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Kyle Trocolla,, of Kyle Trocolla And The Strangers talks about his new album The Moon USA

Let it be known I am a big fan of Kyle Trocolla’s work, I have every Two Fisted Law album and have seen TFL at least 8 times, when he came out with his solo album The Stranger in 2016 I thought it was one of the finest acoustic albums I have ever heard and this week I was totally stoked to catch up with him and chat about his most recent album The Moon USA recorded with his new band The Strangers here’s what he had to say;

DS: Please Kyle tell us a little about the creation of your latest album The Moon USA

Kyle: The Moon USA was kind of a natural evolution from my solo record “The Stranger”
After touring pretty relentlessly for two and a half years on my own I really wanted to play with a full band again. Even when I was writing the songs that eventually became “The Stranger” I was writing them for a full band. Kyle Trocolla and The Strangers came together to give the songs a try the way I always imagined them. The new record is the first that I’ve written with Jeremy Zombii who I’ve been touring with for about two years. Learning to write with someone new is always an interesting process. We wanted the record to have a different sound than Two Fisted Law but to have the same from the heart feel of the Stranger. We wanted a big sound that was on the more rock n roll side of punk rock.

DS: How would you compare it to your previous solo work and your long career with Two Fisted Law?

Kyle: We have a really hard time putting it into just the right corner of the record store when asked questions like this. The record is still rooted in punk rock similar to that of Two Fisted Law, but we aren’t sure it’s really a punk rock record. Lyrically I feel it pulls pretty universal themes from very personal places for me, similar to my solo work. Everything I write will always be influenced by everything I learned from my time in TFL but I think this record is something different.

DS: Tell us a little bit about fan reaction to the new album, and if you like has there been any feedback from your Two Fisted Law fans and solo album fans?

Kyle: Some Two Fisted Law fans see me as doing something cliché, from a Hard Times article: “Punk rock Journeyman puts out solo acoustic record, then starts your name and the So and So’s band”. Which in all honesty I am totally doing. Fans of TFL who really listen to it have loved it. Fans of the solo record can now hear some of those songs the way I imagined them when I wrote them and have said they enjoy them in a completely different way. What I hope is that fans of both hear what they loved about the old stuff and find something new to love about this record, because I think it’s different from anything I’ve done before.

DS: Tell us a little about your recent cross country tour.

Kyle: We hit the road for about 15 days in July. We were in 14 different cities from Pittsburgh to Denver. Being on the road is what all of us live for really, new people in new cities, old friends in the places we have been before. This tour was a little of both. We were on the road with our friends in Zombii who have a new record coming out this fall. While our music is definitely rooted in punk rock we think that it fits with lots of different genres and certainly played with tons of different bands on this tour from metal bands, to folk to some really fun weird bands that don’t fit any genre. Our tours are still very DIY and that means we get to meet great people who let us sleep on their couches and also means a lot of overnight parking lots. One of the things that still amazes us is that in this big country of ours the music scene still feels very small and tight knit from coast to coast. We lost a couple shows along the way and through friends we have met on the road on previous tours we didn’t miss a day and every show was great.

DS: Anything you’d like to share like tours or projects coming up in the next few months or the new year?

Kyle: We are planning an East Coast tour right now for late fall early winter, sometimes you just gotta run away from New England winters. Right now we are really focused on sharing these new songs with as many people as we can. We are really proud of the songs and the record and as a relatively new band we just want to introduce ourselves and meet as many new people as we can.



The Offspring back in the studio

The Offspring have been in the studio on and off for the last five years working on a new album with producer Bob Rock. This time, the band (who had just finished touring North America with 311) posted a picture from the studio via Facebook, with the caption reading, “Back to work.”

Whether or not this update means they are still working on the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By remains to be seen. Guitarist Noodles recently stated that they might release two albums next year.



Shook Ones announce new album, stream new song

Seattle based punk act Shook Ones have announced they will be releasing their new album, Body Feel, on October 19th via Revelation Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the new album, the band is streaming a new song called “Night Blind.” You can give that a listen below.

Shook Ones last released a split EP with Norwegian melodic hardcore act Death Is Not Glamourous in 2013 via Run For Cover Records.



Kid You Not announce new album, stream first single

Florida pop-punks Kid You Not have announced they will be releasing their new album, Home Again, on October 18th via Deep Elm Records, with the vinyl release being handled by Bypolar Records.

To give you an idea of what to expect from the album, the band is streaming the first single “Only Posers Die.”  You can give that a listen below.

