7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019

Our recommendations for ones-to-watch this year – these bands are set to explode.

Written by Sarah Williams. Cover photo by Cold Front Photography.

Now that we’ve completed our round-up of 2018 (check out our top albums, EPs, festivals and live bands) it’s time to look ahead of the future.

The DIY punk scene is thriving in Europe currently; it’s feels like we’re on riding the crest of a wave that’s growing into a tsunami. Online connections are enabling us to share recommendations and enthusiasm across continents, so word is spread quickly about exciting new acts.

It’s easy to find new music nowadays, however I’ve believe there are two methods that stand out above the others: watching support acts at gigs and listening to recommendations from your friends. In 2019, I implore you to get out and see as many new bands as possible. To get you started, here are Shout Louder’s top recommendations:

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Wolfrik

Canadian thrashers Wolfrik are unlike any other band I’ve heard… although it’s safe to say they’re fans of Alexisonfire, A Wilhelm Scream, Protest The Hero and Belvedere. I’ve been keen to get their EP Skeleton City into the ears of anyone I can find and, so far, everyone’s been bowled over by their awesome sound.

Fortunately Skeleton City also found its way to the ears of the Manchester Punk Festival promoters, who pretty much instantly added them to the bill. If Wolfrik are as good live as they are on record then they’re going to tear the faces off the whole UK punk scene when they arrive in England in April. Erring on the metal / rock end of the punk scale, they combine a variety of genres, but it’s all fast, raucous fun with a healthy dose of experimentation. Continue reading “7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019”

Album Review: Fastfade – Happy If You Aren’t

London skate-punks Fastfade have produced a straight-up classic. FFO: Early blink-182 / Green Day / Frenzal Rhomb

Review by Alan O’Corcorain.

Clocking in at 13 songs in 34 minutes, Fastfade have made a breathless, exuberant punk album for disaffected youth and nostalgic punk rockers everywhere.

Listing Blink-182 as an influence can sometimes be a red flag. For a band that are often viewed as three jackasses who struck it lucky, they are actually really fucking good songwriters, you guys! Not sure if you’ve listened to Enema Of The State lately, but it’s got some songs, people.

Usually the Blink-influenced band are three snotty teenagers in their parents’ shed throwing shitty chords at the wall and hoping they stick. Now, Fastfade are self described as three lads playing snotty punk music that they wrote as teenagers in their parents garage, I’ll grant you that…but here’s the thing. They’re all that, but they’re actually pretty damn good to boot.

Fastfade is a pretty amazing name for a punk band on the edges of 90s skate punk. Both familiar and fresh, somehow. It’s a perfectly distilled name for a young punk band.  They know what they want to sound like. You know what they are going to sound like. And you’re excited for it. Continue reading “Album Review: Fastfade – Happy If You Aren’t”

Exclusive: Fastfade Premiere ‘Walkie Talkie’ Video & Announce Debut Album

Enfield’s scrappiest skate-punks get wet and wild in their new music video.

Fastfade are hard not to love. Taking influence from Frenzal Rhomb, MxPx, early Greenday and decent-era Blink 182, these three young Londoners are the edgy, exciting injection of energy that the UK skate-punk scene needs.

Walkie Talkie is the first single from their debut album Happy If You Aren’t, which will be released through Umlaut Records on Friday 14th December. They’re celebrating the release with a launch party supporting No Fun At All at London’s New Cross Inn on December 19th.

“Walkie Talkie is one of our slower but more hard hitting songs, proving that we don’t only play at 260bpm and sing about getting dumped or something,” said Fastfade about the single. “With this song we tried to show off a little bit of everything that we could do and to make something so catchy it sticks in your head and pisses you off a little.” Continue reading “Exclusive: Fastfade Premiere ‘Walkie Talkie’ Video & Announce Debut Album”

Track-by-Track: Captain Trips – Stand By

Rich Mayor, frontman of Portsmouth skate-punks Captain Trips, gives a detailed insight into the their EP ‘Stand By’.

Captain Trips released their new EP Stand By via Umlaut Records on October 5 2018. We’re in love with it and we think you will be too, so we asked singer and guitarist Rich Mayor to give us a detailed breakdown of the inspiration for each song.

We started writing some of these songs months and years ago, a process not so unusual in Captain Trips. All of our songs come from jamming together, so it can take a while for us to come up with them sometimes. That’s not supposed to sound like an arduous process; it’s a very enjoyable experience and how we’ve come up with our, ahem, ‘sound’.

I remember our writing process for one of the tracks on the first EP. We decided it needed to go off into a different direction (I think it even went kind of ska at one point), but after about four weeks of adding sections, we chopped it all and kept the song as it was before all those tangents.

Anyway, we gone done a new record, called Stand By. It has songs on it to listen to with your ears. Here’s what they’re about.

