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SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

Blue Skies Burning - In Totality

Scene Point Blank has partnered with Dropping Bombs to share a stream of the soon-to-release In Totality by Blue Skies Burning. The LP is a 10-song retrospective of the Toledo, OH-based emotional hardcore band whose active years spanned 1999-2002. The collection was fully remastered and includes the group’s original 4-song demo plus the Last Leg of My First Race EP (originally released on One Day Savior). Comparisons run across the emo, hardcore, and metalcore scenes with similarities to As Friends Rust, Grade, and Boysetsfire.

Vocalist Scotty shares his memories:

I still vividly recall the moment when I first set voice to the music that my bandmates and I crafted. Words drawn from life, death, love, and compassion exploded forth. It was a catharsis like no other and I was hooked. For the next 2 years, Blue Skies Burning was my fountain of release. I constantly craved that joyful sense of achievement and self-creation. 

We embarked on countless shows and mini-tours, forged friendships throughout the punk and hardcore scene, and were fortunate enough to document our music through a self-released demo and a CD EP for One Day Savior Recordings. Unfortunately, just when it felt like we were finally gaining some momentum as a small band from the midwest Rust Belt, Blue Skies Burning came to an abrupt end. 

Seventeen years later, our dear friends at Dropping Bombs Records graciously offered to remaster our recordings and release our discography on limited edition vinyl. Upon listening to the remasters, an affirmation washed over me: Even though we were 5 unknown, rudderless misfits, our music still triggered that familiar sense of achievement and self creation. And I couldn’t be happier for us. 

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Records SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

The Path - Chaotic Good

Scene Point Blank's featured stream this month is Chaotic Good by The Path, out this Friday, August 2 courtesy of State of Mind Recordings.

The fast and furious hardcore band call Vermont home and includes former members of Contra (LI), The Solidarity Pact, As We Were, and Crucial Times. On Chaotic Good, the band emphasizes a DIY approach to their music at all the different levels. Working closerly with friends, he record was recorded in the basement of guitarist Matt Kimball by Eric Wisowaty and was mastered by Chris Macie. Following that focus on personal relationships, the all ages record release show takes place at Junktiques in Burlington, VT this Friday.

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Tours Boris tour dates

Posted Aug. 22, 2019, 9:57 a.m.

Boris tour dates

photo by Miki Matsushima

In conjunction with new record LφVE & EVφL, which releaes on October 4 (Third Man Records), Boris has announced North American tour dates in August and September, including dates with Uniform.

The band is also preparing to release reissues of Akuma No Uta and Feedbacker, alson on Oct. 4.

The group just released the first single, "Love," from their upcoming record below.

Tours Khemmis and UN this winter

Posted Aug. 19, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Khemmis and UN this winter

photo by Loren Green

Seattle's UN will offer support on a winter tour from Khemmis this December, sharing tour dates from Dec. 6-14.

For more info, take a loook at the dates after the jump.

Obituaries Somos guitarist Phil Haggerty passes away

Posted Aug. 19, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Somos guitarist Phil Haggerty passes away

Boston's Somos have announced the upcoming release of its third album, Prison On A Hill, but also tragic news along with the new record. The band's guitarist Phil Haggerty, age 28, passed away this month.

Prison On A Hill is yet to release, but the band opened a window pre-release in which all proceeds go to Haggerty's family to cover funeral expenses.

In a simple but sincere statement, the band says"

We lost our dearest friend and guitarist Phil Haggerty earlier today. He was an immensely caring friend and an all around beautiful person, and he is gone far too soon.

Phil Haggerty forever.

Prison On A Hill will release this fall on Tiny Engines. It was recorded with Jay Maas.

Phil participated in SPB's 1QI series in 2014 here.

Music News Peter Murphy suffers heart attack

Posted Aug. 19, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

Peter Murphy suffers heart attack

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Peter Murphy recently had to cancel a New York, NY performance at Le Poisson Rouge on August 13 due to a medical emergency, which was announced the next day to be due to suffering a heart attack.

The emergency interruped what was a planned residency, but the artist's spokespeople promise replacement dates in the future -- still to be announced.

"All of us at LPR are devastated by this news. Peter’s performance and presence over the past twelve days has been amazing - both onstage and off. We wish Peter a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR," his family said in a public statement following the procedure.

Records New "Live in a Dive" release: Face To Face

Posted Aug. 19, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

New "Live in a Dive" release: Face To Face

Face To Face - Live In A Dive

The live record series Live in a Dive from Fat Wreck Chords has a new edition coming on October 18 from Face to Face.

The band selected highlights fro a he band selected highlights from a three-night series of shows at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus in early 2019.

 

Besides the new release, Face to Face will also hit the road for a co-headlining tour with labelmates Lagwagon soon, joined on select dates by H20, MakeWar, and Destroy Boys.

Check out the dates and the 12-song tack listing after the bump.

Records Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

Posted Aug. 13, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

photo by Loren Green

A new split EP will showcase two solo experimental outfits, Gridfailure and Feel Happiness.

The 7-track release comes out digitally on Sept. 13.

MP3s Colored Moth streaming in full

Posted Aug. 12, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Colored Moth streaming in full

Colored Moth - DIM

The latest from Germany's Colored Moth, DIM, is streaming now at Echoes and Dust. The album is the second full-length from the noise rock trio -- and SPB premiered a jam titled "Maelstrom," back in June.

DIM will be available on Sept. 12 via Wolves and Vibrancy Records.

Bands Mike Watt and Todd Congelliere join forces for Round One

Posted Aug. 11, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Mike Watt and Todd Congelliere join forces for Round One

A new project named Jumpstarted Plowhards has announced its debut, Round One, set for release on October 4 on Recess Records. The project is a collaboration between bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, and more), plus guitarist/singer Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, more) and a rotating cast of drummers handpicked based on the composition. 

The two California-based musicians first met in the early 1990s when Mike Watt's dos played shows with F.Y.P. In 2017, Watt proposed a collaboration that grew into Jumpstarted Plowhards. The band works by Watt creating bass parts, then sent to Congelliere, who then recruits a different drummer based on the individual track. Five "rounds" are planned at present, with work on round 2 underway at present.

Many drummers appear on Round One, including George Hurley (Minutemen, Firehose), Patty Schemel (Hole), frequent Watt colleagues Jerry Trebotic (mike watt + the secondmen) and Raul Morales (mike watt + the missingmen), Jimmy Felix (Toys That Kill), Nick Aguilar (Neighborhood Brats), and more.

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