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H2O announce 3 northeast shows, playing self-titled album in its entirety

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut’s release, New York hardcore punk veterans H2O have announced they will be playing the album in its entirety.

All 3 of the shows they’ll be doing this at are in the northeast. Check out the dates below.

H20’s latest album Use Your Voice was released in October, 2015 through Bridge Nine Records. It was their first album in 7 years, following 2008’s Nothing to Prove.



Festival Review: Jera On Air 2016 (Holland, ft. Pennywise, H2O, Municipal Waste & more)

A few weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to join international skate-punk super-group Dead Neck on a trip they took to Jera On Air. I had never previously heard of Jera, so was excited to get over to Holland and check it out for myself. With a lineup as strong as this years, I was surprised that it had escaped my radar for so long. You can read my thoughts on what turned out to be an incredible weekend of punk and hardcore music below.



Punk Rock Bowling Vegas Night One: H2O, Poison Idea, Israelites

No, these three bands didn’t perform together, although that would be an interesting lineup. The Punk Rock Bowling festivities around the country have now come to a conclusion, and we are left with fuzzy memories and bruised ribs. Now to think about the next festival. As solo photographer for DyingScene, the work load was incredible and it was definitely a challenge picking and choosing which bands to see, and when to try and lay my head down for some sleep – which I barely got over the whole weekend.

Night one of Punk Rock Bowling began with balls. Joey Balls & Friends performing at the Rush Lounge at The Golden Nugget – a venue which has served as de facto meeting place for new arrivals for the weekend. My weekend roommate had yet to arrive so I rolled up with gear and all to grab a beer and plan the night ahead.

After getting everything situated at the hotel, I headed over to the Fremont Country Club to check out H2O. This band was formative in my punk upbringing and it was great hearing some old favorites. I stuck around in the photo pit just long enough to catch “One Life, One Chance”, and had the fortune of getting the microphone handed to me for the chorus. Epic memory and I couldn’t imagine a better band and setlist to kick off the long weekend. As will be witnessed many more times over the weekend, there was no time to sit and marvel at the moment, as it was off to the next venue and the next band.

Shift from NYHC and move to LA reggae/rocksteady/ska band The Israelites at The Beauty Bar. One thing I love about being able to float from venue to venue over the course of a night is the extreme variety of the club shows – catching such a vast array of music in one night is awesome. I didn’t stay long for The Israelites as I was off to catch Poison Idea, but the band was jamming. The dance floor was bouncing in rhythm to the uptick of the guitar, smiles were abound – and for that brief reflective moment I thought to myself – this is what Punk Rock Bowling is all about.

I had never seen Poison Idea before, so I was super stoked to make it to the Las Vegas Country Saloon in time for their set. Even though I missed MDC and Slapshot, I was content to arrive right before Poison Idea’s amazing show. Details surrounding the setlist are hazy, but of course the standout was the classic and one of my favorites, “Just To Get Away”.

Night one was a successful night of punk, booze, photos, and reuniting with old friends. If history is any testament, this year would be like those of years past – too quick at points, not over quick enough at others, amazing memories created while choices of venues dictate memories that will never be made. It’s always a balancing act at weekend festivals, and I was super excited for what was to come over the annual reunion of punks in the desert.

Have a look at photos from Friday night’s sets below, and stay tuned for Punk Rock Bowling concert photos the rest of the week.



Sick Of It All to join Jera On Air (Holland) festival as headliners

Holland’s fastest growing punk/hardcore/metal festival have announced the mighty Sick Of It All will complete their already stellar lineup. The New York based stalwart will join other titans of the scene Pennywise and H2O at the event’s 24th year party in June. A full lineup and ticket information can be found at the Jera On Air website.



Pennywise announce Mexican shows with H2O

L.A. punk legends Pennywise just announced they will be playing three shows in Mexico in April, which will be supported by H2O. The dates/locations are below.

Pennywise will release the compilation album, Nineteen Eighty Eight, on May 20th through Hardline Entertainment. Their latest album Yesterdays was released in 2014 through Epitaph Records. H2O last released Use Your Voice, their first album in 7 years, this past October on Bridge Nine Records.



Bad Religion, H2O, The Offspring & more to play this year’s Resurrection Fest

Festival organizers have announced the lineup for this year’s Resurrection Fest, which will take place from July 7-9th in Viveiro, Spain. Bands playing the festival include Bad Religion, H2O, The Offspring, Iron MaidenBlowfuse, and many others.

Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, March 2nd. Additional info on the festival is available here.



Watch; H20 get sentimental with their new music video “True Romance”

New York punk rockers H20 have released a late Valentines Day gift with the release of their new music video “True Romance”. To be fair, it’s not exactly a video, but more of an experimental collage. The clip consists of a cute series of photos where the band members, and their friends, pose with their significant others. However, as it turns out, their ‘friends’ include the likes of Joe Principe (Rise Against), Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits), Doyle (The Misfits), and Steve-O. All of this is matched by a surprisingly touching song about love and relationships. Check out the touching video below.

“True Romance” comes from the band’s most recent album, “Use Your Voice” which was released last fall via Bridge Nine Records.



DS Staff Picks – Bob’s Top 12 Albums of 2015

As far as I’m concerned it isn’t a DYING SCENE, and 2015 helps rest my case. You can find my 12 favorite albums, in no particular order, below.



DS Staff Picks – Jay Stone’s Ten Favorites of 2015 with Spotify Playlist!

All of a sudden, it’s Top 10 List time again, which means my fifth year as a staffer here at Dying Scene is coming to a close. In some ways, I love doing these lists, since they allow me to highlight some of the music I dig and perhaps to shine a little bit of light on a some bands that might get otherwise overlooked. But in more ways than one, I loathe this process, as I frequently find it nearly impossible to trim the list to ten (as is evidenced by my less than precise history of compiling these lists). I sometimes feel like we should do these lists twelve months after the close of the year, as that would allow for some albums to sink in moreso than cramming over the last two weeks of December does.

But I digress…

Some years (like last 2014 and 2012, in my opinion) are top heavy, with a small number of clear-cut favorites that find their way to the top of the pile, separated from the field by a fairly sizable gap. Some years, however, have no real front runners, but have an overwhelming number of almost interchangeably solid releases. While the book isn’t quite closed on 2015 yet, I think when all is said and done, we’re dealing with more of the latter than the former.

Painful though it was, I did successfully trim my list to 10 this year, though not without a few noteworthy honorable mentions. In fairness, if I were to do this list again in two weeks, it would include all of the same albums but perhaps in vastly different order. First and foremost, I think there are some non-Dying Scene-related albums worthy of mention on any “Best of 2015” list. For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the hell out of The White Buffalo’s Love + The Death of Damnation, Wilco’s Star Wars, Ryan Adams’ 1989, Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free, Craig Finn’s Faith In The Future, and Michael Christmas’ What A Weird Day.

Okay, enough with the long-winded intro. Here’s what you all came for. As always, no EPs (though check out the All Brights) and no live albums (though Against Me!’s is on the short-list of best ones I’ve ever heard). First, the “Honorable Mentions.”

#11 (Tie) – Lucero – All A Man Can Do, Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Like Us, Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy, toyGuitar – In This Mess, Joey Cape – Stitch Puppy, Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshakes, Darkbuster – No Revolution, H2O – Use Your Voice

10. Pentimento – I, No Longer (Bad Timing Records)

I will admit to knowing nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, about label politics (aside from that we’re all supposed to hate Victory, I guess). As such, I can’t pretend to understand what happened between Buffalo’s Pentimento and their former label home of Panic Records. It sure seems to me that Panic dropped the ball in rather epic fashion, as Pentimento has churned out yet another dynamite full length.

Listen to: “My Solution is In The Lake” or “Sink Or Swim.”

9. Antarctigo Vespucci – Leavin’ La Vida Loca (Really Records)

There are corners of this community of ours that seem to think that world-renowned punk celebrity and dominator of all things Instagram Chris Farren can do know wrong. There are corners of this community that happen to think that, aside from blowing up Bomb The Music Industry, Jeff Rosenstock can also do no musical wrong. If we were to make a Venn diagram of those two camps, we’d essentially be left with a perfect circle. Makes sense, then, that Leavin’ La Vida Loca should rank as probably the most fun album of the summer gone by.

Listen to: “2 Days,” “Save Me From Myself”

8. Desaparecidos – Payola (Epitaph Records)

Look, I’m not going to pretend I was familiar with Desaparecidos the first time around, or that I was waiting with baited breath for this album for the better part of a decade; neither one of those things would be true. I knew/know of Conor Oberst from, like, twelve of his other projects, but I guess I had missed Desaparacidos. It’s not my fault; I lived in a cave for a while there. Anyway, this album is great; highly-charged, fast-paced, layered intensity, really from start to finish.

