The rumors are true! Today, we’re thrilled to announce the details of HOME STREET HOME, a new punk rock musical concept album that we’ll release on February 10th in advance of the theatrical production. Home Street Home tells a story of survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the streets, and features music written by Fat Mike, Soma Snakeoil and Jeff Marx.
The studio album features performances by Fat Mike and NOFX, and sees the play’s characters inhabited by a wide roster of vocalists including Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Tony Award winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Stacey Dee, the late Tony Sly of No Use For A Name, and Dance Hall Crashers’ Karina Denike. Members of Descendents, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, Mad Caddies, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Aggrolites, The Living End, The Real McKenzies, and RKL also play on many of the tracks. The Home Street Home concept album includes a portion of the songs that will ultimately comprise the full score of the new musical.
Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences, the story of Home Street Home revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets. After being adopted into a tribe of homeless teens, Sue finds empowerment and acceptance from her new chosen family.
Fat Mike said, “Ever since I saw Rocky Horror when I was 8, I’ve been intrigued by musicals. Well, not all musicals, just the ones that break the mold. Luckily, I found two people, Jeff Marx and Soma Snakeoil, that love breaking things as much as I do. This is fucking fun!”
The new CJ Ramone full-length is finally out! If you haven’t listened to the title track you can not only do that here but you can also download it for free! I guess we’re in a giving mood. Then, hop over and order your copy today. There’s still a limited amount of the colored vinyl left so grab them while you can. Have a burning question for CJ? He’ll be doing a We’ll Do It Live tonight at 8PM EST! Check out what CJ has in the works for 2015:
“HEY KIDS, CJ RAMONE HERE. Today is the release date for my new record LAST CHANCE TO DANCE so I want to take the opportunity to let you guys know what you can expect from me in 2015. TOURING. That’s all I’ll be doing! I’ve got many messages from fans asking me to come to some of the places that I have not been to for a long time. So, my priority is to get to as many countries as I can including my own! I’ll have Steve Soto and Dan Root from the ADOLESCENTS with me on guitars and vocals and Pete Sosa from the STREET DOGS on drums. We’ll be doing songs from LAST CHANCE TO DANCE as well as songs from my last one RECONQUISTA and, of course, a few of your favorite Ramones songs. You can keep up with everything I’m doing by checking out my Facebook page and you can contact me there directly! Also, you can check out all of my live stuff on YouTube! See y’all on the big road!!!
Holy Shit! Time flies! This Sunday, November 23rd, is the 15-year anniversary of NOFX’s The Decline, one of the longest songs in punk rock history, just edging out the classic “From the Cradle to the Grave” from the legendary Subhumans. To celebrate 15 years of decline, we’ve made a limited edition picture disc with the original studio recording on Side A and and a live version on Side B! Now you never have to ask Fat Mike on Twitter to play “The Decline” live! We’ve also made a classic Decline T-Shirt to go with the picture disc. Oh, and you can also pre-order the Backstage Passport Soundtrack CD (LP will be on sale in January) now too! All orders will start shipping in early December!
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of a beloved member of the Fat Wreck family. On Friday our office dog and official Fat mascot, Bruiser, passed away. You may know her from the cover of NOFX’s 13 Stitches 7" or from pictures with bands on our site. We knew her as a loving, playful member of the office who was always a welcome distraction from work. We’ll miss her cute little face trotting around our desks, her penchant for always making a bed out of yet to be delivered Fat Wreck t-shirts (if you’ve ever found dog hair on a shirt you bought from us, now you know why), her unwavering protection from each and every deliveryman, and, most of all, her loving spirit. Bruiser, we love you, and we know you’ve gone on to join Jim Cherry, Derrick Plourde and Tony Sly in the punk rock beyond.
Looks like 2015 will arrive with a bang as we’ll be releasing toyGuitar’s debut full-length, In This Mess, on January 27th! On this set of twelve songs, toyGuitar churns out an elevated level of driving, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. Based on the raw fuzz of 70’s proto-punk and complemented by intricate guitar leads, hook-laden melodies, and captivating lead and backing vocals, toyGuitar’s ultra-stylized sound even incorporates elements of surf, ‘60s soul and power pop. Trust us, this is one infectious record. But if you can’t wait for new music, head here to get a taste of what they’re all about. Not only is toyGuitar releasing their first album but they’ll be hitting the road too! First up is Europe in late Winter where toyGuitar will be joining label mates, Swingin’ Utters, and you can check those dates, right here! Don’t fret North America, a proper tour is in the works right now, so be sure to check back for those dates and a brand new song, very soon! What does the band think of their debut album?
“We’re super excited about it! The whole process was amazing to be a part of. We got to work with our buddy again over at Jingletown – Chris “The Wizard” Dugan – who slays! We ate a lot of cheeseburgers, downed gallons of coffee, tuned very little, and came out with a record we’re stoked on. Drink the kool-aid and check it out. CmmmmmOn!!"
Ever wonder what our bands favorite Fat Wreck releases are? Wonder no more! We asked them for you! First up is Useless ID!
Fat Mike Reflects on 25 Years of ‘Quality Punk Rock’ with Exclaim!
Havana Affair! Here is a CJ Ramone interview straight out of Cuba!
Dying Scene has a Q&A with Swingin Utters, The Flatliners, toyGuitar and Bad Cop / Bad Cop!
toyGuitar stopped by Punks In Vegas for a quick stripped down session!
Masked Intruder and The Copyrights are hitting the road this fall. Substream has a teaser!