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The Dreadnoughts stream first track off upcoming album

Canadian folk-punk icons The Dreadnoughts have slipped back into the studio and announced a new album is on the way, like the warm spring weather eases the sap from the maple tree, The Dreadnoughts ease us into winter with an offering of their whiskey-fueled, maple-coated Canadian folk-punk. The first single off the upcoming album Into The North, is the sea-fairing sing-along “Joli Rouge”. As is always the case with a new track from The Dreadnoughts, pour a nice glass of something hard and enjoy.

Check out the new track below.

This is the first new music from The Dreadnoughts since 2018’s Foreign Skies B-Sides EP.



Raygun Cowboys stream first track off upcoming album

Canadian psycho-punk masters Raygun Cowboys are streaming the first track “Limbo” off of their upcoming album Bloodied But Unbroken. The new album is due out October 25th, which we are officially changing to Raygun Cowboy Day here in Canada (I am pretty sure I can do those things, if it’s on the web it’s true…) and will be released through the quintessentially Canadian label Stomp Records. Along with the new album the fellas from The Rockies (Canadian side that is) have announced a handful of shows.

Well without further adieu check out the new song as well as the show info below.

Raygun Cowboys last release was The Cowboy Code back in 2017, and if you missed out on that gem, hit the Googles and catch up with the rest of us. 



Album Review: The Planet Smashers “Too Much Information”

Earlier this year Canadian ska punks The Planet Smashers released their ninth studio album Too Much Information, which also corresponds with their twenty-fifth anniversary as a band. This album finds them continuing to expand upon their signature mix of upbeat two tone ska and punk.

The album abruptly starts with the titular “Too Much Information” as a bouncing horn line greets you without a proper introduction. In a song about the potential for oversharing via social media it is nice to get a sound that was massively popular before the advent of said media platforms. It drops an early English Beat meets the Police vibe that is ridiculously catchy. This sound is further explored with “Aim High” and “Going Out Solo” a couple of songs later.

“Break My Neck (A Love Song)” follows with what is arguably the best song on the album. In 2016 lead singer Matt Collyer fractured his cervical spine, he then used this to poetically pen a love song. “I may break my neck, but I will never break your heart” he croons in a way that is more intrinsically emotional than the rest of the album. The honesty on display is highly personal and it is obvious that this song is more than just another love song. Throughout the album the organ is featured, but not more perfectly than on this number. It is a bouncier sound that lends a little brevity to the heaviness of the lyrics.

The Planet Smashers still deliver on their classic high energy fun music with songs like “Brain Freeze” the product of being betrayed by a delicious treat, “Superfan” which is an ode to fans of ska still waiting for their fourth wave, and “Hookie” a banger about skipping work and having fun. This time the more playful “Light in Your Smile” cranks up the reggae side, and features some phenomenal drum work. However they do experiment and explore their craft a little with songs like “Good Vibes” and “Light in Your Smile”. The first being a clapping and drum heavy march that stands out on the album for how different it feels. However it seems like it would be a fan favorite in a live setting as it has the ability to draw the crowd into the production. Where “Light in Your Smile” is a playful reggae love song which again puts the drums at the forefront but this time with a margarita on the beach feel.

Too Much Information is a super clean sounding album, the horns are big and bright, the bass and drums sound deep and resonant, and the highlight is the organ which add a layer that really make these songs stand out. Combine this with lyrics that are humorous at times, and emotional at others and you get an album that moves both your heart and your feet.

4.5/5 Stars



The Penske File stream new track “Copper Sky”

Burly City natives The Penske File are streaming their latest song “Copper Sky”. No word yet on whether this is a part of a larger project, but coming off the heels of their 2018 masterpiece Salvation, one can only hope. The new track features that maple-coated vocal sound we’ve come to love, as well as the raw guitar sound that can only be acquired through some long, cold nights, floating through the endless misery of a Canadian winter.

Check out the new track below.

As mentioned above, The Penske File’s latest release was Salvation back in 2018. Unlike George Louis Costanza, The Penske File is definitely Penske material, so do yourself a favor and give them a listen.



The Planet Smashers release video for “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”

Canadian ska veterans The Planet Smashers have released a video for their song “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Too Much Information. The video features a bowling tournament with label-mates Morgan, The Gutter Demons and Lost Love. I won’t spoil the video so you’ll have to watch to find out who’s the “legend of the lanes”. They also have a small run of shows later this summer/fall.

Check out the tournament below.

As mentioned above The Planet Smashers most recent release Too Much Information came out earlier this summer on their longtime home Stomp Records



Jon Christopherson (Raygun Cowboys) shares cover of Misfits classic “Skulls”

Raygun Cowboys‘ singer Jōn Christopherson has released an amazingly stunning video of himself playing The Misfits classic “Skulls”. Played in what appears to be the comfort of a log cabin in the Alberta wilderness, Jōn uses his one-of-a-kind voice to transform the classic into a wonderful sounding maple-coated ode to The Misfits.

You can check out the cover below.

