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Fabled Mind (Melodic, Denmark) Sign With Lockjaw to Release Debut Album “Passenger”

Melodic punks Fabled Mind have just signed with Lockjaw Records. The Danish four-piece will be working with the UK-based label to release their debut album on November 22.

The album, titled Passenger, is the result of a decade’s worth of songwriting and will feature eight rapid-yet-melodious tracks. To tease the new record, the band previously put out two singles from it. You can check out a video for their third, “The Serpent and the Gambler”, below.

Lockjaw is currently taking pre-orders for Passenger here.



Laughing In The Face Of (skate-punk) stream new single “Running With Coffee”

Skate-punk veterans Laughing In The Face Of excel in tight melodic hardcore, riddled with hooks, riffs and head-banging breaks. This is fun, fast punk with rock and metal influences, played by four broke dudes who just love doing it for the hell of it.

‘Running With Coffee’ is the band’s first video single since 2011. It’s an anxious, sarcastic and fun shredder of a tune, showcasing some of LITFO’s adrenaline-drenched race to rush through life.

Formed in the summer of 2009, Laughing The Face of have undergone a number of line-up changes but have stuck with Lockjaw Records since their debut album ‘Lubrication of Social Anxiety’, released in 2011.

“[Running With Coffee’ is] about rushing through life, trying to fit everything in and not necessarily looking after yourself enough in the process,” say frontman Steve Lowry. “Feeling run-down yet pushing on, fuelled on caffeine and what can often seem like a constant manic rush which ultimately wears you down. Daily routines, minimal sleep and then finally things you enjoy in the remainder of time.

It’s one of maybe a few songs on this album that I think, behind the main subject, have an underlying theme of being very aware of how quick time flies. It’s also taking the piss out of the very idea that these kind of issues could even be considered as real problems. Bullshit comes in many different flavours, but you have to sing about what’s real to you and what bothers you, or some cases keeps you going.”

Keep your eyes peeled for new singles and an exiting new release from Laughing In The Face Of in the coming months.



Wolfrik (Melodic Thrash, Canada) Stream New Single “Rick Hooks”

Canadian shred machine Wolfrik have just put out a new single called “Rick Hooks”. If you’re already fond of the Edmonton five-piece’s riff-weaving wizardry, we’re sure this latest effort will please equally.

You can check it out “Rick Hooks” below and probably see the band blast it at one of the short run of shows they’re embarking on with No Fun At All.

The previous release from Wolfrik was 2017’s Skeleton City. 



Stream a new single from Fights and Fires new EP, “Kebaptism”

Available as a name your own price download, the United Kingdom’s Fights and Fires have released the second song from Kebaptism, “Row Away.” The song follows the release of, “I Want Napalm Death Played At My Funeral.”  You can hear both songs below.



Fights And Fires stream new song “I Want Napalm Death Played At My Funeral”

Worcester, UK’s angular hardcore exports Fights and Fires have announced their new EP, Kebaptism, which is set to be released on June 28th via Lockjaw Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the band is streaming the first song, “I Want Napalm Death Played At My Funeral,” which you can listen to below.

Fights and Fires last released Live Life Like A Tourist in July 2017.



Edward In Venice release new EP “Empathy”

Italian melodic hardcore quintet Edward in Venice have released their new EP, Empathy. The EP is their first new material since 2015’s Howler and features recent single “Hide Tide”.

The EP is available via Lockjaw Records now. Have a watch of the video for “Hide Tide” below.



One Week ‘Til Manchester Punk Festival: An Interview With The Tree

It’s just one week until a few thousand punks descend on the northern UK city of Manchester for what has fast become an absolute festival-calendar highlight. Returning for its fifth and biggest edition yet, Manchester Punk Festival will play host to more than 130 bands spanning just about every sub-genre of punk.

The festival is the product of three of Manchester’s most-active purveyors of underground sounds – Moving North, Anarchistic Undertones, and TNS Records. Helping them is a vast team of volunteers drafted directly from the UK punk scene. Essentially, it’s about 10 massive DIY gigs running simultaneously, with hundreds of bands, that span three days. It’s fucking great.

With just a few tickets remaining, we put some questions to long promoter Ian “Tree” Robinson (of Manchester’s Anarchistic Undertones and Oasis tribute band-fame) to find out what goes in to putting on an underground slobber-knocker as grand in scale as that occurring next weekend. Below is the result of just that.

