Pittsburgh political punk band Anti-Flag are commencing their headlining ‘Silence = Violence’ US tour today with Stray From The Path, White Noise and Sharp Tooth. The band have also released a new music video for Finish What We Started, a track taken from the band’s 2017 album American Fall, that is available now via A-F Records. The Finish What We Started video features the footage of the band playing the track intertwined with shocking facts on the flaws in the American political system, ranging from gun control to healthcare to sexual assault.
American Fall can be purchased and streamed here
Stoke, UK’s Only Strangers are a band with a sound reminiscent of Hot Water Music, Lawrence Arms, Hummer and Iron Chic and their self titled debut LP promises to be a powerful punk classic in the making. Last Time opens things up with chugging guitar and a pounding bass drum before exploding and showing its full force, the rest of the tracks keep the quick pace and sawing guitar tones and makes them a perfect fit in Horn & Hoof Records current roster. Only Strangers self titled debut is set for release on the 2nd February 2018
Only Strangers self titled debut album is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp here
Last Time can be streamed via Soundcloud here
Misanthropical House is the title of the third album from Norwegian Hadeland-hardcore act The Good The Bad And The Zugly. The album was recorded by the band themselves at Toproom studio, mixed and produced by Anders Nordengen at Nabolaget, Oslo and mastered by former Haust member Ruben Willem. Misanthropical House is now available for pre-order on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Fysisk Format, and two tracks, Vik Bag Meg Satan and West Coast Exile, are available for streaming. Misanthropical House is set to be released on the 16th February 2018.
Misanthropical House can be pre-ordered via the Fysisk Format Bandcamp here
What Do You Know About Ska Punk? have released their latest compilation, What Do You Know About Ska Punk? Voulme Two, the mammoth 170 track compilation features the likes of Apathy Cycle, Bumpin’ Uglies, The Donald Trumpets, Grey Matter, Reckless Breakfast, Skaciety, Spread The Dub, Thee Infidels, The Upfux and many many more. What Do You Know About Ska Punk? Voulme Two is now available for the bargain price of just $10.
The What Do You Know About Ska Punk? website can be found here
What Do You Know About Ska Punk? Volume Two can be downloaded via Bandcamp here
Feed Me EPSelf Released
By AJ Phink
Brooklyn band QWAM will release the Feed Me EP on January 19th 2018, their latest release follows on from their Queen With A Megaphone EP that was self released at the tail end of 2016, the band’s latest EP is a collection of five fiercely independent punk infused tracks that were written during 3am subway rides and perfected in sweaty Brooklyn basements. The Feed Me EP takes it’s cue from the likes of Hole, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Lunachicks and Exene Cervenka, and parallels the rise of UK acts like Hands Off Gretel and Vukovi, and the result is five impressive lo-fi cuts of angst fuelled punk rock that hit the spot on every track.
QWAM kick things off with the EP’s intense title track that blends the discordance of early grunge and the ragged edge of alt rock with a punk attitude, whereas the following track, Glitter Paint, just delivers one hundred seconds of pure stripped down punk rock fury. Crazier Than Me brings another dimension to the Feed Me EP, it’s a love song for the outsider that slowly builds the intensity before easing you back out, albeit into the skittering punk rock of Doggie Door. Feed Me is brought to a close with Dirty Feet, a track that embraces elements of power pop and combines it with their own overdriven style to create a fitting finale to what has been an impressive sophomore EP from QWAM.
If you want to hear an EP that captures the spirit of DIY punk rock perfectly then QWAM‘s latest release would be a good place to start, it embraces the best elements of punk rock and delivers it with the creativity that comes of being borne of the DIY scene. Feed Me is an EP that marks a promising start to 2018, and if you’re in New York then I’d make a point of heading over to the Knitting Factory on the 24th January for the EP’s release party.
The Feed Me EP can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp here
QWAM‘s Facebook page can be found here
Celebrating their ten year anniversary as a signed band, Birmingham-based punks Templeton Pek are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Watching The World Come Undone. Today, the trio have shared the second single, The Awakening, which draws influence from their anger at a shift in the world’s political landscape, and is out now through all good digital platforms.
