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Avail to reunite for “Over The James” 21st anniversary show in Richmond

Well holy hell, boys and girls; hell, it would seem, has frozen over…Avail are back!

In spite of years of insisting it wouldn’t happen, the ground-breaking Richmond, Virginia band are reassembling for a 21st anniversary show in honor of their 1998 album Over The James. The gig will feature the original OTJ-eralineup of Tim Barry, Joe Banks, Beau Beau, Gwomper, and Erik Larson. It marks the first Avail show in more than eleven years and that particular lineup’s first show together in what I’m pretty sure is more like 19 or 20 years. It’s all going down  Friday, July 19th at The National in their hometown of Richmond, and features support from Iron Reagan and Asylum. Tickets are on sale this coming Friday (March 29th) at 10am Eastern at this here link, so plan your sick time accordingly.

Over The James was initially released on April 7, 1998, on Lookout Records, and was later released by Jade Tree a couple years later. Avail’s final release was their 2002 Fat Wreck Chords full-length Front Porch Stories. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for more of these dates in the very, very near future. If I were a betting man…



Gnarlytown: Bikes, Boards & Bands announces first round of bands

Gnarlytown: Bikes, Boards & Bands, a new festival featuring he ultimate mashup of action sports, punk rock, and craft beer tasting has announced it will be taking place on Saturday June 22nd at LA Waterfront Berth 46 at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA.

The lineup will include Pennywise, Rancid, Off!, Madball, Action Bronson, and more.  You can check out all the details of the festival here.



Aree and the Pure Heart stream new song “Black Cats”

Atlanta’s Aree and the Pure Heart are streaming a new song from their upcoming album Never Gonna Die, that is set to be released on March 29th via Wiretap Records and Homebound Records.

You can listen to “Black Cats” below.

The album will be a follow up to their last effort, the Heartstrings EP, which was released in 2015.



Bad Luck (pop punk) stream new song “Sheep Song”

Brooklyn pop-punks Bad Luck are streaming their new song, “Sheep Song,” which comes from their upcoming EP Drug Phase that is set to be released on March 29th via Take This To Heart Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Bad Luck last released their single “Wished We Still Talked” earlier this year.



Dexter Holland gives some more insight into the new album from The Offspring

The Offspring guitarist and lead singer Dexter Holland recently gave Kerrang! an update on their new album. Dexter stated:

It sounds like our old shit! That’s what I’m supposed to say, right? I don’t really know how to describe it. I guess it’s punk rock, but then we throw in a couple of songs that aren’t what you’d normally predict. We have a lot of really fast stuff on there, plus a couple of things that you might not really expect from us. But I’m really really happy with it. It’s not completely finished, but it is 98% finished. So we’re trying to put together a plan to release it.

The follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By is reportedly set for release later this year, and Noodles said a while ago that they were working on two albums, though it’s not clear if it will result in separate or double album(s).



Ben Weinmann (The Dillinger Escape Plan) is recording with Suicidal Tendencies

It looks like Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan is becoming a full time member of California punk rock icons Suicidal Tendencies.  After filling in on guitar at their live shows, Ben has now been recording with the band.

You can see all the details of this union, including some in studio videos, here.

Suicidal Tendencies last released Still Cyco Punk After All These Years in September 2018.



Sabrina Is Not In This Chat (punk, Los Angeles) streams new album “Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin”

Los Angeles punk act Sabrina Is Not In This Chat are streaming their new album, Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin, which was released on January 20th via Penniback Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Sabrina Is Not In This Chat last released S I n I T C 2 in June 2018.



Charger (Matt Freeman’s new project) sign to Pirate’s Press Records

California punk act Charger, featuring Matt Freeman of Rancid, have announced that they have signed to Pirates Press Records, who will be releasing their debut 12″ EP/CD later this year.

We will be sure to keep you updated once we hear more details on this release, and hopefully we can all listen to what is sure to be some awesome music from this project soon!



Brakrock Ecofest (Belgium) announces another round of new bands

Belgium’s environmentally-conscious punk rock extravaganza, Brakrock Ecofest, has just announced another round of new bands to it’s summer 2019 lineup.  The new bands include some classic punk acts, as well as some up-and-comers, including Poison Idea, DOA, DI, Antillectual, Buster Shuffle, St. Plaster, We Outspoken, and Blackup.

You can find out everything you need to know about the 2019 edition of Brakrock Ecofest at the official website.



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.