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DS Exclusive: Matt Pless premieres new single, “When the Frayed Wind Blows”

Paper + Plastik Records is bringing us a new EP from folk artist Matt Pless this September 13, a follow-up to the 2017 full-length Catch Me if You Can. If you’re already a fan of this long-winded young singer/songwriter then that bit of news probably arouses more than a little excitement, and if you’ve never heard of him then you’re in luck, because Dying Scene is premiering a wonderful new track off the upcoming Nero EP called “When the Frayed Wind Blows” RIGHT MEOW! It’s a song filled with wise-cracking perspective harried in the Greenwich Village tradition of American folk rock resurgence re-personified as:

“xeroxed zines, pixel memes and screen printed patches waxing philosophical mayhem on a leather jacket. It’s prophetic graffiti, stickers, pins and stick and poke tattoos, It’s self education, self organization, and selfish yet selfless all at once. It’s in the starry hungry eyes of every idealist weirdo I have met along the road, spitting in the face of injustice and hitching a ride toward a new tomorrow. It’s a wild moment in history and if you are reading this, you are probably a part of it. Call it DIY, call it folk punk, call it revolution, call it foolishness…call it whatever you want. I like to think that this is the stuff of inspirational legend, lightning in a bottle, magical liberating chaos on fire.”

That’s an old quote but it still fits, and perhaps predicates a bit of the passion Pless obviously feels about his craft. Of course, I’m of the camp that just calls it folk punk, but when it really comes down to it, “When the Frayed Wind Blows” is a tune that speaks for itself and there’s not much I can say that Pless doesn’t already punctuate conclusively.  There is no shortage of clever lyrics for excerpts with the only issue residing in the decision where to actually place that closing quotation mark. No way are this writer’s chicken peckers typing out that whole song! You can stream “When the Frayed Wind Blows” below, and enjoy!



DS Exclusive: The Hound of Love (members of Mean Jeans) stream drunken 7″, “Drunk Dial #4”

Today is all about fun! Andrew Bassett, best known as Jeans Wilder of Mean Jeans is releasing a 7″ on Drunk Dial Records under his alter-ego The Hound of LoveDrunk Dial #4, is set for vinyl and digital release on August 23, and Dying Scene has been graced with the opportunity to stream it for all our homies a couple days early. Who couldn’t use a little synth-pop wonderment to get them through the groggy, hot midweek? Back to school, fuckers! Mean Jeans fans, we got you! Also, be on the lookout for their new album releasing on Fat Wreck Chords next week. Stream Drunk Dial #4 and check out the scoop on The Hound of Love and Drunk Dial Records below. The Hound of Love’s last release was Careful Houndy in 2013.



DS Exclusive: Doc Hammer stream “Vamparty Diaries” off upcoming LP, “Neon Devil”

Calling all party punks! You’re invited to a vamparty, which is kind of like a van-party with less sucking… or MORE! I don’t know, but Dying Scene is ON THE FUCKING GUEST LIST, and we’re thrilled to be taking all out readers along to crash this sucker with us. Figuratively, of course, we’re actually almost never on the guest list for anything. Remember that, and make sure and tip your bartenders and hook up your neighborhood volunteer punk rock journalists every time ya’ get the chance.

Doc Hammer is a hardcore rock and roll five-piece led by front-man Josh Ravin who is “all about letting loose and letting go.” For fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, the band claims they are “equal parts party/ equal parts metal for the people.” They will be releasing their first full length album, Neon Devil, on Paper + Plastick Records Sept. 1, which should then be available on all the regular streaming platforms. Dying Scene is stoked to bring you the early release of Doc Hammer’s newest single off  Neon Devil titled “Vamparty Diaries”, today.

