CJ Ramone’s first U.S. Tour in support of his debut Fat album Last Chance to Dance kicks off in a few weeks! Don’t miss your chance to see him play his solo stuff along with a selection of Ramones gems all across the Eastern half of the U.S. this June.
Jump over to Alternative Press to watch a brand new lyric video from Good Riddance for their politically charged and ultra-catchy “Running on Fumes.” A deep cut from the brand new Peace In Our Time album, its lyrics recall themes of classic GR tunes like “Last Believer” and “There’s No ‘I’ in Team.” For insight into these and the rest of the lyrics on Peace in Our Time, read vocalist Russ Rankin’s track-by-track descriptions. Don’t miss them on tour; they’ll be performing this Saturday at Groezrock and then returning home for a stint of shows including San Francisco and their home town of Santa Cruz! The band will have a unique colored vinyl edition of the new record at Groezrock so be sure to hit their booth along with the Fat booth!
Fat Wreck Chords is 25!!! A quarter of a century?? We can hardly believe it ourselves! Who would have thought that something that started all those years ago in Mike and Erin’s kitchen would still be around today! We’ve been through weddings and divorces, births and deaths, rehabs and reintoxications, and we are still pumping out some of the most influential punk rock around. After 25 years, we think we’ve earned the right to throw a proper party and celebrate the fact that we are old! So, starting on August 6th a bunch of our bands will be playing together all across North America on the Fat Wrecked for 25 Years tour. To cap it off there will be a massive two-day blowout festival in our hometown of San Francisco, where we will shut down the streets and blast out the tunes. Here’s our portly president, Fat Mike, with the official announcement:
Stay tuned, because the official Fat Wrecked For 25 Years tour will have additional bands added, plus surprise bands added to specific shows. Come out and celebrate with us!
Asbury Park has nothing on Meerhout! Fat Wreck Chords is heading to Groezrock 2015 in Meerhout, Belgium! One week from today (May 1st & 2nd) we’ll be setting up our Fat Wreck Chords record store in Europe for the very first time! To celebrate this we’ve made an exclusive Greetings From Groezrock 10" comp, pressed on a variety of eye-popping color configurations and featuring 12 bands, many of whom are performing at Groezrock this year. Come find us in the festivalmarket each day. We’ll also have some limited edition vinyl usually only available in San Francisco, plus exclusive shirts and other stuff! Come hang out with us! To get you pumped for the festival, check out a brand new Banner Pilot video being premiered on New Noise Magazine!!
Swingin’ Utters have long been a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene, a band that’s been around even longer than Fat, and a band we’ve loved since the first time we heard The Streets of San Francisco. And with them since day one has been drummer Greg McEntee. A genuinely good, personable, humble guy, good friend, and ultimate supporter of San Francisco punk rock. But after a quarter century dedicated to the Utters and their music, Greg has decided to part ways with the band. Greg founded Swingin’ Utters along with former bassist Kevin Wickersham and vocalist Johnny Bonnel who reflects, “Greg is moving on and Swingin’ Utters thank you and wish you luck in life. All of us have gained strength from our travels together. We love you!” We echo that last sentiment and now, a few words from Greg:
Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.
Photo By: Alan Snodgrass
Next week, Swingin’ Utters kick off their next tour, the first headlining tour in support of Fistful of Hollow, their fantastic new record. For this tour, Greg will be passing the sticks to Luke Ray, who many of you know from Cobra Skulls. If you want to see the Swingin’ Utters with Greg one last time, you’ll need to pack your bags and attend Punk Rock Bowling because that will be his proper send off and final Utters show!
We just got word that Smoke or Fire is playing in Chicago! You lucky dogs!
Less Than Jake did an acoustic live session. Watch one of the video’s now!
Check out a new interview with Erin Burkett, co-owner of Fat, on 25 Years of Fat Wreck Chords!
Here’s a Spanish interview with Good Riddance in We Live In Hell magazine. Vámonos!
Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s Not Sorry is killing it!
Gentleman Blag: singer, Dwarves; writer, scathing op-eds. This time he takes down the legacy of the losers, the Confederate flag. Duke boys be damned.