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Slam Dunk (North) 2019 – Live Review

This year’s Slam Dunk festival took place at two locations, the northern event in the beautiful Temple Newsham Park on the outskirts of Leeds, the southern date at the similarly picturesque Hatfield House Park near London.  What the aristocratic owners of these large country estates would make of the Slam Dunk attendees descending on their properties, I’d love to know!  Being punkers of a certain age, my wife and I had to plan our attendance with military precision – depositing our three kids with their grandparents, stocking up on supplies for a couple of nights of freedom from behaving like responsible adults and heading north with the Friday afternoon motorway traffic.  We spent the night before Slam Dunk North in nearby Sheffield with friends before heading to the show bright and early on the Saturday.  After negotiating our way through housing and industrial areas we arrived at the festival along with a few thousand other music fans.  With the smell of cheap cider in the air and the lunchtime sun shining, we made our way in and headed to the far side of the site to Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic stage.  The line up had spent the last few weeks winding its way through Germany, Spain and France with the two Slam Dunk dates in the UK capping off this run through Europe.

We got to the stage just in time to catch the end of openers, The Bombpops, set.  They ripped through I Can’t and Jerk from 2017’s Fear of Missing Out, ending on Dear Beer from last year’s EP.  The band were super tight and I was disappointed not to have caught the whole set, hopefully they’ll be back this side of the Atlantic soon.

Next up were Anti-Flag, a band I’ve lost touch with over the past decade having previously enjoyed their output.  They launched into Die For Your Government, much to the appreciation of the assembled crowd and played a solid set spanning their twenty years plus of releasing music.  Despite it being around 1pm they managed to incite a giant circle pit during Broken Bones, after reminding us “Brothers and sisters, if someone falls down, we pick them back up”.  We were then treated to a couple of their poppier songs (Turncoat and This Is The End) before Fuck Police Brutality, a song written twenty two years ago that is as relevant now as it ever has been.  The set was rounded out with Cities Burn, American Attraction, Press Corpse and finally, singalong favourite Brandenburg Gate.  Having not really checked in with the band for a while I had been slightly ambivalent about checking them out however their performance, positivity and set list were all top notch.

Santa Barbara sextet, the Mad Caddies, then took the stage to share some reggae/ska punk love with the masses.  Despite lead singer Chuck not getting any sound out of his monitor for the early part of their set, the boys were sounding great.  The crowd was skanking and grooving along from the opening trumpet refrain of The Dirge to the last notes of oompah thrasher All American BadAss.  Personal highlights for me were Road Rash, Weird Beard and the cover of Propagandhi’s Nation States from last summer’s Punk Rocksteady album.

Keeping the ska punk vibe going, The Interrupters followed next.  My main exposure to the Bivona brothers and Aimee Interrupter is from my wife and nine-year-old daughter playing them in the car and around the house.  I’ve always appreciated their Hellcat inflected tunes and was looking forward to seeing them in person.  Friend Like Me got the crowd moving nicely and they went on to play Take Back The Power, On A Turntable, She’s Kerosene and She Got Arrested amongst others.  It could have just been me but it did feel like the energy in the crowd dropped a few songs into the set but this was by no means a reflection of the effort being given by the band.  They finished with This Is My Family adding a slightly prolonged singalong finale to the song which I could have done without but, overall, I was pleased to have caught The Interrupters live.

I first saw Lagwagon in 1998, headlining a show which also had NUFAN, Strung Out and Swingin Utters on the line up, a few months before Let’s Talk About Feelings came out.  I have a lot of time for this band and I waited patiently to see them for the fourth (fifth?) time while my compadres foolishly opted to hit the bar and food stalls.  Their set list focussed mainly on their mid to late nineties albums with Violins, Sleep, Razor Burn from Hoss; Alien 8 and Making Friends from Double Plaidinum and Change Despair, May 16 and After You My Friend from ‘Feelings.  Cog In The Machine got an airing from 2014’s Hang, I had been hoping for a few more from this album but they had played a lot of those songs when they played London last year so I wasn’t too disappointed.  With close to thirty years under their belts, it’s no surprise Lagwagon are consistently excellent live, with plenty of choreographed shredding and general tom foolery thrown in for good measure.  The rain started to fall as the set drew to a close, so after four and half hours at the Punk in Drublic stage I took a wander to find food, toilets and buy a long overdue round at the beer tent.

