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Interviews: Walking On Cars

Achieving phenomenal success with the release of your debut album is the kind of thing that most bands can only dream of, but what happens ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: Lamniformes - Sisyphean Director's Commentary

Released this March on Furious Hooves, Lamniformes’Sisypheanis equal parts post-metal soundscape exploration and emotional, striving indie rock. The project is spearheaded by Ian Cory (Gabby’s ... read more

Regular Columns: Only Death Is Real #2

Welcome to the second instalment of Only Death Is Real. This time round we swing from power electronics to decaying cosmic black metal, giving equal ... read more

Interviews: Shook Ones

Shook Ones are a melodic hardcore band that formed around the Seattle area in 2004. The band has not consistently released new music together, with ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: Nick Soulsby - "Let the Sun Come in"

Swans Defy Music’s Law of Diminishing Returns Author Nick Soulsby picksninehighlights from the band’s extensive catalog. “When…When we were young. We had no history, so ... read more

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SPB premiere: "Forever" by Evening Standards

SPB premiere: "Forever" by Evening Standards

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Scene Point Blank has teamed up with Evening Standards to share “Forever,” a song from the band’s upcoming World’s End, out on June 7 on Let’s Pretend Records.

World’s End is the second album from the Indiana trio, whose members have also played with the likes of Future Virgins, Door-Keys, Fat Shadow, ADD/C, Landlord, and more.

Speaking of the new record, bassist Daun says:

This is a darker, heavier album than our first. It came out of a lot of loss--we experienced a lot of death and intense loss before and during the writing, and really had to hold on to each other pretty tight. Chris and I have been together for like 16 years, and the three of us have been tights buds since we met Cole in Chattanooga about that long ago. I think you can hear the tighter bond on this album -- both musically and emotionally. There's always been an element of hope in our stuff, but I think this one is both darker and more hopeful. I hope people hear this one and are inspired to reach out to each other.

Get a taste for yourself in “Forever,” below, which Daun says “is like a little key to one of the big themes of the album, which is hope amidst death and violence.”

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Records SPB exclusive: Introducing the Fleshies

SPB exclusive: Introducing the Fleshies

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Fleshies are back with a new album. Titled Introducing the Fleshies, the new jam is available from Dirt Cult Records now.

The Oakland, CA band originally formed in 1999 and has previous records on renowned labels including Alternative Tentacles, Recess, Adeline, and more. They’re known for a serious work ethic and active tour schedule, along with lefty political themes and an intense, unpredictable live show.

The new record captures that raw energy that blends aggression with humor and an underlying sense of melody.

Listen here:

Site News SPB eBook anniversary giveaway

SPB eBook anniversary giveaway

A lot has happened since 2003, when SPB first launched onto the worldwide web. Three-fourths of the site founders moved on to new projects. People graduated from college, got married, found careers, and more. Staff comes, goes, and sometimes returns. As the world changes, SPB remains focused on independent music through it all.

When SPB turned 10 in 2013, we celebrated with the release of a book, All Downhill From Here. We're proud of sticking around; we're proud of our work. We also want to thank you for supporting us. 2018 marked our 15th anniversary, and to celebrate we're giving away 15 ebook copies of All Downhill From Here. We gave away several earlier this year, but we're back with more free copies. 

Enter the contest here. (Or purchase a physical book here.)

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Season 2, Episode 1

After a brief(ish) hiatus, we're back with the new 2019 season of our podcast! You can find us on iTunes and use your regular podcast search engine to look for Scene Point Blank, or you can just use the handy embedded player below to listen to our new episode. Show notes are also included below.

Records New Death Before Dishonor in July

Posted May 22, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

New Death Before Dishonor in July

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After working on new material for almost a decade, Boston's Death Before Dishonor will return with the fiery Unfinished Business on July 26 on Bridge Nine Records. It will be the band's fourth record with the label and features 8 songs totalling over 20 minutes of new material that was recorded at Zeuss Studio.

Death Before Dishonor will also play at This Is Hardcore fest this summer.

Bands What is Galactic Projector?

Posted May 22, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

What is Galactic Projector?

Galactic Projector - Evening

Galactic Projector will unveil its debut album titled Evening will release on June 28 through Burning Witches Records.

The project is a solo pseudonym from Bryan Ricie, best known as bassist in The Sword, and also an accomplished producer. The 15-song instrumental debut blends electronic landscapes with synthesizer melodies and dream pop befitting of its moniker.

Check out the titular track "Galactic Projector" here:

Shows Hopscotch 10 headlined by Sleater-Kinney

Posted May 22, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

Hopscotch 10 headlined by Sleater-Kinney

photo by Loren Green

Scheduled for Sept. 5-7 in Raleigh, NC, Hopscotch festival will return for its 10th iteration. This year's lineup features over 100 acts, with announced artists Sleater-Kinney, Chvrches, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Deerhunter, Jenny Lewis, and more.

While more artists are still to be announced, headliner info and specific dates are listed below.

Records Halshug's Drøm

Posted May 19, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

Halshug's Drøm

photo by Staffan Fagerberg

Copenhagen's Halshug will release its third studio album this July on Southern Lord Recordings. The Denmark punk band will titled the record Drøm, with an official release set for July 19.

The band has two previous LPs under their belt: 2015's Blodets Bånd and 2016's Sort Sind.

They've also shared a new video, "Fantasi" here:

Splits Backtrack announced the end, final tours

Posted May 19, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Backtrack announced the end, final tours

photo by Becca Lader

Backtrack, who formed in 2008 and have released music on Flatspot Records, 6131 Records, and Bridge 9 Records, will disband at year's end.

Before the group calls it a day, they will embark on several tours, including dates in the US, Canada, Asia, and Australia.

"We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past eleven years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way, and we look forward to seeing you one last time," the band says in a prepared statement.

Confirmed tour dates are listed below, with more still to come. Backtrack most recently released Bad To My World in 2017 (Bridge 9).

 

Tours Bristol Booze Cruise 2019

Posted May 19, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Bristol Booze Cruise 2019

photo by Loren Green

Fifty punks bands will perform at the upcoming Bristol Booze Cruise, taking place May 24-26. Inspired by Hamburg’s Booze Cruise Festivals, 50 bands will play across 3 stages over 3 days at The Exchange and Stage & Hounds.

The lineup, listed in full below, come from 9 different countries and includes Apologies I have None, Erica Freas, Vacation, The Dauntless Elite, Western Settings, Sssnakes, and more. A portion of profits will be donated to Sea Watch, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to rescue refugees stranded in the Mediterranean Sea.

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