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Out Live Death (hardcore) releases new album “Has the Past Taught us Nothing?”

Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year.  Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There.  The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90’s skate punk.  If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.

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10 Punk Songs to Jumpstart Your Week (Curated by DS Editor Daron)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week we go to Minnesota, the land of 10,000 ways to pass off passive/aggressiveness as “being nice,” with Daron.

Discover some great new tunes, and find out what makes him tick by streaming Daron’s personal picks below.

1.  Iron Chic – “To Shreds, You Say?”

This song is setting the tone. Songs about feeling like shit make me feel better when I feel like shit. I love Iron Chic’s sound, and their lyrics even more. This is one of my favorite songs by them off of easily one of my favorite albums of 2017.

2.  Starter Jackets – “Grandview Cleanup”

Top tier power pop/pop punk from Springfield, IL. It’s a shame their newest album isn’t on Spotify, so I went with my favorite track from their Preffered Stock EP. Their sounds is as close to “cheery” as I’m gonna get on most days. You should definitely check out their album, Decisions.

3.  Banner Pilot – “Hold Fast”

This is one of my favorite songs. Banner Pilot might be the closest thing to the epitome of my ideal sound for a band, if you happen to be asking me right this minute (it may different in a few more). Nick’s vocals with Nate’s guitar and bass are always a great mix. This song is about persevering in spite of things. This is my most-played song on Google Play.

4.  Off With Their Heads – “Nightlife”

I’ve seen these guys live more than any other band. Ryan Young is one of my favorite lyricists. OWTH has always been great at capturing what it feels like to be screwed up but still trying.

5.  Gateway District – “New Hands”

I like the bare-bones intro and how the song builds. It probably goes without saying at this point that I’m big on lyrics more than anything else. Gateway District has great stories in a lot of their songs. I like songs about feeling cut down but trying to move on.

6.  The Murderburgers – “December Ruined Everything”

I fucking hate December and fucking love The Murderburgers. One of the most under-rated pop punk bands ever.

7.  Dead to Me – “Comforting the Disturbed and Disturbing the Comfortable”

I will follow any band that has Jack Dalrymple to the end of the earth. I’m a fan of the drum machine sound that kicks in about twenty seconds in. This song meanders all over the place, and I love it.

8.  Arms Aloft – “A Psalm for Our Jobs and Apartments”

This album is my perfect capture of the disenfranchised upper-midwestern working class punk rock kids of my generation. It was really difficult to pick one song from What a Time to be Barely Alive. Palm mutes and gravelly vocals made edged this song over.

9.  The Von Tramps – “My Mom Told Me Life Would Suck (But Not This Much)”

This one’s brand new and is so far my favorite off The Von Tramps’ The Future is Female. “14b” and “Queen of Sabotage” were close runners up. “Beg Your Parton,” their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” is fucking fantastic. Some day I’m going to crawl out of my apartment and see The Von Tramps. But that requires interacting with humans, and that’s just the worst, so we’ll see.

10.  Diarrhea Planet – “Ghost With a Boner”

This is way catchier than a song called “Ghost With a Boner” by a band called “Diarrhea Planet” has any right to be, but here we are. This song makes me smile every time. It’s great to sing along to, especially if you live in an apartment with thin walls.

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Typhoid Rosie premieres “Diamonds in the Snow” from upcoming album “This Is Now”

Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie are releasing their third album, “This Is Now,” on Friday, March 23rd. They’re indie punk with pop hooks, and “Diamonds in the Snow” is catchy as hell.

Rosie explains the origin of the song:

“I can’t think of a more perfect song to kick off Spring than “Diamonds In The Snow.” It’s about that moment when Old Man Winter gives us one last encore before it melts away into Spring. I feel so lucky to be a New Yorker and to watch the Seasons change. Diamonds in the snow is about that change.

One winter morning we went on a hike in the Catskill Mountains. We got to this hill that was hard to climb because the ground was a solid sheet of ice. It took us a long time to get up this hill. But we finally get up there and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. There were these tiny raindrops frozen in the trees and the ground was covered in pure ice. The morning sun was shining down from the East that created tiny rainbows shining through the ice. It looked like the ground and all of the trees were covered in Diamonds. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was – it was like Heaven on Earth. But by the end of the day, it warmed up – almost so much that we could take our coats off. We descended back down the mountain later that day to the same spot, and the snow had melted so fast that It was all gone by the time we got back. The moment was gone. The seasons changed that day. I thought about the mountain ice melting into a spring, and into a fresh water river that flows into the Hudson and into the salty sea.

When you think about life in that way, it doesn’t seem so sad to let go because it’s flowing so sweetly.  I see the entire circle of life and death every year in my garden and in the Seasons. When I think about death in that way – like the seasons changing, it feels so much easier to cast off your chains and to let go. But how beautiful is this planet, and all the life it brings fourth? What a gift – water – and life is – I hope that we can do everything in our power to save this beautiful planet. We made it through another beautiful and cold Winter, but I am so happy to welcome Spring!”

Typhoid Rosie will be playing a record release show at Kingsland Tavern in Brooklyn on March 23rd.

You can preview a couple of other tracks off the album and preorder it at bandcamp. In the meantime, check out the exclusive premiere of “Diamonds in the Snow” below!

