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Album Review: Filthy Hearts “Beyond Repair”

 

If you are a fan of the late 90’s, early 2000’s brand of Midwestern whiskey soaked pop punk like Dillinger Four, Dear Landlord, or Off With Their Heads, Denver’s Filthy Hearts newest album Beyond Repair, out now via Hidden Home Records, will most definitely be in your wheelhouse. It is honest and emotional, a catharsis masked behind gritty guitars and sing-along choruses.

“Every day I’m trying to be better than I used to be” is the very first lyric that greets us in the album opener “Ambulatory” and it sets the tone for the entirety of this album. Aggressively delivered self reflection followed with a catchy chorus of “Ambulatory, sick of being so fucking mean… tired of being bitter about everything” is the exact type of self awareness that makes this album so intriguing. The idea of self improvement while being acutely aware of your faults is an idea that everyone can get behind.

“Drinking Wells (is the Best Revenge)” is the type of desperate poetry that is only found at the bottom of the bottle, a way to find some chemically induced false courage in self confidence. This lack of confidence gets revisited in “Hiding Behind the Volume” which soon becomes real confidence once the “music takes my soul, and I forget about the past… the music makes you smile, and I know it’s not just me, and it’s time to go and have some fun.” Perhaps an indication that confidence may not need to be chemically induced. The idea of doing something you do well, as a means to overcoming the nemesis of overthinking, is a confidence booster, especially when there is the positive reinforcement of a crowd full of people have fun with you.

However Filthy Hearts must believe in delayed gratification because before they fully deliver on the fun time premise, they break your heart with a massive tempo break in “Voted Best City to be Lonely”. An almost acoustic number, that has an electric build and features a bassline that attempts to vibrate the sadness into your soul. The whiskey inspired poetry is moved to the forefront once again as “we both took a bottle of shots, and keep drinking till the dark takes you in. Hearts will remain empty tonight” they lament while the guitars develop an intensity that sucks you into the feeling of despair presented.

Immediately following this sadness is “I’ve Never Skanked a Day in My Life” a fun little blitzkrieg of a song. Encouraging us to clap our hands or stomp our feet and sing along, as a way to have fun and not think about tomorrow. “Get out of your mind and have a good time, It’s the only thing we can do better”

There are a few songs that cover the idea of finding things to do better or at the very least finding a way to escape from the way you think about problems, such as “Desire”, “Dreams of Youth” and the break-necked “Seasons”, but none better than ”Career Day” where they encourage you to run away from the machinations of the daily grind at a thankless job because “There’s a better life out there for you and me, a life off the clock, out of this machine.” The outro of “I want to run away” is delivered with such conviction and despair that it is chill inducing.

The album ends with “And I Don’t Even Have Kids” which evokes thoughts of a small bar packed to capacity with the entire crowd desperately singing along. By far their most political song, it comes across as a punk rock State of the Union, complete with back and forth vocals, driving and pulsating guitar work, sing along “woahs” and a giant middle finger to the “greedy selfish fucks” in our government. It almost seems that amongst the self reflection presented on this album, the environment we live in could be creating the very sense of sadness and despair presented.

On Beyond Repair Filthy Hearts deliver honest barrel-aged punk as they take the classic Midwestern sound and mix in a touch of hardcore and skatepunk. The result is an intrinsic experience best enjoyed sung out loud in a club full of your friends, a beer in one hand and a raised fist in the other. It is most certainly one of the years strongest albums and is most likely going to be on on some year end lists.



Brainflakes (UT) Release New Single, “Clay’s Achin'” (FFO Polar Bear Club, Make Do & Mend)

Utah gravel-punks Brainflakes have released a new song called “Clay’s Achin’.” The single is from their upcoming EP “Someone, Somewhere,” out November 1st on Hidden Home Records.

You can pre-order the EP on cassette now. Listen to the single below.



Filthy Hearts (punk) streaming new album “Beyond Repair”

Denver punks Filthy Hearts have unleashed a beast of a new album on the punk community, Beyond Repair features fourteen raw and emotional tracks and is being released through Hidden Home Records. From the thoughtful and brilliantly written “Ambulatory” to the heart-wrenching instant classic “Desire”, this is an album headed straight for the yearly top 10.