 



Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause, Beach Rats and more confirmed for Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2019

Summer festival season is rapidly approaching in the United States, and for the second year in a row, legendary photographer (and underrated bluesman) Danny Clinch has got himself a good one in the works. It’s called Sea.Hear.Now, and it takes place quite literally right on the beach in Asbury Park. This year’s festivities are going down on September 20th and 21st, and while the festival’s larger headliners include Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers, it also includes a steady diet of punk-friendly musical fare, with bands like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause and the Mermaid, Beach Rats and the incomparable Joan Jett and the Blackhearts scheduled to take the stage. Check out the full lineup, including details on the festival’s surf competition, on the tour poster below.

Ticket info for Sea.Hear.Now is available right here.



Edward in Venice (Melodic Hardcore, Italy) Stream Video for “High Tide” from New EP, “Empathy”

Italian melodic hardcore merchants Edward in Venice have a new EP in the works and to get fans in the mood, they’ve been good enough to shoot a video for its lead single. The track chosen is called “High Tide” and you can check it out below.

The band’s vocalist, Filo Greganti, had the following to say about “High Tide”:

We consider ‘High Tide’ to be one of the catchiest and one of the slowest Edward In Venice songs, so it’s going to have a new impact on the listeners. ‘High Tide’ came together easily; we wrote it quickly and it just worked.

The full EP is titled Empathy and features the guitar work of new member to the group Ivan Maioli. Helping Edward in Venice with the release will be the UK’s hard-working Lockjaw Records. Greganti went on to elaborate on the recording process for Empathy:

There was no deadline for ‘Empathy’. There was no rush, which permitted us to perfect every single little thing in the music, artwork and videos, with the support of Lockjaw Records.

The new collection of tunes is the first from Edward in Venice since their 2015 EP, Howler. You can pick it up via Lockjaw Records from April 26 and pre-orders are live now.



The Human Project (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Announce Canadian Tour Dates

Political shredders The Human Project have just announced an eight date Canadian Tour. The four-piece melodic punk unit will perform their first gig on the continent in Guelph, Ontario on May 10 before hitting up a string of shows across Ontario and Quebec, culminating at the almighty Pouzza Fest a week later.

The latest release from The Human Project was the 2018 full-length, Clarion Call – without doubt one of the sub-genre’s finest albums of the year.

You can check out the full list of tour dates below.



Wolfrik (ffo: A Wilhelm Scream, Converge) break down lyrics to “Skeleton City” EP to celebrate vinyl reissue

Alberta thrasher punks, Wolfrik, have an eclectic sound, to say the least when describing their music. For starters, lead singer Dylan Toews’ archetypal bellows – at times, redolent of Scott Sturgeon (Leftover Crack, Chocking Victim) – swim anxiously through some seriously ripping melodic metal solos, and dreamy face-melters to almost give the impression that this could be what crack rock sounds like if it didn’t pawn all their guitars. Dual harmonies provided by Kevin Perry and Mark Seifiddine, and a fast-as-fuck rhythm section in Luca Properzi (carpel tunnel) and Nathan Troock (involuntary muscle spasms) bring together the weird, disquieted melodic thrash-punk anomaly that is Wolfrik, and their album, Skeleton City which somehow emerges the disparate haze, as a seamless and functioning… fucking really good debut EP.

Skeleton City was originally self-released by Wolfrik last Spring on CD and digital formats. It has since been picked up for a vinyl reissue by Thousand Island Records (North America) and Lockjaw Records (Europe), with the vinyl release set for March 1, 2019. You can order those at each respective link provided above.

Wolfrik has a 16-date European tour lined-up in support of the Skeleton City. Check out those dates as well as the neurotically perturbed lyrics, with a breakdown of their meaning from vocalist, Dylan Toews, below. Enjoy!



DS Premiere: Burnt Tapes (Punk, UK) Stream New Single “Don’t Make Me Play Bocelli”

London-based indie punks Burnt Tapes have been good enough to give you fine folks an exclusive first look into their recording process on their latest video. The tune selected for visualisation treatment is titled “Don’t Make Me Play Bocelli”.

The track is the second single from the much-anticipated album, Never Better, which is scheduled for release on February 22 via Lockjaw Records (UK/EU) and Wiretap Records (US). Pre-orders for the full-length effort are live now over at the Lockjaw Records website. You can also get your name in line for the spangly blue vinyl when its ready to ship here.

