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Good Riddance release ‘Our Great Divide’ ahead of new album

Good Riddance have released another single from their upcoming album, Thoughts and Prayers. The album was produced by longtime collaborators Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore and is out July 19th via Fat Wreck Chords.

The band have also announced some European tour dates and one in Canada, these can be found below along with the new single.



Joey Cape streaming “The Love Of My Life” off upcoming acoustic album

Lagwagon singer and acoustic extraordinaire Joey Cape is streaming the second song “The Love Of My Life” off of his upcoming acoustic album Let Me Know When You Give Up. The new song has a bit of a country feel to it, and as always Joey’s ability to pen an amazing story to go with the soft sounds of his acoustic guitar. Joey had this to say about the new song: “It’s a simple tune and a vague love song about music and where our relationship began. I spent the first half of my life in Southern California and the last thirty-odd years in Northern Cal. The south is blissful, beautiful, over-populated and lonely. On a hot day it feels like it may catch fire, maybe for its sins.” Well said Joey. 

The new album is due out July 5th through Fat Wreck Chords, you can head on over here to pre-order your copy now.

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new solo music from Joey since his One Week Records release or Stitch Puppy back in 2015.



Slam Dunk (North) 2019 – Live Review

This year’s Slam Dunk festival took place at two locations, the northern event in the beautiful Temple Newsham Park on the outskirts of Leeds, the southern date at the similarly picturesque Hatfield House Park near London.  What the aristocratic owners of these large country estates would make of the Slam Dunk attendees descending on their properties, I’d love to know!  Being punkers of a certain age, my wife and I had to plan our attendance with military precision – depositing our three kids with their grandparents, stocking up on supplies for a couple of nights of freedom from behaving like responsible adults and heading north with the Friday afternoon motorway traffic.  We spent the night before Slam Dunk North in nearby Sheffield with friends before heading to the show bright and early on the Saturday.  After negotiating our way through housing and industrial areas we arrived at the festival along with a few thousand other music fans.  With the smell of cheap cider in the air and the lunchtime sun shining, we made our way in and headed to the far side of the site to Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic stage.  The line up had spent the last few weeks winding its way through Germany, Spain and France with the two Slam Dunk dates in the UK capping off this run through Europe.

We got to the stage just in time to catch the end of openers, The Bombpops, set.  They ripped through I Can’t and Jerk from 2017’s Fear of Missing Out, ending on Dear Beer from last year’s EP.  The band were super tight and I was disappointed not to have caught the whole set, hopefully they’ll be back this side of the Atlantic soon.

Next up were Anti-Flag, a band I’ve lost touch with over the past decade having previously enjoyed their output.  They launched into Die For Your Government, much to the appreciation of the assembled crowd and played a solid set spanning their twenty years plus of releasing music.  Despite it being around 1pm they managed to incite a giant circle pit during Broken Bones, after reminding us “Brothers and sisters, if someone falls down, we pick them back up”.  We were then treated to a couple of their poppier songs (Turncoat and This Is The End) before Fuck Police Brutality, a song written twenty two years ago that is as relevant now as it ever has been.  The set was rounded out with Cities Burn, American Attraction, Press Corpse and finally, singalong favourite Brandenburg Gate.  Having not really checked in with the band for a while I had been slightly ambivalent about checking them out however their performance, positivity and set list were all top notch.

Santa Barbara sextet, the Mad Caddies, then took the stage to share some reggae/ska punk love with the masses.  Despite lead singer Chuck not getting any sound out of his monitor for the early part of their set, the boys were sounding great.  The crowd was skanking and grooving along from the opening trumpet refrain of The Dirge to the last notes of oompah thrasher All American BadAss.  Personal highlights for me were Road Rash, Weird Beard and the cover of Propagandhi’s Nation States from last summer’s Punk Rocksteady album.

