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Short/Fast/Loud: Slippery Eyes – “Take Care, Be Well”

Here at Dying Scene, we’ve been talking a lot behind the scenes about how to maximize our content—not only covering more, but covering better. We’ll be making some changes to our output in the coming months, and the end goal will be to provide our writers with more opportunities to write in-depth reviews, editorials, and interviews. Part of this is adapting our review format—there is simply too much out there to cover and full-length reviews just aren’t time effective. That doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of longform reviews (we’d rather die), only that when we do them, we’ll be investing more in them and treating them as we would a feature. For the rest, we want to cover the multitude of bands that are working hard out there but might get squashed under the great wheel of the album submissions game. Short-form reviews—as short and loud as punk itself—will be a way for us to cover more while still providing honest, dependable feedback. Let us know what you think of the new format, we plan to roll out capsule reviews as they accumulate from here on out.

In Portland’s burgeoning and thriving emo scene, Slippery Eyes is a relatively new band. Take Care, Be Well is their first EP and on it, they craft four songs of tasteful and hypnotic emo. It’s at once sparse and intricate, a mellow meditation with personal lyrics and some instantly memorable melodies. The marvel of this EP is how quickly it manages to catch the listener—lyrics, melodies, and arrangements working in mesmeric tandem. It’s all led by the honey-coated vocals of Cai, at once soothing and emotive. Take Care, Be Well leaves the listener wanting for more.

Check out: “Cut Your Conversation,” “Summer of ‘62”



EP Review: Awful Din – “The Price We Pay”

Awful Din are a Brooklyn, NY based emo/pop-punk act, and their latest release, The Price We Pay, is the band’s third EP; following their last EP Super Powers from back in 2017. Released on January 25th, 2019, Awful Din have built a pleasing sound which lies in their fusion of emo and pop-punk.

With vocal twinges akin to those found in folk-punk, pop-punk riffs, and emo ambience, the band brings all these elements together in an addictive package. This EP, more than their previous two, really cement a sound for the band. Whilst the tracks aren’t all that layered and don’t experiment too far, they escape the cliche of their genres through their fusion and the rather unique vocals.

The Price We Pay begins on a more melancholic note with “Come Home,” but grows into an aggressive rebelling against that side of things. On the way Awful Din explore the idea of not feeling good enough, but acts as an outward voice attempting to pick someone back up that’s in that hole. The track “God of Tricks” starts on “Boy you’re gonna fight yourself into an early grave,” but ends on “There’s no love lost between us, only blood.” The song embodies the togetherness that the punk scene prides itself upon.

In fact the EP as a whole keeps that as a foundation, moving right into “Emerald Bay.” There’s leaning on each other, finding solace in that their pains aren’t suffered alone. But this track finds it’s way to the darkest point on the EP, “I listened to what she had to say, then I threw myself into Emerald Bay.” The crashing music and passion behind it moves and sways with the vocals, giving more weight to the words. Awful Din have great synergy as a band, and are finding themselves as a unit quite fully.

There’s anger and resilience to be found within the EP, as well as a vivid picture of melancholy. Woven through The Price We Pay is a story of leaving, of overcoming, and of love. It starts on a contemplative note, steeped in negative emotions, but ends triumphantly with a clean break in “Wish You Well.” As a full package The Price We Pay is a glorious little piece, and the parts that make it are each solid. It’s a promising path forward for Awful Din, and I hope we see even more growth on to a debut album.

You can listen to The Price We Pay below.

4/5 Stars



Awful Din (Emo, NY) stream new EP “The Price We Pay”

Brooklyn-based Awful Din are streaming their new EP, The Price We Pay, which was released on January 25th.

You can give it a listen below.

Awful Din last released Super Powers in November 2017.



Pity Party announce 2019 tour

Oakland based emo-punks Pity Party have announced a full set of tour dates, the aptly named “Tour Till We Die Chapter 1” will begin February 16th in San Diego and will end March 19th in San Luis Obispo. Mostly contained to the American South, the tour will make a few stops across the border in Mexico.

Check out a full list of dates below.

Pity Party released Are You Happy Yet? last summer. If they happen to make a stop near you, do yourself a favor and check them out, you will not be disappointed.



Live Well (pop punk) releases video for single ‘Neck Tattoos’

New York-based band Live Well have released a music video for their debut single ‘Neck Tattoos’. Formed in 2017, the band have been recording a full length with Ace Enders of Early November and Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard at their studio The Lumberyard.

You can stream the video below.



Album Review: Saves the Day – ‘9’

Last October, Saves the Day released their ninth studio album. Appropriately (or maybe lazily) titled 9, the album has been said to be an autobiographical representation of the band’s 20-something year career in music. And honestly, that sounds like a great idea on paper. Quite frankly however, maybe it should have stayed on paper, with the history of Saves the Day getting a book treatment instead.

If you take 9 at face value, it’s an enjoyable album. The music sounds good- the first half of the album is full of throwbacks to the band’s earliest days when they were primarily Lifetime wannabes. “Suzuki” is barely a minute long, and “It’s Such a Beautiful World” was written to be shouted by a crowd back at the band. Even the cheesefest that is the album’s opening track, “Saves the Day” is fun if you just want to hear Saves the Day play a song like it’s still the late 90’s. Chris Conley’s voice is still nasally, but his singing on this record is at a considerably lower register than the last few Saves the Day records.

