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The late Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard famously defined the ingredients of a great song as three chords and the truth. Every songwriter knows three chords, but laying bare the truth? Now that can be an altogether trickier affair. In January of 2012, The Gaslight Anthem piled into their old tour van and headed across the New Jersey state line for a 14 hour road trip to Nashville on their own quest for the truth. Their destination was 2806 Azalea Place, Nashville, Blackbird Studio, where the New Brunswick quartet had booked five weeks recording time with producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC). Their mission: to reconnect with rock 'n' roll in its most feral, pure, stripped-raw form.
Brian Fallon was thirteen years old when he discovered The Clash's self-titled debut album in the racks of Sound Effects Records in Hackettstown, New Jersey: the owner of the store promised the young teenager that the record would change his life. He wasn't wrong. But there was a time, not so very long ago, when The Gaslight's Anthem frontman had grown weary of the sound of electric guitars. After three albums of soulful, impassioned, hearts-on-fire punk rock, Sink Or Swim (2007), The '59 Sound (2008) and American Slang (2010), Fallon needed a change of pace, a change of scenery.
And so, in January of 2011, together with TGA guitar tech Ian Perkins, he formed The Horrible Crowes, a darkly melancholic side-project inspired by his love of The Afghan Whigs, Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. After the band's acclaimed debut album Elsie dropped in September, Fallon joined fellow punk rock troubadours Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) and Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) on the acoustic Revival Tour, airing stripped-down versions of Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes songs to packed rooms across Europe. And then he returned home to New Jersey and Gaslight, re-energized, renewed and ready to make a full-tilt rock 'n' roll record again.
After six weeks of that there's nothing you want to hear more than a Marshall stack turned all the way up, he says with a laugh. The result is Handwritten, the most committed, affecting and compelling album of The Gaslight Anthem's career to date. Introduced by muscular lead-off single 45, which received it's world premiere on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on April 30, it finds the Jersey boys in inspired form, decanting '60's soul, '70's stadium rock, '80s hardcore and '90's grunge into eleven white-knuckle, blue-collar everyman anthems. Fallon likens its incandescent electrical storms to Tom Petty songs (being) played by Pearl Jam. Put more simply, it's a supercharged American rock 'n' roll classic.
We've taken everything we do and gone to 10 with it, explains Fallon. This is definitely the Gaslight Anthem record I would want next, if I were a fan. American Slang was cool, but this sounds like a band who has plugged back into the electric socket again. I think these songs are the closest thing to what we should have always sounded like, adds guitarist Alex Rosamilia. We just hadn't figured out yet how to play it right.
Fallon credits Brendan O'Brien for capturing the raw, live-off-the-floor feel of Handwritten. Fine-tuned in the living room of the small rental house the band shared in Nashville, its eleven tracks were recorded with the whole band eyeball-to-eyeball in one room at Blackbird, vibing off one another's energy. The electricity in the recordings is tangible. Brendan taught us a ton about songwriting and recording as a band, Fallon notes. The whole experience was amazing. That's the guy that recorded Pearl Jam, that's the guy that recorded Bruce Springsteen, that's the guy that did Rage Against The Machine; and that's the guy you want to say 'It's good', because when he says it's good, that's when it's good.
The purity of O'Brien's stark, unadorned recording process served to inspire Fallon's approach to the lyrical themes on Handwritten too. Where previous Gaslight Anthem albums evoked deathless images of Americana, all Cadillacs, jukeboxes, Ferris wheels and wistful, romanticized vignettes of star-struck lovers disappearing into the great wide open, Handwritten is rooted in Fallon's own experiences, lending the record a more immediate, emotional edge. Now I am no angel but I got nothing to hide, the singer rasps on the brooding grunge-noir of Too Much Blood. Can you say the same thing for yourself tonight?
It's supposed to be a letter to whoever is listening, says Fallon. Like, this is what we got beat up by and maybe you did too. There's so many things that I just never wrote about, real personal stuff that I just wasn't ready to talk about yet. Now I think being an adult I have some reflection on it. We wanted to look back on the music that we first found when we were in high school. The truth is, if you're my age, you were listening to Peal Jam and Nirvana and Soundgarden. When that music came out these were guys that we could relate to. They weren't the biggest bands in the world by accident.
