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Direct Hit release video for chapters VI-VII of the”Brainless God” horror story

Milwaukee pop punk act Direct Hit! have released the video for chapters VI-VII of  the Brainless God horror story, featuring “Heaven Is a Black Hole” and “We’re Fucked.”

You can watch the video and read what Nick Wood had to say about it below.

Direct Hit! released their sophomore album Brainless God in September 2013 via Red Scare Industries. They have announced plans to release a DVD with all of the ‘chapters’ of the horror story, along with a vinyl version of the record.



Red City Radio announce 2014 west coast tour w/ Elway & Direct Hit!

Oklahoma City punks Red City Radio will be hitting the road for a few weeks of west coast dates with Elway and Direct Hit! in early 2014.

You can find all the details on when and where they’ll be playing below.

Red City Radio’s new album “Titles” was released on October 15th through Paper + Plastick Records (vinyl) and Black Numbers(CD).



Live Video: Direct Hit! at Fest 12 (full set)

This year’s edition of The Fest may have ended a few weeks ago, but for those of you who couldn’t make it to Gainesville this year needn’t worry. Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! was one of many bands to play, and now you can watch their full set at Loosey’s below.

Direct Hit! released their sophomore album Brainless God in September 2013 via Red Scare Industries.



Direct Hit! announce additional North American tour dates

Milwaukee pop punk act Direct Hit! have just announced additional North American tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations here.

Direct Hit! put out Brainless God through Red Scare Industries this past September.



Off With Their Heads announce US East Coast tour with Morning Glory and Direct Hit!

Minnesota punk rockers Off With Their Heads have announced a run of East Coast tour dates throughout the month of December. The band will be supported by NY’s Morning Glory and WI’s Direct Hit!.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

Off With Their Heads released their third studio album, Home, in April via Epitaph Records, while Morning Glory last released Poets Were My Heroes in 2012 on Fat Wreck Chords and Direct Hit! put out Brainless God through Red Scare Industries this past September.



Music Video: Direct Hit! – “White Robes” (Brainless God: Chapter V)

Direct Hit! has released the next chapter in their on-going Brainless God video series, this time just for their song “White Robes”. As you may remember, Direct Hit! released Brainless God: Act One last week, featuring the first four tracks (“Getting What He Asked For”, “On & On”, “The World Is Ending (No One Cares)”, and “Buried Alive”) from the band’s sophomore album, also titled Brainless God.  The band will continue to release future installments until the full tale of Brainless God has been told.

Check out “White Robes” here.

Brainless God was released digitally on September 3rd via Red Scare Industries and physical copies were released today. You can read our review of the album right here.



Direct Hit! announce European tour dates

Milwaukee pop punk act Direct Hit! have just announced a string of October European tour dates. Check them out here.

Direct Hit! last released “Brainless God” which was released digitally on September 3rd and will be physically out on September 10th.



Video: Direct Hit! do acoustic version of “White Robes”

Milwaukee pop punk band Direct Hit! is the latest band to appear on the Punks in Vegas Stripped Down Sessions! Vocalist/guitarist Nick Woods and guitarist/vocalist Devon Kay play an acoustic rendition of “White Robes,” a track from their new LP Brainless God, which was released earlier this week on Red Scare Industries.

Check it out below.  It’s fun.

“Brainless God” was released digitally on September 3rd and will be physically out on September 10th.



Direct Hit! release “Brainless God: Act One” video

Direct Hit! released their brand new album, Brainless God, yesterday. To coincide with the concept of the album, the band made a short film (aka, series of connected music videos), also titled Brainless God. The band went on to describe Brainless God as “Meatloaf meets Black Flag, as told by Stephen King, but a lot dumber”.

Act One was released yesterday, and features the tracks “Getting What He Asked For”, “On & On”, “The World Is Ending (No One Cares)”, and “Buried Alive”. The band will release future installments eventually, telling the rest of the tale of Brainless God.

Check it out here.

Brainless God was released digitally on September 3rd via Red Scare Industries and physical copies will come out on September 10th. You can read our review of the album right here.



Album Review: Direct Hit! – “Brainless God”

Domesplitter is one of my favorite albums of all time. It’s permeated with a sense of I-don’t-give-a-fuck swagger that’s frankly infectious. “Fuck you, get pumped!” has become something of a “No Future” for the modern punk and it’s led me to believe, that of all the pop punk bands and of all their girls, cars, and food aesthetics; that none of them love fun as much as Direct Hit! But, something strange has happened to the Milwaukee trio in the meantime, something I could have never expected. They matured.

I’ll get this out of the way immediately: Brainless God is a masterpiece. There’s no doubt in my mind that this their best album. But those expecting another Domesplitter might be disappointed. This is not another scream as loud as you can party punk album (although it’s not entirely not that either), this is Direct Hit! showing off their musical chops and aiming higher. Brainless God is a concept album about the end of the world packed with catchy, aggressive tunes that unite perfectly into a cohesive whole.