Millencolin played next however I opted to visit the Dickies stage to check out Saves The Day, a band my wife and I saw on our first sort of date in 2002.  I lost touch with the band’s music after Stay What You Are and was gambling on them playing songs from their first few records to make it worth my while straying from the Punk in Drublic stage.  They kicked off with At Your Funeral and Chris Conely’s vocal was instantly joined by the (slightly aging) crowd, transporting me back to when I was a wide eyed 20-year-old.  From there they played a string of songs from post SWYA albums and with a heavy heart I bid them farewell in order to line up more drinks and get a decent vantage point for Less Than Jake.

The rain had been falling steadily by the time Gainesville’s favourite sons bounced onto the stage.  They treated the decidedly damp crowd to all the classics (Jonny Quest, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads, History Of A Boring Town, Nervous In The Alley, Gainesville Rock City etc) along with a couple of newer tunes.  At one point the, slightly terrifying, LTJ mascot came on stage with a toilet paper gun and papered the front few rows which is not something I’ve experienced at a show before but it was pretty amusing.  Less Than Jake are one of those bands that you can never see too many times and seeing some of their newer songs played in and amongst their older stuff gave a slightly different perspective on them, which was great.

The penultimate act was Bad Religion, whose seventeenth studio album, Age Of Unreason, dropped a month ago.  We were treated to four songs from their latest offering (Lose Your Head, Chaos From Within, Do The Paranoid Style & My Sanity).  The rest of the set was a tour de force, stretching back to the very beginning (Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell from 1982’s How Could Hell Be Any Worse?) with good representation from their entire catalogue.  Crowd pleasers like 21st Century Digital Boy, Sorrow, Stranger Than Fiction and Fuck You all kept the crowd moving as the rain continued to fall.  These guys continue to put out great music and impress live and it was heartening to see punks of all ages rocking out to these legends.

I sacrificed the end of Bad Religion’s set to catch a few songs from The Menzingers back on the Dickies stage.  An ill-advised, uphill sprint across the festival site left me lightheaded as I arrived halfway through Mid-Western States.  I just about caught my breath as they started Casey and I stuck around long enough to hear The Freaks and Lookers before heading back to the Punk In Drublic stage for headliners, NOFX.  I’ve been a fan of The Menzingers since 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and have seen them a few times playing club shows and they are always a good time live.

So back to the Punk In Drublic stage for NOFX and the rain finally stopped.  The guys came on stage and proceeded to spend what felt like five minutes chatting shit to each other and the crowd.  Just as the fans started to get restless, they let rip with Seeing Double At The Triple Rock and Six Years On Dope.  They played a set punctuated with long periods of conversation and shit-housery which at times elicited shouts of “Get on with it” from the crowd, but most should know by now that this is standard practise for Mike et al.  To be honest, I was thankful for the chance to catch my breath a lot of the time!  We were treated to Linoleum, Don’t Call Me White, The Brews and Perfect Government from the album from whence the stage took its name, along with Bob (from White Trash..), Kill All The White Man (from the Longest Line EP), Eat The Meek and Murder The Government (from So Long…).  I was really pleased they played I’m So Sorry Tony because Mr Sly should be honoured at every opportunity and they closed the set playing a cover of We’re Only Gonna Die by Bad Religion which was excellent.  NOFX have been through a lot of shit in their personal lives over the years but it’s nice to see them on stage, annoying each other, supporting each other and still fighting the good fight.

Previous Slam Dunk line-ups have always had a few bands that piqued my interested but the inclusion of the Punk In Drublic tour made it a no brainer, here’s hoping it become a permanent fixture moving forwards.

