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DS Exclusive: Boston’s Choke Up debut new track, “Roadside Graves,” from upcoming full-length, “Stormy Blue”

It’s been far too long since we heard new music from Boston four-piece punk outfit Choke Up, but your pals here at Dying Scene are stoked to help change that. The band have got a brand new album, Stormy Blue, due out at the end of next week (September 15th) on Say-10 Records.

To mark the occasion, we’ve teamed up to debut the new track, “Roadside Graves.” Here’s what Choke Up’s Sam Johnson has to say about the track:

“Roadside Graves starts side B of Stormy Blue. I think for all the distance we tried to put between this record and everything that came before, Roadside acts as a pretty good bridge, connecting our fast and loose punk rock past to a more pop forward present. Lyrically it’s a powder keg moment on the album; when everything erupts and you’re left looking the damage you’ve done. Stormy Blue really hinges on this track and it’s quickly become a new favorite of ours. Fun fact: it’s the first song we ever wrote in 3/4.”

Check out the lyrical powder keg below.

Pre-orders for Stormy Blue are available here. The album marks the band’s first since their debut full-length, 2015’s Black Coffee, Bad Habits.

New Video: Choke Up – “Woke Up Drunk”

When we last heard from Boston punks Choke Up, they were blowing the roof off yet another hometown venue (pictured above). The band released a brand new video today. It’s for the track “Woke Up Drunk,” and you can check it out here.

“Woke Up Drunk” appears on Choke Up’s debut full-length, “Black Coffee, Bad Habits,” which was released in February through Black Numbers. The band are about to hit the road with Philly’s Ma Jolie – dates are available here.

Choke Up announce summer tour dates with Ma Jolie

Boston punks Choke Up have announced they will be touring the east coast and Midwest with Philadelphia’s Ma Jolie this summer. All of the dates and locations can be found below.

Choke Up’s new album Bad Coffee, Bad Habits was released in February through Black Numbers. Ma Jolie last released Polars in 2013 through Lame-O Records.

DS Photo Gallery: Rebuilder “Rock And Roll In America” record release show (w/Choke Up, Bundles and Sundog), Boston, MA

Record release shows can be a bit of a curious thing. There’s a bit of fine line between the cathartic, congratulatory recognition of what, at times, can be a tumultuous album-making process, and an over-the-top exercise in circle-jerkery. Rebuilder’s Rock And Roll In America  launch party at Boston’s O’Brien’s Pub last Friday (4/3/15) was about as perfectly-organized and pulled off celebration that you might hope for as both a spectator and, I’d imagine, as a band member.

Rock And Roll In America served not only as the name of the album being feted on this particular night, but as sort of a central thread that tied the evening together. Boston music blog Bishop & Rook organized the event, which featured three other bands in addition to the evening’s headliner, each one a little (or, in one case, a lot) different than the next. The one-man band that is Sundog kicked off the event. Trying to place many of the artists we cover here on Dying Scene into one specific genre-defined box can be difficult; with Sundog (“sun like the sun, dog like a dog”), it’s damn-near impossible. The Bostonian-by-way-of-New-Orleans uses a looper and a series of synthesizers, drum machines, an Ibanez bass, a ukulele, and his own voice to build his atmospheric, at times trip-hoppy tracks from scratch. Dressed in an OSHA-orange NASA uniform, the Sundog performance almost gave the impression of a mad scientist, endlessly building samples, tweaking knobs, and laying down danceable (or, in this crowd, at least head-bobbable) grooves.

The three-piece Boston-area outfit known as Bundles followed. As one who doesn’t get out much and who is far-too guilty of judging a book by it’s cover, I was pleasantly blown away by Bundles (not to mention the incredible, regionally specific logo). Perhaps it was the Friday evening, after-work, local-band nature of the event, but the trio looked as though they almost belonged in three different bands (seriously, check the pictures below), and yet combined to blister through their set of what I’d guess we’d call post-hardcore tracks (seriously, I can’t tell anymore) with such voracity that they almost ran out of songs before they ran out of time.

Local favorites Choke Up and their loyal, vocal contingent of fans were next. I mention the fans because they’re just as important a part of a local Choke Up show as the four-piece band themselves. The punk/post-hardcore outfit are pretty well known for their highly-entertaining, higher-energy live shows, but they were matched step-for-step up the intensity ladder by more than a handful of showgoers. While the band were enjoyable enough in their own right (though maybe a tad too much bare ass for my own personal tastes), but the mutual energy level was not only fun but exciting to see, especially for an “opener,” though Choke Up and Rebuilder are probably on equal footing, at least locally.

