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The Hempsteadys announce weekend tour

The Hempsteadys will embark on a weekend tour in support of their sophomore album, Séance! Séance!, and their brand new cover/single of “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah” by The Pogues.

A 10 piece band from Connecticut, The Hempsteadys feature influences ranging from ska, rock & roll, and punk. Known for their infectious beats, roaring gang vocals, and ripping solos, their live shows will be sure to get you moving.

Check out the tour dates and the new song below.



The Hempsteadys release video for “Classic Cars”

New London, Connecticut’s The Hempsteadys have released a video for “Classic Cars” off the critically acclaimed Séance! Séance! This is a slower jam from the ska-punks but it has an infectious groove and delivers on a sense of nostalgia.

Check out the video below.



DS Staff Picks: Dropkickeith’s favorites of 2018

Hello! I’m pretty new to DS and a little hard pressed to accurately express how excited I am to be part of this team and community. I fell in love with punk rock and have wanted to shout it from the top of a mountain but I did not have a mountain, and now thanks to this website I have an awesome mountain top community that shares that love. That being said, the reason I fell in love with punk is that there is a distinct streak of chaos that permeates the genre. There is a sense of limitless exploration and through that exploration there is a chance to stumble across something unique. Therein lies the beauty, the sense that something amazing can happen just from mixing the ingredients in a slightly different way. So here are my favorites from 2018, Check them out below.



Cranking and Skanking Fest primer

Today’s the day! The Cranking and Skanking Fest in Worcester, MA kicks off in just a few hours. Headlined by The Mighty Mighty BossTones and featuring Toots and the Maytals, The Bouncing Souls, Fishbone, The Pietasters, and The Planet Smashers. It’s an impressive list of ska punk legends.

I am hoping to give you a glimpse at some of the New England locals that should have you getting to the festival a little early and potentially sneaking off to the indoor stage. Included in this list are Michael Kane and the Morning Afters, The Hempsteadys, Sweet Babylon, Color Killer, Senior Discount, and The Doped Up Dollies. Many of who have released new albums which could be showing up on some year end lists.

Check out some highlights from these bands below.



The Hempsteadys release video for “Still Life with Woodpecker”

The Hempsteadys have released a new music video for “Still Life with Woodpecker”, the first track off their latest album Séance! Séance! It gives us a glimpse of what kind of rowdy energy the band provides in a live setting, except this time it’s from an alleyway in New London, CT.

Check out the video below.



Album Review: The Hempsteadys “Séance! Séance!”

My first thought when I heard that The Hempsteadys were releasing Séance! Séance! was that this is going to be the party album of the fall. The self described P-Funk of Street Punk are known for their super high energy ska and reggae, as proven on their last album El Amor de Los Muertos, a rocksteady opera from 2015.

Much to my surprise Séance! Séance! opens with “Still Life With Woodpecker” and “Compass” a pair of songs that are reminiscent of 1372 Overton Park from Lucero, hard driving barroom rock with a horn section that delivers a punch. This sets the stage for the expectations from the rest of the album. Gone are the conceptual operatic love songs about monsters, here are heartfelt lyrics layered over hard driving rhythms with soaring guitars and a horn section that knows when to strike. “Classic Cars,” “Ghost of Joe Strummer” and “The Well” showcase this sound with surgical precision.

All of this does not mean that they have abandoned their ska reggae roots. The first reminder shows up on “When Dead are Undead”, which features the incomparable Vinny Noble, and delivers a song that picks up exactly where “Ghost Town” from the Specials leaves off. Its an eerie two-tone rocker with multiple solos that will haunt you well after the song ends. “Temple of Boom” continues this hauntingly good rocksteady vibe but gives us a little dub twist. Which is the absolute perfect slow down and recover before the banger that is “Rudy Comes From the Street,” a lively foot stomper that will definitely have you dancing to the beat. The album ends with “Box Fan” which made me think of all the nights I spent skanking to the English Beat. It is a steady rocking number with a horn line that defies you to not get off your feet.

If Bruce Springsteen had a one night stand with the Specials this would be the result. An album that makes me reach for my whiskey while compulsively heading for the dance floor. It’s straightforward rock and roll with a two-tone soul.

5/5 Stars



DS Exclusive: Stream the Hempsteadys new album, “Séance! Séance!”

We’re excited to bring you the exclusive stream of ska/punk small army The Hempsteadys, newest album, “Séance! Séance!” The eleven-piece group has more people than I can fit in my apartment (at least without an awful lot of dismemberment, that, frankly, I don’t have the energy for) and hails from New London, Connecticut.

“Séance! Séance!” is the Hempsteadys’ sophomore album, and if you like big, loud, ska with touches of the Clash & Bouncing Souls tempered with reggae beats, you should definitely check out the stream below. The album will be released August 1st and can be purchased at bandcamp.

