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Astpai release video for “Wear And Tear”

Austria’s Astpai recently released album “True Capacity” via Jump Start – and they’ve made a video for a track from it, “Wear And Tear”. You can have a watch below.

The band tour the UK next month, alongside Harker. You can also check the dates out below.



Kill Lincoln (Ska, DC) End Hiatus With a Load of Release News

DC ska punks Kill Lincoln are back in action after a brief hiatus. They’ve just announced pre-sales for the vinyl pressing of their 2015 EP, Good Riddance to Good Advice. The release will be combined with single “Second Cities” which has a collection of live tracks on the B Side. 

The band has also announced that the pressing will be on their newly formed label Bad Time Records which will focus exclusively on ska and punk releases. 

In addition to all of the above, Kill Lincoln will be on tour this August with the New Orleans ska punk outfit Joystick, hitting the East Coast and Midwest from August 10-18.  

You can pre-order “Good Riddance to Good Advice” now here and the tour dates are below.


Still Alive (ska) stream new album “Assemble”

Ska punk act Still Alive are now streaming their new album “Assemble.” The boys will be playing a release show tomorrow night, July 14, in Chicago at GMan Tavern. Pick up some tickets here if you like!

“Assemble” serves as follow up to their last release of single, “Ransom Note.”

Check out the album below.



Album Review: Astpai – “True Capacity”

Austria’s Astpai play punk rock with a healthy dose of Kid Dynamite snarl. It’s melodic, it’s loud, and most of all, it wants to be heard. Think of all those bands in the mid-aughties who started drawing on the melodic side of hardcore and post—Make Do And Mend, Title Fight, and Hostage Calm, to name a few—bands that took to the musicianship of Hot Water Music and Fugazi but kept their feet firmly in the world of traditional songwriting. Astpai is a step once more removed from those post-hardcore roots, but it’s hard for me not to think of them as kin. True Capacity is melodic punk that wants to hit hard, to give you all its got, and have you singing along with every word.

A more direct comparison for Astpai would be something like The Flatliners. They have a similar feel of heightened melodic punk, where they take from hardcore sounds but not structures. True Capacity opens with “Rotten Bait”—beginning with some soft arpeggios (oh—how I miss 2010) and going harder and louder with sharp guitar changes and gang vocals. “Lottery” follows up with a more mid-tempo stomper, the line “when it rains it always pours,” rising above the distortion.

“Best Years” is one of True Capacity’s highlights, with the memorable opening lyric, “My name rhymes with the mess I let you drown in.” Syncopated guitar notes add tension and highlight the fact that Astpai is aiming to do more than push their songs through the chord progression meat grinder. These little details pop up all over True Capacity, again, in “Best Years,” they finish with ethereal whoas; “Falling Trees” features some spidery lead work; and while these flourishes aren’t particularly groundbreaking, they help to keep the album from being a chug-fest.

The title track is the hardest of the bunch, opening with a fuzzed out bassline that sounds like something spat out of Hell. Accompanied by gravel-coated vocals, the track has a lean, mean hardcore feel that becomes almost full 90s post when the guitars come in. Like, total Quicksand shit. Venomous to the core, shaking with rage. It’s in stark contrast to the rest of the songs on the album, but it does stand out.

Astpai are good at what they do, and if you’re a devotee of this particular style, you’ll probably find a lot to dig. Here, there are songs with big choruses and competent arrangements delivered with an emotional range in line with what we expect from today’s melodic punk. True Capacity is a good album, but doesn’t do quite enough to push is boundaries and carve out its own identity in a pretty well-tread subgenre of modern punk to be great. That being said, there are moments on True Capacity that shine, and if you’re eager for more of the sounds you love, Astpai has the tracks and the chops.

3.5/5

 



Astpai release video for new track “Best Years”

Austria’s Astpai are to release a new LP on June 22nd. “True Capacity” is out on Jump Start and is the first music from the band since 2016’s EP “Run From Home”.  To mark the announcement of the album, the band have released a video for a track from it, “Best Years”.

You can watch the video and see upcoming tour dates below.



You Vandal streaming new album

Gainesville pop-punks You Vandal released their new album I Just Want to Go Back to Hell today through Jump Start Records. You can listen to the full LP below, and grab a copy here.

This is the band’s second studio album, following their 2015 debut Abandon All Hope. They are currently touring in support of the release.



Album Review: Goddamnit – “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same”

In a moment of self reflection, I realized I am the horrendous cliche of a beard punk dude. I’m on the bad side of my twenties, my face is half-covered in fur, and I finally gave in and bought a pair of New Balance’s. So, keep in mind, when you’re reading this review, I’m a man with a fair amount of flannel. This is sorta the stuff I go for. So, when Goddamnit’s I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same was pitched to me, it tripped over my most valued inner search engine optimizer– FFO: Hot Water Music.

Well, when you invoke the saviors, how can I say no?

