88 Fingers Louie hit the UK in two weeks time in support of the new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, that is out now via Bird Attack Records. The Chicago based skate punk legends, in their first trip to the UK since 1999, will visit Southampton, Birmingham, London, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and Norwich.
You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here
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No Trigger have been around since the year 2000, pumping out melodic punk and hardcore songs slowly but surely every four or five years, five long years have now passed since their last LP, Tycoon, and now No Trigger have just recorded Adult Braces, a brand new four track EP. The band will be releasing the EP digitally on July 28th and physically on August 11th via Bird Attack Records. No Trigger will be touring Europe in August of 2017, playing some regional East Coast US shows in the fall of 2017, and will also be appearing live at The Fest in Florida in October.
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Thank You For Being A FriendBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
88 Fingers Louie are back after one of the longest breaks in punk rock history, it’s been almost two decades since their last album, Back On The Streets, was released. Since 88 Fingers Louie disbanded their members scattered to the four winds and went onto join or form numerous influential punk bands, including Rise Against and Alkaline Trio, but now they’re back together with a new twelve track album. Thank You For Being A Friend is not a release that sounds as though it’s stuck in the past, their signature sound is still present but crucially this is an album that sounds as contemporary and energetic as many bands with members who weren’t even conceived when 88 Fingers Louie disbanded.
From the opening punk rock blast of Meds it’s clear that 88 Fingers Louie haven’t just jumped onto the reunion bandwagon, Thank You For Being A Friend is an energetic and vital album that spans the styles that punk rock has spawned over the years, whether it’s the melodic hardcore of Advice Column to the old school feel of the superb Knock It Off, this is an album that immediately makes an impression. The album obviously incorporates their hardcore roots, but for me they are at their best when they’re channelling the old school, this might not be surprising as they are authentically old school, in particular The Violence Of Denial is the finest moment, at least for me, on Thank You For Being A Friend.
88 Fingers Louie have made what is arguably the best album of their career, and on the strength of this release I’m hoping we don’t have to wait until 2036 for the next one. This is a band that sounds as though they’ve found their original spirit and enthusiasm, which is a rare thing as we’ve all encountered some lacklustre reunions over recent years that give you the feeling that money is the sole motivation for a return, but this is not the case on Thank You For Being A Friend. It’s good to have them back, and if you liked 88 Fingers Louie the first time round then you’re going to love this album.
Thank You For Being A Friend is now available via Bird Attack Records on vinyl, CD and digital formats here
88 Fingers Louie have released their new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, through Bird Attack Records today and a review will be posted on The Punk Site later today. The record features twelve tracks of their fantastic signature brand of skate punk that the Chicago based legends have become renowned for.
You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here
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Florida based melodic punks SLED are debuting a new track off their upcoming release, A Better You, which will be released on September 15 via Bird Attack Records. Formerly known as Pinhole Down, SLED are creatively driven by Garrett Wadford of Bird Attack Records and Merchant Vinyl, the band has now released their new single, Connect The Network.
Connect The Network can be streamed and purchased here
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Pre-orders for Chicago-based punks 88 Fingers Louie‘s upcoming album Thank You For Being A Friend are now live, you can grab the album, including multiple merch bundle options, via Bandcamp. Thank You For Being A Friend is the band’s first album in 19 years, and is set to be released on June 30, 2017 through Bird Attack Records.
You can pre-order Thank You For Being A Friend here
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88 Fingers Louie are back with a new album, Thank You For Being a Friend, their first in 19 years, the Chicago based punks will be releasing the new LP via Bird Attack Records on Friday June 30th 2017 on vinyl, CD and digital formats. A lot has changed since 88 Fingers Louie last released an LP, shortly after the release of a split EP in 1999 the band called it quits due to differences in vision for the band’s future. Its previous members went on to form and join almost a dozen new bands in the wake of their demise (Rise Against, The Story So Far, Paper Mice, Alkaline Trio and many more), theirs is a story with many stops, starts, ups and downs, but what’s most important is that they are back with a new LP.
