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Proud Parents (Garage Punk) stream new songs “Hypnotoad” and “Flavordust”

Wisconsin garage punks Proud Parents are streaming two songs from their upcoming self-titled album that is set to be released on June 22nd via Dirtnap Records.

Check out “Hypnotoad” and “Flavordust” below.

Proud Parents last released Sharon Is Karen in December 2015.

Mind Spiders release music video for “Outside”

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.


Mind Spiders stream upcoming album “Furies”

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.

Mind Spiders stream new song “Furies”

Fort Worth psych-rockers Mind Spiders are streaming the title track off of their upcoming album Furies, which is set to be released on January 26th via Dirtnap Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Mind Spiders last released Prosthesis on March 12th, 2016, also through Dirtnap Records.

Fox Face (Wisconsin Punk) release new LP

Wisconsin feminist punk act Fox Face have released their new LP “Spoil + Destroy” via Dirtnap Records.

You can stream the album below.

Drakulas stream debut album “Raw Wave”

Austin, Texas’ Drakulas are now streaming their debut album “Raw Wave” in its entirety through the Dirtnap Records Soundcloud page. You can find the full stream below.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band, their lineup features Rise Against guitarist Zach Blair, as well as Mike Wiebe and Rob Marchantare Riverboat Gamblers.

“Raw Wave” was released on November 18 through Dirtnap Records, and is Drakulas’ first full-length, following their 2015 EP “OWOWOWOWOWOWOW.”

Drakulas (Rise Against & Riverboat Gamblers) stream new song “Neon Town”

Austin, Texas’ Drakulas have premiered a new song from their upcoming album Raw Wave. The track’s called “Neon Town,” and you can give it a listen below.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band, their lineup features Rise Against guitarist Zach Blair, as well as Mike Wiebe and Rob Marchantare Riverboat Gamblers.

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).

Low Culture announce new album “Places to Hide,” stream first single “Comfort Zones”

Portland’s Low Culture have announced they will be releasing a new album titled Places to Hide on September 9th via Dirtnap Records. Check out the first single “Comfort Zones” below.

Places to Hide will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2013 debut album Screens.

Radioactivity announce UK tour dates

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.

Mean Jeans release video for “Croozin'”

Portland based pop-punk group Mean Jeans have released a video for the song “Croozin'” and you can watch it, as well as check out some upcoming tour dates, below.

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”.

Album Review: Mind Spiders – “Prosthesis”

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

Mind Spiders stream new song off upcoming album “Prosthesis”

Fort Worth psych-rockers Mind Spiders are streaming the title track off of their upcoming album Prosthesis. You can give it a listen here.

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.

DS Staff Picks – The Torchbearer’s Top 10 Albums of 2015

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!

Album Review: Nervosas – “Nervosas”

Nervosas occupies a space between hardcore punk and post-punk.  It’s a space that is getting filled in with a lot of bands recently, and Nervosas seems to be leading that pack.  Their newest self-titled album is a perfect example of when a band spends years crafting and perfecting their sound, and then releases something that features all the best they have to offer.  This is their strongest and most cohesive release to date, and may be the perfect representation of this rising dark punk subgenre.

Things get off to a quick start with “Moral Panic.”  This one is a rager with urgent vocals, tight, fast drums, and guitar that switches effortlessly between power chords and riffs.  No other songs quite hit the speed and ferocity of this first one, but they come close, like on “Temporary Address,” and “Refinery.”  When they are not going full throttle, the band keeps things mid-tempo and lets the tone they create shine through.

The tone of the songs, and of the album as a whole, is just as important as the content of the songs themselves.  The guitar is somehow bright and dark at the same time.  Chorus and reverb effects give it a shimmer, but distortion and minor and diminished chords dull that shimmer enough to keep everything nice and dark.  It’s like a beefed up version of an 80’s post-punk bands’ sound.   The drums are tight throughout and the bass is dark and punchy as well.  All of this is behind spooky male lead vocals and backup female vocals that mix very well.

Nervosas also shakes things up in a few tracks to keep things from getting stale.  “The Well” is danceable with its syncopated guitar and bouncy drums.  The closing track “Quarantine” serves as a cool down from the madness the band has taken you through so far.  It’s a slower jam where the guitar is more spacey and the vocals are crooned.

Nervosas is actually the second self-titled album released by the band.  The first one was kind of a compilation of everything they’d done up until that point.  And while I love that record, it sometimes can come across as sounding like a collection of songs rather than a cohesive album.  This newest self-titled release doesn’t come across that way, flowing smoothly from beginning to end.  The only problem with that is it’s easy to get caught up in it, only to have it end much too soon.

5/5 Stars

Nervosas stream new self titled album

Ohio dark punk act Nervosas are streaming their upcoming self-titled album in its entirety and you can check it out here.

The new self-titled LP is due out on July 10 through Dirtnap Records.  Nervosas’ last release was a different self-titled album, which was released in June 2013 via Let’s Pretend Records.