They just don’t give a shit anymore. Nah, it’s a lyric of the new album, not their attitude to making music. Sounding like the bastard children of Evan Dando and Dee Dee Ramone Mean Jeans heads out of Portland to bring you a brand new fifteen-track album.

Of course, it’s not mentally taxing and the premise of the record is to have a good time all the time. Hell, the record is out in time for their jaunt around Oz with The Chats who seem just about the right touring partners for this three piece they’ve been at this for a decade and a half already and show no sign of relenting or running out of ways to write songs about having a blast.

From’ I Don’t Give A Shit Anymore’ through the Dee Dee thunderer ‘Diagnosis’ the band is killing it. Check out the melodies on ‘Lost My Mind’ as they ham it up on Judge Judy that came after a dream, yeah of course it did you nutters.

They unashamedly don’t stray far from the format of Da Brothers and they seem like a happy family cutting their shapes like the boys from Queens and why not if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. You do wait for the slowed-down number with brass section or the faux cod ska number but they don’t arrive (thankfully) if anything the songs get faster and more Ramonesy as the record gets in deep. ‘Brake Up With You’ will have Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy all giggling from the other side and asking where their cut of the songwriting credits are.

Mean Jeans probably don’t give one single flying fuck about any shape or form of criticism they might get for their take on punk rock and neither should they because you can do a lot worse than base your records of the Ramones that’s for sure and besides there will no doubt be some kids on those Chats dates who’ve never heard the Ramones and will fall in love with Mean Jeans. Again, that’s cool with me. An enjoyable romp of a record but not something I’ll be revisiting over and over because I’ve got its Alive and Ramones Mania. Enjoy them live and pick up the new album kids but remember wear sunscreen it might be hot throwing yourself around in the pit.

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Author: Dom Daley

RPM favorites Clowns join Teenage Bottlerocket, Mean Jeans,  and Jen Pop (The Bombpops) are currently tearing it up on the FAT Tour! TBR will be performing their latest effort, ‘Stay Rad!’.  Mean Jeans released their second full-length on FAT, ‘Gigantic Sike’.  Clowns hail from Australia and will support their debut FAT release, ‘Nature/Nurture’. Opening the show is Jen Pop from The Bombpops. If you would like a copy of any of the FAT bands on the tour, just holler. GET THERE!

Clowns Nature/Nurture’ album was reviewed by us HERE as was Men Jeans HERE

  • 07 Sep in Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street FAT TOUR
  • 08 Sep in Kansas City, MO, US @ Riot Room FAT TOUR
  • 09 Sep in St. Louis, MO @ Fubar FAT TOUR
  • 10 Sep in Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge  FAT TOUR
  • 11 Sep in Green Bay, WI @ Lyric Room  FAT TOUR
  • 13 Sep in Minneapolis, MN, US @ Turf Club FAT TOUR
  • 15 Sep in Chicago, IL @ Douglass Park – Riot Fest
  • 15 Sep in Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge ( Fat Tour) SOLD OUT
  • 19 Oct in Sacramento, CA, US @ Punk In Dublic Fest – Papa Murphy’s Park
  • 21 Oct in Portland, OR, US @ Paris Theater
  • 22 Oct in Seattle, WA, US @ Tractor Tavern
  • 23 Oct in Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theatre
  • 24 Oct in Rossdale, BC, Canada @ The Flying Steamshovel
  • 25 Oct in Calgary, AB, Canada @ Dickens w/ The Isotopes
  • 26 Oct in Edmonton, AB, Canada @ The Rec Room South
  • 01 Nov in Gainesville, FL, US @ FEST 2019 November 1st-3rd
  • 14 Nov in Osaka, Japan @ Fandango
  • 15 Nov in Nagoya, Japan @ Huck Finn
  • 16 Nov in Tokyo, Japan @ Koenji High
  • 17 Nov in Tokyo, Japan @ Koenji High
  • 18 Nov in Hiroshima, Japan @ Conquest
  • 19 Nov in Fukuoka, Japan @ Kieth Flack

We’re going to start this week’s Rainy Days and Mondays with BadCop/BadCop and a track taken from their second album ‘Warriors’



Keeping it Fat Wreck Chords with a brand new album in the bag Mean Jeans are here to tell you that ‘Steve Dont Party No More’

Finally Fat Wrecks Favourite sons NOFX with an olden but golden ‘Six Years On Dope’

“A gigantic sike is an escape plan,” says Billy Jeans. “It’s the idea of being able to just drop a big ‘ol whoopsie-daisies on everything we’ve done up to this point — the songs, albums, the band’s existence, my own personal existence — and play the whole thing off as a goof. It’s a joke on the fantasy of sneaking out the backdoor on a crummy identity you didn’t necessarily mean to create.”

