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Thin Lips Announce US Tour

Thin Lips Riff HardThin Lips have just announced their Spring tour, including dates with Museum Mouth, Great Cynics and Signals Midwest. Thin Lips are touring in support of their debut album Riff Hard, which was released in May of 2016 via Lame-O Records.

Riff Hard is available digitally here and on vinyl and CD here

The Punk Site review of Riff Hard can be read here

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Manchester Punk Festival Volume 13 Released Via Bandcamp

MPF 17 Feb 17The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the fourth volume of the compilations that precede the festival, that will feature all of the bands that are appearing in 2017, that has been released. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume Thirteen features Strange Bones, Lineout, Great Cynics, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Brutal Youth, Muncie Girls, The Filaments, Denim And Leather, Onsind, Crocadile God, Despite Everything, Money Left To Burn, Bolshy, Shit Present, Queen Zee And The Sasstones, EFA Supertramp and The Afternoon Gentlemen. The previous twelve volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale now for £30 and are available here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 13 as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Video: Great Cynics – Only In Memories

Great Cynics 2016London’s Great Cynics have premièred a video for their “Only In Memories,” a track taken from their upcoming full length, POSI, which is set to drop on March 24, 2017 via Specialist Subject Records.

Watch the video below.

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Manchester Punk Festival Confirms More Bands For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the addition of a whole host of exciting bands to an already stellar line up for MPF2017 in April next year. Returning to the UK for the first time in seven years will be punk rock legends Strike Anywhere, Australian hardcore punks Clowns have been added to the bill and they’ve also got local dub heroes Black Star Dub Collective adding something new to the line up. Nosebleed, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man and The Deadites have returned after triumphant appearances at MPF2016, The Human Project and The Murderburgers, who both last appeared in 2015, have returned, with the latter band headlining the Thursday night. Visiting from mainland Europe are melodic punkers Despite Everything and Venturas, skacore specialists Thee Infidels, and also all the way from the USA El Escapado are playing for the first time. They are also welcoming two bands who both originate in Watford, in the form of Nervus and Great Cynics, as well as Eastbourne’s Brightr and Scotland’s Billy Liar.

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Video: Great Cynics – ‘Want You Around (Chunky)

Great Cynics 2016London’s Great Cynics have premièred a video for their Want You Around (Chunky), a track taken from their most recent full length, Feel Weird, which was released back in May of last year via Specialist Subject Records.

The band are set to support Jeff Rosenstock on his upcoming UK/Euro tour, check out the full list of dates and the video for Want You Around (Chunky) below.

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Great Cynics – I Want You Around (Chucky)

Great CynicsLondon’s Great Cynics has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Want You Around (Chucky)” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, I Feel Weird, due out May 18th 2015 on Specialist Subject Records.

Give the track a listen below.

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Great Cynics Announces New Album

Great CynicsUK punk act Great Cynics has announced their new full length record.  The album will be titled I Feel Weird and is set to drop on April  13, 2015 via Lame-O Records Frontman Giles Bidder comments:

I Feel Weird ended up being the fastest and poppiest songs we’ve done. We wanted to cut the crap and made a raw record, so we recorded it live and finished it in just over a week. Its pop simplicity was something we wanted this record to convey. If our last two records were about moving out on your own and discovering an exciting new world, this one’s realising that the only person you have is yourself in a completely up and down world.”

The first single off of the new record, “Lost In You” is streaming here.  Pre-orders are available on the Lame-O webstore

Great Cynics Post Album Teaser & Studio Footage

Great cynicsLondon/Devon alt rock trio Great Cynics has posted a new album teaser for what the band claims will be a new album in 2015.  The band released a split with Mincie Girls last year.

Watch the video teaser for their third record below.

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Great Cynics Stream New Music

Great CynicsLondon/Devon alt rock trio Great Cynics have just wrapped a stint on the road alongside Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls, but just before they hit the road, they posted a stream of 2 new tracks. Lost & Found and Wet Feet are both available for streaming on their bandcamp page.

 

Tours: Joyce Manor (UK & Europe)

Joyce ManorCalifornia punk band Joyce Manor have announced a series of autumn shows across the UK. The band are out supporting their latest full length, Never Hungover Again, released earlier this week via Epitaph Records. Support on all dates will come from Michgan’s Cheap Girls and Exeter UK’s indie punk favourites, Great Cynics.

Full dates below.

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Tour: Great Cynics (Europe)

Great cynicsUK based alt-punk band Great Cynics are hitting the road this month for a series of tour dates across Europe which will see them play show in Belgium, Germany, France and Austria. The band’s are still out supporting their most recent album, Like I Belong, released back in 2013 via Bomber Music. Support on all dates will come Exeter based Muncie Girls.

