We Know John – A Shot In The Dark

I’m listening to a Pop Punk band based in the South of England called ‘We Know John‘ They’ve just completed their first album ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and it’s due for release on January 4th.

This brand sparkin’ new album serves up 11 tracks of peppy, upbeat, often horn-fueled pop punk. It reminds me of things. These things, as the often do, escape me. The one influence that keeps surfacing is, especially with the horns, Less Than Jake. There are worse things to be reminded of.

Some of the structure reminds me of an parallel universe Alkaline Trio, where everyone is a bit more happy. In an overarching sense, the band seems like a “happy” band. They would probably be cool to hang with.

The entire album isn’t up-note, however. The album takes a bit of a plunge into sadder territory as track 5, “Not OK” begins. So, um, you know, diversity! Anywho, it’s good stuff. Listen to it. Feel the joy that can only be derived from pop punk or from drugs.

Unrelated, but when I think of the band’s name, in my head, it comes out like the scene between Ed and Shaun in Shaun of the Dead, when Ed says, “I’m sorry, Shaun” … so um, “We know, John.”

Cheers!
Jerry Actually

Bio:

We Know John are a 7 piece pop punk band hailing from Southampton UK; playing powerful and energetic music that will make you want to jump and bounce along. Their guitars, bass and drums provide the driving force that will lure you in, whilst their catchy melodies and punchy horn lines get stuck in your head until you are hooked.

Formed In May 2013, We Know John have had a slow start to life. With a few local gigs and a lot of practising behind them, the band are ready kick on and make 2018 a great year to remember.

Vocals, Trombone / Sam Weller
Vocals, Trumpet / Toby Brimson
Bass / Sam Rees
Guitar, Sass / Ben Peckham
Guitar / Ben Harker
Drums / John Townend
Saxophone / Rory SomethingOrOther

The Amalgamated – Premium Quality


San Diego’s own trad-ska combo The Amalgamated are back with some Premium Quality recordings. Putting their soulful reggae ska spin on some legendary tracks. Step lively now and give it a whirl.

If you aren’t familiar with the band, here’s a bit of their bio:

The Amalgamated are a traditional ska/jazz band, influenced very much by early SKA styles, old reggae tunes, great jazz standards and soulful ballads in the vain of the late 60’s. A 10-member ensemble that includes vocals, two guitars, stand-up bass, dual saxophones, trumpets, trombone, keys and percussion.

About the album:

This is a tribute to the artists that influence and inspire the band. These crowd pleasing tunes done in the style of Traditional Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae will have you dancing all night long. Recorded in 2013 at After hours Studio Ramona, CA

The new album boasts covers as diverse as All of Me, Crazy, and Twistin’ the Night Away, all performed with The Amalgamated’s signature swagger. It’s a covers album, sure, but it’s the bands take on songs that influenced and inspire them.

Above all, it’s fun album. Get some.

Tracks:
01 – My Little Suede Shoes
02 – All of Me
03 – Crazy
04 – I Love Paris
05 – Run Down
06 – A Love I Can Feel
07 – Black Orpheus
08 – That’ll Do Nicely
09 – Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
10 – Twistin’ the Night Away
11 – La Cumparsita

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds – Keep Walkin’ Pal

The new Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds album exists. It sounds like Joe Cocker and Bruce Springsteen had a baby with a Casio.

Here is a picture of the album cover.

It’s got a weird 80s Kristofferson meets Miami Vice rambling feel too it.

The album contains songs.

Here is another picture.

I think it’s a country album.

 

Here is some information:

Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds – 2018 Tour Dates:

10/28 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

12/1 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

12/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (with Sincere Engineer)

12/7 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE (with Sincere Engineer)

12/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds (with Sincere Engineer

1/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (with Sincere Engineer)

1/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident

1/19 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar

KEEP WALKIN’ PAL track listing:

01. Keep Walkin’ Pal

02. Shitty Margarita

03. Huggz

04. The Lies

05. Black Cat Boy

06. Up In Them Guts

07. Boardin’ USA!

08. The Ballad of Buffalo Bill

09. Bottle and Tray

10. I’m The Man

SICK OF IT ALL TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, WAKE THE SLEEPING DRAGON! VIA FAT WRECK CHORDS & CENTURY MEDIA ON NOVEMBER 2

FIRST SINGLE, “INNER VISION,” NOW STREAMING 

“It’s a blasting, screamer of a song in the vein of early Discharge or Exploited” – Consequence of Sound

