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Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) discusses covering Tony Sly’s “Via Munich”

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM (PST)

The Tony Sly tribute website ( has been compiling little stories about Tony, written by contributors to the “The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute” album.

The Flatliners, Strung Out, Yellowcard, Pennywise, and more have all contributed short stories about Tony’s influence in their life, and what the covers meant to them.

The newest installation comes from Good Riddance frontman Russ Rankin, who covered Sly’s “Via Munich” for the tribute album. Here’s what he had to say,

When my band was just getting our feet wet as part of the FAT Wreck Chords family, Tony took us under his wing and had us play several shows around California with his band. Later that year, when our first album was released, Tony invited us to tour Europe supporting his band. We had never been overseas and we were really stoked to get the chance. Our first album was a collection of songs cobbled together by various riffs brought in by various members over a period of 3-4 years, with me writing lyrics and melodies over them. As we were writing our first album, I began picking up my guitar (which I could barely play) and tried to write more complete songs. I didn’t consider this “songwriting” per se, it was more for expediency’s sake. While in Europe, Tony and I had several conversations about music and songwriting. He gave me tons of insight and advice, although I don’t know if he realized at the time how helpful he was. He asked me about our songs, which he knew surprisingly well, and who had written them. It turned out that he particularly liked some of the songs I had written start to finish, as opposed to the collection of separate riffs strapped together. He told me something I will never forget: he told me that I was the songwriter of the band, and that I needed to take the reins and assume that responsibility. He told me to start thinking of the process in terms of writing complete songs, rather then just bringing a riff or two to practice. It was completely new information for me, but it helped shape the way I have approached songwriting ever since. He believed in me as a songwriter, and he believed in our band at a time when we were still unsure if we’d be able to make a real go of it. 

I will always remember his calm demeanor and his understated humor. He always had a way of making the endless monotony of tour seem fun and adventurous. He found the wonder in everyday things and helped everyone around him enjoy them that much more.

The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute, featuring covers of songs by No Use for a Name and Mr. Sly from NOFX, Bad Religion, Strung Out, Rise Against, Pennywise, The Gaslight Anthem and many others, was released on October 29th through Fat Wreck Chords.

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Teenage Bottlerocket add Brazil tour dates

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Pop punk group Teenage Bottlerocket has just expanded their tour dates further into September with a small handful of shows in Brazil. They will be accompanied on these Brazil dates by Flanders 72. You can check out the dates and locations of those shows below.

The group’s latest release was American Deutsch Bag, which was dropped on November 26, 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. Teenage Bottlerocket is currently in the process of writing a new album which they hope to begin recording after their run on this year’s Warped Tour.

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Punk rock supergroup Only Crime are gearing up to release their long-awaited third album, Pursuance, on May 13th. Recently, frontman Russ Rankin (also of Good Riddance) took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and do some Q&A with yours truly. We talk about the inspiration for the new album, their creative process for writing and recording, and Russ’ favorite songs on the album. Check out the full interview below!

Pursuance is set to be released on May 13th through Rise Records. You can pre-order a copy of the album here.

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A really great live video of The Flatliners performing their rendition of Tony Sly’s Fireball in Quebec City last month has been uploaded to YouTube, you can watch it below. The song appears on the Tony Sly tribute album titled “The songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute” released through Fat Wreck Chords in 2013.

The Flatliners last released a full length album entitled “Dead Language” in September 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.

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Lagwagon, Authority Zero, Bane, and more added to Xtreme Fest 2014

Posted by KevinMichaelRowe on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM (PST)

The second round of bands playing the 2014 edition of  Xtreme FEST has been announced! Included in the announcement are Lagwagon, Authority Zero, Bane, and every other band listed on the above image.

We’ll keep you posted as more bands are added to Xtreme FEST ’14, which will be taking place in France on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of August. Those who are interested in getting tickets to the festival can do so right here.

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Screeching Weasel announce shows in Utah & Nevada

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:40 PM (PST)

Screeching Weasel have just added two more shows to their spring tour routing. The first show will be taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the second one will see the band making their first stop in Reno, Nevada, in over a decade!

