Now this is a long overdue review of one of my favorite ska punk releases at all. If you need a heavy ska record to rage through the worst of mental health struggles to, it’s Good Riddance to Good Advice by Kill Lincoln. Yeah, not only does Mike run Bad Time Records, he ficking shreds on guitar and writes songs that have helped me through some shit. Stand outs are the title track that just sounds like intentionally tanking a bad day. Sometimes we need that. And Days I Spent Inside. It just sounds like a fight against depression and the basement hardcore chant of Do This For Yourself just fuckin slaps! Crank this one to 11 and hardcore skank through the trauma!
Coming out back in 2018 was the beginning of the reinvention of We Are The Union as we know them today. This was their first album with Jer and the influence is very clear in the ska of this album. WATU is still the basement emo ska band we love bit with more ska which is an upgrade. This whole album tackles a subject that needs more conversation in the scene. Self Care and mental health. I’ve been listening to this on heavy rotation while I’m currently dealing with a failure of effectiveness in my meds. And it’s such a fucking amazing friend that gets just how fucked up you feel inside. My 2 stand out tracks are Better Home and Surfin On The Waves Of Depression. Better Home is a reminder that we don’t have to keep living whatever way the damage made us. It’s a cathartic fuck you to the trauma. Surfin’ other than being a solid ska punk track, is just giving into pain and riding those waves. Sometimes that’s just the answer. This album has been a life jacket for me on those waves twice now. Make fuckin sure you listen to this, it can make a difference. Stalk and support at the links below and play this fuckin loud! This is the official album of underground mental health, Reade is our fuckin ska queen and We Are The Union is the official band of pride!
Look for a deep dive on this album in relation to mental health on the Psych Revolution podcast.
My first favorite album of the year dropped this past Friday. From Pittsburgh PA it’s Dissidente’s war on 2 fronts. What’s it sound like? Western PA basement hardcore meets east coast ska core. It’s ska core as fuck. And listening to this baked is a fucking experience! There’s also some doom ska going on. The genre I didn’t know I needed. This is their debut LP from the label defending ska, Bad Time Records. This is also the first Bad Time release of 2022. Black Bloc is my stand out track. It’s solid fuckin ska core to dance around the burning police station to. Yeah, this is fuckin riot ska. We get cheese sticks after the revolution. So hit up the links below and blast this loud enough to lower property values.
So the saga of MGK has been fuckin weird. He’s gone from the flagship of this new and interesting evolution of pop punk to living the full pop punk stereotype, right down to the pedophilia and abusive relationships. I honestly defended the Corey Taylor thing because kill your gods and be free. But now MGK has become shit and trash wrapped in rotting meat. The real question is what the rest of this new scene is gonna do. Yungblud, Travis Barker and the rest of that scene can either distance itself from MGK or risk the entire idea of punk being associated with extreme toxicity. That’s what the mainstream will do and there’s already enough problems in the underground that we already have questions. Click link below to read more.
So spotify and Neil Young had a falling out because spotify wants to keep Joe Rogan. Now, I don’t understand Joe Rogan, but that’s irrelevant. The point is, we in the underground shouldn’t join this fight. This is wealthy people fighting over deplatforming a wealthy person. Punk and ska don’t have the legacy and machine of Neil and other 60’s protest rock. We need our exposure to share with one another and let everyone know they’re not alone. The fight isn’t taking away the trash voices. The answer is in numbers. We listen to spotify, but we obsessively play our stuff. You can even cheat the algorithm by keeping it playing on silent when you can’t listen. We play our music, our podcasts, news we believe in that shares anti corporate values. We need to build the world we want in spite of the hellscape that surrounds us. We support the fuck out of each other to extreme levels.
After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together, we have decided to no longer continue on as a band. Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us. We could not have done any of it without you. Love Always, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
For me this is heartbreaking. BossTones were the band that really got me into this whole thing. I got 2 albums in 1998 that changed my life. Bosstones- Let’s Face it and Bad Religion- No Substance. Bosstones led me to the rest of ska and a lot of hardcore. They’ve had a long and amazing career and had to hang up the plaid some time. It still feels like a kick in the balls.
This one is long overdue as Cold Hart came across my desk a couple years ago. Cold Hart gets listed as emo rap. But really, this is LA Death Rock meets trap and the hardness of his home LBC. Long Beach has a storied history in death rock and goth. Starting with the album Good Morning Cruel World fits right into the vein of TSOL with elements of Christian Death and Thursday (an arguably goth band if the Jersey hard core scene. This album features the single Eyes with Rawska. It’s one of my favorite songs of the last 5 years.
His debut album on Epitaph records Every Day is A Day continues on this with some slower and darker sounds reminding me of Joy Division, Cure and The Damned with some dance beat. My 2 top tracks off this are Decompose and Every Day’s A Day
I kept hearing Eichlers mentioned by some of my favorite ska artists and finally paid attention to what was on the corof my desk. So Eichlers is a hyper pop artist. Now, I don’t completely understand that genre, but it sounds good. Eichlers sounds like a drugged out pop punk fever dream and I fuckin love it. There’s elements of trap, digital hardcore and bedroom pop packed with obscure references to older underground music. And right now some boomer punk in a D.I. shirt is asking “how’s this punk?” Well, he makes this music in his room for no fuckin money and is entirely free to get paid via alternative and underground economics. That’s punk as fuck. And now he has created a new genre known as hyper ska. I’m hella here for it and you should be too. This whole scene is achieving the diy dreams we all had in the 9p’s and early 00’s. Check links below to stalk and support Eichlers.
We really should stop lionizing JFK. In fact, fuck ’em all. We need more Dead Kennedys. The problem with Johnny boy is that he’s held up to be a progressive hero which he is not at all. He was president while COINTELPRO was ongoing. The main purpose of this program was to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”. So JFK was against the cause of black liberation or he would’ve stopped this program. He was deeply anti-communist considering the bay of pigs in Cuba and the disastrous Vietnam War that he continued. And while some people say “ladie’s man” I say sociopathic womanizer. Johnny was no hero of the left. He was the original American Psycho with privileges Bateman only dreamed of.