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David Anthony David Anthony Jul 15, 2019 at 10:32.

Face To Face returns to its roots with “Double Crossed”

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Having bounced from label to label throughout its career, Face To Face has returned to Fat Wreck Chords, the label that helped the band’s debut album, Don’t Turn Away, become a part of the pop-punk canon. On March 4 Fat Wreck will release Protection, the third album since Face To Face‘s reunion in 2008. Along with its return to Fat, Protection marks a sonic return as well, with the songs...

Ryan Bray Ryan Bray Jul 07, 2019.

An older, wiser, but no-less biting NOFX emerges on First Ditch Effort

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For years, it seemed like time would never catch up with NOFX. The legendary L.A. outfit has always seemed to take joy in living the life of a band that’s lucky enough to play punk rock for a living. That includes the excesses and indulgences that come with it. Early songs like “Drugs Are...

David Anthony David Anthony Jul 05, 2019.

Learn how Fat Mike got into punk in this exclusive clip from A Fat Wreck

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The new documentary A Fat Wreck documents the rise of Fat Wreck Chords, the label run by NOFX frontman “Fat Mike” Burkett and his ex-wife Erin Burkett, and how the pair made it one of the most successful punk labels of the past 20 years. While A Fat Wreck features mini-profiles on some Fat‘s best known bands, this clip—premiering exclusively on The A.V. Club—tells the tale of how Fat Mike...

David Anthony David Anthony Jun 30, 2019.

Dead To Me addresses addiction on the harrowing “I Wanna Die In Los Angeles”

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On Dead To Me’s very first release—the wildly underrated Cuban Ballerina—bassist-vocalist Tyson “Chicken” Annicharico was quick to put his issues with drug and alcohol addiction on display. The album’s final track, “Visiting Day,” saw Annicharico singing about his experiences inside and outside of rehab, letting the world see the struggles he had long internalized. But it’s those same issues...

David Anthony David Anthony Jun 27, 2019.

On “Move Like A Ghost,” toyGuitar mines isolation for a pop hook

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Jack Dalrymple may be punk rock’s most underrated crooner. Having fronted the likes of One Man Army and Dead To Me, he’s a scene veteran who’s always starting new bands to chase new sounds. His latest act, toyGuitar, is Dalrymple’s best approximation of classic punk and power-pop, and on September 2 Fat Wreck Chords will release the band’s new EP, Move Like A Ghost. Today, The A.V. Club is...

David Anthony David Anthony Jun 17, 2019.

Mean Jeans return with a disturbing “Nite Vision”

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For their third full-length album, Portland’s Mean Jeans have joined the Fat Wreck Chords roster. And given Mean Jeans’ proclivity toward Ramones-style garage-punk—and its overarching party-first ethos—its new home at Fat fits like, well, a nice pair of jeans. On March 18 Fat will release the “Nite Vision” 7-inch, and The A.V. Club is premiering that track below. Although Mean Jeans has been...

David Anthony David Anthony May 19, 2019.

Western Addiction fights off weariness on its new song, “Taedium”

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San Francisco’s Western Addiction isn’t the most prolific melodic hardcore band in the game, but that doesn’t mean it lacks zeal. In the 12 years since its debut album Cognicide, the band’s undergone lineup changes and released a few EPs, but on March 10 Fat Wreck Chords will release Tremulous, the band’s second album of pummeling, pop-laced hardcore. The A.V. Club is premiering “Taedium,” a...

David Anthony David Anthony Apr 24, 2019.

Night Birds are determined not to be “Left In The Middle”

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It’s been five years since Fat Wreck Chords—the label co-owned by Fat Mike of NOFX along with Erin Burkett—released a compilation under its Fat Music banner. But as the label celebrates its 25th anniversary with a two-day festival and accompanying summer tour, it’s also resuscitated Fat Music with Fat Music Vol. 8: Going Nowhere Fat. The compilation brings together Fat bands both old and new,...

David Anthony David Anthony Dec 24, 2018.

The Lawrence Arms surpassed disaster to make the punk classic Oh! Calcutta!

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The story of The Lawrence Arms’ fifth studio record starts, quite appropriately, with disaster. In the summer of 2005 the band, hot off a rigorous touring cycle in support of its 2003 album The Greatest Story Ever Told, returned to Chicago to start working on a follow-up. But things didn’t go smoothly for Brendan...

Kevin Warwick Kevin Warwick Oct 15, 2017. 24 comments

Punk-O-Rama captured—and killed—the ’90s pop-punk boom

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In 1997, CD Warehouses proliferated across suburban strip malls, sterile repositories of cheap, hard-plastic media where Joe Hedgetrimmer could methodically click-click-click through Eagles and Beatles greatest-hits albums in hope of making his 15-minute commutes easier to digest. It was an era of accessibility in physical music that verged on over-convenience, epitomized by pre-packaged CD...

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