- FOT put out our first 7" in February, played many great shows, toured a large chunk of the US with our LA buddies, WHAT SHAME? (which was a long crazy endeavour, lotsa fights, lotsa booze, a few really shitty promoters we had to deal with, and gruelling drives), wrote a tonne of songs and recorded them but realized we played like crap so we did nothing with it, played a tonne more Vancouver shows, and an east coast "disastour" with DISABLE to Varning Fest where we opened for the mighty MOB 47 and it killed!!!!!!!!
Here is an excerpt from my (foat) blog i wrote about our tour with our brothers in d-beat, DISABLE.
"DISABLE/FEAR OF TOMORROW disastour 2010. Our trip to the east coast, where us FOT boys just scrubbed it the entire time, and played like 4 shows instead of like the 8 planned. Day one, the venue in seattle dicked the show over and Hesher broke his tooth. This was our omen i think. Day 2 we all ride Amtrak to Portland, play a halloween show dressed as pyrate punks with BI MARKS covering BLACK SABBATH (best SABBATH tribute i ever saw!!!). Day 3, Joe (who was to drive us the airport) sleeps in and gets us there really late... Adam, Hesher, and Blinky all make the plane... guess which retard gets left behind? They get to Atlanta get drunk and see BAD RELIGION for free, i sit there hungover waiting for airplanes chain smoking for 5 hours in Denver where i had a long layover. Finally i land in Atlanta, and Mark who said he'd pick me up is too drunk, and i take a train to the middle of nowhere, and wait for that drunk maniac to get me. Good thing that show that night fell through anyway. Day 4 we go to the greyhound to bus to our show in Augusta. We were sitting right by the door and we couldn't understand those southern mumblers when they called for the bus, and we fucking miss it, of course. So Hesh and i hail a cab to take us to a car rental place. The cab driver says "hell, i'll just drive you to Augusta for $200". So we get a cab for 2 hours straight to the venue. Show goes rad, NUCLEAR BLAST SUNTAN destroy it. Apparently some army dude was about to beat me up cuz i talked shit about the US military during our set. When he came up to punch me he saw how wobbly retarded drunk i was, and figured it'd be like hitting a 4 year old girl, so he left me alone.... Day 5, John from DISABLE realizes he has to write an exam for school.... They get to Augusta to pick us up at 7pm, instead of noon. We make it to the show in Wilmington, NC. 3 hours after the show ends. So we drive straight to New York, breaking down along the way (ironically enough, just as we were blasting the song Shit Happens by the DAYGLO ABORTIONS), meeting weird cab drivers that talk shit on damn possums and cough a lot, and making some good inside jokes with our D-beat friends. New York, we play a tavern to about 10 people, but it's rad. Finally got to meet Amelia who rules, and partied at her and Tye's place all night. Then we drive towards Montreal. We walk across the border to "not heat out" DISABLE, only to heat them out, and make us look like a bunch of fucking idiots. Somehow, we all made it across, and finally Varning happened. it was one of those tours where everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, but the second we started playing Varning it didn't fucking matter. We are a rock n' roll band on the road, playing our balls off cuz we love it. And to top it off, i wasn't at home, cleaning windows being bummed out. This tour proves my theory that touring is like pizza. Even when it's really bad, it's still pretty fucking awesome. (wow, long winded enough?)"
As for my label, CHARGED//DISTORTED this year saw two releases. the FOT 7", and the split 7" with ARCTIC FLOWERS. These are the first two records i put out since 2004. So i'm stoked to actually be releasing more shit in the future. The only bummer is there are too many bands that i want to do stuff for.
- For FOT our plan is to record a 12" in March. Konton Crasher out of Ohio, USA will be putting it out. No tour plans yet though.
For CHARGED//DISTORTED, the DISABLE/WARVICTIMS split 7" is scheduled to be out by Valentines day... what better way to i love you darling, with a loud boisterous barrage of d-beat atrocities? Other than that i need to start working more and save money, but the VERRATERISCH/NU SENSAE split 7" will be the next project.
Best 2 records of 2010:
- Note this may not be representative of everyone in FEAR OF TOMORROW... Just Foat and Hesher.
BLACK MOUNTAIN - Wilderness Heart. This album is not punk at all (except for maybe the attitude and lyrics), but it's fucking loud, heavy, sad, happy, angry, and beutiful all at once. i love this lp and i love this band.
HERATYS - s/t lp. Goddamn, i am absolutely obsessed with this record. it's like SKITKIDS but leaning more into the TOTALITAR side of the kang. Every riff is perfect. The Finnish/Swedish yelled vocals kill me. Best new punk record i think i've heard since Vi Ar Eliten (by TOTALITAR).
Bands to look out for 2011:
- PERDITION. RATFACE. DESPERATE HOURS. i'd say BOG PEOPLE but they sadly ended it looks like. CERVIX. LOST TRIBE. DISABLE. RAW ARSE. DESPERAT. VACCUUM. VERRATERISCH. NAPALM RAID. UNLEARN. NU SENSAE. OPT/OUT. DEATHRAID. MUNDO MUERTO. MATA MATA. KRUELL. MAUSER. HELL KONTROL. MULE. SKULL AND BONES. QUESTION. NOMAD. DOVE ASYLUM. WHAT SHAME?. DISABLE. WAR VICTIMS. ELECTRIC FUNERAL. BI MARKS. RIPPER. FUNERAL PARADE. NUKLEAR BLAST SUNTAN. DEFORMITY. The list continues... if you wanna know where to hear these bands just contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
i'm missing a tonne of bands. This is a really exiting time for punk rock, and i'm excited for a new year of raw noise! Up the punks!!!
For further info: Fear Of Tomorrow, Charged//Distorted Records