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Album Review: Vandoliers – “Forever”

An awful lot of material finds its way into my inbox on a fairly regular basis, and I truthfully don’t engage with a lot of it, either because nothing grabs me in the press kit, or because it’s wildly outside my area of interest (who knew Skrillex was still around?!?). Though a lot of what the Bloodshot Records roster has to offer doesn’t make it to the pages of Dying Scene (much to my chagrin), I’ve always been a fan of the vast majority of their lineup, so of course I fired up the new Vandoliers album, Forever. Even a cursory look at the album cover and tracklist while waiting for the album to load didn’t exactly instill the warmest of fuzzies that we weren’t in for another outlaw-country-punk-by-numbers offering; train tracks? Check. Songs about raising hell? Check (“Troublemaker”). Song about traveling? Check (“Miles And Miles”). Songs about being no good/down on one’s luck/drunk? Check (“Fallen Again,” “Bottom Dollar Boy,” “Nowhere Fast”). song about something that sounds like it’s a reference to a southern thing that a New Englander such as myself might not understand? Check (“Shoshone Rose”).

And so here, my friends, is a quick lesson in why you don’t judge a proverbial book by its cover or whatever. Forever is a damn fine album that further blurs whatever dividing lines are left between punk and Americana and outlaw country while injecting its own uniquely Texas flavor. As fate would have it, I fired up this album and Lenny Lashley’s newest album both for the first time on the same day, and couldn’t help but think that the Vandoliers might be where Lashley landed musically if he’d grown up in El Paso, TX, instead of the greater Boston area. The fiddle riff that kicks off album opener “Miles And Miles” instantly transports the listener to a place that maybe doesn’t exist on a map, and is maybe more of an idea than a tangible place. The double-time drums and feedback build up of “Troublemaker” evoke a modern, rambling Johnny Cash sound before the mariachi-style horns kick in and bring the song in a different direction. Where a band like Mariachi El Bronx will use the horns in a traditional style, songs like “Fallen Again” or “All On Black” find Vandoliers incorporating them in a way that adds extra, unique texture and depth to their cowpunk sound, sort of the way a band like Dropkick Murphys will incorporate bagpipes or Flogging Molly will weave accordion into a punk song without making them sound like traditional jigs and reels. The former of those tracks, “Fallen Again,” with its guttural, singalong chorus that imagines what might have been had Lucero been a little more Texas than Tennessee, has quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year.

So cast aside whatever you may have in the way of aspersions, my friends, and check out the new Vandoliers album, which is remarkably their third full-length in four years. I know it’s due out in February, but this album just begs to be played and sung along to at full-volume on the open summer roads. Forever is due out this Friday (February 22nd) on Bloodshot, and you can – and should – still pick it up here.

Rating: 4/5 stars



DS Photo Set: Sarah Shook and the Disarmers with National Reserve, Boston, MA

North Carolina-based outlaw country badass Sarah Shook brought her latest and greatest project, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, through Boston last Friday on the tail end of their recent cross-country jaunt. The dimly-lit, cash only Great Scott is one of the last of a dying breed in Boston, and served as a perfect setting for the no-frills, no-bullshit Disarmers as they ripped through two-dozen songs, an impressive feat for a band that’s got two full-lengths under their collective belt buckles.

It took the band, centered around Shook and her lead guitarist and longtime collaborator Eric Peterson a few songs to hit their stride on this particular night, perhaps in part due to an audience that was present and focused but not overly engaged or providing the band a solid energy off of which to feed. By the time they hit the gutter punk anthem “Fuck Up” as the fourth song in the set, Shook’s trademark whiskey-soaked voice was out in full twang, and the older-than-average crowd began to show signs of life. Shook’s catalog is chock-full of the kind of lost or unrequited love songs and relationship failures that defined the early career of a band like Lucero; it’s only a matter of time before their live show does the same.

Support on this run came from The National Reserve, a four-piece Americana rock band that somehow hail from Brooklyn in the 2010’s and not Laurel Canyon sometime in the 1970s. There’s a real soulful vibe to the band’s live show, punctuated by frontman Sean Walsh’s velvetty smooth voice and lead guitarist Jon LaDeau’s near virtuoso style leads.

