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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes added to the It’s Not Dead Fest 2

As if a lineup featuring Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Reagan Youth and the Voodoo Glow Skulls wasn’t enough of a reason to attend, the It’s Not Dead festival has added punk rock’s favorite cover band, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.

The festival date is August 26th, at the Glen Helen Festival Grounds in sunny San Bernardino, California. This years lineup is packed full of classic punk rock bands, an art festival, and a punk rock swap meet. Yet another reason I wish I lived in California.

Any punker west of the Mississippi has no excuse to miss this bad ass experience, with an extremely reasonable 42 dollar ticket price. Get your tickets here.

Any favorites on this years lineup? Anybody bringing some vintage swag they want to swap around?



DS Photo Gallery: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (w/ Masked Intruder and PEARS), Boston, MA

America’s favorite punk rock lounge act supergroup coverband, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, brought the East Coast leg of their tour in support of their greatest hits album, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits (April 7th, Fat Wreck Chords), through Boston late last week, their first area appearance in close to seven years. The touring lineup of the Gimmes has been a bit of an ongoing, evolving thing over the years, and honestly that’s one of the things that keeps the band fun and compelling as a live act. On this particular run, founding Gimmes Spike Slawson (vocals, occasional uke hunter), Joey Cape (guitar) and Dave Raun (drums) were joined by longtime touring Gimme Scott Shiflett all but taking over his kid brother Chris’s spot on lead guitar and Bad Religion’s Jay Bentley manning Fat Mike’s bass player battle station.

The Gimmes are always a fun time, and this particular night was no exception. One could imagine a situation in which a revolving cast of punk rock characters in their third decade as a recording and touring cover band (side note: the “Denver” 7-inch came out in 1995 and that doesn’t seem real) would have the occasion to go through the proverbial motions, but that hasn’t been the case. Bentley and Shiflett especially displayed an awful lot of playful stage interplay throughout the set, the latter using the opportunity to flex his mighty, mighty lead guitar skills that obviously get overlooked in his normal role as Face To Face’s bass player for the last few decades. Spike Slawson has long since outwardly embraced the role of schticky, occasionally raunchy lounge act crooner, so much so that you sometimes lose sight of the fact that the guy can actually, really, genuinely sing to a degree that he’s made a handful of other people’s songs sound like his own. The ukulele-led rendition of Madonna’s “Crazy For You” from 2014’s Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA! is a perfect example, though it’s worth noting that Madonna didn’t actually write the song either, so at this point it’s just as much Slawson’s as hers. But I digress. Long story short, Boston can be a bit of a notoriously finicky place for punk bands to play. On this particular night, Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s haven’t put out a new studio album (Greatestest Hits notwithstanding) in three years and still headlined in front of more Bostonians at the packed-to-the-rafters 1100-ish capacity Royale nighclub than they have played for in any of their past headlining gigs here in at least a decade, and that’s a pretty awesome thing.

Masked Intruder and PEARS provided direct and opening support in that order. The crowd at Royale turned out in larger capacity for PEARS than I have ever really seen at that particular venue, notorious for their early start times (can’t keep the EDM crowd waiting…), which was inspiring for a band that’s got a more raw, aggressive, throwback punk rock sound than many of their peers. Frontman Zach Quinn performs as though he’s from a bygone era, his banshee-like wailing and shirtless, sweat-covered pacing around the stage creating the impression of a caged animal chomping at the bit to be released.

Masked Intruder seem to be a perfect fit for any lineup that includes Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s. They might have a schtick of their own going, but it’s a really, really good one. Intruder Red was not behind the drum kit on this particular run — he’s in jail, naturally — but the band seemed to miss nary a beat with Lipstick Homicide’s Luke Ferguson taking up drum duties. Masked Intruder are a fun band who seem to take their role as a “fun band” seriously, without taking themselves too seriously. Blue and Green lead most of the high energy charge, having perfected personas as pseudo-New York tough guy common street criminals, at least until roughly the set’s halfway point, when Officer Bradford gradually loosens up and strips down, at which time the whole thing has the potential to devolve completely. Again, it’s schtick, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s all very well done.

Check out our full photo gallery below, and check out upcoming Gimmes dates here.

 



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes streaming “Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits”

Everyone’s favorite punk cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes just released their new retrospective collection Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, and you can give it a listen below.

The Gimmes will be touring North America and Europe very soon. Their latest studio album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! was released in 2014.



Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies streams ‘City of New Orleans’ off upcoming album “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits”

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are now streaming the song ‘City of New Orleans’ from their upcoming album “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits” to be released April 7th on Fat Werck Chords. Check it out below.

This is their first release since “Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!”, which was released in 2014.



Punk Rock Bowling announces daily lineups for 2017 festival

While the full lineup for Punk Rock Bowling 2017 was announced back in January, you can now check out the daily lineups for all three days of the Vegas-based festival.

