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DS Interview: Mark Stern on putting together nineteen years of Punk Rock Bowling

In a lot of ways, Punk Rock Bowling has become the little festival that could. What started as a small, festival and scratch bowling tourney between labels and scene friends has grown to over a thousand bowlers and seemingly as many bands spread across venues of all shapes and sizes in three different states on back-to-back-to-back weekends. Steering the shop the whole time has been the same dynamic duo, brothers Shawn and Mark Stern (pictured above), whom you probably know are also the longtime core members of seminal punk band Youth Brigade and co-founders of BYO Records.

The 2017 edition ranks as probably the biggest yet, with Iggy Pop headlining Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend, The Vandals and Face To Face taking over Denver last weekend, and NOFX and the Specials and a handful of club shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Asbury Park, New Jersey. We caught up with Mark Stern to discuss just what goes in to such a mammoth undertaking, some highlights from Punk Rock Bowlings past, and maybe a hint at what’s in store for the big 20th installment of PRB next year. Check it out below!

Punk Rock Bowling Festival: Day Three – Flogging Molly, Face To Face, Dag Nasty, Strung Out, Off With Their Heads, Giuda, Louise Distras, Sic Waiting, Rayner

Partying ’til the wee hours had apparently caught up with everyone on Day Three as the early afternoon kicked off to lightly attended Punk Rock Pool Parties and pre-fest shows all around Downtown Las Vegas. Hell, most folks didn’t show up to the festival proper until closer to 4pm, well after the opening acts had completed their sets. Some of our staffers were also moving a little slow that morning as well. Luckily they made it in time to cover almost all of the acts. Check out our coverage of the third and final day of Punk Rock Bowling 2016 below!

Punk Rock Bowling Vegas: Night Three – Angelic Upstarts, D.O.A., Nathen Maxwell & The Bunny Gang, Chuck Ragan

After Day Two main stage, and losing then finding my beloved scally cap during Descendents, and at this point on hour 30 of being awake, my body and my emotions were on survival mode. And no time to relax, as I ran back to the hotel to refresh, then was out the door in a moment, heading out to The Beauty Bar to check out one of my favorite acoustic musicians currently – Chuck Ragan.

The man’s voice, demeanor, lyrical content, and power are on display for all to see, commanding attention and respect wherever he plays. The dude will make a grown man cry with some of his reflective, thoughtful paroles. He’ll also make you smile the way he describes scenes of pure love with such joy and imagery. Unfortunately, everything at Punk Rock Bowling is on a schedule, so I had to click my shots and head out for a little change of pace and see D.O.A. at Las Vegas Country Saloon.

I had recently seen D.O.A. back in San Francisco, and the guys killed it to a small, Parkside crowd. LVCS was packed for the event and D.O.A. didn’t disappoint. I stuck around long enough to hear “Fuck You”, then I was on my way to Fremont Country Club for Angelic Upstarts.

The Upstarts are one of those bands that just exudes punk cred. The band has been one of the most influential in the punk world – forming back in 1977 and really being at the forefront of the anti-fascist movement. Due to time constraints, I left before I heard any of my favorites like “Last Night Another Soldier”, “Police Oppression”, and “Liddle Towers”. Apparently there was some Nazi scum at the show and at some point they stomped a bouncer who was standing up. Racist people should learn that they are not welcome any where in the punk scene, and that they are outnumbered. Go find a different scene to bastardize you racist fucks.

Now that that is out of the way…I was fading after the long days festivities, but I had been invited to a small, intimate show with Nathen Maxwell & The Bunny Gang at Hogs & Heifers. I couldn’t stay long as my body was finally giving out on me – but I was there long enough to see Nathen & co. hop up on the bar and perform their set alongside the beautiful bartenders of the biker bar.

Day Two and Night Three were definitely the longest and most intense of the three day, four night party – and you can have a look at all the photos from the Sunday club shows below.

Stay tuned for Day Three and some shots from Punk Rock Karaoke in the next days.

Punk Rock Bowling Festival: Day Two – Descendents, Buzzcocks, Millencolin, Dillinger Four, Dwarves, Sainte Catherines, Night Birds, Be Like Max, Negative Nancy’s

photos by milhouse

In the shadows of the Pump N’ Shack Convenience Store, at the intersection of Stewart and 7th in downtown Las Vegas, hordes of punks descended upon the asphalt arena which is Punk Rock Bowling for what was arguably the best line up of the three day festival. The intense, desert sun, which radiated back up from the concrete below, fully enveloped the festival goers in an oven of near unbearable heat while they packed in to see punk rock legends like The Dwarves, Decendents, and Buzzcocks. The oppressive heat did nothing to temper the excitement surrounding the impressive lineup for the second and most anticipated day of the event.

