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Short/Fast/Loud: Thurman – A Day Called X

I was immediately struck by how well Portland’s Thurman managed to balance the tone of their songs. Here was a young band—operating in the self-serious arena of indie-punk—that wasn’t afraid to be playful. They were sad, plaintive, and intense—but they didn’t lead you away from the cracks in their facade. “Choices” is the most obvious example, with its low and high vocal performance sounding like a spit-take to make the bassist fuck up his groove. We always talk about how punk rock is a youthful genre, but sometimes, it’s nice to have the evidence on record too.

A Day Called X is five songs of indie-ish, emo-ish, alt-ish punk rock. It reminded me of the lazy-day angst that Title Fight’s Floral Green managed so effortlessly. Both bands pull from the 90s, but the other 90s, the one that lived in the shadow of the Epifat explosion. Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Sleater-Kinney, Dinosaur Jr.—as time marches on, the scales are being evened and the question of what makes punk rock punk has broadened in some ways and focused in others. Thurman carries this legacy forward with stabbing riffs and a chilled-out, catchy approach to melody.

The songs themselves feel dynamic and powerful, a meeting of strong songwriting and thoughtful arrangements. The guitars pop, never resting on their laurels—chugging, riffing, and arpeggiating through their entirety. “Day X” feels positively crushing for any power trio, but its fuzzed out chords are just one piece of the puzzle. Thurman is a mixture of heavy and soft, pop and punk—and it’s in this tight overlap that they craft their atmospheric brand of indie rock.

CHECK OUT: “Choices,” “Day X,” “Man on Mars”



Catch Chaser (DS Records) on tour in Europe this summer with UK skate punk act Darko

Buckle up, punk fans, Southern California skate-punk act Chaser are taking Europe by storm this Summer! Catch them with UK skate punks Darko at any of the dates in the poster above. 

Chaser’s new album “Sound The Sirens” was released digitally through Dying Scene Records and physically through Effervescence Records on July 20th, 2018. Stream/purchase the digital release on bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and pick up the vinyl/CD through Effervescence Records.



DS Exclusive: Ten Foot Pole premiere new album, “Escalating Quickly”

I know it’s a little last minute, but I figure every once in a while it’s only right to do something nice for those special night walkers in all of our lives. So, here you go, my children of darkness. Ten Foot Pole… a whole, like hour or something before it’s supposed to release officially.

If you didn’t know this album was coming out then you’ve probably been sleep walking through life again. I mean… don’t you get excited about anything? Personally, I’ve been wondering what took this thing so long to hit my inbox. I was almost starting to think that Thousand Islands Records was holding out on me. :p

Escalating Quickly jumps from head-banging to booty-shaking, screams to giggles, and anger to hope. The goal was to push beyond the musical expectations set by our past music, to have fun, and to be honest in a way that helps us feel connected with people. I hope you like these songs as much as I do,” says singer/guitarist, Dennis Jagard. Guest artists who get in the mix include: Dan Palmer (Death By Stereo), Dan Jacobs (Atreyu), Sean Sellers (Good Riddance) and Joe Raposo (Lagwagon).

The new album drops tomorrow on Thousand Island Records with vinyl variants available via Disconnect Disconnect Records(UK), Morning Wood Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia). Here is the link for purchaseEscalating Quickly was somewhat of a DIY experiment and the band “seeks patrons willing to subscribe at $1 per month or more, to help fund future recording, and in return offers supporters newsletters and early access to music, podcasts, videos and more.” Click here for more info on becoming a patron… and duh! Stay up and enjoy the new album from Ten Foot Pole below for a non-alcoholic reason to show up to work dark-eyed tomorrow morning. G’night!



New Music: BAT! (feat. members of Nekromantix, The Brains and more) stream debut full-length, “Bat Music For Bat People”

WHAM! POW! SHAZAM! Your friendly neighborhood crime fighters here at Dying Scene are stoked to bring you the debut full-length from BAT!, the gothabilly super-trio featuring members of Nekromantix, The Brains, Rezurex and Stellar Corpses. 

The album is called Bat Music For Bat People, and it’s due out tomorrow (May 10th) via Cleopatra Records…but you can whet your appetite today and check out the whole 20-song shebang below!

Bat Music For Bat People features fifteen original tracks and five psychobilly-infused covers including their renditions of Danzig (“Mother”), the king of surf Dick Dale (“Misirlou”), The Damned (“Love Song”), Gloria Jones (“Tainted Love”), Portugal. The Man (“Feel It Still”), and Panic! At The Disco (“Say Amen” (Saturday Night). Here’s what the mysterious fellas had to say:

“With my psychic Bat vision, I knew the night of the Blood Moon was our time to record the album,” Blue Bat recalled.

“Everyone meet me at my radioactive recording studio in the Batcave,” ordered Green Bat.

“This is gonna be the best album ever! Hey, can somebody pick me up from the Spearmint Rhino,” asked Red Bat.

Check it out below, gang!



DS Exclusive: From Parts Unknown (ffo: Against Me!, The Lawrence Arms) premiere new track, “Snowed in/Blacked out” off upcoming album “S8N”

Today, Dying Scene is bringing you a band that’s close to this young writers heart, undead scenesters. Here’s one that hits close to home… literally. From Parts Unknown is from my hometown. I’ve shared stages with these cats… booked them for a keg party once. We had a day-old keg of 9% beer up for grabs that we had picked up for 20 bucks down in the arts district. Woohoo stale beer! We rule.

