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New Video: Tim Barry – “Fussin’ Over Fate” from new album, “The Roads To Richmond”

In honor of his latest album, The Roads To Richmond, the great Tim Barry has unveiled a brand new music video. It’s for the track “Fussin’ Over Fate,” and you can check it out below. You don’t have to be from Barry’s hometown of Richmond to identify with the encroachment of cranes and concrete on a lot of our own beloved home towns.

The Roads To Richmond came out last Friday (October 11th) on Chunksaah Records, If you haven’t read our extensive interview with Barry from last week yet, do so here!



Pirates Press unveils extensive online raffle ahead of this weekend’s Rock The Ship

Ahoy, landlubbers!

In advance of this weekend’s spectacular Rock The Ship festival in the Bay Area, Pirates Press Records have launched a hell of an online fundraiser auction. It features items from Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, Cock Sparrer, Bar Stool Preachers, Fat Wreck Chords, Chunksaah Records, and a ton more. The auction closes THIS SATURDAY (10/19) at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific. It all benefits arts and music programs in public schools, a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Check out all your bid options here!

Limited passes are still available to a couple of the Rock The Ship events, which features a killer, killer lineup. Check out the details here.



The Subjunctives (pop-punk from former Sicko member) stream new song from upcoming album “Sunshine And Rainbows”

If you were a pop-punk rock in the mid 90’s and didn’t know who Sicko was you weren’t enough of a punk nerd. Their songs were brilliant in their earnest, hopelessly catchy simplicity, and if you were from the Pacific Northwest they were your endearing hometown heroes regretfully overshadowed by their Californian “Epifat” kin. For those of you paying attention lately, you may be aware that the band has resurfaced for a few shows and even put out a sort of “greatest hits” release through Red Scare Industries. Anybody excited by this news quickly asked the obvious follow-up question: Does this mean a new Sicko album??? Sadly, so far, the answer is “no,” but we’ve got the next best thing – The Subjunctives.

Fronted by former Sicko singer/guitar player Ean Hernandez The Subjunctives pick up where Sicko left off, playing infectious pop-punk anthems that the the pissed off 15 year old punk-wallflower I was, as well as the 40 year old jaded punk fan and father I’ve recently become, can relate to. Perhaps nowhere do both those versions of myself come together better than on the track, “The Fastbacks are the Greatest Band in History, so FUCK YOU!” featured on the band’s upcoming full-length “Sunshine And Rainbows.” Ean elaborates on the track’s inspiration: 

“This song is basically a tribute to my favorite band, The Fastbacks. For the uninitiated, The Fastbacks are Seattle’s original pop punk band. Forming in 1979, by 1990 they had become Seattle’s defacto godfathers of the genre. Fast drums, beautiful female vocal harmonies, virtuoso guitar, a healthy appreciation for 70s hardrock/punk/powerpop as well as 80’s hardcore, frenetic live shows, and delivering hooks hooks hooks… The Fastbacks were simply incredible and perfect. Their albums are available mostly through Discogs today, but remain highly recommended listening for anyone seeking a refreshing yet excellent take on our little corner of punk. Ask me about this subject at a bar, and I will go on and on! With regard to the specifics of the song: my roommate Scott really did bring home a copy of The Fastbacks’ 1990 album Very Very Powerful Motor and recommend it to me. This disc promptly blew my mind, altered my notion of what music could be, and gave me permission to play the kind of music that was in my heart, but I had no idea anyone else in the world would ever accept. Nonetheless there it was – reaching out to me, melting the turntable in my 1990 college apartment. This was my Gabba Gabba Hey moment. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to book a show for the Fastbacks and another favorite band, Beat Happening. This show, besides being totally awesome, confirmed my growing suspicion that the Fastbacks were in fact, none other than the greatest band in history. Later still, Kurt Bloch of the Fastbacks became the (nearly) exclusive engineer for Sicko’s recorded output, and even did some work for the Subjunctives. In the song, I list off the members of the band in the chorus, and change the drummer out each time I sing the chorus… since they had something like 19 different drummers (including a young Duff McKagen), but otherwise the same 3 other permanent members on guitars/bass/vox. The expletive nature of the title is a nod to Kurt’s sense of humor, and to some extent the only advice I have for dissenting opinions on this subject. Get with the program!”

Now, before you go track The Fastbacks down on Spotify, Give the new Subjunctives tune a listen below.

“Sunshine And Rainbows” is due out via Top Drawer Records on November 22nd.



Rational Anthem (pop punk) release ‘Unimaginary Girlfriend’ from upcoming album

Iowa pop punk band, Rational Anthem have released another song from their upcoming new album ‘It’s Only Permanent’. The song ‘Unimaginary Girlfriend’ premiered over at chorus.fm and is an extremely catchy little number. The record is out on November 1st via A-F Records.

Check out the video below.



Banana Premiers New Single “Kittie”

If there is one thing that is always certain when King Pizza Records puts out a new track it’s that the track is going to be NASTY! But how nasty, you ask? Too nasty! Banana is KP’s newest act and they are bringing their brand of Boston based garage punk to Brooklyn’s favorite boutique label and they aren’t pulling any punches.

Banana is loud, lewd, and in your face in a way that makes the ears bleed in just the right way. This is the debut single off their debut cassette which will be rolling out later in 2019, but for now we have this voracious tune to attack our senses while we wait for the full record.

