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DS Exclusive: My Year in Photos 2018

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs, gestures to crowd surfer at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

2018 was another great year for documenting the punk rock scene, not just in my adopted city of Chicago. I also spent time shooting shows in my native state of New York, specifically, in my little brother’s borough of Brooklyn. And for the fourth consecutive year, I spent a long mid-December weekend in Boston, MA. For the compilation of my favorite images of 2018, I am again including faves from bands from a wide spectrum of years together and differing levels of public recognition. Quite a few of these images were featured in DS this year. However, as with my faves gallery in 2017, many others were heretofore not featured in any online or hard copy publications. The shows, Weekend Stands; and festivals (such as Wreck the Halls, Motoblot, Punk the Burbs; and Riot Fest) represented were a blast, every last one. Every group included is one more than worth checking out should they hit your town, city or other location where you might find yourself at the same time as them.

Personal Note:  A good many of the photos in this selection are of Street Dogs. I have been following them and documenting them coming up on 10 years in March. Those who know me know the only band I place above them as a personal favorite is The Clash. There are numerous reasons for my love of Street Dogs and among those reasons is their showmanship. 2018 presented me with the opportunity to document the band in NYC, Chicago; and in the Boston area. The Chicago images were part of my Riot Fest gallery for DS. They will be playing Punk Rock Bowling this May (which I likely may not make). After that, there are no scheduled shows announced for the foreseeable future. They are among the most fun and exciting bands to shoot. Their shows are always at maximum energy levels and the crowds pretty much never disappoint in matching that energy.  So I would like to extend my best wishes to the Michael, Johnny, Lenny, Pete, and Matt; as well as their crews. They and their latest album, “Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing,” were surely among the best of 2018.

Johnny Rioux (left) and Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS may be one of Those Who Can’t on television but when it comes to getting a crowd going, he is definitely one of those who can.

Street Dogs’ Mike McColgan pulled me up on stage at Brooklyn Bazaar to get a shot of the crowd. I have documented band from various places on the sides and in the back of stages. However, getting the right up at the front P.O.V. of most of the band members certainly is eye-opening

Triumph Ace and helmet sporting the Ace Cafe London logo at Motoblot

The Queers perform at Punk the Burbs 2

Peter Mittler of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop Chicago

Chicago

Ken Fitzner of The Bollweevils at Chop Shop in Chicago

Dr. Daryl Wilson of The Bollweevils gets high…on punk. Pete Mumford and Ken Fitzner also pictured.

A photographer shoot images of Street Dogs at Brooklyn Bazaar in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY

Pete Sosa of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls #SadPeteSosa? Nah, just a quiet moment in the beautiful chaos.

Stickfight! perform at Liar’s Club Halloween show

The Run Around at Punk the Burbs 2

Stage invader during Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls

Ben Roy of SPELLS at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago

Pussy Riot at Riot Fest

Off With Their Heads at Wicker Park Fest

Nuns of Brixton at Motoblot in Chicago

Nate Leinfelder of Noi!se at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Bill Stephens of Naked Raygun

Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

Nikki Beller of Mystery Actions at Punk the Burbs 2

Mike McColgan of Street Dogs amid the crowd at Riot Fest

Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux with his wife Melissa Rioux, on stage at Wreck the Halls

Lenny Lashley of Street Dogs at Wreck the Halls in Allston, MA

Legendary Shack Shakers’ JD Wilkes bends over backward for the Motoblot crowd

Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly on the squeezebox at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL

The Queers headlined Punk the Burbs 2

Scott Brooks of Avenues at Punk The Burbs 2

Trever Keith of Face to Face at Riot Fest in Chicago

Caitlin Rose of Bumsy and the Moochers performs at Punk the Burbs 2. Rose is one of the co-organizers of the fest taking place in the suburbs outside of Chicago

Rubber soles meet Bouncing Souls. Pete Steinkopf of Bouncing Souls has great taste in shoes.

Poli Van Dam of The Bombpops has fun at Riot Fest in Chicago

Todd Pott of Apocalypse Hoboken becomes one with the band’s fans at Chop Shop in Chicago

Alkaline Trejo during Alkaline Trio at Riot Fest

Tony Reflex leads Adolescents at Riot Fest. The band hung a large banner with the name Soto in place of the group name as a tribute to their late bandmate Steve Soto.

