PEARS laid siege to the punk world with their 2014 debut release, Go To Prison, and have been on a buzz-generating rampage ever since. After spending the better part of two years turning the hardcore scene on its ear, PEARS continue along the warpath with their hotly anticipated second full-length, Green Star, out April 1st (no joke!).
Green Star rages with 16 tracks that are loaded with blazingly fast spurts of aggression. Re-recorded versions of “Snowflake” and “Anhedonia” (previously heard on last year’s Letters to Memaw 7-inch) take on new life, thanks in part to A Wilhelm Scream guitarist Mike Supina, who helped engineer the album. Alongside Supina, James Whitten, who also helped produce Go To Prison, works his magic on 14 new tracks of unstoppable hardcore.
To elaborate on how PEARS approached recording their latest full-length, singer Zach Quinn says, “The biggest difference was Go To Prison was a fast thing—we just threw it together. This, we slaved over it. We wrote songs and cut songs and cut parts of songs and put them into other songs. It was a nightmare, but I’ve never been more proud of anything. Even though it was a completely different process, it feels like the next step.”
PEARS are already tackling 2016 with vigor. Expect PEARS to continue to bring that energy to stages around the world, starting with Australia in March, followed by North America and Europe.
Leftöver Crack will hit the road again next month in support of their latest album, Constructs of the State. The band will join forces with Anti-Flag and War on Women on a string of dates throughout Texas, California, and up to the Pacific Northwest. If you haven’t checked out their third and possibly best opus, go listen now! Then, grab your copy today!
Californian punk veterans, Strung Out will be returning to Australia and New Zealand this March! They’ll be supporting their latest release, Transmission.Alpha.Delta, with a slew of shows alongside FAT’s recent signees, PEARS. The tour launches from Cairns on Wednesday, March 2 and weaves throughout Australia until departing to New Zealand on March 31st. Additionally, Strung Out is offering VIP meet and greet packages in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Head here for all the details.
Welcome to 2016! We have a ton of great records in store for you this year, including brand new full-lengths from Face to Face, PEARS, Mean Jeans, Get Dead, Western Addiction, and a bunch more we’re not at liberty to discuss just yet. Expect the usual bevy of 7”s, EP’s and otherwise special limited edition records as well.
And to kick off the new year in their very weird, VERY English way, our friends in SNUFF have offered up this beauty:
Today is our last day in the office for 2015. We’ll be back in 2016 with a full year of releases! 2015 was an amazing year for us. We made it 25 fucking years!! 25 years! We can hardly believe it! We threw a giant party across United States, Canada and even Japan! We signed a bunch of new bands and re-signed a veteran Fat band. Sadly, it wasn’t all fun this year. We lost three friends from our punk rock world. RIP David, Heiko, and Brandon.
To close out the year, we asked our bands for their Top 10 of 2015. Head to our tumblr page to check them all out! See ya next year!
The Flatliners have just been added to the Bouncing Souls’ summer festival show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park!
Mean Jeans are keeping DIY punk alive!
Read a review of NOFX’s recent show at Irving Plaza in NYC with Direct Hit.
NOFX’s new book is out and they talk about it in this interview.
CJ Ramone is hitting the road in May and June with Broken Gold.
Sundowner has a couple shows this weekend with Ray Rocket from Teenage Bottlerocket!
Mean Jeans Tight New Dimension comes out tomorrow! Check out this review!
Punknews has a review of the NOFX, Direct Hit, Mean Jeans and Bad Cop/Bad Cop show that passed thru LA earlier this week!
Mean Jeans are playing Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo in Finland!