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The Dirty Nil release two Led Zeppelin Covers

Ontario-based outfit The Dirty Nil are streaming two Led Zeppelin covers, which comes from their recent Live From Saturday Night Livestream.

You can check out their versions of “Good Times Bad Times” and “Communication Breakdown” below.

The Dirty Nil last released Master Volume on September 14th, 2018 via Dine Alone Records.



Album Review: Pkew Pkew Pkew – “Optimal Lifestyles”

Man, I’m not sure a band has ever spoken to me quite like Pkew Pkew Pkew has. This is a band that meditates on intense life issues like: wanting to order a pizza, but not wanting to be the one that calls; skateboarding, and subsequently getting hurt in your mid-20s; and of course, the age-old battle of people calling you ‘chief.’ Pkew Pkew Pkew is deeply indebted to minutiae, raucous singalong odes to sweating the small stuff. I’ve liked a lot of albums in the last couple years, but these Toronto pop punks are the only ones to make a perfect one. With Optimal Lifestyles, we have their sophomore release—one, ironically, with a lot of weight riding on it, despite the low-key slacker vibe of their music. The drunken louts who practice in apartments, gang vocal about getting drunk (before they go out drinking, of course) are now in the unenviable position of following up perfection.

For those that don’t know Pkew, think of them like PUP’s underachieving cousin. Both bands have a melodic, audience-informed approach to the genre—complete with gang vocal chants you can’t help but get amped for in a live setting. But where PUP is ambitious and technically proficient, Pkew Pkew Pkew play their power chords with an almost garage rock intensity. They come off as just a bunch of dudes who have no idea how their band made it to where they are. They play funny songs with lots of fun parts to shout along to, and they’re really good at it. On Optimal Lifestyles though, the trend is upended, with a few returns to forms. The band has expanded their instrumentation for one, getting weird with their production when the opportunity occurs (check out the sax on “Point Break”), but they also sound less emphatic, less ballsy this time around too—embracing more mid-tempo, alt-rock sounding melodic punk a la Nothington.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but: Optimal Lifestyles is not as good as the self-titled. For all of the original’s charms, the band seems to be trying to shift their core identity, and unfortunately: the new Pkew is not as good as the old Pkew. At times, Optimal Lifestyles is just too damn serious. It’s also too damn long. At fifteen tracks, the fast, loud, brash, and silly vibe of a bunch of twenty-something slackers is lost in a sea of growing and learning that feels continuously off target.

Still though, as much as this is not as good as their first album, it’s also still pretty good. The original band is still in here, somewhere, even if it takes a little cutting through the fat. “I Wanna See a Wolf” is possibly the best song on the album, a perfectly executed banger about something so mundanely stupid I can barely believe it was written in the first place. This is the essence of Pkew Pkew Pkew. Here, we have such delicate lyrics as, “I don’t wanna settle for a coyote, I know they’re easier to see, well fuck that.” There’s also “Adult Party,” which I think straddles the line between new and old the best, where painting a picture of a shitty party full of shitty people builds to an epic gang vocal singalong of, “Rich kids, go fuck yourself, if there’s some in the audience, go somewhere else.” That’s the kind of bravado I love and expect from Pkew.

Album ender, “Thirsty and Humble,” bridges this gap pretty well too. It’s a massive singalong that talks about drinking beers in alleys, the new Red Dead, and caps off with a neat thirst metaphor. The problem with Optimal Lifestyles is that there’s not enough of these moments to make the new Pkew palatable. It almost feels like a third album in that respect, as if we’re missing a link between two vastly different bands. Is the more serious approach bad? Is Pkew Pkew Pkew bad at writing serious songs? No, not really. The songs are fine, but they don’t conjure the excitement and newness (nor the wonderful brevity) of the first album. Slowing down and singing about depression is hardly a novel progression in punk rock in 2019. But maybe, it’s necessary. Maybe the clowns are tired of honking their noses and making us laugh at how dumb they can be. Optimal Lifestyles isn’t perfect, but it is good—and for all of its changes, it doesn’t feel calculated in the least—one sure reminder that buried in this new sound, Pkew Pkew Pkew still lives.

 



The Dirty Nil release music video for “Pain of Infinity”

Ontario-based outfit The Dirty Nil have released a music video for their song “Pain Of Infinity,” which comes from their last album, Master Volume, that was released on September 14th, 2018 via Dine Alone Records.

You can check it out below.

The Dirty Nil last released Minimum R&B in April 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords and Dine Alone Records.



Alexisonfire return with “Familiar Drugs”

Alexisonfire have returned with their first new music in nine years. The band have been teasing an announcement for the last week or so, and this morning their new single “Familiar Drugs” has been made available on streaming services.

Spotify users can check out the track using the player below.



Pkew Pkew Pkew (punk) announce new album “Optimal Lifestyle”

Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew are pleased to announce they will release their new album, Optimal Lifestyles, on 1st March 2019 via Big Scary Monsters (UK) and Dine Alone Records  (US).

Pkew Pkew Pkew also recently revealed a run of UK tour dates for May 2019 supporting hotly-tipped LA punks du jour Spanish Love Songs, and as a taster of the new album the band are streaming lead single ‘I Don’t Matter At All’ in full, breaking straight into the Spotify New Punk Tracks playlist today.

