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Mad Caddies to release cover album “Punk Rocksteady”, stream cover of Green Day’s “She”

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies will be releasing “Punk Rocksteady”, an album of “reggae, ska, and/or dancehall covers of 12 punk songs hand-picked by Fat Mike.” Fans can expect it to hit the digital shelves on June 15th via (surprise!) Fat Wreck Chords.

The songs include Misfits’ “Some Kind of Hate,” the Descendents’ “Jean Is Dead,” Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink,” Bad Religion’s “Sorrow,” and Green Day’s “She,” the latter of which you can stream below.

This is Mad Caddies’ first release since Dirty Rice was put out in 2014 also on Fat.

Mad Caddies are also going on Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic tour with NOFX, Bad Religion, and more, and they have upcoming headlining dates too. They’re playing headlining shows in the NYC-area at Gramercy Theatre on May 16 with Keep Flying and The Jukebox Romantics (tickets) and Asbury Park’s House of Independents on May 18 with Worthless United and Backyard Superheroes (tickets). All dates are listed below.



The Bombpops release video for “Dear Bear”

The Bombpops have premiered a video for “Dear Beer”, the title track from their recent Fat Wreck Chords EP, via New Noise Magazine. You can have a watch below.

The band tour Europe shortly, with some West Coast shows thrown in there too for good measure. Check current dates on the Fat Wreck site.



The Lillingtons release video for “Insect Nightmares”

Wyoming pop-punk veterans The Lillingtons have released a video for “Insect Nightmares”. The track is taken from their recent album Stella Sapiente” , which was released last October via Fat Wreck Chords.

You can have a watch below.



Album Review: Lagwagon – “Hang”

Ok, so Hang is four years old at the time of writing this but considering there was a nine year gap between this and Lagwangon’s last full length offering I think I can cut myself some slack. I started listening to these guys around the release of Hoss in 1996 and was a pretty avid fan through to Lets Talk About Feelings which came out in 1998. Those two releases (and Double Plaidinum which came between them) leaned more heavily on the melodic side of the melodic hardcore genre, with nods to their heavier, more metal infused first two albums. The band then went quiet for five years while members pursued other musical endeavors, singer Joey Cape’s new band (Bad Astronaut) taking an even poppier direction. With 2003’s Blaze, the band’s metal sound from their debut and sophomore releases (Duh 1992 and Trashed 1994) was more prevalent and the record failed to make much of an impression on me. In the intervening 15 years (fuuuuuuuck) Lets Talk About Feelings has been my go to record from Lagwagon. From that opening chugging riff on After You My Friend to the bittersweet melancholy on penultimate stormer May 16 the album is pretty much perfect all the way through.

Fast forward to 2018 and in preparation for the upcoming Menzingers / Lagwagon / Lawrence Arms show in London in August (not to mention Bad Cop Bad Cop and The Lillingtons) I’m filling in the blanks in my Lagwagon education. Resolve (2005) was written in the aftermath of the suicide of their friend and former drummer Derrick Plouride and lyrically is, understandably, influenced by that tragic event. Musically the album is a mix of melodic and heavier songs and it’s actually a really great addition to their catalogue which is quickly integrating itself into my current playlist.

Which brings me to their most recent, albeit now four year old, offering – Hang. It opens with Burden of Proof, a one-minute Joey Cape acoustic number which sees the first reference to the album’s title (“I see you hanging by your noose. Delivered, divine excuse”) of which there are several more throughout the album. As this subdued number fades out, second track Reign kicks in at breakneck speed, Cape’s vocals switching from mellow and melancholic to aggressive and angry and Lagwagon are back in style. There’s a really cool call back to a lyric in the opener (“It’s a sonnet. There’s no way to put a ribbon on it”) and the aforementioned “hanging man” so if you weren’t following the song titles you could assume the two openers were actually just one song. It’s an absolute belter and I’d love to see them open a set with these two songs back to back. I think the crowd would verily loose their shit! Made of Broken Parts starts with a super metal riff and chugs along nicely with a breakdown in the middle before further nods to the album title (“We can’t hang so we must hang. Can’t hang on so we disconnect”). Following song Cog in the Machine continues the more metallic bent and lyrical theme (machines, parts etc) and keeps the album flowing nicely. Poison in the Well is less overtly metal influenced, although does have a meandering guitar solo in the middle before returning to it’s previous fast pace. Obsolete Absolute starts with the sounds of typewriter before a rumbling bass line leads us into several minutes of an enjoyable rocking instrumental which is then joined by a spoken word narration of things which are becoming obsolete. Around two and half minutes in, the drum tempo increases and a pick slide delineates a shift in the song. Cape’s urgent vocals combine with fast tempo guitar work and it quickly turns into one of the stand out tracks on the album. We hear more about our friend “swinging…on the tree” and the spoken word narration returns to great effect, it really is an exceptional six minutes of music. Western Settlements starts with a relatively pedestrian but enjoyable chugging riff and beat before the drums and bass strip away to leave the guitar to accompany Joey Cape’s sombre vocal which comes in (“A hell of a thing. Hanging a man. Taking everything he has. And all he’ll ever have”). Then the rest of the band kick in again and we’ve got another belter on our hands. Burning Out in Style, opens with a bright vocal over a pulsing guitar and we get one of the most melodic tracks on the release. It’s a fucking corker too, exposing the mundanity and emptiness that lies beneath the shiny façade that some people portray themselves with. One More Song starts with a piano intro underneath a gentle vocal from Joey and is a poignant tribute to the much loved and sadly missed Tony Sly. It references a song Joey heard Tony working on the week before he died which becomes a metaphor for wishing he was still with us. It’s another slice of pure melodic perfection and a fitting tribute to the great man. Following song, Drag, is a reworking of one of Cape’s acoustic numbers, discussing his addiction to nicotine. It’s a little heavier than the previous two tracks without returning to the more metal sound from earlier in the album. You Know Me continues in the same musical vein, a mid tempo rocker which discusses how disconnected we are from each other despite the devices we now have that in theory could bring us closer together. Album closer In Your Wake is a bit of a blend of all the musical styles and themes from the album. It rocks along nicely then builds to a climax, only to slow down to a super poppy repeated refrain (“Inside your head”) over acoustic guitar and a slower drum beat which then itself builds, the full band kick in and we’re told “Your next to hang” over some breakneck speed classic ‘Wagon.

