Happy Valentine’s day, lovers! I assume you’ve already received your obligatory box of freezer-burnt, chalky-white chocolates and are ready for some sensual news from us. We love you so hard that we want to let you start pre-ordering the brand new Smoke or Fire release, This Sinking Ship_, that comes out next Tuesday, February 20th. Also, through our webstore, you can get an autographed copyautograph.jpg of the cd (while supplies last). Who needs slinky lingerie or a fuzzy red teddy bear when you can give the gift of melodic, gritty, hardcore influenced punk? Look, once you’ve touched the piece of candy and smashed it with your hand and found out the inside is orange cream or coconut, you CAN’T just put it back in the tray. That’s cheating.
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Our bowling soldiers limped back into the office after the big tournament this weekend and once again… we won the whole thing! By winning I mean we came in 31st. People don’t look so good when they get home from Vegas either. Just the most blasted bed-head you have ever seen looking like Skeletor with the flu. Nothing says vacation like $2 steaks and emphysema. At least the new Only Crime record, Virulence, comes out today! If you are too much of a bed-wetter to just trust us and buy the damn thing then you can stream the entire record here first.
Strung Out are hard at work on their new record Blackhawks Over Los Angeles which is slated for a June 12th release date. The band has posted a link to a studio video journal on their website so you can check out the progress of the record and hear a few small parts from some of the new songs!
Lastly, after you watch this guy continue to piss off the entire planet tonight with the State of the Union address, you should listen to Fat Mike guest DJing on Radio 1’s Punk Show on the BBC. He plays a ton of Fat bands and they talk about every subject from the music industry imploding to his primary songwriting influences to the song that made him sign the Swingin’ Utters, etc. Check it out!
We’re FREEZING and I feel like an ice cube but we’re not too cold to start packing up your orders for the new Only Crime record Virulence that comes out next Tuesday, January 23rd. We’ve stepped away from the fire we started in a barrel, slid our fingerless gloves on and put the record up for pre-order in our webstore. It’s the second full length record from 5 veterans of the punk/hardcore scene featuring Russ from Good Riddance, Bill Stevenson from the Descendents/All/Black Flag, Aaron from Bane/Converge, Zach from Hagfish/Gwar and Doni from Hagfish. Heavy punk and hardcore that mixes melody and rhythmic experimentation with their signature dissonant sound. We have also posted a link to brand new ringtones, a second mp3 and a cool contest. Russ may think it’s nice to be frozen solid while playing hockey but the only thing we want to chase on ice is a drink.
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Smoke or Fire’s brand new record, This Sinking Ship, comes out on February 20th and we have posted the first mp3 from the record called “The Patty Hearst Syndrome”. The band recently made a video for the song and you can get a sneak peak at some photos from the shoot. They are currently planning a US tour so we will keep you posted. Remember you can also hear another new song from Smoke or Fire (and a bunch of our other bands) on our X-Mas Bonus Player. The holidays may be over but the gifts keep-a-comin’!
Happy New Year! Ok, I know we are a little late but we had a wicked hurt champagne-sugar-headache so we are a bit groggy. One of our New Year’s resolutions, besides our serious physical and mental training for the big tournament, is to keep bringing you great music. We just posted the “first mp3” entitled “Take Me” from the upcoming Only Crime record,Virulence, that comes out on January 23rd. We have also posted the artwork for the upcoming records from Smoke or Fire and the Leftover Crack/Citizen Fish split cd. Don’t forget that you can hear brand new songs from all of our new releases on the Fat X-Mas Bonus player. Expect new releases from the Mad Caddies, Strung Out, Dillinger Four and many more.
Also, did you hear about NOFX planning to play entire records and specific songs off older releases at their upcoming four shows in West Hollywood? Yeah, neither did we and the bass player actually works here. They plan on playing The Decline, and Punk in Drublic in their entirety and a bunch of songs from White Trash… and So Long…. Get there early to watch them learn songs on stage.
I know that you were probably looking forward to getting a succulent ham or a $36 gift certificate to Hickory Farms but we thought we would give you something where you didn’t have to look at your loved one and go, “Wow, a uh reindeer doormat…uh…I’ve been..wanting one of these? Thanks?” We present to you our X-MAS BONUS ONLINE WINTER RARITIES PLAYER! It features previously unreleased and rare tracks from NOFX, Strike Anywhere, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon, etc. as well as brand new songs from Only Crime, Smoke or Fire, Leftover Crack and many more. You can stream it or just download the whole damn thing onto your walkman. The player is also available as a podcast (#8) here.
Stream/Download the “X-Mas Bonus” player: http://www.fatwreck.com/xmasbonus/
Masked Intruder are touring Europe! Lock up your museums!
Mad Caddies have a few dates in California before heading to Europe!
Crushing it. Check out this stellar review of The Dirty Nil’s Cinnamon b/w Guided By Vices!
Useless ID skipped their soundcheck to perform an acoustic version of “New Misery” in Munich. Watch it here!
NOFX proved punk is still alive with a sold out show in Paris with Lagwagon and Implants.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are number 1 on Star FM in Berlin!
KJ from Chixdiggit stopped by Exclaim! TV in Canada!
Throwback review of Lagwagon Trashed!
Heads up! Grab your tickets to Riot Fest’s after party on September 12th at the Double Door with ANTI-FLAG & BAD RELIGION!
toyGuitar just announced a few California shows! GET THERE.