You can pre-order Watching The World Come Undone here
You can view the video for The Awakening, and Templeton Pek‘s European tour dates, below Read More…
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are set to release their brand new EP, Flat Earth Theory, the EP’s release is preceded by their latest single, Dark Horse, which will be available from today, the 12th January 2018, on all major streaming and download platforms. The Flat Earth Theory EP follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Cops And Robbers EP and details of the release of the Flat Earth Theory EP will be revealed shortly.
Dark Horse can be streamed via Soundcloud here
You can view the video for Dark Horse, and the band’s tour dates, below Read More…
Chaos 8 released their critically acclaimed sophomore full length, Cause And Effect, last year, the album has now been released on a ltd red vinyl run of 300 and it can be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows and via their Facebook page, the album is also available digitally via iTunes and Spotify. Chaos 8 are also set to headline an Indigo Bravo Promotions ‘Punk Sunday’ at the Stalybridge Tavern in Manchester on the 11th February, have been announced as the main support for The Skids at Newcastle Academy on the 16th June and are confirmed to appear at this years Rebellion Festival.
The Black Bullets have been described as five bastard children from hell, locked together to produce the filthiest rock ‘n’ roll to penetrate human ears. In a world consumed with glossed-up half-baked celebrities and pretenders, The Black Bullets are the real deal; they live, breathe, and consume rock ‘n’ roll. Never ones to sit on their hands, The Black Bullets are planning a European and UK touring assault for 2018, stay glued to the band’s social pages for details and their new single, Dolls, drops everywhere on 12th January.
The Black Bullets Facebook page can be found here
You can view the video for Dolls below Read More…
The Unholy Messtival has returned after it’s 2017 debut, this time it promises to be weirder, rawer, unholier and messier! The festival features the likes of The Crash Mats, The Fuckwits, The Kingcrows Pizzatramp, The Papashangos, Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons, Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions and many more. The Unholy Messtival will take place between the 6th and 8th July 2018 at The Victoria Bikers Pub in Leicester, UK.
Tickets for The Unholy Messtival II: A Messnado can be purchased for the early bird price of £25 here until the end of January.
The Facebook page for The Unholy Messtival II: A Messnado can be found here
Manette Street is a track taken from the latest album by power pop punk rockers Role Models, it’s a nod to the one remaining area of central London that still resembles the scene of a decade ago, as Manette Street houses the Crobar, run by long time friend of the band Liv and is still the scene of many a hazy dawn. Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours, the album is available on CD in the UK via Glunk Records here, in the US via Rum Bar Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here
The Punk Site Review of Dance Moves can be read here
You can view the video for Manette Street below Read More…
Former vocalist for The Adverts, TV Smith, and Die Toten Hosen‘s Vom Ritchie are set to commence a five date German tour as TVOM with special guest Thomas Schneider, The German TVOM tour will be followed by TV Smith‘s usual relentless tour schedule with a series of UK solo shows in January, further dates throughout 2018 will be announced on TV Smith‘s website.
TV Smith‘s website can be found here
You can view TV Smith‘s German and UK January tour dates below Read More…
The Adicts have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.
Brooklyn band QWAM will release their latest EP, Feed Me, on January 19th 2018, the EP promises to be a collection of five punk infused, angst fuelled tracks that were written during 3am subway rides and perfected in sweaty Brooklyn basements. The songs are about ordering takeout in the pursuit of love and the strength found in being yourself, two tracks from the Feed Me EP, Doggie Door and Dirty Feet, are currently available for streaming via Bandcamp.
QWAM‘s Facebook page can be found here
Feed Me is currently available for pre-order via Bandcamp here
Throughout their 2017 US tour the Dead Boys have brought their classic energy to a whole new crowd, bridging the gap between generations of rockers. A quintessential component of the classic punk era, one cannot mention the iconic New York CBGB’s scene without mentioning the Dead Boys. Standing on the same mantle as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, the Dead Boys are notorious for their sonic sound, a blend of proto-punk elements kicked up with a fiercer, more ferocious energy. They’re still loud, and still snotty… just with an extra 40 years of experience and they’re coming to the UK, the tour kicks off at Leeds Brudenell Social Club on the 31st January and runs through to the 7th February at Nottingham Rescue Rooms.
