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!
Konnichiwa! 2015 is going to be a gargantuan year for Fat Wreck Chords as we’re celebrating our 25 year anniversary! Trust us, we’ve been busy trying to plan a proper celebration and we have a TON in the works but today is the day that we can reveal that we’ll celebrate part of it on November 23rd in Tokyo, JAPAN! Anchoring the show will be NOFX and LAGWAGON performing at Makuhari Messe with a slew of other bands that must remain unnamed at the moment. Don’t be a stranger to our site, we’ll be announcing a bunch of killer news soon so be sure to visit us next week!
コンニチハ！今年はFatにとってものスゴくデカい年で２５周年を迎えることになった！２５周年を祝うためにいろいろ計画をしてる、その一部として１１月２３日に幕張メッセで２５周年を祝うイベントが決定した。NOFX,Lagwagon を筆頭に、他にまだ発表できないバンドが出演するので情報はココで をチェックしてくれ！ 来週もいろいろニュースがあるぞ！
We can officially announce that there is Peace in Our Time, and that time is today! The brand new Good Riddance full-length Peace In Our Time is out now! Listen to them shred from start to finish over at Substream Magazine who are streaming the album in its entirety. Then read a killer review or two or three, and order your copy today! Check out their upcoming tour dates which include Groezrock, Bay Area and Canadian shows, with more to be announced soon!
Masked Intruder and The Copyrights are hitting the road this fall. Substream has a teaser!
Jason from Western Addiction and former Fat employee picks his top 11 Fat releases for Team Rock!
Fat Mike discusses celebrating 25 Years of Fat Wreck Chords with Diffuser Magazine!
We’re loving this acoustic version of Lagwagon’s “Obsolete Absolute” that Joey Cape just released!
Hey San Francisco! Catch Spike from the Gimme Gimmes and Uke-Hunt live on The Kinda Late Show with Broke-Ass Stuart before Stuart becomes the Broke-Ass Mayor of San Francisco!