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SPB stream: Mind Force - Demo 7-inch

SPB stream: Mind Force - Demo 7-inch

photo by Ken Penn

Scene Point Blank is please to share Demo, the 2016 debut from Mind Force. The 4-song 7” showcases a crossover influence that pulls form the likes of Leeway, Cro-mags, Icemen, and Nuclear Assault.

The band will release their follow-up 7”, The Future Of, on July 10 via Tripmachine. Pre-orders are available beginning on June 16.

Mind Force hails from the Hudson Valley and mixes thrashy high energy tempos with NYHC groove. Their 2016 demo was originally released as a cassette on Glacial Records and soon followed by a Euro press on Straight and Alert Records before being pressed on vinyl by Coin Toss Records. 

Listen to demo below:


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Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 6

We're back with a new episode of the SPB podcast! As always, you can find us on iTunes and other good podcast apps (unsurprisingly, we're called "Scene Point Blank" over there, too). On this month's episode we have music from RadioactivityInfinity Girl and Dead in the Dirt. You can give it a listen below:

Show notes:
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Scene Point Blank Podcast!
Radioactivity - Pretty Girl -
Infinity Girl - Dirty Sun -
Dead in the Dirt - No Chain -
Contributing Labels
Dirtnap Records -
Top Shelf Records-
Southern Lord Records -
Interview with Cursive:
Exclusive with Bad Breeding:
Feature on SXSW 2017:
SPB Blog
SPB Online:
Home: http//

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Tours Neurosis in South America

Posted June 22, 2017, 8:25 a.m.

Neurosis in South America

Neurosis will bring their live show to South America for the first time this December, as the band has announced tour dates in the continent for the first time in their 30 year history. Specifically ...

Tours Andrew W.K. full band tour

Posted June 13, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

Andrew W.K. full band tour

photo by Vicky Pea

With a new album planned later this year on Sony Music, Andrew W.K. has announced several USA and UK dates for this fall, witht he promise of more dates to come. Tickets go on ...

MP3s SPB premiere: "Spiral Out" by Havania Whaal

Posted June 13, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

SPB premiere: "Spiral Out" by Havania Whaal

photo by Antonia Basler

Today, Scene Point Blank is excited to debut a new single from Portland, OR’s Havania Whaal, founded in 2012. The song is titled “Spiral Out” and will be featured on their upcoming third full-length ...

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Shows At the Drive-In, Cap'n Jazz, Best Coast to Perform 2017 Riot Fest

Posted June 11, 2017, 7:46 p.m. in Shows by Kristen Swanson

Chicago's Riot Fest recently announced its second wave lineup including a mix of post-hardcore favorites to indie rock classics to punk legends. These artists ...

At the Drive-In, Cap'n Jazz, Best Coast, Black Pistol Fire, The Casualties, Mad Caddies, Cockney Rejects, Radar State, RVIVR, Versus, Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale, Warm Brew, Culture Abuse, Potty Mouth, Skating Polly, Upset, Gin Rummy, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kembra Pfahler. 
If that's not enough to entice you, the lineup also includes Paramore, New Order, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, a DJ set from Beastie Boys' Mike D, and a 40th Anniversary set by legends Bad Brains. Other artists include Death From Above 1979, GWAR, A Day to Remember, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, and Say Anything.
Artists confirmed to perform their seminal albums in full at Riot Fest 2017:
Dinosaur Jr – You're Living All Over Me (1987)The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Let's Face It (1997)Built to Spill – Keep It Like A Secret (1999)Fishbone – Truth and Soul (1988)Bayside – The Walking Wounded (2007)Mayday Parade – A Lesson In Romantics (2007)The Lawerence Arms – Oh, Calcutta! (2006)that dog. – Retreat From The Sun (1997)
Fest Three-Day Passes are on sale now, with General Admission and VIP options.
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Bands 1QI: Blessed, Okkyung Lee, Geometers

Posted June 11, 2017, 4:12 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Blessed, Okkyung Lee, Geometers

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days ...

