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Album Review: Nightmarathons – “Missing Parts”

As a reviewer, I go into every album with the hope of liking it. It’s easy to forget, that behind the paragraphs, there are people. We have thoughts, feelings, and ideas regarding what makes music great, what makes it special. Punk rock can be analyzed both objectively and subjectively—I can break down the lyrics, but I can also talk about how they make me feel. I think the most effective recommendations hang on a merging of the objective and subjective: what are they doing,  how does it work, and what does it make me feel?

Nightmarathons from Pittsburgh had me considering a lot of these questions. Missing Parts is their debut album, released by A-F Records—who have, in the last couple years, positioned themselves as one of our most exciting contemporary punk labels. Nightmarathons play the sort of melodic punk that I can’t help but keep returning to, time and time again. Think: The Menzingers, Dead Bars, Elway, Nothington and you’re on the right track. Their band bio throws a curveball into the mix, an angle that seeks to invigorate and intrigue: “Nightmarathons melds varying punk, post punk, and first-wave emo influences to create their own unique take on melodic punk rock music.”

First-wave emo? Like Embrace, Rites of Spring? That sounds awesome. That sounds like a fresh take on punk’s most muscular contemporary genre. But why do my words feel so loaded? Why am I talking about the difficulty of reviewing when I should be talking about Missing Parts greatness? Because objectivity and subjectivity do not always align. For me, this is one of those cases. Nightmarathons have a great logline and Missing Parts is as competent a debut as any—but more often than not, it just doesn’t stick.

Which is why I hate giving star reviews. Who can boil down a work of art to a numeric system? An album can do ten things right and three things wrong, but if the ten good are ten great, the three get lost in the mix and vice versa. No five-star album is perfect and no one-star album is completely imperfect, they’re just different ratios of good and bad, weighted by importance by some schmuck with a keyboard. This is my way of saying that Nightmarathons does most things right, leaving me with the question: is it enough?

Missing Parts is an album of anthems. Across its runtime, there are prime moments for screaming along, jittery moments before choruses where you can fully expect to be swept up by the rhythm of a crowd. This is the sort of punk rock that takes a work week to appreciate. It takes a full week of saying yes, sir and no, sir—until you’re looking at the clock and thinking about the last five minutes of your Friday and watching the minutes drip away so slow and thick they might as well be honey. And then, when you’re released, you go to the show. You hear these downbeat anthems, you dance and sing and drink way too much and you let everything out in a silly, sad bout of catharsis. We laugh at all the modern punk cliches, but it describes Nightmarathons’ melodic punk perfectly. This is music meant as an antidote to whatever ails you. If you look around, you might realize Nightmarathons aren’t alone in this approach.

The songs on Missing Parts, for the first listen, entirely passed me by. I was looking for hooks, looking for something to etch itself into my memory, and I was left with empty hands. But, repetition breeds familiarity and soon, on my fourth or fifth listen, I realized that there was actually some admirable songwriting on Missing Parts. Songs like “Closer,” with its rousing chorus of, “Take a bow, disappear/ turn my back, so insincere!” became an earworm with time. “Cull Your Heart,” with its thick and fuzzy guitar lines makes good on Nightmarathons’ promise of melding first-wave emo with melodic punk. The band becomes more intense and immediate as the album continues with “Honor System.” “Simple,” with its languid pace and earnest delivery shows a diversity of sound that passed me by entirely at first.

Nightmarathons is a lot of things, but to call Missing Parts anything but a grower would be misleading. I ended up liking this album a lot more than I originally thought, but the problems I had with it on the first listen are the same I had on the tenth: a relative lack of boldness. Missing Parts loses itself in a lot of similar sounding songs that take a fair amount of objective observation to decipher from their surroundings. This is not to say they are not good songs, but that they lack immediacy and verve. These songs—or, as we established earlier, anthems—should roll out with a gut punch. They should sound strong and singular, but more often than not, they roll by like a black car on a black night with broken headlights. Missing Parts is a good album full of good songs that take too much objectivity to be great.

And that’s why the ratio is all kinds of fucked up. Nightmarathons don’t do much wrong, but the one thing that doesn’t work for me is like a blanket that muffles the entire album. It’s the emotional hook—that feeling of yeah, I get that—that doesn’t deliver until all other choices have been considered. I’m out here looking for the mirror image—the subjective hook front and center, the thing that pulls you in and makes you comb through the music to support whatever intangible feelings it gives you.

