New Hi-Standard Picture Disc 7”
Fresh off the digital release of the Hi-Standard single “I’m a Rat,” we’re excited to announce the pre-order for the accompanying 7”. It’s not just any old 7” vinyl release, however. The physical release is a picture disc! It features the “I’m a Rat” cover art on side A and a photograph of beloved, founding member Akira Tsuneoka on side B. This was the last song that Tsune played on before his recent untimely passing. The picture disc is a small tribute to Tsune’s immortal spirit, and all profits will be donated to his family. Check out the song, and read what Fat Mike had to share below:
This 7" means more to me than anyone can know. When NOFX first played with Hi-Standard in 1995 in Tokyo, we became lifelong friends. I flew them out to SF in 95 and produced their first album. Then NOFX took them on tour for the next year. We were more than close. Hi-Standard are a band that I am truly proud of. What people don't know is that at one point they were the fucking biggest selling band on Fat Wreck Chords. They are the only FAT band that can sell out STADIUMS!
This 7" is not about that. This 7" is about the last song Hi-Standard ever recorded with their drummer Akira Tsuneoka. What a sweet talented man. He always had a smile on his face, and he was always the first to be in the studio. He was an amazing drummer and he will be missed by all who knew him.
I hope you're hangin out with Bohnam, Barnes, and Moon up in drummer hell! Will never forget you Tsune.... RIP