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Rational Anthem (pop punk) announce “It’s Only Permanent”

Iowa pop punkers, Rational Anthem have announced new album It’s Only Permanent. The record is out on November 1st via A-F Records.

To mark the announcement, the trio have released a video for a track from it, “Welcome to Paradise City”. Have a watch below.



Down By Law re-release live studio album on Kung Fu

SoCal melodic-punk veterans Down By Law are re-releasing their recent album, Quick Hits Live In Studio, via Kung Fu Records on October 4th. The album came out back in August via the band’s Bandcamp, but is now getting the limited edition (orange) vinyl treatment

The album sees them perform 15 of the best tracks from their back catalogue.



Stream a ska version of Graduating Life’s “Cold Raviolis”

If you’re online in the year 2019 and have even the slightest clue what the genre “ska” entails, then you’ve probably seen a video from Skatune Network, even if you didn’t realize what it was you were watching. The incredibly unique project of Florida musician Jeremy Hunter (they/them) started with a YouTube channel and a single mission––to bring back ska, one cover song at a time.

Today, that channel boasts over a million views, with over 100,000 subscribers and nearly twice as many combined followers across other social media platforms. Formed in 2017, Skatune Network has turned everything from 80s pop ballads to emo anthems, R&B jams, and even songs from popular movies and TV shows into bonafide ska hits, and the brass mastermind has no plans on slowing down.

Teaming up with rising indie label Counter Intuitive Records, Skatune Network will release their debut album Pick It The Fuck Up on September 27. Each song on the album will be a cover of a Counter Intuitive-adjacent band, including oso oso, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, Retirement Party, Kississippi, and more.

Today a video is out for the first new track, a cover of Graduating Life’s “Cold Raviolis.” Watch it below.



Album Review: The Planet Smashers “Too Much Information”

Earlier this year Canadian ska punks The Planet Smashers released their ninth studio album Too Much Information, which also corresponds with their twenty-fifth anniversary as a band. This album finds them continuing to expand upon their signature mix of upbeat two tone ska and punk.

The album abruptly starts with the titular “Too Much Information” as a bouncing horn line greets you without a proper introduction. In a song about the potential for oversharing via social media it is nice to get a sound that was massively popular before the advent of said media platforms. It drops an early English Beat meets the Police vibe that is ridiculously catchy. This sound is further explored with “Aim High” and “Going Out Solo” a couple of songs later.

“Break My Neck (A Love Song)” follows with what is arguably the best song on the album. In 2016 lead singer Matt Collyer fractured his cervical spine, he then used this to poetically pen a love song. “I may break my neck, but I will never break your heart” he croons in a way that is more intrinsically emotional than the rest of the album. The honesty on display is highly personal and it is obvious that this song is more than just another love song. Throughout the album the organ is featured, but not more perfectly than on this number. It is a bouncier sound that lends a little brevity to the heaviness of the lyrics.

The Planet Smashers still deliver on their classic high energy fun music with songs like “Brain Freeze” the product of being betrayed by a delicious treat, “Superfan” which is an ode to fans of ska still waiting for their fourth wave, and “Hookie” a banger about skipping work and having fun. This time the more playful “Light in Your Smile” cranks up the reggae side, and features some phenomenal drum work. However they do experiment and explore their craft a little with songs like “Good Vibes” and “Light in Your Smile”. The first being a clapping and drum heavy march that stands out on the album for how different it feels. However it seems like it would be a fan favorite in a live setting as it has the ability to draw the crowd into the production. Where “Light in Your Smile” is a playful reggae love song which again puts the drums at the forefront but this time with a margarita on the beach feel.

Too Much Information is a super clean sounding album, the horns are big and bright, the bass and drums sound deep and resonant, and the highlight is the organ which add a layer that really make these songs stand out. Combine this with lyrics that are humorous at times, and emotional at others and you get an album that moves both your heart and your feet.

