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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.

Fat Wreck Chords documentary “A Fat Wreck” coming to Blu-ray & DVD

The retail release date for Fat Wreck Chords documentary A Fat Wreck has finally been announced. The film which has been screening in theaters and festivals across the world for the past year will be coming to video on demand, Blu-ray, and DVD on November 22nd.

Pre-orders for the physical release are available here, and digital pre-orders are coming soon. If you somehow have no idea what A Fat Wreck is, check out the the trailer below.

If you’re going to be in Gainesville for The Fest later this month, the documentary will be screening at various venues throughout the weekend. For more info on that, head over here.

The Flatliners streaming new EP “Nerves”

Canadian punks The Flatliners have announced they will be releasing a new EP titled Nerves on October 28th through Dine Alone Records. It will be available on a 7″ limited to 100 copies at this year’s edition of The Fest in Gainesville, FL.

If you aren’t going to be at The Fest, the good news is the 2-song EP will also be available digitally. And the even better news is that you can listen to it right now, here.

The Flatliners’ latest album Dead Language came out in 2013 through Fat Wreck Chords. After playing The Fest, the band will embark on a short tour with The Bouncing Souls.

Night Birds announce Northeast shows

New Jersey punks Night Birds have announced they will be playing a few shows in the Northeast this December. Check out the tour dates below to see if they’re stopping near you.

The band last released an EP titled Who Killed Mike Hunchback? on October 7th through Fat Wreck Chords. Their latest album Mutiny at Muscle Beach came out in 2015.

Fat Wreck Chords to reissue Face To Face’s first three albums on vinyl

Pretty awesome news for fans of legendary SoCal punk band Face To Face.

On the heels of last year’s successful Triple Crown shows, the band’s teaming up with Fat Wreck Chords to reissue their first three studio albums, 1992′s Don’t Turn Away, 1995′s Big Choice and 1996′s self-titled album, on vinyl! Each release comes with slightly updated artwork. They’ve all been remastered by Joe Gastwirt (Google him, kids…he’s a big deal), and each also features bonus tracks from the original recording sessions.

All three of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for at least two decades, so this will probably be the first chance for most of us to get our grubby little mitts on them. The releases all drop on December 16th…just in time for Christmas! Stay tuned for pre-order info!

Dead To Me streaming new EP “I Wanna Die In Los Angeles” in its entirety

San Francisco punks Dead To Me have made their new EP I Wanna Die In Los Angeles available to stream. You can listen to the full 3-song release below.

The EP releases on October 21st through Fat Wreck Chords, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s Moscow Penny Ante. The band plans to record a new full-length this December.

PEARS frontman Zach Quinn to re-release solo album

PEARS vocalist Zach Quinn has announced that he will be re-releasing his solo album through Fat Wreck Chords on November 11, 2016.

The album was released earlier this year on Joey Cape‘s One Week Records.

DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 1 (NOFX, Refused, Off With Their Heads, The Specials and more)

We know you’ve been waiting patiently, boys and girls, but the wait is finally over!

Dying Scene was lucky enough to have boots on the ground at the Chicago installment of this year’s Riot Fest. We covered as much ground as we could, and chronicled some pretty intense performances throughout the course of the epic three-day festival. Today, we bring you coverage of day one, which included NOFX, The Specials, Refused, Off With Their Heads, and Dillinger Escape Plan. Check out our full gallery below, and stay tuned for coverage of days two and three in the very near future!


Bad Cop/Bad Cop release new music video – “Sugarcane”

Los Angeles pop-punk quartet Bad Cop/Bad Cop have another new music video out this week. Watch the video for their song “Sugarcane” below.

The track is off the band’s debut full-length album, Not Sorry, which came out in June of 2015 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop are currently touring the US & Canada with fellow Californians The Interrupters. Check out the dates/locations for the tour here.

Dead to Me stream new song “I Wanna Die in Los Angeles”

San Francisco punks Dead to Me are streaming a brand new song titled “I Wanna Die in Los Angeles”, and you can listen to it below.

“I Wanna Die in Los Angeles” is the title track from Dead to Me’s upcoming EP, which releases on October 21st through Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the band’s first new material in five years.

DS Exclusive: Fat Mike talks “First Ditch Effort,” “The Hepatitis Bathtub…” and…being autistic?

