Sick Of It All – Wake The Sleeping Dragon

If you listen to hardcore at all, you shouldn’t need any introduction to New York hardcore band Sick Of It All.  These NY veterans have been cranking out albums since 1986 and haven’t had a lineup change since 1992 (26 years is at least 100 in punk years).  All of this without a breakup or […]

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Direct Hit! – Crown Of Nothing

Wisconsin-based punks Direct Hit are back with their fourth full length Crown Of Nothing recently released on October 26th through Fat Wreck, and I have seriously been listening to this one AT LEAST once a day.  You fans of Direct Hit know what to expect by now: catchy as all fuck pop-punk mixed with plenty […]

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Night Birds – Roll Credits

While pretty much every modern punk band is influenced by Agent Orange and The Dead Kennedys, not too many carry the banner successfully blending surf vibes with ferocious 80s hardcore.  Yet New Jersey’s Night Birds do exactly that, all without sounding completely derivative and managing to keep things fresh. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary as […]

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Sick Shit – Thick Spit

I recently caught New Jersey’s hardcore band Sick Shit play in a dingy bar basement in Trenton with PEARS, and I was completely blown away.  So much so, that after catching their set I quickly grabbed their EP Thick Spit.  Released in March this year and recorded in central Jersey (yes it exists you north […]

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Dark Thoughts – At Work

I’ve said it plenty times before and I’ll continue to say it: if you aren’t listening to Dark Thoughts, you’re fucking up.  I recently just caught them again at The Stone Pony opening for Propagandhi and Iron Chic, and it reminded me I never posted about one of my favorite 2018 releases. The three piece […]

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Swingin Utters – Peace And Love

For as long as they’ve been playing, California’s Swingin Utters are of the most criminally underrated bands around.  Formed back in the late 80s, Swingin Utters have made a name for themselves over the past 30 years with their raucous rock and roll infused, no bullshit punk rock.  I’ve been a pretty big fan ever […]

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