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Introducing Celtic Punk ‘N Roll Act: The Cloverhearts

In a scene overflowing with post-hardcore-emo-noise-skate-punk Celtic Punk is a genre that feels quite a bit underrepresented in our beloved punk scene. Intro The Cloverhearts out of Sydney, Australia to say “f-that!” with a healthy dose of Celtic infused punk ‘n roll via their upcoming “The Sick” EP. Having announced their formation just a month or so back the group will unleash their debut EP via Black Dingo Records on November 1st.

The first single, ‘Always Monday’ can be seen below.

Following the release, the band will support Australian titans, The Rumjacks, on two special dates in Italy, early November.



Never heard of “Midnight Punk” before but Bat Signal have made me a believer

Fuck. Yes. How have I not heard of Bat Signal already? Dear Readers, how have you not brought them to my attention earlier? Self branded as “Midnight Punk” I guess I can get on board with that. A little more gasoline than your standard “horror punk.” There’s no standup bass here or Romones-esque poppiness. Maybe Turbonegro meets Tiger Army? Ooowhee, those metal riffs! Anyway, the band just released a two song single “Loaded Gun / Like A Drug” and while the latter track is what absolutely caught my attention I’d be remiss if I didn’t direct you to the band’s 2017 full-length “Straight Out Of Midnight,” which I have promptly purchased only 4 songs in. Stream both below and if you dig what you hear head to bandcamp to download them for pay-what-you-want. You’re welcome. 



Introducing Punk ‘n Roll act: Great Shakes

Great Shakes might be comprised of members from Netherlands and Belgium but if I hadn’t read that on their FB page I would have guessed the foursome hailed from New Jersey or Gainesville. From the harmonica on “Get A Little Closer” to the wistful chorus of “Summertime Alone” I’d peg these guys for an Americana punk act with influences ranging from Hot Water Music to Dave Hause. This isn’t the usual uninspired skate punk band you might be getting used to seeing pop out of Europe in recent years. This is soulful, rubber meets the road, punk rock with heart. The band will be releasing a self-titled full-length via Shield Recordings in October and you can get a taste of what’s to come by streaming a few of the tracks ahead of the release below.



Introducing Sub Dio (aggressive South Bay punk rock)

Today, I’m happy to introduce Sub Dio, a band that consists of a lot of familiar faces from the Bay Area punk scene. Featuring former members of Great Apes, The Ghost, and Reunions, Sub Dio play a brand of punk that is rooted in urgency and aggression. Their self-titled debut will release on July 19th via Underground Communique and Side With Us Records, but you can get a preview of what’s to come by listening to “Skeeters.” The song is a direct response to predatory, parasitic, and incessant behavior many men feel entitled to exhibit towards women. Brian and Danica’s dual vocal approach is a shot to the gut and demands your attention. Give it a listen below.

This EP includes five aggressive songs that set an urgent and relentless pace that pull you through from start to finish. The anger fueling Sub Dio’s lyrics are inspired by Danica’s work as a Bay Area social justice lawyer and time working to end mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty. Brian’s history of thematic lyrics have always brought a unique feel to his songs, which are also undoubtedly influenced by his job as a South San Francisco middle school teacher.

Brian and Danica trade vocals to create a powerful audio counterbalance between her fierce screams and Brian’s guttural yet melodic voice. The way each vocalist occupies completely separate spectrums while still melding together in a unique way bring to mind early Fugazi records.



Introducing New Punk Act: Fine Dining (FFO older Rise Against)

Remember when Rise Against was a little more edgy and a little less radio friendly? I miss that stage of the band, and if you do too then I’ve got a new group for you to check out. Spinning out of South Bay, Los Angeles Fine Dining isn’t breaking any molds with their style, but they’re certainly doing the genre justice. Speed, melodic aggression, gang shouts… If that’s the stuff that floats your boat like it does mine I recommend you check the band out via the music video and a full stream of their debut EP, “Grass Fed Tunes,” below.



