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Hans Gruber and The Die Hards release video for “The Ballad of Burro the Man”

Austin punks Hans Gruber and The Die Hards have released a video for their song “The Ballad of Burro the Man”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Hans Gruber and The Die Hards 2, which was released back in August on Paper + Plastick Records. The video is a throw-back to the spaghetti Western days, with the hero riding his noble steed across a rugged Western landscape, where our beloved hero is suddenly struck with a mental flashback to happier times perhaps. Singing with his comrades and grabbing a spin with a fair maiden.

Alright maybe it’s not all that deep, but it’s a pretty awesome song and video, so check it out below.

As mentioned above Hans Gruber and The Die Hards just released Hans Gruber and The Die Hards 2 a few weeks back, so giddy-up on out there and give it a listen pardner.



Audio Karate streaming new song “Sin Chuchillo”

California punks Audio Karate are streaming the new track “Sin Chuchillo”. It happens to be the second offering off of the band’s long-awaited, much-anticipated, new release Malo. The new album will be the third release for the punk veterans, originally recorded back in 2007 but never released, the album will finally see the light of day thanks to Wiretap Records and a little help remixing from Mike Jimenez (Rufio), the album will finally be released October 18th.

Check out the new song below.

This will be the first new music from Audio Karate since the 2004 release Lady Melody.



United Defiance (punk) signs to Thousand Islands Records and release teaser video

Cali punks United Defiance have signed on to Thousand Islands Records, just in time to hit the studio to record their new album. To celebrate the new union the band has released a teaser video for their upcoming single “Cool Kids Club”. In addition to all of this awesome news, United Defiance has announced a quick run of Canadian shows.

Check out the teaser video here and tour dates below.

United Defiance last released Safe At Home back in 2018 on the now defunct Heliarc Records.



Nonstarter (melodic skate punk) stream music video/release new EP

Melodic skate punk band, Nonstarter have just released their debut EP, Seasoned Stuntman on all the usual digital formats. Along with that, here is yet another video shot by the band member’s own Open Ended Films. This one is for “The Dish” and you can view that music video below.

 

Photo credit: Jared Hall



Montreal hardcore band Kennedy stream new music video for title-track off upcoming album, “Blood and Soil”

Canadian hardcore act, Kennedy are back with a new studio release called Blood and Soil due out sometime this coming fall. It will be the band’s first of such since their 2015 debut full-length The Guilty Poor which is available for streaming on their bandcamp page. In that time the band has toured Canada relentlessly, from DIY basement shows to maxed out theaters opening for the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Norma Jean, among others.

Kennedy has just released the music video to the title-track, “Blood and Soil” which highlights class struggle, and recent (yet persistent) aggressions from those traitors to the working-person, the boys in blue. Art and video direction were handled by Nick Pegg of Hashtag Hope with the help of one Joe O’Connor. “Blood and Soil” was produced by Felix Crawford-Legault, recorded and mixed by Ben Evans at Burning Room Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audio Siege Mastering Studio.

Please enjoy the video for “Blood and Soil” below, and for those of you celebrating Labor Day, please remember the blood, sweat and tears of those who battled and died before us. 



Gary Yay (solo, UK) releases video for “Down On The Inside”

Gary Yay, who’s been in a ton of punk bands in the UK over the years (Telegraphs, Eager Teeth, Summerslam ’88, Poindexter and more recently as guitarist in Phinius Gage), recently released his debut solo album. When I Grow Up To Be A Man. He’s now done a video for a track from it, “Down On The Inside”. 

Have a watch of the video (directed by Nick Burdett) below. You can order the album from Bandcamp, with proceeds all going to the charity MIND.



The Offspring members sued by bassist Greg K.

The Offspring bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel, who has been absent from performing with the band for several months, has filed federal lawsuit against two of his bandmates  vocalist/guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman  alleging trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the rights to the Offspring name.

The court document in its entirety is available for download at this location.

Although The Offspring have neither responded to the lawsuit nor released a statement regarding Greg’s current status as a member of the band, he is still listed as a member on both The Offspring’s Facebook page and their official website. During his absence from touring, Greg was initially filled in by No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and currently stepping in for him is H2O guitarist and Offspring touring member Todd Morse.

Along with Dexter and Noodles, Greg is one of the three members to appear on all of The Offspring’s albums since their 1989 self-titled debut. It’s not clear if he did actually perform bass on the band’s long-waited upcoming tenth studio album, which will be their first since 2012’s Days Go By and is expected to be released later this year or next year.



DS Photo Gallery: Benny and The No-Goods and The Mizzerables Host Joint Record Release Show

Reggie’s, a popular near Southside venue on S. State St. in Chicago, has two performance rooms: The Music Joint and the Rock Club. On Thursday August 27th, both sides of the venue were rocking with terrific punk music. Many of the attendees — including many of the performers it seemed — went from room to room and back. I was able to document both, as fortunately, the timing was such that there was not much overlap. Set up in one room occurred whilst performances occurred in the other.

