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Tours: Good Old War

GoodOldWarGood Old War has announced that they will be hitting the road this Winter.  The band has also made known that they will be releasing their next full length this Summer via Nettwerk Music Group.

The band last released Broken Into Better Shape in 2015.

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Runaway Brother Announce New LP; Stream First Track

Gold Flake PaintCleveland, Ohio’s Runaway Brother has announced details for their newly announced next LP.  The The disc will be titled New Pocket and will drop on February 16, 2018 via Tiny Engines Records. The album follows their debut, Mother.  

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Paws,” which can be heard here courtesy Gold Flake Paint.

 

Video: Story of the Year – Bang Bang

Story Of The YEarStory of the Year has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Bang Bang” from their new disc, Wolves, which dropped last week through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.  Orders can be made here.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Sorority Noise / Remo Drive / Foxx Bodies / Jelani Sei

Sorority Noise AloneSorority Noise has just announced that they will be touring alongside Remo Drive, Foxx Bodies, and Jelani Sei.  The band continues to support their latest full length, You’re Not As _____ As You Think, that was released earlier this year on Triple Crown Records.
 
Sorority Noise‘s tour dates can be viewed below.
 

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Tours: John Nolan’s Birthday Spectacular

John Nolan John Nolan, or Taking Back Sunday and Straylight Run fame has announced that he will be touring during the week of his birthday.  The nine date tour will feature Nolan performing songs from his two solo albums and Straylight Run discography.  Nolan comments:

“A few months ago, I had the idea to do a solo tour around the week of my birthday. Then I thought, since I’m touring around my birthday why not make every show like a birthday party… So, every night the stage will be decorated with streamers and balloons, everyone will get little party favors and I’ll play songs from my solo albums and Straylight Run’s albums and we’ll all sing and celebrate together!”

Full tour listings are below.

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Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds Working On New Album

Brendan Kelly and the Wandering BirdsBrendan Kelly has made known that he is actively working on the sophomore album for his project, Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds

The material will follow their 2012 full-length, I’d Rather Die Than Live Forever, available now through Red Scare Industries

Kississippi – Cut Yr Teeth

SideOneDummy RecordsIndie-pop project Kississippi featuring musician/visual artist Zoe Reynolds has announced plans for their debut album.  The disc is expected to drop in Spring 2018 via SideOneDummy Records.

The first single, “Cut Yr Teeth,” can be heard below.

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Direct Hit PEARS

Direct Hit! / PEARS

Human Movement Split

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The split album is an interesting creature.  Dismissed by many as a place to dump lost b-sides, or a vehicle for reusing existing material, the split doesn’t exactly have a glowing reputation beyond being a cash in for collectors and die hard fans.  But Milwaukee pop-punker innovators Direct Hit! and rising UK hardcore punk powerhouse PEARS seem to be out to change that.  The two notable young bands come together to bring us Human Movement, a split composed of five new tracks and a cover each.  A closer look reveals that perhaps Human Movement best described as a collaborative project more than a compilation.  

Human Movement works so well because each band’s contributions feel as if strategically selected to complement the other.  This agenda first became clear when the bands released a joint music video featuring both “Blood on Your Tongue” and “Arduous Angel.”  The video serves as a well produced narrative, featuring moments of dialogue and story development that drive each band to consider one another’s strengths.  Considering that each band commands a distinct style, they each seem to take a step towards common ground. In the case of the aforementioned tracks, PEARS draws upon Direct Hit!’s melodic nature, making for one of the band’s catchiest tunes to date.  For a band known for their frayed angular presence, PEARS takes risks and infuses a little more structure.  But Human Movement is a two way street, with Direct Hit! diving deep into the pool of frenetic belted hardcore and refusing to come up for air on opener “You Got What You Asked For” and again on closer “Nothing.”  Direct Hit! has always had an edge, but this delivery just feels altogether rawer, and heavily inspired by PEARS presence.  Each band maintains their own distinct identity but isn’t shy to branch out in the context of the split.

Also of note, the bands offer original takes on one another’s tunes.  Direct Hit! covers PEARS’ heavy thrasher “You’re Boring,” infusing their melodic essence in the chorus, but otherwise remaining rough and ragged as per the original.  Meanwhile, PEARS offer a cover of “The World is Ending,” but if you notice melodies and verses lifted from “Buried Alive” and Masked Intruder’s “Heart-Shaped Guitar,” you would be correct – making “The World is Ending” more of a raw and energetic pop-punk mashup than a straight on cover.

There are more reasons to check out Human Movement than I have the time and space to cover in this review, but rest assured, PEARS and Direct Hit! have crafted something special.  The willingness to collaborate, play off one others’ strengths, and stretch beyond their comfort zones as musicians speaks to how much fun listeners stand to have tuning in to Human Movement.  If you’re weary of splits, then Human Movement is the disc that may just change your thinking.