Raygun Cowboys last released The Cowboy Code back in 2017. If you’ve never heard or listened to the Raygun Cowboys do your ears a favor and go check them oot. 



The Penske File get their van and all their gear stolen in Montreal

I really, really, really hate writing stories like this, and I’ve had to way too often.

The Penske File, who are incredibly nice dudes not to mention a juggernaut of a live band and whom we just saw lay waste to the Nick Alexander Stage at Frank Turner‘s Lost Evenings III last Friday, had their van stolen outside a club in Montreal yesterday. To make matters worse, all of the trio’s gear – and we do mean all of it – was inside the van when it was parked outside a club BEFORE the band’s performance at Pouzza Fest. Here’s the rundown of what was inside:

List of stolen stuff
– Gibson SG
– Fender Telecaster
– Fender Jazzbass
– Taylor Acoustic Guitar
– Vox AC30
– Fender guitar amp
– Traynor bass head 
– Custom UDrum Drum Kit
– Cymbals
– Snare
– Drum Hardware
– Guitar cables and pedal boards
– Banner
– 3 passports
– $500 USD cash
– Personal bags
– iPad

This is just about the worst case scenario for any band, let alone a band full of DIY road warriors. If you’re able to help, there’s a GoFundMe with some more information here.

The Penske File’s latest album, Salvation, was released last year on Stomp Records.

(CORRECTION: This story initially indicated that the fellas gear was stolen after their gig. This was incorrect, and the result of yours truly misreading a post on another band’s social media. This means that The Penske File had all their shit stolen BEFORE they played at Pouzza, and had to borrow all their gear and play a set under the weight of the fact that literally all of their shit got stolen. Bravo, fellas. Sorry for the error on the first draft.)



The Planet Smashers release video for “Too Much Information” off of upcoming album

Canadian ska legends The Planet Smashers have released a video for their new song “Too Much Information” which just so happens to be the title track to their new album which is out next week. Stomp Records will be releasing the new album and to celebrate the new music, the boys will be out touring and no doubt guzzling some brews and sharing their maple-flavored ska with our friends to the South.

You can check out the video for “Too Much Information” below.

The Planet Smashers last release was Mixed Messages back in 2014. If you’re a fan of The Toasters or The Specials then The Planet Smashers are for you, eh! 



K-Man & the 45s (ska) streaming “Stand With Youth”

Montreal ska-punks K-Man & The 45s are streaming the title track “Stand With Youth” off of their upcoming album of the same name. The track features the classic ska tones we’ve come to love from the fellas from Quebec. Due out April 19th on Stomp Records, this album promises to be an instant classic for fans of ska.

You can check out the new song below.

This is the first new release from K-Man & The 45s since 2016’s self titled album was released. If you’re a fan of the Planet Smashers or Mustard Plug, these guys have that same upstroke, classic ska sound. 



DS Exclusive: The Toasters and Malafacha at Beat Kitchen (Chicago) Gallery

Legendary ska band The Toasters, with support from Chicago’s Malafacha, hit Beat Kitchen on February 28, 2019. The Toasters, founded in 1981, are one of the first wave of American Ska bands.

At the Beat Kitchen, The Toasters line up include frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley; Tim Karns on bass; Grillbert Covarrubias on trombone; drummer Boris Maninvelt (Upsessions Holland); Deals Olan on saxophone (Out of Control Army MX); Buford O. Sullivan on trombone (ex-Scofflaws). 

Check out the full review and all the pics below.



Tour Preview: Sammy Kay on his western US run with Seth Anderson

It’s been a little while since New Jersey-based gravelly-souled singer/songwriter Sammy Kay hit the road for a tour of any substantial length; 2017’s opening slot on The Creepshow’s run, to be precise. Kay spent the better part of the last year back in Jersey evaluating next steps. It’s an all-too common theme among artists who’ve made their way in the DIY art community to periodically take stock of how long you want to try to keep the train chugging down the track. “I had to figure me out and make sure I was alright, you know?” Kay explains. “I spent the last year figuring out what I wanted to do, whether it was keep playing and keep going, or I started working with a young man with special needs while I’m home…and you never know when’s the right time to “grow up,” per se.”

Growing up, as it turns out, can wait. Kay recently went into the studio with old pal Pete Steinkopf and laid down a new album that’s slated for release later this year (stay tuned for more on that one in the coming months). “We made this record and it’s like “okay…let’s give this one more shot. One more honest fucking try.” So that’s this year, man. We’re gonna go out a lot, play some new songs.

Right about when this story is slated for publication, Kay will be headed to Vancouver to kick off a three week run with the fine Canadian gentleman Seth Anderson (One Week Records) that’ll take them throughout the western part of the US. It’ll be Kay’s first solo acoustic run since before his last album, 2017’s Untitled, hit the streets. “I hope it’s like riding a bike!” Kay laughs. Three weeks is like my happy tour. You don’t get sick of it. You don’t get too homesick, you’re not away for too long. As a sober dude, I’m always preparing. Every show, I just have to. I’m a little nervous. I haven’t been out by myself in two years. OnceUntitled came out, we kinda just went with the band. The two or three years prior to that I was just chugging along by myself, so I think I’m more nervous to be out there without Mitch and Will and Sean or Brandon or Fernando or any of the guys that were playing, you know? But I also get to play whatever the fuck I want now!

