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The New Enemy (Hardcore) stream songs off upcoming album “Illusion Of Choice

Toronto hardcore punks The New Enemy are streaming two new songs off their upcoming album, Illusion of Choice, which is set to be released on January 25th, 2019.

You can give a listen to “You Want It Darker” and “Thread” below.

The New Enemy last released Evolve To Destroy in August 2014.



Album Review: Drug Church – “Cheer”

Drug Church - Cheer

Drug Church‘s sound has been this constantly developing and evolving being, but they’ve never found their feet quite as strongly as they have in Cheer. Their prior album, Hit Your Head from 2015, played with some experimental elements and explored their take on punk, and leads so well into their sound on Cheer. Released on November 2nd, 2018 via Pure Noise, the album has this aura about it, listening in feels nostalgic in an odd way, like hearing a band you love finally find themselves and hit a sound you feel will make them explode.

Lyrically the album is quite dark, an approach on growing up and fitting in with a hopeless backdrop, focusing in on poverty and mental illness as foundation. Starting with the opening track ‘Grubby,’ someone unwilling to grow up and a comment on conformity meaning an easier ride, but a shorter one. This rolls into ‘Strong References,’ a track based on vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s nude modelling experience when he was younger. It doesn’t have quite the impact of a lot of the other songs, but it certainly paints an uncomfortable picture and leads into the quite direct conversation on the black dog of depression in ‘Avoidarama.’ The latter has an energetic and addictive sonic atmosphere, from the constant flowing beat to the scratch of the guitar.

Some of the imagery and language used is quite bleak, particularly within ‘Dollar Story,’ painting a vivid picture of poverty outlined with mental illness. “There’s an energy to poverty you can’t run from,” followed later by a raw and telling line “You can adjust to anything if you’re leaving.” The anger and determination in the song is complimented by the ending, rejecting the previous message desperately.

On top of the fantastic lyricism and vocal performance from Kindlon is a sonic triumph still firmly in the grit of the genre. Tracks like ‘Unlicensed Hall Monitor’ echo their way in and beg for the listener to move with it. There’s a distinct flow to their sound, a style amongst a grunge leaning punk atmosphere. As Kindlon screams out; “A grown man who can’t handle his life for shit, a scummy fraud who wants to be your boss, can’t handle his shit,” the music swells and explodes along with him. Then on Conflict Minded the band switches perfectly from chaotic and aggressive with Kindlon’s vocals to a softer gentle sound with the fantastic guest vocals from Carina Zachary of Husbandry.

The final track, Tillary,’ has that gentler beat to it, still bursting forth in peaks of emotion, but the band shows a mastery of range. The soft plucking rolls into their sound so well, combined with the subject matter of police and the poison of power, and the intensity Kindlon puts into it, ‘Tillary’ becomes an iconic part of Drug Church’s whole discography as we’re led out of the album.

Drug Church bring forth their previous aura, this strange nostalgic feeling of the trashier side of growing up, Kindlon has said it himself before. It’s raw, his hoarse voice, the whine of the guitars, the energy and emotion of the performance from all side. It’s growing up in the suburbs in a bad neighborhood, it’s finding yourself while there are no solid footholds for you. And most of all, it gets under your skin and truly stays there. Cheer is an amazing album, front to back, that explores this side of life like never before.

Stream the album below.



Album Review: Spoilers – “Roundabouts”

Spoilers have been around the UK scene for a couple of years now so this, their debut album, has been hotly anticipated by those in the know.  The band features ex and current members of Southport, 7 Day Conspiracy and More Than Normal and the release is a four-way collaboration by Boss Tuneage, Brassneck Records, Little Rocket Records and SBAM Records.  The guys play driving melodic punk rock that brings to mind bands like Leatherface, Snuff and Goober Patrol.  The album is generally on the poppier end of the spectrum and liberally sprinkled with Hammond organ (provided by Lee ‘the Mod’ from Snuff).  Tracks such as See You Ringside and Pushover switch gear and have more of a straight up punk leaning and it will be interesting to see if the band incorporate more of this sound moving forwards.  This is an extremely solid release which will certainly tick all the boxes for fans of their aforementioned musical forefathers.

