Israeli punks Useless ID kick off their European tour next month! To ready for the tour, the band filmed a video for “How to Dismantle an Atom Bomb,” a song written about living in a State always at war. Today, Visions Magazine is hosting the premiere, and you can watch it here! If you haven’t yet checked out their back-to-the-roots hardcore punk record, State Is Burning, do it now! Read what the band had to say about the song and video below:
Yotam: “At the time the song was written, there were sirens and alerts constantly going off in Tel Aviv where I was living. Try imagining a life where at any given moment, you need to stop what you’re doing and head to the nearest bomb shelter. I personally found myself crammed in the back of a thrift store by where Ishay lived with several strangers, when one of the alerts went off.”
Ishay: “The situation at home is sometimes so frustrating that it seems like a hotbed of conflict and anger for everyone involved. These things affect and change people’s lives, and we address these feelings in our song. We feel that the lyrics and the images of the video connect strongly.”
We’re heading to Duffel, Belgium, for Brakrock Ecofest on Saturday August 5th! It’s a one day festival featuring tons of Fat Wreck Chords bands. Good Riddance, face to face, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Real McKenzies, Chixdiggit, Useless ID, PEARS, and Get Dead are all playing this year! We’ll be there selling merch and music all day. We’re making a super limited 7” flexi-pack just for the festival. Come see us early, before it sells out. If you can’t make it to Brakrock, we’ll be at Punk Rock Holiday the entire next week!
Teenage Bottlerocket’s kick-ass new album, Stealing the Covers, is out today! Head here to listen to the entire album on your favored digital service. This album was a long time coming for the band. As described by vocalist/guitarist Ray Carlisle, “This was Brandon’s idea well over a decade ago. I’m sure wherever he is, he’s stoked we finally pulled it off.” We at FAT couldn’t be happier to have Teenage Bottlerocket back, and the privilege of releasing this innovative album. Curious to read how they chose the bands for this release? Head over to New Noise Magazine to read a track-by-track rundown from bassist Miguel Chen. Then, scope out a new review, and if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, you can do so here! Also available today, along with the new album of cover songs, the band recorded a 7"— Goin’ Back to Wyo—with two brand new TBR originals! Don’t forget to catch them on tour, where they’ll be jumping continents all year long. Party!
Joey Cape, Yotam Ben Horin, and Scorpios (featuring Joey Cape, Jon Snodgrass, Brian Wahlstrom, and Chris Cresswell) have all recorded and released full-lengths on One Week Records over the course of the last year. Today, we’re stoked to announce the release of all three of them on vinyl! They’re coming out one after another, beginning with Scorpios on July 28th, Joey Cape on September 1st, and Yotam Ben Horin on September 15th. (Orders that include Joey or Yotam will ship by mid-August!)
Here’s a quick rundown for those of you asking yourselves, “What is One Week Records and why is FAT selling these?” Well, our bud Joey Cape of Lagwagon launched a specialty, digital-only label a couple of years ago called One Week Records. You can read their story here. Once in a while, FAT band members like Joey, Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners), Zach Quinn (PEARS), or Yotam (Useless ID) will record a One Week Record. As fans of their work, sometimes we just gotta see it put to wax!
We’ve been pretty busy this year keeping you supplied with a heavy dose of killer new punk tunes. We decided we need a little holiday—well, actually—a Punk Rock Holiday. So, we’re heading over to Tolmin, Slovenia to check out a bunch of FAT bands playing this year at Punk Rock Holiday. We’ll also be bringing an exclusive super limited 10-song 10” comp for the festival, with 2 brand new songs on it! Have a look at the rad cover, courtesy of our buddy Chris Shary, which perfectly epitomizes Punk Rock Holiday! In addition to the exclusive comp, we’ll have other exclusive vinyl titles, 2 new Euro Record Store exclusives (limited to less than 100), plus some cool new merch for you. See ya in Slovenia.
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