Somebody turn Stanley over! He’s done!
Yesterday, 1/21, the Frustrators™ revealed the title of their new 7″ four-song EP! And not only did they reveal the title, but they revealed the awesome cover art as well! And not only that, but they revealed a completely mind-blowing lineup of fellow East Bay musicians who are hitting the road with them in February!
All of this stuff at once would usually point toward only one conclusion, but don’t worry, it’s probably not another sign of the Apocalypse!
Instead, it’s a nice sign that we’re all a few steps closer to actually hearing the new EP from Mike Dirnt, Jason Chandler, Art Tedeschi and Terry Linehan!! In fact, the EP will be released on CD, FEBRUARY 15th, on vinyl, FEBRUARY 18th, and other digital formats on FEBRUARY 22. WOOT! The vinyl will be released through Dr. Strange Records and the CD and digital formats through Adeline Records.
I have to admit, I was a little stumped when I read about the EP title, unexpectedly announced by the California mini-tour MCs, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, early yesterday. I was like, Griller? Eh? That’s the album title? WTF?
The Frustrators™ Facebook page was having yet another crazy conversation, this one about potential titles, and no one was making guesses anywhere close to that (lots of ball jokes, though). Jimmy Zeus gave a cryptic clue: “Well our other two EPs have titles that make fun of overexposed top-40 monuments to over-production…” I had no idea what he was talking about until I remembered that their first and second recordings are named after albums by Bruce Springsteen and U2, namely, Born in the USA and Achtung Baby.
This all happened before I briefly saw the EP cover art later in the day, and couldn’t pay attention to it long enough to catch what was going on with the title. It had been a busy day and then I tried to win lotto tickets to American Idiot at night. I didn’t win the lotto and that’s ok, because it’s so frikking cold outside, I’m just glad I got home before the temperature hit the freezing mark.
When I finally got home and sat on my couch, I saw the awesome cover art that “make[s] fun of overexposed top-40 monuments to over-production…,” this particular top-40 monument being the late, great, and strange… Michael Jackson, or more specifically, his 1982 album, Thriller.
After eight long years of waiting, the Frustrators™ finally bring you brilliant, and dare I say, sexy (ooh, Stanley! your hot!), new cover art by the creators of those classic recordings, ACHTUNG JACKASS and Bored in the U.S.A. (which certainly aren’t monuments to over-production… or any production, actually… I kid, Denny!) Griller:
Yes, it took me a teeny bit of time to realize what I was seeing and then I… cracked up with laughter… and some horror… or maybe I was just feeling a little thrilled!
Now, if the music is as good and irreverent as the artwork, I’d be way happy!
Stanley is one sexy chicken (or is he a cock?) on the album cover! However, I’m not sure if I should eat him or rescue him from the grill. Alas, unlike some members of the Frustrators™, I am not a vegetarian. Sigh.
After the jump, read more about the EP, the record release, and the hot-shit lineup packed with a week’s worth (2/18-2/27) of outstanding shows in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. And… SEE A PREVIEW OF OTHER NEW ARTWORK FROM THE FRUSTRATORS™ LEAD SINGER JASON CHANDLER FOR THE COVER OF BOBBY JOE EBOLA’S EP, MEAL DEAL WITH THE DEVIL COMING SOON!
Tour Lineup and Art Work After the Jump!
For Immediate Release
Two East Bay legends of fun-loving punk rock, The Frustrators and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, have reunited for a historic California tour in February 2011. The Frustrators, featuring bassist Mike Dirnt of Green Day, are touring in support of the Griller EP, their first release since 2002’s Achtung Jackass, released through Adeline Records (run by Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong). Griller will be available February 18 on 7” vinyl through Dr. Strange Records, and on both CD (Feb 15) and digital formats (Feb 22) through Adeline Records.
These shows will be the first by the Frustrators since 2002. Longtime friends Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, who broke up in 2000, reunited in 2009 and are touring in support of their first album in 10 years, F, released in October 2010 on Silver Sprocket.
The two bands will play a week of California shows together in the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Los Angeles area, where they will share stages with Emily’s Army, The BillyBones, The Phenomenauts, The Pillowfights, Fleshies, Classics Of Love (feat. Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy), The Bombpops and others.
The Frustrators’ lead vocalist Jason Chandler, also a talented illustrator, designed Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits’ logo and the extensive artwork for its next record, “Meal Deal With The Devil” (due out in mid 2011 from Silver Sprocket). Chandler has previously done art for The Frustrators, Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs and others.
ALL SHOW INFO, BANDS, DATES AND VENUES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
*** Friday, Feb. 18 @ 924 Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA with The Frustrators, The BillyBones, The Pillowfights, Emily’s Army, Disabled Intent and MC’s Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – $10 plus $3 membership card – 7PM – All Ages
*** Saturday, Feb. 19 @ Bottom of the Hill (Matinee Show!) – 1233 17th Street, San Francisco, CA with The Frustrators, The Billybones, Mystic Knights of The Cobra, The Can-Cannibals Burlesque Dance Troupe and MC’s Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – 4PM – All Ages *** Tickets: Online link to buy tickets here: http://www.stubmatic.com/bottomofthehill/event/6475
*** Sunday, Feb. 20 @ Rickshaw Stop – 155 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA with The Frustrators, Phenomenauts, The Kepi Ghoulie Band, Bryan McPherson and MC’s Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – $12 – 8PM – All Ages
*** Wednesday, Feb. 23rd @ Command Center – secret location in Oakland, CA with Phenomenauts, The Frustrators, Classics of Love (feat. Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy), Fleshies, Mystic Knights of the Cobra, with MC’s Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – 7PM – All Ages (For location, call (510)BAD-SMUT on the day of the show)
*** Saturday, Feb. 26 @ Dr. Strange Records -7136 Amethyst Avenue, Alta Loma, CA – In-Store Party!
*** Sunday, Feb. 27 @ The Troubadour – 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA with The Frustrators, Phenomenauts, The Billybones and The Bombpops and MC’s Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits – $12 -doors 7:30PM – All Ages *** Tickets: http://www.troubadour.com/event/27445/