The Lawrence Arms leave Fat Wreck, sign to Epitaph for release of new full-length

What the what!?  The highly anticipated upcoming full-length album from Chicago’s darling punk act The Lawrence Arms will apparently not be released with their long standing label Fat Wreck Chords.  Nope.  They’ve gone the way of Propagandhi and signed to the indie heavyweight Epitaph Records.

The announcement came via co-vocalist Brendan Kelly’s personal blog where he states:

“We’re super excited to announce that the Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph. We went and visited them in LA, we had some laughs and some grilled cheeses. We talked to Brett underneath the original painting of the Against the Grain cover (awesome!) and we thought that, shit, what better way to come back from a long break than on the label that put out most of the records that got us into punk rock in the first place?”

Regarding the band’s standing with Fat Wreck Chords, Brendan writes:

“Fat’s amazing. We love them. There’s no reason to leave except for we had the opportunity to try something new and awesome and we decided to spice shit up. Mike is a good friend and a personal hero of ours. We’re honored that he and Erin would even listen to our dumb band, much less bring us in and do all they’ve done for us. We never wanted anything from Fat that we didn’t get. That includes the freedom to try new things when we decide we wanna try new things. Besides, we didn’t LEAVE Fat. That’s crazy talk. We’ll always consider ourselves to be a Fat band. Sundowner put a record out on Fat this fall, to give you an idea of how things stand over there.”

He goes on to talk more about their reasons for signing to Epitaph, how their sound will not be affected by the move, and how they don’t have a release date or album title yet but those details will be announced as soon as the band figures it out.

The Lawrence Arms last released an EP entitled “Buttsweat and Tears” in 2009 on Fat Wreck Chords.

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