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!
The Last Gang has long been a favorite of ours at the FAT office, so we are thrilled to announce that we get to put out their next record! On December 8, Orange County’s The Last Gang, will make their Fat Wreck Chords debut with the two-song 7-inch, Sing for your Supper. The 7-inch features a brand new song culled from their upcoming full-length — details to be announced soon — but the B-side is exclusive to this release, and available for pre-order now! Since we are terrible at keeping things to ourselves, we wanted to share the title track, “Sing for your Supper,” which is just a taste of what’s coming down the pike. We promise that you’ll immediately fall in love with their infectious energy and huge hooks. Be sure to give them a follow , and stay tuned, as we’ll have more news soon!
Welp, it’s time for FAT’s annual pilgrimage to our Nation’s repository for excess stupidity: Florida. That’s right, Fest is upon us. So, wade through the sea of unkempt beards and warm PBR to our booth at The Prefest Flea Market (on Wednesday) or at The Fest Flea Market (on Friday), and you’ll be rewarded handsomely. We’ve got our yearly Fest Music For Fest People comp – this year with 5 unreleased tracks! We’ll also have some other rare vinyl, San Francisco and European record store editions, a super limited Fest shirt, and some other merch that we aren’t legally allowed to discuss. Oh, and by the way, this ain’t just about us hooking you up with a ton of cool shit. A bunch of our bands are playing both Tampa and Gainesville, so go check them out!
Darius Koski’s diverse new album, What Was Once Is By And Gone, comes out in just two weeks, and is up for pre-order now! Today, Brooklyn Vegan is premiering the second single, the Americana roots-based album opener “Black Sheep.” Here, you’ll hear wisps of The Kinks and shades of Johnny Cash, specifically during his acclaimed American Recording series. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve always listened to every genre of music,” says Koski, noting that his genre-less writing approach has long been embraced by his beloved punk band, Swingin’ Utters. “We’d always have one song on the album that was a little bit out there,” says Koski, taking pride in the fact that he’s been writing songs that divert from people’s preconceived notions for his entire career. You’ll be able to hear his latest opus, What Was Once Is By And Gone, live this November, as he’ll be touring with a full band opening for the Swingin’ Utters. Dates and info here!
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