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All Better (Pop Punk, Brighton UK) have released a video for their new single “Weird”

Brighton pop punks All Better have released a video for their new single “Weird”. The track is taken from their forthcoming second EP “How It All Worked Out”. The EP is released on the 14th of June via Real Ghost Records.

Check out the video using the player below. The band will be appearing at Bristol’s Booze Cruise this weekend with the likes of Cultdreams, Weatherstate and many more.



DS Exclusive: Lovesick Bombs – “Breakfast Of Champions”

This one is a little out of the ordinary for the pages of Dying Scene, and I think that’s what makes it pretty cool. Allow us to draw your attention to a project called “Drawing Music.” It’s billed as a “unique art and music series that brings together a collection of visual artists and high spirited rock and roll musicians” toward the shared goal of creating a song and an art project that visually represents that song, resulting in a “fun listen and interesting look that combine to tell familiar stories to those who grew up pursuing rock n roll or art as their passion in live.”

The collective of contributors has been bestowed the name Lovesick Bombs by the project’s curator, John Redmond, himself a veteran of early 2000’s Bay Area skate punk band Secondshot. The third installment of the Lovesick Bombs project is available right here for the first time today. It’s called “Breakfast of Champions,” and it’s described by its creators as telling the story of “an attempt to patch things up with one’s significant other after drinking too much and saying all the wrong things. The partner in the dog house hopes that maybe the thing that caused the problem could also help be the solution. So a plea is made to have a “Breakfast of Champions” (booze brunch) together in order to have some laughs and get over last night’s train wreck behavior.”

Check out the video for Lovesick Bombs’ “Breakfast of Champions” below!



Album Review: Doaks “Scaredy Ghost”

Cleveland’s DOAKS debut album Scaredy Ghost was released towards the end of 2018 with a unique sound that was self described as “a punk rock B-52’s”. This comparison is not without merit, as they have a driving rhythm section, soaring female vocals combined with a grounding male vocal presence and a subtle synth-pop influence. Where they differ is that DOAKS has a darker more serious feel and drops the quirky nature of the B-52’s in favor of a heavier pop punk vibe.

“Total Nightmare” is the album opener and greets us with an ominous syncopated guitar with quiet vocals combo. This quickly expands into a bass and drum heavy pop punk jam with Chelsea’s soaring vocals laid on top. It is one of the catchiest songs on the album and just like a real nightmare it will haunt you when your done listening.

“I Just Want to Drink” follows with a bouncy punk rock blast about the annoying bar culture that interferes with the ability to simply go out and have a drink. From here on out the album steers away from the punk side, not with a reckless abandon but there is a change in the influences and styles as we progress.

The first distinctly different song is “Not a Whore” which opens with a synthetic drum sound and droning lyric delivery. It has a slower, slightly more minimalistic Shiny Toy Guns feel where the music is on the sludgey side and the vocals bounce back and forth between rumbling and soaring. The original comparison to the B-52’s is at its highest with “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” a synth driven jam where Jeremy’s vocals are at the front and Chelsea’s floats ambiently above it. It is heavier and darker but kicks off with a bright keyboard lick.

DOAKS showcases their ability to write some indie rock gems with songs like “I Gotta Go”, “I Must Be a Fool” and “Because I Said So” all of which feature some catchy hooks and are super danceable. However the pinnacle of their indie stylings is the album closer “Waiting All My Lifetime” which has distorted guitars playing with a heavy bass line and the vocals fade in and out creating a sound that is reminiscent of early 90’s Garbage.

Scaredy Ghost is an intriguing listen as they pull influences from a wide variety of styles. This keeps the album from getting stale with repeat listens as there is always something that will catch your ear and either make you dance or grab a beer and chill. DOAKS have promised us new music in 2019 and I am definitely looking forward to more.

4.5/5 Stars



Watch Teenage Cavegirl’s (garage punk) new video, “Space Girl”

Austin, Texas’ own Teenage Cavegirl are releasing Candy Cigarettes, their first full-length album, on June 1st. To whet your appetite for this unique, female fronted garage punk duo, the band have released a video for “Space Girl,” the first single off the record.

Watch “Space Girl” below.



Some Kind of Nightmare announce summer tour

Eternally touring punks Some Kind of Nightmare are taking a few days off between the end of their winter/spring tour before starting their summer tour on May 26th.  They’ll be traveling the country through August 17th, so be sure to catch them if they are in your area.