4.5/5 Stars



Raise Ghosts (ffo: Still Life, Planes Mistaken for Stars) stream new album “Only in Darkness We Can Find True Light”

Toronto’s  emo/punk Raise Ghosts are streaming their new album Only in Darkness We Can Find True Light, which was released earlier this month on Must Be Nice Records. Check it out below!



DS Exclusive: Jumpstarted Plowhards (Mike Watt, Todd Congelliere and friends) stream debut album, “Round One”

Earlier this week, it was our esteemed privilege to bring you a lengthy interview with the legendary Mike Watt. Read it here if you missed it. Among the many things we covered was his brand new “proj,” Jumpstarted Plowhards. It’s a collaboration between Watt and Todd Congelliere (F.Y.P., Toys That Kill), and features a different drummer on each track. Among the guests are George Hurley (The Minutemen), Patty Schemel (Hole, etc), Jerry Trebotic, Raul Morales and more.

Today, we’re beyond stoked to bring you the debut of the Round One, the debut album from Jumpstarted Plowhards. It’s due out on Recess Records next Friday (October 4th); pre-order here…but check it out in all its esteemed goodness down below!



The Mighty Mighty BossToneS annouce dates, theme for 2019 HomeTown ThrowDown

I’m not sure how Christmas is right around the proverbial corner all of a sudden. Doesn’t seem right. BUT to help make that a little more palatable, the legendary Mighty Mighty BossToneS have announced preliminary info surrounding this year’s HomeTown ThrowDown!

This year’s festivities are taking place the weekend after Christmas – December 27-29, to be precise – at their longtime home, Boston’s House Of Blues. The theme of this year’s ThrowDown is “It’s A Plaid Plaid Plaid Plaid World,” though we’re still curious as to what that might mean. Here’s what iconic frontman Dicky Barrett had to say: “This year, on the 30th anniversary of our very first album, myself and the other Plaid Boys of Boston are returning to our tartan root. Expect all the warmth and wonder this holiday tradition has always delivered. Please join us we will not disappoint!” Any thoughts on what tricks the fellas might have up their collective sleeves?

Stay tuned for ticket info, opening acts, and more ThrowDown coverage as it becomes available!

The Mighty Mighty BossToneS’ latest release, While We’re At It, came out last year on the band’s own Big Rig Records, which also just released the new album from BossTones bassist Joe Gittleman’s “side project” Avoid One Thing earlier this month!



Red City Radio release new song ‘Love A Liar’

Ahead of their tour with Taking Back Sunday, gruff-pop punkers Red City Radio have put out a new song ‘Love A Liar’. There is no word at this point of an upcoming more lengthy release, but this is a catchy little number to tide fans over for now. The last release from the band was the ‘SkyTigers’ EP in 2018.

Check out the new song below.



Face To Face release another new song from upcoming live album

Ahead of their contribution to the Fat Wreck Chords‘ Live In A Dive series, Face To Face have released another song. The live version of ‘All Or Nothing’, which features on the album ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’, can now be heard. The forthcoming twelve-song live album will feature tracks from across the band’s extensive career. The set was performed over the course of three nights at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus earlier this year.

‘Live In A Dive’ is out October 18th; you can listen to ‘All Or Nothing’ below.



No Motiv to release anniversary edition of ‘And The Sadness Prevails’

It’s been 20 years since No Motiv released their debut LP ‘And The Sadness Prevails’. To celebrate, the original line up that recorded the Vagrant release with Trevor Keith are back together. They will be releasing a newly mixed and mastered version of the album with two additional bonus re-recorded songs. These will be available on a limited pressing of vinyl along with a digital version next month. Pre-orders are available here.

Check out the 20th anniversary edition of the song ‘Nostalgia’ below.