On the surface, it would seem that “Fat Mike” Burkett needs no introduction. He’s been the inimitable frontman of a highly influential punk band for three decades. He’s been founding co-owner of an even more influential record label for a quarter of a century. He’s produced (and continues to produce) more than a handful of important albums. He’s been a champion of progressive causes, both personal and political. He even co-wrote and co-produced an “unapologetic and catchy as hell” punk rock musical.

Though Fat Mike has long been considered a virtual open book, however, there seems to be a fair amount underneath that multi-colored mohawk that he has been slow to introduce. Bits and pieces increasingly trickled out over the years, but the floodgates opened when the SF-based quartet teamed up to publish their group autobiography, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories (April 2016, Da Capo Press). Inspired in part by Mike having read the infamous Motley Crue tell-all (or tell-most, anyway) The Dirt, the band got brutally, uncomfortably honest in chronicling stories from their legendary career. “I said (to the rest of the band) that we should write a book. And everybody was like “really? Why?” Mike explains to me, continuing rather emphatically that “we know a lot of shit about each other, and if we tell about what actually happened and who we are, we’re going to write a book that’s better than (The Dirt).”

Getting honest…really, truly honest, would have to be the key in Mike’s mind. “I’ve read a few rock and roll books,” says Burkett, “and people don’t go that deep. They don’t want to say things that hurt, or might hurt their career.” When you’ve been one of the preeminent bands in the scene for more than two decades, however, the risk of hurting your career is probably comparatively minimal. Plus, this is punk rock, so the more debauchery is involved the better, especially knowing that the audience will call you out on even the faintest whiff of bullshit.

And so the stories started, though they did so without the band trading notes until the product was done. While Fat Mike may have been lauded for years for being honest and “telling it like it is,” much of that was related to Mike shining a mirror back on society; calling out institutional hypocrisy, championing the marginalized, at some level normalizing the abnormal. The book, and the resulting album writing sessions that followed, spawned First Ditch Effort, NOFX’s thirteenth studio album and, ultimately and unquestionably, its most darkly personal. While some of the album’s tracks (“Bye Bye Biopsy Girl,” “Sid And Nancy,” etc) might represent textbook NOFX tracks, roughly half of the album finds Mike turning the mirror on himself more than ever. I suppose it’s difficult to go back to writing songs about Tegan and Sara when you started your autobiography with a story about the first (not the only…) time you drank human urine.

One needs to look no further than the tracks “I Don’t Like Me Anymore” and “California Drought” for direct evidence as to the fundamental shift in Fat Mike’s lyrical process. The former is probably self-explanatory given the title, detailing, as Mike tells it, the after effects of “waking up in the morning after a bender and looking in the mirror and being like “oh fuck!” And really hardly recognizing yourself, and being like “what the fuck did I do last night? I said a bunch of things I shouldn’t have and was a total jerk.” The latter chronicles in somewhat brutal fashion coming to terms not just with what you did last night, but that you can’t keep doing it anymore and that it’s time for some changes. For Burkett, those changes were spawned by a bottoming out of sorts, though by his own admission it wasn’t a catastrophic rock bottom. “I slept too late for my daughter’s birthday party,” he explains, adding that he “didn’t miss it, I just was like “shit, that sucks…I’m late because I was doing drugs last night.

And so, Burkett decided to make changes, but not before recording a new album. While the album is certainly more honest and personal and talks on numerous occasions about his drying out, he was not, in fact, sober during its writing or production. The ironic sad part, as he says, is that “this is the first album that I recorded while being drunk and on drugs every day.”  The dark place that Burkett found himself in stemmed from a relatively recent addiction to prescription painkillers. While he began using recreationally, as was his history with myriad other drugs, the painkillers (Percocet, specifically) developed a physical dependency unlike any of the others. “I wasn’t doing that many,” says Burkett, clarifying that he “was doing about two Percocets a day, so it wasn’t a big problem. but it was enough of a problem that I couldn’t stop because I would get sick.”

