We are only two weeks away from the April 22nd release of Mean Jeans’ third full-length and first for FAT, Tight New Dimension! Pre-Order it now! We’ve been partying to this radical record for weeks, a nice perk granted to us after sharing Jäger bombs with the band at SXSW! Today however, it’s more of a “pour one out for…” than a “slam one down” occasion, as Mean Jeans declare their adoration for ‘80s pop stars in “Michael Jackson Was Tight.” Go listen to this tribute at Noisey, soak up the nostalgia and the guitar lead of the year! Hey Jeans Wilder, why Michael Jackson?
“I was sitting poolside a few years ago sipping a Surge tallboy and listening to Billy Ocean. I was thinking about how cool he is and then I started thinking about another fantastic musician from the same era: Michael Jackson. It dawned on me that nobody had really written a song in his honor since he passed away in 2009. Everybody knows he was tight, why is no one singing about it? We sing about it.”
Go see Mean Jeans’ live starting next week, on tour with NOFX and Direct Hit!
The long-awaited second PEARS full-length album is out today! Green Star is a linear narrative, woven through a full album’s worth of inventive melodic hardcore punk rock. You got but a taste last year with the Letters to Memaw single. You’ve patiently waited in line, and now you’re finally at the front. So come now, strap yourself in, hold on, and take in the insanity that is: Mr. Quinn’s Wild Ride, aka Green Star! Premiered on Revolver. Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify. Read a review or two. and check out their cover story on New Noise. PEARS will be hitting every corner of the globe this year and you don’t want to miss out on their double-caffeinated live show. It’ll make you want to punch inanimate objects too!
Right now, Leftöver Crack are at the tail-end of their Australian tour. They have 3 shows left! If you’re not in the land down under, they were kind enough to send us an amazing souvenir they recorded today at Goatsound in Melbourne to share with you all. Without any further ado, we give you Leftöver Crack covering Men At Work’s classic song Down Under:
You’ve probably noticed we’ve been leaving clues for weeks about a new signing to the FAT family. Yeah, well, we’re not great at keeping secrets. Fortunately we can finally make this shit official! (Drum roll, please.) The latest addition to the FAT ranks is… Direct Hit! For those of you not in the know, they’re pretty much the best thing to come out of Milwaukee since Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, or beer. These Wisconsin pop punkers formed in 2007 and we’ve been fans since their inception. From their very first EP up through their latest LP, Brainless God, released in 2013, these guys have been banging out hits more consistently than Hank Aaron. Direct Hit have some shows coming up with NOFX and Mean Jeans and you can check out their new website to familiarize yourself with their tunes. Expect them to have a new full-length out by Summer too. It’s safe to say that 2016 just got a whole hell of a lot better.Here’s what vocalist/guitarist Nick Woods had to say about the signing:
“Fat Wreck defined my opinion of what ‘punk’ meant when I was an insecure teenager in the Midwest. So I guess in a lot of ways, as someone who still cares about music 15 years later, the label’s helped define my outlook on life in general. It’s incredible for me to be able to say our band is a small piece of that foundation now.”
Some call today Good Friday, but today we’re calling it Groez Friday! That’s right, this year marks Groezrock’s 25th anniversary and we’re charting a course for Meerhout, Belgium on April 29th and 30th to celebrate! So hop aboard the Groez Cruise and swing by the Fat Wreck Chords ship to pick up our 2nd exclusive Groezrock 10” comp Fat Music For Wrecked People: Groez Cruise 2016! The artwork is by Horsebites who creates all our Fest 10” comps. The comp itself will have a boatload of new and unreleased songs including one from an unannounced signing! Who could it be?! We’ll also have some exclusive merch and other treasured items from our San Francisco mothership to keep you afloat.
In addition to our store being there, tons of past and present Fat Wreck Chords bands will be taking the stage: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, face to face, Mad Caddies, Sick Of It All, Less Than Jake, Dillinger Four, Night Birds, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, PEARS Rancid and The Dirty Nil! It’s like a Fat Wrecked For 25 Years show Groezrock style!
We love Belgium and nothing is going to keep us away.
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