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Nothington

Nothington

Jay Northington, Chris Matulich

Red Scare Industries
By on February 22, 2017 at Antwerp, Belgium

 

 

Nothington just released their first album in 5 years.

That’s right – five years

That’s a mighty long time to go without an album, but the wait was worth it as the eleven songs that make up In The End will definitely please both fans and critics alike. It features all the qualities the band is known and loved for while still sounding renewed, intricate and fresh. In short, In The End is arguably the bands best work to date.

There’s no better time than the present was our thinking, so we had to make an interview with Nothington songwriters Jay Northington and Chris Matulich happen. During their Europe tour the band took some time to answer our questions about the past, present and future of the band that is Nothington.


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Nothington

Nothington

In The End

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When Nothington’s debut full length, All In, dropped back in 2007, it was eye opening for me.  I had just started reviewing music for the punk scene I idolized as a kid, and at the time I was freelancing via a primitive DIY Blogspot account.  I never reviewed All In for my blog, mostly because I just couldn’t articulate how much it meant to me.  In retrospect, Nothington’s hold on me stemmed from their ability to so lucidly straddle the line between punk-rock and pop-punk.  Featuring gruff, gravelly vocals and easily hummed anthems, Nothington have always been easy to get into, and just as easy to fall in love with.

A decade later and a number of years after breaking hiatus, the band returns with In The End.  Clocking in at just over the half-hour mark, the band serves up an easy reminder as to why so many of us have been so eagerly anticipating Nothington’s return.  A decade may have passed since my introduction, but Nothington continue to reflect the late 00’s punk scene from which they emerged – and that is a very good thing.  In The End maintains stylistic continuity with early-career heavyweights like Against Me!, Off With Their Heads, and Lawrence Arms, along with supporting acts such as Banner Pilot, Dear Landlord, American Steel, Get Dead, Cobra Skulls, Dillinger Four, and so many more that have come to dominate the many iterations of annual Gainsville punk music festival, THE FEST.

Even after taking a break, Jay Northington and Chris Matulich continue to feed off of one another’s knack for writing and performing gritty, mid-tempo anthems.  All it takes is a couple of minutes with opener “Already There” to grasp the synergy flowing through Nothington.  Jay’s low, gravelly vocals crunch along against a steady, drum-fed rhythm, making way for Chris’ voice to slip in naturally and offer a salvo of vocal support at the onset of the chorus.  A little more punk-rock than pop-punk, the track sets a strong precedent for those that follow.  Tracks like “End Transmission” and “The Lies I Need” stoke the fire with similarly sized choruses and rapid tempos, while tracks like “Burn After Reading” capitalize upon their lighter delivery to convey personal contemplations.  The interplay between vocalists is subtle but commanding, similar but less polarizing than that of fellow peers The Lawrence Arms.  

Really though, Nothington offers so many reasons to embrace In The End.  “Nothing But Beaches” straddles the middle ground with sweeping, anthem-driven gang-vocal choruses punctuated by forcefully landing riffs, making for a deserving album centerpiece.  Such moments come balanced by the quick-tempoed, melodic punk-rock running through “The Hard Way,” which feels loosely haunted by the faded spectres of mid-90’s EpiFat bands.

I could go on about all the reasons to love In The End, but they should be self evident by now.  With In The End, Nothington offers a firm reminder about why their return is so noteworthy.  Fans will undoubtedly embrace the instant throwback, while newcomers stand to add a whole new set of new songs to their favourite playlists.  All in all, In The End is one heck of a comeback.  ‘Nuff said.

Nothington – End Transmission

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has released a new song from their latest album.  The video features the song “End Transmission” and will appear on their upcoming album, In The End, which is due out today via Red Scare Industries.

Listen to the song here courtesy DyingScene, and keep an eye out for my review of the album in the coming week.

The band recorded the album in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi) with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

Video: Nothington – Burn After Reading

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has released a new lyric video from their upcoming new LP.  The video features the song “Burn After Reading” and will appear on their upcoming album, In The End, which is due out on February 17, 2017 via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below, and keep an eye out for my review of the album in the coming week.

