Massachusetts queer-core punks Dump Him released their newest full-length production Dykes To Watch Out For on August 30th via Get Better Records & Musical Fanzine Records. Though the ten-song record clocks in at a rather brief 23 minutes, do not be fooled; Dykes is like a punch to the face from Regina George- awesome!
The record explodes right out of the gate with a wall of guitar feedback before charging into ‘Puritan’; a fast, melodic, firecracker of a song that merges the catchiness of indie pop punk with the raw, visceral sound of 2010’s DIY rock music. Following ‘Puritan’ is the album’s title track, which can only be described as a DIY punk magnum opus. ‘Dykes To Watch Out For’ is an infectious track with a chorus that will have listeners humming for a week after they hear it. The track opens with a nasty drum fill courtesy of drummer Larz Brogan before a wall of guitar explodes into the mix; by the time the first chorus is out, it’s clear that this song is an instant classic. The track goes out with a face-melting guitar solo courtesy of the band’s producer Zach Weeks.
The record pushes on with memorable guitar riffs, explosive drumming, and a healthy dose of the basement punk vibes we all know and love. Tracks like ‘Trash’ and ‘Dreams, Live 1997’ feature some particularly tasty licks from lead guitarist Mattie Hamer; bassist Otto Klammer takes a mean, fuzz-laden solo on ‘Dreams’ and is easily one of my personal favorite moments on the record. While vocals on the record are primarily delivered by guitarist Jac Walsh, each band member takes a singing part at some point on the release. Each member sang whatever lyrics they wrote, which makes for a very inclusive dynamic when listening to this record. It shows that Dump Him is not simply a band, but also a team; a family.
The band is currently touring the continental United States in support of Dykes. The tour kicked off September 3rd in Philadelphia, and will make stops in the midwest, the pacific northwest, and California before heading home to New England where the band will play a homecoming show on September 27th in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dykes To Watch Out For is available now on all major streaming platforms, so do yourself a favor this week and stream it. The album is also available on bandcamp for the “name-your-price” option, so listeners are encouraged to donate to the band while they complete the remaining dates of their album release tour. The remaining dates are listed below. Information regarding venues can be acquired through messaging the band’s facebook page.
9/9 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
9/10 Portland, OR @ Black Water
9/11 Olympia, WA @ New Moon
9/12 Tacoma, WA @ 607
9/13 Corvallis, WA @ Mudville Stadium
9/14 Oakland, CA @ Hawk And Pony
9/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout (21+)
9/16 Fresno, CA @ Friends Know
9/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
9/19 Denver, CO @ The Horse House
9/20 Wichita, KS @ DIYMCA
9/22 Cincinnati, OH @ XTUD1O
9/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Glove World
9/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Rubald
9/27 Cambridge, MA @ The Democracy Center
By: Nick Manduley
New Jersey hardcore band Kong are aiming to release a new EP this winter according to guitarist Alex Peragine. The release will feature four new brutal tracks as well as re-recordings of two previously released tracks, and expand on the band’s experimental approach to modern hardcore music. The band was kind enough to provide Muddy Paw with a two-track preview of the new release; fans should expect an onslaught of noisey, aggressive guitar riffs, soul-crushing breakdowns, and a monstrous vocal performance from frontman Anthony “Pigeon” Izworski. One new track, menacingly called “Behemoth” ends with a simply horrifying, noise-ladened breakdown that can only be accurately described as the unholy shriek of some other-dimensional beast.
Kong released a demo entitled Demonstration of Strength in the fall of 2018. The release showcases the band’s dynamic sound with two songs that greatly contrast with one another. Drawing from the influence of bands like Code Orange, Jesus Piece, Full of Hell and Vein, the band delivers a devastating production that pushes the boundaries of metal and hardcore, while also blending sounds and styles from a variety of metal subgenres. The opening track “Fury” is an avalanche of slow to mid-tempo riffs building to crushing breakdown featuring guest vocalist Kaonashi. The title track of this demo is a cohesive blend of death metal and classic hardcore with a modern spin.
The band is currently hard at work in the studio working on their new release. While the band is unlikely to announce any show dates this fall, fans can still expect a late 2019/early 2020 release date for the new EP.
