Clayface are set to bring their own blend of scrappy, melodic punk to the eardrums of the world. Following the self-release of their angsty teenage debut, Squeel, in 2013 the band took a few quiet years out, now they’re back, with their upcoming, aptly titled EP, Don’t Hold Your Breath. Ahead of the release date the band have released a stream of the track Only Guy In The World that is taken from the EP. Don’t Hold Your Breath will be available on CD via Horn And Hoof Records and digitally from the usual online outlets.
The Don’t Hold Your Breath EP can be pre-ordered via Horn And Hoof Records here
You can stream Only Guy In The World here
By AJ Phink
New Jersey’s Hang Tight are set to release their debut EP, Grind, in a week’s time via Standby Records, as this is a band called Hang Tight with an EP called Grind you might expect there to be a strong skate punk influence on this five track release, well you’d be wrong, as this is an infectious summery blast of pop punk. The decision to release this as the night’s start drawing in is a somewhat baffling one, but there’ll always be another summer so maybe they’re just planning ahead.
The Grind EP kicks things off with The Rents that boasts an hook laden riff that gives way to glorious harmony vocals, a combination that is reminiscent of a heavyweight Weezer. Forget About It continues the upbeat blast of the EP whilst Pretty In True Blue takes the EP in a poppier and distinctly lovelorn direction. Digital Age is easily the EP’s finest moment, a short sharp blast of punk rock that adds a shot of adrenaline to the EP, whilst Be Mine closes the EP with a return to the melodic pop punk that is the overriding influence and style that dominates Grind.
With their first EP Hang Tight have released an EP that is a mass of contradictions, the heavyweight riffs and driving bass lines are overlaid with poppy vocals, they are part pop punk, part grunge and part indie punk with a sound that sits somewhere between OK Go and The Wannadies and Weezer and Sum 41. The combination of driving guitars, sparkling keyboards, upbeat rhythms and the ever present harmony vocals are a pleasant mix, but I do find myself having a sense of deja vu throughout the record, there are so many elements mixed into Grind that I find it reminds me of a varied list of bands that populate the lighter end my playlist.
You can pre-order the Grind EP via Standby Records here
Hang Tight‘s Facebook page can be found here
A Better YouBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
After years of playing small tours and festivals around the world, without an actual album being released, SLED, who were formerly known as Pinhole Down, are finally set to release their first official full length, A Better You, via Bird Attack Records on the 15th September 2017. Aside from the bands core members SLED also feature members of Guttermouth, Whole Wheat Bread and This Is A Standoff to create something of a punk rock supergroup whose sound is firmly embedded in the roots of melodic hardcore and skate punk.
The frantic Numb And Dumb is a fine opening rallying call that is followed by the intense Let Go, and every single track that follows is a full tilt punk rock attack that will appeal to fans of the likes of heavyweight melodic hardcore pioneers such as Bad Religion, Pennywise and Propagandhi. The ten tracks contained on A Better You make up an impressive debut full length by anyone’s standards, and it’s one that lives up to the impressive catalogue of recent releases that Bird Attack Records have unleashed.
SLED have delivered a fine slab of intense melodic hardcore that embraces skate punk with just a touch of crossover thrown into the mix, and makes no mistake this a damn fine album of full throttle punk rock. My only issue with A Better You is the fact that there is no variation across the album, every track comes out of the traps like it’s been spiked with amphetamines, and as the chords fade out another breakneck riff kicks in. This isn’t really a complaint as there isn’t a weak track on SLED‘s debut album, but to me A Better You just ends up feeling slightly one dimensional, but having said that this is a solid debut release from a band with a fine punk pedigree behind them.
A Better You can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats here
Snotty garage punk duo Teen Mortgage have released a music video for Is It, a track taken from their debut EP Strange Times that was released earlier this year on Wiener Records. Is It is the first single taken from the EP, a release that is a heavy collision of skate punk sensibilities and low fi garage fuzz, that makes it perfectly clear that genre boundaries can and should be collapsed at every opportunity.
Strange Times can be streamed and purchased here
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88 Fingers Louie hit the UK in two weeks time in support of the new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, that is out now via Bird Attack Records. The Chicago based skate punk legends, in their first trip to the UK since 1999, will visit Southampton, Birmingham, London, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and Norwich.
