If you weren’t able to catch the Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour when it made its way through North America this summer, you’re in luck because the fine folks at Bay Area Punk Shows have put up a bunch of full set videos from the tour’s stop in San Fransisco.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2:07 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM (PST) by Hopeless Romantic
I’m not sure what I can say about Fat Wreck 25 that hasn’t already been said in our stories about Boston and the two day San Francisco blowout, but I had a blast at the last night of this tour here in Los Angeles. There’s nothing like taking off early on a Monday for a 2pm door time and 9 bands covering 25 years of one of the most legendary labels in punk rock.
While eating lunch near The Palladium, among many people wearing various Fat Wreck band tshirts, I received a text from a fellow DS editor with the news that Face To Face were going to play a surprise set! I quickly confirmed this via Instagram and when we arrived at the venue, the set times were posted on the will-call and guest list windows. As I checked in for my photo pass, I had the opportunity to see many fans discover this news and lose their minds. This was just the beginning of a great day.
The day kicked off with toyGuitar, whose melodic surfer-punk sound was a nice compliment to the sun still streaming through the side doors. I enjoyed their energy and they set the tone for the show; they were just a taste of what was to come.
Los Angeles was one of the cities privileged enough to have PEARS on the bill. I first saw these guys in a warehouse show about a year ago and was blown away. I can safely say that their stage presence, even early in the day in a larger venue, is incredible. There is so much passion and power in their set – you can’t help but feel like you are witnessing something special. I am really looking forward to more music from these guys and later found out they will be back in LA soon with Lagwagon!
Now, I’m a huge Masked Intruder fan. I will always have a special place in my heart for lovesick pop-punk, and I appreciate these guys’ commitment to their personas. My husband dedicated “25 to Life” to me the day we got engaged and it was the last song of the night at our wedding – so needless to say, I am always excited to see their live set. I’d like to give a special shoutout to Officer Bradford, who gave me a nice little gem of a photo (below), danced with the crowd, and ended the set in nothing more than a jock strap. This party had begun!
The Flatliners are a band that I can listen to on repeat for days on end. They consistently put out great albums and their live show is energetic and fun. I love seeing a band that truly loves what they do, and The Flatliners are a prime example. They could have been the headliner and I would have been able to leave happy. However, this was only the halfway point!
Swingin’ Utters were up next and helped transition the evening into the older Fat Wreck bands. The sun was starting to set outside and the crowd was getting rowdier.
Next, Strung Out got the party really started – those who had to come after work were starting to arrive and the crowd members who had been there since 2 were keeping the party going. I have had the pleasure to shoot Strung Out twice this summer, and their live show blows me away every time. The highlight for me was their cover of NUFAN’s “Soulmate,” which is one of my favorite tracks off The Songs of Tony Sly.
Joey Cape and Lagwagon came storming out next, ripping through a fantastic set list full of crowd sing-a-longs. Joey also announced that when they return in November, they will be playing Trashed one night and Hoss the other. They even changed up their last song to take a request from the audience. By far, they were one of the crowd favorites, which is expected in the Fat Wreck crowd.
Face To Face took the stage next for their “surprise” set. Although they only played a few songs, it was a real treat to have such an unexpected addition to the lineup. It was obvious the love between the band and the crowd was mutual and it was a great “feel good” moment of the night.
Now, I’ll be honest – with the addition of Face To Face, I was secretly hoping that Spike was hidden somewhere backstage and we would be treated to a surprise Gimmes set. It didn’t happen, and I can continue to be jealous of those who were in SF.
Lastly, NOFX took the stage. Fat Mike, dressed in lingerie, commanded the audience’s attention with his stage banter and the band’s setlist of both old and new favorites. It’s only fitting that the end of the night featured NOFX celebrating both 25 years of Fat Wreck and the end of the tour. There were many happy people leaving the venue that night (which probably led to lots of hungover people on Tuesday) and it was a night none of us will soon forget.
