Welcome to Running on Nothing, the latest addition to our stable of columns at Scene Point Blank. Running on Nothing offers a look at the ... read more
Well, the train wreck of 2020 is in the rearview, but I’ve collected another selection of submissions that Scene Point Blank received in the past ... read more
In 2020 I spent a lot of time online -- we all did. I also spent a lot of time emailing with Shellshag, which we ... read more
Shellshag is a two-piece band that formed in 1997, featuring Jennifer Shagawat and John "Shellhead" Driver, aka “Shell” and “Shag.” A lot changes over two ... read more
We’re excited to host a full stream of Can’t Remember, Can’t Forget, the debut full-length from nanny of Massachusetts.
The band formed in 2017 and plays a pop-fused punk sound that explores the challenges of living in times of trauma and systematic failure, which come to light on the new 10-song record streamed below.
Can’t Remember, Can’t Forget follows the Nowhere, an EP released in 2017.
Posted Feb. 28, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Loud Love, who released a self-titled record in 2019 on White Russian Records, are back with a new single called "Vox Populi."
The new single is shared below and questions recent moments that deny acceptance, science, and facts. The band recently finished work on its second EP, with more news to come.
Posted Feb. 28, 2021, 10:02 a.m.
With a new record set for April 23, UK punks Harker have shared a new single to give fans a taste of what's to come.
Check out "The Beast Must Die" below.
Harker's latest will be called Axiom, and will release on Wiretap Records in the USA, as well as Disconnect Disconnect Records, Shield Recordings, and Fixing A Whole Records.
Formed in 2014, the band last released a full-length, No Discordance, in 2018.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 1:15 p.m.
A new bandcamp compilation featuring 28 songs is available, helping to raise funds for Amityville Music Hall in Long Island, NY.
Tited The AMH Comp: Volume One , 100% of the proceeds from the release will go towards the venue and their staff, with a mix of new originals, covers, and stripped-down versions, from participating artists such as Adult Magic, Missing Link, Stand Still, Patterns of Decay, and John Nolan.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 12:59 p.m.
Throughout 2021, Kill Rock Stars label is celebrating its 30th anniverssary with a series of classic covers. This week's new take features Badlands of Sweden covering Stereo Total's "Lunatique."
In addition to covering a classic song originally released in 1997 on Stero Total's second album, Monokini. Badlands will release Djinn on March 5.
The song is not simply a tribute to the label, though, it also memorializies the late vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Françoise Cactus, who passed away from breast cancer on Feb. 17, 2021.
Badlands, aka Catharina Jaunviksna, states:
Françoise was an amazing musician, buzzer & paragon for awesomeness. For me, her and Stereo Total has worked as a reminder of why we (really) share music & what DIY (really) is about. And she never ever stopped, just kept going. So much joy that I'll miss, for sure. Merci pour tout.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 12:08 p.m.
After a teaser trailer in 2020, Amulets has formally announced its lateste LP, Blooming, set for April 2 on The Flenser.
Amulets is a musical project by audio/visual artists Randall Taylor and explores growth, vulnerability and the complex human experience, including on lead single "The New Normal" (below).
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 11:41 a.m.
On April 16, Lossegroove Records will release The Living: 1982, a debut recording from the Seattle punk band known for featuring a 17 year-old Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses) on guitar, vocalist John Conte, Todd Fleischman on bass, and Greg Gilmore (Mother Love Bone) on drums.
Gilmore determined to release the recordings, as Loosegrove was a natural fit as the imprint label is run by local, long-time Seattle Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) and Regan Hagar (Satchel, Brad), and recent relaunced in September 2020.
“The Living was the beginning of all things Seattle for me --a turning point in my life. I joined a band and a community. These guys are still my brothers. I've cherished these recordings since the days we made them. This record is a fantastic document of a loaded moment. I love it," Gilmore says of the nearly 40 year-old music.
All seven songs were written by McKagan and the album will be available digitally and on vinyl.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 11:08 a.m.
The one and only Dinosaur Jr. return with a brand new album in about 6 weeks. Titled Sweep It Into Space, the album releases on April 23 through Jagjaguwar.
The band's first new material since 2016, Dinosaur Jr. kicks things off with "I Ran Away" (below),
The album was recorded at Amherst's Biquiteen, beginning in late 2019. Kurt Vile, who co-produced the album, makes a guest appearance on lead 12 string on the lead single here:
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 10:38 a.m.
French post-rock band BRUIT ≤, has shared a video for "Renaissance" this week, providing a glimpse into the sprawling and atmospheric tones on their debut album The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again.
Check out the song below.
Their debut, The Machine... will release on April 2 on digital formats, with vinyl to follow at a later undetermined date by Elusive Sounds/ K7 by Medication Time Records. The band previously released an EP, Monolith (Elusive).
The French word "bruit" translates to "noise.
Posted Feb. 27, 2021, 10:08 a.m.
Mikey Erg deserves an honorary degree from somebody. The projects he fronts all have a healing, therapeutic quality, which is something we all need as the calendar flips.Billed as a “return to punk” after doing solo singer-with-a-guitar thing, the self-titled record is a statement that begins with its Clash nod cover. It’s loud and direct. It’s personal in that unique Mikey Erg way that his fans have come to know. It also brings his whole career full circle in front of us. ...
Formed in 1976 in West London, The Lurkers have been projecting, pontificating, poignant punk rock and catchy chorused songs for 40-plus years. Currently comprised of three original members being Pete ...
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