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Harmful ContentBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
One Hidden Frame were formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, the band has now been around for over a decade and has undergone numerous line up changes over the years, the current incarnation of One Hidden Frame are now more active than ever and they have developed a heavier more aggressive sound for their latest album. Harmful Content was released a few days ago, on the 17th March 2017, via Bird Attack Records and the album is now available for download, and also on extremely limited edition vinyl.
One Hidden Frame have made a few forays into Europe, including an appearance at Punk Rock Holiday, and now it appears that they are intent on making an impact outside their home turf with the release of Harmful Content. The opening What I’d Rather Say Is… verges on post hardcore before the album kicks into the full on melodic hardcore of From Maidan To Tahrir, from this point on the album veers between the various incarnations that hardcore has spawned over the years in an intense and emotional, if not somewhat familiar, manner.
One Hidden Frame delivers a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, it’s a mix that will definately appeal to fans of the likes of Propagandhi and Pennywise. This is a solid nine tracks of emotive hard edged punk rock that will hit the spot the for fans of the more intense side of post hardcore, and obviously established fans of melodic hardcore. For me there is nothing on Harmful Content that I haven’t heard before, but having said that this is an album that is well delivered and faultlessly produced, and it’s one that should earn them new devotees outside of their native Finland.
Harmful Content can be purchased and streamed here
One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook presence can be found here
Finnish shredders One Hidden Frame have released their fifth full-length album, titled Harmful Content, through, the album features nine tracks of riff infused melodic punk and if you love Propagandhi, you’ll definitely want to check this album out. One Hidden Frame were formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, the band delivers a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore without fear of adding emotion to their music.
One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook page can be found here
You can purchase and stream Harmful Content via Bandcamp here
One Hidden Frame have released a music video for their song Exploding Head Syndrome, the track is taken from the band’s fifth full length album, Harmful Content, which is scheduled to be released on March 17 2017 through Bird Attack Records.
You can pre order Harmful Content here
One Hidden Frame‘s Facebook page can be found here
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Formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, One Hidden Frame deliver a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, having been around over a decade, as well as having gone through some line up changes in recent years, One Hidden Frame are more active than ever as they develop a heavier, more aggressive sound that will resonate with fans of Propagandhi. The band will be releasing their fifth album, Harmful Content, on March 17th through Bird Attack Records, the album can now be pre-ordered through Bandcamp, where you can also stream the first single, Exploding Head Syndrome.
Harmful Content can be pre-ordered here
HarvestBird Attack Records / Effervescence Records / Funtime Records / Bells On Records
By AJ Phink
Belguim’s F.O.D. are a four piece punk rock band that are now well established on the punk scene on their home turf, now the release of their latest full length, Harvest, via Bird Attack Records, Effervescence Records, Funtime Records and Bells On Records, depending on your choice of format and location, will hopefully serve to further spread their name beyond the borders of their home country. F.O.D. have built a steady live reputation with their catchy melodies and vocal harmonies, and Harvest is a seventeen track album that delivers those qualities in abundance. Harvest was released on the 7th February and is available on CD and vinyl, on clear and black variants, as well as digitally.
F.O.D. kick things off in fine manic style with 41, an ode to those of who are getting a bit older but are refusing to grow old gracefully, from this point on the album powers it’s way though seventeen tracks of accomplished melodic punk rock. The album rarely takes it’s foot off the gas, although tracks such as There’s A Place (Where We Can Go To) and High Street Gloria do provide some breathing space, but first and foremost this is an album of full tilt melodic punk rock that wears it’s influences firmly on it’s sleeves. When compared to their previous albums Harvest comes across as a slightly darker more aggressive album, but this isn’t at the expense of their trademark style, the melodies and catchy as hell choruses are still an ever present feature.
