Now in its thirteenth year, Ontario’s Blackout Fest, situated between London and Toronto, has become one of the province’s longest-running punk rock festivals. The Brantford-based celebration of all things punk rock will take place in numerous venues around the city over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October.
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Monday, August 19, 2019 at 9:34 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:20 PM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
Wisconsin-based punk act Direct Hit! are having a bit of a shakeup, as their bassist and drummer have apparently parted ways with the band. The remaining members aren’t letting it slow them down though.
They issued the following statement via Facebook:
“NOTICE: DANNY AND STEVE QUIT DIRECT HIT A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. THE TWO OF US LEFT ARE CANCELLING 0 SHOWS AND LEANING ON OUR MUSICALLY-INCLINED BUDDIES TO FILL IN WHILE WE FIGURE OUT A NEW PERMANENT LINEUP. SEE YOU ALL IN CHICAGO WITH THE SMOKING POPES ON MAY 11. WEAR YOUR CLOWN SUIT.”
Sounds like they’re going to be just fine.
Direct Hit! released Crown of Nothing last year on Fat Wreck Chords.
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Milwaukee-based punks Direct Hit! are streaming a music video for a tune that appeared on their 2018 album, Crown of Nothing.
Nick Woods, the vocalist for Direct Hit!, had the following to say about the track chosen to release as a single:
“Devon brought “Altered States” to the table early on in the process of writing Crown Of Nothing. Lyrically, it’s a nihilist song – it’s the point at which the characters in the album’s story find themselves on the same page, and come to a bunch of bleak conclusions about humanity and the afterlife… Even though it’s one of my favorite tracks on the record, if I listen too closely I have to listen to all the rest of the tunes that follow it to remind myself of the redemption that comes from hopelessness. We shot the video pretty quickly in a single night with our pals Adam and Derek and their crew, who’ve created a lot of our media over the last few years.”
You can check out the video for”Altered States” below.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:55 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
It’s that time of year again! To kick off 2019, we’re taking a look back at our favorite albums from 2018! We’ll tell you why they were our favorites and play some of the best tracks from those albums. Sound good? Alrighty then! Check out our special 2018 Albums of the Year Episode, below!
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 8:12 AM (PST) by Chris Doughty
2/20 SAN DIEGO @ SODA BAR
2/21 HOLLYWOOD @ THE ROXY
2/22 FULLERTON @ SLIDEBAR
2/23 SAN FRANCISCO @ BOTTOM OF THE HILL
2/24 SACRAMENTO @ HOLY DIVER
2/25 PORTLAND @ STAR THEATER
2/26 SEATTLE @ CORAZON
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:20 AM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Direct Hit! are streaming their forthcoming new full length ‘Crown Of Nothing’ in full below. If you are a fan of the previous full length, this is well worth a listen as they seem to have tightened up the songwriting even more.
The album was officially released via Fat Wreck Chords on October 26.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST) by KCRaniero
Milwaukee pop-punk outfit Direct Hit are now streaming their new music video for their single “Different Universe”, off their upcoming album “Crown of Nothing.”
You can check out the cinematic new music video below.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Here it is, punk fans! Another taste of the upcoming Direct Hit! album “Crown of Nothing.” It comes to us in the form of a music video for their new track “Perfect Black” and you can check it out below.
“Crown Of Nothing” is due out this fall on Fat Wreck Chords and will serve as the band’s first new full-length since 2016’s “Wasted Mind.”
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:21 AM (PST) by jaystone
There’s a whole bunch of kick-ass Direct Hit news to get your weekend fired up!
First and foremost, we’ve got official details on the Wisconsonite quartet’s forthcoming album. It’s titled Crown Of Nothing, and it’s due out this fall on Fat Wreck Chords. The fourteen-track release is something of a concept album, reportedly centering on the idea that heaven and hell are the same place. According to frontman Nick Woods, the album “describes the relationship between a vengeful angel, put to death by a demon she then torments in the afterlife for eternity.” Pre-orders for the traditional digital/vinyl/CD release are available here, or you can go here to check out the deluxe bundle options, which include a slipmat and a four-issue comic book/zine series inspired by the album!
OH WAIT WE ALMOST FORGOT! There’s also a brand new DH video out! It’s for the Crown Of Nothing track “Welcome To Heaven” and you can check it out below!
Direct Hit’s last full-length, Wasted Mind, was released back in 2016.
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:52 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Milwaukee-based pop punks, Direct Hit! have announced via their Instagram page that they have finished tracking their newest LP. For now, however, there is no word as to when the record will be ready for release.
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We finished tracking the new Direct Hit LP today after more than a year of writing, recording, re-imagining, re-recording, and boiling down 2+ albums worth of new material in different studios and rehearsal spaces around Wisconsin. We collaborated with more than 20 people outside our band to make it the most manic, wild-sounding record we’ve put together, and we can’t wait for you all to tell us how incredible it is. Ask us about it on tour with @lessthanjake and @facetofacemusic this month, and send a note to [email protected] if you want us to play your venue of choice in the fall. “Fuck You Get Pumped.”