“As veterans of the music industry, the dudes of Doc Hammer are no strangers to the scene, evidenced by the grit and sense of determination felt in all their songs. Their driving guitar riffs and catchy, anthem-like hooks create a harmonious blend of hardcore and rock n’ roll. With live shows notorious for their energy and spirit, Doc Hammer is setting a new standard for rock n’ roll. Be it jumping into and playing inside the crowd or crawling around and hanging from the rafters, Doc Hammer is all about stirring it up and starting the party.” (EPK)

Following the release of Neon Devil,  Doc Hammer will be embarking on an eleven-date tour along the west coast (U.S.) before returning to their San Diego home where they can be found tapping kegs and Magic The Gathering cards (apparently) for the forseeable furture. Check out that tour schedule and stream “Vamparty Diaries” below.



DS Exclusive: West Grand stream “Hostage Situation”, next single off upcoming EP

For those who haven’t been following: Paper + Plastick Records has a new band, West Grand, giving off Midwestern cow-punk/punk rock and roll vibes set to release their debut S/T EP digitally on August 9. (Hey, that’s today!) West Grand is based around singer/songwriter Kyle Green (Break Anchor) who takes ownership over depression as an unrivaled motivator, if not heavy-handedly. Coming together with fellow-Break Anchorian bassist Chris Golan, and Shawn Gryzb on drums West Grand previously streamed “Here to Stay” on Dying Scene and today we’re celebrating the EP release with “Hostage Situation”. Stream “Hostage Situation” below.



DS Exclusive: West Grand premiere new song, “Here to Stay”

Here’s a new group to get excited about. Recently signed to Paper + Plastick Records, West Grand is a Detroit post-hardcore, mellowed out punk rock and roll band that started out the way so many pornos do – with a couple best buds and a few recordings on a cell phone. Their self-titled EP will be available for download on the Paper + Plastick website in a week or so on August 9.

West Grand’s music goes well with late-7Seconds, Rites of Spring and The Get Up Kids. Almost Strokes-ish even, with Kyle Green playing host over (perhaps) a more stripped-down (nasally) Casablancas… and I definitely don’t mean that in a bad way. “Like his mom always said, ‘Honey, you write your best songs when you’re feeling down’, and we couldn’t agree more. Thanks Depression!! These songs are so relatable, we’ve all been there. We all grieve in different ways. For West Grand, this is our way.”

West Grand is streaming a new single off that 4-track EP ahead of it’s release. You can find “Here to Stay” exclusively here on the site, below.



DS Exclusive: No Matter premier new EP, “Excess Baggage”

Here’s a treat: some really great straight-forward pop punk out of Belfast the likes of Descendents, Screeching Weasel, and Millencolin. No Matter has a new 8-track EP on the way August 2 via Umlaut Records (their second Umlaut release) and man, is it a smasher! It’s full of witty lyricism, harmonizing vocals and that back-to-basics no-hesitation punk rock playing that has consistently drawn the faithful back to those three trusty chords.  “What’s the point in doing anything if nothing’s worth the while. Is it ok just to crack up when it’s hard to crack a smile?” – That’s just a sample of the ample head-turning smile inducing phrases you may catch yourself repeating throughout the day after listening to this album

Excess Baggage is up for grabs here ,with Cd + T-Shirt bundles available as well. You can stream Excess Baggage in it’s entirety below, two-days early and exclusively on-site for no other reason than that we love you. Excess Baggage is a total banger that’s going to take you on a nice little trip you can listen to on repeat again and again. I don’t want to call this No Matter’s Dookie for fear it might jinx them, but somebody somewhere definitely took a shit and something absolutely beautiful popped out.

Be sure to catch No Matter at Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia which they will be visiting for the second time. Previously, No Matter has also toured Europe, made a stop at Pouzza, and played with Anti Flag, Gnarwolves, RVIVR and D.O.A.



DS Exclusive: Die A Legend (Norway HC) premiere Bloodthirst ahead of upcoming album, “WINNING”

Earlier this year it was revealed that Die A Legend is back after a six-year hiatus that followed the band’s quick rise in the Tromsø Hardcore scene. Their critically-acclaimed 2012 S/T debut launched Die A Legend towards the direction of playing every major Norwegian festival and providing tour support for the likes of Converge as well as Norwegian Grammy-winning band, The Good The Bad and The Zugly, before they went MIA into the lost oblivion or Valhalla… or community college or whatever.