 



Dave Hause announces 2020 US tour dates, unveils Martin Museum video for “Paradise”

Kinda combining a couple of stories into one here, but I don’t think you’ll mind once you see what they are. First up, the great Dave Hause has outlined the first of his touring plans for next year! The three-week jaunt kicks off February 21st in Seattle and runs through March 14th in — you guessed it — Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now; check out the full rundown here.

Last but certainly not least, Hause had the opportunity to record a few stripped down tracks at the Martin Guitar Museum as part of their Museum Series. Check out the video for “Paradise” as played on a 1941 000-28M below!

“Paradise” appears in its original form on Hause’s last album, Kick, which was released earlier this year on Rise Records.



DS Exclusive: Great Shakes premiere S/T LP

A few weeks ago Dying Scene rolled out a “new band intro” for these super-tight-sounding Dutch cats in Great Shakes. You may recall there are also members in the band from the sovereign state of Belgium, and now thanks to writing for Dying Scene I know those countries are right next to each other. In my defense, though, I do live in Texas, so I only have to know where Texas is, because everywhere else is too far away – but punk rock transcends geographical boundaries and personal projections in ways that amaze me more and more with each new encounter. Great Shakes is no different. They hit the nail on the head with an epic self-titled LP and I’m proud as a kitten tiptoeing a booby-trap to premiere it for you today.

Great Shakes LP is full of familiar and relatable themes: four best buds groping at the seems of tragic existence through relationship struggles and the aether of existential dread, the importance of a good friend, finding lasting companionship and living on for better days. It’s pop punk mixed with a California rock and roll sound, heavily influenced by Hot Water Music and Social D, a little bit of the East Coast (America) like Bouncing Souls, and there ya’ go we’ve just gone off the map. Really, what it is – Great Shakes – It’s new. It’s catchy and really good, and I think you’re going to like it.

Great Shakes’ self-titled album is their debut on the world. It releases October 25 on Shield Recordings and you can pre-order a digital copy here. Stream the early premiere ahead of time, exclusively below. Cheers scenesters! 



The Weekend Transit (post-hardcore) release video for “Quiet, My Secrets Are Safe”

Louisiana post-hardcore exports The Weekend Transit have released a video for “Quiet, My Secrets Are Safe”, a track from their upcoming EP Dust and Color, out October 31st.

Have a watch below.



Can’t Swim release video for “Power”

NJ pop punks Can’t Swim have released a video for “Power”, a track from new EP Foreign Language. The six track affair is out now on Pure Noise Records.

Have a watch below. The track features guest vocals from Frank Carter.



Grade 2 release “Graveyard Island”

Isle of Wight, UK street punk trio Grade 2 have released their third album, Graveyard Island, out on Hellcat Records. You can have a listen now.

Full details of their upcoming UK/Euro tour are below.  



Apes Of The State (Folk, PA) Stream Album “Pipe Dream”

Pennsylvania folk punkers Apes Of The State are back with their second full length record and a few dates to celebrate its release. The effort is titled Pipe Dream and is a stripped back blend of pop, folk, and punk. You can check out the album in its entirety below.

Along with the release itself, Apes Of The State will be throwing a couple of parties next month to showcase the new tracks. You’ll find details of them below.

The previous release that Apes Of The State were involved with was a three-way split earlier this year with Local News Legend and Mary Wander.



No Sleep Records Stream Seasonal Compilation “A Fall 2019 Sampler”

California’s No Sleep Records is allowing fans to stream tracks from the collection of the artists it’s been working with of late. The label’s latest compilation, titled A Fall 2019 Sampler, features tunes from the likes Jail Socks, Best Ex, Muskets, and Pet Crow, amongst many others.

You can check this seasonal sampler out below. However, if you like it, you should definitely pay for a copy and help support great underground music.



Cro-Mags stream “From The Grave”

NY Hardcore legends Cro-Mags are to release the follow up to their “Don’t Give In” EP, which came out early this year and was their first new material in two decades. “From The Grave” is another three song offering – and pre-orders are up now.

It’s out 6th December – with the title track available to listen to now. Check it out below.



Russian Girlfriends release video for “Antidote”

Albuquerque, New Mexico punks Russian Girlfriends have released another single from their recent album, In The Parlance Of Our Times, out via A-F Records.

Have a watch of “Antidote” below – and check Fall tour dates.



New Music: Real Space Noice (producer extraordinaire Chad Blinman) releases new LP “Empty And Pointless” and companion EP “Lost Science”

If you’re “of a certain age” and dove headlong into punk rock in the mid-1990s, the name Chad Blinman should be familiar to you. He produced a laundry-list of albums in the Vagrant Records heyday…acts like Boxer and The Get Up Kids and No Motiv and, of course, Face To Face.

Back in 2006, Blinman put out an album called Radio Method under the moniker Real Space Noise. It was vastly different than anything people in that era of the punk rock world would be familiar with; if we’re looking for a label, it’s less “emo” and more “radiophonic post-punk electro/industrial new wave gothic science fiction art rock.” (No, I didn’t come up with that genre on my own; yes, I stole it from Blinman’s website). Anyway, 13 years later, Blinman’s Real Space Noise project is back with not one but TWO new releases!

First up is Empty and Pointless, a haunting LP filled with ten tracks crammed with sci-fi post punk goodness. Alongside Empty and Pointless is a companion, instrumental EP, Lost Science, that, while it doesn’t contain any “vocals” per se, contains a plethora of old radio signals and sampled old science fiction clips about the joys and perils of the world of tomorrow. You can check both releases out here, and stream the video for the Empty and Pointless track “I Am Replacing You” here!