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Vukovi Confirm Headline UK Tour And Festival Appearances

Vukovi May Tour + FestivalsFollowing the release of their stunning breakthrough self titled debut album and a packed out headline tour across the UK, Vukovi are now heading out on another UK headline tour with dates beginning tomorrow, May 24th, which will be followed by a series of summer festival appearances, including Reading, Leeds, 2000 Trees and the Y Not Festivals.

The Punk Site review of Vukovi‘s debut album can be read here and a live review is here

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Born Without Bones Young At The Bend

Born Without Bones

Young At The Bend

Devil You Know Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Massachusetts trio Born Without Bones released their third full length to date, Young At The Bend, a few days ago via Devil You Know Records. Their latest album has a much more personal and heartfelt approach than their previous releases, and lyrically this seems to be a much darker album as Young At The Bend was informed by a personal loss that vocalist and guitarist Scott Ayotte suffered shortly before the recording of the album. This event has fuelled the songwriting and makes Young At The Bend feel like a personal act of catharthis.

Musically Born Without Bones have always had their roots in DIY punk scene, but they’ve adopted other influences over the years, in particular the hooks of 90s alternative rock and the blue collar soul of heartland rock are present in the mix along with a distinctly pop sensibility. After a brief initial blast of white noise Young At The Bend starts in earnest with the charged opener, Takes Time, and across the whole of Young At The Bend the album remains a cathartic heartfelt blast the veers through gentler indie and emo elements that are delivered with a punk attitude, and the whole package is carried on a back bone of 90’s alt rock, this combination certainly makes Young At The Bend an unpredictable listen if nothing else.

The only time I felt That Born Without Bones truly bared their fangs on Young At The Bend was on I Am A Ruin, a track that takes the lead from the punk roots, but for the most part this is an album that has a distinct sheen of polished 90’s alternative rock influences. Born Without Bones have delivered a deeply personal album that exposes the emotional scars of personal loss, but it does this without being maudlin or self indulgent, the end product is a emotionally charged and diverse album that has managed to channel personal loss into the creation of a something positive.

Young At The Bend can be purchased on coloured vinyl and download formats here

Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag And Mad Caddies Announce UK Tour

Reel Big Fish Anti-Flag Mad Caddies October TourAcademy Events in association with Fireball have announced the line up for the second annual Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour which hits the road in the UK throughout October 2017. The run of dates will feature a star studded line-up of the best in punk and ska, headlined by California’s legendary ska punk outfit Reel Big Fish, with support from Pennsylvania punks Anti-Flag and California based ska punks Mad Caddies. In addition to the announced line up, Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 winners, Sheffield quartet Sweet Little Machine, will take the opening slot on the 2017 leg of the tour. Yet again, tickets are eye wateringly cheap at just £10 each and go on general sale on Friday 26th May with O2 priority tickets on sale at 10am on Wednesday 24th May.

You can view the dates for the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour below

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The Damned To Release ‘Smashing It Up’ Book Via Pledge Music

Damned Smashing It UpThe Damned were one of the originators of British punk rock along with The Clash and The Sex Pistols, in 1976, they were a three pronged attack on the self satisfied rock elite and the inspiration to a new generation of music fans. Putting The Damned in context for the first time, Smashing It Up is the history of this important band and their original members, it’s also packed with their encounters with Marc Bolan, America, members of Pink Floyd, and their always strained relationship with the music business. Smashing It Up draws on interviews by the author with the original band members, as well as its associates and eye witnesses to their chaotic journey, and it contains previously unseen pictures from their original drummer, Rat Scabies.

You can order Smashing It Up via Pledge Music here

WACO Release Stream Of ‘Coolangatta’ From Deathless EP

Waco DeathlessCosmic punks WACO have released a stream of the new track, Coolangatta, ahead of the release of their forthcoming new EP, Deathless, that is set for release through Gallows‘ label Venn Records on 2nd June 2017. The track is a summery slab of stomping punk rock shot through with a horn section and dripping in the kind of rose-tinted, working class Northern sentiments that have been picked out as a trademark of the WACO sound, Coolangatta is a fist-in-the-air statement that comes just in time for the sunshine season.

You can stream Coolangatta here

Cock Sparrer To Release ‘Forever’ LP

Adobe Photoshop PDFCock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history and 2017 sees them celebrate their 45th Anniversary. With a ten year gap between Cock Sparrer‘s last album, Here We Stand, and the present day, 2017 sees the release of their new full length album, Forever. The album was recorded over a four month period between the end of 2016 and February 2017, Forever is a collection of songs written in what only can be described as “the Cock Sparrer way”, anthemic, filled with hooks and with lyrics relating to real life.

Forever can be ordered via Pirate Press Records and Randale Records here

At The Wayside Announce Pre-Orders For Forthcoming LP

At The Wayside TBATFIndie Vision Music have announced pre-orders for the latest full length from At The Wayside. Pre-orders are now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Bandcamp for The Breakdown And The Fall. Pre-orders via iTunes and Bandcamp will include an instant download of the tracks My Way To You and How We Live.

You can stream How We Live here and My Way To You here

You can pre-order The Breakdown And The Fall via Bandcamp here

Energy Announce UK Tour

Energy UK Tour 2017Following a huge UK tour earlier this year supporting goth-punks Creeper alongside Puppy and Milk Teeth, Boston’s Energy are extremely pleased to announce they will return to the UK this summer for a run of headline tour dates. Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 19th May 2017 and the band will be supported by Southampton punks Miss Vincent on all dates, to celebrate the announcement the band have revealed the video for their new single, A Prayer For Rain.

You can download and stream Energy‘s latest album, Apparition Sound, here

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Get Fucked 2017

Get Fucked Festival

The Peer Hat, Manchester, UK

29th April 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Get Fucked is an all day, and well into the following morning, event bought to us by Atomic Catfight and Abattoir Blues Records, a combination that promises a full day of primitive rock & roll that features nine acts from the primal swamp of the UK’s underground blues, garage and punk scenes that appropriately is taking place in the basement venue that is The Peer Hat, that is located on the edges of Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter. The bands appearing at the inaugural Get Fucked festival are diverse to say the least, but all with one common goal, to deliver dirty distorted rock ‘n roll that is in no way designed to save anyone’s soul.

Get Fucked has put together a line up of punked up blues, garage, psych and punk rock that is irresistible to those of us that grew up on a diet of punks adrenaline fuelled charge, the hallucinatory elements of the garage revival scene and whatever other strange creatures emerged from the underground and promised the illicit pleasures that the original hell bound spirit of rock ‘n roll offered. Tonight’s line up includes The Hipshakes, Uncle Jane, Tensheds, The 99 Degree, The Maitlands, The Jungfraus, GUTS, Death Vignettes, Hopper Propelled Electric and music provided by the esteemed Wet Dreams DJ’s.

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Get Fucked has nine bands playing each getting a half hour slot, the perfect way to organise a festival with no pretensions, just nine slots of punked up garage, psyche and blues with DJ sets playing the best tunes from the last six decades of rock ‘n roll’s dark underbelly. First up are The Hipshakes and after a brief tune up they launch into their opening slot of adrenaline fuelled garage. The energy levels are already off the chart on their first number, and then stay there. They deliver raw distorted garage that is born of the MC5 and The Stooges with a raw amphetamine fused punk edge that on occasion borders on hardcore intensity, The Hipshakes show exactly how to start a festival.

20170503_212521After a another short DJ set from Wet Dreams, that includes the legendary purveyors of fucked up rock n roll, The Cramps, The Maitlands take to the stage, they bring a cross between raw punked up rock ‘n roll and 60s beat that is tinged with the spirit of 77. The Maitlands have brought their sparkling self penned fucked up pop songs to Get Fucked and they build on the foundations laid by The Hipshakes by maintaining the adrenaline charged rush and combining this with a distinctly Mancunian sensibility, and already at this early stage of the day I can’t help thinking that the inaugural Get Fucked Festival is shaping up to be something very special.

20170505_230630The intriguingly named Uncle Jane are next, and they deliver a set of fucked up rock ‘n roll than channels The Sonics, The Mummies and the bands that populated the legendary Pebbles albums. This a rawer more primitive sound than the previous bands, and they are a welcome addition to Get Fucked and capture the spirit of the evening perfectly with bass heavy set that’s laced with lysergic guitar riffs. Tensheds follow and take Get Fucked down a different path with their intense drum and keyboard combination, but despite the lack of any stringed instruments they continue to channel the spirit of Get Fucked in a manner that makes me think of the Dresden Dolls having a head on collision with Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

GIG-110Next up is the bastard blues of GUTS, a band that I made a promise to that I would catch them again when I briefly saw them supporting The Bellrays last year, it might take me a while but I keep my promises. GUTS play a set that is the epitome of what Abattoir Blues Records are about, the heart and soul of blues with the attitude and spirit of punk rock, to me they sound even rawer than when I first encountered them. They cross the experimental side of Captain Beefheart with the grunt of blues, and the cocktail is completed by a punk attitude and delivery that makes their dark intense serial killer blues the perfect soundtrack to the midway point of Get Fucked.

20170503_222428Hopper Propelled Electric deliver a charged alt rock set that recalls Queens Of The Stone Age, in their substance fuelled prime, combined with the primal hedonistic spirit of rock ‘n roll. Their charged set brings yet another facet to tonight’s event and as with every other act tonight you can’t help but be impressed with the DIY spirit that is ever present today. Tonight has been a credit to Manchester’s alternative music scene, the bands playing Get Fucked avoid the clichéd Mancunian references and they all choose their own influences, despite all the bands playing tonight having their own sound and style there is a common unifying theme of the hedonistic qualities of rock ‘n roll.

20170503_221812The 99 Degree bring a set of fucked up spaghetti western influenced garage and this is the last set they’ll play before the release of their eagerly awaited Boot Hill Surf Club EP. Ominous echo heavy tones precede The 99 Degree launching a energetic set that channels the spirit of the old West combined with the reverb and echo heavy trashy garage that makes them one of Manchester’s most idiosyncratic bands. No one else does anything even remotely close to what The 99 Degree are doing, they deliver a mutant hybrid of everything that’s worth a damn in rock ‘n roll, and for me they are the closest thing you’ll get to the untamed spirit of the garage punk origins of The Cramps.

20170503_213200The penultimate act is Death Vignettes who have reformed for a one off performance for the inaugral Get Fucked, they channel everything that Abattoir Blues Records are about, dirty nasty punked up blues played exactly as it oughta be. Death Vignettes make as much noise as it’s possible to extract from one guitar and drums, and they produce a sound that makes other two pieces outfits, such as The White Stripes, sound like an unplugged performance. Death Vignettes come across as nothing less than the personification of the primal howl that signified the birth of rock ‘n roll.

20170503_213542The final act is The Jungfraus, their set is largely culled from the impressive KRAAK album that is now available as a pay what you want download. They bring a heady element to the final set of Get Fucked, they channel sixties garage, psyche, alt rock and alternative influence to create an impressive mind altering combination that makes for a fitting finale to the live acts that have graced the first Get Fucked festival. Tonight has been perfect, everything from the venue, the friendly and good natured crowd, along with every single band that played tonight and with the faultless DJ set from Wet Dreams that was the perfect accompaniment to the tonight’s nine triumphant live sets.

20170503_211307There is a sequel to Get Fucked planned and I can’t wait for this to happen, as tonight has been a perfect combination of the music and attitudes that informed and shaped punk rock. For me today has possessed more attitude and rebellion than the established punk festivals, it channels the roots and captures the attitude of what made us fall in love with music in the first place. If you didn’t attend this then you should make a point of being at the next Get Fucked if you can as this will probably be amongst my favourite shows of the year. We came, we saw, we got fucked, and I can’t wait for the next time

20170503_213308The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

The Atomic Catfight Facebook page is here

Death Vignettes Facebook page is here and their Soundcloud is here

GUTS Facebook presence is here and their Soundcloud is here

The Hipshakes Bandcamp is here and their Facebook presence is here

Hopper Propelled Electric can be found on Facebook here and their Bandcamp is here

The Jungfraus Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

The Maitlands Facebook presence is here and their Soundcloud is here

Tensheds website can be found here

Uncle Jane‘s Facebook page is here and their Soundcloud is here

The 99 Degree‘s Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

Live photography by Michael Maffia, you can click on any of Mike’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Orange Bomb Release ‘Pop Heavy’ Album

Orange Bomb Pop HeavyOrange Bomb are a pop punk quartet from Surrey in the UK, the band have now released their third full length, Pop Heavy, and the new album is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer, as well as via Orange Bomb‘s Bandcamp where Pop Heavy is also available on a limited edition CD

You can stream the track Dear Julie via Soundcloud here

You can stream and download Pop Heavy via Bandcamp here

Blood Youth

Blood Youth

Beyond Repair

Rude Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Since their inception in 2014 Blood Youth have been channelling their fears, frustrations and fury into their music through a relentless touring schedule and the release of two critically acclaimed EP’s, 2015’s Inside My Head and 2016’s Closure, and Blood Youth have now released their debut full-length, Beyond Repair, that sees the Yorkshire based hardcore trio expanding their arsenal across a full album. Beyond Repair was released last month via Rude Records and  is now available on CD and a ‘clear with black smoke’ vinyl, as well as being available for download and streaming from the usual suspects.

From the opening chords of Making Waves you think you know what you’re in for, the brutal riff and barked vocals indicate that this is prime hardcore punk, but on the chorus a more melodic approach is seamlessly integrated, and this brings another element into proceedings and stops Beyond Repair from being just another short sharp shock from the hardcore stable. Blood Youth have delivered an album that contains all the aggression that you’d expect from hardcore, but it incorporates other styles that stop Beyond Repair being another remorseless album and it’s this that raises Blood Youth above many of their contemporaries.

Beyond Repair blends pure hardcore fury with melodic hardcore, and in places the breakdown’s bring a touch of the heavier end of alt rock into play, but all the while maintaining the aggressive delivery you’d expect. Blood Youth‘s debut full length is an impressive and furious ten tracks that maintains the approach of the first wave of crossover bands by channelling other influences into their sound to deliver an album that has a truly cross genre appeal. Since Blood Youth were formed from the ashes of Climates they’ve been steadily building an impressive reputation and Beyond Repair can only build on this, the future of the hardcore scene in the peoples republic of Yorkshire would seem to be in good hands.

