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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

Sweet Little Machine Crowned ‘Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017’

Gimme Gimmes Feb 17Sheffield quartet Sweet Little Machine have been crowned Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 and will be taking the opening slot on the 2017 leg of the Fireball Fuelling The Fire Tour, details of the tour will be released in May 2017. After being hand picked to open O2 Academy Sheffield on last year’s tour by a panel of music industry experts, including Alex Baker of Kerrang! Radio and members of Less Than Jake, Sweet Little Machine were subsequently chosen as Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017 from the eight local opening bands on the tour. Sweet Little Machine have also been added to the bill for the forthcoming Me First & The Gimme Gimmes UK tour dates alongside Masked Intruder.

You can stream the track We Used To Own These Playgrounds here

Me First & The Gimme Gimmies Announce New Album

divaPunk cover act Me First & The Gimme Gimmes has announced details for their next release.  The album will be entitled Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! and is slated to be released on May 13, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  As implied in the title, the album will consist of various anthems from many of modern pop’s leading ladies.  Track listing is 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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ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES - Singing Japenese

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Sing In Japanese

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 1/5

 
 

 

 

I consider myself a pretty open-minded guy.  I typically follow the age-old “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule, and I am willing to check out new and odd looking foods, hear out opposing opinions, and try hard to avoid succumbing to stereotypes.  But everyone has their limits, and after listening to Me First And The Gimme Gimmes’ latest EP, Sing In Japanese, I may have just found mine.

The six-song EP by everyone’s most beloved punk super group cover-band is a cash grab if I’ve ever seen one.  And while it was probably fun for Fat Mike and the crew to sit down and sing some Japanese pop, this is clearly some sort of odd ploy to reach their Asia-Pacific fan base and bridge the obvious language gap and is not intended for their English core.

And before I go any further, I’m going to drop the disclaimer that I’ve listened to and reviewed many foreign language bands – in fact, as far as I know, I’m the only English speaking critic on the independent punk circuit who has a full resume of reviewing underground Czech punk music (generally favourably as well if I may add).  But Me First And The Gimme Gimmes is not a foreign language band, and the song’s they’ve chosen to cover sound more like English covers by Japanese cover bands (if that makes sense).  It’s not that I hate these songs, I simply have no interest in them (they’re clear J-pop songs – the type you hear during the opening sequence on Anime series), and their Me First And The Gimme GImmes affiliation doesn’t make me interested either.

In fact, I’m going to stop there, and simply state that if you know any of these six J-pop songs, it might be a curious distraction to hear their “punked up” renditions.  But most likely, you will not know these songs – a pre-requisite to wanting to invest in a cover album.  So while this might be a thoughtful “gift” to the Me First And The Gimme Gimme Japanese fanbase, it is entirely unnecessary for all but the most die-hard completists.

ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES - Love their Country

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Love Their Country

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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

By now, everyone knows who Me First And The Gimme Gimmes are. With half a dozen releases under their belt, they have undoubtedly become the staple punk rock cover band. Featuring members ofLagwagon, NOFX, Foo Fighters and Swingin’ Utters, the band is basically a who’s who of the underground punk community. So on Love Their Country, the who’s who of the punk community has taken the time to cover songs from the who’s who of the country world, kicking up with a little spunk and energy.

The album sees the band do cover songs of Garth Brooks, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton among others. They take popular country tunes and kick them up a gear, injecting them with the classic Fat Wreck sound. Steady drumming with distorted NOFX guitar lines and the rough, nasally vocals of Spike Lawson leading the pack (although Joey Cape does take the lead on John Denver‘s Annie Song).

Love Their Country is a solid output, particularly for all cover songs (but what would expect from The Gimme Gimmes anyway?) The album is much more complete than their previous efforts. Ruin Johnny’s Bar Mitzvah was hindered by the comical, but unnecessary banter while Take A Break was basically just a one-song runaway with I Believe I Can FlyLove Their Country on the other hand features a selection of songs that all standout in their own respective rights. Instead of just the solitary memorable track, Love Their Country has a handful; including The Dixie Chicks‘ Goodbye Earl and Johnny Cash‘s Sunday Morning Coming Down. The biggest downside of the album is its length – the whole twelve track album clocks in at just over twenty minutes which is a bit short for a full-length.

Really, it’s Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, that’s all there is to it. Some of today’s top punk artists coming together to have some fun and do some cover tracks, rejuvenating some classic country tunes. If you liked them before, you’ll like this; if you didn’t, then you won’t.

ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES - Ruin Johnny Bar Mitzvahs

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah

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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

One of the greatest punk rock cover bands around, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, are back with their new album, Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah. This CD is set up slightly different then the band’s previous work. It is a live album recorded at Jonny Wixen’s Bar Mitzvah in Agoura Hills, California, where the band performed 14 new tracks for Jonny and his friends.

The fourteen track album features a wide range of cover songs from bands like The Beatles, Styx, Helen Reddy, and Billy Joel. One standout song that they cover is Led Zeppelin’sStairway To Heaven. For some, this cover will be blasphemy, for others, it will be good. Personally, I’ve never really seen what the big deal was for the song, its good, but I’ve heard better. So I like the cover song, gives it a bit more of a punch. In addition to all of the band cover songs, The Gimme Gimmes also decided to cover a bunch of traditional songs during the performance. They have O Sole Mio, which is a traditional Italian song I believe, but I maybe wrong. The traditional Scottish track Auld Lang Syne, and TWO versions of the Hebrew Hava Nagila song; one of which is done to the Feliz Navida tune. These traditional songs thrown in here, make for a slightly more interesting album. Ending the album, they threw in a little bonus track which doesn’t really live up to the rest of the album. It seems to be a lot softer and quitter, it doesn’t have the same punch as the rest of the album.

