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DS Photo Gallery: Face To Face, Lagwagon and Makewar – Boston, MA

The nine-headed punk rock monster that is the Face To Face and Lagwagon tour made its way to Boston’s legendary Paradise Rock Club over the Columbus Day weekend. Both bands are touring in support of new Fat Wreck Chords releases; Face To Face’s Live In A Dive entry dropped October 18th while Lagwagon’s Railer Rollerbladed into the skate parks on October 4th. As has come up repeatedly in my circle lately, Boston can be notoriously fickle when it comes to showing up for left coast, 90’s-style EpiFat bands in this day an age – one of the downsides of it being a gentrified college town, for sure – but let us make no mistake about it; the punks came out to play on this night.

Newly-minted Fat Wreck signee MakeWar opened off this particular gig, and it marked the trio’s last night on the tour. What a breath of fresh air they are. Just a hair over twenty years ago, I saw Face To Face play a show locally on the ill-fated Ignorance Is Bliss tour and vividly remember being captivated by the sound coming from that tour’s direct support, No Motiv. This kinda reminded me of that. Huge hooks, soaring melodies, and passion and fire in spades. It gives hope that what I guess, at this point, is the next generation is more than capable of carrying the punk rock battle flag well into the future. Stay tuned for their Fat Wreck debut, Get It Together, next month; it’s a killer.

Lagwagon and Face To Face have been trading off headline duties for the duration of this tour and Face To Face drew the honors on this night, so Lagwagon was next out of the chute after MakeWar. The iconic quintet kicked things off with the Railer track “The Suffering” before immediately rewinding the clock about a quarter-century for “Weak.” The twenty-song set was fairly representative of the band’s lengthy catalog, with 1995’s Hoss and the new album seeing the most tracks included. There is of course that neurobiological thing where people always want to hear the music they related to most when they were younger, but I think the new material was pretty well received; “Surviving California” and “Bubble” certainly saw their share of crowd-surfers. I suppose that stands to reason, as Railer is in many ways a throwback album that hearkens back to the skate punk glory days of the mid-90s with a but through the filter of a collecting that’s got the wisdom that comes with not being 25 year old kids anymore. (Side note: 2014’s Hang became one of my favorite albums upon first listen and only say “The Cog In The Machine” included on this setlist but whatever.) God knows the band musically still fire on all cylinders in a live setting.

And then, of course, there’s Face To Face. To SoCal band are the band I’ve seen the most: this marked my 20th F2F show since their spot opening for No Doubt and Weezer twenty-two years ago. Like Lagwagon, their own most recent studio full length, 2016’s Protection, also was credited by many as being a bit of a return to form from a sonic perspective. As such, the set on this night – and this tour, as I understand, featured a couple Protection tracks peppered in amongst the traditional “classics” primarily from Big Choice, Don’t Turn Away and the self-titled album. However, based on what I think can be described as the unexpected success of their 2018 acoustic EP Hold Fast, the band also included a trio of songs in the middle of set that found frontman Trever Keith trading in his Les Paul (itself a return to form from the Gretsch’s he’s been playing the last handful of years) for a Gibson acoustic for reworked versions of “Blind,” “Keep Your Chin Up” and “All For Nothing.” As always, the depths of the band’s musicianship were on full display both in the foreground – the in-your-face lead bass playing of Scott Shiflett – and in the background – the wildly underrated percussive stylings from Danny Thomson. Lead guitar player Dennis Hill has been a bit of a high-energy shot in the arm in recent years, at one point diving atop the crowd while still wielding his Telecaster.

Head below for our full photo gallery.



Victims of Circumstance announce new album, “Five”

Good news for fans of Florida five-piece punk band Victims Of Circumstance…2020 will bring new music!

The band announced plans for a new album, which’ll be their fifth full-length. The appropriately titled Five is due for release on January 17th via Financial Records. According to the band, it marks a bit of a maturation from their ska-punk roots. “Our sound has evolved over the years and we’re drifting more into becoming a band that just plays kickass music with ska elements,” adds saxophonist Jay Atheney. “This new album definitely sounds like us, but we didn’t set out to ‘make a ska album’ and I think that shows.”

Stay tuned for more on this one in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the band have scheduled an album release show on November 9th at The Attic in Ybor City. Head here for details!



DS Exclusive: Ett Dödens Maskineri Premiere Lyric Video for “Leviatan”

If you’re a fan of loud fast Swedish hardcore then Ett Dödens Maskineri is the next band to add to your radar. Today Dying Scene is proud to premiere this killer new lyric video set to the imagery of humanitarian disassociation. Swedish lyrics to the tune of humanist ideology, the denunciation of demagogues, and a revulsion at catalytic ethnocentrism clouding a society based on fear and distress clamor with a ruthless form of crust punk sure to set any circle pit to motion, and any questioning mind to wonder for compassion amidst “Sweden’s Humanitarian Ruins”.

