A couple days late, as per my usual, I’m just now checking out the new EP “It’s Not a Lie”, from Portland, Oregon based The Fauxriginals. You know what? I like ska. I like punk. Let’s go!
The EP pops out seven fresh tracks of punky ska. It’s diggable. Very reminiscent of LTJ, but it also reminds me of an unsung band, Orangetree. (If you’re not familiar w/ Orangetree, they were a band fronted by Jason Nelson of MU330)
Damn, as I listen to this, especially “Being Alive in the 21st Century”, I’m really feeling the Orangetree vibe. Not in a copped sort of way mind you, just compellingly similar.
Sonically I would pin this more in the rock vein than punk, per se. It’s peppy, and bouncy. Not overly aggressive with respect to the punk portion. I’d venture that it’s damn near friendly. That’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you need a little bit more friendly in the world.
Don’t let the friendly fool you though, just based on the song titles, I’d say the band is at least almost entirely jaded.
Bottom line, it’s a fun release. I wouldn’t hesitate to go see them live either. So, yeah, listen at your leisure and support local bands!
My, Myself, and Idioms
Painted on My Spine
Level of Malevolence
Being Alive in the 21st Century
Some of a Kind
Portland, Oregon-based three piece The Fauxriginals dropped their debut EP “It’s Not a Lie…” on 9/29/19. This EP will be the first of a two-part set, with the second drop “…If You Believe It” coming shortly thereafter. Both will be streamable everywhere you get music.
After releasing a steady stream of demos and playing a year’s worth of punk and ska shows in the Pacific Northwest, the band created a two-part release filled with the definitive versions of these songs.
Featuring songs written by Tyler Rothe (Lead Vox/Guitar), the band’s focus is to combine elements of pop-punk, skate punk, ska, and punk rock while focusing on hooks and technical chops.
The Fauxriginals are playing regular shows in the PNW and have music videos available on YouTube. Music streaming everywhere you stream music.
For fans of: Less Than Jake, Blink-182, Descendents, Offspring, Green Day, and Queen.
INFLUENTIAL PUNK BAND LAGWAGON RELEASE NEW ALBUM, RAILER, ON OCTOBER 4th VIA FAT WRECK CHORDS NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH FACE TO FACEANNOUNCED FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER RAILER, PRODUCED BY CAMERON WEBB (ALKALINE TRIO, MOTÖRHEAD)
Lagwagon has also announced its fall North American co-headlining tour with label mates Face to Face.
Beginning on September 27 in Tacoma, WA, the month-long tour will
extend through October 27 and hit major markets such as Detroit, MI,
Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA and more. Supports
for the tour will include H20, MakeWar and Destroy Boys, and tickets are on sale now. A full listing of dates can be found below with more information on Lagwagon’s Facebook page HERE.
Unlike the last few Lagwagon albums, RAILER
was written in an incredibly condensed period of time, in an attempt to
capture the spirit of the band’s early days. And it worked. While
songs like “Stealing Light,” “Dangerous Animal” and “Dark Matter”
bristle with a raw, ragged and pure energy that’s unusual for any band
to have after almost 30 years of existence, these tracks also directly
harken back to the band’s early days.
“There’s only so much
one person or a group of people can do before they start to develop
characteristics that become common to them,” says Cape in typically philosophical fashion, “and
I think you have to be comfortable with that. And I am. I like my band
and what we’ve done and I’m okay with the fact that we have our
strengths and we have our limitations. I know what it is that we do well
and if we stay true to that, there’s something that comes out of that
that is truly original, because you’re being true to who you really
At the same time RAILER, produced byCameron Webb
(Alkaline Trio, Motörhead), accurately and honestly reflects who
Lagwagon are in 2019, both lyrically and musically. While it sounds like
these songs could have been written by a band 20 years younger, RAILER, as a collection, presents itself as youthful but jaded, frantic but exhausted, visceral yet cerebral.
