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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.



Feed The Cat (Melodic Hardcore, France) Stream New EP “Never Press Rewind. Except​.​.​.”

French melodic hardcore act Feed The Cat are allowing fans to stream their latest EP Never Press Rewind. Except… The release features seven tracks of rapid, technical sounds that will no doubt appeal to fans of bands like Strung Out, Darko, and A Wilhelm Scream.

You can check out Never Press Rewind. Except… in all its glory below. The previous release from Feed The Cat was the 2016 covers album Kick The Fat.



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.



Start At Zero (Skate Punk, Slovenia) and Frozen Acid (Melodic, Germany) Release Split

Slovenian skate punkers Start At Zero have released a split record with German melodic four-piece Frozen Acid. The two bands are currently on tour together through Europe and the UK, and will have physical copies of the EP with them. Unfortunately, only the Start At Zero portion of the split is currently available to listen to online.

There’s a link to it below, as well as a copy of the tour poster showing the remaining dates for the two bands.



Fastloud (90s skatepunk) premiere official tour music video for song “Wrong Drunk Fight”

Barcelona punks Fastloud have released a music video for their single “Wrong Drunk Fight.” The music video is an official clip of their most recent tour, “Walkman ReTour”, which saw the band tour around 5 cities in Spain: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Gijón, and Vitoria.

The band says they had a good experience and judging by the video clips it was way more than that. Check it out below.

Fastloud released their latest EP, Walkman Returns, last year.



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.



Symphony of Distraction (Skate Punk, CA) Stream Comeback Album “Horse”

Sacramento skate punks Symphony of Distraction are back after almost five years away from playing and recording music. The band have just released a new album entitled Horse via independent European label Less Talk, More Records. The record features 15 tracks of uber-infectious, melodious sounds that are guaranteed to excite fans of that classic Fat Wreck sound.

The previous release from Symphony of Distraction was the 2014 full-length, Call It Off, John.

You can listen to Horse in full below.



In 2 Months stream new album “Speed of Sound”

Winnipeg skate punks In 2 Months are now streaming their newly released album “Speed of Sound.”

The album came out through Melodic Punk Style. Give it a go below!



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.



Money Left to Burn (Germany) and The Affect Heuristic (Belgium/Scotland) Release Split

One of Germany’s finest skate punk bands have united with the multi-national newcomers of The Affect Heuristic to release a split entitled Money Left to Burn vs The Affect Heuristic. The record features five tracks from each band and is available via Lockjaw Records now. If you want to try before you buy, you can listen to it all below.

Whilst this is the first release from The Affect Heuristic, Money Left to Burn‘s previous offering was a 2015 split with Rebuke.



Local Resident Failure (skate punk) release ‘Punk in Drublic’ cover video

Australia’s Local Resident Failure recently released a video acoustically covering the entirety of NOFX‘s ‘Punk in Drublic’. You can check out the video as well as the original NOFX record below.

Local Resident Failure last released a split 7″ with local Australian act The Decline in 2016 via Pee Records.



Stream controversial new NOFX song “There’s No ‘Too Soon’ If Time Is Relative”

In response to the sad news about Stephen Hawking passing away punk veterans NOFX did what they do best: put out a joke song about it. Stream below their tribute(?) to the great theoretical physicist below.

NOFX released their last album First Ditch Effort, in October 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.