You can view the trailer for Dead Boys UK Tour, and the band’s UK tour dates, below Read More…
The Undercover Festival is returning in April to the unique setting of Margate Dreamland, a venue and experience that defies all conventions and festival templates. The Undercover Festival boasts an impressive line up, including Eddie And The Hot Rods, Sham 69, Chelsea, Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons, Kirk Brandon and Menace, but it also offers retro rides and amusements that can all be experienced in an indoor environment safe from the unpredictable UK climate. The Undercover Festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent grassroots approach, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events.
The Undercover Festival‘s website can be found here
Ritz, Manchester, UK22nd December 2017
By AJ Phink
It’s become something of a tradition for there to be an 80’s show to see out my year, last year we covered The Wonder Stuff and Fuzzbox, two artists that are still going strong 30 years later. For 2017 we’re going a little further back to the dawn of the 80’s for a special one off concert at Manchester’s Ritz entitled The Wilde Wild Xmas Show. There are no prizes for guessing that Kim Wilde is headlining, but she is accompanied by another iconic female from that decade in the form of Toyah, also on the bill is Carol Decker of T’Pau, with these three you have a flashback evening that promises to be fun, what’s not so expected is the inclusion of underground thrashers Lawnmowwer Deth, who other than being from the same decade would seem to have little in common with the rest of the line up, unless you scratch the surface.
Back in 1991 Lawnmower Deth covered Kim Wilde‘s classic new wave debut, Kids In America, Kim Wilde has stated publicly that this is her favourite version of the often covered song, and as that list includes the likes of The Bouncing Souls, The Muffs, The Bloodhound Gang, The Donnas and even Foo Fighters it’s up against some stiff competition. Kim Wilde has since appeared with Lawnmower Deth at the Download Festival, and there you have the origin of the most unlikely Christmas team up since The Hives got together with Cyndi Lauper for A Christmas Duel. The unlikely friendship has resulted in 2017’s finest Christmas release, FUKristmas, and their inclusion on this unashamedly retro evening, and the reason why I have found attending tonight so irresistible, that and the first single I ever bought, as opposed to stole off my Brother, was by Kim Wilde.
Coming into Manchester on the last Friday before Christmas, which is known as Mad Friday for a good reason, sees the city full of people celebrating finishing work for Xmas and many of the crowd are already thoroughly refreshed before the show starts and as you’d expect there’s a good number wearing antlers, Christmas Jumpers and other festive attire, as well as one particularly sinister looking Santa, for tonight’s throwback to the eighties, as a result It’s no surprise that the soundtrack from the Girls On Film DJ’s for tonight is firmly embedded in that decade. Amongst the crowd are a smattering of die hard Lawnmower Deth fans who stand out from the eighties crowd but they get into the spirit of things early in the evening and are dancing to whatever is played whilst clutching tightly onto their two pint jugs of beer.
First up is a surprise appearance by the Doctor, from Doctor And The Medics, who is the compère for tonight’s show and he builds the crowd up perfectly for the appearance of Carole Decker, best known as the vocalist for eighties soft rock band T’Pau, a band I’ll admit I’m not overly familiar with compared to tonight’s other two acts, but she delivers a brief crowd pleasing set that includes the hit singles Heart And Soul and China In Your Hand. There’s no break as we’re straight into one of the new wave era’s most recognisable icons, Toyah, who launches straight into an energetic and all too short set of her new wave classics, including Good Morning Universe, It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free. The break that follows sees the Doctor distributing chocolates to the front row of the crowd to ensure the festive theme is kept going in the lull before Kim Wilde takes the stage.
