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See the top albums of the year from some Fat Wreck Chords bands

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.



Showoff singer starts ‘Punk Rock Bowling Meet Up’

Chris Messer, singer of Chicago pop punk Showoff has started a ‘meet up’ for people that love bowling and punk rock music. If you think this might be of interest to you and live in the Milwaukee area, check out the link to sign up here.

Originally produced by John Feldmann in 1999, Showoff have had several great releases over the years. Their album Midwest Side Story released on Messer’s own Dodgeball Records  in 2017 was overlooked and underrated. 

 



Brakrock Ecofest Announces New Bands Performing at its 2019 Edition

Europe’s environmentally-conscious punk rock festival, Brakrock Ecofest, has added a load of new names to its lineup for the 2019 edition.

Joining the likes of Propagandhi, The Dopamines, and PEARS will be legendary Californian mainstays, Descendents, Gainesville’s finest, Less Than Jake, and it will also be the return of much-loved speed merchants, Cigar.

Also performing will be The Bennies, , Toy Dolls, Pour Habit, Much The Same, Hit The Switch, Straightline, and For I Am. More names are expected to be announced early next year.

Brakrock Ecofest takes place in the town of Duffel, Belgium, over the weekend of August 2nd, 2019. All the information you need about the event can be found here.

 



Fair Do’s (Melodic Hardcore, UK) Announce 2019 Tour of Japan

Manchester-based genre straddlers Fair Do’s have just announced that they will tour Japan in the new year. The metal-edged skate punk onslaught will head east between the 9th and 14th of January, hitting up a total of six shows.

Arranging the entire fiasco is the always hardworking RNR Tours.

The frankly stunning tour poster artwork has been inspired by the quartet’s recently released debut full-length, Leopards, and was designed by Holly Dixon of Cat’s Cradle Tattoo Studio. I have on good authority that the beast depicted is known as a “Gundampard”.

You can check out all the dates below.

 

 

 

 

 



Manchester Punk Festival Goes Big on 2019 Announcement Number Two

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.

These include the legendary Subhumans, psychobilly rockers The Creepshow, and Fat Wreck export Smoke or Fire.

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.

 



Fat Mike (NOFX) Launches Men’s Lingerie Line “Fatale”

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!

 

 



Ian Winwood releases new book “Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the ‘90s Punk Explosion”

For those of us punks who grew up in the 90’s our glory years were filled with a different era of punk rock than the 70’s. Kids tired of 80’s hair metal or 90’s pop music (remember Hanson?!) turned to a wacky world filled with band’s like: Social Distortion, NoFX, Bad Religion, Diesel Boy and so on and so forth. In recent years we’ve seen the blossoming punk scene of the 70’s looked back on so fondly, but we’ve never had a real look back at the resurgent 90’s punk scene. Well we will wait no more! Renowned writer Ian Winwood is releasing Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the ‘90s Punk Explosion a biographical look at the resurgence of punk rock in the 1990’s.

Two decades after the Sex Pistols and the Ramones birthed punk music into the world, their artistic heirs burst onto the scene and changed the genre forever. While the punk originators remained underground favorites and were slow burns commercially, their heirs shattered commercial expectations for the genre. In 1994, Green Day and The Offspring each released their third albums, and the results were astounding. Green Day’s Dookie went on to sell more than 15 million copies and The Offspring’s Smash remains the all-time bestselling album released on an independent label. The times had changed, and so had the music.

The book is out now and you can grab it wherever you get your reading material.



D.R.I. Announce US Gulf Coast Winter Tour

The legendary crossover thrashers in D.R.I. have announced that they will be hitting the road this November and December. The band will visit a total of fourteen cities along the US Gulf Coast to round out 2018. You can check out all the dates below.

The previous musical release from D.R.I. was the 2015 record, But Wait… There’s More!, which was released on Beer City Skateboards and Records.



Manchester Punk Festival (UK) Reveals First Set of Bands for 2019 Edition

Manchester Punk Festival is quickly becoming the UK’s flagship punk event and by the looks of the first band announcement, the team behind the now full weekender have no intention of bucking that trend in 2019.and

Performing at the festival in April next year will be a host of acts spanning just about every sub genre of punk rock. Ska core, skate punk, hardcore, folk punk, power violence and even post metal are just some of the disparate styles already comprising this early iteration of the final bill.

With previous headliners including Propagandhi, Strike Anywhere, and The Flatliners, those hoping to attend next year will no doubt be eyeing the festival’s social media channels to see who the biggest acts performing at the 2019 edition are.

Whoever they turn out to be, they’ll be joined by the likes of Dead to Me, Doom, King Prawn, Faintest Idea, Consumed, Not on Tour, The Human Project, Svalbard, and Grand Collapse, along with all the other stellar artists featured on the tour poster below.



Boss’ Daughter (Skate Punk) sets off on Rock Bautumn Tour

Our good friend (and so previously dubbed, nomadic, woolly faced fox) Chris Fox and the rest of the gang in Reno based skate punk act Boss’ Daughter are shipping off on their 2018 Rock Bautumn tour this week!

Check out the tour dates above, and pick some tix up here!

His most recent release was the 2017 slamming-self titled-solo album.



