Fat Wreck Chords and longstanding California punk band LAGWAGON are excited to announce RAILER, the band’s ninth full-length album due out on Friday, October 4.
As frontman Joey Cape explains, ‘railer’ is “a funny word from childhood that means ‘silly bad’, like lame” and it captures the sense of throwback that flows through the new album’s 12 songs. That idea of looking to the past was inspired after Cape came up with Bubble, RAILER’s‘ first single as well as first song he wrote for the album, and he then just took that idea and ran with it.
“The idea of that song was to embrace and appreciate what you have,” explains Cape, “I really specifically tried to make it feel and sound like an old Lagwagon song, so I borrowed a lot from early records for it. And then from there, I just kept thinking that the rules have to be that RAILER feels like something Lagwagon might have done in the old days. I wanted to see what would happen if I didn’t overthink things and I just tried to write a record as quickly as possible without losing the quality I expect from myself as a songwriter.”
LAGWAGON have also announced a UK and European headline tour AND a North American co-headlining tour with label mates Face to Face. The US dates begin on September 27th and have supports that include H20, MakeWar and Destroy Boys. The UK and European dates will run through most of November, with a major UK highlight being a date at The Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 7th. They will also play at Sheffield’s 02 Academy on November 8th.