 

Fat Wreck Chords is thrilled to welcome SICK OF IT ALL back to the FAT family! On November 2nd, we’ll join forces with Century Media to release their latest opus, Wake The Sleeping Dragon! We could not be more excited to be handling the CD and LP in the US, as well as the vinyl in Canada. SOIA once again teamed up with producer Jerry Farley (Lamb of God/Every Time I Die) and came out with an absolute banger. If you missed the premiere of the lead single, “Inner Vision,” Consequence of Sound has you covered. Then, once you’ve had a chance to catch your breath, pre-order your copy! Check out what SOIA had to say about returning to FAT, below:

Having a long history with both Century Media and Fat Wreck Chords, and knowing how much they care about us and the music we make, we are psyched about this joint effort! Both labels have been friends and champions of SOIA, on their roster or not.


Photo credit: Joerg Baumgarten

New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL aren’t slowing down with age, the long-standing quartet are still pissed off, and the genre stalwarts still see many years ahead. SICK OF IT ALL remain a beacon of continuity, integrity, and resolve. That’s good news for SICK OF IT ALL fans and the hardcore scene. Since forming in 1986, SICK OF IT ALL have traveled the world many times over, played in front of hundreds of thousands, and released 11 acclaimed full-length albums, the latest of which is the riotous if anthemic Wake the Sleeping Dragon!. That SICK OF IT ALL continue to live by the standards in their original charter isn’t a matter of course, it’s part of their respective DNA. Hardcore is SICK OF IT ALL. “We’re a band that thrives from frustration,” says drummer Armand Majidi. “Aging seems to work well with our message, as opposed to a good-time band who sings about partying all night. There are so many horrible aspects of the world that become more obvious to us year after year, which we didn’t see or understand before, which fuel our frustration every day. We’ve lived long enough now to see through the matrix, and thank goodness we have this band, so we can vent about it.”

And SICK OF IT ALL will voice, express, and declare their anger. As with pivotal albums Blood, Sweat and No Tears (1989), Scratch the Surface (1994), and The Last Act of Defiance (2014), the New Yorkers aren’t afraid to cut the crap on Wake the Sleeping Dragon!. Written and arranged with friend and producer The Jerry Farley (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die)—a first—opener “Inner Vision,” “Robert Moses Was A Racist,” “Hardcore Horseshoe,” and “The Snake (Break Free)” retain SICK OF IT ALL’s signature sound but add melody, heaviness, and speed to the equation. Guest vocals by Tim McIlrath and Chuck Ragan add a new dynamic as well. Across Wake the Sleeping Dragon!’s 17 songs, SICK OF IT ALL have an album that observes tradition but has its eye on the future. “We didn’t shy away from stronger melodies on this album,” Majidi says. “So, there are some strikingly musical moments. Basically, we chose not to limit ourselves. The songs stand apart from each other by representing many different musical styles that have influenced us.”

On Wake the Sleeping Dragon!, SICK OF IT ALL opted to change up the lyrical approach. While daily frustrations, political idiocy, war, power imbalances, and general inequality have long fueled SICK OF IT ALL’s no-bullshit lyrics—the album title Wake the Sleeping Dragon! refers to a protest mechanism—today they’re focusing on the bigger picture while also injecting a bit of levity into the songs. “On this record, we had a more open, communal, tongue-in-cheek approach to lyric writing,” says Majidi. “So many different topics were covered, some way more lighthearted than others. We’ve done ‘serious’ so often, that what might stand out most to people is how much fun we had with the lyrics. It’s always time for revolution, so that message is loud and clear on multiple songs, but we also sing about musical heroes like the Bad Brains (‘That Crazy White Boy Shit’), inner demons (‘The Snake (Break Free.)’), our distaste of animal abuse (‘Bull’s Anthem’), annoying narcissism on social media, friends we’ve lost, life on the road, impending wars for resources, as well as mosh pit patterns that can be linked to male pattern baldness. We’ve allowed ourselves greater lyrical freedom on this record for sure!”

