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Check out these hidden gems from 2021!

Check out these hidden gems from 2021!

It can be nearly impossible to keep track of all of the music released in a year, especially in a year filled with so many great releases like 2021. It is inevitable that some EPs and LPs will get more attention than others and some you might’ve missed entirely. But not to worry! The Punknews writers are here and they have rounded up some killer releases that they felt didn’t get enough attention this year. There are albums that will take you on a journey, albums that will make you want to dance, albums that will make you feel like you can take on the universe and that’s just a start.

As always this is by no means a definitive list of overlooked albums, this is a list of EPs and LPs that Punknews contributors think rock. Feel free to post albums that you felt didn’t get enough love this year in the comment section. So without further ado check out the list below!

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Every Time I Die

Keith Buckley announces brief hiatus from Every Time I Die to focus on mental health

Keith Buckley, lead vocalist for Every Time I Die, has announced that he is taking a short hiatus from the band to focus on his mental health. A statement posted on his social media pages reads,

"Caring for my own mental health has taken priority over EVERYTHING else in my life. the Love it has brought to everything I do has been clear to everyone that has seen me and I value my progress way too much to allow a setback. I am taking a hiatus from ETID to prepare for TTS"

The band announced that they would be continuing without him for the last three dates of their current US tour. The shows affected are Dec 3 at The Loud in Huntington, West Virginia, Dec 4 at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia, and Dec 5 at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach. A statement posted to their Instagram page reads,

"Mental Health is a real issue and when not treated has an impact on so many people. Keith needs to take this time to rest and prepare for the holiday shows and we wish him a quick recovery. We also understand that so many of you have been looking forward to these last few shows on our tour. We don't want to let you down so we'll be playing these last three shows without a vocalist.

Like Keith always says 'this mic is your mic'. So come and help us finish up this tour. Anyone that no longer wants to attend will be given refunds at point of purchase."

Keith Buckley responded to the band's offical statement in a series of Tweets on his Twitter page which reads,

"Now that I have seen the “official statement” indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I’m ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts

while meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time. I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan had lied. his concern was a cruel trick. their statement is proof.

traveling separately, away from alcohol and the behaviors of those who choose to drink, has brought me peace of mind and has made me the best performer I have ever been. I love the ETID community and finally felt like I was giving back in a meaningful way. and I will continue to

being ostracized from a band I have built for 20 years because I made a decision to do whatever it took to be a good Human Being hurts me deeply, but trust me when I say I am the most mentally fit I have ever been. this decision was made to protect myself from my own sibling."

Every Time I Die's holiday shows will take place next weekend and will be touring the UK in 2022. The band released Radical earlier this year. See the statements below.

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The Ergs!

Ergs release first 7-inch in five years

The Ergs! have released their first 7-inch in five years. It's called Time and the Season and it's out via Dirt nap on January 21. The tracklist is: Ultimate Falsetto Book, Say You’re Sorry, Half Empty Strip Mall, and Time And The Season.

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Booze Cruise 2021 cancelled

Booze Cruise 2021 cancelled

German punk festival Booze Cruise has canceled their 2021 festival. The event was set for this month and there is no reschedule date so far. The event planners will start the process of refunding tickets. See below for the full announcement.

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Wasting Time

Check out Wasting Time's new video for “Game Night”

Toronto pop-punk quartet Wasting Time has a new video out featuring "Game Night," the final pre-release single from the upcoming full-length Once More Without Feeling. You can find the clip, directed by Michael Greggain, premiering below. The band commented earlier that the uptempo "Game Night" was "inspired by the uncertainties, apprehensions and moves that one considers on a first date." Look for the new record in the spring of 2022.

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Every Time I Die, Scowl, Drug Church, more added to Outbreak Fest 2022

Every Time I Die, Scowl, Drug Church, more added to Outbreak Fest 2022

Outbreak Fest has announced more bands for 2022. Every Time I Die has been added as the final headliner joining previously announced Turnstile and Knocked Loose. Touché Amoré, Mannequin Pussy, Angel Du$t, Drug Church, Scowl, and Witch Fever are among the new bands announced. The initial lineup was announced earlier this year. Outbreak Fest will take place June 24-26 at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester, UK. Check out the list of new additions below.

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Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid releases “Crossed” video

Comeback Kid have released a video for their new song "Crossed". The song features Joe Duplantier of Gojira and is off their upcoming album Heavy Steps out January 21 via Nuclear Blast and New Damage Records. The band will be touring the US with No Warning, Zulu and Scowl starting next week. They will also be touring Europe and the UK in 2022 and touring Ontario and Western Canada with Cancer Bats in spring 2022. Comeback Kid released Outsider in 2017. Check out the video below.

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The Dead Milkmen

Joe Jack Talcum releases digital comp EP

Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen has released a digital compilation. It's called Cassingle Series Vol. 1 and it collects some of the songs that Joe recorded for a series wherein Joe would self-record two songs and release only one physical copy of those songs on cassette. You can hear the songs below.

Joe will be Colleen Green and the Joe Jack Talcum band to co-headline the New Year’s Eve Mega-Bash in Philly!!!">playing our NYE show in Philly with Colleen Green.

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