Sound wise, the album is pretty tight. Whoever recorded the performance did a good job Spike’s vocals are nice and clear while the instrumentals are nice and crisp as well. The in-between song banter can be somewhat humorous, although at times they are pretty dumb. Overall, Ruin Jonny’s Bar Mitzvah is a good cover album; they have taken some classic tunes and given them a punk rock twist. But that’s all it is, there’s a good chance you’ve heard all the songs before, so its nothing new in that aspect. But fans of the Gimme Gimmes will probably really enjoy the album.

ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES - Go Down Under

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Go Down Under

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Rating: 1.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ahh, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes – a punk rock super group specifically dedicated to doing themed cover songs. With members of NOFX, Lagwagon, The Swingin’ Utters and The Foo Fighters,you can be damn sure that they know what they’re doing. On top of that, you know that they’re just doing this for the sheer fun of it all. They all have other successful bands, so this is just a reprieve for them: dress up in matching outfits, punk up some songs, get drunk and act likes idiots. That is what Me First and The Gimme Gimmes are all about.

On Go Down Under, the band picks up their themed releases and tackles five Australian songs in anticipation of their upcoming Australian tour. Therefore you get treated to punked upped songs originally done by INXS, Air Supply, Olivia Newton John, The Easybeats and Rick Springfield.

The problem I find myself faced with: I really don’t give a shit about this release.

See, I love cover songs – especially when I know the originals. I like seeing a band add their unique flavour to the tune; or, if I don’t know it, I like being introduced to a song that somehow influenced the band I’m listening to. There are, however, times where I don’t like cover songs. Those are the times where a band takes a song way out of their genre and twists it into their own genre for a laugh and sarcastic chuckle. This is what Me First and The Gimme Gimmes do, and do well. Sadly, as a listener, those cover songs are only good when you’re in on the joke.

But on Go Down Under, I’m not in on the joke because I don’t know the originals. Sure, some have a sense of fleeting recognition but I could not describe the five original songs to you at all. All I could say is I bet the originals aren’t good, because these five covers aren’t really good either. Maybe I’m missing the joke and if you knew the originals, you’d appreciate The Gimme Gimmes take on them. Instead, this just serves as a reminder as to why I never listened to Air Supply in the first place.

Despite the pedigree of the band, I can’t get behind Go Down Under in anyway. Luckily, I sincerely doubt any of The Gimme Gimmes really give a shit what I think. They’re just here to have fun, get drunk and wear matching costumes.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Take A Break

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Take A Break

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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, the most well known punk rock cover band around today is constructed of five influential musicians of today’s punk-rock scene. Fat Mike of NOFX on bass, Spike of the Swingin’ Utters add his vocals to the mix, Dave from Lagwagon on drums, Jackson plays guitar for both MFATGG and the Foo Fighters and finally rounding the group off is Joey Cape of Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut on guitar. With a line up like that, your in for a treat. “Take A Break”, the fourth full length from the band, covers some of R&B greatest hits by artists the like of Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly and Whitney Houston.

Opening the album is the cover of Whitney Houston’s classic, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go“. They do a perfect job at this and really gets you pumped up and energized for the rest of the album. Unfortunately, it seems to go downhill for a couple songs before they pick it back up with “Ain’t No Sunshine“. That seems to be the format for this 13 track CD: One or two energizing punk rock cover songs followed by one or two tracks which are not as good as they could be. The major exception to this structure is found in the middle tracks. The four songs, starting from “Isn’t She Lovely” (track 7) all the way to “I’ll Be There” (track 10), are all spectacular. Really gets you tapping your foot and singing along. They truly demonstrate the amazing power and skill of which The Gimme Gimmes has.

Overall, this album is one which old Gimme Gimmes fans will love, but will think has some downsides. People who never knew anything by the Gimme Gimmes may find this CD amusing, but won’t make them fall in love with the band. I do recommend it, but beware because there are some tracks which are not done nearly as well as they could’ve been.

Pouzza Fest Finalizes Line-up With Me First & The Gimme Gimmes and More

Pouzza Fest 2013Montreal’s third annual Pouzza Fest has finalized it’s line-up for the 2013 edition, adding bands such as Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Planet Smashers, The Slackers, Dead To Me, Iron Chic, Crime In Stereo and The Creepshow to their previously announced line-up.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will be headlining the 2nd Metropolis show on Saturday, May 18th.

The full schedule and full list of bands can be seen at their website.

The festival takes play on May 17th to 19th in downtown Montreal.

Headliners Announced For 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Fest

Punk Rock BowlingThe 13th annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament & Music Festival will be held this year in downtown Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30). Earlier this week, BYO Records confirmed the following headliners for the legendary event: Dropkick Murphys, The Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, The Bouncing Souls, Dwarves, Manic Hispanic & The Undertones, with many more bands to be announced soon.

The live shows will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on Freemont Street in downtown Vegas. The city will be blocking off the intersection of 6th and Freemont  for the anticipated 3500 concertgoers. Registration is also open for returning teams who wish to bowl in the tournament. First time bowlers can sign up for the waiting list on the Punk Rock Bowling website.

Visit PunkRockBowling.com for more details on tickets, registration and band updates as they become available.