You can check out the band’s video for Back to Hackney and the full list of tour dates below:

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I’ve never been a big fan of split EPs.  A handful of different scenarios usually present themselves but even the best ones usually end in some degree of disappointment; either one overshadows the other, both completely suck, the styles clash, or all the songs rock, leaving me hungry for a meaty main course that doesn’t arrive until either band finally gets around to releasing their next full length.  UK pop-punks Muncie Girls and Great Cynics recently released one such split showcasing three on the mark tracks by each party, making for the best kind of disappointing.

Great Cynics take the lead with their raspy brand of clean vocals and poppy guitar hooks.  The band clearly went out of their way to harness their full catchiness for opener “Whatever You Want.”  The simplicity of the chords bound into a jubilant chorus in which the whole band chimes in with spirited fervor.  Bassist Iona Cairns takes the reins for “Scarier Area,” her sweet but strong vocals pulling her out from behind her bass guitar, leading the charge in this slightly above mid-tempo standout.  Cairns usually leads for a song or two per album, but the strength of her performance should leave fans hoping Great Cynics up that ratio soon.  “Dirt In My Lungs” is a relatively relaxed closing number that wraps up the band’s contributions somewhere between a fizzle and a bang.  Overall a commendable three songs that set the scene for Muncie Girls’ vibrant poppy continuation.

Landing somewhere between early Lemuria and Candy Hearts, Muncie Girls kick off their side with sugary cup of bubbly delight.  If Great Cynics were straight up root beer then Muncie Girls are a sweet sweet root beer float.  “Everyday” won’t just hook listeners for one auditory gulp; it’s the creamy textures that will keep an audience tasting each chorus upon subsequent sips.  The soft mid-song plucking pacing “The Teacher” paired with a verse punctuated with playful “oo-ooos” furthers the theme of easy, addictive listening, leading into the band’s most ambitious of its contributions.  “The Real You” counterbalances the prior tracks’ juvenility with an earnest dose of musical and lyrical maturity.  “The world against you is all in your head,” sings Lande Hekt, emphasizing inner strength through the passage: “the real you would get out of bed, and forget about the things that were never said.”  Muncie Girls not only close out their side confidently, but also bring a sense of a closure to the split as a whole. 

As far as two artists putting their best collective foot forward, Great Cynics and Muncie Girls offer six well-polished and memorable tunes.  As with all splits, the disc serves more as a sampler or promotional tool for each band, but a dang good one at that.  If the tracks on either side of this split are any indication, any upcoming output by Great Cynics or Muncie Girls will be well worth tuning into.

Great Cynics and Muncie Girls Detail Upcoming Split

Great CynicsSpecialist Subject Records will be releasing a new split twelve inch record featuring the Muncie Girls and The Great Cynics

The piece of wax will be available on March 10th and has three new tracks from each band that were recorded earlier this year at Middle Farm Studios in Devon with producer James Bragg.  The split’s artwork is by Joe Watson with photography from Jonathan Minto.

The tracklisting is below.

Great Cynics also have upcoming tour dates in France (with Guerilla Poubelle) and the UK and Ireland with Deer Tick.

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Great Cynics Join Black Numbers Records in the U.S.

Great CynicsBlack Numbers Records has announced that UK punk act Great Cynics has joined the label.  The mark the event the label is now distributing the newest LP from the band. Like I Belong, in the US at their webstore

Upcoming tour dates, including an appearance at this year’s THE FEST, for the band can be found below.

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Videos: Great Cynics – Back To Hackney

Great CynicsGreat Cynics has released a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Back to Hackney” which is set to appear on their second full length, Like I Belong due out April 8, 2013 via Bomber Music/Lemon Days in the UK.

Watch the video below.

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Great Cynics Post Video and Album Stream

Great CynicsThe UK’s three piece The Great Cynics have posted a full album stream of their new EP, In The Valley, online. It can be heard here.

On top of that, they have also premiered their new music video for the title track, In The Valley – it can be seen below.

The EP came out this week through Kind Of Like Records and follows last year’s Don’t Need Much.

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Great Cynics: 14 Coleman St.

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The UK’s Great Cynics have premiered a new song from their upcoing EP, In The Valley. The song, a re-recorded version of 14 Coleman Street which originally appeared on their Stones I’ve Thrown EP, can be heard here. 

In the Valley will be out on Kind of Like Records on February 28, 2012. The first single, the title track, received its premiere with Mike Davies on theBBC‘s Radio 1 Punk Show, can be heard along with an unofficial video below.

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Great Cynics Announce New EP

Great CynicsUK’s Great Cynics has announced that they will be releasing a brand new EP.  The EP will be titled In The Valley, and is set for a February 28, 2012 release via Kind Of Like Records.  The disc follows the band’s 2011 full length, Don’t Need Much.

Tour dates for the band’s upcoming tour with Crazy Arm, Apologies, I Have None can be found below.

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Tours: Great Cynics / Crazy Arm / Apologies, I Have None (UK)

Great CynicsGreat Cynics have announced a tour this March with Crazy Arm and Apologies, i have none. The week long jaunt starts in Bristol and ends in Norwich, with a special show at Fighting Cocks presented by Banquet Records.

