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Ogikubo Station announce new EP, stream new video

Ogikubo Station has announced they will be releasing their new EP, Okinawan Love Songs, on June 14th via Asian Man Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the new EP, the band has released a music video for the song “Would I Break My Heart Enough For You.”  You can check it out, along with the bands’ upcoming UK tour dates, below.

Ogikubo Station last released We Can Pretend Like in August 2018, also via Asian Man.



Album Review: The Murderburgers – “What A Mess”

Hailing from Scotland, The Murderburgers are a catchy pop-punk band that writes songs about anything and everything, including alcoholism, depression, and other sad subjects – in happy-sounding songs.  It sounds confusing, but it works. What a Mess is an excellently put together album, with driving drums, guitar, and bass and high-end vocals (think Screeching Weasel – but with a slight Scottish brogue). The harmonies in each song really make them, though – especially since the band tends to shun the standard verse–chorus–verse style of songwriting.

Each song is a self-contained story about something, including ruining Christmas Eve. (Hey, things happen, right?) and singer Fraser Murderburger has a knack for telling these stories and opening his heart up without losing even the tiniest bit of punk credibility, since the songs are just so goddamned good.

This is their sixth full-length album, in addition to EPs and solo albums, and yet, the music still sounds fresh and new. What a Mess is definitely not a rehash of the band’s past, yet it maintains their musical sensibilities and is immediately recognizable as a Murderburgers release at the same time. They have some magical power to keep what works while still growing and maturing as a band.

The album opens with “Turning 30 Was An Eye-Opener” – which starts off as an acoustic-almost-acapella song before breaking into fast skate punk type music, and explores life at 30.  It’s a great way to open the album and prepare the listener for what’s to come.  Stand-out track, “The Art of Being a Sad Sack of Shit” is brutally honest and real, as is the aforementioned “I’m Sorry About Christmas Eve” (which is referenced later on, in “The Things That Help You Sleep At Night”, somewhat tying the whole album together, as that is the second to last song).

The album ends on a positive note, with the singalong, “The Thing That Helps Me Survive” – a song with a lot of whoah-ohs and the repeated lyrics, “I want to stay alive…”. And I agree – I want this band to stay alive and keep releasing music like this. It’s real and raw and worth a listen or on hundred.

Overall, whether you’re already a fan of the band or this is your introduction to the band, this is an all-around great album from a band that is definitely going places. This just might even be the release that breaks them big time, considering just how good each and every song is. Ideal for fans of Descendents, Direct Hit!, and Welter.

4/5 stars



Tour: Kevin Seconds and Sammy Kay announce east coast dates

Photo by Alan Snodgrass

It’s been a hot minute since the great Kevin Seconds has been out on the east coast, but that’s going to change in July! For what’s been dubbed the “I’ve Come For Avail” tour, Seconds is heading to Virginia to kick off a small run of dates with New Jersey’s Sammy Kay. The tour runs July 15th to the 21st with a day off in Richmond on the 20th so that the duo can hit up one of the long-awaited Avail reunion shows in RVA.

Head below to check out the dates!



The Murderburgers stream “Pick A Knife, Any Knife” ahead of new album “What A Mess”

Scottish punks The Murderburgers are streaming new track “Pick A Knife, Any Knife”, ahead of the release of their upcoming full length, What A Mess, out on Brassneck Records and Asian Man March 15th.

Have a listen below. The album is the follow up to recent EP Shitty People And Toothache.



The Murgeburgers (Punk, UK) Stream Video for “Shots in My Skull”, Announce Album Details and US Dates

Scottish punks The Murderburgers are allowing fans to stream a video for their latest single. The track is titled “Shots In My Skull” and will feature on the band’s forthcoming album, What a Mess.

What a Mess is The Murderburgers’s follow up to their 2016 effort 12 Habits of Highly Defective People and is due for release in Japan on February 27 and generally on March 15.

Handling the release for around the world will be: Waterslide Records in Japan, Brassneck Records in the UK and Europe, and Asian Man Records in the US. Pre-orders for the full-length are available now.

