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Next Year (pop punk) release new video for ‘Dopamine’ and sign with Standby Records

UK pop-punk band Next Year have signed with Standby Records who will release the band’s new EP ‘Waterfalls’ on August 30. The four-piece, from Leicester, formed in October 2017 and have a sound that throws back to the early 2000s UK sound (think of Not Katies, Fastlane or My Awesome Compilation).

The band have also released a video for the song ‘Dopamine’ which features on the upcoming EP. Check it out below.



MxPx cover NOFX song ‘Franco Un-American’

Mike Herrera has being having fun releasing covers this year, either with MxPx or as a solo project. The most recent one came out this week and is an updated version of the NOFX 2003 song ‘Franco Un-American’. The lyrics have been updated and reflect the world in 2019.

Have a listen below.



Light The Way (Pop Punk) stream new song “Hope”

CA pop punks Light The Way are streaming their new song “Hope,” which comes from their upcoming EP, Dad Gang, that is set to be released on July 26th via Indie Vision Music.

You can give it a listen below.

Light The Way last released False Memory Syndrome in March 2018, also through Indie Vision.



Rough Dreams (emo) announce summer tour dates.

Tennesse’s Rough Dreams are taking to the road for some summer dates. They released their debut EP, via Coffin Curse Records, earlier this year.

Click here for the artwork and the tour dates.



Album Review: Ramona – “Deals, Deals, Deals!”

Deals, Deals, Deals is probably my favorite surprise of the year. I’d seen Ramona before, I’d even liked them before, but their Red Scare debut is something special. They have the songs, they have the hooks, and they have the words to make it more than just a party. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with what I actually I want from punk music. So much of it is trying to be something else—either a clone of a clone or a knowing throwback to when clones ruled the indies. Ramona is different. Ramona feels like a natural intersection of a group of close creatives; Deals, Deals, Deals is defined by songwriting before genre, and where the songs go, the sound rightly follows.

Which isn’t to say that Ramona is making music outside the confines of genre. This is melodic punk, or maybe indie punk. It’s bouncy and catchy and plaintive when it needs to be. The power chords are thick and chuggy and they form the blocky backing track to the band’s dueling vocalists. But, the fact that Ramona is a three-piece makes their music feel all the more intimate, listening to Deals, Deals, Deals, I couldn’t forget that these songs, as personal as they are, were forged from the fires of three close people. It goes a long way to capturing a certain tone, of raw conversations and comfortable clashes. 

The album opens with “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts,” which features some slice-of-life relationship storytelling delivered with emotional gusto and supported by some meaty hooks. Where a lot of pop punkish bands lose their way is with their arrangements, but Ramona dodges this common misstep with thoughtful changes in their playing, specifically their drumming. I don’t often notice drumming in a song, because I’m a rhythmless philistine, but they use it here to great effect to control the song’s dynamic. “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Hearts” becomes a full-throated, danceable singalong with a positively insistent energy. 

On “Not Your Token,” we get to hear a really cool lyrical perspective as well as some Lawrence Arms-style duet singing between the two vocalists (who I wish I could name, but all the information I’ve found is the first names of the three members, and not what they do). The throat shredding call of, “I’m not your token, I’m a fucking person,” is the kind of punk rock line I live for. It boils down the sentiment to a single statement, direct and in your face. More structurally, the song is a grail of hooks, where the entire run time feels like a big singalong chorus. “We’ll make a difference, we’ll make it better, with or without you,” might just be punk’s logline for years to come. 

“Is This Emo?” is one of the other highlights of the album for me. It’s an incredibly frank, personal song about self-perception and it reminded me of that uncomfortable frisson I first felt from bands like AJJ and Against Me! It was that sort of confrontation via talk therapy that initially pulled me deeper into the genre, and it’s bands like Ramona, with their fearless navel-gazing, that keeps me there. Deals, Deals, Deals! is filled with these trauma-narrative-cum-pop-songs, and it makes it for an involving, resonant listen. 

The album ultimately has a message of hope, as “Mambo 69” concludes: “you can build your own family, be the person that you wanna be.” Deals, Deals, Deals! uses punk rock as a vehicle for self-improvement, as a means to stare the bullshit in the eye and see it for what it is. It’s about acknowledging the worst and then striving for the best. Ramona accomplishes their goals with the finesse of scene veterans, and they do it with some of the best music I’ve heard all year. 



DS Photo Gallery: Smoking Popes with The Ataris and Donaher from Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA

For the first time since the release of last year’s Into The Agony, the Smoking Popes made their way to Boston – well, Somerville really – last Monday night, setting up shop at the unique, 300-capacity former function hall that is Once Ballroom for the evening. With support from the run of shows coming from The Ataris and with locals Donaher getting the early-arriving crowd engaged, it was an evening that evoked all the best of the power-pop glory days of an earlier decade.

Hailing from the great State of New Hampshire – yours truly’s birthplace – Donaher are a four piece band that sadly I’d not seen before. They might be on the newer side – the band’s debut album, I Swear My Love Is True, was released in late 2017 on Dodgeball Records – but their sound is classic: catchy, melodic power-pop songs of love and heartbreak. It’s like if This Year’s Model-era  Elvis Costello and Road To Ruin-era Ramones had a kid, and that kid grew up on a steady diet of the Lemonheads and Mr. T Experience. Is that specific enough a reference? We think so; check out their sound for yourself right here.

The Ataris, who’re essentially the Kris Roe Travelling All-Stars at this point, were up next, assuming the primary support role on the duration of this run. The benefit of that approach is that Roe can assemble a dynamite backing lineup, which at this time consists of Mike Doherty on guitar, Montreal music scene vet Danny LaFlamme on bass and Dustin Phillips on drums. The band powered through all the hits, with Roe taking on a few tracks solo in the process. His guitar playing has often gone underrated, and trends toward being more ethereal and experimental than his pop-punk pedigree would imply, although his near-constant switching on and off of various loops and pedals was a tad mind-numbing at times. The crowd, while not quite at capacity, was still noticeably vocal and engaged throughout The Ataris’ set (prompting Popes’ frontman Josh Caterer to remark with a smile during his own band’s set that “I know you’re all here to see The Ataris, but thanks for sticking around”). Also, they played under a static red LED light, which is waaaaay over the head of yours truly’s photo taking and editing skills, thus the relative few shots in the gallery below.

Still touring in support of their seventh studio album, last year’s phenomenal Into The Agony, Chicago’s Smoking Popes plowed through a seventy-five-ish minute headline set that spanned the course of their two decade career. Into The Agony, as most of you should know, marked the return of drummer Mike Felumlee to the fold for the first time since 1997’s Destination Failure, and his presence behind the kit has been a noteworthy shot in the arm. The Popes’ lineup was a little altered on this run – Felumlee’s The Bigger Empty bandmate Reuben Baird is filling in for Mike Caterer on bass – but seeing and hearing Felumlee manning the kit behind the remaining brothers Caterer just seems right. I’ve seen the Popes a handful of times over the last couple of years, and this might have been the tightest, most energetic set yet. Whether it was on newer favorites like “Summer Down” or “Amanda My Love,” or classic staples like “Rubella” and “I Know You Love Me,” the band sound as fresh and vital as ever. Josh Caterer’s dulcet crooning has probably been the most well-known individual instrument over the course of the Popes’ career, but make no mistake about it: Josh and Eli Caterer are dual guitar heavyweights. As a wannabe guitar dork, it fills me with great joy to watch the two trade licks on the former’s gorgeous Fender Coronado and the latter’s even more gorgeous Strack Woodworking Jazzmaster clone.

Head below to see the full photo gallery from this night.