Listen to: “The Left Is Right,” “MariKKKopa”

7. Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People (XtraMile Recordings)

There are a handful of artists from my quarter-century that I’ve actively been listening to my own music (editor’s note: fuuuuuck that sounds depressing in black and white) whom I am pretty much on board with lock, stock and barrel. Frank Turner has solidified himself as one of those artists, where you just know that even an average album is going to connect with you on a level that a lot of other albums either won’t, or won’t be given the change, to connect on. On my very first listen, I thought PS/NP was going to be that type of average album. Good, but not great; more solid than Tape Deck Heart, but with higher lows and lower highs. But then came the album-closing stomach punch of “Silent Key” and “Song For Josh,” two very different, very personal tracks that struck a real chord.

Listen to: the aforementioned “Silent Key” and “Song For Josh,” though “Get Better” and “Josephine” are textbook Turner at his prototypical best.

6. Bad Cop, Bad Cop – Not Sorry (Fat Wreck Chords)

There are myriad reasons that I fell in love with this album. A lot of them are nostalgia related, I think. Pop punk was my bread-and-butter in the early 1990s, well before it got weird and fake and autotuned and plastic. Not Sorry brought me right back to those no pretense days. There’s the added bonus that the four Ninja Turtles Bad Cops seem destined to take the punk world by storm and beat it into submission. For that reason, the anthemic “Like, Seriously” should have been the album’s first track, but I digress. Either way, we need more bands like Bad Cop, Bad Cop.

Listen to: “Like, Seriously,” “Nightmare”

5. City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You (Dine Alone Records)

I’m not going to lie, this album took me by surprise. I liked the first couple City and Colour albums okay enough. I though Little Hell was really good, though it didn’t really have staying power necessarily. I think I listened to The Hurry And The Harm maybe once all the way through and didn’t find it compelling. So I had kinda lost track of ol’ Dallas Green, until one day my daughter and I were walking through a local Barnes & Noble and they were playing If I Should Go Before You over the loudspeaker on a loop. I was hooked right away. The album is atmospheric, sexy, dirty, raw, poignant, and all of the things I wasn’t quite sure Dallas still had in the tank. Album opener “Woman” is far and away my favorite track of the year by anybody.

Listen to: the opening trio of “Woman,” “Northern Blues” and “Mizzy C” is about as solid as it gets this year.

4. Jared Hart – Past Lives & Pass Lines (Say-10 Records)

New Jersey’s The Scandals have long been one of those bands that have been both critical darlings and have amassed a small legion of vocal, loyal fans. And yet, for whatever reason, they haven’t put out enough music regularly in order to truly break through to the next level or two that they’re capable of. And so, it was with great anticipation (at least to me) that the band’s founding frontman, Jared Hart, put out his first solo full-length this year. While all of the songs are centered on the acoustic, there’s enough layered vocals and varied instrumentation to keep the album from ever feeling formulaic or all-too familiar. Hopefully this kept the creative juices flowing enough so new Scandals and solo material will become a regular thing!

Listen to: “The Guillotine,” “Totem,” “The Runaround”

3. Strung Out – Transmission.Alpha.Delta (Fat Wreck Chords)

Like most of you, I’m a veteran of a great many live shows over the last couple decades. Live music remains the venue for most bands to really make a name for themselves. For my money, there is not a single tighter live band on the planet (at least in this scene) than Strung Out. I’ve seen the band a handful of times at venues large and small, and they have absolutely destroyed each and every time. So much so that there’s almost no comparison. A Strung Out show is so intense that it’ll almost leave you empty. I think that more than any album in their catalog, Transmission.Alpha.Delta captures that ferocity in perfect fashion. You can tell that Jason Cruz and the fellas poured literally everything they had into this album, and it paid off in spades.

Listen to: “The Animal In The Machine,” “Tesla,” “Rebellion of the Snakes.”

2. Bryan McPherson – Wedgewood (O.F.D. Records)

It genuinely pains me that Bryan McPherson is not more of a household name. I strongly believe that he was born in the wrong time; that if he were writing and performing his particular band of protest punk inspired folk music forty years ago, we’d be teaching his music to school children (okay, in some of the more progressive parts of the country, anyway). McPherson’s lyrics a razors, cutting quickly, beautifully, honestly and directly to the core of deep rooted societal issues that are uniquely American. If you’re in to the recent trend toward acoustic punk, Wedgewood is the prototype.

Listen to: the whole damn thing for god’s sake…it’s 49 minutes long, you’ve got time.

