Canadian gruff punks The Highdives have released a video for ‘Sophomore’, a track from their Ocean Blood album, which came out earlier this year.
Have a watch below.
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:13 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Much-loved UK record label Pumpkin Records have just released a compilation to help promote the Pumpkin Levy Punk Weekender, which is happening next month. The event will see a host of hardcore, punk, and ska bands descend on The Klondyke in Levenshulme, Manchester on the 13th and 14th of July.
Proceeds from the sale of the compilation will go towards funding the event, with any extra cash being donated to good concerns. Pumpkin Records stated the following of the release:
You can check out Shaky below in its entirety. If you like it, pick up a copy and support great underground music.
The previous release from Civil War Rust was a split with Squarecrow last year.
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 9:15 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Sunderland’s Zero Negative have just announced their debut album. It’s called Skate. Kill. Destroy. and the band have been good enough to let you lot stream a track from it before its full release on July 14.
You can check out “Disarray” from Skate. Kill. Destroy. below. The previous releases from the group were a couple of self-titled EPs last year.
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:31 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Folk punkers gone crusty We The Heathens have got darker and heavier on their latest release. The band has expanded with the additional of three new members and the new dynamic has allowed them to redefine their sound. Approaching Thunder features tunes from previous releases from the band, amped up and raw. It’s a belter.
Check out Approaching Thunder below. The previous release from the band was 2016’s album The Blood Behind the Dam.
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:11 AM (PST) by rick delaney
North Carolina-based punk outfit Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves are allowing fans to stream their latest EP. The imaginatively-titled Acoustic EP is available to listen to below. As you may have guessed, the three track collection is an unplugged effort featuring reimagined versions of the band’s tunes.
The previous release from the quartet was 2018’s Excommunicate Me.
PI$$ER, featuring members of The Domestics, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man and Beat The Red Light among others, are to release their debut, 4 song EP on TNS Records on July 12th. We’re promised “beefy, catchy hardcore” from this band that comes with quite the fine resume…
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4:59 AM (PST) by Alan Corcoran
Too Old To Die Young is a sentiment that rings true to plenty of us aging punks, living for high Beats Per Minute and living with high blood pressure. It also encapsulates the timeless feel to this record.
Bracket are self proclaimed musical ‘misfits’ and were somewhat coerced into making this album by Fat Mike. They live in the cracks between punk and pop punk – as well as flirting with other genres – but here they have produced an album that will make perfect sense to punks of all varieties and ages. If your dad keeps harping on about 80s punk, then firstly I’m sorry for your troubles, but here is an album for both of you!
This is not an attempt to reinvent any wheels. They’ve been there, done that. This is simple and pure punk rock songwriting, delivered with melodic aplomb. It’s a blend of old and new that bridges the generational gap between The Ramones and Masked Intruder.
“Cloud Ate” takes some bouncy baby steps to start the album, with an improvised guitar riff, before immediately finding it’s stride and setting the pace for what’s to come. There is a beauty in the simplicity of the songs; a sense of pure joy that emanates through each track. With some frankly delightful Oohs N Aahs in the background.
That’s right, I said delightful. Because this album is delightful and I don’t think Bracket give a shit if it’s punk rock or not. The vocal duties are traded, shared and intentionally layered in a way that sounds like The Beach Boys if they actually got into the whole Charles Manson cult thing.
Aptly enough “A Perfect Misfit” is one of the standout songs here, combining all the best elements of the album into a punky brew. There are self-deprecating lyrics across most of the 26 minutes of the LP, but one benefit of growing older is that you run out of fucks to give. Sure, they may not have made it big. Sure, they might on average be the wrong side of 40. But they are a band who are comfortable in their sound, even if they might not be as comfortable in their skin.
This is a great little power pop album, just in time for summer. Fat Mike has made some questionable choices in his life, but convincing Bracket to go ahead with this album is not one of them.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 2:58 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
A couple of years back, I managed to see Russian Girlfriends open for Red City Radio at a pretty unimpressive venue in Portland, OR that has since been closed. I had never heard of the band before the show, and I didn’t particularly like going to said venue, but alas, there I was. The New Mexican punk rock ‘n rollers impressed me well enough with their swaggering, high energy performance and I thought to myself that there must be something wrong here. Russian Girlfriends was a good band—they were extremely competent, they worked the crowd like industry pros, and they were opening for one of the biggest acts in punk rock at the time. The catch? I hadn’t heard a fucking word about them before that tour. They’d never been recommended, they’d never popped up in any of my many internet conversations with other disaffected scenesters. Russian Girlfriends were effectively off the grid for me, and then there they were: born as a full-grown band with full-grown chops, seemingly out of nowhere.
