Punk Rock and 1977

Punk Rock and 1977

For many skaters of the 1970’s, 1977 proved to be a crucial year. It’s when everything really started to come together for me as a skater. I was 2 years deep into skateboarding and in late 1976, I learned about punk rock. In the summer of 1977, I found myself in England. I was with my family on a trip back to visit my extended family and pick up a few records. Specifically, the Sex Pistols. It was pretty funny going into a record shop and seeing a blank space at “number 2” on the charts. The shops were so scared of putting “God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols” that they intentionally left it blank.  I still have this single. And yes, this song still sounds as good today as it did back then. When I returned home and played the song for friends at school, they couldn’t quite understand it. Three years later they had mohawks.   Well, 40 years later, I am here to warn you that we are not going to intentionally leave anything blank like that shop did. Punk rock is not just music. It is an attitude. And that attitude runs a gamut of emotions and actions. No, we’re not going to spit on you. But we are about to unleash a 6,000+ word essay (over 4 postings) that looks at the state of things in skate retail. Bud is warning me that this might ruffle a few feathers. Ruffling feathers is the essence of punk, so I think we are on the right path. Ironically punk rock came full circle last year when Malcolm McLaren’s son burned five million pounds worth of memorabilia. Talk about punk rock – that is very punk rock. But we’re not going to that extreme. Stand by…you have been warned. Special shout out to Doug Ward of Clifton, NJ for inspiring this piece.

Evening Music Break: The Long Dark Road by Chad Thomas

Evening Music Break: The Long Dark Road by Chad Thomas

 The Long Dark Road’s self-titled release is due out April 8th, and is the focus of this week’s ‘Break’. This four-piece freak-show from Toronto is reminiscent of System of a Down and Propagandhi.  With songs in the 8-9 minute range, these guys are like Punk-Metal on steroids. From the first track “Tragedy of the Commons”, these neighbors to the North come out swinging –although the real jams (at least for me) start at track two “I Will Follow” where TLDR’s influences become readily apparent. If you didn’t see the cover you may very well think you’re hearing a new ‘System’ album –which is great, if you’re a fan. I can’t say I heard anything terribly original, however these fellas absolutely have audio-adrenaline on lock. This is a great ‘getting ready to skate’ album. Here’s the link to their album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-191219491/sets/the-long-dark-road/s-bhiSs As always, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!   

Evening Music Break – Spin

Evening Music Break – Spin

This weeks spotlight shines on Philadelphia’s own Spin, a four-piece rock group who’s latest single ‘Dig Your Own Grave” is off their latest EP ‘Meant To Rise’ which was released January 2017. “Dig Your Own Grave” is a ripping tune that leads you through a no holds bared journey of play now, pay later. Reminiscent of The Cult with the energy of The Struts, if you like guitar and drum based rock these guys are right up your alley. Check out the video and be sure to watch all the way through, the mini movie at the end is hilarious! Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.   

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

“The Grand Trine” by Color You

 

 

 

Thick baselines underscore the fluid guitar work throughout “ The Grand Trine”. Color You is a Northern Alabama influenced L.A. based quartet who have put a modern twist on 60’s rock, with more energy yet still possessing that good old hippie vibe. Chunky riffs with a rolling groove, Color You reminds me a bit of Radio Head (if Thom Yorke wasn’t so depressed all the time) blended with The Struts.Overall, “The Grand Trine” is a really well rounded album; with high-quality production & mixing I think a lot of you will dig this album.  Even track eight, the final track, exposes a Simon & Garfunkle-esk ability to beautifully harmonize creating multiple layers of stunning sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

The Departures are a five-piece pop/punk band out of SLC, Utah. Listening to their latest offering “Gateways” is like hearing a new My Chemical Romance album. 

 A solid rhythm section with well-placed harmonies feels like something you’d hear on the radio in any decent market.

Track six, titled “Lonely Eyes”, features some intricate acoustic guitar work and excellent harmonies; it also feels a little out of place with the rest of the EP.

 Given that this a very young band (the members range from just 17 to 23 years old ), I would expect to see these guys evolve dramatically into a more unique sounding group by the time we see another The Departures EP.

 

If you dig My Chemical Romance, chances are you will love Gateways by The Departures.