Gigantic Sike is Mean Jeans’ fourth full-length — or fifth, if you include last year’s Jingles Collection, a 23-song assemblage of unsolicited product jingles written for brands like Totino’s, Skoal and Mountain Dew. (“I think the jingles are our best work, but I guess you can’t mosh to windshield-wiper endorsement ballads,” Jeans explains.) The trio recorded Gigantic Sike‘s 11 songs over three days in Los Angeles in December 2018 (the first day was spent learning the tracks; the next two spent hammering them out). Like all prior Mean Jeans albums, Gigantic Sike falls into the category of three-chord, heavily Ramones-influenced party punk.  Um? What else can I say? Thats pretty much it.  Band loves The Ramones and plays fast catchy punk and does it well with a great production.  What are the songs like? Well, The record opens with “Party Line,” and within the first 15 seconds, Billy Jeans sings about Coors Light, cocaine and mentions his actual phone number. Wow imagine AC/DC gave out Angus number on Whole Lotta Rosie. Loons.

‘Basement Animals’ whilst having the Ramones buzz saw guitar riffing away it has a real power pop melody and I’d say more so evident on ‘Just A Trim’.  Sure The Ramones homage is such a mountain to get over but if you can get over that and just appreciate a band knocking out some punk rockin’ power poppin’ rock and roll then there is plenty to enjoy here thats for sure.  Even if they never ever stray from the formula.  I’m OK with that.

‘I Fell Into A Bog’ is inspired by the time drummer Jeans Wilder actually, literally fell into a Florida bog during the Fest and wasn’t located by the band until the next morning (true Story apparently) — ‘Gigantic Sike‘s’ mission statement  is the idea of being able to run away from all of the stupid decisions you’ve made so far in life, ‘Time Warp’ is the exit strategy,” Billy Jeans says. “Siking a misled party life and taking the time warp to start over again is a theme in the record — laughing at what you’ve become and wondering if you can just warp your way out of it.” How can you not have a soft spot for that outlook on life?

At times I’m reminded of one of the finest exponents of wall of sound power pop punk rockers Los Pepes take ‘Stuck In My Head’ as an example and the rather good ‘Buddys Leaving’ before we head back out on the Dee Dee highway of ‘I Fell Into A Bog’.  wait, What a synth? Sure is ‘What The Fuck Is Up Tonight’ is pushing the envelope.  Nah not really but its a welcome sidestep.

Nowadays, Mean Jeans’ members are scattered across three different states, and they’re probably feeling the effects of being in a party-punk band for more than a decade. But Billy Jeans says despite the loose theme of Gigantic SikeMean Jeans isn’t going anywhere. “How do you function as a band when you live in three different cities?” he asks. “You gotta wing it. Make up the rules as you go. We never had band practice when we were all in Portland, so what our new strategy presupposes is, maybe that’s punk?” Maybe it is Maybe punk doesn’t even exist anymore in 2019 maybe its just a value or a nostalgia trip you like taking, who knows. Maybe its all things to all men and as long as there are bands like Mean Jeans knocking out snappy two to three minute punk rock tunes the world is still spinning and is still a pretty neat place to live.  Party on dudes

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Author: Dom Daley

The band head out on a nice tour of North America with the awesome Clowns and Teenage Bottlerockets

catch them at-

·06 Sep in Fort Worth, TX, US @ MASS (Fat Tour)

·07 Sep in Oklahoma City, OK, US @ 89th St (Fat Tour)

·08 Sep in Kansas City, MO, US @ Riot Room (Fat Tour)

·09 Sep in St. Louis, MO, US @ Fubar (Fat Tour)

·10 Sep in Omaha, NE, US @ Lookout Lounge (Fat Tour)

·11 Sep in Green Bay, WI, US @ Lyric Room (Fat Tour)

·12 Sep in Milwaukee, WI, US @ Company Brewing w/ Clowns

·13 Sep in Minneapolis, MN, US @ Turf Club (Fat Tour)