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Coma Commander (BE) / Harsh Realms (NL) stream Split 7″

Coma CommanderBelgian gruff punks’ Coma Commander and Dutch punk rockers Harsh Realms (NL) are streaming their upcoming split 7″ in full over at Dyingscene.com. The split will be out on a 7″ black + red vinyl via Lost Youth Records and Shield Recordings

The EP has two release dates. On 26th of April the guys are hitting Harsh Realms’ home town of Breda in The Netherlands. The Belgium release date is set for the 20th of May when both bands are scheduled to play Rockselaar festival. Listen to the split EP below the break.

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Coma Commander debut video for ‘The Untold Story Of The Kid In The Back’

coma commanderBelgian punk rock act Coma Commander launched a video for The Untold Story Of The Kid In The Back. The track is the first single of their up and coming split with Dutch gruff punks Harsh Realms, out on April 26th through Shield Recordings.

Bram Sels (vocalist) about The Untold Story Of The Kid In The Back:

“Well, the song’s about the kid in the back, the nerd that no one pays attention to who’s secretly the funnest one of the group. In the movie Karate Kid it’s that dude who yells ‘Get him a body bag!’ during the tournament. He’s the kind of guy we’d go out for beers with, definitely not that dweeb Daniel that the movie’s about.”

Watch the video below the break.

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Interview: Nothington

NothingtonNothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.

Read the interview here.

   
Nothington

Nothington

Jay Northington, Chris Matulich

Red Scare Industries
By on February 22, 2017 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Nothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.


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MUTE

Jean-Philippe Lamonde

Bird Attack Records
By on November 7th, 2016 at JH Sojo, Kesse-Lo (Leuven, Belgium)

 

 

With Remember Death, MUTE released one of the most anticipated skate punk records of the year. Lead single Fill The Void quickly became a fan favourite and it wouldn’t surprise us if the album reached a few end of year lists come December. Just like you’ve come to expect from the Québec four piece, Remember Death is a fast record with melodic songs that are packed with guitar solos. During MUTE’s European tour, we had the chance to sit down with lead singer and bassist Jean-Philippe Lamonde and talk about the band’s first release in 5 years.


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Trophy Lungs

Trophy Lungs

Kelly, Kevin, David and Brendan

Bearded Punk Records
By on August 16th, 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Trophy Lungs, a Boston based pop punk act, released one of the most exciting debut albums of 2015. The band sadly played their final show last week. We didn’t know this at the time of the interview during Brakrock Ecofest in Belgium, so we’ll publish our talk with the band as our way to give these Boston punk rockers the goodbye they deserve.
 

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Interviews – Apologies, I Have None

Apologies, I Have NoneLondon’s Apologies, I Have None have just released their highly anticipated and already acclaimed sophomore record Pharmacie. Josh Mckenzie, songwriter and only remaining founding member took the time for a chat as the band was about to kick off their European tour in Antwerp, Belgium. We talked about London references on Pharmacie, the secrets to the Apologies, I Have None wall of sound and expectations from the new album.

Read the interview here.

 

Apologies, I Have None

Apologies, I Have None

Josh Mckenzie

Uncle M Music
By on September 21st, 2016 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 
London’s Apologies I Have None have just released their highly anticipated and already acclaimed sophomore record Pharmacie. Josh Mckenzie, songwriter and only remaining founding member took the time for a chat as the band was about to kick off their European tour in Antwerp, Belgium. We talked about London references on Pharmacie, the secrets to the Apologies, I Have None wall of sound and expectations from the new album.

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Antillectual

Antillectual

Willem Heijmans, Riekus van Montfort, Toon van Kouteren

Bird Attack Records, Redfield Records, Fusa Records, Waterslide Records
By on August 16th, 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Antillectual are one of the torchbearer bands for political punk in Europe. Their most recent effort Engage! is only a couple of weeks old, and is their sixth album already. One of the good things about Engage! is that it’s packed with fresh ideas and songs about hot issues, thus avoiding a pitfall of the genre: hitting the same nail over and over again. We had a talk with the Dutch punk rockers on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Brakrock ecofest. There really couldn’t have been a more fitting moment for a chat about Engage! and the songs on it, about European politics and about taking the stage at Punk Rock Holiday for a second time.

