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Brand New Announce New Album

Brand New 2014Long running post-punk staples Brand New have finally announced the details for their first new full length since 2009’s Daisy.  Based on the graphic on Twitter, the album will be titled Fifth Album and is set to drop in October on Procrastinate! Music Traitors.

The band will also be touring extensively in the Fall.  Tour dates are below.

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Video: We Ride – What You Are

Victory RecordsSpain hardcore act We Ride has premiered a new music video for the song “What You Are,” which appears on their latest album, Empowering Life, and dropped earlier this year via Victory Records.  

Check out the video below.

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Charlie Bit My Finger Announce New LP

Charlie Bit My FingerBelgian melodic pop-punks Charlie Bit My Finger have announced plans to release their sophomore.  The disc will be titled Third Time’s A Farm and is scheduled for release on September 16, 2017 via Thousand Islands Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (Europe).

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Part Of The Plan.”  Watch the video below.

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Video: Neck Deep – In Bloom

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have premiered a new song from their next full length.  The song is titled “In Bloom” and the disc The Peace And The Panic is set to drop on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records

Watch the video below.

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Anti-Flag Releases New Song

Anti FlagIn the wake of the violence that occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Anti-Flag have released a new song in combat of these racist events.

The song is titled “Racists” and is available to stream below.

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No Use For A Name Stream New Rarities Album In Full

No Use For A NameFat Wreck Chords is streaming No Use For A Name‘s covers compilation album.  The disc features non-album tracks and holds the title Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers, and dropped last week.

Listen to the full disc below.

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The Riptides Announce New LP

RiptidesPop-punk act The Riptides will be releasing their first full length since 2010 Tough Luck EP. The album will be titled Canadian Graffiti  and is set to drop on September 12, 2017 via Something To Do Records

Track listing can be found below.

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Four Year Strong – Nice To Know

Four Year StrongNew England punk outfit Four Year Strong has premiered a new song from their upcoming unplugged rarities album.  The album is titled Some Of You Will Like This, Some Of You Won’t, and is set to drop on September 8, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album includes rarities, unheard originals, unplugged classics and reimagined favorites. 

Listen to the track “Nice To Know” below along with upcoming tour dates.

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Prawn Detail New Album; Premiere New Song

PrawnPrawn has premiered a new song from their recently announced new album.  The track is titled “North Lynx” and the disc goes by the name Run, which is set to drop on September 22, 2018 via Topshelf Records

Listen to the song below.  Upcoming tour dates with The Flatliners accompany.

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Worriers Announce New LP; Stream First Track

WorriersPolitical pop-punk band Worriers – featuring members of The Measure [SA], Caves and The Ergs – has joined up with SideOneDummy Records for the release of their next LP.  The disc will be titled Survival Pop and is set to drop on September 29, 2018.  The album follows their 2015 full length album, Imaginary Life, available on Don Giovanni Records.  

Listen to the new song “The Possibility” below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Red Scare Industries Signs Sincere Engineer

Sincere EngineerSincere Engineer, the stage name of folk-punk artist of Deanna Belos, has joined up with Red Scare Industries for the release of her debut album.  Belos comments:

“I’ve been a walking billboard for Red Scare bands since I was in junior high and I’ve been a regular drunken annoyance in Toby’s life for several years now…I’m so excited and honored to contribute to something that has been an important part of my life for so long.”

The album will be titled album Rhombithian and is set to drop on October 10, 2018.

Cherry Announce Debut LP

CHerryCherry have announced plans for their debut LP.  The disc will be titled Dumbness and is set to drop on September 29, 2017 via Lame-O Records.  The album follows their Gloom EP.

Coinciding with the news the band has premiered the song “Under The Sun,” which can be heard below.

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Such Gold Detail New EP

Such GoldRochester, NY based punk band Such Gold have released a preview video for their recently announced new EP.  The disc will be titled Deep In A Hole” and is set to drop on September 8, 2017 via Bird Attack Records.

Watch the preview video below.

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Small Circles Announce Debut LP; Premiere First Single

Small CirclePhiladelphia indie pop band Small Circle, featuring Charlie Singer of Sorority Noise, have just announced details for their debut LP.  The disc will be titled Cyclical, and will hit retailers on September 8, 2017 via Flower Girl Records

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Spinning,” which can be heard here courtesy The Fader.

Tours: Neck Deep

neck deepUK pop punk outfit Neck Deep have announced that they will be heading on a North American tour in the early months of 2018.  The band continues to rally awareness for their upcoming new disc, which will be titled The Peace And The Panic, and is sue out on August 18, 2017 via Hopeless Records.  

