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The Penske File get their van and all their gear stolen in Montreal

I really, really, really hate writing stories like this, and I’ve had to way too often.

The Penske File, who are incredibly nice dudes not to mention a juggernaut of a live band and whom we just saw lay waste to the Nick Alexander Stage at Frank Turner‘s Lost Evenings III last Friday, had their van stolen outside a club in Montreal yesterday. To make matters worse, all of the trio’s gear – and we do mean all of it – was inside the van when it was parked outside a club after the band’s performance at Pouzza Fest. Here’s the rundown of what was inside:

List of stolen stuff
– Gibson SG
– Fender Telecaster
– Fender Jazzbass
– Taylor Acoustic Guitar
– Vox AC30
– Fender guitar amp
– Traynor bass head 
– Custom UDrum Drum Kit
– Cymbals
– Snare
– Drum Hardware
– Guitar cables and pedal boards
– Banner
– 3 passports
– $500 USD cash
– Personal bags
– iPad

This is just about the worst case scenario for any band, let alone a band full of DIY road warriors. If you’re able to help, there’s a GoFundMe with some more information here.

The Penske File’s latest album, Salvation, was released last year on Stomp Records.



Album Review: Abolitionist – “Ugly Feeling”

It’s no secret that Portland’s Abolitionist has decided to call it quits, bringing to an end a lifetime that’s spanned eight years and (if their bandcamp is to be believed) eight releases. This was a band, that for me, seemed omnipresent in Portland’s punk rock scene. A dark sounding amalgam of hardcore and everything else, directed more by its political vision than any concrete sonic leaning. Sometimes this worked for me, sometimes it didn’t—but Abolitionist were always a band that’d pique my interest. Where others were writing party songs to sing along drunk to, Abolitionist were always pushing their ambition. This is the band that seemed to be churning out concept albums at a point—always writing, always working, always with something to say. Ugly Feeling is their swan song and on it they take their sound further than they ever have before, combining a love for Fugazi with their political perspective, going out with a bang.

Ugly Feeling is like and unlike previous releases in equal measures. It features the same declarative vocal delivery, the same focus on heavy riffs, but they’ve corrected some of my biggest problems with their last release (A New Militance) by taking their new influences a step further. Here, the riffs and leads are given more time to breathe, which in turn emphasizes them more. Songs like “Crossroads” sound that much more sonically precise, the intensity feeling like a product of design rather than suffocation.

There’s still a range of sounds on the album though. Title track “Ugly Feeling” is a hardcore banger whose titular refrain could surely raise fists in a tightly-packed room. Whereas “The Selfish Gene” indulges in a dark and heavy riff, complimenting the album’s bitter commentary. And make no mistake, this is a dark album, and as it moves forward, it only gets darker—and the music reflects this as much as the lyrics.

Much of the album, at least to my understanding, seems to take aim at our culture and the privilege it awards to straight white males. This is an angry album. It’s disgusted with our worship of money, our own self-satisfied nature. There’s a grotesque scene in mid-album banger “Willie B. Bacon” that resonated even with a carnist like myself:

“When he was a boy, there was a pig his parents raised… but not as a pet. He used to go to the pen to visit his doomed friend. He remembers the pungent smell. He remembers the friendly noise. He remembers the coarse, fibrous hair. He remembers a feeling of loss.”

Ugly Feeling, like much of Abolitionists’ work is a concept album and as such follows a single character. Perhaps it’s fitting in “Walls,” the band’s final song (at least for awhile) that the protagonist accepts his own ignorance, admitting “he did not have a clue,” and finally, making the call to “change his ways.” It may be a little clunky, and it may be on the nose, but Abolitionist has always been about the message. Here it is, distilled down to its most basic form, a message of hope that doesn’t skimp on responsibility, an end to an ugly feeling.

This is undoubtedly Abolitionists’ best work to date, and while it’s always sad to see such stalwarts fall by the wayside, it’s nice to see them going out at their peak. Ugly Feeling is punk rock through and through, thick with commentary and heavy with riffs. Fans of the band will be pleased to see Abolitionist didn’t waste their goodbye.

 



Craig’s Brother Release Single “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” From New EP “Devils in the Details”

Melodic punk veterans Craig’s Brother have just released their second single from their new EP, Devils in the Details. The tune is called “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” and has been released on the 39th anniversary of the hugely destructive volcanic eruption in 1980. It pays homage to Harry Truman, a man who refused to leave his home because of some silly little thing like a volcano erupting nearby.

Devils in the Details is the first release from Craig’s Brother since their 2011 EP The Insidious Lie. Check out “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” below.



We Outspoken (Pop-Punk) stream “Last Summer”; announce album, “State of the Art”

Toronto’s We Outspoken have announced their new album, State of the Art will be released June 14th on Cyber Tracks.

To whet fans’ appetites, they are streaming the first single, “Last Summer,” which lead vocalist and guitarist Anthony Mascarin said of, “We all have that one summer that we never forget about. We wanted to capture those feelings and put them into words and music. The idea is that this song takes you back to a time that was exciting, new, adventurous, and seemingly never ending. When a song can transport you, that’s where the magic begins.” 

You can listen to “Last Summer” below.



The Decline (skate punk) release “Verge Collection” video; announce tour dates

Australian skate punk band The Decline are about to head out on tour in July to support their new single, “Verge Collection”. They’ll be supported by Flangipanis for most of the dates.