Spoilers are supporting the legendary Guns’n’Wankers on their upcoming UK reunion shows so, if you’re lucky enough to be able to get to one of those, make sure you get there in good time to check them out.

4/5 Stars



Old Firm Casuals detail new album

The Old Firm Casuals have announced the release date for their upcoming album. Holger Danske is out on March 15th.

The album is being co-released on Pirates Press and Demons Run Amok Entertainment. No advance tracks or pre-order links have yet surfaced, but you can check out the track listing below.



Authority Zero release video for “Ah Hell”

Mesa, AZ ska/punk veterans Authority Zero have released a video for “Ah Hell”, taken from their recent album “Persona Non Grata”, which they released independently back in December.

Have a watch below.



Introducing Punk Rock Act: Burnout (FFO Sex Pistols + Descendents)

When thinking of Somerset England, most people think of really nice ciders, the invention of cheese, or possibly even vast rolling green hills that lead to sleepy little villages along the seacoast. Burnout however, is the literal polar opposite of that idyllic slice of Brexit heaven. If you’re the type of person who’s in search of a band with a sound very reminiscent of The Sex Pistols and Descendents; this is your band. Burnout delivers solid bops for when you’re feeling particularly disgusted with your daily routine and lactose intolerance. Relatable, catchy, dynamic and their latest EP “Inside” cover a lot of bases of me. I cannot stop listening to their song “I’m Rational Now”, check it out below.



DS Exclusive: My Year in Photos 2018

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs, gestures to crowd surfer at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

2018 was another great year for documenting the punk rock scene, not just in my adopted city of Chicago. I also spent time shooting shows in my native state of New York, specifically, in my little brother’s borough of Brooklyn. And for the fourth consecutive year, I spent a long mid-December weekend in Boston, MA. For the compilation of my favorite images of 2018, I am again including faves from bands from a wide spectrum of years together and differing levels of public recognition. Quite a few of these images were featured in DS this year. However, as with my faves gallery in 2017, many others were heretofore not featured in any online or hard copy publications. The shows, Weekend Stands; and festivals (such as Wreck the Halls, Motoblot, Punk the Burbs; and Riot Fest) represented were a blast, every last one. Every group included is one more than worth checking out should they hit your town, city or other location where you might find yourself at the same time as them.

Personal Note:  A good many of the photos in this selection are of Street Dogs. I have been following them and documenting them coming up on 10 years in March. Those who know me know the only band I place above them as a personal favorite is The Clash. There are numerous reasons for my love of Street Dogs and among those reasons is their showmanship. 2018 presented me with the opportunity to document the band in NYC, Chicago; and in the Boston area. The Chicago images were part of my Riot Fest gallery for DS. They will be playing Punk Rock Bowling this May (which I likely may not make). After that, there are no scheduled shows announced for the foreseeable future. They are among the most fun and exciting bands to shoot. Their shows are always at maximum energy levels and the crowds pretty much never disappoint in matching that energy.  So I would like to extend my best wishes to the Michael, Johnny, Lenny, Pete, and Matt; as well as their crews. They and their latest album, “Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing,” were surely among the best of 2018.

Johnny Rioux (left) and Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS may be one of Those Who Can’t on television but when it comes to getting a crowd going, he is definitely one of those who can.

Street Dogs’ Mike McColgan pulled me up on stage at Brooklyn Bazaar to get a shot of the crowd. I have documented band from various places on the sides and in the back of stages. However, getting the right up at the front P.O.V. of most of the band members certainly is eye-opening

Triumph Ace and helmet sporting the Ace Cafe London logo at Motoblot

The Queers perform at Punk the Burbs 2

Peter Mittler of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop Chicago

Chicago

Ken Fitzner of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop in Chicago

Dr. Daryl Wilson of The Bollweevils gets high…on punk. Pete Mumford and Ken Fitzner also pictured.

