The Lawrence Arms, celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a hometown show at the Metro in Chicago this past Saturday. The sold out event came with limited edition posters, vinyl and a film crew. Check out what Brendan had to say by clicking here. SPIN is currently debuting a brand new MP3 from TLA which you can only hear right here! The song is titled âDEMONSâ and will only be available to those who purchase the EP digitally. Brendan Kelly of TLA has written a very detailed blog about the release which you find in its entirety here but weâve included a wee part of it below. Enjoy!
Okay, so usually I like Bad Sandwich to be a bit of a respite from punk rockâ¦a place to come read about dick jokes and pussy farts and just kind of escape the mindless claptrap surrounding Taking Back Sunday, Dan Yemin and Justin Sane and Davy Havok and Tom Delonge and all that. Right? Sure. Itâs never been about the music here, folks. Itâs always been about the felching. Thatâs our motto, at least.
SO, today is where I break form completely. Iâm in a band. Some of you probably know all about this. Weâre called the Lawrence Arms, and while weâre not as popular as, say, Eric Clapton, weâre a lot more popular than, say, your band (unless youâre in the Alkaline Trio or Against Me! [and even then youâre still mondo gay]), AND weâre coming out with a record called Buttsweat and Tears on Fat Wreck Chords next week. In the spirit of promoting said release, SPIN.com is putting a free download of one of the songs on the internet. The song is called Demons and I think itâs pretty cool.
We made this the focus track because itâs the bonus song thatâs not on the vinyl version and only available on itunes and we figured that we shouldnât penalize the people who were cool enough to buy the 7â by giving them one less song. Everyone should be able to have the five songs if they want em, right? Right. So yeah. We decided to pass out the bonus track for free because weâre cooler than all other bands. Thatâs right, other bands, weâre talking about you. Nice haricuts. Sweet matching outfits. Nice sustainable careers. Blehâ¦
Alternative Press reviewed this fine EP, click here to read it!
Lastly, donât miss THE LAWRENCE ARMS only tour of 2009, click here!
Pre-Order Buttsweat and Tears here
After nearly 20 years of churning out nonstop hit records we figured it was high time to take on the daunting task of putting together a Fat Wreck Chords box set. Why? Well, besides the fact that we love a challenge, we realized that with over 280 releases and a roster that reads like a hall of fame list, it was probably long overdue. So, over the past few months we here at Fat engaged in many long discussions, heated debates, and, ultimately, an office mud wrestling match (which Floyd won, of course), in order to determine a track list that we thought was worthy of representing Fat. And we don’t mind saying that we did a damn good job. The box set is called Wrecktrospective (get it?) and it contains 3 discs. The first disc is a greatest hits of Fat, featuring 33 bands. The second disc features 28 previously unreleased demos. Finally, the third disc is the extremely limited Fat Club 7" series in it’s entirety, previously unavailable on cd. Just to sweeten the pot, there is a fold out poster included and a bevy of entertaining stories provided by the bands. All in all, you’d be crazy not to pick this thing up.
And if 88 songs aren’t enough for you, we will have Short Music For Short People on color vinyl available soon. 101 30 second songs never before on color vinyl.
We are pleased to announce NOFX are set to release Cokie the Clown on November 24th! This EP/7âx2 will be available on cd/vinyl and through ITUNES. Okay, wrap your brains around this release. Its five brand new songs by NOFX released on one CD and split up on two different 7âs. The CD EP is titled Cokie the Clown.Â TheÂ first 7â is also titled Cokie the Clown_, goÂ here for details! Â You may remember Fat Mike and his daughter performing “Straight Outta Massachusetts” for Pancake Mountain which you can watch here! The second 7â is titled My Orphan Year, click blank">here for details.Â EachÂ will have different covers and both will have different colored vinyl. Phew! Did you get all that? If not, read what Fat Mike has to say:
All right, Australia is a pretty cool place. I like it a whole bunch. Itâs actually my favorite country/continent/island in the world, but Fuck them and their stupid time zone! Seriously, what the fuck? It takes us 18 hours to fly home (2 of which were in Hawaii cuz the toilets on the plane broke) and when we get back to Caliâ¦â¦.and itâs the same fucking day!