And it's no accident either that with Handwritten, the Gaslight Anthem themselves sound built to take on the world. After years paying their dues in the punk rock underground, their major label debut is assuredly the work of a young band who know their time is now. And their laidback, charismatic frontman is ready. I've always been ready for arenas, Fallon smiles. I've just been waiting for them to catch up to me. I want to play Giant Stadium, I always wanted to be a major label, major league band. If I can be the kid that's on the cover of Time magazine, I'll take it. And I'll buy you a drink while I'm at it.1. 45
3. Here Comes My Man
4. Mulholland Drive
6. Too Much Blood
8. Biloxi Parish
11. National Anthem$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-RIS-4008xHot Water Music
ExisterHot Water Music have never had a hit single or seen their faces plastered all over MTV, but over the years the act has done something far more impressive: they've achieved a lasting relevance that most of the aforementioned acts could only dream of. Since forming in the early '90s in Gainesville, Florida, Hot Water Music have released seven full-length albums, countless singles and toured with everyone from Flogging Molly to Coheed And Cambria along the way, but all of those stats are overshadowed by the fact that for nearly two decades this four-piece have stayed true to their roots, themselves and their music in the face of countless fads and generational shifts.
Hot Water Music was born in 1993 and since then the four-piece has never looked back. By combining elements of punk rock, and post-hardcore, with rock and roll, the band pioneered a unique blend of music that has set them apart as innovators of a movement that has inspired bands like Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem, and Against Me!.
Ironically, Hot Water Music seem bigger these days then ever before. They've been able to keep all of their old fans, as well as establish a whole new generation of fans, whose enthusiasm for the band is just as strong, if not stronger. With high expectations set by critics and fans alike, Hot Water Music headed into the studio with Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, The Descendants, NOFX) to craft their highly anticipated new album Exister.
The people spoke and demanded a new Hot Water Music album, and with these 13 tracks, the band responded with their best body of work to date, cementing them as the legacy punk band with the most heart and longevity.1. Mainline
2. Boy, You're Gonna Hurt Someone
3. State of Grace
4. Drown In It
5. Drag My Body
8. Wrong Guy
9. Take No Prisoners
10. Pledge Wore Thin
11. No End Left In Sight
12. The Traps
13. Paid In Full$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Carry Me BackATO Records and Old Crow Medicine Show are excited to announce the release of Carry Me Back. Carry Me Back is the band's fourth studio album and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band's career while still pushing them forward in new directions as musicians and songwriters. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium studios in Nashville (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; REM's Document; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand).
Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). Hutt pushed the band in a whole new way that they hadn't been pushed before. "Ted Hutt asked us to really dig deep as artists, as songwriters, to get to the heart of the matter of these songs and, especially, not to settle for anything less than their greatness," recalls Ketch Secor. Secor is also very proud of the result of the band's songwriting efforts on the album, saying "For me, Carry Me Back is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners, and promenade home. Each of these songs was an accident waiting to happen."1. Carry Me Back to Viriginia
2. We Don't Grow Tobacco
4. Bootlegger's Boy
5. Ain't It Enough
7. Steppin' Out
9. Country Gal
10. Half Mile Down
11. Sewanee Mountain Catfight
12. Ways of Man$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Get HurtNew Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return with their eagerly anticipated new album, Get Hurt, through Island Records/Mercury.
Recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg), Get Hurt sees The
Gaslight Anthem pushing their raw stripped back rock 'n' roll into new territory, drawing on a fresh palette of influences ranging from folk, punk, and
Americana. It is an album that is heavier, and yet at the same time more intimate, than anything they have produced to date.
Following the success of their 2012 album Handwritten -- which charted in the Top 10 of the album charts across Europe and America, with the band
playing Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury and Coachella along the way -- The Gaslight Anthem's fifth studio album perfectly shows them thriving creatively
while pushing their horizons artistically. It is a record that oozes the confidence of a band at the very top of their game.1 Stay Vicious
2 1,000 Years
3 Get Hurt
4 Stray Paper
5 Helter Skeleton
6 Underneath The Ground
7 Rollin' And Tumblin'
8 Red Violins
9 Selected Poems
10 Ain't That A Shame
11 Break Your Heart
12 Dark Places$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The 59 Sound (Awaiting Repress)Although New Brunswick, NJ's Gaslight Anthem have only been around a couple years, they've become one of the punk underground's most celebrated acts. They've toured with Against Me, The Loved Ones, and The Bouncing Souls. Their Side One Dummy debut reconciles their love of classic rock and soul icons Bruce Springsteen, Otis Redding, and Tom Petty with their NJ punk roots to create a unique musical amalgam.
