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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.



Misgivings detail debut album “Hermitage”

 

Portsmouth, UK gruff punks Misgivings  have detailed the release of their debut album, Hermitage. The record is out on Lockjaw Records on 7th December. Details are below.

If you haven’t yet, you can also have a watch of the video for recent single “Call It Off“.



Wolfrik sign to Lockjaw Records

Lockjaw Records have announced that they’ll be adding melodic thrash punk act Wolfrik to the family! These guys boast a super technical, and impossible to ignore sound that offers a bit more of a palatable take on thrash for those of you that are into more melody-oriented genres. Lockjaw definitely picked up some fresh talent, and we can’t wait to see what comes from them!

These guys are now streaming their debut EP “Skeleton City,” which you can listen to here.

Congratulations, Wolfrik!



Misgivings Release New Single “Call It Off”

Portsmouth, UK gruff punks Misgivings  have released a new single. “Call If Off” is the first track from their upcoming debut album, Hermitage, their first release on their new home Lockjaw Records.

The band have also released a video for the track, which you can watch below.



Fullcount (Skate Punk, Canada) Announce Full-Length “Part of the Game”

The Canadian skate punk quintet that is Fullcount have just announced a release date for their latest full-length album. Part of the Game will be ready for your listening pleasure on October 12.

According to a press release from the band’s UK distributors, Lockjaw Records, the album will comprise of 12 tracks of blisteringly fast, technical punk rock. It will also feature guest performances from the likes of Étienne Dionne (Mute), Alexis Paré (Cardinals Pride), and Émilie Plamondon (50 Shades of Punk Rock).

In addition to Lockjaw Records’s involvement, Part of the Game is being released via Thousand Islands Records and Exoshop in the US and Canada, Mud Cake Records in Europe, and Milestone Sounds in Japan.



Fullcount stream new track “The Motion”

Quebec City melodic punks Fullcount are to release new album. “Part of the Game” on October 12th. The record is out on various labels around the world (Thousand Island Records (Canada-USA), Lockjaw Records (EUR), Mudcake Records (EUR) and Milestone Sounds (Japan)). 

The band are streaming “The Motion” from the album, which you can listen to below.



DS Exclusive: Fair Do’s (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Debut Full-Length “Leopards”

The long awaited debut album from the Manchester-based shred factory that is Fair Do’s comes out on Lockjaw Records tomorrow. However, the band have given DyingScene an exclusive stream of it before it drops.

Leopards will be available on both CD and a brilliantly garish magenta/yellow splatter vinyl. You an order both from Lockjaw Records at this link.

Vocalist and guitarist of Fair Do’s, Danny Cummings, had the following to say about the record:

“We spent a lot of time on demoing and pre-production for this album, we wanted to have everything nailed down before we went into the studio… Essentially, we spent two years writing, 18 months recording, and six months organising the release – with some touring in between.”

Leopards was produced, engineered, and mixed by Dave Boothroyd at Reel Recording Studio in York. Mastering duties were taken care of by Daryl Phenneger of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Danny commented on the recording process:

“We’ve worked with Dave in the past and he is an absolute master of his art. He knew exactly what we wanted and exactly how to deliver it. We couldn’t be happier! If you’re recording an album and want it clean, loud, crisp and popping, then talk to these guys.”

The album itself is a less-than-subtle fusion of melodic hardcore and metal, which showcases some of the best musicianship in punk rock today. If you’re a fan of fast, shouty noise with pointy metallic edges, Leopards is going to be right up your street.

Check it out before anyone else below!



Fair Do’s release for video for ‘Closing In’

UK tech skate punkers Fair Do’s release their debut album, “Leopards” via Lockjaw Records on July 27th. Ahead of the record, the band have released a video for one of the tracks from it, “Closing In”. You can have a watch below.

Various pre-order bundles are available to order from the label now.



The Burnt Tapes (melodic) release video for “Things Get Weird”

London-based melodic punks The Burnt Tapes have released a video for their song “Things Get Weird”. The song comes off the 2017 EP Alterations. The video follows the story of how things often get weird.

Go get weird yourself below.

Alterations was released in 2017 through Lockjaw Records. The band also has a few dates lined up this summer which you can check out below as well.



Fair Do’s (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Announce Release Date of “Leopards”

The hardcore noodlers of Fair Do’s have announced the release date for their long-awaited debut album. Leopards will be available via Lockjaw Records from July 27. You can pre-order it from tomorrow here.

The previous release from Fair Do’s was their 2014 EP Trying Times.

 

 



Money Left to Burn (Germany) and The Affect Heuristic (Belgium/Scotland) Release Split

One of Germany’s finest skate punk bands have united with the multi-national newcomers of The Affect Heuristic to release a split entitled Money Left to Burn vs The Affect Heuristic. The record features five tracks from each band and is available via Lockjaw Records now. If you want to try before you buy, you can listen to it all below.

Whilst this is the first release from The Affect Heuristic, Money Left to Burn‘s previous offering was a 2015 split with Rebuke.