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DS Exclusive: Matt Pless premieres new single, “When the Frayed Wind Blows”

Paper + Plastik Records is bringing us a new EP from folk artist Matt Pless this September 13, a follow-up to the 2017 full-length Catch Me if You Can. If you’re already a fan of this long-winded young singer/songwriter then that bit of news probably arouses more than a little excitement, and if you’ve never heard of him then you’re in luck, because Dying Scene is premiering a wonderful new track off the upcoming Nero EP called “When the Frayed Wind Blows” RIGHT MEOW! It’s a song filled with wise-cracking perspective harried in the Greenwich Village tradition of American folk rock resurgence re-personified as:

“xeroxed zines, pixel memes and screen printed patches waxing philosophical mayhem on a leather jacket. It’s prophetic graffiti, stickers, pins and stick and poke tattoos, It’s self education, self organization, and selfish yet selfless all at once. It’s in the starry hungry eyes of every idealist weirdo I have met along the road, spitting in the face of injustice and hitching a ride toward a new tomorrow. It’s a wild moment in history and if you are reading this, you are probably a part of it. Call it DIY, call it folk punk, call it revolution, call it foolishness…call it whatever you want. I like to think that this is the stuff of inspirational legend, lightning in a bottle, magical liberating chaos on fire.”

That’s an old quote but it still fits, and perhaps predicates a bit of the passion Pless obviously feels about his craft. Of course, I’m of the camp that just calls it folk punk, but when it really comes down to it, “When the Frayed Wind Blows” is a tune that speaks for itself and there’s not much I can say that Pless doesn’t already punctuate conclusively.  There is no shortage of clever lyrics for excerpts with the only issue residing in the decision where to actually place that closing quotation mark. No way are this writer’s chicken peckers typing out that whole song! You can stream “When the Frayed Wind Blows” below, and enjoy!



Crywank Announce Australia Tour

crywank band pic

Crywank, the anti-folk/folk-punk act out of Manchester, have announced an Australian tour beginning this October. You can find tour dates and locations below.

The band recently released a full length album titled Wearing Beige On A Grey Day. You can read our review of the album here. The last time the band were in Australia was back in 2017, which was also their first tour outside of Europe. You can get yourself tickets through Oztix.



500 Miles To Memphis release amazing video for “Hold On Tight”

Cincinnati based punks 500 Miles to Memphis have released a video in collaboration with horror specialists Rue Morgue for their song “Hold On Tight”. The video is absolutely phenomenal, zombies, live shots and blood, lots and lots of blood. 500 gallons ironically enough.

Give the new video a watch below.

“Hold On Tight” comes from 500 Miles to Memphis’ upcoming album Blessed Be The Damned. Due out August 9th through Paper + Plastick, if this is just a taste, the rest of the album promises to be a real banger. If you’re a fan of The Raygun Cowboys or Lucero you will enjoy these guys.



Album Review: The Trusty Snakes – “New American Frontier”

My eternal affection for the Taxpayers is well documented. While they were active, they had a certain magic to their music—a gonzo, anything goes approach with a rascally dash of political storytelling. They always knew who’s thumb they were under, and they made it their mission to meet it with a revolutionary shank. The Taxpayers have since dissipated, at least for now, but their members live on and continue to take on interesting projects. The latest of these interesting projects is the Trusty Snakes, which shares all of its members with the late, great Taxpayers, but take their music in a decidedly less punk direction. New American Frontier is an ode to country music, of all things, but it twangs and bangs with the best of them.

There’s more crossover between punk and country than we typically consider, even if both genres go after entirely different demographics. They’re both, at their best, music of the people—the downtrodden, the blue-collar, the average proletariat. They document these experiences through song. Through the years, punk rock has even adopted country’s popularly attributed melancholy—reveling in “woman done me wrong” songs with just as much heartache and half as much twang. The Trusty Snakes pull from an era of country that has been passed by for pop-production and star-studded duets—the end result is a joyful, sometimes winking, throwback with songs good enough to lasso even the most rigid punk purist. 

To the artists’ credit, there’s a fine line to walk with a project like this. A certain level of awareness is required to acknowledge: that yes, these are punks playing country, and that yes, it’s at least a little funny. But also, with that comes the difficulty of not turning in an album of parody, which makes for an insubstantial, and transparent release. Luckily, I think the Trusty Snakes handle this well, and deliver a sincere effort at the genre, while leaning enough into their country-fied subject matter to keep it lively and self-aware. This isn’t a silly album, but it does have fun; and in spite of that, there are some moments of downright transcendence. Their somber cover of “Can I Sleep In Your Arms?” with its hair-raising harmonies are testament enough. 

