What if I told you one of the best pop punk albums of the year was from a band from Brazil? You’d want to hear more right? The first self-titled album from The Yodees is here and the boys in blue and white bring the perfect blend of all things traditional pop punk with a sprinkle of Ramonescore. There’s plenty of whoas, ohs, and doot doot da doos to pick you up on even the cloudiest day.
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Sometime in the unknown, but assumably not too far away, future German pop-punk act Between Bodies will release their debut EP on KROD Records. No whet the appetites of would-be fans the band has created a music video for a song off the release titled “Fire Alarm,” and I must say it has certainly worked on me. Dynamic, fresh, slightly emo-ish, and just… good. These guys have successfully landed on my radar. Let them do the same for you by checking out the music video below.
So many Dying Scene readers make this humble website a daily virtual stop in their Internet wanderings because they crave new discoveries. Navigating the vast sea of new bands popping up daily on Spotify or Bandcamp is a daunting task but that’s what we’re here for – to save you hours upon hours of listening to mediocre songs just to find the next gem. Well, here’s a new one to add to the radar for you fans of 90s style skate punk. Dual singers, angsty vocals, Fat-esque melodies and rhythm. Basement Sound isn’t breaking the mold with their style but they certainly do the genre justice. On December 13th the boys (“Dads” actually) will be releasing their debut album “Good Job Some Of You,” and you can stream the first single “Wake Up,” below.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:38 PM (PST) by Johnny X
When the sun’s out and I’m feeling carefree I love my ska and pop-punk. When I’m feeling nostalgic and wistful I skew towards Menzingers or emo. When I’ve had three cups of coffee and need an outlet for the nebulous discontentment that silently builds behind the exterior of my stoic demeanor I turn towards hardcore-punk. That’s where I’m at this morning so when a request to check out the debut album from Californian skate-punk/hardcore act Facelift hit my inbox it was perfectly timed. This music is raw. It’s fast as hell. And it’s f’ing pissed off. Oh, and it’s riddled with metallic riff breakdowns which absolutely clinched it for me (give it 2:20 into the album opener to see what I mean). Turn up the volume and let off some steam with me by streaming “Sinceforevertilwhenever” here.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:21 PM (PST) by dropkickeith
Ska as a genre has seen many iterations, from the first wave of Jamican ska bands in the 1960’s, to the English Two-Tone movement of the late 1970’s to the Third Wave in the 1990’s. Since then there have been a lot of successful bands who have put their own spin on these classic sounds. Which brings us to Mississippi’s Flying Raccoon Suit who take a mix of Jazz, Metal, Indie Rock, and Progressive Rock and stir in a frenzied punk ethos to create their own unique interpretation of the already diverse genre.
As evident on this year’s Static Home EP, a two tracked single, they are not afraid to experiment with their sound. With this single we are presented with two widely varied sounds, the first being the titular “Static Home” which gives the impression of a smokey Jazz club performance but with a rock edge. It gives the guitars and drums a little more weight which is counterbalanced with a silky smooth horn section. This allows Jessica’s vocals the chance to be more refined, but not without completely abandoning her punk side. This is followed by “Nothing’s Changed” which give us the large full horn section and upstroked guitars we would expect from classic third wave ska punk. However there is a frenetic time change instrumental breakdown in the latter half of the song that makes this song stand out and will keep the listener intensely engaged. Don’t simply take my word for it, check out the stream here.
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 10:58 AM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2:18 PM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
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.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 4:46 AM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 4:26 AM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 12:58 PM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 12:47 PM (PST) by Johnny X
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.
Monday, June 10, 2019 at 4:14 PM (PST) by Carson Winter
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.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 2:58 PM (PST) by Alan Corcoran
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.
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.