Sit back, take a deep breath, and prepare yourself for the huge trip Direct Hit has in store for you. This Milwaukee-based group has labored intensely over the last year, crafting their debut FAT full-length, Wasted Mind, out June 24th. Inspired by the savage and warped sensibilities of Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, this 12-track concept album will take you on a sonic rollercoaster, reminiscent of a more concise and pointed version of Green Day’s American Idiot. Produced by All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty, the album follows a cast of drug-addled, medicated and unpredictable characters who check in and out of reality with reckless abandon. Singer/Guitarist/Lyricist Nick Woods says “The record is less about chemical abilities and handicaps and more about identity, consciousness and relativity.” Curious? Well, what are you waiting for? Listen to “Forced to Sleep” right now, on our YouTube channel.
Go see Direct Hit live starting today, on tour with NOFX and Mean Jeans!
We are only two weeks away from the April 22nd release of Mean Jeans’ third full-length and first for FAT, Tight New Dimension! Pre-Order it now! We’ve been partying to this radical record for weeks, a nice perk granted to us after sharing Jäger bombs with the band at SXSW! Today however, it’s more of a “pour one out for…” than a “slam one down” occasion, as Mean Jeans declare their adoration for ‘80s pop stars in “Michael Jackson Was Tight.” Go listen to this tribute at Noisey, soak up the nostalgia and the guitar lead of the year! Hey Jeans Wilder, why Michael Jackson?
“I was sitting poolside a few years ago sipping a Surge tallboy and listening to Billy Ocean. I was thinking about how cool he is and then I started thinking about another fantastic musician from the same era: Michael Jackson. It dawned on me that nobody had really written a song in his honor since he passed away in 2009. Everybody knows he was tight, why is no one singing about it? We sing about it.”
Go see Mean Jeans’ live starting next week, on tour with NOFX and Direct Hit!
The long-awaited second PEARS full-length album is out today! Green Star is a linear narrative, woven through a full album’s worth of inventive melodic hardcore punk rock. You got but a taste last year with the Letters to Memaw single. You’ve patiently waited in line, and now you’re finally at the front. So come now, strap yourself in, hold on, and take in the insanity that is: Mr. Quinn’s Wild Ride, aka Green Star! Premiered on Revolver. Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify. Read a review or two. and check out their cover story on New Noise. PEARS will be hitting every corner of the globe this year and you don’t want to miss out on their double-caffeinated live show. It’ll make you want to punch inanimate objects too!
Right now, Leftöver Crack are at the tail-end of their Australian tour. They have 3 shows left! If you’re not in the land down under, they were kind enough to send us an amazing souvenir they recorded today at Goatsound in Melbourne to share with you all. Without any further ado, we give you Leftöver Crack covering Men At Work’s classic song Down Under:
You’ve probably noticed we’ve been leaving clues for weeks about a new signing to the FAT family. Yeah, well, we’re not great at keeping secrets. Fortunately we can finally make this shit official! (Drum roll, please.) The latest addition to the FAT ranks is… Direct Hit! For those of you not in the know, they’re pretty much the best thing to come out of Milwaukee since Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, or beer. These Wisconsin pop punkers formed in 2007 and we’ve been fans since their inception. From their very first EP up through their latest LP, Brainless God, released in 2013, these guys have been banging out hits more consistently than Hank Aaron. Direct Hit have some shows coming up with NOFX and Mean Jeans and you can check out their new website to familiarize yourself with their tunes. Expect them to have a new full-length out by Summer too. It’s safe to say that 2016 just got a whole hell of a lot better.Here’s what vocalist/guitarist Nick Woods had to say about the signing:
“Fat Wreck defined my opinion of what ‘punk’ meant when I was an insecure teenager in the Midwest. So I guess in a lot of ways, as someone who still cares about music 15 years later, the label’s helped define my outlook on life in general. It’s incredible for me to be able to say our band is a small piece of that foundation now.”
Leftöver Crack heads to South Africa in 2017. Info and details here!
We are very sad to report the passing of Bad Astronaut’s drummer, Erik Herzog, an exceptionally talented musician and lifelong member of the Santa Barbara music scene. Our deepest condolences to Erik’s family and to our friends in Bad Astronaut: Joey, Marko, Todd, Angus, and Thom.
Don’t miss Zach Quinn from PEARS crooning to the masses on his solo tour! Dates here!
New interview with Jay from Frenzal Rhomb.
Mean Jeans are playing Portland tomorrow night!
TILT is playing day 1 at The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout Records at Gilman!
There’s a bunch of Fat bands on the Watch Dogs 2 game soundtrack! Give it a listen on their Spotify playlist.