Keeping the ska punk vibe going, The Interrupters followed next.  My main exposure to the Bivona brothers and Aimee Interrupter is from my wife and nine-year-old daughter playing them in the car and around the house.  I’ve always appreciated their Hellcat inflected tunes and was looking forward to seeing them in person.  Friend Like Me got the crowd moving nicely and they went on to play Take Back The Power, On A Turntable, She’s Kerosene and She Got Arrested amongst others.  It could have just been me but it did feel like the energy in the crowd dropped a few songs into the set but this was by no means a reflection of the effort being given by the band.  They finished with This Is My Family adding a slightly prolonged singalong finale to the song which I could have done without but, overall, I was pleased to have caught The Interrupters live.

I first saw Lagwagon in 1998, headlining a show which also had NUFAN, Strung Out and Swingin Utters on the line up, a few months before Let’s Talk About Feelings came out.  I have a lot of time for this band and I waited patiently to see them for the fourth (fifth?) time while my compadres foolishly opted to hit the bar and food stalls.  Their set list focussed mainly on their mid to late nineties albums with Violins, Sleep, Razor Burn from Hoss; Alien 8 and Making Friends from Double Plaidinum and Change Despair, May 16 and After You My Friend from ‘Feelings.  Cog In The Machine got an airing from 2014’s Hang, I had been hoping for a few more from this album but they had played a lot of those songs when they played London last year so I wasn’t too disappointed.  With close to thirty years under their belts, it’s no surprise Lagwagon are consistently excellent live, with plenty of choreographed shredding and general tom foolery thrown in for good measure.  The rain started to fall as the set drew to a close, so after four and half hours at the Punk in Drublic stage I took a wander to find food, toilets and buy a long overdue round at the beer tent.

Millencolin played next however I opted to visit the Dickies stage to check out Saves The Day, a band my wife and I saw on our first sort of date in 2002.  I lost touch with the band’s music after Stay What You Are and was gambling on them playing songs from their first few records to make it worth my while straying from the Punk in Drublic stage.  They kicked off with At Your Funeral and Chris Conely’s vocal was instantly joined by the (slightly aging) crowd, transporting me back to when I was a wide eyed 20-year-old.  From there they played a string of songs from post SWYA albums and with a heavy heart I bid them farewell in order to line up more drinks and get a decent vantage point for Less Than Jake.

The rain had been falling steadily by the time Gainesville’s favourite sons bounced onto the stage.  They treated the decidedly damp crowd to all the classics (Jonny Quest, All My Best Friends Are Metalheads, History Of A Boring Town, Nervous In The Alley, Gainesville Rock City etc) along with a couple of newer tunes.  At one point the, slightly terrifying, LTJ mascot came on stage with a toilet paper gun and papered the front few rows which is not something I’ve experienced at a show before but it was pretty amusing.  Less Than Jake are one of those bands that you can never see too many times and seeing some of their newer songs played in and amongst their older stuff gave a slightly different perspective on them, which was great.

The penultimate act was Bad Religion, whose seventeenth studio album, Age Of Unreason, dropped a month ago.  We were treated to four songs from their latest offering (Lose Your Head, Chaos From Within, Do The Paranoid Style & My Sanity).  The rest of the set was a tour de force, stretching back to the very beginning (Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell from 1982’s How Could Hell Be Any Worse?) with good representation from their entire catalogue.  Crowd pleasers like 21st Century Digital Boy, Sorrow, Stranger Than Fiction and Fuck You all kept the crowd moving as the rain continued to fall.  These guys continue to put out great music and impress live and it was heartening to see punks of all ages rocking out to these legends.

I sacrificed the end of Bad Religion’s set to catch a few songs from The Menzingers back on the Dickies stage.  An ill-advised, uphill sprint across the festival site left me lightheaded as I arrived halfway through Mid-Western States.  I just about caught my breath as they started Casey and I stuck around long enough to hear The Freaks and Lookers before heading back to the Punk In Drublic stage for headliners, NOFX.  I’ve been a fan of The Menzingers since 2010’s Chamberlain Waits and have seen them a few times playing club shows and they are always a good time live.