So there we have it, nine years in the making and four more before I actually listened to the damn thing and it’s pretty fucking special, I wish I’d pulled my finger out earlier. It has an urgency and freshness whilst still unmistakably being a Lagwagon album which should please diehard fans and win over new ones. Roll on August!

4/5 Stars



Strung Out Stream “Requiem” From Forthcoming Acoustic Record “Black Out The Sky”

Legendary Fat Wreck band Strung Out are streaming a track from a soon-to-be-released acoustic record. “Requiem” will appear on Black Out The Sky which is penned for release on May 11.

You can check out “Requiem” below.



Lagwagon to perform “Let’s Talk About Feelings” at Fest 17

As part of this year’s Fest lineup, Lagwagon will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of their 1998 record “Let’s Talk About Feelings” by performing it in its entirety. You can listen to the record, as well as purchase tickets to Fest 17 or Prefest 6, below.

Thus far, Lagwagon and an array of other bands such as Dead To Me, Red City Radio, and Iron Chic have been announced as headliners, with the second wave of band announcements coming June 11.



Fat Mike close to finishing Cokie the Clown solo album

According to his Instagram, Fat Mike of NOFX is apparently close to finally finishing the Cokie the Clown album. I’m curious to see what this album will be, given the dark, brutal honesty of the legendary Cokie performance at SXSW from 2010. I’m sure we’ll let you know what we think when the album is finally released.



first round of bands announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6

The first round of bands have been announced for Fest 17 and Pre-Fest 6 and for yet another year, Fest will not disappoint. The three day punk festival, now in its 17th year, takes place in over 20 venues in and around Gainesville, FL.

Lagwagon is set as a headliner and will perform “Let’s Talk About Feelings” in its entirety in honor of its 20th anniversary. Cursive, a band it took many years to get to perform at Fest, is set to perform at both Pre-Fest in Ybor and Fest. Other headliners include Piebald, Iron Chic, Dead To Me, Tim Barry, and RVIVR among many, many others.

As for breakups, Fest is set to be the final sendoff of Ontario, CAN natives Crusades. In existence since 2009, the band plans to party two last times in Gainesville, with two shows slotted in two smaller venues.

This years lineup also includes the reunion of California’s Audio Karate who are taking the stage for the first time since 2007.

You can check out the full lineup to both Pre-fest and Fest below, along with several other details.

The next wave of bands are set to be announced June 11.



Direct Hit! Announce They’ve Finished Tracking Their Latest Album

Milwaukee-based pop punks, Direct Hit! have announced via their Instagram page that they have finished tracking their newest LP. For now, however, there is no word as to when the record will be ready for release.

The previous full-length from the four-piece was the 2016 effort, Wasted Mind.



DS Photo Gallery: The Lawrence Arms w/Red City Radio and Sincere Engineer (Cambridge, MA)

Over the course of a semi-llustrious career that’s spanned just shy of twenty years, it seems like The Lawrence Arms have played Boston somewhere around two dozen times anyway. And so it seems a little strange that this past Wednesday marked the trio’s first appearance in the area in over four years, since the tour for 2014’s Metropole. It also marked the first night of the twelve-date East Coast leg in support of their mammoth great-ish hits collection, We Are The Champions Of The World (released last Friday on Fat Wreck Chords). If there was any rust that had accrued after the three months of day jobs that the band had returned to since they last played together, it was shaken off pretty quickly. After taking the stage to the sounds of a polka rendition of the Queen classic that their recent release stole its name from, the trio ripped into “On With The Show” and “Alert The Audience,” in that order, from their 2003 full-length, The Greatest Story Ever Told and didn’t really let off the gas pedal for the next hour.

