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Nervus releases video for song “Fake” off of new album

Punks from across the pond Nervus have released a new video for their song “Fake”. The song comes off the band’s latest release Tough Crowd which came out September 27th, via Big Scary Monsters. The video stars Becky Blomfield of Milk Teeth, the band is giving fans a oppurtunity to create their own version of the video to win some pretty cool Nervus swag.

So don’t miss out, check out the new video below.

This is the first new music from Nervus since their 2016 release Permanent Rainbow. 



Neverlearn (Melodic) streaming new album “We Want More”

Finnish melodic-punk outfit Neverlearn is streaming their new album We Want More. The album is being released via Fast Decade Records (Finland), Milestone Sound (Japan), and Punk & Disorderly Records (Canada). The new album features ten all new tracks, I must admit I was thoroughly impressed with this one. I particularly enjoy the track “Pest Control”, the intro reminds me of something you might hear from Propaghandi before the song settles into a much more mellow tone, just a great song from start to finish.

Check out the awesome new tunes below.

This is the first new music from Neverlearn since their EP Start Tomorrow, which came out back in 2016. If you’re a fan of Much The Same or Downway, these guys are for you.



Album Review: Teenage Bottlerocket: “Teenage Bottlerocket vs. Human Robots”

What were you doing in your spare time in 7th Grade? I was desperately trying (and failing!) to learn blink-182 and My Chemical Romance songs on bass guitar, and wondering why all the cool kids wouldn’t be my friends on MySpace. I’m guessing most of you weren’t releasing your first split 7-inch on Fat Wreck Chords like Milo Carlisle has done. As the son of Teenage Bottlerocket’s Ray Carlisle, he’s already spent years being surrounded by the best teachers in punk rock, and boy does it show on these couple tracks.

The first two tracks on this split 7-inch will be familiar to big Bottlerocket fans. Track 1: “Olivia Goes to Bolivia” first appeared on a flexi-disk for New Noise Magazine in February 2019. Bassist Miguel Chen wrote the track about his baby daughter Olivia (who features on the track too – cute!). Track 2: “Everything to Me” appears on the bands’ newest album, Stay Rad. Both tracks are adorable odes to the band members’ offspring – fitting for the record – as well as super-catchy, punk anthems, as expected from Teenage Bottlerocket.

Let’s face it though, this record is all about Human Robots. As Ray said in the press release for the record, “It wasn’t hard getting his band together, because Milo plays all the instruments and sings on the two songs he wrote. I guess it’s a one-man band (yes, he has no friends).” Which is a pretty INSANE accolade for anyone, let alone a pre-teen in my opinion (the one-man band thing, not the no friends thing. Having no friends is an easy accomplishment, lemme tell you). 

“Step on ‘Em All” is 45-seconds of pure old-skool punk rawk rage. With thrashing guitars and angry AF lyrics, this track sounds like a cross between the Ramones and late 80s NYHC.  

“I Want to Hang Out With You” could be a Bottlerocket song. They probably wish it was a Bottlerocket song, but Milo got there first. It’s a simple, catchy memorable punk rock song with a chorus that’ll have you singing along as soon as you’ve heard it. Also, you can only imagine Ray’s face when he first heard his young son sing the “I wanna make out with you/ I wanna get expelled with you” lyrics of the chorus. 

It really is incredible that the little dude is so talented at a young age – these songs rock HARD. There should be a few Fat Wreck bands watching their backs right now – Milo has the potential to take over the genre in a few years.

You can buy the 7-inch in the Fat Wreck Chords store here, or stream/buy it on Bandcamp here. Best $5 you’ll have spent in a long time. 

5/5 Stars



New Music: Anti-Flag release lyric video for “Christian Nationalist”

Hey Anti-Flag fans…they’ve got some new music for your listening enjoyment!

The band have released a stand-alone single and accompanying lyric video for a brand-new track called “Christian Nationalist.” We’re pretty sure it’s a protest song. Check it out below!

“Christian Nationalist” follows up their last release, Live Volume 2, which was released a couple months back on A-F Records.



New Music: Donaher (NH pop punk) – “Before Anyone Else”

Hailing from the occasionally-mean streets of Manchester, New Hampshire – which is coincidentally about fifteen minutes north of the occasionally-mean streets that yours truly grew up on – Donaher are a band that you should probably know about, especially if you’re nostalgic for the glory days of mid-1990s power pop. Case in point: I once saw them open for Smoking Popes, and their latest album has a song that features vocals from Matt Pryor, so that should give you a pretty accurate picture of their wheelhouse.

