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Sammy Kay launches Kickstarter for new album, “civil/WAR”

Sammy Kay has got a new album (hopefully) coming out soon, and he needs your help to make it happen.

The New Jersey-based singer/songwriter has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a brand-new full length. It’s entitled civil/WAR, and it was written in response to some changes that he noticed in himself and other people once the touring cycle for his last album, untitled, wrapped up a year ago. The touring life of a solo singer/songwriter can be a weird place, and it can also make for a real transition back to “real life,” and much of the album deals with that concept through a series of different lenses: depression, anxiety, addiction, and the themes of empathy and understanding.

Yours truly has had the great pleasure of hearing different pieces of the album at different stages of its recording, and allow me to say without giving up any secrets that it’s thoughtful, poignant, soulful and catchy-as-hell in all the right places. In order to entice people to help kickstart the project, Kay came up with a bunch of unique merch ideas including t-shirts, pins, exclusive vinyl, and a couple really sweet Black 35 guitars. He’s also got a pretty sweet tattoo idea cooked up which is a little bit crazy if you ask us!

Head here to check out the Kickstarter page! Kay’s last album, untitled, was released back in April 2017 on Stomp Records.

 



The Dollyrots (Pop punk, CA) Stream Video for “I Know How to Party” From Forthcoming Album “Daydream Explosion”

Pop Punk duo The Dollyrots have a new video out for a track from their forthcoming album, Daydream Explosion. The tune chosen for visualisations is called “I Know How to Party”.

Daydream Explosion is due out on July 12 this year on Wicked Cool Records and The Orchard. It’s the first new music from the band since their 2017 full-length, Whiplash Splash.

If you can’t wait for the full release of Daydream Explosion, you can check out “I Know How to Party” below in the meantime.



Spinebreaker (Metal, CA) Stream “2019 Promo” Demo

California death metal unit Spinebreaker are allowing fans to stream a demo titled 2019 Promo. The effort features just two tracks of rapid and raw death metal. It’s out now on Creator-Destructor Records.

You can check it out below.

The previous release from Spinebreaker was the 2015 full-length, Ice Grave.



Strung Out announce fall tour with support from The Casualties

Strung Out’s new album Songs of Armor and Devotion will be released August 9 on Fat Wreck Chords, and the band will be extensively touring the US in the fall so fans can hear and experience the new songs live. Support for the tour will be provided by The Casualties, and you can find the dates below. Tickets can be purchased here.



The Rocket Summer (indie punk) returns with new single ‘Morning Light’ ahead of new album

Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer) has released another single ahead of the new album, ‘Sweet Shivers’, due out on August 2nd. This new single titled ‘Morning Light’, follows ‘Shatter Us’, which was released at the end of May. Both songs showcase very different sounds which makes things intriguing for the upcoming album. Last week, The Rocket Summer announced a 28-date North American tour beginning in September. ‘Sweet Shivers’ will be Avary’s first studio album since ‘Zoetic’ in 2016.

You can hear Morning Light below and see the tour dates.



Piffbreak Arcade release music video for “Lie To Me”

Ontario’s Piffbreak Arcade have released a new music video for their single “Lie To Me.”

You can check it out below.

“Lie To Me” was released on April 20th, 2019.



Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, and Dave Hause to play An Evening of Revival

If you were at all into folk, punk, or Chuck Ragan between 2008-2013, then you probably remember The Revival Tour.  For those of you who don’t remember, it’s when Ragan would take like minded people from the punk and alternative worlds and bring them on the road with just their acoustic guitars and their heart felt lyrics.

While it’s been nearly seven years since the last tour, they have announced a sort of revival of The Revival Tour, in the form of a one night show featuring Ragan along with Dan Andriano, and Dave Hause.  An Evening of Revival is set to take place on July 7th at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, with proceeds from the event gong to CastHope, a nonprofit organization benefiting the youth of California and Western Nevada through free fly fishing programs.



The Kreutzer Sonata(hardcore) streaming two songs off upcoming album “The Rosehill Gates”

Chicago hardcore act The Kreutzer Sonata are streaming a pair of songs off of their upcoming album The Rosehill Gates which is scheduled to be released June 28th. “Fast Times” and “Glory Daze” are the first two bites we get from the new album, and for fans of hardcore neither disappoints.

Check out the new songs below.

This is the first new music from The Kreutzer Sonata since their 2018 release The Gutters of Paradise. If you’re a fan of Suicidal Tendencies or Madball you’ll enjoy The Kreutzer Sonata.



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.



Craig’s Brother Laments Vocalist’s Daughter on Moving Single “Follow Your Heart-Meilynn’s Song”

Veteran melodic punk rock outfit Craig’s Brother have a special new single out. It’s was written for the daughter of the band’s vocalist, Ted Bond. The video for the effort shows a video call between Ted and daughter Meilynn during which he shows her the track for the first time. It’s genuinely heartwarming stuff and a ripper of a tune to boot. I’d be well chuffed if my Dad could knock out banging melodic punk rock like that!

You can check out “Follow Your Heart-Meilynn’s Song” below. It also features on the band’s recently released EP, The Devil’s in the Details, as well as Indie Vision Music’s Family & Friends Sampler Vol. 1.



Much the Same Are Back! Here’s the First Single “Snakes in the Grass” From Forthcoming Album “Everything is Fine”

Chicago skate punk legends Much The Same are back with a new album. It’s called Everything is Fine and to get you lot in the mood for it, the band have put out a video for lead single “Snakes in the Grass”.

Everything Is Fine will feature nine brand new tracks and if “Snakes in the Grass” is anything to go by, it’ll be a belter. The record is due to be released on 26 July 2019 in partnership with Lockjaw Records in the UK & Europe, Thousand Islands Records in Canada, and Pee Records in Australia.

Check out “Snakes in the Grass” below and if you like it be sure to pre-order your copy here. The LP of Everything is Fine is available in two funky colour variations and the band also have the 2006 classic Survive on vinyl for the first time ever.



Kill The Rooster (melodic punk) announce return EP ‘And Then What Happened Was…’

Copenhagen’s Kill The Rooster has returned. Formed of two members of Danish band Forever Unclean, the band have regrouped after a long absence and recorded a new 4 track EP. They originally formed as side project in 2007 releasing several DIY EPs over the years. The EP ‘And Then What Happened Was…’ will be out on June 14th via Disconnect Disconnect Records.

Kill The Rooster’s last studio album was their self-titled effort in 2013, the lead single from which ‘SLOB’ can be heard below.



High Praise (Punk/Indie, Brighton UK) release debut EP, “Another Day”

High Praise (featuring members of Gnarwolves, His & Hers and a bunch of other great Brighton bands) have released their debut EP, “Another Day”.

The release features five tracks of grungey, catchy punk rock, and is available to stream now via the band’s Bandcamp page. Check it out below.



The Dollyrots release new lyric video for “In Your Face”; announce summer tour

The Dollyrots‘ new album, Daydream Explosion is out July 12 via Wicked Cool/The Orchard, but you can see a video for the second single from the album, “In Your Face” today.  The album is available for pre-order here, and “In Your Face”, as well as “Everything” – the first two singles – are instant downloads for anyone who orders the album.

You can watch the video, as well as catch up on the band’s summer tour dates, below.



Triple Sundae (pop-punk, UK) to release new EP “Glow”

London pop-punks Triple Sundae are to release their new, 6 song EP Glow this Friday (7th June). The EP is the follow up to their 2018 EP Peace Of Mind.

You can pre-order it now. Have a watch of the video for advance single “Pollution” below.