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Manchester Punk Festival announces first set of bands playing in 2020

Manchester Punk Festival will return for it’s sixth year in 2020. The three day event has grown each year in a bid to be the UK’s answer to Fest. The first round of bands announced for 2020 are The Flatliners, Belvedere, Random Hand, Christmas, ONSIND, Warwound, Broadway Calls, Natterers, Molisma, China Shop Bull, Roughneck Riot, Forever Unclean, Daves, Eastfield, PMX, Fresh, Dangers of Love, The Deadites, Misfortune Cookie, The Menstrual Cramps, Oi Polloi, Chewing on Tinfoil, Knife Club Don Blake, Bootscraper, Gibberish, Blind Man Death Stare, The Foamers, Byenary, Me Rex, Chloe Glover, Mollusca and The Lab Rats.

Tickets are already available here.



DS Photo Galley: Mike Watt + The Missingmen with Minibeast at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA

The inimitable Mike Watt brought his Missingmen project through the greater Boston area – Somerville, to be exact – last week on what he’s dubbed the Dick Watt Tour. It’s a little bit of a different lineup than the Missingmen we’ve seen in these here parts in years passed; Watt and his longtime ax-man Tom Watson were joined by the fresh-faced Nick Aguilar behind the drumkit as previous Missingman drummer Raul Morales has retired from the road after starting a family. Aguilar is probably best known on the pages of Dying Scene for his work in Neighborhood Brats, and not only is the son of a fella that Watt and his Minutemen counterparts D. Boon and George Hurley went to high school with, but he’s the precise age that trio was when they started their legendary band. Cool!

The setting on this night was the ONCE Ballroom, a quirky, 300 capacity spot that has the feel of a wedding venue gone sideways; the kind of place that thankfully still exists in the ever-gentrifying greater Boston area. Frankly, in that regard, it’s the perfect venue for a guy such as Watt. If you’ll recall back to our chat on these pages a few weeks ago, the present run constitutes Watt’s sixty-seventh tour, with the caveat that he considers a tour to be anything longer than a month, meaning that he’s seemingly been on the road jamming econo forever. The legendary – a term I don’t use lightly – Watt and his comrades took the stage a few minutes late (local opener Minibeast ran a little over, more on that later) and proceeded to blow through well over two dozen songs over the course of the evening. Sure they played Watt solo material and a handful of requisite Minutemen songs, but they also included covers by such varied – and sometimes obscure – acts like Blue Oyster Cult and Redd Krayola and The Pop Group for good measure. The trio’s unique stage set-up, with Aguilar’s drum kit front-and-center but angled about 45 degrees toward Watt’s stage left, created an interesting stage dynamic, with Watt and Watson trading vocal duties and Watt planting himself almost uncomfortably at Aguilar’s side for chunks of time. Despite the relatively few shows they had under their collective belts and the numerous twists and turns a Mike Watt set can take, this version of the Missingmen sounded tight, largely in sync, and loaded for bear.

As I mentioned above, Minibeast opened the show and I’d never head them before and holy hell I’d been missing out. The Rhode Island-based trio is fronted by Peter Prescott, whom readers of a certain age might recognize from his days in the iconic Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma. Through a combination of vocals and guitar and loops and keyboards and myriad other technological instruments I couldn’t begin to name, Prescott generates an endless array of sounds and textures from his corner of the stage while the duo of Keith Seidel (drums) and Niels LaWhite (bass) combine to form the tightest and goddamned heaviest rhythm section I’ve heard live in quite some time; dynamic, thunderous, rock-steady. Seriously; watch this and see for yourself.

Check out more photos from the dimly lit shindig below. Tough sledding for a rank amateur such as myself, but you get the idea!



ROCKET Release New Single “GIANTS”

 

Channeling their inner Rancid, Los Angeles California’s ROCKET has just released their debut single “GIANTS.” Dubbed one of the “best bands to catch” by CBS Los Angeles ROCKET is firing out of the starting block with a red hot track to introduce themselves to the world.

While the release date for their debut record is still being kept under wraps ROCKET is getting out all over Los Angeles and showing the So-Cal punk scene what they are all about. The band has some big shoes to fill as they attempt to represent Southern Californias punk scene to a greater audience, but with blazing tunes like “GIANTS” it should be no problem.



No charges filed in horrific Vancouver accident (updated with VPD statement)

Just after midnight on Saturday October 12, Off With Their Head’s bassist, Robbie Swartwood was involved in a gruesome accident which resulted in a young woman’s severe obstruction to her face. In a statement from Sergeant Aaron Roed of the Vancouver Police Department, it was confirmed what many social media speculators have already estimated. There is video evidence of Desiree Evancio (24) crossing the street between the band’s van and trailer while at a stop. This went unnoticed by the driver, and she was then dragged for several city blocks once the vehicle resumed motion. While authorities quickly made the scene, early witness reports have described a trail of blood down the street, which made it apparent this was no ordinary accident.

Evancio’s family and friends have rallied to her side, to date raising nearly $200,000 of their million dollar goal to aid in her recovery. (Go Fund Me linked here.) She is expected to be hospitalized for the next year, undergoing various procedures, and her recovery from this, truly, may never end.

Off With Their Heads has since cancelled their tour and refunded all ticket values. Sergeant Roed’s statement is included below



Tsunami Bomb stream another song (“Petaluma”) from upcoming album

Tsunami Bomb release a brand new LP, The Spine That Binds, on November 8th via Alternative Tentacles. Following recent single “The Hathors“, the band are streaming another song, “Petaluma”. 