American Lions – Can’t Wait/Angry Little Man

American LionsNew Jersey band American Lions has premiered the new song “Can’t Wait/Angry Little Man,” which is set to appear on their upcoming debut LP.  The album is titled Serf Rock, exclusively on Punknews.org.

Stream the song below.  Pre-orders are live.

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Long Neck Sign With Tiny Engines Records; Announce New Album

Long NeckNew York indie-pop band Long Neck has signed on with Tiny Engines Records.  The band plans to release their next full length, Will This Do?, on January 26, 2018.

In the meantime, pre-orders are live, and the first single, “Mine/Yours,” can be streamed below.

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A Vulture Wake Announce Debut LP

A Vulture WakeA Vulture Wake, featuring Chad Price (ALL/Drag The River), Joe Raposo (RKL/Lagwagon), Sean Sellers (Good Riddance/Real McKenzies) and Brandon D. Landelius (The Mag Seven), has announced their debut full length.  The 10-song full-length album will be titled The Appropriate Level of Outrage and is set to arrive on January 31, 2017 via Bird Attack Records.

The album was recorded in January 2017 at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Manchester Orchestra – The Gold (Acoustic)

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered an acoustic version of their track “The Gold.”  The original version appears on the new album, A Black Mile to the Surface, which was released back on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Flatfoot 56 – Odd Boat

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a full album stream of their new disc, Odd Boat.  The LP earlier this year via Sailor’s Grave Records.

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Story of the Year Streams New LP

Story Of The YEarStory of the Year has premiered a full stream of their new disc, Wolves, which is due out on today through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.  Orders can be made here.

Listen to the album here courtesy Fuse.

Torches Streams New Full Length

TorchesBarcelona melodic punk act Torches is streaming the band’s new full length.  The disc is titled New WaysSame Fire, which dropped on December 1, 2017.

Listen to the disc below.

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Tours: Propagandhi (US)

Propagandhi VLPropagandhi have announced a North American tour in March 2018. Propagandhi will be touring in support of their seventh album, Victory Lap, which was released on September 29th via Epitaph Records.
 
The Punk Site Review of Victory Lap can be read here
 
You can view Propagandhi‘s US tour dates below

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Templars

Templars

Deus Vult

Pirates Press Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

You never know what you’re going to get when a long running band returns from periods of dormancy.  It could be a totally new take on an old formula, a modest update to a familiar sound, or in the case of Long Island, New York Oi! band Templars, a return to business as usual.  Twelve years is a long time regardless of how you slice it – heck, a baby born when the last album was released would now be on puberty’s doorstep.  It may have been a while, but with the release of their sixth full length, Deus Vult, the Templars are clearly committed to keeping their style of old.

Deus Vult is a old school Oi! rocker for sure.  The recording quality screams of early 90’s or even late 80’s DIY production.  Vocalist Carl Fritscher belts at a forceful, washed out tone, and each shrilling riff feels punchy without sounding artificial.  Think of how records used to sound before it was trendy to “remaster” them and up the volume on every square inch.  Admittedly, it takes an adjustment period, because you’re probably just not accustomed to hearing music recorded this way, but a few tracks in and you should become acclimated.  The band commits to their occultish themes of sacrifice and ritual that come from their medieval inspired namesake (the album opens with an extended scene from what must be an old movie’s take on the Knights Templar myth).

The bulk of the album takes on a tough as nails street punk-ish vibe often typical of classic Oi! troupes.  For instance, “Kicking Down Your Door” drives the motto that “you’ve gotta fight for the right to live how you choose,” while “Propaganda” is the definition of a fast paced, rough and tumble Oi! anthem.  Other highlights include examples of soaring but simple guitar solos residing in “Losing the Game” and “Middle Road.”  They’re not over the top by any means, but definitely help define Deus Vult as a whole.

In the end, Templars’ return from dormancy is a return to familiarity.  Deus Vult is born of decades past, and Templars revisit a now classic sound seldom heard outside of the past century.  In that sense, Deus Vult is very much an album geared towards the old guard rather than today’s young guns.  But either way, Templars are true to themselves, and have produced a natural addition to their ongoing legacy.  The Oi! faithful will eat this up.

Household Sign With Equal Vision Records

HouseholdMinneapolis punk/emo band Household has signed on with Equal Vision Records.  Vocalist Josh Gilbert comments:

“Equal Vision Records has been a legendary label. Their reputation is exceptional and getting to share our future with them is truly an honor.”

The band released their debut LP, Time Spent, back in 2016 via Blood & Ink Records.

Tours: Senses Fail / Reggie and the Full Effect / Have Mercy / Household

Senses FailLong running emo act Senses Fail will be heading on tour in support of their recently announced new full length, If There Is Light, It Will Find You, which is set to drop on February 16, 2018 via Pure Noise Records.  