Sveriges Humanitära Ruiner is the new EP out on Suicide Records, released October 17. It’s available on streaming services with order info available here soon. Stream the new music video for “Leviatan” below. (ffo: NOFU, Discharge, (Late) Falling Sickess)



Manchester Punk Festival announces first set of bands playing in 2020

Manchester Punk Festival will return for it’s sixth year in 2020. The three day event has grown each year in a bid to be the UK’s answer to Fest. The first round of bands announced for 2020 are The Flatliners, Belvedere, Random Hand, Christmas, ONSIND, Warwound, Broadway Calls, Natterers, Molisma, China Shop Bull, Roughneck Riot, Forever Unclean, Daves, Eastfield, PMX, Fresh, Dangers of Love, The Deadites, Misfortune Cookie, The Menstrual Cramps, Oi Polloi, Chewing on Tinfoil, Knife Club Don Blake, Bootscraper, Gibberish, Blind Man Death Stare, The Foamers, Byenary, Me Rex, Chloe Glover, Mollusca and The Lab Rats.

Tickets are already available here.



Yellowcard file lawsuit against rapper Juice Wrld

In a bizarre story this week Yellowcard, who enjoyed some mainstream success in the early 2000s, are suing rapper Juice Wrld for $15 million! The defunct florida quintet have argued that Juice Wrld’s song ‘Lucid Dreams’ uses ‘melodic elements’ from track ‘Holly Wood Died’ from the 2006 album ‘Lights And Sounds’.

According to the complaint, “The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording directly misappropriates quantitatively and qualitatively important portions of Plaintiffs’ Original Work in a manner that is easily recognizable to the ordinary observer. The Infringing Work and Infringing Sound Recording are not only substantially similar to the Original Work, but in some places virtually identical…The high degree of objective similarity between the Original Work and the Infringing Work extends well beyond the possibility of coincidence and could only reasonably be the result of an act of copying.”

Have a listen to the two tracks below and see if you think Yellowcard have a case. Basically, the chorus in ‘Lucid Dreams’ is the same melody as the verses in ‘Holly Wood Died’. $15 million though?



Slam Dunk Festival 2020: Punk In Drublic stage returns!

Slam Dunk Festival have announced the second wave of acts for next May’s get together, which also confirms the return of Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic stage.  NOFX and Pennywise will be gracing the stage with the rest of the line up to be filled out over the coming months.  Elsewhere on the bill Sum 41 and Billy Talent have been added so it’s shaping up to be another great event.



DS Exclusive: ATFN premiere new lyric video, “Divine Contraption”

South African progressive melodic punk hybrid, ATFN (All This For Nothing) is back after a twelve year hiatus to release a new 6-track EP titled Reverence. The EP is dedicated to singer/guitarist Paul Gioia’s former girlfriend, one Marne Esson, who he says, “sadly lost the battle against a darkened mind” in March 2018. That tragic incident was the catalyst for ATFN’s resurgence. “When Paul suffered the loss of his girlfriend Marne Esson in March 2018, drummer Francois Lessing reached out to him and suggested that they reform the band to begin to work on
music as a means of healing through familiar, positive musical connections.” (EPK)

Reverence releases on December 6 with pre-orders available here. All proceeds from album sales will go towards Sparrow’s Rescue Center, described as “a place of refuge and healing for people and animals,” set up in loving remembrance by Marne’s mother.

Today, ATFN is premiering the lyric video for “Divine Contraption”, which is the first single off their upcoming EP. Gioia describes it as “a testimony of love, hope and remembrance to a soul who only enriched our lives and will hopefully inspire those suffering with depression to seek help in family, friends or professionals.” Lessing adds, “This track to me is the first in the current ‘band energy’. It is definitely up a notch in pretty much every department. There was a definiteness of intention, that seems to have engulfed the whole band when we started to work on it.” Stream All This For Nothing’s “Divine Contraption” lyric video below.



DS Photo Galley: Mike Watt + The Missingmen with Minibeast at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA

The inimitable Mike Watt brought his Missingmen project through the greater Boston area – Somerville, to be exact – last week on what he’s dubbed the Dick Watt Tour. It’s a little bit of a different lineup than the Missingmen we’ve seen in these here parts in years passed; Watt and his longtime ax-man Tom Watson were joined by the fresh-faced Nick Aguilar behind the drumkit as previous Missingman drummer Raul Morales has retired from the road after starting a family. Aguilar is probably best known on the pages of Dying Scene for his work in Neighborhood Brats, and not only is the son of a fella that Watt and his Minutemen counterparts D. Boon and George Hurley went to high school with, but he’s the precise age that trio was when they started their legendary band. Cool!