A failed attempt at a doctor-assisted detoxification from Percocet, specifically by way of the medication Suboxone, lead Burkett to pen the track “Oxy Moronic,” the razor-sharp critique of the pharmaceutical industry that also resulted in the album’s lead video. ”I went to see a doctor, a specialist in getting off painkillers,” says Burkett in a seemingly rare admission of defeat, or at least of a need for help. He continues: “And he said “I want you to take this Suboxone.” I’d heard of Suboxone before. So I said “alright. Give me a week’s worth and I’ll get off it.” And he goes “no, you have to take it for three months.” And I said “I don’t want to take it for three months.” And he goes “well, if you want it, you’re going to have to take it for three months. That’s how we run this program.” Toward the end of that program, during which Burkett was drug tested and met with weekly, an encounter with the above-mentioned doctor made the lightbulb shine bright. Upon asking the doctor what the expected outcome was now that he was in the process of weaning off, the doctor gave a rather telling answer:  ”his eyes kinda darted away like he’s about to tell a lie… And he said “well, most of them go back to opiates or stay on Suboxone.” And I’m like “you motherfucker! You just set me up to get addicted to this new drug!”

And go back to opiates Burkett did through the writing of the album and the book tour that followed, though he at least had a plan in place that included a chaperone on said tour, responsible for doling out his medication. It also involved what is now a rather note-worthy entry into a detox program and the first real attempts at true sobriety. All of this was chronicled of course, because this is 2016 and because Mike has been no stranger to attention, on Instagram. While some (myself included) may have assumed that it was another Cokie The Clown-style attempt at sick humor or a late April Fool’s Day joke (a story not unlike one I, myself, jokingly/clumsily wrote about Burkett a few years ago), the stay in detox was not only real but, as it turns out, widely appreciated. “What was surprising to me is how many people were so supportive,” says Burkett with more than a little bit of happiness and sincerity in his voice. “That really made me feel good. People I hadn’t talked to in a long time, strangers… Tim and Lars from Rancid both reached out if I needed anything. It was really sweet. And it really goes to show how the punk community is just the best community and really just an extended family.

The Instagramming stopped at around the two month mark, and the sobriety came to a close after day 85, though it was never intended to be a lifelong change. While the use of prescription drugs, painkillers specifically seems over for good, Burkett reports to be “at peace with the fact that I’m not going to be a clean person my whole life. I don’t want to.” Playing shows while under the influence — at least a modest influence — will become the norm, but not necessarily the rule. “I don’t want to play punk shows sober,” he says, honest as ever, though he continues that in spite of that, he “did two shows (this past weekend) and I did the first one totally sober and it was really fun. The next one I had a couple beers and it was also really fun. That’s where I have to be. I’m just trying to get back to where I was in my thirties, when I partied on occasions. But I definitely got too deep last year.”

Partying too hard, and getting too deep, has been an unfortunate and all-to-common occurrence in the punk scene and in all too many scenes. Slowly but surely, Burkett started to examine his own behavior thanks (for lack of a better term) to the death of a close friend: Tony Sly. “It changed my life in many ways. It was the worst death of my life, and my drug habits and the time I spent with my kids kinda changed. I stopped mixing certain drugs and I stopped doing all-nighters. I didn’t stop using drugs, I just started using them more responsibly.” Though it would still be some time before he would develop, and overcome, an addiction to painkillers, Sly’s death resonated in ways that culminated, in part, with “I’m So Sorry, Tony,” First Ditch Effort’s penultimate track, and easily the most gut-wrenching, tear-jerking (I’m not afraid to say that) song in the Fat Mike canon. The song didn’t, necessarily, come naturally.

I had to rewrite the lyrics six different times. The first version was really too graphic and told stuff that didn’t need to be told,” says Burkett. After submitting the original song and its numerous revisions to Sly’s widow, Brigitte, what resulted was a track that not only expresses regret as to how Tony died, but forces Mike to examine his own behavior and how it impacts his family. “The last stuff I wrote,” he says, “was “sometimes the weekends when our kids hang out together / Keira tells Darla that her dad’s songs are better.” Those lyrics are so sweet and sad and I wouldn’t have come up with those had I not kept on writing.

A large part of the reason that Burkett had difficulty in not making things too graphic comes, as he says repeatedly in The Hepatitis Bathtub, that his “Weirdness Barometer” is faulty, that he lacks not only an ability to filter what he says but lacks an understanding as to why he should bother filtering himself in the first place. He also thinks he may, at the age of 49, have found a cause: “I’m just realizing that I’m somewhere on the spectrum of autism.” The genesis of this revelation, however, well, we’ll let him tell it. “I saw a play about an autistic kid on Broadway. The Curious Incident Of the Dog (In The Nighttime). It was really good. And my wife, Soma, every time the kid would do something, she’d look at me and I’d look at her like “shit, I do that.”(*laughs*)  Like everything he does, I do!” Burkett says this with some amount of relief in his voice, and doesn’t come across as being provocative or mocking the diagnosis, and expresses an interest in actually undergoing testing to confirm his thoughts, albeit primarily for fun. Still, he believes that a lot of what has made him an honest and provocative songwriter over the years may come from his not really knowing “what’s acceptable and what’s unacceptable. I’ve always done things that are weird.” And so perhaps it was luck but more probably it was destiny that he stumbled into the punk rock world. “When I found punk and I was 13 or 14 years old, I thought that I fit here. That I belong here. Because I could do anything and people don’t think it’s weird, they just call it punk.”