You will find the flyer for the show and tour dates below.



Yoda Rising (Hardcore, France) release “Empty Your Mind” video

With a new EP, Lies and Greed streaming on Spotify, it is a great time to check out some French Hardcore with Yoda Rising. Their new video, for the first single off their EP, “Empty Your Mind” can be seen below.



Stream Thirsty Curses (Folk Punk) “Get Lost” EP

Raleigh, North Carolina folk punk/alt-country act Thirsty Curses have just released a new EP, Get Lost, and you can listen to a stream of the four-song EP below.



Mercy Union have van broken into, gear/belongings stolen before first EU/UK tour show

I feel like we need a dedicated “stolen gear” category under which to start filing stories, because here we go again. This time, the victims are longtime friends of not just ours, but lots of people in the scene: Jersey’s Mercy Union.

Here’s how the band’s frontman Jared Hart explains what happened on the very first day of their first EU/UK tour:

We’ve been in less London for less than 24 hrs and I’m writing the same post I wrote in 2011. We decided to go to Camden to get lunch quick before loading into the first show. We parked across the street in a Morrisson’s supermarket with 24/7 cctv, backed up to a fence, and a wood divider between the cabin and gear. We were gone for about 45 minutes. When we came back someone had removed a piece of the back door and pooped the back door open. They took gear, personal belongings, and merch. If anyone can share this or keep an eye out for any of the thing in these pictures or on this list, it would be greatly appreciated. We’re going to attempt to do these shows the best we can. Thanks in advance.

-Sommatone branded telecaster- black on back, sunburst on front. Tortoise shell pickguard in gator hardcase
-1978 Fender Pbass Sunburst, pink strap in skb hard case w/stickers
-marshall jcm 900
-ampeg portaflex solid state head
-pedal board in “Grenade” rolling bag
-boss Tu-2 tuner x2
-boss Blues driver
-jhs klon klone
-ehx holy grail reverb
-empress tape delay
-waleus aetos power supply
-strymon timeline
-strymon bigsky
-solodallas storm pedal
-earthquaker speaker cranker
-peterson strobostomp
-voodoo labs pedal power 4×4
-sans amp
-2 pearl kick pedals
-telefunken m80 microphone
-senheiser 838 microphone
-samsonite rolling suitcase filled with merch (tshirts and records)

Personals
-black jansport backpack
-amazon brand rolling carry on bag
-late 2013 macbook pro 15”
-2012 macbook pro 
-sony aplha a6000
-1 US passport

The band’s first show did take place earlier tonight after the event, and they’re doing their best to piece things together going forward. If you’re interested in kicking in to the GoFundMe page that’s been started on their behalf, you can do so right here.

Mercy Union’s ripper of a debut album, The Quarry, was released late last year.

 



UK punk website to release compilation for charity

To celebrate their fifth birthday, UK punk site ‘Colin’s Punk Rock World‘ is releasing a charity compilation featuring a host of bands that have been prominent recently in the UK scene. The compilation, which is raising money for the mental health charity Mind, will feature the likes of Triple Sundae, Darko and The Burnt Tapes.

Colin and his team will be familiar to anyone involved in the UK and London scene, this is a cause well worth supporting. The compilation will be released via their website on June 14.



The Dollyrots (pop punk) release ‘In Your Face’ from upcoming album

Ahead of the release of their album ‘Daydream Explosion’ on July 12th, The Dollyrots have made another new song available. ‘In Your Face’ is a fun pop punk jam in the same vein as recently released single ‘Everything’. As well as the new album, you can catch them on tour this summer with the The Pink Spiders.

This upcoming album will be the bands’ first full release since ‘Whiplash Splash’ in 2017. Check out the new song below.



Voice of Addiction announce east coast tour dates

Chicago-based Voice of Addiction have announced some east coast tour dates happening later this summer.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Voice of Addiction last released The Lost Art of Empathy in July 2017.



Album Review: Abolitionist – “Ugly Feeling”

It’s no secret that Portland’s Abolitionist has decided to call it quits, bringing to an end a lifetime that’s spanned eight years and (if their bandcamp is to be believed) eight releases. This was a band, that for me, seemed omnipresent in Portland’s punk rock scene. A dark sounding amalgam of hardcore and everything else, directed more by its political vision than any concrete sonic leaning. Sometimes this worked for me, sometimes it didn’t—but Abolitionist were always a band that’d pique my interest. Where others were writing party songs to sing along drunk to, Abolitionist were always pushing their ambition. This is the band that seemed to be churning out concept albums at a point—always writing, always working, always with something to say. Ugly Feeling is their swan song and on it they take their sound further than they ever have before, combining a love for Fugazi with their political perspective, going out with a bang.