Slam Dunk Festival 2020: Dates and First Bands Announced

 

Slam Dunk Festival will be returning to Temple Newsham and Hatfield Park on the 23rd and 24th May 2020 respectively.  Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack and State Champs are among the first bands to be announced, with plenty more bands due to be added to the line up over the coming months.  Early bird tickets go on sale Friday 27th September HERE!



Mono in Stereo premiere new music video, “Different Kind of Man”

Mono in Stereo is a band on the up and up. They released their second album on Rum Bar RecordsCan’t Stop The Bleeding, in June of this year, along with an earlier released video for “The Conversation” which Dying Scene premiered here. Since then they’ve been tapped for punk rock glory by having a song of theirs featured in the upcoming Joselito Seldera feature film, Screw City, which follows a young riot girl going through the struggle of post-high school band mate disssociation blues. Personally, as a guy who’s gone through five (official) drummers and a handful of bassists in just as many years, it’s a story I know all to well.

Today Mono in Stereo is releasing a new music video for the single “Different Kind of Man” , which tells another familiar tale of young love in the California desert. “The thought was Midwest punk in Southern California,” says Seldera, who also directed the video. “The clothes, the style, the vibe. Dusty and gritty. No beaches, no skaters or surfers or cool neighborhoods or anything like that. So we came up with a list of cool, sort of weird places well outside of L.A. and for two days we drove around the desert and shot at those places.”

The video tails two coed heroes on the fringes with subtle reminders through their caustic reality that God is love, and highlights the early sparks of infatuation and shifting persuasions… I think our grand-folks called that courting or something. The song is catchy and smile-inducing – think Bruce Springsteen meets Naked Raygun. It provides a great blend of classic bar room rock and roll with our beloved punk rock about opening up with one another and weeding out loneliness.”Let me pick you up at home tonight because we’re headed where the eagles dare. Left alone up to our own devices, there’s a lot of thing’s that we can share.” There’s a right way and there’s a wrong way, kiddos ,but more often than not we find ourselves somewhere in-between.

Seldera listed two videos as major influences: “I re-watched The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Sometimes Always’ video over and over, a thousand times, and even tried to emulate a few shots from that one. That and Camera Obscura’s ‘French Navy.’ I wanted to add a bit of a narrative in the way that video does.”

Stream the video for “Different Kind of Man” below.

 



DS Exclusive: Mike Watt talks Jumpstarted Plowhards, D. Boon, songwriting on the bass, Eddie Vedder, and so much more

Up until the dawn of the digital music revolution within the last couple of decades, generations of kids found out about new music in three real main ways: by stumbling into music videos on the actual television, by scouring the new releases put out by known and trusted record labels (see: Epitaph, Fat Wreck, Blue Note, Apple Records, etc), and by finding out who your favorite artists liked and respected and toured with and diving headlong into that rabbit hole. I was twelve years old when first saw Pearl Jam’s video for “Even Flow” and was so captivated by it that…well…that I’ve continued to buy into whatever they’ve been selling for more than a quarter-century since. Because they’ve been more than vocal about their influences over the years, this meant exploring the catalogs of artists as varied as The Who and Daniel Johnston and Bad Religion and Cypress Hill and Fugazi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and, thanks to the 1995 release Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, Mike Watt.

Ball-Hog or Tugboat? marked the first “solo” release for the founding bassist from both Minutemen and fIREHOSE, the latter of whom I only knew from having seen a poster for what would become their final full-length, Mr. Machinery Operator, hanging in the front window at Strawberries Music & Video at the Nashua Mall and not realizing that fIREHOSE and FireHouse were two different bands. Ball-Hog featured Watt supported by a diverse cast of characters that obviously included Eddie Vedder but also Dave Grohl and Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic and J Mascis and Frank Black and the Kirkwood brothers from Meat Puppets and Henry Rollins and Mark Lanegan and Flea and Kathleen Hanna and most of Sonic Youth and a bunch of others. It was ground-breaking and genre-bending and was really a perfect look into the future of what was to come for Watt’s career going forward.

