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(review) Foxhall Stacks-The Coming Collapse(Snappy Little Tunes)


Foxhall Stacks is a punkrock supergroup, although I hate that word. Its members are former or active members of bands like Jawbox, Government Issue, Bad Religion…and this is their debut album with Snappy Little Tunes. The veterans from Washington DC released 10 beautiful songs of a mixture of pop, punkrock, emo and indie with nice melodies, catchy choruses, songs to make you smile and make you better if you had a rough day like I did today. The songs on this record are somehow an amalgamation and vision of all the bands members play or have played in with emotion, guts, grit and melody. Not all songs are top, but there are more great songs than average songs. Me personally find The Reckoning, The Old Me, Top Of The Pops somehow the best with most of the other songs being awesome too apart from some too rockish songs like Do It Yesterday. This is a good band.


(news) Tsunami Bomb returning with new album on November 8 with Alternative Tentacles. New song is streaming and gig dates are here!

Photo: Kevin Vonesper

We recently talked with Tsunami Bomb about their new album, the scene and many other things.

They are back with ‘The Spine That Binds,’ their first new LP in 15 years.

The LP, which was produced by the band and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock), will be released on November 8th via Alternative Tentacles.

A new track “Petaluma” debuted yesterday on Kerrang! and is now streaming here.

Keyboardist/vocalist Oobliette Sparks tells Kerrang!, “Petaluma is about reaching a crossroad and realizing after choosing your path, that no matter how fast you run or how far you go, your past will find a way to catch up to you. How you decide to face it when it does is the only real path to finding absolution.”

‘The Spine That Binds’ will be released digitally and on limited edition colored vinyl.

Vinyl Pressing Details:

-100 Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl for Tsunami Bomb Squad and Alternative Tentacles Records Vinyl Subscribers (sold out)

-400 Turquoise Vinyl (available for pre-order online with copies also available at FEST and band’s upcoming album release show).

-Classic black vinyl

Pre-order bundles for the limited edition turquoise vinyl are now available at Alternative Tentacles Records’ online store. Exclusive shirt featuring the incredible cover art by JXRXKX, poster with photography by Amber Mannon, and an enamel pin by bassist Dominic Davi are also available in different combinations… and of course you can just get the record on LP or CD right here: https://alternativetentacles.com/shop/.

With the long-awaited third full-length release, ‘The Spine That Binds,’ Tsunami Bomb have proven that this latest chapter of the band not only embraces their signature style of aggressive pop-punk supplemented by a touch of darkness but has taken it even further.

Honing their skills of melody while being more in-your-face and more aggressive than ever, they conjure a dark journey of discovery with each track. Originally formed in 1998, and disbanding after many member changes in 2005, TSUNAMI BOMB reformed at the end of 2015.

This new release finds the quintet brought to life with the return of founders Dominic Davi (bass/backing vocals), Oobliette Sparks (keyboards/co-lead vocals), and Gabriel Lindeman (drums). Joined by Kate Jacobi (lead vocals) and Andrew Pohl (guitars/backing vocals), they combine their skills to create a sound that effortlessly mixes dark musings on the search to find one’s place in an increasingly uncaring world, into unforgettable anthems, calling on you to get up and sing-a-long.


Upcoming Shows:

November 2nd – The Fest 18 at the Wooly Club Show in Gainesville, FL

November 22nd – Headlining Day 1 of Alternative Tentacles Fest at Cornerstone in Berkeley, CA. Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Alternative Tentacles and Album Release Show

(Day 1 is Tsunami Bomb, ArnoCorps, and Jello Biafra DJing/hosting and more TBA. Day 2 is Itchy-O and Victim’s Family with Jello Biafra DJing and hosting)

Official Site: https://tsunamibomb.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tsunamibombofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tsunamibombband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsunamibombofficial/


(review)Crossed Keys-Saviors(Hell Minded Records)


Crossed Keys from Philadelphia are in no way strangers to the scene because the band features people who played in Halo of Snakes, Kid Dynamite and Good Riddance among others and this is the new record out with Hell Minded Records. There are seven songs of nice melodic punkrock/pop punk on this record, played with heart and soul with catchy, beautiful melodic guitar parts, smart lyrics and superb singing courtesy of Joshua Alvarez. This whole material reminded me a lot of The Descendents, just simple, no bullshit and no philosophy punkrock just made to make you happy and smile and make your crappy day better. Recommended songs: True To You, Everything Breaks.




