TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET have booked seven shows throughout Wyoming! In an unprecedented move of loyalty to their state, which would even make their governor blush with pride, we present you with the “Rock Around Wyoming” tour of 2011. That’s right folks, it is seven shows peppered throughout their beloved home territory, The Cowboy State. Teenage Bottlerocket is on the prowl to reconnect with their brothers and sisters of Wyoming (who, for the record, have been known to beat up defenseless garbage cans for no good reason). TBR are kinda like the punk rock Louis and Clark, courageously embarking on a mission to discover just who lives in the areas where other bands fear to tread. Does the term “KEEPING IT REAL” ring a bell? So, without further ado, see what Ray had to say about the tour below!
Being from Wyoming is something we’ve always been proud of. Teenage Bottlerocket has made several friends around the state in the past ten years and we wanted to show our appreciation. Tobias Jeg at Redscare industries suggested that we do a Wyoming tour, and we all thought it was an awesome idea. We are playing some towns on this tour we’ve never played, and some towns we haven’t played for 7 or so years. Last time we played Rock Springs some metal head beat up a trash can in front of the venue. That’s the Wyoming we’re after. Some bands do tours that ignore Wyoming all together, we are playing 7 shows here. Perhaps other touring bands will take notice and add a show or two in Wyoming on upcoming tours. Our friends from Laramie “Redbush” will be main support for the entire tour. Denver, Colorado’s “The Gamits” will be playing the Laramie show.
We are thrilled to announce our CMJ showcase on October 20th at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY. Set to perform are Dead To Me, The Flatliners, Banner Pilot and Old Man Markley, with special U.K. guests The Arteries opening. Tickets on sale now! If you have a CMJ badge, admission is free. And speaking of CMJ, the brand new Flatliners video for their Count Your Bruises single that comes out tomorrow, is now posted on cmj.com!
DEAD TO ME’s new full length, Moscow Penny Ante, will be released on October 25th! We’re stoked to show you the cover art designed by Ian from DTM (extra points if you can name the building) and you can view the track listing here. DEAD TO ME recently announced tour plans this fall including CMJ and Fest, check the dates here. Moscow Penny Ante was recorded in Chicago by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios. Stay tuned, as we’ll release a brand new MP3 soon. Read what Chicken had to say about the lineup change and release below:
Our new record Moscow Penny Ante marks a new page in the story of Dead To Me, and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of it. It’s a privilege to get to make a new full length record with the new members of our band, and their addition to the song writing process has helped for sure. After spreading our wings a little bit on the last album, African Elephants, we ended up writing a much more cohesive, focused batch of songs this time around. I will always love experimenting musically with Dead To Me, and I am very proud that we remain a band that can’t be summed up or pigeon holed with a few " they sound like…" references. However this new record marks a bit of a return sonically to the songs I was writing when I first started the band years ago. The title “Moscow Penny Ante” is a double meaning of sorts. Malcolm X used to refer to small time hustlers and criminals that were scraping out an existence in the Harlem of his early adulthood as “Penny Ante” crooks. Not really big time enough to be taken seriously by the big time gangsters and organized crime members of the era. We felt this term had a proper analogy to our place in the music “industry”. We scrape by and do what we can, but we think we run a pretty good hustle as it were. Hell, it got me all the way from the tiny dirt road I grew up on to Moscow. Who would have thought?
You heard it right, we’ll release Banner Pilot’s third full length Heart Beats Pacific on October 25th! Check the cover art below and view the track listing here. Banner Pilot will perform at Riot Fest this October and head to CMJ and Fest with Dead To Me! View their tour dates here. Read what Nate from Banner Pilot had to say about the release below.
When we started working on the followup to Collapser, we thought, “How can we expand our musical horizons? How can we take simple three chord punk rock and elevate it to a more daring level, adding new atmospherics and embracing additional instruments and styles in a way that makes a bold statement about the possibilities that exist in our collective musical language?”
Then we thought, “Wow, we sound like idiots. How about we not do that?” Instead, we stuck to what we know and came up with 11 songs of melodic punk rock. Sometimes fast, sometimes a little more mid-tempo, hopefully always catchy. We did try some new things, but never in a way that’ll make you grimace and say, “Oh man, really?” We’re not reinventing the wheel on this album. We’re just adding some new touches to the wheel—-say, putting spinners on it—-to make it extra awesome.
Is it safe to say that our new album Heart Beats Pacific is like Collapser on steroids, in the sense that we beefed up the songs and suffered absolutely no adverse side effects in the course of doing so? Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that. We’re all really excited about the songs on this record, and how the record ended up sounding, and we hope you like it too.
Here’s a write up and photo gallery from Fat Wrecked For 25 Years in San Francisco!
Watch this Lagwagon interview on Wheelers Weekend Jams!
New Orleans punks PEARS are featured in their local weekly’s music section.
The local paper is talking about us and talked to our co-owner Erin!
Tired of looking at photos of the Fat 25 Tour? Well, we don’t care.
Joey Cape talks shop with Hear Nebraska before Lagwagon rips it up in Omaha tonight.
Our portly prez, Fat Mike, picks his top 25 Fat albums of all time.
Check out this write-up with loads of killer pics from the Fat Tour stop in Boston.