1. Gaslight Anthem, The
2. '59 Sound, The
3. Old White Lincoln
4. High Lonesome
5. Film Noir
6. Miles Davis & The Cool
7. Patient Ferris Wheel, The
8. Casanova, Baby!
9. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
10. Meet Me By The River's Edge
11. Here's Looking At You, Kid
12. Backseat, The$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
American SlangAmerican Slangs marks an extraordinary leap forward for the Gaslight Anthem, revealing a triumphant rock 'n' roll band honed by two years of nearly non-stop touring. Singer/guitarist Brian Fallon's lyrical approach has grown more personal and introspective, his raw throated vocals stronger and more resonant against the band's boundless dynamic force. American Slang is a classic rock and roll album, that will be a benchmark of the genre.1. American Slang
2. Stay Lucky
3. Bring It On
4. The Diamond Church Street Choir
5. The Queen of Lower Chelsea
8. Old Haunts
9. The Spirit Of Jazz
10. We Did It When We Were Young$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The B-SidesThe B-Sides features 11 tracks recorded between 2008 and 2011 by The Gaslight Anthem. It includes the studio track "She Loves You," rare
acoustic takes on some of the bands' biggest songs, an inspired version
of The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," sparse covers of songs by Fake
Problems and Lightning Dust, a ripping live version of "State of Love and
Trust" and more!1. She Loves You
2. The '59 Sound (Acoustic)
3. State of Love and Trust (Live)
4. Tumbling Dice
5. The Queen of Lower Chelsea (Acoustic)
6. Songs for Teenagers
7. Great Expectations (Acoustic)
8. Antonia Jane (Acoustic)
9. American Slang (Acoustic)
10. Boxer (Acoustic)
11. Once Upon a Time$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
England Keep My BonesFrank Turner is ready. On the other side of the Atlantic in his native U.K., he has had a banner year, seeing his single gI Still Believeh catch fire at radio, nominated for NMEfs Best Solo Artist award, scooping the prestigious 'Spirit Of Independence' award from Kerrang, and headlining a sold]out Brixton Academy show in December.
Now Frank Turner is set to release his highly anticipated fourth album, England Keep My Bones, with contributions from Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay, folk singers Emily Barker and Chris T]T, and Unbelievable Truthfs Andy Yorke.
England Keep My Bones comes on the heels of Frankfs biggest U.S. push so far, a fall tour with Social Distortion, continuing the DIY aesthetic Frank has brought to conquering America: touring with Chuck Raganfs Revival Tour, Gaslight Anthem, and the Offspring, while always taking the opportunity to play at a local record store or living room along the way. Now that he has built a U.S. base one fan at a time, 2011 looks set to be the year of Frank Turner.1. Eulogy
2. Peggy Sang The Blues
3. I Still Believe
5. I Am Disappeared
6. English Curse
7. One Foot Before The Other
8. If Ever I Stray
9. Wessex Boy
10. Nights Become Days
12. Glory Hallelujah$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PainkillersPAINKILLERS is the first solo album from Brian Fallon.
Fallon is widely known as singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies. Produced by Butch Walker, the album was recorded earlier this year at Nashville's Taxidermy Studios with Fallon fronting a crack band that includes Walker, Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper, and drummer Mark Stepro.1. A Wonderful Life
3. Among Other Foolish Things
5. Steve McQueen
6. Nobody Wins
8. Red Lights
9. Long Drives
10. Honey Magnolia
11. Mojo Hand
12. Open All Night$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hearts & ArrowsDanny & The Champions Of The World are releasing their third album but first on vinyl, Hearts & Arrows on 14th February 2012. Singer/songwriter Danny Wilson was formally in critically acclaimed alt.country legends Grand Drive. The follow-up to 2009's acclaimed Streets Of Our Time, the album was produced by Tony Poole and mixed by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero). The album features an entirely new Champs line-up which includes Rockingbirds bassist Chris Carter.
