Punk

New Myths' polished punk shines on "Bad Connection"

Mixing a health dose of early 00s alternative and riot grrrl energy (with a raucous electronic bent), Brooklyn’s New Myths return with new track “Bad Connection,” a scorching, take-no-prisoners ride. Lyrically marked by free associative imagery that evokes the general restlessness at the track’s core (descriptions of television static and disease abound), Bad Myths instrumentally charge forward, offsetting their often grunge-y subject matter with sunburnt power chords, dynamic vocal gymnastics, and pervasive synth arpeggios. Such contrast allows the band to truly hone their strengths, primarily their ability to create rock that’s both crusty and glitzy, channeling a punk subject matter in a way that’s more polished than most (while maintaining that indefatigable spirit). Recommended for fans of groups like Sleater Kinney and the B-52s, stream the single below, and keep an eye out for the group’s forthcoming EP “All the Shiny Things” out later this year. Original photo by Andrew Segreti

   

Dead Rest "III"

Punk Trio Dead Rest has released their third EP, "III", and first since 2018. The group formed in 2018 and release their first two EP's that year. This third EP, a collection of three songs, is well worth the wait.

   

Sad Dragon

Experimental Punk group Sad Dragon recently release their debut full-length album Through the Fire & Pain.

This is punk with a thick layer funk running through out this group lead by Ember (vocals) and Citlally (drums).

The group recently released a video of the song "Starchild" and last year they appeared live on WHPK.

   

Burger Boogaloo moves to spooky dates

In light of the current closures the 11th annual Burger Boogaloo festival just announced it will be moving their July dates to Halloween weekend to best accommodate the artists on this year’s phat lineup. Host John Waters shares, “A virus may scare the punk rock world out of Oakland in July but we’ll scare it right back on Halloween weekend! Trick or treat, we can’t be beat! Burger Boogaloo 2020: a Monster Mash to top them all!” That’s the attitude we like to hear! Playing their first show in 25 years, we’re thrilled Bikini Kill is taking the stage, along with Belgian super punk star Plastic Bertrand for their first ever Bay Area show. Oakland favorites like Shannon Shaw (who's playing a solo set, though we’re wondering if any of the Clams might sneak on stage?) and The Younger Lovers. Secure your Burger Boogaloo tickets now, and if you’re already snagged ‘em, all tickets will still be honored. Let’s all plunk something to look forward to on the calendar for October 31 and November 1st and start thinking of your costumes while you're at it. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

No Object "Makeshift"

Post-Rock group No Object (formerly Out the Car Window) has been releasing singles from their forthcoming debut album, Makeshift, for over a year now. This slow, but impressive, build has been perfect for this group that blends elements of shoegaze with emo and straightforward rock. The last single was released this month and is the album's opening and title track. Makeshift is due out April 10th.

This is the work of Jake Wahlen (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Carlton (Bass), Griffin Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and Jeff Linville (Guitar, Vocals).