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The Ergs! stream singles and rarities album “Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend Vol. 2” and announce new EP

New Jersey pop punk band The Ergs! are now streaming “Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend Vol. 2” which is a collection of singles and rarities. You can listen to it below.

In addition they’ve announced a brand new 7 inch EP, which will be out November 2nd titled “Goddamn Death Dedication.” You can find the tracklist below.



Mikey Erg/Anika Pyle release split 7-inch

Mikey Erg (The Ergs!) and Anika Pyle (Chumped) have put out a split 7-inch on Anchorless Records. You can stream it below.

Both artists are slated to play the Fest, with Mikey also having an Ergs! reunion (and let’s face it, probably ten other bands as well) while Anika plays solo and as part of Katie Ellen.



The Ergs! stream no wave cover of “My Sharona”

As announced earlier this week, New Jersey pop punk band The Ergs! reunited for a recent taping of The Chris Gethard Show, and that they will continue playing together for this year’s FEST in Gainesville, Florida. Lead vocalist / drummer Mikey Erg (who will be releasing a solo album this summer) recently sat down with Noisey to discuss how the reunion came to be, where he also released a stream of a “new” song by The Ergs!. The song in question is a cover of The Knack’s “My Sharona,” although it’s played in a no wave style, thus adopting the new title “No Sharona.”

You can stream the song below, and read the interview with Erg here.

The Ergs! broke up in 2008 and released a rarities comp, Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend Vol 1 in the same year.



The Fest 15 announces second wave of bands (Dillinger Four, The Ergs! Reunion, BoySetsFire and more)

The second big batch of bands has been announced for The Fest 15, and it contains just as many great bands and awesome surprises as the first announcement.

Among the new bands announced are Dillinger Four, BoySetsFire, Lemuria, Masked Intruder, Mean Jeans, Big D and the Kids Table, Direct Hit!, PUP, reunion appearances by both The Ergs! and Against All Authority, the final F.Y.P. show and so many more. You can check out the full, up-to-the-minute lineup here,

Fest 15 takes place October 28-30 in, you guessed it, Gainesville, Florida.  Tickets go on sale May 20th.



Mikey Erg announces solo album, The Ergs reuniting on Chris Gethard Show

Mikey Erg has announced he will be releasing a new solo album titled Tentative Decisions on July 24th via Don Giovanni Records. Check out a new track called “Comme Si About Me” below.

Here’s what he had to say about the album, which will be his first solo LP:

“I had been going through writers block since The Ergs! I was talking to my friend Anika who played in that band Chumped, and she challenged me to a songwriting pact where each week we would send each other a song, no matter what it was. It didn’t have to be good. It didn’t have to be anything. It just had to be a song you would send. Once I had this collection together it just felt natural that it was a record.”

In related news, it was recently announced that The Ergs! will be reuniting to perform on this week’s episode of The Chris Gethard Show. It will be the band’s first performance in 6 years.



The Falcon announce west coast tour w/ The Copyrights, Mikey Erg & Sam Russo

Chicago punk super-group The Falcon (ft. Alkaline Trio‘s Dan Andriano, Brendan Kelly and Neil Hennessy of The Lawrence Arms, and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause) have announced they will be touring the west coast this summer.

Dates and locations for the tour, which will also feature The Copyrights, Mikey Erg, and Sam Russo, can be found below.

The Falcon’s new album Gather Up The Chaps was released on March 18th through Red Scare Industries. It was the band’s first album in a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2006’s Unicornography.



DS Photo Gallery: The Loved Ones, Cayetana and Mikey Erg – Cambridge, MA

Independently of one another, reunion tours and album anniversary tours can be curious beasts from time to time. And while The Loved Ones never officially split up a few years ago, the brief, recently-wrapped run of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Keep Your Heart (Fat Wreck Chords) had all the makings of both of those curious beasts wrapped into one high-energy package. Appearing as a five-piece (Dave Hause on vocals/guitar/keyboard/stick), “Uncle” David Walsh and Christopher Gonzalez on guitar, Spider Cotterman on bass and Michael Sneeringer on drums), the band rolled through the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, (which should look familiar if you’ve been reading these posts over the last few days) as they wound down the East Coast portion of the tour, and to sum up the evening by way of a rather pointed question directly to the band: “where the fuck have you been?!?”