Prior to Kim Wilde we get a mix of Christmas classics and new wave and eighties hits from the Girls On Film DJs that keeps a packed Ritz bouncing and drinking before the Doctor returns to introduce Kim Wilde as ‘the queen of Christmas’. Kim Wilde delivers a solo set that spans her lengthy career, and seeing an eighties icon deliver an impressive crowd pleasing set is a pleasure that I never thought I’d get, and I couldn’t be happier that I was here to experience tonight’s show in all its unashamedly retro and festive glory. Cambodia is included in the set, and that was the first record I ever bought I’m hit by a wave of nostalgia, and then we’re straight into the classic new wave hit Water On Glass, that is delivered faster and heavier than I remember on the original single, as you can imagine I’m not complaining.
The set heads off into traditional Christmas territory including Hey Mr Snowman and Let It Snow, that’s gets a hearty singalong from the increasingly festive crowd, before heading back into her extensive back catalogue, including a revved up Chequered Love and You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) in tribute to the late Pete Burns. Kim Wilde returns to the stage with Lawnmower Deth for an encore that’s starts with their Christmas single, F U Kristmas, and Lawnmower Deth bring a touch of chaos to proceedings and not surprisingly a much heavier sound. The Ritz is now awash with balloons and the stage is invaded by a cast of strange characters prior to getting the inevitable punked up Kids In America which sounds like it’s been channelled via the spirits of the Ramones and Motörhead, and to me it’s never sounded better.
A final encore follows featuring Kim Wilde, Toyah, Lawnmower Deth and the Doctor, who together comprise the most unlikely all star band you’re likely to encounter for an inevitablly seasonal encore of festive cheer with the Slade classic Merry Christmas Everybody, which ensures a rousing singalong from everyone packed into the Ritz and this followed by the seasonal favourite of Wizzard‘s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. This festive encore is topped off with Brenda Lee‘s fifties seasonal staple Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, the rock ‘n roll favourite she recorded with the late Mel Smith. That appeared to be the end of the evening but Kim Wilde returns for a final encore of her classic hit Kids In America, this time delivered closer to as it was originally performed marking a perfect end to the evening.
Tonight was a show that caught the Christmas spirit perfectly, the combination of four eighties icons in the shape of Kim Wilde, Toyah, Carol Decker and the Doctor, and the more than welcome addition of self styled metal bozo clowns Lawnmower Deth, and of course the addition of alcohol and the start of the Christmas weekend, that sees the more than welcome prospect of a few days off for the majority of those attending tonight, meant that the crowd were good natured and you got a flashback to the dawn of decade of excess and regrettable fashions, but one that produced some iconic figures and music. Tonight marked the end to what has been a memorable year of live shows and reviews and this was a fine way to see out 2017, and I’m already looking forward to covering more shows and festivals for The Punk Site in 2018.
Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here, and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images
Kim Wilde‘s website can be found here
Lawnmower Deth‘s web presence is located here
Toyah‘s official website is here
Carol Decker and T’Pau‘s online presence is here
The Dr And The Medics website is here
Jeff Rosenstock issued a surprise release of his brand new album. POST, yesterday for free download/donation via the Quote Unquote Records Bandcamp. He has also announced his new label home, Polyvinyl Records have given POST a digital release, and a physical release on CD and vinyl will follow on March 23rd 2018.
You can stream, download and pre-order physical formats of POST via Bandcamp here
You can view Jeff Rosenstock‘s US tour dates below Read More…
Pink BluesKing Pizza Records
By AJ Phink
As 2017 draws to a close the Narcos Family Band are the band to mark my final review of 2017 and see us into 2018 with the release of their brand new EP, Pink Blues, that is issued via via King Pizza Records. The Pink Blues EP contains four tracks that combine the band’s own unique and twisted hybrid of straight up rock ‘n roll, punk rock and hardcore that’s blended with elements of garage, psyche, rock and pretty much everything else you can think of thrown in for good measure.