Details on all of the band’s upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Screeching Weasel last released an EP entitled Carnival Of Schadenfreude in 2011 through Recess Records. They are rumored to be working on new music but haven’t announced plans for a new release.

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The folks at Fat Wreck Chords have just launched pre-orders for a bunch of their upcoming releases from Masked Intruder, Less Than Jake, Uke-Hunt, and Sundowner.

Head over to the label’s website to pick up a copy of whatever release(s) you wanna get before all that sweet, sweet colored vinyl’s gone!

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Kye Smith posts 5 minute drum chronology of Strung Out

Posted by vivalalexy on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM (PST)

Kye Smith of Local Resident Failure / Hack The Mainframe has posted another one of his famous five minute drum chronologies, this time playing to tunes from Strung Out. Watch him do his thing below.

His other works include a complete drum chronology of NOFX and of Rise Against. He covers the bands’ complete repertoires in just 5 minutes each! Check out the videos here.

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Spike Slawson’s Uke-Hunt announces full-length debut

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM (PST)

Even though Uke-Hunt‘s debut EP, “Prettiest Star,” is still a couple weeks from its release, a follow-up full length has been announced.

The self-titled release is slated to his shelves via Fat Wreck Chords (naturally) on June 10th. It features ten “revitalized renditions of Spike Slawson’s favorite songs,” including the title track from the upcoming “Prettiest Star” release. Click here to check out the full tracklist, and stay tuned for pre-order information and for follow-up tour dates.

Uke-Hunt, as you should well know, is Spike Slawson’s (Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, ex-Swingin’  Utters) latest ukulele-based cover project

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The guys in Less Than Jake have revealed all the details surrounding the upcoming 7-inch single for their song “Do The Math,” announcing that it’s set to be released on June 10th and will be limited to 275 copies on green/white swirl vinyl.

The record’s a-side, as one might imagine, has “Do The Math” on it, while the b-side features an unreleased track called “Connect The Dots.” Pre-orders are now available right here.

“Do The Math” appears on Less Than Jake’s latest full-length album See The Light, which was released on November 12nd, 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. The band will be playing the Warped Tour and traveling around the US/UK all summer (details here).

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Less Than Jake to release “Do The Math” 7-inch

Posted by Screeching Bottlerocket on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM (PST)

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced plans to release a 7-inch single for their song “Do The Math” sometime in the near future, with pre-orders launching tomorrow on their official webstore.

“Do The Math” appears on the band’s latest full-length album See The Light, which was released on November 12nd, 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on this 7-inch single are revealed.

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Teenage Bottlerocket writing new album, hope to record in the fall

Posted by Lauren Mills on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM (PST)

In a recent interview with The Grind, Ray Carlisle revealed he and the rest of the guys in Teenage Bottlerocket are currently writing a new album and hope to hit the studio to record this fall after they get back from their run on the Warped Tour.

The interview starts at the 0:56:41 mark and you can listen to it here.

The band’s “American Deutsch Bag” 7-ich was released on November 26, 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords, who put out their latest album “Freak Out!” on July 3, 2012.

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Deadpunk Bank Holiday Special has just announced their initial lineup, which includes groups such as Masked Intruder, Brawlers, and Muncie Girls. You can check out the full list of bands announced so far below.

The event will take place on August 25 at Exchange in Bristol and run throughout the day, featuring nearly thirty acts on three different stages.

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Banner Pilot are streaming the second track from their upcoming album “Souvenir” and you can check it out over here.

“Souvenir” is due out tomorrow via Fat Wreck Chords. Check out the first single “Modern Shakes” here.

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Masked Intruder announce tour of the UK and Europe

Posted by Hopeless Romantic on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:02 AM (PST)

Masked Intruder have announced a tour of the UK and Europe, set to kick off in late August 2014. You can check out the full list of dates and supporting acts (The Murderburgers, Pale Angels, Throwing Stuff, and Sam Russo) below!

The band’s new album, M.I., is set to be released on May 27th through Fat Wreck ChordsM.I. will serve as a follow-up to their 2012 self-titled album, which was re-released last year through Fat Wreck. The band also released the Under The Mistletoe 7-inch in December.

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