 



Avem (Aviary-core, Canada) Stream Single “Don’t Cull Me Bro”

Self-confessed bird-nerds, Avem, have a new single out. It’s called “Don’t Cull Me Bro” and it’s the first new music from the feathery-four-piece since their 2018 EP, Sing Every Day.

Check out “Don’t Cull Me Bro” below.



Bony Macaroni (Pop Punk, Holland) Stream Latest Single “Atlas Fugged”

The hilariously named Dutch pop punk band Bony Macaroni have just released their first single since the five-track, self-titled debut EP earlier this year. The track is called “Atlas Fugged” and you can stream it in its entirety below.

Bony Macaroni describe themselves as being for fans of “Modern Baseball, Sorority Noise, Foxing, Pinegrove, Free Throw, The Wonder Years”. If those bands float your boat, check them out!



New song and video from blink-182

Blink-182 have released further material from their as yet untitled upcoming album. The new single ‘Generational Divide’ is now streaming across all the main platforms. This track has a more urgent punk rock sound, with Matt Skiba and Mark Hoppus trading vocals, and clocks in at just 49 seconds. The two songs released so far have very different sounds so the album should be an interesting listen if nothing else.

Check out the video for Generational Divide below.



Motion City Soundtrack announce US tour dates

Motion City Soundtrack have announced some upcoming tour dates starting on New Years Eve, and running through January of 2020.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Motion City Soundtrack’s last album Panic Stations was released in September 2015 through Epitaph Records.



New Found Glory releases video for “Cups”

Pop-punk cover aficionados New Found Glory have released a video for the Anna Kendricks hit “Cups”, and yes I can promise it gets stuck in your head just like the original. Coming off New Found Glory’s latest covers album From The Screen To Your Stereo Part 3, which was released back in May through Hopeless Records.

Check out the video below.

As much as New Found Glory takes flack for their musical stylings, no doubt we’re going to miss them when their gone, so enjoy these pop-punk covers of some real catchy-ass songs. As mentioned above, New Found Glory’s most recent release From The Screen To Your Stereo Part 3. 



Calmgrove (Pop-punk) release video for song “Give & Take”

California pop-punks Calmgrove have released a video for their song “Give & Take”. The video which is set in the woods, is a metaphorical look at the constant struggle of trying to run away from the things subconciously we want most. Alright, maybe it’s not that deep, there is however a tug-of-war between two, what can only be assumed lovers. Which leads to the breaking of a union if you will. While I may have looked a little deeper into this video for the underlying meaning than the band intended, it’s a pretty awesome song.

Check it out for yourself below.

This is the latest in a string of singles released by Calmgrove. I would suspect all these singles could potentially lead to an album in the near future. 



Massaw (Indie Punk, France) Stream New EP “Wan-Wan”

French indie punks Massaw are allowing fans to stream their latest EP. The effort is titled Wan-Wan and has been released by the local label, Bad Wolf Records.

You can check out Wan-Wan below. The previous release from the four-piece was the 2016 EP, Supporting Rules!



The Dollyrots (Pop punk, CA) Stream Video for “I Know How to Party” From Forthcoming Album “Daydream Explosion”

Pop Punk duo The Dollyrots have a new video out for a track from their forthcoming album, Daydream Explosion. The tune chosen for visualisations is called “I Know How to Party”.

Daydream Explosion is due out on July 12 this year on Wicked Cool Records and The Orchard. It’s the first new music from the band since their 2017 full-length, Whiplash Splash.

If you can’t wait for the full release of Daydream Explosion, you can check out “I Know How to Party” below in the meantime.



The Hippaes (pop-punk) release music video for “You Let Me Be”

Indie/pop-punk act The Hippaes have released a music video for their song “You Let Me Be.”

You can check it out below.

“You Let Me Be” comes from the bands’ upcoming debut album Hip! Hip!! Hippaes!!! that is set to be released on June 28th via Everything Sucks Music.