The Bombpops shouldn’t be strangers to anyone frequenting our bands’ shows in California and beyond over the last half dozen years. With Teenage Bottlerocket and Swingin’ Utters tours under their belts – as well as opening slots with NOFX, Anti-Flag and countless others – The Bombpops have proven themselves, so we’re stoked to welcome them to the FAT family…most of whom they already know! Stepping up their intensity and songwriting chops, while retaining the fun, positive energy of their pop-punk meets So-Cal skate-punk vibe, The Bombpops recently completed work on their first full-length album, Fear of Missing Out. As focused and finely honed a debut album as you’ll ever hear, there was no way we could pass up the opportunity to release it. Here’s what Fat Mike had to say about the signing:
“I heard the Bombpops, saw ’em live, and thought they were pretty cool peeps, but no way was I gonna sign ’em. A couple years go by, and they send me this new record… and it’s fucking good. So I signed ’em. I guess bands can get better… NOFX certainly did.”
Enough blathering, listen to “CA in July” right now!
Next February, Night Birds are taking their hardcore punk show to Mexico! They’ll also be doing a string of club shows in Texas with our buds, Drakulas. (The Texaco Tour?!) Head here for the dates and info; tickets go on sale this Friday. Then, read what Night Birds vocalist Brian Gorsegner had to say about this sick tour video below:
“Shoutout to a fella named Dan Brenkert who shot this footage of a bananas garage show we played in York, PA last month before our string of dates with the Descendents. We feel insanely fortunate to get to do stuff like open for our favorite bands in venues with a green room larger than my actual home, but shows like this one in York at Skid Row Garage will always be where we feel the most at home.”
Frenzal Rhomb’s new retrospective, We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted): The Best of Frenzal Rhomb, is officially out today! This double album (and single CD) includes all the hits, spanning the band’s 24-year history. Containing 17 tracks never before on vinyl and 17 tracks never before on FAT, this is a must-own album for any discerning Frenzal Rhombite. Head over to Bandcamp, iTunes, or Spotify to listen to it in its entirety! Then, if you haven’t snagged a copy, you can do so here!
Next up, we have a brand new video from Useless ID! Head to Brooklynvegan to watch “Without A Choice,” culled from their latest FAT release, State is Burning. Read what vocalist Ishay Berger had to say about their views on animal cruelty below.
“Animal rights and punk rock go hand in hand. If you care about making a change in this crazy world, you should try and start the revolution within yourself. Useless ID is not a preachy band, but we always felt that Animal Liberation is essential to self-freedom and that it is hypocritical to strive for freedom, while giving a hand to death machines. This animated video was made by our friends Glendon and Isabella. The point of it is pretty simple, don’t do to others what you don’t want them doing to you.”
Don’t miss Useless ID on tour. They’re currently wrapping up their North American tour with NOFX and PEARS tonight in Dallas. Then, they head back west on a batch of shows. Don’t miss it!
Get Dead dropped their fantastic new full-length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, this past July. They’ve been on a touring tear since its release, having blazed through Europe, Japan, and most of North America. You can get a taste of their wild live show by watching the official video for “She’s a Problem.” Get Dead is back on the West Coast now, finishing out 2016 with the most accurately named band in punk, Guttermouth!
Tuesday was an extreme bummer but luckily, Bad Cop/Bad Cop know how to keep things positive. Today, you can head over to Alternative Press to hear their brand new song, “Get Rad.” Vocalist/guitarist Jennie Cotterill describes the song as “the earliest example of the Bad Cop formula: trading vocals, three-part harmonies and having fun. This version was recorded by Davey Warsop at Hurley Studios during the production of Not Sorry in December 2015.” You can check out their debut FAT full-length, Not Sorry, by heading to their bandcamp page, and buy “Get Rad” for a buck! Bad Cop/Bad Cop is currently on tour with the Interrupters, so go get rad with the band in person!
Mean Jeans Midwest tour starts tonight in Chicago!
Direct Hit recommends their tips for touring! Watch it here.
Western Addiction just got added to the Descendents show in Santa Cruz!
Bombpops are interviewed on Inertia. Have a look!
Tomorrow is Dillinger Four’s St. Patricks Day Massacre in Minneapolis!