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
, Utah’s best pop punk band, are going on a west coast tour in support of their new album, Tuning Out!
, that is available via Hidden Home Records here
and via Bandcamp here
. The tour starts in Salt Lake City on November 10th and concludes at 924 Gilman
in Berkeley on the 18th November, with two additional hometown shows later in November.
The Punk Site
review of Tuning Out!
can be read here
Wicked Bears tour dates can be viewed below
Packed with striking melodies, funk-filled riffs and emotional pop punk, The Emergency Please have just dropped their brand new video for their new track, Remember You. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP and namesake, Remember You, which is set to be released on 10th November.
The Emergency Please‘s Facebook page can be found here
You can view the video for Remember You below Read More…
Lightblue are a hotly-tipped emerging pop punk/emo quintet who hail from Cheltenham, UK, who have already received favourable comparisons to Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms. Lightblue will drop their debut EP, Paradise Lost, on Friday 8th December via Shipwreck Records, ahead of the EP’s release the band have revealed a new track, Far Gone.
The Shipwreck Records website can be found here
Far Gone can be streamed here
Roach, the debut full length from Manchester pop punks Aerial Salad, is set to be released on CD via Plasterer Records, the newly formed DIY record label of Wonk Unit frontman Alex Johnson, who had this to say
Aerial Salad are my little scamps from Manchester. Bless ’em. They’re not even out of their teens yet but Jamie’s songwriting is as honest and real as it gets. Pure, raw, angst. I’m serious, if Green Day had released this after Dookie it would be classed as their best release
You can pre-order Roach via Plasterer Records here
Chicago pop punkers Knuckle Puck
have spoofed Blink-182
‘s Rock Show
in their new video for the track, Gone
, which is taken from from Knuckle Puck
‘s newly released sophomore album, Shapeshifter.
The band are also undertaking a fall headlining tour in support of the album with support from Movements
, With Confidence
Shapeshifter can be purchased via Rise Records here
The video for Gone, and Knuckle Puck‘s tour dates, can be viewed below
Hidden Home Records
Hidden Home Records released Wicked Bears sophomore album, Tuning Out, on October 13th, the band’s latest full length follows on from last year’s self titled release, and once more the Utah pop punk quartet are doing what they do best, producing energetic and fun punk rock that has the charm that you’d expect from pop punk, but they do it with all the rough edges intact with the punk element firmly at the forefront of their sound. The end result is that Tuning Out is one of the best pop punk albums I’ve heard in the last few years, and further evidence that Hidden Home Records is one of best grass roots labels out there.
The album starts in 2049, an energetic two and a half minutes of frenetic pop punk with all the harmony choruses and enthusiasm you could wish for, the album’s title track carries the bounce of early Green Day and Bowling For Soup, whereas No Vacancy channels Nerf Herder and Blink-182, and on it goes, each track carries the hallmarks of pop punk, but at the same time managing to sound fresh and energetic. More importantly it carries the other element that made pop punk so popular, whilst some of the tracks make valid social points this is an album that is fun and has a sense of humour, something that has sadly been forgotten by a lot of the recent pop punk releases.
There seem to be two approaches to creating a pop punk album, to take it and try to blend it’s trademark elements with other styles and make it your own, or to do just do it well and carry the energy and enthusiasm that made pop punk such a worldwide phenomenon, Wicked Bears are very much in the latter camp. They take all the best elements from those that came before them and blend them to create a gloriously anthemic and upbeat album. If you thought pop punk had nothing left in the tank Wicked Bears are living and breathing proof that this is a scene that is still alive and kicking.
Tuning Out can be ordered on CD and cassette via Hidden Home Records here
You can stream and download Tuning Out via Bandcamp here
Wicked Bears Facebook page can be found here
Chicago pop punks Belmont are releasing a new seven inch vinyl single via Mutant League Records and the Chicago five piece’s latest release is now available for pre-order. The single consists of two fan favourite singles, Water Weight and Step Aside, which were debuted by the band in 2017, the first vinyl pressing is limited to only 500 copies across two unique colour variants.
The limited edition single can be pre-ordered here
The video for Step Aside can be viewed below Read More…
Earlier this year The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, that is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats on the band’s very own Arrested Youth Label. The Dollyrots are now gearing up to play a Nirvana themed Stageit show on October 15th, details of the Stageit event are here, and the band have now released a video for the album track Babbling Idiot.
The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here
You can view the video for Babbling Idiot below Read More…
Hidden Home Records are set to release Wicked Bears sophomore album, Tuning Out, on October 13th, and ahead of the album’s release the band have released a video for the track Reebok Classics. Wicked Bears will also be playing an album release show on Friday 13th October at the Beehive Social Club in Salt Lake City
Tuning Out can be pre-ordered via Hidden Home Records here
You can watch the video for Reebok Classics below Read More…
Chicago pop punkers Knuckle Puck
have released a new track from their highly anticipated sophomore album Shapeshifter
. Want Me Around
is the latest gem, showcasing their knack for crunchy chords, muscular choruses and their ability to make every song they write stick in your head. Knuckle Puck
will also embark on a fall headlining US tour in support of the new album with Movements
, With Confidence
. Rise Records
will release Shapeshifter
on October 13th 2017 and the album is currently available for pre-order here
You can view Knucklepuck‘s tour dates below
The Dollyrots wanted to find a way to honour Tom Petty and deal with the sadness they felt about his passing, yesterday they recorded a cover of American Girl and are offering it now as a pay-what-you-want download. ALL proceeds go to The Midnight Mission, an organization the band has continuously supported, and one that Tom Petty was a long-time honoree of, he was also a recipient of The Midnight Mission‘s Golden Heart Award that recognized his service and commitment to helping the homeless population in Los Angeles.