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Interview: Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze GirlsKamikaze Girls is a UK based two piece who play a unique blend of punk with ingredients from all kinds of genres. The songs often have poppy choruses but they’re emotional, raw and noisy in their own way. The love singer/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone has for fuzzy noises and guitar pedals is no stranger to this sound. Their debut EP Sad is one to watch out for and will be released through Wiretap Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (Europe) in September. Thematically it tackles issues of mental health the band has struggled with in the past: “We wrote it when we weren’t having a very nice time and every time we play it we feel better about it” says Livingstone. We had a chat with Kamikaze Girls’ Lucinda Livingstone and Conor Dawson about their upcoming release, Riot Grrrl and how it was like to play the Fest for the first time. Read More…

Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls

Lucinda Livingstone & Conor Dawson

Wiretap Records & Bearded Punk Records
By on August, 16th 2016 at Brakrock Ecofest, Belgium

 

 
Kamikaze Girls is a UK based two piece who play a unique blend of punk with ingredients from all kinds of genres. The songs often have poppy choruses but they’re emotional, raw and noisy in their own way. The love singer/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone has for fuzzy noises and guitar pedals is no stranger to this sound. Their debut EP Sad is one to watch out for and will be released through Wiretap Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (Europe) in September. Thematically it tackles issues of mental health the band has struggled with in the past: “We wrote it when we weren’t having a very nice time and every time we play it we feel better about it” says Livingstone. We had a chat with Kamikaze Girls’ Lucinda Livingstone and Conor Dawson about their upcoming release, Riot Grrrl and how it was like to play the Fest for the first time.

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Wiretap Records releases free summer compilation

Wiretap Records CompWiretap Records released a 40-track summer compilation with the brief title Attention: A Wiretap Records “Instant” Compilation. Summer 2016. The comp is available to download on a pay what you want basis over at Wiretap’s bandcamp page. “If you discover at least one new band from this compilation, we’ve reached our goal” says the label. And since there’s 40 artists included, the chances of doing no discoveries are slim. The comp includes songs from Pocket Science, Bike Tuff, Spanish Love Songs, Cedar Spring MotelKamikaze Girls, Turn it Around and None The Wiser.
 
 
 

Aree and the Pure Heart sign to Bearded Punk Records

Aree And The Pure Heart sign to Bearded PunkAree and the Pure Heart recently signed to the Belgian label Bearded Punk Records. Multi-instrumentalist Aree Ogir from Atlanta, Georgia released his debut EP ‘Heartsongs‘ last year. It will now be re-released to the European market on CD mid-September.

Musically ‘Heartsongs‘ is an interesting blend of songwriting in true Springsteen / Gaslight Anthem spirit with a hint of Laura Jane Grace. When you hear Aree’s story and listen to his lyrics, it’s hard not to be be impressed. Read More…

Dour Festival 2016

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Festival (07/16/16)

Dour, Belgium
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Dour festival in is a yearly alternative music festival in a Belgian village of the same name. It’s sometimes nicknamed the Woodstock of Wallonia, which gives you a rough idea of the vibe and love for certain substances at the festival. Since it’s conception in 1989 it is now mainly electronic music that has taken over. There’s still a stage left for punk rock and related genres, that’s where I decided to spend my Saturday. Read More…

Kamikaze Girls Release Video ‘Ladyfuzz’

 
Kamikaze GirlsUK’s up-and-coming grungy punk act Kamikaze Girls launched a new video for the single Ladyfuzz. The song will be on their forthcoming 5-track debut EP Sad. Ladyfuzz is a metaphor for a period in the life of singer Lucinda Livingston when she was struggling with her mental health. The song features the typical fuzzy sound the band is known for, as well as some poppy elements. The video was shot in Livingston‘s childhood bedroom and the surrounding area. It’s released through Punktastic and can be found here.
 