Check your Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Instagram feeds anytime any one of your friends is out at a show that you’re not at, and you’ll undoubtedly learn that such-and-such band is “killing it” or “destroying” or “slaying” or whatever. It is beyond safe to label such terms ‘hyperbole’ on almost 100% of reported occasions. Almost 100%. Because if there were ever really a time when such terminology applies, it’s cases where a band completely and totally owns not only a stage, but an entire venue; when a band works and functions in total unison like a sort of musical Voltron. Am I referring to The Loved Ones as a sort of musical Voltron? Yeah, I guess I am (I haven’t slept in like a week, deal with it). In any event, from the time the opening bell sounded by way of the first notes of “Breathe In,” Hause and company were lock tight and never really wavered from start to finish.

The hour-plus set drew consisted, as you’d imagine, of Keep Your Heart in its entirety, but thankfully not in order. Sure, there’s some benefit or appeal to a band playing an album start-to-finish for nostalgia purposes. However, for a couple reasons, this isn’t always the preferred option; first, because it’s 2016 and people, sadly, don’t really listen to albums straight through anymore; perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that what compromises a cohesive album and what makes for a dynamic setlist are not always identical things. As an added benefit, these shows also include the band’s self-titled debut EP (released in 2005 via Jade Tree Records). Hause alternated between playing guitar and serving as quintessential frontman (accompanied, at times, by a large walking stick, giving the impression — either real or accidental — of a sort of punk rock Rafiki), spending as much time perched on the monitors at stage center, breathing life into a crowd that seemed to simultaneously be breathing life into the band in perfect unison.

The ubiquitous Mikey Erg and upstart Philly three-piece Cayetana provided opening duties on this particular evening. It can be somewhat difficult for a solo artist to open an at-capacity punk rock show, but the Stratocaster-wielding Erg is a seasoned veteran, playing about as high-energy a set as you’ll find a solo performer pull off. Cayetana have become one of yours truly’s favorite new bands in recent years, so watching them spread their proverbial wings provided by the larger stage and venue size at Sinclair served as a welcome sign of things to come for a band that are destined for continually bigger and better things.

Check out our photo gallery below.



Random Cover Song: The Ergs! – “Linus and Lucy” (Vince Guaraldi Trio)

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.

Today’s cover song comes from The Ergs! and their rendition of “Linus and Lucy,” written by Vince Guaraldi and performed by The Vince Guaraldi Trio. The original version was written by Guaraldi in 1964 and is best known as the de facto theme song to the Peanuts animated specials based on Charles Schultz’s cartoon strip of the same name, the song even being named after the van Pelt siblings from the strip. The Ergs! released their cover on their 2008 b-sides and rarities compilation, Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend.

You can listen to both versions of “Linus and Lucy” below.



Full EP Stream: Mikey Erg / Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers split

In case you haven’t heard the whole ball of wax yet, the new split EP from Mikey Erg and Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers is streaming in its entirety. Check it out below.

Like what you hear from the gents? Pick up your own copy in its digital form here or in a couple of different-colored vinyl options here. The album was released via Count Your Lucky Stars Records on September 16th.



EP Review: Mikey Erg / Warren Franklin – Split

Mikey Erg is a name that needs no introduction to the punk scene. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years: Mikey Erg rose to prominence as the drummer and vocalist of The Ergs! before moving on to a million other projects including, but certainly not limited to, House Boat, The Slow Death, Psyched to Die, Worriers, Pale Angels, Short Attention, Star Fucking Hipsters, and sometimes a touring member of The Dopamines. Warren Franklin, on the other hand, is a name that may need an introduction, depending on which parts of the scene you’re hanging out in. He’s primarily known as the vocalist / founding member of Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers.

