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Box Set Review: Direct Hit! – “Brainless God”

In fall 2013, Direct Hit! unleashed Brainless God, a pop punk concept album about the apocalypse, unto the world. It was really good, and deserved all the praise that it received. You probably even listened to it yourself. But this review isn’t about Brainless God, the album. For more on the music, you can read Carson’s review here. This review is for the limited edition vinyl box set version of Brainless God released approximately a year after the album’s original release. Included in this box set is the album on 12-inch vinyl (audiophiles, don’t worry, it sounds great), a lyric sheet, Brainless God, the comic book, and Brainless God, the movie, on DVD.

As to be expected, the comic and DVD are the meat of this set. As a concept album, Brainless God is fairly straightforward in its storytelling, although it’s not always entirely clear who is saying/singing what in the album’s second half. The comic and the DVD both put their own spin on the story, particularly in their presentations of the finale, although overall they work together to help fill in the gaps where character dialogue and roles are concerned. Neither provide any additional dialogue to add more storytelling depth, although the songs already cover so much of the narrative that having the visuals to aid is satisfying enough.

Due to differences in budget, the comic has a wider range to work with when it comes to the supernatural aspects of the story, which gives it a slight edge over the movie. The comic’s artwork is equally beautiful and chaotic, matching Direct Hit!’s music perfectly. The Direct Hit! faithful may recognize the work of illustrator Eric Baskauskas, who also provided the artwork for the “Caroler” single and the Direct Hit! / Priceduifkes split EP. Meanwhile, the DVD presents the tale through a grainy filter to give it a low budget horror movie feel. Even with the minor differences, both mediums add new layers and dimensions to an already rich story.

The biggest fault with this collection is the packaging… mostly that it lacks an actual sleeve for the album itself. Sure, the cardboard box that it comes in nice and sturdy, making it great for shipping and handling purposes but it’s not ideal when it comes to introducing the record to the rest of your collection. Home project enthusiasts can most likely find an easy solution to this problem, but the rest of us idiots are left jacket-less and stuck with a box to be placed somewhere else. The lyric insert also feels a bit redundant considering that the comic contains all of the lyrics as well. I know: boo hoo, a band enhanced the experience of listening to their music, how awful that I can’t keep it with the rest of my records.

Minor gripes aside, this is a pretty great box set that adds even more to what was already an amazing album. It’s not all that common for pop punk bands to release a concept album, let alone a cohesive one that works. Direct Hit! not only did that, but they went the extra mile by releasing this set. Unfortunately this box set was a limited pressing of 300, so if you missed out, hopefully you know a guy. Just be sure he’s not carrying an ether-soaked towel before getting into his car.

Comic: 4.5 / 5
Movie: 4 / 5
Packaging: 3 / 5
Overall: 3.8 / 5

Devon Kay (Direct Hit!) plays Devon Kay and the Solutions “Yeah, Dude, I Feel Ya” and “One Outta Two” for Punks In Vegas

Devon Kay, guitarist of Direct Hit!, recently sat down with Punks in Vegas and performed acoustic versions of “Yeah, Dude, I Feel Ya” and “One Outta Two” from his band Devon Kay & The Solutions. Check out the videos below.

The group are currently working on their new EP “Nothing’s Cool Anymore,” which is set to be released later this year.

Direct Hit! and PEARS announce US tour

Wisconsin pop-punk group Direct Hit! and New Orleans hardcore punk act PEARS have just announced a short tour together in the United States in the first half of December. You can view dates and locations for the tour below.

PEARS self-released Go To Prison on June 24th. Direct Hit!’s Brainless God was released in September 2013 through Red Scare Industries.

Music Video: Direct Hit! – “Brainless God”

Direct Hit! has released a music video for their track “Back To The Tower”. The song appears on the band’s latest album Brainless God. You can check it out below.