The Music Joint, the smaller of the performance rooms, on this night hosted a two-in-one record release show. Benny and the No-Goods recently released its sophomore album, Nothing’s Cool, while The Mizzerables’ newest release is entitled, Whatever…This Sucks. In addition to a similar attitude, at least in terms of record names, the two groups have Joe Mizzi in common. Joe is, of course, the founder of The Mizzerables, as if that was not apparent by its name. He also plays guitar for Benny and the No-goods shows because in the studio, it is a one-man band. Shortly after their sets at Reggie’s, both Benny and Joe discussed with me how they felt the show went, their new: albums; and upcoming projects.

Meredith Goldberg (Dying Scene): How did you feel the show went? Joe pulled double duty of course. Both as frontman of his own band The Mizzerables and as second guitarist for Benny and the No-Goods live band.

Joe Mizzi: Aside from getting a scolding from afar by the Reggie’s staff for somewhat mockingly requesting the crowd to do some damage to the tables that were left surrounding the stage, I’d say it all went pretty well! I mean, Damian May, the singer of The Exceptions, one of my favorite ska bands from Detroit was there… so ya know. We got in and got out quick so people could go next door and see some little band called The Lillingtons, my wife tells me they’re a whole thing haha.

Benny NoGood: “This show was a great time. Joe (second guitarist in BATNG) had a record release for his main band, The Mizzerables, so we were a natural addition to the show. We opened the night to a solid crowd, and almost immediately, I broke a string, Justin had a problem with the DI box, Dom broke a bass drum pedal, and I knocked my mic stand over, so it was definitely a punk rock show. We had a great time, and the other bands on the bill were all amazing across both shows. Butchered (Chicago) just blew me away. Their intensity is just through the roof, and they’re a bunch of nice dudes. Saw tons of great friends who I don’t often get to hang with, too, so the vibe all night was just outstanding.

 


MG: Were you able to catch any of the bands playing on the other side of Reggie’s, in the Rock Club?
BNG: I’ve been friends with Mike from Amuse for a bit over a decade now, and I just love those guys. The Lillingtons were, of course, a big reason a lot of people were there, and they didn’t (do they ever?) disappoint.

JM: I didn’t watch that Lillingtons that night was selling records but saw them the next night haha.


MG: Is it true Benny that Benny and the No-Goods is a one-man band?

BNG: Yes, as far as recording goes, it’s a one-man show. both albums were just me, that may change on the next one, as the lineups seem to be pretty solidified at this point.

MG: Benny, please tell us how it came about that Joe joined the band as a live player at second guitar; as well as the other live band members

BNG: I put word out that I was trying to put together a Chicago-based lineup, and Joe was the first to volunteer. We’ve been friends for several years, and this was a good opportunity to hang out more and finally play music together. Justin was next and came with the recommendation of Mike Muse from Amuse. I’ve known Mike forever, so I trust his opinion, and it’s worked out great. Dom came on-board immediately following, and it’s just been great playing with these guys. They’re all such outstanding players and people.

MG: Joe, was it hard to pull double duty?
JM: Not hard and of course it’s fun to play on stage more!

MG: And Joe, please tell me about making The Mizzerables new record, “Whatever…This Sucks.”

JM: The album itself came together really quick. I’m a “bursty” writer where I’ll get a bunch of songs and then break for a while rather than write every day like a Tim Armstrong says he does. With this album I went back to basics and focused more on melody than fancy guitar parts or riffs and listened to a lot of music I grew up listening to while writing it. Some comparisons we’ve heard are Methadones, Green Day and Descendents which pretty much nails on the head what I was listening to.

We recorded the album with Dan from 88 Fingers Louie last year. Recording the album was with Dan was great and this record would not be what it is without him. However, we did it in January/February and it was brutally cold. When we started vocals, it was pretty rough on my voice with how dry it was. I was literally bringing gallon jugs of water to the studio and I would tear through at least one each day. Somewhat smartly though, we recorded different songs at different times of the day to take advantage of the added rasp from the dryness as the day went on and I think that really played well.

MG: Benny have you always been political as a musician and in your life? “Nothing’s Cool,” features a song called “Donnie” about Donald Trump.

BNG: With Donnie, I just really fucking hate that guy and what he’s done to decency, discourse, the environment, women, the LGBTQA community, standards of governance, our standing in the world, and so much more. Honestly, just fuck him. There’s not even a nice way to talk about him without speaking the vulgar truth, so fuck it I don’t hold back, and didn’t in the song, either. It’s basically a rundown of his disgusting proclivities.

Beyond that, I feel like the arts and music community has a responsibility to use our voice and platform, however small, to speak to power. I get, and appreciate, that some bands are just focused on making fun music, and I do that with this band, for the most part… that said, there is still the drive to speak out I also tend to include an environmental message on all of my releases, and this one is no different. I hide it in the context of our bombs and pollution and destruction of the environment waking Godzilla in my song “Gojira”, but the message is there, and is delivered pretty plainly.

MG: What’s up next for you both?

