You wanna talk about comebacks? Move over George Foreman. Uh, nice try Mickey Rourke. We’ve got a real comeback for you. That’s right folks, after an 8 year hiatus we are resurrecting our famous FAT MUSIC comp series. Much like the prodigal son (minus the whole moral parable garbage), our renowned comp series has returned. How has the blessed event come to be, you ask? Well, so much has transpired over the past 8 years, with a bevy of new acts being ushered into the Fat fold(s), that it seemed appropriate to bring back the FAT MUSIC tradition. The result is the 7th installment of the series, Harder, Fatter + Louder! The album consists of 22 tracks that run the gamut from some of our newest upstart bands like Old Man Markley, Banner Pilot, TBR, Cobra Skulls, and The Flatliners, to some of our established heavy hitters including NOFX, Against Me!, NUFAN, Strung Out, and The LawrenceArms. The comp includes 5 as yet unreleased tracks, filled out by recently released hits from all the label favorites. The comp will be available on CD, digitally and on double LP with color available while supplies last so stay tuned for our pre-order announcement. Click here to visit our tour page as a slew of these bands are hitting the road. Check out the artwork here
NOFX to release split 7” with… The Spits?!?! Yep, The fucking Spits! We got 2 new songs from each band on a limited edition 7”, out November 23rd.
Check out NOFX’s tour dates here!
As the quintessential band of the pop-punk genre, SCREECHING WEASEL possess a sound and style as recognizable as that of the Ramones, Sex Pistols, or even The Clash. Weâve been retooling Television City Dream with Ben Weasel to give the original release a total face lift. The album is getting a full makeover: re-mix, re-mastering, and updated art. Most intriguing is that there were 5 songs from the TVCD session that were not included with the original release, but they are now back where they belong, re-sequenced into a 20-song opus and set to be re-released on November 9th, 2010. Check out what Ben Weasel had to say about the release below:
“The album sounds great now, like it was supposed to. I love the new art. The record never got its due, in part because it didn’t sound right. I always felt it was an underrated record”
Take a peek at Fat Mike singing “Peter Brady” with Screeching Weasel at their recent LA show! Click here to view their tour dates.
Smoke Or Fire are set to release their third full length on Fat titled The Speakeasy on November 9th, recorded by Matt Allison at Atlas Studio. A member change welcomes Ryan Parrish (Darkest Hour) who lends his talent on drums; while this recording marks the first time Gwomper (AVAIL) was part of the writing process since he took over stewardship of bass when long time member Ken Gurley left the band. The Speakeasy is a complete album in the truest sense, lacking nothing, while offering varied, yet equally enthralling melodies and music on each of the 13 tracks. Constructed around the cornerstone of the guitar driven, heavy punk rock sound they are known for, this album evolves much further. Innovative melodies are ushered along by clever guitar work as gruff vocals give way at times to a more polished pitch. Catch Smoke or Fire on a wee east coast run and be sure not to miss them at our CMJ showcase on October 23rd! Take a peek at what Joe McMahon had to say about recording The Speakeasy below:
We were so happy to be able to record the new record with Matt Allison in Chicago. Matt is not only a great friend of ours, but really becomes the 5th member of the group when you’re in the studio with him. We were working with a pretty slim time period on this record, and everyone really showed up. Ryan Parrish killed it on drums, and made such great contributions during the writing process. It was also a lot of fun to watch Gwomper record his Bass on the record. He gets so into it, I think he moves around more while he’s recording than he does on stage. The only hitch we ran into was me losing my voice half way through recording vocals. When that happens all you can do is wait until it comes back, and you have no idea how long that’s going to be. It took 6 days before I could start singing again. When the record was finished, Jeremy and I both agreed it was the first time we had left the studio with everything coming out exactly the way we wanted. The songs, the artwork…everything. We couldn’t be happier with this record.
Banner Pilotâs Resignation Day is out today and you can order it on CD or vinyl by clicking here! This is a re-release, remixed and remastered by Jacques Wait (The Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord). Check out the two bonus songs that are out of print and hear a full album stream by clicking here! Additionally, we are giving away âOverwinterâ as a free download so click here to get it right now! Take a gander at what Banner Pilot has cooking below:
"We’re stoked to get this release sounding the way we wanted it, and it feels like we’re finally able to do the songs justice. A few people who have heard it so far have said things like ‘I had no idea there was a lead in that part!’, and that’s cool to hear ’cuz we forgot some of that stuff was recorded, too!
Next up for us is Riot Fest and then a tour with our pals The Dopamines down to The Fest. Should be great. We’re working away on our next album and have about 7 songs that seem solid. Aiming to record next spring hopefully!"
Take a peek at Banner Pilotâs tour dates here!
NOFX’s new book is out and they talk about it in this interview.
CJ Ramone is hitting the road in May and June with Broken Gold.
Sundowner has a couple shows this weekend with Ray Rocket from Teenage Bottlerocket!
Mean Jeans Tight New Dimension comes out tomorrow! Check out this review!
Punknews has a review of the NOFX, Direct Hit, Mean Jeans and Bad Cop/Bad Cop show that passed thru LA earlier this week!
Mean Jeans are playing Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo in Finland!
Review for the Leftöver Crack show in Huntington Beach!
NOFX played San Diego this weekend. OC Weekly has the scoop!
PEARS got a new drummer! Welcome Erich Goodyear to the band everyone!