From Parts Unknown has been working hard for years, stacking tours and making their rounds across the U.S. They’ve got a kickin’ Spotify channel, and have played with countless kickass bands in jam packed rooms slangin’ sexy punk rock and roll carried out with excelsior energetic performances, with the unique distinction of Chris Parrish rocking the swinging upright. Old Benji McCraken wears his heart on his sleeve and slays the six-string… which is a Gretch… which is Wicked, and Jimmy Sefcik is the newest edition on the sticks, who’s poised to push this band into the future… That’s your minds and your hearts, young scenesters.

From Parts Unknown recently signed with Stupid Rad Records as well as Stars at Night to release their newest 7″ EP, S8N this July 18. S8N is a follow-up to their 2018 single, Ashtrays, and the recently released music video for “Burn Your Home“. To celebrate all this awesome growth and good news, the boyzzz have authorized me to slip in a little streaming sneak peak off that upcoming release for all our loyal readers, because as Ben puts it, “We want this to be for all the people who haven’t heard us yet, which is everybody…” and everybody is YOU! Please enjoy the latest single, “Snowed In/Blacked Out”, from Dallas, TX band From Parts Unknown streaming noisily below



New solo album coming soon from Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche)

Vinnie Caruana, front man for The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche, has a new solo album coming out this year. Vinnie told The Wasting Time Podcast this week that the new material will sound like nothing like anything he has released before. Vinnie’s last album ‘Survivor’s Guilt’ was released in 2016 via Equal Vision Records. Caruana also confirmed in the interview that he will be announcing a UK tour for later this year.



Quietdrive (pop punk) returning after long hiatus!

Minnesota band Quietdrive have announced that they will be active again from this summer. Having been mostly on a break for the past five years, the band have announced they will play Twin Cities Summer Jam in July at Canterbury Park, Minnesota. They have also hinted at new music coming soon as well.

Quietdrive have not put out new music since the largely overlooked studio album ‘The Ghost of What You Used to Be’ in 2014



New single from blink-182 ‘Blame It On My Youth’

Blink-182 have finally released material from their upcoming album. ‘Blame It On My Youth’ is now streaming across all the main platforms. The band has talked previously about how the new album will have a similar experimental approach to the 2003 untitled album.

The band have also announced a co-headlining tour this summer with Lil’ Wayne.

The new song and tour dates can be found below.



Harvey Pekar (Hardcore) announces “Paris Green”; streams new single “Drag Hesitations”

Cleveland Ohio’s Harvey Pekar have signed to Steadfast Records and will be releasing Paris Green on May 17th.  The band describes the seven-song album as “thoughtfully brutal”. They will be touring this summer in support of the album.

Check out “Drag Hesitations” below for a taste of their unique hardcore sound.



The Dollyrots premiere new single and video for “Everything”

The Dollyrots are back with a new album (Daydream Explosion) on July 12th, but to tide you over until then, we have the new single and video for “Everything,” which has been released as a 7″ single.

The band will be playing an album release show on July 13th at the High Hat in Los Angeles, CA, as well as the 25th anniversary Warped Tour show in Mountain View, CA.

Check out “Everything” below.



Black Flag Announce US Summer Tour

Black Flag have announced a US summer tour – with dates coast to coast – staring on July 30, 2019 in Lubbock, TX.

Tickets are available via the band’s official website, as well as the opportunity to RSVP to the shows.



Stream “Spooky” by Luke Seymoup (Folk-Punk)

Australian ukulele enthusiast Luke Seymoup is streaming the first single off his new album Poke’Gods, out May 27th. It’s called “Spooky” and it’s about spooky monsters, naturally.

Of the album, Symoup says, “A tribute to the early days of Poke’mon and the Wild West days of the World Wide Web. When instructions to find rare, unheard of Poke’mon could be found on Angelfire and Geocities websites and then spread by word of mouth as if they were fact.

Mew is under the truck.

There is a secret garden behind Bill’s house.

If you find the Mist Stone, your Poke’mon will evolve into Poke’Gods.”

Listen to “Spooky” below.



Stream the new single from Smash The Statues, “Forvm” (punk)

Dutch political punk act Smash The Statues have just released “Forvm,” the second single from the album of the same title, out May 17th on White Russian Records.

The song is a punk anthem as well as a warning about oppression in society and lack of resistance to it – and you can listen to it below.



Stream the new song “What We Do Now” by Holly Would Surrender (pop-punk)

The Netherlands’ Holly Would Surrender are previewing and streaming a single off their upcoming album, WIsh You Were Bread (out May 24th on White Russian Records).

Check out “What We Do Now” below for some pop-punk goodness.



Stream new song “YBF” by Screaming At Traffic (punk)

Straight out of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, Screaming at Traffic are streaming their new single, “TBF” in advance of the release of I Don’t Like Sports, due June 7th via Little Rocket Records.

The emo-punk energy of this catchy song will have you singing along in anticipation of the full album, and you can listen to it below.