A New Label By Fat Mike
"When NOFX first played Amsterdam in 1988, we were invited to the closing night of one of the most infamous squats in the city. Not just a squat, this was a punk bar that instructed everyone to smash all glasses and bottles on the street after we emptied them.
Apparently there would be no repercussions from the city because no one owned it. So, we drank all night along with hundred of punks and every fucking bottle got smashed. To me, it looked like how punk rock music should feel.
Bottles to the Ground is the beauty of disaster."
- Fat Mike
Get Dead vocalist Sam King’s graffiti crew were giving tattoos and making flash art to raise money to help rapper Ceschi Ramos when he was in prison. Months later they met at the Gilman Street Project in Berkeley, California.
They bonded, talking about their love of hip-hop and punk rock, over a bottle of Jameson. They didn’t know it yet, but they had just started Codefendants.
Impossible to define by traditional standards, Codefendants were forged out of a desire to make an album that sounded like nothing else, so they enlisted Fat Mike and Baz the Frenchman to make a completely genre-fluid album; a cross between hip hop, new-wave, flamenco, and the Beatles. They call the sound 'Crime Wave.' Their videos can be seen on YouTube… at least the ones that weren’t banned.
Their new short film is available at thisiscrimewave.com and is made up of the five music videos; featuring the legendary rapper The DOC, N8NOFACE, 2Mex, and Stacey Dee from Bad Cop / Bad Cop.
Fishbone formed in Los Angeles in 1979, playing a fusion of ska, punk, funk, metal, reggae, and soul.
With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following, even being described as "one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late 80s", even being signed to Columbia Records in 1984.
Since that point Fishbone toured the world headlining shows, festivals and leaving people stunned and still one of the best shows ever seen...
Since exploding onto the East Anglian scene in 2019, The Meffs - aka Lily (vocals/guitar) and Lewis (drums/backing vocals) - have built up a reputation as purveyors of frantic punk bangers and an absolute must-see live sensation. After a multitude of talked-about performances, 2021 saw The Meffs destroy the Nick Alexander Memorial Trust stage at London's legendary Roundhouse for Frank Turner's four-date Lost Evenings festival.
Following their 2019 demo (which they recorded in only one day!) and four singles recorded in the midst of a global pandemic, The Meffs returned to the studio with Frank Turner early 2022 to record, arguably, their best work yet.
RAS-1 (Richard Arthur Smith) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist. RAS-1 was an original member of Long Beach Dub All Stars, the follow up band to Sublime, on both guitar and lead vocals. He is the mastermind behind many of the LBDA classics, including his signature first single “Trailer RAS” and the hit “Sunny Hours” - featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and co-written by Fat Mike.
For 2 decades RAS-1 has collaborated with a lot of different artists, including will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, but has always maintained his own style, and is regarded as an architect of the style and sound of the California reggae -jam subculture.
Being also very well known for his visual art that is heavily reminiscent of the classic southern California style, RAS-1 often does commissions for various well-known brands and entities to design skateboards and other merchandise.
Globally renowned guitarist, artist and founding member of NOFX, Eric Melvin needs little introduction. However, outside of that, fans have been eagerly watching Melvin's solo transformation into producer / DJ for nearly 10 years; beginning with the now legendary collection of "Mosh-Ups" on Soundcloud - short, sharp sets that seamlessly molded together punk rock, hip-hop, EDM & funk.
Since starting as a DJ project in 2013, Melvin began refining his production skills with new versions of NOFX staples, recorded over the course of two years alongside engineer Baz The Frenchman, and Producer Fat Mike. The album also features a tantalizing collaboration with Danny Lohner of Nine inch Nails.
This has never been done before... The rise of the Melvinator is upon us
Every music genre indulges itself with a “supergroup.” Jazz had the Miles Davis Quintet, Asia was rock’s ultimate collective and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes gave punk its best mash-up of musicians from vaunted bands. Doom Scroll now enters its patch-covered, frayed-edged hat in the ring of musical supergroups representing all things folk punk.
Folk punk stalwarts Elliot Lozier (of We the Heathens and Atrocity Solution) and Taylor Dittman (Broken Bow, Hermit Stew) culled Doom Scroll’s lineup from a circle of friends with similarly high-profile, long term projects. They’re joined by Chatterbox and the Latter Day Satanist’s singer-songwriter Micah Butler, Jon Pizarro of the black metal/folk project Dead Work and Marissa Sendejas, who has pursued a longtime solo career when not making music as a member of CLDS, Chad Hates George or Days N Daze.
During the quarantine’s touring hiatus, these road warriors Voltron-ed from afar for a colossal debut album, Immoral Compass. The band describes its sound as “aggressive, melodic punk/crust wave” with complex instrumentation and layers of harmonies knitted from decades of music appreciation and performance. With the world returning to pre-pandemic mode, look for Doom Scroll to stroll through your sleepy, unsuspecting town with new music befitting the super-est of groups.