Brainless God was released in September 2013 through Red Scare Industries. The band recently put up ‘pre-orders’ (for the lack of a better term) for the Brainless God vinyl boxset, which you can find here.

Interview: Nick Woods (Direct Hit!) on Last Call with Carson Daly

Late last night, Direct Hit! made their debut television appearance on the late night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly. Frontman Nick Woods sat down to discuss a bit of his songwriting mentality, his bandmates, and the way that he views the people who attend his shows. You can watch the interview below.

Direct Hit! released their sophomore album, Brainless God in September 2013 via Red Scare Industries. The band recently put up ‘pre-orders’ (for the lack of a better term) of the Brainless God boxset, which you can find here.

Direct Hit! and The Front Bottoms to make appearances on Last Call With Carson Daly this week

Direct Hit! and The Front Bottoms are listed among the musical guests on Last Call With Carson Daly this week.  DH! will be appearing on the show tonight (Wed. October 1st) and the latter will be on tomorrow night (Thurs. October 2nd).

For those who don’t watch Last Call With Carson Daly regularly, the show airs on NBC at 10:35 PM Pacific / 12:35 AM Central / 1:35 AM Eastern.  More info can be found here.

Nick Woods of Direct Hit! plays stripped down version of “Bad Trip on Holy Ghost” for Punks In Vegas

Frontman Nick Woods of Direct Hit! recently sat down with Punks in Vegas and performed a stripped down version of their new song “Bad Trip on Holy Ghost.” You can check out the video below.

The song is featured on the recently released “Red Scare Industries: 10 Years Of Your Dumb Bullshit” compilation, which is available for purchase here.

Mixtapes announce final pre-hiatus tour dates with Direct Hit!, Lipstick Homicide & Elway

It was announced back in July that Mixtapes would be going on an indefinite hiatus following their appearance at The Fest 13.  Now they’ve announced 4 more shows they will be playing with Direct Hit!, Lipstick Homicide, and Elway on their way to Gainesville.

Details on all of the shows the band has coming up this fall can be found below.  They seem to be unsure if they’re ever going to play again after this, so if you’re a Mixtapes fan and you wanna catch ’em live one more time, now’s the time to do it.

Mixtapes released their second, and as of now, final, full-length album Ordinary Silence on June 25th, 2013 through No Sleep Records.

Show Review: Good Riddance, Direct Hit!, The Bombpops, and Stop Breathing in Long Beach, CA (9/6/14)

I have a deep appreciation for small, local venues that put on consistent, quality shows. Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California is one such venue. Recently, I was able to check out Good Riddance, Direct Hit!, The Bombpops, and Stop Breathing on a Saturday night at this LB gem. I am sure the rest of the sold out crowd would agree with me in saying that this was an amazing opportunity to see a lineup of great bands in an intimate setting. Personally, I had seen Good Riddance at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, but had unfortunately missed the chance to see them the last time they played a small venue in LA. It was worth the wait.

I arrived early since I knew I wanted to stake out a position to take photos. The show started with Stop Breathing as the crowd started filing in. Stop Breathing is a punk/hardcore band out of Oxnard, California who set the tone for the night with their high energy and powerful melodies. This theme would run throughout the evening.

Next up were The Bombpops, one of my favorite up and coming bands. Even with some technical difficulties early on, they tore through their set with catchy melodies and lyrics. I love seeing talented, powerful female musicians in the punk community, and the ladies of The Bombpops bring an energy to stage that is hard to match. If you’re looking for some new pop-punk with edge, check out The Bombpops!

Direct Hit! followed the Bombpops and also faced some technical difficulties. Even though this caused the band to nix one of their guitars, it did not slow them down. I know many of our other editors listed Direct Hit! on their “Top Albums of 2013,” but I hadn’t really gotten into them before this night. I can say one thing – they are definitely an act you need to see live. Their show was so energetic, you may have thought they were closing out the night. They commanded the small stage as if they were playing to a large stadium or festival. The crowd was nearly at capacity at this point and the energy was palpable.

