Portland OR label Dirtnap Records have released a 2018 Sampler so you can get an brief glimpse of all the awesome music they released last year. The sampler features songs from, Mind Spiders, Proud Parents, Drakulas, Bad Sports and more. You can give it a listen below.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:43 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Old-school punks rejoice! Texas punks Bad Sports are streaming the first single “Don’t Deserve Love” off of their upcoming album Constant Stimulation. Set to be released October 26th on Dirtnap Records, Bad Sports is a throwback to the early days of punk. If you enjoy The Ramones or The Queers you’ll love these guys.
Check the single out below.
This appears to be the first new music from Bad Sports since their 2016 release Living With Secrets.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Check out “Hypnotoad” and “Flavordust” below.
Proud Parents last released Sharon Is Karen in December 2015.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 2:40 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Fort Worth psych-rockers Mind Spiders recently released a video for their song “Outside.” To be more accurate, the band released a surreal short film with the song playing over the credits. And to be more accurate on that, the credits is mostly just text from a car operator’s manual.
Confused? You should be. Now check out the video here.
“Outside” comes from the bands’ latest album, Furies, which was released on January 26th via Dirtnap Records.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Fort Worth psych-rockers Mind Spiders are streaming their upcoming album, Furies, in its entirety.
You can give it a listen below.
Furies is set to be released on January 26th via Dirtnap Records. It follows Prosthesis, which was released on March 12th, 2016, also through Dirtnap Records.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
You can give it a listen below.
Mind Spiders last released Prosthesis on March 12th, 2016, also through Dirtnap Records.
“Raw Wave” was released on November 18 through Dirtnap Records, and is Drakulas’ first full-length, following their 2015 EP “OWOWOWOWOWOWOW.”
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:19 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Raw Wave is set to release on November 18th through Dirtnap Records. It will be Drakulas’ first full-length, following their 2015 EP OWOWOWOWOWOWOW (yes, that’s really the title).
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 5:24 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Places to Hide will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2013 debut album Screens.
Texas’ Radioactivity have just announced a six new shows throughout the UK. This marks the first European visit for the band, which consists of former members of Mind Spiders, Marked Men, and Wax Museums. Check the dates out below.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST) by The Grace of Laura Jane
The song comes off of their most recent album “Tight New Dimension” which came out this past April via Fat Wreck Chords.
The video is crazy. It consists of rollerblades, spandex, and Surge wrapped in a total 90’s feel. Not only is the song good, but the video fits it perfectly.
The band’s previous release was a compilation album titled “Singles Collection” in March of 2015 through Dirtnap Records and the band’s last proper full-length album was 2012′s “On Mars”.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8:10 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
When you’ve been in the game as long as Mark Ryan has, you can pretty much do whatever you want. As one of the founding members of influential garage punk band The Marked Men, a major creative force in the similar but darker group Radioactivity, and many other projects, he has definitely become a master of creating memorable and ridiculously catchy lo-fi punk tunes. And he has no plans on slowing down. With Prosthesis, Ryan’s constantly evolving “solo” project Mind Spiders returns for their 4th album of synth heavy garage punk.
The boys from The Marked Men seem to be getting darker and darker with each new album they put out, no matter the group. Last years’ Silent Kill from Radioactivity was the perfect blend of poppy melodies and dark atmosphere all wrapped up in their signature garage sound. But that album still had its brighter songs. Prosthesis takes the next step, with the whole album giving off a gloomy vibe from start to finish. The synths and guitar play off each other with minor and dissonant chord passages that create a sense of unease. The band is still able to pull the songs together and come out with something catchy and memorable.
Synthesizer is featured very prominently on the album. In some songs, it is the driving force, while in others, it serves just to create a bit more atmosphere. Songs like “No Filter” and “Prosthesis” use the synths to lay out the main melodies of the song, while the guitar backs them up and drums keep the song moving along. “Running” on the other hand features very little, if any, synth and relies on the guitar strumming away at power chords and haunting vocals to create what is probably the catchiest song on the album. “Cold” uses a similar outline but has great moments in the verses when the guitar cuts out and the synth comes in to accentuate the tone of the song.
The synth heavy nature of the album might turn some people off. Some of the songs might come off as cheesy to some, like the robotic beeps and boops of “Split in Two.” But underneath it all, this is most definitely a Mark Ryan album, and fans will know what they are going to get: a strong songwriting foundation with familiar garage punk staples and some not so familiar changes and experimentation that prove that Mind Spiders are at the top of their game.
4.5 / 5 Stars
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:19 PM (PST) by villagebrown
The band previously released two other tracks from the album, both of which can be heard below.
Prosthesis is scheduled for release on March 12th through Dirtnap Records.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10:26 AM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Well hello there. I’m Jerry, and I’ve been writing stories for Dying Scene for the past couple years. You may have also seen some of my album reviews pop up from time to time this year. 2015 has been an awesome year in music. I discovered so many new bands that I’ve given up trying to keep count. Old and new favorites put out new albums this year, and the shows I went to were incredible (FEST FEST FEST!) Somehow I managed to take the 75 or so potential albums I’ve liked this year and narrow that down to my 10 favorites. Take a gander below!