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Scene Point Blank launches book

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 5:12 p.m.
Scene Point Blank launches book

The cover for 'All Downhill From Here'

We're proud to announce this week the launch of Scene Point Blank's first-ever book, proudly titled All Downhill From Here. It's a collection of our best writing over the ten years (!) that SPB has been publishing for. Made up of interviews, album reviews, best-of lists and guest columns, it's a great look at the history both of the webzine itself and of the last decade in punk, hardcore and indie.

The book is available in a variety of formats: Kindle, print, and other e-reader devices. There are different prices for each format, ranging from $7-15. Own a piece of SPB history and grab a book now – we're really excited about celebrating ten years writing about great music!

You can buy the book via SPB right here (also available on Amazon).

Punk/hardcore writers wanted

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 6:50 p.m.

Are you an avid SPB reader and an aspiring reviewer? SPB is seeking punk-leaning reviewers at this time. SPB is big on covering a variety of styles, but we’d like to branch a little more in this direction to stay true to our roots. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the criteria here and hit us up. While limiting our application pool to a specific genre typically isn’t our bag, please strongly consider if 50%+ of your list falls within the punk realm before submitting.

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Site News SPB giveaway alert: Less Than Jake's See the Light

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 6:53 p.m.

SPB giveaway alert: Less Than Jake's See the Light

Scene Point Blank and Fat Wreck Chords will be giving away copies of Less Than Jake's new See the Light on Dec. 20. One grand prize winner will be selected to win a signed ...

Site News Win a 4-way split on Take This to Heart Records

Posted Nov. 9, 2013, 2:24 p.m.

Win a 4-way split on Take This to Heart Records

SPB is pumped to be giving away 3 copies of a new 4-way split 7" between Traditions, No Tide, Knockout Kid, and Fourth & Goal. The 7" has a Dec. 7 release date courtesy of Take ...

Site News Win Voices Out There, new from [The] Caseworker

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 7:54 a.m.

Win Voices Out There, new from [The] Caseworker

SPB has teamed up with Hidden Shoal Recordings to offer three fans a chance to win Voices Out There, the fourth full-length from garage-dreampop trio [The] Caseworker. The record releases today, Oct. 24. On Nov ...

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Site News Win the new Placeholder on LP

Posted Oct. 13, 2013, 9:03 p.m. in Site News by Loren

Win the new Placeholder on LP

Placeholder - I Don't Need Forgiveness

Scene Point Blank is happy to team up with Black Numbers to offer a chance to fans at winning a copy of Placeholder's I ...

Site News Win Counterparts merch and a CD through our Facebook account

Posted Aug. 15, 2013, 6:18 p.m. in Site News by Loren

Win Counterparts merch and a CD through our Facebook account

Counterparts - The Difference Between Hell and Home

Celebrate the return of fall with Victory Records and Counterparts! For your chance to win a brand new Counterparts crewneck sweatshirt, pair of sweatpants, and ...


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Site News One Question interviews: Tomahawk, Melvins, Baroness, Twelve Gauge

Posted June 8, 2013, 3:52 p.m. in Site News by Loren

One Question interviews: Tomahawk, Melvins, Baroness, Twelve Gauge

We're proud to introduce a new series here at Scene Point Blank: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll ...

Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Melvins Lite, Fantomas, and formerly of Mr. Bungle) 
SPB: What part of your live show is the hardest on sound engineers?
Dunn: I wouldn't know because 1) I stand in front of my 8x10 so that I have the best possible sound in the entire place and that's all I care about and 2) we bring our own sound guy. We not only pay him to make us sound good but also to keep his mouth shut and not whine. I wish I was a millionaire so I could pay more people for that in particular.
Buzz Osborne (Melvins/Melvins Lite)SPB: After music, what other arts are of prominent interest to you?
Osborne: Painting holds a deep interest with me. My favorite painter is Francis Bacon with Manuel Ocampo running a close second. I wish I could paint but instead I will simply enjoy them!
Pete Adams (Baroness)
SPB: Who was your favorite band in high school? How do they influence your songwriting today?
Adams: The Stray Cats. I love rockabilly and psychobilly. Brian Setzer has been my only real inspiration as far as guitarists are concerned. I've always tried in corporate something Setzer might have done/ sounds like he would have done in just about every song I've written in the last 15-16 years.
Jihad Rabah (Twelve Gauge Records)
SPB: What is the most thankless job in the music industry?
Rabah: The role of preparing a new release for distribution while meeting their 10,000 requirements.