Photo Credits

The Bombpops – Jen Razavi

Aimee Interruptor, Joey Cape, Roger Lima, Greg Graffin – FuckinClairPhotos

NOFX – Jade Greenbrooke



Strung Out stream new single, “Daggers”; announce new album, “Songs of Armor and Devotion”

The much-anticipated new album from Strung Out finally has a title and a release date. It is called Songs of Armor and Devotion and will be released by Fat Wreck Chords on August 9, 2019. The album can be pre-ordered here.

Singer Jason Cruz says of the album, “Some songs can be armor: they can repel and they can guard you,” explains Cruz. “And they can also bring you comfort and speak of love and belonging to something. To be a good and gentle person, you have to put up a little bit of armor, but that armor never works, because you’re so caring and sensitive and vulnerable that your heart is going to be displayed on that armor anyway. There are so many thoughts and feelings in my head that I just opened up and let it go so I could explore the duality of having to defend and protect what’s inside, and at the same time make it available for the world.”

Check out “Daggers” below for the first taste of what is to come from this quintessential punk band.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival announces Portland Date

Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival recently announced it’s first 2019 US date will take place in Portland, OR on July 12th at Portland Meadows.

The festival will feature NOFX playing The Decline in its entirety with Baz’s Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Bad Religion, MXPX, Anti-Flag, The Last Gang, and Mean Jeans.

You can get all the details here



Ink Bomb (Dutch skate punk) streaming new single “Griefwalker” off debut album

Dutch skate punk band Ink Bomb released their new single “Griefwalker”. The song is the opener of their upcoming debut album Fiction, which will be released August 23. The single is streaming in all the usual places.

Bass player Arina Banga explains, “‘Griefwalker’ is a perfect sneak preview of Fiction.  It has that typical skate punk sound we are known for but also features a weird song structure and some complex drum rhythms you wouldn’t normally find in a punk rock song clocking in under two minutes.”

You can check out a lyric video of “Griefwalker” below.



Drunktank release lyric video for “Waste Away”

Dutch skate punkers Drunktank have released a lyric video for new track “Waste Away”. The track is from the band’s upcoming album Return of The Infamous Four, which is available for pre-order from the band’s Bandcamp now.

Have a watch below.



DS Exclusive: The Butts stream “Alex Jones Is One Of Them” off upcoming “Nightmare at Area 51” EP

Austin, TX punkers The Butts have just announced their upcoming EP, Nightmare at Area 51, to be released on Stars at Night Records this coming June. This will be a follow up to the band’s 2017 self-titled full-length, and hopefully marks a pivotal stance towards more future releases from the group who had not previously released any music since their 2011 Second to All LP which “took about a year and half, two guitar players, and three drummers to release… [they’re] lazy.”

Taking a new trajectory, these goofballers with the best band name since The Misfits, have formulated a concept album of four punkers broken down in the vast West Texas abyss, kidnapped by space invaders and forced to do gawd knows what at Area 51. All that remains of their mysterious disappearance is a tape. See? It says that here.

 

A tape? C’mon I mean this is 2019… anyway… this calamitous documentation has been disbounded and manifestly declassified to be made available on all streaming parameters June 7. Also, a preview has been released to the general public regarding some of these futuristic transgressions in an effort presumably to ease the rudimentary minds of those unwilling to accept the implications of such developments.

That preview, a warning that others may already be among us is streaming below. It’s called “Alex Jones Is One Of Them”. Included are lyrics hacked and decoded by DSLeaks themselves, at the upheaval of American authorities. The people have a right to know.

UP THE BUTTS!!!!

 

 



Manchester Punk Festival 2019: Photographers’ Spotlight

This year’s Manchester Punk Festival was yet another sublime cacophony of smiles, sounds, and sozzles. As always, the organisers went above and beyond to make it an event to remember. The addition of even more styles of music, the addressing of previous years’ venue capacity issues, and the trial run of a new three-full-day format all enhanced what was already the obvious highlight of the UK festival calendar.

Rather than cover the event by way of endless stream of “and then I watched…., and they were good”, I thought it’d be great to shine a little light on some of the unsung heroes of festivals and live musical performance in general – the gig photographer. Seeing a wicked set of pictures can take you back to watching a band absolutely smash it or turn an idea of a punk rock road trip into a reality for next year. There’s always loads of great pictures of festivals too but it’s rare you get to see the work of (nearly) all the photographers in one place.

