Holy smokes, we’ve got another goodie for you: Fat will be releasing the next Sundowner record! Sundowner is the solo outlet of Chris McCaughan, the songwriter, vocalist and musician from Chicago, Illinois who also happens to be the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of The Lawrence Arms. Sundowner, whose studio albums feature Lawrence Arms bandmate Neil Hennessy, debuted in 2007 with the release of Four One Five Two on Red Scare, followed in 2010 by We Chase the Waves on Asian Man. Chris says, “Both records were different and needed to be on different labels, this one follows the pattern.” On writing the record Chris reflects “It was all written and recorded in Chicago, and in a lot of ways the record is about the city.” While we’re not quite ready to debut a track you can get reacquainted with Sundowner via Chris’ soundcloud player here. Read what Chris had to say about signing to Fat below:
Fat Mike called me up to talk about the new Sundowner record and I said, “I really didn’t think you’d like it…” and he said something like, “Yeah, I didn’t think so either. I was kinda surprised. It’s a pretty good record. Good songs.” And, well… here we are. Got lots of love for the Fat Wreck crew and I’m extremely stoked to be teamin’ up with them to release this new album. Furrr sure. -Chris
The release of Get Dead’s debut Fat full-length, Bad News is all set for July 23rd! Bad News features 12 punk infused tracks showcasing their diversity from rock and roll riffs to introspective acoustic numbers. Recorded at Motor Studios and produced by Fat Mike, you can read what vocalist Sam King had to say about the band’s experience below:
All of us in the Get Dead camp are obviously really excited to have Fat behind us. I slept in a park like a hobo so I wouldn’t miss our first recording session for the Bad News album at Motor Studios in SF. Fat Mike helped with production, heckles, and beer when needed which was appreciated. Our bass player Tim also had the birth of his first child, Franki Lou, which made things that much more awesome. We will be touring Europe in July and hopefully a U.S. Tour sometime around September.
07/19/13 Dulmen, Germany School’s Out For Summer Open Air
07/20/13 Wagersrott, Germany Enzo Festival
07/21/13 Tabor, Czech Republic Might Sounds Festival
07/22/13 Tabor, Czech Republic Orion
07/23/13 Prague, Czech Republic Cross Club
07/24/13 Brno, Czech Republic TBA
07/25/13 Altenburg, Germany Irish Pub
07/26/13 Berlin, Germany Wild At Heart
07/27/13 Bausendorf, Germany Riez Open Air
08/03/13 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Soul Kitchen
08/08/13 Dusseldorf, Germany TBA
08/22/13 Aulendorf, Germany Irreal
Road warriors Teenage Bottlerocket join Face to Face on a massive U.S. tour beginning April 24th in Reno, NV. The Laramie, WY punks continue supporting their latest offering, Freak Out! released in July of 2012 and you can download a couple tracks for free right here! TBR are hitting just about every city in the U.S. and if you’re unlucky and can’t make a show, you can watch these blistering videos of the band performing in Montreal last year, where they’ll be revisiting on this tour as part of the Pouzza Fest! Read what TBR had to say below:
Hey friends, we are busier than ever and really stoked! We just got done recording a song for the Tony Sly tribute at the Blasting Room, we are playing this year’s Pouzza Fest in Montreal and if that’s not enough excitement, we are hitting the road for 2 months with the one and only Face to Face! We are also working out tour dates for later in the year and it looks like we are going just about everywhere, so keep checking back with us as new shows are coming in all of the time! Come party with us!
Tony was a fucking amazing songwriter and one of my dearest friends. His death was traumatic. Horrible. I’ve had friends die, but this was different. Tony wasn’t finished.
I’ve been putting together this tribute comp for some time. It’s incredible how many bands have called me wanting to be on it. It’s been my absolute privilege to put this together. What I wanted to show on this record is how amazing Tony’s songs are.You can tell a song is great when it can be done in any style and it’s still great. That’s what this comp is about. All the bands are doing No Use for a Name songs or Tony Sly songs with their own take. It’s a real tribute to his songwriting.
I wanted to make a comp that Tony would be so proud of. These bands were his closest friends and his favorite bands. I thank all of them for stepping up and showing their love and respect to Tony and his family. It’ll come out in a few months and we’re gonna have a fucking crazy party when it does. You’re all invited to do the same.
- Fat Mike
Some of the bands:
Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Dropkick Murphys, Rise Against, NOFX, Frank Turner, Pennywise, Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls. And about 20 more…
Looks like the team is officially back. Following the 2012 reissue of the Fat classic Borders & Boundaries and the subsequent EP collection Greetings & Salutations, it only made sense to bring Less Than Jake back into the Fat folds for real. This Fall will see a brand new Less Than Jake album on Fat Wreck Chords, their first full length of brand new material since 2008. Don’t miss these gents on tour as they’re hitting Europe, South America and these recently announced U.S. dates!
Vinnie from LTJ had this to say: “When we first talked to Mike about repackaging our limited EP’s into Greetings & Salutations, it was a casual conversation about our new songs and direction. Then we started to write songs for a new record. Working with Fat feels right and with that said we are happy to be headed into the studio in May knowing that Fat will be handling the next record…"
If you need a little catch-up on your Less Than Jake listening, check out one of the killer songs from Greetings & Salutations: “Done and Dusted”
Here is a preview of LTJ in the new issue of Inked Magazine!
We are very sad to report the passing of Bad Astronaut’s drummer, Erik Herzog, an exceptionally talented musician and lifelong member of the Santa Barbara music scene. Our deepest condolences to Erik’s family and to our friends in Bad Astronaut: Joey, Marko, Todd, Angus, and Thom.
Don’t miss Zach Quinn from PEARS crooning to the masses on his solo tour! Dates here!
New interview with Jay from Frenzal Rhomb.
Mean Jeans are playing Portland tomorrow night!
TILT is playing day 1 at The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout Records at Gilman!
There’s a bunch of Fat bands on the Watch Dogs 2 game soundtrack! Give it a listen on their Spotify playlist.
Fat Mike talks to CBC News in Canada about the US Elections.