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Site News One Question Interviews: Andrew WK, Enabler, Subhumans (UK), Pentimento

Posted June 4, 2013, 6:28 p.m. in Site News by Loren

One Question Interviews: Andrew WK, Enabler, Subhumans (UK), Pentimento

We're proud to introduce a new series here at Scene Point Blank: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook and twitter and we'll ...

Andrew WKSPB: What is your favorite thing about touring Europe or foreign countries?
Andrew WK: My favorite thing about touring Europe and foreign countries is THE PARTYING!
Jeff Lohrber (Enabler)
SPB: How do you choose your t-shirt/merchandise designs?
Lohrber: When we approach t-shirt designs or album artwork, we do our best to make it fit with the overall feel of our music. We are a dark, pissed, aggressive band, but I feel that there is a little more substance behind the music and emotion than your typical angry band. We try to work with artists who do original artwork, and usually try to base the theme of the piece on lyrics to a certain song, or something that captures the overall vibe of the record. We've always wanted designs that are tasteful, but also keep in my "is this something that I would purchase if I wasn't in the band". We've always felt that the art is an extension of the bands sound.
Dick Lucas [Citizen Fish/Subhumans (UK), singer]
SPB: What is the fewest people you've ever played to? Have you returned to that city or venue?
Lucas: Two!
Citizen Fish headed to Duisberg, in Germany, on a soaking wet day in September 93, on a tour with The Gr'ups from Oakland/SF, and arrived at 'Efendi', a Turkish bar with a hot snacks counter and a stage. We set up, discovered there was no PA, so our tour organiser/driver set off and found one. This took an hour, so we ate snack food and had a drink and waited for the hordes to arrive...but they didn't! both bands played short sets to each other and two punters who had made the effort, and it was all so odd it made it a much more memorable gig than hundreds of others where people did turn up! we blamed the lack of posters visible, the rain and whatever day of the week it was [as you do]. We've not been back there, but its not like they were hounding us to do a repeat...
Mike (Pentimento)
SPB: Will the new Arrested Development season meet expectations?
Mike: Life is perception. You are only disappointed if you set yourself up to be by forgetting that there is an art to everything, and within that art is true beauty. Whether it is familiar, or not.
Haha, no I'm kidding. I've never watched that show and I doubt I'd give a fuck about it because it's not Adventure Time.

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Site News One Question Interviews: Halo of Flies, Nothington, In Defence, Punk Planet

Posted May 28, 2013, 5:51 p.m. in Site News by Loren

One Question Interviews: Halo of Flies, Nothington, In Defence, Punk Planet

We're proud to introduce a new series here at Scene Point Blank: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook and twitter and we'll ...

Cory Von Bohlen (Halo of Flies)SPB: What do you think of band’s playing an entire album as a touring concept?
Von Bohlen: I think its fine. considering everyone's fascination with the "glory days" of most bands and the times in which said records occurred, it makes sense. That, and I think we've all wished such and such band would only play the "good" songs. its cynical, and perhaps a little on the nose, but I'd rather hear At the Gates play "Slaughter of The Soul" than play older (not as good imo) stuff. Same applies to most bands, I suppose.
I can hear Reign in Blood in my head in order, so they might as well play it that way. Now if only Def Leppard would do a High and Dry tour..
Chris (Nothington)SPB: How many vans have you had?
Chris: We have owned 4 vans. They usually die after about 2 US tours, and oddly enough they always seem to bite the dust in the last couple of days of tour. I guess that makes us lucky, because we've never been stranded 2,000 miles from home with a busted van.
Ben Crew (In Defence-vocals, Profane Existence Records)
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Crew: No. Not any more. I use but that was back when I wanted people to like me. Now I don't give a shit what people think. I'm going out there to have a good time. I'm going out there for my own entertainment. I'm gonna have fun no matter what. If other want to join me, awesome. If not that's their choice.
Anne Elizabeth Moore (zinester, writer, former Punk Planet editor)
SPB: What do you miss about running a zine? What has changed the most in music since Punk Planet ceased publication?
Moore: For folks who've followed my work, they'll realize that since we folded Punk Planet in the middle of 2007 very little has changed about what I do except it has become WAY more exciting. I basically started doing self-publishing work in Cambodia, where I didn't manage a single long-running title like PP, but instead taught the first generation of young women to attend college as a group in the history of the country how to make their own zines. Considering the poverty and literacy rates in the country, it wasn't an easy sell at first, and once we made our zines we of course also had to invent a distribution mode, and find readers, and figure out all the other stuff about zne-making that we take for granted in the US because we have a semi-functioning media dissemination system. There, we invented it. It was really amazing and rewarding work, and the subject of my two recent books Cambodian Grrrl (2011) and New Girl Law (2013), both of which have been getting great awards and international attention, which makes me really happy. It's important to me that this work is not just for the white, male, American underground that was most visible back in the PP days, but that the important and useful stuff about self-publishing and freedom of expression can travel across boundaries of race and class and gender.
So, to your second question (which is a trick, because it really is two questions), I'd say that what's changed in music that I've been excited about is stuff like The Messenger Band, a group of former garment factory workers who tour around Cambodia singing songs about the international garment trade. Once you've roadied for folks like that—a gig I wrote about here—house shows don't have quite the same appeal, you know?