Check out the full gallery from the LA date of the tour below!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 1:32 PM (PST) by milhouse
After day one of Fat Wreck Chords‘ 25th anniversary celebration in San Francisco, I hightailed it home to get changed and proper for the screening of the “A Fat Wreck” documentary at the Roxie Theatre (review coming soon). Meanwhile, back at Thee Parkside, a full-fledged after party was underway with all the bands and VIPs of the weekend. By the time the movie got out I was so wiped from a day of shooting, drinking, and dancing, that I went home and prepared my gear for day two.
Day two’s opening act was just as well-thought out as day one’s. Uke Hunt began the day with lighthearted strums on the ukulele, a little saw violin, and maracas, and various other fun instruments. The local ‘supergroup’ is always a crowd favorite, and despite it being before 1 in the afternoon, the turnout was great. I always love what Spike and co. come up with, the banter and humor, as well as the random songs they cover to fan’s delight.
Better get stretching though, because the in-your-face pop punk quartet Masked Intruder was next to the stage. I always post up by Intruder Green because I’m certain to get some wild jump shots, and this performance was no different. I was pleased and surprised to see Officer Bradford actually get down during the set…skanking on stage before jumping into the pit and causing a raucous. Fans joined in and before you knew it there was a huge circle pit! Before some fans had even finished their first beer.
The crowd was able to catch their breath when The Flatliners began to play. I have been a fan of these guys for awhile, and I am usually pretty damn impressed by these guys, but for some reason this set just fell short. However, Erin Burkett was a huge fan and even found her way to the photo pit to snag some shots of the Canadians ripping it up. It could also be, that I was hungry and thirsty and spent the majority of their set finding refreshments. Sorry Chris!
That is in contrast to local heroes Dead To Me, which was one of my favorite sets of the day. There was this excitement and beautiful energy that surrounded the guys that made it really a treat to see. And to be able to see Jack Dalrymple perform three times in two days, priceless!
There was definite anticipation over the entire weekend for Tilt to perform. To my knowledge, this is the first time the band has played reunited since 2001. Everyone was super excited to see what Cinder and co. would bring to the stage and they did not disappoint. I’ve always been a sucker for female-fronted punk bands, they just bring a unique and different sound that is so refreshing in the male-dominated arena of punk rock. I don’t know if Cindy thought I was trying to shoot up her skirt (which I wasn’t!), but she ended up giving me and fans alike a little show.
At this point the sun is in all its blaring glory, beating down on the dehydrated punks like a ton of bricks. Just in time for Good Riddance to start playing and get us all a sweaty mess. I was able to do much more dancing during day two, and Good Riddance. is one of those bands that gets the legs moving.
At some point I wandered into Thee Parkside just as Darius Koski (of Swingin’ Utters/Filthy Thieving Bastards) was beginning his acoustic set. It was the proper break I very much needed away from the sun. He plays a great blend of rock, blues, country, and soul with such passion – such a talented musician.
Lagwagon is the natural progression after No Use and before NOFX, and Joey Cape once again showed the world why Lagwagon has been around for 20+ years. Simply put – they rock. Great stage presence, amazing guitar riffs, thoughtful lyrics, stinging vocals…the band has it all. I believe during a crowd surfing session, this is where my leg got injured, as I wasn’t able to walk right after that. Well deserved injury during a great set by one of my favorite bands.
With no further ado, the final act of the weekend….NOFX. The band has this glitter in their eyes, like pure joy when they take to the stage, and it is definitely felt by the fans. Thankfully, day two Fat Mike decided to wear shorts instead of a kilt, so no ball shots.
Have a look at photos from all of the day’s performance below, and stay tuned for a review of “A Fat Wreck” in the following days.
***Big thanks to Vanessa, Jason, Amanda, Audrey, all the staff at Thee Parkside, and everyone else that made this weekend an incredible celebration of being wrecked for 25 years!***
Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 5:25 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Santa Barbara skate punk veterans Lagwagon and their Canadian buddies The Flatliners have announced they will be heading down to Australia for a handful of co-headlining shows this winter. Check out the dates and locations below.
