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Jesse LeBourdais Streams New Album in full

Jesse LeBourdaisSolo artist Jesse LeBourdais is streaming his new full length, Grief Intensity Friendship, which was released last week via My Fingers My Brains Records.  The album follows 2015’s Long Winter.

Stream the album below.  Read our review of the album here.

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Audible Joes Stream New LP In Full

Audible Joes Irrational AnthemsAudible Joes, a punk band from Cork, Ireland, have premiered a stream of their sophomore full-length, Irrational Anthems, which will be released on July 14, 2017 and will be available via all major digital retailers and streaming services.

Stream the full album below courtesy PunkNews.

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Manchester Orchestra – The Moth

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a new song from their next album.  The song is titled “The Moth” and the album will be titled A Black Mile to the Surface, which is set to drop on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Listen to the song below.

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Silverstein – Mirror Box

Silverstein DRSilverstein have released a stream of Mirror Box, a new track from their forthcoming LP, Dead Reflection, that is due out on July 14, 2017 via Rise RecordsDead Reflection is Silverstein‘s eighth full length and proves why the band have remained at the top of their game for over 17 years.  You can pre-order Dead Reflection here.

Stream the song below.

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Video: Fights And Fires – Church Bells

Worcester-based punk-rock quartet, Fights And Fires, have premiered a new music video for the song “Church Bells,” from their upcoming new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, that is set for release on July 14, 2017 through Lockjaw Records
 
Watch the video below.
 
Live Life Like A Tourist can be pre-ordered here and their tour dates can be viewed below.

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Choir Vandals Stream New LP In Full

Choir Vandals Dark GlowSt Louis’s Choir Vandals have premiered their Animal Style Records debut.  The album is titled  Dark Glow and is set to drop on July 14, 2017.

Dark Glow can be pre-ordered here and the stream can be heard here courtesy AltPress.

Video: Fights & Fires – Church Bells

Fights And Fires Euro Tour 17Worcester-based punk-rock quartet, Fights And Fires, has premiered a new music video for the song “Church Bells.”  The song will appear on their new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, that is set for release on July 14th through Lockjaw Records

Watch the video here.

 

Video: All American Rejects – Sweat

The All-American RejectsAll American Rejects have premiered a new music video and song in the form of a movie short.  The band last released Kids In The Street back in 2012.

Watch the music video below courtesy Interscope Records.

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Video: The Isotopes – D.O.A.

Isotopes 1994 WSCThe Isotopes have premiered a new music video for the song “D.O.A.”  The track appears on their latest LP, 1994 World Series Champions, which dropped on April 17, 2017 via Destiny Records in the UK and Europe, along with long term teammates, Stomp Records in Canada and the US. 

Watch a video for the song below courtesy PunkNews.

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The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats

The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats

Sign of the Fighter

Metalville Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

German celtic punk act The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats are an indisputable breath of fresh air in the Irish punk scene.  Not to imply that Flogging Molly, The Tossers, and the wealth of other long running acts are losing steam, but let’s be honest, new installments in this niche are few and far between.  Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective and a bit of new blood to reinvigorate a long time fan’s enthusiasm with more than simple nostalgia, and that’s exactly what The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats offer.

The band’s sophomore full length, Sign Of The Fighter, blends an easy mix of timeless Irish charm with heavy handed anthemic punk rock.  Founding members Sean and Dwight O’Reilly’s vocals fit the part for all the right reasons.  Gruff without coming across excessively raspy, the full bodied lead vocals and supporting gang vocal harmonies make each song a shoe-in for sweaty full-crowd sing-alongs in venues of all sizes.  

The self-promoting anthem “Paddyhats” boasts one of the most accessible choruses on the album, but it’s the attention to detail, including the tightly executed accordion, clearly audible acoustic strums, and soul penetrating “ahhhh-ahhhs,” that truly frame The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats as more than the sum of their parts.  Other larger than life highlights include “Ghost of a Soldier,” which features mountainous anthemic eruptions lead by Mia Callaghan’s masterful fiddle work, and the murderous tale of sin fuelling the boisterous pleas forgiveness that culminate in “White River.”  All the while, the use of the mandolin “Ghost Of A Soldier” serve as an excellent reminder of the clear folk influences even in the thick of the storm.

While The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats seemingly effortlessly pump out larger than life anthems at will, they are equally as proficient at playing off of the genre’s more subtle nuances.  Take the gradual growing melody of the maritimer piece “Come On Board,” which strategically draws upon a tin whistle during a late song bridge.  The instrument surfaces as a tertiary flourish throughout tracks like “Barroom Lady” with engrossing atmospheric effect.  For another successful tactic that is also sensitive to album pacing, the band builds upon an old seafarers acapella classic, “Haul Away Joe,” which minimizes instrumentation not unlike that of Celtic punk peers The Dreadnoughts.  There is little denying that Sign Of The Fighter’s ebb expertly balances out its flow.

