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Introducing Horror-Surf Punk Act: The Gory Details

Austin, TX might not exactly be the first place you might think of when the words “surf punk” are uttered, but that doesn’t stop some of its residents from starting bands and laying down some solid tunes that will make you want to grab your board and hit the waves. Austin’s The Gory Details is one of those bands. Featuring lo-fi productions and haunting, yet tongue-in-cheek lyrics, that would make both Danzig and Teenage Bottlerocket proud, The Gory Details are perfect for those late night swims with zombies, or just hanging around the campfire while the martians begin to land. You can listen to their debut tape, Killer Waves, right here.

The Independents launch Kickstarter campaign to fund new album “Into The Light”

The horror punk/ska outfit formerly managed and produced by Joey Ramone  called The Independents have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their first full length record in five years titled “Into The Light”. The band has already reached  70% of their $10,000 goal, but they still need all the help they can get with funding the album, because if they don’t reach the full $10,000 then they receive zero profits from the campaign. I found out about this campaign a couple weeks late, therefore the deadline is right around the corner on August 26th.

Click here to check out and/or contribute to the Kickstarter campaign.

The Independents last released “Do It Again” in 2008.

Murder Party (horror-punk) release music video for “Motor Psycho”

Michigan’s horror-punk act Murder Party have released a music video for their song “Motor Psycho” and you can check it out right here.

The song appears on the band’s self-titled EP released last January on East Grand Records.

Show Review: Death Spells

Sometimes, you have to see it to get it.

Prior to watching their opening set with MSI last weekend, I didn’t understand Death Spells. The new duo, consisting of Frank Iero (formerly of My Chemical Romance and Leathermouth) and James Dewees (Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, Leathermouth) hasn’t actually released any EPs yet.  The one song (and music video) I found on their website didn’t seem like anything I was interested it.

The noisy “Where are my Fucking Pills?” from their website is accompanied by a music video of spastic movie images, horror clips, and artistic filler nonsense that looks like a 1990s screen saver.  The music has overwhelmingly distorted and garbled scremo lyrics, and sounded like a Bedlum of electronic feedback resulting from two men trying to one-up each other in a race to blow out speakers.  Online, I totally didn’t get it.

In person, I totally got it.  Read the full review here.

The Death Spells set was unlike any set I have seen in years- possibly in my life.  Instead of instruments, the stage was set with two desks filled with pedals, buttons, levers, dials, and other assorted noisemaking nonsense.  When Dewees and Iero took the stage, it was carrying laptops and binders instead of guitars.  The stage was kept in near total darkness for the entire set, and a giant scrim was propped up behind the pair.

The music itself was played with the sort of intensity that’s almost like taking a punch to the gut.  While music born primarily of computers and soundboards often feels cold and un-emotive, Death Spells attacked with unadulterated rage and intensity.  At several points during the set, Iero and Dewees were singing while trashing with such conviction, the crowd was treated to the pair white-knuckle gripping the desks to stay standing.  Iero (primarily) spat, screeched and screamed out the lyrics to all songs with the sort of emotional response that’s so intense, that it’s barely within the control of the singer making it.  In harsh juxtaposition, the electronic equipment was babied to the point of reverence.


I have absolutely no idea what a single lyric to any song was, but I couldn’t care less if I tried.  I’m pretty sure that’s the point- this was entirely about the unfiltered emotion and the act of creation (even when the end product isn’t conventionally pretty.)  Just when I would be lulled into understanding by a melodic transition, the sounds would push back against me and force me as the viewer into re-evaluating what “art” could be.

The images on the screen were often uncomfortable; Japanese horror films were heavily utilized and they tend to be significantly more graphic and disturbing than their American counterparts.  I was raised on a healthy diet of horror films, and even I found some of it a bit much.   The gaggle of high schoolers stuck next to me actually turned their back to the screens for many of the songs.  Many of the choices of clips boarded on misogynistic, although men were bloodied in the images as often as women.  Teeth were ripped out on threads, hatchets were slammed into skulls, and I’m pretty sure there were a few images which might be classified as cannibalism.  The same transitions of colors and twisting shapes were used in between clips and songs, creating a long and continuous barrage of imagery that was all together unsettling and still oddly hypnotic.  The sensory overload was heightened by the total lack of banter from the performers- they didn’t even stop to announce their name. As the images of extreme disfigurement rolled on the screen in quick and jerky loops, I become less and less disturbed by the content, and more focused on the basket weave the visuals made with the noise.   Then, a particularly uncomfortable image or two would roll across the screen, and the process would start again.

While the images combined with the music didn’t make sense at home on my laptop, it meshed perfectly as a live show.  The brightness of the colors and pictures overwhelmed the otherwise unlit stage; the result were two performers in parkas silhouetted against the curtain, otherwise unrecognizable.  Planned by two artists whose prior works have sold millions of records, the result was a bold choice and an obvious rebellion from any preconceived notions of what to expect.

Overall, I can’t remember another concert that was such a multi-sensory experience.  By the way, MSI was amazing too- but you knew that already.

DeathSpells is on tour with MSI until April 19th.  They will also be playing Surf and Skate Festival this summer.  More info is available here.

Stellar Corpses announce US tour dates

Starting this Saturday, Stellar Corpses will be embarking on a month-long tour of the United States. All the dates can be found here if you want to see them.

Last year, the band released their debut album Dead Stars Drive-In on Santa Clara Records.

Sacred Cow Saturday: The Misfits – “Walk Among Us”

Punk rock has been around long enough  to hold within its musical boundaries a slew of albums considered both classic and essential. We here at Dying Scene love and appreciate these classic albums, but every once and a while we have the urge to challenge what the community has deemed sacred. Every Saturday, two Dying Scene writers will square off head-to-head and either attack or defend one of these so-called classics. Up for slaughter today is The Misfits‘ “Walk Among Us.” Does the 1982 classic hold up today? You be the judge. Doug Ahlgren will be defending and Jason Stone will be attacking.

Let the battle begin!

Music Video: Stellar Corpses – “Vampire Kiss” (“Lost Boys” movie tribute)

Stanta Cruz horror punks Stellar Corpses have released a Halloween themed version of their “Vampire Kiss” music video and you can check it out here.  It pays homage to the classic horror flick “Lost Boys” shot in their hometown.

The band’s debut album, Dead Stars Drive-In, is available in stores and on iTunes.

Gravedale High (Horror Punk) releasing new album “Good Sense of Horror”, stream 2 new songs

UK horror punks Gravedale Dale will be releasing a new album titled “Good Sense of Horror” via Aaahh!!! Real Records on October 29th 2012.  To get you familiar with the band you can stream new songs “Lover’s Bite” and “G.S.O.H.” right here.


Full Album Stream: The Other (German horror punk) – “The Devils You Know”

German horror-punk group The Other released their fifth album, “The Devils You Know”, in North America today through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The band is making the entire album available to stream, here.

“The Devils You Know” is the band’s latest material since their 2010 album, “New Blood”.

The Other (German horror-punk) releasing new album, streaming new song

How ’bout a little bit of new German horror punk to round out your hump day, boys and girls? The Other have announced that they’re set to release a new album, “The Devils You Know” on July 17th via SVP/Steamhammer Records. The cover art can be seen over on the left.

But that’s not all! They are also streaming a new track from that release. It’s called “Puppet On A String” and you can check it out here.

The Others’ last album was 2010’s “New Blood.”