Whereas the Champs were originally a loose and chaotic collective of like-minded souls so loose and so chaotic that, at any given gig or session, you couldnt accurately predict who exactly would be performing alongside Wilson this new incarnation of the group is a proper rocknroll band, wholly and entirely committed to being the Champs.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Ghosts In The Wire
2. Heart & Arrow
3. Soul In The City4. Colonel And The King
5. Brothers In The Night6. Too Tough To Cry
7. Every Beat Of My Heart
8. Can't Hold Back
9. On The Street
10. You Don't Know (My Heart Is In The Right Place)
11. Walk With Me$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Over the past 20 years Tiger Army have made themselves a household name in the sub-culture and
punk rock communities. They've toured the world over countless times, sharing the stage with Morrissey,
AFI, Social Distortion and more. They've appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and have headlined many
punk rock / rockabilly festivals such as The Hootnanny. With four full-length albums, and three EPS
Tiger Army have sold over 430,000 albums to date.
It's been almost ten years since their last release, but Tiger Army are back and stronger than ever with
their heavily anticipated new album, V. The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem,
Flogging Molly, The Bouncing Souls) and includes 13 tracks that showcase the band doing what they do
best, fusing elements of punk, rock, and rockabilly. V is the album critics and fans have been hoping for.
Tiger Army is alive and well, and V proves that the band is still just getting started, even after 20 years.1. Prelude: Ad Victoriam
3. Prisoner Of The Night
4. I Am The Moth
5. World Without The Moon
6. Dark And Lonely Night
7. Knife's Edge
8. Devil Lurks On The Road
9. Happier Times
10. Candy Ghosts
11. Train To Eternity
12. When The Tide Comes In
13. In The Morning Light$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young New EnglandTransit believes music is about connecting with people and that's exactly what they do. Through the honesty and individuality expressed in their music, the North Shore Boston band has been able to connect with kids from their humble beginnings in the Northeast Pop-punk scene and nationwide as they have toured more and more. Through their relentless tour schedule and incredible work ethic, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Senses Fail, Saves The Day, Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years and many more as well as a stint on the entire Vans Warped Tour.
When they released Listen & Forgive in fall of 2011 the band received accolades from the press for their ability to deliver a record that became an instant classic among their core fans but also transcended the genre, bringing the band to a much wider audience. With their 2nd Rise Records full length, Young New England, the band continues onward
and upward. Teaming up with Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) as producer, the band has delivered their catchiest, most heartfelt record yet.1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. Second To Right
3. Young New England
5. So Long, So Long
6. Weathered Souls
7. Hang It Up
8. Don't Do, Don't Stray
9. Thanks For Nothing
10. Summer, Me
12. Bright Lights, Dark Shadows
13. Lake Q$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From WiresSweden's Twopointeight bring back their melodic punk rock through I Scream Records. Since forming in 2003, the band put out two albums prior to From Wires and toured the globe alongside acts like Bad Religion, Millencolin, Street Dogs, The Gaslight Anthem and Flogging Molly.1. Dusting For Prints
2. Martha St.
3. Speed Of Love
4. Got Love
5. An Open Window
6. This Is Where We Part
7. Straight To Video
8. Summer In The Burbs
9. The World Keeps Turning
10. The Grid$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
On The Impossible PastScranton-raised, Philadelphia-based punk rock outfit The Menzingers drop their Epitaph debut On the Impossible Past, after two acclaimed albums on small indies. The bands fiery early releases and dynamic live performances supporting Anti-Flag and Against Me! have created a serious buzz and landed the group on several best of lists.
The band caught the attention of Epitaph founder and President Brett Gurewitz, who says, These guys play the kind of pure punk rock that I grew up with. They are seriously talented songwriters and Im happy to welcome them to the Epitaph family. I think the band is a great fit here.