And now, they’re on A-F Records, perhaps one of the most exciting labels in punk today (also seemingly out of nowhere) and they have an album out. In the Parlance of our Times is a raging, spitting, staggering punk rock album that is as muscular as it is musical. It’s a testament to triplet runs, pick scrapes, and honey and oil high notes. Russian Girlfriends sound like an arena punk rock band—somewhere between ZZ Top, the Bronx, and the chugging melodicism of 90s Epifat. In the Parlance of our Times is all of those things, and maybe even too much of those things—but it’s here, it exists, and whether I like everything it tries to be, it executes it with a level of professionalism and competency that gives even its blandest decisions a sense of conviction.
“Coke” is a hardcore sprint that features some tongue-in-cheek sass (“you’re the reason punk rock is dead!”), a minute long rager that sets the stage not necessarily for Russian Girlfriends’ sound as it does their energy. “Angry Bong Rips” is a more traditional song, featuring a catchy vocal melody and a lot of guitar-centric antics. As far as riffs go, these guys got a lot of them, running power chords up and down the fretboard with leads a-plenty. The vibe is 80s and honestly not too much of a stone’s throw from Skynyrd, but where the influence might not be “cool,” at least it’s different. We can only take so much Replacements, Clash, and Springsteen worship in the punk scene—the palette change is refreshing, if not always to my taste.
The arrangements throughout the album are head-turning and part of the reason Russian Girlfriends feel so fully-formed to me (or pre-packaged, depending on my mood). “White Guilt White Heat” has heavy riffs complete with piercing harmonics as well as a strummed slow-down. Echoes of Interscope-era Rise Against come to mind, which is no bad thing, mind you, but in appreciating the album as a work of art, I can’t help but wonder how they ended up here. There is no evil work at play, I know; their polish is an admirable trait. But—and there’s always a but—it is in the cracks through which we see the artist, and I can’t help but feel like In the Parlance of our Times doesn’t have much in the way of cracks—that it is too tight, too competent, and in effect: void of personality. In less words: it’s safe.
But there’s something to be said for safe. Safe isn’t always exciting, but it can be fun in a comfortable sort of way. Like a well-worn boot or a favorite guitar. Russian Girlfriends aren’t reinventing anything here (Axl Rose or Billy Gibbons, take your pick), but they are banging out expertly conceived tunes with the precise execution of real life musicians. It’s something to behold. It might not change the world, but who knows, maybe it’ll improve your night.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 1:31 PM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Sum 41 have released another single from their upcoming seventh studio album, Order In Decline, out July 19 via Hopeless Records. The video for the new song has the theme of a broken home. The song is a slower, more stripped back affair compared to the other two heavier singles released so far.
Check out the video below.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
San Francisco melodic punks, Reunions are streaming their new song. “In Blackout Rooms.” which comes from their upcoming debut full-length album Winter Heart, Summer Skin.
You can give the song a listen here.
Winter Heart, Summer Skin is set to be released on June 21st. The band last released the EP Aching Waits in January 2018.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
You can listen to “Champion” below.
The Lucky Eejits last released Do It Again in September 2016.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
To give you an idea of what to expect from the new album, the band has released a video for the first single, “Disappear,” featuring the wonderful Kyle Kinane. You can check it out below.
Off With Their Heads last released Home in 2013 via Epitaph.
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2:52 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
For myself and many others, the chorus has become a warcry. The punky, rock ‘n roll stalwarts have a way of getting you on their side—whether it’s through their blunt, too-real lyricism, or their bar-uniting singalongs, there’s the palpable feeling that no matter who you are, you belong at their show. This is Dead Bars—eternally scrappy, open-throated, and always rockin’—and with Regulars, they’ve kept the dream alive.
In honor of the new album (May 3rd on A-F Records, don’t sleep on it!), I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with frontman John Maiello. We talk about the band’s journey thus far, finally getting that dream gig, and their incredible new record.
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:11 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Legendary punk rock force Good Riddance have released a second single from their forthcoming album Thoughts and Prayers.
The track is called “Our Great Divide” and you can enjoy it below.
Band vocalist, Russ Rankin, had the following to say about the single:
“This is a comment about the divisive, polarized impasse humanity finds itself at, as we face incalculable challenges to our planet, and our future.”
Thoughts and Prayers is the ninth studio album by Good Riddance and the first since the 2015 effort Peace in Our Time. It will be available on the band’s long-serving record label, Fat Wreck Chords.
I'm not sure if it's the vocals reminiscent of the original singer from UK punk act Drones, or very early days Davey Havok, but something about the new EP from Milwaukee hardcore act Mud Dog is really grabbing my attention. It might be the gang vocals on title track "Strike Back" or the change ups with secondary singers on a few of the songs. Or all of the above. The point is "Strike Back" is worth a listen for any hardcore punk fans, all the more so since it's up for free download on bandcamp.