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DS Exclusive: Amuse premiere new album, “Shortcuts”

DyingScene is absolutely jazzed to bring you the exclusive premiere of Amuse‘s new album, “Shortcuts.” The Indianapolis trio has delivered a solid tour de (that’s Europeanese for “of”) pop punk that has Mike Felumlee’s beautiful, beautiful hands all over it.

Regarding the album, the band states, “I am not going to say we broke new ground on our new album Shortcuts. What I will say is that is that we managed to make sure each track was it’s own thing. We wanted to keep it interesting and diverse. There is a hint of every era of punk rock and pop punk sprinkled through the album.”

The album’s digital release is tomorrow, July 20th on Dodgeball Records. Check out the stream below, along with a handful of summer & fall shows!



Album Review: Turnspit – “Desire Paths”

Holy Crap this year has totally gotten away from me.  It’s almost half over and I feel like I haven’t done a damn thing but work, sleep, and drink.  I was supposed to review Creeper Eternity in Our Arms.  I dunno.  I think enough has been said about that album.  I tried to put pen to paper but could find no motivation.  It didn’t help that during my listening I said to my wife “Don’t these guys remind you of Alkaline Trio.”  She replied, “They remind me of Meat Loaf.”  Ooof.

I don’t know whether it’s Trump in the Whitehouse or what, but it’s just hard to get motivated to do anything.  And nothing is moving me from my inertia.  Finally a beacon of hope.  Midwest Punk Fest in my home town of Bloomington IL.  While going through some of the bands, I stumbled upon Turnspit.  I know Turnspit because they are on Dodgeball and Mike Felumlee of Smoking Popes (Alkaline Trio, Bigger Empty, etc.) is associated with that outfit.  I’ve been meaning to give this a listen and now I’ve got a good reason!  So I start my first review of the year with a band that is playing Midwest Punk Fest and also happens to have a fairly new record, Desire Paths.

Turnspit is a four piece out of Chicago.  They play catchy pop punk alternating between female (Gillian McGhee) and male (Jason Swearingen) vocals.  Dan Tinkler (Drums) and Bradley Davis (Bass) provide the rhythm.  The first thing that will catch your attention as you spin Desire Paths is Gillian McGhee’s powerful voice.  You have to put it up there with the best and I just can’t pin it down who she reminds me of.  Is it Karen O?  Natalie Merchant?  Patti Smith? Erica Freas (RVIVR)?  I’m torn, but safe to say she’s in good company.

Let’s get to the record.  The opener Irish Name puts Gillian’s powerful wail on full display.  She’s hitting some notes here and without losing any musicality.  Should pique most folks interest.  It also has that jump you’d expect from Chicago punk.  That jump probably resulted from the production at Atlas Studios, a Chicago institution.  I’m not sure if the mighty Matt Allison was on the boards for this, but it has that bite and super clean production that he is known for.  No doubt Atlas allows the best of Turnspit to shine through on Desire PathsBreath Taking pops up next and it reminds the listener that Turnspit has two distinctly different vocalists.  This dichotomy really intrigues me because, as Gillian can be sharp and biting, Jason is gruff and low.  Walk Away makes you want to get up and dance, it hearkens back to 80s power pop, you’ll catch the Natalie Merchant vibe previously noted.  Apologies, I have so, so many features both vocalists.  The interchange really works for the song and should get you in the feels if you’ve ever had a rocky relationship.  The title track, Desire Paths, allows Jason to show his vocal chops and you can play the game of who he reminds you of here, Ryan Young, Chuck Ragan?  Skin puts forth an important message about sexual abuse and female empowerment.  I applaud Gillian for having the guts to open up about these issues.  Home is run no more shows Turnspit knows how to bring the punk.  Given gives Jason a chance to open his heart in a jumpy acoustic number.  I don’t need to describe every song on the record!  If you are still reading, go to Dodgeball Records website and give it a listen!

The songs on Desire Paths come strong from beginning to end.  It’s eminently listenable and each track has its own identity.  Turnspit does a great job of keeping to the genre without becoming formulaic.  Desire Paths currently holds a spot in my top 10 of 2018.  Give it a spin.

4/5 Stars



Interview: Gillian McGhee of Turnspit talks influences, new album, the Chicago music scene and more

Formed in 2014, Turnspit is a Chicago-based pop-punk outfit that recently released their LP Desire Paths on February 16 via Dodgeball Records.

I recently had a chance to speak with Gillian McGhee (singer/guitarist) from the band. We discussed the band in general, their influences, the meaning behind some of the songs on the album and what drives her personally.

Read the interview below.



Turnspit stream new song “Irish Name”

Chicago punk act Turnspit are streaming their new song “Irish Name.”

You can give it a listen below.

“Irish Name” comes from the bands’ upcoming album, Desire, which is set to be released on February 16th via Dodgeball Records.



DS Exclusive: Turnspit Premieres Debut Single “Walk Away” From Upcoming Album

Melodic punks, Turnspit have released the first single off of their freshman full-length LP Desire Paths (due out February 16 on Dodgeball Records) and the Chicago based quartet sent it over, exclusively for DS readers to stream! The premiere track, “Walk Away” puts Turnspit’s defining features on display: dual vocals, catchy hooks and anthemic choruses. When we asked lead vocalist Gillian McGhee about the single, she told us that it was the last song the band wrote together before starting the recording process, explaining: “We needed to write one more song before heading into the studio, and I remembered this chord progression I had written about a year earlier. It always stuck with me, but I never developed it on my own. When I showed it to the rest of the band and we started working on it, we knew we had a banger on our hands.” Banger, indeed! Get to streaming, below!



Attic Salt (pop-punk) stream self-titled debut album

Springfield, IL pop-punk band Attic Salt have released their debut self-titled album, and are streaming the whole thing.

You can give it a listen below.

Attic Salt was released on October 20th via Dodgeball Records



DS Exclusive: Decent Criminal Premieres New Music Video for “Deviant” From Upcoming LP

Kudos to NorCal garage/surf punks Decent Criminal for the quick turnaround on new music. We were already jonesin’ for some fresh tunes from the phenomenal quartet and it hasn’t even been two full years since their debut LP (ed: you have dependency issues. get help)! The new, ten track album Bloom, (being released by Dodgeball Records) hits shelves on 10/13 and picks up right where the fantastic freshman album ended without missing a beat. To get you stoked for Friday, the boys sent over the debut music video from the album, exclusively for Dying Scene readers. Such thoughtful young men! Watch the video for “Deviant” below until your eyes bleed, then go to an optometrist…then after that, go get your preorder on and start the countdown! If the hooks don’t getcha, the harmonies certainly will!



Attic Salt (Rock) sign to Dodgeball Records

Springfield, IL rock band Attic Salt has signed to Dodgeball Records. The label will release the band’s debut album on October 20th. Details on the album as well as a song release will be announced soon.

In the meantime you can listen to “Hometown” below; which was the band’s last release back in October 2016.