Leading things off was The Negative Nancy’s. This all lady, local act plays simple, repetitive three chord, surf pop. The set was upbeat but a little low energy, most likely due to the high temperatures. The early acts were tasked with fighting through the muggiest part of the day and these lass’ did an admirable job of plowing forward through the hellish conditions, even if it did call for the conservation of energy. I’m not as familiar with these vixens from Vegas as I probably should be, having only heard a few tracks from their appearances on Squidhat Records comps. But I did recognize most of the songs they played as being from their debut LP, Sorry, Not Sorry. One of the guitarists wore a nice blouse and skirt, next to her more traditionally clad, punk rock bandmates, she looked like she’d fit in more with Sleater-Kinney, but I’m betting she was the most comfortable! Overall, a very good start to the days events.

There’s just something about the sound of some sharp brass that seems to get me going. Thank god Be Like Max was up next! Another local Vegas act, these Sin City skanks have been on the rise lately and provided an instant energy boost. Lead singer, Charley Fine was grasping the mic stand, thrusting it to and fro, like a marching band conductor as he stomped around the stage. Between songs, a joke was made about how excited they were to play “to a sellout crowd” (the crowds for the early shows weren’t very  dense on most days). The highlight of the set for me though was the organ player. There were a few organ solos that sounded out of place in a good way as they echoed through the festival grounds. It made the band stand out from the other acts of the day. The set was quick and energetic, concluding with the frenetic front man stage diving into the crowd from the press pit. As the band exited the stage the organ player treated us to an old school, movie theater intermission tune. Good shit.

Next up, Night Birds! The dudes from ‘down the shore’ took to the stage and instantly started in on their set which consisted of songs from their most recent album Mutiny at Muscle Beach. As soon as the opening chords started, I saw people literally sprinting across the tarmac to get to the stage, adding credence to the myths of their rabid and ever growing fan base. The first pure punk rock act of the day, the performance was violent and brash, drawing influence from classic 80’s hardcore. I love acts that feature a lead man who doesn’t play an instrument. It frees them up to go a little nuts on stage during shows. The boisterous Brian Gorsegner is just such a front man, teetering on the edge of total bedlam while the band shreds behind him. This brutal pace caused the lively lead singer to remove his flannel over-shirt about four songs in, god knows why he was wearing it to begin with. By all accounts the newest Fat Wreck Chords stars didn’t disappoint. To break things up a little, the jabrones from Jersey also managed to toss in a cover of of John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York Theme Song”. Is there anything these guys can’t do?

The Sainte Catherines have been one of my (many) favorite bands for awhile now. Something about the simple, honest lyrics set to antagonistic, hard hitting old school punk that reminds me of the halcyon days of our beloved genre. I’ve had a hole in my heart for a few years now since their apparent dissolution, so out of all the acts on Day Two, I was probably most stoked to see these contentious Qubecois (despite the Flyers back patch adorning the denim vest of front man Hugo Lundie…C’mon man!). Their forty minute long set consisted of songs from their Fat Wreck Chords magnum opus, Dancing for Decadence to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary. “Burn Guelph Burn”, “Ring of Fire = 4 Points” all played with a studio like precision through the exceptionally  active set, using 100% of the stage as they all bounced around like pin balls off of bumpers. Between songs the French Canadian front man stopped to tell stories about their long overdue trip back to the US. The best one was about someone in the elevator at the hotel asking him where he was from stating that he “didn’t speak good American.” He also took the time to break my heart once again, stating “Our last trip to America was many years ago, this one will probably be our final trip ever.” Let’s hope not.