New, Noteworthy & Free: Prince Daddy & The Heyena’s new album “Cosmic Thrill Seekers”

It is an absolute mystery to me how New York’s Prince Daddy & The Hyena aren’t signed to a prominent label or how not more people are talking about them. But then again, maybe they are now. With the release of their new album “Cosmic Thrill Seekers” this band is destined to end up on a lot more people’s radars. If I had to try to describe it I think I’d go with Fat Wreck’s Closet Friends meets Jeff Rosenstock, but draw your own comparisons by streaming the entire album below. If you dig what you hear you can download it for free on bandcamp.



Why I signed Longshot Odds to Dying Scene Records

It’s the end of a work week; it’s raising a fist; it’s screaming your lungs out—it’s diving headfirst into a hundred sweaty bodies. South Carolina’s Longshot Odds captures the energy and abandon of a raging pit, a marriage of iron-heavy chords and honey-thick leads—the kind of music where the bruising comes with the chorus. Their new EP, Circle the Drain, is a six-song EP from an exciting new voice in punk rock—but what they bring to the table is more than the same old sounds. From the metallic “Challenger,” to the grandiose and cinematic “Movin’ On,” all the way to the bouncey folk of “Blood and Asphalt”—Longshot Odds bring a diversity to their sound practically unheard of in today’s skate punk scene. But above all this, Circle the Drain promises deliverance through rock ‘n roll, and Longshot Odds fight tooth and claw to deliver.

The EP, out now on Dying Scene Records, can be streamed here.



Band Spotlight: Introducing the countrified folk punk of The Trusty Snakes (members of the Taxpayers)

There are few things that make me happier than hearing from the Taxpayer camp. The Taxpayers, if you don’t remember, were the incredibly political, folky, punky, jazzy, and just plain volatile punk band from Portland, OR; they released such incredible albums as God, Forgive These Bastards: Songs From The Forgotten Life Of Henry Turner, Big Delusion Factory, and Cold Hearted Town. 

The Taxpayers are gone for the time being but the people in it aren’t, and by the good graces of DIY, five members have come together to form the Trusty Snakes. The album’s called New American Frontier and it’s surprisingly a pretty earnest country album. And better yet: it’s great fucking music. The songwriting is melancholy and down to earth, blue collar and twangy, born out of a love for a uniquely American storytelling tradition.

Noah Taxpayer had this to say on the band’s beginning:

“Touring around the country and playing grimy punk shows, which we love, we found ourselves buying a lot of cassette tapes. And a lot of them ended up being country. Some obvious well-known artists and weird ass compilations of songs about the nuttiest country-fried nonsense.  We loved them all.  Getting older and our sensibilities changing, country seemed to be the appropriate next step for us as a band.  A lot of the same values of being a DIY punk resonates within country music. So we became the Snakes.  Writing songs about redemption, sadness, hopelessness, inspiration, heartache, and joy.”

While it may not be straight punk, there’s still a lot to say for the form and its relation to punk’s base tenets. Here is music made for the working class, by the working class—a realm of experience oft forgotten, preserved here in the oral tradition. Check out the album below.



Introducing Everyone Knows: Bluesy Alt-Rock (Sergio of The Early November solo project)

Look, as much as we’d all like to pretend that we subsist on a diet of Crass, recreational drugs and dumpster diving, there comes a time to admit sometimes we want, nay, need something more in our lives. I can’t help you with your questionable life choices or the lack of Vitamins in your diet, but I can point you in the direction of some music that your tinder dates will be able to stomach.

Everyone Knows is the solo project of Sergio Anello, bassist of The Early November. With ‘Tell or Be Told’ he has created a bluesy alt rock album that conjures images of a smoke-filled backroom bar frequented by people who have money, only you’re not sure where their money comes from. And you sure as hell shouldn’t ask.

Songs languorously flow into each other like hungover recollections of the night before and the vocals curl around you like cigarette smoke, seeping into your skin and staying with you all day. This album has all the layered notes of an end of night whiskey. It’s mature, sure. You might even call it smooth. But there’s an understated raw fragility in the lyrics and vocals that creates a slow, building burn that sticks with you.

Check it out here.

