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Teenage Bottlerocket - Freak Out!

Teenage Bottlerocket

Freak Out!

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve been resisting Teenage Bottle Rocket since their inception.  Why?  Because I’ve always felt that there are better, smarter, and catchier pop-punk bands out there.  The Lillingtons (yes, I’m aware of the vocal connections), The Copyrights, The MethadonesThe Riptides and a few from It’s Alive Records that I’m sure I’m missing have all overshadowed the boys even while reviews praise them.  But it’s been fairly quiet on the three-chord pop-punk circuit as of late.  So by chance I crossed paths with the Laramie, Wyoming quartet’s latest full length, Freak Out!, and it seems that I’m finally ready to join the party.

Freak Out! resolves my single biggest complaint with the Teenage Bottle Rocket discography: the songs just weren’t engaging.  Perhaps I’ve simply been disconnected with pop-culture in past years, but I finally “get” the majority of these inside jokes. “Headbanger” opens the album with a hilarious observation over the medical concerns of headbanging at concerts (“he whipped his head around and gave himself a concussion”), “Necrocomicon” makes the incredibly smart fusion of comic book festival Comicon and H.P. Lovcraft’s mysterious “book of the dead” lore (the Necronomicon), and “Mutilate Me” makes for a good chuckle about pain-based fetishes.

So the band finally hooked me with their content, but they’re keeping me because of how tight they’ve made their core sound.  These guys have really shaped up since their Total or Warning Device days, and for three-chord punk rockers, they sure know how to use every ounce of musical talent in their genre’s inherently limited scope.  All of those minimalist solos are catchy as hell, and thanks to a makeover on production that started when they signed with Fat Wreck Chords a few years ago; the tracks feel solid and full.  Tracks like “Never Gonna Tell You” ride the wave of crunchy but clear chords, while those like “Who Killed Sensei?” rev up the tempo for a sonic speed boost pacing the album’s meaty fourteen track run time.

Up until this point I’ve always referenced The Lillingtons’ masterpiece The Too Late Show as my coveted three-chord pop-punk reference point.  It is with great pleasure that I invite Teenage Bottle Rocket up to the podium to share that title with Freak Out! (vocalist Kody Templeman
Can finally stop living in his own shadow).  I can’t file a complaint with the album – even the less interesting tracks are interesting enough to keep me glued.  I would be surprised if any comparable act could upstage Teenage Bottle Rocket in the year ahead.  One of the year’s undisputed best.

Tours – Teenage Bottlerocket & The Queers

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket are embarking on the second leg of a co-headlining tour with The Queers this autumn. Support on all dates will be provided by pop punk band The Copyrights.

Freak Out, the latest full length from Teenage Bottlerocket was released last July via Fat Wreck Chords , whilst the last new material from The Queers was 2010’s Back to the Basement.

Full tour dates, along with a the new Andrew Seward (Against me!) directed Teenage Bottlerocket video for Freak Out, can be seen below.

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Tours: Face To Face

Face To FaceFace To Face is thrilled to announce that they will be touring in support of their recently released, eighth studio record, Three Chords And A Half Truth via Rise Records. In what could rightfully be called their first overtly political album in their 20-year career, Three Chords And A Half Truth tackles topics facing society in the tech era — where instant gratification and unreal expectation create a warped and dangerous worldview.

The first single off of Three Chords And A Half Truth, title “Bright Lights Go Down,” can be heard here. Tickets and pre-sale information for the tour can be found here. Dates below.

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Tours: Face To Face / Teenage Bottlerocket / Blacklist Royals / Joshua Black Wilkins

Face To FaceLong running punk band Face To Face has announced a slew of upcoming tour dates with Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals and Joshua Black Wilkins .  The band continues to support their recent full length, Three Chords and a Half Truth, released earlier this month via Rise Records. The record follows their 2011 album, Laugh Now Laugh Later, that was released on their own Antagonist Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Teenage Bottlerocket – Cruisin’ For Chicks

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punkers Teenage Bottlerocket has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Heandbanger” from their recent full length.  The album is titled Freak Out! and was released earlier this month via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc follows 2009’s They Cam From The Shadows.

Watch the video here.

Interview: Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage BottlerocketJust a year after doing their first ever full blown Canadian tour with NOFX, pop-punk superstars Teenage Bottlerocketwere back and touring the Great White North. The only difference is that this time they were headlining and bringingThe Dopamines and Elway along for the ride.

We had a little e-mail conversation with guitarist Ray Calisle as they prepared for the tour, you can read the interview here.

Video: Teenage Bottlerocket – Headbanger

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punkers Teenage Bottlerocket has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Heandbanger” from their recent full length.  The album is titled Freak Out! and was released earlier this month via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc follows 2009’s They Cam From The Shadows.

Watch the video below.

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Teenage Bottlerocket Full Album Stream

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punkers Teenage Bottlerocket have launched a full album stream of their upcoming new full length.  The album is titled Freak Out! and was released today 2012 via Fat Wreck Chords.  The disc follows 2009’s They Cam From The Shadows.

