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Debuting in 2017 with the full-length Imitation, Ternopil, Ukraine-based punk three-piece (bass, drums, vocals – no guitar) Raw Grip is now set to drop their followup EP entitled Kaleidoscope as a collaboration between No Funeral Records (CA), Dead Red Queen Records (USA), Surrogate Rec. (UA), Bastard Flower (IDN), Fresh Outbreak Records (IT), and Law of Cycles (USA).
With five tracks and a total run time of just six and half minutes, I might have expected this EP to be a vicious straight up assault on the listener, but was pleasantly surprised to be drawn in instead by plenty of crunchy instrumental licks and jagged, mathy rhythms. The absence of a guitarist gives this band a fantastically chunky sort of sound, and screamo-style vocals are the cherry on top of the musical mixture the band produces.
On May 21, Friend Club Records will release a 20-song cassette featuring brand new material, songs previously shared online, and material from the label’s 2021 releases – oh, and some friends via a partnership with Slow Down Records of Norway. We're excited to give everyone a premiere: streaming in-full, On Second Thought, Volume 2.
Enjoy songs form Eugenius, All Hallowed, Least, Eugenius, Wet Tropics, Spaceships, Turquoise, Ray Gun Solace, Sammy Mellman, Nomos Amata, and many more below.
Preorders aren’t online yet but stay tuned – we’ll update this as soon as possible once they are. One hundred percent or all proceeds will benefit Campaign Zero.
It’s hard to concisely sum up a 20-song collection, so instead of giving a bio or history of the groups, we’re just rolling with some highlights picked out by the label. It’s Friend Club’s second compilation since the start of 2020 and, the label adds, “The past year has been an amazing learning experience for us and this comp shows how far we've come.”
Posted May 10, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
In support of Nowhere Generation, Rise Against's newest album -- set to release on June 4 (Loma Vista Records) -- the band will hit the road across the US in late July and into August.
Simply dubbed "Nowhere Generation Tour," tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 13.
Posted May 9, 2021, 12:26 p.m.
Bruce Lee Band, an ongoing project from Mike Park (Asian Man Records) will release a new EP called Divisoin in the Heartland, coming on May 28. Park is joined by a cast of musicians on the record, including Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Potthasy, and Kevin Higuchi.
On a new single called "BLT (Bruce Lee Theme)," Rosenstock (who just released his own ska record) sings in Korean over a classic, frantic Third Wave ska beat.
"Part of me was excited to do it because it feels fresh to sing in a different language, and I thought our pals in Korea might have fun singing along with Mike's vague nonsense phrases, shouted by an idiot with a lot of heart," Rosenstock says of the song and singing in a new language. "I think we often look at language as a barrier, but it's actually a window into someone else's reality, and that s--- is beautiful to me."
The band previousily shared title track "Division in the Heartland."
SPB caught up with Mike Park for an interview in 2020.
Posted May 9, 2021, 10:50 a.m.
Canadian punk bands Dumb and Tough Age have taken sides on the new Pizza Punks split 7", to release on July 9 via Mint Records.
The two song, two band record features two songs about pizza from two Vancouver punk bands. The 7" also comes with a mini comic book illustrated by Cole Pauls.
Check out "Pizza Slice" by Dumb, here:
Posted May 9, 2021, 10:14 a.m.
Jad Fair & Kramer, performing as a duo, will release their third collaborative album on June 18 via Shimmy-Disc. To be titled The History of Crying, the album is the third such work from the duo and their first together in nearly 20 years. They've shared a single for "Red Red Sun" (below). The record also features guest guitar performances from Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers).
The Shimmy-Disc label was recently resurrected with Kramer at the helm, as a Joyful Noise subsidiary.
Posted May 9, 2021, 9:38 a.m.
Dutch punk band No Breakfast Goodbye has shared a new single off an upcoming split EP with Ink Bomb. The new song is called "No Dice," of which vocalist Simon Janssen says:
“'No Dice' is actually an up-tempo break-up song. It was about time to put an end to that chapter once and for all. Corny isn’t it?”
The split EP will be available on June 18 on cd/vinyl worldwide.
Posted May 8, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
On June 25, Amenra returns with a new full-length album called De Doorn, set to release via Relapse Records pm double LP (including a deluxe package), CD, cassette, and digital formate.
De Doorn is described as fitting between the band's recorded discography and its live work, thematically beckoning a culmination of creation, presentation and audience participation/inclusion.
Check out the lead single, "De Evenmens," below.
Posted May 8, 2021, 2:41 p.m.
Three albums from Constants have been reissued digitally: The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension (2009), If Tomorrow The War (2010), and Pasiflora (2012) -- all three originally released on Pax Aeternum.
The records are available via Bandcamp now -- check out SPB's original coverage in our archives.
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