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
From Nov. 29th – Dec. 3rd we are selling ALMOST the entire Honest Don’s Catalog for dirt cheap! Check the details below.
37 CD’s for $50.00 (plus shipping).
25 LP’s for $75 (plus shipping)
So, you’ve heard of Bluegrass, but what’s “Newgrass”? Well, it’s the affectionately coined style of music the kids in OLD MAN MARKLEY have been pioneering since 2007. Made up of nine musicians with punk rock in their hearts and traditional acoustic instruments in their hands, OLD MAN MARKLEY have adeptly bound the two genres, giving way to something fresh and exciting. Old Man Markley are set to release their debut full length on Fat Wreck Chords, titled Guts N’ Teeth , on January 18, 2011. The release will be available on CD, LP and digitally. The band has a big year planned, and kicks things off with a slew of dates opening for NOFX in January. We recently released their debut single For Better For Worse and you can still pick up a copy on vinyl and download the title track.
Take a peek at what Annie, autoharpist & vocalist, had to say about the release:
We stripped our punk rock down to “guts” and our Bluegrass down to “teeth.” Now we’re naked and letting it all hang out with our first full length – Guts N’ Teeth. This album was made with the hopes that it would fall into the right hands – someone that would really appreciate our unique arrangements. We couldn’t believe that the perfectly manicured hands of Fat Mike would catch it! Now it’s your turn. Have a listen and let the banjo steal a little piece of your heart. Pick up a copy at one of our shows… we want to talk with you, dance with you, drink with you! See ya on the road.
Masked Intruder and The Copyrights are hitting the road this fall. Substream has a teaser!
Jason from Western Addiction and former Fat employee picks his top 11 Fat releases for Team Rock!
Fat Mike discusses celebrating 25 Years of Fat Wreck Chords with Diffuser Magazine!
We’re loving this acoustic version of Lagwagon’s “Obsolete Absolute” that Joey Cape just released!
Hey San Francisco! Catch Spike from the Gimme Gimmes and Uke-Hunt live on The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart before Stuart becomes the Broke-Ass Mayor of San Francisco!