Portland’s Mean Jeans have long been a favorite of ours at the FAT office, and now we get to put their next record out! Known for their blistering live shows, Mean Jeans will be celebrating properly with us this weekend at FEST! That’s right, they’ll be performing this Sunday at Cowboys at 7:30PM with The Copyrights in Gainesville, FL! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome their high octane sing-along anthems to the FAT catalog. We’ll be releasing their third proper full-length in 2016, so stay tuned for those details. In the meantime, head over to their bandcamp page, take a listen and scope out their remaining tour dates for the year. Best of all, read what drummer/vocalist Andrew (aka Jeans Wilder) had to say about FAT below.
The very first show I ever went to was in 96 in Vienna, Austria to see NOFX, Weezer, and Lagwagon. I remember purchasing a Lagwagon ringer tee and putting it on immediately, because wearing a shirt of the band you are seeing is the cool thing to do. Especially since I hadn’t even heard Lagwagon before. A year later I bumped into Chris Flippin outside of a show at that same venue and he brought me and my friends on the Lagwagon tour bus. We talked about how Blink-182 had dropped off the tour because they had to film the video for Dammit and about how the new album Double Plaidinum was somewhat of a departure from Hoss. Later that year I shit my pants* on the way home from a Good Riddance show. Many many years later I acquired Tré Cool’s cell phone number and tried to trade it to someone for Fat Mike’s cell phone number. I was denied. Needless to say, myself and the Mean Jeans are very excited to be joining the FAT family. It is 5:30am on our way to FEST so excuse the boring story, it’s the best we got at this time of day.
* I had borrowed my friend’s pants that day so I guess technically I shit HIS pants…
And so the annual migration to Florida is about to begin, but we’re no snowbirds, we’re going to The Fest in Gainesville! We’ll be bringing a selection of vinyl, a Fest exclusive t-shirt, and a super limited-edition version of the new Fat comp with an exclusive jacket and two different colored vinyl options! So come by our table and hang out! We’ll be at both Pre-Fest and Fest registrations! And then let’s live like we fucking mean it!
Art By: Richard Minino aka HorseBites
As you may know, The Loved Ones are getting together to play a series of shows this February in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Keep Your Heart. A few shows have already been announced including: LA, SF, NYC, Philly and Boston. Today, we can reveal that the celebration continues to Chicago, Minneapolis and D.C! Tickets for some of the shows are available now (and moving fast) so don’t delay; these shows will sell out! Head back to our site on Wednesday because the rest of the dates go on sale then. Read a personal account for the impetus behind Keep Your Heart explained by Dave Hause below:
The Loved Ones was the first band I had ever been the singer of, and Keep Your Heart was the first full record I ever wrote. It was born from a lot of pain, mostly losing my mom after she battled cancer for 6 months, so it was incredibly close to the bone. Writing and recording those songs with Michael and Mike was a cathartic, explosive, and eye opening experience that informed everything I’ve done since, and that record put the band on the map. It’s important to mark anniversaries and celebrate them, and I’m looking forward to revisiting these songs with all of The Loved Ones, from both records’ line ups. That record was written as a love letter to my siblings as we grieved, and it’ll be great to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of it with fans in the cities the band loved most when we were touring extensively. Going back to it and knowing you can heal from life’s hardest struggles is something to celebrate, and I can’t think of a better way to do so than in rock and roll clubs with friends and family, turned up loud.
The Flatliners will be steamrolling through Japan on their way to Australia! You heard us right: on November 23rd, just outside of Tokyo at Makuhari Messe, the Fat Wrecked for 25 Years in Japan show just got fatter! While it didn’t seem possible that we could jam another band on our already stacked show, we not only managed it, but still aren’t done! Trust us, you’ll want to head to our site on Saturday to hear the news because it’s a doozy. Here’s a refresher of who’s confirmed so far: NOFX, LAGWAGON, STRUNG OUT, GOOD RIDDANCE, SNUFF, SWINGIN’ UTTERS, WESTERN ADDICTION, THE FLATLINERS, MASKED INTRUDER, and TOYGUITAR! So, what are you waiting for? Come party with us!
If you’ve been paying attention to Fat Mike’s social media (Twitter, Instagram), you know that he and Sturgeon from Leftöver Crack have been working with Sam, a homeless San Francisco youth, recording five original songs. The recording is now finished, and on Friday, we’ll be releasing Sam’s debut EP, Closet Fiends! Sam Sadowski, aka Closet Fiends, was born and raised in Austin, TX and left her hometown only after “fucking up over and over again in school, home, court mandated rehab, etcetera,” as she says. Traveling the country on freight trains, hitch hiking, squatting and generally transforming from a teenage punk to a homeless “crusty” anarchist traveler, she eventually landed in San Francisco without a guitar or dime to her name. But unbeknownst to Sam, her mother had uploaded a youtube video of her performing a song that would later catch Sturgeon’s attention, who then showed it to Fat Mike. As urgent as any suspense-thriller, they tracked Sam down and accompanied her to a music store where she picked up a banjo and proceeded to blow Mike and Sturgeon’s minds. Mike immediately offered to record Closet Fiends starting that very day. The five song EP will be released this Friday and if you live in the Bay Area, you can catch her performing this Thursday opening for the Subhumans at Thee Parkside and again on Friday at our record store opening. For now, listen to the first song from the EP below, then pre-order it today!
Mean Jeans are keeping DIY punk alive!
Read a review of NOFX’s recent show at Irving Plaza in NYC with Direct Hit.
NOFX’s new book is out and they talk about it in this interview.
CJ Ramone is hitting the road in May and June with Broken Gold.
Sundowner has a couple shows this weekend with Ray Rocket from Teenage Bottlerocket!
Mean Jeans Tight New Dimension comes out tomorrow! Check out this review!
Punknews has a review of the NOFX, Direct Hit, Mean Jeans and Bad Cop/Bad Cop show that passed thru LA earlier this week!
Mean Jeans are playing Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo in Finland!
Review for the Leftöver Crack show in Huntington Beach!