Guest blog by the lawrence arms. Highly inflammatory content

   We’re super excited to announce that the Lawrence Arms have signed to Epitaph. We went and visited them in LA, we had some laughs and some grilled cheeses. We talked to Brett underneath the original painting of the Against the Grain cover (awesome!) and we thought that, shit, what better way to come back from a long break than on the label that put out most of the records that got us into punk rock in the first place? You know what? That’s all true, but sheesh…why do we even need to explain this to anyone? It used to be, a band just made a move and people were left to whisper about what happened, why, how it’ll change shit etc. like a bunch of hens at their punk rock fences, but now…now I have to make some kind of statement that has to preemptively answer questions that I think you MAY ask…who cares? Good grief. Boo to whatever dingus started the whole ‘band releases statement about XXXXXX.’ Trend. It’s boring. Sigh. Anyway, let’s try and knock this out real fast:

  Why did you guys leave Fat?

 Fat’s amazing. We love them. There’s no reason to leave except for we had the opportunity to try something new and awesome and we decided to spice shit up. Mike is a good friend and a personal hero of ours. We’re honored that he and Erin would even listen to our dumb band, much less bring us in and do all they’ve done for us. We never wanted anything from Fat that we didn’t get. That includes the freedom to try new things when we decide we wanna try new things. Besides, we didn’t LEAVE Fat. That’s crazy talk. We’ll always consider ourselves to be a Fat band. Sundowner put a record out on Fat this fall, to give you an idea of how things stand over there

Why Epitaph?

Because Epitaph is fucking awesome, and Chris and I have wanted to put a record out on Epitaph since we were 12 (Neil was listening to the Melvins then). As a longtime fan of the label, and a huge fan of the organization since visiting their HQ in January, we’re beyond stoked to be working with this dedicated, awesome group of folks, who also happen to have put out some of my favorite records ever. Besides, when we realized that the only bands that have ever put out records on both Fat and Epitaph are Propagandhi, NOFX and the Descendents, we felt that there was no way we could pass up crashing that party like the crappy, not-at-all-in-the-same-league-but-doing-it-anyway bunch of dicks we are.

 SO, now that you’re on Epitaph, how’s that gonna affect your sound?

We had this record written before we started talking to anyone about anything and we recorded it with Matt Allison at Atlas like we always do. Brett is the guy we talk to over at Epitaph, and as of writing this, he’s heard zero percent of this record. He trusts us, we trust him. It’s exactly like every record making experience we’ve ever had before. There is no puppetmastering that I know of going on at Epitaph on any level whatsoever, but even if there were, it is not in play with this new Lawrence Arms record.

o    So, when’s this bullshit coming out? I don’t know.

o   What’s it called? Hey, we’re bigtime now, and you’ll wait for a press release like everyone else! Nah, I’m fucking with you. We’ve got some ideas, but we’ll let you know when it’s all nailed down.

o   In conclusion WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I mean, when we were kids, sitting there, getting our minds blown by Suffer, How to Clean Everything and Ribbed…I don’t think any of us would have believed that in our lifetimes we’d get the chance to work with the two best punk rock labels on the earth, and now that shit’s happening…Pretty fucking exciting times. It’s good to be back, and here for the first time all at once.

o   Thanks y’all!

o   TLA


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33 Responses to Guest blog by the lawrence arms. Highly inflammatory content

  1. Jake says:

    I hate to be this guy, but How to Clean everythig was on Fat.

  2. Uh says:

    Propagandhi released their records on Fat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Rancid put out a 7″ on Fat if that counts for anything.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Randy had records on both Fat and Epitaph (or it was least distributed in the US through Epitaph… which totally counts).

  5. Old man River says:

    I think it’s cute that Brendon pretends like ‘punx’ care able record labels. I mean CD labels. I mean iTunes labels. I’m 41 years old and I still enjoy punk rawk music and even went to the Fest. What I learned watching bands is that (1) that big venue had the worst ass-fart sound ever, just horrible. (2) if you want kids to like your live set, you better have chant/choral vocals going about 5 seconds into the song. I spent most of my day Friday at 8 Seconds and the kids just go crazy for massive sing-a-longs. I remember the Op Ivy would get teased about having a chorus 20 seconds into every song with chanting vocals, punk bands nowadays just do that shit during the verse. Anyway, dude, kids don’t give a fuck about who makes money of your creative output.

    • peanut gallery/" " salary says:

      As a thirty year old, you sound like the worst kind of punx rawk grandaddy.

      • David says:

        As a 35 year old, I concur with the 30 year old having felt the need to reply and be critical of the 41 year old, but he, to me, sounds younger than both of us. And 41 isn’t even that old!

      • CA says:

        I’m 43 and refuse to say things like “punx rawk”. I like it all, new school, old school and the dreaded 90’s. When you start saying things like “the kids/music today” or “back in my day” is when you should stop going to shows, your mental age is off the chart.

        • Thanks I'll be here all week says:

          I’m 11 and refuse to dole out trite, hyperbolic idioms like “off the chart”, which tend to have the unfortunate effect of cancelling out, say, an admirable refusal to say things like “punx rawk”.

          • Matt says:

            I’m 97 and I remember tenderly breast feeding Sid Vicious. We didn’t have words like “punx” and “labels” back then. Just two of the biggest dongs you’ve ever seen.

  6. Greg says:

    So does this mean that sweet Epitaph money will bring you to the isle of Manhattan instead of that podunk shantytown they call Brooklyn?

  7. Marc L. says:

    Besides, when we realized that the only bands that have ever put out records on both Fat and Epitaph are Propagandhi, NOFX and the Descendents

    Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
    New Bomb Turk
    Leftover Crack
    Off With Their Heads
    Frenzhal Rhomb
    Does Lagwagon count? It has every member from RKL in it.

    BAMM!!! still stoked anyways.

  8. Ldurbz says:

    Who cares. The lawrence arms rule and are puttin’ out a new record, and plus, all of our dicks are still intact.

    All is right.

  9. heyo says:

    I don’t give a fuck what label they went with. I just want two things: to hear this shit and to see these dudes in IA city again. When that happens my life will be complete.

  10. queef latina says:

    Brendan I’m sweeeeepy! Could you help me drift off by posting your thoughts on the cinematic adaptation of Ender’s?

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  13. Bobby says:

    I’m just stoked they’re still making records. I support them through shows, merch and word of mouth, not buying their CDs (not since Greatest Story anyway). EpiFat Records sounds good to me!

  14. avery says:

    i still consider you guys to be an Asian Man band at times. Either way, stoked on the new record!

  15. Thanks I'll be here all week says:

    Why is this labeled as a blog by the lawrence arms, when it’s clearly just another blog by brendan kelly? Ahh yes such a distinct mixture of catty, detached irreverence and genuine enthusiasm could only be from the mind of one Neil Heeeenessey! hahaha

  16. Thanks I'll all week says:

    Thanks, thanks I’ll. Thanks I’ll be. Thanks, I’ll

  17. Suge Knight says:

    It’ll be newsworthy when you make it on Deathrow; until then, keep this crap to yourself.

  18. The artist formerly known as KantHackit says:

    “I’m not selling out son, think of it more like Buying In..” -Shooter McGavin- SLC Punk

  19. the busboy formerly kn...(ah shiii..kanthackit be bussin tables again...) says:

    So iron chic are the first band to score big orgpoints for putting out an inferior albeit solid rip of “dale and the careeners? mid paced org boogie. this is a ‘petty’ lil reaction based on one listen of ‘anchor boats’ or whatever that chic record is called btw. oh,go listen to grabass charlestons ‘addicted together’

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