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DS Photo Gallery: Oh The Humanity, Tiny Stills, KCUF and Brook Pridemore – Cambridge, MA

Almost unarguably, one of the best parts of living in the greater Boston area is the small, passionate community of people working hard and on an independent level to continue to provide an outlet for artists, musicians and creators of all shapes and sizes. There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about the seemingly endless gentrification across the area and the resulting demise of smaller, independent venues, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some inspiring people and places keeping the scene’s heart pumping strong. Take Charlie’s Kitchen, for example. The two-floor , diner-style burger joint nestled away in Cambridge’s Harvard Square plays host to live music on Monday nights, featuring bills curated by Rebuilder‘s Daniel Carswell, always chock full of  solo troubadours and great local and national indie rock and punk bands.

Such was the scene last Monday, when Los Angeles’ Tiny Stills came to town to kick off a run down the east coast that ended with an appearance at Fest in Gainesville. The (I guess we’re calling them) power-pop quartet anchored by singer-songwriter Kailynn West are still on the road in support of their new album Laughing Into The Void, which is one of the catchiest and important albums of 2018 — more on that in the future. They were joined on this night by fellow Fest-ers Oh The Humanity!, the local five-piece who play a particularly shred-worthy metal-infused brand of skate punk that would make bands like A Wilhelm Scream proud. Local project KCUF – Ken and Chris’s Undecided Franchise – played second on this night. While they’re still a relatively new collective, the members are scene vets instantly recognizable from other outlets like Loser’s Circle and Coffin Salesman and OC45 and The Radicals and Live Nude Girls and Back Door Key and probably like 800 other projects I’m forgetting. Boston is a delightfully incestuous place sometimes. Kicking things off was Brook Pridemore, who himself was wrapping up a fairly lengthy run before heading home to Brooklyn. Calling Pridemore a “solo acoustic folk punk” act probably does a disservice to both Brook Pridemore and to your boilerplate solo acoustic folk punks. There’s doom metal and dark humor and fuzzed out guitars and synth pedals (or whatever) and a bunch of other ingredients thrown in the blender in a way that makes Pridemore a unique performer.

It’s nights like these filled with bands out grinding that keep the scene alive. And at Charlie’s, it happens every Monday. Head below to catch our full photo rundown, and stay tuned for more.



Oh The Humanity! and The Hideout stream new split EP

Boston punks Oh The Humanity! and Massachusetts pop punkers The Hideout are streaming their new split EP, which was released on August 1st via Ocelot Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Oh The Humanity! last released Tired Ears in 2017, while The Hideout last released There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes in 2016.  Both were released through Ocelot Records.



Oh The Humanity! and The Hideout stream new songs from split EP

Boston punks Oh The Humanity! and Massachusetts pop punkers The Hideout will be releasing a split EP on August 1st via Ocelot Records.

Each band is also streaming one song from the EP, which you can check out below.

Oh The Humanity! last released Tired Ears in 2017, while The Hideout last released There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes in 2016.  Both were released through Ocelot Records.



Lost Love and Empty Lungs touring UK and EU in November

Canada’s Lost Love and Northern Ireland’s Empty Lungs will be touring through the UK and EU together throughout November and into the wee early days of December. You can find the tour dates for the pair of indie-punks below.



Bucky Harris release track from upcoming record “In Sheep’s Clothing”

Montreal’s folk-infused punks Bucky Harris have released “Ruckus” from their upcoming record “In Sheep’s Clothing.” The song is a folked-out version of the same song from their July 2016 “Three Wolves” album.

You can stream the new version below, and head over to their bandcamp page to buy “Three Wolves” or pay what you want for their first EP, “Seateeth.”



Album Review: The Hideout – “There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes”

Massachusetts based pop punkers The Hideout drop an album rich with melodic pop punk melodies, clamorous guitars and a clear objective to provide the narrative for everything life throws at us. This is an album shaped by the hard won battles of life that addresses the hopes, fears and disappointments we all share. All delivered with a sense of fun that keeps the blood pumping and the feet moving.

Opener “Midnight society” sees the band click into fifth gear from the outset. The pacy, distorted power chords and ringing clean riff may be familiar but provide proof that this is a band who recognize how to write a tight, pop-punk tune. “Everyone Sucks” displays the same nous for melody but ups the ante further with a rousing chorus that stands as one of the best of recent years. It’s the kind of song Blink used to knock out for fun. It serves as the perfect rallying cry for anyone done over or stepped on who is looking for the motivation to stand up for themselves. “Numbskull” is a bruising rocker with a more hardcore edge, as the band slam their instruments with all the power and fury they can muster. What the band don’t do is throwaway with many of the songs sincerely addressing weightier issues. “More Yesterdays, Less Tomorrows” and “Death Dealer” act as the emotional ballast to the album, giving it depth and substance. World weary lines such as “Feels like I’m holding a ghost in it’s shell and “I’m fighting to stay present” are delivered with thought provoking poignancy recalling the power and passion of The Wonder Years.

