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Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2:59 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
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Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:10 PM (PST) by rick delaney
Manchester “noise grunk” merchants Tio Rico have a new record coming out and to get fans in the mood they’ve been releasing singles from it. The second is titled “Unfledged” and although it’s only officially out on April 26 via major streaming platforms, as well as through local label Horn and Hoof Records and Code 7 Distribution, you can listen to it early below.
Release details, including the title of the album itself are still-to-be-announced. The previous collection of music from Tio Rico was the 2017 EP, Business and Pleasure.
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:21 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Aussie thrashers Clowns have just released their fourth studio album to date. Nature/Nurture is being handled by domestic label Damaged in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the almighty Fat Wreck Chords in the rest of the world.
You can check out Nature/Nurture here and as well you might since it’s clearly going to be a contender for album of the year.
The previous collection of tunes released by Clowns was the 2017 full-length, Lucid Again.
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:02 AM (PST) by rick delaney
London’s Eat Dirt. have announced a load of news. The band has just signed to Belgium’s Bearded Punk Records and will release their debut full-length album on June 3. To whet fans appetite for the new music, Eat Dirt. has released a music video for the record’s title track – “Death is Death”. You can check it out below.
The previous release from Eat Dirt. was a self-titled EP from 2017.
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:43 AM (PST) by rick delaney
New York’s Dead Broke Rekerds has compiled a sampler featuring a track from each release it handled during 2018. You can expect tunes from Life Hacks, Parasites, Iron Chic, and a load more on the collection titled Year of the Dawg.
You can check out this entire 16-song compilation below. The label encourages fans to pick up a physical copy or even a shirt featuring the wild and brilliant artwork by Tom Lowell pictured.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 9:22 AM (PST) by dropkickeith
My first The Bouncing Souls album was The Bad, The Worse and the Out of Print, I remember vividly not knowing any of their music but loving the chaotic artwork on the cover. Prior to this album I had a few punk albums, but I was totally obsessed with ska. Reel Big Fish, The BossTones, Goldfinger, Buck-o-nine and Mustard Plug dominated my CD player. One day at the behest of some of my more punk friends I decided to check the Souls out, and it changed my musical taste forever.
It probably seems weird that an album full of rarities, b-sides, and alternate versions should be a person’s first intro to a band like the Souls. However it is in these choices of cover songs and the laughs and outtakes, where it became obvious that there is a very distinct feeling in a Bouncing Souls album. On every album of theirs that I discovered afterwards there is a strong sense of brotherhood and camaraderie, a nostalgia for simpler times with your friends, and a sense of fun. For every “Gone” there is a “Bullying the Jukebox” for every “Turned my Back on You” there is “Wish Me Well, Go to Hell”. They mine the emotional depths but never leave without displaying at least a little of the optimism that can only be found among your friends. You could say that haphazardly finding The Good, The Bad, and the Out of Print was my Bouncing Souls crucial moment. Which leads me to the actual Crucial Moments EP, a six song celebration of the bands thirtieth anniversary.
This album represents every aspect of The Bouncing Souls that people have come to know and love. It opens with the titular track and delivers a prototypical punk rock set on simmer style that is familiar to every album. It is a nostalgia fueled rocker which displays the bands ability to discuss heavier topics without abandoning a sense of hope. “These chords stick with me, this ink etched in me, these crucial moments played on repeat” Greg sings as he reminds us that these moments will play on repeat forever.
This nostalgia driven rock and roll shows up again on “Here’s to Us” a song that brings to light the darker times that have plagued the band and how they know that those times will not last because they have each other. “The world can have the past, we know they won’t last, because we got each other” shows that the power of camaraderie and their ability to find a light in the dark is still an ideal that they are steadfast to present in their music. There are a lot of little things that have always made the band unique, Bryan’s bass lines being one of my personal favorites and this track may be some of his finest work.
While these two songs make it seem like they have moved away from their classic punk rock sound, this is where “1989” and “4th Avenue Sunrise” prove they can still shred with the best of them. The first being the about the community they discovered through having “no talent just a dream” and how they “Stick together, that’s the deal, Gotta make something, make it true, All together with all of you.” It is a punk rock ode to all their friends and all the good times they had even in bad situations. While “4th Avenue Sunrise” is a bass heavy blitzkrieg, clocking in under two minutes, that emphasizes a dark romanticism.