Goddamnit is from Philly, and accordingly, they’re not out of place with all of the associations I have with Pennsylvania punk. Ma Jolie, The Menzingers, Captain, We’re Sinking, Restorations– you know the names. They play melodic punk colored with post-hardcore and emo, intricate arrangements that share the spotlight with the songwriting. Goddamnit has a touch more alt rock in their sound than the others, openly owning up to Foo Fighters’ influence in their press release. The result is a pretty solid sounding album, in the sense that some of those 90s emo sounds can be airy and fleeting. The alt rock grounds the album into something more substantial and a bit chunkier. It’s a difficult balance, because a little too much in the other direction could have drained all the punk from Goddamnit’s veins. For the most part, the balance is struck and I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same ends up being one of the better albums of 90s worship I’ve heard in a long time without ever sinking too deep into pantomime.

“Fix Dis” begins with a phone call sound byte that is probably supposed to signal desperation, but doesn’t quite nail an emotion for me, as much as it lampshades a musical trope. But then again, I’ve never been a big fan of that sort of thing. Either way, the song is excellent, a bookmark that opens the page to acts like Quicksand and Sunny Day Real Estate and bridges the gap to modern melodic punk. “Letterbox” is one of my favorite songs on the record, with its clackety-clak drumbeats and guitar-heavy attack. When it gets to the loud riffage in the end, it sweeps you up in energy before succumbing to noise.

When it comes to bellowed choruses and post-hardcore hold-and-release, Goddamnit is at their best. The middle of the album is filled with strong, contemplative jams and big hooks. “Third Time’s a Charm” is the closest they get to any outside the box musical decisions with a couple piano chords, which is a shame because, I’d hate to think that the genre that gave us Fugazi, Shellac, and Quicksand can only grow in the one direction that modern punk has decided to drag it– to unabashed accessibility. But, that’s exactly where I’ll Never Be Okay… takes us, ending the album with an acoustic pop punk song. The most interesting part of “The Message” is the programmed, fuzzed out hip hop beat that opens it; otherwise, it feels like a saccharine call back to the worst of the genre, another “Swing Life Away” to be filed away as a reason to lift the needle early.

Goddamnit succeeds more than they misstep, and if you can handle I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be the Same’s dalliances with the sillier traits of their influences, there’s a lot to admire in this release. The pop-acoustic finish and megaphone vocals are easy to glance over when you get into the meat of the album. There are a couple opportunities for editing, but as an album, it largely succeeds when it is played loud and driven toward catharsis on the backs of winding riffs.

3.5/5



Kill Lincoln (Washington, ska) announce West Coast tour dates for this July

Washington ska punks Kill Lincoln have announced a short tour of the West Coast this July. The band will be joined by Fairhaven and various other artists. Details of the supports, and dates can be found below.



Full Album Stream: Goddamnit – “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same”

A couple of days in front of the release of their upcoming full-length, “I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same,” Philly punks Goddamnit are streaming that very album in its entirety. Check it out here, kids!

“I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same” is due out this Friday (March 3rd) on Jump Start Records, and serves as the follow-up to their 2014 debut full-length, “How To Take The Burn.”



New Music: Goddamnit – “Fix Dis” from upcoming album “I’ll Never Be Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same”

Philly punks Goddamnit have debuted another song from their upcoming full-length, “I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same.” The new track is called “Fix Dis,” and you can put it in your earholes right here.

 

“I’m Not Okay, I’ll Never Be The Same” is due out March 3rd on Jump Start Records, and serves as the follow-up to their 2014 debut full-length, “How To Take The Burn.”



Crucial Dudes stream new song “Weed Demon”

New Jersey punk band Crucial Dudes are streaming a new song titled “Weed Demon,” which you can check out here.

“Weed Demon” will appear on the band’s upcoming two-song EP, which is set to release on August 19th. It will be first new music they’ve released in 5 years.



Kill Lincoln release new song “Second Cities”

Washington, DC ska-punks Kill Lincoln have released a new song ahead of their upcoming tour.

Give “Second Cities” a listen below while you refresh yourself on the bands’ upcoming tour dates.

Kill Lincoln last released an EP titled Good Riddance To Good Advice through Jump Start Records. Their sole full-length album That’s Cool…In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way was released in 2013 on the same label.



Astpai streaming new EP ” Run From Home”

Austria’s Astpai are streaming their their new EP Run From Home in its entirety.

You can check it out below.

Run From Home was released April 15, 2016 via Ass-Card Records/ Jump Start. EP consists of 3 b-sides off their previous full-length, “Burden Calls.,” which was released in 2015. They are celebrating the release of “Run From Home” on a short trip throughout Central and Western Europe this month.



Kill Lincoln announce US tour dates

Washington, DC ska-punks Kill Lincoln have announced a run of US tour dates kicking off at the end of May in their hometown of DC and wrapping on 6/5 in Philly. Check out the dates and locations in the poster above.

Kill Lincoln last released an EP titled Good Riddance To Good Advice through Jump Start Records. Their sole full-length album That’s Cool…In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way was released in 2013 on the same label.



Astpai release music video for new song “Fainting,” announce European tour

Austria’s Astpai have premiered the music video for their song new “Fainting.”

You can watch it below.

Their “Run From Home” EP will be released in April through Ass-Card Records/ Jump Start Records. EP will consist of 3 b-sides off their previous full-length, “Burden Calls.,” which was released in 2015. They will be celebrating the release of “Run From Home” on a short trip throughout Central and Western Europe in April.