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Day Jobs Join A-F Records; Announce New EP

Day JobsDetroit punk outfit Day Jobs has signed on with A-F Records.  The band plans to release their debut Self Titled 7-inch on December 1, 2017.  Pre-orders are live.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Quit Your Day Job,” which can be heard below.

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Mike Frazier Joins A-F Records; Streams First Track

Mike FrazierWinchester, VA singer/songwriter Mike Frazier, has signed on with A-F Records.  He plans on releasing the new full length, Elegy, on November 11, 2017 via A-F Records.

Pre-orders are live.  Coinciding with the announcement is the release of the song “San Francisco,” which can be streamed below.

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Video: Coffee Project – Wasted Love

Coffee ProjectAcoustic horn band Coffee Project premiered a new music video featuring the song “Wasted Love.”  The song originates from the band’s recent 7″ of the same name, available now on A-F Records.

Watch the video below.

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The Homeless Gospel Choir Release Full Stream Of New LP

Homeless Gospel Choir Normal LPThe Homeless Gospel Choir are now streaming their new record, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, in full on Bandcamp. The album, which features guest vocals from Frank Turner and Frank Iero, is set to be released tomorrow, August 18th, on A-F Records. The Homeless Gospel Choir will be touring the US and Europe in the coming months with AJJ, Frank Iero & The Patience and Beach Slang and tickets for all tour dates are available here

You can stream The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal via Bandcamp here

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Homeless Gospel Choir are poised to release their new album, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, that follows on from the thankfully more consicisely titled lead single, Normal, that acted as a taster for the full length. The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is an album that flows seamlessly between biting condemnations of the current political climate and tongue in cheek political satire, and manages to be simultaneously entertaining and fiercely relevant, which is nothing less than you’d expect from Derek Zanetti, the protest singer, author and artist who is the man behind The Homeless Gospel Choir.

Sixth Grade offers a brief opening flashback that is followed by Depression, a rapid fire slice of folk punk that is about being the sense of being an outsider that suddenly bursts into life with the a full band for the final verse. Crazy and Normal are fine slabs of punk rock that are counterbalanced by more downbeat numbers, such as Sometimes and Don’t Know, and Fear brings the strangest moment on the album, a disturbing psychotropic multi voiced dose of mental illness. The likes of Everyone and 1983 blend satire and punk rock perfectly whilst Alright is a heartfelt autobiographical protest song, and finally the album closes with the satirical and not exactly reverential take on religion, Holy Shit.

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is set to be released on August 18th via A-F Records and this album is one that has a tendency to grow on you, with each listen you’ll pick up a new lyric or hook that will make you spin the album again until you find yourself repeating this process until you’re caught in an endless loop. This is a unique album that has something that will appeal to everyone who has a love of punk rock, there are fine moments of defiant noisy punk that sit alongside the folk punk and moments of insight and strangeness, this is all delivered with a wit and sincerity that makes The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal a unique and deeply addictive album

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered via A-F Records here

A-F Records, Anti-Flag Detail Record Club

A-F RecordsLocated in Pittsburgh, Pa., A-F Records and punk legends Anti-Flag initiated the 2017 A-F Record Club. The club is limited to 150 subscribers who are able to help choose color variants, vote on artwork and more. The subscription will last one year, through summer 2018.

Check out what is included in the subscription below, and become a subscriber here.

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The Homeless Gospel Choir Release ‘Crazy’ Video

Homeless Gospel Choir Normal LPThe Homeless Gospel Choir have just released their new music video for Crazy, that features vocals from Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance and Frank Iero & The Patience. The song is taken from their new album, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, that is set to be released August 18th on A-F Records

Pre-orders for the new album are available now via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir Confirm Tour Dates

Beach Slang Summer 17The Homeless Gospel Choir have just announced their upcoming fall tour with Beach Slang and Dave Hause And The Mermaid, The Homeless Gospel Choir will be playing the northeast dates of the tour, beginning November 27th in Washington, DC, The Homeless Gospel Choir has also recently announced a European tour with Frank Iero And The Patience. The Homeless Gospel Choir will be touring in support of their new record The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, that is due out on August 18th via A-F Records.
 
The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered here
 
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The Homeless Gospel Choir Release Video For ‘Everyone’

Homeless Gospel Choir Normal LPThe Homeless Gospel Choir have just released a lyric video for Everyone, a new track that is taken from their new album The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal. Everyone flows seamlessly between biting condemnations on police brutality and tongue in cheek political satire and manages to be both entertaining and fiercely relevant, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is set to be released on August 18th via A-F Records.

