Fat Wreck Chords

Fat Wreck Chords Bio:

Fat Wreck Chords is a San Francisco, California based independent record label, focused on punk rock. It was started by Fat Mike (lead singer and bassist of the punk rock band NOFX) and his wife, Erin, in 1990.

They have released material for bands such as his own, NOFX, Descendents, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Propagandhi, Rise Against, Lagwagon, Strung Out, No Use for a Name, Less Than Jake, Against Me!, Anti-Flag, and more.

One somewhat unique and defining characteristic of Fat Wreck Chords is that they only sign one-record deals with bands. This allows the bands working with Fat Wreck Chords to have a choice as to when and if they want to put a record out on the label. In some cases, bands have released albums on Fat Wreck Chords but also on other labels. Many bands on this label participated in the campaign Punkvoter, which was started by Fat Mike and attempted to encourage the youth in the U.S. to vote against George W. Bush in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

The label has never been a member of the Recording Industry Association of America as indicated on the frequently-asked questions portion of the label's website:

"Are we a member? Not only no, but FUCK NO! We spent three years having our label’s name (which was misspelled) removed from their members list. A year went by, then our name showed up again on their fucking list! Who are these sonsabitches?! Needless to say, we’re in the process of having our name removed again, but they aren’t being too cooperative."


  1. Stevenson de DESCENDENTS afirma que las baterias del nuevo disco estan listas! : PunkBank.com8/7/2013 3:25 PM | Permalink

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  2. NOFX post fan-made video for “Stoke Extinguisher” (one of three finalists in contest) | Wrecking CrueWrecking Crue11/22/2013 6:11 PM | Permalink

    […] folks at Fat Wreck Chords recently hosted a contest where NOFX fans could make a music video for the band’s new song […]

  3. “A Fat Wreck” searching for bands for “A Fat Comp” compilation | Wrecking CrueWrecking Crue1/31/2014 2:04 AM | Permalink

    […] working on the upcoming “A Fat Wreck” punk-u-mentary are looking for bands to put on a Fat Wreck Chords covers […]

  4. (MISE EN PAGE) Une mise au point des scènes punk, ska et hardcore! | Barricade Punk - Le webzine québécois7/29/2015 6:46 PM | Permalink

    […] Et la tournée de ce 25e sera démoniaque! LIEN […]

  5. (Actu) Une mise au point des scènes punk, ska et hardcore! | Barricade Punk - Le webzine québécois7/29/2015 7:01 PM | Permalink

    […] Et la tournée de ce 25e sera démoniaque! LIEN […]

  6. toyGuitar complete recording new album; post teaser clip – All Punked Up4/12/2016 4:30 PM | Permalink

    […] other Fat Wreck Chords news, San Francisco’s toyGuitar recently posted an announcement via Facebook that they had […]

  7. NOFX to release new album in June |4/18/2016 10:41 PM | Permalink

    […] have passed since NOFX released their most recent studio album Self-Entitled through Fat Wreck Chords. Search […]

  8. Masked Intruder signs to Pure Noise Records |4/19/2016 3:25 PM | Permalink

    […] Masked Intruder released their latest album, M.I., in May of 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  9. Mean Jeans stream new album “Tight New Dimension” - All Punked Up4/20/2016 4:31 PM | Permalink

    […] LP releases this Friday, April 22nd through Fat Wreck Chords. Head over here to get your pre-orders in. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new […]

  10. CJ Ramone recording new album |5/4/2016 6:15 PM | Permalink

    […] album come to light. CJ Ramone’s latest record Last Chance to Dance was released in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords. Search […]

  11. Watch: Bad Cop / Bad Cop perform “Joey Lawrence” for Live From The Rock Room | PUNX.UK12/8/2016 1:46 PM | Permalink

    […] on Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s debut full length, “Not Sorry,” which was released in June 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords. Stay tuned for video #4 in the near future, and refresh yo’self on our very personal and […]

  12. PEARS stream new song “The Real Sisters in Christ Theme Song” - PUNX.UK1/31/2017 4:06 PM | Permalink

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

  13. The Dirty Nil sign to Fat Wreck Chords, announce release of “Minimum R+B” - PUNX.UK2/9/2017 2:54 PM | Permalink

    […] punk rock trio The Dirty Nil are the latest signing to the vaunted Fat Wreck Chords roster. To mark the occasion, the band have compiled a new release, “Minimum R&B.” It’s […]

  14. Fat Wreck Chords and Dine Alone team up to release The Dirty Nil’s “Minimum R+B” - PUNX.UK2/10/2017 2:00 AM | Permalink