Lagwagon’s latest album Hang was released on October 28th, 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords. The same label released The Flatliners’ new compilation of b-sides and rarities titled Division of Spoils on August 7th.
Lagwagon are following up their run on the Fat Wrecked For 25 Years tour with another string of shows with their newest label mates, PEARS, and Los Angeles punks, Runaway Kids. Check out the dates/locations of the upcoming fall tour below.
Lagwagon released their latest album, Hang, in October of 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords. PEARS released their debut album, Go To Prison, in June of 2014, then re-released it this July on Fat. They are currently working on the highly-anticipated follow up album. Runaway Kids put out an EP, Better Days, in June on Mediaskare Records.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 3:20 PM (PST) by jaystone
A couple weeks back, we brought you the first installment of a Q&A session with bands that’ll be part of this month’s “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour” in celebration of the silver anniversary of now legendary Fat Wreck Chords. The first installment included the members of Swingin’ Utters, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and The Flatliners. Check it out here if you missed it.
Today is official tour kickoff day, which is a perfect time to present to you Round #2, this time featuring Jake Kiley from Strung Out, and the one-and-only Joey Cape. Check it out below.
The “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour gets under way tonight in Boston. The tour’s lineup features the likes of NOFX, Strung Out, Lagwagon,Swingin’ Utters, toyGuitar, The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Masked Intruder and more depending on your location. The ragtag bunch of misfits that comprise your friendly, neighborhood Dying Scene editorial staff agree with the positive vibes about the “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years” tour, and will be out in full force at various different stops on the tour. Check out the full rundown of “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years” tour dates here!
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
In an awesome turn of events, Santa Barbara skate punk veterans Lagwagon have announced they will be playing their 1994 sophomore album Trashed in its entirety on all dates of this summer’s Fat Wrecked For 25 Years Tour!
You can check out the band’s announcement video below alongside dates/locations for the North American tour which will also feature NOFX, Swingin’ Utters, Strung Out, Masked Intruder, and many other Fat Wreck Chords favorites.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 2:20 PM (PST) by milhouse
Have a listen below.
Additionally, the Caper recently announced he will be releasing a new solo album titled “Stitch Puppy” on September 4th through Fat.
You can check out the record’s tracklist and learn more about the meaning of its title here.
“Stitch Puppy” will be Cape’s first solo album in nearly 5 years, serving as a follow-up to 2011′s “Doesn’t Play Well With Others”. He will be touring North America in support of the LP this fall.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11:52 AM (PST) by vivalalexy
Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape has announced a One Week Records fall North American tour featuring artists such as Laura Mardon, KJ Jansen (Chixdiggit), Walt Hamburger, Brian Wahlstrom, Betty and the Boy, and Jo Bergeron. Check out the list of dates and locations below.
One Week Records is Joey Cape’s newest endeavor. He brings musicians in to his home studio for one week to record stripped down, honest versions of 10 of their tunes.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:38 PM (PST) by jaystone
NOFX is the latest, and arguably the greatest, act to get into the “play an album in its entirety” game, and it’s their iconic album “Punk In Drublic” that’ll get the honors. Here’s what frontman Fat Mike had to say:
“We are stoked to play this this album live and mix up the tour a little, so both the band and our hardcore fans, who we know are coming along to all the shows, don’t get bored…Whilst I can’t remember all that much from 1994, I do know we totally smashed it with this record and it’s going to be a lot of fun bringing back those memories with you all!”
However, we’re not talking about an every-night kind of deal. Instead, only the band’s upcoming shows in Birmingham on June 28th and London on July 5th will feature the “Punk In Drublic” treatment. Head below to refresh your memories as to where the band are playing on their UK tour with Alkaline Trio and Lagwagon.
