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Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage Bottlerocket

Stealing The Covers

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Teenage Bottlerocket are known for their fast paced Ramones inspired pop-punk.  The Wyoming based band has never claimed to be particularly innovative, but they’ve garnered quite the reputation for their endless enthusiasm and tongue-in-cheek humour.  Given that their latest effort, Stealing the Covers, is a covers album, it would be easy to dismiss the band as playing to that reputation.  But a closer look reveals that Under The Covers is actually premised on fairly original grounds.  These aren’t Me First & The Gimme Gimmes style radio hits, rather, the band has opted to shine the spotlight on lesser known acts that never made it big, but were a healthy part of the pop-punk underground (described as “obscure and unsigned” on their label’s website) over the last ten or fifteen years.

The result is a collection of cover songs that feel more like a disc of original material – or carefully curated mixtape – if you’re not an absolute diehard of the Laramie pop-punk scene.  While I was familiar with a handful of the band names on the compilation, I was surprised how many songs I was hearing for the first time.  It’s clear that the band chose these songs because of how compatible they were with Teenage Bottlerocket’s fun loving nature.  The first three tracks, Varsity Weirdos’ “The Way I Know,” Hollywood Blonde’s “Back and Forth” and Juke’s “College Town” each channel the prototypical, quick tempoed pop-punk that waffles back and forth between uppity toe tapping ditty and catchy, chorus heavy repetition.  Other covers from bands like HEAD, The Gullibles, and The Mugwumps also make their mark.  The difference is that while most of Teenage Bottlerocket’s songs tend to share overarching similarities (ie. comparable chord structures), these covers all present slightly uniquenesses that actually make Stealing The Covers one of the Wyoming quartet’s most diverse in nature.

Some of the best album highlights stand out due to the one two punch of unique sonic footprints and original lyrics.  The first big standout comes in the form of Sprocket Nova’s “Robocop is a Halfbreed Sellout.”  If you find yourself wondering, “Nova who?”, you’re not alone.  I honestly had never heard of this project, but a quick google search turns up a free download of the original song and album.  Given that the song plays like a nerdy Nerf Herder tune meets The Network’s synth, it should be an instant download.  The same Nerf Herder-y comparison can be made with The Four Eyes’ “Hat Nerd,” a song about that friend who sports a hat for every occasion.  While in the habit of dropping notable comparison, I also was surprised that “It Came From The Radio” was not in fact an unreleased track by related TV themed pop-punkers The Lillingtons, but rather originates from an band unbeknownst to be, The Blendours.  Simply put, it’s an absolute blast.

The album ends with a curious take on “a bear walks into a bar” (“Why The Big Pause”) joke that was originally given the melodic pop-punk treatment by The Punchlines.  It’s the perfect ending for an incredibly fun album, and Teenage Bottlerocket once again make it sound entirely their own.  Stealing The Covers is remarkably coherent for a collection of covers, and will naturally find a long term place in the Teenage Bottlerocket discography.

Tours: The Real McKenzies (Europe)

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies will be heading out for a European tour this Summer.  The band continues to support their new album, Two Devils Will Talk, which dropped back in March via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Teenage Bottlerocket – Why The Big Pause (The Punchlines Cover)

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punk powerhouse Teenage Bottlerocket has premiered a new music video.  The video features the a cover of The Punchlines’ “Why the Big Pause,” which is set to appear on their upcoming, Stealing the Covers which will hit the streets on July 14, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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The Lillingtons (Finally) Sign To Fat Wreck Chords

The LillingtonsLong running pop-punk act The Lillingtons have signed on with Fat Wreck Chords.  The band plans to release a new album, which was recorded at The Blasting Room, later this year.  The band released their Project 313 EP through Red Scare Industries earlier this year.

The signing comes after many years of explicit adoration from Fat Wreck Chords towards the band, but which up until now was never successful at landing the band on the label’s iconic roster.  Looks like patience and persistence have payed off for the label.

Tours: Get Dead (Europe)

Get DeadGet Dead has announced that they will be embarking on a tour of the UK and Europe for the bulk of September and August.  The band will be supporting their latest full length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere which dropped last year on Fat Wreck Chords.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Useless ID (Europe)

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has announced that they will be touring Europe this Summer.  The band continues to support their new album, State Is Burning, which dropped back in July 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Tour listings are below.

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No Use For A Name Cover Compilation Announced

No Use For A NameFat Wreck Chords has announced the release of a No Use For A Name covers compilation album.  The disc features non-album tracks and holds the title Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers, and is due out on August 11, 2017.