Well, they’re back, and that’s great news for anybody who likes blistering hardcore punk rock with venom-spitting vocals and mean noisey breakdowns. Their newest release, WINNING, is set for release this September 6 on Loyal Blood Records which promises to be “an awkwardly titled 10-inch audiovisual spectacle” containing “a hardcore and contemporary commentary on the state of things.”

If that’s not enough to get you excited about new Norwegian Hardcore music then check out this quote from the band: “BLOODTHIRST is the second single off our new ten inch release titled WINNING, and it’s a blatant burst of hardcore energy. A contemplation on vengeful emotions – the track embodies our firm roots in both hardcore punk and post-hardcore and is a vibrant precursor of things to come.”

Guess who’s got it! Die A Legend is streaming Bloodthirst for you here first at Dying Scene. Give that track a listen below, and order the new shizzz here.

 

 



DS Exclusive: Thirsty Guys premiere new single, “Bad Chemistry”

Thirsty Guys are a brilliant young ska/punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey featuring members The Best of The Worst, and Hub City Stompers. They’ve got a new album on the way which promises to take you “on a wild ride through the mind of vocalist / keyboard player Joe Scala, as he belts out 10 tracks about quarter life crises, scene drama, depression, and other fun topics not usually synonymous with our favorite Hawaiian shirt stained genre. The songs sway back and forth between the dance-able ska that you’d no doubt be sweating to in a New Brunswick basement, and speedy punk with traces of technical hardcore… a small tip-off that you’re listening to the same guys who’ve been pushing the boundaries of ska-core for over a decade.”

Parched hits digital shelves with vinyl ready to ship on or around August 16 courtesy of Bad Time Records, (featuring “coke bottle green”, and “oxblood in milky white” variants) as well as Choke Artist Records. (Featuring red with black splatter) Pre-orders are available here, and on Thirsty Guys Bandcamp page.

Dying Scene is happy to give these guys (and gal: guest vocalist Liz Fackleman) the premiere treatment today with their brand new happy/sad, dance-y personal crisis song “Bad Chemistry”. It’s a “beacon of our wrecklessness”, Scala sings along a surf-y skank rhythm made all-the-better by an adventure-game-esque synth-laden bridge and Fackleman’s contributions. Stream “Bad Chemistry” below.



DS Exclusive: For The Record (ffo: Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish) premiere new EP, “The Mess They Call My 20’s”

Here’s a new one for all you happy dancers out there, filled with quirky tunes, and timeless scenarios, replete with an energy not uncommon to the genre (Third Wave) and stuffed to the brim with gooey brass goodness like a crispy cheese stick ready to burst hot lava all over the roof of your totally expecting but super impatient palate. It’s time to shake off those skankin’ boots and hit the dance floor with a little one-two one-two, and if you get knocked down, just skank on up again. That’s just the mess they call “life”.

Here’s a new dish from central Cali ska-punkers, For The Record, all about those coming-of-age years that I like to call “second puberty”. It can be a confusing time for a young rudey, with so many falling victim to the pizza plague third-wave ska resurgence of the 90’s. (Which of course led to the oft-not discussed pepperoni shortage of the early-’00s.) For The Record are a new era sextet of true believer practitioners attempting to keep the sounds fresh going into the 2020’s… and yeah, you’re seeing this clearly. That’s 3x the 20’s.

The Mess They Call My 20’s is due out tomorrow (7/19/19) on Manic Kat Records, but the band wanted to reach out and give all you Dying Scene homies a nod and a shake before then so you can go and tell all your friends about this super-cool, awesome-dope jam that you were in on a day early because you’re a super-cool-awesome spaz-matic uber-music-dweeb. (Like me.) The Mess They Call My 20’s is the band’s second EP in as many years and showcases “a melting pot of expression and enthusiasm developed over eight years and three promising records.” Fondu-bitably… I know, I know. I’m so cheezy.

Stream The Mess They Call My 20’s below.  



