Ten years on from Morning Glory’s formation, founder Ezra Kire began writing what would become Poets Were My Heroes. And after spending the past year preparing, recording, mixing and waiting, Morning Glory’s first full-band, full-length album is finally out! So how did Morning Glory end up on Fat? Of course we knew of them as Ezra’s (from Leftover Crack and Choking Victim) band, but since they didn’t regularly record or tour, we were surprised when Fat Mike came in singing the praises of their new record. After he played it for us, we were pensive—not sure what we thought of this punk outfit with piano, strings and softer, emotional songs. But true to form, Fat Mike’s knack for recognizing great music panned out again, and we were hooked. The record is a grower, and it stems from the music being a little outside the usual punk rock stomping ground. An easy (but somewhat lazy) comparison is The Clash’s Sandinista! record with its expansive sound and instrumentation, though the songwriting on Poets is more focused. And even as a double album, it never veers off course or loses the listener over its 49 minutes. So give it a listen, and order your copy on vinyl, CD or digital here.
Listen to the final (and unlisted) track from the album, “Care of Me”. Then read what Ezra had to say about this sweet little number below – it may surprise you what these tough, gritty New York punks are capable of under the tattoos and spikes.
“This was a quickly written song which I played live in the studio one day. It’s sort of the “Travel On” of this record (for those who owned No Time To Sleep). I’m pretty sure it was more or less on the strength of this song that Mike agreed to release the entire record, God bless him. This is a song that should be sung mainly during periods of high intoxication. Preferably clustered around a piano with a group of other drunkards, in some dimly lit bar setting."
Morning Glory’s new album, Poets Were My Heroes, comes out in just a few days. If you can’t wait til then or just need to hear a little more before taking the plunge, now’s your chance as the full album is now streaming over at AP! After listening, order your copy of the album and then go to the record release show in Brooklyn on the release date next Tuesday!
The Flatliners have officially been a band for a decade. Hard to believe because we still consider them cubs (that’s because we’re old), but take a gander at their catalog and there’s no denying their work ethic. In celebration of their 10th anniversary, we’re releasing their debut album, Destroy To Create, on vinyl for the first time ever. The Flatliners are currently on tour in Europe and join the Fat Tour this October. Check their tour dates here! Read what vocalist & guitarist Chris Cresswell had to say about the release below.
“Ever unearthed an old drawing you did as a child at your parent’s house? Ever gone back and read the weird shit people wrote in your High School year book? Feels odd doesn’t it? You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, but for some reason, you can’t help but laugh. Well this October, we will be releasing our first album Destroy to Create on vinyl for the very first time ever. The lovely folks at Fat Wreck Chords have reluctantly agreed to allow our die-hard fans to finally snatch up these songs on a piece of wax. And we think it’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the band’s 10th Anniversary.”
Just a year on from the back-to-basics punk sound of the Agitations album, Cobra Skulls have returned with an altogether different musical aesthetic on the new single Eagle Eyes. This 3-song 7” and digital single will be released on October 9th and marks the first recorded appearance of new guitarist Tony Teixeira. Read vocalist & bassist Devin Peralta’s take on the new single below. Clearly there’s no rest for the weary as they’ve booked a slew of dates with Riverboat Gamblers and a round of headlining dates that you can view here!
“Today we are thrilled to announce that our new single, Eagle Eyes, is coming out Oct 9th on 7” and in digital format as well. There are two songs on the B-side and we’re really happy with how it all turned out. It reminds me a little of our older material, but it also feels like we could be getting into some new territory. It’s the first stuff we’ve recorded with Tony, who sang all the back-ups and truly shredded the guitar. Be on the lookout to pre-order it from Fat Wreck Chords soon. Hope you check it out and enjoy!"
Stereokiller is premiering “Life’s a Long Revenge”, a brand new song from MORNING GLORY’s upcoming Fat debut, Poets Were My Heroes, out August 28th. Pre-order your copy and then read what drummer Early Gates had to say about the song:
“This was another really fun song to record! Ezra had mentioned that he wanted to try to use drum sticks (rather than hi hats, or snare rim knocks) to keep the rhythm during the verses, so we tried a few different approaches. First we tried to tape a drum stick to a cymbal stand, but it kept getting lose and falling. Then we tried to attach the stick to a mic stand. It had the same problem. Also, it just didn’t have a nice warm sound. Our final solution was Ezra standing there holding one drum stick with both hands. It had the perfect recoil and sound that we were looking for. For live shows I’ve schemed a way to hold one drum stick out to become part of the drum kit. I also did the rocking whistling solo on this track.Since it’s hard to walk and chew gum (and drum and whistle) at the same time, we been having kids do the whistling at shows.”
Don’t miss their record release show in Brooklyn, NY on August 28th. The first 100 people get their brand new record for free. Tickets here.
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