Fidget and the Twitchers Release Debut Album

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.

Brazilian ska punks Abraskadabra release political new song and video.

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.

Watch the clip and listen on digital platforms: https://abraskadabra.com.

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 release new single ‘All We Know’

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.

All We Know is available on digital streaming platforms, accompanied by a music video.
Streaming link: https://laarmada.lnk.to/allweknow
Video link: https://youtu.be/26dt4dl1JwY

Outbreak Fest celebrates 10th year anniversary in 2022

The DIY hardcore punk festival founded in Sheffield in 2011 will be celabrating it’s 10 years as a festival in June of 2022.

We have grown out of the Broomhill youth centre we started in to finally find our home in Manchester at Bowlers Exhibition Centre”

They have invited a few of their friends to celebrate with them, and names already confirmed are Turnstile, Madball, Knocked Loose, Terror, Basement along many others.  

Many other bands that performed in past years include names like Title Fight, Code Orange, Vein, Gorilla Biscuits, Cro-Mags, Breakdown, Citizen, Trapped Under Ice, Terror, Comeback Kid, Cold World, Drug Church, Floorpunch, Angel Dust, Freedom, Fury, Mizery, Backtrack, Harms Way, Dead End Path, Incendiary, Mindset, Stick Together, Take Offense.

Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on 24th / 25th / 26th June 2022. Get tickets here.

Fair Do’s release new single ‘Casket’

Manchester’s melodic hardcore masters Fair Do’s return with a heavy new single. Casket is the first taste of their matured, heavier sound, which incorporates more jagged elements of metal into their signature technical style. This is their first release since the success of their debut album Leopards, landed via Lockjaw Records in 2018.

Casket tackles the theme of late-stage capitalism, decrying that the things we love are covered in blood. In the words of bass player and lyricist, Josh Sumner, “We all want that lovely car or that new phone, but as we consume more and want more, death and the destruction of our civilisation approaches. Our casket moves closer to us.”

The band have always been heavily politically influenced; they were described in the past as ‘a latter-day Propagandhi with a Manchester accent’. Casket is the band’s attempt to explain how the advancement of technology is marred by death – for example, the cobalt and other precious metals used in modern phones are often mined by children in poor welfare conditions. While companies try to sell us a slice of the executive lifestyle, Casket is a reflection on the ultimate downfall of humanity that consumerism could bring.

Since the success of Leopards in 2018, Fair Do’s played a packed-out headline tour in Japan, supported the likes of Lagwagon and Cigar, played on the biggest stage at Manchester Punk Festival, and made jaunts to Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

The COVID-19 pandemic stalled their live plans for 2020, but the break from touring has granted more practice and writing time – vocalist Danny Cummings has gained a new, catchier strain to his vocal, and he and lead guitarist Dave Speechley have added even more technical chops to their six-string skills.

The band’s new music reflects the frustration and hopelessness of the working-class left wing in the past five years, existing in the time of Boris Johnson, Brexit and COVID-19. Fair Do’s have been writing and recording in isolation, during the bleak winter lockdowns, creating an improved, heavier, tighter sound out of a disquieting experience.

Casket is available on digital streaming platforms.

Streaming link: https://fair-dos.lnk.to/casket

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/wGKuQ-owNbU

Neon Christ shares mini documentary.

Neon Christ, the Atlanta hardcore luminaries founded by Alice in Chains singer William DuVall have announced the official release of 1984 for September 17th. This collaboration between Southern Lord Recordings/DVL Recordings was originally released on Record Store Day, now to be made available more widely. 

o mark the occasion, the band have shared an in-conversation video tracing their beginnings right through to their collaboration with Southern Lord conducted with Atlanta journalist Chad Radford. The band comments, “We gathered at the famed Wuxtry record store in Atlanta to discuss the formation of Neon Christ, the all-analog remastering process for the ‘1984’ album, and much more. It’s a revealing look at the band and an illuminating glimpse into the earliest days of the Atlanta hardcore scene.”