The upcoming debut EP of the band can be still be pre-ordered here (North America) or here (Europe).

The Bouncing Souls post video for ‘Up To Us’

The Bouncing SoulsThe Bouncing Souls released a video for Up To Us of their new album Simplicity through AVclub.com. The song is about how music inspires, about losing your heroes and about the responsibility the band feels to carry a torch for the spirit that great music has given them. The video embodies this message wholeheartedly in true Bouncing Souls fashion, or as Greg Attonito says it: “It’s up to us now to make this fire never burn out“. 

Get Simplicity through the bands site or check out the video here.

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Brakrock Ecofest final line-up announced

Brakrock fest is a yearly festival in the town of Duffel, in the center of Belgium. It’s held on August 6th at a stunning location next to the water, in the shadow of a 16th century castle. The eco-minded festival is only 4 years old but gets more traction and draws a bigger roster every year.

They announced their complete line-up for the 2016 edition. It includes Strung Out, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Authority Zero, The Dwarves, The Adolescents and Trophy Lungs.
 
Check out the full roster below.

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Spanish Love Songs vinyl release

Spanish Love SongsSpanish Love Songs is a 4-piece pop punk band from Los Angeles, California in the veins of The Menzingers, Run Forever and Iron Chic. The band announced a vinyl release of their debut album “Giant Sings The Blues“. It is now available for pre-order trough Wiretap Records (North America) and Bearded Punk Records (Europe). The pressing is limited to 200 copies.

Pre-order North America: Wiretap Records
Pre-order Europe: Bearded Punk Records

 

Bouncing Souls stream ‘Simplicity’

Bouncing Souls - SimplicityNew Jersey’s punk rock icons Bouncing Souls are streaming their new album Simplicity over at Spin. Simplicity is the first album recorded with drummer George Robello (Hot Water Music) and is set to release on July 29th. The record can still be pre-ordered here.

The tracklisting and link for the stream can be found below the break.

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Trophy Lungs announce European tour

Trophy LungsBearded Punk Records (Belgium) announced a summer tour for Boston punk rock act Trophy Lungs who will take Belgian skatepunkers You Nervous? along for the ride. The two week tour includes dates in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Tour details can be found on the poster below.

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Apologies, I Have None – Love & Medication

Apologies I Have NoneLondon’s heartfelt punk rockers Apologies, I Have None have been working hard on a successor for their acclaimed full length London (2012). 

Love & Medication is the first single off the upcoming album Pharmacie and is now available as a free download courtesy Uncle M. It’s got all the ingrediënts we’ve come to know from Apologies and gives rise to our expectations for the new album.

Head over to soundcloud for your download.

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Brian Fallon Live in Antwerp

Live in Antwerp (4/12/2016)

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Describing the appeal of Brian Fallon is a hard thing, but there’s no doubt about it, the Gaslight Anthem’s front man has an undefinable charm. He writes the kind of music that draws people from all ages with different backgrounds to the same same show. This time was no different. It was a chance to hear what Fallon would do with the songs of his latest release and first solo effort Painkillers. For Horrible Crowes fans it was also the first possibility to hear songs of off fan favourite Elsie live in Europe. The turnout was pretty good, considering it’s a solo project and the venue was changed to a different city a few weeks before the show.

Brian and his Crowes started their show with Red Lights, Rosemary and I Witnessed a Crime. A bit of a slow start, or maybe the crowd just needed some warming up. The second song of off Elsie, however, really did win the crowd over. When Sugar kicks in, it just hits you right in the feels, it doesn’t matter how cool you are. Followed by Ladykiller and Honey Magnolia this was probably the strongest part of the set.

