Screeching Weasel have announced plans to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a killer weekend in Chicago, IL! The festivities will kick off at Reggie’s on Friday, May 27th with a slew of bands performing over the 3-day weekend. Ben Weasel gave a rundown of the event below, enjoy!
2011 marks Screeching Weasel’s 25th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re playing Reggie’s in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, and we’re pulling out all the stops on this one, my friends. Screeching Weasel will be playing Friday, May 27th and Sunday the 29th (a different set each night), with the Riverdales playing our only North American show of the year on Saturday the 28th. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday, Dec. 18th at noon CST here. Right now we’re only selling tickets at the package price for the whole weekend – single day tickets will go on sale January 1st. In the meantime, check out the line-up! We’re still working on our 2011 show schedule, but I wanted to let you guys know about this one now because it’s too good to wait.
FRIDAY MAY 27th
THE JETTY BOYS
SATURDAY MAY 28th
THE SUGAR STEMS
SUNDAY MAY 29th
(TO BE ANNOUNCED)
THE STEVE ADAMYK BAND
The shows are all 17+. I wish we didn’t have to restrict it but with this many bands on the bill every night we’re going to need to go later than the curfew would allow for an all ages show.
Vapid and I will be doing a DJ set one of the evenings in the lounge after the show, and people from some of the other bands will be doing them the other nights. See ya there!
Strung Out are beginning to assemble a retrospective album and need some help from their loyally inked fans. The music portion of the album is already in the works, and will include a number of surprises, both new and old. But in order to create a truly unique collection, the band is asking that all fans with Strung Out tattoos send the band high-quality photos of their tattoos along with their full name, city, state, and country of residence, to be included in a massive gallery in the album’s packaging. Please e-mail all submissions to email@example.com The deadline is January 31, 2011.
We are thrilled to announce that Fat will be releasing the first new Screeching Weasel record in 11 years! It is titled First World Manifesto and will be out on March 15th. Check out what Ben Weasel had to say about the record and a few other things below.
We’re almost done with vocals on the new Screeching Weasel album so it’s as good a time as any to give you the lowdown.
I had a ton of songs lying around that I’d written in the past decade but never recorded. A heck of a lot of them were top-notch jingles that would’ve been perfect for a Screeching Weasel album, had Screeching Weasel actually existed at that point. We didn’t, so they were relegated to the old tape pile and mostly forgotten. When Screeching Weasel got back together for the 11th time, I started polishing up those songs and writing a bunch of new ones. We did a quick demo last summer and sent it off to a couple labels but it was almost a foregone conclusion that if Fat wanted us back we’d be there with bells on. And so it came to pass: Fat Mike texted me the day after we sent the demos saying “Jolly good stuff, mate!” and we were off to the races. Joy to the world!
So we’re back in the fold. But coming back after a ten year layoff? Believe me, sports fans, nobody knows better than me what it’s like to try to hop back in the saddle after a, uh, “hiatus” and reclaim your former glory, so we’ve pulled out all the stops on this one. From pure pop-punk ditties like “Baby Talk” and “Frankengirl” to point-and-laugh-at-the-punk-rocker anthems like “Little Big Man” and “Follow Your Leaders,” this is everything you could ask for from the band the humorless twats love to hate and the cultured, refined connoisseurs of quality rock and roll love to love.
The album is titled First World Manifesto and will feature 14 songs. Mike Kennerty is producing and Justin Perkins is engineering at his studio, Mystery Room, and at the Blasthouse here in Madison. The album will be out March 15th on Fat Wreck Chords.
Also being released on Fat starting in 2011 will be the Screeching Weasel, Riverdales and Ben Weasel back catalogs. I don’t have a schedule yet for those reissues but I’ll give you the heads up when I get it.
To celebrate our return to Fat we’re releasing a limited edition, double LP version of Weaselmania. The Fat elves are only making 1,000 – 300 of those will be on yellow vinyl. It’s available today so make haste, get the lead out and hop to it.
And as always we’ll be spending an inordinate amount of time in airports in 2011 as we run around playing shows. People always ask if we’re touring and I always say no because in my world, “touring” will always mean white-knuckling it down a mountain pass in a snowstorm in a rickety van full of holes, seated way too close to guys I started to hate about a day after hitting the road. So no, we’re not doing that anymore. Never say never, but having said that: never. But we are going to keep doing fly-ins and playing any city that wants us. So if you want to see us play somewhere, even in some third world country like Ireland or Canada, make an offer, or have the blokes in charge do it. We’ve been having a blast playing shows again for the past year and a half and we’re looking forward to more of the same in 2011 and beyond!
Drink your beer like a civilized human being… from a punk rock pint glass! These are real deal, 16 oz, heavy duty pint glasses*, emblazoned with the logos of your favorite Fat bands. Get a set of all 4 for $25, or individually for $10 apiece. (Due to packaging, please do not order vinyl with pint glasses). These are limited. So get your order in quick so you can get hammered at the in-laws and make a total ass of yourself.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are heading to Australia in December and to commence the occasion they are releasing a five song EP smartly titled Go Down Under. This five song EP features a bevy of covers from famed Aussies INXS, Olivia Newton-John and Air Supply to name a few. The EP will be available digitally, on CD, and double 7" with a street date of February 1st. Check out the cover art, track listing, and tour dates below. Stay tuned as we’ll make a new track available for your listening pleasure soon.
1: Never Tear Us Apart
2: All Out of Love
3: Friday on My Mind
4: Have You Never Been Mellow
5: I’ve Done Everything For You
12/12/10 Perth, Australia at Arena Joondalup NO SLEEP TIL FESTIVAL w/ NOFX
12/15/10 Adelaide, Australia at Adelaide Entertainment Centre NO SLEEP TIL FESTIVAL w/ NOFX
12/17/10 Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Showgrounds NO SLEEP TIL FESTIVAL w/ NOFX
12/18/10 Sydney, Australia at Entertainment Quarter Hordern Pavilion NO SLEEP TIL FESTIVAL w/ NOFX
12/19/10 Brisbane, Australia at RNA Showgrounds NO SLEEP TIL FESTIVAL w/ NOFX
We just got word that Smoke or Fire is playing in Chicago! You lucky dogs!
Less Than Jake did an acoustic live session. Watch one of the video’s now!
Check out a new interview with Erin Burkett, co-owner of Fat, on 25 Years of Fat Wreck Chords!
Here’s a Spanish interview with Good Riddance in We Live In Hell magazine. Vámonos!
Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Not Sorry is killing it!
Gentleman Blag: singer, Dwarves; writer, scathing op-eds. This time he takes down the legacy of the losers, the Confederate flag. Duke boys be damned.