Anyway, the Granite Staters have got a new song available for your listening enjoyment. It’s called “Before Anyone Else,” and you can check it out below.

“Before Anyone Else” exists as a standalone single. Their full-length album, I Swear My Love Is True, was released back in 2017 on Dodgeball Records.



New Music: Lucero – “Before The Ghosts” and “PBS – Bluegrass Underground”

Lots of cool news from the Lucero camp this week, so I thought I’d wrap it up in one tidy post. First and foremost, the Memphis rockers kicked off their three-week US tour with such varied acts as Vandoliers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and Rhode Island’s The Huntress And Holder Of Hands. Check out those dates here.

Next up, PBS unveiled the band’s performance for their Bluegrass Underground series. It was filmed at The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee. If you’re not familiar, The Caverns is exactly what you think; an underground music venue set in a cavern deep below the Cumberland Mountains. Cool! Anyway, you can stream the band’s unique performance here.

Last but certainly not least, the band put out a new digital-only release yesterday. It’s called Before The Ghosts: Acoustic Demos and Other Ideas from Among the Ghosts, and as you might imagine, it consists of demos and reworked versions of tracks that appeared on last year’s Among The Ghosts. It’s definitely one for the hardcore fans, but it’s a pretty cool listen as to how the proverbial sausage was made. Check it out here.



Full Album Stream: Lagwagon – “Railer”

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was sitting at my dining room table, chatting on the phone with Joey Cape about Lagwagon‘s blistering new album, Hang, which he had semi-jokingly referred to as having been written during his “bitter old man” phase. Somehow, it was actually five years ago! And Lagwagon are back!

The new album, as you hopefully know, is called Railer, and it’s twelve-songs of vintage skate-punky goodness that even includes a jokey-but-still-really-awesome cover of a 1980’s power ballad. Just like the old days! Anyway, the album came out yesterday on Fat Wreck Chords and you can stream the album below, but you really should buy it here and also go here to see where you can catch Caper and the boys on tour with the mighty Face To Face and newly-signed Fat Wreckers MakeWar.



New Music: Ramallah – “The Last Gasp Of Street Rock N’ Roll”

It’s been an awfully long time since we were graced with a new album from White Trash Rob and the gang, but Ramallah are finally back! The Boston hardcore vets released a firebrand new EP called The Last Gasp Of Street Rock N’ Roll yesterday via Sailor’s Grave Records. It’s an eight-song shot across the bow of those folks who somehow haven’t quite figured out that we’re living in dire straits right now. Check it out here.

Ramallah’s last release was The Truth…It’s Colder Than A Morgue Slab And Harder Than A Coffin Nail,” which was a stand-alone single in 2016. Their last true album was 2005’s Kill A Celebrity.



Brainflakes (UT) Release New Single, “Clay’s Achin'” (FFO Polar Bear Club, Make Do & Mend)

Utah gravel-punks Brainflakes have released a new song called “Clay’s Achin’.” The single is from their upcoming EP “Someone, Somewhere,” out November 1st on Hidden Home Records.

You can pre-order the EP on cassette now. Listen to the single below.



Psychotic Reaction (ffo: MC5, The Sword) announce October tour

An acid-laced blues punk quartet out of Norman, OK, Psychotic Reaction has just announced the final leg of their stacked three month tour. Check out those dates below.

 



Riot Fest 2019 Day 3: Bikini Kill, Teenage Bottlerocket and…The Village People Close Out The Weekend With Help From Others

Words by: Fredric Hall
Photos and additional words by: Meredith Goldberg

For the third and final day of 2019’s Riot Fest festivities, punk sets were, again, on the small side. Still what’s there ain’t too shabby. Against Me! Had an awesome set, playing both “Reinventing Axl Rose” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” start-to-finish, while singer Laura Jane Grace was belting out every song with her unique voice that forces you to pay attention. A particular high point was “Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” with its driving, distorted bass line and disturbing lyrics. At one point, someone in the crowd held up a sign saying “You Are My Hero”, a good indicator of the effect the band had on the crowd.

Against Me!