 

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

“Friends Divide” by The Silent Comedy

 

The Silent Comedy is a beer & whiskey fueled Folk/rock band out of San Diego, Ca. Started by a couple of bar-tending brothers, Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman, this band has grown over immensely over the past several years. Coming from the ‘craft brew scene’ of Southern California and now reaching into soundtracks for shows like the history Channel’s “The Men Who Built America”, these guys are coming up big.

 

The Silent Comedy’s latest 6-song release “Friends Divide” is an organic feeling rhythmic rock album with multiple layers of flavor and flair. Track 1 “God Neon” gets you in the ‘heading to the pub’ vibe, a little something to get you going. The rest of the album is filled with a wide array of blended instrumentation and harmonies. This gives The Silent Comedy disc a unique, authentic feel as well as showcasing the bands ability to transform their influences and creativity into a one-off sound. 

This is a great album; with that said, if you have an opportunity to see them live do it –they’re a blast! Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. 

Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!

  

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

 

 

 Kill The Precedent is that ultra-rare combination of raw power wielded with precision and intricate, intelligent story telling.  Their debut album “Dialogues With The Dead”, released on Minus Head Records (San Francisco), is a full-tilt roller coaster ride right out of the gate. With a tight, double-time rhythm section, blazing guitar work wrapped in duel lead vocals, KTP has created a truly unique and original sound. 

 KTP is a seven piece, genre melting band which evolved out of the deep-roots of the Sacramento, Ca. punk scene (Deftones, 7seconds, The Hoods) back in 2006. For the last decade they’ve been shredding venues across Northern California, honing their craft and stage shows to become the crowd favorite wherever they perform. Let’s put it this way -they’ve shared the stage with Misfits & killed it.

 

Kill The Precedent is audio adrenalin and fun as hell; every song from “Dialogues With The Dead” is a banger. Be sure to check out their video’s on youtube for a peek at the show that is KTP.

We look forward to their 7 song EP “Some Version Of The Truth” slated for release in Late October.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen  and leave a comment letting us know what you think. thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

“Get Off Easy” by Savage Henry

 

 

 

The fourth full-length album titled “Get Off Easy” from this Saskatoon, Canada based band is a carnal carnival and is not for the easily offended. Savage Henry manages to rip through tales of sexual endeavors with witty and humorous lyrics backed by solid, double timed rhythm section wrapped in furious guitar work. This band is truly savage, reminiscent of Black Flag and Misfits mixed with a little early AC/DC.

 

Rolling through this album “Get Off Easy” feels like your staggering through a long Saturday night. CH manages to saturate you in loose sexuality without coming off vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. Honestly, I love this album. The quality of both musicianship and that of their production is spot on.

 

 

 

Listen to the full album here: Get Off Easy

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. 

Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!

 

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

“Night and Day” (EP) by The Slang

 

The Slang is a musical duo John Bobo (vocals/guitar/piano) and John Newsome (bass) out of Washington D.C. Their Summer 2016 release “Night and Day” could easily be the soundtrack for a road-trip type documentary and The Slang has in fact been featured on both HBO and USA Networks programing. John Bobo’s songwriting reminds me of the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg; layered with movement and thought.

“Night and Day” is well mixed, highlighting a multitude of instrumentation, styles and has a nice overall quality to it. There are several sections which feature some beautiful string work along with solid drumming and percussions. If your a fan of fun, thoughtful flows this EP will be right up your alley.  Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

 

Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!

        

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

 

“I Never Arrived” by Galapaghost

 

 

  Galapaghost aka Casey Chandler is an Austin, Texas based musician who is originally from Woodstock, N.Y. (yes, that Woodstock). Casey’s previous work was featured on award winning Italian film  “II Ragazzo Invisibile”. 

His current album “I Never Arrived” was recorded and mixed in Torino, Italy. It has an introverted & self-reflective vibe without being depressing. With excellent acoustic guitar work with an early Pink Floyd/ Simon & Garfunkel feel to it, “I never Arrived” reminds you of walking on the beach early in the morning, hazy yet hopeful for what the day has to offer.

 

Track three titled “Salt Lake City” is a decent example of Galapaghost’s Paul Simon-esk songwriting. The production quality is up there and the instrumentation peels off in layers of throughout “I Never Arrived”.

  Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!