taking your boots off. It’s about putting them on.

Maybe it’s just me, but I love when a song starts on drums. The opening percussion solo/ tom roll is a definitive call-to-arms before perhaps the simplest but dare-I-say most epic of guitar techniques – a good ear splitting pickslide – chimes in to bring with it utter devastation to your copacetic equilibrium, and that’s just the first five seconds.

South Class Veterans are a five-piece skin head outfit out of New Jersey. They lay down thick, hefty East Coast street punk. Recently they’ve been picked up by Demons Run Amok Entertainment, and are set to release their debut full-length album Hell to Pay on October 25 to follow up their 2017 EP, Tall Cans and Shortcomings. Album pre-orders are available here. They’ve given Dying Scene the green light to premiere the first single off that album, “Squared Away” – a song about the eruption of violence at an infamous Dropkick Murphy’s/Oxymoron show in 1999 Teaneck, NJ.

“The night is young and the clubs packing. We’ve been at it for weeks, you can feel the tension. LET’S GO! We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!The booze is flowing and the music’s right, just need a little spark to set this place alight. LET’S GO!  We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!”

Stream “Squared Away” below



The Menzingers Release New Album “Hello Exile”

Today’s the day! The Menzingers sixth studio album and fourth Epitaph release Hello Exile is out today on Epitaph, after months of teasers and singles. Scranton, PA’s favorite sons have been steadily on the rise since 2012’s On the Impossible Past, churning out banger after banger on both 2014’s Rented World and 2017’s After the Party. Hello Exile appears to be no exception, though it does mark a further evolution of the Springsteen-esque lyrical content and swelling pop guitars we saw in After the Party.

The Menzingers last premiered the final album single “Strangers Forever” in September. You can watch that below, and or get the whole album in any format here.



Riot Fest 2019 Day 2: Rise Against, Avail, Turnstile and Anthrax Bring the Hard to the Park; The Struts Evoke the Glam Rock 1970’s and The HU Combines New with Very Old

Words: Fredric Hall
Photos and Additional Words: Meredith Goldberg

Day two of Riot Fest 2019, the 15th Anniversary event, saw a bit of a change up. This was a bit slim on the punk side as the metal took over. Still, they were some standouts. You have Avail doing their “Over the James” album set. Honestly, there really is not that much to talk about. Singer Tim Barry mentioned it was his daughter’s birthday which got a collective “awww” from the already captivated crowd.

Avail

 

Avail

 

Anthrax

Anthrax started a few minutes early with a riff from Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”, which totally caught me off guard. From there they went into their setlist which was voted by fans via their website. With the band donning Bulls jerseys they tore through all the hits, including “Caught in a Mosh”, “I am the Law” and their cover of “Got the Time”. No “Among the Living” though. Sorry. The did, however, end the set with “Indians” which really got the crowd in uproar. Granted, this isn’t really “punk” but, like I said it was slim pickings that day.

Turnstile

 

Turnstile

Turnstile provided for an especially high energy set under the bright middle afternoon sun. Numerous band members kept busy going airborne and hopping back and forth from stage to speakers. You got the feeling the band members would have like to be performing in the crowd and would be if not for the wide barricaded area/photo pit. Turnstile in a non-barricade venue must surely be mandatory to experience for anyone calling themselves fans of the group.

The Struts

Derby U.K.’s The Struts, with lead singer Luke Spiller, channeling the spirit of Freddie Mercury, took over the Rise Stage. A welcome dose of variety to complement the otherwise predominantly hard-core punk and metal heavy day. Spiller, in a red glittery outfit and thick black eyeliner; and bassist Jed Elliot clad in black leather pants and his leather shirt unbuttoned half way down his evoked 1970’s glam rock.

The Struts

 

The HU

For many Riot Fest attendees, The HU afforded them possibly their first introduction to what the band calls Hunnu Rock. The HU, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, combine Mongolian throat singing with traditional instruments such as “The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур), also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morin_khuur].

The HU

Senses Fail

Rise Against

Rise Against

The day ends with Rise Against headlining the evening. Singer Tim McIlarth mentioned he is from Douglas Park (where Riot Fest is held) which obviously get applause from the crowd before going into the hit “Savior” followed by “Prayer of the Refugee.”

Please check out our gallery of additional day 2 photos below!



