First up, Smoke or Fire release The Speakeasy, their third full-length, recorded by Matt Allison at Atlas Studios. 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 duties two years ago. You can hear The Speakeasy in its entirety here. Download the new single “Monsters Among Us” here. The Speakeasy is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally. Click here to read a new review, compliments of Punknews and click here to enter a Smoke or Fire contest hosted by Interpunk!
Screeching Weasel release Television City Dream today and Ben Weasel posted a detailed piece about the reissue, which you can read by visiting his blog here! Curious to hear how this reissue was retooled? Click here to download “Speed of Mutation” and here to enter a contest. Additionally, you can order this release on CD, digitally or on vinyl by clicking here! Don’t delay as we’ve already sold out the first limited edition color, and have a limited amount pressed on a second color, which is going fast. Television City Dream had a full makeover: re-mix, re-mastering, and brand new 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. Enjoy!
Cobra Skulls will release Bringing the War Home on January 18th. This 5 song EP is the band’s first offering on Fat and boasts cover art by world-renowned artist Martha Rosler. Cobra Skulls are currently on tour with Dead To Me and will join NOFX on their January run. Devin (singer/bassist) drops some heavy shit about the album below. Check it out.
I’m very proud of our new 5-song EP, “Bringing the War Home”. I think the new songs are some of our best yet. They aren’t necessarily an indicator of what our next full-length will sound like as I wrote these songs year ago, but never got the chance to bring them to the band until a couple weeks before we recorded them in August. I think the most notable difference this recording is Luke’s drumming. We love our old drummer Chad who was amazing, but Luke’s got a different style all his own. He’s a ripper and we’re lucky to have him.
The title of the EP comes from an old protest slogan of the Vietnam War era and I think the phrase is just as meaningful today during our ongoing, illegal war in Iraq. It’s an obvious play off of “Bring the Troops Home”, but it has a few more meanings as well as the implication to bring our troops home. To some it may sound offensive, but in the instances of the Vietnam and Iraq wars it implies that if there were no troops there would be no war. It also refers to the fact that the war is taking our tax dollars that we could spend on building and maintaining health care, schools and a crumbling infrastructure. (It seems like barely any people, and few economists point to the fact that we are in an economical crisis mainly because of war spending.) We need to bring our troops and that war money home. “Bringing the War Home” also refers to how we are culturally isolated in the U.S. and increasingly distracted with technological gadgets and we have a war within our borders that we have exported over seas. We don’t witness the misfortunate repercussions of our war except for when our injured troops come home, battered, dismembered and many with PTSD.
I am extremely excited that world-renowned artist, Martha Rosler, allowed us to use her art for the EP. She has been highly influential in the art world for decades and received many awards for her art that has often focused on and been critical of war, media, housing, homelessness, transportation, and the female experience. Rosler’s pieces which we used for the EP are also critical of the way modern Americans go about our consumer-driven, materialistic and pampered lives. We are distracted and desensitized by vapid technological wonders that separate us from nature and each other while great suffering and real horror exist on this planet by which we are all connected. That’s a problem, a conflict and a war that we can’t keep ignoring and the only way we can change it is by first acknowledging it by brining it home where we are forced to deal with it.
Check out the*Cobra Skulls* tour dates here!
NONE MORE BLACK Icons comes out today! We suggest you do yourself a huge favor and pick this up immediately. Not only is it a total shredder, but what other band has song titles that reference The Howard Stern Show. We just posted a second song and you can check out “I’m Warning You With Peace & Love” here.
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Old Man Markley’s 7” titled For Better, For Worse is out today and you can order it on vinyl or digitally via ITUNES by clicking here! This two song 7” features one original track off their upcoming full-length scheduled for early next year, as well as OMM covering a Screeching Weasel classic “The Science of Myth”. In case you missed it, you can get a taste of “For Better, For Worse” by clicking here! Also, don’t miss a chance to check out their amazing live show, dates below. You won’t know whether to pogo or do-si-do, we suggest both. We also highly suggest watching this video
10/26/10 Tacoma, WA at Hells Kitchen
10/28/10 Boise, ID at The Reef
10/29/10 McCall, ID at Forester’s Club
10/30/10 Kethcum, ID at Whiskey Jacques
11/03/10 Davis, CA at Oddfellows hall
11/04/10 Santa Cruz, CA at Catalyst
11/05/10 Santa Barbara, CA at New Noise Conference
01/20/11 Dallas, TX at House of Blues w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/21/11 San Antonio, TX at Backstage Live w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/22/11 Houston, TX at House of Blues w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/24/11 New Orleans, LA at House of Blues w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/25/11 Jacksonville, FL at Mavericks w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/27/11 Orlando, FL at House of Blues w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/28/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Revolution w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/29/11 Gainesville, FL at 8 Seconds Nightclub and Bar w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
01/31/11 Myrtle Beach, SC at House of Blues w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
02/01/11 Atlanta, GA at Masquarade w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
02/03/11 Knoxville, TN at Valarium w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
02/04/11 Charlotte, NC at The Filmore w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
02/05/11 Norfolk, VA at Norva w/ NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Cobra Skulls
CMJ has arrived in NYC and there’s a slew Fat bands appearing! Here are all the details:
Friday, Oct 22nd
Dead To Me (4:30PM) Chrome store in soho located: 238 Mulberry Street (more details to follow)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Teenage Bottlerocket and Cobra Skulls perform at the Rocks OFF Boat Cruise! Details here.
Saturday, Oct 23rd
Smoke or Fire, Cobra Skulls, The Flatliners perform at Generation Records in-store at 2PM! Details here!
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, None More Black, Teenage Bottlerocket, Smoke or Fire, Cobra Skulls, The Flatliners perform at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Details here!
Take a look at the limited edition silk screened poster designed by Fat’s very own employee David Pauli (Paulish Press). We’ve made 75 of these and they’ll be available at our showcase while supplies last.
Release day is almost upon us for Smoke or Fire’s full length titled The Speakeasy out November 9th. To satiate your appetite you can visit Brooklynvegan.com and download a brand new track titled “Neon Lights”. Check their tour dates below!
10/18/10 Boston , MA PA’s Lounge
10/23/10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg CMJ w
10/23/10 New York City, NY Generation Records
10/24/10 Rockville, NY The Vibe Lounge
10/25/10 Washington, DC Black Cat w
10/26/10 Philadelphia, PA The Fire
10/27/10 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
10/28/10 Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn
10/30/10 Gainesville, FL The Venue Nightclub FEST 9
11/01/10 Jacksonville, FL Lomax Lodge
11/03/10 Charleston, SC The Oasis
11/04/10 Myrtle Beach, SC Drinks Bar w/ Pericles
11/07/10 Richmond, VA The Camel
Direct Hit play Chicago tonight!
CJ Ramone begins 5 nights in Key West, FL tonight! Don’t miss these shows Florida!
face to face are heading to Mexico for a few days in July!
Direct Hit’s Wasted Mind reviewed on Fuck Yeah Pop Punk!
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!