By: Nick Manduley
Brick Township, NJ-based singer-songwriter Kelli Faith dropped her latest single “More” off her upcoming album “21” on August 9th. Clocking in at just over four minutes, the acoustic country pop-rocker sings passionately about finding a love that is not only reciprocated, but also open and honest. The track opens with the rhythmic strumming of an acoustic guitar, with Faith’s vocals effortlessly dancing over the chords as the bass and lead guitar begin to round out the arrangement. After the first chorus, the drums begin to kick in and song rips into a sweet, classic rock-influenced guitar solo that makes it immediately clear that this song is perfect for summer. As a another verse rolls through the listener is brought back into a chorus that is not only catchy, but also makes it clear that Faith isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. The music video for “More” showcases Faith performing her song as she walks along the beautiful beaches of Asbury Park, as well as touching acting performances from Faith and her partner Jonathan Greulich.
Faith’s music career began in 2015 with the formation of Manasquan, New Jersey pop punk band Before It’s Too Late. Faith energetically fronted the quintet as they wrote songs inspired by bands such as Hey Monday, All Time Low, and State Champs. In 2016, the band released an EP entitled “Miscommunication” and played a plethora of shows across their home state, opening for bands such as Hinder and The Stolen. Faith personally took a lot of musical influence from Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope, and after Before It’s Too Late disbanded in the fall of 2017, she translated that inspiration into a new solo project.
Fans can stream “More” on all major streaming platforms, as well as Faith’s debut full-length record “21” which is due out on September 20th. Faith’s late 2018 single “Him” is also available on all streaming services and will be featured on the upcoming album. Faith will be performing songs from her new record at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, New Jersey on September 5th. She will be sharing the stage with acts such as The Ian Walsh Band, Holdn, and Aqua Aura. The show is available for all ages, and fans can gain entrance for a cover fee of ten dollars.
By: Nick Manduley
Here at Muddy Paw, it’s no secret we love music. To some of us, we love it- no, we need it more than we need coffee in the morning. Finding new and awesome music to vibe with can sometimes be a struggle though, but luckily, the internet has a plethora of avenues for us to find those new bangers! Let’s take a look at a few.
1. YouTube Radios & Playlists!
Does the image of an anime girl peacefully working on some homework with a window in the background, providing a detailed view of a cityscape sound familiar to you? What about an animated bird’s eye view of a swimming pool in the summer time? Yes? No? Maybe? Well, if not, then I’ve got some news for you. YouTube has 24/7 livestream radios that’s perfect for lovers of lofi, hip-hop, rock, pop, and indie music! Not to mention countless playlists that are guaranteed to have something for everyone!
Ahhh, Bandcamp. How we love thee. Bandcamp has a special place in the hearts of millions of DIY musicians and bands all over the world. Bandcamp is the go-to website for amazing underground music, and if you’re looking to pinch your pennies, there are countless artists who have their music available for free download on their bandcamp site. Free! How awesome is that!? Bandcamp is also a great way to support up-and-coming artists through purchasing their merch and making charitable donations through the website’s “name-your-price” feature.
This may seem like an obvious one, but Pandora is a sure fire way to not only find new music, but find new music for YOU! Users create their own radio via searching for an artist they enjoy and selecting them. Pandora will not only play music by that artist, but also music from artists of similar styles and genres! You can also stream your own custom radios for stand-up comedy! Who doesn’t love a good laugh?
4. Indie Music Blogs
Blogs, blogs, blogs! Indie music blogs are always reporting on underground and up-and-coming bands and artists from all over the world. Spend any amount of time scrolling through one of these blogs, and you’re likely to leave with a laundry list of new music to check out. These blogs are a great way to get information regarding your new favorite bands, their upcoming tours, and possible new music.
Nick Manduley is a Senior Public Relations & Journalism student at Monmouth University. He is an intern with Muddy Paw PR as well as a staff writer at The Outlook, Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper. Since 2016 he has played guitar and provided vocals in the New Jersey-based punk band Drive, Kid. Manduley has been extremely active in his local music community; organizing and promoting local shows while also providing reviews and features for not only his friend’s bands, but local bands across the United States and Great Britain.