Apparently the The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats’ profile has grown in Europe considerably over a short period of time, and as Sign Of The Fighter makes clear, it’s not hard to see why.  But there’s no reason for their popularity to cease upon reaching the Atlantic.  The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats bare all the markings of a modern international celtic punk sensation and stand to gain the attentive ears of a North American audience.  As should be obvious, Sign Of The Fighter offers a prime reason for meeting the acquaintance of The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats.

Rancid

Rancid

Trouble Maker

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What can be said about punk rock legends Rancid that hasn’t already been said before? The band’s distinctive elements, like Tim Armstrong’s (or “Tim Timebomb” as he seems to go by these days) “mouthful of marbles” vocals, and Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman’s angry belting have been a staple in the scene for over twenty five years. At this point in their career, Rancid will forever live in the shadow of their breakout mainstream success, And Out Come The Wolves, but they seem to at peace with that. And while the band hasn’t changed much in substance since those days, their latest effort, Trouble Maker, maintains all the fire you’ve come to expect from the Rancid gang.

By and large, this latest batch of tracks falls into one of two camps – those rattling full speed on a pair of run-away rails, and those totally chill, sunny day swaggerers. Those like opener “Track Fast,” “Street Punk Troublemaker” and “All American Neighborhood” take their old-school punked-up ways to heart. The latter uses a panicked pace to describe the upheaval and social disarray defining some of America’s most challenged neighbourhoods, drawing upon lyrical contrasts and simple irony to make their point.  These tracks aren’t so overly abundant as to single handedly define the album, but they are quick reminders of Rancid’s past, and how it still very much applies to the present.

Even with all of the ruckus, the bulk of Trouble Maker is actually pretty catchy.  Only moments after first hearing “Ghost of a Chance” and “Telegraph Avenue” do the songs emit a infectious pull to start singing along with the chorus.  Accompanied by full bodied “nah nah nah” type gang vocals and distant but lively acoustic strums, the track is an easy top pick sure to compliment classic Rancid playlists.  Other chorus-heavy highlights include the World War II referencing “Farewell Lola Blue” and “I Kept A Promise,” which both define themselves as mid-tempo rockers with plenty of single line repetition.  While nothing terribly profound on their own, as with most Rancid, tunes they come loaded with plenty of one line earworms that will surely nestle their way into any listener’s thoughts.

Trouble Maker offers up yet another familiar step on Rancid‘s ongoing punk rock trek through the decades.  As with most of Rancid’s releases, there isn’t much new or anything that you wouldn’t already expect based on past performance – but at this point, would anybody really want that?  Those of us that continue to tune in to Rancid after all these years know what we want, and we’re certainly not going to fault them for offering up exactly what we’re looking for.

Street Dogs Sign With Century Media Records

Street DogsBoston’s long running street punk band Street Dogs has announced that they have signed on with Century Media.  Bassist Johnny Rioux expresses the band’s enthusiasm for the move:

We are thrilled to be invited into the Century Media family. We have always appreciated bands and labels doing something different and who value and express themselves through multiple genres of music, CM are no exception and have a rich history to back it up. Rock and roll, metal, hardcore, if it has heart, soul, and conviction we always stand behind it.”

Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Video: Authority Zero – When We Rule The World

Authority Zero BTTNLong running punk rock act Authority Zero have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “When We Rule The World” from their latest LP, Broadcasting To The Nations, which was released on June 2nd 2017, via Bird Attack Records, the new album is now available on CD, splatter vinyl and digital formats.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Every Time I Die (Europe)

every time i dieHardcore act Every Time I Die will be heading on a European tour this Winter.  The band released their latest album, Low Teens, in 2016 via Epitaph Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Medictation – Saptor Raptor

Medictation - Warm PlacesMedictation has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Saptor Raptor” which appear on their debut LP, Warm Places, available on Paper + Plastick Records.
 
Watch the video below.
 
The band is composed of the late Dickie Hammond, Graeme Philliskirk (also of Leatherface), Hugo Mudie, Fred Jaques and Julien Blais (all of Montreal, Canada’s The Sainte Catherine’s).

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Memphis May Fire – That’s Just Life

mmfDallas metalcore mob Memphis May Fire have posted a video for “That’s Just Life.”  The song is lifted from their latest LP, This Life I Hold, available now via Rise Records

Watch the video below.

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The Xcerts – Feels Like Falling In Love

The XcertsScottish three-piece The Xcerts have premiered their latest single and accompanying music video.  The video features the song “Feels Like Falling In Love.”

Check it out below.

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Graduation Day (Kevin Day of Aspiga) Streams New EP

Graduation DayGraduation Day, the project of Kevin Day, known for his work in Aspiga, is streaming his new solo acoustic EP.  The EP is titled Quiet & Calm and is available now via Black Numbers Records.

Listen to the full disc below.  Order it here.

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Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid

Precious Art

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

After spending six years and producing three full length albums on the indie circuit, West Virginia power-pop quartet Rozwell Kid have made the jump to SideOneDummy Records’ reputable roster.  It’s a natural next step for the rising band, not just in raising their profile and expanding their audience, but in finding a home that won’t muzzle their spastic, pop-punk tendencies. Labelmates AJJ and Jeff Rosenstock serve as perfect examples of equally free spirits finding their way and honing their sounds in such a way.