The idea of struggling to get by alongside an overwhelming sense of existential chaos and angst is a common thread throughout RAILER,
in the bouncy desperation of “Jini,” the Bertrand Russell-inspired “The
Suffering,” the breakneck despair of “Parable” and even in the carefree
nostalgia of “Bubble” and its unflinching celebration of the band’s
early days of “beer for pay” and the “roach-ridden pads” they used to
crash at. Life has moved on in the three decades since Lagwagon started,
but it’s not something the band – guitarists Chris Rest and Chris Flippin, drummer Dave Raun and bassist Joe Raposo – have entirely left behind either.
Cape doesn’t necessarily expect people to extract his specific
philosophies from each of these songs, but they’re certainly present for
the listener to seek out if they want to. At the same time, just as
with Lagwagon’s earliest songs, RAILER’s songs are there to be listened to and enjoyed, to take you back to simpler times. It’s no coincidence, then, that RAILER ends with a frantic punk rock cover of Journey’s “Faithfully.”
Back in their earlier days, Lagwagon’s albums often used to include
cover songs, but the band hasn’t recorded one for a long time, until
now. And, with this record, Lagwagon has come full-circle and
rediscovered the purest version of who they’ve always been as a band.
Not that that feeling was ever really lost in the first place, of
“I wouldn’t say ‘lost’,” confirms Cape, “but
you evolve. Evolution is a journey within yourself. You go on this
journey and it takes you wherever it takes you, there are multiple
people along the way that you meet who have different ideas than you and
as you grow, you get into different things along the way. I don’t know
if you ever completely lose the sense of where you came from, but you
definitely evolve away from it over time. But the thing is, it’s always
Lagwagon will be making the following co-headlining appearances with Face to Face throughout September and October. Dates below.
09/27/19 – Tacoma, WA @ Spanish Ballroom at Elks Temple * 09/28/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre * 09/29/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom * 10/01/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot * 10/02/19 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater * 10/04/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre * 10/05/19 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues * 10/06/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall * 10/07/19 – Columbus, OH @ Columbus Athenaeum * 10/09/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw * 10/10/19 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore * 10/11/19 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom * 10/12/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa * 10/13/19 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club * 10/15/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground > 10/16/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade > 10/17/19 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor > 10/18/19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room > 10/19/19 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre > 10/21/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live! # 10/23/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom # 10/24/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues # 10/26/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory # 10/27/19 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park #
>: H2O opening *: MakeWar opening #: Destroy Boys opening
Today Philadelphia-based punk band The Menzingers share the music video for the song “Strangers Forever,” a track off the band’s forthcoming recordHello Exile
out October 4 via Epitaph. The track is a searing tribute to parting
ways, backing their spiky guitars with brilliantly barbed lyrics.
“Lyrically, the song is inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, ‘Anna
Karenina’. In it, the character Darya Alexandrovna learns of her
husband’s infidelity and declares: ‘Even if we remain in the same house,
we are strangers — strangers forever!’” explains vocalist Greg Barnett. “The idea of becoming a stranger to someone you so
intimately know stuck with me and became the overarching narrative to this song.”
It’s certainly a good morning knowing that there is a new Omnigone song for everyone to enjoy.
As announced a few weeks back, Omnigone is a new ska-punk project helmed by Adam Davis (Link 80/Desa) that picks up where Link 80 left off. Davis collaborates with a rotating cast of musicians from bands such as: Rx Bandits, Link 80, We are the Union, Kitty Kat Fan Club, Ogikubo Station, and more! Their debut LP, No Faith, releases on September 13th via Bad Time Records. Today, you can stream “Rather Be Alone” on Rebel Noise. The track steps outside of the ska-punk realm in favor of a more traditional ska groove and features former Rx Bandits member, Steve Borth, on sax & keys.
Tour Dates: 9/13 @ 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ Dan P. (Mu330) and Kill Lincoln
Bio: Omnigone may be a new name in the East Bay CA ska punk scene, but they’re certainly no strangers to the genre. Twenty years ago Adam Davis joined Link 80, a band that seamlessly combined ska rhythms with aggressive and politically charged hardcore punk, leaving a legacy and a sound that would change the meaning of “ska punk” indefinitely. While Link 80 is no more, Adam (Guitar/Vocals) has picked up the torch and is lighting the way with Omnigone. Joined by Barry Krippene (Link 80/Blast Bandits) and a rotating cast of players including: Brent Friedman (We Are The Union), Steve Borth (Rx Bandits / Link 80), Justin Amans (Kitty Kat Fan Club/Ogikubo Station), Jeremy Hunter (Skatune Network/We Are The Union), Bootie Pook (Beat the Red Light), Aaron Carnes (Flat Planet) & Reece Noble, Omnigone recorded thirteen tracks that make up their debut full length No Faith. No Faith hits you quick band doesn’t let up, weaving aggressive anthems across genres to make up a fun, intense, but ultimately dynamic record. Whether you’re a fan of hardcore, punk, or ska there is something for everyone on this promising debut.