Their high energy sound features crashing power chords, rock steady drumming and anthemic sing-along choruses alongside poetic salt of the earth lyrics in the vein of Against Me! and Gaslight Anthem. Recorded and produced at Atlas Studios with longtime collaborators Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms) and Justin Yates.1. Good Things
2. Burn After Writing
3. The Obituaries
5. Ava House
6. Sun Hotel
7. Sculptors and Vandals
8. Mexican Guitars
9. On The Impossible Past
10. Nice Things
12. I Can't Seem To Tell
13. Freedom Bridge$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Happiest LambSince arriving in Los Angeles, Audra Mae has landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, a TV placement singing Bob Dylan's Forever Young on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, a record deal with SideOneDummy Records, and in late 2009, co-wrote Who I Was Born to Be, the only original track on Susan Boyle s chart-topping, 9 million-selling I Dreamed a Dream album. It has turned out to be a dream come true for the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
Growing up, show business was in Audra Mae's blood. She is the great grand niece of the late Judy Garland and her grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, while her grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Audra Mae is a natural without a doubt. The Happiest Lamb, produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero) spotlights Mae's incredible voice and her songs are timeless affairs augmented with minimal accompaniment, including acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin and sometimes mournful accordions.1. The Happiest Lamb
3. The River
5. My Lonely Worry
6. The Fable
7. Lightning In A Bottle
8. Sullivan's Letter
11. Little Sparrow$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-EPI-2914xOff With Their Heads
HomeOff With Their Heads were signed to Epitaph after label head (and Bad Religion cofounder) Brett Gurewitz dubbed them "the best punk band going right now." Since their 2010 debut, the band have been winning converts opening for such iconic artists as Bad Religion, The Bouncing Souls, Against Me!, Less Than Jake and Dropkick Murphys. In Desolation won glowing press, such as Absolute Punk's description of "a walloping 34-minutes of Midwestern-bred punk rock with a dose of Descendentslike melody...plenty of gritty honesty and good-natured humor, like a punk rock Fresh Prince." The band has been on the road virtually non- stop, inspiring spirited singalongs, celebratory beer throwing and additional good
natured chaos. Now comes Home, chronicling the massive development of frontman Ryan Young's songwriting, and the new sonics that producer Bill Stevenson of the Descendents brings to the band's sound. For their many fans, this is more of what they want; for the waiting fans of Gaslight Anthem, Against Me! and great punk rock, this is the album to discover. This LP comes with a CD of the full album.1. Start Walking
4. Focus On Your Own Family
5. Altar Boy
6. Don't Make Me Go
7. Come Find Me
9. Seek Advice Elsewhere
10. Always Alone
11. Stolen Away
12. Take Me Out$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Women & WorkATO Records is proud to announce the release of Women & Work, the new studio album from Memphis, TN's Lucero. Recorded at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, Women & Work was produced and mixed by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly) and finds the band making an impressive step forward in both songwriting and in the evolution of their signature Memphis rock and soul sound. Frontman Ben Nichols says, This record is Lucero doing what we do best. It's one part barrelhouse rock & roll and one part lonesome nights. The thing is, we are having more fun than ever playing both on stage and off and I think that shows on this album. Gatefold vinyl with CD.1. Downtown (Intro)
2. On My Way Downtown
3. Women & Work
4. It May Be Too Late
6. Who You Waiting On?
7. I Can't Stand to Leave You
8. When I Was Young
10. Like Lightning
11. Go Easy$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
WishboneWishbone is the sophomore album from the British-born artist who calls New York City home. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Old Crow Medicine Show), the well crafted songs on Wishbone live up to the expectations put upon a young man the Wall Street Journal touted as a "promising talent" with "much more to say," after the release of his Liam Watson-produced debut album, A Winter Tale.