Track listing is below.

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Face To Face Perform Live Session

Face To FaceFace To Face recently stopped by Paste Magazine for a quick live session.  Songs include “Keep Your Chin Up,” “Burden,” and “A-Ok”.  The band continues to support their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release, Protection.  

Watch the full session below.

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop Announce New LP; Stream First Track

Bad Cop Bad CopLA pop-punk act Bad Cop Bad Cop has announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Warriors and is set to drop on uno 16, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords, following their 2015 full length, Not Sorry.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Womanarchist,” which can be streamed below.

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Video: Face To Face – Say What You Want

Face To FaceFace To Face has premiered a music video from their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album is titled Protection and and was released back in March.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Watch the video for “Say What You Want” below.

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Stream New Album From Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Basic CMYKPunk cover act Me First & The Gimme Gimmes is streaming their latest release, Rake It In: The Greatest Hits, which dropped last week on April 7, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  

Listen to the disc below.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape, Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun, and NOFX front man Fat Mike, along with Spike Slawson.

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The Dirty Nil – Caroline

The Dirty NilDundas, Ontario punk act The Dirty Nil has premiered a re-recorded version of their song “Caroline.”  The song will appear on the upcoming compilation album, Minimum R&B, which is set to release on April 28, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) Dine Alone Records (CAN).

Listen to the song below.

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Frenzal Rhomb Detail New LP

frenzal hi viz cover.cdrAustralian punkers Frenzal Rhomb have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Hi-Vis High Tea and is set to be released on May 26, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc was recorded by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room.

Pre-orders are live.

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The Real McKenzies

Two Devils Will Talk

STOMP Records (CAN) / Fat Wreck Chords (US)
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What can I say about The Real McKenzies that hasn’t been said before?  The roughneck Vancouver-based crew of Celtic misfits have been an undeniable force in the global punk scene since the early 90’s and continue to build on their legacy with each passing album and release.  Their latest full length, Two Devils Will Talk, continues the brash bagpipe-meets-punk-rock formula that the band remains best known for.

Paul McKenzie’s unmistakable vocal presence sounds as weathered and energetic as ever, enhanced by a rasp bestowed by a lengthy career and the passage of time.  “We’ll march and we’ll never falter, side by side we’ll sing our song, let’s have a cheer for our fallen brethren, through us they will never die,” belts the band in a whiskey-drenched choral cry, reflecting The Real McKenzies’ stubborn, undying drive.  “Due West” launches into a quick-landing tempo that persists through the lion’s share of Two Devils Will Talk’s.  Make no mistake, Two Devils Will Talk is a quick and rambunctious beast, seldom pausing to catch its breath.  “Weyburn” and “One Day” further join in on the excitement, hammering through chorus and verse with a quick-paced melodic drive that is every bit as singable as it is sonically agile.  Later offerings like “Pedal,” “The Town” and “The Comeback” follow suit, with the latter trumpeting some seriously speedy riffs embodying the track’s message of resistance and longevity.  In terms of outright style, the disc feels markedly more Flatfoot 56 than Flogging Molly.  In other words, this time around, there is an undeniable punk-rock presence leading at the helm.

It isn’t until the hearty, wayward tune “Seafarers” that the boys embark on a mid-tempo adventure onto the high seas.  A classic Real McKenzies excursion chronicling a crew narrowly defying disaster.   Likewise, the nostalgic Stan Rogers Canadian acepella classic “Northwest Passage” marks a rare and powerful vocal-exclusive moment reminiscent of The Dreadnoughts, before transforming the colonial tale of “discovery” into a full-on punk tune.  It’s a great rendition of the song, even if the track’s romanticized view of colonial history has long since been challenged by historical scholarship.

As always, The Real McKenzies deliver a prime example of the fun to be had in the raucous world of Celtic punk.  Two Devils Will Talk reinforces that the sands of time have done little to dull The Real Mckenzies sharp edge.  While the album doesn’t necessarily differentiate itself from the band’s discography, Two Devils Will Talk is a case where more of the same is more than welcome when the product is so well founded.  Another worthwhile and entertaining offering by one of Celtic punk’s finest.

Western Addiction – Your Life Is Precious

Western AddictionWestern Addiction has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Life Is Precious” and will appear on their forthcoming new album.  The band will release the new album, Tremulous on March 10, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc was produced by Joey Cape and mixed by Matt Bayles. 

Listen to the song below.  Details are here.