So back to the Punk In Drublic stage for NOFX and the rain finally stopped.  The guys came on stage and proceeded to spend what felt like five minutes chatting shit to each other and the crowd.  Just as the fans started to get restless, they let rip with Seeing Double At The Triple Rock and Six Years On Dope.  They played a set punctuated with long periods of conversation and shit-housery which at times elicited shouts of “Get on with it” from the crowd, but most should know by now that this is standard practise for Mike et al.  To be honest, I was thankful for the chance to catch my breath a lot of the time!  We were treated to Linoleum, Don’t Call Me White, The Brews and Perfect Government from the album from whence the stage took its name, along with Bob (from White Trash..), Kill All The White Man (from the Longest Line EP), Eat The Meek and Murder The Government (from So Long…).  I was really pleased they played I’m So Sorry Tony because Mr Sly should be honoured at every opportunity and they closed the set playing a cover of We’re Only Gonna Die by Bad Religion which was excellent.  NOFX have been through a lot of shit in their personal lives over the years but it’s nice to see them on stage, annoying each other, supporting each other and still fighting the good fight.

Previous Slam Dunk line-ups have always had a few bands that piqued my interested but the inclusion of the Punk In Drublic tour made it a no brainer, here’s hoping it become a permanent fixture moving forwards.

Photo Credits

The Bombpops – Jen Razavi

Aimee Interruptor, Joey Cape, Roger Lima, Greg Graffin – FuckinClairPhotos

NOFX – Jade Greenbrooke



Strung Out stream new single, “Daggers”; announce new album, “Songs of Armor and Devotion”

The much-anticipated new album from Strung Out finally has a title and a release date. It is called Songs of Armor and Devotion and will be released by Fat Wreck Chords on August 9, 2019. The album can be pre-ordered here.

Singer Jason Cruz says of the album, “Some songs can be armor: they can repel and they can guard you,” explains Cruz. “And they can also bring you comfort and speak of love and belonging to something. To be a good and gentle person, you have to put up a little bit of armor, but that armor never works, because you’re so caring and sensitive and vulnerable that your heart is going to be displayed on that armor anyway. There are so many thoughts and feelings in my head that I just opened up and let it go so I could explore the duality of having to defend and protect what’s inside, and at the same time make it available for the world.”

Check out “Daggers” below for the first taste of what is to come from this quintessential punk band.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival announces Portland Date

Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival recently announced it’s first 2019 US date will take place in Portland, OR on July 12th at Portland Meadows.

The festival will feature NOFX playing The Decline in its entirety with Baz’s Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Bad Religion, MXPX, Anti-Flag, The Last Gang, and Mean Jeans.

You can get all the details here



Bracket streaming new album “Too Old To Die Young”

California-based pop-punks Bracket are streaming their new album Too Old To Die Young. Set to be released May 31st through Fat Wreck Chords, this is the first new album from the pop-punk vets since 2017’s concept single-song album The Last Page back in 2017. If you haven’t had a chance to check out any of the singles off the new album you are missing out, this is by far this Dying Scenesters favorite Bracket release to date.

Check out the new album below.

As mentioned above, this is the first new music from Bracket since 2017’s The Last Page. 



Good Riddance announce new album and release new song ‘Don’t Have Time’

It’s been four years since Good Riddance gave the world a studio album. With that in mind, their fans will be delighted to know that they have just announced that they will release a new album, Thoughts and Prayers, on July 19th via Fat Wreck Chords. Yesterday, they also released the song ‘Don’t Have Time’ from the record.

Pre-orders can for the new album can be made here and the new song can be streamed below.



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Review: CJ Ramone – “The Holy Spell…”

I’m going to start off by saying CJ Ramone’s The Holy Spell… (Fat Wreck Chords) is not a bad album. In fact, The Holy Spell… is a collection of really good songs – songs that would make an excellent batch of 7”s or a few EPs, as opposed to a full album. It’s an album that I don’t mind having on my iPod – when it is on random – but don’t particularly desire to listen to in one go beyond the times I did to write this review. So what’s my point? I am very conflicted about this as a singular piece of music, even though I quite like the individual parts when taken one to two songs at a time.

