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DS Exclusive: Stream New Tracks From Ground Score (Portland) and Cop/Out (NYC)

Portland’s Ground Score is an under the radar band that deserves at least a listen (if not a beer bong and a stage-dive). This is fast and fun skate punk with a darker edge and some serious songwriting to elevate it beyond you’re usual circle pit. You may even remember, their album Old Theories on Society garnered a not too shabby review from us here.

Well, the boys are back and this time they have a split with New York’s Cop/Out—an absurdly intense, positively destructive pop-punk band that plays Queer anthems that come from a place of raucous distortion and land-speed records. Seriously, this is some frenetic stuff. The split’s titled Hindsight 2020 and sounds pretty rockin’, if I do say so myself.

We’re proud to be streaming songs from both bands, sure to please fans of all that is fast, loud, and Epi-Fat—if you like what you hear, take to the streets and pre-order the damn thing. Split hits the streets 11/1. Go!

 

 



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.



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! 



DS Exclusive: Postage (ffo: Direct Hit, The Murderburgers) stream new track, “Mail Patterns”

Albany post-rockers Postage have a new EP releasing November 1 on Paper + Plastik Records, the title-of-which is Flexi 2. It’s the follow up to their debut Flexi EP, and if the exclusive single premiere they’ve just granted Dying Scene is any indication, then you can expect the EP to really deliver. Postage is a band that’s sealed and stamped for greatness. They’ve got the full package. Are you getting the message?  I hope so, because I am sincerely out of puns.

Pre-orders for Flexi 2 will go on sale October 7 here. In the meantime, please enjoy the new song “Mail Patterns” below. It’s a song that asks “What’s the point in negativity anyway?” Why should we be so angry with each other when we can all just not give a shit? That’s what fucking Krishna would say, and that’s what I’m kicking to you young warrior scenesters.

P.S. Peep the kitty in the mailbox. 



DS Exclusive: South Class Veterans (Oi) premiere “Squared Away” off upcoming “Hell to Pay” LP

This week has been stacked. Between playing catch-up on premieres and getting my 40 hrs on some remodel, I somehow managed to gain a local community radio DJs favor, who hooked me up with free Bad Religion tickets – then home for a late night writing session, before waking up early to get the kids to school and back off to work again. It almost slipped my mind that Municipal Waste was tonight. Those were $10 tickets son! I’d picked up a few but the couple friends I invited couldn’t make it… So I brought the kiddos, and the eldest (11) straight DOMINATED the pit, crowd-surfed, and only high-fived the lead singer. (or so he tells me… I can’t believe I missed it!) No biggie though. The point? It’s another late night, and tomorrow is another early morning, but then… it’s the WEEKEND! I don’t have to work. I’m not playing a show. I get to clean, and relax!!!!!!

And what better way to celebrate a long week (or month) then with some good oi music? Albeit, the song “Squared Away” isn’t about taking your boots off. It’s about putting them on.

Maybe it’s just me, but I love when a song starts on drums. The opening percussion solo/ tom roll is a definitive call-to-arms before perhaps the simplest but dare-I-say most epic of guitar techniques – a good ear splitting pickslide – chimes in to bring with it utter devastation to your copacetic equilibrium, and that’s just the first five seconds.

South Class Veterans are a five-piece skin head outfit out of New Jersey. They lay down thick, hefty East Coast street punk. Recently they’ve been picked up by Demons Run Amok Entertainment, and are set to release their debut full-length album Hell to Pay on October 25 to follow up their 2017 EP, Tall Cans and Shortcomings. Album pre-orders are available here. They’ve given Dying Scene the green light to premiere the first single off that album, “Squared Away” – a song about the eruption of violence at an infamous Dropkick Murphy’s/Oxymoron show in 1999 Teaneck, NJ.

“The night is young and the clubs packing. We’ve been at it for weeks, you can feel the tension. LET’S GO! We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!The booze is flowing and the music’s right, just need a little spark to set this place alight. LET’S GO!  We’re gonna end it at the show tonight!”

Stream “Squared Away” below



DS Exclusive: Crossed Keys (ex-members of Kid Dynamite, Good Riddance) premieres “Saviors” EP

Loud, fast, riff driven rock and roll is coming at you in the form of Crossed Keys new Saviors EP releasing October 4 on Hell Minded Records. Of course, we’ve got it at Dying Scene a full day early. Stream Crossed Keys – Saviors below.