Fri 5 July – Under The Influence, Adelaide (Crown & Anchor)
Sat 6 July – The Tote, Melbourne
Fri 12 July – Factory Floor, Sydney*
Sat 13 July – The Dead of Winter Festival, Brisbane
Sun 14 July – Vinnie’s Dive, Gold Coast
Fri 19 July – Lucy’s Love Shack, Perth*

*Flangipanis not appearing

Watch the official video for “Verge Collection” below.



Watch the new video from Doc Rotten (Punk), “So Long”

Trenton, New Jersey punks Doc Rotten have a brand-new video for their song “So Long” which is from their album, Illusion to Choose, available now.

Of the song, Wes Bentley said, ‘So Long’ is about ending one sided relationships and moving on. It’s a fun song, so we wanted to make a fun video and not take it too seriously.” You can watch it below.



Spike Slawson (Me First And The Gimme Gimmes) Starts New Band Los Nuevos Bajos

Spike Slawson of Me First and The Gimme Gimmes decided he wanted to do something totally different – and started an all-Spanish band with CJ Ramone and Los Rabanes, who are Latin Grammy Winners, known as Los Nuevos Bajos.

Spike said of the band, “Los Nuevos Bajos new single is the realization of my longtime dream to honor the music and vibe of the great Mexican and Caribbean Trío groups from the middle of the last century.”

The single is available on May 17th, and is available on the band’s official site. There is a forthcoming EP and music video as well.

You can hear the first single, “Gema / Cien Anos” below.



Good Riddance announce new album and release new song ‘Don’t Have Time’

It’s been four years since Good Riddance gave the world a studio album. With that in mind, their fans will be delighted to know that they have just announced that they will release a new album, Thoughts and Prayers, on July 19th via Fat Wreck Chords. Yesterday, they also released the song ‘Don’t Have Time’ from the record.

Pre-orders can for the new album can be made here and the new song can be streamed below.



Breather (alternative/melodic punk) release new single “Your Body Separates”

UK melodic rock band Breather have released a video for their new single, “Your Body Separates”.

The band, who will appeal to fans of Thrice, Deftones and more modern day AFI have been releasing music in singles rather than across EPs/albums so far, having previously released “The Blue” and “Hollow”.

Check out the video for “Your Body Separates” (which was directed by Ryan Mackfall) using the player below.



Dolly Llamas (ffo: Pears, The Spits) announce new EP, “Good Run”, stream “A.P.R.A.P.I”

The Dolly Llamas have just announced their latest EP to be expected sometime later this year. The album art was done by Kaia Bellanca Beggs. You can hear the first track off that release below.



Dry Rub (FFO: GG Allin) premier video for “Beat Cops”


It’s 1 AM in Texas… That means I’m bringing you the good shit. Here’s Dry Rub with their new video “Beat Cops” below



Stream the new song from Swift Knuckle Solution, “Dead Palms”

Florida’s Swift Knuckle Solution has just released a new single, “Dead Palms”, which you can hear below. The band last released Money Power Greed in 2018.



Stream Tear Them Down’s new album, “No Sleep ‘Til Aröd”

Swedish punk band Tear Them Down is currently streaming their new album, No Sleep ‘Til Aröd, which you can listen to below.

Their last release was 2016’s Abide EP.



Video: War on Women – “Capture the Flag”

War on Women have released a new video for the single, “Capture the Flag,” which takes place at an outdoor competition and has the band and some friends battling the bad guys in all the games. You can watch the brand-new video below.



Review: CJ Ramone – “The Holy Spell…”

I’m going to start off by saying CJ Ramone’s The Holy Spell… (Fat Wreck Chords) is not a bad album. In fact, The Holy Spell… is a collection of really good songs – songs that would make an excellent batch of 7”s or a few EPs, as opposed to a full album. It’s an album that I don’t mind having on my iPod – when it is on random – but don’t particularly desire to listen to in one go beyond the times I did to write this review. So what’s my point? I am very conflicted about this as a singular piece of music, even though I quite like the individual parts when taken one to two songs at a time.

The thing is, for an album to really work, the songs have to have some variations in melody, harmony, speed, and song style. This one does not. Every song sounds pretty much the same, and as I was listening to it, I found myself becoming more of a passive listener than an active one, checking to see if I was back to the beginning of the album again, as opposed to hearing a new song that appears later on in it. Again, none of the songs are bad. They just don’t particularly stand out from one another in any appreciable way, with the two exceptions, “One High One Low” and “Rock On”.

“One High One Low”, the opening song, is pretty driving – especially for CJ Ramone – and sets up an album with a lot of promise. The last song, “Rock On” slows things down for a bit and is actually a welcome change of pace when listening to The Holy Spell… straight through. I also really like “Postcard from Heaven” which I think would have been an amazing single on its own and is the best song on the album, hands down.

Part of what makes the album blend together, though, is CJ’s voice. I feel like most people like it or don’t, and I do like it just fine, but he tends to sing every song in the same way – never venturing out of his niche or comfort zone and expanding his vocal capabilities to show us something different. This just contributes to the sameness and familiarity of the songs, probably more than the tempo and music, even.  I also really crave more backing vocals and harmonies – some of the songs are all but screaming for them, and sound sparse as a result.

I realize this is a somewhat strange review, but as I said, I am conflicted about this album. I wish it was released in pieces, like I said earlier, perhaps as EPs or singles – all of which would get higher marks because they would be short bursts of music and not an album that seems to go on a bit too long, especially for the lack of diversity in the sound and style of the songs.

2.5/5 stars