The Painkillers songs really translate well live and fit in with all of Fallon’s material nicely. If it weren’t for the different route that was chosen for the production of both records, songs like Honey Magnolia, Smoke and Steve McQueen could have been on Elsie as well. There might be a different take on the songs for each “brand” of Fallon music, it’s still Fallon.

A little treat for the punk rock kids was a great cover of NOFX’s classic Linoleum. Think of Streetlight Manifesto’s rendition meets Bad Astronaut’s but with Fallon on vocals. You can’t go wrong with that song really.

Brian Fallon’s famous for a few things. His stories are one those things, in which he’s never too shy to embarrass one of his band mates. Not playing encores is another one, in stead he prefers to just keep playing songs and then walk off stage when they’re done. He announces it, so nobody is expecting anything else. I’m going to applaud that habit, because the whole “calling the band out again” routine can be annoying or even awkward for everyone involved at times.

The set was closed with 4 Horrible Crowes songs, Black Betty And the Moon, Mary Ann, Crush and Behold The Hurricane. Pretty good choice and an audience convinced. After seeing this show I get the feeling it could be a good thing the Gaslight Anthem is taking some time off. Their last few performances gave me the feeling they sort of lost their drive. But this time around, it felt good to be alive again, my friend.

   

Ray Rocket releases solo LP, premieres video for “First Time”

ray_rocket_coverRay Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket released his first full length solo effort Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana under the moniker Ray Rocket. Together with the album, a video for the song First Time was premiered.

This song is particularly special because it was the last song Ray’s twin brother Brandon ever recorded drums on before his untimely death. This video is a tribute to the beauty of brotherhood, the memory of Brandon, and a celebration of both brothers.

Check out the video below. Tour dates and info about the record can be found here.

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Interview: The Copyrights

The CopyrightsAfter almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

Read the interview here.

The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Adam, Luke and Brett

Red Scare Industries
By on March 18th, 2016 at Dordrecht, The Netherlands

 

 

After almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

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Danger Friends Zeros

Danger Friends

Zeros

Kung Fu Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Danger Friends is a synth punk rock four piece from Ventura, California; and Zeros, their debut EP released through Kung Fu Records is a breath of fresh air in the land of synth music.

This isn’t a band that goes all in on the electronics to deliver a super polished or poppy sound like we’re used to. In stead, they don’t give a crap and do the opposite. You could describe Danger Friends as a punk rock band in the veins of PUP that plays synths in stead of guitars – and a band should definitely be credited for even trying that.

Zeros includes songs with catchy hooks, gripping riffs and powerful verses. The tune with the biggest hit potential is the title track. At first glance, it appears chaotic but in reality, it’s just a good old punk banger: verse, chorus, verse, chorus and done.

It’s not alone as all the other songs on this EP have catchy hooks underneath various layers of synth madness. Carousel is a tad slower, which leaves more room for the synths to surface. It also features a rhythmic pause, which is a funny thing to do with keyboards. It’s So Safe is the perfect ending to this crazy ass EP. A catchy song – again – you can easily sing a long too if you just repeat “It’s so safe” 39 times (I counted). There’s a few other lines in it as well but who cares for those?

I’m not a big fan of synths, this EP didn’t change that. I’m old fashioned or something. That doesn’t mean the songs aren’t worth discovering. So by no means let my phobia of electronics be contagious, check out this EP by your new Danger Friends.

Ray Rocket Details Solo LP, Posts Video

ray_rocket_coverRay Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket announced his first solo album Do You Want To Go To Tijuana?. The album will include covers, Teenage Bottlerocket songs and original material.

Pre-order packages are up now and a video for the title track is released as well. The album will be available through Rise Records on April 1st.

Check out the video below.

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The Falcon Reveals Artwork for Gather Up The Chaps

The Falcon, with members Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Neil Hennessy (The Lawrence Arms), revealed the artwork for their upcoming release Gather Up The Chaps. The second full length of the supergroup is set for a March 18 release via Red Scare.