The setting on this night was the ONCE Ballroom, a quirky, 300 capacity spot that has the feel of a wedding venue gone sideways; the kind of place that thankfully still exists in the ever-gentrifying greater Boston area. Frankly, in that regard, it’s the perfect venue for a guy such as Watt. If you’ll recall back to our chat on these pages a few weeks ago, the present run constitutes Watt’s sixty-seventh tour, with the caveat that he considers a tour to be anything longer than a month, meaning that he’s seemingly been on the road jamming econo forever. The legendary – a term I don’t use lightly – Watt and his comrades took the stage a few minutes late (local opener Minibeast ran a little over, more on that later) and proceeded to blow through well over two dozen songs over the course of the evening. Sure they played Watt solo material and a handful of requisite Minutemen songs, but they also included covers by such varied – and sometimes obscure – acts like Blue Oyster Cult and Redd Krayola and The Pop Group for good measure. The trio’s unique stage set-up, with Aguilar’s drum kit front-and-center but angled about 45 degrees toward Watt’s stage left, created an interesting stage dynamic, with Watt and Watson trading vocal duties and Watt planting himself almost uncomfortably at Aguilar’s side for chunks of time. Despite the relatively few shows they had under their collective belts and the numerous twists and turns a Mike Watt set can take, this version of the Missingmen sounded tight, largely in sync, and loaded for bear.

As I mentioned above, Minibeast opened the show and I’d never head them before and holy hell I’d been missing out. The Rhode Island-based trio is fronted by Peter Prescott, whom readers of a certain age might recognize from his days in the iconic Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma. Through a combination of vocals and guitar and loops and keyboards and myriad other technological instruments I couldn’t begin to name, Prescott generates an endless array of sounds and textures from his corner of the stage while the duo of Keith Seidel (drums) and Niels LaWhite (bass) combine to form the tightest and goddamned heaviest rhythm section I’ve heard live in quite some time; dynamic, thunderous, rock-steady. Seriously; watch this and see for yourself.

Check out more photos from the dimly lit shindig below. Tough sledding for a rank amateur such as myself, but you get the idea!



ROCKET Release New Single “GIANTS”

 

Channeling their inner Rancid, Los Angeles California’s ROCKET has just released their debut single “GIANTS.” Dubbed one of the “best bands to catch” by CBS Los Angeles ROCKET is firing out of the starting block with a red hot track to introduce themselves to the world.

While the release date for their debut record is still being kept under wraps ROCKET is getting out all over Los Angeles and showing the So-Cal punk scene what they are all about. The band has some big shoes to fill as they attempt to represent Southern Californias punk scene to a greater audience, but with blazing tunes like “GIANTS” it should be no problem.



No charges filed in horrific Vancouver accident (updated with VPD statement)

Just after midnight on Saturday October 12, Off With Their Head’s bassist, Robbie Swartwood was involved in a gruesome accident which resulted in a young woman’s severe obstruction to her face. In a statement from Sergeant Aaron Roed of the Vancouver Police Department, it was confirmed what many social media speculators have already estimated. There is video evidence of Desiree Evancio (24) crossing the street between the band’s van and trailer while at a stop. This went unnoticed by the driver, and she was then dragged for several city blocks once the vehicle resumed motion. While authorities quickly made the scene, early witness reports have described a trail of blood down the street, which made it apparent this was no ordinary accident.

Evancio’s family and friends have rallied to her side, to date raising nearly $200,000 of their million dollar goal to aid in her recovery. (Go Fund Me linked here.) She is expected to be hospitalized for the next year, undergoing various procedures, and her recovery from this, truly, may never end.

Off With Their Heads has since cancelled their tour and refunded all ticket values. Sergeant Roed’s statement is included below



DS Exclusive: South Class Veterans (ffo: Cock Sparrer, The Old Firm Casuals) premiere “Lies” Music Video

New Jersey street punk/oi band South Class Veterans are premiering their new music video, “Lies”, today on Dying Scene. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming onslaught of a debut full-length album, Hell to Pay. That is due out October 25 on Demons Run Amok Entertainment. Pre-orders on black or brown vinyl are available here.

“Lies” is all about the nationalistic Leave it to Beaver mindscape, and myth of the american dream. It features a classically-styled street punk intro before chants of “LIES! LIES! LIES!” launch the viewer into an alternate account of the working class. The video is set primarily in a basement where “We’re scratching from the bottom for the rest of our lives.” I caught up with Bosco Baracus, the band’s lead singer to answer a few questions about the music video, the upcoming release, and skinhead culture in America. Stream the premiere for “Lies” and read those responses below.



Raised Fist release another single ahead of their new LP “Anthems”

 Sweden’s finiest hardcore exports Raised Fist are set to release their new album Anthems on November 15th through Epitaph Records.

Following the stream of the album’s title track, they’ve now released a second single, “Into This World”. Have a watch below.



Lionheart release video for “Rock Bottom”

California hardcore veterans Lionheart have released a video for “Rock Bottom”, taken from their upcoming Valley Of Death album, out November 15th. The track features guest vocals from Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns.

The band headline a mainland Europe tour in support of the album next month. Watch the video and check the dates below.



The Blamed release new album “The Church Is Hurting People”

Californian Christian Post-Hardcore veterans The Blamed have released their new album. The Church Is Hurting People is out now on Indie Vision Music. The record is their first full length since returning from a hiatus than began in the mid-2000s.

Have a listen below.



Tsunami Bomb stream another song (“Petaluma”) from upcoming album

Tsunami Bomb release a brand new LP, The Spine That Binds, on November 8th via Alternative Tentacles. Following recent single “The Hathors“, the band are streaming another song, “Petaluma”. 

Have a listen below. Pre-orders are up now.