You can order physical formats of Beyond Repair via Rude Records here

Proletariat Jimmys May 17

Proletariat (UK) / Arcades / Shadow Palace

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

5th May 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 1This Feeling is developing a well earned reputation for running some of the UK’s best rock ‘n roll nights and promoting the best upcoming bands, and tonight the party has come to one of Manchester’s latest venues. Jimmy’s is tucked away on the edge of the Northern Quarter and tonight promises to be something special as Manchester’s Proletariat are launching their debut EP, Always The Same, with a sold out show at this intimate venue with support from Shadow Palace and Arcades. An eclectic mix of tunes precedes the first act, everything from ’77 punkers to psych and proto punk classics is played in the steadily filling basement of Jimmy’s to warm the crowd up nicely.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 2 Shadow PalaceFirst up are local act Shadow Palace, they channel a distinctly mancunian take on a garage and indie influenced set that eases us into the evening, this is a band that couldn’t have come from any other city, their mancunian swagger is an ever present in their hedonistic mix of influences. Elements of their set hint at a darker element in their DNA before they end their brief opening set with an upbeat indie fuelled number that is followed by their new single, Speak My Mind, that returns to their psyche influences and boasts an anthemic chorus. By the end of their set Jimmy’s is approaching capacity, the temperature is rising and it’s a struggle to get to the bar.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 3 ArcadesBy the end of shadow Palace‘s set whatever I’m drinking is being sweated straight back out again, Leicester’s Arcades are up next and are making their debut appearances in Manchester, their home turf is another part of the UK that seems to have a production line for talented young bands. Arcades sound like their origins lie somewhere between early Rolling Stones and Smashing Pumpkins and this impressive quintet deliver an impeccable set that straddles every genre since the mid sixties and its delivered with confidence and an effortless swagger and indie bounce, coupled with a touch of rock n roll excess, and I’m left wanting to hear more by Arcades, hopefully it won’t be too long before they return.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 4Jimmy’s continues to fill up, word has clearly spread about Manchester’s Proletariat in their brief existence, as Jimmy’s is packed to capacity tonight and Proletariat kick things up a gear with their mancunian influenced punk rock. From the first chords you can see why the venue is stuffed to the gills, as good as they were a few months ago when I first encountered them they now seem sharper and more focused than the fledgling show I caught them at. There’s an obvious comparison to The Fall in the vocal delivery, but that doesn’t mean to say they are in anyway a copy of that esteemed band, but they are coming at things from a similar direction with the dirty garage riffs effortlessly combined with a punk attitude.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 5The twisted riffs and the mancunian bark of the vocals are backed by a pounding razor sharp rhythm section that keeps the set hammering along at full tilt. Two new songs are debuted tonight that indicates that despite their debut release coming out today they aren’t going to rest on their laurels, the first, Kiss Of Death, sounds heavier and carries more menace than their early material whilst Nervous Energy edges towards a twisted incarnation of alt rock. Delirium from their early days sounds reborn and by popular demand they revisit The Stooges classic I Wanna Be You Dog, whilst often covered this was as good a version as you’re likely to hear outside of an Iggy Pop show.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 7The Proletariat‘s set is sadly cut short due to time limits, upon getting the indication that they have one song left they ease into their version of Bang Bang before they finish in style as they segue the twisted version of the sixties classic into Mr Brown, the lead single from their new EP, which brings things to a suitably frantic end. On the strength of tonight’s show Manchester’s Proletariat are heading places, as judging by the crowds reaction, and the strength of the new material on display, Manchester may have just have found its very own saviours for the next generation of punk rock.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 6Proletariat‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Always The Same EP can be streamed via Spotify here

Arcades Facebook presence is located here

Shadow Palace‘s Facebook page can be found here

Jimmy’s website can be found here

This Feeling‘s website is here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Vant DI April 17

The Bushmills Tour 2017: Vant / Weirds

The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

27th April 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Bushmills 1The Bushmills Tour is a series of four shows across the UK that features four different headliners in four different cities, the tour spans April and May with other cities being treated to The Magic Gang, We Are Scientists and The Wytches, but tonight Manchester is hosting a sold out headline set from Vant with support from Leeds quartet Weirds. It seems there’s no happy medium, either you’re late and you miss a band or the venue isn’t open when you arrive and you’re forced to have a pint in the sunshine on the eve of a bank holiday, tonight had the added bonus of being a Bushmills Whiskey sponsored tour with free samples whilst you’re waiting and on the way in we’re handed all manner of promotional material, and more whiskey, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. 

Bushmills V1First up are Weirds, prior to their appearance of the first band, Weirds, we’re treated to a full tilt set of alt rock and grunge that sets the scene nicely with more free whiskey at the bar and I’m starting to get the feeling that tonight might get a bit messy. Weirds take the stage to a crescendo of drums and echoing strings that precede a strident drum beat kicks in along with a full tilt wall of distortion that smacks you right between the eyes, yet somehow  Weirds manage to maintain a vibe that is simultaneously spacey, intense and heavy. The Leeds quartet continue to plough the grunge and alternative furrow whilst maintaining a heady edge, to say I’m impressed with their hedonistic set would be an understatement.

Bushmills V2Weirds come across as an amped up adrenaline charged band that are informed by the alternative and grunge scenes of the late 80s and early 90s but bought bang up to date and their own heady influences thrown into the mix, this is only the first band, I’m five whiskies down and having a ball, how could I not with the hedonistic combination of Weirds and Whiskey on offer. The Weirds vocalist departs the stage taking in the whole venue to blur the line between band and audience, a second launch from the stage brings the keyboards tumbling into the crowd. The combination of driving bass lines, effects laden guitar, machine gun drumming and the generally hedonistic substance fuelled vibe of Weirds is something that hits the spot perfectly and they leave as they arrive, in an effects laden loop leaving chaos in their wake.

Bushmills V3There’s just about time for yet another free whiskey before it’s time for Vant, prior to their arrival an impressive array of effects pedals are set up on stage, enough to open a small guitar shop, and the venue for tonight’s sold out show is now packed from front to back and the bar is several deep with an uncharacteristically high demand for whiskey of an Irish persuasion. Vant open with a high tempo set of bare bones power pop influenced punk rock, from the off that’s its been clear that tonight was going to be a good night, after all free whiskey is very hard to argue with but when it’s coupled with two incredible live bands you really do have a recipe for a perfect storm.