Neon Christ shared the stage with the luminaries of 80s hardcore including the Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, and Corrosion of Conformity. In 1985, the band added Shawn Devine on second guitar, as their sound and songs became slower, heavier, and more melodic. DuVall wrote an album’s worth of songs in 1985, but only “Savior (Drawn In)” was ever recorded in what would be the band’s final studio session on December 26, 1985 (the master tapes were lost). Returning to the four-piece original lineup, the band played a handful of Atlanta shows and then took a break in March of 1986. A few months later, William moved to Santa Cruz, CA, to join BL’AST!, and Jimmy, Danny, and Randy formed Gardens of…William later founded jazz/punk/world improvisers No Walls. In 1999, he would form Comes With The Fall and move the band to Los Angeles, where he struck up a friendship and musical collaboration with Jerry Cantrell. William joined Alice in Chains as vocalist and guitarist in 2006. On February 2, 2008, Neon Christ reunited to headline the Ratlanta Punkfest 2.

To this day, the band members maintain a close friendship, as well as a desire to honor the legacy of the group. So when longtime fan Greg Anderson of Southern Lord contacted them about reissuing a deluxe edition of Neon Christ’s 1984 sessions, “1984” quickly came to life. To remaster the original tapes using an all-analog process, William DuVall made multiple trips to Nashville to one of the few remaining studios maintaining the vintage technology to play and process the audio. Side one of “1984” features the original Neon Christ 7″ EP, and side two contains the four songs of the Labor Day session, all on heavyweight vinyl at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity.

The package includes a full-color gatefold sleeve and a 12-page oral history booklet featuring dozens of never-before-seen photographs.

Lockjaw Records Announce Black Lives Matter Charity Compilation

UK/EU Punk & Hardcore record label, Lockjaw Records, has just announced their new charity compilation for Black Lives Matter, which will be released on the 27th of August.
The compilation has 13 bands announced so far, with more scene favourites, new bands and songs out of the punk genre to be announced over the next few months.


All profits will go in aid of Black Minds Matter Charity (UK) and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (US), to help battle racism and inequality.


“After the murder of George Floyd, we participated in Black Out Tuesday and since then we’ve been having meetings to discuss what we could within our sphere and scene to address the issues of structural racism and representation.” Label manager, Lesley-Anne O’Brien explains.
“The punk and hardcore scene is really white. We felt the best way to address the issue of representation was to create a compilation that features tracks from people of colour within the punk genre, and tracks from outside the genre that have a ‘punk attitude’ & energy. We need to look outside of our scene and we can hopefully find some commonalities which we can enjoy and celebrate. And of course, we’ve got some great tracks from bands in the scene dealing with themes of anti-racism and social justice”

The bands so far announced are, Drones, La Armada, Belvedere, Straightline, Haest, 3LH, Edward In Venice, Sounds Of Swami, Midwich Cuckoos, Triple Sundae, Rundown Kreeps & Love Again. 

Lockjaw Records are hoping to beath the target from their last charity compilation, which raised over £750.

Bowling For Soup are getting old in new music video

The american rock band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas has released a new video for the track “Getting Old Sucks” (But Everybody’s Doing It). They were due to be part of the line up for this years Rebellion Punk Festival in August, but sadly this has been postponed until 2022.

Boooooooo.

We hope to see the boys rocking the UK in 2022.

New Misgivings Single ‘Loyal Souls’ Out Now

The band have decided to celebrate their 10-year existence by releasing the album, ‘Dream Neighbour’, an album that is deeply reflective and has added poignancy during the pandemic where most music players and lovers are taking stock.

Having written, rehearsed and tested the material on the album out prior to entering the session, frontman Will Pearce says that the lyrics are ‘an attempt to build on some of the previous themes of ‘‘Hermitage’ (Lockjaw Records, 2018), about the current human condition, mental health, dependency and loss of reality and try to break through the judgemental tone that many artists inadvertently deviate towards when writing about these topics. It touches on how artistic pursuits can be an individualistic, negative force at times and it’s a bit of a challenge to myself in honesty, to put my money where my mouth is in continuing to be compassionate but having a belief in the way to live and to respond in difficult times.’

The song ‘Loyal Souls’ is available to listen to on all digital music platforms. – https://misgivings.lnk.to/loyalsouls