Swansea, UK’s Kneeon are streaming the first song off their upcoming self-titled debut.
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Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:14 PM (PST) by rick delaney
Following the success of their Punk Rock Christmas compilation, released in 2015, Cleopatra Records have announced a new version in time for the coming holiday season. The imaginatively-titled Punk Rock Christmas 2 will feature cover versions of festive tracks by a host of punk rock legends and rising stars.
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:55 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Veteran Florida punks Slap of Reality are allowing fans to stream their latest single. The effort is titled “Gaslight” and is out now on A Jam Records. The single’s B-side is called “Never Far” and was actually the band’s first single on the label. DyingScene reported on the release earlier this year. You can listen to both tracks below.
The previous collection of tunes from Slap of Reality was the 1995 EP, Monkey Dust. Since their most recent reformation, the band have only released singles to date. However, they are reportedly working on a new EP at present.
Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:39 AM (PST) by rick delaney
A new documentary exploring third-wave ska is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray today. Rancid and Operation Ivy lead Tim Armstrong provides the narration for Pick It Up! Ska In The ’90s and the story is told by various members of key bands from the scene. Expect cameos from members of Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, and a host of others.
The documentary is the work of PopMotion Pictures and was directed by Taylor Morden. After proving popular during showings on the summer festival circuit, fans of the genre can now own the documentary themselves. Check out the movie’s official website for more details.
As well as the release, there will be official screenings of the film at various locations as part of the Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Tour in the new year. You can see the dates below.
UK pop punkers Roam continue to tour their recent Smile Wide album (out on Hopeless Records), taking in some smaller venues around the UK at the start of 2020. The 14 date tour beings Jan 24th in Bournemouth and runs until Feb 6th in Brighton.
Full details below. Tickets go on sale Friday (22nd November).
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:14 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Twin City pop-punks Supportive Parents have released a new five song EP Could Be Worse. Without a doubt “Groundhog Day” was my favorite track on this one. I feel as if Groundhog Day is a holiday that really deserved a song of its own, especially since it’s the time of year where Christmas tunes are jammed down our gullet.
Check out the new EP below.
Supportive Parents last released Fuck It. Whatever (these guys nail album titles!) back in March 2017. If you’re a fan of Guttermouth these guys reminded me of the veteran punks.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:03 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Florida-punks Wolf-Face are streaming the first three songs off of their upcoming album Still Golden, which is due out December 10th on Say-10 Records. The title track for the upcoming album as well as “With or Without Boof” and “Dog Whistle” are all pretty decent tracks, and has this Dying Scenester looking forward to the rest of the album.
Check out the new singles below.
This is the first new music from Wolf-Face since they released two new tracks last year.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:48 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Big Apple power pop-punk act Answering Machine has released a new single. The new track “Bad Luck” features some catchy riffs and some even more catchy lyrics. Usually not a huge fan of pop-punk, I really enjoyed this new tune. The lyrics are stellar and the silky smooth vocals are right on the money.
Check out the new song below.
This is the first new music from Answering Machine since Cover T.V. came out in October of last year.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:14 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Philly punk act Anthem Grief have released a new video for their song “Game, Set, Match, Gas” off of their début album Defense Mechanisms. The video was shot in Brazil and the band had this to say about it: “The lyrics for this particular song are pretty self-explanatory in regards to having issues with drinking. However, a big part of it reflects on how it’s possible for a person to get so caught up with trying to look out for the well-being of others, that they don’t even notice that they’re destroying themselves in various aspects.”
Check it out for yourself below.
As mentioned above, Defense Mechanisms is the début album for the Philly punks.
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Hey friends, Llama here. My band, The Dolly Llamas is now streaming the first two tracks off our upcoming Good Run EP, releasing on all major streaming services December 15. Get a sneak peak at A.P.R.A.P.I. and Tacos below.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 3:54 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
I’m never quite sure where to place compilation albums in the grand scheme of things. Are they disposable? Are they art? To this day I’m not sure, and because I missed out on the days of Punk-a-rama, I may never truly understand where a good comp falls into one’s collection. If I were to hazard a guess though, in a world where everything is perfect and physical media has not yet been grounded by cardiac arrest, I would want a good comp to be something akin to your coolest friend with the coolest taste sitting you down and saying: “listen to this.”
I like to think that’s where Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers falls into place. And if there’s anyone to inhabit the role of coolest friend with coolest taste, it’s without a doubt Red Scare’s mastermind Tobias Jeg. 15 Years of Tears and Beers serves as a reminder to all the great music Red Scare has brought us over the years, featuring fifteen artists that helped shape the label into the monster it is today.