DS Exclusive: Filthy Hearts (ffo: Against Me!) stream new single, “Ambulatory”

 

Filthy Hearts out of Denver, CO have a jaw-dropping new banger of a track they are releasing with Dying Scene today. They are a group of rogue punk rock beer warriors featuring ex-members of The Larimers and The A-OKs who are looking to take over the world with the sounds of a bedside battle ax, and a dissenting sentiment or three. Since the band’s onset in 2016 with the release of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Inside) they’ve graced the ineffable stages of such DS favorites as The Lillingtons and Murderburgers, and caught the interest of Hidden Home Records who is putting out Filthy Hearts’ debut LP Beyond Repair this coming August 30th. No pre-orders available yet, but keep an eye out for packages dropping somewhere on the interwebs soon. (probably here) If you’re in Denver, then be shure and check out the pre-release party later this week on July 13 at The Moon Room, where a limited number of CD’s will be available for ONE TIME ONLY before the official release date.

And what’s this song that we are talking about anyway? But, of course! It’s called “Ambulatory”, and you can stream that track below.

From the band: “Ambulatory is about the struggle of becoming a better person. It’s about how you have to let things go and do things differently because it’s such a waste of time to be bitter and hateful. It’s about bettering yourself among people who may not want to change and so you have to let them go. I just don’t want to be bitter and mean my whole life and that’s something I have struggled with in the past.”



DS Exclusive: Diablogato (Rockabilly) stream new single, “Boston Blood, Memphis Heart”

Boston rockabilly outfit Diablogato just signed with State Line Records to release their sophomore album, Old Scratch, which is due out on August 23 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. They’ve joined with us at Dying Scene, today, to give all you lovely readers a quick sneak peak at the wholesome goodness that awaits with an Old Scratch order – details on that, they promise will be available soon. Until then we’ll just have to satiate our palates with the brand new song, “Boston Blood, Memphis Heart”, streaming exclusively below.

Here’s a great tune that’s just as much country and americana as rockabilly punk. It pulls at the heartstrings of those storied roads crisscrossing America with vibrant harp and big bodied tremelo, canonical click clacking of the upright bass in tangent with the euphonious howls of a grizzled punk rock lifer into a 50’s-style Unidyne microphone pressing the urgent necessity, “Johnny don’t you worry, Johnny don’t you fret. The road’s been paved with… hard work, blood and sweat. When I look into the future the darkness settles in, in a fight that lasts forever and a war that noone wins. So, get on up. Get on up. If you fall down, boy, you gotta’ get back up!”

“Boston Blood, Memphis Heart” is a warm-bodied singalong that goes well with train hoppin’, slinking around the bayou, or cruising off in you shiny white-walled rat rod for fans of Social Distortion, Kings of Nuthin‘ and The Living End. It was recorded at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, MA, and produced and engineered by Benny Grotto along with the rest of the album.

Old Scratch consists of seven hits including two covers in which Diablogato gets to show off their Boston heritage, and I think I’ll just leave the reader guessing on those two for awhile. Be sure and add this band to your radar as they are sure to play a show near you in the near future. Devil Cat’s on the prowl. Yikes!



DS Exclusive: Russian Girlfriends stream new single, “Pride Parade”

Albuquerque hardcore punk band, Russian Girlfriends have a new album on the way, In The Parlance of Our Times. That album can be expected to hit shelves on June 21 courtesy of A-F Records. This is Russian Girlfriends first release on A-F Records, and their first full-length since their self-released All Around debut (later repressed on Orange Whip and Gunner Records) which came out in 2015. Pre-orders for In The Parlance can be found here, and to celebrate they are rolling out gold and silver vinyl pressings in limited quantities for the first lucky custos, almost like a “new year new me” kind of thing… in the middle of summer.

Here’s an energy-laden teaser off that album for fans of Pears, Propagandhi, and a little bit of that old thyme rock and roll. The guitars get after it while lead singer Adam Hooks spreads a little positivity, “Love is love, man, let it grow,” this song is called “Pride Parade” and it’s coming at you first on the Dying Scene airwaves. Stream that track below. The record release show will take place in Albuquerque at Launchpad. So check THAT out if you’re in the area, and be sure and catch these homies at Fest this year in Gainesville, FL.



