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Russian Girlfriends release video for “Antidote”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have released another single from their recent album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, out via A-F Records.

Have a watch of “Antidote” below – and check Fall tour dates.



New Music: Anti-Flag release lyric video for “Christian Nationalist”

Hey Anti-Flag fans…they’ve got some new music for your listening enjoyment!

The band have released a stand-alone single and accompanying lyric video for a brand-new track called “Christian Nationalist.” We’re pretty sure it’s a protest song. Check it out below!

“Christian Nationalist” follows up their last release, Live Volume 2, which was released a couple months back on A-F Records.



Rational Anthem (pop punk) announce “It’s Only Permanent”

Iowa pop punkers, Rational Anthem have announced new album It’s Only Permanent. The record is out on November 1st via A-F Records.

To mark the announcement, the trio have released a video for a track from it, “Welcome to Paradise City”. Have a watch below.



Western Settings premiere video for “Big” off upcoming full-length ,”Another Year”

Western Settings are all set to put out their second full-length album, Another Year, this Friday, September 6 on A-F RecordsAnother Year will be a follow-up to their most recent EP, Old Pain, which was released all the way back in 2016, and produced by Tyson Annicharico (Chicken) of Dead To Me, as is Western Settings’ soon-to-be released LP. Pre-orders for that are available here.

Western Settings is already in the middle of a 16-date North American run, and to mark this particular occasion in the band’s existence they are releasing a new music video for the as-yet unreleased, and arguably strongest single on the album, “Big” – and they are premiering it right here for all you famous, healthy undying scenesters. Get a load of the new video, “Big” below, and be sure to check out the tour flyer (also featured) to see if you can catch these guys in your town on their current and ongoing tour.



Western Settings stream new song “Another Year”

Western Settings, from San Diego, CA, are streaming another new song off their upcoming album, Another Year, which is set to be released September 6 via A-F Records and Gunner Records.

This time, it’s the title track, and you can give it a listen below.

Western Settings last released Agnus in April 2019.



Anti-Flag release “Live Volume Two”, stream it now

Pittsburgh’s Anti-Flag have just released their new live album, aptly titled Live Volume 2, out now on A-F Records and you can stream it now on spotify.

Recorded over the course of 3 special evenings at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, Live Vol. 2 spans the entire Anti-Flag catalog and catapults you from your headphones straight into the circle pit. Known for their raucous live show, Anti-Flag deliver in kind with this first volume of live tracks.



Russian Girlfriends release video for “Redfield”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends just released their new album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, on June 21st via A-F Records. To mark the momentous event, they’ve released a video for a track from it.

Have a watch of “Redfield” below.



Album Review: Russian Girlfriends – “In the Parlance of our Times”

A couple of years back, I managed to see Russian Girlfriends open for Red City Radio at a pretty unimpressive venue in Portland, OR that has since been closed. I had never heard of the band before the show, and I didn’t particularly like going to said venue, but alas, there I was. The New Mexican punk rock ‘n rollers impressed me well enough with their swaggering, high energy performance and I thought to myself that there must be something wrong here. Russian Girlfriends was a good band—they were extremely competent, they worked the crowd like industry pros, and they were opening for one of the biggest acts in punk rock at the time. The catch? I hadn’t heard a fucking word about them before that tour. They’d never been recommended, they’d never popped up in any of my many internet conversations with other disaffected scenesters. Russian Girlfriends were effectively off the grid for me, and then there they were: born as a full-grown band with full-grown chops, seemingly out of nowhere.

And now, they’re on A-F Records, perhaps one of the most exciting labels in punk today (also seemingly out of nowhere) and they have an album out. In the Parlance of our Times is a raging, spitting, staggering punk rock album that is as muscular as it is musical. It’s a testament to triplet runs, pick scrapes, and honey and oil high notes. Russian Girlfriends sound like an arena punk rock band—somewhere between ZZ Top, the Bronx, and the chugging melodicism of 90s Epifat. In the Parlance of our Times is all of those things, and maybe even too much of those things—but it’s here, it exists, and whether I like everything it tries to be, it executes it with a level of professionalism and competency that gives even its blandest decisions a sense of conviction.

“Coke” is a hardcore sprint that features some tongue-in-cheek sass (“you’re the reason punk rock is dead!”), a minute long rager that sets the stage not necessarily for Russian Girlfriends’ sound as it does their energy. “Angry Bong Rips” is a more traditional song, featuring a catchy vocal melody and a lot of guitar-centric antics. As far as riffs go, these guys got a lot of them, running power chords up and down the fretboard with leads a-plenty. The vibe is 80s and honestly not too much of a stone’s throw from Skynyrd, but where the influence might not be “cool,” at least it’s different. We can only take so much Replacements, Clash, and Springsteen worship in the punk scene—the palette change is refreshing, if not always to my taste.

