DOWNLOAD: ASHERS, “DESTITUTION” [MP3]
DOWNLOAD: DEADLY SINS, “GREY SKIES TURN” [MP3]
Not that they’re strangers or anything, but it’s nice to know that there’s now a single degree of separation between Boston’s two biggest punk-rock franchises: members of Dropkick Murphys and the Unseen have fired up two new bands who share former Crash and Burn guitarist Bill Brown. On Ashers’ debut EP, Brown and frontman Mark Unseen prove they’ve got more to offer than speed and anarchy, whether they’re taking a blowtorch to Tom Petty’s “I Need To Know” or penning this track, 2008’s catchiest crustpunk sing-along. Brown’s also all over Selling Our Own Weaknesses, the debut by part-time Dropkicks singer Stephanie Dougherty’s Deadly Sins. Dropping the Irish sass and heading straight for wounded pride, this turbocharged anthem has been melting the mohawks of bondage-pants’d 15-year-olds from Quincy to Belgium. Grab both mpfrees above, then watch Brown do double duty when both bands play an all-ages CD-release gig at Harpers Ferry this Sunday, September 7.