Tour dates are below.  Album pre-orders are live.

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Tours: Have Mercy

A Will AwayHave Mercy have announced that they will be heading on tour this Fall.  The band continues to support their latest album, Make The Best Of It, which dropped back in April via Hopeless Records.  Singer and Guitarist Brian Swindle expresses his enthusiasm for hitting the road:

“I am so excited to go out on this headline tour. We’ll get to play a lot of songs off of ‘Make The Best Of It’ and a bunch of songs we don’t normally play. Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and A Will Away are some of the best bands out right now and some of our personal favorites. I can’t believe they are coming out with us and that it all worked out. No one will want to miss this tour.”

Full tour listings are available below.

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ExHibition Announce New EP; Release Album Teaser

ExHibitionQuebec City hardcore punk act ExHibition has unveiled details for their next EP.  The EP will be titled Point of no Return and is set to drop on September 16, 2017 via Thousand Islands Records.  Vince Fournier, frontman of Our Darkest Days, serves as guest vocalist on one of the new tracks. 

A teaser trailer for the EP can be viewed below.

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Tours: The Major Minor

Major MinorDetroit pop-punk outfit The Major Minor has announced that they will be heading on tour in supprt of their recent EP, Different Light, which is available now via Imminence Records.  Vocalist Dan Amaro comments:

There’s a special feeling when promoters and venues open their door to your band hundreds of miles from home. We’ve been touring the Midwest a lot the past 12 months waiting until the time is right to stretch our reach. And come this September, that special feeling will return when we play some new markets on our forthcoming tour. If you want to see what a dream come true looks like at small-mid level venues, come to one of our shows on the tour.

Tour dates are available below.

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Video: The Bombpops – Be Sweet

California female fronted melodic punks The Bombpops have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Be Sweet” and is lifted from their new LP, Fear Of Missing Out, which dropped last February via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Shirley D Pressed

Shirley D. Pressed

Rust

Thousand Islands Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Hamburg melodic punk rock act Shirley D. Pressed follow the 90’s EpiFat tradition of accelerating at unrelenting speeds while laying down track after track of metal-tinged guitar work, not unlike A Wilhelm Scream’s iconic highs.  Landing somewhere between the historic CoCal skatepunk scene and the molotov aggression of contemporary European peers like Antillectual, the band hungers to expose and denounce social and political injustices.  The quartet’s debut full length, Rust, ignites a fire under the quartet that rages fiercely across fifteen highly combustible tracks of punk rock fury.

Blasting out the gate, “I’m Not Insane” opens with an extended quote from American comic Bill Hicks that establishes a metaphor for life as a ride in an amusement park, and how beneficiaries of the ride are so invested in maintaining the illusion that they silence the voice of reason.  The song’s message is of establishing that those resisting the status quo are “more than just insane.”  A sense of urgency flows through each verse as drums let loose and sweeping “woah-oah” enhanced melodies direct listeners to pertinent social justice thoughts.  The sense of immediacy continues with “Leave Behind”’s call to “open your eyes” and enter a clearer state of mind.  With rough landing vocals bolstered by a salvo of metal edged riffs defining the song’s final moments, the band pledges sonic allegiance to Propagandhi and  A Wilhelm Scream.  “Winds Of Sea” and “Who We Are” succinctly summarize the swirling amalgamation of influences on display.  With hardcore vocal components punctuating a chorus of harmonies that feel largely indebted to No Use For A Name, “Resolution” reaches a similar climax in guitar and vocal intensity, with Shirley D. Pressed channelling their frustrations and anger into fist pumping anthemic choruses.

For an album titled Rust, Shirley D. Pressed offer up a highly polished slice of skatepunk gleaming with sharp guitar work and pointed melody.  The band follows in the tradition of many of the punk rock legacy acts that once graced the early Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords rosters.  Throw in a little contemporary aggression and commitment to dropping complex, technical guitar solos, and you have an easy case for keeping this revival strong.  With Rust, Shirley D. Pressed easily stands poised to join the ranks of notable 90’s skatepunk revivalists like Mute, Sic Waiting, and The Shell Corporation.

Seaway – Something Wonderful

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Pop punk band Seaway has premiered a new song from their upcoming new album.  the song is titled “Something Wonderful” and will appear on the Vacation, which is due out on September 15, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. The album follows 2015’s Colour Blind.
Listen to the song below.

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Video: Victorian Halls – Dissolution

Victorian HallsChicago synth-pop act Victorian Halls have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Dissolution” from their latest release, Hyperalgesia, available now via Victory Records.

Watch the video below.