1. Rebuilder – Rock And Roll In America (Panic State Records)

If you’re a frequent Dying Scene reader, you may well be aware that I’ve got a special connection to this album. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Rebuilder co-frontmen Sal Medrano and Craig Stanton as they tracked guitars for this album in the studio. I later interviewed Medrano around the album’s release, and about the Boston scene in general. I shot their album release party at a sold-out bar in Boston. That being said, I think I’m enough of a professional (ha!) to be able to differentiate between personal attachment and a genuinely great album. Rock And Roll In America is a genuinely great album from start to finish. It’s smart, it’s fun, it’s just heavy enough to catch you in the feels but hopeful enough to help keep you pointed in the right direction. I can’t say enough good things about it.

Listen to: again, listen to the whole thing. But if you’ve gotta choose, start with “The Natural Bohemian” and “Le Grande Fromage.”

As a bonus, here’s a bunch of the tracks I mentioned above, plus a few random goodies!



DS Photo Gallery: H2O, Angel Du$t and Give at the Middle East, Cambridge, MA

In support of their latest (and arguably their greatest) album, Use Your Voice, NYC hardcore vets H2O rolled through frontman Toby Morse’s birth state of Massachusetts to play before a sold-out crowd in the notoriously hot, sweaty confines of the upstairs music hall at the legendary Middle East nightclub in Cambridge. Now in their third decade as a band, and composed of some different parts than previous touring incarnations of the band, Morse and company continue to prove themselves as one of the tightest, most inspiring acts in the game.

The band’s lineup on the Use Your Voice tour is equal parts old and new, with founding members Morse and Rusty Pistachio (guitar) and longtime bassist Adam Blake joined by touring guitarist Colin McGinnis (None More Black) and special guest drummer Branden Steineckert (Rancid). Perhaps understandably, then, the band’s encore-less set was a tad on the short side (my incredibly unofficial count tallied 17 songs, though one was a cover of half of the Rancid classic “Journey To The End Of The East Bay”), but still paid a great deal of respect to classic tracks (“Guilty By Association,” “Family Tree,” “FTTW,” etc) and new songs (“Black Sheep,” “Skate!,” “True Romance”) alike.

While admittedly never the world’s largest hardcore fan, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of H2O over the last two decades, particularly because I’ve long felt that they fit right in at the more aggressive end of the mid-90’s punk music scene, and got short-changed in the process. I understand full well that I’m wading deep into hyperbole-infested waters here, but I can say without question that this particular Wednesday night was the best, tightest, and most positively inspiring set I’ve seen the various incarnations of H2O play over the last eighteen years, a show history that includes a mix of festival dates (Warped Tour) alongside opening slots for bands like Rancid and Face To Face. They’ve been a bit of a musical Haley’s Comet in terms of releasing new music for more than a decade (Use Your Voice marks their first original studio album since 2008’s Nothing To Prove, which itself was their first album since 2001’s Go), and have increasingly managed the second phase of their careers in an admirable fashion, balancing home and personal duties with the decreasingly lucrative field that is life as a “working musician.” Still, the perhaps “smarter-not-harder” approach to touring has given the band the energy and life it needs for sustainability going forward.

Support on this leg of the Use Your Voice tour came from the likes of Angel Du$t and Give. Neither band was familiar to me prior to the show (remember that thing about me not being the world’s biggest hardcore fan), but both definitely left an impression. Angel Du$t, for the uninitiated, are a Baltimore-based five-piece that features members of bands like Trapped Under Ice, Turnstile, and Diamond Youth. Their set was, in a word, ferocious; another showgoer who was also previously unaware of the band commented that he liked how “it seems like they’ve played 30 songs, because each one is like 45 seconds long.” Give, meanwhile, are  a DC-based five-piece who hearken back to the glory days of DC hardcore, if those glory years were crossed with Seattle in 1991. Fun band to watch, though the former band certainly got the crowd more whipped up than the latter did. (Editor’s note: Lowell, MA, bilingual hardcore outfit Los Bungalitos opened the show, though I missed the bulk of their set for traffic-related reasons. I blame Ben Affleck.)

Check out our photo gallery of Give, Angel Du$t and of course, the mighty H2O below.

 



Ignite, H2O, Iron Reagan & more announce 2016 European tour

Ignite, H2O, Iron Reagan, Terror, and a bunch of other bands will be touring Europe together in early 2016. You can find more info and check out a trailer for the tour below.