Crossed Keys is a powerhouse five-piece comprised of Philadelphia scene veterans, and each member has a slew of parenthetical defunct bands following his name in the press kit. As well to boast, Kid Dynamite founding member and drummer for Good Riddance during the early-2000s era, Dave Wagunshutz is beating the skins. Far from being lost on the rest of us, that dedication to punk craft and expertise is brilliantly cultivated in the seven tracks that make up the Saviors EP where: “These walls are closing in, like virtue mixed with sin. I swear one day this shit is gonna kill me.”

From the band:

From the wistfulness of ‘Times of Grace’ recalling shared times in basements and firehalls to the frustration of inaction voiced in the title track, ‘Saviors’ is seven tales of gratefulness for all of those moments and people in our lives that led us to this point.

Previously, Crossed Keys has provided tri-state support for some rad ass bands such as H2O, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Lillingtons, Good Riddance, Shades Apart, and Strike Anywhere. With the release of Saviors which easily arraigns familiar personage amongst the all-time great albums that sometimes nag at us like unexpected creepers, I’d say the tri-state area is due to round up some support of their own, vis-a-vis. You know, A Flight and A Crash was like that – where I didn’t realize it was my favorite album until after I’d listened to it once a week for at least a couple of years or so.  Pre-orders for Saviors are available here, with blue swirl or black vinyl options and a record release pressing exclusively available at the release show Oct. 12 at Creep Records Store in Philadelphia. Cassettes are being released as well, with an added live-set bonus on side B.

Enjoy the premiere – and be sure and check if Crossed Keys will be swinging through your town sometime soon!



DS Exclusive: Forgotten Sons premiere “Angst and Apathy” EP

For fans of Reggie and The Full Effect, Forgotten Sons is a melodic pop-punk band out of Scotland recently signed to New York based Manic Kat Records. Manic Kat was attracted to the sound and general good American reception of the group’s self-released EPs and picked Forgotten Sons up for their third, Angst and Apathy, which releases October 4 officially, but for Dying Scene fans it just came a few days early. Stream Angst and Apathy below



DS Exclusive: Down By Law debut “Late Bloomer” from upcoming album, “Quick Hits: Live In Studio”

Happy Wednesday morning, gang! We’ve got some pretty cool new music to present you with today!

SoCal melodic punk vets Down By Law recently gathered together in-studio and cranked out updated renditions of more than a dozen tracks from their back catalog. The resulting product is a new album due out this Friday. Titled Quick Hits: Live In Studio, it’s a pretty representative snapshot of their three-decade-long career, and features  “No Equalizer,” “Bright Green Globe,” “Gruesome Gary,” “Boredom” and, of course, their killer cover of The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”

Quick Hits also features a previously-unreleased track called “Late Bloomer.” Here’s what Down By Law guitarist Sam Williams had to say about the track: “An otherwise unreleased tune that we put together. I remember back in the day there was a song on Live At Budokan by Cheap Trick that included a song that was nearly impossible to find a studio version of. I thought that was pretty cool to have a ‘live only’ song.” 

For the very first time anywhere, you can check out “Late Bloomer” below!

Quick Hits is out October 4th on Kung Fu Records. Pre-orders are still available here!



DS Exclusive: Loud Love premiere debut self-titled EP

Here’s new music exclusively from Dying Scene. Loud Love is the newest band to be picked up by White Russian Records to release their debut EP, Angels Maintenance. It’s due out Friday, but we’ve got it for you lucky scenesters a few days early. Stream Angel’s Maintenance below.



Tightwire (punk) premiere video for new song “AYL” off upcoming Red Scare comp

Are you listening?  Minneapolis pop-punk act Tightwire wants to know in their brand new track “AYL” which we’re stoked to premiere in the form of a music video for you loyal readers. Check it out along with the band’s upcoming tour dates with Masked Intruder below.

Here’s a quote from the band about the track that I couldn’t be more on the same page with:

I was sitting at my neighborhood bar yelling, “Are you listening?!” at some friends. They weren’t, so I wrote a song that has nothing to do with that situation. It speaks more on my frustration with people being unable to properly communicate with each other. Just because you don’t see eye to eye with someone doesn’t make them a bad person. Stop being a judge-y prick. Listen to each other, try to understand, and move forward from there. At the end of the day we’re all going to die, so fuck it, be pleasant to each other. Or don’t. I don’t really give a shit.

“AYL” is just one of many previously-unreleased songs to appear on “Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers,” a compilation celebrating the label’s 15th anniversary. This is the first new music from Tightwire since 2018’s debut album “Six Feet Deep.”

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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.