I’ll probably lose what little punk rock credibility I have, but here goes: I’ve never seen The Dwarves live. Nothing against them, I just don’t normally get into schticky bands. That being said, if for nothing else you have to give credit to these sadistic fucks for their staying power, so I was still pretty damn excited to see the curmudgeonly Chicagoans. The first part of the set was reserved for a performance of  their 1990 classic Blood, Guts & Pussy. Upon completing that set, Blag stated with a little animosity “That’ll do it for the old nasty, punk Dwarves that everyone hates. Now time for the poppy Dwarves that everyone loves!” The second part of the performance featured newer material along with guest appearances by the stunning Stacey Dee from pop punk sensation Bad Cop/Bad Cop for a performance of “Fake ID” (if memory serves). Also joining them for a song was Leftover Crack‘s STZA who lent his pipes (heh…) for a great version of “I Will Deny”. As if that wasn’t enough, the venerable veterans also played a brand new song, “Forget Me Not” which is about the recent rise in school shootings. Throughout the set I kept laughing to myself thinking that He Who Cannot Be Named was perfectly dressed for the heat, of course wearing nothing but a jock strap and his patented gimp mask.

Every once in awhile, for one reason or another I forget about awesome bands, negative side effect of the job, I reckon. Then I’ll hear them again and get flashbacks to my youth. When I saw that Dillinger Four was on the card, I thought “Fuck! How have I not fit these guys onto a playlist in 10 years?” and knew they would be an instant throwback to my younger years. As they opened with songs from their 2002 Fat Anthology Situationist Comedy, sure enough I was transported back to the good ole days of low paying, low responsibility jobs and late night binge drinking. They did a good job of mixing it up, also playing through a few songs from 2008’s Civil War making sure to include crowd favorites “Parishiltonisametaphor” and “Gainesville”. Lead man Patrick Costello kept the harmonies tight, never missing a note while keeping the energy high throughout the performance. Crowd banter was entertaining, not invasive. These ‘four portly dudes from Minneapolis’ were probably the best surprise of the festival for me. It was fantastic to see them again after falling off the map a little from their heyday in the 2000’s. I really hope they keep their head above ground for a bit longer.

The pride of Örebro, Sweden, Millencolin has been in the upper echelon of the skate punk scene for over two decades now. Despite that, I’ve never caught them live. Needless to say, I was pretty amped to finally do so. The sensational Swedes covered the spectrum, From Life on a Plate on up to True Brew, everything expertly performed with a high level of accuracy. I must have listened to “Bullion” a thousand times in high school. I know every note of it and the boys performed it impeccably, never missing a beat. By far the cleanest set of the night, lovable lead man, Nikola Sarcevic broke between songs on occasion to talk to the audience while other members tuned their guitars. He always comes off as such a sweet and genuine guy in interviews and such and his live performance did nothing to change that image of him. The band’s positive, upbeat image and carefree attitude almost seems ill-fitting at a modern day punk festival, hearkening back to a time when our scene wasn’t as gritty and divided.

Pop punk pioneers, Buzzcocks hit the stage to an ever swelling crowd. Without much fanfare or introduction they started into their set which included all of the hits you’ve come to expect, “Ever Fallen in Love” and “I Don’t Mind” among the many. The old guys took few breaks but never truly let up, their stamina seemingly unaffected by their accelerated age. After hearing their music in it’s more polished, studio recorded state my entire life, it was wonderful to hear them perform live, with the minor flaws and imperfections. The crowd reached a fever pitch with the opening chords of the classic punk anthem “What Do I Get?” as the lads from across the pond, rounded out this extremely solid set.

Descendents is another one of those ‘must see’ acts. Even if you’re not the biggest fan, everyone knows and enjoys at least a few songs from these miscreants from Manhattan Beach. Milo and the boys were set and ready to go right at 10pm and proceeded to emphatically kick their set off with “Everything Sucks” to the roar of the capacity crowd. The geriatric geniuses proceeded without too much haste on into “Hope” which was met with even more cheers. The festival goers had been pretty vocal and engaging throughout the day, but after these guys started in, it reached another level. Unfortunately, I had to split to cover a club show, so the last song I got to enjoy was “Rotting Out”, but I could still hear the raucous mob screaming incessantly for more as I strolled down Stewart Ave back towards Fremont.

**note from the photographer** I stayed for the duration of the set, enlisting the help of fellow photographers to watch my gear as I bolted to the pit the moment “I’m Not A Loser” began. I would say it was one of the best Descendents sets I’d ever seen, with a huge chunk of the set coming from “Milo Goes To College”. During the thrash, my beloved scally cap got knocked out of my hand, into the abyss of the pit. Despite my best efforts for the remainder of the set, I was unable to find my baby. My heart was crushed and I spent the entire rest of the festival looking to no avail until, as the crowd was clearing out, I saw a sweaty, tattooed stranger holding my cap! I ran up to him and snatched it out of his hand and thanked him. Too bad so sad for his new found cap, but my baby was back where she belonged.