The solo nature of these shows gave Kay a chance to dust off some songs from his catalog that haven’t been given a proper live treatment in the past. “The chords are the same,” he explains, “but some of those songs on Untitled…there’s four or five guitars playing on one part. Like, we never played “Better Days,” because it never sounded great with just two guitars. “I Believe” was just me and a guitar so we never played that. I spent the last week trying to figure out if I could play (2015’s) Fourth Street (Singers) front to back by myself, and I think I’m there. I forgot about songs completely. I guess there’s like 40 songs that have been recorded and released, and then there’s another twenty that either never got released or haven’t been released yet. I’ve been sitting in my kitchen every day just teaching myself songs that had just slipped, you know?”

When it came time to team up with a touring companion for the first run of solo shows he’s done in years, Kay feels he couldn’t have done much better than the great Seth Anderson. “I’m really grateful to spend the first run back out with Seth. I don’t know if you’ve met Seth, but he is like the sweetest person you’d ever meet,” Kay explains. “One of the reasons I genuinely love Seth, and I don’t know if he knows this, but Seth is like a husky. Huskies are always smiling, they’re just handsome puppies. Seth is a handsome puppy that’s always smiling!” 

The duo don’t necessarily have a plan for what order they’ll play in, and their meeting up with a bunch of seriously talented musicians along the way, so every night has the potential to become pretty memorable, and Kay’s excitement about what’s in store over the next three weeks is genuine and palpable. “I’m grateful just to play my guitar,” Kay states. “My new thing about touring is, whether you’re going out by yourself or with a band, you might as well hang out with people who’s songs you want to hear. Like we met up with Ricky and the Western Settings guys two years ago at Pouzza and I listen to them all the time. I’m stoked to play with Ricky, and Brian Wahlstrom. Nick from Stay Wild – who are this really great, positive, political hardcore, kind of like nobody has really done great and well since Strike Anywhere – is doing a bunch of California shows. JD Wright came up on my Instagram feed, and man, I don’t know why that dude’s now a household name. Nowhere Bound in Texas are another killer band I’ve never gotten to see. I’m just trying to play with bands that I like and love and the cooler the lineup, the cooler the memory. It’s a little bit of a pain in the butt, but some of those shows, like Chicago with JD and 6’10”…I ain’t forgetting that one for a while! I just saw Bryan McPherson got added to the Phoenix show. We’re playing Kevin Seconds’s venue in Sacramento. Jesse up in Vancouver and Aaron Rev in Seattle, and then we go to Portland and it’s Sean Taylor from Angry Lisas. It just goes. Every day there’s a cool band that I love or somebody from a band that I’ve been wanting to see but have never been able too.”

This run of shows also includes a handful of stops Kay has not played before, which is somewhat rare given the amount of time he’s spent on the road, adding to the “every day is something different” vibe. “I haven’t played Hesperia (editor’s note: I had never even heard of Hesperia prior to this tour announcement). I haven’t played Bakersfield. I don’t think I’ve played El Paso in four or five years. I don’t think I’ve ever played Oklahoma City. I know that every time we try to play Tulsa, it’s been cancelled! Bakersfield is going to be a cool, proper house show…like the grown up style, not the punk rock style. Reno is going to be a fucking blast; last time I played Reno I won $400 off of $40 on blackjack, and then the stupid bar we were sitting at had the stupid touch screens on the bar…lost it all! Lost every dime!”

Kay and Anderson’s tour run kicks off Tuesday in Vancouver and runs through February 24th in Appleton, Wisconsin. Head below for the full rundown, including where you’ll find them alongside a number of special guests.

Kay’s untitled last album was released back in 2017 on Stomp Records. He’s got a new one on deck that is killer, we promise. Anderson’s One Week Records debut came out back in 2016.



The Penske File announce European tour

Canada’s The Penske File have announced the dates for an upcoming tour of Europe.  They are touring in support of their album Salvation that came out in April via Stomp Records.  The tour kicks off in September and runs through early October.   See the tour dates below.



The Penske File release video for “Last Chance”

Canadian punk rock band The Penske File have released a new video for their song “Last Chance” off their most recent LP Salvation. Watch the video below.

Salvation was released in April via Stomp Records.



The Isotopes release cover of “Centrefield”

Vancouver baseball themed punks The Isotopes have released a cover of John Fogerty’s “Centrefield”. The track is available to buy via the band’s Bandcamp. You can have a listen below.

The band released “1994 World Series Champions” last year through Stomp Records.



The Penske File release video for “Golden Futures” from Bridge City Sessions

Ontario-based punk trio The Penske File recently recorded a session with Bridge City Sessions. The first video from that session has been released. “Golden Futures” comes from their recent Stomp Records release, Salvation, which was put out in April.

Watch the video below.