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Frustrators News from the Bunker Coming July 1st – Jason Chandler Interview with Lisa Booth of Punk Globe

Mysterious Frustrating Image by A Mysterious Frustrator

Breaking News!!

Back in March I reported that there were mysterious and frustrating images appearing on the Frustrators’ Facebook page. The photos were a series of shots with bits and pieces of band equipment and body parts. And lunch. Since the photos appeared, wild rumors of a new album from the Frustrators have been running rampant among the zombies in the bunker, and we’re all… uh, THEY are all… waiting with baited breath (if they could breathe) to hear what’s up with the Frustrators.

I’m happy to report that Lisa Booth, a writer for Punk Globe Zine, has managed to tickle her way through those breathless zombies to interview the elusive lead singer of the Frustrators, Jason Chandler. Chandler’s always working on something or another in the bunker, but he managed to literally break himself away from his work and speak with Booth. I’m not quite sure what they will discuss (maybe confirmation of a new album? maybe playing a gig? maybe what he had for lunch?) so you’ll just have to wait for the next issue that comes out on July 1st. The article will be posted both on Punk Globe and afterward on Booth’s blog, located here.

This zombie is very excited to hear the news, indeed!


What’s Up With the Frustrators?

Mysterious Frustrating Image by A Mysterious Frustrator

UPDATE: MORE BUNKER PHOTOS SURFACE ON FACEBOOK! CLICK HERE!

The world of music is somewhat familiar with Green Day’s “alleged” other bands such as The Network and The Foxboro Hot Tubs and Billie Joe’s side project, Pinhead Gunpowder. While these three bands get a bit more fanfare, Mike Dirnt’s Green Day-side project, The Frustrators, gets a bit less of it. They have been around since 1999, mostly playing in their garages and drinking beer, though they have played live a few times over the past ten years. I can’t say that I had heard of them prior to my crazy 21st Century Breakdown plunge starting last year, but my life has been much funnier and happier since I got their two CDs this past December when Adeline Records had a stupid awesome sale on stupid awesome merchandise and music.

Frustrators' Manager, Jimmy Zeus

The Frustrators have one great album out, Achtung Jackass (2002) and an excellent EP entitled Bored in the USA (2000) both of which appear on the Adeline label as well as a song called “Trout” that appears on Adeline’s Might As Well… Can’t Dance compilation from 2000. The song is presented backwards as an added bonus track on Achtung Jackass just cause it sounds as good backwards as it does forward. (You can hear the forward version of “Trout” on the Frustrator’s Myspace site.) The records feature the hysterical (as in funny) lead vocals and rhythm guitar of musician, graphic and comic book artist, Jason Chandler, Terry Lineham (backup vocals and lead guitar), Mike Dirnt on bass, and Art Tedeschi on drums. A brief history of the Frustrators, written by Netty, can be found here.

The band’s self-deprecating lyrics, mixed with a pounding bass and drum section, and blazing lead guitar, makes for some intense and hilarious songs. Chandler’s rye sense of humor, whether singing about getting lost in the Texas desert (“West of Texas”), pirates (“Pirate Song”), tossing midgets (“The Great Australian Midget Toss”), Terry’s lovelife (“I Slept with Terry”), or forlornly singing about a girl who walked away… whether real or imaginary (“Then She Walked Away”)… is a treat and always manages to make me laugh and want to dance. It’s very manly music, too. I am not quite sure how to define “manly” in regards to it, but don’t a lot of manly men long to sing songs of pirates?

Jimmy Zeus, the cigar chomping, monkey manager of the Frustrators, recently posted the mysterious image above on the Frustrators Facebook page. The photo, along with some mysterious and frustrating statements from Zeus (and Chandler, who shows up on Facebook here and there) may be of the band possibly recording tracks during a bit of downtime from Green Day’s ongoing tour. Yawzah!

I hunted Chandler down from within his Zombie-protected bunker to ask what was up, and though he’s tight-lipped about stuff regarding the future of the Frustrators …no doubt because his zombies have eaten his lips away… he managed to three-finger type the following response:

Basically, we’d all love to do another record. We’ve all got some ideas. And actually by crazy strokes of luck we’ve been able to hang out recently. But writing and recording is a long process and can be tricky once you consider all the little difficulties with people’s schedules and my own deep personality problems… So who knows?
–Jason Chandler, from somewhere deep underground (aka Facebook)

So there you have it! Something is up with The Frustrators, though how, when, where, and what are yet to be determined. Why is a bit more simpler… because we need more Frustrators in our lives!

The Frustrators Live – “Best Friend’s Girlfriend” –

I swear there is a lead singer there somewhere in the dark…

“West of Texas” – Bored in the USA – The Frustrators – My favorite Frustrators song


Coming Soon

Green Day’s Summer 2009 American tour has eight more shows (including tonight’s Denver stop) ending on August 25th in L.A. The boys will have a month’s ‘break’ as they head into the final touches of American Idiot: The Musical (previewing on September 4th) as well as a live stop at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York City on September 13th (vote here for “21 Guns” as Best Rock Video and vote often).

I’m hoping that they have a bit of time for a secret show here in NYC (dreaming… I was was only dreaming… ), but it looks like their month ‘off’ is going to be a bit hectic, to say the least.

After a month of ‘rest,’ Green Day begins their European tour on September 28th, 2009 in Barcelona Lisbon. Hungarian Green Day fansite Castaway Online has created a Google mashup map of their European stops.

For those of you in the United Kingdom in particular, ROCKTOBER (10/21-11/01) is coming your way! I’ll post more about this as soon as I can. In the meanwhile, Jason Chandler, Horrible Comics author and lead singer of The Frustrators, has created an unofficial and limited edition GD UK* Rocktober line of Cafe Press shirts and merchandise just for you! (And anyone else, too.) He’ll stop selling this merchandise when the UK tour rolls around, so get yours here now. Go! NOW!

Green Day ROCKTOBER Baby!

Green Day ROCKTOBER Baby!

ATTENTION EUROPE: get to at least one Green Day show by ‘any means necessary’! You won’t be disappointed.

*Jason would like everyone to know that GD UK stands for “Godzilla Doesn’t Understand Korean,” which makes me love this logo even more than I did before.