The highlight of the album is “Favorite Everything” an upbeat love song. The Bouncing Souls are at their finest with this type of pop-laden bouncy rock, (See also “True Believers”, “Hopeless Romantic”, “Private Radio”, “Manthem” or “Kate is Great”), which in these case is a song about comparing music to the love of their life. There is so many great analogies, from “You’re the greatest compilation” to “You’re the song that bring a tear, embrace the love, embrace the fear”, that specifically speak to the comparison of one’s love of music to the love one has for another. Simultaneously a happy love song and an emotional expression of words that can be difficult to articulate.
Crucial Moments ends with “Home” the saddest song the Bouncing Souls have written this side of Anchors Aweigh. It is a significant change in the tempo set forth in the earlier parts of the album but cranks up the emotional weight. “Home” proves to be an endless place where fear and sadness will never reach, a place away from a world that just does not care. Proving once again that even in the saddest depths of a Bouncing Souls song there is always a sense of hope and a small glimmer of optimism.
In a celebration of their thirtieth year as a band, The Bouncing Souls have proven that they are timeless. To paraphrase their own song, Crucial Moments has songs of punk and songs of joy, a love song about girls and boys, songs of metal and some English stuff, and some hardcore to make us feel tough. This album is a six song reflection on the band’s legacy, one of lighting our darkest times while reminding us to enjoy the good times with the people around us.
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
Happy Friday, boys and girls! We’ve got a pretty cool debut to get you fired up for the weekend!
We’re stoked to bring you the new video from California street punks Harrington Saints. It’s for the track “1000 Pounds of Oi!” which also serves as the title track from their brand new full length, which is due out May 10th on Pirates Press. Here’s what the band’s frontman Darrel Wojick had to say about the song, and the video:
“The song has to do with the early days when we first started playing shows, and then bigger shows. Many of the comments we like “they’re like as big as poison idea” or “Poison Idea plays Oi!” Also, we used to joke how the drummer could never see the crowd cause he said there was a wall of fuckers in front of him! That became thousand lbs. of motherfucker, then turned into thousand pounds of Oi!. We wanted to do a video with Forry’s 64 impala SS before he sold it. Thought it’d be fun driving it blasting the song with a Go-Pro. Luckily we all fit in it.“
1000 Pounds of Oi! marks Harrington Saints’ first album since 2015’s Fish & Chips.
Evolving from the seminal Bear vs Shark and Wildcatting, Bars Of Gold have been quietly building up a following since their debut “Of Gold” was released in 2010, and they follow up their excellent 2013 LP “Wheels” with “Shelters”; the first album they’ve issued exclusively through Equal Vision (despite reissuing their back catalogue through the label recently).
Here, the band perfect the light work they’ve made in the past of throwing genres in a blender, crafting an urgent, accomplished sound across a nine track album that rarely hands over a track that clocks in at less than four minutes. Despite taking heavy influence from jazz and post rock, “Shelter” is a punk album at heart, with versatile, accomplished instrumentation cycloning around the fits and starts of sonic anxiety from Marc Paffi’s elastic vocal.
Bars Of Gold are yet to etch out the same cult status of the members’ former outfits, but here they proves they deserve all of the same plaudits. From the frantics of “Madonna” and “$20”, to the delicacies of “Montana” and “G”, the band have created a varied, complex collection of meandering twists and sharp turns, surpassing and building on everything they’ve put together to date.
“Shelter” is an album that’s been well worth waiting six years for. It’s a pleasure to listen to and a marvel to explore at greater depth, and there’s should be little doubt that it’ll introduce Bars Of Gold and their back catalogue to a sea of new listeners. For those that enjoy their music off-the-wall, raw and passionate; this is for you.