 

Dave Hause & The Mermaid

Frankie Iero and the Future Violents

 

Sincere Engineer

Perhaps the most curious event to take place at Riot Fest’s 15th Anniversary staging in Chicago was a Wall of Death during The Village People’s performance of their most famous tune, “YMCA.” The song has long been a staple at basketball games of all levels and in all communities despite its lyrical content often understood to refer to the YMCA as a gay hook up spot in the 1970’s. Yet on Day 3,  fans young, old and looking to represent virtually every demographic at Riot Fest joined in forming the 4 letters in the title. And per an organized Facebook event, many took part in a Wall of Death in the center of crowd. For the uninitiated, a Wall of Death is basically a move within a circle pit where a large group of people back off and then at the same moment run toward each other. The event even took the life of a photographer’s sunglasses (though not the DS photog’s sunglasses, whew).

The Village People

 

The Village People fans spell out Y.M.C.A.

Patti Smith had her brand of a slow burning performance later on. Now I know the organizers don’t pick out acts all willy-nilly and Patti Smith is a legend in the genre. However, I’m sure there is a good size of the attendees who have no idea who is she and her contributions to the punk genre. And I guess Smith knew this because she really brought it on stage. While not “punk” in regards to modern tastes, there was a energy about it that exuded a punk attitude, even with covers like Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experience”(with some “Third Stone of the Sun” thrown towards the end) and Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning”. She did close the set with “Gloria” which really brought the crowd to its knees.

 

Bikini Kill

Finally, we got Riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, the headliners for the final evening of the festival. Though Kathleen Hanna sang most of the set, she did occasionally switch over to bass, while the rest of the band traded instruments for certain songs. Seriously, they did so many times I couldn’t keep up. Declaring “We’re a feminist band. And we’re headlining a festival” they blazed through songs like “Reject All-American” with the abrasiveness and in-you-face attitude that put them on the map for almost thirty years.

Bikini Kill

If you’ve made it this far, so you might have the impression Riot Fest is straying from it’s punk roots. Well, here’s the thing: I get that festivals like Riot Fest have to carter towards different demographics to stay afloat. To me, this year was more of a history lesson. Teenage punks with Op Ivy back patches on their vests now got to hear Patti Smith and Bikini Kill. They also got to see Slayer which is always a treat (and also played right after Rise Against). So, this is a chance to see all kinds of genres. Limiting yourself to one thing is narrow-minded and stupid. In the end we all need to go beyond our boundaries and explore what’s out there.

Ween

 

Teenage Bottlerocket

 

Please check out the rest of our images from the final day of Riot Fest 2019 below:



DS Exclusive: South Class Veterans (Oi) premiere “Squared Away” off upcoming “Hell to Pay” LP

This week has been stacked. Between playing catch-up on premieres and getting my 40 hrs on some remodel, I somehow managed to gain a local community radio DJs favor, who hooked me up with free Bad Religion tickets – then home for a late night writing session, before waking up early to get the kids to school and back off to work again. It almost slipped my mind that Municipal Waste was tonight. Those were $10 tickets son! I’d picked up a few but the couple friends I invited couldn’t make it… So I brought the kiddos, and the eldest (11) straight DOMINATED the pit, crowd-surfed, and only high-fived the lead singer. (or so he tells me… I can’t believe I missed it!) No biggie though. The point? It’s another late night, and tomorrow is another early morning, but then… it’s the WEEKEND! I don’t have to work. I’m not playing a show. I get to clean, and relax!!!!!!

And what better way to celebrate a long week (or month) then with some good oi music? Albeit, the song “Squared Away” isn’t about taking your boots off. It’s about putting them on.

Maybe it’s just me, but I love when a song starts on drums. The opening percussion solo/ tom roll is a definitive call-to-arms before perhaps the simplest but dare-I-say most epic of guitar techniques – a good ear splitting pickslide – chimes in to bring with it utter devastation to your copacetic equilibrium, and that’s just the first five seconds.

South Class Veterans are a five-piece skin head outfit out of New Jersey. They lay down thick, hefty East Coast street punk. Recently they’ve been picked up by Demons Run Amok Entertainment, and are set to release their debut full-length album Hell to Pay on October 25 to follow up their 2017 EP, Tall Cans and Shortcomings. Album pre-orders are available here. They’ve given Dying Scene the green light to premiere the first single off that album, “Squared Away” – a song about the eruption of violence at an infamous Dropkick Murphy’s/Oxymoron show in 1999 Teaneck, NJ.