The band recorded the album in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi) with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

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Good Friends - Ride the Storm

Good Friend

Ride The Storm

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I don’t know how Toby Jeg does it, but Red Scare Industries always seems to be the first to discover hidden talent before anyone else. Good Friend‘s debut album, Ride the Storm, is further proof of that. Co-released with Gunner Records in Europe, the Newcastle-based trio have set the bar for debut albums here with a solidly determined punk album that fits right amidst the Red Scare catalogue.

With impeccable production quality, Ride The Storm kicks off with Rock Bottom Revival and right away you’re blown away.  Vocalist/bassist Adam Carroll delivers his lyrics with a catchy scorn that immediately makes you feel like you’re singing “I Find Faith In The Radio” with a hundred strangers in a small dive bar.

It’s catchy and familiar yet fresh and raw – made for The Fest crowd but heightened by standing on the shoulders of giants. They take what The Menzingers started with on A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology and merge it with the speed of The Penske File‘s Burned into The Earth and Downtown StrutsVictoria. There’s Bad Religion‘s like “wo-ahs” in the background while tracks like Young Blood could be forgiven as being confused for a Red City Radio b-side.

The album is full of unrelenting sing-along’s (try not to sing along to his raspy, emotional delivery of “This world, has got me fucking cornered. I was bored and I will die here, but I felt nothing, felt nothing at all” during The Return of Fionn and the Fianna – I dare you), but they mix it up and pull it back in on The Curious Case of Hy-Brasil; that borrows a page from Captain We’re Sinking where Carroll sounds almost exactly like Bobby Barnett, particularly in the opening verse.

Good Friend show their influences on their sleeves but never feel like a tired knock-off. Sometimes they’re serious like Curse The Name which focuses on technical guitar work and stark, almost hardcore riffs. Other songs are just more fun like Daniel O’D and The Moonshiners that really brings up the Penske File vibe. Yet, as a unit, Ride The Storm works seamlessly together. They take breaths when they need to, like on the acoustic number Bar Flies, and pummel forward when the time is right; creating an album with a nice rhythm of ebbs and flows.

So while I don’t know how Toby Jeg keeps finding these gems, I’m sure as hell glad he is.

The Copyrights Perform For Bridge City Sessions

The CopyrightsChicago pop-punks The Copyrights recently preformed for Bridge City Sessions.  The songs include “Slider” and “The World Is Such A Drag”.  

Watch the video for the sessions below.  The band last released Report in 2014 via Red Scare Industries.

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Video: Nothington – The Lies I Need

NothingtonRapsy punk rock act Nothington has premiered the first new track from their upcoming new LP.  The track is titled “The Lies I Need” and comes with an accompanying music video.

The video can be viewed below.  The new album, In The End, is due out on February 17, 2017 via Red Scare Industries.

The band started recording in San Francisco at Motor Studies (Dead To Me, NOFX, Propagandhi). with producer Steve Rizun (The Flatliners).  The disc will follow their previous full-length, Borrowed Time, released back in 2011 on Red Scare Industries

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Video: The Falcon – Sergio’s Here

The FalconThe Falcon, the punk rock supergroup and brainchild of Brendan Kelly which also featured Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and fellow Lawrence Arm Neil Hennessy have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Sergio’s Here” from their sophomore LP, Gather Up The Chaps, which dropped this past Spring via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below.  Be sure to check out our review of the full record.

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Arms Aloft

What A Time To Be Barely Alive

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Arms Aloft are a quartet from Wisconsin who play dedicated Midwestern punk rock with vocals that sound like they’ve been scraped raw by late night bourbon and smoke. What A Time To Be Barely Alive is their sophomore album, it follows on from their acclaimed 2012 debut, Sawdust City, that album was an almost perfect outburst of punk anger against the state, and their latest album has continued in that same vein, but it seems to be one that is more focused and dare I say slightly, only slightly mind, more refined.