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The Goddamn Gallows premieres “Down With the Ship” from upcoming LP

LA-based The Goddamn Gallows are releasing their seventh album, “The Trial,” on March 23rd via Sailor’s Grave Records. Their sound is somewhere between “hobocore” and “americana-punk,” fusing rockabilly, psychobilly, punk, bluegrass, and metal. Sounds like a party.

We’ve got an exclusive stream of “Down With the Ship” off the upcoming album. Vocalist/guitarist/banjoist Mikey Classic had this to say about the track:

“‘Down With the Ship’ is about the world slowly sinking into shit. A world where our leaders take advantage of the workers and pit us against each other. A world where they want to put walls up and the people down. A world where our votes don’t count. And also it’s about being eaten by sharks.”

Sounds about right. Check out “Down With the Ship” below, and look for “The Trial” on March 23rd!

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Deeper Well (Montreal) release “EP II”

Quebecois DIY punks Deeper Well have released their second EP. It features three new songs, plus two covers (Osker & Archers of Loaf). I’d put them somewhere near Iron Chic, but lord knows someone on Facebook will piss and moan about how that’s not right, but oh well. I dig it, and you should check out the stream below. You can pick up the EP at bandcamp for three Canadian BeaverBucks.

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Dutch skatepunks Sun-0-Bathers premiere video, debut EP to release next week

You into butts? Yeah, you’re into butts. How about 1980s butts? Yeah, you’re into 1980s butts. Sun-0-Bathers has you covered with their latest video, “Sunspray,” which features lots and lots of rad 80s beach footage. It could use more banana hammock to even things out, but that’s just me. Anyway, “Sunspray” is another single off Sun-0-Bathers’ debut EP, “Local Warming.” It’ll be out Friday, March 16th on Thousand Islands, Bearded Punk, Melodic Punk Style, No Affiliation, and drummer Jouke’s own label, Morning Wood.

You can pre-order the CD and digital copy from Thousand Islands, and check out the video for “Sunspray” below.

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Hub City Stompers’ Reverend T. Sinister reflects on what got him into ska, punk, and how they influenced his life

Hub City Stompers‘ vocalist Reverend T. Sinister has written up a brief reflection on his introduction to ska, punk, and underground music in general, and how he got into the NJ/NY scene. Check out the full write-up below!

The first actual “underground sounds” I remember hearing started droning out of my older brother’s room around
1981 and 1982 while he would blast them brooding in his adolescence.   Bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The
English Beat, Madness, The Replacements, The Ramones, and Husker Du, blared from there pretty regularly.
It appealed to me immediately and occasionally when he was out I’d sneak into his room and check out what tapes
were laying around so I could try to figure out what the hell I was hearing.  My favorite band at that time was The
Rolling Stones (my mom even took me to catch the “Tattoo You” tour when it hit Philly in ’81), but the distinction of
the music my brother would listen to really struck a chord with me.   And then, despite this being generally
underground and punk related music, when MTV first came out they would play videos by a good number of these
artists; The Clash, The Specials, The Ramones, Madness…So on weekends at my dad’s I was glued to the TV
getting to see videos of this stuff as well.  It was a catch-it- when-I- can thing at that time and I wasn’t necessarily
seeking out records or anything.  But when my brother introduced me to Black Flag in ’83, as I myself was coming
into my adolescent angst, underground music became an obsession and I was on the hunt.  I collected tapes and
records and, along with some local, close junior high & high school friends of mine, listened to local college radio
stations such as WTSR in Trenton and WPRB in Princeton to catch any punk, alternative, and reggae I could.

As into and obsessed with the music and scene as I was, I actually did not start going to actual shows until 1987, my
first being Fishbone at City Gardens, followed shortly after by a Circle Jerks show there as well.  And that was that.
Going to shows was my official preoccupation.  Finding a universe of people who shared the same passion for the
music and lifestyle, for a lot of the same reasons you did, at that time was an indescribable thing. And City Gardens
was a mere 2 miles from my dad’s house in Trenton, so it made for a quick drive or a nice (and dangerous) hike.
Hardcore was my main musical focus but I loved, followed, and attended live music of all different underground
genres such as punk, oi!, ska, reggae, industrial, alternative, and hip hop. I’d scene hop the corridor between NYC
(CBGBs) and Trenton (City Gardens), meaning New Brunswick was of course a frequent stop in between.  But City
Gardens is really where I came up, musically.  I’d say three quarters of the shows I attended up through 1994…when
I was banned from the venue, were there.  My live show life of course didn’t end when I was banned from City
Gardens.  However as I had just become a member of the New Jersey Ska band Inspecter 7 a few months prior my
presence became more and more on the other side of the stage.   And, well, that became a whole other story…

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The Felix Culpa release Sever Your Roots/Bury The Axe for $7 on bandcamp

Hailing from Lincoln, UK Nieviem is a newer skate punk band that has been tearing it up for a little over a year.  Steadily releasing new songs, live recordings, and EPs, the band continues the trend with their second EP The Hope Is There.  The EP is fast and heavy, borrowing from hardcore but still strongly entrenched in 90’s skate punk.  If that sounds up your alley, then give it a listen here.

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