NOFX’s latest full-length Self Entitled, and the Stoke Extinguisher EP were both released in 2012. The band recently announced that they will release Backstage Passport 2 in August.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 4:33 PM (PST) by jaystone
Everyone’s favorite genre-defining punk label is throwing itself one hell of a 25th birthday celebration!
That’s right, boys and girls; Fat Wreck Chords will be shutting down the streets of San Francisco for two days this August and playing host to a monster of a festival. Headlining both days will of course be NOFX. They’ll be joined over the course of the weekend by the likes of Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Strung Out, Propagandhi, Swingin’ Utters, Bracket, ToyGuitar, The Flatliners, and a whole bunch more.
The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd, with a special pre-party scheduled for Friday night. Head below to watch the official announcement video, starring label co-founder Erin Burkett and the inimitable Joey Cape. While you’re there, check out the daily itinerary. Tickets for each day are $45. You can get tickets to day one here, tickets to day to here, and go here to see how to get tickets to the special Friday night pre-party, which will feature a screening of NOFX’s Backstage Passport 2 and a Q+A with the band!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM (PST) by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky
Fat Wreck Chords have announced the eighth volume in their ever-popular Fat Music compilation series. The label is celebrating its 25th anniversary, so in honor of that, they are releasing Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat, which will feature 25 (a number in honor of their anniversary) new and unreleased tracks from the label’s roster, including NOFX, Lagwagon, Masked Intruder, and the newly signed PEARS. Check out the tracklisting below.
2015 marks Fat Wreck Chords’ 25th anniversary as a label and nothing seemed more appropriate than bringing back the Fat Music series. With classic comps like Survival of the Fattest, Physical Fatness and Live Fat, Die Young, this is a series that’s less about acting as a label sampler as it is about compiling great, listenable punk albums, loaded with gems from front to back. It’s been five years since we added a volume to the series and with a grip of new bands and new groundbreaking records from classic Fat bands, our 25th anniversary year was the obvious choice for Volume 8. Packed with an appropriate 25 songs, selected and sequenced by Fat Mike, Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat is the next essential Fat comp. And as you’ve come to expect, you get a handful of brand new and unreleased tunes, this time from NOFX, Swingin’ Utters, Leftover Crack, Western Addiction, Night Birds and PEARS. The comp will be released on August 7th and will be available for pre-order soon! If you haven’t grabbed a ticket to the Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour, you can do so now!
Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat will be released on August 7, and is the first in the Fat Music series since 2010’s Fat Music Vol. 7: Harder, Fatter + Louder!
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:27 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The fine folks at Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will be releasing a special 10-inch compilation in honor of this year’s edition of Punk Rock Bowling. The record which features 12 tracks from the likes of Good Riddance, Strung Out, Lagwagon, NOFX, and many other Fat favorites will be available exclusively at the Vegas punk fest.
Check out the tracklist below, and stop by the label’s booth at PRB 2015 this weekend to pick up a copy of your own on ‘Put It All On Black’, ‘Bowling Pin’, ‘Craps Table’, ‘Rollin’ Dice’, or ‘Golden Nugget Pool Party’ colored vinyl.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:35 AM (PST) by Midwest Punk
Fat Wreck Chords is celebrating 25 years in a big way in 2015, with a loaded lineup for the US Fat Tour 2015: Fat Wrecked For 25 Years. Fat Mike made the announcement Tuesday via a Youtube video. Watch the announcement and check out the dates below.
The cross-country (and Canada) celebration will feature Fat Wreck Chords pillars like NOFX, Lagwagon, and Swingin’ Utters. Other bands include The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, Toy Guitar, and Bad Cop / Bad Cop.
More bands will be added, including surprise bands for the specific shows, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated if/when things change.
Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape recently did a pretty cool interview with Noisey in which he ranks Lagwagon’s albums from least favorite to most favorite and provides some pretty cool insight as to his justifications along the way. For any Lagwagon fan its a fantastic read and I recommend you check it out right here.
Lagwagon last released Hang on October 28th through Fat Wreck Chords. It was the band’s first full-length album in nearly a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2005′s Resolve.