Listen to the full album here.

Teenage Bottlerocket – Maverick

Teenage BottlerocketWyoming pop punkers Teenage Bottlerocket have debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Maverick” and is set to appear on their upcoming full-length, Freak Out!, due out July 3, 2012 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to the song here courtesy AltPress.

Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage Bottlerocket

Ray Carlisle

Fat Wreck Chords
By on June 22nd, 2012 at Email

 

 

Just a year after doing their first ever full blown Canadian tour with NOFX, pop-punk superstars Teenage Bottlerocket were back and touring the Great White North. The only difference is that this time they were headlining and bringing The Dopamines and Elway along for the ride.

We had a little e-mail conversation with guitarist Ray Calisle as they prepared for the tour, you can read the interview below. Read More…

Teenage Bottlerocket – New Album and New Tour

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket will release their new album, titled Freak Out!, on July 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. The band shared their excitement saying:

These songs are some of our favorites we’ve ever done. We recorded it at the Blasting Room with our long time friend and engineer Andrew Berlin and we’re stoked on how everything turned out. It’s been over 10 years since Teenage Bottlerocket began and a lot of amazing things have happened since then. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped make our life so awesome and we hope you enjoy the record as much as we enjoyed making it!!

In support of the release, the band is also heading out on tour beginning July 18th in Fort Collins and will continue throughout the Summer and Fall, hitting most of North America. Joining them will be The Dopamines and Elway – a partial list of dates are below. More are expected to be announced soon.

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Teenage Bottlerocket In The Studio

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket has released a video update of their progress inthe studio.  The band is currently recording new material in The Blasting Room.  The material will follow 2009’s They Came From The Shadows (Fat Wreck Chords).

Watch the update below.

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Teenage Bottlerocket Planning New Album For 2012

Teenage BottlerocketIn a recent tweet, Teenage Bottlerocket has announced that they will be heading to the studio to record their next album.  The original Twitter post reads:

“We’re heading back to the Blasting Room in February to do a new record for Fat!”

The band last released They Came From The Shadows back in 2009 on Fat Wreck Chords.

Tours: Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage BottlerocketThe pop punkers in Teenage Bottlerocket have announced the Rock Around Wyoming Tour.  The band continues to support their 2009 full length, They Came From The Basement.  The band explains the hype behind the tour and who will be lending support:

“Being from Wyoming is something we’ve always been proud of. Teenage Bottlerocket has made several friends around the state in the past ten years and we wanted to show our appreciation. Tobias Jeg at Redscare industries suggested that we do a Wyoming tour, and we all thought it was an awesome idea. We are playing some towns on this tour we’ve never played, and some towns we haven’t played for 7 or so years. Last time we played Rock Springs some metal head beat up a trash can in front of the venue. That’s the Wyoming we’re after. Some bands do tours that ignore Wyoming all together, we are playing 7 shows here. Perhaps other touring bands will take notice and add a show or two in Wyoming on upcoming tours. Our friends from Laramie “Redbush” will be main support for the entire tour. Denver, Colorado’s “The Gamits” will be playing the Laramie show.”

Full listings can be found below.

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New Interview: Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage BottlerocketI recently sat down with Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket at their stop in Edmonton, Alberta. My first discovery of Teenage Bottlerocket happened by accident back in 2006, when I kept punching in the wrong track while searching for Lucero. It was an instant love affair, but it wasn’t until 2009 that they moved from casual play to constant rotation in my music library.

Every once in a while you see a musician who so openly loves what they are doing on stage that they make you smile. While his day job may be working in the natural gas industry, which ironically often brings him into Alberta, Carlisle is definitely a punk rocker at heart. Around the time of their recent sold out shows in the 2 major cities of the province, 70s rockers KISS played a small town festival way up North. Maybe it’s safe to say that Teenage Bottlerocket is finally Bigger Than Kiss?

Read the interview here.

Teenagebottle Rocket

Teenage Bottlerocket

Ray Carlisle

Fat Wreck Chords
By on June 29th, 2011 at Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

I recently sat down with Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket at their stop in Edmonton, Alberta. My first discovery of Teenage Bottlerocket happened by accident back in 2006, when I kept punching in the wrong track while searching for Lucero. It was an instant love affair, but it wasn’t until 2009 that they moved from casual play to constant rotation in my music library.

Every once in a while you see a musician who so openly loves what they are doing on stage that they make you smile. While his day job may be working in the natural gas industry, which ironically often brings him into Alberta, Carlisle is definitely a punk rocker at heart. Around the time of their recent sold out shows in the 2 major cities of the province, 70s rockers KISS played a small town festival way up North. Maybe it’s safe to say that Teenage Bottlerocket is finally Bigger Than Kiss? Read More…

Teenage Bottlerocket – She’s Not The One

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket has reached back into their vault and released a video for a song from their 2008 album Warning Device (Red Scare Records).  The band last released their three song EP, Mutilate Me, last month on Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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Teenage Bottlerocket – She's Not The One

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket has reached back into their vault and released a video for a song from their 2008 album Warning Device (Red Scare Records).  The band last released their three song EP, Mutilate Me, last month on Fat Wreck Chords.