We Have Nothing To Lose But Our Chains is the opening assault of melodic hardcore, it sets their stall out nicely, this is socially conscious punk rock, this approach is evident on excellent tracks like Three Altars For Rats and A Psalm For Our Jobs And Apartments, but they aren’t the whole story. There are low key minimalistic numbers, such as Hollowlujah and West Grand Avenue Maria, that are more akin to the work of Billy Bragg, but have no less impact for their subtler approach. Despite the number of fine tracks that populate A Time To Be Barely Alive, it seems that the album has saved it’s best moment for last, the closing track, And A World To Win, is quite simply as finer politically sussed slice of punk rock as you’ll hear all year.

The influence of bands like Propagandhi, Dillinger Four and Anti-Flag can be heard on this release, along with other left wing punk bands, as this is a band that carries a message, not just in their lyrical content but from the roots up, even their album cover, which features a herd of swine escaping a pen, gives you an idea where their political leanings lie. It might not be the most subtle political message but in a age when dangerous imbeciles are gaining credibility the time for subtlety is over, bands like Arms Aloft are needed more than ever and this album is one of the best of it’s type you’ll hear this year.

You can order What A Time To Be Barely Alive from Red Scare Industries here

Video: The Falcon – Black Teeth

The FalconThe Falcon, the punk rock supergroup and brainchild of Brendan Kelly which also featured Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and fellow Lawrence Arm Neil Hennessy have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Black Teeth” from their sophomore LP, Gather Up The Chaps, which dropped this past Spring via Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video below.  Be sure to check out our review of the full record.

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Video: The Flacon – Keep Your Hands To Yourself

The Falcon - Gather Up The ChapsPunk supergroup The Falcon recently preformed a cover of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself,” originally from The Georgia Satellites for The AV Club.  The band last released Gather Up The Chaps back in May through Red Scare Industries.

Watch the video of the performance below.

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The Lippies Call it Quits

The LippiesGrand Rapids, Michigan feminist pop punks The Lippies have announced that they are throwing in the towel.  Front woman  Tonia explains:

“Hey everyone, this is Tonia talking right now. It is with a heavy heart- one full of love, gratitude, and an ever developing sense of self- awareness that I make this announcement: I have decided to pull the plug on The Lippies. This band was started to help me get things off my chest. I needed a healthy outlet for my feelings and was lucky enough to fall into a group of awesome people who were willing to help me simply by doing what they love to do- by writing and playing music. The stars truly aligned for us, catapulting us to a level of success that I never imagined reaching in such a short amount of time.”

The band released their self titled debut LP on Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

Video: Success – Believe In

SuccessSeattle pop punks Success have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Believe In” and is taken from their 2015 record, Radio Recovery, available now via Red Scare Industries.

Check out the video below.

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The Copyrights

The Copyrights

Adam, Luke and Brett

Red Scare Industries
By on March 18th, 2016 at Dordrecht, The Netherlands

 

 

After almost 15 years of being on the road, we probably should start calling the Copyrights pop punk veterans. Without a big label behind them – although Red Scare is a quality mark in it’s own – they’ve only put out good records. The latest full length Report (2014) is amongst the best things pop punk has to offer, so there’s more than enough we could talk about.

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The Falcon – Sergio’s Here

The FalconThe Falcon, the punk rock supergroup and brainchild of Brendan Kelly which also featured Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and fellow Lawrence Arm Neil Hennessy are streaming “Sergio’s Here.” The track features on the band’s sophomore LP Gather Up The Chaps, which dropped last week via Red Scare Industries.

Listen to the song below.  Be sure to check out our review of the full record.

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The Falcon - Gather Up The Chaps

The Falcon

Gather Up The Chaps

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

A man of many musical pursuits, The Lawrence Arms co-vocalist Brendan Kelly showcases his ragged punk rock style across a range of similar endeavors.  His solo work, and latest work with The Wandering Birds definitely stood out as some of his most distinct, but rewinding the clock another ten years harkens back to the punk rock side project perhaps most coveted by fans: The Falcon.  Long since dormant shortly after releasing the celebrated debut full length, Unicornography, the band took an unofficial hiatus – and the wait began.

