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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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Tours: Night Birds / Drakulas (Mexico)

Night BirdsNight Birds has announced that they will be heading on a tour of Mexico and Texas alongside Drakulas. Vocalist Brian Gorsegner comments:

“Shoutout to a fella named Dan Brenkert who shot this footage of a bananas garage show we played in York, PA last month before our string of dates with the Descendents. We feel insanely fortunate to get to do stuff like open for our favorite bands in venues with a green room larger than my actual home, but shows like this one in York at Skid Row Garage will always be where we feel the most at home.”

Tour dates along with an announcement video are below.

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Video: Useless ID – Without A Choice

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a music video for the song “Without A Choice.” The track is lifted from their new album, State Is Burning, which dropped back in July via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Bad Cop Bad Cop Releases New Single

bad-copLA pop-punk act Bad Cop Bad Cop has premiered a new single.  The song is titled “Get Rad” and is a stand alone single, and first new material since their 2015 full length, Not Sorry, available now via Fat Wreck Chords.

Grab the song here.

Dead To Me Streams New EP

Dead To MeDead To Me is streaming their new EP in full.  The EP is titled I Wanna Die In Los Angeles and dropped last Friday via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy Noisey.

Zach Quinn To Re-release Solo Album

Fat Wreck ChordsPEARS frontman Zach Quinn has announced that he will be re-releasing his solo album, One Week, through Fat Wreck Chords on November 11, 2016.

The album was released earlier this year on Joey Cape‘s One Week Records.

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NOFX

First Ditch Effort

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Do NOFX need any introduction? after over thirty years, thirteen studio albums and countless EP’s, singles and splits, they have brought us another thirteen tracks on their latest album, First Ditch Effort. This is a deeply personal album, more so than any of their previous recordings, whilst NOFX have shifted lyrically they have retained the character and style that’s been the hallmark of their past releases. First Ditch Effort is an album that couldn’t have come from any other band, and that is meant is a compliment as NOFX have produced one of the best albums of their career with their latest release.

Six Years On Dope opens the album in fine NOFX style, ninety seconds of the kind of blistering opening we’ve all come to know and love, Happy Father’s Day brings a more staccato blast before we get into the first of the classic NOFX tunes on this album, the superb conspiracy theory number Sid and Nancy, and it’s not long before the next one arrives in Oxy-Moronic. Pretty much every track hits the mark, there’s a heartfelt tribute to the much missed Tony Sly on I’m So Sorry Tony before the album ends in epic style with Generation Z. First Ditch Effort carries all the elements of a great NOFX album, musically it spans everything from hardcore to pop punk, the subject matter is everything you’d hope for, there’s the irreverent humour, and the politics are of course present, and it must be pointed out not many bands manage to make succinct political points without once being po-faced about it.

You can hear the impact that the writing of Home Street Home, Fat Mike‘s punk musical, has had on First Ditch Effort, for me it’s added another dimension to their songwriting. Whilst much of the subject matter may be darker, this is an element that’s always been present at on their albums in the past, but not as much to the forefront as it is on this release. First Ditch Effort comes across as a more mature album, I know sometimes that a band maturing means that the fun has been sucked out of them, but this isn’t the case with First Ditch Effort. The humour is still present that always been inherent in their lyrics, but there’s a darker element to the writing, subjects such as self loathing, self identity and personal morality come to the fore, without the album ever once becoming mawkish, and that is an achievement all on it’s own.

If you’re a fan of NOFX the odds are that you’ve all already ordered this and you won’t have been disappointed, this is as good as almost every other NOFX album, for me it falls slightly short of my personal favourite, The War On Errorism, but if you’re a long term fan of NOFX, and I am unashamedly amongst that number since White Trash, Two Heebs And a Bean was released twenty something years ago, then you need this album, and you need it now. NOFX are now well into their fourth decade, but they are still showing that an album can be made without any compromise, barring something ridiculously good being released in the next few months this will in all probability be the best album that I hear this year.

First Ditch Effort can be ordered from Fat Wreck Chords here

NOFX Streams New Album In Full

NOFXNOFX is streaming their upcoming full length, First Ditch Effort, which will drop on October 7, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Give the full disc a spin here courtesy Consequence Of Sound.