Watch the video below.

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New Song:Teenage Bottlerocket-Mutilate Me

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket are preparing to release their latest effort on April 12th.  The 3 song EP titled Mutilate Me will be available digitally or or on 7″ vinyl.  To promote the release, the band and Alternative Press have teamed up to offer an exclusive stream of the title track.

To hear the new song, click here.

Teenage Bottlerocket Explains Departure From Weaselfest

Teenage BottlerocketThe fallout of Ben Weasel’s altercation at SXSW last week continues again today as Teenage Bottlerocket has given a bigger explanation as to why they decided to drop out of the upcoming Weaselfest set to happen in Chicago this may.

The full explanation was posted on Facebook and can be read below.

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Teenage Bottlerocket, Soviettes, Chinese Telephones Drop Off Weasel Fest

Teenage BottlerocketDespite issuing an apology yesterday, it appears that several bands have started to drop off from their scheduled appearance at Weasel Fest due to the altercation at SXSW on the weekend.

Teenage Bottlerocket announced their cancellation through twitter saying:

We’re cancelling our appearance at Weaselfest due to obvious reasons. Sorry to anybody who was looking forward to seeing us.

The Soviettes took to Myspace to make the announcement:

Due to recent events that occurred at the Screeching Weasel show in Austin, we are backing out and not playing Weasel Fest on May 29…we are still playing at The Triple Rock, Friday May 27th w/ The Marked Men , Toys That Kill, The Arrivals and The Birthday Suits. Can’t wait for that one!!!!!!!

And finally, Chinese Telephones went through their official website saying:

After recent events in Austin, we have decided to drop off of the Screeching Weasel show in Chicago on May 27th.  We greatly apologize to any Chinese Telephones fans that this might inconvenience.  We are still playing the next night in Chicago w/ Marked Men, Toys That Kill, This is My Fist, and the Arrivals.  We realize this is a 21+ show and is therefore not a substitute for our all ages fans.  Hopefully we can figure something out.

Weasel Fest is a three day festival headlined by Screeching Weasel that is set to take place fromMay 27-29 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL.

Tours: NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, Old Man Markley (Canada)

NOFXFor the first time since 1994, NOFX have announced plans for a full scale Canadian tour. The tour kicks off in St. Johns, Newfoundland bringing the band the farther east in North America than they have ever been.

Dubbed The Great White NO(FX)rth Tour, the tour will also feature two Fat Wreck Chords acts: Teenage Bottlerocket and Old Man Markley.

The dates are below. For the cities in which NOFX are playing two nights, the band promises different sets each night.

On top of that, NOFX will also be releasing a hardcore covers record coming out on Fat Wreck Chords this summer.

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Red Scare To Re-release Teenage Bottlerocket’s Debut

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket, who just announced plans for a new seven inch, also seem to have a new CD in the works. However, this release won’t be new material. Instead, Red Scare Industries is re-releasing their self-released, 2004 debut album Another Way along with their first two seven inches in one album. All three of the original releases were only available on vinyl and are all out of print.

The combined, seventeen song release, will be available on March 15th and can be pre-ordered here.

Red Scare To Re-release Teenage Bottlerocket's Debut

Teenage BottlerocketTeenage Bottlerocket, who just announced plans for a new seven inch, also seem to have a new CD in the works. However, this release won’t be new material. Instead, Red Scare Industries is re-releasing their self-released, 2004 debut album Another Way along with their first two seven inches in one album. All three of the original releases were only available on vinyl and are all out of print.

The combined, seventeen song release, will be available on March 15th and can be pre-ordered here.

New Teenage Bottlerocket Seven Inch

Pop-punk kingpins Teenage Bottlerocket will release a new, three song seven inch on April 12th through Fat Wreck Chords.

Dubbed Mutilate Me, the vinyl features the title track, Punk House of Horror and Henchman.

The artwork for the release can be seen below. The band last released They Came From The Shadows in 2009.

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Tours: Teenage Bottlerocket

Fat Wreck Chords pop punkers Teenage Bottle Rocket will be playing a string of shows starting in late June with the Skatopia Festival and Insubordination Fest.  The July dates also include performances by labelmate Banner Pilot.  Teenage Bottle Rocket and Banner Pilot both released their Fat Wreck Chords debuts in 2009.

Check out tour dates below.

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Tours: NOFX / Teenage Bottlerocket / Tony Sly

NOFXNOFX have just announced their upcoming Fermented and Flailing spring tour.

The tour will kick off in Oregon, head north to Canada and dip back ending in Arizona. They will be supported by fellow label mates Teenage Bottlerocket and special guest Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. Additional support bands will be added along the way. The dates are below.


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