Hidden Home Records
This is one of those times when I get sent a new release for review with no information other than a download link, so with nothing to go on other than the source of the release and the band name I’m going in blind to investigate Nerve Clinic‘s new self titled release. The EP is set for release on the 16th February 2018 via Hidden Home Records, a label that is building a reputation for releases from an eclectic roster of acts that bring something different to the punk spectrum.
The opening track The Pattern is a heady dose of bouncy indie punk with an infectious chorus that will appeal to fans of Bowling For Soup, OK Go, Wicked Bears and Nerf Herder, this is followed by the harder edged We Are Here And That’s About It that contains all the ingredients of the preceding track, but it’s delivered with a heavier and more urgent feel. Sinner takes the EP into a darker place but retains the irresistible indie punk bounce that characterises the EP, whilst Impounds And Imposters brings things full circle and closes Nerve Clinic‘s self titled EP in style.
Sometimes having no preconceptions about a new release is a positive, you go in with an open mind with no preconceptions or comparisons, and I found that with this self titled release Nerve Clinic have delivered an EP that’s something of a contradiction, musically this is four tracks of bouncy upbeat indie punk, but this is also a release that has a touch of darkness to it’s lyrical content. Nerve Clinic is an impressive four tracks where punk and indie have collided head on to impressive effect, and it’s another release that confirms that Hidden Home Records remains one of best grass roots labels out there.
Nerve Clinic‘s self titled EP can be pre-ordered on cassette via Hidden Home Records here
The Hidden Home Records Bandcamp can be found here
Belgian punks F.O.D. have confirmed they will be playing a four date mini tour across the UK with fellow Belgians For I Am as main support on all dates, bassist Pierre Janssens cannot make it for this tour but For I Am‘s Bo Moris will be taking his place on these shows. F.O.D. are touring in support of their latest full length, Harvest, that was released in 2017.
The Punk Site review of Harvest can be read here and the album can be purchased here
You can view F.O.D.‘s tour dates below Read More…
The Dollyrots have announced dates for the first round of their 2018 Rah Rah Radical Tour, tickets for the tour are now available and the irrepressible duo will be once more tearing it up across the USA. The band will also be releasing a new limited edition, half red, half blue vinyl seven inch single on March 8th via Little Steven‘s Wicked Cool Records. The release includes a new original song, Get Radical, and their unique take on Rancid‘s Ruby Soho.
You can pre-order Get Radical via Wicked Cool Records here
The Rah Rah Radical tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
Your Heaven Held Me Well
Brighton’s Evertim are a band that have no interest in hopping onto passing bandwagons, at their heart they are unashamedly a pop punk band but they also embrace the melodic tendencies of the emo scene and the rage of post hardcore on their latest four track EP, Your Heaven Held Me Well, that follows up to their 2016 debut release, Learn To Swim. Evertim will be releasing Your Heaven Held Me Well on 19th January 2018 via Fox Records
The abrasive introduction to Your Heaven Held Me Well‘s opening track, Let Me Go, encapsulates Evertim‘s style, it has a style and structure that is the very essence of pop punk, but the delivery it much more discordant and in your face than the majority of band’s that attach themselves to the genre. This is followed up by Tuesday, the closest the band come to pure pop punk on this four track EP, that is reminiscent of Bowling For Soup‘s easy style. The second half of Your Heaven Held Me Well showcases a different side to Evertim with the steady building and brooding intensity of The Road We Claim Our Own, and the intense closing track, Clouds.
Evertim are definitely born of the pop punk scene, but this is not pop punk as we know it, the bouncy singalong style is an almost ever present across the Your Heaven Held Me Well EP, but the addition of some muscle, that leans more into post hardcore territory, is more than welcome and stops Evertim being just another pop punk band. Evertim are a welcome addition to the UK’s burgeoning pop punk scene, and if you are a fan of The Early November, Have Mercy or Pentimento, or of label mates Better Than Never, Coast To Coast and Layover, then I would recommend you check out Your Heaven Held Me Well.
Your Heaven Held Me Well can be pre-ordered here
Idaho’s emo fuelled pop punk outfit Carry On Kid are set to release their debut full length, We Belong To Each Other, via Hidden Home Records on the 12th January, ahead of the release they have issued a full stream of the album and We Belong To Each Other is now available for pre-order on CD and cassette formats.
You can stream We Belong To Each Other here and pre-order the album here
Christian Anderson released a statement about the album that can be read below Read More…
My Kid Banana have followed up the release of their debut album, Amour Macabre, earlier this year with a seasonal single, Sick Of The Holidays, that’s features two songs based on a true story about a series of seasonal misfortunes that befell the band’s songwriter, Nick Holmes. Sick Of The Holidays is still available to download via CD Baby and Bandcamp and can now be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music.