Currently rocking to the crushing rhythms of Real Tree Camo, the new album by Cleveland hardcore quartet, RAM ONES. (The band name is comedy gold, btw.)
This brief bit of skullcrushamania brings about 10 tracks of what I would consider 90s style Hardcore. Reminiscent of early Jughead’s Revenge and mid-career M.O.D.
The guitar work vacillates between rapid and plodding with equal verve. Rhythm is rock solid, and the vocals, though gritty, are still intelligible. The tracks are brief. In essence, it checks all the boxes.
DIRECTED BY JONAH RAY AND FEATURING COMEDIAN KYLE KINANE
Off With Their
Heads announce details on their forthcoming album Be Good, set for
release on August 16. The band has shared video for the track
“Disappear,” directed by Jonah Ray and featuring comedian Kyle Kinane. Watch the video for “Disappear” now.
“All the other records were about moping around and feeling sorry for
yourself,” says frontman Ryan Young. “This one is less about feeling
sorry for yourself and more about accepting how goddamn miserable you
Young and the band members—bassist Robbie Smartwood, guitarist John
Polydoros, and new drummer Kyle Manning—holed up at The Hideaway in
Minneapolis with additional recording at Pachyderm Studios, a
mid-century mansion where Nirvana recorded In Utero, to make Be Good.
Young produced the record himself, and it was the first time he enjoyed
the process, or at least tolerated it. “I don’t like how the old
records sound, and I hate recording so much,” he says. “You could just
hear all the dumb shit on them where I was like, whatever, just let it
go, I want to get out of here.”
Forced acceptance is a big theme of Be Good, though it’s a
hard-learned one, often emerging in the form of primal screams in the
band’s trademark style of gruff-punk. “Hands up to the sky and shout at
the top of your lungs, ‘til the floor falls out!” Young yells on the
title track, sounding somewhere between motivational speaker and
Much of the self-deprecation that defined the band’s previous work has
been adjusted. It was the years spent out of the van, developing a life
at home in Chicago, that gave Young his newfound, slightly more positive
perspective. “Not being on the road 250 days a year, actually trying to
develop some sort of life outside of playing shows and drinking, you’d
be surprised what that does,” he says.
If ever there was a time for Ryan Young’s distinct brand on cautious
optimism, it’s now. “The title is an answer to that question of what
you’re supposed to do now that the world is so awful and the climate of
this stupid country is so shitty,” he says. “Be good, be loud—that’s
sometimes all you can do, I guess, as cheesy as that sounds.”
Be Good Track Listing
1. Disappear – 3:15
2. Be Good – 3:32
3. You Will Die – 3:11
4. No Love – 2:53
5. Take Me Away – 4:07
6. Tear Me Apart – 2:35
7. Trash It – 3:31
8. Let It All – 2:18
9. Severe Errand – 2:53
10. Locking Eyes – 4:51
11. Death – 2:49
Off With Their Heads – Promo Photo – Credit Patrick Houdek [hi-res]
DIY Punk is alive and well in Anacortes, Washington. For the unaware, Anacortes is a small town in Northwest Washington State, damn near up to the Canadian border. It’s great to hear tunes coming out of small town USA. As testament to this, I’m listening to “All-American” the debut full-length by BUFFET.
The album is all all jagged edges and garage spirit. 14 tracks of rock and roll energy. While the sound is familiar, it’s also refreshingly new. The intro track, “Land” has a lot of the same vibe as “Possessed” by Suicidal. The band professes to be influenced by Circle Jerks and Descendents, and I can totally hear that.
