London based Press To MECO announced on their Facebook page that it is the time to end. The post reads:
To everyone who’s supported us and everyone who connected with our music, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
It’s been a wild ride and we’re truly grateful to have been on such a journey with you all.
We’re still best friends. We’re all still making music. It’s just time to bring Press to MECO to an end.
Luke, Jake, Lewis.
The band had just a few weeks ago been confirmed to play the 2000 Trees Festival next year, but we are not sure what this announcement means to 2023. Here’s some hope that we can still catch them live next year.
HOMESICK FESTIVAL returns for its fifth year! This time around the festival crashes Berkeley, Cali for a special two-night event at the historic UC Theatre. The initial lineup includes: Snail Mail, Deafheaven, Fiddlehead, Lilys, Margaritas Podridas, Nuovo Testamento, Screaming Females, Sheer Mag, Shutups, Spy, Sunami, Supercrush, Tempers– and more TBA.
With the hope of bringing together all kinds of freaks and subversive wanderers for a night of dance and song, Ceremony’s Anthony Anzaldo created HOMESICK. Since its inception, the fest has grown to be a staple and destination event with sold-out installments in Petaluma, Berkeley and Pomona.
Over the years HOMESICK has been lucky enough to showcase an array of artists from the likes and sounds of Ceremony, SPELLING, Power Trip, Mary Lattimore, Cold Cave, Joyce Manor, Drab Majesty, The Umbrellas, Black Marble, Gulch, Touché Amoré and many more artists who embody the multifarious and diverse spirit of the underground world.
Rubberband Radio and Legend and the Fatman are partnering up for the release of “Skanka Claus (A Thirty Something Christmas)”. This charity single that will raise money to help the YoungMinds Thrust in their wonderfull work with helping children, young people and their families to cope with Mental Health problems.
The music video will premiere on the 25th November at 6pm UK time, and links to the JustGiving page will be available shortly after for your donations. Please help with what you can to this cause, as 100% of the money raised, will go towards the charity.
2022 celebrates the ten year anniversary of Northern-Netherlands based punk rockers Smashed Out. Previously known as Shit Hits The Fan, the band released their debut full-length “The First And Worst Record” in 2013 and the “Unstuck In Time” EP in 2015.
Through the years the band did support shows for Toy Dolls, D.O.A., Capitalist Kids, Aerial Salad, The Real Danger, The Windowsill and others, but for the last six years the band consiously only did one show a year in their hometown of Leeuwarden in The Netherlands. Because why not, right.
Their second full-length album was recorded on various occasions between 2016 and 2019, but never saw the light of day because of other projects and studies going on. Now finally the time has come to put out ten “brand new” punk rock songs crafted with loads of love!
So what’s this like? Fast and catchy, typical Southern-California melodic 90’s skatepunk. Highly recommended for fans of Pennywise, NOFX, SNFU, Guttermouth, RKL, Jughead’s Revenge, Good Riddance.
The band’s album title is a play on Lagwagon‘s 1998 album “Let’s Talk About Feelings”. With the album lyrically consisting of only early 90’s Propagandhi-esque tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic and socialcritical subjects having an album titled without much meaning seemed fitting.
“Let’s Talk About Feelings” is available on CD and digitally through The Netherlands based punk rock record label Morning Wood Records at the link below: www.morningwoodrecords.com
The Real McKenzies are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band and are traveling back in time to do it. On November 18th, Songs Of The Highland, Songs Of The Sea, will set sail and is available for pre-order. You know these songs. Even if you’ve never been to Scotland, even if you’re not a seafaring type, you know them. That’s because the twelve anthems—and make no mistake, these are anthems—have been sung by others for decades, if not centuries.
The songs are all given a Celtic punk makeover by TRM and include beloved sea shanties and words by the poet, and lyricist, Robert Burns.
Vocalist Paul McKenzie shares, “I was raised with Robert Burns and I just love him. I think we’ve covered 15 of his songs. One of the things about Canada that you have to understand is that in the ’20s, Robert Burns was fucking huge, and Scottish music was also huge there back then. Even today, there’s a Robert Burns statue in every major city in Canada.”
They will be sharing more singles as we get closer to the release date, but for now, let’s start things off with “Scotland The Brave!”
England’s Bossk continue to expand their sonic palette, this time collaborating with Prosthetic Records’ Pijn for a reimagined version of the Audio Noir lead single, “Kobe.”