A photographer shoot images of Street Dogs at Brooklyn Bazaar in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY

Pete Sosa of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls #SadPeteSosa? Nah, just a quiet moment in the beautiful chaos.

Stickfight! perform at Liar’s Club Halloween show

The Run Around at Punk the Burbs 2

Stage invader during Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago

Pussy Riot at Riot Fest

Off With Their Heads at Wicker Park Fest

Nuns of Brixton at Motoblot in Chicago

Nate Leinfelder of Noi!se at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Bill Stephens of Naked Raygun

Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

Nikki Beller of Mystery Actions at Punk the Burbs 2

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs amid the crowd at Riot Fest

Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux with his wife Melissa Rioux, on stage at Wreck the Halls

Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Legendary Shack Shakers’ JD Wilkes bends over backward for the Motoblot crowd

Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly on the squeezebox at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL

The Queers headlined Punk the Burbs 2

Scott Brooks of Avenues at Punk The Burbs 2

Trever Keith of Face to Face at Riot Fest in Chicago

Caitlin Rose of Bumsy and the Moochers performs at Punk the Burbs 2. Rose is one of the co-organizers of the fest taking place in the suburbs outside of Chicago

Rubber soles meet Bouncing Souls. Pete Steinkopf of Bouncing Souls has great taste in shoes.

Poli Van Dam of The Bombpops has fun at Riot Fest in Chicago

Todd Pott of Apocalypse Hoboken becomes one with the band’s fans at Chop Shop in Chicago

Alkaline Trejo during Alkaline Trio at Riot Fest

Tony Reflex leads Adolescents at Riot Fest. The band hung a large banner with the name Soto in place of the group name as a tribute to their late bandmate Steve Soto.

Larry Damore of Pegboy is surrounded by fans at Cobra Lounge in Chicago. The band performed at this fundraiser for another small Chicago venue.

Steev MF Custer and Devin Morris of Death and Memphis perform during their set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Juan Avalos of Size 5’s jumps, for joy perhaps, as the band performs at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Benny NoGood of Benny and the No-Goods pours emotion into his performance during the band’s set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Off With Their Heads perform at Brauerhouse Lombard

1916 gave a rollicking performance at this year’s Wreck the Halls

Denis Buckley of 88 Fingers Louie sits this one in, continuing to sing at the band’s show at Chop Shop Chicago

And finally, one of my faves I did not take. From left: Johnny Rioux, Matt Pruitt, Lenny Lashley, Pete Sosa, yours truly, and Mike McColgan. Thanks for all the great times! It’s been a blast documenting you all and I so wish I could make PRB this May in Las Vegas! Best Wishes!! Photo by Mark Korich



New Music: Bob Mould – “What Do You Want Me To Do” from upcoming album, “Sunshine Rock”

Not entirely sure how this one slipped under our radar, but better late than never, right? Anyway, the inimitable Bob Mould, as you should know, has an album coming out on February 3rd. It’s called Sunshine Rock, and you can pre-order it right here. Back in October, he debuted the title track from that very album; listen to it here.

Also available is the album’s second “single,” if we’re still calling them that. It’s called “What Do You Want Me To Do,” and you can check it out below.

Starting Valentine’s Day in Washington DC, Mould is heading out on tour in support of Sunshine Rock – head here for details. Sunshine Rock is due out on Merge Records, and marks Mould’s first album since 2016’s Patch The Sky.



Jawbreaker announce run of East Coast shows

Punk legends Jawbreaker have announced a small run of East Coast shows this year. After being forced to cancel a couple of shows last year due to weather.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Jawbreaker has played a steady stream of reunion shows since back in 2017.  Jawbreaker released Etc. back in 2002, while fans have been chomping at the bit to get some new material from the fellas, it has yet to materialize.



