Tours: Olympia posts new song, dates with Dance Gavin Dance

Washington DC’s Olympia have posted a new song entitled “M-80” online. The song comes from their forthcoming release Emergencies, which will be released in April.

The band have also posted a slew of tour dates with Dance Gavin Dance in support of Emergencies.
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Lugosi, the Pax Cecilia, Us Against The Archers, Some Kind Of Sleeping Giant

San Francisco’s Lugosi have posted a new song. You can check out “Bullets and Poison” on their MySpace page.

The Pax Cecilia, from DuBois, PA, have posted 2 new tracks off their upcoming album. As with their previous one, the cd will be completely free and you can get one by emailing the band. You can hear the tracks at their MySpace page.

Us Against The Archers, featuring former members of The Skeptics, have posted a new song called “Glass House Party.” They are currently working on an EP and have already filmed a video for “Glass House Party” so be on the lookout for that coming soon. Check it all out at their MySpace page.

Southeastern-Ohio based Project Active Media act Some Kind Of Sleeping Giant will be releasing a 5 song EP titled Hands on Feb 2nd, 2007. The EP will contain 5 songs from their upcoming full length How You Can Tell You Are Really Alive. Four songs are available for download at PAM’s brand new website, as well as streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
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MP3 of the Week: Tight / Spanish Bombs

Justin: Back in the 90’s, Moon Ska put out a series of fantastic compilations called Skarmageddon. There were four installments of this, I believe, covering the best up and coming small bands of that genre, including bands like Spring Heeled Jack USA, Less Than Jake, the Rudiments and more. While the heyday of porkpie hats and checkerboard tattoos may be gone, many of those songs still stick with me to this day.

One of which is by a band called Tight. Featured on the second disk of the third installment their song “Failed Trust” is a stripped down song, featuring distortion less guitar, minimal bass and light use of some saxophone. The lyrics really spoke to a 16 year old version of myself, (overly) concerned with my friends’ alcohol intake and growing intolerance towards those who were different. It’s nearly 10 years later and that song still gets significant airtime in my apartment. I was never able to find anything else released by these guys, maybe someone else out there has?

Tight – “Failed Trust”

Brian: If Rites of Spring and SB hypemen Modern Life Is War did the dirty unprotected and had Wes Eisold and Ian Svenonius give the baby his early speech lessons, it might grow up to be a lot like Spanish Bombs. Like your hardcore dark, emotional, and ambitiously structured? Check out the song below, taken from their self-titled EP released last October on Chunksaah.

Spanish Bombs – Gamblers
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Tours: Nothington

Nothington, which features Gabe Lindeman and J Northington, both former members of defunct act Tsunami Bomb, have announced dates in support of their debut for BYO Records.

BYO describes the band as sounding like if “Tom Waits, Mike Ness, HWM, and Leatherface somehow mothered a child together.” The band will be releasing All In on February 20th, 2007.

The band was recently featured as an Mp3 of the Week here at Punknews.
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The Aquabats writing new album; Yo Gabba Gabba! picked up by Nick Jr.

According to the latest blog on their myspace page, The Aquabats have commenced working on their follow-up to Charge!! with a release planned for this summer. They wrote:

Now that we are on the subject of GOING FOR IT!! THE AQUABATS are going for it! They are hard at work on a new album and should have it, hopefully, out by this summer. That means you all can look forward to putting the top down on your rad convertibles and blasting the new album from the Aquabats until you feel super awkward and decide to put the top back up again. AWESOME!! Just a few hints about the new title of the album, MAGIC….UNTOUCHABLE….INDIA…..COWBOYS.

In related news, MC Bat Commander’s new television program, Yo Gabba Gabba! has been picked up by television network Nick Jr. The show is a new original half-hour preschool series. The 20-episode live-action magazine-style series will use music and song to highlight simple life lessons and universal experiences in the lives of preschoolers.
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Blackout Pact discuss post-band plans

The Blackout Pact have announced a variety of the ex-band members’ plans since the Pact’s November demise:

We can’t thank you all enough for all the support you’ve given us since the band broke up. Just a quick bulletin to let you all know that Mike Herrera and Mike Delmonico have started a new band with some friends from here in Denver and Cleveland. Justin Hackl has teamed back up with Casey and Joe from his old band Cost Of Living along with friends from Denver and Portland. No names for either of these bands yet. But you’ll be the first to know when things get rolling.

The band recently posted a demo and collaboration with Thursday online.
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Mike Hale (Gunmoll) posts “Leatherface Fan”

Mike Hale, of Gunmoll fame, has posted the song “Leatherface Fan” on his myspace page, which can be found here.

The song is from the upcoming Plea For Peace record, which is set to hit the streets this March on Asian Man Records. Mike is also currently writing and recording songs for his upcoming Asian Man solo release due later on this year.
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Rah Bras (1996-2007)

After more than a decade, Richmond, VA’s Rah Bras have decided that it’s time to hang up the keyboards, the keytars and drum keys. They have scheduled one last show.

The band toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan with bands such as the Locust, Lightning Bolt, The Faint, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, The Chinese Stars and Melt Banana.
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Sham 69 members claiming name after split

 The BBC is reporting that long-running punk band Sham 69 have split up in what is being termed a "bitter fall-out" between vocalist Jimmy Pursey and guitarist Dave Parsons.

Pursey said Parsons had left the group, while Parsons said he and drummer Ian Whitewood had sacked the singer. Both are now laying claim to the Sham 69 name. Pursey said: "He [Parsons] has walked out of the band. I am Sham 69."

Parsons and Whitewood said they sacked Pursey because he showed little interest in playing live. Pursey denied that, saying he only turned down revival gigs that were booked for the sake of money. Parsons and Whitewood have found a new bassist and will start auditioning singers shortly with the intention of carrying on as Sham 69.

 Sham 69

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The Stooges post new track from “The Weirdness”

The Stooges The Stooges have posted the first track from their new album, titled The Weirdness. The record will be released March 20 via Virgin Records. The album marks the seminal band’s first proper release in almost 34 years. Frontman Iggy Pop had the following to say about the album:

At times, [the songs have] a lot of going for the fences, but there’s a great deal of structure and attention to detail. We were very prepared, and we always have been any time we stepped into a studio.

You can check out “My Idea of Fun” on their myspace page.

The band will start touring in support of the album this spring. Along the way are plans to stop for a peformance at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX on March 17th.
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