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Face To Face Announce New 7″

OB-GD17D.pdfLong running punk act Face To Face has announced plans for a new 7″, double A-side.  The release will be titled Say What You Want, and is set to drop on May 5, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.   The 7″ includes  a previously unreleased song from the Protection sessions called “I, Me, Mine.”

The band last released Protection back in May 2016.

The Real McKenzies Streaming New Album In Full

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies have premiered a full stream of their new album, Two Devils Will Talk, which is set for release on March 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Listen to the disc here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

Strung Out Detail Plans For Next LP

Strung OutCalifornia melodic punk act Strung Out has announced details for their next full length.  The album will be titled Black Out The Sky and will follow 2015’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta, available via Fat Wreck Chords. The band comments on what can be expected:

“Well it has begun! Are you ready for something new? We are working on something and it’s gunna be something very special. Stay tuned.”

The original post can be found here.

Video: The Bombpops – CA In July

California female fronted melodic punks The Bombpops have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “CA In July” and is lifted from their new LP, Fear Of Missing Out, which dropped last week via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Announce Greatest Hits

Basic CMYKPunk cover act Me First & The Gimme Gimmes has announced details for a greatest hits record.  The disc will be titled Rake It In: The Greatest Hits and is slated to be released on April 7, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Track listing and tour dates are below.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape, Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun, and NOFX front man Fat Mike, along with Spike Slawson.

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Western Addiction – Taedium

Western AddictionWestern Addiction has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Taetium” and will appear on their forthcoming new album.  The band will release the new album, Tremulous on March 10, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc was produced by Joey Cape and mixed by Matt Bayles. 

Listen to the song below.  Details are here.

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PEARS – The Real Sisters In Christ Theme Song

PearsPEARS are streaming a song which was originally exclusively available on record store day.

The song is titled “The Real Sister In Christ” and can be heard below.

CJ Ramone – Moral To The Story

CJ RamonePunk legend CJ Ramone has premiered the first single from his upcoming full length.  The track is titled ” Moral To The Story,” and is set to appear on American Beauty, which will be released on March 17, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The album follows 2014’s Last Chance To Dance.

Listen to the track below.

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Useless ID Perform Bridge City Sessions

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID recently performed “Land Of Idiocracy” for the Bridge City Sessions.  The band last released State Is Burning back in July via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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The Real McKenzies – Due West

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies have premiered a new song from their next full length.  The track is titled “Due West” and the disc will be titled Two Devils Will Talk, which is set for release on March 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).

Listen to the song below.

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The Bombpops – Jerk

California female fronted melodic punks The Bombpops have premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Jerk” and is lifted from their upcoming new LP, Fear Of Missing Out, which drops on February 10, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song below.

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Video: Face To Face – Double Crossed

Face To FaceFace To Face has premiered a music video from their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album is titled Protection and and was released back in March.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Watch the video for “Double Crossed” below.

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Get Dead Record Bridge City Sessions

Get DeadGet Dead recently sat down to record for the Bridge City Sessions.  The band recorded versions of “Shook” from their recent full length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere was released last year on Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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PEARS Perform Bridge City Sessions

PearsPEARS recently sat down to perform two songs for the Bridge City Sessions. The songs include “Victim To Be” and “Snowflake.”  The band released Green Star last year via Fat Wreck Chords.  

Watch the session performances below.

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The Real McKenzies Announce New LP;

the-real-mckenziesLong running Celtic punk greats The Real McKenzies have announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled Two Devils Will Talk, is set for release on March 3, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords (US) and Stomp Records (CAN).  The band comments:

“On the 25th Anniversary of The Real McKenzies, we remain true to our Scottish-Canadian Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll roots. We wrote an album about perseverance, determination, and staying true to our beliefs. The band has never hung up its hat even at the toughest of times and this album shows we are more relevant now than ever before.”

Pre-orders will launch in the near future.

The Bombpops Sign To Fat Wreck Chords

California female fronted melodic punks The Bombpops have signed on with Fat Wreck Chords.  The band plans to release a new LP entitled Fear Of Missing Out on February 10, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The band comments on the new material:

“It’s taken our whole band’s life to make this record, but we’re lucky we waited this long to do it… It was the right time. I’m a big fan of the shiny, polished-sounding record, and we got to make that for our first record. It’s so cliché and cheesy to say, but it’s more mature, especially the vocals. We learned how to sing. We learned how to have more movement in our melodies. We learned a lifelong lesson of how to be in a band and get along together and make things happen.”

Listen to the new song “CA In July” below.

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