DS Exclusive: I Believe In Giants premiere music video, “Rise and Fall”

I Believe in Giants is an easy-core pop punk band out of South Africa established in 2017 by veterans of the South African music scene who collectively (in previous groups) have opened for great acts such as Billy Talent, Underoath, Comeback Kid, Haste The Day, The
Ghost Inside and The Ataris, as well as played every major South African music festival we can think of. It’s the kind of experience that shines brightly in the band’s in-studio precision on the recording of “Rise and Fall”, a song that made it’s debut on their summer of 2018 EP, Sink or Swim, and is currently available on all the usual streaming services.

Today I Believe In Giants is premiering that track in nostalgic cinematic glory. Stream the video for “Rise and Fall” below.



Might As Well Fest V (October 18/19, London UK) announces final lineup

London’s Might As Well Fest is back for their fifth edition this year, and takes place at New Cross Inn on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October 2019.

The festival have announced their final lineup today with the addition of h_ngm_n, Mixtape Saints, Megaflora, Tom Aylott and Stew Gush. Weatherstate and Crazy Arm are the respective Friday and Saturday headliners.

Tickets are available now from the festival website and you can see the full lineup below.



DS Exclusive: Riot Fest Kicks off 15th Anniversary Celebration with Jawbreaker, Rancid, Cock Sparrer (among others)

Words: Fredric Hall
Pics and additional words: Meredith Goldberg

Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary event once again took place in Chicago’s Douglas Park, Sept 13th – 15th. A bit of morning rain on day one threatened to muddy the grounds and make for a messy fest. However, by the time the gates opened to attendees, the rain had subsided just a few random, very small soft spots in the ground and small patches of mud could be spotted throughout the park.

Violent Femmes

Anti-Flag

I don’t know what was going on at the Radicals Stage, but there were sound issue throughout the day. When Anti-Flag showed up, you could barely here Chris Parker’s bass and vocals. Despite this, the band blazed through their set, causing a nasty(in a good way) circle pit in process. Hell, as people were jumping up and down during “This is The End” a T-Rex showed up in the pit with spikes in its head, as you do. The band had the crowd by the throat, as most threw up the bird as “Police Brutality” blared out the speakers. With a brief intermission from a spokesperson from Amnesty International — the short of it is “Fuck Racism” — the band followed with “Press Corpse” who they dedicated to JBTV host Jerry Bryant who is currently battling cancer. And now the finale: the set ended with Parker and drummer Pat Thetic bringing their gear into the crowd and playing a few bars, closing out a raucous set.

Cock Sparrer

Before Cock Sparrer‘s came onstage, the already packed crowd was singing the chorus to “Take Em All”, so they were ready to get shit going. For the entire set, singer Colin McFaull had a bottle of Jack Daniels on stage, taking a occasional swig. They played all the hits: “Take Em All” of course, “A.U.” which really got the pumping and “Watch Your Back”. Though for the last one, McFaull missed his cue to go into the chorus, but it’s OK, he was probably tipsy from the Jack.

Pennywise

Like Anti-Flag earlier, Pennywise‘s set also had its fair share of audio problems. Mostly, Jim Lindberg’s vocals being barely audible during songs but fine by itself. They were the most interactive with the crowd of all the bands, with Jim asking the crowd what did they want them to cover and ending it saying, “We don’t know the songs by those bands”. But they did cover-or try to cover-a Sublime followed by a non-fucked up cover of “Minor Threat” by, um, Minor Threat. The whole cover song debacle ended with a sped up version of AC/DC’s “TNT” before going into their original song “Society”.

Rancid

Since they were playing at the same time, I had to leave the Descendents‘ set for Rancid‘s, but the few minutes I was there showed they still had it. Being Riot Fest regulars, they knew how to work a crowd. Not hard since most of their catalog is fast as hell, and starting the set with “Suburban Home” and “Everything Sucks” didn’t hurt either. Rancid’s set was equally energetic, with Tim Armstrong’s neckbeard and Lars Frederiksen’s skinhead look, they blazed through “Roots Radicals” and “Maxwell Murder,” which I didn’t think they’ll do.