Bushmills V4Vant play a high octane set that channels the best of the grunge but when this coupled with infectious adrenaline driven songs you have a winning combination, add to this they have a sizeable live following that have the dance floor reverberating to the rise and fall of the crowd and you have the infectious enthusiasm born of whiskey and two incredible bands, whilst I’m not normally a fan of corporate sponsorship of gigs I’ll make an exception in this case, because, well because it’s whiskey. A bouncer is berated for entering the enthusiatic pit “what the fuck ate you doing in there, it’s a fucking punk show” they also apologise for playing on the night of the Manchester football derby and promise to make it up to the crowd, to be honest I thought they already had as football is one thing, but nights like this only come round every so often and for me football pales in comparison to shows like this.

Bushmills V5The crowd are impressively exuberant, and the band play an incredible fifteen song set that captures the combined essence of punk, power pop and grunge that makes for an irresistible combination. This is easily the best crowd I’ve encountered at the Deaf Institute, from my position wedged in at the side of the stage I see my whiskey bouncing across the bar such is the enthusiasm of the crowd, thankfully I collect it in the nick of time. But Vant aren’t just a band that can pack a dance floor, they embrace the spirit of political defiance that is strongly associated with the best punk bands, there’s no theatrics, they just announce an encore from the stage and continue with their charged set, for me this is just as it should be. Vants set has passed by in a hectic blur and their final number is preceded by an endorsement for safe gigs for women, something The Punk Site wholeheartedly supports.

Bushmills V6I can’t choose between tonight’s two bands, both offered perfect sets that reflected very different facets of the music we love, nights like this remind you why you fell in love with the scene in the first place, combine this with free whiskey and crowd who reflect the enthusiasm of the music and you couldn’t ask for a better combination. The journey home is a happy blur and I’m just glad I take notes during the gig as my recollections are understandably hazy. My advice would be to go and watch Weirds and Vant, and maybe treat yourself to a whiskey, preferably all three together if you can, there’s not a single thing I’d change about tonight, the following morning however was a different story.

Bushmills V7Vant‘s website can be found here

Weirds Twitter account can be found here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Love Zombies Pledge Music Campaign For ‘No Slow Songs’

Love Zombies NSSThe Love Zombies will be back in the UK this June to play Camden Rocks and Download Festival, whilst they are in the UK they will be recording a live studio album and they are inviting fans to to be part of it. The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and a few of their closest fans can be in the studio audience and be on the record for a once in a lifetime opportunity. On June 2nd the Love Zombies will go into Abbey Road Studios and it is also be the day their debut album, Passionfruit, is released worldwide. If you can’t make it to Abbey Road Studios you can pledge for the download or vinyl of the new album

You can you can read more about the campaign, and pledge for No Slow Songs, here

The Dollyrots Kick Off Second Leg Of ‘Whiplash Splash’ US Tour

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots are heading back out on the road today for part 2 of the Whiplash Splash tour, including two dates with the Buzzcocks. The Dollyrots spirit and signature sound shines through on the completely fan-funded new album, Whiplash Splash, which is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua-blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own Arrested Youth Label.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the Whiplash Splash tour dates below

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Colt 45 Reveal Video For ’17’ From New Single ‘Hard Times’

Colt 45 Hard TimesFollowing a run of UK tour dates with Straight Lines, Cumbrian punks Colt 45 have now released a video for the track 17, that is taken from their latest single, Hard Times. The band have also revealed a run of headline tour dates throughout Scotland for June and July of this year. The new single is the first in a series of six singles club releases over the course of the next year.

The latest single, Hard Times can be streamed and purchased here

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88 Fingers Louie To Release New Album Via Bird Attack Records

88 Fingers Louie TYFBAF88 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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Light The Way DL

Light The Way

Dude, Lame

Indie Vision Music
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Sacramento based punk rock band Light The Way released their brand new six track EP, Dude, Lame, via Indie Vision Music at the end last month, Dude, Lame is a fast paced melodic EP of punk rock that follows on from their 2016 EP, Grace. Whilst their 2016 release was pure pop punk it seems that Light The Way have moved on, but not away, from the formulaic pop punk route with this EP as Dude, Lame indicates that this is a band that are well and truly finding their feet.

A short but sweet intro acts a prelude to the main tracks, chugging guitar lines segue neatly into So Stoked, a track that manages to blend equal parts of melodic hardcore and pop punk to impressive effect. Stag line continues to tread the line between hard edged punk rock and it’s poppier cousin, whilst Voices suddenly brings the EP to a dead halt with it’s dark spoken lyrics that are overlaid on a bed of a sparse and sinister piano. Dead Head returns to the upbeat pop punk that was the hallmark of their previous release and the EP ends with what has become a staple of pop punk releases, the tender acoustic track, in this case the final track, Note To Self, feels like a cross between Blink 182 and Alkaline Trio, which weirdly is exactly what Blink 182 have become.

When compared to last years Grace EP Dude, Lame seems to be a more focused and aggressive release than it’s predecessor, yes this is still a pop punk EP, but it’s one that possesses a bit more muscle than their 2016 release, and for me it’s all the better for it. The harder edge has added something to their sound without sacrificing their own identity, when this is coupled with the two tracks of pure unadulterated pop punk, and the unusual inclusion of the track Voices, you have a varied EP that walks the line between punk and pop punk perfectly.