Initially consisting of two thirds of The Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano, the band’s resurrection a decade later now marks the addition of Dave Hause, further defining the project as a veritable punk rock supergroup consisting of three of the genre’s most recognizable frontmen.  For their long awaited sophomore follow up, Gather Up The Chaps, The Falcon further fleshes out their identity as Kelly’s rawest project, while integrating the varied instrumental and vocal talents of their all-star cast.  Kelly remains the central driving force, with Hause and Andriano trading off as swaggering vocal accompaniment, and occasionally picking up the mic as lead vocals.

Time has done little to dull The Falcon’s sharp tongue and dirty mind, making Gather Up The Chaps a playful batch of rough-cut tunes that deliver on their sonic and lyrical rag-tag promise.  Opening with the stylistic throwback of “The Trash,” Kelly briskly belts his unmistakable raspy call of “woah-oah” heavy choruses.  The party kicks off harty as riffs crunch to an upbeat tempo in a way that unabashedly announces The Falcon as taking flight once more.  Songs like “Sergio’s Here,” “Hasseloff Cheeseburger,” and “Glue Factory” continue the legacy of toe-tapping, feel-good tunes about just about everything dirty, degrading and taboo that you probably shouldn’t write about (especially the latter).  On the other front, Kelly seems to have migrated some of the low-tone, moody vocals used in The Wandering Birds to tracks like “War Of Colossus” and “Dead Rose.”  The effect rounds out Kelly’s contributions admirably.

Unique to Gather Up The Chaps, Andriano and Hause each take the lead on select tracks.  While a fan’s gut reaction might be to cry foul on Kelly taking a back seat, both vocalists manage to hold their own under The Falcon moniker with pretty near all the attitude and snark as Kelly.  Hause’s contribution, the aptly titled “If Dave Did It,” aims for a sort of “over the top” anger, key to the creepy, obsessive stalker vibe the track aims for.  Hause’s somewhat pseudo-spoken word style fits the context and content, and with Andriano and Kelly giving an intermittent play-by-play commentary, listeners stand to enjoy the marked change of pace.  When Andriano takes the stage on “You Dumb Dildos,” he opens with the self-destructive and suitably The Falcon-esque line, “are you ever going to let me die.”  Dan’s relatively clean vocal style makes for a well-suited momentary divergence.  Andriano and Hause may never be the definitive voice of The Falcon, but they are certainly welcome contributors deserving to take the mic from time to time.  

If you held out hope for a second LP, then Gather Up The Chaps is the perfect homecoming for those waiting patiently for The Falcon’s return.  Otherwise, the album is a welcome surprise to those of us who long since gave up on the band’s return to activity.  Not only does Gather Up The Chaps encapsulate everything we love about Kelly, Hennessy, Andriano and now Hause, but The Falcon takes to the skies with a renewed vigor ready for a new decade and fresh chapter.  Let’s just hope that we won’t have to wait until 2026 for the next installment.  

Video: The Lippies – ‘As We Fall’

The LippiesGrand Rapids, Michigan feminist pop punks The Lippies have posted a video for their track As We Fall. The song will feature on their upcoming self titled debut LP, due for release ‘soon’ on Red Scare Industries.

Check out the video for As We Fall and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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The Falcon Stream New Track ‘Hasselhoff Cheeseburger’

The FalconThe Falcon, the punk rock supergroup and brainchild of Brendan Kelly which also featured Dan Adriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and fellow Lawrence Arm Neil Hennessy are streaming Hasselhoff Cheeseburger. The track features on the band’s sophomore LP Gather Up The Chaps, due for release on March 18th via Red Scare Industries.

Check out the stream of Hasselhoff Cheeseburger and the band’s upcoming shows below.

