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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes announce tour dates supporting upcoming greatest hits collection

Get your best Hawaiian shirts ready, boys and girls; Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have got a busy 2017 in the works!

As you probably already know, the band were added to the lineup at this coming May’s Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. Today brings with it not only a slew of new international tour dates, but a brand-new release as well!

First things first. The new album is called “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits,” and features seventeen of the band’s favorite tracks from their seven full length releases. Check out the tracklist below. “Rake It In” is due out April 7th on Fat Wreck Chords (obviously); stay tuned for pre-order details.

Next up, as mentioned above, is a whole crap ton of tour dates that will find the five-some playing in Europe and the States a bunch between now and July 1st. A bunch of the European and American dates will feature main support from Masked Intruder, and PEARS and Together Pangea will also be making appearances. Scott Shiflett (Face To Face) will be filling in for his brother on guitar, while the almighty Jay Bentley will be filling in for Fat Mike on bass. Check out the rundown below as well!



7″ REVIEWS: NOFX – “HEPATITIS BATHTUB” and “OXY MORONIC”

I’m trying to keep emotion out of this. I saw on the Fat Wreck Chords website that NOFX was releasing a brand new 7″ called Hepatitis Bathtub featuring similar artwork to that of their book of the same name. The item description on the Fat Wreck Chords website gave no information other than the track listing, but since this was less than two months following the release of their best full-length studio album at least since 2006 I assumed that this new record consisted of First Ditch Effort rejects. Of course I’d recognized the title “Nothing But A Nightmare”, a Rudimentary Peni cover song that was performed on NOFX’s 1995 live album, but I’d thought the band must have re-recorded it, as they had laudably re-recorded “Hold It Back”, another 1980s track, a few years ago. Songs “Young Drunk and Stupid” and “Death of a Friend”, judged by their titles, seemed spot on with other First Ditch Effort song topics, as well as prominent themes in their collective autobiography.

But no, this record does not consist of new songs, or even of new recordings of old songs. Rather, these songs were recorded in 1987 “in a basement in Omaha”, before NOFX signed with Epitaph Records and long before El Hefe was a member of the band. To be fair, I did find a press release on the Fat Wreck Chords website from a few weeks prior to the release date that described the Hepatitis Bathtub EP as consisting of a “recently unearthed, crazy old NOFX recording to go along with the crazy old stories in the book.” So, while this information wasn’t, and still isn’t, in the item description on the Fat website, had I done a little more research I wouldn’t have felt as let down the first time I gave it a listen after receiving my pre-order in the mail.

For those yet to delve into the first chapter or two of NOFX’s career, be aware that Fat Mike and Company weren’t very good in the 1980s. Liberal Animation (1988), the band’s debut LP, may be hard to listen to but compared to the earlier stuff it’s pristine. The recording quality on Hepatitis is poor, but if we can look the other way for Operation Ivy, then we can forgive NOFX, too; it’s the songs that matter most. But severely lacking in NOFX’s early work are melodies. The band was stylistically more hardcore-punk back then, but on the occasion Fat Mike attempted a melody he too often paralleled the guitar riffs and bass lines, rather than having a distinct vocal melody with instrumental accompaniment. This is evident at times on each Hepatitis song, particularly “Too Mixed Up” and “Nothing But A Nightmare”, the latter of which is longer than I’d previously known it to be (I admit I’m not familiar with the original version); the band must not have thought the song was worth playing in full on I Heard They Suck Live (1995).

Now, I feel like I know kind of a lot about NOFX . Still, Maximum Rocknroll, a compilation of pre-Epitaph NOFX recordings, is one NOFX record I’ve had trouble spending much time with. In fact, I’m so unfamiliar with the compilation that upon seeing the track listing for Hepatitis Bathtub I didn’t recognize the titles “No Problems” and “Too Mixed Up” from Maximum Rocknroll. The versions are slightly different, but that would have gone unnoticed, too, had I not looked it up out of sheer curiosity. This “new” EP’s bright spot is “Young Drunk and Stupid”. It’s impossible to make out the lyrics, but the overall composition has by far the most depth, and would most benefit from a re-recording a la “Hold it Back”. All in all, this new release of old material is a disappointment.

Also released sporadically throughout the fall, and on various colored vinyl, was the Oxy Moronic 7” single, dubbed “Original Demos #3” by Fat Wreck Chords. With the album version on side A and a demo version of the same song on side B this record struck me as a cop-out money-grabbing gimmick, but I overpaid for it on eBay anyway.

And I’m glad I did! “Oxy Moronic” is one of the stronger songs on an album filled with strong songs, but to see where it came from is fascinating. The demo version bears the same title and the occasional lyric – although “Oxy Moron” is uttered repeatedly, not “Oxy Moronic” – but otherwise it sounds like a completely different song. While faster, the demo is simply not as clever melodically or lyrically as the final product, and, for what it’s worth, the production quality of a demo is never as good as the studio version, though this track still blows the Hepatitis Bathtub EP out of the water. If only someone could provide a detailed step-by-step description of how the First Ditch Effort version came to be. Maybe for their next book.