7Seconds Tribute Album “Destroy All That Tradition” Being Released

Reno is a city often maligned. Often referred to as a “poor man’s Vegas,” the Northern Nevada town, with a metropolitan population of only about 400,000, has been mocked by everyone from David Sedaris to Amy Schumer, from Seth Meyers to the Muppets. But that semi-regular derision has helped forge an underground music community with underdog perseverance and a strong bond of community throughout the scene.

7Seconds is probably the most famous band ever to come from Reno. The hardcore punk band formed back in 1980 and officially announced their breakup earlier this year. The group’s quick, melodic take on punk rock, along with lyrics preaching unity and tolerance, were a huge influence on two or three generations of musicians in Northern Nevada, Northern California, and throughout the world.

In March, 2018, over the course of just three days, 25 Reno bands showed up at Reno’s Sound Saloon studio, and in less than an hour apiece, each recorded a cover of a 7Seconds song. That’s 25 bands, 25 songs. All those songs are now being released on a double LP collection called Destroy All That Tradition. That title is a lyric from “Walk Together, Rock Together,” arguably 7Seconds’ best-known song, and it’s also a cheeky comment of the whole idea of paying homage.

The project was organized by Clint Neuerburg of the Reno noise rock band Elephant Rifle and prolific Reno musician Chris Fox, whose bands Boss’ Daughter, the Vampirates, and Sucka Punch all appear on the compilation. It’s a diverse set. There’s a nice balance between bands that stick close to the positive hardcore blueprint of 7Seconds—quick rhythms and sing-along hooks—and bands that take the songs far afield in unexpected directions. Among the many highlights: Fall Silent’s metallic rip through “Die Hard,” Hate Recorder’s moody take on “Somebody Help Me Scream,” and Stirr Lightly’s dream pop version of “Walk Together, Rock Together.” There’s also the Sextones’ sitar-laden pop-soul version of “Satyagraha,” Elephant Rifle’s sludgy take on “Anti-Klan,” Slow Wow’s unhinged tear through “We’re Gonna Fight,” and a lot more.

Sales of the compilation will benefit the Holland Project, the all-ages arts organization that embodies 7Seconds’ “rock together” ethos. More than 100 Northern Nevada musicians and engineers worked on the album, and it even features a cover painting by acclaimed Reno painter Ahren Hertel. Preorders are up now, so go reserve a copy and help a great cause! Full band/track listing, below!



Last night Tragedy played a sold out show in Portland, OR – and released a new record too

Fans of Tragedy know the band has a tendency to be a tad mysterious. These guys are punk to the bone. No marketing, no social media; all records self-released. When Tragedy does something, you don’t know it until it’s in your hand. And despite all that silence, their dark and crusty take on hardcore has become one of the most influential sounds of the genre. It bridges the gap between metal and punk, abrasion and melody. It’s at once brutal and musical—and never anything less than intense. For fans of the more extreme edge of the genre, Tragedy is as much of a sound as a band—an oft-imitated progenitor.

Last night, August 31st, the band played a sold out show in their hometown of Portland, OR, where attendees were surprised to see a merch table filled with shirts, stickers, and an album no one had ever seen before. This was Fury—six songs of vein-popping melodic crust available, so far, only on vinyl. Whether this counts as an EP or an LP is up to the readers, but on first listen, it has elements of the band’s doom-stricken Darker Days Ahead as well as the D-Beat of their earlier releases. Some might say this is a return to form, and Fury, is an apt title.

So, there you have it Tragedy fans, if you want the new album, keep a lookout. As of last night, it officially exists.



Ten Foot Pole Hit the Road in Canada for The Music 4 Cancer Tour

The legendary California-based skate punk force that is Ten Foot Pole has just announced The Music 4 Cancer Tour. The run of dates kicks off in September and will feature several stops around Quebec and Ontario, as well as an appearance at the Music 4 Cancer festival on September 15th. They’ll be joined at the event by the likes of Goldfinger, Good Riddance, and Belvedere.

The line-up assembled for the tour comprises of Dennis Jagard, Scott Hallquist, and Chris Del Rio, with Simo Perini joining the ensemble on drums.

You can check out all the dates below.



Don Giovanni Recores launches Kickstarter

New Jersey-based independent label Don Giovanni Records has announced the start of a Kickstarter as a means to “create a bit of financial breathing room for the label.” Their announcement has made it clear that the project is not a fundraiser to help save the label but will allow them to pay off some debts and help them put out more projects.

They have several rewards set up for those willing to participate in the projects. Rewards will include CDs, LPs, posters, tote bags, t-shirts, etc.

Don Giovanni Records has put out albums by such bands as L7, RVIVR, Screaming Females, and The Ergs!, among many others.

Check out their Kickstarter page here.



Boss’ Daughter (Punk) Announces West Coast ‘Bossy Sauce’ Tour

Reno punks, Boss’ Daughter are hitting the road for a month long tour of the West Coast and they want you to come out and see them! We’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live a few times now and we can endorse them, 100%. Until we’ve tried it though, we cannot endorse ‘Bossy Sauce’, whatever that is… Check the dates and stops below and then make plans to go to a show!