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The Falcon Reveals Artwork for Gather Up The Chaps

The Falcon, with members Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Neil Hennessy (The Lawrence Arms), revealed the artwork for their upcoming release Gather Up The Chaps. The second full length of the supergroup is set for a March 18 release via Red Scare.

The Falcon - Gather Up The Chaps

This record is super dark,” explains frontman Brendan Kelly. “I don’t know why it turned out like this, but sex, drugs, rock and roll, and death are powerful topics for a reason. I didn’t invent or pioneer this kind of album by any stretch of imagination, but it’s what came out of me.

The 12-song collection promises to be vulgar, dark, risqué, and hilarious. From self-loathing (War of Colossus), to masks and the people that wear them (The Fighter. The Rube. The Asshole.), to creating your own personal hell on earth (You Dumb Dildos), Gather Up The Chaps covers not only the birds and the bees but also the ugly underbelly of carnal desires and vices.

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The All Brights

...Are Wild For The Night!

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, The All Brights are a brand new pop punk sensation that seem to pull their inspiration from their local SoCal heroes. With an album all about sweet harmonies, surf and wild parties, I have to wholeheartedly agree: “Shit gets weird when you’re with The All Brights“.

Their sound is pretty mature for guys who lay on the beach more than they hold their instruments, but maybe Big Wave Dave and his bros Mattsimum Waves, Shreddin Sean, and Pat L. Bored have some experience playing their instruments as well. Let’s face it, they don’t look that young.

Opening track Hell on a Surfboard sets the tone for the EP and is one of my favourite tracks thanks to all the little things that ‘ll make you happy – the melodic guitar only kicking in the second half of the chorus is a stroke of surfer-bro-genius. Storm The Beach makes you want to live in California, put “oil on your guns” and show them to the ladies. Because “Sun’s out, buns out!“.

Chances are you’ll hear a ton of references on West Coast Fuck You including about 2 seconds of Bro Hymn which is probably how long the o oh ooh part should have been in the first place. The next song is called Sunscreen Blues and features lyrics about playing volleyball with bros and what must be the guitar solo of the record. Happy Hours slows down the pace of the EP with a hint of singer songwriter to it before closing it all off with the title track, Wild For The Night. It’s a solid choice to end the album with a sing-a-long anthem that feels like the one that says it all. If The All Brights were a movie, this song would be the main theme.

I’m gonna throw one more quote at you, just because it made me laugh: “I don’t want to tweet, I don’t want a yelp, I don’t want an instagram. I don’t even really want to be on land.”

I for one am thankful these waterboarding surfer boys are now shredding guitars. Because, dude, they put out an EP that’s totally awesome. If you like pop punks acts like Teenage BottlerocketScreeching Weasel or Masked Intruder (I could go on but you’re getting the point) this band will be up your alley. Is it silly? Maybe, but if you ask me the Beatles are silly so what do I know. In these strange times we need more laughs and less things that want to kill you. Shred it bro!

Sam Russo - Greyhound Dreams

Sam Russo

Greyhound Dream

Red Scare Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The punk music community is an interesting one.  Labels like Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph, and Rise Records are all about hard hitting punk rock.  Melodic or otherwise, there’s always somewhat of a rough and tumble attitude that tends to dominate the spotlight and bleed into the more popular spotlight.  But for those of us in deep enough, we know that’s not necessarily always the case.  In fact, most punk label bigwigs seem to have a soft spot for their favourite frontmen picking up a six string and pouring their heart out acoustic style.  

Chris McCaughan (aka Sundowner), Dave Hause, and plenty more have made the switch to much fanfare, but few are privileged enough to kick off their careers and really get noticed in this regard.  Even Frank Turner had hardcore project Million Dead.  One of the few exceptions to the rule, soft spoken English acoustic troubadour Sam Russo, was noticed a few years back by Red Scare Industries bossman Toby Jeg.  It’s a little comical when a somewhat crude, pop-punk enthusiast industry expert lets down their guard and embraces the folky, underspoken stylings of Russo alongside a roster of rough and tumble artists.  But that’s the beauty of the scene we belong to.  Fans and label leaders are more than willing to give a talent like Russo the time of day, and the payout has been more than encouraging.

