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The Highdives release video for “Sophomore”

Canadian gruff punks The Highdives have released a video for ‘Sophomore’, a track from their Ocean Blood album, which came out earlier this year.

Have a watch below.



Pumpkin Records (UK) Stream “Pumpkin Levy Punk Weekender” Compilation

Much-loved UK record label Pumpkin Records have just released a compilation to help promote the Pumpkin Levy Punk Weekender, which is happening next month. The event will see a host of hardcore, punk, and ska bands descend on The Klondyke in Levenshulme, Manchester on the 13th and 14th of July.

The compilation features tracks from the artists playing. Expect tunes from the likes of Guns ‘N’ Wankers, P.A.I.N., John Player Specials, and Harijan.

Proceeds from the sale of the compilation will go towards funding the event, with any extra cash being donated to good concerns. Pumpkin Records stated the following of the release:

“After running costs are sorted, all extra money will get donated to refugee solidarity in the Balkans! Wealth distributions and all that…. Please donate if you can afford to!”
Check out the entire compilation below and if you’re in Manchester next month, grab a ticket to the weekender. It’ll be a cracker.


Civil War Rust (Punk, CA) Stream EP “Shaky”

Melodic punk rock ensemble Civil War Rust have just put out their latest EP on Def Cow Records. The effort is titled Shaky and we think it’s got a real classic Alkaline Trio vibe to it.

You can check out Shaky below in its entirety. If you like it, pick up a copy and support great underground music.

The previous release from Civil War Rust was a split with Squarecrow last year.



Zero Negative (Hardcore, UK) Stream Single “Disarray” from Debut Album “Skate. Kill. Destroy.”

Sunderland’s Zero Negative have just announced their debut album. It’s called Skate. Kill. Destroy. and the band have been good enough to let you lot stream a track from it before its full release on July 14.

You can check out “Disarray” from Skate. Kill. Destroy. below. The previous releases from the group were a couple of self-titled EPs last year.



Massaw (Indie Punk, France) Stream New EP “Wan-Wan”

French indie punks Massaw are allowing fans to stream their latest EP. The effort is titled Wan-Wan and has been released by the local label, Bad Wolf Records.

You can check out Wan-Wan below. The previous release from the four-piece was the 2016 EP, Supporting Rules!



We The Heathens Reinvent Sound on New EP “Approaching Thunder”

Folk punkers gone crusty We The Heathens have got darker and heavier on their latest release. The band has expanded with the additional of three new members and the new dynamic has allowed them to redefine their sound. Approaching Thunder features tunes from previous releases from the band, amped up and raw. It’s a belter.

Check out Approaching Thunder below. The previous release from the band was 2016’s album The Blood Behind the Dam. 



UK Subs detail another covers album…

UK Subs are to release Subversions II, the follow up to their covers album of last year, on June 28th. The record is out on vinyl and CD and available for pre-order now.

A list of who they’ve covered for the album is below



DS Photo Gallery: Craig Finn And The Uptown Controllers with Laura Stevenson, Boston, MA

The current leg of Craig Finn‘s tour in support of his latest solo album, I Need A New War, found the singer/songwriter (and The Hold Steady frontman) and his stellar backing band, The Uptown Controllers, landing at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last Tuesday evening. It was a bit of an intimate affair – the presence of rows of chairs on the main floor was unexpected and limited the venue’s capacity from its normal SRO heights, but created a bit of a unique lounge/theater vibe in what is already the best room of its size (normal capacity is 525) within a hundred mile radius.

The infinitely-talented Laura Stevenson was the opener for this brief run of shows. Armed with only a guitar, the minimalist performance allowed Stevenson’s deadliest weapon – her voice – to shine. It’s a voice that can seemingly effortlessly wander from fragile to ferocious; haunting but with a sweetness to it that makes for a powerful and sometimes funny and occasionally awkward-but-in-a-good-way start to the evening. (Oh, an she opened with “Lay Back, Arms Out,” and that might be my favorite Laura Stevenson song so that was awesome).

Finn and his band took the stage next – shoutout to two-band bills on a weeknight, by the way – and by the time they did most of the floor’s seats were occupied and a few stragglers had filled in standing room spots around the edges. It was one of the first few shows that this particular group had played as a six-piece (Parker Shper whose name is somehow not misspelled on keys, Stuart Bogie on sax and clarinet among other things, James Richardson on guitar, Will Berman on bass and Falcon Valdez on drums with the occasional pop-up appearance by Stevenson on vocals) but as consummate veterans of around a collected 700 other bands over the last twenty years, the parts seemed to fit together magically already, which is no easy task; the muted tones and subtle layers provide a lot of room for the potential stepping-on of toes between musicians, but there wasn’t much of that at all to the naked ear.

Finn occasionally played guitar, but his preeminent role in these full-band solo shows is that of storyteller. Sure it’s a rock show, but in many ways what Finn and the Uptown Controllers are conveying feels more than a little bit like a night at the theater. Through his work with The Hold Steady, Finn has long made a history of telling stories as a songwriter that eschew the traditional verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-repeat structures. His solo storytelling, particularly on the most recent trio of albums (2015’s Faith In The Future, 2017’s We All Want The Same Things and this year’s stellar I Need A New War), ups that ante, and in a live performance, Finn doesn’t just tell stories with his lyrics but with his actual performance, tying songs together, explaining characters in a way that really inserts them into all of our lives.

Head below to scroll through our full photo gallery from the evening!

 



Uncle Djuzeppe & the Mob Release New Video for “Drama Queen”

New York City ska punks Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob have released a video for their song “Drama Queen.” The song has some strong gypsy punk vibes and came out in January.

You can watch the video for “Drama Queen” below and download the song for free over at UD&TM’s Bandcamp page.

 



New Music: The Hold Steady debut “Denver Haircut” from upcoming album “Thrashing Thru the Passion”

Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! This one took us by pleasant surprise.

The Hold Steady have announced plans for a brand new album! It’s called Thrashing Thru The Passion, and it consists of five brand-new songs and five songs, like “Entitlement Crew,” that have only been digitally released in piecemeal fashion over the course of the last year. The new album is due out August 16th, but pre-order bundle options are available now right here.

To whet your appetite, the band released the brand new single “Denver Haircut” today, and you can check it out below!

The Hold Steady’s last full-length, Teeth Dreams, was released back in 2014 on Vagrant Records. In the years since, Franz Nicolay has rejoined the band, so this’ll be THS’s first full album as a six-headed monster!



Mike Herrera (MxPx) records new version of ‘Don’t Walk Away’

Mike Herrera, frontman of MxPx, has shared a new version of the song ‘Don’t Walk Away’. The original version of the song first appeared on the 2003 studio album ‘Before Everything and After’. Mike and his wife Holli were recently featured on the tv show ‘Fixer Upper’ where work was done on their home in Texas. A plaque was installed in the kitchen with the lyrics to this song, this can be seen at the beginning of the video.

Check out the video for the new, stripped back version below.



Reunions stream new song “In Blackout Rooms”

San Francisco melodic punks, Reunions are streaming their new song. “In Blackout Rooms.” which comes from their upcoming debut full-length album Winter Heart, Summer Skin.

You can give the song a listen here.

Winter Heart, Summer Skin is set to be released on June 21st.  The band last released the EP Aching Waits in January 2018.



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.