Let’s kick off 2017 with some good news. Direct Hit joins Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish on their Winter 2017 North American tour, starting today! They’ll support the duo for the first leg of the tour (January 4th through 26th). Check out the dates here. If you need a refresher, listen to Direct Hit’s latest effort and FAT debut, Wasted Mind, in its entirety over at Youtube, Bandcamp or Spotify.
Here’s the thing: we’d like to claim we’re eager to shove 2016 in the rearview mirror, but that would be an untruth. 2017, politically, seems chilling, if not downright menacing, under the incoming U.S. administration. Every day when a new cabinet position is filled, our hearts sink a little lower. One thing we can promise is that we will not be complacent. Complacency has no business in punk rock, or music in general. Hence, 2017: we will greet you fiercely and look to bring positive change in any way we can. Thanks to all who’ve purchased one of our Not My President t-shirts. We will be donating funds to various organizations who’ll be in real need of financial assistance, and we will keep you apprised along the way. We want to give a big thanks to all who’ve supported us and our bands in 2016; we couldn’t do any of this without you. Finally, our office is closed for 2016, so any orders placed won’t ship until the new year. We’ll be back in 2017 with a full year of great new records! Before we go, the FAT staff put together a list of their top five albums of 2016 (not including FAT artists) which resonated with us in some way or another. Check them out below, and have a great holiday. – Love, FAT.
Pat: 5 non-Punk Albums I listened to in 2016:
John K. Sampson – Winter Wheat
Regina Spektor- Remember Us To Life
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
David Bowie – Blackstar
Today marks our last release date of the year and face to face have the honors. No more fruitless searching or blowing your paycheck on the super rare originals; the first three face to face albums are finally back in print on vinyl! These reissues include all the important stuff: bonus tracks, remastered sound, and enhanced artwork.
Our favorite highlanders, The Real McKenzies, will be celebrating 2017 with a brand new album—Two Devils Will Talk—out March 3rd, marking their 25th year as a band. There’s a saying in Scotland: “Many a mickle makes a muckle.” This translates to: “Many a small thing makes a big thing.” This is especially true with the unique sound that The Real McKenzies’ have cultivated over the years. Two Devils Will Talk is packed with fourteen rousing songs that incorporate classic punk, hard folk, acoustic and electric instruments, all weaving in the Celtic influence for which the band is known. The result of all these combined elements is one of the strongest albums in the band’s entire career. These vagabonds have already lined up a North American tour with additional European dates to be added soon. Canadians: Stomp Records will be your source of this finely distilled recording on CD & Digital. We’ll be announcing our pre-order shortly, but in the meantime, read what bassist Troy Zak has to say about his clan’s latest offering:
“On the 25th Anniversary of The Real McKenzies, we remain true to our Scottish-Canadian Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll roots. We wrote an album about perseverance, determination, and staying true to our beliefs. The band has never hung up its hat even at the toughest of times and this album shows we are more relevant now than ever before.”
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