Head below to check out our full photo rundown. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are touring in support of their latest release, 2018’s Years (Bloodshot Records), while The National Reserve are supporting their 2018 debut, Motel La Grange (Ramseur Records).



New Music: Vandoliers debut “Cigarettes In The Rain” from upcoming album “Forever”

Pretty cool new music coming out of Texas these days. Specifically, Vandoliers, a sort of alt-country rock band, who’ve only been around since 2015 but have got among their ranks some serious punk rock roots. The band recently signed to the iconic Bloodshot Records for the release of their latest full-length, Forever. It’s due out February 22nd; pre-orders are available here. In the meantime, check out the track “Cigarettes In The Rain” below.

Vandoliers’ last album, The Native, was released back in 2017.



Laura Jane Grace + the Devouring Mothers debut “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” video, announce full US tour with Mercy Union, Control Top

Lots of fun and exciting music from Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, and that’s pretty awesome in our book. First, in case you hadn’t heard, their first full US tour for next spring. Slated to kick off March 16th, the tour runs all the way through late April, and features support from New Jersey favorites Mercy Union and Philly’s Control Top, making for a trio of bands that are going to have a kick-ass 2019. Head below to check out the full rundown of tour dates.

Additionally, Laura Jane and company debuted the full video for the track “Apocalypse Now (& Later).” You can check it out below as well!

As you should know by now, “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” was the lead single from Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers’ debut full length album, Bought To Rot, which was released earlier this month on Bloodshot Records.



Stream the new Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers album “Bought To Rot”

On November 9th Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers will put out their debut album “Bought To Rot” but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to hear it. The band is streaming the entire thing with NPR and you can check it out here.

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers is fronted by Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace and features Atom Willard (also from Against Me!) on drums. Fans of Against Me! 



Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers Release New Track “The Airplane Song”

Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers are to release their debut album Bought To Rot on November 9th via Chicago’s Bloodshot Records. Following recent single “Apocalypse Now (And Later)”, the band are streaming another advance track, “The Airplane Song”. Have a listen below.

Pre-orders for the album are up now.



New Music: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers debut “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” from upcoming album “Bought To Rot”

Happy Hump Day, boys and girls!

One of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2018 not only has a name and a release date, but it’s got a lead single as well! It comes from Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, the newly-formed outfit centered around — you guessed it — Against Me! bandleader Laura Jane Grace. Grace is joined on drums in the new project by Against Me! drummer Atom Willard and on bass by Marc Jacob Hudson, recordist and mixer at Michigan’s Rancho Recordo and Against Me!’s sound engineer.

The band’s debut release is entitled Bought To Rot, and is due out November 9th on Chicago’s Bloodshot Records. Check out the lead single, “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” below. Assuming you like what you hear – and we’re sure that you will – pre-order Bought To Rot right here. Oh, and relax Against Me! fans; this doesn’t mean the end of AM!. In fact, James Bowman plays the blistering guitar solo you hear on “Apocalypse Now (& Later)”!



New Music: Cory Branan (featuring Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause) – “I Only Know”

Another new track from the inimitable Cory Branan‘s upcoming solo album, Adios, is now available, and it’s a special one. It’s a rather positive number (especially by the Memphis-based Branan’s recent standards) and it features the likes of Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause on backing vocals. Check it out here.

Adios is due out April 7th via Branan’s longtime label home, Bloodshot Records. We’ve had it on repeat for a couple weeks, and it kicks a lot of ass. Branan is in the midst of a nationwide tour in support of Adios – check out dates here.

Cory Branan’s last album, “The No Hit Wonder,” was released back in 2014.



Cory Branan (feat Dave Hause) streams politically charged ‘Another Nightmare In America’

I’d usually say, anything Dave Hause touches is pure gold, but that would seriously sell Cory Branan short on this one. The Richmond, Virginia-based singer/songwriter extraordinaire took on social injustice and police brutality beautifully in his new song ‘Another Nightmare In America‘ whilst The Loved Ones frontman came in more to give the track some extra layers.

‘Another Nightmare In America’ is one of the singles from Branan’s upcoming album ‘ADIOS’. You can give it a spin here.



