What can we say; we love CANADA. Our love affair with bands across the border runs deep. Heck, we admit it…we googled “how to move to Canada” when He Who Must Not Be Named descended to the throne. What say you, Mr. Trudeau? Do you like punk? Anyway, enough lamenting our national tragedy and onto loud, uplifting, soul-fortifying rock ‘n’ roll: The Dirty Nil!
Fresh off a global tour and a JUNO Award nomination, Hamilton, Ontario rock ‘n’ roll trio The Dirty Nil have announced the forthcoming release of Minimum R&B. Comprised of eleven tracks from the band’s stellar singles and EP’s, this collection plays like a greatest hits album. FAT will be your source for Minimum R&B in the U.S. and Dine Alone Records will handle it in Canada and the rest of the sane world.
This month, The Dirty Nil will be kicking off another tour across Canada with Billy Talent and Monster Truck, followed by a string of European dates with The Menzingers and The Flatliners. All the dates and info can be found here!
Today, Brooklynvegan is premiering a brand new Bombpops song: “Be Sweet.” Culled from their debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out (out this Friday), this infectious song is what The Bombpops are all about. “Be Sweet” holds a special place for The Bombpops, as the lyrics were written by their dear friend, the late Brandon Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket. Here’s what vocalist/guitarist Jen Razavi had to say about how the song developed:
Back in 2010, we were partying in a hotel room with Brandon and Ray Carlisle. There was a guitar in the room, and Brandon was showing us an idea he had for a song. He had written it for his wife, but he told us we should play it and change the lyrics to “getting rad with my boyfriend.” He wrote down all the lyrics on 4 sheets of hotel notepad paper. Since then, the melody and the chord progression were forgotten, but I still had the lyrics. We wrote the song in the studio and used every single lyric that Brandon had written down. The song is an homage to Brandon and Teenage Bottlerocket. Our producer, Chris Fogal, had the idea to title the song “Be Sweet,” as that was Brandon’s saying. We’re really thrilled this song made the record. Brandon was an outstanding friend to us, and we miss him dearly.
The Real McKenzies’ brand new video is premiering over at New Noise Magazine. Click here to watch the video for “Due West,” culled from their upcoming full-length, Two Devils Will Talk. Out March 3rd, you can pre-order your copy today! (Canadians pre-order here). Then, be sure to catch them live as they’ll be hitting the road next month.
Who’s ready to have yet another ball or two? Not only are we announcing a new Me First and the Gimme Gimmes release, but a world tour to boot! After seven studio albums, a live record, and too many singles to count, the Gimmes have finally compiled their very favorite songs onto one record. Out April 7th, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, will be your one-stop shop for Gimmes greatnessness.
Then, get your vocal cords ready, because the Gimmes are setting sail! They’ll be kicking things off this month in Europe with a full headlining tour, bringing along your favorite thieves and FAT alumni, Masked Intruder. Then, the wind will blow them back to this side of the Atlantic for a full North American tour this Spring. After they take a short break, they’ll drag themselves back to Europe for a full slate of festival appearances. Head here for all the dates and info!
There is nothing peaceful about the new Western Addiction video, premiering over at The Onion A.V. Club. The aural and visual serenity of the opening scene belies the dread to come. That feeling is the idea the band conveys with “Taedium,” the second single from their upcoming full-length, Tremulous, out March 10. Songwriter and vocalist Jason Hall explains these ideas below:
This song was originally called “Taedium Vitae” which translates to “weariness of life.” It was written long before the dire situation the world is currently in, but resonates exponentially at this moment in time. The song is very special to us for several reasons. It perfectly sums up the entire theme of our new record, which is anxiety, anguish, worry, and dread. It also features one of our favorite humans, Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi. He’s one of the most powerful singers I’ve ever seen live and we deeply respect him and Propagandhi on several levels. We are honored to have him sing on the record. Lastly, the song is also an homage to “The Four Horsemen” by Metallica, which we spend a great deal of time discussing. An interesting side note: the woman featured in the lyric video, Mary Woronov, worked with Andy Warhol and was in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized” video. It doesn’t get cooler than that.
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