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir To Release New LP On August 18th

Homeless Gospel Choir Normal LPThe Homeless Gospel Choir have just announced their new LP, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, is due out on August 18th via A-F Records. Derek Zanetti, also known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, is a protest singer, author and artist based out of Pittsburgh, through his on-stage humour and vulnerability he creates an atmosphere of inclusion and community and engages the audience in a way that allows them to know that they’re not alone.

you can pre-order The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir

Normal

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Derek Zanetti, also known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, is a protest singer, author and artist from Pennsylvania, The Homeless Gospel Choir released their new single, Normal, on June 9th via Anti-Flag‘s label, A-F Records, the single is a taster of what’s to come on the band’s new full length, that will be coming out in the fall and will include guest appearances from Frank Turner and Frank Iero.

Normal is a good old fashioned two track single, and it’s one that displays two very different sides to The Homeless Gospel Choir. The singles title track is recorded with a full band and it’s a defiant three and half minutes of punk rock that is an anthem for all the punks who’ve ever felt like outsiders, and let’s face it if you’re reading this then that probably includes you. The flip side of Normal is Why?, a stripped down live acoustic track that possesses a frantic and unbalanced feel and is delivered with good natured politically sussed humour.

Normal is a single that has an immediate appeal, the title track is something of an autobiographical song with an infectious chorus, when you consider that it is coupled with it’s manic acoustic b-side you have a winning combination that hints at what’s to come. Based on the two tracks on display on this single I’m already looking forward to hearing The Homeless Gospel Choir‘s full length album later this year, but for now I’m happy enough to add Normal to my playlist and to carry on embracing being an outsider, it’s good to know we’re not alone.

Normal can be ordered via A-F Records here

The Homeless Gospel Choir Release Stream Of ‘Why?’

Homeless Gospel Choir NormalThe Homeless Gospel Choir are set to release their new 7″ single, Normal, on June 9th via A-F Records, ahead of the singles release the band have released a stream of the b-side, Why?, that was recorded live in front of a small studio audience to capture the feeling of a live show. The single comes in advance of the band’s new album that is due out in the Fall of 2017.

Pre-orders for Normal are now available via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir Release Video For ‘Normal’

Homeless Gospel Choir NormalThe Homeless Gospel Choir have just premiered their new music video for Normal, the new video is a shot by shot remake of Alanis Morissette‘s video for Ironic. Normal is the A-Side off the new single of the same name that is due out on June 9th via A-F Records, the band’s new LP is set to follow in the fall of 2017.

Pre-orders for Normal are available via A-F Records here

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The Homeless Gospel Choir To Release ‘Normal’ Single

Homeless Gospel Choir NormalDerek Zanetti, also known as The Homeless Gospel Choir, is a protest singer, author and artist based out of Pittsburgh, PA. The Homeless Gospel Choir have now announced the release of their new 7″ single, Normal, that is due out on June 9th via A-F Records. The single comes in advance of the band’s new album that is due out in the fall of 2017.

Pre-orders for Normal are available now via A-F Records here

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Anti-Flag Announce Two New Live LPs

Anti Flag 2015Little Rocket Records has teamed up with A-F Records for the release of two new live LPs.  The first volume, Live Vol. 1, was recorded over the course of 3 evenings at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA and is due out on January  20, 2017.  The second album will follow later in the year.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

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LIve And Acoustic In Vienna

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Do Anti-Flag really need an introduction? well just in case there’s a few latecomers to the party, they formed in Pennsylvania back in 1988, they are a fiercely independent and political punk band who have released nine full length albums, as well as numerous EP’s, singles, splits and compilation appearances. They are politically left wing and they don’t just talk the talk, they are politically active and support good causes and oppose injustice and inequality, so they also walk the walk. They also established A-F records, which remains an independent outlet for politically motivated bands to gain wider coverage

Live And Acoustic In Vienna does what it says on the sleeve, this is Anti-Flag stripped to the bone, no drums, amps or effects pedals, just two guitars and two voices. I don’t think you can really tame Anti-Flag, their message comes across as well acoustically as it does with a full band, albeit with a massive drop in their usual decibel level. The Press Corpse, which originally appeared on 2006’s from Blood and Empire, and Set Yourself On Fire, from 2015’s American Spring, both stand up well to the minimalist approach on display on this album. The throw a cover of the Ramones The KKK Took My Baby Away, a bonus for me as that’s one of my favourite songs by da brudders, into the six track set and they do this punk classic justice. I found that some of the songs, especially Brandenburg Gate, played in this style almost become rebel country tunes, whilst others, such as Turncoat, retain their punk character and won’t be tamed by being played acoustically. Closing track, This is The End, really benefits from the acoustic interpretation, this gives the song a melancholy feel instead of the defiant style of the original.