In summary: NOFX still good, Hepatitis Bathtub EP bad, Oxy Moronic 7” interesting.

 



Western Addiction stream new song “Taedium”

San Francisco punks Western Addiction have premiered a new song titled “Taedium,” which features guest vocals from Propagandhi‘s Todd Kowalski. You can give the track a listen below.

The band’s upcoming album Tremulous is set to release on March 10th through Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-orders are now available on the label’s webstore.



PEARS stream new song “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song”

New Orleans punk act PEARS recently made a record store day 7″ available as a digital release.  Check out “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song” below.

PEARS’ sophomore full-length Green Star was released on April 1st through Fat Wreck Chords.



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes added to Punk Rock Bowling lineup

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are the latest band to join the lineup for the 2017 edition of Punk Rock Bowling. The Las Vegas punk festival’s current lineup also includes Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Bouncing Souls, Choking Victim, and many others.

For more info, head over to PRB’s website.

The Gimmes last released Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! in 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



Useless ID perform for Bridge City Sessions

Useless ID are the latest artist to perform for Bridge City Sessions. The band played “Land of Idiocracy” and “Stopwatch” as their live offering. Both tracks are from last year’s “State Is Burning“.

You can watch the session below.



Denizen Records stream compilation “Punk Against Trump”

Denizen Records have released an anti-Trump compilation. The record features twenty-two tracks of political punk rock and hardcore from the likes of Dwarves , Second In Line, and OC45.

You can enjoy the full compilation below.



NOFX stream video for “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”

NOFX are streaming a video for their previously released track “California Uber Alice (Is It Too Late To Secede?)”. The song was originally featured as part of the band’s 7 Inch Of The Month Club in 2005. You can watch the video below.



Real McKenzies premiere new song “Due West”

Celtic punk veterans The Real McKenzies have premiered a new song from their upcoming album Two Devils Will Talk.

The track is titled “Due West,” and you can give it a listen below.

Two Devils Will Talk is set to release on March 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. Head over to the label’s webstore to pre-order the album.



The Bombpops premiere new song “Jerk” off of upcoming album

San Diego pop-punks The Bombpops signed to Fat Wreck Chords back in November, and they are now debuting a new song off of their upcoming album, Fear of Missing Out.  Check out “Jerk” below to get a feel for the band’s pop-grunge sound.

The album is due out February 10, 2017, and it is the band’s first full-length. The Bombpops have so far released three EPs, the most recent being their 2015 release, Can Of Worms.



Morning Glory donate new track to tribute album “Long Live Revolution Rock: A Tribute to Cole Michael Plummer”

Morning Glory have responded to requests to provide a track for a tribute to a late fan. Tommy Smith of No Time Records contacted the band after he had the idea to put out a compilation of bands that meant something to his friend who passed away following a freak accident. The track that Morning Glory have provided is previously unreleased and can be enjoyed along with the rest of the release below.

This is a really sweet gesture from No Time Records so definitely show some support and pick a copy up of “Long Live Revolution Rock: A Tribute to Cole Michael Plummer”, if you like what you hear.



CJ Ramone announces new album, “American Beauty”

Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has announced details of his latest solo album!

Entitled American Beauty, the album will mark Ramone’s third solo full-length, following 2014’s Last Chance To Dance and 2012’s Reconquista. It’s due out on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th, obviously), and like it’s predescessors, it’ll be released by Fat Wreck Chords. For the dozen-song album, Ramone was joined by a pretty awesome backing band consisting of Steve Soto and Dan Root of the Adolescents and Pete Sosa of Street Dogs. Also featured are reported guest appearances by Mariachi El Bronx‘s horn section and (personal favorite) Kate Eldridge of Big Eyes.

Stay tuned for more info on the album and subsequent touring cycles as it becomes available!

 



Get Dead perform “Monte Carlo,” “Shook” and “$1000 Bender” on Bridge City Sesisons

During a recent trip through the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area’s Get Dead performed three songs for the upstart Portland-based Bridge City Sessions. Head below to check out their performances of “Monte Carlo,” “Shook” and “$1000 Bender.”

“Monte Carlo” and “Shook” appear on Get Dead’s most recent album, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, which was released last year on Fat Wreck Chords and is one of the best releases of 2016 according to a handful of your friendly neighborhood Dying Scene staffers. “$1000 Bender” appears on their pre-Fat (2010) self-titled album.



Lagwagon, The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and more among first wave of Pouzza Fest bands

The first batch of bands has been announced for the 2017 installment of Montreal’s Pouzza Fest, and it’s already a pretty great one. Leading the charge none other than Montreal’s adopted son Joey Cape and his pals in the almighty Lagwagon! Also announced are heavy hitters like The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Mustard Plug (performing “Evildoers Beware”), The Slackers (performing “Redlight”), Red City Radio, and more.

Pouzza Fest takes place May 19-21 in various Montreal venues. Check out the full rundown here.



Direct Hit! perform for Bridge City Sessions

Direct Hit! are the latest act to perform for Bridge City Sessions. The band  performed ““Promise Land” and “Artificial Confidence” for the Portland based sessions studio. You can watch both performances below.