Larry Damore of Pegboy is surrounded by fans at Cobra Lounge in Chicago. The band performed at this fundraiser for another small Chicago venue.

Steev MF Custer and Devin Morris of Death and Memphis perform during their set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Juan Avalos of Size 5’s jumps, for joy perhaps, as the band performs at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Benny NoGood of Benny and the No-Goods pours emotion into his performance during the band’s set at Brauerhouse Lombard.

Off With Their Heads perform at Brauerhouse Lombard

1916 gave a rollicking performance at this year’s Wreck the Halls

Denis Buckley of 88 Fingers Louie sits this one in, continuing to sing at the band’s show at Chop Shop Chicago

And finally, one of my faves I did not take. From left: Johnny Rioux, Matt Pruitt, Lenny Lashley, Pete Sosa, yours truly, and Mike McColgan. Thanks for all the great times! It’s been a blast documenting you all and I so wish I could make PRB this May in Las Vegas! Best Wishes!! Photo by Mark Korich



New Music: Bob Mould – “What Do You Want Me To Do” from upcoming album, “Sunshine Rock”

Not entirely sure how this one slipped under our radar, but better late than never, right? Anyway, the inimitable Bob Mould, as you should know, has an album coming out on February 3rd. It’s called Sunshine Rock, and you can pre-order it right here. Back in October, he debuted the title track from that very album; listen to it here.

Also available is the album’s second “single,” if we’re still calling them that. It’s called “What Do You Want Me To Do,” and you can check it out below.

Starting Valentine’s Day in Washington DC, Mould is heading out on tour in support of Sunshine Rock – head here for details. Sunshine Rock is due out on Merge Records, and marks Mould’s first album since 2016’s Patch The Sky.



Jawbreaker announce run of East Coast shows

Punk legends Jawbreaker have announced a small run of East Coast shows this year. After being forced to cancel a couple of shows last year due to weather.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Jawbreaker has played a steady stream of reunion shows since back in 2017.  Jawbreaker released Etc. back in 2002, while fans have been chomping at the bit to get some new material from the fellas, it has yet to materialize.



The Coathangers announce plans for a new album

Atlanta three-piece The Coathangers have announced that their new album The Devil You Know will be released March 8th on Suicide Squeeze Records. After twelve years of touring and recording The Coathangers are set to release a more cohesive album, filled with growth and new-found conscious anger. Julia Kugel had this to say about recording the new album: “It’s a conscious anger now,” Kugel says of their harnessed fury. “You’re navigating through it and figuring out your place in all of it, whereas the first record is more of a general statement of ‘I feel mad.’

Check out the opening track “Bimbo” off the upcoming album as well as some tour dates below.

This is the first new music from The Coathangers since their 2016 release Nosebleed Weekend. 



Album Review: Face To Face – Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)

In August 2018, Face to Face released this reworked retrospective (woah check out the alliteration there) which is somewhat speciously tagged as “Acoustic sessions”.  Sure, these versions may be unplugged and slowed down, but the first mournful twangs of steel guitar in opener All For Nothing (Laugh Now, Laugh Later, 2011) let us know this album is going to be more than Trevor Keith and an acoustic guitar.  We are treated to 10 tracks, spanning the bands impressive back catalogue, which have been re-imagined and given new life as Americana/country inflected jams.  Disconnected (Don’t Turn Away, 1992) starts with Keith solo acoustic before the rest of the band come in on the chorus with a really nice harmony and it’s a super chilled song.  Shame On Me (Reactionary, 2000) continues in the same vein and it’s great to hear some of the little fill-in riffs come to the forefront of the song where in the original they are less of a focus.  Keep Your Chin Up (Protection, 2016) starts with a jangly riff and settles into a rockabilly feel with the bass and percussion taking the lead during the verses.  Next are two songs from 1995’s Big Choice, Velocity and AOK.  The former starting with a melancholic Trevor Keith intro, building to a brighter almost euphoric chorus (“Never look down, never look down, just keep my focus straight ahead and try to walk this line”).  The latter has a touch of bluegrass going on in the instrumentation with more steel guitar and banjo-esque string picking –  it’s very cool.  Don’t Turn Away (Over It Ep, 1994) returns to the rockabilly vibe and next track, Blind (Face to Face, 1996), is more laid-back ala Shame On Me.  The album closes out with two relatively fast paced efforts for this release, Ordinary (Face to Face, 1996) and Bill Of Goods (How To Ruin Everything, 2002).

