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Frank Turner announces new album “No Man’s Land”, stream first single “Sister Rosetta”

Frank Turner will be releasing a new album titled “No Man’s Land” on August 16th through Xtra Mile Recordings and you can get yourself a little taste of what’s to come through “Sister Rosetta,” the album’s first single, below.

The album focuses on women who “have long been ignored by the mainstream” and compliments Turner’s new podcast series “Tales From No Man’s Land,” which you can subscribe to here.

The new album is a follow-up to Be More Kind, which was released last May.



Stream new Joey Cape album “Let Me Know When You Give Up”

Lagwagon singer and acoustic extraordinaire Joey Cape has released his new solo album Let Me Know When You Give Up and you can stream the entire thing below. Don’t miss the song “I Know How To Run.”

The album hit “shelves” July 5th through Fat Wreck Chords, and is Joey’s first solo release since 2015’s Stitch Puppy.



Project Revise premiere new music video, “Just a Story”

Here’s some brand spankin’ new tunage out of the UK from pop/skatepunk trio, Project Revise. The boys have been pumping out these videos for awhile now, covering every track off their last EP, Songs That Sound Like Songs (2017), and now moving on to work on their next scheduled EP which is already under way. So, here’s yet ANOTHER Dying Scene premiere for a finely executed music video from our friends at Project Revise. This one if called “Just a Story” and it’s streaming at you live from the comfort of your own living room below.

If you’re in the area, be sure and check them out opening for The Bottom Line at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, UK on July 9. 



blink-182 release new song ‘Happy Days’

To celebrate the 182nd day of the year earlier this week, blink-182 put out another new song ‘Happy Days’. This one may divide the crowd again as it has a similar sound to ‘Blame It On My Youth’. Their new studio album is now also expected to arrive in September.

See what you think of the new song below.



Next Year (pop punk) release new video for ‘Dopamine’ and sign with Standby Records

UK pop-punk band Next Year have signed with Standby Records who will release the band’s new EP ‘Waterfalls’ on August 30. The four-piece, from Leicester, formed in October 2017 and have a sound that throws back to the early 2000s UK sound (think of Not Katies, Fastlane or My Awesome Compilation).

The band have also released a video for the song ‘Dopamine’ which features on the upcoming EP. Check it out below.



MxPx cover NOFX song ‘Franco Un-American’

Mike Herrera has being having fun releasing covers this year, either with MxPx or as a solo project. The most recent one came out this week and is an updated version of the NOFX 2003 song ‘Franco Un-American’. The lyrics have been updated and reflect the world in 2019.

Have a listen below.



Festival Preview: 2000 Trees (Cheltenham, UK)

2000 Trees is up there with the very best of the UK’s independent festivals. It’s been growing steadily over the last few years, offering some of the best in alternative rock for a fraction of what the major festivals set you back.

This year, the festival delivers some of the widest variety of punk, ska and hardcore among its indie mainstays, and we’ve collated a “must see” list for the weekend. If you’re not already headed down to Cheltenham next weekend, you can pick up tickets from the 2000 Trees website.

Check out our tips for the weekend below.



Telethon (Pop Punk, WI) stream new album “Hard Pop”

Pop punkers Telethon are streaming their new album, Hard Pop, which was released on June 21st via Take This To Heart Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Telethon last released Modern Abrasive in November 2018.



Coffin Salesman stream new EP “Misadventure”

Coffin Salesman, the acoustic side project of Boston-based musician Aria Rad (of The RadicalsLive Nude Girls) are streaming their new EP, Misadventure, which was released on June 28th.

You can give it a listen below.

Coffin Salesman last released Nicrophorous Americanus in November 2018.



Hans Gruber And The Die Hards stream new song “The Ballad of Burro the Man”

Hans Gruber and the Die Hards are streaming their new song “The Ballad of Burro the Man,” which comes from their upcoming album Hans Gruber and the Die Hards 2, which will be released later this year on Paper + Plastick Records.

You can give the song a listen below.

Hans Gruber and the Die Hards’ last album was their 2017 self-titled full-length.



Assembly of Arsonists (Piano-Punk, AZ) release music video for “Can’t Follow Ghosts”

Piano-driven punk outfit Assembly of Arsonists have just released a new video for their song “Can’t Follow Ghosts,” which comes from their latest album. The End Is Dear, that was released on May 31st, 2019.

You can check out the video below.

The previous effort from the post-folk ensemble was the Hostility/Heartbreak split with Diego Galvan.



