Some members of various Fat Wreck Chords bands recently sat down with Brooklyn Vegan to talk about their favorite albums of the year. Check out the lists from members of Good Riddance, Western Addiction, Night Birds, Direct Hit, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes here.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 2:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
The band’s last album, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts, was released in 2009 via Fat Wreck Chords.
Leftover Crack put on a command performance for a sold-out crowd in their hometown on December, 3, just a few short days after dropping a new record. Sturg and the gang rocked the hordes of Crack Rock Steady fans at Brooklyn Bazaar into a punk induced sweat laced frenzy touching on all the CRS hits. Stza Crack can be a bit of a prima donna at times but acting as the ringleader of a raucous punk rock circus like the one they put on in the BK, the Crack Daddy had no problem rising to the occasion.
Leftover Crack is being joined on tour by Midwest hardcore legends Negative Approach and New Jersey wildmen Crazy and the Brains, and also had Brooklyn’s Cop/Out and (A)Truth out as local support.
Check out the full show review below.
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST) by AnarchoPunk
Dying Scene Radio is back with a new installment! In this episode, Bobby heads down to the beach for Surf City Blitz Festival to eat some awesome food,watch some dirt bike racing and listen to some fantastic music. Oh yea! He also sat down with the Sultans of Ska, Mad Caddies to talk about growing up in Solvang, how Joey Cape helped kick start their music career and…wine fermentation?? As always, the guys are also bringing you all of the noteworthy scene news that you were probably too lazy to read and play rad new tracks from emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover! All of that and much, much more in Episode 12 of Dying Scene Radio, below!
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 3:49 PM (PST) by Mike Scott
If you’re not feeling festive yet, then perhaps Me First And The Gimme Gimmes can help you get into the mood. They’ve released their version of “Santa Baby”.
Have a listen to it below. Then get your copy of that Bad Religion Christmas album out…
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9:35 AM (PST) by rick delaney
It’s that time of year again. All your favourite festivals are beginning to announce which acts will grace their stages next year. This week, the stalwarts of the European calendar have each dropped big announcements; with Brakrock Eco Fest and Punk Rock Holiday snagging the likes of PEARS, Propagandhi, and Descendents amongst their huge crowd draws.
Not ones to be outdone, the UK’s Manchester Punk Festival has made its second announcement for the 2019 edition. Joining this year’s show will be a host of legendary and up-and-coming international and domestic acts.
You can check out the rest of the line up, plus all the ticket information below.
Manchester Punk Festival takes place in Manchester, UK, from 19th to 21st April 2019.
Whatever they’re cooking up, it will be the first new music since their “Stealing The Covers” album was released in March, 2017.
We’ll keep you posted as more details are announced.
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:13 AM (PST) by rick delaney
One of punk rock’s most recognisable faces has announced the launch of his own fashion line. Fat Mike’s “Fatale” clothing range features dresses, knickers, stockings, and garter belts all apparently aimed at men. The NOFX vocalist and bass player has teamed up with LA-based designer Jessica Louise to make the collection a reality.
Appropriately, Fatale’s slogan on their website is: “Wear what the fuck you want!” Judging by Fat Mike’s hands-on approach to modelling the collection, it’s a maxim that he himself chooses to live by!
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:07 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Fat Wreck Chords have announced that on December 7th they’ll be releasing a two song single titled “Christmas Lullaby” from CJ Ramone. The A-side of the single is an original track from CJ Ramone whilst the B-side hosts a cover of The Kink’s seasonal classic Father Christmas.
You can pre-order Christmas Lullaby here.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 9:04 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
New Orléans based punk rockers PEARS have released a video for the song “Camptown Races” for the monthly “Public Domain” video series. Each month a band selects a song that is considered public domain. The series has run for three years now and it took that long for a band to choose the 1850, Stephen Foster classic. You may remember Foster as the man who also wrote the hits: “Oh! Susanna” as well as “Beautiful Dreamer”. Clearly PEARS saw the line between folk-Americana and modern punk rock and they decided to dive over that line. There is also something to be said about a dude wearing a Black Flag t-shirt while belting out this wicked tune.
So head on below to hear “Camptown Races” like you’ve never heard it before.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:20 AM (PST) by Chris Doughty
Direct Hit! are streaming their forthcoming new full length ‘Crown Of Nothing’ in full below. If you are a fan of the previous full length, this is well worth a listen as they seem to have tightened up the songwriting even more.