For the cover, SICK OF IT ALL wanted it to tie directly into the lyrics. Designed by Ernie Parada from Hellgate Industries but inspired by Lou Koller and Parada’s ‘50s era monster movie poster idea, the cover to Wake the Sleeping Dragon! is striking in its use of yellows, oranges, reds, and black. That it also brings in SICK OF IT ALL’s Alleyway Dragon mascot captures not just the mind but part of the band’s history as well. “Lou and Ernie came up with the idea of doing monster-movie styled art as the cover,” Majidi says. “The dragon climbing the Empire State was a concept I always wanted to see brought to life, so the two ideas were destined to come together this way.  I love the fact that although it’s the same artist, there’s no obvious aspect linking Ernie’s style from his first cover (2010’s Based On A True Story) to this one.”

Wake the Sleeping Dragon! was put to proverbial tape by The Jerry Farley at Nova Studios in Staten Island, New York over two weeks and a half, while Danish producer Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted) mixed and mastered SICK OF IT ALL’s latest rager at Antfarm Studios in Aabyhøj, Denmark. What helped the process run smoothly was Farley’s early involvement, the two five-day pre-production sessions, and the ability to record as SICK OF IT ALL progressed with the songwriting. “The Jerry Farley also became a very important part of the creation of this album,” Majidi says. “This is the first time we’ve ever had a producer involved from start to finish, including the songwriting process. His objective viewpoints helped settle a lot of little issues that could have easily become stumbling blocks, and the songs themselves ended up benefitting from them. SICK OF IT ALL and Tue Madsen have maintained a long-lasting relationship based on understanding, friendship, and most importantly, good results—three factors any band would be very happy with.”

As for SICK OF IT ALL’s next steps, the picture is clear. Majidi and team are looking for a warm reception to Wake the Sleeping Dragon! and more rounds of tours around the globe. The sleeping dragon is awakening! And SICK OF IT ALL want you to join the rebellion!

Wake the Sleeping Dragon tracklisting:
1.    Inner Vision                              01:54
2.    That Crazy White Boy Shit     02:05
3.    The Snake (Break Free)          01:57
4.    Bull’s Anthem                           02:02
5.    Robert Moses Was A Racist    01:28
6.    Self Important Shithead          00:58
7.    To The Wolves                         01:39
8.    Always With Us                        02:26
9.    Wake The Sleeping Dragon     02:02
10.  2+2                                            01:49
11.  Beef Between Vegans             02:12
12.  Hardcore Horseshoe                01:52
13.  Mental Furlough                       02:16
14.  Deep State                               01:53
15.  Bad Hombres                           02:01
16.  Work The System                    01:46
17.  The New Slavery                     02:38
SICK OF IT ALL online:
www.sickofitall.com
www.facebook.com/sickofitallny
www.instagram.com/sickofitallnyc
twitter.com/SOIANYC

Night Birds – 2018 Tour Dates

09/27/18 Denver, CO at 7th Circle Music Collective
09/28/18 Minneapolis, MN at MortimersBar
09/29/18 Chicago, IL at Cobra Lounge
10/19/18 Brooklyn, NY at Market Hotel w/ Spiritual Cramp, Radioactivity
10/20/18 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar w/ Radioactivity
10/24/18 Ybor City, FL at PRE-FEST
10/26/18 Gainesville, FL at THE FEST 17
11/09/18 Asbury Park, NJ at Asbury Park Brewery w/ Dark Thoughts
11/10/18 Asbury Park, NJ at Asbury Park Brewery w/ Conmen
11/23/18 Philadelphia, PA at Everybody Hits
12/05/18 Los Angeles, CA at Zebulon
12/06/18 Albany, CA at Ivy Room
12/07/18 Portland, OR at Tonic Lounge
12/08/18 Vancouver, BC Canada at SBC Restaurant
12/15/18 Allston, MA at Great Scott w/ Dark Thoughts

Pope Paul & the Illegals – Start Gettin’ Serious

Hey y’all, want to read about some Cowpunk from SoCal? Read on.

I’m spinning “Start Gettin’ Serious”, the new album from Santa Ana eclectic combo, Pope Paul & the Illegals. The album provides 11 tracks of a variety of Americana; Country, Cow Punk, Swing Revival, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Gospel sounds, sure, why not? There’s even a bit of Hank III / Assjack sounding metal on the album.

Per the band, regarding the new release “It features a slew of excellent guest musicians, including members of Squirrel Nut Zippers (Jimbo Mathus, Hank West) and the Reverend Horton Heat (Matt Jordan).” So it’s got some pedigree straight out the gate. I’m not sure who is playing what, but the music is tight, and the guitars rip. Track seven, Demented Swing certainly has a pronounced Squirrel Nut Zippers sound.

