I’m pleased to report that one of my long time favorite ska bands is back at it with new music. Sound Salvation, the first new material in nearly 20 years will be premiered at the “CINCO DE JACKO RECORD RELEASE FIESTA LOCO !!” … I seriously wish I could attend.
At Both Ends is a pop-punk ska band reminiscent of the big 90’s 3rd wave era. They come from Sacramento and “Wheel’s Out the Window”, released under Morning Wood Records! Is their second album.
Alright, let’s get into it. One word I would use to describe this album is dynamic, and my opinion changed several times as the album progressed. As a predominately hardcore and ska-core fan, I was pleasantly surprised by some elements in this work. From the great rumbling bass riff to a thrash-like breakdown, I found many things to enjoy. Don’t let me paint this as a heavy ska-punk album though. The majority of the riffs are built around a poppy electric (emphasis on electric) guitar that most of the time got on my nerves, as did the singing which I will get into soon.
I do have to say I am a big fan of the horns on this album. Although they aren’t in every song I found them fantastic and well linked with the guitar, but were also original and crisp similar to that of Streetlight Manifesto’s many hits. Overall I am a fan of the music except for the voice. The lyrics and singer definitely put a damper on my appreciation of the piece. Though the songs have themes of unconformity (“Your Way”) and freedom (“Freedom”), the lead singer Gene sounds similar to the tone you think of when someone says pop-punk and not in a good way. Not to mention cheesy lyrics and rhymes, I found the album at its best when there wasn’t any singing at all. However, if Reel Big Fish, Green Day, and Less Than Jake are your jams, I think you will enjoy this album. Personally if Gene could pull off a kind of Jason Navarro of The Suicide Machines this album would be twice as good.
Overall I would recommend the album due to an overall appreciation for creating something fresh in the ska scene that announces similar values to that of the masters. Although I critiqued the guitar heavily, it did have its moments as well as the rest of the instruments. About 2/3 of the songs I can see myself listening to again, leaving about 5 or so songs that were in my opinion mediocre due to a pop sound and vocals.
New Jersey based The Best of the Worst is back at it with a brand new EP. Painted Fools (available on 04/20/2017) offers up 7 new tracks of, well, ska, punk, and rock and roll.
From dreamy to screamy the band hits a wide range of sounds both across and within individual tracks. I’ll be honest here, I’m not at all familiar with this band, so I’m going to go out on a limb here with who their influences might be. I hear the subtle guiding hand of Bomb the Music Industry, Less Than Jake, Isaac Green and the Skalars, Lawrence Arms and, I don’t know, maybe some Tom Petty.
I am honestly a bit disappointed that I haven’t heard of them before, because I’m rather enjoying what I’m hearing. They’ve got track complexity, without being obtuse. The songs are well crafted with subtlety and nuance. Good takes. Good mix. There’s a link below. Go and buy a copy. Support local music, even if local is 1000s of miles away from where you really are.
We have the internet people! You can listen to sweet new music and then give a band some of your hard earned ducats so that they too can enjoy the sweet life of top shelf ramen on occasion.
PHILADELPHIA PUNK BAND NOW ON NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR
(Photo Credit Charles Wzresniewski)
Today marks the premiere of the video for “After the Party,” the title track from The Menzingers’ latest album. The Philadelphia punk band’s fifth full-length, After the Party was released last month to much critical acclaim.
Directed by Kyle Thrash, “After the Party” unfolds as a frenetic short film following a young couple through Dairy Queen parking lots, trashed apartments, house parties, motel rooms, pool halls, and rooftops. The video’s gritty yet romantic sensibility perfectly captures the spirit of the song—a bittersweet anthem that Menzingers singer/guitarist Greg Barnett has described as “mundane moments etched behind eyelids that culminate into meaningful realizations, and of course give way to the beautiful trifecta of Sex! Drugs! Rock n Roll!”
Watch the video for “After the Party” here:
Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party offers a raw yet nuanced look at getting older but not quite growing up. In a five-star review, Blurt praised the album as “one of the best punk records you’ll hear this year.” Also hailing After the Party as the band’s best album to date, Blurt noted that The Menzingers “have been progressively growing from their fiery, aggressive earlier years into something more reflective and introspective, while never compromising energy or attitude.”
AFTER THE PARTY TRACKLIST:
1. Tellin’ Lies
2. Thick as Thieves
4. Midwestern States
5. Charlie’s Army
6. House on Fire
7. Black Mass
8. Boy Blue
9. Bad Catholics
10. Your Wild Years
11. The Bars
12. After the Party
13. Livin’ Ain’t Easy
The Menzingers are currently on tour in support of After the Party, with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid opening up.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now.
THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES:
Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 24 Orlando, FL – The Social (Sold Out)
Mar 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Mar 26 Tampa, FL – The State Theatre
Mar 28 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mar 29 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (Sold Out)
Mar 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
Mar 31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Apr 01 Boston, MA – Royale (Sold Out)
Apr 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Descendents Everything Sucks Gets 20th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Reissue Out May 5th
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Descendents Everything Sucks. This remastered edition is a vinyl lover’s dream; pressed on 180 gram vinyl and including a 7” with 2 rare bonus songs. The packaging features deluxe embossed cover art featuring the beloved Milo cartoon. The deluxe vinyl will be available on May 5th and can be pre-ordered at: http://flyt.it/everythingsucks
This album marked a reunion for the band back in 1996 with the line- up that has remained solid ever since, featuring singer Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton. Everything Sucks features punk classics, “I’m The One” and “Everything Sux.” Descendents are touring throughout 2017 in support of 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate.