Harvest is an album that carries a hefty influence from the likes of Green Day, Descendents, Lagwagon and Bad Religion, but that’s not to say this is any way a reproduction of those bands, F.O.D. have very much added their own character into the mix to produce a heady mix of their influences, that is delivered with a distinctly European twist. Whilst there isn’t anything on Harvest that will surprise you, there is certainly more than enough to delight F.O.D.‘s established fanbase, and any fan of the aforementioned bands.
Harvest can be purchased and streamed here
F.O.D.‘s website can be located here
German melodic skate punkers Straightline have released a music video for their song Generation Lost, the track is taken from the band’s new album, Vanishing Values, that is available now via Bird Attack Records.
The Punk Site review of Vanishing Values can be read here
Vanishing Values can be purchased on all formats and streamed here
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Vanishing ValuesBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
German melodic skate punkers Straightline will be releasing their latest album, Vanishing Values, worldwide tomorrow, February 10th 2017, through Bird Attack Records. The quartet, who reside in Munich, Germany, have previously released three albums, and an identical number of EPs, all of which are filled with fiery metal riffs built on a solid punk rock backbone. Their latest album, Vanishing Values, brings together the best elements of their past releases in a twelve song package, one that demonstrates why Straightline have built a loyal following that brings metalheads and punks into the fold in equal measure.
Vanishing Lives opens with Generation Lost, a furious hybrid of punk rock that incorporates the less self indulgent elements of thrash metal, including breakdowns and, thankfully brief, technical guitar solos. The album continues to vary the balance, Pleonexia leans towards a stronger influence from melodic hardcore with the metal elements on the back burner, whilst Not Afraid takes things back into the thrash realm, The album continues to veer wildly, combining their influences to produce a unique fusion of thrash metal, punk rock and melodic hardcore, and even touches of dub and folk punk, that you can’t help but be impressed by.
Straightline have produced an album that will please fans from both camps, Vanishing Lives is an album that has managed to balance the competing influences perfectly, it’s wouldn’t take a genius to guess that I prefer the tracks that have a stronger punk influence, but I didn’t encounter anything on the thrashier tracks that had me reaching to skip to the next track. You can detect a hefty influence from the likes of Propaghandi, Strung Out, Good Riddance and Lagwagon in their sound, these are married perfectly to the influences from the parallel universe that metal and thrash inhabit to produce an impressive crossover album, this is not any easy trick to pull off, but it’s one that Straightline have managed to make sound effortless.
Our Darkest Days have released a music video for their song The Burden Of My Sins, that features Michael Garcia from Forus. The track is taken from their latest album, A Common Agony, that is available now on CD and Digital formats via Bird Attack Records.
The Punk Site review of A Common Agony can be found here
Bonsai MammothBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
Guildford, UK based melodic hardcore quintet Darko have unleashed their latest release, Bonsai Mammoth, via Bird Attack Records (US),Lockjaw Records (UK), Torch of Hope Records (JP) and Giljotina Records (SI). Despite Darko‘s longevity this is their debut full length and it follows on from the steady stream of EP’s and singles that have littered their history. The album was released yesterday, the 3rd February 2017, and is now available to purchase on vinyl and CD, and Bonsai Mammoth can also be streamed and ordered digitally.
Bonsai Mammoth starts with some light, almost jazz, chords, this worrying start is thankfully short lived, at the 25 second mark the album jump starts with the frantic hardcore infused skate punk of the opening track, Life Forms. Bonsai Mammoth continues in this vein, with the exception of the brief mellow strains of The Chernobyl Effect, a track that acts as a brief mid point intermission to the relentless punk assault. The pace and intensity contained on Bonsai Mammoth is unrelenting, but the style in which it is delivered remains varied, encompassing hardcore, melodic hardcore and skate punk, along with a few technical math rock flourishes that add a technical element to their delivery.
