Showoff Release Live Video Of ‘I Don’t Hate You Yet’

Showoff MSSShowoff have released a live video of I Don’t Hate You Yet that was recorded for a Live From The Rock Room session, the track is taken from their forthcoming album, Midwest Side Story, that is due for release via Dodgeball Records on September 22nd. Showoff are also set to play a hometown show with Punchline at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago on August 12.

Midwest Side Story can be pre-ordered here

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Attic Salt Sign To Dodgeball Records

Attic Salt promo Aug 17Attic Salt only formed back in 2015, and now the Springfield, Illinois indie punk four piece have signed with the newly formed imprint Dodgeball Records, and the label has confirmed that they will release the band’s debut album on October 20th. The details of the forthcoming album, and a premiere of a new song, are set to be revealed shortly. 

Dodgeball Records is the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes

Attic Salt‘s Facebook presence can be found here

Amuse Life Sucks


Life Sucks

Dodgeball Records

Rating: 4.5/5




Dodgeball Records is the latest in a long and proud line of Chicago based independent punk imprints, the label is founded by Showoff frontman Chris Messer and Mike Felumlee, of Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio fame, they have secured Indianapolis punks Amuse as their first signing and will be releasing the band’s latest EP, Life Sucks, in a few days time on August 4th. The bands first release for Dodgeball Records follows on from their 2015 EP, Tosche Station Lot Lizards, and for me Life Sucks is up there amongst the best releases I’ve heard so far this year, and this is not hollow praise given that 2017 really has been an excellent vintage for punk rock.

Offend Me kicks off Life Sucks with a Ramones inspired blast that is played exactly as pop punk oughta be, then it promptly kicks things up a gear with F.U.Y. that’s an ode to fucked up youth and not wanting to grow up. Every track on Life Sucks hits the spot and there’s no sense of deja vu or the predictability that blights so many releases that fly under the pop punk banner, the title track and Toxic keeps the energy flowing nicely, while Tarkin, a love song for bassist Mike Muse‘s dog, brings a harsher old school quality to the EP before I Want To Believe (In Me And You) brings the EP to a close with another love song, this time for the X-Files Agent Scully.

There’s a distinct feel of the likes of The Methadones, The Queers and The Copyrights, who make a guest appearance on the album, about the Life Sucks EP, in the sense that this is an EP of high energy punk that’s played in a good natured punky knockabout feel. Everything from the b-movie sleeve art, courtesy of Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop/Bad Cop, to the production by the legendary Mass Giorgini and of course the six tracks that inhabit Life Sucks, combine to make this EP an utter blast. Dodgeball Records have scored an impressive first signing with Amuse, and if they can keep this standard up on the full length planned for next year then the future of both the label and the band look very bright.

Dodgeball Records website can be found here and Life Sucks can be pre-ordered here

Decent Criminal Sign To Dodgeball Records

Decent Criminal BloomCalifornia’s Decent Criminal have signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. Decent Criminal will release their debut album, Bloom, on October 13th, with pre-orders, including vinyl, launching on September 29th via Dodgeball Records.

You can stream Deviant, that is taken from their forthcoming album, here

Dodgeball Records Website is here

Showoff Release Stream Of ‘Popular Kid’

Showoff MSSBeloved Chicago pop-punk band Showoff are back in action with plans to release a new album this Fall, the band has now released a stream of a new song, Popular Kid, that is taken from the forthcoming album, Midwest Side Story, that will be released on September 22nd via Dodgeball Records.

Pre-orders For Midwest Side Story will be available from July 21st here

You can stream Popular Kid here