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Radkey (Punk, MO) Stream New Track “Rock And Roll Homeschool”

Missouri-based punk three-piece Radkey are allowing fans to stream their latest track. The effort is titled “Rock And Roll Homeschool” and it’s the first music from the group since their 2016 LP, Delicious Rock Noise.

Isaiah Radke, one of the group’s vocalists and bass player, spoke about the inspiration behind the tune:

“I’m not sure how many people know this about us, but we were homeschooled… That’s one of the main reasons we had a ton of time to work on songwriting and play tons of video games. The only problem was that we started to feel pretty uncool having zero friends. We would constantly fantasize about getting out there, and what life would be like if we had gone to ‘real school.'”

Along with the new music, Radkey will also be hitting the road with legendary British punks The Damned later this month.

You can check out “Rock And Roll Homeschool” on Spotify and Apple Music. The full list of tour dates are below.



Pierre (garage punk) stream “Canvas” and “Poppy Fields” off upcoming album “Pierre”


Pierre, everyone’s favorite Minnesota-based grungy post-hardcore alt-garage-punk band, is proud to announce the October 12, 2018 release of their debut, self-titled, full-length album, “Pierre.”

Pierre is now streaming two singles from the record, “Canvas” and “Poppy Fields”, which you can check out below, along with their creative new “Poppy Fields” video. If you’re into it, the album is available for pre-order now.



DS Exclusive: Frankie Piessens on The Radiator Rattlers’ Upcoming Full-Length, “Hold On”

By the time you’re reading this, Haverhill, Massachusetts’ The Radiator Rattlers will be less than 24 hours from the official release of their newest studio full-length. It’s called Hold On, and it’s due out Saturday (September 29th) and it makes the group’s first full-length since their self-titled debut dropped back in 2015. Now, if you’re saying to yourself “wait just one good god damn minute…who are the Radiator Rattlers?” well…that’s partially my fault. The octet — that’s right, there are eight Rattlers — have been slowly and steadily building up a following in the area north of Boston over the last half-dozen years, playing a souped up version of good-time punk rock run through a rockabilly-Hank Williams-cowpunk filter that’s ways that could only come from a band that includes a washboard player on vocals, a mandolin player, a banjo player, a stand-up bass player, and a pedal steel-playing pirate among its ranks.

One recent weeknight after work, yours truly took a ride into the working-class heart of the Merrimack Valley to catch up with Rattlers’ guitarist/vocalist Frankie Piessens (pictured above) at the tattoo shop he owns and operates in order to shed some light on Hold On. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a patron of the shop for years, and Radiator Rattlers’ vocalist/washboard player Kenny Turner did my most recent piece. As fate would have it, Piessens just happened to be finishing up a sleeve on Rattlers’ original bass player Mike Bastek, which gave some pretty good insight into the history of the band. Here’s a quick recap:

It all started out six years ago. Piessens, Bastek, and Rattlers’ mandolin player Travis Boucher lived together in a multi-family house affectionately known as South Central in Havehill, Massachusetts. Having all been in myriad bands throughout the incestual Merrimack Valley music scene for more than a decade at that point, the trio figured playing music together was a no-brainer, at least as a way to hang together after work. What made this project different from previous bands, however, is that 2/3rds of the lineup didn’t know how to play their instruments. “It started basically because Mike got a stand-up bass and wanted to learn how to use it,” explains Piessens. “We started covering Stones’ songs, Pogues’ songs…just fun songs so they could learn their instruments, because Travis didn’t know how to play mandolin either.”

As time went on, more people were added to the mix. Matt Pepp on banjo. Carla Pierce on acoustic guitar and, at times, accordion. Kenny Turner on vocals and, because he didn’t play a stringed instrument, washboard. Luke Williams on percussion, which is generally drums but has also include various household objects including but not limited to a suitcase. “At one point or another, we all lived in the same house. We didn’t even have a name,” says Piessens. “We were hanging out in this living room, drinking beers and playing songs. It was an old house, and everybody that lived in the house was people that we knew and worked with. We had gotten to the point where we were going to maybe play an open mic just to get it out of our system. And Jed, our neighbor upstairs, he called when we were practicing one night and he was like “yo, man, you guys are like totally rattling my radiators right now.” And it was like “there’s the band name!”

