Punk: The Bennies announce new album, Stick To Your Guns are heading our way, and Quicksand and Thursday team up for the ultimate tour
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Punk: The Bennies announce new album, Stick To Your Guns are heading our way, and Quicksand and Thursday team up for the ultimate tour

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Melbourne pop-punk-ska-reggae-psych party lords The Bennies have announced the upcoming release of their fourth full-length album. Entitled Natural Born Chillers, the record will follow up 2016’s Wisdom Machine. Joining The Smith Street Band run label Pool House Records, the record will mark the band’s first release on the label since working with Poison City on previous records. The record is due for release on Friday February 2. Chris from Pool House welcomed the band in a recent media release, “Today we’d like to give a big, warm welcome to The Bennies to the ever-growing Pool House Records family. They’re four of the best friends, biggest party animals, most skilful musicians and kindest individuals you could hope to meet, and we’re very proud and excited to have the opportunity to release their music.” The band has also announced a national tour preceding the album’s release, covering the country this November and December. Joined by The Sugarcanes and The Cutaways, catch them all at Max Watt’s on Thursday November 23.

California hardcore heavyweights Stick To Your Guns have announced a national tour this January. Joined by Being as an Ocean, the band is touring the country in support of their new record True View, out now via Pure Noise. Also appearing at UNIFY festival, both bands will play Corner Hotel on Monday January 15.

Post-hardcore icons Quicksand and Thursday have announced a co-headline national tour this March. Since reforming in 2012 after a 15-year hiatus, post-hardcore originators and innovators Quicksand have announced a comeback record entitled Interiors, due out Friday November 10 on Epitaph. Fronted by Gorilla Biscuits/CIV/Rival Schools guitarist Walter Schreifels, Quicksand have been one of my favourite bands and a huge influence on me. Their 1993 debut full-length Slip is one of my favourite albums of all time. Along with Fugazi, Quicksand took their hardcore roots into ‘90s alternative rock and beyond, with their sound and influence being taken on by countless post-hardcore and alternative bands from then to now. Both bands will take over the Corner Hotel on Sunday March 11.

Long-running US politi-punks Anti-Flag have announced their 11th full-length studio album. Entitled American Fall, the record will follow up 2015’s American Spring. Due out on Friday November 3 on Spine Farm Records, the band has released the teaser single ‘The Criminals, available to stream now.

Sydney garage punks Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys have announced the release of their upcoming full-length Rot. Due out on Friday November 10, the record will be released in Australia on RIP Society. The label has released the lead single ‘Plastic Tears’, available to stream now.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s hip hop-influenced side project The Transplants have surprise released a new EP entitled Take Cover. Featuring – you guessed it – numerous cover songs taken from artists as diverse as Beastie Boys and The Violators, the record also contains a new Transplants song entitled ‘Won’t Be Coming Back’. The EP is available now via Epitaph Records.