The dates are below.

The band’s debut album Don’t Need Much is out now on 12″ vinyl, available in green and black varitaions, through Kind Of Like Records and can be purchased on iTunes

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Tours: Great Cynics / Crazy Arm / Smokey Bastard (UK)

Great CynicsGreat Cynics have announced that they will be touring for a handful of UK dates in the month of December.  The band will be accompanied by Crazy Arm and Smokey Bastard. Great Cynics continue supporting their debut full length Don’t Need Much, released this past June via Kind Of Like Records (US) / Household Name Records (UK).

Tour dates can be found below.

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Great Cynics Post Free Song For Download And Stream Full Album Online

Great CynicsGreat Cynics have posted a free download of “Twenty Five” from their debut album Don’t Need Much on their Facebook page. The album, released through Kind Of Like Records earlier this year, is also streaming in full on the band’s page.

The band will also be playing at The Fest 10 in Gainesville, FL this weekend. Be sure to check them out at 9:20pm on Saturday 29th at the Atlantic. For the full schedule and more information on The Fest, click here.

   

Great Cynics Offer Free Track For Download

Great CynicsThe Great Cynics, who will be appearing at this weekend’s Fest 10, are offering their tune “Twenty Five” for free download. The song is featured on their debut full-length record, released on Kind Of Like and Household Name Records, entitled Don’t Need Much.

The album can be streamed here, and fans may download “Twenty Five” here.

For more on Great Cynics, check out their Tumblr Profile here.

Great Cynics Record Session For BBC

Great CynicsUK’s Great Cynics recently recorded an acoustic session for the BBC program “The Punk Show with Mike Davies.”  The set includes a handful of tracks from their debut full length, Don’t Need Much, which was released earlier this year via Kind Of Like Records.

Listen to the session here.

Videos: Great Cynics – Cider For Breakfast

Great CynicsThe Great Cynics have recently released their video for “Cider For Breakfast“. The song comes from their debut album Don’t Need Much out on Kind Of Like Records, which they are currently supporting.

The video, which was filmed in a cuckoo clock museum in Chesire, England, was directed by Andrew Butler.

Check out the video below along with some new tour dates.

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The Great Cynics – Switchboard Sessions

Great CynicsGilles Bidder of the recently renamed Great Cynics called into The Switchboard Sessions to do an in-depth interview concerning the name change and record some songs over the phone for the ever growing blog.

Recorded from his two-bedroom flat in London that he shares with his brother, Bidder recorded two songs from their newly released Don’t Need Much album – Twenty Five and My Quiet Lunch Break – along with a cover of The LemonheadsMy Drug Buddy.

Check out the interview and the songs here.

   

Tours: Great Cynics (UK)

CynicsEast London’s Great Cynics will be on tour this summer in the UK to support their full length LP Don’t Need Much out on Kind Of Like Records. Teaming up with the band for the majority of the dates will be The Living Daylights who are supporting their release What Keeps You Breathing.

Great Cynics will also be playing shows with Algernon Cadwallader, 1994, Living With Lions, Lemuria, and Cheap Girls.

Check out the Great Cynics here.

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Stream: Great Cynics (formerly Cynics) – Don't Need Much

CynicsThe Great Cynics have teamed up with AOL Music to stream their alubm Don’t Need Much.  The record is out now on 12″ vinyl, available in green and black varitaions, through Kind Of Like Records and can be purchased on iTunes.  To listen to the album, click here.

In support of the record, the band will be hitting the road this July with The Living Daylights and playing shows with Algernon Cadwallader, Lemuria and Cheap Girls. 

To see the dates, check below.

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Stream: Great Cynics (formerly Cynics) – Don’t Need Much

CynicsThe Great Cynics have teamed up with AOL Music to stream their alubm Don’t Need Much.  The record is out now on 12″ vinyl, available in green and black varitaions, through Kind Of Like Records and can be purchased on iTunes.  To listen to the album, click here.

In support of the record, the band will be hitting the road this July with The Living Daylights and playing shows with Algernon Cadwallader, Lemuria and Cheap Girls. 

To see the dates, check below.

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Cynics Change Name To The Great Cynics

CynicsAs London’s Cynics are gear up to release their debut full length next month, the trio have announced that they will be changing their name to The Great Cynics.

After receiving threats from Pittsburgh garage band The Cynics, the band decided to forego legal action and push forward. In an interview with The 1st Five, frontman Giles Bidder explained the name change saying:

“It has the same meaning as the original name did, which is about people who sit back and tell you that you can’t do what you want to do whilst doing fuck all themselves.”

The band has previously released a 7″ EP titled Stones I’ve Thrown which will continue to reflect the original name until the vinyl is repressed. However, the forthcoming album, Don’t Need Much, will carry the new name. Due out June 14th, Don’t Need Much can be pre-ordered now through the Kind Of Like Records store and, for UK residents, Banquet Records is holding a pre-order including a copy of the record and a limited edition t-shirt.