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Dropkick Muphys Launch “From Boston To Berkeley Tour” With Rancid

tourRancid and The Dropkick Murphys are currently on the road for their co-headlining ‘From Boston To Berkeley Tour.’  The Dropkick Murphys continue to support their latest effort, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, while Rancid is touring in support of their new Trouble Maker album.

Tour dates are below.

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The Wonder Years Announce Acoustic Tour

The Wonder Years bandPhiladelphia pop punk group The Wonder Years will playing a series of intimate solo tour dates in support of their upcoming acoustic EP.  The EP will be titled Burst & Decay and is set to drop on September 22nd, 2017.

Listen to the song “There, There” from the upcoming EP below.

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Casey Bolles Announces New Project ‘Gardenhead’

GardenheadSinger-songwriter Casey Bolles will make his return this year with a new project called Gardenhead.   He has premiered his first single under the new moniker, “Underwater,” which will be available digitally on August 4th via Pure Noise Records.  Bolles comments on the new direction:
“I’m starting Gardenhead because I needed a fresh start. I haven’t released music in a while; I’ve been focusing on a lot of other facets of my life. But when I started writing again, I’d been listening to a much wider range of artists and began experimenting with different sounds. Luckily I’ve made a lot of friends through the music scene the past few years, and I wanted a better way to get them involved in the music I’m making. The product of that is Gardenhead. I hope the narratives in these new songs have a more mature perspective than what I was writing before. And I hope people hear something that feels refreshed and new, and while not always happy, at least comforting in some way.”
Stream the song early below.

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Tours: Diet Cig / The Spook School

Diet CigNew Paltz, NY’s power-pop duo Diet Cig will be heading on a European tour this October with The Spook School.  The band continues to support their new album, Swear I’m Good At This, available now via Frenchkiss Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Greg Graffin

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin will be heading on a short Fall tour in support of his latest solo album.  The album is titled Millport, and features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Citizen – Jet

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new music video and track.  The track is titled “Jet” and will appear on the upcoming album, As You Please, which is due out on Run For Cover Records on October 6th, 2017.  The band released their latest full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, in June 2015.

Watch the video below.

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The Dopamines

The Dopamines

Tales Of Interest

Rad Girlfriend Records
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The Dopamines latest full length, Tales of Interest, picks up where the Cincinatti, Ohio pop-punk quartet left off five years ago.  The band traditionally fits in best with bands like The Methadones, House Boat, and The Copyrights, but this time around adds a bit more of an aggressive edge to their songs.  Tales Of Interest seems to have picked up elements of Dear Landlord and Direct Hit! in that The Dopamines are definitely leaning more heavily towards a subtle hardcore influence.  It’s the type of minor tweaking that a band can get away with while fan’s memories are foggy from an extended studio absence.

Tales of Interest’s basic formula is regularly one where abrasion intersects melodic pop-punk convention.  Tracks like “The King of Swilling, Pt. I, II, III” and “Open Letter” feature intermittent segments of heavy screeching chords and slow rough vocal belting, while “083133” goes all in for an entire track of angular chords and hardcore vocals.  This stylistic deviation is not the album’s norm and fits strategically with the track listing, but certainly flavours The Dopamines’ overall feel at this point in their career.  That being said, the more ‘classic’ offerings continue to dominate the majority of the fourteen songs.  “Expect the Worst,” which lifts its title from The Dopamine’s album of the same name, harkens back to the melodic execution of their seminal release.  Others like “Heartbeaten by the Police,” “Ire,” and “Everybody Dies” assume the place of easy to digest pop-punk ditties with plenty of layered vocals and repetitive choruses.  The inclusion of a more familiar approach amidst Tales of Interest’s audible risk-taking serves as a great point of balance allowing the band to try something new without neglecting the sound upon which they built their reputation.

Tales of Interest may not quite be what fans were expecting from The Dopamines’ return, but it still feels very much like a Dopamines album.  Even so, the quartet uphold their reputation for quick paced pop-punk propelled by a seemingly unending well of enthusiasm.  Overall, Tales Of Interest should fit well within pop-punk playlists of both returning fans and newcomers alike.

Chris Farren Releases New Single

chris farren CDFake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a new song titled “Be There 4 Ya.”  Farren released his last solo album, Can’t Die, which dropped back in September 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

The track is available for purchase now. Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Enter Shikari Announce New LP; Debut First Single

Enter ShikariUK act Enter Shikari has announced the release of their next LP.  The new album will be titled The Spark and and is set to drop on September 22, 2017.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a new music video for the track “Live Outside.”  

Watch the video below.

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