Right before the tour kicks off, Ignite will release their long-awaited new album A War Against You on January 8th. H2O’s new record Use Your Voice, their first in 7 years, released last month on Bridge Nine Records.



Full Album Stream: H2O – “Use Your Voice”

New York hardcore veterans H2O have a new album entitled “Use Your Voice”, coming out in a few days (October 9th) through Bridge Nine Records.

The band has made the entire album available to stream, which you can check out below.

H2O also announced a string of tour dates to support the new album. You can find all the dates and locations here.

“Use Your Voice” will be H2O’s first album in 7 years, since their 2008 release “Nothing to Prove”.



DS Photo Gallery: Rancid, H2O and The Interrupters – Boston, MA

 

In spite of this year serving as the the 20th anniversary of Rancid‘s landmark album …And Out Come The Wolves, the punk pioneers played only a handful shows from the time the calendar flipped to 2015. Luckily for New England area fans, Boston earned a spot on the exclusive list. The band packed the occasionally cavernous-feeling House Of Blues on Lansdowne Street, in spite of the unseasonably warm mid-September temperatures, and in spite of the fact that the show took place on a Tuesday night.

In somewhat atypical fashion for such a venue on such a night, a genuinely sizable crowd had turned out by the time The Interrupters kicked the evening off at 8 o’clock sharp. Though LA-based ska-punk foursome no doubt gained traction in the scene as proteges of Rancid founder Tim Armstrong (the three Bivona brothers — Jesse, Justin and Kevin — served as frequent collaborators in Armstrong’s Tim Timebomb and Friends project), the band have established themselves as a premier, high-energy live band. Drummer Jesse Bivona provided a solid, rock-steady (partial pun intended) foundation as guitarist Kevin, bassist Justin, and frontwoman Aimee Allen made full use of the venue’s large stage, traversing from side-to-side in almost non-stop fashion. In a particularly special moment that paid homage to the scene’s founding fathers, the band were joined by Big D & The Kids Table frontman Dave McWane for a rousing rendition of the Operation Ivy classic “Sound System.”

New York hardcore vets H2O provided direct support for Rancid on this particular evening. The band celebrated their own 20th anniversary last year, and frontman and bastion of positive energy Toby Morse made repeat mention of the debt of gratitude that he and his bandmates owe to their musical “big brothers.” The band’s set spanned most of their catalog, from 1996’s self-titled album to the title track from their forthcoming Bridge Nine Records release, Use Your Voice. Particular attention was paid to 2008’s Nothing To Prove, as almost a quarter of their thirteen-song set focused on songs from their Bridge Nine debut, a direct nod to the label headquartered a dozen-or-so miles north of the city. In typical ‘don’t forget your roots’ fashion, the band performed an impromptu mini cover set that featured guitarist Rusty Pistachio testing out his pipes on The Police classic “Walking On The Moon.”

As you’d expect, the crowd were champing at the bit by the time the headliners took the stage and ripped in to the …Wolves classic “Roots Radicals.” What followed was a twenty-eight song master class in how to compose a setlist that covered the entirety of their catalog while focusing on their most widely-acclaimed album. While this was not a full …And Out Come The Wolves show, thirteen of the album’s tracks were performed over the course of the evening. Another half-dozen songs were culled from the band’s 1994 release, Let’s Go, giving the evening a definite “old school” vibe. The fully bearded (again) Armstrong acted as a whirling dervish for most of the night, anchored by co-frontman Lars Frederiksen on his right and bassist Matt Freeman on his left. Drummer Branden Steineckert has served as a spark plug since joining the band almost a decade ago, and is somehow able to keep a steady, forward beat while playing as a ball of kinetic energy behind the kit.

Sadly for fans of the band, Rancid have got only one show left on their dance card for the remainder of the calendar year. Here’s hoping for a busier 2016, because their current live show still serves as one of the best in the business. Check out our photo gallery below.



H2O announce European tour

New York hardcore veterans H2O have announce European tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

Their new album Use Your Voice will be released October 9th via Bridge Nine Records. It will be H2O’s first album in 7 years, since 2008′s Nothing to Prove.



H2O release title track from new album, “Use Your Voice,” and announce tour dates

New York hardcore veterans H2O have a new album coming out on October 9th via Bridge Nine Records, and you can check out the title track, “Use Your Voice,” here.

H2O also announced a string of tour dates to support the new album.  You can find all the dates and places below.

Use Your Voice will be H2O’s first album in 7 years, since 2008′s Nothing to Prove.