The main musical theme is a slight variation of the melody from the New Years’ standard “Auld Land Syne.” On the opening track, “On & On” it forms the starting point for most of the vocal melody and conjures up imagery of mirth, confetti, and celebratory drinking. It’s an atmospheric opening that paints the picture of a world at the end of the line, and with a single fade out and a raucous “Fuck you, get pumped!” it becomes the drinking song of the century. It’s a reminder that even with their new found vision, Direct Hit! hasn’t changed.

The follow up, “The World Is Ending (No One Cares)” is a fast, biting song that shows how Direct Hit! have revamped their sound. In the past, their most defining features were Nick Woods’ pervasive sing-song bark. Brainless God features a lot more traditional singing, but they still bring out a decent amount of throat-shredding. While some may scoff at this as the band losing their edge, I see it as Direct Hit! finally learning the importance of dynamics and juxtaposition. Used all the time, the screams become ubiquitous and lose their power, but on Brainless God their appearance is positively invigorating.

“Buried Alive” is an incredibly catchy song that runs in the long tradition of Direct Hit! playfully revealing their darker interests. This one is about a serial killer, and has one of Brainless God’s most delightful couplets: “so, he doesn’t have to please her, just apply a kitchen towel soaked with ether.” It stands as a subversive story told from a point of view we don’t usually here, and also a satirical meta-twist on pop punk’s own fascination with relationships. The imagery is so rich though, that I can’t help but feel it deserves to be taken somewhat in earnest. There’s a feeling of sadness that surrounds the eventuality of his pursuit in the face of the end of the world, made all the more poignant by its ending lyrics that suggest that all of our actions are as easily lost to time and cataclysm.

“We’re Fucked” is a relentless hardcore song– ratcheting up the intensity with furious instrumentation, including a guitar solo reminiscent of Brian Baker’s work with Bad Religion. It’s these kind of flourishes that have alleviated the biggest criticism that could be made of Direct Hit! in the first place, their relative sameness in large doses. Brainless God remedies this so well, that their diversity has become a major strength this time around. While their songwriting has already been top notch, their more nuanced sense of arrangements and dynamics have allowed their skill to really shine through.

“A Message to the Angels Pt II (Brainless God)” ends the album with a reprise of the “Auld Lang Syne” melody and a surprisingly upbeat message. Brainless God, in all of its brilliance, is the ultimate party album. It’s ending is beautifully defiant, in a way that makes me unashamedly admit that it gave me a lump in my throat. In all their lyrical wisdom, Direct Hit! sum up their feelings on the apocalypse succinctly with this: “you can bet we’ll shake these gates until they fall, and you can bet we’ll cut your heads off one and all. ‘Cause you cut our party short now and it’s time to prove something to you: us sinners don’t take kindly to last call.” Later in the song, they go on to say: “your brainless God should take some time, climb off his throne, and give us all an explanation of his own. We want our whiskey bottles back now, our guitars and amplifiers, because this night ain’t over until we say it’s done.” If you can’t see the beauty in that, I’m not sure I want to know you.

Brainless God moved me. It’s fucking fun, sure, of course it is. But, there’s so much more to it than that. It’s genius in how it weaves its tale, but more so, its ultimate catharsis is powerful enough to actually validate its concept. And in a world where everyone writes a concept album at one point or another, that’s saying something.

Fuck you, get pumped!

5/5 Stars



Direct Hit! stream “Getting What He Asked For” from new album “Brainless God”

FUCK YOU! GET PUMPED! Umm, I mean… today, we’re bringing you a stream of a new Direct Hit! song called “Getting What He Asked For” from their upcoming record “Brainless God”!

Check it out below and, if you like what you hear, scoot on over to Red Scare Industries‘ webstore to secure your copy of the album, which is set to be released digitally on September 3rd and physically on September 10th.



Devon Kay sings “Toilet Drunk” for Punks in Vegas

Devon Kay of Direct Hit! and Devon Kay and the Solutions recently sang in a Stripped Down Session for Punks in Vegas.  The song, “Toilet Drunk” will appear on the Solutions new album.

You can watch it here.

The band’s last release, Never Punt, was released July of 2011 by Johann’s Face Records.



Direct Hit! streaming new track “Heaven Is A Black Hole” off upcoming album “Brainless God”

Milwaukee pop punk band Direct Hit! are streaming a new song called “Heaven Is A Black Hole” off their upcoming sophomore full-length “Brainless God.” You can check it out here.

“Brainless God” is set to be released digitally on September 3rd and physically on September 10th via Red Scare Industries. The band last released a split 7-inch with Braver in October 2012 through Lost Cat Records.



New Song: Direct Hit! – “White Robes”

Milwaukee pop punk band Direct Hit! are streaming a new song called “White Robes”. The song comes off their upcoming album, Brainless God.

You can check it out here.

Brainless God is set to be released digitally on September 3rd and physically on September 10th via Red Scare Industries. It will follow up the band’s debut album, Domesplitter, which came out in 2011 on Kind of Like Records.



Direct Hit! streaming new song “Buried Alive” off upcoming album “Brainless God”

Milwaukee pop punk band Direct Hit! are streaming a new song called “Buried Alive” off their upcoming album “Brainless God.”

You can check it out here.

“Brainless God” is set to be released digitally on September 3rd and physically on September 10th via Red Scare Industries. The band last released a split 7-inch with Braver in October, 2012 through Lost Cat Records.