Over the course of a forty-five minute conversation, Burkett and I covered an awful lot of ground; what’s quoted above merely scratches the surface, though you could say that the full conversation itself may promote infinitely more questions. We touched on the recording of the album, including some technical (read as: geeky?) discussion about when to record what, and how certain sounds were achieved. We of course touch on his kid, who seems by all accounts to have her head squared securely on her shoulders. And, of course, we talk about Mike’s involvement in not only the BDSM world (where he and his wife, Soma, found themselves outcasts even amidst that taboo scene) but his recent forays into publicly cross-dressing. We think it’s pretty engaging and insightful, and we think you’ll do the same.

Head below to check it out! First Ditch Effort, as you probably know, is due out this Friday (October 7th) on Fat Wreck.

Full Album Stream: NOFX – “First Ditch Effort”

The wait  is finally over, NOFX fans. The band’s upcoming studio album, “First Ditch Effort,” is streaming in full a few days ahead of its release. Check it out below.

“First Ditch Effort,” NOFX’s thirteenth studio album, is due out this coming Friday (October 7th) on Fat Wreck Chords. Stay tuned in to Dying Scene (or bookmark us or whatever the kids do nowadays) for more on just how and why this album is the band’s most honest and raw release in the very near future…like, tomorrow morning!

Less Than Jake kicking off UK/Europe tour

Less Than Jake lands overseas today to start off their “Fueling The Fire” tour in Bristol with a sold out show. Tagging along on tour is The Skints and Mariachi El Bronx.

The UK stretch is only eight shows, and then it’s on to the rest of Europe with Big D and the Kids Table 

Check out the tour poster for dates, or buy tickets here.


A Fat Wreck: The Punk-u-mentary is going to FEST!

The Fest, Cyclops Cinema and Open-Ended Media have annouced that A Fat Wreck: A Punk-U-mentary will be screening all weekend long at THE FEST 15 in Gainesville, Florida.

From director, Shaun Colón:

“We are super stoked to present A Fat Wreck at fest15. Fest played a big part in the film as several interviews and lots of show footage was shot there. Fest holds a special place in our hearts, memories and shares the spirit of chosen family and amazing music that is part of the film’s soul”!

Screenings of A Fat Wreck will take place at Cyclops Cinema and will be FREE to FEST pass holders. For non-pass holders, screenings will be $5. Screenings will be very limited to a capacity of 22 people per screening, but there will be multiple screenings throughout the weekend. There will also be post-fest screenings on Monday October 31st, for those attendees still in the Gainesville area.

Screenings will take place:
October 29th at 2pm & 8pm
October 30th at 5pm & 11pm
October 31st: 6pm

Many screenings will also have an accompanying Q&A with director Shaun Colón, and who knows.. Maybe a guest or two will stop by the screenings?

Also screening that weekend at Cyclops Cinema is the eagerly awaited Never Get Tired: The Bomb The Music Industy Story. Directed by Sara Crow.

Cyclops Cinema is located near the corners of University & Main, and just a two minute walk from the Bo Diddley Plaza!

A Fat Wreck is the eagerly anticipated, feature length documentary that tells the story behind the birth, influence and life of the 25+ year old record label, Fat Wreck Chords.

New Video: Bad Cop/Bad Cop – “Cheers”

During their recent swing through the Midwest, the lovely and talented Bad Cop/Bad Cop filmed a couple live performance videos for “Live from the Rock Room.” The first of those videos is now available, and it’s for the track “Cheers,” and it’s totally rad. Check it out below.

“Cheers” appears on Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s debut full length, “Not Sorry,” which was released in June 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords. Head over here to find out where you can catch BC/BC on tour with The Interrupters; their run kicks off this coming week in California and runs through November 26th, so there’s probably a good chance they’ll be in your neighborhood!