Leopard Stealth kicks things off with a twisted guitar introduction that then bursts into a demented garage riff that’s straight out of the class of ’67, but it’s delivered with a punk attitude that makes the track more reminiscent of the early recordings by the Dwarves, which is never a bad thing in my book. The following two tracks, Pretty Thing and Hammer It Shut, veer off into the desert for a dose of aggressive stoner rock that carries a similar attitude to Mondo Generator, before we hit the final track that brings a more avant garde and experimental approach to punk that borders on the approach taken by the Butthole Surfers.
The Narcos Family Band have delivered an EP that as you will have gathered carries an influence from those on the ragged edge of the punk scene, and like those bands they embrace a host of influences that are blended together to make this an original and unpredictable release, one that carries the essence of every noisy and anti social scene from the last five decades. Whilst the Pink Blues EP might not be to everyone’s taste the Narcos Family Band have taken a distinctly original and chaotic approach towards punk rock that is worth investigating if your tastes lie towards the experimental.
Pink Blues can be ordered on digital and cassette formats via Bandcamp here
Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons eagerly-awaited third album, Ain’t No Pussy, is upon us and is now available for download and streaming, as well as on the previously released vinyl and CD formats. Ain’t No Pussy features eleven blistering brand new tracks of Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons trademark unadulterated dirty punk ’n roll.
Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons website can be found here
Ain’t No Pussy can now be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are set to release their brand new EP, Flat Earth Theory, the EP’s release will be preceded by their latest single, Dark Horse, which will be available from the 12th January 2018 on all major streaming and download platforms. The Flat Earth Theory EP follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Cops And Robbers EP, details of the release of the Flat Earth Theory EP will follow early next year.
The offiical website for Who Killed Nancy Johnson? can be found here
You can view a trailer video for Dark Horse, and the band’s 2018 tour dates, below Read More…
The Manchester Punk Festival has announced that legendary pop punk heroes The Copyrights and DIY hardcore punk rock veterans The Restarts have been added to the line-up, 2018 also sees The Spook School, The Baby Seals, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Holiday, Start At Zero, Hoof, No Matter, Speedozer, Ducking Punches, Casual Nausea, Lucinda Livingstone and Millie Manders added to the line up. The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place between 19th and 21st April 2018 across a number of venues in Manchester City Centre.
Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival 2018 can be purchased here
Following the announcement of Stiff Little Fingers being added to the already impressive line up for next year’s Rebellion Festival, a further vintage outfit, this time from the other side of the Atlantic, has now been added in the shape of the clown princes of punk, The Dickies. The Rebellion Festival will take place at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.
Brighton’s # have released a lyric video for the track Derelict with the aim of raising awareness of the issue of homelessness amongst those who are dismissed and forgotten by society, an issue that is reaching crisis point in the UK.
You can view the lyric video for Derelict below Read More…
The Strays are an electronic punk duo from the North West of the UK, the band have self released their brand new EP, Never Tweet Your Heroes, that is now available as a pay what you want download via their Bandcamp. Never Tweet Your Heroes follows on from The Strays critically acclaimed debut EP, Explicit Content, that was released earlier this year.
The Strays Facebook page can be found here
Never Tweet Your Heroes can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here
Stiff Little Fingers have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.
Phoenix Chroi have added new guitarist Dave Leak to their line up, heralding a fresh start in 2018 that kicks off on the 20th January 2018 when they support The Chords UK at the New Cross Inn, which is followed by a further date on the 24th February with Loud Women at Fighting Cocks, Kingston, Phoenix Chroi will be adding more shows over the coming weeks which will be announced on the Facebook page.
You can purchase & stream Phoenix Chroi‘s latest LP, Humanity Lands, via Bandcamp here
Phoenix Chroi‘s website can be found here
Punk legends the Sham 69, with a line up featuring original members Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Dave Tregunna, have been confirmed to appear at the 2018 Great British Alternative Music Festival along with UK Subs, Bad Manners, Rezillos, The Boomtown Rats and The Blockheads, with many more acts still to be announced. The Great British Alternative Music Festival takes place in Skegness between the 5th and 8th October 2018 in heated indoor venues with onsite accommodation.
The Sham 69‘s Facebook page can be found here
Tickets for The Great British Alternative Music Festival can be ordered here