Sunday 27 July 2014

Converge joined onstage by Steve Brodsky of Cave In at This Is Hardcore fest; European tour starts this week

Converge were joined onstage by their former bass player Steve Brodsky of Cave In this weekend at This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia. During the bands headline slot on Friday night (July 25th) Brodsky played guitar with Converge for 'Plagues', 'Grim Heart/Black Rose', 'Effigy', 'The...

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan launches Party Smasher Inc

Ben Weinman, guitarist of Dillinger Escape Plan, has joined forces with a number of key players across various areas of the music industry to create Party Smasher Inc. What began life as an indie record label back in 2009 - home of the band's 'Option Paralysis' and 'One Of Us Is The Killer' LPs...

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Atreyu stage a comeback

Following the start of their indefinite hiatus in 2011, Southern Californian melodic metallers Atreyu have announced their return. The reunited line-up includes the same five members that made up the band ahead of their break, including original vocalists Alex Varkatzas and Brandon...

Saturday 28 June 2014

Create To Inspire claim Red Bull Download Festival title

Following an intense nationwide competition to discover the best unsigned talent, Red Bull Studios have announced Create To Inspire as the winners of their Live at Download Competition. Create To Inspire take the title following various competition stages which saw them voted for by the...

Geoff Rickley launches Collect Records

Geoff Rickley, solo-performer and vocalist of post-hardcore veterans Thursday, has officially launched Collect Records, following a number of co-releases including the debut Touche Amore and United Nations records. The first releases by Collect Records proper will include the second album by...

Monday 23 June 2014

The Blackout launch ‘Wolves’ Kickstarter

Welsh rockers The Blackout are set to release their 'Wolves' EP in the Autumn via a Kickstarter campaign. It follows the band's departure from their label and management, and a postponed tour due to singer Gavin Butler's sudden deterioration in health. The band have described the sound on...

Sunday 8 June 2014

Larry and His Flask instruments and equipment stolen

In news that is all-too-common, Oregon's Larry and His Flask fell victim to van theft yesterday. Posting the news on their official website, the band explained that the van was taken from outside their hotel in Cayce, South Carolina. All of the band's instruments, equipment and some personal...

Sunday 1 June 2014

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Blink-182′s ‘Enema of the State’

It has been exactly 15 years since pop-punk band Blink-182 have released their album 'Enema of the State'. Arguably the best album recorded by Californians, you can still hear it play in the bars and parties. With the 8th song on the record, ‘All The Small Things’, easily referred to it...

Friday 23 May 2014

Koji to release ‘Some Small Way’ on vinyl

The Native Sound have launched a new series of re-releases by announcing that Koji's 'Some Small Way' EP will be available for the first time on vinyl from July 1st. 'Some Small Way' was originally available on CD and digitally by Run For Cover Records, released back in 2010. All orders come...

Monday 19 May 2014

Red Bull Studios Live At Download competition enters next stage

The final voting stage of the Red Bull Studios Live at Download competition is now underway. From the many entries, the initial public vote whittled it down to 100 bands to face deliberation by the judges. A panel including Huw Stephers, Katie P of Kerrang Radio, Angie Somerside of Red Bull...

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Adventures on 35mm Relaunches with New Site

Adventures on 35mm is a DIY photo project that gives disposable cameras to bands to take on tour. The bands then make a little photo diary of their tour using the camera! It's a great little project because no-one knows what photos have been taken and therefore it's like Christmas for everyone,...

Friday 25 April 2014

Red Bull Studios Live at Download competition to reveal 15 finalists

Audiences have been voting for their favourite unsigned bands in the Red Bull Studios Live at Download competition for the last three weeks. Following the end of phase one on Monday, the top 100 bands were presented to the judges who have now shortlisted the final 15. The final 15 bands will...

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,...

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