The arrangements throughout the album are head-turning and part of the reason Russian Girlfriends feel so fully-formed to me (or pre-packaged, depending on my mood). “White Guilt White Heat” has heavy riffs complete with piercing harmonics as well as a strummed slow-down. Echoes of Interscope-era Rise Against come to mind, which is no bad thing, mind you, but in appreciating the album as a work of art, I can’t help but wonder how they ended up here. There is no evil work at play, I know; their polish is an admirable trait. But—and there’s always a but—it is in the cracks through which we see the artist, and I can’t help but feel like In the Parlance of our Times doesn’t have much in the way of cracks—that it is too tight, too competent, and in effect: void of personality. In less words: it’s safe.

But there’s something to be said for safe. Safe isn’t always exciting, but it can be fun in a comfortable sort of way. Like a well-worn boot or a favorite guitar. Russian Girlfriends aren’t reinventing anything here (Axl Rose or Billy Gibbons, take your pick), but they are banging out expertly conceived tunes with the precise execution of real life musicians. It’s something to behold. It might not change the world, but who knows, maybe it’ll improve your night.

 



DS Interview: John Maiello (Dead Bars) Talks ‘Regulars,’ playing with the Souls, and life after ‘Dream Gig’

“Keep on dreamin’.”

For myself and many others, the chorus has become a warcry. The punky, rock ‘n roll stalwarts have a way of getting you on their side—whether it’s through their blunt, too-real lyricism, or their bar-uniting singalongs, there’s the palpable feeling that no matter who you are, you belong at their show. This is Dead Bars—eternally scrappy, open-throated, and always rockin’—and with Regulars, they’ve kept the dream alive. 

In honor of the new album (May 3rd on A-F Records, don’t sleep on it!), I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with frontman John Maiello. We talk about the band’s journey thus far, finally getting that dream gig, and their incredible new record. 

Check out the interview below!



DS Exclusive: Russian Girlfriends stream new single, “Pride Parade”

Albuquerque hardcore punk band, Russian Girlfriends have a new album on the way, In The Parlance of Our Times. That album can be expected to hit shelves on June 21 courtesy of A-F Records. This is Russian Girlfriends first release on A-F Records, and their first full-length since their self-released All Around debut (later repressed on Orange Whip and Gunner Records) which came out in 2015. Pre-orders for In The Parlance can be found here, and to celebrate they are rolling out gold and silver vinyl pressings in limited quantities for the first lucky custos, almost like a “new year new me” kind of thing… in the middle of summer.

Here’s an energy-laden teaser off that album for fans of Pears, Propagandhi, and a little bit of that old thyme rock and roll. The guitars get after it while lead singer Adam Hooks spreads a little positivity, “Love is love, man, let it grow,” this song is called “Pride Parade” and it’s coming at you first on the Dying Scene airwaves. Stream that track below. The record release show will take place in Albuquerque at Launchpad. So check THAT out if you’re in the area, and be sure and catch these homies at Fest this year in Gainesville, FL.



Russian Girlfriends stream new song “The Day We Put The Dog Down”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends are streaming their new song “The Day We Put The Dog Down,” which comes from their upcoming album In The Parlance Of Our Times, that is set to be released on June 21st via A-F Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Russian Girlfriends last released a split with Redbush in September 2018.



Ahead of his new album ‘Where The Valley Kissed The Sky’, out May 31, Virginia-based songwriter Mike Frazier has shared another single ‘Save Me’.

Ahead of his new album ‘Where The Valley Kissed The Sky’, Virginia-based songwriter Mike Frazier has shared another single ‘Save Me’. The new release will be out May 31st via Geneva Records.

This single showcases influences like Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, and makes for a good listen. This new record was also engineered by Erik Romero (The Gaslight Anthem, The Front Bottoms, Beach Slang)

Mike Frazier last released the EP Elegy in 2017 via A-F Records. You can listen to ‘Save Me’ over at The Bluegrass Situation.

 

 



A Fistful Of Vinyl release new session and interview with The Homeless Gospel Choir

Our friends over at A Fistful of Vinyl have released some new videos with Pittsburgh, PA political folk punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir.

The session includes a half hour interview as well as performances of four songs.  You can check that all out below.

The Homeless Gospel Choir last released Normal in 2017 via A-F Records.



Russian Girlfriends announce new album, stream new video

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have announced they will be releasing their new album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, on June 21st via A-F Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the band has released a video for “Coke,” which you can check out below.

Russian Girlfriends last released a split with Redbush in September 2018.



Stream the new Western Settings EP “Agnus”

Western Settings, from San Diego, CA, have just released their new EP, “Agnus” on A-F Records and Gunner Records. The EP is available as a limited edition 8″ lathe cut, making it something special for record collectors.

Not in to vinyl or just wanna hear the tunes before you’ve got the goods in hand? Stream all three tracks from the release below.