Have a listen below. Pre-orders are up now.



The Damned streaming new song “Black is the Night”

British punk icons The Damned are streaming their new song “Black is the Night”. By the looks of it, the new song will be a part of an anthology to be released at a later date.

Either way it’s always awesome to get something new form The Damned, so check it out below.

This is the first new music from The Damned since Evil Spirits was released back in 2018.



Make War (folk-punk) streaming first song off upcoming album

Brooklyn’s Make War are streaming the first song “Sails” off of the bands upcoming album Get It Together, due out November 1st on Fat Wreck Chords. I must admit I am not familiar with Make War but the first track off the new album has me wanting to hear more.

Check out the new song below.

Make War last released their Self-Titled album back in 2015. They are currently out on tour with Face to Face and Lagwagon.



Fat Mike, Tommy, Baz and June record acoustic cover of The Muffs classic “Lucky Guy”

NoFX front-man Fat Mike joined forces with Tommy, Baz and June to record a heartfelt tribute to the late Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. The song originally appeared on the self-titled début album for The Muffs back in 1993. Kim Shattuck sadly passed away after a battle with ALS, she was just 56.

Check out the heartfelt tribute below.

Kim’s side project The Coolies released a six song EP back in the summer, all the proceeds from that album are going towards ALS research.



Rosegarden Funeral Party announce fall tour

Dallas neo-goth, post-punk band who recently played a small TX tour with The Dead Milkmen has announced they are hitting the road with pop-act Lorelei K. Dates as posted. Stream Rosegarden Funeral Party‘s previously released debut single, “Blitzkrieg in Holland” below.



Hans Gruber and the Die Hards announce fall tour

Hot off the release of Hans Gruber and the Die Hards 2, which was released through Paper + Plastick. Hans Gruber and the Die Hards have announced they are heading out on tour. Beginning later on this month in Austin, the tour winds its way across the good old U.S.A. and finishes up November 23rd in Denton.

Check out the latest video for “The Ballad of Burro the Man” as well as a full list of tour dates below.

As mentioned above Hans Gruber and the Die Hards 2 came out earlier this year. 



Subhumans (UK) release “Split” album with The Restarts

Veteran UK anarcho-punks Subhumans have teamed up with fellow UK hardcore act The Restarts to release a “Split” EP through Pirates Press Records. The album features one track from each band, and both songs are absolute bangers.

Check out the new album below.

Subhumans just released Crisis Point earlier this year, which also happened to be their first new music in ten years. 



Go Fund Me for Woman Injured in Tragic OWTH Accident Live Now

Desiree, a Vancouver woman was dragged for 5-7 blocks under the band’s trailer, resulting in the loss of an eye and severe damage to her face. She is in critical condition. Her friends and family have started a Go Fund Me page to aid in what will be the young woman’s life-long recovery. You can submit a contribution here. More details as they emerge.



Swiss Army (punk) stream two new songs, “Host” and “On Top of the World”

Pittsburgh’s Swiss Army have released two new songs in as many months, both on A-F Records. “Hosts”, which showcases the 90s-heavy alternative sound that Swiss Army is known for, was part of a collaboration with Dancing Gnome Brewery. The more reflective “On Top of the World” features guest vocals from Red City Radio frontman Garrett Dale. These two tracks are the first new music from the Pennsylvania punks since 2018’s Paris Mountain.

Give “On Top of the World” a listen below.



New Video: Tim Barry – “Fussin’ Over Fate” from new album, “The Roads To Richmond”

In honor of his latest album, The Roads To Richmond, the great Tim Barry has unveiled a brand new music video. It’s for the track “Fussin’ Over Fate,” and you can check it out below. You don’t have to be from Barry’s hometown of Richmond to identify with the encroachment of cranes and concrete on a lot of our own beloved home towns.

The Roads To Richmond came out last Friday (October 11th) on Chunksaah Records, If you haven’t read our extensive interview with Barry from last week yet, do so here!



DS Exclusive: Great Shakes premiere S/T LP

A few weeks ago Dying Scene rolled out a “new band intro” for these super-tight-sounding Dutch cats in Great Shakes. You may recall there are also members in the band from the sovereign state of Belgium, and now thanks to writing for Dying Scene I know those countries are right next to each other. In my defense, though, I do live in Texas, so I only have to know where Texas is, because everywhere else is too far away – but punk rock transcends geographical boundaries and personal projections in ways that amaze me more and more with each new encounter. Great Shakes is no different. They hit the nail on the head with an epic self-titled LP and I’m proud as a kitten tiptoeing a booby-trap to premiere it for you today.

Great Shakes LP is full of familiar and relatable themes: four best buds groping at the seems of tragic existence through relationship struggles and the aether of existential dread, the importance of a good friend, finding lasting companionship and living on for better days. It’s pop punk mixed with a California rock and roll sound, heavily influenced by Hot Water Music and Social D, a little bit of the East Coast (America) like Bouncing Souls, and there ya’ go we’ve just gone off the map. Really, what it is – Great Shakes – It’s new. It’s catchy and really good, and I think you’re going to like it.

Great Shakes’ self-titled album is their debut on the world. It releases October 25 on Shield Recordings and you can pre-order a digital copy here. Stream the early premiere ahead of time, exclusively below. Cheers scenesters!