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DS Interview: John Maiello (Dead Bars) Talks ‘Regulars,’ playing with the Souls, and life after ‘Dream Gig’

“Keep on dreamin’.”

For myself and many others, the chorus has become a warcry. The punky, rock ‘n roll stalwarts have a way of getting you on their side—whether it’s through their blunt, too-real lyricism, or their bar-uniting singalongs, there’s the palpable feeling that no matter who you are, you belong at their show. This is Dead Bars—eternally scrappy, open-throated, and always rockin’—and with Regulars, they’ve kept the dream alive. 

In honor of the new album (May 3rd on A-F Records, don’t sleep on it!), I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with frontman John Maiello. We talk about the band’s journey thus far, finally getting that dream gig, and their incredible new record. 

Check out the interview below!



Sammy Kay launches Kickstarter for new album, “civil/WAR”

Sammy Kay has got a new album (hopefully) coming out soon, and he needs your help to make it happen.

The New Jersey-based singer/songwriter has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a brand-new full length. It’s entitled civil/WAR, and it was written in response to some changes that he noticed in himself and other people once the touring cycle for his last album, untitled, wrapped up a year ago. The touring life of a solo singer/songwriter can be a weird place, and it can also make for a real transition back to “real life,” and much of the album deals with that concept through a series of different lenses: depression, anxiety, addiction, and the themes of empathy and understanding.

Yours truly has had the great pleasure of hearing different pieces of the album at different stages of its recording, and allow me to say without giving up any secrets that it’s thoughtful, poignant, soulful and catchy-as-hell in all the right places. In order to entice people to help kickstart the project, Kay came up with a bunch of unique merch ideas including t-shirts, pins, exclusive vinyl, and a couple really sweet Black 35 guitars. He’s also got a pretty sweet tattoo idea cooked up which is a little bit crazy if you ask us!

Head here to check out the Kickstarter page! Kay’s last album, untitled, was released back in April 2017 on Stomp Records.

 



Good Riddance Stream Second Single “Our Great Divide” From Forthcoming Album “Thoughts and Prayers”

Legendary punk rock force Good Riddance have released a second single from their forthcoming album Thoughts and Prayers. 

The track is called “Our Great Divide” and you can enjoy it below.

Band vocalist, Russ Rankin, had the following to say about the single:

“This is a comment about the divisive, polarized impasse humanity finds itself at, as we face incalculable challenges to our planet, and our future.” 

Thoughts and Prayers is the ninth studio album by Good Riddance and the first since the 2015 effort Peace in Our Time. It will be available on the band’s long-serving record label, Fat Wreck Chords.

 



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.



Spinebreaker (Metal, CA) Stream “2019 Promo” Demo

California death metal unit Spinebreaker are allowing fans to stream a demo titled 2019 Promo. The effort features just two tracks of rapid and raw death metal. It’s out now on Creator-Destructor Records.

You can check it out below.

The previous release from Spinebreaker was the 2015 full-length, Ice Grave.



Death Before Dishonor (Hardcore, MA) Stream New Single “Cowards Will Fall” From Forthcoming Album “Unfinished Business”

Boston-based hardcore act Death Before Dishonor have a new album coming out on July 26. It’s called Unfinished Business and to get you lot in the mood for it, the band have been good enough to put out a single early.

You can enjoy this first taster of Unfinished Business below. If you like “Cowards Will Fall”, you can pre-order the full album now from Bridge Nine Records.

The previous full-length release from Death Before Dishonor was a whole ten years ago. It was the 2009 effort, Better Ways to Die.



Rat Boy announce first North American tour

In support of his fresh album “Internationally Unknown,” Rat Boy (Essex, UK) has just announced his first ever headlining tour of North America. The album was published earlier this year off of Hellcat Records.

This is their debut album, and tour of the US.

Check out the dates below!



