Most concept albums are serious, but Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans aren’t the most serious bunch. Their version of a concept album features 23 jingles for iconic brands such as Mountain Dew, Hot Pockets, and Totino’s.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans have announced some January tour dates with Dirty Fences.
You can check out all the dates and locations below.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans have released a new song that serves as a tribute to Mountain Dew, called “Mountain Dew (I Need It).”
You can give it a listen below.
The bands’ latest album, Tight New Dimension, was released in April 2016 through Fat Wreck Chords.
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3:21 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Check out the full list of new bands below.
More info on Fest 16 (October 27-29) and Pre-Fest 5 (October 25-26) is available on the festival’s official website. Stay tuned for more lineup announcements.
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1:42 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
Another round of bands have now been added to the lineup for the inaugural Don’t Panic festival, including Chicago punks Pegboy, Portland pop punks Mean Jeans, and Chad Price (Drag The River/ALL). Check out the updated festival poster below.
The festival is set for February 17th-18th in Denver. The shows were organized locally as a not-for-profit music festival to showcase the best of Colorado’s music scene, plus some national acts. Find more information, including how to get your tickets, right here.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 3:26 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
The band’s latest album Tight New Dimension was released in April through Fat Wreck Chords.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM (PST) by The Grace of Laura Jane
The song comes off of their most recent album “Tight New Dimension” which came out this past April via Fat Wreck Chords.
The video is crazy. It consists of rollerblades, spandex, and Surge wrapped in a total 90’s feel. Not only is the song good, but the video fits it perfectly.
The band’s previous release was a compilation album titled “Singles Collection” in March of 2015 through Dirtnap Records and the band’s last proper full-length album was 2012′s “On Mars”.
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 4:07 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Mean Jeans, much like cheese, have only gotten better with age. Sure, to the untrained palette it might all sound like the same Ramones-y garage punk song over and over again, but the more experienced listener can easily tell just how far the Portland trio have come since they first hit the scene nearly a decade ago. On the surface the band’s third full length album, Tight New Dimension, might be more of the same, but as the prog rock inspired cover art hints at: it also finds the band in new territory.
At its core, it’s still a Mean Jeans album; the songs are catchy, rarely pass the two minute mark, and they place a high priority on keeping it loose. However, Tight New Dimension doesn’t pick up where the band last left off on 2012’s On Mars so much as it hops over the fence and journeys on the other side of the road. Unlike previous albums the band now has something new in their arsenal: experience. And it shows a lot: the songs might still be the same structurally and carry the same party vibe, but now they’re played by a band who has been at it for a few years and knows exactly what they’re doing.
Lyrically, Mean Jeans have never been a band to really cut deep and Tight New Dimension is no different. However, to go back to the cheese metaphor for a moment, just because you’ve experienced some fine grano padano doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy a plain American cheese sandwich as well. Mean Jeans may not offer in-depth political insights or offer catharsis for heartbreak, but they still bang out some witticisms (the 1-2 punch of “4 Coors Meal”/”Allergic to Success” is filled with plenty of one-liners) and ask some heavy hitting questions (“Are There Beers in Heaven?”). They even manage to drop some clever lines while paying tribute to the King of Pop. Seriously, who would’ve thought to rhyme “Michael Jackson was tight” with “I was so sad when he died”?
Mean Jeans might claim that they’re allergic to success, but if they’re going to keep on making records like this one, they’re going to want to carry some Claritin or Benadryl with them at all times.
4 / 5 – Listen below.
RIYL: The Jetty Boys, Ramones, The Marked Men
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:15 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
The folks over at Robotic Empire records are at it again with their third Nirvana tribute album. Released on Record Store Day (which was April 16, 2016), the album Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach is a full tribute to Nirvana’s debut LP, Bleach. The compilation features contributions from acts such as Defeater, Beach Slang, Mean Jeans, The Fall of Troy, Basement, Daughters, and more. You can stream the whole compilation below.