The track surfaces just days ahead of Bossk’s headlining UK tour which spans September 6th through 11th. The tour kicks off just two-and-a-half weeks after Bossk’s explosive performance at ArcTanGent and these shows will certainly be just as impressive. Following the headline dates, Bossk will do an extensive tour of Europe supporting Envy— all tour dates can be found below and tickets are available at Bossk.org.
Last year, Bossk released Migration, a soundtrack to the herculean journeys that we take in life. Lyrically, the songs explore life and time— the past and beyond. Musically, the songs traverse from analog synth noise and atmospheric guitars to towering, pummeling riffs and vocals, creating a sonic landscape like no other. The album brings to mind bands like Tool, late-era Faith No More and even Pink Floyd while managing to transcend genre and ascend to the stratosphere.
Fidget and the Twitchers were formed when Danny Fidget moved from Cornwall to Bristol with a head full of steam and a heart full of Ska. Combining with funk bassist Ben and creative drummer Lloyd, rambunctious horns Anna (Sax) and Tom (Trumpet) soon joined the fray. Having laid down the foundations for flavoursome ska-punk harnessing elements of; punk, ska, swing, funk and hip hop, they’ve created a high energy show with intrigue.
They’ve also now recruited new trombonist Hex (also in Materials) and Louis on Clarinet and are ready to unleash the album’s face-twisting horn lines, topping off rude and catchy punk tunes which are nigh impossible not to bop to.
Since then, FATT have brought their fiery sounds to countless diverse venues, ranging from public parks to underground tunnels. The band felt the need to bottle their fire, so set out to record their debut album: ‘Full Steam Ahead’, out January 7th, 2022 on Bad Granola Records, and the album launch show will be on the 15th January at the Exchange in Bristol.
Full of references to the current disastrous administration of the federal government in Brazil, and also a scolding in those who made this wrong choice that has lasted almost four years, the ska punks Abraskadabra, from Curitiba, releases another single towards the album Make Yourself at Home: it’s about ‘Cattle Life’, now available in digital format (streaming) and video clip.
The clip, an animation, was produced by Smart/Bamba, directed by Guilherme Lepca.
Cattle Life is another preview, as well as the single Do We Need a Sign?, for the new full-length that will be available to the public on September 24th by the US label Bad Time Records.
The references in Cattle Life are about each action of the president that affects the lives of Brazilians in general, whether in the consumption of necessary goods, or the decisions taken during the biggest sanitary crisis in the last 100 years, or the mental fatigue promoted with each new speech .
“Music was made with a lot of anger, both in terms of sound and lyrics, everything was just under the skin. It’s brutal and angry, even with muffled thrash metal guitar riffs and a satanic little bell to allude to this man in government. It’s a message to the people who voted for him that they’re paying, in fact, we’re all paying for this guy’s vote”, says Du, the band’s vocalist.
Here begins the new post-Welcome phase, the 2018 album that took Abraskadabra to tour in more than 20 cities in the United States and also passed through Scotland, England in major international festivals (Rebellion Fest, Boomtown Fair, Ska by Skawest). And it even reached Japan.
Abraskadabra’s new home is Bad Time Records, an American record label specializing in ska-punk, focused on artists who talk to the new times. The label will release Make Yourself at Home on streaming and on vinyl.
La Armada captured the personal and global tribulations of 2020 in three separate stints at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studios. The sessions resulted in Anti-Colonial Vol. 2 – An 11 song album that looks to leave their distinct mark on heavy music.
The first single Death on Replay(May 4) is a picture of La Armada during the height of the pandemic in 2020. In this second single All We Know, they’ve built tension with chaotic and technical rhythms, and release it with the familiarity of their punk and hardcore roots.
The lyrics reflect on the duality between being on the road versus being on lockdown, where you have to balance isolation and anxiety with the need to create art and push forward through dark times.
A punk band at heart, they utilize elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and metal to create a style as unique as their story. Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 from where they dominated the Caribbean scene for years, the band opted to take a leap and relocate to Chicago in 2008, where they still reside.
Influenced by bands ranging from the Bad Brains to Death, they take elements from their native Island’s music to conjure a unique recipe; explosive live energy, and a clear cut narrative that highlights the effects of neo-colonialism on vulnerable communities.
Whether headlining tours throughout the world or supporting the likes of Sick of it All, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Death by stereo, and more, La Armada has come to bring a vibrant spin to the scene.