So do yourself a favor and check it out below.

This is the first new music from Filthy Hearts since 2016’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. If you’re a fan of Against Me! or Avail these guys kind of combine the best of both those giants. 



Hidden Home Records Say “Happy Birthday” With Free Bandcamp Catalog

Boise punk label Hidden Home Records has made everything on their Bandcamp “pay-what-you-want” for the rest of the month. All donated proceeds will serve as a birthday gift to their mail guy, Mike.

HHR’s catalog features music by Filthy Hearts, Forever Unclean, Wicked Bears, and more. The label’s owner wrote in an Instagram post:

“[Mike] has happily chosen to do all of our mail order from Idaho since I moved across the country for my career. He is a one-in-a-million friend and deserves the world. Happy birthday Mike, I couldn’t do it without you. For the rest of September, everything on our Bandcamp is pay-what-you-want in celebration of MIIIIKE. All donations will go to him, cuz we rarely break even as it is. Link in bio.”

You can visit the Hidden Home Records Bandcamp here, or check out their new compilation below if you’re unfamiliar with the label.



Hidden Home Records Release Second Label Compilation For Pay-What-You-Want

The folks over at Hidden Home Records have released their second label comp, “Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 2.”

The release is available for “pay-what-you-want” on the HHR Bandcamp.

It features unreleased tracks by MCKC, Urban Outfielders, Watashi Wa Dance PartyAudio KarateFilthy Heartsand more, as well as known songs from the label’s collective discography.

Fans of Punk-O-Rama, Fat Music for Fat People, and Hopelessly Devoted To You and sure to find some new favorite bands on this. You can stream the compilation below.



DS Exclusive: Filthy Hearts (ffo: Against Me!) stream new single, “Ambulatory”

 

Filthy Hearts out of Denver, CO have a jaw-dropping new banger of a track they are releasing with Dying Scene today. They are a group of rogue punk rock beer warriors featuring ex-members of The Larimers and The A-OKs who are looking to take over the world with the sounds of a bedside battle ax, and a dissenting sentiment or three. Since the band’s onset in 2016 with the release of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Inside) they’ve graced the ineffable stages of such DS favorites as The Lillingtons and Murderburgers, and caught the interest of Hidden Home Records who is putting out Filthy Hearts’ debut LP Beyond Repair this coming August 30th. No pre-orders available yet, but keep an eye out for packages dropping somewhere on the interwebs soon. (probably here) If you’re in Denver, then be shure and check out the pre-release party later this week on July 13 at The Moon Room, where a limited number of CD’s will be available for ONE TIME ONLY before the official release date.

And what’s this song that we are talking about anyway? But, of course! It’s called “Ambulatory”, and you can stream that track below.

From the band: “Ambulatory is about the struggle of becoming a better person. It’s about how you have to let things go and do things differently because it’s such a waste of time to be bitter and hateful. It’s about bettering yourself among people who may not want to change and so you have to let them go. I just don’t want to be bitter and mean my whole life and that’s something I have struggled with in the past.”



DS Exclusive: Urban Outfielders (Baseball Punx) Premiere “Where Did He Go (Tito)” In Tribute to Former Bandmate

Baseball punkers Urban Outfielders are releasing their new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” tomorrow (March 22nd) on all major streaming platforms. The single comes from their new EP, Out of This World, which is slated for release on April 22nd. You can hear the single one day early at Dying Scene exclusively, though!

The song serves as a tribute to their fallen outfielder and bandmate, Tito Rogers. Rogers disappeared tragically last year in a flash of light after leaving the dugout earlier than advised. The band believes extra terrestrial motives may be at play here.

Out of This World will be out on April 22nd via Hidden Home Records. Listen to the new single “Where Did He Go (Tito)” below.



Wicked Bears (pop punk) stream new video for “Chattering Teeth”

Salt Lake act Wicked Bears have just released a new video for their track ” Chattering Teeth” which was released earlier this month. The three piece were last seen with their 2017 album Tuning Out via Hidden Home Records. 