It was finally time for the main event. Good Riddance came out no holds barred and rocked the stage for over an hour. The crowd went crazy – dancing, moshing, and singing along (you can actually check out a video of the full set right here). The band tore through crowd favorites like “Salt,” “United Cigar,” “Weight of the World,” and “Texas,” among others. Bands like Good Riddance bring such a force to the stage and you can feel the passion of both the band and the fans in the air. From my observations, there were probably many people in the LA/Long Beach area who lost their voice that night from screaming so loudly.

As I said before, it was worth the wait to see Good Riddance live in a small venue. With the promise of new music on the horizon, I hope this opportunity will come my way again soon! Check out our full gallery from the show below!

Red City Radio announce Waffles Or Die Tour with Direct Hit!

Oklahoma City punks Red City Radio have just announced they and Direct Hit! will be playing a Northeast / Southern US tour dubbed the Waffles Or Die Tour this October! Dates and locations can be found below.

Red City Radio will also be playing some Midwest dates surrounding their Riot Fest appearances in September, and Direct Hit! will be embarking on a west coast tour with The Bombpops at the same time.

Direct Hit! and The Bombpops announce west coast tour dates

Direct Hit! and The Bombpops will be playing a short run of shows on the west coast in early September. Dates and locations can be found below.

Direct Hit! last released a split with The Priceduifkes on July 29th through Red Scare Industries and Say-10 Records. The Bombpops began working on new music back in January.

DS Show Review/Photo Gallery: Punk Rock Grillout: Direct Hit!, Galactic Cannibal (last show ever), Jetty Boys

This is likely the last “review” that will ever by written for a Galactic Cannibal show, because the Milwaukee punks are officially done, over, no more, kaput. But before packing it in, they decided to go out with a bang with one last show, a Punk Rock Grillout at Borg Ward in Milwaukee, with Direct Hit!, Population Control, Jetty Boys, Soup Moat, Foreign Laws, Manger Danger, and Skategoat.

Not being from the Milwaukee area at all, I had never been to Borg Ward, and I had no idea what I was in for. In short, it was a dump. Ceiling tiles were missing, there was only one “bathroom”, the “stage” consisted of either one of two seemingly random spots where gear was set up, mic stands were held up with tape (if they stayed up at all), the vocals were hard to hear at times, it was hot as hell with no air moving through… and it was all perfect. This is exactly how I like shows to be; no gates, no big stages, no backstage where bands can disappear to once they’ve done their thing. It was all up close and personal, and is exactly what I’d want from a Galactic Cannibal show. As for the show itself, it’s everything I have come to expect from DH!/GC, plus so much more. With that being said, read the full review and check out the photo gallery below.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little late to this. I apologize for that, and I’m ashamed. But hey, I drove a long way to get there, and my wife and I had never had the chance to see Milwaukee, so we did some exploring and grabbed some food and beer before the show. When we got to the venue, I had to drive around the block a few times to make sure I was in the right place. But after looking into the alley behind the address, I could tell I was. A whole bunch of punks were standing around outside, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer, and there was a tent set up where Galactic Cannibal frontman Peter Woods was grilling up burgers and hot dogs.

I caught a few songs from most of the opening bands, who all had some great energy, but I’ll admit, it was mostly too hardcore for this pop/skate-punk fan (please, feel free to ridicule me or whatever). The first band I was really looking forward to was Jetty Boys. This was my first time seeing them, and they did not disappoint. They ripped through their set, barely stopping for anything. Singer/guitarist Drew Fredrichsen even played part of one song from on the toilet. Fast, poppy, catchy, describe it how you will, it was a fun set for sure.