With that in mind I tracked down as many of the photographers covering Manchester Punk Festival as I possibly could; the idea being to showcase what they think to be their finest work from the event. Below, you’ll find their submissions, along with a few words from each about their experience of the festival and their work outside of documenting all things punk.

 



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Cigar (Skate Punk) release video for “Classic You”

Legendary skate punk band Cigar have released the video for “Classic You”, off their upcoming EP, which is yet to be named. You can watch the video below.



Chump (Skate Punk) release video for “Cessation”

Chump‘s new video for “Cessation,” which is from their album, Welcome to the Punk Rock Family, has just been released and you can get your skate punk fix from Belgium below.



NOFX stream demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin”

NOFX are streaming a newly released demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin,” which comes from the Punk In Drublic Europe festival exclusive Fat Music Music For Wrecked People: Punk In Drublic 2019 compilation.

You can give the song a listen below.

NOFX last released Ribbed – Live in a Dive in 2018 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Their last studio output was First Ditch Effort in 2016.



Catch Chaser (DS Records) on tour in Europe this summer with UK skate punk act Darko

Buckle up, punk fans, Southern California skate-punk act Chaser are taking Europe by storm this Summer! Catch them with UK skate punks Darko at any of the dates in the poster above. 

Chaser’s new album “Sound The Sirens” was released digitally through Dying Scene Records and physically through Effervescence Records on July 20th, 2018. Stream/purchase the digital release on bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and pick up the vinyl/CD through Effervescence Records.



DS Exclusive: Ten Foot Pole premiere new album, “Escalating Quickly”

I know it’s a little last minute, but I figure every once in a while it’s only right to do something nice for those special night walkers in all of our lives. So, here you go, my children of darkness. Ten Foot Pole… a whole, like hour or something before it’s supposed to release officially.

If you didn’t know this album was coming out then you’ve probably been sleep walking through life again. I mean… don’t you get excited about anything? Personally, I’ve been wondering what took this thing so long to hit my inbox. I was almost starting to think that Thousand Islands Records was holding out on me. :p

Escalating Quickly jumps from head-banging to booty-shaking, screams to giggles, and anger to hope. The goal was to push beyond the musical expectations set by our past music, to have fun, and to be honest in a way that helps us feel connected with people. I hope you like these songs as much as I do,” says singer/guitarist, Dennis Jagard. Guest artists who get in the mix include: Dan Palmer (Death By Stereo), Dan Jacobs (Atreyu), Sean Sellers (Good Riddance) and Joe Raposo (Lagwagon).

The new album drops tomorrow on Thousand Island Records with vinyl variants available via Disconnect Disconnect Records(UK), Morning Wood Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia). Here is the link for purchaseEscalating Quickly was somewhat of a DIY experiment and the band “seeks patrons willing to subscribe at $1 per month or more, to help fund future recording, and in return offers supporters newsletters and early access to music, podcasts, videos and more.” Click here for more info on becoming a patron… and duh! Stay up and enjoy the new album from Ten Foot Pole below for a non-alcoholic reason to show up to work dark-eyed tomorrow morning. G’night!



Green Frog Feet (skate punk) stream new song “All Around” from upcoming album “Broken Bones, Burning Homes”

Here’s a great little release to put on your radar. German skate punk act Green Frog Feet will be unleashing “Broken Bones, Burning Homes” in November and apparently it’s never too early to start getting people riled up. In this case it’s with the band’s new track “All Around” which you can check out below.



DS Exclusive: Downway (Skate punk) streams upcoming album “Last Chance for More Regrets”

Downway is back after 15 years with a brand spanking new 12-track  banger out of Calgary, Alberta. Last Chance For more Regrets released today on Thousand Islands Records. You may remember, our early feature of “Wild Ones” back in March. Well, today we’ve got the whole thing, so, you’re welcome. You can stream the new album and get that story below