If we’re being fair though, I can’t deny that Nightmarathons did grow on me. In time, I found myself recognizing songs and remembering snippets of lyrics, but ultimately: the subjective recognition only took me so far, and regrettably much too late. Missing Parts is a wildly competent album that will surely have its devout followers, but as with anything—if it doesn’t catch you hard, it might not catch you at all.



Rich Widows (Punk, Belgium) Stream Single “All Hope Is Gone” from Forthcoming EP “Love”

Belgian melodic gruff punks Rich Widows have released another track off their soon-to-be-released EP. The song is called “All Hope is Gone”. It was premiered recently by Belgium’s premiere punk rock festival, GROEZROCK, at which the band is due to perform next month.

Rich Widows had the following to say about their latest single:

‘All Hope is Gone’ is about exactly what you think it is about. I guess the whole song can be summed up by the lines “I’m living nightmares while trying to chase dreams”. The more you want to improve as a person, the more you are faced with adversity.”

The EP itself is called Love and it will be due out on April 5 via Lost Youth Records and Nosebleed Records.

For now, you can check out “All Hope is Gone” below.



Problem Daughter (Punk, UT) Stream New Album, “Grow Up Trash”

Salt Lake City punks Problem Daughter are allowing fans to stream their latest record. The effort is titled Grow Up Trash and features 10 tracks of anthemic, melodic punk rock. Making the release possible is Wiretap Records in the US and Bearded Punk in Europe.

You can check out Grow Up Trash in its entirety below. If you like it, buy it, and keep on supporting great underground music!

The previous release from Problem Daughter was the 2016 EP, Fits of Disorganized Boredom.



Blind Man Death Stare release new LP “Comin’ In Hot”

Melbourne, Australia punks Blind Man Death Stare have just released their new album Comin’ In Hot. The album is out now on Disconnect Disconnect Records. The band are embarking on a lengthy UK/Europe tour to promote the record now.

Have a listen on Spotify now. Check the remaining tour dates below.



‘Sad Summer Fesitval’ comes in to fill Warped Tour-shaped hole

A new travelling festival called ‘Sad Summer Festival’ has been announced. The new festival features a host of bands that one might have expected to see on Warped Tour in previous years. It will feature headliners The Maine, Mayday Parade, State Champs, and The Wonder Years and have support from Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic,L.I.F.T. and Just Friends. There will also be additional special guests Every Avenue, Four Year Strong, among others on select dates.

If any of the above bands float your boat, check out the dates below.



Nightmarathons premiere another new song ‘Reset”‘

Pittsburgh’s Nightmarathons are premiering another new song from their upcoming release Missing Parts, out March 29th on A-F Records. The song is streaming below and is sounding perhaps even stronger than the other songs put out so far. This bodes very well for the album.

Nightmarathons last release was their self-titled EP in 2017.



New Band Alert!! Amyl and The Sniffers can’t be muzzled

If you aren’t listening to Amyl and The Sniffers yet, I feel sorry for you… or I envy you, because that just means you still get to discover them. Let me guide you along your punk rock journey. I will gladly be your sherpa.

Amyl and the Sniffers is a Melbourne punk-as-fuck band for fans of Dead Boys and The Stooges, with a lead singer that sounds like a much angrier Courtney Barnett. They recently graced the cover of Razorcake Magazine, and are currently rounding out a U.S. expedition before heading across the pond for an eighteen date stroll through Europe.

Their latest single, Monsoon Rock was just released on March 6 through Flightless Records (Australia), ATO Records (America) and Rough Trade Records (everywhere else), and if you don’t know, now you M*%#@’ F*$#%!^’ know!!!

Check out their bandcamp page here, and stream that shizzzzzzzzz on Spotify. Give the song “Some Mutts Can’t be Muzzled” a listen and let me know what you think.

photo by @lacay.o



New Band Alert!! The Muslims (ffo: Dead Milkmen, Amyl and the Sniffers) sign to Don’t Panic Records, Announce upcoming album, “Mayo Supreme”

The Muslims out of Durham, NC have just signed to Don’t Panic Records and Distro and announced the release of their second full length album, Mayo Supreme. Be on the lookout for this release, set for April 1. No joke, this band rocks like a mofo, so be sure and add them to your radar. You can stream their self-titled debut here. It’s also available on Spotify and wherever else.



Habits (Post Hardcore, UK) Announce UK Tour Dates

UK post hardcore quartet Habits have announced their gig schedule for spring 2019. The group will perform six gigs around the UK in April and May, surrounding appearances at the now-legendary Manchester Punk Festival, Washed Out Festival and Focus Wales Festival.

You can check out details of all the shows below.

The most recent new music from Habits was earlier this year when the four-piece released the single, “The Rope”.