Robotic Empire’s two other full Nirvana album tributes, In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety, and Whatever, Nevermind, were released on Record Store Days 2014 and 2015 respectively. You can find them, along with other fine Robotic Empire releases, here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 3:20 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5:02 PM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Portland, Oregon pop-punks Mean Jeans have a new album called Tight New Dimension coming out on April 22nd, but you can preview one of the new songs today! Give “Michael Jackson Was Tight” a listen here, and pre-order the new album from Fat Wreck Chords here.
Mean Jeans last released a compilation album titled Singles Collection in March of 2015 through Dirtnap Records. The band’s last proper full-length album was 2012′s On Mars.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 4:04 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Mean Jeans have always been a consistent band. While their brand of pop punk has always sounded like it belongs in a garage, they’ve also made forward steps in their songwriting, slowly becoming more than just another “Ramones-core” band. The band recently even signed to Fat Wreck Chords, and if that isn’t a move in the right direction, I don’t know what is. The band will be releasing their third album, Tight New Dimension, this spring, but they released the album’s first single, “Nite Vision,” in March to give fans a little sneak peak.
“Nite Vision” is a bit darker than usual, almost as if they wrote a horror punk song. It shows a progression since 2012’s On Mars (or even any of their splits that they’ve released after that album), but still retaining the Mean Jeans party ethos. You just have to listen to understand. The two b-sides are more standard Mean Jeans fare- lighthearted pop songs with plenty of “woah-oh-ohs.” The first, “I Wanna Be Yr Dogg,” an obvious nod to The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is a quick jam filled with just the right amount of garage and pop. The second, “69 Tears” (an obvious reference to both a garage rock standard and a sexual act) is an even quicker pop gem that’s over well before it should be.
The three songs that make up “Nite Vision” showcase both sides of Mean Jeans: the fun, party loving half, and the more serious, grown up half. However, if most of these are the ones that didn’t make the cut, then Tight New Dimension is going to be one hell of an album.
4 / 5 – Listen below.
RIYL: Direct Hit!, The Leftovers, Jetty Boys
Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans are streaming their upcoming EP Nite Vision. The EP contains 3 songs, with the A-side coming from the bands upcoming Fat Wreck Chords full length debut, Tight New Dimension, as well as 2 exclusive B-sides.
Give it a listen here.
Nite Vision is set to be released on March 18th. They last released a compilation album titled Singles Collection in March, 2015 through Dirtnap Records.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:28 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Fat Wreck Chords has just announced that on April 22nd, they’ll be releasing the third full-length overall and FAT debut, Tight New Dimension from Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans. You can get a taste of their new record by pre-ordering Nite Vision, out March 18th, a limited-edition single whose a-side is culled from Tight New Dimension, and also includes two exclusive b-sides!
Now, without further ado, Billy Jeans (guitar/vox) breaks down their new record:
“We’re all flipped up about releasing Tight New Dimension to the world. We went to Mars and back recording it, chugging copious Coors and root beers in the process. We had to go to the future in a telephone booth just to take the freakin’ album cover photo. Thanks Josh Freydkis for making the trip with us! 12 new songs about partying, failure, friendship, and tributes to our heroes, like Michael Jackson and Gordon Bombay. It’s highly crankable and you can party to it, I tested it out. We hope you enjoy it. We’ll be appearing at SXSW and touring the Pacific NW in March, touring with NOFX in April, with US and Europe tours to follow. Check our dates out here! ”
Mean Jeans last released a compilation album titled Singles Collection in March, 2015 through Dirtnap Records. The band’s last proper full-length album was 2012′s On Mars.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:29 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Earlier this month, Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans announced they had inked a deal with Fat Wreck Chords and would be releasing a new 7-inch titled Nite Vision. Today the band premiered the EP’s title track, which you can listen to below.
Fat Wreck is set to release Nite Vision on March 18th, and pre-orders for the 7-inch are available right now on the label’s webstore.
Mean Jeans last released a compilation album titled Singles Collection in March, 2015 through Dirtnap Records. The band’s last proper full-length album was 2012’s On Mars.