ThePunkSite.com

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.

Read More…

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.

Read More…

Guttermouth Stream ‘The Human Mulligan’ And Confirm US Tour

guttermouth-legal-ncsRude Records have announced the release of The Human Mulligan, the new single from Guttermouth, the track is taken from their upcoming EP, New Car Smell, that is due out on November 25th, New Car Smell will be released worldwide in collaboration with Bird Attack Records. The EP is the follow up to Got It Made, their first EP of new music in 10 years, which was released in early July. Guttermouth have also announced US tour dates that run from November 2016 to March 2017 where they will be touring with the likes of Get Dead, The Cryptics, Agent Orange, The Queers and Atom Age.

New Car Smell can be ordered on physical formats here and downloaded here

You can stream The Human Mulligan here and view Guttermouth‘s US tour dates below Read More…

Get Dead

Get Dead

Honesty Lives Elsewhere

Fat Wreck Chords
By

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: 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 October.  The band will be supporting their upcoming full length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere which is set to drop on Fat Wreck Chords on July 29, 2016.

Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Mild In The Streets

Fat Wreck Chords

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged

Fat Wreck Chords
By

Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Who doesn’t love a Fat Wreck Chords compilation, they were a great way to hear new bands, and tracks from upcoming releases, for next to no money, as a bonus there were always a few exclusive tracks thrown into the mix. Along with Epitaph Records Punk-O-Rama series they were responsible for introducing a new generation of fans to some amazing bands. This time round things have changed as this compilation has been done with a different approach, Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is, in case you hadn’t guessed, a collection of songs from bands and singers from the Fat Wreck Chords stable who have traded in their amplifiers and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars.

This sixteen track compilation is a lengthy affair and content is so varied that you can’t summarise the album, so i’m going to a whistle stop tour of Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged. Tony Sly, of No Use For A Name, opens the album with a soulful piano led version of Under The Garden and The Swingin’ Utters deliver an excellent foottapping country version of Fruitless Fortunes featuring slap bass and violin. Stacey Dee delivers a melancholy number, Everything Is Beautiful, this is one of the songs that is exclusive to this album and to anyone familiar with Bad Cop/Bad Cop this number will come as something of a surprise, this is juxtaposed against Sam Sadowski, of Closet Friends, who delivers some sore throated acoustic blues.

Going acoustic won’t come as a surprise from everyone on this compilation, for Old Man Markley it’s practically second nature, they deliver a mellower version of Guts ‘N Teeth. For others the acoustic approach doesn’t change anything apart from the volume, it clearly doesn’t matter if you take Anti-Flag’s electric guitars away as they remain as angry and political as ever, Israeli punks Useless ID retain their own sound, they keep the character of their hard edged pop punk intact and Matt Skiba delivers a sinister version of Alkaline Trio‘s Continental. Karine Denike bring a touch of fifties glamour to proceedings, this couldn’t be further away from the Dance Hall Crashers upbeat ska if it tried and Get Dead deliver some stripped down punk rock

We’re on the final leg of the tour now, Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape delivers a mellow acoustic number, American Steel bring some upbeat acoustica that features a mournful accordion break and Laura Jane Grace brings a great number that carries a restrained version of the fury that inhabits Against Me‘s output. The closing trilogy of songs continue to deliver, Russ Rankin brings us a heartrending tale of the loneliness of the road and the toll it takes on relationships, Uke-Hunt do a cover of Olivia Newton John‘s Xanadu, this is rather excellent, like an unplugged Me First And the Gimme Gimmes, and for it’s grand finale the album ends with an epic symphonic version of one of my favourite NOFX tunes, The Decline, personally I wish Fat Mike had done vocals over this rather than just an instrumental but it’s a faithful and bombastic end to an excellent compilation.