The same is true of Rozwell Kid’s fourth LP, Precious Art, which finds the band tightening their garage-influenced sound while harnessing a creative vision sure to peak the interest of longtime fans and newcomers alike.  “I’m down to my underwear because I threw it all away in a Wendy’s trashcan” sings frontman Jordan Hudkins of leaving behind the daily grind in favour of leaving worldly disposition and blazing your own trail.  “Wendy’s Trash Can” opens the album as welcome reassurance that Rozwell Kid is as energetic and prone to humour as ever.  While definitely representing the punkier side of their musical repertoire, the combination of quick simple riffs and playful chorus-verse format translates well into the present.  Similar tracks like the obscure Weird Al referencing “UHF on DVD” and odd little romantic number “Booger” succeed on account of similar marriages of bizarre content with catchy outcomes.

Much of the record bears comparison with the grunge-pop of Weezer origins.  When the pace tempers and tempo slows, tracks like “Futon” and “MadTV” offer up an easy flowing, slacker-rock mentality reminiscent of the 90’s.  Rozwell Kid manage a strong sense of meander meets direction not unlike that of Gregory Pepper & His Problems – never reluctant to explore the unexpected and veer towards scenic detour or tangent.  From songs of early childhood friendships and summers spent trading comic books and watching vintage Ninja Turtles movies (“Michael Keaton”), to effective sub-minute primarily instrumental interludes (“South By”), Precious Art flows naturally in sequence and substance.  Only “Gameball” tends to drag towards the album’s close, with it’s slumber-like chords feeling sleepier than interesting in execution.

Overall, Rozwell Kid’s latest entry succeeds as both their SideOneDummy Records debut and natural continuation of their zany Rozwell Kid antics.  With plenty of relatable themes and pop-culture references to boot, taking Precious Art for a spin is as rewarding to dig through lyrically as it is to groove along with on the surface.  An easy recommendation.

Smoking Popes Premiere New Song Live For Room Session

Smoking PopesSoft spoken pop-punk legends Smoking Popes recently performed a live session of their brand new track “Little Lump Of Coal” for The Rock Room.  The band released a new EP back in late 2016 available now via Asian Man Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Jimmy Eat World – Get Right

Jimmy Eat WorldArizona’s Jimmy Eat World has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Get Right,” from their latest album, Integrity Blues, which dropped back in October 2016 via Dine Alone Music

Watch the colourful video below.

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Rozwell Kid Stream New LP In Full

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a stream of their freshly dropped full length, Precious, which dropped on June 23, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to and order the album here.

Lay It On The Line Stream New Album

Lay it On The LineHardcore act Lay It On The Line has premiered a new single from their upcoming album, The Back Museum, which is set to drop on June 30, 2017 via Disconnect Disconnect Records.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy the good folks at Dying Scene.

Video: Teenage Bottlerocket – Why The Big Pause (The Punchlines Cover)

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punk powerhouse Teenage Bottlerocket has premiered a new music video.  The video features the a cover of The Punchlines’ “Why the Big Pause,” which is set to appear on their upcoming, Stealing the Covers which will hit the streets on July 14, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Holy Pinto – Very Adult

Holy PintoCanterbury’s indie punk act Holy Pinto has premiered a brand new song from their upcoming single.  The track is titled “Very Adult” and is set to appear on a double A-side single, which is due out on June 30, 2017 via Soft Speak Records.  songs follow their 2016 LP, Congratulations.

Listen to the song below.

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The Resignators Announce New LP

Australian ska-punks The Resignators have announced details for their next album.   The album will be titled Party Dates and is set to drop on September 8, 2017.  

The band last released See You In Hell in 2011.

Guttermouth Streams Compilation LP In Full

GuttermouthSouthern California punk rockers Guttermouth have premiered a full stream of their upcoming compilation which features three new tracks, The Whole Enchilada, which dropped last week via Rude Records.  

Listen to the complete disc below.

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Video: Manchester Orchestra – The Alien

Manchester OrchestraManchester Orchestra has premiered a new music video from their recently announced next album.  The video features the song “The Alien” and the album will be titled A Black Mile to the Surface, which is set to drop on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Watch the video below.

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Pkew Pkew Pkew Sign To SideOneDummy Records

Pkew Pkew PkewPkew Pkew Pkew have signed on with SideOneDummy Records.  The band last released their self titled LP, in 2016 via Royal Mountain Records, with their new home reissuing the album including one new song.

Watch a new music video for one of the tracks below.

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Tours: The Hotelier

HotelierThe Hotelier has will be hearing on tour this Fall with Oso Oso and Alex Napping.   The Hotelier continues to support their latest release, Goodness, which dropped back on May 27, 2016 via Tiny Engines Records

Tour dates are below.

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Rude Records Signs Stand Atalntic

Australian pop-rock act Stand Atlantic have signed on with Rude Records.  The band expresses their excitement:

“We feel so lucky to be in the hands of the Rude Records family, they’ve been nothing but supportive and passionate from day one!”

The band plans to release new music in 2017 through their new home.