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
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
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
The genesis of San Diego-based Three One G is a personal one for the head of its operations, Justin Pearson. The history of Three One ... read more
Amanda Daniels is a Milwaukee-based musician and dedicated vegan. She has had the opportunity to tour the United States, Europe, and Australia as a member ... read more
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.
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.
Posted April 23, 2019, 10:01 p.m.
The always busy Power Trip have a slew of upcoming live dates. The band kicks off a tour with Red Death today, as well as a support slot playing with the original Misfits, Fear, and Venom Inc in Rosemount, IL this Saturday, plus a handful of festival dates spread across the year (all listed below).
Posted April 22, 2019, 9:03 p.m.
Founding Cro-Mags member and bassist Harley Flanagan has reached a settlement with John Joseph (vocals) and drummer Mackie Jayson (drums) over use of the band name Cro-Mags. Going forward, Flanagan will perform using the Cro-Mag's name, while performances by the others will be billed as Cro-Mags “JM” under the agreement.
Flanagan issued a statement with more information about the decision:
After many years of confusion, rumor and dispute, I, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion about the Cro-Mags mark and band. I, as the founder of the band and bass player on all Cro-Mags albums will be performing as Cro-Mags going forward and have exclusive ownership of the name as such in all commercial purposes world-wide. There will be a three month transition during which time I will be performing as Cro-Mags and John and Mackie’s shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags as they finalize their name change to CRO-MAGS “JM”. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature me, and all of John and Mackie’s shows will be under the name CRO-MAGS “JM”. Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that we have come to an agreement, I look forward to continuing to deliver music from the entire Cro-Mags catalogue the fans have come to know and love, be able to perform live without confusion and continue to create new music with the distinctive sound that is Cro-Mags.
Posted April 20, 2019, 11:02 a.m.
PUP, who are currently on tour in Europe in support of the new Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper/Rise), have announced another significant jaunt across North America this fall, including dates with Charly Bliss and Illuminati Hotties.
Posted April 20, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
Two Brazilian bands, Deafkids and Rakta, have joined forces for a collaborative two-song EP. The bands are currently on tour together as well, on a European trek that kicked off following Roadburn.
Deafkids last released Metaprogramação (Neurot Recordings).
Posted April 14, 2019, 1:04 p.m.
Red Scare Industries has issued a statement with a bundle of news on three upcoming releases.
On June 7, the label will release Deals, Deals, Deals!, a Philadelphia by way of Seattle band who will be touring with Teenage Bottlerocket this summer.
On June 21, Billy Liar of Scotland will release his debut record, which is solo-DIY punky stuff in a similar realm to early Against Me!, Frank Turner, and AJJ.
Also, Broadway Calls have reformed for an upcoming record. "It's their classic bouncy punk with smart lyrics," Red Scare says, and will be recorded this year. Red Scare also reissued the band's 2007 s/t debut. (SPB talked with the band a decade ago, prior to Fest 8.)
Posted April 14, 2019, 12:33 p.m.
Dead Neck are touring Europe later this month, starting things off at Mama Liz's in Stamforrd, UK on April 27 and concluding the tour at l'Archiduc in Belgium in mid-May.
The UK pun bank will release a split with Actionmen titled Defections on April 30 on Mud Cake Records. The band also recently reissued their debtu, self-titled EP.
Posted April 14, 2019, noon
On May 24, The King Khan Experience will release Turkey Ride, a collection of eighteen year-odl recordings that saw very limited release originally. The new/old record comes out on Khannibalism/Ernest Jenning Record Co.
The King Khan Experience was a solo project of namesake King Khan and was recorded when he lived in Bordeaux and Berlin. Sophie Crumb provided the artwork, and the album includes a German-language Jay Reatard cover, and 12 other tracks.
Posted April 14, 2019, 11:31 a.m.
As hardcore pioneers D.O.A. celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, the band will release a double 12" LP/cd titled 1978, coming out on May 3 on Sudden Death.
The album is a collection of unreleased demos, rare songs, and early singles from the veteran group fronted by Joey "Shithead" Keithley.
The album's title references their early period, and the cover art is a nod to seven former members who have passed on since the group's original formation. Throughout the album, Joey Shithead and Chuck Biscuist play on each track, as other members contribute based on the timeframe of recording.
Vaura is an interesting act for multiple reasons. Firstly it is the brainchild of four incredible musicians in Joshua Strawn of experimetal, dark pop explorers Azar Swan, Kevin Hufnagel of technical death metal beast Gorguts, Toby Driver of elusive post-everything act Kayo Dot and Charlie Schmid, previously of extreme avant-metallists Tombs. What is even more intriguing however is that Vaura is usually placed in the current wave of post-black metal acts, alongside the likes of Deafheaven and Bosse-de-Nage. Even though black metal is a core attribute of the ...
With a name like Wristmeetrazor could assume what you would be getting with this record before heading in and pressing play. While you may not be entirely wrong you would ...
Music is a form of expression and therapy and often times the only way an artist can make sense of the events going on around them. It's something Bob Mould ...
In the early ‘10s it felt like the progressive sludge scene had produced all of its great records, and that moving forwards the genre would settle in a plateau state. ...
Chicago’s Oozing Wound have been riding the thrash train since their inception in 2011, yet this trio are more than just that label, instead they are a band that incorporates ...
From the start of Collecting Misery it’s clear that Nadir is one of those bands fronted by someone who is usually on a different instrument. Sure, the DIY production also ...
Much of what I listen to on the regular is of the three-chord punk variety. While I want the bands in that field to switch up their sound, to develop ...
Recently I picked up my longboard from the barn where it was in hibernation for quite some time. I have been cleaning the bearings and other necessary maintenance. All the ...
Nightmarathons are a tough band to pin down. Sure, they fit somewhere under that ever-widening punk umbrella, but it pulls from different areas without fitting neatly into any single substyle. ...
It had been a long time since I’d listened to The Bananas – and I have to ask myself why. It’s that peppy, poppy, yet underproduced DIY thing that I ...
Water of Life - Arran Arran is not exactly one of the oldest island distilleries – having been around for less than three decades and based at Lochranza - that ... read more
Water of Life – Hobart Whisky Tasmania is quite something. Hobart and MONA have become a second home. We have covered Tasmania in terms of whisky numerous times and just ... read more
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia April 20, 2019 There are bands and the protagonists driving them that you want to experience in the third dimension at ... read more
Iggy Pop Opera House Sydney, Australia April 15, 2019 The godfather of punk is certainly a big title. Having been active since the second half of the 1960s and actively ... read more
Posted April 17, 2019, 9:55 p.m.
For our 10th anniversary, Scene Point Blank put together some of our favorite content, some words from previous staff, and more in the form of our one and only book, All Downhill From Here. That was in 2013. Founded in 2003, our webzine has seen it all: the comings and, sadly, ... more information
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