Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm Ricky Frankel and I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story and review is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting a story, feel free to submit a review or if you are a photographer continue reading below. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week: Photo Credit: Anthony Fantano/The Needle DropRead more
The Best Midwestern Podcast with hosts Greg Simpson and Scott Heisel returns this week to chat with Mike Felumlee of The Bigger Empty and Smoking Popes. Mike tells us all about the brand-spanking-new EP by The Bigger Empty (out this week!) and we play tracks, and he also tells us about rejoining the Popes and the fun he's having with his video channel Live From the Rock Room. Also, drummer talk.Read more
Seminal garage rockers The Sonics have announced a March tour. The band now includes original member Rob Lind (saxophone and harmonica) and longtime members Freddie Dennis (bass and vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums). Joining the band are guitarist Evan Foster (Boss Martians) and keyboardist Jake Cavaliere (The Lords of Altamont). Founding members Gerry Roslie and Larry Parypa are no longer touring with the band but plan to contribute to upcoming recordings. See the tour dates below.Read more
Jughead's 50th Birthday Bash
Live in Chicago
The Joshua Tree
Jon Creeden and The Flying Hellfish/Benevenstanciano
Demos 2015 [digital single]
The Bloody Lips
In a recently released video Prophets Of Rage announced that they are currently in the studio working on new music. The band will also be being playing a bunch shows in South America and Europe later this year. The band last released The Party’s Over [EP] in 2016. Punknews spoke to bassist Tim Commerford a couple months ago.Read more
Sweden's Tear Them Down have released a second video from their recent 2016 EP, Abide. This time around it is the song "Take Me Back."
Abide, which was released via Plunk Records, Morning Wood Records, or Backbite Records depending on region, is a follow-up to their 2015 EP Ett liv i härlighet.Read more
Earlier this week CJ Ramone announced his plan to tour Spain this summer. The tour has now been expanded into a full European run that will go well into July. He will be releasing American Beauty on March 17, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords. You can see the list of shows below.Read more
Montreal punks Lost Love have announced a tour with French band Water Mane. The bands will be playing a few shows in Canada the week before both bands scheduled appearance at Montreal's Pouzza Fest. Lost Love have also announced they will be recording a third album later this year as a follow-up to their 2016 release titled Comfortable Scars .Read more
It was recently announced that Joe McMahon of Smoke Or Fire will be supporting Nothington on their upcoming European tour. He will also be filling as the band's bassist during these shows. You can see the list of tour dates below.Read more
Punkanormal Activity has announced that Quebecois melodic punks Down Memory Lane will be releasing a new EP on which all songs be sung in French. The album, Vice Caché, doesn't have a release date yet, but will be released through their current label, Thousand Island Records.
In the article, lead vocalist "Doowy" Doyan also announced that DML is also currently working on their first full-length, for which they will return to English for the lyrics.
Down Memory Lane's debut album, the five song Recycled Punk Rockers EP was released early last year. You can listen to the track "Smoke and Mirrors" from that album below.Read more
Boise-based Hidden Home Records have released their first label compilation, Do You Remember Punk Rock Comps? Vol. 1, via their Bandcamp page.Read more
At The Drive-In have announced they will be releasing a new album on Rise Records. The album is called in·ter a·li·a and this will be the first album from the band in over 17 years. The new album is due out May 5, 2017 and is available now on pre-order, you can click here to pre-order the new record. The band have also shared a lyric video for a new track called "Incurably Innocent." You can see below of the lyric video and for more details on the album.Read more
Pennsylvania screamo/hardcore quintet Swimmer's Lungs have released their debut EP, No Expectations, via digital download and cassette. This is the band's first official release following a two-song live demo released last year. You can check out the track "Eeydvard" from the album below.Read more