Admittedly, it’s only March, but my favorite LP of this year has to be this brand new Martha tune, so I’m going to back that up with sharing this delicious song. This song encompasses everything I love about Love Keeps Kicking. It’s energetic in every way, but there’s this natural sense of having a blast that seeps through your speakers. Here, it comes your way via this male/female vocal barrage, aided by the anthemic backing shout. Just when you think you’re getting too old to listen to proper pop-punk Martha are kicking down your door with antoerh emphatic jam! The new LP will be out via Big Scary Monsters/Dirtnap on April 5th.
Bad Sports have dropped a new video for the track, “Don’t Deserve Love,” off their recent Dirtnap Records LP,Constant Stimuation.The video shows a drunken night for a sad bastard kind of character that aptly fits the title of the video and, naturally, the anthem of the song. It’s a punk ripper with a catchy chorus that you’ll be singing along to in no time. I will warn fellow Austinites– this video may feel all too familiar to you or remind you of someone you know or maybe last night out on 12th Street (hopefully not).
Bad Sports are kicking off a good sized US tour with a night at Hotel Vegas on March 27, you know, after that SXSW thing is done.
I’m really hopeful that the new Martha record will make waves over here, hopefully encouraging the band to do a lengthy tour that includes Austin on this go-round. The band craft some of the catchiest pop-punk around, and Love Keeps Kicking is sure to fulfill on the continued progress of the hit-making machine. I love a band that can match the vocals, the drums and the guitars all at once, crashing down with this euphoric feeling that makes you happy to be alive. The video even has a nice little breakdown near the end, or an interlude, just to tease us with another round of hooks. The new record drops on April 1st via Big Scary Monsters/Dirtnap Records.
There’s a long list of Dirtnap Records acts that I adore, and Steve Adamyk Band is just one of those in that list. So, when they announce a new album, I’m here to tell you about it. It’s an energetic pop punk blaster, furiously pumping along and best consumed at loud volumes. I dig the way the vocals have a gang vocal backing up the main vocal, giving this anthemic punch to the lyrical content. It’s good to see Steve circling back to what he and his band do best; I expect I’ll enjoy Paradise quite a bit when it drops on March 15th.
I’ve got a lot of respect for Shane Natalie, not the least of which is attributed to his day gig as a Special Education teacher (RayRay and I both teach too!). Of course, you can also look at his Good Shade project where Shane plays all the instruments and writes all the parts. His guitar style is similar to label-mates such as Marked Men or Steve Adamyk; it’s furiously rushing from the get-go, racing alongside your ears all the way to the song’s finish. And, it wouldn’t grab my ear of Natalie’s voice didn’t have the slightest penchant for pop leanings when he stretches it. Good Shade will release Way Out on February 15th via Dirtnap Records.
The Marked Men have been around for nearly two decades, influencing a shit ton of your favorite acts, and mine. They’ve even gone on to start other projects we love like Mind Spiders or Low Culture (to name but a few). All this matters as Dirtnap are prepping a collection of the band’s non-LP tunes, including the never before heard track before. It’s precisely the sort of jam you’d expect the band to drop, with furious guitars hinting at pop sensibility, stunning drum work and emphatic vocal bursts. You can grab On the Other Side on November 23rd, and you’ll be damn happy you did.
While most of the ATH crew is out having fun at ACL for weekend two, RayRay is here with more new tunes from our friends Bad Sports. Having already heard new single “Don’t Deserve Love” it was clear that the boys could still bring the sweet rock pain to your ears. Now with this new single and title track from the upcoming album, “Constant Stimulation”, it is again confirmed that Bad Sports are still creating unique punk rock music with their own spin to it. Once again, welcome back gents.
Bad Sports will release Constant Stimulation on October 29th via Dirtnap Records.
It’s hard to pin down Bad Sports, as all their members are incredibly active in various other ventures. But, they’re back with their first album since 2016, and the first single is this huge anthemic power rocker. The band seem to have shred a little bit of their punk rock bravado, though that might just be this song; in lieu of that change, the band’s natural hooks seem to be all the more prominent…especially if you take those gang vocals that round out the song’s close. Whatever they’re doing, I’m always listening, so I’m excited to see that Constant Stimulation will be out via Dirtnap Records on October 29th.
Drawing nearer to the weekend, we could all use a little jumpstart in our lives, so why not put on the new LP from Proud Parents today. It’s 13 tracks of power-pop goodness, both energetic and catchy, from start to finish. The band trade off lead vocalists between Claire, Heather and Tyler; they also all join in on each other’s song, leaving you with an album’s worth of sing-a-long hits that will keep your thirst satiated. If you love what you hear, check the stream below, then grab the whole self-titled LP from the good people at Dirtnap Records.
Proud Parents are just a few weeks away from the release of their next LP, and what better way to entice you to open up your wallet then by offering a listen to this super infectious single. It sounds a lot like Shannon & the Clams, if you painted the band with a slightly more energetic and jangling vibe. It’s soulful and youthful, all at the once, leaving you to tap your toes and sing along from the get go. Their self-titled LP will drop on June 22nd via Dirtnap Records, with a tour to follow in July (including an Austin date at Beerland on 7/12).