Dead To Me is back! I Wanna Die in Los Angeles—the new EP due out October 21st—is the band’s first new material in five years! Recorded at Oakland’s Jingletown Studios, vocalist/bassist/songwriter Tyson Annicharico (aka Chicken) also took on the role of producer—a first with DTM. Bolstered by the engineering and mixing expertise of Ian MacGregor over a few weekends last month, I Wanna Die in Los Angeles is the beginning of the next chapter in Dead To Me’s decade-plus existence. Check back soon for a new song and pre-order. Below, Chicken reveals where DTM has been, and where they’ll be going in 2016 and beyond.
Dead To Me is happy to announce that we have recorded three new songs for an upcoming seven inch, called I wanna Die in Los Angeles, to be released in October on Fat Wreck Chords. This release features our current line up of Jack Dalrymple, Ken Yamazaki, Ian Anderson, and myself. A lot of people have been asking us what we have been up to since Moscow Penny Ante and the touring we did around that record. To be honest, we never stopped being a band; we weren’t on hiatus; we weren’t taking a break. I was pretty busy bottoming out with a crippling opiate and alcohol addiction. I was dysfunctional and basically didn’t leave my apartment for a couple years. I wasn’t speaking with anyone in my family or anyone in the band. Shit got weird and I had a psychotic break. I came to in the psych ward in November of 2014 and after a few days of the worst delirium tremens and opiate withdrawal I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, decided I wanted to live. I went and completed a six month sober living treatment program in Los Angeles and have been clean for about two years now. All this took some time. We know nowadays bands are supposed to tweet, podcast, blog, Instagram, etc, every thought, dick joke, opinion, gripe, craft beer named after them, etc, but we find most of that terribly uninteresting and being that we are low key luddites, we decided our time was better spent focusing on my getting clean and writing songs. Sorry/not sorry we didn’t keep you in the loop. That being said, we have a ton of new jams and will be recording a full length in December of this year. We plan on touring and generally bugging the shit out of you all next year; deal with it. We are headed to Florida in October to play the pre-fest shows in Tampa and Little Ybor, as well as the Fest 15 in Gainesville. It would be rad to see you there.
Also, if you or anyone you know needs help getting clean or is struggling with mental health issues, please look up treatment in your area. If you live in the western world, information is generally a few clicks away… and if you can’t figure it out, hit me up and I’ll help you.
Our favorite Aussies, Frenzal Rhomb, have a LOT of records. Seriously, they have eight full-lengths and at least twice as many singles & EP’s! Who knew? Not us, as we seem to have missed out on half of them ourselves! So, as a courtesy to you, the ‘’Bird Attack’’ enthusiast who doesn’t know where to begin with their back catalog, today we offer you this: We Lived Like Kings (We Did Anything We Wanted): The Best of Frenzal Rhomb. Pre-order the double gatefold LP or CD today, and get the digital version immediately!
In April, we brought you the first installment of our Original Demo Series which Fat Mike outlined in this video. Today, we have a pretty cool second installment to reveal: Night Birds, Who Killed Mike Hunchback? This time around, we have six songs recorded before they ever released a single piece of vinyl! All the songs feature the original guitarist, Mike Hunchback. We’ll be premiering a song from the record shortly, along with the pre-order. Stay tuned, as it’s a limited edition, one-time pressing, out October 7th! For additional details on the recording, read what vocalist Brian Gorsegner has to say below:
Mike Hunchback was Night Birds’ guitarist when the band started, before PJ Russo took over. Our parting of ways was very amicable and we remain close pals. Mike continues to reside in Brooklyn, NY, runs a rad record shop, and plays in a band called Screeching Weasel. These are some demos we recorded in preparation for some of our early records. Two of these tracks are especially interesting, in my opinion, because they contain Mike playing everything and even singing on a pair of tunes he had written for the band. Reminds me a bit of the first Misfits single, Cough/Cool, which I think is what led to us “borrowing” the entire layout to the classic Glenn Danzig Who Killed Marilyn? EP. Good thing this is a limited run, because I think the inevitable cease and desist would have led to making it pretty limited anyway. I suggest buying these things up quickly before Glenn has ‘em melted down and Fat Wreck is forced to have a pair of pants made out of them.
Get Dead is currently tearing it up on a Western U.S. Tour, in support of their brand new album, Honesty Lives Elsewhere. Today, Fortheloveofpunk is premiering the video for one of the 12 stellar new cuts, “She’s a Problem.” Below, vocalist/lyricist Sam King explains the impetus for the song:“One of us was in a dead end relationship with a habitual dope fiend. The song is pretty straightforward about the outcome. It’s not meant to seem like you shouldn’t stick it out and try to help another person if they’re sick, but on the flipside, sometimes some people are out of reach and you gotta let them go.”
Direct Hit’s brand new video is premiering now at Brooklynvegan. Click here to watch the video for “Promised Land,” culled from their first FAT release, Wasted Mind. Below, read about what inspired vocalist Nick Woods to write the song. Then, be sure to catch them live with their new label mates PEARS, as their tour together kicks off tomorrow!
When I started writing “Promised Land,” I pictured a cult on Adderall wandering through the desert, looking desperately, over generations, for something they’ll never find. It’s funny to me how stimulants do that – They give you the feeling of purpose, whether or not that purpose really exists. And I feel like that has some very real parallels to religion, or belief, just these things that make you feel like you’re going somewhere. The only difference is that parents don’t usually share drugs with their kids like they do the Bible, or whatever holy knowledge they pass down. In this song though, that wisdom comes in a pill, which when taken away creates the same kind of terror people feel when their reason for existing is erased. So I guess I’m asking in kind of a cartoonish way how different your drug of choice really is compared to your Church.
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