Teenage Bottlerocket’s brand new album — and their return to FAT — is complete! Stealing the Covers, a unique album of very special cover songs, is coming out this July! Read all about it in this AP interview with singer/guitarist Ray Carlisle, where he discusses moving forward in TBR without his twin brother/drummer Brandon, being a father on the road, and the direction TBR is headed. So, get rad, and be sure to catch Teenage Bottlerocket on tour.
“We sat with this project for a LONG time…like a decade. We thought it’d be rad to cover some smaller bands that never really got the attention they deserved. When it came time to bring the project to life, we had to sift through a ton of songs to finally narrow it down to these. This record represents some of our favorite songs from bands we’ve played with over the years. We’re so stoked it’s finally going to come out, and we’re extra stoked it’s coming out on Fat Wreck Chords. I’m pretty sure we are the first band to do a cover record on FAT. Yep. We First.” — Miguel
There are many things that we appreciate about Canada. Something we stumbled upon recently is that they drink milk out of a bag. Seriously. But there must be something within their pop culture that cultivates true talent, because the list of great artists is vast. (Perhaps, it’s their country’s dedication and financial support of the arts?) For example, Canada has given us Rick Moranis, Carrie Ann Moss, and a Prime Minister who knows what equality looks like plus, the bands! Just on our label alone, we’ve had the privilege of releasing records from Propagandhi, The Flatliners, Chixdiggit!, and The Real McKenzies. Add to that illustrious list, The Dirty Nil, who just received a Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year! Well deserved! Today, you can head over to Noisey and read an extensive feature on the band and listen to the brand new song, ‘’Caroline,’’ from their upcoming release, Minimum R&B. U.S. residents, you can pre-order it from us now! For the rest of the world, you’ll need to go here. The Dirty Nil will be touring Europe with The Menzingers and The Flatliners, so don’t miss them!
Direct Hit’s brand new video is premiering over at Alternative Press! Click here to watch the video for “Snickers or Reese’s (Pick Up the Pieces),” the lead track from their debut album, Domesplitter. Our reissue of this record will officially drop on April 14th; however, you can order it now, or grab one from the band directly at one of their shows with Bowling For Soup. The tour is in full swing now, and you can check out the dates here. Direct Hit front-man Nick Woods explains the song’s origins:
“Snickers or Reese’s (Pick Up the Pieces)” is about someone I used to know who threatened to hurt my wife and me after I cut ties with him for being a bad friend. This was a long time ago, when Direct Hit was still releasing music for free on the internet, and a year or two before Domesplitter came out. I got 30 phone calls in a row from him one afternoon and had to change my phone number, so I wrote this song to get some demons out that night. It’s about how I just wanted him to go away and leave me alone…sort of a manic paranoia. We wanted this video to reflect that.” – Nick
When you attend a Me First and the Gimme Gimmes show, there is one thing we expect from you: to sing along! However, if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the Gimmes’ extensive catalog, the new retrospective, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, is the perfect place to start. Head to Brooklynvegan to listen to the album in its entirety! This mega-hit collection — along with a couple shoulda-been-a-hit rarities — drops this Friday, and you can order it here. Alternatively, pick it up at our European webstore and our Australian webstore. Then, check out their upcoming tour dates, which include an extensive North American run with PEARS and Masked Intruder. Don’t worry Europe; they’ll be headed to your beloved shores again this summer.
PEARS have been in hibernation mode this past winter; but all that is about to change. Next month, our favorite southerners will be unleashing vast amounts of pent up energy across the country. First up is a Midwest and East Coast run with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and Masked Intruder. Then, they’ll dip into the South with a flurry of headlining shows which shouldn’t be missed. Don’t believe us? Watch them blow up their TOUR VAN to get an idea of just how far they’ll go. Next, they head to Europe for a bunch of festival appearances including, Rebellion Festival in the U.K. and Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia. Check out all the dates and info here! If you’re late to the floor-stomping party, then you should familiarize yourself with their just-about-a-year-old masterpiece, Green Star. Wondering what they’ve been up to this past winter? Rest assured, we have good news coming. Stay tuned!
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