Great Shakes might be comprised of members from Netherlands and Belgium but if I hadn’t read that on their FB page I would have guessed the foursome hailed from New Jersey or Gainesville. From the harmonica on “Get A Little Closer” to the wistful chorus of “Summertime Alone” I’d peg these guys for an Americana punk act with influences ranging from Hot Water Music to Dave Hause. This isn’t the usual uninspired skate punk band you might be getting used to seeing pop out of Europe in recent years. This is soulful, rubber meets the road, punk rock with heart. The band will be releasing a self-titled full-length via Shield Recordings in October and you can get a taste of what’s to come by streaming a few of the tracks ahead of the release below.
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They’ve now released a video for a track from it, “The Hunter”, a track about trophy hunting. Have a watch below.
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM (PST) by rick delaney
To get you in the mood for the new record, Sweet Empire have put out two tracks from the effort a month early. You can check out “Thoughts and Prayers” and “V.K.T” below.
The previous release from Sweet Empire was the 2014 full-length, Old Ideas Keep Fighting Us.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:16 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
You can give the new song a listen below.
This is the first new music released by the German punks since the 2016 split with No Weather Talks.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 9:58 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Israeli punk legends Useless ID and Russian veterans Tarakany! have joined forces to release a pretty stellar split titled Among Other Zeros and Ones. Featuring three songs from each band as well as a collaborative track between the two bands and is being released through Netherlands based Shield Recordings.
Give the split a listen below.
Useless ID just released a split earlier this year with Topsy Turvy. Tarakany! appears to have been pretty busy (I don’t speak Russian, or read it) but so far as I can tell they released a pretty wicked album just last year.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:07 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Dutch pop punks Dowzer have premiered a brand new video for their song ‘Broken Record’. The track was taken from the band’s latest LP “So Much For Silver Linings” that came out earlier this year on Umlaut Records (UK), Shield Recordings (EU) Waterslide Records (JP).
Head down below to watch the video for ‘Broken Record’.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM (PST) by rick delaney
Dutch melodic punks The Real Danger have announced that their self-titled demo EP will be released on December 1 via Shield Recordings. To wet fans’ appetites for the record, the band have allowed them to stream the first track from it. Entitled “Safe”, you can check it out below whilst you wait for the full EP release next month.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:55 PM (PST) by Daron
Belgium’s hardcore hardcorers LOTUS have announced their new album, “The Road to Calvary” will be released on December 9th. For those of you who only speak Hardcore, that’s “XxXThexRoadxtoxCalvaryXxXxxxXXxxxXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”
In the meantime, they’ve premiered their video for a single off the album, “The Plea,” which you can check out below.
Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:57 PM (PST) by Lauren Mills
Australian punks, Hard-Ons, will release a split 7-inch with French pop-punk quartet Not Scientists in support of their upcoming European tour.
The split will be released on October 14, 2017 through Shield Recordings. Not Scientists released Leave Stickers On Our Graves Maxi Edition in 2016. Hard-Ons released Peel me like a Egg in 2014.
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 2:05 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
Dutch pop-punk quartet Dowzer have released a video for new song “Hindsight Bias Blues”. The track is taken from upcoming LP “So Much For Silver Linings” due out on September 22nd, out on Umlaut Records (UK), Shield Recordings (EU) Waterslide Records (JP) and on cassette via Trilob Records.
You can watch the video below.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 2:17 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Belgian underground heroes LOTUS have released their new EP, The Blade, which features the title track along with the song “The Reappropriation.”
You can give it a listen below.
The Blade was released on June 15th via Shield Recordings.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 12:23 PM (PST) by Goldfinger
Dutch punks Harsh Realms have released a wacky new music video for the song “Striking Distance” off their most recent release, a split 7″ with Coma Commander. The split serves as the bands the first release since 2014’s “Polp”.
The video features a giant skateboarding fox, who may or may not have a drinking problem among other things, check it out here.
Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Hope you all have room for one more big fat easter egg. We are very excited to debut the new Coma Commander / Harsh Realms split EP. This tasty treat will be out on a 7″ black + red vinyl via Lost Youth Records and Shield Recordings.
The EP has two release dates. On 26th of April the guys are hitting Harsh Realms’ home town Breda in The Netherlands. The Belgium release date is set for the 20th of May when the bands play Rockselaar festival.
Check out this cracker in full below.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:20 PM (PST) by NobodyLikesGreg
Belgian underground heroes LOTUS have dropped a new track. ‘The Blade’ is the first single of the band’s upcoming full-length, which will be ready in the fall of 2017. In the meantime, the single will also be released on a 7” record by Shield Recordings, along with an exclusive track that didn’t make the 12”.
You can catch ‘The Blade’ below.