Compilations are usually a mixed bag but there is little to dislike on here, the versions are all original and unique takes on songs we have come to know and love, the original tracks don’t feel like they were ideas that were rescued from the wastepaper bin. This, as with every other Fat Wreck Chords compilation, is an essential purchase, if you’re a fan of any of the bands that appear on here I doubt that you’ll be disappointed with new versions or the original material. Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged brings something new to the table on almost every track, the album spans so many genres and styles that it never gets dull, buy this and mellow out for an hour or so.

Mild In The Streets: Fat Music Unplugged is available for download and on CD, Vinyl and Coloured vinyl here

Get Dead Detail New LP; Stream First Track

Get DeadGet Dead has announced plans for their next full-length.  The disc will be titled Honesty Lives Elsewhere and is set to drop on July 29, 2016 via Fat Wreck Chords. Vocalist Sam King build the hype:

“We are extremely proud of this new record. We got to work with a bunch of our friends again as well as some new ones. Josh Garcia once again gave up his sleep and sanity to orchestrate the chaos. Fat Mike returned to help produce it and contribute to some late night psychotic behavior. We had Miles from toyGuitar play some instruments that we can’t pronounce and Joey from OMM come through and bless us with some world class piano playing. It’s a fast, fun record and we can’t wait to unleash it.

We will be kicking things off in Japan at the beginning of August. Then a greater West Coast tour in mid-August before we head out to the East Coast. From there it’ll be Spain, UK and a grip of European shows, ending back in Florida for The Fest! We will have a few naps, then it’s off to Australia!”

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the new song, “Silence,” which can be heard below.

Read More…

Video: Get Dead – Coma State

Get DeadGet Dead has premiered a new music video with DyingScene.  The video features the song “Coma State” and appears on their new split 7” with toyGuitar (Fat Wreck), Lost in Society (Altercation Reocrds) and The Uprising (Bad Dog Records).

The video features live footage fom their recent tour with Less Than Jake, Masked In truder and Anti-Flag.  Watch it below.

Read More…

Tours: Get Dead (Europe)

Get DeadGet Dead has announced additional dates for their European tour this Summer.  The band will be supporting their latest 7″ vinyl record, Bygones, available now via Fat Wreck Chords.  The release follows 2013’s Bad News.

Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Tours: Get Dead (Europe)

Get DeadGet Dead has announced that they will be heading on tour in Europe this Summer.  The band will be supporting their latest 7″ vinyl record, Bygones, available now via Fat Wreck Chords.  The release follows 2013’s Bad News.

Tour dates are below.

Read More…

Get Dead Announce New 7″

Get DeadGet Dead has announced details for an upcoming new 7″ vinyl record.  The 4 song EP will be titled Bygones and is due  ut June 24, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The release will follow 2013’s Bad News.

Full details can be found here.

Video: Get Dead – Burn Out (Stripped Down Sessions)

Get Dead - Bad NewsFresh off the heels of their van accident during the Fat Tour,  Get Dead recorded an acoustic song as part of PunksInVegas’ Stripped Down Sessions.

The performance was captured backstage at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip before their December 2nd show. The song,“Burn Out,” originally appears on the Fat Mike-produced LP Bad News.

Read More…

Get Dead - Bad News

Get Dead

Bad News

Fat Wreck Chords
By

Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

A quick sampling of San Francisco’s Get Dead and there shouldn’t be any question that the roughneck quintet feel right at home on the Fat Wreck Chords roster.  The only shocker is how long it took for them to get picked up (the band has been kicking around for over five years).  That being said, their third full length, Bad News, is a great way to break into the spotlight.  The band’s signature acoustic style remains the driving force, but this time meshes with various plugged in elements.  While these elements existed independently in past albums, Bad News marks the band’s first hybridization of the two, and Get Dead nails it.