Drew Riekman (Blessed – guitar/vocals)
SPB: What is your favorite 1990s artist?
Drew: When I received the email, the first question I asked myself was “Is this the favourite 1990's artist in relation to myself, or in relation to our band?” I settled on selecting someone that relates more to the band than how I personally feel. Even though it's probably the easiest and most bland answer anyone under the umbrella of “Post-Hardcore” can give; the answer is Fugazi. I know I'm using a loophole because they also existed two years in the ‘80s and two years into the 2000's, but I hope it's justified as they spent the bulk of their existence in the ‘90s. The breadth of music that their discography touches on is inspiring. It's served as a reminder that when we're writing there's no wrong answers, and that songs are what we, as the artists/creators, determine them to be. It's easy to get caught up in asking yourself about flow – “does this part make sense here? Is this dynamic change too weird or abrupt?” It's great to have a band you can look to, who took risks and made interesting decisions -- always with amazing results in my opinion. It's subjective, but all the different dynamics, timing, and structures always made the song more interesting and enjoyable for me. They're also one of the first bands, besides local and Western Canadian bands, that helped us realize it was possible to make things happen on your own terms. As teenagers, two of our members were fortunate enough to have Edmonton (Northern Canadian city) band Cope ( take our first band on its first self-booked tour. The idea that you didn't have to wait around for booking agents to tour, for labels to release your music, or for managers to help connect you to like-minded people was one of the best lessons teenagers making weird hardcore music could learn. Because those opportunities almost certainly never would have come to us where we live, in Abbotsford, BC. But those ideals and work ethic, derived from Fugazi and bands of the same ilk, helped us persevere and work towards making things happen for ourselves, which lead us to the still growing, amazing DIY community we've been so lucky to inhabit. There are so many other bands and people that deserve the title of Favourite or Most Important, there really isn't just one. But as far as ‘90s artists, it's hard to ignore the building blocks that Fugazi gives to bands.
Okkyung Lee
SPB: You have a classical background in your musical upbringing, but moved further and further into the experimental scene when you moved to the US. What was it that pulled you towards this scene, and what is the allure of a freer musical form?
Okkyung: It was about finding the very personal voice within the instrument, cello in my case.
I never fully felt comfortable or connected playing only classical or jazz standards because it was not my very own...then, when I began to improvise and write more original pieces, I just felt this immense sense of freedom along with strong desire to go deeper and deeper... Meanwhile, I am constantly aware of how having that background in classical training from early on provided me a great foundation to build on.
The biggest allure in playing in freer form is that actually it's not free at all and rather you need to utilize every little piece of knowledge and experience you've gathered in order to make improvisation something meaningful... Also, playing with others who will challenge me to come up with musical responses that make sense to me is another big attraction...  but then of course sometimes it's just fun to play...
Kyle (Geometers)
SPB: What’s the most recent “grower” record you picked up that took a while to click?
Kyle: "Prey," the latest from Planes Mistaken for Stars. It's one of those records that feels so dense on the first play through but keeps rewarding over repeat listens. Sonically, the songs tend to bleed into each other (brilliantly so, as I've come to realize) which made it hard to sink the hooks. I remember being in a sort of trance the first time I got through it -- "Wait, that's it? But that was only,like 3 songs, right?" A real time-traveling record.
After a while though, the nuance starts to reveal itself. Tracks like "She Who Steps" and "Black Rabbit" have this almost Lynchian vibe about them that starts creeping in after a while. There's something so sinister about the record as a whole, really. It tells a different story each time. It sticks with you. I just wish it were longer!

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Records 88 Fingers Louie open preorders for first album in 19 years

Posted June 9, 2017, 10:28 p.m. in Records by Loren

88 Fingers Louie open preorders for first album in 19 years

Recently reformed 88 Fingers Louie has opened preorders for their soon to be released Thank You For Being A Friend, their first album in 19 ...