The Murderburgers will also be opening their 2019 calendar with a run of tour dates around the US and UK. Details of these and the video for “Shots In My Skull” are below. Enjoy!



Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights streaming the opening track from “Re-Animation Festival”

Punk legends Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights have teamed up to release the Groovie Ghoulies classic album Re-Animation Festival. With The Copyrights firing on all cylinders and Kepi Ghoulie reprising his role as the lead singer, this is an album you won’t want to miss.

Check out the opening track from the new album below.

This is the first new release from Kepi Ghoulie since 2017’s Lost and Lovin’ It. The Copyrights latest release was Report back in 2014. 



The Smoking Popes announce new West Coast tour dates with Direct Hit!

The Smoking Popes have announced a West Coast leg of their ‘Into The Agony Tour’. Direct Hit! will be the support, the dates are as follows:

2/20 SAN DIEGO @ SODA BAR
2/21 HOLLYWOOD @ THE ROXY
2/22 FULLERTON @ SLIDEBAR
2/23 SAN FRANCISCO @ BOTTOM OF THE HILL
2/24 SACRAMENTO @ HOLY DIVER
2/25 PORTLAND @ STAR THEATER
2/26 SEATTLE @ CORAZON

 

 



DS Exclusive: Josh Caterer on “Into The Agony,” Smoking Popes’ first ‘original lineup’ album in two decades

Sometimes when I conduct an interview with an artist I’m a fan of, I find it best to pull out a few noteworthy quotes, craft them into a story that I find interesting, and then allow the reader to click through to read our full conversation to provide some level of context. Usually, this finds me asking the subject a number of sort-of fleshed out questions and engaging in a conversation that goes somewhat as planned, and I can almost start to write part of the story in my head as we’re talking. I try to go in with more material than I need, and don’t always get to touch on all of it. But even by my own standards, I had a lot of questions for Josh Caterer.

I’ve been a fan of seminal Chicago band Smoking Popes for the last couple of decades, So when the opportunity presented itself to chat with the band’s songwriter, frontman and principle voice about their new album, Into The Agony, I jumped, even though it came with little in the way of lead time. Given that we’ve never spoken for Dying Scene before, there’s a lot of subject matter to mine: obviously I wanted to talk about the new album, because it’s stellar and upbeat and incredibly melancholy at the same time. And obviously I wanted to talk about the changes in band dynamics that came with founding drummer Mike Felumlee’s return to the band a couple years ago after a decade out of the fold. And about their sticking with Asian Man Records. And my daughter wanted to know if he actually ever broke his arm on stage. And I wanted to ask about issues of faith and politics and punk rock, particularly in the present sociopolitical climate in this country. And about the idea that Smoking Popes seem to exist at that curious intersection of “Bands That Are Immensely Influential Avenue” and “Bands That Are Wildly Underrated Boulevard.” And maybe even his thoughts on whether or not Smoking Popes were miscategorized as a “punk” band early on, particularly when held up against some of the more noteworthy alternative bands that they came through the ranks with. And while we did touch on a few of those things, a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum.

That funny thing, as it turned out, was Judy Garland.

In hindsight, had I been paying close enough attention, I should have seen it coming. A black and white picture of Garland serves as the focal piece of the cover art of Into The Agony, and the album’s halfway point is marked by a cover of “Get Happy,” a tune first popularized by Garland in the 1950 movie Summer Stock. But Garland’s presence on this album runs far, far deeper than that. It might be presumptuous to assume that most readers of Dying Scene are primarily aware of Garland due to her iconic performance as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the “child star” nature of the early part of her life, Garland would go on to have a career that spanned more than four decades, though she became a quintessentially tragic figure (much to her chagrin), long battling issues of an unstable home life, chaotic and at times abusive interpersonal relationships, alcoholism and substance addiction, mental health and more all while desperately trying to put on a brave, happy face and bring joy to the masses through her art.

