Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have been more active than ever in 2017! With the release of their new retrospective— Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits —and their sold out shows across the continent, we wouldn’t blame them if they needed to take a break. However, they’re going on the road again in May, with a string of dates that culminates in their (mostly) annual slot at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas! If the couple of rare b-sides on Rake It In didn’t slake your thirst for new Gimmes cover tunes, you’re in luck, as New Noise Magazine is giving you one more! The Gimmes grace the flexi subscriber cover of the new issue, which contains an exclusive flexi-disc single with a never-before-heard Gimmes tune, called “For the Good Times.” Written by Kris Kristofferson, (as was this mega-hit for Johnny Cash) and popularized by Ray Price, this country classic was recorded Gimmes-style during the Love Their Country album sessions, but didn’t make it past the “rough mix” stage. It still sounds great to us, though! If you don’t own a record player…um, why not?! Okay, okay…so, unlike us, you aren’t attached to spinning plastic discs for your musical enjoyment? Not to worry, just head to the FAT YouTube channel to listen to “For the Good Times,” and then go get your magazine & flexi!
Bad Cop/Bad Cop have been hard at work over the last six months writing, rehearsing, and recording their incredible new album, Warriors. Besting personal demons, processing the election, and coming together as a band like never before, Bad Cop/Bad Cop condensed these struggles and emotions into a powerful, 11-song statement of purpose. Warriors—out June 16th—bleeds with catchy hooks, strong melodies, attitude, and strength, all with honest, heart-felt lyrics. Today, head to Noisey to listen to the first single, “Womanarchist.” Then, pre-order Warriors today! After hearing this album, you’ll definitely want to see the new songs performed live. Fortunately for everyone, Bad Cop/Bad Cop are pretty much subletting their rooms for the rest of 2017. Check out their upcoming dates in May, which include Punk Rock Bowling and Pouzza Fest. Then, catch them on the (literally) hottest tour across North America, Vans Warped Tour!
About the songwriting on Warriors, singer/guitarist Stacey Dee had this to say: “The election had a big impact on us. We were really hurt and sad. It felt like we needed to take a stand and say something. I had never really dug into anything super-serious about fairness, equality, or justice in my songwriting before…it was all about honesty, celebrating our differences, and letting our power come together naturally.”
We are only a week away from the April 28th release of The Dirty Nil’s awesome new singles album, Minimum R&B. However, today, you can hear the entire album over at Brooklyn Vegan! If you haven’t secured your copy, head here to do so. If you live outside the U.S., Dine Alone has you covered. Heads up: The Dirty Nil have a ton of tour dates on the docket. Go here to see when they hit your town.
The time has come for another leap across the Atlantic, to attend Groezrock in Meerhout, Belgium! We’re bringing a ton of cool vinyl from our warehouse, from our record store, and for the first time ever – special FAT EURO STORE pressings of a few newer releases. These are limited to just 100 copies and only available in Europe. But that’s all we’re going to tell you. You’ll have to come out to Groezrock and see us in the festival market next Saturday (April 29th) and Sunday (April 30th). Get tickets now! Until then, listen to our Groezrock edition Spotify Fat Club Playlist!
face to face’s brand new video is premiering over at Uproxx Music! Click here to watch the video for “Say What You Want,” a standout track from last year’s stellar Protection album and the title track off their upcoming 7-inch, available for pre-order now. But if you prefer to buy it in person, you’re in luck. face to face is hitting the road next month on their Econolive ’17 Tour – don’t miss it!
“’Say What You Want’ is a song about how speech is often protected to be exclusionary of people who have divergent opinions from the accepted social norms. You really can’t say what you want.” – Trever Keith
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