This is the sound of a band that is experiencing something of a renaissance in their sound, Darko have been with us for a while now, their debut EP was released back in 2010, and Bonsai Mammoth sounds tighter and more focused and intense than anything Darko have previously released. This is a somewhat relentless release, with the sole exception of the brief instrumental that acts as a mid distance marker, that is a full on hardcore assault from start to end, one that sits at the extreme end of the melodic hardcore spectrum. As Darko approach the milestone of a decade together Bonsai Mammoth is an indicator that this is a band that clearly has a lot more to offer.
Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and purchased via Bird Attack Records here
F.O.D. have announced they will release their new album Harvest on February 7th 2017 through Bird Attack Records. F.O.D. bring their furious melodic punk rock on their latest release, you can feel the anger and angst, both personal and political, throughout the album.
You can stream the first three singles from Harvest, Crew You, American and Act Of Consecration via Bandcamp.
Harvest can pre-ordered on clear and black vinyl variants, CD, or digitally via Bandcamp here.
Darko have officially released their new album, Bonsai Mammoth, on all formats through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). Darko will play a special one off European release show on February 18th at Desi, Nuremberg before returning to the UK for a series of tour dates that precede an appearance at EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia in the summer.
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Darko have announced the first batch of 2017 tour dates in support of the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on on February 3rd via Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). The tour dates include a hometown release show in Guildford, a European release show and an appearance at EXIT Festival in Serbia.
You can stream the new track Set In Our Ways here,
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Antillectual have announced they will to return to Latin America, for the first time the band will tour across the entire continent, going from Brazil to Mexico and everywhere in between. Brazilian label Fusa Records released Antillectual‘s album Engage in Latin America on January 16, 2016, while Bird Attack Records released the album worldwide on July 29, 2016. You can stream Engage in full here.
Antillectual will be touring Latin America with Satanic Surfers, the band will also be touring their home country, Netherlands, accompanied by local heroes and special guests at all shows.
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UK skate punkers Darko have announced they’ll be releasing their upcoming album, Bonsai Mammoth, on February 3, 2017 through Bird Attack Records. The Guildford, UK skate-punks’ new record suitably shines a light on the big issues we all currently face, and encapsulates all of the modern age frustrations that are now ripe for exploitation by our best and brightest punk bands.
The Bird Attack Records Bandcamp page can be found here
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WarBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
Destroy The Line, who were formerly known as Regress, are a progressive thrash punk quartet from Jacksonville, Florida, they started life as a side music project in the spring of 2015 and are formed from the ashes of numerous Floridian bands including Hatrick, Flag on Fire, Stradladder, Danka, Shadow Agency, His Name Was Iron, Hatchet Face and In Whispers. After building a local following through their live performances, including support slots for the likes of 88 Fingers Louis, they recorded a demo in the summer of 2016 which brought them to the attention of Bird Attack Records, and now less than a year after their formation their debut EP, War, has been released.
The four track War EP opens with the frantic introduction to Ordinary, this carries elements of both punk and thrash which meld together to form a satisfying crossover, the pace builds up on the EP’s title track, with it almost bordering on metalcore during the verses before breaking down into an anthemic chorus. The intensity continues to build across the EP, the urgent beat of Trenches veers further into the thrash influences with a relentless track before you head into the EP’s finale, Between Me And You. This final track eases back slightly from the strident thrash stylings that had become more prominent and, whilst still a frantic number, reverts back to the crossover style and brings the War EP full circle.
The dual vocal style, frantic rhythms and metal influenced riffs do become somewhat repetitive, something I find common in crossover bands, but having said that this is a promising debut from a band that have quickly gained a solid reputation as a live act, and Destroy The Line have produced an EP that seems to capture their essence. Whilst the approach does vary I can’t help feeling that this is something I’ve heard before, there is a predominance of metal infused punk, and punk influenced metal, bands out there and the format that many of these bands choose seems to be set in stone. Destroy The Line have made an EP that indicates they have a promising future, I just hope that they can follow the own path rather become lost amongst the herd.
The War EP is available from today, the 13th January 2017, via Bird Attack Records here