November 6, 2014 – For the first time in nine years… Good Riddance has entered the studio! These Santa Cruz, California punk rock/hardcore heroes have once again teamed up with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, The Blasting Room)—the production team for over half of Good Riddance’s illustrious catalog — to record their first album of new material since reuniting in 2012. The past two years have been spent on the live circuit, proving to the fans and to themselves that they are still a musical force to be reckoned with, a group whose catalog of great songs is undeniable. With the fans’ seal of approval and a well of creativity brimming over, the eighth Good Riddance album that once seemed impossible became a creative necessity for a band that has never rested on its laurels and never coasted on its past success. When they found themselves mentally and creatively exhausted in 2007, they opted to call it a day instead of giving the fans anything less than 100% in their writing and performing. Re-energized by a five-year hiatus and two years of carefully but steadily ramping up activity, Russ Rankin, Luke Pabich, Chuck Platt and Sean Sellers—the “classic” Good Riddance lineup—prepared themselves for today, the first day at Motor Studios in San Francisco, to record a grip of new songs that all of us cannot fucking wait to hear.
L-R: Luke Pabich, Russ Rankin, Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore, Chuck Platt, Sean Sellers in the hall at Motor Studios on Day One of the new Good Riddance album.
That’s right, Less Than Jake are hitting all of America in January and February 2015, co-headlining a tour with none other than Reel Big Fish! So do the math, get your ticket, and have yourself a beer!
Launch into Monday with a brand new CJ RAMONE song! Go to Brooklyn Vegan to listen to “Last Chance to Dance,” the title track of the new album, out November 25th and available for pre-order now! (You also might want to add a new Fat Classic on Color to your order!) Then read an extensive interview with CJ about touring, making the album, and his time as a Ramone. Japan: get stoked because CJ RAMONE is headed your way right now. For the rest of us, we’ll have to stay put until 2015, but rest assured, tours are in the works!
In 2008, NOFX starred in the TV show Backstage Passport, a series that documented the insane hijinks of the band as they weaved an unsteady path through exotic locales where most sane bands fear to tread. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the official Backstage Passport Soundtrack is being released on December 9th (Vinyl in January 2015). Packed with 15 tracks from both seasons (That’s right! The second season is nearing completion as you read this.), the Backstage Passport Soundtrack is a one-stop shop for all the rare, remixed, and unreleased material that folks could only previously enjoy as snippets during the show. If you’re new to the game and haven’t seen Backstage Passport, do yourself a favor and grab a DVD copy. NOFX will be pulling their passports out once again next week for an extensive headlining tour of Australia.
Just in time for Halloween! Watch The Flatliners’ new video for “Tail Feathers” being premiered by Noisey! It’s the latest single & video from their stellar 2013 album Dead Language. Be sure to catch the band on the road all over North America this Fall, including pit stops at Pre-Fest and Fest along with a bunch of dates with Hot Water Music and Dave Hause. If you live in Vegas, you can even win a pair of tickets!
Check out a lightning round interview with Mad Caddies!
Who knew the Caper was a drummer!
Swingin’ Utters perform “Told Them I Told You So” on Song From A Couch. Check out Jack and Miles playing one guitar at the same time!
Brian from Night Birds talks about his top 5 records in 60 seconds!
Mad Caddies start their Europe tour today!
Joey Cape co-hosts a Lagwagon retrospective show on Vancouver’s 106.9 The Wolf.