(news) FOR THE WIN Return With First Song In Over 2 Years


FOR THE WIN is swinging back with “As Forever,” the first taste of new music from the San Diego outfit since their 2017 release Heavy Thoughts. “We are thrilled to get this new song out to our fans, and to thank them for their constant words of encouragement over the years,” exclaims FOR THE WIN’s vocalist Kyle Christensen. Known for their addictive heaviness, powerful pop and fist-in-the-air singalongs, “As Forever” anchors an emotion that every person can relate to.

Listen To “As Forever” Now.

“There is an interesting side to how this song came about,” admits Christensen. “It started as an unfinished demo back in 2016, just as we finished recording our album Heavy Thoughts. Even through that record was done, the writing did not stop. The first half of ‘As Forever’ lyrically shows how I was feeling and where I was in life – struggling with certain situations and battling to understand why some things played out the way they did. Since I started piecing that song together, I spent the last three years doing a lot of self-discovering so this song reads with the first half showing who I was in 2016.” Fast forward to present day, the charismatic frontman adds, “After revisiting ‘As Forever’ in 2019, it made sense that this song could pick up where FOR THE WIN left off in 2016. When you push through the hard times and come out on the other side wiser and stronger, those moments shape who you are.”

(review) 04 Limited Sazabys-Seed


Japanese skatepunk/melodic punk scene never ceases to amaze, so 04 Limited Sazabys are no exception to all the good bands coming from over there.

This record contains 3 songs with English titles, but as I can hear they are sung in Japanese language. The music is more modern version of pop punk/melodic punk with a lot of tempo changes, some modern solutions in the catchy and melodic riffs and beautiful vocals coupled with some atmospheric parts. Of three songs being Puzzle, Montage and Cycle, I would say Cycle somehow got to me the most and I liked that song the most of the three. This is a great little record for all the fans of pop punk melodic and flying all over the place.


(new single and tour dates) Destination Anywhere have a new single and tour dates for their farewell tour!


Ska punk/melodic punkrock band Destination Anywhere are saying goodbye to their fans after 13 years of punkrock history. They released 5 studio albums, 3 e.p.-s and played countless gigs from small clubs to Rock Am Ring, Kein Bock Auf Nazis and Viva Con Agua festivals.

The new single is called Abschiedlied(Farewell song) and it somehow recapitulates the band´s entire history. Besides, the band are playing gigs on their farewell tour and here are couple of tour dates for you to enjoy their set for one last time:

18.10.2019  DE- Osnabrück- Bastard Club
19.10.2019  DE- Berlin- Maze
20.10.2019  DE- Hamburg- Hafenklang
21.10.2019  DE- Düsseldorf- The Tube  SOLD OUT
22.10.2019  DE- München- Backstage
23.10.2019  DE- Koblenz- Circus Maximus
26.10.2019  DE- Siegen- Vortex Surfer Musikclub SOLD OUT

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2mUeerq
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2kPOaNv
YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Pt8ZnRx67E


(review) Teenage Bottlerocket/Human Robots-split 7inch(Fat Wreck Chords)


I met Ray Carlisle at this years Punk Rock Holiday when he was playing ball in front of the stage in the hot afternoon hours with his kid Milo. Later that night they delivered mindblowing fantastic gig, that will stay in my memory for as long as I live. This seven inch is in fact the split e.p. of Teenage Bottlerocket and Ray´s kid Milo´s one man band Human Robots. Both bands provided two songs with Teenage Bottlerocket having two songs Everything To Me and Olivia Goes To Bolivia delivering mindblowing pop punk Ramonescore like we are used to from this fantastic band. Human Robots´side delivers two songs Step On ´Em All and I Want To Hang Out With You. The latter being a bit better, but it is the fine effort from this young man and if he continues that way, the future is bright for him, because he will for sure make killer music one day.