Teenage Bottlerocket have shared a taste of ‘Stealing the Covers‘, a unique album of very special cover songs, coming out this July on Fat Wreck.
The song is called ‘RoboCop Is A Halfbreed Sellout,’ and can be heard below.
Bass player Miguel Chen says;
“Sprocket Nova was a band from our hometown of Laramie Wyoming. Their gimmick was they were all pissed off robots with names like Sony Danza, and they wore the shittiest robot costumes you’ve ever seen. It was basically grey sweat suits with sunglasses and cardboard hats; it was awesome! They were one of the first bands we decided to record for Stealing the Covers, and this song was the obvious choice. It’s about how Robo Cop is an asshole and a threat to the robot way of life. We hope you like it!!“
Speaking on the new album, the band added;
“We sat with this project for a LONG time… like a decade. We thought it’d be rad to cover some smaller bands that never really got the attention they deserved. When it came time to bring the project to life, we had to sift through a ton of songs to finally narrow it down to these. This record represents some of our favorite songs from bands we’ve played with over the years. We’re so stoked it’s finally going to come out, and we’re extra stoked it’s coming out on Fat Wreck Chords. I’m pretty sure we are the first band to do a cover record on FAT. Yep. We First.“
Teenage Bottlerocket will be returning for their first Australian dates since touring our way with Frenzal Rhomb back in 2011 this September / October. Tickets are on sale now. Re-cap dates and venues below if you missed them earlier.
2015 was a year of ups and downs for the band, they released their sixth studio album ‘Tales From Wyoming‘ via Rise Records in March, but tragedy struck with the passing of drummer Brandon Carlisle in November.
Twin brother and the band’s co-founder / guitarist, Ray Carlisle recently told AP;
“I miss talking to him. It would drive our girlfriends and wives crazy because we’d do a tour for two-and-a-half months, we’d come home and the day after, we’d call each other to talk about the tour for two hours. And then the next day, we’d call each other and talk about punk for two hours—we were always talking. The shittiest thing wasn’t him not being on the new record, it was me not being able to show it to him… let him hear it. This is something everybody in Teenage Bottlerocket will be dealing with for the rest of their lives.“
2016 saw the band make the call to continue on;
“There’s no way Brandon would want us to throw in the towel, to let this band that he spent his life building just end. Fuck no. Brandon would want us to keep playing, always. The decision was made based on that, and so here we are. We’re still a band. We’re going to keep rocking and we’re going to do it with Brandon in our hearts.“
And as such, they recruited Darren Chewka whom the band met as he was drumming for Old Wives, and they hit the road on the Vans Warped Tour, then toured Europe and Canada.
2017 has already been busy for the band, and now they can include this Australian run in September / October which is bound to be a treat. Folks in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne will get shows. If you aren’t in those areas, start planning a trip!
28th – Crowbar, Brisbane [18+]
29th – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle [18+]
30th – Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt [18+]
2nd – RAD, Wollongong [18+]
3rd – The Basement, Canberra [18+]
5th – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide [18+]
6th – Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood [18+] w/ Blister, Dad Religion, The Skategoats
—> Tickets available now.
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