Face to Face are closing in on 30 years as a band, albeit with a few line-up changes and a few years of inactivity.  It’s heartening to see the attention and love that has been taken in creating this collection.  Interestingly, 8 out of 10 of these tunes are on their 2005 retrospective Shoot The Moon so they are obviously songs the band hold in high regard.  If you are an existing fan, this album will have you dusting off your old records (or whatever the digital equivalent is of that) and it is well worth checking out for old and new fans alike.

4.5/5 Stars



La Dispute release video for new track “Footsteps At The Pond”

La Dispute recently announced their upcoming album, Panorama, due out on Epitaph Records on March 22nd. Ahead of the album, the band have released a video for “Footsteps At The Pond”, taken from the record.

Have a watch below.



Adrenalized release new track “The Story To Believe” ahead of album

Spanish melodic hardcore punks Adrenalized release their now album, Operation Exodus,  via La Agonia De Vivir Records on January 31st. Ahead of the the band are streaming single “The Story To Believe”.

Have a listen below.



Stream new Millencolin song “Nothing” off upcoming album “SOS”

Time for another taste of the upcoming album from legendary skate punkers Millencolin, and in this punk journalist’s opinion it’s much better than the first – the album’s title track. “Nothing” is the second single that the band has decided to premiere ahead of the release of “SOS” due out February 15 via the band’s long-serving label, Epitaph. Give it a listen below.

The previous release from the iconic Swedish skate punkers was the 2015 full-length, True Brew.



Rat Boy (ffo: Transplants) stream new music video, “Don’t Hesitate”

Punk Rappers, Rat Boy, have released a music video for their new single “Don’t Hesitate” off the upcoming album, Internationally Unknown, which was produced by Tim Armstrong and drops January 25 on Hellcat Records. Check out that video below.



DS Interview: Spanish Love Songs in the UK

Dylan Slocum is tired.  Spanish Love Songs are on the penultimate date of a two-and-a-half week jaunt around the UK and Europe with Ducking Punches.  Today they have driven to my home town of Milton Keynes, UK from Antwerp, Belgium.  Delays on the Eurostar train on top of the usual rigours of road life seem to be catching up with the band’s singer so it was extremely gracious that he took the time to have the following conversation.

Check out the interview below.



Album Review: Sally Draper – “How is That Fair?”


Sally Draper, punk rock from Northern New Jersey, are back with How Is That Fair?, a follow-up to 2017’s Does Too. This album finds this duo continuing to explore a variety of punk rock styles in a chaotic mixture, with a little help from some friends.

How is That Fair? opens with “The War on Memes” a track that is strongly reminiscent of early Against All Authority. Blisteringly wild punk with a upstroked ska breakdown and an anti-authoritarian sneer. “The president tweets while Florida drowns, The president tweets while Vegas bleeds” they “preach to the choir” over wild guitars. This aggressive chaotic punk with catchy hooks is also on display in the next song “Unconfident in Shorts”.

It’s in the third song we start to see other influences creep into this album. “No One Writes About Baltimore (except David Simon)” has an infectious sugary sweet guitar lick that is punctuated by a raspy vocal delivery. The dichotomy between the two has a distinct early Fake Problems feel but with the distortion cranked up. This comparison gets revisited later on the album with “Luxury Mattress”

From there Sally Draper brings in an Against Me! vibe with “Moral Compass” which seamlessly drops into “Warning Sign” and “The Time I chose to go to Prague”. The first is drum heavy with a cleaner guitar delivery that is more akin to the White Crosses era AM!. “Warning Sign” has a droning guitar sound over a marching drum beat with a deeply intrinsic vocal scope. Which gives way to “The Time I Chose to go to Prague” a slow jam which tones down the chaotic vocal presentation and gives us a more jangly rock tune.

The concern with this album is the inconsistency in the vocal delivery. It is perfectly suited for the wild chaos of “The War on Memes” and “Unconfident in Shorts”, it delivers an emotional wrench in “Warning Sign” but it seems a bit forced in “The Time I Chose to Go to Prague” and does not quite hit with enough emotional intensity for the album closer “I’ll See You in My Dreams”.

