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Interviews: Talking 25 Years of Less Than Jake

I was sixteen years old the first time I saw Less Than Jake. The band was playing the Buffalo stop of The Warped Tour. The ... read more

Interviews: Floor

Anthony Vialon took time to answer some questions from SPB about many things Floor which forms the backbone of this piece. Many thanks to Anthony ... read more

Interviews: Alcest

Alcest’s latest record, Kodama, is an album that wears its heart on its sleeve. It’s rich, textured and warm and is influenced by frontman Neige’s ... read more

Music: MONA FOMA Festival

Hobart, Tasmania January, 18-22, 2017 We no longer engage, sing nor dance. We do not know how to anymore. Instead, we watch other glorified people ... read more

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2016)

As years go, 2016 was a cruel one. We lost tons of musical heroes: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones and other iconic performers departed. ... read more

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SPB premiere: "C Beams" by The Bearer

Today Scene Point Blank is pleased to premiere “C Beams” from the upcoming new Fiction EP by Austin’s The Bearer.

The new EP is a co-release between CoinToss Records and Blasphemour Records. The 7" comes on blue vinyl in purple and yellow splatter, with unique pre-sale only foldover covers from each label (limited to just 35 per label).

The song’s title comes from Blade Runner, says vocalist Aaron. “The whole concept of living an amazing life and seeing things no one will ever know about I could identify with as a former soldier. The struggle of wondering if there is more after death has always fascinated me.”

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Records SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

SPB exclusive: Brad Pot

Brad Pot - self-titled

This month Scene Point Blank is pleased to host the debut of Brad Pot’s newest album, Brad Pot, available March 3 from Slovenly. The Melbourne, Australia band plays horned-up dirty r’n’r as it’s meant to be, ripping through 11 songs on their first full-length.

Grab it on pre-order now, and check out the video for “Air Strike" at YouTube.

Podcast Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 4

New year, new episode of our podcast! This month our legendary contributor BJ Rochinich has a bunch of new music (including Clevinger, Ruins and Spirits) and some of our recent features make an appearance. You can check out Episode 4 below, and subscribe in all the usual places (including iTunes here).

MP3s Meat Wave streams The Incessant

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Meat Wave streams The Incessant

Meat Wave's new album, The Incessant, is streaming online at Noisey. Released yesterday on SideOneDummy, the album was recorded by Steve Albini and is their first for the label.

The group first formed in 2011 and most recently released Delusion Moon in 2015.

Bands The Damned coming to USA

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 7:48 p.m.

The Damned coming to USA

photo by Dod Morrison

As The Damned celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic Damned Damned Damned record with a special reissue, they are also setting out on a world tour. The band recently announced their US dates, which span April and May.

Damned Damned Damned was originally released on Stiff Records on February 18, 1977. They'll be joined on US dates by bands including Alice Bag & The Sissy Bears, Bleached, and The Bellrays.

Records The Smith Street Band plan new release in April

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

The Smith Street Band plan new release in April

photo by Ian Laidlaw

The Smith Street Band will return with a new album, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, out on April 7 via SideOneDummy.

The new record is based around a broken relationship of singer/guitarist Wil Wagner from start to finish and was produced by Jeff Rosenstock. Check out a video for "Birthdays" below.

More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me follows 2014's Throw Me In the River.

Records Dead Bars to release first full-length

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

Dead Bars to release first full-length

Dead Bars - Dream Gig

Seattle's Dead Bars will release their debut full-length later this spring on No Idea Records. Titled Dream Gig, it will release digitally on March 10 with a vinyl offering coming soon after.

The band, formed in 2013 with the intention to play a single Seattle show and a short tour of Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, has now released five EPs and the upcoming LP.

In addition to the new record, they have a short Pacific Northwest tour scheduled in March and will be a featured Studio Session on KEXP on Saturday March 18th at 10pm on the radio at 90.3 FM / KEXP.ORG worldwide. They released a split 7" last year with Tampa's The Tim Version.

 

Records Specialist Subject announces Grand-Pop

Posted Feb. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Specialist Subject announces Grand-Pop

Grand-Pop - Eight Nights

New outfit Grand-Pop (feat. members of The Attika State, Caves & Personal Best) will release their debut LP on March 31 on the label in conjuntion with Discos Finu.

The band is also streaming two new songs at their Bandcamp page.

Records Drip-Fed stream title track off upcoming 7-inch

Posted Feb. 9, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Drip-Fed stream title track off upcoming 7-inch

Photo by Bryan Taylor

Austin, TX punks Drip-Fed are streaming "Under the Wave Blanket," from their soon to release 7" off the same name.

The new EP releases on March 3 via Red Flag Records.

Records The Dirty Nil announce Minimum R&B

Posted Feb. 9, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

The Dirty Nil announce Minimum R&B

photo by Yoshi Cooper

The Dirty Nil will release a new 11 song complilation record titled Minimum R&B, out on April 28 on Fat Wreck Chords and Dine Alone Records.

The record combines 7" songs, sompilation tracks and one new song. The Hamilton, ONT group is also touring in early 2017 in both Canada and Europe, playing shows with The Menzingers, The Flatliners, Billy Talent, and more.

Dates are listed below.

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Downfall of Gaia is a prime example of the underground post-hardcore and post-crust scenes. Starting off in 2008, the band came into the prominence with their debut full-length, Epos, a record that introduced the potential of the band, the elements that would later bloom into making them what they are today. It is no coincidence that Metal Blade snatched them, releasing the excellent Suffocating the Swarm of Cranes and Aeon Unveils The Throne of Decay.After some line-up changes, with founding ...

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Feb. 19, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

Acid Haus by United CellarsAustralian Design CentreSydney, AUSFebruary 16, 2017 Acid house is probably the simplest and gentlest subgenre of house music and was developed around the mid-1980s by DJs ... read more

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