Tour Dates: Jul 30 - Southampton UK, Joiners Aug 02 - London UK, Underworld Aug 03 - Blackpool UK, Rebellion Festival Aug 04 - Norwich UK, Owl Sanctuary Aug 05 - Duffel BE, Brakrock Festival Aug 06 - Barcelona ES, Rocksound Aug 08 - Linz AT, Auerhahn Aug 10 - Milan IT, La Gabotina Aug 11 - Tolmin SL, Punk Rock Holiday Aug 12 -Ypern BE, Ieper Fest

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Records Gogol Bordello to release new album in August

Posted June 8, 2017, 10:21 p.m. in Records by Loren

Gogol Bordello to release new album in August

photo by Daniel Efram

Gogol Bordello recently announced the release of their seventh album, Seekers and Finders, due for release on August 25 via Cooking Vinyl. The album's ...

8/26 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre9/16 Chicago, IL @ Riot Festival9/18 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater9/20 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club9/21 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club9/22 Portland, ME @ State Theatre9/23 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *noon ET on sale time9/25 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre9/26 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre9/27 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection9/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s9/30 Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens Field (supporting Modest Mouse)10/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall10/3 Columbus, OH @ Newport10/4 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom10/6 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer10/19 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater10/20 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall10/21 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater10/23 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater10/24 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey10/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom10/27 Des Moines, IA @ Wooley’s10/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre10/30 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave10/31 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada11/1 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant11/2 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works11/3 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall

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Bands INTRCPTR debut (Pelican, 5ive)

Posted May 31, 2017, 10:48 p.m. in Bands by Loren

INTRCPTR debut (Pelican, 5ive)

photo by Marfa Capodanno

Guitarist Ben Carr (5ive) and drummer Larry Herweg (Pelican) have formed a new duo called INTRCPTR. Calling Los Angeles home, the new project is "within ...

I Track Listing:1. Nightrider2. Sandstorm3. Ruby4. Turbines5. Watchmaker
INTRCPTR Live:7/27/2017 Resident - Los Angeles, CA *record release show w/ The Life And Times, Mossbreaker

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Bands New Dwarves EP and LP plans

Posted May 30, 2017, 9:22 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New Dwarves EP and LP plans

photo by Stefan Muller

The Dwarves have announced a couple of new releases. First, the band will release the 5-song EP Julio on Riotstyle, with a full-length release scheduled ...

Upcoming tour dates: 
Thursday June 1st Madison WI  The Frequency   W/JFA
Friday June 2nd Chicago IL   Reggie's                   W/JFA
Saturday June 3rd St. Louis MO    Fubar                W/JFA
Sunday June 4th Nashville TN   The End
Monday June 5th Newport KY    Southgate House Revival
Tuesday June 6th FT. Wayne IN Skeletunes
Wednesday June 7th Pittsburgh   Belvedere's Ultra Dive
Thursday June 8th New Hope PA John & Peter's  W/Murphy's Law
Friday June 9th Ashbury Park NJ    The Stone Pony    PRB w/ Virus
Saturday June 10th NYC      Bowery Electric
Sunday June 11th Somerville, MA Thunder Road  w/ Upper Crust
6/29/17  Siberia  New Orleans, LA
 6/30/17 Maggie Meyer's Irish Pub Huntsville AL
 7/1/17   Star Bar     Atlanta GA
 7/2/17    Orpheum club           Tampa
 7/3/17 Propaganda      Lake Worth FL
 7/4/17 Page Live     Satellite Beach FL
 7/5/17 1904 Music Hall  Jacksonville FL
 7/6/17  The Jinx      Savannah GA
 7/7/17  Reggie's 42nd St. Tavern   Wilmington NC
 7/8/17 Local 506  Chapel Hill NC
Sat Sept. 23 San Francisco w/ Bad Cop Bad Cop at Elbo Room

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Bands Less Art reveal debut

Posted May 29, 2017, 10 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Less Art reveal debut

photo by Scott Evans

Less Art, a new band comprised of members and ex members of Thrice, Kowloon Walled City, and ex-Curl Up and Die have annnounced Strangled Light ...

Track list:1) Optimism as Survival2) Diana the Huntress3) Mood 7 Mind Destroyer: Guilt4) Wandering Ghost5) Pessimism as Denial6) Shapeshifter7) Crushed Out8) What Is It In Man?9) Strangled Light
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock TavernAug 5 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go! RecordsAug 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

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