Well, how about that! The guys took a break from their “busy” lives and graced us with a new episode of Dying Scene Radio! Guess they couldn’t be bothered to find an awesome band to interview but they’re back nonetheless. Not only are they back, they brought a ton of music from new and emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover with ’em! But, but, but, wait it gets better (or worse depending on how you look at it) they’re also covering some of the most noteworthy scene news from the last few weeks so you don’t have to scour the internets. ‘Tis a dark and dangerous place, that internet. All of that and more in Episode 14 of Dying Scene Radio! Check it out, below!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:58 PM (PST) by Chris Doughty
For anyone heading to Slam Dunk Festival in the UK at the end of May, the stage times have been announced. There’ll be some tough decisions to make as this is one of the most impressive lineups the festival has had in it’s relatively short history. Slam Dunk Festival will take place in Leeds, UK on May 25 and Hatfield (near London) UK on May 26.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:56 PM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Brooklyn Vegan is premiering a new song ‘Real Name’ from the debut album from Big Nothing. The band is made up of Spraynard singer/guitarist Pat Graham, Liz Parsons of Casual, Matt Quinn of Crybaby and Chris Jordan from Young Livers. They released their self-titled debut EP via Asian Man Records in 2017, and are now about to release their first full-length album ‘Chris’ which is out May 10 on Salinas Records.
If you were familiar with their more punk sounding EP, you will notice that this is in a slightly different direction. Check out the ‘Real Name’ below.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:46 PM (PST) by Kelly McPunxy
HEELS is the combined effort of Joshua McLane and Brennan Whalen. A two-piece band from Memphis, TN. They started as a stripped down acoustic outfit in 2015. Over the course of the last few years they have evolved into a fast paced electric punk outfit with a more heavy and melodic sound. Equal parts ragers and conversationalists, HEELS writes pop songs for a dying planet.”
Altercation Records co-owner Travis Myers had this to say about the signing;
“My partner in Altercation Records, funny man JT Habersaat discovered HEELS while on tour and wouldn’t stop talking about them. Then one day I received a demo for “Good People Even Do Bad Things” and after one listen I was sold as well, and I knew we had to sign them.”
“Good People Even Do Bad Things”, will be released this summer and will be a ten song monument to better days. With gritty undertones throughout, each song weaves through punk, Americana, and rock n’ roll. Each will tell a different story and each song will make the author look worse than the last.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PST) by forrestcook
Houston and The Dirty Rats is out to set a record. They’ve recently applied to Guinness for the category of “Longest Documented DIY Tour” – or something like that :) – in reference to their current tour, of which they should be right around the halfway mark, dubbed “The Dirty 100” or “100 shows in 100 days” tour. I stopped by and spoke with the band as they came through Dallas, at the only place left for a cheap drink in Deep Ellum, Reno’s Chop Shop. We all met up and decided to chat it up for a bit in the bed of my truck parked right out back. It was a beautiful night with a near-howling wind that spoke just enough to rustle up the sensors in my phones microphone a bit, The city was wide awake on a Thursday and there were plenty of folks that took interest in our little motley anomaly in the bed of a truck in back of Renos.
A bit more than halfway through we breaked for their set, and I was thrilled with the band’s performance, and stage presence. I mentioned to Houston that he was lucky to have such a great rhythm section, and that the Dirty Rats throughout the night had expressed a level of brotherhood and comraderie that made me extremely excited to write about them. We talked about the usual stuff: DIY ethics, running your own label, dreams of being signed, ungodly amounts of malt-liquor consumption, and of course the 100 shows in 100 days. It’s a bit of a read but I’ll be damned if we didn’t just make the most adorable little punker quartet you ever did see. Also, if you or any of your friends are in a band, there’s about a 50% chance that it gets a shout in this piece as a bunch of our favorites get a mention.
This conversation was a blast and I’m stoked I got to relive it again in transcription. From my table to yours young scenesters. Here’s a band that’s going places. Read the interview below.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
The band has also announced some tour dates to promote the new album. You can check out all of those dates and locations below.
This will be the first time the veteran punks have put out new music since Setlist in 2017, which was released via Cyber Tracks and featured two new songs. The last full studio album was Subliminable Messages back in 2004.
I'm not sure if it's the vocals reminiscent of the original singer from UK punk act Drones, or very early days Davey Havok, but something about the new EP from Milwaukee hardcore act Mud Dog is really grabbing my attention. It might be the gang vocals on title track "Strike Back" or the change ups with secondary singers on a few of the songs. Or all of the above. The point is "Strike Back" is worth a listen for any hardcore punk fans, all the more so since it's up for free download on bandcamp.