The album was officially released via Fat Wreck Chords on October 26.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM (PST) by jaystone
With any luck, some of you have been paying attention while something truly remarkable has been happening on the eastern half of the US and Canada for the last couple weeks. That something, specifically, is the Swingin’ Utters tour in support of their solid new album, Peace And Love.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Even for a master of hyperbole such as yourself, this is a new level, Stone!” You’d be correct about the first half of that statement, but dead wrong about the last. At least, that’s the overwhelming feeling I had in watching the Bay Area punk legends as they took the owned the stage at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, New Hampshire. It was a cold, drizzly Wednesday night that saw a small crowd that gathered upstairs in the brick-and-dark-wood adorned venue that creates a vibe that’s equal parts brew pub and sports bar (especially because the flat screens showing Game Four of the American League Championship Series remained on throughout). The Utters took the stage as a four-piece, with longtime partners-in-crime Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski joined by their newest bassist, Tony Teixeira, and by Gabe Katz, filling in on drums for Luke Ray who was away at a family reunion. In spite of the latest in what’s become a series of line-up changes, the band totally delivered from note one, in a way that’s at the very least inspiring. It might stand to reason that a setlist in such a situation would be scaled down or overly reliant on material from the new album, but that wasn’t the case. Sure Peace And Love tracks were well-represented, but tunes like “No Eager Man” and “Windspitting Punk” and “The Next In Line” and “The Librarians Are Hiding Something” were as vibrant, vital, and well-received as ever.
Support on this run (aside from three dates that find the Utters playing alongside Bouncing Souls in the greater NYC area – more on that later) came from Gallows Bound, and Michael Kane And The Morning Afters served as local opener, venturing up from Worcester, MA, for the mid-week opportunity to play alongside a venerated and influential band like the Utters. Gallows Bound, if you’re not familiar, are a five-piece from Winchester, Virginia, whose sound is delightfully hard to pin down. “Appalachian Punk Bluegrass” is what they’re billed as and is a fairly accurate description, with the acoustic-driven instrumentation and dueling vocalists (Jordan Joyes and Jesse Markle) trading duties and allowing elements of country and punk and folk and gothic undertones to meld in a unique way. Michael Kane and crew, who you may recognize as among our local favorites, are a working-class rock-and-roll band with influences that are equal parts The Clash, Tom Petty and, as evidenced by their set-closing rendition of “Born To Run,” Bruce Springsteen.
Head below to scroll through our photo gallery from the evening!
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 2:03 PM (PST) by Johnny X
If you’re in the vicinity of San Francisco on November 16th and fancy yourself an art enthusiastic, particularly a Punk Art enthusiast, then you might not want to miss this. From 4pm to 6pm Fat Wreck Chords will be hosting an art show at their San Francisco based headquarters. It will feature the artwork of 40 posters commissioned by Fat Wreck over the years done by prolific punk artist SBÄM. And yes, they will be available for sale.
Here’s a blurb about SBÄM from his website:
How much art can you take? – this is not only the question for a whole world to answer, but also one of the many tattoos on SBÄMs body. As a graphic artist and designer for bands like NOFX, Pennywise, SUM 41 and many more, he combines his love for crazy arts with his love for dirty and crazy punkrock music. But this is still not enough for SBÄM. He does his own art shows, has his own music festival called SBÄM Fest and even started a record label named SBÄM Records.
Snag yourself a ticket for the event here!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST) by KCRaniero
Milwaukee pop-punk outfit Direct Hit are now streaming their new music video for their single “Different Universe”, off their upcoming album “Crown of Nothing.”
You can check out the cinematic new music video below.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:20 AM (PST) by Johnny X
If you’ve found yourself jonesin’ for some new NOFX jams then Fat Mike has some good news for you. He recently posted a video on Instagram of him laying down a new bass track in the studio accompanied with the following comment:
Didn’t have a lot of shows this year, so I wrote 55 NOFX songs. I just wrote number 56 tonite. Wanna hear it? It goes like this…
We’ll of course keep you posted when details start becoming official.
The new album will be the first since 2016’s First Ditch Effort, released via Fat Wreck Chords.