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EP Review: No Trigger – “Adult Braces”

Once the initial thrill upon hearing that a band has ended their self-imposed hiatus and are returning with fresh recordings passes, there is that unmistakable feeling of trepidation. Will there still be the spark and crackle of passion, invention and enthusiasm that made them so special or will it just be a tired old retread of what came before? The last twitch of a band who should just be put out of their misery.

Massachusetts, melodic punk/ hardcore band No Trigger have been around since the year 2000 with their last album, “Tycoon”, coming all the way back in 2012. A lot can happen in 5 years so it is with that familiar feeling of excitement and apprehension that the band mark their return with this 4 track EP. Thankfully, “Adult Braces” is an inspired and welcome return for the band who serve up 4 tight, punchy anthems ready for immediate consumption.

“Sleeping Bag” starts things off in typically bracing fashion with a tightly wound hardcore riff that crashes face first into a bouncy, melodic punk chorus. Their sound sits somewhere between Strike Anywhere and Good Riddance and, while it may not be wholly original, when it’s done this well and with this amount of raw, burning passion, who cares? The band have a veteran’s understanding of how to stitch together tough, brawny hardcore and brighter, more upbeat pop-punk with each song elevated still further by singer Tom Rheault’s introspective lyrics. As he bawls lines “I’ve been dreaming/another night in hell”  it’s clear that each song is a cathartic opportunity for him to  lay his frustrations and pent-up fury bare.  “Holy Punks” is a similarly disaffected anthem which sees Rheault address the uncertainties of having to navigate your 30s and the very real pressures to “grow up”.

“Dogs On Acid” is another prime example of the band’s perfect blend of intense, hardcore verses and more anthemic, melodic punk choruses. After the hushed, lo-fi strums of an acoustic guitar it quickly becomes a full on oral assault as Rheult’s urgent tirades tangle with roaring guitars and quick fire drums. EP closer, “Hyperaware”, deviates subtly from what precedes it as the band cram a lifetime’s worth of musical lessons into 3 and a half minutes. The crisp, post-hardcore lead guitar line that buttresses the vocals,and the atmospheric verses are pure A Wilhelm Scream. While the bone-rattlingly infectious chorus and the quiet/loud bridge that sees the rest of the band recede behind a dam of pounding drums before roaring back to life, show a subtle touch similar to that of Hot Water Music.

Fans may be disappointed at the brevity of this EP but it serves as a tasty reminder of what we’ve been missing since the band went into hibernation. Let’s just hope the band doesn’t wait so long next time.

4/5 Stars



SLED (skate-punk) release lyric video for new song “Recidivist” featuring Steve Rawles of Belvedere

Skate punk act SLED (formerly Pinhole Down) have premiered another track from their debut record under the new moniker. “Recidivist” is the fourth song from the band’s premier full-length album, A Better You, which will be released on September 15, 2017 via guitarist Garrett Wadford’s own label Bird Attack Records.

Check out “Recidivist”, which features guest vocals from Belvedere’s Steve Rawles, below, and if you like it, why not pre-order the full album today over at Bandcamp.



Such Gold streaming new EP “Deep in a Hole”

New York melodic punks Such Gold released their new EP Deep in a Hole today on Bird Attack Records. You can give the 5-song release a listen below, and buy it on bandcamp.

The band’s latest full-length album The New Sidewalk came out in 2014 on Razor & Tie Records.



Wraths to release new EP ‘My Home’

Jim Lindberg’s side project Wraths are to release a new, 4 song EP on September 29th. “My Home” is out on Bird Attack Records. The EP is up for pre-order on Bandcamp now.

You can listen to the title track, the opener of the EP, below



Such Gold stream new song “Ceiling Stare”

New York melodic punks Such Gold have premiered a new song from their upcoming EP Deep in a Hole. The track’s called “Ceiling Stare”, and you can check it out below.

Deep in a Hole is set to release on September 8th through Bird Attack Records. Head over to the label’s bandcamp to get your pre-orders in.