Russo follows a back to basics approach that at its most includes some handclaps for percussion and vocal accompaniment, and at its simplest places the soloist and his guitar squarely in the spotlight.  For his sophomore full length, Greyhound Dreams, Russo embodies all the qualities you’d expect from a singer/songwriter on an adoptive punk label.  His soft spoken demeanor comes coated in rustic vocal style that pops and cracks within notes like a well worn record.  Simple startups like “Small Town Shoes,” “Dream All You Want” and “Forever West” all keep things simple but manage to settle into different tempos as their tales unfold. Russo performs with a touching bedroom intimacy – he could be playing for one or one hundred.

Sam Russo’s reserved, personable style comes to a headpoint in “Runaways.”  The track’s jumpity tempo stems from Russo’s forceful acoustic strumming, made all the more effective from the choral accompaniment of handclaps and soft laced female vocals.  As his vocal strain rises with each passing chorus, he captures the pure desire to revisit his best memories as he repeats “I didn’t want it to end, I still go there in my head.”  The recurring female vocals break through like a ghost of a memory.  As the final minute approaches Russo scales back to reality, shedding the layers of memory that leave him all alone.  If you’re shallow enough to judge Greyhound Dreams from any one track, make is “Runaways.”  If you’re a little less narrow minded, a next step may find you with the piano additives of “Moving North” and sing along campfire gang vocals of “Nobody’s Fool” and “Western Union.”

Taking the time to get to know Greyhound Dreams is entirely rewarding.  Sam Russo speaks volumes in his simplicity, establishing the dusty, rustic and emotional connection demanded by folk-punk enthusiasts.  While his honesty and back to basics approach can sometimes feel overly simple during less defined moments, throwing on a pair of headphones and granting Russo your full attention is always rewarding.  All in all, Russo remains a shining example of punk’s adoptive acoustic brethren.  

The Lippies Announce Debut LP; Join Red Scare Industries

The LippiesGrand Rapids, Michigan’s The Lippies have signed on with Red Scare Industries.  The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut LP.   

The album will follow their 2014 self titled EP, which can be heard here.

Sam Russo – Runaways

Red ScareAcoustic punk Sam Russo has premiered a new song fro his upcoming full length.  The track is titled “Runaways” and will appear on his upcoming full-length album Greyhound Dreams, due out October 9, 2015 via Red Scare Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Direct Hit! Stream New Album

Direct Hit!Frantic pop-punks Direct Hit! has premiered a full album stream of their upcoming new release.  The disc is titled More of the Same (Satanic Singles: 2010-2014) and is due out August 21, 2015 via Red Scare Industries.

Listen tot he full disc here courtesy Punknews. 

Elway

Elway

Better, Whenever

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Elway is the quintessential band for aging punkers.  The Fort Collins, Colorado quartet’s career may not span a vast history, but comes from the same stylistic branch of The Lawrence Arms family tree as offshoots Sundowner and Brendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds.  In other words, they really fit their home on Red Scare Records well.  A storytellers at heart, Tom Browne sings with the raspy clarity of Chris McCaughn funneled through an even-tempered delivery akin to that of Josh Caterer (The Smoking Popes).  Taken against a backdrop of aggressive punk rock evened out with each chorus’ soaring melodies, Elway’s latest full length, Better Whenever, explores the double edged sword of warm nostalgia meets dark regret that comes with moving the hour hands of life’s ticking clockwork.

Balance is key with Elway, and nowhere does that come across clearer than in opener “Our Lady Of The Thompson River.”  Armed with a catchy opening guitar lead, Browne eases in melodically on the coattails of a steady mid-tempo entrance.  Flowing like an easygoing shoreline, riffs roll and spike at varying intensities as Elway plugs away alongside subtly escalating harmonies that bolster each inspired lyric.  Better, Whenever plays to a very even-keel atmosphere, but as Browne’s voice during the title track crackles and pops as he approaches a throaty climax, Elway push with enough force to get noticed.  “Lunatic Thirteens” unravels with much the same punch, as does the explosive supporting calls popping up throughout “Third Coast Temple.”

