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Short/Fast/Loud: Dollar Signs – “This Will Haunt Me”

Here at Dying Scene, we’ve been talking a lot behind the scenes about how to maximize our content—not only covering more, but covering better. We’ll be making some changes to our output in the coming months, and the end goal will be to provide our writers with more opportunities to write in-depth reviews, editorials, and interviews. Part of this is adapting our review format—there is simply too much out there to cover and full-length reviews just aren’t time effective. That doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of longform reviews (we’d rather die), only that when we do them, we’ll be investing more in them and treating them as we would a feature. For the rest, we want to cover the multitude of bands that are working hard out there but might get squashed under the great wheel of the album submissions game. Short-form reviews—as short and loud as punk itself—will be a way for us to cover more while still providing honest, dependable feedback. Let us know what you think of the new format, we plan to roll out capsule reviews as they accumulate from here on out.

Dollar Signs have been flying under the radar for a couple years now, poised for something bigger. This Will Haunt Me may very well be that something bigger. The Charlotte quintet pride themselves on their tongue-in-cheek sad sack anthems that straddle the lines of hardcore, pop punk, and folk punk. They drive forward with a garagey energy that brings to mind the likes of Jeff Rosenstock (who singer Erik Button is a vocal dead ringer for), while being self-deprecating, young, and painfully open. This Will Haunt Me continues the grand tradition of punk rock as talk therapy, and Dollar Signs work through their shit with talent to spare.

Check out: “Cryhard,” “Tears/ Beer/ Fears”



Introducing Chicago Pop-Punk Act: Tougher Than You Thought

I’m going to admit it, I miss Myspace. A whacky time for youthful exploration of the important stuff; cool bands, HTML code, and those weird bulletins that would kill you if you didn’t re-post them in 30 minutes. Listening to Tougher Than You Thought, feels a lot like this. They sprinkle in a little twenty-something heartache with a sound all their own. Their debut EP Check, Please has had me in my feels since the first time I heard it.

Their song “Open Book “ is the culmination of dope guitar riffs, catchy drumbeats, and lyrics that I would have probably used for a picture caption or two. Not to mention, the band members themselves have an extremely awesome back-story, according to their facebook “2 members of the band have parents who won the immigration lottery (1 in 900,000 odds) in their home countries”. This band is dynamic and worth a listen, check them out below. &Hearts;



Millencolin release new album “SOS”

Legendary skate punkers Millencolin have released their new album. SOS is out now on Epitaph and is the follow up to 2015’s True Brew. Various physical options are up for purchase now.

Have a listen to the album – and see upcoming US and Canadian dates – below.



Dave Hause streams “The Ditch” ahead of new album “Kick”

Dave Hause is streaming new track “The Ditch”. The song is from his upcoming Rise Records album Kick, which is released April 12th. The album is the follow up to 2017’s Bury Me In Philly.

Pre-orders are up now. Have a listen below.



Tom May (The Menzingers) has Toby from Red Scare as guest on his podcast

Tom May, co-vocalist and guitarist of The Menzingers, has a podcast called Future Friday and his latest guest is founder of Red Scare Toby Jeg.

The two discuss Fest, touring Australia, contraband, discovering punk, and more. Have a listen over on the podcast website.



Just Friends sign to Pure Noise for the re-release of their “Nothing But Love” LP

California-based ska-punk group Just Friends have signed a deal with Pure Noise to re-release last year’s Nothing But Love album. The album is out March 15th, with pre-orders up now.

To mark the announcement, the band have released a video for “Supersonic”. Have a watch below.



Skate Jam 6 Announces Set Times

Nothing goes better with skateboarding than punk music and the fine folks of Reno get the best of both worlds next weekend at the sixth annual Skate Jam! This all day, all ages event (sponsored by Wheel House and Suffix Skateboarding) not only features an awesome skate competition and a fantastic line up of punk bands but there’s also food trucks, open skate ramps and prizes! If you’re in the area, you definitely don’t want to miss this one! Admission is only $15 and tickets can be picked up at Jub Jub’s or over at Recycled Records. Set times and more below!



Fringe Media stream new promo for Dallas punk-u-mentary “Everything is A-OK”

From the guys that brought you Pot Zombies, Fringe Media (Dallas TX) has released a new promo for their Dallas, TX punk documentary, “Everything is A-OK”, covering everything from the 70’s to the early 2000’s. There’s still no word on a release date yet, but for now you can enjoy this little snippet below. Cheers!



Alexisonfire return with “Familiar Drugs”

Alexisonfire have returned with their first new music in nine years. The band have been teasing an announcement for the last week or so, and this morning their new single “Familiar Drugs” has been made available on streaming services.

Spotify users can check out the track using the player below.



Potty Mouth (Indie/Punk) release music video for “Starry Eyes”

Punk trio Potty Mouth have released a music video for “Starry Eyes”, the second single off of their second album “SNAFU”. The track is an anti-love song ready for Valentines day, and comes ahead of the album release on March 1, 2019 via Get Better Records.

Check out the track using the player below, and pre-order “SNAFU” now over this way



Poison Alley (Skate Punk, Hungary) stream “Priests & Politicians”

Hungarian skate punks Poison Alley are streaming a new song called “Priests & Politicians” on Bandcamp. 

It’s taken from a forthcoming full length album, and you can. check it out using the player below.



Qualia and the Five Ancestors of the Great Maryland Kingdom (Skate Punk, Athens) stream new album ahead of release

Qualia and the Five Ancestors of the Great Maryland Kingdom not only have a brilliant name, they also play the fastest skate punk in Greece. They release their new album ‘Qualia over Quantia’ tomorrow, and are streaming the whole thing on Bandcamp ahead of release. Stream the record using the player below.



La Dispute release “Rhodonite and Grief” from forthcoming new album

Epitaph Records’ experimental punk outfit La Dispute have released a new song from their forthcoming album “Panorama”. The album is available March 22nd, and is available to pre-order at https://www.ladispute.org/.

Check out the song using the player below.



Dan Vapid and the Cheats release new song “The Time We Get”

Dan Vapid and The Cheats have released  a new song from their forthcoming album “Three”. “The Time We Get” was originally premiered through Jaded In Chicago, and can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.



Bankrupt (Punk Rock, Hungary) release video for “Green Light, Blue Lambo”

Hungary’s Bankrupt (FFO Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder and Mean Jeans) have released a music video for their song “Green Light, Blue Lambo”.
The track, which was recently released, is also available on Bandcamp and Spotify and follows their “welcome to 2019” track “Happy New Year”. Check out the video using the player below.