 



Introducing Post-Emo-Punk Act: Ditz (EP Stream)

I wish I had a better picture to post with this article because frankly the album art for “Earthworm,” the latest EP from New Jersey’s self-proclaimed “post-emo” band Ditz does not do the music justice. The arrangements, harmonies, melodies and lyrics speak to a maturity far more refined than the cartoony imagery above. Halfway through the album’s opener, “Cha-Cha,” I knew I was on to something special and I challenge you to listen to the track without then wanting to finish the EP’s remaining 4 tracks. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Accept the challenge below.



New & Noteworthy: Stream new EP “Strike Back” by Milwaukee hardcore act Mud Dog

I’m not sure if it’s the vocals reminiscent of the original singer from UK punk act Drones, or very early days Davey Havok, but something about the new EP from Milwaukee hardcore act Mud Dog is really grabbing my attention. It might be the gang vocals on title track “Strike Back” or the change ups with secondary singers on a few of the songs. Or all of the above. The point is “Strike Back” is worth a listen for any hardcore punk fans, all the more so since it’s up for free download on bandcamp.



Introducing Post-Hardcore Act: DEPTHS.

Dark and brooding. Angry and loud. Belgium’s DEPTHS. are everything you’re looking for in a post-hardcore band, and their new EP “Until Sleep Narrows My Conscious Mind” is every bit as complicated and epic as its name implies. I must admit, I wasn’t too familiar with these guys until this very moment but as I write this on a foggy fall morning in the Southern Hemisphere they’re a very welcome new discovery. Discover them yourself below.



Motorhead meets Comeback Kid, Introducing Thrash Punks: SkyTigers (free EP download)

SkyTigers claim to hail from “parts unknown” and that could apply as much to their genre distinction as it could to their regional origins. Citing influences from Motorhead to Iron Maiden the thrash/metal influence is obvious from the get go but the vocals and overall delivery feels distinctly punk rock, perhaps in the vein of Comeback Kid. They’re raw, fast, angry, and in terms of their new EP “Disasterbation,” they’re free. If you’re looking for something to listen to next time you want to destroy something this is for you. Give the album a listen and snag it for free on bandcamp.



Introducing Female-Fronted Punk Act: The Sonder Bombs

Occasionally, I’ll find a band that speaks to my soul in a very serendipitous way. A lot of times, this happens because I’m going through some emotional turbulence or traveling a lot for work. I’ve been realizing a lot of the music I listen to is topically similar and aesthetically repetitive. Feeling a certain way in the era of #MeToo and the pain felt coming in on the coat tails of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and all of the fallout after, I finally found a band that’s really out there punching back. I’m a little late to this party, but just I found The Sonder Bombs. Let me tell you, this band is it, sis. Their latest album came out in October called Modern Female Rockstar, and it is everything and then some ukulele. Not to mention Willow Hawks has the voice of the punk rock angel of my dreams.

This band is incredibly honest and relatable because of the content of their songs. I don’t think I’ve come across a band that takes some fairly serious topics every woman encounters and makes those moments a source of power quite like The Sonder Bombs do. Covering important topics like the power and consequences of coming into female sexuality and having to work harder in male dominated industry. To me, this content is very real, at times painful, and truly appreciated. “I don’t want to be your merch girl, I want to be your god damn idol”, girl same. If the future really is female, I cannot wait to see where this band goes. Check them out below.



Introducing Pop Punk Act: Halogens

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 was to have more diverse playlists. I’ll admit it, I get hyper fixated on a band or song and listen to them over and over. On my quest to spend more time listening to new music, I discovered Halogens and I’ve repeated the old pattern. I’ve taken solace in breaking my new year’s resolution because of how dope this band actually is. The catchy melodies are what caught my attention and their unique interpretation of romance and the human psyche is what earned them a spot in the heavy rotation of music I cannot stop listening to.

More importantly, they just released their sophomore EP called Happy Hour. Halogens have refined their sound while covering a variety of emotional musings. They touch upon completely relatable topics like not being able to pull-off wearing a denim jacket, which may or may not be my own personal problem. Let’s face it, we cannot all be Deaglans. So, if you want to get in your feels while bopping around, you should check them out below!