“The night is young and the clubs packing. We’ve been at it for weeks, you can feel the tension. LET’S GO! We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!The booze is flowing and the music’s right, just need a little spark to set this place alight. LET’S GO!  We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!”

Stream “Squared Away” below



The Menzingers Release New Album “Hello Exile”

Today’s the day! The Menzingers sixth studio album and fourth Epitaph release Hello Exile is out today on Epitaph, after months of teasers and singles. Scranton, PA’s favorite sons have been steadily on the rise since 2012’s On the Impossible Past, churning out banger after banger on both 2014’s Rented World and 2017’s After the Party. Hello Exile appears to be no exception, though it does mark a further evolution of the Springsteen-esque lyrical content and swelling pop guitars we saw in After the Party.

The Menzingers last premiered the final album single “Strangers Forever” in September. You can watch that below, and or get the whole album in any format here.



Riot Fest 2019 Day 2: Rise Against, Avail, Turnstile and Anthrax Bring the Hard to the Park; The Struts Evoke the Glam Rock 1970’s and The HU Combines New with Very Old

Words: Fredric Hall
Photos and Additional Words: Meredith Goldberg

Day two of Riot Fest 2019, the 15th Anniversary event, saw a bit of a change up. This was a bit slim on the punk side as the metal took over. Still, they were some standouts. You have Avail doing their “Over the James” album set. Honestly, there really is not that much to talk about. Singer Tim Barry mentioned it was his daughter’s birthday which got a collective “awww” from the already captivated crowd.

Avail

 

Avail

 

Anthrax

Anthrax started a few minutes early with a riff from Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”, which totally caught me off guard. From there they went into their setlist which was voted by fans via their website. With the band donning Bulls jerseys they tore through all the hits, including “Caught in a Mosh”, “I am the Law” and their cover of “Got the Time”. No “Among the Living” though. Sorry. The did, however, end the set with “Indians” which really got the crowd in uproar. Granted, this isn’t really “punk” but, like I said it was slim pickings that day.

Turnstile

 

Turnstile

Turnstile provided for an especially high energy set under the bright middle afternoon sun. Numerous band members kept busy going airborne and hopping back and forth from stage to speakers. You got the feeling the band members would have like to be performing in the crowd and would be if not for the wide barricaded area/photo pit. Turnstile in a non-barricade venue must surely be mandatory to experience for anyone calling themselves fans of the group.

The Struts

Derby U.K.’s The Struts, with lead singer Luke Spiller, channeling the spirit of Freddie Mercury, took over the Rise Stage. A welcome dose of variety to complement the otherwise predominantly hard-core punk and metal heavy day. Spiller, in a red glittery outfit and thick black eyeliner; and bassist Jed Elliot clad in black leather pants and his leather shirt unbuttoned half way down his evoked 1970’s glam rock.

The Struts

 

The HU

For many Riot Fest attendees, The HU afforded them possibly their first introduction to what the band calls Hunnu Rock. The HU, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, combine Mongolian throat singing with traditional instruments such as “The morin khuur (Mongolian: морин хуур), also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument. It is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morin_khuur].

The HU

Senses Fail

Rise Against

Rise Against

The day ends with Rise Against headlining the evening. Singer Tim McIlarth mentioned he is from Douglas Park (where Riot Fest is held) which obviously get applause from the crowd before going into the hit “Savior” followed by “Prayer of the Refugee.”

Please check out our gallery of additional day 2 photos below!



DS Exclusive: I Believe In Giants premiere music video, “Rise and Fall”

I Believe in Giants is an easy-core pop punk band out of South Africa established in 2017 by veterans of the South African music scene who collectively (in previous groups) have opened for great acts such as Billy Talent, Underoath, Comeback Kid, Haste The Day, The
Ghost Inside and The Ataris, as well as played every major South African music festival we can think of. It’s the kind of experience that shines brightly in the band’s in-studio precision on the recording of “Rise and Fall”, a song that made it’s debut on their summer of 2018 EP, Sink or Swim, and is currently available on all the usual streaming services.

Today I Believe In Giants is premiering that track in nostalgic cinematic glory. Stream the video for “Rise and Fall” below.