West Coast: get ready to party! Mean Jeans have announced a January run through California and Oregon with Dirty Fences. When we say get ready to party, we aren’t shittin’ you. These guys exist on a steady stream of Jägerbombs, ‘’Coors Light,’’ and ‘’Mountain Dew.’’ Their love of tasty beverages and catchy jingles is truly undeniable. But, don’t just take our word for it. Get out to one of their shows and witness Mean Jeans’ high-powered blend of potables and punk-rock.
DIRECT HIT and PEARS brand new split album, Human Movement, is officially out today! This 12 track ripper features five new songs from each band, plus one cover of their counterpart’s material. If you missed their joint gory video, head here to watch both “Blood on Your Tongue” and “Arduous Angel.” Then, read an interview where they trade classified information! Europe: PEARS are currently on tour with Rise Against! Chicago: Direct Hit will be supporting Tiger Army at the end of the month! Don’t miss it.
Also out today is the new Darius Koski full-length, What Was Once Is By and Gone. This is Darius’ second solo record and his most expansive work to date. Check out a review, and read this in-depth interview over at Dying Scene. You’ll be able to witness his dynamic song writing in person, as he’ll be pulling double duty, opening (and closing) the upcoming SWINGIN’ UTTERS tour this month!
SWINGIN’ UTTERS, a band that’s been around even longer than FAT, have long been a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene. On December 8th, in celebration of the band’s three decades, Fat Wreck Chords is proud to announce: Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun, a 33-song best-of compilation that serves as a testament to Utters’ peerless punk rock attack. Available for pre-order today, this anthology touches on every era of Swingin’ Utters — from their 1995 debut album The Streets of San Francisco, all the way up to 2014’s Fistful of Hollow. For the uninitiated, Drowning In the Sea, Rising With The Sun, offers a cohesive rundown on a band that’s impossible to sum up. While there are plenty of gut-level punk songs, you’ll also find tracks that incorporate roots music and folk traditions…all of which speaks to the band’s blue-collar ethos. Starting today, catch their ardent and impassioned live show, as they weave their way across the United States. They’ll be joined by Darius Koski, who will be pulling double duty by opening the show in support of his upcoming album, What Was Once Is By And Gone, out this Friday and also available for pre-order!
Remember Freaky Friday? Well, we at FAT have our own version coming out soon. In this case, Direct Hit & PEARS take a moment to sing their counterparts song on their upcoming November 3 split release, Human Movement. Head to New Noise, where you can hear them sing each other’s songs and read a joint interview where they trade secrets. It’s a wacky ride. Get ready to catch Direct Hit live at FEST this weekend and if you live in Europe, don’t miss PEARS on the Rise Against Tour!
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