 

 



Antillectual release “Truth Hits Everybody” (The Police Cover)

Antillectual have released the third instalment of their ongoing singles series, this time opting to release a cover of The Police. The track, “Truth Hits Everybody”, is out now in all the usual places.

Antillectual guitarist Willeme explains the decision to put covers in with their own material in the series:

“We wanted to experiment and record other people’s music. Most of the bands we grew up on are still around or reunited, but we didn’t feel like covering bands that are still active. It was much more interesting to go back one more generation and find early punk songs with a modern melodic vibe to them. Truth Hits Everybody was the first song that came to mind. From the first time I heard it, it felt like something that would match with our own style very well. Not surprisingly the song appeared to be in a key we use a lot ourselves.”

The video for the track is shot in Antillectual’s hometown Nijmegen and was inspired by The Pomusic video for So Lonely, also from The Police’s debut album Outlandos d’Amour from 1978. That album was also the inspiration for the artwork of the single, created by Andy Dahlström (Satanic Surfers’ bass player). The audio is recorded by the band’s sound tech, Emiel Thoonen. Mixing and additional instruments are done by Menno Bakker who also recorded Antillectual’s debut album Silencing Civilization and many legendary Dutch punk bands such as Undeclinable Ambuscade, NRA and Seein’ Red. Carl Saff (Iron Chic, Touché Amore, Small Brown Bike) did the mastering of the track.

Check it out below.



DS Exclusive: Urban Outfielders (Baseball Punx) Premiere “Where Did He Go (Tito)” In Tribute to Former Bandmate

Baseball punkers Urban Outfielders are releasing their new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” tomorrow (March 22nd) on all major streaming platforms. The single comes from their new EP, Out of This World, which is slated for release on April 22nd. You can hear the single one day early at Dying Scene exclusively, though!

The song serves as a tribute to their fallen outfielder and bandmate, Tito Rogers. Rogers disappeared tragically last year in a flash of light after leaving the dugout earlier than advised. The band believes extra terrestrial motives may be at play here.

Out of This World will be out on April 22nd via Hidden Home Records. Listen to the new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” below.



Boss’ Daughter stream new song Ace of BAC/DC

Reno punks Boss’ Daughter are streaming their new song, “Ace of BAC/DC”, which comes from an as of yet unannounced upcoming release.

You can give the song a listen below.

Boss’ Daughter last released Sleep in May 2016. 



Dan Vapid And The Cheats stream new album “Three”

Dan Vapid And The Cheats are streaming their new album, Three, which was released on March 15th via Eccentric Pop Records.

You can give the album a listen below.

Dan Vapid And The Cheats last released Two in July 2013.



Guerilla Poubelle (punk) release video for “Golgotha”

French punks Guerilla Poubelle have released a new video for their song “Golgotha”. Guitarist and singer Till had this to say about the new video: “Here’s our new video, we used footage for the Carpenter movie ‘They Live’ (or ‘Invasion Los Angeles’ as they named it in France, don’t ask me why!), what a delight to watch our hero finds out about capitalism and punching cops, destroying a bank and rampaging a TV station building.” The stirring video is about as punk as it comes and features the iconic Rowdy Roddy Piper, and I’m pretty sure you can’t argue with a Canadian who wore a kilt to the squared circle.

Along with the new video, Guerilla Poubelle has announced a tour through Europe with label-mates Arms Aloft.

You can check out the new video and tour dates below.

This is the first new material from Guerilla Poubelle since their acclaimed album La Nausée was released back in 2017. 



TSOL release video for cover of Amerie’s “1 Thing”

Southern California punk legends TSOL have released a video for their surprising cover of Amerie’s 2005 hit “1 Thing”. Frontman Jack Grisham says, “I like go-go music and soul and anything that really moves. I first heard Amerie’s “1 Thing” in 2005, when it was released. Fucking infectious man, the way that groove keeps rolling, and she’s such a great vocalist. The lyrics were your basic relationship trip but then it hit me, this isn’t just a song about some dude, these lyrics read like a song to a system or a government that’d been up to no good. When she sang, “memories keep ringing bells” I was thinking of the state of our union today, the turmoil in our society, and where we’d been before—I was musing on our involvement in the Middle East, Latin America, Vietnam. I was thinking about the dirty deeds that this nation had been up to and then she sang, “why don’t you just admit it” and I realized that no one in power, not in this country, was ever gonna admit that we were wrong.”

You can check out the rousing cover below as well as some tour dates.

The new song will be available on 12″ single. This is the first new music from TSOL since the release of Live At The Observatory last year. You can order the upcoming single here.