Hey folks. If you’re heading to Austin next week, here’s a complete guide to FAT WRECK CHORDS artists at SXSW 2016! Here goes:
THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH
MEAN JEANS (1:30PM) Brooklynvegan Day Party @ Cheer Up Charlies
NOFX book panel (3:30PM) @ Austin Convention Center Room 12AB
FAT WRECK CHORDS Official Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards Doors @ 7:00PM. Ray Rocket (8:00PM), The Dirty Nil (8:40PM), Mean Jeans (9:30PM), toyGuitar (10:30PM), Night Birds (11:30PM), NOFX (12:30AM).
SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH
FREE SHOW!!! @ DES MOINES EMBASSY (522 E. 6th Street) ALL AGES. First come, first served. Doors @ 11:45AM. No Parents (12:00PM), Drakulas (12:40PM), Mean Jeans (1:20PM), toyGuitar (2:05PM), Night Birds (2:50PM), Riverboat Gamblers (3:35PM), NOFX (4:30PM).
MEAN JEANS (1:15AM) Burgermania V @ Hotel Vegas
Other SXSW happenings include our buddy Ray Rocket performing a short set at MUSICAL MILESTONES: 40 YEARS OF THE RAMONES. Presented by the Grammy Museum. He goes on at 1:10AM on Thursday night, March 17th at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop!
Movies can define our humor and character as individuals. We’ve spent way too much time at the FAT office debating important topics like, “Who would you rather be friends with, the kids in Goonies, or the kids in Stand By Me?” These are real debates people! Hours are spent deconstructing the merits of both. Obviously, we are doing this while packing your records, answering our buddy Sam Doerr’s phone calls, and performing necessary tasks to keep the ship upright. You’re welcome. But the important thing to remember is there are bands who take such things as seriously as we do. One of those bands, my friends, is Mean Jeans. We are two peas in a pod. For example, movies that have served as benchmarks for our shared humor are as follows: Wayne’s World, Spinal Tap, Dumb & Dumber, and of course, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Shall we go on? Okay, fine…here are a few more: Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, and Back to the Future also made the cut. This is one of the reasons we love Mean Jeans so much. They are impeccable musicians with witty lyrics and probably the band you are most likely to party with. So today, we’re thrilled to announce that on April 22nd, we’ll be releasing their third full-length overall and FAT debut, Tight New Dimension! You can get a taste of their new record by pre-ordering Nite Vision, out March 18th, a limited-edition single whose a-side is culled from Tight New Dimension, and also includes two exclusive b-sides! Now, without further ado, Billy Jeans (guitar/vox) breaks down their new record:
We’re all flipped up about releasing Tight New Dimension to the world. We went to Mars and back recording it, chugging copious Coors and root beers in the process. We had to go to the future in a telephone booth just to take the freakin’ album cover photo. Thanks Josh Freydkis for making the trip with us! 12 new songs about partying, failure, friendship, and tributes to our heroes, like Michael Jackson and Gordon Bombay. It’s highly crankable and you can party to it, I tested it out. We hope you enjoy it. We’ll be appearing at SXSW and touring the Pacific NW in March, touring with NOFX in April, with US and Europe tours to follow. Check our dates out here!
The wait is over! face to face’s heralded return to Fat Wreck Chords—Protection—is officially out today! You can blast their new record at The Big Takeover, Spotify or Bandcamp. When you’re done and can’t get their songs out of your head, order the record already! Trust us, or trust the tastemakers; Brooklynvegan gave it a nod in their notable releases this week. Protection is collecting stellar reviews—just read this one over at Dyingscene and another at Punknews. For further insight into the process of how they tackled writing and recording their latest opus, read this interview, and another here. Can’t get enough? You can watch their scorching new video for “Bent But Not Broken” on our Youtube Channel. Then, check out their tour dates which include a number of festivals including Musink, Groezrock, Punk Rock Bowling, and Punkspring!
The wait is over! Listen to a brand new PEARS song right now! The title track from Green Star is now streaming at Brooklynvegan. Green Star is PEARS’ hotly anticipated second full-length, and we’ll be unleashing it on April 1st. Pre-order your copy right now! Don’t miss them on tour, dates here!
face to face is set to release their new album, Protection, on March 4th, but you can stream it in its entirety right now by heading to The Big Takeover! And as you’ll hear, with the balance of pop hooks, blistering guitars and rallying choruses, Protection is a return to band’s roots on this, their 25th anniversary. Grab your copy today. Then, check out their tour dates which include a number of festivals including Musink, Groezrock, Punk Rock Bowling, and Punkspring!
Eric Melvin from NOFX chats with the Going Off Track guys!
CJ Ramone interview with The Seeker outta Cornwall, Canada!
Bad Cop / Bad Cop are playing tonight at the Whiskey in LA!
Lane Pederson, drummer of Dillinger Four, is a partner in a new custom drum maker, Ellis Drum Company.
CJ Ramone hits the road tomorrow!