It took me a few spins of How is That Fair? to get a real sense of what Sally Draper is attempting to accomplish, an intersection of chaotic anger and introspective musings where it is impossible to tell if it’s the singer or the instruments that are on the verge of a breakdown. I feel like the band is on the right track in terms of creating their unique take on punk. There are just a few inconsistencies that keep this album from truly reaching its potential.

3.5/5 Stars



Album Review: Lee Corey Oswald – “Darkness, Together”

Lee Corey Oswald - Darkness TogetherLee Corey Oswald‘s latest album is a fantastic step forward for the Portland based punk/rock act. Darkness, Together forms this particular sound of small town America, desperation, emotional loss, growing up, and dreams of something bigger. It’s an album I didn’t give the time it deserves in 2018, but truly grew to love as I listened through.

The band has put together a great sound over time, with some iconic lyrical shaping through their past releases, and that continues on for Darkness, Together. Lee Corey Oswald originated from Scranton in Pennsylvania, building themselves in the vibrant punk scene alongside bands such as Title Fight and Tigers Jaw. However after moving to Portland, they took the lifestyle and indie scene from the area and weaved influence from it into their sound. There’s an emotional urgency at times, but also contemplation and poetic strings of thought, notably within the track “Neighborhoods.” Lee Ellis, the vocalist, ponders the idea of a regular life and expectations in a suburban neighborhood, building to a beautiful delivery of “As your kids grow they’ll help in the garden, go to school, just to learn it’s not what they belong in.”

Musically the band naturally shifts through faster punk sounds and this incredibly catchy rolling flow. The first track “Asbury Waters” has a heavier sound, with more emphasis placed on each tone, and a rather deliberate delivery. This transitioning into the fuzzy and bright ‘Neighborhoods’ shows the range of the band, keeping their own flavor across their styles. Thematically they do the same, melding the different ideas they’re playing with and seamlessly flowing from one to another. There’s the idea of growing up, escaping expectations and subverting cliche to live your own life. This features across “Asbury Waters,” into a different form through “Neighborhoods,” then is placed much more firmly through “You Want To Be Right or Happy.” The tracks discuss running from the past, denying the present, and the darkness of the future.

There’s so much to identify with in the current climate, from stories of alienation in the suburbs, growing up, love and loss from friends to the bands we all cherish. ‘Desperate,’ despite the repetition of ‘You’re in love, in love, in love‘ and ‘We’re in love, in love, in love,’ subverts a love song into the idea of his love for someone, who loves another, yet they still both feel a love which gives them a togetherness in the protagonist’s mind. “Free Stuff” perfectly encapsulates a satirical presentation of how we all do what we need to get by in the modern day, whilst “Curse Words” goes back to the other side of suburban living in moving back in with your mother and helping her out.

But where all these themes so brilliantly captured come together is in the final track, “Darkness, Together (11/20/85).” The loss of a friend puts everything into perspective, and contemplating how to cope with a world that keeps moving on past you. The closing lines to the song are all too relatable, ‘And all the bands that we would talk about, if only you were still around.’ The desperation for just one more conversation on something which draws so many people together. The name of the album truly matches what it discusses, the idea of darkness, depression, and all these negative things, and how we experience it together, even if apart.

Darkness, Together was released on October 12th, 2018 via A-F Records, and can be streamed via Bandcamp here.



Dangerface (Punk, Norway) stream new single “Let It Burn”

Norwegian punks Dangerface are streaming their new single “Let It Burn.”

You can give it a listen below.

“Let It Burn” comes from the bands’ upcoming debut album, Get Loud, which is set to be released on February 1st via Big Day Records.



Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights streaming the opening track from “Re-Animation Festival”

Punk legends Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights have teamed up to release the Groovie Ghoulies classic album Re-Animation Festival. With The Copyrights firing on all cylinders and Kepi Ghoulie reprising his role as the lead singer, this is an album you won’t want to miss.

Check out the opening track from the new album below.

This is the first new release from Kepi Ghoulie since 2017’s Lost and Lovin’ It. The Copyrights latest release was Report back in 2014. 



Noi!se announce they are to release new music

Tacoma streetpunks NOi!SE have announced that they are to release new music. In a cryptic Instagram post, Matt from the band said that there is “new music coming soon”. We here at DS will keep you posted…

The band recently released single “Mass Apathy“.