Desiree, a Vancouver woman was dragged for 5-7 blocks under the band’s trailer, resulting in the loss of an eye and severe damage to her face. She is in critical condition. Her friends and family have started a Go Fund Me page to aid in what will be the young woman’s life-long recovery. You can submit a contribution here. More details as they emerge.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 12:49 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:35 PM (PST) by Will Malkus
Omnigone, the brand new East Bay ska-core project from Adam Davis of Link 80, just dropped a music video for their cover of “If You Lived Here” by San Francisco’s Quentel the Cryptid. The video features some of Quentel’s trademark masked characters wandering the sites of an unidentified city, backed by the energetic ska that Omnigone is quickly becoming known for. Just in time for Halloween, this is the first follow-up to No Faith (the band’s debut album on West Coast ska-punk label Bad Time Records) and their second release ever.
Check out the video for yourself below.
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PST) by Will Malkus
The self-described “bummer pop” band from Boston, MA is currently on tour with The Wonder Years, Homesafe, and Trash Boat for the 3rd (Occasionally) Annual Halloween Extravaganza, where all of the bands play a costumed cover set as another band in addition to their own. Future Teens most recently released Breakup Season on Take This To Heart Records in late August and will be complimenting those originals on this tour with samplings from the beloved Carly Rae Jepsen catalog. Homesafe will be playing as Weezer (playing as Toto?), Trash Boat will be taking the stage as Oasis, and The Wonder Years will be breaking stuff as the equally maligned-and-praised nu metal OGs Limp Bizkit.
Check out the tour below to see if you can still catch the extravaganza!
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:54 AM (PST) by Will Malkus
Pittsburgh’s Swiss Army have released two new songs in as many months, both on A-F Records. “Hosts”, which showcases the 90s-heavy alternative sound that Swiss Army is known for, was part of a collaboration with Dancing Gnome Brewery. The more reflective “On Top of the World” features guest vocals from Red City Radio frontman Garrett Dale. These two tracks are the first new music from the Pennsylvania punks since 2018’s Paris Mountain.
Give “On Top of the World” a listen below.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:27 PM (PST) by jaystone
In honor of his latest album, The Roads To Richmond, the great Tim Barry has unveiled a brand new music video. It’s for the track “Fussin’ Over Fate,” and you can check it out below. You don’t have to be from Barry’s hometown of Richmond to identify with the encroachment of cranes and concrete on a lot of our own beloved home towns.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM (PST) by jaystone
In advance of this weekend’s spectacular Rock The Ship festival in the Bay Area, Pirates Press Records have launched a hell of an online fundraiser auction. It features items from Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, Cock Sparrer, Bar Stool Preachers, Fat Wreck Chords, Chunksaah Records, and a ton more. The auction closes THIS SATURDAY (10/19) at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific. It all benefits arts and music programs in public schools, a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Check out all your bid options here!
Limited passes are still available to a couple of the Rock The Ship events, which features a killer, killer lineup. Check out the details here.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
If you were a pop-punk rock in the mid 90’s and didn’t know who Sicko was you weren’t enough of a punk nerd. Their songs were brilliant in their earnest, hopelessly catchy simplicity, and if you were from the Pacific Northwest they were your endearing hometown heroes regretfully overshadowed by their Californian “Epifat” kin. For those of you paying attention lately, you may be aware that the band has resurfaced for a few shows and even put out a sort of “greatest hits” release through Red Scare Industries. Anybody excited by this news quickly asked the obvious follow-up question: Does this mean a new Sicko album??? Sadly, so far, the answer is “no,” but we’ve got the next best thing – The Subjunctives.
Fronted by former Sicko singer/guitar player Ean Hernandez The Subjunctives pick up where Sicko left off, playing infectious pop-punk anthems that the the pissed off 15 year old punk-wallflower I was, as well as the 40 year old jaded punk fan and father I’ve recently become, can relate to. Perhaps nowhere do both those versions of myself come together better than on the track, “The Fastbacks are the Greatest Band in History, so FUCK YOU!” featured on the band’s upcoming full-length “Sunshine And Rainbows.” Ean elaborates on the track’s inspiration:
“This song is basically a tribute to my favorite band, The Fastbacks. For the uninitiated, The Fastbacks are Seattle’s original pop punk band. Forming in 1979, by 1990 they had become Seattle’s defacto godfathers of the genre. Fast drums, beautiful female vocal harmonies, virtuoso guitar, a healthy appreciation for 70s hardrock/punk/powerpop as well as 80’s hardcore, frenetic live shows, and delivering hooks hooks hooks… The Fastbacks were simply incredible and perfect. Their albums are available mostly through Discogs today, but remain highly recommended listening for anyone seeking a refreshing yet excellent take on our little corner of punk. Ask me about this subject at a bar, and I will go on and on! With regard to the specifics of the song: my roommate Scott really did bring home a copy of The Fastbacks’ 1990 album Very Very Powerful Motor and recommend it to me. This disc promptly blew my mind, altered my notion of what music could be, and gave me permission to play the kind of music that was in my heart, but I had no idea anyone else in the world would ever accept. Nonetheless there it was – reaching out to me, melting the turntable in my 1990 college apartment. This was my Gabba Gabba Hey moment. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to book a show for the Fastbacks and another favorite band, Beat Happening. This show, besides being totally awesome, confirmed my growing suspicion that the Fastbacks were in fact, none other than the greatest band in history. Later still, Kurt Bloch of the Fastbacks became the (nearly) exclusive engineer for Sicko’s recorded output, and even did some work for the Subjunctives. In the song, I list off the members of the band in the chorus, and change the drummer out each time I sing the chorus… since they had something like 19 different drummers (including a young Duff McKagen), but otherwise the same 3 other permanent members on guitars/bass/vox. The expletive nature of the title is a nod to Kurt’s sense of humor, and to some extent the only advice I have for dissenting opinions on this subject. Get with the program!”