Strung Out announce fall tour with support from The Casualties

Strung Out’s new album Songs of Armor and Devotion will be released August 9 on Fat Wreck Chords, and the band will be extensively touring the US in the fall so fans can hear and experience the new songs live. Support for the tour will be provided by The Casualties, and you can find the dates below. Tickets can be purchased here.



New EP from Thrice streaming now – “Palms – Deeper Wells”

The latest EP from California’s Thrice was released June 14, 2019 and features four new songs to tide fans over until the band’s next album.

The band is currently touring the US with Bring Me The Horizon – you’ll find the tour dates and links to purchase tickets here.

You can listen to all four songs below.



New single from The Menzingers, “No Penance” b/w ” Cemetery’s Garden” streaming now

Scranton, Pennsylvania’s favorite sons The Menzingers have released a new single, which features two songs – “No Penance” and “Cemetery’s Garden”. Released June 14th on Epitaph, it’s a little treat from a beloved band.

Check out the two new songs below.



Mikey Erg streaming new single, “Clueless or Cruel?”

Mikey Erg, one of the busiest men in punk rock, is about to release a new album, Waxbuilt Castles on July 26, 2019. To get you excited for the release, he is currently streaming the first single from the album, “Clueless or Cruel?”  This pop-punk gem can be heard below.



DS Exclusive: Russian Girlfriends stream new single, “Pride Parade”

Albuquerque hardcore punk band, Russian Girlfriends have a new album on the way, In The Parlance of Our Times. That album can be expected to hit shelves on June 21 courtesy of A-F Records. This is Russian Girlfriends first release on A-F Records, and their first full-length since their self-released All Around debut (later repressed on Orange Whip and Gunner Records) which came out in 2015. Pre-orders for In The Parlance can be found here, and to celebrate they are rolling out gold and silver vinyl pressings in limited quantities for the first lucky custos, almost like a “new year new me” kind of thing… in the middle of summer.

Here’s an energy-laden teaser off that album for fans of Pears, Propagandhi, and a little bit of that old thyme rock and roll. The guitars get after it while lead singer Adam Hooks spreads a little positivity, “Love is love, man, let it grow,” this song is called “Pride Parade” and it’s coming at you first on the Dying Scene airwaves. Stream that track below. The record release show will take place in Albuquerque at Launchpad. So check THAT out if you’re in the area, and be sure and catch these homies at Fest this year in Gainesville, FL.



The Rocket Summer (indie punk) returns with new single ‘Morning Light’ ahead of new album

Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer) has released another single ahead of the new album, ‘Sweet Shivers’, due out on August 2nd. This new single titled ‘Morning Light’, follows ‘Shatter Us’, which was released at the end of May. Both songs showcase very different sounds which makes things intriguing for the upcoming album. Last week, The Rocket Summer announced a 28-date North American tour beginning in September. ‘Sweet Shivers’ will be Avary’s first studio album since ‘Zoetic’ in 2016.

You can hear Morning Light below and see the tour dates.



Sum 41 release new single ‘Death In The Family’

Canadians Sum 41 have released another single ahead of their seventh studio album, Order In Decline, out July 19 via Hopeless Records. The video for the new song ‘Death In The Family’ sees the band switching between 1969 and 2019 in a concept video. The song is in a heavier style much like the previously released single ‘Out For Blood’. The new album, in fact, is believed to be their heaviest so far. Sum 41 last put out an album in 2016, 13 Voices, also via Hopeless.

Check out the video for ‘Death In The Family’ below. If you are interested in further details about the new album, there is also a recent interview below with Gunz Show for Alternative Press where lead singer Deryck Whibley goes into it.



Trashed Ambulance release new EP ‘Shorthanded’

Trashed Ambulance, a punk band from Alberta, Canada, have released their new EP, entitled ‘Shorthanded’. The band is newly signed to Thousand Islands Records and you can pick it up via their bandcamp. The last studio album from Trash Ambulance was ‘Blurry Thoughts’ in 2016.

You can stream the entire new EP below.