Al Scorch releases weirdest music video for the best folk-punk song you’ll hear all year “Everybody Out”

I must admit I hadn’t heard of Chicago bred, “intrepid songwriter and lightning-fingered banjoist/guitarist” Al Scorch until a press release for his new music video hit the DS inbox. Dutifully clicking play despite the off-putting press photo that accompanied the announcement, I stumbled on to what I’m sure will be my favorite folk-punk song discovery of the entire year.

“Everybody Out” is a cut from Scorch’s most recent album “Circle Round The Signs” released last May on Bloodshot Records, and I have no idea what is going on in its freakishly bizarre music video but I don’t care. The song is f’ing awesome and I just bought the entire album sight unseen because of it.

Scorch says this about the video:

“Coming from a community of punks, queers, puppeteers, and activists, I’ve never felt totally comfortable in the folk/country/Americana realm. Folks have been really welcoming, though, and while some of the audiences — and other musicians for that matter — might have more traditional views and lifestyles, I’ve met a lot of people who are willing to consider and question and have conversations. As artists, we can’t be afraid to challenge people right now; it’s more important than ever.”

Check out the music video for “Everybody Out” below. When its done I suggest just listening to the song one more time without the video. If you don’t fall in love with it, you’re not a fan of any banjo infused folk-punk.



New Music: Cory Branan streams new track “Imogene” from upcoming album “Adios”

Assuming we haven’t been swallowed up by the fiery hellscape of damnation by the first week of April, we’ll have a new Cory Branan album to look forward to!

It’s called Adios, and it’s billed as “Cory’s death album.” If you saw him out on the road with the likes of Chuck Ragan or Brian Fallon or Lucero last year, you got a taste of what’s to come by way of a song called “The Vow,” penned as an ode to his late father. It’s heart-breaking but razor-sharp, which is pretty much Branan’s wheelhouse.

Adios is due out April 7th on Branan’s longtime label home, Bloodshot Records. Pre-orders of the album, including limited-edition pink vinyl (which yours truly just did — apropos on a day like today) are available here. In the meantime, you can stream the album’s lead single, “Imogene,” right here, and check out Branan’s upcoming tour dates here. Stay tuned for more on Adios in the coming months.

Branan’s last album, “The No Hit Wonder,” was released back in 2014 on Bloodshot Records,



Cory Branan announces Spring 2017 US Tour Dates

Criminally underrated Nashville-based singer-songwriter (and personal favorite of yours truly) Cory Branan has announced a couple months worth of tour dates that’ll find him on tour throughout the States for most of March and April 2017. The run kicks off March 2nd in Birmingham, Alabama, and runs through April 29th in West Columbia. Check out the full tour itinerary below.

Cory Branan’s last album, “The No Hit Wonder,” was released back in 2014 on Bloodshot Records, but his new full-length is in the bag; stay tuned for details in the very near future.



Riot Fest announces guests for Speakers’ Stage

Last year, Riot Fest unveiled a Speakers’ Stage, where musicians and activists engage in a panel discussion in front of the audience.  Due to the success of last year’s lineup, which included members of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot, Riot Fest is bringing back the Speakers’ Stage.

This year’s speakers will be split over 2 days, with the September 12th event featuring Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin of the “West Memphis Three.”  In a panel moderated by Henry Rollins,  they will discuss their history and the way music activism contributed to their release after 18 years in prison, after being wrongly accused of the murders of three young boys in 1993.  On September 13th, the event will feature Joe Principe (Rise Against), Jeff Pezatti (Naked Raygun,), Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Nan Warshaw (founder, Bloodshot Records), Daryl Wilson (The Bollweevils) and Dem Hopkins (owner of the legendary Club Oz).

You can find all the Riot Fest info that Dying Scene has to offer right here.



Cory Branan premieres video for “You Make Me”

Mississippi folk singer/songwriter/Lucero collaborator Cory Branan released a music video for the song “You Make Me” from his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder and you can check it out below. You can watch the video in 3D if you have your own set of glasses.

The No-Hit Wonder was released in 2014 via Bloodshot Records.



Cory Branan announces US tour dates

Mississippi folk singer/songwriter, Lucero collaborator, and member of the Revival Tour camaraderie Cory Branan has just announced a fall US tour to accompany the release of his latest album, The No-Hit Wonder. You can check out the dates and locations for that tour below.

The No-Hit Wonder was recently released via Bloodshot Records and serves as a follow-up to Mutt, which was released in 2012, also on Bloodshot.