You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here
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88 Fingers Louie have released their new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, through Bird Attack Records today and a review will be posted on The Punk Site later today. The record features twelve tracks of their fantastic signature brand of skate punk that the Chicago based legends have become renowned for.
You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here
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Guildford skate punks Darko have released a new video for the track Just A Short Line, the latest track to be taken from their critically acclaimed debut album Bonsai Mammoth which is out now on Bird Attack Records (US) and Lockjaw Records (UK). The band have also just revealed a huge run of summer 2017 dates with Swedish punks Rebuke, taking in shows across mainland Europe.
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Formed in 2002 right next to the Russian border in Lappeenranta, Finland, One Hidden Frame deliver a mix of melancholic 90s skate punk and melodic hardcore, having been around over a decade, as well as having gone through some line up changes in recent years, One Hidden Frame are more active than ever as they develop a heavier, more aggressive sound that will resonate with fans of Propagandhi. The band will be releasing their fifth album, Harmful Content, on March 17th through Bird Attack Records, the album can now be pre-ordered through Bandcamp, where you can also stream the first single, Exploding Head Syndrome.
Harmful Content can be pre-ordered here
Vanishing ValuesBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
German melodic skate punkers Straightline will be releasing their latest album, Vanishing Values, worldwide tomorrow, February 10th 2017, through Bird Attack Records. The quartet, who reside in Munich, Germany, have previously released three albums, and an identical number of EPs, all of which are filled with fiery metal riffs built on a solid punk rock backbone. Their latest album, Vanishing Values, brings together the best elements of their past releases in a twelve song package, one that demonstrates why Straightline have built a loyal following that brings metalheads and punks into the fold in equal measure.
Vanishing Lives opens with Generation Lost, a furious hybrid of punk rock that incorporates the less self indulgent elements of thrash metal, including breakdowns and, thankfully brief, technical guitar solos. The album continues to vary the balance, Pleonexia leans towards a stronger influence from melodic hardcore with the metal elements on the back burner, whilst Not Afraid takes things back into the thrash realm, The album continues to veer wildly, combining their influences to produce a unique fusion of thrash metal, punk rock and melodic hardcore, and even touches of dub and folk punk, that you can’t help but be impressed by.
Straightline have produced an album that will please fans from both camps, Vanishing Lives is an album that has managed to balance the competing influences perfectly, it’s wouldn’t take a genius to guess that I prefer the tracks that have a stronger punk influence, but I didn’t encounter anything on the thrashier tracks that had me reaching to skip to the next track. You can detect a hefty influence from the likes of Propaghandi, Strung Out, Good Riddance and Lagwagon in their sound, these are married perfectly to the influences from the parallel universe that metal and thrash inhabit to produce an impressive crossover album, this is not any easy trick to pull off, but it’s one that Straightline have managed to make sound effortless.
Bonsai MammothBird Attack Records
By AJ Phink
Guildford, UK based melodic hardcore quintet Darko have unleashed their latest release, Bonsai Mammoth, via Bird Attack Records (US),Lockjaw Records (UK), Torch of Hope Records (JP) and Giljotina Records (SI). Despite Darko‘s longevity this is their debut full length and it follows on from the steady stream of EP’s and singles that have littered their history. The album was released yesterday, the 3rd February 2017, and is now available to purchase on vinyl and CD, and Bonsai Mammoth can also be streamed and ordered digitally.
Bonsai Mammoth starts with some light, almost jazz, chords, this worrying start is thankfully short lived, at the 25 second mark the album jump starts with the frantic hardcore infused skate punk of the opening track, Life Forms. Bonsai Mammoth continues in this vein, with the exception of the brief mellow strains of The Chernobyl Effect, a track that acts as a brief mid point intermission to the relentless punk assault. The pace and intensity contained on Bonsai Mammoth is unrelenting, but the style in which it is delivered remains varied, encompassing hardcore, melodic hardcore and skate punk, along with a few technical math rock flourishes that add a technical element to their delivery.
This is the sound of a band that is experiencing something of a renaissance in their sound, Darko have been with us for a while now, their debut EP was released back in 2010, and Bonsai Mammoth sounds tighter and more focused and intense than anything Darko have previously released. This is a somewhat relentless release, with the sole exception of the brief instrumental that acts as a mid distance marker, that is a full on hardcore assault from start to end, one that sits at the extreme end of the melodic hardcore spectrum. As Darko approach the milestone of a decade together Bonsai Mammoth is an indicator that this is a band that clearly has a lot more to offer.
Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and purchased via Bird Attack Records here
UK skate punkers Darko have announced they’ll be releasing their upcoming album, Bonsai Mammoth, on February 3, 2017 through Bird Attack Records. The Guildford, UK skate-punks’ new record suitably shines a light on the big issues we all currently face, and encapsulates all of the modern age frustrations that are now ripe for exploitation by our best and brightest punk bands.
The Bird Attack Records Bandcamp page can be found here
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Darko have shared their new single, Hiraeth, and it’s accompanying video, the track is taken from the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on all formats on February 3, 2017 through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). With musical salutes to riff-thrashers like Protest The Hero, straight-up skate punk legends Strung Out and the melodic hardcore of Comeback Kid, Bonsai Mammoth delivers wholeheartedly and shows a real progression to the band’s sound, a continuation of a journey this band of DIY brothers are only just beginning.
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Wraths are made up of skate punk veteran Jim Lindberg, of Pennywise, and his band of cohorts, including members of 1208 and The Darlings, they channel the ghosts of punk’s past, combining the dark guitar driven tones of TSOL and Dag Nasty, and the glaring sun bleached angst of the Descendents and Circle Jerks. Wraths debut album was released last April and the first vinyl pressing of their debut album sold out fast, so Bird Attack Records have released a second pressing, on alpine white vinyl. There are only 200 of these in the Bird Attack Records store so if you want a copy you’ll have to be quick
Wraths debut album can be streamed and purchased here
Bird Attack Records has announced the signing of Québec City punk outfit MUTE and will be releasing the band’s new album, Remember Death. The CD and download will be released on October 14th with vinyl being scheduled at a later date. Fast, technical, melodic; those are just a few words that the punk rock community uses to describe MUTE‘s music. Considered by many to be a crucial staple in the skate punk world, the band has spent the last 18 years taking a 100% DIY approach to bringing its music to the masses
You can check out the video for the new song Fill The Void via the band’s Facebook page here
San Diego melodic skate punks Castoff have released the details of their forthcoming self-titled EP. It will be available as a digital download on Friday, August 5th through Castoff’s Bandcamp, with the proceeds going to the charity Help A Mother Out. Additionally, if you purchase any release through the Bird Attack Records store you’ll receive a free download of the Castoff EP.
Help A Mother Out works to improve baby and family well being by increasing access to diapers for families in need. A family’s access to a reliable supply of clean diapers reduces the risk of infectious disease outbreaks, improves baby’s health and comfort, and enables a baby’s participation in early care and education programs.
Castoff will be kicking off a string of East Coast shows this weekend and will be appearing at Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia.
Tour dates and order details can be found below
Listen to the full EP here.
Influential Brighton, England Skatepunks Phinius Gage, who called it a day in 2008, have put up their entire back catalogue on Bandcamp – and are offering the whole lot for nothing, or a donation if you want to.
The band release ‘More Haste More Speed‘ in 2003, ‘The Feeling Something’s Wrong‘ in 2005, ‘Brighton Rock’ in 2006 and ‘Seek Out Your Foes‘ in 2007, before splitting soon after.
They have said they are planning to put up extra treats, including their demo, in the coming weeks. They have also set up a facebook page for the band.
Phinius Cage – Back Catalogue
The Post-Apocalyptics, the new band from Ryan Raichilson of Bright and Barrow Records, are one of those throw-backs to the late nineties skate-punk. The second She Ate My Brain comes on, you’re reminded of those classic skate-punk songs that riddled Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack back in the day. There’s moments of Gob‘s Too Late No Friends, a bit of Dude Ranch and something else that is so familiar but just out of reach. All I know is that for three songs, The Post Apocalyptics have delivered something that fully captures your attention. A pretty damn good feat for a demo.
The Post-Apocalyptics – Demo 1
This sounds like it was recorded in the bands’ garage but miraculously turned out well. The EP features a short three songs in a really old school sounding melodic skate punk coating. Pretty infectious stuff.
Patsy Stone – Self Titled EP
Here’s an EP released by Austria’s Empty Promise. While they just released their debut full length independently, they’ve put their old EP, Conscience Today, up for free download. It’ a nice slice of sloppy pop-punk with a 90’s skate-punk vibe. Easily recommendable for fans of bands like Pulley, Ten Foot Pole, No Use For A Name, and so on.
Empty Promise – Conscience Today