Jetty Boys

For many, the main attraction was Galactic Cannibal, it being their last show and all. That being said, they played right in the middle of the whole night, which really seemed to fit perfectly with the band’s short-lived career. Once they were set up, Peter Woods walked up to me and said simply, in a voice that gave the impression he was in some sort of a trance, “I will run into you.” He then proceeded to say the same thing to three or four more people next to me at the front of the “stage”. It turns out he was not lying one bit, because as soon as the music hit, it was chaos, with people smashing into me from behind, and Woods coming from my front. It was great.

Galactic Cannibal

When it came time for Direct Hit! to start, the room was basically empty, but that didn’t last long. People outside quickly gathered around all sides of the “stage” for what is always a great show. Jetty Boys bassist Eric Mahnke filled in on bass, and Steve Maury played guitar, with Devon Kay out on the road with one of his other (awesome) bands, The Fur Coats. Direct Hit! shows are usually a blur for me, and this one was no different. At the end of the set, I usually can’t tell you which songs they played when, but I can tell you I had one of the greatest times ever at a show. I’ve seen the band play live five times now, and it seems like each time I see them, it’s the best set I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen them live, do yourself a favor and make sure you don’t miss them the next time they’re anywhere near you (or in my case, nowhere near, but still close enough). Galactic Cannibal drummer (and gracious host of the show) Ryan Bollis stole the show at the end of set, charging in from the crowd, stealing the bass drum and throwing it onto the floor, then kicking over the rest of the drum kit. What a way to end a great night!

Direct Hit!

Direct Hit! added to lineup for Red Scare’s 10th anniversary show

Red Scare Industries is celebrating 10 years of labelhood on October 25th with a killer show at Chicago’s Metro.  Already announced as part of the lineup are The Falcon, The Lillingtons, The Methadones, Elway, and The Brokedowns and today Direct Hit! has been added into the mix.

Here’s what DH! frontman Nick Woods had to say:

“Most say punk rock saved their life, but the truth is Red Scare saved our lives. Like, most say ‘Praise His Name,’ but we say ‘Praise Toby Jeg Hallelujah.’ We look at this party more as an opportunity to serve the lord – well, OUR lord – than we look at it like a show. Like, we didn’t so much SIGN to Red Scare as we BECAME Red Scare. It’s a lifestyle thing, man. Get over it.”

Red Scare will be announcing 1 band per day via different sites so keep your eyes peeled for more additions.  In the meantime snag your tickets here.

Introducing Fat Guy Fest (Kalamazoo, MI, Aug 8-10): Direct Hit!, Break Anchor, Bike Tuff, etc

August 8th, 9th, and 10th, Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Shakespeare’s Lower Level will be the host to the first annual Fat Guy Fest. Featuring regional, national, and internationally touring bands from the US, France, & Canada, Fat Guy Fest features 40+ mixed genre bands. Fans of punk rock, hardcore, ska, indie, alternative, surf, sludge, metal, and good old fashioned rock n’ roll will all find something to love here.


1876, Arms Aloft, Banditos, The Best Of The Worst, Bike Tuff, Bloodpheasant, Break Anchor, Calumet, Cave Needles, County Drop, Del Paxton, Direct Hit, Echo Base, Fisherking, Fossil Eyes, The Gentleman Thieves, Guerilla Poubelle, Guppy, Henrietta, Knives Are Quiet, Living Room, The Lost Years, Mold, The Mushmen, Natural Disasters, The Penske File, Placeholder, ProConPro, The Reptilian, Running Shoes, Seventeen Again, The Shortlife, Shoto, State, That’s Blood, Two Hand Fools, Victor Shores, Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers, Weak Teeth, Worship This!

You can snag tickets here and RSVP here.

In addition, the festival is partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit that works to reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees — for only 10¢ a tree.

New Song: Direct Hit! – “Wasting Away”

Direct Hit! are streaming a new song titled “Wasting Away”. The track comes off of the band’s upcoming split with  The Priceduifkes. You can listen to it below.

The Direct Hit! / Priceduifkes split will be co-released by Red Scare Industries and Say-10 Records on July 29, 2014. You can pre-order it here.