American Beauty is CJ Ramone’s third solo album and was recorded with the stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and Pete Sosa (Street Dogs). Out March 17th, the 12-song effort crackles with the spirit of ’76 and a sound and style true to the Ramones. CJ and his band have been on the road a lot since we released his last album, Last Chance to Dance, in 2014. Playing shows with the new generation of bands hasn’t been lost on CJ. He lent backing vocals to a track on the last Night Birds album, and now, on his own record, gets contributions from Big Eyes frontwoman Kate Eldridge and the horn section of Mariachi El Bronx! We’ll be premiering a brand new song shortly, so stay tuned! And now, a word from the man himself, CJ Ramone:
American Beauty is the record I’ve been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way. I don’t think I could have made this record any better. 2017 is set to be my busiest year yet, starting with a coast to coast US/Canada tour, followed up by an extended trip to Europe this summer. Fall and Winter we’ll be spending in South America and we are working on a trip to Japan and, fingers crossed, Australia. It’s going to be a good year. Hope to see y’all on the big road.
As we mentioned, we’re releasing The Bombpops debut full-length, Fear of Missing Out, on February 10th! You can pre-order the album right now on Bandcamp and iTunes, and in doing so, you’ll get to download the first single—"CA In July"—immediately. Pretty snazzy. Once you have the lyrics memorized, be sure to catch them live next month at one of their record release shows, including dates with Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Get Dead, and The Bouncing Souls! All of the dates and info can be found here! Check back soon for the vinyl pre-order.
Let’s kick off 2017 with some good news. Direct Hit joins Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish on their Winter 2017 North American tour, starting today! They’ll support the duo for the first leg of the tour (January 4th through 26th). Check out the dates here. If you need a refresher, listen to Direct Hit’s latest effort and FAT debut, Wasted Mind, in its entirety over at Youtube, Bandcamp or Spotify.
Here’s the thing: we’d like to claim we’re eager to shove 2016 in the rearview mirror, but that would be an untruth. 2017, politically, seems chilling, if not downright menacing, under the incoming U.S. administration. Every day when a new cabinet position is filled, our hearts sink a little lower. One thing we can promise is that we will not be complacent. Complacency has no business in punk rock, or music in general. Hence, 2017: we will greet you fiercely and look to bring positive change in any way we can. Thanks to all who’ve purchased one of our Not My President t-shirts. We will be donating funds to various organizations who’ll be in real need of financial assistance, and we will keep you apprised along the way. We want to give a big thanks to all who’ve supported us and our bands in 2016; we couldn’t do any of this without you. Finally, our office is closed for 2016, so any orders placed won’t ship until the new year. We’ll be back in 2017 with a full year of great new records! Before we go, the FAT staff put together a list of their top five albums of 2016 (not including FAT artists) which resonated with us in some way or another. Check them out below, and have a great holiday. – Love, FAT.
Pat: 5 non-Punk Albums I listened to in 2016:
John K. Sampson – Winter Wheat
Regina Spektor- Remember Us To Life
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
David Bowie – Blackstar
Mean Jeans Midwest tour starts tonight in Chicago!
Direct Hit recommends their tips for touring! Watch it here.
Western Addiction just got added to the Descendents show in Santa Cruz!
Bombpops are interviewed on Inertia. Have a look!
Tomorrow is Dillinger Four’s St. Patricks Day Massacre in Minneapolis!
Get Dead start their West Coast tour with The Bouncing Souls tomorrow night!
CJ Ramone American Beauty comes out Friday! Read this interview with him while you wait for the release to arrive on your doorstep.