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Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers release video for “Start Again”

Alt-country punk favourite Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers just released a video for their excellent song “Start Again” from their latest record The Moon USA. Watch the video below.

The Moon USA was released last July. If you missed it, Dying Scene recently sat down with Kyle Trocolla to chat about the album.



Show Review: Upstart Street Festival Catskill NY (Dr. Beardface, Kyle Trocolla, Strangers, Pitchfork Militia)

So this last weekend I see an ad on Facebook that reads “Upstart Music-Arts Brewfest and Fleamarket” and what caught my eye was the font in the word Upstart was the same as Upstart Fest and the Upstart Antisocial Campout two of my favorite punk festivals/tours so I went to the page that was linked on the ad and sure enough the good people from Upstart Fest had put together a street festival in the little town of Catskill NY which is maybe an hour and a half north of where I am from in Poughkeepsie.

And  with nothing to do on this fine end of summer day I grabbed two friends and we made the drive up to Catskill NY which turned out to be a really cute little town right on the Hudson River and an easy drive from where we lived. Upon arrival at about noon it appeared the Fest was already in full swing and the street was filled with people, my friends and I grabbed a beer from the Rip Van Winkle Brewery tent and caught the last two songs from a set done by Danny Stitches who looked and sounded like a dead Waylon Jennings, and before you think I’m making fun of Mr. Stitches I’m not, he was done up in rather professional makeup to look like  Frankenstein’s Monster with a black cowboy hat and he sang country songs, and from the little I heard was quite good.

Next followed a poppy band called Ramona Lane, whose front man had a good voice, they weren’t bad and with some polishing and more stage presence may be able to gain some recognition down the line in the new alternative scene. The set after that was by a young looking band called Frances Dean, fans of Nirvana rejoice these guys brought back the dead with this set, the front man stood out as the omnipresent grunge master with a permanent scowl on his face as the rhythm guitarist kept the frantic momentum going as they entertained the growing crowd and local fans.

We shared some delicious spinach and potato pierogis bought some ear rings and another craft beer this time from Keegan Ales which was also really delicious, and then returned to the stage to see Mr. Danny Stitches back up there with a different front man and a full band who called themselves Casanova Frankenstein And The Voodoo Machine. Dressed in black and red bowling shirts and all done up like corpses they rocked out a set of creepy rockabilly songs that got us all thinking that we needed to start getting ready for Halloween. And as it happened they did a really great job and were a lot of fun.

The next three bands slated to appear were a surprise, a very good surprise for me as I know and love them all, Dr. Beardfacé And The Spaceman, Pitchfork Militia, and Kyle Trocolla and his full band The Strangers. I was surprised because there was no mention of any of the performers I could see on the Facebook Ad other than “Bands” so obviously once I read the whiteboard with the full list of bands the day got a whole lot more interesting for me.

Dr. Beardfacé And The Spaceman hit the stage hard, opening the set up with Teenage Runaway, one of my favorite songs off their latest album, and then just rolled into song after song in an almost panicked pace hitting us with one song after another Ramones style for at least 45 minutes the crowd growing as they played and jumping when they layed into their cover of Dramarama’s  anything anything.

A band who I haven’t seen in years was up next, Hudson Valley legends Pitchfork Militia got up and after their first song announced that this was their 23rd year as a band which garnered cheers from their fans and other show goers as they played their infamous brand of “Cow Punk” with front man Peter Head playing his guitar with a toy fire truck to the amazement of onlookers who were unfamiliar with the bands onstage antics.

And finally Kyle Trocolla of Two Fisted Law fame showcased his solo work with the backing of a full band called The Strangers. I was, or am I should say a big fan of Kyle’s solo work, his song writing and his musicianship are on par with contemporaries like Tim Barry and Chuck Regan I believe. And I had heard he occasionally performs his acoustic songs with a full band but have never seen him do it. Let me state for the record he blew us away, I will stand as a firm fan of his solo acoustic stuff and think his last album The Stranger was one of the finest albums of 2016 but hearing those songs played by a full band with all the additional instruments and intricacies a full band can bring was absolutely phenomenal and a really great treat.