Have a look at photos from Dillinger Four, Millencolin, Buzzcocks, and Descendents below, and stay tuned for more photos from club shows and Day Three in the coming days.

Punk Rock Bowling Vegas: Night Two – Anti-Nowhere League, Leftover Crack, The Briefs, Lower Class Brats

Saturday after FLAG‘s set, there was little time to relax before the incredible list of club shows was underway. I ran my ass off Saturday night, catching four bands at three different venues. It was better this year though, with the removal of The Bunkhouse as one of the venues because that place is far away from the rest of the activities. Backstage Bar and Billiards, Las Vegas Country Saloon, and Fremont Country Club were among the list, and if the Beauty Bar had their shit together, I would have added Agent Orange to the list.

First on the list of club shows was Lower Class Brats. I missed their pool party earlier in the day due to bowling activities, and it had been years since I had seen the psychos, so I was super excited to get to LVCS in time to catch the beginning of their set. I was on quite the time constraint due to other shows happening at the same time, so I felt like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s – squeezing in as much as I could in the time I had. This effort also made it so I missed LCB’s performance of “Psycho”, one of my favorites. You can’t be everywhere at once, and although I missed that song, I was front and center for Leftover Crack’s “Gang Control” – any song that says “Fuck The Police” is alright in my book.

Leftover Crack is one of those bands that’s in the same group as Subhumans or Descendents for me. I have to manage my time between shooting, singing, and thrashing, which I often don’t have the opportunity to do all three. This is the exception, as I was able to drop the gear for a bit and swing around. Lately, Stza and crew has been adding keyboard to their live performances, with Scott taking breaks to figure out the keys. Additionally, the last two times I’ve seen them there has been guest female vocals which adds a different element to their trademark sound.

Alas, I reluctantly left the LOC concert to make it to The Briefs, of which I missed the first three songs. Thankfully, the security at Backstage Bar was pretty cool and let me shoot for a little bit anyway. I’m glad they did because the band is just so animated when they perform. “I’m poor and I’m weird baby, you got no time for me”. I love The Briefs’ sound and style and I just wish they would put out more new material.

The final band on my list for the night was the incredible, long-lasting Anti-Nowhere League. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Animal has found the fountain of youth because over the years as well all get more wrinkles and scars, it seems like he is getting younger and more youthful. We need to figure out his secret. ANWL was a band that was crucial in my punk upbringing and it’s a band that never disappoints. It’s a ‘no-frills’ approach to their music and style that sets them apart from other UK bands of the same era and I see no end in sight for these old punks.

Have a look at all the photos from Saturday’s club shows below, and stay tuned for more photos from Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas in the following days.


Punk Rock Bowling Festival Vegas: Day One – FLAG, The Exploited, Subhumans, The Bronx, Youth Brigade, NO!SE, JFA

Saturday, or Day One as its known, began with a phone call from DyingScene head honcho Mr. Buck reminding me of my bowling requirement, and my near miss of the shuttle to the alleys. Punk Rock Bowling was officially underway, and I was already tired – how does that happen. Bowling every year is a moment of pure embarrassment for the Dying Scenesters, who historically never make it past the first round. This year, with the addition of a new bowler, the team did relatively well, and even moved on to the second round – something we didn’t figure out until Monday night. The shuttle ride back to the Golden Nugget is always the highlight of the bowling adventures, as the tiredness has dissipated making way for drunken (and sometimes drug fueled) debauchery. The shuttle driver had the radio on and Styx’s classic “Come Sail Away” started playing and, for a bunch of punks, we all started singing like a scene out of Wayne’s World – it was quite the moment and the mood was set for a day in the sun, with the main stage festival commencing momentarily.

The main stage began not only on time, but a few minutes early and I had missed the first three songs of JFA. Bowling and other preparatory duties prevented the DyingScene crew from getting to the festival earlier, but once arrived it was game time. I’m shite at these show reviews, especially when there’s seven bands to go through. Let the photos do the talking. Despite approaching AARP eligibility, JFA still rocks with tireless energy, and frontman Brian Brannon bounces around stage, often involving fans in the vocal duties. I feel like the band should have played a little later in the day, or weekend, but the band killed their set despite the thin, still growing crowd.