Not surprisingly, the three biggest acts (Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Cock Sparrer) are spread out over the three nights, with a slew of additional acts each day.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can pick up 3-day passes ($125) or single-day passes ($50) here.



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!



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.



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes announce 2017 European tour with Masked Intruder

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be touring European with Masked Intruder in early 2017. The tour poster suggests Jay Bentley of Bad Religion will be filling in on bass for Fat Mike.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

The Gimmes last released Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! in 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords. Masked Intruder’s EP Love and Other Crimes came out in July on Pure Noise Records.



Riot Fest Denver announces 2016 After Shows

Riot Fest organizers have announced the official After Shows for the festival’s 2016 stop in Denver, Colorado. A few bands playing these shows include Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Lillingtons, The Aquabats, and Major Threat (a Minor Threat tribute ft. Dan Precision of 88 Fingers Louie).

The full schedule of After Shows for the 2016 edition of Riot Fest Denver can be found below. You can grab tickets for these shows when they go on sale this Friday, August 5th at 10am MDT.



Bad Religion, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Mad Caddies and The Sainte Catherines to play Envol et Macadam festival

Canadian festival Envol et Macadam has announced the first batch of bands for the 2016 lineup, including Bad Religion, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Mad Caddies, The Sainte Catherines and D-Unity. More bands are bands are expected to be announced soon.

Envol et Macadam will take place from September 8-10, 2016 at the Parc de L’Ilot Fleuri in Quebec City, and more details about the festival and ticket sales can be found here.



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes add dates, The Flatliners to European tour

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have added a few dates to their upcoming European tour, in addition to announcing The Flatliners will be tagging along for these shows.

Find out if they’re stopping near you below.

Me First last released Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords. The Flatliners’ latest album Dead Language came out in September of 2013, and they have since released a b-sides/rarities compilation titled Division of Spoils in August, 2015.



Me First and the Gimme Gimmes announce European tour dates

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have announced they will be heading overseas for a European tour in May of 2016. You can check out all of the dates and locations below.

The band’s latest album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! released in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.



Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Uke Hunt) unveils three new ukulele covers

Spike Slawson of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and solo project Uke-Hunt recently sat down with Punks In Vegas to share live performances of three new covers as well as a fully acoustic version of a track off Me First’s latest album.

Check out “Crazy for You” (originally by Madonna), “Xanadu” (originally by Olivia Newton-John and ELO), “A World Without Love” (originally by Peter and Gordon, written by Lennon and McCartney), and “Mienteme” (originally by Los Tres Diamantes) below.



Punk Rock Bowling: Night One – Manic Hispanic, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes (Bunkhouse Saloon)

Friday night was the first night of official Punk Rock Bowling club shows, so after already being in Vegas for three days, I was itching to get this thing started! It all started with a night of cover songs, featuring Manic Hispanic & Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at Bunkhouse Saloon.

Before the show, we had a Dying Scene game-planning meetup at the Nugget, and you know how punks do with meetings. So, needless to say, I was a bit late to the show, and missed the first-ever show by The All Brights (Sean Sellers of Good Riddance, Dave Hause). Some of my friends who made it said it was a great set though, so I’ll take their word for it.

We got there shortly after Manic Hispanic started their set. I had never seen these guys live, and it was quite the… experience? They busted through some punk rock classics, of course, with the words changed. I’ll admit, I don’t listen to Manic Hispanic much, but it was comical to hear them changing the words to songs like Rancid‘s “Ruby Soho” (“Rudy Cholo”) and The Vandals‘ “Urban Struggle” (“I want to be a cholo”). Kind of like a punk rock/Chicano Weird Al vibe. Fun stuff.

The main attraction, though was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Everyone’s favorite punk rock cover band switched up the lineup for this performance. Instead of Fat Mike (who was chasing waterfalls with his daughter) on bass, it was Jay Bentley from Bad Religion. Brian Baker (also from BR) filled in on guitar for Chris Shiflett. Baker was pretty quiet most of the set, but Jay Bentley seemed to relish the chance to break free from his more “serious” role in Bad Religion. He was cracking jokes seemingly non-stop, and even did some background dancing when Spike Slawson gave the band a break to do some Uke-Hunt songs solo on the ukulele. It was quite entertaining. Spike was in his normal frontman form, flying through “the hits”. For me though, I think he did a few too many cover songs…

Check out my photos from Manic Hispanic and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes below.



Video interview: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes at the Jägermeister Tour 2014

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes recently did a mini-interview during the ongoing Jägermeister Tour taking place in the UK. Spike Slawson, Joey Cape (Lagwagon) and Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) who’s filling in for Fat Mike, talked  about the band in general, how it is to be a “Gimme” and booing Mariah Carey.

Check it out below.

Me First’s latest album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords.