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12Jun, 2007
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles out now + AIR DRUMMER / YOU TUBE CONTEST!!!

Strung Out‘s brand new record, Blackhawks Over Los Angeles is in stores now!!! We’ve drummed up (sweet mercy that’s good!) the most ruling contest for you to celebrate the release of the record. Try to figure it out..It’s 1987…you have high top white Nikes on and you have the kindest mullet this side of the Appalachians. You got it? Here’s another clue…You are the only guy in the band that is allowed to wear shorts and not look like a total goon for doing it. Not ringing a (cow) bell? Watch this!!!

IT’S THE OFFICIAL STRUNG OUT AIR DRUMMER CONTEST!!!

Forget all that air guitar crap where you prance around like there’s a hornet up your ass, take a seat on the riser and set up your video/web camera! You have exactly two weeks to send us a link to a video of you on You Tube playing the air drums to your favorite Strung Out song. We’ll pick the best 3 videos and put links to them in our poll section and let the PEOPLE vote on them. The winner gets an awesome prize package including an autographed, custom made Strung Out Paiste cymbal used by the band. Remember…you don’t necessarily have to be Smelly from NOFX, Keith Moon or the guy on the corner hitting a bucket and playing a Casio with his toes. Style, creativity and the acceptable amount of flare count just as much as being a technical master. Also, WE ARE ONLY GOING TO ACCEPT AIR DRUMMING VIDEOS so don’t send some lame video of you putting your cat in a jar or you taking a dump on a frisbee and please…no fire.

Here’s the details:
-Grand prize winner receives: Autographed custom made Strung Out Paiste cymbal, a pair of Pro-Mark Jordan Burns signature drumsticks, autographed CD, autographed poster
-2 Runner-ups receive: Autographed Remo drumhead, autographed poster, CD
-E-mail your You Tube video link to mailbag@fatwreck.com with STRUNG OUT AIR DRUMMER in the subject line
-You have until June 26th to get us your video link

BUY THE CD WITH BONUS TRACKMORE THAN WORDSHERE
BUY THE CD FROM iTUNES WITH BONUS TRACKNOVELLAHERE
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR CALLING
BUY RINGTONES

06Jun, 2007
Strung Out Blackhawks Over Los Angeles pre-order, limited edition bonus song

First Paris goes to jail and then Scooter Libby too. What’s next…an end to the war in the Middle East, the crisis in Darfur and a focus on the environment? Wait a second…first we need to build that much needed European rocket net and then we can get to those other pesky things. Well…you don’t have to be a rocket scientologist to realize you should pick up the new Strung Out record, Blackhawks Over Los Angeles when it comes out next Tuesday or right NOW from our webstore! It’s the seventh full length record from one of Fat’s original, mainstay bands. Metal influenced punk that is technical and aggressive yet melodic and emotional. It was recorded by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) so it is sure to have enough of this, this and a pinch of this but hopefully NONE of this. Yes…those are men. If you pre-order directly from us, you can get a limited edition copy of the CD (while supplies last) featuring the bonus track “More Than Words”. We’re gonna be posting the video for “Calling” on Friday! The reviews are starting to come in and people LOVE this record.

PRE-ORDER THE NEW CD WITH BONUS TRACK HERE
VIEW THE E-CARD HERE
LISTEN TO “CALLING” & “PARTY IN THE HILLSHERE

23May, 2007
No Use for a Name “All the Best Shows” small club, mini-tour + Strung Out listening party

By now you all must have heard about the Band in the Bubble but we here at Fat like to push the envelope a bit and take things to the next level. That is why we put together this groundbreaking idea we like to call Band in the Clubble©. You might think we are “write on the walls with our own poop, crazy” but we just feel like this is the right thing to do. That is why No Use for a Name is about to embark on the “All the Best Shows” Tour with Whole Wheat Bread and Fat’s newest signing The Flatliners. The tour starts on July 6th in San Jose, CA and ends in San Francisco, CA on July 17th. This small club, mini-tour is in support of No Use’s upcoming “Best of” collection, All the Best Songs, that comes out on July 10th and it celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary. Did we mention that this was like a mix tape of NUFAN’s best songs plus two unreleased songs? Did we mention that all the songs are re-mastered? Did we mention that it’s cheap ($8 through the Fat site and $10.98 in stores)? Did we…?