Video: Bad Cop Bad Cop – Cheers

Bad Cop Bad CopLA pop-punk act Bad Cop Bad Cop has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Cheers” and is appears on their upcoming full length, Not Sorry, released back in 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Face To Face

Face To FaceFace To Face has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of this year’s 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.

Tour dates are below.

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Get Dead

Get Dead

Honesty Lives Elsewhere

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The release of Bad News really framed San Francisco punk act Get Dead’s hybrid acoustic style as a natural addition to the Fat Wreck Chords family.  The classic Against Me! twang and Swingin’ Utters gruffness offered up a safe and exhilarating take on what fans have come to expect.  Branching out into the realm of plugged-in tunes was a gamble that paid off in spades, and couldn’t have been a more suitable next step.  Now moving into their fourth full length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, Get Dead continues exploring the redefinition they embarked upon a couple short years earlier.

The band frames Honestly Lives Elsewhere as a plugged-in affair from the get go, opening the album on a particularly anthemic, chorus-driven note.  “Silence” is big and brash with plenty of high flying riffs and even an attitude-laden, razor tipped guitar solo during the final bridge.  Vocalist Sam King’s whiskey soaked vocals are a shoe in for this roughneck style, tarnishing the underlying melody in the best of ways as he weaves through chorus and verse with the aggressive rapid-fire assertion that, “after all the violence, you’ll finally meet the end.”  Drawing upon the track’s title, the band pauses strategically, emphasizing effect through the power of absence.  As if to reassure listeners of their roots, “Choke” flies open with the jangle of acoustic strings, bolstered by organ keys, sparingly interspersed plugged-in chords, and a steady rhythm that feels every bit as full bodied as it’s full-band neighbour.

The best of the bunch tend to blur the lines, challenging listeners with the question of whether they’re listening to an acoustic or plugged in track.  For instance, “Cliffs” straddles the line with the sort of expert twang that should excite old timers in the clear likeness to As The Eternal Cowboy-era Against Me!.  Meanwhile, the jovial approach and uppity tempo of “Copper To Gold” and “Keep Rowing, Stupid” are indebted to the undying spirit of Swingin’ Utters, while the pure acoustic-piano showpiece “Ordnance” draws upon the dimly lit, late dives fueling Lawrence Arms front man Chris McCaughan’s Sundowner.

Also worth nothing this time around, is that Honesty Lives Elsewhere’s content feels less “dire” than Bad News.  Whereas Bad News made light of some pretty dark personal topics, Honesty Lives Elsewhere takes a lighter approach, dealing with less self destruction, and more of sifting through the results of circumstance.  While on surface level a minor change, the lighter substance actually makes Honestly Lives Elsewhere more conducive than its predecessor to a casual and more frequent listen.

If Honesty Lives Here makes one thing clear, it’s that Get Dead has heart.  The band revisits the the classic stripped-down and built back up punk-rock performance of various underground icons from the past twenty years as if it were their own.  Once again, listeners won’t find tons of originality at hand (even with the band steadily expanding its breadth of sounds), but the execution and result satisfies without reserve.  Honesty Lives Here serves as a healthy reminder that you needn’t reinvent the wheel when the ride is already this smooth – and that’s the honest truth.

Tours: Mean Jeans / Melted

mean jeans for punk siteMean Jeans will be heading on tour this October with Melted in support of their latest LP, Tight New Dimension, released via Fat Wreck Chords back in April.

Tour dates are below.

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Chixdiggit! Stream Single-Song Album ‘2012’

Chixdiggit!Long running Canadian pop-punkers Chixdiggit! have premiered a stream of their upcoming LP, 2012, which is due out September 16, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.  

The album is comprised of a single, twenty-four minute track from which the album gets it’s name.  Stream the album below.

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Video: NOFX – Oxy Moronic

NOFXNOFX has teamed up with Funny Or Die for the premiere of a brand new music video.  The video features the song ”  The disc will be titled First Ditch Effort and will drop on October 7, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

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Video: Useless ID – We Don’t Want The Airwaves

Useless IDIsraeli pop-punk act Useless ID has premiered a music video for the song “We Don’t Want The Airwaves.” The track is lifted from their new album, State Is Burning, which is due out July 1, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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