The Falcon - Gather Up The Chaps

This record is super dark,” explains frontman Brendan Kelly. “I don’t know why it turned out like this, but sex, drugs, rock and roll, and death are powerful topics for a reason. I didn’t invent or pioneer this kind of album by any stretch of imagination, but it’s what came out of me.

The 12-song collection promises to be vulgar, dark, risqué, and hilarious. From self-loathing (War of Colossus), to masks and the people that wear them (The Fighter. The Rube. The Asshole.), to creating your own personal hell on earth (You Dumb Dildos), Gather Up The Chaps covers not only the birds and the bees but also the ugly underbelly of carnal desires and vices.

Teenage Bottlerocket Remains A Band; Announces New Drummer

Teenage BottlerocketThe future of Teenage Bottlerocket was uncertain after the tragic loss of their beloved drummer and brother Brendan Carlisle in November 2015. The support for the Teenage Bottlerocket family in these hard times was enormous, still it was a hard decision for the band what to do moving forward after losing a founding member. “We kept asking ourselves and each other: what would Brandon want us to do?

Today Teenage Bottlerocket confirmed they will remain a band and keep playing. They announced their new drummer, Darren Chewka (Old Wives), Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta.

Read the full statement from the band Full statement from Teenage Bottlerocket. You can also watch a video of Teenage Bottlerocket practising Bigger Than Kiss with Chewka.

Break Anchor release video for West Alexandrine

Break AnchorBreak Anchor launch a new video for the song West Alexandrine off the album In a Van Down by the River.

About the video Jay Navarro (ex-Suicide Machines) said: 
“The city of Detroit and all my friends who I consider closer to me than family helped raise me and become who I am today. I hope it makes sense to kids who have been raised by the city or who have found family that isn’t blood.”

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Backlash, baby!

The Max Levine Ensemble

Backlash, Baby!

Lame-O-Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Max Levine Ensemble is back and they’re making quite an entrance with Backlash, Baby, their first full length in over 7 years. Backlash is a pop punk record, but diverse enough to never get stale. Lyrically the album covers all sorts of grounds, David Combs writes about how life changes, how we change as well and tries to make sense of it all. That includes politics, history or big issues, but also personal stories.

Title track Backlash, Baby is a solid opener and gets the album going within a few seconds. Also lyrically it’s a perfectly suited for a comeback record. There’s a Weezer vibe to Max Levine and it really surfaces in My Valerian, a song that sets a different tone taking the pace down a notch with a very catchy indie pop chorus. If there’s a single on Backlash that could get main stream, it has to be this song. Together with the next two songs it’s a really strong sequence. The vocal parts on Suns Early Rays are just awesome, and Born At The Wrong Time is a banger with massive sing a long potential.

Sicker is a song with a darker theme; there’s a few of them on Backlash, Baby: Shadow of Death could be one of those songs, though I’m not sure. The last line of this song says “No person who seeks to escape it should ever be treated with trust by the living, still the shadow of death keeps me moving”, what a genious lyric. Did I also mention that Shadow of Death is a ska tune on a pop punk record – how 90’s – and it just so happens to still be a really good song.

This brings us to American, my favourite off the album. I live in Europe, I’ve done so for all my life so I’m quite certainly not the best target audience for this song. Nonetheless the theme translates well over the ocean, maybe because I share – more or less – my age with David Combs. Next to the great lyrics, this song features a near perfect intro and exemplifies excellent songwriting. Going home is the two part ending to the album. Part 1 is the dreamy acoustic introduction and Part 2 feels like the actual song, an optimistic song about changes: “Things will get better, once we leave the winter far behind“.

If you’re not used to The Max Levine Ensemble I could see it taking a few listens to get used to Backlash, Baby. This isn’t your middle of the road pop punk record, it takes a bit more work but it’s a most enjoyable ride and some songs are true gems worthwhile discovering.