If you haven’t been able to keep track of the sheer number of projects – or proj’s, as Watt refers to him in his trademark San Pedro patois – that Watt has been involved with in the years since, that’s no slight on you; it’s overwhelming. There’s Dos, a duo that featured Watt and ex-Blag Flag bassist (and eventually Watt’s ex-wife) Kira Roessler. There’s Unknown Instructors, which had Watt and his Minutemen/fIREHOSE drummer George Hurley joined by Joe Baiza, Jack Brewer and Dan McGuire. There was Big Walnuts Yonder, and Il Sogno del Marinaio, and The Hand To Man Band, and a bunch of years with The Stooges, and another proj with Novoselic and friends called Anywhere. There was obviously The Secondmen, followed obviously by the Missingmen. And honestly, there were a bunch more that I’m not going to pretend to have committed to memory right now.

Next up out of the chute from the iconic Watt is a proj known as Jumpstarted Plowhards. It’s a unique endeavor that found Watt team up with Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, FYP, founder of Recess Records). Watt wrote a handful of tracks on bass and sent a fifteen-song CD-R to “Todd Cong,” who not only wrote guitar lines and lyrics, but recruited a different drummer to play on every track. The first eight of those tracks now appear as a release called Round One that’s due out October 4th on Recess Records. Joining Watt and Congelliere are Hurley, Jimmy Felix from Toys That Kill, Patty Schemel of Hole fame, Brian Brunuk from Fartbarf, Trevor Rounseville from Clown Sounds, Jerry Trebotic from Watt’s Secondmen band, Raul Morales from Watt’s Missingmen project, and Neighborhood Brats‘ Nick Aguilar, who’s not only joining Watt on drums for his solo tour that kicked off last week, but who is also the son of a high school classmate of all three Minutemen (Watt, Hurley and, of course, the  inimitable D. Boon).

You can pre-order Round One right here, though jump on it because some options are already gone. But you can also head below to read our Q&A with the iconic Watt. It’s one of the more enjoyable conversations I’ve ever conducted for this here website, due entirely to Watt’s jovial nature and his willingness to talk about all portions of the long, strange trip its been since he and D. Boon met as thirteen-year-olds, picked up a couple of cheap guitars, and started jamming out to Creedence Clearwater Revival songs before even knowing how to tune their instruments. Also, head here to see where you can catch Watt’s current Missingmen incarnation out on the road, including an October 11th date here in the Boston area; it’s Watt’s sixty-seventh tour of more than a month! Thanks for being you, Watt!

Photo credit: Steve Linsley.



Tightwire (punk) premiere video for new song “AYL” off upcoming Red Scare comp

Are you listening?  Minneapolis pop-punk act Tightwire wants to know in their brand new track “AYL” which we’re stoked to premiere in the form of a music video for you loyal readers. Check it out along with the band’s upcoming tour dates with Masked Intruder below.

Here’s a quote from the band about the track that I couldn’t be more on the same page with:

I was sitting at my neighborhood bar yelling, “Are you listening?!” at some friends. They weren’t, so I wrote a song that has nothing to do with that situation. It speaks more on my frustration with people being unable to properly communicate with each other. Just because you don’t see eye to eye with someone doesn’t make them a bad person. Stop being a judge-y prick. Listen to each other, try to understand, and move forward from there. At the end of the day we’re all going to die, so fuck it, be pleasant to each other. Or don’t. I don’t really give a shit.

“AYL” is just one of many previously-unreleased songs to appear on “Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers,” a compilation celebrating the label’s 15th anniversary. This is the first new music from Tightwire since 2018’s debut album “Six Feet Deep.”

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Agnostic Front release video discussion on new album

Agnostic Front release their 12th studio album, Get Loud, via Nuclear Blast on November 8th. Following the recent release of first single “Spray Painted Walls“, the band have uploaded a video discussing the album title and ideas behind the record.

Have a watch below. Album pre-orders are up now.