While Pkew Pkew Pkew’s 2016 self-titled debut angled more towards the minutiae of the late-20s punk life, Optimal Lifestyles catalogues and reflects on the root causes of the band’s previous fun-loving, hard-partying behaviour with unflinching clarity and precision. Front man Mike Warne writes songs in the same tongue as plot-driven realists like The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, who actually went to Toronto to workshop songs with the band for the record.

A standout moment from those sessions is lead single, ‘I Don’t Matter At All’. Much like the album itself, the song is a giant leap forward for Warne’s songwriting, pulling inspiration from The Hold Steady, of course, but leaning deeper into the retro-rock feel of bands like The Strokes and Japandroids, too.

“Is this good or is this bad?” ponders Warne of the lifestyle Pkew sings about. “It’s fun to live like an idiot, but it’s probably bad, also. We’re all constantly wondering if we’ve ruined our lives forever or not, being in a band.”

Song-by-song, Optimal Lifestyles lays out a journal of the sort of living Warne speaks of, but this isn’t a jokey, bro-ish shrug-off of his circumstances, and neither is Pkew’s a purely self-indulgent self-destruction. It’s an acceptance of the circular futility of life in Toronto, increasingly marked by hellishly-accelerated rent increases and unfeeling gentrification.

More than anything, this record is about trying to cope with a city, an industry, and a world that increasingly doesn’t seem to give a shit about people—only money. So Pkew Pkew Pkew cope by calling out the bullshit.

Pkew Pkew Pkew’s central thesis is that things might get fucked up from time to time, but there’s still value in trying. Warne testifies that though it’s a Sisyphean, almost masochistic, struggle to be in a band in 2018, it’s better than the alternative, like joining the vulgar charade that is the fraudulently-earnest, vapid hugging-crowd at beige adult parties, where no one is really happy, but everyone pretends to be.

Warne and the rest of Pkew are honest about where they’re at in life, and over time, one comes to realize that their sardonic wit cloaks a quiet optimism.

“There’s always something better, and it makes sense to try for it,” Warne says. “That’s the shitty and good part: you still do it, cause otherwise you’ve given up.”



Say Anything stream new track “Send You Off”

California’s Say Anything are now streaming a brand new track titled “Send You Off.” The vets more recently signed to  Dine Alone Records for their upcoming album, which will be produced by Will Yip.

Say Anything last released I Don’t Think It Is in 2016 via Equal Vision Records.

Check out the new track below!



Pkew Pkew Pkew release music video for “65 Nickels”

Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew have released a music video for their song “65 Nickels,” which comes from the band’s upcoming Dine Alone Records debut full length that is set to be released in early 2019.

You can check out the video below.

Pkew Pkew Pkew last released a 7″ single for another song taken from the upcoming full length, “Passed Out,” in September 2018.



Pkew Pkew Pkew sign to Dine Alone Records, release video for “Passed Out”

Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew have recently signed with Dine Alone Records. To get things started in their new home they have released a new song, “Passed Out” which they call a blistering ode to knowingly wasting your life away. It is being released as a 7″ with two exclusive B-side tracks.

Order the 7″ here and be sure to go see them on their upcoming tour with Red City Radio.

Check out the video for “Passed Out” and a list of tour dates below.



Single Mothers stream new album “Through A Wall”

London, Ontario punks Single Mothers are streaming their new album, Through A Wall, which was released on September 5th via Big Scary Monsters and Dine Alone Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Single Mothers last released Our Pleasure in 2017.



The Dirty Nil stream new song “I Don’t Want That Phone Call”

Ontario-based outfit The Dirty Nil are streaming their new song “I Don’t Want That Phone Call,” which comes from their upcoming album Master Volume that is due out on September 14 via Dine Alone Records.

You can give it a listen below.

The Dirty Nil last released Minimum R&B in April 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords and Dine Alone Records.



The Dirty Nil stream new single ‘Pain of Infinity’ and announce tour dates

Ontario-based outfit The Dirty Nil have shared their latest single “Pain of Infinity.” The track is off their new album Master Volume which is due out on September 14 via Dine Alone Records. It is the follow-up to their 2017 release Minimum R&B.

They have also announced the dates for their upcoming North American tour in support of the album.

Listen to the song and view the tour dates below.



FIDLAR unveils Pink Floyd cover video for “Have A Cigar”

LA punks FIDLAR cover Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” in a way only they can…

Dr. Dre gets his say. They’ll buy you a new liver… “and by the way, which one’s Fidlar?”

Check out this sick rendition below.



The Flatliners announce “Mass Candescence” EP on Dine Alone Records

Surprise!

In news that came from seemingly out of nowhere but in reality came from Canada, The Flatliners have announced a new 7-inch!

It’s called “Mass Candescence” and it’s a three-song release that’s available for order now via Dine Alone Records. Click here to get your grubby paws on your very own. Oh, and you can check out one of the tracks, “The Arousal Of Repair,” down below!

“Mass Candescence” marks the Flatties first release since early last year’s Inviting Light full-length, which was released by Rise Records and Dine Alone.



The Dirty Nil stream new song “Bathed in Light”

Ontario rockers The Dirty Nil are their brand new single “Bathed in Light”, taken from their upcoming record Master Volume, which is due out on September 14th via Dine Alone Records.

You can now hear “Bathed in Light” below (courtesy of Billboard.com).



FIDLAR Stream New Single “Alcohol”

LA punks FIDLAR are allowing fans to stream their latest single “Alcohol”. You can check it out below.

As well as the single, the four-piece will be heading out to Europe in the summer. We’ve also included their tour “poster” below.

The latest full release from the band was the 2015 effort Too.