What’s Up Punks? (August 2017)

Punk is a style we like to cover at Heavy Blog when we can but often times it gets a little buried or we get behind on what’s going on in that particular area of the Heavy World. So we’re going to try something new here. In this column we’ll recommend some of the best in (the broadest definition of) punk as we see it. Each month we’ll hit on some new releases, talk about the tours big and small, and, hopefully, get feedback from you, Dear Reader, if we miss something that we should feature out of the punk realm. There are a number of great places to get your fix of punk music and tour stories but we’re going to give you the Heavy Blog spin on that here with What’s Up, Punks. Enjoy!

Always Riled Up: War On Women and Making Festivals Safer

We have countless examples from (the original) Woodstock to Glastonbury that sexual assault is an ongoing problem at our shows and festivals. Every year there is at least one reported rape or sexual assault at a major music festival in the U.S. Europe has become concerned enough with the issue that Sweden, as a nation, are proposing new laws and in the UK promoters are actively working to get not only their festivals but their artists on board with calling out this behavior. With a new festival season around the world looming, promoters, artists, and allies are taking it upon themselves to speak out and up to attempt to educate concert-goers about this issue in a renewed effort to stem, and eventually turn, the tide of sexual violence (among other things) in our shared show spaces.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

Recently Trevor Strnad, frontman for The Black Dahlia Murder, conducted an interview that could do nothing but heighten the anticipation of longtime fans for their upcoming release Everblack. Paraphrasing, Trevor stated the album’s name and content was an artistic rebuttal to the speculation that the band had “changed direction” as a result of participating in this year’s Warped Tour. After thorough investigation, Trevor stated his case correctly. Everblack is a rebuttal to said speculation — the sixth studio album Black Dahlia Murder fans wanted.

The Warped Tour (still) Fucking Sucks

The following bands are confirmed for the 2010 Warped Tour: Ace Enders After Midnight Project AM Taxi Anarbor Alesana Andrew WK Artist Vs. Poet Attack Attack! Breathe Carolina Breathe Electric Closure In Moscow Confide Dillinger Escape Plan Emarosa Emmure Eyes Set To Kill Fake Problems Far From Finished Fight Fair…