At its core, the band’s acoustic bias makes Bad News a lean listen that succeeds in its simplicity.  Get Dead exist somewhere between Sundowner and various Brendan Kelly side projects – a stripped down guitar remains the constant while vocalist Sam King’s whiskey laden throat croaks to the melody.  “This One’s For Johnny” is about as bare bones as they come, pummeling their strings without the percussion of neighbouring tracks.  “Take a look around, we’re all the same, problems and pain, we’re all the same” belts King with an echoing chorus of accompanying shouts and hollers.  The pleasing rasp of it all begs for a contemporary Swingin’ Utters reference minus the country twang. 

From here on out songs integrate all sorts of instrumental extras that distance Get Dead from other likeminded projects.  “Kerouac’s Teeth” comes lifted from their prior effort, this time envisioned with subtle production marks.  Plenty of overlapping vocals, possibly a faint mandolin, and the slight chime of bells leading into the sing-along chorus means the band’s authenticity cannot be denied.

Variety of tempo and vocal clarity help to distance tracks from one another and prevent the pitfall of repetitiveness characteristic of many chiefly acoustic albums.  The lyrically dark “Welcome To Hell” invigorates the senses with a lurching get-up-and-go rhythm and a mid-song Mexican horn cameo that would make this a candidate for Day Of The Dead festivals south of the border.  Meanwhile, “Burn Out” features a heartfelt acoustic solo typically absent from the punk scene, challenging their audience to acknowledge a more tender side.

With an overwhelming amount going for them, there are still a few minor footnotes in addition the clear praise.  For one, Get Dead’s lyrics mostly frame this as a lifestyle piece about the down and out, not unlike that of Morning Glory, but with less reflection and consequence.  Booze and poor life choices frame most songs; and while they are fairly conscious of cause and effect, they don’t take too many chances here either.  Speaking of chances, the band plays it somewhat instrumentally safe, even if they do have a good number of fairly original sparks – even a first listen will sound familiar.

Safeness aside, Get Dead’s Fat Wreck Chords debut is sure to catch the ear of fans of gruff acoustic punk.  With plenty of tuneful melody and a healthy dose of sing-along anthems, Bad News plays like a rowdy crowd pleaser even with the mellow focus.  Outside of solo projects, quality acoustic punk is a rarity these days, making getting to know Get Dead well worth your while.

FAT Tour 2013: Less Than Jake / Get Dead / Anti-Flag / Masked Intruder

fat_wreck_chordsFat Wreck Chords has announced the roster for FAT Tour 2013.  The tour will feature Less Than Jake, Get DeadAnti-Flag, and Masked Intruder.  

Full tour dates are available below.

Read More…

Video: Get Dead – The Process

GetDeadGet Dead has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the track “The Process” which appears on their Fat Wreck Chords debut.  The disc is titiled Bad News and wand was released on July 23, 2013. 

Watch the video below.

Read More…

Get Dead Full Album Stream

GetDeadThe good folks at DyingScene have launched a full album stream of the brand new album from Get Dead.  Marking their Fat Wreck Chords debut, the disc is titiled Bad News and was released yesterday.

Listen to the full album here.

Get Dead – The Process

GetDeadGet Dead has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “The Process” and is set to appear on their Fat Wreck Chords debut.  The disc will be titiled Bad News and is due out July 23, 2013. 

Listen to the song here.

Get Dead Announce Fat Wreck Chords Debut

GetDeadGet Dead has announced details for their brand new Fat Wreck Chords debut.  The disc will be titiled Bad News and is due out July 23, 2013.  The album was recorded at Motor Studios and produced by Fat Mike.  Vocalist Sam King commented on the announcement:

“All of us in the Get Dead camp are obviously really excited to have Fat behind us. I slept in a park like a hobo so I wouldn’t miss our first recording session for the Bad News album at Motor Studios in SF. Fat Mike helped with production, heckles, and beer when needed which was appreciated. Our bass player Tim also had the birth of his first child, Franki Lou, which made things that much more awesome. We will be touring Europe in July and hopefully a U.S. Tour sometime around September.”

The band has also announced a string of tour dates in July and August to promote the release; they can be found below.

Read More…