Bottom Of The River

Right, Bottom of the River. The Stephen King keenos among you will know that Captain Trips is the name of the man-made virus in his book The Stand, and the Stephen King appreciation club keeps on rolling here. Bottom of the River is about his rite of passage novel/movie Stand By Me. It harks back to simpler times, something we reminisce about often, since we’re all in that weird generation of going from ‘completely f*ck all internet’ to ‘everything the world has ever known in your pocket’. You know, back when you couldn’t scam your way through the pub quiz for that sweet, sweet bottle of blue Aftershock.

The name of the movie is also quite blatantly the title of the new EP, save for a couple of letters. More about that later.

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Exclusive: Captain Trips Premiere Video for ‘Chances’

South Coast skatepunks Captain Trips unevil their new single from their upcoming Stand By EP.

Portsmouth skate-punks Captain Trips are primed to release a brand new Ep Stand By on October 5th, via the lovely chaps at Umlaut Records (you can pre-order now). The video was shot at their practice rooms at Quay West Studios in Gosport, using a grand budget of £0.

“This tune is lyrically based on the irony of having all the knowledge of the world in your pocket, at your fingertips, and how sometimes that has caused some of the biggest divisions in society,” said vocalist/guitarist Rich Mayor.

“This is the first nod to the created echo-chamber theme that runs through other parts of the EP, and an acknowledgement that we do at least a bit of ‘opinion-cleansing’, primarily to make room for more videos of animals doing cool sh*t, but also because we get tired. Tired of checking out what seem like suspect facts, tired of the anger and hate in the comments sections, but also realising (perhaps in a defeatist way) that far less is checked and it’s sort of out of control. Shame that. ”

Pre-order Stand By now direct from Umlaut Records.

Captain Trips are hosting an EP launch show in Portsmouth on October 6th with Layman’s Terms and Laughing In The Face Of, plus a gig in Ashford with The Human Project, Spoilers and Eat Defeat on 15th November. They’ve got some cool plans for future, so make sure you follow them on Facebook.

Four Days Following A Wilhelm Scream On Tour [Column]

Sarah spent a long weekend following melodic hardcore legends, A Wilhelm Scream, on their UK tour with Darko. This is her personal account of the sweatiest weekend of the year.

Article by Sarah Williams. Images from Cold Front Photography, taken at The Star & Garter, Manchester.

It’s sweltering. I’m screaming. There’s a crush of bodies all around me, elbows and fists and softer parts, heaving and desperately scrabbling for space. Every surface is slick with sweat. I turn around just in time to catch a boot to the face, as singer Nuno Pereira is hoisted above the pit, trailing the mic cable, still belting the lyrics out.

He circles above the crowd before being gently propped back onto the the stage, where he immediately bounces back to scream out the chorus. I’m crushed against the edge of the stage and, when I look up, he’s literally dripping a waterfall of sweat straight on to all of us in the front row.

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It’s the longest, hottest day of the year, and the air feels ripe with anticipation for the chaos that A Wilhelm Scream bring on tour with them, unleashing raw, unbridled energy on stage every single night. This 5-piece melodic hardcore whirlwind have journeyed from their hometown in New Bedford, Massachusetts for a month-long tour, beginning with 7 dates in the UK with Shout Louder faves Darko.

I’ve been known to go to absurd lengths for the love of punk rock and this weekend will be no exception. Taking every chance to see one of the world’s most incendiary live bands, I decided to catch them in Manchester, Norwich, London and Stafford. Fortunately, I managed to convince Tree (of MPF/Anarchistic Undertones fame) to join me, so I wasn’t alone for the ride.

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Friday: Manchester

Manchester’s show at the Star & Garter is unquestionably the best gig I’ve been to this year (and I’ve seen Propagandhi twice). Perhaps it’s the intense heat. Perhaps it’s the crush of friends at the front. Perhaps it’s the insanely good performance from one of my all time favourite bands…  or perhaps it was the excitement of knowing I get to do it all again for the next three days. Continue reading “Four Days Following A Wilhelm Scream On Tour [Column]”

Album Review: Consumed – Decade of No

The new Consumed EP is every bit as vital and vibrant as their late 90’s releases.

Article by Ollie Stygall.

What compels a band to reunite? Well, for some, like Guns And Roses, the lure of the mighty dollar and recent diminishing return in terms of popularity and quality are certainly a factor… But what of those bands who achieved small to medium success then fell apart amidst relationship issues/money issues/lack of greater success, etc.? Surely there can only be one reason: because they want to. Time is a great healer in terms of relationships, people have moved on to have careers outside of music and aren’t struggling so much financially, and gradually that desire to rock out again hits so bands reform… not because they need to, but because they want to. That’s the best reason to be in a band.

But can it ever be as good as it was before? Has age tempered the youthful rage? Well, from personal experience, having a career, having a family, being a homeowner and becoming more aware of the world actually increases the rage, so I would argue that bands that are reaching or have reached middle age are probably more effective at playing punk rock than they were 20 years ago.

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Consumed existed from 1994 to 2003 and achieved a level of success that a lot of bands would dream of, signing to Fat Wreck Chords, BYO and Golf in their career, all legendary punk rock labels, and touring the world. Now they’re back… because they want to be. Continue reading “Album Review: Consumed – Decade of No”