Check out the new video below!



Album Review: Forever Unclean! – “Woof”

Objectively, Woof is a pretty dope cd. Tho, it’s hard to not have personal biases, right? When I first listened to this cd, I was like: “I dunno…the vocals are kinda…well…” The singer doesn’t really hold back. Musically, it’s in that Flatliners and Against Me vein…and it’s definitely contained within that locus…how do I put this?…Forever Unclean fits into that genre. If you are enthralled with that subcategory of Punk, you’ll probably like them. If you hate it cuz it’s mostly derivate garbage, you might like Forever Unclean because they aren’t from the USA. I’m not saying that all nationalism is toxic. It just seems that American bands take potential and wash it down the fame drain and bands from other countries tend to not have that option because their countries don’t treat famous people like infallible gods.

These dudes are from Denmark…and ever since I read The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen, I’ve had a greater respect for anything Nordic. Forever Unclean seems to have a lot of potential and as much as I don’t like trusting my intuition (because Punk has crapped all over hope for so long), I wanna allow myself to dig them. The singing has grown on me, a bit. Woof sounds like it was recorded in a studio but the engineer didn’t really know what to do except point mics and hit record. 311’s Music sounds this way. Like it was half-assed cuz they really didn’t know what to do with it…and they hoped that half-assing it would allow it to be everything it is, not what it is in the mind of idealistic musicians. (Take it as a compliment.)  Nothing is really obfuscated or aggrandized and it’s not burdened by clarity. I checked out some of their old stuff and Woof sounds like a logical progression. Everything is tighter, it sounds better, the songwriting is maturing.

But yeah, it’s definitely subgenre-specific. It’s obvious they pay attention to how other bands write their songs and kinda take more than bit of inspiration from them. They definitely seem to have their own ideas on music, but aren’t really doing anything outta left field, so to speak. Like I said, the vocals take some getting used to. They’re kinda wacky and high pitched…initially they brought to mind Boy Hits Car, Billy Talent, and even Coheed and Cambria…but it’s not all high singing. He does a lot of the growl/half-scream-yell/ooah-aaaooo stuff that seems to be popular these days in certain circles.

Anything I can really say about what didn’t tickle my fancy, so to speak, is most-likely obvious to Forever Unclean. Fitting into a genre isn’t a sin. Singing somewhat like other people isn’t terrible…especially if you sing on key. Lyrically, it hit home with me…we deal with similar crap…humans do. They aren’t loquacious, but pithiness is good. Woof seems like the cd you could blare outside while weeding the yard or having a bbq and it would aggravate your neighbors. “Confounding delinquents!” It’s melodic, but wacky….aggressive but not aggressive enough to really make your douchey neighbors ask you to turn it down or call the cops on ya.

So I suppose I like Woof…I guess I like Forever Unclean. Apparently, they spell their name with an exclamation point at the end. So it’s Forever Unclean! Currently, it’s 7:36am, so I’m not ready for an exclamation point.

[Later on]
It’s now 3:54pm. I was thinking about Woof as I was mowing the lawn and I thought about Forever Unclean! as a subgenre-specific band…and how it seems like bands leave the fan empty when they land a decent deal and start touring and end up changing their style cuz they get old, have kids, or lose that angst cuz they fulfilled their purpose by getting on a label…that kind of shit leaves us fans almost on the rebound. Like when we get broken up with and wind up dating someone just like our ex. (Phenomena, am I right?) Anyway, I wonder if Forever Unclean! simply fills a hole gouged out of me by those bands similar to them that totally crapped the bed. Is it bad to be the rebound? Surely, many people have met their eventual spouses on a mere rebound. Many children were born because of rebounding. Then again, lots of times that rebound just serves as a reminder of loss. It’s not uncommon to hear of an emotional connection to music. What is a relationship if not guided by emotions? Hmph. Heck, it seems lots of genre-specific bands just serve to pick up the slack cuz bands get big and do things we just don’t expect. I mean: Brand New did it…and there are bands that sound just like their earlier works…and only their earlier works. ALSO, when bands start out, lots of the time they’re just kinda doing whatever until they find their sound. So like: I guess all that really matters is any given cd. Not a discography. Not a genre. Just a single collection of songs…as a snapshot of a time in history. Sure, that gives way to a lot of philosophical uncertainty…uncertainty that many may not even pick up on…but like: If you, a punker, were stuck listening to Forever Unclean!’s Woof, you’d hate it way less than getting stuck listening to Pop garbage. For that moment, you’d feel okay knowing that it could be a lot worse. Even if that sentiment is ubiquitous these days and it seems to sit on chests and eat away at civility like a cancer…well, I dunno…perhaps the optimists are right. Everything is 100% awesome.