You download American Girl via Bandcamp here and The Midnight Mission‘s website is here
Chicago pop-punk band Showoff are back in action with their new record, Midwest Side Story. The album is now available via Dodgeball Records, the recently launched label started by Showoff front man Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. Showoff are playing a album release show tonight at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL, tickets can be purchased here
Midwest Side Story can be ordered via Showoff‘s website here
Dodgeball Records website is here
Stack In A Box Records
To date All Tied Up have released two EP’s and an album, it was this DIY attitude that led to their signing to Stack In A Box Records, now the nu-wave pop punk outfit are set to release their latest EP, Breaking Silence, with all the power pop thrusts and melodic hooks that we have come to expect from Milton Keynes quartet. Although All Tied Up draw from American influences, the band have a distinctly British sound and sensibility and as a result they have thankfully managed to avoid the predictable path that so many pop punk bands follow.
So Enthusiastic opens with some mellow chords that make you think this is going to be just another pop punk EP but thankfully it comes to life in an unpredictable manner, it does contain the spirit of pop punk but they’re not trying to mimic their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic. There are clear influences from the obvious American stalwarts of the pop punk genre including Blink 182, Green Day and The Ataris but this is no pale imitation, All Tied Up have placed a distinctly anglicized take on the genre
Breaking Silence has all the break downs, hook laden riffs and energy to keep fans of the pop punk genre happy, but crucially it brings something new to the genre and All Tied Up bring their own character to the EP. This is a release that is returning to the roots of the genre, and it is one that is more punk than pop which for me is the way it should be, they’ve even skipped the obligatory acoustic number to close the EP, with the release of Breaking Silence All Tied Up have delivered a breath of fresh air in a genre that was very much in danger of becoming stale.
The Breaking Silence EP will be released on the 22nd Septmber and can be pre-ordered here
Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.
The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here
The Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour dates, and the Monsters video, can be viewed below Read More…
Knowing when a relationship has run its course and realizing that it’s time to let go can be a difficult pill to swallow. The Arizona based pop punk quartet Figure It Out tackle this head on in their anthemic new single and video, Silence Isn’t Golden, a song which also serves as the title track of their latest EP.
The Silence Isn’t Golden EP can be ordered here
The video for Silence Isn’t Golden can be viewed below Read More…
All Tied Up
are surging ahead with the release of their engulfing new EP, Breaking Silence
, which lands via Stack In A Box Records
on September 22nd. All Tied Up
dispatch thumping power pop thrusts and melodic hooks that conjure up comparisons to All Time Low
and A Day To Remember
, as well as heavyweight luminaries such as Blink-182
and Green Day.
In an exclusive for The Punk Site
the band have revealed a track by track breakdown of the Breaking Silence
can be pre-ordered on CD and digital formats here
You can read the track by track breakdown of the Breaking Silence EP below
is the new EP from Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017
, Sweet Little Machine
, that is due to be released on the 6th October. Monsters
is an EP packed full of the kind of arena ready punk rock songs that were made for the big stage and the radio waves, and you can catch the band on tour throughout the UK with Reel Big Fish
, The Skints
and Mad Caddies
next month on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire
You can pre-order the Monsters
You can view the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour dates below
Midwest Side Story
Before we get into Midwest Side Story we need to have a brief recap on the rise and fall of Showoff, in the late 1990s they self released their first album and EP, this led to the band signing to Madonna‘s Maverick Records and the release of their sophomore album, but changes within the label’s structure and subsequent tension within the band resulted in their dissolution, leaving a third album recorded but unreleased. In the mid 2000’s a brief reformation saw the release of their fourth album before the band once more dissolved, but now Showoff are back with their fifth studio album, the fourth to see the light of day, and this time they’re doing it on their own terms as Midwest Side Story is released on Dodgeball Records, a label owned and founded by front man Chris Messer, along with his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes.
From the first chords of the opening track, Popular Kid, it’s clear that Showoff are back to doing what they do best, this is anthemic pop punk that packs all the hooks and catchy choruses that the best of the genre delivers. Midwest Side Story also carries those harmony vocals and the almost obligatory acoustic led tracks that were pop punk trademarks, but there are moments that break away from the pop punk style that dominates the album, in particular the frantic Falling Apart brings a brief punkier blast to Midwest Side Story. Showoff have delivered a consistent and well crafted album that should be lapped up by fans of pop punk luminaries such as Bowling For Soup, Weezer, Blink-182 and of course Showoff‘s original fans.
I’ll admit that I’ve been critical of a lot of recent pop punk releases for recreating a sound that predates many of those band’s members births, but I can’t exactly level that criticism at a band that were present at pop punk’s year zero. Midwest Side Story is a damn fine pop punk album, there’s nothing on the album that will come as a surprise, but there’s nothing to disappoint as this is a well crafted thirteen track album that carries all the finest elements of pop punk, every woah, guitar hook, lovelorn lyric and harmony vocal is everything you’d hope for, and if you’re a fan of pop punk’s glory days then Midwest Side Story is the album you’ve been waiting for.
Midwest Side Story will be released on the 22nd September and the album can be pre-ordered here