The seven-piece played their first open mic at a venue called the Chit Chat Lounge in their hometown of Haverhill. Having received a modicum of positive feedback, things progressed in a natural, organic fashion. The band played parties and other open mics, and started to develop a local following, without having any pretense that they’d turn into the next big thing. “We all have careers, we all have shit that we want to do,” Piessens explains. “But for us to get that feeling of playing music like we used to when we were kids and having fun, that’s what we were chasing.” Eventually the band decided to start recording original tunes and to narrow down a sound. Enter: The Pirate.

Jonee Earthquake, that is. Earthquake is a bit of a local legend in the southern New Hampshire/northern Massachusetts music scene. He’s been playing in bands and recording music and putting on shows in the area since 1979. For comparison’s sake, that’s also the year Bad Religion started, and the year I, your resident old Boston-area fart, was born. Earthquake joined the Radiator Rattlers about a year after the band started, taking on the role of pedal steel player. He recorded the band’s music, and brought with him a sense of professionalism (well…it’s punk rock and he dresses like a pirate, so professionalism might be an overstatement) that got the now eight-piece to focus. As Bastek interjects: “You don’t want to disappoint the pirate!”

As Piessens figures, the band started to hit their proverbial stride after two or three years as a unit. They recorded and released their self-titled debut full-length in 2015. They also recorded enough material for a second full-length, including a few songs that ended up on their 2015 Summer’s Over 7-inch.  “We recorded the last one and this one at the same time, and just knocked out as much as we could,” says Piessens. There was only one problem: “the computer shit the bed,” he explains. “We lost everything. The only shit we still had was the two songs that were already on the 7-inch. We had to go back and record everything else again.”

The result of that follow-up session is Hold On, which is due out tomorrow on Earthquake’s Spiral Records label. It consists of ten tracks that find the band refining slightly their garage punk/alt-country/rockabilly infused sound, a natural occurrence given that the band’s members (Bastek has been replaced on bass duties by Jimbo Ritchie) have all learned how to play their instruments. Most of the band’s songs start out with Piessens working on a song or a riff at his house. Once the basic structure is cemented, Piessens will bring the song to the practice. “There’s a bunch of wild cards!” he exclaims. “Usually I’ll work it out with the “core group” – the drummer, Carla the acoustic guitar player, maybe a mandolin or a banjo. Then we’ll bring in the rest of them and they add their own little flavor to the song. Jonee especially, when he adds the pedal steel over that shit, it just changes completely where the song goes. Once a song goes through the eight members, it might totally change what I thought it was going to sound like.”

At the end of the day, the Radiator Rattlers are still a punk rock band. A large, multi-instrumental punk rock band. “You’re throwing as much as you can at a wall and seeing what sticks,” Piessens explains. “They’re all cowboy chords, really, so they’re pretty open to going in either a punk rock direction or a country direction or whatever. We can cover anything from Johnny Cash to CCR to Ramones or Minor Threat or Fear. It’s all shit we like, it doesn’t matter if it “fits the band” or not. It’s punk rock, you can smash that fucking square peg into a round hole.”

It bears mentioning that the listener and/or showgoer should not let the number and type of instruments fool them into a preconceived notion of what the band sounds like. The Radiator Rattlers’ sound owes more to the sound of Hank Williams than it does to fellow Boston-area band Dropkick Murphys. Piessens explains: “We all come from bands where we have Marshall stacks, and we can’t have Marshall stacks in this band…A) because there’s not enough room on stage, and B) because you can’t have eight Marshall stacks on stage…this isn’t fucking Motorhead!”

While nobody in the band seems to have delusions of grandeur surrounding the Radiator Rattlers becoming a full-time operation, there does seem to be a sense of pride – and relief – that Hold On is now seeing the light of day. “We’re all happy with the lives we have. We’re all happy with the musical things we’ve done in the past,” Piessens says matter-of-factly. “It would be great to play on a bigger stage so we could all fit comfortably someday. That would be sick! I wouldn’t even give a fuck if it was opening up for Hootie and the Blowfish or something. It’s cool to be 35 and to be able to play music like I was when I was a teenager. And to put records out? It’s fun!”