Understanding of dynamics and how to manage tempo is evident on “Trash Panda”. It starts at a slower pace with ringing, single picked notes before igniting into a fierce punk tune with fire in it’s belly, like a predator stalking its prey before going in for the kill. It’s reminiscent of early The Menzingers and would sit perfectly on Chamberlain Waits. “Birds, Ball & Chain ramps up the ‘woah woahs’ and sees some clever vocal interplay. “Forget It” rides deep into a storm of choppy guitar while “Ghost Stories” features a riff that kicks like a horse bursting with the power and intensity  of a band as unpredictable and exciting as Knuckle Puck. The album finishes with “Coppertooth”, a song primed and ready to take the pit down. It’s the kind of song that takes all those worries about the bills that are mounting up, that relationship that’s fizzling out or that asshole boss that’s giving you a hard time, wraps them into a tight ball and tosses them over the side of a building. All that matters is the relationship between the listener and the words being howled until the throat goes hoarse.

“There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes” is pure undiluted pop punk. Uncut and unfettered, it’s raw, unpredictable and bursting with humanity. With a keen understanding of dynamics the band know when to hold back before going for the jugular with a chorus ready to superglue itself to your soul. It’s the perfect album for anyone trying to figure out their place in this complicated and confusing world in which we live………….. and then decide it doesn’t really matter anyway.

4/5 Stars



DS Exclusive: Oh the Humanity! (pop punk) streams new album, “Tired Ears”

Boston punks Oh The Humanity! are on the verge of releasing a 5-track EP called Tired Ears, and you can stream it in full below.

Tired Ears will be released on June 30th via Ocelot Records.  Oh the Humanity!  will be heading out on tour this fall, including a performance at FEST.  They also have plans to release a split EP with their Ocelot labelmates, The Hideout, so keep an eye out for that this fall.

If you like what you hear, you can pick up Tired Ears as a digital download or as a limited edition 10″ here.

 



Oh The Humanity! announce new EP “Tired Ears”, stream single “Sinking”

Massachusetts melodic punks Oh The Humanity! have announced their new EP Tired Ears will be released on June 30th through Ocelot Records.

Check out the first single “Sinking” below, and head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the 10″ EP.

Tired Ears will be the band’s first release since their 2014 debut album Carry Me Home.



Music Video: Lost Love – “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even”

Montreal punks Lost Love have premiered a music video for their track “Here’s 15 Cents, Now We’re Even.” You can give it a watch below.

The track comes from the band’s latest album, titled “Comfortable Scars,” which dropped on April 22, 2016.



DS Exclusive: The Digs stream new EP “Kinetic”

Boston punks The Digs have a new 4-track EP coming out on March 17th via Ocelot Records, but you can check it below before you hear it anywhere else.  Kinetic packs a big punch in 4 distortion-heavy songs, from the anthemic “Continuum” to the swanky “San Dimas.”

Kinetic will be available everywhere on March 17th, and you can pick it up here.  The Digs’ last release was their debut full-length, Manic, which came out in November 2015.



The Digs announce new EP, stream new song – “Laces”

Boston punk rockers The Digs are putting out a new EP, and they’re giving you a first listen to a new song, “Laces,” right now. Check it out below.

The song is track three off the upcoming EP, Kinetic, which is due out March 17th.

Kinetic serves as a follow up to the band’s debut full-length, Manic, which they released in November 2015.



The Hideout (Massachusetts, pop punk) stream new video for “Everyone Sucks”

Massachusetts pop punkers The Hideout have released a new video from their latest release There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes. The track they’ve chosen is called “Everyone Sucks” and you can have a listen and a watch below.

There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes is currently available through Ocelot Records.



DS Exclusive Stream: The Hideout (Pop Punk) Premieres New Album “There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes”

Brigands of Beantown, The Hideout have a new album out today on DIY label Ocelot Records!  There’s Nothing. I’m Closing My Eyes keeps their signature “punctuation in the album title” theme alive but more importantly, it also marks the band’s third LP. In celebration of this stellar achievement, the guys sent us the entire album to stream for DS readers! If you’re in the Greater Boston area, head out to one of their upcoming local shows at Spotlight Tavern in Beverly on 11/26  and then on 12/3 at Thirsty-First in Lowell. Until then, you can stream the ten track LP until your ears bleed, below! If you’re so inclined, you can head over and purchase it, here and you won’t even have to fight the crowd!
The Hideout’s last release was 2012’s full length, Now Tom. Now!


The Digs (punk, Boston) release video for “Gunslinger”

Boston punk rockers The Digs have released a new music video for their track “Gunslinger”. The song is one of the first they wrote as a band and features on their 2015 album “Manic”, released with Ocelot Records.

You can watch “Gunslinger” below.



DCDR [Punk] Streams “Radio Face” Single

DCDR, the Boston-based punk rockers otherwise known as “Dead Cats Dead Rats” are set to release their latest single, “Radio Face” with Ocelot Records. The track was recorded with Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston this past summer. This will be the 55th track released by the band since pushing out their first album back in 2008.

The track will be released digitally on Ocelot Records on November 7th with the band supporting the release at Opus in Salem, MA with support from California punks, Some Kind of Nightmare and fellow Boston natives, Oh The Humanity and Mercury On Mars. You can stream/download “Radio Face” below.