Kid You Not last released Never A Dull Movement in September 2017.



Lost From The Start (Pop-Punk, Belgium) release music video for “Off The Hook”

Belgian pop-punk act Lost From The Start have released a video for their new song “Off The Hook.”

You can check it out below.

“Off The Hook” comes from the bands’ upcoming debut album Few And Far Between, which is set to be released on September 29th via Bearded Punk Records.



Single Mothers stream new album “Through A Wall”

London, Ontario punks Single Mothers are streaming their new album, Through A Wall, which was released on September 5th via Big Scary Monsters and Dine Alone Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Single Mothers last released Our Pleasure in 2017.



Riverside Odds R.W. Hellborn Talks Speed Punk and their Roots

I first saw Riverside Odds in March of 2018 opening up for The Split Seconds at little punk venue called Connie’s Ric Rac in Philadelphia and they tore the stage apart with their fast aggressive sound that they have dubbed Speed-Punk Rock & Roll, which they deliver fast hard and without mercy to their adoring fans.

Here are a few words I was recently able to share with front man R.W.Hellborn

DS: Your name really is RW Hellborn ?

RW: Well that’s what I’ve been telling people and they seem to be buying it.

DS: Is the bands name Riverside Odds ot The Riverside Odds? I’ve seen it both ways?

RW: We did call ourselves The Riverside Odds once or twice but dropped the “The” cause honestly it just looks better.

DS: And you call your sound Speed-Punk Rock & Roll right?

RW: Damn right we do! I don’t remember when we actually came up with that title, but there was whiskey involved definitely. We’re not really a punk band, but punk fans love us. We’re not really a “rock n roll” band but rock n rollers dig us too. Put us on a bill full of hardcore bands or metal bands and we’ll walk away with new fans that night too, so that title not only speaks to what it is that we do but the fact that we can more than hang with em all.

DS: Cool, tell me a little bit about your band, how you met and your sound.

RW: Timo and I formed the band in January of 2013. He and I were in a band previously which ended around thanksgiving the previous year and he and I wanted to keep things going, so we hooked up with Matty on guitar, and another friend of ours, Tommy on drums. was also in a different band with both of them years earlier. Tommy unfortunately didn’t work out so after auditioning a number of drummers we finally got hooked up with Darren and it just clicked. We played as a 4 piece for about a year and eventually picked up Dan as lead guitarist around spring of 2014.
Coincidentally, Darren and Dan were also in a band together years previous as well, so every member of this band has been in another band with at least one other member. As far as our sound goes, well we just play the way we wanna play… we’re always gonna veer towards the “fast and loud” side of rock-n-roll but we’ll mix it up when it feels right and we’ll let our fans decide how they wanna describe the sound. We’ve had people tell us we remind them of bands like Black Flag, Municipal Waste and Motörhead, and I’m not gonna try and correct them on those compliments.

DS: Tell us a little about being a punk rock & roll band from Philadelphia and about your local scene.

RW: The ‘scene’ is really more of a ‘community’, honestly. It doesn’t matter what genre you’re in here, because when you’re part of this community everyone will help each other out and will supporting each other’s shows and promotions regardless of genres… There’s so many great bands in Philly right now, I could fill a whole other article just listing them out and why they’re awesome… and I have to say we’re lucky to have played with a lot of them and friends with even more.

DS: Tell us a little about your last album “Let The Mayhem Begin”

RW: Well… as the name implies, from the second you hit play, it’s gonna be a wild ride. The songs have a variety of topics, some serious, like “Pissing in the Gene Pool” which is about the insane level of frustration living in a society seemingly so advanced yet still can’t get past the idiocy of racism, sexism and bigotry… but then others are just for fun, like “Camel Clutch” which is (obviously) about the legendary Iron Sheik. It’s definitely an aggressive album to start out with, but we wanted to hit the ground running, firing on all cylinders. Imagine the Kool-Aid man busting through your speakers, except the Kool-Aid man is actually John Rambo and instead of guns blazing he’s chucking Motörhead, Zeke and Dwarves records at your head. Everything for that album was done at Sweet Creek Studios in Ottsville, PA at the beginning of 2015 and we released it later that year during The Liberty Music Fest, which is an annual music festival created by our friends Jim & Vince from DVT, in August of that year.

DS: Tell us about the album you are working on for spring of 2019, is there a title yet? I have been told you will be working with Eddie from The Super Suckers…are there any details you can share?