The crowd was engaged right from the rip as well, finally knocking yours truly from his spot at stage center about halfway through the hour long main set  out of fear of finally dropping my PBR-drenched camera into the pit once and for all. Chris McCaughan maintained his steady, workmanlike presence on stage right manning guitar and co-vocal duties. His stage left counterpart, Brendan Kelly, was not as noticeably *ahem* lubricated as his reputation had proceeded, though he nevertheless peacocked around the stage in his usual manner that’s equal parts tongue-in-cheek self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating. I feel like special mention needs to be made of Neil Hennessy. Hennessy’s drumming is wildly underappreciated in the scene-at-large (frequent “Henn-Ess-Y! Henn-Ess-Y!” or, in Boston’s case, “Neil! Neil! Neil!” chants notwithstanding). Hennessy is rock steady, proving that you can be a dynamic force without engaging in some of the self-flagellating over-playing that some of the better known punk rock drummers have made their forte. The band’s fourteen-song main set and two-song encore did feel a tad on the short side, but when you’re the champions of the world, people are cool with you leaving them wanting more. Let’s just not have that take four years this time around…we may not be here that long!

Direct support on the East and West Coast legs of the We Are The Champions Of The World tour comes from Red Scare Industries bands Red City Radio and Sincere Engineer. The Oklahoma-based foursome that is Red City Radio recently released their latest EP, SkyTigers, and it’s already solidified a spot on many year-end “Best Of…” lists. It’s a little sludgier and filled with more balls-out rock riffs than their normal, more punk-tinged fare. The new tracks were well-received by the audience, most of whom sounded already familiar with the bulk of the RCR catalog, although the weed-inspired “In The Meantime…” from their 2015 self-titled album finally got what would become a non-stop pit for the rest of the night to finally take shape.

Sincere Engineer exists in several forms but is primarily the brainchild/working moniker of Chicago’s Deanna Belos. She released her debut full-length late last year accompanied by a full band, and it landed like a welcome breath of fresh air; honest, raw and inspiring fresh air. Yet Belos grew her milk teeth writing and playing as a solo artist, with advice and inspiration from Kelly and from Red Scare Comrade-In-Charge Toby Jeg, and is on this tour accompanied only by her trusty Taylor acoustic guitar. Belos was outwardly nervous about the prospects of opening for her all-time favorite band on not one but two tours, but she wears her coy vulnerability as a badge of honor. she might cut a figure that’s equal parts demure and, in her own words, fragile, but Belos is a legit songwriting and perofming powerhouse, as evidenced by set closer “Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7.”

Head below for our full photo gallery!

 



The Dwarves release video for “Devil’s Level”

The Dwarves recently released the video for “Devil’s Level”. It comes off their 2018 Burger Records release ‘Take Back the Night’ .

The Dwarves also have a few upcoming shows they are playing before supporting The Bronx at the Friday Punk Rock Bowling club show on May 25. You can check out the video and list of shows below.



The Bombpops release full stream of new EP “Dear Beer”

The Bombpops are following up last year’s “Fear Of Missing Out” album with a new EP, “Dear Beer,” which releases on Friday, April 6th. The stream debuted on Uproxx, and you can check it out below as well!



Strung Out release video for recent single “Town Of Corzon”

Strung Out have released a video for recent single “Town Of Carazon”, one of the tracks featured on the band’s upcoming acoustic album “Black Out The Sun”, due out May 11th via Fat Wreck Chords.

The album will feature 6 new, acoustic songs as well as acoustic renditions of songs from their back catalogue. You can watch the video below.



Fat Mike Announces “Camp Punk in Drublic” Festival with N

Nofx’s Fat Mike has announced the first edition of a new music festival. The event is called Camp Punk in Drublic and will be a three day celebration of punk rock, craft beer, and general debauchery. It will be held on the first weekend of June, from the Friday through until Sunday in Legend Valley, Thornville, OH.

Comprising the line up will be many Fat Wreck favourites plus a few other legendary punk rock bands. These will include: Nofx, Rancid, Goldfinger, Pennywise, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, Face to Face, and many more. There will also be various other attractions such as flea markets, funfairs, and camp fire stories from the likes of Jello Biafra, Eric Melvin, and Mike himself.

Fat Mike had the following to say about his new venture:

“The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong, because everything is already wrong. Punk rockers don’t really know how to camp. They know how to wear hoodies, drink, and lean on each other… 

“…Let me be clear: A rabbi, a priest and a few thousand punk rockers go camping in Ohio…Sorry, no punchline. But there will be 17 great bands, 2 mediocre bands, and 5,000 kegs of beer. What could possibly go wrong?”

If you’re interested in attending the first Camp Punk in Drublic, head over to the official website to check out all the details.



CJ Ramone release new video for “Girlfriend in a Graveyard”

Looks like the former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone (Fat Wreck Chords) just released a video for “Girlfriend in a Graveyard.”

CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March of 2017.

Check it out below!