Now, before you go track The Fastbacks down on Spotify, Give the new Subjunctives tune a listen below.
“Sunshine And Rainbows” is due out via Top Drawer Records on November 22nd.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:26 AM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Iowa pop punk band, Rational Anthem have released another song from their upcoming new album ‘It’s Only Permanent’. The song ‘Unimaginary Girlfriend’ premiered over at chorus.fm and is an extremely catchy little number. The record is out on November 1st via A-F Records.
Check out the video below.
If there is one thing that is always certain when King Pizza Records puts out a new track it’s that the track is going to be NASTY! But how nasty, you ask? Too nasty! Banana is KP’s newest act and they are bringing their brand of Boston based garage punk to Brooklyn’s favorite boutique label and they aren’t pulling any punches.
Banana is loud, lewd, and in your face in a way that makes the ears bleed in just the right way. This is the debut single off their debut cassette which will be rolling out later in 2019, but for now we have this voracious tune to attack our senses while we wait for the full record.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:42 PM (PST) by jaystone
Kinda combining a couple of stories into one here, but I don’t think you’ll mind once you see what they are. First up, the great Dave Hause has outlined the first of his touring plans for next year! The three-week jaunt kicks off February 21st in Seattle and runs through March 14th in — you guessed it — Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now; check out the full rundown here.
Last but certainly not least, Hause had the opportunity to record a few stripped down tracks at the Martin Guitar Museum as part of their Museum Series. Check out the video for “Paradise” as played on a 1941 000-28M below!
“Paradise” appears in its original form on Hause’s last album, Kick, which was released earlier this year on Rise Records.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
A few weeks ago Dying Scene rolled out a “new band intro” for these super-tight-sounding Dutch cats in Great Shakes. You may recall there are also members in the band from the sovereign state of Belgium, and now thanks to writing for Dying Scene I know those countries are right next to each other. In my defense, though, I do live in Texas, so I only have to know where Texas is, because everywhere else is too far away – but punk rock transcends geographical boundaries and personal projections in ways that amaze me more and more with each new encounter. Great Shakes is no different. They hit the nail on the head with an epic self-titled LP and I’m proud as a kitten tiptoeing a booby-trap to premiere it for you today.
Great Shakes LP is full of familiar and relatable themes: four best buds groping at the seems of tragic existence through relationship struggles and the aether of existential dread, the importance of a good friend, finding lasting companionship and living on for better days. It’s pop punk mixed with a California rock and roll sound, heavily influenced by Hot Water Music and Social D, a little bit of the East Coast (America) like Bouncing Souls, and there ya’ go we’ve just gone off the map. Really, what it is – Great Shakes – It’s new. It’s catchy and really good, and I think you’re going to like it.
Great Shakes’ self-titled album is their debut on the world. It releases October 25 on Shield Recordings and you can pre-order a digital copy here. Stream the early premiere ahead of time, exclusively below. Cheers scenesters!
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 3:36 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Louisiana post-hardcore exports The Weekend Transit have released a video for “Quiet, My Secrets Are Safe”, a track from their upcoming EP Dust and Color, out October 31st.
Have a watch below.
Have a watch below. The track features guest vocals from Frank Carter.
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:36 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Pennsylvania folk punkers Apes Of The State are back with their second full length record and a few dates to celebrate its release. The effort is titled Pipe Dream and is a stripped back blend of pop, folk, and punk. You can check out the album in its entirety below.
Along with the release itself, Apes Of The State will be throwing a couple of parties next month to showcase the new tracks. You’ll find details of them below.
The previous release that Apes Of The State were involved with was a three-way split earlier this year with Local News Legend and Mary Wander.