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The previous full-length from the four-piece was the 2016 effort, Wasted Mind.
Hey all you punks, here are my top ten albums from this past year. I’m new on the block here at Dying Scene and I’m sure this list is going to make you flustered, and wonder where [insert band name here] is on my list. Regardless, here is some great music that helped me through some tough transitions out of college, the loss of a close friend, and into my new life: you can find it below.
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:09 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced they will be touring North America with Four Year Strong and Direct Hit! next February. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.
LTJ last released their Sound the Alarm EP earlier this year on Pure Noise Records.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 4:55 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
Splits are an underrated release. Too often they get lumped in as inessential marketing tools, rather than legitimate installments in two band’s sagas. They’re overshadowed by full-lengths, but make no mistake, a good split has the potential to go down as a classic. Think of the iconic Faith/Void release from Dischord, or all of those amazing BYO Records releases (especially the Leatherface/ Hot Water Music one)– there’s a rich history in regards to the punk rock split and it offers a unique experience. This is the place where bands can try new things and experiment, and maybe that’s just because of the nature of the split, but the truth is: sometimes it’s easiest to be weird when you think no one’s looking.
Human Movement is split between pop punk darlings Direct Hit! and nouveau-skate animals Pears. Their common language is hardcore and choruses– the former that encroaches on Direct Hit!’s sugary concept albums, and the latter that punctuates Zach Quinn’s machine-gun bursts of syllables. Together, they bring together both and play off each others strengths, making Human Movement one of those rare splits that can follow the conversation between Green Star and Brainless God.
Direct Hit! opens Human Movement with the hardcore banger “You Got What You Asked For.” While Direct Hit! has always been adept at the genre, usually throwing one or two screamers in per album, here they deliver on the intensity– with quick stabs of guitar, high tempo drums, and pissed-to-hell vocals. Immediately proceeding, in a moment of minor perfection, they switch gears into the opening of the next song, “Blood on Your Tongue,” with sugary sweet bell synth and pop punk melodies. It’s one of those tangible moments on the Direct Hit! side of Human Movement where you can see the fun the bands are having, and as the record spins, it becomes infectious– from the big melodies of “Open Your Mind,” the new classic “Shifting the Blame,” and their cover of Pears’ “You’re Boring.”
The latter deserves special attention, as one of the best parts of any split is hearing the bands cover each other songs. Direct Hit! attacks “You’re Boring” with so much gusto, you’d swear they were trying to claim it for their own. It stays pretty close to the original, with the biggest difference being some extra pop punk zeal on the chorus. To close out their side of the split, Direct Hit! strike straight hardcore again with “Nothing,” a fast shout-along track with an intense and dreamy bridge.
Pears open their half with “Hey There, Begonia.” It’s on the catchier side of their core sound, with the same fast moving riffs you’d expect and an interpolation of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey.” Again, Human Movement is about bands having fun, and they work it into the bones of their music.
“Mollusk’s Mouth” is a faster song with a lighting fast harmonized lyric section that caught my ear. It alludes to one of the best things about Pears– their creativity and ambition in punk rock is so often realized through the collective talent of their members. These guys can play, they can sing, and they can write songs like no other. Riffs fly, vocal rhythms change from hardcore spitting to soaring melodies, but it never leaves the realm of adult playtime. In “Misery Conquers the World” they incorporate “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” with a chorus of children booing. Pears is the sound of goofing off.
Pears cover Direct Hit!’s “The World Is Ending” off Brainless God— well, kinda. What they do is actually a lot cooler. They meld in “Buried Alive,” the other hit from Brainless God as well as Masked Intruder’s “Heart-Shaped Guitar.” It’s surprising, weird, and hilarious, and shows Pears in all their glory– showing off and having a little fun. “Never Now” opens with some heavy-ass dissonance before transforming into the sort of thing the band is primarily known for: fast flying lyrics and a singalong chorus. It differentiates itself with the chugging breakdown, showing Pears once again swallowing up more genre influences like a fat and hungry punk rock anaconda.
Human Movement is the sort of the split you want to see released. How often do you get two high profile bands doing this sort of thing anymore? Not very often. Both Pears and Direct Hit! represent the finest of a certain kind of modern punk, established acts who continue to take risks and try and make their music as interesting as possible, all while playing in the chords and melody sandbox. Human Movement is a testament to catchy-punk devotees, a monument to all the wonderful things you can do with rhythm, melody, and words. But, it is also fun, plain and simple. Pears and Direct Hit! play well together, but when they compete, they both win.
Milwaukee-based, psychedelic-loving punk outfit, Direct Hit!, have been in the studio working on a new record. On Friday, the band Tweeted a picture of their drummer Danny Walkowiak behind his kit along with the message:
“We started making a new album tonight at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee with
@mikeaar pushing faders. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
The album is available on various formats now.