The Radiator Rattlers’ play their record release show in Haverhill tomorrow (September 29th) with a stellar lineup of local heavyweights that includes Tigerman WOAH and Michael Kane & The Morning Afters. Head here to pick up your own copy of Hold On…and stay tuned. “We’re slated to record a new album December 1st,” explains Piessens. “We have the songs ready to go, and we’ve got a new 7-inch that’ll be coming out. We take all the money we make from one record and put it toward what comes next.”



The Peawees Release Video for “Walking Through My Hell”

Italian soul-punk rock’n’rollers The Peawees have announced that they will be releasing a new album, “Moving Target”, this fall via Wild Honey Records/Rum Bar Records. 

If you’re into eclectic Elvis Presley inspired garage-rock with a vintage vibe, you’ll want to check out the video below for the album’s first single, “Walking Through My Hell.”

This will be The Peawees’ first album since the release of Leave It Behind, released via Wild Honey Records in 2011.



Introducing Punk N Roll Act: The Peawees (FFO Elvis Presley + Punk)

I was a total music nerd when I was a kid. I listened to absolutely nothing except golden oldies and Weird Al until I was in high school. I stumbled onto punk rock when I was 15 and considered myself musically “cool” but now that I think about it, starting a punk music blog is pretty much the pinnacle of fanboy geekdom – so, still a music nerd it seems. But I digress. I was telling you about golden oldies. I never lost my love for the rock ‘n roll of the 60s, which is why Italy’s The Peawees are striking such a chord with me. These guys channel the greats like Elvis, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly but do it with decidedly punk rock rock flare. They’re not “new”, they’ve been kicking around the punk scene since 1995 but they’re new to Dying Scene and on September 14th they’re dropping their new album “Moving Target” via Rum Bar Records. Put your dancing shoes on and give a couple of the tunes a listen here.



Candy Ambulance (ffo: The Breeders) debut video for “Spray”

STOP THE PRESS!! … O.k., here we go again… NYC grunge-punk trio Candy Ambulance has a steamy new video streaming for the hit title-track off their new EP “Spray”. That’s steamy as in clean, you jock!  Although, this one is designed with the idea of making all of you Dying Scene viewers itch a little.

In their own words, “We wanted to remind the slackers lying on the couch, masturbating to infomercials that they aren’t weird.” Well, hey! That’s you, fella! So take a load off and enjoy (like, seriously, in a non-creepy way) this sexy, sweaty, smokey, stress-y, rubber dish-glove wearing, vinyl spinning ode to great 90’s grunge-punk.

The quirky video for “Spray” was produced by Chromoscope Pictures highlighting  “the lyric’s reflection of raw and unbridled mania and boredom” in a perceptible homage to 90’s cinematography and is available for streaming on the boob-tube along with the band’s upcoming tour dates below. Cheers!



Quarter Tank (Crossover, Canada) Stream Latest Album “Igniter”

Quarter Tank draw on a large range of influences from across numerous hard ‘n’ heavy genres to craft their sound. Throughout their latest release there are strong hints of heavy metal, punk rock, and hard rock. It’s titled Igniter and you can stream it below.

The previous release from Quarter Tank was their 2015 effort We Brought The Fire.



DS Exclusive: Lone Wolf stream “Lone Wolf” LP

Today, on the Dying Scene docket, a debut smasher from Dutch indie punks Lone Wolf.

We hope you like dancing, because these garage rockers will help give your ‘favorite pair of romping boots’ a new meaning. Invoking the charming lyricism of Merel Shaap and 70’s-era style riffage with a party-punk feel, Lone Wolf LP brings us back to the indie/garage rock scene of the early 2000’s. This self-titled inaugural release from the Rotterdam natives is being brought to us by Bearded Punk Records and Stardumb Records on September 8, 2018, and Dying Scene is happy as a clam in a conch shell to have the exclusive-stream for all you undead scensters a few daze early. Pre-orders are available NOW for both CD and LP pressings with a white and blue marble version from The Machine Shop in the U.S.A., and a white and pink variant courtesy of Bearded Punk Records. (Visit these locations for your appropriate merch fix: Stardumb, Bearded Punk, The Machine Shop)

Lone Wolf has quite a few shows coming up in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany so be sure and check them out if they make their way to your hometown. Stream Lone Wolf below and don’t forget to “get-get along, if you wanna… Do you wanna?”