Dude, Lame is available through all digital networks and via Indie Vision Music here

You can stream Dude, Lame via Soundcloud here

The Creature Comfort Announce Live Showcase Of New Material

Creature Comfort Gullivers 3rd JuneManchester’s longest-standing outsider psych-rock band The Creature Comfort are set to unveil the new songs that will follow their debut album on Saturday June 3rd at Gullivers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The Creature Comfort will emerge from their recording studio in deepest Wales for a live unveiling of the new songs that will form the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album, their last appearance at this venue was a raucous and sold-out affair so expect more of the same, special guest support is provided by The Goa Express and Dreamherbs.

The Creature Comfort have released a free download of their classic single Sauce here

Tickets for the  show at Gullivers can be purchased here

Milk Teeth To Release New EP ‘Be Nice’ On July 28th

Milk Teeth Be NiceMilk Teeth have announced that they’ve signed with Roadrunner Records UK and the band’s first release for the label will be their brand new EP, Be Nice, which will be out on July 28th. Be Nice represents the first of two interlinked EPs, with the second to follow later this year, Milk Teeth have also announced details of a summer UK headline tour.

You can pre-order the Be Nice EP here

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Louise Distras Fac 251 Apr 17

Louise Distras

FAC 251, Manchester, UK

22nd April 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Tonight Louise Distras hits Manchester on her current headline tour, she is playing a venue that is arguably at the epicentre of some of the most influential bands Manchester has produced, tonights venue, Fac 251, occupies the building where Factory Records had their offices in the city centre, the building has now been redeveloped into a live venue and nightclub, so whilst The Hacienda and Factory Records are no more the spirit lives on, and who better to occupy a space that was central to Northern England’s punk and post punk scenes than Louise Distras, a singer who is arguably the current voice of Northern punk protest.

LD Fac HRHey Radio open the evening, they are a duo than are comprised of just two guitars and despite the lack of percussion they initially deliver a set of catchy pop punk that is not without its charms and they enjoy a banter with the sparse early evening crowd that’s arrived for their early opening slot. However, their decision to include a somewhat shambolic Busted cover in their set gives you an idea of where they lie on the scale between pop and punk. The fact their set descends into a sea of covers means that I end up heading out for the smoking area to seek shelter from the deluge of poppy cover versions.

LD Fac SCFThe next band up is So Called Friend who step things up with a fuzzy distorted original set that seems to embrace post hardcore and alt rock influences. Their sound is from the distinctly poppier end of that spectrum but that’s not to say they don’t add a bit of muscle to their songs when required. Despite the sparse crowd they play their set with an impressive level of energy and enthusiasm, So Called Friend play a short but satisfying set that started to bring the evening to life, the combination of a set of original material and their energy levels indicates we may be hearing a lot more this extremely talented and youthful trio.

LD Fac TLThe penultimate set prior to Louise Distras‘ headline slot is The Lymes, they bring a rockier element to the evening that is combined with a few knowing power pop influences, the fact that this is accompanied by some well crafted songwriting gives the impression that the evening is slowly building momentum towards Louise Distras headline set. The Lymes play an impressive set that, like fellow Mancunians Mohawk Radio and La Mode, channels the rockier side of the alt rock spectrum, but it’s all done with style and you can’t help but be impressed by their anthemic and accomplished set, and this is yetanother band to add to the ever growing list of up and coming Mancunian bands, and another band I’m hoping to hear a lot more of.

LD Fac 1Quite why Louise Distras isn’t playing the Manchester Punk Festival this weekend is a mystery to me, she’s one of the rising stars of the DIY punk scene and as she’s in the city playing her own headline show this would seem to be a formality, but as with many things in life some things will forever remain a mystery.  I’ve encountered Louise Distras numerous times, and to be honest it’s hard not to catch her live such is her work ethic, she’s already on her third tour of the year and she has extensive dates booked throughout the year including an impressive array of summer festival appearances.

LD Fac 2Technical problems with ticket sales and incredibly busy weekend on the Manchester gig circuit mean that there is a smaller crowd than Louise Distras would normally attract, but impressively this doesn’t affect her performance in the slightest, she’s as passionate and empowering as ever. Tonight is a first for me as she’s playing a solo electric set, the set comprises established favourites from her debut album, Dreams From the Factory Floor, as well as material from her forthcoming sophomore album, including her 2016 single Aileen and her forthcoming single Outside Of You, that is well on its way with it’s fundraising campaign to make her new album a reality, and on the basis of the material on display in her solo shows this indicates that this album will be something to treasure. The technical problems haven’t stopped at the ticket sales, Louise Distras has to borrow a guitar from The Lymes, indicating that there is already a sense of camaraderie between her and the impressive Mancunian outfit, due to issues with her own prized vintage Burns Cobra guitar.

LD Fac 3Despite everything she delivers her set with her customary passion and intensity, and as you would expect from someone as spirited and defiant as Louise Distras she triumphs over adversity and she delivers a passionate stripped down set. Her vocal delivery remains as heartfelt as always and she contains the fury of established punk songwriters such as Joe Strummer and TV Smith, and combines this with her own experiences and dynamics to create something that is truly special and unique in the UK music scene. On her current tour Louise Distras is premiering brand new material that hadn’t previously been played and is destined for her forthcoming sophomore album, her new material sounds as impressive as you’d expect from this prolific songwriter and it sounds like a step forward from her impressive debut album. Louise Distras can deliver songs with an emotional and fragile quality that can abruptly become a defiant roar of protest that only comes from self belief and personal conviction and experience. Some artists would have let tonight’s issues drag them down but instead Louise Distras engages the crowd and turns the evening into a triumphant intimate show that I feel privileged to have been present at.