Why I signed Longshot Odds to Dying Scene Records

It’s the end of a work week; it’s raising a fist; it’s screaming your lungs out—it’s diving headfirst into a hundred sweaty bodies. South Carolina’s Longshot Odds captures the energy and abandon of a raging pit, a marriage of iron-heavy chords and honey-thick leads—the kind of music where the bruising comes with the chorus. Their new EP, Circle the Drain, is a six-song EP from an exciting new voice in punk rock—but what they bring to the table is more than the same old sounds. From the metallic “Challenger,” to the grandiose and cinematic “Movin’ On,” all the way to the bouncey folk of “Blood and Asphalt”—Longshot Odds bring a diversity to their sound practically unheard of in today’s skate punk scene. But above all this, Circle the Drain promises deliverance through rock ‘n roll, and Longshot Odds fight tooth and claw to deliver.

The EP, out now on Dying Scene Records, can be streamed here.



Light The Way (Pop Punk) stream new song “Hope”

CA pop punks Light The Way are streaming their new song “Hope,” which comes from their upcoming EP, Dad Gang, that is set to be released on July 26th via Indie Vision Music.

You can give it a listen below.

Light The Way last released False Memory Syndrome in March 2018, also through Indie Vision.



Rough Dreams (emo) announce summer tour dates.

Tennesse’s Rough Dreams are taking to the road for some summer dates. They released their debut EP, via Coffin Curse Records, earlier this year.

Click here for the artwork and the tour dates.



Album Review: Ramona – “Deals, Deals, Deals!”

Deals, Deals, Deals is probably my favorite surprise of the year. I’d seen Ramona before, I’d even liked them before, but their Red Scare debut is something special. They have the songs, they have the hooks, and they have the words to make it more than just a party. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with what I actually I want from punk music. So much of it is trying to be something else—either a clone of a clone or a knowing throwback to when clones ruled the indies. Ramona is different. Ramona feels like a natural intersection of a group of close creatives; Deals, Deals, Deals is defined by songwriting before genre, and where the songs go, the sound rightly follows.

Which isn’t to say that Ramona is making music outside the confines of genre. This is melodic punk, or maybe indie punk. It’s bouncy and catchy and plaintive when it needs to be. The power chords are thick and chuggy and they form the blocky backing track to the band’s dueling vocalists. But, the fact that Ramona is a three-piece makes their music feel all the more intimate, listening to Deals, Deals, Deals, I couldn’t forget that these songs, as personal as they are, were forged from the fires of three close people. It goes a long way to capturing a certain tone, of raw conversations and comfortable clashes. 

The album opens with “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts,” which features some slice-of-life relationship storytelling delivered with emotional gusto and supported by some meaty hooks. Where a lot of pop punkish bands lose their way is with their arrangements, but Ramona dodges this common misstep with thoughtful changes in their playing, specifically their drumming. I don’t often notice drumming in a song, because I’m a rhythmless philistine, but they use it here to great effect to control the song’s dynamic. “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts” becomes a full-throated, danceable singalong with a positively insistent energy. 

On “Not Your Token,” we get to hear a really cool lyrical perspective as well as some Lawrence Arms-style duet singing between the two vocalists (who I wish I could name, but all the information I’ve found is the first names of the three members, and not what they do). The throat shredding call of, “I’m not your token, I’m a fucking person,” is the kind of punk rock line I live for. It boils down the sentiment to a single statement, direct and in your face. More structurally, the song is a grail of hooks, where the entire run time feels like a big singalong chorus. “We’ll make a difference, we’ll make it better, with or without you,” might just be punk’s logline for years to come. 

“Is This Emo?” is one of the other highlights of the album for me. It’s an incredibly frank, personal song about self-perception and it reminded me of that uncomfortable frisson I first felt from bands like AJJ and Against Me! It was that sort of confrontation via talk therapy that initially pulled me deeper into the genre, and it’s bands like Ramona, with their fearless navel-gazing, that keeps me there. Deals, Deals, Deals! is filled with these trauma-narrative-cum-pop-songs, and it makes it for an involving, resonant listen. 

The album ultimately has a message of hope, as “Mambo 69” concludes: “you can build your own family, be the person that you wanna be.” Deals, Deals, Deals! uses punk rock as a vehicle for self-improvement, as a means to stare the bullshit in the eye and see it for what it is. It’s about acknowledging the worst and then striving for the best. Ramona accomplishes their goals with the finesse of scene veterans, and they do it with some of the best music I’ve heard all year.