New Music: Dan Webb and the Spiders to release new compilation, “Now It Can Be Told – Volume Two”

One of my personal favorite local bands, Dan Webb and the Spiders, is releasing a new compilation this week!

It’s entitled Now It Can Be Told – Volume Two, and is an obvious follow-up to their similarly-named 2014 compilation. This particular release features seventeen tracks — eight previously unreleased — all recorded between 2015 and 2017 by what was the band’s tightest lineup to date (Webb on vocals and guitar, Chris Amaral on guitar, Stephen Benson on drums and Sean McAllister on bass). The release is due out tomorrow (September 4th) on Gunner Records USA, and you can pre-order yours right here.

While you’re at it, check out the band’s video for the Now It Can Be Told – Volume Two track “Klausi” below!



Capital Youth (Indie Punk, Switzerland) Stream Single “Holiday in the Sun”

The Swiss indie rockers of Capital Youth have just put out a track titled “Holiday in the Sun” as a single. Better still, they’re allowing you good folk to stream it for free. Roosevelt Records will be handling the release’s administrative needs for the band.

The tune is the latest from the band since their 2017 debut EP, Lemonade.

You can listen to “Holiday in the Sun” below.



Duck & Cover (pop-punk) streaming new album “Rob Them Blind”

Massachusetts pop-punks Duck & Cover are streaming their new album Rob Them Blind. The album features eight catchy tunes, Dead To Rights was my favorite track on the new album. The heavy guitar riffs combined with the Weezeresque delivery of the vocals make for a very 90’s pop-punk sound.

Check out the new album below.

This is the first new music from Duck & Cover since the 2016 release of Stuck In Decline. If you’re a fan of Screeching Weasel or The Riptides you will enjoy these guys.



New Music: The Radiator Rattlers debut video for title track from upcoming album, “Hold On”

Happy Sunday, boys and girls!

Jonesing for some new music to round out your weekend? We’ve got something pretty cool for you, especially if you dig your rock-and-roll with generous helpings of hot rods, washboards, and a lap steel-wielding pirate! While you were sleeping last night, Haverhill, Massachusetts-based cow-punks The Radiator Rattlers dropped a brand new video for all the world to see. It’s for the title track to their upcoming full-length, Hold On, and you can feast your eyes on it below!

Hold On is due out September 28th on Spiral Records. It’ll be available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats, so stay tuned for pre-order information. It marks the band’s first full-length since their self-titled debut, which hit the streets back in 2015.



The Mellowdicks (Garage Punk, Mexico) Stream Single “Well Intended, Useless Member”

Mexican garage punks The Mellowdicks have just released their latest single. It’s called “Well Intended, Useless Member” and is sure to excite those who love thrashy, punk ‘n’ roll kind of stuff with a hardcore edge. The Mellowdicks have also been kind enough to let you lot stream it for free! You can check it out below.

The previous release from The Mellowdicks was their 2016 EP Better Outside. 



New Music: Beach Goons (San Diego garage punk) stream “Hunny Bunnies” from upcoming album, hoodratscumbags

Happy Monday, boys and girls!

If you’re not familiar with Beach Goons, now might be a good time to start paying attention. Centered around frontman Pablo Cervantez, the band are a garage punk/surf bunk hybrid from Logan Heights, the epicenter of Mexican and Chicano culture in San Diego.

Beach Goons’ new album, hoodratscumbags, is due out August 24th on GRNDVW Records. To whet your appetite, they’ve premiered the new track “Hunny Bunnies.” Check it out below!

Like what you hear? Pre-order hoodratscumbags in physical or digital formats today!



The Cheap Cassettes stream new song “Kiss The Ass Of My Heart”

Seattle garage punks The Cheap Cassettes are streaming their new song “Kiss The Ass Of My Heart,” which is the title track from their upcoming EP that is set to be released on July 13th via Rum Bar Records and Cassettes On Records.

You can give it a listen below.

The Cheap Cassettes last released Hieroglyphics In Lipstick​/​Worse N’ Better in 2017, also through Rum Bar Records and Cassettes On Records.