Stylistic differences aside, that’s a profile ripe for exploration by a punk rock songwriter, especially one with a penchant for crafting poetic tales of love – albeit sometimes unrequited – and loss and hope and heartbreak all with a tremendous pop sensibility. Now rest assured Popes fans; Into The Agony is not a Judy Garland-themed rock opera, not by any stretch. While the idea of diving into the agony might be the central thread that ties the album together, it finds specific inspiration from issues that are both macro and micro, political and personal. There’s despair, for sure – these are desperate times – but there’s a trademark Smoking Popes sense of optimism present in droves, sometimes defiantly so.

With that as a bit of a teaser, I decided in this case to just let our conversation stand for itself, because I found it one of the most interesting chats I’ve had in the roughly 100 interviews I’ve run here at Dying Scene. It was challenging, thoughtful (and thought-provoking), funny, and a little melancholy. We talk about the specifics behind a few tracks, for sure, and also talk about the nervousness that comes with actually revealing the backstory to a song, thereby stripping the listener of the context they’ve provided to the song. And we of course talked a little about the band’s history and the renewed energy they’ve found since Felumlee rejoined the ranks. Head below to check out our full conversation with Josh Caterer. You can also head here to check out Into The Agony for yourself, and head here to see where you can catch the Popes on the road!



New Music: Smoking Popes debut “When You Want Something” from upcoming album “Into The Agony”

Chicago pop-punk veterans Smoking Popes are now officially streaming another new track from their upcoming album, Into the Agony. It’s called “When You Want Something,” and you can check it out here.

Into The Agony is set for release on October 12 via Asian Man Records. Pre-order it right here.

Into the Agony will be the band’s first studio LP since 2011’s This Is Only a Test, and their first with the original “Three Caterers and a Felumlee” line-up since 1998’s The Party’s Over.



Smoking Popes announce November tour dates

Chicago’s Smoking Popes have announced a list of dates they will be visiting this November. The band will be touring in support of their new album Into the Agony which will be released on October 12 via Asian Man Records.

See the tour dates below.



Ogikubo Station stream new album “We Can Pretend Like”

Beautifully poignant and harmonious words of wisdom streaming out of Maura Weaver here accompanied by a  melodious plucking-guitar arrangement delivered by the one-and-only Mike Park.” 

This pair is now streaming their new album “We Can Pretend Like.” These guys are also hitting the road with Alkaline Trio in celebration of their highly anticipated album “Is This Thing Cursed?”

Check out the new digs below!



Smoking Popes stream “Amanda My Love” off upcoming album “Into The Agony”

Chicago pop-punk veterans Smoking Popes are now officially streaming the first new song off their upcoming album Into the Agony set for release on October 12 via Asian Man Records.

Give “Amanda My Love” a listen below.

Into the Agony will be the band’s first studio LP since 2011’s This Is Only a Test.



Smoking Popes announce new album ‘Into the Agony’

Chicago pop-punk veterans Smoking Popes announced today via Instagram the title and release date of a new album. Into the Agony will be released on October 12 via Asian Man Records. We’ll keep you posted if/when the band ends up streaming a new track online.

Into the Agony will be the band’s first studio LP since 2011’s This Is Only a Test.



The Murderburgers stream new EP “Shitty People and Toothache”

Scottish punks The Murderburgers are now streaming their brand spankin’ new EP (by brand new we really mean it was released last week) “Shitty People and Toothache.”

The four song EP was released by Brassneck Records in the UK and Asian Man in the US. You can also buy the vinyls from each label in orange and green from each label respectively.

Check out the new digs below!



Watch: Ogikubo Station release new video, “We Can Pretend Like”

Beautifully poignant and harmonious words of wisdom streaming out of Maura Weaver here accompanied by a  melodious plucking-guitar arrangement delivered by the one-and-only Mike Park.

Ogikubo Station is currently gearing up to hit the road with Alkaline Trio and Together PANGEA in August.

See that schedule and stream the new video for “We Can Pretend Like” below.