SEE THE TOUR DATES HERE

SEE THE ALBUM ARTWORK HERE

Strung Out’s brand new studio full length Blackhawks Over Los Angeles is scheduled to come out on June 12th and the band just announced news about a special record release, listening party. The all ages event will take place on June 9th at the Skatelab in Simi Valley, CA from 7pm-11pm. There will be food and drink and the band will be hanging out and signing posters. If you ask really nicely then Jordan might even pull off a McTwist. Aside from commandeering the park’s sound system and spinning the new record all night long, they will also be premiering the brand new video for the song “Calling”. We just posted a few video stills from the shoot in their photo section here. Go visit the boys before they head off on their European tour. Don’t forget about the awesome pre-sale offer where you can get a limited edition copy of the CD with an extra bonus track “More Than Words” and a t-shirt designed by singer, Jason Cruz. We’ll also have the limited version of the CD in the Fat webstore and we’ll start our pre-sale on June 6th.

SEE THE ALBUM ARTWORK HERE

SEE THE E-CARD HERE

LISTEN TO CALLING

16May, 2007
FAT WRECK CHORDS/1.2.3. Punk Tour in Canada

We are proud to announce the FAT WRECK CHORDS/1.2.3. Punk Tour in Canada featuring the Mad Caddies, Real McKenzies and the Sainte Catherines. 1.2.3. Punk is an awesome video show up in Canada on Musique Plus TV and they are sponsoring the entire tour along with Exclaim Magazine, Gasoline Magazine and Punkradiocast. Musique Plus will even be sending out the host of the show, Rej, to follow these bloated American (and Scottish and Canadian) rapscallions as they traipse around your country looking for adventure. If there is one thing that is at the heart and core of every Canadian’s soul it’s REGGAE and the Caddies are coming to deliver that to your glorious climate. 1.2.3. Punk will be airing 8, 30-minute special episodes on the box that you stare at American Idol on, along with a live performance by all three bands at the Musique Plus studios when they hit Montreal. The tour starts on July 14th in Victoria, BC and ends on August 4th in Halifax, NS and we already have all the links for you to buy tickets right here. Ohhhhh Caaaanaaaadaaaa…you’ll be so stoked that you’ll puke in your tuque!

VIEW THE TOUR POSTER HERE

SEE THE DATES AND BUY TICKETS HERE

10May, 2007
We signed another band…AMERICAN STEEL!

We are extremely proud to be working with Oakland, CA’s American Steel. Carrying on the grand tradition of the early East Bay sound, American Steel were adored locally and served as a pillar of the 924 Gilman Street scene from 1995-2002. They released three proper full length records and I think it’s safe to say that you could file American Steel’s 2nd album, Rogue’s March, right next to Rancid’s Rancid, Crimpshrine’s Duct Tape Soup and Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy as quintessential Bay Area punk albums. The one aspect that sets this band apart is SOUL. Their sound owes as much to traditional Motown, folk and rock as it does to punk and hardcore. They are currently recording a brand new record at Sharkbite Studios which is owned by guitarist and co-vocalist Ryan Massey. Studio journals and updates will be posted soon on the band’s websites. Please come out to their Bottom of the Hill show with Dead To Me on June 16th and welcome them back. Here is a statement from the band…

Hey gang,
Five years after our last show, we played a house party together again as American Steel. We have also started recording a new studio record for our friends at Fat Wreck Chords. Five years ago, we were tired, listless and frankly not having as much fun as when we first started off. Our attitude has always been to do whatever, whenever, and most importantly to have a good time, so we called it a day. Gladly, this preserved our friendships and love for the music we had created. Basically, we missed playing the songs and still have something to say. It is often a farcical and self absorbed world that many rock groups find themselves in, and while we have always been concerned with expressing our views on ideas like equity and justice, we’ve also tried to not take ourselves or the music industry too seriously. So we’re kinda playing things by ear, but we will be playing shows, doing tours, and putting out a new record, probably in September 2007. As for "
Communique*":http://www.radiocommunique.com/, a band which some of us have been playing in for last few years, it is basically in a holding pattern for 2007 but is by no means dead. Thanks for all the support and radness over the years and we’ll see y’all soon!

Love,

AmSteel*

Band websites: www.americansteel.org / www.myspace.com/amsteel

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