This is a fine recording of an intimate and unique recording session and it’s good to hear the songs played completely shorn of distortion, it won’t be a surprise that as a fan of Anti-Flag I prefer the original versions but this album gives you the opportunity to hear them played in a different style. It also has the effect that you appreciate just how well written their songs are, the subtleties that are on display on Live And Acoustic In Vienna are sometimes lost with their full on punk assault. Apart from the fact that this will appeal to anyone who is a fan of Anti-Flag, it’s also an benefit release for Amnesty International so everyone benefits if you buy this, what are you waiting for?

Live And Acoustic In Vienna can be purchased here

Video: Antiellectual – Appetite For Construction

AntillectualNijmegen, the Netherlands’ Antillectual has premiered a new music video from their next full length.  The song is titled “Appetite For Construction” from the upcoming, Engage, which is set to drop on June 29, 2016 in Europe through Redfield Records, in Asia through Waterslide Records, and in South America through Fusa Records.  The disc follows their 2013 LP, Perspectives And Objectives, available now on A-F Records.

Watch the video below.

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A Lovely Crisis

Where Do You Stand?

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Where Do You Stand? is the second full length release by Pennsylvanian Quartet A Lovely Crisis, this is their follow up to 2013’s When Pigs Fly EP. This is the soundtrack of a band who have come of age during a time of conflict and financial crisis, and you can hear this on almost every track on Where Do You Stand? and it’s an album that asks that question of those willing to listen. To add to the political clout of  the album it’s produced by none other than Anti-Flag‘s Chris Barker.

In an age of recession, privatisation and austerity this is a timely album. Where Do You Stand? is influenced heavily by the political rage of old school punk rock, the majority of the songs are as you’d expect, they are fiery punchy three minute blasts of defiance against the system. Anyone who’s been alienated from society by the seemingly endless parade of increasingly reactionary politicians should identify with the messages on ths album. In particular listen to the tracks When All Else Fails and People Or Profit and tell me you don’t feel like you could bring down the government. Although for all the raised middle finger punk rock contained in Where Do You Stand? it’s a strange twist that weirdly the most effective rant against the system is the least punk rock song on the album, the excellent mid paced country tinged protest song, Fire In The Sky, takes that honour.

A Lovely Crisis are no one trick pony though, it’s not all concentrated counter cultural rage. Golden Mini-Van throws some humour into the mix, it’s easily the poppiest track on the album, it even has some playful xylophone unexpectedly tinkling along with it. If you are a fan of authentic punk fury then this is an album that you need in your collection. Where Do You Stand? is due out on June 3rd on A-F Records with extensive East Coast and Midwest touring to follow.

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Swiss Army

Swiss Army EP

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Swiss Army is the brainchild of Brandon Lehman, who is also the guitarist and vocalist for Mace Ballard, it started out as a solo outlet for compositions about his personal experiences, including his childhood, adoption and mental illness. Since then Swiss Army have expanded into a quartet and have been picked up by A-F Records. This is a project that has quickly gained pace from it’s humble origins, like an alpine avalanche they seem to be gaining momentum.

Once you get past the thirty second throwaway instrumental introduction, which to me seems to be a bit of a pointless inclusion, the six proper tracks contained on Swiss Army are heartfelt and melodic compositions. Swiss Army build impetus over the course of the EP, it seems that each track surpasses the one which preceded it until you get to the final track Due North. For me this is the strongest track of the seven. It catalogues the move away from a dull hometown in search of something bigger and better in a new environment, something that I, and I’m sure many others, can personally identify with. As this has impressed me more with each track I can’t help wishing that this was few tracks longer as it didn’t quite hit the heights I feel they are capable of.

Their are touches of punk, indie and straight up rock that makes this a intriguing and diverse EP, the end result is a solid debut which is worthy of investigation. Swiss Army’s self-titled EP was produced by Eric Downs, who also drums on this eponymous EP, and Chris Barker, of Anti-Flag. It is due out on A-F Records on June 3rd in both digital and CD format. The EP can be pre-ordered here.

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Worship This!

Mint

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Ohio quartet Worship This! have released the follow up to their 2013 debut Tomorrow I’ll Miss You, Mint is the their first album for A-F Records and I can’t help thinking that they have already repaid the record label’s faith in them… with interest. This is full tilt melodic punk rock with raucous vocals, from the opening chords of first track Decisions, Decisions I have a good feeling about this release.

The ten cuts contained on Mint are all glorious hard edged melodic punk rock, and by the fourth track I’m completely hooked on this sophomore album. This feels like an updated take on 70’s punk rock, that isn’t in anyway a put down, there is an authentic attitude to this album that few bands manage to capture. Worship This! manage to condense many of the finer elements of modern punk rock and combines them with the character of the some of original bands from the first wave of punk.

