Thumper Punk Records is stoked to announce the release of a Benefit Compilation of Surf Music to raise money for Santa Cruz based FleaHab. Founded by legendary big wave surfer Darryl “Flea” Virostko, the mission of FleaHab is to provide a sober living environment in Santa Cruz focused on physical activity, in effect replacing the high of drugs with the endorphins of exercise. Combined with a nutritional menu and access to sports, yoga and other holistic support systems such as AA, FleaHab offers a new approach to sober living – and new hope for those afflicted by drugs and alcohol. The lineup features 16 bands from around the world which have contributed instrumental surf music to support FleaHab:
Thumper Punk Records is stoked to announce that Prescott, Arizona, based skate punk band Reliance has joined the label family. Reliance plays catchy, high-energy, melodic punk over a hailstorm of furious drumming. Bringing a message of hope and positivity, these passionate musicians have risen to the top of the genre. Reliance has new songs ready, and will be entering the studio with Dave Klein again in the coming months to record their third release. In the meantime, Thumper Punk Records has re-released their Crashing Down EP in CD format, which is available from the band at shows. Crashing Down is also available on the TPR Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and all major commercial retailers.
“Like a caged wildcat suddenly released, this album doesn’t hold back. It piles in good and hard, fast, proud, loud and with so much energy Reliance probably glow in the dark. It’s solid riffing through and through: drums, bass and guitar creating one of the best punk walls of noise I’ve heard in a long time.” — Paul S Ganney, Cross-Rhythms.
Thumper Punk Records is stoked to announce that Los Angeles area hardcore punk band Living In Victory has joined the label family. The original South Bay Scums, Living In Victory (formerly known as LIV.) is recharged and ready for shows and new music in the coming months. The love, the passion, the sorrow, the anger, the pain, the struggle, and the promise of life! To celebrate, Living In Victory is pleased to release their cover of Blitz’ punk classic song ‘New Age’ as a free download.
Always spiritually uplifting, the band’s high energy performance sets it apart from others in the punk and hardcore scene. Living In Victory features vocals from Matthew Salamante, Jason Diaz on bass, guitar players Jeremy Tudon and Christopher Pigao, and Tony Esquivel on drums. The band’s debut release “Be The Change” and “Freeman” EP are now also available as Name Your Price downloads through the TPR bandcamp site.
Thumper Punk Records has released a 3 song ep of previously unreleased songs from the OC punk outfit Rogue Anthem as a benefit for the family of singer Myke Augustat who passed away in 2012.
The debut album by Rogue Anthem, What to Believe, was released at a benefit show for the Augustat Family in November 2012. Tragically, singer, guitar player and founder, Myke Augustat (ex-Call to Glory) passed away earlier in the summer of 2012. Rogue Anthem was founded to carry a message to the forgotten and the underdog, a message railing against the evils of society today from materialism to greed to apathy. As was the case with the album, all profits from the album will be donated to the Augustat family, the wife and three children who miss Myke every day.
Back in 2005, Living Fire began as a project without a fixed lineup other than Luis Carlos on vocals and bass as he just wanted to make music and record to have music to listen to..never realizing that the lyrics in English would ever have an impact due to his accent. In 2011, the cd was recorded with the opening track “Jesus is Not Dead” and a couple of covers leading to the band signing to Thumper Punk Records in 2012. A couple of videos later and a couple of years, saw the band release Dead to Sin in 2014. Since then the band has released a couple more cd’s, Eternal Now in 2016 and Every Saint has a Past, Every Sinner has a Future in 2017, which saw the band veer away from a hardcore sound and more toward a Blink-182-like sound. During recording of Eternal Now, founder Luis Carlos shifted to only vocals and the band brought on Raphael Alcantara to handle bass duties and as a result of this change, the band suddenly had more creative input to their sound.
In full disclosure, I did like the band’s early material which was a bit more like melodic old-school hardcore and I pretty much lost interest in their more recent releases as the change in sound just didn’t fit into what I like to listen to. With The Flame Still Burns, if it wasn’t for Luiz Carlos’ distinctive vocals and tone, I would have thought it was a different band. So much more aggression and heavy, fast guitars and drums on this release. While their last one was more like Blink-182, I would put this one more toward bands like Downset and dare I say some hints of Sepultura. “Eternal Love” opens innocently enough with some howling wind and a crying baby but then Luiz Carlos comes in with a rap-like delivery and chunky guitar and bass riff with some gang vocals thrown in for good measure until the song shifts into a more melodic chorus section filled with some nicely layered in guitar leads. I get all sorts of influences showing up here, early TFK, POD, and the great funky bass work by Raphael Alcantara really helps bring the song along. Great start to the album and I did go back and check to make sure I had the right album playing.