Now that you’re familiar with both men, you’re ready for their new, four song split that they just put out together on Count Your Lucky Stars. Erg and Franklin contribute two songs each, one original song, and a cover of the other. Erg starts off his side with a cover of Franklin’s “You’ve Never Heard ‘My Aim Is True’”. If it hadn’t been labeled as a cover, or if you are unfamiliar with the original, as I was prior to listening to this release, it could be understood for mistaking the song as an original. The lyrical framework, from the melodic flow to the name-dropping and references to the likes of Elvis Costello and Brian Wilson, are eerily similar to Erg’s compositions, and the musical structure (which loses the kind of twangy lead of the original, but otherwise remains untouched) wouldn’t sound out of place on any of Erg’s solo, rock-based projects (or even parts of Upstairs/Downstairs). Erg’s second contribution, “Three Cheers for the Liberty Bell” is a hard hitting rock song with a driving guitar progression

Warren Franklin’s side is lighter in tone. His new song for this split, “Please Return”, turns down the distortion that Erg left on, and replaces it with more jangly guitars. Lyrically, however, it doesn’t stray far from the path that was laid down both Erg and Franklin himself in the previous tracks. Anyone who is already familiar with Franklin’s band will enjoy the new material, but it’s also a great starting point for newcomers. The split ends with a cover of the Ergs!’s “See Him Again” (off of the aforementioned Upstairs/Downstairs), which rocks harder than “Please Return”. It’s a pretty faithful cover, but it’s such a great song that it hardly matters that it’s not much different outside of Franklin’s vocals (there is a reason, after all, why the song has become a staple of Erg’s live sets). And much like Erg’s cover, if one were to (somehow) be unfamiliar with the Ergs! version of the song, it would be easy to mistake it as a Franklin original.

Based on these songs, both originals and covers alike, It’s clear that these two complement each other’s songwriting. So much, in fact, that It wouldn’t be surprising if they decide to join forces later in the future, either with Erg joining The Founding Fathers, or just forming a new project together. Or possibly both, it’s hard to know if Erg can ever be satisfied with the amount of bands he’s in. Regardless, this split is an excellent time for everyone involved, the listener included.

4 / 5 Stars

RIYL: If you like Mikey Erg and at least half of his bands, you’ll probably like this



Mikey Erg streams new song from upcoming split with Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers

Mikey Erg (The Ergs, Star Fucking Hipsters, Worriers, etc.) is streaming a new track from his upcoming split with Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers. You can give the song, which is a cover of Franklin’s “You’ve Never Heard ‘My Aim Is True’,” a listen below.

The split is set to be released on September 16th through Count Your Lucky Stars Records.



Mikey Erg announces split 7-inch with Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers

Mikey Erg (The Ergs, Star Fucking Hipsters, Worriers, etc.) has announced he will be releasing a split 7-inch with Illinois rockers Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers on September 16th through Count Your Lucky Stars Records.

Check out the tracklist below, and stay tuned for updates. Songs from the split are supposedly going up for streaming tomorrow.



Video: take a virtual trip to the record store with Mikey Erg

The folks at Punk Rock Pravda recently caught up with the illustrious Mikey Erg (The Ergs, Star Fucking Hipsters, Worriers, etc.) while he was record shopping at In Your Ear Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While sorting through the shop’s bins, Mikey shows off and discusses around 20 albums that he finds, explaining why they pique his interest.

His picks range from punk legends like Naked Raygun and the Bush Testras, to pop stars like Madonna and Stevie Wonder, and a number of artists you’ve probably better heard of in between (including one who had Simpsons/Futurama creator Matt Groening do their cover art).

Check the video out below.



Free Download: Mikey Erg – “Live in Chicago, 2014”

The incredibly prolific Mikey Erg (The Ergs!, House Boat, Worriers, Star Fucking Hipsters, etc) has released an EP titled Live in Chicago, 2014. The acoustic recording features 5 covers, tackling songs by artists ranging from the Lemonheads to Glen Shirley to Black Sabbath. Best of all, it’s available as a name-your-price download. You can stream it or download it below. 



The Lillingtons announce Mikey Erg as support for shows in NYC & Boston

Recently reunited Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have just announced Mikey Erg will be opening for them at their upcoming shows in New York City and Boston! Also providing support will be drummer Tim O’Hara’s band Stabbed In Back.

You can find details on all of the band’s upcoming shows below.

The Lillingtons recently re-released their 1996 album “Shit Out Of Luck” digitally through Red Scare Industries and put out a limited edition boxed set chronicling their full discography via Clearview Records.