You can stream Sick Of The Holidays via Spotify here and Apple Music here
Sick Of The Holidays is available as a pay what you want download via Bandcamp here
My Kid Banana have followed up the release of their debut album, Amour Macabre, earlier this year with a seasonal single, Sick Of The Holidays, that’s features two songs based on a true story about a series of seasonal misfortunes that befell the band’s songwriter, Nick Holmes. Sick Of The Holidays is now available to download via CD Baby and Bandcamp.
My Kid Banana‘s Facebook account is here and their Twitter presence is here
Sick Of The Holidays is available as a pay what you want download via Bandcamp here
Following their lauded new album, Shapeshifter, that was released in October 2017 on Rise Records, Chicago pop punkers Knuckle Puck have detailed plans to take to the road across North America in Spring 2018. Joining Knuckle Puck for all dates on their North American tour will be the quartet of Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan and Jetty Bones.
Pre-sale tickets for the tour are now available here and tickets go on general sale on December 15th
You can view Knuckle Puck‘s North American tour dates below Read More…
The Dollyrots annual name your price Xmas single has become a traditional fixture of the festive season and their latest seasonal single is now available for download, this year they’ve given their usual hyperactive treatment to Wham‘s Last Christmas. The band has also partnered with Patreon in order to give their fans a chance to access rarities, exclusives and non-album material, plus exclusive access to their daily happenings via a video diary, details of The Dollyrots partnership with Patreon can be found here
You can purchase and stream The Dollyrots latest album, Whiplash Splash, here
You can download and stream Last Christmas here
Before And After (Demos And B-Sides) is the latest release from Promise Of Redemption, the release of this EP follows up on the 2016 EP, Where You Ought To Be. Before And After is a collection of songs that were written during and immediately following the When The Flowers Bloom… era of Promise Of Redemption. Some of them are still in their demo form, and some of them have be reimagined as b-sides. The result is a collection that highlights the band in an extremely familiar light. In addition, Promise of Redemption will be playing two holiday shows, December 29th and 30th, in Philadelphia where they will play When The Flowers Bloom… in full to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album.
Before & After can be streamed and purchased via Know Hope Records here
are a hotly-tipped emerging pop punk outfit hailing from Cheltenham, UK who have already received favourable comparisons to Boston Manor
, Brand New
and The Front Bottoms,
and they are set to drop their debut EP, Paradise Lost
, on Friday 8th December via Shipwreck Records
. Prior to the release of their new EP the band given The Punk Site
an exclusive track by track run through of the new EP.
page can be found here
The track by track of Paradise Lost can be viewed below
Lightblue, originally known as Sioux Falls, have only been around for a few short years, after bedding themselves into their local scene they have toured extensively and become a regular fixture on the festival circuit. Now the pop punk quintet are set to take their next step into establishing themselves as their debut EP, Paradise Lost, will be released on Friday 8th December, via Shipwreck Records.
The first of the EP’s trio of tracks, In The Back Of My Room, is a bouncy dose of pop punk with a killer hook, in comparison the second intsalment of Paradise Lost veers much closer to straight up punk rock, and as a result it’s somewhat unsurprisingly my favourite track off the EP. The final track on Paradise Lost, Mast, brings another dimension to the EP as it’s is an emotive slow burner that brings things to a dramatic close. The Paradise Lost EP act as a sampler for Lightblue, the EP covers three very different styles across it’s three tracks, and their debut release indicates that Lightblue aren’t just another cookie cutter pop punk band
Paradise Lost is an EP that doesn’t contain any surprises, the emo tinged pop punk contained on the EP puts them firmly in the pack of bands that have emerged from the resurgent pop punk scene, but on the other hand Lightblue‘s debut release doesn’t contain anything to disappointment either. Paradise Lost is a solid and varied three tracks of emotive pop punk that indicates that Lightblue are a band with a positive future ahead of them, and if the likes of Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms lie amongst your collection then Lightblue are a band that will be well worth checking out.
Lightblue‘s Facebook page is here and their online shop can be found here
The Shipwreck Records website can be found here
Bleacher Days latest EP, I Only Saw True Purpose, will be released tomorrow, December 1st. The six tracks are angst-charged, introspective songs that are poppy, but still pack enough punch to keep the mosh pits moving. The I Only Saw True Purpose EP is now available through iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.