The steady progression in heart-on-your-sleeve intensity was a textbook example of exactly how a show should be, and boded well for the night’s headliners. This being a record-release show, Rebuilder opted to play Rock And Roll In America in its entirety and in order. This was a solid decision on multiple levels, particularly as album opener “The Natural Bohemian” not only makes a great way to open an album but an equally great way to open a show in all its catchy-as-hell, hook-laden, call-and-response glory. If you haven’t heard the album yet (and you probably haven’t, since Record Store Day-induced production backlogs mean that the vinyl wasn’t pressed in time for the actual record release part), tryst when I say that there’s a pretty natural flow to the album, throwing back to when straight-forward pop punk actually meant something more than over-produced (AutoTuned) vocals and pseudo-screamo garbage. That said, it’s very much a modern rock and roll record (more on that when our review drops in a few days), and as great as the Jay Maas-produced final product sounds on the stereo, it sounds that much better in a dark, sweaty (seriously, total sweat-lodge status at O’Brien’s on this night) club filled with friends and fans.

Head below to check out our photos of all four of the nights bands!


Album Review: Choke Up – “Black Coffee, Bad Habits”

Choke Up may hail from Bean Town, but with their brand of hearts-on-their-sleeves punk rock, it would be easy to confuse them for a Philly (or at least southern New Jersey) act. Over the course of three EPs and one split, Choke Up has been crafting their own take on emotive hardcore, culminating in their debut album, Black Coffee, Bad Habits.

Structurally speaking, Black Coffee, Bad Habits is full of delicate riffs mixed in with heavy power chords, passionate (if not quite in key) lead vocals, plenty of gang sing-alongs, and even some semi-genre bending acoustic tunes. It’s might just be the first must-have album of 2015 for anyone whose favorite albums of 2013 and 2014 were The Future Is Cancelled and Home, Like No Place Is There respectively.

Of course, that’s pretty much all Black Coffee, Bad Habits has going for it. Choke Up doesn’t seem too interested in trying out gimmicks: there’s no fancy production tricks, no guest vocalists, no over-the-top flashy musicianship… instead they let their music speak for them. It’s a tactic that pays off for the most part: there are plenty of bangers throughout the album (“My Oh My”, “Don’t Wake Up”, “Woke Up Drunk”, “Rust” to name a few), but with 14 tracks sometimes the album feels like it runs on for much longer than 40 minutes, and some songs become indistinguishable from others.

Small complaints aside, Choke Up has created what is a solid debut album. Black Coffee, Bad Habits may not be wholly original (then again, what is these days?) but that doesn’t stop it from being a fun listen.

3 / 5

RIYL: Captain, We’re Sinking, The Hotelier, Have Mercy

Choke Up releases music video for “Woke Up Drunk”; full album stream

Boston punk group Choke Up has just released a new love music video for their track “Woke Up Drunk”.

The song appears on the band’s brand new album “Bad Coffee, Bad Habits”, which was released today through Black Numbers.

Check it out below.

Additionally, the entire new album has been made available to stream, which you can listen to here.

Full Album Stream: Choke Up – ‘Black Coffee, Bad Habits’

Boston punk group Choke Up are streaming their debut album, Bad Coffee, Bad Habits in full.  You can give it a listen right here.

Choke Up will release Bad Coffee, Bad Habits, on February 3, 2015 through Black Numbers. You can pre-order your copy here.

Choke Up stream new song “KC”

Boston punk group Choke Up have released a stream of a brand new song titled “KC”. The track is set to appear on the band’s upcoming debut album, Bad Coffee, Bad Habits, and you can give it a listen right here.

Choke Up will release Bad Coffee, Bad Habits, on February 3, 2015 through Black Numbers. You can pre-order your copy here.

Choke Up streaming new track “Thicket and Vine” off upcoming album “Bad Coffee, Bad Habits”

Boston punk group Choke Up is getting ready to release their newest album, “Bad Coffee, Bad Habits”, this upcoming February through Black Numbers.

Today, the band has made a new track from the album available to stream. It is entitled “Thicket and Vine” and you can listen to it here.

Choke Up last released an EP entitled “Pilot Passenger/Joaquin Murietta” back in 2013.

Choke Up signs to Black Numbers, announce debut album

Boston punk group Choke Up has announced that they have signed with Black Numbers for their upcoming debut album Black Coffee, Bad Habits.

The cover art for the album, which is set to be released in February 2015, can be seen above.  You can also check out the tracklisting below.

Choke Up last released an EP titled Pilot Passenger/Joaquin Murietta in October, 2013.