So from three Poughkeepsie girls thank you Upstart people for giving us another fine day of music, food, beer, and really interesting vendors and artists…Yes let me not forget to mention the very interesting vendors, artists and craftspeople who made up the bulk of this fine fair as I ramble on about music. There were vendors manning booths selling canned and jarred foods, fruit and vegetables, cool punk clothing, not so cool mainstream clothing (a girl needs that too) vinyl records, really great and interesting artists, jewelers etc. everything and more you could want or ask for in a street festival of this type.

Upstart Music-Arts Brewfest And Fleamarket, We loved you!



Show Review: The Menzingers, Laura Stevenson, The Split Seconds, and Kyle Trocolla (8/26/17 – NY)

The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie NY is a beautiful old theater from the 1920’s with old plaster moldings on the ceiling and art deco Egyptian friezes that stare down at you from high above the stage. It’s probably the largest venue of its kind between New York City and Albany, and over the years I have seen so many great bands there to include but not limited to Social Distortion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Bouncing Souls and dozens of others. In my opinion The Chance does not book enough good or interesting shows as they tend to opt toward Cover and “Tribute” bands and old dinosaurs who are well past their prime attracting show goers who often are also well past their prime.

But this weekend the Mid-Hudson area of NY was treated to a near perfect lineup of young up and coming bands by The Chance that was in general not just a breath of fresh air for the venue but for me as an avid show goer in general, because it seems that even at the hottest live music venues in the northeast rarely do you find a perfect lineup where you don’t have to suffer through a talentless filler band or two to enjoy some top notch entertainment.

This night was as close to magic to me as if I had put together a dream team of bands I’d like to have in some sort of fantasy pick your favorites game, but I never would have put all of this together simply because I don’t know if I would have thought to build a show this way so let me thank whoever it was that made this happen.
The show opened with Kyle Trocolla of Two Fisted Law doing his acoustic stuff from his solo album The Stranger . Kyle stood alone on the large stage of The Chance and hammered out about ten songs or so telling stories of life, love and life on the road that brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat, and had the entire crowd cheering and screaming in praise of his set which is quite an achievement when you have 3 bands to go before the headliner everyone came to see… If you’re not already familiar with Kyle and you like Tim Barry and Chuck Regan check him out I believe he is every bit as good as those two are and you will be sure to feel the same.

Next up were new comers to the scene; The Split Seconds from Washington DC. Unfortunately for them being the first electric act on stage the sound guys had to work out the kinks and some feedback issues during their first three songs, but once that was cleared up all I have to say is wow. The Split Seconds brought the energy and brought the fun to this show, my friends and I were all blown away with their tightness and their songs, this band has a solid old school punk sound and feel that is hard for me to put my finger on exactly, so maybe we’ll just take a blender and mix up some of what you like from the late 70’s scenes in New York and London and drop a heavy dose of California 90’s pop punk with a dash or two of classic DC Dischord Records and there you have a recipe for success. This band is one to watch out for and I am so glad I caught this set.

After being so very satisfied by The Split Seconds I was equally satisfied by another new act for me Laura Stevenson. Laura Stevenson of Bomb The Music Industry also does solo work, and on this night played with a full band. I am sorry to say although I am familiar with Laura I don’t know her music and have never seen her live so here I will officially slap myself on the wrist and now announce myself as a convert to the Laura Stevenson cause, she along with her band were great, absolutely great, a little less singer songwriter than the preconceived notions I had in my head, and I would say her style was more of a power pop than an indie or punky sound but who cares what we call it, their performance was stellar and I hope they return to the Hudson Valley soon.