The Trusty Snakes, by taking on country, also get the rare opportunity to rewrite it in their own image, which is an interesting perspective shift for the genre. “Ain’t Gonna Change” documents the cycle of violence that surrounds an alcoholic’s weekly debauchery. The plainspoken manner of songwriting makes for a rather stark point of view, and by giving a voice to his victims (“Why said the children? Why said his woman? Why said his momma and pop?”), it paints a picture of inevitable small-scale tyranny, condemned even further in the song’s bridge. “Troubled Times” ends the album with a big, let’s come together singalong, which acts as the album’s formal thesis. It’s political, but also personal, it has the homespun comfort of a get-together with neighbors and friends. And here is where we see the true endgame of the Trusty Snakes—in the stirring gospel harmonies of country music—as reclamation of a voice. 

And that’s ultimately what makes New American Frontier such a wonderful experiment. It has a vision to it that stretches beyond its songs. We’re in an era where we’re still sorting out what value music has to us. Back in the day, it was easy because it was worth the plastic it was burned to. But now—physical releases are falling out of fashion, streaming services place all the music in the world in your hands for the price of a CD a month, and albums as a whole are no longer how a lot of us consume music in the first place. For me, and maybe many others—but I’m honestly shooting from my own hip—music has become more ephemeral, perhaps even weightless in the modern world. But bands like the Trusty Snakes, whether they know it or not, are proving that music need not be cheap and weightless, that now that music is available to everyone, it can still be a people’s medium. It can be as earthy, honest, and yeah, even country, as we want it to be—because there’s no longer a giant machine threshing our wheat, and in its absence, we’re now picking our own grain—and maybe that’s how it needs to be for awhile. A genre once marked by documenting the lives and woes of the blue-collar and working-class became a vehicle, through the power of that Great Thresher, to reinforce right-wing politics and form an identity around them. Not as conspiracy, but as salesmanship—a means to define an audience and have an audience define themselves. And in its sputtering death throes, where the bonds of music, money, and identity have become decidedly shakier, the Trusty Snakes are here to bring us back to the land. New American Frontier is as apt a title as any, and for once in a long while, we have music for music’s sake. 

 



Frank Turner announces 9 date UK tour

Frank Turner will be releasing a new album titled No Man’s Land on August 16th through Xtra Mile Recordings. He’s now announced a UK tour to promote the album. 

Details are below. He recently streamed a track from the album, “Sister Rosetta“.



Stream Tommy And June, the new acoustic Fat Wreck Chords band you probably missed

If you’re confused about who the hell Tommy & June are, join the club. Fat Wreck Chords quietly released the acoustic duo’s debut album last week without any of the usual fanfare you’d expect from the prominent label. If you’re curious what the deal is, here’s the origin story straight from label owner Fat Mike himself.

I never really put a band together before. It seems like a weird thing to do, but some things need to happen. I meet a lot of people on tour. Tommy I met in Israel about 12 years ago. Great singer/songwriter playing in a punk band. He was cool, and I started listening to his solo stuff. It was great, but no one ever came to see him play in the US. I felt bad. One day in SF Tommy asked me what he should do. He said no one comes to see his punk band or his solo shows. I said that’s how it goes. You’ve been doing this for over ten years and if you’re not drawing a crowd now, you never will. He was bummed. I was bummed. He’s a great songwriter, but who cares? Two days later I remembered I met an Iranian Colombian dude on tour that was a great singer-songwriter too. I hadn’t spoken to him in years….I had a weird idea. I emailed both of them and told them to start a band together. I know you live in two different parts of the world….but I think you would make a great two-piece band. Let me produce the record and we’ll see how it goes. You don’t have to tour. Just spend a week in the studio with me. I said record short acoustic weird songs with a new wave edge. They did. We did ten songs that came in at 20 minutes. I fucking loved it. Totally simple and clean and short and catchy and I had never heard a band sound like this before…. AND like Stiff Little Fingers (Protestants and Catholics), no one expects a Jew and a Colombian Arab to be making music together. Like SLF, it’s fucking good.

I introduce to the world Tommy and June…. two kinda boring guys that make really fucking great music together.

Stream the self-titled album below.



The Shabs (folk-punk) release music video for “Lesson Learned”

South African folk punks The Shabs have released a video for their song “Lesson Learned” and you can check it out below.

The song is the 3rd single from Cape Town’s influential folk punk band The Shabs new album Can You Hear Us at the Back, which released via Just Music on the 1st March 2019. Since the release the band have toured extensively across South Africa as well as Europe, including shows in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and most recently the UK. The video is a collection of footage taken from all these tours and was edited by bassist Ryan McArthur, who wanted to give the viewer an inside look into tour life as he explains, “With this video we wanted to give everyone a personal look into what it’s like spending time on the road – we wanted to show people that we absolutely love what we do but that it can also be tiring, challenging and definitely isn’t glamorous.”

Vocalist and guitarist Jon Shaban adds, “The Can You Hear us at the Back Album Release tour was definitely the longest and most intense tour we’ve taken on as a band. We learned so much on the road and we made a lot of mistakes but we’re so proud of what we achieved. We played over 40 shows in 6 different countries and we pushed ourselves harder than we ever have before. It was great to reconnect with all our friends along the way and make some lifelong friendships which has always been one of our favourite things about touring. The video is a little glimpse into the adventure”

The Shabs released Can You Hear Us at the Back earlier this year. If you’re a fan of The Dreadnoughts or Ramshackle Glory you will also enjoy these guys.