After a little liquid refreshment I was back in the photo pit for NO!SE. The Seattle street punk band has gained quite the following over the years and it’s no doubt why – the guys rock. Great stage presence, ripping guitar and classic vocals are the recipe for success and these guys nailed it.

The beloved Stern brothers with the help of John Carey and Joey Garibaldi (aka Joey Balls) took to the stage next for Youth Brigade. Despite what has been said about the brothers, the guys still rock and their music transcends any politics. I just wish bands would wait to play my favorite songs until later in the set, as it is very difficult to jam out to “Modest Proposal” and photograph at the same time. Watching Joey Balls perform though is a beautiful sight to see – not only is the guy super nice and friendly, but he plays one of the most wickedest bass I’ve seen lately.

The Bronx is one of those bands that has kind of slipped through the cracks for me, although I have been a big fan of their alter-ego Mariachi el Bronx. The guys played a great set although I couldn’t recall any highlights from the performance.

Out of all the bands on the main stage bill, Subhumans was the one I was most excited to see – and also the band I’ve seen the most times. They never get old – literally – I don’t know how Dick Lucas is still alive, and as spry as he is. Another band that performed one of my favorites too early. As “No” came on for their second song, I put the camera down and began to sing along – that song is just soo good. Other standouts were of course “Work-Rest-Play-Die” and the obligatory finale “Religious Wars”. I am very thankful for the handful of very talented and honest photographers I have been able to work alongside, as they allow me to drop my gear for a bit and dance around like times past. Big thanks to Anthony Constantine of PunksInVegas for that one.

I remember seeing The Exploited for the first time years ago at Rebellion in England and thinking, wow – I just saw the fucking Exploited. Crazy. I was equally excited this time around, and although details of their set are a bit hazy, the cuts and bruises were testament to my enjoyment.

FLAG is a band that is a must see, if only for the show that you’ll be treated to. With the legendary Keith Morris manning vocals and Chuck Dukowski’s relentless energy, the band still knows how to rock it after all these years.

Have a look at all the photos from day one below, and stay tuned for more photos in the following days.

Punk Rock Bowling Vegas Night One: H2O, Poison Idea, Israelites

No, these three bands didn’t perform together, although that would be an interesting lineup. The Punk Rock Bowling festivities around the country have now come to a conclusion, and we are left with fuzzy memories and bruised ribs. Now to think about the next festival. As solo photographer for DyingScene, the work load was incredible and it was definitely a challenge picking and choosing which bands to see, and when to try and lay my head down for some sleep – which I barely got over the whole weekend.

Night one of Punk Rock Bowling began with balls. Joey Balls & Friends performing at the Rush Lounge at The Golden Nugget – a venue which has served as de facto meeting place for new arrivals for the weekend. My weekend roommate had yet to arrive so I rolled up with gear and all to grab a beer and plan the night ahead.

After getting everything situated at the hotel, I headed over to the Fremont Country Club to check out H2O. This band was formative in my punk upbringing and it was great hearing some old favorites. I stuck around in the photo pit just long enough to catch “One Life, One Chance”, and had the fortune of getting the microphone handed to me for the chorus. Epic memory and I couldn’t imagine a better band and setlist to kick off the long weekend. As will be witnessed many more times over the weekend, there was no time to sit and marvel at the moment, as it was off to the next venue and the next band.

Shift from NYHC and move to LA reggae/rocksteady/ska band The Israelites at The Beauty Bar. One thing I love about being able to float from venue to venue over the course of a night is the extreme variety of the club shows – catching such a vast array of music in one night is awesome. I didn’t stay long for The Israelites as I was off to catch Poison Idea, but the band was jamming. The dance floor was bouncing in rhythm to the uptick of the guitar, smiles were abound – and for that brief reflective moment I thought to myself – this is what Punk Rock Bowling is all about.

I had never seen Poison Idea before, so I was super stoked to make it to the Las Vegas Country Saloon in time for their set. Even though I missed MDC and Slapshot, I was content to arrive right before Poison Idea’s amazing show. Details surrounding the setlist are hazy, but of course the standout was the classic and one of my favorites, “Just To Get Away”.

Night one was a successful night of punk, booze, photos, and reuniting with old friends. If history is any testament, this year would be like those of years past – too quick at points, not over quick enough at others, amazing memories created while choices of venues dictate memories that will never be made. It’s always a balancing act at weekend festivals, and I was super excited for what was to come over the annual reunion of punks in the desert.