The band will be touring with Reggie and the Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household.  Pre-orders are live.  Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Streetlight Manifesto (Aus)

streetlight_manifestoNew Jersey ska punks Streetlight Manifesto have announced plan for a brief Australian tour.  The tour marks the band’s return to the continent after seven years.  the band last released The Hands That Thieve in 2013.

Check out full tour listings below.

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Video: Boston Manor – Drowned In Gold

Boston ManorBoston Manor has released a new music video for the song “Drowned In Gold.”

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Taco Hell – Twin Peaks References and Depression

Taco HellNottingham emo outfit Taco Hell has premiered a new song from their final album.  The song is titled “Twin Peaks References and Depression” from the disc will be titled Bad At Being Average, which is set to drop on December 15, 2017.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Anti-Flag – Digital Blackout

Anti FlagPolitical-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new music video from their next full length.  The video features the song “Digital Blackout” and appears on the disc, American Fall, which dropped last week via Spinefarm Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Tours: Direct Hit! / Less Than Jake / Four Year Strong / Bearings

Direct HitMilwaukee punk band Direct Hit! has announced that they will be joining Less Than Jake and Four Year Strong for a February tour.  The band recently released a split with PEARS in November via Fat Wreck Chords

Tour dates are below.

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Moose Blood Announces New LP

Moose BloodCanterbury, UK emo band Moose Blood has announced plans for their next full length.  The album will be titled I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore and follows their 2016 full length, Blush, available now via Hopeless Records.  

The disc drops on March 9, 2018 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders are live.  A new music video for the song “Talk in Your Sleep” can be viewed below.

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Video: Bleacher Days – Some Strain of You

Bleacher DaysBoston-based pop punk band Bleacher Days has released a new music video from their new EP.  The video features the song “Some Strain of You” and appears on the album I Only Saw True Purpose, which dropped on December 1, 2017.   The EP was produced by Chris Piquette (Trophy WivesLions Lions).

Watch the video below.

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Worriers

Worriers

Survival Pop

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Brooklyn, New York pop-punk band Worriers has been going strong for over six years since The Measure [SA] called it a day.  Front woman Lauren Denitzio has since made the project a natural next step, with a lineup featuring the likes of Mikey Erg, Lou Hanman and Audrey Zee Whitesides, ensuring that each song is catchy and fun.  The formula is simple and buoyant – bubbly in a four-chord pop-punk kind of way without surrendering ambition.  For Worriers second full length, Survival Pop, Denitzio capitalizes on her calm and collected intonation, making for a warm and inviting listen.

Survival Pop comes across like a warm cup of cocoa.  Whereas labelmate Alison Weiss beams like a ray of sunshine on a sunny day,  Worriers warms listeners from the inside out.  The flame flickers to life with opener “My 85th Rodeo,” an unassuming little piece of pop-rock with plenty of fun little hooks built from simple riffs and steady melody.  To force a comparison, think Cayetana with a little more pep.  “Possibility” echos such a jovial zest, capitalizing on the hopeful insight of the chorus line, “in between anxiety and hindsight.”  “Gaslighter” follows with a far more down to earth appeal.  Predicated upon the sound of Denitzio’s vocals and mellow guitar chords, the song raises the stakes during the chorus only to retract to a darker corner for each following verse.  It fits the band’s self-reflective mandate while maintaining a great balance against quicker paced songs like “Best Fear / Worst Fantasy.”  Speaking of the latter, the band’s fast paced approach to witty identity affirming songwriting shines through in cheeky little lines like “I hope I never have any children, I hope they have many many.”  In a way, this line summarizes the album’s general sense of internal tension lurking just below the surface.

Overall, Worriers offer a strong but safe album.  Survival Pop’s underlying warmth depicts a band that is comfortable in their own skin, willing to share what typically amounts to private thoughts in an accessible and relatable way.  Worriers way not reinvent the wheel, but they roll along confidently nonetheless.  Those with an appreciation for humble and catchy pop-punk will find Survival Pop an easy choice.

Video: Tim Barry – Little Eden

Tim BarryRustic country punk Tim Barry has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Little Eden,” from Barry’s recent album, High On 95, available now via Chunksaah Records.

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Video: Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not

Brian FallonGaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon has premiered a new music video for his latest single, “Forget Me Not.”  The track will appear on Fallon’s upcoming solo album, Sleepwalkers, which is due out on February 9, 2018.  

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Video: Sleep On It – Fireworks

Sleep On ItSleep On It has premiered a new music video for the song “Fireworks from their new album, Overexposed.  The album dropped earlier this year via Equal Vision Records.

Stream the disc here courtesy here.

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Video: Story Of The Year – 20 Years From Now

Story Of The YEarStory of the Year has premiered an new music video for the song “20 Years From Now.” The song will appear on the disc Wolves, which is due out on December 8, 2017 through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.  Orders can be made here.

Listen to the song below.

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