Punk & Hardcore
With Joe Hansen
Boston punks Dropkick Murphys have announced their ninth full length album, 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory, will be released on the band’s own Born and Bred label on Friday January 6. I haven’t kept up with all of their releases, but their 2001 album Sing Loud, Sing Proud was one of the first punk rock albums I ever owned and still gets regular listens on the home stereo.
In the limitless world of band merchandising, SoCal veterans Descendents have announced the release of their own beer. Named Feel This, the beer is a coffee IPA by Mikkeller Brewery made with the band’s already released Hypercaffium Spazzinate coffee beans. Although it’s currently only to be released at beer festivals in the US, some quantities will be available on the Mikkeller Brewery website.
Long-running skate punks Pulley have announced the release of their first album since 2004’s Matters and first release since their 2011 single The Long and the Short of It. Entitled No Change in the Weather, it’ll be released in January on Cyber Tracks.
Newly formed supergroup Vanishing Life, featuring frontman Walter Schreifels (Quicksand/Rival Schools/Gorilla Biscuits/Youth of Today) and Zach Blair (Rise Against), has announced the release of their debut LP. Entitled Surveillance, the record will be released on Friday November 16 via Dine Alone Records.
DIY folk-punks Blackbird Raum have announced their upcoming EP, Never Mind the Ballads. Funny story, my old band Clowns played with Blackbird Raum in Seattle WA in early 2015. The night before, they played a house show with some friends of ours. We found out that the members of Blackbird Raum had taken offense to another band’s rendition of Ludacris’ 2001 hit Move Bitch (Get Out The Way). Apparently an apple was thrown and arguments ensued. Initially Blackbird Raum refused to play following this controversial performance, however eventually reconsidered. We ended up playing a great show with them at The Highline. They were friendly and I had to resist probing further into the details of the Seattle Apple Incident of 2015. True story.