Now without further ado the band we all came to see The Menzingers took the stage, with wild chants and screams from the crowd they just laid into song after song both old and new, getting the crowd more worked up with each song and sing along chorus they played, the pit was packed with fans pumping their fists and singing so loud they often drown out the sound system itself, the positivity and love between the band and the fans was palpable…I have seen The Menzingers three times now, the first two as support for larger touring bands so this was the first time I had seen them headline a show of this size in a room this size and they proved to all in attendance that yes The Menzingers have arrived, and are a headlining act to be recognized. With a combination of fierceness and grace they ended their set and thanked the fans, the venue, and the opening acts before leaving the stage only to return with a couple more songs to appease the crowd chanting for more more more.

This was, if not the perfect show, as close to perfect as it gets, each and every band fit the bill perfectly and each and every band delivered stellar performances, I would return to see this same show for multiple dates if it were possible. Thank you Kyle Trocolla, thank you The Split Seconds, Laura Stevenson, and Thank you The Menzingers for a night I will remember and sing the praises of for weeks, month’s maybe years to come.



Kyle Trocolla announces dates for the Not So Far From Home Tour

Folk-punk singer-songwriter Kyle Trocolla has announced a super short run of East Coast tour dates later this month, and you can find out where you can find him below.

He will be joined for all the dates by Reverend Todd Seely of the Bruisers and Jeremy Zombii of Zombii.  In addition, some friends and label mates from Altercation Records will join him for some of the dates, including members of American Pinup and The Jukebox Romantics.  

Trocolla’s debut release, The Stranger, was released on Altercation Records in 2015.



Upstart Fest 2016 anounces dates, cities, venues, and some bands (Queers, Svetlanas, etc)

The folks over at Upstart Industries have announced the dates, cities, venues and some of the bands on this years sixth annual Upstart Fest Tour which visits nine cities in the Northeast each September.

This years band are:

THE QUEERS, SVETLANAS, THE FANTASTIC PLASTICS, OC45, KYLE TROCOLLA, THE JUKEBOX ROMANTICS, CRY HAVOC!, AMERICAN TELEVISION, THE LOST RIOTS, TRIPLE DEUCE, THE SPLIT SECONDS, A MINOR REVOLUTION, PINK SOCK, MENACE TO SOBRIETY and DEREK ROSSI.

Check out the dates and locations below.



Kyle Trocolla premieres video for “Three Chords and the Truth”

Folk-punk singer-songwriter, Kyle Trocolla, just premiered his video for “Three Chords and the Truth” on Blank TV. The song, calling to the history of punk rock, and remembering those who have passed, is the fifth track on his debut album, The Stranger, which was released on Altercation Records.

Straight from Newtown, CT, Trocolla combines country roots with punk rock lyrical content to make for a unique sound. He also plays with punk band Two Fisted Law. The video was directed by Tamboia.

You can check out the video below.



Kyle Trocolla, The Vibrators, The Obvious, & more added to Upstart Fest 2015 lineup

Kyle Trocolla, The VibratorsThe Obvious, InCircles, and Iron Chin have been added to this year’s Upstart Fest lineup. Previously announced performers include Avenue RockersCry Havoc!Two Man Advantage, Posers, Hudson FalconsOC45Lost in SocietyA Minor Revolution, and Legally Fucked.

The tour runs between Portland, ME and Baltimore, MD in late September/early October. You can check out the full list of dates and locations here and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more bands are announced.



Altercation Records signs longtime Two Fisted Law guitarist Kyle Trocolla to solo contract

Kyle Trocolla, longtime guitarist and lyricist for the legendary Connecticut based hardcore punk act Two Fisted Law, has signed with Altercation Records to do a solo alt/country folk punk acoustic album which is expected out this September.

Altercation Records co-owner Travis Myers had this to say about the signing:

“We are huge fans of Kyle’s solo stuff, which he has been doing on the side for years now, and are really excited about this particular project. Those who know Two Fisted Law have heard that thin thread of country that runs through many of their songs, well that’s all Kyle right there, and on his upcoming full length “The Stranger” Kyle lets it all out, and taps deep into his love of country…don’t get me wrong this is still a punk record, & it’s full of punk lyrics, just think Cash or Barry and you know what I’m talking about”

Stay tuned for more details, streams and release date coming soon.