Bleacher Days website can be found here
You can view the video for Some Strain Of You, and Bleacher Days US tour dates, below Read More…
Boys Of Fall are a Detroit based pop punk quintet, the band formed in 2015 and are currently busy writing their full-length album. Boys Of Fall have released a brand new single, No Good For Me, as well as a music video for the track. They plan to tour beginning early 2018, and will be kicking off the year headlining a hometown show at St. Andrew’s Hall on January 5th.
The InVogue Records website can be found here
You can view the video for No Good For Me below Read More…
Lightblue are a hotly-tipped emerging pop punk outfit hailing from Cheltenham, UK who have already received favourable comparisons to Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms, and they are are set to drop their debut EP, Paradise Lost, on Friday 8th December via Shipwreck Records. Prior to the release of their new EP the band have revealed their new video for the track, In The Back Of My Room.
Lightblue‘s Facebook page can be found here
You can view the video for In The Back Of My Room below Read More…
In Her Own Words have announced that they will tour the UK and Ireland on a headline tour in January 2018 with support from For The Win, Better Than Never and Victory Lane, the band have also indicated that they are intending make a return trip to Europe later in the year to play Summer festivals. In Her Own Words have also released a limited edition deluxe version of their 2016 album, Unfamiliar.
In Her Own Words UK tour dates can be viewed by clicking on the tour flyer
The deluxe version of Unfamiliar can be ordered via InVogue Records here
My Kid Banana are an independent, punk band out of St. Paul, Minnesota that only formed earlier this year. Despite having existed for less than a year My Kid Banana issued a self-titled EP, and they have now released their debut full length, Amour Macabre. The songs on Amour Macabre are mostly about anxiety, comic books, love (or the lack of it) and horror movies, and the album is now available for streaming and download.
You can stream Amour Macabre via Spotify here and via iTunes and Apple Music here
You can also stream Amour Macabre via the band’s Youtube channel here
Evertim have announced their new EP, Your Heaven Held Me Well, is set for release on 19th January 2018 through Fox Records. To celebrate the release the band have released an emotionally charged new single titled Let Me Go, that is now available to stream and also via all good digital outlets.
Let Me Go can be streamed here and Your Heaven Held Me Well can be pre-ordered here
You can view the official music video for Let Me Go below Read More…
I Swear My Love Is True
New Hampshire Power Pop quartet Donaher have been added to the impressive and ever growing roster at Dodgeball Records, and now they have released their debut full length via the fledgling label. I Swear My Love Is True is an album that sets out to make the definitive soundtrack to falling in love, with it’s seemingly almost inevitable flipside of heartbreak and unrequited love never far away. I Swear My Love Is True is now available on limited edition splatter vinyl via Dodgeball Records, and also on CD and digital formats via Donaher‘s Bandcamp.
I Swear My Love Is True kicks off with the brief acoustic introduction of Found Me, however this is would seem to be there just to mislead you, as from this point the album kicks into a lively hook filled full length of power pop. Tracks such as Heather, The Wrong Side Of Webster Street and the superb No Other Dude are perfect examples of lovelorn power pop that anyone who’s ever worshipped from afar will be able to relate to. Amidst the heartache inspired power pop there are brief returns to Donaher‘s gentler acoustic style with Courtney and the first half of the album’s finale, I Fell For You, before this final moment breaks out into some tortured noisey power pop.
This is an album that will be lapped up by those who love the likes of the Smoking Popes, The Get Up Kids, whose frontman Matt Pryor appears on the track No Other Dude, and the non recidivist side of Masked Intruder, as like those bands Donaher have the ability to take the yearning heartache of unrequited love and translate it into bitter sweet punky power pop. I Swear My Love Is True is a ten track album with more many more hits than misses, for me the acoustic elements break the flow of the album ever so slightly, but it must be said that Donaher have made an impressive debut and are a more than worthy addition to the Dodgeball Records family.
I Swear My Love Is True can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here
The limited edition splatter vinyl edition of the album can be purchased from Dodgeball Records here
Green Day have released God’s Favorite Band, their first greatest hits album since 2001’s International Superhits. God’s Favorite Band spans over three decades and contains twenty of their hit singles, the album also includes two new songs, Ordinary World (featuring Miranda Lambert) and Back In The USA. Green Day have also released a video for Back In The USA that is inspired by the classic John Carpenter movie, They Live.
God’s Favorite Band can be purchased and streamed here
You can view the video for Back In The USA below Read More…
Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain an optimistic outlook, fortunately The Moms have the solution, a homemade bowl of soup. The Moms showcase their humanitarian side in their new video, Soup Song, where they go grocery shopping for ingredients, cook a big pot of soup, package it into containers labelled ‘Eat Soup, Feel Good’ then hand it out to strangers they encounter on the streets and along the Asbury Park boardwalk. In the end, the band share their message “Everything is okay”, they may even restore your faith in humanity.