I suspect the above gets to the gist of what the band is aiming for. What you’re looking for, I suppose though, is the answer to the question, “Is this a good album?” The answer, friends, is yes. It is a good album. I think the caveat is, as always, if you are in anyway interested in the sounds mentioned above, than you oughta give Pope Paul & the Illegals a whirl. Go to their Facebook page and listen to some tracks. Hear it with your own ears, and go out and support local music!

Personal favorite is the extremently guitar-driven, rippin’ Rockabilly end track, Rip It Off.

Cheers!
Jerry Actually

Tracks:
1. Up in the Clouds
2. Altered State
3. Let’ Ragnarok
4. Start Gettin’ Serious
5. Heartsick on the Road
6. It Wasn’t Enough
7. Demented Swing
8. Sugar Spots
9. Off My Chest
10. Santa Ana Flu
11. Rip It Off

Band Members:
Pope Paul – Guitar/Vocals
John the Bassist – Upright Bass
Fat Sal – Drums

Bio:
Pope Paul & The Illegals started up in 2014 in their hometown of Santa Ana, CA. Their style combines most elements of Americana music including rockabilly, psychobilly, punk, swing, country, honky-tonk, blues, surf rock, and rock n roll. They bring a fun, high-energy show guaranteed to get crowds dancing, drinking, and having a great time.

Touring frequently, Pope Paul & The Illegals have entertained crowds in 34 different states with a mix of their original material and classic cover tunes. They have opened up for high-profile Americana acts such as Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Supersuckers, Shooter Jennings, The Blasters, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Slim Jim Phantom (of the Stray Cats), Hillbilly Casino, The Bellfuries, Gamblers Mark, The Delta Bombers, Deke Dickerson, and Wanda Jackson. They have performed at several festivals throughout the USA including the So-Cal Hoedown (Santa Ana, CA), the Rockabilly Extravaganza (Riverside, CA), the Nashville Boogie (Nashville, TN), the Great American Rockabilly Riot (El Paso, TX), Viva East (Boxborough, MA), and the ApalachOktoberfest (Apalachicola, FL) which they headlined.

They have released three full-length albums, “White Smoke Rises” (recorded at Orange Blossom Studios, Placentia, CA) and “Dial Back Boogie” (recorded at Dial Back Sound, Water Valley, MS). Their 3rd release, “Start Gettin’ Serious” (Dial Back Sound) is now available as a CD and can be bought from the Illegals themselves or bought/streamed online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, and Spotify. It features a slew of excellent guest musicians, including members of Squirrel Nut Zippers (Jimbo Mathus, Hank West) and the Reverend Horton Heat (Matt Jordan).

Pope Paul & The Illegals gig frequently and will happily play your bar, lounge, saloon, brewery, festival, private party, wedding, private jet, historical ruins, barn dance, local prison, swanky mansion, religious ceremony, satanic ritual, political event, anniversary, habadashery, seedy alley, Mexican restaurant, Waffle House and more! Just message us here on our Facebook page and we will get back to you ASAP.

Stadt Skulls – Against the Cult of the Reptile God

I’m listening to the new EP by Liverpool based “Stadt Skulls”. The band is a punk rock trio heavily in the vein of early Asian Man Records bands like Alkaline Trio, and The Lawrence Arms, along with some more aggressive bursts ala Off With Their Heads Dead To Me.

Intriguingly, perhaps, is listening to how they’ve evolved over the last couple years. They’ve moved away from more poppy takes into a darker sound. Good choice if you ask me.

I certainly don’t want to pigeonhole the band. They do have their own sound going on. Track 3, the title track, “Against the Cult of the Reptile God”, I feel, is more resplendent of this. It’s a bit more frenetic and anxious, if you will. The overall point of the comparison is that fans of the former are exceedingly likely to be fans of the latter.

The tracks are brief and have a slightly lo-fi feel to the mix. The end result is definitely very listenable. I’d suggest you check ‘em out.

Cheers!
-Jerry Actually

Track Listing:
1. Leif the Lucky
2. Nostalgia for what?
3. Against the Cult of the Reptile God
4. Ink and Spear

Noteworthy: These chaps’ noggins fit inside jack-o-lanterns!

Here’s a sample of some of the band’s material from 2016:
https://stadtskulls.bandcamp.com

Video:

Bio:

Three piece, three sibling Liverpool punks. Stadt Skulls have been making angular, noisey, power pop since 2016. Sounds like the band the 90’s forgot.