The Coathangers announce plans for a new album

Atlanta three-piece The Coathangers have announced that their new album The Devil You Know will be released March 8th on Suicide Squeeze Records. After twelve years of touring and recording The Coathangers are set to release a more cohesive album, filled with growth and new-found conscious anger. Julia Kugel had this to say about recording the new album: “It’s a conscious anger now,” Kugel says of their harnessed fury. “You’re navigating through it and figuring out your place in all of it, whereas the first record is more of a general statement of ‘I feel mad.’

Check out the opening track “Bimbo” off the upcoming album as well as some tour dates below.

This is the first new music from The Coathangers since their 2016 release Nosebleed Weekend. 



Album Review: Face To Face – Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)

In August 2018, Face to Face released this reworked retrospective (woah check out the alliteration there) which is somewhat speciously tagged as “Acoustic sessions”.  Sure, these versions may be unplugged and slowed down, but the first mournful twangs of steel guitar in opener All For Nothing (Laugh Now, Laugh Later, 2011) let us know this album is going to be more than Trevor Keith and an acoustic guitar.  We are treated to 10 tracks, spanning the bands impressive back catalogue, which have been re-imagined and given new life as Americana/country inflected jams.  Disconnected (Don’t Turn Away, 1992) starts with Keith solo acoustic before the rest of the band come in on the chorus with a really nice harmony and it’s a super chilled song.  Shame On Me (Reactionary, 2000) continues in the same vein and it’s great to hear some of the little fill-in riffs come to the forefront of the song where in the original they are less of a focus.  Keep Your Chin Up (Protection, 2016) starts with a jangly riff and settles into a rockabilly feel with the bass and percussion taking the lead during the verses.  Next are two songs from 1995’s Big Choice, Velocity and AOK.  The former starting with a melancholic Trevor Keith intro, building to a brighter almost euphoric chorus (“Never look down, never look down, just keep my focus straight ahead and try to walk this line”).  The latter has a touch of bluegrass going on in the instrumentation with more steel guitar and banjo-esque string picking –  it’s very cool.  Don’t Turn Away (Over It Ep, 1994) returns to the rockabilly vibe and next track, Blind (Face to Face, 1996), is more laid-back ala Shame On Me.  The album closes out with two relatively fast paced efforts for this release, Ordinary (Face to Face, 1996) and Bill Of Goods (How To Ruin Everything, 2002).

Face to Face are closing in on 30 years as a band, albeit with a few line-up changes and a few years of inactivity.  It’s heartening to see the attention and love that has been taken in creating this collection.  Interestingly, 8 out of 10 of these tunes are on their 2005 retrospective Shoot The Moon so they are obviously songs the band hold in high regard.  If you are an existing fan, this album will have you dusting off your old records (or whatever the digital equivalent is of that) and it is well worth checking out for old and new fans alike.

4.5/5 Stars



La Dispute release video for new track “Footsteps At The Pond”

La Dispute recently announced their upcoming album, Panorama, due out on Epitaph Records on March 22nd. Ahead of the album, the band have released a video for “Footsteps At The Pond”, taken from the record.

Have a watch below.



Adrenalized release new track “The Story To Believe” ahead of album

Spanish melodic hardcore punks Adrenalized release their now album, Operation Exodus,  via La Agonia De Vivir Records on January 31st. Ahead of the the band are streaming single “The Story To Believe”.

Have a listen below.



Stream new Millencolin song “Nothing” off upcoming album “SOS”

Time for another taste of the upcoming album from legendary skate punkers Millencolin, and in this punk journalist’s opinion it’s much better than the first – the album’s title track. “Nothing” is the second single that the band has decided to premiere ahead of the release of “SOS” due out February 15 via the band’s long-serving label, Epitaph. Give it a listen below.

The previous release from the iconic Swedish skate punkers was the 2015 full-length, True Brew.



Rat Boy (ffo: Transplants) stream new music video, “Don’t Hesitate”

Punk Rappers, Rat Boy, have released a music video for their new single “Don’t Hesitate” off the upcoming album, Internationally Unknown, which was produced by Tim Armstrong and drops January 25 on Hellcat Records. Check out that video below.