LP Track Listing:
Everything Sux – 1:30
I’m The One – 2:15
Coffee Mug – 0:34
Rotting Out – 1:57
Sick-O-Me – 1:45
Caught – 1:48
When I Get Old – 2:29
Doghouse – 1:47
She Loves Me – 2:33
10. Hateful Notebook – 2:24
11. We – 2:36
12. Eunuch Boy – 0:19
13. This Place – 1:17
14. I Won’t Let Me – 3:07
15. Thank You – 4:31
Bonus 7” Track listing: Side A
Lucky – 3:10
Shattered Milo – 2:58
DESCENDENTS TOUR DATES
4/6 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
4/21 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
4/22 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
5/3 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
5/6 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
7/21 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
7/22 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
8/4 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
8/5 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
8/24 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
8/27 Garden City, ID Revolution Center
9/7 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9/8 Toronto, ON Rebel
9/10 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
9/22 Houston, TX House of Blues
9/23 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/6 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/7 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
10/20 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
10/21 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/3 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
11/4 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
11/17 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11/18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
12/1 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
12/2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12/15 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
12/16 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Hi there. My name is Jerry. I’ll be your server today. Let me tell you about today’s special. Well, let’s see, it appears that we’re all out of everything except some, best I can tell, punkabilly dirt-rock, courtesy of Minneapolis’ own Speedbilly.
“Hold Our Beers and Watch This” is a gut stomping 4 song EP, loaded up with country twang, piss, and vinegar. The sounds is reminiscent of Zeke, Hank III, The Meatmen, and a bit of 1984 era Van Halen. The tracks extol the virtues of the 440 Magnum powered 1969 Dodge Charger, better known as The General Lee, What I can assume is a bad ass run at the tractor pull, and the dirty trick demolition derby maneuver known as the Malachi Crunch, among other things. (Not to be confused with “The Malachi Crunch” by NOFX)
The limited sampling of material is fun. I get the impression that these boys would put on a hella fine show, after a 12 pack, in a dirt patch, in the middle of the woods, from the back of a pickup truck.
Long out-of-print, this classic sophomore album by one of the greatest ska bands ever has been given the proper 20th anniversary treatment. This is a must-have for any Slackers fan, regardless of whether you own the original or not. Having been remastered for vinyl, and pressed on 180gram vinyl, “Redlight” has never sounded as good; and with a two-color foil stamped cover, exclusive art-print insert, and lyric sleeve, it’s never looked so good!
Originally released by Hellcat Records in 1997, this album truly solidified the Slackers’ iconic sound, blending ska, reggae, soul, jazz and dub, seamlessly, with the passion and integrity that the band has embodied for over 25 years.
1. Cooking For Tommy
2. Watch This
3. Married Girl
4. I Still Love You
6. Fried Chicken / Mary, MaryB Side
1. You Must Be Good
3. Tin Tin Deo
4. She Wants To Be Alone
5. Rude And Reckless
6. Come Back Baby
Bonus Digital Tracks:
1. When I Find A Place Where I Belong
2. Calypso Jazz (Iron Bar)
3. Come Back Baby (Glen Adams Mix)
THE SLACKERS’ TOUR DATES:
March 10 – Riverside, CA – Romanos
March 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Skankin Reggae Festival
March 12 – Oakland, CA – Skankin Reggae Festival
March 22 – New Smyrna, Fl – Beachside Tavern
March 23 – Jupiter Beach, FL – Guanabanas
March 24 – Miami, Fl – Churchills
March 25 – Orlando, Fl – Beacham
March 26 – Jacksonville, Fl – Jack Rabbits
March 31 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box
April 1 – Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
April 5 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
April 6 – London, ON – Rum Runners
April 8 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
April 9 – Syracuse, NY – Funk & Waffles
April 22 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
April 26 – Yuma, AZ – Alement
April 27 – Phoenix, Az – Crescent Ballroom
April 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
April 29 – El Paso, Tx – Rockhouse Bar
April 30 – Tuscon, Az – 181 Toole
May 2 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
May 19 – Montreal, QC – Pouzza Fest
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling
June 16 – Boston, MA – Boat Cruise
June 23 – New York, NY – Rocks Off Cruise
Deposit Man, a punk band based in Oulu, Finland has released the first single from their upcoming sophomore record. The track Bang a Cowboy premiered in digital format on 28.2.2017 along with a music video.
Bang a Cowboy shows off a lighter yet more versatile side to Deposit Man. “I wanted to compose a more romantic song then Lance named it Bang a Cowboy”, explains composer Elias Casanova.
Vocalist-Guitarist Lance Fono explains the idea behind the lyrics, “People these days stick religiously to their political sides, left or right and I wrote these lyrics to question what happens if you wanted to bang a gun toting cowboy, which side do you choose then?”.