The Slaughterhouse Chorus premiere “Wellsville” off upcoming farewell album “…In The Name of Progress”

*whistles in americana*

The Slaughterhouse Chorus are an ameri-kinda punk band from Albany, New York who many Dying Scene readers have come to love and cherish over the years. They offer a slice of something different… a folkier side that showcases the roots of American rock and roll music with a punk rock (detre)mentality. The pace is snappy and upbeat, never lingering too long on the classisized roots stylings of dual guitarists Chris Jordan and Jay Bonafide albeit allaying due credence in thought out swampy blues signatures at times while at others laid out in freewheelin’ heartland cow punk vibra-tones. 

The bands new album …In The Name of Progress  is set for release on May 31 on  Built4BBQ Records, a co-operative label co-pioneered by members of The Slaughterhouse Chorus amongst other well-meaning musicians from the Empire State. Sadly, this will be the band’s final release, as they plan to part ways at the closing of this year. …In The Name of Progress is available for pre-order on vinyl and digital download here.

The Slaughterhouse Chorus has gifted us faithful fans with another early release, this time for the song “Wellsville” which is the final song on the upcoming EP and one which the band expects to represent the culmination of their time together and with their listeners in a grand finale. It is a song about “the American dream and the accompanying suburban nightmare. We’d have to assume it’s also the only rock ‘n’ roll song that references both Van Morrison and ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’. It’s the longest, heaviest, and somehow most exhausting thing we’ve ever done, and a song that we collectively feel is the best we’ve ever written and recorded. As the closing track on our last record it seems like a good high point to go out on.” And then, as they say, The Slaughterhouse Chorus will ride off into the sunset.

Check out the exclusive early stream for “Wellsville” below.



DS Exclusive: The Problem Addicts premiere upcoming “Bad Breaks” LP

Breaking: Florida band, The Problem Addicts descend upon America with their new LP, Bad Breaks. Yes, we are aware this is probably the least bizarre news story you’ll hear come out of Florida today… Fully.

Bad Breaks releases tomorrow on A Jam Records but The Problem Addicts have been mindful enough to think Dying Scene readers ought to get a little taste of it first. It’s “Lonely nights and bad breaks, hospitals and heart breaks,” and goes well, with Murderburgers, early Alkaline Trio, and No Use For A Name.

The band was previously reviewed at Dying Scene (here) by my colleague Daron and honestly, I don’t think I could have said it better myself. “Me like good much, too.” With dope ass album art by Brian Burkes, Bad Breaks was produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Goings at Killian Studios. Get a load of the new record below, and swing by the band’s bandcamp page to purchase your own digital album. 



DS Exclusive: Holly Would Surrender premiere new EP, “Wish You Were Bread”

German pop punk band Holly Would Surrender are “flipping the bird to conformity”. They’ve announced they are releasing a new EP via White Russian Records on May 26, titled Wish You Were Bread, and what do you know? Dying Scene has got it a few days early. The inspiration for this record came out of a unique place for the band. Lead singer Ole says, “We wanted to try something new this time. We were in a situation, where we on one hand, [we] had to stop as band or on the other hand, work on new material, and besides that, find new members to join.

In this process we decided to work with friends in other bands on our material to get a new focus and expand our sound and music. Every song got a name on it you probably know. Oshie Bichar (Beartooth, City Lights), Callum Amies (the bottom line), Andy Vossenberg (the 101s) and Chris Piquette (Trophy Wives) We really love how the EP turned out. It’s something new but it’s still us. The mixing part took place in the Wachusett studios by Michael Harmon, who we met on tour with Four Year Strong. The mastering was made by Jay Mass (Defeater, State Champs and many more..) We hope you like it as much as we do and will enjoy it!”

Holly Would Surrender is hitting the road for a few dates with Reel Big Fish this summer, so be sure and add them to your radar so you don’t miss out.  You can stream Wish You Were Bread below