Friday 11 April 2014

Fright-Rags to release limited edition Misfits t-shirts

Horror apparel specialists Fright Rags have joined forced with scream-punks Misfits in order to release a pair of limited edition t-shirts. The tops picture fake movie posters based on the band's recorded material. Each t-shirt is complete with the iconic Misfits fiend. Both designs are...

Thursday 10 April 2014

Ex-Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit announces new band

George Pettit of Alexisonfire fame has just announced via his twitter account that he is playing in a new band operating out of Hamilton, Ontario called Dead Tired and that more details are on the way. https://twitter.com/GeorgePettit/status/454218339997335553 The lineup of the new...

Monday 31 March 2014

Bayside forced to part ways with band logo

In a bizarre turn of events, it emerged over the weekend that Bayside have been forced to no longer use their iconic bird logo. The distinctive emblem, pictured on the front cover of their most recent full-length 'Cult', has now been trademarked by a Mexican telecommunications company. After...

Friday 21 March 2014

Full Record Store Day 2014 release list revealed

Complete with some controversial releases (One Direction anyone?), the full list of exclusive releases for this year's Record Store Day has been revealed. Amongst the many UK releases, Punktastic readers might be interested in exclusive records by the following artists: BEANS ON...

Thursday 20 March 2014

Framework change name to Pretend Happy

Framework, not to be confused with US post-hardcore Frameworks, have changed their name to Pretend Happy. You can stream their most recent EP, now re-branded, via the SoundCloud player. ...

Sunday 16 March 2014

Handguns part with drummer Woody Spokas

Both Handguns and Woody Spokas have confirmed that they have parted ways. With their US tour alongside All Time Low and Man Overboard imminent, the statements suggest that Spokas had little involvement with the recording of their forthcoming record. Handguns will continue with their studio...

Friday 14 March 2014

Longineu Parsons splits from Yellowcard

After 17 years of playing with Yellowcard, drummer Longineu Parsons has decided to move on to new pastures. "Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," the band commented on Facebook. The statement continues to mention that...

Thursday 13 March 2014

Driver kills two and injures many more at SXSW Festival

Two people have died at the scene, and 23 have been injured, in a serious incident at this year's South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. A driver reportedly attempting to escape from police, drove through a manned barricade cordoning off a dedicated pedestrian area for the festival,...

Tuesday 11 March 2014

A Day To Remember reschedule Cardiff date

Alongside confirmation of their place on the mainstage at Reading and Leeds Festival in August, A Day To Remember also announced their return to Cardiff following the unfortunate cancellation at the start of February. The band will play the Motorpoint Arena in the Welsh capital on August...

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Pussy Riot members arrested in Sochi

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian protest band Pussy Riot have been arrested in Sochi. The pair, pictured above following their previous arrests for hooliganism, have been detained on suspicion of robbery - an accusation Tolokonnikova denies. Tolokonnikova took to Twitter...

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Russia passes amnesty bill which could free Arctic 30 and Pussy Riot members

The Russian duma today unanimously voted in favour of the proposed amnesty bill, which is increasingly likely to see the imprisoned Arctic 30 and two members of punk band Pussy Riot freed. Russia extended the amnesty to include hooliganism earlier this week. It could now see an end to the...

Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years at Cardiff Crown Court

South Wales Police According to Wales Online, former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years at Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to 13 serious child sex offences last month. His co-defendants, who cannot be named (Woman A and Woman B), have been sentenced to 14...

Friday 13 December 2013

Imprisoned Pussy Riot members granted retrial

Alongside recent speculation that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina may be freed once the new Russian amnesty bill is passed, the Russian Supreme Court have overturned the original ruling and demanded that the trial be heard again. The Supreme Court was dissatisfied with the ruling...

blink-182, Nine Inch Nails and Limp Bizkit in possible supergroup surprise

Although only informed speculation at this stage, it looks possible that blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has joined forces with former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland and Scroobius Pip (of 'Thou Shalt Always Kill' fame). Barker tweeted the above picture...

Thursday 12 December 2013

New Found Glory part ways with Steve Klein

New Found Glory have announced the departure of guitarist Steve Klein following personal differences. In their official statement, the band comment on long-term difficulties that have led to the decision to part ways. They are yet to announce a replacement. Here's the full statement...

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Pussy Riot to be freed?

Various news agencies and independent websites have been awash with news of the impending Russian amnesty bill, and its impact on the imprisoned members of punk band Pussy Riot, alongside the high-profile Greenpeace campaigners. Whether the bill will result in the release of Nadezhda...

Saturday 30 November 2013

Ex-Lostprophets members release statement after Ian Watkins pleads guilty to sex offences

Lostprophets in 2009 A joint statement from the rest of Lostprophets has been released following guilty pleas from Ian Watkins to 13 sex offences earlier this week. The statement is posted in full below, and you can read further details on the case (if you've been living under a pile of...

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Ron Reyes leaves recently reformed Black Flag

Plagued by negative press, the newly reformed Black Flag are having a tough time of it lately. Following Greg Ginn's unsuccessfully high-profile court case claiming rights to the Black Flag moniker and logo, frontman Ron Reyes has now confirmed he will no longer be involved in the reunion....

Monday 25 November 2013

Trigger Effect frontman Nick Babeu passes

Canadian punks Trigger Effect announced the death of frontman Nick Babeu via their Facebook page late last week. "Yesterday morning we lost our voice. Our singer, frontman and best friend Nick Babeu died an accidental death. We appreciate all of the kind words and actions we have heard and...

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Tom DeLonge to release children’s book

Tom DeLonge (of blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves fame) is taking a leaf out of his personal life, and releasing a children's book entitled 'The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve'. Illustrated by Mike Henry, the pre-sale begins on the 25th November for the special christmas package. This...