RW: We had a title we were bouncing around for a while but after a while it just didn’t seem to fit, so we’re going to give it time and finish writing the record first and figure out the name after. When we were writing the songs for the first album, Dan wasn’t in the band yet, so all of those songs were written by Timo and Matty. Dan literally came into the band while we were recording ‘Mayhem’ so we threw him directly to the wolves by making him go right into the studio and write leads for all of them.
After that, Dan started writing stuff for the band immediately so some of the songs, like Dominos, we’ve had since before ‘Mayhem’ was even released. Everyone in the band has had more input into all the songs on this record. There’s songs that Timo wrote, some that Dan wrote, some that Matty wrote and at least one or two that I wrote as well. It’s gonna be great to finally see some of these reach their full potential on the album cause there’s a few we’ve been playing live for 3 years already.

And I’ve been fortunate to have built a good relationship with Eddie and the Supersuckers over the years so we pitched him the idea of producing the record and he was completely down with it. He did warn us that he would be putting us to some hard work, and that the only way this will work is to check all our egos at the door. This record isn’t going to be about us. It’s only about the record.

DS: Thank you so much for sharing RW

RW: No thank you for the interest Kelly

 

 



Aspiga stream new album “Dragged Through The Years”

New Jersey indie/punk trio Aspiga are streaming their new album, Dragged Through The Years, which was released on September 7th via A-F Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Aspiga last released What Happened To You? in 2014.



Captain Trips streaming “Chances” off upcoming album “Stand By”

U.K. based skate-punks Captain Trips are streaming the song “Chances” off of their upcoming album Stand By. The new song will instantly have you salivating for more, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait another couple of weeks to be spoiled. The album is set to be released October 5th, so mark your calendar.

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new release for Captain Trips since the 2016 release of their Self Titled EP. If you’re a fan of Bad Religion these guys remind me a lot of the True North era of Bad Religion, so go give them a listen.



Pity Party (emo) announce North American tour

Oakland based emo act Pity Party has announced a full North American tour. The fifty-six stop tour begins in San José October 5th, winds its way up to the great white North, before concluding December 1st in the band’s home town of Oakland.

You can check out the full list of dates on the poster above and check out their latest release below.

Pity Party released the EP Are You Happy Yet? earlier this summer. These guys put on a killer show, so be sure to catch them if they make a stop near you.



Hopeless Records and Sub City streaming benefit album “Songs That Saved My Life”

Hopeless Records and their non-profit partners Sub City are streaming the début track from their amazing project Songs That Saved My Life. Neck Deep offers up a pretty wicked cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s hit, Torn. The full album will be released November 9th and features bands like Taking Back Sunday, Against Me! and the aforementioned Neck Deep.

You can check out the video for Neck Deep’s cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia below.

The benefit album features bands covering songs that you guessed it saved their lives. The proceeds from the project will go towards: Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms. You can graciously donate your money to a great cause and pre-order your album here. 



The Blankz release video for “I’m A Gun!”

Phoenix based indie-punks The Blankz recently released a lyric video for their track “I’m A Gun”. The song is the title track off The Blankz new E.P. If you watch MTV (they still play music?) you can catch the new video for “I’m A Gun!” regularly on the indie playlist. These guys draw from the amazingly pleasant sounds of early punk pioneers like The Ramones and the legendary indie sound of Devo.

Check out the new video below.

The Blankz have been busy over the last year or so. Having formed in 2017 they have been steadily releasing material ever since, with their 7″ White Baby being released earlier this summer.



New Music: Smoking Popes debut “When You Want Something” from upcoming album “Into The Agony”

Chicago pop-punk veterans Smoking Popes are now officially streaming another new track from their upcoming album, Into the Agony. It’s called “When You Want Something,” and you can check it out here.

Into The Agony is set for release on October 12 via Asian Man Records. Pre-order it right here.

Into the Agony will be the band’s first studio LP since 2011’s This Is Only a Test, and their first with the original “Three Caterers and a Felumlee” line-up since 1998’s The Party’s Over.



30 Miles release video for ‘The Forest’

Italian melodic hardcore/skate-punk act 30 Miles will be releasing “Short Tales For Braves” via Disconnect Disconnect Records on September 27th. Ahead of that, the band have released a video for a track from it, “The Forest”. 

You can have a watch below. Album pre-orders are up now.



Hub City Stompers release video for “Night Of The Living”

Hub City Stompers have released a video “Night Of The Living”, which premiered on the YouTube channel Blank TV. The track is taken from their recent album Haters Dozen, which came out back in April.

Have a watch below.