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Take This Bird And Shove It 2015 festival announced

Hostile City Class War Productions just announced Take This Bird and Shove It, a sweet three-day festival smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving weekend at The Voltage Lounge. The event will be full of some of the best punk, oi, and hardcore acts Philadelphia has to offer, including The Unseen, Defiance, Murphy’s Law, and Blanks 77 with local support from the Posers, Combat Crisis, Legion 76, The Heels, and a laundry list of other impressive acts you don’t want to miss.

The festival starts November 25th, takes a day off for Thanksgiving Day, and continues November 27th and 28th. Fans can purchase 2-day and 3-day passes here and here, respectively, or pay cash only at Sit & Spin Records in South Philly.

For more information about Take This Bird And Shove It, you can check out the Facebook event page here.



DS Show Report: Street Dogs – Wreck The Halls (Boston, 12/21/13)

The close of 2012 marked the end, at least temporarily, of Street Dogs as we knew them. The band had recently announced an indefinite hiatus, and longtime guitarist Tobe Bean had departed for more alkaline pastures.

Fast-forward a year, and as it turns out, the Street Dogs hiatus was, as it turns out, not much of a hiatus after all. The band resurfaced with a new guitar section (Lenny Lashley and the Have Nots’ Matt Pruitt replacing Bean and Marcus Hollar), a couple new 7-inches, a European tour and, of  course, their annual Wreck The Halls shows.

Wreck The Halls rolled into the band’s hometown of Boston for an early evening gig at the House Of Blues. The cavernous qualities of the 2400+ capacity venue have the ability to make for a punk-rock-show-going experience that is somewhat more detached than one might be expecting, leaving it the sole responsibility of the artist to bring their “A game” in order to establish a connection with the audience of anything approaching a visceral level. Fortunately on this evening, “Street Dogs in Boston” and “A game” were nothing if not synonymous.

The early start to the evening, when paired with family holiday party duties and obligatory Boston traffic rendered this particular writer (and I’d suspect a fair number of showgoers) incapable of arriving in time for the entire set from openers The Fenian Sons, and half the set of Stars and Stripes. For the uninitiated, the latter band is the usually off-again American oi! project featuring the inimitable Jack “Choke” Kelly of Slapshot fame.

Direct support on the evening was provided by The Unseen, themselves local legends of the street punk scene. Yours truly has never been a huge Unseen fan, though it is undeniable to say that the five-piece put on a hell of a high energy show. Frontman Mark Unseen did his best to break the fourth wall (and the photo pit), using the willing-and-able audience as the group’s sixth man. Even a brief cameo by well-renowned (tongue-in-cheek) Unseen hater Lenny Lashley was in order.

To start their set, the Street Dogs were ushered out by the  Bunker Hill Pipe Band, setting the stage for what would become an evening filled with collaboration and audience participation; a truly communal experience. The band ripped into “Savin Hill” and “Punk Rock & Roll” right out of the gate, and never really took the gas pedal off the floor. The retooled lineup seemed to hit the ground running, and showed no signs of being a band with maybe less than three-dozen shows under their respective belts. Frankly, and without mincing words, the band sounded just as tight as ever.

While the band is certainly capable of shining in standalone fashion in their own right, the varied setlist provided by such a headlining opportunity provided more than a few noteworthy moments. More than one homage was paid to the late, great Joe Strummer (“The General’s Boombox,” “Coma Girl” and “Guns of Brixton”) on the eve of the eleventh anniversary of his passing. “Two Angry Kids” featured a return appearance from Bean, providing a three-guitar assault that reappeared on probably half of the remaining songs. A Lashley-led mini Darkbuster set (“Try To Make It Right,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Skinhead”) provided myriad singalong moments of the drunken variety. Longtime McColgan friend/collaborator and founding Dropkick Murphys guitarist Rick Barton (now of Continental fame) joined the band during the encore for a mini-DKM set featuring “Get Up” and “Never Alone” from the classic Do Or Die LP. Kelley Costello joined on vocals for a rousing rendition of “Elizabeth.” Local boys Matt Charette and Hugh Morrison contributed on mandolin and accordion respectively. Current Dropkick’s piper Scruffy Wallace joined on tin whistle, and the entire crowd joined in the excitement for show-closer “Boston Breakout,” the band’s rework of the Sham 69 classic “Borstal Breakout.”

I’ve spent my fair share of words on these pages lamenting the loss of the “scene” in Boston, at least in the traditional sense. If Wreck The Halls was any indication, though, the scene is very much still coming together and throwing down like the good ol’ days. And while future remains very much unwritten for the Street Dogs, given the urgency and vitality that the current lineup have displayed since getting together a scant few months ago, it is clear that whatever is written will be loud, bold and bright. We can only hope for it to come sooner rather than later.

Check out our Wreck The Halls photo gallery below.



A-F Records offering free download of entire catalog (Anti-Flag, World’s Scariest Police Chases, etc.)

A-F Records are offering up their entire digital catalog for free download until December 4th.

Click here to head over to the label’s Bandcamp and download some great releases from Anti-Flag, World’s Scariest Police Chases, Antillectual, and more!



DS Photo Gallery: The Unseen at Punk Rock Bowling (Fremont Country Club)

After drying myself off from all the spilled beer during the Krum Bums‘ set, I wet my whistle a bit before hunkering down for what was sure to be an intense set from The Unseen.

I’d only seen the guys once before, and it was pretty crazy – this time was no different. Mark Unseen used the crowd as his stage, and enlisted the help of many fans to sing along.

Check out some shots from the night’s set here.



Punk Aid unveils cover art and band list for massive “Boston Strong” compilation

It’s not secret that the support pouring in to the Boston area in the wake of the Marathon Monday bombing and the related lockdown of much of the metropolitan area has been staggering. The punk community, as to be expected, has picked up the “Boston Strong” rallying cry in fine fashion (note stories that we’ve already brought you on benefit efforts by Dropkick Murphys, Man Overboard and The Gaslight Anthem, among others). Today, we’ve got news of a massive benefit compilation being planned.

Details surrounding “Punk Aid: Boston Strong” are still emerging, but we can point out that the cover art has been confirmed (see above in all its awesomeness). While the total band roster and tracklist have not been finalized, we can tell you that there are 80 (yes…80!) bands confirmed. At present, the roster includes a handful of Boston-area bands like the Pinkerton Thugs and The Unseen, as well as bands like Evacuate, Government Issue, The Briggs, The Adicts and more from across the rest of the US and, frankly, the world; I think I lost count around a dozen countries represented. Click here for the full rundown as of this writing, and remember to check back for updates before the final list is announced.

“Punk Aid: Boston Strong,” like it’s “Aceh Calling” predecessor, will be available for download in June for $6. All proceeds will benefit TUGG, a charity put together by the large Boston technology community. Click here to check out the charity’s website, and click here to for more information on the Punk Aid project in general and how you can still help.



Random Cover Song Thursday: The Unseen covers Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.  We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs.  Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs.  Good or bad.  Intriguing or mundane.  We’ll let you be the judge.

This week it’s Boston street punk act The Unseen covering The Rolling Stones classic “Paint it Black” Check both the cover and the original right here.



The Rabble + The Unseen = Good Music

theunseenMark from The Unseen does a guest vocal appearance on the track “Reflection” by New Zealand’s premiere punk rocking outfit The Rabble. You can listen to the tune on The Rabble’s MySpace page.