Tours
Mercy Union

Mercy Union (UK)

New Jersey's Mercy Union will be playing a few shows in the UK this spring. See below to view the tour dates. The band recently released their debut LP titled The Quarry in October 2018.

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Blink-182

Blink-182 record song with the Chainsmokers

Blink-182 have recorded a song with the Chainsmokers. Via Twitter, the Chainsmokers stated "Just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song. We can die happy now." Blink-182's Mark Hoppus later confirmed the same on twitter. It is currently unknown if the song will be a standalone single or part of an album. However, meanwhile, Blink-182's Matt Skiba has also confirmed via Instagram that the group is in the studio recording other tracks, as well. The band releeased California in 2016.

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Black Sabbath to be memorialized with bench and bridge in Birmingham

Black Sabbath to be memorialized with bench and bridge in Birmingham

Black Sabbath originally formed in Birmingham, England in 1968. In February, the town will salute the band by erecting a bench in their honor, and by re-naming a bridge "Black Sabbath Bridge." The bench will be handmade, stainless steel, forged in the city by Gateway Steel Fabrications. It includes images of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward with the words "Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968" etched on it. It will be placed on the to-be-named Black Sabbath bridge on Broad Street.

Meanwhile, drummer Bill Ward will also get a star on the city's Walk of Stars, which already includes the band's other three original members. The unveiling ceremony is February 9 at St Luke's Church on Gas Street, Birmingham, and Sabbath's own Tony Iommi will be there. The installation of the bench and bridge was prompted the Birmingham Westside Business Improvement District and Sabbath superfan Mohammed Osama.

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Interviews
Daggermouth

Kenny Lush of Daggermouth

In the past several years many nostalgic punk rock bands have rediscovered themselves and decided to hop back in the van (or plane) and get back into the studio as of late. Coming out of Vancouver, Canada, Punknews' Dan Donald had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Daggermouth’s guitarist Kenny "The Loose Cannon" Lush. Lush is known for many things, but they chew the fat over his experience as a professional wrestling champ and as a Canadian punk rock veteran returning to the stage and slugging it out in 2018.

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The English Beat

The Beat featuring Ranking Roger to release new album

Ranking Rodger of the The Enlgish Beat will release a new album this Friday. It's credited to The Beat Featuring Ranking Roger, it's called Public Confidential and it's out via DMF records. Meanwhile, in a video interview, Roger detailed the recent series of health issues he has had, including multiple tumors, strokes, and lung cancer, and talked about his recovery. Roger stated that he hopes to tour soon. See the interview below.

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Rise
Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls announce 'Crucial Moments' and tour dates

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Jersey's Bouncing Souls. The band has announced a brand new 6-song EP. The EP is called Crucial Moments and it will be released through Rise Records on March 15th, 2019. The EP is released along side an accompanying book filled with photos and memorabilia from the band's 30 years and stories from fans. Along with the EP announcement the band released a music video for the title track of the album, see below.

The Bouncing Souls will be heading out this year spending their 30th year touring the US, UK and Europe with support from The Bronx, Strike Anywhere, Off With Their Heads, The Casualties, Swingin' Utters, Crazy and the Brains, Sharp Shock, Bar Stool Preachers on select dates. See below to view the full list of dates.

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Shitty Friends

Shitty Friends on hiatus, guitarist forms 'Mind Rot'

Lancaster hardcore punkers Shitty Friends are now on hiatus. However, Shitty Friends guitarist Steve Taylor has formed a new band and moved to drums. The new band is called Mind Rot and also includes Joel Sanchez of Metalwülf on guitar and vocals and Malik Rhodes]] on bass and vocals. The new band has released two singles. "Flesh Hammer" and "Battle Ox." You can hear those below. Shitty Friends' final release was Crime Line [7-inch] in 2015.

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