SLED (skate punk, FL) stream new song “Wasting Away” and launch pre-orders for album

Skate punk meets desert rock band SLED (formerly Pinhole Down) are streaming another track from their debut record under the new moniker. “Wasting Away” is the third song from the band’s premier full-length album, A Better You, which will be released on September 15, 2017 via guitarist Garrett Wadford’s own label Bird Attack Records.

Check out “Wasting Away” below and if you like it, why not pre-order the full album today over at Bandcamp.



Such Gold stream teaser track from forthcoming EP “Deep in a Hole”

New York’s Such Gold are streaming a track from their soon-to-be-released album Deep in a Hole. The song chosen to get fans in the mood for their latest work is called “Ransom”, and can be listened to below.

Deep in a Hole is due for release on September 8, 2017 via Bird Attack Records.



Straightline release “Vanishing Values Outtakes”

Munich skate punks Straightline have released a new EP, Vanishing Values Outtakes, which contains a Vengaboys cover, as well as some outtakes from their latest full length album, Vanishing Values.

You can check out the EP below.

Vanishing Values came out on February 10th through Bird Attack Records.



Such Gold announce new EP “Deep In A Hole”

Such Gold have announced a new EP. “Deep In  A Hole” is out on September 8th via Bird Attack Records. Pre-Orders are up on Friday.

Artwork – and a short preview video – are below.



The Human Project release new track “What We Always Do”

UK technical melodic hardcore quartet The Human Project have released a new track on Bandcamp. “What We Always Do” came out last week – the first new track since 2013’s full length “Origins”.

You can listen to “What We Always Do” below.



SLED (melodic hardcore) streaming two new songs off upcoming album “A Better You”

Florida melodic hardcore punk band SLED have released two songs off of their upcoming record, A Better You. The two songs, “Connect the Network” and “Wrong”, are part of the band’s upcoming 10-track full-length. The album will be the band’s first, despite playing tours and festivals around the world. The band has a fluctuating lineup, with the main members being Garrett Wadford (guitar), Micheal Fitzgerald (Fitzy) on Vocals, Matt Phillips (guitar), Lane Pittman (bass) and Kyle Helm (drums). Fill in members include Justin VanWestbroek of Guttermouth, Will Frazier of Whole Wheat Bread, Luis Martinez of La Armada and Simo Perini of Guttermouth/This Is A Standoff.

You can listen to the songs below.



No Trigger stream new EP “Adult Braces”

Booyah! Worcester punk act No Trigger  have just released their new EP “Adult Braces” and you can jam the entire thing below. The four track banger is their first release in five years following 2012’s “Tycoon.”

“Adult Braces” dropped today via Bird Attack Records.



Sled (Formerly Pinhole Down) stream new single “Wrong” from upcoming album “A Better You”

Jacksonville skate-punks Sled are streaming a new song from their upcoming album “A Better You”. The track is called “Wrong” and you can check it out below.

The LP will be released on September 15th via Bird Attack Records and will be the band’s first full length album. You can pre-order your copy on July 28th from their bandcamp page.



DS Interview: 88 Fingers Louie’s Denis Buckley discusses new album Thank You For Being A Friend

88 Fingers Louie formed in 1993 in Chicago. Now, as in earlier incarnations, 88 Fingers Louie is an often intensely personal, politically astute band. Also, the kind of band that could somehow take those two things and make them fun. When they dissolved in 1999, they were one of a handful of bands from that time period I always felt had at least another great album left in them. Thank You for Being a Friend, released by Bird Attack Records in June, proved that to be the truth. I had a chance to speak with vocalist Denis Buckley as the band was gearing up for their European tour.

Check out the interview below



No Trigger unveil “Dogs On Acid,” first single from upcoming album, “Adult Braces”

After a bit of time off the “new music” radar, it looks like No Trigger are finally back!

The Worcester, Massachusetts-based punks have announced details of a brand new 12-inch EP. It’s called “Adult Braces,” and it’ll be released by the good folks at Bird Attack Records in digital form on July 28th and on vinyl on August 11th.

As a bit of a teaser, the band have released a video for the album’s first single. It’s called “Dogs on Acid,” and you can check it out below! “Adult Braces” marks their first release since 2012’s “Tycoon.”