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Site News One Question interviews at Scene Point Blank

Posted May 21, 2013, 7:45 a.m. in Site News by Loren

One Question interviews at Scene Point Blank

We're proud to introduce a new series here at Scene Point Blank: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll ...

Frank TurnerSPB: How old were you when you first picked up an instrument?
Turner: The first instrument I came across I couldn't pick up - it was my mum's piano, which had been her 21st birthday present from her folks when she was younger. It was in the corner of the living room and I used to mess around with it from a pretty early age. My parents actually got me piano lessons when I was about 8 but I hated them and never practiced because I didn't like the music they were making me play. Just as I quit that I got my hands on a guitar. It was a Les Paul gold top actually that a rich kid I knew had been given for his birthday, but he never played it because he wasn't interested. I found it in a cupboard at school and asked if I could play it and he said sure, fine. So for a little while I used to hammer away with that thing and try to figure out chords. So I suppose that was the first time I actually picked an instrument up, as far as I can remember.
Jello BiafraSPB: What do you think of bands playing albums in their entirety as a touring concept? Is it a way to reinvigorate the album format?
Biafra: It's a way for someone as versatile as the Melvins to keep playing their hottest towns several times a year, and never play the same set twice.
Blag Dahlia (Dwarves)SPB: How do you choose your album art?
Dahlia: Well, SPB, I could say that we didn’t choose the art, it choose us. Then again, that would be bullshit.
Our most famous cover is still the Blood, Guts & Pussy LP. The idea was mine, a direct parody of the Samhain ‘Initium’ cover. The iconic shot was taken by NY photographer Michael Lavine, before he began his current quest to get every conceivable angle on Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. The late Chris Wetzel procured the models, Anthony Sarnacola did the makeup and I just drooled and smoked weed while history was made. It started as 13 naked girls, but most of them dropped out, especially when they saw the Dwarf himself, the great Bobby Faust, still going strong at age 83.
Although we were routinely accused of misogyny, the cover is a classic because it isn’t misogynistic at all. Quite the contrary, the hapless Dwarf is small and insignificant next to the strong Amazonian girls. Sure they are covered in blood, but you know it’s somebody else’s blood and that makes all the difference. Simply put, if you don’t like this cover, you don’t deserve this cover, and I hope you die soon.
Lavine went on to shoot more classics for us over the next 2 decades including The Dwarves Come Clean, The Dwarves Must Die and The Dwarves Are Born Again. My suggestion to budding rockers is to find a great photographer and stick with him (or in our case, her.) They’re easier to find than drummers, and far more tolerable!
Lauren Denitzio (The Measure [SA], The Worriers)
SPB: What was your first tape (or cd or record)?
Denitzio: The first cassette I ever bought was Gin Blossoms "New Miserable Experience" in 1993. I was nine years old and ordered it from that Columbia House mailorder catalog. Hey Jealousy was my first favorite song, and I still think that band is amazing. A year later Green Day released Dookie, which I still only have on cassette, and that's how I started listening to punk.

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Site News Win 3 French black metal CDs from SPB!

Posted March 28, 2013, 10:38 p.m. in Site News by Loren

Win 3 French black metal CDs from SPB!

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Is the looming spring raising your disposition too much? Need some French black metal to help get you through those sun-blinding days? Have no fear ...

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