Scarboro

Scarboro : “New Normal”

We’re pleased to bring you a Punknews Exclusive premiere for NYC based punk hardcore punk trio Scarboro. The band have created a music video for their latest single “New Normal” which was released in February via WTF Records. Directed by Chris Warner and starring Lily Mo Sheen (The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) the video brings to life the internal struggle of confronting the darker side of mental illness. See below to check out the video.

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Videos
Shannon And The Clams

Shannon and The Clams: “Big Wheel”

Shannon and The Clams have released a video for their new song “Big Wheel”. The video was directed by Vanessa Pla. The song is off their upcoming album The Moon In The Wrong Place which will be out on May 10 via Easy Eye Sound. Shannon and The Clams released their album Year of the Spider in 2021. Check out the video below.

Punkews is also giving away two tickets to see Shannon and The Clams live at the Concert Hall in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, May 25! To be eligible you must: live in Toronto or the GTA and be over 19 years of age. If you want the tickets, email us at podcast@punknews.org and tell us why you want to go. Good luck!

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Melvins

Melvins release 'Making of Tarantula Heart' mini-doc

Tomorrow, Melvins release their new album Tarantula Heart. The album was recorded in an unusual method- Buzz Osborne had drummers Dale Crover and Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Amebix, Soulfly, Ministry) lay down drums while Osbrone and Steven Mcdonald riffed. Osborne then erased everything except the drums, and built the album upwards from the drum parts whith new instrumentation. The band released a mini-documentary about this process, which you can see below.

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'Don't Forget to Leave' announce documentary premiere

'Don't Forget to Leave' announce documentary premiere

Don't Forget to Leave a documentary about the prolific life of Tim Landers, song writer/guitarist of emo/pop punk band Transit, Misser, and Cold Collective have announced the world premiere of the film. The premiere will happen on April 27th in Stoneham, MA and will feature performances from Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard, Joe Lacy of Transit, and Matthew Spence of The Stereo State/ WAiN. You can click here to grab a ticket to the event.

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The Babies

The Babies reunite for at least two shows

The Babies (Cassie Ramone, Kevin Morby, Brian Schleyer, and Justin Sullivan) are reuniting for at least two shows. Those gigs are: September 18th at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles and September 24th at Warsaw in Brooklyn. These are the band's first shows in over ten years. They did not state new material is in the works, but in a press release, Cassie Ramone stated: "We’re making some sick new merch that I am stoked about. Other than that, I’m just hoping I can relearn the songs as well as I used to know them at this point!” We'll keep you updated.

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Videos
Queen Cult

Queen Cult: “Stop Calling”

UK-based punks Queen Cult have released a video for their new song “Stop Calling”. The video was created by Foxa Riot. The song appears to be a standalone single. Queen Cult released their single “Be Better” earlier this year and released a handful of singles in 2023. Check out the video below.

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Danbert Nobacon

Danbert of Chumbawamba releases new single

Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba has released a new single. It's called "New York Times Agrees with Fox" and it's off his upcoming album. The new album is called Kochtopus's Garden - Now That's What I Call Capitalism - The Musical and it's out May 1. The record is set as a musical that follows two song writing bots as they escape their owners and go on the run across the USA. You can hear the new single below.

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Screaming At Traffic

Watch the new video by Screaming at Traffic!

Today we are thrilled to bring you the premiere of the new video by Winnipeg-based emo punks Screaming at Traffic! The video is for their new song “General Ken O.B.” and was filmed and edited by bassist Paul Colman. Speaking about the song and video the band said,

“The idea behind ‘General Ken O.B.’ is self-destruction. The perspective we're exploring is someone in the midst of a bender, trying to justify it to themselves. They start off almost regretful but quickly give in to their worst tendencies. I think it's something a lot of people do, and while exploring giving that thought process a voice, I imagined it'd be cynical, sarcastic, and maybe even a little tongue-in-cheek.

For the video, we originally had the idea of doing something super DIY, and we looked at other DIY type projects and decided the found footage horror motif fit really well with the song. The whole tune is about self-destruction, teetering on the edge of it, and giving into it, and we thought we could capture that thought with the idea of us disappearing one by one throughout the night. It was directed and edited by our bass player, Paul, and we just brainstormed how we could make something fun, kind of spooky, and as stripped down as possible. The entire thing was shot in one night, without a crew of any kind beyond the four of us.”

“General Ken O.B.” will hit streaming services tomorrow and is off their upcoming album If You Play These Songs At A Party You’ll Bum Everyone Out which will be out everywhere on May 4. Screaming at Traffic will be playing Turbo Haus as part of Pouzza Fest on May 17 in Montreal, Quebec. Watch the video below!

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Spiritual Cramp and White Reaper release song together, to release split

Spiritual Cramp and White Reaper release song together, to release split

Spiritual Cramp and White Reaper have teamed up to release a new song. It is called “Whatever You Want Man” and is off their upcoming split which will be out on May 16 via Blue Grape Music. The bands have also announced a handful of shows together around the US for this June. Spiritual Cramp released their self-titled album, Spiritual Cramp , in 2023. White Reaper released their album Asking For A Ride in 2023. Check out the song below.

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Interviews
Half Past Two

Tara Hahn of Half Past Two speaks about the band's new album 'Talk Is Killing Me'

In two days Orange County-based ska band Half Past Two will be releasing their excellent new album Talk Is Killing Me. The album finds the band infusing more punk elements into their sound, leaning into their anger and redefining themselves in the process. Lyrically the band isn’t shying away from heavy topics as they discuss trauma, shine a light on ableism in our society, and talk about tumultuous times within the band with honest, imagery-filled lyrics. Talk Is Killing Me will be out everywhere on April 19 via Bad Time Records. Half Past Two will begin their tour of the US tomorrow (April 18) in Brooklyn.

Punknews editor Em Moore caught up with lead vocalist Tara Hahn to talk about the new album, finding catharsis through songwriting, the importance of advocating for the disability community, making sure shows are accessible for everybody, and so much more. Read the interview below!

This interview between Em Moore and Tara Hahn took place on April 11, 2024 over Zoom. This transcription documents their conversation and has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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