The Belgian recording/booking label Bearded Punk Records has just released their 2016 Sampler. Featuring the likes of Jeff Rosenstock, Days N Daze, Tender Defender, Dirt Nil, and much much more, it’s definitely well worth a download. Best of all, it’s absolutely free! Give it a listen below.
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Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 12:52 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Skate punk is a genre built on the foundations of a very specific sound, particularly by those who helped to shape it in the 90’s. You know all the big names: NOFX, Strung Out, Pennywise, etc. Over the course of 20+ years many bands have popped up and joined the skate punk party, but very few have managed to push the boundaries and join the ranks of being a genre-defining act. Finnish act You Nervous? definitely falls into the former category of bands. The latter, however… not so much.
That isn’t to imply that Furry Tales, the band’s debut album, is a tired and repetitive listen. As the opening combo of songs (“Just Say” and “Words Unspoken”) prove, You Nervous? have plenty of songwriting chops and they kick off the album very well. But as the album progresses, the excitement begins to wear off (admittedly, “Dreamer” picks up some of that middle-of-the-album slack) and next thing you know it’s just another skatepunk album with a hidden ska-tinged track.
A quick look at the band’s Facebook page reveals that three of the four members of You Nervous also play in a band called Flink 82. A quick Google search of Flink 82 reveals that they are, in fact, a blink-182 tribute band. I mention this because You Nervous? let their blink-182 influence hang out. This isn’t a slight against the band- I only mention it because it gives you an idea of what kind of pop punk these guys play. It’s snotty (just give a listen to “I’m Special”) but it’s also very slick and well recorded. There’s a bit of NOFX and Face to Face here, too, but the high production value and nasally vocals practically scream “Dude Ranch rules!”.
Like everything in the genre that has come before, Furry Tales is consistent, which is both its greatest strength and its biggest fault. Young audiences who are just discovering skatepunk will be thrilled to have a new gen band to call their own, but unless you still get excited by the idea of new Pennywise material, older fans of the genre could sit this one out. I’m not saying it’s not worth your time to check out, but don’t expect it to be like the first time you heard Don’t Turn Away, or even Cheshire Cat.
3.5 / 5 – Stream the album below.
RIYL: blink-182 (circa 1997-1999), NOFX, Face to Face
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Canadian folk punk act Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish has signed to Belgian label Bearded Punk Records for a limited release of 100 collector tapes, featuring the very first Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish demo songs, as well as some previously unreleased Jon Creeden solo stuff and a download code.
The band is streaming the first song from the tape, “Nailbiter,” which you can listen to below.
Jon Creeden last released the demos as a digital release in October 2015.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:50 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
The band’s first release on the label will be a re-release of their debut EP, 15 Minutes Late. For I Am self-released the EP in June, and have since sold out their physical copies. You can listen to the EP below, and if you’d like to pre-order a copy of the re-release, you can do so right here.
Monday, January 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
On January 23rd Belgium punk act You Nervous? will unleash upon the masses their new full-length “Furry Tales”, an album that just might end up being one of the best skate/pop-punk albums of 2016. I see you scoffing but I challenge you to listen to just a few songs and tell me I’m wrong. Stream the entire album below.
Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Monday, December 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
You can watch a teaser video for the album below.
The release show is at Gent Glas (Belgium).
Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 10:25 AM (PST) by Johnny X
“Council Of The Jackalope” is the gruff punk act’s sophomore release and its slated for release November 27 via Bearded Punk Records.
For those of you in Belgium, the band is playing a release show tomorrow with Cornflames. Get the deets here.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:53 PM (PST) by jaystone
Trophy Lungs released their stellar album Day Jobs a month ago on vinyl and digital formats a month ago through Antique Records. The Boston-based pop punk trio have now teamed up with the dudes at Bearded Punk Records for an exclusive CD release of the album.
Click here to get your own copy; be advised that it’s a European site, but if you contact the email address that pops up in the order window, they’ll gladly ship to the United States. Jump on this one, since Day Jobs isn’t actually being released on CD stateside!
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2:48 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
You can give the song a listen below.
“Council Of The Jackalope” is due out on November 27 via Bearded Punk Records.