Ugly Feeling is like and unlike previous releases in equal measures. It features the same declarative vocal delivery, the same focus on heavy riffs, but they’ve corrected some of my biggest problems with their last release (A New Militance) by taking their new influences a step further. Here, the riffs and leads are given more time to breathe, which in turn emphasizes them more. Songs like “Crossroads” sound that much more sonically precise, the intensity feeling like a product of design rather than suffocation.

There’s still a range of sounds on the album though. Title track “Ugly Feeling” is a hardcore banger whose titular refrain could surely raise fists in a tightly-packed room. Whereas “The Selfish Gene” indulges in a dark and heavy riff, complimenting the album’s bitter commentary. And make no mistake, this is a dark album, and as it moves forward, it only gets darker—and the music reflects this as much as the lyrics.

Much of the album, at least to my understanding, seems to take aim at our culture and the privilege it awards to straight white males. This is an angry album. It’s disgusted with our worship of money, our own self-satisfied nature. There’s a grotesque scene in mid-album banger “Willie B. Bacon” that resonated even with a carnist like myself:

“When he was a boy, there was a pig his parents raised… but not as a pet. He used to go to the pen to visit his doomed friend. He remembers the pungent smell. He remembers the friendly noise. He remembers the coarse, fibrous hair. He remembers a feeling of loss.”

Ugly Feeling, like much of Abolitionists’ work is a concept album and as such follows a single character. Perhaps it’s fitting in “Walls,” the band’s final song (at least for awhile) that the protagonist accepts his own ignorance, admitting “he did not have a clue,” and finally, making the call to “change his ways.” It may be a little clunky, and it may be on the nose, but Abolitionist has always been about the message. Here it is, distilled down to its most basic form, a message of hope that doesn’t skimp on responsibility, an end to an ugly feeling.

This is undoubtedly Abolitionists’ best work to date, and while it’s always sad to see such stalwarts fall by the wayside, it’s nice to see them going out at their peak. Ugly Feeling is punk rock through and through, thick with commentary and heavy with riffs. Fans of the band will be pleased to see Abolitionist didn’t waste their goodbye.

 



Drunktank release lyric video for “Waste Away”

Dutch skate punkers Drunktank have released a lyric video for new track “Waste Away”. The track is from the band’s upcoming album Return of The Infamous Four, which is available for pre-order from the band’s Bandcamp now.

Have a watch below.



Craig’s Brother Release Single “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” From New EP “Devils in the Details”

Melodic punk veterans Craig’s Brother have just released their second single from their new EP, Devils in the Details. The tune is called “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” and has been released on the 39th anniversary of the hugely destructive volcanic eruption in 1980. It pays homage to Harry Truman, a man who refused to leave his home because of some silly little thing like a volcano erupting nearby.

Devils in the Details is the first release from Craig’s Brother since their 2011 EP The Insidious Lie. Check out “Harry vs Mount Saint Helens” below.



2Minute Minor (Hardcore, IL) Announce Album “Snake That Ate Its Own Tail”, Stream Title Track

Chicago hardcore act 2Minute Minor have just announced that they will release a new album this summer. Titled Snake That Ate Its Own Tail, it’s the first new collection of music from the five-piece since the 2017 effort, Blood on Our Front Stoop.

According to the band’s Bandcamp page, during the process of recording the album, there was quite a serious lineup change. Therefore, the first five tracks are with the previous lineup and the end of the record is with the new. The only two consistent members are vocalist Wiley Willis and guitarist Bob Shields.

 

The band had the following to say about Snake That Ate Its Own Tail:

“We decided to name the Album “Snake That Ate Its Own Tail” because it’s a symbol of the eternal unity of all things, the cycle of birth and death -the infinite circle that continues, a rebirth if you will. We feel that 2Minute Minor has been reborn and find this album title quite ironic; appropriate and suitable for our reincarnation of this circle of 2Minute Minor.”

The full release will be happening on July 1 but you can listen to the record’s title track below.