By: Nick Manduley
Jersey Shore-based emo rockers This Year’s Comeback independently dropped their latest record “Missing Pages” back in March. “Missing Pages” is a follow up and thematic sequel to the group’s 2018 debut LP “Far From Fine, A Garden State Tragedy.” ‘Far From Fine’ told the story of an unnamed protagonist who falls into a pit of emotional distress as a result of being in a toxic, mentally abusive relationship, which is continued on “Missing Pages.”
‘Missing Pages’ shows the band in a more dynamic light. The record opens with frontman Brian Matthew fiercely strumming an acoustic guitar and singing passionately about our protagonist feeling like he’s being “torn out of missing pages,” but then segways into the upbeat, distorted sound the boys gave us on “Far From Fine.” However, this time, the band puts a heavier, more metal edge on their sound. Tracks such as “Dropout” end with an electrifying breakdown and intense screams courtesy of Matthew. Other songs such as “Speedkasket,” “Monotony” and “Young & Angry” delivers the raw, emotional punch that leaves fans screaming every word.
“The purpose of ‘Missing Pages’ was to tie any loose ends that may have been left on ‘Far From Fine,” wrote the band in a social media post. “[We] further develop the psyche of the protagonist, and finally, give a proper resolution to the tail. If anything is to be taken from this, it’s to always persevere in the face of adversity.”
However, while the pop-punk tale has drawn to a close, it’s clear the boys in This Year’s Comeback are eager to push forward; they’ve been pretty busy since “Missing Pages” dropped earlier this year. After a slew of shows across the state, including a performance at the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, the band is once again writing new music. The band is reportedly halfway through recording their new EP, which they say could be out by the end of the summer at the earliest. For fans who are itching for new content, the band plans on releasing a compilation of unused demos and songs from their time recording “Garden State Tragedy” and “Missing Pages” later on this week, so be sure to catch up with This Year’s Comeback on social media to stay updated! Links to the band’s socials are conveniently located on their bandcamp account, where listeners can also download all their music for the “name-your-price” option. Fans can catch This Year’s Comeback in concert on August 31st at The Clubhouse in Toms River, New Jersey with other local acts such as The Open Minds, Ventress, and Night’s Edge.
Nick Manduley is a publicity intern with Muddy Paw PR, and a senior at Monmouth University where he is studying public relations and journalism. Manduley is also a staff writer for Monmouth’s student-run newspaper, The Outlook. Since 2016, Manduley has provided guitar and vocals for Jersey Shore-based punk outfit Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid has shared the stage with notable and upcoming artists such as Slaughter Beach, Dog, Rarity, and The Ones You Forgot. Their music can be streamed here as well as all major streaming services.
By: Nick Manduley
Columbia, South Carolina-based post-hardcore outfit When I Say Jump completely flies off the handle their debut record “Separation Anxiety.” Released back in January, the eight-track album offers a unique blend of hardcore, emo, and pop punk. The opening track “Debby Drowner” immediately throws the listener back to the mid-2000s “mall emo” days, when albums like My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” and Fall Out Boy’s “From Under The Cork Tree” topped the charts. However, it isn’t before long that the vicious screams and biting guitar riffs begin incorporating into the mix, and the result gives those aforementioned iconic albums a run for their money.
“I’ve Been Skipping the Bus, but This Day Pass Is Burning a Hole in My Pocket” showcases the band in this heavy light, as well as their witty lyrics fueled by raw emotion. “This Gun’s Just A Conversation Piece” features brutal vocals and ripping guitar work that’s reminiscent of bands such as Every Time I Die or My Chemical Romance. “Dishonest Love” is another emotional track that tackles themes of betrayal from friends with splintering guitar riffs that explode into a melodic chorus. Tracks such as “Cry, Wolf” shows a bit more of the band’s dynamic, opening with a soft droning guitar against a light synth composition, with emotionally charged vocals courtesy of vocalist Brennen Monk. This release definitely makes it clear that the boys in When I Say Jump aren’t messing around; they’re a band with a mission to make music that’s not only amazing, but sends a real message as well.
Fans can expect a new music video before the year is out, as the band has been working with director Jaiden Frost. “Separation Anxiety” can be found on major streaming platforms, and is available for the “name-your-price” option on the band’s bandcamp account. Listeners will also find the band’s heavily scream-ladened cover of Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” available for download.