Published Dec 07, 2010We were a little dubious when we first learned that reunited pop punk heroes Screeching Weasel had recruited All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty to produce their new album. Still, even this unfortunate mall-punk association didn't stop us from getting excited about the first Screeching Weasel LP in more than a decade. The album is called First World Manifesto, and it's due out on March 15 via Fat Wreck Chords.
In a recent post on his official website, frontman Ben Weasel revealed that the group are currently finishing up vocals on the collection. Sessions have taken place two Wisconsin studios: Mystery Room in Milwaukee and Blast House Studios in Madison.
The singer offered the following description of the record: "From pure pop-punk ditties like 'Baby Talk' and 'Frankengirl' to point-and-laugh-at-the-punk-rocker anthems like 'Little Big Man' and 'Follow Your Leaders,' this is everything you could ask for from the band the humorless twats love to hate and the cultured, refined connoisseurs of quality rock and roll love to love."
The songs were reportedly penned over the last ten years, but had initially been discarded. Weasel wrote, "A lot of them were top-notch jingles that would've been perfect for a Screeching Weasel album, had Screeching Weasel actually existed at that point... When Screeching Weasel got back together for the 11th time, I started polishing up those songs and writing a bunch of new ones." Fourteen of these tracks are due to appear on the album.
Also in 2011, Fat Wreck Chords will be reissuing Screeching Weasel's back catalogue (along with past albums by Ben Weasel and Riverdales). Over the weekend (December 4), the label put out the 2005 compilation Weasel Mania as a limited two-LP edition of 1,000 (300 of which will be on yellow vinyl). Order it here.