Louise Distras Outside Of YouLouise Distras has channelled her anger, hopes and fears into hymns of love and fury for yet another let-down generation and will be releasing her new single, Outside Of You, via Street Revolution Records on the 26th May. In addition to this Louise Distras has another twenty songs ready to be recorded as soon as the album fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today, and on the basis of the new material that was on display at FAC 251 tonight then I can’t think of wiser investment for a few of your hard earned pennies.

You can stream Outside Of You here and pre-order the single here

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new album via her website here 

The Lymes Facebook presence can be found here

You can stream The Lymes debut track, Here Again, via Soundcloud here

So Called Friend‘s Facebook page is located here

Hey Radio‘s Facebook page is here

Live photography by Michael Maffia

Bad Mechanics Release Debut Single ‘You Drink LaCroix’

Bad Mechanics YDLCAmerica’s Baddest Band, Bad Mechanics, will release their debut album, Precious Moments in the USA, this September via Stonewalled RecordsPrecious Moments In The USA was recorded over the politically tumultuous last year, and sees the band expanding on their humorous style of Devo inspired punk while throwing in elements of industrial, indie, Weasel-esque pop punk, and techno.  Ahead of the release of Precious Moments in the USA the band have issued their first single, You Drink LaCroix, which you can download and stream via Bandcamp

You can stream and purchase You Drink LaCroix here

Sharkmuffin Tsuki

Sharkmuffin

Tsuki

Little Dickman Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The core of Sharkmuffin is the New York duo of Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, along with other musicians who flesh out their line up for live shows, currently the line up is augmented by Drew Adler on drums and Chris Nunez on guitar, and has previously included Hole‘s Patty Schemel. The duo proudly integrate a wide range of influences into their sound, everything from The Ronettes to Nirvana is thrown into the melting pot to create a unique combination of styles, now Sharkmuffin have released their sophomore album, Tsuki, that follows on from their 2015 debut full length, ChartreuseTsuki is available via Little Dickman Records from today, the 5th May 2017, on celestial splatter vinyl and download formats.

Tsuki starts with a short introduction that contains some wise words on Grandmother Sharkmuffin Says, “don’t worry about shit but you go have a fun time”, following that piece of wisdom Sharkmuffin seem intent on following her advice. Space Glow kicks in and manages to embrace their broad influences with a short slice of lo-fi garage punk, but that’s not the end of the story. The attitude and delivery varies across the whole of Tsuki, whether it’s the full on fuzz of Stacey, the more sinister vibe of the innocent sounding Puppy Love, the dark undercurrent of I Wanna Be You, the unsettling mid way marker of Atama or the twisted sixties pop of Too Much Fun and unsettling psyche soundscape of Scully Is A Sharkmuffin, this is album that veers wildly across genre’s.

Grandmother Sharkmuffin clearly knows her stuff as Sharkmuffin have delivered an album that manages to embrace the swagger of garage punk, the attitude of the punk and the drive of grunge, which are all wrapped up in a twisted lo-fi pop sensibility. There is a heavy influence from the riot grrrl and grunge scenes, along with an ever pervading sway from the worlds of punk and garage, in short Tsuki is an incredibly original hybrid of pretty much everything from the headier side of the alternative scenes, not an easy trick to pull off but Sharkmuffin have done exactly that with an idiosyncratic and unpredictable album.

Tsuki can be ordered via Little Dickman Records here

Sharkmuffin‘s website can be found here

The Dollyrots Release Free Download Of ‘Walking On Sunshine’

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots are heading back out on the road this month for part 2 of the Whiplash Splash tour, including two dates with the Buzzcocks, and to celebrate they have released a free download of the track Walking On Sunshine.

The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash is here and the LP can be ordered here
 
The Dollyrots revved up version of Walking On Sunshine can be downloaded here
 
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Ghouls Run

Ghouls

Run

1471 Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

London based punk rock quintet Ghouls are heading into 2017 with their new twelve track album, Run, that is set for release tomorrow, the 5th May 2017, via 1471 Records. The album was inspired by true stories from the daily grind of real life, and the struggles faced in the modern day, Run encapsulates the challenges, thought processes and feelings of a group of young men coming of age, in many ways Run is a graduation record that brings an updated and mature sound to UK punk scene and marks a shift away from the sound of the 2014 debut album, Ten Thousand Words On.

You could be forgiven for assuming that Ghouls would be heavily influenced by The Misfits due to their chosen moniker but that isn’t the case, Ghouls are a contemporary band that have their own sound rather than resurrecting the sounds of those that came before them. The opening track and lead single, Seasonal Affective, kicks things off with an impressive post punk stomp, before the album heads off into an uptempo pop punk inspired style, but this isn’t the predictable pop punk by numbers approach I encounter fairly regularly, Ghouls incorporate all manner of influences into their sound, including touches of rock, ska and even a hint of post hardcore to create an impressive and original album.

Ghouls have made an album that stands on it’s own and doesn’t fit into a category, the influences are present but they are incorporated into their own style rather dictating it. If I had to criticise this album it would be that it all feels a little too polished when compared to their previous releases, there are no rough edges to Run and it feels detached from how I imagine they sound live, something that is borne out by a brief Youtube search, but that’s probably just my personal preference for things to be on the raw side, but however you look at it Run is a slick and original album from a band that are doing things on their terms.