The thing is, for an album to really work, the songs have to have some variations in melody, harmony, speed, and song style. This one does not. Every song sounds pretty much the same, and as I was listening to it, I found myself becoming more of a passive listener than an active one, checking to see if I was back to the beginning of the album again, as opposed to hearing a new song that appears later on in it. Again, none of the songs are bad. They just don’t particularly stand out from one another in any appreciable way, with the two exceptions, “One High One Low” and “Rock On”.

“One High One Low”, the opening song, is pretty driving – especially for CJ Ramone – and sets up an album with a lot of promise. The last song, “Rock On” slows things down for a bit and is actually a welcome change of pace when listening to The Holy Spell… straight through. I also really like “Postcard from Heaven” which I think would have been an amazing single on its own and is the best song on the album, hands down.

Part of what makes the album blend together, though, is CJ’s voice. I feel like most people like it or don’t, and I do like it just fine, but he tends to sing every song in the same way – never venturing out of his niche or comfort zone and expanding his vocal capabilities to show us something different. This just contributes to the sameness and familiarity of the songs, probably more than the tempo and music, even.  I also really crave more backing vocals and harmonies – some of the songs are all but screaming for them, and sound sparse as a result.

I realize this is a somewhat strange review, but as I said, I am conflicted about this album. I wish it was released in pieces, like I said earlier, perhaps as EPs or singles – all of which would get higher marks because they would be short bursts of music and not an album that seems to go on a bit too long, especially for the lack of diversity in the sound and style of the songs.

2.5/5 stars



NOFX stream demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin”

NOFX are streaming a newly released demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin,” which comes from the Punk In Drublic Europe festival exclusive Fat Music Music For Wrecked People: Punk In Drublic 2019 compilation.

You can give the song a listen below.

NOFX last released Ribbed – Live in a Dive in 2018 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Their last studio output was First Ditch Effort in 2016.



CJ Ramone streaming new album “The Holy Spell…”

New York punk CJ Ramone is streaming his new masterpiece The Holy Spell… The new album was released May 10th through Fat Wreck Chords and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I suggest you scoot on over to your favorite streaming site and start jamming this gem into your ear holes. I was particularly smitten with the track “Rock On” and the “Postcard From Heaven”.

Head on down below to check out the new album.

CJ Ramone’s last release was Christmas Lullaby, which was released back in December of last year. 



Bracket (Pop Punk, CA) Stream Single “Arting Starvist” From Forthcoming Album, “Too Old to Die Young”

Ahead of their latest album’s release date, California pop punkers Bracket are allowing fans to steam their newest single. “Arting Starvist” is taken from Too Old to Die Young, which is scheduled for release on Fat Wreck Chords on May 31. You can check it out below.

“Arting Starvist” is the second single from the latest effort from the veteran quartet. It follows “Canned in the Food Drive”, which came out earlier this year.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



New Music: Joey Cape streams “I Know How To Run” from upcoming solo album, “Let Me Know When You Give Up”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard new music from the one-and-only Joey Cape; three-and-a-half years worth of minutes, to be more precise. But don’t worry boys and girls…the wait is almost over!

Today, The Bullshit One announced plans for a brand new full-length album. It’s called Let Me Know When You Give Up, and it’s due out on July 5th via his longtime label home, Fat Wreck Chords. Pre-orders are available already by clicking here.

To get you ready for what’s to come, you can check out the lead single, “I Know How To Run,” below.

Depending on how you keep score, Joey Cape’s last album was either his 2016 One Week Records release of reworked Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut songs or, more probably, his 2015 Fat Wreck Chords full-length, Stitch Puppy.



Download “Fat Music For Wrecked People: Spring 2019” for free…

The legendary Fat Wreck Chords have released the latest in their long line of samplers, with the option to download it for free.

A selection of Fat Wreck bands appear on the 23 track compilation, which you can get now from Bandcamp. Have a listen below.