We have a new FAT comp! Mild in the Streets: Fat Music Unplugged will be released on July 1st. This is a collection of songs from punk bands and singers who trade in their blaring amps and distortion pedals for acoustic guitars and minimalist arrangements. Jammed with 16 soulful songs, including 5 previously unreleased, this comp is a great listen front to back, and just what we need to get the day rolling. Capped by a bonus track of a full symphony recording of NOFX’s “The Decline,” this new comp is a unique must-have. Check out the tracklist here. And a big thanks to all the Fat Record Store fans who appear on the cover! Find your face and tell your friends, you’re on the cover of a FAT record!
Lagwagon returns to Europe this summer with label-mates, Useless ID! Check the dates, and ticket info here. For those residing int he U.S., you’ll have to make your way to Virginia as Lagwagon will be playing at the annual GWAR-B-Q!
CJ Ramone is heading to Europe this summer (dates here), and it’s your last chance to catch him supporting his latest record, the stellar Last Chance to Dance. Why? Because CJ is in the studio with his incredible backing band—including Steve Soto and Dan Root of the legendary Adolescents—recording a brand new album! Details and all of that fun stuff to be revealed soon. In the meantime, if you live in the U.S. be sure to catch CJ Ramone on tour this month with Broken Gold.
Useless ID’s brand new, back-to-their-roots album, State Is Burning, will be out on July 1st! State Is Burning marks Useless ID’s return to fast, energetic, galloping, youthful punk rock—hardcore punk rock—the music they originally fell in love with and what formed the basis for starting the band in the first place. About the new album, guitarist/vocalist Ishay Berger says, “With our new album, we wanted to share our world as we see it: four punks who have been through it all together, coming from such an unusual place as us, State Is Burning is a love letter to punk rock. It’s our ‘Fuck Off’ to the closed minded, racist, orthodox state of mind. It’s also our statement against greedy, hateful, harmful and criminal politicians that still walk proud and in power.” Armed with fifteen blistering tracks, Useless ID returned to the legendary Blasting Room with producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Descendents, Rise Against, NOFX). The result is a welcome blast of melodic hardcore punk rock, faster and more to-the-point than the band’s more recent, introspective output. Fans of Bad Religion and Good Riddance, you’ll want to pay attention to this record! Stay tuned for a brand new song premiere and pre-order soon!
Useless ID’s brand new EP, We Don’t Want the Airwaves, is out today! This EP’s title track band’s tribute to the Ramones—is about as catchy as a Ramones-influenced punk rock song can be, and a real standout on their kicking new album. All three additional EP songs are exclusive to this release, and since the 7” is limited to only 500 copies, get yours while you still can! Listen on Bandcamp or Spotify now.
Then, check out their upcoming dates (lots more to be announced next week) including a record release show in their home town of Tel Aviv, Israel!
Wasted Mind, the stunning new Direct Hit album, doesn’t come out until June 24th, but today we’re amped to present the video for “Artificial Confidence,” premiering over at Noisey! Directed by Dan Riesser, the video is an audio/visual roller coaster. Like all good rides, the anticipation of where the journey is heading is as intoxicating as the journey itself. As Nick Woods, guitarist/vocalist relays “This song’s about the fleeting, but powerful euphoria of a first high, and the confusion and elation that comes with it. I wanted to write something fast, that sounded like a pop-punk version of The Who with the same kind of big chorus our band likes to go after. Don’t really know if we achieved all of that. Maybe you should be the judge.” Direct Hit hits the road in July. Don’t miss them! Dates below!
6/24 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre
6/25 – Milwaukee, WI – The Metal Grill
7/1 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
7/7 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
7/8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Pharmacy
7/9 – Boston, MA – Cambridge Elks
7/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
7/11 – Trenton, NJ Mill – Hill Basement
7/12 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
7/13 – Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
7/14 – New York, NY – Black Bear Bar
7/15 – Buffalo, NY – Leopard Lounge
7/16 – Toronto, ON Canada – Bovine Sex Club
Los Angeles! If you can breathe your brown air well enough tomorrow, get over and see Dead To Me!
San Diego Punk (yeah, you know the guy) got Mean Jeans drunk and interviewed them.
Hey American West! Bad Cop/Bad Cop is ready to rock for you over the next week!
Leftover Crack is ready to rock Canada this week!
New interview with Direct Hit frontman Nick Woods.
How do you say “Party” in Swedish? We’re guessing this interview Mean Jeans has the answer.
CJ Ramone talks about why 1989 “should have been the end of the century” in a new Rolling Stone piece.
Strung Out, Mad Caddies and CJ Ramone have all been added to Stemweder Open Air in Germany!