Worship This! keep the energy levels up throughout Mint, they manage to combine all the right ingredients for a contemporary punk album without seeming to make any contrived attempt to do so. Melodic guitar hooks combine with powerhouse drumming and build to sign-a-long choruses that should keep moshpits deliriously frantic. To say I like this album is an understatement, Worship This! are a band worthy of your attention and if, like I was, your are unfamiliar with them then this is something you need to rectify.

Mint is available on limited edition vinyl from A-F Records, including a rather glorious mint, white and black splatter vinyl (mint chocolate chip anyone?) The download can be purchased here.

 

 

Stream: Endless Mike & The Beagle Club – ‘Winter in Westmont’

Endless MikeEndless Mike & The Beagle Club have posted a stream for Winter in Westmont. The track will feature on their upcoming LP Saint Paul and is set to drop on March 4, 2016 via A-F Records. Pre-orders are available.

Check out the stream of Winter in Westmont here and details of their upcoming shows below.

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Endless Mike & The Beagle Club Announce New Full Length

Endless Mike & The Beagle ClubEndless Mike & The Beagle Club have announced detaisl for their next LP.  The album will be titled new Saint Paul and is set to drop on March 4, 2016 via A-F Records. Pre-orders are available.

The band is streaming the first song from the album, “Intro To Philosophy.” Listen to the track here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Anti-Flag – The New Jim Crow

Anti FlagPittsburgh politico-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new song.  The song is titled “THe New Jim Crow” and is taken from their latest LP, a compilation of re-recorded tracks from their previously subscription-only 20 years of Hell 7″ series. The record will also feature two previously unreleased songs and is due for release on December 18, 2015 via their own label A-F Records.

Listen to the song here.

Anti-Flag – Coward In My Veins

Anti FlagPittsburgh politico-punks Anti-Flag have premiered a new song.  The song is titled “Coward In My Veins” and is taken from their latest LP, a compilation of re-recorded tracks from their previously subscription-only 20 years of Hell 7″ series. The record will also feature two previously unreleased songs and is due for release on December 18, 2015 via their own label A-F Records.

Stream the song here.

 

Anti-Flag Detail ‘Cease Fires’ Compilation LP

Anti FlagPittsburgh politico-punks Anti-Flag have detailed their latest LP, a compilation of re-recorded tracks from their previously subscription-only 20 years of Hell 7″ series. The record will also feature two previously unreleased songs and is due for release on December 18th via their own label A-F Records.

Check out the cover art and track list for Cease Fires below.

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Anti-Flag Announce Rarities And B-Sides Compilation

Anti Flag 2015Anti-Flag have announce that they will be releasing a b-sides and rarities compilation before the end of the year.  The album will be titled Cease Fires and will be released on A-F Records December 18, 2016. Pre-orders for the picture disc LP are available here

The material on Cease Fires comes from the 20 Years Of Hell 7″ subscription series released in 2013.  The compilation also includes the two unreleased b-sides from the series, “Coward In My Veins” and “The New Jim Crow.”

Tours: Edhochuli

EdhochuliEdhochuli has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of their upcoming full length, Dream Warriors, which is set to drop on October 30, 2015 through A-F Records.  Listen the full album here.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Edhochuli Full Album Stream

EdhochuliEdhochuli has premiered a full stream of their upcoming full length, Dream Warriors, which is set to drop on October 30, 2015 through A-F Records.

Listen the full album here.

Edhochuli – Four Nice Haircuts, Then We End It

Edhochuli has premiered a new track.  The song is titled “Four Nice Haircuts, Then We End It” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Dream Warriors, which is set to drop on October 30, 2015 through A-F Records.

Listen here courtesy Substream Magazine.

Edhochuli – Useless Muse

Edhochuli has premiered a new track.  The song is titled “Useless Muse” and will appear on their upcoming full length, Dream Warriors, which is set to drop on October 30, 2015 through A-F Records.

Listen here courtesy The AV Club.

Edhochuli Announce New Album On A-F Records

EdhochuliEdhochuli has announced details for their new record.  The disc will be titled Dream Warriors and will be aiming for an October 30, 2015 release through A-F Records.  Chris Stowe of the label comments:

“Edhochuli is an epic band filled with some of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known.  Ideologically, they represent everything that every punk band should aspire to be.  They make their own rules and have been forging fresh new musical ground in a genre that, for years, has been an ouroboros at best.  Their sound can’t be boxed in to any one (or five) specific genres, but if I was going to attempt it, I’d say they sound like accidentally taking the wrong drugs at a Thin Lizzy concert.” 

Listen to the first new tune from the disc, “Erase The Past,” here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.