Frank Turner announces new album “No Man’s Land”, stream first single “Sister Rosetta”

Frank Turner will be releasing a new album titled “No Man’s Land” on August 16th through Xtra Mile Recordings and you can get yourself a little taste of what’s to come through “Sister Rosetta,” the album’s first single, below.

The album focuses on women who “have long been ignored by the mainstream” and compliments Turner’s new podcast series “Tales From No Man’s Land,” which you can subscribe to here.

The new album is a follow-up to Be More Kind, which was released last May.



Assembly of Arsonists (Piano-Punk, AZ) release music video for “Can’t Follow Ghosts”

Piano-driven punk outfit Assembly of Arsonists have just released a new video for their song “Can’t Follow Ghosts,” which comes from their latest album. The End Is Dear, that was released on May 31st, 2019.

You can check out the video below.

The previous effort from the post-folk ensemble was the Hostility/Heartbreak split with Diego Galvan.



Out of System Transfer (Folk Punk, NY) Announce “From a City by the Sea” EP, Stream Track “(I Don’t Remember it) That Way”

Out of System Transfer has just announced a new record and to get you lot in the mood for it, the New York-based, folk punk ensemble have been good enough to stream a track early from it. The full release of From a City by the Sea is scheduled for August 1 but for now you can stream “(I Don’t Remember it) That Way” below.

The previous music from Out of System Failure was the double single “Make Mine Neat​/​Last Dogs in Alaska”. The band released it earlier this year.



Bad Buka (Balkan, NY) Stream Single “Somewhere Between”

New York-based Balkan, ska, punk mashup Bad Buka have just released a new single. “Somewhere Between” is available to stream below.

“Somewhere Between” is the first new music from the group since their 2017 16-track concept album, both titled and lamenting the Hero’s Journey.



500 Miles To Memphis (Americana Punk) sign to Paper + Plastick for vinyl release of “Blessed Be the Damned”

Cincinnati Americana punk act 500 Miles to Memphis have announced that they have signed to Paper + Plastick for the vinyl release of their latest album, Blessed Be The Damned, which is set to be released on August 9th.

You can give the whole album a listen below while perusing the bands’ upcoming tour dates.

Blessed Be The Damned was originally released on January 25th, 2019.



Band Spotlight: Introducing the countrified folk punk of The Trusty Snakes (members of the Taxpayers)

There are few things that make me happier than hearing from the Taxpayer camp. The Taxpayers, if you don’t remember, were the incredibly political, folky, punky, jazzy, and just plain volatile punk band from Portland, OR; they released such incredible albums as God, Forgive These Bastards: Songs From The Forgotten Life Of Henry Turner, Big Delusion Factory, and Cold Hearted Town. 

The Taxpayers are gone for the time being but the people in it aren’t, and by the good graces of DIY, five members have come together to form the Trusty Snakes. The album’s called New American Frontier and it’s surprisingly a pretty earnest country album. And better yet: it’s great fucking music. The songwriting is melancholy and down to earth, blue collar and twangy, born out of a love for a uniquely American storytelling tradition.

Noah Taxpayer had this to say on the band’s beginning:

“Touring around the country and playing grimy punk shows, which we love, we found ourselves buying a lot of cassette tapes. And a lot of them ended up being country. Some obvious well-known artists and weird ass compilations of songs about the nuttiest country-fried nonsense.  We loved them all.  Getting older and our sensibilities changing, country seemed to be the appropriate next step for us as a band.  A lot of the same values of being a DIY punk resonates within country music. So we became the Snakes.  Writing songs about redemption, sadness, hopelessness, inspiration, heartache, and joy.”

While it may not be straight punk, there’s still a lot to say for the form and its relation to punk’s base tenets. Here is music made for the working class, by the working class—a realm of experience oft forgotten, preserved here in the oral tradition. Check out the album below.



Assembly of Arsonists (Piano-Punk, AZ) Stream Full-Length Album “The End is Dear”

Piano-driven punk outfit Assembly of Arsonists have just released a new full-length album. The effort is titled The End is Dear and features 10 tracks of atmospheric, folky sounding jams. We reckon fans of artists like Mischief Brew and Blackbird Raum will get a real kick out of it.

You can check out the full release below.

The previous effort from the post-folk ensemble was the Hostility/Heartbreak split with Diego Galvan.



Assembly of Arsonists (folk-punk) releases video for “Plenty Dead Fish”

The Meatloaf of punk is back. Assembly of Arsonists has released a video for their song “Plenty Dead Fish”. The video, which I will warn you ahead of time is a little extreme, starts off with the one and only Travis James enjoying a feast of sorts, which he follows up with a quick scrub in the tub with a couple of friends which he quickly turns into dessert. A video G.G. Allin would be proud of.

See for yourself down below.

“Plenty Dead Fish” comes from the bands latest release The End is Dear which was released May 24th through Slope Records