As a rule, the Better, Whenever tends to rev up with each new track until reaching the emotionally reflective finale, “Orphan Histories” and “Delano.”  “Delano” in particularly embraces a relatively melancholy temperament in the conversation between washed out characters trading stories at a dreary bar.  “She asked if I ever thought that I’d disappear; I’ve been battling my irrelevance for years,” queries Browne as he laments the lingering shadow of wasted youth after waking up in the thick of his middle years.  Spoken with the weighted combination of reluctant perseverance and disappointment, Elway musters the energy for one final rebellious breath in a call to, “toast to our obscurity,” concluding Better, Whenever with one of the disc’s most powerful bridge-to-chorus combos.  

Achieving a rare synergy of lyrics and melody, Elway speaks with the genuine air of today’s most insightful punk acts.  For such a dark album, Better, Whenever liberates itself from those dampened expressions and stories by owning up to its shortfalls like an addict learning to embrace a support group.  Blunt honesty paired with an unapologetic delivery bestow Better, Whenever with a subtle charm that feels familiar but wholly resonates with Elway.  Overall, Elway delivers a standout album made for those that aren’t afraid to embrace life’s scars.

Elway – Lunatic Thirteens

ElwayFour-piece indie rock band from Fort Collins, Elway, have premiered their first new song, “Lunatic Thirteens” from their forthcoming album, Better Whenever, due out July 24, 2015 via Red Scare Industries.  The album follows 2013’s Leavetaking.

Listen to the song below.

 

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Elway – Albuquerque Low

ElwayFour-piece indie rock band from Fort Collins, Elway, have premiered their first new song, “Albuquerque Lowfrom their forthcoming album, Better Whenever, due out July 24, 2015 via Red Scare Industries.  The album follows 2013’s Leavetaking.

Listen tothe song below courtesy Noisey.

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Drakulas

Drakulas

OWOWOWOWOWOWOW

Red Scare Industries
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Austin, Texas pop-punk trio Drakulas may be new on the scene, but their members sure aren’t.  Composed of veteran Riverboat Gamblers vocalist Mike Wiebe and bassist Rob Marchant alongside Rise Against guitarist Zach Blair, the trio has launched headlong into a new partnership with the advent of their debut EP, OWOWOWOWOWOWOW (don’t forget that seventh “OW”).  Landing somewhere in the vicinity of the the Red Scare Industries family, Drakulas play a familiar brand of fast acting, attitude-driven pop-punk – the type you’d expect to share a stage with Teenage Bottle Rocket, Masked Intruder and Direct Hit.

While only four brief tracks in length, Drakulas use every moment of the eight minute EP to lay out their game plan.  Quick, snarky and a ton of fun, the title track retains the rattle bang pacing of rapid fire lyrics and brisk, wiry riffs characteristics of early Riverboat Gamblers.   Drakulas aren’t trying to impress anyone with catchy choruses and sing along melodies, rather they’re on a mission to showcase OWOWOWOWOWOWOW’s downright infectious simplicity.  Those like “Gain Ground” are the type of killer tracks that move a tight crowd at a packed venue to spasm wildly in sheer pop-punk pleasure.  “Crimson Carpets,” which includes a final chorus featuring enthusiastic shouts of the band’s namesake “Drakulas!,” should keep the band’s name lingering in listener’s consciousness until they inevitably reach for repeat.

At the end of the day, Drakulas feels like the type of side project that seasoned musicians join to just let loose and have a little fun after working hours.  Drakulas is to Riverboat Gamblers and Rise Against what Awesome Snakes was to The Soviettes: a low risk, high rewards side project with the potential to take on a life of its own.  With no real expectations going into OWOWOWOWOWOWOW, Drakulas stands to impress and reward from their early stages.

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