Have a look at photos from Friday night’s sets below, and stay tuned for Punk Rock Bowling concert photos the rest of the week.

A first timer’s impressions of Punk Rock Bowling 2016

Punk Rock Bowling came and went this Memorial Day weekend in a sun-seared flash and for the first time, I was burning with it. I dragged my pretty green eyes out of the pretty green city I call home and took my first step to a weekend of firsts. First fest, first plane trip, first time in Vegas.

This won’t be a thorough recount of setlists. I don’t know enough of every band’s catalog to make that happen. This is intended as a way to capture what Punk Rock Bowling is, for those of us who haven’t themselves to first yet. This is about the experience, because the experience transcends a festival lineup.

You can read the tale of my first trip to Punk Rock Bowling in its entirety below.

The Briefs announce Texas shows with 7 Seconds

The Briefs will be playing a brief run of shows in Texas this November, joined on most dates by 7 Seconds. Details on when and where you’ll be able to catch them can be found below.

The band’s latest full-length album Steal Yer Heart was released in 2005 through BYO Records. They last released a retrospective box set of 7-inch singles in 2012 on Modern Action Records.

Punk Rock Kids – The Next Generation of Punk Rock Bowling

In following with our previous Punk Rock Bowling photo galleries of fans (‘Punk Rock Love’ and ‘Faces of PRB’), we have our newest submission – this time with the ‘Next Generation – The Kids of PRB’. Year after year, festival after festival, there seems to be more ‘knee-highs’ running around.

This is not a bad thing, as it is imperative to have a new generation onto whom to pass the torch of rebellion and punk rock. These little munchkins are a rare breed, and have gotten off to a great start.

As the tide turns and the days pass by, we all get older, but the punk never dies.

You can have a look at all the young kids of Punk Rock Bowling below.

New Youth Brigade album in the works

It’s been 17 long years since Youth Brigade released their last album, but in an recent interview with Sacramento News & Review, guitarist Brian Hanover stated there is a new album in the works and the band will begin writing soon:

“They’ve mentioned wanting to do another record, and it seems like a good time to start writing.”

Youth Brigade’s last studio album To Sell the Truth was released in 1996. The band began a U.S. tour yesterday.

Youth Brigade announce new guitarist, U.S. winter tour

California punk legends Youth Brigade have announced that they have hired Brian Hanover (Union Hearts, Hanover Saints, Whiskey Rebels) as their new guitarist. In addition, they have announced a winter U.S. tour, which takes place from mid-December to early January. The band writes:

“We’re stoked to announce our winter dates, and bring in the holidays with all our friends around the country. 

With the addition of our buddy Brian Hanover on guitar (Union Hearts/ Hanover Saints/ Whiskey Rebels), we will be saying farewell to the new year and our bassist extraordinaire Mike Carter who will be leaving us after this run to pursue his other amazing bands Stop Breathing and No//Se. 

So come out and celebrate and help us see Mike off in true Youth Brigade fashion!!”

Youth Brigade’s last studio album, To Sell the Truth, was released in 1996, and there are rumors that they have been working on a new album.

DS Photo Gallery: Youth Brigade at The Uptown – Oakland, CA (2/15/13)

Youth Brigade. Fuckin’ Youth Brigade. Still kickin’…still rockin’ just as hard as ever, and man what a show.

I’ve only been lucky enough to see Youth Brigade once before, and let me tell ya, the energy these guys bring to the stage rivals that of bands half their age.

The setlist was heavy on older songs, my favorite being “Modest Proposal”. You can check out a little stop-motion video of shots from the live set here, as well as take a look at all the still photos here.

Youth Brigade has couple more tour dates with the legendary Cockney Rejects (photos from their set coming soon), so head here to see where you can find them.

Cockney Rejects announce US tour with Youth Brigade

UK Oi! staples Cockney Rejects will be embarking on a two week US tour with Youth Brigade starting on February 14th in Reno, Nevada.

Check out the dates and locations here.

Random Cover Song: American Steel cover Alkaline Trio’s “Dead And Broken”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s cover comes from s American Steel with their rendition of Alkaline Trio‘s “Dead and Broken.” The cover appears on the “Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records” soundtrack. The original version appear on Alkaline Trio’s split with One Man Army.

You can check out both versions here.