The main fault with 9 is that it’s really only good when taken at face value. With a lyricist like Chris Conley at the helms, an autobiography telling the Saves the Day story should work. But in a cruel and ironic twist, the album is Conley at his most lyrically shallow. Gone are the images of being a jukebox, or served up as pig. Even the clunky metaphors of throwing out his heart (that surely became the inspiration for several tattoos) are missing. This album is all about what it’s like to be a member of Saves the Day. And while that has worked in the past (just listen to “Shoulder to the Wheel”), being in Saves the Day is not a universal feeling despite the sheer number of people who have played in this band. But what’s even worse is that the songs all romanticize nearly everything: “Side By Side” skips through the years recalling highlights of recording and playing to large crowds, “Rendezvous” paints a picture of a perfect overseas tour, and “It’s Such a Beautiful World” is about how perfectly fun touring with friends can be.

Positivity, especially in this day and age, is important to hold on to, but if we’re being honest it’s the darker aspects of Conley’s lyrics are what attract people to Saves the Day to begin with, and it’s probably why it feels like so much of 9 is a very middling album. But then you get to the closing track: the 21 and a half minute long “29.” Similar to Daybreak’s title track, “29” is a suite of songs stitched together, and it offers some of the strongest moments on the album, with the lyrics finally diving into the darker side of a touring lifestyle. From run-ins with black ice to strained relationships with loved ones back at home, “29” injects some much needed realism into the story being told on this album. It’s just unfortunate that it’s all in a single song instead of being broken up and scattered throughout the track list.

To reiterate: 9 is not a terrible album, and the songs can be fun if you don’t think about them too much. But as far as being an entry to the Saves the Day discography goes, it’s the least essential chapter in the band’s history to date.

2.5 / 5



American Football share music video for new single featuring Hayley Williams

American Football have shared their new single ‘Uncomfortably Numb’, from the forthcoming full-length album, American Football (LP3), out March 22nd on Polyvinyl Record Co. The song, featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, is available on all streaming platforms.

The music video, which features cameos from actor/comedian Blake Anderson (Workaholics), pro skater Paul Rodriguez, and Samhain drummer London May, can be seen below.



The Maine release the single ‘Numb Without You’ and announce new album

The Maine have announced their seventh studio album ‘You Are Ok’ (out March 29th) and have released the first single ‘Numb Without You’. Their last full-length self-released record ‘Lovely Little Lonely’ came out in 2017. The Maine have mixed up their sound over the years, ranging from pop punk to indie-rock, this new release seems more pop rock. It’s a decent enough song by the time it reaches the chorus.

You can hear the song below, along with the upcoming album track list and their tour dates for 2019.



The Maple State (indie punk) release video for new single “A Notion”

After releasing a video for ‘Germany’Germany’, The Maple State have released a video for the other song from their AA-side single ‘A Notion’, which came out last year via Far Out Records.

‘A Notion’ is more in line sound wise with their comeback album ‘Things I Heard At The Party’ that was released in early 2018 after the band spent a decade apart. The band are expected to hit the road in 2019. Check out the video below.



American Football (emo) release video for “Silhouettes”

Chicago based emo-punks American Football have released a video for their new song “Silhouettes”. The song comes from the bands upcoming full length American Football (LP3). The video features two people lost in the perpetual struggle to find lost love. Don’t fret because these two lovers eventually meet in the underbrush of life.

Check out the new video below.

The new album will be released in March and is the first new music from American Football since their 2016 self titled release. 



Basement (emo/punk) announce intimate London gig and US tour with The Pixies

Basement have just announced an intimate gig at London’s New Cross Inn and in contrast, a huge US tour supporting The Pixies.

The New Cross Inn has become staple in the London punk scene, recently hosting bands like Goldfinger and Red City Radio. Tickets and more information about the Basement gig can be found here.



DS Exclusive: Titans In Time stream Senses Fail cover “The Fire”

Greetings scenesters. Today we are premiering a new track off the upcoming Senses Fail tribute album being released by Pacific Ridge Records, which can be purchased here. This time it’s the title-track off their fourth studio album, The Fire, a song which, you may remember, was previously included on Senses Fail’s Greatest Hits.

The culprits are Titans In Time. They are a Cleveland alternative band, currently in the middle of a twelve-day tour through the American Midwest, who offers a unique take on the track, throwing some of their own influences and imaginative perspective into the mix. The melodies are tight and enthusiastic, with some seriously good musicianship going into tackling the song. Who doesn’t love a good cover? Check out Titans In Time cover “The Fire” by Senses Fail below.



The Movielife announce tour playing two classic releases in full

The Movielife have announced their Spring 2019 headlining tour in which the band will perform releases ‘Forty Hour Train Back To Penn’ and ‘The Movielife Has A Gambling Problem’ in full. The tour will begin in New York in March. Travis Shettel of Piebald will provide support on the entire tour.

The Movielife began playing again with their original lineup in 2015 and released a full length ‘Cities In Search Of A Heart‘ in 2017.

Dates can be seen below.



Panhandler (emo/pop-punk) stream new album “Wherever That Is”

Swedish emo/pop-punk act Panhandler are streaming their new album, Wherever That Is, which was released on December 8th via Trash Crusader Records (Europe) and Whisk and Key Records, (Australia).

You can give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, the band is offering the whole thing as a pay what you want download.

Panhandler last released There Goes The Neighborhood in July 2016.



Say Anything stream new track “Send You Off”

California’s Say Anything are now streaming a brand new track titled “Send You Off.” The vets more recently signed to  Dine Alone Records for their upcoming album, which will be produced by Will Yip.

Say Anything last released I Don’t Think It Is in 2016 via Equal Vision Records.

Check out the new track below!