Burnt Tapes’s vocalist and guitarist, Phil Georgoulopoulos, had the following the say about the band’s debut album:

“It’s the first release that more closely represents who we want to be as a band, and I’m really excited to finally share it with everyone… You can expect a lot more self-deprecation and regret.”

The visuals for “Don’t Make Me Play Bocelli” were captured by Luigi Sibona at The Ranch Studios and you can check out the videographer’s work below.

Burnt Tapes’s previous multi-track release was the 2017 EP, Alterations.



Album Review: Misgivings – “Hermitage”

Ah—to be young and punk in 2010. The Menzingers had just released Chamberlain Waits, The Flatliners brought us Cavalcade, and Make Do and Mend (remember those guys!?) were a promising newcomer with End Measured Mile. Suddenly, being influenced by Hot Water Music and Leatherface were in vogue and the result was a golden age of gravel-throated melodic punk groups. Since then, the novelty has worn off and melodic punk soldiers on in a decidedly less trendy manner—existing as simply as any other subgenre, with occasional sleeper hits and a total lack of mania surrounding them.

Misgivings from the UK remind me of that golden era. Hermitage is their new album, courtesy of Lockjack Records, and it almost reads as a tribute to the style. While I’m sure they didn’t intend to write a meta-analysis of early-aughties melodic punk, the album so earnestly delivers on its hallmarks, that at least for me, let’s me nod my head in nostalgia for a time that was eight years ago. So, you have crunching chords, noodly (yet tasteful) fretwork, melodically balanced aggression; all fronted with open-throated, plaintive vocals.

“Call it Off” opens the album with some buzzsaw chords and emo lead stylings. If there’s one style that I think might be having its current heyday, it’s emo, and as I see more and more of its tropes seep its way into proper punk, I wonder if we’re surrounded by albums that are being codified into classics as speak—future punk rock classics largely unlistened to by actual punk fans. Are we, as die-hard punk fans being left behind by our own genre because we are not keeping with the times? I don’t know, entirely, whether the genre is evolving while its getting-older sect is stagnating, but I do know this: melodic punk and emo have always been bedfellows, and they continue to merge in interesting ways, but vitally, only in one direction. Look at Mom Jeans, look at Graduating Life—these are bands on the emo forefront incorporating punk rock in interesting ways, they are big bands getting bigger. Misgivings is not  a hanger-on for playing melodic punk—emo influences or not—but it is a glimpse of the other side of the coin. Traditional punk rock, defiantly or not, is not the powerhouse it used to be. “Call it Off” is a good, anthemic song, but you have to wonder, in 2018, can a melodic punk band playing shout-along anthems truly transcend the genre ghetto?

I don’t think so, personally. But, that doesn’t mean Hermitage is a bad album. It might however mean, that melodic punk is now something of a boutique genre. A throwback in and of itself, dedicated to aging Fest-goers the same way record players and typewriters still move at thrift shops. With the state of the scene treatise out of the way, I’ll say that Misgivings are a competent band, and Hermitage does excel at what it aims to do, even if time has blunted its edge.

There is a lot of strong songwriting across the album. “The Artless Life” is a catchy barn-burner that feels almost Billy Bragg-ish in its rootsy, sarcastic call to arms. It engages in a couple of genre cliches (“everyone is singing out of tune”), but otherwise it features a strong chorus and a worthy arrangement. “The Last Word” is another album highlight. The song opens with a thumping bass line that lets the song breathe before jumping into its centerpiece lick, and in a live setting you could easily picture a crowd singing breathlessly along with, “I might be paranoid, but it’s not crazy!”

Hermitage is a solid album of singalong punk that hearkens back to when this subgenre seemingly ruled the scene. Critically, it both suffers and succeeds because of this: Misgivings is playing honest music that has been made canon years ago; but where punk has been, it also shares its DNA with where punk is going—leaving the album itself in a strange Twilight Zone. Ultimately though, this is punk rock: we’re used to not being relevant, and for those who came of age with gravel-throats and singalongs, Hermitage will feel like coming home.

3.5/5



Drones release video for “Anchors”

London, UK punks Drones have released a video for “Anchors”, a track from their album “Exiled”, which came out back in March via Lockjaw Records.

Have a watch below.



Drones Release “Exiled: B-Sides”

London, UK punks Drones released their album “Exiled” back in March via Lockjaw Records and have now released a new, digital-only EP to compliment it. “Exiled: B-Sides” is a mixture of live, acoustic and unreleased tracks. You can have a listen on Spotify.

The band tour the UK and NL this month and in November. Dates below.