The tunes progress rapidly, ADD fashion. The bulk of the songs clock in under the 2 minute mark. It’s important. There’s a lot of shit going on. No one needs to be weighed down by the burden of epic ballads, unless they choose that. Viva short songs!
There is a small selection of the songs that slow down the pace and pick up the emotion. Track 6, “Throne” is the pinnacle of this. It works well as a point to catch your breath. After that it’s back into the full swing.
The structures are simple and repetitive, great for driving home the point. The notes claim the album was recorded “live” at Anacortes Unknown. I take this to mean it was recorded as the full band, at once. This is as opposed to individual multi-tracks. If this isn’t the case, damn there must not have been a single person at that show.
Personal favorite is track 8, “4 Brides For 4 Guys”. It’s short and sweet. Autobiographical, perhaps, or maybe just wishful thinking.
Frenzied fast paced, metallic punk rock from Toronto.
Illusion of Choice is the new album from The New Enemy. I’ll admit to not being at all familiar with the band, prior to listening right now, but I’m full on rocking to what I’m listening to right now.
The eight tracks (five original, three covers) are chock to the freakin’ brim with crushing riffs, call and response vocals, staccato breakdowns, and an overall sense of urgency.
The tracks are short and sweet, with most songs clocking in just barely under the two minute mark. Right in the sweet spot for hardcore punk. To that end, while firmly in the vein of hardcore punk ala Agnostic Front, H20, and Snapcase, (the final track, “Ambition Now” being a cover of the aforementioned.) there is no shortage of thrash metal on this release. It channels the spirit of old DRI and Suicidal, but still maintains an East Coast Hardcore sound all its own. As a bit of a side note, there are few instances where I’m very reminded of Leftover Crack.
The band is clearly one with a message and a cause. “Since forming, The New Enemy has donated all Bandcamp revenues to charity. For “Illusion of Choice”, we’ll be raising funds for YMCA Sprott House, the first LGBTQ2S transitional housing program for youth in Canada.”
As I’m sure you can tell from the dust around here, I don’t get around to writing about much anymore. Another phase of my life I suppose. What’s a fella to do? Every now and then I get a brief impetus to write something though. Today I shall grace you with the results of one of those urges.
I’ve got Shot Balowski’s self-titled debut album, out 03/29/2019, fired up on ye olde hifi and I’m rocking out to it. There’s a bit of a Ramonescore vibe as well as secondary source influence like Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder, combine that with a mix of The Pixies, an odd dash of Motorhead, add in a left-leaning bent and somewhat more raw of a sound and that’ll give you the gist.
The album provides 12 tracks of mostly up-tempo 3-piece punk rock, interlaced with the occasional folksy ballad on track six, Kitchen Sink / Girl in the Call Centre. There’s a bit of spoken word poetry as well mixed into the overall pastiche of a protest album. This isn’t to say it’s derivative in an overt way, so much as the song writing seems aware of its roots.
Overall it’s a great debut and I look forward to more from Shot Balowski in the future.
Hit the band up online to find out where to buy the new album, or catch a live show! Twitter:@shotbalowski
ShoT BAlowSki is a three-piece UK rock band with a leftist attitude and punk leanings. Debbie, Simon and Tef take grit, melody and acerbic lyrics and spit them out in two minutes flat.
Their self-titled debut album is released by Abnormal Product on Friday 29 March 2019 – it will be available on CD, download and streaming. It’s high-octane, classic punk rock from the dis-United Kingdom, tackling subjects like far right populism, and corrupt media, organisations and governments, while giving props to radical heroes like Emily Wilding Davison and Muhammad Ali.
The album’s tracks include Commander in Cheat (about Trump’s sexist, racist presidency), Nissan Poppy 24/7 (about patriotism and the politicisation of remembrance), Emily Does (about militant suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison), In the Suicide Forest (a short tone poem about vacuous vlogger Logan Paul), and a punk rock cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.
Destroy the Daily Mail features a section written and performed by Wales’ most prominent living literary figure, poet and playwright Patrick Jones (see patrick-jones.info), elder brother of Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers and a frequent collaborator with the Welsh chart-topping band. Jones adds a stream-of-consciousness set of Mail-esque headlines. He agreed to the collaboration after reading the lyrics and listening to the raw track, calling the song “important and powerful”.