The best part of this whole thing though, is that these are new songs. This isn’t just a greatest hits collection of some classic Red Scare alums—these are hot new tracks from some of the finest punk rock songwriters in the game today. The Copyrights start things off with one of my favorite songs by them, period (“Maine or Oregon”). It’s as fast and catchy as just about anyone familiar with the Copyrights would expect, and it’s less than a minute long. Sincere Engineer makes an appearance with “Dragged Across the Finish Line,” another song that I thought was just stellar. Funny enough, this is one of those groups that I could never get into, but recently, I seem to recall Jeg saying that Sincere Engineer wasn’t a singer-songwriter thing, but in actuality a stealth gruff-punk thing. This shifted my perspective quite a bit, and on this track, I totally hear it. “Dragged Across the Finish Line” is a total banger with lots of heart that sounds like something straight out of the camps of Hot Water Music and Lawrence Arms.
There’s a couple of great covers on this one. The Menzingers are represented by Broadway Calls who cover their classic “Sunday Morning,” with a grounded pop-punk approach. Billy Liar ends the album with a Nothington cover of “The Escapist.” Both of these tracks provide a little familiarity in the mix as well as a sense of living history. At the end of the day, 15 Years of Tears and Beers is a celebration, and is working tirelessly not to give you a sense of dour self-importance, but a sense of fun surrounding all of the great music that’s happened because of Red Scare. This is fun, covers are fun; the message is clear: have fun.
There are too many tracks to call out by name as favorites here, but I’ll list a couple that I thought were standouts. Elway’s “High Drama, Low Comedy” knocks it out of the park here. This is a band, much like Sincere Engineer, that I never got into. First it was the Elway is Jerks meme that went around PunkNews that I mistook for people actually calling the people in the band out as rockstar divas (apparently, I was quite wrong, and they are good folks). Second, it was For the Sake of the Bit’s aim at taking down internet music reviewers, which hit a little too close to home for me, because, well—guess what I am? Either way, I can’t deny that this song is a banger and it might just be what forces me to reconsider Elway. Shout out in particular to the Queen-ish guitar solo bridge, inspired stuff.
“Dead Body” by Garrett Dale of Red City Radio is a ridiculous, catchy song that stopped me in my tracks on the first listen. Dale is clearly having fun with this one, where you can hear him exclaiming “this has got to be the dumbest song” after a killer sax break. And hey, maybe it is—but it’s fun as Hell (and as I established earlier, fun is the name of the game). It’s like an oldies radio hit born in 2019 and is a clear highlight of the whole album.
But if that’s not enough for you, you also have great tracks from MakeWar, Ramona, Tightwire, The Bombpops, and many, many others. What I’m trying to say here is: this thing is stacked! And it’s not just big names, it’s big songs. What struck me most about 15 Years was the sheer quality from start to finish. It’s a diverse collection of great songs from the Red Scare roster, and if you ask me, it’s worth all the tears and beers to get there.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:30 AM (PST) by Chris Ramone
In a recent interview with Canada’s Halifax Today, The Offspring guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman revealed that the band’s long-awaited new album has been completed and they are currently looking for a distribution deal in order to release it early next year. This is what he had to say:
“The artwork needs to be done and we have a rough track listing. We’ve even gone and done more music since. We just need a distribution deal, and we want that done by the end of the year. Then we can release early next year.”
The new Offspring record will be the band’s first since 2012’s Days Go By, and probably the first one without original bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel, who hasn’t performed live with the band since last year, and is one of the three members to appear on all of their records since their 1989 self-titled debut.
Greg K. recently sued Noodles and frontman Bryan “Dexter” Holland, both of whom had prevented him from being involved in Offspring-related activities, including studio recordings and live performances; there’s currently no indication of who performs bass on the band’s new record. Filling in for Greg live over the past year has been H2O guitarist and Offspring touring member Todd Morse.
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:34 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
Fans have been patiently awaiting a new record from The Offspring since they released their last full-length to date Days Go By back in 2012. Well, the band recently updated their Facebook page confirming that next year will see new music from the band. No further more details are available at this point, but what it is known is that the new album was produced by Bob Rock and will likely be their first one without their bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel.
Greg K., who hadn’t performed live with The Offspring since last year, recently filed a lawsuit against his two of his bandmates — vocalist/guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman — alleging trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the rights to the Offspring name. Stepping in for Greg live has been H2O guitarist and Offspring touring member Todd Morse.
Along with Dexter and Noodles, Greg is one of the three members to appear on all of The Offspring’s albums since their 1989 self-titled debut. It’s not clear if he did actually perform bass on the new record.
Dutch punk trio Antillectual have released a new single. “Fever” is the second track to be released from a session recorded at Tim van Doorn’s Big Dog Recordings in Antwerp, Belgium.
You can have a listen – and see upcoming dates – below.