Please check out our gallery of additional day 1 photos below:



DS Exclusive: Crossed Keys (ex-members of Kid Dynamite, Good Riddance) premieres “Saviors” EP

Loud, fast, riff driven rock and roll is coming at you in the form of Crossed Keys new Saviors EP releasing October 4 on Hell Minded Records. Of course, we’ve got it at Dying Scene a full day early. Stream Crossed Keys – Saviors below.

Crossed Keys is a powerhouse five-piece comprised of Philadelphia scene veterans, and each member has a slew of parenthetical defunct bands following his name in the press kit. As well to boast, Kid Dynamite founding member and drummer for Good Riddance during the early-2000s era, Dave Wagunshutz is beating the skins. Far from being lost on the rest of us, that dedication to punk craft and expertise is brilliantly cultivated in the seven tracks that make up the Saviors EP where: “These walls are closing in, like virtue mixed with sin. I swear one day this shit is gonna kill me.”

From the band:

From the wistfulness of ‘Times of Grace’ recalling shared times in basements and firehalls to the frustration of inaction voiced in the title track, ‘Saviors’ is seven tales of gratefulness for all of those moments and people in our lives that led us to this point.

Previously, Crossed Keys has provided tri-state support for some rad ass bands such as H2O, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Lillingtons, Good Riddance, Shades Apart, and Strike Anywhere. With the release of Saviors which easily arraigns familiar personage amongst the all-time great albums that sometimes nag at us like unexpected creepers, I’d say the tri-state area is due to round up some support of their own, vis-a-vis. You know, A Flight and A Crash was like that – where I didn’t realize it was my favorite album until after I’d listened to it once a week for at least a couple of years or so.  Pre-orders for Saviors are available here, with blue swirl or black vinyl options and a record release pressing exclusively available at the release show Oct. 12 at Creep Records Store in Philadelphia. Cassettes are being released as well, with an added live-set bonus on side B.

Enjoy the premiere – and be sure and check if Crossed Keys will be swinging through your town sometime soon!



Full Album Stream: Sammy Kay – “civil/WAR”

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Sammy Kay launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to support his fourth studio album, civil/WAR. If you contributed to that, you probably got your vinyl in the mail already. If you didn’t contribute to it, today is your day! civil/WAR is officially released into the wild! You can stream it below, or head here to purchase your own digital copy. Still want a hard copy of your own? The good folks at Say-10 Records have got them here. Oh, and if you’re in the Jersey area, go to Sammy’s record release show tomorrow night at Crossroads in Garwood with the inimitable John Moreland!

civil/WAR is Sammy Kay’s first full-length since his untitled came out back in 2017 on Stomp Records.



Tour: Get Dead are headed back to Australia

Head’s up, Aussies…Get Dead are coming your way!

The Bay Area homies kick things off THIS FRIDAY – OCTOBER 4th – in Brisbane and will head across the country for eight shows, wrapping things up on October 9th in Bendigo. Check out the full itinerary below!

Get Dead have also been hard at work on new material of late. Here’s an update: After a killer recording experience with Fatty and engineer Chris Dugan at NuTone studios, we are finally done tracking our new album – 12 dance-heavy heaters you can cut a rug to! We’re in the mixing process so stay tuned for a release date. This week we head down to give the fine folks of Australia the business! See you in the bush, mate!”

Get Dead’s last album, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, was released on Fat Wreck Chords back in 2016, and is still a personal favorite of yours truly.



Black Bolt Release Music Video For White Claw-Tribute, “Claws Out”

Boise punks Black Bolt have released a new music video for their single, “Claws Out.”

The song itself cuts in under a minute, and the video features friends drinking White Claws, the band drinking White Claws, and two guys in animal costumes drinking Bud Light – just kidding, they’re also drinking White Claws.

You can check out the video below.



New label from former Less Than Jake drummer (pop punk)

Lost Music Collective is a brand new independent label focusing primarily on pop punk music. The new label is set to have releases this year from Rival Town, Yearbooks, Goalkeeper, and Chase Your Words. Lost Music Collective comes from the minds of Vinnie Fiorello (Less Than Jake) and Erick Droegmoeller (Word Is Bond, Inc.). The label will be releasing it’s debut record with Canadian pop punk band Rival Town’s album ‘Useless Hand’ on October 4th.

Vinnie Fiorello retired from touring with Less Than Jake in 2018. Check out Rival Town’s video for ‘Castaways’ below.