On Wishbone Long taps into a broader pallete of emotions than he has on past releases, eschewing melancholy and eloquently channeling anger and frustration into gritty, hard driving guitar parts (the majority of which are played by Long) that compliment his rough-hewn vocals. Steel guitar provides an apt counter balance, adding a hint of twang and drawn out expanse to the urgency put forth in the lyrics. Throughout the album Long displays his deft control of melody and tone, well practiced over many years of prolific songwriting.1. Devil Moon
2. She Won't Leave
3. In Your Way
4. Blood in the Orchard
5. Help You Mend
6. Making You Talk
7. All My Brothers
8. My Parade
9. Yesterday Yesterday
10. Waiting for Dawn
11. Not Tonight, Not Today
12. To the Light$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rarities Vol. 1: The CoversNo Use For A Name is one of THE most successful and prolific acts to come out of the 90's skate-punk scene. But there's a lot more to it than that. Just have a look at their family tree, it has bands like Spazz, Foo Fighters, and Suicidal Tendencies to count among its branches. No really, think about that: the dude from that infamous grindcore band was in NUFAN?!? Their long, unpredictable journey has been full of twists, turns, and alternate routes that led them to be one of the best-selling outfits of their genre. They've done it all: Warped Tour's main stage, MTV, a live record, and an even a recent greatest hits album entitled, All The Best Songs. Hey, you know you've made it when you finally get a greatest hits collection! Not bad for some goofy kids from San Jose who started out with a couple hardcore 7s
Early No Use releases appeared on New Red Archives, a San Francisco punk label operated by Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs. Believe it or not, in the late 80's it actually made sense that they would be labelmates with Reagan Youth, Social Unrest, and Christ On A Crutch. An AllMusic review describes their early material as, hulking hardcore with mighty fists full of metal. Angry and Threatening. This was a gritty, hardcore punk band, known mostly for their growling vocals and dark lyrical themes. Then came the first unforeseen occurrence: frontman Tony Sly unexpectedly developed into a proficient songwriter and mastered melody like few punk bands can ever do. Nobody knows where those gifts come from and you never see it coming, but suddenly No Use For A Name was starting to make music that people actually liked.
As is natural, the band kept evolving, and things changed in a major way for the band when they signed to Fat Wreck Chords in the mid-90's. Their 8-song Fat debut, The Daily Grind EP, drew comparisons to Bad Religion and was a marked step up, but it was 1995's, ¡Leche con Carne!, that would cement No Use For A Name as a successful band for years to come. The album was their best yet and bore a hit song (Soul Mate) that landed them on alternative radio charts, which, for a scrappy punk band, was a complete deviation from industry norms. Stranger yet, was that they made a music video and MTV even played the damn thing! What followed obviously was commercial success in the form of six-figure album sales, another anomaly in the world of indie-punk bands and something that would set the stage for later melodic punk bands like Blink 182, et al. From then on it was steady sailing with a string of successful records and tours from the band. Most notably was 1997's darker, and somehow faster, Making Friends; followed by 1999's hyper-catchy More Betterness!. It was during these halcyon days that Chris Shiflett held down 6-string duties for NUFAN before accepting an offer to join Foo Fighters on lead guitar.
The years went by for the perennial punk powerhouse and the band did numerous world tours, amassing album sales that would eventually total in the 7 figures. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. The new millennium was also a fruitful time for the boys. It started in 2001 with the release of their Live In A Dive album, which was very successful abroad where people were especially hungry for No Use's live performances. In 2002 they released their poppiest effort, Hard Rock Bottom, which was stocked with upbeat tempos and radio-friendly melodies. Their most recent and seemingly final studio album came in 2008. Ironically titled The Feel Good Album Of The Year, the album was a tinge darker and more aggressive than their recent releases and the band reminded us all that their songs still had urgency and bite.
After 25 years, No Use For A Name disbanded in 2012 when frontman Tony unexpectedly passed away. Anthony J. Sly (November 4, 1970 - July 31, 2012) died at home, in his sleep on a Tuesday morning, at age 41. Fat Mike-label head and long-time friend to Tony-was staggered by the news and offered, One of my dearest friends and favorite songwriters has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed. No one could've predicted his passing, and needless to say, it shook the very foundation of the Fat Wreck family and the underground music community as a whole. Tony was loved and respected by a wide variety of artists and musicians, and nowhere is that more evident than the roster of contributors to The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute; a compilation of NUFAN songs covered by bands like Bad Religion, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, and many more. Bands from the Americas, Europe, Australia, UK, and even Israel contributed to this final chapter in the storied career of No Use For A Name. The collection will be released on October 29th, 2013, and all proceeds will go towards the Tony Sly Memorial Fund, which has been established to help Tony's wife Brigitte and their daughters, Fiona and Keira.1. Turning Japanese
2. Hybrid Moments
3. I've Heard
4. Selwyn's Got a Problem
5. Enjoy the Silence
7. Dream Police
8. Fairytale of New York
9. Making Our Dreams Come True
11. Don't Cry for me Argentina
12. The Munsters' Theme
13. Beth$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now