ALKALINE TRIO SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM ‘IS THIS THING CURSED?’

ALKALINE TRIO SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM ‘IS THIS THING CURSED?’

BAND’S FIRST STUDIO RECORD IN 5 YEARS DUE OUT AUGUST 31

TOUR BEGINS TONIGHT IN ST. LOUIS

Legendary Chicago punk band Alkaline Trio have released the title track from their forthcoming album Is This Thing Cursed? The ninth studio album from Alkaline Trio, Is This Thing Cursed? is their first new music in five years.

Watch the lyric video for “Is This Thing Cursed?” by Alkaline Trio:

With its soaring vocals and furious intensity, “Is This Thing Cursed?” is the second single to be released from Is This Thing Cursed? Last month Alkaline Trio shared a song called “Blackbird,” which SPIN hailed as a “glossy, pristine pop-punk record that’s anthemic and a bit catchy in its breezy melodies.”

Produced and mixed by Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Motörhead), Is This Thing Cursed? is the first Alkaline Trio album written almost entirely in the studio. According to the band, the album-making process was similar to that of Maybe I’ll Catch Fire—Alkaline Trio’s darkly charged sophomore full-length, a 2000 release featuring the fan favorite “Radio.”

Due out on CD/digital on August 31, Is This Thing Cursed? will be released on vinyl on October 19. Pre-orders are available now at: http://www.alkalinetrio.com

 

TRACKLIST FOR IS THIS THING CURSED?:

1. Is This Thing Cursed?

2. Blackbird

3. Demon and Division

4. Little Help?

5. I Can’t Believe

6. Sweet Vampires

7. Pale Blue Ribbon

8. Goodbye Fire Island

9.  Stay

10. Heart Attacks

11. Worn So Thin

12. Throw Me To The Lions

13. Krystalline

On Friday, Alkaline Trio kicked off their recently announced headlining U.S. tour. The 29-date run wraps up on October 18 in Santa Cruz, California, with Together PANGEA supporting the band for all dates.

 

ALKALINE TRIO TOUR DATES:

Aug 06 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Aug 08 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Aug 09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom

Aug 10 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Aug 11 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Aug 13 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

Aug 14 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!

Aug 16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

Aug 17 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

Aug 18 Boston, MA – House of Blues

Aug 19 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Aug 21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA

Aug 22 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

Aug 24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

Aug 25 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven

Aug 26 Orlando, FL – House of Blues

Oct 04 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Oct 05 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Oct 06 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

Oct 08 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

Oct 09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

Oct 11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Oct 12 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

Oct 14 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Oct 15 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Oct 16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Oct 18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

-All dates with together PANGEA as support

Krista Papista – Sultana (Probably NSFW)

This runs a bit outside the vein of my normal posts, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, but it is compelling in a way. I figure there’s always room at the table for things I’m not accustomed to.

Have a look/listen and decide for yourself.

Sordid pop punk artist Krista Papista has just released the visuals for her new single, taking aim at a culture steeped in patriarchal archaism.

The track is the lead single and title-track from her forthcoming, self-produced album which will be released this September. Whilst building up to the release Krista has built a solid social following and caught the attention of i-D, Crack, Wonderland and The Line of Best Fit.

 

Buzzkillz – Major Fucking Complications

Brand new, out today. New EP “Major Fucking Complications” by Finland’s own Buzzkillz.

Follwing up on their debut album, Scum Of The Earth, this five track EP cranks out psychobilly/rockabilly/punk/rock and roll. Every last one of the tracks on the disc is a banger, but the titular track, featuring guest vocals from Titch (of Klingonz) is particularly fantastic.

All of the tracks actually feature Titch on vocals, so really, you’re not gonna go wrong with it. Personal favorite is track #3: That Shit’s Gonna Kill You. It’s got a really catchy vibe.

If you like psychobilly in the vein of Mad Sin, Necromantix, Batmobile, Klingonz, etc. then do yourself a solid and grab a copy of this. It’s available on 12” vinyl as well as other formats.

12″ Vinyl Record

Buzzkillz EP Major Fucking Complications

A1 Major Fucking Complications

A2 Envy, Hunger and Greed

A3 That Shit’s Gonna Kill You

B1 Lie

B2 Keep On Crawling

Here’s some videos to wet your whistle:

 

 

Official video is coming in autumn.

Cheers!

Jerry Actually