The Hempsteadys first album was 2015’s “El Amor de Los Muertos.”



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 7 – Band Spotlight: The Shell Corporation

Well, it took ’em long enough but the boys over at DSR are finally back with a new episode! In the seventh installment of the official podcast of Dying Scene, AP catches up with LA based political punks, The Shell Corporation before their album (tee shirt release) show to eat some papusas and talk about dongs! Plus, as always, the guys are also slingin’ some scene news that you were probably too lazy to read and playing some fantastic music from bands you were probably too lazy to discover! Stream it ’til your ears bleed, below!



DS Exclusive: The Hempsteadys (Punk/Reggae) Premiere First Single From Upcoming LP, Seance! Seance

The P-Funk of Street Punk is back! New London, Connecticut’s premiere ska/funk act, The Hempsteadys are about to release their sophomore LP Seance! Seance! and they want your help! In true DIY fashion, the eleven man troupe (if we’re counting drummer, Matt Covey as a man) has started a Kickstarter campaign to get the album released to the masses on good ole vinyl. We’re considering taking out a loan for a house in Southeastern Connecticut just so we can pledge $100 to have Chef Jon Logan come cook us some ramen! If you can’t afford a mortgage, or the $100 for that matter, head over and check out the other less ridiculous options they have for donating to the cause. These are extremely hardworking guys, making incredibly important music and you’re lucky enough to have a chance to be a part of it! You won’t regret it. Trust us, this one has Album of the Year contender written all over it. To prove our point, we’re premiering the smooth af, debut single “Classic Cars”. Check it out below!

The Hempstedays last released the 2015 fantastic rock ska-pera El Amor de los Muertos.



The Hempsteadys launch Kickstarter campaign for new LP “Seance! Seance!”

Connecticut ska exports The Hempsteadys have set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pressing of new album “Seance! Seance!”. The album is the follow up to 2015’s “El Amor De Los Muertos” and they will be using the money raised to finish the record up and then press it on vinyl.

You can get more details, pledge, see a video about the campaign and view the album artwork over on the Kickstarter page.

 

 



Dying Scene Radio Relaunches With Brand New Format & Hosts

Remember when we had a semi-regular podcast that featured new music from emerging acts, news and stories from around the Scene and band/artist interviews? Yea…those were simpler times… But fret not, faithful readers/listeners, we jumped on the reboot bandwagon and returned with a new and improved version of Dying Scene Radio! That’s right gang, we’ve done a complete overhaul! With two, all new hosts, a slick, new streamlined format for more cohesion, and far, far less vitriolic politics, we know you’re going to dig DSR 2.0! For our debut episode, we sent one of our new hosts, AnarchoPunk to Studio City to meet up with Kevin Besignano and Derik Envy from Los Angeles’ premiere punk rock act True Rivals. Not only did he get the skinny on their new EP, but AP also recorded an incredible acoustic set with ’em! So, without further adieu we present you with the new Dying Scene Radio! Links for streaming (along with this episode’s playlist) below!

 

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The Hempsteadys announce Northeast US tour dates

Connecticut reggae-punk act The Hempsteadys have announced a short run of northeast US tour dates starting in just a few days.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

The Hempsteadys last released their Live EP Live at Cafe Nine in February 2017.



The Hempsteadys stream new song, “Charlie Dynamite”

You know what goes great with music?  Beer!  Connecticut reggae-punk act The Hempsteadys know that, too.  Their new single, “Charlie Dynamite,” was released in collaboration with Outer Light Brewing Company’s new Hopsteady Red Rye Pale Ale, which was named after the band.  You can check out the song below.

To further the connection between great tunes and great beer, The Hempsteadys will also join Outer Light for the Tap Takeover Tour, which will include a tasting of Hopsteady and other beers from the brewery, and a performance by The Hempsteadys.  You can also find those dates below.



The Hempsteadys release new video for “Teen Wolf 2012”

Connecticut reggae-punk act The Hempsteadys have released a fun new video for their song “Teen Wolf 2012,” and you can check it out below.  The song can also be found on the band’s most recent album, El Amor de los Muertos, which was released via Telegraph Recording Company last November.

You can pick up the album here, and catch The Hempsteadys live as they open up for The Slackers on February 19th at The Space in Hamden, CT.



Exclusive Video Premiere: The Hempsteadys – “Bela Lugosi’s Ghost”

New London reggae-punk act The Hempsteadys have just released a new video for their song “Bela Lugosi’s Ghost.”  The song is taken from the bands latest release El Amor De Los Muertos, and the video sticks to the albums’ theme of all things ghoulish and creepy.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the video below!

El Amor De Los Muertos was released on November 3rd.