    […] heretofore never been released. In a cool twist, the album is being released by the mighty Fat Wreck Chords in the States, with The Dirty Nil’s label, Dine Alone Records, taking care of the worldwide […]

  15. Face To Face announce new EP and Econo-Live ’17 tour dates - PUNX.UK3/1/2017 9:59 PM | Permalink

    […] they’ve got a new seven-inch hitting the streets on May 7th through their label home, Fat Wreck Chords. The double A-side release features “Say What You Want,” from their latest full-length, […]

  16. The Real McKenzies release music video for “Seafarers” - PUNX.UK3/9/2017 7:15 PM | Permalink

    […] Devils Will Talk was released on March 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. It is the band’s 11th full-length, following 2015’s Rats In The Burlap. They are […]

  17. DS Interview: Nick Woods (Direct Hit!) talks new Direct Hit! album, “Domesplitter” reissue, Galactic Cannibal, and more - PUNX.UK3/23/2017 8:18 PM | Permalink

    […] Domesplitter will hit the streets April, 14th courtesy of Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  18. DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Nothington / The Bombpops / Western Settings (The Hi Hat – Los Angeles 3/29/2017) - PUNX.UK4/17/2017 12:48 PM | Permalink

    […] Fuck. Kill” from their new LP Fear of Missing Out which was released a few months ago via Fat Wreck Chords. As always, they brought their signature playfulness, engaging with the crowd, hamming it up for […]

  19. Direct Hit! (pop punk) perform “Do The Sick” Live! from The Rock Room - PUNX.UK4/20/2017 7:54 PM | Permalink

    […] video footage in the process. “Do The Sick” is off of their 2016 album Wasted Mind, out on Fat Wreck Chords. I’m not sure what they’re putting in the cheese out there in the Midwest, but the music […]

  20. DS Photo Gallery: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (w/ Masked Intruder and PEARS), Boston, MA - PUNX.UK4/26/2017 12:06 PM | Permalink

    […] 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 […]

  21. Bad Cop/Bad Cop announce album “Warriors”, stream song “Womanarchist” - PUNX.UK4/26/2017 7:20 PM | Permalink

    […] has just announced their sophomore full length album, “Warriors,” will be released via Fat Wreck Chords on June 16, […]

  22. PEARS announce European tour - PUNX.UK4/28/2017 6:31 PM | Permalink

    […] PEARS’ sophomore album Green Star came out in 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  23. New Music: Face To Face – “I, Me, Mine” - PUNX.UK5/7/2017 11:22 AM | Permalink

    […] in its original form on the band’s latest album, Protection, which was released last may on Fat Wreck Chords. The single was released last Friday (May 5), also by Fat. The band are presently on a nationwide […]

  24. DS Interview: Trever Keith opens up on “Protection,” rejoining Fat Wreck, and Face To Face’s Econo-Live ’17 tour - PUNX.UK5/23/2017 2:51 AM | Permalink

    […] album, Protection, which itself marked the band’s triumphant release to their former label home, Fat Wreck Chords. We’ve caught up with Face To Face’s founding frontman Trever Keith on numerous occasions […]

  25. Frenzal Rhomb stream new album “Hi-Vis High Tea” in its entirety - PUNX.UK5/26/2017 8:49 PM | Permalink

    […] High Tea was released today, May 26th, through Fat Wreck Chords. It is the band’s first new album in six years, following 2011’s Smoko At The Pet Food […]

  26. Useless ID announce Euoprean tour - PUNX.UK6/9/2017 5:44 PM | Permalink

    […] The band’s latest album State is Burning was released in 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  27. DS Interview – Bad Cop/Bad Cop On “Warriors,” The First Great Punk Album Of Trump’s America - PUNX.UK6/20/2017 3:53 AM | Permalink

    […] was obviously released last Friday (June 16th) on Fat Wreck. Bad Cop / Bad Cop are playing the duration of this year’s Warped Tour, which also kicked off […]

  28. Get Dead announce European tour - PUNX.UK6/20/2017 11:11 PM | Permalink

    […] Get Dead’s most recent release “Honesty Lives Elsewhere” was released in July of last year on Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  29. Useless ID announce Japanese tour - PUNX.UK7/7/2017 6:57 PM | Permalink

    […] The band’s latest album State is Burning was released in 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords. […]

  30. Fat Wreck releasing limited edition 2017 Punk Rock Holiday comp - PUNX.UK7/7/2017 10:03 PM | Permalink

    […] Fat Wreck Chords has announced a special, limited edition compilation for Punk Rock Holiday. The Fat Wreck Holiday 2017 10″ will feature 10 songs, two of which are brand new. Like last year’s release, it will only be available to buy at the Slovenian punk festival. […]

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