BNG: Just to continue playing shows and supporting the latest album. I will probably, if pattern follows, release another project in the spring/early summer of 2020. We’ll see where things stand then.Re

JM: Winter is upon us again so we will be playing shows locally and around the Midwest for the next few months.
We’ve done the winter tour before and boy, we don’t have luck with vehicles in the cold. And let’s just say we aren’t the most mechanical bunch. In the meantime, I’ve been posting a bunch of cover songs that inspired the album and I plan to do more with those over the winter. In the spring next year we plan to spread our wings so to speak. No details yet, but I’m sure we’ll blast dates all over the interwebs when we have them. And some breaking news, we have already started discussions about recording 2 or 3 more songs in the coming months. I think what we are going to do is pretty exciting and we’ll have more on it soon!

Please check out photos from both shows at Reggie’s on this evening below!



Grayscale release video for “Baby Blue”

Philly pop-punk band Grayscale release their new album. Nella Vita on September 6th via Fearless Records. Ahead of the album, the band have released a video for a track from it, “Baby Blue”.

Have a watch below – and check out their upcoming UK/European dates. 



New Video: Diablogato – “Too Far Gone”

Boston punks Diablogato are not only owners of the coolest name and logo (see above) in recent memory, but they also put out one of the damned-finest albums of the year. It’s called Old Scratch, and it officially dropped last Friday (August 23rd) on State Line Records. If you haven’t done so yet, you can check out the video for the Old Scratch track “Too Far Gone” below!

Old Scratch finds the band streamlining and improving upon the “revved up greasy garage stomp, swampy swing and voodoo twang” sound they had previously showcased on their 2016 self-titled full length and their 2017 follow-up EP, “Paint The Devil On The Wall.” You can still check out both of those releases right here.



Blink-155 Releases “Free Punk Lyrics” Compilation (not for free)

Blink-155, a podcast run by members of Junior Battles and Pre Nup, has released a 39-song compilation of artists using lyrics from a Tumblr page called Free Punk Lyrics.

As explained on Bandcamp:

“‘Free punk lyrics’ was a joke Tumblr started by Alex and Josiah in 2011 where they would write absurd punk lyrics in four minutes or less. The lyrics were posted online under the pretense that upcoming punk bands could use them for free. It’s all right there in the name. 

In 2018, listeners of the Blink-155 podcast started making real songs out of the lyrics posted on Tumblr. 39 tracks later, the Free Punk Lyrics Compilation is here.”

The album is available on Bandcamp and can be streamed below.



Short/Fast/Loud: Lost Love – “Glenn Spaghetti Legs”

Montreal’s Lost Love came out swinging last year with Good Luck Rassco, an album that I thought showed great songwriting instincts as well as a honed-in power punk sound. It was good stuff, the kind of stuff you want to hear coming out of small bands—the kind of music that makes you think: maybe in a couple of years, when all my favorite bands have broken up, the wheel of punk will continue to turn. 

While this isn’t quite Lost Love’s ghost-of-Christmas-future, it is a solid two-song EP that shows them growing into their sound. “Glenn Spaghetti Legs,” which is technically the title track, reads like something between the Loved Ones, Weezer, and Jeff Rosenstock. Think chugging guitars, poppy fretwork, and big hooks. It’s all delivered with lyrics that feel close to the heart and accordingly, performed with emotional gravitas. 

“Ontarien Demande” has some killer woah-ohs and a sticky lyric (“I’m drinking but I can’t get drunk enough.”), making for a catchy sibling to its predecessor. And I hear you when you say: “is two songs really a notable release?” I agree, it’s hardly a full meal, but it’s hooky, sunshiney, and would go great on a end-of-the-summer mix. Substantial or not, Glenn Spaghetti Legs is two songs from an up and comer worthy of your attention. 

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Teenage Bottlerocket stream new music video for “I Wanna Be a Dog”

Last week Fat Wreck mainstays Teenage Bottlerocket released a music video for “I Wanna Be a Dog” off of their eighth studio album Stay Rad!, released back in March 2019. This track is Teenage Bottlerocket at their best: no-frills pop punk and lyrics that answer the question, “how much easier would life be as a dog?” Truly relatable content from one of the most enduring bands in punk rock. You can check out the video below.



Angels & Airwaves stream new video for “Rebel Girl”

California supergroup Angels & Airwaves have released a music video for “Rebel Girl”, the new single from their upcoming as-yet-unnamed sixth studio album on Rise Records and first original song since 2016’s Chasing Shadows EP. If you’re curious what Tom DeLonge has been up to while Lil Wayne is touring with Blink-182, check out the video below for a taste.



The Eradicator (squash-punk, IL) streams new video for “Imma Be Me”

Chicago-based man of mystery and diehard Kids in the Hall fan The Eradicator has released a new music video for his single, “Imma Be Me”, off his upcoming album Peak Eradicator, out October 4 on Stonewalled and Say-10 Records. Does Illinois’ favorite squash punk finally find true squash enlightenment? Watch the video below to find out.

This track is the first new music from The Eradicator since 2018’s The Court’s Closed on Christmas EP.