You can order The Moms latest album Doing Asbestos We Can here
You can view the video for Soup Song below Read More…
The Dollyrots have released their brand new video for the song Just Because I’m Blonde, the track is taken from the duos latest album release, Whiplash Splash, that is available via the bands very own Arrested Youth Label here. The band has also partnered with Patreon in order to give their fans a chance to access rarities, exclusives and non-album material that may never see public release, plus exclusive access to their daily happenings via a video diary.
Details of The Dollyrots partnership with Patreon can be found here
The video for Just Because I’m Blonde can be viewed below Read More…
Broken Down II
Tony Lovato, the frontman of long standing Illinois pop punk act Mest, has just released a new acoustic record, the second in the Broken Down series. The Kickstarter funded project features Tony Lovato performing stripped down versions of fan favourites from the extensive Mest back catalogue. Acoustic releases can be a difficult trick to pull off, shorn of the energy and adrenaline that traditionally accompanies punk releases the spotlight is shone on the songwriting, and in some cases this has led to somewhat underwhelming straight up acoustic revisions of classic songs.
The album’s opener, Say So Long, features an acoustic run though that’s accompanied by piano that adds a melancholy feel to the song, and imbues the track with a very different feel to the original version that appeared back in 2001 on their Destination Unknown album. Other tracks are closer to the originals and are stripped down versions that don’t deviate from the original template, but it’s when the arrangements are changed that albums like Broken Down II come into their own, and for the most part Mest‘s latest release offers a different approach to the upbeat pop punk that they are best known for
Mest are not the first to release an acoustic album, everyone from Alkaline Trio through to Bad Religion‘s Greg Gaffin and Anti-Flag have delivered impressive acoustic releases, and I think that Broken Down II can be added to the list. I’ve encountered a number of acoustic albums that don’t bring anything new to the party and are only of interest to the die hard fans, with Broken Down II there is a stark and downbeat approach to the majority of the revisions, and it’s the fact that Mest have done something different with their source material that will make this a welcome addition to any self respecting Mest fans collection.
You can pre-order Broken Down II
via iTunes here
and stream the album via Spotify here
and Apple Music here
The Dollyrots will reveal the new video for Just Because I’m Blonde during their Stage-it performance this Sunday, November 12 at 1pm pst, the track is from the duos latest LP, Whiplash Splash, that is available via the bands very own Arrested Youth Label. The band has partnered with Patreon in order to give their most enthusiastic fans a chance to access unreleased material, plus exclusive access to their daily happenings via a video diary. With the basic $2 Pledge you’ll receive at least one unreleased track every month as well as an exclusive video blog to keep you up to date on all things in The Dollyrots world.
You can get tickets for The Dollyrots Stage-It party on Sunday 12th November here
Whiplash Splash can be purchased here and you can join The Dollyrots on Patreon here
Over the past three years Beyond Recall have amassed an army of followers and a stellar reputation for delivering earnest, emotional alternative rock with a broad crossover appeal. The threesome are now set to climb again with the release of their new single and video, Wonder, that combined with a full live schedule will see Beyond Recall soar to new heights in 2018.
Wonder can be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music and downloaded via iTunes here
You can view the video for Wonder below Read More…
Mr. Happy Chainsaw reformed in 2016 after a seven year hiatus and have already been taking their local scene by storm with new material, a new line up, a new attitude towards performing and a new EP, It’s Not My Ball. The band have now released a video for Charlie, one of the stand out tracks from the EP.
Mr Happy Chainsaw‘s website is here and It’s Not My Ball can be streamed and purchased here
The video for Charlie can be viewed below Read More…
Tony Lovato, frontman of beloved Illinois pop-punk act MEST, has just released a new acoustic record, the second in his Broken Down series. The fan-funded project features Tony Lovato performing new versions of fan favourites from the MEST back catalogue. MEST will also be playing a series of shows in the US this December, including dates with the likes of Mr. T Experience, MXPX, Goldfinger and Slick Shoes.
You can stream Broken Down II via Spotify here and Apple Music here
You can view the track listing for Broken Down II below Read More…
Tony Lovato, frontman of beloved Illinois pop-punk act Mest, will release a new acoustic record, the second in his Broken Down series, Broken Down II is now available for pre-order and will be released on November 3. The fan-funded project features Lovato performing new versions of fan favourites from the Mest back catalogue. Mest will also play a series of shows in December, including dates with Mr. T Experience, MXPX, Goldfinger, and Slick Shoes.
You can pre-order Broken Down II via iTunes here
You can stream Paradise from Broken Down II here