Personally, I’d give this cd a 3.4 out of 5. Not a 68%, mind you…cuz that’s almost failing by Melvindale standards. I figure 3 is in the center of 5. [1,2,3,4,5]  Three is the center number. It means neutral. Anything larger than 3 is enough to make me smile. And, like you, I hate music with a passion…because I love music with a passion. (Crap, I’m ranting.) Just listen to the cd and decide for yourself. All you can really gain from any sort of review is if someone hated it or not. I hate Woof very little. It ended better than Alkaline Trio’s My Shame is True.

3.5/5 Stars



Wicked Bears (Pop Punk) Announce Tour Dates in Celebration of Vinyl Re-release

Salt Lake City’s Wicked Bears have announced a tour in conjunction with their 2017 album “Tuning Out” being pressed to vinyl. The release is coming through Hidden Home Records, La Escalera Records, Dopey Goat Records, and Def Cow Records.

“Tuning Out” made Dying Scene Founder Dave Buck’s Top 10 Albums of 2017. You can see the tour dates and the release video below.



Watashi Wa Dance Party Release New Video for “Really Over”

San Diego powerhouse Watashi Wa Dance Party have released a music video for their single, “Really Over,” which you can view below.

The song comes from their upcoming EP “Skate Pop Suicide,” coming out on Hidden Home Records on May 18th. You can pre-order the EP here.



MCKC streaming new EP “IS OK”

SLC feel-good homie MCKC is streaming their latest EP, IS OK, in full, track by track. The official release is April 14th (tomorrow), however, MCKC has put it up for streaming ahead of its worldwide drop date.

You can stream the full thing here.

Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street)



DS Exclusive: MCKC Premieres New Song “Baker”

Today we get to show the other side of a songwriter we’ve championed on Dying Scene. Casey Keele of the band Wicked Bears (who’s latest album “Tuning Out” was in Dying Scene owner Dave Buck’s Top 10 of 2017) – has been writing songs and playing basement and living room shows as MCKC for almost a decade. Today we’re featuring his new song “Baker,” a folky, organ driven track off of his new EP “IS OK”, slated to be released on April 14th through Hidden Home.

Keele had this to say about the track:

“Baker is a solitary town located in the Mojave Desert of California. It’s one of the only cities you’ll pass as you drive from Barstow to Las Vegas. This song is an imagining of what it would be like to live there.”

You can hear the new track below. Pre-order “IS OK” at MCKCinfinity.com, and if you’re in the Salt Lake area, consider grabbing a ticket to the EP release show on April 14th at the Beehive in Salt Lake City (666 S. State Street).



Wicked Bears (Pop-Punk) announce West Coast Tour

Salt Lake City pop-punks Wicked Bears are touring in support of their new album Tuning Out which came out on October 13th. You can give it a listen here. The band will be playing 11 dates this month:

11/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Garth Haus
11/12 – TBA
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
11/14 – TBA
11/15 – Pomona, CA @ Characters
11/16 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Beach Club
11/17 – Woodland, CA @ The Stag
11/18 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman 
11/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
11/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court


Wicked Bears stream new album “Tuning Out”

Salt Lake City pop-punks Wicked Bears released their new album Tuning Out today through Hidden Home Records. Give the 10-song record a listen below.

If you like what you hear, support the band by grabbing a copy of the album. It’s available digitally on bandcamp, and on CD and cassette here.

They’ll be playing an album release show tonight at The Beehive Social Club. Go here for more info on that.