Run can be pre-ordered via 1471 Records on vinyl, CD and download formats here

Ghouls Bandcamp can be found here

Authority Zero To Release ‘Broadcasting To The Nations’ LP

Authority Zero BTTNSince 1994 Authority Zero have brought their unique signature blend of anthemic melodic punk and reggae to the masses. A lot has changed in the twenty plus years since the band got their start and they’ve found a way to persist and thrive in today’s ever changing music world. Now, moving in to mid-2017, Authority Zero are back with their new album, Broadcasting To The Nations, which will be released via Bird Attack Records on June 2nd.

The Bird Attack Records website is here

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At The Drive In Interalia

At The Drive In

in•ter a•li•a

Rise Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

At The Drive will release their latest full length, in•ter a•li•a, on the 5th May 2017, this album represents their first release in twelve years and their first album of new material since Relationship Of Command that was released back in 2000, the best part of two decades ago. At The Drive In really don’t need any introduction, but a lot can change in two decades and sometimes a long hiatus between recordings can lead to a significant change in style and attitude in a band, so what does the reappearance of At The Drive In signify?

The new album follows At The Drive In‘s reformation last year, the first, and most obvious, thing that strikes you is that original member Jim Ward has declined to be involved in the reformed band and has been replaced by Sparta‘s Keely Davis, whilst this might worry fans with fond memories of the band, it shouldn’t, as from the first track, No Wolf Like The Present, it’s clear that the years and the line up changes haven’t diminished their aggression or attack in the slightest. From the aforementioned opening track to the closing number, and lead single, from the album, Hostage Stamps, their isn’t a weak link in this impressive eleven track album.

At The Drive In have released a worthy successor to their back catalogue, it contains all the discord and attack you’d expect from a band with this pedigree, but they aren’t just recreating past glories, this is a contemporary album that is by no means a wander down memory lane, crucially in•ter a•li•a is an album that should satisfy new converts and established fans alike. At The Drive In are back and their latest album indicates that they aren’t just in it for the money, their punk influenced post hardcore fury sounds as alive as ever and this is an album that will be amongst the best releases from this year, it’s good to have them back.

At The Drive In‘s website is here and Rise Records web presence is here

in•ter a•li•a can be pre-ordered here

 

Punk Site Exclusive: The Dollyrots ‘Saturday Morning’ Video

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, at the end of March and the album is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have wrapped up the first leg of their tour and will be back out on the road in May, in the meantime the relentless duo have now released a video for the track Saturday Morning.

 You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Saturday Morning, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Culture Abuse Announce US Tour And European Festival Dates

Culture Abuse June US TourSan Francisco’s rowdiest punks, Culture Abuse, are continuing their non-stop touring ways after the release of their stunning 2016 debut full length, Peach, that is available from 6131 Records. The band will kick of the summer of 2017 supporting their critically acclaimed LP with a run of US East Coast tour dates, shows in Hawaii, and performances in the UK and EU at Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, Lowlands Festival, and Pukklepop Festival with more tour dates to be announced soon.

The Punk Site Review of Peach is here and the album can be ordered here and streamed here

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Swordfish Rodia

Swordfish

Rodia

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Swordfish are set to release their latest album, Rodia, on the 5th May 2017 on CD, cassette and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. Swordfish are a band that wear their influences on their sleeves and take their cues from the haunting guitar style of American Football, the vocal urgency of Sorority Noise and the instant gratification of Joyce Manor, this is a combination that covers the anxiety and heartbreak that you’d expect on an emo influenced album, but thankfully it’s one that avoids the self indulgent pitfalls that so many emo bands fall into.

Favourite Clothes kicks things off with a heartfelt and steady opener where the yearning vocals are set against heartaching guitar lines, this is largely the pattern for much of Rodia, but it’s not the whole story. This is not an uptempo punk album by any means, rather it’s one than channels the personal turbulence of emo and combines it with the melody of The Weakerthans and the passion of Off With Their Heads. There are uptempo moments such as the charged lo-fi punker Trenton Garage, but these moments are juxtaposed against the emotionally charged slower tracks such as I’m Okay (x3) and the album’s closing track, Owen, that brings Rodia to a satisfying and melodic finale.

The trumpet that features on every track compliments the compositions, rather than feeling like an afterthought, and adds depth to Rodia. This is an album that covers everything from the standard subjects that the emo genre covers including mental health, heartbreak and existentialism, but rather than this being an album that wallows in self doubt and selfism this comes across as an upbeat album that embraces the more charged side of the emo scene. The emo stylings on Rodia are combined with a few well chosen punk influences to create an impressive album, and it’s one that makes a welcome addition to the impressive roster than Take This To Heart Records are steadily building

Rodia can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

Swordfish‘s Facebook page can be found here

Louise Distras Releases Stream Of New Single ‘Outside Of You’

Louise Distras Outside Of YouLouise Distras has channelled her anger, hopes and fears into hymns of love and fury for yet another let-down generation with her new single, Outside Of You, that is set for release via Street Revolution Records on the 26th May, ahead of the singles release Outside Of You is now available for streaming. In addition to this Louise Distras has another twenty songs ready to be recorded as soon as the album fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.

You can stream Outside Of You here and pre-order the single here

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