Fuck, like the shite(sp) plane ride wasnât bad enough, now I gotta stay awake for another 10 hours. No can do. I fall asleep at 10:00 pm. Sounds reasonable? Until I wake up at 12:30 am. Yeah, cuz thatâs 5:30 pm Aussie time. This isnât really enough to bitch about, but fuck, I canât fall asleep till 8:00 am and thatâs with Ambien and whatever-pam. I woke up at 3 in the afternoon yesterday, only cuz I had to get my daughter from school.
So now itâs 6:15 am and Iâm writing this many word thing to tell everyone about our new EP, but my brain is dumb now and I donât write in a making sense manner so much. This is what I got:
Hey, BTWV (Vanessa), not 5 new song EP. 5 songs that were recorded during Coaster but didnât make the record cuz they were too good! Thatâs right, they are so good that the stupid president of our record label made us leave them off the record cuz we could, âMake more money with an EP â says him/he. NOFX think makes not sense, but heâs the guy with the fountain so we do what he says. Dudes crazy anyway. Talks about himself in the third person nonstop.
OK, Gotta go catch a flight to Riot Fest in 3 hours. Iâm dressing like a fucking clown all weekend. Big stretchâ¦.later, Cokie
Hey guys, So we start a tour with Strung Out in a few days, and after that we hit The Fest in Gainesville. And if that wasn’t enough we just confirmed a tour with the one and only Dropkick Murphys in November! We are beyond stoked that we get to drink only the finest of Irish alcoholic treats whilst (booze) cruising up the West Coast of the USA and across Canada with those fine gentlemen. This will be our first time back in Western Canada in some time too, so come get stupid with us and the Murphys and enjoy yourself.
STRUNG OUTâs brand new record, Agents Of The Underground, comes out today! Agents Of The Underground was produced by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Social Distortion, Ignite) and can be heard on AOL Spinner by clicking here ! Check out this new interview with Jason from STRUNG OUT and a stellar new review! Available for a free download, you can get two tracks off Agents Of The Underground titled âBlack Crossesâ and âVanityâ by clicking here. Strung Out embark on a huge tour this October which includes Japan and Costa Rica, dates are below but be sure to visit their website to get the scoop on last minute additions and news. Agents Of The Underground can be purchased via cd, vinyl or ITunes by clicking here!
Strung Out live dates:
Oct 1 â San Antonio, TX Rock Bottom
Oct 2 â Austin, TX Red Seven
Oct 3 â Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
Oct 4 â Houston, TX Meridian/Red Room
Oct 5 â New Orleans, LA Howlin Wolf
Oct 6 â Panama City Beach, FL Crazy Marlins
Oct 7 â Tallahasse, FL The Engine Room
Oct 8 â Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Oct 9 â St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
Oct 10 â Orlando, FL The Social
Oct 11 â Jacksonville, FL Freebird Cafe
Oct 12 â Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Oct 14 â Fayetteville, NC Jesters
Oct 15 â Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 16 â Virginia Beach, VA Peabodyâs
Oct 17 â Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigbyâs
Oct 18 â Columbus, OH The Basement
Oct 19 â Toledo, OH Frankies
Oct 20 â Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
Oct 22 â Sauget, IL Pops
Oct 23 â Tulsa, OK The Marquee
Oct 24 â Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Oct 25 â Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Oct 27 â Fort Collins, CO The Aggie Theatre
Oct 28 â Casper, WI Downtown Grill
Oct 30 â Salt Lake City, UT V2
Oct 31 â Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Nov 1 â Victorville, CA Karma
Nov 15 â San Jose, Costa Rica Club Vertigo
Nov 27 â Tokyo, Japan Shimokitazawa
Nov 29 â Yokohama, Japan F.A.D. Yokohama
Nov 30 â Tokyo, Japan Daikanyama UNIT
Dec 1 â Nagoya, Japan Club Quattro
Dec 2 â Osaka, Japan Club Quattro
Achtung Deutschländers! Here’s a new review for CJ Ramone’s Understand Me? 7"!
Spike Slawson and Joey Cape of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes talk Riot Fest and Getting Booed Off Stage.
Nice Masked Intruder review at the Scene Point Blank site!
New interview with Russ Rankin from Good Riddance where he discusses activism, recording a new record and WHAT’s on his iPod!
The Flatliners added more dates after their tour with Hot Water Music!
Read a new interview with Bill Stevenson of the Descendents here!
Masked Intruder won over Lucerne, Switzerland!
Good Riddance show report from last week in Long Beach!
Alternative Press knows what’s up! STRUNG OUT made their “Bands You Absolutely Must Watch At Riot Fest” list. Check it out here!